Estes scores Street Stock Nationals victory

On a freezing cold Saturday afternoon Kyle Courtney and John Byers lead the Mini Stock feature to the green flag. After a quick caution for a false start the race got underway with Courtney taking the lead ahead of Byers and Chris Griffin. Fireball Roberts saw his night so south as he quickly went pitside in the opening laps. Just 6 laps into the 20 lap feature Courtney began to pull away from Byers. The race was on for the third spot as Mike Townsend put the pressure on Griffin. The race was slowed on lap 16 for a spin by Alex Squire allowing Byers to close the gap. Byers would look inside Courtney in the closing laps but would have to settle for the runner up spot.
1: #171 Kyle Courtney
2: #J7 John Byers
3: #08 Chris Griffin
4: #29 Mike Townsend
5: #7 Alex Squires
6: #25 Joe Myers
7: #322 Fireball Roberts
DNS: #8 Brandon Morton
Philip Thompson came into the day looking to continue his dominance of the Classic Car division. He got off to the right start by winning the heat race earlier and securing the top spot. Trouble found Robbie Sands early on as he slowed with smoke from his machine. Former track champion Bart Baxter tried to take the third spot away from Ritchie Overholser as they chased the leaders. On lap 5 Baxter was able to make his move and take the spot away. Just 6 laps in and Thompson had already ran away to a big lead. A caution for a spin by Overholser erased the huge gap Thompson had built up. The fight for 2nd heated up as Baxter put the pressure on Pressley. This was a long way back from Thompson who went on to pick up another victory.
1: #24 Philip Thompson
2: #07A Adam Pressley
3: #7 Bart Baxter
4: #7B Joe Keck
5: #18 Eli Keck
6: #88 Ritchie Overholser
7: #2 Justin Overton
8: #07 Bobby Pressley
9: #5 Robbie Sands
Up next the Sportsman cars rolled onto track for their 20 lap feature. Showing the way was Jesse Helton and Clyde Stanton. Stanton and Coffey traded the runner up spots before Stanton took it over. The top two of Heton and Stanton began to put some distance between themselves and 3rd place Coffey after 7 laps. That didn’t last long though as Coffey began to close the gap making it a three car race for the lead. A spin by Nick Perry allowed the rest of the pack to catch up to the top three. Back under green Stanton closed in on Helton. He dove underneath Helton coming off turn four and the two tangled spinning into the infield. With Helton and Stanton out of the picture Rex Coffey would take over and lead the rest of the laps picking up the win.
1: #3 Rex Coffey
2: #10 Adam Mitchell
3: #12 Eric Register
4: #27 David Vandergriff
5: #14 Hershell Hyatt
6: #19 Nick Perry
7: #74 Freddy Hillard
8: #28 Jesse Helton
9: #c11 Clyde Stanton
Jason Manley set fast time in time trials putting his #32 machine on the pole for the 30 lap Late Model feature. Doing double duty on the night was Greg Estes who started outside pole with Manley. Jason Welshan was in no mood to ride around as he quickly took the runner up spot. Coming off turn four Welshan jumped to the outside of Manley. The two swapped paint a few times before Welshan took over the top spot. The night came to an early end for Josh Pilcher as he pulled off with mechanical problems. By lap 16 Welshan had pulled out to a full straightaway lead over Manley. A little further back Shane Clifton and Ryan King battled for a top five position. The strong run Estes had going was derailed as he went for a spin on lap 17 bringing out the caution. Back under green Ballenger, Manley and Brad Coffey stole the show as they raced 3 wide for second down the backstretch. Ballenger would lose several spots but would gain them back before the end of the race. Another driver fell out in the second half of the race as Chase King retired for the evening. After starting on the pole Manley pulled off the track with just five laps left. Welshan went on to dominate the second half of the race.
1: #29 Jason Welshan
2: #88 Brad Coffey
3: #29 Rusty Ballenger
4: #23 Layne Clifton
5: #30 Ryan King
6: #21 Mario Gresham
7: #31 Greg Estes
8: #31 Brad Seagle
9: #7 William Overbey
10: #32 Jason Manley
11: #57 Josh Pilcher
12: #44 Chase King
DNS: #11c Preston Crisp
39 Street Stock competitors showed up to Tennessee’s action track for the first ever Street Stock Nationals. Greg Estes set fast time in qualifying accompanied by Buddy Isles JR on the front row. The race didn’t stay long as a pile up on the opening lap ended the night for for track champion David Price. Once the green waved again Estes took the lead looking to continue his very impressive season in the street stock class. It wasn’t gonna be a ride in the park however as Isles was all over Estes for the race lead. Trouble found Gary Blanken as he slowed on the track bringing out the caution and ending his night. Colby Taylor showed everyone he would be a force to be reckoned with as he moved past Rickett into the 3rd spot. Just a few laps later he moved past Isles and into the runner up spot. The caution would wave again on lap 17 as Tony Horton and Brandon Hutichinson tangled coming off turn 4 sending both drivers spinning. Taylor would make his move under Estes but the two cars tangled and both spun. The caution was called on Taylor and he went to the rear with Estes getting the lead back. Isles, now back into the second spot was all over Estes for the lead as the laps closed down. He looked inside of Estes in a great battle for the lead but Estes held on to pick up the victory becoming the first ever 411 Motor Speedway Street Stock Nationals champion.
1: #31 Greg Estes
2: #11 Buddy Isles JR
3: #36 Chris Rickett
4: #15 Colby Taylor
5: #119 Eddie Stewart
6: #11B Dean Boyd
7: #427 Jamey Adams
8: #J3 Jeff McLemore
9: #44 Jeff Parson
10: #56 Tony Horton
11: #M2 Shannon Emery
12: #69 Nick Barnard
13: #36 Jason Lufkin
14: #A85 Brandon Hutchinson
15: #310 Jeremy Howard
16: #14 Kurt Owens
17: #5 Gary Blanken
18: #1 David Price
19: #A93 Nathan Adams
20: #7B Glenn Patton
DNS: #32 Tyler Smith
DNS: #411 Rodney Murphy
DNS: #93 Derek Bottoms
DNS: #20 Glen Hounshell
DNS: #0Z Jon Cook
DNS: #9 Greg Humphrey
DNS: #14 Tony Trent
DNS: #360c James Crowe
DNS: #88 Nick Miley
DNS: #1R Robert Russell
DNS: #19 Jim Gilbert
DNS: #30 Jonathan Sims
DNS: #37 Shane Taylor
DNS: #37H Greg Hensley
DNS: #5 Tony Simonic
DNS: #77 Billy Sands
DNS: #112 Billy Asburry
DNS: #18x Landon Stelle
DNS: #10 Dave Smith

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