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MOBILE, AL The third stop on the National Late Model Sportsman Series championship trail will take place this weekend at Oglethorpe Speedway in Savannah, GA. Heading the list of contenders for the win in the Savannah 125 are top runners John ...

MOBILE, AL The third stop on the National Late Model Sportsman Series championship trail will take place this weekend at Oglethorpe Speedway in Savannah, GA. Heading the list of contenders for the win in the Savannah 125 are top runners John Rankin, Ricky Brant and Skip Pannell.

Rankin took home the win in the season-opener at Valdosta, GA and finished sixth in the most recent race at Waycross, GA to sit atop the points chase. Brant is tied with the same number of points as Rankin after two solid races, but is relegated to second place due to Rankin's win. The points battle is hot and heavy already with Gene Maine and Jimmy Lee Davis tied for third spot just a few markers behind the leading duo and in fifth spot is Tracy Mimbs.

The National Late Model Sportsman Series is the most competitive racing series around and the excitement will reach its crest when the green flag falls on Saturday night. Will the "Lumberjack", Wendell Durrance, who won at Waycross with a late race pass be able to win his second race, or will it be Mike Carter, who led early on in the most recent battle, only to fall out with mechanical woes.

Jimmy Sharpe, Tracy Walden, Everett Phillips and 1996 NLMS Champion Ivedent Lloyd will be among the more than 40 cars attempting to make the 24 car starting line-up for the Savannah 125. With a new face entering victory lane after nearly every race, it is virtually impossible to pick a winner until the race plays its story out.

Each week the National Late Model Sportsman series races there is action all over the track, and the battles within the war each week are just as important as the overall points struggle. In the Chassis points battle there is a close race between Snow Brothers Chassis and M&L Racing for the lead in producing the top handling car. Right behind them are MasterBuilt, Brant Racing and Twister Chassis all looking for the elusive title of Top Chassis.

The battle between the engine builders could not be tighter with Koury and Bennett Brothers tied for the points lead, and just behind them sits S&M Machines and Green Flag Racing who are also knotted up on points. Which engine will prove to have the horsepower to tame Oglethorpe Speedway's 1/2 mile semi-banked clay oval? The tale will be told Saturday night. Which chassis will prove to best handle the turns and the track conditions? Again it will be Saturday before the result is known.

"The Boys are Back in Town" will once again ring over the stands at Oglethorpe Speedway as the National Late Model Sportsman Series makes it first appearance of the year at this superb racing facility, and there will be plenty of the best racing action in the southeast for all the fans.

John Kaiser, NLMS Public Relations

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