Monthly Archives: August 2017

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

Eleven Races Planned at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway for August 19th

Hampton, VA – With the summer comes rain and with rain comes canceled races. It seems like Mother Nature was just as excited to see the historic Hampton Roads track open back up this year after its gates were closed back in 2016 because she has made several appearances at the track this year. Little does she know, she tends to put a damper on the weekend’s plans. With the radar looking clear and the chance of the “wet stuff” decreasing as the day goes on, it looks to be a great day to get pack the pits with nine different divisions for eleven races.

Yes, you read that right, all but two of the Langley Speedway division’s (Modified’s and Wing Karts) will compete for points tonight for Bayport Credit Union & Speed Club Center night at the races. The Taylor Waste Services Late Models and Pepsi Grand Stocks will be running twin races. A full race day schedule can be found below as well as the track’s website, http://www.langley-speedway.com. Race Director Shayne Laws had this to say to drivers and teams on his Facebook page earlier this week when the schedule was released about the concern with the extended schedule.

“As everyone has seen we have 11 races. I’ve seen a few post with teams worried about being at the track late,” Laws said. “If we all keep doing the great job we have all year we will be out at a great time. I thought I would share an example of an 8 race card night [which can still be found on his Facebook]. Let’s just keep doing what we do and all will be fine. Thanks and see you all at the races.”

Gates and practice will get under way at the regular time, 2:00 PM EDT. Tickets will be available at the ticket office or online and will remain regular prices, almost two nights worth of racing action for the price of one. The Weekly Racer will, of course, have you covered throughout the night on our Twitter feed (@theweeklyracer) starting with qualifying around 4:30 PM.

 

 

Bayport Credit Union & Speed Club Center Night Race Day Schedule

11:00 AM                                       PIT GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                         GENERAL ADMISSION GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                         PRACTICE BEGINS

4:15 PM                                         DRIVER’S MEETING

4:30 PM                                         QUALIFYING

5-6:30 PM                                      FAN ZONE STAGE –

6:50 PM                                         INVOCATION BY REV. POTTER / NATIONAL ANTHEM

7:00 PM                                         1ST RACE BEGINS

Practice Order

  1. LMSC – 3 Practice
  2. Grand Stocks – 2 Practices
  3. Super Streets – 2 Practices
  4. Super Trucks – 2 Practices
  5. Pro Six – 2 Practices
  6. UCARs – 2 Practices
  7. Legends – 2 Practices
  8. Bandoleros – 2 Practices

Qualifying Order

  1. Bandoleros
  2. Legends
  3. UCARs
  4. Pro Six
  5. Super Trucks
  6. Super Streets
  7. Grand Stocks
  8. LMSC
  9. Enduros – practice, the starting lineup determine by draw

Race Line Up

  1. Cycle City Corp Bandoleros 15 laps
  2. Taylor Waste Services LMSC 66 laps
  3. Pepsi Grand Stocks 25 laps
  4. Old Skool Video Games Super Streets 40 laps
  5. Cycle City Corp Legends 25 laps
  6. Riverside Paper Pro Six 30 laps
  7. Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks 25 laps
  8. Carroll’s Automotive UCARs 25 laps
  9. Taylor Waste Services LMSC 66 laps
  10. Pepsi Grand Stocks 25 laps
  11. Bojangles Enduros 30 laps

*subject to change

MARTINSVILLE SPEEDWAY PROJECTS RECORD CROWD FOR VALLEYSTAR CREDIT UNION 300

New amenities are a hit with fans heading to the September 23 Late Model Stock Car event.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Aug. 18, 2017) – The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is a special race for NASCAR Late Model Stock Car racing, and the 2017 edition is looking like it will be a diamond among the gems for Martinsville Speedway’s fans, as well.

The September 23 event is on pace for a record crowd based on advanced ticket sales and the sale of multiple amenities available for the race for the first time – including premier camping and luxury seating options – which have been popular additions to the fan-focused event.

With the Speedway’s LED lighting system set for its race debut in the 70th year of operation for the half-mile facility, excitement is at a fever-pitch for fans, drivers, teams and Martinsville’s staff.

“The thought of debuting our lights along with the new options we’re offering for fans for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is something that our entire staff is excited for,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “This is the premier race for both drivers and fans, and we wanted to give fans more of a premier experience than ever before.”

Premium Camping options include Champions’ Overlook, which includes paved spots, 50 amp power, water and a view of the racetrack for $500 for the weekend and the Driver/Owner Lot, which includes paved spots, 50 amp power, water and sewer for $100 for the weekend.  The campground will be open from Thursday, September 21 through Sunday, September 24.

Luxury seating options are also available in the form of 30, 48 and 60 person private suites as well as in Martinsville Speedway’s most luxurious seating area, Club 47, where seats are available for purchase for $149.

“We take a lot of pride in hosting NASCAR’s most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race, not just when it comes to on-track action, but in all aspects of the event,” Campbell said. “With that in mind, adding new amenities like camping and suites was a no-brainer for us.”

For more information on camping and luxury seating options, please visit www.martinsvillespeedway.com or call (276) 956-7225.

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race. The day starts with three 25-lap heat races to set the field, followed by a 25-lap “last chance” heat. Tickets for the September 23 event are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-877-RACE-TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

 

VALLEYSTAR CREDIT UNION 300 SCHEDULE

OPEN PRACTICE

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

9:00 AM                               Ticket Office Opens

1:00 PM                                Haulers Enter

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM                 Registration

4:00 PM – 10:00 PM               Practice

5:00 PM                               Ticket Office Closes

 

VALLEYSTAR CREDIT UNION 300 WEEKEND*

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Campground opens

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

9:00 AM                               Ticket Office Opens

10:00 AM                              Haulers Enter

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM                Registration

10:00 AM                               Garage Opens

2:30 PM                                Inspection

4:00 PM                                Fan Gates Open

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM                  Practice

8:00 PM                                 Pole Qualifying

9:00 PM                                 Ticket Office Closes

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

 

11:00 AM                             Registration and Ticket Office Opens

12:00 PM                              Garage Opens

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM               Hot Laps

1:30 PM                                Drivers’ Meeting (Media Center)

2:00 PM                                Fan Gates Open

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM                  Autograph Session (Frontstretch)

4:00 PM                                 Qualifying Races (4 x 25 Laps)

8:00 PM                                 Feature Race (200 Laps)

 

*Tentative schedule, subject to change.

Virginia Motor Speedway to Host Northern Neck Chevrolet / Collision one Night to Benefit Northern Neck Food Bank; Kids Receive FREE Back Pack for School While Supplies Last

Jamaica, VA – The speedway will return to racing Saturday, August 26, 2017 to host Northern Neck Chevrolet | Collision One Back to School Night and week 12 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.

Saturday August 26th the Speedway, along with its sponsors, will be collecting food and donations for FeedMore and the Northern Neck Food Bank. For every five (5) non-perishable food items donated race fans will receive one (1) FREE general admission ticket to the night’s racing. There is no limit on the number of tickets you can get free. For a list of suggested food items please visit the track website or visit www.feedmore.org and click on Food Drive. The shelves at the local food banks are really bare at this time of year and we encourage everyone to bring as many items as they can to donate.

The speedway will also be handing out backpacks, while supplies last, courtesy of ChildHelp to every child that comes to the front gate between the hours of 5 pm and 8 pm. It is estimated we have over 3000 back packs to give out. All kids in the community are encouraged to come get a back pack.

“Childhelp is proud to partner with Virginia Motor Speedway to provide back to school backpacks to children in the Middlesex and surrounding school districts” commented Wade Hardman of ChildHelp.

Admission: Five (5) non-perishable food items equals one (1) FREE general admission ticket. For all others 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.

To enhance the fans racing experience the speedway has installed a short wave FM transmitter and all of the evening’s action can be heard at 95.5 FM. So bring your portable radio headset and enjoy hearing all the action.

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.

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