Josh Berry wins Round #8
July 16th 2016 (Hickory, NC): The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series was back at it again at Hickory Motor Speedway on Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Night @ the Races presented by Coca Cola.
Starting off the night would be the Limited Late Models for their 35 lap feature. The #18 of Evan Swilling would snatch the pole after turning the fast lap in qualifying but Monty Cox in the #21 wasn't far off and would start to his outside. At the drop of the green flag the front duo would do battle for the top spot. Swilling would eventually nose ahead but Cox would never stray far. After a late race caution the double file restart would once again see Swilling and Cox mix it up for the lead as the #11 of Dawson Cram would look to enter the fray. Cox would nose ahead and grab the point and drive on for the win with Swilling and Cram side by side as Swilling finished 2nd and Cram would be 3rd. Jeremy Pelfrey in the #51 would finish 4th with the #16 of Alex Reece finishing 5th.
With impending weather possibly on the horizon the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models would move up and run the 8th Round of the Paramount Kia "Big 10" Chase for the Championship next on the schedule. Qualifying would see the top 10 separated by a mere two tenths of a second with Josh Berry in the #88 grabbing the top spot. Points leader Dexter Canipe Jr. in the #5 would start 2nd, former two time HMS champion Austin McDaniel in the #12 lining up inside row two in the third starting position, and semi-regular visitor Mike Darne in the #21 would snatch the forth starting spot. The start would see Canipe jump to the point getting around Berry. McDaniel would follow Canipe's lead and also move by the JR Motorsports driver. The trio would stay within striking distance of one another as the laps counted down. Just before the halfway point Berry would start to make his way back towards the front, moving around McDaniel. Berry would then set his sights on the leader Canipe and begin reeling him in as Darne and the #77 of Tal Davidson would also move begin a run on the lead trio. Berry would catch Canipe and make the pass for the lead as the laps reeled off, under green flag conditions. Berry would drive on to the win with Canipe close behind in 2nd. McDaniel would hold on for 3rd, Darne would grab the 4th finishing position, and Davidson would round out the top 5.
The Super Trucks would roar to life next with their 35 lap feature. Tyler Dayton in the #36 would set the fast time and start from the point with Jason Cochran in the #11 starting to his outside. Dayton and Cochran would do battle side by side for several laps before Cochran would finally pull ahead. As the laps dwindled down Dayton would nose inside Cochran once more looking for the top spot. As the front pair was battling side by side for 1st and 2nd, Sheflon Clay in the #15 and Allen Huffman in the #51 would also be running side by side for 3rd and 4th. Cochran would pull ahead and grab the win with Dayton finishing 2nd. Clay would nose ahead for the 3rd spot, Huffman would grab 3rd, and Joey Shuryan in the #30 would round out the top 5.
The Street Stocks would roll off next for their 30 lap feature. Kevin Eby in the #03 would pace the field in qualifying and start from the top spot with Cody DeMarmels in the #18 to his outside. DeMarmels would jump out to the early lead while Eby would battle with Mark Whitten in the #77 and Marshall Sutton in the #64 for the 2nd position. DeMarmels would drive on to the win, his second in a row, with Whitten finishing 2nd. Eby would hold on for 3rd, Kevin Townsend in the #9 would move up to finish 4th, and Sutton would battle back from a flat tire to finish 5th.
Rounding out the night would be the Renegades and their 20 laps of excitement. Charlie Neill in the #6 would grab the top qualifying spot with Kenneth Roberts in the #8 would start to his outside. Neill would jump to the early lead with Roberts following in his tire tracks. The battle would rage for the top 5 behind the front duo with David Hasson in the #83, Danny Crump Jr. In the #97, Steve Griffith in the #68, and Ben Campbell in the #69 would all vie for 3rd through 5th. Neill would drive on to the victory with Roberts finishing 2nd. Hasson would finish 3rd, Crump 4th, and Griffith 5th.
Next week, Saturday July 23rd, will see the Knights of Destruction make its annual pilgrimage to America's Most Famous Short Track with their crowd pleasing show of bus racing, demo derby, trailer racing, monster trucks, fireworks show, and much much more. Advance tickets can still be purchased by calling the track at 828-464-3655.
The NWAAS returns to action in two weeks, on Saturday July 30th, with Sams Club & Burger Fi Night @ the Races and the 3 rd Annual Childrens Miracle Network Rock N Race Fundraiser. Along with all of the racing action there will be a country concert and then fireworks to cap off the night.