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Bayne wins first Late Model race at Kingsport

Jeff Birchfield • Jun 9, 2018 at 7:01 PM

KINGSPORT — Trey Bayne sure didn’t drive like a rookie Friday night.

Making just his seventh start in NASCAR Late Model Stock competition, the Knoxville driver drove away from veterans Wayne Hale and Robbie Ferguson to his first victory in the second of twin 35-lap features at Kingsport Speedway.

Bayne, the 14-year-old brother of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Trevor Bayne, pulled his No. 21 Ford away from the No. 19 Ford of Hale at the start of the nightcap. He then held off a challenge from the veteran Ferguson in the No. 7 Ford, finally creating some distance between their cars midway through the race.

“That was awesome. We’ve gone through some obstacles to get here, but I think we finally got it figured out,” Trey Bayne said. “We definitely worked hard. My dad stayed up about all night last night. There have been nights and nights to get things together, but we’re finally here.”

While it wasn’t nearly as big an upset as his older brother’s win in the 2011 Daytona 500, the result was somewhat unexpected after a rough start to the season. Bayne’s first race car was demolished in a scary accident on April 27, and he hadn’t finished in the top five before his winning run. However, he had a solid effort with an eight-place finish in the first race Friday and started from the pole for the second feature race after a NASCAR-ruled inversion of the top finishers.

Once out front, he was there to stay. Listening to the advice of spotter and driver coach Wade Day, he was flawless in hitting his marks to hold off the group of cagey veterans.

“A couple of times Wade was telling me that I’m the man,” Bayne said. “He told me to drive it straight and protect my line and be consistent. I ran a protective line to hold them off, but then I was able to pull away from them, so that was good.”

Nik Williams of Chuckey finished third, and Hale and Derrick Lancaster rounded out the top five.


Defending track champion Kres VanDyke won the first feature race, driving his No. 15 Chevrolet to a second straight victory and third of the season. The Abingdon driver scooted away from polesitter Zeke Shell’s No. 1 Ford at the start and then watched in his rearview mirror as Lancaster and Shell battled for second place.

Lancaster finished second in the opener and Shell held on to finish third.

Shell’s pole-winning effort came despite problems with his throttle during his qualifying run. As he was coming around on his first qualifying lap, the throttle hung on his No. 1 Ford and the Johnson City driver nearly hit the wall between turns 3 and 4.

The second time was even scarier. Shell mashed the gas pedal at the end of his qualifying lap and the pedal went through the floorboard. He slammed on the brakes and his tires left skid marks for nearly 200 feet before the car stopped just a few feet before a head-on collision with the turn 1 wall.

“There’s no kill like overkill,” Shell said. “The first time, the throttle spring broke and (the track officials) let us put a new spring on it for a safety issue. The second time, I guess I got a little excited and the pedal stuck straight into the floor.

“I didn’t save it. Jesus took the wheel on that one. I was waiting for the crunch. I don’t know how I didn’t hit something.”

Ronnie McCarty of Kingsport and Ferguson rounded out the top five.


Kevin Canter of Abingdon recovered from an early accident to win the Mod 4 race, and his 74-year-old grandfather, Hershell Robinette, finished third.

Keith Helton of Kingsport scored his second straight win in the Pure 4 division, Joey Sykes of Dante, Va., won the Pure Street race, and Joshua Gobble dominated the Mod Street race.

Nick Cole will likely be suspended or banned from the track following his post-race antics, some of which were caught on video on the RACE22 Facebook page. After Cole and Derek Lane got together on the final lap of the Mod Street feature, Cole wheeled around his No. 63 Camaro and hit Lane’s car head-on, nearly pushing it into the backstretch wall.

Afterward, Cole hastily loaded up his trailer, drove his truck and trailer below the Pure 4 cars lined up on the backstretch for the next race and sped out of the track.

LATE MODEL STOCK CAR (Twin #1, 35 laps)

1. Kres VanDyke #15-Abingdon

2. Derrick Lancaster #25-Christiansburg, Va.

3. Zeke Shell #1-Johnson City

4. Ronnie McCarty #5-Kingsport

5. Robbie Ferguson #7-Jonesborough

6. Nik Williams #32-Greeneville

7. Trey Bayne #21-Knoxville

8. Wayne Hale #19-Bluff City

9. Derek Lane #28-Kingsport

10. Joey Trent #26-Gray

11. Bryson Dennis #15-Greeneville

12. Kyle Lockrow #7-La Plata, Md.

13. Billy Light #13-Bluff City

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

15. Rick Pannell #33-Kingsport

16. Joe Salyers #55-Kingsport

17. Dillon Hodge #5-Kingsport

18. Allen Hawkins #14-Kingsport

19. Hayden Woods #87-Piney Flats

LATE MODEL STOCK CAR (Twin #2, 35 laps)

1. Trey Bayne #21-Knoxville

2. Robbie Ferguson #7-Jonesborough

3. Nik Williams #32-Greeneville

4. Wayne Hale #19-Bluff City

5. Derrick Lancaster #25-Christiansburg, Va.

6. Ronnie McCarty #5-Kingsport

7. Kres VanDyke #15-Abingdon

8. Zeke Shell #1-Johnson City

9. Derek Lane #28-Kingsport

10. Hayden Woods #87-Piney Flats

11. Bryson Dennis #15-Greeneville

12. Joey Trent #26-Gray

13. Dillon Hodge #5-Kingsport

14. Kyle Lockrow #7-La Plata, Md.

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

16. Allen Hawkins #14-Kingsport

17. Billy Light #13-Bluff City

18. Mardy Roberts #55-Kingsport

19. Rick Pannell #33-Kingsport


1. Joshua Gobble #88

2. Royce Peters #42

3. Chase Dixon #07

4. Rusty Clendenin #27

5. Derek Lane #48

6. Hannah Seal #55

7. Alex Miller #37

8. Dennis Deese #24

9. Kevin Wolfe #17

10. Trey Lane #9

11. Sam Hurd #44

PURE 4 (30 laps)

1. Keith Helton #9

2. Bruce Crumbley #3

3. Kenny Absher #11

4. Craig Phelps #00

5. William Hale #47

6. Chad Jeffers #38

7. Paul Stanley #40

8. Jimmy Thomas #14

9. Tim Jennings #1

10. Kevin Canter #00

11. Josh Detwiler #38

12. Josh Collins #77

13. David Trent #57

14. Larry Stapleton #15

15. Dennis Stanley #21

16. Jesse Slagle #31

17. Brian Eggers #13

18. Alexcia Ray #99

19. Billy Byington #11

20. Richard Isaacs #71

21. Brandon Sutherland #48

22. Joey Amburgey #53

Did Not Start: Bucky Smith #99, Chris Stine #10

MOD 4 (30 laps)

1. Kevin Canter #3

2. Brad Ball #17

3. Hershell Robinette #9

4. Billy Duty #1

5. Chris Amburgey #17

6. Jimmy Acito #57

7. Jessie Amburgey #7

8. Ted Glover Jr. #03

9. Dalton Thomas #22

10. James Deese #14

11. Randall Scott Artrip #06

12. Joshua Gobble #77

13. Kirby Gobble #78

14. David Brown #13

15. Greg Clevenger #12

16. Chris Coleman #20

17. Dennis Arnold #7

Did Not Start: Darrell Whitehead #43

PURE STREET (25 laps)

1. Joey Sykes #23

2. David Strong #53

3. Sammy Ferguson #5

4. Ricky Payne #1

5. Kevin Darnell #4

6. Penny Hurd #11

7. Jay Swecker #77

8. Brian Eggers #74

9. Jessica Payne #12

Did Not Start: Anitra Little #13



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