Cory Hedgecock after winning at 411 Motor Speedway. (Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Southern Series Photo)

Hedgecock Claims 11th Annual Scott Sexton Memorial

SEYMOUR, Tenn. — The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Southern Series would conclude its Memorial Day weekend race swing at 411 Motor Speedway for the 11th Annual Scott Sexton Memorial.

Cory Hedgecock would take the lead on lap eight and drive to his second Scott Sexton Memorial (previous win came in 2020) victory and claim the $5,052 payday.

The win by the 30-year old Hedgecock would be his 10th career Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series victory.

Outside front row starter Ricky Weiss would grab the race lead at the drop of the green flag of the 11th Annual Scott Sexton Memorial Valvoline A-Main event, with Hedgecock, Jenson Ford, Dakotah Knuckles and Donald McIntosh giving chase.  

The front four would remain the same, while Booger Brooks would work past McIntosh for fifth on lap five. Hedgecock would close in on Weiss at this point and begin to pressure Weiss for the top spot as the front duo was about to start working lapped traffic. 

Hedgecock would take the top spot from Weiss on lap eight, while Knuckles would claim fifth from Brooks on the same circuit. The first of four caution periods in the event would occur on lap 12 when Kenneth Howell’s machine would slow on the frontstretch.  

The restart would see Hedgecock maintain the lead, with Weiss, Ford, Knuckles, and McIntosh in pursuit.  

Hedgecock would gradually pull away from the field and would begin working lapped traffic again on lap 22. Knuckles and McIntosh would battle for fourth at this point, and McIntosh would take the position on lap 23. One lap later, McIntosh would claim third from Ford while Mack McCarter would drive past Knuckles for fifth on the same lap.  

The caution would wave again on lap 26 when James Kelso would see his mount start putting down some liquid on the racing surface. The front five would remain the same on the restart until lap 29 when McCarter would claim fourth from Ford.  

Knuckles, who would be seventh at this time, would spin his entry in turn one to trigger the third caution of the race and on this restart, the front five would remain the same as the final caution of the race appeared one circuit later for a turn four spin by Thomas Langley.  

The final restart would see Hedgecock continue to lead, with Weiss second, while McCarter and Ford would begin to battle for third, with McCarter taking the spot on lap 35.  

Hedgecock would maintain a comfortable advantage over the final few circuits and claim the victory, with Weiss taking second, while McIntosh would work past McCarter exiting turn four on the final lap to finish third.  

McCarter would settle for fourth, while Ford would complete the top five.