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Sise earns breakthrough win at The Gap

July 28th, 2014 3:17 pm by Staff Report

Sise earns breakthrough win at The Gap

Trevor Sise celebrates in Victory Lane after winning Saturday night's Limited Steel-Head Late Model feature at Volunteer Speedway. (Randall Perry photo)

BULLS GAP — No more waiting for Knoxville racer Trevor Sise.

After repeatedly winning pole positions, leading laps, recording runner-up finishes five times but never quite reaching Victory Lane at Volunteer Speedway, the 19-year-old Sise would not be denied in Saturday night's Limited Steel-Head Late Model feature. Sise outdueled Jason Trammell down the stretch to earn his first career feature win and the $2,000 winner's payday.

Sise started his big night by lowering the Steel-Head Late Model track qualifying record with his run of 12.738 seconds. Cory Hedgecock, at 12.750, also bested the previous mark held by Jason Welshan (12.815).

Hedgecock rocketed his fast machine to the lead at the start. Until a spin by Jason Manley caused the caution to come out on the 32nd lap of the 40-lap event, he held about an eight car-length lead on Sise.

On the ensuing restart, Hedgecock's car failed to come up to speed, reportedly because of a broken axle. Sise inherited the lead and fought Trammell over the final eight laps.

Trammell got his nose underneath Sise in the corners, but Sise never missed a beat and drove his way to the winner's circle.

"Man, I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to get a win here at Volunteer Speedway," Sise said after the race. "It feels really good, very satisfying to finally get this breakthrough victory for not only myself but our race team. It's not like we've not been fast or anything, we've just had deals happen to keep us out of Victory Lane. Earlier this season, we led the whole race until just three laps to go, and Cory got around us for the win and we finished second. And here tonight we set a new track qualifying record and then Hedgecock jumps out to the early lead. But we had a good car and stayed within striking distance of him. He broke there on that restart and we moved into the lead. I knew Trammell was going to pressure me, but I just focused and drove smart and didn't make any mistakes to allow him to get past me.

"I want to thank my mom and dad, Calvin and Tanya Sise, my little brother and sister, Zach Sise and Brooklyn Sise, along with Tom Johnson, Darrin Michaels, Freddy Kistner and Vic Hill for all of their support. Vic's built us a great engine, plus he's really helped me learn how I need to drive this track. He's got a lot of laps around this place and has five track championships. 

"A lot of people say the first race is the hardest one to win, and once you get the first victory out of the way many others will follow. That sounds great to me. I'm really looking forward to coming back here in two weeks for the big $4,000-to-win race. It would be awesome to win that."

In other action Saturday night, Jason Welshan raced to his fourth win of the season in Crate Late Model and Gary Blanken won the Modified Hobby "Havoc" for a second time.

Volunteer Speedway
Saturday, July 26
Limited Steel-Head Late Model (40 laps)

1. Trevor Sise #73
2. Jason Trammell #90j
3. Jamie Perry #P4
4. Jensen Ford #83
5. Jason Welshan #29
6. Ross White #0
7. Greg Estes #31
8. Brad Lowe #16
9. Matt Henderson #17
10. Drew Kennedy #k37
11. Anthony White #2x
12. Ruben Mayfield #00m
13. Stanley Donahoo #00
14. David Kerr #14k
15. Cory Hedgecock #23
16. Jason Manley #32
17. Jason Cardwell #07
18. Chris Chandler #8
19. Johnny Ridings #31
20. Mitchell Childress #2
21. Chris Long #75
22. Terry Wolfenbarger #14T
23. Austin Atkins #14
24. Dakotah Knuckles #21
25. Shorty Ledford #11
Crate Late Model (30 laps)
1. Jason Welshan #29
2. Tim Maupin #T2
3. Ricky Moore #75
4. Tim Byrd #24
5. Bryson Dennis #15
6. Gary Crittenden #18
7. Hugh Scalf #56
8. Richard Adkins #73
9. Warren McMahan #33
10. Mike Kelley #X
11. Forrest Trent #101
12. Cody Brake #586
13. Keith Chapman #97
14. Greg Burchett #5
Modified Hobby "Havoc" (25 laps)
1. Gary Blanken #5
2. Chad Manning #21
3. Jamie Whitt #1
4. Jon Cook #0z
5. Dave Smith #10
6. Darrin Busler #B4
7. Willie Busler #31B
8. Chuck Kilian #96
9. Charlie Bates #27
10. Parker Estes #31
11. Shannon Emery #m2
12. Kurt Owens #14
13. Dale Reed #52
14. Kaleb Trent #3
15. David Bullington #20

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