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South Boston Speedway Cancels CARS Tour Event Amid COVID Restrictions in Commonwealth

SOUTH BOSTON, VA…….South Boston Speedway officials announced this week that the Autosbynelson.com250 Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour event scheduled for Sept. 19 at “America’s Hometown Track” has been canceled.

The cancellation of the event resulted from the continuation of restrictions mandated by the Commonwealth of Virginia in its attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“We are very disappointed in having to cancel the event,” said South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice.

“Unfortunately, the Commonwealth’s restrictions make it impossible for us to hold the event. Like our fans, we were looking forward to seeing the competitors of the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour in action here at South Boston Speedway. The previous CARS Tour events here at South Boston Speedway have been exciting, and we were expecting that same level of excitement when the series was to return here Sept. 19.”

While the Sept. 19 Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour event was the final event listed on South Boston Speedway’s 2020 season schedule, track officials have not given up on the possibility of being able to host one or more events before uncomfortably cold winter weather sets in.

“The weather in our region is good enough that we can look as far out as into the month of November in terms of possible opportunities to hold an event,” Rice noted.

“If the Commonwealth’s restrictions should become relaxed enough to make it feasible for us to hold one or more events this fall, we will look at that possibility.”

Track officials remind fans and competitors to continue to watch the track’s website www.southbostonspeedway.com and social media outlets for the latest news and announcements from the speedway.

South Boston Speedway Officials Hopeful for Some Racing in 2020; Track Championships Will Not be Awarded

Philip Morris powers down the front stretch at South Boston Speedway during final practice for the 2019 Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

South Boston, VA – South Boston Speedway officials remain optimistic there will be some racing at “America’s Hometown Track” in 2020, but due to the lack of remaining weekends in the season and current COVID-19 restrictions, no track championships will be awarded this season.

“It is very unfortunate that this will be the first time in the track’s 63-year history that no championships will be awarded at the year’s end,” said South Boston Speedway CEO Nick Igdalsky. “We still remain optimistic that we will be able to host some races in 2020 if the COVID-19 restrictions are loosened. If we do have an opportunity to race up to December, we will!”

Restrictions contained in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Forward Virginia state re-opening plan have not allowed South Boston Speedway to hold racing events thus far this season. The mandate for speedways in Phase Three of the plan states the total number of attendees (including both participants and spectators) cannot exceed 1,000 people.

“We are not able to hold any racing events with the current state limitation of 1,000 total people including both participants and patrons without making huge compromises to put on the event,” Igdalsky explained.

“It is our passion to provide exciting and affordable family entertainment for all of our loyal fans in South Boston, Halifax County and surrounding communities. But, we will only do so when we don’t need to charge our fans two times what they usually pay, reduce the number of races each night, cut competitors’ purses, or cut any corners that would jeopardize the safety and conveniences of our competitors and fans.”

Some of Virginia’s short tracks have been hosting racing events while complying with the state mandates.

“We acknowledge that some Virginia tracks have opened, and we are very proud of their efforts and hope our regular competitors support the tracks that are able to make it work right now.” said Igdalsky.

Igdalsky pointed out that South Boston Speedway has been operating successfully in Halifax County for over six decades and has become a true shining gem among short tracks across America for many reasons.

“We will not compromise the venue’s storied history, reputation, value and the safety of our competitors and fans to hold a scaled-down race night and charge twice the usual price with the current restrictions,” Igdalsky stated.

“The main goal is to keep South Boston Speedway open for another 63 years. It hurts to miss most of the 2020 season, but we will do everything possible to ensure future generations also get to make the lifelong memories and friendships that so many have made at SoBo since 1957.”

South Boston Speedway will remain open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for any teams interested in testing and for any drivers looking to stay sharp.

For the latest news and announcements about South Boston Speedway please visit the speedway’s website at http://www.southbostonspeedway.com and the speedway’s social media outlets.

Vuncannon Charges to First Carteret County Speedway Victory

PELETIER, NC – Daniel Vuncannon charged to victory in the first race for the new Charger division at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway presented by Harley Davidson of New Bern.

Vuncannon upset the field in qualifying and started on the pole in the 40 lap sprint.  Throughout the race, he was able to hold off Dylan Newsome, who was able to draw even on the restarts, and drive away from the field – leading wire-to-wire.  After the race, the Fuquay-Varina driver relished in his triumph.

“I gave it all I had,” Vuncannon said.  “I figured he was going to sneak up on me there.  He was doing a good job.  We’re happy we finally got the track figured out a little better and came home with a win.  It feels pretty good to get our first win out here.  We worked real hard.  Started out last year in the Charger class, ran a few Limited Late Models, and haven’t had much luck.  We’re still leaning and figuring the car out.  It feels really nice to do something and feel the fruits of your labor.”

Dylan Newsome, who won a Charger exhibition feature in 2019, finished second while Brent Evans rounded out the podium.

Chase Singletary raced his way to victory lane at Carteret County Speedway for the first time in over a year and his first time ever in Legends racing.  Despite the below-average car count, the 13-year-old from Burgaw, North Carolina was excited just to get back to victory lane.

“I got a win,” Singletary said enthusiastically in victory lane.  “It’s been so long since I’ve been in victory lane, it just feels amazing.  I want to thank everybody that’s believed in me, especially my parents and grandparents and all my sponsors.  I want to dedicate this win to my papa, he died eight years ago, so this is just amazing.”

Sanford’s Jody Measamer remains undefeated at Carteret County Speedway after scoring his third consecutive Team Chevrolet of Swansboro Super Truck Series win and his fourth feature win at the track.  In a race where attrition took its toll with competitors Chris Burns and Adam Fulford sidelined midway through the race with mechanical problems, Measamer survived and cruised to victory in the closing laps.

“I love this joint,” Measamer said.  “I don’t know if you remember, three or four years, when we came here with the Super Late Model, but the last time I was here in a go-kart, we won.  I absolutely love this place.  We stumbled onto a setup two or three years ago and it’s just worked year in and year out.  I couldn’t be happier.”

Willie Grainger ended up finishing in the runner-up position with Travis Wilson overcoming early struggles to finish third.

Jacksonville’s Andrew Jackson won in U-CAR competition over Steve Sullivan and Neil Mason while Grifton’s Duane Walker walked away with the victory in Bombers and Newport’s Sean Wales held off teammate Tyler Foster in a frantic Champ Kart finish.

Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway returns to action again on Saturday, August 8th with the Croatan Summer Jam presented by Moore’s Old-Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood.

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 and Instagram.

 

CARTERET COUNTY SPEEDWAY
OFFICIAL RESULTS
JULY 25, 2020

 

SUPER TRUCK
  1. Jody Measamer
  2. Willie Grainger
  3. Travis Wilson
  4. Adam Fulford
  5. Chris Burns
  6. Willie Fulford
CHARGER
  1. Daniel Vuncannon
  2. Dylan Newsome
  3. Brent Evans
  4. Jonny Szewczuk
  5. Gator Williams
  6. Billy Slater
  7. Ethan Johnson
U-CAR
  1. Andrew Jackson
  2. Steve Sullivan
  3. Neil Mason
  4. Joe Lanier
  5. Curtis Lanie
  6. Abby Jolly
  7. Joe Lazarczyk
  8. Ricky Houser, Jr.
BOMBER
  1. Duane Walker
  2. Andrew Warner
  3. Brandon Robinson
  4. Nick White
  5. Tyler Stalls
  6. Rodney Glass
CHAMP KART
  1. Sean Wales
  2. Tyler Foster
  3. Josh Eubanks
  4. Darrell Eubanks
  5. Justin Thompson
  6. BJ Thompson
LEGENDS
  1. Chase Singletary
  2. Scotty Benford
  3. Derek Burleson

Tom Wilson Returns to Victory Lane Friday at Dixieland Speedway

Tom Wilson celebrates in victory lane after winning the second twin Budweiser Allstar Late Models event Friday evening at Dixieland Speedway. (Photo: Kenneth Cross)

Elizabeth City, NC – From the pole position, Gibbs Woods, NC native Tom Wilson was able to capture the Budweiser Allstar Late Models win on Friday evening at Dixieland Speedway.  The evenings events, presented by Dixie 105.7, featured twin 20-lap races, with one opening the race night and the other closing.  Wilson won the latter as he was able to run away out front and obtain his first win of the season.  Two yellow flags slowed the race but didn’t deter Wilson’s drive for the victory. John Staton finished second, and Larry Jackson earned third-place.

In the first 20-lap twin race, slowed five times with yellow flags due to spins, John Staton led flag-to-flag to claim his second win of the 2020 season.  The Chesapeake, VA competitor leads the point standings headed into this weekend’s races. Staton held off last week’s winner and defending champion, Billy Hubbard, and Larry Jackson finished in third. Wilson earned fourth.  The starting lineup for the second race was determined by the finishing order from the first event, with the top four racers being inverted, giving Wilson the first-place starting spot.

He didn’t lead the most laps but led the one that mattered most.  Chesapeake, VA’s Roger Bell found himself in an intense battle for the lead with defending winner and champion, Troy Brickhouse.  In the closing laps, Bell appeared to have a better handling race car and made multiple attempts to pass the driver of the “Club 21” team based in Elizabeth City.  Brickhouse protected the inside line, forcing Bell to work the top side of the track. Passing high is not necessarily the preferred line, as it’s not always the fastest way around the speedway. However, Bell made it work to his advantage and overtook Brickhouse to claim his second win of the 2020 season. Brickhouse held on to second, and Mark Gonzales secured a third-place finish for the second consecutive week.

Camden’s Dennis Barnes kept his winning ways on Friday by earning his fourth first-place finish in five starts this season in the Little Caesars Super Streets.  The driver of the team Hardees Chevrolet lost the top spot early in the event to former champion Kevin Bray but was able to rally back to the point and hold onto it by the end of the 20-lap contest.  Long time racer Allen Shiflett made his first start on Friday and earned the runner-up position with Bray securing third-place.

Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours points leader Chris Freeman had a disastrous heat race after cutting a tire and forced to pit in the short seven-lap sprint, relegating the Moyock racer to start the main feature in last place.  At the start of the 15-lap feature, Freeman methodically picked off cars to find the lead by the eighth-circuit.  He didn’t look back and earned his third win of 2020.  Dustin Cisco of Suffolk, VA, made his first appearance this season and finished in second place after leading the event briefly.  Trevor Battoia finished third.

Three yellow flags stalled the on-track action, including one in which Bryant Falk flipped his Nissan multiple times, in turn one, after making contact with the outside retaining wall.  The 16-year old quickly climbed from the car after it landed right-side up and walked away.

Racing resumes Friday, July 24th, and features the return of the Virginia Sprint Series. The prestigious league competes across the region and makes its second stop at the 3/8-mile oval this year. Drivers that participate in the winged sprint car tour come from Virginia, North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.  Additionally, the Budweiser Allstar Late Models, Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman, Little Caesars Super Streets, and Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours will take on the high-banks.  Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and five divisions of competition will start at 8:00 p.m.

For more information, please dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net or follow on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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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.

Local Short Track Racing Back to Somewhat Normal as Racers and Fans Return to the Dirt Friday Night

Ryan Steeley, #101 leads Larry Jackson, #2 and Tom Wilson, #62 in turn one at Dixieland Speedway in the Budweiser Allstar Late Models division recently. Friday night will mark the final event of the 2019 racing season. Five division champions will be crowned. (Photo: K.L. Cross)

Dixieland Speedway Drivers to Watch Entering The 2020 Season

Elizabeth City, NC – After waiting for over one month to begin the 2020 season due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Dixieland Speedway will open its gates and allow competitors and fans into its facility on Friday, June 5th.  16-race evenings are expected to be contested in 2020 that will carry over into fall. For those race fans that are still not in a position or feel safe to make their return to the famed grandstands we will have LIVE coverage throughout the evening via our various social media platforms.

Budweiser Allstar Late Models

Cobbs Creek, Virginia’s Billy Hubbard earned his third straight championship last season and will likely be red hot again when the green flag flies.  Last year’s Most Popular Driver visited victory lane a record eight times and recorded a top-5, 11 times.  He hopes to earn another title in 2020 in his new number 24 ride.  Elizabeth City’s Larry Jackson, who earned the Best Sportsmanship award at the annual banquet, was mister consistency last year.  While he only received one checkered flag, he finished inside the top-5 the same amount of times the eventual champion did to earn second place in the season-long points battle.  Other drivers that won in 2019 included Tom Wilson and Brent Robinson.  Both drivers are championship-caliber contenders and should be watched closely.

Former competitor and Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway standout Mark Wertz plans to return to the dirt track in 2020 on a limited schedule.  Additionally, Langley Speedway track owner, Bill Mullis, has a new late model that he will pilot on the three-eights mile oval this year.

Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman

Troy Brickhouse, the driver of the number 21 Chevrolet, earned another title last season.  The Elizabeth City veteran collected two wins and 12 top-five finishes. Brickhouse held off Joe Weiss, who has said he does not plan to run a full season, despite winning twice last year and finishing second in the point standings.  His daughter, Holley, will take over driving duties on the number 43 Chevrolet this season.  The winningest driver last season was Mark Gonzales.  The second-generation racer made four trips to winners circle last year. The competitor with the second-highest number of wins in 2019 was Mark Overman.  The driver of the Elizabeth City-based team won three times.

Devin Weatherly is another person to keep an eye on. Last season was his first in the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman after moving up from the Little Caesars Super Streets, where he won multiple times.

Little Caesars Super Streets

Chesapeake, Virginia’s Justin Pruitt earned his first title in 2019 by consistently finishing inside the top-five in every start, including two trips to winners circle.  Veteran racer, Dennis Barnes of Camden, finished second with three victories. Other winners included Josh Letson (three), Allen Shiflett (two) and past champion Kevin Bray (two).

Kevin Webb, who is the son of former champion and track standout, Bobby Webb, finished fifth in points last season and looks to make hay this year.

Last years Rookie of the Year in the Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours, Kolten Stevens, will move up to the Little Caesars Super Streets and hopes to collect his first win.

Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours

Season dominator and eventual champion, James Hissom, Jr. of Moyock would like to continue his winning ways in 2020. Hissom won a record nine times and earned 10 top-five finishes last year.  Former asphalt drivers at Langley Speedway, Trevor Battoia and Dustin Cisco also recorded victories in 2019.

Chris Freemon may have a big season when the action cranks up on the track this year.  The Moyock racer, who teaches at Chesapeake Career Center, works with students to help build the car he pilots.  He and his team are hoping they can school the competition when they return to the track.

R&D Super Fours

After two decades of trying, Virginia Beach native, Dale Ore, Jr. put together a winning season and captured the R&D Super Fours championship in 2019.  He won once and earned seven top-fives.  Rickie Waters started later in the season but picked up where he left off, winning three times.  Other winners included Kyle Barnes, Ron Winterburn and Danny Bagwell.

The 2020 season will commence on Friday with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. and four divisions of racing will start at 8:00 p.m.  The action includes the Budweiser Allstar Late Models in a special 30-lap, $1K to win race, in addition to the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman, Little Caesars Super Streets and Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours.  The Virginia Sprint Series will be in town to help kick off the new season.  Drivers from all over the region will travel to Elizabeth City to contest for the coveted win.

For more information, please dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net or follow us on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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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.

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