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Triple Nickel $5k $5k $5k Recap

Monday, July 2, 2018
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (July 2, 2018) – The Triple Nickel $5,000 bracket race was at Memphis International Raceway over the weekend and we saw three great days of racing. The Luttrell Belting & Supply No Box class and the Rick’s Powder Coating Box class raced Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday. The 2nd Hand Power Stock/Super Stock class and the Junior Dragster class, sponsored by Newberry Auto Sales, joined the racing on Saturday.

The first round of finals on Friday night in the Rick’s Powder Coating Box class had Danny Thomas, from Henderson, TN, racing against Renard Smith, from Arlington, TN. Renard caught a red light on the tree and handed the win to Thomas, who ran a 5.392 on a 5.38 DI at 128.14 mph.

In Saturday night’s finals race in the Rick’s Powder Coating Box class, Johnny Ezell, from Ventress LA, raced against Friday night’s winner, Danny Thomas, in his 04 Vette. Thomas ran foul, handing the win to Ezell, who cruised to an easy victory, running a 15.762 on a 4.68 DI at 26.98 mph.

The Rick’s Powder Coating Box class on Sunday had Rusty Ashmore, from Como, MS, racing against Tyler Roach from Jonesboro, AR. Ashmore, the 2014 MIR Track Champion, hasn’t yet won this year. This weekend, he borrowed Jason Ferrell’s car to compete, and he took it all the way into the winner’s circle. Ashmore ran a 6.372 at 105.64 mph on a 6.37 DI, with a .005 reaction. Roach was runner up with a 4.846 on a 4.84 DI at 136.69 mph.

Friday night’s finals in the Luttrell Belting and Supply No Box class had Dustin Bryant, from Litchfield, IL, facing Dwight Parker, from Strafford. MO. Dustin took the win, running just .001 seconds off his dial: 5.981 at 115.31 mph on a .054 reaction. Dwight had Dustin off the tree, with a .039 reaction, but he broke out, finishing with a 6.032 on his 6.08 DI at 112.33 mph.

Dustin Bryant made a repeat appearance in the finals on Saturday in the Luttrell Belting and Supply No Box class. He faced Charlie Lockhart, from Sedalia, KY. Bryant took the win after Lockhart caught a red light on the tree. Bryant ran dead-on his dial, finishing with a 5.880 at 115.86 mph. Bryant was close to doing a three-race sweep, but unfortunately, he had mechanical problems and his car broke in the semis on Sunday’s race.

The finals on Sunday in the Luttrell Belting and Supply No Box class had regular MIR racer, Kyle Rumley, from Huntingdon, TN, facing the runner-up from Saturday’s No Box class, Charlie Lockhart. After making the finals two days in a row, Lockhart still couldn’t get the win, handing the victory to Rumley after he broke out. Rumley ran a 6.934 on a 6.93 DI at 97.60 mph.

On Saturday, Triple Nickels had a bonus Junior Dragster race that was sponsored by Newberry Auto Sales. Regular MIR local junior dragster racer, Devan Lowe, from Covington, TN, faced Sophie Newberry in the finals. Sophie ran foul, giving Devan his first win of the season. Devan ran an 8.589 on his 8.53 DI at 75.50 mph.

The only points race of the weekend was in the 2nd Hand Power Stock/Super Stock class. Wes Neely, from Florence, MS faced local racer, Steven Wilson, from Collierville, TN. Wes had Steve off the tree with a .030 reaction to Steve’s .041. Both racers broke out, but Wes took with win running a 11.821 on his 11.83 DI at 110.02 mph. Steve finished with a 10.431 on a 10.46 DI at 127.23 mph.

Triples Nickels is back at MIR next month, August 3rd through the 5th. The next points race of the season is this Saturday, July 7th, with the continuation of the Summit Bracket Racing Series Presented by COMP Cams.

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