Former Track Champion Dominates at Old Stomping Grounds

Matt McCall Captures the Bojangles Late Model Victory at Hickory Motor Speedway

 

(Hickory, N.C. September 10, 2011) With only two races until the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Championships are decided, competitors filled the infield while fans piled in the grandstands during Cargo Transporters Night at the Races presented by Whelen. Matt McCall made his way back to his old stomping grounds to compete in the Bojangles Late Model 50-lap feature. The past Hickory Motor Speedway champion driver grabbed the pole position and used the high line to hold off the competition winning the night's feature race.

                The Bojangles Late Models hit the track for a fast paced 50-lap feature event with the No. 23 of Matt McCall in the pole position. As the field came up to full speed McCall and the No. 19 of Kyle Moon battled for track position and the lead. On lap four, Moon was able to work his way around the Hickory Motor Speedway champion driver of McCall capturing the top spot. The two drivers began to pull away from the field when the first caution fell on lap seven for debris on the track.

                Back under green-flag conditions, Moon and McCall ran side-by-side with McCall regaining the top spot on lap nine. As the race progressed Moon remained close to McCall's bumper looking for any opportunity to move back out front. At the half-way mark, the No. 43 of Jesse LeFevers and the No. 12 of Austin McDaniel had worked their way into the mix fighting for valuable track position with McCall and Moon. McCall remained on the point while LeFevers worked his way into the second position on lap 27. Moon was beginning to put pressure on LeFevers to regain the position when the second yellow flag waved on lap 30 for debris on the track.

                Just as quickly as the green flag waved the No. 89 of Sean Shalvoy experienced mechanical issues putting fluid down on the track bringing caution number three. With the green flag back on display, McCall pulled away leaving LeFevers to run in second as the field regained full speed. Behind the leader, Moon and McDaniel created a tight battle for third when Moon's engine expired on lap 38 ending his night and bringing out the yellow for a fifth time. Due to extensive fluid on the track NASCAR officials displayed the red flag for the safety crew to put down a layer of Abzorbit to clean the fluid laid down on racing surface.

                McCall pulled away from the field as they cars returned to full speed racing leaving LeFevers, McDaniel and the No. 57 of Grant Wimbish to battle for second. With three laps remaining in the race the No. 2 of Nick Waycaster and the No. 33 of Cory Joyce connected in turn four bringing out the sixth of the race. Just as the field resumed green-flag racing Waycaster spun in turn two, causing the yellow flag to be displayed for the seventh and final time of the night. The driver came to the flag for a green-white-checkered finish. McCall powered ahead of the field during the final restart to take the checkered flag leaving LeFevers to finish second and McDaniel in third.                

                The Limited Late Models were led to the green by the No. 11 of Matt Piercy for the 35-lap race. As the green flag waved, the field settled into position behind Piercy. During the early laps of the race the No. 07 of Tyler Church worked his way to the front of the field moving into second on lap 10 after starting in the fifth position. As the laps continued Church began to put pressure on Piercy as he tried to take over the lead until the first caution fell on lap 13 when the No. 09 of Houston Smith made contact with the No. 18 of Casey Pierce heading out of turn three, sending Pierce into the outside wall.

                Piercy and Church battled for the lead as the green flag waved over the field. Church used the outside line to move by Piercy taking over the top spot on lap 14. A second caution quickly followed after the No. 69 of Trevor Hignutt spun in turn four on lap 15. As green flag racing resumed the No. 37 of Chris Phipps spun coming out of turn four bringing out the third caution of the race. Church brought the field to full speed and pulled away leaving the No. 12 of Annabeth Barnes and Piercy to fight for the second position. On lap 18 Piercy settled into second with Barnes following closely behind in third.

                With ten laps remaining the yellow flag waved for a fourth time after the No. 35 of Chris Lewis and Barnes made contact on lap 25 in turn four. During the restart the No. 51 of Jeremy Pelfrey fell into the third position falling in line behind Church and Piercy. During the final three laps the No. 66 of Travis Byrd began to pressure Pelfrey for the fourth position taking over the spot on the final lap, leaving Pelfrey to finish the race fifth.  

                The Street Stocks hit the track for their 30 lap feature with the No. 22 of Dan Moore bringing the field to the green in the pole position. Just as quickly as the field got up to full speed drivers began to spread out into a single file line. By lap 12 Moore had caught up with lap traffic slowing down his run giving the No. 21 of Roger Pitts an opportunity to reel in the pole sitter. Pitts gained momentum heading into the turns, but Moore was able to outrun Pitts on the straightaways. Moore held off Pitts during the caution free event leaving Pitts to finish second with the No. 51 of Dillon Crouch crossing the finish line third. 

Todd Harrington (No. 21) brought the 10 car field to the green flag of the 25-lap WrenchRags 4-Cylinder feature. The field spread out during the first 10 laps with Harrington leading his fellow competitors around the 0.375-mile track until the first caution fell for debris on lap 10. A second caution waved on lap 23 after the No. 17 of Nathaniel Kanupp spun on the track. Harrington would go on to lead all 25 laps leaving the No. 18 of Devon Haun, the No. 09 of Shane Canipe to follow behind finishing second and third.

                The Mini-Cup Karts revisited the Newton, N.C. facility for a second time this season. The No. 18 of Steve Teter took the green flag from the pole position for the 30-lap race. Teter would go on to lead all 30 laps with the No. 88 of Tyler Baird following closely behind in second and the No. 79 of Jason Styron in third.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will return to the track next Saturday, September 17 for Championship Night presented by Gaston Rentals when Hickory Motor Speedway crowns their NASCAR champions. The night will include appearances by the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series with appearances by the Bojangles Late Models, Limited Late Models, Super Trucks, Street Stocks, the WrenchRags 4-Cylinders, Hobby Stocks and the Red Baron Renegades. Catch the action beginning at 5 p.m. with qualifying and feature racing at 7 p.m.

 

Official Late Model Stock Results from 9/10/11:

1. #23 Matt McCall

2. #43 Jesse LeFevers

3. #57 Grant Wimbish

4. #4 Ben Rhodes

5. #21 Roger Powell

6. #15 Shawn Sharkey

7. #7 Taylor Stricklin

8. #2 Nick Waycaster

9. #33 Cory Joyce

10. #88 Josh Wright

11. #19 Kyle Moon

12. #89 Sean Shalvoy

13. #94 Brad Cox

14. #28 Sammy Jasper

15. #5 Dexter Canipe Jr.

16. #12 Austin McDaniel - Failed post race inspection

 

 

Limited Late Model:

1. (07) Tyler Church

2. (11) Matt Piercy

3. (66) Travis Byrd

4. (51) Jeremy Pelfrey

5. (90) Pietro Fittipaldi

6. (72) Jason Cochrane

7. (09) Houston Smith

8. (69) Trevor Hignutt

9. (07B) Josh Bralley

10. (37) Chris Phipps

11. (12) Annabeth Barnes

12. (35) Chris Lewis

13. (21) Monty Cox

14. (10) Bryan Weatherman

15. (19) Benji Woodward

16. (71) Andres Guevara

17. (15) Sheflon Clay

18. (18) Casey Pierce

Street Stocks:

1. (22) Dan Moore

2. (21) Roger Pitts II

3. (51) Dillon Crouch

4. (35) David Werner

5. (03) Kevin Eby

6. (64) Marshall Sutton

7. (5) Mike Newton

8. (17) Baron Kuritzky

9. (99) Roy Smith

10. (1) David Snyder

11. (31) Matt Weaver

 

WrenchRags 4-Cylinders:

Revised 4-Cylinders Results from 9/10/11:

1. #21 Todd Harrington

2. #18 Devon Haun

3. #09 Shane Canipe

4. #8 Chandler LeVan

5. #6 Caleb Sisk

6. (98) Rob Lewis

7. (17) Nathaniel Kanupp

8. (90) Carroll McKinney

9. (59) Don Wardo

10. (3) Donnie Harmon

Mini-Cup Karts:

1. (18) Steve Teter

2. (88) Tyler Baird

3. (79) Jason Styron

4. (11) Darrell Mason

5. (6) Kenny Armstrong

6. (33) David Burnett

7. (45) Jeremy Deans

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