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Lane wins at Kingsport; Muddy Creek set for Showdown

Jeff Birchfield • Oct 9, 2018 at 9:18 PM

Hometown driver Derek Lane charged from the back of the field to outrun the Gripp Limited Late Model Series regulars and win the second of two 35-lap features on Saturday night at Kingsport Speedway.

Lane, who ran second to North Carolina driver Alan Rich in the first 35-lap feature, had to start at the back of the 23-car field after failing to go straight to post-race tech inspection. He won a bet with his crew by passing seven cars on the first lap and kept moving forward.

He made it up to seventh before the first caution and eventually into second, setting up a duel with Rich for the victory. That didn’t happen when Rich’s ignition box faltered and he had to retire from the race.

Another late-race matchup failed to materialize when Terry Smith got into the back of Ralph Carnes’ machine. In the end, Lane held off Tanner Brookshire for the victory at the three-eighths-mile concrete oval.

“We had a bet going,” Lane said. “The most cars I had passed on the first lap was six at Newport. We ended up passing seven. We knew we had a good piece. We just had to keep the nose clean but get to the front fast enough where I had time at the end. I didn’t want to mess with these guys’ points. I just wanted to outrun them and that’s what we did.”

Also among the top 10 were Kingsport Speedway regulars Dennis Deese, who normally runs in the Mod Street division, in eighth, Alex Miller of Erwin in ninth and Dale Cline in 10th.

Veteran racer Lee Tissot of Asheville captured a 75-lap feature in the Southeast Super Trucks Series, beating teenager Ashton Higgins of Weaverville, N.C., for the win.

Kingsport’s Keith Helton won the Pure 4 division race, Donald Canipe took the Legends division and Sam Ferguson won in Pure Street.

TOP GUN SHOWDOWN

This weekend, Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville hosts the 31st annual Suzuki Top Gun Showdown. Action starts Friday with an open practice. Racing is scheduled for all day Saturday ahead of the Suzuki Top Gun Showdown main-event motos on Sunday. Camping is free with paid admission.

Local racing icon Mike Brown won last year’s 250 Pro race.

The event followed last week’s announcement that the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series won’t be returning to Muddy Creek in 2019. The Tennessee National date is going to the WW Ranch Motocross track in Jacksonville for the Florida National.

The series is returning to the Sunshine State for the first time since 1977.

FALL CLASSIC

Russellville’s Aaron Guinn pulled away from three-time Volunteer Speedway track champion Tim Byrd of Jonesborough to finish first in the 30-lap main event featuring Crate Late Model vs. Sportsman Late Model cars.

Byrd led the first 24 laps of the race at the four-tenths-mile dirt track before Guinn got him on the restart. Both top finishers were protested, but both cars’ engines were found to be legal.

HOT SUMMER NIGHTS

Evan Hayworth of Piney Flats won two classes and was runner- up in another in Round 14 of the Hot Summer Nights Supercross Series last Saturday at the Appalachian Fairgrounds.

Kingsport’s Houston Hayworth won the Unlimited C/D division and Kingsport’s Cody Goode took the 65cc, 10-11 victory. Two Johnson City racers, Madison Hensley (Women) and Riley Cash (65cc Beginner), and Jonesborough riders Justin Carberry (250D) and Jake Hillman (51cc, 4-6) also captured wins.

Among the runners-up were Bladen Farmer of Kingsport (51cc, 4-6) and Seth Fields of Church Hill (65cc, 7-9).

SPORTSMAN SPECTACULAR

Todd McKinney of Elizabethton finished runner-up in the No Box division at the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular race at Farmington, N.C., on Saturday.

McKinney’s .040 reaction time was faster at the start than race winner Phillip Harrison. McKinney went down the one-eighth-mile track in 6.777 seconds at 100.99 mph.

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