Monthly Archives: June 2017

Doug Barnes Jr Sweeps; UCAR Order Shuffled

Thornburg, VA – Doug Barnes Jr qualified with fast time of 15.725 to set on the pole at Dominion Raceway and drew a three on the invert to put Timmy Phipps on the point to start the first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model race of the night.

Off the start Jeff Oakley fell to third with Barnes moving up into second and within five laps he was putting pressure on Phipps. A handful of laps later and Barnes Jr was able to get by Phipps and Tyler Hughes started working on Oakley for third place and sitting just behind them was Logan Jones and Macy Causey making it a four way battle for the position. Halfway through the first race and Barnes Jr had almost a four second lead while Hughes made it three wide for third and Phipps got cycled back to fifth. Tyler made quick work of Oakley for second but Barnes Jr had a lead of over four seconds with just 15 laps remaining. Barnes Jr cruised to the win for his second in a row in a quick caution free race.

For the second race the field took the mandatory minimum invert of eight cars so Michael Hardin and Cameron Burke start on the front row. Right off the bat Oakley struggled to get going falling back to tenth after starting sixth. Barnes Jr and Hughes wasted no time moving up through the field and fifteen laps in they were up to second and third. Just five laps later Barnes Jr got Burke loose and him and Hughes slid by. Shortly after the yellow flew for Burke going around in turn two and Macy Causey comes within a hair of running into his stopped car but took no damage. Hardin came down pit road after falling through the field and Oakley and Bruce Anderson also came down to try and make some adjustments. On lap-38 Causey was able to take the fifth position from Burke and he pulled into the pits a couple later to end his night. The caution came out for Hardin in an incident involing ony himself.

Off the restart Barnes Jr pulled away from Hughes but he was able to get to the inside of Barnes Jr and some great side by side racing went on for five laps with Tyler grabbing the lead after some heavy contact down the front stretch, which wound up putting debris on the track and the caution coming out. Under the caution Hughes had a tire blow out ending his run for the win. Off the final restart Logan Jones got chance to get by Barnes Jr but Doug kept his hot rod out front to take his second win on the night and third in a row.

On the restart Barnes Jr continued to show his car was the one to beat jumping out by eight lengths but behind Hughes in second the racing was very close. Phipps, Burke, and Causey were in a three way battle for third place. Causey kept the pressure on Burke but he was able to run through the corners a little better to keep his spot.

UCAR Feature
Over in the UCAR division EJ Kenny ran the fastest time in practifying with a 19.574 second lap but pulled a six out of the bag so Cameron Ruggles would inherit the pole position and Ed Johnson to his outside. Aaron Donnelly took the lead on lap five and Kenny followed him by Ruggles and quickly took over first from him. Halfway through their feature and he was out to almost a four second lead but the field would get bunched back up a few laps later for a caution with the wheel of Blaine Schumann separating from his vehicle. The caution didn’t help too much though with Kenny finishing five seconds head of Donnelly. Unfortunately EJ Kenny was disqualified in post race tech and received a two race suspension for “conduct detrimental to auto racing”. Aaron Donnelly took the win for the night with guest Radley Victory Lane reporter Ryan Pritt finishing second.

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Saturday Night’s Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 At South Boston Speedway Has Drivers Fired Up and Ready To Race

Photo: South Boston Speedway Facebook

SOUTH BOSTON, VA. – It won’t take much to get drivers fired up for Saturday night’s Thunder Road Harley-Davidson NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 at South Boston Speedway. They completely understand the Fourth of July weekend race is huge.

“The 200 is South Boston’s biggest race of the year with a great after show that fans and drivers love to see,” said Bobby McCarty, who has two wins this season and is sixth in Late Model points. “The increased purse really adds to the excitement with all the bonuses that are available doing the race. I just hope we can park our Autos By Nelson 22 in victory lane Saturday night.”

“It’s the biggest race of the year at South Boston, so of course you want to win it,” said Brandon Pierce, who sits third in the points entering Saturday’s race. “It has always been a big race and a big deal to drivers to win this particular race. Another reason is that it’s the midpoint of the season and it lets you know where you stack up against the competition.”

The race pays $6,500 to win and $700 to start. Sparks Oil has posted a $1,000 pole award and a $500 award for the driver leading the most laps in the Late Model event. Stallings Collison Center will award a $1,000 bonus to the driver leading at the halfway point of the Late Model race.

The race is also the first leg of the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown, a three-race series that rewards the top overall finisher a $10,000 bonus. The other two races are at Langley Speedway and Martinsville Speedway later this year.

“With the Virginia Triple Crown, it adds extra excitement since there is more to gain than just this race,” said Pierce. “If you run well here, and then go to Langley and run well, then you’ve got a shot to win the triple crown if you make Martinsville.”

The race, its prestige, and a large purse are drawing a great deal of interest outside of South Boston’s regular runners. A large influx of Late Model drivers is expected in the field including defending champion Lee Pulliam, South Boston’s all-time Late Model win leader Philip Morris, defending track champion Matt Bowling, Timothy Peters, Brenden Queen, Mark Wertz, Justin Carroll, Terry Carroll, Trevor Ward and Dean Ward.

There will be a pre-race concert behind the main grandstand featuring Mike Brooks and the Konnection Band from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and an on-track autograph session prior to the race. Once the engines quiet down at the end of the evening, the sky will come alive with the area’s largest fireworks display.

In addition to the 200-lap Late Model race, there will also be a 100-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 50-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock division and a 20-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division.
Grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. on July 1, with live music beginning at 4:30 p.m. The autograph session will begin on the front stretch at 5:30 and the green flag will fly at 7.

Advance tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the South Boston Speedway office, or by calling the ticket office at 877.440.1540. On race day tickets will be $20 for adults and $10 for youth ages 7-12. Children six and under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

 

Matt Carter Snaps Balluzzo’s Three-Race Win Streak to Earn First Modified Win

Photo: Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – With the Late Model Stock cars having their twin features rained out the weekend prior, Langley Speedway once again called up their tier two division to headline Family Pet Center Night at the Races or as we liked to call it Twin Extravaganza. Nine races split over five divisions this past Saturday night at Langley has 10 IMCA style Modifieds took to the speedway. Matt Carter – 36-year old driver from Newport News, VA – was the fastest car in qualifying as the sun was setting over turn three. Posting a lap of record at 16.948 seconds beating Danny Harrell, Shawn Balluzzo, Andrew Fortin and Jamie Sample to the point.

Carter looked poised for the victory in the first feature leading the first nineteen circuits. Balluzzo, who ran most of the first twenty laps in the second position, was able to power under Matt and make the pass the following lap. Balluzzo immediately opened up a two to three car gap on Carter and held that for most of the race. Balluzzo was victorious in race one with Carter only a car length or two at best behind him.

Due to the new rule from NASCAR, when it comes to twin races, a minimum of eight cars are required to be inverted for the second race. Following those rules, Donnie Holston inherited the pole for race number two. However, he was unable to answer the bell citing motor issues. This moved the inside row up allowing Jamie Sample to take the point. It also moved Carter, who was slated to start in the seventh position, up to the fifth place spot on the grid. Balluzzo, who was lined up in the eighth starting position elected to go to the rear of the ten car field in search of the bonus points given by NASCAR to do so.

When the green flag waved Jamie Sample did all he could to keep the lead and did so for eleven laps. That was until Carter was able to work his way up through the field and take the position for himself. He immediately needed to work on building a gap because Balluzzo was on his way. By lap seventeen Balluzzo had made his way to the second position and set his eyes on Matt – little did we know it was going to be a barn burner to the finish.

As the laps dwindled down so did Carters lead over Balluzzo. With just two laps to go, Carter made a huge mistake off turn four and almost lost the car. This was enough for Balluzzo to pull even and the drag race was on. Powering around the 48 down the backstretch, Balluzzo gave it one more shot into three and got right to Carters rear nerf bar, paying careful attention not to make contact, but to look for an opening and boy did the opening come.

Again, Carters car stepped out on him coming off of turn four to the checkered flag. This time it was a little too much for the driver to save and around he went. Luckily for the Newport News native, Carter slid sideways across the stripe first to collect his very first Modified win in thrilling fashion. “That was a pretty wild ride there towards the end,” Carter said in victory lane. “The car got tight in the long run and I started overdriving it, I got a little excited. I’m just glad to bring this thing home to Victory Lane I mean, I cannot thank my crew enough.”

 

 Modified Race 1 Results:

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 33
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 33
  3. #5 Andrew Fortin; 33
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 33
  5. #60 Bobby Gery; 33
  6. #28 Jamie Sample; 33
  7. #16 Eric McPherson; 33
  8. #1 Donnie Holston; 30
  9. #63 Derrick Roberts; 9

 

Modified Race 2 Results:

  1. #78 Matt Carter; 33
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 33
  3. #95 Danny Harrell; 33
  4. #28 Jamie Sample; 33
  5. #60 Bobby Gery; 33
  6. #63 Derrick Roberts;32
  7. #5 Andrew Fortin; 25
  8. #16 Eric McPherson; 24
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 4

Eddie Johnson Wins Late Model Feature at Southside Speedway Friday Night

Eddie Johnson enters turn one at Southside Speedway in the iconic Richard Petty No. 43 replica Late Model. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA – With no rain in the immediate forecast racing returned to the southside of Richmond this past Friday night. With more than two weeks off of racing fans and drivers alike were ready to get back at it with some good ole fashion short track racing. With the sun being out and temperatures being pretty high it slowed the field down just enough to where the top six cars were only separated by a couple hundredth of a second. Eddie Johnson laid down the fastest lap time in the final round of practice with a 15.211 to earn the pole point. Daniel Thomas, Bugs Hairfield, Mason Bailey and Alex Brock rounded out the top five starters. Johnson pulled the number three pill handing the point over to Mr. Hairfield.When it was time get going, Bugs was able to clear the number 99 machine of Thomas down the back stretch to lead lap one and pick up right where he had left off the last time the cars were on the track, at the front of the pack. Daniel Thomas seemed to be the odd man out on the outside line as Johnson was able to get around him on the bottom and eventually bringing young Mason Bailey along with him. Thomas would eventually settle into the fourth position with a hungry Alex Brock and Chris Dodson behind him.

When it was time get going, Bugs was able to clear the number 99 machine of Thomas down the backstretch to lead lap one and pick up right where he had left off the last time the cars were on the track, at the front of the pack. Daniel Thomas seemed to be the odd man out on the outside line as Johnson was able to get around him on the bottom and eventually bringing young Mason Bailey along with him. Thomas would eventually settle into the fourth position with a hungry Alex Brock and Chris Dodson behind him.Took Johnson just nine circuits to work his away around Hairfield for the lead with Mason Bailey really closing the gap. The race was slowed for the first of two cautions on the night when we look back from the leaders and see that Alex Brock and Chirs Dodson had made contact and were facing the wrong way just at the stripe. Both drivers were able to pull away and rejoin the race. However, Brock’s luck would not get any better when he was caught up in another pileup – this time involving Matt Ashworth and Disavino – down the back stretch, pinning his car into the outside wall and causing some damage. Bugs

Took Johnson just nine circuits to work his away around Hairfield for the lead with Mason Bailey really closing the gap. The race was slowed for the first of two cautions on the night when we look back from the leaders and see that Alex Brock and Chirs Dodson had made contact and were facing the wrong way just at the stripe. Both drivers were able to pull away and rejoin the race. However, Brock’s luck would not get any better when he was caught up in another pile up – this time involving Matt Ashworth and Disavino – down the back stretch, pinning his car into the outside wall and causing some damage. Bugs Hairfield was one of the many cars to bring his car to the attention of his crew during that caution period and eventually calling it quits for the night.

Once the track was clean and the cone was set it was back to green flag racing. Bailey, electing to try his luck on the outside for that start got the jump of his life; too good of a jump as a matter of fact. Before race control could do anything over the radio Bailey looked to back off the throttle and give the lead back over to Johnson. The two would make contact into one just seconds later causing the leader to get sideways. Somehow Eddie gathered the car back up and retained his position at the front of the pack.

Once things got settled down Johnson just had to manage his three car advantage over second place while drivers went to work behind him. Daniel Thomas, who posted the second-fastest time of the day had quietly spent all night in the top five and was able to lock down a third place finish. Last years Grandstock sensation and Late Model rookie, Lane Janosik, had his hands full in the closing laps running fourth working to keep Chris Dodson at bay. Once the checkers were displayed, Janosik was successful and took fourth place over the Southside legend.

The victory was Johnson’s first trip back to victory lane since winning the season finale in August of 2016. In addition, Johnson won this exact race just one year ago. The victory over Mason Bailey and Chris Dodson will surely help his efforts in the points.

 

 

Michael Chapman took the lead from Jamie Hite, who started the race from the pole position thanks to the invert, on lap nineteen of the 25-lap feature. Chapman was forced to give up his pole starting position when he drew a number four pill post qualifying. Wasting no time when the green flag was displayed, Chapman was able to make his way up to second by lap ten.Just seventeen laps it took Chapman to reel in the bumper of Hite and make his attempt at the lead. The two spent a couple laps battling hard for position and putting on a great show for the fans in the stands. By lap nineteen the lead was Chapman’s and he never looked back. Hite was able to hang onto the second position 25-laps later. Beejay Anderson would finish right where he started the race in third with Dillon Devenney and Frank Silva – the races biggest mover – rounding out the top five.

Just seventeen laps it took Chapman to reel in the bumper of Hite and make his attempt at the lead. The two spent a couple laps battling hard for position and putting on a great show for the fans in the stands. By lap nineteen the lead was Chapman’s and he never looked back. Hite was able to hang onto the second position 25-laps later. Beejay Anderson would finish right where he started the race in third with Dillon Devenney and Frank Silva – the race’s biggest mover – rounding out the top five.

 

Late Model OFFICIAL Results:

  1. #43 Eddie Johnson; 40
  2. #05 Mason Bailey; 40
  3. #99 Daniel Thomas; 40
  4. #79 Lane Janosik; 40
  5. #0 Chris Dodson; 40
  6. #22 Grayson Cullather; 40
  7. #20 Sonny Allen; 40
  8. #42 Mike Payne; 40
  9. #9 Alex Broke; 40
  10. #09 Jason Barnes; 40
  11. #25 Michael Sutphin; 40
  12. #26 John Crews III;40
  13. #89 Matt Ashworth; 39
  14. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 24
  15. #55 Howie Disavino; 24
  16. #52 Timmy Nice; 17

 

UCAR OFFICIAL Results:

  1. #87 Michael Chapman; 25
  2. #12 Jamie Hite; 25
  3. #13 Beejay Anderson; 25
  4. #51 Dillon Devenney; 25
  5. #92 Frank Silva; 25
  6. #04 Korey Lawson; 25
  7. #96 Alex Ayers; 25
  8. #1 Mike Frayser; 25
  9. #58 Hunter Waldrop; 19
  10. 10 #72 Joshua Thomas; 19
  11. #97 Richard Sisco; 19

Matt Carter Earns Pole in Modified Division at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – After mother nature took the win last weekend for the Twin Late Model features, we are back in action on this hot summer day at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Nine races span over five divisions tonight at Family Pet Center Night at the Races. The IMCA style Modifieds will be the premier division this evening running twin 33-lap features.

Matt Carter – of Newport News, VA – was the fastest car all afternoon in three practice sessions and it carried over into the qualifying. Posting the fastest time of the nine car field at 16.948 for an average speed of 83.904 MPH. Carter will lead Danny Harrell, points leader Shawn Balluzzo, Andrew Fortin and Jamie Sample to the green.

Race number two will, of course, be determined after a minimum of an eight-car invert. Yes, you have read that right, per the NASCAR rule book, there will be almost a complete field invert for the second race. Racing action is set to get underway at 7:00 PM. Find the race lineup bellow. The Weekly Racer will have LIVE lap-by-lap coverage from both Modified features as well as the Legends race.

 

Cycle City Bando: 15-laps
Larry King Law Mods: 33-laps
Riverside Paper Pro Six: 20-laps
Carroll’s Automotive UCAR: 20-laps
Cycle City Corp Legends: 25-laps
Larry King Law Mods: 33-laps
Riverside Paper Pro Six: 20-laps
Carroll’s Automotive UCAR: 20-laps
Bojangles Enduro: 30-laps

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