Justin Williams Wins the World Challenge at Virginia Motor Speedway
Jamaica, VA – Thirty-seven Fastrak Late Models showed up for their exclusive $5,000 to win 40 lap shootout for drivers who raced in a minimum of 10 races this year whether in the weekly series at sanctioned tracks or in the touring series.
Matthew Nance was the overall top qualifier running a quick 18.132 second lap in the second group of cars. In the other three groups Walker Arthur (18.137), Brent Hilton (18.440), and Jensen Ford (18.192) were the top drivers going into their own heats. Only one of the pole sitters won the heat race and that was Walker Arthur out of Forest, VA. Five time Southeast Fastrak champ David Smith won group two after a girst lap pass on Nance, Williams also got around on Hilton on the first lap and he eventually fell to fourth, and Ron Parker came from fifth in one circuit to grab the lead in the fourth heat.
After several attempts to complete the first lap in the feature race things finally got under way and Arthur and Smith traded the lead a couple times over the opening laps until Teddy Tate lost control three laps in. On the restart Arthur chose the high line and it almost back fired as they went three wide into turn-1 but he was able to hold on to the lead as 2017 track champion Williams slid past Smith into second place. Fourteen laps in and the two leaders started into slower traffic but the field would be reset with the caution being thrown for Ron Parker breaking down on the track but not before Williams grabbed the lead from Arthur.
Williams elected to start on the high side over Arthur and got a good restart, and so did Stephen Childress out of third place as he was able to get by Arthur for second place and Tyler Bare also moved Arthur back another spot. Arthur quickly gained the spot back from Bare and up front Childress was charging hard for the lead while being under fire from Arthur.
The next couple of laps Arthur would give Childress a bump into turn one as he tried sliding to his inside several times. Bare didn’t waste time getting back into the fray to make it a three way battle for second place but on lap-33 some door slamming happens and Childress’ night ends after his car makes contact with the inside railing, Arthur and Hare also spun out in the incident.
The next restart was short lived as three cars got tangled up in between turns three and four. With it single file now since there was less than ten laps remaining Williams was able to get great restarts but Bare didn’t give up. He was able to keep up with Williams for the first couple of laps but then Justin found another gear and finished off the race strong with Bare a couple cars back. Going into the World Championships tonight he should have a lot of confidence beating some of the best Fastrak Touring drivers last night.