Virginia Sprint Series Puts on a Show in First Visit to Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – The IMCA RaceSaver Virginia Sprint Series rolled into Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway for their first event at the historic 4/10th mile oval. Unlike the sprints you see in the World of Outlaws or other big series these ones run a 305 motor instead of a 410, creating greater reliability and huge cost savings over the big series. Sixteen made the trip with the fastest time in practice going to Bronzie Lawson running a 14.453 second lap.

In the first heat race Michael Keeton was able to out run the other seven cars in 10 lap race to take the win easily over Anthony Linkenhoker. In the second heat race the faster cars in the series with the top-4 running under 15 second laps. Mike Leraas beat Jerald Harris to the checkers by just over a second. Lawson had the fastest time of the night running a 14.011 according to Race Monitor.

For the feature the track cooled down a little and it looked like Jerald Harris nailed the set up early on. He jumped out to a lead fast and quickly ran up on lapped traffic. On lap-8 he ran into trouble though running into a slower car and hitting the wall, ending his night. Tony Harris also suffered a flat tire in the incident so he came down pit road and Jerald was able to get out of his car, take his good tire off, and put it on Tony’s car before the green flag waved again all with his helmet and HANS still on. The crowd loved it.

Leraas took over the lead for the restart with Keeton behind him, the sprints restart in single file. Lawson was sitting in third and make quick work of Keeton with the first pavement slide job I’ve seen on lap-11. Lawson caught Leraas in lapped traffic and was able to use one of the cars as a pick to take the lead halfway through the feature. With ten to go Tony’s car dumped a good bit of fluid on the track but it was all on the apron and looked like it was water so racing wasn’t stopped for long.

Mike Leraas would get a good restart but Lawson was just too quick and cruised to the win over the final two laps. In victory lane Lawson said that on Thursday there was just a frame and a steering box, what a way to get a first win in the series!

 Credit – King Charles Photography


Super Streets

Renno Marchetti IV grabbed the pole over Randy Akers for their 40 lap race by just over a tenth. Once the green flag flew Renno jumped out quickly from the field but the action behind him was non-stop. On the third lap Abbott and Michaud came together sliding Landon back a few cars and Dale Parro tried a cross over move on Chris Hott but got really loose and had to gather it up. On lap-20 the caution came out for Michaud turned around in turn-2. Under caution Parro parked his overheating car with the nose pushed in on it.

A few more cautions and restarts down the road and Landon was back up front to challenge Reno for the win. They go side by side down the back stretch with one to go. Going into the final turns of the race Abbott was able to get a little of his nose on to Renno’s bumper but it wasn’t enough to keep Marchetti out of victory lane.

Virginia Sprint Series Results
1. Bronzie Lawson 30
2. Mike Leraas 30
3. Michael Keeton 30
4. Tom Humphries 30
5. Anthony Linkenhoker 30
6. Bill Rice 30
7. Glenn Worrell 30
8. Chris Ware 30
9. Josh Perreault -2
10. Ron Myers -5
11. Neil Sandridge -6
12. Jack Rice -8
13. Tony Harris -10
14. Charlie Ware -17
15. Jerald Harris -22
16. Daren Bolac -23

Super Street Results 
1. Renno Marchetti IV 41
2. Landon Abbott 41
3. Randy Akers 41
4. Sammy Gaita 41
5. Bill Eaker 41
6. Sean Calway 41
7. Dale Nichols 41
8. Jason Michaud 41
9. Gordon Weeks 41
10. Josh Perry 41
11. Billy Newman 41
12. Chriss Hott -1
13. Dale Parro -21

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