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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

Racing Returns to Dominion Raceway Without Fans For The Time Being

Due to the Governor’s order on May 28, 2020 to enter phase two of re-opening the state Dominion Raceway located in Thornburg, VA has released information on their opening night and plans for at least the next two weeks. Please take a moment to read the below information from the facility as it has dates, times, and regulations to follow as you return to the speedway. As race fans are not permitted in the stands as of yet we will have race day coverage for you all on our various social platforms.

Friday, June 5th Open Practice from 3-8PM.

RACE DAY SATURDAY JUNE 6TH (No Fans at this time)
The line up for Saturday, June 6th is:
RACE STARTS AT 5PM GATE AT 10AM.

Modifieds 35
Truckin Thunder VA RacerS 35/35
Mini Stocks 25
MN Upholstery Services ,LLC Ucar 25
Absolutely Amish Structures AnyCar 20

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To all competitors the following special procedures will apply for our future races until such time as we can return to normal operations:

– No spectators will be permitted. We are so sorry but it’s the Governor’s orders.
– Teams may bring in the Driver and up to 8 crew members per team. This will be closely monitored.
– Face Masks are encouraged but not mandatory unless inside a building or where you have a medical condition preventing mask use.
– If you need a face mask please ask we have some available
– Social distancing of 6′ minimum is required and 8′ between race teams as parked in the infield.
– DO NOT ATTEND THIS EVENT IF YOU HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 OR HAVE A TEMPERATURE.
– DR has temperature monitoring devices and reserves the right to check all attendees for elevated temperatures.
– All participants will have to sign the standard race waiver and a COVID-19 release as required by our insurance company at check-in

– Costs to race are as follows:

Race entry costs (“Temporary- COVID-19”) All teams in addition to DR’s standard pit entry fees are required to pay a race entry cost as follows:

-Late Model team $100
-Modified team $75
-Virginia Racer team $75
-Dominion Stock team $50
-UCAR team $25
-INEX Legend team $35
-VMCRA Mini cup team $25
-Mini Stock team $25
-INEX Bandolero team $15
-ANY CAR team $15

Pit entry with NASCAR License per person (Standard) $28 per person
Pit Entry without NASCAR License per person (Standard) $35 per person.

You may purchase a NASCAR license on-site.

NASCAR Sanctioning. NASCAR has not determined if it will sanction racing of its short tracks at this time. This event will run as a NASCAR event should NASCAR sanction it and will still run if not as a “non NASCAR” event. We are simply honoring our standard discount as a NASCAR member and your pit entry will have no benefit or effect if the race is not NASCAR sanctioned. Track points will be rewarded in either case and this race will count as a track points race. This race may not count as a Virginia Racer series race with Langley Speedway until such time as Langley’s schedule is posted and they are open.

All of the other standard racing procedures will apply as before. It is our hope to run a standard event just as we would have pre-COVID-19.

Live Streaming- still working on this. We have ordered the necessary equipment and we have determined if we are to do this we will need to do it in house to make it affordable. We have no experience and so we will make an announcement pre-race, provided the equipment comes in, we hope you will give us a pass on the production quality. We don’t want to produce a bad offering but once the equipment comes in if it comes in this week we will have virtually no time to practice and perfect it. There will be no charge for this race although we may ask to have a small future charge if we can offer something that we believe meets a reasonable production experience for our fans. This will be a temporary measure only for the benefit of those staying home and is not something we will continue once fans are permitted. We are not looking to get into the Pay Per View business we are in the fans in the stands business!!!

We will have extra security to monitor the gate. To meet the Governors order you may not enter the facility unless you are with a team as a driver or crew. We don’t make the rules and we want all of our competitors to be safe and practice good COVID-19 procedures at all times. You will be asked to leave if you do not take these initiatives seriously, our ability to continue racing is directly related to our ability to have your buy-in and support even if you don’t agree fully with the measures we are being asked to take.

Sunday is our rain date and we will run on Sunday, June 7th if we cannot run this event in total on June 6th. We will monitor the weather closely and keep you posted. The race will be considered a completed event once 50% of the laps for this event is run. If your division doesn’t run due to weather and you have paid an entry fee and bought pit passes your race will be rescheduled at the next opportunity and your entry will be valid at that time. We will not conduct a weather make up race once the race has commenced in all cases.

Here is the link to the Governors order for your review these are the conditions and permission we are racing under in the State of Virginia at this time.

http://ovaltrack.dominionraceway.com/…/Virginia-Forward-Pha…

Lastly, we all need some fun!!!! It will be different and we all know that missing our fans will be the hardest part for all of us. Let’s do everyone proud, having a great competitive race, and getting the season started is critically important if we hope to return to the sport we all love and have a 2020 season.

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Friday, June 12 Open Practice from 3-8PM.

RACE DAY SATURDAY JUNE13TH (No Fans at this time)
The line up for Saturday, June 13th is:
RACE STARTS AT 7PM GATE AT 10AM

DR Late Models 60/60
Dominion Stocks 40
INEX Legends 25
INEX Bandoleros 15
Mini Cup VMCRA 25

Berry Bounces by McCarty for CARS Tour Win at Dominion Raceway

Photo Credit: Pit Row Media / Dinah Mullins

Thornburg, VA – Josh Berry bested the field on Saturday night at Dominion Raceway in the CARS Tour Radley Cadillac & Chevrolet 125, his 16th series win. The victory came after Berry passed his closest rival, Bobby McCarty, for the race lead with 49 laps to go and it kept him within one point of the championship lead.

Following Hedgecock Pole Qualifying, McCarty appeared to be the man to beat after nearly breaking the series track record during his run. Berry, however, qualified alongside the No. 22 and the pair led the field to the green flag.

The first major caution of the evening occurred on lap 26 when Camden Gullie’s engine expired on the backstretch. Doug Barnes, Jr., and Mason Diaz made contact less than a lap after the restart, triggering a multi-car incident which eliminated Diaz and Trevor Ward from the event while also sweeping Ronald Hill into the mess.

On each of the early restarts, Berry was able to nose ahead of McCarty for a lap, but the No. 22 Toyota continued to set the pace despite Berry’s early attempts at the lead.

A competition caution on lap 66 drew the field closer together and allowed Berry to once again hone in on his nemesis for the race lead. After peppering the rear bumper of McCarty with love taps for nearly ten laps, he muscled his way by with authority on lap 77 and began to pull away.

The JR Motorsports driver remained unchallenged in the final 49 circuits, cruising to Edelbrock Victory Lane in a car originally built for his boss, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., to race. McCarty finished second by a margin of 2.621 seconds. Brandon Pierce, Mini Tyrrell and Layne Riggs rounded out the top five.

“It cooled off and the track came to us,” Berry said in Edelbrock Victory Lane. “When it came time to go, it went. I couldn’t believe once we got out front how well it ran and we were able to just drive away. That was pretty fun. This was a pretty amazing racecar, first race on this thing and it’s just a credit to all these guys for all their hard work.

“This is a huge weekend for us, obviously with Mark [from his sponsor] coming down here and with his support of our race team,” he continued. “I wouldn’t be doing this without him. This is a place we don’t race a whole lot and it’s only my second race here and we didn’t come test, we just kinda showed up with a brand new racecar, pinned our ears back and tried to make it work. And we were able to do that. That thing got out front at the end and it was a rocket. It was a lot of hard work, and I’m looking forward to getting to some more tracks that we’ve been to a lot.”

The next event for the CARS Racing Tour will take place July 13 at Carteret County Speedway, the Solid Rock Carriers Crystal Coast 125, a standalone event for the late model stock cars with support from various local divisions at the retro-themed facility on the coast of North Carolina. The event features one of the largest purses of the season spread throughout the field with an already-record number of pre-entries in the facility’s history.

For more information on the CARS Tour, visit their website at CARSRacingTour.com, or follow them on Facebook (@CARSTour), Twitter (@CARSTour), Instagram (@cars_tour), and Snapchat (@carstour). The series also has its own YouTube channel, Roku channel (available through its TV website), and a publicly available Amazon FireTV app.

THE FINISH

CARS Late Model Stock Tour

Radley Cadillac & Chevrolet 125

Dominion Raceway – June 22, 2019

POS NUM DRIVER LAPS REASON OUT

1. 88 Josh Berry 125

2. 22 Bobby McCarty 125

3. 2 Brandon Pierce 125

4. 81 Mini Tyrrell 125

5. 99 Layne Riggs 125

6. 88B Doug Barnes, Jr. 125

7. 08 Deac McCaskill 125

8. 7 Michael Hardrin 125

9. 63 Tyler Matthews 125

10. 74 Ronald Hill 125

11. 98 Adam Lemke 125

12. 55 Howie DiSavino, Jr. 125

13. 1 Craig Moore 124

14. 17P Stacy Puryear 124

15. 91 Justin S. Carroll 124

16. 57 Justin Carroll 124

17. 90 Terry Carroll 124

18. 19C Jessica Cann 121

19. 4 Jonathan Findley 93 Mechanical

20. 19 Cameron Bowen 65 Mechanical

21. 12 Mason Diaz 26 Accident

22. 77 Trevor Ward 26 Accident

23. 07 Camden Gullie 26 Engine

Cole Bruce Gets Season Turned Around with Win at Dominion

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Cole Bruce picked up his first win of the year at Dominion Raceway on Saturday, turning around what has been a tumultuous start to his 2019 season.

Bruce, 15, from Fredericksburg, Virginia, started Saturday’s Dominion Racer feature in the third position and quickly raced his way to the front of the field.  Bruce made his pass on the fourth lap of the 35 lap feature and held on to score the victory.

After a disappointing start to the season, the win was just what was needed to get the team back on track.

“It helped boost us up,” Bruce said.  “It gives us more confidence in ourselves for the rest of the season so we’re not scratching our heads trying to figure out what we need to do to make the car faster.  This win means a lot because we’re in a good spot for the rest of the season knowing we have a great car.  It just mainly relieves us to get that first win of the season.”

Bruce’s season started with a practice accident at South Boston Speedway in March.  After another disappointing result at Dominion Raceway, Bruce picked up his first top-five finish of the year at South Boston Speedway on April 20th.

“Our car program is doing well thanks to After Hours Fabrication,” Bruce said.  “Motor program, we’ve got that straightened out.  Overall, I think we have a pretty good shot at the Dominion championship this year.  I feel confident we’ll come back to South Boston and hopefully get a top-three finish, or, even better, a win.”

After scoring his first win of 2019, Bruce is now setting his sights on picking up more victories at Dominion Raceway.  His next race will be on Saturday, May 18th in the 35 lap Dominion Racer feature at the Thornburg, Virginia track.

Cole Bruce is supported in 2019 by Papa John’s, Shepherd’s Heating and Air, Matco Tools, Radley Cadillac in Fredericksburg, Mullins Racing and Dinah Marie Photography.

To learn more about Cole Bruce, visit www.colebruceracing.com, “like” Cole Bruce Racing on Facebook or follow Cole Bruce on Twitter.

Cole Bruce climbs out of his car and celebrates after winning at Dominion Raceway on Saturday. (Dinah Mullins/Dinah Marie Photography photo)

Featured Photo: Dinah Mullins/Dinah Marie Photography photo

Jeff Oakley Wins Dominion Raceway Season Opener in Wild Overtime Finish

Jeff Oakley works down the backstretch at Dominion Raceway during final practice. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Thornburg, VA – Jeff Oakley is no stranger to victory lane at Dominion Raceway and he proved that once more tonight. Oakley muscled his way around defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion Philip Morris on lap twenty-seven, held off several charges, and several late race cautions to capture the win.

Bruce Anderson was the fastest man in town earlier in the afternoon as the sun was setting over Dominion Raceway with a 15.302-second lap. Jeff Oakley, Michael Hardin, Howie DiSavino, and Philip Morris were the fastest five cars at the completion of qualifying. Anderson would be forced to give up his front row starting position due to Dominion’s invert rule. That starting position was given to none other than Philip Morris.

Morris was able to jump out to the early lead when twenty-three cars roared to life down the front stretch and into turn one. Hometown veteran Michael Hardin looked to have other plans for how he wanted the race to play out and took the lead from Morris eleven laps into the feature. Hardin’s lead was short-lived, as Morris was able to get battle back and regain the lead. The short battle was just enough to allow Oakley to close the gap and be part of the conversation for the race lead.

Oakley was able to take the lead following a restart after a rather lengthy red flag for clean up due to a crash in turn two. Morris decided to take the cone from the lead and restart from the top groove. This allowed Oakley to restart on the bottom, which honestly may have won him the race. The two sailed off into turn one racing a very physical race but it was Oakley who came out of turn two on top.

Oakley then had to turn his attention to restarts, as he had to deal with an unprecedented seven restarts in one of the wildest races we have been to in a while. One of those restarts just happened to be a green, white, checkered in Dominion’s version of overtime that ultimately took out champion contender Tyler Hughes out of the race when he had issues getting started. In victory lane, Oakley ranked this win up there on his list of wins after beating Philip Morris heads up.

Morris was able to hold off an impressive late race charge from former Rev Racing K&N driver Sergio Pena, who actually started to come on really strong as the laps wound down. Davey Callihan running a Bobby Creech prepared car was able to hang onto a fourth-place finish while Doug Barnes bounced back to a fifth place finish after being sent to the rear of the field due to his involvement in the incident that took Bruce Anderson out of contention for a win.

Cole Bruce picked up the official first victory of the 2019 Dominion Season in the scheduled 30-lap feature. Bruce, who was actually involved in the night’s first caution, was able to drive back through the field for the win, with the help of a handful of cautions. Bradley Kilby was the one who actually took the early lead following the first restart of the honestly looked poised for the win, however, with the help of a few cautions Bruce was able to drive back through the field and collect the win. Aaron Donnelly, who was supposed to pull double duty in the Dominion Racer and Late Model, finished second while Mike Ganoe Jr., Andrew Lang, and Reid Murphy completed the top five.

With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series making their trip back to the commonwealth, next weekend Dominion Raceway will take the weekend off and return to action Saturday, April 20th. For a complete list of who is running make sure you head over to the speedway’s website.

 

Late Model UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #11 Jeff Oakley; 107
  2. #01 Philip Morris; 107
  3. #01 Sergio Pena; 107
  4. #13 Davey Callihan; 107
  5. #88 Doug Barnes; 107
  6. #22 Grayson Cullather; 107
  7. #72 Blake Morris; 107
  8. #4 Randy Roberts; 107
  9. #17 Eric George; 107
  10. #82 Mike Ganoe; 107
  11. #8 Tyler Hughes; 106
  12. #18 Chandler Storm; 105
  13. #1 Michael Munley; 105
  14. #19 Colby Stottlemyer; 97
  15. #4 Timmy Phipps; 93
  16. #9 Alex Brock; 78
  17. #55 Howie DiSavino; 76
  18. #09 Bruce Anderson; 62
  19. #7 Michael Hardin; 48
  20. #00 Chase Burrow; 16
  21. #04 Mike Michalski; 16
  22. #6 Cole Knopp; 16
  23. #75 Logan Jones; 2

 

Dominion Racers UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #31 Cole Bruce; 36
  2. #31 Aaron Donnelly; 36
  3. #12 Mike Ganoe Jr.; 36
  4. #29 Andrew Lang; 26
  5. #21 Reid Murphy; 36
  6. #9 James Johnson; 36
  7. #5 Bradley Kilby; 36
  8. #70 Barry Moore; 36
  9. #91 Robb Almy; 36
  10. #51 Raymond Terczak; 35
  11. #28 Davey Callihan; 9
  12. #07 Richard Storm; 4
  13. #8 Billy Ingle; 1

 

Featured Photo: Andy Newsome/Loose In, Tight Off

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