" Ty Gibbs and Ryan Millington split victories "
Bojangles Late Model Twin 40s on Sheetz Night at the Races presented by Gaston Rentals
Sept. 9th , As the regular season continues to wind down, Sheetz Night at the Races presented by Gaston Rentals, Inc roared to life at Hickory Motor Speedway on an absolutely beautiful Saturday night for racing.
The NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangle's Late Models would start off the night with the first of their 40 lap features seeing Ty Gibbs in the #18 and Ryan Millington in the #76 roll off from the front row. Gibbs would get the better start and drive to the top spot early. Millington would have his hands full with the #5 of Cole Glasson challenging for position. Glasson would move around for second and Millington would tuck in behind him. Gibbs would hold on for the win in the caution free event, taking his second win on the year at the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars. Glasson would equal his best Hickory Motor Speedway effort finishing in 2nd. Millington would finish 3rd with Charlie Watson in the #9 hanging on for 4th. Austin McDaniel in the #12 would bring home a top 5 on his return to the scene of his 2012 & 2013 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangle's Late Model Track Championships.
Next up would see the Renegades hit the famed 3/8 mile oval with the #6 of Darren Dickinson leading them to the green flag. Dickinson would lead early but be challenged by Kyle DiVanna in the #71. Dickinson would unfortunately suffer a parts failure and retire from the event early. Justin Austin in the #1 would work his way to the front and hold on for the win with Kyle DiVanna in 2nd and Robert DiVanna in the #71d finishing 3rd. Casey Meyer in the #18 and David Hasson in the #83 would round out the top 5.
The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would fire up next for their 35 lap feature with Monty Cox in the #21 leading the way and the #29 of Mitch Walker to his outside. Cox would take the early lead with Walker tucking in behind. The pair would continue to pull away for the entire caution free event with Cox breaking his streak of bad luck and returning to Victory Lane. Walker would finish off a good run with a 2nd place finish. Pat Rachels in the #34 would come on strong but have to settle for 3rd. Alex Reece in the #18 and Jeremy Pelfrey in the #51 would round out the top 5.
Rolling off next would see the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks for their 30 lap feature with Mark Whitten in the #77 guiding the way and Kevin Eby in the #03 to his outside. Whitten and Eby would battle side by side for several laps until Whitten would finally pull ahead and Cody DeMarmels in the #18 would pressure for 2nd. DeMarmels would get by Eby and set sail for Whitten, who had built a nice lead. On the white flag lap DeMarmels would get to the inside of Whitten as they came through turns 3 & 4. Contact would be made with both cars out of control, but Whitten would hang on and be the first to take the checkered flag with DeMarmels close behind in 2nd. Eby would hold on for 3rd, Marshall Sutton in the #64 would take 4th, and Eric Evans in the #07 would take home 5th.
With a tight points battle up for grabs the One Design Super Trucks would pound the pavement next for 35 laps. Charlie Neill in the #26 would turn the hot lap in qualifying and start from the front with Allen Huffman in the #51 to his outside. Neill would take an early lead, but the front duo would battle side by side for several laps till Huffman would nose ahead. Huffman would stay at the point while Neill would battle with the #15 of Sheflon Clay and the #36 of Tyler Dayton for the position. Huffman would drive on to the win with Clay getting around Neill to finish 2nd. Dayton and Neill would battle side by side to the checkers with Dayton nosing ahead for 3rd and Neill grabbing 4th. The #14 of Brandin Wrisley would make the most out of his visit to America's Most Famous Short Track to finish 5th.
The NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangle's Late Models would cap off their night with the second of their Twin 40 lap features. With an inversion from the finishing order of race #1 Charlie Watson in the #9 and Jake Ruggles in the #29 would start from the front row. Watson would take the early lead until he would get pressure from, and a furious side by side battle with, the #5 of Cole Glasson. Glasson would move to the point and it would look as if he just might break into the win column. A caution would bunch the field at lap 23 and find Ryan Millington in the #76 pressuring Glasson for the win. Millington would eventually get by and go to the top spot. Watson and the #18 of first race winner, Ty Gibbs, would make contact going into turn one and bring out the yellow with Watson spinning and the Gibbs going airborne over the front end of the Watson. Millington would hold on for the win as Austin McDaniel in the #12 was reeling him but would run out of time and have to settle for 2nd. Cole Glasson in the #5 would finish 3rd and Cody Haskins in the #2 would come home in 4th. Brooke Schimmel in the #25 would put together a nice run and bring it home in 5th.
Closing out the evening's action would be the Covington Dental Smash & Crash series. Following up on last week's rousing success of adding a tractor tire to the racing surface, the powers that be determined that if one was good then two would be better, and it was. With obstacles placed strategically at the entrance of turn one and in the middle of turns three and four, the competitors would have to circle each obstacle when they came to them at that point of the track and race to the next one. Ten fast and furious laps would ensue with tires smoking and fenders banging but in the end the #17 of Angie Cook would show all the guys that they really should've asked for directions around the tricky layout, after she took the checkered flag.
Next week the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series finishes off their regular season points with Cargo Transporters Championship Night presented by NAPA Auto Parts with track champions yet to be determined in all six divisions, It will be an action packed night. The NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangle's Late Models will race for 80 laps, 50 laps for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models and the finale of the Paramount Kia 'Big10' Chase for the Championship, 35 laps for the One Design Super Trucks, 30 laps for the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks, 25 laps for the 4-Cylinders, and 20 laps for the Renegades.
Gates open at 5:00pm, Qualifying at 5:30pm, Autograph Session at 6:30pm, and Racing action at 7:30pm.
Tickets are only $12.50 Adults, $10.50 Youth/Seniors, and Children 10 & under FREE!