“TWO CHAMPS CROWNED AT HICKORY SPEEDWAY”
Newton, NC…..Two points division championships were determined on Saturday, September 9 th , at Hickory Motor Speedway during “EPW Communications Night at the Races!”
Advance Auto Parts Super Trucks and Hobby Stocks will both had their final points race of the 2006 Racing Season.
Divisions racing included Bojangles' Late Model Stocks, Limited Late Models, Pro-4's, plus the Super Trucks and Hobby Stocks.
The Advance Auto Parts Super Trucks championship battle came down to the last race of the season with #24 Ben Stancill leading the pack with 400 points going into the final event. #44 Ben Ebeling was in second place with 380 points, followed by #69 Trevor Hignutt with 368. Kenneth Pardue had 336 points for fourth place, with rookie #6 Cole Miktuk coming on strong in fifth with 326 points. Each finishing position is separated by only 2 points, so it was very possible for those positions to change for the final points standings.
#09 Scott Whittaker started out strong after taking the Denver Marine Pole Award with a 15.870 sec. Qualifying time, with Stancill starting outside front row. Stancill wasted no time in doing what had to be done to win the championship, taking the lead and setting sail. Ebeling had a strong fourth-place starting position and looked very good until an early spin sent him to the back and he was forced to make his way back through the pack. Hignutt, after starting in sixth place, lit his rocket during the final laps of the event to charge to the front, making a last-lap pass on Stancill for the win. However, Hignutt's truck failed to pass post-race Tech inspection and was DQ'd from the event. Stancill inherited the win and secured the championship. #16 Mack Little III was awarded second place, followed by #19 Jordan Anderson third, #90 Whittaker fourth, and #6 Waylon Flynn in fifth.
Stancill takes the Advance Auto Parts Super Trucks 2006 Championship, followed by Ebeling in second, Hignutt and #45 Kenneth Pardue in third and fourth, and Whittaker fifth in points.
Hobby Stocks also had their final points race of the 2006 season Saturday. Hobby Stocks points leader #10 Tim Reece was atop the leaderboard with 362 points, followed by his brother #11 Jimmy Whisnant with 352. #90 Ronnie Sims was in third spot going into the event, ahead of #30 Caleb Roark, and #5 Nikki Long.
Long started from the front and stayed there to take her fifth win of the season, and Tim Reece managed to take a rough-running car through the event to secure the 2006 division championship. #15 Stephen Clippard finished second in the event, followed by #21 Nick Maurer in third, #90 Ronnie Sims fourth, and #07 Denver Jones fifth. #11 Jimmy Whisnant and #90 Ronnie Sims rank second and third in season-long points, with #80 Caleb Roark fourth, and Long in fifth.The 2006 Champions Banquet is set for November 18 th , 2006, at the Holiday Inn Select in Hickory.