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Williams, Shell finish 1-2 again at Kingsport Speedway

From staff reports • Sep 7, 2019 at 8:30 PM

KINGSPORT — For the third week in a row, championship leaders Nik Williams and Zeke Shell finished 1-2 in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock feature at Kingsport Speedway.

After an inversion of top-six qualifiers on Friday, Williams in the No. 32 Chevrolet started fourth on the three-eighths-mile concrete oval. He moved to the front on lap 9, taking the lead from Derek Lane coming off turn 4.

Ronnie McCarty, who started sixth after setting the fastest time in qualifying, moved to second on lap 14. After a caution period for debris bunched up the field on lap 41, Williams and McCarty battled side-by-side for the lead for the next three laps. Williams pinched McCarty up against the wall on lap 44, which allowed Williams to get away and Shell’s No. 1 Ford to get by McCarty’s No. 5 Ford for second.

Williams went on to take his division-leading seventh win of the season. The 21-year-old Chuckey driver extended his lead in the track championship standings to 11 points over Johnson City’s Shell with one race to go.

McCarty finished third, followed by teammate Lance Gatlin and Lane.

FAMILIAR FACES

Kevin Canter won for the 16th time in 17 starts in the Mod 4 division. The Abingdon driver of the black No. 3 Ford finished 1.266 seconds ahead of runner-up Chris Amburgey to wrap up his fourth consecutive track championship.

Billy Duty finished third, and Hershell Robinette and Jesse Amburgey rounded out the top five.

Tony Dockery of Dungannon drove the No. 05 Camaro to his fourth Pure Street win in the past five races. Jay Swecker in second matched his best finish of the season. Gene Griffey was third, followed by points leader Doug Austin and Bruce Blessing.

NEW WINNERS

Church Hill’s Rusty Clendenin passed Colby Higgins for the lead on lap 4 and led the rest of the 30-lap Modified Street feature to earn his first win of the season.

Points leader Kevin Wolfe was the runner-up after Trey Lane fell out with mechanical issues. Paul Shull, the 78-year-old veteran from Church Hill, finished third ahead of Higgins and Luke Fox.

Rogersville racer Josh Detwiler scored his first win in the Pure 4 division. Kenny Absher was right behind Detwiler in second. Keith Helton wrapped the track championship with a solid third-place run. Billy Byington crossed the line fourth and Bucky Smith rounded out the top five.

ONE RACE TO GO

NASCAR Divisions Championship Night is set for Friday, Sept. 13. Track champions will be crowned in the Late Model, Modified Street and Pure Street divisions.

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