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Broyles leads Washington County sweep

June 25th, 2013 6:26 pm by Jeff Birchfield

Broyles leads Washington County sweep

Jerry Broyles led a 1-2-3 sweep of Washington County drivers at Volunteer Speedway in the Pro Late Model feature this past Saturday night.
Broyles, the 2009 Pro Late Model track champion, jumped into the lead over fellow Jonesborough driver Tim Byrd at the start of the 25-lap race.
Byrd closed within a couple of car lengths a few occasions when the two were working lapped traffic, but Broyles held on to the lead and went on to record his first win of the season.
Dale Ball, the five-time track champion from Johnson City, competed the podium finish for Washington County drivers at the front of the 16-car field.
Later in the program came a first visit to Volunteer Speedway for the Southern Regional Racing Series.
Chad Ogle of Sevierville won the 40-lap Super Late Model feature when race-long leader Vic Hill, also a five-time Volunteer Speedway champion, suddenly slowed on lap 34.
Ogle went on to the victory while Indiana driver Scott James passed Ryan King of Seymour for the runner-up spot.
Jamie Whitt of Wise, Va., grabbed the lead at start of the 20-lap Modified Hobby feature and never looked back to win over Jesse Helton. Jonesborough driver Jon Cook finished third.
Racing is scheduled to return July 6 to the 4/10-mile dirt track.
Kres Van Dyke of Claypool Hill, Va., became the seventh different winner in 13 Late Model Stock races at Kingsport Speedway this past Friday night.
Van Dyke bumped his way passed leader Paul Nogradi on lap 38 of the 60-lap feature for the NASCAR Weekly All-American Series and his No. 15 Chevrolet led the rest of the way.
Daniel Pope of Smyrna finished second, followed by Ronnie McCarty of Kingsport. Points leader Chad Finchum of Knoxville and Zeke Shell of Johnson City rounded out the top five.
Gray was well represented with Daniel Boone High School student Tyler Goodwin in eighth place and Joey Trent of Gray in ninth. Nogradi wound up 11th.
Heading up the preliminary clases, Jason Ketron of Kingsport held off his brother Billy for his sixth Pure 4 victory of the season. Allen Rich of Sylva, N.C., outdueled John Harrell of Surgoinsville to win in Street Stock.
The Legends race was also hotly contested with Derek Lane of Kingsport hanging on for a third win of the season despite contact from Jacob Owens. Billy Byington of Kingpsort also scored a third win of the season in Rookie Pure 4.
Five drivers from Kingsport Speedway rank in the top 15 of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national points. Occasional Kingsport racer Anthony Anders is sixth, followed by Finchum in eighth. Others are: Shell in 13th, VanDyke in 14th and Pope in 15th.
Another night of NASCAR weekly racing action is scheduled for this Friday.
Bristol Dragway has a full schedule for this weekend starting with the Street Fights program tonight, followed by a test-and-tune for the DER Bracket Series on Friday and two days of bracket racing.
Street Fights Racers who complete a run at, or quicker than, 125 mile per hour requirement will receive a spot in Bristol Dragway’s 125 MPH Club and a special “club” decal.
Anyone able to achieve a .000 reaction time will receive a pass good for one free night of racing.
Several local riders were among top finishers last weekend in the Hot Summer Nights Supercross Series at the Appalachian Fairgrounds.
Jacob Austin of Jonesborough led the way with a win in the 125cc 2-stroke category.
Other winners included Johnson City rider Tanner Treadway in the 85cc division for 9-13 year-olds, and a trio of Jonesbrough riders -- Trey Emmert in CollegeBoy 14-24 and Hayden Chandler in 51cc Multi-Speed, and Chris Furches in ATV Youth 7-15 year-olds.
Racing is scheduled again this Saturday night at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray.

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