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Greg Edwards Shakes Losing Monkey; Mark Wertz Continues to Ride Momentum to Dale Lemonds Victory Lane

Mark Wertz returns to victory lane in the Taylor Waste Service Late Model’s as a part-time competitor for 2020. (📸 Sara Langley)

Hampton, VA – It was a cool, chilly night, but the action on the track was hot and intense. The Taylor Waste Services Late Models were back in action to headline the evening with twin 50-lap features. 13 Late Models showed up for an action-packed night. With just eight races left on the season, it was time for teams crackdown and focus on the championship. Brenden Queen came into the night with a 9 point lead over Casey Wyatt, and an 11 point lead over Danny Edwards Jr.

Queen put his machine on the pole earlier in the afternoon with a lap of 15.774 (90.148 MPH). Danny Edwards, Greg Edwards, Casey Wyatt, and Mark Wertz rounded out the fast five. The field doubled up and got the green flag for the first of two 50 lappers. Queen jumped to the lead and after just one lap the field went single file. Wertz gave Wyatt a little nudge for the fourth but couldn’t get the momentum to get around him. Lap 16, Greg got to the inside of Danny for second and took it away. By lap 20 Queen had a two-car length lead over the field.

A battle between Rodney Boyd and Craig Eastep began for the tenth position. The two made contact but both held onto it, Eastep would get the tenth spot while Boyd battled back. With 15 laps to go, Bubba Johnston and Thomas Marks began to battle for the eighth spot to see who would start on the pole for the second 50 lap race. Greg had caught up to Queen and got to his inside to battle for the lead. His momentum came to a holt as the caution came out for Johnston and Marks going for a synchronized spin in turn one. Queen would take the outside for the cone, allowing Greg to start to his inside. On the start, Queen didn’t go allowing Greg to take the lead. Danny took over second and Queen fell to third. Wyatt got the short end of the deal and fell from fourth to tenth. Greg Edwards would go on to get his first victory of the season. Both Queen and Wyatt would come to a stop at the start-finish line, exiting their machines, and showing their displeasure to both the starter and the tower expressing that Edwards (who was not the control car) went before the restart line in turn four.

Even after the spin in the first race, Thomas Marks worked his way back to an eighth-place finish to put him on the pole for the second twin. Bubba Johnston, Craig Eastep, Connor Hall, and Mark Wertz were the starting five. The Green flag flew and the first caution came out for Casey Wyatt making contact with Rodney Boyd, sending Boyd hard into turn one wall. We would later find out that Wyatt’s throttle hung going into the corner. Back to green, and Eastep had the issues getting going causing the bottom row to stack up. Johnson jumped to the lead going into turn one. Hall began to battle Marks for second while Queen joined in. Queen ended up pushing Hall past Marks before eventually working his way around as well. With the battle for second going on, Johnston had built a sizable lead on the rest of the field.

The first caution of the second feature would come at the hands of Craig Eastep spinning through the backstretch grass on lap 13. The tride and true saying of cautions breed cautions were true this weekend because no sooner than the race restarted the field was slowed yet again. This time due to Eastep spinning the 9 of Brock between turns one and two. Back to green and the field made it one lap this time before the third caution was displayed. Contact between Johnston, who looked to try and pull up in front of Hall after losing the lead, and Connor Hall going into turn one cause early depatures for both competitors.

Back to green once again, Queen jumped to the lead with Wertz falling in line in second. Another caution would come out on lap 22 for Wyatt’s machine coming to a stop in turn four. Later reports would confirm Wyatt once again had issues with his throttle and decided to shut the car down to avoid further issues and bring the car to the garage. Wertz took the cone again and would restart on Queens outside. Wertz would clear Queen on lap 24 to take the lead. The two battled side by side for nearly the rest of the race with Greg riding in third waiting for his opportunity to make his move. His opportunity wouldn’t come, Mark Wertz went on to pick up his first Late Model win of the season.

 

Farley Financial UCARS

With a very impressive field of 13 cars, everyone was still chasing Michael Waters. Jamie Hite grabbed the pole by .003-seconds over Michael Waters. Rookies Christian Keller, Robert Dezero, and Nicholas Deans rounded out the fast five. Hite jumped to the lead in the start while Keller stuck his nose to second with Waters falling to third. Waters made his way around Keller for second and wasted no time to get to Hite. Hite and Waters made contact coming out of turn four causing Waters to get loose and almost went nose-first into the inside wall. Waters night would be over sooner than he had hoped meaning there would finally be a new winner this season. The second caution came out for Zachary Lindsey, Tyler Borden, and Bill Eaker getting together in turn three, this wreck ended Lindsey’s night. Back under green, on lap 9, Keller took the lead from Hite. A battle for third heated up between Davis, Deans and Dwight Nikles. Lap 15, Keller was still holding off Hite for the lead. On lap 22, Hite finally reclaimed the lead. Jamie Hite would hold on to pick up his first win of the season.

 

 

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Race 1 Results;

 

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  2. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 50
  3. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  4. #55 Mark Wertz; 50
  5. #77 Connor Hall; 50
  6. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  7. #19 Bubba Johnson; 50
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  9. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  10. #9 Rodney Boyd; 50
  11. #9 Alex Brock; 50
  12. #71 Jared Clark; 49
  13. #68 Terri O’Connell; 13

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Race 2 Results;

 

  1. #55 Mark Wertz; 50
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  3. #21 Greg Edwards, 50
  4. #26 Danny Edwards; 50
  5. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  6. #9 Alex Brock; 50
  7. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  8. #71 Jared Clark; 49
  9. #29 Casey Wyatt; 21
  10. #19 Bubba Johnston; 14
  11. #77 Connor Hall; 14
  12. #9 Rodney Boyd; 0

 

Farley Finacial UCAR Results;

  1. #12 Jamie Hite; 25
  2. #6 Christian Keller; 25
  3. #3 Austin Davis; 25
  4. #03 Nicholas Deans; 25
  5. #7 Dwight Nikles; 25
  6. #46 Nicholas Hurt; 24
  7. #00 Robert Dezero; 23
  8. #22 Bill Eaker; 12
  9. #50 Zach Fredrick; 4
  10. #36 Michael Waters; 3
  11. #03 Zachary Lindsey; 3
  12. #20 Mike Parker; 3
  13. #2 Tyler Borden; 3

 

*Featured Photo: Greg Edwards and team celebrate first win of the 2020 season following a controversial late-race restart. Photo: Sara Langley

Corey Heim’s Langley Speedway Bad Luck Continues as Layne Riggs Muscles to Victory in Late Race Pass

📸 Sara Langley

Hampton, VA – For the second year in a row, and the first time in 2020, the CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour made the trip to the famed .395-mile oval with 24 drivers ready to put on an incredible show for the few fans that were able to get tickets. Also making their first trip to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway was the Dominion Racers, essentially a Limited Late Model running a small series between the two Virginia tracks. 6 cars made the trip this past weekend for their 35-lap feature event.

Corey Heim continued his good year with putting his 78 on the pole only by 4 one-thousandths of a second over Layne Riggs. Timothy Peters, Brandon Pierce, and Grayson Cullather rounded out the fast five. Defending race winner Deac McCaskill, did not show up so that meant we were in for a new winner.

Once the green flag flew, Heim cleared Riggs took the lead down the backstretch. The field quickly went single file. Peters took second away from Pierce but a few laps later, Pierce would take it right back. After starting 17th, Nolan Pope fell all the way to last I’m what seemed to be a race strategy for the long run. 10 laps in and the battles throughout the field began to heat up. Justin Johnson and Mini Tyrell got a little heated for the eighth position, while Bobby McCarty and Jared Fryar battled for sixth.

Riggs made his move for the lead on lap 14, but Heim held him off. Cullather, after running fifth, got stuck on the outside line and got shuffled back to 13th. Fryar and McCarty continued their battle but included Pierce this time to take away fourth and fifth. Trey Crews, making his Cars Tour debut, made his way around Pierce as well for seventh. The first caution of the race came out on lap 40 for a competition caution.

Once the green flag flew, the next caution came out on lap 42 for Cullather hitting turn three wall hard, collecting Justin Carroll as well ending both their nights. On the restart, Heim shot to the lead once again with Riggs falling in line to second. Peters still running third while Crews battled McCarty for fourth. McCarty gave Crews a slight door slam into turn one to clear Crews and take fourth. Teammates Peters and McCarty began a battle for third, resulting in McCarty taking the position.

After starting fourth, Pierce had fallen all the way to 17th with what looked to be handling issues. The first lead change came on lap 62 when Riggs cleated Heim into turn one but Heim did a massive slide job into turn two to take the lead right back. Riggs lost some momentum allowing McCarty to take second away. Lap 72 and McCarty had taken the lead from Heim. Lap 82 came up on the board and the caution came out for the second and final competition caution. On the restart, McCarty and Heim stayed door to door for two laps until Heim reclaimed the lead. Timothy Peters making his lone start in the Cars Tour pulled his number 12 machine to pit road with motor issues that ended his night.

The caution came out on lap 86 for Terry Carroll sliding through the backstretch grass. On the restart, Heim and McCarty went door to door once again until lap 88 when the caution flew again yet again for Crews spinning in turn one with a flat tire. Things began to heat up after the restart as Fryar moved up to third. Blake Stallings, after running midfield the entire race, made his way up to the fourth position. Riggs began to use the outside line to his advantage as he took third from Fryar. Connor Mosack, who had also been running midfield, had worked his way up to seventh. Lap 100 of 125 and things were getting exciting.

Riggs once again used the outside line to get around McCarty for second and had a clear track intro of him to chase down Heim. Lap 115 and Heim began to catch lap traffic. The lap traffic was just enough for Riggs to finally catch Heim with three laps to go. The white flag flew and Riggs was there. Going into turn three, the two made contact as Riggs chose the inside this time to shove Heim up the track and make the pass out of turn four to pick up his first victory of the 2020 season. The win would also end a two-year winless streak and creating the seventh winner in seven races on the tour.

 

Virginia Racers

Zach Lightfoot made his return to the track after dominating at Dominion all year. He put his machine on the pole by 2 one thousandths of a second over Landon Pemberton. Cole Bruce, Doug Warren, Andrew Condrey, and Elysia Potter rounded out the field. Once the green flag flew, Lightfoot didn’t look back. The field didn’t take long to go single file. Bruce took over second from Pemberton early on and went to work on Lightfoot. Lap 15 and Lightfoot had put a second lead on Bruce. Potter would pull her machine hot pit road with motor overheating issues. Zach Lightfoot would go on to lead all 35 laps and win the inaugural Virginia Racers race.

 

Visit Hampton 125 Results
  1. #99 Layne Riggs; 125
  2. #78 Corey Heim; 125
  3. #14 Jared Fryar; 125
  4. #81 Mini Tyrell; 125
  5. #19 Blake Stallings; 125
  6. #22 Bobby McCarty; 125
  7. #1 Nolan Pope; 125
  8. #88 Conor Mosack; 125
  9. #4 Jonathan Findley; 125
  10. #16 Chad McCumbee; 125
  11. #2 Jonathan Shafer; 125
  12. #9 Trey Crews; 125
  13. #51 Matt Cox; 125
  14. #08 Justin Johnson; 125
  15. #17 Stacy Puryear; 125
  16. #74 Ronald Hill; 125
  17. #2 Brandon Pierce; 125
  18. #63 Tyler Matthews; 125
  19. #90 Terry Carroll; 124
  20. #01 Camden Gullie; 124
  21. #19 Jessica Cann; 124
  22. #12 Timothy Peters; 85
  23. #22 Grayson Cullather; 41
  24. #91 Justin Carroll; 41

 

Virginia Racers Results
  1. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 35
  2. #31 Cole Bruce; 35
  3. #0 Landon Pemberton; 35
  4. #51 Doug Warren; 35
  5. #36 Andrew Condrey; 34
  6. #24 Elysia Potter; 8

 

[Featured photo courtesy of carsracingtour.com]

Peyton Sellers Sets Quick Time at Larry King Law Langley Speedway; Will Lead the Field to Green in the First of Two 50-lap Features

Hampton, VA – It seemed like we were going to have to all buy boats to finally get a race in here in the Hampton Roads area as persistent rain plagued the area. The weather system finally moved out of the area and looks to be holding up well enough to get some racing in. Twenty NASCAR Late Models made their way back to the historic .395-mile oval in Hampton, Virginia for a pair of 50-lap features. Former NASCAR Xfinity driver and South Boston Speedway regular Peyton Sellers earned quick time earlier this afternoon earning the right to lead the field to the green flag later this evening with a 15.878 (89.558 MPH) second lap. Sellers sub-16-second lap was just one of five drivers to dip below the mark and was fast enough to knock 2020 Hampton Heat winner Brenden Queen from the top spot.

Make sure to follow our LIVE Twitter stream to stay up to date with all of the action tonight.

 

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Stock Car Starting Lineup;
  1. #26 Peyton Sellers
  2. #03 Brenden Queen
  3. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.
  4. #29 Casey Wyatt
  5. #21 Greg Edwards
  6. #91 Justin S. Carroll
  7. #19 Bubba Johnston
  8. #77 Connor Hall
  9. #90 Terry Carroll
  10. #88 Thomas Marks
  11. #55 Mark Wertz
  12. #90 John Goin
  13. #9 Rodney Boyd
  14. #57 Justin T. Carroll
  15. #36 Chris Johnson
  16. #01 Camden Gullie
  17. #25 Craig Eastep
  18. #57 Eddie Johnson
  19. #29 Adam Medik
  20. #68 Adam Hoeger (R)

2020 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway Canceled

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (August 21, 2020) – The ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the nation’s biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race, at Martinsville Speedway (Martinsville) has officially been canceled due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is a tradition that brings the Racing Virginia community together to root for their favorite local racers at The Short Track, so we will miss this annual day of competition due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Martinsville President Clay Campbell.

“We value our relationship with Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR,” said Delbert Lee Morgan, CEO/President of ValleyStar Credit Union. “This prestigious late model race has been featured under the lights since 2017 and it is an important event for our community. We support the decision to cancel the race due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is imperative that we consider the safety of all spectators, teams and drivers.”

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is scheduled to return to “The Short Track” for the 2021 season. The 2020 race was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26.

“NASCAR and Martinsville Speedway will continue to work closely with public health officials, medical experts and state and federal officials on a plan to host fans for the Xfinity 500 NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race this fall,” said Campbell. “We look forward to a historic weekend of racing as we host the penultimate races of the NASCAR season for the first-time in the 73-year history of Martinsville Speedway.”

Ticketholders for the NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race will be contacted by the Martinsville Ticket Office in the coming days to share ticket options.

Martinsville 2020 Season

Martinsville Speedway will host NASCAR’s penultimate playoff races for the first time. On Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. ET, the Xfinity 500 will set the field for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship. The NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoff race will get underway on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series Playoff race will start the NASCAR Playoffs Weekend at The Short Track on Friday, Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. ET.

The fall NASCAR races at Martinsville will be televised nationally with the Cup Series and Xfinity Series on NBC and Gander Trucks on FS1. The races will also air on MRN and its network of nationwide affiliates, in addition to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Stay connected to Martinsville Speedway on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and by downloading the Martinsville mobile app for Apple or Android.

About Martinsville Speedway

Founded by H. Clay Earles in 1947, Martinsville Speedway is the only NASCAR track to host NASCAR Cup Series races every year since its inception in 1949. At .526 miles in length, “The Short Track” annually hosts two NASCAR race weekends featuring the NASCAR Cup Series, along with NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races in the fall. Martinsville Speedway also annually hosts the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the nation’s biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race. For more information about Martinsville Speedway, visit martinsvillespeedway.com.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR consists of three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series™), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour), one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, Americrown Service and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

About ValleyStar Credit Union

ValleyStar Credit Union has been in business since 1953 and serves cities and counties in Virginia and North Carolina. The Credit Union is over $500 million in assets with more than 55,000 members. ValleyStar is a full-service financial institution that offers consumer and commercial products and services. Headquartered in Martinsville, Virginia, ValleyStar operates right branch facilities in the Collinsville, Danville, Martinsville, Richmond, Roanoke, Rocky Mount, South Boston, and Waynesboro, Va. communities. For more information, visit valleystar.org.

Johnathan Findley Claims First Career CARS Tour Win

Jonathan Findley earned his first career Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour win on Saturday night at Dominion Raceway in Spotsylvania Virginia in the Radley Chevrolet 125. (Photo: CARS Tour Facebook)

Thornburg, VA – The CARS Late Model Stock Tour came into town for the Radley Automotive 125 and they brought plenty of excitement with them. Jonathan Findley found victory lane to score his first career CARS Tour win and was extremely emotional in victory lane.

Jonathan Shafer set fast time with a lap time of 15.074. Corey Heim started on the outside pole and the first part of the race would be the Shafer and Heim show as they separated themselves from the field. Bobby McCarty was making his way through the field and had moved into the top five when he encountered the dreaded right-front tire issue that plagued many teams Saturday night. Series points leader Jared Fryar found the top spot at the halfway mark with Layne Riggs right behind him battling from his eleventh qualifying spot. Then as fate would have it for the front runners, Fryar slowed on the speedway with a right-front tire issue. During the caution, Riggs had to come down pit road with a right front tire down.

The next few restarts saw more carnage to cars restarting in the top six. Jonathan Findley took the lead with 45 laps remaining and would not be denied a visit to victory lane. There was a four-way photo finish for spots second through fifth that had to be confirmed by race control. Hometown hero Mini Tyrell was credited with second place for his best career finish in the series with Brandon Pierce coming home third.

The Virginia Racers Late Model Challenge took to the track for 35 laps for the seventh race of their season and Landon Pembleton picked up his second win of the season. Pembleton set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 15.968. After a six-car redraw, JD Eversole led the field to green. Points leader Davey Callihan took the lead on lap one with a strong jump on the outside.

After a couple of quick cautions, Pembleton would take advantage of the restart cone. On the restart, Callihan would jump out and Pembleton would tuck in behind him. Eight laps later Pembleton would work his way under the Callihan machine and would take over the top spot with twenty-five laps remaining. Pembleton made easy work of lap traffic and had a substantial lead over the rest of the field. There was a good battle between the top two in points, Callihan and Lightfoot for the third position in the closing laps.

Pembleton would take advantage of a straightaway lead with five laps to go and would not be denied another trip to victory lane.

 

CARS Tour Unofficial Results;
  1. Jonathan Findley
  2. Mini Tyrell
  3. Brandon Pierce
  4. Jonathan Shafer
  5. Layne Riggs
  6. Jared Fryar
  7. Justin Johnson
  8. Connor Mosack
  9. Matt Cox
  10. Jessica Cann
  11. Bobby McCarty
  12. Grayson Cullather
  13. Chad McCumbee
  14. Sammy Smith
  15. Corey Heim
  16. Tyler Mathews
  17. Nolan Pope
  18. Craig Moore
  19. Ronald Hill
  20. Logan Jones
Virginia Racer LM Challenge Unofficial Results;
  1. Landon Pembleton
  2. Cole Bruce
  3. Zach Lightfoot
  4. Davey Callihan
  5. Eddie Slagle
  6. Bradley Kilby
  7. JD Eversole
  8. Ryan Rector
  9. Andrew Condrey
  10. Keith Carpenter
  11. Robert Almay
  12. Robb Almay
  13. Andrew Lang
  14. Richard Storm
  15. Reid Murphy
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