Grissom, Miedecke ready to tangle again in Model City

Dave Ongie • Aug 11, 2011 at 4:00 AM

KINGSPORT — The last time the UARA-Stars Series visited Kingsport Speedway, Kyle Grissom and George Miedecke gave everyone something to talk about. Racing for a win on the final lap, Miedecke spun Grissom, the race leader, heading into turn one. Miedecke got to the checkered flag first, but when the tire smoke settled, Brennan Poole was celebrating in Victory Lane since the UARA rules state that a driver cannot spin another driver out on the final lap in order to gain position. It certainly was quite a show, and there’s no reason to believe that Saturday’s Courtesy Chevrolet 150 at Kingsport Speedway won’t be just as exciting. Miedecke and Grissom are both in the field, and the two friends still don’t see eye to eye on what happened back in April. “There’s a very famous Formula 1 driver that once said if there’s a gap and you don’t go for it, you’re no longer a racing driver,” Miedecke said. “I figured I’d better be a racing driver and have a go at it. ... If I had it to do over again, I’d have done it one lap s o o n e r. ” “In my opinion, I got ran over,” Grissom said. “The mark on my fuel cell showed rubber from his tires, so I got dive-bombed pretty good. This time when we go back, the goal is to be out front in clear sailing and not have to be worried about anyone being close enough to have it happen again.” In addition to all the main players in the UARA’s last race in Kingsport, 2010 series champion Coleman Pressley will be in the field along with Keith Stiltner, Blake Jones, Nick Cole and Robbie Henry. Kingsport Speedway’s Charger, Legends and Rookie Pure 4 divisions will also be in action on Saturday night. Weekly racing will return to the speedway next Friday night. Lee Tissot will look to build on his momentum after winning his second straight Late Model feature last Friday. Chuck Crigger (Street Stock), John Ketron (Pure 4) and Hayden Woods (Legends) also notched victories last week. For more information on upcoming events at Kingsport Speedway, visit www.newk ingsportspeedway.com or w w w. u a r a - s t a r s . c o m . Volunteer Speedway BULLS GAP – Mark Douglas dominated from start to finish to win the Back to School 40 on Fan Appreciation Night at Volunteer Speedway last Saturday. Douglas won the pole and sailed away to victory over runner-up Vic Hill to pocket the $3,000 winner’s check. Eric Jacobson, Chad Ogle and Ross White rounded out the top five. Dale Ball notched a victory in the Crate Late Model division while Jamie Whitt was the class of the field in the Hobby Stock feature. Racing returns to Bulls Gap on Thursday, Aug. 25 when the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series comes to town with a $10,000 prize going to the winner. For more information on Volunteer Speedway, visit www.vol u n t e e r s p e e d w a y. c o m .

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