Kingsport, TN — There’s a saying that good things will eventually come to those who patiently wait.


For Kyle Barnes of Draper, Va., his patience was beginning to wear thin. Plain and simple, the 20-year-old wanted to win a race.


Through the first eight events in 2015 he’d shown everybody at Kingsport Speedway he was chauffeuring a fast ride by recording two runner-up and two third-place finishes, and entered Friday’s racing program in the Model City sitting second in points


Barnes captured his first-ever NASCAR Whelen All-American Series “First Kingsport Credit Union” Late Model Stock Car victory in impressive fashion. He started the evening off by setting fast-time at 15.118 seconds to earn the pole award, and then proceeded to lead all 60 laps en route to recording the win.


“Man, finally, we’ve got a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car victory,” said a smiling Barnes following the race while cars were going through post-race technical inspection. “Winning your first-ever NASCAR sanctioned race is a very special deal. Getting to hold the checkered flag out the window and drive around the track taking a victory lap and hear the fans cheer, I had cold chill bumps all over my body.


“To get your first-ever NASCAR victory, it’s something you dream about and once it happens, you’ll never forget the awesome feeling. I’ll always look at the trophy and remember this night.”


Barnes and Wayne Hale led the 19-car field to green from the front row. Barnes bolted out into the lead over Hale, Kres VanDyke, Justin Fontaine and Austin Peters.

During the early going, racing action was intense around the .375-mile banked concrete oval with the top 11 cars in the running order running nose-to-tail, and door-to-door while battling for position.


Barnes was riding a rocket, as he began to put some distance between his closest challengers by lap 10. The event’s only caution flag waved on lap 25 when Steven Deskins spun between turns one and two, thus erasing a 10 car-length advantage Barnes held over Hale and VanDyke.

Off the ensuing double-file restart, once again Barnes moved back out into the lead over Hale and VanDyke. But back behind the front-running trio, attention was focused on Fontaine, Peters, current point leader Ronnie McCarty, Taylor Coffman, Joey Trent, Derrick Lancaster, Lee Tissot and Zeke Shell.


With the race running clean-and-green reaching 10 laps remaining, Barnes, driving the Fort Chiswell RV Park/T&K Auctions/Bert’s Garage/Accelerated Graphics/Hedgecock (Race Cars) Racing Enterprises/AR Bodies/No. 0 Chevrolet SS, was in command out front. He would not be denied his first-ever visit to victory lane in winning over Hale, VanDyke, Fontaine and a strong fifth-place effort for Trent.

Completing the top 10 finishers were Peters, McCarty, Lancaster, Tissot and Shell.


“It’s tough to put into words just how much getting this win means to not only me, but for our race team period,” said Barnes. “We’re just a small, family-owned operation and compared to many teams racing NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars, we don’t have anywhere near the funding behind us compared to who we’re racing against. Here at Kingsport Speedway, it’s no secret that the Ford crate engine package has been winning races. For us to win tonight running a Chevrolet crate engine, we proved to everybody it’s not all in what engine you have under the hood. You’ve got to have a car that’s handling well, and tonight our car was just great. We were so good entering the corner and then through the center of the turns, and when I picked the throttle (gas) back up, we just launched off the corner down the straightaway.


“I can’t thank my dad (Tim Barnes) and uncle (Anthony Barnes) enough for all they do in providing me the opportunity to be able race. We’ve also got Daryn Cockram, Mike Adams, Jacob Porter and Jon Pittman helping too. I want to thank all the sponsors we have onboard that help our race team and, I especially want to thank Hedgecock Race Cars for their support. A lot of people say the first race is the hardest one to win, and once you get the first victory out of the way many others will follow. That sounds great to me. We’ll work on the car this coming week back at the shop and hopefully come back next Friday and get another win.”

Jared Broadbent of Bakersville, N.C., grabbed the lead at start of the Street Stock feature over John Harrell, the current point leader who had won five of the season’s first six events.


Broadbent had a rearview mirror full of Harrell the first 20 circuits, and on lap 21 racing down the backstretch into the third turn, Harrell drove to the inside of Broadbent. Between turns three and four, contact from Harrell sent Broadbent spinning to bring the caution out. Both had to restart from rear of the field, Broadbent for bringing out the yellow (flag) and Harrell for running into and spinning Broadbent from the lead.

Off the double-file restart, Royce Peters moved to the point ahead of Chris Tunnell. But behind the front-running duo, Broadbent was a “man on a mission” as he quickly closed to Tunnell’s rear bumper. After getting around Tunnell for second, Broadbent set his sights ahead on Peters.


Racing off the fourth turn on lap 29 to take the white flag, Broadbent drove under Peters to take the lead on the front straightaway to go on and record his first win of the season. Finishing behind Broadbent were Peters, Mark Christian, Tunnell and Dennis Deese.


Keeping it all in the family, John Ketron and his son Jason Ketron led the Pure 4 feature to green from the front row. After racing the opening three circuits side-by-side, the elder Ketron moved into a lead he would never relinquish in winning over sons Billy Ketron and Jason Ketron, followed by Kenny Absher and Dylan Bates.


Kirby Gobble of Abingdon, Va., easily captured his second Mod 4 victory over Dennis Arnold, Hershell Robinette, Chris Amburgey and Darrell Whitehead.


Chris Wilhelm of Fall Branch led from start-to-finish in recording his first-ever Kingsport Speedway victory in Rookie Pure 4. Wilhelm was chased to the checkered flag by William Hale, Larry Stapleton, Craig Phelps and Dennis Stanley.






Showing Finish Position, Starting Position In Parentheses, Driver Name, Car Number, Hometown, Laps Completed In Parentheses


1. (1) Kyle Barnes #0-Draper, VA (60)

2. (2) Wayne Hale #19-Bluff City, TN (60)

3. (4) Kres VanDyke #15-Abingdon, VA (60)
4. (6) Justin Fontaine #60-Fletcher, NC (60)

5. (7) Joey Trent #26-Gray, TN (60)

6. (5) Austin Peters #66-Kingsport, TN (60)

7. (3) Ronnie McCarty #5-Kingsport, TN (60)

8. (10) Derrick Lancaster #25-Christiansburg, VA (60)

9. (8) Lee Tissot #7-Asheville, NC (60)

10. (11) Zeke Shell #97-Johnson City, TN (60)

11. (12) Scott Lancaster #22-Christiansburg, VA (59)
12. (13) Allen Hawkins #14-Kingsport, TN (59)

13. (15) Derek Lane #28-Kingsport, TN (59)

14. (14) Rick Pannell #33-Kingsport, TN (57)

15. (16) Steven Deskins #67-Sevierville, TN (55)

16. (17) Jamie Harrison #76-Church Hill, TN (55)

17. (9) Taylor Coffman #30-Bean Station, TN (48)

18. (18) Tyler Goodman #64-Kingsport, TN (4)

19. (19) Royce Peters #9-Kingsport, TN (3)


STREET STOCK (30 laps)


1. Jared Broadbent #74

2. Royce Peters #48

3. Mark Christian #43

4. Chris Tunnell #6

5. Dennis Deese #24

6. John Harrell #19

7. Robbie Allison #12


PURE 4 (20 laps)


1. John Ketron #27

2. Billy Ketron #26

3. Jason Ketron #28

4. Kenny Absher #11

5. Dylan Bates #6

6. Chris Neeley #94

7. Brandon Sutherland #5

8. Billy Byington #01

9. Kevin Darnell #4

10. Tim Abelseth #66

11. Bruce Crumbley #33

12. David Trent #57

13. Richard Quillen #15

14. Keith Helton #44


MOD 4 (20 laps)

1. Kirby Gobble #88

2. Dennis Arnold #7

3. Hershell Robinette #9

4. Chris Amburgey #7

5. Darrell Whitehead #43

6. James Deese #8

7. Jessie Amburgey #17

8. Worley Glover #44

Did Not Pass Post-Race Technical Inspection: Billy Duty #45


ROOKIE PURE 4 (15 laps)

1. Chris Wilhelm #99

2. William Hale #47

3. Larry Stapleton #15

4. Craig Phelps #00

5. Dennis Stanley #21

6. Dwayne Banks #66

7. Frank Dice #44

8. Robert Young #59

9. Daniel McMurray #0

10. Larry Bowens #18

11. Jerry Miller #13

12. Alexia Ray #99


Story: Track PR by Robert Walden – Photo: Randall Perry


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