"Gage Painter wins the Throwback 52"
Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models
August 3rd , 2018
The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would hit the track for a rare Friday night performance this week at America's Most Famous Short Track, Hickory Motor Speedway, for the Throwback 52. Weather would look dismal all week and early morning rains would appear to put a damper on the evening's festivities. But the sun would peek through late in the day and engines would roar to life for the 52 lap feature.
Monty Cox in the #21 would turn the quick lap for the division and grab the pole with the #12 of Gage Painter starting to his outside. Vince Midas in the #14 would start from inside of row two while Pat Rachels in the #34 would be to his outside. Cox and Painter would battle side by side until the Cox would nose ahead. Lap 8 would see contact between the #15 of Taylor Gray and the #77 of Dylon Wilson bring out the first caution. Both cars would continue but have to work their way from the rear of the field. When the field would go back to green the third place car of Midas would struggle to get to up to speed on the front stretch bringing out the caution as several cars would suffer damage from the incident. After the on track cleanup the race would resume with Cox nosing ahead of Painter once again for the lead. Lap 15 would see Painter make his bid for the lead. The side by side battle would last for several laps with Painter pulling ahead by a bumper. Cox would appear to have mechanical problems on lap 34 and spin as he entered turn one, bringing out the caution. The restart would see Painter once again at the point with Midas to his outside. Painter would pull ahead to the lead while Midas would get pressured by Rachels and Wilson for the 2nd spot. Painter would drive on to the victory with Rachels taking 2nd place, in his throwback scheme honoring his father, Terry Rachels. Wilson would bounce back from the early race incident and grab 3rd place, in his throwback scheme honoring his grandfather, Dean Combs. After collecting the outside wall a few laps from the end of the race, Midas would hold on for 4 th place with Gray, also bouncing back from the early race spin, finishing 5th.
Racing action returns next week with the Bandit Big Rig Series hitting the famed 3/8 mile oval.
The Sundown Audio Competition hits the historic track in 2 weeks. On August 25th the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series returns to action at the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars, Hickory Motor Speedway.
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