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Glenn Worrell Drives to Victory in the Virginia Sprint Car Series at Langley Speedway

Photo: King Charles Photography

Hampton, VA – With most of the Late Model Stock Cars from the area heading to South Boston for the opening race of the Virginia Triple Crown, Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway welcomed back the Virginia Sprint Car Series. An asphalt version of a winged 305 Sprint Car.

Eleven cars made the trip over to the 0.395-mile oval for two eight-lap heat races and a thirty-lap feature. Glenn Worrell took the lead in the first heat race from Bill Rice in the closing laps and went on to win the first heat race. Tony Harris went unchallenged in heat race number two leading wire-to-wire.

Bill Rice ended up on pole by virtue of the Virginia Sprint Car Series rulebook. Glen Worrell would line up second to Price on the start. Joshua Perreault, Tony Harris, Chris Ware and Mike Leraas completed the top six on the grid.

When the green flag was displayed it was Glenn Worrell who jumped out to an early and a pretty commanding lead to say the least. Tony Harris and Mile Leraas would stay within a few car lengths of each other while trying to chase down the leader. Harris got the break he needed just at the halfway point of the race when the caution flag was displayed.

When the field went back racing Worrell got a great restart once again leaving Tony Harris and Mike Leraas to battle for second. As the laps wound down and lap traffic started to play into the mix Harris and Leraas were able to collapse the lead that Worrell built. However, Worrell was able to pick his way through the slower traffic and pick up the victory.

“Wow, God is good, God is great,” Worrell said in Dale Lemonds victory lane. “He knew how bad I needed this one. I was getting tired; my left rear tire was wearing out but that man up there made it done. My mom and dad are here tonight, my wife, this is awesome, couldn’t be any better, this by far is the biggest win of my career”

 

Paul Lubno earned – and when I say earned the win he had to drive back to the lead after a spin and flat tire – his 109th career win at Langley Speedway in the 40-lap Grand Stock feature. Lubno, who was running second at the time battling Tim Wilson for the lead, spun out on the backstretch bringing out the caution. He would have to come down pit road to get a new tire and restart the race from the rear. However, he would drive his way back to the front for the win.

 

Virginia Sprint Car Series OFFICIAL Results

  1. #12 Glenn Worrell; 30
  2. #6 Tony Harris; 30
  3. #77 Mike Leraas; 30
  4. #5k Michael Keeton; 30
  5. #88 Bill Rice; 30
  6. #401 Joshua Perreault; 30
  7. #44 Daren Bolac; 30
  8. #43 Chris Ware; 30
  9. #198 Jack Rice; 28
  10. #54 Matt Mullins; 18
  11. #90 Charlie Ware; 8

Paul Lubno Wins 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock Feature; Dustin Mullins Remain Undefeated in Trucks

Hampton, VA – Tim Wilson snagged the pole earlier in the afternoon with a 17.684-second lap over Sammy Gaita. Paul Lubno, Rodney Boyd, and Louis Pasderetz round out the top five starting positions.

Tim Wilson would lead for a handful of laps as Paul Lubno worked past Gaita on lap two to take the second spot while Boyd fell back to the fifth position. A heated three-way battle for the lead between Wilson, Lubno, and Gaita would go on for a good five to six laps. Lubno eventually moved past Wilson to take the lead on lap fourteen. Gaita also got past Wilson for the second position. A caution would fly on lap sixteen after Boyd got into Pasderetz coming out of turn four, and spinning him around. Another caution coming out of turn two on the restart, this time it’s Pasderetz getting into Grant Blasingame.

Another caution would come out off turn two on the restart, this time it was Pasderetz getting into Grant Blasingame. A third caution would come out on lap seventeen for Pasderetz and Blasingame making more contact. The fourth caution period was on lap twenty after Sammy Gaita and Michael Waters got into each other in turn three resulting in Waters coming to a stop. At the halfway point of the race, it was Lubno, Boyd, Wilson, Pasderetz, and Blasingame left on the track. With just ten laps to go Lubno was working about a half a straightaway lead over Boyd. Wilson would eventually get under Boyd to take the second spot. Paul Lubno would come away with the win over Wilson, Boyd, Pasderetz, and Blasingame rounding out the top five.

 

Dustin Mullins won his third Harris Truck Shop Super Truck race of the season beating Keith Wheeler, Elysia Potter, Wayne Lyon, and Richard Quinn. Outside pole sitter Jacob Carr would only complete three laps before he fell well off the pace and pulled down pit road. Allie Plum, who took the checkered flag under power, was disqualified in post-race tech for an improper wheel.

 

OFFICIAL Pepsi Grand Stock Results;

  1. #14 Paul Lubno; 40
  2. #17 Tim Wilson; 40
  3. #9 Rodney Boyd; 40
  4. #26 Louis Pasderetz; 40
  5. #51 Grant Blasingame; 40
  6. #24 Sammy Gaita; 20
  7. #2 Michael Waters; 19

 

OFFICIAL Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks Results;

  1. #19 Dustin Mullins; 25
  2. #27 Keith Wheeler; 25
  3. #24 Elysia Potter; 25
  4. #66 Wayne Lyon; 21
  5. #31 Richard Quinn; 15
  6. #88 Jacob Carr; 3
  7. #11 Allie Plum; DQ

Virginia Native Colin Garrett Looks Forward to K&N East Debut at Langley Speedway

Danville, VA – On Saturday, April 28, Colin Garrett will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut in the Visit Hampton VA 150 at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. He will be driving the Hunt-Sellers Racing (HSR) No. 18 Propel GPS Toyota Camry.

“Saturday night is going to be a lot of fun,” said the rookie driver. “With it being my first NASCAR K&N Pro Series race, I have a lot to learn but am excited about this step in my career.”

In preparation for his debut, Garrett entered two late model stock car (LMSC) races at Langley Speedway with Sellers Racing in the No. 24 Propel GPS Toyota Camry. He competed in the Pomoco Auto Group Opening Night on March 31 as well as the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown on April 19.

“I have learned a lot over the last few weeks racing in the late model stock car at Langley Speedway,” said Garrett. “We didn’t get the results that we were hoping for, but I believe the experience was really good. We went there to learn and prepare for my K&N debut. My team and I learned a lot, so I’m confident that we will be competitive on Saturday night.”

Garrett has been taken under the wing of long-time LMSC racer and stock car mechanic Frank Deiny, Jr. Starting in the 2017 season, Deiny became Garrett’s driver coach and spotter. In addition to those roles, he is also Garrett’s crew chief in the LMSC division. In 2017, Garrett and Deiny worked together to win the Limited Sportsman championship at South Boston Speedway.

“Colin has done a great job in 2018,” said Deiny, Jr. “Langley Speedway is a tough track to get your feet wet in a K&N car, but he will be up for the challenge.”

In addition to Garrett joining HSR for three races this season, HSR welcomes its new crew chief, Clinton Cram for the 2018 season. Cram is a veteran crew chief in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Team owner Sam Hunt is thankful and excited to have Cram join the HSR family.

“Clinton has been in the shop every moment he can,” said Hunt. “We have a great working relationship already. We’re looking forward to our first race with him as our crew chief. He is a huge addition and asset to our team, and we’re excited about the future with him.”

The Visit Hampton 150 at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway will begin at 7 p.m. EST. The race will be tape-delayed on NBC Sports Network on May 3 at 11 p.m. EST.

 

Visit Hampton VA 150 Schedule

10:00 AM                            K&N Credentials Open

10:45 AM                            K&N Garage Opens

11:00 AM                            Relocate K&N Haulers Outside

11:00 AM                            Pit Gates Open (Langley Speedway)

11:30 AM                            Crew Chief Meeting at Inspection Trailer / Qualifying Draw

11:45 AM                            K&N Inspection Begins

1:00 PM                              General Admission Gates Open

1:00 PM – 1:40 PM           1st Practice (Langley Speedway) Super Street, Pro Six, U-Car and Legends

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM           K&N Practice Begins

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM           K&N Final Practice Begins

3:35 PM – 3:30 PM           2nd and 3rd Practice (Langley Speedway) Super Street, Pro Six, U-Car and Legends

(2 rounds of practice, fastest time in the 2nd round will equal qualifying)

5:00 PM                              K&N Driver/Crew Chief Meeting

5:45 PM – 6:45 PM           K&N Autograph Session

6:00 PM                              Drivers Meeting (Langley Speedway) at the Maintenance Building

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

7:00 PM                              K&N Group Qualifying

7:00 PM                              K&N Credentials Close

7:30 PM                              Racing Begins (Langley Speedway)

8:45 PM                              K&N Driver Introduction

9:00 PM                              K&N Racing Begins

Solid Field Of Cars Expected For Season-Opening Race At South Boston Speedway Saturday Night

South Boston, VA  – The lights will go on at South Boston Speedway Saturday night for the first time this season with a strong field of Late Model cars expected.

The Autos By Nelson presents the ValleyStar Credit Union Twin 100s will roll off at 7 p.m. Saturday with a strong field of cars anticipated to take the green flag.

Drivers expected for the Late Model field include defending track champion and former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Peyton Sellers, former track champion and four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Philip Morris, Danny Willis Jr., Brandon Pierce, Bobby McCarty, Mike Jones, Austin Thaxton, Bruce Anderson, Eric Winslow, Quincy Adkins, Charles Barnes, Thomas Scott, Blake Stallings, Mark Kesee Jr. and Jason Barnes, among others. Entries are not finalized until teams sign in Saturday afternoon.

Pierce is coming off one of his best runs ever, finishing second in the CARS Tour event at Orange County Speedway last Saturday night after winning the pole with a new track record in his Thunder Road Harley Davidson Camry. The young driver believes his team is loaded with positive energy headed to South Boston this week.

“We’re absolutely bringing a lot of momentum into the race and really look forward to getting to the track,” said Pierce, who finished fifth in South Boston Speedway’s championship points last year. “It’s really a confidence booster when you run so well like we did over the weekend and then you know your next race is at a track that you are familiar with and have laps on. We’re looking forward to it.”

Pierce’s Nelson Motorsports teammate McCarty finished one spot behind him over the weekend in third, and also believes he brings momentum into Saturday’s South Boston race. He finished second in the South Boston points race last year.

“I feel we have been strong all year long and any time we go to South Boston Speedway, there’s always more excitement and motivation because we consider it our home track,” said McCarty, who drives a Toyota Camry sponsored by autosbynelson.com.

Thaxton, who made his CARS Tour Late Model debut last week, is just as excited as Pierce and McCarty about coming back home to South Boston this week, but he may have a longer week than them.

“I’m ready to get back over there to South Boston,” said Thaxton, who won on his home track last year. “It’s going to be a long week, though. I had a run in with the wall last week.”

The Martinsville Speedway offer will remain in place for the Autos By Nelson presents ValleyStar Credit Union Twin 100s. Anyone presenting a ticket stub from either the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race or the STP 500 NASCAR Monster Energy Series race earlier this spring at Martinsville Speedway will be admitted free.

Saturday’s season-opener will feature twin 100-lap Late Model Stock races, twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race, a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race and a 30-lap Mod 4 Division race.

Gates open at 5:30, qualifying is at 6 at the first race rolls off at 7 Saturday night. Tickets are just $10 for adults, and new for 2018, children 12-and-under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

Southside Speedway Set to Kick 2018 Season Off Tonight; Mason Bailey Poised for First Late Model Championship

Midlothian, VA – Southside Speedway is all set to open the gates to racers and fans in the central Virginia area for their 59th season later this evening. With many other tracks within the commonwealth having the cancel their events on Saturday night, Southside looks like they will be able to get their opening night program in the books.

Gates will open for fans at 6:00 PM with qualifying getting underway around 7:45 PM with the green flag to follow shortly after. As in years past, all six divisions will be running throughout the evening with the Late Model’s running the most laps, a 40-lap feature. The IMCA style Modifieds are scheduled to run for 30-laps as will the Grand Stocks. The UCAR and Legend’s division will feature 25-lap races while the INEX Bando’s will generally kick the evening off with a 15-lap feature.

Last year Eddie Johnson proved that age is just a number by winning the Late Model championship at the 1/3-mile flat track. He is poised to make his return this year to the speedway with other long-time veterans like his son Chris Johnson and even Buggs Hairfield, however, this year those drivers will have their hands full with Mason Bailey who told The Weekly Racer earlier this week he will be competing full time this year at Southside for the championship and we have to say… we have Bailey picked as the odds-on early favorite to hoist that championship trophy at the end of the year.

“So excited for this season,” Bailey said in an interview about his upcoming season. “This time last year I was a little nervous and had no idea what to expect. With last season’s wins and experience, I feel really dialed in as a driver. On top of that, we’ve been able to take this off-season to improve the car and study last season’s information.”

Last year Southside Speedway saw some of the largest and most consistent car counts throughout all of its divisions and there was no shortage of action-packed evenings in the Late Models despite the track being unsanctioned by NASCAR – something that some will argue helps make the competition more equal. Going into 2018 Bailey will be up against some of the best in the business who have been doing longer than he has been around, we asked if that changed anything on race day.

“You got that right. No shortage of action and drama,” Bailey expressed. “It does change things for sure, but I welcome it, I understand where the veterans are coming from in that regard. The veterans out there are going to be much quicker to knock me out of the way than if it were another seasoned driver. However, knowing that ahead of time, it creates opportunities I can use to my advantage to maybe do something I know they wouldn’t expect. And I think you saw some examples of that last year.”

Looking back at last year Bailey started off strong at Southside proving he would be a contender week in and week out. Went out to Martinsville Speedway at the end of the year to compete in the prestigious VallyStar Credit Union 300 and struggled but is looking forward to getting back on track this year with some great returning partners and going after plenty of wins.

“Yessir!” Bailey proclaimed. “Very excited to have Schell Brothers return as the primary sponsor this season. Honored to work with such a prestigious organization and represent them on and off the track. Also can’t forget Commonwealth Plumbing, CR Phillips Electrical, and Hernandez Constructors. We’ve got quite the list of reputable businesses, but there’s always room for more!”

Tickets for tonight’s races and the rest of the season are just $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and military, children six to eleven are just $8 and those young race fans five and under are free. Outside coolers are permitted inside the grandstands given they are under 18” and contain no glass bottles or outside food. For group tickets or VIP suite rentals make to contact the track.

Mother Nature Not Kind To South Boston Speedway; Opening Race Postponed To April 28

Mark Wertz and crew work on the car between practice session’s during the 2017 Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – For the second time this spring, Mother Nature has frowned on South Boston Speedway forcing the postponement of Saturday night’s season-opening Danville Toyota Twin 100s.

Because of a 100 percent chance of rain on Saturday, that racing program has been moved to May 26.

The next action at South Boston Speedway will be the AutosbyNelson ValleyStar Credit Union race night on April 28.

Mother Nature has kinder offerings for Friday with a sunny, warm day predicted, so the scheduled practice session is still on tap from 5 p. m. to 8 p.m.

The Martinsville Speedway offer will remain in place for the AutosbyNelson ValleyStar Credit Union race night. Anyone presenting a ticket stub from either the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race or the STP 500 NASCAR Monster Energy Series race at Martinsville Speedway will be admitted free.

The season-opening AutosbyNelson ValleyStar Credit Union races on April 28 will feature Twin 100-lap Late Model Stock races, twin 25-lap Limited Sportsman Division races, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race. And the new Mod 4 Division will make its debut with a 30-lap race.

Tickets are $10 for adults and new for 2018, children 12 and under are free. Fan gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the first race taking the green flag at 7 p.m.

Chris Chapman Prevails in Limited Late Model Thriller at Southern National

Chris Chapman (51) passes Rusty Daniels (16) to take the lead in the Easter Bunny 100 at Southern National Motorsports Park. (Josh Parrish/Short Track Central for SNMP photo)

LUCAMA, NC – Chris Chapman snapped a near two-year winless drought at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday afternoon, holding off Andrew Grady in a thriller in the Easter Bunny 100.

Rusty Daniels started on the pole and won the first segment of the race while Chapman was biding his time. In the second segment, Chapman made the move, taking the lead on the 41st overall lap of the race and holding off numerous challenges from Daniels and Grady. The win was Chapman’s first since April 2016.

“It’s been about a year since we won one out here,” Chapman said in victory lane. “We had a couple seconds out here last year. These guys dug deep over the winter. Wendell Davis gives me the best cars. Sometimes, I don’t know if it’s driver or what. This thing was on a rail today.”

In the final 40 lap segment, Chapman held off a hard charging Andrew Grady. Grady closed in to within a half car-length, but Chapman was able to hold him off on the restarts and drive away in the final laps.

“Sometimes, you don’t want to wear [tires] down because you don’t know when you’re going to have a caution,” Chapman explained. “You try to go hard and save all you can too. So that’s pretty much what it was.”

Grady wanted to win the race and the race played out like he had hoped, but he had to settle for second. Grady took his second-place finish in stride as something to build on throughout the season.

“We had a plan and we played it perfectly,” Grady said. “We saved the right-rear really well. Chapman man, love racing him with. He’s real fun to race with. We just got a little snug towards the end. That’s where he beat us at. We’re going to be running for the championship here this year. It’s going to come down to me and him. They know we were here, that’s what matters.”

Grady was within striking distance in the final laps but was not close enough to make a clean pass for the win. While he could have divebombed the corner or taken Chapman out, Grady said that’s not how he races with a competitor he has respect for like Chapman.

“If I would have dove in there two car-lengths deeper, I could have rooted him,” Grady remarked. “I’m not going to do that to Chris. I don’t race like that. Some other people, I would have raced like that but with Chris, I love racing with him. He’s a great guy, always races me clean. We always race hard together. We’ll come back in a week or two and hopefully we’ll be up there one more.”

Paul Williamson quietly snuck into the third position in the final handful of laps for one of his best career finishes.

“We didn’t win but I call it a win because we came from the back and fought all the way back up,” Williamson said. “Our car was tight but we were able to work with it during the race.”

Rusty Daniels won the race’s first stage and ended up finishing fourth while Wayne Goss methodically raced his way to a fifth-place finish. The race was slowed by a number of cautions late as paint was traded in the middle of the pack.

 

Sibling Showdown in Legends

Caleb Day scored the win in a barnburner for the Legends division. Much of the race was a battle between Caleb and his younger sister Emily Day. Emily passed Caleb after a mid-race restart and appeared to be on her way to her first Legend Car win in only her second start, but Caleb got back around her in the final laps and went on to win.

“I don’t know if it was as fun as it was stressful,” Caleb Day said in victory lane. “I thought I had a pretty good car until that caution came out and we didn’t hit on much after that caution. I wasn’t going to push the topic with her. Me and her, I don’t know, third or fourth Legends race, I just let her go on. You could tell she’s got a little work to do, same as me. I hate her and Stancil got together and sent her to the rear. She had a second-place car before the caution and just as good a car after the caution. It was a good day and at least we didn’t tear anything up.”

Emily Day was running second on the last lap but was involved in an incident with Chris Stancil which sent the race into overtime. Caleb Day held off Eric Courtney and Kade Lambert for the win.

“It’s a good way to start the year off,” Caleb remarked. “We started running dirt Legends and been messing around with that and we decided to come back and try it since we were going to be down here anyway. We had fun, it was good.”

Emily Day ended up finishing fourth while Aaron Crumpler finished fifth.

 

AJ Sanders Goes 2-0 in Mini-Stocks

AJ Sanders was once again victorious in the Mini-Stock feature, racing his way from worst to first and besting Ronnie “Buckshot” Jones and Brandon Clements to score the win.

“I had a lot of determination,” Sanders said. “A lot of fans don’t know what went on but we put two new rights on after qualifying because everybody else had put them on before qualifying. We had a little bit of a gentlemen’s agreement that we were all going to run used tires, then when they put new ones on, it kind of pissed me off. I went and put two new ones on and they said someone was complaining, so I said okay and we’ll go to the rear and make a show for the fans.”

It was a show indeed. With 13 laps to go, Sanders battled side-by-side with Clements for the lead, but Clements would prevail in the battle which also allowed Jones to get around to take the second spot. Jones then took the lead from Clements with 11 laps remaining. Just three laps later, Sanders would get around Jones and hold on for the win – his second of the season at Southern National.

“I knew I had a little fast car than [Jones] did and had to calm back down and hit my marks,” Sanders explained. “That’s what we did, hit our marks. I’ve got to thank the good Lord above for a safe race. About lost it down there underneath Brandon. It felt like I hit oil or something. Maybe I just drove in too hard.”

Jones finished in the runner-up spot while Clements, James Stroud and Joseph Pittman rounded out the top-five.

Jake Garcia led wire-to-wire in the 35 lap USAC Eastern Midgets race, scoring the win over Neil Allison and Nolan Allison, Parker Frazier scored the win in the 25 lap Bandolero race over Cameron Murray and Ethan Johnson, and Mike Parrish picked up the win over Chris Hales and Dakota Tomlinson in the 15 lap Any Car feature.

Southern National Motorsports Park will be back in action on Saturday, April 14th for the Whelen Engineering Spring Fling. The Spring Fling will be headlined by twin 75 lap races for the Late Model Stock Car division and also features the Chargers for 40 laps, Mini-Stocks for 35 laps, Legends for 20 laps, Bandoleros for 20 laps and Any Cars for 15 laps.

For more information about Southern National Motorsports Park, check out SNMP’s website at http://www.snmpark.com, “like” Southern National Motorsports Park on Facebook or “follow” @SNM_Park on Twitter.

Limited Late Models

  1. Chris Chapman
  2. Andrew Grady
  3. Paul Williamson
  4. Rusty Daniels
  5. Clay Jones
  6. Wayne Goss
  7. Tyler Horne
  8. Brian Obiedzenski
  9. Tim Allensworth
  10. Richard Caldwell
  11. Brandon Whitley
  12. Justin Gill
  13. Ashlyn McCaskill
  14. AJ Walsh
  15. Ryan Collins
  16. Eric Gerchak
  17. Jeremy Heath
  18. Daryn Cockram
  19. Kenneth Mercer – DNS
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