Scott Kilby Picks Up Where He Left Off at Hickory Motor Speedway

By Adrian Sanders

After scoring his first win of the 2005 season two weeks ago, Scott Kilby took a week off from Late Model racing at Hickory. However, after returning to action this week, Kilby proves that he is more than a “one hit wonder” after taking the pole and the victory Saturday night.

Kilby led the field to the green flag in front of overflowing grandstands, with #59 Coleman Pressley on the outside after having his best qualifying run of the season. Caution is displayed on the first lap after #57 Colt James spins exiting turn 4. Since no laps were complete, the field lines up for a complete restart.

After the restart, #58 Carl Cormier looks under #15 David Mercer to take 3 rd and by lap 2, he moves his #58 Performance Center car into the 2 nd spot after moving past Coleman Pressley. On lap 3, David Mercer looks to follow Cormier's move and take 3 rd from Pressley but the two make contact in turn 4 sending Mercer around and bringing out the caution. Pressley keeps his 3 rd place spot.

On the restart, everyone remains single file until lap 7 when #21 Brian Connor gets under #59 Pressley to try for 3 rd . The two battle side by side for a lap and make contact in turn 3 before Connor clears and takes the spot. Meanwhile by lap 14, points leader Keith Bumgarner moves into the 6 th spot after starting near the rear of the field.


Things remain relatively calm until lap 23 when Bumgarner decides its time to move into the top 5. He looks under the MBNA #92 of Chris Bristol, but he is unable to make the pass as Bristol uses the lapped car of Danny Chafin as a pick to keep his spot. Bumgarner once again looks to the inside with his Country Chair Ford, and runs side by side with Bristol until caution comes out on lap 27 when #21 Brian Connor and #58 Carl Cormier spin in turn after fighting for 2nd place. Kilby remains out front with Pressley in 2 nd , followed by Bristol, Bumgarner and #32 Kevin Leicht.

On the restart, Bumgarner looks under Bristol to try for 3 rd and after running side by side again Bumgarner finally takes the spot on lap 30 and sets his sights toward the front. The caution flag was displayed again on lap 36 after #29 Mark Johnson and #15 spin in turn 2.

After the restart, it appeared that Coleman Pressley may be able to pull off the upset as he stays glued to Kilby's bumper for several laps, but later in the run he was unable to do anything with Kilby. Kilby went on to take his 2 nd win of the 2005 season followed by #59 Coleman Pressley, #95 Keith Bumgarner, #92 Chris Bristol and #32 Kevin Leicht.


Kilby had this to say in Victory Lane:

“I can't say enough for what Johnny (Price) has done, Cliff (Mahaffey) and all the boys that work on the car. There's a great bunch of fans here tonight, its great to get our 2 nd win here at Hickory, especially when the stands are full like this. I want to thank Tom Pistone down at Performance Center and all the boys down there working on the engines. I want to thank Pepsi for putting on the race, they do a lot down here at the racetrack, and I'd like for everybody to drink a Pepsi to help pay them back.”

In the Limited Late Model Division, #5 Dexter Canipe Jr. gets back to his winning ways after holding off #47 Kevin Bumgarner, #44 Chris Chapman, #10 Andy Mercer and #38 Chris Taylor.

Matt DiBenedetto continues to dominate the Pro-4 division beating out #4 Adam Beaver, #21 Todd Harrington and #3 Donnie Harmon.

Marshall Sutton took the victory in the Street Stock Division followed by #43 Jessie LeFevres, #22 Donald Little, #0 David Manis and #5 Blaine Huffman.

Mike McIntosh found what he was looking for in the Super Truck Division after taking the pole and an uncontested win. McIntosh was followed by #69 Trevor Hignutt, #45 Kenneth Pardue, #12 Robin Harris and #24 Jennifer McMurray.

David Hasson continues to be the class of the field in the Hobby division with yet another win followed by #98 Stephen Clippard , #11 Jimmy Whisnant and #10 Wayne Reece.

Another big winner emerged when the Speedway Women's Club awarded $691 to one lucky fan in their 50/50 drawing!

Join Hickory Motor Speedway Thursday Night June 16 th for the USCS Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars, USAC Ford Focus Midgets and the INEX Legends Cars. Also, join us Saturday Night June 19 th for a full night of racing with Blue Ridge Harley Davidson Buell Night at the races!