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Volunteer Speedway has successful opener

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Feb 27, 2018 at 4:08 PM

There were only 12 cars in the Schaffer's Oil Iron-Man Late Model Series feature at Volunteer Speedway Saturday, but the overall car count was 103 over six classes on a day when rain was falling as close by as Rogersville and the town of Bulls Gap.

And despite a lighter turnout in the Super Late Model feature, there was plenty of action with former NASCAR driver Ken Schrader among the spectators hanging out.

Corey Hedgecock of Loudon ultimately won the Iron-Man and $3,500 top prize after working his way up from a fifth-place start.

North Carolina veteran Ray Cook started on the pole, but his day ended early when his driveshaft broke on lap seven.

Hedgecock passed outside pole sitter Chris Barton from Middlesboro, Ky., on lap 23 of the 35-lap feature and then held off Jadon Frame of Winchester for the win.

Behind the top two, Billy Ogle Jr. of Knoxville finished third, Craig King of Cleveland was fourth and Barton wound up fifth.

Chase King of Seymour passed pole winner Shon Flanary of Surgoinsville at the start of the Iron-Man Modified feature and led the rest of the way over the 25-lap race.

Anthony White of Clinton won the Crate Late Model feature, while Tim Byrd of Jonesborough wound up ninth and Tim Maupin of Johnson City finished 11th.

Other winners included: Aaron Guinn of Morristown, who finished first in a 22-car Sportsman Late Model field, Michael Woods of Morristown in Modified Street and John Stevens Jr. of Harlan, Ky., in the Classic division.

Opening day for the weekly racing program is March 10.

RACING AND SHOPPING

The Kingsport Speedway Car Show at The Mall at Johnson City last Saturday drew another good crowd with 30 cars, drivers and a lot of extra foot traffic to the mall.

Drivers from four states — Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky — had their cars on display where they mingled with fans and handed out such goodies as candy and hero cards to young fans.

Kingsport Speedway hosts an open practice day on Saturday, March 10, with the first day of racing scheduled for March 24.

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