COEBURN, Va. – Three NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock races took place between Lonesome Pine Raceway and Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway. And all three races had one common factor: Kres VanDyke. VanDyke won Thursday night at Kingsport Speedway and dominated both 25-lap features at Lonesome Pine Raceway on Friday.
Kres VanDyke qualified on the pole for the first 25-lap Late Model Stock Car feature.
VanDyke worked around Lance Gatlin on the opening lap. VanDyke went on to lead every lap to claim his second victory of the season.
An invert of three positions for the second LMSC race placed Wayne Hale on pole is his No. 19.
Lance Gatlin would quickly take over the lead, while Kres VanDyke was on the move. VanDyke would charge hard entering Turn 3 to take the lead from Gatlin on lap 14.
Debris in Turn 3 forced the only caution for the race to be displayed on lap 16.
Back underway, VanDyke would rocket back to the lead. VanDyke would go on to win over Gatlin and Hale. The win would be VanDyke’s fourth in a row at Lonesome Pine.
“To come off Kingsport’s win [last night] is great,” exclaimed VanDyke following his second victory. “[It] seemed like everyone worked well together. I want to thank all of my crew and sponsors.”
VanDyke said the No. 15 was the best it had ever been on the high banks of LPR.
“The car was great,” said the 2014 Kingsport Speedway champion. “Best car I’ve ever had at LPR!”
Tyrod Racing’s Chris Tunnell was awarded the pole position following the three position inversion.
Tunnell and Rob Austin battled side-by-side for the top-spot. Tunnell would complete the pass for the lead on the fourth circuit.
Austin had found a new surge of energy by lap 13, powering to Tunnell’s inside. Austin would take over the lead in his No. 25 machine two laps later.
The race’s only caution waved on lap 27 when Jared Broadbent spun in Turn 1 with a flat right-rear tire. Back under green, Austin would reclaim the lead and drive on to victory, while Broadbent would battle back to second over Tunnell.
Joshua Gobble benefitted from the invert of three positions, winning the pole for the Mod 4 victory.
Rocky Yates would quickly jump to the lead over Gobble and David Brown. A spin on lap four for a spin in Turn 2 would force the caution to be displayed.
Back on the restart, Brown and Yates would battle for the top spot. Brown would clear Yates for the lead on lap five and never relinquish for the victory.
Jackie Jackson quickly rolled to the lead over pole sitter, Jason Yates to open the 25-lap Pure 4 race.
Tom Hodges was on the move as the halfway point neared. Hodges had worked his way into second-place and was trailing Jackson closely.
Hodges would dive to the inside of Jackson on lap 15 and take the lead as they exited Turn 2. Hodges would lead the remaining 10 laps for his first victory of the season.
The 20-lap Pure Street race featured plenty of side-by-side racing and an epidemic of “yellow fever.”
Robbie Allison was set to lead the field to the green from the pole position. Nasty Jones would quickly make it three abreast on the back straightaway on the opening lap to take the lead over Allison and Brad Ball.
A spin on the front stretch at the halfway point would bring out the yellow flag. On the restart, Jones took the lead as Allison and Ball would battle it out for second-place. Allison and Ball would make contact exiting the second turn, sending Allison into the inside retaining wall.
Back underway, Jones again would power to the lead, but the caution would wave again for a spin in Turn 2. The following restart would have two attempts before Jones would regain the lead.
Contact between Hershell Robinette and Jake Phipps would send Robinette’s car spinning in Turn 4, bringing out the yellow, with two laps to go.
Jones would continue his dominance on the ensuing restart, going on to claim the checkered flag.
William Hale would power his No. 47 machine to the lead on the third of 15 laps in the Rookie Pure 4 feature. Hale’s lead would be cut short on lap 12 as he went spinning in Turn 2, bringing out the race’s only caution.
Michael Nelson would inherit the lead for the restart and Hale would begin battling through the field. But Hale would run out of laps as Nelson went on to claim victory.
Late Model Stock Car Race 1:
1. 15 Kres VanDyke
2. 97 Lance Gatlin
3. 19 Wayne Hale
4. 40 Brian Blevins
5. 17 Greg Bohannon
6. 14 Allen Hawkins
7. Jamie Harrison
8. Mardy Roberts
Late Model Stock Car Race 2:
1. Kres VanDyke
2. 97 Lance Gatlin
3. 19 Wayne Hale
4. 17 Greg Bohannon
5. Brian Blevins
6. Allen Hawkins
7. Jamie Harrison
DNS. 55 Mardy Roberts
1. 25 Rob Austin
2. 74 Jared Broadbent
3. Chris Tunnell
4. 11 Jamie Meadows
5. 11 Sam Hurd
6. 12 Robbie Allison
1. 13 David Brown
2. 3 Rocky Yates
3. 88 Joshua Gobble
4. 8 Jason Yates
5. 45 Billy Duty
6. Dennis Arnold
1. 94 Tom Hodges
2. 16 Jackie Jackson
3. 06 Kirby Gobble
4. 22 Jason Yates
5. 88 Dan Hall
6. 5 BJ Large
7. 01 Jack Clevenger
8. 14 Jonathan Feagins
1. 13 Nasty Jones
2. 60 Brad Ball
3. 52 Robbie Allison
4. 1 Jake Phipps
5. 9 Rusty Ratliff
6. 9 Hershell Robinette
7. 22 Emma Stiltner
Rookie Pure 4:
1. 16 Michael Nelson
2. 47 William Hale
3. 06 William Jones
4. 01 Dalton Thomas
Lonesome Pine Raceway returns to action next Saturday, April 25 at 7 PM. For more information, visit www.ThePineRaceway.com. Also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
-Chase Brashears Press Release. Photo Credit: RodAddingtonPhotos.com