"FIREWORKS ON-TRACK AND OFF AT HICKORY SPEEDWAY"
Newton, NC.....Fans of fireworks are in for a treat on Saturday, Sept 16th, when Hickory Motor Speedway forecasts fireworks both on and off-track. Four division championships will be determined with their final points races of 2006 during "Gaston Rentals Night at the Races!" and a giant fireworks show by Melrose Pyrotechnics is in store to help celebrate the championships.
Divisions racing include Bojangles' Late Model Stocks, Limited Late Models, Pro-4's, J&J Roofing Street Stocks, plus the Pro-Challenge Series.
The Bojangles' Late Model Stocks go into their final event with four drivers capable of winning the prestigious championship. #29 Andy Loden, of Stanley, NC, leads the points chase going into the event with 758 points, after winning 10 of 18 races. #32 Kevin Leicht is 12 points back in second, followed by #59 Coleman Pressley (only 6 points behind Leicht), and #10 Andy Mercer (4 points behind Pressley). This championship is still very much up for grabs with any of those four drivers still able to take the season-long championship.
Limited Late Models show #10 Andy Mercer leading with 676 points entering their last race of the points season. #44 Matt DiBenedetto is a mere 2 points behind Mercer in second place, with #92 Marc Davis in third spot with 628 points. Mercer and Davis are tied with 6 wins each, while DiBenedetto has yet to win his first race in Limiteds.
Pro-4's championship has already been numerically determined, with #4 Adam Beaver leading the rest of the pack by 72 points. #55 Walter Hoke goes into the event in second place, a mere 2 points ahead of third-place #1 Jacob Lehn. #98 Rob Lewis holds fourth place by 6 points ahead of #75 Allen Huffman.
J&J Roofing Street Stocks division has grown by leaps and bounds this year at Hickory Motor Speedway and has provided some of the most exciting action of the season. #32 Gary Ledbetter Jr. has a 20-point lead over second-place #54 Waylon Flynn, with #03 Kevin Eby in fourth, followed by #64 Marshall Sutton in fifth, with 496 points.
Pro-Challenge return to Hickory Speedway Saturday night with the wide-open, no fear racing that they have become known for. Always a good field of racers and lots of action, this touring series has become a fan favorite.