Barnes Brothers Earn Pair of First Wins on Sunday Afternoon

Trent Barnes (middle) Nick Smith (bottom) and Doug Barnes, Jr. (top) battle three wide for position this past Sunday afternoon at Dominion Raceway. (Charlie Alexander/King Charles Photography)

Trent Barnes (middle) Nick Smith (bottom) and Doug Barnes, Jr. (top) battle three wide for position this past Sunday afternoon at Dominion Raceway. (Charlie Alexander/King Charles Photography)

Thornburg, VA – Mother Nature, who has collected more trophies this year than the top ten drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series drivers combined, decided to make yet another appearance this past weekend forcing Dominion Raceway to pull the plug on yet another night of features. This time however track officials had a back up plan – Sunday afternoon racing!

Vincent Campbell set the fastest time in group qualifying to grab the pole position with a 15.473 (93.065 MPH) however would roll of tenth after the invert handing the front row over to Sergio Pena and Trent Barnes. Race number one for the afternoon scheduled for 75-laps. More than a full field of Late Models took the green flag, along with four of the top fifty drivers in the nation. Trent Barnes wasted no time taking the top spot on the leaderboard taking the lead just three laps into the feature.

Caution flag waved a couple of times early and somewhat often in race number one. Doug Barnes having issues during one of those periods having a tire go down possibly due to the debris on the racing surface – Nick Smith would also have to climb his way back through the field after he and Logan Jones make contact. Trent Barnes would hold off Michael Hardin on the high line for several laps, nosing Hardin out lap after lap until finally retaking sole possession of the lead.

Smith was able to get back to the top five with under thirty laps left in the race and would have to work around the cars of Robert Bruce and Payton Sellers. With the help of a couple cars spinning on the backstretch to bring out yet another yellow flag, Smith was able to pull into the second position with just about ten laps to go. There were just not enough laps left for Smith to cut the lead down and Trent Barnes would go on to win not only the first Late Model race of the afternoon but of his career.

“We made sure in the first round of practice that we got the car tight,” Barnes told The Weekly Racer later in the evening. “We knew the track was going be slick all day.”

The second race on the afternoon would be a 50 lap sprint with no inverts from the first race. Trent Barnes and Hardin started the race off side by side for three laps and to make the start even more exciting third through fifth would go three wide behind them. Sellers made a move early to get into first place with Smith not far behind him. After the opening 10 laps Sellers, Smith, and Doug Barnes were the top 3 with Trent falling back to eighth.

As is usually the case, the second race was mostly caution free with everyone logging clean laps. Late model rookie and Pro Six driver Justin Fuller fell off pace around lap 20 but finished the race. Ten laps leader Doug was able to get by Smith for second place. The closest he could get to Sellers was .3 seconds until they hit traffic and he stretched the lead out to a full second.

Doug caught a break with two laps remaining, Nick Smith had his right front tire go down and it would bring out the caution. With this being the only chance for Barnes to get next to Sellers he had to capitalize on it. On the restart Sellers got a good jump but Barnes was able to fall in line behind him and set up a last lap pass. Going into the final turn of the race Barnes drove Sellers hard, causing Peyton to spin out and have to go to the rear of the field. On the next G-W-C Doug had to keep Matt bowling behind him, who quietly ran a solid race to help with his national points. Doug held on for his second official win of the season at Dominion and his first on track. Macy Causey also had a strong Sunday of racing finishing 9th and 8th in her first races of the season.

After the race Doug Barnes said, “The car was great though. We probably had the fastest car on the short runs. I got lucky that we had a late caution, that gave me another opportunity to race the 26.” When asked about the contact with Sellers he commented that, “We were leaning on each other and racing hard. Then on the white flag I couldn’t allow him to pinch me down so I entered Turn three a little too high to take his line away. I drove in way to hard and slid up the track knocking him into the marbles. It wasn’t intentional but it was clearly my fault. I do want to apologize to the 26 though, I just haven’t had the opportunity to yet.”


Race 1

1.#1 Trent Barnes
2. #7 Michael Hardin
3. #12 Nick Smith
4. #26 Payton Sellers
5. #29 Robert Bruce
6. #88 Doug Barnes, Jr.
7. #83 Matt Bowling
8. #98 Travis Miller
9. #33 Macy Causey
10. #36c Eddie Johnson
11. #99 Vincent Cambell
12. #56 Doug Liberman
13. #82 Mike Ganoe
14. #07 Richard Storm
15. #19 Cameron Bowen
16. #41 Teddy Brown
17. #71 Justin Fuller
18. #57 Chris Johnson
19. #64 Bill Leutz
20. #01 Sergio Pena
21. #8 Tyler Hughes
22. #77 Logan Jones
23. #36 Own Smith
24. #9 Mike Miller
25. #45 Tyler Daniels
26. #8w Billy Ingle
27. #17s Patrick Szabo


Race 2

1.#88 Doug Barnes, Jr.
2. #83 Matt Bowling
3. #7 Michael Hardin
4. #98 Travis Miller
5. #99 Vincent Campbell
6. #1 Trent Barnes
7. #29 Robert Bruce
8. #33 Macy Causey
9. #26 Payton Sellers
10. 36c Eddie Johnson
11. #56 Doug Liberman
12. #82 Mike Ganoe
13. #19 Cameron Bowen
14. #07 Richard Storm
15. #77 Logan Jones
16. #64 Bill Leutz
17. #36 Owen Smith
18. #12 Nick Smith
19. #71 Justin Fuller
20. #41 Teddy Brown
21. #17 Sergio Pena
22. #8w Billy Ingle


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