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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

LOONEY AND SELLERS CLAIM VICTORIES IN TWIN LATE MODEL FEATURES AT DOMINION RACEWAY

Thornburg, VA – Fans were finally welcomed back to Dominion Raceway Saturday night and to say they were treated to a treat is an understatement. The night was headlined by a pair of 60 lap features for the Late Model Stock Cars.

In the first 60-lapper, Mike Looney claimed his first LMSC victory at Dominion Raceway holding off a strong Peyton Sellers. This race was filled with cautions and hot tempers.

Tyler Hughes set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 15.477 seconds. After a 6-car redraw, Looney started on the pole. It didn’t take long for Peyton Sellers to catch Looney and thew two LMSC stars battled hard and clean for the last 50 laps. After multiple cautions, Sellers chose the cone and started on the outside. Sellers was extremely fast on the top but Looney battled hard on the bottom of the race track and was able to hold Sellers off in the end.

The excitement of the night came with 6 laps left in the first race when Tyler Hughes and Doug Barnes get together between turns 1 and 2. Barnes exited his car and jumped on the hood of Hughes’ car before crews broke up the skirmish. Both cars were done for the night.

In the second feature of the night for the LMSCs, because curfew was fast approaching, race officials reduced the race to 31 laps with caution laps counting. Davey Callihan led the field into turn 1 and the action heated up 3 rows back as the faster cars from the first race began their charge to the front. Sellers battled with teammate Daniel Silvestri. Sellers cleared him on lap 5 and set his sights on the leaders. Sellers took the lead on lap 13 and would prove too strong for anyone to mount a serious challenge.

 

The Virginia Racers Late Model Challenge took to the track for 35 laps in the first points race of this series that will also travel to Langley Speedway. Landon Pembelton set fast time with a lap of 16.423 seconds. After a 4 – car redraw, Logan Clark led the field to the green flag. Bruce jumped out to a big lead and was pulling away until the leaders caught lap traffic. Lap traffic was running door to door and presented a huge challenge for the leaders to navigate. Pembelton was using this to his advantage and was picking them off one by one. A late series of cautions came out setting up a green-white-checker finish. Pembelton uses the chrome horn to get Bruce out of the way and took the checkered flag. Bruce obviously was not happy with how that transpired and showed his displeasure after the race. Pembelton nevertheless, pulled into victory lane and takes the early point lead in this exciting series.

 

LMSC Race 1 Unofficial Results

  1. Mike Looney
  2. Peyton Sellers
  3. John Goin
  4. Daniel Silvestri
  5. Aaron Donnelly
  6. Trenton Kilgore
  7. Michael Hardin
  8. Davey Callihan
  9. Chase Burrow
  10. G R Waldrop
  11. Jason Barnes
  12. Doug Barnes
  13. Tyler Hughes
  14. Mike Ganoe
  15. Stuart Crews
  16. Franklin Caricofe
  17. Timmy Phipps
  18. Johnathan Findley
  19. Cole Knopp
  20. Mason Bailey
  21. Colby Stottlemyer
  22. Sergio Pena

 

  1. LMSC Race 2 Unofficial Results
  2. Peyton Sellers
  3. Daniel Silvestri
  4. Mike Looney
  5. John Goin
  6. Michael Hardin
  7. Aaron Donnelly
  8. Sergio Pena
  9. Chase Burrow
  10. G R Waldrop
  11. Franklin Caricofe
  12. Mason Bailey
  13. Colby Stottlemyer
  14. Jason Barnes
  15. Trenton Kilgore
  16. Davey Callihan
  17. Doug Barnes – DNS
  18. Tyler Hughes – DNS
  19. Mike Ganoe – DNS
  20. Stuart Crews – DNS
  21. Timmy Phipps – DNS
  22. Johnathan Findley – DNS
  23. Cole Knopp – DNS

 

Virginia Racer LM Challenge Unofficial Results

  1. Landon Pembleton
  2. Cole Bruce
  3. Davey Callihan
  4. Logan Clark
  5. Reid Murphy
  6. Andrew Lang
  7. JD Eversole
  8. Eddie Slagle
  9. Richard Storm
  10. Ryan Rector
  11. Andrew Condrey
  12. Robb Almy
  13. Ryan Pritt
  14. Robert Almy
  15. Zach Lightfoot
  16. Chris Donnel
  17. Christian Kestermann
  18. Barry Moore
  19. Bradley Kirby

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