Mansch and Wimbish Victorious at Hickory Motor Speedway

August 7th, 2010 Hendersonville, NC

( Newton, NC - - August 7, 2010 ) It was another exciting night of racing action during Honda Cars of Hickory Night at the Races presented by USG. The stands we full of anxious race fans pumped for the Twin 50-Lap races featuring the Bojangles Late Models. The night also included appearances by the Advance Auto Parts Limiteds, the Everything Attachment Super Trucks, the Hickory Street Stocks and the Hickory 4-Cylinders. The No. 88 of Kyle Mansch made a dramatic return to victory lane during the first late model feature, while the No. 51 of Josh Wimbish found his way to victory lane for the second time this season during the second late model feature.

The Bojangles Late Models kicked off the night with the first of two 50-lap features with the No. 10 of Andy Mercer leading the field to the green during the caution free event. The No. 88 of Kyle Mansch quickly jumped out front grabbing the top spot on the first lap, while the No. 5 of Dexter Canipe Jr. worked his way into the top three during the first five laps. On lap 31 the No. 92 of Candace Muzny shot under the No. 43 of Jesse LeFevers heading out of turn two breaking into the top five.

By lap 34 Mercer had pulled back under Mansch looking for a shot to move back out front, but Mansch once again pulled away. On lap 39 Mercer, decided to try the high line as he made another move for the the lead. The two maintained a tight battle until the end as Mansch led Mercer to the checkers with Canipe Jr. following behind in third. The No. 51 of Josh Wimbish and Muzny also developed a tight battle for fourth, with Wimbish coming home with the position leaving Muzny to complete the top five.

The second 50-lap feature for the Bojangles Late Models went just as smoothly as the first Mercer bringing the field to the green flag for the caution free event. The No. 51 of Josh Wimbish jumped to the lead during the first lap and began pulling away from the field, leaving Mercer and Canipe Jr. to battle for second. Canipe Jr. got his nose under Mercer on lap 11, as he started to look for his chance to move into the second place spot. The two traded the position back and forth until lap 30 when Mercer inched ahead.

Muzny had worked her way into the top five during the early laps of the race and was ready to continue working her way towards the front. Muzny slid under the No. 19 of Kyle Moon as the two headed out of turn four on lap 24 taking over fourth. By the mid-point of the race Mansch had made his way into sixth after starting the second feature from the back of the pack. Meanwhile, Muzny continued to work her way towards the front taking the third place spot away from Canipe Jr. on lap 36. After moving by Canipe Jr. Muzny set her sights for Mercer and the second place position, taking over the spot with ten laps to go. Muzny and Mercer raced side by side fighting for the position, with Muzny winning the battle. Wimbish came home with the win, while Muzny, Mercer, Canipe Jr. and Mansch rounded out the top five.

The Advance Auto Parts Limiteds kept the action going as they took to the track for their 35 lap feature with the No. 5 of Dexter Canipe Jr. in the pole position. During the first lap, the No. 83 of David Hasson spun and backed his ride into the outside wall in turn one. Hasson got his ride turned around and back up to speed before the caution could wave, as he went back to racing with his fellow competitors. Within the first five laps the No. 97 of Brandon Lynn worked his way into second place, taking over the position from the No. 26 of Joey Herques. The first and only caution fell on lap 18 after the No. 21 of Monty Cox got into the back of the No. 66 of Travis Byrd as the field headed into turn four, sending Byrd for a spin.

After the restart Canipe Jr. and Lynn developed a tight battle for the lead, running side by side until lap 23 when Canipe Jr. began to pull away holding onto his lead. On lap 29 the No. 8 of Mark McIntosh pulled under Lynn coming off of turn four to take over second on lap 30. With two laps remaining Herques tried to move ahead of Lynn to move into third, but time ran short for Herques leaving him to come home fourth. The No. 07 of Tyler Church had a solid run coming home with a top five finish.

The Everything Attachment Super Trucks hit the track for their 35-lap caution free event with the No. 16 of Clint Field leading the field to the green flag. Field's lead didn't last long, as the No. 69 of Trevor Hignutt shot to the front as the field came off of turn four. The No. 11 of Thomas Beane moved into the top three within the first five laps, taking over the position from the No. 33 of Jeremy Birch. On lap 16 Fields jumped to the outside of Hignutt to regain the lead as the two headed out of turn four. Fields led the field to the checkers with Hignutt, Beane, Birch, and the No. 7 of Justin Crider rounding out the top five.

The Hickory Street Stocks made their way to the track for their 30-lap event. The No. 21 of pole sitter Roger Pitts II put on a clinic as he led all 30 caution free laps. On the first lap the No. 25 of Jeremy Pelfrey made contact with the No. 1 of Taylor Stricklin, getting Stricklin extremely loose heading off of turn four. Stricklin held on tight to avoid spinning, while maintaining his second place position. With ten laps remaining the No. 03 of Kevin Eby pulled under Stricklin aiming move into the second place position, taking over the spot on lap 24, leaving Stricklin to settle for a third place finish. The No. 5 of Mike Newton and the No. 64 of Marshall Sutton rounded out the top five.

The Hickory 4-Cylinders hit the asphalt for their 25-lap feature, with the No. 4 of Adam Beaver leading the pack. The excitement started earlier when the No. 3 of Donnie Harmon spun heading into turn four. The No. 52 of Mike Issac spun to avoid the spinning Harmon before the first lap was complete, bringing out the first caution. On the first lap the No. 18 of Devon Haun moved into the second place position from his fourth place starting position. The second caution waved on lap six after Beaver and Haun made contact on the back stretch sending both spinning. Caution number three followed shortly after, when the No. 51 of Nathaniel Kanupp spun around in turn two on lap seven.

The cautions continued after the No. 17 of Curtis Pardue got into Harmon as the field headed into turn two, bringing out the fourth caution of the race. The fifth caution of the race waved on lap 18 when Harmon pulled into the pits after his car caught fire. The red flag was brought out as the safety crew put out the flames and cleaned up the track. It was green flag racing until the final lap as the No. 09 of Randy Canipe led the field to the checkers, bringing the No. 21 of Todd Harrington, the No. 16 of Randy Freeze, Pardue and Kanupp in tow 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, August 14 th for Sig's Tire Center Fan Appreciation Night featuring the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The Night will include a special 100 lap feature for the Bojangles Late Models along with racing action from the Advance Auto Parts Limiteds, the Everything Attachment Super Trucks, the Hickory Street Stocks and the Hickory 4-Cylinders. Grandstands open at 5 PM, with qualifying immediately following. The Fan Experience will hit the track taking fans for a ride with the No. 43 of Jesse LeFevers beginning at 6 PM with feature racing action beginning at 7 PM. Fans can get their $5 advance tickets at any Sig's Tire Center location up until the day of the vent. Tickets on race day 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 Feature 1: No. 10 – Andy Mercer – 15.269 seconds

Bojangles Late Models Feature 2: No. 10 – Andy Mercer – 15.205 seconds

Advance Auto Parts Limiteds:No. 5 – Dexter Canipe Jr. – 15.854 seconds

Everything Attachment Super Trucks: No. 16 – Clint Fields – 15.995 seconds

Hickory Street Stocks: No. 21 – Roger Pitts II – 16.840 seconds

Hickory 4-Cylinders: No. 4 – Adam Beaver – 16.434 seconds

Official Race Results:

Bojangles Late Models #1 - 50

1 (88) Kyle Mansch

2  (10) Andy Mercer

3  (5) Dexter Canipe Jr.

4  (51) Josh Wimbish

5  (92) Candace Muzny

6  (43) Jesse LeFevers

7  (4) Katie Hagar

8  (2) Jason Romero

9  (3) MacKena Bell

10  (19) Kyle Moon

Bojangles Late Models #2 - 50

1  (51) Josh Wimbish

2  (92) Candace Muzny

3 (10) Andy Mercer

4 (5) Dexter Canipe Jr.

5 (88) Kyle Mansch

6  (19) Kyle Moon

7  (2) Jason Romero

8  (4) Katie Hagar

9  (3) MacKena Bell

10 (43) Jesse LeFevers

Advance Auto Parts Limiteds - 35

1  (5) Dexter Canipe Jr.

2 (8) Mark McIntosh

3 (97) Brandon Lynn

4  (26) Joey Herques

5  (07) Tyler Church

6 (11) Matt Piercy

7 (12) Austin McDaniel

8 (21) Monty Cox

9 (66) Travis Byrd

10  (37) Walter Hoke

11  (13) Dakota Slagle

12  (03) Russell Stillwell

13 (12) Annabeth Barnes

14  (83) David Hasson

15 (09) Kenneth Pardue

16  (2) Nick Waycaster

17  (15) Sheflon Clay

Everything Attachment Super Trucks - 35

1  (16) Clint Fields

2  (69) Trevor Hignutt

3  (11) Thomas Beane

4  (33) Jeremy Birch

5  (7) Justin Crider

Hickory Street Stocks - 30

1  (21) Roger Pitts II

2  (03) Kevin Eby

3  (1) Taylor Stricklin

4  (5) Mike Newton

5  (64) Marshall Sutton

6  (84) Jared Broadbent

7  (29) Joey Everhart

8  (25) Jeremy Pelfrey

9  (54) Michael Harris

Hickory 4-Cylinders - 25

1  (09) Randy Canipe

2  (21) Todd Harrington

3  (16) Randy Freeze

4  (17) Curtis Pardue

5  (51) Nathaniel Kanupp

6  (54) John Triplett

7  (6) Caleb Sisk

8  (98) Rob Lewis

9 (52) Michael Issac

10 (3) Donnie Harmon

11 (14) Cameron Lowman

12  (4) Adam Beaver

13  (18) Devon Haun


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