Hickman's Consistency Pays Off: Mini Series Spawns 20-Racers To Follow For Points

Monday, September 1, 2014
In the end of the Labor Day Triple Crown weekend of races it was all about consistency, as Riley Hickman reeled off a pair of runner-up finishes, to help capture the $1,000 bonus for the points of the 3-race mini series. Along with a sixth place, Saturday night the Ooltewah, Tennessee racer bested 12-other racers that competed in all three events. There's a lot of series out there that would love to have that many racers following their organization, so it seems the Steve Hixson produced events have spawned a new outlook from track owners/promoters.
No sanction fee is involved from the tracks and the entry fee's collected on raceday, stay 100% at the track, which can be the making or breaking point for some facilities. Boyd's Speedway drew the record amount of entrants Friday (8/29) with 44-competitors, which meant $4,400 was able to go towards paying the $14,000 Super Late Model purse. Not having to give that to a series and/or pay a sanction fee will be a difference maker. Not-to-mention the drivers reaction to being able to follow along a local series and yet still be able to get home within reasonable limits. Seven Crate Late Model competitors followed the LDTC mini-series to all three venues of the holiday weekend. Each track posted a $1,000 towards the two division points payout. A total of $2,000 went towards the Top-5 in points for the SLM's, while a $1,000 total went to Crate points fund. Multiple racers took advantage and ran both SLM and Crate at the tracks over the weekend, giving them a double opportunity at the pay windows at the end of the night. Plans are already in the works to promote an October 3-race Mini Series at tracks in the Tennessee/Georgia areas. Facilities are already under consideration for the "OCTOBER-FAST" SLM / Crate Late Model double bill. 

Points: SLM's
1.Riley Hickman (# R1) of Cleveland, TN
2.Brad Skinner (# 17R) of Franklin, TN
3.Josh Putnam (# 212) of Florence, AL
4.Ivadent Lloyd Jr. (# 21) of Ocala, FL
5.Blake Shapiro (# 72) of Fort Worth, TX
6.Robert Gant (# 22) of Pisgah, AL
7.Todd Morrow (# T1) of Chattanooga, TN
8.Lucas Burns (# 27) of Attalla, AL
9.A.J. Ferguson (# 54) of Lawrenceburg, TN
10.David Seibers (# 18) of Petersberg, TN
11.Seth McCormick (# s4) of Muscle Shoals, AL
12.Jay Scott (# J27) of Taft, TN
13.D.J. Hayes (# 393) of Ider, AL
--------------- Competed in atleast 2 Events-------------
Richard Smith (# 7s) of Hartselle, GA
Tod Hernandez (# T6) of Chattanooga, TN

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