Dexter Canipe, Jr. Goes "Back-To-Back"
August 27th, 2016.. With the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season cruising along at full song, the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars would be the scene for more great action as the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models would headline the card for Twin 40 lap features on DirecTV Night @ the Races.
Leading off the night would be race #1 out of the 2 events scheduled for the premier division at Hickory Motor Speedway, the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models. Ryan Millington in the #17 would set the fast time and grab the pole position with points leader Dexter Canipe Jr. in the #5 to his outside. Fresh off several good finishes in the ARCA series, HMS alumni Shane Lee in the #00 would make a visit to his home track and set the 3rd fastest time with Hayden Woods in the #87 starting 4th. As the green flag flew, a field of 18 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models would begin their quest for victory. The front pair would dive into turn one side by side but Canipe would use the high groove and eventually pull ahead to set the pace for the field. Millington would briefly drop to third but would soon set sail and move back to second in an attempt to reel in the leader. As the laps clicked off Lee and Charlie Watson in the #9 would have a spirited battle for top 5 spots as the rest of the field jockeyed for position. Millington would meticulously whittle down the lead but would fall just short as Canipe would hold on for the win, his 6th on the year. Millington would take the runner-up spot while Lee would have a good homecoming finishing 3rd. Watson would grab the 4th spot while Dylon Wilson in the #1 would make his return a successful one and snatch a hard fought top 5 finish.
Rolling off next would be the Renegades for their 20 lap feature. Charlie Neill in the #6 would set the fast time and start from the front. Neill would lead wire to wire to grab the victory but 2nd place finisher Kenneth Roberts in the #8 would have a rougher road as a technical infraction would relegate him to starting from the rear of the field. Ben Campbell in the #69 would have his best finish of the year getting the opportunity to celebrate on the front stretch after a 3rd place finish. Steve Griffith in the #68 and Danny Crump Jr. in the #97 would round out the top 5.
The Limited Late Models would hit the track next for their 35 lap feature. Evan Duggins would grab top starting spot with the fast qualifying lap for the division with points leader Evan Swilling in the #18 starting to his outside. Swilling would use the high groove to his advantage as the leaders dove into turn 1 and take the lead down the backstretch. Duggins would then do battle with Monty Cox in the #21, Mark Johnson in the #13, and Dawson Cram in the #11 for positions two through five. Cox would get by for the second position and try to run down the leader. Swilling would once again prove too tough and grab win #5 on the year with Cox finishing 2nd. Duggins would hold on for 3rd, Johnson would finish 4th, and Cram would round out the top 5.
Next up would see the 4-Cylinders roll off for their 25 lap feature. Curtis Pardue in the #17 would grab the top spot in qualifying and start from the pole. Pardue would set a fast pace early but would see the #4 of Dylan Mundy start to reel him in late in the race. Pardue would hold on for the win with Mundy grabbing 2nd. Rodney Trivette in the #6 would take 3rd place, Don Wardo in the #59 finished 4th, and Cody Combs in the #9 would come home 5th.
The Bojangles Late Models would roll off next for race #2 of their double feature. Starting up front once again would be Millington, Canipe to his outside, Lee and Watson making up row 2. Millington and Canipe would duel for several laps before Canipe could finally nose ahead and grab the top spot. Millington would not be deterred and keep the pressure on Canipe hoping the seasoned veteran might make a mistake. Canipe would open the low line for Millington to look to the inside and the pair would have a spirited, but clean battle over the closing laps. Canipe would drive on to the victory by half a car length, sweeping the double header and grabbing win #7 on the season, with the young Millington finishing 2nd but showing abilities beyond his years. Lee would try to close in on the front pair but would hold on for another 3rd place finish. Watson would finish 4th but would have to drive for it as he was pressured hard in closing laps by Jake Ruggles in the #29. Ruggles would grab the 5th position, his best career NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Model finish at America's Most Famous Short Track.
Closing out the night would be the Street Stocks and 30 laps of racing action. Cody DeMarmels in the #18 would start from the point with Mark Whitten in the #77 to his outside. DeMarmels would move to the point as Whitten, Kevin Eby in the #03, Marshall Sutton in the #64, and Kevin Townsend in the #9 would all do battle to see who would lead the chase to the leader. Eby would move up to second with Whitten close behind and do battle with the leader. DeMarmels would prove to be a little too tough and drive on to the victory with Eby finishing 2nd. Whitten would take 3rd, Townsend would finish 4th, and the elder statesman Sutton would wheel his hotrod to another top 5.
Racing action returns this coming Saturday as Hickory Motor Speedway pays its respects to a local legend with the return of the annual Bobby Isaac Memorial 150 presented by Paramount Auto Group. The Bojangles Late Models will do battle for 100 laps and the Limited Late Models for 50 laps. Also on tap for the night are the Street Stocks and CSRA vintage hotrods.
Gates will open at 4:45pm, Qualifying at 5pm, Autograph Session at 6pm, and Racing at 7pm.
Ticket prices have been lowered for this special event to the same as our weekly NWAAS pricing. Tickets are only $11 Adults, $9 Teens/Seniors, and Children 12 & under FREE!
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