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April 23, 2016 - HICKORY, N.C. – The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series roared back to life Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway with great racing and close finishes on 84 Lumber Night at the Races.
Leading off the night the mighty 4-Cylinders would scream to life as they rolled to the flag for their 25 lap feature with fast timer Charlie Neill in the #2 starting at the point position. Neill would take the early lead as the field would scramble to see who was going to give challenge. Winner of the last 4 Cylinder race, Curtis Pardue in the #17, would give chase and attempt to run down Neill. While Pardue would reel in the leader he would fall just short as Neill would grab win #2 on the season with Pardue finishing a close 2nd. Rob Lewis in the #98 would finish 3rd, Rodney Trivette in the #6 and Rusty Fann in the #82 would round out the top 5.
Rolling off next would be the Limited Late Models for their 35 lap feature. Setting the hot lap in qualifying and starting from the pole would be newcomer Chase Cabre in the #2 with the #26 of Nicholas Pope starting to his outside. At the drop of the green flag the inside row would be the way to go as Cabre moved to the lead with Jeremy Pelfrey in the #51 close behind. After several laps 2-time winner Pelfrey would pressure Cabre and move ahead for the top spot. The pair would race nose to tail for several laps as the race would be winding down. Cabre would look to the low side of Pelfrey several times over the last few laps, even making a lap last charge to the checkers coming off of turn 4 but would come up just short as Pelfrey was able to get enough forward bite coming up off of the final corner to maintain the top spot to the checkered flag. With the win Pelfrey would have 3 victories in 4 starts for the season to date. Cabre would grab a hard fought 2nd place finish in his 1st start at America's Most Famous Short Track in Taylor Stricklin's old Limited Late Model. Charlie Watson in the #9 would come home 3rd, Nicholas Pope in the #26 would finish 4th and points leader Evan Swilling rounding out the top 5.
Next up would be a race down memory lane with the Catawba Realty & Insurance Company Classic Sportsmen vintage cars. Greg Butcher in the #0 would lead the field to the green flag after setting the fast lap in qualifying. Butcher would be challenged by Bill Webb in the #16 and Eddie Gilbert in the #95 for the lead but would hold them off for his first HMS victory of the season. Gilbert would hold on for 2nd, Dennis Hinkle in the #4 would grab 3rd, Bill Powell in the #71 and Robert Webb in the #6 would round out the top 5.
The Bojangles Late Models would line up to do battle with the #5 of Dexter Canipe Jr. On the pole, 2015 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Hickory Motor Speedway Bojangles Track Champion Matt Piercy in the #21 to his outside, and Ryan Millington in the #17 and Kate Dallenbach in the #25 filling out row 2.
Canipe would make the early move to the lead with Piercy close in tow while Millington, Dallenbach, and the #18 of Casey Pierce would continually do battle for the top 5. With a short caution, and a restart Piercy would move around Canipe for his opportunity to lead. Canipe would stay glued to Piercy's bumper until lap 45 when he would make the move to regain the top spot from Piercy and move back to the point. After a caution involving Millington and the #23 of Zachary Dabbs, a restart on lap 70 seemed to set up an epic finish involving Canipe and Piercy but in Classic Hickory Motor Speedway style would include a surprise or two.
As the cars went back to green flag racing, Canipe would once again take the top spot but Piercy would close quickly on the leader. Lap 90 would see Piercy begin pressuring Canipe for the lead, and on lap 95 Piercy would take the #1 spot back, but contact between the pair would cause Piercy to spin coming off of turn 4 and earn Canipe a trip to the back. Dallenbach would inherit the lead as a result of the spin. The 3 rd generation driver had been running in the top 3 the entire race and never lost contact with the front running pair, patiently waiting for her opportunity. On the restart Dallenbach would have Millington and Pierce pressuring her hard for the top spot but would hold them off and add her name to the list of winners at the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars, as she would grab her first NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Model checkered flag. Millington would finish 2nd and move back into the points lead. Pierce would bounce back with a 3rd place finish after a mechanical failure would sideline him early in the last race. Madeline Crane in the #2 would make a late race charge to grab a 4th place finish and Dabbs would grab a 5th place finish.
Closing out the night would be the Street Stocks and their 30 lap feature. Cody DeMarmels in the #18 would snatch the top starting spot with the fast qualifying lap and Kevin Townsend in the #10 would start to his outside. Townsend would use the high groove to get around DeMarmels on the start. DeMarmels would take several shots at the top position but Townsend would effectively hold off the challenges and take the win with DeMarmels coming up just a 1/2 car length short but still grabbing 2nd. Kevin Eby in the #03 would grab 3rd, Marshall Sutton in the #64 and Trey Buff in the #69 would finish 4th and 5th after a spirited battle over the closing laps.
Next week will see the NWAAS return with Round #4 of the Paramount Kia 'Big 10' Racing Challenge featuring 100 laps for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models. Also in action next week are the Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Super Trucks, and Renegades.
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