Williams sweeps late model features at Kingsport Speedway | Sports
KINGSPORT – Nik Williams doubled his fun on Friday night at Kingsport Speedway.
After dominating the first of two features of the 35-lap Late Model Stock, Williams started on row four after a reversal of the top eight in the nightcap. Driving the speedy black No.32 Chevrolet, Williams drove to the front of the field, passing Joey Trent for the lead on Lap 24 and marking the night sweep of the NASCAR Weekly Series races.
It was the fifth and sixth wins of the season over the 3/8 mile concrete oval for the late model’s points leader. Driver Chuckey is looking to win his second track championship in three years.
“My team gave me a great car for the second race. It was even better than the first race, ”said Williams. “I knew we could come back up there. It took a bit of luck, but every pass was clean. I didn’t have to mess with anyone. It was fun.”
Trent, a resident of Gray driving the orange No. 26 Chevrolet, pushed Wayne Hale aside to finish second. It was a banner year for Trent with his very first victory and two second places. He opened up about the battle with Hale, as the two often seem to end up on the track racing for position.
“We did a lot of laps around this place. We’re fighting really hard, but there’s a lot of respect both ways, ”Trent said. “He was right on my back bumper and I was giving him everything I had.”
Trent had hoped he would be able to stay ahead of Williams. He had settled in fourth place in the first race and had saved his tires. He still didn’t have enough to resist Williams.
“When we had about 10 (laps) to go, I thought I could hold it back. But, he could drive two car lengths farther than I did, ”Trent said. “He had the momentum driving around the corner. Once he got around me there was nothing I could do.
The same was true for Hale, who finished third. His No.19 car actually drove better in race two, although he finished a higher position in race one. He wasn’t able to keep the traction like Williams did with his car, which often came off in the second corner.
“It was a good night. We finished second and third and we’re bringing the car home in one piece,” Hale said. “We can work on some things and try to improve. hard to keep the grip under our back. But, we’ll work on it. Nik hasn’t run away from us. We’re all pretty close, just do more homework to find more speed.
Brad Housewright finished third in the first race with Trent and Derek Lane completing the top five. Housewright was fourth on the last drink, with Lane pushing Jonathan Worley off to finish fifth again.
Bryson Dennis, who had a quick qualifying time, could not start his car for the first race with ignition problems. He was able to get on the track for the second race, but the problems persisted, forcing him to retire prematurely.
There were also twin characteristics for the Pure 4 Division with Johnson City’s Brandon Sutherland dominating the action in the first race. He led all 20 laps for his second win of the season with Kenny Absher, Bucky Smith, Billy Byington and Bruce Crumbley taking second to fifth places.
With the first eight reversed, Crumbley passed Jay Clendenin for first place in the second race. Byington bypassed Crumbley on lap 9 and held him aside for the win. Absher, Sutherland and Smith round out the top five.
It was the first victory of the season for Byington, a Kingsport driver, who had finished second before Friday night.
Kevin Canter passed Dennis Arnold for the lead in the 8th lap of the Mod 4 feature and claimed his seventh victory in as many races this season. It was the third victory in eight days for Canter, an Abingdon driver in the black No.3 Ford. Canter also won at Lonesome Pine the previous Saturday.
Arnold finished second with Chris Amburgey, Hershell Robinette and Ted Glover Jr. third to fifth.
Rusty Clendenin has claimed victory for the fourth time this season after passing Jenna Wagner for the lead on lap 12 of the 30-lap race. Mount. Driver Carmel finished a second ahead of Kevin Wolfe, who took second place. Wagner, who grabbed the lead on the first lap, finished third. Marty Tunnell and his cousin Chris Tunnell round out the top five.
Rob Austin opened the season with a win, but has been chasing a second since. That changed on Friday night as the Castlewood, Va. Rider took the lead on the first lap and didn’t look back. Jay Swecker was second and Billy Walters third. Jamie Meadows and Jeremy Draughn finished fourth and fifth.