KINGSPORT, Tenn.– Kres VanDyke claimed his sixth win of the season Friday night at Kingsport Speedway’s WQUT Night at the Races.


Ronnie McCarty qualified on the pole position for the 75-lap Late Model Stock Car main event. With an invert of five positions, Wayne Hale would start on the pole and Jeff Maupin on the outside pole.


On the first attempt to start the race, Hale would jump before the green flag waved, bringing the caution back and sending Hale to the rear.


Set for the second attempt to start the race, Maupin would take the lead on the start and pull away until lap four when McCarty spun between turns one and two. On the attempt to restart, Maupin would jump the green flag, bringing out the caution and relegating Maupin to the rear.


Zeke Shell would choose the outside for the restart, placing Kres VanDyke on the inside. With the green flag in the air, Shell would take the lead. Lap 35 would see the yellow flag displayed again when Robbie Ferguson’s car halted on the frontstretch.


Shell would regain the lead on the restart over VanDyke. Shell would cut a right rear tire at the entrance to turn three on lap 37, sending his car around and into the outside wall. Shell’s crew would quickly make repairs and have his machine back on track before the restart.


VanDyke would take over the lead on the restart and lead the remaining laps of the race, claiming his sixth win of the season.


“We had a great car tonight,” said VanDyke. “Just like they’ve done all season long, my crew did a great job.”


“It was a great race and I hope the fans enjoyed,” added VanDyke. “I have to thank all of the sponsors, my crew and the fans. I also want to wish everyone a happy Fourth of July.”


The 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car champion isn’t done racing this weekend, though.


“We’re heading to Lonesome Pine [Raceway] tomorrow to try and make it a weekend sweep.”


Brent Curran and Jason Ketron made up the front row for the 50-lap Pure 4 feature presented by Catch 22. Ketron would take the lead on the initial start but the caution would wave on the first lap when Robert Smith lost a right front wheel and slammed the outside retaining wall.


Set for a complete restart, Ketron would again take over the lead. By the fifth lap, John Ketron had made his way into second place, bringing Tim Abelseth along.


The second yellow flag of the race would wave on lap 20 when Abelseth spun in turn four.


Under green flag conditions again, Ketron would retake the lead. Three laps later, John Ketron would race to the inside and take over the top spot, with Billly Byington making his way into second place.


With John Ketron pulling away out front, Jason Ketron would begin to battle Byington for the second position. Ketron would take over the position on lap 37.


The elder Ketron’s lead would be too much, as he took his first win of the season.


Brad Ball was on the pole position for the 30-lap Street Stock race, with Dennis Deese on the outside pole. Ball would jump to the lead on the opening lap.


Greg Grindstaff would pull to the lead on lap three over Ball. The caution would wave on lap 15 when Dennis Deese’s engine expired heading into turns one and two.


Back under green, Grindstaff would take over the lead, but the caution would wave one lap later on lap 16 when Chris Tunnell went around in turn two.


Grindstaff would take over the lead with the green flag waving once again, while Paul Shull would charge hard to the inside and take the position on lap 18.


Grindstaff would battle back with the white flag waving. Grindstaff would tag Shull at the exit of turn four, sending both cars around and Grindstaff hard into the outside wall. Tunnell would slide through from third place and take the win.


Rocky Yates took the lead on the lap two restart over Jason Yates from the third position. Rocky Yates held off the field after a caution on lap 18 set the field up for a restart to take the win over Jason Yates and Kevin Canter.


Travis Stoots started on the pole position for 25 laps of Pure Street action. Dennis Arnold would jump to an early lead with Jamie Meadows coming on strong for second.


Meadows would take the lead from Arnold on the second lap. The race’s only caution would wave on lap 17 when Duke Bare stalled in turn four.


Meadows would take the lead on the restart and drive on to take the checkered flag.


-Kingsport Speedway Press Release & Photo


WQUT Night at the Races – July 1, 2016 Results

Late Model Stock Car (75 laps): 1
. Kres VanDyke #15
2. Wayne Hale #19
3. Jeff Maupin #51
4. Ronnie McCarty #5
5. Joey Trent #26
6. Justin Fontaine #60
7. Robbie Ferguson #7
8. Zeke Shell #50
9. Derek Lane #28
10. Rick Pannell #33
11. Allen Hawkins #14
12. Jamie Harrison #76
13. Lance Gatlin #27
14. Mardy Roberts #55
15. Steve Deskins #14
16. Danny Casteel #8

Pure 4 presented by Catch 22 (50 laps):
1. John Ketron #27
2. Jason Ketron #27
3. Billy Byington #11
4. Chris Neeley #94
5. Bruce Crumbley #33
6. Kenny Absher #11
7. William Hale #47
8. Kevin Darnell #4
9. Larry Stapleton #15
10. Robert Darnell #88
11. Craig Phelps #00
12. Alexcia Ray #99
13. Richard Quillen #13
14. William Jones #06
15. Tim Abelseth #66 1
6. Brent Curran #32
17. Bucky Smith #99
18. Jackson Austin #1
19. Arthur Guess #22
20. Robert Smith #1

Street Stock (30 laps):
1. Chris Tunnell #6
2. Brad Ball #52
3. Brian Blevins #40
4. Paul Shull #48
5. Greg Grindstaff #3
6. Gary Crumbley #59
7. Dennis Deese #24

Mod 4 (25 laps):
1. Rocky Yates #3
2. Jason Yates #8
3. Kevin Canter #2
4. Dennis Arnold #7
5. Chris Amburgey #17
6. Darrell Whitehead #43
7. Jerry Miller #01
8. Larry Bowens #18
9. Hershell Robinette #9
10. Jessie Amburgey #7

Pure Street (25 laps):
1. Jamie Meadows #11
2. Marty Tunnell #99
3. Dennis Arnold #7
4. Dustin Smith #5
5. Travis Stoots #0
6. Duke Bare #52

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