“ Berry Wins in a Thriller On Napa Championship Night”

9/19/2020 - NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series racing returned to Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday night with NAPA Championship Night. Track Championships would be determined in five divisions.

Leading off the racing action would be the Renegades in their 20 lap feature. The point race would be a close battle as Joseph Hodges in the #1 and Zachary Mullins in the #72 would come into the event tied for the points lead and Ben Campbell in the #27 only 10 points back. Charlie Neill in the #51 would start from the top spot with Gary Ledbetter in the #8 to his outside. Row two would see Joseph Hodges in the #1 and Ben Campbell in the #27 side by side for the start. Neill would pull to the early lead with Ledbetter close behind. Contact in turn two between Campbell and Mullins would send Mullins spinning and bring out the caution. Campbell would also have to restart in the rear. The restart would see Neill and Ledbetter door to door at the green flag. Neill would take the battle after several laps and move to the lead. Mullins would spin bringing out the caution on lap 2. Neill and Ledbetter would bring the field back to the green flag. Neill would pull back to the lead. Campbell would move around Hodges for third. Lap 13 would see Ledbetter pull to the pits with mechanical issues. A spin by the #73 of Kyle Boice would bring out the caution on lap 16. The restart would see Neill and Campbell side by side. Neill would pull away and drive on to the win. Campbell would finish 2nd with Hodges taking 3rd. Boice would finish 4th and the #82 of Brandon Hasson would grab a top five in 5th. With his finish Hodges would take the Hickory Motor Speedway Renegade Track Championship.

The Super Trucks would be the next to hit the track for 35 laps of racing. Joey Shuryan in the #30 held a comfortable points lead coming into the event, but would still need to qualify and start the event to secure the title. Allen Huffman in the #51 would pace time trials starting from the top spot with Joey Shuryan in the #30 to his outside. Row two would see Ricky Dennie in the #6 and Hannah Newhouse in the #46 side by side for the start. Shuryan would use the outside groove to take the early lead. The front duo would go door to door on lap five and stay that way until Huffman would finally make the pass on Shuryan for the lead. Dennie would take the opportunity to also get around Shuryan for second. The #28 of Dennis Trivette would move around Newhouse for fourth. Huffman would drive on to take the win. Dennie would finish 2nd with Shuryan taking 3rd. Trivette would get 4th and Newhouse would finish 5th. Shuryan would be the Hickory Motor Speedway Super Trucks Track Champion

Round #10 of the Paramount Kia ‘BIG 10' Chase for the Championship with the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would be up next with 50 laps to finish out the points race in two categories. Josh Kossek in the #44 would hold a sizable lead, but with a good field of cars racing in the final event he would still need to have a good finish to win the title. The Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge would be considerably closer however, with Chase Janes in the #47 in striking distance of the leader, Kossek. Qualifying would see Chase Janes in the #47 take the top spot with Josh Kossek in the #44 to his outside. Josh Stark in the #32 and Mark Goin in the #14 would make up the second row for the start. Janes would pull to the lead as they would complete lap one. Goin would use the outside line to nose ahead of Stark for third. Max Price in the #22 would pass the #43 of Mitch Walker for fifth. The halfway point would see Janes, Kossek, Goin, Stark, and Price the top five. Stark would move to third around Goin on lap 27. Walker would move back around Price for fifth. On lap 34 the #72 of Pete Johns would spin on the front stretch and bring out the first caution. The restart would see Janes and Kossek dueling for the top spot. Contact between Goin and Price would send Price spinning and cause a chain reaction incident bring out the caution on lap 35. Price and the #30 of Chris Martin Jr would come to the pits on the wrecker. Janes and Kossek would once again bring the field to the green flag. Janes would pull to the lead with Kossek close behind. Walker would move around Stark for third, however the pair would continue to battle for the spot. Janes would drive on to take the win. Kossek would finish 2nd with Stark taking 3rd by a bumper. Walker would take 4th and Akinori Ogata in the #14 would gran 5th. With his solid second place finish Kossek would win the Hickory Motor Speedway Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Model Track Championship and the Paramount Kia ‘BIG 10' Chase for the Championship.

Next up would be the Street Stocks pounding the pavement for 30 laps of racing. The points battle would be a three way affair with Kevin Eby in the #03, Marshall Sutton in the #64, and Mark Whitten in the #77 battling it out for the top spot with only 10 points separating the three. Drew Cox in the #21 would set fast time in qualifying to grab the pole position with Gary Ledbetter in the #32 to his outside. Ethan Johnson in the #2 and Mark Whitten in the #77 would make up row two for the start. Ledbetter would use the high line to pull to the lead with Cox close on his bumper. Contact between Whitten and Marshall Sutton in the #77 would send them both spinning in turn four, bringing out the caution on lap 5. Under the caution, Kevin Eby in the #03 would be stopped on the front stretch by officials to check for an oil leak. As Kevin Eby would drive back around the track smoke would trail behind and he would come to pit road. After repairs Kevin Eby would rejoin the field for the restart. Ledbetter and Cox would lead the field to the green flag. Ledbetter would pull back to the front. Sutton would work his way up to fourth with Kevin Eby behind him in fifth still trailing smoke around the track. Sutton would pass Johnson for third on lap 20. Lap 25 would see the #3 of Kayla Eby stop on the track and bring out the caution. Under the caution, flames would shoot out from Kevin Eby's car and he would come to pit road. The issue would unfortunately end Kevin Eby's night. Ledbetter and Cox would go to battle once again. Ledbetter would move back to the lead. Lap 28 would see the caution fly as Zach Hale in the #7 would spin on the front stretch. Ledbetter and Cox would set up for a green white checker finish. The front pair would race side by side, but contact between the two would send Cox spinning in turn two. Ledbetter and Sutton would bring the field back to the green flag. Ledbetter and Sutton would make contact, allowing Johnson to make the move around both for the lead. Johnson would take the win. Sutton would finish 2nd with Whitten grabbing 3rd. Cox would come back to 4th and Trey Buff in the #48 would finish 5th. Eby's misfortunes and Sutton's strong run would send the HMS Hickory Motor Speedway Street Stock Track Championship back up the mountain with Sutton.

The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Late Models would roll off next for their 80 lap feature. The track points battle would have to wait till next week to be settled, but national championship implications would possibly be seen with the top two late model drivers, Josh Berry in the #88 and Ryan Millington in the #15, in competition. Cooler weather would bring some fast times in qualifying with Sam Butler in the #81 taking the top spot and Jake Crum in the #01 close behind in second. Shane Lee in the #00 and Ryan Millington in the #15 would make up row two for the green flag. Butler would take to the lead early with Crum in second. Mitch Walker in the #15 would start sixth and move quickly up to third. Josh Berry in the #88 would start ninth andbegin a move up to sixth by lap ten. The battle for second would get interesting with Crum, Walker, and Nolan Pope in the #1 all wanting the spot. Lap 20 would see the caution fly as contact between Walker and Crum would send Walker spinning off of turn four. The restart would see Butler and Crum in row one with row two being Pope and Millington. Crum would use the outside groove to pull to the lead with Butler hot in his tracks. Butler would move around Crum for the lead on lap 27. Pope and Millington would go door to door for third with Berry behind them thinking about going three wide. Millington and Berry would use the high line to get around Pope and Crum. Contact between Crum and Pope would send Pope spinning and the caution flying on lap 32. The restart would see a Butler and Millington front row with Berry and Will Cox in the #3 in row two. After a couple of side by side laps Butler would take the lead. Lap 35, Berry would move around Millington for second. Lap 39 would see the caution fly as Walker would spin and back into the turn three wall. Walker would be uninjured, however his night would be finished. The restart would see Butler and Berry row one with Cox and Pope row two. Butler would pull to the lead with Berry close behind. The halfway point would see Butler, Berry, Pope, Cox, and Crum running in the top five. Lap 44 would see Crum move around Cox for fourth. Lap 49 would see the battle for fourth become a five car affair with Crum, Cox, Ryan Vasconcellos in the #98, Millington, and Shane Lee in the #00 all wanting the position. Contact between Crum and Vasconcellos would send debris on the track and bring out the caution on lap 58. Butler and Berry would make up row one for the restart with Pope and Cox making up row two. The lead duo would have a spirited battle for the top spot with Berry pulling to the top spot and Butler close behind. Lap 73 would see the caution fly for a hard crash by Lee after contact with AnnaBeth Barnes-Crum in the #12. The restart would see Berry and Butler pacing the field back to the green flag. Neither driver would be ready to give up as Berry would nose slightly ahead. Butler would try inside and outside, but would fall a little short. Berry would drive on to the win and gain maximum national title points with the addition of his passing points from starting ninth. Butler would finish 2nd and Pope would take 3rd. Millington would grab 4th and Cox would bring home 5th.

Closing out the night's racing would be the 4-Cylinders and their 25 lap feature. The point battle would be settled on the final night with Cody Combs in the #9 holding a 12 point lead ahead of the #6 of Brian Mundy. Mundy would take the top spot in qualifying with Robert Trivette in the #11 to his outside. Row two would be made up of Cody Combs in the #9 and Charlie Neill in the #17 for the start. Before the green flag would fly Neill would pull to pit road with mechanical problems and be unable to join the race. After the green flag would fly Mundy would pull to the front with Trivette close behind. Combs would hold third place and keep the leaders within sight. Mundy would drive on to the win. Trivette would finish 2nd and Combs would take 3rd. Shane Canipe in the #1 would grab 4th while Don Wardo in the #59 would take home 5th. Combs' finish would help him secure the Hickory Motor Speedway 4-Cylinder Track Championship.

Next week will see another National Championship battle with a possible Nitro Lubricants $25,000 bonus for with Josh Berry or Ryan Millington if either of them can with the national late model title. Twin 40 lap features for the Late Models, Twin 60 lap features for the Carolina Pro Late Model Series, and 30 laps for the Street Stocks.

 

Hickory Motor Speedway Results 9/19/20

Late Model

1  #88 – Josh Berry

2 #81 – Sam Butler ( r )

3  #1P – Nolan Pope

4  #15 – Ryan Millington

5  #3 – Will Cox III

6  #12B – Annabeth Barnes Crum

7  #28 – Chris Hudspeth

8  #31 – Thomas Beane

9  #00 – Shane Lee

10  #01 – Jake Crum

11  #98 – Ryan Vasconcellos

12  #15W – Mitch Walker

13  #98B – Matt Brooks

14  #12A – Akinori Ogata

15  #15M – Zach McDaniels

16  #77 – Dawson Cram

17  #66 – Zack Wells - DNS

Limited Late Model

1  #47 – Chase Janes

2  #44K – Josh Kossek – 2020 Ltd Late Model Champion & Paramount “Big 10” Champion

3  #32 – Josh Stark

4 #43 – Mitch Walker

5  #14A – Akinori Ogata

6  #80 – Toni Breidinger

7  #17 – Sklyer Chaney

8  #23 – Reilly Doyle

9  #55 – John Reynolds

10  #72 – Pete Johns

11  #42 – Conner Sheffield

12  #97L – Billy Jack Lester

13  #14 – Mark Goin

14  #22 – Max Price ( r )

15  #8 – Travis Powell

16  #9 – Austin Powell

17  #30 – Chris Martin

18  #57 – Ashton Trivette - DNS

Street Stocks

1  #2 – Ethan Johnson

2  #64 – Marshall Sutton – 2020 Street Stock Champion

3  #77 – Mark Whitten

4  #21C – Drew Cox

5  #48 – Trey Buff

6  #32 – Gary Ledbetter

7  #7 – Zach Hale

8  #03 – Kevin Eby

9  #3 – Kayla Eby

Super Trucks

1  #51 – Allen Huffman

2  #6 – Ricky Dennie

3  #30 – Joey Shuryan – 2020 Super Truck Champion

4  #28 – Dennis Trivette

5  #46 – Hannah Newhouse

4 Cylinders

1  #6 – Brian Mundy

2  #11 – Robbie Trovette

3  #9 – Cody Combs – 2020 4 Cylinder Champion

4 #1C – Randy Canipe

5  #59 – Donn Wardo

6  #1 – Matt Leicht

7  #17 – Charlie Neill

Renegades

1  #51 – Charlie Neill

2  #27 – Ben Campbell

3  #1 – Joseph Hodges – 2020 Renegade Champion

4  #73 – Kyle Boice ( r )

5  #82 – Brandon Hasson

6  #72 – Zachary Mullins

7  #81 – Matthew Chambers

8  #8 – Gary Ledbetter