"Austin McDaniel Leads the 2012 Points Chase" - 3/28/12
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.
Due the weather approaching the area the Bojangle's Late Model Series took the track halfway through the evening's racing festivities. Austin McDaniel started 4th in the 17 car field.
The 50-lap feature began with a five car break away at the front of the pack. The yellow flag dropped for the first time of this race shortly after due to contact between the No. 8 and the No. 11.
The green flag dropped once more, with Austin McDaniel lining up in 3rd. At lap 12 the caution flag flew for the second time of the evening for debris on the track. Drivers once again took the green flag on lap 13.
Caution waved for a third time for No. 77 car when he hit the wall in turn four, leaving debris on the track as McDaniel had worked his way into second place. With five laps to go, No. 8 spun on the speedway, bringing out the fourth yellow flag of the event.
The last four laps of the race saw almost as many cautions as there were laps. The No. 43 and the No. 12 of Austin McDaniel went head to head as each green dropped. A yellow was brought out when No. 23 went around. Another caution waved when the No. 4 car hit the wall coming out of turn four. The last caution of the event flew due to a spin in turn four by No. 77.
Although the end of the race was messy, Austin McDaniel challenged for the lead with a "Drag Race" into turn one on both of the final restarts. For the Second race of the season McDaniel brought home a second place finish.
Saturday gates open to fans at 5 p.m., with qualifying immediately following. An On-Track Autograph Session begins at 6 p.m., with feature racing action at 7 p.m. For more details visit www.hickorymotorspeedway.com .