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Three Cars From Top Ten Times Were Disallowed After Failing Post Qualifying Inspection; Will Start from the Rear of Their Respective Heat Races

Ridgeway, VA – Post qualifying tech has officially wrapped up here at Martinsville Speedway. Once again the “Room of Doom” has shaken things up on the eve of arguably the best race of the year in the Late Model Stock Car community.

Bobby McCarty (22), Todd Gilliland (45), and Matt Bowling (83) were all found to have issues with the rear ends of their machines. NASCAR officials have stated that all three teams will have the opportunity to fix the issues in the morning, roll back through tech and should they fix all the issues, they have the chance to start their respective heat races from the rear. The speedway also clarified that the no. 70 of Dylan Ward and no. 44 Kyle Dudley both completed engine swaps and will start behind the three cars mentioned above.

Fan gates open at 1 p.m. on Saturday with the driver autograph session scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. on the front stretch. Three 25-lap qualifying races, followed by the 25 lap LCQ to set the field will start at 3 p.m. The 200-lap feature race will begin at 8:00 p.m.Motor Racing Network’s live coverage of the race and the free online stream of the race, on FansChoice.tv, will begin at 7:30.

Motor Racing Network’s live coverage of the race and the free online stream of the race, on FansChoice.tv, will begin at 7:30.

Tickets to the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 are $30 for adults and $5 for children 12-and-under. Tickets can be purchased at the Speedway ticket office or online at http://www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

 

Phillip Morris Takes Home the Big Check in the W.O. Grubb 150

Thornburg, VA – The story at Dominion Raceway Thursday was all about points. Lee Pulliam made his debut at the track hunting for some late season national points as he holds a one point lead over second place this season, he is trying to get his fourth national championship. The track championship is also very close with Tyler Hughes and Doug Barnes battling hard all season long.

The 2016 national champion qualified on the pole running a 15.247 second lap to beat out Morris by .012. Pulliam would start fifth and Hughes out ran Barnes by 6 spots and started on the outside of row three. But they do things a little different at Dominion Raceway, and Bowling pulled a six out of the redraw bag which put Hughes up front for the green flag.

Hughes enjoyed the lead with no pressure from behind for the opening thirty laps until Morris was able to navigate through the cars between them like it was nothing. As they first started catching lapped traffic Morris kept cutting into the lead but the caution would erase it fully with Colin Garrett spinning out off of turn two.

The green flag flew with an even hundred alps remaining in the race and Hughes cleared Morris, he tried the high line with the cone choice, fairly easily. Fourteen laps into the run and Morris had shaken Sellers off from his rear and was no focused 100% on Hughes. Morris was able to nose in to the inside and they raced door to door for a lap until Hughes pulled back ahead and the caution came out for the second time, this time for 2016 track champion Nick Smith getting a tap to his rear and spinning out. Under this caution Lee’s crew tried to fix his ailing car several times and he eventually got caught two laps down.

The front row stayed the same for this restart with Hughes low and Morris high. They didn’t waste much time as they went three wide along with Sellers for the lead, Morris ended up winning out on the risky move on lap 80. Hughes put up a fight for the next couple of laps, peaking inside of Morris a few times but couldn’t get past the four time national champ. Sellers made some contact with Hughes in his pursuit for second but it got them both out of line and Bowling took over the spot. Not long after that the biggest wreck of the night put a lot of damage on several cars with Jeff Oakley, Michael Hardin, Barnes, and Hughes all taking hits.

Morris liked the high line and chose it again, but as the leader this time. He cleared Bowling on the restart and Sergio Pena worked his way by Bowling for second and Brenden “Butterbean” Queen also worked up to fourth place getting by Sellers. Behind them Barnes and Hughes ended up battling each other for seventh position and with 35 laps to go even made it three wide while passing a slower car, these two left nothing on the track. Nine laps later they are still side by side but the caution came out for Chris Johnson’s car losing a motor. A rough ending for Johnson who had come from 23rd to 6th at this point.

The next green flag run was short lived as Puryear got caught up again and this time it ripped off most of his body work and the red flag had to come out to get everything up.

For the next restart Morris again went high and Pena and Queen chose low. Morris showed how strong his car was on this restart setting his fastest time of the race as second through fifth all ran side by side and completely checked on them. Barnes and Pena traded second position for a few laps while they were side by side but Barnes would eventually fall back to fifth with Hughes and Queen getting by him.

Morris took the checkers with no pressure from behind him to win his second big trophy of the year, with his first being the South Boston leg of the triple crown.

After the race Morris had nothing but praise for the racing at Dominion, “I want to race here all the time, I keep telling the guys. They think its close and I’m only an hour away but every where we go is three hours but I just love this place. I just wanna keep coming here, you can really charge the corners here and it makes for some really great racing.” He also mentioned why the racing is so good, “That guy in the 8 car [Tyler Hughes] we had a good battle out there, he was running pretty good. It’s kind of weird, it’s hard to get away from anybody because you got some drafting going on too so you get a little bit of everything. I’ve run some of the Xfinity series, truck series, and its a little bit of everything so any driver that is looking to go up they want to come here because you can learn a lot more at this race track.” The team plans on using this momentum going forward to finish out the year strong and use the lessons learned this year for a possible run next season at the national title.

We also caught up with a very happy Sergio Pena, “We did a lot better than expected, coming into this race we weren’t sure if we were gonna run it or not it was kinda last minute. We came to practice with a set of tires that had a 100 laps on them so to come home second surpassed all of our expectations. Qualified kind of bad to be honest, qualified 16th and fortunately had Sam on the spotters tower for me kind of guided me through the crazy traffic that was out there. Had a couple lucky breaks with cautions that fell at the right time and I’ll tell you what before we knew it half way through the race we were right up there with Peyton Sellers, Phillip Morris, and Matt Bowling…some of the best names in the country, the best names in the country, and to come home second behind Morris I’ll take that as a win its just unreal. Just want to thank you to Sam Beatie and Joe, these guys work on this car very hard and it wouldn’t be possible without them so I just want to say thank you to those guys.”

 

Unofficial Results

  1. Phillip Morris
  2. Sergio Pena
  3. Tyler Hughes
  4. Brenden Queen
  5. Doug Barnes
  6. Peyton Sellers
  7. Cameron Burke
  8. Timmy Phipps
  9. Stacy Puryear
  10. Colin Garrett
  11. Dustin D Storm
  12. Chandler Sherman
  13. Jeff Oakley -1
  14. Matt Bowling -17
  15. Eddie Johnson -25
  16. Chris Johnson -26
  17. Richard Storm -28
  18. Lee Pulliam -48
  19. Michael Hardin -61
  20. Mike Ganoe -72
  21. Nick Smith -78
  22. Logan Jones -81
  23. Billy B Morris -139

Matt Bowling Sits on the Pole in Stacked Field for W.O. Grubb 150

Thornburg, VA – 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion Matt Bowling set fastest time in the late model qualifying session with a 15.247 second lap to beat out Phillip Morris who has two wins at the track so far this year. National points leader Lee Pulliam qualified fifth behind Nick Smith and Eddie Johnson.

The late models will be running 150 laps with no break or competition caution tonight.

We will also be covering the Dominion Stocks tonight for their 35-lap race right before the late models. Bobby Curtis is on the pole in that division after running an 18.014 in their session. The points leader, Richard Powers, qualified fifth.

 

Late Model Qualifying Results

  1. Matt Bowling – 15.247
  2. Phillip Morris – 15.259
  3. Nick Smith – 15.387
  4. Eddie Johnson – 15.477
  5. Lee Pulliam – 15.421
  6. Tyler Hughes – 15.368
  7. Michael Hardin – 15.421
  8. Jeff Oakley – 15.434
  9. Peyton Sellers – 15.460
  10. Billy Morris – 15.463
  11. Brenden Queen – 15.471
  12. Doug Barnes – 15.495
  13. Colin Garrett – 15.551
  14. Stacy Puryear – 15.567
  15. Logan Jones – 15.590
  16. Sergio Pena – 15.636
  17. Cameron Burke – 15.636
  18. Timmy Phipps – 15.657
  19. Dustin D Storm – 15.665
  20. Richard Storm – 15.731
  21. Mike Ganoe – 15.807
  22. Chandler Sherman – 15.923
  23. Chris Johnson – 15.928

Dominion Raceway to Kick-Off Virginia Race Week with the W.O. Grubb 150

Thornburg, VA – Dominon Raceway announced on Tuesday evening that Hermie Sadler will be the MC for the night of the W.O. Grubb 150 that will help kick off the Richmond race weekend for the second year in a row.

Along with the special MC some out of town drivers will be running for the big prize along with state and national NASCAR points that could decide both the state and national titles. Lee Pulliam is fighting for his fourth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series title, which would tie him up with Phillip Morris for most national titles in the series, where he has a one point lead over Trevor Huddleston out of California. Morris has a sizable lead in the state race over Peyton Sellers who is also on the entry list and has a few DR wins on the season already.

The 150-lap race will be one of the biggest winning purses in the region for late model racing giving the winner $10,000 for taking the checkers. As an added bonus, anyone who enters the W.O. Grubb 150 who also runs The Big 1 will qualify to win an extra $2,000 if they win the second 150-lap race. Both races will have no competition cautions or a break and all caution laps will count.

To help fill the line-up out on the night the INEX Legends and Bandos will run again after taking a break for a couple race weekends along with the UCARs and Dominion Stocks. The pre-race ceremonies look to start off at 6:55 with the green flag flying at 7:00 PM.

 

Preliminary Entry List
#01 Sergio Pena
#01 Phillip Morris
#03 Brenden Queen
#4 Timmy Phipps
#5 Lee Pulliam
#5 Billy Morris
#7 Michael Hardin
#07 Richard Storm
#8 Tyler Hughes
#11 Jeff Oakley
#12 Nick Smith
#16 Chandler Sherman
#17 Scott Puryear
#24 Colin Garrett
#24 Chris Johnson
#25 Robert Bruce
#26 Peyton Sellers
#51 Ray Terczak
#57 Eddie Johnson
#77 Logan Jones
#82 Mike Ganoe
#82 Cameron Burke
#83 Matt Bowling
#88 Doug Barnes

Defending National Champion Matt Bowling Wins Sparks Oil Company Pole Award

Matt Bowling working on the car during afternoon practice at South Boston Speedway in preparation for the Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

South Boston, VA – The time has come for some of the best Late Model Stock Car teams to converge on the historic South Boston Speedway for the annual Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200. With $6500 up for grabs, twenty-five cars have unloaded here at the freshly paved 4/10-mile oval.

One of those drivers is none other that defending track and national champion, Matt Bowling. After running a total of forty-nine races in the 2016 season in route to his first NWAAS national title, Bowling has taken most of this season off. However, when you show drivers a chance to win that much money, they tend to make the trip out. Not to mention it is the opening round of the 2017 VA Triple Crown series.

Bowling was in the final group of drivers to hit the speedway for their five-lap group qualifying session. With a decent amount of cloud cover over the speedway, Bowling was able to lay down a 14.889 (96.716 MPH) on his first lap on the timer. For his efforts in group qualifying, Bowling picked up the $1,000 bonus provided by Sparks Oil Company. Trevor Ward, Peyton Sellers, Bobby McCarty and Danny Willis were the four other drivers to post times fast enough to earn them a starting position within the top five.

We caught up with Matt after qualifying was complete and he had a moment to debrief with the crew.

“In practice, we fought tight in a lot,” Bowling mentioned when asked about his car. “We made some adjustments to free it up for qualifying and it was really good, we were right where we needed to be. We will try and tighten it back up there just to get it to last, hopefully, we can get some good luck and be there at the end.”

Over the off-season, the historic South Boston Speedway went through a massive, one million dollars plus facelift. A new track surface was just one of the things on the items on the action items list. Bowling’s most recent championship and notebook came from countless laps on the older worn out surface, we asked the driver of the #83 Hopkins Lumber machine if that changed much of his line.

“The grooves a little different,” Bowling told The Weekly Racer. “Kind of a little bit more up the track. Just a ton of grip and you can just go where you want to go. It’s just faster.”

With twenty-five cars set to go to battle for 200-laps, we have all seen fast cars get caught up in a lot of mess. Bowling told us he is just going to work on keeping the nose clean for the first half of the race and see what’s there to race with everyone in the second half.

Mike Jones posted a blistering lap down in the low fifteens – 15.304 – to claim the pole for the Limited Sportsman 100-lap feature. He will lead Collin Garrett, Trey Crews, Barry Beggarly, Jr., and Brandon Jones to the green. Racing is set to get under way at 7:00 PM with a 20-lap Hornet feature. We will pick up the action when the Sportsman division takes the green.

 

Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 Starting Line-up

1 83 Matt Bowling 14.889
2 77 Trevor Ward 14.922
3 26 Peyton Sellers 14.936
4 22 Bobby McCarty 15.013
5 23 Danny Willis Jr 15.098
6 17 Stacy Puryear 15.110
7 2 Brandon Pierce 15.134
8 01 Phillip Morris 15.154
9 03 Brenden Queen 15.159
10 14 Ryan Repko 15.165
11 5 Lee Pulliam 15.188
12 91 Justin Carroll 15.220
13 12 Nick Smith 15.240
14 19 Cameron Bowen 15.309
15 12 Austin Thaxton 15.314
16 8 Thomas Scott 15.327
17 16 RD Smith 15.392
18 29 Stuart Crews 15.423
19 28 Jason Barnes 15.443
20 07 Dean Ward 15.444
21 90 Terry Carroll 15.483
22 57 Eddie Johnson 15.486
23 55 Mark Wertz 15.505
24 75 Nathan Crews 15.510
25 22 Eric Winslow 15.522
26 12 Timothy Peters DNQ
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