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Staton Cruises to Two-Barrel Late Model Win at Dixieland Speedway Collecting $4,000

Elizabeth City, NC – Veteran racer John Staton led flag-to-flag to claim the annual Two-Barrel Budweiser Late Model win at eastern North Carolina’s motor speedway.  Staton of Chesapeake, Virginia, made his first start in 2019 and began the 50-lap race from the pole position.  The driver of the number 17 machine led the parade of 17-late model stock cars and quickly checked out on the field.  Several battles on the speedway developed for multiple positions, but the most aggressive was for second place with more than four cars vying for it, and at times so close a blanket could have been thrown over them.

It took three attempts to start the event as multiple drivers were involved in incidents before lap one.  The most serious was when outside pole-sitter Brent Robinson bobbled in turns three and four forcing multiple drivers to check up to avoid contact.  This set off a chain reaction of events that carried over on the front stretch when Ryan Steeley’s vehicle overturned beside Billy Hubbard.  Steeley’s night was over early and Hubbard was able to limp along.

Willie Milliken of Roanoke Rapids appeared to be a possible contender for the win until his car experienced mechanical issues while running inside the top three in the second half of the event.

In the end, Staton was able to hold off Ethan Wilson of Fayetteville who piloted the winning car from the last two years when Dustin Mitchell steered it.  Robbie Emory of Milton, Delaware finished third and Russell Erwin of Beaverdam, Virginia claimed fourth.

“It was very sweet,” said Staton in victory lane.  “I want to thank God for a safe night and really want to dedicate this race to Greg Hubbard.  He was a great friend of mine.

Staton earned $4K for the victory.

Troy Brickhouse navigated his car back to winner’s circle for the second time in 2019 in the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman division.  The Elizabeth City racer dominated the 20-lap race that was slowed four times for spins involving Kris Staton and third place qualifier Doug Lincoln among others.  Joe Weiss nearly made it to the end with a fourth-place finish until his car expired on the final lap.  He ended up finishing 10th.

Following Brickhouse across the line was Mark Overman, who earned second, his best finish of the season and Brad Cox claimed third in his first start in 2019.

Points leader Mark Gonzales had problems from the early stages of the evening as he was not able to qualify his car when it broke during practice.  His crew worked feverishly over the next two hours to get it to race-ready condition, subjecting him to start at the rear of the field.  Racing in the back has its challenges and Gonzales saw his fair share after being caught up in an earlier incident.  He was able to carry on and muster a fourth-place finish.  Gonzales maintains the points lead by a narrow two markers over Brickhouse headed into Friday night’s races.

Josh Letson made a triumphant return to victory lane Friday after claiming the Little Caesars Super Street win, his second of the season.  Letson started the 20-lap feature on the outside pole and quickly worked his way around pole-sitter Kevin Tacy.  The battle for the top spot intensified near the latter stages of the event when Kevin Bray of Maple, North Carolina mounted a serious challenge. Bray was on the rear bumper of Letson when his car suddenly slowed on lap 14, ending his opportunity for a victory.

Josh Letson held off Justin Pruitt who finished second, Allen Shiflett third and Dennis Barnes rounded out the top four.  Pruitt started at the rear of the field and worked throughout the night to get his car to the front.  In a bizarre event during track roll-in before practice, Pruitt’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo went over the embankment in turn four and became stuck.  Fortunately for the 24-year old Chesapeake racer, his car experienced no damage and was able to compete with no issues.

With his second-place finish, Pruitt overtakes Dennis Barnes as the new championship standings leader. He leads Barnes by a slim two points.

James Hissom, Jr. bounced back with a vengeance on Friday after a miserable run one-week prior with a blown engine and a disappointing finish.  This time he was able to beat the competition by crossing the finish line first in the 15-lap event.  The Moyock native held off Justin Bohn and Louise Pasderetz, who claimed their career-best finishes of second and third.  With the win, Hissom padded his points lead over Kolton Stevens by 22 points. Trevor Battoia is now only two points outside of second place.

The action heats back up again on Friday evening during Biggs Cadillac, Buick, GMC night with a special 40-lap, $1,000 to win Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman event.  The Budweiser Allstar Late Models, Little Caesars Super Streets, Biggs Cadillac, Buick, GMC Stock Fours and R & D Super Fours will also compete.  Gates open at 5:00 p.m.  Racing begins at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets will be available for purchase in person.  For more information dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net.

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About Dixieland Speedway:

 

Dixieland Speedway is northeastern North Carolina’s premier action track.  The 3/8-mile dirt oval has hosted exciting Friday night racing since 1983.  Long straightaways and tight turns lead to intense on-track action.  The clay track is 55 feet wide and turns one and two are banked at 12 degrees, while turns three and four are eight-degrees.  Race fans from all over the region have come to witness spectacular side by side racing through the years.  The family-friendly facility offers something for everyone as on-track action keeps fans on the edge of their seats all night long. Refreshment and souvenir stands are on site.  Tickets for all events are available for purchase in person.  Don’t miss your chance to see why they call Dixieland, the track that started it all.  To learn more, visit dixielandspeedway.net or follow Dixieland Speedway on Facebook (Dixieland Speedway), Twitter (@DixielandSpdwy) and Instagram (@dixielandspeedway).  Information by phone, dial 252-771-5151.  Dixieland Speedway is located at 1520 Northside Road in Elizabeth City.

Brandon Overton Holds off Rick Eckert to Score $20,000 USA 100 Victory; Carson Ferguson Scores $3000 FASTRAK Win

Jamaica, VA – In the closest finish in Ultimate Super Late Model Series history Brandon Overton of Evans, GA held off Rick Eckert of York, PA by .119 seconds to score the $20,000 win in the 43rd annual USA at Virginia Motor Speedway. Overton would take the lead on lap 21 and looked to have the race in hand that is until lap 56 when Eckert began to pressure Overton for the lead. On the final lap Eckert worked under Overton in turn 3, the two raced side by side back to the finish line with Overton holding off Eckert for the win.

“I was just holding on there the last couple of laps, I guess Billy (Vacek) was riding with us tonight; I wanted to win the other night at Fayetteville but I will take this $20,000 over that $10,000 any day,” commented a very emotional Brandon Overton in WhosYourDriver.org victory lane.

Rick Eckert, Ross Bailes, Zack Mitchell, and Chris Ferguson rounded out the top five.

In other action Carson Ferguson of Charlotte, NC was at the right place at the right time, taking the lead when race leader Layton Sullivan blew a right rear tire coming out of turn 4 heading to the checkers to score the $3000 victory in a caution-filled FASTRAK Racing Touring Series 40 lap feature. It was Ferguson’s third touring series win in a row. Rounding out the top five were Trevor Feathers, Layton Sullivan, Corey Almond, and Ryan Adams.

Ross Bailes and Michael Brown led the 30 car field to green with Brown taking the lead out of turn 2 followed by Chris Ferguson. Bailes would take second back on the next circuit. By lap 5 brown had worked to a two-car length advantage. The races first caution would fall on lap 7 for a stopped Corey Gordon in turn 4.

On the restart, Bailes rocketed around Brown in turn 1 and 2 to take over the top spot. On lap 9 Brandon Overton went to second with an inside pass of Brown in turn 2. By Lap 16 Overton was within a car length of Bailes as they approached lapped traffic. On lap 18 Overton was on the back of Bailes as they began to enter the lapped traffic. On lap 20 Overton made his move, getting to the inside of Bailes out of turn 2. They raced side by side until turn 4 where Overton took over the lead. Eric Erwin would bring out the caution on lap 21 as he slowed in turn 4.

On the restart Overton jumped out to a quick two-car length lead while Rick Eckert went from fifth to third in two corners, getting by Chris Ferguson and Brown. By lap 30 Overton was back in lapped traffic allowing Bailes and Eckert to close. Just as it looked like things were going to get interesting Trevor Feathers brought out the third caution of the race when his car slowed going down the backstretch.

On the lap 32 restart, Overton once again jumped to a three car length advantage over Bailes and Eckert. On lap 36 Casey Roberts, who had made a run from twenty-eighth to tenth, slowed on the front stretch with mechanical issues. On the lap 36 restart, Overton once again got a great jump on the field as Ferguson took back third from Eckert. ON lap 42 the best battle on the track was the one for third between Ferguson, Eckert and fourteenth starting Zack Mitchell. By lap 48 Eckert had taken third and Mitchell fourth. On lap 48 the races fifth caution would fall for Jamie Lathroum who came to pit road for a flat right rear tire.

On lap 49 Bailes got inside Overton coming out of turn 4, Overton would hold at the line. On the next circuit, things got really interesting as Overton, Bailes, Overton, and Mitchell were all battling for the lead. On lap 53 Eckert would dive under Bailes going down the backstretch. On lap 54 caution would fall for a stopped Jeff Smith in turn 4. On the races final green Overton and Eckert would jump out to a two car length on the rest of the field. On lap 56 Eckert worked his way inside Overton in turn 4 and then again in turn 2. On the final lap, Overton led Eckert into turn 2 and down the backstretch. As the barreled into turn 3 Eckert got inside Overton, as they raced off turn 4 they raced side by side to the line with Overton holding off Eckert by .119 seconds for the victory.

Heat race winners – Ross Bailes, Michael Brown, Chris Ferguson, and Daulton Wilson.

 

In the FASTRAK Touring Series, 40 lap feature Jensen Ford and Justin Williams led the 29 car field to green. The two raced side by side back to the line with Ford take the lead by inches at the line. In turn 1 Ford would get by to put some distance between himself and Williams. Ford would pace the field until lap 19 when Ford slowed coming out of turn 2 bringing out the caution.

On the restart, Williams got a good jump on the field with Logan Roberson and Trevor Feathers in tow. A big crash involving seven cars on lap 26 would bring out a red flag for clean-up. It took five times to get the race restarted on lap 25 but once it did Williams began to pull away. On lap 34 Williams’ night came to an end when he blew a right rear tire sending him to the infield. That started the beginning of flat right rear tires going flat. First Trevor Feathers just after taking over the lead on the caution on lap 35, then Kyle Lear amongst others. Layton Sullivan would lead the field to green for the final time and looked to have his first career win only to blow a right rear tire coming out of turn 4 to the checkers, which allowed Carson Ferguson to take the $3000 victory over Trevor Feathers, Layton Sullivan, Corey Almond and Ryan Adams rounding out the top five.

The Speedway will take the weekend of June 22 off and return to racing Saturday, June 29th and host week 6 of Dirt Series Championship weekly racing action featuring the Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified, and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions.

Admission price for adults is only $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 11 – 17 years old $6 and children 10 and under admitted free. Pit passes will be $20.

Competitor gates for Saturday, June 29th will open at 3pm with spectator gates opening at 5pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm with hot laps.

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.

 

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RACE RESULTS FOR 43rd ANNUAL USA 100 – SATURDAY JUNE 15, 2019:

 

ULTIMATE SUPER LATE MODEL USA 100 FEATURE (60 Laps): 1. 2C-Brandon Overton, [5]; 2. 0R-Rick Eckert, [10]; 3. 87-Ross Bailes, [1]; 4. 57-Zack Mitchell, [14]; 5. 22-Chris Ferguson, [3]; 6. 16-Ben Watkins, [18]; 7. 55-Benji Hicks, [6]; 8. 22G-Gregg Satterlee, [23]; 9. 79-Michael Brown, [2]; 10. 8-Jacob Hawkins, [29]; 11. 2T-Kyle Lee, [8]; 12. 72-Jason Covert, [21]; 13. 45-Jamie Lathroum, [26]; 14. 0-Dale Hollidge, [17]; 15. 00-Jeff Smith, [20]; 16. 2-Dennis Franklin, [13]; 17. 7-Darryl Hills, [27]; 18. 421-Anthony Sanders, [16]; 19. 43A-Tyler Bare, [12]; 20. 5-Corey Gordon, [19]; 21. (DNF) 18D-Daulton Wilson, [4]; 22. (DNF) 25Z-Mason Zeigler, [11]; 23. (DNF) 101-Casey Roberts, [28]; 24. (DNF) 19-Greg Roberson, [22]; 25. (DNF) 20-Trevor Feathers, [7]; 26. (DNF) 11-Austin Hubbard, [15]; 27. (DNF) 22E-Russell Erwin, [9]; 28. (DNF) 42-Doug Sanders, [30]; 29. (DNF) 6-Chris Blackwell, [24]; 30. (DNF) D89-Dustin Mitchell, [25]

 

Heat 1 (10 laps) 1. 87-Ross Bailes, [1]; 2. 2C-Brandon Overton, [6]; 3. 22E-Russell Erwin, [3]; 4. 2-Dennis Franklin, [4]; 5. 0-Dale Hollidge, [7]; 6. 72-Jason Covert, [8]; 7. D89-Dustin Mitchell, [5]; 8. 8-Jacob Hawkins, [2]

 

Heat 2 (10 laps) 1. 79-Michael Brown, [1]; 2. 55-Benji Hicks, [2]; 3. 0R-Rick Eckert, [4]; 4. 57-Zack Mitchell, [5]; 5. 16-Ben Watkins, [3]; 6. 19-Greg Roberson, [7]; 7. 45-Jamie Lathroum, [6]; 8. 42-Doug Sanders, [8]

 

Heat 3 (10 laps) 1. 22-Chris Ferguson, [2]; 2. 20-Trevor Feathers, [1]; 3. 25Z-Mason Zeigler, [3]; 4. 11-Austin Hubbard, [6]; 5. 5-Corey Gordon, [4]; 6. 22G-Gregg Satterlee, [5]; 7. 7-Darryl Hills, [7]

 

Heat 4 (10 laps) 1. 18D-Daulton Wilson, [2]; 2. 2T-Kyle Lee, [5]; 3. 43A-Tyler Bare, [4]; 4. 421-Anthony Sanders, [6]; 5. 00-Jeff Smith, [7]; 6. 6-Chris Blackwell, [3]; (DNS) 101-Casey Roberts,

 

Overall Fast Qualifier: Ross Bailes – 17.461 seconds

 

FASTRAK RACING SERIES USA 100 FEATURE (40 laps): 1. 00-Carson Ferguson, [12]; 2. 20-Trevor Feathers, [5]; 3. 08-Layton Sullivan, [8]; 4. 7A-Corey Almond, [3]; 5. 12-Ryan Adams, [19]; 6. 71-Davis Lipscombe, [6]; 7. 01-Matt Glanden, [10]; 8. 41-Brent Bordeaux, [24]; 9. 7R-Cameron Ramsey, [20]; 10. 100-Troy Williams, [18]; 11. 22-Nick Schlager, [27]; 12. 151-Kyle Lear, [9]; 13. 11-Banjo Duke, [7]; 14. 2W-Justin Williams, [2]; 15. 55-Matt Long, [26]; 16. 17R-Logan Roberson, [4]; 17. 92-Nick Davis, [16]; 18. 55D-Jimmy Duncan, [14]; 19. 80-Ray Love Jr, [13]; 20. 14C-Chuck Bowie, [11]; 21. 17-Zach Blackwell, [29]; 22. 38-Nick Love, [22]; 23. 83-Jensen Ford, [1]; 24. 52-Bryan Benton, [23]; 25. 69-Cecil Cash Jr, [25]; 26. 71T-Tyler Hoy, [15]; 27. 71K-Jim Rogers, [21]; 28. 09-Brad Rigdon, [17]; 29. 5J-Darrell Dow, [28]

 

Heat 1 (10 Laps) 1. 83-Jensen Ford, [1]; 2. 20-Trevor Feathers, [2]; 3. 151-Kyle Lear, [3]; 4. 80-Ray Love Jr, [4]; 5. 09-Brad Rigdon, [5]; 6. 71K-Jim Rogers, [7]; 7. 69-Cecil Cash Jr, [6]

 

Heat 2 (10 Laps) 1. 2W-Justin Williams, [2]; 2. 71-Davis Lipscombe, [3]; 3. 01-Matt Glanden, [4]; 4. 55D-Jimmy Duncan, [7]; 5. 22-Nick Schlager, [6]; 6. 100-Troy Williams, [8]; 7. 38-Nick Love, [5]; 8. 55-Matt Long, [1]

 

Heat 3 (10 Laps) 1. 7A-Corey Almond, [1]; 2. 11-Banjo Duke, [2]; 3. 14C-Chuck Bowie, [3]; 4. 71T-Tyler Hoy, [4]; 5. 12-Ryan Adams, [5]; 6. 52-Bryan Benton, [7]; 7. 17-Zach Blackwell, [6]

 

Heat 4 (10 Laps) 1. 17R-Logan Roberson, [2]; 2. 08-Layton Sullivan, [1]; 3. 00-Carson Ferguson, [3]; 4. 92-Nick Davis, [4]; 5. 7R-Cameron Ramsey, [7]; 6. 41-Brent Bordeaux, [6]; 7. 5J-Darrell Dow, [5]

Thaxton Takes Win In Halifax Insurance Presents Whelen NASCAR Late Model 100 at South Boston

South Boston, VA – Austin Thaxton of South Boston scored his first win of the season Saturday night, slipping past Mike Jones on lap 46 following a restart and fending off a late bid from Trey Crews to win the Halifax Insurance Presents Whelen NASCAR Late Model 100 at South Boston Speedway.

The win, Thaxton’s 10th career NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division victory at South Boston Speedway, came by a margin of 1.429-second. With the victory, Thaxton became the fifth different winner in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division at South Boston Speedway this season.

Crews, of Halifax, Virginia, finished second with Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina, Chad McCumbee and Stuart Crews of Long Island, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

There were five lead changes among four different drivers in the 100-lap race that was punctuated by eight caution periods and some intense three-wide racing among the race leaders twice during the first half of the race.

Thaxton saw a relatively comfortable lead over Crews evaporate with the race’s final caution flag with 12 laps left. The South Boston, Virginia native chose to restart the race on the outside of the front row, got a good start, and quickly pulled away from Crews to seal the win.

Former NASCAR national champions Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia and Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia was in the hunt early, but incidents in the race took them out of contention for the win. Sellers hung on to finish seventh. Pulliam finished last in the 16-car field.

Borst, Moss Split Wins In Limited Sportsman Twinbill

Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina and Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia split wins in Saturday night’s twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races.

Borst earned his second win of the season with a flag-to-flag win in the opening race. The North Carolinian dominated the action, speeding across the finish line 5.206 seconds ahead of runner-up Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia. Moss finished third, with Eric Winslow of Pelham, North Carolina and Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Moss picked up his fourth win of the season in the nightcap, and like Borst did in the opener, earned the win by going flag-to-flag.

Moss pulled away from Winslow in a 10-lap dash to the finish following the last of the race’s three caution periods, winning by almost a full second. Willis, Dawson, and Landon Pembelton of Amelia, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.

Crews Sweeps Pure Stock Division Twinbill

Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia continued his winning ways in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division by sweeping the night’s pair of 15-lap races.

The two wins by Crews gives him five wins in the eight races that have been run in the division thus far this season.

Crews went flag-to-flag in both races, edging Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia by 4.973 seconds in the opener, with Halifax, Virginia residents Randy Hupp, Bruce Mayo and Scott Phillips rounding out the top five finishers.

In the nightcap, Crews drove to a 2.6-second win over Mayo, with Pickrel, Hupp and Phillips completing the top five finishers.

Layne Wins Hornets Division Race

Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia grabbed the lead from Donald Clay on the second lap and drove to victory in the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race.

The win was Layne’s third of the season at South Boston Speedway.

Justin Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia finished second with Josh Dawson of Halifax, Virginia, Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia and Aaron Cash of South Boston, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

South Boston Speedway will stage one of its biggest events of the 2019 season on Saturday night, June 29, as America’s Hometown Track hosts its annual Pre-Fourth of July extravaganza, the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 racing program.

A 200-lap race for the region’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors paying $10,000 to the winner headlines the night’s four-race card.

The night’s schedule also includes a 75-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 40-lap race for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division and a 20-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division.

At the conclusion of the night’s racing action, fans will be treated to a dazzling and colorful Fourth Of July fireworks show to round out the night.

Advance tickets priced at $15 each will be available at the South Boston Speedway office until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 28. Tickets at the gate on race day will be $20 for adults. Kids ages 12 and under will be admitted free with a paid adult.

For additional information about the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 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.

Hubbard Captures Emotional Win at Dixieland Speedway; Trevor Battoia and Danny Bagwell earn first wins of the season

Elizabeth City, NC – Billy Hubbard dominated the 30-lap Budweiser Allstar Late Model event on Friday evening to garner his fourth victory of the season.  It was an emotional win for the 44-year old driver from Cobbs Creek, Virginia who recently lost his father, William Hubbard on June 5th.

“This one’s for him,” said Hubbard in victory lane following the race.  He was surrounded by team and family members who reflected on the night and on the life his father led.

Larry Jackson started the feature in third place and quickly moved into the runner up position to begin his attempt to overtake Hubbard.  While running in third place on lap seven, Knotts Island, North Carolina’s Tom Wilson experienced mechanical problems that would sideline the veteran front running racer whose average finish before this event was 2.6.

Jackson ultimately finished the event in second with Sherman Underwood securing the third and final podium finish.  It was Underwood’s best finish of the season.

Following his win, Hubbard moves from third to second in the points, swapping places with Wilson. Hubbard trails championship leader Larry Jackson by 12 markers headed into the next points-paying race on June 28th.

Mark Gonzales led flag to flag en route to his third win of the season in the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman division.  The 27-year old Elizabeth City racer put his Chevrolet to the point and never looked back, holding off Troy Brickhouse who finished the 20-lap feature in the runner up position.  Mark Overman earned third place, his best finish of the season after taking nearly five years off from competition.

Seven yellow flags slowed the race due to spins, debris and a three-car incident on lap 16 that transpired on the front stretch involving Devin Weatherly, Nick Odell and Lee Waddell. Weatherly was involved in two other spins before that on laps 10 and 11.  In the first half of the race, Weatherly had his Chevrolet Camaro near the front of the field, hovering around third place.

Gonzales padded his points lead following the victory.  He left Friday nights races with 126 points, now eight markers over second place Brickhouse and 34 ahead of third places Joe Weiss.

Veteran racer Dennis Barnes steered his Chevrolet Monte Carlo to winner’s circle for the third time in 2019 in the Little Caesars Super Street division.  The Camden racer had to contend with another seasoned competitor in Allen Shiflett.  Shiflett started the 20-lap race on the pole position and quickly found himself in the clutches of Barnes, who started on the outside pole.  Shiflett would later credit his lack of winning performance to the tire setup compared to track conditions.

Following Barnes across the finish line was Justin Pruitt, who earned second and Shiflett claimed third.

With the win, Barnes broke the points tie over Pruitt and takes sole possession as the series championship leader by two markers headed into Friday night’s races.

It was the survival of the fittest for the Biggs Cadillac, Buick, GMC Stock Fours 15-lap feature event. The attrition rate was elevated as multiple drivers experienced mechanical issues and cut tires.  The most significant one occurred on lap five when points and race leader James Hissom, Jr.’s car began to smoke heavily while exiting turn two.  Immediately following that the vehicle erupted into flames on the backstretch as his engine expired, forcing the Moyock competitor to the garage and out of contention for the win.

Two laps later, front runners Justin Bohn and Louise Pasderetz tangled on the front stretch entering turn one, adding these two drivers to the list of disappointed racers.

Finally, on the eighth circuit, third place contender Chris Freemon cut a tire, dousing any hopes of a top finish.

In the end, Trevor Battoia of Elizabeth City was able to hold off Kolton Stevens to claim the win. It was Battoia’s first win since August 24thof last year and Steven’s best finish ever.  David Simmond’s, Jr. earned third place, also accomplishing a career best.

Despite a poor finish, Hissom, Jr. continues to lead the point standings, although at a narrower margin.

Danny Bagwell picked up his first win Friday in the R & D Excavating Super Fours division, holding off Windsor, North Carolina father-son duo Kyle and James Barnes who finished second and third respectively in the race that highlighted Father’s Day weekend.  With the win, Bagwell overtakes Dale Ore, Jr. as the points leader.

Sarah Whitsell earned the kids in Go Karts victory edging out defending winner Carter Weiss at the finish line.

The host of Performance Racing Network’s At the Track, Lenny Batycki from Charlotte was on hand Friday evening to promote and cover the action at the raceway.  He featured the winners on his segment on SiriusXM NASCAR radio’s The Front Stretch with Pat Patterson Saturday morning.  PRN’s At the Track weekly radio show highlights personalities and stories from grassroots racing and can be found on broadcast radio stations, the free PRN app and iTunes.

Racing resumes for the sixth time this season on Friday evening with a major $4,000 to win two-barrel Late Model championship race.  The Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman, Little Caesars Super Streets and Biggs Cadillac, Buick, GMC Stock Fours will also compete.  Gates open at 5:00 p.m.  Racing begins at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets will be available for purchase in person.  For more information dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net.

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About Dixieland Speedway:

 

Dixieland Speedway is northeastern North Carolina’s premier action track.  The 3/8-mile dirt oval has hosted exciting Friday night racing since 1983.  Long straightaways and tight turns lead to intense on-track action.  The clay track is 55 feet wide and turns one and two are banked at 12 degrees, while turns three and four are eight-degrees.  Race fans from all over the region have come to witness spectacular side by side racing through the years.  The family-friendly facility offers something for everyone as on-track action keeps fans on the edge of their seats all night long.  Refreshment and souvenir stands are on site.  Tickets for all events are available for purchase in person.  Don’t miss your chance to see why they call Dixieland, the track that started it all.  To learn more, visit dixielandspeedway.net or follow Dixieland Speedway on Facebook (Dixieland Speedway), Twitter (@DixielandSpdwy) and Instagram (@dixielandspeedway).  Information by phone, dial 252-771-5151.  Dixieland Speedway is located at 1520 Northside Road in Elizabeth City.

Lee Pulliam, Peyton Sellers Split South Boston Speedway Late Model Stock Twinbill

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – Former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champions Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia and Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia split wins Saturday night in the NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s racing program at South Boston Speedway.

Pulliam survived a tough battle with eventual runner-up Thomas Scott and Sellers, who started at the rear of the 16-car field after deciding following qualifying that he would rather race the car he had designated as his back-up car.

The Alton, Virginia resident edged Scott by .707-second in capturing his second win of the season at “America’s Hometown Track,” with Sellers trailing Scott by a couple of car lengths in third place. Austin Thaxton of South Boston, Virginia and Daniel Silvestri of Great Falls, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers in the opener.

The second race featured another tense battle among the trio, with Sellers driving from his eighth starting position under an inverted start among the top 10 finishers of the first race to take the lead from Thaxton on lap 22 and capture his third win of the season at South Boston Speedway.

Scott, from Efland, North Carolina, held off Pulliam over the last seven laps in a stirring battle for the runner-up spot to finish the night with a pair of runner-up finishes. He trailed Sellers by 1.913 seconds at the finish, with Pulliam less than a car length behind him.

Silvestri finished fourth and Thaxton finished fifth, giving both drivers a pair of top-five finishes for the night.


Moss Scores Win In Limited Sportsman Division Race

Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia scored his third win of the season Saturday night, fending off Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina and Danny Willis, Jr. of South Boston, Virginia in a six-lap dash to the finish that followed the last of the race’s two caution periods to win Saturday night’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.

Moss, the division points leader, edged Borst by .417-second to take the win, with Willis trailing in third place about a second behind Borst. Eric Winslow of Pelham, North Carolina and

Kenny Daniel of Sutherlin, Virginia completed the top five finishers.

There were two lead changes among Moss and Borst, with Moss leading twice for a total of 31 laps, including the final six circuits.

Jessica Dana of Mooresville, North Carolina was treated for a foot injury following a crash on lap 25 in which her car crashed into the inside retaining wall on the front stretch. The car’s fuel cell was ruptured in the crash, sparking a fire that briefly engulfed a portion of the car. Dana was able to escape the flaming car without incident.

Pickrel Takes Win In Budweiser Pure Stock Division Race Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia started on the pole and scored a flag-to-flag win in the night’s caution-free 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race. The win was Pickrel’s third of the season in the division.

Division points leader Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia took the runner-up spot, finishing about a quarter of a lap behind Pickrel. Jarrett Milam of Keeling, Virginia and Halifax, Virginia residents Bruce Mayo and Randy Hupp rounded out the top five finishers in the race.


Cash Claims Win In Budweiser Hornets Division Race

Aaron Cash of South Boston, Virginia became the third driver this season to score his first career win Saturday night with a flag-to-flag win in the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race. With the win, Cash became the fourth different winner in the division’s first five races of the season.

Two-time winner Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia took the runner-up spot, with Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia, Josh Dawson of Halifax, Virginia and Jared Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.


Butcher, Sauls Take Wins In Southern Ground Pounders Race

Greg Butcher of Mocksville, North Carolina took the win in the Sportsman Division and Dwight Sauls won the Modified Division in Saturday night’s 25-lap race for the regional touring Southern Ground Pounders series.

Sportsman Division driver Jerry Rice led the early portion of the race, with Butcher taking the lead on lap 13 when the engine in Rice’s car went up in smoke.


Next Race At South Boston Speedway

NASCAR racing action returns to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, June 15, with the 7 p.m. running of the Halifax Insurance Presents Whelen NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program.

A 100-lap race for the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division competitors will highlight the six-race program. Twin 25-lap races are on tap for the Limited Sportsman Division, and twin 15-lap races are set for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division. A 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division teams will round out the night’s action.

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 Halifax Insurance Presents Whelen NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returns to Martinsville Speedway in 2020

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (May 28, 2019) – For the first time since 2010, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to Martinsville Speedway in 2020 for the MaxPro Window Films 200.

The modifieds, which were a fixture at Martinsville for decades, will race the 200 lap race on Friday Night May 8, 2020, as part of the spring race weekend.

“We get asked a lot about the modifieds a lot – from fans, from drivers, from media,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “Now, we can say, ‘Yes, we will have them back next year.’ These cars are such an important part of Martinsville Speedway history and the time is right to bring them back.”

North Carolina-based Maxpro Window Films, an industry leader in window film technology, has signed on to sponsor the race.

“Maxpro Window Films is excited to be a supporter of and partner with Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR,” Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Elizabeth Dillon said. “Not only are NASCAR fans a natural market for Maxpro’s automotive line of window films, but a lot of our employees and management team have deep roots in the Martinsville and Henry County area and we are proud to be associated with an organization with the history and tradition of Martinsville Speedway, so it’s a good fit for Maxpro.

“The modifieds have always been a fan favorite at Martinsville and Maxpro is thrilled to welcome them back for the Maxpro Window Films 200 and to sponsor their return. It’s always an exciting race and having it under the lights will be special. We look forward to an exciting weekend and we are thrilled to be part of it.”

The modified division first raced at Martinsville in 1960 and raced every year through 2002. Virginian Ray Hendrick, who also is the career leader in overall wins at Martinsville with 20, is the all-time leader in modified wins at Martinsville with 13. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans is second with 10.

In qualifying for a 1986 modified event, Greg Sacks set the Martinsville Speedway track record for all divisions with a one-lap average of 101.014 miles-per-hour, a record that still stands.

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Martinsville Speedway are a perfect match,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR Managing Director, Touring Series. “When you talk history and legacy – names like Evans, (Jerry) Cook and (Geoff) Bodine are synonymous with Martinsville. The Modified division and Martinsville Speedway are the cornerstones on which the sport was built. We’re excited about adding names like (Doug) Coby, (Justin) Bonsignore, and maybe even (Ryan) Preece – a new generation of Modified racing stars to the half-mile and look forward to being part of an incredible race weekend.”

The Maxpro Window Films 200 will add to an already exciting 2020 season at the historic half-mile speedway. The NASCAR Cup Series race will be under the lights in the spring, and the NASCAR Xfinity Series will return to the Speedway for the first time since 2006 as part of a triple-header weekend in the fall that will be the final race before the Championship Round of the NASCAR Playoffs for all three national touring series.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever felt this much excitement about an upcoming season at Martinsville Speedway,” Campbell said. “From the fans to competitors and media, it’s industry-wide excitement and we are all really looking forward to it.”

Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway this fall with two race weekends.

First is the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Race in the country on October 5.

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will return for the NASCAR Playoffs the weekend of October 25-27.

Tickets to both race weekends are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Virginia Motor Speedway to Host Week 3 of Dirt Series Championship Weekly Racing this Saturday May 25th

Photo: Virginia Motor Speedway Website

Jamaica, VA – After a very successful mud bog over at The Pit, Virginia Motor Speedway will get back to some exciting dirt track racing and will host week 3 of the Dirt Series Championship weekly racing season this Saturday May 25th and feature the  Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions in some exciting side by side action.

Competitor gates for Saturday, May 25th will open at 3pm and spectator gates opening at 5pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm for hot laps.

Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday: Victory 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.

Admission price for Adults $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 13 – 17 years old $6 and children 12 and under admitted free. Pit passes will be $20.

To enhance the fans racing experience the speedway has installed a short wave FM transmitter and all of the evening’s action can be heard at 95.5 FM. So, bring your portable radio headset and enjoy hearing all the action.

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 2019 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.

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