Justin Williams Back-to-Back Winner in the Victory Lap Pro Late Models at Virginia Motor Speedway – Tyler Shipp Earns First Sportsman Win

Justin Williams (#2) sails through turn one at Virginia Motor Speedway. Williams picked up his fourth Late Model victory August 5th. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Jamaica, VA – Justin Williams, defending and current points leader, was the fastest man in town this evening during hot lap qualifying, with a time of 18.427 (97.680 MPH), netting himself five championship points. When Williams rolled over the scales, post qualifying, the Concord, VA driver pulled the number six pill inverting the top six drivers. This handed the front row over to the 7A of Corey Almond and 17 of Camden Testerman. Davis Lipscombe, Matt Quade, and Jarred Powel – who would all be players – made up the rest of the fastest six cars on the grid.

Took us three try’s to get the 35-lap feature underway at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway. Attempt number one was waived off by race control as they felt the front row got on the throttle before the flag said they could. Attempts two and three saw some major contact between multiple cars with the third being the most catastrophic – Corey Almond went around out of four and collected the likes of Lipscombe, Miller and causing just the slightest damage to the 2* of Jarred Powell.

Once the field was able to work the kinks out and get some green flag racing in, Camden Testerman showed the way from the outside front row for the first five laps of the total thirty-five. Justin Williams would waist no time in working his way through the field and set up the pass for the lead going into turn three, the position would be his as they roared out of turn four. Williams would immediately open a huge gap between him and the rest of the field as he would go on to lead the remaining twenty-nine laps of the feature.

Corey Almond, Camden Testerman, and Matt Quade would put on a decent show for the fans behind the race leader in the closing laps battling for position two through five. Mechanical trouble would strike for Almond late in the race, however, causing him to lose several positions. If we were left to guess in the press box it sounded like the car was dropping a cylinder. Almond would be able to hang onto a sixth place finish.

Quade would use what would be the final restart of the night to power his way into second and set his eyes on the leader with a little more than ten laps to go. Even with lap traffic playing nicely, it just wasn’t enough to track down the two of Williams, Matt Quade would have to settle for second. Testerman would take advantage of Almond’s mechanical failure and finish the night’s feature in third while Jarred Powell and John McClellan round out the top five finishers.

“I can’ thank my crew enough for giving me such a good car, I just tried to stay out of trouble there at the beginning until we could get separated,” commented Williams in WhosyourDriver.org victory lane.

 

Current Truckin Thunder Sportsman points leader Tim Shelton (#55) set quick time in hot lap qualifying early in the afternoon with a 20.491 second (87.840 mph) lap and looked poised to collect his fifth win in a row. Shelton would start no better than eighth, however, in his feature due to the tracks win rule. By virtue of the invert, Tyler Shipp (#25) and Steve Causey (#9) would lead the field to the green flag for their 30-lap feature.Causey would use the top groove and cushion to his advantage and take the lead early. Six laps, and a couple cautions periods, were all Shelton needed to work his way through the field and take the lead and open up a gigantic lead over the field. A fast car and late race caution helped Tyler Shipp close the gap on Shelton and eventually work his way around the point’s leader as the two rocketed off turn two. That was all Shipp needed to open his own full straightaway lead enroute to his first career Sportsman win at Virginia Motor Speedway. Shelton, who just looked to run out of tire, would finish second while Brett Adkins, Joe Weiss and Steve Causey rounded out the top five.

Tyler Shipp starts from the pole August 5th at VMS after invert to win first career Trucking Thunder Sportsman feature. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Causey would use the top groove and cushion to his advantage and take the lead early. Six laps and a couple cautions periods were all Shelton needed to work his way through the field and take the lead and open up a gigantic lead over the field. A fast car and late race caution helped Tyler Shipp close the gap on Shelton and eventually work his way around the point’s leader as the two rocketed off turn two. That was all Shipp needed to open his own full straightaway lead en route to his first career Sportsman win at Virginia Motor Speedway. Shelton, who just looked to run out of tire, would finish second while Brett Adkins, Joe Weiss and Steve Causey rounded out the top five.

 

 

Victory Lap Pro Lap Model Results; [Starting Position]

  1. #2 Justin Williams [6]
  2. #47 Matt Quade [4]
  3. #17 Camden Testerman [2]
  4. #2* Jared Powell [5]
  5. #23M John McClellan [12]
  6. #7A Corey Almond [1]
  7. #71 Davis Lipscombe [3]
  8. #1 Dustin Ferguson [8]
  9. #66X Matthew Tarbox [7]
  10. #5J Darrell Dow [13]
  11. #40 Brent Bordeaux [10]
  12. #38 Nicolas Love [11]
  13. #28 Carl Vaughan [14]
  14. #11 James Miller [9]

 

Truckin Thunder Sportsman;

  1. #25 Tyler Shipp [1]
  2. #55 Tim Shelton [8]
  3. #16 Brett Adkins [3]
  4. #43J Joe Weiss [7]
  5. #9 Steve Causey [2]
  6. #1 Chad Beahr [4]
  7. #92 Kacey Gordon [11]
  8. #11 Chase Butler [10]
  9. #06 Gary Wheaton III [12]
  10. #22 Michael Hayes [5]
  11. #01 Tommy Upshaw [9]
  12. #8C Bill Coada [6]
  13. #7 Kevin Beahr [16]
  14. #91 James Snead [13]
  15. #80 Alan Morgan [15]
  16. #0 Chase Burrow [14]

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