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Finchum wins third LM race at Kingsport Speedway

June 29th, 2013 6:36 pm by Staff Report

Finchum wins third LM race at Kingsport Speedway

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KINGSPORT — Chad Finchum secured his third Late Model Stock win of the season at Kingsport Speedway on Friday night in an event that saw the return of the defending two-time track champion but was marred by crashes.

Finchum qualified fastest in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series 60-lap race with a 15.186-second lap to earn his second pole award this season.

Qualifying second fastest was a familiar face that has been absent from the Kingsport racing scene this season.

Nate Monteith, the Late Model champion the past two seasons at Kingsport, made his first appearance of the year at the track. He was suspended in April by NASCAR after an altercation with a driver during the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway.

The top-four qualifiers were inverted, putting Paul Nogradi Jr. and Ronnie McCarty on the front row with Monteith and Finchum behind them.

After racing side by side with McCarty for five laps and losing his battle for the lead, Nogradi was passed by Monteith and Finchum before making contact with another car and crashing spectacularly on the backstretch on lap seven.

Contact sent Nogradi’s car climbing the outside concrete wall before going airborne and coming back down, skidding on its roof until finally stopping high up the banking in turn three.

Another caution came out on lap 23 when Robbie Ferguson and Derrick Lancaster got tangled up fighting for the seventh spot, sending both drivers to the rear of the field for the restart.

Monteith and Finchum were on the front row for the restart but when the green flag waved, rookie Tyler Goodwin experienced engine trouble and spun, collecting R.J. Stanley and Joey Trent.

Following a red-flag cleanup, Finchum powered ahead of Monteith to take the lead for good.

McCarty got loose between the first and second turns on lap 51 and spun, bringing out another caution and ending his chances for a high finish.

On lap 55, the rear bumper cover on Daniel Pope’s car came off, causing him to spin and bring out yet another yellow flag.

Finchum survived another double-file restart to take the win over Zeke Shell, Lancaster, Ferguson and Pope. The 18-year-old Knoxville resident  increased his points lead to 13 over Shell with Pope a close third.

In Street Stock, Alan Rich survived several cautions to pick up his second straight win, beating John Harrell and Jared Broadbent to the line.

Other winners included Billy Ketron in Pure 4, Bruce Crumbley in Rookie Pure 4 and Jerry Lane in Legends.

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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Late Model Stock (60 laps)
(Starting position in parentheses)
1. (4) Chad Finchum #19, Knoxville
2. (7) Zeke Shell #97, Johnson City
3. (9) Derrick Lancaster #25, Christiansburg, Va.
4. (11) Robbie Ferguson #32, Jonesborough
5. (6) Daniel Pope II #16, Smyrna, Tenn.
6. (14) Allen Hawkins #14, Kingsport
7. (10) Joey Trent #26, Gray
8. (15) Justin Wright #21, Kingsport
9. (17) Mark Christian #43, Blountville
10. (16) Jamie Harrison #76, Church Hill
11. (2) Ronnie McCarty #5, Kingsport
12. (3) Nate Monteith #44, Blountville
13. (5) Lee Tissot #27, Asheville, N.C.
14. (12) R.J. Stanley #18, Bristol, Tenn.
15. (13) Tyler Goodwin #64, Kingsport
16. (8) Kres VanDyke #15, Claypool Hill, Va.
17. (1) Paul Nogradi Jr. #02, Clinton, Tenn.
18. (18) Rick Pannell #33, Kingsport
19. (19) Austin Peters #66, Kingsport

Street Stock (30 laps)
1. Alan Rich #03; 2. John Harrell #19; 3. Jared Broadbent #74; 4. Nick Cole #63; 5. Rob Austin #25; 6. Royce Peters #48; 7. Chris Tunnell #6; 8. Jeff Counts #11; 9. Steve Sims #10.

Pure 4 (20 laps)
1. Billy Ketron #27; 2. John Ketron #26; 3. Kenny Absher #11; 4. Jason Ketron #28; 5. Jimmy Hillard #74; 6. Chris Neeley #94; 7. Dylan Bates #6; 8. David Trent #57; 9. Tim Abelseth #96; 10. Derek Penley #38; 11. Danny Pless #5; 12. Steve Skeen #17; 13. Darrell Whitehead #44; 14. Todd Cross #41.

Rookie Pure 4 (20 laps)
1. Bruce Crumbley #8; 2. Brandon Sutherland #14; 3. Brandon Byington #11; 4. Billy Byington #11x; 5. Billy Taylor #75; 6. Chris Steadman #14; 7. Jon Pittman #96; 8. Mook Jeter #5; 9. Andrew Hill #97; 10. Dennis Deese #25; 11. Sam Manis II #06; 12. Tammy Cross #41; 13. Brandon Crumbley #7.

Legends (15 laps)
1. Jerry Lane #9; 2. Derek Lane #19; 3. Trey Lane #28; 4. Michael Cobb #75.


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