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Williams edges Shell for fifth Late Model Stock win of year

From staff reports • Aug 24, 2019 at 7:50 PM

KINGSPORT — Nik Williams scored his fifth Late Model Stock win of the season and held serve with Zeke Shell in his pursuit of a first Kingsport Speedway track championship.

Williams, driving the No. 32 Chevrolet, battled past defending track champion Shell in the No. 1 Ford, which was held up by the slower car of Jimmy Acito on lap 19. Once out front, Williams pulled out to a 10 car-length victory in the 60-lap NASCAR All-American Series feature.

After entering the race with a nine-point lead in the championship standings, Williams, a 21-year-old from Chuckey, and Johnson City’s Shell both earned 30 points for the night. Shell picked up a bonus point for winning the pole position, but Williams finishing one spot ahead of him evened the score.

Bryson Dennis finished third, Wayne Hale fourth and Derek Lane fifth on the three-eighths-mile concrete oval.

MOD SQUADS

Trey Lane of Kingsport drove his No. 9 Dodge Challenger to an eighth Mod Street win of the season. Lane outdueled Rusty Clendenin in the No. 27 Camaro for the top spot in the highly competitive race.

Alex Miller, Colby Higgins and Royce Peters completed the top five.

Abingdon’s Kevin Canter, piloting the No. 3 Ford featuring the Dale Earnhardt tribute paint scheme, rolled to his 14th win in 16 Mod 4 races this season. Dennis Arnold, winner of the other two Mod 4 features, finished second, followed by Billy Duty, Chris Amburgey and Jesse Amburgey.

PURE DELIGHT

Kingsport’s Keith Helton hit double-digit wins when he drove the orange No. 9 Saturn to his 10th victory of the season in the Pure 4 division. Josh Detwiler finished second in the 21-car field ahead of Bucky Smith. Kenny Absher, the most recent winner before Friday, wound up fourth and defending track champion Bruce Crumbley in fifth.

Yuma’s Bruce Blessing drove his No. 10 Camaro to his second Pure Street win of the season. After finishing second to Tony Dockery in the previous two Kingsport races, Blessing powered his way to the front Friday night. Points leader Doug Austin finished second, followed by defending track champion Jay Swecker, Kevin Darnell and Dockery.

The red flag came out in the Pure Street race after the throttle hung on Ricky Payne’s car and he slammed hard into the turn 1 wall. Payne was shaken but eventually was able to get out of the car.

DOWN THE HOMESTRETCH

Three weeks remain on the track’s points schedule. Another five-division program of races is set for Friday, Aug. 30.

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