Brennan Poole visited victory lane for his second consecutive win during the 2011 UARA season in Saturday’s Courtesy Chevrolet 150 at Kingsport Speedway.
Poole started third and inherited the win when Sunoco Pole Winner George Miedecke and race-long leader Kyle Grissom made contact on the last lap entering turn one. Poole was followed to the line by Chad Finchum, Scott Turlington, David Roberts, Alex Yontz and Grissom.
Miedecke took the Sunoco pole with a 15.230 second lap and led the opening 22 laps of the event. Kyle Grissom, who took the outside pole, took the lead on lap 23 and held it for the majority of the race.
The first caution of the night came out on lap 3, when Adam Long and Leigh Caruthers got together in a chain reaction. Fortunately, neither car had any major damage and continued racing.
Grissom began lapping the tail of the field on lap 28 and continued to do so until the second caution. Jeff Woodward spun out, did not make any contact, and continued. After the next restart, Andy Mercer and Chad Finchum made contact, tearing off the right front fender of Finchum’s car, bringing out caution for debris. Mercer was able to continue despite damage and almost losing control of his race car.
Brandon Knupp and Jeremy Burns brought out the fourth caution when they made contact and spun in turn one. Julia Dawson also spun while trying to avoid the incident. Burns was deemed to have gone below the yellow line and was issued a stop-and-go penalty during the caution. During the drivers meeting, drivers were instructed to keep all four tires above the yellow blend line in turn one at all times, or penalties would be issued.
Caruthers was involved in the fifth caution of the night when he and Keith Stiltner made contact in turn two. Caruthers lost a lap, but continued. The green came out and the field continued just past halfway.
Grissom stretched out to a ten car length lead over Miedecke as they worked through the second half of the race. With no cautions during the second half, the leader had the opportunity to lap cars all the way up to eighth place. Lapped traffic gave second place Miedecke the chance to catch up with Grissom in the closing laps. Miedecke had a visibly faster car, and was able to get a run inside of Grissom coming to the white flag.
The two made contact in turn one, resulting into Grissom spinning out of race lead. Miedecke continued to the checkered flag as the apparent winner, however, UARA officials penalized him to the end of lead lap for aggressive driving, advancing his position on the last lap by taking out a competitor, thus handing the win to Poole.
The field was otherwise allowed to race to the checkered flag and Chad Finchum took full advantage of it, crossing the line immediately behind Poole. Unfortunately, the rookie was disqualified during post race inspection due to a carburetor violation.
Before all the UARA action, the local Pure 4 division took the track. With Tom Hodges on the pole, Greg Stephens was quick to grab the lead. Stephens led every lap from the outside pole. Only two cautions came out during the race, first was when Robert Darnell got turned around between turn three and four. The second caution of the Pure 4 division was when Eddie Smith wrecked while driving hard in turn two.
After drawing for qualifying, the drivers of the Legends division were hungry to take the track. The legends gave the crowd a great show with a few battles for the lead. Cody Johnson jumped out front and managed to hold the lead. With only five laps to go, Tyler Goodwin spun out while challenging for the lead. Hayden Woods picked up where he left off, making Johnson work hard for the win. Time ran out and Johnson was the driver to visit victory lane.
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Next stop for the UARA-STARS is Newport Speedway April 16, 2011 in Newport TN.
The STARS cars will have an open practice on Friday April 15, 2011 from 12-6 p.m.
Visit www.uara-stars.com for more information.