PHENIX CITY, AL – Jake Knowles of Tyrone, GA had an exciting start, then an easy race for 40 laps, followed by an anxious last ten laps. But he hung on to win the 50-lap Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model Series Race on Saturday night at East Alabama Motor Speedway in the Cedartown Electric Rocket, and in doing so, took over the point lead.
Knowles survived a spin at the start of the race, but after the restart, he took command of the race on lap two, pulling out to over a full straightaway lead. By lap 32, Knowles caught some lapped traffic and on lap 40 his big lead had evaporated, as National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Inductee Ronnie Johnson of Chattanooga, TN closed in to challenge Knowles for the point.
Knowles kept the bottom groove covered, leaving Johnson the outside. With no place else to go, Johnson stepped to the outside, and even pulled alongside Knowles on a couple of occasions, but he slipped high in turn four on lap 49, and Knowles hung on for a .997 second margin of victory.
“My Dad was signaling me that my big lead was going away, and it was pretty frustrating being stuck behind a lapped car that ran me all over the race track,” Knowles said. “I looked up at the scoreboard with ten laps to go, and saw the number 5 up there in second, and I knew I could be in trouble.” (more…)