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Byrd edges Ford for fifth victory of season

Jeff Birchfield • Oct 2, 2019 at 11:00 PM

Tim Byrd outran his old teammate for the win and pulled ahead of his biggest rival in the championship standings Saturday night at Volunteer Speedway.

Driving the No. 24 Chevrolet, the Jonesborough racer emerged from an early-race battle for the lead to beat old teammate Jensen Ford of Johnson City for the victory in the Crate Late Model feature. In the process, he pulled ahead of rival Tim Maupin, also of Johnson City, in the battle for the track championship.

It was a division-leading fifth win of the season for Byrd, who battled with both Ford and Knoxville driver Zach Sise for the lead early. Sise got around Byrd for the second position, only to see Ford come back and take back the runner-up spot on a late-race restart.

The restart was the result of a multi-car accident involved six cars.

Maupin and Cameron Skinner finished behind Ford and Sise to round out the top five. It gave Byrd a one-point lead over Maupin in the track championship standings.

Aaron Guinn from Russellville won for the fourth time in four starts in Sportsman Late Model. He led flag-to-flag while Gary Blanken and Clyde Stanton finished second and third. Josh Henry also stayed perfect in Street Stock, going 3-for-3 on the season. Leading all 20 laps, he beat Tony Trent and Austin Atkins to the finish line.

Logan Hickey of Morristown overcame early battles with Shannon Emery and Kurt Owens to prevail for the fourth time in Modified Street. Owens’ car broke loose in an attempt to take the lead from Hickey. After Owens slowed with a flat tire, Emery finished second and Chris Rickett was third.

John Stevens won for the 12th time in 15 Classic starts. The Kentucky driver led Shane Taylor and Michael Millsap to the finish line.

Jacob Sharp proved triumphant in a Front Wheel Drive feature that had a large field of 31 drivers. Nathan Adams finished second with Josh Detwiler, making a rare appearance on dirt, crossing the line in third.

No racing is scheduled for Volunteer Speedway this Saturday. Action returns on Saturday, Oct. 12

BRISTOL CHEVY SHOW

Kingsport driver Van Greer, son of the first NHRA Funny Car champion Shirl Greer, won Sunday’s DOT race at the Bristol Chevy Show.

Driving a 1985 Suburban, Greer had a solid .020 reaction time in the final. He nearly matched his dial-in as an extra bonus after winning the race when his final-round opponent Don Evans of Abingdon, Va., red-lighted.

Bill Roberts of Bluff City drove a 1955 Bel Air to victory in the Super Pro bonus race at Sunday’s Bristol Chevy Show. Chris Carpenter of Galax, Va., won the other Super Pro race, while other winners included Jake Bell of Newport (Pro), Landon Shipley of Blountville (Junior Dragster, Division 1) and Harriman’s Baylee Mize (Jr. Dragster, Division 2). Alexis Whitaker of Telford was the Division 2 runner-up.

BIG WHEELS ROLLING

The Bandit Big Rig Series will crown its season champion on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Two-time defending series champion Ricky “Rude” Proffitt has a 13-point lead over Mark Noble in the championship standings. Two other drivers, Allen Boles and Marshall Davis, have a chance entering the final race.

The trucks reach over 100 miles per hour on Bristol’s high-banked short track.

There is a truck show at 9 a.m. with the winner of the show — as picked by the fans — to serve as the official pace truck of the evening. Gates open at 11 a.m. and fans have a chance to meet the drivers from 1-3 p.m. The first 2,500 kids will receive a free Bandit Big Rig Series drawstring bag and coloring book.

Heat races start at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale online $15 for adults, free for kids 8-under. Tickets are $30 at the gate with an infield access available for $50. Minors are not permitted in the pits during racing.

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS

After a week off, the Hot Summer Nights Supercross Series will get back to action Saturday at the Appalachian Fairgrounds.

It’s round No. 17 of the series with just three races remaining on the schedule.

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