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“Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models Provide Talented 2021 Class”

By Kevin Piercy

The 2021 season has brought a considerable amount of excitement to Hickory Motor Speedway.

With four races completed, the point races are close and it appears to be shaping up for tight battles across all divisions. Josh Kossek has moved out to an early lead in the NAAPWS Heritage Finance Late Models with two wins so far.

The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Model division has provided four rookies plus a large group of veterans making up the field each week. Rookie Bryson Ruff has presented a strong showing with three poles and victories in two races. Ruff is currently fourth in track points and is leading the Paramount Kia “Big 10” Racing Challenge, which pays an additional $1000 for the championship. Leicht Motorsports drivers have been flexing their muscle as well with Josh Stark and Max Price both having great runs, along with their third driver, rookie Mason Maggio who picked up an early win the second race of the year. Price and Maggio are presently tied at the top spot. Another rookie stand out is 13-year-old Katie Hettinger already establishing herself as a contender leading laps in a race earlier this year. She has positioned herself third in track points and is tied for third in the Paramount Kia “Big 10” Racing Challenge. The Paramount Auto Group Limiteds has also seen visits from many talented veterans this year. Mark Johnson picked up a win in race number three and Charlie Watson who led the field early in the last event stormed back through the field to finish second after having a flat tire. Several of the veterans will continue to make their name in Limited this season such as Max Price, Chris Honeycutt, Dennis Trivette, Akinori Ogata, rookie Cameron Clifford and more.

The Heritage Finance Street Stocks are also full of serious contenders with several veterans throughout the field. Marshall Sutton finds himself in the lead at this point in the season, but only 8 points separate him from Ethan Johnson, Zach Hale and Trey Buff. Jesse Clark is making a run for the championship after missing a race earlier in the season. Clark, Johnson, Kevin Eby and Marlin Yoder all have one win each, and there are several other that could win soon such as Derek Fowler, Mark Whitten, Sutton, Zach Hale and more.

The 4-Cylinder class finds Cody Combs with all three wins, but only 8 points separate first from second place Robbie Trivette.

The Super Trucks have came back to life with a great field of veteran drivers and a couple of rookies. Charlie Watson won the first race, but was being pressured by a multiple trucks like past Hickory Motor Speedway Super Truck Champion, Allen Huffman and a host of others like Jacob Weidman, Travis Baity, Tanner Long and more. Only 8 points separate the top five in Super Truck points.

Last, but not least will be the Renegades with a talented group of Renegade drivers with multiple years of experience. Robbie Hollifield and David Hasson have already visited victory circle this year with Kyle Divanna, Spencer Dickinson, Kyle Boice, rookie Brandon Hasson and more looking for victory lane. Hollifield leads by 4 points with Hasson and Dickinson tied for second.

Racing returns to Hickory Motor Speedway this Saturday Night May 1st with the gates opening at 4:45 and Racing action at 7:00. For more information feel free to call the speedway office at 828-464-3655.

Hickory Motor Speedway Points as of 4-21-2021

4 Cylinders
Position Car No Driver Points
1 9 Cody Combs 150
2 11 Robbie Trivette 142
3 17 Curtis Pardue 94

Late Model
Position Car No Driver Points
1 44K Josh Kossek ( r ) 290
2 2 Gracie Trotter 180
3 15 Ryan Millington 172
4 54 Paul Owens III 144
5 8 Bob Saville 142
6 34 Lavar Scott 130
7 81 Zack Clifton 128
8 10 Regina Sirvent 110
9 4 Kaden Honeycutt 100
10 6C Rajah Caruth 100
11 11 Landon Huffman 96
12 87 Mike Looney 92
13 95H Jacob Heafner 92
14 88 Will Cox III 92
15 21W Jack Wood 86
16 6D Mike Darne 84
17 6 Hayden Woods 82
18 4 Joseph Parker Jr. 80
19 55 Isabella Robusto 76
20 14J Conner Jones 68
21 O7 Chase Dixon 66
22 31 Wayne Goss 64
23 14 Jonathan Worley ( r ) 60
24 15W Mitch Walker 60
25 5 Gage Painter 48
26 27 Justin Crider 40
27 13 Wes Burton 26

Limited Late Model
Position Car No Driver Points
1 22 Max Price 170
2 12 Mason Maggio ( r ) 170
3 71 Katie Hettinger ( r ) 162
4 24 Bryson Ruff ( r ) 160
5 32 Josh Stark 154
6 28 Dennis Trivette 120
7 14 Akinori Ogata 120
8 83 Chris Honeycutt 118
9 39 Devon Haun 108
10 00H Andy Holt 92
11 47 Chase Janes 78
12 26 Cameron Clifford ( r ) 70
13 26 Mark Goin 66
14 13 Mark Johnson 50
15 9 Charlie Watson 48
16 97L Billy Jack Lester 46
17 81 Zack Clifton 42
18 O5 Alex Fleming 42
19 15 Kyle Barnes 40
20 5 Toni Breidinger 32
21 57 Ashton Trivette 28
22 94 Jeffery Wood 26
23 48 Jake Wright 24
24 12W Kristen Wallace 20

Renegades
Position Car No Driver Points
1 51 Robbie Hollifield 96
2 6 Spencer Dickinson 92
3 83 David Hasson 92
4 71K Kyle DiVanna 48
5 73 Kyle Boice 46
6 71 Robert DiVanna 44
7 81 Matthew Chambers 42
8 69 Ben Campbell 40
9 72 Zachary Mullins 38
10 82 Brandon Hasson ( r ) 36

Street Stocks
Position Car No Driver Points
1 64 Marshall Sutton 172
2 2 Ethan Johnson 170
3 7 Zach Hale ( r ) 166
4 6 Trey Buff 164
5 5 Jesse Clark 146
6 31 Derek Fowler 130
7 17 DJ Hamby ( r ) 106
8 O3 Kevin Eby 98
9 O8 Marlin Yoder 86
10 12 Mark Whitten 80
11 16 Jonathon Smith 78
12 3 Kayla Eby 72
13 5X John Clark 38
14 9 Jon Austin 28
15 32 Wes Sammon ( r ) 0

Super Trucks
Position Car No Driver Points
1 9 Charlie Watson 50
2 77 Jacob Weidman ( r ) 48
3 51H Allen Huffman 46
4 6 Ricky Dennie 44
5 70B Travis Baity 42
6 45 Tanner Long 40
7 88T Robert Tyler 38
8 51 Nathan Byrd 36
9 17 Duane Cook ( r ) 34

Photo Credit: Hickory Motor Speedway

By Kevin Piercy | Hickory Motor Speedway

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