If it feels like its been a while since you've heard race engines revving up under the lights on a Friday night at Kingsport Speedway, there's a good reason for that.
Inclement weather washed out the last scheduled show on July 18 prior to a night off on July 25, which was built into the schedule in order for competitors to take vacations.
You have to go all the way back to July 11 to find the last night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing in the Model City. Ronnie McCarty won the 60-lap Late Model feature, capturing his first-ever NASCAR-sanctioned victory.
McCarty was able to hold off Kres VanDyke, who had to settle for a runner-up finish. VanDyke enters the final two months of the season as the points leader at Kingsport Speedway, leading Ryan Stiltner by 72 points.
John Harrell (Street Stock), Jason Ketron (Pure 4), Rusty Clendenin (Rookie Pure 4) and Derek Lane (Legends) were the other winners back on July 11.
Nobody is itching to get back on the track more than Nick Cole, who wrecked on Lap 13 of the 30-lap Street Stock race on July 11 and finished with a DNF. Cole's points lead over Rob Austin is down to six points heading into this week's event.
John Ketron (Pure 4), Mook Jeter (Rookie Pure 4), Kirby Gobble (Mod 4) and Derek Lane (Legends) are the other points leaders looking to finish the season strong and close out track championships.
Friday's program will be headlined by a pair of Late Model features with action scheduled to take place in the Street Stock, Pure 4, Rookie Pure 4, Mod 4 and Legends divisions as well.
For more information on this week's racing program, visit www.newkingsportspeedway.com.
Racing will also return to Lonesome Pine Raceway on Saturday for the first time in nearly a month.
Saturday's race is a make-up for the program that was rained out on July 19 and will be headlined by the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model series.
The Late Models will run a pair of 40-lap features with the Street Stock, Mod 4, Pure 4, Rookie Pure 4 and Iron Warriors divisions providing support.
Chad Finchum, the defending track champion at Kingsport Speedway, has dominated the competition at LPR by winning six of the nine races run at the track. He holds a 24-point lead over VanDyke, who won the last race run in Coeburn back on July 5.
Kirby Gobble has won seven of the eight Street Stock races run at LPR and holds a 12-point lead over Rob Austin. John Ketron, the Pure 4 points leader at Kingsport, is also atop the points at LPR.
Joshua Gobble (Mod 4), Jackson Austin (Rookie Pure 4), Duke Bare (Pure Street) and Aaron Ratliff (Iron Warrior) also hold points leads at LPR.
For more information on Saturday's racing program, visit www.thepineraceway.com.