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VIDEO & PHOTO GALLERY: Rhodes wins Late Model race at Kingsport Speedway, Finchum maintains points lead

August 9th, 2013 10:01 pm by Staff Report

VIDEO & PHOTO GALLERY: Rhodes wins Late Model race at Kingsport Speedway, Finchum maintains points lead

16-year-old Ben Rhodes

KINGSPORT — Ben Rhodes won the battle, but Chad Finchum may have put himself in position to win the war.

Rhodes was able to hold off Finchum on a handful of late restarts to win Friday's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model feature at Kingsport Speedway, but Finchum held on for a runner-up finish ahead of Zeke Shell, who came home third.

Finchum entered the night with an eight-point lead over Shell and now unofficially goes into next week's season finale with a nine-point cushion, giving the Knoxville driver an inside line on the Late Model points championship. Ryan Stiltner and Hayden Woods rounded out the top five finishers.

Rhodes, a 16-year-old Louisville native who has been selected to participate in the NASCAR Next program, was able to get past Finchum to take the lead on lap 30, the midway point of the 60-lap feature. A handful of cautions over the second half of the race gave Finchum a chance to get back out front, but Rhodes' car was simply too dominant.

Unable to catch Rhodes, Finchum was forced to hold off a spirited challenge from Shell, who was racing despite being under the weather. Both Finchum and Shell took a trip to the track's care center following the race. Finchum received some oxygen while Shell fought off symptoms of his illness.


It was another tough week for Kres VanDyke, who was tied with Shell for the points lead prior to the twin 30-lap Late Model races run at Kingsport Speedway two weeks ago. VanDyke wrecking on lap 5 of the first race two weeks ago and tumbled down the points standings. On Friday, mechanical problems doomed VanDyke to a 20th-place finish.

Next Friday marks the final night of points racing at Kingsport Speedway in 2013. Champions will be crowned in all divisions.

  1. NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES “DALTON DIRECT CARPETS” LATE MODEL STOCK (60 laps)

    Showing Finish Position, Starting Position In Parentheses, Driver Name, Car Number, Hometown, Laps Completed In Parentheses

    1. (3) Ben Rhodes #41-Louisville, KY (60)
    2. (2) Chad Finchum #19-Knoxville, TN (60)
    3. (4) Zeke Shell #97-Johnson City, TN (60)
    4. (5) Ryan Stiltner #22-Grundy, VA (60)
    5. (6) Hayden Woods #87-Piney Flats, TN (60)
    6. (10) Lee Tissot #7-Asheville, NC (60)
    7. (1) Ronnie McCarty #5-Kingsport, TN (60)
    8. (9) Daniel Pope II #16-Smyrna, TN (60)
    9. (7) Paul Nogradi Jr. #02-Clinton, TN (60)
    10. (13) Tyler Goodwin #64-Kingsport, TN (60)
    11. (15) Royce Peters #38-Kingsport, TN (60)
    12. (22) Wayne Hale #19-Bluff City, TN (60)
    13. (12) Austin Peters #66-Kingsport, TN (60)
    14. (16) Allen Hawkins #14-Kingsport, TN (60)
    15. (18) Mike Potter #8-Johnson City, TN (60)
    16. (17) Rick Pannell #33-Kingsport, TN (60)
    17. (20) Jamie Harrison #76-Church Hill, TN (58)
    18. (14) Joey Trent #26-Gray, TN (54)
    19. (11) Roger Powell #21-Waynesville, NC (44)
    20. (8) Kres VanDyke #15-Claypool Hill, VA (41)
    21. (19) Justin Wright #21-Kingsport, TN (35)
    22. (20) Dean Barrett #82-Abingdon, VA (9)

    STREET STOCK (30 laps)

    1) Alan Rich #03; 2) Chris Tunnell #6; 3) John Harrell #19; 4) Jared Broadbent #74; 5) Nick Cole #63; 6) Rob Austin #25; 7) Royce Peters #48; 8) Sam Hurd #11

    PURE 4 (25 laps)

    1) John Ketron #26; 2) Kenny Absher #11; 3) Chris Neeley #94; 4) Tim Abelseth #96; 5) Billy Ketron #27; 6) Dylan Bates #6; 7) Jimmy Hillard #74; 8) Lloyd Baker #7; 9) Jason Ketron #28; 10) Andrew Hill #97; 11) David Trent #57; 12) Dennis Deese #25; 13) ?#?R2?; 14) Keith Helton #9; 15) Todd Cross #41 – Did Not Start: Brandon Sutherland #22

    ROOKIE PURE 4 (17 laps)

    1) Brandon Byington #1; 2) Billy Taylor #75; 3) Billy Byington #11; 4) Jon Pittman #96; 5) Matt Baker #7; 6) Chris Steadman #14; 7) Andrew Hill #97; 8) #R2; 9) Dennis Deese #25; 10) #33; 11) Brandon Crumbley #7; 12) Derrick Gilliam #34; 13) #02; 14) Sam Manis II #06; 15) Tammy Cross #41; 16) Mook Jeter #53

    LEGEND (15 laps)

    1) Trey Lane #28; 2) Derek Lane #19; 3) Jerry Lane #9; 4) Matt Smith #33; 5) Hayden Ottinger #94


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