Ralph Carnes and the rest of the Southern Pro Late Model Series competitors rejoin the ASA Late Model Series Southern Division drivers on Saturday at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Georgia for the Watermelon Bowl 100. This marks the third conjunction event between the two series of the 2009 season. Although ASA Late Model Series teams have won both of the combination races thus far, the Southern Pro Late Model drivers are inching closer to grabbing a checkered flag.
Russell Fleeman is the point’s leader in the SPLMS; however he is under heavy pressure from Ralph Carnes. Fleeman ran in the top three at Senoia in April until he was caught up in a crash with a lapped car that also took out race leader Justin Larson. Ralph Carnes went on to score a third place finish at Senoia, closing the point’s gap on Fleeman.
The momentum at Senoia propelled Carnes to two top three finishes in back to back nights in mid April. Carnes recorded a second place finish at his home track, Anderson (SC) Motor Speedway, during the Georgia Asphalt Series race on April 17th. The next night Carnes scored a third place finish at Montgomery Motor Speedway in a stand alone SPLMS event.
Carnes knows that he has a race team capable of winning races, “I know that my team can get the job done,” states Carnes, “We have the passion for racing that it takes to win.” However, while Carnes is chasing the checkered flag during the conjunction races, he also knows that he is racing Fleeman, Scotty Ellis, and the rest of the SPLMS drivers for a championship during the SPLMS inaugural season.
Carnes admits that the level of competition the ASA Late Model Series teams brings to the track is extremely high, “The competition is tough in the ASA Late Model Series,” states Carnes, “You know you have done a days work when you race up front with those (ASALMS) guys.”
Although Carnes has never raced at Watermelon Capital Speedway he is looking forward to the race. “We have never ran there, but it looks like a track we can do good at.” Be sure to come out to Watermelon Capital Speedway to watch Ralph Carnes, Russell Fleeman, and the rest of the Southern Pro Late Model Series drivers rub sheet metal with Drew Brannon, Brandon Johnson, and the stars of the ASA Late Model Series Southern Division.
The ASA Late Model Series is its own entity and not affiliated in any way with ASA Racing, American Speed Association or the ASA Member Track Program. The ASA Late Model Series is owned and operated by Ron and Sandy Varney as it has been for the past five years and will be for years to come.