Monthly Archives: July 2017

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 Feathers 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
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