WALLACE DOMINATES ON XTREME TROPHIES NIGHT
By Garland Coley
There are fans of Chrissy Wallace. They love her hard-driving style and her hunger for wins.
There are critics of Chrissy Wallace. These folks claim that her first win back in June at Hickory Motor Speedway was a fluke and not to be taken seriously. These critics were dealt a blow last night as Wallace piloted her #07 Chevrolet to a convincing BOJANGLES LATE MODEL STOCKS victory on XTREME TROPHIES NIGHT AT THE RACES. The win was impressive, but not easy, and it did not come without controversy.
#01 Roger Powell claimed the pole in only his second appearance at the track and took the green flag beside #89 David Latour Jr. Latour gained an immediate advantage up high bringing 4 th starting Kyle Grissom with him. As the cars exited turn 2 on Lap one, there was slight contact between the frontrunners resulting in Powell spinning, along with the machines of #33 Patrick McVay, #99 Brandon Dean, #38 Chase Maurer, and the #87 car of Travis Wilson. Powell parked his machine and his fans were highly displeased, under the mistaken impression that Wallace had caused the spin.
After a red flag, the race had a complete restart with the inside line moving up to put Wallace on the pole and Latour to her outside. Latour then grabbed the initial lead and held it for 9 laps until Wallace moved low and assumed the point, bringing Grissom and points leader #29 Andy Loden with her. She then moved out to a one second lead by lap 30, but at this point Grissom began to reel her in and, by lap 35, was on her rear bumper.
Grissom made several attempts to pass Wallace on the low side and was side by side with her as the caution waved on lap 40 for the spinning machine of #56 Dave Tessin II. This set up a ten-lap shoot-out with the crowd on their feet. Wallace brought the field down slowly for the restart and nailed it perfectly, and pulled away from Grissom claiming victory number two for the season.
Grissom crossed the stripe 2 nd , while Loden, who for the second week in a row had to overcome mechanical difficulties in practice, wound up 3 rd . 4th went to #89 David Latour Jr. and, #19 Kyle Moon rounded out the top 5.
“I want to thank Robbie Hamke and everyone on the crew.” Wallace commented from Victory Lane. Pandemonium reigned around her but Wallace remained calm and composed as she phoned her father Mike Wallace, who was racing in the NASCAR Busch Series at Michigan.
BOJANGLES LATE MODEL STOCKS points now shows Loden with 740 markers, with Grissom 2 nd , 46 points back. Moon maintains 3 rd , 120 points behind.
Andy Mercer, who started this season in Late Model Stocks, but recently switched to trucks, made that decision pay off as he won the pole and dominated the 35 lap ADVANCE AUTO SUPER TRUCKS feature, besting #01 J.R. Allen in 2 nd . #9 Thomas Hartensveld passed #97 Keith Bumgarner at the finish line to claim 3 rd , and #3 Dexter Canipe Jr. rounded out the top 5.
ADVANCE AUTO PARTS SUPER TRUCKS points now finds Canipe with a 12 point lead 472-460 over Bumgarner in 2 nd , and #01 J.R. Allen is 3 rd , 30 points behind.
Limited Late Model action was intense as pole sitter #55 Waylon Flynn pulled out to a sizable lead by lap 10, only to see #99 Andrew Carlsen gain on him in his mirror. On lap 23, Carlsen moved to Flynn's inside and assumed the lead until the yellow flag waved on lap 25, when contact between #21 Chad Eades and the #28 of Jason Crouse resulted in Crouse spinning in turn 2.
On the restart, Flynn shot to Carlsen's inside and took command again, edging Carlsen in the 35-lap feature. #41 Chris Chapman was 3 rd , 4 th went to #15 Kenny Brooks, and #94 Josh Wright rounded out the top 5.
Limited Late Model points now finds Carlsen with 688 points, 10 ahead of Flynn in 2 nd , and #44 Jarit Johnson, after a disappointing 8 th place finish, is 3 rd , 40 points back.
Pro 4's action saw Randy Freeze claim the 25-lap feature win, while the continuing trend of “contact” between #57 Grant Wimbish and #21 Todd Harrington occurred on lap 18 this week. Harrington led on lap 18 and contact from 2 nd running Wimbish sent Harrington spinning and Wimbish to the penalty box. Both drivers recovered well as Wimbish claimed 2 nd and Harrington 3 rd at the checkered flag. 4 th was #55 Walter Hoke and #7 Chris Allison rounded out the top 5.
Pro 4's points now shows Wimbish a 656-648 lead over Harrington in 2 nd , and Hoke now trails by 48 points.
The 25 lap Street Stock feature fell to #82 Gary Ledbetter, who claimed fast time and led all 25 circuits. #47 Jeremy Pelfrey finished 2 nd on his first visit to the speedway this season, while #03 Kevin Eby, by rule for winning last week, started last and finished 3 rd . 4 th went to #7 Jeff Sparks and #42 Terrence Tucker rounded out the top 5.
Street Stocks' points finds Eby with 564 points, 46 ahead of Tucker in 2 nd , and Ledbetter is 3 rd , 54 points behind.
Hobby Stocks action was exciting as several drivers raced side by side and three wide while slipping and sliding. In the end it was #90 Ronnie Simms who claimed the 20 lap feature, holding off #07 Denver Jones in 2 nd . 3 rd went to #98 Wesley Sain, while #71 Randy Berry crossed the line in 4 th . #–1 Ronald Dale McNeil rounded out the top 5.
Hobby Stocks' points show Jones with 468 markers, 26 ahead of Sain in 2 nd , and 3 rd is McNeil, 48 points behind.
All of us here at Hickory Motor Speedway would like to thank all of the fans who helped make XTREME TROPHIES NIGHT AT THE RACES a success.
While there will be no racing next Saturday, we invite you back Labor Day Monday, September 3 rd , for one of the biggest events of the year: “DALE EARNHARDT CHEVROLET PRESENTS THE 31 ST ANNUAL BOBBY ISAAC MEMORIAL 200”. The day showcases a 200 lap LATE MODEL STOCKS race along with the CAROLINA VINTAGE RACERS and LEGENDARY FLATHEADS FORDS features. Some of the finest Late Model Stocks drivers in the country turn out to try their hands at this legendary race at this historic track.
Gates open at 1pm
Qualifying is at 2pm
Main event 5pmPlease join us at “Americas Most Famous Short Track”, because when you miss a week, you miss what a LOT!