Edges Brown in Tight Late Model Race
By Mark Baute
Hudson, North Carolina (July
25, 2008) - With a full show of stock car racing in
the NASCAR Whelen All-American Weekly Racing Series scheduled
at Tri-County Motor Speedway sponsored by Fairvalue Hometown
Grocery Stores, the night began with strong practices and
great qualifying laps. The
top qualifiers in each division were Kevin Leicht (Late
Model), Jason Crouse (Limited Late Model), Chris Townsend
(Street Stock) and Chuck Wall (Mini Stock). Leicht inverted 6,
Crouse 5, Townsend 2 and Wall 2.
The Pepsi Limited Late Model class rolled onto the track
first Friday night. Bill Cassavaugh jumped the start to begin the race and the
caution was thrown for a restart. On lap 3, Tyler Church lost
momentum trying to get around Cassavaugh and dropped back to
seventh before getting back to speed and begin his way back to
the front. Lap 15 caught David Currier Jr and Mike Eplee
together allowing the pack to bunch together.
Chris Phipps held the lead until lap 19 when Jason
Crouse passed by both Cassavaugh and Phipps with a strong run.
On lap 25 a second caution was thrown as Brian Stahl and Cory
Joyce both spun out by themselves on opposite ends of the
track. Church had just made his move around Cassavaugh and
Phipps on the previous lap getting him in second to make a run
at Crouse. Cassavaugh
ended up getting third as Phipps pulled in the pits to have
his car looked at. Crouse, Church, Cassavaugh, Eplee and Scott
Franklin rounded out the top five.
The Red Baron Race Parts Hobby Stocks showed their four
cylinder race cars off next.
The cars wasted little time spreading out and David
Hasson won with Micky Canipe, Jackie Stone, Jimmy Whisnant and
Scott Bumgarner rounding out the top five.
One of the most exciting divisions at Tri-County Motor
Speedway, the Baton Tire Street Stocks, showed off their
skills next as Chris Townsend the pole sitter was inverted to
outside pole where he beat Terrence Tucker to the line on the
first lap and led the whole race without much contention from
any other competitor. On
lap 7, Marshall Sutton had some bad luck spinning coming out
of turn four and losing a tire as he crashed into the wall
ending his night. Jeff Sparks was the man making the moves
after the caution coming from ninth place all the way to
fourth at the end of the 30 lap feature event.
Townsend, Tucker, Jonathon Smith, Sparks and Kody
Townsend make your top five list.
During the intermission, the kids came down to the
flagstand to get their fill on hot dogs. The kids had a hot
dog eating contest in which the winners in the boys division
went home with a large super soaker and the girl went home
with a pet playland toy.
The Late Model race had plenty of action keeping everyone
on their toes through the whole race. It took three laps for
the first caution of the race to come out when Kevin Leicht
and Grant Wimbish got together on the front stretch and Leicht
got spun around. Leicht
had to do some cosmetic work to his car ready to go but got
back on the track before the green flag was dropped to never
lose a lap. Two
laps later Wimbish found himself tied up with Chase Austin on
the back stretch and Wimbish was in the wall. Both cars went
to the pits and ended their nights.
On the restart, RA Brown and Lee Tissot battled strong
for the lead as Tissot drove away down the straightaways and
Brown pulled under Tissot around every turn.
Tissot crossed the finish line a foot in front of Brown
to take the checkers. The two veterans congratulated each
other on a great run. Tissot, Brown, points leader Andy Loden,
Leicht and Jesse LeFevers rounded out the top 5.
The Mini Stocks made their appearance for the first time
this season putting on a show for their big 40 lap race.
Chuck Wall drove his car past the field and cruised up
front by himself as it took Doug Setzer, last years points
champion, four laps to make his way through traffic after
having engine problems in practice and missing qualifying.
Setzer and Wall were the only two mini stocks on the
lead lap when the checkers were thrown. Wall, Setzer, Scott
Whittington, TJ Canipe and John Triplett rounded out the top
The Walt Arney Superette and Deli Road Rage cars came on
the track last to beat and bang.
David Hasson, TJ Canipe and Anthony McKinney were the
only 3 cars to last the battle and finish 1, 2, 3.
week will be having J&M Woodworking/Xtreme Trophies night
at the races. We will have the Whelen Late Models (Twin
25ís), Pepsi Limited Late Models, Baton Tire Street Stocks,
Red Baron Race Parts Hobby Stocks and the Allison Legacy
Series. Gates open at 6pm, Qualifying at 7pm and Features
beginning at 8pm.
Tune in to our website for more
or call us at (828)726-6600 with any questions or ideas.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Lee Tissot #55
RA Brown #60
Andy Loden #29
Kevin Leicht #2
Jesse LeFevers #43
Nick Waycaster #32
Lucas Ransone #00
Monty Cox #21
Stan Robinson #53
Josh Goble #7
Chase Austin #61
Grant Wimbish #57
Limited Late Model Stock
Jason Crouse #28
Tyler Church #07
Bill Cassavaugh #21
Mike Eplee #86
Scott Franklin #7
Mario Hernandez #5
Chris Phipps #37
Dana Lunsford #55
Cory Joyce #33
Dana Lunsford #55
Brian Stahl #41
David Currier Jr. #04
Tire Street Stock
Chris Townsend #21
Terrence Tucker #42
Jonathon Smith #99
Jeff Sparks #71
Kody Townsend #10
David Smith #40
Gary Ledbetter #75
Mike Hatton #12
Josh Burchette #88
Chris Kidd #7
Marshall Sutton #64
Baron Race Parts Hobby Stock
David Hasson #83
Micky Canipe #5
Jackie Stone #10
Jimmy Whisnant #11
Scott Bumgarner #9
Carroll McKinney #55
Chuck Wall #8
Doug Setzer #48
Scott Whittington #61
TJ Canipe #18
John Triplett #54
Rob Lewis #98
Terry Absher #40
Jonathon Smith #52
Arney Superette & Deli Road Rage
David Hasson #82
TJ Canipe #01
Anthony McKinney #74