Even with an extended race, Nobody in the Late Model division was able to catch Austin McDaniel who went unchallenged during the 100-lap event to take home first.
After a short rain delay, the much anticipated 100-lap Late Model race ran relatively smooth with only three cautions falling over the course of the race. #12 Austin McDaniel held a commanding lead the entire race.
Braving the heat and dominating the night, Austin McDaniel won with relative ease Saturday, taking home the win in the Late Model Stock Division.
Starting on the outside pole in the Bojangles' Late Model feature, #12 Austin McDaniel took the lead as the Green Flag dropped and never looked back.
The #12 cleared the Pole Sitter #77 going down the backstretch and entered turn three a car length ahead of second place.
It's a busy spring for Austin McDaniel between racing, working and going to school.
The Hickory Ridge High School senior is the points leader in the Bojangles Late Models at Hickory Motor Speedway. So far this season, he has one win, three seconds, a third and a fifth-place finish.
"Right now racing is like a hobby and some day I really want to make it my profession," McDaniel said.
It was a beautiful evening at Hickory Motor Speedway, where five divisions of the NASCAR Whelen All-Americans would race. The Bojangles Late Model race finished in a tight battle between Austin McDaniel and Jesse LeFevers.
Weather was threatening on Saturday March 24 as racing got under way at Hickory Motor Speedway in Hickory, N.C. Round two at the .363 mile oval. Jesse LeFevers found his way to victory lane for the first time this season after battling with Austin McDaniel for 50 laps.
As the 2012 season got underway at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 10th, the beautiful day turned into a crisp, cool night as 18 Late Model Stock Cars battled for 100-laps.
Qualifying set the field for the 100-lap race as Austin McDaniel posted the fifth fastest time.
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