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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

Doug Barnes Jr Sweeps; UCAR Order Shuffled

Thornburg, VA – Doug Barnes Jr qualified with fast time of 15.725 to set on the pole at Dominion Raceway and drew a three on the invert to put Timmy Phipps on the point to start the first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model race of the night.

Off the start Jeff Oakley fell to third with Barnes moving up into second and within five laps he was putting pressure on Phipps. A handful of laps later and Barnes Jr was able to get by Phipps and Tyler Hughes started working on Oakley for third place and sitting just behind them was Logan Jones and Macy Causey making it a four way battle for the position. Halfway through the first race and Barnes Jr had almost a four second lead while Hughes made it three wide for third and Phipps got cycled back to fifth. Tyler made quick work of Oakley for second but Barnes Jr had a lead of over four seconds with just 15 laps remaining. Barnes Jr cruised to the win for his second in a row in a quick caution free race.

For the second race the field took the mandatory minimum invert of eight cars so Michael Hardin and Cameron Burke start on the front row. Right off the bat Oakley struggled to get going falling back to tenth after starting sixth. Barnes Jr and Hughes wasted no time moving up through the field and fifteen laps in they were up to second and third. Just five laps later Barnes Jr got Burke loose and him and Hughes slid by. Shortly after the yellow flew for Burke going around in turn two and Macy Causey comes within a hair of running into his stopped car but took no damage. Hardin came down pit road after falling through the field and Oakley and Bruce Anderson also came down to try and make some adjustments. On lap-38 Causey was able to take the fifth position from Burke and he pulled into the pits a couple later to end his night. The caution came out for Hardin in an incident involing ony himself.

Off the restart Barnes Jr pulled away from Hughes but he was able to get to the inside of Barnes Jr and some great side by side racing went on for five laps with Tyler grabbing the lead after some heavy contact down the front stretch, which wound up putting debris on the track and the caution coming out. Under the caution Hughes had a tire blow out ending his run for the win. Off the final restart Logan Jones got chance to get by Barnes Jr but Doug kept his hot rod out front to take his second win on the night and third in a row.

On the restart Barnes Jr continued to show his car was the one to beat jumping out by eight lengths but behind Hughes in second the racing was very close. Phipps, Burke, and Causey were in a three way battle for third place. Causey kept the pressure on Burke but he was able to run through the corners a little better to keep his spot.

UCAR Feature
Over in the UCAR division EJ Kenny ran the fastest time in practifying with a 19.574 second lap but pulled a six out of the bag so Cameron Ruggles would inherit the pole position and Ed Johnson to his outside. Aaron Donnelly took the lead on lap five and Kenny followed him by Ruggles and quickly took over first from him. Halfway through their feature and he was out to almost a four second lead but the field would get bunched back up a few laps later for a caution with the wheel of Blaine Schumann separating from his vehicle. The caution didn’t help too much though with Kenny finishing five seconds head of Donnelly. Unfortunately EJ Kenny was disqualified in post race tech and received a two race suspension for “conduct detrimental to auto racing”. Aaron Donnelly took the win for the night with guest Radley Victory Lane reporter Ryan Pritt finishing second.

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Layne Riggs & Jeff Oakley Split CARS Tour Late Model Stock Races

Thornburg, VA – Seventeen Late Model Stock Cars made the trip to Dominion Raceway opening their sophomore season with the CARS Tour Series. A beautiful, sunny, Saturday afternoon witnessed some of the best racing Dominion has seen in its growing history. For the first time in CARS Tour history, both series ran twin 75-lap features for a total of 150-laps. Race control used a qualifying format we were introduced to in 2016 with the driver’s first lap dictating where they would start in race one while their second lap determined where they would start in race two.

Brandon Grosso, a relative rookie to asphalt racing, set the fastest time of the day at 15.082 (95.478 mph) with his second lap to grab the pole for race two and bragging rights to the fastest car in qualifying. His 15.340-second first lap put him eleventh on the board for the first race – Myatt Snider would claim those honors with a 15.113 (95.282 mph) second lap.

When it came time to wave the green flag Myatt Snider showed everyone really quick why he was the pole sitter in race number one. Clearing Jr. Motorsports driver, Josh Berry, as the field exited turn two turned into a high-speed follow the leader chain race with Josh Berry and eventually Jeff Oakley. Oakley, one of the two home track drivers making their CARS Tour debut, got around last year’s tour champion Deac McCaskill and reeled in the top two with almost ease. With the help of a quick caution period, Oakley was able to get around the #88 machine of Berry and started to put a lot of pressure on Snider.

Just past the halfway mark is when things started to get really fun up front. Oakley was finally able to stick his nose under the #2 of Snider and the two would trade the lead of the race for a couple laps before Snider was able to get back in front of Oakley and somewhat put the cruise control button back on – for now. It was not like Oakley was out of it, though, battling back to the rear bumper of Snider – maybe backing off to allow the tires to cool down – got into the #2 car a little bit causing both drivers to chase their cars up the hill.

Things got incredibly interesting with just eight laps to go when Michael Hardin cuts a right front tire down forcing a caution over the field. On the ensuing restart Snider, as the control car elects to restart the race on the outside. This allows Oakley to gain the lead back in what was looking like to be his first CARS Tour victory. Oakley and the field would have to weather a few more restarts, one that would not serve so good for both Myatt Snider and Josh Berry who would make contact multiple times fighting for the podium finish. Snider and Berry would make contact in turn one that would send Berry around and to the back. Race control felt Snider’s efforts earned him a one-way trip to the rear of the field, effectively ending both of their chances.

The final restart would leave Layne Riggs and Jeff Oakley on the front row. Riggs was not messing around when the green flag was waved. Taking a look under Oakley and making brief contact. The contact was enough to send Oakley up the hill and allow McCaskill to get by. Deac turned up the wick in the closing laps reeling in Riggs and stuck his nose under the 99 out of four. Riggs, on the high line, seemed to get back to the gas a little quicker and beat Deac McCaskill to the line in an epic drag race.

 

Race 2

Jeff Oakley dives into turn three in final practice for the CARS Tour LMSC River City QDMA Duels at Dominion. A dominant performance in race two landed him in victory lane for the first CARS Tour appearance. (Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Brandon Grosso, as mentioned above, was supposed to start the second race from the pole position but, due to an incident in the first race and some damage received, he did start the race from the back of the pack, handing the front row over the Josh Berry and Jeff Oakley. When the green flag was displayed Jeff Oakley wasted absolutely no time getting to the front of the field. Possibly using experience from his time here last year, Oakley powered around Berry on the high line finally taking over the top spot – something he tried so hard to do in the first race.

Finally running in the top spot with Berry hot on his tail the Prince George driver received some help when Berry pulled down to pit road and nose first into his stall ending his shot at a second consecutive week with a victory. This was the break Oakley needed and would eventually start pulling away from the field.

The battle for the second position stayed pretty interesting all race long with Jared Fryar working to off off charges from Riggs, McCaskill and even Myatt Snider. However, Sniders night would come to an end early due to a broken wheel stud on his machine.

Grayson Cullather, the youngster from Southside Speedway just a little ways south of Dominion, had a great showing early on in the race. Working his way into the top five running right in the tracks of Deac McCaskill hoping the two cars in front of him would slip up and he would find himself in the second position. A couple of late race restarts would regulate Cullather to a seventh place finish for the second race – two top ten finishes in his first CARS Tour appearance.

Things started to get really interesting when Brandon Grosso started to work his way through the field. Picking cars off one at a time as we reached the closing laps of the race. Working his way around Cullather then running down McCaskill, one could argue if the race would have stayed green he was going to be your second place finisher. However, just as he was working around McCaskill for the third positon the field was slowed after Craig Stallard got extremely loose out of two and came to a stop against the outside wall.

This set up a thrilling green, white, checkered finish that saw Jared Fryar give everything he had and then some to try and get Jeff Oakley loose to steal the victory. However, Oakley was the victor after a second drag race of the night to the checkered flag. Deac McCaskill looked to be the biggest loser of race number two and somehow ended up in the outside retaining wall between turns three and four and was unable to continue. With our vantage point of the race and the race to the finish, unfortunately, we were unable to see what caused that particular issue. Fryar and Riggs would finish second and third while the two biggest movers of the entire day, Brandon Grosso, and Anthony Alfredo would round out the top five.

The CARS Tour will take almost a month off before heading back to North Carolina for the Orange Blossom 300 on April 22nd at Orange County Speedway located in Rougemont, NC. For more information on race times and ticket prices please visit http://www.carsracingtour.com. For those who would like to see a replay of tonight’s race as well as future broadcast of CARS Tour races, head over to carstour.tv.

 

Race #1 UNOFFICIAL Results

1.#99 Layne Riggs; 75
2. #08 Deac McCaskill; 75
3. #11 Jeff Oakley; 75
4. #28 Chris Hudspeth; 75
5. #8a Anthony Alfredo; 75
6. #81 Jared Fryar; 75
7. #88 Chris Davis; 75
8. #44 Justin Johnson; 75
9. #74 Ronald Hill; 75
10. #22 Grayson Cullather; 75
11. #88b Josh Berry; 75
12. #2 Myatt Snider; 75
13. #8r Trevor Rizzo; 75
14. #42 Craig Stallard; 75
15. #32 Brandon Grosso; 68
16. #7 Michael Hardin; 67
17. #18s Evan Swilling; 67

 

Race #2 UNOFFICIAL Results:

1.#11 Jeff Oakley; 76
2. #81 Jared Fryar; 76
3. #99 Layne Riggs; 76
4. #32 Brandon Grosso; 76
5. #8a Anthony Alfredo; 76
6. #44 Justin Johnson; 76
7. #22 Grayson Cullather; 76
8. #28 Chris Hudspeth; 76
9. #18 Evan Swilling; 76
10. #88 Chris Davis; 76
11. #8r Trevor Rizzo; 76
12. #08 Deac McCaskill; 75
13. #7 Michael Hardin; 75
14. #42 Craig Stallard; 70
15. #74 Ronald Hill; 14
16. #2 Myatt Snider; 12
17. #88b Josh Berry; 3

Jeff Oakley Back in Victory Lane at Dominion Raceway – Wins 2016 Season Finale

#11 Jeff Oakley wins the 150-lap season finale at Dominion Raceway

#11 Jeff Oakley wins the 150-lap season finale at Dominion Raceway

Thornburg, VA – Jeff Oakley has shown speed all season long at the newly opened Dominion Raceway. It looked like it was going to be a dogfight all summer long between he and Nick Smith. However, with some issues in the tech shed and some bad luck on the racetrack, Oakley found himself outside of the top five in points and just about mathematically eliminated.

Even with those odds that did not stop the driver from flexing his muscles again in the final race of the tracks inaugural season. Earlier in the afternoon Oakley was the only driver to break into the 14-second bracket, a 14.953 (96.302 MPH) to snag the pole position. That however, would be negated after pulling a number four pill for the redraw, inverting the top four qualifiers. Jeff Oakley, Nick Smith, Doug Barnes, Jr., Michael Hardin and Trent Barnes were the fastest five in time trials.

In one of the more interesting race formats that we have seen this season, the 150-lap race was broken up into three parts; a 50-lap segment where the fans voted on a top two, four, or six car invert, a 75-lap segment where there would be a random pill draw fro the leader at the time, and finally a 25-lap shoot out to determine the winner. Each break was only five minutes and teams were not allowed to change tires.

Michael Harden, who was awarded the pole position after the initial redraw, was able to lead every lap in the first 50-lap segment. Hardin was able to keep a solid three to four car advantage over the entire top five through the first segment. Points leader Nick Smith and Jeff Oakley looked like they were just riding saving tires – teams were not allowed to swap tires at all during any of the breaks. Some of the best racing however was back in the sixth position, the last possible invert spot from the fan vote. Connor Hall was the man to hold those honors after holding off the #82b of Cameron Burke – who eventually had engine issues that took him and Ganoe out the feature.

The caution flag for Cameron Burke essentially took the field to the first of two five minute breaks. This was when the tower looked to the fans to determine how many cars would be inverted for the second 75-lap segment. The crowd had three choices; two, four, or six. It was all but unanimous as the fans selected the top six, handing the lead over to Hampton, VA native Connor Hall.

When it was time to go back racing Connor Hall handled himself like a true contender and jumped out to a solid lead. Took several laps for the top five to catch the bumper of Hall to start applying pressure for the lead. This generated a pretty good battle between Nick Smith and Trent Barnes. Little contact from both drivers but overall some good hard racing! At one point Smith and Barnes were three wide with a lap car and some how found a way to keep racing.

Once Smith got around the lap machine he was able to get by Barnes as well and set his sights on Connor Hall who had been leading since the field went back green. The veteran driver gave Hall a little tap as they worked through turn two which allowed Smith to take the lead. Smith would open up a pretty big gap over the field for the most part of the second segment. Oakley was able to get to the back bumper of Smith before the lap 125 break but looked pretty content riding in the second position as that was one of the invert spots.

At the break Smith was given the honors of pulling the third and final redraw pill. The magic number was three, handing the lead over the Trent Barnes. Jeff Oakley got to keep his position while Smith would have to start from the third position. Connor Hall and Michael Hardin would round out the top five and get to keep their positions on the restart.

With 25-laps left it didn’t take long for things to get interesting. Barnes and Oakley sail it off into one and make contact coming out of two. Oakley gathered the car back up and mounted a charge back around Barnes to his outside. Another almost scary moment for the leaders after Barnes got pretty lose and came across Smith’s nose – kudos to both drivers for keeping the car under them. With the third and final segment being so short, Smith was just able to reel in Oakley but ran out of laps and would settle for second.

The best battle on the speedway was again centered around Connor Hall. This time doing all he could to hold off Michael Hardin. The two would stay glued to each other for the final fifteen laps. Hardin eventually getting around Hall to take home the fourth position. Hall showed great skill, and with the help of his spotter I am sure, to find a way to slide into the fifth position and avoided be freight trained to what was almost a seventh place finish.

 

Results

1.#11 Jeff Oakley; 150
2. #12 Nick Smith; 150
3. #1 Trent Barnes; 150
4. #7 Michael Hardin; 150
5. #77 Connor Hall; 150
6. #5 Billy Morris; 150
7. #57 Eddie Johnson
8. #13 Tyler Daniels; 150
9. #07 Richard Storm; 145
10. #56 Doug Liberman; 111
11. #27 Kevin Sims; 99
12. #66 Zach Wells; 85
13. #61 David Polenz; 70
14. #82b Cameron Burke; 43
15. #82 Mike Ganoe; 43
16. #88 Doug Barnes Jr.; 24
17. #01 David Moon; 2
18. #17b Joe Brown; 2

Jeff Oakley Dominates Late Model Feature on Memorial Day at Dominion

IMG_8368Thornburg, VA – Thirty-one cars showed up for the inaugural Memorial Day 100 lapper at Dominion Raceway in Spotsylvania County. The day was overcast but that was perfect compared to the rain all of Virginia has been drenched in lately. National points leader Matt Bowling made the trip up with both South Boston and Motor Mile having off to try and get some points to keep him up top.

Jeff Oakley would set fast time in euro qualifying breaking his own record with a very fast 14.853, the fastest K&N Pro car ran a 14.834. Bowling qualified in second but was over three tenths off the pace of Oakley. Tyler Hughes’ crew had a misunderstanding with the rules for qualifying and came to pit road to try and let some of the cars run and pull off, but in this session once you pitted you had to immediately go to the tech shed. He’d come out and post a time fast enough for third but would have to stat at the rear of the field.

Before the race Oakley would pick a two car draw putting Bowling on the poll. Bowling’s run would only last 6 laps until Oakley would get by him, with Matt falling back to 4th place. On lap fourteen the first caution of the race flew with the 44 of Keith Carpenter slapping the wall with what looked to be a right front tire going down. Tyler Hughes day would finish here with mechanical problems sidelining the car.

When the cone came out Oakley and Doug Barnes stayed low and with Nick Smith and Bowling going high. Jeff got a great start jumping out ahead of Barnes leading to great battles from second to seventh until the second caution. Tyler Daniels in the 45 was limping around for a couple laps and spun out on lap 27.

The third caution of the race flew just two laps after the restart with Bill Leutz and Zach Wells. The officials would bring out the red flag to clean up the fluids, and they even had a street sweeper on hand to assist on the cleanup which was a nice touch. Once it was lifted the 77 of Logan Jones came down pit road to make massive wedge adjustments, he started 4th but quickly fell backwards with a poor handling car.

The adjustment wouldn’t come to fruition though, Jones would be involved in an accident with Cameron Burke and would park it for the day. Bowling’s crew would claim to have the lead when the wreck happened but Oakley would stay in front. Matt would try the high side on every restart he could but it never hooked up for him. Sergio Pena and Barnes would try to get by him, with Pena almost running the apron to make it three wide. Pena came under pressure and would slap the wall and drop back to seventh in the field.

The rest of the race was an exercise in patience for Oakley having to deal with lots of lapped traffic, with a couple slow downs allowing Barnes and Bowling to catch his bumper but never able to pass the dominant 11 car. Barnes would get by Bowling with a little bump and run but Oakley’s hot rod was just too quick.

Official Late Model Results

1. Jeff Oakley; 100
2. Doug Barnes; 100
3. Matt Bowling; 100
4. Nick Smith; 100
5. Michael Hardin; 100
6. Trent Barnes; 100
7. Travis Miller; 100
8. David Polenz; 100
9. Johnathan Findlay; 100
10. Sergio Pena; 100
11. Robert Bruce; 100
12. Bruce Anderson; 100
13. Doug Liberman; 100
14. JJ Pack; 99
15. Chris Johnson; 99
16. Vincent Campbell; 99
17. Jay Penny; 99
18. Richard Storm; 99
19. Mike Ganoe; 98
20. Maddie Crane; 98
21. Owen Smith; 98
22. Mark Miller; 98
23. Matt Ashworth; 86
24. Tyler Daniels; 62
25. Cameron Burke; 37
26. Logan Jones; 36
27. Bill Leutz; 27
28. Zach Wells; 27
29. Michael Marr; 23
30. Keith Carpenter; 14
31. Tyler Hughes; 14