Shell finishes on high note in Kingsport

Jeff Birchfield • Sep 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM

The Kingsport Speedway racing season has been one for Zeke Shell to remember.

The Johnson City driver picked up two wins in the NASCAR All-American Weekly Series at the 3/8-mile track and finished second to Nate Monteith in the point standings.

To cap it off, he made a splash at this past Friday’s season finale, the Model City 150 for the UARA Series. Shell started on the outside of the front row. He roared past polesitter Sean Rayhall at the start of the 150-lap race and led the first 14 circuits.

Rayhall, a Georgia driver, battled back to overtake Shell for the lead on lap 15. It was no problem for Shell, who rode his No. 97 Ford in the runner-up position for the first half of the race.

Dillon Bassett, a 15-year-old from Winston-Salem, N.C., started pressuring Shell around the halfway point of the race and got by him for second on lap 101.

The race changed on a lap 136 restart as Rayhall was spun out from behind and knocked out of the lead.

It set the stage for a lap 142 restart with Bassett on the inside and Shell on the outside. When the cars entered turn 1, Bassett ran Shell up the track into the loose rubber from worn tires.

Once Shell hit the marbles, it got his car sideways, allowing several cars to get by. Bassett raced on to the win, while Shell finished seventh.

Lee Tissot, the 2003 UARA champion and a Kingsport Speedway regular over the past two seasons, wound up second in the wild finish.

In the preliminary races, Nick Cole of Bristol passed John Harrell for the lead on lap 5 of the 30-lap Street Stock feature and rolled on to the win. Harrell, who later was involved in an altercation with Jared Broadbent, was parked by track officials and credited with a last-place finish after trying to run head-on into Broadbent’s car.

Keith Helton of Kingsport captured his third Pure 4 victory of the season, and Dylan Bates of Kingsport won for the fifth time in Rookie Pure 4.


Trevor Denton of Bristol, Va., was crowned the champion among champions this past Sunday at Bristol Dragway after winning the King of the Track Competition.

Earlier in the weekend, Denton wrapped up the Super Pro title for the DER Bracket Series. Other track champions included: Tim Griffith of Cedar Bluff, Va., in Pro, Jerry Turner of Piney Flats in Motorcycle, John Isom in Sportsman, Bill Roberts in Trophy, Garrett Freeman in Junior Dragster, Division 1, and Dylan Kiser in Junior Dragster, Division 2.

Race winners for this past weekend included Buddy Fleenor of Rogersville, who defeated Keith Kyker of Telford in Saturday’s Super Pro final. Seth Street of Cedar Bluff, Va. won Sunday’s Super Pro race.

Turner swept the weekend’s Motorcycle action, while C.J. Hodges of Boone, N.C., and Matthew Buckles of Piney Flats won Pro races.

Brian Dunnigan of Mooresburg beat Justin Pierce of Elizabethton in Saturday’s Sportsman final, and Cody Spears of Bristol won on Sunday.

Bristol drivers Adam Green and Dustin Price split Trophy division races, while Devin Kiser of Corryton and Joseph Denton of Bristol took Junior Dragster, Division 1 races. Elizabethton’s Caleb Johnson was runner-up in Sunday’s Division 1 final.

Rogersville’s Gabe Ellison and Kiser were the weekend’s Division 2 winners.

With the bracket series wrapped up, Bristol Dragway hosts the annual Super Chevy Show this weekend. Also on the schedule for Saturday night is Thunder Valley Mayhem, an event which will feature races and exhibitions by a variety of extreme vehicles.


In motocross action, Adam Britt of Johnson City swept 250 Pro motos at Muddy Creek Raceway’s most recent Mega Series race.

Besides those winning efforts, Britt raced another dirt bike to fourth place in the 450 Pro class.

Other top-five finishers included Kyle Gomalka, who was third in the 250C division and fifth in the 14-16 Schoolboy class. Keith Ginley of Jonesborough and Tyler Orfield of Johnson City finished third and fourth, respectively, in the Schoolboy races. Tyler Curtis of Jonesborough was fourth in the 85cc class and Chandler Carver of Jonesborough was third in 51cc Limited.

Chelsea Taylor of Elizabethton finished third in the Women’s 12-over race, and Leslie Belcher of Johnson City finished fourth in the 45-older class.

The track has a milestone race coming up as the 25th annual Suzuki Top Gun Showdown is scheduled for Oct. 20-21.


Beechnut Raceway crowned its karting champions this past weekend. Among those honored were: Jonesborough’s Carter Davison, who won both track and Tennessee state championships in the Junior Sportsman Champ Karts, and Spencer Shell of Johnson City, who won the Junior Champ 1 Division title.

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