IPOWER Produces Memorable Easter Weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway NEWTON, NC (April 12, 2004) - Easter weekend saw racing and religion return to Hickory Motor Speedway. Events started on Friday with the Faster Pastor race and the Battle of the...
IPOWER Produces Memorable Easter Weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway
NEWTON, NC (April 12, 2004) - Easter weekend saw racing and religion return to Hickory Motor Speedway. Events started on Friday with the Faster Pastor race and the Battle of the Bands. While Saturday saw the IPOWER DASH cars take to the track alongside the IPOWER Mean Miatas, INEX Legends Pro and Hickory Super Trucks.
The Mean Miatas made their North Carolina circle track debut Saturday and put on quite a show for the crowd. (These are the same Spec Miatas that run under the SCCA banner on road courses). Though only four drivers competed in this event, word is traveling fast and it won't be long before a full field can be expected at the other events on the schedule.
Following the Mean Miatas was the second DASH event of the 2004 schedule, the IPOWER DASH Steak-Eze "150."
In qualifying, no one could top the "Thunder" car of Wade Day as he claimed his first pole of the season. The top six in the field drew for position to invert the field. After the inversion, Scott Weaver led the field to the green flanked by Day on the outside.
Weaver took off from the pole and quickly established a commanding lead. No one could catch "Slingshot," except for trouble as mechanical difficulty caused Weaver to pit and turned the lead over to a "Thirstee" Eric Wilson.J
Wilson wasn't the only one with an eye on the lead; Day was ready to make some noise of his own. After an early spin, Day worked his way through the field in the Highland Heating and Air Toyota and challenged Wilson's Old Milwaukee Pontiac for the lead.
Once Day had the lead he checked out and left the battling on the track to the second and third place cars of Jake Hobgood and Johnny Chapman. Day proved a tough competitor, he would stretch out his lead, lose it when the caution flag flew and gain it again when the green flag was displayed again.
Another tough competitor was Weaver; the early leader lost four laps due to problems early in the race but by virtue of the "Lucky Dog Rule" returned to lead lap competition by lap 130.
When the caution flag flew again, it erased Day's command on the field and allowed Hobgood and the rest of the competitors to close in for their chance at the lead. On the restart, Hobgood grabbed the top spot for the first time in the race. His stay atop the leader board would be a short one though as Day powered back retake first place on lap 143.
On a night where everyone seemed prone to bump and grind, it would ironically be the car named "Crash" that would survive the fracas and take the lead late in the race. Robert Huffman, the driver of "Crash" fought hard to get to the front, battling Hobgood and then Day.
After Caution number ten tightened the field, Day was able to jump out in front of Huffman and Hobgood on the restart. But this race would not be decided without the bumping and banging trademark of a short track. As all three battled for the lead, Day's car received a tap from Huffman, resulting in Day spinning and Huffman taking control. The spin resulted in a caution that set up a final green/white/checker dash to the finish. This gave the race fans the exciting finish they had hoped to see.
With Day, all but knocked out of competition, Huffman was able to get a good jump on the restart while Hobgood had trouble getting up to speed. Huffman would take home the victory Saturday night followed by Chapman and rookie driver, Alex Feree. After doing a burnout, Huffman greeted his home track fans by climbing the fence.
Huffman was quick to thank his crew and sponsors; Sig's Tire Center and 5 Brothers Produce, for helping with his Toyota. He also acknowledged Day and Hobgood as being his toughest competition on the track.
Chapman came home second but delivered the statement of the race when he declared you were "lucky to have your fenders left" after completing the race. Rounding out the top ten were: 4. Jake Hobgood, 5. Scott Weaver 6. Eric Wilson, 7. Danny Keaton, 8. Ned Combs, 9. Mike Watts, and 10. Wade Day.
IPOWER officials had penalized Alex Feree, relegating him to the tail end of the lead lap for not acknowledging a black flag for passing under the caution. However, after reviewing a video of the race, it was determined that Feree was not guilty of the infraction and the ruling was overturned reinstating his third place finish.