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MILLIKEN TIGHTENS I-95 POINTS RACE WITH VICTORY

Willie Milliken became the sixth winner in as many I-95 Late Model Challenge Series races and tightened the points race with a dominant 35-lap win at Fayetteville Motor Speedway on Friday night.

The resident of Roanoke Rapids qualified second to Shaun Harrell of Gray’s Creek, then zipped out to the lead when the green flag flew and was never threatened. Only one caution slowed Milliken’s grip on a $2,500 payday.

“I tried to time Shaun, but it was just … I think I got a little bit better roll on him than I should have and I might’ve beat him to the line just a little bit,” Milliken said. “I pretty much jumped a little bit, but they didn’t call it back, so I just kept my foot in it ’til they told me to back off — and they never did. 

“I didn’t hear ‘em a lot, just right after the restarts for a lap or so, and then they’d start fading out,” he added. “My wife was giving me signals, and I noticed when she threw her arms out a good distance, I started kind of riding through the corners and just letting the car run like asphalt, not bending it as much. And I noticed it got faster and faster. I slowed down and got faster.”

Finishing third was the winner of the I-95 race at Fayetteville on May 25, Delaware driver Robbie Emory. Local driver Timmy Blackwell took fourth, and Matthew Bissette of Middlesex was fifth.

Rocky Mount’s Michael Batten retained the three-track series’ points lead with 134 unofficial points heading into Saturday night’s race at County Line Raceway in Elm City. Milliken moved from fourth to second with 121, Bissette is third with 120, Harrell improved to 119, and Wilson’s Michael Rouse rounds out the top five at 116. 

After the County Line event, the series has only two more shows on tap: Sept. 21 at Fayetteville and Oct. 18-19 at County Line.

In Diet Mountain Dew Modified action, Daniel Parker emerged victorious in a race-long battle with Christian Thomas, and David Taylor took third.

Eric Bentley won the SportModz feature over Jerry Dove and Jason Floyd.

Eddie Daniels dashed to another win in Legends over Daniel Ridenhour and Ryan Shabram, the early leader who overcame a spin to rally to third.

Benji Thompson earned the checkered flag in Sportsman by .58 seconds over Ron Pope, and David Royal finished third.

In Renegades action, Brandon Carter got to the finish line 1.5 seconds ahead of Rick Razillard, and Case Daniels claimed third. The race was the first in a five-race “Blitz” series in which event winners pocket $500, as will the mini-series champ.

Action in Fayetteville Motor Speedway’s 51st season resumes Sept. 13 with the third and final round of “Friday Night Fights.” Late Model, Diet Mountain Dew Modified, Sportsman, SportModz, and Stingerz will be on the card. In addition, the Renegades will renew the Blitz competition, and the Legends drivers will do battle in another of their Triple Threat Throwdown contests.

FAYETTEVILLE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

I-95 LATE MODEL CHALLENGE SERIES

  1. Willie Milliken ($2,500), 2. Shaun Harrell, 3. Robbie Emory, 4. Timmy Blackwell, 5. Matthew Bissette, 6. Shaun Sewell, 7. Michael lRouse, 8. Michael Batten, 9. Christian Thomas, 10. Dean Bowen, 11. Kerry King, 12. Michael Mason, 13. Bradley Shampy, 41. Woody Cromartie, 15. Dykes Maynard, 16. Dustin Mitchell, 17. Josh Richeson

DIET MOUNTAIN DEW MODIFIED

  1. Daniel Parker, 2. Christian Thomas, 3. David Taylor, 4. John Marshall, 5. Robbie Turner, 6. Jordan Taylor, 7. Eric Hill, 8. Mack Coxe, 9. Mark Prince, 10. Randy Lucas, 11. Timmy Carroll

SPORTMODZ

  1. Eric Bentley, 2. Jerry Dove, 3. Jason Floyd, 4. Case Daniels

LEGENDS

  1. Eddie Daniels, 2. Daniel Ridenhour, 3. Ryan Shabram, 4. Tim Neighbors, 5. Tyler Kussman, 6. Tristen Stephenson, 7. Joe Adam, 8. Thomas Williams, 9. Ronnie Long, 10. Mason Ford., 11. Joshua Sanoske, 12. Stephen Ford, 13. Joseph Sanoske, 14. Billy Gomez, 15. Scott Neighbors, 16. Daniel Adam

SPORTSMAN

  1. Benji Thompson, 2. Ron Pope, 3. David Royal, 4. Justin Patterson, 5. Brad Cox, 6. Jonathan Hardee, 7. Luke Owens, 8. Jamie Barnes, 9. Zach Blackwell, 10. Jerry Johnson, 11. Cameron Norris IV, 12. Tony Bunnell

RENEGADES

  1. Brandon Carter, 2. Rick Razillard, 3. Case Daniels, 4. Martin Sweatt, 5. Ricky Bledsoe, 6. Elvin Matthews, 7. Steve Loori, 8. Devin Williamson, 9. Dustin Watkins