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Racing Returns to the Historic Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway for the 70th Year of Racing

Hampton, VA – For the first time in 2020 the sounds of race engines and the smell of spent race fuel returns to the historic and fan-favorite Langley Speedway as Virginia starts to ease into what looks to be a “new normal.”

As the Governor of Virginia transitioned the state into Phase Three of re-opening Vaughn Crittenden and senior officials at the .395-mile speedway was finally to unlock and open the gates. Much later in the year than anticipated and with far fewer fans in the stands than previous opening nights but the silver lining… the speedway is open.

With only 1,000 tickets up for sale, based on the Governor’s orders, tickets went at a rapid pace and will cause local race fans to find other means to follow tonight’s action. We will have all of tonight’s action covered via our Twitter page (@TheWeeklyRacer). For those who would like to watch tonight’s action can subscribe to NBC Track Pass.

Tonight’s qualifying and race order can be found below.

 

2:00PM GRANDSTAND GATES OPEN

2:00PM PRACTICE
1. LATE MODELS (3 ROUNDS)
2. VIRGINIA SPRINT CAR SERIES (2 ROUNDS)
3. SUPER TRUCKS (2 ROUNDS)
4. UCARS (2 ROUNDS)
5. LEGENDS (2 ROUNDS)
6. BANDOLEROS (2 ROUNDS)

4:15PM DRIVER’S MEETING

4:30PM QUALIFYING
1. BANDOLEROS (EURO 3 CARS-5 LAPS)
2. LEGENDS (GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)
3. UCARS (GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)
4. SUPER TRUCKS (GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)
5. LATE MODELS (SCUFF-GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)

6:45PM PRE RACE CEREMONIES
INVOCATION REV TOM POTTER
NATIONAL ANTHEM KAYA O’BRIEN-JAMES

7:00PM FEATURE RACES
1. CYCLE CITY CORP BANDOLEROS (15 LAPS)
2. TAYLOR WASTE SERVICES LATE MODELS (50 LAPS)
3. VIRGINIA SPRINT CAR SERIES HEAT 1 (10 LAPS)
4. VIRGINIA SPRINT CAR SERIES HEAT 2 (10 LAPS)
5. CYCLE CITY CORP LEGENDS (25 LAPS)
6. HARRIS TRUCK SHOP SUPER TRUCKS (25 LAPS)
7. FARLEY FINANCIAL UCARS (25 LAPS)
8. VIRGINIA SPRINT CAR SERIES (25 LAPS)
9. TAYLOR WASTE SERVICES LATE MODELS (50 LAPS)

Advance Auto Parts to Sponsor NASCAR Weekly Series in Multiyear Agreement

As NASCAR Weekly Series sanctioned events begin to return at select tracks across North America, NASCAR, and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider, today announced a multiyear official partnership, designating Advance Auto Parts as the series entitlement sponsor. As part of the agreement, Advance also becomes the “Official Auto Parts Retailer of NASCAR.”

“It’s great to have Advance join us in welcoming the return of NASCAR-sanctioned grassroots racing,” said Ben Kennedy, vice president, racing development, NASCAR. “Advance’s commitment to our Weekly Series will develop some of the brightest NASCAR talent across North America. Advance has a long history in racing, and we’re thrilled to see its expanded presence from the grassroots all the way through our national series.”

The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series is one of the oldest series in NASCAR, where champions are crowned at NASCAR-sanctioned Home Tracks. The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series was paused in mid-March due to COVID-19 and recently returned with sanctioned events at select tracks beginning June 6.

The series is run at nearly 60 NASCAR-sanctioned Home Tracks throughout the United States and Canada. NASCAR Home Tracks are a group of local short tracks sanctioned by NASCAR.

“Drivers and race fans in North America have not been able to attend their local tracks due to COVID-19. We are excited to be partnering with NASCAR and the NASCAR Weekly Series to support tracks, drivers, and fans as they resume live racing this year,” said Jason McDonell, Advance’s chief marketing officer. “We are committed to helping our customers advance in our stores, online and with this multiyear partnership with NASCAR. We are passionate about advancing local communities where we serve, and through this sponsorship, we’ll be able to help grow racing at the grassroots level while supporting the next generation of champions.”

Race fans can catch select NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series races live and on-demand via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold, the new streaming service from NASCAR and NBC Sports. NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series races are part of the NASCAR Roots package for $2.99/month or $19.99/annually. The full TrackPass package, which includes NASCAR Roots, IMSA, and American Flat Track events is available for $4.99/month or $44.99/year. TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold will be available on desktop web browsers and via the NBC Sports app on iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple TV (Gen 4), Roku, Amazon Fire TV, AndroidTV, Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex and Chromecast devices connected via HDMI.

Racing Returns to Dominion Raceway Without Fans For The Time Being

Due to the Governor’s order on May 28, 2020 to enter phase two of re-opening the state Dominion Raceway located in Thornburg, VA has released information on their opening night and plans for at least the next two weeks. Please take a moment to read the below information from the facility as it has dates, times, and regulations to follow as you return to the speedway. As race fans are not permitted in the stands as of yet we will have race day coverage for you all on our various social platforms.

Friday, June 5th Open Practice from 3-8PM.

RACE DAY SATURDAY JUNE 6TH (No Fans at this time)
The line up for Saturday, June 6th is:
RACE STARTS AT 5PM GATE AT 10AM.

Modifieds 35
Truckin Thunder VA RacerS 35/35
Mini Stocks 25
MN Upholstery Services ,LLC Ucar 25
Absolutely Amish Structures AnyCar 20

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To all competitors the following special procedures will apply for our future races until such time as we can return to normal operations:

– No spectators will be permitted. We are so sorry but it’s the Governor’s orders.
– Teams may bring in the Driver and up to 8 crew members per team. This will be closely monitored.
– Face Masks are encouraged but not mandatory unless inside a building or where you have a medical condition preventing mask use.
– If you need a face mask please ask we have some available
– Social distancing of 6′ minimum is required and 8′ between race teams as parked in the infield.
– DO NOT ATTEND THIS EVENT IF YOU HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 OR HAVE A TEMPERATURE.
– DR has temperature monitoring devices and reserves the right to check all attendees for elevated temperatures.
– All participants will have to sign the standard race waiver and a COVID-19 release as required by our insurance company at check-in

– Costs to race are as follows:

Race entry costs (“Temporary- COVID-19”) All teams in addition to DR’s standard pit entry fees are required to pay a race entry cost as follows:

-Late Model team $100
-Modified team $75
-Virginia Racer team $75
-Dominion Stock team $50
-UCAR team $25
-INEX Legend team $35
-VMCRA Mini cup team $25
-Mini Stock team $25
-INEX Bandolero team $15
-ANY CAR team $15

Pit entry with NASCAR License per person (Standard) $28 per person
Pit Entry without NASCAR License per person (Standard) $35 per person.

You may purchase a NASCAR license on-site.

NASCAR Sanctioning. NASCAR has not determined if it will sanction racing of its short tracks at this time. This event will run as a NASCAR event should NASCAR sanction it and will still run if not as a “non NASCAR” event. We are simply honoring our standard discount as a NASCAR member and your pit entry will have no benefit or effect if the race is not NASCAR sanctioned. Track points will be rewarded in either case and this race will count as a track points race. This race may not count as a Virginia Racer series race with Langley Speedway until such time as Langley’s schedule is posted and they are open.

All of the other standard racing procedures will apply as before. It is our hope to run a standard event just as we would have pre-COVID-19.

Live Streaming- still working on this. We have ordered the necessary equipment and we have determined if we are to do this we will need to do it in house to make it affordable. We have no experience and so we will make an announcement pre-race, provided the equipment comes in, we hope you will give us a pass on the production quality. We don’t want to produce a bad offering but once the equipment comes in if it comes in this week we will have virtually no time to practice and perfect it. There will be no charge for this race although we may ask to have a small future charge if we can offer something that we believe meets a reasonable production experience for our fans. This will be a temporary measure only for the benefit of those staying home and is not something we will continue once fans are permitted. We are not looking to get into the Pay Per View business we are in the fans in the stands business!!!

We will have extra security to monitor the gate. To meet the Governors order you may not enter the facility unless you are with a team as a driver or crew. We don’t make the rules and we want all of our competitors to be safe and practice good COVID-19 procedures at all times. You will be asked to leave if you do not take these initiatives seriously, our ability to continue racing is directly related to our ability to have your buy-in and support even if you don’t agree fully with the measures we are being asked to take.

Sunday is our rain date and we will run on Sunday, June 7th if we cannot run this event in total on June 6th. We will monitor the weather closely and keep you posted. The race will be considered a completed event once 50% of the laps for this event is run. If your division doesn’t run due to weather and you have paid an entry fee and bought pit passes your race will be rescheduled at the next opportunity and your entry will be valid at that time. We will not conduct a weather make up race once the race has commenced in all cases.

Here is the link to the Governors order for your review these are the conditions and permission we are racing under in the State of Virginia at this time.

http://ovaltrack.dominionraceway.com/…/Virginia-Forward-Pha…

Lastly, we all need some fun!!!! It will be different and we all know that missing our fans will be the hardest part for all of us. Let’s do everyone proud, having a great competitive race, and getting the season started is critically important if we hope to return to the sport we all love and have a 2020 season.

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Friday, June 12 Open Practice from 3-8PM.

RACE DAY SATURDAY JUNE13TH (No Fans at this time)
The line up for Saturday, June 13th is:
RACE STARTS AT 7PM GATE AT 10AM

DR Late Models 60/60
Dominion Stocks 40
INEX Legends 25
INEX Bandoleros 15
Mini Cup VMCRA 25

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
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