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South Boston Speedway Cancels CARS Tour Event Amid COVID Restrictions in Commonwealth

SOUTH BOSTON, VA…….South Boston Speedway officials announced this week that the Autosbynelson.com250 Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour event scheduled for Sept. 19 at “America’s Hometown Track” has been canceled.

The cancellation of the event resulted from the continuation of restrictions mandated by the Commonwealth of Virginia in its attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“We are very disappointed in having to cancel the event,” said South Boston Speedway General Manager Cathy Rice.

“Unfortunately, the Commonwealth’s restrictions make it impossible for us to hold the event. Like our fans, we were looking forward to seeing the competitors of the Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour in action here at South Boston Speedway. The previous CARS Tour events here at South Boston Speedway have been exciting, and we were expecting that same level of excitement when the series was to return here Sept. 19.”

While the Sept. 19 Solid Rock Carriers CARS Tour event was the final event listed on South Boston Speedway’s 2020 season schedule, track officials have not given up on the possibility of being able to host one or more events before uncomfortably cold winter weather sets in.

“The weather in our region is good enough that we can look as far out as into the month of November in terms of possible opportunities to hold an event,” Rice noted.

“If the Commonwealth’s restrictions should become relaxed enough to make it feasible for us to hold one or more events this fall, we will look at that possibility.”

Track officials remind fans and competitors to continue to watch the track’s website www.southbostonspeedway.com and social media outlets for the latest news and announcements from the speedway.

South Boston Speedway Officials Hopeful for Some Racing in 2020; Track Championships Will Not be Awarded

Philip Morris powers down the front stretch at South Boston Speedway during final practice for the 2019 Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

South Boston, VA – South Boston Speedway officials remain optimistic there will be some racing at “America’s Hometown Track” in 2020, but due to the lack of remaining weekends in the season and current COVID-19 restrictions, no track championships will be awarded this season.

“It is very unfortunate that this will be the first time in the track’s 63-year history that no championships will be awarded at the year’s end,” said South Boston Speedway CEO Nick Igdalsky. “We still remain optimistic that we will be able to host some races in 2020 if the COVID-19 restrictions are loosened. If we do have an opportunity to race up to December, we will!”

Restrictions contained in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Forward Virginia state re-opening plan have not allowed South Boston Speedway to hold racing events thus far this season. The mandate for speedways in Phase Three of the plan states the total number of attendees (including both participants and spectators) cannot exceed 1,000 people.

“We are not able to hold any racing events with the current state limitation of 1,000 total people including both participants and patrons without making huge compromises to put on the event,” Igdalsky explained.

“It is our passion to provide exciting and affordable family entertainment for all of our loyal fans in South Boston, Halifax County and surrounding communities. But, we will only do so when we don’t need to charge our fans two times what they usually pay, reduce the number of races each night, cut competitors’ purses, or cut any corners that would jeopardize the safety and conveniences of our competitors and fans.”

Some of Virginia’s short tracks have been hosting racing events while complying with the state mandates.

“We acknowledge that some Virginia tracks have opened, and we are very proud of their efforts and hope our regular competitors support the tracks that are able to make it work right now.” said Igdalsky.

Igdalsky pointed out that South Boston Speedway has been operating successfully in Halifax County for over six decades and has become a true shining gem among short tracks across America for many reasons.

“We will not compromise the venue’s storied history, reputation, value and the safety of our competitors and fans to hold a scaled-down race night and charge twice the usual price with the current restrictions,” Igdalsky stated.

“The main goal is to keep South Boston Speedway open for another 63 years. It hurts to miss most of the 2020 season, but we will do everything possible to ensure future generations also get to make the lifelong memories and friendships that so many have made at SoBo since 1957.”

South Boston Speedway will remain open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for any teams interested in testing and for any drivers looking to stay sharp.

For the latest news and announcements about South Boston Speedway please visit the speedway’s website at http://www.southbostonspeedway.com and the speedway’s social media outlets.

Vuncannon Charges to First Carteret County Speedway Victory

PELETIER, NC – Daniel Vuncannon charged to victory in the first race for the new Charger division at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway presented by Harley Davidson of New Bern.

Vuncannon upset the field in qualifying and started on the pole in the 40 lap sprint.  Throughout the race, he was able to hold off Dylan Newsome, who was able to draw even on the restarts, and drive away from the field – leading wire-to-wire.  After the race, the Fuquay-Varina driver relished in his triumph.

“I gave it all I had,” Vuncannon said.  “I figured he was going to sneak up on me there.  He was doing a good job.  We’re happy we finally got the track figured out a little better and came home with a win.  It feels pretty good to get our first win out here.  We worked real hard.  Started out last year in the Charger class, ran a few Limited Late Models, and haven’t had much luck.  We’re still leaning and figuring the car out.  It feels really nice to do something and feel the fruits of your labor.”

Dylan Newsome, who won a Charger exhibition feature in 2019, finished second while Brent Evans rounded out the podium.

Chase Singletary raced his way to victory lane at Carteret County Speedway for the first time in over a year and his first time ever in Legends racing.  Despite the below-average car count, the 13-year-old from Burgaw, North Carolina was excited just to get back to victory lane.

“I got a win,” Singletary said enthusiastically in victory lane.  “It’s been so long since I’ve been in victory lane, it just feels amazing.  I want to thank everybody that’s believed in me, especially my parents and grandparents and all my sponsors.  I want to dedicate this win to my papa, he died eight years ago, so this is just amazing.”

Sanford’s Jody Measamer remains undefeated at Carteret County Speedway after scoring his third consecutive Team Chevrolet of Swansboro Super Truck Series win and his fourth feature win at the track.  In a race where attrition took its toll with competitors Chris Burns and Adam Fulford sidelined midway through the race with mechanical problems, Measamer survived and cruised to victory in the closing laps.

“I love this joint,” Measamer said.  “I don’t know if you remember, three or four years, when we came here with the Super Late Model, but the last time I was here in a go-kart, we won.  I absolutely love this place.  We stumbled onto a setup two or three years ago and it’s just worked year in and year out.  I couldn’t be happier.”

Willie Grainger ended up finishing in the runner-up position with Travis Wilson overcoming early struggles to finish third.

Jacksonville’s Andrew Jackson won in U-CAR competition over Steve Sullivan and Neil Mason while Grifton’s Duane Walker walked away with the victory in Bombers and Newport’s Sean Wales held off teammate Tyler Foster in a frantic Champ Kart finish.

Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway returns to action again on Saturday, August 8th with the Croatan Summer Jam presented by Moore’s Old-Tyme Barbeque Chicken & Seafood.

For more information about Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at http://www.carteretspeedway.com, “like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter and Instagram.

 

CARTERET COUNTY SPEEDWAY
OFFICIAL RESULTS
JULY 25, 2020

 

SUPER TRUCK
  1. Jody Measamer
  2. Willie Grainger
  3. Travis Wilson
  4. Adam Fulford
  5. Chris Burns
  6. Willie Fulford
CHARGER
  1. Daniel Vuncannon
  2. Dylan Newsome
  3. Brent Evans
  4. Jonny Szewczuk
  5. Gator Williams
  6. Billy Slater
  7. Ethan Johnson
U-CAR
  1. Andrew Jackson
  2. Steve Sullivan
  3. Neil Mason
  4. Joe Lanier
  5. Curtis Lanie
  6. Abby Jolly
  7. Joe Lazarczyk
  8. Ricky Houser, Jr.
BOMBER
  1. Duane Walker
  2. Andrew Warner
  3. Brandon Robinson
  4. Nick White
  5. Tyler Stalls
  6. Rodney Glass
CHAMP KART
  1. Sean Wales
  2. Tyler Foster
  3. Josh Eubanks
  4. Darrell Eubanks
  5. Justin Thompson
  6. BJ Thompson
LEGENDS
  1. Chase Singletary
  2. Scotty Benford
  3. Derek Burleson

Racing Returns to the Historic Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway for the 70th Year of Racing

Hampton, VA – For the first time in 2020 the sounds of race engines and the smell of spent race fuel returns to the historic and fan-favorite Langley Speedway as Virginia starts to ease into what looks to be a “new normal.”

As the Governor of Virginia transitioned the state into Phase Three of re-opening Vaughn Crittenden and senior officials at the .395-mile speedway was finally to unlock and open the gates. Much later in the year than anticipated and with far fewer fans in the stands than previous opening nights but the silver lining… the speedway is open.

With only 1,000 tickets up for sale, based on the Governor’s orders, tickets went at a rapid pace and will cause local race fans to find other means to follow tonight’s action. We will have all of tonight’s action covered via our Twitter page (@TheWeeklyRacer). For those who would like to watch tonight’s action can subscribe to NBC Track Pass.

Tonight’s qualifying and race order can be found below.

 

2:00PM GRANDSTAND GATES OPEN

2:00PM PRACTICE
1. LATE MODELS (3 ROUNDS)
2. VIRGINIA SPRINT CAR SERIES (2 ROUNDS)
3. SUPER TRUCKS (2 ROUNDS)
4. UCARS (2 ROUNDS)
5. LEGENDS (2 ROUNDS)
6. BANDOLEROS (2 ROUNDS)

4:15PM DRIVER’S MEETING

4:30PM QUALIFYING
1. BANDOLEROS (EURO 3 CARS-5 LAPS)
2. LEGENDS (GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)
3. UCARS (GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)
4. SUPER TRUCKS (GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)
5. LATE MODELS (SCUFF-GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)

6:45PM PRE RACE CEREMONIES
INVOCATION REV TOM POTTER
NATIONAL ANTHEM KAYA O’BRIEN-JAMES

7:00PM FEATURE RACES
1. CYCLE CITY CORP BANDOLEROS (15 LAPS)
2. TAYLOR WASTE SERVICES LATE MODELS (50 LAPS)
3. VIRGINIA SPRINT CAR SERIES HEAT 1 (10 LAPS)
4. VIRGINIA SPRINT CAR SERIES HEAT 2 (10 LAPS)
5. CYCLE CITY CORP LEGENDS (25 LAPS)
6. HARRIS TRUCK SHOP SUPER TRUCKS (25 LAPS)
7. FARLEY FINANCIAL UCARS (25 LAPS)
8. VIRGINIA SPRINT CAR SERIES (25 LAPS)
9. TAYLOR WASTE SERVICES LATE MODELS (50 LAPS)

Advance Auto Parts to Sponsor NASCAR Weekly Series in Multiyear Agreement

As NASCAR Weekly Series sanctioned events begin to return at select tracks across North America, NASCAR, and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider, today announced a multiyear official partnership, designating Advance Auto Parts as the series entitlement sponsor. As part of the agreement, Advance also becomes the “Official Auto Parts Retailer of NASCAR.”

“It’s great to have Advance join us in welcoming the return of NASCAR-sanctioned grassroots racing,” said Ben Kennedy, vice president, racing development, NASCAR. “Advance’s commitment to our Weekly Series will develop some of the brightest NASCAR talent across North America. Advance has a long history in racing, and we’re thrilled to see its expanded presence from the grassroots all the way through our national series.”

The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series is one of the oldest series in NASCAR, where champions are crowned at NASCAR-sanctioned Home Tracks. The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series was paused in mid-March due to COVID-19 and recently returned with sanctioned events at select tracks beginning June 6.

The series is run at nearly 60 NASCAR-sanctioned Home Tracks throughout the United States and Canada. NASCAR Home Tracks are a group of local short tracks sanctioned by NASCAR.

“Drivers and race fans in North America have not been able to attend their local tracks due to COVID-19. We are excited to be partnering with NASCAR and the NASCAR Weekly Series to support tracks, drivers, and fans as they resume live racing this year,” said Jason McDonell, Advance’s chief marketing officer. “We are committed to helping our customers advance in our stores, online and with this multiyear partnership with NASCAR. We are passionate about advancing local communities where we serve, and through this sponsorship, we’ll be able to help grow racing at the grassroots level while supporting the next generation of champions.”

Race fans can catch select NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series races live and on-demand via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold, the new streaming service from NASCAR and NBC Sports. NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series races are part of the NASCAR Roots package for $2.99/month or $19.99/annually. The full TrackPass package, which includes NASCAR Roots, IMSA, and American Flat Track events is available for $4.99/month or $44.99/year. TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold will be available on desktop web browsers and via the NBC Sports app on iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple TV (Gen 4), Roku, Amazon Fire TV, AndroidTV, Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex and Chromecast devices connected via HDMI.

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