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NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returns to Martinsville Speedway in 2020

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (May 28, 2019) – For the first time since 2010, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to Martinsville Speedway in 2020 for the MaxPro Window Films 200.

The modifieds, which were a fixture at Martinsville for decades, will race the 200 lap race on Friday Night May 8, 2020, as part of the spring race weekend.

“We get asked a lot about the modifieds a lot – from fans, from drivers, from media,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “Now, we can say, ‘Yes, we will have them back next year.’ These cars are such an important part of Martinsville Speedway history and the time is right to bring them back.”

North Carolina-based Maxpro Window Films, an industry leader in window film technology, has signed on to sponsor the race.

“Maxpro Window Films is excited to be a supporter of and partner with Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR,” Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Elizabeth Dillon said. “Not only are NASCAR fans a natural market for Maxpro’s automotive line of window films, but a lot of our employees and management team have deep roots in the Martinsville and Henry County area and we are proud to be associated with an organization with the history and tradition of Martinsville Speedway, so it’s a good fit for Maxpro.

“The modifieds have always been a fan favorite at Martinsville and Maxpro is thrilled to welcome them back for the Maxpro Window Films 200 and to sponsor their return. It’s always an exciting race and having it under the lights will be special. We look forward to an exciting weekend and we are thrilled to be part of it.”

The modified division first raced at Martinsville in 1960 and raced every year through 2002. Virginian Ray Hendrick, who also is the career leader in overall wins at Martinsville with 20, is the all-time leader in modified wins at Martinsville with 13. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans is second with 10.

In qualifying for a 1986 modified event, Greg Sacks set the Martinsville Speedway track record for all divisions with a one-lap average of 101.014 miles-per-hour, a record that still stands.

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Martinsville Speedway are a perfect match,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR Managing Director, Touring Series. “When you talk history and legacy – names like Evans, (Jerry) Cook and (Geoff) Bodine are synonymous with Martinsville. The Modified division and Martinsville Speedway are the cornerstones on which the sport was built. We’re excited about adding names like (Doug) Coby, (Justin) Bonsignore, and maybe even (Ryan) Preece – a new generation of Modified racing stars to the half-mile and look forward to being part of an incredible race weekend.”

The Maxpro Window Films 200 will add to an already exciting 2020 season at the historic half-mile speedway. The NASCAR Cup Series race will be under the lights in the spring, and the NASCAR Xfinity Series will return to the Speedway for the first time since 2006 as part of a triple-header weekend in the fall that will be the final race before the Championship Round of the NASCAR Playoffs for all three national touring series.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever felt this much excitement about an upcoming season at Martinsville Speedway,” Campbell said. “From the fans to competitors and media, it’s industry-wide excitement and we are all really looking forward to it.”

Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway this fall with two race weekends.

First is the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Race in the country on October 5.

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will return for the NASCAR Playoffs the weekend of October 25-27.

Tickets to both race weekends are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

NASCAR K&N Practice Day Produces Solid Speeds, Close Field For Saturday’s Twin 100s

Justin Carroll was one of more than a dozen drivers to test at South Boston Speedway Friday.

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – Thirteen drivers took advantage of Friday’s open test for Saturday’s whosyourdriver.org NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Twin 100s at South Boston Speedway and most all of them had one thing in common: lots of speed.

Thirteen drivers participated in Friday’s optional practice and 10 of them were bunched within three-tenths of a second of each other.

A field of 18 cars is expected for Saturday’s race, which is unique to NASCAR touring series events. There will be two 100-lap points-paying races.

After the first 100-lapper teams will have the opportunity to work on their cars for the second race while South Boston Speedway’s Pure Stock and Hornets divisions are racing. If a car is not drivable after the first race, teams may go to a backup car for the second race.

The starting lineup for the second race will be determined by a driver’s fastest lap in the first race.

Drivers taking advantage of Friday’s open practice included Sam Mayer, winner of the season’s second race and the points leader, Colin Garrett, Chase Cabre, Tanner Gray, Mason Diaz, Justin Carroll, Nick Sanchez, who will be making his first series start Saturday, Drew Dollar and Spencer Davis.

Hailie Deegan, who has a win in the K&N Pro Series West, will arrive at the track Saturday morning along with teammate Derek Kraus, who won the East Series opener this year.

There are two practice sessions scheduled for Saturday along with practices for the Pure Stock and Hornets.

Garrett and Williamsburg’s Carroll, who finished fourth in the opening race a year ago, have by far the most experience of any drivers in the field. Garrett was the track’s Limited Sportsman champion in 2017 and Carroll has run many Late Model races here.

Garrett, who finished third in the first 100-lapper in 2018, is off to a hot start in 2019. He led more than 60 laps in the season-opener and had a solid top-10 finish in his last outing at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. Saturday with qualifying scheduled for 5 p.m. An autograph session for drivers from all divisions will be held on the track at 6 p.m. with the first K&N 100-lapper taking the green flag at 7 p.m.

There will be a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race.

Tickets are $15 with children 12-and-under admitted free with a paid adult.

Sauter Sweeps Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented By Alpha Energy Solutions, Claiming Spot in Championship 4

Johnny Sauter celebrates his fourth Martinsville Speedway win after claiming the Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented By Alpha Energy Solutions on Saturday, October 27. (Martinsville Speedway Photo by Ken Childs)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. –  Johnny Sauter knew that Martinsville Speedway could be a turning point on his path to battling for a second Camping World Truck Series championship this fall.

He was right.

Sauter won Saturday’s Texas Roadhouse 200 Presented By Alpha Energy Solutions to clinch a spot in the series’ Championship 4 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway next month. In dominant fashion, the now four-time Martinsville winner picked up two stage victories before besting Myatt Snider on a late-race restart secure his sixth win of the season.

“We’re going to Homestead; racing for a championship. That’s what it’s all about,” Sauter said in Gatorade Victory Lane. “I’m so proud of these guys. Pit stops were awesome. Track position seems to be the name of the game here anymore, and I’ve just got to thank everybody. This is a big win.”

Playoff driver Brett Moffitt finished second, Snider was third, Ben Rhodes came home fourth, and Kyle Benjamin rounded out the Top-5. Other notable finishes for playoff drivers included Justin Haley (6th), Noah Gragson (7th), Matt Crafton (13th), and Grant Enfinger (14th).

Enfinger ran into trouble on Lap 259 when he spun along with Chase Purdy, but managed to avoid any major damage. After pitting, the Fairhope, Alabama native was able to fight his way back into the Top-15 to finish the race.

With the triumph, Sauter became the winningest Camping World Truck Series driver at Martinsville Speedway in the series’ 23-year, 40-race history at the historic half-mile, surpassing Kevin Harvick, Dennis Setzer, and Mike Skinner with his fourth iconic Martinsville clock.

“My wife always tells me that we have four kids, we need four clocks so when you tip over we can give each kid a clock,” Sauter said. “This is just a special deal.”

The weekend of action at Martinsville Speedway culminates on Sunday with the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Tickets for the race may be purchased at the track ticket office on Sunday morning, over the phone at 877-RACETIX, or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com

Tyler Ankrum & Anthony Alfredo Earn First Wins of K&N East Series; Sellers and Pierce Win in Late Models

Anthony Alfredo celebrates his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win in the second of the Who’s Your Driver Twin 100s Saturday night at South Boston Speedway. (Barry Cantrell, NKP)

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – Tyler Ankrum and Anthony Alfredo split wins in the twin 100-lap NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races that headlined Saturday night’s whosyourdriver.org NASCAR K&N Twin 100s racing program at South Boston Speedway.

The wins were the first victories for both Ankrum and Alfredo on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East circuit. Also, Saturday night, defending South Boston Speedway Champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia and Brandon Pierce of Oak Ridge, North Carolina split wins in the twin 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division races that shared the spotlight with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East doubleheader.Ankrum wrestled the lead away from DGR Crosley teammate Tyler Dippel on lap 55 following the restart that ensured after the fourth of the race’s seven caution flags. He fended off South Boston, Virginia resident Colin Garrett

Ankrum wrestled the lead away from DGR Crosley teammate Tyler Dippel on lap 55 following the restart that ensured after the fourth of the race’s seven caution flags. He fended off South Boston, Virginia resident Colin Garrett and Justin Carroll after the final restart with nine laps to go and drove to a 1.250-second win over Carroll with Garrett finishing third to give Hunt-Sellers Racing its best-ever finish in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.

Marcos Gomes and Dippell rounded out the top five finishers in the opening race.In the nightcap, Alfredo muscled his way past Chase Cabre on the last lap to score his first career win in the series. Cabre got out of shape and got into the wall after contact with Alfredo, opening the door for Dippel, Ankrum

In the nightcap, Alfredo muscled his way past Chase Cabre on the last lap to score his first career win in the series. Cabre got out of shape and got into the wall after contact with Alfredo, opening the door for Dippel, Ankrum and others to speed past him to the checkered flag.

Alfredo edged Dippell by 4.176 seconds at the finish with Ankrum, Ronnie Bassett Jr. and Spencer Davis rounding out the top five finishers in the race that saw four different drivers hold the lead in the race.

 

Late Model Stock Car Twinbill

In the Late Model Stock Car Division doubleheader, Sellers picked up his first win of the season at South Boston Speedway in the first of the night’s pair of 75-lap races.Sellers won the pole, lost the lead to Philip Morris on the fourth lap, but regained the lead on lap 38 when Morris was sidelined by a broken engine pulley. Once in front, Sellers was able to hold off Pierce for the win.

Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina, Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia and Mike Jones of South Boston, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers in the race that saw the lead change hands twice between Sellers and Morris.

In the nightcap, Pierce drove past Morris with 16 laps to go and edged Morris by .774-second to score his first career South Boston Speedway win.

Scott finished third, Austin Thaxton of Clarksville, Virginia finished fourth and Dusty Ellington of Burkeville, Virginia finished fifth.

There were three lead changes among three drivers with Pierce leading twice for a total of 27 laps.

 

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

NASCAR racing action returns to South Boston Speedway Saturday, May 26, with the Danville Toyota Presents Bojangles NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program.

Getting the green flag at 7 p.m., the six-race card will be highlighted by a 100-lap race for the competitors in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division. A 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, twin 15-lap races for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division and a 30-lap race for the Mod 4 Division will round out the night’s action.

Registration and pit gates open at 2:30 p.m., practice runs from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults. Kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For additional information about the whosyourdriver.org NASCAR K&N Twin 100s racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

Tyler Dippel Sweeps the Visit Hampton VA 150 Weekend at Langley Speedway

Tyler Dipple enters turn one at Langley Speedway during final practice of the Visit Hampton VA 150 on April 28, 2018. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – Tyler Dippel was fastest in both afternoon practices and that transferred over to qualifying. Dippel’s 15.510-second lap (91.915 MPH) was good enough to win himself the pole and set a new track record. Keeping that momentum going through the night Dippel played the strategy game just right and found himself in victory lane at the end of the night.

It was a night of long runs, tire conservation, and different strategies at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. It did not take long for Dippel to start working his way towards the back of the field as he gave up the lead to Anthony Alfredo on lap four. He and DGR teammate Tyler Ankrum shared the same strategy as they both fell quickly out of the top ten as they worked on saving their tires. Even though the race had a planned break at the halfway point there were no tires given to the teams to take on.

Anthony Alfredo would lead a handful of laps before handing that over to the No. 55 of Marcos Gomes who set a blistering pace in the caution free first half. Behind them, however, witnessed some close nose to tail racing as positions seven through fourteen all worked to maintain their spots on the track and their tires under the car.

Local drivers Connor Hall and Justin Carroll both stood out early on in the 150-lap feature at their home track; both drivers at one point running competitively in the top five. It appeared that just before the halfway point in the race that Carroll had found a little something on the outside line that helped him improve his position throughout the run.

The proverbial cream rose to the top so to speak in the second half only about three cars came down pit road for adjustments. Both Dippell and Ankrum turned up the heat for the second half of the race and tore through the field. Anthony Alfredo was able to take the lead and hold it for most of the second half while Ankrum led the DGR charge through the field. With the help of a couple late race cautions and a few lap cars, Ankrum was able to collapse Alfredo’s lead and take it from him on lap 137. He would miss his mark going back into turn one, wash up the track, and not only lose the lead back to Alfredo but fall to third behind Dipple and ultimately goes for a spin in turn two to bring out the nights final caution.

On the final restart, Alfredo spun his tires just a little bit and it was all Dipple need to take the lead. Behind him, it was a mad dash for second and third. Dillon Bassett trying to hold off Ankrum and Quinlan but it was ultimately not enough and Ankrum secured the third spot using the second groove on the brand new asphalt. With just a couple laps left Ankrum gave Alfredo a little shot through turn three and four but just did not have enough track left to make the pass and would have to settle for third.

The race win was all Dipple needed to close out and sweep the Visit Hampton VA 150 weekend at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway after finishing on top of the board in both practices and winning the pole. In victory lane, he thanked his crew for giving him the car to beat this weekend.

“This thing was on rails the whole weekend,” Dipple said in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane. “I cannot thank these guys enough. They are all All-Stars on this team. Man, this has been so long overdue. This win means so much. It feels so good to be back in victory lane.”

Alfredo, who earned his season-best finish on Saturday in Hampton, VA, felt he had the car to beat but ran into some bad luck with some of the slower cars towards the end of the race that clearly played a factor into his finishing position.

Tyler Ankrum, who entered the weekend’s event third in points behind Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton – who were both not entered as you can see – should leave Langley Speedway as the points leader as results are made official.

 

Racing will return to the K&N Pro Series East Tour on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 for the Who’s Your Driver Twin 100’s.

Racing action will return to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway on Saturday, May 5th with twin Late Model features, Grand Stocks, Super Trucks, Legends, Bando’s and Enduros.

 

Visit Hampton VA 150 UNOFFICIAL Results

  1. #54 Tyler Dippel; 150
  2. #40 Anthony Alfredo; 150
  3. #17 Tyler Ankrum; 150
  4. #44 Dilon Bassett; 150
  5. #30 Grant Quinlan; 150
  6. #18 Colin Garrett; 150
  7. #31 Connor Hall; 150
  8. #4 Chase Cabre; 150
  9. #2 Ryan Vargas; 150
  10. #6 Ruben Garcia Jr.; 150
  11. #04 Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 149
  12. #5 Juan Manuel Gonzalez; 149
  13. #55 Marcos Gomes; 149
  14. #32 Salvatore Iovino; 145
  15. #91 Justin Carroll; 121

Tyler Matthews Set to Make 2018 Truck Series Debut with MDM Motorsports at Martinsville

Tyler Matthews celebrates in victory lane at East Carolina on a Sunday after noon in September 2016. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

It was announced earlier today that Richlands, North Carolina native and 2016 North Carolina state Late Model Champion, Tyler Matthews, will be making his Camping World Truck Series debut later this year in the No. 99 truck for MDM Motorsports at Martinsville Speedway. Matthews, who currently competes in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock series, earned Rookie of the Year honors for North Carolina in 2015. He continued his rise through the stock car ranks the following year after winning both the Southern National Late Model track championship, he also finished third in points at his home track of East Carolina Motor Speedway – all while working on his degree from East Carolina University.

2017 would bring Matthews even more success as we would go on to win seven races and collect nineteen top fives, twenty top tens all in twenty starts en route to yet another track championship, this time at Carteret County Speedway, Matthews found himself, however, in a rather precarious position coming into 2018 after his Late Model was destroyed following a wreck at Carteret.

“That is kind of how this whole thing got started,” Matthews said in an interview with The Weekly Racer. “We took a step back to see where we wanted to go from there. I do plan on running some of the bigger Late Model races. This is a great opportunity with a really good team.” Matthews told The Weekly Racer once we caught up with him. “I owe everything to my parents and the people behind the scenes getting this deal together. They have believed in me since day one and now it is up to me to get it done.”

The three-race deal will kick off later this year at Martinsville Speedway here in Virginia. The following two races are set for Iowa and Gateway Motorsports Park where Matthews should get approval to run some of the bigger tracks on the Camping World Truck Series schedule.

“We are approved for 5/8 tracks,” Matthews went on to explain. “After Martinsville, we will get approved for Iowa and after Gateway, we should be approved to run the bigger mile and a half’s. Once we get approved for those we plan to run a few more races during the second half of the year. This team has had a lot of success with several different drivers. So I feel good about of chances to run well out of the gate.”

Matthews will certainly have his hands full making the jump from a stock car to a heavier, more powerful race truck, however, Matthews is keeping himself focused and setting smart goals for himself as he takes on this next step in his racing career. We also asked Tyler if there was any added pressure coming into a program that Monster Energy Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace took to victory lane towards the end of the 2017 season.

“You always want to win,” Matthews said. However, I would be really happy with some consistent top ten runs and keeping my nose clean. I want to learn as much as I can. I would say more confident because you know the team and the equipment is capable of winning but there is definitely some high expectations there.”

 To learn more and keep up with Tyler Matthews in 2018, make sure to follow him on his facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tyler.matthews.731572.

Burton Cousins Set To Go Head-to-Head for First Time Ever Saturday at Martinsville Speedway

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 22, 2017) – For 13 years, brothers Jeff and Ward Burton raced against each other at NASCAR’s highest level. While the South Boston natives are no longer racing, they will still have their full attention on the Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Saturday at Martinsville Speedway.

There will once again be two Burtons in the field, as Ward’s son Jeb and Jeff’s son Harrison will be racing in the same race for the first time.

“It’s definitely special,” Harrison said. “Jeb is someone that’s always helped me a lot and I’ve tried to help him the best I can. Now that we are going to be going against each other it’s going to be a little bit strange. I’ve never race anyone from my family, even my dad. It’s going to be weird, I don’t know how I’m going to act when I see him in his truck and see Burton on the back glass. It’s going to be strange, but it’s going to be fun. I’m really excited to race him and hopefully we get to be door-to-door for some time and get to go at it. It should be a lot of fun.”

Jeb, who has a pole and a top-three finish at Martinsville, will offer any advice he can to his younger cousin.

“Harrison has been doing a good job, and maybe I can teach him a little something there,” Jeb said. “I don’t think he’s finished in the top-10 there yet so maybe I can help him a little bit.”

And Harrison will take all the advice he can get from the elder Burton.

“Jeb has been really good there,” Harrison said. “He is definitely a resource before you go to Martinsville. Before my first truck race there I actually got to drive his Late Model Stock Car around there in a test, and that helped me a lot for the track. So, yeah, he’s definitely a huge resource that I can use to get better. He has so much more experience than me.”

With the holiday season right around the corner, Jeb wants to make sure things stay civil at family gatherings.

“Harrison is a lot younger than me,” Jeb said. “I’ve never raced with him before, so I don’t know what to expect, but I don’t want to start any family drama there for sure.”

That’s something Harrison doesn’t think they need to worry about.

“I’m just going to race him like I would like to be raced and hopefully it will turn out good,” Harrison said.

That doesn’t mean Harrison won’t be afraid to use the bumper if he finds himself running second to Jeb on the final lap, but he would also expect the same from Jeb.

“I think I’d move him,” Harrison said. “You’re going there for one reason and that’s to win. I definitely would not wreck him. I’d definitely use the old bump-and-run tactic on him and I think he would do the same thing. That trophy means a lot to him as well.”

The Texas Roadhouse 200 presented by Alpha Energy Solutions is Saturday, October 28. The race is the first race in the Round of Six in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs. If a Playoff driver wins, he would be the first to lock himself into the Championship Race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Last year, Johnny Sauter won the race en route to the Series Championship.

Tickets to the race are $35 for adults. Kids 12-and-under are admitted free. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online atwww.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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