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Double Points, Champions Crowned, Plus Special Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman Event Paying One Thousand to the Winner

Ryan Steeley, #101 leads Larry Jackson, #2 and Tom Wilson, #62 in turn one at Dixieland Speedway in the Budweiser Allstar Late Models division recently. Friday night will mark the final event of the 2019 racing season. Five division champions will be crowned. (Photo: K.L. Cross)

Elizabeth City, NC – The final race of the decade at Elizabeth City’s motor raceway will take place on Friday.  Dixieland Speedway will conclude its 37thseason after having the past couple of weeks off from competition due to Hurricane Dorian and other regional races scheduled at area speedways.  Double points will be awarded, and five champions will be crowned following the event on Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC night at the races.

Billy Hubbard leads the Budweiser Allstar Late Model points and is gunning for his third consecutive championship.  To clinch the 2019 series title, Hubbard, of Cobbs Creek, Virginia, needs to finish third or better on Friday.  Larry Jackson, who is currently second, could win the points race if he finishes four places or better than Hubbard.

To be crowned champion in the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman division, Troy Brickhouse, of Elizabeth City, needs to finish in 10thplace or better this weekend.  Mathematically defending champion Mark Gonzales, who is second, still has an opportunity to win the championship, although the Elizabeth City racer would almost need a miracle by having to finish 11 places better than Brickhouse in the finale.

Chesapeake racer Justin Pruitt aims to win his first title in the Little Caesars Super Streets.  To win the divisions coveted award this weekend, Pruitt needs to finish in 12thplace or better.

Season dominator, James Hissom, Jr. aims to capture his first points title in the Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours.  To win the championship, Hissom needs to finish in 10th place or better on Friday.

After 20-years of trying, Dale Ore, Jr. of Virginia Beach, looks to secure his first championship in the R&D Super Fours.  The veteran racer who won earlier this season needs to finish in fifth place or better to win the points race for 2019.

The action on Friday includes a special 40-lap Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman event that will pay the winner $1,000.  Additionally, Budweiser Allstar Late Models, Little Caesars Super Streets, Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours and R&D Super Fours will compete and earn double points. As a bonus, a mechanics race will be held, allowing crew members to have their turn behind the wheel.  The Weekly Racer will have you covered from the drop of the green flag during qualifying and throughout the entire night  Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and the excitement kicks off at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets will be available for purchase in person.  For more information, dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net.

 

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About Dixieland Speedway:

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

Woody Howard and Mark Wertz Pick First Win of the Season; Looney’s National Title Hopes Slip Away

Hampton, VA – With National Championship points on the line, Mike Looney and Phillip Morris made the trip back to Langley Speedway in hopes to win the title. Looney came into the weekend with a ten-point lead of MidWest drivers Jacob Goede and Nick Panitzke with Morris sitting fourth. Looney needed to win the first twin race to knock everyone but Goede out of contention. Morris needed to start worse than ninth and win both twin races to win the title. Looney went on to finish 10th and 12th gaining zero points, Goede won both races at Elko Speedway in Minnesota and gained 14 points on Looney to take the points lead and UNOFFICIALLY win the NWAAS National Championship.

Mike Looney snagged the pole with a time of 15.811 and CE Falk did a time of 15.815-seconds to grab second. Woody Howard, Phillip Morris, and Greg Edwards rounded out the fast five out of twenty cars. Morris dropped to the rear of the field for bonus points and a chance to win the National Championship.

Once the green flag dropped, Falk got a perfect start and took the lead out of turn two with Looney going to second and Hall and Howard battling for third. Falk was putting down a blistering pace early on as he had almost a straightaway lead over Looney on lap 5. After starting last, Morris had made his way up to the 12th position only 15 laps in.

With track championship points still on the line as well, Hall and Greg battled for the fourth position. Greg got Hall loose coming out of turn four but Hall was able to regroup and hold onto fourth. Justin Carroll sought on the opportunity and joined in on the battle as well. On lap 25, Falks lead had grown to a full straightaway over Howard. Greg finally was able to get around Hall for fourth on lap 26. Greg’s car took off as he caught Looney on lap 32 to take third away.

As Falk continued to put a blistering pace on the field, he caught lap traffic as they were battling for position. Howard used this to cut the lead back down to a little less than half a straightaway. Hall had caught Looney and used the outside line to take fourth away. Then Justin got to the inside of Looney and Looney got shuffled all the way back to ninth. Once Falk got clear of the lap traffic he was on cruise control once again. Howard in the other hand had trouble getting around the lap traffic allowing Greg to catch him.

The one thing Falk didn’t want to see happen. The first and only caution came out on lap 66 for Rodney Boyd going in the grass and coming to a stop. On the restart, Falk shot to the lead into one and Howard shot the bottom in second. Into turn three and Howard shoved Falk up the track into the marbles and took the lead. Falk would fall to fifth and looked to gain whatever he could in four laps. Greg got the inside of Howard and a side by side battle for the lead began. Howard was almost in the third groove, which Langley doesn’t have, trying to hold the lead. Coming to the white flag Greg and Howard were dope to door. The checkered flag flew and out of turn, four Woody Howard edged Greg Edwards to win his first race of the season. Connor Hall, CE Falk, and Justin Carroll rounded out the top five.

With the invert of eight, Danny Edwards started on the pole with Brenden Queen lining up to his outside in second. The first start was called off by Race Director Shane Laws as he felt the front row went before the starter. The second start would prove to be better and Queen jumped to the lead with Danny, Wertz, Falk, and Greg the top five. Wertz got around Danny for second and set his sights on the lead. Queen would hold the lead up until lap five when Wertz made his way around him.

Falk took third from Danny and went to the bumper of Queen for the second position. Falk got the inside of Queen into turn three but didn’t clear him until the next lap into turn two. Hall and Justin battled for the sixth position resulting in Hall getting it on lap 10. Howard also took seventh from Justin. Lap 17 and Wertz had put a half a straightaway lead over Falk. Danny and Queen had a door to door battle for third for about 10 laps.

Queen, Danny, Greg, Hall, and Howard all battled for the third through seventh positions without giving any room for error. Howard decided to try the outside line again and it was a success. Howard passed Hall and Greg. Howard tried his luck with Danny but couldn’t pull it off. Lap 40 and Wertz was still on cruise control as Falk couldn’t seem to catch him. Howard slipped back to fifth as Greg worked his brother Danny for fourth. Greg got the spot and instantly went to the inside of Queen for third. Hall took his shot at the inside of Danny for fifth and took it.

Queen has the outside line setup perfectly put together again this week as Greg couldn’t get around him on the inside. Hall was getting impatient waiting for a hole to open so he made one. Hall moved Greg out of the way to take fourth and drove right under Queen for third. Hall would power passed Queen and drove away. With just 10 laps to go Wertz was hoping there wouldn’t be a repeat from the first race. That wouldn’t happen as the checkered flag came out and Mark Wertz picked up his first victory of the season. CE Falk, Connor Hall, Greg Edwards, and Brenden Queen rounded out the top five.

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock UNOFFICIAL Race #1 Results;
  1. #41 Woody Howard; 70
  2. #21 Greg Edwards; 70
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  4. #40 CE Falk; 70
  5. #91 Justin Carroll; 70
  6. #55 Mark Wertz; 70
  7. #03 Brenden Queen; 70
  8. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 70
  9. #01 Phillip Morris; 70
  10. #87 Mike Looney; 70
  11. #29 Casey Wyatt; 70
  12. #7 Michael Hardin; 70
  13. #88 Thomas Marks; 70
  14. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 69
  15. #90 Terry Carroll; 69
  16. #10 Madyson Mulligan; 69
  17. #9 Rodney Boyd; 69
  18. #2 Craig Eastep; 37
  19. #81 Travis Byrd; 35
  20. #87 Preston McGhee; 15
Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock UNOFFICIAL Race #1 Results;
  1. #55 Mark Wertz; 70
  2. #40 CE Falk; 70
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  4. #21 Greg Edwards: 70
  5. #03 Brenden Queen; 70
  6. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 70
  7. #41 Woody Howard; 70
  8. #91 Justin Carroll; 70
  9. #88 Thomas Marks; 70
  10. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 70
  11. #90 Terry Carroll; 70
  12. #87 Mike Looney; 70
  13. #01 Phillip Morris; 70
  14. #7 Michael Hardin; 70
  15. #2 Craig Eastep; 69
  16. #9 Rodney Boyd; 69
  17. #10 Madyson Mulligan; 68
  18. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50

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

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

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

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

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

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

Staton earned $4K for the victory.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Dixieland Speedway:

 

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

Philip Morris Dominates Caution Free Feature at Langley Speedway from the Pole

Hampton, VA– After coming off a win and a second place finish the week prior in the return of Motor Mile Speedway to the NASCAR community, Philip Morris rolled into Hampton, Virginia with one thing on his mind – domination. He did just that when it came time to get down to business. Morris laid down a 15.768-second lap to earn the pole position. Brenden Queen, Greg Edwards, Danny Edwards Jr., and Connor Hall rounded out the fast five

Morris wasted absolutely zero time jumping out to the lead when Shayne Snider waved the green flag. Brenden Queen did his best to battle on the outside groove but failed to make anything happen but falling in line in the second position. That was until Connor Hall turned up the wick and got around the Chesapeake native bringing Greg Edwards with him. By the time Hall completed the pass Morris had opened up more than a full second lead and continued to set a blistering pace.

Towards the middle part of the race, Hall was able to close the gap that Morris had worked so hard to build. However, lapped traffic seemed to play into the hands of the five-time national champion. Morris was able to work his way around much easier than Hall and Edwards. In fact, Edwards was able to apply pressure on Hall for the second spot. This also allowed Morris to rebuild his lead. Edwards would eventually give Hall a shot going into turn one as the laps clicked off to eventually take second, Hall would settle into third. Brenden Queen and Thomas Marks rounded out the top five.

Maddy Mulligan had the best run of her Langley Late Model career as her car looked to come in later in the race. After making sure to say out of the way of Morris she was able to get around Rodney Boyd, Rick Gdovic, and rookie Zach Lightfoot. Even though she finished two laps down she would leave the property with a seventh-place finish.

Morris was excited in victory lane after making a statement on the track and made another one in the microphone.

“A win here at Langley Speedway is so special for me because it has been such a hard place,” Morris said in victory lane. “Especially what happened to the car the last time we were here. I have to thank Herb Nation, Travis, Forrest and all the guys at Forrest–Reynolds Racing for getting it back this close. It had a couple little hiccups during the race but all in all, I would say it’s [the car] as good as it’s ever been. My guys and spotter did a great job tonight, I can’t be any more proud of them.”

Morris also gave credit where credit was due saying he had to be on his toes tonight with the level of competition that was behind him. He would also foreshadow that this might be the Morris we see in a few short months at the Hampton Heat.

“It’s just hard not to spin the tires when the seventy-seven [Connor Hall] and Greg Edwards are so good here,” Morris said. “Darrell Poe did a great job on this motor for tonight, it’s nice and fresh, and I think we are about ready for the Hampton Heat.”

In support divisions, Paul Lubno ended up in victory lane after Tim Wilson and Sammy Gaita made contact racing for the lead in the 40-lap Grand Stock feature. Gaita had been leaving more than normal room on the bottom line on corner exit and Wilson saw his opportunity at the win. The contact sent Sammy spinning down the front stretch and made hard contact with the inside retaining wall.

Brandon Wood took the victory in the Bojangles UCAR feature while Chase McAdams found victory lane once more in the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks.

 

Taylor Waste Service OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #01 Philip Morris; 100
  2. #21 Greg Edwards; 100
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 100
  4. #03 Brenden Queen; 100
  5. #88 Thomas Marks; 99
  6. #25 Craig Eastep; 99
  7. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 98
  8. #71 Rick Gdovic; 98
  9. #7 Zach Lightfoot (R); 98
  10. #9 Rodney Boyd; 98
  11. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 1

Billy Hubbard Kicks of 2019 Season with a $2,000 Win at Dixieland Speedway

Billy Hubbard returns to Dixieland Speedway victory lane in 2019. Picks up $2,000. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Elizabeth City, NC – Friday night racing in Elizabeth City returned for its thirty-seventh season yesterday evening as drivers and fans from all over filled the 3/8-mile clay facility. $2,000 and a shot at the points lead were up for grabs in a 50-lap All Star Showdown. It was no surprise when defending track champion Billy Hubbard picked up right where he left off in 2018 – right in victory lane.

Hubbard was the fastest man on the property right out of the gate as the beautiful sunset over eastern North Carolina. Seventeen cars were on hand for opening night all fighting for the big money. Only one care was not able to answer the call for time trial qualifying, that was the 77 of Brian Hankins, who had issues during fast practice that ended his night earlier than he would have wanted. Hubbard laid an impressive lap of 17.581 (76.787 MPH). Ryan Steely, Tom Wilson, Brent Robinson, and Larry Jackson also made up your fastest five starters.

It didn’t take long for things to get a little interesting and honestly we kind of went into the feature half expecting that. Sixteen cars, fighting for a shot at $2,000, on a 3/8-mile track, no wider than sixty feet; you are bound to have a few issues. Oddly enough the only major issue plagued the field and that came and went early on lap three.

The No. 101 of Ryan Steel ended up parked at the top of turn number two with heavy front-end damage. Things happened so quickly we didn’t see exactly what happened; however, it appeared Steely entered turn one just a little too low, which helped caused the damage. He would need to be towed off the racing surface and his night would end early. At the same time Brent Robinson, who entered the evening as one of the favorites to pick up the victory, also had issues early and pulled off the racing surface under his own power but his night was in fact over.

The race was only slowed one more time immediately following the first restart for a spinning Toby Davis. After that, it was all green flag racing and total domination from Hubbard. Behind him, however, was the battle to watch for most of the feature between the “Green Machine” of Tom Wilson and the No. 2 of Larry Jackson. Wilson controlled the tempo for most of the race until he slipped through turn three and four that Jackson capitalized on. From there he was able to drive away and secure a second place finish as he had nothing to offer Hubbard, even with the help of lap traffic. Wilson was able to hang onto the final podium spot. Kerry King and Sherman Underwood rounded out the top five finishers.

We caught up with Hubbard in victory lane to talk about his night and how the race went for him.

“I was just trying to conserve tires the first half of the race and stay out of trouble with those lap cars, Hubbard said in victory lane following his dominating victory. “They were tough tonight, just couldn’t pick a lane and decide which way they wanted to go. We took our time though and pick our way through there and went easy on the equipment.”

Hubbard’s car looked to be in a league of his own all night powering off the corners.

“Yea it’s not all horses under this race car,” Hubbard went on to explain. “All this crew, these boys do a phenomenal job week in and week out. Without Bubba and Marty, none of this would even be possible.  Also like to thank Sawyers Marine and all he does, Bill Mullis and Langley Speedway, B&C Seafood, Haywood Marine Construction and of course all of these fans for coming out every weekend.”

In other racing action, Justin Pruitt had luck on his side in the Super Street division after the No. 11 of Ben Thomas took the lead on the initial start from the outside pole but had a tire issue following a caution. Thomas was able to get back to the pits and change the tired but was never the same after that. Dennis Barnes, Danny Bagewell, Ben Thomas, and Joe Shannon rounded out the top five.

Joe Weiss took the victory in the Sportsman class followed by Mark Gonzales, Troy Brickhouse, Nick Odell, and Doug Lincoln.

James Hissom Jr. was victorious in the Stock Four class after an epic 15-lap battle with Trevor Battoia.

 

 

Budweiser All Star OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #38 Billy Hubbard
  2. #2 Larry Jackson
  3. #62 Tom Wilson
  4. #KB Kerry King
  5. #46 Sherman Underwood
  6. #09 Brad Rigdon
  7. #5J Darrell Dow
  8. #7 Curtis Hughes
  9. #02 Dennis Nash
  10. #52 Toby Davis
  11. #28 Carl Vaughn
  12. #59 Chip Kyper
  13. #4 Roberts Owens
  14. #44 Brent Robinson
  15. #252 William Pritchard
  16. #101 Ryan Steely

Sellers Scores Second South Boston Speedway Win in Easter Bunny Late Model 100

South Boston, Va – Defending South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division Champion Peyton Sellers sped past teenage rookie Daniel Silvestri with 53 laps to go and went on to win Saturday night’s NASCAR Easter Bunny Late Model 100 at South Boston Speedway.

Saturday night’s win in the caution-free race was the second of the season for the former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion from Danville, Virginia.

Silvestri, driving a car co-owned by NASCAR racer Jeb Burton of Halifax, Virginia and H. C. Sellers of Danville, Virginia, trailed by 2.498 seconds at the finish. The race was Silvestri’s second outing in a Late Model Stock Car. He had competed in twin 75-lap Late Model Stock Car Division races at South Boston Speedway on March 30.

Mike Looney of Catawba, Virginia finished third, holding off former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia and defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Philip Morris of Ruckersville, Virginia in a battle for third place over the closing laps.

The race featured two lead changes among Sellers and Silvestri, with Sellers leading twice for a total of 86 laps and Silvestri leading once for 14 laps.

Sellers averaged 91.168 mph in winning the race that took 26 minutes and 19 seconds to complete.

Borst, Moss Split Wins In Limited Sportsman Twinbill

Two new winners emerged in the pair of 25-lap NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division races Saturday night at South Boston Speedway, with Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina and Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia splitting wins in the twinbill.

In the first 25-lap race, Borst took the lead from Jessica Dana of Mooresville, North Carolina on the 10th lap and held off a fast-closing Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia to secure the win. Borst’s margin of victory over Willis was .287-second.

Dana finished third with rookie Landon Pembelton and Moss rounding out the top five finishers.

The second race featured an inverted start among the top four finishers of the first race, but Moss started from the pole after a crash that occurred before the first lap was completed took out Pembelton and heavily damaged Willis’s car.

Moss led the entire race, edging Dana by .216-second to claim the win. Borst finished third with Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia and Cole Bruce of Fredericksburg, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Crews Wins Pure Stock Division Race

Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia took the lead from Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia on the second lap and took the win in the night’s 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.

The win was the second for Crews in as many starts at South Boston Speedway this season.

Pickrel finished second .589-second behind Crews with Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia, Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia and Justin Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Currin Wins Hornets Division Race

Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia took the lead from Aaron Cash of South Boston, Va. with four laps to go and held on to win the night’s 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race.

The win was the first of the season for Currin at South Boston Speedway.

Cash finished second with Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia, Jared Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia and Josh Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia completing the top five finishers.

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

The stars and cars of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East circuit will return to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, May 4 when “America’s Hometown Track” hosts the WhosYourDriver.org NASCAR K&N Twin 100’s racing program.

The unique event, one o f the bigger events of the season at South Boston Speedway, will feature the competitors of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in twin 100-lap races. South Boston Speedway’s Budweiser Pure Stock Division racers will compete in a 30-lap race and the Budweiser Hornets Division competitors will compete in a 15-lap race.

Practice will run from 1:30 p.m. until 3:40 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and qualifying will start at 5 p.m. A driver autograph session will be held trackside at 6 p.m. The first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

Advance adult general admission tickets priced at $10 will be available for purchase until Friday, May 3 at 5 p.m. Adult general admission tickets will be $15 on race day. Youth ages 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For additional information about the WhosYourDriver.org NASCAR K&N Twin 100’s 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.

Mason Bailey Dominates Southside Speedway J.M. Wilkinson Opening Night; Snaping Chris Dodson’s Six Race Win Streak

Mason Bailey dives into turn one at Southside Speedway during round two of practice Friday afternoon March 29th, 2019. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, Virginia– You could have not asked for better weather yesterday just south of the state capital. Light cloud cover, a nice low breeze and about 70 degrees all day long. Something Southside Speedway was probably owed after dealing with the amount of “The R Word” that came through the state last year. Fans and drivers alike packed the pits and the grandstands to make Opening Night 2019 one for the record books.

Mason Bailey was the fastest man in town in both divisions he raced in last night during the final round of practice, and for those who might not know Southside Speedway uses their final practice round as a form of group qualifying known as “Practifying.” It took Bailey just seven laps to lay down a 14.816 and take the pole position away from 2018 Rookie of the Year, John Goin. Chris Dodson, Howie Disavino, and Bugs Hairfield rounded out the fastest five qualifiers. Only the top two were inverted.

Starting the 40-lap feature on the outside front row was no problem for the young Chesterfield native. He was able to take the lead early from Goin, just before problems arose in turn three involving Howie DiSavino and Chris Johnson. Both cars ended up with some front end damage, however, DiSavino was the only one that did not return to the race. The caution set up the night’s first cone restart where Bailey elected to stay on the bottom, Goin took the chance to go topside but had some issues, and pardon the pun, getting ‘goin.’ Somehow he only fell back to fourth.

That allowed Bailey a clean shot in and out of two, which allowed him to open up a decent amount of space between himself and the rest of the field. Building almost a full second lead over the rest of the field allowing them to battle things out while he drove away. The second official caution of the evening came when Eddie Johnson and Justin Martz make contact, and by contact I mean Martz goes up and over the left front fender of Johnson. Just before that on the other end of the track, however, John Goin was able to get around Hairfield for second, setting up another great restart between two young drivers, so we thought!

Once the green was displayed things went downhill quick for Goin. Both he and Bailey spun their tires, which stakes up the field behind them. However, Goin got the worst end of the deal because he also had a left front tire go down. Once the carnage was cleared Cameron Jarrel found himself facing the wrong direction. Luckily for everyone involved, no one received any serious damage. Bailey once again elected to take the bottom on the ensuing restart but it was called off after race control deemed Hairfield jumped the start.

Once we finally got going again Bailey did a phenomenal job clearing the field and leaving the veterans to battle things out. Dodson was able to clear Hairfield for second but by the time he got some open track to work with, Bailey was long gone and collecting his second checkered flag of the evening and snapping one of, if not the longest, winning streaks in Southside history. Dodson, who had won the previous six J.M. Wilkinson Opening Night’s finished second, Bugs Hairfield, Michael Sutphin, and John Goin rounded out the top five finishers.

 

Late Model OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #05 Mason Bailey; 40
  2. #0 Chris Dodson; 40
  3. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 40
  4. #25 Michael Sutphin; 40
  5. #90 John Goin; 40
  6. #36 Chris Johnson; 40
  7. #29 Andrew Dean; 40
  8. #57 Eddie Johnson; 40
  9. #56 Cameron Jarrel; 40
  10. #09 Michael Rogers; 40
  11. #51 Mike Bender; 38
  12. #22 Justin Martz; 30
  13. #89 Kyle Wood; 18
  14. #11 Woody Ellington; 18
  15. #55 Howie DiSavino; 2

 

 

Ethan Ayers Wins UCAR Opener; Proves Yet Again to be the Division of Excitement

Beejay Anderson was the quickest of thirteen cars during practifying clocking in at 16.553 (72.487 MPH). However, the invert was not on his side once he pulled a six out of the cooler, handing the front row to Ronnie Vance and Joshua Thomas.

Vance again used the invert to his advantage and took off running when the green flag was displayed. Behind him was a completely different story, I am not sure if hornets nest is the right description because they took it three wide early, which cause some contact and damage. Ryan Paul’s No. 5 car probably took the worst of it after getting hit in the back and taking what looked like the front bumper cover of Brookfield with him. Somehow we remained green.

While all that was going on around mid back, Ethan Ayers was on the hunt for the lead. He was able to close the gap and make the pass just past the halfway point of the feature. Ayers had to hold off the rest of the field for a handful of restarts with less than ten laps to go but, he was able to do so and take home the victory

UCAR OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #87 Ethan Ayers; 25
  2. #32 Ronnie Vance; 25
  3. #72 Joshua Thomas; 25
  4. #13 Beejay Anderson; 25
  5. #03 Zachary Lindsey; 25
  6. #12 Jamie Hite; 25
  7. #98 James Gelina; 25
  8. #89 Kyle Bunn; 25
  9. #4 Thomas Stinson; 22
  10. #5 Ryan Paul; 20
  11. #27 Parker Brookfield; 20
  12. #96 Alex Ayers; 18
  13. #8 Richard Sisco; 18
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