Twenty points is all that separates #15 Clay Jones, (in first place), from rival Late Model driver, #50 Daniel Vuncannon, (in fifth place), in the battle for the LeithCars.com Late Model Series track championship at Wake County Speedway. Only seven points currently separates Jones from second place, #51 Ethan Johnson and a razor-thin one-point difference is all there is now between #63 Tyler Mathews in third and #55, Holden Haddock in fourth place. (Haddock is also just a point ahead of Vuncannon too).
The Top 5 drivers battling for the points lead heading into the eighth race of this rain-shortened season, also have to contend with another threat Friday night and possibly for the remainder of the season...#99 Layne Riggs from Bahama, N.C.
While Riggs is 14th in points at America's Favorite Bullring, more importantly, he's contending for first place in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series National Points race, trying to maintain or build on his lead for the title. That's where his interest over the past three races at Wake County Speedway comes in.
Riggs has been traveling to the Bullring, racing on Friday nights, so he can pick up some extra points to go towards his national title race. As soon as the checkered flag drops in Raleigh, he and his team are off to the next race on the schedule, the following day. It's all about chasing those national points and staying ahead of defending National Late Model Stock Champion, Peyton Sellers out of Virginia. Going into Friday night's race in Raleigh, Riggs holds a 22-point lead over Sellers in the national points race, with 522 total points.
Be on the lookout for #99 Riggs in his blue and white Ford Mustang Friday night as he tangles with everything the Late Model Stock racers at The Bullring can throw at him. The Late Model Stocks are set to race twin 35-lap features on July 15th as part of the LeithCars.com 160.
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There's even more action in store for you Friday night, July 15th in the form of the always super-competitive Wake County Speedway support divisions, Mod-4 cylinder, Mini-Stock (4 cyl), INEX Legend, and the Country Superstars Bandolero Series.
Even though the Bandolero race cars are tiny, the racers who drive them pack a powerful punch in the form of their will to win. Watch for points leader, #54 Brody Marinko, to be driving hard to fend-off #88 Phoenyx Kimball (-6), who'll be looking to rebound from a broken throttle linkage she suffered at Wake County Speedway on June 17th. It's a 15-lap sprint Friday night, so there will be little time to make up any lost ground in case something goes awry for either driver.
In the 25-lap INEX Legends race, featuring points leader #08 Carson Haislip, winner of six Legends races so far this season, you'll need to look for someone, anyone...to challenge him. Aaron Crumpler, in the #00 car, is sitting 20 points back in second place, and #27 Tyler Hocutt is in third, with a whopping 33-point deficit!
In the Mod-4 fight for first, fan favorite, and "oldest currently active driver" at Wake County Speedway, #63 Dennis Capps, holds a 7 point lead over #15 Steve Messer. Capps (who turns 74 next month), is just 12 points ahead of #23 Randy Ayers.
Rounding-out the action Friday night is the Mini Stock division, featuring #7 Brandon Clements, who is running away from the rest of the field with a 37 point lead in the quest for the track championship.
Wake County Speedway is located at 2109 Simpkins Rd. just off HWY401S, about ten-minutes south of downtown Raleigh.
Let's go racing Friday night at the Bullring!