“ Justin Carroll wins on LiftOne Night at the Races in the Bojangles Late Model 100 lap feature”
June 17th, 2017
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series returned to action at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday for LiftOne Night at the Races and a full slate of racing.
Leading off the evening's events would be 25 laps with the 4-Cylinders. Pole sitter, Curtis Pardue in the #17, would move to the early lead with the #29 of long time competitor and former Hickory Motor Speedway 4-Cylinders Champion, Dennis Ward, close in tow. Ward would close up on the bumper of Pardue but would be unable to get around him. Pardue would grab another checkered flag on the year, taking the win over the hard charging Ward, who would finish 2nd. The #11 of Robert Trivette would nose ahead of Cody Combs in the #9 in a photo finish for the 3rd and 4th spots. Robbie Lewis in the #98 would round out the top 5.
Rolling off next would be the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models and their 50 lap feature for Round 6 of the Paramount Kia 'Big 10' Chase for the Championship. Monty Cox in the #21 would set fast time and start from the pole with Pat Rachels in the #34 to his outside. Cox would take the early lead but Rachels would reel him in and move by for the top spot. Mitch Walker in the #29 would spin with Cox spinning behind bringing out a caution and bunching up the field for a restart. Rachels would start from the point with Ryan Vasconcellos in the #10 to his side. Contact between the lead duo would see Rachels spinning and send Vasconcellos to the rear during the ensuing caution. Jeremy Pelfrey in the #51 would move to the point for the next restart with Tyler Gregory in the #7 to his inside. Pelfrey would jump to the lead but Gregory would stay in his tire tracks and wait for his opportunity to make a move. Gregory would seize that opportunity with two laps to go and drive on to the win in only his 5th start. Pelfrey would have to settle for 2nd but would capitalize on the misfortunes of the points leader Cox, and tighten up the division points race. Despite racing in only his second Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models, Stevie Johns Jr. in the #91 would bring home in 3rd. Rachels and Walker would battle back to round out the top five with a 4th and 5th respectively.
The One Design Super Trucks would roar to life next with their 35 lap feature. Tyler Dayton in the #36 would grab the pole with Sheflon Clay in the #15 to his outside. Clay would get the better start and pull out to an early lead. Despite having some radiator duct damage, Dayton would bide his time and work back up to the leader's bumper and eventually move around Clay for the lead. Dayton would drive on to the win with Clay mirroring close behind finishing 2nd. Joey Shuryan in the #30 would grab 3rd, Allen Huffman in the #51 would take 4th, and Charlie Neill in the #26 would round out the top 5.
Next up would see the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks hit the famed 3/8 mile oval for their 30 lap feature. Cody DeMarmels in the #18 would set fast time and start from the pole. DeMarmels would grab the early lead but Mark Whitten in the #77 would pressure him for the top spot. DeMarmels would come off turn 4 with the lead but slow dramatically, as mechanical problems would strike the young driver once again, while Whitten and others would squeeze by but a spin would bring out the caution. Whitten and the #64 of Marshall Sutton would battle for the lead that would eventually see Sutton spin and Whitten sent to the rear during the ensuing caution. Don Machutta in the #52 and Trey Buff in the #69 would inherit the front row for the next restart. Both drivers would drive their hearts out sensing the opportunity to visit the historic Hickory Motor Speedway Victory Lane but Machutta would be the first to the checkered flag and the win. Sutton would nose around Buff in the last couple laps for 2nd while Buff would equal his best Hickory Motor Speedway finish of 3rd. Whitten would battle back for 4th while Kevin Eby in the #03 would round out the top 5.
The NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models would hit the track next for the 100 lap main event. 2016 T NASCAR Whelen All American Series Hickory Motor Speedway Track Champion, Dexter Canipe Jr., would start from the pole after setting fast time in qualifying. 2017 division points leader, Ryan Millington in the #76, would start from outside row one, while Justin Carroll in the #57 and Mike Darne in the #21 would make row two. Canipe would get the early jump and drive to the lead. Carroll would work his way around Millington and keep Canipe in his sights. As the laps clicked off, drivers who were saving their tires for the 100 lap feature would start to make their move while others would begin to fade. Carroll would eventually catch Canipe and make the pass for the top spot. Charlie Watson in the #9 would work his way around Canipe as well. Watson would catch up to the leader Carroll but didn't have quite enough to make the move around him. Carroll would go on to the victory, his 3rd at Hickory. Watson would hold on for 2nd and also make a close the gap in Millington's point lead as the young wheelman would have mechanical issues and spend a good deal of the race on pit road. Darne would end up the night in 3rd. Jonathan Findley in the #4 would make a Late charge and come home in 4th. The winner of last week's second Twin 40, Kres VanDyke, would make the return trip and bring home another top five with 5th.
Finishing out the night would be the Catawba Realty and Insurance Classic Sportsmen Racing Series for 25 laps. Bill Webb in the #16 would start from the top spot with Chris Werner in the #22 to his outside. Webb and Werner would have a spirited battle up front while Eddie Gilbert in his new ride #1 would keep a close on the pair in case they slipped up. But the 81 year young Webb wasn't about to make any mistakes and would drive on to the victory with Werner holding on for 2nd. Gilbert would finish 3rd, Dennis Hinkle in the #90 would take 4th, and Bill Powell in the #71 would round out the top 5
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will be off for the next couple weeks at America's Most Famous Short Track but that doesn't mean there will be a lack of action.
Saturday, June 24th, will see the KMS Drift event which will feature an Auto Show, Audio Competition, and Drifting.
Saturday, July 1st, will see the Modifieds return for 125 green flag laps with the Southern Modified Racing Series.
Saturday, July 8th will bring the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series back to Hickory with K and N Engineering Night at the races featuring Twin 40s for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models, Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models, Cosmo Motors Street Stocks, 4 Cylinders and the Catawba Realty and Insurance Sportsmen Racing Classics followed by a Huge Fireworks Show. Admission will be $20.00 per car load, so load up the family and come out for Racing, Fireworks and more for just $20.00