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Legends Asphalt Nationals to Boast Largest Field in Carteret History

PELETIER, NC– Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway will play host to one of the largest motorsports events in North America next weekend with a record-setting field of cars expected to congregate upon the Crystal Coast.

Already, over 90 competitors have registered to compete in the INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals, a three-day event running from Thursday, October 17th through Saturday, October 19th. The competition includes Carteret County Speedway standouts Jordan Lamothe, Brenton Irving, Shane Irving, Zack Brown, and Emily Day, among several others.

Reigning INEX Pro Legends Asphalt champion Carson Ferguson and national title contender Cody Hall are among those who will compete over the course of the three-day event.  In the Semi-Pro division, national points leader Hunter Wright and title contender Jason Alder are among those entered to compete. Kevin Nowack, who leads the points in the Masters division, and Young Lions national title leader Zack Miracle have also entered the event.

On-track activity will get underway on Thursday with practice, beginning at 10am and running until 6pm.  Qualifying will get underway on Friday at 11:15am, followed by heat races and the Race of Champions.  B-Mains will commence at 1pm on Saturday, followed by the feature races.

Additionally, there will be a special meet-and-greet starting at 1pm on Saturday with Carteret County Speedway drivers who compete in other regular divisions.  Fans can meet the drivers and get autographs, selfies and more.

A three-day ticket for the event is available at the gate for $20. Single-day tickets for Friday are $10 and $15 for Saturday.  Thursday’s on-track activity is free to attend for spectators.

For more information about Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at http://www.carteretspeedway.com, “like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter.

Looney Stands Tall in Testing for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300

MARTINSVILLE, VA. – 2016 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner and 2019 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National points runner-up Mike Looney stood tall after a six-hour test session at Martinsville Speedway on Thursday evening.

Looney toured the half-mile track at 20.088 seconds during the evening portion of the test session under the lights and his time would be fast enough to break the track record set last year in qualifying by Stacy Puryear at a 20.100. Looney spent most of the day in the top five on the speed charts and ended the night in the number one position but he and his team had to work hard to find the speed he was looking for.

“We played it too conservative the last couple of years,” Looney said after testing. “We were really trying to stick to our old setup that we won with and we thought maybe it was a fluke that the following year we weren’t that good at night. We come back last year and struggled again after the sun went down and we made our mind up last year when we left that we got to get our work gloves on and get busy.”

Looney said he knew he was good during the day but knew he didn’t have the right feel in the car to give his team the confidence they needed.

“We thrashed on that car today and we were good but we knew it just didn’t have that feel I was looking for,” Looney said. That feel that I remember when we won. I think we changed every spring but the right rear, sway bar, track bar, bump stops, shocks, we threw everything in the trailer at it. My buddy Forrest Reynolds was floating me some tips from down at Concord. He was home building chassis’ today and this is a new car he built us and we’ve got 11 wins on it.”

Craig Moore, a regular on the CARS Tour, found himself sitting second on the speed charts at the end of the night and he was thankful for how well the car ran especially given that it was destroyed in the most recent CARS Tour event at Orange County Speedway back in August.

“We’re just blessed to be here,” Moore said after testing. “I tore my car up pretty bad at Orange County in the last CARS Tour race. Just been blessed to get this thing back together and had some awesome help from some awesome sponsors. We made some really good gains on it today and we weren’t really that good when we unloaded. I feel like we have a really good game plan to come back with for next week.”

Despite the speed, Moore isn’t getting ahead of himself for next weekend. He says he just wants to make the top 20 in qualifying and keep the fenders on his car.

“As long as we can qualify in the top 20, keep the fenders and doors on it and be there at the end of the race, I feel like anybody’s got a shot to win it,” Moore explained. “I feel like that’s what the goal needs to be and I think we got a car that’s capable of doing it. Being second today proved that. I feel like hopefully, we’ve got a shot at it.”

Behind Looney and Moore were a host of formidable challengers including defending Virginia Triple Crown championship winner and current Virginia Triple Crown points leader Peyton Sellers. Despite Sellers speed, he has an eye on weather changes for next weekend that could change the handling of the cars.

“I didn’t know what to think earlier today,” Sellers said. “The track was really green for the first hour or two hours. It had decent grip but it was like it was real hazy. This temperature right here is going to be more comparable to what we’re going to see next week. To go from 90 to 70 is a big transition. I think we learned more the last two hours than we’re going to learn the whole night. We made decent adjustments and I feel pretty comfortable with our program right now.”

Two-time race winner and current runner-up in the Virginia Triple Crown points standings, Lee Pulliam was fourth fastest among the 80-cars that took to the track today. The most dominant driver in last year’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300, Josh Berry, was fifth fastest on the day. Other notables included last year’s winner CE Falk who was eighth fastest, former winner Jason York was ninth and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver Brennan Poole was 11th.

Around 80 cars are expected to return next weekend for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 and with just the top 20 being locked in by qualifying on Friday, October 4th, many teams will be searching for a spot in the race in the two heat races on Saturday evening to finish setting the field for the 200-lap main event on Saturday night. With all of the format changes from single-car qualifying returning, fewer heat races and stage breaks in the feature, it could very well be one of the best ValleyStar Credit Union 300 races yet.

Tickets to the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200, the First Data 500 as well as the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Night Race at Martinsville Speedway can be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com or by calling 877.RACE.TIX.

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is Less Than One Month Away

Martinsville, Va. – As NASCAR Whelen All-American Series sanctioned tracks head into the final two weekends of competition, racers have already begun to turn their attention to the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway, which will take place in just one month on October 5th.

This year’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 will feature a lot of changes including qualifying format, race format and the use of unlimited green, white, checkered finishes. The changes have been met with a lot of positive thoughts from racers and fans alike.

The changes to the qualifying format have drivers excited about qualifying for the first time in several years. Over the last decade, the Late Model Stock Cars have used a European style qualifying procedure where several cars take time on the track at the same time. That often led to faster cars running up on slower cars and preventing them from getting a clean lap. This year Martinsville Speedway will return to single car qualifying and the drivers feel as if that puts them center stage.

“It puts the prestige back into it for the drivers,” two-time ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner Lee Pulliam stated. “And if I’m a fan, I’d pay to go to qualifying. That guy on the track’s got pressure on him, he’s the only car on the racetrack with the pressure at night for those three laps. One mistake and he’s not in the field. I’m thrilled about it.”

Last year’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner CE Falk likes the idea of being locked into the top 20 but says he enjoyed being in the heat races as well.

“I like being locked into the top 20,” Falk said. “That part’s cool, regardless if you win the race or not, those 20 guys that’s a big deal for them to be the 20 fastest in the field. Being a part of that group is always really cool. There’s a lot that happens in those heat races, I enjoyed them. I always made up some spots in those heat races, and it was always really cool to get wins in those heat races.”

With all those changes to think about, several drivers come into this race with another prize in the back of their minds. The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is also the final leg of the Virginia Triple Crown for Late Model Stock Cars. The Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 at South Boston Speedway back in June and the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway in July were the first two events in the three-race series.

Coming into the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, last year’s Virginia Triple Crown champion Peyton Sellers leads the point standings over Pulliam. Sellers won the first race at South Boston Speedway and finished fourth after a late penalty while battling Pulliam for the lead in the second race at Langley Speedway. Pulliam hasn’t picked up a win this season in the Virginia Triple Crown races but that’s what he says his goal will be for Martinsville and he’ll let the points work themselves out.

“When you’re in this race, you just race for the win and let things end up where they end up,” Pulliam explained. “All of these races are prestigious, but I’m never thinking about a points title. I’m thinking about trying to win the race and get to victory lane and the points will work themselves out. We’ve been in the hunt for both of the first two Triple Crowns, I don’t see why Martinsville would be any different.”

In one month, all the changes will play out and the Virginia Triple Crown Late Model Stock Car championship will be settled after 200-laps around the paperclip shaped oval. It’s the biggest race of the year and with so many changes and more money than ever on the line, it will be the one race any short track race fan won’t want to miss.

Tickets to the First Data 500, NASCAR Hall of Fame 200, and the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 can be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com or by calling 877.RACE.TIX.

Virginia Motor Speedway to Host Richest Weekend in Pro Late Model History This Friday and Saturday, September 13-14

Jamaica, VA – Pro Late Model racing’s richest weekend has gotten richer, as Virginia Motor Speedway will host the richest Pro Late Model event in history when they host the $50,000 to win FASTRAK World Championship presented by James River Equipment. The historic weekend will take place this Friday and Saturday, September 13 – 14, 2019 at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, VA.

“What a way to end out 50th anniversary season, with the richest short track race in the State of Virginia’s history,” commented track owner Bill Sawyer. Sawyer continued, “With $50,000 on the line and with this also being filmed for TV, we are going to see some of the country’s top Pro Late Models drivers in attendance. This event will be one race you do not want to miss.”

Track officials are busy preparing the facilities for what is expected to be another record car count. The weekend will put the spotlight squarely on the country’s best Pro Late Model drivers. This mega race will pay the winner a whopping $50,000. With a total payout of over $170,000, it is the richest weekend in all of Pro Late Model history.

The weekend will also include a $6000 to win and $600 to start the Dirt Cup Challenge UMP Modified event. This race will be a UMP National Point event.

It all kicks off Friday, September 13th with registration, tech, practice and two sets of heats for both the FASTRAK Pro Late Model competitors as well as the Dirt Cup Challenge UMP Modified competitors to set the top 16 spots in both features.

The following night Saturday, September 14 the FASTRAK Pro Late Model competitors will have B Main(s), the 75 lap $50,000 feature and up to four (4) non-qualifier races based on car count. The UMP Modified competitors will have B Main(s) and the 50 lap, $6000 to win feature. The event is open to all Pro Late Model competitors. FASTRAK rules will apply. In the event of rain, Sunday, September 15th is currently scheduled as the rain date.

The speedway is currently pre-selling two-day tickets only by calling 804-758-1867 between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm. Two-day adult tickets are $45, senior (60+) $40 and military $35, students (13-17) $15. Save up to $15 on single-day tickets.

Admission prices for Friday only adults $25, senior (60+) / military $20, students (13-17) $20 and children 12 and under free.

Admission for Saturday only is adults $35, senior (60+) $30 and military $25, students (13-17) $15 and children 12 and under free.

Pit passes, regardless of age, are $50 for either a single or two-day pass and will also get you a seat in the grandstands.

The speedway offers free camping (no hook-ups) and plenty of well-lit and free parking.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval track 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, tickets and camping information. 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.

Sellers Captures Fifth Career South Boston Speedway Title

South Boston, VA – Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia captured his fifth career South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division title in Saturday night’s GCR Presents LS Tractor USA Late Model Twin 75s.

Sellers’ fifth career South Boston Speedway NASCAR track title ties him with the late legendary NASCAR Modified and Late Model Sportsman star Ray Hendrick of Richmond, Virginia for the second-most NASCAR feature-division track championships at South Boston Speedway. Only David Blankenship of Moseley, Virginia, with seven South Boston Speedway NASCAR track championships, stands above Sellers and Hendrick.

This season’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division title is the third South Boston Speedway track title in a row for Sellers, who finished second to Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia in the opening 75-lap race and unofficially finished 10th in the second of Saturday night’s pair of 75-lap NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Division races.

Pulliam’s win over Sellers in the opening 75-lap race came by less than a second. The win was Pulliam’s fifth victory in a row at the .4-mile oval.

Austin Thaxton of South Boston, Virginia, Trey Crews of Halifax, Virginia and Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina rounded out the top five finishers in the first race.

Drew Dollar of Atlanta, Georgia was the unofficial winner of the second race, a dramatic race that saw Sellers and Pulliam battle side-by-side and bumper-to-bumper for the lead for the final 30 laps. As the two drivers sped into the third turn on the final lap, Sellers’ car made contact with the rear of Pulliam’s car, and Pulliam spun between turns three and four.

Sellers sped to the finish line ahead of the rest of the field, but was penalized by track officials for causing the incident and was awarded 10th place, the last position behind the rest of the cars that finished on the lead lap.

Dollar, who was running third at the time, was declared the unofficial winner, with Thaxton finishing second, Scott taking third place, Blake Stallings of Danville, Virginia being awarded fourth place and Nick Smith rounding out the top five finishers in the unofficial finishing order.

Willis Wins Fourth Career Limited Sportsman Division Crown

Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia won his fourth career South Boston Speedway NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division championship Saturday night with a 10th-place finish in the night’s 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race.

Willis and Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina waged a hard-fought battle for the win after the race’s final caution flag flew with 13 laps to go, with Willis getting beside Borst on the inside several times without being able to make the pass.

A last-ditch effort by Willis on the last lap to earn the win came up short as Willis spun as the pair sped off of the fourth turn heading to the checkered flag.

Borst sped across the finish line to grab his sixth win of the season and tie Willis for the most wins in the division. Landon Pembleton of Amelia, Virginia finished third with Mark Cook finishing fourth and Mitchell Wright rounding out the top five finishers

Crews Captures First SBS Pure Stock Division Title

Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia won his first career South Boston Speedway Budweiser Pure Stock Division championship Saturday night in the 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.

Crews won the 30-lap race to earn his ninth victory of the season, edging Scott Phillips of Halifax, Virginia by .778-second.

Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia, Justin Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia and Jesse Keesee completed the top five finishers.

Currin Wins Hornets Division Title; Claims Second Division Title

Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia won his second South Boston Speedway Budweiser Hornets Division championship in Saturday night’s 15-lap season finale for the division. This season’s championship makes Currin the first driver to win multiple championships in the division.

Jared Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia edged Josh Dawson of Halifax, Virginia by a foot in a near photo finish to win the 15-lap race and earn his second victory of the season.

Tyler Stanley of South Boston, Virginia, Currin, and Donald Clay of Clover, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers.

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

South Boston Speedway will close out its 2019 season in a big way with the 3 p.m. running of the AutosbyNelson,com 250 for the CARS Tour Series on Saturday afternoon, November 2.

The championships in both the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour will be decided in the event that will feature a 125-lap Late Model Stock Car Division race and a 125-lap Super Late Model race, with both races going for 125 green-flag laps.

Qualifying for that event will feature a knock-out qualifying format.

Advance tickets for the AutosbyNelson,com 250 are priced at $10 each through Friday, Nov. 1. Adult general admission tickets on race day will be priced at $15 each. Youth ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For additional information about the AutosbyNelson,com 250 CARS Tour series 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.

Championships To Be Decided In All Divisions At South Boston Speedway Saturday Night

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – It is championship week, the week that drivers in every division at South Boston Speedway have been racing toward since the season began back in the early spring.

Championships will be decided Saturday night in all four divisions during the running of the GCR Presents LS Tractor USA NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s. In additions to twin 75-lap races for the Late Model Stock Division, there will be a 50-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race.

Entering Saturday night’s title night, the tightest race is in the Budweiser Hornets Division where Kevin Currin holds a 15-point, 408-393 lead over Steven Layne. Josh Dawson is another 34 points back in third.

Layne has the most Hornets wins of the season with five. Currin has three and Dawson two. But Currin has two more top-5 finishes than Layne and has also scored 20 more passing points on the season.

Passing points are awarded in all divisions when a driver elects to move to the rear of the field for the start of the race and is awarded one point for each car passed during the race.

There is a fairly close race brewing in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division with Nathan Crews holding a 44-point lead over Jordan Pickrel going into Saturday’s race.

Crews has been a regular visitor to victory lane this season with eight wins compared to Pickrel’s four. Crews finished in the top five 12 times in 14 starts and was in the top 10 in every race. Pickrel also finished in the top 10 every race but had one less top five than Crews.

Crews also topped the passing points leader board with 36 compared to Pickrel’s 29.

Danny Willis Jr.’s move back to the Limited Sportsman Division turned out to be hugely successful in 2019. He has won six times and finished in the top five 14 out of 15 starts and holds a 91-point lead over Daniel Moss.

Moss’ season has been solid with five wins and top-5 finishes in 12 races. Drew Dawson is 24 points behind Moss, and teenager Jacob Borst, who won two races this season, is fourth, another five points back.

Defending Late Model Stock champion Peyton Sellers has a 660-557 lead over Austin Thaxton headed into Saturday, with Lee Pulliam another 22 points back. Sellers and Pulliam have six wins apiece. Sellers has more top fives and top 10s and has accumulated 66 more passing points than Pulliam.

Thaxton has one win and has finished in the top 10 in 15 out of 16 races this season.

Grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with the first race set for 7 p.m. Admission is just $10 for adults with children 12 and under admitted free with a paying adult.

Persistent Rain Sunday, Hurricane Threat Prompts Cancelation of Labor Day Classic

PELETIER, NC – The Labor Day Classic at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway has been canceled for the first time in its five year history due to persistent rainfall on Sunday afternoon.

Normally, the track would move the race to the following day, but with catastrophic Hurricane Dorian barreling towards the East Coast and the need for people to prepare or evacuate, track owner Bob Lowery made the decision to cancel the race.  A make up date will be announced in the near future.

“Ordinarily, we would go ahead and run tomorrow but there are a lot of outside forces at play here,” track owner Bob Lowery said.  “We’ve got a category five hurricane coming towards us and some of our drivers have to get out and get home, and our local drivers need to go ahead and prepare for the storm.  We’re already hearing of gas shortages and stuff.  Ultimately, peoples’ lives are at stake, so we’ve decided to cancel the race.”

Competitors and fans who had already paid for their pit pass or tickets should hold on to their armbands for the to be announced makeup date.

The next schedule raced at Carteret County Speedway is the Bobby Watson Memorial, set for September 21st.  The race will feature racing for Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini-Stocks, U-CARs, Legends, Champ Karts, East Coast Flathead Fords, and the Coastal Carolina Mini Cup Series.

For more information about Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at www.carteretspeedway.com, “like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter.

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