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Championships To Be Decided In All Divisions At South Boston Speedway Saturday Night

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – It is championship week, the week that drivers in every division at South Boston Speedway have been racing toward since the season began back in the early spring.

Championships will be decided Saturday night in all four divisions during the running of the GCR Presents LS Tractor USA NASCAR Late Model Twin 75s. In additions to twin 75-lap races for the Late Model Stock Division, there will be a 50-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race and a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race.

Entering Saturday night’s title night, the tightest race is in the Budweiser Hornets Division where Kevin Currin holds a 15-point, 408-393 lead over Steven Layne. Josh Dawson is another 34 points back in third.

Layne has the most Hornets wins of the season with five. Currin has three and Dawson two. But Currin has two more top-5 finishes than Layne and has also scored 20 more passing points on the season.

Passing points are awarded in all divisions when a driver elects to move to the rear of the field for the start of the race and is awarded one point for each car passed during the race.

There is a fairly close race brewing in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division with Nathan Crews holding a 44-point lead over Jordan Pickrel going into Saturday’s race.

Crews has been a regular visitor to victory lane this season with eight wins compared to Pickrel’s four. Crews finished in the top five 12 times in 14 starts and was in the top 10 in every race. Pickrel also finished in the top 10 every race but had one less top five than Crews.

Crews also topped the passing points leader board with 36 compared to Pickrel’s 29.

Danny Willis Jr.’s move back to the Limited Sportsman Division turned out to be hugely successful in 2019. He has won six times and finished in the top five 14 out of 15 starts and holds a 91-point lead over Daniel Moss.

Moss’ season has been solid with five wins and top-5 finishes in 12 races. Drew Dawson is 24 points behind Moss, and teenager Jacob Borst, who won two races this season, is fourth, another five points back.

Defending Late Model Stock champion Peyton Sellers has a 660-557 lead over Austin Thaxton headed into Saturday, with Lee Pulliam another 22 points back. Sellers and Pulliam have six wins apiece. Sellers has more top fives and top 10s and has accumulated 66 more passing points than Pulliam.

Thaxton has one win and has finished in the top 10 in 15 out of 16 races this season.

Grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with the first race set for 7 p.m. Admission is just $10 for adults with children 12 and under admitted free with a paying adult.

Persistent Rain Sunday, Hurricane Threat Prompts Cancelation of Labor Day Classic

PELETIER, NC – The Labor Day Classic at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway has been canceled for the first time in its five year history due to persistent rainfall on Sunday afternoon.

Normally, the track would move the race to the following day, but with catastrophic Hurricane Dorian barreling towards the East Coast and the need for people to prepare or evacuate, track owner Bob Lowery made the decision to cancel the race.  A make up date will be announced in the near future.

“Ordinarily, we would go ahead and run tomorrow but there are a lot of outside forces at play here,” track owner Bob Lowery said.  “We’ve got a category five hurricane coming towards us and some of our drivers have to get out and get home, and our local drivers need to go ahead and prepare for the storm.  We’re already hearing of gas shortages and stuff.  Ultimately, peoples’ lives are at stake, so we’ve decided to cancel the race.”

Competitors and fans who had already paid for their pit pass or tickets should hold on to their armbands for the to be announced makeup date.

The next schedule raced at Carteret County Speedway is the Bobby Watson Memorial, set for September 21st.  The race will feature racing for Late Models, Street Stocks, Mini-Stocks, U-CARs, Legends, Champ Karts, East Coast Flathead Fords, and the Coastal Carolina Mini Cup Series.

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

Dale Parro Powers to First Super Street Victory of 2019 at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – After points leader and winner of the first two races – Renno Marchetti (No. 01) – didn’t show up, the field was set for a new winner. Landon Abbott (No. 70) and Colby Vance (No. 44), who have been threats to victory lane, also didn’t show up created big implications on the points standings.

Gordon Weeks grabbed his first pole of the season earlier in the afternoon when he put down a time of 18.773 (75.747 MPH), Dale Parro earned the ability to start alongside him post a lap only a tenth slower than Weeks. They were the only two drivers to eclipse the eighteen-second mark during qualifying. Chris Spangler, with a strong qualifying effort, qualified third. Randy Akers fourth and Bill Eaker fifth.

Weeks struggled at the start of the race which jumbled the field up behind him causing a crash between turns one and two collecting Eaker, Weeks, Spangler, Newman, and Jonathan White. The green flag flew for the complete restart and they went two by two into turns one and two with Parro taking the lead coming out of turn two. Thommy Gildea would follow him into the second position while Danny Harrell tucked into the into third position with the rest of the field trying to sort things out. Laps after being involved in a wreck, Eaker had made his way back up to fourth and began challenging Harrell for third position. Lap 9 and Eaker made the move on Harrell and took third with Randy Akers and Sean Calway following right behind him shuffling Harrell back to sixth.

Akers worked the back bumper of Eaker for a good five laps and finally made his way past him for third place. Once Akers caught Gildea, he took second away from him. The second caution of the 40-lap feature flew on lap 15 as Caitlyn Joyner spun around in the middle of the backstretch. Bill Eaker took advantage of the Car Master Restart Cone and took the outside line, restarting him in second. The green flag flew and Eaker took the lead from Parro going into turn one on the outside. The caution would fly once again on lap 17, this time for Zac Stongle who spun around in turn two.

With the green back on the speedway, Eaker once again went back to the lead. Akers tried to take second from Parro but could not quite make it stick so he settled for third. Parro wasn’t letting Eaker go anywhere as he was all over his back bumper. Weeks finally made his way back up into the top five and was on a mission to get past Akers for the third spot. The top four were all nose to tail, beatin’ and bangin’ on each other, putting on a hell of a show for the fans. Just past halfway Parro would get the run he needed heading down the backstretch and finally took the lead from Eaker.

That is when we noticed a little bit of smoke starting to appear from Eaker’s right rear. Luckily it was just tire smoke and did not affect the performance of the car. Akers took advantage of Eaker losing grip in his tires and gave him a bump in turn three and took second with Weeks right behind him to take third. Eaker would have to settle for fourth. With all that battling taking place behind him, Parro sailed to the checkered flag picking up his first win of the season.

 

Old Skool Video Game Super Streets OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #15 Dale Parro; 40
  2. #21 Randy Akers; 40
  3. #20 Gordon Weeks; 40
  4. #22 Bill Eaker; 40
  5. #12 Sean Calway; 40
  6. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  7. #28 Thomas Gildea; 40
  8. #53 Zac Stongle; 40
  9. #14 Tillman Heuer; 40
  10. #33 Chris Spangler; 38
  11. #54 Billy Newman; 34
  12. #48 Caitlyn Joyner; 25
  13. #30 Jonathan White; 14

Winner of Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 At South Boston Will Take Home $10,000

Peyton Sellers celebrates his victory in the 2018 Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200.

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – The winner of the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 at South Boston Speedway on June 29 will go home with a much bigger check than in past years.

The track and the event sponsors, Thunder Road Harley-Davidson and Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort announced today that the winner’s share of the purse for the 200-lap Late Model Stock race had been increased to $10,000. In the past, the winner pocketed $6,500.

Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, committed to being the event’s presenting sponsor for the sole purpose of increasing the winner’s portion of the purse to $10,000.

“We are so very grateful that the folks with Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort made such a commitment to Late Model racing and South Boston Speedway,” said Cathy Rice, general manager of South Boston Speedway. “They have helped us take an already great event to the next level.”

Fans will soon be able to register to win a weekend getaway at the Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort and Harley-Davidson merchandise at both the Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort (www.grandatlanticresort.com/) and the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson (www.thunderroadhd.com/) websites.

The Thunder Road Harley-Davidson presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 is the first leg of the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown. The second race in the triple crown will be the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway on July 20 with the championship decided in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway on October 5.

It was announced earlier this week that the top-three finishing positions in the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown would split a $10,000 bonus with $7,000 going to the winner, $2,000 to second and $1,000 to third. For the past few years, the winner of the triple crown had been awarded the entire $10,000.

Danville’s Peyton Sellers is the defending champion of both the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 and the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown. There were 35 cars entered in last year’s event.

In addition to the 200-lap Late Model event, there will be a 75-lap Limited Sportsman race, a 40-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race, and a 20-lap Budweiser Hornets race on June 29.

And there will be more than racing. Following the final checkered flag of the night, there will be the largest fireworks display in the area.

Tickets for the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson presented by Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort 200 are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.

Racing Returns to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway for Mosquito Joe & Performance Foodservice Night

Hampton, VA – With the weather looking bleak during the week leading up to race day, it almost looked like most of the afternoon was going to be a wash for the Hampton area. However, as the week progressed the chance of rain slowly decreased. With temperatures in the high 70’s to low 80’s it looks like it is going to be a perfect night to spend at a short track.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American and Taylor Waste Services Late Model’s will also be back in action this weekend with a 100-lap feature. With three races in the books we have only seen two winners; Hampton’s Connor Hall and Chesapeakes Brenden Queen. With 100-laps on the docket will the young guns be able to keep up their success, or will a hot May afternoon play in the favor of the veteran drivers?

A full schedule of tonight’s events can be found below. Spectator gates and practice will start at approx. 2:00 PM EDT. Qualifying is set for 4:00 with racing to start around 7:00 PM.

 

MOSQUITO JOE & PERFORMANCE FOODSERVICE Night at The Races

EVENT SCHEDULE: May 4, 2019

 

12:00 AM                                        PIT GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                          GENERAL ADMISSION GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                          PRACTICE BEGINS

4:15 PM                                          DRIVER’S MEETING – bring Bando’s and Legends

4:30 PM                                          QUALIFYING

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

7:00 PM                                          1ST RACE BEGINS

Practice Order

  1. Late Model – 3 Practices
  2. Grand Stock – 2 Practices
  3. Super Truck – 2 Practices
  4. U-car – 2 Practices
  5. Legend – 2 Practices
  6. Bandolero – 2 Practices

Qualifying Order

  1. Bandolero – (Euro Qualifying 3 cars 5 laps)
  2. Legend – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  3. U-Car – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  4. Super Truck – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  5. Grand Stock – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  6. Late Model – 3 Laps Scuff (Green-White-Checkered)

Race Line Up

  1. Cycle City Corp Bandolero – 15 laps
  2. Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 25 Laps
  3. Cycle City Corp Legends – 25 laps
  4. Bojangles U-Car – 25 Laps
  5. Pepsi Grand Stock – 40
  6. Taylor Waste Services Late Model – 100 Laps

Youth 17-And-Under Admitted Free to ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Youth 17-and-under will be admitted free to the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway on October 5.

The change falls in line with the 17-and-under are free policy at the Speedway’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races and is similar to the youth policy found at other NASCAR Home Tracks where many of the fans who attend NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race spend their Friday and Saturday nights.

“Youth are the future of our sport and we want them to be here without the worry of how much it will cost,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “We’ve seen a lot of guests take advantage of youth being free for the Truck Series, and believe that will be the case for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, as well.”

Adult tickets to the race are $30.

The race regularly sees more than 75 of the country’s best Late Model Stock Car teams fight it out for a share of the $100,000 purse and the iconic grandfather clock trophy.

Additionally, the race will once again serve as the final race in the Virginia Triple Crown, a three-race showdown for the drivers with the best average finishing position in the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 at South Boston Speedway, the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway and the ValleyStar Credit Union 300.

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

Lubno, Klein, and Wood Pick Up Support Divisions Wins on Opening Night at Langley Speedway

Brandon Wood celebrates in victory lane at Langley Speedway during Pomoco Opening Night. It was Wood’s first career victory. (Photo: Langley Speedway Press Release)

Hampton, VA – Some form of Late Model Stock Car racing may be the premier racing division at your local short track but we all know it takes more than that to put on a weekly show. Hell, sometimes the support divisions are the ones who put on a better show if we are being honest. Grand Stocks, Super Trucks, and UCAR (Bando’s & Legends also kicked off their season as well, recap coming soon) kicked off their season over the weekend. We saw some familiar faces back in victory lane as well as some new ones. The best part was each division had a great turn out of cars and we hear that a few more are still being built.

Let’s start by taking a look at the Pepsi Grand Stock division. Sammy Gaita, who missed a good portion of 2018 due to an injury, came back strong this season and grabbed his first pole award laying down a 17.705-second lap. Defending champ, Paul Lubno, would take the green from the fourth position. However, Lubno had no plans staying there for too long and it showed once the race went green.

To 40-lap feature saw three different leaders with Gaita being the first. His Frontline Vapes number 24 looked strong early but faded as the run went on. Tim Wilson took advantage of the opportunity and took over the lead, leaving the door open for Lubno to take second. Wilson did all he could to hold back the seasoned veteran but there was just not enough left in the tank (figuratively speaking) as Lubno was able to muscle his way into the top spot a handful of laps later. Once that powder blue number fourteen got the clean air and track, it was lights out.

“I got into the back of the seventeen a little too hard,” Lubno said in victory lane about the pass for the lead. “I rolled out of the throttle to let him get straightened back up then we went back to racing like we should do it.” Lubno went on to thank all of his crew and sponsors for making things happen. This past weekend is more than likely just a preview of things to come for the Pepsi Grand Stocks and Paul Lubno. Is there anyone out there who can stop his reign on the division? Tim Wilson, Sammy Gaita, Michael Waters, and dale Nicholls rounded out the top five finishers.

Jacob Carr, defending Super Truck champion, looked to be the guy to beat as the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks kicked off their season is past weekend. Carr was quickest in qualifying earlier in the afternoon posting a 19.054-second lap. Rick Poust, making his return to the division in a Chase Elliot Mt. Dew inspired paint scheme, gave Carr a decent run for his money on the initial start from the outside but, eventually fell into line to continue his chase. Ronald Klein, last years Enduro champion, made his return to the truck division for the first time since 2017, looked to be the fastest man around as the laps clicked off and with the help of a couple of timely cautions, Klein was a true contender for the race lead.

With just five laps to go, Klein was able to methodically work his way under Carr and take the lead. Carr would get one final shot at Klein as the third and final caution would wave one lap twenty-three, setting up a two-lap shoot out. As the caution truck peeled down pit road, Klein nailed the restart, got the separation he needed, and went on to take the win. Rick Poust, Jacob Carr, Paige Cain, and Keith Wheeler rounded out the top five.

Brandon Wood, who was forced to sit at least half of the 2018 season out after a major crash with a lap car destroyed his car, came back this year faster than ever. After qualifying on the pole it looked like Wood was going to cruise to a caution free victory in a dominating way. However, with about five laps to go, things got really interesting, really fast.

The first (bogus) caution of the night came a car came to a stop on the apron, maybe the grass, then magically got going again. From there, like the old saying goes, “cautions breed cautions.” On the following restart as the field sailed into turn one, Dean Ballew & defending series champion Austin Davis made contact which sent Davis around and Ballew to the rear. Wood had to survive a couple more restarts as Davis ended up in more trouble at the hands of Mike Farley who had trouble getting going. Not sure if he spun the tires, missed a shift, or just got caught sleeping either way, Davis tried to go low to get around, Farley tried to go low to get out the way and the two met in an unfortunate manner.

Luckily for Brandon Wood, the restarts were not an issue and he was able to hang onto the lead and pick up his first career UCAR win. Dean Ballew was able to rebound to a second place finish, Courtney Shiflett, Austin Davis, and Tyler Borden rounded out the top five.

Langley Speedway will be back in action this weekend Saturday, April 6th with twin Modified features, Super Street action, Pro Six, Karts, and Enduro’s. Grand Stands will open a 2:00 PM. Qualifying at 4:30, racing actions scheduled for 7:00 PM.

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