CANIPE JR. CHARGES THROUGH THE FIELD TO TAKE HIS SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON
By: Laura Finley
Hickory, N.C. – June 18, 2011) - After another afternoon of heavy rain, the sky cleared just in time for Church Night at the Races presented by Bojangles to begin. Fans and members of local congregations came out to watch another night of great racing unfold as Dexter Canipe Jr. took home his second win of the season in the Bojangles Late Model division. Annabeth Barnes won for the first time in the Limited Late Models division while Dan Moore (Street Stock), Chandler Levan (4-Cylinder) and Chad McKinney (Hobby Stock) took the checkered flag in their respective divisions.
Due to afternoon storms, the starting lineups for each division were determined by point standings, putting the No. 43 of Jesse LeFevers on the pole for the Bojangles Late Models race. LeFevers quickly pulled away from the field as cars battled behind him for position. The No. 5 of Dexter Canipe Jr. was on a mission early-on, charging through the field from the seventh position to challenge the No. 88 of Josh Wright and the No. 12 of Austin McDaniel for fourth. The drivers went three-wide, as Canipe Jr. took fourth and continued to charge on, overtaking third on lap nine. Meanwhile, the No. 19 of Kyle Moon slowly started to reel in LeFevers, taking the lead on lap 22. His lead was short-lived however, as Canipe Jr. finally made it to the front of the field on lap 31. Canipe Jr. went on to take his second win of the season with Moon finishing in second and McDaniel in third.
The No. 12 of Annabeth Barnes quickly made her move in the Limited Late Models race, taking the lead on lap one and never looking back. The No. 07 of Tyler Church led the field to the start of the race, but fell to fourth after getting loose on the backstretch. He recovered quickly, immediately challenging the No. 11 of Matt Piercy for third. The only caution of the race fell on lap 17 as the No. 14 of Nicholas Drake came to a stop in turn four. Barnes had a good restart, opening up her lead while Fittipaldi and Piercy battled side-by-side for second. Piercy made the pass for second on lap 29, but was unable to catch Barnes who took the checkered for the first time in the Limited Late Models division. Piercy followed in second with Fittipaldi in third.
The No. 03 of Kevin Eby led the field to the green flag in the Street Stocks division, but was challenged immediately by the No. 21 of Roger Pits II who took the lead on lap five. The No. 16 of Jonathon Smith and the No. 51 of Dustin Walker were involved in the first caution of the night on lap 14 as both cars spun in turn two. The second caution of the night quickly followed on lap 16 as the No. 84 of Jared Broadbent was involved in a single-car spin. The No. 22 of Dan Moore challenged Pitts II for the lead after powering his way through the field early-on. The two drivers raced door-to-door until Moore was finally able to make the pass on lap 24. The field settled into position behind him and Moore went on to take his first win of the season. Pitts II finished second with Eby in third.
Racing heated up in the WrenchRag 4-Cylinders division after the green flag was dropped with the No. 8 of Chandler Levan starting in the first position. The No. 18 of Devon Haun and the No. 21 of Todd Harrington quickly moved to the front of the field, challenging Levan in a three-car battle for first on lap four. The top three raced side-by-side bringing out a caution on lap 12 as Harrington spun coming out of turn four. The field settled into position after the restart with Levan in the lead. Haun ran into trouble on lap 20 after his car caught on fire in turn one, bringing the field to a halt on the front stretch under red flag conditions. Haun was reported as being okay and racing resumed after the track was cleaned. Levan took home the win with the No. 6 of Caleb Sisk second and the No. 3 of Donnie Harmon third.
The Hobby Stock division closed the night with the No. 95 of Chad McKinney finishing in first. The only caution of the race fell on lap one after the No. 31 of Steven Willis came to a halt coming out of turn one. The No. 99 of Lewis Slagle was second and the No. 13 of Dean Slagle was third.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will take a break next week as the UARA-STARS return to Hickory Motor Speedway for the Banjo Matthews Motorsports Scholarship 150.
Unofficial NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Race Results
Bojangles Late Model 50-lap feature
Limited Late Model 35-lap feature
Street Stocks 30-lap feature
WrenchRag 4-Cylinders 25-lap feature
Hobby Stock 20-lap feature