Jacob owens celebrates in victory lane Friday night at Kingsport Speedeway after a hard fought win in the Legends division. (photos by Randall Perry)
KINGSPORT — Stock car racing is often a contact sport, and there was certainly a lot of paint traded at Kingsport Speedway on Friday night.
It started early in the 15-lap Legends feature, the first race of the night. Jacob Owens was trying to get under Derek Lane to take the lead early in the race when contact between their cars sent Lane spinning.
Lane pulled in front of Owens during the caution laps and slammed on his breaks, causing Owens to slam into the back of his car.
Lane eventually pulled away to score his third win of the season, which led to more contact between the two cars during the cool-down lap.
The excitement of the Legends race still couldn’t match the finish that unfolded later in the Rookie Pure-4 event.
A clump of cars got tangled while racing for the win coming out of the fourth turn on the final lap, sending vehicles sliding in all directions.
The only certainty afterward was that Brandon Byington, who was involved in the melee, slid across the finish line first to score his second straight division win and his third overall in 2013.
Full results of the Rookie Pure-4 race are expected on Monday.
Things were calmer in the Street Stock and Pure-4 features, though there was still plenty of action in both events.
Allen Rich was able to work his way to the front early and hold on to win the 30-lap Street Stock race. Johns Harrell, Jared Broadbent, Kirby Gobble and Rob Austin rounded out the top five.
Chris Tunnell had a fast car before being involved in a scary crash with Nick Cole on the frontstretch during lap eight. The right-side tires of Cole’s car climbed up on the driver’s side of Tunnell’s car, causing heavy damage to Cole’s No. 63 machine.
Tunnell was unhurt in the wreck, but his car was worse for the wear, forcing him to settle for a sixth-place finish after starting on the front row.
Kingsport’s Jason Ketron kept cruising right along in the Pure-4 feature, making a pass for the lead on lap 21 of the 25-lap feature and holding off brother Billy Ketron to score his sixth win of the season.
Kingsport Speedway results
Friday, June 22
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Late Model Stock (60 laps)
1. Kres VanDyke #15-Claypool Hill, VA (60)
2. Daniel Pope II #16-Smyrna, TN (60)
3. Ronnie McCarty #5-Kingsport, TN (60)
4. Chad Finchum #19-Knoxville, TN (60)
5. Zeke Shell #97-Johnson City, TN (60)
6. Ryan Stiltner #22-Grundy, VA (60)
7. Austin Peters #66-Kingsport, TN (60)
8. Tyler Goodwin #64-Kingsport, TN (60)
9. Joey Trent #26-Gray, TN (60)
10. Allen Hawkins #14-Kingsport, TN (60)
11. Paul Nogradi Jr. #02-Clinton, TN (60)
12. Rick Pannell #33-Kingsport, TN (59)
13. Ben Rhodes #41-Louisville, KY (57)
14. Jamie Harrison #76-Church Hill, TN (55)
15. Justin Wright #21-Kingsport, TN (41)
16. Lee Tissot #7-Asheville, NC (31)
17. Anthony Anders #36-Easley, SC (31)
18. Dean Barrett #82-Abingdon, VA (30)
19. Wayne Hale #19-Bluff City, TN (25)
20. Erika Schmidt #19s-Greenback, TN (3)
Street Stock (30 Laps)
1. Allen Rich #03; 2. John Harrell #19; 3. Jared Broadbent #74; 4. Kirby Gobble #3; 5. Rob Austin #25; 6. Chris Tunnell #6; 7. Clint Watkins #91; 8. Sammy Ferguson #5; 9. Royce Peters #48; 10. Nick Cole #63
Pure 4 (25 Laps)
1. Jason Ketron #28; 2. Billy Ketron #27; 3. Keith Helton #14; 4. Chris Neeley #94; 5. John Ketron #26; 6. Danny Pless #5; 7. Jimmy Hillard #74; 8. Tim Abselseth #96; 9. Derek Penley #38; 10. Kenny Absher #11; 11. Jay Swecker #77; 12. Steve Skeen #17; 13. Todd Cross #41; 14. Alton Satterfield #95; 15. Darby Fleenor #66; 16. Dylan Bates #6; 17. David Trent #53
Legends (15 Laps)
1. Derek Lane #9; 2. Jacob Owens #8; 3. Jerry Lane #19; 4. Trey Lane #28