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Allred claims Pure Stock opener at SBS

Scottsburg driver Joe Allred III is off to a good start in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division points race after a flag-to-flag victory in the 30-lap event on Saturday.

Allred, who won the pole with a time of 18.025 seconds, crossed the finish line 1.034 seconds ahead of Halifax driver Randy Hupp, with Eric Crews of Long Island finishing third in his first-ever podium finish.

Stuart Crews of Long Island finished fourth, and Austin Milam of Ringgold finished fifth in a field of 11 cars.

Allred and Hupp were among five cars that finished all 50 laps, with a wreck on lap three that claimed the cars of Jake Brown and Joe Conner bringing out the race’s first and only caution flag.

The remaining 28 laps were caution-free, with Allred and Hupp pulling away from the rest of the field.

Hupp got to Allred’s bumper on a couple of occasions but couldn’t find the momentum to get around him, getting loose on the backstretch on lap 25 and losing any reasonable chance of catching the two-time points champion.

“It feels pretty good, but Hupp had me sweating bullets for a good while,” said Allred, who thought his car was about the same as it was in qualifying.

“I think it was about the same as it was in qualifying, but Hupp was taking air off my rear spoiler,’ Allred added.

“It got a little looser, but it’s all good.”

Hupp ran well despite admitting he had just started working on his car the past week.

“To be perfectly honest with you, we started working on the car Wednesday,” explained Hupp.

“The only thing we did was put tires on it and add decals.

“I can’t complain at all.  The car was good on short runs, but the longer it ran the looser it got.

“Hats off to Joe, he deserved it.”