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Eddie Johnson Becomes Third Different Late Model Winner of 2018 at Southside

Photo: Sarah Kay Speedshots

Midlothian, VA – Kicking the race weekend off was Southside Speedway in Midlothian, Virginia. Otherwise, known as the “Toughest Short Track in the South” had Late Models, Modifieds, Grand Stocks, UCAR, Legends, and Bando’s on the schedule for their first responders night.

Chris Dodson flexed his muscles earlier in the afternoon during the final practice/qualifying for the Late Model division earning the pole position being the only driver to hit a sub fifteen-second lap – 14.991 (79.968 MPH). John Goin, Howie Disavino, Bugs Hairfield, and Sonny Allen rounded out the top five fastest qualifiers in the field of ten. However, at the end of the 40-lap feature, it was veteran Late Model racer Eddie Johnson in victory lane. Dodson would finish almost three-tenths of a second behind the leader followed by Mason Bailey, Michael Sutphin, and Lane Janosik.

Dan Rogers was the quickest of thirteen Grand Stocks who came out to compete during First Responders Night. However, because Rogers had won the two previous races, he was forced to start at the rear of the field due to a long-standing Southside Speedway rule. Rogers would fight is way back up to the front but ended up just one position short by the end of the thirty lap feature. Austin Dodge was the first to the checkered flag and picked up his first victory of the season.

Michael Johnson was able to dethrone Chris Hopkins in the Modified division after setting quick time earlier in qualifying. Hopkins, who recorded the second fastest time, was forced to start at the rear of the field after winning the first two races of the season. Hopkins was able to drive back to the second position when the checkered flag flew. Ethan Ayers took the checkered in the UCAR feature while Cody Carlton picked up the win in the INEX Legends feature. Zachary Miracle opened up the night with a win the INEX Bandolero division.

 

OFFICIAL Late Model Results;

  1. #43 Eddie Johnson; 40
  2. #0 Chris Dodson; 40
  3. #05 Mason Bailey; 40
  4. #25 Michael Sutphin; 40
  5. #79 Lane Janosik; 40
  6. #20 Sonny Allen; 40
  7. #18 Brad Davis; 40
  8. #90 John Goin; 40
  9. #24 Chris Johnson; 40
  10. #89 Matt Ashworth; 26
  11. #99 Daniel Thomas; 18
  12. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 15
  13. #55 Howie Disavino; 4
  14. #22 Justin Martz; DNS

Philip Morris Sweeps Twin Late Model Stock Features at Langley Speedway; Extends Points Lead Over Division

Hampton, VA – Philip Morris continues to do Philip Morris things here in the Mid-Atlantic winning just about everything this weekend at Langley Speedway extending his points lead in the division.

Morris only needed one lap earlier in the afternoon to win the pole. His 15.541-second lap was good enough to beat Mark Wertz, Brenden Queen, Danny Edwards Jr., and Connor Hall, who rounded out the starting five drivers.

Race number one fell right in line with how the first twin races normally all. Drivers were falling in line, saving their cars and their tires. Morris, however, wasted zero time in the first 75-lap feature. He jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Behind him was where all of the racing took place. Connor Hall and Brenden Queen looked to flex their muscles as the sun set over the speedway staying in or around the top five.

The one and only caution in race one would come on lap fifty-six allowing the field to catch back up to Morris. Philip, however, would not be fazed and continued his dominance as they went back green leading all seventy-five laps. Brenden Queen, Greg Edwards, Danny Edwards Jr., and Mark Wertz rounded out the top five for race one; Connor Hall finished in the eighth position, which earned him the pole in race two by virtue of the invert.

Race number two of the evening was once again everything that the second twin race lives up to. Aggressive driving, aggressive defending, wrecks, and anything else you can think of. With Morris winning the first race he would be forced to start in the eighth position, however, in the attempt to earn even more bonus points from NASCAR he elected to fall to the rear for race number two which almost cost him a racecar.

When the green flag was displayed it almost looked to be the Connor Hall saw with a guest appearance from Brenden Queen. Both drivers – Queen using the outside groove to his advantage – led a handful of laps while Morris fought his way back through the field. Morris’ night, however, almost took a literal turn for the worst after he and Greg Edwards made contact in turn two. Edwards would have to come down pit road to change a tire and Morris was going to be sent to the rear due to the contact but would come down pit road to fix some of the damage to his right front fender.

Morris would drive through the field and take the lead from Brenden Queen after he and Hall spent ten laps battling hard side by side. Once Morris took the lead it was lights out. The wins for Morris was number three and four on the season at Langley Speedway and extended his points lead in the Taylor Waste Service Late Model’s. It should be noted that Morris leaves this weekend leading the points at Langley Speedway, Dominion Raceway, and South Boston Speedway. He is more than likely leading National and Virginia State points with NASCAR when they are released.

 

Late Model Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #01 Philip Morris; 75
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 75
  3. #97 Greg Edwards; 75
  4. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
  5. #55 Mark Wertz; 75
  6. #91 Justin Carroll; 75
  7. #4 Timmy Phipps; 75
  8. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  9. #11 Paul Green; 75
  10. #25 Craig Eastep; 75
  11. #88 Thomas Marks; 75
  12. #11 Jeff Oakley; 75
  13. #9 Rodney Boyd; 65

 

Late Model Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #01 Philip Morris; 75
  2. #91 Justin Carroll; 75
  3. #97 Greg Edwards; 75
  4. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  5. #4 Timmy Phipps; 75
  6. #03 Brenden Queen; 75
  7. #26 Danny Edwards; 75
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 75
  9. #25 Craig Eastep; 74
  10. #55 Mark Wertz; 74
  11. #9 Rodney Boyd; 71
  12. #11 Paul Green; 21
  13. #11 Jeff Oakley; 7

Philip Morris Wins Another Langley Speedway Pole; Track Officials Introduce New Tire Rule for Late Model Division

Hampton, VA – Philip Morris, who has been on fire throughout the Mid-Atlantic this season, flexed his muscles yet again at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway ahead of the Mosquito Joe & ERA Relator’s twin 75-lap features.

Morris laid down a 15.541-second lap (91.500 MPH) to take the pole for the first of two races and only really needed one lap to do so. Mark Wertz, Brenden Queen, Danny Edwards Jr., and Connor Hall will lead the field to green. Drivers will not only be fighting for finishing positions and max points but they will also have to be mindful of the eight-car invert that will set the field for the second race of the evening.

Some notable drivers not in attendance this weekend is Nick Smith, Woody Howard. Cameron Bowan and Terry Carroll both with motor issues keeping them sidelined this week. Casey Wyatt took a hard hit during second practice that all but destroyed his race car and he will not be able to compete tonight.

In addition, teams have been introduced to a new tire rule they must follow during twin features. To take away any confusion about what is flat and what is not, teams will not be able to change tires if they are over a certain pressure. For the left side tires, they must be under 10 PSI to change; right side tires must be under 20 PSI before they are allowed to change. If you change a tire at all throughout the event you will no longer be eligible for the free pass or the cone.

Furthermore, all teams must take and check in two tires to the tire officials to be approved as spares throughout the night. If you go through your spares, officials will come to the team’s pit boxes to look at approving more spares. If a team makes a tire change between the two races they must stay nose first in their pit stall till the field takes the green. At that point, they are allowed to back out and crews to change the tire(s). Once pit service is complete the driver can return to the race – as mentioned before that car will no longer be free pass or cone eligible.

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Late Model Stock Car Starting Line-up;

  1. #01 Philip Morris
  2. #55 Mark Wertz
  3. #03 Brenden Queen
  4. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.
  5. #77 Connor Hall
  6. #97 Greg Edwards
  7. #11 Jeff Oakley
  8. #91 Justin Carroll
  9. #4 Timmy Phipps
  10. #11 Paul Green
  11. #25 Craig Eastep
  12. #9 Rodney Boyd
  13. #88 Thomas Marks

Danny Edwards Jr. Wins the 2018 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Pole Award

Hampton, VA – Danny Edwards, Jr. from Poquoson, Virginia and five-time Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway track champion laid down the quickest lap during euro style qualifying earlier in the evening. Edwards’ 15.359-second (92.584) was just four-hundredth’s of a second quicker than the host driver Denny Hamlin. Hamlin’s Monster Energy Cup teammate and defending two-time cup series winner Kyle Busch will start the 200-lap feature from the third position with truck series driver Timothy Peters and Ty Gibbs – grandson to Joe Gibbs – round out the top five.

“We took off where we left off last race,” Edwards told The Weekly Racer. “We thought we had a pretty good car. Made a few changes at the shop but when we got here today we found ourselves fighting it. We worked at it and threw a lot of things at it and to be honest with you we hit on something at the very end of the practice, made a couple big swings and I told the guys this was the best I have had it on the long run.”

Edwards, as mentioned above, is surrounded by some of the best in auto racing and well… he was not only shocked by it but was aware of who he had around him.

“To be honest with you it surprised me,” Edwards went on to say. “I didn’t think that was going to stick seeings how we went out mid-pack and some of those guys going out later. Hopefully, we can control our race a little bit better when the green flag drops. The only thing you can control is what you do.”

Edwards will take the green flag with probably the most experience and the most laps completed at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway, however, he knows when the helmets go on and they strap in it goes out the window.

“I have raced with these guys before with Denny and Kyle in some of the ASA series,” Edwards said. “You take the guys that are here that are the pro drivers and they are professional’s for a reason, they are the best in the business. Do I have more laps at this track? Yea, but they are the absolute best in the world. I am just pleased to be up here and run with them.”

In a normal 200-lap feature there is only one break for tires, fuel, or just adjustments. However, tonight’s race will be run in three segments. Segment one drivers are able to take up to four tires, adjustments but no fuel. We asked Edwards if that changed his strategy throughout the evening.

Not really,” Edwards said honestly. “How the race goes throughout the stints will dictate what we do. We really won’t know until we get some laps on the car and make some adjustments on how the car felt in the first half. It’s going to be about keeping it clean, keeping the fenders on it and the breaks on it.”

Green flag is set to fly for the feature event at 8:30 PM. If you are unable to make it out follow us on Twitter or watch LIVE on Fanschoice.tv

Chris Johnson Capitalizes on Initial Start to Capture First Late Model Win of 2018 at Southside; Ethan Ayers & Ryan Paul Split UCAR Twin Bill

Chris Johnson climbs out of his Late Model in victory lane after leading every lap on April 13th at Southside Speedway.

Midlothian, VA – Howie Disavino, the 17-year-old Chesterfield native who just celebrated a birthday last week, surprised everyone when we laid down the fastest lap in qualifying earlier in the afternoon with a 14.959-second lap time. Averaging 80.139 MPH Disavino’s lap was just nine-thousandths of a second better than Southside veteran Chris Dodson. He would, however, invert the top four qualifiers handing the top spot over to sophomore driver Mason Bailey.

When Jodie Adkins displayed the green flag to the field Bailey either spun the tires or missed a gear on the start. This allowed Chris Johnson, who started on the outside pole, the opportunity to take the lead going into turn one and that was about all she wrote for the top spot. As things got settled in upfront Bailey found himself going the wrong way while Disavino mounted his charge back to the front. Chris Johnson and Disavino would check out over the field.

The 40-lap feature went caution free with some pretty action-packed racing for the third position on back. Bailey found himself under fire several times throughout the feature as he slid back to the seventh position where he ultimately finished. Veteran racers Bugs Hairfield, Eddie Johnson, and Chris Johnson ran nose to tail for several laps before Dodson got around the No. 43 for fourth.

With ten laps to go, Disavino really turned up the wick and his assault on race leader Chris Johnson. He would get into turn one just a little too hot and go into a four-wheel slide, ultimately killing any chance he would have at the win. Bugs Hairfield, Chris Dodson, and Eddie Johnson rounded out the top five.

 

Ethan Ayers was the second fastest qualifier earlier in the afternoon during qualifying. He would take the green flag in the third position after the four-car invert and found himself in the lead early. Ayers opened up more than an eight-car advantage before the first of two cautions flags flew. Dillon Devenny and Cameron Ruggles would take the cone and restart on the outside. However, Ayers was able to keep the lead and go on to win the race. Dillon Devenney, Joshua Thomas, Trevor Stinson, and Ryan Paul rounded out the top five which just happened to be how many cars were inverted for race two.

Paul, who was making just his second UCAR start due to the twins, used the invert to his advantage to jump out to an early lead. He would have to hold off Ayers just twice on restarts one coming immediately after the green and another on lap four when debris brought out the yellow.

The rear bumper cover of the No. 03 machine of Zachary Lindsey was the reason for the lap four caution and at the same time that is when we noticed the No. 72 of Joshua Thomas with a rear bumper cover falling off as well. Race officials decided that he needed to come down pit road to remove it before it fell off on the racing surface, he would ultimately battle back to an eighth-place finish.

On the ensuing restart, Ryan Paul struggled to get going and Ethan Ayers almost made him pay. The restart also allowed Michael Chapman to jump up to the third position. Paul would ultimately be able to hang onto the top spot over Ethan Ayers, Michael Chapman, Dillon Devenney, and Cameron Ruggles.

 

Late Model Stock OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #24 Chris Johnson; 40
  2. #55 Howie Disavino; 40
  3. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 40
  4. #0 Chris Dodson; 40
  5. #43 Eddie Johnson; 40
  6. #22 Justin Martz; 40
  7. #05 Mason Bailey; 40
  8. #20 Sonny Allen; 40
  9. #18 Brad Davis; 40
  10. #90 John Goin; 40
  11. #89 Matt Ashworth; 40
  12. #99 Daniel Thomas; 31
  13. #19 Kyle Wood; 27
  14. #79 Lane Janosik; 4
  15. #25 Michael Sutphin; DNS

 

UCAR Race 1 Results;

  1. #96 Ethan Ayers; 25
  2. #15 Dillon Devenney; 25
  3. #72 Joshua Thomas; 25
  4. #10 Trevor Stinson; 25
  5. #5 Ryan Paul; 25
  6. #40 Cameron Ruggles; 25
  7. #12 Jamie Hite; 25
  8. #13 Beejay Anderson; 25
  9. #03 Zachary Lindsey; 25
  10. #89 Kyle Bunn; 25
  11. #97 Robert Eroh; 24
  12. #58 Hunter Waldrop; 24
  13. #49 Robbie Roth; 24
  14. #50 Kevin Garreau; 18
  15. #22 James Gelina; 18
  16. #1 Mike Frayser; 2
  17. #28 Tommy Gildea; DNS
  18. #14 Matthew McMillion; DNS

UCAR Race 2 Results;

  1. #5 Ryan Paul; 25
  2. #96 Ethan Ayers; 25
  3. #58 Micahel Chapman; 25
  4. #15 Dillon Devenney; 25
  5. #40 Cameron Ruggles; 25
  6. #10 Trevor Stinson; 25
  7. #13 Beejay Anderson; 25
  8. #72 Joshua Thomas; 25
  9. #97 Robert Eroh; 25
  10. #03 Zachary Lindsey; 25
  11. #50 Kevin Garreau; 25
  12. #14 Aaron McMillon; 25
  13. #1 Mike Frayser; 25
  14. #22 James Gelina; 23
  15. #49 Robbie Roth; 12
  16. #12 Jamie Hite; DNS

Chris Dodson Wins Rain Shortened Late Model Race in Southside Season Opener

Dodson rolls through turns three and four during practice in 2017 at Southside Speedway. (Justin Kern/The Weekly Racer)

Midlothian, VA – Chris Dodson continued his dominance at the 1/3-mile flat track that he has shown in the past. Dodson not only set the fastest time in “practifying” – Southside’s version of group qualifying – with a time 14.589 (82.171 MPH) but would also dominate the rain-shortened feature after pulling a one during the redraw to claim his 7th JM Wilkinson Memorial opening night Late Model win in a row.

The Late Models lived up to their pre-season hype with guys using their bumpers on lap two. Third place qualifier, Bugs Hairfield, and outside pole sitter Daniel Thomas was the first to tango. This would result in Thomas going around in the center of turns one and two. Both drivers would have to mount a charge through the very competitive field in a short amount of time.

Once the green flag was displayed to the field it only took until turn three for the caution flag to be displayed to the field yet again with just two laps on the board. The yellow and contact with rookie John Goin in turns three and four would halt his charge back to the front.

The field would settle down for a solid twenty-four-lap green flag run before contact between Mason Bailey (No. 05) and Brad Davis (No. 18) would cause an accordion effect which resulted in Michael Sutphin going around, in turn, four bringing out the nights the third caution for the late models.

Only one lap would be run before Layne Janosik’s (No. 79) would get loose off of turn two and go sliding into the backstretch boilerplate wall. He would then climb the wall for a brief moment which then shot the car left across the racetrack turning Daniel Thomas’ already bad night, worse. Both cars were too damaged to continue.

The next restart came at lap twenty-seven and again the caution would immediately follow the green as Eddie Johnson looped his number 43 machine as he entered turn three. The field would get a handful of laps in before Johnson, who was on his way back through the field, would get into the rear of Michael Sutphin’s Chevy as they entered the corner resulting in a spin and another yellow flag working lap number thirty-two.

Photo Jennifer Allen – Sara Kay Speed Shots

While Mother Nature was preparing to put the proverbial fork in the night, the cone restart resulted in an intense battle between Brad Davis and fast qualifier Chris Dodson until contact on lap thirty-five between Michael Sutphin and rookie Justin Martz as they crossed the stripe. Martz’s would climb the right rear of Sutphin and both cars, still entangled, would spin entering turn one. The body of Sutphin’s machine partially removed, including the roof and greenhouse bowed up in the air, resulting Martz’s rear end parked atop the turn one wall.

As the track safety crew carefully removed Martz from the turn one wall, that is when the bottom dropped out. The weather system had entered the area and was there to stay. This would force officials to end the evening early as the racing surface was lost. With thirty-five of the forty laps completed, the Late Model feature would be deemed official and Chris Dodson picked up the win over Brad Davis, Chris Johnson, Howie DiSavino, and Mason Bailey.

Ethan Ayers set quick time earlier in the afternoon during practifying with a lap time of 16.767. Ryan Paul, Cameron Ruggles, Joshua Thomas and Beejay Anderson were the remaining quick qualifiers for the 25-lap feature. However, these drivers were not able to take the green flag for their season-opening race. The speedway will make an announcement at a later date if or when this race could be rescheduled.

Special thank to Buck Reuss and Erika Gay for providing information for this release.

Late Model Official Results

  1. #0 Chris Dodson; 35
  2. #18 Brad Davis; 35
  3. #24 Chris Johnson
  4. #55 Howie DiSavino; 35
  5. #05 Mason Bailey; 35
  6. #20 Sonny Allen; 35
  7. #19 Kyle Wood; 35
  8. #25 Michael Sutphin; 35
  9. #22 Justin Martz; 35
  10. #43 Eddie Johnson; 35
  11. #90 John Goin; 35
  12. #79 Lane Janosik; 27
  13. #99 Daniel Thomas; 27
  14. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 26

Tiniest Track May Produce Biggest Action for CARS Response Energy Tour

Mooresville, NC – Just because it is small does not mean it is not a big deal. That is what fans are echoing about the CARS Response Energy Tour coming to Wake County Speedway next Saturday night. The tour will make its inaugural visit to “America’s Favorite Bullring” on April 7th, and all indications point to a twenty-plus car field anticipated with some of the best Late Model Stock drivers in the country in attendance.

Championship points leader Bobby McCarty leads the list of entries, with JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry and Ronald “The Thrill” Hill rounding out the top three in championship points. From there, fans will be treated to a handful of drivers making their first ever visit to the .24-mile track. Four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American National Champion Lee Pulliam, Touring 12 drivers Ty Gibbs, Cody Haskins, Sam Mayer, and Justin Johnson are just a few of the guys who have never been to Wake.

While there are those who have never been to Wake County, there are a few drivers who started their careers at Wake County. Local racer Thomas Chappell, Bradley McCaskill, and 2016 series champion Deac McCaskill have all spent their fair share of time behind the wheel of a racecar at Wake County. The word echoed amongst those who have raced there to the ones that have not is patience.

“It’s a tight small track, but its track that you can race at for sure. As a driver, you have to be patiently aggressive at Wake County. You have to attack the track with your car, but other cars out there you have to be patient and let the positions come to you,” noted Bradley McCaskill. “I know it’s going to be a packed house and everyone’s energy is going to be up, but we’ve all got to run our own race and not worry about the car next to us not matter what happens out there.

For his cousin Deac McCaskill, the opportunity to race at the track where he met his wife and began his racing career is a pretty special occasion.

“Wake County is where I started racing at years ago in the four-cylinder division, then I eventually moved to Super Late Models in the early 2000s. We won a few races there over the years then, and hope that we can bring a few of those old memories back,” explained McCaskill. “To be able to be going back to Wake with the CARS Tour, and race in front what everyone’s talking about, might be the biggest crowd in the tracks recent history, is really something special to me. A big thanks has to go to the CARS Tour, all the race sponsors, and Wake County Speedway for making this race happen.”

Fans attending the Solid Rock Carriers 123 presented by JEDO Lawncare have a reason to make a weekend of it with the addition of the “Prelude to the Bullring” go-kart shootout presented by Grafix Solution & John West Racing Engines at Rush Hour Karting indoor karting. The indoor karting facility, located just 9.4 miles from the track, Friday, April 6th from 8:30-10pm. The CARS Response Energy Tour will take over the facility and all CARS Tour fans, drivers, and team members are encouraged to attend for the opportunity to race with their favorite driver or simply cheer them on alongside friends. Food and drink specials will also be available. The entry fee for anyone to participate in the kart race is only $20. For additional information, visit http://www.carsracingtour.com/assets/wake_co_kart_shootout.pdf.

Tickets for the Solid Rock Carriers 123 presented by JEDO Lawncare are $20 in advance and $25 at the gate, with family four pack of tickets only $50 in advance and $60 at the gate. Youth 8-12 years old are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. Fans are heavily encouraged to get their tickets in advance at www.carsracingtour.com before the Tuesday April 3rd deadline in order to avoid delays at the ticket booth as a large crowd is expected.

 

For additional information on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour visit http://www.carsracingtour.com. Be sure to stay active and social with the tour by liking “CARS Tour” on Facebook, following @CARSTour on Twitter, and scrolling through photos on Instagram cars_tour. Additional series information can be obtained by calling the CARS Tour series office, located in Mooresville, NC, at 704.662.9212.

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