ANDY LODEN MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW ON “USG NIGHT AT THE RACES
By Garland Coley
Andy Loden found himself and his #29 Chevrolet in a familiar place after the BOJANGLES' LATE MODEL STOCKS portion of “USG NIGHT AT THE RACES”
In Victory Lane.
Loden led all 50 laps and took the win by 10 car lengths over UARA regular #21 Lucas Ransone in 2 nd , who edged ahead of #31 Kyle Grissom finishing 3rd. Coleman Pressley made his trip to Hickory payoff with a 4th place run, and Duncan Molesworth piloted his #53 machine home 5th.
In Victory Lane, even Loden seemed amazed by his new machine that has led all 200 laps of the last three BOJANGLES' LATE MODEL STOCKS features at Hickory Motor Speedway.
“This thing is awesome.” He declared, “I've never driven anything like it.”
Six cautions and one red flag slowed the race pace, including a yellow flag on lap 35 that ended an impressive run for #16 Mack Little. Little qualified 20th and had worked his way up to 7th place when he was collected in a wreck not of his own making.
Andy Loden's win allowed him to pad his points lead to 44 points in his 2006 title defense over Kyle Grissom and Duncan Molesworth, who are tied for 2nd.
#99 Andrew Carlsen earned his first win in a wild Limited Late model feature that saw 7 cautions and early leader #55 Waylon Flynn issued a black flag. This left #44 Jarit Johnson as the leader, but Carlsen ran him down and, after a spirited 5-lap battle, passed him for the lead and the win.
Carlsen was followed to the to the finish line by #27 Brandon Mundy in 2nd, Patrick McVay was 3rd in his #27 machine, 4th was #05 Danny Chafin and #13 Jon Vivo rounded out the top 5.
The win vaulted Andrew Carlsen to the points lead with 186 points. Waylon Flynn fell to 2nd 16 points behind, and Danny Chafin is now 3rd 20 points behind.
Kevin Eby earned his second win of the weekend, backing up his win Friday night at Tri County Speedway, by winning the Street Stock Feature. He held off a furious 10 lap charge from #66 Scott Wallace who finished 2nd. Terrence Tucker brought his #42 machine home 3rd, #5 Mike Newton was 4th and, #64 Marshall Sutton rounded out the top 5.
Kevin Eby assumed the point lead with his win and, with 144 points, now leads Scott Wallace by 10 points. #82 Gary Ledbetter who held the points lead coming into the night was involved in a wreck and fell to third, 12 points behind.
#57 Grant Wimbish dominated the Pro 4 feature leading all 25 laps to secure his first feature win. #16 Randy Freeze was 2nd, Todd Harrington brought home his #21 machine in 3rd followed by #09 Randy Canipe in 4th and, #55 Walter Hoke rounded out the top 5.
Pro 4 points standings now finds Randy Canipe with a scant 4-point lead over both Todd Harrington and Grant Wimbish, 184-180.
In another wild Hobby Stocks feature, #90 Robbie Simms was yet another first-time winner when he prevailed over #21 Nick Maurer in 2nd. Nikki Long, after moving up to 2nd then back to 9 th , finished 3rd. 4th was #07 Denver Jones who battled for the lead most of the race and, #15 Steven Clippard rounded out the top 5.
The staff at Hickory Motor Speedway wishes to thank everyone who came out for “USG NIGHT AT THE RACES” and invites you, the greatest race fans in the world, back this Saturday night, May 5 th for “321 LAWNMOWER NIGHT AT THE RACES - PART 2.” The night will feature 5 races including:
“BOJANGLES LATE MODEL STOCKS”
Limited Late Models
“ADVANCE AUTO PARTS SUPER TRUCKS”
We hope to see you again this Saturday night at “The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars.”