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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returns to Martinsville Speedway in 2020

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (May 28, 2019) – For the first time since 2010, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to Martinsville Speedway in 2020 for the MaxPro Window Films 200.

The modifieds, which were a fixture at Martinsville for decades, will race the 200 lap race on Friday Night May 8, 2020, as part of the spring race weekend.

“We get asked a lot about the modifieds a lot – from fans, from drivers, from media,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “Now, we can say, ‘Yes, we will have them back next year.’ These cars are such an important part of Martinsville Speedway history and the time is right to bring them back.”

North Carolina-based Maxpro Window Films, an industry leader in window film technology, has signed on to sponsor the race.

“Maxpro Window Films is excited to be a supporter of and partner with Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR,” Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Elizabeth Dillon said. “Not only are NASCAR fans a natural market for Maxpro’s automotive line of window films, but a lot of our employees and management team have deep roots in the Martinsville and Henry County area and we are proud to be associated with an organization with the history and tradition of Martinsville Speedway, so it’s a good fit for Maxpro.

“The modifieds have always been a fan favorite at Martinsville and Maxpro is thrilled to welcome them back for the Maxpro Window Films 200 and to sponsor their return. It’s always an exciting race and having it under the lights will be special. We look forward to an exciting weekend and we are thrilled to be part of it.”

The modified division first raced at Martinsville in 1960 and raced every year through 2002. Virginian Ray Hendrick, who also is the career leader in overall wins at Martinsville with 20, is the all-time leader in modified wins at Martinsville with 13. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans is second with 10.

In qualifying for a 1986 modified event, Greg Sacks set the Martinsville Speedway track record for all divisions with a one-lap average of 101.014 miles-per-hour, a record that still stands.

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Martinsville Speedway are a perfect match,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR Managing Director, Touring Series. “When you talk history and legacy – names like Evans, (Jerry) Cook and (Geoff) Bodine are synonymous with Martinsville. The Modified division and Martinsville Speedway are the cornerstones on which the sport was built. We’re excited about adding names like (Doug) Coby, (Justin) Bonsignore, and maybe even (Ryan) Preece – a new generation of Modified racing stars to the half-mile and look forward to being part of an incredible race weekend.”

The Maxpro Window Films 200 will add to an already exciting 2020 season at the historic half-mile speedway. The NASCAR Cup Series race will be under the lights in the spring, and the NASCAR Xfinity Series will return to the Speedway for the first time since 2006 as part of a triple-header weekend in the fall that will be the final race before the Championship Round of the NASCAR Playoffs for all three national touring series.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever felt this much excitement about an upcoming season at Martinsville Speedway,” Campbell said. “From the fans to competitors and media, it’s industry-wide excitement and we are all really looking forward to it.”

Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway this fall with two race weekends.

First is the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Race in the country on October 5.

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will return for the NASCAR Playoffs the weekend of October 25-27.

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

Dale Parro Powers to First Super Street Victory of 2019 at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – After points leader and winner of the first two races – Renno Marchetti (No. 01) – didn’t show up, the field was set for a new winner. Landon Abbott (No. 70) and Colby Vance (No. 44), who have been threats to victory lane, also didn’t show up created big implications on the points standings.

Gordon Weeks grabbed his first pole of the season earlier in the afternoon when he put down a time of 18.773 (75.747 MPH), Dale Parro earned the ability to start alongside him post a lap only a tenth slower than Weeks. They were the only two drivers to eclipse the eighteen-second mark during qualifying. Chris Spangler, with a strong qualifying effort, qualified third. Randy Akers fourth and Bill Eaker fifth.

Weeks struggled at the start of the race which jumbled the field up behind him causing a crash between turns one and two collecting Eaker, Weeks, Spangler, Newman, and Jonathan White. The green flag flew for the complete restart and they went two by two into turns one and two with Parro taking the lead coming out of turn two. Thommy Gildea would follow him into the second position while Danny Harrell tucked into the into third position with the rest of the field trying to sort things out. Laps after being involved in a wreck, Eaker had made his way back up to fourth and began challenging Harrell for third position. Lap 9 and Eaker made the move on Harrell and took third with Randy Akers and Sean Calway following right behind him shuffling Harrell back to sixth.

Akers worked the back bumper of Eaker for a good five laps and finally made his way past him for third place. Once Akers caught Gildea, he took second away from him. The second caution of the 40-lap feature flew on lap 15 as Caitlyn Joyner spun around in the middle of the backstretch. Bill Eaker took advantage of the Car Master Restart Cone and took the outside line, restarting him in second. The green flag flew and Eaker took the lead from Parro going into turn one on the outside. The caution would fly once again on lap 17, this time for Zac Stongle who spun around in turn two.

With the green back on the speedway, Eaker once again went back to the lead. Akers tried to take second from Parro but could not quite make it stick so he settled for third. Parro wasn’t letting Eaker go anywhere as he was all over his back bumper. Weeks finally made his way back up into the top five and was on a mission to get past Akers for the third spot. The top four were all nose to tail, beatin’ and bangin’ on each other, putting on a hell of a show for the fans. Just past halfway Parro would get the run he needed heading down the backstretch and finally took the lead from Eaker.

That is when we noticed a little bit of smoke starting to appear from Eaker’s right rear. Luckily it was just tire smoke and did not affect the performance of the car. Akers took advantage of Eaker losing grip in his tires and gave him a bump in turn three and took second with Weeks right behind him to take third. Eaker would have to settle for fourth. With all that battling taking place behind him, Parro sailed to the checkered flag picking up his first win of the season.

 

Old Skool Video Game Super Streets OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #15 Dale Parro; 40
  2. #21 Randy Akers; 40
  3. #20 Gordon Weeks; 40
  4. #22 Bill Eaker; 40
  5. #12 Sean Calway; 40
  6. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  7. #28 Thomas Gildea; 40
  8. #53 Zac Stongle; 40
  9. #14 Tillman Heuer; 40
  10. #33 Chris Spangler; 38
  11. #54 Billy Newman; 34
  12. #48 Caitlyn Joyner; 25
  13. #30 Jonathan White; 14

Balluzzo Continues His Dominance in Modified Series

Hampton, VA– Shawn Balluzzo captured his fourth straight pole of the year in a field of 11 strong Modifieds. Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, Eric McPherson, and Brad Adams rounded out your top five starters for the 50-lap 97.3 The Eagle Night.

As the green flag flew, Matt Carter got a great start and jumped to an early lead followed by Balluzzo. Carter couldn’t pull away just yet as the first caution of the race flew on lap three for Danny Harrell coming to a stop on the backstretch. The green flag would be displayed again and Carter got another great start took off with the lead.

Jamie Sample would put a move on Bubba Johnston for third place and took the spot. It didn’t take long for Balluzzo to take the lead back from Carter as he did so on lap eight. Carter tried to take it back but had a slip in the turn and lost momentum. Brad Adams started to make a move on Johnston for fourth place but couldn’t make it stick. Next lap around the 4/10-mile oval of Langley Speedway, he made the move he needed and was able to get to the inside of Johnston. The second caution of the night came on lap 18 as TJ Largena, trying to work around the No. 19 of Johnston, made minor contact and spun the car around in turn four trying to keep the car straight. Also during the caution, Adams pulled his machine onto pit road with an engine failure to end his night.

Green flag flew once more and this time Balluzzo and Carter made contact with each other but they held on to their machines. At the halfway mark the top five was comprised of Balluzzo, Carter, Sample, Gdovic, and Johnston. Just three laps after spinning, Largena had made his way back to the bumper of Johnston and gave him a nudge that Johnston didn’t take to kindly to. Once Largena made his way around Johnston, he took no time to get past Gdovic for fourth place.

Johnston looked to take the position away from Gdovic as well but Gdovic shut the door on him. Ten laps to go and Carter wasn’t letting Balluzzo out of his sights. With five laps to go, Carter slipped going into turn four trying to make up ground on Balluzzo and that was the final nail in the coffin. The checkered flag flew and Balluzzo picked up his fourth straight victory of the 2019 season.

Larry King Law Modified OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 50
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 50
  3. #28 Jamie Sample; 50
  4. #4 TJ Largena; 50
  5. #47 Rick Gdovic; 50
  6. #19 Bubba Johnston; 50
  7. #98 Matt Morgan; 49
  8. #16 Eric McPherson; 49
  9. #60 Bobby Gery; 25
  10. #3 Brad Adams; 18
  11. #95 Danny Harrell; 2

Billy Hubbard and Tom Wilson Split Twin Bill at Dixieland Speedway

#38 Billy Hubbard powers through turns three and four to pick up his third win of the 2019 season. (📸 Charlie Alexander/King Charles Photography)

Elizabeth City, NC– Racing action returned to the 3/8-mile clay oval located in eastern North Carolina after a wild night of racing under the full moon the week prior. New winners were crowned and tempers flared both on and off the racing surface.

Budweiser All-Star Late Model point’s leader Billy Hubbard once again was the fastest man on the property as the sun was setting over turn one.  Hubbard was able to lay down a 17.473 (77.262 mph) second lap to claim the pole position for the first of two twenty-lap features. Hubbard’s lap was a full two-tenths of a second faster than his front row running mate Ryan Steeley. Tom Wilson, Larry Jackson, and Kerry King rounded out the starting five.

Once the field came to life at the direction of flagman Chris Bechtel, Hubbard jumped on the throttle and immediately opened a gap on the pack. Steeley tried with all of his might to get the car down to the bottom groove as they sailed into turn one but pushed up the speedway allowing Tom Wilson to occupy the second position. The race would be slowed shortly after the green flag for the first caution period of the night after ninth-place start Chip Kyper went around in turns three and four.

With no debris or cleanup to complete the field was sent back to green flag racing rather quickly and once again Hubbard created more than ample distance between himself and the rest of the field by the time they returned to turn on. With Hubbard checked out that left us to watch the battle for second between Tom Wilson and Larry Jackson – Jackson would eventually take the position.

Hubbard had his hands full three more times throughout the feature as incidents happened around the speedway to bring out the yellow. That didn’t matter for the defending champion; as he took charge of every restart, keeping his control over the rest of the field and going on to win his third race of the season. Larry Jackson would be able to hold off the hard-charging Tom Wilson – who completed the podium finishers. Ryan Steeley and Brad Rigdon rounded out the top five finishers.

The top four cars were announced at the conclusion of victory lane celebrations setting up a Ryan Steeley and Tom Wilson front row for the final race of the evening. However, something was not right with Steeley’s car causing that team to load up early and head home. This ultimately handed the pole position over to Tom Wilson and he was not about to let the opportunity to pick up his first win of the season slip through his hands.

Wilson powered to the lead as soon as the green flag was displayed leaving Hubbard and Jackson to battle it out for second. It did not take long for that battle to heat up as the two made some contact leaving Hubbard’s right rear quarter panel and spoiler bent up. From there, Hubbard’s car was just not the same. He and Jackson would spend a good portion of the race fighting for second while Wilson checked out. Bigger problems would eventually arise for Hubbard in the closing laps that caused him to come to a stop in turn four. The issue ultimately ended his night, a chance at a sweep, and set up one of the best green-white-checkered finishes we have seen between Tom Wilson and Larry Jackson.

Jackson gave it all he could on that final restart to the point of pulling even with Wilson as they crossed the striped. Wilson, however, was laser focused and hit his marks going into turn one which allowed his green machine to power back around Jackson and hangs onto the lead. With only two laps to make something happen, Jackson was unable to mount a second charge and Wilson would power on for the victory. Brad Rigdon, Sherman Underwood, and James Miller rounded out the top five finishers.

Dennis Barnes started from the pole, after winning his heat race, in the Little Caesars Super Street 20-lap feature and went on to lead every single lap to land in victory lane. Barnes was kept honest in the closing laps by last weeks race winner Josh Letson but was able to get the job done and become the first repeat winner of the season in the division.

Mark Gonzalas was able to echo the efforts of Barnes just in the Sportsman division winning his second race of the season. Dustin Cisco wound up in victory lane after a wild 15-lap Stock Four feature.

Racing will return to Dixieland next Friday night. For more details on times and what is racing make sure you head over to http://www.dixielandspeedway.net.

 

Late Model OFFICIAL Race 1 Results:

  1. #38 Billy Hubbard
  2. #2 Larry Jackson
  3. #62 Tom Wilson
  4. #101 Ryan Steeley
  5. #09 Brad Rigdon
  6. #11m James Miller
  7. #46 Sherman Underwood
  8. #02 Dennis Nash
  9. #1 Mike Warton
  10. #7 Curtis Hughes
  11. #10 Larry Black
  12. #59 Chip Kyper
  13. #97 Jake Rethmyer
  14. #77 Brian Hankins
  15. #KB Kerry King

 

Late Model OFFICIAL Race 2 Results:

  1. #62 Tom Wilson
  2. #2 Larry Jackson
  3. #09 Brad Rigdon
  4. #46 Sherman Underwood
  5. #11m James Miller
  6. #KB Kerry King
  7. #02 Dennis Nash
  8. #7 Curtis Hughes
  9. #1 Mike Warton
  10. #10 Larry Black
  11. #38 Billy Hubbard

Virginia Motor Speedway to Host Week 3 of Dirt Series Championship Weekly Racing this Saturday May 25th

Photo: Virginia Motor Speedway Website

Jamaica, VA – After a very successful mud bog over at The Pit, Virginia Motor Speedway will get back to some exciting dirt track racing and will host week 3 of the Dirt Series Championship weekly racing season this Saturday May 25th and 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, May 25th will open at 3pm and spectator gates opening at 5pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm 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 13 – 17 years old $6 and children 12 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. So, bring your portable radio headset and enjoy hearing all the action.

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.

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