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Brandon Clements Clinches Carteret Championship with Bobby Watson Memorial Victory

Brandon Clements, pictured in victory lane at Carteret County Speedway, after winning the Bobby Watson Memorial race on October 27, 2018. (Andy Marquis photo)

SWANSBORO, NC – Brandon Clements, who is the winningest driver in Carteret County Speedway history, clinched the track championship in style on Saturday night, with a victory.

Clements surrendered the lead early in the 50-lap race after starting on the pole – first to Eric Winslow then to Justin Carroll.  With 11 laps to go, Clements made the pass to get back around Carroll to take the lead and the win – his fifth Late Model win of the year.

“This really means a lot to me,” an emotional Clements said in victory lane.  “I was a little kid and my dad told me I was going to be a champion here.  I’ve been here every year and been a champion [in Mini-Stocks] but really, this one’s good.  We got this one.”

Carroll finished second in his first career Carteret County Speedway start while Joshua Yeoman finished third.

Stephen Sanders, also known as the Midway Missile, became a popular presence at Carteret County Speedway among fellow drivers and fans throughout the season.  Sanders made a five-hour drive every race to Carteret County Speedway with hopes of winning races and winning a championship.  On Saturday night, he did both – clinching the division championship with a victory.

“It’s been a long road this year,” Sanders said.  “Bobby Watson, this is his racetrack and he always told me that, it’s his track but it’s our drivers’ racetrack.  This race is for Bobby.  He meant a lot to me.  I looked at him as a grandfather figure.  There were weeks I didn’t have the money to make it home and he’d slide me a little bit of money.”

Sanders was surrounded in victory lane by an army of supporters, which included fans, competitors, family and friends.  Having often raced at Bowman Gray Stadium, Sanders was a polarizing figure at the start of the season, but quickly became a friend to many and the outpouring of support in victory lane meant the world to him.

“This means a lot to me because a lot of people don’t like me,” Sanders remarked.  “I am a rough driver.  I like to get to the front and winning races.  I told everybody tonight I wasn’t worried about the championship, I came to win the race and we got the championship.  It means a lot.  Dedication paid off.”

The always exciting and sometimes polarizing James Horner finished second to Mike Cooper in the Street Stock feature race.  That second place finish allowed him to clinch the division championship – his first at Carteret County Speedway.

“It’s definitely been an emotional season,” Horner stated.  “A lot of ups and downs all the way around.  We fought back and forth with getting suspended and people crying about our car.  It is what it is, we’re here and we got the championship.  We didn’t get the win tonight but we put on a show I do believe.”

All Adam Resnick had to do to clinch the U-CAR championship was start the race, which he did.  Ultimately finishing seventh, Resnick walked away with the division title while Andrew Jackson won the race in a thriller over Robert Arch and Neil Mason.

“I can’t describe it,” Resnick commented.  “I wish Bobby was here.  We supported him every week and these guys are awesome. I can’t explain it.  I cannot believe Bobby didn’t make it to the last one.  Thank you, Bob Lowery and Judy [Hailey] for keeping it going.  Everybody doesn’t understand, this is huge for me to win a championship.  To be at Carteret County, it’s a big thing for my family, my wife, and all of us.”

Justin Mitchell led wire-to-wire in the Legends feature race, winning over Ryan Matthews and Brenton Irving.  Shane Irving, father of Brenton Irving, won the division championship marking the third consecutive championship in Legends competition for the Irving family.

“In a couple months, I’ll be 59-years-old,” Irving said.  “It’s probably going to be my last one.  I’m not going to quit racing.  I do it because I enjoy it.”

Justin Hall won the championship in the Mini Cup class while also scoring the overall win in the Mini Cup race on Saturday night.

“We worked hard all year,” Hall stated.  “This is the first time my dad’s come out here and competed with us.  He won last week at Coastal Plains.  Just happy to be here.  I hate my mom and sister weren’t able to make it but I know they’re happy with where I’m at.”

Chase Singletary officially picked up his sixth Jr. Mini Cup win of the season, but one missed race proved to be the difference in points as Carmen Odum took home the division championship.  With the title, the Jacksonville teenager became the first woman to win a championship at Carteret County Speedway.

“Don’t be afraid to do something, even when they say it’s a guy’s sport,” Odum remarked.  “Look at this.  Second year of racing and I won the championship.  I’d like to thank God for all of this and Bobby Watson for letting the Mini Cups race here, as well as Mini Cup director Frankie Corbett, my dad [Jimmy Odum] and everyone who helped.”

Sean Wales won the race and the championship in Champ Karts; Dwight Sauls scored the overall victory in Southern Ground Pounders competition, and Johnny Johnson won the East Coast Flathead Feature race.

The next race at Carteret County Speedway will be held on Saturday, November 17th, headlined by the $2,000-to-win, 100-lap Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge 4-Cylinder Nationals.  Mini-Cups, Mod-4s, and Champ Karts will also be a part of the 4-Cylinder Nationals.

Sauter Sweeps Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented By Alpha Energy Solutions, Claiming Spot in Championship 4

Johnny Sauter celebrates his fourth Martinsville Speedway win after claiming the Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented By Alpha Energy Solutions on Saturday, October 27. (Martinsville Speedway Photo by Ken Childs)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. –  Johnny Sauter knew that Martinsville Speedway could be a turning point on his path to battling for a second Camping World Truck Series championship this fall.

He was right.

Sauter won Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented By Alpha Energy Solutions to clinch a spot in the series’ Championship 4 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway next month. In dominant fashion, the now four-time Martinsville winner picked up two stage victories before besting Myatt Snider on a late-race restart secure his sixth win of the season.

“We’re going to Homestead; racing for a championship. That’s what it’s all about,” Sauter said in Gatorade Victory Lane. “I’m so proud of these guys. Pit stops were awesome. Track position seems to be the name of the game here anymore, and I’ve just got to thank everybody. This is a big win.”

Playoff driver Brett Moffitt finished second, Snider was third, Ben Rhodes came home fourth, and Kyle Benjamin rounded out the Top-5. Other notable finishes for playoff drivers included Justin Haley (6th), Noah Gragson (7th), Matt Crafton (13th), and Grant Enfinger (14th).

Enfinger ran into trouble on Lap 259 when he spun along with Chase Purdy, but managed to avoid any major damage. After pitting, the Fairhope, Alabama native was able to fight his way back into the Top-15 to finish the race.

With the triumph, Sauter became the winningest Camping World Truck Series driver at Martinsville Speedway in the series’ 23-year, 40-race history at the historic half-mile, surpassing Kevin Harvick, Dennis Setzer, and Mike Skinner with his fourth iconic Martinsville clock.

“My wife always tells me that we have four kids, we need four clocks so when you tip over we can give each kid a clock,” Sauter said. “This is just a special deal.”

The weekend of action at Martinsville Speedway culminates on Sunday with the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Tickets for the race may be purchased at the track ticket office on Sunday morning, over the phone at 877-RACETIX, or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com

Benji Hicks Holds Off Late Charge by Tyler Bare to Score the $5,000 FASTRAK World Challenge Victory

Benji Hicks (center) takes home the $5000 FASTRAK World Challenge win followed by Tyler Bare (Right) and Brett Hamm (Left) (Photo: Virginia Motor Speedway Facebook)

Jamaica, VA – Benji Hicks from Mt. Airy, NC claimed the biggest win of his career, leading flag to flag and picking up the $5000 FASTRAK World Challenge presented by WhosYourDriver.org payday. Hicks would have to hold off a late charge in traffic by Tyler Bare of Rockbridge Baths, VA to go on to take the victory.“All the glory goes to God, it means so much to our team to get a win in this special pink and black throwback scheme on the car. Mom is a two-time breast cancer survivor, and this is the last scheme dad ran in 2015,” commented Hicks in WhosYourDriver.org victory lane.

“All the glory goes to God, it means so much to our team to get a win in this special pink and black throwback scheme on the car. Mom is a two-time breast cancer survivor, and this is the last scheme dad ran in 2015,” commented Hicks in WhosYourDriver.org victory lane. Brett Hamm, Logan Roberson, Benji Hicks

Brett Hamm, Logan Roberson, Benji Hicks, and Matt Long picked up heat race wins. Corey Almond would pick up the B-Main win. Brett Umerger would set overall fast time in qualifying with a lap of 19.061 seconds. Brett Hamm and Benji Hicks would lead the 30-car field to green with Hicks rocketing to the lead with an aggressive outside pass out of turn 2. Once out front, Hicks began to put distance between himself and the battle for second. It didn’t take long before the four and five wide

Brett Hamm and Benji Hicks would lead the 30-car field to green with Hicks rocketing to the lead with an aggressive outside pass out of turn 2. Once out front, Hicks began to put distance between himself and the battle for second. It didn’t take long before the four and five wide action picked up throughout the field. The events first of eight yellow flags would come out on lap 9 when Derrick Shaw and Ryan Adams got together on the front stretch ending Shaw’s night with front end damage. Hick’s would hold off charges throughout the race by Hamm, Tyler Bare, Logan Roberson

Hick’s would hold off charges throughout the race by Hamm, Tyler Bare, Logan Roberson, and Matt Long all snapping at the back of his Longhorn chassis. After a lap 11 caution, Hamm would jump the cushion in turn 2, on the restart, allowing Bare to get inside for second. Hamm would retake the position on the next circuit. Hicks and Hamm both would have a close call when Tony Frazier spun in front of the leaders trying to stay on the lead lap. Once back under

Once back under green, it didn’t take long for Hicks, Hamm, Bare, Logan Roberson and Matt Long to get into lapped traffic. Bare would get by Hamm for second and would set out to catch Hicks. By lap 28 Bare was on Hicks bumper as they worked traffic. Just as Bare got under Hicks to challenge for the lead caution fell for the final time with a car coming to a stop in turn 4.On the final

On the final restart, Bare tried to get under Hicks in turn 1 only to have Hicks power off turn 2 to keep his lead. Hicks would go on to grab the $5000 victory with Bare, Hamm, Roberson and Long rounding out the top five. The win was Hicks third 2018 win on the FASTRAK Racing Series powered by Chevrolet Performance tour, 6th overall FASTRAK touring win and the biggest win in his pro late Model career to date. The special moment before post-race victory interviews was the whole crew kneeling down on the driver side of the cockpit #21 and Tony Hicks car owner, crew chief and most of all Father to Benji Hicks Racing leading them in a word of inspiration and prayer, you could hear them proudly testify before the post-race formalities’, “Glory goes to God, Amen”.

The speedway host the $20,000 to win FASTRAK World Championship presented by James River Equipment tonight, October 6, 2018. Spectator gates open at 4pm with on track action beginning at 5:30pm with practice.

Admission for Saturday’s FASTRAK World Championship are adults $35, senior and military $25, students (11-17$15 and children 10 and under free. Bring your Friday night ticket stub and receive $5 off your Saturday general admission ticket. Discount is not good for pit passes.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

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 www.vamotorspeedway.com to view the complete schedule Virginia Motor Speedway’s 2017 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 www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

 

RACE RESULTS FASTRAK WORLD CHALLENGE PRESENTED BY WHOSYOURDRIVER.ORG – FRIDAY OCTOBER 5, 2018:

 

FASTRAK Pro Late Model World Challenge (40 Laps): 1. 21H-Benji Hicks, [2]; 2. 30-Tyler Bare, [7]; 3. 75-Brett Hamm, [1]; 4. 17R-Logan Roberson, [3]; 5. 55L-Matt Long, [4]; 6. 01P-Travis Pennington, [11]; 7. 4-Matthew Nance, [18]; 8. 00F-Carson Ferguson, [10]; 9. 87-Walker Arthur, [12]; 10. 09-Brad Rigdon, [9]; 11. 01-Matt Glanden, [13]; 12. 2P-Jared Powell, [24]; 13. 14C-Chuck Bowie, [20]; 14. 08-Tyler Dettor, [30]; 15. K1-Kerry King, [15]; 16. 0F-Troy Frazier, [23]; 17. 66X-Matt Tarbox, [17]; 18. 184-Kyle Lukon, [5]; 19. 21B-Billy Beachler, [29]; 20. 2B-Michael Bland, [14]; 21. 6-Dillon Brown, [8]; 22. 74-Mike Franklin, [21]; 23. 71-Davis Lipscombe, [26]; 24. 5S-Hunter Stinnett, [27]; 25. 12U-Brandon Umberger, [6]; 26. 47-Matt Quade, [22]; 27. 12A-Ryan Adams, [19]; 28. 7A-Corey Almond, [25]; 29. 93-Derrick Shaw, [28]; 30. 39-Henry Hornsby III, [16]

 

Heat 1 (10 laps – Top 6 to A Main) – 1. 75-Brett Hamm, [1]; 2. 184-Kyle Lukon, [2]; 3. 09-Brad Rigdon, [3]; 4. 01-Matt Glanden, [4]; 5. 66X-Matt Tarbox, [5]; 6. 74-Mike Franklin, [6]; 7. 5S-Hunter Stinnett, [7]; 8. 71-Davis Lipscombe, [8]; 9. 3-Kenny Peeples, [9]; 10. 21B-Billy Beachler, [10]

 

Heat 2 (10 laps – Top 6 to A Main) – 1. 21H-Benji Hicks, [1]; 2. 12U-Brandon Umberger, [2]; 3. 00F-Carson Ferguson, [3]; 4. 2B-Michael Bland, [4]; 5. 4-Matthew Nance, [5]; 6. 47-Matt Quade, [6]; 7. 7A-Corey Almond, [7]; 8. 38-Nick Love, [8]; 9. 11M-James Miller, [9]; 10. 12C-Cody Cubbage, [10]

 

Heat 3 (10 laps – Top 6 to A Main) – 1. 17R-Logan Roberson, [1]; 2. 30-Tyler Bare, [2]; 3. 01P-Travis Pennington, [3]; 4. K1-Kerry King, [4]; 5. 12A-Ryan Adams, [5]; 6. 0F-Troy Frazier, [6]; 7. 40-Brent Bordeaux, [7]; 8. 08-Tyler Dettor, [8]; 9. 13-Ray Miller, [9]; 10. 123-Bryan Smith, [10]

 

Heat 4 (10 laps – Top 6 to A Main) – 1. 55L-Matt Long, [1]; 2. 6-Dillon Brown, [2]; 3. 87-Walker Arthur, [3]; 4. 39-Henry Hornsby III, [4]; 5. 14C-Chuck Bowie, [5]; 6. 2P-Jared Powell, [6]; 7. 93-Derrick Shaw, [7]; 8. 41-Terry Cregger, [8]; 9. 23M-John McClellan, [9]; 10. 77-Brian Hankins, [10]

 

B Feature 1 (15 laps – Top 6 to A Main) – 1. 7A-Corey Almond, [2]; 2. 71-Davis Lipscombe, [5]; 3. 5S-Hunter Stinnett, [1]; 4. 93-Derrick Shaw, [4]; 5. 21B-Billy Beachler, [13]; 6. 08-Tyler Dettor, [7]; 7. 13-Ray Miller, [11]; 8. 3-Kenny Peeples, [9]; 9. 123-Bryan Smith, [15]; 10. 40-Brent Bordeaux, [3]; 11. 12C-Cody Cubbage, [14]; 12. 41-Terry Cregger, [8]; 13. 38-Nick Love, [6]; 14. 11M-James Miller, [10]; 15. 77-Brian Hankins, [16]; 16. 23M-John McClellan, [12]

 

Group A Qualifying – 1. 75-Brett Hamm, 00:19.498[1]; 2. 17R-Logan Roberson, 00:19.620[2]; 3. 71-Davis Lipscombe, 00:19.707[3]; 4. 30-Tyler Bare, 00:19.727[4]; 5. 09-Brad Rigdon, 00:19.796[5]; 6. 08-Tyler Dettor, 00:19.905[6]; 7. 184-Kyle Lukon, 00:19.954[7]; 8. K1-Kerry King, 00:19.966[8]; 9. 66X-Matt Tarbox, 00:20.024[9]; 10. 01P-Travis Pennington, 00:20.131[10]; 11. 21B-Billy Beachler, 00:20.259[11]; 12. 12A-Ryan Adams, 00:20.265[12]; 13. 01-Matt Glanden, 00:20.373[13]; 14. 13-Ray Miller, 00:20.496[14]; 15. 74-Mike Franklin, 00:20.585[15]; 16. 40-Brent Bordeaux, 00:20.663[16]; 17. 3-Kenny Peeples, 00:20.892[17]; 18. 0F-Troy Frazier, 00:20.909[18]; 19. 5S-Hunter Stinnett, 00:20.966[19]; 20. 123-Bryan Smith, 00:21.544[20]

 

Group B Qualifying – 1. 12U-Brandon Umberger, 00:19.061[1]; 2. 55L-Matt Long, 00:19.200[2]; 3. 21H-Benji Hicks, 00:19.240[3]; 4. 6-Dillon Brown, 00:19.263[4]; 5. 00F-Carson Ferguson, 00:19.264[5]; 6. 41-Terry Cregger, 00:19.388[6]; 7. 2B-Michael Bland, 00:19.397[7]; 8. 39-Henry Hornsby III, 00:19.402[8]; 9. 4-Matthew Nance, 00:19.446[9]; 10. 87-Walker Arthur, 00:19.468[10]; 11. 38-Nick Love, 00:19.729[11]; 12. 14C-Chuck Bowie, 00:19.873[12]; 13. 47-Matt Quade, 00:20.068[13]; 14. 2P-Jared Powell, 00:20.174[14]; 15. 7A-Corey Almond, 00:20.271[15]; 16. 23M-John McClellan, 00:20.512[16]; 17. 11M-James Miller, 00:20.573[17]; 18. 93-Derrick Shaw, 00:20.838[18]; 19. 12C-Cody Cubbage, 00:21.200[19]; 20. 77-Brian Hankins, 00:21.770[20]

 

Over-All Fast Qualifier: Brandon Umberger – 19.061 seconds

 

Entrants: 40

Corey Heim Sweeps NWAAS Late Model Features at South Boston Speedway

South Boston, VA – ­­South Boston Speedway has a new winner in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division – that is pending the outcome of a post-race technical inspection by NASCAR officials.

Sixteen-year-old Corey Heim of Marietta, Georgia, competing in a Late Model Stock Car for the first time, tamed a 22-car field that included a pair of former NASCAR national champions and swept the pair of 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division races that were part of Saturday night’s Davenport Energy PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program.

Another teenager, Ryan Repko, finished second to Heim in both races. Former NASCAR National Champion and defending South Boston Speedway Champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia, Tyler Hughes of Cordova, Maryland and Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina rounded out the top five finishers in the first race.

Former NASCAR National Champion and current NASCAR national points leader Philip Morris of Ruckersville, Virginia finished third in the second race, with Sellers and Bruce Anderson of South Boston, Virginia completing the top five finishers.

Heim took the lead in the first race with 11 laps to go and pulled away from his challengers on a restart with nine laps to go. Once in front, he surged to a 1.533-second win over Repko.

In the second race, Heim took the lead on lap 8 after Scott and Hughes tangled while battling for the lead. Once in front, Heim pulled away and edged Repko by 4.048 seconds to claim the win.

Speedway officials said the results of the race are unofficial pending a post-race technical inspection by NASCAR officials. Official final results are expected to be posted this coming week.

 

Pollard Wins Davenport Energy PASS 150 Super Late Model Race

Bubba Pollard, one of the best-known Super Late Model drivers in the South, added his name to the list of South Boston Speedway Super Late Model race winners Saturday night surviving a wild Davenport Energy PASS 150 race punctuated by 11 caution periods.

With the race being part of the PASS “Roads To Oxford and Richmond” program, Pollard opted to accept a guaranteed starting spot in the Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine later this season.

The veteran from Senoia, Georgia looked to be out of luck when he spun with eight laps to go while battling eventual runner-up Lucas Jones of Mooresville, North Carolina for the lead. But Pollard picked his way through traffic and got back to third place by the time a caution flag flew with four laps to go.

The late caution period set up another intense battle between Pollard and Jones, with Pollard wrestling the lead away from Jones with three laps to go. Pollard managed to hang on from there, crossing the finish line .434-second ahead of Jones.

Jeff Batten of Nashville, North Carolina finished third with Heim and Roy Hayes III of Millukge, Pennsylvania rounding out the top five finishers.

 

Jarrell Wins Hornets Division Race

Cameron Jarrell of Amelia, Virginia scored his sixth win in seventh starts Saturday night, taking the lead from Kenny Mills, Jr. of Alton, Virginia with two laps to go and edging Mills for the win in the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race. Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia, Donald Clay and Andrea Ruotolo Rounded out the top five finishers in the race that saw the lead swap hands seven times between four drivers.

 

Hendrick Wins Southern Ground Pounders Race

Brandon Hendrick topped the field in the 25-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series. Hendrick took the top prize in the Modified Division and Ken Faucette, who finished third overall behind Hendrick and Dwight Sauls, won the Sportsman Division

 

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

It will be a big night for fans when South Boston Speedway celebrates its 61st Anniversary Saturday night, August 25 with the Italian Delight Family Restaurant Presents Frutopia Not Just Frozen Yogurt NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program. As part of South Boston Speedway’s 61st-anniversary celebration, fans will get to watch as the latest chosen inductees are honored with their formal induction into the Virginia Motorsports Hall Of Fame during pre-race ceremonies.

The night’s racing action starts at 7 p.m. with the seven-race program being headlined by a 100-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Cars. In addition, fans will see twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races, a 30-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division and twin 15-lap races for the Mod-4 Division.

Registration and pit gates open at 2 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 Italian Delight Family Restaurant Presents Frutopia Not Just Frozen Yogurt NASCAR Late Model 100 racing racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website at http://www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

Austin Thaxton Prevails in Aqua Pros 100 at South Boston Speedway

Austin Thaxton hoists the winner’s trophy after winning the Aqua Pros 100 NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division race Saturday night at South Boston Speedway.

South Boston, VA – Austin Thaxton found himself in the right place at the right time and came away with his first win of the season in Saturday night’s Aqua Pros 100 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division race at South Boston Speedway.

In earning his first victory of the season at the .4-mile oval, Thaxton became the fourth different driver to visit Victory Lane at South Boston Speedway this season. The win equaled the one win Thaxton earned last season at “America’s Hometown Track.”

The Clarksville, Virginia resident pulled away from his challengers after the final restart with eight laps to go and was never seriously challenged in the closing laps.Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina finished second, .668-second behind Thaxton, with Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia, defending track champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia and Raymond Pittman III of Amelia, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina finished second, .668-second behind Thaxton, with Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia, defending track champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia and Raymond Pittman III of Amelia, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.The lead proved not to be the best place to be for much of the race. Track and NASCAR National Point Leader Philip Morris and Sellers tangled on lap 40 while battling for the lead. Morris spun again on lap 62 while battling Mike Jones of South Boston, Virginia for the top spot.

The lead proved not to be the best place to be for much of the race. Track and NASCAR National Point Leader Philip Morris and Sellers tangled on lap 40 while battling for the lead. Morris spun again on lap 62 while battling Mike Jones of South Boston, Virginia for the top spot.Jones, who was returning to action with a new car after having had his car destroyed in a violent crash and subsequent fire in a June 16 race at South Boston Speedway, led on four different occasions. His bid for his first Late Model Stock Car Division win ended in a crash with Jason Barnes of Stony Creek, Virginia as they were battling for the lead with 13 laps to go.

Jones, who was returning to action with a new car after having had his car destroyed in a violent crash and subsequent fire in a June 16 race at South Boston Speedway, led on four different occasions. His bid for his first Late Model Stock Car Division win ended in a crash with Jason Barnes of Stony Creek, Virginia as they were battling for the lead with 13 laps to go.Scott inherited the lead, only to lose it to Thaxton on the final restart.

Scott inherited the lead, only to lose it to Thaxton on the final restart.

 

Crews Claims Fifth Limited Sportsman Division Win Of Season

Trey Crews of Halifax, Virginia wrestled took control after the race’s final restart with 23 laps to go and held off Jacob Borst of Burlington, North Carolina to win Saturday night’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race. Crews’ margin of victory over Borst in scoring his fifth win of the season was 1.259 second.

Bob Davis of Thaxton, Virginia, Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton of Greensboro, North Carolina and Brandon Jones of Amelia Courthouse, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.

The race was a four-car battle between Crews, Borst, Dalton and Jones, with Crews getting the upper hand after Jones and Dalton tangled on lap 27 while battling for the lead.

 

Milam, Shelton Split Wins In Pure Stock Division Doubleheader

Jarrett Milam of Keeling, Virginia and Daniel Shelton of Hurt, Virginia split wins in Saturday night’s twin 15-lap races for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division.

Milam won the first race to score his first win of the season, edging Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia by .271-second to earn the win. Defending division champion Johnny Layne of Nathalie, Virginia finished third with Harrison Walker of Buffalo Junction, Virginia and Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Shelton started third in the second race, took the lead on the fourth lap, and finished almost one second ahead of Layne in earning his second victory of the season. Milam, Pickrel and Mayo completed the top five finishers.

 

Jarrell Continues Domination Of Hornets Division

Cameron Jarrell of Amelia, Virginia continued his domination of South Boston Speedway’s Budweiser Hornets Division, starting on the back row of the field and driving to victory in Saturday night’s 15-lap race.

Jarrell got a good jump on the final restart of the race with three laps to go and edged defending division champion Tyler Crute of Alton, Virginia for the win. Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia finished third.

 

Holdren Remains Perfect In Mod-4 Division

Dennis Holdren of Roanoke, Virginia got a solid start on the race’s final start with three laps to go and edged Jesse Yopp of Moneta, Virginia by .589second to win Saturday night’s 30-lap Mod-4 Division race.

Holdren has won all three of the Mod-4 Division races held at South Boston Speedway this season.

Cory Dunn of Salem, Virginia, Haley Holdren and Chad Asberry rounded out the top five finishers.

 

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

One of South Boston Speedway’s bigger events of the season is coming up as racing returns to “America’s Hometown Track” on Saturday, August 11 with the running of the Davenport Energy PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program.

The stars and cars of the PASS South Super Late Model series will make their only visit of the season to South Boston Speedway to compete in a 150-lap race. Twin 75-lap races for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will share the spotlight with the PASS South Super Late Model competitors.

Rounding out the night’s action are a 15-lap race for South Boston Speedway’s Hornets Division competitors, and a 25-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series.

Registration and pit gates open at 12:30 p.m., practice runs from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 5 p.m. A Fan Appreciation event will be held at trackside at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.

Advance general admission tickets priced at $10 each will be available for purchase until 5 p.m. Friday, August 10. Tickets on race day will be $15 each. Kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For additional information about the Davenport Energy PASS Super Late Model 150 racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website at http://www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

Corey Almond Grabs First Pro Late Model Victory at Virginia Motor Speedway; Hamilton, Causey and Givens also visit WhosYourDriver.org Victory Lane

Photo: VMS Press Release

Jamaica, VA – A win at Virginia Motor Speedway has been eluding Corey Almond of Appomattox, VA for several years now, but that is not the case anymore as he pulled away late to take home the victory. Several cautions on the start of the feature moved Almond up to the front row. On the drop of the green flag, Almond took the lead from Ryan Adams of Madison Heights, VA and began to pull away from the field. Almond held off several challenges by Matt Quade and Mark Parks to take home the victory.

“We have been working really hard to get a victory here at Virginia Motor Speedway, I hate that I slid up on that first start and got into Davis (Lipscombe) but it doesn’t take away from what I am feeling right now,” commented an emotional Almond in WhosYourDriver.org victory lane.

Rounding out the top five were Mark Parks, Ryan Adams, Matt Quade and Bobby Thompson. In other action Steve Causey of Smithfield, VA scored his career first Truckin Thunder Sportsman victory at VMS and became the fourth winner in as many races; in the Budweiser Modified 30 lap feature Bret Hamilton of Powhatan, VA became the fourth winner in as many races by holding off a charging Tim Schulte of Troy, VA for the win and in the Collision One Limited Stock Car 25 lap feature James Givens of Sandston, VA held off Cory Bradley of Hopewell, VA at the line to score his third win of the season.

In other action Steve Causey of Smithfield, VA scored his career first Truckin Thunder Sportsman victory at VMS and became the fourth winner in as many races; in the Budweiser Modified 30 lap feature Bret Hamilton of Powhatan, VA became the fourth winner in as many races by holding off a charging Tim Schulte of Troy, VA for the win and in the Collision One Limited Stock Car 25 lap feature James Givens of Sandston, VA held off Cory Bradley of Hopewell, VA at the line to score his third win of the season.

Matt Glanden and Ryan Adams led the Victory Lap Pro Late Model 19 car field to green with the caution coming out for a wreck in turn one. It took another two tries to get the race started before Corey Almond would take control of the race. For the first 14 laps, Almond had to hold off the challenges of Matt Quade. Quade would have to come to pit road on lap 15 to fix a flat right rear tire.

On the restart, Mark Parks tried to sweep the outside of Almond but could not pull off the pass. Almond would pull away and use the traffic to his advantage. With all the battling behind him, Almond was able to dominate the remainder of the race and take home his first VMS victory. Rounding out the top five were Mark Parks, Ryan Adams, Matt Quade and Bobby Thompson.

In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 30 lap feature Tyler Shipp and Steve Causey led the field to green with Causey grabbing the lead out of turn 2. Behind him, the battle went three wide with fast Qualifier Brett Adkins going to the outside to move to third from his sixth place starting position. On lap 5 Adkins took second from Shipp and set out to run down the leader Causey. On the final 25 laps, Adkins would take several shots at Causey for the lead only to be turned away each time. Causey would hold on to grab his first Virginia Motor Speedway victory. Rounding out the top five were Adkins, Mark Gonzales, Hunter Shelton and Michael Hayes.

The box score may show that Bret Hamilton led all 30 laps of the Budweiser Modified feature but what it doesn’t show is how hard that victory was for Hamilton. Tim Schulte and Hamilton led the 17 car field to green with Hamilton taking control of the top spot out of turn 2. By lap 10 the leaders were working their way through traffic with Hamilton using the top and Schulte down on the bottom.

With eight laps to go Schulte began getting a run on Hamilton each time out of both turn 2 and turn 4. Each time Hamilton was able to hold him off at the line. A caution with two to go set up a green, white, checkered finish. On the restart, Hamilton was able to get a couple of car lengths over Schulte only to have Schulte close that gap back up. With one to go Schulte got a run on Hamilton in turn three but Hamilton took away his line and hold him off for the win. Rounding out the top five were Schulte, Francis Jarrelle, Ryan Toole and Mike Reynolds.

In the Collision One Limited Stock feature, Chad Champion and Trent Clemans led the field to green. Clemans would jump to the lead out of turn 2 with Champion and James Givens in close pursuit. Givens would get by Champion for second on lap 2 and the two would beat and bang a bit before Givens settled into the spot. On the next lap Givens began applying pressure to the bumper of Clemans for the lead and on lap 6 Givens got to the outside to take the top spot. Once out front, Givens looked to be in control of the race. That is until final five laps when Cory Bradley entered the picture. Bradley tried several times to get inside Givens for the lead but couldn’t pull off the pass. On the final lap, Bradley made one last ditch effort to take the lead, this time getting side by side as they raced to the checkers. Givens would hold off Bradley by a bumper at the line for the win. Rounding out the top five were Bradley, Trent Clemans, Randy Hutchens and Marty Coltrain.

The Speedway will take next Saturday, July 21st off and return to racing on Saturday, June 28th and host week 8 of Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly action featuring the Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions in action.

Race fans can go to 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 www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

 

Victory Lap Pro Late Models (35 Laps):

  1. 7A-Corey Almond, [3]; 2. 1-Mark Parks, [6]; 3. 12-Ryan Adams, [2]; 4. 47-Matt Quade, [5]; 5. 51-Bobby Thompson, [11]; 6. 01-Matt Glanden, [1]; 7. 66X-Matthew Tarbox, [10]; 8. 40-Brent Bordeaux, [8]; 9. 5J-Darrell Dow, [16]; 10. 38-Nicolas Love, [15]; 11. 11M-James Miller, [12]; 12. 08-Tyler Detter, [13]; 13. 79-Tim Sant, [17]; 14. 17-Camden Testerman, [7]; 15. 71-Davis Lipscombe, [4]; 16. 8-Wesley Givens, [19]; 17. 14C-Chuck Bowie, [9]; 18. 77-Brian Hankins, [18]; 19. 28-Carl Vaughan, [14]

Fast Qualifier: Mark Parks – 18.855 seconds

 

Truckin Thunder Sportsman (30 laps):

  1. 9-Steve Causey, [2]; 2. 16-Brett Adkins, [6]; 3. 51-Mark Gonzales, [3]; 4. 00-Hunter Shelton, [8]; 5. 22-Michael Hayes, [7]; 6. 91-James Snead, [11]; 7. 55-Tim Shelton, [5]; 8. 25-Tyler Shipp, [1]; 9. 92-Kacey Gordon, [16]; 10. 0-Chase Burrow, [17]; 11. 21-Brandon Sandridge, [14]; 12. 1-Chad Beahr, [13]; 13. 0C-Joe Weiss, [4]; 14. 14-Ryan Hutchens, [15]; 15. 13-Matt Ashworth, [10]; 16. 88-Bill Coada, [12]; 17. 6-Macy Causey, [9]

Fast Qualifier: Brett Adkins – 21.067 seconds

 

Budweiser Modifieds (30 laps):

  1. 1. 1st-Bret Hamilton, [2]; 2. 10S-Tim Schulte, [1]; 3. 01-Francis Jarelle III, [4]; 4. 84-Ryan Toole, [5]; 5. 112-Mike Reynolds, [3]; 6. 98-J.D. Eversole, [13]; 7. 11-Chase Butler, [20]; 8. 48-Lance Grady, [16]; 9. 43-Josh Harris, [12]; 10. 7+7-Jeff Solinger, [11]; 11. 16-David Kendall, [17]; 12. 68-Adam Hoegerl, [18]; 13. 27-Mark Schools, [15]; 14. 33-Hunter McClendon, [7]; 15. 99W-Chris Arnold, [6]; 16. 99-Charlie Hubbard, [8]; 17. 51-Joey Polevoy, [9]; 18. 57-Curtis Barricks, [19]; (DNS) 26X-James Sparks; (DNS) 44-Stephen Bryant,

Fast Qualifier: Chris Arnold – 19.707 seconds

 

Collision One Limited Stock Cars (25 laps):

  1. 8-James Givens, [4]; 2. 41-Cory Bradley, [5]; 3. 01-Trent Clemans, [2]; 4. 4-Randy Hutchens, [6]; 5. 25-Marty Coltrain, [3]; 6. 14D-Joey Dean, [10]; 7. 08-Chad Champion, [1]; 8. 22-Raymond Harper, [11]; 9. 23-Brandon Bowler, [7]; 10. 47-Christian Sherr, [16]; 11. 11-Robbie Kramer Jr, [9]; 12. 00-Bill Hardman Jr, [14]; 13. 88-Jay Seward, [15]; 14. 9-Justin Pullen, [18]; 15. 26-Stephanie Johnston, [12]; 16. 09-Jacob Buie, [13]; 17. 59-Carl Hazelwood, [17]; 18. 10-Ray Ashworth, [19]; 19. 18-John Hankins Jr, [21]; (DNS) 12-Mark Schools; (DNS) 5-Joe Fancher,

Fast Qualifier: James Givens – 22.893 seconds

Tyler Bare Takes Pro Late Model Victory at Virginia Motor Speedway; Polevoy, Shelton and Coltrain all grab first wins of the season

Photo: Tyler Bare Racing Facebook

Jamaica, VA – Tyler Bare of Rockbridge Baths, VA took over the top spot in the Victory Lap Pro Late Model after race leader Jared Powell of Charlottesville, VA and second place Matt Quade of Mechanicsville, MD got together on lap 23 seconding both the rear of the field. Once out front Bare powered away from the field to take the win.

“We hate to win them that way, but we will take it. We found something on the top groove and I believe we had something for them anyway. We had a chance to race closer to home tonight but we chose to come back to Virginia Motor Speedway because we love it here,” commented Bare in WhosYourDriver.org victory lane.

Rounding out the top five were Ryan Adams, Matt Tarbox, Corey Almond and Camden Testerman.

In other action Joey Polevoy of Powhatan, VA scored an emotional win in the Budweiser Modified feature. In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman feature Tim Shelton of Fredericksburg, VA wrestled the lead away from Joe Weiss of Elizabeth City, NC to become the third winner in as many races and in the Collision One Limited Stock Car 25 lap feature Marty Coltrain of North Chesterfield, VA held off a late race challenge from point leader James Givens of Sandston, VA to return to victory lane after a two year absence.

Chuck Bowie and Jared Powell led the Victory Lap Late Model field to green with Powell grabbing the lead out of turn 2. On the next lap Matt Quade would get by Bowie for second and set out to catch Powell. On lap 12 Quade tried to get under Powell for the lead but was unable to make the pass. For the next 16 laps the two battled for the lead side by side with Tyler Bare making it three wide on several occasions. On lap 23 Quade dove in hard under Powell in turn four and slammed into the side of Powell’s car sending him for a spin. The move resulted in a black flag for Quade sending both drivers to the rear of the field. That handed the lead over to Bare, a lead he would not relinquish as he drove on to the win. Rounding out the top five were Ryan Adams, Matt Tarbox, Corey Almond and Camden Testerman. The win by Bare makes it three different winners in three races.

In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman, it only took six laps for Tim Shelton to grab the lead away from Joe Weiss, but those were six hotly contested laps. Once out front though Shelton was able to pull away to grab the win. Rounding out the top five were Weiss, Matt Meads, Steve Causey and Tyler Shipp. Shelton’s win makes it three different winners in three events.

In the Budweiser Modified 30 lap feature, it looked as if Francis Jarrell was going to walk away with an easy win. But on lap 11 two lapped cars spun in turn 3, collecting the leader in the process. That handed the lead over to Joey Polevoy and he took complete advantage of the situation. Once the field got back under green Polevoy pulled away from the battle for second between Tim Schulte and Chase Butler. Polevoy would cruise to the win with Schulte, Butler, twentieth starting Ryan Toole and Jeff Solinger.

It may look like Marty Coltrain had an easy time in grabbing his first Collision One Limited Stock Car win in two years, but what the scorecard doesn’t show you is the number of challenges for the lead he had to defend. Coltrain and Chad Champion led the field to green with Coltrain grabbing the lead out of turn 2. Champion tried several times to get under Coltrain to take the lead but was unable to make the pass. Trent Clemens and James Givens then made it a four-car race for the lead. On lap 6 Givens took over second with a power move to the outside of both champion and Clemens in turn 2. Once in second, he began to apply pressure to the bumper of Coltrain. Just behind him, Corey Bradley had worked his way from his twentieth starting position to pressure Givens for second. Coltrain worked his line and kept Givens at bay to take home his first win in two years. Rounding out the top five were Givens, Bradley, Champion and Brandon Bowler.

The Speedway will take next Saturday, July 7th off and return to racing on Saturday, June 14 and host week 8 of Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly action featuring the Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions in action.

 

Race fans can go to 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 www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

 

RACE RESULTS FOR GLOUCESTER S.T.A.R. KIDS NIGHT

Victory Lap Pro Late Models (35 Laps):

  1. 30-Tyler Bare, [7]; 2. 12-Ryan Adams, [8]; 3. 66X-Matthew Tarbox, [9]; 4. 7A-Corey Almond, [6]; 5. 17-Camden Testerman, [3]; 6. 5J-Darrell Dow, [15]; 7. 47-Matt Quade, [4]; 8. 38-Nicolas Love, [11]; 9. 28-Carl Vaughan, [16]; 10. 11M-James Miller, [10]; 11. 20-James Bunn, [18]; 12. 08-Tyler Detter, [12]; 13. 14C-Chuck Bowie, [1]; 14. 71-Davis Lipscombe, [5]; 15. 2*-Jared Powell, [2]; 16. 40-Brent Bordeaux, [17]; 17. 77-Brian Hankins, [19]; 18. 23M-John McClellan, [13]; (DNS) 8-Wesley Givens,

Fast Qualifier: Corey Almond – 18.924 seconds

 

Truckin Thunder Sportsman (30 laps):

  1. 55-Tim Shelton, [4]; 2. 43J-Joe Weiss, [2]; 3. 23-Matt Meads, [3]; 4. 9-Steve Causey, [5]; 5. 25-Tyler Shipp, [8]; 6. 00-Hunter Shelton, [11]; 7. 17-John Nickens, [12]; 8. 1-Chad Beahr, [14]; 9. 6-Macy Causey, [17]; 10. 51-Mark Gonzales, [6]; 11. 22-Michael Hayes, [7]; 12. 0-Chase Burrow, [10]; 13. 91-James Snead, [15]; 14. 14-Ryan Hutchens, [16]; 15. 92-Kacey Gordon, [13]; 16. 13-Christopher McIntosh, [18]; 17. 16-Brett Adkins, [9]; (DNS) 88-Bill Coada,

Fast Qualifier: Mark Gonzales – 22.373 seconds

 

Budweiser Modifieds (30 laps):

  1. 51-Joey Polevoy, [4]; 2. 10S-Tim Schulte, [6]; 3. 11-Chase Butler, [10]; 4. 84-Ryan Toole, [20]; 5. 7+7-Jeff Solinger, [9]; 6. 33-Hunter McClendon, [3]; 7. 98-J.D. Eversole, [8]; 8. 27-Mark Schools, [12]; 9. 99-Charlie Hubbard, [5]; 10. 44-Stephen Bryant, [11]; 11. 48-Lance Grady, [13]; 12. 01-Francis Jarelle III, [2]; 13. 1ST-Bret Hamilton, [19]; 14. 16-David Kendall, [14]; 15. 68-Adam Hoegerl, [16]; 16. 316-Josh Roberson, [7]; 17. 21J-Curtis Mason, [18]; 18. 57-Curtis Barricks, [15]; 19. 43-Josh Harris, [1]; (DNS) 18J-Jeremy Biggers,

Fast Qualifier: Joey Polevoy – 20.027 seconds

 

Collision One Limited Stock Cars (25 laps):

  1. 25-Marty Coltrain, [1]; 2. 8-James Givens, [8]; 3. 41-Cory Bradley, [20]; 4. 08-Chad Champion, [2]; 5. 23-Brandon Bowler, [14]; 6. 4-Randy Hutchens, [7]; 7. 09-Jacob Buie, [5]; 8. 88-Jay Seward, [13]; 9. 01-Trent Clemans, [3]; 10. 47-Christian Sherr, [18]; 11. 9-Justin Pullen, [17]; 12. 26-Stephanie Johnston, [11]; 13. 59-Carl Hazelwood, [15]; 14. 00-Bill Hardman Jr, [9]; 15. 18-John Hankins Jr, [10]; 16. 5-Joe Fancher, [12]; 17. 22-Raymond Harper, [4]; 18. 12-Mark Schools, [6]; 19. 39-Cole Johnston, [19]; (DNS) 36-Dustin Bishop,
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