Ryan Millington and Charlie Watson Bring Home Wins For the Bojangles late Model Stock
May 1st, 2017
If you have to read this story to know what happened at Hickory Motor Speedway this weekend, you just flat missed it. After 2 weeks off of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, racing returned to action at Hickory Motor Speedway Saturday on Cosmo Motors Night at the Races.
First up on the night would be the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models and the first of their Twin 40 lap features for the night. Cole Glasson in the Lee Faulk Racing #5 would turn the fast lap in qualifying and start from the pole position with NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models points leader Ryan Millington in the #76 to his outside and the #9 of Charlie Watson and the #21 of Mike Darne making up row 2. Glasson and Millington would battle side by side for the first few laps until Millington would finally nose ahead and take the lead. Watson would see an opening and also put pressure on Glasson, eventually getting by and setting his sights on Millington. The race would run caution free and see 21 cars doing battle for positions all throughout the field. Watson would catch Millington with 10 laps to go and the pair would race hard weaving their way through traffic. Watson would use the traffic as a pick to take the lead with just two laps to go, but Millington would return the favor in traffic and regain the lead on the white flag. Millington would narrowly hold off Watson and win by 1/2 car length. Watson would finish 2nd and Glasson with another impressive Hickory Motor Speedway run would end up in 3rd. Mason Diaz in the #24 and Darne would round out the top 5.
The fast 4-Cylinders would hit the track next with their 15 lap event. Brian Mundy in the #6 would start from the pole after setting fast time in qualifying. Unfortunately Mundy's night would be cut short as a result of a mechanical failure. Curtis Pardue in the #17 would drive on to the victory with Trivette in the #11 finishing 2nd and Cody Combs in the #9 coming home in 3rd. Mundy would round out the top 4.
Hitting the famed 3/8 mile oval next would be the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models for 50 laps in Round #4 of the Paramount Kia “Big 10” Racing Challenge. Fresh off of his first win 3 weeks ago Alex Reece in the #18 would set the fast time in qualifying and start from the top spot with the #29 of Mitch Walker starting to his outside. The front pair would battle side by side for several laps before Reece would finally nose ahead and assume the top spot. Walker would battle side by side with returning Limited Late Model Champion Travis Byrd in the #77 for the second spot. Byrd would eventually get by and try to work his way to the leader. Reece, however, would prove too strong on this night and grab the win, giving him 2 in a row at the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars. Byrd would hold on for 2nd with Walker keeping the grip on the 3rd place finishing spot. Pat Rachels in the #34 and Mack Little in the #16 would round out the top 5.
The Cosmo Motors Street Stocks would roll off next for a 30 lap battle. Cody DeMarmels in the #18 would grab the top spot in qualifying and start from the pole. DeMarmels would battle early with Kevin Eby in the #03 for the top spot but would pull ahead after several laps. DeMarmels
would look to be adding another trophy to his collection but mechanical problems would slow
him on the backstretch with only 5 laps to go. Eby had kept DeMarmels within striking distance
Next up would be the One Design Super Trucks for their 35 lap feature. The One Design Super Trucks have become an exciting event each week they visit at Hickory Motor Speedway. Tyler Dayton in the #36 would start from the pole and battle side by side with Charlie Neill in the #26 for several laps. Dayton would move by and take the front spot with Neill left to battle with the #15 of Sheflon Clay. Clay would move around and try to run down the leader. Dayton would drive on to the win with Clay finishing in 2nd. The #51 of Allen Huffman would work his way up for a 3rd place finish with Joey Shuryan in the #30 finishing 4th.
Finishing out the night would be the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles Late Models for their second 40 lap feature of the night. After an 8 car invert from the finishing order from race #1, Thad Moffitt in the #46 would start on the pole with the #4 of Jonathan Findley to his outside. Going into turn one on lap one everyone would seemingly behave with the front duo holding positions side by side at the front. However, as the field progressed down the backstretch and into turns 3 & 4, the field would look more like a Rugby Scrum than a race.
Cars sideways, scattering, 2 and 3 wide but after the smoke cleared Findley had jumped to the
lead with Matt Thomas in the #87 hot on his heels. As Findley and Thomas were trying to put
distance on the field the #9 of Charlie Watson was fervently working his way into striking
distance. As the laps clicked off Watson would catch Thomas but Findley had built a substantial
lead with only a handful of laps left the race looked to be settled. However, a caution for a spin
with 4 laps to go would set up the field for an exciting restart. The battle for the lead would go
side by side for 3 of those 4 laps with Findley and Watson battling hard for the win. Watson
Cole Glasson in the #5 finished 4th and Mike Darne in the #21 would round out the top 5.
Next week, Saturday May 6th, the CARS Racing Tour returns to Hickory Motor Speedway for Scott McCorkle’s Liberty Buick-GMC Truck and the lickLiberty.com 300 presented by MTP Tire and Racing Center. This event last May ended with tempers flaring and action throughout the track. Twin-75 laps for both the CARS Racing Tour Late Models and the CARS Racing Tour Super Late Models will produce all kinds of excitement on the famed 3/8 mile oval. Advance Tickets are only $17, Tickets at the gate are only $20, kids 12 & under FREE!
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series returns to action in two weeks, Saturday May 13th, with the 321 Lawnmower Sales & Service Night at the Races presented by Whelen with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles Late Models, Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models, Cosmo Motors Street Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Catawba Realty & Insurance Classic Sportsmen, and the Allison Legacy Series are all in action.