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Top 10: Short Track Racing Stories From the Weekend

March 28, 2016 • App, Archives, Other News, Region - Canada, Region - Midwest, Region - National, Region - Northeast, Region - Northwest, Region - Southeast, Region - Southwest, Region - West, Top Stories

If you enjoy drama, you certainly enjoyed this past weekend’s slate of short track racing action.  From a fight in victory lane, to a last lap pass for the win, to a lapped car taking out the leader, we saw it all.

 

To get you caught up on the stories that took place this past weekend throughout the country, Speed51.com powered by JEGS presents you with a list of top 10 stories from the weekend.

 

A full list of winners from the weekend, as well as upcoming events, can be seen by visiting the PFC Brakes racing calendar.

 

1. VIDEO: Big Fight After Drivers Disqualified at Hickory

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Victory Lane at Hickory Motor Speedway turned into an all-out Royal Rumble Saturday afternoon following the conclusion of the inaugural South East Mini Stock Tour race.

The ruckus apparently started when crew members from the unofficial top-two finishers (Tim Canipe and AJ Sanders) began jawing back and forth. Eventually the drivers (and police) became involved before things calmed down and the top-two finishers were disqualified.

An up-close video from victory lane can be seen now exclusively on the Speed51 Network.

 

2. Ben Rowe Sets His Own Pace, Dominates Easter Bunny 150

Three-time Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model national champion Ben Rowe led 114 laps en route to a dominating win in Saturday night’s 11th Annual Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway. The Turner, ME, native’s second win in the Easter Bunny 150 was made even sweeter by the fact that it guarantees Rowe a starting spot in this year’s Oxford 250 in August at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine.

An on-demand replay of the full race broadcast on Speed51.com can be seen by clicking here.

 

Justin Haley celebrates his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory. (Speed51.com photo)

3. Just-In Time: Late Pass Nets Haley First K&N Victory

Justin Haley managed his race pace and ran down hometown driver Kyle Benjamin with seven laps to go to claim his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victory at Greenville-Pickens Speedway Saturday night.

 

4. Rain Helps McKennedy Score Inaugural SMRS Victory

Jonathan McKennedy grabbed the lead from Brandon Ward on lap 94 and led the race until it was called for rain on lap 108 to win the inaugural Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) Presented By PASS event Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway. McKennedy’s Easter Bunny 125 win came in an action packed race that saw the lead change hands 11 times among six different drivers.

 

5. Sorrow Sweeps Through Anderson Friday Night

Belton, South Carolina teenager Luke Sorrow passed Colby Howard with five laps remaining to win Friday’s 100-lap Southeast Limited Late Model Pro division feature at Anderson Motor Speedway (SC).  Sorrow also won the 50-lap Challenger Division feature earlier in the night.

 

Cory Hedgecok celebrates his ‘gifted’ win. (Bruce Carroll photo)

6. King ‘Taken Out’ By Lapped Car, Hedgecock Wins at 411

Cory Hedgecock of Loudon, TN won the Chevrolet Performance Super Late Model 2016 season opener on Saturday night at 411 Motor Speedway driving the Eagle Racing Engines Rocket, but he was very gracious in his post-race Victory Lane interview because he knew the victory was a gift.

 

Hedgecock assumed the lead on lap 44 of the 50-lap race after dominant race leader Ryan King of Seymour, TN was eliminated from the race in a hard crash that was not of his own making.

 

7. Baughman Breaks Through for First ASCS Win at Bronco

Mark Saturday night’s A-Feature down as retribution, as Odessa’s Josh Baughman was the class of the field at the Bronco Raceway Park; leading start to finish for his first Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network National Tour victory.

 

8. Last Lap Pass Nets Franklin Carolina Clash Win at Fayetteville

As forecasted throughout much of the week, Saturday’s weather was supposed to be perfect. Unlike last week’s event at Lancaster, the weather threat was near zero percent for Saturday. However, when Saturday rolled around, Mother Nature had written a completely different story. Rain threatened the event for most of the day, with a heavy shower accenting pre-race activities. Actually, for some drivers, the rain was an added benefit to help make create a racier track. Yet, for the second week in a row, several cars fell victim to mechanical problems, overheating engines, tire failures, and this week – crashes.

 

Tommy Lemons, Jr. was fast in qualifying, but rain put an end to his chances of winning two straight at Caraway Saturday night. (Speed51.com photo)

9. Rain Calls Off LMSC 150 at Caraway

Qualifying for the Late Model Stocks began just after 5 p.m. ET with a light mist in the air.  With just three cars left to qualify, Tommy Lemons Jr. was fastest, but the rain intensified.  Track officials waited just five minutes before calling off Saturday’s racing action due to rain.  A make-up date has not been decided upon yet.

 

10. Finchum Victorious in Kingsport Season Opener

Chad Finchum picked up where he left off last season by winning the Model City 175 at Kingsport Speedway.

 

-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51

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