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PHOTO GALLERY: Finchum takes second win at Kingsport Speedway

May 31st, 2014 9:37 am by Staff Report

PHOTO GALLERY: Finchum takes second win at Kingsport Speedway

Knoxville racer Chad Finchum celebrates after his victory Friday at Kingsport Speedway. (all photos by Randall Perry)

KINGSPORT - Knoxville racer Chad Finchum powered into the lead on the seventh lap of Friday's 60-lap Late Model feature and led the rest of the way for his second win of the season.

Late Model points leader Kres VanDyke was the fast qualifier with a lap of 15.346.

With an invert of just the top-two qualifiers following the roll of the dice, VanDyke and second place qualifier Zeke Shell remained on the front row for start of the 60-lap feature. VanDyke pulled ahead of Shell on the opening lap racing off turn two to take the lead, with Finchum hot on their heels.

The only caution flag waved on the sixth lap for a three-car wreck in the fourth turn involving Brian Blevins, Wayne Hale and Austin Peters. Following a red flag for track cleanup, Finchum was able to work his way into the lead just four laps later.

By the time the checkers waved Finchum, who is the defending track champion, had stretched his lead to a full straight-away lead over second place Lee Tissot. VanDyke finished third ahead of, Shell and Ryan Stiltner.

In the 30-lap Street Stock race John Harrell of Surgoinsville grabbed the lead on the opening lap over polesitter Nick Cole and remained out front to the finish to capture his third feature win of the season. Cole finished second ahead of Rob Austin, Royce Peters and Chris Tunnell.

Keith Helton of Kingsport jumped into the lead at start of the 25-lap Pure 4 feature and with the race running caution-free, led flag-to-flag to record his second victory. Helton was chased to the checkered flag by Kenny Absher, John Ketron, Jason Ketron and Tim Abelseth.

Once Kirby Gobble of Abingdon, Va., moved into the lead in the 25-lap Mod 4 feature, the race was for second on back. Gobble rolled to his division-leading third victory over Billy Duty, Rocky Yates, Dennis Arnold and Hershell Robinette.

James Deese of Elizabethton captured his second Rookie Pure 4 feature win of the season over Michael "Mook" Jeter, Chris Wilhelm, Brandon Crumbley and William Hale.

KINGSPORT SPEEDWAY -- FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014

NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES LATE MODEL STOCK (60 laps)

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

1. (4) Chad Finchum #19-Knoxville, TN (60)

2. (8) Lee Tissot #7-Asheville, NC (60)

3. (2) Kres VanDyke #15-Claypool Hill, VA (60)

4. (1) Zeke Shell #97-Johnson City, TN (60)

5. (3) Ryan Stiltner #22-Grundy, VA (60)

6. (6) Justin Fontaine #60-Fletcher, NC (60)

7. (10) Tyler Goodwin #64-Kingsport, TN (60)

8. (11) Wayne Hale #19-Bluff City, TN (59)

9. (12) Sam Steffey #35-Abingdon, VA (59)

10. (14) Phil Harris #55-Johnson City, TN (59)

11. (15) Greg Bohanon Jr. #17-Leicester, NC (59)

12. (9) Joey Trent #26-Gray, TN (58)

13. (18) Luke Fox #94-Weaverville, NC (56)

14. (16) Rick Pannell #33-Kingsport, TN (49)

15. (7) Kyle Barnes #15-Draper, VA (44)

16. (5) Zack Walton #1-Blountville, TN (33)

17. (13) Brian Blevins #40-Clintwood, VA (6)

18. (17) Austin Peters #48-Kingsport, TN (6)

STREET STOCK (30 laps)

1) John Harrell #19; 2) Nick Cole #63; 3) Royce Peters #48; 4) Rob Austin #25; 5) Chris Tunnell #6; 6) Steve Sims #10; 7) Sam P. Hurd #11

PURE 4 (25 laps)

1) Keith Helton #74; 2) Kenny Absher #74; 3) John Ketron #26; 4) Jason Ketron #28; 5) Tim Abelseth #66; 6) Jon Pittman #00; 7) David Trent #57; 8) Nick Jennings #16; 9) Billy Byington #01; 10) B.C. Penley #44; 11) Matthew Ford #97; 12) Bruce Crumbley #7; 13) Gary Crumbley #59; 14) Todd Cross #41; 15) Kenneth Street #2; 16) Darrell Whitehead #04; 17) Richard Quillen #14; 18) Brandon Sutherland #22

MOD 4 (25 laps)

1) Kirby Gobble #88; 2) Billy Duty #45; 3) Rocky Yates #7; 4) Dennis Arnold #7; 5) Hershell Robinette #9; 6) Luke Fox #94; 7) Chris Amburgey #7; 8) Duke Bare #2

ROOKIE PURE 4 (20 laps)

1) James Deese #25; 2) Michael Jeter #53; 3) Chris Wilhelm #33; 4) Brandon Crumbley #7; 5) William Hale #47; 6) Andrew Hill #97; 7) Tim Jennings #16; 8) Derrick Gilliam #34; 9) Craig Phelps #00; 10) Tammy Cross #41; 11) Larry Bowens #18; 12) Dennis Stanley #19; 13) Seth Clements #02

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