LeFevers takes sixth win of the season during the 60 th Anniversary celebration at HMS
(Hickory, N.C. – July 23, 2011) – Fans braved the heat to watch Jesse LeFevers bring home his sixth win of the season during the 60 th Anniversary Celebration at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Pietro Fittipaldi received his first win in the Limited Late Model division with Clint Fields (Super Trucks) and Mike Newton (Street Stocks) also winning in their respective divisions.
The Bojangles Late Model race got off to a quick start as the No. 43 of Jesse LeFevers led the field to the green flag. The No. 12 of Austin McDaniel challenged LeFevers during the first few laps, but had to drop back as he faced the No. 5 of Dexter Canipe Jr., who was looking to the outside for second. Canipe Jr. went on to make the pass on lap 3. McDaniel did not back down, however, retaking second on lap 13. By lap 35, McDaniel caught LeFevers, taking the lead as the caution fell on lap 36 due to the No. 88 of Josh Wright slowing on the backstretch. LeFevers had a great restart, retaking the lead from McDaniel with the No. 57 of Grant Wimbish in third. The second caution of the night fell on lap 37 as the No. 15 of Shawn Sharkey spun in turn 4. LeFevers was able to hold the lead on the restart with McDaniel settling into second. The final caution flew on lap 41 due to a single car spin. After the restart, McDaniel managed to catch LeFevers on lap 58, but was unable to make the pass as the laps ran out. Jesse LeFevers took his sixth win of the season with Austin McDaniel finishing in second and Grant Wimbish in third.
The No. 90 of Pietro Fittipaldi led the Limited Late Model race from start-to-finish, taking home his first win in the division. After the green flag fell, the field settled into position until late in the race. On lap 30, a tight battle for second took place between the No. 69 of Trevor Hignutt and the No. 07 of Tyler Church. The No. 12 of Annabeth Barnes also tried to challenge for second, making it a three-car battle to the finish. Hignutt was able to hold on to second with Tyler Church taking third, Annabeth Barnes in fourth and Matt Piercy in fifth.
The caution flag quickly fell on lap 1 in the Super Trucks division as the No. 6 of Brandon Setzer spun going into turn 1. The No. 16 of Clint Fields used the restart to his advantage, taking the lead away from the pole sitter, the No. 09 of Mark Johnson, on lap 2. The No. 28 of Jason Crouse worked his way to the front of the field on lap 11, moving to the inside of Johnson and taking over second. Crouse slowly started to reel in Fields, catching a break on lap 31 when the No. 33 of Jeremy Birch brought out the caution. Fields chose the outside line on the restart and pulled away from Crouse, going on to take the win. Jason Crouse was second and Mark Johnson was third.
In the Street Stocks division the No. 21 of Roger Pitts II led the field to the green flag followed by the No. 10 of Jeff Hagaman who jumped into the second position at the start of the race. The field fell into position behind Pitts until the first caution flag of the night fell on lap 7 due to debris on the track. Hagaman had a strong restart and quickly challenged Pitts for the lead, but was unable to make the pass. The No. 03 of Kevin Eby and the No. 64 of Marshall Sutton battled each other throughout the night for the fifth position. Eby finally made the pass on lap 29 just as the second caution of the night fell. After the restart, Hagaman and Pitts made contact on the backstretch, bringing out the final caution of the race. The No. 5 of Mike Newton took the checkered flag with Kevin Eby in second and Marshall Sutton in third.
Unofficial NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Race Results
Bojangles Late Model 60-lap feature
Limited Late Models 35-lap feature
Super Trucks 35-lap feature
Street Stocks 30-lap feature