" Ryan Millington and Zach Bruenger split Twin 40 lap "

on Cosmo Motors Night at the Races

April 16 th , 2018

The thunder roared again in the Catawba Valley, not for rain but the engines fired at the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars,  Hickory Motor Speedway , on Saturday for a full slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action.

Leading off the night would be the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models for the first of two 40 lap features. Three previous NASCAR Whelen All American Hickory Motor Speedway Track Champions would take their spot in the field. Grabbing the top spot in qualifying would be the 2018 Hickory Motor Speedway Track Champion, Ryan Millington in the #17, with Dexter Canipe in the #5 to his outside. The second row would be made up of Austin McDaniel in the #12 and Kres VanDyke in the #15. Millington would jump to the early lead as Canipe would give close chase until engine problems would cause him to spend a lengthy amount of time in the pits, losing several laps to the leader. McDaniel and VanDyke would give chase but not be able to hold off challengers from behind. The #55 of Zack Bruenger would work his way through the field and grab the second position, giving chase to the leader. Evan Swilling in the #18 would also work his way through the field and settle into third place behind Bruenger. Millington would go on to take the win with Bruenger coming home in 2nd. Swilling would hold off McDaniel for a podium finish in 3rd with McDaniel settling for 4th. Mitch Walker in the #29 would make a hard charge through the field but would settle for 5th.

Next up would see the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks roar to life for their 30 lap feature. Jeff Sparks in the #7 would take the pole position with multi-time track champion Kevin Eby in the #03 to his outside. Sparks would set a fast pace and the battle would be on behind him to determine who would give chase. Eby would do battle with Marshall Sutton in the #64 and Mark Whitten in the #77. The trio would keep the crowd on their feet with the scuffle but Sutton would eventually separate and give chase to the leader. Sparks would prove too tough and take the win with Sutton taking 2nd. Whitten would grab 3rd with Eby finishing 4th and Ethan Johnson in the #2 finishing 5th.

Round #2 of the Paramount Kia 'Big 10' Challenge series for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models and their 50 lap feature would be next on the schedule. The front row starting spots would be a family affair with cousins Tyler Gregory in the #7 in the top spot and Dylon Wilson in the #4 on the outside. Gregory and Wilson would battle for the top spot and bragging rights at the family reunion with a spirited side by side battle. Gregory would nose ahead with Wilson tucking in close behind. As the laps wore down a car slowing on the front stretch with a flat tire and the leader, Gregory, decelerated to avoid a collision. Wilson would capitalize on the situation and move to the lead with the #12 of Mason Ludwig moving by as well. Ludwig would keep his momentum and put pressure on Wilson for the lead and move to the top spot. Ludwig would go on to grab his first victory at the famed 3/8 mile oval. Wilson would take the runner up spot with Pat Rachels moving up to finish 3rd. Josh Kossek in the #44 would come home in 4th while the #14 of Vince Midas would finish 5th.

The Carolina Custom Golf Carts 4-Cylinders would hit the track next for their 25 lap slugfest. Brian Mundy in the #6 would set the fast time with season opening winner  Dennis Ward  in the #25 starting in second. Mundy and Ward would battle side by side with Ward finally pulling ahead. Several incidents would slow the race with a serious incident involving Robbie Trivette in the #11 and the #09 of Randy Canipe occurring on the backstretch, but both drivers would be okay and walk away. The #29 of Allison Houston would make her way to the front and take the win. Mundy would finish 2nd with Ward ending up 3rd. Donn Wardo in the #59 and Canipe would finish out the top.

Rolling off next would see the Hickory Vintage Racers doing battle for 25 laps. It would be an all-Bill front row with Bill Webb in the #16 on the pole and Bill Powell in the #71 to his outside. The elder statesman of the series, Bill Webb, would move to the front and stay there for the entire race to grab another victory, after recently celebrating his 83rd birthday. Powell would give close chase and come home in 2nd with Robert Webb in the #6 finishing the race in 3rd.

The NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models would finish up their double-header with their second 40 lap feature of the night. With a 10 car invert from the finish of race #1 Monty Cox in the #21 would start from the top spot while NHRA Pro Stock competitor Tanner Gray in the #15 would take a week to run with his NASCAR motorsports family and start to Cox's outside. Cox and Gray would pace the field side by side for the first couple laps but Cox would move ahead with Gray close behind. First race winner Ryan Millington in the #17 would make a hard charge towards the front but contact would send him spinning and he would have to make the long trip all over again. Evan Swilling in the #18 would make the move to the top spot late in the race while Zach Bruenger in the #55 would follow close behind with Dexter Canipe Jr. in the #5 breathing down his neck. Bruenger would get around Swilling and bring Canipe with him. Bruenger would hang on to grab his first NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model victory and celebrate in furious fashion in victory lane. Canipe would hold on for 2nd while Millington would make the long trek back through the field a second time to finish 3rd. Cox would grab the 4th finishing position and Gray would show the great Hickory Motor Speedway crowd that he was not only fast in a straight line,but he could also turn left, ending his night with a top 5 finish in 5th. 

Finishing off the night's events would be the Smash & Crash series with their 10 laps of controlled chaos and motoring mayhem. The much maligned tractor tire would make an appearance at the exit of turn 4 and would lead to several close calls and numerous contact. At the end of the evening the #5 of Joseph Hodges's would end up with his hood in the air and visiting  victory lane  as the winner.

Next week America's Most Famous Short Track will see the Must See Sprint Cars hit the track along with the USAC Midgets.  In two weeks  the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series returns to action with Lyndon R. Helton Attorney At Law Night at the races with a full slate of racing action scheduled, including: NWAAS Late Models, Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models, One Design Super Trucks, Cosmo Motors Street Stocks, and the Carolina Custom Golf Cart 4-Cylinders.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 4/14/2018
4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
DQ/DNS/DNF
1
29H
Allison Houston
Conover, NC
2
6M
Brian Mundy
Concord, NC
3
25
Dennis Ward
Hickory, NC
4
59
Donn Wardo
Harmony, NC
5
9
Randy Canipe
Maiden, NC
6
11
Robert Trivette
Newton, NC
4-Cylinders - Qualifying
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
DQ/DNS/DNF
1
6M
Brian Mundy
Concord, NC
2
25
Dennis Ward
Hickory, NC
3
9
Randy Canipe
Maiden, NC
4
11
Robert Trivette
Newton, NC
5
29H
Allison Houston
Conover, NC
6
59
Donn Wardo
Harmony, NC
Classic Sportsman Racing - Feature
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
DQ/DNS/DNF
1
16
Bill Webb
Statesville, NC
2
71P
Bill Powell
Newton, NC
3
6W
Robert Webb
Harmony, NC
Classic Sportsman Racing - Qualifying
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
DQ/DNS/DNF
1
16
Bill Webb
Statesville, NC
2
71P
Bill Powell
Newton, NC
3
6W
Robert Webb
Harmony, NC
Late Model - Qualifying
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
DQ/DNS/DNF
1
17M
Ryan Millington
Statesville, NC
2
5C
Dexter Canipe, Jr.
Conover, NC
3
12
Austin McDaniel
Harrisburg, NC
4
15V
Kres VanDyke
Abingdon, VA
5
29M
Mitch Walker
Newton, NC
6
21
Monty Cox
Granite Falls, NC
7
55B
Zachary Bruenger
Granite Falls, NC
8
9W
Charlie Watson
Lenoir, NC
9
18S
Evan Swilling
Cohutta, GA
10
95H
Jacob Heafner
Dallas, NC
11
1P
Nolan Pope
,
12
15G
Tanner Gray
,
13
12B
Annabeth Barnes Crum
Hiddenite, NC
14
51P
Jeremy Pelfrey
Lenoir, NC
15
15C
Sheflon Clay
Asheville, NC
16
57P
Bill Petroff
,
Late Model - Twin I
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
DQ/DNS/DNF
1
17M
Ryan Millington
Statesville, NC
2
55B
Zachary Bruenger
Granite Falls, NC
3
18S
Evan Swilling
Cohutta, GA
4
12
Austin McDaniel
Harrisburg, NC
5
29M
Mitch Walker
Newton, NC
6
15V
Kres VanDyke
Abingdon, VA
7
9W
Charlie Watson
Lenoir, NC
8
15C
Sheflon Clay
Asheville, NC
9
15G
Tanner Gray
,
10
21
Monty Cox
Granite Falls, NC
11
95H
Jacob Heafner
Dallas, NC
12
51P
Jeremy Pelfrey
Lenoir, NC
13
1P
Nolan Pope
,
14
12B
Annabeth Barnes Crum
Hiddenite, NC
15
57P
Bill Petroff
,
16
5C
Dexter Canipe, Jr.
Conover, NC
Late Model - Twin II
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
DQ/DNS/DNF
1
55B
Zachary Bruenger
Granite Falls, NC
2
5C
Dexter Canipe, Jr.
Conover, NC
3
17M
Ryan Millington
Statesville, NC
4
21
Monty Cox
Granite Falls, NC
5
15G
Tanner Gray
,
6
12
Austin McDaniel
Harrisburg, NC
7
15V
Kres VanDyke
Abingdon, VA
8
95H
Jacob Heafner
Dallas, NC
9
1P
Nolan Pope
,
10
51P
Jeremy Pelfrey
Lenoir, NC
11
15C
Sheflon Clay
Asheville, NC
12
12B
Annabeth Barnes Crum
Hiddenite, NC
13
29M
Mitch Walker
Newton, NC
14
57P
Todd Bradburry
Concord, NC
15
18S
Evan Swilling
Cohutta, GA
16
9W
Charlie Watson
Lenoir, NC
Limited Late Model - Paramount Race
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
DQ/DNS/DNF
1
12L
Mason Ludwig
N. Branch, MI
2
4W
Dylon Wilson
Taylorsville, NC
3
34
Pat Rachels
China Grove, NC
4
44
Josh Kossek
Tobaccoville, NC
5
14
Vince Midas
Catawba, NC
6
4H
Leland Honeyman
Mooresville, NC
7
23
Zachary Dabbs
Mooresville, NC
8
23D
Brendan Doyle
Harrisburg, NC
9
7G
Tyler Gregory
North Wilkesboro, NC
10
55P
Travis Powell
,
11
43P
Kenneth Pardue
Millers Creek, NC
12
00H
Andy Holt
Greensboro, NC
13
19C
Jessica Cann
,
14
12P
Gage Painter
Statesville, NC
15
15G
Taylor Gray
Mooresville, NC
16
57
Carter Davison
Elizabethton, TN
17
22L
Brandon Lemke
Eagle, WI
18
18D
Cody DeMarmels
Newton, NC
19
51H
Chris Huffman
Connelly Springs, NC
20
47J
Chase Janes
Harrisburg, NC
21
83
Chris Honeycutt
,
DNS
Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
DQ/DNS/DNF
1
4W
Dylon Wilson
Taylorsville, NC
2
34
Pat Rachels
China Grove, NC
3
12L
Mason Ludwig
N. Branch, MI
4
44
Josh Kossek
Tobaccoville, NC
5
12P
Gage Painter
Statesville, NC
6
23
Zachary Dabbs
Mooresville, NC
7
15G
Taylor Gray
Mooresville, NC
8
22L
Brandon Lemke
Eagle, WI
9
14
Vince Midas
Catawba, NC
10
4H
Leland Honeyman
Mooresville, NC
11
23D
Brendan Doyle
Harrisburg, NC
12
57
Carter Davison
Elizabethton, TN
13
18D
Cody DeMarmels
Newton, NC
14
43P
Kenneth Pardue
Millers Creek, NC
15
55P
Travis Powell
,
16
51H
Chris Huffman
Connelly Springs, NC
17
00H
Andy Holt
Greensboro, NC
18
19C
Jessica Cann
,
19
47J
Chase Janes
Harrisburg, NC
DNS
20
83
Chris Honeycutt
,
DNS
21
7G
Tyler Gregory
North Wilkesboro, NC
Smash & Crash - Feature
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
DQ/DNS/DNF
1
5
Joseph Hodges
,
2
1
Ryan Austin
,
3
3
Matt Fox
,
4
30
Harlan Pruitt
,
5
17
Angie Cook
,
6
99
Cowboy Weaver
,
7
4
Justin Austin
Granite Falls, NC
8
15
Caleb Lineberger
,
DNS
9
61
Tim Stiener
,
DNS
Street Stocks - Feature
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
DQ/DNS/DNF
1
7S
Jeff Sparks
Acworth, GA
2
64
Marshall Sutton
Burnsville, NC
3
77P
Mark Whitten
Hogtown, VA
4
3
Kevin Eby
Lenior, NC
5
2J
Ethan Johnson
Hudson, NC
6
74B
Jared Broadbent
Spruce Pine, NC
7
69
Trey Buff
Hickory, NC
8
18
Troy DeMarmels
Newton, NC
9
18R
Adam Rogers
,
DNS
10
9C
Chris Torrence
Denver, NC
DNS
11
4B
Todd Bradburry
Concord, NC
DNS
Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
DQ/DNS/DNF
1
7S
Jeff Sparks
Acworth, GA
2
3
Kevin Eby
Lenior, NC
3
77P
Mark Whitten
Hogtown, VA
4
64
Marshall Sutton
Burnsville, NC
5
74B
Jared Broadbent
Spruce Pine, NC
6
2J
Ethan Johnson
Hudson, NC
7
69
Trey Buff
Hickory, NC
8
18
Troy DeMarmels
Newton, NC
9
18R
Adam Rogers
,
DNS
10
9C
Chris Torrence
Denver, NC
DNS
11
4B
Todd Bradburry
Concord, NC
DNS