That was all Carroll needed to get by McDaniel as the Dick Trickle tribute car was back out front. From there Carroll pulled away, easily scoring his first CARS Late Model Stock Tour victory.

“It was intense, very intense,” Carroll said. “We only ran one practice between yesterday and today and that was this morning. We qualified fifth. I knew we wouldn’t set the world on fire in qualifying but we were really good at the drop of the green flag. I knew we had a good car, it just took a little bit to get it going.

“I about lost it for myself there on the restart with about 20 or 30 to go. I missed a shift and McDaniel, he was really good around the top. Luckily we were able to get it back there with five or six laps to go. I was driving it for all I had,” Carroll said.

Behind Carroll the battle continued for second, with Alfredo getting the best of McDaniel after a multi-lap fight.

“It was pretty wild. We got into position after that big wreck happened on the frontstretch,” Alfredo said. “We found ourselves in the top-three. We missed it a little bit, we weren’t as good as I think we needed to be, but the way things went I definitely think we would have had a shot at the win. I think five more laps we’d have been racing for the win or something.”

McDaniel settled for third and admitted that he was surprised he kept Carroll behind him for as long as he did.

“I really just needed a few less laps. I was really surprised at how long we could stay out front. Carroll was a little bit better than we were. When we got to the top and could keep him pinched down we were really good,” McDaniel said. “He got a run on me and kind of put me in the fence down the backstretch and that allowed him to get ahead of me and when he did the 8 car (Alfredo) got underneath me.”

Brandon Grosso overcame crash damage to finish fourth, while Repko came home in fifth.

Tate Fogleman celebrates after winning the CARS Super Late Model Tour race at Hickory Motor Speedway. (Adam Fenwick Photo)

In the CARS Super Late Model Tour feature, Matt Craig started from the pole and dominated most of the race, which was run with no caution flags to slow the action. Fogleman, who started second in a Sam Ard tribute car, spent most of the race chasing Craig.

Fogleman spent most of the race just following Craig, waiting patiently before finally smashing the gas and challenging Craig for the lead. The time to go came at lap 100 as Fogleman quickly closed up on Craig’s back bumper.

On lap 113 Fogleman used a bump-and-run to get the job done, moving Craig out of the way to take the lead. Craig couldn’t respond and faded behind Fogleman in the closing laps as Fogleman cruised to his first series victory.

“The first 30 laps I was just feeling out my car, just finding out what I had and sizing him up I guess,” Fogleman said. “I just rode behind him and then we started catching lap traffic and we got in really heavy lap traffic and I was able to reel him back in.

“There might have been a caution, might not, so I decided that might as well be the best time to get in front of him. I just drove away from there since there weren’t any cautions.”

Brandon Setzer finished third and was closely chased by Bubba Pollard, who started last in the 19-car field. Tyler Ankrum completed the top-five.

The finishes:

Late Model Stocks: Justin Carroll, Anthony Alfredo, Austin McDaniel, Brandon Grosso, Ryan Repko, Dexter Canipe Jr., Danny O’Quinn, Cody Haskins, Landon Huffman, Layne Riggs, Deac McCaskill, Ronald Hill, Jared Fryar, Chris Hudspeth, Annabeth Barnes Crum, Josh Berry, Justin Johnson, Tommy Lemons Jr., Ty Gibbs, Stefan Parsons, Evan Swilling, Craig Moore, Robert Tyler.

Super Late Models: Tate Fogleman, Matt Craig, Brandon Setzer, Bubba Pollard, Tyler Ankrum, Tyler Church, Bradley McCaskill, Jeff Batten, Matt Wallace, Mike Speeney, Nolan Pope, Garrett Jones, Matt Thomas, Hailie Deegan, Riley Thornton, Cole Timm, Roy Hayes III, Cole Rouse, John Gustafson.