KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Zeke Shell had been fast in every race this season, but had yet visited victory lane at Kingsport Speedway. Friday he got the job done.
Shell finally shook the monkey off his back to capture his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series “Dalton Direct Carpets” Late Model Stock victory of the season in convincing style, winning over Chad Finchum and Blake Jones by a little over half-straightaway at “The Concrete Jungle.”
“Wow, I was kind of beginning to wonder if we were ever going to be able and win us a race,” said a smiling Shell following his crowd-pleasing first victory of the season. “We’ve had a strong car in every race this year and the opportunities have been there to win, but we just hadn’t been able to seal the deal and bring home the trophy. Riding behind Chad (Finchum) I really felt we had a much faster car, but you have to give him credit for doing what he had to do and keep me pinned behind him. But with those lapped cars kind of getting into the picture, I saw that as my chance to make a move. And the final results proved we were faster, as I put several car lengths between myself and Chad there at the finish.”
Blake Jones, Lee Tissot and Paul Nogradi Jr. completed the top five.
Nick Cole won the street stock feature and Jason Ketron topped the pure four race. Billy Taylor was best in the rookie pure four division. Zack Walton and Jacob Owens split Legends Car victories.