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Cole Rouse, Josh Berry Winners Durings CARS Tour Race to Remeber 250

CONCORD, NC – During a night dedicated to the memory of fallen soldiers and first responders from the region, Cole Rouse and Josh Berry were remembered by departing fans as winners during the Race To Remember 250 at Concord Speedway on Saturday night. Both drivers improved their championship hopes with the victories with one race remaining in the series schedule.

 

SUPER LATE MODEL

Preston Peltier stole the Mahle Pistons Pole Award with his last-minute qualifying effort during Fivestar Bodies Knockout Qualifying, earning him the right to lead the field to the green flag. He set the pace for only two circuits until Cole Rouse took over the point and led from lap 3 until lap 36.

On a lap 37 restart, former series champion Cole Timm snagged the point from fellow Toyota driver Rouse but he also was only there for a short time until Rouse retook the top spot on lap 43.

A caution for debris on lap 79 set up a restart with Peltier, who had been stalking Rouse most of the race, alongside of the No. 51 as the field came to green. A former winner at Concord throughout the years in various sanctions, Peltier motored his way around Rouse two laps after the restart, visibly using more than others had in order to keep the point.

Tyler Ankrum’s car lost a hub on lap 93 and pounded the turn two wall, an accident which allowed Rouse another shot at Peltier on the restart. Sideways and using more track than Rouse, Peltier was able to hold the point until the waning laps of the event when Rouse began to up the pressure on the No. 33 of Peltier.

The pair dueled side-by-side for a handful of laps before Rouse used the bumper to move Peltier, skating through to take the lead with only five laps to go. He proceeded to pull away to his second career series win, a victory which vaulted him from second into the top spot in the point standings going into the South Boston finale on October 14.

Peltier, Christian Eckes, Matt Wallace and Matt Craig rounded out the top five finishers in one of the most competitive super late model races the tour has seen at Concord’s half-mile layout.

“What was going through my head was that it was going to be the last lap when, if I wasn’t already past him, I was just going to have to hit him and move him,” Rouse admitted in victory lane. “I had to do it for these guys, we’ve had so many taken away from us this year, so I’m really happy for these guys and that we could get it done today.

“He started to fall off a bit, so once I got past him I wasn’t really worried since we were about 10 car lengths past him,” he continued when asked about the move to get the lead and its championship implications. “South Boston wasn’t on our schedule, but we’re going to have to make it part of our schedule now. We’ll be happy to get there, and it’ll be a new racetrack.”

 

LATE MODEL STOCK CAR

The final box score of the late model stock car feature may make the race look tame, but from the moments prior to the green flag, it was anything but calm.

Deac McCaskill captured his ninth career Hedgecock Racing Pole Award, moving his series-leading record ahead by another mark. Following qualifying, however, McCaskill and team discovered a leaking tire on his machine, forcing the team to change it and placing him to the rear of the field by series rules.

By virtue of his cousin’s misfortune, Bradley McCaskill led the field to green alongside of Josh Berry. Both former winners at Concord, McCaskill shot out to the early race lead and set the pace until a lap 54 caution for a spin immediately in front of him in turn two.

Berry gave McCaskill fits on the ensuing restart, ultimately passing the No. 07 car for the lead on lap 58 after a side-by-side fight in front of the healthy crowd at Concord. Berry’s teammate and championship rival Anthony Alfredo was involved in an incident in turn one which brought out the second caution in a rash of yellow fever on lap 69, setting up another restart with McCaskill beside Berry.

Josh Berry kept the lead on the restart, but two laps later McCaskill and Justin Carroll made contact entering turn three, sending McCaskill for a spin which ultimately collected a number of other cars and appeared to eliminate the No. 07 from the event after hard contact by Evan Swilling squarely on the rear end. Miraculously, McCaskill was able to continue while Swilling was finished for the night.

After five additional cautions between laps 76 and 113, the race came down to a 12-lap shootout with Berry leading and young Brandon Grosso, with Deac McCaskill and others immediately behind. Exercising his veteran prowess, Berry executed another flawless restart to assert himself as the dominant car.

The JR Motorsports driver cruised to his 12th career series win by 1.018 seconds over Grosso, McCaskill, Tommy Lemons and Cody Haskins. The victory allowed Berry to bypass teammate Alfredo in the standings and close to within single digits of Layne Riggs entering the season finale on October 14 at South Boston Speedway.

“It’s so tough, I can’t put it into words how tough it is on those restarts and you see it on Sunday,” Berry admitted after the race in Edelbrock Victory Lane. “Nine out of ten restarts you can be perfect, but the one that you don’t is the one that everyone remembers you for, so I was just trying to be perfect and do my job. We had a great racecar. I wasn’t sure how good we were going to be, but it obviously paid off. Deac had trouble before the race, and I know he would’ve been tough to beat, but that’s how it goes.

“He’s young and hungry, and I’ve been in that situation, so at that point whatever would’ve happened, I wouldn’t have been surprised,” he continued when asked about Brandon Grosso and his career-best run immediately behind him. “He raced me clean and raced me hard, but he’s improved a lot over the season and his day is coming, for sure.”

While the race win was the story of the night, Berry and the JR Motorsports team were already thinking down the road.

“Last week at Hickory wasn’t good for us in the point situation, but I’m not going to go down without a fight,” he reiterated to those in attendance. “We’re going to keep after it, we’re going to work hard, and we’re going to be ready at South Boston. South Boston is a wild card. I haven’t raced there since it’s been repaved, but I have won there on the old pavement. It’s going to be a totally different animal. We proved tonight we’re not going away and those guys are going to have to run good to beat us because we’re going to be up front.”

The CARS Tour visits South Boston Speedway on October 14 for the series finale, the first time the tour has visited the facility. Located just north of Orange County Speedway, the recently repaved .400-mile oval will host both divisions in the SoBo 250 in six weeks’ time.

For more information on the CARS Tour, visit their website at http://www.carsracingtour.com. Fresh content and updates can also be found on the series Facebook page (@carstour), Twitter (@carstour), Instagram (@cars_tour), Snapchat (@carstour) and Youtube channel (/carstour). The series Roku app is also available for installation to see live and on-demand events by following the instructions available at http://www.carstour.tv.

 

NOTES OF INTEREST:

– Justin Carroll was a contender for the win in the late model stock car race, but had misfortune fall his way while racing in the lead pack. Contact with Bradley McCaskill earned him the privilege of a HANS throw from Bradley McCaskill, a toss which landed on the right side door of the No. 57 car. Perhaps unrelated, Carroll was forced to pit road a few laps later with a loose exhaust pipe as it hung outside the passenger-side door of his Ford, a problem which ultimately eliminated him from contention.

– Championship contender Anthony Alfredo was involved in a crash with Jared Fryar on lap 92, an incident which eliminated both drivers from the race. Alfredo suffered the worst fate in the championship fight, losing nine points to Layne Riggs by virtue of his 17th place finish.

– At the beginning of the season, super late model winner Cole Rouse had full intentions of running twelve super late model races with Kyle Busch Motorsports, presumably with the CARS Tour. As the season wore on, the team changed their approach slightly, but Rouse found two one-off races with owners mid-season to continue his pursuit of the title, a move which has proven to be beneficial entering the season finale. Before Saturday, South Boston was not on the team’s schedule, but given the circumstances in which they enter that event, it’s extremely likely that Kyle Busch Motorsports will field a No. 51 Toyota for Rouse at South Boston in pursuit of their first series championship.

– Dozens of fallen military heroes and veterans, along with first responders, were honored by teams and the CARS Tour during the event. Each car carried the name of someone who paid the ultimate price for their country in addition to various branches of service and charity organizations. In an emotional pre-race moment, late model stock polesitter Deac McCaskill was given the dogtags of his soldier from a family member to carry with him during the Race To Remember 250.

 

THE FINISHES:

CARS Super Late Model Tour
Race To Remember 250
Concord Speedway – August 26, 2017

POS NUM DRIVER LAPS REASON OUT
1. 51 Cole Rouse 125
2. 33 Preston Peltier 125
3. 15 Christian Eckes 125
4. 6 Matt Wallace 125
5. 54 Matt Craig 125
6. 34 Nolan Pope 125
7. 87 Matt Thomas 125
8. 4 Brandon Setzer 125
9. 49 Jeff Batten 125
10. 58 Tyler Ankrum 93 Accident
11. 57 Cole Timm 86 Mechanical
12. 37 Dan Speeney 79 Mechanical
13. 7 Tyler Church 43 Mechanical

 

CARS Late Model Stock Tour
Race To Remember 250
Concord Speedway – August 26, 2017

POS NUM DRIVER LAPS REASON OUT
1. 88b Josh Berry 125
2. 32 Brandon Grosso 125
3. 08 Deac McCaskill 125
4. 27 Tommy Lemons, Jr. 125
5. 2 Cody Haskins 125
6. 12m Austin McDaniel 125
7. 24 Craig Stallard 125
8. 99 Layne Riggs 125
9. 23 Terry Brooks, Jr. 125
10. 14 Ryan Repko 121
11. 07 Bradley McCaskill 116 Mechanical
12. 18g Ty Gibbs 111 Accident
13. 88 Chris Davis 111 Accident
14. 74 Ronald Hill 93 Accident
15. 12g Andrew Garcia 93 Accident
16. 81 Jared Fryar 92 Accident
17. 8 Anthony Alfredo 92 Accident
18. 28 Chris Hudspeth 89 Accident

19. 57 Justin Carroll 76 Mechanical
20. 18 Evan Swilling 71 Accident
21. 96 Danny O’Quinn, Jr. 70 Mechanical

Bobby McCarty, Philip Morris Split South Boston Speedway Twinbill 

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – South Boston Speedway celebrated its 60th Anniversary with Saturday night’s Italian Delight Family Restaurant Presents Frutopia Not Just Frozen Yogurt NASCAR Late Model Twin 60’s racing program, complete with birthday cake, balloons for the kids and a colorful fireworks display to end the evening.

While the evening was a celebration of South Boston Speedway’s history, Bobby McCarty and Philip Morris were at the center of the celebration at the conclusion of the night’s pair of 60-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division races.

McCarty, of Summerfield, North Carolina, won the first of the night’s twin 60-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division races, fending off a torrid challenge from Morris to score his fourth win of the season.

In what was one of the most exciting Late Model Stock Car Division races of the season, McCarty edged Morris by .206-second to earn the win. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standout Timothy Peters of Danville, Virginia finished third with track points leader Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia and Josh Oakley of Rougemont, North Carolina rounding out the top five finishers.

With the top 10 finishers of the first race inverted for the start of the nightcap, Morris and McCarty started ninth and tenth respectively. Morris quickly sliced his way through the field to take the lead from Blake Stallings of Danville, Virginia on the 15th lap. Once in front, Morris never relinquished the lead.

A caution flag with four laps to go set up a four-lap dash to the finish and a battle between Morris and Sellers for the win. Morris cleared Sellers with two laps to go and crossed the finish line .908-second ahead of Sellers to secure his sixth win of the season at South Boston Speedway and his 63rd career NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division win at the .4-mile oval.

Oakley finished third, Brandon Pierce of Oak Ridge, North Carolina and Peters rounded out the top five finishers in the nightcap.

Garrett Tops Field In Limited Sportsman Race

Colin Garrett of South Boston, Virginia picked up his fourth win of the season Saturday night, taking the top prize in the 40-lap NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division race. The race had been scheduled for 60 laps but was cut to 40 laps after early wrecks left only four cars running after the first 15 laps.

Mike Jones of South Boston, Virginia appeared to have the race all but wrapped up until a caution flag was thrown after 25 laps. Garrett took the lead from Jones on the restart and led the final 15 laps to earn his fourth win of the season. His margin of victory over Jones was .547-second.

David Latour, Jr. of Clemmons, North Carolina finished third with Kirstin Simmons of South Hill, Virginia and Barry Beggarly, Jr. of Providence, North Carolina rounding out the top five finishers.

Autry Wins Pure Stock Division Race

Greg Autry of Alton, Virginia took the lead from Stuart Crews of Long Island, Virginia with two laps to go and sped to a 1.232-second win over Johnny Layne of Nathalie, Virginia in Saturday night’s 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race and picked up his fourth win of the season.

Crews finished third with Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia and Matt Epps of Halifax, Virginia completing the top five finishers.

Rice, Tatum Top Field in Southern Ground Pounders Race

The competitors in the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders racing series brought South Boston Speedway fans a vision of yesteryear racing their Modified and Late Model Sportsman cars in a 25-lap race Saturday night.

When the checkered flag flew Jimmy Rice of Gibsonville, North Carolina picked up the overall win and the win in the Late Model Sportsman Division, with Mack Tatum of Midlothian, Virginia winning the Modified Division.

NEXT RACE AT SOUTH BOSTON SPEEDWAY

It will be championship night when NASCAR racing action returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, Sept. 16 with the GCR Presents Spaulding Equipment PASS 150.

The action starts at 7 p.m. with the five-race program being headlined by a 150-lap race for the PASS (Pro All Star Series) South Super Late Models.

All four of South Boston Speedway’s division championships will be on the line in what will be the final night of points races for the 2017 season. The NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will be featured in a 100-lap race. A 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division will round out the night’s five-race card.

Qualifying will start at 5 p.m. and the first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the rained out Aug. 12 PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program will be honored at this event.

For additional information about the GCR Presents Spaulding Equipment Company PASS 150 racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website at http://www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

 

Williams Scores Fifth Pro Late Model Win of Season at Virginia Motor Speedway; Arnold, Shelton and Givens also Grab Victories

Photo: Al Goulder

Jamaica, VA – Justin Williams of Concord, VA powered his way inside of Tyler Bare of Rockbridge Baths, VA in turn 1 to take the lead on lap 12 of the Victory Lap Pro Late Model feature. Once out front, Williams would cruise to his fifth win on Northern Neck Chevrolet / Collision One Night to benefit the Northern Neck Food Bank and Feedmore.

“The track was the way back the way I like it tonight and having to start that far back in the field I didn’t think I would get to the front with guys like Walker (Arthur) and Tyler (Bare) up front, but we were able to get up through there pretty quick,” commented Williams in WhosYourDriver.org Victory lane.

In other action Tim Shelton of Fredericksburg, VA led all 30 laps of the Truckin Thunder Sportsman feature on way to his fifth win of the season; in the Budweiser Modified feature Chris Arnold took over the lead on lap 18 from Mike Reynolds of Mechanicsville, MD and went on to score the victory. In the Collision One Limited Stock Car twin features James Givens of Henrico, VA did a little double dipping taking both feature wins.

Tyler Bare and Camden Testerman led the field to green with bare using the outside to lead the first circuit. Bare would pace the field while Testerman, Walker Arthur, and Stephen Childress battled three wide for second. Childress would come out with second but lost the spot to Justin Williams on a lap 4 restart. For the next 8 laps, Williams stalked Bare looking for a way around the leader. On lap 11 Williams jumped inside Bare in turn 1 to grab the lead. Once out front, Williams began to pull away from Bare and the rest of the field. Once out front Williams only had to survive some last race restarts to score his

The Budweiser Modified 30 feature turned out to be a barn burner that had four cars battling for the win. When it was all said and done it was Chris Arnold taking the victory. Mike Reynolds grab the top spot on the drop of the green flag with Hunter McClendon and Arnold in tow. For the next 16 laps McClendon and Arnold each worked different lanes on the track trying to get around Reynolds for the lead. On lap 17 Arnold jumped to the high side, first taking second from McClendon and then getting outside Reynolds as they exited out of turn 2. Arnold would finally secure the top spot at the line and then pulled away for the victory. Point leader Joey Polevoy’s night ended on lap 26 in a wreck in turn 3. Rounding out the top five were Mike Reynolds, Hunter McClendon, Bret Hamilton and eighteenth starting Marks Parks.

On the start of the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 30 lap feature, Tim Shelton made it three wide with Tyler Shipp and Steve Causey. By turn 3 Shelton had taken over the lead. Once out front Shelton would pull away from the field, at one point holding a full straight away lead. Behind him, the battle for second was pretty intense between Adkins, Causey, and Shipp.  Adkins’ night would come to an end on lap 27 with mechanical issues. Shelton only had to survive a few late race cautions to take home the victory followed by Tyler Shipp, Michael Hayes, Steve Causey and Joe Weiss.

The Collision One Limited Stock division ran a special “Twin Race” format to make up a rainout earlier in the season. In the first 15 lap feature, it only took James Givens 5 laps to grab the lead. In lap 4 Givens jumped to the outside of both Chad Champion and Ryan Hutchens to grab the lead. The top three pulled away from the field with Givens holding off Champion and Hutchens. On the final lap, Hutchens made it three wide coming out of turn 4 but Givens held him off at the line. Rounding out the top five were Ryan Hutchens, Chad Champion, Cory Bradley and Ernie Dettbarn.

In race #2 for the Collision One Limited Stocks Bill Hardman and John Hankins Jr. led the field to green with it going four wide for the lead. Hankins would lead the first lap but give up the top spot on lap 3 to Cory Bradley. Bradley would lead until his spin in turn 4 that saw Ernie Dettbarn flipping in turn 4 bringing out a red flag. That handed the lead to James Givens with Ryan Hutchens moving to second. On the final restart, Givens pulled away from Hutchens to drive away for his fourth win of the season. Rounding out the top five were Ryan Hutchens, Randy Hutchens, Trent Clemans and Chris Champion.

The Speedway will return to racing on Saturday, September 2nd and host Aaron’s | Pepsi | Commonwealth Motorsports Championship Night and the final week of the Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly racing season featuring the Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions. The speedway will crown a champion in all four divisions.

Admission price for adults is only $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.

Competitor gates for Saturday, September 2nd will open at 4 pm with spectator gates opening at 5 pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30 pm with hot laps.

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.

 

RACE RESULTS NORTHERN NECK CHEVROLET | COLLISION ONE NIGHT – SATURDAY AUGUST 26, 2017:

Victory Lap Pro Late Models (35 Laps): 1. 2-Justin Williams, [8]; 2. 03-Stephen Childress, [4]; 3. 87-Walker Arthur, [3]; 4. 47-Matt Quade, [7]; 5. 71-Davis Lipscombe, [5]; 6. 7A-Corey Almond, [6]; 7. 2*-Jared Powell, [9]; 8. 38-Nicolas Love, [14]; 9. 17-Camden Testerman, [1]; 10. 40-Brent Bordeaux, [10]; 11. 11-James Miller, [12]; 12. 25-James Miller Jr, [15]; 13. 30-Tyler Bare, [2]; 14. 28-Carl Vaughan, [11]; 15. 5J-Darrell Dow, [13]

Fast Qualifier: Walker Arthur – 18.913 seconds

 

Truckin Thunder Sportsman (30 laps): 1. 55-Tim Shelton, [3]; 2. 25-Tyler Shipp, [1]; 3. 22-Michael Hayes, [6]; 4. 9-Steve Causey, [2]; 5. 43J-Joe Weiss, [9]; 6. 01-Tommy Upshaw, [5]; 7. 1-Chad Beahr, [13]; 8. 21-Brandon Sandridge, [16]; 9. 16-Brett Adkins, [4]; 10. 8C-Bill Coada, [11]; 11. 0-Chase Burrow, [14]; 12. 00-Jimmy Priddy, [17]; 13. 80-Alan Morgan, [18]; 14. 4-Douglas Lincoln, [19]; 15. 92-Kacey Gordon, [8]; 16. 21J-Curtis Mason, [15]; 17. 91-James Snead, [12]; 18. 8-Roger Jamerson, [7]; 19. 06-Gary Wheaton III, [10]; 20. 11-Chase Butler, [20]

Fast Qualifier: Brett Adkins – 21.011 seconds

 

Budweiser Modifieds (30 laps): 1. 99W-Chris Arnold, [6]; 2. 112-Mike Reynolds, [1]; 3. 33-Hunter McClendon, [2]; 4. 121-Bret Hamilton, [4]; 5. 10-Mark Parks, [7]; 6. 01-Francis Jarelle III, [3]; 7. 7+7-Jeff Solinger, [5]; 8. 11-Chase Butler, [12]; 9. 44-Stephen Bryant, [11]; 10. 57-Curtis Barricks, [16]; 11. 10S-Tim Schulte, [9]; 12. 68-Adam Hoegerl, [15]; 13. 51-Joey Polevoy, [8]; 14. 16-David Kendall, [14]; 15. 16J-Raymond Throckmorton, [17]; 16. 99-Charlie Hubbard, [10]; 17. 21C-Davey Conley, [13]; 18. 01X-Danielle Alford, [18]

Fast Qualifier: Chris Arnold

 

Collision One Limited Stock Cars (Twin 15 Lap Features) Race #1: 1. 8-James Givens, [4]; 2. 14-Ryan Hutchens, [1]; 3. 08-Chad Champion, [2]; 4. 41-Cory Bradley, [5]; 5. 10-Ernie Dettbarn, [3]; 6. 84-Joey Dean, [10]; 7. 32M-Chris Champion, [8]; 8. 01-Trent Clemans, [7]; 9. 18-John Hankins Jr, [9]; 10. 00-Bill Hardman Jr, [11]; 11. 4-Randy Hutchens, [12]; 12. 38-Caleb Carter, [15]; 13. 59-Robbie Hutchens, [16]; 14. 47-Christian Sherr, [14]; 15. 88-Jay Seward, [17]; 16. 25-Marty Coltrain, [13]; 17. 26-Stephanie Johnston, [6]

Race #2: 1. 8-James Givens, [10]; 2. 14-Ryan Hutchens, [9]; 3. 4-Randy Hutchens, [11]; 4. 01-Trent Clemans, [3]; 5. 32M-Chris Champion, [4]; 6. 25-Marty Coltrain, [16]; 7. 84-Joey Dean, [5]; 8. 00-Bill Hardman Jr, [1]; 9. 47-Christian Sherr, [14]; 10. 59-Robbie Hutchens, [13]; 11. 38-Caleb Carter, [12]; 12. 41-Cory Bradley, [7]; 13. 08-Chad Champion, [8]; 14. 10-Ernie Dettbarn, [6]; 15. 26-Stephanie Johnston, [17]; 16. 18-John Hankins Jr, [2]; 17. 88-Jay Seward, [15]

Fast Qualifier: James Givens

Drivers Are Ready To Get Back To Action And Celebrate South Boston Speedway’s 60th Anniversary Saturday Night

NWAAS Late Model teams testing the day before the facility celebrates its 60th birthday. (Photo: Track Facebook)

– Brandon Pierce and Danny Willis Jr. think it’s time to get this party started. It’s been three weeks since the engines last fired at South Boston Speedway and the pair of Late Model Stock drivers are ready to race.

And Saturday night’s Italian Delight Family Restaurant presents Frutopia Not Just Frozen Yogurt NASCAR Late Model Twin 60s is even bigger for them and all the competitors because it is South Boston Speedway’s 60th-anniversary party.

“I’m ready to get back after not racing since July 29,” said Pierce. “I’m excited about the twin 60s this weekend. It is something new and I think it should add some excitement to the races. Our team has come on really strong lately and we look forward to trying and contend for two wins this weekend to celebrate South Boston’s 60 years.”

The twin 60-lap Late Model races are all part of a night of racing that celebrates the track’s 60th birthday. The celebration will also include fireworks, sponsored by Italian Delight Family Restaurant, special concession prices, vintage race cars on display and balloons for kids.

The break from racing, made even longer by a rainout, seemed much lengthier than it actually was to Willis.

“We are excited to get back to the track,” said Willis. “It almost feels like we’ve had a winter break.”

Willis and his team haven’t been totally idle, though. They ventured out to a neighboring track for a race, and they are hoping it pays dividends Saturday night.

“We ran Ace Speedway on one of our off weeks and maybe have found some things that may help us at SoBo,” said Willis. “Hopefully we can get to test this week and see if we can get the car better.”

Neither Willis nor Pierce have won yet this season, but both have contended all year. Willis comes into Saturday’s race fourth in points while Pierce is fifth.

“Being off this long makes it hard to stay in your rhythm, but we tested before the last rain out and we were really strong,” said Pierce, who is sponsored by Thunder Road Harley Davidson. “The guys at Nelson Motorsports have done a great job, and I don’t think we will miss a beat even with the long layoff.”

Willis will have a little extra incentive Saturday night. One of his sponsors, Italian Delight Family Restaurant is also one of the race sponsors.

“We’re looking to have a really good run this week,” said Willis. “One of our sponsors is sponsoring the race so it would be really awesome if we could pick up a win or two.”

In addition to the twin 60-lap Late Model races, there will be a 60-lap Limited Sportsman division race will be 60 laps to highlight the track’s 60th birthday. The concession stands will be in a celebratory mood also, offering the world-famous South Boston Speedway bologna burger, an order of fries and a soft drink for $6.

There will be vintage race cars on display, of course dating back to 1957, the year the track opened.

There will be two huge cakes behind the main grandstands with drivers cutting the cake and serving it to fans after qualifying. Also, all children will receive a balloon when they enter the gates.

Also on tap will be a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race, a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race and a 25-lap race for the Southern Ground Pounders.

Tickets are $10 for adults. Children’s tickets, for ages 7 to 12 are $5 and children 6 and under are admitted free. Racing action begins at 7 p.m.

Ep. 08 – What The SPEC? Mark Rogers Jr. & TWR Talk SPEC Motor

 

With Jesse Vaughn tied up with prior work commitments, Mark Rogers Jr. of Langley Speedway, makes his return as guest host. Mark and Justin go over all of the racing news and who won were since the last time the guys got together at the 9th Annual Hampton Heat 200. The guys also spend some time talking about a hot topic floating around the Late Model Stock community – The SPEC Motor. Disclaimer, Mark Rogers & Justin Kern are not engine builders, car owners, or drivers, the opinions discussed in this episode do not reflect those of the engine builders, track officials, NASCAR officials or teams that run or do not run the motor. These are just the rumblings we have heard around the track.

The guys also take some time to look over the NWAAS National and State points as there is less than a month left in the season.

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Rodney Boyd Bounces Back for Twin Wins

Hampton, VA – After a couple tough outings for Rodney Boyd bounced back on Saturday claiming the pole for the first twin race of the night in the Pepsi Grand Stock divison. He ran a 18.177 second lap to beat out Tommy Sweeney’s 18.316 who was looking for his fourth in a row.

Right off the bat Sweeney’s night started rough getting stuck on the high line and fell to fourth within a couple laps. Meanwhile Boyd ran out to a second lead over Mark Frye. With nine laps to go Frye started reeling in Boyd while in turn-3 Tim Wilson spins out, but he was able to get it rolling again with no caution thrown.

With five laps to go Frye caught Boyd and made contact with the leader and was sent to the rear of the field with the call from the tower saying he was driving too agressively, Boyd also went to the rear for being involved. On the restart Paul Lubno went low as the leader and Sweeney went high but it didn’t work out for him. Boyd wasted no time getting back up front and under Lubno for the lead. With Boyd coming to the checkers Shawn Scovel and Wilson spun out down the back stretch.

Race Two

After the invert Kevin Morgan started on the pole with Frye’s substitute driver Brandon Hinson to his outside. Two laps in and they were three wide down the back stretch as the faster cars started coming through the field. A lap later Wilson body slams against Boyd to take over fourth place. Caution would fly with a scary incident involving Sweeney, his driveshaft came apart and at first it looked like it may have come through his floor board. Fortunately it had just hit the floor har enough to dislodge the onboard extinguisher which shot into his arm, leaving the driver sore but no broken bones.

On the restart Lubno kept the lead as Wilson fell to second place and started to come under pressure from Boyd. Boyd got by quickly and started going after Lubno with eleven laps to go in the race. Boyd made the pass on the inside for the lead with Hinson not wasting any time to get by Lubno for second. With under five laps to go Hinson ran out of time to try and take the checkers and Boyd got his second win of the night and his fifth of the season. With the updated points he sit backs nine points from Sweeney who is in the lead.

 

Race 1 Results

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

Race 2 Results

  1. Rodney Boyd
  2. Brandon Hinson
  3. Paul Lubno
  4. Kevin Morgan
  5. Shawn Scovel
  6. Jonathan White -5
  7. Tim Wilson -8
  8. Tommy Sweeney -14

 

Victory Lane Photo Credit – King Charles Photography

Matt Waltz and Greg Edwards Split a Pair of Races at Langley Speedway

Greg Edwards wins fifth victory of the 2017 season August 19th on Bayport Credit Union/Speed Club Center Night (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

After an involuntary month long vacation, warm weather, and clear skies, Late Model drivers were finally able to get back to racing. Twin sixty-six lap features were two of just the eleven races on the schedule for the Bayport Credit Union and Speed Club Center night. Grand Stocks, Super Streets, Super Trucks, UCAR, Pro Six, Bandolero’s, Legends, and Enduros.

Nick Smith, who entered the weekend sitting third in points, earned the pole earlier in the very busy afternoon posting a time of 16.059 (88.548 mph). Greg Edwards, Connor Hall, Brenden Queen, and current points leader Matt Waltz completed the fastest five of fourteen cars to take time. Fifteen cars showed up for afternoon practice but Terry Carroll was forced to pack up and head home early due to motor issues.

When the green flag was displayed to the field it took Smith about a lap to clear Edwards to take control of the race while Matt Waltz and Mark Wertz made strides towards the front behind them. The race saw its first caution period after Waltz and Hall made contact while racing hard for position in turn three. The contact sent Hall around and into the outside retaining wall effectively ending the young drivers evening. Hall would not be able to answer the call for race two later in the evening. Waltz was eventually sent to the rear for what was called aggressive driving by race director Shayne Laws.

Once back under green the chase was on the for the race lead. Edwards and Smith would exchange the lead before Matt Waltz worked his way back to the front of the pack. Once the two car was able to regain the lead he was able to put some distance on second and third to win the first of two races on the evening. Greg Edwards, Nick Smith, Brenden Queen, and Mark Wertz would round out the top five.

“The wheel was straight when I was good, definitely want to apologize to Connor, that’s was all me, that was my fault,” admitted the race winner. “Kinda disappointed about the call to put us in the back when that hadn’t happened to anyone else out here but we came back and won it anyway. I just got to thank all these guys and thank everybody for coming out here tonight”.

Per the NASCAR rulebook, a minimum of eight cars were inverted for race number two. This placed Casey Wyatt and Macey Causey on the front row. Waltz would not elect to drop to the rear of the field to earn the bonus points that NASCAR offers for its national and state points. Wyatt would jump out to the early race lead for a few laps before Danny Edwards Jr was able to get under and around Wyatt. That was just one of several lead changes throughout the sixty-six lap feature.Brenden Queen would work his way up to the front of the pack and around Edwards to lead several laps while Matt Waltz worked his way from his eighth place starting position. Waltz and Queen would battle hard for the race lead before mild contact between the two drivers in turn four sent both spinning and forced the caution to fly. Waltz was able to return to the race, once again having the restart at the tail end of the field.

Brenden Queen would work his way up to the front of the pack and around Edwards to lead several laps while Matt Waltz worked his way from his eighth place starting position. Waltz and Queen would battle hard for the race lead before mild contact between the two drivers in turn four sent both spinning and forced the caution to fly. Waltz was able to return to the race, once again having the restart at the tail end of the field. Queen on the other hand, needed assistance back to pit road where his crew was hard at work to get the car into gear.Greg Edwards would end up leading the race just past the halfway point of the race and have to survive a couple late race restarts. Those late race restarts helped both Matt Waltz charge from the rear of the field as well as a career best Langley Speedway finish for Chesapeake native, Cameron Bowen. Waltz would be able to navigate his way back towards the front to a second place finish followed by Danny Edwards Jr., Cameron Bowen and Mark Wertz – even after suffering a flat right rear tire.

Greg Edwards would end up leading the race just past the halfway point of the race and have to survive a couple late race restarts. Those late race restarts helped both Matt Waltz charge from the rear of the field as well as a career best Langley Speedway finish for Chesapeake native, Cameron Bowen. Waltz would be able to navigate his way back towards the front to a second place finish followed by Danny Edwards Jr., Cameron Bowen and Mark Wertz – even after suffering a flat right rear tire.

 

Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #2 Matt Waltz; 66
  2. #97 Greg Edwards; 66
  3. #12 Nick Smith; 66
  4. #03 Brenden Queen; 66
  5. #55 Mark Wertz; 66
  6. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 66
  7. #33 Macy Causey; 66
  8. #92 Casey Wyatt; 66
  9. #78 Maddie Crane; 66
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 66
  11. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 66
  12. #94c Cody Carlton; 53
  13. #19 Cameron Bowen; 41
  14. #77 Connor Hall; 17

Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #97 Greg Edwards; 66
  2. #2 Matt Waltz; 66
  3. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 66
  4. #19 Cameron Bowen; 66
  5. #55 Mark Wertz; 66
  6. #03 Brenden Queen; 66
  7. #12 Nick Smith; 66
  8. #33 Macy Causey; 66
  9. #94c Cody Carlton; 66
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 66
  11. #78 Maddie Craine; 65
  12. #92 Casey Wyatt; 51
  13. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 29
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