Dexter Canipe wins on LiftOne Night at the Races at Hickory Motor Speedway on Round #9 of the Paramount Kia ‘Big 10' Challenge
August 6th 2016 (Hickory, NC): Hot weather and great racing would be on tap for LiftOne Night @ the Races on Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway as the Paramount Kia 'Big 10' Chase for the Championship with the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models winds down featuring Round #9 in the 10 race series.
The rowdy Renegades would start off the evenings festivities with their 20 lap feature. Pole sitter Charlie Neill in the #6 would lead the field to the green flag with the #83 of David Hasson to his outside. Hasson would give battle but Neill would eventually pull away and Hasson would then compete with the #8 of Kenneth Roberts who would take the 2 nd spot. Neill would hold on to take the checkered flag with Roberts finishing 2nd. Hasson would finish 3rd, Kyle Divanna in the #71 and Robert Divanna in the #71d would make it a father-son finish as they would end up 4th and 5th respectively.
Next up would be the Limited Late Models and their 35 lap feature. Chase Cabre in the #2 would set fast time in qualifying and start from the point with the #21 of Monty Cox to his outside. The pair would fight a spirited battle for the lead until Cox finally made his way to the top spot. Cabre would then get a challenge from the #34 of Pat Rachels, with Rachels eventually moving by him for 2 nd . Cabre would settle in the 3rd spot waiting for the front duo to make a mistake. Cox and his Caddy wouldn't be denied as they would drive on to the win and celebrate it with a lengthy crowd pleasing burnout on the frontstretch. Rachels would hold on for 2nd as would Cabre for 3rd. Rounding out the top 5 would be the top 2 in points, Evan Swilling in the #18 and Jeremy Pelfrey in the #51.
The Street Stocks would roll off next for their 30 lap feature. Cody DeMarmels in the #18 would set the hot lap in qualifying and start from the pole with the #75 of Danny Gibson to his outside. At the drop of green flag DeMarmels would move to the point while Gibson would keep a close eye on him. The #64 of Marshall Sutton would have to start shotgun on the field due to an infraction found after qualifying but that only fired up the elder statesman of the division as he would make a valiant run through the field in the caution free race. Sutton would make it all the way to 3rd with a couple laps to go but would be unable to catch the young DeMarmels who has been on a run as of late. DeMarmels would go on to grab the victory with Gibson in 2nd and Sutton in 3rd. The #9 of points leader Kevin Townsend would finish 4th and the #33 of Mark Whitten taking 5th.
Round #9 of the Paramount Kia "Big 10" Chase for the Championship would roll off next for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models. Christian Eckes in the JR Motorsports #1 would set the fast time in qualifying and roll off P1 for the feature with Dexter Canipe Jr. in the #5 to his outside and the #88 of Scott Bishop and the #25 of Kate Dallenbach making up the 2nd row. Canipe and Eckes would race dood to door for several laps before Canipe would pull to the front and Eckes would settle in his tire tracks. Bishop and Dallenbach would have a battle for 3rd while Charlie Watson in the #9 and Anthony Alfredo in the #5 would close in to join the fray. 2016 Hickory Motor Speedway winner Dallenbach would have a great run going but would spin and collect the #15 of Omar Jurado. Both cars would be able to continue after a pit stop for repairs. During the caution period the #1 of Eckes would pull in to the pits and after several minutes park his ride after locating the broken suspension component. After the race resumed Canipe and Bishop would go toe to toe for the win. Canipe would drive on for the win and lengthen his point lead on the season. Bishop would hold on for the runnerup position in his second visit this year to the Birthplace of the NASCAR stars. Watson would hold on for the 3rd, Alfredo would take 4th, and Dallenbach would bounce back from her earlier spin to grab 5th.
Closing out the night would be the Super Trucks and their 35 lap feature. 2015 Hickory Motor Speedway Super Truck Champion Tyler Dayton in the #36 would set a blistering lap in qualifying to take the pole and start up front with the #15 of Sheflon Clay to his outside. The pair would race side by side until Dayton finally got around Clay to take the lead. Allen Huffman in the #51 would give chase to the leaders keeping them within sight. Lap traffic would come into play as the leaders were setting a fast pace. Dayton would run up on a slower truck and allow Clay to play the traffic perfectly and get by both the lap truck and Dayton. The pair would run nose to tail for the final laps until with 2 laps to go Dayton would look to the inside of Clay. As they came to the white flag with one to go it was a dead heat for the lead. The pair ran hard, but clean with both drivers wanting to bring home the win as well as an intact truck. Coming off of turn 4 on the final lap the pair would once again be side by side but this time Dayton would get a better run on the bottom of the track and pull ahead by a nose at the checkered flag in a thrilling finish. Dayton would take the win while Clay would have to settle for 2nd. Huffman would finish 3rd, the #6 of Jonathan Fleming would grab 4th, and Travis Baity in the #70 would finish 5th.
This Saturday night, August 13th, will be a rare night off during the summer months and there will be no racing scheduled for that night.
Saturday, August 20th, the SunDown Audio Competion will be held at America's Most Famous Short Track. Admission is $20.00 for your automobile and $5.00 per person.
Saturday, August 27th, the NWAAS returns to action at the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars with DirecTV Night @ the Races. Twin 40 lap races for the Bojangles Late Models will be in store along with the Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, 4-Cylinders, and the Renegades.