Hall Sweeps the Twins as Eleven Late Models Break the Track Record
March 8 th , 2022,
For Immediate Release:
Beautiful weather welcomed a huge field of cars and packed grandstands full of fans to kick off the 72nd season of racing at America's Most Famous Short Track, Hickory Motor Speedway.
The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Models would lead off the night's action with 40 laps of action for a huge field of 26 race cars. The track record would be demolished in qualifying with 11 drivers topping the previous record leading to the fastest field in the storied history of the famed 3/8 mile oval. Connor Hall in the #77 would set the fastest time ever recorded in Late Models at Hickory Motor Speedway to take the top spot in qualifying with Ryan Wilson in the #2 starting to his outside. Row two would see Justin Carroll in the #57 and Blake Lothian in the #59 door to door for the start. The green flag would see Hall move to the early lead with Carroll following him by to second. Carroll would quickly pressure for the top spot and take the lead on lap 3. Lap 9 would see Hall move back under Carroll for the top spot. Two time track champion Ryan Millington in the #15 would start a little further back than he would have liked, but by lap 10 he would be in the top 5 running fourth. The caution would fly on lap 17 as Annabeth Barnes-Crum in the #12 would have tire go down and slow on the track. The restart would see Hall and Carroll lead the field back to the green flag. Hall would jump back to the top spot as Millington would move to third. Mitch Walker in the #15 would bide his time in the top five looking to make his move to the front. Lap 22 would see the caution fly as debris would make its way onto the track in the form of a fender from Lavar Scott in the #34. The restart would see Hall and Carroll pace the field to the flag when a multi car accident in turn one would lead to a red flag. The cars of Jaiden Reyna in the #19, Jeff Sparks in the #7, Landon Huffman in the familiar #75, and Blake Lothian in the #59 would all be collected and unable to continue. After the lengthy red flag the restart would see Hall and Carroll back to the front. Carroll would make the pass for the lead and see Hall quickly challenge for the point position. Hall would eventually make the pass and bring Millington with him to second. Walker would work his way around Carroll for third and bring Taylor Satterfield in the #40 with him. Satterfield would pressure Walker for the spot and make the pass. As Hall and Millington would battle traffic and the track, Satterfield and Walker would battle furiously for the last podium position. Hall would drive on to take the win. Millington would grab 2nd with Walker winning the battle for 3rd. Satterfield would have to settle for 4th and Carroll would finish 5th.
The Heritage Finance Street Stocks would roll off next for their 30 lap feature. Gary Ledbetter Jr in the #32 would take the top spot in qualifying with multi-time Street Stock Champion Kevin Eby in the #03 starting outside row one. Row two would see Jonathon Smith in the #16 and DJ Little in the #11. Ledbetter would pull to the early lead with Eby close in tow. Eby would pressure Ledbetter for the top spot, but to no avail. Ledbetter would drive on to take the win. Eby would finish 2nd while Smith would come home in 3rd. Ethan Johnson in the #2 would take 4th and Jon Austin in the #9 would take 5th.
Next up would be Round 1 of the Paramount Kia BIG 10 Racing Challenge for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models. Michael Bumgarner in the #97 would top qualifying and start from the pole with the #25 of Graham Hollar to his outside. Colby Gibson in the #2 and Zack Wells in the #66 would make up row two for the start. Bumgarner would move to the early lead and bring Gibson with him to second. Andrew Gillis in the #1 would pressure Hollar for the third spot. Lap 9 would see the caution fly as Gillis would spin coming off of turn two. The restart would see Bumgarner and Gibson bring the field back to the green flag. Bumgarner would move back to the lead. Lap 36 would see the caution fly as Gibson would spin on the backstretch. The restart would see Bumgarner and Wells lead the field back to the green flag. Bumgarner would pull to the lead as Wells would face a challenge from Hollar for second. Hollar would seem to have mechanical issues and spin on the front stretch, bringing out the caution once again. The restart would see Bumgarner and Wells at the front. Bumgarner would continue to lead and bring Gillis with him to second. Lap 41 would see the caution fly as contact between Wells and Gillis would bring them to rest in turn four. The restart would see Bumgarner and Gibson pacing the field. Bumgarner would drive on to the win, leading flag to flag. Gillis would make the late pass to finish 2nd with Gibson taking 3rd. Chris Martin in the #12 would finish 4th and Wells would take 5th.
The Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge would be up next for 40 laps of action. Chuck Wall in the #18 would set fast time and start from the pole position with BJ Thrasher in the #19 to his outside. Hometown favorite Shane Canipe in the #1 would start inside row two with Tim Canipe in the #10 to his outside. Wall would move to the early lead with Shane Canipe following him to second. As the laps progressed Shane Canipe would make the pass on Wall for the lead. Michael Tucker in the #16 would follow Shane Canipe up to second. Lap 18 would see AJ Sanders in the #24 work his way up to the top 5 in fifth. The caution would fly for a spin on lap 19. Shane Canipe and Wall would lead the field back to the green flag. Shane Canipe would pull back to the lead. The caution would fly on lap 22 as contact between the #90 of Robert Strmiska and Thrasher would send Thrasher spinning. The restart would see Shane Canipe and Wall lead the field back to the green flag. Shane Canipe would move back to the lead and bring Sanders with him to second. Lap 33 would see Sanders make the pass around Shane Canipe for the top spot. Strmiska and Thrasher would follow Sanders around Shane Canipe. Sanders would drive on to the win. Wall would take 2nd with Strmiska finishing 3rd. Tim Canipe in the #10 would take 4th and Shane Canipe would finish 5th after leading the majority of the laps.
The NAAPWS Late Models would line up to do it again in race two of their doubleheader. After the eight car invert from the finishing order of race one William Sawalich in the #43 and Paul Owens in the #54 would make up row one. Row two would see Ryan Wilson in the #2 and Justin Carroll in the #57 side by side for the start. Owens would get the better start and take the lead on the backstretch. Carroll would move around Sawalich and challenge Owens for the lead. Carroll would make the pass and bring Sawalich with him back to second. Lap 7 would see race one winner, Connor Hall in the #77, move into the top 5 in fifth. Sawalich would look to challenge for the lead as the caution would fly as the #17 of Skyler Chaney would spin coming off of turn four. The restart would see Carroll and Sawalich pace the field back to the green flag. Carroll would pull back to the lead with Sawalich hot on his heels. Hall would drive up to the bumper of the leaders with 10 laps to go. As Sawalich would move around Carroll for the top spot the caution would fly with debris on the track. As the field would get ready to line up for the restart Carroll would pull his car from the lead to the pits with a flat tire. Sawalich and Hall would bring the field to the green flag. The next three laps would provide the excitement the fans have seen all night, until Hall would finally take the spot. Walker would drive up to the bumper of the front duo hoping to get his shot at the win. Hall would sweep the 40 lap events as he would take the race number two victory. Sawalich would finish 2nd with Mitch Walker in the #15 taking 3rd. Ryan Millington in the #15 would finish 4th as Gracie Trotter in the #2 would round out the top five in 5th.
Finishing out the show would be the Renegades for 20 laps of sideways excitement. Charlie Neill, subbing for Robbie Hollifield, in the #51 would take the pole position with David Hasson in the #82 to his outside. Row two would be made up of Brandon Hasson in the #83 and Zach Mullins in the #72. Neill would move to the early lead with Brandon Hasson giving chase. Danny Crump Jr in the #97 would start at the rear of the field and would move up and battle Mullins for third late in the race. Neill would prove too strong and drive on to the win. Brandon Hasson would finish 2nd with Mullins taking 3rd. Crump would come home in 4th and Justin Austin in the #4 would finish 5th.
The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series returns to action next week, March 12th, with a full slate of action scheduled.
The PASS Series shows up in two weeks, March 18 & 19, for the Easter Bunny 150 Doubleheader.
In three weeks the Cars Racing Tour comes to town for one of their two scheduled visits.
Hickory Motor Speedway Results 3/5/22