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Wesley Johnson Kicks off 2018 with a Win

Robersonville, NC – Thomas Burbage looked like he was the man to beat early on through both morning practices but the 2017 track champion couldn’t find the top spot once qualifying rolled around. Wesley Johnson ran the fastest lap out of the seven cars on hand with a 15.055 second lap, Burbage ran a 15.061.

Once the green flag flew Johnson showed how strong he would be for the 50 lap feature. Burbage tried making a move on the first lap but could not get the leader out of the best line. Starting last in the field Rusty Daniels started his push to the top-3.

Former track champ Jeff Shiflett moved into second place seventeen laps in and Daniels followed him and took third pushing Burbage back to 4th. It looked like Burbage maybe guessed wrong on the setup for the race. At almost the halfway mark Daniels was able to move into second place and looked at a big 2.7 second gap to close on Johnson who enjoyed everyone battling behind him.

With eight laps to go Daniels cut that lead down to just a second but as the leaders started going through lapped traffic Rusty couldn’t get by that easily. Johnson’s lead stretched out enough for him to be able to cruise the last couple of laps to start his season off with grabbing a win.


In the charger division Jeremy Bohne won the opener after a caution filled but entertaining race where it looks like some rivalries might have been born.

The street stock division saw Jesse Council, who took 2017 off, lead from green to checkers after a very fast qualifying lap laid down earlier in the day.


Late Model Results:

1. Wesley Johnson

2. Rusty Daniels

3. Jeff Shiflett

4. Thomas Burbage

5. Justin Gill

6. Maddy Ryan -1

7. Kenneth Mercer -42

Philip Morris Dominates for Victory at Southern National

Philip Morris celebrates in victory lane after winning the Dogwood 265 at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday. (Photo credit: Andy Marquis/SNMP)

LUCAMA, NC – Philip Morris scored his first win at Southern National Motorsports Park in nearly two decades, dominating the 150-lap Late Model Stock Car portion of the Dogwood 265 presented by Solid Rock Carriers on Saturday afternoon.

Morris took the lead from 2015 track champion Jonathan Findley on lap 71 and checked out. He was able to hold off multiple restart challenges and hold on to score the victory in his first race of the 2018 season.

“I think it was just good strategy right there, to be able to ride behind Mike Darne and some of those guys who race here all the time to show me what a good speed is and to keep tires on the car up until we thought it was go time,” Morris said. “Once they said it was a cone restart at the lap 100 break, I knew it would be good to be in first or second. The car just wanted to be out front, you know.”

“I’m glad to start our year off at Mike [Diaz]’s track,” Morris continued. “This is a great place to win a race.”

Morris scored the victory driving for former racer and longtime Southern National mainstay Adam Murray.

“It didn’t really matter about car count or anything else because he’s done so much to help me last year,” Morris commented. “To win for him and his company here at Southern National is making it really special for us.”

While Morris was dominant, the win didn’t come easily. After he had driven away from the field, a late race spin by Garrett Bunch set up an overtime finish – something that Morris says is always stressful even with all his experience.

“It’s hard on anybody’s nerves, especially a 52-year-old out here racing against teenagers,” Morris explained. “What a great job they did today. Some of these guys race here all the time just ran really well today. It’s fun to race around guys who know what they’re doing and you can trust them and know these restarts aren’t as bad as they normally could be.”

Tyler Hughes finished the race in the second position.

“I was sitting back, saving, and it was just a little snug in the center when I was saving it had good drive off all race long,” Hughes stated. “I was really just babying the throttle and figured I might be able to have something there at the end. Apparently, Philip had a lot more tire when he got out front and was able to ride. Things happen, and I’m glad we can come away with at least a second.”

While Hughes was disappointed to finish second, he took some solace in the fact that his runner-up finish came to the “King of Late Model Stock Car racing.”

“We are still a young team and I am still a young driver in the Late Model Stock series,” Hughes explained. “We’re slowly progressing and getting to the point where we are running with Philip [Morris] and guys like Peyton [Sellers], and Lee [Pulliam]. I am really proud of where our program is going and I look forward to bettering ourselves in the future.”

Veteran racer and four-time Orange County Speedway track champion Terry Dease finished third in his first start at Southern National since 2014.

“I knew Philip was saving there because I knew he was pretty quick,” Dease remarked. “I just tried to ride right there for those first hundred and I saw these guys up there and they were dicing around up there before lap 100 then things got a little hectic and we finally got up there a little bit and something happened and I got spun and got balled up. Luckily, I got to the bottom and what happened there at the end, nobody went to the high side, and I tried and what happened was I got trash on my tires and it washed up in the corner, but hey, I’ll take third.”

Jonathan Findley finished fourth while Ryan Wilson rounded out the top-five.

Brian Obiedzenski scored the victory in the Charger feature race, holding off Jonathan Kornegay, AJ Sanders scored the victory in the Mini-Stock feature and Cameron Murray held off Parker Frazier to win the Bandolero feature.

The next race at Southern National Motorsports Park is scheduled for March 31st headlined by Limited Late Model racing and featuring USAC Eastern Midgets, Mini-Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros and Any Cars.

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Southern National Motorsports Park

Late Model Stock Car

  1. Philip Morris
  2. Tyler Hughes
  3. Terry Dease
  4. Jonathan Findley
  5. Ryan Wilson
  6. Mike Darne
  7. Rusty Daniels
  8. Garrett Bunch
  9. Bobby Morris
  10. Ryan Haddock
  11. Timmy Phipps
  12. Eric Gerchek


  1. AJ Sanders
  2. Lee Kozikowski
  3. James Stroud
  4. Joseph Pittman
  5. Duane Walker
  6. Johnny Baker
  7. Mickey Connor
  8. Patrick Mullen
  9. Mark Baker
  10. Michael Rouse
  11. Jesse Jones
  12. Dylan Newsome


  1. Brian Obiedzenski
  2. Jonathan Kornegay
  3. Thomas Chappell
  4. Shotgun Miller


  1. Cameron Murray
  2. Parker Frazier
  3. Matthew Gurganus
  4. Camryn Rice
  5. Jacob O’Neal
  6. David Snook, Jr.

Matt McCall Officially Wins the 17th Annual Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park

Matt McCall, along with family and crews, pose for a post race photo in victory lane Sunday evening at Southern National Motorsports Park. (Justin Kern/

Lucama, NC – Matt McCall, fresh off the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Season with Jamie McMurray, was fast all weekend in his Grant County Mulch Late Model Stock heading into the weekends 200-lap feature. Even after fully admitting to making a mistake during qualifying time trials, McCall was able to put down a lap that locked him into the show. Saving him from the mayhem that ensued in the 25-lap last chance qualifier.

McCall was a factor from the drop of the green all the way to the checkered. One can argue, however, that Philip Morris had the dominant early on in the race after he opened up a half straightaway lead over the field once he took the lead from Pulliam. However, after an eight-car invert, full contact racing, and ultimately contact with another competitor, Morris’ night ended much earlier than he had anticipated.

“We worked really hard to come here and it is always good and rewarding to get the trophy,” McCall said in victory lane. “It is really hard to come back into Late Model Stock race and know what pace to run but it sort of played into our hands there and I think we had a little more tire there at the end.”

After being fastest in most of the session both Friday and Saturday, McCall was only able to muster a sixth place starting position. He fully admitted in victory lane after the race that it was the guy behind the wheel that messed up, not the car.

“The guy holding the pedal messed up qualifying so I will take full credit for that,” expressed McCall. “I felt really good about the car. In practice it was really solid, we made some gains this year, fortunately, it was enough.”

Staying within the top five, or there about the first half of the feature, the eight-car invert played into the hands of McCall however as he was scored fourth when the yellow flag was displayed for the halfway break. We asked McCall what changes he and the crew made to the car as the first half was in the day and the second half was going to be at night.

“We didn’t touch it,” McCall told The Weekly Racer about the halfway break. “We put tires on it and fuel in it. We got a little lucky and got it here a couple weeks to test in the dark so I kind of knew what I thought we needed and it worked out.”

Results were finally made official from speedway officials more than two hours after the checkered flag waved.

“I thought I was in the lead,” McCall commented about the final restart that put him ahead of Johnson. “Every time we contested it they put us behind him so we will just see if they give it to us this time by getting into the right spot. It is always weird with Late Model Stock racing and there aren’t really any loops it’s all visual. Maybe it would have made a difference, maybe it wouldn’t, we were pretty good at the end.”

2017 Thanksgiving Classic Results;

  1. #51 Matt McCall
  2. #44 Justin Johnson
  3. #27 Tommy Lemons Jr.
  4. #07 Bradley McCaskill
  5. #5 Lee Pulliam
  6. #22 Bobby McCarty
  7. #26 Peyton Sellers
  8. #4 Jonathan Findley
  9. #21 Mike Darne
  10. #9r Alex Brock
  11. #41 Sam Meyer
  12. #9 Charlie Watson
  13. #55 Mark Wertz
  14. #82 Cameron Burke
  15. #99 Layne Riggs
  16. #63 Tyler Matthews
  17. #2 Robert Powell
  18. #90 Terry Carroll
  19. #9 Devon Dodson
  20. #03 Brenden Queen
  21. #24 Colin Garret
  22. #18 Jason York
  23. #01 Philip Morris
  24. #5 Adam Resnick
  25. #1 Juan Gonzalez
  26. #24 Mason Diaz
  27. #17 Stacy Puryear
  28. #19 Cameron Bowen
  29. #33 Ryan Haddock
  30. #46 Thad Moffit
  31. #22 Grayson Cullather
  32. #82 Will Burns

Mini Tyrell Victorious in Saturday Night Portion of 2017 Thanksgiving Classic

Mini Tyrell backs up is P2 finish from Friday with a win in Saturday’s portions of the 2017 Thanksgiving Classic. (Justin Kern/

Lucama, NC – Mini Tyrell, the 13-year-old two-time Shenandoah Late Model track champion, put the final cherry on top of an incredible weekend by ending up in victory lane in Saturday’s portion of the 17th Annual Thanksgiving Classic presented by Solid Rock Carriers.

After earning the pole position earlier in the afternoon during group qualifying, Tyrell held onto the race lead for the first sixteen circuits before Friday night’s winner, Jamie York was able to get by the Manassas, Virginia driver. The top four drivers, in fact, were all right nose to tail for a little more than half the race until a caution was displayed on lap forty-five. From there it was mostly downhill from there.

The old saying in racing that ‘cautions breed cautions’ was certainly proven to be correct as things started to go downhill fast for a couple of drivers. Jamie York found himself to be on the wrong end of one of those deals after his night was finished earlier than the team planned when he was involved in a crash following the evening’s first restart.

Clay Jones, who had battled his way up to the front of the field, almost had his night come to a screeching halt after he spun in turn four battling hard with Paul Williamson – who had been leading the race at the time. Williamson and Jones were both sent to the rear their involvement in bringing out the yellow. Tyrell would inherit the lead and held off several challenges for the lead after a handful of restarts.

Tyrell’s family and crew were emotional in victory lane and for good reason.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend,” Tyrell told The Weekly Racer in victory lane Saturday night. “Being able to learn so much running with some of these guys and holding them off is just truly incredible. We lost a good friend a couple months ago that was like a brother to me, his birthday is Monday and I knew he was riding with me. I was just praying with about five laps to go that he would get me through it and sure enough he did.”

The victory comes just one day after Tyrell finished second to York in Friday nights “Dash for Cash” 40-lap feature and put a bookend on one of the biggest weekends in his young career.

“They [Tyrell’s crew] gave me an awesome car this weekend and we were just riding there for the first fifty laps just trying to conserve things,” Tyrell went on to say. “Unfortunately we got into the back of Jamie York and messed up the front end of the car a little bit, sorry to him for that but that’s just racing. Fell back to fourth trying to recover from that but was able to battle back to the front and lead the way the rest of the night.”

Gary Ledbetter Jr. took the victory in a thrilling 50-lap Street Stock feautre. Michael O’brien certainly did his fair share of making things interesting when he took things three wide a couple of times battling with Ledbetter in lap traffic. Gary Ledbetter Sr., Gerald Benton, and pole sitter Curtis Pebbles rounded out the top five finishers.

The 2017 Thanksgiving Classic will wrap up later this afternoon, as the green flag will wave for the 125-lap Super Late Model and 200-lap Late Model Sock features. Danny O’Quinn Jr. (SLM) and Lee Pulliam (LMSC) will lead their respective fields to green. Grandstands will open at 9:45 AM. An on-track autograph session is scheduled for 10:15 AM when the first green flag waving at approx. 12:00 noon.


Saturday Night Limited Late Model Results;

  1. #81 Mini Tyrell; 75
  2. #15 Clay Jones; 75
  3. #25 Jacob Borst; 75
  4. #29 Paul Williamson; 75
  5. #17 Jason Meyers; 75
  6. #28 Justin Gill; 75
  7. #26 Karl Budzevski; 75
  8. #28 Tyler Horne; 75
  9. #2 Joshua Yeoman; 75
  10. #05 Alex Flemming; 75
  11. #55 Aaron Champion; 75
  12. #07 Robert Arch; 56
  13. #22 Eric Winslow; 48
  14. #1 Jamie York; 47
  15. #91 Chris Elliot; 47
  16. #55 Gerald Benton; 47
  17. #16 Rusty Daniels; 45
  18. #21 Kevin Jefferys; 20
  19. #14 Akinori Ogata; DNS
  20. #31 Wayne Goss; DNS

Lee Pulliam Will Lead the 2017 Thanksgiving Classic Field to Green on Sunday Afternoon

Lee Pulliam rockets down the front stretch during final practice Saturday afternoon at Southern National Motorsports Park in preparation for qualifying time trials. (Justin Kern/

Lucama, NC – Lee Pulliam, who had his 2016 Thanksgiving Classic ended early after contact between himself and Matt McCall earned the right to lead the field to the green flag with a 15.407-second (93.464 mph) lap of record earlier in the afternoon during single-car qualifying. 2016 winner, Tommy Lemon Jr., 2017 Hampton Heat winner, Bobby McCarty, Mike Darne and Philip Morris will round out the top five starters.

“We had a good car all weekend,” Pulliam said.  “The guys have been working hard.  We had a couple different packages that we tried yesterday.  We feel pretty good about it and think we’ve got a good piece for the race.  I don’t normally like predicting results, but I think we’ve got a good shot at it.  Hopefully, we can be in the right place at the right time.”

Others posting times fast enough to guarantee themselves a spot in the 2017 Solid Rock Carriers Thanksgiving Classic was Matt McCall, Bradley McCaskill, Mason Diaz, Peyton Sellers, Jonathan Findley, Justin Johnson, Brenden Queen, Cameron Bowen, Layne Riggs, and Jason York. The rest of the field will be set with a 25-lap Last Chance Race Sunday morning.

Grandstands will open at 9:45 AM. On track autograph session will begin at 10:15 AM and run ill 11:30 AM with the green flag scheduled to wave at noon.


2017 Thanksgiving Classic Qualifying Order

1 5 Lee Pulliam 15.407
2 27 Tommy Lemons Jr 15.447
3 22 Bobby McCarty 15.465
4 21 Mike Darne 15.470
5 01 Philip Morris 15.474
6 51 Matt McCall 15.477
7 07 Bradley McCaskill 15.494
8 24 Mason Diaz 15.522
9 26 Peyton Sellers 15.547
10 4 Jonathan Findley 15.548
11 44 Justin Jonhson 15.555
12 03 Brenden Queen 15.656
13 19 Cameron Bowen 15.660
14 63 Tyler Matthews 15.692
15 99 Layne Riggs 15.702
16 18 Jason York 15.754
17 9 Alex Brock 15.760
18 82 Will Burns 15.772
19 41 Sam Meyer 15.794
20 17 Stacey Puyear 15.800
21 55 Mark Wertz 15.831
22 9 Devon Dodson 15.843
23 24 Colin Garret 15.868
24 90 Terry Carroll 15.871
25 2 Robert Powell 15.923
26 22 Grayson Cullather 19.936
27 91 Justin Carroll 15.953
28 33 Ryan Haddock 15.958
29 46 Thad Moffit 15.975
30 82 Cameron Burke 16.009
31 5 Adam Resnick 16.062
32 82 Mike Ganoe 16.082
33 15 Noland Pope 16.181
34 9 Charlie Watson 16.184
35 28 Jason Barnes 16.219
36 1 Juan Guanzalez 16.248
37 9 Rodney Boyd 16.450
38 16 Rusty Daniels Prov

Jamie York Scores First Career Limited Late Model Win Friday Night at Southern National

Jamie York Celebrates in victory lane at SNMP after winning Friday night’s “Dash for Cash” LLM feature. (Justin Kern/

Lucama, NC – Jamie York, of Reidsville, North Carolina, scored his first career Limited Late Model win Friday night at just 17-years-old in the 40-lap “Dash for Cash” feature to kick off the 2017 Thanksgiving Classic.

York set quick time earlier in the afternoon with a time of 16.038-seconds (89.787 mph), just three-hundredths of a second quicker than 2017 Shenandoah Speedway track champion, Mini Tyrell. He and Tyrell, along with Renfrow would gap themselves from the rest of the field leaving Alex Flemming to be the early entertainment after starting from the back after serving a penalty after qualifying.

However, a lap twenty-one caution would bunch the field up and almost have a major outcome of the finish. Tyrell was able to work his way under and around York to lead a handful of laps. York was just a little bit faster and would take the lead back just four laps later. Even after a late race caution bunched the field up one final time, York was able to hold off charges Tyrell and Flemming. Clay Jones would cross the start-finish line in the fourth position after starting from the rear while Renfrow would be regulated to a fifth-place finish after struggling on both restarts.


2017 Charger track champion, Jonathan Kornegay lead all 40-laps in the Charger feature over Michael Obrien, Jeremy Bohne, David Warren, Jeff Rogers, and William Haynie.

Day two of the 17th Thanksgiving Classic presented by Solid Rock Carriers gets underway on Saturday with qualifying to determine the top-12 starters in the Late Model Stock Car feature race, which headlines Sunday.  Super Late Models will also qualify.  Following qualifying, feature racing will get underway with Bandoleros, Legends, Southern Lightning Modifieds, Mini Stocks, U-CARs, Street Stocks, Any Cars and a 75 lap Limited Late Model feature.

Qualifying for Saturday’s races gets underway at 1:20pm, Late Model qualifying (for Sunday’s races) will begin at 2:30pm and Saturday night’s features will commence at 4:30pm.

More information about the 17th Thanksgiving Classic presented by Solid Rock Carriers »



Limited Late Model Dash for Cash Results;

  1. #1 Jamie York; 40
  2. #81 Mini Tyrrell; 40
  3. #05 Alex Fleming; 40
  4. #15J Clay Jones; 40
  5. #07 Ronald Renfrow; 40
  6. #17 Jason Myers; 40
  7. #25 Jacob Borst; 40
  8. #22 Eric Winslow; 40
  9. #55 Alex Champion; 40
  10. #29 Paul Williamson; 40
  11. #16 Rusty Daniels; 40
  12. #16b Brandon Jones; 38
  13. #91 Chris Elliott; 31

Green Flag Set to Wave on 17th Annual Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park

Frontstretch and grandstand area at Southern National Motorsports Park (Andy Marquis/SNMP photo)

The 17th Thanksgiving Classic presented by Solid Rock Carriers gets underway on Friday night and runs through Sunday with a total of 775 laps of racing for the 11 divisions which will compete. The schedule for this weekend can be found below.

With Thanksgiving dinners wrapped up, some of the best drivers and their families in the Mid-Atlantic region will converge on the .400-mile high-banked oval of Southern National this weekend. Philip Morris, who was victorious in the first recorded Thanksgiving Classic, looks to continue his hot streak this year and will be making his return to the North Carolina Speedway. He will be one of the drivers to keep an eye out for one Sunday.

Lee Pulliam, newly crowned NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National champ, and Brenden Queen are looking for strong outings this weekend in the Late Model portion of the show. Pulliam, coming off of a disappointing finish in last years classic as well as at Myrtle Beach Speedway, Pulliam will be looking for victory lane one final time this year. Brenden Queen, who was forced to start at the rear of the field last weekend at Myrtle Beach one-week prior and fought his way back up to the fourth position, will be looking to improve his finishing position from last year.

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series crew chief Matt McCall will be making his return to Southern National this weekend. McCall, who is no stranger to victory lane, will be looking to finally check The Classic off his checklist. In 2016 McCall finished third to Lemons and Queen after contact with Pulliam battling for the lead on a late race restart.

The IMCA style Modified’s will be making their return as well with a 40-lap feature on Saturday night along with one of two Limited Late Model features of the weekend. Brandon Clements will look to pick up another dominant victory in the Mini Stock feature after coming back from what should have been a race-ending crash the month prior at the Spooktacular.

Other divisions racing this weekend will be the INEX Legends and Bandos, Chargers, UCAR, Street Stocks, as well as Super Late Models. The Weekly Racer will be on the road Friday afternoon and will provide coverage all weekend long on our Twitter feed (@theweeklyracer)


Friday, November 24th: Bandoleros (20 laps), Chargers (40 laps), Legends (25 laps), Limited Late Model Dash (40 laps). Green flag at 8:15pm.

Tickets: Adults – $15; Seniors, active military, and students (with ID) –$12; Kids 6-12 – $5; Kids five and under – FREE.


Saturday, November 25th: Bandoleros (20 laps), Legends (30 laps), Southern Lightning Modifieds (40 laps), Mini Stocks (50 laps), U-CAR (30 laps), Street Stocks (15 laps), Limited Late Models (40 laps). Green flag at 4:30pm.

Tickets: Adults – $20; Seniors, active military, and students (with ID) – $15; Kids 6-12 – $5; Kids five and under – FREE.


Sunday, November 26th: Late Model Stock Car Last Chance Qualifier (25 laps), Super Late Models (125 laps), Late Model Stock Car feature event (200 laps). Green flag at 12pm.

Tickets: Adults –$25; Seniors, active military and students (with ID) –$20; Kids 6-12 – $10; Kids five and under – FREE.

3-Day Tickets: Adults –$45; Seniors, active military and students (with ID) – $35, kids 6-12 –$20.


Previous Winners

1998 — Philip Morris

1999 — Scott Riggs

2000 — Frank Deiny, Jr.

2001 — Kirk Leone

2002 — Brandon Butler

2003 — Denny Hamlin

2004 — Jamey Caudill

2005 — Jamey Caudill

2006 — Deac McCaskill

2007 — Denny Hamlin

2008 — Joey Coulter

(SNMP closed 2009-2011)

2012 — Greg Edwards

2013 — Ronnie Bassett, Jr.

2014 — Brayton Haws

2015 — Lee Pulliam

2016 — Tommy Lemons, Jr.

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