Jr. Wins, You Win during Honey's IGA Night!

By: Jill Frischmann

(September 5, 2009 -- Newton, NC) It was a beautiful night for stock car racing when the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series hit the track for Honey's IGA Night at the Races presented by Pepsi. The night included twin 50 lap features for the Bojangles Late Models and also included appearances by the Advance Auto Parts Limiteds, the Hickory 4 Cylinders, the Hickory Street Stocks, the Red Baron Race Parts Hobby Stocks and the Ford Focus Midgets. The #88 of Dexter Canipe Jr. was on a mission to take home the checkers during his first Bojangles Late Model feature of the season as he battled the #10 of points leader Andy Mercer for the top spot. Canipe Jr. powered his way to victory lane earning his first win of the season and winning fans a free pizza at Little Caesars!

The racing action was intense as the drivers of the Bojangles Late Models took on the World's Most Famous Short Track for their first 50-lap feature of the evening. The #88 of Dexter Canipe Jr. was determined to put his Ford out front as he quickly moved into the second place position by lap four, from his fifth place starting spot. The first caution fell on lap 14 as the #52 of Julia Dawson spun around between turns one and two. From the restart Canipe Jr. jumped ahead of pole sitter, the #10 of Andy Mercer for the lead.

The second caution quickly followed as #36 of Neil Meredith and the #92 of Candace Muzny connected sending both spinning. As the field went back to green flag racing Canipe Jr. and Mercer ran door to door until lap 19 when Mercer regained his lead over the field. A caution was the last thing Mercer wanted to see as the #33 of James Goff, Muzny, the #2 of Ty Dillon, the #16 of Mack Little and the #51 of Josh Wimbish collided on the back stretch bringing out the third and final caution of the feature. Canipe Jr. used the restart to his advantage as he jumped ahead of Mercer and back into the lead. Canipe Jr. powered ahead bringing the field to the checkers with Mercer, the #57 of Grant Wimbish, the #43 of Jesse LeFevers and the #6 of Cole Miktuk in tow.

The second 50 lap feature for the Bojangles Late Models was just as action packed as the first, the fans were kept on the edge of their seats as the #57 of Grant Wimbish had an amazing run leading a solid portion of the feature. The #10 of Andy Mercer faded back early on leaving Wimbish to settle into the top spot. The first of two cautions fell on lap 23 when the #43 of Jesse LeFevers came to a halt in turn three. The caution was not what Wimbish wanted to see as he had gained a five-car lead over the field. The #88 of Dexter Canipe Jr. used the restart to his advantage to pull ahead of Wimbish grabbing the top spot, bringing Mercer along for the ride. The #51 of Josh Wimbish made an impressive run as he settled into the fourth place position, right behind his brother, on lap 28 from his ninth place starting spot.

The second and final caution waived on lap 34 when the #33 of James Goff, the #36 of Neil Meredith, the #16 of Mack Little and the #52 of Julia Dawson piled up coming out of turn three. It didn't take long after the restart for Mercer to jump back into the lead leaving Canipe Jr. to follow behind, while the Wimbish brothers battled for third. With ten laps to go Josh Wimbish decided it was time make his move and grabbed the third place position from his brother Grant. Grant Wimbish and the #59 of Coleman Pressley completed the top five.

The Advance Auto Parts Limiteds put on a spectacular show for the fans as they hit the asphalt for their 35-lap event. The #33 of Cory Joyce had a great run from the first lap as he held on tight to the pole sitter, the #17 of Kyle Mansch as he looked for any chance to lead a lap. As usual it didn't take long for Mansch to pull away from the field creating a 10-car lead over second place by lap 10. The #8 of Mark McIntosh was on a mission as he quickly worked his way up to sixth place by lap 20 from his tenth place starting spot. The first caution waived on lap 23 as the #69 of Scott Whittaker spun around entering turn two slamming his ride into the outside wall. Caution number two was soon to follow as the #86 of Mike Eplee and the #6 of Brandon Hudnall connected on the back stretch sending Hudnall around.

Joyce used the restart to his advantage as he jumped ahead of Mansch to take over the lead. Mansch quickly moved back into the top spot, but Joyce wasn't backing down. On lap 29 Joyce got the break he was looking for all season, as Mansch got loose entering turn two. Mansch spun around collecting the #25 of Nick Proffitt and the #14 of Brandon Cox bringing out caution number three. McIntosh continued to move up through the field as he clinched the second place position with five laps remaining. The fourth and final caution fell on lap 30 when the #37 of Walter Hoke slapped the outside wall of the backstretch. During the final five laps Joyce drove hard as he worked to hold off McIntosh and the #24 of Taylor Doggett. On the final lap Doggett found himself in the outside wall in turn two, no caution was called as Joyce was taking the checkered flags with McIntosh in tow. Mansch, the #45 of Kenneth Pardue and the #7 of Jason Crouse made up the top five.

The Hickory Street Stocks were quick to provide exciting racing action for the fans while the #03 of Kevin Eby quickly slid into the second place position. Just as Eby made his move the first caution flew on lap 1 as the #69 of Trey Buff spun around on the backstretch. Buff kept the excitement going as he went spinning for a second time on the front stretch on lap four causing caution number two to fly. It was smooth sailing until lap 13 as Eby tried to clear the #98 of Warren East. The two connected sending East hard into the turn one outside wall bringing out the third caution of the event. With nine laps to go the #10 of Kevin Townsend got under the #15 of Waylon Flynn and took over the lead. On lap 23 Eby found himself in more trouble as he lost a wheel exiting turn one, causing his ride to slam into the outside wall bringing out the fifth and final caution. Five laps remained as Townsend and Flynn continued to battle for the lead. They ran door to door as they came to the checkers with Townsend inching ahead of Flynn to grab the checkers. The #88 of Josh Bruchette, the #32 of Jeremy Harrell and the #64 of Marshall Sutton made up the top five.

The Hickory 4 Cylinders were smooth sailing during their caution free 25-lap event. The #28 of Kyle Pierce experienced mechanical issues early in the evening putting him out of the race on lap three. The #4 of Adam Beaver spent the first ten laps looking for his opportunity to take over the lead from the pole sitter, the #21 of Todd Harrington. Beaver jumped to the inside line heading out of turn three on lap ten and sailed past Harrington for the top spot. It was clean racing for the duration of the event as Beaver lead the field across the finish line leaving Harrington, the #16 of Randy Freeze, the #18 of Devon Hawn and the #09 of Randy Canipe to round out the top five.

The Hickory Hobby Stocks kept the action rolling as they made their way onto the track for their 20 lap main event. The #82 of David Hasson wobbled coming out of turn four on the first lap, but was able to hold on tight and maintain his track position. The #9 of Scott Bumgarner experienced a solid run as he worked his way from the back of the pack to the top three by lap eight. The first caution waived on lap 13 as Hasson went for a spin heading out of turn three. The second caution was soon to follow as Hasson made contact with the #88 of Andrew Towery, putting Towery into a spin in turn three. The third and final caution came out with three to go as Hasson spun around again in turn three. With two laps remaining the #85 of Jeff Weisner began to put the heat on the #90 of Ronnie Sims, grabbing the lead on the final lap leaving Sims to settle for second. Bumgarner, Hasson and the #1 of James Flynn finished third thru fifth.

The Ford Focus Midgets brought the fans to their feet as they whipped around the track for their 35-lap feature. The #14 of Scott Hunter led the field from the green flag until lap nine when he blew a tire, whipped around and then slid up the track in turn two bringing out the first caution. The second caution was soon to follow on lap 13 when the #00 of Amanda Quinones cut a tire and spun out. On lap 21 the #22 of B Gaule experienced mechanical issues and came to a stop on the backstretch. Due to fluid on the track a third caution was brought out to clean up the spill. It was clean racing from that point on as the #44 of Eric Coones paced the field to the checkered flag leaving the #2 of Jeremy Frankoski, the #96 of Steven Intravain and the #19 of Chris Lamb to complete the top five respectively.

Up Coming Events:

Join us next Saturday, September 12 th for Championship Night presented by USG and Gaston Rentals. The night will feature the final showdown of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for the 2009 season and will include appearances by the Bojangles Late Models, the Advance Auto Parts Limiteds, the Bad Boy Mower Super Trucks, the Hickory 4 Cylinders, the Hickory Street Stocks and the Red Barron Race Parts Hobby Stocks.

Grandstands for this great night of racing open at 5 PM with qualifying immediately following. On Track Autograph Session will take place at 6 PM with feature racing action at 7 PM. Visit www.hickorymotorspeedway.com for more information about the show.

Remember if you're not here, you're missing out!

Pole Award Winners

Bojangles Late Models:10 – Andy Mercer – 15.330 seconds

Advance Auto Parts Limiteds:17 – Kyle Mansch – 15.898 seconds

Hickory 4 Cylinders:21 – Todd Harrington – 16.523 seconds

Hickory Street Stocks:15 – Waylon Flynn – 16.875 seconds

Ford Focus Midgets:2 – Jeremy Fankoski – 14.184 seconds

Tommy Johnson's Performance Parts Warehouse Hard Charger Winners

Bojangles Late Models #1: 95 – Michael Buckner

Bojangles Late Models #2: 83 – Akinori Ogata

Advance Auto Parts Limiteds: 8 – Mark McIntosh

Hickory 4 Cylinders:98 – Rob Lewis

Hickory Street Stocks: 88 – Josh Burchette

Red Baron Race Parts Hobby Stocks:85 – Jeff Weisner

Hickory Motor Speedway

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series


LATE MODEL STOCKS - 50-LAP RACE #1 •  88 Dexter Canipe Jr. •  10 Andy Mercer •  57 Grant Wimbish. •  43 Jesse LeFevers •  6 Cole Miktuk •  59 Coleman Pressley •  32 Kyle Grissom •  19 Kyle Moon •  36 Neil Meredith •  15 Marc Davis •  95 Michael Buckner •  52 Julia Dawson •  83 Akinori Ogata 14. 33 James Goff 15. 7 Ashley Huffman 16. 2 Ty Dillon 17. 16 Mack Little 18. 51 Josh Wimbish 19. 92 Candace Muzny 20. 38 Josh Burchette

LATE MODEL STOCKS – 50–LAP RACE #2 1. 10 Andy Mercer 2 88 Dexter Canipe Jr. 3. 51 Josh Wimbish 4. 57 Grant Wimbish 5. 59 Coleman Pressley 6. 7 Ashley Huffman 7. 43 Jesse Lefevers 8. 32 Kyle Grissom 9. 6 Cole Miktuk 10. 15 Marc Davis 11. 83 Akinori Ogata 12. 19 Kyle Moon 13. 16 Mack Little 14. 36 Neil Meredith 15. 95 Michael Buckner 16. 33 James Goff 17. 52 Julia Dawson 18. 2 Ty Dillon 19. 38 Josh Burchette

STREET STOCKS •  10 Kevin Townsend •  15 Waylon Flynn •  88 Josh Burchette •  32 Jeremy Harrell •  64 Marshall Sutton •  99 Jonathan Smith •  11 Donnie Buckner •  54 Michael Buckner •  9 Jon Austin •  03 Kevin Eby •  69 Trey Buff •  98 Warren East

LIMITED LATE MODEL 1. 33 Cory Joyce 2. 8 Mark McIntosh 3. 17 Kyle Mansch 4. 45 Kenneth Pardue 5. 7 Jason Crouse 6. 32 Justin Sorrow 7. 03 Russell Stillwell 8. 6 Brandon Hudnall 9. 24 Taylor Doggett 10. 37 Walter Hoke 11. 14 Brandon Cox 12. 25 Nick Proffitt 13. 86 Mike Eplee 14. 72 Jason Cochran 15. 69 Scott Whitaker

HOBBY STOCKS 1. 85 Jeff Weisner 2. 90 Ronnie Sims 3. 9 Scott Bumgarner 4. 88 Andrew Towery 5. 3 Tim Reece 6. 82 David Hasson - DQ 7. 1 James Flynn - DQ

4-CYLINDERS 1. 4 Adam Beaver 2. 21 Todd Harrington 3. 16 Randy Freeze 4. 18 Devon Haun 5. 09 Randy Canipe 6. 07 Matt Laws 7. 31 Melvin Tucker 8. 17 Curtis Pardue 9. 98 Rob Lewis 10. 51 Randy Berry 11. 37 Randy Page 12. 81 Shane Canipe 13. 28 Kyle Pierce

FORD FOCUS MIDGETS 1. 44 Eric Coomes 2. 2 Jeremy Frankoski 3 96 Steven Intravain. 4. 45 S. MacMillan 5. 19 Chris Lamb 6. 97 Justin Hommel 7. 14 Scott Hunter 8. 00 Amanda Quinones 9. 98 Wade Brown 10. 50 Tyler Corriher 11. 22 Billy Gaule 12. 43 Rick Fedrizzi 13. 17 Bryce Borden


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