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Kelley Earnhardt-Miller to serve as Honorary Pace Car Driver for the first race under the lights at Martinsville

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Last October, Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell to make the biggest announcement in track history – adding permanent LED lights. This Saturday, nearly one year later, another Earnhardt, Dale’s sister Kelley Earnhardt-Miller, will lead the field to green in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, serving as the Honorary Pace Car Driver in the first race under the lights.

“I think it’s absolutely awesome. I can’t wait to be a part of that,” Earnhardt-Miller said. “When Clay called and Dale was a part of the announcement and he called to say they were going to be putting in lights and this race would be the first run under the lights, it was really cool and really special.”

For Campbell, asking Kelley to drive the pace car in the biggest NASCAR Late Model Stock Car race in the country, was an easy decision.

“The Earnhardt family is such an important piece in not only NASCAR’s history, but Martinsville Speedway’s history, as well,” Campbell said. “Kelley’s father, brother and husband have all won races here. Her grandfather raced here. She’s a former Late Model Stock Car driver herself. She and Dale own Late Model cars that race every weekend. So, I was really excited when she said she would be able to come lead the field to green.”

Earnhardt-Miller raced Late Models in the mid-90s with her brothers Dale and Kerry. While she never raced at Martinsville, she knows the importance of the race, and, most likely a few of the drivers in it.

“The Martinsville race is always ‘The Race,” the prestigious race,” she said. “It’s always the one we talk about – the car counts, the drivers that show up – you always want to be a part of that race, You always want to make that race.

“I’ll probably be leading a few people that I raced against 20 years ago.”

And while racing is in her blood, she said she won’t be entering the pace car in the race.

“The thought might cross my mind, but I know better,” she said. “No chance of that. I’m sure I’d get run over pretty quickly, but it will make me think about my time in a racecar and how much fun that was and how much fun short-track racing is.”

The experience of driving the pace car is enough.

“It’s just a really cool thing to do,” she said. “I was honored to be asked. It’s something I’ve never done before. To be able to lead the field, especially at a place like Martinsville that’s a very intimate, downhome, old-school place.

“It’s already a magnificent race to see, and under the lights it’s going to be even better.”

 

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race. Race day – Saturday, September 23 – starts with three 25-lap qualifying races to set the field, followed by a 25-lap “last chance” qualifying race. Fan gates open at 2:00 pm, followed by an autograph session on the frontstretch at 2:30. The qualifying races will start at 4 with the main feature set to begin at 8. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-877-RACE-TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Staff Picks & Schedule: Who Should You Be Watching?

Lee Pulliam

Pulliam, looking for his fourth national title, after dominating at tracks that did not follow suit with the SPEC motor that some Virginia tracks opted to allow. Martinsville is one of the hold outs for the motor so Pulliam might have an edge in the motor game and won’t have to swap in a different motor.

 

Timothy Peters

After the sudden closing of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team the Danville, VA driver wasted no time coming back to the late model scene. With trips to multiple tracks in the region to get back up to speed Peters will be ready to get his first grandfather clock.

 

Bobby McCarty

With a sixth-place finish in the first leg of the triple crown at South Boston and a win in his first trip to Langley Speedway for the second leg Bobby McCarty has set himself up well for a strong run at the Virginia Triple Crown title and a win at Martinsville Speedway.

 

Josh Berry

A fan favorite in the region and always a strong competitor will be another driver hungry for the checkers and grandfather clock. Sitting just four points out of first place in the CARS Tour Berry can continue a great season with a win in the ValleyStar Credit Union 300.

 

 

Ryan Repko

Qualifying third in his Martinsville debut and put on a racing clinic in his heat race, opening up almost an entire straightaway lead. He would ultimately finish the 25-lap heat race in the fifth position and transfer to the feature. Working to pass cars and save tires, Repko eventually ran into issues that took him out of contention. With another year of Late Models under his belt we think you should keep a close eye on this driver under the lights.

 

Tommy Lemons Jr:

The two time ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner can never be counted out at the biggest late model race in the country. Tommy knows what it takes to wheel it around the paperclip and will be in position by the end to try and get his third grandfather clock.

 

Kres VanDyke:

With a forty starts this season, VanDyke was able to collect twenty-five wins, the most of any drivers in the top fifty in the nation. Thirty-four top fives, thirty-eight top ten finishes along with the Tennessee state champion. VanDyke has run well in previous ValleyStar Credit Union and proved he was quick during the Thursday night test.

 

Dark Horse

Brenden Queen – After a track championship in 2016 at East Carolina Motor Speedway Butterbean finished with a solid 5th place in points at Langley, finished second in the Hampton Heat, and finished fourth in the W.O. Grubbs 150 at Dominion. Riding that momentum can set this driver up for a huge win at Martinsville.

Nick Smith – After dominating the 2016 season at Dominion Raceway and winning the track championship, Nick Smith returned to his home track of Langley Speedway this season and earned two wins after dealing with more bad luck than anyone can shake a stick at. Smith had an incredible run earlier in the season at South Boston Speedway and followed that up with top-five finish during the Hampton Heat, proving to everyone the Hampton, VA driver knows how to be there at the end of a long race.

 

 

 

ValleyStar Credit Union 300 Schedule

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Campground opens

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

9:00 AM                               Ticket Office Opens

10:00 AM                             Haulers Enter

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM              Registration

10:00 AM                             Garage Opens

2:30 PM                                Inspection

4:00 PM                                Fan Gates Open

4:00 PM – 7:00 PM                 Practice

8:00 PM                                Pole Qualifying

9:00 PM                                Ticket Office Closes

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

11:00 AM                             Registration and Ticket Office Opens

12:00 PM                              Garage Opens

1:30 PM                                Drivers’ Meeting (Media Center)

2:00 PM                                Fan Gates Open

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM                Autograph Session on the Frontstretch

4:00 PM                                Qualifying Races (4 x 25 Laps)

8:00 PM                                Feature Race (200 Laps)

Nick Smith and Bobby McCarty Tied Going Into Final Segment of the 2017 Virginia Triple Crown Series

Nick Smith celebrates in victory lane after winning the second of two races this past year at Langley Speedway.

A lot will be on the line this weekend when over eighty Late Model Stock cars make the return trip to Ridgeway, Virginia for the largest race of the season for these weekend worries. Take away the $25,000 check to the winner, take away the chance to bring home a famous grandfather clock to your shop, throw out the fact that this will be the first event under the permanent LED lights. Well okay, don’t really throw that out because it is almost everything that anyone is talking about. With all of that going on this weekend we do not want to forget that one driver will leave The Paperclip as the 2017 Virginia Triple Crown Champion and net no less than $10,000.

For those who may not know, the Virginia Triple Crown is a three-race, three track series, where the winner is the one driver who competes in all three races and accumulates the highest average finish. The series is kicked off at South Boston Speedway with their annual running of the Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200, the speedways riches race of the year. Followed very closely by The Hampton Heat 200 hosted by Langley Speedway, all to come to a head in the fall at Martinsville Speedway.

Two drivers will unload Friday afternoon deadlocked at the top of the leaderboard so to speak with an average finish of 3.5. Give the nod to Bobby McCarty, the most recent winner of the Hampton Heat, as he has the better finishing position between him and Hampton’s own, Nick Smith. McCarty, who failed to make the show in 2013 & 2015, looks to improve on his 24th place finish from last year after replacing teammate Timothy Peters, as well as notch another accomplishment off his belt as well as become the 2017 Virginia Triple Crown champ. McCarty felt good this past week at the Thursday night test expressing his plan his to save the car and his breaks and go all out at the end.

Nick Smith took the more consistent approach to earn his position tied at the top of the standings. Not discrediting McCarty’s runs in both races but a third-place finish at South Boston and a fourth-place finish at his home track for the Hampton Heat should go to show that Nick Smith is a force to be reckoned with in these long distance races. Smith is coming off of one of the most dominating seasons in his Late Model career picking up twelve wins and the track championship at the newly opened Dominion Speedway in 2016. Smith elected to return to his home track this season running the new Chevy Spec motor where he collected two wins on the season. Bad luck and bad timing appeared to be what kept him out of the points battle. Smith will make the trek this weekend sans the Chevy Spec motor using the same Chevy built motor he had success with last season.

Brenden Queen, another driver who calls Langley Speedway home, is not out of the hunt with his eighth and second place finishes. Queen comes into the weekend sitting in third place with an average finish of fifth place. Fourteen drivers will be eligible this weekend for the extra bonus money should they make the trip out. With the craziness that is Martinsville, anything can happen at the end of 200 laps. All fourteen drivers and their average finishes are listed here.

 

Front gates will open to fans at 4:00 PM Friday afternoon for practice that will run until 7:00 PM. Pole Qualifying will start approx. 8:00 PM. Registration and the ticket office will open Saturday morning at 11:00 AM with the garage opening at noon. General Admission gates will open at 2:00 PM with an hour-long autograph session scheduled from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. The 25-lap qualifying races will roll off at 4:00 PM with the 200-lap feature race starting approx. 8:00 PM.

Make sure you follow The Weekly Racer on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with everything going on trackside this weekend.

 

2017 Virginia Triple Crown Eligible Drivers – Avg. Finish

  1. #22 Bobby McCarty – 3.5
  2. #12 Nick Smith – 3.5
  3. #03 Brenden Queen – 5
  4. #17 Stacy Puryear – 7.5
  5. #01 Philip Morris – 8.5
  6. #26 Peyton Sellers – 8.5
  7. #12 Timothy Peters – 9
  8. #90 Terry Carroll – 12
  9. #12 Austin Thaxton – 12
  10. #91 Justin Carroll – 13.5
  11. #55 Mark Wertz – 15.5
  12. #57 Eddie Johnson – 18
  13. #19 Cameron Bowen – 19
  14. #07 Dean Ward – 19.5

Pulliam Looking Forward to Martinsville Speedway Under the Lights While On the Heels of Possible Fourth National Title

With the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series officially completed, it is time for Late Model Stock Car drivers to focus on the “postseason.” A handful of big races that are held in the fall months once drivers in the Mid-Atlantic have completed their regular season at their local home tracks. There is no bigger race on any driver’s or race fan’s calendar than the ValleyStar Credit Union 300. There may also be no bigger name this year going into the prestigious event than Lee Pulliam.

Pulliam had yet another impressive regular season earning nineteen wins in forty-three starts over four different states. The Alton, Virginia driver also won championships at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina as well as winning the South Carolina state championship by over two hundred points. With Pulliam winning his fourth national title in the past six years it ties him with “The King” of Late Model Stock Car Racing. Raising the question, is there a new king rising to power?

The trip to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway was his first in over two years after he won the prestigious Hampton Heat in 2015 and, of course, could not make a trip if he wanted to in 2016 because of issues with the track. With the final weekend to earn National points he figured he would give the twins a go.

“We were just looking for a place to race,” Pulliam said at the end of the evening. “My guys and I have raced hard all years at different places and we hadn’t raced here in two years. Just trying to do something different.”

Pulliam would struggle as the afternoon progressed, qualifying towards the back of the field. Things didn’t get any better for him either; he would only make it up to the seventh position and lose a lap to the eventual race winner, Greg Edwards.

“We struggled all day today,” Pulliam told The Weekly Racer. “We were pretty fast here about a month ago but got rained out. Today we were just off. We didn’t test good, didn’t qualify good, and we didn’t race well the first race. We made some changes for that second race and we thought we were going to win it, just couldn’t hold off the No. 77 with the fresher tires, all-in-all we had a decent weekend.

Pulliam, like most drivers hunting a national title, has certainly not had the easiest summers. Traveling throughout the Mid-Atlantic is no task for the faint of heart.

“We have been blessed,” Pulliam went on to say. “I got a great family and a great crew. Just great people surrounding us. Our business, Lee Pulliam Performance, is doing good, customers are racing good and winning races, I’m really excited about the future and proud of everyone’s hard work and determination to not stop and not give up”

With just a few days till the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 or Christmas as some of my fellow colleagues call it, Pulliam thought he had a good piece under him and was truly excited to race under the lights. Citing that it’s already a prestigious event but to throw in the new lights, it is going to be a good show.

“We had a good piece at the test the other day,” Pulliam said. “We were pretty good and had a top-five car. Need to make just a couple little changes to be better I think, but everyone needs to be better. As a racer you are never satisfied, you can win a million races but it is very, very, rare that I have ever had a perfect racecar and I think anyone who has won a lot of races will tell you that. I am chasing my third grandfather clock, I think it would be really cool to win and tie Philip Morris with that. It’s going to be a stout field and a tough race to win as always. I just hope we can get the job done.”

The race will be the first at Martinsville under the new permanent LED fixtures; however, it will not be the first ever. In years past a Modified race was held at the paperclip where the track used temporary lights. We asked Lee how he felt being the first event there and what it meant to him.

“I am definitely excited to be under the lights,” Pulliam said. “It’s a special event already, a big event, you add the element of that, and it makes it really fun. I think it’s prestigious to win that deal and then you add that, everyone wants to be the first person to win under them. It’s going to be a great show, the fans are going to get to see breaks glowing, sparks flying, everything. It’s going to be fun for everybody involved.”

 Front gates will open to fans at 4:00 PM Friday afternoon for practice that will run until 7:00 PM. Pole Qualifying will start approx. 8:00 PM. Registration and the ticket office will open Saturday morning at 11:00 AM with the garage opening at noon. General Admission gates will open at 2:00 PM with an hour-long autograph session scheduled from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. The 25-lap qualifying races will roll off at 4:00 PM with the 200-lap feature race starting approx. 8:00 PM.

Make sure you follow The Weekly Racer on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with everything going on trackside this weekend.

 

Motor Racing Network’s Bagley and Hayden Looking Forward to ValleyStar Credit Union 300

MARTINSVILLE, Va.– The Motor Racing Network’s Alex Hayden and Mike Bagley are no strangers to Martinsville Speedway, as the veteran broadcast duo has called countless NASCAR races from the Speedway in their careers. However, calling this Saturday night’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300 for MRN will be a first for the two, and is something they have been looking forward to for a long time.

“This is one of the races that I’ve always wanted to announce, but I’ve never had the opportunity until now,” Bagley said. “This is the greenest of grassroots efforts and it’s an honor to be able to call this race. I can’t wait to get to Martinsville.”

“This is the Daytona 500 of Late Model racing and I’m looking forward to it,” said Hayden. “There are so many cool things about this. First and foremost, I’ve never been to this race, but I’ve always wanted to go. The fact that it’s just Martinsville. Martinsville Speedway is my favorite race track that we go to of any kind. I can’t wait for this event. It’s going to be a lot of fun and there’s so many different elements that are going to be added to ramp that up even more.”

Seeing drivers from different backgrounds, at different stages in their careers and with different goals is another thing that has Hayden excited.

“Even though I’ve never been to this race in person, I keep up with it nonstop, every year,” he said. “The beauty of it is you see these top-named drivers, whether they are top Late Model drivers from around the country, or a Timothy Peters who’s won there in a Camping World Truck, and the guys who put a racecar together just to try and make the main event. The spectrum runs from the best of the best to the guys who are just trying to figure their way around this place.”

The race will be the first under the Speedway’s new LED lights, which is something that Hayden likened to when one of Major League Baseball’s oldest and most historic stadiums got lights in 1988.

“How cool is it going to be that this race is under the lights. I’m excited to be a part of that,” Hayden said. “Nobody can take that away from anybody who is going to be in attendance, so that’s another cool thing about it.

“It’s something that is going to bring people together to see something under the lights. Something that’s never been seen before. It’s kind of like lighting up Wrigley Field, it’s going to be spectacular.”

For Bagley, seeing permanent lights at Martinsville is something he didn’t think he’d witness in his lifetime.

“I never thought I would see the day when Martinsville Speedway would be lit up at night,” Bagley said. “It’s a day that I’ve been waiting for for a long time. I can’t wait to get there, to roll onto the property, to see the race, and to see them throw the switch on those LED lights. It’s going to be an awesome weekend.”

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 will be broadcast live on MRN.com and following MRN affiliate stations:

WAKG-FM, 103.3, Danville, VA
WZBB-FM, 99.9, Stanleytown, VA
WMVA-AM, 1450, Martinsville, VA
WHEE-AM, 1370, Martinsville, VA
WFIR-AM, 960 & FM 107.3, Roanoke, VA
WBRG-AM, 1050 & FM 105.1, 106.7, Lynchburg, VA
WEBO-AM, 1330, Binghamton, NY
KQMG-FM, 95.3, Independence, IA

 

The ValleyStar Credit Union 300 is NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race. Race day – Saturday, September 23 – starts with three 25-lap qualifying races to set the field, followed by a 25-lap “last chance” qualifying race. Fan gates open at 2:00 p.m., followed by an autograph session on the frontstretch at 2:30. The qualifying races will start at 4 with the main feature set to begin at 8. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-877-RACE-TIX or online at http://www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Daniel Silvestri Earns Second Win in Southside Speedway Season Finale; Layton Harrison Back to Back Wins in Bandos

Midlothian, VA – Daniel Silvestri entered the weekend a mere four points (226) behind the leader and fellow rookie Cody Carlton (230). You could say the task was rather simple, go out and win the race and take home the championship. Though Silvestri was able to complete one of those tasks, the latter portion was a bit more difficult. Cody Carlton, former Arena Racing USA champion, was the fastest man in town during the final practice session of the afternoon which earned him the pole position come race time as well as one extra bonus point towards his championship hopes. Silvestri’s time would be good enough for second while Chris Lilly, Kevin Yeatts, and Carter Weedon made up the fastest five drivers. Carlton and Silvestri would swap places on the grid, however, after Carlton drew the number two pill.

The invert seemed to play well for Silvestri who jumped out to the early lead when the green flag was displayed. Carlton would lose the second position rather quickly to Chris Lilly who was able to power around the point’s leader using the bottom groove of the track leaving him to battle with Ryan Matthews. Lilly would eventually catch the back bumper of Silvestri and apply pressure just was not able to make anything happen. Carlton was able to track Lilly back down and make the pass for the second position just past the halfway mark of the race and immediately set his target on the race lead. Running time almost .400-seconds faster than the race leader there was no question that Carlton was going to catch Silvestri, the question could he make the pass on old tires.

Carlton had pulled up to Silvestri’s rear bumper with two laps to go and gave the 2016 Southside Speedway Bando champ a shot to rattle his cage but it was ineffective. Carlton would make one more attempt down in turns one and two but looked to clip a bit of the rumble strips and had to chase the car up the track a bit allowing Silvestri to pull away and collect is second win of the 2017 season. The second place finish from Carlton was enough to not only clinch Rookie of the Year honors but also win the 2017 Legends title for the Chesapeake, Virginia driver.

“He always has a good car and is a good driver,” Carlton said about Silvestri. “Pair that with a track that’s already difficult to pass at and he is a tough competitor and a good kid overall. I was happy to see him get the win, we both left there satisfied. Even after falling back we were able to run him back down, we just ran out of time to get it done clean.”

 The championship was the first of its kind for Carlton, outside of Arena Racing and Karting, and just the tip of the ice burg for this talented driver.

“There is no better feeling,” Carlton told The Weekly Racer after locking up both Rookie of the Year and the track title. “It’s a hard accomplishment to make, and it wouldn’t have been possible without my car owner, John Weaver, and the crew chief, Steve Hancock. Since the first time I strapped into the legend car it has been a rocket ship so I felt like from the beginning it was up to me to get the job done and show my team that we could win races and championships. I was really hoping to double up and win two championships in my first season, unfortunately, some bad luck at Langley prevented that. It’s still an awesome feeling to do what we have done in our first season of legends, I really enjoy driving these cars and look forward to next year.”

 With just one more Legends race left on the season for Carlton down at Langley Speedway, his race season is far from over, however, as he will spend the fall and winter chasing trophies and wins in karting on the dirt tracks throughout the region. He later went on to tell The Weekly Racer he will more than likely run a full Late Model schedule with Legends races in-between.

 

Bandos

Layton Harrison was able to double down and pick up his second win in a row in the INEX Bando’s to kick off Champions night at Southside Speedway this past weekend. After qualifying on the pole with a 16.919-second lap, the only one in the nine-car field to hit a sub seventeen-second lap – Harrison would find himself rolling off the grid in the fourth position for their 15-lap feature. The four-car invert found Franklin Caricofe leading the field into one when the green flag was displayed.

The 15-lap feature witnessed six lead changes among three drivers, oddly enough neither one of the leaders were points champion Conner Jones who had a wicked accident during qualifying – and only one caution. Layton Harrison and Leland Honeyman, who races primarily at Concord Speedway, spent the better portion of the race battle hard for the race lead lap after lap. The final two laps were really something to watch as Harrison did everything he could to get around and Honeyman did everything he could to hold his line and protect. Harrison entered turn three strong on the final lap and was able to make a bit of a crossover move when both cars stepped out of line come out of treacherous turn four. Harrison appeared to get back on the throttle quicker beating Honeyman to the checkered flag.

Despite the issues Conner Jones had during practice he was able to start the race from the rear in a back up car and drive up to the fifth position. The top five was enough for the young man to put a cap on the dominating 2017 season he had at Southside and clinch the championship.

 

INEX Legends OFFICIAL Results

  1. #97 Daniel Silvestri; 25
  2. #94 Cody Carlton; 25
  3. #27 Chris Lilly; 25
  4. #51 Ryan Matthews; 25
  5. #22 Carter Weedon; 25
  6. #00 DJ Elzey; 25
  7. #31 Carter Wood; 25
  8. #27 Kevin Yeatts; 25
  9. #79 David Turner; 24

INEX Bando OFFICIAL Results

  1. #43 Layton Harrison; 15
  2. #4 Leland Honeyman; 15
  3. #33 Franklin Caricofe; 15
  4. #15 Logan Clark; 15
  5. #14 Conner Jones; 15
  6. #58 Eddie Slagle; 15
  7. #22 Wyatt Philyaw; 15
  8. #59 Teddy Cranmer; 15
  9. #87 Kenton Case; 9

Andrew Fortin Earns First Modified Victory at Langley Speedway; First Round of Champions Crowned as Season Comes to a Close

Fortin celebrates first career win Saturday night in second to final Modified race. (Photo: Langley Speedway August 16, 2017)

Hampton, VA – With just two races left in the season for the IMCA style asphalt Modified’s at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway, Shawn Balluzzo entered the evening with a comfortable forty-one-point advantage over Bobby Gery, who took over second in the points when Matt Carter had motor issues the last time the series had twins. With his motor issues behind him, Carter laid down the fastest lap in qualifying time trials earlier in the afternoon posting a time of 16.795 (84.668 mph) seconds. Balluzzo posted the second quickest time in the session to earn a front row starting position for the 50-lap feature. Andrew Fortin, Bobby Gery, and Chris Flowers.

Matt Carter would show the way into turn one and out of turn two claiming the lead. The Newport News driver would show the way for the first eleven trips around the .395-mile oval. Balluzzo, however, was right in his tire tracks as the two checked out from the rest of the field. The eight-time champion would make his move for the race lead after battling with Carter for a handful of laps. Once the pass was made, Balluzzo immediately opened up over a half second gap over the No. 78 as Carter settled into a rhythm clicking off laps.

Things got interesting as the field reached halfway. In twelve laps Carter was able to track Balluzzo back down as it looked like his car was struggling center off. Right as Carter made the pass to retake the lead, the No. 63 machine of Derek Roberts went around in turn two bringing out the first of three cautions. Because the field did not complete a full lap after Carter made the pass, Balluzzo was moved back to the lead after the race went back to the last completed lap. Oddly enough this happened a second time on lap thirty-three after Carter made another pass on Balluzzo but would fall back to second when McPherson spun in turn one.

Both Matt Carter’s and Balluzzo’s fate would be sealed just ten laps later when contact was made between the two when Carter made his third attempt at the race lead. Race control would move Carter to the rear of the field for what they called aggressive driving, effectively handing the race lead over to Andrew Fortin. Once the race went back green. With the two fastest cars in the rear and only eight laps left, Andrew Fortin was able to mount a four car length advantage lead over rookie of the year contender Jamie Sample. It was just enough for the Smithfield, Virginia driver to earn his first career win. Balluzzo would retire from the race early with issues in the rear end of the car.

 

Paul Lubno picked up his 106th career victory in dominating fashion in the final Pepsi Grand Stock race of the season after taking the lead from Rodney Boyd on lap nine. Lubno set a blistering pace in the eight-car, caution free, 40-lap feature. Tommy Sweeney would play things safe and crossed the line in the fourth position. However, it was just enough for the Hampton, Virginia, driver to clinch the 2017 division championship. Sweeney later mentioned in victory lane that he really had no intentions of coming back and racing this year when the track reopened, however, with the loss of one of their biggest crew members, Kenny Alves, father of Sweeney’s spotter Kevin, Sweeney wanted to come back one last time and win the championship in his honor. With the championship in hand, Sweeney went on to say he is excited to hang his helmet up to get his son, who is excited about racing, into the sport.

Chase McAdams picked up the victory in the Harris Truck Shop Super Truck race. Inching ever so closely to the points lead. The trucks will wrap up their season next weekend, September 23rd. Tommy Gildea of Gloucester, Virginia, was finally able to put the run together he needed to snap Michael Waters ten race win streak. The victory came a day late and a dollar short so to speak as Water clinched the championship. Aaron Leach got the victory under the lights in the HRKC Pro Wing Karts while Brandon Lorah was able to earn the championship.

 

Modified OFFICIAL Results

  1. #5 Andrew Fortin; 50
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 50
  3. #51 Chris Flowers; 50
  4. #1 Donnie Holston; 50
  5. #60 Bobby Gery; 50
  6. #78 Matt Carter; 50
  7. #70 Curtis Hughes; 50
  8. #63 Derek Roberts; 50
  9. #16 Eric McPherson; 50
  10. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 45

11. #95 Danny Harrell; 20

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