NEWTON, N.C. — As one of the oldest and longest operating short tracks in the country, Hickory Motor Speedway is steeped with tradition and memories, and 2018 would only add to the list of wonderful memories, while kickstarting the careers of motivated racers.
With a full slate of racing action in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, the Birthplace of NASCAR stars would definitely be the place to be to see motorsports best compete.
Troy DeMarmels would proudly watch his brother, Cody DeMarmels, wheel their Cosmo Motors Street Stock to numerous victories in 2016 & 2017, as he valiantly served his country in the United States Air Force. With Cody moving up a division Troy would strap in behind the wheel of the potent hotrod and not let up until he parked it at the head table with the 2018 Hickory championship.
RACE RESULTS: Hickory Motor Speedway
This year would be a banner year for Jacob Heafner, as he would run his first full season at Hickory in the NASCAR Whelen Late Models. Not only would he go on to capture his first victory along with the Rookie of the Year award, he would also go on to win the track championship.
The Paramount Auto Group Limited Late Models would see a mixture of seasoned veterans and rookie competitors taking checkers during the season. Pat Rachels would use his years of racing wisdom to put together a consistent season that would see him visit Victory Lane multiple times and grab the series title at the end of the season.
Young hot-shoe Gage Painter would put together a great season under the tutelage of former short track ace Dexter Canipe Sr., and win the Paramount Kia ‘Big 10’ Challenge.
Racing has been in Allen Huffman’s blood for many years but 2018 would prove to be one of his favorites as he would break through and take the title in the One Design Super Trucks. With a torrid points race among the top three drivers, the championship would not be decided until the checkered flag fell on the final race and smiled on the longtime competitor at America’s Most Famous Short Track.
With a strong finish to the 2017 season, Brian Mundy would start 2018 where he left off in the Carolina Custom Golf Cart 4-Cylinders and head back to Victory Lane multiple times. Capitalizing on a great season, Mundy would grab the championship and take home the prestigious hardware from the end of season banquet.
The 2018 season started off in a rough way for young Justin Austin, with the passing of his father, longtime Hickory competitor Greg Austin. This season would see the younger Austin be a man on a mission, winning the first five races in a row and drive on to an emotional track championship for the Renegades.
POINT STANDINGS: Hickory’s Final Track Tally
The Hickory Vintage Racing Series would see Bill Powell rise to the top, gathering numerous wins in his Bobby Isaac replica fan favorite. Powell would drive on to take the 2018 track championship.
The 2019 season looks to be another great season with another full slate of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action starting on March 9th with the Cosmo Motors Spring Classic Season Opener featuring Twin 40 lap features for the NWAAS Late Models and culminates on September 14th with NAPA Championship Night featuring 80 laps for the NWAAS Late Models.
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