One week after getting wrecked and suffering a disappointing finish in the Crate Late Model feature at the four-tenths-mile Bulls Gap dirt track, the Johnson City driver raced to a runner-up finish in Saturday’s 30-lap Apex Bank 40.
Maupin, driving the black No. 3 Chevrolet, started fourth, moved to third on lap 5 and passed Jordan Horton for second on lap 14. From there, the goal was to get around leader Jason Welshan of Maryville.
A caution bunched up the field on lap 25 and Maupin battled Welshan the rest of the race. Maupin fell short of the win but picked up a point on Jonesborough’s Tim Byrd in their race for the track championship.
Welshan captured the $2,000-to-win top prize with his first win of the season in the black No. 01. Horton crossed third but was disqualified after he didn’t go to post-race tech. That moved Byrd, a three-time track champion, into third, ahead of Tyler Arrington and Gary Crittenden.
Shannon Emery flipped in a lap 31 crash but emerged without any major injuries.
Maupin, the 2014 track champion, leads Byrd by four points in the driver standings. Hughes is fourth.
Aaron Guinn of Whitesburg moved to 2-for-2 on the season in Sportsman Late Model division races. Guinn pulled away from Vic Chandler at the start and led flag to flag over the 30-lap race.
Adam Mitchell got around Chandler for second. Chris Coffey and Logan Seal were fourth and fifth.
Two Morristown drivers reached victory lane. Logan Hickey rolled to the Modified Street win over Wayne Rader, and Tony Trent got around former track champion Jamie Whitt and Shawn Henry to win in Street Stock.
Knoxville’s John Byers earned his fourth Mini Stock of the season, and Kentucky’s John Stevens collected his 10th victory in the Classic division.
MUDDY CREEK RACEWAY
Kingsport’s Logan McConnell rode his KTM to victory in the 450 Pro race and Johnson City’s Adam Britt finished third to highlight weekend efforts at the Mega and Ultra Series combination event at Muddy Creek Raceway.
McConnell doubled up by sweeping motos in the CollegeBoy division. Tim Calhoun of Fall Branch also swept motos in the VetMX Warrior Class.
Local riders held their own. Kevin Walker of Kingsport won two divisions and finished runner-up to Piney Flats’ Hans Neel — who also had two wins — in another race. Gray’s Michael Lambert edged Tyler Hopkins from Wise to win the 450C race. Kingsport’s Brandon Gilliam won in Unlimited C/D, and Carson Eads of Kingsport won the 85cc, 12-15 division. Marshall Cochran of Blountville was runner-up in two classes and Haley Ball of Kingsport was second in the Mega Series 85cc D race. Jonesborough’s Chris Furches was the ATV Intermediate division runner-up. Among the youngest riders, Lane Milhorn of Watauga edged Blountville’s Braydon Britt in the 51cc Beginner class.
The event featured riders from as far away as Florida, Ohio, Minnesota and Texas.
NASCAR Divisions Championship Night is set for Friday at Kingsport Speedway.
Keith Helton (Pure 4) and Kevin Canter (Mod 4) have wrapped up track championships at the three-eighths-mile concrete oval. Nik Williams leads Zeke Shell by 11 points in the Late Model Stock division. Doug Austin (Pure Street) and Kevin Wolfe (Mod Street) also are on the cusp of season titles.
This is the final weekend of the season for the DER Bracket Series at Bristol Dragway.
Katie Street of Cedar Bluff, Virginia, is in position to make history as the first female Super Pro champion. Bluff City’s Jerry Turner holds a 22-point lead over Bryce Acuff in his bid to win a seventh Motorcycle track title.
Other points leaders are Jesse Edens (Pro), Ed Cannon (Sportsman), Emily Ward (Trophy), Hunter Smith (Jr. Dragster, Division 1), Sawyer Atkins (Division 2) and Paige Smith (Division 3).
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