Ryan Millington takes the win on Sam's Club Night at the Races

7/27/2019 - Hickory Motor Speedway was the place to be on Saturday night as the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series roared back to life on the always exciting Sam’s Club Night at the Races.

The Carolina Custom Golf Cart Super Trucks would lead off the evening’s festivities with the running of their 35 lap event. Joey Shuryan in the #30 would take the top spot in qualifying with Travis Baity in the #70 starting to his outside. Dennis Trivette in the #28 and Charlie Watson in the #6 would make up row two. The start would see Shuryan nose ahead to the early lead with Baity and Trivette giving close chase. Watson would move around Baity and Trivette to give chase to the leader. Lap 6 would see contact between Watson and Shuryan and bring out the caution with Shuryan spinning and Watson sent to the rear. Baity and Trivette would battle from the front row on the restart with Baity taking the top spot. Shuryan and Watson would work their way through the field and have a furious ten lap side by side battle for second. Watson would eventually take the spot and give chase to the leader Baity. Watson would catch Baity and see the lead duo side by side for the top spot. Lap 26 would see Watson finally nose ahead for the top spot. Watson would hold on to the lead and grab the win. Baity would finish 2nd with Shuryan finishing 3rd. Trivette would come home in 4th and Zach Hale in the #97 would finish 5th.

After a long and exhausting week of repairs from last week’s skirmish the Street Stocks would be next to hit the famed 3/8 mile oval for 30 laps of action. Jesse Clark in the #5 would set fast time taking the top spot while Ethan Johnson in the #2 would start outside of the front row. Drew Cox in the #21 would roll off in third with Derek Fowler in the #31 in fourth. The green flag would see Clark pull to the early lead. Cox would pull alongside Johnson and give battle for second. Cox would take the position and give chase to the leader Clark. Fowler would pull under Johnson and pressure him for third. Lap 18 would see Johnson’s run end as he would pull to pit road and park for the remainder of the event. Cox would draw up to Clark’s rear bumper on lap 19 and put constant pressure on the leader. Cox would bide his time and pull to the inside of Clark on the final lap as they would dive off into turn one. The lead duo would battle hard, but clean for the win with neither giving an inch. Cox and Clark would come off of turn four side by side and drive under the checkered flag in a photo finish. Timing and scoring would show Cox taking the win by only .002 thousandths of a second in a spectacular finish. Clark would be disappointed, but post the 2nd place finish with Fowler finishing 3rd. Marshall Sutton in the #64 finished 4th and Kevin Eby in the #03 would come home in 5th.

Hitting the track next would be the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models for their 35 lap battle. The front row would be made up of the current division points leaders with Cody DeMarmels in the #18 on the pole with the #44 of Josh Kossek starting to his outside. Connor Jones in the #2 and Kosma Guznyakov in the #33 would make up row two for the start. The green flag would see Kossek move to the early lead with DeMarmels close behind. Guznyakov would move to third and close in behind the front duo. DeMarmels would pressure for the lead repeatedly until he would finally move by Kossek for the top spot. Jones would move around Guznyakov for third and look to chase down the front duo.

DeMarmels would hang on for the win and extend his points lead. Kossek would finish 2nd with Jones finishing 3rd. Jax Redline in the #5 would finish 4th with Guznyakov coming home in 5th.

With long hours and many repairs following the a major accident two weeks ago in their previous race the Renegades would roll back in for another exciting 20 lap feature. Spencer Dickinson in the #6 would pace time trials and start from the point with the #1 of Justin Austin to his outside. Brian Larkin in the #7 would inherit the point for the start with Austin to his outside. Larkin would pull to the early lead but on lap two would get loose, looking like he was running Hickory Motor Speedway in the days it was still dirt, and nearly spin in front of the field. He would make a spectacular save to avoid a disaster, but get passed by Austin for the lead. Dickinson would have to start from the rear, but by lap three would work his way to third. Dickinson would pressure Larkin for second and make the pass with ten laps to go. Lap 19 would see the caution fly as Robbie Hollifield in the #51 would spin. The restart would see Austin and Dickinson side by side for the green flag. Austin would nose ahead for the lead with Dickinson getting pressured by Larkin for second. Austin would drive on to the win with Dickinson pulling to his outside at the checkered flag for 2nd. Zach Mullins in the #72 would bounce back from a hard crash two weeks earlier for 3rd place, the #95 of Rodney Elkins would finish 4th, and Megan Campbell in the #69 would cap off a good run finishing 5th.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models would close out the night’s events with a huge 80 lap feature. Gage Painter in the #12 would set a torrid lap dipping into the 14 second bracket to take the pole position with the #15 of Ryan Millington starting to his outside. Points leader Thomas Beane in the #31 would start inside of row two and Nolan Pope in the #1 to his outside. Painter and Millington would duel door to door before Millington would nose ahead for the early lead. Beane would give chase in third with the #5 of Cole Glasson moving up to fourth. Chris Hudspeth in the #28 would run in fifth and get pressure for the position by the #98 of Adam Lemke. The first six cars would be nose to tail through lap 25 with the field setting a blistering pace. Lap 28 would see Hudspeth move around Glasson for fourth. Lemke would also make the move under Glasson moving to fifth on lap 31. As Hudspeth would try to reel in third place Beane, he would once again face pressure from Lemke. Lap 53 would see Lemke complete the pass for fourth position on Hudspeth. Glasson would face pressure from Pope for position with Pope taking the spot on lap 62. Beane would start to close in on Painter for second while Lemke was closing in on Beane for third. Millington would drive on to the win. Painter would hang on to finish 2nd. Beane and Lemke would come to the Finish Line side by side with Beane nosing ahead finishing 3rd and Lemke settling for 4th. Hudspeth would round out the top five in 5th.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is off next week but will be back in action in two weeks, August 10th, at America’s Most Famous Short Track with a full slate of racing excitement.

The Cars Racing Tour will visit Hickory Motor Speedway next Saturday night, August 3rd, for the running of the Throwback 276, a doubleheader featuring 138 laps of door to door racing for each of the Late Models and Super Late Models.

Hickory Motor Speedway Results 7/27/19 (Unofficial)

Late Model Race

1 #15 Ryan Millington

2 #12 Gage Painter

3 #31 Thomas Beane

4 #98 Adam Lemke

5 #28H Chris Hudspeth

6 #1 Nolan Pope

7 #5G Cole Glasson

8 #18 Connor Mosack ( r )

9 #2T Gracie Trotter

10 #19 Jessie Cann ( r )

11 #71 Monty Cox

Limited Late Model

1 #18D Cody DeMarmels

2 #44K Josh Kossek

3 #2 Connor Jones

4 #5 Jax Redline

5 #33G Kosma Guznyakov ( r )

6 #24 Justin Christie

Street Stocks

1 #21 Drew Cox

2 #5 Jesse Clark

3 #31 Derek Fowler

4 #64 Marshall Sutton

5 #O3 Kevin Eby

6 #2 Ethan Johnson

Super Trucks

1 #6 Charlie Watson

2 #70B Travis Baity

3 #30 Joey Shuryan

4 #28T Dennis Trivette

5 #97 Zach Hale

6 #51 Allen Huffman

Renegades

1 #1 Justin Austin

2 #6 Spencer Dickinson (r )

3 #72 Zachary Mullins ( r )

4 #95 Rodney Elkins ( r )

5 #51 Robbie Hollifield

6 #7 Brian Larkin

7 #69 Megan Campbell ( r )

8 #81 Matthew Chambers

9 #8 Gary Ledbetter