" Hettinger & Zilisch Split Late Model Stock Twins "

Other Winners:
Limited -Akinori Ogata , Street - Cody DeMarmels , Super Trucks - Sheflon Clay, LLM Non-Winners - William Aldred

July 23rd , 2022

Hickory Motor Speedway would celebrate its 72nd birthday on Saturday Night with the running of the Hickory Motor Speedway Birthday Night at the Races presented by 84 Lumber.

Leading off the night's festivities would be the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Models for the first of twin 40 lap features. Katie Hettinger in the #71 would set fast time in qualifying and start from the pole position with Mitch Walker in the #15 to her outside. Parker Eatmon in the #4 and Isabella Robusto in the #55 would make up row two for the start. Hettinger and Walker would battle side by side for several laps until Hettinger would nose ahead to the lead. Eatmon would follow Hettinger and move around Walker for second. Landon Huffman in the #75 would move around Walker to third. National points leader Layne Riggs in the #99 would move up to fifth on lap 15 after starting eighth. Hettinger, Huffman, Eatmon, Walker, and Riggs would make up the top five at the halfway point. Huffman would drive to Hettinger's rear bumper to give challenge. The battle for third would pick up as Walker would pressure Eatmon for the spot with Riggs closing in on both. Hettinger would drive on to take the win, her 4 th of the season. Huffman would finish 2nd with Walker taking 3rd. Riggs would grab 4th and Eatmon would come home in 5th.

Next up would see the Heritage Finance Street Stocks roll off for their 30 lap feature. Nathaniel ‘Boo' Carlisle in the #00 would top time trials and start from the top spot with DJ Little in the #11 to his outside. Row two would see Rick Hale in the #7 and Greg Wise in the #99 side by side for the start. Carlisle would pull to early lead with DJ Little facing a challenge from Hale for position. Hale would take the position, but contact would send him spinning on lap 3. The restart would see Carlisle and Wise side by side. Carlisle would move back to the top spot with Wise facing challenge from Cody DeMarmels in the #12. DeMarmels would take second and give chase to Carlisle for the lead. DeMarmels would move around Carlisle and take over the top spot on lap 8. Lap 16 would see the caution fly as DJ Little would spin in an incident with Jeff Byers in the #64. DeMarmels and Carlisle would bring the field back to the green flag. DeMarmels would pull back to the lead. The caution would quickly fly with DJ Little spinning on the front stretch in a single car incident. The restart would see DeMarmels and Carlisle pacing the field back to the green flag. Before the field could complete another green flag lap the caution would fly as contact between DJ Little and Byers would send Byers spinning in turn four. DeMarmels and Carlisle would bring the field to the green once again. Before the field would get past the backstretch the caution would fly again as contact between Byers and the #11 of Dustin Little would send Dustin Little spinning. After a few more incidents under the caution flag the officials would make the decision to park DJ Little, Dustin Little, and Byers for the remainder of the event. The green flag would see DeMarmels and Carlisle pacing the field. DeMarmels would pull back to the lead with Carlisle giving chase. DeMarmels would prove too strong and drive on to take the win. Carlisle would finish 2nd and Austin would take 3rd. Hale would finish 4th and Byers would end up in 5th.

The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would roll off next for 50 laps in Round 7 of the Paramount Kia ‘BIG 10' Racing Challenge. Akinori Ogata in the #14 would set fast time in qualifying and start from the pole position with Michael Bumgarner in the #97 to his outside. Christopher Martin Jr in the #12 and Mark Johnson in the #13 would make up row two for the start. Ogata and Bumgarner would battle door to door for the top spot in the early laps. Ogata would take the top position with Johnson following him to second moving around Bumgarner for the spot. Bumgarner would face a challenge from Max Price in the #22 for the third position. Lap 16 would see Bumgarner and Price move around Johnson for second and third. Price would move around Bumgarner for second just a few laps later. The halfway point would see Ogata, Price, Bumgarner, Johnson, and McGregor as the top five. Lap 26 would see the caution fly as the #98 of Billy Smith would spin on the backstretch. The restart would see Ogata and Price door to door for the green flag. Ogata would drive back to the lead with Price close behind. The caution would fly again on lap 33 as the #15 of William Aldred would roll to a stop in turn four. Ogata and Price would bring the field back to the green flag. Ogata would move back to the lead with Price close in his tracks. Johnson would use the high line and challenge Bumgarner for third, but fall back to fourth after a slide off turn four, and not getting it straightened up till he would get to turn one. The caution would fly on lap 36 as McGregor would spin in an incident with the #25 of Graham Hollar. Ogata and Price would lead the field to the green once again. Ogata would muscle back to the top spot with Price chasing in second. Johnson would use the high line once again to battle Bumgarner for third, however this time he would make the move stick and take the position. Ogata would drive on to take the win. Price would finish 2nd with Johnson taking 3rd. Bumgarner would grab 4th and Ryan Millington in the #86 would come home in 5th.

Hitting the famed 3/8 mile oval fourth tonight would be the Super Trucks for 35 laps. Josh Goble in the #65 would top time trials and start from the top spot with Sheflon Clay in the #15 to his outside. Row two would see Travis Baity in the #70 and Duane Cook in the #17 side by side for the start. Contact between Goble and Clay would send Clay spinning before a lap was completed and lead to a full restart. Joey Shuryan in the #30 and Keith Norville would be the new leaders to the green flag. Shuryan would move to the early lead, but see a charging Clay make the pass for the top spot and lead lap one. The battle for second would be intense as Ricky Dennie in the #6 and Goble would both want the spot from Shuryan. Goble would take the second spot and bring Dennie with him to third with both moving around Shuryan. Clay, Goble, Dennie, Shuryan, and Johnny Reynolds in the #55 would make up the top five at the halfway point. Clay would drive on to take the win. Goble would finish 2nd and Dennie would take 3rd. Shuryan would finish 4th and Norville would come home in 5th.

The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Models would line up next for race two of their 40 lap doubleheader. After the nine car invert from the finishing order of race one, Skyler Chaney in the #17 and Doug Barnes in the #88 would make up row one. Isabella Robusto in the #55 and Connor Zillisch in the #57 would make up row two. Barnes would move to the early lead with Zillisch following him to second. Layne Riggs in the #99 would be running third and Landon Huffman in the #75 running fourth driving up to the lead duo. Huffman would take third as he made the pass around Riggs for the position. The caution would fly on lap 12 with Robusto spinning on the front stretch. The restart would see Barnes and Zillisch bring the field back to the green flag. Barnes would move back to the top spot with Zillisch close behind. Riggs would make contact with the backstretch wall and pull to the pits, ending his shot at another Hickory trophy. Zillisch would look to move under Barnes while at the same time Huffman was looking to get by Zillisch. Zillisch would move to the lead and Huffman would follow to second. The halfway point would see Zillisch, Huffman, Barnes, Eatmon, and Walker as the top five. Barnes would face a challenge for third from Mitch Walker in the #15. Walker would take the spot with Barnes trying to maintain fourth over Parker Eatmon in the #4. Zillisch would drive on to the victory. Huffman would finish 2nd and Walker would take 3rd. Barnes would get 4th position and Eatmon would come home in 5th.

The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would finish off the night's action with a non-points race for those that haven't previously won a Limited Late Model event at Hickory Motor Speedway. Row one would be made up of Holden German in the #86 and William Aldred in the #15. Row two would see Christopher Martin Jr in the #12 and Graham Hollar in the #25. Aldred would move to the early lead as German would face a challenge from Hollar. Hollar would make the pass for second with German facing pressure from Martin. Aldred would fend off a challenge from Hollar and drive on to the win. Hollar would finish 2nd, Martin would take 3rd, and German would finish 4th.

Next week will see the Cars Tour return to Hickory Motor Speedway with their season highlight race, the Annual Throwback 276.

The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series returns to action on August 6th with a full slate of action and the final race before the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Models will set the lineup for their playoffs. The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Late Model playoffs will run August 13th & 27th, September 3rd & 17th.

Official Hickory Motor Speedway Results

Late Model Twin Race #1

1  #71 – Katie Hettinger

2  #75 – Landon Huffman

3  #15 – Mitch Walker

4  #99 – Layne Riggs

5  #4 – Parker Eatmon ( r )

6  #57 – Connor Zilisch

7  #55 – Isabella Robusto

8  #88 – Doug Barnes

9  #17 – Skyler Chaney ( r )

10  #12 – Annabeth Barnes Crum

11  #15 – Bryson Dennis

12  #1 – Andrew Grady

13  #1 – Trey Mills

14  #97 – Jason Kitzmiller

15  #12 – Bob Weidman

16  #09 – Darrick Coomer

17  #2 – Gracie Trotter

18  #9 – Charlie Watson

19  #1 – Ryan Millington - DNS

Late Model Twin Race #2

1  #57 – Connor Zilisch

2  #75 – Landon Huffman

3  #15 – Mitch Walker

4  #88 – Doug Barnes

5  #4 – Parker Eatmon ( r )

6  #71 – Katie Hettinger

7  #17 – Skyler Chaney ( r )

8  #15 – Bryson Dennis

9  #2 – Gracie Trotter

10  #12 – Annabeth Barnes Crum

11  #1 – Trey Mills

12  #97 – Jason Kitzmiller

13  #55 – Isabella Robusto

14  #09 – Darrick Coomer

15  #12 – Bob Weidman

16 #99 – Layne Riggs

17  #1 – Andrew Grady

18 #1 – Ryan Millington – DNS

19  #9 – Charlie Watson - DNS

Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Model – “Big 10” Race #7

1 #14 – Akinori Ogata

2  #22 – Max Price

3  #13 – Mark Johnson

4  #97 – Michael Bumgarner

5  #86 – Ryan Millington

6  #66 – Zack Wells

7  #98 – Billy Smith

8  #12 – Christopher Martin Jr.

9  #30 – Jordan McGregor

10  #25 – Graham Hollar

11  #15 – William Aldred

12  #23 – Reilly Doyle

Heritage Finance Company Street Stocks (Unofficial)

1  #12 – Cody DeMarmels

2  #B00 – Nathaniel “Boo” Carlisle

3 #9 – Jon Austin

4  #7 – Rick Hale

5  #64 – Jeff Byers

6  #11 – DJ Little

7  #11 – Dustin Little

8  #99 – Greg Wise

Super Trucks

1  #15 – Sheflon Clay

2  #65 – Josh Goble

3  #6 – Ricky Dennie

4  #30 – Joey Shuryan

5 #91 – Keith Norville

6 #55 – John Reynolds

7  #17 – Duane Cook

8  #70 – Travis Baity

Limited Late Model Non-Winners Race

1  #15 – William Aldred

2  #25 – Graham Hollar

3 #12 – Christopher Martin Jr.

4  #86 – Holden German

5  #30 – Jordan McGregor - DNS

6  #98 – Billy Smith – DNS

7  #66 – Zack Wells – DNS

8  #23 – Reilly Doyle – DNS

9  #13 – Greg Wise - DNS