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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

Virginia Motor Speedway Returns to Racing Saturday, June 29

Jamaica, VA – Virginia Motor Speedway will return to racing on Saturday, June 29 and host week 6 of Dirt Series Championship weekly racing action. The night will feature all four of the speedway’s Dirt Series Championship divisions in action. See the Victory Lap Pro Late Models, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock Cars in some exciting side by side racing

After a rainout on June 8 Corey Almond of Appomattox, VA holds a 5-point advantage over Justin Williams of Concord, VA in the Victory Lap Pro Late Model points. With the division averaging 26 cars a week, this is the most competitive division at the speedway.

In the Budweiser Modified division, there have been three different winners in as many races with defending champion Hunter McClendon of Williamsburg, VA holding a 20-point lead over Lance Grady of Hanover, VA in the race for the championship.

The tightest points battle is in the Truckin Thunder Sportsman division where Tyler Shipp of Mechanicsville, VA holds a slim 1-point advantage over defending champion Tim Shelton of Fredericksburg, VA. 

And in the Collision One Limited Stock Car division Corey Bradley of Hopewell, VA holds a 3-point advantage over defending champion James Givens of Henrico, VA.

With the points so tight and every race more important than the next, this Saturday nights racing should be unbelievably exciting.

Competitor gates for Saturday, June 29 will open at 4 pm with spectator gates opening at 5 pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30 pm for hot laps. 

Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday: Victory Lap Pro Late Models (35 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (30 laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (30 laps) and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (25 laps). All divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.

Admission price for Adults $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 11 – 17 years old $6 and children 10 and under admitted free. Pit passes will be $20.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval track located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland, and the Hampton Roads area.

For more information about Virginia Motor Speedway or the 2018 events, visit www.vamotorspeedway.com or call (804) 758-1867. Also, fans can get social with Virginia Motor Speedway by following @vamotorspeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

Pierce Poised To Make A Statement In His Return To South Boston Speedway Saturday Night

Brandon Pierce celebrates after his first win at South Boston Speedway last year

South Boston, VA – There are going to be some heavy hitters rolling into South Boston Speedway this weekend for the track’s huge mid-season Late Model classic. Familiar names like Morris, Pulliam, Sellers, Peters and McCarty. 

Poised not far behind that group, flying a bit under the radar is Brandon Pierce. While he may not have the stats and championships of Philip Morris, Lee Pulliam, Peyton Sellers, Timothy Peters or Bobby McCarty, Pierce has to be considered a legitimate contender in the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented By Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200.

He finished fourth in last year’s event and was fifth in 2016. He picked up his first South Boston Speedway win last season and his first CARS Tour victory early this season. He is driving a car prepared by Pulliam this year and he says that partnership has accelerated the learning process.

“Everybody knows about all of Lee’s success overall and especially at South Boston. There is always something you can learn from someone of his caliber,” Pierce said of the four-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion. “I’ve asked him so many questions; he has taught me so much, about driving and about the car.”

Although Pierce hasn’t raced at South Boston this year, he says he’s learned so much about the .4-mile oval by watching Pulliam’s performances at the track closely this season.

“I always thought I did pretty good at South Boston,” said Pierce, who ran at the track full time in 2016 and 2017, his first full seasons in Late Model. “But I’ve learned so much about it this year. I’ve been with Lee every week he’s raced there this year, watching his car and his driving style.

“I’ve taken a lot of notes. I’m really looking forward to practice on Friday so I can put all of that to use.”

Pierce said he believes there is more buzz than normal about Saturday’s race among both fans and drivers. There are several reasons, he said. The larger first-place payout, up from $6,500 in 2018 to $10,000 this year, has contributed, he says. So has the fact it is the first race in the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown, the coveted three-race series that includes stops at Langley Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.

“If you win this one, you’ve definitely accomplished something. If it lives up to its billing, if everyone shows up that I hear is coming, the best of the best are going to be there.”

Pierce has been running the CARS Tour fulltime the past two seasons, but South Boston Speedway remains special to him.

“I definitely have this one circled because South Boston always feels like home to me. I ran there two years full time,” said Pierce, who is sponsored by Thunder Road Harley-Davidson, Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort, Fremont Properties, Discount Oil Company, Bondurant Brothers Distillery, Amanzi Marble & Granite and Mincey’s Graphics.

“I love the track. I love everybody there. I developed some fan base there and it’s always good going somewhere you’ve got experience.”

Pierce and Pulliam have only raced head-to-head once this season. He ran in the top five most of that day with his boss and teammate Corey Heim. It was good, clean, fun racing, Pierce said. But what would happen Saturday night if Pulliam is leading and he is running second on the final lap?

“I’d definitely give him a shot (in the bumper) and he would be mad if I didn’t. I’d give him big enough of a shot to get side-by-side. He’d be grinning ear-to-ear. I’d love that opportunity. And he’d do the same to me.”

Saturday’s Thunder Road Harley-Davidson Presented By Grand Atlantic Ocean Resort NASCAR Whelen Late Model 200 is going to be a celebration of racing and family fun. There will be racing in four divisions, a huge fan appreciation event on the track prior to the race and a spectacular fireworks display after the final race.

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

Advance tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the South Boston Speedway office or by calling 877.440.1540, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On race day tickets will be $20 for adults. Children 12-and-under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

Mike Looney and Greg Edwards Split Twin Features at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

Mike Looney celebrates in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane June 22, 2019.

Hampton, VA – As we get closer and closer to the annual Hampton Heat 200 it was that time of the year Langley Speedway saw a few drivers come from out of town to build a solid notebook. Phillip Morris, Peyton Sellers, Jeff Oakley, and Mike Looney – who actually made his first ever start at the speedway – all made the trip to Hampton to try and tame the flat short track. Mike Looney was the fastest man in town as the sun went down over turn three and grabbed the pole over Peyton Sellers. Phillip Morris, Greg Edwards, and Danny Edwards Jr.

Once the green flag flew, Looney took the lead going down the backstretch with Sellers falling into second. Lap three and Sellers made the move coming out of turn two and went to the inside of Looney to take the lead. Morris looked to follow with Sellers but Looney cut the nose of Morris going into turn three. Morris looked to move Looney again in turn four but this time making contact with Looney’s left rear. Neither car looked to have too much damage. The battle for eighth place also began to heat up as Gracie Trotter looked to hold off a charging Queen. With ten laps on the board Looney dove to the inside of Sellers in turn three and took the lead on corner exit. Morris’ now had a bumper full of Greg Edwards. Looney began to pull away from Sellers who now had Morris and Greg in his tracks as he had a slip in turn two.

With multiple attempts to get past Sellers, it took Morris until lap 22 before he finally got around him for second. Greg also made the pass on Sellers moving him to fourth. By this time Looney had a half a straightaway lead over the field. Danny made his way around Hall for the fifth position but Hall has perfected the crossover maneuver and took fifth right back. With Morris and Greg battling for second, Looney’s lead grew to a full straightaway. Lap traffic was a big factor between Morris and Greg as Greg went to make a pass on the inside but Morris used it as a blocker causing Greg to slow up to get around the lap car. Clear of lap traffic, Morris was able to close the gap to Looney to a half a straightaway once again. Lap 40 and Greg made a bold move on Morris and took second away. After starting strong, Sellers now had to fend off Hall for the fourth position. A three-car battle heated up for the seventh position between Queen, Trotter, and Oakley. Queen looked to the inside of Trotter multiple times, but she was able to fend off all attempts.

The second caution came with twenty laps to go, this time for Queen coming to a stop in turn three. The green flag came out and once again Looney took the point but a caution came out again for debris on the front stretch. On the restart, Looney continued his streak of great starts and held the lead. Morris went to second with Hall to third. Greg fell all the way back to sixth on the restart. With just five laps to go, Hall looked to the inside of Morris in turn for and moved him up the track to take second. Sellers and Greg were both also able to get past Morris for the position.

The checkered flag flew with Mike Looney picking up his first ever win at Langley Speedway in his first ever start. Connor Hall, Peyton Sellers, Greg Edwards, and Phillip Morris rounded out the top five finishers.

With an eight invert from race number one, Jeff Oakley was put on the pole. Woody Howard, Danny Edwards Jr, Phillip Morris, and Greg Edwards filled the top five. When the green flag flew, Howard got a great start and jumped to the point. Morris fell in line in second, move Oakley to third. Oakley did not get the start he wanted and Danny took advantage of that as well and took third away. It’s well known that Langley is a one-groove racetrack in recent years so to be able to run the outside line; you must be doing something right. That’s just what Mike Looney did as he used the outside to power past Oakley for fourth. First lead change of the race came on lap 5 as Morris got to the inside of Howard in turn four and got by him.

Oakley continued to fall through the field as Hall also used the outside line to get past him. Greg then went to the inside of Oakley and passed him as well. Oakley was now in sixth. Howard looked to get the lead back from Morris as he dove to the inside of Morris in turn two and battled to turn three. Howard made big contact with Morris sending both cars up the track and allowing Danny to take the lead on lap 12. After that contact Morris fell to fifth and Howard fell to third. Looney was able to make his way from eighth to second in only 15 laps with no cautions.

Battles throughout the field began to heat up as drivers began to get impatient. Greg got past Morris for fifth and Hall was able to get past Howard for third on lap 17. After Danny was able to put a slim lead on the field, Looney was able to catch him on lap 22. Looney made the move to the inside of Danny in turn four and took the lead on lap 23. Greg made his way past Howard for the fourth position as Hall looked to gain some ground on Danny in second. After having to start at the rear of the field for a tire change, Peyton Sellers made his way up to the seventh place. After starting on the pole, Oakley fell all the way to ninth place.

Lap 30 and Sellers worked his way past Morris for the sixth position. Then on lap 34, Greg was able to get to Halls back bumper to take third place. Hall looked to pull off one of his crossover moves coming out of turn two, but Greg drove Hall to the bottom of the track almost into the grass down the backstretch. The first caution of the race came out on lap 37 for Morris going for a spin by himself in turn two. Morris came down pit road and changed his right front tire as it looked to be flat.

The green flag flew and Looney did not get a good start at all. Going into turn one he was sideways stacking the field up and allowing Greg to use the outside to take the lead and Danny going to second. Looney held onto third and Sellers was fourth. Hall fell to eighth after getting stacked up on the start. After picking speed back up, Looney was able to quickly catch up to Danny and take second away. Looney then looked to close in on Greg for the lead. An unfortunate turn of events happened for Looney as he was all of a sudden off the pace and brought his machine down pit road and parked his machine. With ten laps to go, Greg had a half a straightaway lead over brother Danny. Morris was able to catch Queen for sixth and went to the inside of him. Queen loves the outside line so Morris was unable to get past him for position.

The checkered flag flew and Greg Edwards picked up his third win of the season at Langley Speedway. Danny Edwards Jr, Peyton Sellers, Connor Hall, and Woody Howard rounded out the top five finishers.

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock Race 1;

  1. #87 Mike Looney; 70
  2. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  3. #26 Peyton Sellers; 70
  4. #21 Greg Edwards; 70
  5. #01 Phillip Morris; 70
  6. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 70
  7. #41 Woody Howard; 70
  8. #11 Jeff Oakley; 70
  9. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 70
  10. #4 Duane Shreeves; 70
  11. #9 Rodney Boyd; 70
  12. #10 Madyson Mulligan; 70
  13. #03 Brenden Queen; 53
  14. #88 Thomas Marks; 52
  15. #2 Gracie Trotter; 46
  16. #25 Craig Eastep; 36

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock Race 2;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 70
  2. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 70
  3. #26 Peyton Sellers; 70
  4. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  5. #41 Woody Howard; 70
  6. #03 Brenden Queen; 70
  7. #01 Phillip Morris; 70
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 70
  9. #11 Jeff Oakley; 70
  10. #4 Duane Shreeves; 70
  11. #9 Rodney Boyd; 69
  12. #10 Madyson Mulligan; 69
  13. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 68
  14. #87 Mike Looney; 53
  15. #25 Craig Eastep; 14

Staton Cruises to Two-Barrel Late Model Win at Dixieland Speedway Collecting $4,000

Elizabeth City, NC – Veteran racer John Staton led flag-to-flag to claim the annual Two-Barrel Budweiser Late Model win at eastern North Carolina’s motor speedway.  Staton of Chesapeake, Virginia, made his first start in 2019 and began the 50-lap race from the pole position.  The driver of the number 17 machine led the parade of 17-late model stock cars and quickly checked out on the field.  Several battles on the speedway developed for multiple positions, but the most aggressive was for second place with more than four cars vying for it, and at times so close a blanket could have been thrown over them.

It took three attempts to start the event as multiple drivers were involved in incidents before lap one.  The most serious was when outside pole-sitter Brent Robinson bobbled in turns three and four forcing multiple drivers to check up to avoid contact.  This set off a chain reaction of events that carried over on the front stretch when Ryan Steeley’s vehicle overturned beside Billy Hubbard.  Steeley’s night was over early and Hubbard was able to limp along.

Willie Milliken of Roanoke Rapids appeared to be a possible contender for the win until his car experienced mechanical issues while running inside the top three in the second half of the event.

In the end, Staton was able to hold off Ethan Wilson of Fayetteville who piloted the winning car from the last two years when Dustin Mitchell steered it.  Robbie Emory of Milton, Delaware finished third and Russell Erwin of Beaverdam, Virginia claimed fourth.

“It was very sweet,” said Staton in victory lane.  “I want to thank God for a safe night and really want to dedicate this race to Greg Hubbard.  He was a great friend of mine.

Staton earned $4K for the victory.

Troy Brickhouse navigated his car back to winner’s circle for the second time in 2019 in the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman division.  The Elizabeth City racer dominated the 20-lap race that was slowed four times for spins involving Kris Staton and third place qualifier Doug Lincoln among others.  Joe Weiss nearly made it to the end with a fourth-place finish until his car expired on the final lap.  He ended up finishing 10th.

Following Brickhouse across the line was Mark Overman, who earned second, his best finish of the season and Brad Cox claimed third in his first start in 2019.

Points leader Mark Gonzales had problems from the early stages of the evening as he was not able to qualify his car when it broke during practice.  His crew worked feverishly over the next two hours to get it to race-ready condition, subjecting him to start at the rear of the field.  Racing in the back has its challenges and Gonzales saw his fair share after being caught up in an earlier incident.  He was able to carry on and muster a fourth-place finish.  Gonzales maintains the points lead by a narrow two markers over Brickhouse headed into Friday night’s races.

Josh Letson made a triumphant return to victory lane Friday after claiming the Little Caesars Super Street win, his second of the season.  Letson started the 20-lap feature on the outside pole and quickly worked his way around pole-sitter Kevin Tacy.  The battle for the top spot intensified near the latter stages of the event when Kevin Bray of Maple, North Carolina mounted a serious challenge. Bray was on the rear bumper of Letson when his car suddenly slowed on lap 14, ending his opportunity for a victory.

Josh Letson held off Justin Pruitt who finished second, Allen Shiflett third and Dennis Barnes rounded out the top four.  Pruitt started at the rear of the field and worked throughout the night to get his car to the front.  In a bizarre event during track roll-in before practice, Pruitt’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo went over the embankment in turn four and became stuck.  Fortunately for the 24-year old Chesapeake racer, his car experienced no damage and was able to compete with no issues.

With his second-place finish, Pruitt overtakes Dennis Barnes as the new championship standings leader. He leads Barnes by a slim two points.

James Hissom, Jr. bounced back with a vengeance on Friday after a miserable run one-week prior with a blown engine and a disappointing finish.  This time he was able to beat the competition by crossing the finish line first in the 15-lap event.  The Moyock native held off Justin Bohn and Louise Pasderetz, who claimed their career-best finishes of second and third.  With the win, Hissom padded his points lead over Kolton Stevens by 22 points. Trevor Battoia is now only two points outside of second place.

The action heats back up again on Friday evening during Biggs Cadillac, Buick, GMC night with a special 40-lap, $1,000 to win Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman event.  The Budweiser Allstar Late Models, Little Caesars Super Streets, Biggs Cadillac, Buick, GMC Stock Fours and R & D Super Fours will also compete.  Gates open at 5:00 p.m.  Racing begins at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets will be available for purchase in person.  For more information dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net.

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About Dixieland Speedway:

 

Dixieland Speedway is northeastern North Carolina’s premier action track.  The 3/8-mile dirt oval has hosted exciting Friday night racing since 1983.  Long straightaways and tight turns lead to intense on-track action.  The clay track is 55 feet wide and turns one and two are banked at 12 degrees, while turns three and four are eight-degrees.  Race fans from all over the region have come to witness spectacular side by side racing through the years.  The family-friendly facility offers something for everyone as on-track action keeps fans on the edge of their seats all night long. Refreshment and souvenir stands are on site.  Tickets for all events are available for purchase in person.  Don’t miss your chance to see why they call Dixieland, the track that started it all.  To learn more, visit dixielandspeedway.net or follow Dixieland Speedway on Facebook (Dixieland Speedway), Twitter (@DixielandSpdwy) and Instagram (@dixielandspeedway).  Information by phone, dial 252-771-5151.  Dixieland Speedway is located at 1520 Northside Road in Elizabeth City.

Two-Barrel Late Model Championship Race Returns to Dixieland Speedway on Friday

Ryan Steeley practices at Dixieland Speedway in preparation for the Budweiser Allstar Late Model event. Photo courtesy of Beverly Pritchett

Elizabeth City, NC The Two-Barrel Budweiser Late Model Championship race makes its annual stop at Elizabeth City’s motor speedway on Friday evening.  Drivers from across the region will make the trip to the 3/8-mile clay oval for their shot at winning the first place prize of $4,000.

Dustin Mitchell of Princeton, North Carolina, has won the event forthe last two consecutive years and is a favorite to take the 2019 trophy as well.  He and other heavy-hitter competitors mark their calendars to participate in this race each season.

This is a big event for dirt late model racers, and we look forward to welcoming back the drivers, crews, and fans for what promises tobe an incredible show,” said Red Swain, owner and promoter of Dixieland Speedway. “There are no points on the line, only a big paycheck and that will make the competitors hungry to make it to the finish line first.  This event only happens once a year, so you’ll want to make plans to join us for this fun and exciting evening. 

Three other classes will compete with point standings on the line, including Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman, Little Caesars Super Streets and the Biggs Cadillac, Buick, GMC Stock Fours.

The event follows an exciting night of racing one week ago that saw an emotional Billy Hubbard return to victory lane in the Budweiser Allstar Late Models after recently losing his father.  With the win, Hubbard swapped places in the point standings with Tom Wilson who had mechanical problems, subjecting him to his first finish outside of the top five.  Hubbard, second in the standings, now trails championship point’s leader Larry Jackson by 12 markers headed into their next pointspaying event Friday, June 28th.  Trevor Battoia and Danny Bagwell earned their first wins of the season in the Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours and R & D Super Fours.

Gates open at 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Practice kicks off at 6:30 p.m. followed by qualifying and racing begins at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets will be available for purchase in person.  For more information dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net.

About Dixieland Speedway:

Dixieland Speedway is northeastern North Carolina’s premier action track.  The 3/8-mile dirt oval has hosted exciting Friday night racing since 1983.  Long straightaways and tight turns lead to intense ontrack action.  The clay track is 55 feet wide and turns one and two are banked at 12 degrees, while turns three and four are eight-degrees.  Race fans from all over the region have come to witness spectacular side by side racing through the years.  The family-friendly facility offers something for everyone as on-track action keeps fans on the edge of their seats all night long.  Refreshment and souvenir stands are on site.  Tickets for all events are available for purchase in person.  Don’t miss your chance to see why they call Dixieland, the track that started it all.  To learn more, visit dixielandspeedway.net or follow Dixieland Speedway on Facebook(Dixieland Speedway), Twitter (@DixielandSpdwy) and Instagram(@dixielandspeedway).  Information by phone, dial 252-771-5151.  Dixieland Speedway is located at 1520 Northside Road in Elizabeth City.  

 

Shawn Balluzzo Continues Winning Streak in Larry King Law Modified Division

Shawn Balluzzo celebrates his fifth consecutive Modified victory at Langley Speedway with granddaughter Sidney. (Charlie Alexander/King Charles Photography)

Hampton, VA– Shawn Balluzzo picked up right where he has left off all season by grabbing yet another pole for their 50-lap feature event. Rick Gdovic who debuted a brand new car qualified second. Matt Carter, Jamie Sample, and Brenden Queen – who made his Modified debut – made up the fastest five starters.

Once Balluzzo saw the green flag fly he never looked back. Carter and Gdovic fell in line behind Balluzzo as Sample and Queen battled for fourth. Queen eventually took the spot from Sample as Bubba Johnston looked to follow through with Queen but was unable to do so. Bobby Gery, who has been driving a different car after his got totaled in the first race of the season, pulled his machine to pit road and parked it nose first in his stall ending his evening early.

A three-car battle between Johnston, Harrell, and Largena began for the sixth position. Harrell made multiple attempts to get to the inside of Johnston but couldn’t get it done without giving him a big bump in turn three on lap 15. Queen also caught Gdovic for the third position and started to put the pressure on. While everyone was battling for sixth Kyle Wood was able to catch up and take eighth from Largena. Bubba Johnston would have issues as he got shuffled out of the groove and fell all the way back to the ninth position.

Halfway through the feature Balluzzo had built a full straightaway lead over second place Matt Carter. Gdovic and Queen were still left battling for the third position, while everyone else was well spread out. Bubba Johnston pulled his machine down pit road to service the issues he was having throughout the race and was able to rejoin the field a few laps later. By lap thirty-five Balluzzo had a straightaway and a half lead over Carter who had no competition for second. Gdovic finally was able to get away from Queen for third place and Queen began to slip behind. Jamie Sample was losing grip of the track and coming out of turn four, was almost sideways due to lack of grip. That helped Harrell, Wood, and Largena get past him.

The checkered flag flew for Shawn Balluzzo as he picked up his fifth straight win of the season. Matt Carter, Rick Gdovic, Brenden Queen, and Danny Harrell were your top five finishers.

Larry King Law Modified Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 50
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 50
  3. #64 Rick Gdovic; 50
  4. #47 Brenden Queen; 50
  5. #95 Danny Harrell; 50
  6. #19 Kyle Wood; 49
  7. #4 TJ Largena; 49
  8. #28 Jamie Sample; 49
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 49
  10. #16 Eric McPherson; 48
  11. #19 Bubba Johnston; 31
  12. #3 Bobby Gery; 4
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