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McCarty wins on championship night; Williams captures title

From staff reports • Sep 14, 2019 at 7:35 PM

KINGSPORT — Ronnie McCarty made a bold three-wide move while battling Jeff Maupin and Jerry Broyles for the lead with two laps to go in Friday’s Late Model Stock feature at Kingsport Speedway and raced to his fifth win of season.

Kingsport’s McCarty, piloting the No. 5 Ford, drove into the third turn in the middle of Broyles’ car on the low side and Maupin’s on the high side. In a classic short-track maneuver, McCarty nudged Maupin’s No. 0 Chevrolet up the track and then cleared Broyles racing off the fourth turn to put his car out front.

The move also allowed Nik Williams and Danny O’Quinn to get by the duo. Williams, a 21-year old driver from Chuckey, finished second in the No. 32 Chevrolet to wrap up his first Kingsport Speedway championship and the Tennessee state championship for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

O’Quinn, a former NASCAR Nationwide Series (now Xfinity Series) rookie of the year from Coeburn, finished third after an intense battle with Johnson City’s Zeke Shell throughout the second half of the race.

Maupin finished fourth and Shell wound up fifth.

Shell, the 2018 track champion, looked as though he might have a fourth win of the season locked up when the race was red-flagged for a rainstorm on lap 31. The race could have been called official at that point, but speedway officials decided to dry the track and restart the race.

That led to a wild second half of the 60-lap feature on the three-eighths-mile concrete oval. McCarty raced Shell side by side for the top position for three laps before McCarty emerged as the leader.

O’Quinn spun out Shell on lap 49. While under caution, Shell pulled alongside O'Quinn on the backstretch to let him know he wasn't happy with the move. Williams had his own problems, spinning out on lap 51 with a flat right-front tire. His crew got it fixed and Williams raced his way back to the runner-up finish.

Shell finished second in the final Late Model championship standings, ahead of Bluff City’s Wayne Hale. Kingsport drivers Derek Lane and Rick Pannell rounded out the top five.

MODIFIED DIVISIONS

Kevin Canter of Abingdon capped his Mod 4 championship by driving his black No. 3 Ford to a 17th win in 18 starts. Chris Amburgey posted a runner-up finish for the second straight week.

The rest of the top five also was the same as the previous week with third-place Billy Duty followed by Hershell Robinette and Jessie Amburgey.

Royce Peters of Kingsport captured his third win of the season in the Mod Street division. Peters, driving the red No. 42 Camaro, edged Abingdon’s Kevin Wolfe for the victory. Wolfe clinched the track championship with his runner-up showing. Colby Higgins, Luke Fox and Richard Adkins completed the top five.

PURE STRENGTH

Keith Helton of Kingsport finished off his track championship season in style by earning his 12th Pure 4 win of the season.

Billy Byington was second, followed by Josh Detwiler. However, Detwiler was disqualified in post-race tech, moving Kenny Absher, William Hale and Todd Duff into the top five.

Tony Dockery of Dungannon completed his strong late-season run in the Pure Street division with his fifth win in the last six races. Doug Austin wrapped up the track title with his runner-up finish. Jay Swecker, Kevin Darnell and Jeremy Draughn rounded out the top five.

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