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Motor Racing Network To Broadcast ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Flag-To-Flag

MARTINSVILLE, VA – For the third consecutive year, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) will offer live coverage of the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 5.

Veteran announcers Dave Moody and Kyle Rickey will call the action from the booth, with Ford Martin in the turns and Woody Cain and Hannah Newhouse providing inside analysis and pit reporting.

“We are very happy to announce that MRN will once again broadcast the ValleyStar Credit Union 300,” said Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell. “Martinsville Speedway is proud to host the most prestigious Late Model race in the country and having MRN once again bring its award-winning coverage to our event only enhances the experience for our fans, partners and competitors.”

Southern Trust Home Services, Woodall Auto Mall and the Lester Group, Inc. came together to make the broadcast possible on MRN and its Digital platforms.

Last year’s broadcast of the race featured the most fans to ever tune into live coverage from the event on MRN’s digital platforms.

“MRN is pleased to once again be a part of this great event at Martinsville Speedway, said Motor Racing Network President Chris Schwartz. “This event has grown in popularity every year on our various broadcast platforms and with the new format changes and level of competition entered for this year’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 should only make this event bigger and better this year. We look forward to broadcasting another great race at Martinsville Speedway this Saturday.”

In addition to being heard online, through MRN.com, the race will be broadcast locally and on select affiliates nationwide.

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car Race, paying $32,000 to the winner with a total purse of more than $110,000.

The weekend will start with practice and qualifying on Friday with the winner of the pole winning $5,000 and this year the top-20 qualifiers will be locked in to the main event. Practice begins at 4 p.m. with qualifying slated to start at 8 p.m.

Saturday kicks off with the driver autograph session at 12:45 p.m. followed by two 50-lap heat races to set the field. The 200-lap main event will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for adults and children 17-and-under are free. Tickets can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online atwww.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Cory Dunn, Mod 4 Division Will Be Making South Boston Speedway Debut In Season Opener April 7

Cory Dunn practiced his Mod4 last week at South Boston Speedway in preparation for their debut at SoBo on April 7th. (Photo: South Boston Press Release)

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – Cory Dunn is going to be a road warrior this year, but that’s just fine with him.

There was a time when he was a driver without a track, so a 2 1/2 -hour drive to South Boston Speedway from his Salem home isn’t that big of a deal.

Dunn will be competing in South Boston Speedway’s new Mod 4 Division this year, but it won’t be new to him. He’s one of a group of 10 or so Mod 4 drivers who were left searching for track time when Motor Mile Speedway in Radford announced it wasn’t opening in 2018.

The group pleaded its case to South Boston Speedway to add them and now they will be in the schedule of races for the Danville Toyota Twin 100s on April 7. It will be the track’s season opener, postponed from last Saturday night.

“It was a bummer when we heard Motor Mile was closing. Heck we didn’t have anywhere to race,” said Dunn. “I was excited when I found out South Boston was going to run this class. I know the history of South Boston Speedway and what it means to the sport. It’s a great opportunity for us. I think it’s going to be a great season.”

Dunn got a late start behind the wheel considering today’s standards. Although he comes from a racing family and he started helping late model driver Bryan Reedy when he was 15, he was 20 and winding down classes at Roanoke College before he sat behind the wheel of a race car.

“Dennis and Pop Holdren gave me an opportunity two years ago to try out to drive their car and fortunately I did well enough to make it,” said Dunn, referring to a long-time Roanoke-area racing family. Dennis will also be competing in the Mod 4 class this season at South Boston. “I was finishing at Roanoke College when I actually started racing.”

In his rookie season, Dunn was co-rookie of the year and finished fourth in the Mod 4 points driving the Holdren’s car. Before the start of the 2017 season he purchased a car of his own, and even though he finished fourth in points again, it was a season of improvement as he scored his first pole in the final race of the season.

“It was a very tough division. I finally got to the point where I could run with the leaders, and once that happened, I learned a lot,” Dunn said of the division that features light-weight, rear-wheel-drive cars that run a high-revving four-cylinder engine.

Dunn, who is a sales coordinator at Carter Machinery in Salem, rolled onto the racing surface at South Boston Speedway the first time Wednesday for a day of practice. He left feeling positive.

“There was a learning curve. This is a totally different scenario at a totally different track, but we got it dialed in as the day went on,” said Dunn, who is sponsored by Woodson Honda, Fire Equipment Company of Salem, Associated Packaging of Roanoke, Bill Richard All-State Agent, PMI Lubricants, The Jerry Wimmer Trio, Hannabas and Rowe Collision Center and Grand Storage of Vinton.

“I was surprised … pleasantly surprised … at how fast it is. You’ve got to be up on the wheel the entire race.”

Dunn and the entire field will be up on the wheel April 7 when the Mod 4 Division debuts with a 30-lap race, part of the Danville Toyota Twin 100s racing program. It will also feature twin 100-lap Late Model Stock races, a 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race.

The Martinsville Speedway offer will remain in place for the rescheduled event. Anyone presenting a ticket stub from either the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race or the STP 500 NASCAR Monster Energy Series race at Martinsville Speedway will be admitted free.

Tickets are $10 for adults and children 12 and under are free. Fan gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the first race taking the green flag at 7 p.m.

Ross Bailes was Untouchable in FASTRAK World Championships

Jamaica, VA – After a great field of FASTRAK late models showed up for the exclusive Friday race an outstanding 71 cars qualified for Saturday’s festivities. Ross Bailes set the overall fastest time with a 18.449 second lap around the half mile track after going out last in the first of eight groups.

The top-2 drivers in every heat moved on to the feature race with out much challenge to their positions, but a few did trade first and second place. In the b-mains it wasn’t as easy for the front row though with at least 13 cars slated to start in all four races and only the top-2 advancing.

In the first B-main Joshua Bishop was able to hold on to his first place position but Ron Parker wasn’t so lucky with his second place spot. Dale Hollidge battled from sixth place riding the cushion to grab a transfer spot into the feature and was able to challenge for the win in the closing laps. The second B-main saw the same two positions move on. Brett Hamm ran strong up front while Travis Pennington moved up from sixth place to transfer to the main. For the third 12 lap race Caryl Charlier and Lee Cooper moved on to the feature while this year’s USA 100 winner Benji Hicks failed to gain enough ground to continue his night. In the final B-main last year’s World Champion Dennis “Rambo” Franklin rolled off ninth after struggling to find speed through qualifying and his heat race. Virginia Motor Speedway regular Tyler Bare came up from second place to grab the checkers while Banjo Duke also moved up a spot from third to move to the feature after surviving a late charge from Terry Cregger.

On the start Bailes continued to show the speed he had for qualifying as he put a big gap over the second place driver. Hawkins made an early move to get by Almond for second but just three laps in his motor let go and his night and chance for doubling up was done. On the restart Almond was passed by Ryan Montgomery and Bailes was sailing away up front as he approached the rear of the field twelve laps in.

On the seventeenth lap the caution flew for Logan Roberson slow down the back stretch and not being able to safely get to the pits. Bailes once again got a great restart but multiple cars behind him come together and the red flag is deployed for cleanup. Corey Almond and 2017 track champ Justin Williams get the worst of it and both were taken into ambulances to be checked on and one left the track [Editor’s Note: I think it was Almond but could not confirm]. On the next restart the red flag immediately comes out again as six cars come together and block the front straight.

Once the racing resumed Bailes got back into his groove and Montgomery was trying his best to catch the leader but fell back about a straightaway from Ross. While all this s going on Tyler Bare, who started 20th, was charging his way through the field working his way up to fifth place with just a handful of laps remaining. Chris Ferguson did mount a late charge on the leader with a late race caution but Ross Bailes was just too strong and led flag to flag to become the 2017 Fastrak World Champion and take home that sweet $20,000 check.

 

RACE RESULTS FASTRAK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY JAMES RIVER EQUIPMENT – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2017:

FASTRAK Pro Late Model World Championship (60 Laps): 1. 40B-Ross Bailes, [1]; 2. 22F-Chris Ferguson, [13]; 3. 12M-Ryan Montgomery, [6]; 4. 87-Walker Arthur, [12]; 5. 30-Tyler Bare, [20]; 6. 88-Trent Ivey, [8]; 7. 83-Jensen Ford, [4]; 8. 99M-Devin Moran, [10]; 9. 28D-Banjo Duke, [24]; 10. 14-Lee Cooper, [23]; 11. 33-Brent Hilton, [7]; 12. 11B-Allen Brannon, [15]; 13. 75-Brett Hamm, [18]; 14. 12C-Daryl Charlier, [19]; 15. 7A-Corey Almond, [2]; 16. 6-Victor Lee, [9]; 17. 89-Justin Williams, [16]; 18. 78-Thomas Robinson, [5]; 19. 01P-Travis Pennington, [22]; 20. J1-Joshua Bishop, [17]; 21. 0-Dale Hollidge, [21]; 22. 39-Henry Hornsby III, [14]; 23. 17-Logan Roberson, [11]; 24. 13-Jake Hawkins, [3]

Heat 1 (8 laps – Top 4 to A Main) – 1. 40B-Ross Bailes, [9]; 2. 6-Victor Lee, [7]; 3. 11-David Smith, [8]; 4. 12B-K.C. Burdette, [2]; 5. J1-Joshua Bishop, [6]; 6. 36-Cody Dawson, [1]; 7. 10-Zachary Kane, [5]; 8. 01-Matt Glanden, [3]; 9. 79-Mark Sant, [4]

Heat 2 (8 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. 7A-Corey Almond, [2]; 2. 99M-Devin Moran, [1]; 3. 23-Corey Gordon, [4]; 4. 0-Dale Hollidge, [5]; 5. 8-Ron Parker, [3]; 6. 5-Mark Whitener, [8]; 7. 184-Kyle Lukon, [6]; 8. 66X-Matt Tarbox, [9]; 9. 03-Stephen Childress, [7]

Heat 3 (8 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. 13-Jacob Hawkins, [2]; 2. 17-Logan Roberson, [1]; 3. 75-Brett Hamm, [4]; 4. 47-Matt Quade, [5]; 5. KB-Kerry King, [6]; 6. 23C-Cory Hedgecock, [3]; 7. 44-Dylan Lewis, [8]; 8. 2*-Jared Powell, [7]; 9. 28-Carl Vaughan, [9]

Heat 4 (8 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. 83-Jensen Ford, [2]; 2. 87-Walker Arthur, [1]; 3. 79B-Michael Brown, [5]; 4. 25-Zach Dohm, [3]; 5. 01P-Travis Pennington, [6]; 6. 24-Matthew Nance, [4]; 7. 88B-Donald Bradsher, [8]; 8. 71-Davis Lipscombe, [9]; 9. 40-Brent Bordeaux, [7]

Heat 5 (8 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. 78-Thomas Robinson, [2]; 2. 22F-Chris Ferguson, [1]; 3. 12C-Daryl Charlier, [3]; 4. 14-Lee Cooper, [4]; 5. 11H-Austin Hubbard, [6]; 6. 42-Cla Knight, [9]; 7. 55-Benji Hicks, [5]; 8. 99T-Teddy Tate, [8]; 9. 002-Tyler Arrington, [7]

Heat 6 (8 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. 12M-Ryan Montgomery, [1]; 2. 39-Henry Hornsby III, [2]; 3. 1P-Andy Picklesimer, [5]; 4. 38-Kenny Moreland, [4]; 5. 93-Derrick Shaw, [9]; 6. 11W-Joe Warren, [6]; 7. 12-Rick Williams, [3]; 8. 32-Tristan Clawson, [7]; 9. 23M-John McClellan, [8]

Heat 7 (8 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. 33-Brent Hilton, [2]; 2. 11B-Allen Brannon, [1]; 3. 21-Billy Beachler, [3]; 4. 28D-Banjo Duke, [4]; 5. 1-Terry Cregger, [6]; 6. 12S-Brian Swank, [8]; 7. 2-Dennis Franklin, [5]; 8. 4-Troy Frazier, [7]; 9. 5J-Darrell Dow, [9]

Heat 8 (8 laps – Top 4 to A Main) – 1. 88-Trent Ivey, [1]; 2. 89-Justin Williams, [2]; 3. 30-Tyler Bare, [4]; 4. RJ1-Mike Pegher Jr, [3]; 5. C4-Shane Hitt, [6]; 6. 14D-Braden Dillinger, [5]; 7. 54-Justin Wooford, [8]; 8. 14C-Chuck Bowie, [7]

B Feature 1 (12 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. J1-Joshua Bishop, [1]; 2. 0-Dale Hollidge, [6]; 3. 5-Mark Whitener, [8]; 4. 12B-K.C. Burdette, [3]; 5. 8-Ron Parker, [2]; 6. 66X-Matt Tarbox, [14]; 7. 01-Matt Glanden, [7]; 8. 36-Cody Dawson, [9]; 9. 11-David Smith, [5]; 10. 10-Zachary Kane, [13]; 11. 03-Stephen Childress, [10]; (DNS) 23-Corey Gordon, ; (DNS) 79-Mark Sant, ; (DNS) 184-Kyle Lukon,

B Feature 2 (12 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. 75-Brett Hamm, [1]; 2. 01P-Travis Pennington, [6]; 3. 79B-Michael Brown, [2]; 4. 47-Matt Quade, [3]; 5. 25-Zach Dohm, [4]; 6. KB-Kerry King, [5]; 7. 2*-Jared Powell, [11]; 8. 71-Davis Lipscombe, [12]; 9. 88B-Donald Bradsher, [10]; 10. 44-Dylan Lewis, [9]; 11. 40-Brent Bordeaux, [14]; 12. 28-Carl Vaughan, [13]; 13. 23C-Cory Hedgecock, [7]; 14. 24-Matthew Nance, [8]

B Feature 3 (12 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. 12C-Daryl Charlier, [1]; 2. 14-Lee Cooper, [3]; 3. 11H-Austin Hubbard, [5]; 4. 1P-Andy Picklesimer, [2]; 5. 42-Cla Knight, [7]; 6. 38-Kenny Moreland, [4]; 7. 11W-Joe Warren, [8]; 8. 93-Derrick Shaw, [6]; 9. 55-Benji Hicks, [9]; (DNS) 12-Rick Williams, ; (DNS) 99T-Teddy Tate, ; (DNS) 32-Tristan Clawson, ; (DNS) 002-Tyler Arrington, ; (DNS) 23M-John McClellan,

B Feature 4 (12 laps – Top 2 to A Main) – 1. 30-Tyler Bare, [2]; 2. 28D-Banjo Duke, [3]; 3. RJ1-Mike Pegher Jr, [4]; 4. C4-Shane Hitt, [6]; 5. 1-Terry Cregger, [5]; 6. 12S-Brian Swank, [7]; 7. 2-Dennis Franklin, [9]; 8. 4-Troy Frazier, [11]; 9. 14C-Chuck Bowie, [12]; 10. 14D-Braden Dillinger, [8]; (DNS) 21-Billy Beachler, ; (DNS) 54-Justin Wooford, ; (DNS) 5J-Darrell Dow,

Fast Qualifier: Ross Bailes – 18.449 second, 97.57 mph
Entrants: 71

Racing Heats up at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway as the Summer Approaches

Breaking into the warm days of June, each race division has clearly established its leaders. Some have been red hot while some have struggled in recent weeks. With highly competitive points battles going on in each division, each week of racing, each position on the track will shape up just who will earn a 2017 track championship. This week’s racing was no exception as on the evening’s race card was the Trip Anderson Realtor Winged Champs. Followed by the Riverside Paper Pro Six’s in twin race events, Old Skool Video Games Super Streets, Bojangles Enduros.

Trip Anderson Realtor Winged Champs 20 laps: Brandon Lorah was the afternoon’s fastest in qualifying for his second pole of the season. Sporting the pole lap set at 23.234 seconds, Aaron Leach lap which was just fifty-six thousandths off and worthy of the share of the front row. Race action was underway, so was the beating and banging as Aaron Leach lead lap one. But as lap two clicked, Brandon Lorah the pole sitter reclaimed the lead and began to set the pace. Several laps later, Lorah would lead the three-car tandem into the latter stages of the race when on the last lap. Scott Allen with a bump and run was able to knock the race line of the leader and beat Lorah to the stripe. Only nineteen-thousandths of a second was the difference in the photo finish. Scott Allen in Victory Lane, “Man you don’t know how nice it is to come to Langley and win. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to win at”.

Race Results:

  1. #29 Scott Allen; 20 (winner)
  2. #49 Brandon Lorah; 20
  3. #50 Charlie Ray Lorah; 20
  4. #47 Angela Marie Steele; 20
  5. #45 Aaron Leach; 20
  6. #28 Garry Osbourne; 20
  7. #10 Danny Millard; 20
  8. #14 Tillman Heuer; 20
  9. #23 Bradley Gower; 20
  10. #67 Jordon Valdes; 20
  11. #73 Harry Leach; 20
  12. #24 Vaughan Crittenden; 20
  13. #6 Tyler Stallings; 20
  14. #16 David Millard; 20
  15. #52 Chris Bechtel; 20
  16. #81 Tyler Jackson; 19
  17. #01 Jesse Call; 19
  18. #39 Mattisen Morrill; 17
  19. #55 Ron Foxx; 12

Riverside Paper Pro Six:

Justin Fuller lead the time trials with a lap at 17.291 seconds over an eight-car field in the Pro Six division. The hot wheel of Adam Florian who has so far dominated the division would start shotgun to the pole sitter. Green flag race action soon began and from the three spot on the grid, Bobby Hall quickly did away with Fuller to lead lap one of the event. From there it was on and building a ten car lead by the latter stages of the race was the race leader. Justin Fuller would give chase but the evening in the Pro Six division belonged to race winner Bobby Hall. From Victory Lane, “Yeah man we finally did it, this car had so many gremlins when we first got it”, explained Hall. “It’s a pleasure to race against the Florian’s, to finally, finally get him, it’s been a long time coming. I mean, we worked so hard the past two years after Langley closed down, we didn’t know what we were going to do. I just got to thank Bill for bringing this track back and giving me an opportunity to race”.
In the second Pro Six race feature, the mandatory eight car invert was handed down giving Casey Sipe the pole and sending race one winner, Bobby Hall to the rear of the starting grid. The green flag would wave and on the move from the four spot was Travis Wall to take the race lead. After a few cautions in the early goings that knocked out the services of Bobby Hall and points leader Adam Florian. Travis Wall set sail while enjoying a lengthy race lead. But suddenly the lead collapsed as Casey Sipe with Justin Fuller would run down the leader. But with just a hand full of laps remaining, leader Travis Wall’s engine expired handing the lead to Casey Sipe. From there, Sipe would hold off the charge of Fuller and cross the stripe first for the race win. Casey Sipe from Victory Lane, “Appreciate my family for sticking in there with us, it’s been a rough couple of years, the year off when we didn’t have a track to come race. We by no means had a winning car tonight, the car was so bad in the first race I had to park it”, explained Sipe. We didn’t know if we fixed the problem so we elected to start in the rear. We’ve been down on speed all year and the car won’t rotate through the corners like the new cars, I’ll take a win any way I can get it”.

 

Race Results #1

  1. #26 Bobby Hall; 25 (winner)
  2. #03 Justin Fuller; 25
  3. #98 Adam Florian; 25
  4. #14 JB Sipe; 25
  5. #21 Tyler McLaughlin; 25
  6. #23 Casey Sipe; 17
  7. #4 Cody Carlton; Dq’ed
  8. #44 Travis Wall; Dq’ed

Race results #2

  1. #23 Casey Sipe; 25 (winner)
  2. #03 Justin Fuller; 25
  3. #21 Tyler McLaughlin; 22
  4. #98 Adam Florian; 16
  5. #26 Bobby Hall;
  6. #14 JB Sipe;
  7. #44 Travis Wall; Dq’ed
  8. #4 Cody Carlton; Dq’ed

 

Old Skool Video Games Super Streets:

Renno Marchetti IV had the fastest hot rod in qualifying with a lap set at 18.917 for his second pole of the season. Sammy Gaita was just a bit off the pole speed but fast enough to earn the two spot on the grid. Landon Abbott, Randy Akers, and Sean Calway rounded the five best in qualifying. The green flag waved and quickly the pole sitter wasted no time in securing the lead. Both Landon Abbott and Sammy Gaita would battle for second with Abbott earning the position. Meanwhile, Marchetti was getting away and in cruise mode in the early stages of the race. The race was halted by two cautions periods but it was the final one that race leader Renno Marchetti IV was money and would go flag to flag for his first race win of the season. Marchetti from Victory Lane, “We definitely got the car back tonight, I’m just thrilled to have it back the way it used to be”, says the race winner. “I really gotta thank Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway for giving us such a great place to race. Gotta thank Old Skool Video Games, thank you for being our division sponsor, thanks to all my fans for coming out and Happy Birthday to my sister Denise”.

Race Results:

  1. #01 Renno Marchetti IV; 40 (winner)
  2. #70 Landon Abbott; 40
  3. #21 Randy Akers; 40
  4. #22 Bill Eaker; 40
  5. #8 Dale Nichols; 40
  6. #46 Jason Michaud; 40
  7. #15 Dale Parro; 40
  8. #20 Gordon Weeks; 40
  9. #54s Billy Newman; 24
  10. #05 Mike West; 11
  11. #12 Sean Calway: Dq’ed
  12. #24 Sammy Gaita; Dq’ed

Philip Morris Doubles Down in South Boston

South Boston, VA – A strong field of national and state champions showed up for the spring opener at the historic South Boston Speedway for their 60th anniversary on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.

By the time practice ended it was clear that the track record from 2007 would be broken by a large margin but what wasn’t clear is who would be breaking it. Qualifying rolled around and by the final group of drivers, the record had already been bested by nine cars. Philip Morris rolled out in the final group of cars and ran a 14.731 (prv. record 15.314)lap to claim the record over eleven other drivers. Bobby McCarty was the only other driver to get under 15 seconds with a 14.944.

South Boston is continuing the passing points system this season but with a small revision, you have to drop back at least two places in the field. McCarty took advantage of this by dropping from second to fifth in the first race of the day.

Morris had the car to beat all race long but second through fifth saw some great racing. From lap one to lap fifty Kelly Kingery, McCarty, Tyler Hughes, and Peyton Sellers traded positions routinely with clean passing. On lap 70 Kingery got knocked out as McCarty went for a pass and wrecked the 57 car. Sellers would also take damage from the incident that would lead to him falling through the pack as he had some tire rub issues. After sitting back much of the race Pulliam started to push through to the top-5, he would get up to third before a green-white-checkered restart where he fell to 6th position. Morris takes the win with Dominion Raceway champion finishing in second. McCarty finished third, Hughes took fourth, and Rev Racing driver Madeline Crane took 5th after some early race troubles.

In the second hundred lapper Sellers hopped back into his main car after the damage to his backup car took in the first race. A ton of changes in the original starting lineup on top of the eight car invert made for an interesting start. Lee Pulliam ended up on the pole as Dean Ward put his son in the car.

Thaxton led the first lap over Pulliam as the second line started to gain some grip. A big wreck involving five drivers, Pittman, Crane, Ward, Kingery, and Crews, happened on the second lap. On the restart, Thaxton goes low and Pulliam goes high after seeing what Thaxton did with it at the start. Behind him they go three wide for second with Smith able to pull off the pass and Thaxton would fall all the way back to eighth. A long green flag run rolled along with Morris eventually getting into the second place with Pulliam way out in front. On lap 49 as Lee lapped the ninth place car and had was almost a half lap ahead of second the RD decided a competition caution was needed.

For the restart, Lee goes high and Morris goes low, they race door to door for two laps until Morris is able to clear him for first. Pulliam fell back a little but in a few laps, he was right back to Morris to put some pressure on him. On lap 83 McCarty came to a stop between turns three in four with a flat RF tire setting up a late restart. This time Morris goes high and clears Pulliam quickly. Behind the two Smith, Sellers, Pierce, and Thaxton put on a great show for third through sixth. Morris held off a late push by Pulliam to sweep the twin races. “I didn’t expect much out of the weekend but awful thankful,” the winner said in victory lane, “It’s hard to get a car like that and it just drove itself, all I had to do was not make a mistake, not burn nothing up and just hold on and not get outsmarted by the possum [Pulliam].”

I asked about his move to the high lane on the last restart and Morris said, “I thought it was pretty smart of Lee I didn’t expect it that he would take the outside and it was a real smart move. That was a race winning move. He was obviously just as good as we were and if I had taken the inside you would have seen the 5 car come around and be in victory lane.”

 

Race 1 UNOFFICIAL Results:

1.Philip Morris
2. Nick Smith
3. Bobby McCarty
4. Tyler Hughes
5. Madeline Crane
6. Lee Pulliam
7. Austin Thaxton
8. Dean Ward
9. Raymond Pittman III
10. Macy Causey
11. Peyton Sellers
12. Brandon Pierce
13. Tyler Matthews
14. Kelly Kingery
15. Jason Barnes
16. Trevor Ward
17. Stuart Crews
18. Danny Willis Jr

Race 2

1.Philip Morris
2. Lee Pulliam
3. Nick Smith
4. Peyton Sellers
5. Austin Thaxton
6. Brandon Pierce
7. Trevor Ward
8. Macy Causey
9. Tyler Hughes
10. Bobby McCarty
11. Stuart Crews
12. Raymond Pittman III
13. Danny Willis Jr
14. Kelly Kingery
15. Jason Barnes
16. Madeline Crane

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: River City QDMA Duels at Dominion pres. VA Is For Lovers – Dominion Raceway 3PM – March 25, 2017

CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: River City QDMA Duels at Dominion pres. VA Is For Lovers – Dominion Raceway 3PM – March 25, 2017CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: River City QDMA Duels at Dominion pres. VA Is For Lovers – Dominion Raceway 3PM – March 25, 2017

March 21, 2017

 MOORESVILLE, NC — With the first race of the season in the books just two weekends ago competitors on the CARS Tour must quickly turn their cars and attention to a brand new track, one most have never seen, Dominion Raceway. Located 45 minutes due north of famed Richmond Int’l Raceway, the one year old facility is noted by many as the nicest short track facility on the Each Coast. The track features an onsite bar/grill, luxury suite boxes, and a full size live play video/scoring board for the fans. Competitors on the other hand will notice a smooth racing surface that will produce speeds like they won’t experience anywhere else this season and a racing groove that primarily takes place around the bottom of the 4/10 track. Fans and teams alike will see their second new format introduced by the CARS Tour this offseason. Teams will get two chances to earn championship points, and come away with a CARS Tour win, as duel 75 lap races for each division will keep fans and competitors at the edge of their seats, four races for the price of two.

Duels at Dominion pres. by Virginia Is For Lovers NOTES & QUOTES

NOTES:

Track/Location: Dominion Raceway-Thornburg, VA

Track Size: .400-mile

Event Name: Duels at Dominion pres. by Virginia Is For Lovers

Laps/Distance: 75L/30 miles

Event Schedule: 9:55AM-11:30AM Practice, 1:45PM Qualifying, 3:15PM Green: LMSC-SLM-LMSC-SLM

Twitter Handle/Event Hashtag: @CARSTour / @DominionRaceway / #DuelsAtDominion

CARS SLM Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #6 Brandon Setzer, #15 Christian Eckes, #16 Lucas Jones, #16M Chad McCumbee, #34 Nolan Pope, #37 Dan Speeney, #51 Cole Rouse, #56 Gus Dean, #81 Quin Houff, #97 Chase Purdy (10 total)

CARS LMSC Tour Pre Entered Drivers: #08 Deac McCaskill, #2 Myatt Snider, #8A Anthony Alfredo, #8 Trevor Rizzo, #11 Jeff Oakley, #18 Evan Swilling, #22 Grayson Cullather, #28 Chris Hudspeth, #32 Brandon Grosso, #42 Craig Stallard, #44 Justin Johnson, #74 Ronald Hill, #81F Jared Fryer, #88 Chris Davis, #88B Josh Berry, #99 Layne Riggs (17 total)

***Official Entry Deadline: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 4PM***

Media Coverage:

-Speed51 (speed51.com) will provide Trackside Now Live Updates

-The Weekly Racer (www.theweeklyracer.com)

-CARS Tour TV (www.carstour.tv) – LIVE Broadcast Video Coverage

-CARS Tour Facebook (facebook.com/CARSTour) / CARS Tour Twitter (@CARSTour)

 

QUOTES:

Bristol March Madness for Supers:

Just as the annual NCAA March Madness tournament heats up, so does the same for Super Late Model drivers this weekend at Dominion Raceway. Just like the conference tournaments around the country lead to automatic berths to the big dance, similar stakes are on the line in the duel format races. One Super Late Model driver will punch their automatic berth ticket and be locked in to the Short Track US Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway on May 21st when the final checker flag waves Saturday afternoon. The berth will be awarded to the team with the highest average finish between the two duel 75 lap races. Should there be a tie, the tiebreaker will come down to the fastest average of the competitors two qualifying laps. Needless to say in addition to championship points and race wins; a lot is on the line at Dominion.

“I think watching the races at Dominion is going to be an exercise in multi-tasking for our fans. So many drivers will be on different agendas — some wanting to simply win, others wanting to lock-in to Bristol, and some trying to keep from wrecking if they miss the setup. Dominion is a traditional super late model style track. It’s wide, fast, smooth, and has tons of grip, something every driver loves. Add in the best facility on the tour, and we have a perfect recipe for fans to watch in person or through CARS Tour TV. This is going to be an event true race fans will appreciate on so many levels.” Tony Stevens – CARS Tour TV, Announcer

From Dirt to Dominion:

Youngster Brandon Grosso has made the transition this season from the dirt modifieds he grew up racing around his home state of New Jersey to now piloting the #32 Nitro Fish Ultimate Gear Late Model Stock for Marty Snider Racing full time on the CARS Tour circuit. This weekend’s race at the super-fast Dominion Raceway will be as close to home as Grosso will get all season, with his hometown of Belle Meade, New Jersey being four and half hours away. Despite the closeness and fact that the two 75 lap duel races could play into his favor for a rather good outing, Grosso is business as usual seeing this as another opportunity to gain experience around at another fast asphalt oval.

“Even though this is the closest we’ll be to home all season it will be just my dad, my little brother Justin, and my dirt crew chief Mark Blackwell driving down this weekend to the track. My mom and the rest of the family will stay home and tune in on CARS Tour TV. As far as the shorter races this weekend with the duels, I like that. I’m not a fan of having to save tires, so if I’ve got the opportunity to run wide open that would be cool. I’m sure my crew chief, Jeff Caldwell, will debrief me on our strategy this week. I like fast tracks and I like running on the bottom in both dirt and asphalt, even though it can make passing tough. I think that will be same situation this weekend. Overall I’m just looking forward to racing at Dominion for the first time.” – Brandon Grosso – #32 Nitro Fish Ultimate Gear Ford

Improving, Educating, and Researching Deer Management at High Speeds:

Much like the race tires drivers must conserve throughout the two duel races this Saturday afternoon; the River City QDMA is focused on conserving whitetail deer population around the Central Virginia area. Proper education, population management, and a continuing hunting heritage are all ways the River City QDMA uses to keep quality whitetail flourishing in the area. The key to success for any conservation is reaching the right people to hear your message; without question the River City QDMA and the grassroots fan the CARS Tour attracts are perfectly matched for such a partnership.

“QDMA stands for Quality Deer Management Association, and our goal is to educating the hunting public on whitetail deer biology and how we can improve that through advocacy and education at the local and state level. The state of Virginia has some of the most beautiful whitetail deer around; part of our mission is to make sure it stays like that for years to come. The River City brand of the QDMA is excited about partnering with the CARS Tour for their event at Dominion this weekend. We feel like most race fans are hunters too, so what better way to reach the people we are trying to educate about our mission than at the track in our own area.” Jon Ranck – River City QDMA, President

For more information and to stay up with all the latest news and information about the CARS Tour, featuring both Late Model Stock Car and Super Late Model divisions, visit http://www.carsracingtour.com or contact the tour’s office directly at 704-662-9212. Stay social with the tour by “liking” the CARS Tour Facebook page and following along on Twitter @CARSTour. 

Spencer Davis Grabs First K&N Victory in Thrilling Fashion at Dominion Raceway

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A happy Spencer Davis celebrates his first K&N East victory with crew in victory lane. (Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Thornburg, VA – It came down to a matter of inches in the inaugural K&N East Series event at the brand new Dominion Raceway. Spencer Davis, 17 of Dawsonville Georgia, held off Justin Haley in what looked to be an instant replay of Phoenix earlier this year on the cup level.

In what has to be one of the closest finishes in K&N East Pro Series history, Spencer Davis was able to hold off a very hard charging Justin Haley and cross the finish line a mere .005 second ahead of Haley in a thrilling photo finish. Davis, who qualified third earlier in the afternoon, spent most of the time running second to teammate Kyle Benjamin who lost the lead on a late race restart after being involved in an incident, much like the restart at Dover, that collected a few other cars.

“My teammate certainly was the class of the field and had the car to beat,” Davis said in victory lane after the race. “He didn’t do a single thing wrong all night and was the car to beat till he got put out. My first reaction when I saw him get bent out of shape and pushed from behind and into the wall was, wow this is really unfortunate for our team. Then it set in; I need to win this for us. Ranier racing needs to get their first win and I need to get my first win so what its going to take I was going to do it.” Davis, of course referring to Benjamin being parked by NASCAR officials, after multiple altercations with Dillon Bassett under yellow flag conditions. Bassett, who was actually just going to be held for one lap, was also parked as he continued the “vehicular conversation” on the racing surface as well.

Justin Haley, who entered Monday’s race tied with Benjamin for the points lead, did not make things easy for the Rookie as the two came to the stripe and the checkered flag. The young driver actually didn’t make things to easy on himself either after qualifying eleventh out of twenty-four cars. However, he was able to work himself through the field as the race went on and got a lot of help from that late race caution mentioned before took Benjamin out of the running. Haley ran him for everything he had coming out of turn four just came up inches short at the line.

“I knew he was coming and I knew what was coming from behind also,” Davis mentioned about the battle with Haley. “Any short track racer that grew up racing has that drive to win. If I were second I would have done that same thing; shoved him off down in there to get him a little loose and drove up beside him and banging doors to the finish in reverse order.”

The time it took for NASCAR to announce the winner might as well been an eternity for both drivers, who both sat on the front stretch looking at each other waiting for the call to be made. Davis told us it was the most excruciating thing ever having to sit there in the car with the announcer going over the race and watching the replay on the big screen. Davis also told us however; once you hear your name come over that intercom and they announce you as the winner it is just the best thing ever.

Noah Gragson, Kaz Grala and Austin Theriault would round out the top five finishers after 150 laps at Dominion Speedway. The ComServe Wireless 150 will be replayed on NDCSN this Thursday, June 2 at 6 p.m. EDT. The series will head up to north to Stafford Springs, Connecticut for the Stafford 150 on June 17th.

 

Pos # Driver
1 41 Spencer Davis
2 5 Justin Haley
3 55 Noah Gragson
4 3 Kaz Grala
5 1 Austin Theriault
6 6 Ruben Garcia Jr.
7 15 Christian Eckes
8 13 Hunter Baize
9 49 John Holleman IV
10 66 Reid Wilson
11 38 Tyler Dippel
12 42 Jairo Avila Jr.
13 39 Justin Fontaine
14 46 Brian Henderson
15 4 Ali Kern
16 09 Christian Celaya
17 08 Tyler Hughes
18 2 Collin Cabre
19 43 Ronnie Bassett Jr.
20 28 Clair Zimmerman
21 12 Harrison Burton
22 44 Dillon Bassett
23 40 Kyle Benjamin
24 30 Dominique Van Wieringen
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