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VanDyke, Ferguson, win Kingsport Late Model features

By Robert Walden
  Contact Editor

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Kres VanDyke and Robbie Ferguson both made trips to victory lane at Tennessee’s Kingsport Speedway Friday night, as they split a pair of 35 lap Late Model Stock car features.

In the first feature, Chad Finchum and VanDyke led the 19-car field to green with Finchum taking the early lead over VanDyke, Wayne Hale, Ronnie and Nik Williams. McCarty quickly worked his way around Hale for third, while Ferguson was up-on-the-wheel to overtake Williams for the fifth spot on lap 8.

Finchum and VanDyke had pulled out to a little over a half-straightaway advantage over McCarty and Hale as the raced reached the midpoint. Caution waved on lap 26 when Billy Light spun between turns one and two.

Finchum chose to restart on the outside, putting VanDyke on the inside. Back under green they raced side-by-side for three laps before Finchum moved ahead. His advantage was erased when the yellow waved again on lap 31 when Darin Silver spun, setting up a four-lap dash to the checkered flag.

Finchum again took the lead over VanDyke, but VanDyke was right on the leader’s back bumper. On lap 33, VanDyke pulled to inside of Finchum to challenge for the lead on the backstretch.

As the two drivers took the white flag, Finchum led by about half-a-car length. With Finchum on the outside and VanDyke to the inside, contact between them saw Finchum spin in turn two and VanDyke go on to record the victory. McCarty finished in second, with Hale in third, Ferguson in fourth and Adam Gray in fifth.

Joey Trent, Zeke Shell, Keith Helton, Derek Lane and Williams rounded out the top ten.

The top-eight finishers from the first race were inverted for the second feature, putting Helton and Shell on the front row. Shell powered into the lead off the start over Helton and Gray, followed by Trent and Hale, with Ferguson, McCarty and VanDyke in tow.

With hard racing among the lead pack of cars, Gray got shuffled up into the high groove and lost several spots, falling back to eighth in the running order. Caution waved on lap 8 when Joshua Gobble spun in the fourth turn.

Shell jumped back out to the lead off the restart over Trent and Helton, followed by McCarty and Hale. Starting the second twin 35-lapper from rear of the field, Finchum worked his way toward the front. He passed Gray for the eighth spot on lap 9, and worked his way past Ferguson into seventh.

McCarty passed Helton for third place on lap 13, and four laps later he passed Trent for second. In the meantime, Finchum had cracked the top five in running order and got around both VanDyke and Hale.

The caution flew again on lap 29 for a three-car incident involving Trent, Hale and Helton between turns three and four. That set up a double-file restart with Shell and McCarty on the front row, while Finchum and VanDyke lined up in the second row.

Shell chose to restart on the outside, thus placing McCarty to the inside. With the race back under green and the field racing into the first turn, contact between Shell and McCarty saw both cars spin and all other competitors forced to take evasive action to avoid a major pileup. Shell up to that point was done for the night, while McCarty had to go to rear of the field.

That moved VanDyke and Finchum to the front row for the restart. As the green flag waved, they raced off into the first turn door-to-door. Racing up off turn two onto the backstretch, contact was made and Finchum slammed into the outside wall in a shower of sparks. Finchum’s race was done, while VanDyke was sent to the rear for his involvement.

Ferguson and Gray now made up the front row on the restart. Ferguson shot out into the lead and went on to score the victory. VanDyke recovered from his penalty to finish in second, with Trent in third, Hale in fourth and McCarty in fifth.

Gray, Williams, Silver, Rick Pannell and Light rounded out the top ten.

In other action, Jared Broadbent and Mark Christian battled side-by-side for eight laps in the Modified Street feature before Christian took the top spot. Christian went on to score the victory with Broadbent in second, Sam Hurd in third, Jason Leatherwood in fourth and Duke Bare in fifth.

John Ketron scored the victory in the Pure 4 feature, with Billy Ketron in second, Jason Ketron in third, Billy Byington in fourth and Ben Barker in fifth.

In the Mod 4 feature, Kevin Canter and Kirby Gobble battled for the lead throughout the race, with Canter scoring his second straight division victory. Gobble finished second, with Jerry Miller third, Chris Amburgey fourth and Billy Duty fifth.

Joey Sykes took the lead on lap 5 in the Pure Street feature and went on to take the win. Jamie Meadows came home in second, followed by Stacey Castle in third, Jay Swecker in fourth and Peter Alley in fifth.

Kingsport Speedway returns to action on Friday, April 28. For more information, visit NewKingsportSpeedway.com.

Kingsport Speedway – Kingsport, TN
Race Results – April 14, 2017

Late Model Stock Car Race 1
1. Kres VanDyke #15 – Abingdon, VA
2. Ronnie McCarty #5 – Kingsport, TN
3. Wayne Hale #19 – Bluff City, TN
4. Robbie Ferguson #40 – Jonesborough, TN
5. Adam Gray #37 – Kingsport, TN
6. Joey Trent #26 – Gray, TN
7. Zeke Shell #50 – Johnson City, TN
8. Keith Helton #29 – Kingsport, TN
9. Derek Lane #28 – Kingsport, TN
10. Nik Williams #32 – Greeneville, TN
11. Joshua Gobble #97 – Abingdon, VA
12. Chad Finchum #19 – Knoxville, TN
13. Billy Light #8 – Bluff City, TN
14. Rick Pannell #33 – Kingsport, TN
15. Darin Silver #12 – Spruce Pine, NC
16. Allen Hawkins #14 – Kingsport, TN
17. Jerry Williams Jr. #21 – Greeneville, TN
18. Danny Casteel #41 – Johnson City, TN
19. David Strong #53 – Weber City, VA

Late Model Stock Car Race 2
1. Robbie Ferguson #40 – Jonesborough, TN
2. Kres VanDyke #15 – Abingdon, VA
3. Joey Trent #26 – Gray, TN
4. Wayne Hale #19 – Bluff City, TN
5. Ronnie McCarty #5 – Kingsport, TN
6. Adam Gray #37 – Kingsport, TN
7. Nik Williams #32 – Greeneville, TN
8. Darin Silver #12 – Spruce Pine, NC
9. Rick Pannell #33 – Kingsport, TN
10. Billy Light #8 – Bluff City, TN
11. Zeke Shell #50 – Johnson City, TN
12. Chad Finchum #19 – Knoxville, TN
13. Keith Helton #29 – Kingsport, TN
14. David Strong #53 – Weber City, VA
15. Joshua Gobble #97 – Abingdon, VA
16. Allen Hawkins #14 – Kingsport, TN
17. Danny Casteel #41 – Johnson City, TN
DNS: Derek Lane #28 – Kingsport, TN
DNS: Jerry Williams, Jr. #21 – Greeneville, TN

Modified Street
1. Mark Christian #43
2. Jared Broadbent #74
3. Sam Hurd #11
4. Jason Leatherwood #29
5. Duke Bare #52
6. Royce Peters #42
7. Chris Tunnell #6
8. Kevin Wolfe #17
9. Paul Shull #40
10. Rusty Clendenin #40
11. Dennis Deese #24
12. Bruce Crumbley #33
13. Dustin Dowell #89
14. Keith McMurray #2

Pure 4
1. John Ketron #27
2. Billy Ketron #26
3. Jason Ketron #28
4. Billy Byington #11
5. Ben Barker #54
6. Kenny Absher #11
7. William Hale #47
8. Kevin Darnell #4
9. Bucky Smith #99
10. Jimmy Thomas #14
11. Chad Jeffers #38
12. Levin Cox #18
13. Trey Lane #7
14. Paul Stanley #40
15. Scott Palmer #7
16. Robert Young #59
17. Josh Collins #77
18. Craig Phelps #00
19. Jonathan Sullivan #3
20. Michael Blair #84
21. Todd Cross #41
22. Tim Young #13
23. Larry Stapleton #15
24. Cody Curtis #18
25. Shawn Ratliff #59
26. Alexcia Ray #99
27. Robert Smith #1

Mod 4
1. Kevin Canter #3
2. Kirby Gobble #88
3. Jerry Miller #01
4. Chris Amburgey #17
5. Billy Duty #1
6. Hershell Robinette #9
7. Larry Bowens #18
8. Jessie Amburgey #7
9. Dennis Arnold #7

Pure Street
1. Joey Sykes #23
2. Jamie Meadows #11
3. Stacey Castle #11
4. Jay Swecker #77
5. Peter Alley #7
6. Doug Austin #18
7. Bobby Talbert #67
8. Jeremy Draughn #7
9. Dustin Smith #5
10. Jay Myers #5

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