Monthly Archives: July 2016

Championship Races Heat Up In All Divisions At South Boston Speedway

IMG_6951South Boston, VA. – It’s the time of the year when weekly racers begin to look at the big picture: track championships. And as South Boston Speedway’s season winds into the dog days of summer, teams are gearing up for that final run for the title in every division.

Matt Bowling has a firm grip on the NASCAR Late Model Stock Division points lead headed into Saturday night’s Southern Virginia Higher Education Center NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program. Behind five wins, Bowling has a 44-point lead over Austin Thaxton. Peyton Sellers is another 26 points back in third.

The tightest points race two-thirds of the way through South Boston’s season is in the Budweiser Hornets Division with just five points between leader Todd Garnett and second place Justin Dawson. Kenny Mills is in third, 10 points behind Dawson.

Garnett has one win on the season, but has been around the front of the field all season to maintain his slight lead over Dawson, who has four wins. Mills has two wins.

Joey Throckmorton, who won the first eight Limited Sportsman races of the season, has a solid 55-point lead over David Latour Jr., but Throckmorton has fallen upon an unusually long drought for him. On July 1, two races ago, Boo Boo Dalton broke Throckmorton’s long win streak. Two weeks ago Throckmorton was denied for the second straight race as Mike Jones went to victory lane. Bob Davis wound up second and Throckmorton third.

Latour hasn’t won this season, but has stayed within sight of Throckmorton in the points race with consistent finishes in the top five. Tommy Peregoy is another 16 points back in third.

Johnny Layne has ridden five victories to a solid lead in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division. His points total of 381 is well ahead of Bruce Mayo in second with 315 and Randy Hupp in third with 309.

A 100-lap Late Model race will headline Saturday’s seven-race card, which begins at 7 p.m. Also on the night’s schedule are twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman races, twin 15-lap races for the Budweiser Pure Stocks, a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets and a 20-lapper for the Legendary Ford Flatheads touring series.

Adult general admission tickets are $10 each, with youth ages 7-12 admitted for $5 and kids ages six and under admitted free with a paid adult.

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Summertime Showdown 250 – Orange County Speedway

CARSTour4MOORESVILLE, NC (July 26, 2016): The CARS Tour returns to the thrilling Orange County Speedway after a midsummer break marking the mid-season point of the 2016 schedule. The major headline of the event in the Late Model Stock division is the absence of JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry, who will be competing in the Iowa Xfinity Series race Saturday night. Berry, who is the only LMSC repeat winner, is just seven points behind point leader Deac McCaskill. However, the JR Motorsports team can still win the series owner’s championship as they have tapped newcomer Scott Bishop to drive the #88B ride. The Super Late Model division will see several newcomers this weekend including Chandler Smith, Wade Day, and dirt ace Tanner Thorson in what looks to be a stacked field at Orange County. No driver has been able to repeat as a winner in the division, will this weekend make six different winners in six races, or will a driver double up for the first time this season making a serious bid toward winning the championship?

 

Summertime Showdown 250 NOTES & QUOTES

NOTES:

Track/Location: Orange County Speedway – Rougemont, NC
Track Size: .375-mile
Event Name: Summertime Showdown 250 pres. by The Grilling Store
Laps/Distance: 125/46.87 miles
Event Schedule: 12:30PM-2:45PM Practice, 4:45PM Qualifying, 6:15PM Fan Fest, 7:30PM Green: SLM-LMSC
Twitter Handle/Event Hashtag: @CARSTour / @OCS_Track / #SummertimeShowdown250

 

 

CARS SLM Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #6 Brandon Setzer, #7 Tyler Church, #8 Tate Fogleman, #9 Spencer Davis, #15F AJ Frank, #16 Lucas Jones, #16M Vinnie Miller, #17 Quin Houff, #17B Tanner Berryhill, #22 Trevor Noles, #26 Chandler Smith, #33 Preston Peltier, #49 Jeff Batten, #54 Matt Craig, #55 Dalton Sargent, #57 Cole Timm, #58 Tyler Ankrum, #67 Clay Jones, #96 Wade Day, #97 Tanner Thorson, #98M Jody Measamer, #99 Raphael Lessard (22 total)

 

CARS LMSC Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #08 Deac McCaskill, #1 Christian Eckes, #1M Craig Moore, #2D Chris Denny, #7 Justin Crider, #12 Ryan Wilson, #12M Austin McDaniel, #16S RD Smith, #27 Tommy Lemons Jr, #28 Chris Hudspeth, #31 Thomas Beane, #41 Chase Purdy, #42 Craig Stallard, #74 Ronald Hill, #88 Chris Davis, #88B Scott Bishop, #98 Stefan Parsons, #99 Layne Riggs (18 total)

***Official Entry Deadline: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 4PM***

 

 

Media Coverage:

-Speed51 (speed51.com) will provide Trackside Now Live Updates

-RACEFEEDX (www.racefeedx.com) – LIVE Pay per View Video Coverage
-CARS Tour Facebook (facebook.com/CARSTour) and Twitter (@CARSTour)
QUOTES:

Fogleman a Familiar Name at Orange County:

Tate Fogleman made his CARS Tour Super Late Model debut earlier this season on the tour’s first visit to the 3/8th mile track in April. At that event the Durham, NC driver, who considers Orange County Speedway his home track, struggled in a big way finishing off the pace in 23rd position. The defending 2015 PASS South series championship driver, has since debuted a new LFR race car and made several changes to his program that has elevated his position on the speed charts each and every week since. Now, as he returns to his home track, Fogleman feels like the opportunity to improve on his career best finish of fifth in CARS Tour competition should come this weekend in the Summertime Showdown 250.

“I’ve been waiting a while to get back to Orange County. The team and I have been working hard preparing for the race. Last time we were there we struggled the whole weekend, but recently we picked up a LFR Chassis and it been a big change to our program. We’ve got a few races in and still learning what these cars like. Sometimes it’s a trial and error process, so this long break off has been perfect for us to pin point what we need to work on. I think this weekend has the best potential to be our best race yet in the CARS Tour.” Tate Fogleman – #8 Fogleman Soils Ford Super Late Model

 

The Wait is Finally Over:

Layne Riggs has been patiently waiting to race against Late Model Stock Cars best drivers in a CARS Tour race at his home track of Orange County Speedway. The son of former NASCAR Cup Series driver Scott Riggs has spent the last few CARS Tour races at OCS watching from the grandstands just waiting to turn the approved age of 14 years old in order to compete. Now the time has come for the youngster to show what he can do behind the wheel of his #99 Puryear Tank Lines Late Model Stock Car in front of his hometown crowd. No matter the outcome Saturday night, Layne Riggs is proud to be mixing it up amongst the best as be begins his career climb up the motorsports ladder.

“I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s CARS Tour race at my home track. I had so much fun racing against these guys at Tri-County Speedway in June. To me the CARS Tour offers the best short track racing there is in the country. Having to watch the last few CARS Tour races at OCS were tough because I wanted so bad to be a part of it. Now I’m finally 14, I can race this weekend at Orange County with the support of my family and hometown fans behind us. We learned a little last week at the track’s 100 lap race that I think could help us come Saturday. I’m just looking forward to having a solid run with our #99 Puryear Tank Lines/Chick-fil-a of Roxboro Ford and being there at the end.” – Layne Riggs – #99 Puryear Tank Lines Ford Late Model Stock Car

 

Halfway Home on the 2016 Season:

The Greenville-Pickens Speedway event on June 25th marked the halfway point for the 2016 CARS Tour season. Twenty-one teams, between both Super Late Models and Late Model Stocks, have started all five events and now those teams will get paid back for their efforts through the tour’s Loyalty Program that begins this weekend and runs through the rest of the year. Every Super Late Model race has seen a different winner and the Late Model Stocks have had four different winners in five races with only Josh Berry winning twice. With the parity in each division it is not surprising that a tight points battle is underway in both divisions. Deac McCaskill in Late Model Stocks and Raphael Lessard in Super Late Models, each hold only a seven point lead over their competition.

So far this season has had some great racing while having some dominant performances by a few first time winners. Both points battles are shaping up to be just as tight as they were a year ago which makes the final half of the season pretty exciting. I think the Super Late Model driver who’s able to get that second victory may have the advantage in the championship stretch. In Late Model Stocks, Deac McCaskill has to feel a little pressure off his shoulders knowing that Josh Berry won’t be there this weekend, but the owner’s championship is still up for grabs. Not to mention it seems like Tommy Lemons Jr. has finally hit his stride in CARS Tour competition. While these are all tour regulars, I anticipate several newcomers and returnees to make their mark in the remaining races to close out the 2016 season in similar fashion to last year.” Chris Ragle – CARS Tour Director of Operations

For more information and to stay up with all the latest news and information about the CARS Tour, featuring both Late Model Stock Car and Super Late Model divisions, visit www.carsracingtour.com or contact the tour’s office directly at 704-662-9212. Stay social with the tour by “liking” the CARS Tour Facebook page and following along on Twitter @CARSTour.

Lauren Edgerton Edges Out Kyle Wood in First Career Modified Victory at Southside Speedway

📸 Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com

📸 Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com

Midlothian, VA – You can win by the invert and you can tear some stuff up by the invert. This past weekend the invert worked wonders for Lauren Edgerton at Southside Speedway this past weekend. After qualifying fifth on the seven-car field, Edgerton inherited the pole position after Mason Bailey set the fast time earlier in the afternoon but drew the number five pill.

Took two attempts to get the race underway after Thomas Stinson went for a loop down in turns three and four before the field could complete a lap. It would negate the awesome jump that Edgerton got on the rest of the field. Track officials would get everyone slowed down and back in their original starting position for the complete restart. With the slow roll out of four Tyler Davis got a much better start and was able to hang with Edgerton for about three-quarters of a lap.

Credit lap one to Edgerton as Davis started to feel the pressure from Kyle Wood who almost makes it quick work. Stinson took just two laps to get around the double zero making the topside work yet again to his advantage. Now back in the fourth position Davis was left to deal with the top qualifier Mason Bailey, who make it around him as well.

As the laps counted down you could visibly see Edgerton’s car getting tighter on corner exit and it was allowing Wood to close the gap quick. With ten laps on the board the top three were all but bumper-to-bumper, Edgerton doing a great job to hold off a very hard charging Kyle Wood and Thomas Stinson. Mason Bailey, working to give it everything he had to reel in the top three, was now running out of laps and needed either all three to mess up or a caution.

With just six cars on track Bailey didn’t get his yellow, however, he did get his wish when the top two cars got loose coming out of the corner and had to gather the cars back up. Edgerton was the first to step out of line, which of course allowed Wood to catch up. Just as he was looking to capitalize he too slipped out coming out of four. Just what Stinson and Bailey wanted to see right? Well, yes that’s right but neither of them able to capitalize like they wanted to. Kyle Wood did a great making his car wide enough that Stinson could not get around and well Mason Bailey had a slip of his own coming out of two.

With Stinson working as hard as he possibly could on the bumper of Wood, it allowed Edgerton to put some distance between to the two and collect her very first win at Southside Speedway in the Modified division – starting from the pole position none the less. Kyle Wood was able to hold off Stinson and shooting down any chances to make it back-to-back trips to victory lane as well as extend his points lead over Mason Bailey who finished fourth.

“That car has always been tight,” Edgerton said after the race when asked about the car. “I got a new setup to put in it for this season that at least made it drivable. I still can’t get that last bit of tightness out though.” Lauren may have had a little help with the way the car felt though as the track as an interesting tire rule for these large motor Modifieds. The car gets four new tires at the start of the season and then move to a two tire type rule, difference with this two tire rule, you only get them every other race!

Working in the ladder portion of July we start to get into some of the hottest days and nights of the year. With these big motors and small tires we asked if the heat had anything to do with the way the car handled. She actually thought the heat would have helped the car rotate a little more.

“I think the car would have been tight regardless,” said Edgerton. “If anything it would have helped it probably would have had a better right front tire. I had changed a lot after the last race, so I really wanted to see how it would race before I changed anything else.”

Took six years for the Chesterfield native to get that all important win and she told us just how great it felt and what it took to get there.

“It was pretty awesome,” Edgerton proclaimed. “My sixth season at Southside and fourth in the new car so it was time! I had a really good spotter, which always helps. I just didn’t really worry about it, focused on driving, and listened to my spotter.”

Just one car did not make out of the room of doom cleared. The #00 of Tyler Davis who had crossed the line fifth was disqualified after his carburetor failed post race technical inspection. Edgerton’s win will help her climb up the points standing where she entered the weekend fifth – sixteen behind Stinson in fourth and nineteen behind leader Kyle Wood. The Modifieds will return to Southside Speedway with all of the other divisions in two weeks on August 5th.

 

Modified Results

P1. #7 Lauren Edgerton; 30
P2. #19 Kyle Wood; 30
P3. #4 Thomas Stinson; 30
P4. #05 Mason Bailey; 30
P5. #99 Mike Bedner; 30
P6. #97 Robert Eroh; 5
P7. #00 Tyler Davis; 30 (DQ)

Tommy Jackson, Jr Dominates at Soutside Speedway – Silvestri Holds off Godby for the Win

IMG_4882Midlothian, VA – Chris Hildebrand, the 2015 Langley Speedway track champion, made his first appearance of 2016 as well as his first attempt at Southside Speedway. Learning the track lap after lap the Newport News native set the second fastest time in qualifying earlier in the afternoon. However inherits the pole position after Tommy Jackson, Jr, your fast qualifier, inverts the top two spots.

Jackson, Jr making the top of the track work would end up leading lap one. Hildy settled right in line in second with Timmy Phipps behind him. Jackson, as if he had a statement to make, opened up a huge lead over the six cars behind him. Leaving Hildy in the dust so to speak to deal with Phipps. I must say for his first time on the track and learning things on the fly, Hildebrand did a fine job running second

Phipps started to turn up the wick on second place as we approached the halfway mark. Looked to make an attempt to get around in turn three as the field worked lap twelve but just could not make it happen and instantly fell back four to five cars. Phipps took a couple laps to cool the tires off and made another run to the rear nerf bard of Hildebrand, this time making the pass.

Was just a little to late for the driver of the orange and white number five as Jackson, Jr had already started to catch the rear of the field with less than five laps to go in the race. In dominating fashion Tommy Jackson, Jr found himself back in victory lane yet again at Southside Speedway.

Carter Weedon, who had been running near fifth or sixth all race, made things interesting as they were coming to stripe. He was able to get by the thirteen of Jimmy James but appeared to make contact after the stripe going into one that sent himself into the wall and the thirteen spinning. Barchanowicz would be checked out by safety crews but found to be okay

 

INEX Legends Results:
P1. #87 Tommy Jackson, Jr
P2. #5 Timmy Phipps
P3. #71 Chris Hildebrand
P4. #22 Carter Weedon
P5. #13 James Barchanowicz
P6. #79 David Turner
P7. #00 DJ Elzey

 

 

Bando

Cole Bruce won the pole with a 17.189 but will start fourth after the invert. Daniel Silvestri, Conner Jones, Michael Godby and Jacob Putman round out the top five starters.

Field gets single file pretty quick and Silvestri opens about a car to car and a half lead over the field. Putman gets around Connor Jones for the third spot but has a long way to go to catch the leaders.

Battle for the lead heats up right at the half way. Conner Jones made a huge push back to the rear bumper of Putman but gets loose coming out of four. His car steps out on him and he has to gather it up. Takes about four to five laps but Jones able to catch Putman and get around.

Silvestri, with minimum pressure from Michael Godby, grabs another victory at Southside Speedway.

 

Bando Results:
P1. #27 Daniel Silvestri
P2. #17 Michael Godby
P3. #14 Conner Jones
P4. #3 Jacob Putman
P5. #58 Eddie Slagle
P6. #33 Franklin Caracole
P7. #43 Leonard Harrison, IV
P8. #48 Wesley Newell
P9. #31 Cole Bruce (Mechanical)

Chris Dodson Back to Victory Lane After Leading Wire to Wire at Southside Speedway

Dodson WinMidlothian, VA – Heading up towards the capital city of Virginia for some Friday Night action under the lights. Southside Speedway hosted six divisions of racing as they near the end of their 2016 campaign. Eddie Johnson was the fastest car in qualifying as the sun set over turn four. However, its not always the fastest car that wins the race at the end of the night. This is especially true in the heat of the summer and at a track that inverts up to the top six.

Johnson would earn the bonus point for setting the quickest time but would pull a number three pill out of the bag putting seven-time track champion Chris Dodson on the pole. Mason Bailey, making just his second start in a Late Model, just about snagged the pole position but would have to settle for the outside pole – even after the invert. Steve Zuskin and Bugs Hairfield would round out the starting five. Zuskin would be forced to start shotgun on the field after failing post qualifying technical inspection.

Dodson wasted no time when the green flag was displayed, using the invert to his advantage; he opened up a pretty commanding lead early. Eddie Johnson was also able to get around Bailey early to take over the second position leaving Mason Bailey, who had already run a 30-lap feature in the Modified division, to deal with veteran driver Bugs Hairfield. Bailey did a great job holding off the #04 of Hairfield for quite some time.

The races first and only caution came just past lap twenty-nine when the car of David Stevens goes around in turn two. Did not see if Stevens had any help going around as we watched other battles on the speedway. Certainly not what Dodson wanted to see but it was the break that Eddie Johnson needed.

In one of the more bizarre restarts I have seen since tracks adopted the cone rule, the two veteran drivers lead the field of sixteen to the green with just eleven laps of racing to go. Dodson elected to restart on the bottom with Johnson going topside. Throw in a row of lapped cars – we learned after the evening it is the tracks rule that they do not put lapped cars to the rear until it is less than ten to go – then it was the combo of Mason Bailey and Bugs Hairfield.

Once back under green flag conditions Dodson jumped back out front with Johnson trying to stay hot in his tracks. Bailey, who had done such a great job running in the top five had huge problems shortly after the restart as something sounded to go incrediably south in the motor. He would be forced to pull of the racing surface and end his night early. This allowed Hairfiled to take the third spot once again.

One thing the yellow did was set up one hell of a three-way battle for the fourth spot. Daniel Thomas, who the previous week had the entire side of his car ripped off, was back in full form trying to hold off Greg Fernandez and Steve Zuskin for a top five finishing position. Fernandez would eventually get under and around the 99 of Thomas to grab the fourth position. Zuskin, as we mentioned above, was able to drive back from starting shotgun on the field to a sixth place finish.

Dodson in victory lane couldn’t have been more pleased with his car, his crew and the new Billy Banks power plant under the hood. Dodson also made mention that the car was just a little more of a handful than usual with all the power under the hood. He also thanked Eddie Johnson for running him clean there at the end saying he wouldn’t have wanted to have anyone elese there at the end of the race than Eddie because he knew he would race him hard but clean. With Dodson’s win and Zuskin finishing outside the top, Dodson would leave the night with sole possession of the points lead.

 

Late Model Results:

P1. #0 Chris Dodson; 40
P2. #43 Eddie Johnson; 40
P3. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 40
P4. #02 Greg Fernandez; 40
P5. #99 Daniel Thomas; 40
P6. #71 Steve Zuskin; 40
P7. #50 Raymond Pittman III; 40
P8. #42 Mike Payne; 39
P9. #22 Grayson Cullather; 39
P10. #4 Chris Sylvester; 39
P11. #55 Howie DiSavino; 39
P12. #1 Doug Mundy; 39
P13. #21 David Stevens; 38
P14. #20 Mason Bailey; #31
P15. #18 Brad Davis; 20
P16. #11 Woody Ellington; 13
P14. #67 Cole Walker

 

Grandstocks

JanosikWin

Lane Janosik, who has been so dominate this year in the Grandstock division over came the invert again Friday night to land him self in victory lane. This time the fastest car in the day did win the race. Janosik was the fastest car in qualifying earlier in the after noon but pulled the five pill – inverting the top five cars on the start.

The best action, other than Janosik working his way to the front, actually came from the battle for the seventh position. Todd Ruggles, third in points, and Ethan Ayers, seventh in points and leading the Rookie of the Year race, spent a good portion of the feature battling door to door. If they were not side-by-side they were exchanging a little bit of paint with the bumpers or crossing each other up. Ayers would ultimately gain the advantage and the spot from Ruggles.

It took most of the 30-lap feature for Janosik to get up to the front. The battle for the lead was on with 10 laps to go. It looked like Dan Rogers was going to be able to hold Janosik off by making his car really wide. It was a small slip off turn four that did it in for him. Janosik was able to get by and steal the win. Janosik was able to extend his already dominate point lead over James Neely as the season comes to a close.

 

Grandstock Results:

P1. #79 Lane Janosik; 30
P2. #33 Dan Rogers; 30
P3. #77 James Neely; 30
P4. #4 David Blankenship; 30
P5. #25 Michael Sutphin; 30
P6. #69 Ethan Ayers; 30
P7. #40 Todd Ruggles; 30
P8. #88 Mike Lowe; 30
P9. #84 David Fontaine; 27
P10. #61Ervin Dickerson; 23
P11. Landon Abbott; 2

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