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Kingsport Speedway 7-26

MCCARTY OUTRUNS SHELL TO WIN FOURTH OF SEASON, LANE, BYINGTON, CANTER, DOCKERY ALSO CAPTURE WINS AT KINGSPORT SPEEDWAY

Kingsport Speedway 7-26

Kingsport Speedway 7-26

By: JEFF BIRCHFIELD

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (July 27, 2019) – Ronnie McCarty was in a hurry Friday night at Kingsport Speedway.

The two-time track champion powered his No. 5 Ford from a fourth-place starting spot to the lead in 14 laps and led the rest of the 60-lap Late Model Stock feature for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

It was the hometown driver’s fourth win in seven starts this season on the 3/8-mile concrete oval. McCarty held off defending track champion Zeke Shell’s No. 1 Ford over the final 40 laps for the win.

“The biggest thing was getting our car through the corners,” McCarty said. “All these motors have plenty of horsepower. Going down the straightaway is the easy part.

“We had a good clean race with Zeke. You don’t have to rub (fenders), although I never mind to rub ever now and then to keep things interesting for the fans.”

Shell, a Johnson City driver, started fifth, but worked his way to second on lap 19. He challenged McCarty briefly on a pair of restarts, but fell behind after a few laps under green.

“His car is fast and he has some serious driving ability,” Shell said about McCarty. “If I had gotten out front, I think it would have been hard for him to pass us back. By the time I closed up on his tail, I didn’t have anything left in the car. He won it. There ain’t nothing else to say, but better car, better driver, better finish.”

Kingsport driver Derek Lane started last in the 13-car field, but rallied to finish third in the No. 28 Chevrolet. He made a charge the last half of the race, but was unable to run down the top two cars.

“We changed everything on the car between practice and qualifying, and I didn’t know what the car was going to do,” Lane said. “I told my dad before the race that the car felt pretty good. To start last and come to third, I can’t complain with it.”

Pole sitter Bryson Dennis and Lance Gatlin in a second McCarty-owned entry rounded out the top five.

Wayne Hale finished sixth, followed by Joey Trent, Jerry Broyles, Rick Pannell and Nik Williams. It was a hit in the track championship standings for points leader Williams after the coil came loose in his No. 32 Chevrolet and caused the car’s engine to misfire.

With Williams’ misfortune, Shell cut his lead in half — down to 10 points — heading into the final six races of the season.

FAST LANES

Derek Lane pulled double-duty, rallying from a fifth-place starting spot to win the 30-lap Mod Street feature.

Lane’s No. 9 Dodge Challenger passed 78-year-old Paul Shull in the No. 48 Camaro for the lead on lap 20 and led the remainder of the race. Shull hung on to finish second, ahead of Royce Peters and points leader Kevin Wolfe.

It was his third win of the season and the ninth overall for the Lane family — with Derek’s brother, Trey, winning six times.

DOZEN FOR CANTER

Kevin Canter recovered from cutting a tire and hitting the turn-4 wall on the second lap of the Mod 4 race to roll to his 12th win of the season.

After his crew replaced the flat right-rear tire, the Abingdon, Va., driver made a daring three-wide pass for the lead on lap 8, overtaking Dennis Arnold and Kirby Gobble for the top spot.

The three drivers ran 1-2-3 the rest of the way and finished ahead of Chris Amburgey and Hershell Robinette.

PURE ENJOYMENT

Billy Byington held off challenges from points leader Keith Helton and defending division champion Bruce Crumbley to win the Pure 4 feature.

It was a Model City slugfest as the top seven finishers were all from Kingsport. Helton finished a half-car length behind in second. Crumbley was third as Bucky Smith and William Hale rounded out the top five.

Tony Dockery of Dungannon, Va., made the winning pass on Bruce Blessing on lap 10 of the Pure Street race for his second straight victory.

Points leader Doug Austin finished third with early leader Mike Mays fourth. Defending class champion Jay Swecker was fifth.

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FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019– “DODGE/MOPAR NIGHT @ THE RACES” – RACE RESULTS

“HIGHLANDS SIGN SHOP” LATE MODEL STOCK CAR (60 laps)

1. Ronnie McCarty #5-Kingsport, TN
2. Zeke Shell #1-Johnson City, TN
3. Derek Lane #28-Kingsport, TN
4. Bryson Dennis #15-Greeneville, TN
5. Lance Gatlin #51-Jefferson City, TN
6. Wayne Hale #19-Bluff City, TN
7. Joey Trent #26-Gray, TN
8. Jerry Broyles #72-Jonesborough, TN 
9. Rick Pannell #33-Kingsport, TN
10. Nik Williams #32-Chuckey, TN 
11. Jimmy Acito #57-Kingsport, TN
12. Greg Bohanon #17-Leicester, NC
13. Royce Peters #66-Kingsport, TN

“SUPER TRANSMISSION” MODIFIED STREET (30 laps)

1. Derek Lane #9
2. Paul Shull #48
3. Royce Peters #48
4. Kevin Wolfe #17
5. Colby Higgins #99
6. Rusty Clendenin #27
7. Kevin Canter #47
8. Bryan Young #13
9. Luke Fox #94

PURE 4 (30 laps)

1. Billy Byington #11
2. Keith Helton #9
3. Bruce Crumbley #33
4. Bucky Smith #99X
5. William Hale #47
6. David Trent #57
7. Josh Collins #77
8. Josh Detwiler #38D
9. Chad Jeffers #38
10. Kenny Absher #11
11. Craig Phelps #00
12. Justin Hartsock #6
13. Paul Stanley #40
14. Larry Stapleton #15
15. Josh Trinkle #68
16. Brian Eggers #20
17. Joey Amburgey #17
18. Billy Walters #4
19. Todd Duff #16
20. Chris Stine #10

MOD 4 (30 laps)

1. Kevin Canter #3
2. Dennis Arnold #71
3. Kirby Gobble #11
4. Chris Amburgey #17
5. Hershell Robinette #9
6. James Deese #14
7. Jessie Amburgey #7
8. Randall Artrip #1
9. Billy Duty #2

PURE STREET (25 laps)

1. Tony Dockery #05
2. Bruce Blessing #10
3. Doug Austin #18
4. Mike Mays #30 
5. Jay Swecker #77
6. Jeremy Draugn #7
7. Tim Hensley #37
8. Jessica Spangler #07

Next race – Friday, August 2nd

Next practice – Thursday August 1st , 5-9 p.m.

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About Kingsport Speedway

Kingsport Speedway has provided race fans in the Tri-Cities, Tennessee and surrounding areas with exciting short track racing since 1965. The speedway has undergone four surface changes in its 50 plus years of existence. Founded as a dirt track in 1965, the facility transitioned to an asphalt track in 1969, back to dirt track in 1984, and then to its current concrete surface in 1996. In 1968, Kingsport Speedway hosted its first NASCAR event. Currently, Kingsport Speedway is part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS), NASCAR’s grassroots series. The NWAAS sanctions nearly 60 racetracks throughout the United States and Canada in which drivers compete for national, state, and track titles. For more information on Kingsport Speedway, visit kingsportspeedway.com. Also follow Kingsport Speedway on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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