Pressley Packed a Punch at the Fall Brawl…

By: Jill Frischmann / Photos by: Legacy Video & Photography

Hickory Motor Speedway

(October 11, 2009 -- Newton, NC) The weather was good, despite local forecasts, as over 50 cars turned up for the second portion of the 2009 Fall Brawl presented by Pepsi. Qualifying for the Bojangles Late Models, the Advance Auto Parts Limiteds and the Bad Boy Mowers Super Trucks took place on Saturday (October 10 th ) along with feature racing for the Renegades, the Tarheel Vintage Cars and the Hickory 4 Cylinders. Dillon Crouch, Bill Webb and Adam Beaver started the weekend off on the right foot by taking home feature wins in their respective divisions Saturday evening. The excitement spilled over into Sunday as the #59 of Coleman Pressley wheeled his hot rod into victory lane continuing the Pressley legacy at Hickory Motor Speedway.

The field for the Bojangles Late Models was filled with talent from around the southeast as 26 drivers made their way to America's Most Famous Short Track, Hickory Motor Speedway, for the Fall Brawl 250. Drivers knew the competition would be tough as the field was filled with former Hickory Motor Speedway track champions and drivers from several national touring divisions. The 250-lap marquee event was split into two segments made up of 125 laps each. Drivers and crews received a ten-minute break between segments to change tires and make minor changes to their cars.

The competition was intense from the first lap as the #59 of Coleman Pressley jumped out front grabbing an early lead as the green flag waived, taking over the position from the #10 of pole sitter Andy Mercer. The first caution fell early as the #83 of Akinori Ogata came down on the #14 of Brian Curry sending Curry around for a spin as they entered turn two on lap 14. The #88 of Dexter Canipe Jr. was on the move to the front as he made his way into fourth on lap 24 sending the #7 of Ashley Huffman back a spot to fifth. The second caution waived on lap 28 as the #09 of Darrick Commer and Ogata connected heading out of turn four sending Ogata around, coming to a stop at the pit road entrance.

By lap 37 Mercer was no longer content running in the second place position as he regained the lead leaving Pressley to run in second. It looked like trouble was brewing on lap 46 as the #66 of Steven Wallace and the #57 of Grant Wimbish touched heading into turn four, both cars wobbled but straightened out as they made their way onto the front stretch. On lap 71 the #43 of Jesse LeFevers came to a halt on the backstretch due to mechanical issues bring out caution number three (LeFevers would return to the action on lap 77). The #23 of Matt McCall rocketed to the front of the pack during the restart bringing the #29 of Andy Loden along for the ride. Caution number four came out on lap 80 when the #20 of Deborah Renshaw Parker spun out on the backstretch. The fifth caution was soon to follow as Parker, the #87 of Jackie Buckner, Ogata and Commer wadded up coming out of turn two sending Parker for a spin on the backstretch and putting Ogata out of the race (Parker would return to the track on lap 123). By lap 104 Wallace had made his way into the top five after starting at the back of the pack (due to being unable to attend qualifying on Saturday). The drivers in the top five kept things interesting as Loden moved into second on lap 107, leaving Mercer and Pressley to battle for third. It didn't take long for Mercer to move back up and take over second leaving Loden and Pressley to duke it out for the third place spot on lap 113. As the event came to the mid-race break (lap 125) McCall held the top spot with Mercer, Loden, Pressley and Canipe Jr. in tow making up the top five.

The second 125 laps were even more action filled than the first, as Mercer moved back out front on lap 130. The first caution of the second segment (sixth caution of the feature) was brought out on lap 132 as the #19 of Kyle Moon tagged the #92 of Candace Muzny as the field entered turn four, sending Muzny around. By lap 141 McCall began to fall off of the pace allowing Pressley to move into second. The seventh caution came out on lap 145 as the #70 of Matt Kurzejewski spun out coming out of turn four, Commer and Buckner received minor damage as they tried to clear the spinning ride of Kurzejewski without luck. It didn't take long for caution number eight to wave as Loden and Wallace connected on the backstretch on lap 158, sending Loden spinning. Curry and the #54 of Kaleb Pressley spun trying to avoid Loden, but all cars collided putting Curry out of the race. McCall continued to lose track position as the #19 of Kyle Moon moved into third while Huffman grabbed fourth by lap 167.

Muzny had an outstanding run as she wheeled her ride back into the top ten on lap 180. Wallace spent several laps trying to maneuver around Huffman. Wallace wasn't having any luck until the two approached lap traffic on lap 195, which allowed Wallace to move back into the top five as he sailed past Huffman. A ninth caution fell on lap 196 as the #5 of Brandon Dean spun out in turn four. During the restart (lap 203) Mercer, C. Pressley and Moon went three wide heading out of turn two. Mercer found himself in the middle of the group that allowed C. Pressley to move back out front and back into the lead. On lap 214 Canipe Jr. and Wallace took it three wide with Moon, squeezing him back to the sixth place position. With only thirty laps remaining Muzny was still flying through the field picking off cars one by one, finding her ride in the top five on lap 228. The tenth caution came out on lap 231 for debris on the track. During the restart Huffman got sideways as the field headed into turn four sending his car into Muzny just before he slammed into the outside wall bringing out the eleventh and final caution of the night. Muzny was able to power on, but Huffman's night came to an end, as the left front of his car no longer existed.

Ten laps remained as C. Pressley managed a ten-car lead over the field with Mercer and Wallace following behind. With only three laps to go, Muzny began to put the heat on Canipe Jr. as she looked for her chance to take over fourth. Muzny shot under Canipe Jr. with two laps left in the feature capturing the position leaving Canipe Jr. to settle for fifth. The excitement continued in victory lane as Coleman Pressley celebrated his win, with the announcement of FREE hot dogs Monday (October 12 th ) at Celebrity Hot Dogs in Asheville, NC when fans turn in their ticket from the show.

It didn't take long for the 2009 division dominator of the Advance Auto Parts Limiteds, the #17 of Kyle Mansch, to quickly pull away from the field during the first few laps the 50 lap feature. The #28 of Chris Chapman was on fire as moved into the top three by lap ten. On lap 17 the #32 of Justin Sorrow got into the back of the #45 of Kenneth Pardue as the field headed out of turn one. The two wobbled but both held on tight and kept racing for position. At the mid-point the #1 of Scott Smith fell off the pace falling to the back of the pack from his fifth place running position and would remain in the back of the field until the checkers waved. The first caution of the feature fell on lap 30 as the #55 of Trevor Weldon spun down the front stretch after losing control coming out of turn four.

The second and final caution fell during the restart as the field cleared turn three the #7 of Jason Smith and the #37 of Walter Hoke connected sending both cars hard into the outside wall. On lap 32 Chapman had began to inch his way ahead of Mansch for the lead and began to pull away from the pack once he cleared the pole sitter. Mansch experienced mechanical issues on lap 39 as he pull off the track putting him out of contention for the win. With ten laps to go the action became intense as the #07 of Tyler Church pulled up to the back bumper of Champman. Church looked for any opportunity to squeeze under Chapman, and with every attempt Chapman closed the door and went on to take the checkers with Church in tow. The #8 of Mark McIntosh, the #69 of John Hilliker and Sorrow rounded out the top five.

The Bad Boy Mowers Super Trucks put on a show like no other as they competed for the checkers during their 50-lap feature. The #98 of Jody Measamer was a force to be reckoned with as he jumped into the lead on the first lap, pushing the #69 of pole sitter Trevor Hignutt into the second. Hignutt quickly fell off the pace allowing the #11 of Thomas Beane and the #18 of Michael Cooper to get under him, leaving Hignutt to settle to ride around in fourth. The #6 of Brandon Setzer found his truck a bit too much to handle as he got loose exiting turn two bringing out the first caution. On the restart Cooper slid under Beane to secure the second place position and set his sights on Measamer. A second caution came out on lap 20 for fluid on the track.

The third fell during the restart. As the field entered turn two, Beane broke on the exit slapping the outside wall while collecting Hignutt, the #80 of Danny Willard and the #33 of Jeremy Birch. The incident put Beane and Hignutt out for the rest of the race and caused major damage to all other trucks involved. The fourth and final caution waived on lap 24 when Birch spun around between turns one and two. At the restart Cooper jumped ahead of Measamer for the lead, but Measamer wasn't about to settle for second as he powered back into the top spot as the two cleared turn four on lap 27. Cooper began to fall off the pace as the #16 of Clint Fields grabbed the second place position on lap 30, with the #0 of Jody Church taking over fourth moving Cooper to fifth on lap 35. It was smooth sailing to the checkers as Measamer gained a full straight away lead over the field by the time he came to the checkers. Fields, Church, Cooper and the #7 of Justin Crider completed the top five.

Next Event

UARA Stars Late Model Racing ~ Sunday, October 18 th :

Pro Challenge Race

Tarheel Vintage Racers

Banjo Matthews Memorial 150

Pit Gates open at 8:00 AM – Chapel Service at 10:30 AM – Grandstands open at 1:00 PM – On Track Autograph Session at 3:15 PM – Feature Racing at 4 PM

Visit www.usar-stars.com for more information about the show and www.hickorymotorspeedway.com for information on how you can become the next

Miss Hickory Motor Speedway.

Remember if you're not here, you're missing out!

 

2009 Fall Brawl presented by Pepsi Pole Award Winners:

Bojangles Late Models:10 – Andy Mercer – 15.256 seconds

Advance Auto Parts Limiteds: 17 – Kyle Mansch – 15.943 seconds

Bad Boy Mower Super Trucks:69 – Trevor Hignutt – 16.020 seconds

Hickory 4 Cylinders:4 – Adam Beaver – 16.430 seconds

Tarheel Vintage Cars:16 – Bill Webb – 16.440 seconds

Renegades:41 – Roy Smith – 19.200 seconds

Hickory Motor Speedway

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

OFFICIAL RESULTS

SUNDAY 10/11/09


LATE MODEL STOCKS

1.59 Coleman Pressley

2. 10 Andy Mercer

3. 66 Steven Wallace

4. 92 Candace Muzny

5. 88 Dexter Canipe Jr.

6. 33 James Goff

7.51 Josh Wimbish

8. 19 Kyle Moon

9. 21 Roger Powell

10. 23 Matt McCall

11. 99 Mike Darne

12. 87 Jackie Buckner

13. 55 Chris Lawson

14. 5 Brandon Dean

15. 09 Darrick Commer

16. 83 Dylan Presnell

17. 70 Matt Kurzejewski

18. 43 Jesse LeFevers

19. 7 Ashley Huffman

20. 20 Deborah Renshaw Parker

21. 57 Grant Wimbish

22. 29 Andy Loden

23. 54 Kaleb Pressley

24. 14 Brian Curry

25. 83 Akinori Ogata

26. 47 Patrick Molesworth

LIMITED LATE MODEL

1.28 Chris Chapman

2. 07 Tyler Church

3. 8 Mark McIntosh

4. 69 John Hilliker

5. 32 Justin Sorrow

6. 45 Kenneth Pardue

7. 15 Waylon Flynn

8. 72 Jason Cochran

9. 2 Travis McIntyre

10. 1 Scott Smith

11. 37 Walter Hoke

12. 7 Jason Smith

13. 55 Zach Bruenger

14. 17 Kyle Mansch

15. 55 Trevor Weldon

SUPER TRUCKS

1. 98 Jody Measamer

2. 16 Clint Fields

3. 0 Jody Church

4. 18 Michael Cooper

5. 7 Justin Crider

6. 6 Brandon Setzer

7. 80 Danny Willard

8. 33 Jeremy Birch

9. 11 Thomas Beane

10. 69 Trevor Hignutt

OFFICIAL RACE RESULTS FROM SATURDAY 10/10/09

RACE RESULTS FROM SATURDAY 10/10/09:

RENEGADES

1. 5 Dillon Crouch

2. 85 Dustin Walker

3. 41 Roy Smith

4. 16 Carroll McKinney

5. 17 Barney Arnette

6. 6 Tim Childers

VINTAGE

1. 16 Bill Webb

2. 8 Sam Beam

3. 77 Ken Webb

4. 66 Richard Predemore

5. 90 Dennis Hinkle

4CYLINDERS

1. 4 Adam Beaver

2. 09 Shane Canipe

3. 07 Matt Laws

4. 21 Todd Harrington

5. 17 Curtis Pardue

6. 98 Rob Lewis

 

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