Monthly Archives: July 2018

Austin Thaxton Prevails in Aqua Pros 100 at South Boston Speedway

Austin Thaxton hoists the winner’s trophy after winning the Aqua Pros 100 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division race Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.

South Boston, VA – Austin Thaxton found himself in the right place at the right time and came away with his first win of the season in Saturday night’s Aqua Pros 100 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division race at South Boston Speedway.

In earning his first victory of the season at the .4-mile oval, Thaxton became the fourth different driver to visit Victory Lane at South Boston Speedway this season. The win equaled the one win Thaxton earned last season at “America’s Hometown Track.”

The Clarksville, Virginia resident pulled away from his challengers after the final restart with eight laps to go and was never seriously challenged in the closing laps.Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina finished second, .668-second behind Thaxton, with Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia, defending track champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia and Raymond Pittman III of Amelia, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina finished second, .668-second behind Thaxton, with Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia, defending track champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia and Raymond Pittman III of Amelia, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.The lead proved not to be the best place to be for much of the race. Track and NASCAR National Point Leader Philip Morris and Sellers tangled on lap 40 while battling for the lead. Morris spun again on lap 62 while battling Mike Jones of South Boston, Virginia for the top spot.

The lead proved not to be the best place to be for much of the race. Track and NASCAR National Point Leader Philip Morris and Sellers tangled on lap 40 while battling for the lead. Morris spun again on lap 62 while battling Mike Jones of South Boston, Virginia for the top spot.Jones, who was returning to action with a new car after having had his car destroyed in a violent crash and subsequent fire in a June 16 race at South Boston Speedway, led on four different occasions. His bid for his first Late Model Stock Car Division win ended in a crash with Jason Barnes of Stony Creek, Virginia as they were battling for the lead with 13 laps to go.

Jones, who was returning to action with a new car after having had his car destroyed in a violent crash and subsequent fire in a June 16 race at South Boston Speedway, led on four different occasions. His bid for his first Late Model Stock Car Division win ended in a crash with Jason Barnes of Stony Creek, Virginia as they were battling for the lead with 13 laps to go.Scott inherited the lead, only to lose it to Thaxton on the final restart.

Scott inherited the lead, only to lose it to Thaxton on the final restart.

 

Crews Claims Fifth Limited Sportsman Division Win Of Season

Trey Crews of Halifax, Virginia wrestled took control after the race’s final restart with 23 laps to go and held off Jacob Borst of Burlington, North Carolina to win Saturday night’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race. Crews’ margin of victory over Borst in scoring his fifth win of the season was 1.259 second.

Bob Davis of Thaxton, Virginia, Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton of Greensboro, North Carolina and Brandon Jones of Amelia Courthouse, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.

The race was a four-car battle between Crews, Borst, Dalton and Jones, with Crews getting the upper hand after Jones and Dalton tangled on lap 27 while battling for the lead.

 

Milam, Shelton Split Wins In Pure Stock Division Doubleheader

Jarrett Milam of Keeling, Virginia and Daniel Shelton of Hurt, Virginia split wins in Saturday night’s twin 15-lap races for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division.

Milam won the first race to score his first win of the season, edging Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia by .271-second to earn the win. Defending division champion Johnny Layne of Nathalie, Virginia finished third with Harrison Walker of Buffalo Junction, Virginia and Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Shelton started third in the second race, took the lead on the fourth lap, and finished almost one second ahead of Layne in earning his second victory of the season. Milam, Pickrel and Mayo completed the top five finishers.

 

Jarrell Continues Domination Of Hornets Division

Cameron Jarrell of Amelia, Virginia continued his domination of South Boston Speedway’s Budweiser Hornets Division, starting on the back row of the field and driving to victory in Saturday night’s 15-lap race.

Jarrell got a good jump on the final restart of the race with three laps to go and edged defending division champion Tyler Crute of Alton, Virginia for the win. Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia finished third.

 

Holdren Remains Perfect In Mod-4 Division

Dennis Holdren of Roanoke, Virginia got a solid start on the race’s final start with three laps to go and edged Jesse Yopp of Moneta, Virginia by .589second to win Saturday night’s 30-lap Mod-4 Division race.

Holdren has won all three of the Mod-4 Division races held at South Boston Speedway this season.

Cory Dunn of Salem, Virginia, Haley Holdren and Chad Asberry rounded out the top five finishers.

 

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

One of South Boston Speedway’s bigger events of the season is coming up as racing returns to “America’s Hometown Track” on Saturday, August 11 with the running of the Davenport Energy PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program.

The stars and cars of the PASS South Super Late Model series will make their only visit of the season to South Boston Speedway to compete in a 150-lap race. Twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will share the spotlight with the PASS South Super Late Model competitors.

Rounding out the night’s action are a 15-lap race for South Boston Speedway’s Hornets Division competitors, and a 25-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series.

Registration and pit gates open at 12:30 p.m., practice runs from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 5 p.m. A Fan Appreciation event will be held at trackside at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.

Advance general admission tickets priced at $10 each will be available for purchase until 5 p.m. Friday, August 10. Tickets on race day will be $15 each. Kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For additional information about the Davenport Energy PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website at http://www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

Two New Winners Crowned in Larry King Law Modifieds; Robbie Babb and Andrew Fortin Split 30-lap Twin Bill

Hampton, VA – Robbie Babb made his return to the Larry King Law Modifieds this weekend and snagged the pole from Shawn Balluzzo – needing just one lap to do so – with a 16.436 (86.517 MPH). Balluzzo would start the first feature on the outside pole after recovering from issues in practice. Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, and Danny Harrell were the fastest five qualifiers.

Robbie Babb got off to a pretty good start when the green flag was displayed for race number one. Matt Carter also wasted little time filling the whole and taking the second position from Balluzzo who fell into third – all three took off from the rest of the pack. The war was on behind them, however, the closest battle was between Andrew Fortin and Bobby Gery which ultimately saw Fortin go for a spin off turn two following slight contact resulting in the races first and only caution.

On the ensuing restart, Shawn Balluzzo elected to use the choose cone to start on the outside of race leader Robbie Babb. Coming off turn four the front two got a great jump over Carter and the rest of the field, Balluzzo was able to duck into second and give chase to the leader. Carter did everything in his power to get back around Balluzzo but motor issues would sideline him twenty-four laps in. Babb would go on to become just the third different winner and his first, of 2018. Balluzzo, Johnston, Gery, and Harrell rounded out the top five finishers.

An eight-car invert was once again on tap for race number two. Once again the eight-car invert seemed to do more harm than the good it was supposed to do. Jamie Sample was tasked to lead the field to the green alongside Andrew Fortin, who actually looked to get the better start when the green was displayed. It didn’t take long for things to get wild, however, as Fortin lead the field into three. DJ Valente, who started the second race from the third position, decided to take it three wide, made contact with Jamie Sample and all hell broke loose from there.

The contact created a chain reaction of crashes ultimately putting Jamie Sample, Danny Harrell, and Matt Morgan – who was eventually able to return to the feature – into the wall. Race one winner Robbie Babb appeared to have the most damage as his car came to a rest in the turn three ditch sans the front clip. Derek Roberts and TJ Largena had to make some pretty evasive moves down to the apron to avoid any contact. Balluzzo had to lock the breaks up himself to avoid the wreck, he too would also spin and make the slightest contact with Matt Morgan. He was able to drive away from the scene of the accident and return to the race.

Once back to green Andrew Fortin picked up right where he left off powering to the front of the pack. He quickly built himself a comfortable and manageable lead that the rest of the pack could not collapse. Balluzzo almost got his shot in the closing laps when Derek Roberts made things a little difficult on the faster car of Fortin but none the less he was able to come out on top. The win for Fortin was not only his first of 2018 but he became just the third different winner in the Larry King Law Modified series in just as many races.

 

In the Pepsi Grand Stock twin features Paul Lubno was able to pick up two more victories en route to his 2018 championship hunt. Robbie Parker, however, did a phenomenal job at keeping him very honest and put on the two best shows of the evening in my humble opinion. Parker started on the pole for the second time this season in race number one, lead most of the race but ultimately finished in second after a ten plus two way battle for the lead. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better for race two – it did!

The field was once again inverted sending the two fastest cars to the back of the pack. With the lower than normal car count, it did not take long for Parker to get back to the top spot and guess who was right there with him? You got it, Paul Lubno. The two would once again pick up their side-by-side battle for the lead, leaning on each other and racing hard. It came down to just a couple of feet at the end but Paul Lubno was once again the victor.

Jacob Carr doubled down in the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks twins picking up his second and third wins of 2018. A season-high twelve trucks were in attendance this past weekend and the racing was rather competitive. Dustin Mullins, who has been on a tear this season, looked to at least pick up another win in race number one but Jacob Carr was just too strong. Race two of the evening was set up to see a first-time winner in Elysia Potter, who took the green flag on the outside pole after the invert. Her night, however, was ended much sooner than anticipated after contact from the No. 27 of Keith Wheeler that sent her spinning out of four and with nowhere to go, Rick Poust made solid front end contact. Carr would take advantage of the misfortune and go on to pick up the second win of the night.

Michael Joyner was victorious once again in the Bojangles Enduro 30-lap feature to cap off the evening.

 

Larry King Law Modified’s Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #44 Robbie Babb; 30
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  3. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  4. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  5. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  6. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  7. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  8. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  10. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30
  11. #63 Derek Roberts; 29
  12. #4 TJ Largena; 29
  13. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29
  14. #78 Matt Carter; 24

 

Larry King Law Modified’s Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  3. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  4. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  5. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  6. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29
  7. #4 TJ Largena;29
  8. #63 Derek Roberts; 29
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 27
  10. #28 Jamie Sample; DNF
  11. #95 Danny Harrell; DNF
  12. #44 Robbie Babb; DNF
  13. #47 Rick Gdovic; DNF

Logan Clark and Zachary Miracle Split Bandolero Twins; Chris Lilly Victorious in Legends Division

Midlothian, VA – Twin 15-lap races were on the schedule this past weekend at Southside Speedway for the INEX Bandolero series. Zachary Miracle was the quickest in group qualifying earlier in the afternoon which earned himself a bonus point in the championship standings. Miracle, however, would take the green flag in the fourth position after the invert handing the top spot over to the No. 58 of Eddie Sagle. Logan Clark, Leyton Harrison, Eddie Slagle, and Teddy Cranmer were the fastest five qualifiers.

Slagle took full advantage of the invert and jumped out to the early lead once the green flag was displayed. He would deal with the yellow flag just twice – once for debris on the front stretch from Harrison and the second just three laps later when Harrison went for a spin in turn four – before surrendering the lead to the No. 15 of Logan Clark on lap eight. Once out front Clark would be able to hold off the rest of the field and take the victory. Eddie Slagle, Zachary Miracle, Leyton Harrison, and Teddy Cranmer rounded out the top five finishers.

The top two cars were inverted for race number two after Clark pulled the number two pill while in victory lane putting Slagle on the pole for the second time in one evening. Zachary Miracle had other plans for race number two, however, and looked to take the lead early down the backstretch. Contact was made between the two as Miracle looked to take the lead. Three other cars spun as well in an attempt to avoid Slagle. Miracle would be sent to the rear for the contact but was able to drive back to the front of the field officially taking the lead on lap and driving to victory. Harrison, Slagles, Clark, and Lee rounded out the top five.

Carter Weeden was the fastest in qualifying running a 15.487-second lap, however, we would roll off third following the invert. This would hand the top spot to Daniel Silvestri and leave Chris Lilly on the outside pole. Lilly would jump out to the front of the field early and lead the field to victory in the caution free 25-lap feature. Carter Weedon, Daniel Silvestri, Conner Jones, and Carter Wood completed the top five.

 

Bandolero Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #15 Logan Clark; 15
  2. #58 Eddie Slagle; 15
  3. #32 Zachary Miracle; 15
  4. #43 Leyton Harrison; 15
  5. #59 Teddy Cranmer; 15
  6. #5 Peyton Lee; 15
  7. #87 Kenton Case; 15
  8. #00 Gage Burrow; 14
  9. #02 Julliana Case; 12

 

Bandolero Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #32 Zachary Miracle; 15
  2. #43 Leyton Harrison; 15
  3. #58 Eddie Slagle; 15
  4. #15 Logan Clark; 15
  5. #5 Peyton Lee; 15
  6. #00 Gage Burrow; 14
  7. #87 Kenton Case; 14
  8. #02 Julliana Case; 10

 

Legends OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #27 Chris Lilly; 25
  2. #22 Carter Weedon; 25
  3. #97 Daniel Silvestri; 25
  4. #14 Conner Jones; 25
  5. #31 Carter Wood; 25
  6. #25 Dustin Honeycutt; 25
  7. #77 Colby Sipe; 24
  8. #2 Herman Luck; 23

Chris Hopkins Pulls Double Duty and Doubles Down in both Modified’s and Late Models

Midlothian, VA – Chris Hopkins of Chesterfield Virginia also continued to have a standout season when he not only won the Late Model feature to close out the night but he was also the fast car in the nine-car modified field earlier in the afternoon as the sun was setting over the historic speedway. Hopkins’ 14.951-second (80.254 MPH) was the only one to hit under the fifteen-second, Michael Johnson, Kyle Wood, Lauren Edgerton, and Wayne McGee were the fastest five.

Hopkins wasted zero time getting the throttle down to the floor and jumping out to the front of the field setting a pace matched by no one. Hard racing for fifth place as Kyle Wood tried to make his way through the field. He would make some hefty contact with Wayne McGee out of turn two, which would bend his left rear quarter panel pretty bad. McGee was able to gather the car back up but would lose it once he got back to turns one and two bringing out the races first and only caution on lap five.

With no one else involved in the caution and no debris on the racing surface it was a quick caution period. Once back under green Hopkins retook the lead and got back to his leading ways. The restart sparked an amazing battle between long time modified series racer Lauren Edgerton and Kyle Wood. Kyle would ultimately get the position and Lauren would fall to fifth by the end of the feature.

Hopkins would again go on to lead every lap in the 30-lap feature doing some that we cannot recall being done in the modern era – leading every lap in route to victories in two different divisions. Michael Johnson, defending track champion Kyle Wood, Tyler Davis, and Lauren Edgerton rounded out the top five finishers.

 

Modified OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #17 Chris Hopkins; 30
  2. #38 Michael Johnson; 30
  3. #19 Kyle Wood; 30
  4. #00 Tyler Davis; 30
  5. #7 Lauren Edgerton; 30
  6. #9 Thomas Stinson; 30
  7. #42 Rusty Wood; 22
  8. #10 Wayne McGee; 5

Chris Hopkins Dominates Southside 75-lap Feature from the Pole; Dan Rogers Continues Grand Stock Domination

Chris Hopkins celebrates in victory lane after dominating the 75-lap feature at Southside Speedway on July 20, 2018. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA – It was pure domination Friday night in one of the longest Late Model Stock Car races of the season at Southside Speedway. Hopkins jumped out to the early lead from the start of the race and never looked back. Never having to worry about a caution Hopkins went flag-to-flag for the win.

Southside Speedway and Late Model Stock veteran Bugs Hairfield won the pole and the bonus point that comes with it earlier in the afternoon with a lap of 14.936-seconds (80.335 MPH). Howie Disavino, Chris Dodson, Eddie Johnson, and Chris Hopkins were the fastest five qualifiers. However, per the Southside rulebook, up to six cars could be inverted for the start of the feature. Hairfield was given the honor to reach into the magical bag to pull the pill – he would pull a five.

Hopkins took full advantage of the invert, as anyone would, and speed off into turn one with the lead going virtually unchallenged through the entire feature setting a rather blistering pace. Behind him, however, the wick had certainly been turned up as Hairfield attempted to work his way through the rather stout top five in hopes to get back to the lead. His efforts, though at times were amazing to watch as he battled Eddie Johnson side-by-side for a handful of laps, were only good to get him as high as second before the car went away from him and he started falling back.

Howie Disavino had yet another stand out night at the place coined the toughest short track in the south. Disavino never fell outside of the top five finding himself racing some of the best in the business when it comes to Southside. Chris Dodson – winner of the first 75-lap feature on the season – finished fourth while Bugs Hairfield rounded out the top five finishers.

Another young driver who had a rather impressive night was the No. 22 of Grayson Cullather. After spending most of the 2018 season running in the CARS Response Energy Tour, Cullather found himself back at his home track this weekend on the heels of the 10th annual Hampton Heat 200 being postponed. Cullather would start at the rear of the fourteen-car field and drove back up to sixth when the checkered flag flew.

The results for the Late Model race were still unofficial at the time we left the speedway. We were informed that results would be made official come Tuesday. The Weekly Racer will make sure to let everyone know when that happens.

Dan Rogers picked up win number six in the Grand Stocks in seven tries after starting shot fun on the field. Fans witnessed exciting racing throughout the rest of the field as everyone was not afraid to do a little rubbing and leaning on each other.

The UCAR feature, scheduled for 25-laps, was cut short after a medical emergency in the infield brought the field to the red flag with Trevor Stinson leading. Race control decided it was best to at least postpone the rest of the race to allow safety personnel plenty of time to do their work and transport the team member to a local hospital. We will also keep you updated as to what will happen to that race as they had not yet made it to halfway.

 

Late Model Stock Car UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #88 Chris Hopkins; 75
  2. #43 Eddie Johnson; 75
  3. #55 Howie Disavino; 75
  4. #0 Chris Dodson; 75
  5. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 75
  6. #22B Grayson Cullather; 75
  7. #05 Mason Bailey; 75
  8. #22 Justin Martz; 75
  9. #79 Lane Janosik; 75
  10. #25 Michael Sutphin; 75
  11. #24 Chris Johnson; 75
  12. #90 John Goin; 75
  13. #20 Sonny Allen; 74
  14. #18 Brad Davis; 74
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