“ Austin McDaniel, #12, and Kres VanDyke, #15, split the Twin 40s for the Bojangles Late Models”
June 10th, 2017
Beautiful weather, another first-time Hickory Motor Speedway winner, and an enthusiastic crowd were on hand for The Law Offices of Lyndon R. Helton, PLLC Night at the Races at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
Leading off the night would be the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models and the first of their Twin 40 lap features. Cole Glasson in the Lee Faulk Racing entry #5 would take the pole position with the #76 of Ryan Millington starting to his outside. Glasson would keep the top spot for several laps with Millington applying steady pressure. Former Two-Time Hickory Motor Speedway track champion, Austin McDaniel in the #12 would put the move on Millington and set his eyes on the leader. Glasson would not give up easily but the persistence of McDaniel would eventually pay off as he would move to the point. Millington would also work around Glasson as the laps counted down. The checkered flag would fly for McDaniel as he would return to Victory Lane at the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars while the Hickory Motor Speedway points leader Millington would settle for 2nd. Glasson would have another strong run finishing 3rd, but leading quite a bit of the race. Colby Howard in the #16 would finish 4th and Charlie Watson in the #9 would round the top 5.
Next up would be the Renegades as they hit the track for their 20 lap event. Darren Dickinson would set the fast time and start from the pole. Dickinson would take the early lead and face some pressure from David Hasson in the #83. Dickinson would drive on to the win with Hasson finishing 2nd. Kyle DiVanna in the #71 would finish 3rd, Danny Crump Jr. in the #97 would finish 4th, and the #1 of Justin Austin would finish 5th.
The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would roar to life next for their 35 lap feature. Monty Cox would set the fast time and grab the pole with Pat Rachels in the #34 would start to his outside. Cox would get the early lead as Rachels would eventually have to do battle with the #29 of Mitch Walker for his position. Walker would move by and brgan reeling in the leader but Cox would prove too strong on this night and take the win and head to another Victory Lane celebration. Walker would hold on for a solid 2nd while Rachels would park it in 3rd. Mack Little in the #16 and Jeremy Pelfrey in the #51 would have a spirited battle for position with Little grabbing 4th and Pelfrey taking 5th.
Rolling off next would be the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks for their 30 lap feature. Cody DeMarmels would set the fast time and lead the field to the green flag with Mark Whitten in the #77 to his outside. DeMarmels would take the early lead but after a few laps Whitten would reel him in to make the pass for the lead. Whitten would hold on and be the first to see the checkered flag and take the win. Marshall Sutton in the #64 would also move around DeMarmels and finish 2nd with DeMarmels finishing 3rd. Kevin Eby in the #03 and Trey Buff in the #69 would have a hard fought battle late in the race with Eby finishing 4th while Buff, trying to squeeze every last drop of speed out of the car, would spin as he came off of turn 4 on the final lap. Smith in the #99 would miss the spinning Buff and squeeze by for 5th.
After an action packed event in their last outing two weeks ago, the One Design Super Trucks would be the next to hit the track for their 35 lap event. Sheflon Clay would set the fast time and start from top spot with the #51 of Allen Huffman to his outside. With strong One Design Super Trucks throughout the field Clay would pull to the early lead. Huffman would try to catch the leader but the early lead Clay would build would be insurmountable and the 2016 Hickory Motor Speedway Super Truck champ would drive on to another win. Huffman would hang on for 2nd and Joey Shuryan in the #30 would finish 3rd. Tyler Dayton, 2015 HMS Super Truck champ, in the #36 would finish 4th and the #82 of Chase Campbell would finish 5th.
Finishing out the night would be Twin 40 lap feature number two for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models. The 10 car invert after the finish of Twin #1 would see an all-female front row with Macy Causey in the #33 and Annabeth Barnes-Crum in the #4 showing the way. Barnes-Crum would take the early lead with Causey staying close and also keeping an eye to the front for herself. The ladies up front would show the guys how it was done for several laps and keep them at bay. But Matt Thomas in the #87 would patiently work his way around the pair and take the lead on lap 14. Twin #1 winner, Austin McDaniel in the #12 would have to start the race in 10th after the 10 car invert but would methodically work his way through the field towards the lead pack. Thomas would have a sizable lead and seemingly appear to be en route to his first victory at Hickory Motor Speedway when the caution would fly on lap 29. The ensuing restart would see Thomas as the leader, Kres VanDyke in the #15 to his outside, Barnes-Crum wheeling it hard restarting in 3rd, and McDaniel restarting 4th. Thomas and VanDyke would restart dead even and battle for the top spot and possibly the win. VanDyke would get by Thomas and take his car to the point. McDaniel would eventually get by Barnes-Crum but not without a battle. With the laps waning McDaniel would catch Thomas and after several laps move around in his pursuit of a Twin 40 sweep, but VanDyke 's lead would prove too large for a repeat winner. VanDyke would drive on to the win, his first at Hickory Motor Speedway accompanied by a huge Victory Lane celebration. McDaniel would cap off a great night at HMS with 2nd place to go along with his earlier victory. Thomas would end up finishing 3rd after leading a large portion of the race. Barnes-Crum would end her good run with a 4th place finish. Charlie Watson in the #9 would finish the night with another 5th place finish, his second of the night.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will be back in action next week at Hickory Motor Speedway with LiftOne Night at the Races. 100 laps for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Bojangles Late Models, Round #6 of the Paramount Kia 'Big 10' Chase for the Championship for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models and 50 laps, 35 laps for the One Design Super Trucks, 30 laps for the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks, 25 laps for the 4-Cylinders, and 25 laps for the Catawba Realty & Insurance Classic Sportsmen will make for an exciting show.
Gates will open at 5:15pm, Qualifying at 5:30pm, Autograph Session at 6:30pm, and Racing at 7:30pm.
Tickets only $12.50 Adults, $10.50 Youth(11-19)/Seniors(60&up), and Kids 10 and under FREE!