Clash to Cash Bowyer at Mountain Creek

Photo: Promise View Photography

Cash Bowyer, son of former NASCAR Cup series driver and NASCAR on Fox broadcaster, Clint Bowyer dominated the Beginner Box Stock portion of the Chad Bush Clash presented by Martin Truex Jr. Motorsports. The two-day charity event to benefit one of the track’s beloved racers raised over $12,000 with 100% of the support going to benefit the Cabarrus Healthcare Foundation in Chad Bush’s name. Chad Bush, a weekly competitor since the tracks inception and a huge supporter of the speedway was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 after 22 years of remission. Bush, who competes in the mini-modified division at Mountain Creek Speedway, is also a car builder and fabricator who locked up the track championship while undergoing cancer treatments this year.

Bowyer, in the #14 Rush Truck Centers entry started on the pole by virtue of winning his heat. His only challenge for the lead came from Stetson Swink on a late race restart. Swink passed Bowyer in turn three, only to have Bowyer go back to the top spot as the two battled in turn one. At the line it was Bowyer taking the win with Brexton Busch second, John Marshall Pursley third with Jackson Darnell and Stetson Swink rounding out the top five. In the Cadet division it was Cameron Hyler leading wire to wire in the 15 lap A-main. Easton Thomas was able to close in lapped traffic but when cleared, Hyler was able to open the gap. TJ Pursley was third with Easton Jarrard and Ellie Messer completing the top five.

Tony Rhinehart picked up his very first win in the Yamaha 450 Stock feature. Rhinehart was challenged for the lead in the opening stages of the race by Chad Bush. Bush got crossed up on a restart losing valuable track positioning the process, giving second to teammate Kyle Shano. Shano could only come within one second of the leader and no closer as he settled for second with Andrew Mattesen third. Adam Stewart was fourth with Chad Bush fading to fifth.

Nobody was going to touch Zoey Smith in the Box Stock A-Main. Smith started on the pole and took off and hid from the numerous battles for position from second on back. Beckham Malone was holding onto a solid second place until a late race charge by Brody Measmer and Rhylen Watkins from fourth and sixth. Measmer was able to close in the waining laps but not close enough with a career best for Watkins in third. Beckham Malone and Gavin Marlin completed the top five. Austin Thompson was credited with the win Open division feature win.

This concludes the racing for the calendar year at Mountain Creek Speedway. The track will be available for testing and practice days throughout the winter. Those wishing to reserve rental or testing days can contact Jason Queen at (828)413-6890 for details and availability. For more information on Mountain Creek Speedway call (828) 244-7249 or www.mountaincreekspeedway.com

The Inaugural Chad Bush Clash presented by Martin Truex Jr. Motorsports.

Results

Cadets
1. 27 Cameron Hyler
2. 86 Easton Thomas
3. 09 TJ Pursley
4. 96g Easton Jarrard
5. 11e Ellie Messer
6. 09M Hunter Morgan
7. 51 Roman Petrino
8. 323 Camden Ludy
9. 4 Carson McKee
10. 22c Caden Outz
11. 16 Wade Houghton
12. 219 Hudson Howerton

Beginner Box Stock
1. 14 Cash Bowyer
2. 18b Brexton Busch
3. 9p John Marshall Pursley
4 6 Jackson Darnell
5. 98 Stetson Swink
6. 02 Wyatt Coffey
7. 7s Will Spencer
8. 11 Judson Craven
9. 20s Skylar Brigham
10, 68 Lizzy Brigham
11. 89 Tucker Nash
12. 9e Emily Dietrich

Box Stock
1. 44 Zoey Smith
2. 14 Brody Measmer
3. 23w Rhylen Watkins
4. 23 Beckham Malone
5. 54 Gavin Marlin
6. 29 Liam Kane
7. 26 Cole Thomas
8. 82 Billy Corsa
9. 7b Karter Beattie
10. 1a Addison Lowery
11. 02 Wyatt Coffey
12. 15 Alison Johnson
13. 3 Tucker Gaddy
14. 82 Evan Paustian

Yamaha 450 Stock
1. 029 Tony Rhinehart
2. 7 Kyle Shano
3. 5m Andrew Mattesen
4. 4 Adam Stewart
5. 77 Chad Bush

Open
1. 2 Austin Thompson
1. 4 Adam Stewart

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