Its RACE DAY! Quite a few things going on today in the racing community! Good luck to all the teams who made the trip to Myrtle Beach Speedway for the 23rd Annual UNOH 400 Presented by Crown Reef Resorts. A 100-lap Super Truck race followed by a 100-lap South East Limited Late Model feature. Grandstands open at 11:00 AM EST. Tickets start at just $20, kids 12 and under are free. Racing begins at 4:15 EST today. Today is the first of two action packed weekends at Myrtle beach as next week they play host to the UNOH Battle at the Beach – which The Weekly Racer will have you right on top of the action!
You also have the U.S. Legend Cars International and INEX Nationals at Anderson Motor Speedway. Good luck to all the teams that were able to make the trip. Qual & Heat races were last night. The mains will run today. A special shout out to TWR’ local driver Tommy Jackson Jr. who won and finished fourth in his two heat races. He will roll of the grid third today in the #SemiPro main. Make sure to follow @USLegendCars for updates through out the day.
We will be heading down to Elizabeth City later this afternoon to check out some dirt kart action at Albemarle Speedway. We have been to this facility a few time this year to check out some awesome short track racing. Some of you may remember the story we posted last year of our experience at their annual fun day event, which by the way is coming up again this year, hopefully we can find a ride! Tonight will be their final points race of the season. Practice will get underway at 4:00 PM EST and racing usually gets underway around 8:00 PM EST. If you have never caught a kart racce on dirt and have nothing to do later this evening, break out the coats, gloves and hat’s. Load the car up and take the short drive to Elizabeth City and watch some great racing from all age’s!
Hampton, VA – The long wait is finally over! Twenty-two drivers who have been eagerly waiting have officially been invited to the twelfth Drive For Diversity Combine hosted by Rev Racing. “Finding and developing diverse athletes who will represent the future of NASCAR is at the core of our organization’s mission,” said NASCAR Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Jim Cassidy. “Every year, the bar is raised with talented applicants who have the potential and determination to succeed. We’re proud to watch our graduates in the national series and develop more diverse talent to join them in the years to come.”
“We could not be more excited about this year’s NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine to select the 2016 Class of Rev Racing drivers,” said team CEO Max Siegel. “Coming off of our sixth consecutive multiple race winning season, we are focused on continuing to make our program and approach world class, as we prepare these young drivers to advance into the national series.” Siegel’s company currently fields cars in both the K&N Pro Series East and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for an entire season. Providing those selected drivers with equipment, mentorship, and on track experience.
This years combine selections, which can be found bellow, includes woman and those of different ethnic backgrounds from all ages. All competing to show they have what it takes to be the next “Big Thing.” One of the most notable this year is Langley Speedway’s own Macy Causey. After winning Rookie of the Year honors at her home track, Causey will prove her case on why she deserves the ride! Returning to the combine this year to defend there spot on the team are Dylan Smith and Natalie Decker. The combine will also have stars from the NASCAR Mexico Series: Abraham Calderón, Enrique Contreras, Rubén García Jr. and Santiago Tovar.
Hampton, VA – With the regular season in the NASCAR Whelen All-American all wrapped up we change gears and focus on some of the bigger races in the “post season.” In addition we are extremely proud to announce our partnership with East Coast Synthetics and the excitement they will bring to the post season as well as the benefits they can offer drivers.
East Coast Synthetics has jumped on board to bring you guys the AMSOIL Slick Move of the Race – honoring one driver who’s bold or timely move either helped them win the race or dramatically improve their finishing position. “It just seemed like a perfect match,” Weekly Racer founder Justin Kern said. “Todd and my self share a very similar interest in short track racing as well as bringing these drivers to the national spot light.” Being able to highlight a driver on his or her move on the track and show their skills is really something this website got its start from. On top of that, helping educate drivers on how the AMSOIL affiliation program works and how it can help everyone involved.
“When I originally got into racing I saw two things,” Filer said. “Some racers had the funding they needed and were not interested in speaking with a small business owner, while others had little funding and were struggling. From a business standpoint, I understood that a potential “marketing partner” would be hesitant to be the first to go with a team. Well, someone has to be first, right?” With the help of Annamarie at Marketing at Full Speed, the East Coast Synthetics Race Team Affiliation Program was developed. This stressed the PARTNERSHIP aspect of it.
Hampton, VA – It was going to take all but the planets aligning for Greg Edwards to win the track championship this past weekend at Langley Speedway. Edwards entered the weekend ten points behind older brother Danny Edwards, Jr., who had been on fire the last third of the season winning five straight points races in a row to sneak into the points lead. Greg, who had been the man to beat up until June, needed a few things to go in his favor to win the championship; 1) A win, 2) Car count, 3) A hiccup/malfunction from Danny.
Not saying that Greg wished anything bad on his older brother these were just the simple facts if he wanted to win the championship. The motto going into the weekend from the 97.3 The Eagle crew was to go out, win the pole, lead every lap, and win the race – which they did with little to no opposition. Edwards earned the pole earlier in the afternoon after being the only driver to lay down a sub 16-second lap – 15.990 (88.931 MPH) – to be exact! Danny Edwards, Jr., Connor Hall, Nick Smith, and Justin T. Carroll (from Concord, NC) made up the rest of the starting five.
From the drop of the green flag it was very clear, very early that Greg Edwards was not going to be denied the shot to put LaFawnduh – the name that the car earned since she was built – in “The Box.” With step number one completed – Win the Pole – it was time for Edwards to focus on step two – Lead Every Lap. Long story short, we all know that’s what he did, and we are going to credit a large part of that to the man’s ability to get going on restarts. A race that was slowed six times due to cautions made it easy for anyone to “go out on the limb,” take the cone and dive bomb turn one. What’s an easy way to avoid that? Clear the field by the time you get to two, which is just what Edwards did all night. Sometimes even creating a two to three car gap by the time they hit the middle of the backstretch.
Danville, VA. – Coming off his impressive NASCAR Xfinity Series finish at Watkins Glen International earlier this month, Brandon Gdovic took charge of the podium at Virginia International Raceway over the weekend. The 23-year-old driver from Yorktown, Va. finished 1st in Rounds 4 and 5, then finished 2nd in Round 6 of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series Gallardo AM division. It was Gdovic’s first career start at the venerable 17-turn, 3.27-mile road circuit near the Virginia-North Carolina state line. His No. 46 Lamborghini Gallardo was fielded by Mitchum Motorsports of Virginia Beach, Va., and sponsored by American Messaging, LLC and ComServe Verizon Wireless.
A drive-through penalty after a slight pit crew miscue kept Gdovic from winning Round 6 and thus sweeping the weekend. After the costly penalty, he relentlessly cut the deficit on the leader to fewer than five seconds before running out of laps. The weekend’s two victories and runner-up finish at VIR moved Gdovic into a tie with defending World Champion Jake Rattenbury for 2nd-place in the Gallardo division point standings.
Jimmy Duncan celebrates his career first Aaron’s Pro Late Model win at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway on Saturday. (Al Goulder Photo)
JAMAICA, Va. – A record breaking crowd got to see some great racing at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway for Xtra 99.1 | Hockey Fights Hunger Night that included a career first Aaron’s Pro Late Model win by Jimmy Duncan.
The speedway also collected an estimated 5,000 pounds of food for FeedMore which operates the food bank.
Duncan grab the lead on the opening lap and pulled away while the field battled for second on back. A caution on lap 22 erased a huge lead and set up a three lap dash for the win between Duncan and Walker Arthur. Arthur tried several times to get inside Duncan but Duncan was up to the challenge and went on to score his career first Aaron’s Pro Late Model win.
“We have worked so hard to get here in victory lane in this division; the competition is so tough that it just makes this win that much sweeter,” said Duncan in victory lane.
Rounding out the top five were Walker Arthur, Davis Lipscombe, Tyler Bare and Ricky Wells.
In other action Justin Williams picked up his third Victory Lap Late Model win of the season. In the Budweiser Modified division Matt Quade caused the first caution went to the rear and then made the winning pass on lap 22 to score his fifth win of the season. In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman Brett Adkins picked up the win in a caution field feature. And in the Collision One Limited Stock division James Givens took the lead from Ryan Hutchens on lap 14 and went on to score his fourth win in a row.
Hampton, VA – Drivers and their teams converged to the grounds of Langley Speedway this weekend with fingers crossed to get some racing in. For the past four weeks tracks all over the Mid-Atlantic have been waging war with Mother Nature who keeps sticking her nose into business she doesn’t belong! She let us get all the way through practice, qualifying, pre-race festivities and even three and a half races before she had to ruin the fun. Bando’s, Legends, got their races in, the mods were able to get their first race in, and the Super Streets (running more than half the distance) got their race in as well.
A crazy mix of events proved to be one interesting night for the Larry King Law Modifieds, and this didn’t even revolve around the new patches of asphalt in the corners. Earlier in the week points leader Shawn Balluzzo had an accident that left him with some bruised ribs and a snapped wrist, needless to say the chances of him racing were slim to none. This left the points to Jon Largena – who would end up packing his car up frantically to head back to the shop to replace a bolt that snapped in the rear end during the first practice.
The crew was able to make the repairs and head back to the track in time for qualifying where Largena was able to post the second fastest time of the fifteen cars who completed time trials. Robbie Babb, who had been fast all afternoon in practice again showed his power, posting the only time in the 15 second range with a 15.921 (90.447 MPH). Jimmy Humblet, Bobby Gery, and Chris Humblet would make up the rest of the starting five. Donnie Holston who hit the wall a ton during practice was not able to get his car repaired, he went home early. Starting shotgun on the field… none other than Shawn Balluzzo! Having help from his crew of course the points leader’s goal was to merely start and park the car.