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William Thomas Wins Again; Seeks SAS Championship on Saturday
11/17/11 at 3:00am
November 16, 2011

William Thomas Wins Again; Seeks SAS Championship This Saturday

by Ben Shelton
Phenix City, Alabama (11/16/11) - William Thomas went into battle in three different divisions over the weekend in the 37th Annual National 100 at East Alabama Motor Speedway (Phenix City, Alabama) and came away with three top ten finishes as well as his tenth win of the season.

After a one month break, the team made the short trek to East Alabama Motor Speedway (Phenix City, Alabama) over the weekend for the 37th Annual National 100 as William undertook the daunting task of competing in three divisions. In the Super Late Model division a $25,000 winner's purse was on the line as 31 of the nation's best cars entered the event. Heat race action found Thomas finishing in the fourth spot to earn the 11th starting spot for the 100 lap finale in his #22 Barry Wright Super Late Model. Early in the race he was on the move when Chris Madden detonated an engine in front of him, and William would hit the oil as he slid off the track into the wall. He would be able to continue, but with a damaged right rear shock and bumper. During the remainder of the 100 lapper he would limp his entry home to an eighth place finish.

In the Crate Late Model division, Thomas earned the pole position for the $5,000-to-win feature via preliminary action over the 36 entries after setting a new track record of 14.73 seconds in the Harrod Motorsports Scorpion. He would lead for much of the race before the car became loose late in the event, and he slipped to a third place finish behind race winner, Jonathan Davenport, and Brian Connor.

The Limited Late Model division would see William cap his weekend with a $5,000 win as he conquered the feature event in his #22 Extreme Power Sports/Zaxby's GRT. Thomas started second in the feature and would run third for the first half of the event before mounting a late race charge to claim the win, which came over Tyler Ivey, Joe Armistead Jr., Ray Cook, and Kenny Collins following him across the finish line. The win was his tenth of the season.

William will enter the Southern All Stars Super Late Model finale this Saturday, November 19th at Cleveland Speedway (Cleveland, Tennessee) in the annual Gobbler finale. Not only does the event pay $5,000-to-win, but it also represents a chance for Thomas to claim the Southern All Stars Championship. Entering the event, he is just two points removed from the lead behind Billy Ogle Jr. Thomas has already clinched the Southern All Stars Rookie of the Year honors.

2011 POINT STANDINGS (9/24/11)

1 201 Billy Ogle Jr Knoxville, TN 968
2 22 William Thomas Phenix City, AL 966
3 4T Tommy Kerr Maryville, TN 852
4 8 David Payne Murphy, NC 848
5 33 Brian Reese Sharpsburg, GA 766
6 48 Todd Morrow Cleveland, TN 528
7 31 Skip Arp Georgetown, TN 496
8 10 Chad Ogle Sevierville, TN 488
9 R2 Riley Hickman Soddy Daisy, TN 480
10 A1 Kayne Hickman Soddy Daisy, TN 462

William Thomas Motorsports would like to thank Extreme Power Sports, JW Miller Land & Timber, Zaxby's, Gil's Auto Sales, Simpson Race Products, Hoosier Race Tires, Shorty’s Motorsports, Speed Stuff, David Smith Carburetor, Rick Hixson Fabrication, Lamar Hunt Racing Engines, Sunoco Racing Fuel – Bearden Oil, PPM Racing Products, Kinser Air Filters, Winters, PST Drive Shafts, Sweet Mfg, Outlaw Disc Brakes, Ultra-Shield, Auto Meter, Cloyes, Comp Cams, Eibach Springs, Holley, Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, KRC Steering Pumps, Lunati, PRC, T&D Machine Products, Weld Wheels, Wiseco, Wrisco Allstar Performance, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For the latest information on William Thomas, please visit www.WilliamThomas.net .
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