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The Legend Continues at Langley Speedway – Green Flag Slated for 7 PM

Hampton, VA — When you lose something at home, school, or work you tend to go a little crazy. Get a little upset that the one thing you liked or just had is now nowhere to be found. That was the feeling that many people in the Hampton Roads area faced this time just a year ago. Langley Speedway was in fact not going to open. Something that had been a staple of the Hampton Roads community for sixty-five straight years was no more. Langley Speedway sat idle over the next sixteen months like a dormant volcano, quietly sitting there as its loved ones watched on. That is until this past February when that volcano erupted with the news of its re-opening.

“It feels great to be back home in front of all your fans and friends and family. Looking forward to seeing a packed house Saturday night.” -Brenden Queen #03 Late Model Stock

Bill Mullis and his staff, along with a few contractors and volunteers immediately got to work getting things back to where they belong within the facility to get the racers and fans back to where they belong – in the stands and on pit road. Langley Speedway will open its gates for the first time in 2017 for their 66th season and will once again be under the NASCAR banner with a full season of stock car racing to boot.

“DQM is excited to have our home track back and look forward to entertaining the fans this summer.” -Richard Quinn #31 Super Truck & Mike Kanary #33 Enduro.

The 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season was a true test to the statement “you don’t know what your missing till it’s gone.” With the speedway closed this took away the opportunity for a good portion of the drivers to race. Of course, some of the higher tiered divisions were able to travel to other tracks but most drivers ran into financial issues when sponsors did not want to pay for races outside of their market. With that all behind the Langley family, can now get back to what’s important – Saturday night short track racing.

“Langley Speedway is a home, my family, the only place I ever wanna be.” – Chris Bechtel #52 Wing Champ Kart

Five of the eleven divisions will headline Langley Speedway’s “Grand Re-Opening” if you will this Saturday. Pit gates and registration will open up for drivers and crews starting at 10:00 AM. Make sure you get there early and please, be patient with the staff, they want to get you in just as quickly as you want to get it but, as you know there are procedures to follow. General Admission gates and Practice is set to get underway at 2:00 PM EDT with qualifying scheduled at 4:30. The green flag for the Pomoco Opening Night at the Races is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

“Great to be back home where my racing all started . Look forward to seeing family and friends again and watching the progress of the youth of the track who will soon be the future stars of the track we all love so much.” – Mark Wertz #55 Late Model Stock

Langley Speedway officials are anticipating very large crowds for this weekend’s Opening Night Part 1, as they should be from the support found on various social media sites on the internet, and are suggesting fans to possibly carpool if they can to ensure there is ample parking for everyone. New this year is the ability to purchase tickets online via the track’s website found bellow. To help avoid long lines at the ticket windows think about purchasing your tickets in advance and bringing them with you.

“It means the world to my race team and I to be able to race again at my Home Track. All of my friends are able to come out and support us inlike if were racing out of town. I am more excited than I have been in a long time for opening night, hopefully we can put on a good show.” – Spencer Saunders #7

The Weekly Racer will once again have you covered for Late Model Stock qualifying on our Twitter feed @theweeklyracer. We will also have LIVE coverage of the Late Model Stock feature as well as select divisions to be determined on race day. You can find a full schedule of events as well as the season bellow. For more information and to purchase your tickets please visit www.langley-speedway.com.

 

POMOCO Opening Night Race Program

10:00 AM                                       PIT GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                          GENERAL ADMISSION GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                          PRACTICE BEGINS

4:15 PM                                          DRIVER’S MEETING

4:30 PM                                          QUALIFYING

5-6:30 PM                                       FAN ZONE STAGE – MASON BROWN AND THE SHINERS

6:50 PM                                          INVOCATION BY REV. POTTER / NATIONAL ANTHEM

7:00 PM                                          1ST RACE BEGINS

Practice Order

  1. Late Model Stock Cars– 3 Practices
  2. Super Street – 2 Practices
  3. Super Trucks – 2 Practices
  4. Legends- 2 Practices
  5. Bando – 2 Practices

Qualifying Order

  1. Bando
  2. Legends
  3. Super Street
  4. Super Trucks
  5. Late Model Stock Cars

Race Line Up

  1. Cycle City Corp Bandos 15 laps
  2. Old Skool Video Games Super Streets 40 laps
  3. Cycle City Corp Legends 25 laps
  4. Taylor Waste Services Late Model 100 laps
  5. B & C Seafood Super Trucks 25 laps

 

 

Tyler Hughes and Tim Allensworth Split Southern National’s Season Opener

Lucama, NC – A rare Sunday afternoon start at Southern National Motorsports Park led to some good racing and some big wrecks as the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series kicked off their season.

Tyler Hughes set fast time in individual car qualifying picking up a couple tenths of his fastest lap in the practice sessions. Adam Murray in the other 8 car couldn’t get his car to fire after setting the fastest lap in practice earlier in the morning.

The first twin of the day was mostly uneventful with Hughes and Mason Diaz racing each other close most of the race. Diaz got to Tyler’s bumper a couple times but couldn’t get him loose enough to slide him out of the bottom line. Tyler led from green to checkered to grab the first win of his 2017 NWAAS campaign.

In the second race things unraveled for a couple drivers. Seventeen laps in Ronald Rendfrow’s day came to an end after his car lost control and went shooting into the wall in turn-1, heavily damaging the front end of the car and leading to cleanup. Jonathon Findley found himself up front with a really good car but on lap 38 Louis White decided that his car wasn’t good enough as he got under his bumper sending him spinning into the corner. Originally he didn’t have much damage but Tyler Hughes had already committed to the bottom line and collided head on with Findley doing heavy damage to both cars. White was sent to the end of the longest line for the restart as a penalty.

Surviving through the wreckage, just barely, was Tim Allensworth who was moved earlier on in the race. He grabs his first late model win at SNMP and Chris Chapman was able to hold off Diaz for a second place finish.

In the chargers division Brian Obiedzenski led every lap of their 35 lap feature to put him on top of the standings to start the year off and the UCAR race had Ronnie “Buckshot” Jones making a last lap pass to steal the win from P.J. Flowers after it looked like maybe the handling fell off a little toward the end. Over in the INEX series the Bandoleros had a pass coming to the checkered flag as the leaders had to split lapped traffic and Ethan Johnson was able to grab the win from second place. Over in the legends Tommy Jackson Jr. led all 25 laps and won by over three second.

Photos from the Southern National Opener

Final Results – Race 1 – NWAAS Late Models

  1. Tyler Hughes
  2. Mason Diaz
  3. Rusty Daniels
  4. Louis White
  5. Jonathan Findley
  6. Ronald Renfrow
  7. Chris Chapman
  8. Tim Allensworth
  9. Paul Williamson
  10. Paul Wark
  11. Gerald Benton
  12. Adam Resnick
  13. Michael Schwietering
  14. Adam Murray
  15. Brandon Hobbs

Final Results – Race 2 – NWAAS Late Models

  1. Tim Allensworth
  2. Chris Chapman
  3. Mason Diaz
  4. Rusty Daniels
  5. Adam Resnick
  6. Paul Williamson
  7. Louis White
  8. Paul Wark
  9. Jonathan Findley
  10. Tyler Hughes
  11. Ronald Renfrow
  12. Gerald Benton
  13. Michael Schwietering

 

Ep. 05 Opening Night For NWMT, South Boston, Southern National & CARS Tour at Dominion

Join the guys as they bring their second quest in a row onto the show and talk about all the action in March.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season opener at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

Phillip Morris Doubles Down in South Boston to collect two wins in their season opener. We talk about the new pavement.

Tyler Hughes and Tim Allensworth split the bill at Southern National in their rescheduled, Sunday season opener.

To Wrap things up we talk about the CARS Tour Duel races at Dominion Raceway where two new Late Model winners were crowned (after the disqualification and suspension of race two winner Jeff Oakley) as well as a dominating performance from Brandon Setzer who locked himself into the Short Track Nationals at Bristol with his two wins.

David Latour Holds Off Eric Winslow for Limited Win

South Boston, VA – Fifteen limited late models took to South Boston Speedway to grab the checkers in the first race of the season.

Colin Garrett continued the trend of setting track records running a 15.140 second lap in qualifying, beat the previous limited record of 15.478 and even beating the old late model record of 15.314.

Trey Crews lined up to his outside and would lead the first lap before falling back to third with Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton getting by him on the inside with a driving style you’d see at dirt tracks all over the country. By lap 12 Garrett had a second and a half lead over Dalton. Three laps later Mike Jones gets some help from Daniel Moss and busts the radiator out of his car.

With the cone out Amber Balcaen decides to take the high line and challenge and beats him on the restart. Moss gets invovled in another incient and the yellow flies again with Garrett up front, Eric Winslow in second, and Balcaen in third. Coming to the green again they go three wide out of turn two and Winslow takes the lead and Balcaen gets some tire rub going from a collapsed fender. Dylan Saul was all over the rear of Balcaen until the caution flew again for Brandon Jones coming to a stop on the track.

Garrett decides to try the outside on Winslow and it pays off as Eric has trouble on the restart with a bad shift. Saul is able to get by Balcaen with a bump and run and Trey Crews follows. Shortly after that Balcaen and Dalton get into a wreck with Amber’s race ending. The next restart Garrett and Winslow come together with some big damage to the 24 of Colin.

Another lap, another caution. This time for debris on the track. Dylan Saul and Crews make up the front row and Trey leads them out of turn two. With some crazy three wide driving Latour and Winslow end up out front and Latour locks up the win in a crash filled fifty lapper.

It looks like there is gonna be a lot of good, regular competition in this series for the year and should be very interesting to watch.

Final Results

1. David Latour Jr.
2. Eric Winslow
3. Dylan Saul
4. Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton
5. Trey Crews
6. Chris Elliott
7. Billy Myers
8. Jason Myers
9. Colin Garrett
10. Brandon Jones
11. Amber Balcaen
12. Barry Beggarly Jr.
13. Bob Davis
14. Daniel Moss
15. Mike Jones

Philip Morris Doubles Down in South Boston

South Boston, VA – A strong field of national and state champions showed up for the spring opener at the historic South Boston Speedway for their 60th anniversary on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

By the time practice ended it was clear that the track record from 2007 would be broken by a large margin but what wasn’t clear is who would be breaking it. Qualifying rolled around and by the final group of drivers, the record had already been bested by nine cars. Philip Morris rolled out in the final group of cars and ran a 14.731 (prv. record 15.314)lap to claim the record over eleven other drivers. Bobby McCarty was the only other driver to get under 15 seconds with a 14.944.

South Boston is continuing the passing points system this season but with a small revision, you have to drop back at least two places in the field. McCarty took advantage of this by dropping from second to fifth in the first race of the day.

Morris had the car to beat all race long but second through fifth saw some great racing. From lap one to lap fifty Kelly Kingery, McCarty, Tyler Hughes, and Peyton Sellers traded positions routinely with clean passing. On lap 70 Kingery got knocked out as McCarty went for a pass and wrecked the 57 car. Sellers would also take damage from the incident that would lead to him falling through the pack as he had some tire rub issues. After sitting back much of the race Pulliam started to push through to the top-5, he would get up to third before a green-white-checkered restart where he fell to 6th position. Morris takes the win with Dominion Raceway champion finishing in second. McCarty finished third, Hughes took fourth, and Rev Racing driver Madeline Crane took 5th after some early race troubles.

In the second hundred lapper Sellers hopped back into his main car after the damage to his backup car took in the first race. A ton of changes in the original starting lineup on top of the eight car invert made for an interesting start. Lee Pulliam ended up on the pole as Dean Ward put his son in the car.

Thaxton led the first lap over Pulliam as the second line started to gain some grip. A big wreck involving five drivers, Pittman, Crane, Ward, Kingery, and Crews, happened on the second lap. On the restart, Thaxton goes low and Pulliam goes high after seeing what Thaxton did with it at the start. Behind him they go three wide for second with Smith able to pull off the pass and Thaxton would fall all the way back to eighth. A long green flag run rolled along with Morris eventually getting into the second place with Pulliam way out in front. On lap 49 as Lee lapped the ninth place car and had was almost a half lap ahead of second the RD decided a competition caution was needed.

For the restart, Lee goes high and Morris goes low, they race door to door for two laps until Morris is able to clear him for first. Pulliam fell back a little but in a few laps, he was right back to Morris to put some pressure on him. On lap 83 McCarty came to a stop between turns three in four with a flat RF tire setting up a late restart. This time Morris goes high and clears Pulliam quickly. Behind the two Smith, Sellers, Pierce, and Thaxton put on a great show for third through sixth. Morris held off a late push by Pulliam to sweep the twin races. “I didn’t expect much out of the weekend but awful thankful,” the winner said in victory lane, “It’s hard to get a car like that and it just drove itself, all I had to do was not make a mistake, not burn nothing up and just hold on and not get outsmarted by the possum [Pulliam].”

I asked about his move to the high lane on the last restart and Morris said, “I thought it was pretty smart of Lee I didn’t expect it that he would take the outside and it was a real smart move. That was a race winning move. He was obviously just as good as we were and if I had taken the inside you would have seen the 5 car come around and be in victory lane.”

 

Race 1 UNOFFICIAL Results:

1.Philip Morris
2. Nick Smith
3. Bobby McCarty
4. Tyler Hughes
5. Madeline Crane
6. Lee Pulliam
7. Austin Thaxton
8. Dean Ward
9. Raymond Pittman III
10. Macy Causey
11. Peyton Sellers
12. Brandon Pierce
13. Tyler Matthews
14. Kelly Kingery
15. Jason Barnes
16. Trevor Ward
17. Stuart Crews
18. Danny Willis Jr

Race 2

1.Philip Morris
2. Lee Pulliam
3. Nick Smith
4. Peyton Sellers
5. Austin Thaxton
6. Brandon Pierce
7. Trevor Ward
8. Macy Causey
9. Tyler Hughes
10. Bobby McCarty
11. Stuart Crews
12. Raymond Pittman III
13. Danny Willis Jr
14. Kelly Kingery
15. Jason Barnes
16. Madeline Crane

Layne Riggs & Jeff Oakley Split CARS Tour Late Model Stock Races

Thornburg, VA – Seventeen Late Model Stock Cars made the trip to Dominion Raceway opening their sophomore season with the CARS Tour Series. A beautiful, sunny, Saturday afternoon witnessed some of the best racing Dominion has seen in its growing history. For the first time in CARS Tour history, both series ran twin 75-lap features for a total of 150-laps. Race control used a qualifying format we were introduced to in 2016 with the driver’s first lap dictating where they would start in race one while their second lap determined where they would start in race two.

Brandon Grosso, a relative rookie to asphalt racing, set the fastest time of the day at 15.082 (95.478 mph) with his second lap to grab the pole for race two and bragging rights to the fastest car in qualifying. His 15.340-second first lap put him eleventh on the board for the first race – Myatt Snider would claim those honors with a 15.113 (95.282 mph) second lap.

When it came time to wave the green flag Myatt Snider showed everyone really quick why he was the pole sitter in race number one. Clearing Jr. Motorsports driver, Josh Berry, as the field exited turn two turned into a high-speed follow the leader chain race with Josh Berry and eventually Jeff Oakley. Oakley, one of the two home track drivers making their CARS Tour debut, got around last year’s tour champion Deac McCaskill and reeled in the top two with almost ease. With the help of a quick caution period, Oakley was able to get around the #88 machine of Berry and started to put a lot of pressure on Snider.

Just past the halfway mark is when things started to get really fun up front. Oakley was finally able to stick his nose under the #2 of Snider and the two would trade the lead of the race for a couple laps before Snider was able to get back in front of Oakley and somewhat put the cruise control button back on – for now. It was not like Oakley was out of it, though, battling back to the rear bumper of Snider – maybe backing off to allow the tires to cool down – got into the #2 car a little bit causing both drivers to chase their cars up the hill.

Things got incredibly interesting with just eight laps to go when Michael Hardin cuts a right front tire down forcing a caution over the field. On the ensuing restart Snider, as the control car elects to restart the race on the outside. This allows Oakley to gain the lead back in what was looking like to be his first CARS Tour victory. Oakley and the field would have to weather a few more restarts, one that would not serve so good for both Myatt Snider and Josh Berry who would make contact multiple times fighting for the podium finish. Snider and Berry would make contact in turn one that would send Berry around and to the back. Race control felt Snider’s efforts earned him a one-way trip to the rear of the field, effectively ending both of their chances.

The final restart would leave Layne Riggs and Jeff Oakley on the front row. Riggs was not messing around when the green flag was waved. Taking a look under Oakley and making brief contact. The contact was enough to send Oakley up the hill and allow McCaskill to get by. Deac turned up the wick in the closing laps reeling in Riggs and stuck his nose under the 99 out of four. Riggs, on the high line, seemed to get back to the gas a little quicker and beat Deac McCaskill to the line in an epic drag race.

 

Race 2

Jeff Oakley dives into turn three in final practice for the CARS Tour LMSC River City QDMA Duels at Dominion. A dominant performance in race two landed him in victory lane for the first CARS Tour appearance. (Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Brandon Grosso, as mentioned above, was supposed to start the second race from the pole position but, due to an incident in the first race and some damage received, he did start the race from the back of the pack, handing the front row over the Josh Berry and Jeff Oakley. When the green flag was displayed Jeff Oakley wasted absolutely no time getting to the front of the field. Possibly using experience from his time here last year, Oakley powered around Berry on the high line finally taking over the top spot – something he tried so hard to do in the first race.

Finally running in the top spot with Berry hot on his tail the Prince George driver received some help when Berry pulled down to pit road and nose first into his stall ending his shot at a second consecutive week with a victory. This was the break Oakley needed and would eventually start pulling away from the field.

The battle for the second position stayed pretty interesting all race long with Jared Fryar working to off off charges from Riggs, McCaskill and even Myatt Snider. However, Sniders night would come to an end early due to a broken wheel stud on his machine.

Grayson Cullather, the youngster from Southside Speedway just a little ways south of Dominion, had a great showing early on in the race. Working his way into the top five running right in the tracks of Deac McCaskill hoping the two cars in front of him would slip up and he would find himself in the second position. A couple of late race restarts would regulate Cullather to a seventh place finish for the second race – two top ten finishes in his first CARS Tour appearance.

Things started to get really interesting when Brandon Grosso started to work his way through the field. Picking cars off one at a time as we reached the closing laps of the race. Working his way around Cullather then running down McCaskill, one could argue if the race would have stayed green he was going to be your second place finisher. However, just as he was working around McCaskill for the third positon the field was slowed after Craig Stallard got extremely loose out of two and came to a stop against the outside wall.

This set up a thrilling green, white, checkered finish that saw Jared Fryar give everything he had and then some to try and get Jeff Oakley loose to steal the victory. However, Oakley was the victor after a second drag race of the night to the checkered flag. Deac McCaskill looked to be the biggest loser of race number two and somehow ended up in the outside retaining wall between turns three and four and was unable to continue. With our vantage point of the race and the race to the finish, unfortunately, we were unable to see what caused that particular issue. Fryar and Riggs would finish second and third while the two biggest movers of the entire day, Brandon Grosso, and Anthony Alfredo would round out the top five.

The CARS Tour will take almost a month off before heading back to North Carolina for the Orange Blossom 300 on April 22nd at Orange County Speedway located in Rougemont, NC. For more information on race times and ticket prices please visit http://www.carsracingtour.com. For those who would like to see a replay of tonight’s race as well as future broadcast of CARS Tour races, head over to carstour.tv.

 

Race #1 UNOFFICIAL Results

1.#99 Layne Riggs; 75
2. #08 Deac McCaskill; 75
3. #11 Jeff Oakley; 75
4. #28 Chris Hudspeth; 75
5. #8a Anthony Alfredo; 75
6. #81 Jared Fryar; 75
7. #88 Chris Davis; 75
8. #44 Justin Johnson; 75
9. #74 Ronald Hill; 75
10. #22 Grayson Cullather; 75
11. #88b Josh Berry; 75
12. #2 Myatt Snider; 75
13. #8r Trevor Rizzo; 75
14. #42 Craig Stallard; 75
15. #32 Brandon Grosso; 68
16. #7 Michael Hardin; 67
17. #18s Evan Swilling; 67

 

Race #2 UNOFFICIAL Results:

1.#11 Jeff Oakley; 76
2. #81 Jared Fryar; 76
3. #99 Layne Riggs; 76
4. #32 Brandon Grosso; 76
5. #8a Anthony Alfredo; 76
6. #44 Justin Johnson; 76
7. #22 Grayson Cullather; 76
8. #28 Chris Hudspeth; 76
9. #18 Evan Swilling; 76
10. #88 Chris Davis; 76
11. #8r Trevor Rizzo; 76
12. #08 Deac McCaskill; 75
13. #7 Michael Hardin; 75
14. #42 Craig Stallard; 70
15. #74 Ronald Hill; 14
16. #2 Myatt Snider; 12
17. #88b Josh Berry; 3

Philip Morris Sets Track Record for SoBo Pole

South Boston, VA – Eighteen NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late models took to the fresh pavement at South Boston Speedway for the 60th Anniversary of the historic track for twin 100 lap races.

Philip Morris set fast time in the final round of euro qualifying running a 14.731 second lap with a top speed of 100.197 miles per hour to beat the previous record from 2007, a 15.314 second lap. Altogether twelves cars surpassed the previous.

Tyler Matthews, 2016 NC State Champion, makes a trip to Virginia to try his hand at the 4/10th mile banked track. Nick Smith, 2016 Dominion Raceway track champ, is also mixing it up.

Qualifying Order

1.Philip Morris
2. Bobby McCarty
3. Peyton Sellers
4. Lee Pulliam
5. Danny Willis Jr
6. Kelly Kingery
7. Tyler Hughes
8. Brandon Pierce
9. Nick Smith
10. Macy Causey
11. Tyler Matthews
12. Austin Thaxton
13. Jason Barnes
14. Stuart Crews
15. Madeline Crane
16. Raymond Pittman III
17. Trevor Ward
18. Dean Ward

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