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VanDyke takes second win of season at Kingsport

Jeff Birchfield • May 26, 2018 at 5:35 PM

KINGSPORT — Kres VanDyke kicked off the Memorial Day weekend with his second NASCAR All-American Series win of the season Friday night at Kingsport Speedway.

His No. 15 Chevrolet set the fast time in qualifying at 15.085 seconds (89.493 mph) around the three-eighths-mile concrete oval, but he started fifth in the Late Model Stock feature after an inversion of the top-five qualifiers.

No problem for VanDyke, who quickly worked his way to second place and then passed leader Robbie Ferguson's No. 7 Ford on a double-file restart on lap 25. Once out front, the Abingdon driver pulled away to win by 10 car lengths over Zeke Shell and Ferguson.

VanDyke, the defending track champion, said the car felt good from the time he and the crew unloaded it off the trailer. With the veteran Ferguson lined up beside him on the restart, he knew he had to take advantage of the opportunity to get around him.

"I love racing against Robbie. We've raced against each other and I've watched him for years," VanDyke said. "It's hard to get around Robbie and he's not going to leave the door open for long, so you have to take it when you can it."

Shell had won the previous two races at Kingsport, but this time the Johnson City driver’s No. 1 Ford was a little off the pace of VanDyke's Chevy. Shell said it was a result of missing the setup, which caused a bad push in the turns.

"It was our own doing where we tried something new, so I can go home with my head held high," Shell said. "There is no speed limit in racing, so I'm not going to stop until I don't have to lift off the gas. We'll come back next week with something new and hopefully find something that can't be beat."

Ferguson was also a little off on his car’s setup. After the last race on May 10, the track announced a rules change to give the teams an option to run built shocks more in line with other NASCAR tracks instead of a standard shock being used solely at Kingsport.

"The last race, I had an idea what I needed to work on," Ferguson said. "By the time that piece came in, the rules changed on the shocks. We're not like a Monster Cup team where we have a bunch of parts on the shelf. We made some calls and got some shocks over here. But the 1 and the 15 continue to set the benchmark and that's who we have to beat."

REST OF THE TOP 10

Two-time track champion Ronnie McCarty and Bluff City driver Wayne Hale rounded out the top five.

Nik Williams was sixth, followed by Bryson Dennis, Joey Trent, Dillon Hodge and Darin Silver. Williams and Trent raced the previous weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, while Silver had his uncle, local racing legend Brad Teague, in his pits helping with the No. 12 Chevrolet.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

Hodge, a 15-year-old Sullivan South student, provided a glimpse into the future with an intense side-by-side battle with polesitter Trey Bayne, the 14-year-old brother of NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne.

Bayne finished 13th after getting spun by Derek Lane, which brought out the race's only caution. But Hodge was thrilled with their earlier battle and with bringing home his loose-handling race car with a top-10 finish.

"I battled Trey for a lot of laps and it was awesome," Hodge said. "I guess it looked like two veterans out there. It's hard to believe we're 14 and 15 years old out here competing with these guys. We both still have a lot to learn and there's plenty to be gained. It just takes a little time and experience to get there."

OTHER RACES

Brad Ball of Abingdon recovered from an early spin to win the Mod 4 feature and Kingsport’s Keith Helton won the Pure 4 race. Nick Cole of Bristol was the Mod Street winner after the top three cars got in wreck as the result of a lapped car blowing an engine and dumping oil on the track.

Jay Swecker was awarded the Pure Street win after the top two cars failed post-race inspection. Jeremy Mullins won a 10-lap match race over Calvin Crabtree in Vintage cars.


 

KINGSPORT SPEEDWAY

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018

NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES

LATE MODEL STOCK CAR (60 laps)

1. Kres VanDyke #15-Abingdon

2. Zeke Shell #1-Johnson City

3. Robbie Ferguson #7-Jonesborough

4. Ronnie McCarty #5-Kingsport

5. Wayne Hale #19-Bluff City

6. Nik Williams #32-Greeneville

7. Bryson Dennis #15-Greeneville

8. Joey Trent #26-Gray

9. Dillon Hodge #5-Kingsport

10. Darin Silver #12-Spruce Pine, N.C.

11. Rick Pannell #33-Kingsport

12. Derek Lane #28-Kingsport

13. Trey Bayne #21-Knoxville

14. Allen Hawkins #14-Kingsport

15. Austin Brooks #7-Kingsport

16. Mardy Roberts #55-Kingsport

MODIFIED STREET (30 laps)

1. Nick Cole #63

2. Chase Dixon #07

3. Royce Peters #42

4. Rusty Clendenin #27

5. Alex Miller #37

6. Hannah Seal #55

7. Dennis Deese #24

8. Derek Lane #48

9. Joshua Gobble #88

10. Trey Lane #9

11. Gene Griffith #19

12. Sammy Ferguson #1

13. Steven Roark #27

PURE 4 (30 laps)

1. Keith Helton #9

2. Kenny Absher #11

3. Brandon Sutherland #48

4. Billy Byington #11

5. William Hale #47

6. Paul Stanley #40

7. Bruce Crumbley #33

8. Jimmy Thomas #20

9. Craig Phelps #00

10. Dennis Stanley #21

11. Bret Hall #7

12 Larry Stapleton #15

13. Josh Detwiler #38

14. David Trent #57

15. N/A #11

16. Bucky Smith #99

17. Chris Stine #10

18. Brian Eggers #13

MOD 4 (30 laps)

1. Brad Ball #17

2. Kevin Canter #3

3. David Brown #77

4. Dennis Arnold #7

5. Zack Fritz #22

6. Chris Amburgey #17

7. Dalton Thomas #22

8. Billy Duty #1

9. Jessie Amburgey #7

10. James Deese #14

11. Hershell Robinette #9

12. Chris Coleman #20

13. Kirby Gobble #78

14. Jimmy Acito #57

PURE STREET (25 laps)

1. Jay Swecker #77

2. Brian Eggers #74

3. Dustin Smith #5

4. Kevin Darnell #4

5. Jessica Payne #12

Failed Post-Race Technical Inspection: David Strong #53, Chris Neeley #2

VINTAGE (20 laps)

1. Jeremy Mullins #06

2. Calvin Crabtree #16

Did Not Start: Tim Austin #11, Will Vannoy #72

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