Justin Carroll #57 grabs HMS wins #1 & #2 in the Bojangles Late Model Twin 40s
September 10th, 2016.. Hickory Motor Speedway would be the place to be as the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models would double up with Twin 40s, giving race fans double the Late Model action, on Gaston Rentals Night at the Races.
After a stirring presentation, on the eve of the 15 th anniversary of 9/11, with the Sandy Ridge American Legion Post 544 retiring the Hickory Motor Speedway flag and rehanging a new flag showing our beautiful red, white, and blue Stars and Stripes, the premier division of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models would lead off the action with Race #1 for the night. Young Ryan Millington in the #17 would grab the pole position for the first twin feature. Justin Carroll in the #57 would start just to Millington's outside, while points leader Dexter Canipe Jr. in the #5 and and early season victor Kate Dallenbach in the #25 would make up row 2. At the drop of the green flag the front duo would battle hard to determine who would set the pace but eventually Carroll would surge ahead, looking for his first NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Model victory at the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars. Millington, Canipe, and Dallenbach would settle in single file and try to reel in the top spot as the laps counted down. A late race caution would bunch the field for one last restart as Carroll would choose the inside and Millington would be left with the outside on the start. Carroll would once again jump to the point and drive on to the win, his first Late Model victory at Hickory Motor Speedway. Millington and Canipe would come across the stripe 2 nd and 3 rd . Dallenbach would finish 4 th while newcomer Bob Saville in the #15 would round out the top 5 in a good finish at the tricky 3/8 th mile oval.
Next out on the evening would be the Street Stocks and their 30 lap feature. Cody DeMarmels in the #18 would set the fast time for the division but points leader Kevin Townsend in the #10 would be close behind starting second. The duo would race side by side for a large part of the feature, even seeing a brief attempt at three wide when Kevin Eby in the #03 attempted to join the fray. The battle eventually settled down and DeMarmels would drive on to take the top spot and grab another checkered flag. Townsend and Marshall Sutton in the #64 would finish 2 nd and 3 rd , while Eby and Roy Smith in the #0 would round out the top 5.
The Limited Late Models would roll out for their feature with Jeremy Pelfrey in the #51 pacing the pack and Monty Cox to his outside in the #21. Pelfrey would get out to an early lead as Cox would be pressured by the #34 of Pat Rachels and the #18 of Evan Swilling. Cox would hold off the pair and attempt to get back to Pelfrey. The points leader, Swilling, would settle into Rachels tire tracks until he saw an opening to move by for 3 rd . Cox would get close but Pelfrey would be strong enough to hold him off and grab his seventh victory on the season, with Cox taking 2 nd . Swilling would hold on for the 3 rd position and maintain the points lead, Rachels would end up 4 th , and Alex Reece in the #18R would have another good run and round out the top 5.
Rolling onto the track next would be the Super Trucks and their 35 lap feature. Joey Shuryan in the #30 would pace the field in qualifying with new points leader Sheflon Clay to his outside in the #15. As the field dove into turn 1 on the first lap contact would be made between several trucks which stacked up the entire field in the incident. Everyone would be able to continue however. On the restart the new lineup would see the #22 of Dustin Walker leading the way and the #15 of Sheflon Clay to his outside. Clay would quickly work his way to the point and attempt to make a break and distance himself from the field. Shuryan would quickly work through the field and move up to Clay's bumper and attempt to make a move under him as the caution would fly as a portion of Tyler Dayton's #36 fender would come off and sit just beyond the flagstand in the racing groove. As the trucks lined up once more Clay and Shuryan would share the front row, but this time Clay would time his start perfectly and come out of the restart zone full-bore. By the time Clay reached turn one he was clear and Allen Huffman in the #51 was now looking to the inside of Shuryan. Huffman would clear Shuryan and start his move towards Clay over the closing laps. As the white flag flew Huffman was on Clay's rear bumper as they were ready to settle it between them. The duo would roar down the backstretch and see Huffman dive to the inside of Clay as they started into turn 3. Both drivers held their line as they came off of turn 4 and roared to the checkers, giving the fans an awesome side by side finish with Clay grabbing the exciting win and Huffman a well deserved 2 nd place. Shuryan would hold on for 3 rd , Walker would grab his 4 th in his first Super Truck start at HMS, and Collin Fern in the #53 would get his best finish of the year and round out the top 5.
The Renegades would be next up in their 20 lap feature. Co-points leaders, Charlie Neill in the #6 and Kenneth Roberts in the #8, would pace the field from the front row after grabbing the top 2 spots in qualifying. Neill would move to the point as the race began and try to take sole position of the points lead. Roberts would see a challenge from the #83 of David Hasson as he was tracking down Neill. Neill would prove to be too tough and grab the victory lane trophy finishing 1 st with Hasson not far behind finishing 2 nd . Roberts would hold on for 3 rd . Kyle Divanna would finish 4 th in his #71 and the #69 of Ben Campbell would grab 5 th .
Closing out the night would be race #2 for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models and another exciting 40 lap feature. The winner of race #1, Justin Carroll, would also have the pole for race #2 with Ryan Millington starting to his outside. Dexter Canipe Jr. would once again start from the 3 rd position but Dylon Wilson in the #1 would start outside row 2. The front duo would battle side by side for several laps before Millington would work his way to the lead. Carroll would settle in to second and follow in Millington's tire tracks for several laps. Nearing the halfway point of the race would see Carroll move back inside Millington and push for the top spot. The pair would put on an exciting battle that would last the rest of the event with both cars racing hard for the top spot. As the laps wore down neither car could get an advantage and a great finish was shaping up. As the cars came off turn 4 on the run to get one to go, Millington would come off the corner higher than the previous 20 laps and the advantage would go to Carroll. Carroll would take every inch and come back around to take the checkered flag, marking his 1 st and 2 nd Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Model victories. Millington would hang on to finish 2 nd , making it two for the night. Canipe would come home in 3 rd , also his second on the evening. Wilson would have another strong run and grab the 4 th finishing position while Kate Dallenbach would round out the top 5.
This coming Saturday Night at Hickory Motor Speedway will see the culmination of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series season and the crowning of division champions on Cargo Transporters Championship Night presented by NAPA. Racing action will also see the finale of the Paramount Kia ‘Big 10' Chase for the Championship series with their 10 th and final feature event. Also racing are the Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Super Trucks, 4-Cylinders, and Renegades. Its going to be a beautiful night to come out and enjoy the racing.