Gastonia, North Carolina – Ricky Weeks used his veteran knowledge to keep Ross Bailes at as he rolled to the $3,000 win in the NDRA Late Model portion of the King of the Carolinas presented by Carolinas First Defense.
Weeks and Bailes led the field to the green with Weeks grabbing the early lead. Bailes kept within striking distance as he chased Weeks into lapped traffic near the mid-point of the race. A caution with five laps to go gave Weeks a clean track and he used it to his advantage to speed to the win. Bailes, Matt Long, Corey Gordon and Greg Barker rounded out the top five.
The Renegades of Dirt Open Wheel Modified Series race started off with NY’s Rich Michael Jr. and Kyle Strickler on the front row battling the first few laps between the two and pulling away from all competition. However the green lights wouldn’t stay on for long as the caution would fall for 3 consecutive yellow flags on lap 3. The sequence of the hat-trick cautions started with #98 Manuel Johnson spinning solos off turn 4 but caused damage to #85 Dylan Shaffer. On the restart on again lap 3 #19f Jamie Major B-Main winner spun in turn four. Finally David Stremme in his #35 entry spun out in turn 2 collecting #22 Michael Yanke in the process both al continued.
While the process of negotiating thru yellow linen continued. Strickler was flip flopping back and forth trying to upset RMJ for the win. NASCAR competitor David Stremme would make another solo spin again exiting off turn 4 as the battle of the two between Michael and Strickler rolled on in the midst of making a charge included #21 Taylor Cook and #006 Derrick Ramey. #98 Matt Emmerling and Fridays winner #10 Kennie Compton duke it out in the back but rallying up front.
The scare of the night came on the restart when #3 Jacob Houser looped off turn 2. He over corrected and then hit #98 Manuel Johnson’s car sending his car flying over 10 feet high in the air and barreled rolling end over end also causing damage to #12 Greg Brown’s entry as the field desperately tried to avoid Houser’s carnage. The driver Jacob Houser would walk away and load up back to the Team GRT shop to get it fixed for the $3K finale Sunday.
The final caution on the race night for the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour would fall on lap 10 when #6 Ryan Ayers would have the car come around off turn 2. Meanwhile Strickler and others we’re trying to catch the Ischua, New York native Rich Michael Jr. and try to keep him from his quest of the 1st career RoD Tour win. On the restart RMJ would sail away from the Strickler entry and begin to pull away from the field to pick off lap cars and the separate him from Stickler.
Rich Michael Jr. who was 6th in the 2013 Renegades of Dirt Points Standings would come off turn 4 clinching his first RoD Tour victory in front of the Carolina faithful crowd and XSAN TV viewing audience. He was the 2nd driver to score their 1st career Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour victory this weekend with the $3,000 big show left in the balance to close the “KING of the CAROLINAS” presented by Carolinas First Defense/The Joie of Seating.
In the Domino’s Pizza Street Stock feature event it was Brent Hodges surviving to score the $1,500 win. Hodges was running second early in the going when contact sent him spinning in turn four, forcing him to the rear of the 18 car field. Contact was the name of the game in this 25 lapper as Lancaster SC veterans Brandy Baker and Timbo Mangum swapped sheet metal on several occasions until a turn two wreck eliminated Mangum. Brandon White seemed to have things well in hand until he lost a motor with a handful of laps remaining.
Following Hodges to the line was Josh Robbins and Baker.
Mangum recovered to come back and score the $1,500 Tilley Harley Davidson Renegade win in dominating fashion. Paul Irby and Andrew Baker rounded out the top three.
(Official Race Results – KING of the CAROLINAS Race #2) Rich Michael Jr., Kyle Strickler, Derrick Ramey, Taylor Cook, Nick Stroupe, Kennie Compton Jr., Matt Emmerling, Patrick Lyon, David Stremme, Shawn Martin Jr., Manuel Johnson, Jamie Major, Greg Brown, Tre Martin, Blake Terry, Ryan Ayers, Colton Robinson, Michael Yanke, Jacob Houser, Dylan Shaffer
The King of the Carolinas Championship day is today Sunday October 27th. On the card will be a $3,000 to win Renegades of Dirt Open Wheel Modified feature a $2,500 to win Roush Yates Late Model feature a $1,500 to win Q2U BBQ Pit Four Cylinder feature a $1,500 to win American Air Heating and Cooling Thunder Sportsman feature and a $1,000 to win Front Wheel Drive feature.
Gates open at 2:00 with racing at 4:00 PM.
and the 2013 Finale at Carolina Speedway in the Inaugural KING of the CAROLINAS at the 3/8th mile Carolina Speedway gets back underway Sunday October 27th with the BIG race event everyone is ready for paying $3,000 to win full racing show program. Gates Open at 12PM Drivers Meeting 2:45PM and Hot Laps will get underway at 3PM with Racing at 4PM promptly.
PHOTO COURTESY: Randy Houser / Carolina Speedway