Knuckles makes it 4 in a row

Even with three Late Model wins in a row Dakotah Knuckles of Ewing, VA didn’t cut any of his competitors slack as he cruised flag-to-flag for his fourth straight victory.

In time trials Knuckles was quickest with a lap of 11.621 seconds with Knoxville’s Jason Trammell only a tick behind with a lap of 11.798 seconds. Tazewell’s Josh Fields and Thorn Hill’s Matthew Holt posted the third and fourth fastest times. With the positive response from last week the top four qualifiers came into the crowd to draw for their positions in the Fast Car Dash. This time they would look under the cap of a bottle of Cumberland Gap Spring Water. Knuckles would draw the one with Trammell drawing a two. Leading every lap of the dash Knuckles would earn the pole for the feature.

With the drop of the green flag Knuckles smashed the loud pedal and took the lead on the back stretch while Trammell and Fields raced side by side for second. Before the first lap could be completed Holt and Austin Neely of Tazewell would make contact while fighting for real estate in the bottom of turn three. The contact would send Holt’s car into the outside walll in turn four and result in a flat right rear tire and damage. During the caution Sneedville’s Jody Horton, who started fifth, would go pit side with mechanical woes.

Back under green Knuckles took charge and quickly widened the gap between himself and the rest of the field. Not even lap traffic could slow down the momentum as he racked up his fourth win in a row wheeling the Florida Veterinary Cardiology, Marcum Oil, Howerton Roofing, ALACO, Jovida Enterprises, Hickory Star Marina, C&C Trucking, Liberty Sport & Pawn, Hill’s Truck Repair, Timberline Barns sponsored Rocket Race Car powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine. The win also cemented the Mid-Season Points Championship for Knuckles.

Late Models
1. 21K Dakotah Knuckles
2. 90J Jason Trammell
3. 11 Josh Fields
4. 3 Austin Neely
5. 18 Michael Rutherford
6. 54 Mitchell Burke
7. 56J Jody Horton
8. 17 Brian Shockley
9. 99 Jeff Day
10. J1 Randy Davis
11. 22 Matthew Holt
12. B7 Bubby Braden

Travis Fultz of Harrogate set fast time in Sportsman qualifying and commandered every lap of the feature to notch his fifth win in a row in the Tim Fletcher Heating & Cooling, Bailey’s Body Shop, Petty’s Wrecker Service sponsored DJ’s Performance Race Engine powered Rocket Race Car. Barbourville, KY’s Cody Smith worked hard to stay within striking distance as Tazewell’s Clyde Overholt, subbing again for the injured Jonathan Miracle, raced hard with Aaron Guinn of Russellville for the third spot. With early season wins and consistent finishes Guinn earned enough points to claim the Mid-Season Points Championship.

1. T0 Travis Fultz
2. 11 Cody Smith
3. 50 Clyde Overholt
4. 97 Aaron Guinn
5. 28J Randy Davis
6. 22 Jason Sizemore
7. 24 Andy Wilder
8. 1 Anthony Arnwine
9. 17 Logan Seal
10. K0 Nick Kniat
11. 28X Justin James
12. 69 Corey Holt
13. G7 Billy Gordon
14. 10 Bubba Long
DNS 43 Matt Tharp

In Super Stock action Tazewell’s Brad Davis and Cody Thompson were tied for the points lead coming into Saturday night. Davis, after taking off two weeks, was eager to get back to winning and preventing a driver from claiming the posted bounty. Kurt Owens of Newport was fastest in qualifying with last week’s winner Robbie Buchanan of Tazewell qualifying second. Owens would jump into the early lead with Buchanan, Tony Horton of Sneedville and Davis giving chase. On the second lap Davis would inherit third as Horton dropped out with a flat tire.

By the fifth lap Owens leaped out to a five car length lead over Buchanan. Just past the halfway mark Buchanan and Davis shortened the gap to close in on Owens. With three laps to go Thompson slipped by Davis for third and the move was enough for Thompson to claim the Mid-Season Points Championship. Up front Owens scored his second win of the season in the Transmissions R US sponsored Super Stock and also collected the bounty on Brad Davis that had grown to over $600 and was split with a lucky fan.

Super Stock
1. 14 Kurt Owens
2. P21 Robbie Buchanan
3. 83 Cody Thompson
4. 88 Brad Davis
5. C4 Logan Cobb
6. 56 Tony Horton

Mark Wallace of Maynardville was quickest in Time Trials and led every lap of the 4 Cylinder feature for his first win of the season behind the whell of the Wallace Auto Sales, Quality Medical Center, 1st Class Recovery, Carey’s Customs Ford Mustang. Even with smoke trailing from his car Wallace had pulled out to a eight car lenth lead by the sixth lap. Newport’s Chad Manning, who started eighth, charged his way through the field to finish second. Chris Reichert of Knoxville came into the night carrying enough points to claim the Mid-Season Points Championship.

4 Cylinder
1. 1 Mark Wallace
2. 7UP Chad Manning
3. 72 Rufus Collett
4. 22 Chris Reichert
5. 72X Walter Walsh
6. 63 Toby Brock
7. 5 Terry Boshears
8. 25 Joe Myers
DNS 99 Chuck McMahan

The fans that stuck around to the last feature were treated to one of the best Classic Car features of the year. Hayston Collett of Harlan, KY and Jason Hartsock, in his first Tazewell Speedway start, would pace the front row. With the wave of the green flag the racing got furious with Collett, John Stevens and Will Carey going three-wide on the back stretch. Throughout most of the feature the top three were nose-to-tail. With five to go Stevens began his quest for the lead with Carey tattooed to his back bumper. With the checkered flag waving in the air Stevens shoved his way past Collett coming out of turn four. Collett would make contact with Carey sending them both spinning past the flagman’s stand. As Carey’s car was turned sideways on the front stretch he was t-boned hard in the driver’s door by Josh Chesney. After a few tense moments Carey crawled out of the car clutching his shoulder. After a visit to a local hospital for X-rays he was released, suffering only some heavy bruising.
Stevens would collect his eighth Tazewell Speedway win of the year and capture the Mid-Season Points Championship in he Hensley Trucking & Excavating, Anna Mae’s Vapor, The Parts House, Chad Shannon State Farm Insurance, Hensley Grocery, Slingin Ink Tattoos, Red Eye Racing Classic Car sedan.
Classic Car
1. 7 John Stevens
2. 16 Will Carey
3. 5 Hayston Collett
4. 1 Josh Chesney
5. 501 Tony Trent
6. 21 Jason Hartsock


Updated: July 24, 2017 — 2:47 PM
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