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Greg Edwards Collects Win Number Ten and Championship Number Six; Finishes 2019 Tenth in the Nation, Fourth in Virginia

Hampton, VA– Greg Edwards, of Poquoson Virginia, came one championship closer to tying Phil Warren’s record of seven Late Model Stock Car track championships at Langley Speedway. He also tied his brother Danny Edwards with six championships a piece – twelve all together for Edwards Motorsports. He did so by simply starting last night’s race, it was an added bonus for the team to do so from the pole position posting a time 15.833 seconds. Conor Hall, who was looking to steal the title from Edwards did not have the car count he needed but would roll off second. Michael Hardin, Danny Edwards, and Mark Wertz rounded out the fastest five.

You would have thought Greg Edwards needed to win the race in order to win the championship because he took off from the field when Shane Snyder displayed the final green flag of the 2019 season. After leaving Hall to deal with the likes of Hardin and his brother Greg had nothing but a clear track in front of him to click off laps. Hall would eventually lose his second-place position to Danny Edwards just prior to the first caution of the evening for a spinning Brenden Queen in turn two.

It was an all Edwards front row for the ensuing restart where both drivers were able to maintain their position on the speedway. The restart would essentially be null and void after contact between the No. 7 of Zach Lightfoot and No. 9 Rodney Boyd made contact in turns three and four. Edwards was challenged a little more on the second restart from three-time race winner Connor Hall. As he has done all year, Edwards was once again able to defend his position and retain the race lead one last time.

All of our attention from that point on was focused on the epic battle between Late Model veteran Mark Wertz and relative newcomer to the division, Thomas Marks. The two spent the last quarter of the 100-lap race battling door-to-door for the fourth position. Marks utilizing the inside line for the offensive while Wertz mastered the outside line and ultimately defended his position. Edwards would power out of turn four one final time to earn his tenth victory of the season by a full second over his brother Danny Edwards. Connor Hall, Mark Wertz, and Thomas Marks would round out the top five finishers.

“That’s the way I wanted to end it,” Edwards said in a confetti-filled victory lane. “We tried something for this last race because we really had nothing to lose; might should have done that earlier in the season. The car was really good. I have to thank James Long and everyone that helps [on this car], Phillip Goodwin, Ashly, and all the people that help. It takes up a lot of time out of our lives to do this. I appreciate everything they give to me. It’s been a dream season. I have to thank Charlie High, he is one hell of an engine builder and I’m proud to be driving one of his motors”

Edwards also did something this year that not too many Division-I drivers competing in NASCAR’s weekly series can do, finishing tenth in national points running a single track all year long. Edwards had exactly 18 starts this season, which is the max NASCAR will take towards your national and state standings. Earning a total of nine wins, and eighteen top fives and top tens Greg Edwards was able to finish tenth in the nation and fourth in the state of Virginia.

“We are really happy with where we finished,” Edwards commented. “You get eighteen starts and we got exactly eighteen. Got a top ten in the nation and fourth in the state while all these other guys are running thirty to forty races a year. I am really happy about that.”

The title brought Greg even with his brother Danny at six championships and both just one shy of the record Phil Warren set in the division at seven.

“We are back to even,” Greg said about his brother’s six titles. “That’s pretty impressive and an elite crew, with Danny and Phil [Warren]. I think we are the only three to be able to do that in Late Model racing so that is a good group of guys to be in with.”

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 100
  2. #26 Danny Edwards; 100
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 100
  4. #55 Mark Wertz; 100
  5. #88 Thomas Marks; 100
  6. #90 Terry Carroll; 100
  7. #9 Rodney Boyd; 100
  8. #7 Michael Hardin; 100
  9. #03 Brenden Queen; 100
  10. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 100
  11. #10 Madyson Mulligan; 100
  12. #25 Michael Sutphin; 56

Greg Edwards Looking for Sixth Late Model Stock Car Championship Tonight

Hampton, VA – The 2019 Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway will come to a close later this evening and six more champions will be unofficially crowned. Poquoson’s own Greg Edwards is looking to clinch his sixth track title tonight – twelfth combined for Edwards Motorsports. Edwards, who has already won three times as many races as the next person, is also looking to earn win number ten to close out his tremendous year. With tonight’s race being a single 100-lap feature he will have to work on a good qualifying run and saving his tires if he wants to be there at the end.

Connor Hall, who has had a breakout season of his own winning the Hampton Heat 200 and the Solid Rock Carries 150 at Carteret County Speedway collecting $10,000 in each race, comes into the weekend sitting second in points, only fifteen behind Edwards. With three wins to his credit, this season alone Hall has proven time and time again he knows how to run upfront. However, he will need some alignment of the stars if you will if he wants to steal the championship away from Edwards, something that is still mathematically possible. With each position on the track counting for one point, Connor Hall essentially needs to win tonights feature, have a full field of cars show up, per the NASCAR rulebook, and Edwards needs to have a DNF. Though the odds are stacked against the No. 77 Townebank/Blue Water Yacht Sales Toyota one thing we can certainly take to the betting table is that Connor and crew will certainly give it everything they have and more.

Defending series champion Danny Edwards (392) currently sits in third place with no mathematical chance to gain on either Hall or his brother. Brenden Queen (384) enters the night fourth in points trailing Danny by only eight points so we could see a change in third should Queen have a stellar night. Thomas Marks (337) who has also had a standout year should lock up fifth-place points by just starting the race.

In support divisions, we already know the Super Streets are going to put on a great show but with only 10 points separating Dale Parro and Gordon Weeks, we most certainly should expect to see a barn burner in that 40-lap feature. Rick Poust by virtue of taking the green flag should clinch the Super Truck championship as should rookie Mike Farley in the UCAR division. Another race we should keep our eye on is the Pro Six 30-lap feature. Jarred Clarke, who is actually winless on the season, enters the weekend with just a five-point lead over seven-time winner Travis Wall who missed the first couple races of the season.

The full race-day schedule can be found below. Gates open at 2:00 PM. Qualifying 4:30 PM. Racing at 7:00 PM.

 

Hampton CVB Championship Night at the Races

EVENT SCHEDULE: October 12, 2019

 

12:00 PM                                        PIT GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                          GENERAL ADMISSION GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                          PRACTICE BEGINS

4:15 PM                                          DRIVER’S MEETING

4:30 PM                                          QUALIFYING

6:50 PM                                          INVOCATION BY REV. POTTER / NATIONAL ANTHEM

7:00 PM                                          1ST RACE BEGINS

Practice Order

  1. Late Model – 3 Practices
  2. Super Street – 2 Practices
  3. Super Truck – 2 Practices
  4. Pro-Six – 2 Practices
  5. U-car – 2 Practices

 

Qualifying Order

  1. U-Car – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  2. Pro-Six – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  3. Super Truck – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  4. Super Street – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  5. Late Model – 3 Laps Scuff (Green-White-Checkered)
  6. Enduro – Practice (3 groups of even cars)

Race Line Up

  1. Bojangles U-Car – 25 Laps
  2. Riverside Paper Pro-Six – 30 Laps
  3. Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 25 Laps
  4. Old Skool Video Games Super Street – 40 laps
  5. Taylor Waste Services Late Model – 100 Laps
  6. Parts Barn Enduro – 30 laps

Josh Berry Dominates ValleyStar Credit Union 300; Takes $44,000 Back to JR Motorsports

Josh Berry working through turn three at Martinsville Speedway. (Bill Carnes/Given To Fly Photography)

Ridgeway, VA – Josh Berry is going home this morning following one of the biggest and possibly richest weekends in his Late Model career. After blistering the track record Friday night and collecting an extra $5,000 he decided to go out Saturday night and lead every single lap to collect those bonus dollars too.

From the drop of the green flag, it was clear that the 40-car field were all fighting for second place as Berry was truly in a league of his own. It didn’t matter what you threw at the brightly colored No. 88 machine – lap cars, yellow flags, red flags, and even two stage breaks – Berry and crew did what they needed to do to stay out front.

Berry did most of his defense on the restarts as the forty-car field sailed off into turn one but each time was able to get the car rotated and back to the throttle quicker than anyone, typically fully clearing the field out of turn two. Bobby McCarty – who is currently leading the CARS Tour standings and not always the most friendly with Berry – was probably the only driver to really give him a run for his money. McCarty was able to peak his nose to the inside of Berry once on a restart and race him door-to-door for a handful of laps before Berry could dispose of him.

The only other challenge came late in the race when the field saw restart after restart when former race and Gander Outdoors Truck Series Timothy Peters made his way up through the field. Berry would, however, get some relief as former NWAAS National Champion and former race winner Lee Pulliam decided to get into the mix late in the race also. As the two of them battles that allowed for both Josh Berry to create some distance as well as Bobby McCarty to join the battle for second.

With the final three laps clean and green Berry and crew were able to get the job done and remain perfect on the weekend. Pulliam was able to get around and ultimately hold off Peters for the second position. Bobby McCarty gave everything he had left in the tank trying to get around his teammate but would ultimately have to settle for the fourth position – only one position back from where he took the green flag.  JRM teammate Bubba Pollard was able to actually finish the race this year and drove up to a fifth-place finish.

After winning the pole Friday night, winning both stages, and collecting every single dollar in the laps lead bonus, Berry’s unofficial net total through the weekend calculated a cool $44,000.

“I learned a lot last year here at Martinsville,” Berry said following his victory lane celebration. “This is a great day and I’m so happy to give Dale [Earnhardt Jr., Kelly Earnhardt-Miller, LW, and everyone at JR Motorsports their first win in this prestigious race.”

Berry was asked what this race and this win meant for him and his team after being so dominate last year and to have his night end the way it did.

“To win this race you have to beat the best of the best,” said Berry. “Any of the top-five drivers tonight could be driving on Sunday’s. This field is full of talent and to win here against them is special. We were fortunate enough to build a gap with the two racing behind us there at the end.”

 

OFFICIAL 2019 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Results.

  1. #88 Josh Berry; 200
  2. #5P Lee Pulliam; 200
  3. #12P Timothy Peters; 200
  4. #22 Bobby McCarty; 200
  5. #98 Bubba Pollard; 200
  6. #26 Peyton Sellers; 200
  7. #57 Justin Carroll; 200
  8. #4D Kyle Dudley; 200
  9. #88R Dustin Rumley; 200
  10. #15 Kres VanDyke; 200
  11. #24 Collin Garrett; 200
  12. #95 Jacob Heafner; 200
  13. #21 Travis Swaim; 200
  14. #6 Mike Darne; 200
  15. #30 Brendan Poole; 200
  16. #61H Justin Hicks; 200
  17. #81 Zack Clifton; 200
  18. #21W Jimmy Wallace; 200
  19. #22C Grayson Cullather; 199
  20. #06 Davin Scites; 197
  21. #40 C.E. Falk, III; 196
  22. #9 Trey Crews; 192
  23. #2M Matt Leicht; 198
  24. #17P Stacey Puryear; 181
  25. #25 Derrick Lancaster; 179
  26. #99 Layne Riggs; 147
  27. #2 Trevor Noles; 144
  28. #12W Ryan Wilson; 140
  29. #18Y Jason York; 133
  30. #12S Sammy Smith; 132
  31. #17 Taylor Gray; 132
  32. #4F Jonathan Findley; 132
  33. #5 Dexter Canipe, Jr.; 107
  34. #22E Eric Winslow; 107
  35. 27 Tommy Lemons, Jr.; 94
  36. 16M Chad McCumbee; 67
  37. 87 Mike Looney; 33
  38. 1 Craig Moore; 23
  39. 12T Austin Thaxton; 4
  40. 63T Ryan Matthews; 1

Casey: Post Qualifying Who To Watch

Lee Pulliam

Currently sitting second in the VA Triple Crown standings Pulliam spent most of his on track time inside of the top ten in speed. Pulliam is one of those drivers that can climb out of the car for half a season and jump right back in the seat and win a big race. His fifth place qualifying effort will certainly help his chances come race time tonight. Make sure to keep your eyes on the No. 5 Kiker Tree Services machine for all 200 laps. You may be seeing it land in victory.

 

Bobby McMarty

McCarty kind of came out of no where a few years back when he worked his way into Dale Lemonds Victory Lane back in 2017 when he won the prestigious Hampton Heat 200. From there on, the words Victory Lane & Bobby McCarty have started to become synonymous. Currently leading the Cars Tour Late Model Stock standings with two wins McCarty will roll off tonight in the third postion and with at least 50-laps less on his tires. We would be silly not to take the odds on McCarty.

 

Peyton Sellers

A former Xfinity Series driver, NWAAS National & State Champion, Peyton Sellers has once again has proven why he is one of the best in the business. Peyton will take the green flag from the fifth postiion later tonight which could be the best thing to help him earn his first ValleyStar Credit Union 300 win and keep the iconic Grandfather Clock here in Danville.

 

CE Falk

The defending race winner is someone you always have to keep an eye on. Whether they forced their way into victory lane or had luck on their side once you get a taste of victory lane thats all you want. Falk, a staple at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway before moving to Charlotte, has won the most Hampton Heat’s (3) in the histroy of the event along with NWAAS Regional championships before switching over to the current divisions. Falk did not have the qualifying effort that we thought he was going to have, however, he is locked into the show with his twentith place qualifying spot.

 

Josh Berry

Obviously picked in no particular order following last nights track record breaking qualifying performance Josh Berry comes into this race with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder in our opinion. After dominating most of the race last year and having the lead taken away from him on one of the strangest calls we have ever heard then an unfortunate accident, Berry’s hopes of a victory last year fell a little more that fifty laps short. Berry currently trails McCarty in the CARS Tour points standings but has collected three victories this year. We dont want to jynx him and his team but this year looks pretty good for Berry to take home his first clock. 

 

Sleeper

Justin “Toast” Carroll

He he’s hot he is hot. When he’s not… he is still pretty good. Carroll had a great run in the opening leg of the VA Tripple Crown till an cluster on the front stretch took him out of the running. Even though he elected not to compete in the Hampton Heat 200 Carroll has picked up a few wins at Ace. Carroll will roll off tonights 200-lap feature from the 10th position. As long as he can keep his nose clean and tires under him he could be a factor!

 

Dark Horse

Matt Waltz

Yup, you are reading this right. Matt Waltz is on our list because Matt Waltz is here at Martinsville competeting for a Grandfather Clock and a place in history. He hasnt been behind the wheel of a race car in a little while but is still one hell of a driver. Hopefully he can knock the dust of his gloves and wheel the car to the front. He will have a little bit of an uphill battle today has his 39th place qualifying position forces him to roll off 10th in the first heat race. As long as he can keep the nosr clean and not fall back from his starting position he will at least make the show.

 

#ValleyStar300: FansChoice.tv to Stream ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Live

MARTINSVILLE, VA – For the second consecutive season Fanschoice.tv will broadcast the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 live from Martinsville Speedway this Saturday.

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway has become one of the marquee events in NASCAR racing and thanks to the support of partners Southern Trust Home Services, Woodall Auto Mall and the Lester Group, Inc., fans who will not be able to attend the race in person can watch online.

“While we know nothing can replace the fan experience of attending the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 in person we are happy to be able to bring this race to fans everywhere,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “This event has become one of the prominent Late Model races in the country and for us to be able to bring the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 to viewers on FansChoice.tv is huge for our fans, partners and competitors.

“We are proud to stream the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 live this Saturday on FansChoice.TV,” said NASCAR Senior Director, Media Strategy Dan Barker. “Martinsville Speedway is an iconic venue and streaming this race is an opportunity to showcase the backbone of local short tracks to fans of grassroots racing around the world.”

MRN’s call of the race will also provide the audio for the FansChoice.tv broadcast starting at 6:30 p.m.

“The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is a race every late model driver wants to win,” said Motor Racing Network President Chris Schwartz. “In addition to listening to our race on MRN through our affiliates or digital platforms, fans can also tune in to FansChoice.tv to enjoy our coverage of this prestigious event with Dave Moody and Kyle Ricky in the booth along with Ford Martin calling action in the turns. Pit road will be covered by  Woody Cain and Hannah Newhouse.”

The MRN coverage, presented by Southern Trust Home Services, Woodall Auto Mall and the Lester Group, Inc., can be streamed digitally at www.mrn.com, as well as on their app. The race will also be broadcast over the air locally on B99 (WZBB-99.9 FM) beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car Race, paying $32,000 to the winner with a total purse of more than $110,000.

In addition, a total of $10,000 will be paid out to the top-three drivers in the Virginia Late Model Stock Car Triple Crown. The winner will take home $7,000 and Danville, Virginia’s Peyton Sellers leads the standings going into the final race.

The race day will kick off with a driver autograph session at 1 p.m. followed by two 50-lap heat races scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. The 200-lap feature will begin at 7 p.m.

For in-depth lap by lap coverage, driver interviews, photos and pit road videos make sure you tune into our LIVE Race Day Coverage Presented by Racing Virginia

Tickets are $30 for adults and free for children 17-and-under. Tickets can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

JRM Driver Josh Berry Wins UNOFFICIAL ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Pole and $5,000

Ridgeway, VA– More than sixty Late Models Stock Cars converged on the half-mile paper clip known as Martinsville Speedway for the largest and richest paying Late Model race of the year.  For some we call it Christmas for others, we simply call it Martinsville.

Single car qualifying was on tap Friday night to set the top twenty cars for Saturday night’s 200-lap feature. A change in the format from recent years where only the top two cars were locked in on speed and everyone else went into three 25-lap heat races and a Last Chance Qualifier.  JRM Late Model driver Josh Berry made a statement Friday night that he has returned to Martinsville Speedway with vengeance on his mind after how last year played out.

Laying down a 19.927 (90.330 MPH) Berry not only claimed the track record but the ability to lead the field to the green flag tomorrow night and not put an extra 50 laps on his tires. Fellow CARS Tour competitors Layne Riggs and Bobby McCarty rounded out the podium. Former NWAAS Late Model National Champions Peyton Sellers and Lee Pulliam rounded out the fastest five. He and fifteen other drivers have locked themselves into the show while the remainder of the competitors will be split into two 50-lap races where the top ten in each will advance.

“Ever since qualifying at night the cars have gotten faster,” Berry said in the media center. “We are always working on our cars making them better. Winning this race would big and something for us. [Dale} Jr. wants to be here and we want to get the win for him. We brought our car out here pretty much in race trim last week in the test session and felt really good.”

The first of two 50-lap qualifying races is set to roll off the grid at 3:00 PM EDT. Everything else will follow as time permits. The green flag for the 2019 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is set for 7:00 PM EDT. Of course, The Weekly Racer will have you covered starting in the afternoon starting at noon!  Stay tuned for the link.

 

UNOFFICIAL ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Qualifying Results

            Pos. Car # Name Lap
1

88

Josh Berry 19.927
2 99 Layne Riggs 19.959
3 22 Bobby McCarty 20.011
4 26 Peyton Sellers 20.040
5 5P Lee Pulliam 20.060
6 88R Dustin Rumley 20.079
7 98 Bubba Pollard 20.083
8 2 Trevor Noles 20.100
9 27 Tommy Lemons, Jr. 20.111
10 57 Justin T. Carroll 20.116
11 16M Chad McCumbee 20.118
12 9 Trey Crews 20.120
13 21 Travis Swaim 20.145
14 12P Timothy Peters 20.146
15 17 Taylor Gray 20.146
16 18Y Jason York 20.159
17 5 Dexter Canipe, Jr. 20.163
18 12W Ryan Wilson 20.166
19 1 Craig Moore 20.171
20 40 CE Falk, III 20.188
21 2M Matt Leicht 20.202
22 30 Brendan Poole 20.206
23 15 Kres VanDyke 20.213
24 4F Jonathan Findley 20.217
25 01C Jake Crum 20.219
26 11O Jeff Oakley 20.222
27 87 Mike Looney 20.227
28 12S Sammy Smith 20.233
29 3 Brenden Queen 20.239
30 35 Steve Zacharias 20.239
31 24 Colin Garrett 20.247
32 25 Derrick Lancaster 20.258
33 41 Jamey Caudill 20.266
34 6 Davin Scties 20.266
35 6 Mike Darne 20.269
36 17P Stacy Puryear 20.277
37 73 Bruce Anderson 20.278
38 25L Kevin Leicht 20.280
39 2W Matt Waltz 20.292
40 12T Austin Thaxton 20.305
41 17B Brandon Clements 20.340
42 2P Brandon Pierce 20.358
43 11 Lucas Williams 20.373
44 77 Trevor Ward 20.382
45 95 Jacob Heafner 20.384
46 32 Nik Williams 20.387
47 6M BJ Mackey 20.392
48 63T Tyler Matthews 20.440
49 4D Kyle Dudley 20.445
50 01G Camden Guille 20.446
51 81 Zack Clifton 20.457
52 7 Chase Dixon 20.469
53 61H Justin Hicks 20.482
54 22C Grayson Cullather 20.495
55 21W Jimmy Wallace 20.519
56 28 Jason Barnes 20.526
57 12 Annabeth Barnes-Crum 20.550
58 1 GR Waldrop 20.629
59 36 Owen Smith 20.668
60 22E Eric Winslow 20.688
61 92 Kyle Southern 20.689
62 7 Dylan Ward 20.754
63 1S James Sweeney 20.878
64 18G Bobby Gillispie 21.210
65 4va Mack Tatum 21.547
66 2L Amber Lynn 21.913
67 15M Ryan Millington DNQ
68 1C Daryn Cockram DNQ
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