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Brandon Clements Clinches Carteret Championship with Bobby Watson Memorial Victory

Brandon Clements, pictured in victory lane at Carteret County Speedway, after winning the Bobby Watson Memorial race on October 27, 2018. (Andy Marquis photo)

SWANSBORO, NC – Brandon Clements, who is the winningest driver in Carteret County Speedway history, clinched the track championship in style on Saturday night, with a victory.

Clements surrendered the lead early in the 50-lap race after starting on the pole – first to Eric Winslow then to Justin Carroll.  With 11 laps to go, Clements made the pass to get back around Carroll to take the lead and the win – his fifth Late Model win of the year.

“This really means a lot to me,” an emotional Clements said in victory lane.  “I was a little kid and my dad told me I was going to be a champion here.  I’ve been here every year and been a champion [in Mini-Stocks] but really, this one’s good.  We got this one.”

Carroll finished second in his first career Carteret County Speedway start while Joshua Yeoman finished third.

Stephen Sanders, also known as the Midway Missile, became a popular presence at Carteret County Speedway among fellow drivers and fans throughout the season.  Sanders made a five-hour drive every race to Carteret County Speedway with hopes of winning races and winning a championship.  On Saturday night, he did both – clinching the division championship with a victory.

“It’s been a long road this year,” Sanders said.  “Bobby Watson, this is his racetrack and he always told me that, it’s his track but it’s our drivers’ racetrack.  This race is for Bobby.  He meant a lot to me.  I looked at him as a grandfather figure.  There were weeks I didn’t have the money to make it home and he’d slide me a little bit of money.”

Sanders was surrounded in victory lane by an army of supporters, which included fans, competitors, family and friends.  Having often raced at Bowman Gray Stadium, Sanders was a polarizing figure at the start of the season, but quickly became a friend to many and the outpouring of support in victory lane meant the world to him.

“This means a lot to me because a lot of people don’t like me,” Sanders remarked.  “I am a rough driver.  I like to get to the front and winning races.  I told everybody tonight I wasn’t worried about the championship, I came to win the race and we got the championship.  It means a lot.  Dedication paid off.”

The always exciting and sometimes polarizing James Horner finished second to Mike Cooper in the Street Stock feature race.  That second place finish allowed him to clinch the division championship – his first at Carteret County Speedway.

“It’s definitely been an emotional season,” Horner stated.  “A lot of ups and downs all the way around.  We fought back and forth with getting suspended and people crying about our car.  It is what it is, we’re here and we got the championship.  We didn’t get the win tonight but we put on a show I do believe.”

All Adam Resnick had to do to clinch the U-CAR championship was start the race, which he did.  Ultimately finishing seventh, Resnick walked away with the division title while Andrew Jackson won the race in a thriller over Robert Arch and Neil Mason.

“I can’t describe it,” Resnick commented.  “I wish Bobby was here.  We supported him every week and these guys are awesome. I can’t explain it.  I cannot believe Bobby didn’t make it to the last one.  Thank you, Bob Lowery and Judy [Hailey] for keeping it going.  Everybody doesn’t understand, this is huge for me to win a championship.  To be at Carteret County, it’s a big thing for my family, my wife, and all of us.”

Justin Mitchell led wire-to-wire in the Legends feature race, winning over Ryan Matthews and Brenton Irving.  Shane Irving, father of Brenton Irving, won the division championship marking the third consecutive championship in Legends competition for the Irving family.

“In a couple months, I’ll be 59-years-old,” Irving said.  “It’s probably going to be my last one.  I’m not going to quit racing.  I do it because I enjoy it.”

Justin Hall won the championship in the Mini Cup class while also scoring the overall win in the Mini Cup race on Saturday night.

“We worked hard all year,” Hall stated.  “This is the first time my dad’s come out here and competed with us.  He won last week at Coastal Plains.  Just happy to be here.  I hate my mom and sister weren’t able to make it but I know they’re happy with where I’m at.”

Chase Singletary officially picked up his sixth Jr. Mini Cup win of the season, but one missed race proved to be the difference in points as Carmen Odum took home the division championship.  With the title, the Jacksonville teenager became the first woman to win a championship at Carteret County Speedway.

“Don’t be afraid to do something, even when they say it’s a guy’s sport,” Odum remarked.  “Look at this.  Second year of racing and I won the championship.  I’d like to thank God for all of this and Bobby Watson for letting the Mini Cups race here, as well as Mini Cup director Frankie Corbett, my dad [Jimmy Odum] and everyone who helped.”

Sean Wales won the race and the championship in Champ Karts; Dwight Sauls scored the overall victory in Southern Ground Pounders competition, and Johnny Johnson won the East Coast Flathead Feature race.

The next race at Carteret County Speedway will be held on Saturday, November 17th, headlined by the $2,000-to-win, 100-lap Carolina Mini-Stock Challenge 4-Cylinder Nationals.  Mini-Cups, Mod-4s, and Champ Karts will also be a part of the 4-Cylinder Nationals.

Mark Wertz Sweeps Late Model Season Finale at Langley Speedway; Danny Edwards Clinches Sixth Division Title

Mark Wertz powers down the backstretch at during final practice at Langley Speedway’s season finale. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – Mark Wertz put a cap on the 2018 season and possibly even his full-time driving career Saturday night when he swept the final two races during Pomoco Nissan Championship night.

Wertz entered the weekend third in points, twenty-two points behind points leader Danny Edwards Jr. Wertz would earn a fourth-place starting position during qualifying time-trials earlier in the evening. Fourth place, however, was not a position Wertz was too keen on hanging out in for too long. Though Danny Edwards, who captured the pole with an impressive 15.665-second (90.776 MPH) lap jumped out to an early lead and honestly looked to have a stranglehold on the race. Wertz would pick his way through the field lap-by-lap and battle for the lead just past lap forty-five.

As the leaders worked there way through some of the slower traffic Wertz was able to capitalize on the smallest of slips from the race leader and would take the lead on lap forty-nine. As Wertz had done all night he immediately opened up a two-car length lead over Edwards. Wertz would have to hold off a late race restart and a serious challenge from Connor Hall. To the point where both drivers were leaning on each other going into turn one. Wertz would keep the nose pointed straight… straight to victory lane.

Danny Edwards Jr., Justin Carroll, Connor Hall, Terry Carroll rounded out the top five in the first race.

Wertz would find himself starting from the eighth position in race number two thanks to the NASCAR rulebook. The front row was given to Thomas Marks and Brenden Queen. That did not last long once the field was given the green. Marks would fall back and out of the top five rather quick. Queen, however, would lead a handful of laps before surrendering the lead to Terry Carroll – Queen would get hung up on the outside groove and he too would be shuffled way back into the field. He would eventually pull down pit road and retire from the race early.

Mark Wertz took this time to power his way back up through the field and made a very aggressive move to the inside of Terry Carroll entering turn one to take the lead. From there it was truly lights out, Wertz started to gap and lap the field. Behind him Justin Carroll made yet another impressive run up through the field, working his way around his father, Connor Hall, and even Danny Edwards.

Wertz in victory lane was very excited to get the No. 55 back in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane as a possible end to an era approached. Justin Carroll, Danny Edwards, Connor Hall, and Terry Carroll rounded out the top five for race number two.

Danny’s second and third place finishes were more than enough to clinch the 2018 Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock Car track championship. The win was his sixth of his career at the historic .395-mile oval. Despite the lackluster finishes, Greg Edwards was able to hang onto his second place finish in points. Mark Wertz, Connor Hall, and Brenden Queen rounded out the top five in points. Rodney Boyd will earn the Rookie of the Year honors.

 

 Taylor Waste Services UNOFFICIAL Race 1 Results;

  1. #55 Mark Wertz; 75
  2. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
  3. #91 Justin Carroll; 75
  4. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  5. #90 Terry Carroll; 75
  6. #97 Greg Edwards; 75
  7. #03 Brenden Queen; 75
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 74
  9. #25 Craig Eastep; 74
  10. #7 Michael Hardin; 74
  11. #16 Chris Flowers; 74
  12. #9 Rodney Boyd; 74
  13. #4 Duane Shrereves; 40

Taylor Waste Services UNOFFICIAL Race 2 Results;

  1. #55 Mark Wertz; 75
  2. #91 Justin Carroll; 75
  3. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 75
  4. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  5. #90 Terry Carroll; 75
  6. #97 Greg Edwards; 74
  7. #25 Craig Eastep; 74
  8. #7 Michael Hardin; 74
  9. #4 Duane Shreeves; 74
  10. #16 Chris Flowers; 73
  11. #9 Rodney Boyd; 73
  12. #88 Thomas Marks; 47
  13. #03 Brenden Queen; 35

Edwards Motorsports To Be Crowned Champion at Langley Speedway; Danny Edwards On Pace for Sixth Track Title

Danny Edwards Jr. powers down the backstretch during final practice of the 2018 Hampton Heat 200 before the race was postponed to the following day due to rain. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Late Model Stock Car racing makes its return to Hampton, Virginia’s Larry King Laws Langley Speedway. Wow. That is something very strange to type the first week in October. However, it has been a full month since Late Models have raced at the .395-mile oval – August 25th to be exact – with Greg Edwards finding his way back to victory lane for the first time in 2018 sweeping both 75-lap features. With just two more races on the books and an eleven-point lead, Danny Edwards Jr. will look to put a bookend on a spectacular season.

Danny enters Pomoco Nissan Championship Night with an eleven-point (325) point advantage over brother and teammate Greg Edwards (314). However, as we have seen in the past, anything can happen once the green flag is displayed and these cars come to life later this evening. As we have seen in the past with twin races all it takes is one hiccup in the first race to send your night spiraling down the toilet – for the lack of better terms.

Danny Edwards is all too familiar with this when he lost the championship back in 2015 when a flat tire plagued him late in the final race of the season. Greg was able to take the win and tie the points. Greg would then go on to “steal” the title from his brother thanks to his win and because of that win, the tiebreaker. With each position earning just one point Danny would only need to earn two fifth-place finishes regardless if Greg is able to sweep both races.

The Edwards Brothers will not be the only drivers to keep your eye on this evening. Even though Chesapeake native Mark Wertz enters the evening twenty-two points off the division lead, Wertz is looking to put his full-time driving career to an end with at least one more win at his home track. Two other drivers in the top five, Connor Hall and Brenden Queen, have been strong all season long but have yet to find their way into Dale Lemonds Victory Lane, look for both of these young drivers to fight for the win before the 2018 season comes to an end.

Five more divisions will crown champions later this evening when the checkered flag waves. Layton Harrison will look to hold off Wyatt Philyaw in the Cycle City Corp Bandolero series. Harrison enters tonight’s race with an eight-point lead. Tommy Jackson Jr., who has been on fire as of late, enters the weekend with a twelve point lead over last years champion, Spencer Saunders. Unless cars come out of the woodwork, Jackson all but needs to start the feature to secure the tile. Jacob Carr will look to hang onto his eight-point advantage over Dustin Mullins in the Harris Truck Shop Super trucks series. Paul Lubno, in arguably the most lopsided championship battle, does not even need to show up for tonight’s 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock finale to lock up his series title. Last but certainly not least, Ronald Klein looks to hang onto his more than ten point advantage to win the Bojangle’s Enduro title.

Grandstands and practice are scheduled to get underway at 2:00 PM EDT. Our LIVE Twitter coverage will begin approx. 4:30 PM EDT when qualifying gets underway. A full race day schedule can be found below.

 

Practice Order

Taylor Waste Services Late Models – 3 Practices

Pepsi Grand Stocks – 2 Practices

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 2 Practices

Cycle City Corp. Legend – 2 Practices

Cycle City Corp. Bandolero – 2 Practices

 

Qualifying Order

Cycle City Corp. Legend – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)

Cycle City Corp. Bandolero – Euro Qualifying 3 cars 5 laps

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)

Pepsi Grand Stock – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)

Taylor Waste Services Late Models – 3 laps (scuff-Green-White-Checkered)

Enduro – Practice/Staring line-up will be determined by draw

 

Race Line-Up

Taylor Waste Services Late Models – 75 laps

Cycle City Corp. Bandolero – 15 laps

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 25 laps

Cycle City Corp. Legend – 25 laps

Pepsi Grand Stock – 40 laps

Taylor Waste Services Late Models – 75 laps

BOJANGLES Enduros – 30 laps

C.E. Falk Finally Adds Martinsville to his Resume After Wild Valley Star Credit Union 300 Finish

Photo: Andy Newsome/Loose In Tight Off

There are a few things that you can expect when you go to any given race on any given weekend. There will be only one winner. There will be multiple losers. The smell of race fuel will exhilarate/excite you. There will be plenty of drama. However, throw in a $25,000 paycheck, a prestigious grandfather clock, and a $10,000 bonus to the winner of the Virginia Triple Crown what are you going to get? Carnage!

Just about every race fan in the Commonwealth, and even a few outside, all had their eyes on one facility this past weekend, the historic Martinsville Speedway. Seventy of some of the best Late Model Stock Car drivers, and arguably the best Super Late Model driver, converged on the historic paperclip hunting for the cash, the honor, and maybe even more importantly, The Clock. For those of you who may not know what we are referring to this past weekend was the highly anticipated ValeyStar Credit Union 300.

The action officially got underway early Friday morning after Hurricane Florence threatened the area during the originally scheduled date. Teams were able to hit the track for the first time in over a year after falling behind the eight ball in hopes of building a solid notebook for the two hundred-lap feature scheduled for Saturday night. Morning practice was not officially scored. However, practice later in the afternoon was, Layne Riggs found himself at the top of the speed charts.

Qualifying was the final event on the schedule Friday evening. Groups of five cars were sent out onto the track at a time and given five laps to lay down their fastest time. Stacy Puryear, clocking in at 20.100, was the man to beat when he went out almost smack dab in the middle of the session improving last years starting position by one and once again locking himself into the show. North Carolina’s and current CARS Tour driver Tommy Lemons also joined him as the only other driver locked in. All other would compete in three twenty-five lap heat races to earn their starting positions.

For those who may not know, the rest of the field for the two hundred lap feature is done so from three twenty-five lap heat race – the top ten move on. The rest of the field, or those that can answer the call, go into a twenty-five lap last chance qualifier – again top ten cars transfer to make up the forty-two car field. Historically, these races are known to be rather chaotic. I mean think about it, more than seventy cars show up, only two are locked in. One bad start, one tire out of line, or end up on the wrong side of a wreck and you’re going home. Philip Morris, Josh Berry, and Brandon Pierce were all victorious in their respective heats – all starting from the pole position. Justin T. Carroll won the last chance race to earn his spot in the show.

Once the green was displayed there was nothing short of hard racing, unexpected failures from some top teams, and of course some pretty hard wrecks. The first “segment” – if you will – was rather tame. I am sure tires and tire conservation was on the mind of a lot of teams and drivers as things were done a bit different this year. Everyone was given four tires and could do what they wanted with them, and add up to ten gallons of fuel, at both the lap one hundred and one eighty break. It was going to be interesting to see how teams were going to work their strategy.

The race did see a handful of leaders throughout it entirety and it was certainly thrown through a loop as the lap wound down. Arguably the most dominant car all night was that of JR Motorsports driver, Josh Berry. The car did not make it easy on him, however, as we learned after we won the extra cash at the halfway break from team owner Dale Jr. who was watching on Fanstchoice, that he did not have power steering for most of the first half. A six-car invert – something I think is just beyond annoying in a race with so much on the line – forced Berry to restart a couple rows deeper than he should have.

That did not stop the North Carolina based driver who found himself back up front and leading the race in no time, working to hold off the likes of Late Model and local veteran, Peyton Sellers. Who, by the way, would steal the lead away from Berry on a restart with less than ten laps to go. Sellers would beat Berry to line by mere inches before the caution was once again displayed after a huge wreck on the front stretch when Myatt Snider had engine issues and failed to get going. Berry would attempt to retake the lead in the same fashion as it was taken from him on the first attempt at a green-white-checkered, however, Berry and Sellers would make contact going into one and bring out another caution.

With Berry now out of the picture, so to speak, following such a strong run, it was up to Peyton Sellers, Layne Riggs, and Super Late Model standout Bubba Pollard. However, on attempt number two for a GWC finish, all three would have their shot at the clock erased after Riggs got in to the back of Sellers just a little too hard going back into one. Sellers would spin and take some damage from other cars getting into him and Pollard would end opt in the outside wall an unable to continue. Riggs was penalized for aggressive driving – he would come down pit road an eventually park his machine. Queue the walk from Pollard to Riggs’ pit for what should have been a simple conversation but turned into a mob of… people following Pollard.

Back on the track after three of the front-runners were taken out, it handed the front row over to Cory Heim – driving for Lee Pulliam who has been the center of attention as of late due to two disqualification at South Boston – and yet another Late Model Stock Car veteran C.E. Falk. Heim would stay low; Falk would take the cone and restart to his right. Once the caution car was off the track and the field hit the restart box it appeared that Falk got going just a little better than Heim and nosed him out at the line – according to the scoring transponders. This is important to note because yet another and one last caution was displayed for wrecking cars throughout turns one and two.

NASCAR officials, after deliberating for about fifteen minutes, declared C.E Falk the winner in one of the most controversial ways possible after going back to what race director Lynn Carroll said was the last completed green flag lap. The one that was completed when the cars crossed the line after the restart – a procedure that Carroll has said has been in the rulebook for Late Model Stocks for a while. This despite what fans in the stands and watching on Fanschoice saw where Heim was in front of Falk once the caution was displayed. Heim would be scored second followed by Brandon Pierce, Trevor Ward, and Peyton Sellers.

“We all come here wanting to win it but it’s like winning the freaking lottery, and we did,” Falk said. “We missed the wrecks, we were up front all night long and my team did it. We might not have had the very best car but we were there when it counted and this is something I’ll cherish the rest of my life.”

Corey Heim, who was making his Martinsville debut, finished second.

“I knew coming here that we had a shot at winning, just had to drive hard,” Heim said. “This is the biggest spotlight I’ve ever been in, I think a lot of people know my name now and I’m glad to be here. I just wish I could get my hands on that grandfather clock and $25,000.”

 

 

ValleyStar Credit Union 300 OFFICIAL Results

  1. #02 C.E Falk; 216
  2. #78 Corey Heim; 216
  3. #42 Brandon Pierce; 216
  4. #97 Trevor Ward; 216
  5. #26 Peyton Sellers; 216
  6. #57 Justin T. Carroll; 216
  7. #18 Ty Gibbs; 216
  8. #15 Kres VanDyke; 216
  9. #16 RD Smith; 216
  10. #07 Kevin Neal; 216
  11. #41 Woody Howard; 216
  12. #01 Philip Morris; 216
  13. #8 Thomas Scott; 216
  14. #6 Lee Pulliam; 216
  15. #77 Balke Stallings; 216
  16. #54 Jeremy Burns; 216
  17. #2 Trevor Noles; 216
  18. #61 Justin Hicks; 215
  19. #88 Josh Berry; 215
  20. #17 Stacy Puryear; 215
  21. #25 Derrick Lancaster; 215
  22. #73 Bruce Anderson; 214
  23. #12 Austin Thaxton; 213
  24. #82 Timothy Peters; 212
  25. #99 Layne Riggs; 210
  26. #86 Bubba Pollard; 208
  27. #0 Matt Leicht; 197
  28. #11 Jeff Oakley 197
  29. #87 Mike Looney; 197
  30. #23 Myatt Snider; 194
  31. #5 Dexter Canipe, Jr.; 180
  32. #08 Tyler Hughes; 154
  33. #14 Ryan Repko; 142
  34. #75 Ryan Millington; 118
  35. #84 Colin Carrett; 104
  36. #04 Jonathan Findley; 101
  37. #31 Mike Darne; 100
  38. #27 Tommy Lemons, Jr.; 92
  39. #22 Bobby McCarty; 87
  40. #71 Kyle Benjamin; 70
  41. #20 Grayson Cullather; 36
  42. #24 Mason Diaz, 24

Field Set for the 2018 ValleyStar Credit 300 at Martinsville Speedway

Caution Car heading down pit road before the start of the LCQ at Martinsville Speedway Saturday, September 29, 2018. (Andy Newsome/Loose In Tight Off)

Ridgeway, VA – The field for the richest Late Model Stock Car race in the country has been set. Over seventy cars took to the half-mile speedway earlier this afternoon to narrow the field down to forty-two. The only two cars that were safe – Stacy Puryear and Tommy Lemons, Jr.

Philip Morris, Josh Berry, and Brandon Pierce were the three winners in their respective heat races has the sun began its descent over the famous Paperclip shaped track. Ten cars from each heat race transferred into the main feature making up the first thirty-two starters. Everyone else, that could answer the bell, were sent to the 25-lap Last Chance Qualifier.

Justin Carroll took the checkered flag in that feature earning him the thirty-third starting position once the green flag waves later this evening. The race is set to roll off at 8:00 PM EDT. The feature is set to run in three segments. The first scheduled break will come at lap 100 where teams will have a five minutes to change up to four tires and add up to ten gallons of fuel. After some pushback earlier this afternoon, teams are also allowed to make minor adjustments on the car, no hard parts. The second planned break will come at lap 180 where again, teams will have five minutes to change up to four tires, add ten gallons of fuel, and minor adjustments – no hard parts.

Race fans are able to watch LIVE on Fanschoice TV where MRN radio broadcast will be piped in. For a lap-by-lap coverage, scoring and NASCAR insight you can follow along with us as we will have you covered throughout the night.

 

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ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Starting Lineup

1      17    Stacy Puryear

2      27    Tommy Lemons, Jr.

3      01    Phillip Morris

4      88    Josh Berry

5      42    Brandon Pierce

6      15    Kres VanDyke

7      6      Lee Pulliam

8      99    Layne Riggs

9      11    Jeff Oakley

10    14    Ryan Repko

11    02    CE Falk III

12    97    Trevor Ward

13    71    Kyle Benjamin

14    82    Timothy Peters

15    2      Trevor Noles

16    23    Myatt Snider

17    26    Peyton Sellers

18    31    Mike Darne

19    5      Dexter Canipe, Jr.

20    41    Woody Howard

21    20    Grayson Cullather

22    08    Tyler Hughes

23    24    Mason Diaz

24    84    Collin Garrett

25    18    Ty Gibbs

26    86    Bubba Pollard

27    0      Matt Leicht

28    07    Kevin Neal

29    22    Bobby McCarty

30    78    Corey Heim

31    54    Jeremy Burns

32    8s    Thomas Scott

33    57    Justin Carroll

34    77    Blake Stallings

35    25    Derrick Lancaster

36    16    RD Smith

37    04    Jonathan Findley

38    87    Mike Looney

39    12    Austin Thaxton

40    75    Ryan Millington

41    61    Justin Hicks

42    73    Bruce Anderson

Three Cars From Top Ten Times Were Disallowed After Failing Post Qualifying Inspection; Will Start from the Rear of Their Respective Heat Races

Ridgeway, VA – Post qualifying tech has officially wrapped up here at Martinsville Speedway. Once again the “Room of Doom” has shaken things up on the eve of arguably the best race of the year in the Late Model Stock Car community.

Bobby McCarty (22), Todd Gilliland (45), and Matt Bowling (83) were all found to have issues with the rear ends of their machines. NASCAR officials have stated that all three teams will have the opportunity to fix the issues in the morning, roll back through tech and should they fix all the issues, they have the chance to start their respective heat races from the rear. The speedway also clarified that the no. 70 of Dylan Ward and no. 44 Kyle Dudley both completed engine swaps and will start behind the three cars mentioned above.

Fan gates open at 1 p.m. on Saturday with the driver autograph session scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. on the front stretch. Three 25-lap qualifying races, followed by the 25 lap LCQ to set the field will start at 3 p.m. The 200-lap feature race will begin at 8:00 p.m.Motor Racing Network’s live coverage of the race and the free online stream of the race, on FansChoice.tv, will begin at 7:30.

Motor Racing Network’s live coverage of the race and the free online stream of the race, on FansChoice.tv, will begin at 7:30.

Tickets to the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 are $30 for adults and $5 for children 12-and-under. Tickets can be purchased at the Speedway ticket office or online at http://www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

 

Stacy Puryear Officially Wins the Pole for the 2018 ValleyStar Credit Union 300

Stacy Puryear addresses the media for the second year in a row after earning an even better front row starting position for the 2018 ValleyStar Credit Union 300. (Casey Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Ridgeway, VA – It is that time of the year again! When the best Late Model Stock Car drivers, and this year one of the best Super Late Model drivers, converge on to the half-mile paper clip that is Martinsville Speedway.

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is one of the richest races of the year and also brings some of the largest car counts any track has seen. It was also this time last year just about everyone in the media center had their stories ready to go… Jeff Oakley and Deac McCaskill Start on the Front Row Under the Lights… or something along those lines. However, that was all thrown out the window when both cars, something that is a little unheard of in these big races, were found to be illegal post qualifying, handing the front row over to Jake Crum and Stacy Puryear. This year, however, was not the case.

Fast forward a year later and Puryear has found himself once again on the front row, this time it was solely based on his time, and one position better. Seventy-two cars took to the speedway in groups of five, grouped from slowest to fastest, for five timed laps under the lights. Puryear went out for his five timed laps about midway through the session and laid down a 20.100 (89.552 MPH), Tommy Lemons Jr. clocked in right behind him, the two are locked into the front row and will not have to run any of the heat races tomorrow afternoon.

“Last year we learned that the dew fell and the track got slicker,” Puryear said. “We thrashed on that thing and didn’t put tires on it at the end of practice last year. We learned a lot last year when the sun went down and took that with us tonight.”

Tommy Lemons pretty much echoed his comments verbatim.

“I honestly did not think I would be coming in here tonight,” Lemons explained. “I was hoping for a top ten or something. The car felt really good though off the truck, I told the guys not to really touch a whole lot.”

Official qualifying results were not made available to us at the time this article was posted as cars are still working through tech. Keep an eye out here and our social media pages and we will post them as they are confirmed to us.

Things will get started tomorrow morning at 10 AM when the garage opens. Fan gates will open at 1:00 PM same time the on-track autograph session kicks off. Heat races will roll off approx. 3:00 PM with a target green flag of 8:00 PM for 200-laps.

 

**This is an unofficial posting of the qualifying order from today, will update when positions are finalized**

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