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Chris Hopkins Dominates Southside 75-lap Feature from the Pole; Dan Rogers Continues Grand Stock Domination

Chris Hopkins celebrates in victory lane after dominating the 75-lap feature at Southside Speedway on July 20, 2018. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA – It was pure domination Friday night in one of the longest Late Model Stock Car races of the season at Southside Speedway. Hopkins jumped out to the early lead from the start of the race and never looked back. Never having to worry about a caution Hopkins went flag-to-flag for the win.

Southside Speedway and Late Model Stock veteran Bugs Hairfield won the pole and the bonus point that comes with it earlier in the afternoon with a lap of 14.936-seconds (80.335 MPH). Howie Disavino, Chris Dodson, Eddie Johnson, and Chris Hopkins were the fastest five qualifiers. However, per the Southside rulebook, up to six cars could be inverted for the start of the feature. Hairfield was given the honor to reach into the magical bag to pull the pill – he would pull a five.

Hopkins took full advantage of the invert, as anyone would, and speed off into turn one with the lead going virtually unchallenged through the entire feature setting a rather blistering pace. Behind him, however, the wick had certainly been turned up as Hairfield attempted to work his way through the rather stout top five in hopes to get back to the lead. His efforts, though at times were amazing to watch as he battled Eddie Johnson side-by-side for a handful of laps, were only good to get him as high as second before the car went away from him and he started falling back.

Howie Disavino had yet another stand out night at the place coined the toughest short track in the south. Disavino never fell outside of the top five finding himself racing some of the best in the business when it comes to Southside. Chris Dodson – winner of the first 75-lap feature on the season – finished fourth while Bugs Hairfield rounded out the top five finishers.

Another young driver who had a rather impressive night was the No. 22 of Grayson Cullather. After spending most of the 2018 season running in the CARS Response Energy Tour, Cullather found himself back at his home track this weekend on the heels of the 10th annual Hampton Heat 200 being postponed. Cullather would start at the rear of the fourteen-car field and drove back up to sixth when the checkered flag flew.

The results for the Late Model race were still unofficial at the time we left the speedway. We were informed that results would be made official come Tuesday. The Weekly Racer will make sure to let everyone know when that happens.

Dan Rogers picked up win number six in the Grand Stocks in seven tries after starting shot fun on the field. Fans witnessed exciting racing throughout the rest of the field as everyone was not afraid to do a little rubbing and leaning on each other.

The UCAR feature, scheduled for 25-laps, was cut short after a medical emergency in the infield brought the field to the red flag with Trevor Stinson leading. Race control decided it was best to at least postpone the rest of the race to allow safety personnel plenty of time to do their work and transport the team member to a local hospital. We will also keep you updated as to what will happen to that race as they had not yet made it to halfway.

 

Late Model Stock Car UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #88 Chris Hopkins; 75
  2. #43 Eddie Johnson; 75
  3. #55 Howie Disavino; 75
  4. #0 Chris Dodson; 75
  5. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 75
  6. #22B Grayson Cullather; 75
  7. #05 Mason Bailey; 75
  8. #22 Justin Martz; 75
  9. #79 Lane Janosik; 75
  10. #25 Michael Sutphin; 75
  11. #24 Chris Johnson; 75
  12. #90 John Goin; 75
  13. #20 Sonny Allen; 74
  14. #18 Brad Davis; 74

Danny Edwards Jr. Wins the 2018 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Pole Award

Hampton, VA – Danny Edwards, Jr. from Poquoson, Virginia and five-time Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway track champion laid down the quickest lap during euro style qualifying earlier in the evening. Edwards’ 15.359-second (92.584) was just four-hundredth’s of a second quicker than the host driver Denny Hamlin. Hamlin’s Monster Energy Cup teammate and defending two-time cup series winner Kyle Busch will start the 200-lap feature from the third position with truck series driver Timothy Peters and Ty Gibbs – grandson to Joe Gibbs – round out the top five.

“We took off where we left off last race,” Edwards told The Weekly Racer. “We thought we had a pretty good car. Made a few changes at the shop but when we got here today we found ourselves fighting it. We worked at it and threw a lot of things at it and to be honest with you we hit on something at the very end of the practice, made a couple big swings and I told the guys this was the best I have had it on the long run.”

Edwards, as mentioned above, is surrounded by some of the best in auto racing and well… he was not only shocked by it but was aware of who he had around him.

“To be honest with you it surprised me,” Edwards went on to say. “I didn’t think that was going to stick seeings how we went out mid-pack and some of those guys going out later. Hopefully, we can control our race a little bit better when the green flag drops. The only thing you can control is what you do.”

Edwards will take the green flag with probably the most experience and the most laps completed at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway, however, he knows when the helmets go on and they strap in it goes out the window.

“I have raced with these guys before with Denny and Kyle in some of the ASA series,” Edwards said. “You take the guys that are here that are the pro drivers and they are professional’s for a reason, they are the best in the business. Do I have more laps at this track? Yea, but they are the absolute best in the world. I am just pleased to be up here and run with them.”

In a normal 200-lap feature there is only one break for tires, fuel, or just adjustments. However, tonight’s race will be run in three segments. Segment one drivers are able to take up to four tires, adjustments but no fuel. We asked Edwards if that changed his strategy throughout the evening.

Not really,” Edwards said honestly. “How the race goes throughout the stints will dictate what we do. We really won’t know until we get some laps on the car and make some adjustments on how the car felt in the first half. It’s going to be about keeping it clean, keeping the fenders on it and the breaks on it.”

Green flag is set to fly for the feature event at 8:30 PM. If you are unable to make it out follow us on Twitter or watch LIVE on Fanschoice.tv

Matt Waltz and Greg Edwards Split a Pair of Races at Langley Speedway

Greg Edwards wins fifth victory of the 2017 season August 19th on Bayport Credit Union/Speed Club Center Night (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

After an involuntary month long vacation, warm weather, and clear skies, Late Model drivers were finally able to get back to racing. Twin sixty-six lap features were two of just the eleven races on the schedule for the Bayport Credit Union and Speed Club Center night. Grand Stocks, Super Streets, Super Trucks, UCAR, Pro Six, Bandolero’s, Legends, and Enduros.

Nick Smith, who entered the weekend sitting third in points, earned the pole earlier in the very busy afternoon posting a time of 16.059 (88.548 mph). Greg Edwards, Connor Hall, Brenden Queen, and current points leader Matt Waltz completed the fastest five of fourteen cars to take time. Fifteen cars showed up for afternoon practice but Terry Carroll was forced to pack up and head home early due to motor issues.

When the green flag was displayed to the field it took Smith about a lap to clear Edwards to take control of the race while Matt Waltz and Mark Wertz made strides towards the front behind them. The race saw its first caution period after Waltz and Hall made contact while racing hard for position in turn three. The contact sent Hall around and into the outside retaining wall effectively ending the young drivers evening. Hall would not be able to answer the call for race two later in the evening. Waltz was eventually sent to the rear for what was called aggressive driving by race director Shayne Laws.

Once back under green the chase was on the for the race lead. Edwards and Smith would exchange the lead before Matt Waltz worked his way back to the front of the pack. Once the two car was able to regain the lead he was able to put some distance on second and third to win the first of two races on the evening. Greg Edwards, Nick Smith, Brenden Queen, and Mark Wertz would round out the top five.

“The wheel was straight when I was good, definitely want to apologize to Connor, that’s was all me, that was my fault,” admitted the race winner. “Kinda disappointed about the call to put us in the back when that hadn’t happened to anyone else out here but we came back and won it anyway. I just got to thank all these guys and thank everybody for coming out here tonight”.

Per the NASCAR rulebook, a minimum of eight cars were inverted for race number two. This placed Casey Wyatt and Macey Causey on the front row. Waltz would not elect to drop to the rear of the field to earn the bonus points that NASCAR offers for its national and state points. Wyatt would jump out to the early race lead for a few laps before Danny Edwards Jr was able to get under and around Wyatt. That was just one of several lead changes throughout the sixty-six lap feature.Brenden Queen would work his way up to the front of the pack and around Edwards to lead several laps while Matt Waltz worked his way from his eighth place starting position. Waltz and Queen would battle hard for the race lead before mild contact between the two drivers in turn four sent both spinning and forced the caution to fly. Waltz was able to return to the race, once again having the restart at the tail end of the field.

Brenden Queen would work his way up to the front of the pack and around Edwards to lead several laps while Matt Waltz worked his way from his eighth place starting position. Waltz and Queen would battle hard for the race lead before mild contact between the two drivers in turn four sent both spinning and forced the caution to fly. Waltz was able to return to the race, once again having the restart at the tail end of the field. Queen on the other hand, needed assistance back to pit road where his crew was hard at work to get the car into gear.Greg Edwards would end up leading the race just past the halfway point of the race and have to survive a couple late race restarts. Those late race restarts helped both Matt Waltz charge from the rear of the field as well as a career best Langley Speedway finish for Chesapeake native, Cameron Bowen. Waltz would be able to navigate his way back towards the front to a second place finish followed by Danny Edwards Jr., Cameron Bowen and Mark Wertz – even after suffering a flat right rear tire.

Greg Edwards would end up leading the race just past the halfway point of the race and have to survive a couple late race restarts. Those late race restarts helped both Matt Waltz charge from the rear of the field as well as a career best Langley Speedway finish for Chesapeake native, Cameron Bowen. Waltz would be able to navigate his way back towards the front to a second place finish followed by Danny Edwards Jr., Cameron Bowen and Mark Wertz – even after suffering a flat right rear tire.

 

Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #2 Matt Waltz; 66
  2. #97 Greg Edwards; 66
  3. #12 Nick Smith; 66
  4. #03 Brenden Queen; 66
  5. #55 Mark Wertz; 66
  6. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 66
  7. #33 Macy Causey; 66
  8. #92 Casey Wyatt; 66
  9. #78 Maddie Crane; 66
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 66
  11. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 66
  12. #94c Cody Carlton; 53
  13. #19 Cameron Bowen; 41
  14. #77 Connor Hall; 17

Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #97 Greg Edwards; 66
  2. #2 Matt Waltz; 66
  3. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 66
  4. #19 Cameron Bowen; 66
  5. #55 Mark Wertz; 66
  6. #03 Brenden Queen; 66
  7. #12 Nick Smith; 66
  8. #33 Macy Causey; 66
  9. #94c Cody Carlton; 66
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 66
  11. #78 Maddie Craine; 65
  12. #92 Casey Wyatt; 51
  13. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 29

CARS Tour Ready for Spectacular Junior Season in 2017

Cars Pro SeriesCARS Tour officials released just a couple months ago their 2017 season schedule which The Weekly Racer talked about in our very first episode of our all new Podcast, The Short Track Report. If you missed any part of that Podcast you can click this link >> Ep. 01 Welcome to The Short Track Report and listen here or you can find us on iTunes or the Samsung Podcast app. Hit the subscribe button and you will be able to keep up with all the episodes throughout the summer.

Going into what will be their third season under the new Super Late and Late Model banner, the CARS Tour is looking to increase their presence is the short track racing world in 2017 by not only coming to the state of Virginia but adding three new tracks, kicking of their season a month sooner and revamping the pay out structures for both series from first to last.

“We wanted to get a little earlier start in the season than we have had in the past,“ explained series owner Jack McNelly in a statement released by series officials back in October. “Starting in March lets us get a few races in before the racing season gets too hectic around here. We’ll host those races in March during the afternoon so our fans can still enjoy the show in the most pleasurable weather as possible. It should be a great way to start the year.”  The series will get underway March 11 at the high banks of Concord Speedway beating out last year’s start date by almost a month.

The CARS Tour series will visit the facilities of Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Virginia, which just completed its first season of competition. The tour will also make stops at the historic Anderson Motor Speedway in Anderson, South Carolina for the first time before heading out to South Boston Speedway to wrap things up for the year on the freshly paved racing surface.

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“We’ve heard from a lot of tracks this Fall about hosting a CARS Tour race, and while we’d love to be able to go to most all of them, we felt we have to keep the number of races manageable for our competitors. 2017 will be our third season and as we continue to learn and listen on how to make this series better, we personally feel ourselves that this schedule is our best one yet,” noted Series Director, Chris Ragle. “Getting back to the state of Virginia, adding a premier facility that the competitors would love to race at, and working with tracks that want to be a part of the CARS Tour schedule were all priorities of ours when we put this schedule together. With today’s unveiling, I’d say we accomplished all that.”

As the series continues to grow throughout the region so will the Super Late Model and Late Model Stock purses. In a press release from CARS Tour officials both series will see an increase in payouts from top to bottom, along with a total restructuring of the winnings that will affect drivers from top to bottom.

Both divisions will now race for nearly $31,000 in prize money for a full thirty-car field next season. Race winners will celebrate with a minimum of $5,000 to win, while start money will increase to $600. Competitors will also see additional money awarded for finishes inside the top ten. As an example, the tenth place finisher will now take home $1,000 compared to the $875 awarded the previous two seasons.

In addition to the new schedule and restructuring of the payouts, the CARS Tour is offering a new and more cost effective registration for the 2017 season. The tour will continue to use the annual CARS Tour Hard Card system as well as offering drivers and owners to register for single events throughout the season. For pricing and more information The Weekly Racer would recommend checking out their website at www.carsracingtour.com or contacting someone from the tour.

 

2017 CARS Tour Schedule:

March 11: Concord Speedway – Concord, NC
March 25: Dominion Raceway – Thornburg, VA
April 22: Orange County Speedway – Rougemont, NC
May 06: Hickory Motor Speedway – Hickory, NC
June 10: Anderson Motor Speedway – Anderson, SC
June 24: Tri-County Motor Speedway – Hudson, NC
July 22: Orange County Speedway – Rougemont, NC
August 05: Hickory Motor Speedway -Hickory, NC
August 26: Concord Speedway – Concord, NC
September 16: Myrtle Beach Speedway – Myrtle Beach, SC
September 30: South Boston Speedway – South Boston, VA

Michael Fose Sweeps East Carolina – Catapults To Top Spot in North Carolina Points

Fose Double Win

📸 Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com

Robersonville, NC – With just about a month left to go in the NWAAS National and State title race, wins are a must and are coming at a premium. Fose, 21 of Jacksonville, North Carolina, put on a clinic two weekends ago at East Carolina Motor Speedway in not only his first Late Model Stock career win but his very first twin sweep. A track that has proven to be a good track for Fose and his career as he earned his first Limited Late Model win back in 2013

Pacing the field earlier in the afternoon with a time of 15.451 to grab the pole position for race number one. There was no looking back for Fose after the drop of the green flag. Ten laps into race number one and Fose had opened up a solid eight-car lead over Thomas Burbage, Louis White, Tyler Matthews and Brenden Queen.

The battle was on for the second and fifth running position with Louis White really being the big mover up to the second position while Thomas Burbage and Tyler Matthews put on a good showing for a couple of laps. No one however had anything for the 54 at the front of the field of ran away with things and earning his first career Late Model victory.

With the qualifying method in place down at East Carolina, your best lap sets the field for race one while your slowest lap sets the field for race two, Michael Fose would only have to give up one spot on the starting grid to where he finished. Giving up that pole position to Virginia driver Justin Carroll.

The nights biggest scare came as the field made there way down the back stretch after Carroll got loose on corner exit and spun his car down the track in front of the entire field coming in hard contact with the inside retaining wall. Luckily for Carroll everyone was able to keep from hitting him and his crew was able to make repairs to the car and get him back on the speedway.

With Carroll heading to the rear of the field the entire inside line moved up one spot handing the lead over the Brenden Queen with Fose to his outside. Took two attempts to get the racing back under green but when that happened Fose again wasted no time getting back to how he was running in the first 40-lap feature. Getting a much better jump than Queen, Fose was able to take the lead on lap and never look back from there.

Michael Fose was able to build himself over a full straightaway lead over the field yet again as guys like Queen and Burbage duked it out for their track position. Tyler Matthews gave everything he had to run down Fose but just did not have enough under him to close the gap. One car that was not able to keep pace in the second race was Thomas Burbage. Falling back lap after lap, Burbage would have to settle for a ninth place finish. We would later learn via social media that Burbage found a bad shock under the car – as stated in our coverage from the night we are no engineers but a bad shock will create an ill handling car.

The two wins were the first for Michael in a Late Model Stock car, not to mention the first sweep of the young mans career. “The car felt awesome,” Fose said in victory lane. “This is really going to help us out in state points. The car was just on a rail. The rain earlier in the day actually kind of helped us out a little bit; the car was a little tight. It washed the rubber off the and actually helped the car out a little bit.”

Practically putting the car on jack stands and not touching a thing Fose found himself back in victory lane after yet another dominating win.

“We didn’t do anything from the first race,” Fose told us. “We kept the car exactly the same. The car was just on a rail, no need to change anything on it.”

Immediately following the race Michael Fose was greeted by a not so happy Justin Carroll who felt Fose jacked him up coming out of two, the drivers had a bit of a discussion before Carroll went on back to his pit. We asked Fose what he saw out of his windshield and what he thought went down.

“The 91 acted like I got into him there,” Fose explained. “I don’t think we really did and that’s what I was telling him. I just have to thank all of my sponsors, Auto Core, John West Engines, JTS Built, Hanging Bodies, and Grafix Unlimited for helping me out.”

The two wins has since catapulted Fose into the top ten (7th) in the national points standings, just behind ECMS points leader Brenden Queen, that will conclude on September 18th. With neither driving competing this past weekend Fose will fall four positions in the nation to eleventh.

The flip side to that, the two wins at East Carolina helped Fose take the top spot in the North Carolina state points. Holding onto just a four-point lead over Queen, the plan is to enter every weekend looking for the trophy at the end of the night.

“It doesn’t really change the plans all to much,” Fose told us this week as we prepared this story. “We come every weekend to win and we are going to keep that attitude. Going between East Carolina and Southern National and just focus on winning and letting the points take care of themselves.”

Fose will be back in action this weekend at East Carolina’s Back to School Bash for a pair of 40-lap features to help put a little more space between he and Queen in the state standings. The Weekly Racer will have you covered yet again this weekend from one of the most action packed venues in the Mid-Atlantic this 2016 season.

 

Race #1

1.#54 Michael Fose
2. #7 Louis White
3. #63 Tyler Matthews
4. #9 Thomas Burbage
5. #03 Thomas Burbage
6. #91 Justin Carroll
7. #01 Jeff Shiflett
8. #12 Wesley Johnson
9. #29 Paul Williamson
10. #28 Tyler Horne
11. #10 Madyson Mulligan
12. #71 Justin Fuller
13. #54b Gerald Benton
14. #5 Cecil Waller
15. #21 Tyler McLaughlin
16. #77 Jordan Wood
17. #12 Dean Shiflett
18#03b Cameron Bowen

 

Race #2

1.#54 Michael Fose
2. #63 Tyler Matthews
3. #7 Louis White
4. #03 Brenden Queen
5. #01 Jeff Shiflett
6. #28 Tyler Hughes
7. #10 Madyson Mulligan
8. #9 Thomas Burbage
9. #12 Wesley Johnson
10. #91 Justin Carroll
11. #29 Paul Williamson
12. #71 Justin Fuller
13. #54b Gerald Benton
14. #5 Cecil Waller
15. #21 Tyler McLaughlin
16. #77 Jordan Wood
17. #03b Cameron Bowen
18. #12 Dean Shiflett

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