Local racing: Wet weather idles Kingsport; LPR, Bristol Dragway get set for action

Dave Ongie • Apr 19, 2013 at 7:37 AM

KINGSPORT — Kingsport Speedway sat silent Friday night after heavy rains swept through the area and forced the cancellation of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing program.After six weeks of hard racing, Chad Finchum is the leader of the pack in the Late Model division. The Knoxville resident holds a five-point lead in the standings over Daniel Pope of Smyrna and Johnson City’s Zeke Shell.Finchum won the first race of the season and has raced consistently near the front ever since. With all of the beating and banging going on in the Late Model division, Finchum’s ability to avoid trouble has been remarkable.Consistency has also been Pope’s calling card: He has used solid finishes every week to offset the fact that he has yet to win a race this season. Shell, on the other hand, has seen his share of trouble early, but he has moved into a tie with Pope by winning each of the past two races.In Street Stock, Nick Cole and Rob Austin have been the class of the field thus far. Cole holds a one-point lead over Austin.Cole, a product of Bristol, has won three of the first six races this season to grab the points lead. Austin hasn’t won yet, but the Castlewood resident has used four runner-up finishes to keep pace.Meanwhile, everyone has struggled to keep up with the Ketrons in the Pure 4 division. John Ketron leads Jason Ketron by 14 points in the standings with Kenny Absher hanging six points behind Jason in third.The two Kingsport drivers have combined to win five of the first six races, Jason three and John two.In other classes, Billy Byington holds a three-point lead over Brandon Sutherland in the Rookie Pure 4 division, Jacob Owens leads Derek Lane by the same margin in Legends and Rocky Yates leads Bill Duty by five points in the Mod 4 division.Racing is scheduled to return to Kingsport Speedway next Friday night. For more information, visit the Kingsport Speedway website.Lonesome Pine Raceway COEBURN — A full night of racing action is on tap Saturday night at Lonesome Pine Raceway.The Late Model division, which has been dominated by Ryan Stiltner in the early going, will headline the Belcher Insurance Agency Night at The Pine. The Mod 4, Super Street, Pure 4, Pure Street and Iron Warriors will be in action and a Powder Puff division is scheduled to make its debut.Stiltner has won the first two Late Model races of the season and holds a 10-point lead over Lance Gatlin. Tonight will be Ladies Night at LPR, so all women will be admitted to the grandstands for half price. For more information on tonight’s race, visit the LPR website.Bristol Dragway BRISTOL, Tenn. — The DER Racing Series is scheduled running at Bristol Dragway this season.The popular bracket racing program is scheduled to begin Saturday at noon with time trials with eliminations to follow. Time trials start at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday with eliminations scheduled to wrap up the show.

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