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Hodge captures season finale at Kingsport Speedway

staff reports • Updated Sep 15, 2018 at 6:05 PM

KINGSPORT — Dillon Hodge finished his racing season a winner at Kingsport Speedway.

Hodge, a 15-year-old Sullivan South High School student from Kingsport, held off Bryson Dennis of Greeneville and Carter Davison of Elizabethton to win a special Late Model Stock feature for drivers who haven't won at the 3/8-mile concrete track since it reopened to weekly racing in 2011.

Dennis was fastest in qualifying at 15.178 seconds to earn the pole starting position, with Hodge second-quickest at 15.340.

Hodge jumped out to the lead at start over Dennis, while 14-year-old Davison, who was making his first-ever start at Kingsport, moved to third. They remained 1-2-3 over a caution-free, 60-lap feature.

Behind them, Trey Lane of Kingsport and Dale Cline of Wytheville, Virginia, rounded out the top five.

Greg Killen of Clintwood, Virginia, made his return to the driver's seat for the first time in 23 years and held off Kingsport’s Austin Peters for the Modified Street win. Alex Miller of Erwin was third, followed by Derek Lane of Kingsport and Kevin Canter of Abingdon, Virginia. The 66-year-old Killen is the grandfather of 15-year-old Chase Dixon, who won three Mod Street races during the season.

Josh Detwiler of Rogersville captured the Pure 4 feature as Craig Phelps' car came out of gear on the last lap. William Hale took second, followed by Dustin Kestner, Brandon Byington and Phelps.

Dalton Thomas of Pikeville, Kentucky, scored the Mod 4 win over Hershell Robinette and Chris Coleman. The lead trio took advantage after early leaders Dennis Arnold and Mitch Gibson got together in the first part in the race.

Mike Mays of St. Paul, Virginia, and Sammy Ferguson battled for the lead throughout the Pure Street feature — with Mays taking the checkered flag.

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