GASTONIA, NC – As Carolina Speedway closes in on the half-way mark of the ‘regular season’ in the ‘$10,000 Go for the Grand Points Chase, presented by VP Racing Fuels’ the battles among the top five in points is tight.
Robbie Bailey has a slim three point lead on Shaun Medlin and David Yandle in the Roush Yates Late Model division, while Billy Thompson and Chris Cheek sit just five points back. The winning driver will take over $1,200 for their efforts.
Ross Bailes three Carolina Workwear NDRA Late Model wins have propelled the Clover, SC resident to the top of the heap. Steve Banal, Corey Gordon, Gary Puckett and Jonathan Edwards all remain within striking distance for the lead.
The Stock Car Steel/SRI Open Wheel Modified division finds Manuel Johnson and Matt Emmerling in a dead tie atop the standings. Patrick Lyon, Colton Robinson and Michael Yankee fill in the top five.
Domino’s Pizza Street Stock standings show perennial point champion Ronald Pope with a strong lead over Adam Vandiver. Brian Austin’s recent win moved him to within three points of second with Mitch Williams and Chuck Simmons in tow.
In what might be the most competitive division at Carolina Speedway, Tyler Hyatt’s consistency has him atop the Tilley Harley Davidson Renegade division. Jamie Major’s strong start to the season has him second with Scott Freeman third, TJ Bolin fourth and Dennis Hatley fifth.
Shannon Barnhill sits atop the Q2U BBQ Pit Four Cylinder point lead. Blake Pryor, Patrick Lyon, Barry Driver and Jason Day round out the top five.
David Motes consistent finishes have him sitting atop the Hornet point standings. Casey Shane fresh off the $500 win in last week’s special sits second. Billy Elliott, Josh Blanton and Shorty Lacey complete the top five.
The ‘Go for the Grand Points Chase’ will run weekly until Friday night August 2nd. At the date the points will reset similar to the NASCAR Chase. Any driver in the top five in points, as long as he/she has not missed more than two events will automatically be qualified along with any driver than has perfect attendance. There will be point bonuses for drivers than have earned victories. August 23rd will be the start of the ‘Go for the Grand Points Chase’ with the season ending event being Sept. 20th with Sept. 27th as a rain date. Every division pays at least $1,000 to win.
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