Ryan Millington doubles up winning both Twin 40s
July 30th 2016 (Hickory, NC): The always exciting Sams Club Night @ the Races presented by Burger Fi made its annual stop at Americas Most Famous Short Track with music, racing, fireworks, and raising money for a good cause with the Children's Miracle Network on Saturday night.
Leading off the night would be Twin #1 of the night for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models. Dexter Canipe Jr. in the #5 would start from the point after pacing qualifying with the #17 of Ryan Millington just to his outside. The second row would be made up of the #9 of Charlie Watson and the #87 of Hayden Woods. At the drop of the green flag the Canipes engine would go south and Canipe would drop back through the field. Millington would work his way to the point with Watson and Woods looking to chase him down. Canipe would drop to the back of the pack but begin working his way towards the front. Millington would hold off the challengers in the caution free feature for his 2nd win on the year with Watson finishing in 2nd. Woods would grab the 3rd spot, Canipe would fight back for a 4th place finish, and Andrew Garcia in the #12 would round out the top 5.
The Renegades would roll off next with Charlie Neill in the #6 starting from the pole and Kenneth Roberts in the #8 to his outside. The front pair would battle side by side for several laps before Neill would nose out to the lead. David Hasson in the #83 would keep the front duo in sight hoping to make a challenge. Neill would once again prove to be too tough and be the first to the checkered flag with Roberts close behind in 2nd. Hasson would have to settle for 3rd, the #71 of Kyle Divanna would come home 4th, and Ben Campbell in the #69 would grab a top 5 spot as well.
The Limited Late Models were next to roar to life with the #51 of Jeremy Pelfrey pacing the field and the #18 of Evan Swilling to his outside. The front row duo would do battle for several laps until a scuffle in turns 1 and 2 would see Pelfrey to the point and Swilling drop back to 4th. Monty Cox in the #21 and Dawson Cram in the #11 would find themselves in the middle of the battle for the lead with Pelfrey. Over the next 20 laps Swilling would patiently but methodically move his way back to Pelfrey's rear view mirror. Pelfrey would prove to be too much to handle on the evening and drive on for the victory with Swilling bouncing back for 2nd. Cram would move up to 3rd, Cox would hold on for 4th, and Alex Reece in the #18 would round out the top 5.
Hitting the track next would be the 4-Cylinders. Curtis Pardue in the #17 would set fast time and start from point with Eddie Gilbert in the #00 to his outside. As had been the pattern for the night the front pair would once again mix it up for several laps before Gilbert would assume the top spot. The first caution in the night's racing action would fall as the #4 of Dylan Mundy would end his night on the hook with damage to the rear of his car. Gilbert would go on to hold off Pardue and grab the win with Pardue finishing 2nd. Rob Lewis in the #98 would pick up the 3rd finishing position, Rodney Trivette in the #6 would finish 4th, and the #82 of Rusty Fann would round out the top 5.
The NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models would roll off next for Twin #2 on the night. Race one winner Ryan Millington in the #17 would start from the pole, the #87 of Hayden Woods to his outside, Dexter Canipe Jr. in the #5 and Charlie Watson in the #9 making up row 2. Woods would grab the early lead and look to set the pace. Millington would work his way back to the front and bring Watson and Canipe with him as they make the move on Woods. Millington would drive on to the win for his 3rd on the year and 2nd on the night. Watson would take the runner up position sweeping 2nd in both races. Canipe would finish 3rd, Woods would hold on for 4th, and Andrew Garcia in the #12 would get his second 5th place finish on the night.
Finishing out the night's racing action would be the Street Stocks. Cody DeMarmels in the #18 would grab the pole position with Kevin Townsend in the #9 to his outside. DeMarmels and Townsend would battle for the point position before DeMarmels would finally pull ahead. Kevin Eby in the #03 would work his way around Townsend and make his way toward the leader. Several laps would see Eby to the inside of DeMarmels with each wanting the lead. DeMarmels would finally clear the position while Townsend would challenge Eby for 2nd. Townsend would make his way around Eby and look to take the top spot. The closing laps saw DeMarmels and Townsend side by side battling for the win. At the checkers Townsend would nose ahead and grab the victory with DeMarmels having to settle for 2nd. Eby would hold on for 3rd, Marshall Sutton in the #64 would grab 4th, and Mark Whitten in the #33 would finish 5th.
Next week will see the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series back in action at the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars with LiftOne Night @ the Races. The night will see Round #9 of the Paramount Kia 'Big 10' Challenge Series for the Bojangles Late Models. Also in action are the Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Super Trucks, and Renegades.