Riley Hickman from Ooltewah spent the whole Southern Regional Racing Series 40-lap race for Super Late Model cars Friday night chasing Georgetown's Skip Arp around Boyd's Speedway, and he finally nipped him at the end -- by a margin of .004 second that had to be determined by the track transponder. The veteran Arp repeatedly blocked Hickman's attempts to pass high and low and took a car-length lead into the final half-lap, but Hickman slipped past on the inside just as the checkered flag flew. Maryville's Jason Welshan was fifth in that race and was the Crate Late Model winner for the fourth time in four Boyd's tries this year, with Chris Wilson second and Jeff Smith third. Booger Brooks and Arva Brooks were first and second in A-Hobby, and Dallas Brooks and Scott Boyd were one-two in B-Hobby.
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. -- Marshall Deakins of Dunlap finished fourth among the pros with a three-day haul of 15 bass totaling 75 pounds, 5 ounces in the final 2012 Everstart Series Southeast Division tournament that ended Saturday on Lake Guntersville, and Derek Hicks of Rocky Face, Ga., was ninth with 60-9. Deakins won $8,940; Hicks, $3,973. Alex Davis of Albertville, Ala., won $34,767 for his first-place 81-12 total. Jason Atkins of Section, Ala., was the co-angler runner-up with 53-11, good for $4,470. Justin Sward of Birmingham won with 62-12. Billy Brindle of Calhoun, Ga., was 14th among the pros with 40-4, Wesley Strader of Spring City was 23rd with 35-6, Corey Bradley of McDonald was 36th with 31-0 and Tim Buckner of Scottsboro was 43rd with 29-14.
GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. -- Tennessee Tech's Matthew Clay from Madisonville, Tenn., and Joe Slagle from Bristol won handily in the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southeastern tournament Saturday on Lake Guntersville with five bass totaling 26 pounds, 15 ounces. They won $5,000 for Tech and their bass club and earned a spot in the conference championship tournament. An Auburn duo was second with 17-10. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Parker Bacon and Taylor Bolton finished 11th with 10-5. "Joe came up with a great plan for us today," said Clay, referencing their success in a down-lake area close to a bridge near Brown's Creek. "I had finals this entire week and couldn't afford to take the entire week off and come down here and practice. Fortunately, Joe made it down here for a few days last week, and it worked out great for us." The winners said in an FLW release that "15 to 16 pounds" was their hope, but they had "at least 20 keepers" to choose from. "We had no idea that we were going to catch 27 pounds," Clay said. "We figured that these Guntersville bass would be sick of the Alabama rig, so we broke it down and threw only one swimbait today. The fish were spawned out and we were able to catch them suspended near the bridge. It was an absolutely fantastic day."