" Carroll Sweeps the Pair "
presented by Coca-Cola Night at the Races
May 12 th , 2018
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series roared back to life on Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway for Coca-Cola Night at the Races.
Leading off the night would be Round #4 of the Paramount Kia ‘Big 10' Racing Challenge for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models and their 50 lap feature. The #12 of Gage Painter would grab his first pole of the season and start from the top spot with the #15 of Taylor Gray to his outside. Painter would lead early with Gray staying close in his tracks. After a mid-race restart Gray would move by Painter for the top spot. The pair would mix it up late in the race and see the #34 of Pat Rachels begin to challenge. Rachels would battle with the front pair and see a caution fly at lap 48. The restart would revert back to the last completed lap and see Gray back to the point. Gray would hold off the challenge over the last 3 laps and grab his first victory at Hickory Motor Speedway. Rachels would hold on for 2nd while Painter would grab 3rd. Brandon Lemke in the #22 and Zachary Dabbs in the #23 would round out the top 5.
Next up would see the first of two 40 lap features for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models. Justin Carroll in the #57 would grab the top starting spot with the fast time in qualifying with the #21 of Monty Cox to his outside. Carroll would take the early lead with Cox tucking in behind. Carroll would pace the field while Cox would do battle with NHRA Pro Stock competitor Tanner Gray in the #2 and the #55 of Zach Bruenger. The race would go caution free and see Carroll take another Hickory Motor Speedway victory. Gray would finish 2nd with Bruenger in 3rd. Cox would hold on for 4th and Jacob Heafner in the #95 would finish 5th.
The Allison Legacy Series would make a visit to the Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars and hit the track next for their 35 lap feature. The #33 of Brett Suggs would start from the pole position with the #15 of Kyle Campbell to his outside. Suggs and Campbell would slug it out for the top spot but the #03 of Justin Taylor would sneak by and grab the lead. Taylor would take the win with Campbell close behind in 2nd. Suggs would finish 3rd, Ethan Elder in the #08 would finish 4th, and #11 of Kayla Lyons would round out the top 5 in 5th.
The Carolina Custom Golf Cart 4-Cylinders would roll off and over for 25 laps of battle. Dennis Ward in the #25 would roll off on the pole position with Brian Mundy in the #6 to his outside. Ward would take the early lead and see Mundy close behind for second with Robert Trivette in the #11 coming hard in third. On lap 20 Trivette would face a challenge from the #29 of Allison Houston. The pair would race side by side down the backstretch when contact would send Houston into the wall, up on two wheels, and coming to a stop on her roof after she flipped. Houston would quickly climb out and take the mandatory ride in the ambulance to get checked out. When racing continued Ward would lead the final 5 laps for the win. Cody Combs in the #9 would finish 2nd and Mundy would finish 3rd. Robert Trivette in the #11 would finish 4th with the #28 of Dennis Trivette finishing 5th.
Thirty laps of action packed racing would be next up for the Cosmo Motors Street Stocks. Troy DeMarmels in the #18 would pace the field to the green flag with Jeff Sparks in the #7 to his outside. DeMarmels and Sparks ran side by side for several laps until Sparks would take the point. The racing action would be fierce throughout the field with three wide racing the norm for the night. Sparks would hang on for the win with DeMarmels charging hard but finishing 2nd. Kevin Eby in the #03 would finish 3rd, Marshall Sutton in the #64 would come home 4th, and after a furious battle with the #74 of Jared Broadbent, Trey Buff in the #69 would grab a top 5 with a 5th place finish.
The NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Models would hit the track next to finish out the second of their two 40 lap features. As a result of a 9 car inversion from the finishing order of the first 40 lap feature, Eric Gerchak in the #21 would find himself starting in the top spot with the #28 of Chris Hudspeth to his outside. Annabeth Barnes Crum in the #12 and Alex Reece in the #18 would make up row 2. Gerchak and Hudspeth would jockey back and forth for the top spot until Gerchak would finally nose ahead. Race one winner, Justin Carroll in the #57, would start at the rear of the field but methodically start making his way through the field. The #95 of Jacob Heafner would get to the top spot after working his way around the leader and look to make his way to Victory Lane for the first time. Carroll and the #2 of Tanner Gray would look to spoil Heafner's party as they would work their way up to and around the young driver. Heafner would still have plenty of fight left in him as he would get back around Gray and give chase to the leader, Carroll. Carroll would prove too strong and pull off a sweep of the doubleheader 40 lap features for the premier division. Heafner would finish 2nd with Gray close behind in 3rd. Annabeth Barnes Crum in the #12 would have a good run finishing 4th as would the #28 of Chris Hudspeth in finishing 5th.
Closing out the night would be the always exciting Smash & Crash Series. The always interesting tractor tire would once again rear its ugly head as he would make the 4th turn a 360 degree obstacle course. Mayhem and chaos would be the norm for the event as parts would be strewn all around the course. At the end of the evening Justin Austin would limp his battered beast #1 sedan across the finish line 1st and take home the winner's trophy.
Next week the NASCAR Whelen All American Series will be back in action at America's Most Famous Short Track with 321 Lawnmower Night at the Races presented by Whelen featuring Twin 40 lap features for the Late Models, 35 laps for the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models, 35 laps for the One Design Super Trucks, 25 laps for the Carolina Custom Golf Cart 4-Cylinders, and 20 laps for the Renegades.
Gates open at 4:45pm, Qualifying at 5pm, Autograph Session at 6pm, and Racing at 7pm.
Tickets only $12.50 Adults, $10.50 Teens/Seniors, Children 12 & under FREE.