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South Boston Speedway Officials Hopeful for Some Racing in 2020; Track Championships Will Not be Awarded

Philip Morris powers down the front stretch at South Boston Speedway during final practice for the 2019 Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

South Boston, VA – South Boston Speedway officials remain optimistic there will be some racing at “America’s Hometown Track” in 2020, but due to the lack of remaining weekends in the season and current COVID-19 restrictions, no track championships will be awarded this season.

“It is very unfortunate that this will be the first time in the track’s 63-year history that no championships will be awarded at the year’s end,” said South Boston Speedway CEO Nick Igdalsky. “We still remain optimistic that we will be able to host some races in 2020 if the COVID-19 restrictions are loosened. If we do have an opportunity to race up to December, we will!”

Restrictions contained in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Forward Virginia state re-opening plan have not allowed South Boston Speedway to hold racing events thus far this season. The mandate for speedways in Phase Three of the plan states the total number of attendees (including both participants and spectators) cannot exceed 1,000 people.

“We are not able to hold any racing events with the current state limitation of 1,000 total people including both participants and patrons without making huge compromises to put on the event,” Igdalsky explained.

“It is our passion to provide exciting and affordable family entertainment for all of our loyal fans in South Boston, Halifax County and surrounding communities. But, we will only do so when we don’t need to charge our fans two times what they usually pay, reduce the number of races each night, cut competitors’ purses, or cut any corners that would jeopardize the safety and conveniences of our competitors and fans.”

Some of Virginia’s short tracks have been hosting racing events while complying with the state mandates.

“We acknowledge that some Virginia tracks have opened, and we are very proud of their efforts and hope our regular competitors support the tracks that are able to make it work right now.” said Igdalsky.

Igdalsky pointed out that South Boston Speedway has been operating successfully in Halifax County for over six decades and has become a true shining gem among short tracks across America for many reasons.

“We will not compromise the venue’s storied history, reputation, value and the safety of our competitors and fans to hold a scaled-down race night and charge twice the usual price with the current restrictions,” Igdalsky stated.

“The main goal is to keep South Boston Speedway open for another 63 years. It hurts to miss most of the 2020 season, but we will do everything possible to ensure future generations also get to make the lifelong memories and friendships that so many have made at SoBo since 1957.”

South Boston Speedway will remain open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for any teams interested in testing and for any drivers looking to stay sharp.

For the latest news and announcements about South Boston Speedway please visit the speedway’s website at http://www.southbostonspeedway.com and the speedway’s social media outlets.

Vuncannon Charges to First Carteret County Speedway Victory

PELETIER, NC – Daniel Vuncannon charged to victory in the first race for the new Charger division at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway presented by Harley Davidson of New Bern.

Vuncannon upset the field in qualifying and started on the pole in the 40 lap sprint.  Throughout the race, he was able to hold off Dylan Newsome, who was able to draw even on the restarts, and drive away from the field – leading wire-to-wire.  After the race, the Fuquay-Varina driver relished in his triumph.

“I gave it all I had,” Vuncannon said.  “I figured he was going to sneak up on me there.  He was doing a good job.  We’re happy we finally got the track figured out a little better and came home with a win.  It feels pretty good to get our first win out here.  We worked real hard.  Started out last year in the Charger class, ran a few Limited Late Models, and haven’t had much luck.  We’re still leaning and figuring the car out.  It feels really nice to do something and feel the fruits of your labor.”

Dylan Newsome, who won a Charger exhibition feature in 2019, finished second while Brent Evans rounded out the podium.

Chase Singletary raced his way to victory lane at Carteret County Speedway for the first time in over a year and his first time ever in Legends racing.  Despite the below-average car count, the 13-year-old from Burgaw, North Carolina was excited just to get back to victory lane.

“I got a win,” Singletary said enthusiastically in victory lane.  “It’s been so long since I’ve been in victory lane, it just feels amazing.  I want to thank everybody that’s believed in me, especially my parents and grandparents and all my sponsors.  I want to dedicate this win to my papa, he died eight years ago, so this is just amazing.”

Sanford’s Jody Measamer remains undefeated at Carteret County Speedway after scoring his third consecutive Team Chevrolet of Swansboro Super Truck Series win and his fourth feature win at the track.  In a race where attrition took its toll with competitors Chris Burns and Adam Fulford sidelined midway through the race with mechanical problems, Measamer survived and cruised to victory in the closing laps.

“I love this joint,” Measamer said.  “I don’t know if you remember, three or four years, when we came here with the Super Late Model, but the last time I was here in a go-kart, we won.  I absolutely love this place.  We stumbled onto a setup two or three years ago and it’s just worked year in and year out.  I couldn’t be happier.”

Willie Grainger ended up finishing in the runner-up position with Travis Wilson overcoming early struggles to finish third.

Jacksonville’s Andrew Jackson won in U-CAR competition over Steve Sullivan and Neil Mason while Grifton’s Duane Walker walked away with the victory in Bombers and Newport’s Sean Wales held off teammate Tyler Foster in a frantic Champ Kart finish.

Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway returns to action again on Saturday, August 8th with the Croatan Summer Jam presented by Moore’s Old-Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood.

For more information about Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at http://www.carteretspeedway.com, “like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter and Instagram.

 

CARTERET COUNTY SPEEDWAY
OFFICIAL RESULTS
JULY 25, 2020

 

SUPER TRUCK
  1. Jody Measamer
  2. Willie Grainger
  3. Travis Wilson
  4. Adam Fulford
  5. Chris Burns
  6. Willie Fulford
CHARGER
  1. Daniel Vuncannon
  2. Dylan Newsome
  3. Brent Evans
  4. Jonny Szewczuk
  5. Gator Williams
  6. Billy Slater
  7. Ethan Johnson
U-CAR
  1. Andrew Jackson
  2. Steve Sullivan
  3. Neil Mason
  4. Joe Lanier
  5. Curtis Lanie
  6. Abby Jolly
  7. Joe Lazarczyk
  8. Ricky Houser, Jr.
BOMBER
  1. Duane Walker
  2. Andrew Warner
  3. Brandon Robinson
  4. Nick White
  5. Tyler Stalls
  6. Rodney Glass
CHAMP KART
  1. Sean Wales
  2. Tyler Foster
  3. Josh Eubanks
  4. Darrell Eubanks
  5. Justin Thompson
  6. BJ Thompson
LEGENDS
  1. Chase Singletary
  2. Scotty Benford
  3. Derek Burleson

Mark Wertz Doubles Down in Modified’s After Emotional Return to Racing at Langley Speedway

Mark Wertz celebrates win number one with custom and honorary Shawn Balluzzo checkered flag during his victory lap Saturday night 7.25.20 (Photo: Sara Langley)

Hampton, VA – With a sold-out crowd for the second straight week, the Modifieds were back in action at Larry King Laws Langley Speedway with twin 30 lap features. Last races winner, Matt Carter, set the fastest time of the day in qualifying with a 16.123 (88.197 MPH) to set on the pole. That lap being four-tenths faster than the entire field proving he’d be the man to beat for the night. Mark Wertz, Adam Medek, Chase Burrow, and Chris Johnson rounded out the fast five. With the passing of Shawn Balluzzo two weeks ago, the speedway paid homage to the 11-time champion with the missing man formation during the pace laps. The cars lined up double file with two laps to green but left the first position open for Balluzzo. The scoreboard lit up with 48’s, and flagman Shane Snyder waived a checkered flag with a 48 printed on it.

The field went back normal and got ready for the green flag. The first caution didn’t take long as it came on lap 1 for Jamie Sample having problems. Next restart and Carter shot to the lead down the backstretch with Wertz right in line with him. Medek got stuck on the outside causing him to fall back to the fifth position. The second caution would come out this time for Medek going for a loop in turn one. During this caution period, leader Matt Carter’s machine lost power and came to a stop on track, ultimately ending his hopes of winning the first race. We would later learn transmission issues sidelined the defending race winner. This handed the lead over to Wertz. With 10 laps to go, Wertz had opened the lead up to half a straightaway over Michael Johnson. A late-race charge for Gdovic let him battle Michael for second. The checkered flag flew and Mark Wertz picked you his first Modified win on the season.

With the NASCAR mandated eight-car invert, Eric McPherson inherited the pole with Adam Medek, Chase Burrow, Brad Adams, and Chris Johnson the new starting five. Instead of starting eighth Wertz dropped to the rear of the field. Once the green flag was displayed, Medek jumped to the lead while McPherson fell to third. Burrow would also fall back to sixth after a rough start. The first caution came out for Matt Carter looping it around in turn one. Under caution, this time Chris Johnson had issues and pulled his machine to pit road ending his night.

On the ensuing restart a pileup happened in turn two involving McPherson, Burrow, Carter, Gdovic, and Shawn Adkins. Winner of the first race Wertz, merely missed the incident to continue his hopes of winning again. Gdovic and Adkins were able to continue while everyone else’s night was over. Medek took off with the lead once again on the restart. Michael Johnson slid up the track out of turn two slowing all the momentum Wertz had. Wertz made his way around Michael for second on lap 15 and set his sights on Medek.

With five laps to go, Medek was holding a lead that made it seem like he’d get the win, however, that lead would disappear as the caution lights came on for Adkins spinning in turn one. Wertz took the cone to lineup on Medeks outside for the restart. Wertz made the outside line work and cleared Medek going into turn two for the lead. Mark Wertz would hold on and double down and win the second 30 lap feature of the night for the Modifieds.

“Hey I am semi-retired so I love this one,” Wertz said in victory lane following an emotional moment with the Balluzzo family. “Sorry to see Matt broke but that was good racing. This one is for my buddy. Can’t thank Corvette Parts enough, Dunkin Donuts, Bubba Johnston for letting me run his car, Pro turf. My crew worked hard today, we knew we were kinda behind, [these] wins are getting hard to get so I’ll take one. I actually gotta thank the Hubbard family tonight. That last race I didn’t use up the right rear about halfway through that one. I was really having to eggshell the pedal and I just kept thinking Dixieland, Dixieland, Dixieland! Lift early, roll, and it really paid off!”

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 1 Results;

  1. #19 Mark Wertz; 30
  2. #38 Michael Johnson; 30
  3. #64 Rick Gdovic; 30
  4. #36 Chris Johnson; 30
  5. #3 Brad Adams; 30
  6. #0 Chase Burrow; 30
  7. #29 Adam Medek; 30
  8. #16 Eric McPherson; 30
  9. #50 Grant Blasingame; 30
  10. #44 Shawn Adkins; 30
  11. #49 Todd Whitesell; 30
  12. #78 Matt Carter; 14
  13. #18 DJ Valente; 14
  14. #28 Jamie Sample; 1

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 2 Results;

  1. #19 Mark Wertz; 30
  2. #29 Adam Medek; 30
  3. #38 Michael Johnson; 30
  4. #64 Rick Gdovic; 30
  5. #3 Brad Adams; 30
  6. #50 Grant Blasingame; 30
  7. #49 Todd Whitesell; 30
  8. #44 Shawn Adkins; 30
  9. #36 Chris Johnson; 6
  10. #0 Chase Burrow; 6
  11. #16 Eric McPherson; 6
  12. #78 Matt Carter; 6
  13. #28 Jamie Sample; 2

 

[Featured Photo courtesy of Mark Wertz Racing]

Tom Wilson Returns to Victory Lane Friday at Dixieland Speedway

Tom Wilson celebrates in victory lane after winning the second twin Budweiser Allstar Late Models event Friday evening at Dixieland Speedway. (Photo: Kenneth Cross)

Elizabeth City, NC – From the pole position, Gibbs Woods, NC native Tom Wilson was able to capture the Budweiser Allstar Late Models win on Friday evening at Dixieland Speedway.  The evenings events, presented by Dixie 105.7, featured twin 20-lap races, with one opening the race night and the other closing.  Wilson won the latter as he was able to run away out front and obtain his first win of the season.  Two yellow flags slowed the race but didn’t deter Wilson’s drive for the victory. John Staton finished second, and Larry Jackson earned third-place.

In the first 20-lap twin race, slowed five times with yellow flags due to spins, John Staton led flag-to-flag to claim his second win of the 2020 season.  The Chesapeake, VA competitor leads the point standings headed into this weekend’s races. Staton held off last week’s winner and defending champion, Billy Hubbard, and Larry Jackson finished in third. Wilson earned fourth.  The starting lineup for the second race was determined by the finishing order from the first event, with the top four racers being inverted, giving Wilson the first-place starting spot.

He didn’t lead the most laps but led the one that mattered most.  Chesapeake, VA’s Roger Bell found himself in an intense battle for the lead with defending winner and champion, Troy Brickhouse.  In the closing laps, Bell appeared to have a better handling race car and made multiple attempts to pass the driver of the “Club 21” team based in Elizabeth City.  Brickhouse protected the inside line, forcing Bell to work the top side of the track. Passing high is not necessarily the preferred line, as it’s not always the fastest way around the speedway. However, Bell made it work to his advantage and overtook Brickhouse to claim his second win of the 2020 season. Brickhouse held on to second, and Mark Gonzales secured a third-place finish for the second consecutive week.

Camden’s Dennis Barnes kept his winning ways on Friday by earning his fourth first-place finish in five starts this season in the Little Caesars Super Streets.  The driver of the team Hardees Chevrolet lost the top spot early in the event to former champion Kevin Bray but was able to rally back to the point and hold onto it by the end of the 20-lap contest.  Long time racer Allen Shiflett made his first start on Friday and earned the runner-up position with Bray securing third-place.

Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours points leader Chris Freeman had a disastrous heat race after cutting a tire and forced to pit in the short seven-lap sprint, relegating the Moyock racer to start the main feature in last place.  At the start of the 15-lap feature, Freeman methodically picked off cars to find the lead by the eighth-circuit.  He didn’t look back and earned his third win of 2020.  Dustin Cisco of Suffolk, VA, made his first appearance this season and finished in second place after leading the event briefly.  Trevor Battoia finished third.

Three yellow flags stalled the on-track action, including one in which Bryant Falk flipped his Nissan multiple times, in turn one, after making contact with the outside retaining wall.  The 16-year old quickly climbed from the car after it landed right-side up and walked away.

Racing resumes Friday, July 24th, and features the return of the Virginia Sprint Series. The prestigious league competes across the region and makes its second stop at the 3/8-mile oval this year. Drivers that participate in the winged sprint car tour come from Virginia, North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.  Additionally, the Budweiser Allstar Late Models, Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman, Little Caesars Super Streets, and Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours will take on the high-banks.  Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and five divisions of competition will start at 8:00 p.m.

For more information, please dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net or follow 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.

Brenden Queen Powers to Lead Late to Steal First Hampton Heat 200 Victory

An emotional Brenden Queen celebrates in victory lane following the checkered flag in the 2020 Hampton Heat 200 at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Arguably the biggest win of his career. (Mike Conley/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – The much anticipated 12th annual Hampton Heat 200 was finally upon us at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. 26 of the best Late Model drivers on the east coast showed up, all going for that $10,000. With the heat beating most teams in practice, come qualifying though, teams found that extra tick they needed to put down some blistering laps. Corey Heim posted the fastest lap of the day with a 15.605 (91.125 MPH). Defending track champion Greg Edwards, Jared Fryar, Bobby McCarty, and Danny Edwards Jr. rounded out the fast five. Last year’s winner Connor Hall had some work to do to defend his title as he rolled off 13th.

As driver introduction wrapped up, the fans were on their feet waiting for the green flag. Heim shot off into the lead with a mirror full of Fryar. Danny wasted little time to get around Fryar, taking the lead from Heim on lap 5. Greg Edwards, after starting second, fell back drastically to tenth after getting stuck on the outside of a three-wide battle. After a hard-fought battle between Bobby McCarty and Grayson Cullather for fifth, McCarty’s race would come to an early end going into turn three after a flat tire and possible broken sway bar.

After starting 13th, Hall had eventually worked his way all the way up to third place after a restart where he utilized the cone. Chesapeakes own Brenden Queen, who actually fell towards the rear of the field during the meat of the race, had worked his way back into the top ten with 15 laps until halfway. At the halfway break, which this year was a 6 lap controlled caution period, Greg Edwards made a last-minute pit stop for a tire swap that would put him starting at the tail end of the field. Just before the halfway break as well, Peyton Sellers has worked his way from starting 17th, all the way up to 4th.

Heim took advantage of the cone after the halfway break and took the lead from Danny on lap 102 and set the pace for everyone else. A three-car battle with Heim, Edwards Jr., and Hall got underway for the majority of the 50 lap dash to lap 150. All cars would block the one behind them and never lose a position. The second guaranteed controlled caution period came with 150 laps on the board allowing everyone to make their pit stop for the final 50 lap dash. Greg Edwards, Mark Wertz, Rick Gdovic, and Timothy Peters all stayed out for track position.

Peters would jump to the lead with 50 to go while Wertz, Gdovic, and Edwards all stumbled through the field. Heim and Hall would make the pass on Peters for first and second on lap 154. Defending Late Model champion Greg Edwards season woes continued as he had some help in turn three to go for a spin. He ultimately parked his car for the night. With the outside line not working for many people, Hall took the cone every restart and made it stick perfectly. He never quite got the run out of the corners to clear Heim for the lead though.

A caution filled 50 lap final segment caused a chaotic yet exciting ending. With just 8 laps to go, on the restart, Heim didn’t get a good restart allowing Hall to get the jump on the outside and Queen to get to his inside. Going into turn one, all three made contact resulting in Hall going around and Heim hitting him in the left front, ending both driver’s hopes of taking home the victory. Queen would inherit the lead with a green-white-checkered finish on deck. Queen got the perfect start he wanted and went on to pick up his second career Langley Speedway victory and first career Hampton Heat 200 and for the second year in a row keeping the trophy in the Hampton Roads area.

 

Unofficial Hampton Heat 200 Results;

  1. #03 Brenden Queen; 203
  2. #2 Brandon Pierce; 203
  3. #26 Peyton Sellers; 203
  4. #9 Trey Crews; 203
  5. #12 Timothy Peters; 203
  6. #19 Blake Stallings; 203
  7. #22 Grayson Cullather; 203
  8. #14 Jared Fryar; 203
  9. #17 Stacey Puryear; 203
  10. #44 Justin Johnson; 203
  11. #91 Justin Carroll; 203
  12. #8 Thomas Scott; 203
  13. #55 Mark Wertz; 203
  14. #90 Terry Carroll; 203
  15. #29 Casey Wyatt; 203
  16. #9 Alex Brock; 203
  17. #71 Rick Gdovic; 203
  18. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 203
  19. #78 Corey Heim; 195
  20. #77 Connor Hall; 194
  21. #40 CE Falk; 182
  22. #24 Colin Garrett; 181
  23. #21 Greg Edwards; 156
  24. #22 Bobby McCarty; 64
  25. #25 Craig Eastep; 53
  26. #9 Rodney Boyd ; 18
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