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Matt Craig Dominates for PASS Victory at Southern National

LUCAMA, NC – Matt Craig took the lead from Matt Wallace on lap 28 of Saturday night’s 150 lap PASS South Super Late Model race and never looked back, as he scored his second Southern National win of the year in dominant fashion.

Craig, who has enjoyed plenty of success at Southern National with two wins in the Pro Late Model Series last year along with a PASS South win earlier this year, performed a sweep of the PASS South Series with his victory on Saturday.

“That’s really cool to sweep the season in PASS, both races,” Craig said after the race.  “The car has just been phenomenal.  We have a good setup under our piece right now and I think it was a good race.  I wish we had a few more cautions there, got strung and my car kept getting a little better and some other ones were fading.  It was a lot of fun.  I love this track a whole bunch and hope we come back here next year.”

Early in the race, Matt Wallace pulled away with a big lead, until the caution came out for rain, erasing Craig’s deficit to Wallace.  Craig, who had been saving tires, was able to get by and then pull away.  He would go on to survive a series of late race restarts to pick up the win, his fourth win of the season in PASS South competition.

“We were just letting off at the flagstand,” Craig explained.  “He was running a little hard and I’ve done it before.  It takes a while to learn your lesson about that.  With five to go, I wasn’t real worried.  My crew was giving me the lap times and we felt safe.”

Maine driver Dave Farrington finished the race in second while fellow northern driver Trevor Sanborn was third.  Rounding out the top-five were Jared Fryar and veteran Jay Fogleman.

Gary Ledbetter, Jr. dominated in the 50 lap Mid-Atlantic Street Stock feature race to score the victory in convincing fashion.  Much like Craig had to do in the Super Late Model race, Ledbetter survived a series of late race restarts and held on for the victory.

“You try to save as much tire as you can for cautions at the end if you have any,” Ledbetter said.  “We saved enough where it helped out and worked out for us.  I knew the car was good, but a restart worries you.  Bobby [Templeton] ran me clean.  He’s a good driver.  Still, you never know, five to go, sometimes people are hungrier than others.”

Tumbleton finished in second while Ricky Locklair, Jr. finished third, Sonny Schoffen was fourth and Jeff Melton finished fifth.

Southern National Motorsports Park resumes its regular season on Friday night, August 4th with the #StottStrong195 presented by Solid Rock Carriers out of LaGrange, North Carolina, headlined by twin Late Model Stock Car races.  Chargers, Mini Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros and Any Cars will also be in action in a memorial race for Ashley Stott, a longtime supporter of Southern National Motorsports Park.

For more information about Southern National Motorsports Park, check out SNMP’s website at www.snmpark.com“like” Southern National Motorsports Park on Facebook or “follow” @SNM_Park on Twitter.

Unofficial Results

PASS Super Late Model

1.    Matt Craig

2.    Dave Farrington

3.    Trevor Sanborn

4.    Jared Fryar

5.    Jay Fogleman

6.    Joe Graf, Jr.

7.    Kodie Conner

8.    Tate Foleman

9.    Sarah Cornett-Ching

10.  Matt Wallace

11.  Roy Hayes, III

12.  Eddie Fatscher

13.  Jody Measamer

14.  Will Bristle

MASS Street Stock

1.    Gary Ledbetter, Jr.

2.    Bobby Tumbleton, III

3.    Ricky Locklair, Jr.

4.    Sonny Schoffen

5.    Jeff Melton

6.    Gary Ledbetter, Sr.

7.    Kevin Ellis

8.    David Thomas

9.    Kevin Benton

10.  Wayne Locklair

11.  Greg Barnette

12.  Chuck Ison

13.  Wesley Scott

14.  Michael Worthington

15.  James Horner, Jr.

16.  Ron Flynn

17.  Kyle Lynch

18.  Ricky Locklair, Sr.

19.  Anthony Yarborough

20.  Larry Isenhower

Virginia Motor Speedway Cancels Racing for Saturday July 29th; Essex Concrete Night Moved to next Saturday August 5th

Jamaica, VA – With heavy rains and a flood warning in the forecast officials have made the difficult decision to cancel racing activities for Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway. It is the speedway’s third rainout of the season.

“We hate to lose another race, but with the forecast calling for heavy rains and possible flooding we felt it was best to go ahead and cancel racing for tomorrow”, commented track General Manager Clarke Sawyer.

The speedway will return to racing next Saturday, August 5, 2017, to host Essex Concrete Night and week 11 of the Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship Weekly Racing season featuring the Victory Lap Pro Late Models, Budweiser Modifieds, Truckin Thunder Sportsman and Collision One Limited Stock Cars in action.

Admission price for Adults $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 11 – 17 years old $6 and children 10 and under admitted free. Pit passes will be $20.

16” coolers are welcomed but no glass is allowed. There is plenty of free lit parking and camping (no hookups) is allowed at no charge on a first come first served basis.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

Race fans can go to www.vamotorspeedway.com to view the complete schedule Virginia Motor Speedway’s 2017 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and camping information. In addition, fans can get social with Virginia Motor Speedway by following @vamotorspeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

The 9th Annual Hampton Heat Was Anything but Predictable

Hampton, VA – When Bobby McCarty took the checkered flag on Saturday night everyone was a bit surprised. With some of the greats in the region participating in the race like Philip Morris, Peyton Sellers, CE Falk, and Greg Edwards the young driver flew under the radar.

CE Falk dominated 95% of the race, looking like he was gonna grab his fourth Hampton Heat win. However, with a race full of late cautions, Falk’s machine looked to struggle on restarts. Nick Smith, Brenden “Butterbean” Queen, and Bobby McCarty were there waiting for a slip-up, though. Butterbean was able to get his best finish at Langley Speedway finishing second in the 200-lap race, showing lots of discipline in the first half controlling his tire wear and keeping the car clean. Earlier in the day before the race, Brenden mentioned on our podcast that they switched to the Ford crate engine for the long race thinking it would help with tire wear and he definitely had a lot of cars left as the race wound down climbing from 8th to his finishing position.

Justin T. Carroll also made his return for the trophy race after taking a race weekend off to run in the CARS Tour and picked up a solid 5th place finish. He didn’t fall off that much missing the one race in track points. Looking through the rest of the field Casey Wyatt was able to finish 8th, possibly a turning point for the 92.9 The Wave Chevrolet as they have been a little off this season with keeping up the track changes when Langley sat idle for a year. The father and son team of Justin S. Carroll and Terry Carroll seemed to struggle early on but both made some good adjustments and were able to finish nineth and tenth.

Cody Carlton, who made his Late Model debut earlier this year, finished sevententh in the thirty-one car field in his first Hampton Heat. The rookie, however, was the last car on the lead lap when the checkered flag waved. Grayson Cullather, who is the 2016 Southside Speedway Rookie of the Year – where they run mainly 40 lap races – was able to hold on for 143 laps before parking his machine after spinning out. Macy Causey, who has been running primarily at Dominion Raceway when not running with Rev, came to Langley in her #33 Rev Racing machine. She was having a good run early on but ended up totaling the front end of her car after hard contact with the inside pit wall after racing with Terry Carroll. The other young lady in the field, Maddy Ryan, had to check out just 19 laps in to the race after suffering some broken front end components.

Some of the Langley veterans didn’t have much luck yet again as the race was won by an “out of towner.” Greg Edwards, Danny Edwards Jr, and Matt Waltz all had to park early. Danny and Matt both had front end damage from seperate incidents and decided to save the cars for another day while Greg got caught up in the Langley version of the big one involving six cars.

In the end McCarty was able to make the moves to propel him to the win in his first race at the historic track, and the fifth time in six races that an out of towner has won the prestigious event. To put that in perspective Morris just got his first win a couple weeks ago. His team mate, Timothy Peters, also had a great recovery after losing the entire right side of his car and picking up a seventh place finish.

The Taylor Waste Services Late Models return to regular racing this weekend, July 29th, 2017, for twin 66-lap features, Matt Waltz will start the night with an eight point lead over Greg Edwards as he looks for his first track championship. The Super Streets, Super Trucks, UCAR, HRKC Wing Karts, and Enduro’s will also have features.

Ep. 07 A Dart Without Arrows is Fast. But It Doesn’t Know Where It’s Going

We welcome back Jesse to the Podcast after missing the last recording due to work and spotter obligations for a very special recording in the Al Pearce Media Center at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway the morning of the 2017 Hampton Heat 200. We are joined by Langley Media partner, Mark Rogers, Jr., as well as Late Model drivers Grayson Cullather, Brenden Queen, Mark Wertz, and Sam Hunt. We talk about their cars during the test session and what it will take to win.

We also discuss the Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 at South Boston the first of the month as well as The Prelude to The Heat.

Tommy Sweeney Grabs Another Win in the Grand Stocks; Travis Wall Gets His First Win in 2017 for Pro Six

Hampton, VA – Tommy Sweeney ran a fast time of 18.501 in the group qualifying session for the Pepsi Grand Stocks at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Starting on his outside was Rodney Boyd off the pace by just over a tenth of a second. Altogether seven cars took time for their 40 lap feature.

Off the start Boyd had troubles quickly falling back through the field leaving second place open for Paul Lubno. Five laps in Lubno was close enough to give Sweeney bump on his rear bumper grabbing first place early on. A couple laps later and Mark Frye put some pressure on Boyd to take over third place and Rodney pitted a couple laps later to have his crew tend to his hurting car.

On lap-16 Boyd came back out on the track right behind Sweeney who he had problems with on the last weekend they raced. He got pretty close to tagging him a couple times before parking it for the rest of the race. While all that was going on Tim Wilson managed to take third place from Frye at the halfway mark.

With eleven laps to go Sweeney made his move past Lubno for the lead while Wilson and Frye also dive in to each other. Frye would slam bodies a little with Lubno pushing him into the fourth spot. With five laps to go Sweeney had a one-second lead over second place and was able to cruise easily in the closing laps to his second win in three races. With three wins on the year now and the points lead things are looking good for the #11 team.

Pro Six Feature

Travis Wall sat on top of group qualifying with a 17.747 just barely edging out Adam Florian who ran a 17.766. Wall led green to checkered for his first win in the Riverside Paper Pro Six division on the season. Bobby Hall made it up to third past JB Sipe before having some troubles with his car and having to park it with 6 laps remaining. With those troubles and only four races remaining Florian will have a big points lead over second place.

 

Grand Stock Results

  1. Tommy Sweeney
  2. Mark Frye
  3. Tim Wilson
  4. Paul Lubno
  5. Kevin Morgan
  6. Jonathan White -1
  7. Rodney Boyd -21

Pro Six Results

  1. Travis Wall
  2. Adam Florian
  3. JB Sipe
  4. Jordan Wood
  5. Tyler McLaughlin -1
  6. Debbie Biesecker -1
  7. Bobby Hall -6

Tommy Jackson, Jr. Breaks the String of Bad Luck with INEX National Qualifier Win; Cole Bruce Take Home the Win in Bandos

Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com

Hampton, VA – With the 9th Annual Hampton Heat upon Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway this weekend, it was announced late last week that the INEX Legends and Bandolero features would both be national qualifiers. Thirteen Legends drivers made the trip out in the insane July heat here in Hampton Roads. Interesting enough, only one new driver made the trip this weekend after the qualifier was announced and that was the #51 of Ryan Matthews, a series winner up at Southside Speedway so far in 2017.

Tommy Jackson, Jr. once again looked to be the car to beat during qualification edging out current track points leader Brian May for the pole by seven-hundredth of a second. The 18.229-second lap (78.008 MPH) was good enough for Jackson’s second consecutive pole and eventually proved to be enough to land the Poquoson native in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane for the first time this season. Defending race winner, Spencer Saunders, would start third with Cody Carlton and Jamie Price rounding out the fastest five cars.

When the green flag dropped on the 30-lap feature, Jackson left nothing on the table and took command of the race lead early bringing Saunders along with him leaving May in third. It was almost like Deja Vu as Jackson and Saunders worked in tandem to pull away from the rest of the pack just like a couple weeks ago. Where Saunders hounded the rear nerf bar of Jackson and made a great late race pass coming to the white flag to steal the victory. This time around though, Jackson just looked too strong.

Some good battles would take place throughout the field behind the leaders with David Brandt, Lane McKee, Colby Flowers and Zach Lightfoot as you sprinkled a few cautions throughout the race. A late race caution for the #4 of Chris Hayes – who’s night would end early after a trailing arm bolt broke – and then again quickly there after for McKee and Matthews, would set up a four lap shoot out for the win.

Jackson, however, was not phased by the late restart and he was not going to be denied on this night and drove his #87 to victory lane. Saunders would settle for second place but continue his streak of podium finish while finishing two positions ahead of May – who would eventually lose third to a hard charging Cody Carlton on that late restart – to tighten up the championship points battle heading into the back half of the season.

“Awe man, it feels good in this hot weather,” Jackson said in victory lane after the race. “Yeah, it’s just a lot of hard work, we went through a really bad spell there. We weren’t winning races; mechanical failures that would take us out of it, just gotta thank my crew. Worked some really long nights in the shop to get us here, thank Spencer, we lead all thirty laps and he was right there with us”.

 

Cole Bruce, of Fredricksburg, Virginia, found himself in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane as well this past weekend at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway after rolling off for his 15-lap feature in fifth place. Bradley Kilby was the fastest in final practice, which set the grid for the eleven-car field but had problems early getting going. This allowed Autumn Weaver to power her way around the outside and take the lead early.

Autumn’s lead would last several laps until Kilby gave her a shot through turn two and allowed Kilby to her under her, the two would make contact and  Weaver wound up spinning through the grass and kicking up water onto the racing surface. The caution flag would be displayed to investigate. Weaver would come down pit road and restart the race towards the rear of the field. This would hand the lead over the Kilby but only for a few moments as he too went for a spin of his own on lap twelve, in turn four, handing the lead over the Bruce.

Cole would have his work cut out for him in the closing laps as Conner Jones mounted an incredible charge but did not have enough laps to make anything happen. “I don’t know what happened over in turn one”, said Bruce. “I thought the axle was bent, I thought the front spindle was bent. I thought we were a junk car after that wreck over there, of course, we worked our way up in qualifying, made some changes. It’s just a great night to get to win”.

 

 

Cycle City Corp Legends OFFICIAL Results;

 

  1. #87 Tommy Jackson Jr; 30
  2. #7 Spencer Saunders; 30
  3. #94 Cody Carlton; 30
  4. #22 Brian May; 30
  5. #7L Zach Lightfoot; 30
  6. #33 Colby Flowers; 30
  7. #08 Jamie Price; 30
  8. #51 Ryan Matthews; 30
  9. #21 Lane McKee; 30
  10. #88 Ryan Center; 30
  11. #31 David Brandt; 30
  12. #17 Devon Courtney; 30
  13. #4 Chris Hayes; 26

 

Cycle City Corp Bando’s OFFICIAL Results;

 

  1. #31 Cole Bruce; 15
  2. #14 Connor Jones; 15
  3. #3 Jacob Putman; 15
  4. #18d Emily Day’ 15
  5. #33 Franklin Caricofe; 15
  6. #18 Autumn Weaver; 15
  7. #8 Jacob Derrick; 15
  8. #6 Jake Waltman; 15
  9. #5 Bradley Kilby; 15
  10. #87 Kenton Case; 15

#48 Wesley Newell; 14

Bobby McCarty Steals Thrilling Hampton Heat Victory With His First Visit to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

Bobby McCarty rolls through turn two at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway during final practice of the Hampton Heat 200 July 22, 2017. (Justin Kern/TheWeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway was certainly the place to be if you were in the state of Virginia this past weekend. Thirty of some of the best in the business converged on the .395-mile oval for a chance to win $10,000 and better their position in the VA Triple crown – a three race series between South Boston, Langley Speedway, and Martinsville that also pays $10,000. From qualifying till lap 190 fans in the stands and all over the world on Fanschoice.tv were watching the CE Falk show. That was until Bobby McCarty, of Summerville North Carolina, had another idea on how he thought the race would end.Spending most of the race weekend towards the tail end of the top ten, with the exception of the Friday afternoon test session – which by the way was his first time turning laps at Langley – where he posted the sixth fastest time of the day, McCarty seemed to just be riding and biding his time. Qualifying just outside the top ten (P12) the most recent South Boston Speedway winner would stay there during the first half of the race ensuring the nose and tires stayed under the car.

Spending most of the race weekend towards the tail end of the top ten, with the exception of the Friday afternoon test session – which by the way was his first time turning laps at Langley – where he posted the sixth fastest time of the day, McCarty seemed to just be riding and biding his time. Qualifying just outside the top ten (P12) the most recent South Boston Speedway winner would stay there during the first half of the race ensuring the nose and tires stayed under the car.As the laps ticked down in the somewhat tame first half of the race, McCarty had worked his way up to the tenth position as officials threw the yellow flag for the halfway break. Now, for some who may not be familiar with these types of races, they raced for 100-laps, will typically take a ten to fifteen minutes break, then return to green flag racing for the other half of the race. During the break, teams are allowed to add fuel to their race cars and make normal pit stop adjustments. Whatever McCarty’s crew did during said break was the right thing to do.

As the laps ticked down in the somewhat tame first half of the race, McCarty had worked his way up to the tenth position as officials threw the yellow flag for the halfway break. Now, for some who may not be familiar with these types of races, they raced for 100-laps, will typically take a ten to fifteen minutes break, then return to green flag racing for the other half of the race. During the break, teams are allowed to add fuel to their race cars and make normal pit stop adjustments. Whatever McCarty’s crew did during said break was the right thing to do.Once the green flag was displayed for the second half, it was on. Not just for the field – seeing’s how over 80% of the caution periods came from the second half – but for Bobby McCarty who, for the most part, worked his way up through the field methodically. There were a few scary moments for the eventual winner, especially on a couple restarts when things got dicey working through turns one and two. Things would all change for McCarty in a big way late in the race when Nick Smith was finally able to get

Once the green flag was displayed for the second half, it was on. Not just for the field – seeing’s how over 80% of the caution periods came from the second half – but for Bobby McCarty who, for the most part, worked his way up through the field methodically. There were a few scary moments for the eventual winner, especially on a couple restarts when things got dicey working through turns one and two. Things would all change for McCarty in a big way late in the race when Nick Smith was finally able to get door to door with Falk, who at the time had led all 188 laps of the race. Smith would battle Falk the hardest he had all night to take the lead on lap 190 but the intensity of that exchange may have hurt the performance of Nick’s car and McCarty was able to make the pass down the backstretch and lead lap 190. After that, there were not enough laps left in the race for the hard charging machine of Brenden Queen to close the gap.

McCarty, for the lack of better terms, was floored in victory lane and gave much glory and gratification for everyone on his team that helped him get to where he was.

“They told me to ride there the first half and save my right rear,” McCarty said in victory lane. “Then at lap one-hundred one, they told me to go for it. We got some good breaks and made some good moves which helped us stay up front. When Smith and Falk opened the door we were close enough to capitalize and we just set sail from there.”

Coming fresh off a win the week prior at South Boston Speedway, McCarty seemed to be able to keep that momentum rolling. Once we were in victory lane with McCarty we asked him what was going through his mind after winning one of the biggest races of the year for Langley Speedway but maybe for Late Model racing on in the Mid-Atlantic, on just his first try.

“Is this real?” McCarty laughed in victory lane. “I just can’t believe it. I have to thank all these guys. All the people at Autos By Nelson, Nelson Motor Sports, The Three Amigo’s, Vally Star Credit Union, Liquid Performance, Good Ridges, and everyone who puts effort into this race car. This is for them. They did all the work.”

With the victory in round two of the Triple Crown, by our calculations, McCarty and Smith will enter the Valley Star Credit Union 300 tied with an average finish of 3.5. We also asked the driver of the double duce what the plan was for the rest of the year and heading into Martinsville, which will be the first stock car race under the new permanent LED light system.

Win races!” McCarty said with force. “Win every race I possibly can. We have had an up and down year with some bad luck but we are out here on a mission to win races and that is what we are going to do. “

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #22m Bobby McCarty; 200
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 200
  3. #40 CE Falk; 200
  4. #12 Nick Smith; 200
  5. #57c Justin T. Carroll; 200
  6. #77 Connor Hall; 200
  7. #12p Timothy Peters; 200
  8. #92 Casey Wyatt; 200
  9. #91 Justin Carroll; 200
  10. #12t Austin Thaxton; 200
  11. #26s Peyton Sellers; 200
  12. #17 Stacy Puryear; 200
  13. #07 Dean Ward; 200
  14. #4 Same Hunt; 200
  15. #01 Philip Morris; 200
  16. #94 Cody Carlton; 200
  17. #12s Dean Shiflett; 198
  18. #57j Eddie Johnson; 178
  19. #97 Greg Edwards; 171
  20. #55 Mark Wertz; 171
  21. #19 Cameron Bowen; 169
  22. #26 Danny Edwards, Jr.; 143
  23. #22 Grayson Cullather; 143
  24. #51 Bubba Johnston; 129
  25. #2 Matt Waltz; 101
  26. #33 Macy Causey; 66
  27. #88 Thomas Marks; 45
  28. #51 Paul Green; 34
  29. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 19
  30. #25 Craig Eastep; 15
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