R.D. Smith Wins the ZLOOP Spring Classic

 

(Newton, N.C. -- March 7th, 2015)

For Immediate Release:

Racing returned to Hickory Motor Speedway in a big way for the ZLOOP Spring Classic Season Opener and Round 1 of the Paramount Kia "Big 10" Racing Challenge. It was a cool night but the action on the track would heat up quickly.

It would be a tight field and plenty of contact as the first round of the Paramount Kia "Big 10" Challenge would open up for the ZLOOP Spring Classic at Hickory Motor Speedway with the Jr. Motorsports driver of the No. 88 Josh Berry breaking the 15 second mark with a time of 14.95 to take the first pole of the season in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Model Stocks.

Berry would set the early pace and continue to lead until around lap 50, when the No. 23 of Payton Ryan would take the helm. Ryan and Berry would do battle for several laps until Berry would spin and Ryan would assume the lead.

After the caution Ryan would put some distance on the field, but challenges from the No. 12 of Austin McDaniel, the No. 00 of Shane Lee and others kept Ryan within striking distance as Berry was working his way back through the field. With less than ten to go Berry would move back to the front and the battle for the lead as Ryan and McDaniel were preparing to settle it themselves.

With 6 laps to go Berry would make it three wide and retake the lead but after contact with Ryan would spin a second time tonight that would send him to the back along with Ryan. Coming back to the restart McDaniel would lead the field along with the No. 41 of Brayton Haws, Lee, and the No. 16 of RD Smith. Contact between Lee and Haws would bring out yet another caution with Haws' car sustaining damage and requiring a trip to pit road.

McDaniel would once again lead the field to the green for the final run to the checkers with Lee and Smith hot in tow. Smith would move around Lee for second and begin to challenge McDaniel for the win. With contact on the final corner of the last lap McDaniel and Smith would be side-by-side with McDaniel on the high side and Smith to the preferred inside and coming to the checkered flag. Smith would take the checkered flag followed by McDaniel, Lee would end up 3 rd , Matt Piercy 4 th , a hard fought race for Josh Berry would put him 5 th.


The T-Mobile Limiteds were led to the green by the No. 77 of Travis Byrd with the No. 51 of Jeremy Pelfrey to his outside. Byrd would hold off numerous challenges and be the first to the checkers, bringing home his first win for 2015. There would be action throughout the pack as the No.15 of Sheflon Clay would work his way around Pelfrey for 2 nd with Pelfrey settling for 3 rd . Zach Bruenger, in his rockin' Robin Harris retro ride No.2, would start toward the back of the field and work his way to the front for a 4 th place finish, while Mark Johnson in the No.13 would round out the top 5.

In the Street Stocks Kevin Eby in the No. 03 would claim the top qualifying spot and would have things going his way until Charlie Neill in the No.2 worked his way to Eby and would take the lead on lap 12. Neill would take the checkered flag with Eby crossing the line in 2 nd , Marshall Sutton 3 rd , Mark Whitten 4 th , Larry Mosher rounding out the top 5.

The 4-Cylinders would be led by fast timer Eddie Gilbert driving the No. 00 . The No. 09 of Randy Canipe would take the lead early and not look back as he took the win. Michael Tucker in No. 16 would finish 2 nd , with Gilbert battling back from a spin to finish 3 rd , Dennis Trivette in the No. 28 would cross the line 4 th , and Rob Lewis in the No. 98 would cross the line 5 th .

The Wrench Rags Renegades would be the final event of the night. Division rivalries from 2014 poured over into the inaugural race of 2015 as the No. 8 Kenneth Roberts would bring them to the line, with the No. 6 of Darren Dickinson, and the No. 00 of Blake Walker battling him fiercely for the top spot. A late caution would bunch the field helping the No. 77 of Shawn Hayes, move into the fray after coming from 7 th to 4 th . At the restart Walker would lead the field with Roberts to his outside and Dickinson in 3 rd . Contact between Hayes and Dickinson would bring out another caution as the No. 00 of Justin Austin would get caught up in the incident. The final restart would see Walker take the win, Hayes would get by Roberts for 2 nd , with Roberts hanging on for 3 rd , the No. 68 Steve Griffith would bring home 4 th , and the No. 71 Kyle Divanna rounded out the top 5.

This Saturday night, March 14 th , fans will see another Hot Night of Action with 50 laps for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles Late Models, 35 laps for the T-Mobile Limiteds, 35 laps for the Smokey's Super Trucks, 30 laps for the Street Stocks and the Classic Sportsman Racing. Tickets are just $11 for Adults, $9 for Seniors and Teens and Kids 12 and under are free. Gates open at 5pm, with racing action slated for 7pm. Come out and see us! For more information about upcoming events and Hickory Motor Speedway visit, www.hickorymotorspeedway.com or like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/hickoryspeedwayfans) and follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/hickoryspeedway).

Official Race Results:

Hickory Motor Speedway
Race Results for 3/7/2015
4-Cylinders - Feature
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
09
Randy Canipe
Maiden, NC
2
16T
Michael Tucker
Thomasville, NC
3
00G
Eddie Gilbert
Newton, NC
4
28T
Dennis Trivette
Newton, NC
5
98
Rob Lewis
Morganton, NC
6
6T
Rodney Trivette
Newton, NC
7
31
Dwayne Dean
Thomasville, NC
8
79
Crystal Davis
Fort Mill, SC
9
11
Robert Trivette
Newton, NC
10
17
Curtis Pardue
Hickory, NC
4-Cylinders - Qualifying
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
00G
Eddie Gilbert
Newton, NC
2
09
Randy Canipe
Maiden, NC
3
98
Rob Lewis
Morganton, NC
4
17
Curtis Pardue
Hickory, NC
5
79
Crystal Davis
Fort Mill, SC
6
6T
Rodney Trivette
Newton, NC
7
31
Dwayne Dean
Thomasville, NC
8
28T
Dennis Trivette
Newton, NC
9
11
Robert Trivette
Newton, NC
10
16T
Michael Tucker
Thomasville, NC
Late Model - Feature
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
12
Austin McDaniel
Harrisburg, NC
2
00
Shane Lee
Newton, NC
3
25
Matt Piercy
Conover, NC
4
88B
Josh Berry
Hendersonville, TN
5
7
Ashley Huffman
Connelly Springs, NC
6
75H
Landon Huffman
Claremont, NC
7
01C
Jake Crum
Statesville, NC
8
6D
Dylan Smith
Concord, NC
9
41H
Brayton Haws
Youngsville, NC
10
12B
Annabeth Barnes
Hiddenite, NC
11
59S
Roddey Sterling, Jr.
Charlotte, NC
12
23R
Payton Ryan
Concord, NC
13
4D
Natalie Decker
,
14
5C
Dexter Canipe, Jr.
Conover, NC
15
67H
Jacob Harrell
Belmont, NC
16
9
William Byron
Charlotte, NC
17
16S
R D Smith II
Burlington, NC
DQ
Late Model - Qualifying
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
88B
Josh Berry
Hendersonville, TN
2
41H
Brayton Haws
Youngsville, NC
3
23R
Payton Ryan
Concord, NC
4
75H
Landon Huffman
Claremont, NC
5
9
William Byron
Charlotte, NC
6
7
Ashley Huffman
Connelly Springs, NC
7
00
Shane Lee
Newton, NC
8
25
Matt Piercy
Conover, NC
9
5C
Dexter Canipe, Jr.
Conover, NC
10
01C
Jake Crum
Statesville, NC
11
6D
Dylan Smith
Concord, NC
12
59S
Roddey Sterling, Jr.
Charlotte, NC
13
16S
R D Smith II
Burlington, NC
14
4D
Natalie Decker
,
15
12
Austin McDaniel
Harrisburg, NC
16
67H
Jacob Harrell
Belmont, NC
17
12B
Annabeth Barnes
Hiddenite, NC
Limited Late Model - Feature
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
77B
Travis Byrd
Sherrills Ford, NC
2
15
Sheflon Clay
Asheville, NC
3
51
Jeremy Pelfrey
Lenoir, NC
4
2B
Zachary Bruenger
Granite Falls, NC
5
13J
Mark Johnson
Newton, NC
6
29
Mitch Walker
Newton, NC
7
21
Monty Cox
Granite Falls, NC
8
18
Casey Pierce
Lenoir, NC
9
14R
Ryan Repko
Denver, NC
10
56
Anthony Miller
Asheville, NC
11
09G
Keith Graham
Statesville, NC
12
14A
Akinori Ogata
Mooresville, NC
13
43
Greg Wise
Candler, NC
14
29R
Jake Ruggles
Kannapolis, NC
15
38
Chris Taylor
Walnut Cove, NC
16
34
Patrick Rachels
China Grove, NC
17
99P
Austin Powell
Concord, NC
Limited Late Model - Qualifying
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
77B
Travis Byrd
Sherrills Ford, NC
2
51
Jeremy Pelfrey
Lenoir, NC
3
29
Mitch Walker
Newton, NC
4
34
Patrick Rachels
China Grove, NC
5
15
Sheflon Clay
Asheville, NC
6
21
Monty Cox
Granite Falls, NC
7
13J
Mark Johnson
Newton, NC
8
18
Casey Pierce
Lenoir, NC
9
29R
Jake Ruggles
Kannapolis, NC
10
14R
Ryan Repko
Denver, NC
11
56
Anthony Miller
Asheville, NC
12
09G
Keith Graham
Statesville, NC
13
43
Greg Wise
Candler, NC
14
38
Chris Taylor
Walnut Cove, NC
15
99P
Austin Powell
Concord, NC
16
2B
Zachary Bruenger
Granite Falls, NC
17
14A
Akinori Ogata
Mooresville, NC
Renegades - Feature
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
09W
Adam Blake Walker
Lenoir, NC
2
77H
Shawn Hayes
Lenoir, NC
3
8
Kenneth Roberts
Hickory, NC
4
68
Steve Griffith
Morganton, NC
5
71
Kyle Divanna
Statesville, NC
6
16T
Randy Truett
Granite Falls, NC
7
6
Darren Dickinson
Hickory, NC
8
57
Ray Triplett
Lenoir, NC
9
4A
Justin Austin
Granite Falls, NC
10
69
Ben Campbell
Hudson, NC
Renegades - Qualifying
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
8
Kenneth Roberts
Hickory, NC
2
09W
Adam Blake Walker
Lenoir, NC
3
6
Darren Dickinson
Hickory, NC
4
68
Steve Griffith
Morganton, NC
5
16T
Randy Truett
Granite Falls, NC
6
57
Ray Triplett
Lenoir, NC
7
77H
Shawn Hayes
Lenoir, NC
8
69
Ben Campbell
Hudson, NC
9
4A
Justin Austin
Granite Falls, NC
10
71
Kyle Divanna
Statesville, NC
Street Stocks - Feature
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
03
Kevin Eby
Lenior, NC
2
64
Marshall Sutton
Burnsville, NC
3
3W
Mark Whitten
Hogtown, VA,
4
2
Larry Mosher
Taylorsville, NC
5
52
Don Machutta
Mooresville, NC
6
18D
Cody DeMarmels
Newton, NC
7
1
David Snyder
Cleveland, NC
8
23
Brendan Doyle
Hendersonville, NC
9
44
Andrew Moss
Hendersonville, NC
10
16
Carroll McKinney
Hildebran, NC
11
74
Kim Smith
Lincolnton, NC
12
10
Ethan Johnson
Hudson, NC
13
2N
Charlie Neill
Hickory, NC
DQ
Street Stocks - Qualifying
Finish
Car No
Driver
Hometown
1
03
Kevin Eby
Lenior, NC
2
3W
Mark Whitten
Hogtown, VA,
3
64
Marshall Sutton
Burnsville, NC
4
52
Don Machutta
Mooresville, NC
5
2
Larry Mosher
Taylorsville, NC
6
2N
Charlie Neill
Hickory, NC
7
18D
Cody DeMarmels
Newton, NC
8
16
Carroll McKinney
Hildebran, NC
9
23
Brendan Doyle
Hendersonville, NC
10
44
Andrew Moss
Hendersonville, NC
11
1
David Snyder
Cleveland, NC
12
74
Kim Smith
Lincolnton, NC
13
10
Ethan Johnson
Hudson, NC

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