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

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