April 29th, 2021 - The 2021 season has brought a considerable amount of excitement to Hickory Motor Speedway.
With four races completed, the point races are close and it appears to be shaping up for tight battles across all divisions. Josh Kossek has moved out to an early lead in the NAAPWS Heritage Finance Late Models with two wins so far.
The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Model division has provided four rookies plus a large group of veterans making up the field each week. Rookie Bryson Ruff has presented a strong showing with three poles and victories in two races. Ruff is currently fourth in track points and is leading the Paramount Kia “Big 10” Racing Challenge, which pays an additional $1000 for the championship. Leicht Motorsports drivers have been flexing their muscle as well with Josh Stark and Max Price both having great runs, along with their third driver, rookie Mason Maggio who picked up an early win the second race of the year. Price and Maggio are presently tied at the top spot. Another rookie stand out is 13-year-old Katie Hettinger already establishing herself as a contender leading laps in a race earlier this year. She has positioned herself third in track points and is tied for third in the Paramount Kia “Big 10” Racing Challenge. The Paramount Auto Group Limiteds has also seen visits from many talented veterans this year. Mark Johnson picked up a win in race number three and Charlie Watson who led the field early in the last event stormed back through the field to finish second after having a flat tire. Several of the veterans will continue to make their name in Limited this season such as Max Price, Chris Honeycutt, Dennis Trivette, Akinori Ogata, rookie Cameron Clifford and more.
The Heritage Finance Street Stocks are also full of serious contenders with several veterans throughout the field. Marshall Sutton finds himself in the lead at this point in the season, but only 8 points separate him from Ethan Johnson, Zach Hale and Trey Buff. Jesse Clark is making a run for the championship after missing a race earlier in the season. Clark, Johnson, Kevin Eby and Marlin Yoder all have one win each, and there are several other that could win soon such as Derek Fowler, Mark Whitten, Sutton, Zach Hale and more.
The 4-Cylinder class finds Cody Combs with all three wins, but only 8 points separate first from second place Robbie Trivette.
The Super Trucks have came back to life with a great field of veteran drivers and a couple of rookies. Charlie Watson won the first race, but was being pressured by a multiple trucks like past Hickory Motor Speedway Super Truck Champion, Allen Huffman and a host of others like Jacob Weidman, Travis Baity, Tanner Long and more. Only 8 points separate the top five in Super Truck points.
Last, but not least will be the Renegades with a talented group of Renegade drivers with multiple years of experience. Robbie Hollifield and David Hasson have already visited victory circle this year with Kyle Divanna, Spencer Dickinson, Kyle Boice, rookie Brandon Hasson and more looking for victory lane. Hollifield leads by 4 points with Hasson and Dickinson tied for second.
Racing returns to Hickory Motor Speedway this Saturday Night May 1 st with the gates opening at 4:45 and Racing action at 7:00. For more information feel free to call the speedway office at 828-464-3655.
Hickory Motor Speedway Points as of 4-21-2021