" Josh Berry wins the Cosmo Motors FALL BRAWL on Championship Night "
Presented by Calico Coatings, Cargo Transporters & NAPA
Saturday, October 20 th , 2018
It was early morning rain, but a beautiful afternoon for racing.
After a great year of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Racing at Hickory Motor Speedway the season would wind down to one last race for points, and that being the biggest race of the year, the Cosmo Motors FALL BRAWL presented by Calico Coatings, Cargo Transporters, and NAPA. Over 400 laps of racing action would decide who would bring home the prestigious hardware and who would be crowned 2018 Hickory Motor Speedway Track Champions.
The Carolina Custom Golf Carts 4-Cylinders would roll off for their season ending battle. Brian Mundy in the #6 would grab the pole position with the fast lap in qualifying while Dennis Ward in the #25 would start to the outside of row one. Ward would move to the front at the start and would stay there for several laps. The caution would fly on lap 5 as Cody Combs in the #9 would spin and collect Nathaniel Kanupp in the #17. Kirby Gobble would make an appearance in the #78 and would move to the lead on lap twelve. The caution would fly on lap sixteen when Derek Ward in the #29 would spin on the backstretch. Gobble would see pressure from Mundy over the closing laps. Mundy would muscle around for the lead with just two laps to go and put an exclamation point on his championship season taking the checkered flag. Gobble would hang on for 2nd with Dennis Ward finishing 3rd. Randy Canipe in the #09 and Dennis Trivette in the #28 rounded out the top 5.
Brian Mundy would win the battle and the war, taking the 2018 Hickory Motor Speedway Carolina Custom Golf Carts 4-Cylinders Track Championship.
The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would roll off next for 100 laps and the final round of the Paramount Kia ‘Big 10' Chase for the Championship. Gage Painter in the #12 would take the top spot in qualifying with the #14 of Vince Midas qualifying second fast. Filling out row two would be Landon Huffman in the #71 and Pat Rachels in the #34. Painter and Midas would battle furiously for the top spot until Midas would nose ahead on lap 5. The field would race hard but clean and stay green until a spin on lap 34 by the #13 of Richard Caldwell would bring out the caution. Midas would take the lead as the caution would once again fly on lap 35 as the #92 of Taylor Nesbitt would spin. Midas and Painter would once again battle for the lead with Midas nosing ahead for the top spot. Lap 46 would see Huffman bring his ride to pit road with mechanical issues giving up his third place running position. Lap 50 would see the caution flag fly as Nesbitt and the #00 of Andy Holt would make contact and spin. Midas and Painter would battle hard for the lead with Painter gaining the edge this time. The caution would fly once again on lap 63 with Don Carlton in the #84 and Jessica Cann in the #19 spinning in turn one. Painter would nose ahead on the restart and move back to the point. A hard crash on lap 82 would bring out the caution once again with the #21 of Monty Cox and Nesbitt making contact. Cox would be finished for the evening while Nesbitt would make it back onto the track. Painter would move to the point once again but the caution would soon fly on lap 84 with the #71 of Nathan Lineback and Holt making contact and spinning. On the restart Painter would fight off pressure from Midas and once again resume the lead. Painter would hang on for the closing laps and take the win. Midas would hold on for 2nd with Rachels taking 3rd. Brandon Lemke in the #22 would finish 4th while Cody DeMarmels in the #18 would finish 5th.
Pat Rachels would hold off the youngsters and take the 2018 Hickory Motor Speedway Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models Track Championship.
Gage Painter, in a very tightly fought battle, would take 2018 Hickory Motor Speedway Paramount Kia ‘Big 10' Championship.
Coming into the final skirmish the top three One Design Super Truck drivers at the top of the points standings had a chance to take the top spot and bragging rights for the off-season. Clint Fields in the #16 would make a rare 2018 Hickory Motor Speedway visit and set the fast time and start from the point with Allen Huffman in the #51 to his outside. Dakota Slagle in the #13 and Sheflon Clay in the #15 would make up row two. Fields would pull ahead of Huffman for the lead. Huffman would get shuffled back several spots before settling in behind the #26 of Charlie Neill, in a battle that could have major points ramifications. The caution would fly on lap 13 as Neill would go way high in turns 1 & 2 and come to a stop in turn 3. Neill and Huffman would both come down pit road for service and rejoin the field. On the restart Fields would move to the point once again while Sparks would fly from under Neill's truck bringing him back to pit road and possibly dashing his championship hopes. Slagle would pressure Fields waiting for him to make a mistake so he could pounce to the lead. Lap 41 would see the caution fly as Slagle would get loose coming off turn 4 and spin down the front stretch. Fields and Clay would battle hard on the restart until Fields would finally pull to the lead. Fields would hold on and grab the checkered flag. Slagle would move back up to finish 2nd with Clay coming home in 3rd. Huffman would bounce back to finish 4th and Josh Stark would finish 5th. After a season full of hard fought battles.
Allen Huffman would take home the 2018 Hickory Motor Speedway One Design Super Truck Track Championship.
The feature event would be up next with the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models hitting the track for 200 laps in the Cosmo Motors FALL BRAWL presented by Calico Coatings, Cargo Transporters, and NAPA. Josh Berry in the #88 would take the top spot with a hot lap of 14.878 while Jacob Heafner in the #95 would start outside of the front row just a fraction of a second behind . Row two would be made up of past Hickory Motor Speedway Track Champion Austin McDaniel in the #12 and Ty Gibbs in the #18. However, with the addition of the MTP Tire & Racing Center, LLC challenge the pole sitter could win an additional $1000 or 2nd through 5th could win an additional $500 if any of them were to accept the challenge, start from the rear and win the race to win the additional money, Berry and the #31 of Thomas Beane would both accept the challenge, moving to the rear. Heafner and McDaniel would make row one for the start with Gibbs and Justin Crider in the #7 making up row two. McDaniel would get the better start and take initial lead with Heafner close behind in his tire tracks. Lap 10 would see the caution fly as Beane and the #15 of Bryson Dennis would spin in turns 1 and 2. McDaniel and Heafner would battle door to door for several laps until McDaniel would once again nose out into the lead. Heafner would put pressure on McDaniel for the top spot and move by for the lead on lap 21. Berry would work his way diligently through the field after taking the MTP Tire Challenge and break into the top 10 on lap 35 and into the top 5 on lap 51. The caution would fly on lap 57 as the #32 of Nik Williams would spin in turn 4. McDaniel would nose ahead on the restart and bring the #9 of Sam Mayer along with him to second. The caution would fly again on lap 76 as the left front fender from the #55 of Zach Bruenger would tumble down the front stretch. On the restart several cars would receive damage and bring the caution back out. Justin Crider in the #7 would come to pit road for repairs, but quickly rejoin the field. Mayer would win the side by side battle with McDaniel on the restart to pace the field at the point. Mayer would lead at the halfway point when the caution flag would fly bringing the action to a halt for a brief 10 minute intermission and two Hoosier F-45 tires. Mayer would lead, McDaniel in 2nd, Berry in 3rd, Heafner in 4th, and Gibbs in 5th. Beane, who also took the MTP Tire Challenge has worked his way up to 7th at the halftime break. McDaniel would get the better restart and lead several laps until Mayer would move back around to resume the lead. Lap 119 would see Beane pull to the pits and park with mechanical issues, ending a good run that saw him working his way through the field. Caution would fly on lap 125 as contact between the #23 of Terry Brooks and the #29 of Mitch Walker would see both cars slow on the track. After a quick pit stop both cars would continue. On the restart Mayer and McDaniel would resume their battle for the top spot. Mayer would eventually nose ahead for the top spot and his JR Motorsports teammate, Berry, would follow him for second on lap 143. Lap 158 would see Berry make move around Mayer for the top spot as laps were running out. Mayer wouldn't go quietly as he would shadow Berry's every move. As the laps would count down Berry's lead would grow as he would drive on to take the win. Mayer would hold on for 2nd with McDaniel taking 3rd. Heafner would finish 4th and Bruenger would come home in 5th.
Jacob Heafner would take his hotrod to the 2018 Hickory Motor Speedway Late Model Track Championship.
Rounding out the night's action would see the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks hit the track for 30 laps of battle. Mark Johnson in the #28 would make his 2018 debut and start from the point after setting the fast lap in qualifying while Hickory Motor Speedway points leader Troy DeMarmels in the #18 would start to the outside of the front row. Johnson would move to the early lead with DeMarmels close behind. The battle would rage throughout the field with the #4 of Todd Bradbury starting shotgun on the field and working his way up to 5th place before lap 10. The race would stay green all the way to the checkers and see Johnson return to Victory Lane. DeMarmels would hold on for 2nd and Mark Whitten in the #77 would grab 3rd. Bradbury would move up to 4th and Tyler Gallup in the #8 would finish 5th.
Troy DeMarmels would complete a great season returning to racing action by taking the 2018 Hickory Motor Speedway Cosmo Motors Street Stocks Track Championship.
Next week, October 27th, the Southeast Super Trucks come to town for an evening of action packed Racing.
In three weeks, November 10th, the PASS Series invades America's Most Famous Short Track with the running of the Mason-Dixon Meltdown 200.