“Alfredo Breaks through with Fall Brawl Win”
Cosmo Motors FALL BRAWL presented by Calico Coatings for the Bojangles Late Models
Oct. 21st. - Beautiful weather and an enthusiastic crowd greeted the competitors as the Cosmo Motors Fall Brawl presented by Calico Coatings rolled into Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
Leading off the night's festivities would be the Catawba Realty and Insurance Classic Sportsmen Racing Series and their 25 lap feature. Bill Webb in the #16 would start from the point with Bob Hapeman in the #8 to his outside. Webb and Hapeman would have a spirited battle until the 2017 Hickory Motor Speedway Champion, Webb, would pull ahead. Chris Werner in the #19 would work his way around Hapeman and chase down Webb over the last 10 laps. The pair would put on a great show and coming into turns 3 & 4 on the final lap there would be contact sending Werner's car over the front end of Webb's car. The caution would fly and set the field for a green-white-checkered restart. Hapeman would take the green flag and look to be on his way to the win when Don Fenn in the #72 would make the winning pass as they came off of turn 4 on the final lap. The 2015 Hickory Motor Speedway Champion, Fenn, would return to victory lane for his first time in 2017. Hapeman would hold on to finish 2nd. Jimmie DeKrafft in the #12 would finish 3rd, Bill Powell in the #71 and Bill Webb would round out the top 5.
The next event scheduled would see the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks hit the track for a 30 lap battle. Mark Whitten in the #77 would set the fast time and pace the field to the green flag with the #18 of Cody DeMarmels to his outside. The pair would battle side by side for several laps until Whitten would finally nose ahead. Kevin Eby in the #03 would give chase to the lead duo hoping to make it a three way battle for the lead. Whitten would prove too tough on this night and drive on to the win. DeMarmels would finish 2nd with 2017 Hickory Motor Speedway Champion Eby close behind finishing 3rd. Jonathan Smith in the #16 would finish 4th and Marshall Sutton in the #64 would finish 5th.
The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would roll off next for their 100 lap feature. Monty Cox in the #21 would turn a blistering fast lap in qualifying to take the top starting spot with the #7 of Tyler Gregory starting to his outside. Cox would take the early lead and set a fast pace. As the laps clicked off Cox would look to have the car to beat dominating the first 90 laps. However, a late race caution would see the field bunched for the restart and several drivers moving through to put themselves into contention for the win. With 10 laps to go Ryan Vasconcellos in the #10 would make his move for the lead and work around Cox to take the top spot. Zack Bruenger in the #55 would also slip around Cox as would Gregory. Vasconcellos would drive on to the win with Bruenger grabbing the 2nd finishing position. Gregory would go on to finish 3rd, Cox would end up 4th, and Alex Reece in the #18 would finish 5th.
Hitting the track next would be the One Design Super Trucks for their 50 lap event. Allen Huffman in the #51 would lead the field to green after setting the fast time in qualifying with the #16 of past One Design Super Trucks Champion Clint Fields starting to his outside. Huffman would drive to early lead with Fields settling in behind him and the #15 of Sheflon Clay, 2017 Hickory Motor Speedway Champion, also giving chase. Huffman would prove too strong on the night and drive on for the win. Fields would finish 2nd and Clay would come home in 3rd. Charlie Neill in the #26 and Chase Campbell in the #F1, Mike Duvall 'Flintstone Flyer' Memorial truck, would round out the top 5.
Closing out the night would be the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models for their 200 lap slug fest. Ty Gibbs in the #18 would set the hot lap in qualifying and start from the pole position with Cole Glasson in the #5G to his outside and the cars of Austin McDaniel in the #18 and Thomas Beane in the #31 made up row two. Gibbs and Glasson would battle side by side for the first 10 laps in an exciting battle for the top spot. Gibbs would hold on to the top spot but would face a persistent challenge from McDaniel, who would move by Glasson for 2nd. Gibbs would hold on to the top spot all the way to lap 100 and lead the field down pit road for the halftime break as the leader. After all the work was completed the cars would once again hit the track with Gibbs at the point. McDaniel would bide his time and move to the top spot eventually getting by Gibbs. Working his way through the field and up to second position would be the Junior Motorsports #8 of Anthony Alfredo. McDaniel and Alfredo would run nose to tale for 20 laps with Alfredo peeking under the leader on occasion. With around 20 laps to go Alfredo would make his move to take the lead. McDaniel would make several charges back to the front but Alfredo would prove too tough and be on his way to victory lane. McDaniel would hold on for 2nd. After leading over 100 laps Gibbs would hold on for 3rd. Dexter Canipe Jr. in the #23, Landon Huffman in the #75, and Thomas Beane in the #31 would do battle for the 4th and 5th positions over the last 30 laps. Canipe would nose ahead of the pair to finish 4th and Huffman would hold on to 5th.
Hickory Motor Speedway will be open for testing for the next few weeks till our next event, November 17-18 with the PASS Series Mason-Dixon Mega Meltdown 300.