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Corey Heim’s Langley Speedway Bad Luck Continues as Layne Riggs Muscles to Victory in Late Race Pass

📸 Sara Langley

Hampton, VA – For the second year in a row, and the first time in 2020, the CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour made the trip to the famed .395-mile oval with 24 drivers ready to put on an incredible show for the few fans that were able to get tickets. Also making their first trip to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway was the Dominion Racers, essentially a Limited Late Model running a small series between the two Virginia tracks. 6 cars made the trip this past weekend for their 35-lap feature event.

Corey Heim continued his good year with putting his 78 on the pole only by 4 one-thousandths of a second over Layne Riggs. Timothy Peters, Brandon Pierce, and Grayson Cullather rounded out the fast five. Defending race winner Deac McCaskill, did not show up so that meant we were in for a new winner.

Once the green flag flew, Heim cleared Riggs took the lead down the backstretch. The field quickly went single file. Peters took second away from Pierce but a few laps later, Pierce would take it right back. After starting 17th, Nolan Pope fell all the way to last I’m what seemed to be a race strategy for the long run. 10 laps in and the battles throughout the field began to heat up. Justin Johnson and Mini Tyrell got a little heated for the eighth position, while Bobby McCarty and Jared Fryar battled for sixth.

Riggs made his move for the lead on lap 14, but Heim held him off. Cullather, after running fifth, got stuck on the outside line and got shuffled back to 13th. Fryar and McCarty continued their battle but included Pierce this time to take away fourth and fifth. Trey Crews, making his Cars Tour debut, made his way around Pierce as well for seventh. The first caution of the race came out on lap 40 for a competition caution.

Once the green flag flew, the next caution came out on lap 42 for Cullather hitting turn three wall hard, collecting Justin Carroll as well ending both their nights. On the restart, Heim shot to the lead once again with Riggs falling in line to second. Peters still running third while Crews battled McCarty for fourth. McCarty gave Crews a slight door slam into turn one to clear Crews and take fourth. Teammates Peters and McCarty began a battle for third, resulting in McCarty taking the position.

After starting fourth, Pierce had fallen all the way to 17th with what looked to be handling issues. The first lead change came on lap 62 when Riggs cleated Heim into turn one but Heim did a massive slide job into turn two to take the lead right back. Riggs lost some momentum allowing McCarty to take second away. Lap 72 and McCarty had taken the lead from Heim. Lap 82 came up on the board and the caution came out for the second and final competition caution. On the restart, McCarty and Heim stayed door to door for two laps until Heim reclaimed the lead. Timothy Peters making his lone start in the Cars Tour pulled his number 12 machine to pit road with motor issues that ended his night.

The caution came out on lap 86 for Terry Carroll sliding through the backstretch grass. On the restart, Heim and McCarty went door to door once again until lap 88 when the caution flew again yet again for Crews spinning in turn one with a flat tire. Things began to heat up after the restart as Fryar moved up to third. Blake Stallings, after running midfield the entire race, made his way up to the fourth position. Riggs began to use the outside line to his advantage as he took third from Fryar. Connor Mosack, who had also been running midfield, had worked his way up to seventh. Lap 100 of 125 and things were getting exciting.

Riggs once again used the outside line to get around McCarty for second and had a clear track intro of him to chase down Heim. Lap 115 and Heim began to catch lap traffic. The lap traffic was just enough for Riggs to finally catch Heim with three laps to go. The white flag flew and Riggs was there. Going into turn three, the two made contact as Riggs chose the inside this time to shove Heim up the track and make the pass out of turn four to pick up his first victory of the 2020 season. The win would also end a two-year winless streak and creating the seventh winner in seven races on the tour.

 

Virginia Racers

Zach Lightfoot made his return to the track after dominating at Dominion all year. He put his machine on the pole by 2 one thousandths of a second over Landon Pemberton. Cole Bruce, Doug Warren, Andrew Condrey, and Elysia Potter rounded out the field. Once the green flag flew, Lightfoot didn’t look back. The field didn’t take long to go single file. Bruce took over second from Pemberton early on and went to work on Lightfoot. Lap 15 and Lightfoot had put a second lead on Bruce. Potter would pull her machine hot pit road with motor overheating issues. Zach Lightfoot would go on to lead all 35 laps and win the inaugural Virginia Racers race.

 

Visit Hampton 125 Results
  1. #99 Layne Riggs; 125
  2. #78 Corey Heim; 125
  3. #14 Jared Fryar; 125
  4. #81 Mini Tyrell; 125
  5. #19 Blake Stallings; 125
  6. #22 Bobby McCarty; 125
  7. #1 Nolan Pope; 125
  8. #88 Conor Mosack; 125
  9. #4 Jonathan Findley; 125
  10. #16 Chad McCumbee; 125
  11. #2 Jonathan Shafer; 125
  12. #9 Trey Crews; 125
  13. #51 Matt Cox; 125
  14. #08 Justin Johnson; 125
  15. #17 Stacy Puryear; 125
  16. #74 Ronald Hill; 125
  17. #2 Brandon Pierce; 125
  18. #63 Tyler Matthews; 125
  19. #90 Terry Carroll; 124
  20. #01 Camden Gullie; 124
  21. #19 Jessica Cann; 124
  22. #12 Timothy Peters; 85
  23. #22 Grayson Cullather; 41
  24. #91 Justin Carroll; 41

 

Virginia Racers Results
  1. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 35
  2. #31 Cole Bruce; 35
  3. #0 Landon Pemberton; 35
  4. #51 Doug Warren; 35
  5. #36 Andrew Condrey; 34
  6. #24 Elysia Potter; 8

 

[Featured photo courtesy of carsracingtour.com]

Peyton Sellers Sets Quick Time at Larry King Law Langley Speedway; Will Lead the Field to Green in the First of Two 50-lap Features

Hampton, VA – It seemed like we were going to have to all buy boats to finally get a race in here in the Hampton Roads area as persistent rain plagued the area. The weather system finally moved out of the area and looks to be holding up well enough to get some racing in. Twenty NASCAR Late Models made their way back to the historic .395-mile oval in Hampton, Virginia for a pair of 50-lap features. Former NASCAR Xfinity driver and South Boston Speedway regular Peyton Sellers earned quick time earlier this afternoon earning the right to lead the field to the green flag later this evening with a 15.878 (89.558 MPH) second lap. Sellers sub-16-second lap was just one of five drivers to dip below the mark and was fast enough to knock 2020 Hampton Heat winner Brenden Queen from the top spot.

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Taylor Waste Service Late Model Stock Car Starting Lineup;
  1. #26 Peyton Sellers
  2. #03 Brenden Queen
  3. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.
  4. #29 Casey Wyatt
  5. #21 Greg Edwards
  6. #91 Justin S. Carroll
  7. #19 Bubba Johnston
  8. #77 Connor Hall
  9. #90 Terry Carroll
  10. #88 Thomas Marks
  11. #55 Mark Wertz
  12. #90 John Goin
  13. #9 Rodney Boyd
  14. #57 Justin T. Carroll
  15. #36 Chris Johnson
  16. #01 Camden Gullie
  17. #25 Craig Eastep
  18. #57 Eddie Johnson
  19. #29 Adam Medik
  20. #68 Adam Hoeger (R)

2020 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway Canceled

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (August 21, 2020) – The ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the nation’s biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race, at Martinsville Speedway (Martinsville) has officially been canceled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is a tradition that brings the Racing Virginia community together to root for their favorite local racers at The Short Track, so we will miss this annual day of competition due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Martinsville President Clay Campbell.

“We value our relationship with Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR,” said Delbert Lee Morgan, CEO/President of ValleyStar Credit Union. “This prestigious late model race has been featured under the lights since 2017 and it is an important event for our community. We support the decision to cancel the race due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is imperative that we consider the safety of all spectators, teams and drivers.”

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is scheduled to return to “The Short Track” for the 2021 season. The 2020 race was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26.

“NASCAR and Martinsville Speedway will continue to work closely with public health officials, medical experts and state and federal officials on a plan to host fans for the Xfinity 500 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race this fall,” said Campbell. “We look forward to a historic weekend of racing as we host the penultimate races of the NASCAR season for the first-time in the 73-year history of Martinsville Speedway.”

Ticketholders for the NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race will be contacted by the Martinsville Ticket Office in the coming days to share ticket options.

Martinsville 2020 Season

Martinsville Speedway will host NASCAR’s penultimate playoff races for the first time. On Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. ET, the Xfinity 500 will set the field for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship. The NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff race will get underway on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Playoff race will start the NASCAR Playoffs Weekend at The Short Track on Friday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. ET.

The fall NASCAR races at Martinsville will be televised nationally with the Cup Series and Xfinity Series on NBC and Gander Trucks on FS1. The races will also air on MRN and its network of nationwide affiliates, in addition to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Stay connected to Martinsville Speedway on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and by downloading the Martinsville mobile app for Apple or Android.

About Martinsville Speedway

Founded by H. Clay Earles in 1947, Martinsville Speedway is the only NASCAR track to host NASCAR Cup Series races every year since its inception in 1949. At .526 miles in length, “The Short Track” annually hosts two NASCAR race weekends featuring the NASCAR Cup Series, along with NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races in the fall. Martinsville Speedway also annually hosts the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the nation’s biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race. For more information about Martinsville Speedway, visit martinsvillespeedway.com.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, Americrown Service and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

About ValleyStar Credit Union

ValleyStar Credit Union has been in business since 1953 and serves cities and counties in Virginia and North Carolina. The Credit Union is over $500 million in assets with more than 55,000 members. ValleyStar is a full-service financial institution that offers consumer and commercial products and services. Headquartered in Martinsville, Virginia, ValleyStar operates right branch facilities in the Collinsville, Danville, Martinsville, Richmond, Roanoke, Rocky Mount, South Boston, and Waynesboro, Va. communities. For more information, visit valleystar.org.

Johnathan Findley Claims First Career CARS Tour Win

Jonathan Findley earned his first career Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour win on Saturday night at Dominion Raceway in Spotsylvania Virginia in the Radley Chevrolet 125. (Photo: CARS Tour Facebook)

Thornburg, VA – The CARS Late Model Stock Tour came into town for the Radley Automotive 125 and they brought plenty of excitement with them. Jonathan Findley found victory lane to score his first career CARS Tour win and was extremely emotional in victory lane.

Jonathan Shafer set fast time with a lap time of 15.074. Corey Heim started on the outside pole and the first part of the race would be the Shafer and Heim show as they separated themselves from the field. Bobby McCarty was making his way through the field and had moved into the top five when he encountered the dreaded right-front tire issue that plagued many teams Saturday night. Series points leader Jared Fryar found the top spot at the halfway mark with Layne Riggs right behind him battling from his eleventh qualifying spot. Then as fate would have it for the front runners, Fryar slowed on the speedway with a right-front tire issue. During the caution, Riggs had to come down pit road with a right front tire down.

The next few restarts saw more carnage to cars restarting in the top six. Jonathan Findley took the lead with 45 laps remaining and would not be denied a visit to victory lane. There was a four-way photo finish for spots second through fifth that had to be confirmed by race control. Hometown hero Mini Tyrell was credited with second place for his best career finish in the series with Brandon Pierce coming home third.

The Virginia Racers Late Model Challenge took to the track for 35 laps for the seventh race of their season and Landon Pembleton picked up his second win of the season. Pembleton set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 15.968. After a six-car redraw, JD Eversole led the field to green. Points leader Davey Callihan took the lead on lap one with a strong jump on the outside.

After a couple of quick cautions, Pembleton would take advantage of the restart cone. On the restart, Callihan would jump out and Pembleton would tuck in behind him. Eight laps later Pembleton would work his way under the Callihan machine and would take over the top spot with twenty-five laps remaining. Pembleton made easy work of lap traffic and had a substantial lead over the rest of the field. There was a good battle between the top two in points, Callihan and Lightfoot for the third position in the closing laps.

Pembleton would take advantage of a straightaway lead with five laps to go and would not be denied another trip to victory lane.

 

CARS Tour Unofficial Results;
  1. Jonathan Findley
  2. Mini Tyrell
  3. Brandon Pierce
  4. Jonathan Shafer
  5. Layne Riggs
  6. Jared Fryar
  7. Justin Johnson
  8. Connor Mosack
  9. Matt Cox
  10. Jessica Cann
  11. Bobby McCarty
  12. Grayson Cullather
  13. Chad McCumbee
  14. Sammy Smith
  15. Corey Heim
  16. Tyler Mathews
  17. Nolan Pope
  18. Craig Moore
  19. Ronald Hill
  20. Logan Jones
Virginia Racer LM Challenge Unofficial Results;
  1. Landon Pembleton
  2. Cole Bruce
  3. Zach Lightfoot
  4. Davey Callihan
  5. Eddie Slagle
  6. Bradley Kilby
  7. JD Eversole
  8. Ryan Rector
  9. Andrew Condrey
  10. Keith Carpenter
  11. Robert Almay
  12. Robb Almay
  13. Andrew Lang
  14. Richard Storm
  15. Reid Murphy

Connor Hall & Bubba Johnston Share Dale Lemonds Victory Lane Following Hampton Heat

Hampton, VA – I said in last weeks recap that it was the second straight sellout, but I sit here typing corrected, we’ve actually sold out every weekend this year – albeit thanks to COVID-19 sellouts are a bit different this year but hey we will take it! This weekend would mark the fifth straight sellout here at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. As fans started to fill the stands, the looming weather to the south made its way in also. We were under a break for lightning and rain for over an hour, once it stopped officials, race teams, and the like hurried to get track drying underway. Races finally began around 9:30.

The Late Models were on tap for twin 50 lap events with a field of 14 cars. Hampton Heat winner, Brenden Queen, kept that momentum and put his #03 machine on the pole with a lap of 15.750 (90.286 M.P.H), only six one-thousandths of a second faster than Danny Edwards Jr., Casey Wyatt, Bubba Johnston, and Greg Edwards rounded out the fast five. With the rain wiping out the rubber and grip from the track, times were sure to slow down come race time.

The field got doubled up and ready for the green flag. Queen shot to the lead but would lose it to Danny on lap 2. The first caution came out on lap 3 for Johnston going for a spin and making contact with the wall in turn three. Back green flag racing and Danny and Queen stayed side by side until lap 6 where Queen cleared Danny for the lead. After multiple attempts to take the inside from Queen, Danny checked up a little too much which allowed Hall to take over second place. In came Wyatt to battle Danny for third.

Halfway and the top five was Hall, Queen, Wyatt, Danny, and Greg. After a back and forth battle between Danny and Wyatt for third, Danny finally got the position but had some ground to make up if he wanted to catch Queen. With 15 laps to go, Hall had put a decent lead over Queen. Wyatt would fall to fifth while Greg made his way around Danny for third. The checkered flag flew and Connor Hall picked up his first victory of the season after a rough start to the year.

With NASCAR’s rule for inverting the top eight from the first race, it put Bubba Johnston on the pole with Thomas Marks on his outside. Brenden Queen, who finished runner up in the first feature, changed a right front tire after the first race which regulated him to the rear of the field also making him ineligible for the free pass and cone. As the green flag flew, Marks took the lead into turn two. Johnston would take it back on lap 4 and Marks got stuck on the outside and fell through the field. Connor Hall, on the other hand, had the outside line working as he passed Greg Edwards and Danny Edwards for fifth place. Hall also got around Justin Carroll for third wasting no time to get back to the front.

Queen, after starting 14th, worked his way up to seventh in just 10 laps. Hall caught Wyatt for second and that would ensue a side by side battle that lasted what seemed 30 laps. That allowed Johnston to put an even bigger gap between him and the field. Queen worked his way around Danny, Greg, and Justin for fourth and set his sights on Hall and Wyatt. Queen was able to join the battle for second when he took it three-wide into turn three, causing Hall to check up and Wyatt to get clear of them both. Hall tried to pull a little crossover move on Queen to take back the third spot with some contact, but couldn’t make it happen. When the checkered flag flew it was Bubba Johnston cruising to his first Late Model victory of the season.

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Race 1 Results
  1. #77 Connor Hall; 50
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  3. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  4. #26 Danny Edwards; 50
  5. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  6. #91 Justin Carroll; 50
  7. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  8. #19 Bubba Johnston; 50
  9. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  10. #9 Rodney Boyd; 50
  11. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  12. #71 Rick Gdovic; 49
  13. #68 Adam Hoegerl; 48
  14. #36 Chris Johnson; 26

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Race 2 Results
  1. #19 Bubba Johnston; 50
  2. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  3. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  4. #77 Connor Hall; 50
  5. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  6. #26 Danny Edwards; 50
  7. #91 Justin Carroll; 50
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  9. #36 Chris Johnson; 50
  10. #9 Rodney Boyd; 50
  11. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  12. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  13. #71 Rick Gdovic; 49
  14. #68 Adam Hoegerl; 48
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