Monthly Archives: April 2018

Tommy Jackson Jr. Back in Victory Lane in INEX Legends Feature at Langley Speedway

Tommy Jackson Jr. works down the backstretch at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway during practice. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – Spencer Saunders paced the final round of practice this past Saturday at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in the INEX Legends series. With the K&N Pro Series East in town, INEX officials used the final round of practice to set the field for the 25-lap opening feature. Saunders was able to lay down a 17.773-second lap to earn him the right to lead Jackson, Price, Matthews, and Sylvestri to the green.

Saunders took the field into turn one as the sun was setting over the speedway in Hampton, Virginia with Jamie Price all over his rear nerf bar and Tommy Jackson Jr. tucked to his right side door. Saunders was able to take sole possession of the lead as the field powered off turn two and would least the first handful of laps. Before Jackson set him up for what would ultimately be the winning pass coming to lap four.

Four laps later Tommy Jackson Jr. had opened up an impressive gap on Saunders – who we later learned was battling a loose race car throughout the 25-lap feature. Saunders, Price, Matthews, and Sylvestri rounded out the top five and you could legit cover them with a full-size car cover, that was how close these drivers were to each other.

The first and only caution of the feature came on lap fourteen for the No. 14 of Connor Jones who looped it coming out of turn two and ultimately came to a halt down the backstretch. Once track officials removed Jones’ car from the racing surface INEX officials displayed the Car Master Restart Cone, Daniel Sylvestri was the first gamble and restart on the outside front row. He would ultimately fall back and in line behind Saunders in the third position.

The race went back green with just eleven laps to go and it was clear the heat cycle had an effect on the tires as Jackson was unable to pull away from Saunders has quick as he did before. Saunders almost got his wish at one more shot at the lead when Jamie Price fell off the pace and had to limp his machine back to pit road, however, the race remained green and Tommy Jackson Jr. cruised to his second victory of 2018 to tie Saunders. Daniel Sylvestri, Ryan Matthews, and Carter Wood rounded out the top five.

“She was good,” Jackson said in victory lane. “The car was good all day. We were able to keep up with the track conditions adjusting to the Goodyear K&N rubber. I slipped a bit in qualifying but we knew we had a good car in the long run so I was really confident going into the race. Always great to get back to Victory Lane and look forward to chasing more trophies”

Cycle City Corp Legends Results;

  1. #87 Tommy Jackson Jr; 25
  2. #7 Spencer Saunders; 25
  3. #97 Daniel Sylvestri; 25
  4. #51R Ryan Matthews; 25
  5. #31 Carter Wood; 25
  6. #17 Devon Courtney; 25
  7. #14C Connor Jones; 25
  8. #88 Ryan Center; 25
  9. #21 Lane McKee; 25
  10. #5 Whit Seay; 25
  11. #4 Chris Hayes; 24
  12. #08 Jamie Price; 22
  13. #14 Tucker Jones; 22

Tyler Dippel Sweeps the Visit Hampton VA 150 Weekend at Langley Speedway

Tyler Dipple enters turn one at Langley Speedway during final practice of the Visit Hampton VA 150 on April 28, 2018. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – Tyler Dippel was fastest in both afternoon practices and that transferred over to qualifying. Dippel’s 15.510-second lap (91.915 MPH) was good enough to win himself the pole and set a new track record. Keeping that momentum going through the night Dippel played the strategy game just right and found himself in victory lane at the end of the night.

It was a night of long runs, tire conservation, and different strategies at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. It did not take long for Dippel to start working his way towards the back of the field as he gave up the lead to Anthony Alfredo on lap four. He and DGR teammate Tyler Ankrum shared the same strategy as they both fell quickly out of the top ten as they worked on saving their tires. Even though the race had a planned break at the halfway point there were no tires given to the teams to take on.

Anthony Alfredo would lead a handful of laps before handing that over to the No. 55 of Marcos Gomes who set a blistering pace in the caution free first half. Behind them, however, witnessed some close nose to tail racing as positions seven through fourteen all worked to maintain their spots on the track and their tires under the car.

Local drivers Connor Hall and Justin Carroll both stood out early on in the 150-lap feature at their home track; both drivers at one point running competitively in the top five. It appeared that just before the halfway point in the race that Carroll had found a little something on the outside line that helped him improve his position throughout the run.

The proverbial cream rose to the top so to speak in the second half only about three cars came down pit road for adjustments. Both Dippell and Ankrum turned up the heat for the second half of the race and tore through the field. Anthony Alfredo was able to take the lead and hold it for most of the second half while Ankrum led the DGR charge through the field. With the help of a couple late race cautions and a few lap cars, Ankrum was able to collapse Alfredo’s lead and take it from him on lap 137. He would miss his mark going back into turn one, wash up the track, and not only lose the lead back to Alfredo but fall to third behind Dipple and ultimately goes for a spin in turn two to bring out the nights final caution.

On the final restart, Alfredo spun his tires just a little bit and it was all Dipple need to take the lead. Behind him, it was a mad dash for second and third. Dillon Bassett trying to hold off Ankrum and Quinlan but it was ultimately not enough and Ankrum secured the third spot using the second groove on the brand new asphalt. With just a couple laps left Ankrum gave Alfredo a little shot through turn three and four but just did not have enough track left to make the pass and would have to settle for third.

The race win was all Dipple needed to close out and sweep the Visit Hampton VA 150 weekend at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway after finishing on top of the board in both practices and winning the pole. In victory lane, he thanked his crew for giving him the car to beat this weekend.

“This thing was on rails the whole weekend,” Dipple said in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane. “I cannot thank these guys enough. They are all All-Stars on this team. Man, this has been so long overdue. This win means so much. It feels so good to be back in victory lane.”

Alfredo, who earned his season-best finish on Saturday in Hampton, VA, felt he had the car to beat but ran into some bad luck with some of the slower cars towards the end of the race that clearly played a factor into his finishing position.

Tyler Ankrum, who entered the weekend’s event third in points behind Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton – who were both not entered as you can see – should leave Langley Speedway as the points leader as results are made official.

 

Racing will return to the K&N Pro Series East Tour on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 for the Who’s Your Driver Twin 100’s.

Racing action will return to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway on Saturday, May 5th with twin Late Model features, Grand Stocks, Super Trucks, Legends, Bando’s and Enduros.

 

Visit Hampton VA 150 UNOFFICIAL Results

  1. #54 Tyler Dippel; 150
  2. #40 Anthony Alfredo; 150
  3. #17 Tyler Ankrum; 150
  4. #44 Dilon Bassett; 150
  5. #30 Grant Quinlan; 150
  6. #18 Colin Garrett; 150
  7. #31 Connor Hall; 150
  8. #4 Chase Cabre; 150
  9. #2 Ryan Vargas; 150
  10. #6 Ruben Garcia Jr.; 150
  11. #04 Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 149
  12. #5 Juan Manuel Gonzalez; 149
  13. #55 Marcos Gomes; 149
  14. #32 Salvatore Iovino; 145
  15. #91 Justin Carroll; 121

Virginia Native Colin Garrett Looks Forward to K&N East Debut at Langley Speedway

Danville, VA – On Saturday, April 28, Colin Garrett will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut in the Visit Hampton VA 150 at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. He will be driving the Hunt-Sellers Racing (HSR) No. 18 Propel GPS Toyota Camry.

“Saturday night is going to be a lot of fun,” said the rookie driver. “With it being my first NASCAR K&N Pro Series race, I have a lot to learn but am excited about this step in my career.”

In preparation for his debut, Garrett entered two late model stock car (LMSC) races at Langley Speedway with Sellers Racing in the No. 24 Propel GPS Toyota Camry. He competed in the Pomoco Auto Group Opening Night on March 31 as well as the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown on April 19.

“I have learned a lot over the last few weeks racing in the late model stock car at Langley Speedway,” said Garrett. “We didn’t get the results that we were hoping for, but I believe the experience was really good. We went there to learn and prepare for my K&N debut. My team and I learned a lot, so I’m confident that we will be competitive on Saturday night.”

Garrett has been taken under the wing of long-time LMSC racer and stock car mechanic Frank Deiny, Jr. Starting in the 2017 season, Deiny became Garrett’s driver coach and spotter. In addition to those roles, he is also Garrett’s crew chief in the LMSC division. In 2017, Garrett and Deiny worked together to win the Limited Sportsman championship at South Boston Speedway.

“Colin has done a great job in 2018,” said Deiny, Jr. “Langley Speedway is a tough track to get your feet wet in a K&N car, but he will be up for the challenge.”

In addition to Garrett joining HSR for three races this season, HSR welcomes its new crew chief, Clinton Cram for the 2018 season. Cram is a veteran crew chief in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Team owner Sam Hunt is thankful and excited to have Cram join the HSR family.

“Clinton has been in the shop every moment he can,” said Hunt. “We have a great working relationship already. We’re looking forward to our first race with him as our crew chief. He is a huge addition and asset to our team, and we’re excited about the future with him.”

The Visit Hampton 150 at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway will begin at 7 p.m. EST. The race will be tape-delayed on NBC Sports Network on May 3 at 11 p.m. EST.

 

Visit Hampton VA 150 Schedule

10:00 AM                            K&N Credentials Open

10:45 AM                            K&N Garage Opens

11:00 AM                            Relocate K&N Haulers Outside

11:00 AM                            Pit Gates Open (Langley Speedway)

11:30 AM                            Crew Chief Meeting at Inspection Trailer / Qualifying Draw

11:45 AM                            K&N Inspection Begins

1:00 PM                              General Admission Gates Open

1:00 PM – 1:40 PM           1st Practice (Langley Speedway) Super Street, Pro Six, U-Car and Legends

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM           K&N Practice Begins

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM           K&N Final Practice Begins

3:35 PM – 3:30 PM           2nd and 3rd Practice (Langley Speedway) Super Street, Pro Six, U-Car and Legends

(2 rounds of practice, fastest time in the 2nd round will equal qualifying)

5:00 PM                              K&N Driver/Crew Chief Meeting

5:45 PM – 6:45 PM           K&N Autograph Session

6:00 PM                              Drivers Meeting (Langley Speedway) at the Maintenance Building

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

7:00 PM                              K&N Group Qualifying

7:00 PM                              K&N Credentials Close

7:30 PM                              Racing Begins (Langley Speedway)

8:45 PM                              K&N Driver Introduction

9:00 PM                              K&N Racing Begins

Virginia Motor Speedway Set to WRAR / WNNT Night at the Races this Saturday April 28th; First Race of the Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship Season

Photo: Al Goulder

Jamaica, VA – Drivers and fans alike are ready to get the 2018 Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly racing season at Virginia Motor Speedway underway after being rained out on April 7th. After a very success Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth on April 14th, officials are excited to see what the weekly racing season has to offer. WRAR / WNNT Night at the races will feature all four Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship division in some exciting side by side racing.

Saturday evening April 28th will feature a full program of Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly racing action that will include the Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock divisions.

Competitor gates for Saturday, April 28th will open at 12pm for inspection and registration for all competitors. Spectator gates opening at 5pm with on-track activities beginning around 5pm with hot laps. There will be a mandatory drivers meeting at 4:45pm.

Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday: Victory Lap Pro Late Models (35 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (30 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (30 laps) and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (25 laps). All divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.

Adult general admission is just $12; seniors (60+) $10; military (active and retired) $8; students (11-17) $6 and children 10 and under are free with a paying adult. Pit passes (regardless of age) are $20 and also get you a seat in the grandstands.

Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/vamotorspeedway and “Follow” us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/vamotorspeedway.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a 1/2-mile, dirt oval. The 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.

 

To learn more about Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway and its 2018 schedule of events, fans may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track’s website at http://www.vamotorspeedway.com.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: DAVE SEAY (804) 758-1867 OR (804) 357-7223

Solid Field Of Cars Expected For Season-Opening Race At South Boston Speedway Saturday Night

South Boston, VA  – The lights will go on at South Boston Speedway Saturday night for the first time this season with a strong field of Late Model cars expected.

The Autos By Nelson presents the ValleyStar Credit Union Twin 100s will roll off at 7 p.m. Saturday with a strong field of cars anticipated to take the green flag.

Drivers expected for the Late Model field include defending track champion and former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Peyton Sellers, former track champion and four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Philip Morris, Danny Willis Jr., Brandon Pierce, Bobby McCarty, Mike Jones, Austin Thaxton, Bruce Anderson, Eric Winslow, Quincy Adkins, Charles Barnes, Thomas Scott, Blake Stallings, Mark Kesee Jr. and Jason Barnes, among others. Entries are not finalized until teams sign in Saturday afternoon.

Pierce is coming off one of his best runs ever, finishing second in the CARS Tour event at Orange County Speedway last Saturday night after winning the pole with a new track record in his Thunder Road Harley Davidson Camry. The young driver believes his team is loaded with positive energy headed to South Boston this week.

“We’re absolutely bringing a lot of momentum into the race and really look forward to getting to the track,” said Pierce, who finished fifth in South Boston Speedway’s championship points last year. “It’s really a confidence booster when you run so well like we did over the weekend and then you know your next race is at a track that you are familiar with and have laps on. We’re looking forward to it.”

Pierce’s Nelson Motorsports teammate McCarty finished one spot behind him over the weekend in third, and also believes he brings momentum into Saturday’s South Boston race. He finished second in the South Boston points race last year.

“I feel we have been strong all year long and any time we go to South Boston Speedway, there’s always more excitement and motivation because we consider it our home track,” said McCarty, who drives a Toyota Camry sponsored by autosbynelson.com.

Thaxton, who made his CARS Tour Late Model debut last week, is just as excited as Pierce and McCarty about coming back home to South Boston this week, but he may have a longer week than them.

“I’m ready to get back over there to South Boston,” said Thaxton, who won on his home track last year. “It’s going to be a long week, though. I had a run in with the wall last week.”

The Martinsville Speedway offer will remain in place for the Autos By Nelson presents ValleyStar Credit Union Twin 100s. Anyone presenting a ticket stub from either the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race or the STP 500 NASCAR Monster Energy Series race earlier this spring at Martinsville Speedway will be admitted free.

Saturday’s season-opener will feature twin 100-lap Late Model Stock races, twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race, a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race and a 30-lap Mod 4 Division race.

Gates open at 5:30, qualifying is at 6 at the first race rolls off at 7 Saturday night. Tickets are just $10 for adults, and new for 2018, children 12-and-under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

Danny Edwards Jr. Wins the 2018 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Pole Award

Hampton, VA – Danny Edwards, Jr. from Poquoson, Virginia and five-time Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway track champion laid down the quickest lap during euro style qualifying earlier in the evening. Edwards’ 15.359-second (92.584) was just four-hundredth’s of a second quicker than the host driver Denny Hamlin. Hamlin’s Monster Energy Cup teammate and defending two-time cup series winner Kyle Busch will start the 200-lap feature from the third position with truck series driver Timothy Peters and Ty Gibbs – grandson to Joe Gibbs – round out the top five.

“We took off where we left off last race,” Edwards told The Weekly Racer. “We thought we had a pretty good car. Made a few changes at the shop but when we got here today we found ourselves fighting it. We worked at it and threw a lot of things at it and to be honest with you we hit on something at the very end of the practice, made a couple big swings and I told the guys this was the best I have had it on the long run.”

Edwards, as mentioned above, is surrounded by some of the best in auto racing and well… he was not only shocked by it but was aware of who he had around him.

“To be honest with you it surprised me,” Edwards went on to say. “I didn’t think that was going to stick seeings how we went out mid-pack and some of those guys going out later. Hopefully, we can control our race a little bit better when the green flag drops. The only thing you can control is what you do.”

Edwards will take the green flag with probably the most experience and the most laps completed at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway, however, he knows when the helmets go on and they strap in it goes out the window.

“I have raced with these guys before with Denny and Kyle in some of the ASA series,” Edwards said. “You take the guys that are here that are the pro drivers and they are professional’s for a reason, they are the best in the business. Do I have more laps at this track? Yea, but they are the absolute best in the world. I am just pleased to be up here and run with them.”

In a normal 200-lap feature there is only one break for tires, fuel, or just adjustments. However, tonight’s race will be run in three segments. Segment one drivers are able to take up to four tires, adjustments but no fuel. We asked Edwards if that changed his strategy throughout the evening.

Not really,” Edwards said honestly. “How the race goes throughout the stints will dictate what we do. We really won’t know until we get some laps on the car and make some adjustments on how the car felt in the first half. It’s going to be about keeping it clean, keeping the fenders on it and the breaks on it.”

Green flag is set to fly for the feature event at 8:30 PM. If you are unable to make it out follow us on Twitter or watch LIVE on Fanschoice.tv

Ep. 12 – Special Edition: Buck Reuss & Mark Rogers Jr Discuss and Preview the 2018 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown

 

In this special episode, we sit down with Buck Reuss (Denny Hamlin Foundation) and Mark Rogers Jr (Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway Media Representative) to discuss and preview the 2018 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown.

 

We learn where the idea for the foundation and the charity race came from. Some insight into who will be coming – both pro drivers and amateur drivers. We discuss who to watch out for and who we think will take the checkered flag.

 

Buck also takes a moment to discuss race procedures, award payouts, and incentives.

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