RACE: Cargo Transporters Championship Night presented by Gaston Rentals (Late Model Stock)
TRACK: Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway
DATE: September 15, 2012
GALLAHER BRINGS HOME A TOP-10 FINISH AT HICKORY (N.C.) MOTOR SPEEDWAY
> DENVER, NC (September 18, 2012) - Will Gallaher raced to a top-10 finish against the competition from the NASCAR Whelen All-American Bojangles Late Models on Saturday, September 15th at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
Gallaher had a solid practice session on Friday night, but was sidelined from Saturday morning's two practice sessions as a result of mechanical problems. With the No. 6 Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) Chevrolet back in working order, Gallaher picked up two-tenths from his practice speed to record his best time trial effort of the season and roll off in the 10th position.
Coming off a restart, Gallaher got out the groove and made slight contact with the outside wall resulting in some aero damage to the No. 6 ESR Chevrolet. With just slight damage, Gallaher was able to continue his pace around the historic Hickory Motor Speedway to finish the race in the 10th position.
"We were definitely the most consistent we've been all year from practice to qualifying, but we just ended up too tight as the night went on," commented Gallaher. "Coming home with a top ten definitely feels good after some of the races we've had this year. I have to thank the No. 6 ESR team for providing me with a fast car. We will all keep working hard to continue to improve as the season winds down."
Gallaher will be back behind the wheel this Friday, September 21, at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. to compete in the speedway's weekly late model stock car event.
RACE: Model City 150
TRACK: Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway
DATE: September 14, 2012
BRANDON JONES RECORDS ANOTHER TOP-TEN FINISH IN UARA COMPETITION AT KINGSPORT (TENN.) SPEEDWAY
> DENVER, NC (September 18, 2012) - In a weekend of challenges, Brandon Jones and the No. 33 Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) Chevrolet team overcame adversity to finish sixth at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway on Friday night in the United Auto Racing Association (UARA) STARS Series. Jones drove a solid event to race through the field and run in the top-five during the closing laps. After a late-race caution moved him back to ninth in the running order, the young driver picked up three positions to cross the finish line in sixth-place after 150 laps.
Enrolled in his freshman year of high school, Jones missed the opening practice on Thursday night at the 0.375-mile concrete oval, but was able to get acclimated to the track during two shorter practice sessions on Friday. Jones noticed a problem with his motor during qualifying requiring his team to open the hood and work on the car after qualifying on Friday afternoon. With less than three hours until the green flag was scheduled to fall, Jones' ESR crew worked quickly to resolve the problem.
With a post-qualifying impound rule in effect, Jones was required to start the Model City 150 from the rear of the field. The Atlanta native slowly picked his way through the field, passing competitors and making his way to the front. Around lap 135, Jones was racing in the fourth position when an untimely caution resulted in him being pushed back to the ninth position for the restart. The race ended with an eight-lap shootout where Jones picked up three positions to take the checkered flag in the sixth position.
"I had a lot of fun racing through the field on Friday night," commented Jones. "It's been a couple weeks since we last raced, so it was really exciting to be back in the car and race through the field. We had a problem with our motor early in the day, but as always, my ESR team fixed the issue and gave me a great racecar. I'm looking forward to being back in the car again next week at Lonesome Pine Raceway."
Jones will be back behind the wheel in the UARA-STARS Series this Saturday, September 22, at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Va.