Monthly Archives: June 2020

Advance Auto Parts to Sponsor NASCAR Weekly Series in Multiyear Agreement

As NASCAR Weekly Series sanctioned events begin to return at select tracks across North America, NASCAR, and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider, today announced a multiyear official partnership, designating Advance Auto Parts as the series entitlement sponsor. As part of the agreement, Advance also becomes the “Official Auto Parts Retailer of NASCAR.”

“It’s great to have Advance join us in welcoming the return of NASCAR-sanctioned grassroots racing,” said Ben Kennedy, vice president, racing development, NASCAR. “Advance’s commitment to our Weekly Series will develop some of the brightest NASCAR talent across North America. Advance has a long history in racing, and we’re thrilled to see its expanded presence from the grassroots all the way through our national series.”

The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series is one of the oldest series in NASCAR, where champions are crowned at NASCAR-sanctioned Home Tracks. The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series was paused in mid-March due to COVID-19 and recently returned with sanctioned events at select tracks beginning June 6.

The series is run at nearly 60 NASCAR-sanctioned Home Tracks throughout the United States and Canada. NASCAR Home Tracks are a group of local short tracks sanctioned by NASCAR.

“Drivers and race fans in North America have not been able to attend their local tracks due to COVID-19. We are excited to be partnering with NASCAR and the NASCAR Weekly Series to support tracks, drivers, and fans as they resume live racing this year,” said Jason McDonell, Advance’s chief marketing officer. “We are committed to helping our customers advance in our stores, online and with this multiyear partnership with NASCAR. We are passionate about advancing local communities where we serve, and through this sponsorship, we’ll be able to help grow racing at the grassroots level while supporting the next generation of champions.”

Race fans can catch select NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series races live and on-demand via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold, the new streaming service from NASCAR and NBC Sports. NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series races are part of the NASCAR Roots package for $2.99/month or $19.99/annually. The full TrackPass package, which includes NASCAR Roots, IMSA, and American Flat Track events is available for $4.99/month or $44.99/year. TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold will be available on desktop web browsers and via the NBC Sports app on iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple TV (Gen 4), Roku, Amazon Fire TV, AndroidTV, Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex and Chromecast devices connected via HDMI.

CHRIS HUMBLET SCORES THE VICTORY IN THE SEASON OPENER FOR THE AFFORDABLE AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR MODIFIEDS AT DOMINION RACEWAY

Thornburg, VA – The green flag finally flew for the 2020 season at Dominion Raceway with an infield full of race cars and the grandstands empty of race fans. The schedule included Modified 35, Twin 35’s for the Virginia Racers, UCAR 25, Any Car 20, and Mini Stock 25.

The main event Saturday night was the Affordable Automotive Repair Modified for 35 laps. Chris Humblet set quick time in qualifying with a lap 15.795. Tony Fowler spoiled an all Humblet front row with a second-place qualifying effort. After a redraw of 3, Jimmy Humblet led the 11-car field to the green flag.

Jimmy Humblet jumped out to an early lead followed by Chris Humblet and Tony Fowler. The caution came out 8 laps into the event when Hartley spun off turn 4. Fowler limped his machine down pit road with a terminal issue that sidelined him for the rest of the event.

The race’s final caution flew one lap later when Lowe turned Edgerton off the exit of turn 3. On the restart, Jimmy Humblet jumped back out to a commanding lead and looked to be in control of the race. That is until the leaders caught lap traffic with 10 laps to go. Lap traffic gave the elder Humblett all kinds of issues and opened the door for Chris Humblet to dive low off turn 2 making it 3-wide and took the lead. Chris Humblet never looked back and maintained a lengthy advantage over his dad and took the checkered flag for the season opener. Mike Rudy came home in the third position followed by Peyton Ferree and Wayne Hartley rounding out the top five.

The first race of the afternoon was first of two scheduled 35 lap races for the Truckin Thunder Virginia Racers. Davey Callihan set quick time in qualifying with a lap of 16.433. With a 5 car redraw after qualifying, Richard Storm and Zach Lightfoot assumed the front row and lead the 14-car field to the green flag.

The race started with a great door-to-door battle between Storm and Lightfoot. Storm would appear to take the advantage on the bottom, but Lightfoot stayed strong on the outside with some great side-by-side racing.

Bradley Kilby started making a move from his third starting position. Kilby caught Lightfoot and took the lead and he and Lightfoot separated themselves from the field 10 laps into the race.

The caution flag flew on lap 25 when Kilby got into the back of the lapped car of Barry Moore. Lightfoot and Logan Clark took the cone to start out the outside line. On the restart, Kilby jumped out the lead and pole-sitter Callihan and Lightfoot battled hard for the second position. It was another great door to door battle, but this allowed Callihan to check out on the field and secure the victory in the season opener for the exciting Virginia Racer’s division. Zach Lightfoot came home in the second position followed by Logan Clark, Davey Callihan, and Richard Storm rounding out the top five.

The second scheduled event for the Virginia Racer’s was canceled due to a storm cell that moved into the area.

Next week the action resumes at Dominion Raceway when the Late Models get their season started with two 60 lap events. Also, on the program is Virginia Racers 35, Dominion Stock 40, UCAR 25, INEX Legends 25, and INEX Bandos 25.

 

Affordable Automotive Modifieds

  1. Chris Humblet
  2. Jimmy Humblet
  3. Mike Rudy
  4. Peyton Ferree
  5. Wayne Hartley
  6. Mike Carte
  7. Kayla Surles
  8. Lauren Edgerton
  9. Jake Lowe
  10. David Blankenship
  11. Brandon Harding
  12. Tony Fowler
  13. Warren Lipford

 

Truckin Thunder Virginia Racers

 

  1. Bradley Kilby
  2. Zach Lightfoot
  3. Logan Clark
  4. Davey Callihan
  5. Richard Storm
  6. Mike Bedner
  7. Keith Carpenter
  8. Andrew Lang
  9. Barry Mooer
  10. Robb Almy
  11. Robert Almy
  12. Ryan Rector
  13. Reid Murphy
  14. Cole Bruce

Austin Hubbard Claims First Budweiser All-Star Late Model Victory of 2020 at Dixieland Speedway

Austin Hubbard claims the Budweiser Allstar Late Model victory on Friday night at Dixieland Speedway in his first start at the Elizabeth City raceway. Photo courtesy of KL Cross

Elizabeth City, NC – After a very long offseason, Dixieland Speedway kicked off their 2020 season opener with a packed house and a ton of race cars to go with it. The schedule had Stock Fours for 15 laps, Sportsman for 20, Super Streets for 20, Virginia Sprint Car Series for 25, and Late Models for 30 laps to close the night out.

The main event of the night was the Budweiser Late Models for 30 laps. Ryan Steeley grabbed the pole position from Austin Hubbard in the Late Models. A stout field of 18 cars showed up to put on a show for a packed house. Ryan Steeley pulled out ahead of Austin Hubbard at the start. The battle for fourth didn’t take long to heat up as Billy Hubbard, Larry Jackson, and John Staton went three-wide coming out of turn four. Jackson ended up getting the position with Billy and Staton falling in line. Brad Rigdon and Carl Vaughan had a battle for the sixth position resulting in Rigdon getting the better line and taking the position away.

Lap traffic became a huge issue for leader Steeley as he went into turn one trying to get around a lap car and Austin Hubbard took advantage of it but made contact with Steeley and eventually took the lead out of turn two. Austin would make easy work of the next few lap cars and put a small lead on Steeley. Meanwhile, Jackson ended up catching Tom Wilson for second and got it on lap 10. The first caution came out on lap 11 for Bill Coda going for a spin. On the restart, Rigdon drove into turn one a little too hard and drove on top of Staton’s left rear but both somehow managed to not wreck.

After having a strong run, Jackson’s machine came to a sudden slowdown and he took his car into the pits and his night was over. Staton had multiple good runs at Wilson for third but when he finally got around him, a caution came out for Bill Mullis in turn four. Going back to the last green flag lap, Staton had to go back to fourth. Lap 18 and Wilson dove to the inside of Steeley for second and took it right away from him. Staton followed right behind Wilson and took third from Steeley also.

With just five laps to go, Wilson and Staton had slowly caught Austin for the lead. Austin was having a little trouble with lap cars as he went into turn one, Toby Davis actually made contact with Austin causing him to almost spin out. The second caution of the event came out for Mullis going for a solo spin again in turn four. This was going to set up a five-lap dash to the finish. On the restart, going into turn one a big pileup ended up happening. Nash, Rigdon, Mullis, Davis, Miller, Vaughan, and Harman all involved. This out the field under a red flag to get all the cars out of the way and into the pits.

The final restart came and Austin Hubbard held on for the final five laps to pick up the win in the Budweiser Late Model 30 lap season opener. Tom Wilson would hold onto second after holding off John Staton all race long, and Ryan Steeley would finish fourth.

With the Late Models and Sportsman divisions the only two classes to qualify, Stock Fours pulled a pill, and the Sprint Cars and Super Streets had heat races to decide their starting positions for the main feature. , and Josh Burnham and Troy Brickhouse would start front row for the Sportsman feature. After the heat races, Dustin Shatzer and Jake McLain started in the front row for the Sprint Cars, while Dennis Barnes and Chris Lincoln were on the front row for the Super Streets.

The Biggs GMC Stock Fours had a 15 lap event that went caution-free. Once the green flag dropped, things got wild fast. Chris Freeman darted to the lead going into turn one and didn’t look to slow down. Down the backstretch, David Boswood was stuck in an unlikely position in a four-wide battle and got spun around after starting second. No caution came out as he got his car turned back around and continued. Colby Vance making his first start at Dixieland had a strong start to the race until him and Zach Irving made some contact allowing Trevor Battoia to take over the second position. Battoia quickly went to work on the back bumper of Freeman but never quite had enough to get by him. Chris Freeman held on to win his first career win in the Stock Four division followed by Trevor Battoia, Colby Vance, Justin Bohn, and Greg Pollsley.

Next on the lineup was the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman division. Defending track champion Troy Brickhouse wasted no time to get to the lead as soon as the green flag waved. Brickhouse never really got to strut how well his machine was driving as there were 9 caution flags. The first five laps consisted of a caution. After the fifth caution, the officials began to count caution laps. With a caution coming on lap 16, the field wouldn’t go green until lap 18 setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Instead, when the field went green, the ninth and final caution came out for Nick Odell spinning on the backstretch. After the caution, Josh Burnham, Mark Overman, and Matt Meads all piled up in turn four resulting in the race to finish under caution. Troy Brickhouse ended up winning.

The Little Ceasars Super Streets were up next for 20 laps with Dennis Barnes on the pole. With battles all throughout the field, Barnes was able to put a decent size lead over Chris Humblett who battled Chris Lincoln for multiple laps for second place. Jeff Hunt ended up falling back to fourth on the start of the race after starting second. An intense battle between Rod Busitzky and Brian Hankins went on for several laps with the two beatin’ and banging off of each other. In the closing laps, Humblett closed in on Barnes to challenge for the win but Barnes was too strong. Dennis Barnes picked you where he left off last season and led all 20 laps to win the season opener.

With a field of 10 strong Sprint Cars, Dustin Shatzer and Jake McLain were the front row. Shatzer making his first trip to Dixieland, all the way from Maryland, had his sights set on taking a trophy back home. When the green flag waved, Shatzer laid down a blistering pace and left everyone in the dust. Bronzie Lawson took over second from McLain, with Tom Humphries following right behind him. By lap 10, Shatzer had a full straightaway lead over the field. The first and only caution came out on lap 19 for Bill Rices machine coming to a stop in turn four. On the restart, Shatzer continued his pace and just took off. He would hold on to win in his first time at Dixieland and lead all 25 laps. Bronzie Lawson, Tom Humphries, and Mike Leraas rounded out the top four.

The 2020 season will continue on Friday with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. and five divisions of racing will start at 8:00 p.m. The action includes the Budweiser Allstar Late Models in a special 40-lap, $2K to win race, in addition to the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman, Little Caesars Super Streets, Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours and the R & D Super Fours.

For more information, please dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net or follow on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Dustin Shatzer of Hagerstown, Maryland wins the Virginia Sprint Series event at the 2020 season-opening race at Dixieland Speedway. It was Shatzers first start at Dixieland. Photo courtesy of KL Cross

Racing Returns to Dominion Raceway Without Fans For The Time Being

Due to the Governor’s order on May 28, 2020 to enter phase two of re-opening the state Dominion Raceway located in Thornburg, VA has released information on their opening night and plans for at least the next two weeks. Please take a moment to read the below information from the facility as it has dates, times, and regulations to follow as you return to the speedway. As race fans are not permitted in the stands as of yet we will have race day coverage for you all on our various social platforms.

Friday, June 5th Open Practice from 3-8PM.

RACE DAY SATURDAY JUNE 6TH (No Fans at this time)
The line up for Saturday, June 6th is:
RACE STARTS AT 5PM GATE AT 10AM.

Modifieds 35
Truckin Thunder VA RacerS 35/35
Mini Stocks 25
MN Upholstery Services ,LLC Ucar 25
Absolutely Amish Structures AnyCar 20

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To all competitors the following special procedures will apply for our future races until such time as we can return to normal operations:

– No spectators will be permitted. We are so sorry but it’s the Governor’s orders.
– Teams may bring in the Driver and up to 8 crew members per team. This will be closely monitored.
– Face Masks are encouraged but not mandatory unless inside a building or where you have a medical condition preventing mask use.
– If you need a face mask please ask we have some available
– Social distancing of 6′ minimum is required and 8′ between race teams as parked in the infield.
– DO NOT ATTEND THIS EVENT IF YOU HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 OR HAVE A TEMPERATURE.
– DR has temperature monitoring devices and reserves the right to check all attendees for elevated temperatures.
– All participants will have to sign the standard race waiver and a COVID-19 release as required by our insurance company at check-in

– Costs to race are as follows:

Race entry costs (“Temporary- COVID-19”) All teams in addition to DR’s standard pit entry fees are required to pay a race entry cost as follows:

-Late Model team $100
-Modified team $75
-Virginia Racer team $75
-Dominion Stock team $50
-UCAR team $25
-INEX Legend team $35
-VMCRA Mini cup team $25
-Mini Stock team $25
-INEX Bandolero team $15
-ANY CAR team $15

Pit entry with NASCAR License per person (Standard) $28 per person
Pit Entry without NASCAR License per person (Standard) $35 per person.

You may purchase a NASCAR license on-site.

NASCAR Sanctioning. NASCAR has not determined if it will sanction racing of its short tracks at this time. This event will run as a NASCAR event should NASCAR sanction it and will still run if not as a “non NASCAR” event. We are simply honoring our standard discount as a NASCAR member and your pit entry will have no benefit or effect if the race is not NASCAR sanctioned. Track points will be rewarded in either case and this race will count as a track points race. This race may not count as a Virginia Racer series race with Langley Speedway until such time as Langley’s schedule is posted and they are open.

All of the other standard racing procedures will apply as before. It is our hope to run a standard event just as we would have pre-COVID-19.

Live Streaming- still working on this. We have ordered the necessary equipment and we have determined if we are to do this we will need to do it in house to make it affordable. We have no experience and so we will make an announcement pre-race, provided the equipment comes in, we hope you will give us a pass on the production quality. We don’t want to produce a bad offering but once the equipment comes in if it comes in this week we will have virtually no time to practice and perfect it. There will be no charge for this race although we may ask to have a small future charge if we can offer something that we believe meets a reasonable production experience for our fans. This will be a temporary measure only for the benefit of those staying home and is not something we will continue once fans are permitted. We are not looking to get into the Pay Per View business we are in the fans in the stands business!!!

We will have extra security to monitor the gate. To meet the Governors order you may not enter the facility unless you are with a team as a driver or crew. We don’t make the rules and we want all of our competitors to be safe and practice good COVID-19 procedures at all times. You will be asked to leave if you do not take these initiatives seriously, our ability to continue racing is directly related to our ability to have your buy-in and support even if you don’t agree fully with the measures we are being asked to take.

Sunday is our rain date and we will run on Sunday, June 7th if we cannot run this event in total on June 6th. We will monitor the weather closely and keep you posted. The race will be considered a completed event once 50% of the laps for this event is run. If your division doesn’t run due to weather and you have paid an entry fee and bought pit passes your race will be rescheduled at the next opportunity and your entry will be valid at that time. We will not conduct a weather make up race once the race has commenced in all cases.

Here is the link to the Governors order for your review these are the conditions and permission we are racing under in the State of Virginia at this time.

http://ovaltrack.dominionraceway.com/…/Virginia-Forward-Pha…

Lastly, we all need some fun!!!! It will be different and we all know that missing our fans will be the hardest part for all of us. Let’s do everyone proud, having a great competitive race, and getting the season started is critically important if we hope to return to the sport we all love and have a 2020 season.

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Friday, June 12 Open Practice from 3-8PM.

RACE DAY SATURDAY JUNE13TH (No Fans at this time)
The line up for Saturday, June 13th is:
RACE STARTS AT 7PM GATE AT 10AM

DR Late Models 60/60
Dominion Stocks 40
INEX Legends 25
INEX Bandoleros 15
Mini Cup VMCRA 25

Local Short Track Racing Back to Somewhat Normal as Racers and Fans Return to the Dirt Friday Night

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)

Dixieland Speedway Drivers to Watch Entering The 2020 Season

Elizabeth City, NC – After waiting for over one month to begin the 2020 season due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Dixieland Speedway will open its gates and allow competitors and fans into its facility on Friday, June 5th.  16-race evenings are expected to be contested in 2020 that will carry over into fall. For those race fans that are still not in a position or feel safe to make their return to the famed grandstands we will have LIVE coverage throughout the evening via our various social media platforms.

Budweiser Allstar Late Models

Cobbs Creek, Virginia’s Billy Hubbard earned his third straight championship last season and will likely be red hot again when the green flag flies.  Last year’s Most Popular Driver visited victory lane a record eight times and recorded a top-5, 11 times.  He hopes to earn another title in 2020 in his new number 24 ride.  Elizabeth City’s Larry Jackson, who earned the Best Sportsmanship award at the annual banquet, was mister consistency last year.  While he only received one checkered flag, he finished inside the top-5 the same amount of times the eventual champion did to earn second place in the season-long points battle.  Other drivers that won in 2019 included Tom Wilson and Brent Robinson.  Both drivers are championship-caliber contenders and should be watched closely.

Former competitor and Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway standout Mark Wertz plans to return to the dirt track in 2020 on a limited schedule.  Additionally, Langley Speedway track owner, Bill Mullis, has a new late model that he will pilot on the three-eights mile oval this year.

Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman

Troy Brickhouse, the driver of the number 21 Chevrolet, earned another title last season.  The Elizabeth City veteran collected two wins and 12 top-five finishes. Brickhouse held off Joe Weiss, who has said he does not plan to run a full season, despite winning twice last year and finishing second in the point standings.  His daughter, Holley, will take over driving duties on the number 43 Chevrolet this season.  The winningest driver last season was Mark Gonzales.  The second-generation racer made four trips to winners circle last year. The competitor with the second-highest number of wins in 2019 was Mark Overman.  The driver of the Elizabeth City-based team won three times.

Devin Weatherly is another person to keep an eye on. Last season was his first in the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman after moving up from the Little Caesars Super Streets, where he won multiple times.

Little Caesars Super Streets

Chesapeake, Virginia’s Justin Pruitt earned his first title in 2019 by consistently finishing inside the top-five in every start, including two trips to winners circle.  Veteran racer, Dennis Barnes of Camden, finished second with three victories. Other winners included Josh Letson (three), Allen Shiflett (two) and past champion Kevin Bray (two).

Kevin Webb, who is the son of former champion and track standout, Bobby Webb, finished fifth in points last season and looks to make hay this year.

Last years Rookie of the Year in the Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours, Kolten Stevens, will move up to the Little Caesars Super Streets and hopes to collect his first win.

Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours

Season dominator and eventual champion, James Hissom, Jr. of Moyock would like to continue his winning ways in 2020. Hissom won a record nine times and earned 10 top-five finishes last year.  Former asphalt drivers at Langley Speedway, Trevor Battoia and Dustin Cisco also recorded victories in 2019.

Chris Freemon may have a big season when the action cranks up on the track this year.  The Moyock racer, who teaches at Chesapeake Career Center, works with students to help build the car he pilots.  He and his team are hoping they can school the competition when they return to the track.

R&D Super Fours

After two decades of trying, Virginia Beach native, Dale Ore, Jr. put together a winning season and captured the R&D Super Fours championship in 2019.  He won once and earned seven top-fives.  Rickie Waters started later in the season but picked up where he left off, winning three times.  Other winners included Kyle Barnes, Ron Winterburn and Danny Bagwell.

The 2020 season will commence on Friday with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. and four divisions of racing will start at 8:00 p.m.  The action includes the Budweiser Allstar Late Models in a special 30-lap, $1K to win race, in addition to the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman, Little Caesars Super Streets and Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours.  The Virginia Sprint Series will be in town to help kick off the new season.  Drivers from all over the region will travel to Elizabeth City to contest for the coveted win.

For more information, please dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net or follow us on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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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.