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Looney Stands Tall in Testing for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300

MARTINSVILLE, VA. – 2016 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner and 2019 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National points runner-up Mike Looney stood tall after a six-hour test session at Martinsville Speedway on Thursday evening.

Looney toured the half-mile track at 20.088 seconds during the evening portion of the test session under the lights and his time would be fast enough to break the track record set last year in qualifying by Stacy Puryear at a 20.100. Looney spent most of the day in the top five on the speed charts and ended the night in the number one position but he and his team had to work hard to find the speed he was looking for.

“We played it too conservative the last couple of years,” Looney said after testing. “We were really trying to stick to our old setup that we won with and we thought maybe it was a fluke that the following year we weren’t that good at night. We come back last year and struggled again after the sun went down and we made our mind up last year when we left that we got to get our work gloves on and get busy.”

Looney said he knew he was good during the day but knew he didn’t have the right feel in the car to give his team the confidence they needed.

“We thrashed on that car today and we were good but we knew it just didn’t have that feel I was looking for,” Looney said. That feel that I remember when we won. I think we changed every spring but the right rear, sway bar, track bar, bump stops, shocks, we threw everything in the trailer at it. My buddy Forrest Reynolds was floating me some tips from down at Concord. He was home building chassis’ today and this is a new car he built us and we’ve got 11 wins on it.”

Craig Moore, a regular on the CARS Tour, found himself sitting second on the speed charts at the end of the night and he was thankful for how well the car ran especially given that it was destroyed in the most recent CARS Tour event at Orange County Speedway back in August.

“We’re just blessed to be here,” Moore said after testing. “I tore my car up pretty bad at Orange County in the last CARS Tour race. Just been blessed to get this thing back together and had some awesome help from some awesome sponsors. We made some really good gains on it today and we weren’t really that good when we unloaded. I feel like we have a really good game plan to come back with for next week.”

Despite the speed, Moore isn’t getting ahead of himself for next weekend. He says he just wants to make the top 20 in qualifying and keep the fenders on his car.

“As long as we can qualify in the top 20, keep the fenders and doors on it and be there at the end of the race, I feel like anybody’s got a shot to win it,” Moore explained. “I feel like that’s what the goal needs to be and I think we got a car that’s capable of doing it. Being second today proved that. I feel like hopefully, we’ve got a shot at it.”

Behind Looney and Moore were a host of formidable challengers including defending Virginia Triple Crown championship winner and current Virginia Triple Crown points leader Peyton Sellers. Despite Sellers speed, he has an eye on weather changes for next weekend that could change the handling of the cars.

“I didn’t know what to think earlier today,” Sellers said. “The track was really green for the first hour or two hours. It had decent grip but it was like it was real hazy. This temperature right here is going to be more comparable to what we’re going to see next week. To go from 90 to 70 is a big transition. I think we learned more the last two hours than we’re going to learn the whole night. We made decent adjustments and I feel pretty comfortable with our program right now.”

Two-time race winner and current runner-up in the Virginia Triple Crown points standings, Lee Pulliam was fourth fastest among the 80-cars that took to the track today. The most dominant driver in last year’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300, Josh Berry, was fifth fastest on the day. Other notables included last year’s winner CE Falk who was eighth fastest, former winner Jason York was ninth and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver Brennan Poole was 11th.

Around 80 cars are expected to return next weekend for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 and with just the top 20 being locked in by qualifying on Friday, October 4th, many teams will be searching for a spot in the race in the two heat races on Saturday evening to finish setting the field for the 200-lap main event on Saturday night. With all of the format changes from single-car qualifying returning, fewer heat races and stage breaks in the feature, it could very well be one of the best ValleyStar Credit Union 300 races yet.

Tickets to the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200, the First Data 500 as well as the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Night Race at Martinsville Speedway can be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com or by calling 877.RACE.TIX.

Brent Robinson Wins the Battle but Hubbard Wins the War at Dixieland Speedway; Brad Cox Earns $1,000 Payday in Sportsman Feature

Elizabeth City, NC– For the third year in a row the Cobbs Creek, Virginia native Billy Hubbard earned his third consecutive Budweiser All Star Late Model track championship with his second-place finish in the 30-lap, double points feature at the eastern North Carolina 3/8-mile clay oval.

Hubbard, usually the fastest man on the property, had to do a bit of chasing to do after Smithfield, Virginia’s Brent Robinson laid a qualifying lap (17.186-seconds) that was matched by none other and earned the ability to lead the field to the green. With the season finale being a double points event and the number of cars registered, Hubbard did not need to win the race, however, did need to finish third or better to win the championship. Hometown hero Larry Jackson could have stolen the title from Hubbard had he finished four positions better than Hubbard in his No. 38 Rocket Chassis machine sponsored by Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway and B&C Seafood.

From the drop of the green flag, it was clear we had all bought tickets to the Brent Robinson show. It was also clear that Billy Hubbard has some of the best luck in the eastern North Carolina region. In a relative caution filled 30-lap feature Robinson had no issues pulling away from the rest of the field while Hubbard had to take evasive action several times to keep his nose clean and facing the right direction. Lucky for the defending champion Larry Jackson was not able to fully capitalize on the hiccups and ultimately would occupy the final podium position when the checkered flag was displayed.

Brad Cox of Youngsville, North Carolina, claimed the win in the special 40-lap Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman feature that paid $1,000 for his accomplishment.

Will Pritchard, of Elizabeth City, who typically completes in the Late Model division, elected to compete the Sportsman division to put an end to his season and earned the pole position in qualifying. However, mechanical issues would prevent him from starting the feature.  His misfortune handed the pole position over to defending race winner Joe Weiss. Weiss, of Elizabeth City, quickly took off and lead the opening 19-laps until he too experienced mechanical issues costing him a shot at the win and the big payday.  A fuel pump failure slowed the number zero Chevrolet, and he handed the race lead over to Cox, who went on to lead the remaining 21-circuits to claim his first win of the season.  Past champion Pat Gonzales, who races a limited schedule, finished second.

With a third-place finish on Friday, Troy Brickhouse earned another title in the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman division.  The 41-year old Elizabeth City racer was able to finish one spot higher than last year to take the championship that eluded him in 2018, one spot higher than he entered the final event.

Allen Shifflett earned his second win of the season in the Little Ceasers Super Streets 20-lap feature. Even with his fifth-place finish, Justin Pruitt of Chesapeake was able to capture the 2019 championship. James Hissom Jr picked up win number nine of 2019 along with the championship in the Stock Four series. Last but not least, Rickie Waters earned his third victory of 2019 in the Super Four 15-lap feature. The win, however, was not enough to deny Virginia Beach native Dale Ore Jr. from winning the track championship for the first time in over twenty years of trying.

Double Points, Champions Crowned, Plus Special Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman Event Paying One Thousand to the Winner

Ryan Steeley, #101 leads Larry Jackson, #2 and Tom Wilson, #62 in turn one at Dixieland Speedway in the Budweiser Allstar Late Models division recently. Friday night will mark the final event of the 2019 racing season. Five division champions will be crowned. (Photo: K.L. Cross)

Elizabeth City, NC – The final race of the decade at Elizabeth City’s motor raceway will take place on Friday.  Dixieland Speedway will conclude its 37thseason after having the past couple of weeks off from competition due to Hurricane Dorian and other regional races scheduled at area speedways.  Double points will be awarded, and five champions will be crowned following the event on Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC night at the races.

Billy Hubbard leads the Budweiser Allstar Late Model points and is gunning for his third consecutive championship.  To clinch the 2019 series title, Hubbard, of Cobbs Creek, Virginia, needs to finish third or better on Friday.  Larry Jackson, who is currently second, could win the points race if he finishes four places or better than Hubbard.

To be crowned champion in the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman division, Troy Brickhouse, of Elizabeth City, needs to finish in 10thplace or better this weekend.  Mathematically defending champion Mark Gonzales, who is second, 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.

Chesapeake racer Justin Pruitt aims to win his first title in the Little Caesars Super Streets.  To win the divisions coveted award this weekend, Pruitt needs to finish in 12thplace or better.

Season dominator, James Hissom, Jr. aims to capture his first points title in the Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours.  To win the championship, Hissom needs to finish in 10th place or better on Friday.

After 20-years of trying, Dale Ore, Jr. of Virginia Beach, looks to secure his first championship in the R&D Super Fours.  The veteran racer who won earlier this season needs to finish in fifth place or better to win the points race for 2019.

The action on Friday 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. As a bonus, a mechanics race will be held, allowing crew members to have their turn behind the wheel.  The Weekly Racer will have you covered from the drop of the green flag during qualifying and throughout the entire night  Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and the excitement 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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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.

Woody Howard and Mark Wertz Pick First Win of the Season; Looney’s National Title Hopes Slip Away

Hampton, VA – With National Championship points on the line, Mike Looney and Phillip Morris made the trip back to Langley Speedway in hopes to win the title. Looney came into the weekend with a ten-point lead of MidWest drivers Jacob Goede and Nick Panitzke with Morris sitting fourth. Looney needed to win the first twin race to knock everyone but Goede out of contention. Morris needed to start worse than ninth and win both twin races to win the title. Looney went on to finish 10th and 12th gaining zero points, Goede won both races at Elko Speedway in Minnesota and gained 14 points on Looney to take the points lead and UNOFFICIALLY win the NWAAS National Championship.

Mike Looney snagged the pole with a time of 15.811 and CE Falk did a time of 15.815-seconds to grab second. Woody Howard, Phillip Morris, and Greg Edwards rounded out the fast five out of twenty cars. Morris dropped to the rear of the field for bonus points and a chance to win the National Championship.

Once the green flag dropped, Falk got a perfect start and took the lead out of turn two with Looney going to second and Hall and Howard battling for third. Falk was putting down a blistering pace early on as he had almost a straightaway lead over Looney on lap 5. After starting last, Morris had made his way up to the 12th position only 15 laps in.

With track championship points still on the line as well, Hall and Greg battled for the fourth position. Greg got Hall loose coming out of turn four but Hall was able to regroup and hold onto fourth. Justin Carroll sought on the opportunity and joined in on the battle as well. On lap 25, Falks lead had grown to a full straightaway over Howard. Greg finally was able to get around Hall for fourth on lap 26. Greg’s car took off as he caught Looney on lap 32 to take third away.

As Falk continued to put a blistering pace on the field, he caught lap traffic as they were battling for position. Howard used this to cut the lead back down to a little less than half a straightaway. Hall had caught Looney and used the outside line to take fourth away. Then Justin got to the inside of Looney and Looney got shuffled all the way back to ninth. Once Falk got clear of the lap traffic he was on cruise control once again. Howard in the other hand had trouble getting around the lap traffic allowing Greg to catch him.

The one thing Falk didn’t want to see happen. The first and only caution came out on lap 66 for Rodney Boyd going in the grass and coming to a stop. On the restart, Falk shot to the lead into one and Howard shot the bottom in second. Into turn three and Howard shoved Falk up the track into the marbles and took the lead. Falk would fall to fifth and looked to gain whatever he could in four laps. Greg got the inside of Howard and a side by side battle for the lead began. Howard was almost in the third groove, which Langley doesn’t have, trying to hold the lead. Coming to the white flag Greg and Howard were dope to door. The checkered flag flew and out of turn, four Woody Howard edged Greg Edwards to win his first race of the season. Connor Hall, CE Falk, and Justin Carroll rounded out the top five.

With the invert of eight, Danny Edwards started on the pole with Brenden Queen lining up to his outside in second. The first start was called off by Race Director Shane Laws as he felt the front row went before the starter. The second start would prove to be better and Queen jumped to the lead with Danny, Wertz, Falk, and Greg the top five. Wertz got around Danny for second and set his sights on the lead. Queen would hold the lead up until lap five when Wertz made his way around him.

Falk took third from Danny and went to the bumper of Queen for the second position. Falk got the inside of Queen into turn three but didn’t clear him until the next lap into turn two. Hall and Justin battled for the sixth position resulting in Hall getting it on lap 10. Howard also took seventh from Justin. Lap 17 and Wertz had put a half a straightaway lead over Falk. Danny and Queen had a door to door battle for third for about 10 laps.

Queen, Danny, Greg, Hall, and Howard all battled for the third through seventh positions without giving any room for error. Howard decided to try the outside line again and it was a success. Howard passed Hall and Greg. Howard tried his luck with Danny but couldn’t pull it off. Lap 40 and Wertz was still on cruise control as Falk couldn’t seem to catch him. Howard slipped back to fifth as Greg worked his brother Danny for fourth. Greg got the spot and instantly went to the inside of Queen for third. Hall took his shot at the inside of Danny for fifth and took it.

Queen has the outside line setup perfectly put together again this week as Greg couldn’t get around him on the inside. Hall was getting impatient waiting for a hole to open so he made one. Hall moved Greg out of the way to take fourth and drove right under Queen for third. Hall would power passed Queen and drove away. With just 10 laps to go Wertz was hoping there wouldn’t be a repeat from the first race. That wouldn’t happen as the checkered flag came out and Mark Wertz picked up his first victory of the season. CE Falk, Connor Hall, Greg Edwards, and Brenden Queen rounded out the top five.

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock UNOFFICIAL Race #1 Results;
  1. #41 Woody Howard; 70
  2. #21 Greg Edwards; 70
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  4. #40 CE Falk; 70
  5. #91 Justin Carroll; 70
  6. #55 Mark Wertz; 70
  7. #03 Brenden Queen; 70
  8. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 70
  9. #01 Phillip Morris; 70
  10. #87 Mike Looney; 70
  11. #29 Casey Wyatt; 70
  12. #7 Michael Hardin; 70
  13. #88 Thomas Marks; 70
  14. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 69
  15. #90 Terry Carroll; 69
  16. #10 Madyson Mulligan; 69
  17. #9 Rodney Boyd; 69
  18. #2 Craig Eastep; 37
  19. #81 Travis Byrd; 35
  20. #87 Preston McGhee; 15
Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock UNOFFICIAL Race #1 Results;
  1. #55 Mark Wertz; 70
  2. #40 CE Falk; 70
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  4. #21 Greg Edwards: 70
  5. #03 Brenden Queen; 70
  6. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 70
  7. #41 Woody Howard; 70
  8. #91 Justin Carroll; 70
  9. #88 Thomas Marks; 70
  10. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 70
  11. #90 Terry Carroll; 70
  12. #87 Mike Looney; 70
  13. #01 Phillip Morris; 70
  14. #7 Michael Hardin; 70
  15. #2 Craig Eastep; 69
  16. #9 Rodney Boyd; 69
  17. #10 Madyson Mulligan; 68
  18. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50

LIVE COVERAGE: 2019 FASTRAK World Championship Presented by B5 Designs

 

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FASTRAK World Championship – A-Main Lineup

1) 17R – Logan Roberson, 2) 8B – Brandon Overton, 3) 87 – Ross Bailes, 4) 184 – Kyle Lukon, 5) 151 – Kyle Lear, 6) 2W – Justin Williams, 7) 75 – Brett Hamm, 8) 29 – Christian Hanger, 9) 88 – Trent Ivey, 10) 26 – Jimmy Sharpe, Jr., 11) 32 – Michael Brown, 12) 55 – Benji Hicks, 13) 6 – Clay Harris, 14) 6D – Dillon Brown, 15) 79 – Kyle Hardy, 16) 101 – Forrest Trent

B-Main #1 Lineup

1) T1 – Timbo Mangum, 2) 7 – Jason Fitzpatrick, 3) 21 – Billy Beachler, 4) 2 – Dennis Franklin, 5) 00 – Carson Ferguson, 6) 33X – Tyler Millwood, 7) 00 – Mark Parks, 8) 27 – Tyler Carpenter, 9) 11 – David Smith, 10) 24 – Kenny Moreland, 11) J1 – Joshua Bishop, 12) 99 – Samuel Bryant, 13) 90J – Michael Duritsky, 14) 68 – Andy Ogle, 15) 11C – Trevor Collins, 16) 376 – Andy Picklesimer, 17) 5J – Darrell Dow, 18) 6C – Clay Coghlan, 19) 8 – Chris Chandler, 20) 4 – Matthew Nance

B-Main #2 Lineup

1) 11S – Spencer Huges, 2) 83 – Jensen Ford, 3) 87 – Walker Arthur, 4) 30 – Tyler Bare, 5) 6J – Jacob Brown, 6) 14C – Chuck Bowie, 7) 55H – Shane Hits, 8) 18 – Jessie Lowe, 9) 05 – TJ Brittain, 10) 01 – Matt Glanden, 11) 01W – Jason Welshan, 12) H2O – Luke Here, 13) 25 – Jonathan Raley, 14) 92 – Nick Davis, 15) 215 – Al Shawver, 16) 33 – Jeff Matthews, 17) 9 – Jeremy Pilkerton, 18) 33 – Sid Scarbrough, 19) 19 – Marcus Minga, 20) 6O – Cody Overton

B-Main #3 Lineup

1) 21 – Corey Dunn, 2) 0 Four – David Watts, 3) 51 – Bobby Thompson, 4) 22 – Russell Erwin, 5) 12 – Brandon Umberger, 6) 10S – Joe Martin, 7) 10 – Jacob Hawkins, 8) 99T – Dale Timms, 9) 17B – Chris Blackwell, 10) 59 – Trey Pearson, 11) 32S – Tyler Smith, 12) 8P – Joe Pete, 13) 20 – Trevor Feathers, 14) 80 – Joey Love, 15) 11F – Ryan Frazee, 16) 77 – Will Prichard, 17) 38L – Nick Love, 18) 5* – Vaughan Haywood, 19) 2G – Ron Geehring

B-Main #4 Lineup

1) 47 – Matt Quade, 2) 184X – Alex Ferree, 3) 03 – Garrett Paugh, 4) 0 – Dale Hollidge, 5) 66 – Jake Knowles, 6) – 121 – Pearson Williams, 7) 7R – Cameron Ramsey, 8) 0F – Troy Frazier, 9) 55 – Matt Long, 10) 57T – Kyle Thomas, 11) 27 – Derrick Shaw, 12) 18E – Ethan Wilson, 13) 22 – Nick Schlager, 14) 09 – Brad Rigdon, 15) 01C – Petie Coffey, 16) 2 – Frankie Beard, 17) 4 – Michael Smith , 18) 52 – Bryan Benton, 19) 20 – Nick Hoffman

B-Main #5 Lineup

1) 9 – Ches Chester, 2) 2* – Jared Powell, 3) 6JR – Parker Martin, 4) 74 – Mike Franklin, 5) 5 – David Whitener, 6) 15 – Donnie Dotson, 7) 5W – Mark Whitener, 8) 23 – Austin Holcombe, 9) 23 – Corey Gordon, 10) 48 – Colton Flinner, 11) 71 – Davis Lipscombe, 12) 1K – Andy Anderson, 13) 7A – Corey Almond, 14) F44 – Justin McRee, 15) 57 – Charlie Sandercock, 16) 27H – Justin Hudspeth, 17) 100 – Troy Williams, 18) 38 – Michael Goudie, 19) 01 – Travis Pennington

Defending FASTRAK World Champion Logan Roberson Looks to Defend That Title From the Pole

Roberson celebrates in VMS victory lane earlier in the Prelude to the Championship. As the defending race winner Roberson is a favorite to go back-to-back.

Jamacia, VA– There is one thing certain about Pro Late Model racing on dirt and that is if the blue No. 17 of Logan  “Thug Nasty” Roberson rolls into town you better best be on your game.

Roberson, last years FASTRAK Pro Late Model World Champion, has not only been backing that title up all year winning up and down the east coast this year but also by earning the ability to lead the field to the green flag later tonight putting himself in prime position for a repeat victory along with a $50,000 payday.

This years pole position did not come as easy as last year, however, as drivers competed in two separate heat races – 16 total – using a passing points formula to earn points. The A-Main lineup would be set by the most points earned which of course went to Roberson thanks to his last place to second place run in heat one then following that up with a wire-to-wire victory from the pole in heat race number two.

Fifteen other drivers locked themselves into the 75-lap A-Main later this evening. Everyone else will compete in a series of B-Main features to set the rest of the line-up from position sixteen to twenty-six. Number of B-Mains will be determined by total car count – series officials are aiming to keep the mains limited to twelve cars. Two Provisional’s will fill the final two starting positions, twenty-seventh and twenty-eighth – Virginia Motor Speedway track points provisional & FASTRAK AFCO shock provisional.

Hot laps are scheduled to get under way at 6:30 PM EDT. B-Main for the UMP Modifieds will kick off the night’s actions followed by the B-Mains for the Pro Late Models.  Hot laps for the A-Main drivers will follow then of course we will finish the evening off with the 40-lap UMP Modified Feature as well as the 75-lap FASTRAK World Championship.

You can catch all the actions LIVE on Speed 51 PPV coverage as well as LIVE text updates throughout the entire afternoon and evening here starting approx. 5:00 PM EDT >> https://bit.ly/2kMnVYfthanks to the fine folks at B5 Designs. FASTRAK A-Main & B-Main lineups can be found below.

 

FASTRAK World Championship – A-Main Lineup

1) 17R – Logan Roberson, 2) 8B – Brandon Overton, 3) 87 – Ross Bailes, 4) 184 – Kyle Lukon, 5) 151 – Kyle Lear, 6) 2W – Justin Williams, 7) 75 – Brett Hamm, 8) 29 – Christian Hanger, 9) 88 – Trent Ivey, 10) 26 – Jimmy Sharpe, Jr., 11) 32 – Michael Brown, 12) 55 – Benji Hicks, 13) 6 – Clay Harris, 14) 6D – Dillon Brown, 15) 79 – Kyle Hardy, 16) 101 – Forrest Trent

 

B-Main #1 Lineup

1) T1 – Timbo Mangum, 2) 7 – Jason Fitzpatrick, 3) 21 – Billy Beachler, 4) 2 – Dennis Franklin, 5) 00 – Carson Ferguson, 6) 33X – Tyler Millwood, 7) 00 – Mark Parks, 8) 27 – Tyler Carpenter, 9) 11 – David Smith, 10) 24 – Kenny Moreland, 11) J1 – Joshua Bishop, 12) 99 – Samuel Bryant, 13) 90J – Michael Duritsky, 14) 68 – Andy Ogle, 15) 11C – Trevor Collins, 16) 376 – Andy Picklesimer, 17) 5J – Darrell Dow, 18) 6C – Clay Coghlan, 19) 8 – Chris Chandler, 20) 4 – Matthew Nance

 

B-Main #2 Lineup

1) 11S – Spencer Huges, 2) 83 – Jensen Ford, 3) 87 – Walker Arthur, 4) 30 – Tyler Bare, 5) 6J – Jacob Brown, 6) 14C – Chuck Bowie, 7) 55H – Shane Hits, 8) 18 – Jessie Lowe, 9) 05 – TJ Brittain, 10) 01 – Matt Glanden, 11) 01W – Jason Welshan, 12) H2O – Luke Here, 13) 25 – Jonathan Raley, 14) 92 – Nick Davis, 15) 215 – Al Shawver, 16) 33 – Jeff Matthews, 17) 9 – Jeremy Pilkerton, 18) 33 – Sid Scarbrough, 19) 19 – Marcus Minga, 20) 6O – Cody Overton

 

B-Main #3 Lineup

1) 21 – Corey Dunn, 2) 0 Four – David Watts, 3) 51 – Bobby Thompson, 4) 22 – Russell Erwin, 5) 12 – Brandon Umberger, 6) 10S – Joe Martin, 7) 10 – Jacob Hawkins, 8) 99T – Dale Timms, 9) 17B – Chris Blackwell, 10) 59 – Trey Pearson, 11) 32S – Tyler Smith, 12) 8P – Joe Pete, 13) 20 – Trevor Feathers, 14) 80 – Joey Love, 15) 11F – Ryan Frazee, 16) 77 – Will Prichard, 17) 38L – Nick Love, 18) 5* – Vaughan Haywood, 19) 2G – Ron Geehring

 

B-Main #4 Lineup

1) 47 – Matt Quade, 2) 184X – Alex Ferree, 3) 03 – Garrett Paugh, 4) 0 – Dale Hollidge, 5) 66 – Jake Knowles, 6) – 121 – Pearson Williams, 7) 7R – Cameron Ramsey, 8) 0F – Troy Frazier, 9) 55 – Matt Long, 10) 57T – Kyle Thomas, 11) 27 – Derrick Shaw, 12) 18E – Ethan Wilson, 13) 22 – Nick Schlager, 14) 09 – Brad Rigdon, 15) 01C – Petie Coffey, 16) 2 – Frankie Beard, 17) 4 – Michael Smith , 18) 52 – Bryan Benton, 19) 20 – Nick Hoffman

 

B-Main #5 Lineup

1) 9 – Ches Chester, 2) 2* – Jared Powell, 3) 6JR – Parker Martin, 4) 74 – Mike Franklin, 5) 5 – David Whitener, 6) 15 – Donnie Dotson, 7) 5W – Mark Whitener, 8) 23 – Austin Holcombe, 9) 23 – Corey Gordon, 10) 48 – Colton Flinner, 11) 71 – Davis Lipscombe, 12) 1K – Andy Anderson, 13) 7A – Corey Almond, 14) F44 – Justin McRee, 15) 57 – Charlie Sandercock, 16) 27H – Justin Hudspeth, 17) 100 – Troy Williams, 18) 38 – Michael Goudie, 19) 01 – Travis Pennington

 

Cover photo from Logan Roberson Racing Facebook

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is Less Than One Month Away

Martinsville, Va. – As NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanctioned tracks head into the final two weekends of competition, racers have already begun to turn their attention to the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway, which will take place in just one month on October 5th.

This year’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 will feature a lot of changes including qualifying format, race format and the use of unlimited green, white, checkered finishes. The changes have been met with a lot of positive thoughts from racers and fans alike.

The changes to the qualifying format have drivers excited about qualifying for the first time in several years. Over the last decade, the Late Model Stock Cars have used a European style qualifying procedure where several cars take time on the track at the same time. That often led to faster cars running up on slower cars and preventing them from getting a clean lap. This year Martinsville Speedway will return to single car qualifying and the drivers feel as if that puts them center stage.

“It puts the prestige back into it for the drivers,” two-time ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner Lee Pulliam stated. “And if I’m a fan, I’d pay to go to qualifying. That guy on the track’s got pressure on him, he’s the only car on the racetrack with the pressure at night for those three laps. One mistake and he’s not in the field. I’m thrilled about it.”

Last year’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner CE Falk likes the idea of being locked into the top 20 but says he enjoyed being in the heat races as well.

“I like being locked into the top 20,” Falk said. “That part’s cool, regardless if you win the race or not, those 20 guys that’s a big deal for them to be the 20 fastest in the field. Being a part of that group is always really cool. There’s a lot that happens in those heat races, I enjoyed them. I always made up some spots in those heat races, and it was always really cool to get wins in those heat races.”

With all those changes to think about, several drivers come into this race with another prize in the back of their minds. The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is also the final leg of the Virginia Triple Crown for Late Model Stock Cars. The Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 at South Boston Speedway back in June and the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway in July were the first two events in the three-race series.

Coming into the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, last year’s Virginia Triple Crown champion Peyton Sellers leads the point standings over Pulliam. Sellers won the first race at South Boston Speedway and finished fourth after a late penalty while battling Pulliam for the lead in the second race at Langley Speedway. Pulliam hasn’t picked up a win this season in the Virginia Triple Crown races but that’s what he says his goal will be for Martinsville and he’ll let the points work themselves out.

“When you’re in this race, you just race for the win and let things end up where they end up,” Pulliam explained. “All of these races are prestigious, but I’m never thinking about a points title. I’m thinking about trying to win the race and get to victory lane and the points will work themselves out. We’ve been in the hunt for both of the first two Triple Crowns, I don’t see why Martinsville would be any different.”

In one month, all the changes will play out and the Virginia Triple Crown Late Model Stock Car championship will be settled after 200-laps around the paperclip shaped oval. It’s the biggest race of the year and with so many changes and more money than ever on the line, it will be the one race any short track race fan won’t want to miss.

Tickets to the First Data 500, NASCAR Hall of Fame 200, and the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 can be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com or by calling 877.RACE.TIX.

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