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Carnes, Tissot take Kingsport victories

Jeff Birchfield • Jul 16, 2019 at 9:18 PM

KINGSPORT — South Carolina racer Ralph Carnes won Saturday’s Southeast Super Truck Series feature at Kingsport Speedway, while former track regular Lee Tissot kept him from doubling up in the Limited Late Model race.

Carnes, driving the No. 49 Toyota, battled past Ed Surrett in the No. 8 Chevrolet to win the 50-lap Super Truck feature. It was Carnes’ first win of the season after he was runner-up earlier in the year at Tri-County Speedway in Lenoir, N.C.

The win came after a disappointing run for Carnes at his hometown Anderson (S.C.) Speedway, where he finished 13th. Surrett, who started on the front row, proved to be strong throughout the race. The Newport driver finished second ahead of Clint King, who years earlier, as a 14-year-old, won a Late Model race at Kingsport.

Brett Suggs, the 2018 Allison Legacy Series champion from North Carolina, finished fourth and South Carolina racer Jimmy Roberts rounded out the top five.

Tissot, an Asheville driver and former Kingsport Speedway weekly competitor, won the Limited Late Model feature, holding off Carnes for the win. It was the second straight year in which Tissot won with the touring series at Kingsport. He was the winner in the Super Trucks in 2018.

Chase Dixon from Abingdon finished third in Saturday’s race, followed by Kingsport driver Trey Lane and North Carolina racer Kaleb Pressley. Erwin driver Alex Miller, who like Lane normally competes in the Mod Street division at Kingsport, finished 11th.

Speedway regulars dominated the Front Wheel Drive feature.

Kingsport driver Bruce Crumbley scored the win over Josh Detwiler, Bucky Smith, William Hale and James Powell.

North Carolina driver Donald Canipe won a 25-lap Legends car feature, while Owen Leviner was the winner of a Carolina Vintage Series race.

Kingsport Speedway gets back to its normal NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program on Friday night.

Nik Williams from Chuckey holds a 21-point lead over defending track champion Zeke Shell from Johnson City in the Late Model Stock point standings. Gray’s Joey Trent is two points behind Shell, followed by Wayne Hale of Bluff City and Kingsport driver Derek Lane.

The best battle is in Pure 4, where Crumbley leads Keith Helton by just one point.

Other points leaders are: Kevin Wolfe (Mod Street), Kevin Canter (Mod 4) and Doug Austin (Pure Street).


Rain washed out last Saturday’s Food City 40 Crate Late Model feature at Volunteer Speedway, and it was a huge disappointment for a trio of Washington County racers.

Tim Byrd of Jonesborough won the pole for the race and was looking for a second straight win after his flag-to-flag victory the previous Saturday. Johnson City drivers Tim Maupin and Jensen Ford qualified second and third before the rain set in and caused the cancelation.

It was a disappointment to others as well, with 111 drivers showing up to race in the different divisions.

Volunteer Speedway has a special 30/30 promotion for Saturday night.

The first 30 fans will be admitted free, while the next 30 will receive a free hot dog from the concession stand. Pits open at 4 p.m. and grandstands open at 5 p.m. Hot laps begin at 7 p.m. followed by qualifying and racing.

Racing is scheduled in six divisions: Crate Late Model, Sportsman Late Model, Modified Street, Classic, Street Stock and Mini Stock.


Aaron Cain drove Quad Chaos to the racing eliminations victory at last Saturday’s Beef O’Brady’s Monster Truck Madness event at Bristol Motor Speedway. The win by Quad Chaos ended a six-race winning streak in the event by the Bigfoot truck.

Cain took on top qualifier Tim Missentzis, driving Dirt Crew, in the championship round. The Quad Chaos truck crossed the finish line just ahead of Dirt Crew for the win.

Matt Pagliarulo drove Jester to the win in the Freestyle competition, breaking a two-race event win streak by Steve Sims in Stone Crusher.

The biggest race week of the year is just a month away as the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 17. It will be preceded by a doubleheader for the NASCAR Truck Series and K&N Series on Thursday, Aug. 15. The Food City 300 for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and qualifying for the Cup Series take place on Friday, Aug. 16.