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Tyler Ankrum & Anthony Alfredo Earn First Wins of K&N East Series; Sellers and Pierce Win in Late Models

Anthony Alfredo celebrates his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win in the second of the Who’s Your Driver Twin 100s Saturday night at South Boston Speedway. (Barry Cantrell, NKP)

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – Tyler Ankrum and Anthony Alfredo split wins in the twin 100-lap NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races that headlined Saturday night’s whosyourdriver.org NASCAR K&N Twin 100s racing program at South Boston Speedway.

The wins were the first victories for both Ankrum and Alfredo on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East circuit. Also, Saturday night, defending South Boston Speedway Champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia and Brandon Pierce of Oak Ridge, North Carolina split wins in the twin 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division races that shared the spotlight with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East doubleheader.Ankrum wrestled the lead away from DGR Crosley teammate Tyler Dippel on lap 55 following the restart that ensured after the fourth of the race’s seven caution flags. He fended off South Boston, Virginia resident Colin Garrett

Ankrum wrestled the lead away from DGR Crosley teammate Tyler Dippel on lap 55 following the restart that ensured after the fourth of the race’s seven caution flags. He fended off South Boston, Virginia resident Colin Garrett and Justin Carroll after the final restart with nine laps to go and drove to a 1.250-second win over Carroll with Garrett finishing third to give Hunt-Sellers Racing its best-ever finish in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.

Marcos Gomes and Dippell rounded out the top five finishers in the opening race.In the nightcap, Alfredo muscled his way past Chase Cabre on the last lap to score his first career win in the series. Cabre got out of shape and got into the wall after contact with Alfredo, opening the door for Dippel, Ankrum

In the nightcap, Alfredo muscled his way past Chase Cabre on the last lap to score his first career win in the series. Cabre got out of shape and got into the wall after contact with Alfredo, opening the door for Dippel, Ankrum and others to speed past him to the checkered flag.

Alfredo edged Dippell by 4.176 seconds at the finish with Ankrum, Ronnie Bassett Jr. and Spencer Davis rounding out the top five finishers in the race that saw four different drivers hold the lead in the race.

 

Late Model Stock Car Twinbill

In the Late Model Stock Car Division doubleheader, Sellers picked up his first win of the season at South Boston Speedway in the first of the night’s pair of 75-lap races.Sellers won the pole, lost the lead to Philip Morris on the fourth lap, but regained the lead on lap 38 when Morris was sidelined by a broken engine pulley. Once in front, Sellers was able to hold off Pierce for the win.

Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina, Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia and Mike Jones of South Boston, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers in the race that saw the lead change hands twice between Sellers and Morris.

In the nightcap, Pierce drove past Morris with 16 laps to go and edged Morris by .774-second to score his first career South Boston Speedway win.

Scott finished third, Austin Thaxton of Clarksville, Virginia finished fourth and Dusty Ellington of Burkeville, Virginia finished fifth.

There were three lead changes among three drivers with Pierce leading twice for a total of 27 laps.

 

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

NASCAR racing action returns to South Boston Speedway Saturday, May 26, with the Danville Toyota Presents Bojangles NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program.

Getting the green flag at 7 p.m., the six-race card will be highlighted by a 100-lap race for the competitors in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division. A 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, twin 15-lap races for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division and a 30-lap race for the Mod 4 Division will round out the night’s action.

Registration and pit gates open at 2:30 p.m., practice runs from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults. Kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For additional information about the whosyourdriver.org NASCAR K&N Twin 100s racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

Virginia Motor Speedway Set to WRAR / WNNT Night at the Races this Saturday April 28th; First Race of the Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship Season

Photo: Al Goulder

Jamaica, VA – Drivers and fans alike are ready to get the 2018 Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly racing season at Virginia Motor Speedway underway after being rained out on April 7th. After a very success Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth on April 14th, officials are excited to see what the weekly racing season has to offer. WRAR / WNNT Night at the races will feature all four Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship division in some exciting side by side racing.

Saturday evening April 28th will feature a full program of Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly racing action that will include the Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock divisions.

Competitor gates for Saturday, April 28th will open at 12pm for inspection and registration for all competitors. Spectator gates opening at 5pm with on-track activities beginning around 5pm with hot laps. There will be a mandatory drivers meeting at 4:45pm.

Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday: Victory Lap Pro Late Models (35 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (30 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (30 laps) and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (25 laps). All divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.

Adult general admission is just $12; seniors (60+) $10; military (active and retired) $8; students (11-17) $6 and children 10 and under are free with a paying adult. Pit passes (regardless of age) are $20 and also get you a seat in the grandstands.

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Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a 1/2-mile, dirt oval. The track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

 

To learn more about Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway and its 2018 schedule of events, fans may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track’s website at http://www.vamotorspeedway.com.

 

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Solid Field Of Cars Expected For Season-Opening Race At South Boston Speedway Saturday Night

South Boston, VA  – The lights will go on at South Boston Speedway Saturday night for the first time this season with a strong field of Late Model cars expected.

The Autos By Nelson presents the ValleyStar Credit Union Twin 100s will roll off at 7 p.m. Saturday with a strong field of cars anticipated to take the green flag.

Drivers expected for the Late Model field include defending track champion and former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Peyton Sellers, former track champion and four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Philip Morris, Danny Willis Jr., Brandon Pierce, Bobby McCarty, Mike Jones, Austin Thaxton, Bruce Anderson, Eric Winslow, Quincy Adkins, Charles Barnes, Thomas Scott, Blake Stallings, Mark Kesee Jr. and Jason Barnes, among others. Entries are not finalized until teams sign in Saturday afternoon.

Pierce is coming off one of his best runs ever, finishing second in the CARS Tour event at Orange County Speedway last Saturday night after winning the pole with a new track record in his Thunder Road Harley Davidson Camry. The young driver believes his team is loaded with positive energy headed to South Boston this week.

“We’re absolutely bringing a lot of momentum into the race and really look forward to getting to the track,” said Pierce, who finished fifth in South Boston Speedway’s championship points last year. “It’s really a confidence booster when you run so well like we did over the weekend and then you know your next race is at a track that you are familiar with and have laps on. We’re looking forward to it.”

Pierce’s Nelson Motorsports teammate McCarty finished one spot behind him over the weekend in third, and also believes he brings momentum into Saturday’s South Boston race. He finished second in the South Boston points race last year.

“I feel we have been strong all year long and any time we go to South Boston Speedway, there’s always more excitement and motivation because we consider it our home track,” said McCarty, who drives a Toyota Camry sponsored by autosbynelson.com.

Thaxton, who made his CARS Tour Late Model debut last week, is just as excited as Pierce and McCarty about coming back home to South Boston this week, but he may have a longer week than them.

“I’m ready to get back over there to South Boston,” said Thaxton, who won on his home track last year. “It’s going to be a long week, though. I had a run in with the wall last week.”

The Martinsville Speedway offer will remain in place for the Autos By Nelson presents ValleyStar Credit Union Twin 100s. Anyone presenting a ticket stub from either the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race or the STP 500 NASCAR Monster Energy Series race earlier this spring at Martinsville Speedway will be admitted free.

Saturday’s season-opener will feature twin 100-lap Late Model Stock races, twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race, a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race and a 30-lap Mod 4 Division race.

Gates open at 5:30, qualifying is at 6 at the first race rolls off at 7 Saturday night. Tickets are just $10 for adults, and new for 2018, children 12-and-under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

Danny Edwards Jr. Wins the 2018 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Pole Award

Hampton, VA – Danny Edwards, Jr. from Poquoson, Virginia and five-time Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway track champion laid down the quickest lap during euro style qualifying earlier in the evening. Edwards’ 15.359-second (92.584) was just four-hundredth’s of a second quicker than the host driver Denny Hamlin. Hamlin’s Monster Energy Cup teammate and defending two-time cup series winner Kyle Busch will start the 200-lap feature from the third position with truck series driver Timothy Peters and Ty Gibbs – grandson to Joe Gibbs – round out the top five.

“We took off where we left off last race,” Edwards told The Weekly Racer. “We thought we had a pretty good car. Made a few changes at the shop but when we got here today we found ourselves fighting it. We worked at it and threw a lot of things at it and to be honest with you we hit on something at the very end of the practice, made a couple big swings and I told the guys this was the best I have had it on the long run.”

Edwards, as mentioned above, is surrounded by some of the best in auto racing and well… he was not only shocked by it but was aware of who he had around him.

“To be honest with you it surprised me,” Edwards went on to say. “I didn’t think that was going to stick seeings how we went out mid-pack and some of those guys going out later. Hopefully, we can control our race a little bit better when the green flag drops. The only thing you can control is what you do.”

Edwards will take the green flag with probably the most experience and the most laps completed at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway, however, he knows when the helmets go on and they strap in it goes out the window.

“I have raced with these guys before with Denny and Kyle in some of the ASA series,” Edwards said. “You take the guys that are here that are the pro drivers and they are professional’s for a reason, they are the best in the business. Do I have more laps at this track? Yea, but they are the absolute best in the world. I am just pleased to be up here and run with them.”

In a normal 200-lap feature there is only one break for tires, fuel, or just adjustments. However, tonight’s race will be run in three segments. Segment one drivers are able to take up to four tires, adjustments but no fuel. We asked Edwards if that changed his strategy throughout the evening.

Not really,” Edwards said honestly. “How the race goes throughout the stints will dictate what we do. We really won’t know until we get some laps on the car and make some adjustments on how the car felt in the first half. It’s going to be about keeping it clean, keeping the fenders on it and the breaks on it.”

Green flag is set to fly for the feature event at 8:30 PM. If you are unable to make it out follow us on Twitter or watch LIVE on Fanschoice.tv

DAVENPORT SCORES $20,000 “KING OF THE COMMONWEALTH” ULTIMATE VICTORY AT VIRGINIA

Jonathan Davenport celebrates in WhosYourDriver.org victory lane Saturday, April 14th at Virginia Motor Speedway (Photo courtesy of Ultimate Super Late Models website)

JAMAICA, VA – The Ultimate Super Late Model Series Southeast Region made their return to Virginia Motor Speedway Saturday, April 14th for the annual Aaron’s “King Of The Commonwealth” where the Series saw 56 competitors sign in all trying to capture a $20,000 payday.

The event was also a bonus race for the Ultimate BOB, Ultimate Northeast, and Ultimate Mid-Ohio Valley Regions. Holding off a final lap challenge from Scott Bloomquist; Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville; Georgia went flag to flag Saturday night at Virginia Motor Speedway to take home a $20,000 payday with the Ultimate Super Late Model Series.

Scott Bloomquist, Chris Madden, Tim McCreadie, and Brandon Overton rounded out the top five finishers. Scott Bloomquist set fast time in qualifying with a time of 17.156 seconds to earn the Davis Diesel Service fast qualifier award. Heat race winners included Scott Bloomquist, Jonathan Davenport, Chris Madden, Jason Colvert, Austin Hubbard, and Tyler Millwood. Consolation race winners included Tyler Erb and Tyler Bare.

The Ultimate Super Late Model Series Southeast Region will be back in action again on Saturday, April 21st as the Series will travel to Woodstock, Georgia to Dixie Speedway for a $4,000 to win event and on Sunday, April 22nd the Series will travel to Rome, Georgia to Rome Speedway for a $4,000 to win event.

 

FULL RESULTS – VIRGINIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY 4/14/18 “KING OF THE COMMONWEALTH”

  1. Jonathan Davenport
  2. Scott Bloomquist
  3. Chris Madden
  4. Tim McCreadie
  5. Brandon Overton
  6. Austin Hubbard
  7. Greg Satterlee
  8. Jason Covert
  9. Kyle Hardy
  10. Tyler Millwood
  11. Hudson ONeal
  12. Chris Ferguson
  13. Rick Eckert
  14. Tyler Bare
  15. Mason Zeigler
  16. Bobby Pierce
  17. Jeff Smith
  18. Dennis Franklin
  19. Walker Arthur
  20. Andy Anderson
  21. GR Smith
  22. Tyler Erb
  23. Zack Mitchell
  24. Ross Bailes

 

Davis Diesel Service Fast Qualifier: Scott Bloomquist 17.156

Feature Winner: Jonathan Davenport

Hard Charger: McCreadie & Overton, Both Advanced 11 Spots

Heat 1 Winner: Scott Bloomquist
Heat 2 Winner: Jonathan Davenport
Heat 3 Winner: Chris Madden
Heat 4 Winner: Jason Colvert
Heat 5 Winner: Austin Hubbard
Heat 6 Winner: Tyler Millwood
B-Main 1 Winner: Tyler Erb
B-Main 2 Winner: Tyler Bare
Provisional: Dennis Franklin / Zack Mitchell

 

Heat 1 – Top 3 Transfer To Feature

1) Scott Bloomquist: 2) Rick Eckert; 3) Gregg Satterlee; 4) Amanda Whaley; 5) Tyler Erb; 6) Jared Miley; 7) Justin Williams; 8) Spencer Liggon; 9) Zack Mitchell

 

Heat 2 – Top 3 Transfer To Feature

1) Jonathan Davenport; 2) Chris Ferguson; 3) Ross Bailes; 4) Tyler Bare; 5; Hudson ONeal; 6) Nick Davis; 7) Donald Bradsher; 8) Dale Hollidge; 9) Jeff Mathews; 10) Tyler Emory

 

Heat 3 – Top 3 Transfer To Feature

1) Chris Madden; 2) Bobby Pierce; 3) Tim McCreadie; 4) Ross Robinson; 5) Walker Arthur; 6) Joey Coulter; 7) Kyle Lear; 8) Ivendent Lloyd; 9) Kirk Baker

 

Heat 4 – Top 3 Transfer To Feature

1) Jason Covert; 2) Kyle Hardy; 3) Brandon Overton; 4) Jimmy Latham, 5) Gary Stuhler; 6) Jeep Van Wormer; 7) Kelly Lee; 8) Cla Knight; 9) Reese Masiello

 

Heat 5 – Top 3 Transfer To Feature

1) Austin Hubbard; 2) Jeff Smith; 3) GR Smith; 4) Brent Larson; 5) Dustin Mitchell; 6) Jason Miller; 7) Matthew Nance; 8) Trever Feathers; 9) Kyle Bronson

 

Heat 6 – Top 3 Transfer To Feature

1) Tyler Millwood; 2) Andy Anderson; 3) Mason Zeigler; 4) Matt Cosner; 5) Ryan Montgomery; 6) Rick Elliott; 7) Kenny Moreland; 8) Dennis Franklin; 9) Zack Dohm

 

B-Main 1 – Top 2 Transfer To Feature

1) Tyler Erb; 2) Walker Arthur; 3) Ross Robinson; 4) Brent Larson; 5) Ivendent Lloyd; 6) Jared Miley; 7) Amanda Whaley; 8) Kyle Lear; 9) Kirk Baker; 10) Dustin Mitchell; 11) Trever Feathers; 12) Spencer Liggon; 13) Jason Miller; 14) Joey Coulter

 

B-Main 2 – Top 2 Transfer To Feature

1) Tyler Bare; 2) Hudson ONeal; 3) Matt Cosner; 4) Rick Elliott; 5) Kenny Moreland; 6) Donald Bradsher; 7) Gary Stuhler; 8) Kyle Bronson; 9) Cla Kight; 10) Dale Hollidge; 11) Jeff Mathews; 12) Jimmy Latham; 13) Ryan Montgomery; 14) Jeep Van Wormer; 15) Kelly Lee; 16) Tyler Emory; 17) Nick Davis

 

For more information on the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series visit http://www.ultimatesupers.com or call (864) 871-1442. ULTIMATE Supers are also on Twitter at @ULTIMATESupers Instagram @ULTIMATE_Supers and on Facebook at Ultimate Super Late Model Series.

The ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series would like to recognize their series partners for the 2018 season which include: American Racer, Hoosier Race Tires, VP Race Fuels, PPM Racing Products, Arizona Sport Shirts, DirtonDirt.com, Cruise With the Champions, Big A’s Custom Graphics, AR Bodies, Five Star Race Bodies, Schaeffer’s Racing Oil and Lubricants, RockAuto.com, Simpson, Davis Diesel Service, Rugged Radios, and Thomas Clarke Performance Web Design.

Caraway Speedway Resumes Action with Second SMRS Stop

After two weekends off from the sounds of race cars, Caraway Speedway will once again roar to life for the third race of the 2018 season this Saturday, April 14th at 7pm.

The Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) will headline a seven division, eight-race card. The Southern Modified Racing Series will run a twin 50-lap format which will be the third and fourth race of the season for the series. To date, two Northern invaders have picked up the wins with Jon McKennedy winning the season opener at Caraway and Matt Hirshman picking up the win at Hickory two weekends ago.

The 602 Tour Modifieds will also run a 35-lap feature for their second race of the 2018 season. Robbie Brewer won the season opener several weeks back over Dean Lowder. The field for this new series is continuing to expand and should produce some great racing this weekend and in future races.

The Limited Late Models will be back in action as well. Mack Little picked up the win in the season opener with Josh Lowder winning the second race of the season. Those two drivers along with Tommy Neal and Jimmy Wallace have been mixing it up for the win in both races to date. Jeremy Clay also isn’t too far behind and could be a threat to win a race soon.

The BGS (Bowman Gray Stadium) Sportsman cars will be in action for the first time this season. These drivers will be looking to get their season started a week ahead of Bowman Gray Stadium opening up. Kevin Neal, John Holleman IV, and Mike Adams are among the expected entrants for this division. Those three alone would make for a great race but we expect a host of other BGS regulars to challenge them for the win.

The Chargers return for their first race since the season opener on March 11th with a 25-lap race. Austin Harris picked up his first career win in that race after getting spun and going to the tail of the field. He’ll have his hands full with several newcomers expected to compete in this event.

AJ Sanders will be looking for his second Caraway win of the season and third overall with the Mini Stocks returning to action for 15-laps. Sanders dominated the season opener but had a windshield full of Johnny Baker. Baker will be looking for his first win of the season this weekend.

The U-Cars will be back in action for 10-laps on Saturday night as Gregory Williams looks to pick up another win. He didn’t get to go to victory lane in the season opener but after Tommy Raino was disqualified, Williams inherited the victory. Several more cars are ready now after a month off and will be ready to challenge Williams for the top spot.

Grandstands open at 5pm with racing slated to start at 7pm. Adults $20, youth 7-14 years old $5 and kids 6 and under get in free. For more information on Caraway Speedway, visit their newly redesigned website at http://www.CarawaySpeedway.com or visit them on Facebook at @caraway.speedway. You can also call the track office at 336.629.5803

Cold and Wet Weather Force Virginia Motor Speedway to Postpone WRAR / WNNT Night till Saturday April 28; Focus Now on April 14 $20,000 to win Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth

Jamaica, VA – Due to extreme cold temperatures and the forecast for rain and snow this Saturday, Virginia Motor Speedway officials have postponed WRAR / WNNT Night racing activities for Saturday April 7, 2018 till Saturday, April 28th. April 28th will now be the opening night of the 2018 Aaron’s Dirt Series Champion weekly racing season. The program will include extra practice for all four weekly divisions.

“We hate that we have to lose the first week of the season, but with the cold temperatures and wet weather it is the best interest of our fans and competitors to cancel racing activities for this Saturday”, commented track General Manager Clarke Sawyer.

The speedway will now shift its focus to next week’s $20,000 to win Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth featuring the Ultimate Super Late Model cars and stars in a $20,000 to win, 60 lap feature and the FASTRAK Chevrolet Performance Late Models in a $3000 to win, 40 lap event. Thirty-two competitors are already confirmed for this huge event. If you are a fan of Dirt Late Model racing this is the show to see.

Admission price for Adults $30, seniors (60+) $25; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $20, students 11 – 17 years old $15 and children 10 and under admitted free. Pit passes (regardless of age) will be $45.

16” coolers are welcomed but no glass is allowed. There is plenty of free lit parking and camping (no hookups) is allowed at no charge on a first come first served basis.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

Race fans can go to http://www.vamotorspeedway.com to view the complete schedule Virginia Motor Speedway’s 2018 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and camping information. In addition, fans can get social with Virginia Motor Speedway by following @vamotorspeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at http://www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on http://www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

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