posted July 07, 2001 12:56 PM
Chaney captures first-ever Kingsport Late Model victory
By Robert Walden
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (July 6) – Michael Chaney of Abingdon, Va., one of the "young guns" at Galaxy Kingsport Speedway, captured his first-ever Shoney’s NASCAR Late Model Stock Car victory Friday over a stellar 21-car field at the 3/8-mile concrete oval. Chaney grabbed the lead on lap 32 of the 75-lap feature, and once out front the 19-year-old Virginia Tech mechanical engineering student never looked back en route to recording the win on "Race-Scan Communications/Craftsman Night at the Races."
Chaney set fast-time over the field in qualifying, however, with the roll of the dice the top-three qualifiers were inverted for the start of the 75-lap feature placing Nate Monteith and Wade Lopez on the front row. Monteith and Lopez ran door-to-door into the first turn at the drop of the green, but racing off turn two Monteith slipped allowing Lopez to grab the lead.
At the stripe to complete the opening lap Lopez was followed by Monteith, Chaney, Kres VanDyke and Adam Dean. The event’s first caution waved quickly as R.J. Stanley, Brian Blevins, Allen Hawkins, Mark Ketron and Clyde Jones tangled in turn three on lap 2. Only Blevins and Hawkins retired to the pits for the night, with the others tagging on at the tail of the field for the restart.
With Lopez riding on the point Monteith, Chaney, VanDyke and Dean were in tow going back green. Monteith was applying pressure lap-after-lap on Lopez for the lead and, on lap 11 racing off (turn) four he dropped Lopez back into the second spot. With Monteith opening the door with his pass for the lead, Chaney seized the opportunity to drop to the inside of Lopez to challenge for the runner-up position.
On lap 13 between turns one and two Chaney grabbed second from Lopez, but the slide backwards for Lopez was just beginning. VanDyke followed Chaney to move into third place, while Dean moved into the fourth spot and Jeff Berry grabbed the fifth position, relegating Lopez back into sixth place.
Chaney was glued to Monteith’s rear bumper waiting to make his move to challenge for the lead. Sneaking a peek under the race leader on several occasions racing off the corners, Chaney pulled alongside Monteith on lap 30. After running two laps side-by-side, Chaney grabbed a lead he would never relinquish on lap 32 in turn one. With Chaney riding on the point, Monteith now had a rear view mirror full of Dean who wanted the runner-up position.
Once out front Chaney was on cruise, opening up a half-straightaway lead over Monteith, Dean, Berry and VanDyke halfway into the 75-lapper. Running sixth through 10th were Reece Milton, Lopez, Ketron, Wayne Hale and Buddy Talbert.
On lap 46 in turn four, Monteith and Dean made slight contact to open the door for Dean to move into second place. VanDyke now had his sights set on Monteith for the third spot. While the leaders were working through lapped traffic, on lap 54 racing into turn one VanDyke and Monteith got together with Monteith spinning, also the seventh-running Lopez looping his car to avoid Monteith.
While under caution Monteith showed his displeasure with VanDyke by running into the rear of his car before heading into the pits to call it a night.
Going back green the top five were Chaney, Dean, VanDyke, Milton and Berry. Over the final 20 laps the only thing slowing down the high-flyin’ Chaney was the caution, which waved on lap 65 when Mike Memmer spun in turn four, and for the final time on lap 73 when Rick Pannell looped in turn two.
With the two 19-year-olds Chaney and Dean occupying the first two positions, 20-year-old VanDyke was riding in third place ready for the "shootout" to the checkers. But like a seasoned-veteran Chaney held off Dean, VanDyke, Ketron and Berry over the final two circuits to capture the crowd-pleasing victory. Completing the top 10 finishers were Milton, Lopez, Hale, Bill Garrett and Butch Jarvis.
"Oh, it’s really kind of hard to believe we finally got our first-ever win," said the humble Chaney after climbing from his car in Victory Lane. "This is such as great feeling, because we’ve sure worked hard over the last couple of seasons to get to this point. All in all the car was good tonight, but we did get a little loose there towards the end. We’ve had some pretty strong runs since first getting in a Late Model Stock, even a couple of runner-up finishes … but to actually get our first win tonight is what makes this all worthwhile.
"I really want to thank my dad, Paul Chaney for giving me the opportunity to race. I also want to give a big thanks to my crew chief and mentor, the legendary Jack "Iron Man" Ingram, for all he has taught me about racing over the last couple of seasons. His knowledge of racing is unreal. And I can’t forget the other guys who help out on the car: Bo Hunter, Steve Jarrett, Justin Ingram, Rodney Arnold and Aaron Musgrove."
Caleb Holman jumped into the lead at the start of the 30-lap Allied Mortgage Sportsman feature before giving way to Tommy Spangler on lap 5. Spangler appeared headed to victory lane until a late caution set up a green-white-checkers finish. Paul Shull of Clintwood, Va., the 60-year-old veteran racer, made the race-winning pass on Spangler on lap 29 and at the stripe held off Spangler, Holman, Tony Ward and Rod Collins for his fourth Sportsman victory of the season.
Kingsport’s Sam Ferguson recorded his first-ever Street Stock feature win over Chuck Crigger, Stacey Castle, Scott Robinson and Chris Neeley.
The UMP (Open-Wheel) Modifieds ran twin 12-lap feature events and Jeff Maupin of Greeneville sped to victory in each race for his 10th and 11th wins of the season. He was followed to the checkers in the first race by Randy Bethea, Chap Slaughter, Alton Saterfield and Ricky Thornburg. In the second event he was trailed by Slaughter, Bethea, Satterfield and Thornburg.
Kirby Gobble of Abingdon, Va., captured his third straight Modified Mini victory over Scott Anderson, T.J. O’Quinn, Kevin Sweet and Hershell Robinette.
Big Stone Gap, Va.’s Linton Perry recorded his fourth Charger feature win over Larry McKnight, Scott McMurray, Bill Coleman and Larry McKnight Jr.
Nancy Hardwick of Sevierville led flag-to-flag in holding off Brad Housewright, Ronnie McCarty, Bob Harshbarger and Garland Worley for the Pro Challenge victory.
Bluefield, W.Va.’s Rusty Sarver captured the 20-lap Legends victory over D.E. Hickman, Steve Price, Janice Humble and Rob Varney.
Kelly Glass of Jonesborough recorded the win over Gerald Smith, David Wright, Chris Manning and Jerry Lane in the 12-lap Modified Lite feature.
Galaxy Kingsport Speedway will host the Columbia, S.C.-based American Racing Association Late Model Series for a 125-lap event next Friday, July 13, with the Street Stock and Charger divisions also on the racing program. For more information, contact the track office at (423) 288-5992.
"SHONEY’S" NASCAR LATE MODEL STOCK CAR (75-laps)
Michael Chaney #24-Abingdon, VA
Adam Dean #81-Bristol, TN
Kres VanDyke #15-Abingdon, VA
Mark Ketron #26-Kingsport, TN
Jeff Berry #61-Kingsport, TN
Reece Milton #16-Blountville, TN
Wade Lopez #83-Abingdon, VA
Wayne Hale #19-Piney Flats, TN
Bill Garrett #4-Johnson City, TN
Butch Jarvis #53-Blountville, TN
Rick Pannell #33-Kingsport, TN
Clyde Jones #7-Kingsport, TN
Mike Memmer #36-Fall Branch, TN
R.J. Stanley #18-Bristol, TN
Nate Monteith #44-Bluff City, TN
Buddy Talbert #00-Blountville, TN
Larry Utsman #23-Bristol, TN
Raymond Williams #54-Blountville, TN
Allen Hawkins #77-Kingsport, TN
Brian Blevins #48-Clintwood, VA
DNS: Donnie Henry #27-Church Hill, TN
"ALLIED MORTGAGE" SPORTSMAN (30-laps)
1) Paul Shull #48; 2) Tommy Spangler #28; 3) Caleb Holman #77; 4) Tony Ward #7; 5) Rod Collins #29; 6) Duke Bare #52; 7) Jeff Collingsworth #26; 8) Bobby McElyea #81; 9) Wayne Salyers #5; 10) Scott Storie #39; 11) Mardy Roberts #55; 12) Steve Storie #44; 13) Bruce Blessing #00; 14) Bill Garrett #4; 15) Nasty Jones #13; 16) Mark Smith #9
STREET STOCK (25-laps)
1) Sam Ferguson #41; 2) Chuck Crigger #71; 3) Stacey Castle #11; 4) Scott Robinson #22; 5) Chris Neeley #26; 6) Wayne Gibson #25; 7) Tony Vance #7; 8) Mike Hayes #1; 9) Tony Dockery #05; 10) Robbie Campbell #13; 11) Kenny Holder #28; 12) Jason Dockery #5; 13) Paul Spears #17; 14) Rick Smith #33; 15) Roy Holder #21; 16) Don Davis #3; 17) Mark Hawkins #44; 18) Billy Babb #2
UMP MODIFIED (Race 1 – 12-laps)
1) Jeff Maupin #11; 2) Randy Bethea #6; 3) Chap Slaughter #22; 4) Alton Satterfield #8; 5) Ricky Thornburg #00
UMP MODIFIED (Race 2 – 12-laps)
1) Jeff Maupin #11; 2) Chap Slaughter #22; 3) Randy Bethea #6; 4) Alton Satterfield #8; 5) Ricky Thornburg #00
1) Linton Perry #01; 2) Larry McKnight #7; 3) Scott McMurray #37; 4) Bill Coleman #15; 5) Larry McKnight Jr. #5; 6) Chad Toliver #16; 7) "Iron" Will McKnight #9; 8) Doyle McMurray #38; 9) Tim White #12; 10) Gene Cato #73; 11) Chad Barker #01b; 12) Todd Cross #22; 13) Dan Williams #17; 14) Steve Skeen #88
MODIFIED MINI (12-laps)
1) Kirby Gobble #88; 2) Scott Anderson #31; 3) T.J. O’Quinn #37; 4) Kevin Sweet #94; 5) Hershell Robinette #9; 6) Don Emmert #2; 7) Brian Fritz #1; 8) Luke Fox #94; 9) Chris Hudson #17; 10) Adam Matthews #14
PRO CHALLENGE (12-laps)
1) Nancy Hardwick #16; 2) Brad Housewright #54; 3) Ronnie McCarty #2; 4) Bob Harshbarger #67; 5) Garland Worley #38½; 6) Lynn Shaffer #7; 7) Trevor Richardson #71; 8) Clay Housewright #46
1) Rusty Sarver #89; 2) D.E. Hickman #h3; 3) Steve Price #70; 4) Janice Humble #19; 5) Rob Varney #8; 6) Ron Humble #7; 7) Rusty Tillison #18; 8) Shane Roberts #25; 9) Nancy Hardwick #16; 10) Ronnie McCarty #5; 11) Darrel Gillespie #46
MODIFIED LITE (12-laps)
1) Kelly Glass #01; 2) Gerald Smith #12; 3) David Wright #36; 4) Chris Manning #0; 5) Jerry Lane #34; 6) Randy English #1; 7) Teresa Wright #39
Galaxy Kingsport Speedway: (423) 288-5992 www.galaxykingsport.com
Robert Walden-Public Relations/Media Contact: (423) 928-9644