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LOONEY AND SELLERS CLAIM VICTORIES IN TWIN LATE MODEL FEATURES AT DOMINION RACEWAY

Thornburg, VA – Fans were finally welcomed back to Dominion Raceway Saturday night and to say they were treated to a treat is an understatement. The night was headlined by a pair of 60 lap features for the Late Model Stock Cars.

In the first 60-lapper, Mike Looney claimed his first LMSC victory at Dominion Raceway holding off a strong Peyton Sellers. This race was filled with cautions and hot tempers.

Tyler Hughes set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 15.477 seconds. After a 6-car redraw, Looney started on the pole. It didn’t take long for Peyton Sellers to catch Looney and thew two LMSC stars battled hard and clean for the last 50 laps. After multiple cautions, Sellers chose the cone and started on the outside. Sellers was extremely fast on the top but Looney battled hard on the bottom of the race track and was able to hold Sellers off in the end.

The excitement of the night came with 6 laps left in the first race when Tyler Hughes and Doug Barnes get together between turns 1 and 2. Barnes exited his car and jumped on the hood of Hughes’ car before crews broke up the skirmish. Both cars were done for the night.

In the second feature of the night for the LMSCs, because curfew was fast approaching, race officials reduced the race to 31 laps with caution laps counting. Davey Callihan led the field into turn 1 and the action heated up 3 rows back as the faster cars from the first race began their charge to the front. Sellers battled with teammate Daniel Silvestri. Sellers cleared him on lap 5 and set his sights on the leaders. Sellers took the lead on lap 13 and would prove too strong for anyone to mount a serious challenge.

 

The Virginia Racers Late Model Challenge took to the track for 35 laps in the first points race of this series that will also travel to Langley Speedway. Landon Pembelton set fast time with a lap of 16.423 seconds. After a 4 – car redraw, Logan Clark led the field to the green flag. Bruce jumped out to a big lead and was pulling away until the leaders caught lap traffic. Lap traffic was running door to door and presented a huge challenge for the leaders to navigate. Pembelton was using this to his advantage and was picking them off one by one. A late series of cautions came out setting up a green-white-checker finish. Pembelton uses the chrome horn to get Bruce out of the way and took the checkered flag. Bruce obviously was not happy with how that transpired and showed his displeasure after the race. Pembelton nevertheless, pulled into victory lane and takes the early point lead in this exciting series.

 

LMSC Race 1 Unofficial Results

  1. Mike Looney
  2. Peyton Sellers
  3. John Goin
  4. Daniel Silvestri
  5. Aaron Donnelly
  6. Trenton Kilgore
  7. Michael Hardin
  8. Davey Callihan
  9. Chase Burrow
  10. G R Waldrop
  11. Jason Barnes
  12. Doug Barnes
  13. Tyler Hughes
  14. Mike Ganoe
  15. Stuart Crews
  16. Franklin Caricofe
  17. Timmy Phipps
  18. Johnathan Findley
  19. Cole Knopp
  20. Mason Bailey
  21. Colby Stottlemyer
  22. Sergio Pena

 

  1. LMSC Race 2 Unofficial Results
  2. Peyton Sellers
  3. Daniel Silvestri
  4. Mike Looney
  5. John Goin
  6. Michael Hardin
  7. Aaron Donnelly
  8. Sergio Pena
  9. Chase Burrow
  10. G R Waldrop
  11. Franklin Caricofe
  12. Mason Bailey
  13. Colby Stottlemyer
  14. Jason Barnes
  15. Trenton Kilgore
  16. Davey Callihan
  17. Doug Barnes – DNS
  18. Tyler Hughes – DNS
  19. Mike Ganoe – DNS
  20. Stuart Crews – DNS
  21. Timmy Phipps – DNS
  22. Johnathan Findley – DNS
  23. Cole Knopp – DNS

 

Virginia Racer LM Challenge Unofficial Results

  1. Landon Pembleton
  2. Cole Bruce
  3. Davey Callihan
  4. Logan Clark
  5. Reid Murphy
  6. Andrew Lang
  7. JD Eversole
  8. Eddie Slagle
  9. Richard Storm
  10. Ryan Rector
  11. Andrew Condrey
  12. Robb Almy
  13. Ryan Pritt
  14. Robert Almy
  15. Zach Lightfoot
  16. Chris Donnel
  17. Christian Kestermann
  18. Barry Moore
  19. Bradley Kirby

Ranger: Who to Watch Under The Lights at Martinsville

 

As we edge closer and closer to the weekend the excitement continues to build for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 under the lights at Martinsville. In no particular order, I have picked five drivers who I feel can win this race. The list also includes a Sleeper – someone who might fly under the radar all weekend long but will make the right moves to put him or herself into a position to win and a Dark Horse pick – someone we think if you underestimate will prove you wrong at the end of the day. Who are your top five picks for this year’s race? Leave them in a comment below here or in the comments section of our facebook page.

Mike Looney

Coming off the best season of his career where he won the track championship at Motor Mile Speedway, won 13 total races and finished second in the national championship, Looney will be looking to win his second grandfather clock. At the practice day, Looney set the fastest time and will take his notes into the big one.

Lee Pulliam

Pulliam had a quiet race last year at Martinsville up until the last few laps and then getting involved in an accident causing him to finish 14th. Finishing fourth in points at South Boston with seven wins, he’s looking to build off that for a strong finish to the season. He placed fourth on the speed charts Thursday.

Bubba Pollard

The guy made his debut last year and almost won until a late-race incident that ended his night. He’s won just about every big race there is for Super/Late Models and wants to add Martinsville to that list. He’s teamed up with JR Motorsports this year with Josh Berry which gives him a huge boost to the top of the list of drivers to go after their first Martinsville win.

Josh Berry

Berry led the majority of the race last year and dominated it at that. Berry has had a solid 2019 season where he’s run the CARS Tour with three wins and sits second in points. Berry is on the prowl to get his hands on his first grandfather clock as well.

Jake Crum

After missing last year’s race, Crum is making his return and wants his second win at Martinsville. He didn’t have the speed he was looking for on practice day, but that doesn’t mean he won’t have a strategy for Saturday.

 

Dark Horse

Kres VanDyke – With a new car under him this year, VanDyke likes his chances. He finished eighth here last year after surviving the wrecks. VanDyke finished tenth in points at Kingsport Speedway and third at Motor Mile Speedway this season. VanDyke has never won at Martinsville but he’s had multiple top-five finishes. Look for him to be up front Saturday night.

 

Sleeper

Layne Riggs – After a big run last year in this race, Riggs is looking to pick up where he left off last year, just without the wreck. Riggs hasn’t won a race since last year and has had great runs all year, but luck has not been on his side. He’s my sleeper just because he’s dealing with an arm injury and it may affect the way he can drive.

Looney Stands Tall in Testing for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300

MARTINSVILLE, VA. – 2016 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner and 2019 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National points runner-up Mike Looney stood tall after a six-hour test session at Martinsville Speedway on Thursday evening.

Looney toured the half-mile track at 20.088 seconds during the evening portion of the test session under the lights and his time would be fast enough to break the track record set last year in qualifying by Stacy Puryear at a 20.100. Looney spent most of the day in the top five on the speed charts and ended the night in the number one position but he and his team had to work hard to find the speed he was looking for.

“We played it too conservative the last couple of years,” Looney said after testing. “We were really trying to stick to our old setup that we won with and we thought maybe it was a fluke that the following year we weren’t that good at night. We come back last year and struggled again after the sun went down and we made our mind up last year when we left that we got to get our work gloves on and get busy.”

Looney said he knew he was good during the day but knew he didn’t have the right feel in the car to give his team the confidence they needed.

“We thrashed on that car today and we were good but we knew it just didn’t have that feel I was looking for,” Looney said. That feel that I remember when we won. I think we changed every spring but the right rear, sway bar, track bar, bump stops, shocks, we threw everything in the trailer at it. My buddy Forrest Reynolds was floating me some tips from down at Concord. He was home building chassis’ today and this is a new car he built us and we’ve got 11 wins on it.”

Craig Moore, a regular on the CARS Tour, found himself sitting second on the speed charts at the end of the night and he was thankful for how well the car ran especially given that it was destroyed in the most recent CARS Tour event at Orange County Speedway back in August.

“We’re just blessed to be here,” Moore said after testing. “I tore my car up pretty bad at Orange County in the last CARS Tour race. Just been blessed to get this thing back together and had some awesome help from some awesome sponsors. We made some really good gains on it today and we weren’t really that good when we unloaded. I feel like we have a really good game plan to come back with for next week.”

Despite the speed, Moore isn’t getting ahead of himself for next weekend. He says he just wants to make the top 20 in qualifying and keep the fenders on his car.

“As long as we can qualify in the top 20, keep the fenders and doors on it and be there at the end of the race, I feel like anybody’s got a shot to win it,” Moore explained. “I feel like that’s what the goal needs to be and I think we got a car that’s capable of doing it. Being second today proved that. I feel like hopefully, we’ve got a shot at it.”

Behind Looney and Moore were a host of formidable challengers including defending Virginia Triple Crown championship winner and current Virginia Triple Crown points leader Peyton Sellers. Despite Sellers speed, he has an eye on weather changes for next weekend that could change the handling of the cars.

“I didn’t know what to think earlier today,” Sellers said. “The track was really green for the first hour or two hours. It had decent grip but it was like it was real hazy. This temperature right here is going to be more comparable to what we’re going to see next week. To go from 90 to 70 is a big transition. I think we learned more the last two hours than we’re going to learn the whole night. We made decent adjustments and I feel pretty comfortable with our program right now.”

Two-time race winner and current runner-up in the Virginia Triple Crown points standings, Lee Pulliam was fourth fastest among the 80-cars that took to the track today. The most dominant driver in last year’s ValleyStar Credit Union 300, Josh Berry, was fifth fastest on the day. Other notables included last year’s winner CE Falk who was eighth fastest, former winner Jason York was ninth and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver Brennan Poole was 11th.

Around 80 cars are expected to return next weekend for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 and with just the top 20 being locked in by qualifying on Friday, October 4th, many teams will be searching for a spot in the race in the two heat races on Saturday evening to finish setting the field for the 200-lap main event on Saturday night. With all of the format changes from single-car qualifying returning, fewer heat races and stage breaks in the feature, it could very well be one of the best ValleyStar Credit Union 300 races yet.

Tickets to the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the NASCAR Hall of Fame 200, the First Data 500 as well as the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Night Race at Martinsville Speedway can be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com or by calling 877.RACE.TIX.

Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 “Who to Watch”

Ladies and gentlemen. Boys and girls. It’s that time! Time for some big time Late Model Stock Car Racing. Round one of the 2019 Virginia Triple Crown series kicks off this evening at South Boston Speedway for their annual Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200. Thirty plus cars have converged on the .400-mile Speedway all bunting for the big pay day.

As always The Weekly Racer will have you covered from the start of practice to the checkered flag. You can follow all the action here at this link ->> https://www.24live.co/live/2289885268277396739. Coverage will begin approx. 1:00 PM EDT.

Need to know who to keep your eye on tonight. We got you covered there too! Here are our top five picks for tonight’s race. What about you? Who do you have coming home the winner?

1:30 PM: Practice

4:30 PM: Euro Qualifying

5:30 PM: On track Fan Appreciation

7:00 PM: GREEN FLAG

  • Hornets: 20
  • Pure Stock: 40
  • Late Model: 200
  • Limited Sportsman: 75

To Follow: Fireworks

Josh’s Pick 5

Phillip Morris – It’s Phillip Morris, how could you not pick him as a favorite? Yeah he’s had an up and down season, but when you put Morris and a big race at SoBo together, you’re going to get the best Morris there is. After finishing second to Sellers last year in this race, Phillip looks to get that one extra position to put him in victory lane this year.

Lee Pulliam – He’s put all his dedication into South Boston this season by running a full season there. He’s fourth in points at the track and has two wins, he’s coming off a last place finish in the most recent Late Model race. He’ll be looking to turn his luck around with a strong finish.

Bobby McCarty – Bobby has ran the CARS tour series for a few years now and he won the championship last season. Anywhere McCarty goes, he’s a top three runner. This will be McCartys first appearance at South Boston since last years 200 lap race where he finished fifth.

Peyton Sellers – Sellers will be looking to defend his title as last years winner this year. He’s the points leader at the track, he’s had strong runs at multiple tracks and wins at multiple tracks this season. Being first in national points also gives him a boost to run his best with a big car count expected for more points towards a national championship.

Josh Berry – Berry has been strong in every single CARS tour race this season. Late race luck just hasn’t been on his side, but the other drivers know who’s been the top performer. After breaking through and picking up the win at Dominion last weekend, Berry looks to continue his dominant performances going into this weekend.

Dark Horse:

Thomas Scott – Scott runs well in any big race he goes to. He’s third in points at South Boston, five out of nine races this season he’s finished in the top five with two runner up finishes. He had a chance to win the inaugural Grass Roots 200 at Langley Speedway earlier this year, until a late race wreck ended his night. He finished 17th last year, he’s looking to improve that stat a lot this year.

Justin’s Pick 5

Peyton Sellers – You would be crazy to count Peyton Sellers out of any race he shows up to. It would be even more wild to count him out at his home track of South Boston. Sellers is your current points leader at the speedway as well as NWAAS points. Sellers also posted times in the low 15’s yesterday during practice. Keep your eyes in that white and orange two-six come race time.

Philip Morris – I would have to second Josh’s statement from above. It’s Philip Morris, how can you not pick this man as a favorite. He has won at just about every track he’s been to. You could also argue that Morris is not hitting on all cylinders this year like he was last year. Either way, Morris will certainly be a front runner and a contender at the end of the feature.

Mike Looney – The saying strike when the iron is hot comes to mind with this pick. The former ValleyStar Credit Union 300 winner knows how to deal with pressure in these big races and has certainly been hitting on something out at his home track in the mountains of Virginia. Last week he picks up a win in his first visit to Langley Speedway. Look for Looney to ride that momentum into tonight feature.

Timothy Peters – So he hasn’t been in a Late Model Stock much this year but it’s Timothy Peters. Not to mention when you have the backing of Berry Nelson you know your going to have some of the best equipment out there. If Peters can keep the nose clean he will most certainly be a car to watch in the closing laps.

Brenden Queen – You might say this is more suited for a dark horse or sleeper pick but let me take a second to tell you why we don’t think so. Queen has always done well in these long distances races. He has also been more determined than ever this year to perform. He has also teamed up with car owner Andre Grier which, despite some obvious growing pains and learning the car, has proven to be a good partnership. Queen will need to focus on keeping tires under his machine and make the right moves at the right time. If he can do that there is a chance we may see him in victory lane.

Dark Horse

Mark Wertz – Yup, I said it! Don’t sleep on the Chesapeake native. Wertz stepped back from full time competition this year to assist in the development of Connor Hall. One thing this has allowed him to do is pick and choose the races he wants to run. What’s the benefit in that? Focused attention. Wertz has plenty of experience at South Boston to be a real threat. With him stepping away from full time driving it’s just enough for other drivers to “count him out” which makes him dangerous.

Mike Looney and Greg Edwards Split Twin Features at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

Mike Looney celebrates in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane June 22, 2019.

Hampton, VA – As we get closer and closer to the annual Hampton Heat 200 it was that time of the year Langley Speedway saw a few drivers come from out of town to build a solid notebook. Phillip Morris, Peyton Sellers, Jeff Oakley, and Mike Looney – who actually made his first ever start at the speedway – all made the trip to Hampton to try and tame the flat short track. Mike Looney was the fastest man in town as the sun went down over turn three and grabbed the pole over Peyton Sellers. Phillip Morris, Greg Edwards, and Danny Edwards Jr.

Once the green flag flew, Looney took the lead going down the backstretch with Sellers falling into second. Lap three and Sellers made the move coming out of turn two and went to the inside of Looney to take the lead. Morris looked to follow with Sellers but Looney cut the nose of Morris going into turn three. Morris looked to move Looney again in turn four but this time making contact with Looney’s left rear. Neither car looked to have too much damage. The battle for eighth place also began to heat up as Gracie Trotter looked to hold off a charging Queen. With ten laps on the board Looney dove to the inside of Sellers in turn three and took the lead on corner exit. Morris’ now had a bumper full of Greg Edwards. Looney began to pull away from Sellers who now had Morris and Greg in his tracks as he had a slip in turn two.

With multiple attempts to get past Sellers, it took Morris until lap 22 before he finally got around him for second. Greg also made the pass on Sellers moving him to fourth. By this time Looney had a half a straightaway lead over the field. Danny made his way around Hall for the fifth position but Hall has perfected the crossover maneuver and took fifth right back. With Morris and Greg battling for second, Looney’s lead grew to a full straightaway. Lap traffic was a big factor between Morris and Greg as Greg went to make a pass on the inside but Morris used it as a blocker causing Greg to slow up to get around the lap car. Clear of lap traffic, Morris was able to close the gap to Looney to a half a straightaway once again. Lap 40 and Greg made a bold move on Morris and took second away. After starting strong, Sellers now had to fend off Hall for the fourth position. A three-car battle heated up for the seventh position between Queen, Trotter, and Oakley. Queen looked to the inside of Trotter multiple times, but she was able to fend off all attempts.

The second caution came with twenty laps to go, this time for Queen coming to a stop in turn three. The green flag came out and once again Looney took the point but a caution came out again for debris on the front stretch. On the restart, Looney continued his streak of great starts and held the lead. Morris went to second with Hall to third. Greg fell all the way back to sixth on the restart. With just five laps to go, Hall looked to the inside of Morris in turn for and moved him up the track to take second. Sellers and Greg were both also able to get past Morris for the position.

The checkered flag flew with Mike Looney picking up his first ever win at Langley Speedway in his first ever start. Connor Hall, Peyton Sellers, Greg Edwards, and Phillip Morris rounded out the top five finishers.

With an eight invert from race number one, Jeff Oakley was put on the pole. Woody Howard, Danny Edwards Jr, Phillip Morris, and Greg Edwards filled the top five. When the green flag flew, Howard got a great start and jumped to the point. Morris fell in line in second, move Oakley to third. Oakley did not get the start he wanted and Danny took advantage of that as well and took third away. It’s well known that Langley is a one-groove racetrack in recent years so to be able to run the outside line; you must be doing something right. That’s just what Mike Looney did as he used the outside to power past Oakley for fourth. First lead change of the race came on lap 5 as Morris got to the inside of Howard in turn four and got by him.

Oakley continued to fall through the field as Hall also used the outside line to get past him. Greg then went to the inside of Oakley and passed him as well. Oakley was now in sixth. Howard looked to get the lead back from Morris as he dove to the inside of Morris in turn two and battled to turn three. Howard made big contact with Morris sending both cars up the track and allowing Danny to take the lead on lap 12. After that contact Morris fell to fifth and Howard fell to third. Looney was able to make his way from eighth to second in only 15 laps with no cautions.

Battles throughout the field began to heat up as drivers began to get impatient. Greg got past Morris for fifth and Hall was able to get past Howard for third on lap 17. After Danny was able to put a slim lead on the field, Looney was able to catch him on lap 22. Looney made the move to the inside of Danny in turn four and took the lead on lap 23. Greg made his way past Howard for the fourth position as Hall looked to gain some ground on Danny in second. After having to start at the rear of the field for a tire change, Peyton Sellers made his way up to the seventh place. After starting on the pole, Oakley fell all the way to ninth place.

Lap 30 and Sellers worked his way past Morris for the sixth position. Then on lap 34, Greg was able to get to Halls back bumper to take third place. Hall looked to pull off one of his crossover moves coming out of turn two, but Greg drove Hall to the bottom of the track almost into the grass down the backstretch. The first caution of the race came out on lap 37 for Morris going for a spin by himself in turn two. Morris came down pit road and changed his right front tire as it looked to be flat.

The green flag flew and Looney did not get a good start at all. Going into turn one he was sideways stacking the field up and allowing Greg to use the outside to take the lead and Danny going to second. Looney held onto third and Sellers was fourth. Hall fell to eighth after getting stacked up on the start. After picking speed back up, Looney was able to quickly catch up to Danny and take second away. Looney then looked to close in on Greg for the lead. An unfortunate turn of events happened for Looney as he was all of a sudden off the pace and brought his machine down pit road and parked his machine. With ten laps to go, Greg had a half a straightaway lead over brother Danny. Morris was able to catch Queen for sixth and went to the inside of him. Queen loves the outside line so Morris was unable to get past him for position.

The checkered flag flew and Greg Edwards picked up his third win of the season at Langley Speedway. Danny Edwards Jr, Peyton Sellers, Connor Hall, and Woody Howard rounded out the top five finishers.

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock Race 1;

  1. #87 Mike Looney; 70
  2. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  3. #26 Peyton Sellers; 70
  4. #21 Greg Edwards; 70
  5. #01 Phillip Morris; 70
  6. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 70
  7. #41 Woody Howard; 70
  8. #11 Jeff Oakley; 70
  9. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 70
  10. #4 Duane Shreeves; 70
  11. #9 Rodney Boyd; 70
  12. #10 Madyson Mulligan; 70
  13. #03 Brenden Queen; 53
  14. #88 Thomas Marks; 52
  15. #2 Gracie Trotter; 46
  16. #25 Craig Eastep; 36

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock Race 2;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 70
  2. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 70
  3. #26 Peyton Sellers; 70
  4. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  5. #41 Woody Howard; 70
  6. #03 Brenden Queen; 70
  7. #01 Phillip Morris; 70
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 70
  9. #11 Jeff Oakley; 70
  10. #4 Duane Shreeves; 70
  11. #9 Rodney Boyd; 69
  12. #10 Madyson Mulligan; 69
  13. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 68
  14. #87 Mike Looney; 53
  15. #25 Craig Eastep; 14
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