Racing returns to Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) this weekend in a historic manner, with the track’s first-ever crowd-less event. While there won’t be fans in the stands, those who watch the event broadcast on Speed51 will see a stout field of competitors.
Headlining the card is a pair of 51-lap Late Model Stock features, packed with talent. Among those who have confirmed entries are seven drivers who account for the last eight track championships at “The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars.”
The most notable of these track champions is 2014 title holder Josh Berry. Since winning that track championship six years ago, the JR Motorsports driver has become one of the top Late Model Stock racers in the discipline, including more wins on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour than any other racer.
Berry cemented that status by dominating the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway (VA) last fall, adding the famed grandfather clock to his trophy collection. Now, he’ll return to Hickory looking for another big night at the North Carolina bullring.
In the past eight years, there has only been one repeat track champion at Hickory Motor Speedway. That distinction belongs to Austin McDaniel, who won back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013. McDaniel will be in Saturday’s race at Hickory, looking to add to his collection of wins at the track.
Thomas Beane was the latest to add his name to the historic list of track champions at Hickory Motor Speedway. He will be on hand Saturday night, hoping to build momentum towards another championship chase after the time away from racing.
Jacob Heafner made his ARCA Menards Series debut in February, competing at Daytona International Speedway. Heafner will be back in his familiar Late Model Stock Car on Saturday, competing at Hickory where he won the 2018 track championship.
Just two weeks past his 16th birthday, Ryan Millington became the youngest track champion in Hickory Motor Speedway in 2017, winning a championship battle against Charlie Watson. Millington swept twin features in March at Hickory and hopes to continue those winning ways on Saturday.
2015 and 2016 track champions Matt Piercy and Dexter Canipe, Jr. will also be in action on Saturday night. While neither driver competes as frequently as they did earlier in the decade, both were on hand at Hickory’s season opener in March and will be looking to add to their list of Hickory accomplishments on Saturday.
While spectators are not allowed for the event due to COVID-19 restrictions, they can still see these drivers and many more on Speed51. A pay-per-view broadcast is available for the event, with sales going to Hickory Motor Speedway to help the track with expenses for the event.
Click here to order your pay-per-view ticket for Saturday’s historic event at Hickory Motor Speedway, and remember to use the coupon code “HICKORY” to save $5 on your purchase. The coupon code will expire at midnight on Friday. Race day video tickets will be available for $24.99.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo