Extremely tight point battles and a 40 Lap event for the Hoosier Tire Street Stocks await both fans and drivers Saturday Night for round 4 of the Chase for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Championship at the “High-Banks” of The Lebanon I-44 Speedway .
With the competition at an all-time high early this season, Action will feature the O’Reilly Auto Parts Pro Late Models, Budweiser Modifieds, Sportsman, Hoosier Tire Street Stocks, and Coca-Cola Chargers as only 1 repeat winner has graced the winners circle so far.
The Hoosier Tire Street Stocks are head-lining the card with a special 40 lap feature and a narrow point lead for Lebanon’s Jordan Nisbett over Les “Papa Drake” Mallard as the class will be looking for its 4th different winner this season. The class keeps growing more each week and the action provided keeps everyone guessing who the winner will be. The championship race is the closest it has been since becoming NASCAR sanctioned as the rookie point leader Nisbett is trying to keep the veteran Mallard at bay while Aaron Wilke captured the last feature in his Mopar. Zack Morgan, Lauren Buhr, Rick Sharp, Nick Cherry, Chris Johnson and a fast moving David Douglas along with others get to showcase the evening.
Pro Late Model and NASCAR Missouri State point leader JC Newell of Stoutland is trying to keep a fast field behind him. With 3 different winners in 3 features so far, defending champion Kaleb Allison, Kevin Donahue, Jimmy Vanzandt, Brennon Willard, Kennie Dickinson, Brian Brown, Joe Ross, Steve Holt, Paul Jepsen, Josh Woody and others are looking for win number 1 while Payton Lucas is hoping to be the 1st repeat winner along with Newell and Mike Slone. Newell holds a slim margin over Allison, Donahue and Dickinson while Willard rounds out a very tight top 5 in the in the tracks premier class.
Budweiser Modified point leader Tim Swearengin will be looking to take his 1st win of the season as Ricky Icenhower has been the only repeat winner. David Bates goes for a second win this season while point’s runner-up Richard Lewis has also been leading laps this season. With a 50 lapper scheduled for June 13th, the Modified car count looks to be even stronger. Harrisonville’s Joe Bunkers has had a strong start to the season and rides 3rd in the standings while Brian Lewis, Todd Lauvray, Kevin Blackburn Adam Carmichael, Chris Johnson and David Strode along with others have been making strong runs and moving up the standings. Defending champion Stephen Counterman, along with Rodrick Icenhower is looking to rebound while still early in season.
Current Coca-Cola Charger point leader Ben White is hanging on by the slimmest margin over 2013 Champion Jimmy Poindexter and defending titlist Jason Walls as those 3 drivers have each won 1 feature. Japheth Nisbett and rookie Nik Taylor are battling up front as well. A very tight pack of first and second year drivers including Jesse Poindexter, Corey Nutt, Luke Oster, Charles Appleby, Ethan Mathis, and Jary Hudson are gaining more experience and provide some good racing for positions as every lap keeps everyone on the edge of their seats in this class.
For Sportsman point leader Aaron Douglas, the field is tightly packed together as 3 different winners out of 3 features have you guessing what will happen. Veteran JC Newell ended a long winless drought in the last points show and is hoping to get 2 in a row as points runner-up Jimmy Fohn will also go for a 2nd win. Jake Piel is right in the hunt while looking for his first win.
Grandstand and Fan Deck gates as well as Wild Side parking will open at 4pm and the racing action will start at 6:30pm. Grandstand adult admission is only $12, Seniors and Military are only $8.00 while Juniors ages 11-15 are $5 and kids 10 and under are FREE. Take advantage of the Family pack which includes 2 Adults and 2 Juniors for only $30.
Wild Side prices are $15 for Adults with discounts for Seniors and Military while Juniors are $8 and kids under are 10 FREE. You may also grab the 6 pack special as 6 Adults in the same vehicle are just $75 on the Wild Side.
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