LOOK OUT LODEN....McCALL'S COMING!
Andy Loden, of Stanley, NC, has had an outstanding year at
Hickory Motor Speedway with eight wins out of 14 races. A couple of bad
finishes early in the season held him back from the points lead, but last
week's win brought him to within 2 points of the lead, behind #32 Kevin Leicht.
Loden has been able to pull away from the field on many of those races by using a high-line around the track. The high-groove has held much success over the years with racers like Harry Gant, and 2005 Track Champion Keith Bumgarner.
However, the points chase is far from a "runaway". The Top Four in Bojangles' Late Models points standings are separated by a mere 12 points, with only 5 points races left in the season.
Now comes another test for Loden....not only will he have to beat Hickory Motor Speedway's best drivers, but here comes another challenge: the return of Matt McCall!
McCall will be returning to his home track this Saturday, August 5, in the #5 car belonging to DCIII Motorsports by Dexter Canipe. These two know their way around this track. McCall was the 2004 HMS Track Champion and Canipe was the 1998 HMS Track Champion. Canipe went on to become the NASCAR Weekly Series National Champion and the NASCAR Weekly Series Mechanic of the Year. Double Trouble.
McCall was featured on the TV show "Driver X" when he was part of the Jack Roush Racing "Gong Show" driver tryouts. He is currently working with Robert Yates Racing.
With an off-week from his NASCAR gig, McCall will be returning to join the fray at this week at Hickory. With outstanding young guns like Kevin & Matt Leicht, Andy Mercer, Coleman Pressley, and Nick Losito, and seasoned veterans like Pete Silva still up on the wheel, he will find that the competition has only gotten harder in the Late Model Stocks since he last raced here.
Also racing on Saturday will be the Advance Auto Parts Super Trucks, Hobby Stocks, J&J Roofing Street Stocks, and a special appearance by the Allison Legacy Series.
Grandstands open at 5pm with racing at 7pm.