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Corey Heim’s Langley Speedway Bad Luck Continues as Layne Riggs Muscles to Victory in Late Race Pass

📸 Sara Langley

Hampton, VA – For the second year in a row, and the first time in 2020, the CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour made the trip to the famed .395-mile oval with 24 drivers ready to put on an incredible show for the few fans that were able to get tickets. Also making their first trip to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway was the Dominion Racers, essentially a Limited Late Model running a small series between the two Virginia tracks. 6 cars made the trip this past weekend for their 35-lap feature event.

Corey Heim continued his good year with putting his 78 on the pole only by 4 one-thousandths of a second over Layne Riggs. Timothy Peters, Brandon Pierce, and Grayson Cullather rounded out the fast five. Defending race winner Deac McCaskill, did not show up so that meant we were in for a new winner.

Once the green flag flew, Heim cleared Riggs took the lead down the backstretch. The field quickly went single file. Peters took second away from Pierce but a few laps later, Pierce would take it right back. After starting 17th, Nolan Pope fell all the way to last I’m what seemed to be a race strategy for the long run. 10 laps in and the battles throughout the field began to heat up. Justin Johnson and Mini Tyrell got a little heated for the eighth position, while Bobby McCarty and Jared Fryar battled for sixth.

Riggs made his move for the lead on lap 14, but Heim held him off. Cullather, after running fifth, got stuck on the outside line and got shuffled back to 13th. Fryar and McCarty continued their battle but included Pierce this time to take away fourth and fifth. Trey Crews, making his Cars Tour debut, made his way around Pierce as well for seventh. The first caution of the race came out on lap 40 for a competition caution.

Once the green flag flew, the next caution came out on lap 42 for Cullather hitting turn three wall hard, collecting Justin Carroll as well ending both their nights. On the restart, Heim shot to the lead once again with Riggs falling in line to second. Peters still running third while Crews battled McCarty for fourth. McCarty gave Crews a slight door slam into turn one to clear Crews and take fourth. Teammates Peters and McCarty began a battle for third, resulting in McCarty taking the position.

After starting fourth, Pierce had fallen all the way to 17th with what looked to be handling issues. The first lead change came on lap 62 when Riggs cleated Heim into turn one but Heim did a massive slide job into turn two to take the lead right back. Riggs lost some momentum allowing McCarty to take second away. Lap 72 and McCarty had taken the lead from Heim. Lap 82 came up on the board and the caution came out for the second and final competition caution. On the restart, McCarty and Heim stayed door to door for two laps until Heim reclaimed the lead. Timothy Peters making his lone start in the Cars Tour pulled his number 12 machine to pit road with motor issues that ended his night.

The caution came out on lap 86 for Terry Carroll sliding through the backstretch grass. On the restart, Heim and McCarty went door to door once again until lap 88 when the caution flew again yet again for Crews spinning in turn one with a flat tire. Things began to heat up after the restart as Fryar moved up to third. Blake Stallings, after running midfield the entire race, made his way up to the fourth position. Riggs began to use the outside line to his advantage as he took third from Fryar. Connor Mosack, who had also been running midfield, had worked his way up to seventh. Lap 100 of 125 and things were getting exciting.

Riggs once again used the outside line to get around McCarty for second and had a clear track intro of him to chase down Heim. Lap 115 and Heim began to catch lap traffic. The lap traffic was just enough for Riggs to finally catch Heim with three laps to go. The white flag flew and Riggs was there. Going into turn three, the two made contact as Riggs chose the inside this time to shove Heim up the track and make the pass out of turn four to pick up his first victory of the 2020 season. The win would also end a two-year winless streak and creating the seventh winner in seven races on the tour.

 

Virginia Racers

Zach Lightfoot made his return to the track after dominating at Dominion all year. He put his machine on the pole by 2 one thousandths of a second over Landon Pemberton. Cole Bruce, Doug Warren, Andrew Condrey, and Elysia Potter rounded out the field. Once the green flag flew, Lightfoot didn’t look back. The field didn’t take long to go single file. Bruce took over second from Pemberton early on and went to work on Lightfoot. Lap 15 and Lightfoot had put a second lead on Bruce. Potter would pull her machine hot pit road with motor overheating issues. Zach Lightfoot would go on to lead all 35 laps and win the inaugural Virginia Racers race.

 

Visit Hampton 125 Results
  1. #99 Layne Riggs; 125
  2. #78 Corey Heim; 125
  3. #14 Jared Fryar; 125
  4. #81 Mini Tyrell; 125
  5. #19 Blake Stallings; 125
  6. #22 Bobby McCarty; 125
  7. #1 Nolan Pope; 125
  8. #88 Conor Mosack; 125
  9. #4 Jonathan Findley; 125
  10. #16 Chad McCumbee; 125
  11. #2 Jonathan Shafer; 125
  12. #9 Trey Crews; 125
  13. #51 Matt Cox; 125
  14. #08 Justin Johnson; 125
  15. #17 Stacy Puryear; 125
  16. #74 Ronald Hill; 125
  17. #2 Brandon Pierce; 125
  18. #63 Tyler Matthews; 125
  19. #90 Terry Carroll; 124
  20. #01 Camden Gullie; 124
  21. #19 Jessica Cann; 124
  22. #12 Timothy Peters; 85
  23. #22 Grayson Cullather; 41
  24. #91 Justin Carroll; 41

 

Virginia Racers Results
  1. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 35
  2. #31 Cole Bruce; 35
  3. #0 Landon Pemberton; 35
  4. #51 Doug Warren; 35
  5. #36 Andrew Condrey; 34
  6. #24 Elysia Potter; 8

 

[Featured photo courtesy of carsracingtour.com]

CHRIS HUMBLET SCORES THE VICTORY IN THE SEASON OPENER FOR THE AFFORDABLE AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR MODIFIEDS AT DOMINION RACEWAY

Thornburg, VA – The green flag finally flew for the 2020 season at Dominion Raceway with an infield full of race cars and the grandstands empty of race fans. The schedule included Modified 35, Twin 35’s for the Virginia Racers, UCAR 25, Any Car 20, and Mini Stock 25.

The main event Saturday night was the Affordable Automotive Repair Modified for 35 laps. Chris Humblet set quick time in qualifying with a lap 15.795. Tony Fowler spoiled an all Humblet front row with a second-place qualifying effort. After a redraw of 3, Jimmy Humblet led the 11-car field to the green flag.

Jimmy Humblet jumped out to an early lead followed by Chris Humblet and Tony Fowler. The caution came out 8 laps into the event when Hartley spun off turn 4. Fowler limped his machine down pit road with a terminal issue that sidelined him for the rest of the event.

The race’s final caution flew one lap later when Lowe turned Edgerton off the exit of turn 3. On the restart, Jimmy Humblet jumped back out to a commanding lead and looked to be in control of the race. That is until the leaders caught lap traffic with 10 laps to go. Lap traffic gave the elder Humblett all kinds of issues and opened the door for Chris Humblet to dive low off turn 2 making it 3-wide and took the lead. Chris Humblet never looked back and maintained a lengthy advantage over his dad and took the checkered flag for the season opener. Mike Rudy came home in the third position followed by Peyton Ferree and Wayne Hartley rounding out the top five.

The first race of the afternoon was first of two scheduled 35 lap races for the Truckin Thunder Virginia Racers. Davey Callihan set quick time in qualifying with a lap of 16.433. With a 5 car redraw after qualifying, Richard Storm and Zach Lightfoot assumed the front row and lead the 14-car field to the green flag.

The race started with a great door-to-door battle between Storm and Lightfoot. Storm would appear to take the advantage on the bottom, but Lightfoot stayed strong on the outside with some great side-by-side racing.

Bradley Kilby started making a move from his third starting position. Kilby caught Lightfoot and took the lead and he and Lightfoot separated themselves from the field 10 laps into the race.

The caution flag flew on lap 25 when Kilby got into the back of the lapped car of Barry Moore. Lightfoot and Logan Clark took the cone to start out the outside line. On the restart, Kilby jumped out the lead and pole-sitter Callihan and Lightfoot battled hard for the second position. It was another great door to door battle, but this allowed Callihan to check out on the field and secure the victory in the season opener for the exciting Virginia Racer’s division. Zach Lightfoot came home in the second position followed by Logan Clark, Davey Callihan, and Richard Storm rounding out the top five.

The second scheduled event for the Virginia Racer’s was canceled due to a storm cell that moved into the area.

Next week the action resumes at Dominion Raceway when the Late Models get their season started with two 60 lap events. Also, on the program is Virginia Racers 35, Dominion Stock 40, UCAR 25, INEX Legends 25, and INEX Bandos 25.

 

Affordable Automotive Modifieds

  1. Chris Humblet
  2. Jimmy Humblet
  3. Mike Rudy
  4. Peyton Ferree
  5. Wayne Hartley
  6. Mike Carte
  7. Kayla Surles
  8. Lauren Edgerton
  9. Jake Lowe
  10. David Blankenship
  11. Brandon Harding
  12. Tony Fowler
  13. Warren Lipford

 

Truckin Thunder Virginia Racers

 

  1. Bradley Kilby
  2. Zach Lightfoot
  3. Logan Clark
  4. Davey Callihan
  5. Richard Storm
  6. Mike Bedner
  7. Keith Carpenter
  8. Andrew Lang
  9. Barry Mooer
  10. Robb Almy
  11. Robert Almy
  12. Ryan Rector
  13. Reid Murphy
  14. Cole Bruce

Late Models to Remain on Hoosiers at Southern National; No Decision on Limiteds Yet

Southern National Motorsports Park will continue to run on Hoosier F-45 tires in the Late Model Stock Car division. (Photo credit: Andy Marquis/SNMP

Lucama, NC – Following a tire test earlier this month with American Racer tires, Southern National Motorsports Park has decided to keep the Late Model Stock Cars on the Hoosier F-45 tire for this season.

Southern National Motorsports Park General Manager Charlie Hansen said the decision was made to keep most of the competitors from having to make a change just to compete at the 4/10 mile speed plant.

“The tire of choice throughout this region is the Hoosier F-45 and it didn’t make sense for us to use something different than what most racers are already used to running,” Hansen said.  “We’re in a position where our schedule is shorter and racers will be coming from a lot of tracks and series to compete with us and it just doesn’t make sense to make everyone have to make wholesale changes to their cars to adjust for a different tire when the rest of the region primarily runs the Hoosier F-45.”

Hansen also stated that no decision has been made about what tire the Limited Late Models will run this season but that they would have another tire test, this time with Hoosier next week before making a final decision.

“We’re probably going to put the Limiteds on a different tire this season.  Something that will last longer and save them money.  The Limited division will run more races and we need them to be able to afford to race all year.  We’re going to test a couple different tire compounds with Hoosier before making a decision.”

The two tires that Hoosier will bring to the tire test is the Hoosier 1070 and F-80.  Both tires will be tested on the same day and will be compared to the American Racer tire tested earlier this month.  Limited Late Models have their first event at Southern National Motorsports Park on March 31st.

The goal of the tire change is to also help improve the quality of the tires for the Charger division and to move them to the Limiteds scuffs by the end of the season.

“This change will also filter down to our Charger division and hopefully make the racing better and give them a more repeatable tire to compete on.  Our goal is to have them on these scuffs by the end of this season.”

The Late Model Stock Cars will kick off the 2018 season on March 3rd with a 150-lap race featuring a potential $4,500 payday to the winner as well as a minimum of $600 to 18th finishing position and $500 to start.  The Dogwood 265 will also feature a 50-lap Mini Stock Mania race paying $500 to win, a 40-lap Charger feature and a 25-lap Bandolero race.  The opener will be a daytime event with a 2pm start time set.

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

CARS Tour: American Racer Replaced With Hoosier F45

Hoosier TireMooresville, NC – Effective immediately the Hoosier 37-190F45 RS tire will take over as the official tire of the CARS Tour with its debut in competition coming at Concord Speedway on August 29th. The new tire will be used on both left and right sides, and utilized by both Late Model Stock Cars and Super Late Model machines.

Tire testing to help design a tire specific to the CARS Tour for years to come will take place in the coming weeks with hopes of debuting the new tire at the season finale on November 1st at Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway.

“After much consideration for our competitors, fans, and the overall health of the tour we felt this is a necessary change moving forward. Our competitors are more familiar with the Hoosier Racing Tire product line, and have been vocal about their desire to utilize it in competition,” explained Tour Owner, Jack McNelly. “With that said I have to say that Scott Junod and the entire staff at American Racer have been nothing less than excellent to work with. Their efforts and hard work to help mold the CARS Tour in its initial stages speaks volumes about how valuable they are to the industry.”

The new Hoosier 37-190F45 RS tire being utilized on the CARS Tour will be exclusively available at MTP Tire located at Hickory Motor Speedway beginning Thursday August 6th. Competitors can contact Kevin Piercy with MTP Tire directly at 828.217.0002 to select tires.

For more information and to stay up with all the latest news and information on the all new CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the all new CARS Super Late Model Tour visit http://www.carsracingtour.com or contact the series directly at 704-662-9212. You can also follow the tour along on Twitter @CARSTour and stay connected via the tours Facebook page by liking “CARS Tour”.

Todd Gilliland Steals The Win In Inaugural CARS Tour LMSC Race

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Lucama, NC – Last but not least, we saved the best for last, holy crap… just a few sayings that came to mind when the checkered flag flew in the breeze Saturday night at Southern National Motorsports Park for the inaugural CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car race. The second 150-lap feature on the evening saw a very impressive thirty-car field, six cars were sent packing after qualifying and the last chance race, take the green flag to kick the season off!

Teams from all over the eastern seaboard spent weeks building and testing their machines to prepare for this weekend and the caliber of competition that rolled through the small town of Kenly, North Carolina were insurmountable.

Gilliland’s victory was his first in a Late Model Stock Car and comes after an incredible second place finish last year at SNMP during the Autumn Classic while driving a Limited Late Model. Though Gilliland was fastest in final practice earlier that afternoon, his victory did not come easy, nor did it lack excitement. Though Gilliland found himself at the top of the leader board during the final practice – that was extended might I add, I am guessing due to the rain before – but that however did not transfer over to qualifying. That honor would go to none other than the #08 of Deac McCaskill.
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