Mansch Heats it up During Paramount Automotive Group Night at Hickory Motor Speedway

July 24, 2010 Hendersonville, NC

( Newton, NC - - July 24, 2010 )  Hot is the only way to describe Paramount Automotive Group Night at the Races.  The temperatures were intense and so was the racing as the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series hit the asphalt for some fast paced racing action.  The Bojangles Late Models, the Advance Auto Parts Limiteds, the Hickory Street Stocks and the Hickory 4-Cylinders all made appearances, while entertaining the fans in the stands.  The No. 88 of Kyle Mansch was on fire as he wheeled his way back into Victory Lane after grabbing the pole position during the Bojangles Late Model 50 feature. 

The No. 88 of Kyle Mansch heated things up during the Bojangles Late Model 50 lap feature, after grabbing the lead on the first lap from the No. 10 of pole sitter Andy Mercer.  As Mansch took over the lead and began to pull away, the No. 5 of Dexter Canipe Jr. jumped into the third place position after starting the race in the fourth place spot.  Within the first 10 laps the No. 43 of Jesse LeFevers secured the fourth place spot, leaving the No. 51 of Josh Wimbish to ride around fifth.  Wimbish's ride wouldn't last long, as the No. 19 of Kyle Moon took over fifth on lap 14. 

By lap 15 Mercer pulled up to Mansch's bumper searching for any opportunity to regain the top spot.  Moon continued on his run, pulling under LeFevers looking to take over the fourth place position.  The two ran door to door until lap 33, when Moon bobbled as the two headed down the front stretch, allowing LeFevers to pull ahead.  By lap 35 Mansch, Mercer and Canipe Jr. had bunched up, the three remained only feet apart as they battled for the win.  Mercer tried the low line for a few laps and then moved to his notorious high line, but Mansch wasn't going to give up easy.  With two laps to go, Mercer made another attempt, pulling under Mansch as they headed out of turn four.  The two raced side by side on the final lap in a battle that continued as they came to the checkers.  Mansch powered ahead leaving Mercer to finish the caution free event second.  Canipe Jr., LeFever and Moon finish third through fifth respectively. 

The Advance Auto Parts Limiteds got the action going on lap eight after the No. 25 of Nick Proffitt pulled under the No. 07 of Tyler Church heading into turn three looking to take over the fourth place position.  Proffitt was able to secure the spot on lap ten after beginning the race in the seventh place spot.  The first caution fell on lap 14 after the No. 37 of Landon Huffman get into the back of the No. 12 of Paul Wark as the field headed out of turn four.  The impact sent Wark spinning down the front stretch into the inside wall.  The No. 03 of Russell Stillwell and the No. 83 of David Hasson both spun trying to avoid the wrecked ride of Wark.   A second caution came out on lap 15 after Huffman went for a spin heading into turn one.  Caution number three was quick to follow when the No. 28 of Sammy Jasper got into the No. 15 of Sheflon Clay heading out of turn one on lap 16.  Hasson and Huffman spun to avoid the wreck. 

During the restart Proffitt pulled under the No. 12 of Austin McDaniel as they two headed out of turn two looking to take over the third place position.  Proffitt placed himself in prime position to capture the position on lap 18.  On lap 19 the No. 11 of Matt Piercy and the No. 13 of Dakota Slagle connected, sending Slagle for a spin into the outside wall bringing out the fourth caution of the race.  By lap 29 Proffitt had made his way to the inside of the No. 97 of Brandon Lynn, looking for an opportunity to move into the second place spot.  The two ran side by side until lap 35 when the No. 5 of pole sitter Dexter Canipe Jr. came to a halt in turn four after experiencing mechanical issues.  As Canipe Jr. brought his ride to a halt in the turn, Proffitt and Lynn continued down the front stretch until Proffitt lost control sending his car for a spin into the inside wall, bringing out the fifth caution.  The impact from Proffitt's crash damaged the inside wall and the red flag was brought out to give track officials time to fix the wall.

Caution number six fell during the restart after Wark spun around on the front stretch.  On lap 33, McDaniel maneuvered his way into the lead while Piercy worked his way into the fourth place spot.  Meanwhile Slagle got into the back of Huffman sending Huffman for a spin in turn four bringing out the seventh and final caution.  McDaniel led the field to the checkers scoring his first Limited Late Model career win.  The No. 26 of Joey Harque, Lynn, Piercy and Jasper rounded out the top five.

The Hickory Street Stocks took to the track for a caution free 30 lap race.  The No. 1 of pole sitter Taylor Stricklin brought the field to the green flag, as the No. 03 of Kevin Eby made a bold going three wide heading into turn one, taking over the fourth place position on lap two.  Eby continued his way towards the front grabbing the third place position on lap nine.  Within the first 10 laps the No. 21 of Roger Pitts II made his way into the second place position after starting the race in fourth.  Stricklin continued to lead the field as the race wound down, with Pitts II and Eby following behind in second and third.  With ten laps remaining the No. 64 of Marshall Sutton grabbed the fourth place position leaving the No. 9 of Charlie Watson to finish fifth. 

The Hickory 4-Cylinders hit the track in full force with a 12 car field for the 25 lap race.  The first caution fell early in the race after the No. 59 of Donn Wardo went for a spin in turn two on lap four.  The No. 28 of Kyle Pierce pulled into the second place position from his third place starting spot.  By lap six the No. 17 of Curtis Pardue captured the third place spot after starting fourth.  As Pardue was clinching the position the No. 52 of Michael Isaacs went for a spin in turn two, bringing out the second caution. 

At the restart the field spread out with the No. 4 of pole sitter, Adam Beaver leading the field.  The third caution fell on lap 20 after the No. 6 of Caleb Sisk got into Wardo as they headed into turn two.  Caution number four came out during the restart after Pardue went for a spin on the exit of turn two.  The fifth caution fell again during the restart for debris on the track after the No. 3 of Donnie Harmon and Pierce connected heading into turn two. On lap 22 Isaacs found himself going for another spin heading into turn four, bringing out the sixth caution.  A seventh and final caution waved during the restart for debris on the track.  The field went green flag racing with three laps to go and Beaver in the lead.  Beaver led the field to the checkers bring Pardue, the No. 09 of Randy Canipe, Harmon and Sisk along for the ride to make up the top five.

About Hickory Motor Speedway:

Known as the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars, Hickory Motor Speedway celebrates its 59 th season of stock car racing in 2010.  Opening the gates in 1951, Hickory Motor Speedway is the oldest professional sporting venue in Catawba County, and has been credited as the longest continually operating motor speedway in the country.  Producing drivers like Ned and Dale Jarrett, Bobby Isaac, Harry Gant, Ralph Earnhardt and Dennis Setzer, it's easy to see why Hickory Motor Speedway is filled with such rich stock car racing history and has earned the title of, Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars.

Upcoming Events:

Join us next Saturday, July 31 st for Steele Rubber Products Night at the Race.  The night will feature the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series with appearances by the Bojangles Late Models, the Advance Auto Parts Limiteds, the Everything Attachment Super Trucks, the Hickory Street Stocks and the Red Baron Race Parts Hobby Stocks.  Grandstands open at 5 PM, with qualifying immediately following.  An On-Track Autograph Session will take place at 6 PM with feature racing action beginning at 7 PM.  Tickets are only $10 for adults, $8 for teens and seniors, $5 for kids ages 7-12, with kids 6 and under FREE.  Remember if you not here… you're missing out!

Pole Award Winners:

Bojangles Late Models: No. 10 – Andy Mercer – 15.359 seconds

Advance Auto Parts Limiteds: No. 5 – Dexter Canipe Jr. – 16.030 seconds

Hickory Street Stocks: No. 1 – Taylor Stricklin – 17.000 seconds

Hickory 4-Cylinders: No. 4 – Adam Beaver – 16.733 seconds


Official Race Results:

Bojangles Late Models Paramount Automotive Group 50:

1. (88) Kyle Mansch

2. (10) Andy Mercer

3. (5) Dexter Canipe Jr.

4. (43) Jesse LeFevers

5. (19) Kyle Moon

6. (92) Candace Muzny

7. (2) Jessica Brunnelli

8. (47) George Miedecke

9. (51) Josh Wimbish

10. (25) Allison McCloud

Advance Auto Parts Limiteds 35:

1. (12) Austin McDaniel

2. (26) Joey Harque

3. (97) Brandon Lynn

4. (11) Matt Piercy

5. (28) Sam Jasper

6. (07) Tyler Church

7. (15) Sheflon Clay

8. (03) Russell Stillwell

9. (93) Steve Carver

10. (37) Landon Huffman

11. (12) Paul Wark

12. (13) Dakota Slagle

13. (83) David Hasson

14. (25) Nick Proffitt

15. (5) Dexter Canipe Jr.

Hickory Street Stock 30:

1. (1) Taylor Stricklin

2. (21) Roger Pitts II

3. (03) Kevin Eby

4. (64) Marshall Sutton

5. (9) Charlie Watson

6. (71) Robert DiVanna

7. (5) Mike Newton

8. (84) Jared Broadbent

9. (54) Michael Harris

10. (55) Arrin Matthews

Hickory 4-Cylinder 25:

1. (4) Adam Beaver

2. (17) Curtis Pardue

3. (09) Randy Canipe

4. (3) Donnie Harmon

5. (6) Caleb Sisk

6. (98) Rob Lewis

7. (52) Michael Issac

8. (28) Kyle Pierce

9. (59) Donn Wardo

10. (51) Nathaniel Kanupp

11. (16) Randy Freeze

12. (98) Dustin Walker


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