Ooltewah's Riley Hickman Having A Banner Year

Sunday, March 23, 2014
The 2014 season is quickly shaping up as the best in Riley Hickman’s racing life. as the 36-year-old fromf Ooltewah registered his third special-event Dirt Super Late Model victory of the early season Saturday night, dominating the "ShamRock 50" at Boyd’s Speedway.

The $5,000 score was Hickman's first-ever on the Southern All-Star series, despite winning the tours title in 2013. It was also his richest checkered flag of a 2014 season that also includes wins in last month’s SRRS-sanctioned "Cabin Fever 40" at Boyd’s and the MARS DIRTcar series "Tuckasee Toilet Bowl Classic" opener on March 7th at Clarksville (Tn.
) Speedway north of Nashville.

Hickman took full advantage of a pole starting spot in Saturday night’s feature. He grabbed the lead at the initial green flag and never looked back. Jason Hiett of Oxford, Ala., chased Hickman to the finish line for a runner-up placing. Former Track Champion Jason Welshan of Maryville, Tenn., finished third, Skip Arp of Georgetown, Tn., advanced from the 14th starting spot to finish fourth and Todd Morrow of nearby East Ridge completed the top five.

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Hickman’s # R1 racecar is sponsored by: "Hickman Manufacturing, Mayo Racing Components, American Billet, Tucker Mobile Home Service, VP Racing Fuels, All-Star Graphics and RH Designs." The racecar is a CVR chassis and is powered by a Vic Hill Racing Engine… 

The feature was slowed by four caution flags with 16 of the 24 starters completing all 50 laps. ...

A large crowd gathered for the tour’s traditional season-opening Shamrock, which moved from Cleveland Speedway to nearby Boyd's. Cleveland's future has been in doubt for months amid bankruptcy proceedings. ...

Boyd's was purchased during the off-season by David Duplissey and Dale McDowell, a former Dirt Late Model National Champion (99) … 

Southern All-Star Series Shamrock 50: (1) Riley Hickman, (2) Jason Hiett, (3) Jason Welshan, (4) Skip Arp, (5) Todd Morrow, (6) Rick Hixson, (7) Ethan Hunter, (8) David Payne, (9) Derek Ellis, (10) Brandon Kinzer, (11) Billy Ogle Jr., (12) Bo Shirley, (13) Chris Wilson, (14) Joe Armistead Jr., (15) Bret Holmes, (16) Eric Cooley, (17) William Thomas, (18) Dylan Ames, (19) Jamie Perry, (20) Jeff Smith, (21) Josh Putnam, (22) Austin Kirkpatrick, (23) Tony Knowles, (24) Michael Asberry. Fast qualifier (among 45 cars): Riley Hickman (14.272 seconds). Consolation race winners: Cooley, Arp.


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