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Sise ‘shining star’ in capturing $2,500 American All-Star Series win at Volunteer Speedway

By Volunteer Speedway | 06 June 2021 | 2021 | | 0 Comments   
Sise ‘shining star’ in capturing $2,500 American All-Star Series win at Volunteer Speedway
BULLS GAP, Tenn. (June 5, 2021) — The American All-Star Series presented by PPM Racing Products headlined racing Saturday night at Volunteer Speedway and Zach Sise of Knoxville was the shining star in leading flag-to-flag for the $2,500 victory.
Rusty Ballenger was fast qualifier at 13.615 seconds over the 28 Pro Late Models in time trials, with the top six of Ballenger, Zach Sise, Logan Roberson, Trevor Sise, Bradley Lewelling and Aaron Guinn locking into the Quick Six Dash to determine the first three rows in the starting lineup. … Mack McCarter, Tyler Arrington and Brandon Miller each won heat races.
Sise and fellow front-row starter Ballenger led the stellar 24-car field to green and the duo raced side-by-side down the front straightaway into the first turn, with Sise emerging in the lead racing off the second corner down the backstretch. Back around to the start-finish line completing the opening lap Sise was showing the way out front over Ballenger, Roberson, Trevor Sise and Guinn.
The event’s first caution waved on lap 3 when young Kaede Loudy spun between turns 3 and 4. Back under green Zach Sise pulled back out ahead of Ballenger and Roberson, with Guinn overtaking Trevor Sise for fourth in the running order.
The red flag waved stopping the race on lap 7 with all cars parked on the backstretch, but not for an accident. Volunteer Speedway chose to remember one of its racing legends, Rodney Kiker of Greeneville, who unexpectedly passed away on Friday at age 46. “Rockin'” Rodney, who drove the No. 7 Open Wheel Modified, won many races and was a three-time champion (1999, 2002 and 2004) at “The Gap.” Rodney eventually began racing Super Late Models, driving for Gerald “Peg Leg” Laws.
When the race resumed Zach Sise smashed the loud pedal to maintain the lead, but behind him Roberson passed Ballenger to move into second place, followed by Trevor Sise, Guinn, Lewelling and McCarter. McCarter moved up top and was rolling around the high side, and quickly worked past Lewelling, Guinn and Trevor Sise advancing to fourth in the running order. Setting his sights ahead on Ballenger, McCarter moved around him for the third spot on lap 10 racing off the fourth turn. The caution waved on lap 11 when Tim Maupin spun in turn 2.
Back under green it was a good three-car battle up front between Zach Sise, Roberson and McCarter, while behind them Guinn, Ballenger, Trevor Sise, Matt Long and Jason Cardwell were jockeying for real estate around the high banks. The lead trio of Zach Sise, Roberson and McCarter began to put some distance between themselves and those in pursuit.
With the thermometer reaching almost 90 degrees during the daytime Saturday, the racing action at night also heated up between Zach Sise, Roberson and McCarter. With 10 laps remaining they began working lapped traffic and Roberson was applying pressure, continually looking underneath the leader Zach Sise in the corners.
As laps wound down and the five-to-go signal was given from the flag stand, Zach Sise had to be assertive and not hesitate in negotiating cars he was attempting to drop and lap down. Roberson mounted one final charge to pass
Zach Sise between turns 1 and 2 on the white flag lap, but the leader would not be denied.
Zach Sise, driving the RW Properties/Tennessee Shine Co./Harris Speed Shop/Morgan-McClure Chevrolet Buick Cadillac/Crate Engine Technology/CVR Race Cars/Dazzling Detail & Bling/Rusty Webb Racing/No. 9 Camaro, pocketed $2,500 for the victory over Roberson, McCarter, Trevor Sise and Ballenger. … Completing the top 10 finishers were Cardwell, Lewelling, Long, Miller and Maupin.
Wayne Rader of Parrottsville grabbed the lead at start of the 20-lap Sportsman Late Model feature and never looked back en route to capturing his third straight victory. While Rader was in command out front, behind him the action was heated especially with family bragging rights on the line between cousins Addison Cardwell and Hayden Cardwell. Hayden passed Addison to take over the second spot on lap 10 racing off turn 2, but just two circuits later the good run for Hayden ended with his car slammed up against the outside guardrail in turn 3. … Rader cruised to the $900 win over Addison Cardwell, Josh Driskill, James Parrott and Kip Sawyer.
Logan Hickey of Morristown held off Josh Henry to capture the Street Stock win, followed by Colby Long, Wendell Williams and Sam Ferguson.
Jason Ketron appeared headed to victory in the Front Wheel Drive feature, but on lap 18 tangled with a lapped car exiting the second corner onto the backstretch and wrecked to bring out the red flag. Ray Wyatt of Knoxville capitalized on Ketron’s misfortune to pick up the win over Brandon Crawford, Amy Williams, Leonard Brooks and Joey Knowles.


1. Zach Sise #9-Knoxville, TN
2. Logan Roberson #17-Dooms, VA
3. Mack McCarter #51-Gatlinburg, TN
4. Trevor Sise #3-Knoxville, TN
5. Rusty Ballenger #29-Sevierville, TN
6. Jason Cardwell #07-Knoxville, TN
7. Bradley Lewelling #10B-Seymour, TN
8. Matt Long #55-Concord, NC
9. Brandon Miller #89-Maryville, TN
10. Tim Maupin #3-Johnson City, TN
11. Jamie Stanley #5-Coeburn, VA
12. Tyler Arrington #002-Lebanon, VA
13. Kaede Loudy #126-Rogersville, TN
14. Shannon Emery #52-Morristown, TN
15. Michael Smith #15-Crossville, TN
16. Tim Sant #79-Piney Flats, TN
17. Mike Smith #4-Rogersville, TN
18. Gary Crittenden #18-Mohawk, TN
19. Jordan Hedger #94-Crittenden, KY
20. Chris Coffey #97-Morristown, TN
21. Aaron Guinn #97G-Russellville, TN
22. Teddy Tate #99-Rural Retreat, VA
23. Chris Chandler #8-Weaverville, NC
24. Ross White #61-Knoxville, TN

Did Not Make Field:

Conner Pate #13-Mohawk, TN
Tyler Smith #32-Kingsport, TN
Tommy Eastridge #37-Laurel Bloomery, TN
Carder Miller #69-Salem, VA

1. Wayne Rader #01
2. Addison Cardwell #25
3. Josh Driskill #B00
4. James Parrott #10
5. Kip Sawyer #44
6. David Bullington #20
7. Adam Mitchell #50
8. Tim Bounds #11
9. Kris Pauley #B54
10. Aaron Jones #7J
11. Nicholas Shelton #9
12. Danny Helton #29
13. Billy Branch #71
14. Justin Talley #23
15. Hayden Cardwell #07
16. Dustin Ratliff #10R
17. Josh Beal #51
18. Blayne Pauley #12B
19. Jared Witt #9W
20. Warren McMahan #33
STREET STOCK (20 laps)
1. Logan Hickey #79
2. Josh Henry #B01
3. Colby Long #10
4. Wendell Williams #71
5. Sam Ferguson #41
6. Jon Cook #0Z
7. John Fox #0
8. Eric Moore #12
CLASSIC (20 laps)
1. Shaun Sise #J16
2. Mark Sise #35
3. Charles Bates #27
4. Jimmy Rayhuff #3
5. Tim Bounds #11
6. Zeke Armes #2
7. Jeff Mays #6
1. Ray Wyatt #7W
2. Brandon Crawford #00
3. Amy Williams #9
4. Leonard Brooks #13
5. Joey Knowles #87
6. Chris Solesbee #117
7. Dan Sandiford #1S
8. Scott Velez #44
9. Jason Ketron #28
10. Tyler Woodard #75
11. Austin Maples #7M
12. Chayse Britton #7B
13. Ricky Ritenour #24
14. Casey Pittenturf #52
15. Chris Robinson #74
16. Cody Bean #2
17. Gregory Wyatt #17
18. Josh Ramsey #25
Disqualified: Hunter Price #18
Did Not Start: Jeremy Wyatt #1W, Mark Campbell #26
Volunteer Speedway (Office): 423-235-5020 www.VolunteerSpeedway.com
Steve Collins (Competition Director): 423-444-2907