Finchum Takes Two At Kingsport
KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Chad Finchum pulled off his second consecutive sweep of twin 35-lap Wallace Kia Late Model Stock features at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway on Friday, easily winning both races for his seventh and eighth victories this season.
The top four in points were inverted for start of the first race, placing Lee Tissot and Zeke Shell on the front row. Shell grabbed the lead over Tissot, current point leader Kres VanDyke, Finchum and Zack Walton on the start.
Tissot was feeling pressure immediately from VanDyke. Racing into the third turn on lap four, VanDyke passed Tissot to move into second place and also opened the door for Finchum to overtake Tissot for position and take over third in the running order.
With Shell riding out front holding a 10 car-length advantage over VanDyke and Finchum, on lap 10 Finchum pulled alongside VanDyke to challenge for second. Two circuits later Finchum completed the pass and set his sights ahead on leader Shell.
Finchum pulled to Shell’s rear bumper on lap 19, and the following lap between turns three and four he made the pass for the lead. A strong run for Shell ended on lap 27, when the right-front tire went down (flat) and he slowly made his way into the pits.
Finchum would go on to win over VanDyke, Tissot, Walton and Joey Trent.
Completing the top 10 finishers were Ronnie McCarty, Tyler Goodwin, Austin Peters, Justin Fontaine and Wayne Hale.
The top four finishers from the first race were inverted for start of the second twin 35-lap feature, placing Walton and Tissot on the front row. Tissot jumped out to the lead over Walton, Finchum, VanDyke and McCarty.
Finchum got around Walton for second place on lap two, and current rookie point leader Walton lost third to VanDyke on lap 4. Finchum was pressuring Tissot for the lead and on lap six racing up off (turn) two, Finchum made what would prove to be the race-winning pass.
With the race reaching the halfway mark, Finchum had pulled out to right at a half-straightaway advantage over Tissot and VanDyke, with Walton and McCarty close behind.
With the race running clean-and-green just like the opener, Finchum was on a roll and headed to yet another victory. He recorded his second win of the night over Tissot, who had his hands full trying to hold off the hard-charging VanDyke, Walton and McCarty.
Completing the top 10 finishers were Peters, Shell, Goodwin, Trent and Fontaine.
Other winners were Nick Cole (Street Stock), John Ketron (Pro 4), Kirby Gobble (Mod 4) and Rusty Clendenin (Rookie Pure 4).
Race No. 1:
Chad Finchum, Kres VanDyke, Lee Tissot, Zack Walton, Joey Trent, Ronnie McCarty, Tyler Goodwin, Austin Peters, Justin Fontaine, Wayne Hale, Keith Stiltner, Bruce Blessing, Phil Harris, Rick Pannell, Billy Gregg, Jamie Harrison, Luke Fox, Zeke Shell, Sam Steffey, John Gregg, Allen Hawkins, Chris Tunnell
Race No. 2:
Chad Finchum, Lee Tissot, Kres VanDyke, Zack Walton, Ronnie McCarty, Austin Peters, Zeke Shell, Tyler Goodwin, Joey Trent, Justin Fontaine, Wayne Hale, Keith Stiltner, Bruce Blessing, Sam Steffey, Rick Pannell, Jamie Harrison, John Gregg, Billy Gregg, Luke Fox, Phil Harris, Allen Hawkins, Chris Tunnell