Dexter Canipe Jr.(#5) and Charlie Watson(#9) Wins Twin Bojangles Late Model Stock
July 9th 2016 (Hickory, NC): The weekly NASCAR Whelen All American Series returned to Hickory Motor Speedway Saturday night with The Law Offices of Lyndon R. Helton, PLLC Night at the Races. Race fans would be treated to great car counts and twice the racing for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models with Twin 40s in the premier division.
Leading off the night would be the first Twin 40 for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models. Dexter Canipe Jr. In the #5 would set the fastest 1st lap in his 2 lap qualifying session to grab the pole while 2012 & 2013 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Hickory Motor Speedway Track Champion Austin McDaniel in the #12 would make a return visit to the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars and grab the number 2 starting spot for Race #1. At the drop of the green flag Canipe and McDaniel would battle side by side for the top spot. Canipe would finally nose ahead but McDaniel would keep the pressure on Canipe turned up. The field would be bunched around lap 20 of the 40 lap event with a caution. On the ensuing restart McDaniel would make the best of his opportunity and move by Canipe after another side by side battle. McDaniel would appear to be headed to his first victory of 2016 until a late race caution would draw the field back together for a double file restart. Once again as the green flag waved the duo of McDaniel and Canipe would do battle for the top spot and the win. Neither driver would be willing to give an inch, but Canipe would use the high groove to for just enough momentum to nose ahead for the checkered as he would take the win by 1/2 car length. McDaniel would hold on for 2nd in the 17 car field. Ashley Huffman in the #22 would wheel his ride to the 3rd finishing position while the #5 of Anthony Alfredo and the #2 of Madeline Crane would have impressive runs rounding out the top 5.
The high pitch sound of the 4-Cylinders would fill the air as they would hit the track for their opportunity to do battle. The #17 of Curtis Pardue would start from the top spot after setting the fast time in qualifying. Pardue would jump to the early lead as the battle would be for 2nd and back. Robert Trivette in the #11 would look as if he might be able to challenge the leader but mechanical problems would park Trivette early in the pits. Pardue would drive on to the win with the #4 of Dylan Mundy coming home in 2nd. Cody Combs in the #9, Rodney Trivette in the #6, and Donn Wardo in the #59 would round out the top 5.
The Limited Late Models would roll off next for their 35 lap feature. Jeremy Pelfrey in the #51 would pace the field to the green flag as a result of his fast lap in qualifying with the #11 of Dawson Cram starting to his outside after an impressive lap of his own. Pelfrey would grab the lead early and set a fast pace for the field to follow. Cram and the #18 of points leader Evan Swilling would keep Pelfrey in sight but not quite close enough to make a move on the leader. Pelfrey would hang on for his 4th victory of the season and a joyous celebration in victory lane. Cram would have his best career finish at America's Most Famous Short Track finishing in 2nd. Swilling would knock out another top 3 finish with a 3rd place run. Pat Rachels in the #34 and the #2 of Chase Cabre would round out the top 5 with good runs.
Next up on the hot summer evening would be the Catawba Realty & Insurance Co., Inc. Classic Sportsmen vintage hotrods. Bill Webb in the #16 would lead the field to the start after setting the fast time in qualifying. Webb would like to make it back to victory lane but first he would be in a battle with the #4 of Eddie Gilbert. Gilbert would drive to the outside of Webb for several laps but couldn't quite complete the pass. Gilbert would fall in line and wait for Webb to make a mistake but that mistake never came and the 80 year old Webb would once again take the win with the points leader Gilbert having to settle for 2nd. Bill Powell in the #71, Robert Webb in the #6, and Dennis Hinkle in the #90 would round out the top 5.
It would be just 90 minutes after their first Twin 40 lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models to roar to life for Twin #2. Once again the #5 of Dexter Canipe Jr. would set fast time and start from the pole as the #22 of Ashley Huffman would be just to his outside. The front pair would mix it up briefly but Huffman would move to the top spot. Past Track Champion Austin McDaniel in the #12 would look to move up into the battle as he would move around Canipe and into 2nd. The #9 of Charlie Watson would make his move towards the front getting around Canipe and McDaniel and setting sail for the leader. Around the midpoint of the race Watson would catch Huffman and work his way into the lead. With no cautions to bunch the field Watson would drive on to the win and his 1st Hickory Motor Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Model victory. McDaniel would grab his 2nd runner up finish for the night as Huffman would do the same but with his second 3rd place finish on the night. Anthony Alfredo in the #5 would also double up with two 4th place finishes for the evening while the 87 of Hayden Woods would round out the top 5.
Closing out the racing action would be the Street Stocks and their 30 lap feature. Cody DeMarmels in the #18 would be the fast timer and pole sitter for the division. DeMarmels would take the early lead as the #77 of Mark Whitten would do battle with Kevin Townsend in the #9 for the 2nd spot. Townsend would begin to smoke and bring out the caution for reports of oil on the track. After a quick inspection track officials would send Townsend to the pits for repairs, but the issue was too extensive for the multi time winner to return to the action. When racing resumed DeMarmels picked up where he left off and would drive on to his second straight win. Kevin Eby in the #03 would work his way up to take the runner up spot. Whitten, Marshall Sutton in the #64, and the #00 of Jonathon Smith would round out the top 5.
Racing action returns to the historic 3/8 mile oval next Saturday night, July 16th, with Round #8 of the Paramount Kia 'Big 10' Chase for the Championship with the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models on Dale Earnhardt Chevy Hickory Motor Speedway Birthday night at the races presented by Coca Cola & Catawba Science Center. Also in action are the Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Super Trucks, and Renegades.
Gates will open at 4:45pm, Qualifying at 5pm, Autograph Session at 6pm, and Racing at 7pm.
Tickets only $11 Adults, $9 Teens/Seniors, and Children 12 & under FREE!