" Charlie Watson and Ryan Millington split the Twin 40s"
August 12 th , After a week off the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series rolled back into Hickory Motor Speedway with Cosmo Motors Night at the Races.
Leading off the action would be the always exciting Renegades as they would hit the track for 20 laps of fierce battle. Darren Dickinson in the #6 would start from the point with Justin Austin in the #1 to his outside. Dickinson and Austin would battle side by side until Kyle DiVanna in the #71 would press the issue and take it 3-wide through and eventually move to the top spot. The battle would be furious throughout the 20 lap feature with multiple wrecks and positions swapped nearly every lap, but Austin would hold on for his second visit to Victory Lane in a row. Dickinson and DiVanna would end up 2nd and 3rd respectively and tied in the point standings. Robbie Hollifield in the #51 and the #18 of Casey Meyer rounding out the top 5.
Next up would be the Bojangles Late Models and the first of their Twin 40 lap features. Ryan Millington in the #76 would grab the top starting spot with the fast time in qualifying. Thomas Beane in the #31 would start to Millington's outside Ty Gibbs in the #18 and Charlie Watson and in the #9 making up row two. On the start Millington would nose out to the early lead but Beane would keep pressuring on the outside until working his way to the top spot. Around lap 10 Watson would start to make his way to the front moving around Millington and then around Beane for the lead. After winning the last three races for the Bojangles Late Models Watson was looking to make it 4 in a row. While Millington was hoping to cool the hot streak he would have to settle for the runner up spot as Watson would take the Checkered Flag and the win. Anthony Alfredo in the #8 would finish 3rd, Gibbs would hold on for 4th, and Omar Jurado in the #15 would round out the top 5.
The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would hit the track next for their 35 lap feature. Jeremy Pelfrey in the #51 would start from the pole with Mack Little in the #16 to his outside. Pelfrey would take the early lead as the battle would rage for second and beyond. Alex Reece in the #18, Zach Bruenger in the #55, and Pat Rachels in the #34 would all make bids for the top spot. Pelfrey would withstand numerous restarts and hold on for the win. Reece would charge all the way to 2nd with Bruenger hot on his heels finishing 3rd. Rachels would work his way to a 4th place finish with Little hanging on for 5th.
Roaring to life next would be the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks and their 30 lap skirmish. Cody DeMarmels in the #18 would lead the field to the green flag and prove to be the cream of the crop on this night as he would lead every lap on his way to a wire to wire victory. The battle for 2nd, however, was a different story with Trey Buff in the #69, Kevin Eby in the #03, Marshall Sutton in the #64, and Mark Whitten in the #77 all wanting the spot. Eby would grab 2nd with Buff finishing 3rd. Sutton and Whitten would finish 4th and 5th respectively.
The One Design Super Trucks would be next up with 35 laps of action packed racing. With a rain shower stopping truck qualifying the field would be set by points. This would put points leader Tyler Dayton in the #36 at the front for the green flag. Sheflon Clay in the #15 would jump out to the early lead. Dayton would slowly reel in Clay and move back to the point. Much like the Renegade race earlier in the evening the One Design Super Trucks would see multiple incidents causing positions to shuffle early and often. Charlie Neill in the #26 would work his way to challenge the top duo of Dayton and Clay. A late race restart would see Neill make the most of the opportunity and nose ahead of Dayton. Neill would hold on and take the win with Dayton coming home in the runner up position. Clay would finish 3rd, Allen Huffman in the #51 would battle back from several incidents to finish 4th, and the #70 of Travis Baity would round out the top five in 5th.
The Bojangles Late Models would roll off once more, this time for the second of their Twin 40 lap features. A ten car inversion from the first feature finish would put Juan Gonzalez in the #5 on the pole and Jake Ruggles in the #29 to his outside. The front pair would run side by side for a couple laps when Jonathan Findley in the #4 would make his move toward the front. Contact would send the leaders spinning and when the dust settled Findley's car would be setting atop Gonzales' car. Thankfully neither driver would be injured and Findley's car was able to continue after a tow to pit road. The next restart would see Thomas Beane in the #31 and Ty Gibbs in the #18 lead the way to the green flag. The lead pair would make it a lap and a half before the caution would fly as Gibbs' car would be damaged and not be able to return. The familiar colors of Ryan Millington in the #76 and the #9 of Charlie Watson would lead the field back to green. The pair would have a great battle at the front swapping the lead several times until Millington would make the final pass and hold off Watson for the win. Watson would hang on for 2nd. Beane would battle back and chase down the lead duo but would have to settle for 3rd as time ran out. Jake Crum would make the best out of an opportunity to race in Andrew Garcia's #12 and bring it home in 4th. Rounding out the top five would be Findley who would rebound and finish 5th after being involved in an early race incident and find himself on top of another car.
Closing out the night event's would be the Covington Dental Smash & Crash series for 10 laps of chaos and mayhem. The green flag would fly for the obligatory 4 wide standing start with tires spinning and smoke rolling. Once again minivans, sedans, subcompacts, and a limo would duke it out in the no holds barred contest where the only thing missing was the masked man from parts unknown. As the cars spun, debris flew, and the smoke rolled the checkered flag would fly and find Matt Fox in the #3 as the first to make it to the checkered flag after 10 punishing laps.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will take a break from action next week but the historic 3/8 mile short track won't be silent as the Sundown Audio Competition returns on Saturday.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series returns to action in two weeks with more great racing action brought to you by our friends at Cosmo Motors.