Rain Forces Hickory Motor Speedway Officials to Cancel Saturday Night's Races

By Adrian Sanders - toadtraxracing@yahoo.com

It's a typical summer evening in the south, hot and thunderstorms seem to pop up out of nowhere. As luck would have it, one of those storms popped up near Hickory Motor Speedway about 8:30 Saturday night. The rain subsided about 9:15 and track officials tried very hard to prepare the track to race on, but seeping water through the surface of the track in the turns would not allow the racing program to continue for the night. At 11:00, track officials decided that the seeping water was too much of a safety concern for the drivers and decided to cancel the remaining races for the night.

Despite the weather, one race was official. The Super Trucks started out the evening with a 35 lap feature. Kevin Bumgarner and Ben Ebeling paced the front row for the start. Bumgarner pretty much dominated until the closing laps when Andy Mercer was able to close in on him in his #55 Reliable Fire and Safety truck. Mercer made a couple of attempts to get a run on the low side in the final two laps but it just wasn't enough. Kevin Bumgarner took the win in his first Super Truck start of the 2005 season.

PLEASE NOTE: All individuals who paid to enter the pits Saturday night MUST save their pink pit pass in order to be admitted free of charge on Saturday July 23 rd . Fans MUST save their ticket stub in order to be re-admitted to the grandstands free of charge as well.