Saturday, September 13, was the last race of the Paramount Kia Challenge Series at Hickory Motor Speedway in NC. There were 21 late models entered. Justin drove his best qualifying run of his 10-race season which put him starting p. 6 for the race.
It was an intense start to the race with a caution coming early on lap 8. On this first re-start, Justin was in the outside line. A car at the front slowed causing an accordion effect back through the line where Justin lost two spots. The first 25 laps of the race saw really hard side by side racing and then things started to settle a little with more single file racing throughout the field. There would be 3 more cautions and each re-start Justin was positioned on the outside line and then battling hard with someone. Justin had made it into the top 10 but then a late race caution took away the momentum and Justin slipped back to cross the finish line in p. 12.
June 14, 2014 was the 6th Paramount Kia 100 Challenge Series race at Hickory Motor Speedway. It was also flag day and during the autograph session we handed out flags to the fans as well as signed Hero Cards.
At Friday’s practice, the team felt good about the car’s setup. After qualifying p. 13, Justin was confident he could get the car through the field. However, once the race started it was pretty clear they missed the set up and Justin could not advance to keep up with the leaders.
The race with 20 late models went green for 100 laps. It would have been interesting had there been a caution around lap 25. By the looks of most of the cars on the track, half of the field would have come down pit road to adjust their cars. That would have been entertaining for the fans. It took a lot to wheel that car and stay ahead of the leader for as long as he could but Justin had to let the leader by on lap 84. Justin finished p. 14, the first car one lap down. Josh Berry had a car that was hooked up and there were only 13 cars on the lead lap at the end. The next race is 6/28 and you can be sure Justin and the team will take this race as a learning experience and come back more determined than ever.
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Saturday, May 24, was the fifth race and the half-way point in the Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge Series at Hickory Motor Speedway.
There were 24 late models for the event. Justin had a strong qualifying run and would start the feature in p. 10.
The 24-car field was very close in times. The start of the race had the entire field double file coming into Lap 2. Several cars in front of Justin checked up in his line and as he checked up, the cars behind him were not able to slow in time and Justin was turned around coming out of turn 2.
The advantage of the top 10 qualifying run was now gone. Justin had 23 cars to pass to get to the front. The field this weekend included the strong competition of HMS regulars, Austin McDaniel, Shane Lee, Landon Huffman, Ashley Huffman, Matt Piercy, as well as strong equipment of Dillon Bassett, two JR Motorsports drivers, two David Gilliland Racing competitors and Steven Wallace.
Justin drove his way to p. 15 at lap 15 when the second caution waved. There were several more cautions before half way where Justin had raced his way to p. 10.
The race would go green for the second half. Justin crossed the finish line in p. 7 staying calm and focused in the car to overcome an early spin and drive through the field.
A few days after the race it was confirmed two cars were DQ-d which would give Justin a top 5 finish.
The next race will be June 14.
View photos of the race here. We have also added some photos from the Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Before the race, we went to the Ford Hospitality Tent to hear from Jimmy Fennig who is Carl Edwards’ crew chief, Marcos Ambrose, Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski and Carl Edwards.
Saturday, May 10, was the 4th race of the Paramount Kia Challenge Series at Hickory Motor Speedway in NC. There was some rain that came through in the afternoon right when practice was to start. Instead of two practice sessions, the drivers were given one practice before qualifying.
Justin had a solid qualifying run putting the #15 Lee Faulk Racing late model in p. 7 for the start of the race.
Starting p. 7 for the 100-lap feature, Justin quickly advanced to p. 5 when on Lap 4 there was a caution for a car hitting the tire barrier and two other cars making contact in Turn 1. This would bring out the first red flag of the race for the lengthy cleanup. Justin would start p. 5 on this re-start and race up to p. 3 by lap 48 when the second caution flag flew. Only one lap later there would be a third caution for a car hitting the wall at the entrance of Turn 3. This would bring out the second red flag. Once the red flag was lifted Justin’s car needed a push to get started. The race would go green from this point to the end. During this second half of the race, the handling of the car went away and Justin was fighting a very tight race car. By lap 80 he had slipped to p. 7. For the last 20 laps Justin was able to maintain that position to the checkered flag.
This was Justin’s third top 10 this season. Looking forward to the next race over Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 24, at Hickory Motor Speedway.
We want to thank Chuck and Marianne Priselac for making the trip down to NC from PA to watch the race. It is always exciting to have friends who are passionate about racing at the track and we appreciate their support.
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Saturday, 4/26, was the third race of the Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge series at Hickory Motor Speedway. There were 21 late model cars entered for the 100-lap event.
Justin would start p. 14 for the feature. For the first lap the entire field was double file when the first caution came out for a car spinning on the backstretch during lap 2. Everyone stacked up but there didn’t appear to be any damage to Justin’s car. On the re-start Justin quickly gained 4 spots to p. 8 by lap 15.
The second caution came out on lap 22 when a car’s engine let go. The red flag was displayed to clean up the oil that was around the entire track. Justin’s car needed a push from the wrecker to get going once the red flag was lifted. Then again the same thing happened when the field stopped while they were single file under yellow clearing the speedy dry from the track.
The race would go green from lap 31 to the end. Justin was running p. 8 at Lap 40 when the car slipped out of gear as he was coming out of turn 2. Justin was able to recover, get the car back in gear and continue on but lost a full straightaway to the car running p. 7.
With the transmission problem, Justin had to hold the gear shift in place and drive with one hand for 60 laps. All this time driving with one hand, he was able to maintain the 8th spot and re-gain the full straightaway he had lost when the car slipped out of gear.
In three starts, Justin has two top 10’s. It is called the “Challenge Series” and we certainly have been challenged so far this season. The bad luck last week with the weight hitting the front end of the car prevented a top 10 finish. The transmission problem this race held us back from advancing. Hoping everything comes together soon and we can get the Lee Faulk Racing #15 late model up front. The next 100-lap race will be May 10.
It was beautiful weather on Saturday, 4/12, for the second 100-lap Paramount Kia Big 10 Challenge race at Hickory Motor Speedway in NC. There were 26 late model cars entered in the event. Justin qualified p. 15.
At the outset of the race, the first 10 cars quickly spread out running single file. Mid-pack on back was a different story with mostly everyone doubled up. Justin did some great side by side racing running the inside line for most of the first 15 laps.
Laps 16 to 26 the drivers settled down and were running single file with Justin in p. 18. Lap 26 saw Justin begin to move forward doing again some great side by side racing until the first caution came out on lap 31. Justin had advanced to p. 15.
Lap 31 seemed to go on forever. The first re-start saw an engine let go putting oil down on the track. There were three more re-starts with three more quick cautions before they finally were able to go onto lap 32. Only the first six cars were running single-file. Everyone else was doubled up. Justin had fought his way up to p.10 when on Lap 42 he was turned coming out of turn 2. He did an amazing save to keep from hitting anything but he would re-start in the back of the field.
Racing hard on the outside now coming up through the field while running p.18 there was a huge pile up on the front stretch before the entrance to turn 1. Justin again did a great job of getting the car stopped in time before being collected in this pile up of at least 10 cars. This brought out the red flag for the clean up.
On the re-start, Justin began to move up through again on the outside. He had made it back up to p. 10 when a 30 lb. lead weight came off the car ahead of him and went through the front of the car into the radiator causing Justin to spin going into turn 1. He drove out of the spin keeping the car from hitting the wall but with the damage to the radiator he was unable to continue at Lap 57.
Very unfortunate end. This race showed excellent car control by Justin in running side by side for most of the race, for being able to make split second decisions to miss all the wrecks, to be able to drive the car out of a spin so as to not hit the wall after such an unexpected event of a lead weight flying through the front of the car, as well as the great communication from his spotter, Bobby, throughout the entire race.
The next 100-lap race will be held 4/26.
Justin Bolton wins Fall Class 100 at Hickory Motor Speedway in the #15 Lee Faulk Racing Limited Late Model 9/28/2013.
Video taken by CANNON RACING VIDEOS, official videographer of Hickory Motor Speedway. http://youtu.be/RvGyr9Io96Q