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Garrett, Layne, Crute take care of business on the track / September 18, 2017
Colin Garrett did what he had to do Saturday night to win the 2017 South Boston Speedway Limited Sportsman Division Championship.

He won the pole position and won the 50-lap season-ending race to overcome the four-point lead of David Latour to nail down the title.

Garrett chose to start last, but with a small field and his strong car, he was among the leaders within seconds.

After Ross Dalton bolted to take the lead on the first lap, Garret, Latour, and Trey Crews put on quite a show for 25 lap as these three points leaders swapped positions time after time to get to the front. These three put some of the best racing of the season.

Track officials put out caution on lap-26 for debris on the track. On the restart, Dalton, Mike Jones, Latour, Garrett, Crews started up front in the top-5 positions.

Garrett had seen enough and powered from the second row to take the lead as the field came through the third turn.

There would be no catching Garrett from this point as he led the rest of the race for the win and the championship.

“I just went out there and did my job,” he said.

“On the restart, I just knew I had to run for my life.

“I heard every kind of noise and just imagined every thing going wrong with the car. I thought tires were going down, but it all worked out just fine.” Crews finished second and Jones was third. Latour had his championship hopes dashed as he could only manage a fourth place finish. This gave Garrett the margin needed to overtake Latour on points and claim the title.

“It has been a really good year for us,” said Crews. “Congratulations to Colin Garrett. He ran great and I think he has a real bright future if he keeps racing.” Daniel Moss was fifth with Kistin Simmons, Barry Beggarly Jr, Dalton,and Jason Meyers rounding out the finishers.

Garrett’s margin of victory over Crews was 0.339 seconds.

This was the closest points race among South Boston Speedway’s four racing divisions. Garrett trailed division points leader Latour by four points entering the race, with Crews sitting in third place, two points behind Garrett and just six points out of the lead.

LAYNE CLINCHES PURE STOCK DIVISION TITLE: Eric Crews won the 30-lap Pure Stock Division race and Johnny Lane won the 2017 track championship.

Crews won the pole and lead flag-to-flag in a caution free race to become the sixth different winner in the division this season.

“It was definitely a perfect night,” Crews said. “After I got the pole and then lead the whole race, it was my best race of the season.

Crews finished 5.588 seconds ahead of runner-up Harrison Walker Walker had chosen to start at the rear of the field in a desperate attempt to cut into Layne’s points lead.

“We had a great season,” Walker said. We had a dominant car all year.

A few races ago we had some unforeseen circumstances that put us in the situation that we were in tonight.

“I knew it would be hard to win and make up the points deficit. So we chose to start last and I ran as hard as I could. I hope the fans out there enjoyed this as much as I did. I think I got more than what the car had out of it.

Layne finished sixth in the race after spinning on the front stretch on the final lap following contact with Walker during a battle for second place, but it was a good enough finish to allow him to win the title.

“It is not how we wanted this to end, but we will take the high road on the Championship,” said Layne. “I think it was well deserved. My dad and my brother worked on this car, with blood, sweat, and tears day in and day out all year. It paid off.” Matt Epps, Randy Hupp, and Bruce Mayo rounded out the top-five finishers for the race.

Jerry Layne, Kevin Bullock, Tony Houseman, Jimmy Wade, and Quincy Adkins completed the next five finishers.

This was Layne’s second straight SBS Pure Stock championship.

CRUTE CHASES DOWN HORNETS CROWN WITH WIN: Tyler Crute battled his way from his 12th starting position and passed Justin Dawson with three laps to go to held on to win the Hornets Division race.

The race was shortened from its scheduled 15-lap distance to 10 laps after multiple on-track incidents.

Crute trailed division points leader Kevin Currin by 14 points entering the race, but the win by Crute and a fifth-place finish by Currin was good enough to allow Crute to win, his first career championship.

“When you drive a clean race like this, you show them who the winner is,” commented Crute. “We worked so hard from working on two race cars to borrowing cars to run, it means so much to come out here and compete.

“We work hard and if we can’t win, we work hard and come out and try to win the next one. That is the way it ought to be.

Brent Clemmons finished second with Timothy Smith of finishing third.

Mark Dawson finished fourth with Currin rounding out the top five finishers.

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