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Southside Speedway 75-Lap Late Model Feature Race TONIGHT!

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MIDLOTHIAN, VA – On Friday, May 19 the Late Model division at Southside Speedway will run 75 laps rather than their normal 40 laps. Running its third race of the season, the track has opened 2017 with the largest Late Model car count in the state. This is a race you won’t want to miss!

The family-owned track in Chesterfield prides itself on being a family-friendly venue entertaining generations of fans and will continue their fifty-eight-year tradition of great local short track racing in Central Virginia. There are six different divisions of cars racing each race night: Late Models, Modifieds, Grand Stocks, UCARS, Legends and Bandoleros.

Front gates open at 6:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 6:00 p.m. and racing gets underway around 7:30 p.m. Catch qualifying and all six divisions for hours of racing action! If you can’t make it trackside, don’t worry, The Weekly Racer will be on hand to provide you with up to the lap updates LIVE on our Twitter Feed (@theweeklyracer). Coverage for the support divisions will be determined upon arrival to the track.

For the latest information, visit our website address at SouthsideSpeedway.net or “Like Us” on the Official Southside Speedway Facebook page, and “Follow Us” on Twitter. Social media is the easiest way to stay in touch for up-to-date information, including weather updates!

About Southside

Southside Speedway is a 1/3 mile, paved oval track located on Genito Road in Midlothian, Virginia. The speedway was established in 1959 by J.M. Wilkinson and is currently run by his daughter, Sue W. Clements, and granddaughter, Jennifer Mullis. The speedway features six divisions including Late Models, Modifieds, Grand Stocks, U-Cars, Legends and Bandoleros. The speedway hosts twelve nights of racing from April through August.

Whelen Modified News & Notes: Brunnhoelzl Back at Langley; Replaces Preece In No. 6 For Race

George Brunnhoelzl III has an average finish of 1.8 in the last five starts at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. (Grant Halverson/NASCAR)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After years of trying, Ryan Preece finally captured his first career NAPA Spring Sizzler win at Stafford Motor Speedway. It was an emotional win for Preece, who called it bigger than his first career tour win.

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Heading to the fourth race of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, Preece will not make it two straight. Preece will vacate the cockpit of his No. 6 TS Haulers Chevrolet for the Langley 150 to get married to his longtime girlfriend. Needing a replacement driver, car owner Ed Partridge tabbed two-time Langley winner and four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified champion George Brunnhoelzl III.

Brunnhoelzl won the last time the Whelen Modifieds visited the track in 2015 and also has two career Coors Light Pole Awards at the .4-mile oval. After a seventh- and a 10th-place finish in his first two starts at Langley, Brunnhoelzl has an average finish of 1.8 over his last five races there.

Pennink holds a scant one-point advantage over Timmy Solomito in the championship points standings as the newly unified Whelen Modified Tour returns south after a pair of Connecticut races. Pennink has finished inside the top three in all of three races, including returning the iconic Ole Blue No. 3 to Victory Lane in Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s Icebreaker last month.

Two-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss is also looking to a return to Langley. Seuss has seven top-five finishes in eight starts there, including a win in 2011.

RACE: Langley 150
PLACE: Langley Speedway, Hampton, Va.
DATE: Saturday, May 13
TIME: 8:30 p.m. (approx.)
TRACK: .4-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval
2016 Winner: N/A
2016 Polesitter: N/A
Event Schedule: Practice, 3:40-4:55 p.m.; Autograph session, 5:45 p.m.; Group qualifying, 7:15 p.m.
Twitter: @LangleySpeedway
Event Hashtag: #Langley150
Track Contact: Chuck Hall, chuck@langley-speedway.com
NASCAR IMC Contact: Jason Christley, (386) 547-2469, jchristley@nascar.com

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

FAST FACTS:
The Race: This marks the fourth race of the 17-race schedule for the 2017 season. It will be the first and only appearance at Langley for this season.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field per the entry blank is 28 cars. The first 22 positions will be determined through the qualifying process, with six provisionals available. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (60 miles).

The Track: Langley is a .396-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval located in Hampton, Virginia. The facility features NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season, headlined by the late model division. Langley has held eight Whelen Southern Modified Tour races in its history, with the latest coming in 2015. The inaugural event took place in August of 2010, a race won by Tim Brown.

Race Winners: There have been six different winners at Langley. Burt Myers and George Brunnhoelzl III both have two career wins each, while four others have one each.

Pole Winners: There have been six different pole winners at Langley. Ryan Preece and George Brunnhoelzl III both have two career poles, while four others have one each.  Ryan Preece holds the NWSMT track qualifying record at 14.675 seconds and 97.145 mph, set on April 12, 2014.

Langley 150 Notes:
Coby Back On Track: Following two finishes outside the top 10 to start the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, Doug Coby got himself back on the right track at Stafford on April 30. Coby finished second after leading 142 of the 200 laps behind the wheel of his No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet. Although Coby has never competed at Langley, his Phil Moran-led team usually reacts well to new tracks. Last season, they won the first tour event at Oswego Speedway since 1989, a place Coby had never even visited.

Quiet Start For Goodale: Although Eric Goodale had a chance at winning the NAPA Spring Sizzler in the late circuits, his start to the season has been rather quiet thus far. Goodale finished 18th in the season-opener at Myrtle Beach because of an accident. He came away with a sixth-place finish at Thompson, then followed that up with a fourth in the Sizzler. Goodale has never competed at Langley.

Tight Points Battle: Heading into Langley, positions three through eight in the championship race are separated by just eight points. Justin Bonsignore comes into the event running third in the standings, only two points up on Eric Goodale and four up on Ryan Preece and Woody Pitkat. Max Zachem sits five behind Bonsignore, while Matt Swanson sits only three behind Zachem. The tight quarters of Langley could open, or close-up that gap.

Davis Teams With Watts: Brunnhoelz won’t be the only driver change. Spencer Davis will sit behind the wheel of the Danny Watts-owned No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet machine after the team and driver Ron Silk parted ways. Davis has competed in 18 career Whelen Southern Modified Tour events and also competed in nine Whelen Modified Tour events. He finished inside the top 10 seven times in his Whelen Southern Modified Tour career and also finished third at Talladega in the ARCA Racing Series last weekend.

New Name: In a pairing that will enhance NASCAR racing in Hampton Roads for years to come, the Larry King Law Firm has become the official entitlement sponsor of Langley Speedway ion April 20. The legendary track adjacent to NASA and Langley Air Force Base will be Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. The multi-year agreement was announced today by speedway owner/president Bill Mullis and long-time Peninsula attorney Larry King.

Home Tracks: Langley NWAAS In Action
As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour headlines Saturday night’s racing, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will also be in action. The Grand Stocks and Super Trucks will be racing on Saturday. Nick Smith won the Taylor Waste Services Late Model 100 on May 6, while Greg Edwards holds a four-point lead over Justin Carroll in the Division I standings.

Race Weekend Heating Up in the Mid-Atlantic – LIVE Coverage from Langley and East Carolina

Hopefully, the old saying “April Showers Bring May Flowers” is true so racetracks in the Mid-Atlantic are not plagued with rain showers. Three NWAAS tracks – Dominion Raceway, Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway, and East Carolina – gear up for more weekly action the first weekend of May with Late Model Stock Cars headlining the night.

The Weekly Racer will be providing LIVE updates via our Twitter feed from East Carolina and Langley Speedway this evening. Coverage will begin approx. 4:30 PM EDT with qualifying at Langley Speedway. As usual, we will inform you of the Fast Five Qualifiers in the support divisions with lap-by-lap coverage from the Late Model division.Racing is scheduled to get underway at both tracks at 7:00 PM. Follow our Twitter feed for all of the action tonight along with LIVE video coverage on FansChoice.tv.

Racing is scheduled to get underway at both tracks at 7:00 PM. The Weekly Racer will be your one-stop feed for everything you need to know about both Late Model races, the twin Modified features at Langley, along with other support divisions determined later in the evening.

Make sure you take a look bellow for race day schedules for both Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway & East Carolina Motor Speedway.

 

The CARS Tour will also be in action tonight at Hickory Motor Speedway. You can watch all the action LIVE, along with the Late Model Stock Car lock-in race for Bristol at http://www.carstour.tv on demand.

 

Performance Plus Night Race Day Schedule

  • 10:00 AM PIT GATES OPEN
  • 2:00 PM GENERAL ADMISSION GATES OPEN
  • 2:00 PM PRACTICE BEGINS
  • 4:15 PM DRIVER’S MEETING
  • 4:30 PM QUALIFYING
  • 5-6:30 PM FAN ZONE STAGE – Crazy X
  • 6:50 PM INVOCATION BY REV. POTTER / NATIONAL ANTHEM
  • 7:00 PM 1ST RACE BEGINS

Practice Order

  1. LMSC – 3 Practices
  2. Modifieds – 3 Practices
  3. Super Streets – 2 Practices
  4. Pro Six – 2 Practices
  5. UCAR – 2 Practices
  6. Winged Karts – 2 Practices
  7. Enduros – Practice after the final LMSC practice

Qualifying Order

  1. Winged Karts
  2. UCARs
  3. Pro Six
  4. Modifieds
  5. Super Streets
  6. LMSC

Race Line Up

  1. Trip Anderson Realtor Winged Karts 20 laps
  2. Larry King Law Modifieds 33 laps
  3. Old Skool Video Games Super Streets 40 laps
  4. Riverside Paper Pro Six 30 laps
  5. Taylor Waste Services LMSC 100 laps
  6. Carroll’s Automotive UCARs 25 laps
  7. Larry King Law Modifieds 33 laps
  8. Bojangles Enduros 30 laps

*subject to change

 

McDonald’s I’m Lovin’ It 220 at East Carolina Motor Speedway

Qualifying – 5:15 PM

  1. UCAR
  2. USAC Midgets
  3. Charger
  4. Street Stock
  5. LMSC

Race Order – 7:00 PM

  1. UCAR – 25
  2. USAC Midgets – 35
  3. Bando – 15
  4. Charger – 30
  5. Street Stock – 30
  6. Late Model – 60
  7. Bombers – 20

Mother Nature Claiming Race in the Commonwealth Early – Langley and VMS Cancel

Hampton, VA – With the forecast in the Hampton Roads area not looking good at all later this afternoon and evening, officials and track managements at the newly renamed Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway have decided to cancel tonight’s feature’s early. “Due to the forecast for rain most of today,” speedway officials said on Facebook. “We have decided to cancel racing for tonight. We’ll see everyone back on May 6th!”

With over a 50% chance of rain throughout the early morning and gradually increasing throughout the afternoon and even higher percentages in the evening, it seems to be a smart move to help teams who might be traveling to save some money. Racing will resume at the famous 4/10th-mile speedway the weekend after the Monster Energy Cup Series races at Richmond on May 6th with Late Model’s, Modified’s, Super Street’s, Pro Six’s, Ucar’s, Winged Champ Karts and Enduros.

 

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway has also decided to pull the plug early on the night’s features. “With the rain, we have already had, the cooler temperatures and more rain headed our way we are forced to make this tough decision; everyone hates a rain out”, commented track General Manager Clarke Sawyer. VMS will also take next weekend for the cup race in Richmond and will return to action on May 6th as well with Truckin Thunder Scout Night and will feature the 6th Annual Dirtwood Nationals Pinewood Derby and all Scouts in uniform will get in free.

 

Dominion Raceway in Thornburg has reported dry conditions and has so far continued with their race day schedule. A new weather update from the track will come via their Facebook page at 2:00 PM EDT.

Southside Speedway Set for Second Race Night of the Year Friday April 21st

MIDLOTHIAN, VA – Southside Speedway continues their fifty-eight-year tradition of great local short track racing in Central Virginia on April 21, 2017. The track opened last Friday night with one of the largest Late Model car counts in the state. The family-owned track in Chesterfield, Virginia prides itself on being a family-friendly venue entertaining generations of fans.

There are six different divisions of racing to make up their second race of the season. Late Models, Modifieds, Grand Stocks, UCARS, Legends and Bandoleros all set to take the green flag. Chris Dodson will look to continue his dominance at the speedway and go for two wins in a row. However, he will have the likes of Mason Bailey, Grayson Cullather and Eddie Johnson to keep at bay. Kyle Wood and Dan Rogers both looking for repeat results after thrilling Modified and Grandstock finishes.

Front gates open at 6:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 6:00 p.m. and racing gets underway around 7:30 p.m. We will be on site to provide LIVE, lap-by-lap, coverage on our Twitter feed and hopefully get the approval to stream a Facebook live video of a pre-selected race.

Saturday Night Short Trackin’ in the Mid-Atlantic – LIVE from Langley and East Carolina

With the top three divisions of NASCAR off for Easter weekend, this turns the spotlight back over to the grass roots of the sport– Saturday night short track racing. Two different short tracks in the Mid-Atlantic have twin features scheduled for the Late Model Stock Cars, the premier division for both Langley Speedway and East Carolina Motor Speedway. In addition, both tracks will have a full schedule of support to include Street Stocks, Trucks, Karts and INEX Bando’s. The full race day schedule for both tracks can be found bellow.

Of course, The Weekly Racer will have you covered from both tracks tonight when the green flag drops. Twin Late Model features on tap for Langley Speedway, as the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series start to fire on all cylinders. 50-lap race scheduled for East Carolina while Langley will have two 66-lap feature races in honor of their 66th season running.We will have qualifying for the Late Models covered LIVE over on our Twitter feed shortly after 4:30 PM. In addition, we will have live race updates for the Late Models and Super Streets from Langley as well as both Late Model races at East Carolina and either the Street Stocks or UCARS. We will have a special hashtag (#ECMS) to help you follow along with all of the racing action at your favorite racetrack.

We will have qualifying for the Late Models covered LIVE over on our Twitter feed shortly after 4:30 PM. In addition, we will have live race updates for the Late Models and Super Streets from Langley as well as both Late Model races at East Carolina and either the Street Stocks or UCARS. We will have a special hashtag (#ECMS) to help you follow along with all of the racing action at your favorite racetrack.Greg Edwards and Louis White will both be looking to repeat their season-opening victories to pad their points lead as the NWAAS really starts to get underway in their respective states and the nation. Danny Edwards, Brenden Queen, Matt Waltz, Thomas Burbage and Tyler Matthews all looking to do everything in their power to make sure that does not happen. Make sure to either tune into Fanschoice.tv or stay glued to the TWR Twitter and root your favorite driver on.

Greg Edwards and Louis White will both be looking to repeat their season-opening victories to pad their points lead as the NWAAS really starts to get underway in their respective states and the nation. Danny Edwards, Brenden Queen, Matt Waltz, Thomas Burbage and Tyler Matthews all looking to do everything in their power to make sure that does not happen. Make sure to either tune into Fanschoice.tv or stay glued to the TWR Twitter and root your favorite driver on.

 

 

East Carolina Race Day Schedule

Practice: 3:15 – 4:45 PM
Qualifying: 5:15 PM
Green Flag: 7:00 PM
– Bando: 15 laps
– UCAR: 20 laps
– Street Stock: 35 laps
– LMSC: 50 laps
– Bomber: 15 laps

 

Langley Speedway Race Day Schedule:

10:00 AM                                      PIT GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                        GENERAL ADMISSION GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                        PRACTICE BEGINS

4:15 PM                                        DRIVER’S MEETING

4:30 PM                                        QUALIFYING

5-6:30 PM                                      FAN ZONE STAGE – MARIA TAYLOR BAND

6:50 PM                                         INVOCATION BY REV. POTTER / NATIONAL ANTHEM

7:00 PM                                         1ST RACE BEGINS

Cycle City Corp Bandoleros: 15 laps
Trip Anderson Realtor: 20 laps
Taylor Waste Services LMSC: 66 laps
Old Skool Video Games Super Streets: 40 laps
Cycle City Corp Legends: 25 laps
B&C Seafood Super Trucks: 25 laps
Taylor Waste Services LMSC: 66 laps

Andrew Condrey Steals Dominion Stock Victory – Aaron Donnelly Cruises to Victory in UCAR Feature After Top Three Wreck

Andrew Condrey enters turn three during afternoon practice before his victory Saturday night, April 8th, 2017. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Thornburg, VA – Michael Munley was the fastest of the seven Dominion Stock cars that showed up for Dominion Raceway’s NWAAS season opener. Posting a time of 18.269 seconds or an average of 78.822 mph. However, with Dominion using an invert rule after qualifying, Munley drew the number four pill in Radley Victory lane. This handed the top spot over the #3 of Gary Burke followed by Richard Powers, and Andrew Condrey. Tommy Smith would keep his position as the fifth starter.

When the green flag waved, Condrey, wasted not time working his way to the front of the field. Giving a huge shot to the rear of Burke, helping him clear the field and to lead lap one. Andrew had other plans however and took the lead from Burke the following lap with a huge move under Burke to take the lead. It took only six of the 35-lap feature for Munley to take the second position and set his sights on the lead. Condrey’s car looked to be pretty good for the first half of the race until he started to get loose on corner exit.

After a couple of wiggles on corner exit, Michael Munley was able to close the more than half second gap that Condrey had created. He would take the lead on lap eighteen and appear to never look back, opening up his on gap in just two laps until he experienced his own problems. Mechanical issues plagued the one car after something let go in the right front of the car causing the tire to be perpendicular to the chassis – his night was finished and handed the lead back to Condrey for the remainder of the race.

Richard Powers would finish second, the same position he took the green flag in, one position ahead of where he qualified. Gary Burke, Barry Beebe, Tommy Smith and Michael Munley would round out the field. David Blankenship, who attempted to qualify earlier in the afternoon, was not able to answer the call to the green flag after blowing a motor on his first-time trial lap.

 

UCAR

Twelve UCAR’s made the trip to Thornburg, VA to kick off the 2017 season. Stephen Brady was the fastest car during time trial qualifications posting a time of 19.497 seconds or an average of 73.858 mph. David Gonce and the 2016 division champion Ryan Pritt posted the second and third fastest time respectively. Aaron Donnelly and Don Schumann rounded out the top five. However, because of the invert, Pritt would take the green flag from the pole position.

At the drop of the green flag, Ryan Pritt checked out from the rest of the field leaving a good battle for the second position. Brady, who rolled off third, was able to clear Donnelly from his outside as well as David Gonce to take the second position and attempt to track down Pritt for the lead. Ten laps into the 25-lap feature Brady had not only caught the leader but attempted to make some pretty aggressive passes going into one. Of course, just like in any race, when two cars battle it out it allows for other to catch up.

After a couple of laps of running single file, Stephen Brady looked to attempt another pass low on Pritt as they both dove into turn one, however, this time contact was made between the two and both cars wrecked. To make matters worse, David Gonce, with what looked like nowhere to go as Pritt was coming down the track, made hard contact with the 22 pushing him up to the outside retaining wall. All three cars were done for the night.

After clean up was complete and the green was displayed to the field it was clear sailing for Aaron Donnelly. There were a couple of battles for position behind him but, nothing that he would need to be concerned with. Brandon Coates would eventually work his way up to the second position and it would be where he crossed the line. Second place, however, would not be where he was scored after failing post-race technical inspection. Don Schumann, Derek Hoak, Trey Williams would be the top five finishers

 

UCAR Results:

1.#31 Aaron Dunnlley; 25
2. #11 Don Schumann; 25
3. #16 Derek Hoak; 25
4. #54 Trey Williams; 25
5. #56 DJ Powell; 25
6. #95 Ricky Franklin; 25
7. #3 Bryan Phipps; 24
8. #22 Ryan Pritt; 11
9. #04 Stephen Brady; 11
10. #09 David Gonce; 11
#68 Brandon Coates; DQ

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