Wrecks and repeat winners at Friendship Motor Speedway


By Ryan DeCosta - [email protected]



Dobson’s Chase McCormick qualified 2nd for the feature race in the SECA Late Models, where he was able to get the lead early and hold on for his third straight win at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night.


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Tip of the hat goes to Jerry Cochran. Last week Cochran was caught in a big accident where his car flipped over and caught fire. He worked on his car all week to have it ready for the Open Wheel Modified race at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night, where he finished 2nd in the feature event.


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Lucky number seven for Anen. Miss Friendship, George Anen Jr., Donna Anen, and their “Lucky Dog” Roscoe pose for a photo after Anen won his seventh straight feature race in the Renegade series.


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Part of the catch fence was ripped to shreds at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night, after a collision in the SECA Late Model series sent a car up to the fence. Nobody was injured.


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Dobson’s Chase McCormick was all smiles in victory lane after winning his third consecutive race in the SECA Late Models at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night.


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Ronda’s Jody Trivette celebrates his first career win in the UCAR series at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night. Trivette made a move coming to the white flag and didn’t look back.


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Joel Bray had an emotional win in the Open Wheel Modified series, and posed with the Kira decal on his car. Bray has been racing for his 7-year-old daughter Kira Bray, who is still recovering after a crash in January 2014.


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Dobson’s Chase McCormick made winning three in a row look easy at Friendship Motor Speedway.

After qualifying second for the SECA Late Model feature event, McCormick got a good jump when the green flag dropped, and never gave up the lead, although he did have a bit of scare toward the end of the race.

“My power steering was going out,” McCormick said. “I’m glad that it was over [when I finished].”

Perhaps overshadowing the victory was an incident midway through the race. The 30, 44, and 29 got together. It sent the 30 car into the catch fence. The fence did its job keeping the car contained, and no injuries were reported.

Lucky number seven for Anen

Elkin’s George Anen Jr. was a man on a mission Saturday night at Friendship Motor Speedway. Anen entered the weekend winning six straight, and per Friendship rules, had to start at the rear of the field.

That didn’t stop him from driving it like he stole it. Anen worked the high line incredibly well while some others struggled. He worked his way up to second place by lap nine when a caution set up the defining battle. On the restart, Anen and Shaun Robertson gave the fans a show racing side-by-side before Anen got a good run off of turn four on lap 12 and set sail to victory.

It’s Anen’s seventh straight win in the series, and while his mentality all season has been just to go for wins, he’s gone from being third in points to leading.

Ronda’s Jody Trivette grabs first UCAR win

Although he visited victory lane at Friendship Motor Speedway before, Ronda’s Jody Trivette had never won a UCAR race at the speedway. Saturday, there was a chance he wasn’t going to come at all, but he’s glad he did.

“I normally run up at Boone, but it costs too much to drive up to the mountains when I can go out here,” Trivette said.

Running in second to Wilkesboro’s Kenneth Miller all night, Trivette saw his opportunity. With two laps to go in turns one and two, he noticed Miller pushing up the hill. He plotted his move in turns three and four coming to the white. He zipped by Miller at the start finish line and held on for the win. Not bad for someone who didn’t know which track they’d be racing at that night.

Hamptonville’s Bray wins Modified Race; all other winners

Hamptonville’s Joel Bray was emotional after winning in the Open Wheel Modified race. Bray was strong all night and took advantage of other people’s mistakes. Bray has been running a Racing for Kira logo on his car to support his daughter who was injured in a crash last year.

Taylorsville’s Larry Martin was practically untouchable in the Xtreme Stock 4 series. While tempers were flaring during some big wrecks, Martin kept his car clean and pulled away for the win. Also, Mocksville’s Brad Mickalowski ran the logos of Twitch.tv streamer Shaylyn Gimby (known to his viewers as Kyente). It is the first known instance of Twitch, an interactive video gaming website rising rapidly in popularity. having a presence in real life auto racing. Supporters used #KyenteCar on social media sites like Instagram and Twitter to show their support for a tiny bit of history at the dirt track.

Unofficially, Travis Chatham did not give much of a chance to any of his competitors and cruised away for the victory in the Super Stock 4 series.

Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.

Dobson’s Chase McCormick qualified 2nd for the feature race in the SECA Late Models, where he was able to get the lead early and hold on for his third straight win at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_3407.jpgDobson’s Chase McCormick qualified 2nd for the feature race in the SECA Late Models, where he was able to get the lead early and hold on for his third straight win at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night. Ryan DeCosta | Elkin Tribune

Tip of the hat goes to Jerry Cochran. Last week Cochran was caught in a big accident where his car flipped over and caught fire. He worked on his car all week to have it ready for the Open Wheel Modified race at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night, where he finished 2nd in the feature event.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_3426.jpgTip of the hat goes to Jerry Cochran. Last week Cochran was caught in a big accident where his car flipped over and caught fire. He worked on his car all week to have it ready for the Open Wheel Modified race at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night, where he finished 2nd in the feature event. Ryan DeCosta | Elkin Tribune

Lucky number seven for Anen. Miss Friendship, George Anen Jr., Donna Anen, and their “Lucky Dog” Roscoe pose for a photo after Anen won his seventh straight feature race in the Renegade series.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_3460.jpgLucky number seven for Anen. Miss Friendship, George Anen Jr., Donna Anen, and their “Lucky Dog” Roscoe pose for a photo after Anen won his seventh straight feature race in the Renegade series. Ryan DeCosta | Elkin Tribune

Part of the catch fence was ripped to shreds at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night, after a collision in the SECA Late Model series sent a car up to the fence. Nobody was injured.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_3474.jpgPart of the catch fence was ripped to shreds at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night, after a collision in the SECA Late Model series sent a car up to the fence. Nobody was injured. Ryan DeCosta | Elkin Tribune

Dobson’s Chase McCormick was all smiles in victory lane after winning his third consecutive race in the SECA Late Models at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_3485.jpgDobson’s Chase McCormick was all smiles in victory lane after winning his third consecutive race in the SECA Late Models at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night. Ryan DeCosta | Elkin Tribune

Ronda’s Jody Trivette celebrates his first career win in the UCAR series at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night. Trivette made a move coming to the white flag and didn’t look back.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_3491.jpgRonda’s Jody Trivette celebrates his first career win in the UCAR series at Friendship Motor Speedway Saturday night. Trivette made a move coming to the white flag and didn’t look back. Ryan DeCosta | Elkin Tribune

Joel Bray had an emotional win in the Open Wheel Modified series, and posed with the Kira decal on his car. Bray has been racing for his 7-year-old daughter Kira Bray, who is still recovering after a crash in January 2014.
http://elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_IMG_3498.jpgJoel Bray had an emotional win in the Open Wheel Modified series, and posed with the Kira decal on his car. Bray has been racing for his 7-year-old daughter Kira Bray, who is still recovering after a crash in January 2014. Ryan DeCosta | Elkin Tribune

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