Hickory Motor Speedway winners were Josh Berry in the first late model race with Ryan Millington winning the second late model race as he, Berry and rookie Sam Butler went three wide in turn four on the final lap. Butler took second with Berry finished third. Josh Kossek won the limiteds race, his fourth of the season and extends his points lead. The super trucks was won by Dennis Trivette, the street stocks was won by Kevin Eby and Cody Combs took home checkers in the 4 Cylinders race.
The Mid-American Conference (MAC), of which App State Field Hockey is a member, has announced the postponement of all scheduled fall contests, as well as MAC championships, due to continuing concerns related to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The Council of Presidents unanimously voted to take this action with the health and safety of its student-athletes, coaches and communities as its top priority. It is the intention of the membership to provide competitive opportunities for the student-athletes in these sports during the spring semester of 2021.
The fall sports affected are men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball. At this time, there have been no decisions made regarding winter sports.
"The decision is grounded in the core values of the Conference that prioritize student-athlete well-being, an area the MAC has traditionally taken a leadership role," said MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher. "Clearly, we are charting a conservative path – and it is one that has been recommended by our medical advisory group. It is a decision that affects roughly 2,500 student-athletes who live for the moment to compete. Those opportunities and moments are fleeting, and our student-athletes have a limited window in which to showcase their talent, passion, and drive for excellence. I am heartbroken we are in this place. However, I take comfort and want to give assurance to our student-athletes, coaches, and fans that we have their best interest at heart, and we will make every effort to provide competitive opportunities in the spring."
"Based on the MAC's decision today to postpone fall sports, we are disappointed to not compete this fall," App State head coach Meghan Dawson said. "We are looking forward to the spring and making the best of the situation that we face with COVID-19."
"This decision is in the best interest of all Mid-American Conference student-athletes, athletics departments and university communities," said MAC Council of Presidents' Chair and University at Buffalo President Dr. Satish K. Tripathi. "The Council of Presidents has always maintained that the health, safety and well-being of everyone within our conference, especially our student-athletes, is our top priority."
"This was not an easy decision but one that we had to make in the best interest of our student-athletes, coaches and institutions," said MAC Chair of the Council of Director of Athletics and Miami Director of Athletics David Sayler. "It is our responsibility to give our student-athletes an experience that allows them to participate at the highest level in the safest manner possible. After consulting with our Medical Advisory Panel, we felt there were just too many unknowns surrounding the pandemic for us to proceed with the fall season."
The MAC has begun formalizing plans for the 2021 spring semester. The Conference will continue to consult with its Medical Advisory Panel and will monitor developments surrounding the pandemic with state and local health officials, the CDC, WHO and governmental entities.
The South Atlantic Conference announced today that fall athletic competition has been postponed until the spring 2021 semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement comes after the NCAA Division II President's Council announced the cancellation of fall championships earlier this week. This affects football, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country and volleyball. A similar decision was announced recently by USA Triathlon to also cancel the fall championship due to ongoing precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. USA Triathlon and the CTCA are also exploring the feasibility of hosting a varsity women's collegiate triathlon season in the spring of 2021.
"We are disappointed for our fall sport student-athletes who will not get the opportunity to compete in the NCAA Championships this year, yet are optimistic they will be able to participate in SAC competition this spring," said Vice President for Athletics Kim Pate. "These are difficult decisions for all involved, but the safety, health, and well-being of our student-athletes must remain our top priority. We are blessed to have outstanding coaches who are committed to developing our student-athletes not only as players but as people, and I'm confident we will be ready and prepared to get back to competing this spring when the landscape with the pandemic has hopefully improved."
The seasons for the 2020-21 winter sports of men's and women's basketball and men's and women's indoor track and field remain unchanged at this time.
The NCHSAA provided the following statement to NCHSAA Member Schools Thursday morning. Commissioner Que Tucker released the following statement:
“At his press conference on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper and his health team extended Phase Two of the state’s reopening plan until at least September 11. Unfortunately, this announcement means that the start of sports for the 2020-2021 school year will be delayed beyond September 1 for NCHSAA member schools.
The NCHSAA Staff and Board of Directors will review all available options, seek input from SMAC, DPI, a sports Ad Hoc Committee, and announce a calendar for playing sports during the upcoming school year. It is hoped that we can make this announcement prior to August 17, 2020.
We want to play sports during this upcoming school year and are making plans to do so; however, the health and safety of all participants, including coaches and other essential staff, will be a priority as decisions and plans are made.”
Division II’s seven fall 2020 championships are canceled, the Division II Presidents Council decided Wednesday due to the operational, logistical and financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The council made the move after the NCAA Board of Governors directed each division to make a decision on its fall sport championships. The Board of Governors also directed each division to meet various requirements to compete in the fall. Those directives include that all member institutions apply the resocialization principles to fall sports and set a 50% sponsorship threshold for a fall sport championship to be conducted, among other requirements. As of Wednesday, 11 of the 23 Division II conferences had announced they will not compete during the traditional fall season.
With the Board of Governors’ directives, the Division II Presidents Council determined that it was not feasible to hold fall championships as planned or to postpone them to the spring while prioritizing the health and well-being of student-athletes.
“After reviewing and discussing the Board of Governors’ directives, the Division II Presidents Council made the difficult decision that holding fall championships in any capacity was not a viable or fiscally responsible option for Division II,” said Sandra Jordan, chancellor of South Carolina Aiken and chair of the council. “This decision was discussed very thoroughly, and I assure you, it was not made lightly. It is important to note that fall student-athletes will be given eligibility-related flexibility to allow them championship opportunities in the future. As we move forward, we will continue to focus on providing the best championships experience for our winter and spring student-athletes who were not afforded those opportunities at the beginning of this pandemic.”
On July 22, the Division II Administrative Committee approved waivers to allow Division II student-athletes to retain the use of a season of competition if their team completes 50% or less of the sport’s Bylaw 17 maximum contests/dates of competition for the 2020-21 academic year. Additionally, student-athletes who qualify for the season of competition waiver, or whose institutions cancel the sport season entirely, will receive an extension of their 10 semesters/15 quarters of eligibility, provided the student-athlete was otherwise eligible for competition during the 2020-21 academic year. Division II schools and conferences can still choose to play part or all of their regular season in the fall semester if they follow the requirements set forth by the Board of Governors.
We will find out more how this will affect Lenoir-Rhyne athletics over the next few days.
App State and Wake Forest have agreed to postpone their 2020 football contest, which was scheduled for Sept. 11 in Winston-Salem, to a future year.
The two schools that are separated by 86 miles have also agreed to add two more games to the series, one in Boone and one in Winston-Salem, for a total of three future matchups.
“COVID-19 continues to change many of our plans,” App State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin said. “We are disappointed that this game will not be played in 2020, but we look forward to scheduling future games in the series within this decade. App State-Wake Forest is good for college football, good for our state and good for both fan bases. We are actively pursuing new opponents for all of this year’s nonconference games that have been altered to date.”
Morgan State and Wisconsin are also no longer on the 2020 App State slate due to decisions by the MEAC and Big Ten Conference. A Sept. 26 home game vs. Massachusetts is the Mountaineer’ other nonconference game currently on the schedule.
The Sun Belt Conference announced on Tuesday that its football season will be comprised of an eight-conference game schedule with an option for each member to add as many as four non-conference opponents, beginning with Week Zero. The Sun Belt will host a football championship game on Dec. 5 between the East Division and West Division champions. If necessary, the date of the championship game may be adjusted.
More updates will be provided as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to involve.
After extensive discussions and careful deliberation among the Sun Belt Conference Presidents and Chancellors, Athletics Directors, SBC COVID-19 Advisory Panel, medical advisors, and other governance groups, the Sun Belt Conference announced today that its football season will begin over Labor Day weekend.
Sun Belt member institutions have focused since June on a safe return to athletic activities. We believe this timetable will allow for the healthy integration of the entire campus community for each Sun Belt member.
The 2020 Sun Belt Conference football season will be comprised of an 8-conference game schedule with an option for each member to add as many as four non-conference opponents, beginning with Week Zero. The Sun Belt will host a football championship game on December 5 between the East Division and West Division champions. If necessary, the date of the championship game may be adjusted.
The Sun Belt Conference will continue to monitor health trends across our communities. Sun Belt Presidents and Chancellors, Athletics Directors, the COVID-19 Advisory Panel, and medical advisors will continue to review data to ensure a safe return to activities and competition. Our data review will cross seven states and 12 counties and include, among other things, infection rates, hospitalization rates, local health directives, advancements in COVID-19 testing and campus, department and team health trends.
The Sun Belt Conference will continue to provide updates on the league’s activities as the impact of the pandemic continues to evolve.
Currently, Appalachian State has had two non-conference games cancelled, September 5th at home against Morgan State and on the road two weeks later at Wisconsin.
Ryan LeBlanc, App State Wrestling's co-head assistant coach, has been hired as the head coach at The Citadel.
In another case of an App State assistant earning a college head coaching opportunity after working under head coach JohnMark Bentley in Boone, LeBlanc takes over a Division I program that also competes in the Southern Conference.
"I'm extremely happy for Ryan — he is extremely deserving of this opportunity," Bentley said. "I believe he is well-prepared, and The Citadel is getting a good man. I consider Ryan a close friend and am thankful for all his contributions to App State Wrestling."
Earlier this offseason, co-head assistant coach Josh Roosa became the head coach at King's College close his hometown in northeast Pennsylvania. With Bentley, Roosa and LeBlanc working together for the last four seasons, the Mountaineers won three straight SoCon titles before producing a school-record six NCAA qualifiers from a 9-3 team in 2019-20.
"It's a testament to the type of championship culture we have at App State," Bentley said. "I think it says something when you have two assistants who are both offered head coaching jobs at the same time. I am extremely happy for Ryan, and now I'm focused on the opportunities ahead to continue our growth."
In LeBlanc's four seasons as an App State assistant, the program totaled 18 NCAA Championships qualifiers and had a combined record of 40-17 in dual meets. That included a 25-2 record in SoCon duals.
After a standout career at Indiana and his first post-college coaching stint at SUNY-Cortland, LeBlanc arrived in Boone in 2016. The 2016-17 team finished 13-3 and climbed to as high as No. 16 in the national rankings from Intermat.
This past season, a young App State team with new starters at six positions led Division I wrestling with four dual meet shutouts, was one of only three Division I teams with at least four conference champions and was one of only six Division I teams that had all 10 starters finish the season with a winning record.
Off the mat, App State posted a school-record GPA of 3.45 in the spring of 2020, pushing the cumulative GPA to a program-best 3.11, and its number of community service hours recorded by the Helper Helper platform in 2019-20 ranked No. 4 among all Division I wrestling programs. A year earlier, the Mountaineers led all Division I wrestling programs in community service hours.
"I would like to thank JohnMark Bentley, Doug Gillin and the rest of the Appalachian State University athletics department for helping to shape me into the coach I am today," LeBlanc said. "I will be forever grateful to have had the opportunity to coach alongside Coach Bentley and work with the amazing student-athletes who have been part of the wrestling program these past four years. I would also like to thank his family for helping my wife and I become part of this community and always opening their door to us."
During his collegiate career at Indiana, LeBlanc amassed a career record of 103-51. He was a three-time NCAA qualifier (with a finish in the round of 12 as a senior), a three-time academic All-American, a two-year captain and a Big Ten Academic All-Conference team member for four straight seasons.
LeBlanc was also selected as the Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, one of the most prestigious conference awards in college athletics. First awarded in 1915, the Medal of Honor is given to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who attains "the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work."
A native of Morrisville, N.Y., he graduated in 2014 from Indiana with a bachelor's degree in exercise science before receiving his master's in sports management in 2016 at SUNY-Cortland and relocating to Boone with his wife, Morgan.
Lenoir-Rhyne men's tennis was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic team, posting a 3.8397 GPA for the 2019-20 academic year.
To be named an ITA All-Academic Team, programs must meet the following requirements: have a team grade point average of 3.2 or above (on a 4.00 scale), all student-athletes included should be listed on the institutional eligibility form, and all varsity letter winners should be factored into the cumulative team GPA for the current academic year.
In addition, ten of the eleven Bears were named 2020 ITA Scholar-Athletes. Patrick Alvestrand, Rhodri Atkinson, Alex Ayguavives, Mauricio Hernandez, William Hewett, Josh Lazenby, Paul Lenz, Tales Miranda, Lewis Scot, Eric Van Nunen,
To be named an ITA Scholar-Athlete, one must meet the following requirements: have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year and be listed on the institutional eligibility form
App State women's soccer signee Izzi Wood (Hickory, N.C./Hickory High School) was honored by United Soccer Coaches as a member of the Scholar All-American and All-Region team.
The Hickory, N.C., native posted a solid 3.75 GPA, while she was one of 121 student-athletes from across the country, featuring 69 girls and 52 boys.
Before the season was canceled due to COVID-19, Wood was dominating her senior season with 12 goals and four assists in four matches at Hickory High School. She adds the prestigious academic honor to an already long list of awards from her high school career.
In her junior season, Wood was named to the US Soccer Coaches All-Mid Atlantic Region squad. She was recognized as the 4A/3A Northwestern Conference Player of the Year after being the top scorer in the North Carolina 3A with a whopping 53 goals and 14 assists, which was top 10 in the country. The staggering numbers led to her 2019 Charlotte Observer All-First Team selection and Offensive Player of the Year award.
Wood signed with 10 other freshmen that made up the signing class, giving the Black and Gold 11 newcomers for the 2020 campaign.
App State senior quarterback Zac Thomas is a repeat selection for the Manning Award watch list.
The list features 30 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2020 season. The only quarterbacks appearing on both the 2019 and 2020 lists because of their sustained excellence are Thomas, Notre Dame’s Ian Book, Baylor’s Charlie Brewer, Texas’ Sam Ehlinger, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond, Iowa State’s Brock Purdy and Memphis’ Brady White.
In addition to the Manning Award, Thomas has been named to the 2020 watch lists for the Maxwell Award (most outstanding player in college football) and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting.
“It sure has been a unique offseason, but we’re still looking forward to the prospect of seeing a great group of quarterbacks compete this year,” Archie Manning said. “Our watch list is once again an exceptional group of candidates, but every year is a new year, and we’ll be watching closely to add the best newcomers to the list after we get things rolling.”
Thomas has a 22-3 record as a starter after leading App State to a 13-1 record and top-20 final ranking in 2019. Before his junior season, he placed second in the passing skills competition as a summer counselor at the Manning Passing Academy.
Thomas accounted for 35 touchdowns (28 passing) and 3,158 total yards (2,718 passing) last season, increasing his career totals to 67 total TDs (49 passing) and 5,779 total yards (4,790 passing). In two seasons as a starter, he was named the Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year in 2018 and a first-team All-Sun Belt pick by PFF College in 2019.
For a third straight year, App State women's tennis was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic team, posting an impressive 3.61 GPA for the 2019-20 academic year.
Seven of eight Mountaineers were named 2020 ITA Scholar-Athletes, which is the highest number of student-athletes that were honored under head coach Blake Mosley. At least three athletes have been named a scholar the last three years. Also, the 3.61 GPA for the year is .13 points higher than in 2019.
Sandra Anglesjö and María José Zacarias are three-time scholar athletes while Kate Earnhardt and Sasha Pisareava made the list for a second time. Selina Atay, Cassie McLay, and Virginia Poggi all in their first years were honored as well.
Sandra Anglesjö - 3.65 GPA (Major: Building Sciences)
Selina Atay - 3.8 GPA (Major: Undecided)
Kate Earnhardt - 3.78 GPA (Major: Economics)
Cassie McLay - 3.75 GPA (Major: Nursing)
Sasha Pisareva - 3.52 GPA (Major: Communications/Journalism)
Virginia Poggi - 3.54 GPA (Major: Exercise Science)
María José Zacarias - 3.62 GPA (Major: Exercise Science)
The Black and Gold excelled both on and off the court despite the season ending early due to COVID-19. App State went 6-4 while cracking the top 50 ITA rankings at 49th, which was the highest in program history. The Apps defeated a ranked opponent in then-No. 48 East Carolina, and also earned an ITA Community Service award in the Carolina Region.
To become an ITA Scholar Athlete, one must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for the current academic year and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year). Programs that were recognized as ITA All-Academic Teams must have posted a team GPA of at least 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale).
On July 23, 2020 the NCHSAA Board of Directors voted to provide Phase Two guidance to member schools regarding summer conditioning and workout activities. As always, please consult with your school and LEA administrators relative to local rules and regulations. NCHSAA Phase Two Guidelines become effective August 3, 2020.
The Phase Two guidelines that are altered from phase one guidance are highlighted in gray. In some instances, Phase One and Phase Two guidelines are the same.”
Some of the highlights of the new Phase Two guidelines are:
Sharing of equipment is permissible within small groups/pods.
Wearing protective equipment remains prohibited.
Equipment must be disinfected frequently, and it REQUIRES disinfecting prior to use by another pod.
LAT’s/1st Responders are not REQUIRED; however, as noted in the Points of Emphasis, they should always be included when possible.
Coaches of schools that have not participated in Phase One are strongly encouraged to ensure a gradual return to activities, considering the condition of students who may have been physically inactive this summer. Additionally, it is important to “teach” the daily monitoring protocol and ways that workouts will incorporate the “3 W’s” of mitigating COVID-19.
Due to the extreme heat and humidity we are experiencing, you MUST follow the requirements as listed in the NCHSAA Handbook, page 39, as well as observing your local policies.
The NCHSAA Staff has worked with the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) on recommendations for member schools regarding summer activities that are in alignment with DHHS directives. The Phase Two guidance is intended to help you continue or begin to navigate a gradual reopening of high school sports, while helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The NCHSAA Board of Directors understands that implementation decisions schools make this summer regarding sports and other co-curricular activities will potentially impact the upcoming school year. Thus, it is important that you adhere to this current guidance.
Schools and coaches are reminded that, per NCHSAA policy, participation in summer sports/activities cannot be required.
The Staff, Board of Directors and SMAC remain committed to administering sports/activities this Fall, provided it can be done safely and in accordance with guidance from our state educational and medical partners. Decisions relative to the September 1 start date, will be made later in August.
The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series returned to action Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway with the KSP Promotions 215.
First up on the evening’s schedule would see the Renegades roll off for their 20 lap feature. Robbie Hollifield in the #51 would start from the pole position with Joseph Hodges in the #1 to his outside. The green flag would see the front row side by side until they came off of turn two when Hodges would motor ahead to the lead. Hollifield would stay glued to the leader’s bumper in pursuit of the top spot. Lap 10 would see the caution fly as contact between Hollifield and Hodges would send Hodges spinning coming off of turn four. Both drivers would have to restart from the rear. However, under caution, Justin Austin in the #4, would make contact with Hollifield and that would end Austins night. Hollifield would be able to continue and rejoin the race. Zachary Mullins in the #72 and Robert DiVanna in the #71 would bring the field back to the green flag. Mullins would pull to the lead with Ben Campbell in the #27 moving to second. Mullins would drive on and take his first Hickory Motor Speedway victory. Campbell would grab 2nd. The battle for third would be determined in the final corner as Hollifield would move under Hodges and the two would make contact sending both spinning out of turn four. DiVanna would drive by both and take 3rd. Kyle Boice in the #73 would finish 4th and Hodges would beat Hollifield to the line for 5th.
Next up would see the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Late Models pound the pavement for 40 laps in the first race of a doubleheader for the premier division. Josh Berry in the #88 would set fast time and start from the point with Ryan Millington in the #15 to his outside. Row two would see Kody Swanson in the #77 and Sam Butler in the #81 lined up side by side for the start. Berry and Millington would take up where they left off a week before as they would begin a new battle for the lead, but Berry would finally nose ahead to the top spot with Millington close in his tracks. Ten laps in would see Berry, Millington, Swanson, Butler, and Mason Ludwig in the #12 making up the top five. Butler would put constant pressure on Swanson for the third spot. Lap 22 would see Butler take the position from Swanson and move to third. With a good field of cars on hand Berry and Millington would have to navigate lapped traffic late in the run, each hoping to choose the right line and not get bottlenecked for the position. Berry would make all the right moves and take the win. Millington would finish 2nd with Butler taking 3rd. Swanson would finish 4th while Ludwig would finish 5th, holding off a challenge for the top five spot by AnnaBeth Barnes-Crum in the #12.
Next up would see the Super Trucks hit the track for 35 laps of door to door action. The #1 of Cup driver Garrett Smithley would set fast time in time trials and start from the top spot with Joey Shuryan in the #30 to his outside. After several attempts at an official start Smithley and Shuryan would put on a fierce battle for the top spot. Lap 3 would see the caution fly as Shuryan would spin in turn one. The restart would see Smithley drive back to the lead with Dennis Trivette in the #28 giving pressure for the top spot. Tanner Long in the #45 would move under Trivette to battle for the second position. Long would spin on lap 22 and bring out the caution. The restart would see Smithley and Trivette leading the field to the green flag. Smithley would pull back to the lead after a valiant charge from Trivette for the top spot. Shuryan would look under Trivette as the pair would battle for second. Smithley would drive on to the win. Shuryan would finish 2nd with Long finishing 3rd. Trivette would come home in 4th and Ricky Dennie in the #22 would finish 5th.
The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would be up next for 50 laps in Round #6 of the Paramount Kia ‘BIG 10’ Racing Challenge. Landon Huffman in the #71 would take the pole position and start from the front with Will Cox in the #3 to his outside. Zack Clifton in the #81 and Todd Midas in the #50 would make up row two. Huffman would get the best of the restart and lead the field down the backstretch. The caution would quickly fly before a lap was completed as the #43 of Kenneth Purdue would come to rest in turn three after getting into the backstretch wall. Purdue’s night would end prematurely. Huffman and Cox would lead the field back to a complete restart. Huffman would drive to the top spot with Cox close behind. Andrew Grady in the #1 would move up to third getting by Clifton and Midas. Grady would continue his strong run as he would pressure Cox for the second spot. After a lengthy battle, lap 22 would see Grady make the pass on Cox to move up to second. The halfway point would see Huffman, Grady, Cox, Clifton, and Midas would be the top five. Grady would reel in the leader Huffman with twenty laps to go and set up another thrilling Hickory Motor Speedway finish. The caution would fly on lap 35 as the #47 of Chase Janes would come to a stop at the end of the front stretch. Huffman and Grady would lead the field back to the restart. The front row would put on a great side by side battle for the top spot. The caution would fly on lap 39 as the #22 of Max Price would spin coming off turn four. Huffman and Grady would bring the field back to the green flag. Huffman would nose ahead on the restart but neither driver would be ready to give up. The caution would fly on lap 42 as a chain reaction would cause Josh Gobble in the #88, Nathan Linebeck in the #71, and Price to be involved in a wreck on the backstretch. Huffman and Grady would lead the field back to the green. After multiple attempts to re start, Grady would be penalized for jumping and sent to the rear. Huffman and Cox would lead the field to the green flag. Huffman would move back to the top spot. Lap 44 would see the caution fly as the #32 of Josh Stark would spin after contact while battling for third. Huffman would pull back to the lead. The caution would fly again on lap 47 as Midas would spin after contact in a three way battle for third. Huffman and Cox would lead the field to the restart. Huffman would move back to the lead, but the caution would quickly fly as Clifton would have a parts failure getting into turn three. Linebeck would receive some damage in the incident however he would continue, Clifton would have to park. The restart would see Huffman and Cox up front again. Grady worked his way back up to third but would break and pull into the pits with two to go. Huffman would drive on to the win. Cox would finish 2nd and Josh Kossek in the #44 would work his way back up to finish 3rd. Gobble would overcome his late race incident and finish 4th and Stark would battle back for a hard fought 5th place finish.
The Street Stocks would be next to do battle with their 30 lap feature. Ethan Johnson in the #2 would start from the point with Kirby Gobble in the #20 to his outside. Gobble would use the high side and pull to the early lead. Marshall Sutton in the #64 would pressure Johnson for second. Lap 7 would see Gobble drop off the pace and surrender the lead to Johnson as he would have to bring his ride to pit road for repairs. The #77 of Mark Whitten would pressure Sutton for second position, however he would end up losing that spot and third as he would have some trouble navigating lap traffic. The #03 of Kevin Eby would move around Sutton for position. Whitten and Sutton would battle side by side for position when both would spin in turn four bringing out the caution on lap 19. The restart would see Johnson and Eby leading the field to the green flag. After a thrilling three way battle for the top spot with Trey Buff in the #48 and Eby, Johnson would resume the lead on lap 22. Johnson would drive on to the win, his first at Hickory Motor Speedway. Eby would finish 2nd with Whitten finishing 3rd. Sutton would come back to 4th and Buff would finish 5th.
The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Late Models would finish out the evening’s festivities with their second 40 lap feature. After the 9 car invert from the finishing order of race one Nolan Pope in the #1 and Thomas Beane in the #31 would make up the front row for the start. Row two would see Vince Midas in the #14 and AnnaBeth Barnes-Crum in the #12 side by side for the green flag. Pope and Beane would duel for the top spot, when several cars would get together and bring out the first caution. Connor Mosack in the #8M, Sam Butler in the #81, and Bob Saville in the #8 would all receive damage. Braden Rogers in the #4 would also pull to the pits for service. The complete restart would see Pope and Beane bring the field back to the green flag. The side by side battle would rage through the field until the caution would fly on lap 2 for Saville as his car would come to a stop in turn two. Pope and Beane would bring the field to the green. Pope would move back to the lead with Beane in his tracks. The caution would fly on lap 7 when Mitch Walker in the #29 would spin in turn three after a three way battle for position. Pope and Beane would be back at the front for the restart. Pope would move back to the lead after several laps of side by side racing with Beane. Lap 13 would see Ryan Millington in the #15 working by for the top spot and bring Josh Berry in the #88 to second. Beane would take the third position from Pope. Lap 24 would see Berry move under Millington for the top spot. Millington would nose back ahead as the duo would set a torrid pace. With ten laps to go Berry would make it a side by side battle once again with Millington. The battle up front would be a good one as both drivers would want the win. After an awesome battle Millington would take the win. Berry would finish a close 2nd and Beane would finish 3rd. Pope would finish 4th and Barnes-Crum would finish 5th.
The Cars Tour rolls back into America’s Most Famous Short Track next week for an exciting evening of Late Model and Super Late Model action.
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Hickory Motor Speedway Results 7/25/20
Late Model – Twin Feature 1
1 #88 – Josh Berry
2 #15 – Ryan Millington
3 #81 – Sam Butler ( r )
4 #77 – Kody Swanson
5 #12L – Mason Ludwig ( r )
6 #12B – Annabeth Barnes Crum
7 #14 – Vince Midas
8 #31 – Thomas Beane
9 #1P – Nolan Pope
10 #14J – Conner Jones
11 #29 – Mitch Walker
12 #55 – Isabella Robusto
13 #6 – Rajah Caruth
14 #57 – Justin Carroll
15 #2 – Austin Thaxton
16 #8M – Connor Mosack
17 #4 – Braden Rogers
18 #51 – Perry Patino
19 #8 – Bob Saville
Late Model – Twin Feature 2
1 #15 – Ryan Millington
2 #88 – Josh Berry
3 #31 – Thomas Beane
4 #1P – Nolan Pope
5 #12B – Annabeth Barnes Crum
6 #14 – Vince Midas
7 #77 – Kody Swanson
8 #6 – Rajah Curuth
9 #55 – Isabella Robusto
10 #51 – Perry Patino
11 #12L – Mason Ludwig ( r )
12 #14J – Conner Jones
13 #2 – Austin Thaxton
14 #8 – Bob Saville
15 #57 – Justin Carroll
16 #29 – Mitch Walker
17 #81 – Sam Butler ( r )
18 #8M – Connor Mosack
19 #4 – Braden Rogers
Limited Late Model
1 #71 – Landon Huffman
2 #3 – Will Cox III
3 #44 – Josh Kossek
4 #88 – Joshua Gobble
5 #32 – Josh Stark
6 #50 – Todd Midas
7 #71L – Nathan Lineback
8 #81 – Zack Clifton
9 #1G – Andrew Grady
10 #22 – Max Price ( r )
11 #47 – Chase Janes
12 #43P – Kenneth Pardue
1 #2 – Ethan Johnson
2 #03 – Kevin Eby
3 #77 – Mark Whitten
4 #64 – Marshall Sutton
5 #48 – Trey Buff
6 #3 – Kayla Eby ( r )
7 #9 – Jon Austin
8 #20 – Kirby Gobble
9 #55 – John Larson
1 #1 – Garrett Smithley
2 #30 – Joey Shuryan
3 #45 – Tanner Long
4 #28T – Dennis Trivette
5 #22 – Ricky Dennie
1 #72 – Zachary Mullins
2 #27 – Ben Campbell
3 #71 – Robert DiVanna
4 #73 – Kyle Boice ( r )
5 #1 – Joseph Hodges
6 #51 – Robbie Hollifield
7 #81 – Matthew Chambers
8 #8 – Gary Ledbetter – DNS
9 #4 – Justin Austin - DQ