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Past Champion Brent Robinson Captures First Win of 2019; Earns Bounty in the Budweiser Allstar Late Models

Elizabeth City, NC – While it’s been more than a year since he’s visited victory lane, Smithfield, Virginia’s, Brent Robinson returned to the coveted spot after finishing first in the 30-lap Budweiser Allstar Late Models race on Friday at Dixieland Speedway. He started the feature on the pole position and led every lap en-route to the win on Budweiser night.  His biggest challenger early in the evening was points leader and defending champion, Billy Hubbard.  The eight-time winner in 2019 started the event in third place and quickly followed Robinson to the front.  Hubbard mounted a serious challenge on lap one and began an attempt to pass Robinson in turn three.  His car lost grip and he spun to the inside of the course resulting in the evening’s first caution flag.  He would restart at the rear of the field and spent the night working his way back to the front, ultimately resulting in a fourth-place finish.

With the win, Robinson collected the additional $200 bounty prize for beating Hubbard, who has dominated the 2019 season.  Elizabeth City’s Larry Jackson also gave Robinson a run for his money near the closing laps. The two were in a tight battle for first place; however, Jackson could never set up a pass on Robinson.

Jackson finished in second place, and Ryan Steeley earned a season-best of third place.

To clinch the 2019 series title, Hubbard needs to finish third or better in the season finale.  Jackson could win the points race if he finishes four places or better than Hubbard.

Another competitor that broke a winless drought on Friday was Elizabeth City racer, Joe Weiss.  The 41-year old racer took first place honors at the season-opening event in early May and before this past weekend was yet to back it up with another victory.  The driver of the number zero Chevrolet led the entire 20-lap race from the pole position to claim his second win of the season.  The event was mired with six yellow flags due to spins and cars contacting the course walls. Points contender and defending champion, Mark Gonzales experienced mechanical problems for the second consecutive race.  He would retire to the garage before the event concluded and was credited with a 12thplace finish.

Mark Overman, defending race winner and three-time first-place finisher in 2019, made the most noise in the 20-lap feature by moving from a fourth-place starting position to earning the runner-up spot.  Overman was able to overtake points leader and third-place finisher Troy Brickhouse near the conclusion of the event and began to chase down eventual race winner Weiss. Time and laps ran out before Overman could catch the eventual race winner.

To be crowned champion, Brickhouse needs to finish in 10thplace or better this weekend.  Mathematically Mark Gonzales still has an opportunity to win the championship, although the Elizabeth City racer would almost need a miracle by having to finish 11 places better than Brickhouse in the finale.

Another defending champion found the checkered flag on Friday in the Little Caesars Super Streets. Kevin Bray of Maple, North Carolina, started on the outside pole and quickly found the top spot on the opening lap. He would go on to lead all 20-circuits to cruise to his second win of the season.  Polesitter Dennis Barnes earned second place while Allen Shiflett claimed third in his Chevrolet.

Points leader Justin Pruitt earned fourth place after spending multiple laps unsuccessfully setting up a pass on Shiflett.  To win his first title next weekend, Pruitt needs to finish in 12thplace or better.

Dustin Cisco earned the victory in the special Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours 25-lap race that paid $500 to win.  The Suffolk, Virginia, racer only led two laps.  Friday’s big money race was extended by 10-circuits and attrition proved to be high as multiple cars experienced mechanical issues and dropped out of the race before it ended.

Trevor Battoia and points leader James Hissom, Jr. started the event on the front row.  The two would battle for the top spot initially with Hissom being successful at claiming the position.  Cisco found himself in a fight for third place with Moyock racer Chris Freemon.  Cisco and Freemon traded paint a couple of times on the track and the two eventually made hard contact on the backstretch on lap four, sending Freemon into the wall and ultimately out of the race.  Throughout the remaining laps, intensity ramped up for the top position with Hissom increasingly having a harder time holding off a quick charging Cisco.  On lap 23, two away from the finish, Hissom broke a transaxle in the front end of his car while leading the race, sending the baby shark painted Acura for a spin in turn one.  His night and hopes for winning the big race were doused.  Hissom was credited with an eighth-place finish.

On the two-lap restart, Cisco was able to hold off the field to claim his second win of the season. Trevor Battoia finished in second place while Justin Bohn earned third.  With the second-place finish, Battoia moved from third in points to regain second place over Kolton Stevens.

To win the championship, Hissom needs to finish in 10thplace or better next weekend.

Rickie Waters won for the second straight race in the R&D Super Fours on Friday.  The Virginia Beach native held off past winner Kyle Barnes, who finished in second and points leader Dale Ore, Jr. claimed third place.

Ore needs to finish in fifth place or better next weekend to win the points race for 2019.

Racing resumes for the final time in 2019 on Friday, September 6thand includes a special 40-lap Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman event that will pay the winner $1,000.  Additionally, Budweiser Allstar Late Models, Little Caesars Super Streets, Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours and R&D Super Fours will compete and earn double points.  Friday’s races will mark the last race of the season and five champions will be crowned. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and the action kicks off at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets will be available for purchase in person.  For more information, dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net.

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Dixieland Speedway is northeastern North Carolina’s premier action track.  The 3/8-mile dirt oval has hosted exciting Friday night racing since 1983.  Long straightaways and tight turns lead to intense on-track action.  The clay track is 55 feet wide and turns one and two are banked at 12 degrees, while turns three and four are eight-degrees.  Race fans from all over the region have come to witness spectacular side by side racing through the years.  The family-friendly facility offers something for everyone as on-track action keeps fans on the edge of their seats all night long.  Refreshment and souvenir stands are on site.  Tickets for all events are available for purchase in person.  Don’t miss your chance to see why they call Dixieland, the track that started it all. To learn more, visit dixielandspeedway.net or follow Dixieland Speedway on Facebook (Dixieland Speedway), Twitter (@DixielandSpdwy) and Instagram (@dixielandspeedway).  Information by phone, dial 252-771-5151.  Dixieland Speedway is located at 1520 Northside Road in Elizabeth City.

Greg Edwards Doubles Down at Langley Speedway Picks Up Wins Seven and Eight

TWR’s little helper celebrates with Greg Edwards in victory lane Saturday night when he picked up win number seven on the season. (Bill Carnes/Given to Fly Photography)

Hampton, VA– You don’t always have to win the battle but you certainly want to win the war. Greg Edwards is not a better example of that these past couples of weeks at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway picking up his eighth victory – fifth consecutive – of the season Saturday night.

Connor Hall was the fastest man in town earlier in the evening during qualifying. Oddly enough he was the first car to hit the racetrack to lay down his 15.732–second (90.398 MPH) lap. Greg Edwards, the second to last car to go out for qualifying, came up only three-hundredths of a second short of the pole position, however, rightfully earned his spot on the front row. Brenden Queen, Danny Edwards Jr., and Casey Wyatt rounded out the fastest five cars for race one.

When it was time to go green flag racing Hall took advantage of his number one starting position and jumped out to an early lead while third-place starter Brenden Queen was able to also get by Edwards on the inside. Greg being the veteran he is at Langley settled for third and got into a familiar rhythm. Within ten laps he was able to peak his nose under Queen and take the position. With nothing but open track between him and the leader, Edwards set the car on kill mode an immediately tracked down Hall and executed a pass for the lead around lap twenty-eight. From there it was smooth sailing as Edwards would click off laps and pass lap traffic with ease to pick up his seventh – fourth consecutive – win of the season in the caution-free 70-lap feature.

Connor Hall would finish in the runner up position while Brenden Queen found a way to keep his nose just in front of Danny Edwards to steal a podium finish. Casey Wyatt, who was battling at times three-wide with Queen and Danny, would come home fifth.

Per the NASCAR rulebook, a minimum of eight cars was inverted for race number two of the evening. Handing the top spot over to Justin Carroll. To his outside was Rookie of the Year contender Zach Lightfoot. Greg Edwards elected to give up his eighth-place starting position to go to the rear with the hopes of collecting maximum points for the event and collect he did.

As usual race two was a little more hectic and honestly probably more “racey” as guys and gals were on already worn out tires, we really got to see how much people saved from the first race and the faster cars were thrown in the middle of the pack. Justin Carroll would show the way for a handful of laps before Danny Edwards took over while brother Greg Edwards worked his way through the field. With the help of a handful of cautions, some rather close together, Greg Edwards found himself back in the top three just shy of the halfway point of the race.

A couple of almost back-to-back cautions set up some rather intense cone restarts. Edwards trying both the outside and inside to get around Hall. Have to give a lot of Credit to Connor Hall and the No. 77 team because he did everything in his power to keep Edwards behind him to the point that the two rubbed doors going into one battling for the lead. Ultimately, Greg Edwards would prevail after a last-ditch cross over move from Hall was ineffective regulating Hall once again to a second-place finish. Danny Edwards would improve his finishing position by one and swap places with Brenden Queen while Justin Carroll was able to hang on to a fifth-place finish.

“It’s just really hard racing there with Connor,” Edwards said in victory lane. “If the fans don’t like that racing, I don’t know. That was some exciting side-by-side racing.  Connor gave me all he had he never backs down. He’s gonna’ run it for all she’s got and that’s what he should do. Our car was just a tick better tonight and I’m just proud of this team. Thank God for this effort, thank God for Charlie High racing engines, James Long, my fans and family, I really appreciate it.”

The Late Models will take the week off and return to racing on September 7thwith a single 100-lap feature leaving just six races left before a champion is crowned. Racing, however, will return to Langley next weekend August 31stwith twin 40-lap Modified features where the $1,000 bounty for Shawn Balluzzo is still up for grabs. Super Streets, Pro Six, Karts and Enduros all slated to race as well.

 

Taylor Waste Services LMSC UNOFFICIAL Race 1 Results;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 70
  2. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  3. #03 Brenden Queen; 70
  4. #26 Danny Edwards; 70
  5. #29 Casey Wyatt; 70
  6. #90 Terry Carroll; 70
  7. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 70
  8. #91 Justin Carroll; 70
  9. #88 Thomas Marks; 70
  10. #7 Michael Hardin; 69
  11. #89 Craig Eastep; 69
  12. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 69
  13. #36 Chris Johnson; 45
  14. #9 Rodney Boyd; 42

 

Taylor Waste Services LMSC UNOFFICIAL Race 2 Results;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 70
  2. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  3. #26 Danny Edwards; 70
  4. #03 Brenden Queen; 70
  5. #91 Justin Carroll; 70
  6. #90 Terry Carroll; 70
  7. #9 Rodney Boyd; 70
  8. #7 Michael Hardin; 70
  9. #36 Chris Johnson; 70
  10. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 70
  11. #89 Craig Eastep; 58
  12. #88 Thomas Marks; 38
  13. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 38
  14. #29 Casey Wyatt; 34

Logan Roberson Slides Carson Ferguson with Two Laps Remaining to Score the $3000 FASTRAK Prelude to the World Championship victory; Thomas, Shelton and Bradley also pick Up Wins

Jamacia, VA –Logan Roberson of Waynesboro, VA got by Carson Ferguson of Charlotte, NC with two laps, executing a perfect slide job for the lead. Roberson would go on to score the win in the Northern Neck Chevrolet Prelude to the World Championship at Virginia Motor Speedway. Roberson made two attempts to get by Ferguson before finally pulling off the slide job to take the lead. Once out front he was able to hold Ferguson at bay for the victory.

“Racing with my friend Carson (Ferguson) was a blast, I hated getting into him for the win. We thrashed really hard after hot laps to get this car to where we think we have a really good car for the World Championship,” commented Roberson in WhosYourDriver.org victory lane.

Rounding out the top five were Carson Ferguson, Corey Almond, Justin Williams and Walker Arthur.

In other action Christian Thomas of Wake Forest, NC made his long trip pay off with a flag to flag Budweiser Modified victory; in the Truckin Thunder Sportsman Tim Shelton of Fredericksburg, VA wired the field for the win, and in the Collision One Limited Stock Car 25 lap feature Cory Bradley of Hopewell, VA scored his third win of the season.

Michael Brown and Dillon Brown led the field to green with Michael Brown taking the top spot on the drop of the green flag. On the next lap Kyle Hardy would work his way into second, getting past Dillon Brown in turn 3. On lap 4 Brown and Hardy got together racing for the lead entering turn 4 ending Hardy’s night. On the restart Carson Ferguson rocketed to the lead with Brown heading to the infield with mechanical issues.

Behind Ferguson, Justin Williams, Walker Arthur, Matt Long, Logan Roberson and Corey Almond all battled for second through six. On lap 27 Roberson began working on Williams for second when caution would fly for a stopped Dale Hollidge. On the restart Roberson got inside Williams for second and on the next circuit Almond got by Williams for third.

On lap 34 Roberson closed in on Ferguson and began to pressure him for the lead. At the same time Justin Williams and Corey Almond began their battle for third. On lap 37 Roberson made a move to get inside Ferguson in turn 3, Roberson was able to complete the slide job and take over the top spot. Just as that happened Almond got inside Williams for the last time to take third as Roberson went on to score the $3000 victory over Ferguson. Walker Arthur would round out the top five.

Christian Thomas of Wake Forest, NC made the long trip to Virginia Motor Speedway well worth the drive leading flag to flag to score the Budweiser Modified victory. Ryan Toole and Thomas led the twenty-two car field to green with Thomas grabbing the lead off turn 2 followed by Hunter McClendon in second. McClendon tried several times to get inside Thomas for the lead only to be held at bay. Austin Holcombe made a late dash to the front, getting to third with five to go. With Thomas in control and heading to the checkers for the win, Holcombe got under McClendon out of turn four with McClendon holding off Holcombe for second with Ryan Toole and David Parker rounding out the top five.

Tim Shelton of Fredericksburg, VA charged from his fifth place starting position to take the lead from Brett Adkins and went on to score an easy win. Behind him the action for 2nd and fourth was hot and heavy. But no one could close in on Shelton as he went on to score the win with Brett Adkins, Tyler Shipp, Chase Burrow and Joe Weiss rounding out the top five.

Cory Bradley of Hopewell, VA outdueled Trent Clemans and James Givens to score the win in the Collision One Limited Stock Car 25 lap feature. Bradley would get the lead on the drop of the green flag and then hold off several challenges by Clemans going on to lead flag to flag for his third win of the season. Rounding out the top five were Randy Hutchens, James Givens, Chris Champion and Jay Seward.

The speedway will take the weekend of August 31st off and return to racing on Saturday, September 7t to host Collision One Limited Stock Championship Night featuring the Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision On Limited Stock Car divisions in Dirt Series Championship weekly racing action. Champions in all four divisions will be crowned.

Competitor gates for Saturday, September 7th will open at 3pm with spectator gates opening at 5pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm with hot laps.

Adult tickets are just $12; seniors (60+) $10; military $8; students 13 – 17 years old $6; and children 12 and under free. Pit passes, regardless of age, will be $25. All tickets will be sold the day of the event.

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.

 

RACE RESULTS FOR NORTHERN NECK CHEVROLET PRELUDE TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, SATURDAY AUGUST 24, 2019:

 

FASTRAK PRELUDE TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (40 Laps): 1. 17R-Logan Roberson [4]; 2. 00-Carson Ferguson [5]; 3. 7A-Corey Almond [7]; 4. 2W-Justin Williams [12]; 5. 87-Walker Arthur [13]; 6. 6-Dillon Brown [2]; 7. 55-Matt Long [6]; 8. 30-Tyler Bare [14]; 9. 11D-Banjo Duke [11]; 10. 22-Nick Schlager [23]; 11. 01-Matt Glanden [20]; 12. 71-Davis Lipscombe [15]; 13. 2-Frankie Beard [21]; 14. 09-Brad Rigdon [24]; 15. 6J-Jacob Brown [8]; 16. 101-Forrest Trent [16]; 17. 0-Dale Hollidge [18]; 18. 32-Michael Brown [1]; 19. 79-Kyle Hardy [3]; 20. 22E-Russell Erwin [19]; 21. 18E-Ethan Wilson [22]; 22. 2G-Ron Geehring [17]; 23. 14C-Chuck Bowie [10]; 24. 11-David Smith [9]

B Feature 1 (12 Laps – Top 3 Transfer)

  1. 2G-Ron Geehring [2]; 2. 22E-Russell Erwin [3]; 3. 2-Frankie Beard [13]; 4. 03-Garrett Paugh [4]; 5. 99-Samuel Bryant [7]; 6. 17-Zach Blackwell [1]; 7. 11C-Trevor Collins [11]; 8. 92-Nick Davis [9]; 9. 7R-Cameron Ramsey [10]; 10. 8-Jeremy Pilkerton [8]; 11. T27-Andrew Durham [12]; 12. 40-Brent Bordeaux [14]; 13. 22-Nick Schlager [6]; 14. 80-Joey Love [5]

B Feature 2 (12 Laps – Top 3 Transfer):

  1. 0-Dale Hollidge [3]; 2. 01-Matt Glanden [1]; 3. 18E-Ethan Wilson [9]; 4. 09-Brad Rigdon [5]; 5. 100-Troy Williams [6]; 6. K2-John Over [14]; 7. 8P-Joe Pete [10]; 8. 28-Carl Vaughan [12]; 9. 5*-Vaughan Haywood [11]; 10. 18-Jamie Sutphin [4]; 11. 24-Kenny Moreland [7]; 12. 25-Jonathan Raley [2]; 13. 38-Nick Love [8]; (DNS) 2*-Jared Powell

Shawn Balluzzo Remains Perfect at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – A rare 50-lap race was on hand for the drivers as they looked to end the bounty on Shawn Balluzzo. A field of nine Modifieds started the feature. Rick Gdovic grabbed his first pole of the year with a time of 16.545 with Shawn Balluzzo lining up second with a time of 16.602. Jamie Sample, Bubba Johnston, and Danny Harrell rounded out the fast five.

As the green flag dropped, Gdovic got a good start and rolled into turn one with the lead. Balluzzo would fall in line to second with Sample right behind him. Johnston didn’t get the start he wanted as Harrell got by him for fourth. Harrell wasted little time to try and get past Sample as well for the third position but got loose on the inside of him and lost a lot of momentum. Gdovic and Balluzzo we’re putting on a very fast pace for the race as they had opened up a straightaway lead over Sample in just 10 laps.

With the field spread out a bit, the only battle on track was for the sixth position between Bubba Johnston and Grant Blasingame. As them two battled, Brad Adams, who had his worst qualifying effort of the season, managed to make it a three car battle. Blasingame got around Johnston and took sixth away. Johnston got stuck on the outside and Adams managed to take seventh away as well. Blasingame wasted little time to catch Matt Morgan for the fifth spot and in turns one and two he got the inside line to take away the position. Adams caught up to them and once again made it a three car battle for position. Morgan has a little slip going into turn one and Adams took the opening and took sixth.

Halfway and it was Gdovic, Balluzzo, Sample, Harrell, and Blasingame. Gdovic and Balluzzo began to catch lap traffic on lap 26 and the battle for the lead tightened up. Balluzzo got to the back bumper of Gdovic the first time but Gdovic got a great run out of turn four to pull away just enough to put space between the two. Lap 33 and Balluzzo got a great run down the backstretch and got the inside line going into turn three to take the lead away from Gdovic. With the field so spread out, Balluzzo put fourth place car Harrell a lap down. With ten laps to go, Balluzzo had put a decent lead over Gdovic and had his sights set on his 14th victory of the season.

The one thing Balluzzo didn’t want to see happened. The caution came out on lap 44 for Eric McPherson going for a solo spin in turn two. This would give Gdovic and Sample one more chance to beat Balluzzo. With one to go, Sample took the cone to start on the outside of Balluzzo with Gdovic right behind him. When the restart came, it sure was a messy one. Balluzzo spun his tires, Gdovic spun his as well, and Sample made contact with Balluzzo due to him getting sideways. All cars would make it into turn one with Balluzzo the leader. The second caution came out for Gdovic and Morgan spinning on the backstretch.

No one took the cone so it would be a single file restart. This restart was a lot better for Balluzzo, Sample got just as good of a start. Going into turn one, Sample actually got to the inside of Balluzzo to look for the lead. Balluzzo with the experience, powered his way on the outside down the backstretch to hold the lead into turn three. Sample didn’t hold back as he kept beating and banging on Balluzzos back bumper doing all he could to beat him.

Checkered flag flew and Shawn Balluzzo picked up his 14th win of the season and stayed undefeated. It wasn’t the easiest win as drivers are getting anxious to get that bounty. Jamie Sample, Rick Gdovic, Danny Harrell, and Eric McPherson rounded out the top five.

Larry King Laws Modified Results

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 50
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 50
  3. #64 Rick Gdovic; 50
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 50
  5. #16 Eric McPherson; 49
  6. #7 Grant Blasingame; 49
  7. #98 Matt Morgan; 49
  8. #3 Brad Adams; 47
  9. #19 Bubba Johnston; 46

Greg Edwards Continues the Winning Streak at Langley Speedway as the Season Winds Down

Hampton, VA– When you’re hot you’re hot and that is showing in the Taylor Waste Services Late Model division at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Since the annual Hampton Heat 200 no one has been on point more than current series points leader Greg Edwards, who once again flexed his muscle Saturday night dominating the 100-lap feature.

Even after transmissions issues plagued the Hampton based race team during practice, he and the crew were able to head to the race shop and make the swap prior to qualifying and went out and snaged the pole with 15.829 (89.835 mph) second lap. Connor Hall, who had just come off another impressive $10,000 win at Carteret County Speedway the previous week, Woody Howard, Brenden Queen, and Michael Hardin made up the fastest five drivers.

Once it was time to go racing Connor Hall was not playing games while Edwards may have been in tire save mode early. From the outside lane going into turn one Hall sailed his No. 77 Townebank machine into turn one and took the lead from the veteran driver of Edwards and looked early to be a major contender for the win. Even after an early caution due to contact between Rodney Boyd and Craig Eastep bunched the field back up, Hall did what needed to be done to clear the field on the ensuing restart and looked to check out.

Edwards, however, had a plan of his own and once he got back around of Queen who had elected to take the cone on the one and only restart. Once clear he went into cruise control mode attempting to save the right rear tire. It wasn’t until just before the halfway break the Edwards made his move taking a peak under Hall as the pair worked through and out of turn number two. Edwards would eventually take the position and really open up a good bit of distance between himself and second place. Lapped traffic also had a large effect on Greg’s new lead as it took way longer than normal for Connor to work his way around the slower cars of Terry Carroll and Thomas Marks. With no more cautions it was essentially the final nail in the coffin for Hall and secured the win for Edwards.

Defending track champion Danny Edwards, who had issues during qualifying which set him pretty far back in the field for the feature, rebounded to a solid third place finish. Woody Howard and Brenden Queen rounded out the top five finishers. An honorable mention goes out to Rookie of the Year contender Zach Lightfoot who started and maintained a top ten position all night – he would finish just outside the top five in the sixth position.

“My hats off to Connor [Hall],” Edwards said right after getting out of his car in victory lane. “His car is so fast on the outside I don’t know how he does it. His car just grips up and turns when he wants it. He had a lot of speed early and we were so tight so I made the decision that I needed to ride and take my time. If we could just not spin the rear tires I was hoping eventually he would wear down a little bit, I think that’s what happened.”

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 100
  2. #77 Connor Hall; 100
  3. #26 Danny Edwards; 100
  4. #41 Woody Howard; 100
  5. #03 Brenden Queen; 99
  6. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 99
  7. #91 Justin Carroll; 99
  8. #7 Michael Hardin; 99
  9. #90 Terry Carroll; 99
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 99
  11. #00 Chase Burrow; 98
  12. #4 Duane Shreeves; 98
  13. #9 Rodney Boyd; 98
  14. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 98
  15. #89 Craig Eastep; 5

Defending Champion Billy Hubbard Collects Eighth Victory of the Season in the Budweiser Allstar Late Models

Billy Hubbard celebrates his eighth win of 2019 at Dixieland Speedway with family and crew August 16th. (Josh Ranger/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Elizabeth City, NC – Billy Hubbard dominated the 40-lap Budweiser Allstar Late Model race on Friday to claim his eighth win in 10 starts this season at Dixieland Speedway. The Cobbs Creek, Virginia native started the marquee event on the outside pole and quickly went to the lead after the initial start in turn one.  He would go on to lead every lap and collected a $1,200 check for his efforts.

Smithfield, Virginia’s Brent Robinson finished second, and John Staton earned third place.

“After two weeks off because of rain it feels good when you can come back and back it up with a win,” said Hubbard in victory lane.  “What a season; what more could we ask for, other than a championship.”

Hubbard continues to lead the points chase over Larry Jackson by 14 points.

Elizabeth City racer Mark Overman started the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman feature on the pole position and would lead the entire 20-lap event to garner his third victory of the season. Points leader Troy Brickhouse entered the race six markers ahead of Mark Gonzales and was able to finish the event in the runner up spot.  Gonzales was working his way towards the head of the field after starting in seventh place until trouble ensued on lap nine.  While running in the fourth spot, he experienced mechanical issues that ultimately sidelined the 27-year old competitor.  He would finish the race in ninth place and now finds himself 20 points behind Brickhouse entering the second to the final race of the season on Friday.

From the front row, Josh Letson and Allen Shiflett traded paint in the opening laps of the Little Caesars Super Street division feature.  Letson, who earned the pole after winning his heat race, would lead the opening lap; however, Shiflett continued to pursue the coveted top spot.  The two made hard contact on the backstretch on the second lap that would stack up the field and collected Kevin Webb, Rod Busitzky and Justin Pruitt.  Letson’s night would end after the contact, giving up any chance he had to win the event. Shiflett would go on to lead the remaining 19-laps to earn his first win of the season.

Points leader Justin Pruitt, who started in the sixth place, would recover from the earlier incident to finish second and defending race winner, Kevin Bray earned third place.

Pruitt continues to maintain the points lead by 50 markers over second place’s Dennis Barnes.

From the outside pole, points leader James Hissom, Jr., continued his dominance and led all 15-laps to claim the Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours victory.  Fourth place starter, Trevor Battoia would bounce back to claim second, and Chris Freemon earned third place.

Hissom leads the season-long championship chase by 48 points over Kolton Stevens.  Stevens is only two points ahead of third place’s Battoia.

After a couple of seasons off, Virginia Beach’s Rickie Waters returned to competition in the R&D Super Fours in convincing fashion.  The past-champion started the race on the pole position and would lead all 20-laps to gain the victory.  Lewis Moulton of Gates claimed a career-best finish of second and Brian Harris earned third. Potential winner, Ron Winterburn’s night ended early after his car would not get up to full speed on a restart after a caution flag on lap eight.  The Hertford racer would give up the second position as he had to enter the pit area.

Dale Ore, Jr. continues to lead the point standings.

Hubbard Motorsports made four young fans happy Friday evening as they giveaway two bicycles and scooters to fans in attendance.

Racing resumes on Friday, August 23rdand includes a special 40-lap Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman event that will pay the winner $1,000.  Additionally, Budweiser Allstar Late Models, Little Caesars Super Streets, and Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours will compete.  Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and the action kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase in person.  For more information, dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net.

 

About Dixieland Speedway:

 

Dixieland Speedway is northeastern North Carolina’s premier action track.  The 3/8-mile dirt oval has hosted exciting Friday night racing since 1983.  Long straightaways and tight turns lead to intense on-track action.  The clay track is 55 feet wide and turns one and two are banked at 12 degrees, while turns three and four are eight-degrees.  Race fans from all over the region have come to witness spectacular side by side racing through the years.  The family-friendly facility offers something for everyone as on-track action keeps fans on the edge of their seats all night long.  Refreshment and souvenir stands are on site.  Tickets for all events are available for purchase in person.  Don’t miss your chance to see why they call Dixieland, the track that started it all. To learn more, visit dixielandspeedway.net or follow Dixieland Speedway on Facebook (Dixieland Speedway), Twitter (@DixielandSpdwy) and Instagram (@dixielandspeedway).  Information by phone, dial 252-771-5151.  Dixieland Speedway is located at 1520 Northside Road in Elizabeth City.

Justin Williams Outduels Billy Hubbard for Pro Late Model Victory on Pepsi Night at Virginia Motor Speedway; Chase Butler Scores Career First in Modifieds; Casey and Givens also Grab Victories

Jamaica, VA – Justin Williams of Concord, VA and Billy Hubbard of Cobbs Creek, VA put on a battle for the ages. The two exchanged the lead four times before Williams would finally take over the top spot for good with a slide job on a lap 30 restart. Williams would then survive one last caution with two laps to go to score his third Victory Lap Pro Late Model win of the season on Pepsi Night.

 

“All the drivers here are pretty tough, when you can start sixth and come up and get the win and pass someone like Billy (Hubbard); I would say he’s won two in a row but one of them got taken away from him. I had to throw a little slide job on him to get by him,” commented Williams in WhosYourDriver.org victory lane.

 

Rounding out the top five were Davis Lipscombe, Russell Erwin in his first race, Billy Hubbard and Corey Almond.

 

In other action Chase Butler of Mechanicsville, VA scored his career first Budweiser Modified win, taking the lead on lap 11 and then holding off point leader Hunter McClendon for the victory. In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman feature Steve Casuey of Smithfield, VA returned to victory lane with his run from shotgun on the field, and in the Collision One Limited Stock Car 25 lap feature James Givens of Henrico, VA won for the third time this season.

 

In the Victory Lap Pro Late Model 35 lap feature Troy Williams and Billy Hubbard led the field to green with Hubbard jumping to the lead out of turn 2. Once out front Hubbard began to pull away. Behind him Justin Williams would dice his way from his sixth place starting spot to second by lap 12. With Hubbard working traffic, Williams began to close the gap. By lap 17 Williams had caught Hubbard in traffic and got inside him to take the lead on lap 18. Hubbard would fight back on the outside and regain the lead at the line the next lap. The two were aggressively working lapped traffic, almost getting into a couple slower cars as they negotiated the lapped traffic. On a lap 30 restart Williams would put a slide job on Hubbard in turn 1 and take over the top spot. A caution on lap 33 set up a two lap shootout for the win. On the races final restart Hubbard tried to go around William’s on the outside, jumping the cushion allowing Williams to get away and Davis Lipscombe and Russell Erwin to get by for second and third with Hubbard and Corey Almond rounding out the top five.

 

In the Budweiser Modified 30 lap feature Chase Butler and Francis Jarelle led the 23 car field to green with Jarelle leading the first circuit. Several positions back Hunter McClendon and Joey Polevoy battled for fourth just as the caution flew for the first time. On a lap 11 Jarrelle decided on a different tactic for the restart, this time waiting till turn 4 to get back in the gas. This time Butler was up for the challenge and jumped to the inside of Jarrelle heading into turn 1 and finally taking the lead out of turn 3. On lap 12 Brandon Galloway got by Jarrelle for second but would lose that position on lap 17 to McClendon. On lap 22 a caution erased all the distance between Butler and McClendon. On the restart Butler would get a good jump and pull away by five car lengths but another caution on lap 24 would once again come back out and close the field on Butler’s bumper. Races the final restart Butler would once again get a great restart and pull away by six car lengths and go on to score his career first victory in the Modified division. Rounding out the top five were Hunter McClendon, Brandon Galloway, Jeff Solinger and Lance Grady.

 

The first three laps of the 30 lap Truckin thunder Sportsman feature might have been the most exciting of the night. Brett Adkins and Chase Burrow led the field to green with Adkins taking the lead out of turn 4. On the next circuit Burrow, chad Beahr, Matt Ashworth and Tyler Shipp tried to make it four-wide out of turn 2 with Shipp ending up in the backstretch wall ending the point leader’s night. On the restart Burrow was all over the back of Adkins while Joe Weiss attempted to make it three wide. Heading into turn 1 Burrow slid under Adkins with the two touching sending Burrow to the lead with Tim Shelton and Weiss working to his inside in turn 2 making it three wide. Contact would send Burrow spinning bringing out the caution. Weiss would inherit the lead when Adkins would have to retire with mechanical issues. The race picked up again on lap 22 when Causey took the lead from Weiss out of turn 4. The two raced side by side for the next four laps before Casuey would take the lead for good and go on to score his first win of 2019. Rounding out the top five were Joe Weiss, Chase Burrow, Tommy Upshaw and Chad Beahr.

 

In the Collision One Limited Stock 25 lap feature Trent Clemans and Chad Champion led the field to green with Clemans leading the first circuit. The top five cars all put on great show for the fans with Clemans holding on to the top spot. James Givens would get to second on lap 7 and began pressuring Clemans for the lead. Clemans looked to have the car to win but Givens got to his bumper on lap 17 giving him a bump to move him up the track to take the lead. Once out front Givens pulled away to go on and score his third win of the season. Rounding out the top five were Trent Clemans, Chad Champion, Chris Champion and John Hankins Jr. 

 

The speedway will take the weekend of August 17thoff and return to racing on Saturday, August 24th to host the $3000 to win Northern Neck Chevrolet Prelude to the World Championship for the FASTRAK Pro Late Model Touring Series. Many of the Mid-Atlantic’s top Pro Late Model drivers will be on hand to not only try to take home the $3000 top prize but also get some valuable track time for the $50,000 to win FASTRAK World Championship set for September 13-14, 2019.

 

Also see the tracks Budweiser Modified, Truckin Thunder Sportsman and Collision One Limited Stocks in Dirt Series Championship weekly racing action.

 

Competitor gates for Saturday, August 24th will open at 3pm with spectator gates opening at 5pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm with hot laps. 

 

Adult tickets are just $15; seniors (60+) $12; military $8; students 13 – 17 years old $6; and children 12 and under free. Pit passes, regardless of age, will be $25. All tickets will be sold the day of the event.

 

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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