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Eddie Johnson Becomes Third Different Late Model Winner of 2018 at Southside

Photo: Sarah Kay Speedshots

Midlothian, VA – Kicking the race weekend off was Southside Speedway in Midlothian, Virginia. Otherwise, known as the “Toughest Short Track in the South” had Late Models, Modifieds, Grand Stocks, UCAR, Legends, and Bando’s on the schedule for their first responders night.

Chris Dodson flexed his muscles earlier in the afternoon during the final practice/qualifying for the Late Model division earning the pole position being the only driver to hit a sub fifteen-second lap – 14.991 (79.968 MPH). John Goin, Howie Disavino, Bugs Hairfield, and Sonny Allen rounded out the top five fastest qualifiers in the field of ten. However, at the end of the 40-lap feature, it was veteran Late Model racer Eddie Johnson in victory lane. Dodson would finish almost three-tenths of a second behind the leader followed by Mason Bailey, Michael Sutphin, and Lane Janosik.

Dan Rogers was the quickest of thirteen Grand Stocks who came out to compete during First Responders Night. However, because Rogers had won the two previous races, he was forced to start at the rear of the field due to a long-standing Southside Speedway rule. Rogers would fight is way back up to the front but ended up just one position short by the end of the thirty lap feature. Austin Dodge was the first to the checkered flag and picked up his first victory of the season.

Michael Johnson was able to dethrone Chris Hopkins in the Modified division after setting quick time earlier in qualifying. Hopkins, who recorded the second fastest time, was forced to start at the rear of the field after winning the first two races of the season. Hopkins was able to drive back to the second position when the checkered flag flew. Ethan Ayers took the checkered in the UCAR feature while Cody Carlton picked up the win in the INEX Legends feature. Zachary Miracle opened up the night with a win the INEX Bandolero division.


OFFICIAL Late Model Results;

  1. #43 Eddie Johnson; 40
  2. #0 Chris Dodson; 40
  3. #05 Mason Bailey; 40
  4. #25 Michael Sutphin; 40
  5. #79 Lane Janosik; 40
  6. #20 Sonny Allen; 40
  7. #18 Brad Davis; 40
  8. #90 John Goin; 40
  9. #24 Chris Johnson; 40
  10. #89 Matt Ashworth; 26
  11. #99 Daniel Thomas; 18
  12. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 15
  13. #55 Howie Disavino; 4
  14. #22 Justin Martz; DNS

Domination is the Word of the Night at Virginia Motor Speedway

Jamaica, VA – Chris Arnold had different plans on Saturday morning to go racing in West Virginia but with too much of a chance of rain, and they decided to stick to their home track, Virginia Motor Speedway. The change worked out great for the 99w car after being able to take the lead on the first lap of the race.

When the green flag flew Joey Polevoy took the lead but broke coming around on the next lap putting Arnold into the lead. The second caution of the night flew just a lap later when Jeff Solinger looked to have something break in his rear slammed into Mark Schools taking them both out of the race.

A couple of other cautions wouldn’t slow Arnold down as he cruised to the checkers but behind him, Hunter McClendon had a really good run to finish in second place after passing Chase Butler late in the race.

Over in the Victory Lap Pro Late Models, the drivers started things off with a three wide battle for the lead. Mark Parks tried holding off Davis Lipscombe but had nothing for him after the first lap. Logan Roberson set the fastest time and rolled off 6th for the feature and started his climb to the front early.

Just eight laps in Roberson made it three wide down the front stretch and took over second place but by this time Lipscombe had a significant lead. Logan caught a break though when on lap-11 the caution came out while he was a straight away back from the leader.

Davis got a good jump on the single file restart and Roberson did his best to keep up with him. Logan’s best shots at the lead came with just a few laps left as the two leaders were trying to negotiate through traffic. Lipscombe held off the hard charging Roberson for a flag to flag win.

Budweiser Modifieds Results:

  1. Chris Arnold
  2. Hunter McClendon
  3. Chase Butler
  4. Ryan Tolle
  5. Bret Hamilton
  6. Tim Schulte
  7. Lance Grady
  8. Francis Jarelle III
  9. Stephen Bryant
  10. Charlie Hubbard
  11. Curtis Barricks
  12. Adam Hoegerl
  13. David Kendall
  14. Mark Schools
  15. Jeff Solinger
  16. Joey Polevoy
  17. J.D. Eversole

Victory Lap Pro Late Models Results:

  1. Davis Lipscombe
  2. Logan Roberson
  3. Matt Quade
  4. Corey Almond
  5. Mark Parks
  6. Jared Powell
  7. Chuck Bowie
  8. Camden Testerman
  9. Matthew Tarbox
  10. Nicolas Love
  11. Darrell Dow
  12. Tyler Detter
  13. Carl Vaughan
  14. James Givens
  15. Robert Babb
  16. Brent Bordeaux

Paul Lubno Wins 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock Feature; Dustin Mullins Remain Undefeated in Trucks

Hampton, VA – Tim Wilson snagged the pole earlier in the afternoon with a 17.684-second lap over Sammy Gaita. Paul Lubno, Rodney Boyd, and Louis Pasderetz round out the top five starting positions.

Tim Wilson would lead for a handful of laps as Paul Lubno worked past Gaita on lap two to take the second spot while Boyd fell back to the fifth position. A heated three-way battle for the lead between Wilson, Lubno, and Gaita would go on for a good five to six laps. Lubno eventually moved past Wilson to take the lead on lap fourteen. Gaita also got past Wilson for the second position. A caution would fly on lap sixteen after Boyd got into Pasderetz coming out of turn four, and spinning him around. Another caution coming out of turn two on the restart, this time it’s Pasderetz getting into Grant Blasingame.

Another caution would come out off turn two on the restart, this time it was Pasderetz getting into Grant Blasingame. A third caution would come out on lap seventeen for Pasderetz and Blasingame making more contact. The fourth caution period was on lap twenty after Sammy Gaita and Michael Waters got into each other in turn three resulting in Waters coming to a stop. At the halfway point of the race, it was Lubno, Boyd, Wilson, Pasderetz, and Blasingame left on the track. With just ten laps to go Lubno was working about a half a straightaway lead over Boyd. Wilson would eventually get under Boyd to take the second spot. Paul Lubno would come away with the win over Wilson, Boyd, Pasderetz, and Blasingame rounding out the top five.


Dustin Mullins won his third Harris Truck Shop Super Truck race of the season beating Keith Wheeler, Elysia Potter, Wayne Lyon, and Richard Quinn. Outside pole sitter Jacob Carr would only complete three laps before he fell well off the pace and pulled down pit road. Allie Plum, who took the checkered flag under power, was disqualified in post-race tech for an improper wheel.


OFFICIAL Pepsi Grand Stock Results;

  1. #14 Paul Lubno; 40
  2. #17 Tim Wilson; 40
  3. #9 Rodney Boyd; 40
  4. #26 Louis Pasderetz; 40
  5. #51 Grant Blasingame; 40
  6. #24 Sammy Gaita; 20
  7. #2 Michael Waters; 19


OFFICIAL Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks Results;

  1. #19 Dustin Mullins; 25
  2. #27 Keith Wheeler; 25
  3. #24 Elysia Potter; 25
  4. #66 Wayne Lyon; 21
  5. #31 Richard Quinn; 15
  6. #88 Jacob Carr; 3
  7. #11 Allie Plum; DQ

Philip Morris Sweeps Twin Late Model Stock Features at Langley Speedway; Extends Points Lead Over Division

Hampton, VA – Philip Morris continues to do Philip Morris things here in the Mid-Atlantic winning just about everything this weekend at Langley Speedway extending his points lead in the division.

Morris only needed one lap earlier in the afternoon to win the pole. His 15.541-second lap was good enough to beat Mark Wertz, Brenden Queen, Danny Edwards Jr., and Connor Hall, who rounded out the starting five drivers.

Race number one fell right in line with how the first twin races normally all. Drivers were falling in line, saving their cars and their tires. Morris, however, wasted zero time in the first 75-lap feature. He jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Behind him was where all of the racing took place. Connor Hall and Brenden Queen looked to flex their muscles as the sun set over the speedway staying in or around the top five.

The one and only caution in race one would come on lap fifty-six allowing the field to catch back up to Morris. Philip, however, would not be fazed and continued his dominance as they went back green leading all seventy-five laps. Brenden Queen, Greg Edwards, Danny Edwards Jr., and Mark Wertz rounded out the top five for race one; Connor Hall finished in the eighth position, which earned him the pole in race two by virtue of the invert.

Race number two of the evening was once again everything that the second twin race lives up to. Aggressive driving, aggressive defending, wrecks, and anything else you can think of. With Morris winning the first race he would be forced to start in the eighth position, however, in the attempt to earn even more bonus points from NASCAR he elected to fall to the rear for race number two which almost cost him a racecar.

When the green flag was displayed it almost looked to be the Connor Hall saw with a guest appearance from Brenden Queen. Both drivers – Queen using the outside groove to his advantage – led a handful of laps while Morris fought his way back through the field. Morris’ night, however, almost took a literal turn for the worst after he and Greg Edwards made contact in turn two. Edwards would have to come down pit road to change a tire and Morris was going to be sent to the rear due to the contact but would come down pit road to fix some of the damage to his right front fender.

Morris would drive through the field and take the lead from Brenden Queen after he and Hall spent ten laps battling hard side by side. Once Morris took the lead it was lights out. The wins for Morris was number three and four on the season at Langley Speedway and extended his points lead in the Taylor Waste Service Late Model’s. It should be noted that Morris leaves this weekend leading the points at Langley Speedway, Dominion Raceway, and South Boston Speedway. He is more than likely leading National and Virginia State points with NASCAR when they are released.


Late Model Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #01 Philip Morris; 75
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 75
  3. #97 Greg Edwards; 75
  4. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
  5. #55 Mark Wertz; 75
  6. #91 Justin Carroll; 75
  7. #4 Timmy Phipps; 75
  8. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  9. #11 Paul Green; 75
  10. #25 Craig Eastep; 75
  11. #88 Thomas Marks; 75
  12. #11 Jeff Oakley; 75
  13. #9 Rodney Boyd; 65


Late Model Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #01 Philip Morris; 75
  2. #91 Justin Carroll; 75
  3. #97 Greg Edwards; 75
  4. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  5. #4 Timmy Phipps; 75
  6. #03 Brenden Queen; 75
  7. #26 Danny Edwards; 75
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 75
  9. #25 Craig Eastep; 74
  10. #55 Mark Wertz; 74
  11. #9 Rodney Boyd; 71
  12. #11 Paul Green; 21
  13. #11 Jeff Oakley; 7

Philip Morris Wins Another Langley Speedway Pole; Track Officials Introduce New Tire Rule for Late Model Division

Hampton, VA – Philip Morris, who has been on fire throughout the Mid-Atlantic this season, flexed his muscles yet again at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway ahead of the Mosquito Joe & ERA Relator’s twin 75-lap features.

Morris laid down a 15.541-second lap (91.500 MPH) to take the pole for the first of two races and only really needed one lap to do so. Mark Wertz, Brenden Queen, Danny Edwards Jr., and Connor Hall will lead the field to green. Drivers will not only be fighting for finishing positions and max points but they will also have to be mindful of the eight-car invert that will set the field for the second race of the evening.

Some notable drivers not in attendance this weekend is Nick Smith, Woody Howard. Cameron Bowan and Terry Carroll both with motor issues keeping them sidelined this week. Casey Wyatt took a hard hit during second practice that all but destroyed his race car and he will not be able to compete tonight.

In addition, teams have been introduced to a new tire rule they must follow during twin features. To take away any confusion about what is flat and what is not, teams will not be able to change tires if they are over a certain pressure. For the left side tires, they must be under 10 PSI to change; right side tires must be under 20 PSI before they are allowed to change. If you change a tire at all throughout the event you will no longer be eligible for the free pass or the cone.

Furthermore, all teams must take and check in two tires to the tire officials to be approved as spares throughout the night. If you go through your spares, officials will come to the team’s pit boxes to look at approving more spares. If a team makes a tire change between the two races they must stay nose first in their pit stall till the field takes the green. At that point, they are allowed to back out and crews to change the tire(s). Once pit service is complete the driver can return to the race – as mentioned before that car will no longer be free pass or cone eligible.

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Late Model Stock Car Starting Line-up;

  1. #01 Philip Morris
  2. #55 Mark Wertz
  3. #03 Brenden Queen
  4. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.
  5. #77 Connor Hall
  6. #97 Greg Edwards
  7. #11 Jeff Oakley
  8. #91 Justin Carroll
  9. #4 Timmy Phipps
  10. #11 Paul Green
  11. #25 Craig Eastep
  12. #9 Rodney Boyd
  13. #88 Thomas Marks
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