A total of six drivers came up with both some hard cash and some hardware as Gresham Motorsports Park opened its 2014 racing season Saturday evening.
The storied Jefferson, GA motorsports complex hosted its first-ever Stockerama - a six-division battle on both the GMP quarter-and half-mile ovals in one evening.
In all, four divisions - the Mini-Stocks, Sportsman/Renegades and Front-Wheel Drives competed on the GMP quarter-mile.
Veteran Mini-Stockers Scotty Beck and Steve Hill put on a spirited race swapping the lead three times in the final 10 laps of the quarter-mile lid-lifter. On the final circuit, Hill spun allowing Beck to roll under Waylan Nicholsen's checkered flag as the winner.
In the Sportsman/Renegade showdown, Jackie Daniel's 1979 Chevy Camaro came home with $400, a GMP hat and a trophy for top honors in the Sportsman Division while Bryan Beckner rally crossed his way to first-place money, a new cap and some hardware too.
After some good fun with a 'Cheers For Beards' contest at Intermission, the Trucks hit the GMP high-banks with 17-year-old Riley Thornton continuing his rise up the racing ladder with a win in the 30-lap main event for the 'Tailgaters.'
Thornton took home a first-place prize of $800 - as well as an additional $100 in Product Certificates from CV Products - giving him a cool $900 in cash and carry for his victory.
The Outlaw Late Models then closed the show with Matthew Wragg turning in a dominating performance. Wragg's vintage 1990's Lefthander Racing Chassis Outlaw-bodied stocker was on rails and he was never headed in the 30-lap curtain closer for the evening with Russell Shore, Jason Bates, David Murphy and Brian Hardman rounding out the top-five finishers.
The next GMP Stockerama will be held on Saturday, May 31. The eight-week break between races was strategically planned to allow racers competing in the new quarter-mile events time to build new racers and refurbish old ones. Meanwhile, the GMP Trucks and Outlaws will be back on May 3 as part of GMP's first Pro Late Model headline event of the season.
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