Bassett Wins Big in First  'Paramount KIA Big 10 Race Challenge' Race

Bassett starts the 2014 season off on the right foot with a win during the ZLOOP Spring Classic Season Opener at Hickory Motor Speedway.

(Newton, N.C. - Monday, March 10) The 64th season of stock car racing at Hickory Motor Speedway kicked off Saturday night with the ZLOOP Spring Classic Season Opener featuring the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Five different drivers found themselves in Victory Lane following their respective races, but the night was highlighted with a win by Dillon Bassett in the first round of the 'Paramount KIA Big 10 Race Challenge' featuring the Bojangles' Late Models.

The No. 88 of Doug Barnes earned the pole position for the first round the 'Paramount KIA Big 10 Race Challenge' and brought the 24-car field to green flag for the start of the 100-lap feature. His time out front didn't last long, as the No. 00 of Shane Lee moved into the top spot on the first lap. Lee remained out front and created a sizable lead over the competition, while several cars were battling to improve their position. Meanwhile, the No. 44 of Dillon Bassett was working his way through the field and took the lead on lap 75 where he would remain until taking the checkered flag. The No. 9 of William Byron, No. 32 of Travis Swaim, No. 88 of Josh Berry and Lee rounded out the top five.

The Gold King Limited Late Models kept the action going during a 35-lap event that saw multiple cautions and a battle in the end for the win. The No. 1 of Trent Barnes captured the pole for the start of the race, but relinquished the position to the No. 77 of Travis Byrd on lap seven. Byrd fought to remain out front after receiving pressure from Barnes during the late stages of the race. A lap 22 caution positioned Byrd and Barnes side-by-side for the restart resulting in an intense battle for the top spot. Byrd went on to take the checkered flag after Barnes spun out just four laps shy of the finish. The No. 51 of Jeremy Pelfrey, No. 51 of Ryan Shattuck, No. 75 of Taylor Stricklin and No. 21 of J P Dyar finished second through fifth, respectively.

Disappointment struck the pole sitter in the Street Stock Division, No. 33 of Mark Whitten, after he experienced mechanical issues with a broken ball joint putting him out of the race on the first lap. The misfortune allowed the No. 10 of Kevin Townsend to take the lead, where he would remain until taking the checkered flag. The yellow flag was displayed twice during the event on laps 16 and 19 for spinning racecars. Townsend picked up his first victory of the season and was followed to the finish line by the No. 2 of Larry Mosher, the No. 03 of Kevin Eby, the No. 165 of Jonathon Smith and the No. 35 of Marshall Sutton.

Chase Pollard in the No. 98 led the 4-Cylinder division to the green flag for a 25-lap event, but pulled off track to assess potential damage sustained to his car on lap five after the No. 00 of Eddie Gilbert spun in turn three bringing out the caution. The No. 99 of Matt Elledge restarted the race from the top spot, but Pollard worked his way around Elledge and regained the position out front. Pollard was the first to cross the finish with Elledge, the No. 17 of Curtis Pardue and Gilbert in tow.

The WrenchRags Renegades put on an exciting show as competitors battled for position throughout the race. The No. 71 of Kyle Divanna started from the pole position, but spun out on the frontstretch on lap six forcing him toward the back of the field. Cautions bred cautions during the late portion of the race allowing the No. 8 of Kenneth Roberts to pick up a win. The No. 4 of Greg Austin, Divanna, the No. 85 of Dustin Walker and the No. 5 of Carroll McKinney completed the top five.

Race fans can join us at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 15 for another night of excitement from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series featuring appearances by the Bojangles' Late Models, Gold King Limited Late Models, the Street Stocks and Super Trucks. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. with qualifying immediately following. An On-Track Autograph Session will take place at 6 p.m. with feature racing action scheduled to begin at 7. Tickets are only $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and teens with children 12 and under free.

Hickory Motor Speedway
Official Race Results for 3/8/2014
4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
98P
Chase Pollard
Taylorsville, NC
2
99
Matthew Elledge
Statesville, NC
3
17
Curtis Pardue
Hickory, NC
4
00G
Eddie Gilbert
Newton, NC
4-Cylinders - Qualifying
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
98P
Chase Pollard
Taylorsville, NC
2
00G
Eddie Gilbert
Newton, NC
3
99
Matthew Elledge
Statesville, NC
4
17
Curtis Pardue
Hickory, NC
Late Model - Feature
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
44
Dillon Bassett
Winston Salem, NC
2
9
William Byron
Charlotte, NC
3
21T
Travis Swaim
Greensboro, NC
4
88B
Josh Berry
Hendersonville, TN
5
00
Shane Lee
Newton, NC
6
41H
Brayton Haws
Youngsville, NC
7
15B
Justin Bolton
Greensburg, PA
8
57C
Justin Carroll
Concord, NC
9
23R
Peyton Ryan
Concord, NC
10
5H
Bret Holmes
Munford, AL
11
21S
Dalton Sargeant
Winston-Salem, NC
12
7S
Justin Crider
Statesville, NC
13
87
Hayden Woods
Piney Flats, TN
14
88D
Doug Barnes
Whiteford, MD
15
2
Paige Decker
Concord, NC
16
14O
Akinori Ogata
Mooresville, NC
17
7
Ashley Huffman
Connelly Springs, NC
18
6A
Devon Amos
Charlotte, NC
19
12
Austin McDaniel
Harrisburg, NC
20
25D
Kate Dallenbach
Mooresville, NC
21
75
Landon Huffman
Claremont, NC
22
25
Matt Piercy
Conover, NC
23
22
Dan Moore
Conover, NC
24
03S
Roddey Sterling, Jr.
Charlotte, NC
Late Model - Qualifying
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
88D
Doug Barnes
Whiteford, MD
2
00
Shane Lee
Newton, NC
3
21T
Travis Swaim
Greensboro, NC
4
75
Landon Huffman
Claremont, NC
5
7S
Justin Crider
Statesville, NC
6
9
William Byron
Charlotte, NC
7
41H
Brayton Haws
Youngsville, NC
8
7
Ashley Huffman
Connelly Springs, NC
9
15B
Justin Bolton
Greensburg, PA
10
88B
Josh Berry
Hendersonville, TN
11
25
Matt Piercy
Conover, NC
12
87
Hayden Woods
Piney Flats, TN
13
57C
Justin Carroll
Concord, NC
14
12
Austin McDaniel
Harrisburg, NC
15
25D
Kate Dallenbach
Mooresville, NC
16
21S
Dalton Sargeant
Winston-Salem, NC
17
6A
Devon Amos
Charlotte, NC
18
23R
Peyton Ryan
Concord, NC
19
5H
Bret Holmes
Munford, AL
20
22
Dan Moore
Conover, NC
21
2
Paige Decker
Concord, NC
22
14O
Akinori Ogata
Mooresville, NC
23
03S
Roddey Sterling, Jr.
Charlotte, NC
24
44
Dillon Bassett
Winston Salem, NC
Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
77B
Travis Byrd
Sherrills Ford, NC
2
51
Jeremy Pelfrey
Lenoir, NC
3
51S
Ryan Shattuck
Islamorada, FL
4
7S
Taylor Stricklin
Mount Ulla, NC
5
21D
J P Dyar
Charlotte, NC
6
37
Chris Phipps
Newton, NC
7
19
Benji Woodward
Woodleaf, NC
8
1B
Trent Barnes
Whitefield, MD
9
1
Dylon Wilson
Taylorsville, NC
10
11
Dillon Houser
Hildebran, NC
11
18
Casey Pierce
Lenoir, NC
12
15
Sheflon Clay
Asheville, NC
13
3M
Everette McMahon
Mars Hill, NC
14
25
Allen Huffman
Hickory, NC
15
35
Chris Lewis
Stony Point, NC
16
9
Charlie Watson
Lenoir, NC
Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
1B
Trent Barnes
Whitefield, MD
2
77B
Travis Byrd
Sherrills Ford, NC
3
1
Dylon Wilson
Taylorsville, NC
4
51S
Ryan Shattuck
Islamorada, FL
5
18
Casey Pierce
Lenoir, NC
6
11
Dillon Houser
Hildebran, NC
7
25
Allen Huffman
Hickory, NC
8
51
Jeremy Pelfrey
Lenoir, NC
9
35
Chris Lewis
Stony Point, NC
10
37
Chris Phipps
Newton, NC
11
15
Sheflon Clay
Asheville, NC
12
9
Charlie Watson
Lenoir, NC
13
21D
J P Dyar
Charlotte, NC
14
19
Benji Woodward
Woodleaf, NC
15
3M
Everette McMahon
Mars Hill, NC
16
7S
Taylor Stricklin
Mount Ulla, NC
Renegades - Feature
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
8
Kenneth Roberts
Hickory, NC
2
4
Gregory Austin
Granite Falls, NC
3
71
Kyle Divanna
Statesville, NC
4
85
Dustin Walker
Granite Falls, NC
5
16
Carroll McKinney
Hildebran, NC
6
5
Dillon Crouch
Newton, NC
7
22
Daniel Moore
Conover, NC
8
68
Steve Griffith
Morganton, NC
9
69
Ben Campbell
Hudson, NC
10
77H
Shawn Hayes
Lenoir, NC
11
6
Darren Dickinson
Hickory, NC
12
17S
Stephen Shore
Bonaire, GA
Renegades - Qualifying
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
71
Kyle Divanna
Statesville, NC
2
16
Carroll McKinney
Hildebran, NC
3
22
Daniel Moore
Conover, NC
4
85
Dustin Walker
Granite Falls, NC
5
77H
Shawn Hayes
Lenoir, NC
6
68
Steve Griffith
Morganton, NC
7
69
Ben Campbell
Hudson, NC
8
8
Kenneth Roberts
Hickory, NC
9
6
Darren Dickinson
Hickory, NC
10
17S
Stephen Shore
Bonaire, GA
11
4
Gregory Austin
Granite Falls, NC
12
5
Dillon Crouch
Newton, NC
Street Stocks - Feature
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
10T
Kevin Townsend
Lenoir, NC
2
2
Larry Mosher
Taylorsville, NC
3
03
Kevin Eby
Lenior, NC
4
16S
Jonathon Smith
Hudson, NC
5
3S
Marshall Sutton
Burnsville, NC
6
1
David Snyder
Cleveland, NC
7
10
Ethan Johnson
Hudson, NC
8
74
Kim Smith
Lincolnton, NC
9
21
Kevin Saam
Hudson, NC
10
47
Tyler McKinney
Hickory, NC
11
33
Mark Whitten
Gastonia, NC
Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
33
Mark Whitten
Gastonia, NC
2
10T
Kevin Townsend
Lenoir, NC
3
16S
Jonathon Smith
Hudson, NC
4
03
Kevin Eby
Lenior, NC
5
3S
Marshall Sutton
Burnsville, NC
6
1
David Snyder
Cleveland, NC
7
2
Larry Mosher
Taylorsville, NC
8
21
Kevin Saam
Hudson, NC
9
10
Ethan Johnson
Hudson, NC
10
47
Tyler McKinney
Hickory, NC
11
74
Kim Smith
Lincolnton, NC

 

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Newton, North Carolina 28658
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