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Byrd captures emotional Volunteer victory

Jeff Birchfield • Jul 9, 2019 at 3:54 PM

Tim Byrd wasn’t about to be denied Saturday night.

The Jonesborough racer captured an emotional Crate Late Model feature win at Volunteer Speedway, which came just one week after getting beat on a last-lap pass at the 4/10-mile Bulls Gap dirt track.

This time racing with a heavy heart, Byrd had his blue No. 24 Chevrolet at front at the end of the 30-lap race. Close friend and crew member Johnny Sells died unexpectedly earlier in the week and Byrd pointed to the skies as soon as he emerged from the car in victory lane.

It was the first win of the season for Byrd, a three-time Volunteer Speedway champion. Although he set fast time in qualifying and led all 30 laps of the race, it didn’t come easy. Brandon Williams gave Byrd a fight to the finish, with the final margin of victory just .308 of a second.

Byrd called it his most special win ever.

Heath Alvey, the previous week’s winner, finished third with Johnson City driver Tim Maupin taking the fourth spot. Cameron Skinner rounded out the top five.

Chris Coffey of Morristown won family bragging rights with his Sportsman Late Model win. His cousin Rex Coffey wound up second and Jeremy Shannon rounded out the top three.

David Clark of Tazewell won the 20-lap Modified Street feature. Wayne Rader finished second with Shannon Emery taking the third position.

Kentucky driver John Stevens won for the fourth time this season in the Classic division. Chad Manning of Newport broke through to win in Mini Stock and another Newport driver, Josh Henry, won for a second straight week in Street Stock.

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Volunteer Speedway has the $2,000-to-win, Food City 40 for the American Crate All-Star Series headlining this Saturday’s program.

The Sportsman Late Model, Modified Street, Classic, Mini Stock and Street Stock divisions are also in action.

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