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Near-record crowd packs stands over weekend at Albany Motor Speedway

Photo by John Millikan

Photo by John Millikan

ALBANY -- While the temperatures were burning up the South over the 4th of July weekend, a near-record crowd watched a near-record field burn up the track at Albany Motor Speedway.

An estimated 2,500 fans turned out to watch a massive field of 91 cars compete for cash, driver points and bragging rights.

When the dust settled on The Hurst Boiler 150, it was National Late Model Series rising star Hunter Peacock taking the checkered flag in the event's featured race as the Macon native picked up $3,000 for the win and moved into the points lead. It was Peacock's third win in a row, while Brandon Dewitt finished second and Mark Whitener finished third.

In the Limited Sportsman class, it was Jason Price, Skip Panell and Stacey Roberts going 1-2-3, respectively. Price picked up $1,000 for his win and moved up to fifth in the points standings. Alan Florunoy, who finished fourth, maintained the overall lead.

In the Pure Stock division, which also had a $1,000 top prize given out to first place, Bradley Frakes won, while Michael Canady was second and Josh Taylor was third. In the Enduro class, Taylor came right back and won $750 for first, followed by Milton Posey and Daniel Thompson. And in the final class, Mini Stock, Mike Keown won $500 for first and moved to second in the points standings. Daniel Bailey was second and Tyler Boyette was third.

After the final race of the night, fans were treated to a fireworks show to cap an evening that track director Ben Sumner called one of the best ever.

"It was a great night of racing. We had another near-capacity crowd and an awesome field of cars in all classes," Sumner said. "The drivers did a great job, and the fans saw some great side-by-side racing. And the fireworks show was fantastic. We'd like to thank everyone for their support and Hurst Boiler for sponsoring the event."

The next set of races at Albany Motor Speedway, in all classes, will be held July 23.