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Bobby McCarty and Danny Edwards Jr. Share Dale Lemonds Victory Lane on Opening Night at Langley Speedway

Danny Edwards Jr. celebrates his first win of 2020 to cap off the 2020 opening night at Langley Speedway. (Bill Carnes/Given to Fly Photography)

Hampton, VA – After a very long offseason, due to implications caused by the novel coronavirus, it was finally time for racing at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. The 2020 season finally kicked off a full three months after it was scheduled with INEX Bandoleros, Legends, Virginia Sprint Cars, Super Trucks, UCARS, and the feature division of the evening, NASCAR’s Advance Auto Parts Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock Cars. With limited fans in the stands, once the first green flag waved, they were cheering and standing on their feet in excitement for racing to be back.

With the 13th annual Hampton Heat 200 right around the corner, Bobby McCarty pulled into the .395-mile for a little test run to dial in his car. Misfortune would happen during practice as something in his right front broke; twice! With a huge team effort, they were able to get things fixed in time for qualifying where he grabbed the pole with a 15.709 (90.521mph) lap. Danny Edwards Jr, Brenden Queen, Justin T Carroll, and Thomas Scott rounded out the fast five. Defending champion Greg Edwards had a tough qualifying effort that ultimately landed him a seventh-place starting spot. Second place finisher in points last year, and 2019 Hampton Heat winner Connor Hall, started eighth.

The field got double filed and set for the green flag. Once it unfurled, McCarty and Edwards Jr. battled side-by-side till turn three where McCarty cleared him and took sole possession of the race lead. With being stuck on the outside, Danny lost the second position to Brenden Queen. Greg’s tough day continued as he fell all the way back to the eleventh position.

Looking back up to the front of the field McCarty had opened up a six-car lead over Danny by lap 10. Big trouble would happen come to Connor Hall who slowed and brought his machine to pit road where his team went to work under the hood – it would later be determined an oil line lose causing an error in the cockpit. The first caution came out on lap 18 for Bubba Johnston going for a solo spin in turn four. Once the track was cleared the green flag flew once more and McCarty and Queen went door to door for the lead. Danny joined in the battle and took second away from Queen this time.

The second caution came out for Craig Eastep going for a loop on the front stretch. On the ensuing restart, Queen took the cone once again and battled McCarty for the lead until the third caution came out for debris on the front stretch. The cone came out again and it was Danny this time going to the outside of McCarty. McCarty got a great start and took off with the lead, Queen and Danny would battle for the second position. Peyton Sellers also began making his moves through the field as he drove his Danville Toyota No. 26 machine up to fifth challenging fellow South Boston Speedway regular Thomas Scott for fourth.

With 15 laps to go, Danny was slowly reeling in McCarty who at the time had a five-car length lead. Sellers ended up making his way around Scott for fourth and quickly made his way to Queen to battle for third. With five laps to go, McCarty had a mirror full of Danny’s front bumper. Coming to the white flag Danny gave a nudge to McCarty but he kept his line. With the checkered flag flying from Shayne Snider, Bobby McCarty would hold off a very strong run by Danny Edwards to pick up the first twin 50 race victory.

With the NASCAR mandated invert when twin features are run 8 cars were flipped for race number two. This put Williamsburg, Virginia’s Justin S. Carroll – who competed Friday evening at Indianapolis Raceway Park in the ARCA Menard East Series – on the pole with Newport News own Casey Wyatt to his outside. Justin T Carroll, Thomas Scott, and Brenden Queen were the starting five.

The green flag flew quickly followed by the caution flag as race control deemed Wyatt got on the loud pedal a little too soon. With a complete restart on deck the caution came out once again, this time it was for the field getting stacked up going into turn one from what looked like a missed shift from someone on the front row. Defending track champion Greg Edwards got the worst end of the deal smashing the front end of his machine to the point where he was unable to continue; Sellers, McCarty, and Chris Johnson all receiving some damage but able to continue.

Third attempt at the start and it was a good one. Wyatt jumped to the lead with both Justin Carroll’s battling for second. Justin T. Carroll, also known simply as “Toast,” took second with Queen and Danny taking third and fourth respectively from Justin S. Carroll. Sellers made a hard charge at Justin S. Carroll for the fifth position and got it. While Queen and Danny battled for third, it let Wyatt and Toast get a slim lead over the field. Danny finally got the third spot from Queen and set his sights on Toast for second.

Danny got a huge run out of turn four and got to Toast’s door going into turn one for battling for the second position. With 20 laps up in lights the top five was comprised of Casey Wyatt, Danny Edwards Jr., Justin T. Carroll, Brenden Queen, and Peyton Sellers. Two laps later, Danny would take the lead from Wyatt and settle into a good rhythm. Justin T. Carroll’s car seemed to be slipping away from him as Queen and Sellers put on the pressure for third place. Lap 39 and Queen finally got the inside line on Justin T and took the third position away. Next lap Sellers dive-bombed into to turn one to take fourth away from Toast as well. With five remaining the caution would once again fly for a single-car spin in turn two.

Once the green flag was displayed to the field again we would almost immediately go back under the yellow for a spinning Craig Eastep in turn two setting up a green-white-checkered finish. One to go and Queen took the cone to be on the front row with Danny. The final green flag flew as Danny and Queen stayed side by side until the white flag. Queen tucked in line behind Danny down the backstretch into turn three but couldn’t get enough of a run to nudge Danny out of the way. Danny Edwards would go on the pick up the victory in the second twin 50 lap event of the night over Brenden Queen.

 

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks

With a very impressive field of 15 Super Trucks this year, and 7 rookies, it looked to be an exciting race. Jacob Carr put his truck on the pole over Keith Wheeler, Ronald Klein, former Modified driver Louie Pasderetz, and Brian Waltrip for the 25 lap feature. The green flag waved and the field didn’t make it out of turn two before the first caution came out. Paige Cain and Wesley Newell made contact resulting in Newell spinning in the grass. Complete restart and Carr shot to the lead with Wheeler all over his back bumper. Klein was also there all over Wheeler’s rear end looking to make a move for second. Shannon Lester battled Donald Brown for the sixth position as well.

The second caution came out for Wheeler coming to a stop in turn two down in the grass. Wheeler got his truck going again and brought it down pit road for his crew to check out the issues. Wheeler made it back out before the field went green and joined them at the tail of the field. The green flag flew once again with race leader Carr getting a terrible start. this allowed Pasderetz to take the lead. Carr would finally get going to hold onto second over Klein. Waltrip, Brown, and Ryan Huff all battled for the fifth position. Klein got a big run down the front stretch to get to Carrs inside to take second. That battle came to a stop as the caution came out for Kevin Rickman going for a spin down the backstretch.

With Carmasters Automotive Cone being displayed Keith Wheeler took advantage of it and restarted fourth. On the restart, Pasderetz went to the lead as Carr once again did not get a good start allowing Wheeler to dive to the inside of Klein for second into turn one. With 10 laps to go Wheeler was closing in on Pasderetz until he almost looped his truck around coming out of turn four. This allowed Klein to catch back up and challenge for second. Down the backstretch, Klein got into the wall trying to get around Wheeler on the outside as the No. 27 car continued to push him up slowing his momentum. The white flag flew for Pasderetz but, the caution would once again fly for Wheeler going around in turn two. Klein would be sent to the rear as race control deemed he was the cause for the spin. Video evidence released later on Facebook showed Wheeler went around on his own and Klein was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The green flag flew one final time and it was a green-white-checkered finish. Pasderetz did everything right and held on the final three laps to win his first career win at Langley Speedway. Jacob Carr, Brian Waltrip, Donald Brown, and Wesley Newell rounded out the top five.

 

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;
  1. #22 Bobby McCarty; 50
  2. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 50
  3. #26 Peyton Sellers; 50
  4. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  5. #8 Thomas Scott; 50
  6. #57 Justin T Carroll; 50
  7. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  8. #91 Justin S Carroll; 50
  9. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  10. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  11. #19 Bubba Johnston; 50
  12. #71 Rick Gdovic; 50
  13. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  14. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  15. #01 Jeff Shiflett; 50
  16. #68 Adam Hoegerl; 48
  17. #36 Chris Johnson; 42
  18. #77 Connor Hall; 30
Taylor Waste Service Late Model Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;
  1. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 50
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  3. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  4. #26 Peyton Sellers; 50
  5. #57 Justin T Carroll; 50
  6. #19 Bubba Johnston; 50
  7. #8 Thomas Marks; 50
  8. #91 Justin S Carroll; 50
  9. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  11. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  12. #77 Connor Hall; 49
  13. #01 Jeff Shiflett; 49
  14. #68 Adam Hoegerl; 49
  15. #36 Chris Johnson; DQ
  16. #22 Bobby McCarty; 45
  17. #71 Rick Gdovic; 8
  18. #21 Greg Edwards; 0

Harris Truck Shop Super Truck Results

  1. #8 Louie Pasderetz; 25
  2. #88 Jacob Carr; 25
  3. #33 Brian Waltrip; 25
  4. #05 Donald Brown; 25
  5. #48 Wesley Newell; 25
  6. #65 Shannon Lester; 25
  7. #38 Paige Cain; 25
  8. #28 Ronald Klein; 25
  9. #01 Tim Carter; 25
  10. #27 Keith Wheeler; 24
  11. #3 Ryan Huff; 24
  12. #66 Wayne Lyon; 24
  13. #99 Cory Lyon; 23
  14. #10 Kevin Rickman; 0
  15. #50 Joe Harper; 0

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

Matt Craig Dominates Super Late Model Portion of the Thanksgiving Classic Makeup

Matt Craig returns to Southern National Motorsports Victory Lane. Photo from 2017

Kenly, NC– In a field of 12 cars, Carson Kvapil laid down the fastest qualifying effort with a time of 14.785 (97.396 mph). Brandon Setzer, Kodie Conner, Matt Craig, and Mike Darne rounded out the fast five. After qualifying, Kvapil pulled an invert of six putting Josh Brock on the pole for the race.

Once the green flag flew, Josh Brock and Mike Darne had a short battle for the lead with Darne pulling ahead of the field. Craig took little time to get to Darne’s back bumper and took the lead on lap five. Darne would fall to second as Brock looked to take it from him. Darne held Brock off and went back on the charge to catch Craig. Lap 15 came on the scoreboard and it was Craig, Darne, Conner, Kvapil, and Brock rounding out the top five.

After starting last, Natalie Decker (Part-Time Gander Outdoor Truck Series Driver) worked her way up to seventh to battle Setzer for sixth. The two of them battled back and forth until Setzer got some distance between the two. Back up front, Brock had made his way around Kvapil for fourth. Lap 30 and Craig had a two-car length lead over Darne as the field went single file.

Suddenly, Darne fell off the pace and fell from second to tenth place on lap 40. Darne looked to be using strategy for the long run. A three-car battle ensued between Setzer, Decker and Hudson Halder for the fifth position. The first caution came out on lap 47 for Decker going for a spin in turn two after a hard battle for fifth. During the caution, Darne came down pit road for his team to service his problems.

The green flag flew, Craig and Conner got a good side by side start going into turn one. The caution would come back out for issues in turn two. with the green flag back out, Craig got a better start this time and took charge into turn two. Just shy of the halfway point, Nolan Pope worked his way into the top five for the first time. With the caution, Decker was able to get back to the bumper of Setzer once again to try and take the position away from him. Kvapil began to make some moves as he passed Brock for third on lap 55.

Pope also looked to get passed Brock but he threw a block on him. Pope had enough and moved Brock up the track in turn four and took over fourth with Setzer following behind him. Brock would fall to sixth with a mirror full of Decker. Lap 75 and Brock had worked his way back to the bumper of Setzer to take the fifth spot back. Decker also fell off the pace a bit and had a challenge from Toby Grynewicz.

With 25 laps to go, it was time for drivers to make their move if they wanted to catch Craig, who had a straightaway lead over the field. After a strong run all night, on lap 102 Setzer pulled his machine in the pits and parked it for the night. Craig has caught up to sixth place Decker to put her a lap down with ten laps to go.

While Craig kept putting distance on Conner in second, Pope got around Kvapil for third on lap 117. Craig caught Brock who was fifth and put him a lap down as well. The checkered flag flew and Matt Craig picked you the win in dominating fashion lapping all but four cars and leading 120 of 125 laps. Kodie Conner, Nolan Pope, Carson Kvapil, and Josh Brock finished the top five.

 

Super Late Model 125 Results

  1. #54 Matt Craig; 125
  2. #45 Kodie Conner; 125
  3. #1 Nolan Pope; 125
  4. #35 Carson Kvapil; 125
  5. #17 Josh Brock; 124
  6. #61 Natalie Decker; 124
  7. #9 Hudson Halder; 124
  8. #6 Mike Darne; 123
  9. #21 Time Allensworth; 123
  10. #24 JP Joassie; 122
  11. #6 Brandon Seltzer; 101
  12. #48 Toby Grynewicz; 98

Mike Looney & Jonathan Findley Win Their Heat Races and Transfer into the Show; 2019 ValleyStar 300 Field Set

The calm before the storm as the field has been set for the 2019 edition of the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Ridgeway, VA – Matt Leicht was put on the pole after qualifying 21st and not making the field, Kres VanDyke, Jake Crum, Mike Looney, and Brenden Queen rounded out the starting five. The green flag flew and Leicht jumped to the lead with VanDyke on his outside. The first of eight cautions came out on just lap 4 for Lucas Williams stopping on the front stretch.

With multiple restarts, Leicht has some good and some bad ones. VanDyke took advantage of the bad ones and looked to take over the point, but Leicht had a strong enough car to recover and hold the lead. Looney would work his way into the battle for the lead and take second from VanDyke. With that battle, Leicht put a small lead over the field just before a caution came out.

It was halfway and the top five were Leicht, Looney, Crum, VanDyke, and Anderson. With 30 laps to go, Brenden Queen was sitting in the transfer spot and the target was on him. Another caution came out setting up a restart in which Crum took the cone to start the second. When the restart came, officials did not like Crums start as the black flagged him next lap.

With 5 laps to go, things were bound to get wild. The red flag was displayed as a pileup happened in turns one and two. Looney was able to grab the lead before the red came out with three laps to go. Jamey Caudill after running in third pulled his car to pit road unexpectedly and it ended his night.

The checkered flag flew and Mike Looney picked you the win over Matt Leicht, Jacob Heafner, Kres VanDyke, and Kyle Dudley. Mike Darne, Colon Garrett, Justin Hicks, Jimmy Wallace, and Zack Clifton all advanced into the big show.

Brenden Poole, Jonathan Findley, Jeff Oakley, Sammy Smith, and Steve Zacharias started the second heat race in the top five. This race didn’t even get a lap in as Dylan Ward came to a stop in turn one against the wall. On the restart, Poole held the lead with Findley right behind him. Brandon Pierce has problems as he fell out of the groove and back through the field.

Findley would grab the lead on lap 8 and wouldn’t look back. Poole would also fall victim to Oakley and Smith falling to fifth. With Kevin Leicht running in the transfer position, Zacharias was being patient early but he had pressure from Pierce as well. Pierce would get around Zacharias and Leicht to move into the transfer spot.

The caution came out for Eric Winslow spinning around in turn three for a flat left rear tire. On the restart, Oakley took the cone to start on the outside of Findley, but coming out of turn four, he did not go at all. After speaking with him, he believed he had a fuel pump go bad on him. The battle for the transfer spot began to heat up as laps wound down.

Chase Dixon would get into Pierce coming out of turn four and riding on two wheels over top of him. Both cars were unable to continue ending they’re hopes of making the race. With another battle for the transfer spot heating up, GR Waldrop and Nik Williams wreck on the front stretch also ending they’re night. Once again another wreck happened involving the transfer position cars, this time it was Poole, Leicht, Camden Gullie and Tyler Matthews.

The checkered flag finally flew and Jonathan Findley picked up the win with Sammy Smith, Davin Scites, Derrick Lancaster, Stacy Puryear, Eric Winslow, Tyler Matthews, Grayson Cullather, Brenden Poole, and Austin Thaxton all transferred into the big show You can find the full field rundown below.

2019 ValleyStar 300 Starting Line-up;
  1.  #88 Josh Berry 
  2. #99 Layne Riggs 
  3. #22 Bobby McCarty 
  4. #26 Peyton Sellers 
  5. #5P Lee Pulliam 
  6. #88R Dustin Rumley 
  7. #98 Bubba Pollard 
  8. #2 Trevor Noles 
  9. #27 Tommy Lemons, Jr.
  10. #57 Justin T. Carroll
  11. #16M Chad McCumbee 
  12. #9 Trey Crews 
  13. #21 Travis Swaim 
  14. #12P Timothy Peters 
  15. #17 Taylor Gray 
  16. #18Y Jason York 
  17. #5 Dexter Canipe, Jr.
  18. #12W Ryan Wilson 
  19. #1 Craig Moore 
  20. #40 CE Falk, III
  21. #87 Mike Looney
  22. #4F Jonathan Findley
  23. #2M Matt Leicht
  24. #12S Sammy Smith
  25. #95 Jacob Heafner
  26. #06 Davin Scites
  27. #15 Kres VanDyke
  28. #25 Derrick Lancaster
  29. #4D Kyle Dudley
  30. #17P Stacy Puryear
  31. #6 Mike Darnes
  32. #22E Eric Winslow
  33. #24 Colin Garrett
  34. #63T Tyler Matthews
  35. #61H Justin Hicks
  36. #22C Grayson Cullather
  37. #21W Jimmy Wallace
  38. #30 Brendan Poole
  39. #81 Zack Clifton
  40. #12T Austin Thaxton

Ranger: Upsetting Qualifying Result For Mike Looney at ValleyStar Credit Union 300

Ridgeway, VA – Coming into this weekend, Mike Looney looked like the guy to beat, after posting a time of 20.088 last Thursday on practice day. That lap would’ve broke the lap record for the track if done in qualifying. On top of all the momentum he’s had throughout the season he looked to continue it coming into this weekend.

With high expectations from his fans and friends, Looney didn’t really set his expectations too high as he knows the unpredictable conditions of this race could knock anyone out. Looney was looking to make the show and ride until a few laps left to push it hard for the win.

That took a turn for the worse. The former ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner finished just 19th fastest when today’s practice session was over with a 20.236 lap. When it was time to qualify, Looney posted the 27th fastest time out of 68 cars. The top 20 cars are locked in the show meaning Looney will have to battle it out in a heat race tomorrow to make the show. The top ten out of both heat races advance to the 200 lap race.

Looneys going to have figure out what he can do to get more speed before tomorrow’s heat races. Looney will start 4th in one of tomorrow’s 50-lap heat races. With a strong field of cars that didn’t make the top 20, Looneys looking to stay inside the top five the whole race so he doesn’t have to worry about fighting his way back into the top ten.

The action returns tomorrow with an on-track driver autograph session starting at 12:45pm until 2:30pm. Then the heat races begin around 3:00pm and the 200 lap feature starting around 7:00pm. Follow all of the action right with us here >> https://bit.ly/2Veu0dB

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