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Tyler Ankrum & Anthony Alfredo Earn First Wins of K&N East Series; Sellers and Pierce Win in Late Models

Anthony Alfredo celebrates his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win in the second of the Who’s Your Driver Twin 100s Saturday night at South Boston Speedway. (Barry Cantrell, NKP)

SOUTH BOSTON, VA – Tyler Ankrum and Anthony Alfredo split wins in the twin 100-lap NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races that headlined Saturday night’s whosyourdriver.org NASCAR K&N Twin 100s racing program at South Boston Speedway.

The wins were the first victories for both Ankrum and Alfredo on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East circuit. Also, Saturday night, defending South Boston Speedway Champion Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia and Brandon Pierce of Oak Ridge, North Carolina split wins in the twin 75-lap NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division races that shared the spotlight with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East doubleheader.Ankrum wrestled the lead away from DGR Crosley teammate Tyler Dippel on lap 55 following the restart that ensured after the fourth of the race’s seven caution flags. He fended off South Boston, Virginia resident Colin Garrett

Ankrum wrestled the lead away from DGR Crosley teammate Tyler Dippel on lap 55 following the restart that ensured after the fourth of the race’s seven caution flags. He fended off South Boston, Virginia resident Colin Garrett and Justin Carroll after the final restart with nine laps to go and drove to a 1.250-second win over Carroll with Garrett finishing third to give Hunt-Sellers Racing its best-ever finish in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.

Marcos Gomes and Dippell rounded out the top five finishers in the opening race.In the nightcap, Alfredo muscled his way past Chase Cabre on the last lap to score his first career win in the series. Cabre got out of shape and got into the wall after contact with Alfredo, opening the door for Dippel, Ankrum

In the nightcap, Alfredo muscled his way past Chase Cabre on the last lap to score his first career win in the series. Cabre got out of shape and got into the wall after contact with Alfredo, opening the door for Dippel, Ankrum and others to speed past him to the checkered flag.

Alfredo edged Dippell by 4.176 seconds at the finish with Ankrum, Ronnie Bassett Jr. and Spencer Davis rounding out the top five finishers in the race that saw four different drivers hold the lead in the race.

 

Late Model Stock Car Twinbill

In the Late Model Stock Car Division doubleheader, Sellers picked up his first win of the season at South Boston Speedway in the first of the night’s pair of 75-lap races.Sellers won the pole, lost the lead to Philip Morris on the fourth lap, but regained the lead on lap 38 when Morris was sidelined by a broken engine pulley. Once in front, Sellers was able to hold off Pierce for the win.

Thomas Scott of Efland, North Carolina, Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia and Mike Jones of South Boston, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers in the race that saw the lead change hands twice between Sellers and Morris.

In the nightcap, Pierce drove past Morris with 16 laps to go and edged Morris by .774-second to score his first career South Boston Speedway win.

Scott finished third, Austin Thaxton of Clarksville, Virginia finished fourth and Dusty Ellington of Burkeville, Virginia finished fifth.

There were three lead changes among three drivers with Pierce leading twice for a total of 27 laps.

 

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

NASCAR racing action returns to South Boston Speedway Saturday, May 26, with the Danville Toyota Presents Bojangles NASCAR Late Model 100 racing program.

Getting the green flag at 7 p.m., the six-race card will be highlighted by a 100-lap race for the competitors in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division. A 50-lap Limited Sportsman Division race, twin 15-lap races for the Budweiser Pure Stock Division, a 15-lap race for the Budweiser Hornets Division and a 30-lap race for the Mod 4 Division will round out the night’s action.

Registration and pit gates open at 2:30 p.m., practice runs from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and qualifying starts at 6 p.m. The first race gets the green flag at 7 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults. Kids ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For additional information about the whosyourdriver.org NASCAR K&N Twin 100s racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

Tyler Dippel Sweeps the Visit Hampton VA 150 Weekend at Langley Speedway

Tyler Dipple enters turn one at Langley Speedway during final practice of the Visit Hampton VA 150 on April 28, 2018. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – Tyler Dippel was fastest in both afternoon practices and that transferred over to qualifying. Dippel’s 15.510-second lap (91.915 MPH) was good enough to win himself the pole and set a new track record. Keeping that momentum going through the night Dippel played the strategy game just right and found himself in victory lane at the end of the night.

It was a night of long runs, tire conservation, and different strategies at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. It did not take long for Dippel to start working his way towards the back of the field as he gave up the lead to Anthony Alfredo on lap four. He and DGR teammate Tyler Ankrum shared the same strategy as they both fell quickly out of the top ten as they worked on saving their tires. Even though the race had a planned break at the halfway point there were no tires given to the teams to take on.

Anthony Alfredo would lead a handful of laps before handing that over to the No. 55 of Marcos Gomes who set a blistering pace in the caution free first half. Behind them, however, witnessed some close nose to tail racing as positions seven through fourteen all worked to maintain their spots on the track and their tires under the car.

Local drivers Connor Hall and Justin Carroll both stood out early on in the 150-lap feature at their home track; both drivers at one point running competitively in the top five. It appeared that just before the halfway point in the race that Carroll had found a little something on the outside line that helped him improve his position throughout the run.

The proverbial cream rose to the top so to speak in the second half only about three cars came down pit road for adjustments. Both Dippell and Ankrum turned up the heat for the second half of the race and tore through the field. Anthony Alfredo was able to take the lead and hold it for most of the second half while Ankrum led the DGR charge through the field. With the help of a couple late race cautions and a few lap cars, Ankrum was able to collapse Alfredo’s lead and take it from him on lap 137. He would miss his mark going back into turn one, wash up the track, and not only lose the lead back to Alfredo but fall to third behind Dipple and ultimately goes for a spin in turn two to bring out the nights final caution.

On the final restart, Alfredo spun his tires just a little bit and it was all Dipple need to take the lead. Behind him, it was a mad dash for second and third. Dillon Bassett trying to hold off Ankrum and Quinlan but it was ultimately not enough and Ankrum secured the third spot using the second groove on the brand new asphalt. With just a couple laps left Ankrum gave Alfredo a little shot through turn three and four but just did not have enough track left to make the pass and would have to settle for third.

The race win was all Dipple needed to close out and sweep the Visit Hampton VA 150 weekend at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway after finishing on top of the board in both practices and winning the pole. In victory lane, he thanked his crew for giving him the car to beat this weekend.

“This thing was on rails the whole weekend,” Dipple said in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane. “I cannot thank these guys enough. They are all All-Stars on this team. Man, this has been so long overdue. This win means so much. It feels so good to be back in victory lane.”

Alfredo, who earned his season-best finish on Saturday in Hampton, VA, felt he had the car to beat but ran into some bad luck with some of the slower cars towards the end of the race that clearly played a factor into his finishing position.

Tyler Ankrum, who entered the weekend’s event third in points behind Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton – who were both not entered as you can see – should leave Langley Speedway as the points leader as results are made official.

 

Racing will return to the K&N Pro Series East Tour on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 for the Who’s Your Driver Twin 100’s.

Racing action will return to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway on Saturday, May 5th with twin Late Model features, Grand Stocks, Super Trucks, Legends, Bando’s and Enduros.

 

Visit Hampton VA 150 UNOFFICIAL Results

  1. #54 Tyler Dippel; 150
  2. #40 Anthony Alfredo; 150
  3. #17 Tyler Ankrum; 150
  4. #44 Dilon Bassett; 150
  5. #30 Grant Quinlan; 150
  6. #18 Colin Garrett; 150
  7. #31 Connor Hall; 150
  8. #4 Chase Cabre; 150
  9. #2 Ryan Vargas; 150
  10. #6 Ruben Garcia Jr.; 150
  11. #04 Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 149
  12. #5 Juan Manuel Gonzalez; 149
  13. #55 Marcos Gomes; 149
  14. #32 Salvatore Iovino; 145
  15. #91 Justin Carroll; 121

Virginia Native Colin Garrett Looks Forward to K&N East Debut at Langley Speedway

Danville, VA – On Saturday, April 28, Colin Garrett will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut in the Visit Hampton VA 150 at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. He will be driving the Hunt-Sellers Racing (HSR) No. 18 Propel GPS Toyota Camry.

“Saturday night is going to be a lot of fun,” said the rookie driver. “With it being my first NASCAR K&N Pro Series race, I have a lot to learn but am excited about this step in my career.”

In preparation for his debut, Garrett entered two late model stock car (LMSC) races at Langley Speedway with Sellers Racing in the No. 24 Propel GPS Toyota Camry. He competed in the Pomoco Auto Group Opening Night on March 31 as well as the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown on April 19.

“I have learned a lot over the last few weeks racing in the late model stock car at Langley Speedway,” said Garrett. “We didn’t get the results that we were hoping for, but I believe the experience was really good. We went there to learn and prepare for my K&N debut. My team and I learned a lot, so I’m confident that we will be competitive on Saturday night.”

Garrett has been taken under the wing of long-time LMSC racer and stock car mechanic Frank Deiny, Jr. Starting in the 2017 season, Deiny became Garrett’s driver coach and spotter. In addition to those roles, he is also Garrett’s crew chief in the LMSC division. In 2017, Garrett and Deiny worked together to win the Limited Sportsman championship at South Boston Speedway.

“Colin has done a great job in 2018,” said Deiny, Jr. “Langley Speedway is a tough track to get your feet wet in a K&N car, but he will be up for the challenge.”

In addition to Garrett joining HSR for three races this season, HSR welcomes its new crew chief, Clinton Cram for the 2018 season. Cram is a veteran crew chief in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Team owner Sam Hunt is thankful and excited to have Cram join the HSR family.

“Clinton has been in the shop every moment he can,” said Hunt. “We have a great working relationship already. We’re looking forward to our first race with him as our crew chief. He is a huge addition and asset to our team, and we’re excited about the future with him.”

The Visit Hampton 150 at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway will begin at 7 p.m. EST. The race will be tape-delayed on NBC Sports Network on May 3 at 11 p.m. EST.

 

Visit Hampton VA 150 Schedule

10:00 AM                            K&N Credentials Open

10:45 AM                            K&N Garage Opens

11:00 AM                            Relocate K&N Haulers Outside

11:00 AM                            Pit Gates Open (Langley Speedway)

11:30 AM                            Crew Chief Meeting at Inspection Trailer / Qualifying Draw

11:45 AM                            K&N Inspection Begins

1:00 PM                              General Admission Gates Open

1:00 PM – 1:40 PM           1st Practice (Langley Speedway) Super Street, Pro Six, U-Car and Legends

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM           K&N Practice Begins

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM           K&N Final Practice Begins

3:35 PM – 3:30 PM           2nd and 3rd Practice (Langley Speedway) Super Street, Pro Six, U-Car and Legends

(2 rounds of practice, fastest time in the 2nd round will equal qualifying)

5:00 PM                              K&N Driver/Crew Chief Meeting

5:45 PM – 6:45 PM           K&N Autograph Session

6:00 PM                              Drivers Meeting (Langley Speedway) at the Maintenance Building

6:50 PM                              INVOCATION BY REV. POTTER / NATIONAL ANTHEM

7:00 PM                              K&N Group Qualifying

7:00 PM                              K&N Credentials Close

7:30 PM                              Racing Begins (Langley Speedway)

8:45 PM                              K&N Driver Introduction

9:00 PM                              K&N Racing Begins

Hunt-Sellers Racing Adds Late model Driver Colin Garrett to 2018 Lineup

DANVILLE, Va., March 21, 2018 – Hunt-Sellers Racing (HSR) announced on Wednesday that Colin Garrett, South Boston Speedway’s 2017 Limited Sportsman champion, has signed with the team for three races of the 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (KNPSE) schedule.  Garrett joins HSR’s driver development program while he competes in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series full-time, focusing on the Dominion Raceway track championship. For his partial KNPSE campaign, Garrett has partnered with Propel GPS.

The 17-year-old, South Boston, Va. native will move to the cockpit of the No. 18 Propel GPS Toyota Camry beginning at Langley Speedway on April 28. He will later compete at Iowa Speedway and the fall race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, two first time visits. With the guidance of team owner, series veteran, and driver coach Sam Hunt, Garrett will be learning valuable skills to compete against the KNPSE field while focusing on winning races.

“It means a lot for me to have the opportunity to be able to run one of these cars for Hunt-Sellers Racing in the K&N series,” said Garrett. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid to get to the top of our sport, and I believe making this step at this point in time is the thing to do to further work towards making my dream come true.”

Garrett began racing in 2015 when he joined Sellers Racing Inc. in the Pure Stock division at South Boston Speedway. He later began racing Limited Late Models (LLM) and Late Model Stock Cars (LMSC), and, in 2017, he won the Limited Sportsman championship title at South Boston Speedway.

“I’m looking forward to working with Colin,” said Sam Hunt. “Since his racing debut in 2015, he has shown a lot of promise. We are excited to see him succeed this season, and we’re lucky to have him as part of our driver development program. But, more importantly, we’re looking ahead to winning races this season with him behind the wheel.”

Hunt also notes that two of the three tracks that Garrett will be competing at will be new to him.

“We’re looking to capitalize on his South Boston Speedway championship last year and the lessons that will be learned this season as Colin chases the Dominion Raceway championship. We’re looking forward to developing his skills to adapt to different scenarios that he will face in the future. He has shown versatility, and he has the drive and determination to win.”

As part of the program, Garrett will be competing in LMSC’s throughout the 2018 season in addition to the three KNPSE races he has signed for. He will be racing with Sellers Racing Inc. for the Dominion Raceway track championship in Thornburg, Va. Garrett will also be competing in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown and Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway, the Valley Star Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway, the South Boston Speedway 200 and more.

In February, Garrett had the opportunity to test with HSR in a KNPSE car at Dominion Raceway. The test was a kick-start to the team’s driver development deal with Garrett.

“It was so fun. I was actually pretty nervous at first, but once I got in, it came so naturally to me,” he said.

Propel GPS will be aboard the No. 18 Toyota Camry for all three races. “We’re looking forward to supporting Colin as he is an up-and-coming driver, especially as he is still a teen,” said Propel GPS CEO Rick Burtner. “Colin is a part of our platform for driver safety which has an emphasis on teen and family safe driving.”

“I can’t thank Propel GPS enough for coming on board with us this season,” said Colin Garrett. “I’m looking forward to representing them, and I look forward to tackling these three races with HSR.”

 

About Hunt-Sellers Racing

Hunt-Sellers Racing (HSR) is a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (KNPSE) competing team. The team is owned and operated by veteran KNPSE competitor Sam Hunt and veteran late model stock car driver Peyton Sellers in Danville, Va. 2018 is HSR’s third year in KNPSE competition.

About Propel GPS

Propel GPS is a Virginia-based solution provider, also with an office in North Carolina and a shipping warehouse in the Los Angeles area, that offers an IoT/Cloud-based platform for assets of all types with vertical market applications in commercial vehicle fleet, transportation, utilities and construction equipment management. The Propel GPS solution delivers asset and temperature monitoring, along-route virtual geographic boundaries and fleet tracking. The software supports full reporting capabilities by vehicle, fleet, driver or team, allowing for a reduction in cost and an increase in productivity.

Rain Washes Out Day 3 of NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine

Rain persisted most of the morning at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway. Jason Christley/NASCAR

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. (Oct. 18, 2017) –- Heavy rains overnight and throughout the morning combined with track conditions in the afternoon to wash out Day 3 of the 2017 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Honda Generators. The 12 participants competing for a spot on the 2018 Rev Racing roster were slated to take laps in the team’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series cars. The early end to the session, however, did not adversely affect the evaluation process.

Drivers took part in media and physical assessment at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona on Monday, and each of them got two sessions in a Late Model Stock Car Tuesday at New Smyrna Speedway.

“This has been probably our most talented group of drivers we’ve brought to the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine,” said Jusan Hamilton, NASCAR manager of racing operations & event management. “Each driver really stepped up both off the track and on the track. We had two great days of evaluation.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t get on track on the third day, but based on the body of work we’ve seen, we feel we’re at a point to make a decision on who we’re going select for next year.”

The first two days were comparable to the experience of previous NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combines. The additional day of testing, in the K&N Pro Series cars, was scheduled to be a new addition this season to provide another layer of data; until inclement weather changed those plans.

As part of the evolution of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, though, the enhanced focus the overall driver profile means Monday’s off-track evaluations will factor more into the 2018 roster than in the past. The team is also looking at increase in seat time to ramp up the competition next season.

To that end, a smaller pool of 12 participants were invited to the tryout, out of which four will be selected for the 2018 Rev Racing team. Three of those drivers will race full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, while also running full-time in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in a Late Model – totaling more than 30 races next season. In addition, the fourth driver will compete full-time in the Late Model program and serve as an alternate for the K&N Pro Series program.

It also meant that current Rev Racing drivers who were invited were also part of the on-track testing, which was new this year.

One of those drivers looking to reclaim a spot with Rev Racing is Ruben Garcia Jr. The 2015 NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series champion, Garcia has driven for Rev Racing in the K&N Pro Series each of the last two years. He finished fifth in the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship points.

“Seat time, especially for those of us trying to get up in the ranks, is the most important thing,” said Garcia. “I think it’s a great step for the program. I’m actually really, really excited and hoping I can get back into the program to be able to get that seat time. I think it’s a great, great opportunity for us.”

Garcia is one of two drivers from the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series who were invited to the combine. He was joined in New Smyrna by Fabian Welter, as they look to follow in the path paved by 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion and current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez, who got his start in NASCAR Mexico. Welter has already clinched the championship for the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Challenge Series — the second level for NASCAR in Mexico — with a race remaining.

“The base is very similar,” said Garcia when asked to compare the K&N Pro cars to the ones in Mexico. “A K&N car is kind of like a NASCAR Mexico car on steroids: It’s bigger, heavier, way more horsepower. It has more variables set-up wise, so more things you need to think about while you’re practicing.”

For a driver, though, Garcia said, they still have one important thing in common: “They’re still stock cars with a V8 engine.”

Since 2010, Rev Racing has managed the NASCAR Drive for Diversity team. It’s compiled 17 wins among six different drivers and produced national series race winners Kyle Larson, Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr. Earlier this year, Rev Racing’s Macy Causey became the first female driver in the 61-year history of South Boston Speedway to win a Late Model Stock Car feature.

In addition to being sponsored by Honda Generators, the Combine received sponsorship support from partners AiM Tech, Bethune-Cookman, Five Star Race Car Bodies, M2 Promotions, Perry’s Ocean Edge Resort in Daytona Beach, and Sunoco.

In an expanded role for next year, Rev Racing will also select an additional four youth drivers at a future combine. Those drivers will participate in the organization’s expanded Legends and Bandoleros program next season. This past season, Rev Racing had two Legends cars in the Bojangles Summer Shootout. The team will also provide several driver development test sessions in its Late Model at Langley Speedway in Virginia and New Smyrna during the 2018 race season for prospective multicultural and female drivers.

2017 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine Drivers:

Driver Hometown Age
Chase Cabre Tampa, Fla. 20
Collin Cabre Tampa, Fla. 23
Macy Causey Seaford, Va. 16
Madeline Crane Meansville, Ga. 19
Ernie Francis Jr. Dania, Fla. 19
Ruben Garcia Mexico City, Mexico 21
McKenna Haase Carlisle, Iowa 20
Nicholas Sanchez Homestead, Fla. 16
Ryan Vargas La Mirada, Calif. 16
Fabian Welter Mexico City, Mexico 21
Armani Williams Grosse Point, Mich. 17
Brittney Zamora Kennewick, Wash. 18

Gilliland Wins Visit Hampton 150 K&N East Series on Labor Day Weekend; Leaves with Six Point Lead in Championship Hunt – Chris Roberts Wins Thrilling Super Street Feature

Todd Gilliland works under Dillion Bassett to retake the lead out of turn two Monday, September 4th, 2017. (Shawn Dulin/TheWeeklyRacer.com & Shawn Dulin Photography)


Hampton, VA – Todd Gilliland, fresh off a top fifteen finish in the Camping World Truck Series race just yesterday at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in a Kyle Bush Motorsports ride, grabbed the 21 Means 21 Pole award earlier in the afternoon with a 16.369 (87.091 MPH) second lap of record. Collin Cabre, Dillon Bassett, Ronnie Bassett and Chase Purdy were the fastest five cars once euro qualifying concluded. Harrison Burton, who entered the weekend as the points leader over Gilliland, would roll off in the sixth position

Gilliland would lead the first sixteen circuits as the field got settled behind him. Dillon Bassett, of Winston-Salem, NC, would have other ideas on how the race should go however. Bassett would take the lead from Gilliland in commanding fashion as the field entered turn one. Applying plenty of pressure to the rear bumper of the No. 16 Napa Toyota, Gilliland was forced to chase his machine up the hill a bit allowing Bassett to get around. Seemed like the clean air was all Bassett needed as he immediately opened up over a three second lead on the field. As Gilliland, Cabre, and Burton faded in his mirror many immediately questioned if he was using too much, too soon. That question was answered in grand fashion just a handful of laps past halfway.

Things seemed to stay pretty calm throughout the middle segment of the race as drivers were all saving their tires for that final laps of the feature. Things started to get real interesting around lap 112 when Gilliland ran down Bassett and set him up coming out of turn two. It was a side-by-side drag race down the very short backstretch with Gilliland on the inside. With the position through turn three Gilliland was able to power off turn four to take the lead back for the final time.

Things went down hill for Dillion Bassett from then on as car after car found their way around the No. 44 machine. We even saw three wide racing out of turn four around this tight .395-mile oval as Dominque Van Weringen made herself know in the the ranks of the K&N East series this weekend. A handful of circuits later the evening went from not so good to extremely horrible for Dillion Bassett, who would bring out the nights fourth and final caution in turn three after racing hard to hang onto his position. He would ultimately lose three laps on the field and finish in the thirteenth position after a dominating performance in the midsection of the event.

Gilliland would handle the final restart of the night with no issues clearing the field at the exit of two bringing Chase Purdy along with him down the backstretch after a brief battle with Collin Cabre. Behind the two, however, was a different story. It was time for drivers to get up on the wheel and no one was hungrier than Weringen who fought tooth and nail – and often on the outside – to a third place finish when the dust settled. Ronnie Basset Jr. and Collin Cabre would round out the top five. Harrison Burton would have to settle for a seventh place finish.

“This NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry was hooked up tonight,” Gilliland said in victory lane. “All these guys behind be from Bill McAnally Racing are the best guys here I feel like. They are always encouraging when we are not the fastest. They are always trying to pick us up and get us there. These guys are never scared to try something new to get better than we are.”

The win was Gilliland’s fourth of the season for the East tour and tenth over all in the K&N Series – six wins on the west circuit. The victory comes after, as we mentioned above a solid top fifteen finish the day before in the Camping World Truck Series.

“It was a long night last night,” Gilliland said about the truck race. “This makes its all worth it, I am very lucky to be racing for the teams I do. We are just trying to do our best at every race and sometimes it works out”

Gilliland will leave Langley Speedway with a six-point advantage over Harrison Burton with just two races left in the 2017 season. The East series will roll in New Jersey in just two weeks on September 16th and finish their season at Dover on September 29th. A complete run down of tonight’s race can be found below. 

Super Streets

It was Sammy Gaita who qualified on the pole earlier in the afternoon for the 40-lap Old Skool Video Games Super Street feature. Chris Roberts would start just to his outside with Landon Abbott, Dale Parro and Randy Akers behind them. With the season winding down and only fifteen points separating first to fourth in the standings the outstanding crowd on hand for a Monday afternoon race was in for a treat.

Gaita looked to lead the way early before Chris Roberts turned up the wick and took the lead after just twelve circuits. The two would swap the lead six times throughout the forty lap feature while drivers battled hard behind them for position. 

The race saw just two caution periods, the biggest coming on lap thirty-two when the No. 5 of Parro went around in turn three, damaging a few other cars in the process. Roberts, who took the lead back from Gaita, ironically on lap 24, was able to hold off the field on the final restart to earn his first victory in the Super Streets in 2017. Sammy Gaita, Sean Calway, Randy Akers and Landon Abbott rounded out the top five.Racing will return to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in two weeks, September 16

Racing will return to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in two weeks, September 16th for Twin Late Model features. Modifieds, Grand Stocks, UCAR, Champ Karts and Enduro’s will also be in action.

Super Street Results:

  1. #11 Chris Roberts; 40
  2. #24 Sammy Gaita; 40
  3. #12 Sean Calway; 40
  4. #21 Randy Akers; 40
  5. #70 Landon Abbott; 40
  6. #46 Jason Michaud; 40
  7. #5 Dale Parro; 40
  8. #8 Dale Nichols; 40
  9. #22 Bill Eaker Jr; 40
  10. #20 Gordon Weeks; 40
  11. #54 Josh Perry; 40
  12. #26 Louie Pasderetz; 37
  13. #54s Billy Newman; 3

NASCAR K&N East Pro Series Returns to Hampton

Hampton, VA – Mother Nature has played spoiler multiple weekends this year within the Mid-Atlantic regions this race season. As Hurricane Harvey swept through the Gulf coast earlier in the week the Hampton Roads area experienced some of that moisture produced by that massive storm which ultimately postponed the Visit Hampton 150 at Langley Speedway. With Labor Day upon us, NASCAR officials decided to move the feature from Saturday to Monday afternoon. With just three races left in the 2017 season, Langley Speedway will again play a crucial roll in determining a champion as the last three winners at the historic .395-mile oval has gone on to win the series championship – William Byron in 2015, Ben Rhodes in 2014 and Dylan Kwasniewski in 2013.

Harrison Burton, who enters the Labor Day race with four wins on the season and a four point lead, will look to continue that streak and pick up his fifth win and first at Langley. Burtons four wins come from the series short tracks picking up the hardware at Bristol, South Boston, Memphis and Thompson Speedway. Todd Gilliland, who currently sits atop of the K&N West series and coming off of an eleventh place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in the truck series, will look to pull even with Burton in the wins catagory as well as take the points lead.

Four support divisions will be on hand this afternoon as well for the Visit Hampton 150. The Hampton Roads Kart Club Wing Champ Karts will get the afternoon kicked off with a 20-lap feature where you will see the draft working on a short track. The Pro Six, Super Streets, and UCAR’s will all have feautres.

 

11:00am                           K&N Rookie Driver/Spotter Meeting

11:00am                           Grandstand gates open

11:15am – 12:25pm       Langley Speedway Practice 2 rounds for Super Street,        

                                          Pro-6, U-car and Winged Champ Karts

12:30pm – 1:45pm            K&N Practice

1:50pm                            K&N Driver/Crew Chief Meeting

2:10pm to 2:40pm         Langley Speedway Euro Qualifying for Super Street, Pro-   

                                         6, U-car (3 cars for 5 Laps) Winged Champ Karts (Euro Qualifying)    

2:45pm to 3:45pm           K&N Driver Autograph Session on Track

4:00pm                           K&N Group Qualifying

4:15pm                           Langley Speedway Racing begins

Approx. 6:00pm              K&N Series 150

Race Line Up

  1. Trip Anderson Realtor Winged Champs – 20 Laps
  2. Riverside Paper Pro-Six – 30 Laps
  3. Old Skool Video Games Super Streets – 40 Laps
  4. Carrol’s Automotive U-Cars – 25 Laps
  5. NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – 150 Laps

FAST FACTS:
The Race: 
The Visit Hampton Virginia 150 will be the 12th of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 22 starting positions will be determined from group qualifying and the final four will be determined through provisionals. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (59.4 miles).

The Track: Langley is a .396-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval featuring NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season. The track opened in 1950 and hosted nine Grand National Division (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) races as a dirt track between 1964 and 1970, with NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leading the way with three wins. Current NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin was the track’s Mini Stock champion in 1997.

Race Winners: There have been five different winners in the five previous K&N Pro Series East races at Langley, with William Byron (2015), Ben Rhodes (2014) and Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) all winning en route to series championships in their respective title seasons. Current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie and Sergio Pena also have wins at Langley, with Pena winning the inaugural visit in 2011.

Track Records: The qualifying record was set in 2014 by Scott Heckert at 89.836 mph (15.869 seconds).

VISIT HAMPTON VIRGINIA 150 NOTES:
Sophomore Sensation: Harrison Burton’s sophomore season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East has been, in a word, sensational. The second-generation driver from Huntersville, North Carolina, leads the series in virtually every statistical category and is atop the point standings by four points over fellow NASCAR Next driver Todd Gilliland.

Burton has four wins, 10 top fives and 11 top 10s — all to either lead or tie the category.

Feeling Green: Longtime Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Jeff Green of Owensboro, Kentucky, will be making his second career K&N Pro Series East start this weekend at Langley.

Green, who finished 22nd in the race at Iowa, will be in the No. 13 Reynolds Wrap Toyota for car owner Eric McClure on Saturday.

Green has 16 career wins in the XFINITY Series, where he was the champion in 2000 with six wins and 25 top fives in 32 races that season.

Charging Back: After opening the season with consecutive top-two finishes, including his first career win in the season opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, Ronnie Bassett Jr. hit a midseason slump that included three straight finishes of 14th or worse.

But the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, driver has come charging back into the picture in the second half of the season. With his sixth-place finish at New York’s Watkins Glen International, Bassett heads into Langley with six straight top-10 finishes, including back-to-back podium finishes at Thompson and New Hampshire. With his latest run, Bassett has closed to within just two points of Chase Purdy for third in the championship standings.

Bassett has never finished in the top 10 in the final standings.

Familiar Face: While several drivers entered in the Visit Hampton Virginia 150 have previous experience at Langley Speedway, perhaps no driver is looking forward to this weekend more than Las Vegas’ Jay Beasley.

Beasley finished fifth at Langley when the series visited in 2015, one of his eight career top fives in the K&N Pro Series East. Sitting seventh in the overall standings with three top fives and six top 10s in 11 starts, the Rev Racing driver is within 26 points shy of the top five in the championship standings.

NASCAR HOME TRACKS: Langley Speedway
Opened in 1950 as a dirt track, today Langley Speedway plays host to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing on Saturday nights during the season, highlighted by the Division I Late Model Stock class. The track’s Super Street, Pro 6 and U-Car divisions will be among those on Saturday night’s schedule alongside the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

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