HICKORY – What is turning into the most competitive division at Hickory Motor Speedway got a little more interesting this past weekend.
Sheflon Clay’s win coupled with Tyler Dayton’s third-place finish moved Clay to the top of the points standings with six races remaining.
Clay, who trailed Dayton by 10 points May 23, has posted 100 points to Dayton’s 84 during that stretch and leads Dayton by six points.
In the last three events, Clay has won two straight and finished third while Dayton has finished third, sixth and first respectively.
The only other division where the margin is in single digits is the Renegades where Kyle Divanna holds a four-point lead over second-place Darren Dickinson.
Dickinson trailed by eight points entering this past Saturday but Dickinson’s win coupled with Divianna’s third-place finish cut the difference in half.
Millington, Watson move up; Gibbs slides back
In the latest top 500 drivers’ national standings in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series released Tuesday, Ryan Millington climbed two sports from 11th to ninth and Charlie Watson moved from 15th to 13th while rookie Ty Gibbs fell from 19th to 28th.
In the twin 40-lap events this past Saturday, Millington finished second and sixth while Watson finished fifth in both races.
Millington, Watson in top three in state
In the North Carolina rankings, Millington is first with a 13-point lead over Burt Myers who runs at Bowman while Watson is third – 26 back of Millington and 13 back of Myers.
In 16 starts Millington has seven wins, 14 top-five finishes and 15 top-10 finishes.
Watson has four wins in 16 starts with 14 top-five finishes and 16 top10 finishes.
Gibbs is 18th in the state and the second highest ranked rookie.
Cole Glasson is ranked 13th in the state with six top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes in eight starts.
The featured event Saturday is 100 laps for the Late Models followed by 50 laps and Round 6 of the Paramount Kia “Big 10” Chase for the Championship, Super Trucks (35 laps), Street Stocks (30), 4-Cylinders (25) and 25 laps for the Classic Sportsman.
Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing starting at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and 11-to-19 while 10-and-under are free.