The Sun Belt Conference unveiled the 2019-20 women's basketball schedule on Wednesday.
The Mountaineers will play an 18-game schedule for a fourth consecutive season with App playing nine home games and nine away games.
The upcoming season's conference slate will keep a primary Thursday-Saturday format with league contests played against travel partners for two-game road trips to maximize rest, minimize travel times and limit missed class time.
The conference will once again employ a schedule format for its men's and women's basketball conference games to be played on the same days of the week but with games at different home sites per gender. Selected rivalry games may be played as doubleheaders if requested by the competing institutions.
App State will begin the season on the road against two of the Sun Belt record seven teams that made it to the postseason in 2018-19. Appalachian opens conference action on Jan. 2 against Sun Belt Tournament runner-up, South Alabama, before facing Troy on Jan. 4.
On the ensuing Thursday, the Apps host UT Arlington (Jan. 9) for their conference home opener followed by a Saturday contest against Texas State two days later.
The lone matchup against Arkansas State will be in Jonesboro on Jan. 16 before a Jan. 18 home bout against Coastal Carolina. After a Thursday bye, the Black and Gold will take on the Sun Belt regular-season and tournament champions in Little Rock on Jan. 25.
Georgia State (Jan. 30) and Georgia Southern (Feb. 1) will invade the High Country the following weekend. App State will play five of its home games in February, and will start playing teams for a second time, beginning with the Mavericks (Feb. 6) and Bobcats (Feb. 8) in the Lonestar State.
Four of the final seven games will be in the Holmes Center, starting with South Alabama (Feb. 13) and Troy (Feb. 15). App State wraps up its final road swing of the season in Georgia when it faces Georgia State on Feb. 20 and archrival Georgia Southern on Feb. 22. The final home weekend features games against Louisiana (Feb. 27) and ULM (Feb. 29).
App concludes the regular season against the Chanticleers on March 7.
The 2020 Sun Belt Women's Basketball Championship will once again see 10 vying for the tournament title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. First-round games on Tuesday, March 10 and quarterfinal games on Wednesday, March 11 will be held on campus sites. The semifinals on Saturday, March 14 and championship game on Sunday, March 15 will be held at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will receive byes directly to the semifinals, while the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds will each host a pair of first-round games and a quarterfinal game.
All App State home games will tip at 6:30 p.m. on weeknights and 2 p.m. on weekends.
2020 SUN BELT WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
First Round at Campus Sites
Tuesday, March 10
Game 1 - No. 10 Seed at No. 3 Seed
Game 2 - No. 7 Seed vs. No. 6 Seed (at No. 3 Seed)
Game 3 - No. 9 Seed at No. 4 Seed
Game 4 - No. 8 Seed vs. No. 5 Seed (at No. 4 Seed)
Quarterfinals at Campus Sites
Wednesday, March 11
Game 5 - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner (at No. 3 Seed)
Game 6 - Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner (at No. 4 Seed)
Semifinals at Smoothie King Center
Saturday, March 14
Game 7 - Game 5 Winner vs. No. 1 Seed
Game 8 - Game 6 Winner vs. No. 2 Seed
Championship Game at Smoothie King Center
Sunday, March 15
Game 9 - Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner
The Hickory Crawdads scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to come from behind and defeat the Charleston RiverDogs on the road Wednesday night, 8-6 in the first game of the three-game set at Joe Riley Park.
Three eighth-inning runs did the trick for the Crawdads, tagging Charlie Ruegger in his third inning of work after relieving starter Luis Medina who had struck out a career high 10 batters. Ruegger cleaned up a mess left by Charleston's starter in the top of the sixth, entering with two on and one out. The righty induced a groundout from Miguel Aparicio and fanned Pedro Gonzalez to escape the jam, and then threw a perfect seventh before running into trouble in the eighth frame.
Two walks to the Rangers' top prospect Josh Jung and Tyreque Reed leading off the inning were his undoing, as catcher Melvin Novoa later plated Jung with a single to right field to bring Hickory to within a run. Matt Whatley came in to pinch run for Novoa, and scored along with Reed on a single by Pedro Gonzalez to give the 'Dads a 7-6 lead. Hickory added one more insurance tally on a groundout in the ninth to put a bowtie on the opener.
Hickory's relief corps stymied the Charleston lineup from then on, as Jesus Linarez and Hever Bueno (2-0, 1.55) combined for six innings of one-run ball, striking out seven Dogs.
Pedro Gonzalez was two-for-four on the night with two RBI, Josh Jung and Tyreque Reed each had a hit, two runs scored and two RBI.
The Crawdads are 25-13 on the second half of the season. They are in Charleston against Thursday and Friday nights.
Appalachian State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Wednesday the promotion of Appalachian alum and veteran staff member Jonathan Reeder to Executive Associate Athletics Director.
“Jonathan is an incredibly valuable member of our executive team and provides excellent leadership for many areas of App State Athletics,” Gillin said. “As an alum and former student-athlete himself, he has a special dedication to the success and well-being of Appalachian student-athletes.”
Reeder, who has served as Senior Associate AD for Internal Operations since 2016, has been a member of the athletics department for the last 12 years. He will continue to serve as a member of the executive team and oversee the athletics business office, equipment room and various sports as a sport administrator. He also serves as the department’s Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for enhancing strategic, long-term financial and operational planning.
“To have been a part of the Appalachian State University family since the day I stepped on campus as a student-athlete has been an honor and a privilege,” Reeder said. “I am excited to continue to serve Appalachian State University Athletics.”
A former pitcher for the Mountaineer baseball team (2002-07), Reeder served as the Assistant to the Chancellor for Athletics and oversaw the athletics compliance office for four years (2013-16). He also spent five years in academic services (2008-13) and was a member of the baseball staff, working as the Director of Baseball Operations (2007-08).
Reeder graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems in 2007 and earned a master’s degree in higher education administration from Appalachian in 2009. He and his wife, Kindsay, have a son, Beckett, and a daughter, Collyns.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team was voted to finish first in the 2019 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll as announced by the league today. The Bears won the league championship last year after going 12-2 with a perfect 7-0 mark in conference play, the eighth SAC championship in team history.
The Bears earned five first-place votes and 68 total points. LR edged out last year's preseason favorite, Wingate, who earned three first-place votes and 64 total points. The Bears handed Wingate a 31-24 defeat in Wingate during the regular season and pulled out a narrow 21-17 win over the Bulldogs in the Second Round of the NCAA Playoffs at Moretz Stadium.
Carson-Newman was picked to finish third with Tusculum getting the final first-place vote and predicted to finish in fourth place.
The Bears open the 2019 campaign, the 100th season of football in Lenoir-Rhyne history, on Sept. 7 when they host St. Augustine's at 6 p.m. SAC play opens for LR on Sept. 21 when Newberry comes to Hickory for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
2019 SAC Football Preseason Coaches' Poll
Rank School Points (1st place votes)
1. Lenoir-Rhyne 68 (5)
2. Wingate 64 (3)
3. Carson-Newman 55
4. Tusculum 54 (1)
5. Newberry 45
6. Catawba 37
7. Mars Hill 33
8. Limestone 21
9. UVa-Wise 19
The Sun Belt Conference has announced the men's basketball schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
The conference moves back to a 20-game conference schedule for men's basketball for the first time since the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. The upcoming season's conference slate will keep a primary Thursday-Saturday format with league contests played against travel partners for two-game road trips to maximize rest, minimize travel times and limit missed class time.
App State opens conference play on the road in Alabama at South Alabama on Dec. 19 and Troy on Dec. 21.
The Mountaineers return to Boone for three straight contests on Jan. 2 versus Georgia State, Jan. 4 against Georgia Southern and Jan. 6 against Louisiana.
The Black and Gold head right back on the road for a pair of road games in Texas on Jan. 9 (at UT Arlington) and Jan. 11 (at Texas State), before returning to the Holmes Center to face Arkansas State (Jan. 16) and Little Rock (Jan. 18).
App State embarks on a three-game road trip, beginning at Coastal Carolina on Jan. 25. The Mountaineers also take on Arkansas State on Jan. 30 and Little Rock on Feb. 1.
February features five home contests for the Mountaineers, with meetings against UT Arlington (Feb. 6), Texas State (Feb. 8), South Alabama (Feb. 20), Troy (Feb. 22) and Coastal Carolina (Feb. 29) in the Holmes Center. App State makes a trip to Georgia in February to square off against Georgia State (Feb. 13) and Georgia Southern (Feb. 15).
Conference and regular season play concludes on March 3 with a contest at ULM.
The 2020 Sun Belt Men's Basketball Championship will once again see 10 vying for the tournament title and the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. First-round games on Saturday, March 7, second-round games on Monday, March 9 and quarterfinal games on Wednesday, March 11 will be held on campus sites and hosted by the higher seeds. The semifinals on Saturday, March 14 and championship game on Sunday, March 15 will be held at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will receive byes directly to the semifinals, the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds will receive byes and host the quarterfinal games, the No. 5 and No. 6 seeds will host the second-round games and the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds will host the first-round games.
All App State home games will tip at 7 p.m. on weeknights and 4 p.m. on weekends.
Catawba Valley Community College sophomore guard Danielle Rainey has signed to continue her academic and athletic career at the University of Mount Olive.
“It’s a blessing to go on to the next level to continue to play,” Rainey said. “I am thankful to have gotten the opportunity to play from (Mount Olive) coach (Wendy) Lee. I think it’s going to be a great opportunity and a great program. I am just excited about it.”
Rainey averaged 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game this past season for the Red Hawks, helping the program finish 24-6 overall and 17-3 in Region 10 play — winning its second-ever regular-season conference championship in program history.
“We worked hard all season,” Rainey said of her team’s success this past winter. “To end up where we did was amazing. At the beginning, no one would have thought we would have gone as far as we did. Just to be able to be a part of that — it’s history. We broke so many records academically, and then athletically we came out as champions. It’s great feeling to know we’ve left our mark here.”
Also excelling in the classroom, Rainey was also one of seven Red Hawk women’s basketball players who were named to the Region X All-Academic team, which is comprised of student athletes who attain a 3.7 GPA after one semester of academic coursework or a 3.6 GPA with two or more semesters.
“Dani came in and put the work in,” said CVCC women’s basketball head coach Tisha England. “She worked hard academically to get her credits where they needed to be. Once she got on track academically wise, I knew it was going to come naturally basketball wise. I am proud of Dani.”
Rainey is the second Red Hawk to sign with Mount Olive, joining teammate Sherry Johnson.
England believes both athletes will excel by being together at a new school.
“It feels good to have someone you know and a familiar face with you,” England said. “There is someone you have a lot of great memories with, and you can create new memories with a new team. I’m looking forward to seeing and hearing great things from both ladies.”
Rainey, Johnson and teammate Milequa Eason, who has signed with Saint Augustine’s University, are the three members of the 2018-19 CVCC women’s basketball team who have signed so far to play and study at four-year institutions this fall.
Being at Catawba Valley Community College and playing for England and assistant coach Tyra Carver have all been life changing for Rainey.
“Being a part of this program was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life,” Rainey said. “I’ve grown so much as a person and as a player. It’s amazing to have been here. Every day coach England wants nothing, but the best from us academically and athletically. She wants us to be better every day. I can’t do anything, but appreciate that.”
Recent App State women's tennis graduate Jeannez Daniel (Port Charlotte, Fla./Florida Virtual/Colorado) was selected as an NCAA Women Athlete of the Year nominee.
Daniel is one of two athletes from the Sun Belt (South Alabama - Hannah Godfrey) to earn national recognition. Nationally, 149 conference-level honorees are nominated for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year, while a record 585 women were nominated from NCAA member schools.
"This is a great honor for Jeannez to be nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year," head coach Blake Mosley said. "She has been a great asset to our program and the University. Jeannez represents what being a student-athlete is all about. We're very proud of her accomplishments on and off the court."
Daniel will graduate at the end of the summer with her master's degree in data analytics and holds a 3.76 GPA. The Port Charlotte, Fla., native finished her final season of eligibility with the Black and Gold, where she tied for third with 10 wins on top of a 10-8 mark with nine of her victories coming at the No. 2 spot. Daniel led the team with an impressive 7-1 record in Sun Belt play and fourth in the conference in wins. She finished the season 5-1 over her last six matches, highlighted by a women's tennis Sun Belt Player of the Week award following a 2-0 showing in singles and doubles against Coastal Carolina and Arkansas State.
In doubles, Daniel posted a team-best 13 overall doubles victories and a 13-4 mark. She did the majority of her damage by going 10-1 with fellow senior, Rebecca Morse, leading the team in doubles wins. Her and Morse were the only undefeated duo in league action with a 7-0 record. In her lone season in the High Country, the Apps went 15-6 and 9-1 in conference play, which led to their first conference title in program history after claiming the outright regular-season Sun Belt championship.
Daniel helped with Operations Christmas Child for Samaritan's Purse and the tennis ball donation at Green Valley Elementary School. She was named to the Academic Honor Roll twice while at App State and four times at her previous school, Colorado. She was the Vice President of Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) with the Buffs and participated in the Tennis Marathon for Breast Cancer.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. To be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport, must have completed eligibility in her primary sport, and must have earned her undergraduate degree by Summer 2019.
Eligible female student-athletes are nominated by their member school. Each conference office then reviews the nominations from its core member schools (and sponsored sports) and submits its conference nominee(s) to the NCAA. The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee then identifies the Top 30 – 10 from each division – and from there selects three finalists from each division. The Committee on Women's Athletics then selects the winner from the nine finalists.
All 30 Woman of the Year honorees will be recognized, and the 2019 Woman of the Year announced, at an awards dinner at the Westin Indianapolis on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019.
The East-West All-Star Games have announced their coaching staff for the 2020 games held in Greensboro in July. The games are a part of the North Carolina Coaches Association Coaching Clinics, held annually in Greensboro.
Three coaches from the Greater Hickory area will represent the western half of the state. In the girls soccer game, Hibriten head coach Shea Bridges will be the west squad head coach. In the girls basketball game, West Caldwell head coach Brad Mangum will be in charge of the west.
In addition, St. Stephens head football coach Wayne Hicks will be one of the assistants on staff.
Bridges is the first coach from Hibriten to lead a soccer team in the East-West All-Star game. Five players have represented the Panthers since the first East-West All-Star soccer game in 1992, most recently, Jule Picton in 2010.
Mangum is the first representative for West Caldwell in basketball since Derek Hood, now an assistant for the Warriors, played in 2003.
Hicks represents St. Stephens in football, the first time since Marcus Byrd played for the west squad on the 2010 roster.
The Hickory Crawdads fell to the Asheville Tourists 4-1 in Monday's series finale. The teams split the four game set with two wins a piece.
'Dads righty Abdiel Mendoza pitched six scoreless innings before yielding three runs in the seventh inning. He struck out seven hitters, walked one, and allowed five hits. Lefty Lucas Jacobsen gave up a run of his own to put the Crawdads in a 4-0 hole in the seventh.
Melvin Novoa got the Crawdads on the board with a solo homerun in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Crawdads slugger Tyreque Reed went 3-4 at the plate with a double. Novoa also had a multi-hit night, collecting a single in addition to the homerun.
The Crawdads start a road trip to Charleston and Augusta on Wednesday night. They return on Thursday, August 8th for Thirsty Thursday. The annual Battle of the Bags Cornhole tournament will also be held during the game. Thursday will be another Llamas de Hickory night as the 'Dads wear their specialty uniforms.
For the 24th time in program history, the Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team has sent a student athlete on to the four-year level.
Red Hawks guard Milequa Eason signed to play at Saint Augustine’s University during a special ceremony held Monday afternoon in the Tarlton Complex.
“It’s a really good feeling,” Eason said of signing. “Putting in all the hard work, getting up at 5 o’clock and doing all of the strength and conditioning and all of the classes — it just feels like all of my hard work has paid off.”
Eason averaged 7.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists this past winter for the Red Hawks, helping lead the team to a 24-6 overall record and 17-3 mark in Region 10 play. Catawba Valley also won its second-ever Region 10 regular-season championship in program history.
Best known for her tenacious defense, Eason led the Red Hawks this past winter in steals (77) and steals per game (2.6), and she finished second on the squad in total blocks (17) and blocks per game (0.6).
“She’s probably the second-best defensive player I’ve ever coached since I’ve been here at CVCC,” said Red Hawks women’s basketball head coach Tisha England. “She’s quick and can move her feet. She came in and did what she needed to do academic and athletic wise.”
A standout in the classroom as well, Eason was named a member of the Region 10 All-Academic team and was also named a third-team NJCAA All-Academic Student-Athlete.
Eason was also a part of a CVCC women’s basketball team that was named a 2018-19 NJCAA Academic Team for carrying a team-wide GPA of 3.0 or better — only one of 82 teams in the country to earn that distinction.
“Coming to CVCC was the best decision I feel like I ever made,” Eason said. “It was great. Being under coach England helped me mature and grow. She taught me that it’s more than basketball. It’s about life and you as a person. That made me want to play hard for her and go harder for myself.”
Eason is the third member of the 2018-19 Red Hawks to sign with a four-year institution, joining forward Sherry Johnson and guard Danielle Rainey, who both signed with the University of Mount Olive earlier this summer.
Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars have been announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America and Lenoir-Rhyne's Brad Robinson and Ainee O'Connor earned the distinction.
To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically in Division I, II, III, and NAIA, or receiving their Associate's Degree and in their last year of athletic eligibility in the NJCAA. In addition, they participate in 50-percent of his team's competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 78.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, 77.0 in NJCAA, and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.
Robinson, who graduated in the spring, majored in Sports Management and O'Connor, a rising senior, is a German major. O'Connor was also named a WGCA All-American Scholar a couple weeks ago.
The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) announced Lenoir-Rhyne's Women's Lacrosse Team among their 2019 Zag Sports Academic Honor Squads. Additionally, seven student-athletes were named to the IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll.
To qualify for this prestigious team honor, the squad must have posted a 3.0 or higher team GPA for the academic year. To be eligible for this honor as a student-athlete, they must be a junior, senior or graduate student and have earned a cumulative academic GPA of 3.50 or greater.
The seven individuals who earned spots on the Academic Honor Roll are: Cathleen Gaffney, Kaley Harris, Cristi Rowland, Alyssa Sack, Michelle Tang, Edie Webb and Frances Williams.
Zag Sports has been serving the world's best lacrosse teams for nearly 15 years as they journey abroad for team-changing touring experiences in over 25 countries. With a unique blend of lacrosse, international community service, and interactive cultural learning and adventure, Zag Sports looks forward to sharing more of its experiences with NCAA teams from around the country.
The Hickory Crawdads took game three against the Asheville Tourists 11-1 on Sunday afternoon.
Asheville took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning but only held onto the lead for a half inning.
The 'Dads erupted for nine runs in the bottom half of the inning to pull ahead 9-1. Ryan Anderson drew a walk and moved to second on a single by Frainyer Chavez. Matt Whatley was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jonathan Ornelas hit a sac fly to bring in the first run of the inning. Jose Almonte walked to once again load the bases. A wild pitch allowed the runners to advance two bases and brought in Chavez and Whatley to score. Kole Enright singled in Almonte and gave the 'Dads a three-run lead. Miguel Aparicio singled and Biggers walked to put three runners on. Anderson drove all three in with a double in his second at bat of the inning. Tyreque Reed hit the second consecutive double to score Anderson. Chavez capped off the inning with an RBI single that brought in Reed.
The Crawdads padded the lead with another run in the seventh inning. Melvin Novoa and Ornelas singled to lead off the inning. Enright hit a sacrifice fly to center to bring in Novoa.
Tyreque Reed's homerun in the eighth inning gave the Crawdads an 11-1 lead.
The homestand wraps up Monday night with Make A Difference Monday presented by Catawba Shoe Store. Fans who donate new baby items (at least a $5 value) for March of Dimes can get a free ticket to the game, which will get underway at 7pm.
Hickory Motor Speedway was the place to be on Saturday night as the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series roared back to life on the always exciting Sam’s Club Night at the Races.
The Carolina Custom Golf Cart Super Trucks would lead off the evening’s festivities with the running of their 35 lap event. Joey Shuryan in the #30 would take the top spot in qualifying with Travis Baity in the #70 starting to his outside. Dennis Trivette in the #28 and Charlie Watson in the #6 would make up row two. The start would see Shuryan nose ahead to the early lead with Baity and Trivette giving close chase. Watson would move around Baity and Trivette to give chase to the leader. Lap 6 would see contact between Watson and Shuryan and bring out the caution with Shuryan spinning and Watson sent to the rear. Baity and Trivette would battle from the front row on the restart with Baity taking the top spot. Shuryan and Watson would work their way through the field and have a furious ten lap side by side battle for second. Watson would eventually take the spot and give chase to the leader Baity. Watson would catch Baity and see the lead duo side by side for the top spot. Lap 26 would see Watson finally nose ahead for the top spot. Watson would hold on to the lead and grab the win. Baity would finish 2nd with Shuryan finishing 3rd. Trivette would come home in 4th and Zach Hale in the #97 would finish 5th.
After a long and exhausting week of repairs from last week’s skirmish the Street Stocks would be next to hit the famed 3/8 mile oval for 30 laps of action. Jesse Clark in the #5 would set fast time taking the top spot while Ethan Johnson in the #2 would start outside of the front row. Drew Cox in the #21 would roll off in third with Derek Fowler in the #31 in fourth. The green flag would see Clark pull to the early lead. Cox would pull alongside Johnson and give battle for second. Cox would take the position and give chase to the leader Clark. Fowler would pull under Johnson and pressure him for third. Lap 18 would see Johnson’s run end as he would pull to pit road and park for the remainder of the event. Cox would draw up to Clark’s rear bumper on lap 19 and put constant pressure on the leader. Cox would bide his time and pull to the inside of Clark on the final lap as they would dive off into turn one. The lead duo would battle hard, but clean for the win with neither giving an inch. Cox and Clark would come off of turn four side by side and drive under the checkered flag in a photo finish. Timing and scoring would show Cox taking the win by only .002 thousandths of a second in a spectacular finish. Clark would be disappointed, but post the 2nd place finish with Fowler finishing 3rd. Marshall Sutton in the #64 finished 4th and Kevin Eby in the #03 would come home in 5th.
Hitting the track next would be the Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models for their 35 lap battle. The front row would be made up of the current division points leaders with Cody DeMarmels in the #18 on the pole with the #44 of Josh Kossek starting to his outside. Connor Jones in the #2 and Kosma Guznyakov in the #33 would make up row two for the start. The green flag would see Kossek move to the early lead with DeMarmels close behind. Guznyakov would move to third and close in behind the front duo. DeMarmels would pressure for the lead repeatedly until he would finally move by Kossek for the top spot. Jones would move around Guznyakov for third and look to chase down the front duo. DeMarmels would hang on for the win and extend his points lead. Kossek would finish 2nd with Jones finishing 3rd. Jax Redline in the #5 would finish 4th with Guznyakov coming home in 5th.
With long hours and many repairs following the a major accident two weeks ago in their previous race the Renegades would roll back in for another exciting 20 lap feature. Spencer Dickinson in the #6 would pace time trials and start from the point with the #1 of Justin Austin to his outside. Brian Larkin in the #7 would inherit the point for the start with Austin to his outside. Larkin would pull to the early lead but on lap two would get loose, looking like he was running Hickory Motor Speedway in the days it was still dirt, and nearly spin in front of the field. He would make a spectacular save to avoid a disaster, but get passed by Austin for the lead. Dickinson would have to start from the rear, but by lap three would work his way to third. Dickinson would pressure Larkin for second and make the pass with ten laps to go. Lap 19 would see the caution fly as Robbie Hollifield in the #51 would spin. The restart would see Austin and Dickinson side by side for the green flag. Austin would nose ahead for the lead with Dickinson getting pressured by Larkin for second. Austin would drive on to the win with Dickinson pulling to his outside at the checkered flag for 2nd. Zach Mullins in the #72 would bounce back from a hard crash two weeks earlier for 3rd place, the #95 of Rodney Elkins would finish 4th, and Megan Campbell in the #69 would cap off a good run finishing 5th.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Models would close out the night’s events with a huge 80 lap feature. Gage Painter in the #12 would set a torrid lap dipping into the 14 second bracket to take the pole position with the #15 of Ryan Millington starting to his outside. Points leader Thomas Beane in the #31 would start inside of row two and Nolan Pope in the #1 to his outside. Painter and Millington would duel door to door before Millington would nose ahead for the early lead. Beane would give chase in third with the #5 of Cole Glasson moving up to fourth. Chris Hudspeth in the #28 would run in fifth and get pressure for the position by the #98 of Adam Lemke. The first six cars would be nose to tail through lap 25 with the field setting a blistering pace. Lap 28 would see Hudspeth move around Glasson for fourth. Lemke would also make the move under Glasson moving to fifth on lap 31. As Hudspeth would try to reel in third place Beane, he would once again face pressure from Lemke. Lap 53 would see Lemke complete the pass for fourth position on Hudspeth. Glasson would face pressure from Pope for position with Pope taking the spot on lap 62. Beane would start to close in on Painter for second while Lemke was closing in on Beane for third. Millington would drive on to the win. Painter would hang on to finish 2nd. Beane and Lemke would come to the Finish Line side by side with Beane nosing ahead finishing 3rd and Lemke settling for 4th. Hudspeth would round out the top five in 5th.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is off next week but will be back in action in two weeks, August 10th, at America’s Most Famous Short Track with a full slate of racing excitement.
The Cars Racing Tour will visit Hickory Motor Speedway next Saturday night, August 3rd, for the running of the Throwback 276, a doubleheader featuring 138 laps of door to door racing for each of the Late Models and Super Late Models.
For more info check out at www.hickorymotorspeedway.com, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Or you can give us a call at the track at 828-464-3655.
Hickory Motor Speedway Results 7/27/19 (Unofficial)
Late Model Race
1 #15 Ryan Millington
2 #12 Gage Painter
3 #31 Thomas Beane
4 #98 Adam Lemke
5 #28H Chris Hudspeth
6 #1 Nolan Pope
7 #5G Cole Glasson
8 #18 Connor Mosack ( r )
9 #2T Gracie Trotter
10 #19 Jessie Cann ( r )
11 #71 Monty Cox
Limited Late Model
1 #18D Cody DeMarmels
2 #44K Josh Kossek
3 #2 Connor Jones
4 #5 Jax Redline
5 #33G Kosma Guznyakov ( r )
6 #24 Justin Christie
1 #21 Drew Cox
2 #5 Jesse Clark
3 #31 Derek Fowler
4 #64 Marshall Sutton
5 #O3 Kevin Eby
6 #2 Ethan Johnson
1 #6 Charlie Watson
2 #70B Travis Baity
3 #30 Joey Shuryan
4 #28T Dennis Trivette
5 #97 Zach Hale
6 #51 Allen Huffman
1 #1 Justin Austin
2 #6 Spencer Dickinson (r )
3 #72 Zachary Mullins ( r )
4 #95 Rodney Elkins ( r )
5 #51 Robbie Hollifield
6 #7 Brian Larkin
7 #69 Megan Campbell ( r )
8 #81 Matthew Chambers
9 #8 Gary Ledbetter