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Byrd leads Maupin by 1 point after win No. 5 at The Gap

Jeff Birchfield • Oct 2, 2019 at 2:19 PM

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

Driving the No. 24 Chevrolet, the Jonesborough racer beat Jensen Ford of Johnson City in the Crate Late Model feature. Byrd also pulled ahead of Johnson City’s Tim Maupin in the battle for the track championship with his division- leading fifth win of the season.

Byrd fought both Ford and Knoxville driver Zach Sise for the lead early. Sise got around Byrd for the second position only to see Ford take back the runner- up spot on a late-race restart, the result of a multicar accident involving six cars.

Maupin and Cameron Skinner finished behind Ford and Sise to round out the top five. Maupin trails Byrd by one point in the track championship standings.

Russellville’s Aaron Guinn won for the fourth time in four starts in Sportsman Late Model, finishing ahead of Gary Blanken and Clyde Stanton.

Josh Henry also stayed perfect in Street Stock, going 3-for-3 on the season. He beat Tony Trent and Austin Atkins to the line.

Logan Hickey of Morristown overcame early battles with Shannon Emery and Kurt Owens to earn his fourth Modified Street win. Emery was second and Chris Rickett third after Owens slowed with a flat tire.

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, but action resumes Oct. 12.

BRISTOL CHEVY SHOW

Kingsport driver Van Greer — son of Shirl Greer, the first NHRA Funny Car champion — 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 a bonus after winning the race when final-round opponent Don Evans of Abingdon red-lighted.

Bluff City’s Bill Roberts drove a 1955 Bel Air to victory in the Super Pro bonus race on Sunday, and Chris Carpenter of Galax won the other Super Pro race.

Other winners were 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 others, Allen Boles and Marshall Davis, have a chance entering the final race.

The trucks reach over 100 mph on Bristol’s high-banked short track.

There is a truck show at 9 a.m., and the winner — as picked by the fans — will serve as the official pace truck.

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. They cost $15 for adults and are 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 returns with Round 17 on Saturday at the Appalachian Fairgrounds. Three weekends remain on the schedule.

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