Kingsport Features Go To Finchum, Long
KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Friday night at Kingsport Speedway felt like a fall night for high school football as temperatures dropped into the 60s in the Model City.
But the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action at the “Concrete Jungle” proved to be heated, with Chad Finchum and Adam Long capturing Wallace Kia Late Model Stock victories.
Finchum was quickest at 15.132 seconds to barely edge out Kres VanDyke’s 15.150 to earn the pole for the first twin 35-lap feature.
Finchum jumped out to the lead at the start over VanDyke, but the event’s first caution waved just five laps in when Lee Tissot spun in turn two.
By lap 15, the front four of Finchum, VanDyke, Shell and Long had pulled out ahead of their closest challengers by about a half-straightaway.
With five laps remaining, the top five were all together around the .375-mile banked concrete oval, but there would be no denying Finchum his fourth win of the season as he held off VanDyke, Shell, Long and Walton.
Completing the top 10 were Tissot, McCarty, Austin Peters, Ryan Stiltner and Tyler Goodwin.
The top four finishers from the first race were inverted for the second twin 35-lap feature, putting Long on the pole position and Shell outside of the front row. At drop of the green, Long jumped out ahead of Shell, VanDyke, Finchum and McCarty.
On lap 4 racing off turn two, VanDyke passed Shell to take over second and with the door open, Finchum walked right in to move into third in the running order.
Long went on to capture his first victory of the season over VanDyke, Finchum, McCarty and Tissot.
Nick Cole and Rob Austin raced side-by-side for the first three laps of the Street Stock feature before Cole grabbed the lead. Royce Peters of Kingsport began working on Austin for the second spot and racing off turn two on lap 6 he dropped Austin back to third in the running order.
Peters clicked off perfect laps the remaining distance to capture his second Street Stock victory of the season over Cole, Austin, Jared Broadbent and Chris Tunnell.
There would be no denying John Ketron his division-leading sixth Pure 4 victory over sons Jason and Billy, making it a Ketron family sweep of the top three positions for the second occasion this season.
Rusty Clendenin moved ahead to stay with just five laps remaining on his way to recording his division-leading fifth Rookie Pure 4 victory. Finishing behind Clendenin and Lane were Andrew Hill, Brandon Crumbley and James Deese.
Kirby Gobble kept rolling along in Mod 4 action as he captured his six straight feature win over Rocky Yates, Billy Duty, Dennis Arnold and Luke Fox.
Trey Lane recorded his third Legends victory over Derek Lane, Jerry Lane, Hannah Ottinger and Hayden Ottinger.
Race 1: Chad Finchum, Kres VanDyke, Zeke Shell, Adam Long, Zack Walton, Lee Tissot, Ronnie McCarty, Austin Peters, Ryan Stiltner, Tyler Goodwin, Justin Fontaine, Wayne Hale, Justin Wright, Joey Trent, Allen Hawkins, Bruce Blessing, Ed Surrett, Luke Fox, Rick Pannell, Phil Harris, Royce Peters, Sam Steffey
Race 2: Adam Long, Kres VanDyke, Chad Finchum, Ronnie McCarty, Lee Tissot, Austin Peters, Zeke Shell, Ryan Stiltner, Tyler Goodwin, Justin Fontaine, Wayne Hale, Joey Trent, Justin Wright, Allen Hawkins, Phil Harris, Luke Fox, Rick Pannell, Ed Surrett, Bruce Blessing, Royce Peters