" Charlie Watson Hot Streak Continues in the Bojangles Late Models"
July 29th , The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series roared to life Saturday at Hickory Motor Speedway with Sam's Club Night at the Races.
The One Design Super Trucks would lead off the evening's festivities with their 35 lap feature. Sheflon Clay in the #15 would lead the field to the green flag with Tyler Dayton in the #36 to his outside. Clay would take the early lead and hold the top spot until a caution would fly at lap 13. For the next several laps the pair would exchange the lead multiple times and the cautions would fly often. The last restart would fly on lap 20 and Clay would get around Dayton for the top spot and lead the final 15 laps to take the win with Dayton coming home in 2nd. Allen Huffman would battle back from repeated issues, a visit to pit road, and a loss of power steering to finish in 3rd, Charlie Neill would finish 4th, and Joey Shuryan in the #30 would round out the top 5.
Next to hit the track would be the 4-Cylinders and their 25 lap battle. The #17 of Curtis Pardue would start from the top spot with the #09 of Shane Canipe to his outside. Pardue would take the early lead but Canipe would work his way to the front around the midpoint of the race. Canipe would hold on for the win as Pardue would finish 2nd. Robert Trivette in the #11 would come home in 3rd, Allison Houston in the #29 would finish 4th, and Brian Mundy in the #6 would round out the top 5.
Round #8 of the Paramount Kia 'Big 10' Chase for the Championship would see 50 laps for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models. Alex Reece in the #18 would set the fast time in qualifying and pace the field to the green flag with the #51 of Jeremy Pelfrey to his outside. Reece would move to the early lead and face an early challenge from the #21 of Monty Cox who would move briefly to the front. Reece would prove too strong on the night and drive on to the checkers and another win. Pelfrey would move around Cox for 2nd as he would suffer mechanical failure coming off of turn 4 on the final lap. Mitch Walker in the #29 would finish 3rd, Dylon Wilson in the #1 would snatch 4th, and Pat Rachel's in the #34 would round out the top 5 in a tough 16 car field.
The Cosmo Motors Street Stocks would thunder out onto the famed 3/8 mile oval next for their 35 lap feature with Cody DeMarmels in the #18 at the point. DeMarmels would take the early lead as Mark Whitten in the #77, Kevin Eby in the #03, Marshall Sutton in the #64, and Trey Buff in the #69 would all vie for the second spot and the first opportunity to chase down the leader. DeMarmels would hang on for the win with Sutton coming home to finish 2nd. Eby would finish in 3rd, Whitten in 4th, and Buff would take home 5th.
100 laps for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles Late Models would headline the night's racing action. Ryan Repko in the #14 would make his first 2017 appearance and make the most of it by snatching the pole position with the top qualifying speed. Ryan Millington in the #76 would start outside the front row with Kres VanDyke in the #15 and Charlie Watson in the #9 making up row two. Repko would lead early but Millington would pressure for a shot at the point. Neither would be able to hold off the hard charging Watson, who won a pair of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles Late Model features last week, as he would come roaring around to take his turn at the top spot. As the battle would rage behind him Watson would drive hard to put some distance between himself and the field. As the dust would settle in the battle for second VanDyke would take the spot and set sail for the leader. Even though VanDyke made up some serious time in trying to catch the leader he would come up a little short as Watson would take the win and the trip to Victory Lane. VanDyke would finish off the night with 2nd place. Repko would hold on for a hard fought 3rd. Sam Mayer in the #41 would finish 4th and Millington would take home 5th.
Closing out the evening's events would be the Renegades and their 20 lap slugfest. Darren Dickinson in the #6 would lead the field to the green flag with Justin Austin in the #1 to his outside. Dickinson would lead early but face a tough challenge from Kyle DiVanna in the #71. DiVanna would move around and take the top spot with Dickinson and Austin hot on his heels. Contact between the leaders would send DiVanna spinning and Dickinson to the rear. Dickinson would sustain enough damage that he would end his night in the pits. Austin would capitalize on the opportunity and drive on to the win with DiVanna giving chase and finishing 2nd. Robbie Hollifield in the #51 would grab his best finish with a 3rd. Casey Meyer in the #18 would finish 4th and Robert DiVanna in the #71D would round out the top 5.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will take next week off at the the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars as the CARS Tour rolls in for the Throwback 276. 138 laps for the CARS Tour Late Models and Super Late Models.
Grandstands open at 5pm, Qualifying at 5:05pm, Fan Fest starting at 6pm, and Racing at 8pm.
In 2 weeks the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series returns to action with a full slate of weekly racing action including the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Bojangles Late Models, Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models, One Design Super Trucks, Cosmo Motors Street Stocks, and Renegades.