Monthly Archives: April 2019

Youth 17-And-Under Admitted Free to ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Youth 17-and-under will be admitted free to the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway on October 5.

The change falls in line with the 17-and-under are free policy at the Speedway’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races and is similar to the youth policy found at other NASCAR Home Tracks where many of the fans who attend NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race spend their Friday and Saturday nights.

“Youth are the future of our sport and we want them to be here without the worry of how much it will cost,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “We’ve seen a lot of guests take advantage of youth being free for the Truck Series, and believe that will be the case for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, as well.”

Adult tickets to the race are $30.

The race regularly sees more than 75 of the country’s best Late Model Stock Car teams fight it out for a share of the $100,000 purse and the iconic grandfather clock trophy.

Additionally, the race will once again serve as the final race in the Virginia Triple Crown, a three-race showdown for the drivers with the best average finishing position in the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 at South Boston Speedway, the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway and the ValleyStar Credit Union 300.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Barron Finally Finds Victory Lane at Carteret

TJ Barron celebrates after winning at Carteret County Speedway on April 27th. (Andy Marquis photo)

PELETIER, NC – TJ Barron outlasted the competition in Saturday’s Clash at the Coast to score his first career victory at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway.

Barron made his move late in the race, passing Brandon Clements on lap 48 in the 60-lap race and driving away for his first Carteret County Speedway win.  The victory was special for Barron.  He was able to snap a winless drought that dated back to 2013 when he last won at Coastal Plains Raceway in Jacksonville.  After the race, he was given the winner’s trophy by his youngest son, Colton.

“This is pretty special,” Barron said in victory lane.  “We worked our butts off man.  This place has eluded me for last year and the first part of this year.  We had a good car.  It’s been since 2013 since we last won.  We finally won somewhere else besides Coastal Plains.  That’s pretty special.”

Chris Burns dominated for much of the first part of the race, but Clements was able to get in position to make a run at the lead when electing to start on the outside after a lap 35 caution.  On lap 37, Clements was able to make his way around Burns before eventually surrendering the lead to Barron.  Clements settled for second.

“I don’t know why everybody’s scared to jump out there, you can make it happen,” Clements remarked.  “We’re chipping away at it, little at a time.  It’s getting better and better.  I think we’ll come back out next time and we’ll have the heat for them.”

Eric Winslow finished third while Chris Burns and Rusty Daniels rounded out the top-five.

Jordan Lamothe led only one lap in the Legends feature, but it was the most important lap.

Lamothe inherited the lead on the last lap when race leaders Emily Day and Brian Sullivan wrecked on the backstretch.  The incident between Day and Sullivan immediately brought out the caution flag, which ended the race, allowing Lamothe to score his first Carteret County Speedway victory.

“I don’t really know what happened back there,” Lamothe said.  “I hope they’re both okay.  Sometimes it doesn’t matter what lap you lead as long as you’re the first one who crosses the start-finish line.  I just have to thank my mom, dad, fiancé, and everyone for all the support.  I hope the fans had a good time.”

Spencer Saunders finished in second while Shane Irving, Zack Brown and Aaron Crumpler rounded out the top-five.

Robert Arch picked up the victory in the Mini-Stock division, his third Carteret County Speedway win of the year, holding off Kris Hetu and Stephen Sanders.  After competing in the Mini-Stock feature, Sanders headed north to Winston-Salem where he won the Stadium Stock feature at Bowman Gray Stadium’s season opener later Saturday night.

Arch also competed in the U-CAR division, where he picked up his first two wins of the year, finishing second to Andrew Jackson.  The victory was Jackson’s first of the year.

Chris Burns picked up his second consecutive Street Stock victory over Mike Cooper and Billy Slater, while Sean Wales was victorious in Champ Kart competition and Charles Pudenz won in the Mini Cup feature.

The next race at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway, scheduled for May 11th, will be the first night race of the 2019 season.  The Short Track Shootout is headlined by a $2,500-to-win Legends race which appears destined to attract one of the largest fields in Carteret County Speedway history.

For more information about Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at www.carteretspeedway.com, “like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter.

Carteret County Speedway 4/27/19 Results

Limited Late Model

  1. T.J. Barron
  2. Brandon Clements
  3. Eric Winslow
  4. Chris Burns
  5. Rusty Daniels
  6. Tyler Horne

INEX Legends

  1. Jordan Lamothe
  2. Spencer Saunders
  3. Shane Irving
  4. Zack Brown
  5. Aaron Crumpler
  6. Brian Sullivan
  7. Emily Day
  8. Trevor Thacker
  9. Matt Bell
  10. Josh Spence
  11. Brent Norris
  12. Brenton Irving

Battlefield Tire Pros Street Stock

  1. Chris Burns
  2. Mike Cooper
  3. Billy Slater
  4. John Sharp
  5. Dennis Woehrle
  6. Roy Marley
  7. Gary Rochelle, Jr.

Mini-Stock

  1. Robert Arch
  2. Kris Hetu
  3. Stephen Sanders
  4. Travis Provost
  5. Gary Murphy
  6. Travis Miller
  7. Adam Resnick
  8. Andrew Deal

U-CAR

  1. Andrew Jackson
  2. Robert Arch
  3. Steve Sullivan
  4. Curtis Lanier
  5. Joe Lanier
  6. Abby Jolly
  7. Brian Mattice

Champ Kart

  1. Sean Wales
  2. Cory Dimauro
  3. Justin Mitchell
  4. Gaston Davis

Mini Cup

  1. Charles Pudenz
  2. Roy Combs, III

Corey Almond Passes Jarred Powell On Late Race Restart to Claim Season Opening Pro Late Model Victory

Corey Almond celebrates in WhosYourDriver.com victory lane Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Virginia Motor Speedway. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Jamaica, VA– Twenty-eight Pro Late Models converged on the half-mile clay oval known as Virginia Motor Speedway this past Saturday from as far north as Maryland and all over North Carolina to kick off the 2019 weekly racing series. Luckily, as storms rolled through the region Friday evening track crews were able to get the track in a race-able condition with only a few minor electrical issues that were ironed out as the day went on.

Concord, Virginia’s Justin Williams was the fastest man in town for both Hot Laps and Hot Lap Qualifying setting Quick Time by over two tenths of a second (18.536) – for those that may be new to dirt “Hot Laps” would be their practice session and “Hot Lap Qualifying” would be very similar to group qualifying. Williams, however, would have to give that position up after earning his bonus points and roll off the grid for their 35-lap feature in the fourth position thank to the redraw. Corey Almond, Jared Powell, Same Archer, Matt Glanden rounded out the fastest five drivers.

Jared Powell from Charlottesville, Virginia jumped out to the early lead over Archer and Almond using that outside groove to his advantage. An early caution involving multiple cars two laps into the feature set up the first of only five single file restarts. Almond took full advantage of the restart zone and took second place with ease, setting his sights on race leader Jared Powell. The two were almost in a league of their own all night separating themselves from the rest of the field and putting on a heck of a show for the fans in the stands. Lapped traffic seemed to play in the favor of Powell for most of the night stalling multiple runs from Almond.

Almonds big break came on the restart following a lap twenty-nine caution when Nicolas Love (No. 38) and Darrell Dow (No. 5J) made contact with each other right in front of the leaders as all four were working through turn four. On the ensuing restart, Almond mirrored the actions of Powell “To a T” and was able to pull up even to his door down the backstretch. Leaning on each other a bit Corey Almond came sailing out of turn four as the new leader.

After spending more than three-quarters of the race battling for the lead Almond had one more major task to accomplish; keeping Powell at bay on the final restart of the evening after two cars made contact with each other in turns three and four. When the green was displayed Powell jumped back to the gas to force the issue into one that he wanted the lead back. Almond did a phenomenal job of keeping Powell behind him. Once the two created some separation from the pack Almond continued to create that separation from Powell and would eventually take the first checkered flag of the 2019 season, Powell would hang onto second. Matt Glanden, who spent most of the feature in an amazing battle with Davis Lipscombe, who finished fourth, Billy Hubbard rounded out the top five.

Chad Champion and Cory Bradley put on a show in the Collision One Limited Stock Car twenty-five lap feature leading the eighteen-car field to green. Bradley, hailing from Hopewell, VA jumped out to the early lead at the line. James Givens, who rolled off the grid in fourth, muscled his way by Champion for second on the following lap and set his sights on Bradley. By lap four Givens began working the back bumper of Bradley taking the lead by lap five. Bradley would hang out in the tire tracks of Givens over the next dozen laps not allowing him to get too far out of sight. With less than ten laps to go Bradley found his second win and got back around Givens for the lead and never looked back. James Givens, Jay Seward, Raymond Harper, and Ryan Hutchens rounded out the top five.

 

Victory Lap Pro Late Models OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #7A Corey Almond
  2. #2* Jared Powell
  3. #01 Matt Glanden
  4. #71 Davis Lipscombe
  5. #28B Billy Hubbard
  6. #14C Chuck Bowie
  7. #80 Ray Love Jr
  8. #36 Sam Archer
  9. #2W Justin Williams
  10. #17 John Testerman
  11. #71T Tyler Hoy
  12. #09 Brad Rigdon
  13. #69 Cecil Cash Jr
  14. #2 Austin Bussler
  15. #41 James Snead
  16. #38 Nicolas Love
  17. #28 Carl Vaughan
  18. #77 Brian Hankins
  19. #46 Tyler Emory
  20. #5J Darrell Dow
  21. #55 Jimmy Duncan
  22. #12 Cody Cubbage
  23. #3 Bill Coada
  24. #11C Trevor Collins
  25. #40 Brent Bordeaux
  26. #01C Petie Coffey
  27. #47 Matt Quade
  28. #18 Matt Marshall

Virginia Motor Speedway to Open 50th Anniversary Weekly Racing Season this Saturday April 27th

Justin Williams (#2) sails through turn one at Virginia Motor Speedway. Williams picked up his fourth Late Model victory August 5th. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Jamaica, VA – This Saturday, April 27th Virginia Motor Speedway opens its 50th anniversary Weekly Racing Series season with what may arguably be one of the best field of cars the speedway has had in years. To say the anticipation level for this Saturday is high would be an understatement.

The night will feature the Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified, and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions in some exciting side by side action.

Competitor gates for Saturday, April 27th will open at 12pm for inspection and registration with spectator gates opening at 5pm. On track activities will begin at 6pm for hot laps.

Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday: Victory 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.

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. The Weekly Racer will also be on site to cover the nights events. Make sure you tune into or Twitter feed for coverage starting at 6 PM EDT with hot laps.

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 2019 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.

Sellers Scores Second South Boston Speedway Win in Easter Bunny Late Model 100

South Boston, Va – Defending South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division Champion Peyton Sellers sped past teenage rookie Daniel Silvestri with 53 laps to go and went on to win Saturday night’s NASCAR Easter Bunny Late Model 100 at South Boston Speedway.

Saturday night’s win in the caution-free race was the second of the season for the former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion from Danville, Virginia.

Silvestri, driving a car co-owned by NASCAR racer Jeb Burton of Halifax, Virginia and H. C. Sellers of Danville, Virginia, trailed by 2.498 seconds at the finish. The race was Silvestri’s second outing in a Late Model Stock Car. He had competed in twin 75-lap Late Model Stock Car Division races at South Boston Speedway on March 30.

Mike Looney of Catawba, Virginia finished third, holding off former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia and defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Philip Morris of Ruckersville, Virginia in a battle for third place over the closing laps.

The race featured two lead changes among Sellers and Silvestri, with Sellers leading twice for a total of 86 laps and Silvestri leading once for 14 laps.

Sellers averaged 91.168 mph in winning the race that took 26 minutes and 19 seconds to complete.

Borst, Moss Split Wins In Limited Sportsman Twinbill

Two new winners emerged in the pair of 25-lap NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division races Saturday night at South Boston Speedway, with Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina and Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia splitting wins in the twinbill.

In the first 25-lap race, Borst took the lead from Jessica Dana of Mooresville, North Carolina on the 10th lap and held off a fast-closing Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia to secure the win. Borst’s margin of victory over Willis was .287-second.

Dana finished third with rookie Landon Pembelton and Moss rounding out the top five finishers.

The second race featured an inverted start among the top four finishers of the first race, but Moss started from the pole after a crash that occurred before the first lap was completed took out Pembelton and heavily damaged Willis’s car.

Moss led the entire race, edging Dana by .216-second to claim the win. Borst finished third with Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia and Cole Bruce of Fredericksburg, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Crews Wins Pure Stock Division Race

Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia took the lead from Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia on the second lap and took the win in the night’s 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.

The win was the second for Crews in as many starts at South Boston Speedway this season.

Pickrel finished second .589-second behind Crews with Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia, Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia and Justin Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Currin Wins Hornets Division Race

Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia took the lead from Aaron Cash of South Boston, Va. with four laps to go and held on to win the night’s 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race.

The win was the first of the season for Currin at South Boston Speedway.

Cash finished second with Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia, Jared Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia and Josh Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia completing the top five finishers.

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

The stars and cars of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East circuit will return to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, May 4 when “America’s Hometown Track” hosts the WhosYourDriver.org NASCAR K&N Twin 100’s racing program.

The unique event, one o f the bigger events of the season at South Boston Speedway, will feature the competitors of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in twin 100-lap races. South Boston Speedway’s Budweiser Pure Stock Division racers will compete in a 30-lap race and the Budweiser Hornets Division competitors will compete in a 15-lap race.

Practice will run from 1:30 p.m. until 3:40 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and qualifying will start at 5 p.m. A driver autograph session will be held trackside at 6 p.m. The first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

Advance adult general admission tickets priced at $10 will be available for purchase until Friday, May 3 at 5 p.m. Adult general admission tickets will be $15 on race day. Youth ages 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For additional information about the WhosYourDriver.org NASCAR K&N Twin 100’s racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

Ryan Matthews Continues INEX Legend Win Streak at Langley Speedway; Wyatt Philyaw Comes Out of Physical Bando Race the Winner

Ryan Matthews powers down the back stretch of Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway during final practice Saturday, April 20th. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – After picking up a nail biter win last week, Ryan Matthews was the fastest of seventeen qualifiers earlier in the afternoon Saturday picking up the pole for the INEX Legends division running a 17.945. Cameron Bolin, Tyler Lester, Matt Dail, and Devon Courtney rounded out the top five. Ryan Matthews jumped out to an early lead as Matt Dail, Cameron Bolin, Tyler Lester, and Colby Flowers rounded out your top five.

As the battle for fifth place heated up, Connor Jones spun around on the front stretch to bring out the first of a handful of cautions throughout the race. The restart would come and Ryan Matthews would pull away from the field once again leaving Matt Dail to do battle with Spencer Saunders for the second position. Saunders would eventually make his way around Matt Dail for second as the caution came out again, this time for Devon Courtney going around in turn two.

Lap seventeen saw another caution as Connor Jones and Colby Flowers got tangled up on the backstretch, which caused Flowers to exit the race. With only five laps to go, Ryan Matthews put a car length gap between himself and the top five as they began to battle for second. Coming to the checkered flag, Ryan Matthews would lead every lap and win his second straight race this season. Spencer Saunders, Matt Dail, Tyler Lester, and Jake Tretow rounded out your top five.

Ryley Music captured the pole for the Cycle City Bandoleros division with a time of 20.973. Layton Harrison, Wyatt Philyaw, Logan Clark, and Jacob Derrick rounded out the starting five. Only three laps would be completed before the first caution occurred as Kaleb Bradley spun going into turn one. The second caution of the night would come after Aaliyah Paynter and Laney Meggs made contact on the front stretch and Paynter went for a spin.

At the halfway point of the race, it was Ryley Music holding a slim lead over Layton Harrison and Wyatt Philyaw. A big wreck happened in turn one involving Jacob Derrick, Kaleb Bradley, Layton Harrison, and Laney Meggs. As the race was about to restart out of four, Wyatt Philyaw got into the back of leader Ryley Music sending his car around. Both were sent to the rear handing the lead over to Whitney Meggs.

As the white flag flew, Alex Meggs (No. 18) dives under and makes contact with Whitney Meggs (No. 22) causing a big wreck with Whitney getting hit hard by Laney Meggs (No. 92) in the left front suspension. She immediately showed signs she was okay and got out of her car. Ryley Music was also involved ultimately ending his night. Coming to the checkered flag, Wyatt Philyaw and Alex Meggs made contact coming out of turn four with Philyaw coming away with the win. Logan Clark, Alex Meggs, Aaliyah Paynter, and Whitney Meggs round our your top five finishers.

 

Cycle City Corp Legends OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #51 Ryan Matthews; 25
  2. #7 Spencer Saunders; 25
  3. #07 Matt Dail; 25
  4. #01L Tyler Lester; 25
  5. #99T Jake Tretow; 25
  6. #14B Cameron Bolin; 25
  7. #31 Carter Wood; 25
  8. #88 Ryan Center; 25
  9. #27L Luke LeBrun; 25
  10. #17 Devon Courtney; 25
  11. #12 Tyler Warriner; 25
  12. #51W Bradley Wilson; 25
  13. #4 Chris Hayes; 25
  14. #27 David Steele; 25
  15. #14 Connor Jones; 22
  16. #33 Colby Flowers; 17
  17. #17L Eric LeBrun; 17

 

Cycle City Corp Bando OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #22 Wyatt Philyaw; 16
  2. #15 Logan Clark; 16
  3. #18m Alex Meggs; 16
  4. #14 Aaliyah Paynter; 16
  5. #22m Whitney Meggs; 14
  6. #47 Ryley Music; 14
  7. #92 Laney Meggs; 14
  8. #43 Layton Harrison; 11
  9. #8 Jacob Derrick; 11
  10. #42b Kaleb Bradley; 11
  11. #13 Farrah Morris; 11

Shawn Balluzzo Remains Perfect in 2019 Winning Race Number Three

Shawn Balluzzo powers down the backstretch during final practice in preparation for Courtyard by Marriott Night April 20, 2019. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA– Shawn Balluzzo picked up win number three of the 2019 season and continues to show his dominance in the Modified division. After winning the pole earlier in the afternoon with a 16.258-second (87.465 MPH) lap, Balluzzo jumped out to an early and commanding lead while Brad Adams and Matt Carter to settle things for second. Carter’s little stumble on the initial start allowed Adams the opportunity to get to the preferred groove, settle into a rhythm and occupy the second position.

Behind them a brief battle heated up for the remaining position open in the top five between Bubba Johnston – running a car recently purchased by longtime truck series driver Chase McAdams – Danny Harrell, and Matt Morgan. Johnston was able to take the fourth position at the time. The race was only slowed one time after Louie Pasderetz got into the back of the slower machine of Grant Blasingame working through turn four. The yellow came just shortly after TJ Largena – who took the green flag in the twelfth position mind you – made the pass on Jamie Sample to take the sixth position away from him.

Pasderetz was able to get the car pointed in the right direction and NASCAR officials gave the field the option for the cone. To no surprise, Balluzzo elected to keep his position on the bottom of the racetrack. Second place qualifier, Brad Adams, would also decide to take the restart on the low line. Matt Carter and Bubba Johnston were the first to that decided to try the outside. It looked as if Carter was going to make things work, however, Balluzzo was just too strong on getting back to the gas and once again cleared the field out of two.

Johnston, who looked slow on the restart, was almost immediately shuffled back to the sixth spot before getting the tires under the car. He is eventually able to get back around Morgan leaving the door open for Largena. The following lap Johnston made a huge slip out of two and had to chase the car up the track, which allowed Largena to break into the top five. Which by the way, if our calculations are correct, that would earn Mr. TJ Largena the TWR Hard Charger Award!

This go around Balluzzo did not build the same lead he did on the initial start but he was able to stretch things out far enough to where there was nothing Adams could do. Carter would come home third followed by Harrell and Largena.

Chase McAdams, who we mentioned above that just recently bought a Modified, made his 2019 return in the Harris Truck Shop Super Truck division. He was the fastest man in town earlier in the afternoon during qualifying and backed that up during the race as he went wire-to-wire to collect the win. Ronald Klein, Rick Poust, Shannon Lester, and Paige Cain rounded out the top five finishers.

 

Larry King Law Modified OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 50
  2. #3 Brad Adams; 50
  3. #78 Matt Carter; 50
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 50
  5. #4 TJ Largena; 50
  6. #34 Bubba Johnston; 50
  7. #98 Matt Morgan; 50
  8. #47 Rick Gdovic; 50
  9. #16 Eric McPherson; 50
  10. #28 Jamie Sample; 50
  11. #26 Louie Pasderetz; 50
  12. #77 Bobby Gery; 50
  13. #7 Grant Blasingame; 44
  14. #12 Mark Gomez; DNS
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