One week after getting wrecked and suffering a disappointing finish at the 4/10-mile Bulls Gap dirt track, the Johnson City driver raced to a strong second-place finish in Saturday’s Apex Bank 40 for the Crate Late Model division.
Maupin, driving the black No. 3 Chevrolet, started fourth in the 30-lap feature. He moved to third on lap 5 and passed Jordan Horton for second on lap 14. From there, the goal was to get around leader Jason Welshan of Maryville.
A caution bunched up the field on lap 25 and Maupin battled Welshan the rest of the race. Maupin came up a little short for the race win, but picked up a point on Jonesborough’s Tim Byrd in their contest for the track championship.
Welshan captured the $2,000-to-win top prize for his first win of the season in the black No. 01 machine. Horton crossed the finish line third, but was disqualified after he didn’t go to post-race tech. It moved Byrd, a three-time track champion, into third with Tyler Arrington and Gary Crittenden rounding out the top five.
With hard racing, Shannon Emery flipped in a lap 31 crash, but emerged without any major injuries. Johnson City’s Jackie Hughes had another solid effort with a 10th-place finish.
Maupin, the 2014 track champion, leads Byrd by four points in the driver standings. Hughes is currently fourth.
Aaron Guinn of Whitesburg is now 2-for-2 on the season, winning both Sportsman Late Model division races he’s entered. Guinn gunned it and pulled away from Vic Chandler at the start. He led flag to flag over the 30-lap race.
Adam Mitchell got around Chandler for second, while Chris Coffey and Logan Seal raced to top-five finishes
Two Morristown drivers picked up wins. Logan Hickey rolled to the Modified Street win over Wayne Rader. Tony Trent got around former track champion Jamie Whitt and Shawn Henry to win the Street Stock race.
John Byers of Knoxville won for the fourth time this season in Mini Stock, while Kentucky driver John Stevens continued to dominate the Classic division with his 10th win of the season.
NASCAR Divisions Championship Night is set for Friday night at Kingsport Speedway.
Keith Helton (Pure 4) and Kevin Canter (Mod 4) have wrapped up track championships at the 3/8-mile concrete oval. Nik Williams leads Zeke Shell by 11 points in the featured Late Model Stock division. Doug Austin (Pure Street) and Kevin Wolfe (Mod Street) also are on the cusp of winning season titles.
It’s also the final weekend of the season for the DER Bracket Series at Bristol Dragway.
Katie Street of Cedar Bluff, Virginia, is in position to make history as the first female champion in Super Pro. Jerry Turner of Bluff City holds a 22-point lead over Bryce Acuff in his bid to win a seventh Motorcycle track championship.
Other points leaders include Jesse Edens (Pro), Ed Cannon (Sportsman), Emily Ward (Trophy), Hunter Smith (Jr. Dragster, Division 1), Sawyer Atkins (Division 2) and Paige Smith (Division 3).
MUDDY CREEK RACEWAY
Logan McConnell of Kingsport rode his KTM to victory in the 450 Pro race and Adam Britt of Johnson City finished third to highlight weekend efforts at the Mega and Ultra Series combination event at Muddy Creek Raceway.
McConnell later doubled up by sweeping motos in the CollegeBoy division. Tim Calhoun of Fall Branch also swept motos in the VetMX Warrior Class as the event featured riders from as far away as Florida, Ohio, Minnesota and Texas.
The local riders held their own as Kevin Walker of Kingsport won two divisions and finished runner-up to Hans Neel of Piney Flats in another race. Neel also had two wins.
Michael Lambert from Gray edged Tyler Hopkins from Wise, Va., to win the 450C race. Brandon Gilliam of Kingsport won in Unlimited C/D and Carson Eads of Kingsport won the 85cc, 12-15 division.
Among the youngest riders, Lane Milhorn of Watauga edged Blountville’s Braydon Britt in the 51cc Beginner class.
Marshall Cochran of Blountville was runner-up in two classes and Haley Ball of Kingsport was second in the 85cc D race for the Mega Series. Chris Furches of Jonesborough was the ATV Intermediate division runner-up.