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Cole Bruce Gets Season Turned Around with Win at Dominion

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Cole Bruce picked up his first win of the year at Dominion Raceway on Saturday, turning around what has been a tumultuous start to his 2019 season.

Bruce, 15, from Fredericksburg, Virginia, started Saturday’s Dominion Racer feature in the third position and quickly raced his way to the front of the field.  Bruce made his pass on the fourth lap of the 35 lap feature and held on to score the victory.

After a disappointing start to the season, the win was just what was needed to get the team back on track.

“It helped boost us up,” Bruce said.  “It gives us more confidence in ourselves for the rest of the season so we’re not scratching our heads trying to figure out what we need to do to make the car faster.  This win means a lot because we’re in a good spot for the rest of the season knowing we have a great car.  It just mainly relieves us to get that first win of the season.”

Bruce’s season started with a practice accident at South Boston Speedway in March.  After another disappointing result at Dominion Raceway, Bruce picked up his first top-five finish of the year at South Boston Speedway on April 20th.

“Our car program is doing well thanks to After Hours Fabrication,” Bruce said.  “Motor program, we’ve got that straightened out.  Overall, I think we have a pretty good shot at the Dominion championship this year.  I feel confident we’ll come back to South Boston and hopefully get a top-three finish, or, even better, a win.”

After scoring his first win of 2019, Bruce is now setting his sights on picking up more victories at Dominion Raceway.  His next race will be on Saturday, May 18th in the 35 lap Dominion Racer feature at the Thornburg, Virginia track.

Cole Bruce is supported in 2019 by Papa John’s, Shepherd’s Heating and Air, Matco Tools, Radley Cadillac in Fredericksburg, Mullins Racing and Dinah Marie Photography.

To learn more about Cole Bruce, visit www.colebruceracing.com, “like” Cole Bruce Racing on Facebook or follow Cole Bruce on Twitter.

Cole Bruce climbs out of his car and celebrates after winning at Dominion Raceway on Saturday. (Dinah Mullins/Dinah Marie Photography photo)

Featured Photo: Dinah Mullins/Dinah Marie Photography photo

Robbie Emory Scores First Career Limited Late Model Victory at Winchester; Logan Roberson’s Win Streak Comes to an End

Winchester, VA-  Milton Delaware’s Robbie Emory scored his first career Winchester feature win in last Saturday nights 30-lap Limited Late Model main. The win for Emory, worth $1250, came steering his familiar Swartz chassis no.9E with a family prepared Emory’s Racing Engines power plant under the hood.

The heads up start found Emory and Scott Palmer on the front row for the initial green flag of the event. Emory would eventually pace all 30-circuits but would have to survive numerous caution periods and a late race surge from eventual runner up Jonathan DeHaven to preserve the breakthrough win. “When we first started racing with the Limited’s we came here quite often and I know we’ve finished second at least 7 or 8 times,” Emory stated in victory lane. “It feels great to finally get our first win here.” Last Saturday’s winner Derick Quade was third, 9th starting James Lichliter took 4th with former champion Wesley Bonebrake rounding out the top-five. Heats went to Emory, Palmer, and Bonebrake.

Dale Hollidge prevailed in the companion 25-lap RUSH Crate Late Model contest breaking Logan Roberson’s 2-race win streak. Hollidge darted from the pole and would lead the distance scoring the win in his Rocket no.0. “We came here to get some seat time for the Battle of the Bay races next week,” Hollidge remarked. “There’s a lot of good cars and drivers in this class and we need to be ready when the tour guys come next week.” Logan Roberson, Billy Beachler, 13th starting Devin Brannon and Levi Crowl would complete the top-five. Heats went to Beachler and Hollidge.

Brad Kling drove to a thrilling win in the 20-lap Mid-Atlantic Modified feature. Kling, who lined up 7th for the start, clawed through the field to overhaul race long leader Hunter McClendon on the 16th lap and would lead the final 4 laps to post the win. “On that last re-start Hunter left us just enough room on the bottom and we were able to get by him.” Said Kling. “This is a great way to start the season and a big thanks to everyone who helps.” Justin Cullum came on late for 2nd, McClendon took 3rd with Ray Kable Jr. and Mike Corbin filling the front five. Heats went to Mike Corbin and Alyssa Rowe.

In support class action, Ethan Ours became the 3rd different winner of 2019 with his victory in the 15-lap Pure Stock feature in his first start of the season, Hunter Diehl drove to his first career track and club win in the 30-lap Xcel 600 Modified main with Jeff Wilkins scoring his first of the season in the nightcap 15-lap U-Car feature.

Limited Late Model Feature Results;
1. Robbie Emory
2. Jonathan DeHaven
3. Derick Quade
4. James Lichliter
5.Wesley Bonebrake
6. David Keith
7. Scott Merryman
8. Rodney Walls
9. Matt Hildabrandt
10. Bruce Kane
11.Sam Bryant
12. Scott Palmer
13. Scott Sweeney
14. Dale Murphy
15. Trae Armel
16. Richard Hawkins
17. Justin Dillman
18. Austin Stover
19. Brad Omps
20. Dallas Richards
21. Josh Williams
22. Eric Groah
23. Keith Koontz
24. Jimmy Richards
25. Josh Lilly

RUSH Crate Late Model Feature;
1. Dale Hollidge
2. Logan Roberson
3. Billy Beachler
4. Devin Brannon
5. Levi Crowl
6. Scott Sweeney Jr.
7. Timmy Booth
8. Megan Mann
9.Tyler Hoy
10. Jonathan Raley
11. Carl Biddle
12. Donnie Tepper
13. Al Shawver Jr.
14. BJ Mongold
15. Steve Lowery
16. Ronnie Martin Jr.
17. Jon Painter
18. Trevor Collins
19. Josh Reid
20. Dustin Arnold

E-Mod feature finish
1. Brad Kling 2. Justin Cullum 3. Hunter McClendon 4. Ray Kable Jr. 5. Mike Corbin 6. Alyssa Rowe 7.Allen Brannon 8. Tommy Whitt 9. Rich Goodman 10. Cody Williams 11. Cody Oliver 12. Jeff McCauley 13.Jacob Whitt 14. George Gutridge 15. Josh Hughes 16. Chase Butler 17. Frank Dibella 18. Keith Reed 19. David Kaiser 20. David Green

Pure Stock feature finish
1. Ethan Ours 2. Craig Parrill 3. Chris Sumption 4.Buddy Wilson 5. Tyler Gray 6. Dylan Rutherford 7. Jeremy Tinsman 8. Matt Randall 9. Jerry Jenkins Jr. 10.Branson Woodward 11. Delmar Grady 12. Bill Ramsey 13. Norman Potter

U Car feature finish
1. Jeff Wilkins 2. Larry Lamb 3. Gene Wilson 4. Billy Smith 5. Kevin Oates 6. Randy Wilkins 7.Tim Steele 8. Russell Fox 9. Tiff Wilson 10. Ricky Shanholtz 11.Dominic King 12. Allen Griffith 13. Evan Foust 14. James Neff 15. Mike Griffith

Xcel 600 feature finish
1. Hunter Diehl 2. Korey Inglin 3. Travis Fichter 4. Sam Sciccitano 5. Brian Blankenbillar 6. Gabby Meixell 7. Grant Schibilia 8 Robert Martin 9. Jess Michel 10. Ty Hoke 11. Keith Inglin 12. Geoffrey Sutton 13. Shawna Schibilia

Chris Chapman Prevails in Limited Late Model Thriller at Southern National

Chris Chapman (51) passes Rusty Daniels (16) to take the lead in the Easter Bunny 100 at Southern National Motorsports Park. (Josh Parrish/Short Track Central for SNMP photo)

LUCAMA, NC – Chris Chapman snapped a near two-year winless drought at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday afternoon, holding off Andrew Grady in a thriller in the Easter Bunny 100.

Rusty Daniels started on the pole and won the first segment of the race while Chapman was biding his time. In the second segment, Chapman made the move, taking the lead on the 41st overall lap of the race and holding off numerous challenges from Daniels and Grady. The win was Chapman’s first since April 2016.

“It’s been about a year since we won one out here,” Chapman said in victory lane. “We had a couple seconds out here last year. These guys dug deep over the winter. Wendell Davis gives me the best cars. Sometimes, I don’t know if it’s driver or what. This thing was on a rail today.”

In the final 40 lap segment, Chapman held off a hard charging Andrew Grady. Grady closed in to within a half car-length, but Chapman was able to hold him off on the restarts and drive away in the final laps.

“Sometimes, you don’t want to wear [tires] down because you don’t know when you’re going to have a caution,” Chapman explained. “You try to go hard and save all you can too. So that’s pretty much what it was.”

Grady wanted to win the race and the race played out like he had hoped, but he had to settle for second. Grady took his second-place finish in stride as something to build on throughout the season.

“We had a plan and we played it perfectly,” Grady said. “We saved the right-rear really well. Chapman man, love racing him with. He’s real fun to race with. We just got a little snug towards the end. That’s where he beat us at. We’re going to be running for the championship here this year. It’s going to come down to me and him. They know we were here, that’s what matters.”

Grady was within striking distance in the final laps but was not close enough to make a clean pass for the win. While he could have divebombed the corner or taken Chapman out, Grady said that’s not how he races with a competitor he has respect for like Chapman.

“If I would have dove in there two car-lengths deeper, I could have rooted him,” Grady remarked. “I’m not going to do that to Chris. I don’t race like that. Some other people, I would have raced like that but with Chris, I love racing with him. He’s a great guy, always races me clean. We always race hard together. We’ll come back in a week or two and hopefully we’ll be up there one more.”

Paul Williamson quietly snuck into the third position in the final handful of laps for one of his best career finishes.

“We didn’t win but I call it a win because we came from the back and fought all the way back up,” Williamson said. “Our car was tight but we were able to work with it during the race.”

Rusty Daniels won the race’s first stage and ended up finishing fourth while Wayne Goss methodically raced his way to a fifth-place finish. The race was slowed by a number of cautions late as paint was traded in the middle of the pack.

 

Sibling Showdown in Legends

Caleb Day scored the win in a barnburner for the Legends division. Much of the race was a battle between Caleb and his younger sister Emily Day. Emily passed Caleb after a mid-race restart and appeared to be on her way to her first Legend Car win in only her second start, but Caleb got back around her in the final laps and went on to win.

“I don’t know if it was as fun as it was stressful,” Caleb Day said in victory lane. “I thought I had a pretty good car until that caution came out and we didn’t hit on much after that caution. I wasn’t going to push the topic with her. Me and her, I don’t know, third or fourth Legends race, I just let her go on. You could tell she’s got a little work to do, same as me. I hate her and Stancil got together and sent her to the rear. She had a second-place car before the caution and just as good a car after the caution. It was a good day and at least we didn’t tear anything up.”

Emily Day was running second on the last lap but was involved in an incident with Chris Stancil which sent the race into overtime. Caleb Day held off Eric Courtney and Kade Lambert for the win.

“It’s a good way to start the year off,” Caleb remarked. “We started running dirt Legends and been messing around with that and we decided to come back and try it since we were going to be down here anyway. We had fun, it was good.”

Emily Day ended up finishing fourth while Aaron Crumpler finished fifth.

 

AJ Sanders Goes 2-0 in Mini-Stocks

AJ Sanders was once again victorious in the Mini-Stock feature, racing his way from worst to first and besting Ronnie “Buckshot” Jones and Brandon Clements to score the win.

“I had a lot of determination,” Sanders said. “A lot of fans don’t know what went on but we put two new rights on after qualifying because everybody else had put them on before qualifying. We had a little bit of a gentlemen’s agreement that we were all going to run used tires, then when they put new ones on, it kind of pissed me off. I went and put two new ones on and they said someone was complaining, so I said okay and we’ll go to the rear and make a show for the fans.”

It was a show indeed. With 13 laps to go, Sanders battled side-by-side with Clements for the lead, but Clements would prevail in the battle which also allowed Jones to get around to take the second spot. Jones then took the lead from Clements with 11 laps remaining. Just three laps later, Sanders would get around Jones and hold on for the win – his second of the season at Southern National.

“I knew I had a little fast car than [Jones] did and had to calm back down and hit my marks,” Sanders explained. “That’s what we did, hit our marks. I’ve got to thank the good Lord above for a safe race. About lost it down there underneath Brandon. It felt like I hit oil or something. Maybe I just drove in too hard.”

Jones finished in the runner-up spot while Clements, James Stroud and Joseph Pittman rounded out the top-five.

Jake Garcia led wire-to-wire in the 35 lap USAC Eastern Midgets race, scoring the win over Neil Allison and Nolan Allison, Parker Frazier scored the win in the 25 lap Bandolero race over Cameron Murray and Ethan Johnson, and Mike Parrish picked up the win over Chris Hales and Dakota Tomlinson in the 15 lap Any Car feature.

Southern National Motorsports Park will be back in action on Saturday, April 14th for the Whelen Engineering Spring Fling. The Spring Fling will be headlined by twin 75 lap races for the Late Model Stock Car division and also features the Chargers for 40 laps, Mini-Stocks for 35 laps, Legends for 20 laps, Bandoleros for 20 laps and Any Cars for 15 laps.

For more information about Southern National Motorsports Park, check out SNMP’s website at http://www.snmpark.com, “like” Southern National Motorsports Park on Facebook or “follow” @SNM_Park on Twitter.

Limited Late Models

  1. Chris Chapman
  2. Andrew Grady
  3. Paul Williamson
  4. Rusty Daniels
  5. Clay Jones
  6. Wayne Goss
  7. Tyler Horne
  8. Brian Obiedzenski
  9. Tim Allensworth
  10. Richard Caldwell
  11. Brandon Whitley
  12. Justin Gill
  13. Ashlyn McCaskill
  14. AJ Walsh
  15. Ryan Collins
  16. Eric Gerchak
  17. Jeremy Heath
  18. Daryn Cockram
  19. Kenneth Mercer – DNS

Limited Late Models Prove Competitive in Recent SNMP History

Daryn Cockram on track during practice for the Spooktacular at Southern National Motorsports Park in October 2017. (Photo credit: Andy Marquis/SNMP)

LUCAMA, NC – Three different drivers have won in the last three Limited Late Model races held at Southern National Motorsports Park. Now the stage could be set for a fourth on March 31st.

Rusty Daniels, Jamie York, and Mini Tyrrell have won in the last three Limited Late Model races at Southern National. Daniels’ win came in October during the Spooktacular, while York and Tyrrell each scored victories in the Thanksgiving Classic.

Now, another competitive field is set to take to the high banks.

Daryn Cockram will be making the trip from Blacksburg, Virginia to compete in his black and yellow Limited Late Model. Cockram raced predominantly at Motor Mile Speedway but has made the decision to race at Southern National this season when Motor Mile canceled their oval track racing program.

“The Limited Late Models at Southern National are very competitive,” Cockram said. “You’ve got people like Bradley McCaskill and Deac McCaskill’s daughter is racing now, Tony and Andrew Grady as well. It’s the luck of the draw. That track changes daily. We were fast last year in practice, came back two weeks later with the same car and everything, and we were a seventh-place car. That track is one of its own and everybody is so close. If you’re not dead on, you’re going to lose four or five positions easily.”

Cockram has had strong runs at Southern National, even if the results have not done his performances justice. After racing in a handful of races in 2014, Cockram had been wanting to race full-time one season at Southern National. With his home track no longer hosting races, Cockram committed to a full season at the 4/10-mile track in Lucama, North Carolina.

“We’re going to run the full season at Southern National and South Boston,” Cockram explained. “Motor Mile affected a bunch of people when they closed. I always loved that track and have always been competitive. I always wanted to come down to Southern National and run a full season. When Motor Mile closed its doors, the first thing I said was I was fixing our car and heading down there.”

Kenansville, North Carolina’s Paul Williamson knows first-hand how competitive the Limited Late Model division is at Southern National Motorsports Park and he expects it to remain competitive in 2018.

“I think the Limited Late Model division will be stout,” Williamson said. “I expect there to be a lot of competitive racing in this division all season out at Southern National.”

Williamson has run regularly at Southern National for the past several seasons and knocked on the door of his first Late Model win. He scored seven top-five finishes in the regular season in the Late Model class last year and could be poised for a breakthrough Limited Late Model victory this season.

“I’m looking forward to racing this weekend at Southern National,” Williamson remarked. “We’re hoping to bring what we learned last year into this year and continue to get better. I feel we have a strong car and strong team.”

Cockram and Williamson will both join what is expected to be a very competitive field of Limited Late Models, which includes Rusty Daniels, Ashlyn McCaskill, Brandon Whitley and a host of others.

The Limited Late Model season will get underway on Saturday afternoon with the Easter Bunny 100. In addition to the 100-lap Limited Late Model race, Saturday’s program will feature the USAC Eastern Midgets, Mini-Stocks, Legends, Bandoleros and Any Cars. The green flag will fly at 2pm.

Saturday’s Easter Bunny 100-lap Limited Late Model race at Southern National Motorsports Park will be run under a segmented race format similar to what is used in NASCAR racing.

The first two segments of the Easter Bunny 100, which are sponsored by Mike Darne Racing, will run for 30 laps each while the final stage will run for 40 laps.  Following each of the first two stages, which will pay $50-to-win, a five-minute segment break will take place allowing teams to make adjustments.

“Making the race a segmented race will be exciting for the fans watching in the stands,” Southern National Motorsports Park general manager Charlie Hansen said.  “With each segment paying $50 to the winner, it gives the drivers something to race for in the middle of the race.  Hopefully, the fans and the drivers will enjoy this.”

The first segment will run through lap 30, followed by a five-minute break.  Then, the second segment will run through lap 60, followed by another five-minute segment break.  After that, the final 40 lap segment will be run under normal race conditions.

For more information about Southern National Motorsports Park, check out SNMP’s website at http://www.snmpark.com, “like” Southern National Motorsports Park on Facebook or “follow” @SNM_Park on Twitter.

Racing Roulette Expanded to Super Late Models and Limiteds for Thanksgiving Classic

LUCAMA, NC – Southern National Motorsports Park has expanded the Racing Roulette format, which was implemented for the Late Model Stock Car portion of the Thanksgiving Classic, to the Super Late Model and Limited Late Model divisions.

The Racing Roulette format allows drivers to race for more money to win the race if they pay a higher entry fee.

“We had such great feedback from the Late Model racers and so many questions from Super Late Model and Limited drivers that we thought it’d be great to include all of them,” track owner Michael Diaz saif. “It’s a great concept that the drivers and teams are excited about and we’re excited about the excitement it’s bringing to the Thanksgiving Classic.”

For the Super Late Model feature, which will be run on Sunday, November 26th, drivers can race for $10,000-to-win if they pay a $500 entry fee or $4,000-to-win if they pay a $125 entry fee.

In the Limited Late Model feature, which commences on Saturday, November 25th, drivers can pay a $300 entry fee to race for $4,000-to-win or a $100 entry fee for $2,200-to-win.

Registration for the Thanksgiving Classic is open and competitors can register for the race online.

The Limited Late Model feature on Saturday, November 25th is a 75 lap race.  The Super Late Model portion of the Thanksgiving Classic on Sunday, November 26th will be a 125-lap event.

In addition to Saturday’s Limited Late Model race, the Thanksgiving Classic will also feature a Limited Late Model “Dash for Cash” race on Friday, November 24th.  The 40-lap race, will be a scuff tire.  Drivers competing in the race can bring two tires with them and purchase two tires from the .  The Dash for Cash pays $750 to the winner and $50 to start.

More information about the 17th Thanksgiving Classic presented by Solid Rock Carriers » http://snmpark.com/thanksgivingclassic

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David Latour Holds Off Eric Winslow for Limited Win

South Boston, VA – Fifteen limited late models took to South Boston Speedway to grab the checkers in the first race of the season.

Colin Garrett continued the trend of setting track records running a 15.140 second lap in qualifying, beat the previous limited record of 15.478 and even beating the old late model record of 15.314.

Trey Crews lined up to his outside and would lead the first lap before falling back to third with Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton getting by him on the inside with a driving style you’d see at dirt tracks all over the country. By lap 12 Garrett had a second and a half lead over Dalton. Three laps later Mike Jones gets some help from Daniel Moss and busts the radiator out of his car.

With the cone out Amber Balcaen decides to take the high line and challenge and beats him on the restart. Moss gets invovled in another incient and the yellow flies again with Garrett up front, Eric Winslow in second, and Balcaen in third. Coming to the green again they go three wide out of turn two and Winslow takes the lead and Balcaen gets some tire rub going from a collapsed fender. Dylan Saul was all over the rear of Balcaen until the caution flew again for Brandon Jones coming to a stop on the track.

Garrett decides to try the outside on Winslow and it pays off as Eric has trouble on the restart with a bad shift. Saul is able to get by Balcaen with a bump and run and Trey Crews follows. Shortly after that Balcaen and Dalton get into a wreck with Amber’s race ending. The next restart Garrett and Winslow come together with some big damage to the 24 of Colin.

Another lap, another caution. This time for debris on the track. Dylan Saul and Crews make up the front row and Trey leads them out of turn two. With some crazy three wide driving Latour and Winslow end up out front and Latour locks up the win in a crash filled fifty lapper.

It looks like there is gonna be a lot of good, regular competition in this series for the year and should be very interesting to watch.

Final Results

1. David Latour Jr.
2. Eric Winslow
3. Dylan Saul
4. Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton
5. Trey Crews
6. Chris Elliott
7. Billy Myers
8. Jason Myers
9. Colin Garrett
10. Brandon Jones
11. Amber Balcaen
12. Barry Beggarly Jr.
13. Bob Davis
14. Daniel Moss
15. Mike Jones

Clay Jones Finds Victory Lane In Limited Late Model Feature

LLM Winner_Clay Jones

Kenly, NC – You would think the theme was “Yellow” for Day 2 of the 2015 Thanksgiving All-Star Classic at Southern National Motorsport Park. No, not because a majority of the cars were yellow, or the track did some kind of yellow out commonly found at football games. It was more so due to the fact the yellow flag wave four to five times as much as the green and checkered flag – combined. Now that’s no real fault of the track, its just the nature of the game when you put big money, contingency awards, and bounty’s out in multiple divisions. Money draws cars and cars draw cautions. Honestly though, how can you be mad at thirty plus Legends and over twenty UCARS?

Not only the nightcap but also the headline of night number two, the Limited Late Model division. True Limited’s mind you, not the hybrid division created and run this past season to help cut cost and drive car counts. A total of 18 cars showed up for this weekend’s big event while only 16 cars finished the race. Clay Jones, qualifying on the outside pole, bested only by Ronald Renfro, wasted no time early grabbing the lead and running away with things. Louis White, who has always been a very strong car took over second just as fast and he too almost never let go.

Thankfully the divisions only caution of the night came early from a solo spin down low in turn. To this moment I still have not been able to confirm who exactly it was – I know bad media person! Thought we were going to run into some trouble on the ensuing restart as Renfrow – who elected to use the cone and restart in the second position – got the restart of his life. I was all but ready to see the caution lights come back over the speedway. Guess that’s why I stay downstairs in the media booth and let Mr. Ellis handle the heavy stuff upstairs. We stayed green for the rest of the race and watched some pretty intense battles for position through the field.

Jones, who had honestly been the class of the field all night, said in victory lane after the race that he was glad there were no more cautions. “We had a great car and took off a little snug and got going and I kind of burnt the right rear up trying to stay in front. I was just hanging on right there at the end,” said Jones. “They kept telling me Joe was coming but I was just doing all I could to stay there. Thank God there wasn’t a caution. I can’t thank these guys enough. They put a rocket under me again. They’re making me look good. I can’t thank them enough.” It looked like Louis White was a shoe in for the runner up position but a late race slip up out of two made him chase his machine up the hill and allowing Joe Heigl to get by.

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