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Mark Wertz Doubles Down in Modified’s After Emotional Return to Racing at Langley Speedway

Mark Wertz celebrates win number one with custom and honorary Shawn Balluzzo checkered flag during his victory lap Saturday night 7.25.20 (Photo: Sara Langley)

Hampton, VA – With a sold-out crowd for the second straight week, the Modifieds were back in action at Larry King Laws Langley Speedway with twin 30 lap features. Last races winner, Matt Carter, set the fastest time of the day in qualifying with a 16.123 (88.197 MPH) to set on the pole. That lap being four-tenths faster than the entire field proving he’d be the man to beat for the night. Mark Wertz, Adam Medek, Chase Burrow, and Chris Johnson rounded out the fast five. With the passing of Shawn Balluzzo two weeks ago, the speedway paid homage to the 11-time champion with the missing man formation during the pace laps. The cars lined up double file with two laps to green but left the first position open for Balluzzo. The scoreboard lit up with 48’s, and flagman Shane Snyder waived a checkered flag with a 48 printed on it.

The field went back normal and got ready for the green flag. The first caution didn’t take long as it came on lap 1 for Jamie Sample having problems. Next restart and Carter shot to the lead down the backstretch with Wertz right in line with him. Medek got stuck on the outside causing him to fall back to the fifth position. The second caution would come out this time for Medek going for a loop in turn one. During this caution period, leader Matt Carter’s machine lost power and came to a stop on track, ultimately ending his hopes of winning the first race. We would later learn transmission issues sidelined the defending race winner. This handed the lead over to Wertz. With 10 laps to go, Wertz had opened the lead up to half a straightaway over Michael Johnson. A late-race charge for Gdovic let him battle Michael for second. The checkered flag flew and Mark Wertz picked you his first Modified win on the season.

With the NASCAR mandated eight-car invert, Eric McPherson inherited the pole with Adam Medek, Chase Burrow, Brad Adams, and Chris Johnson the new starting five. Instead of starting eighth Wertz dropped to the rear of the field. Once the green flag was displayed, Medek jumped to the lead while McPherson fell to third. Burrow would also fall back to sixth after a rough start. The first caution came out for Matt Carter looping it around in turn one. Under caution, this time Chris Johnson had issues and pulled his machine to pit road ending his night.

On the ensuing restart a pileup happened in turn two involving McPherson, Burrow, Carter, Gdovic, and Shawn Adkins. Winner of the first race Wertz, merely missed the incident to continue his hopes of winning again. Gdovic and Adkins were able to continue while everyone else’s night was over. Medek took off with the lead once again on the restart. Michael Johnson slid up the track out of turn two slowing all the momentum Wertz had. Wertz made his way around Michael for second on lap 15 and set his sights on Medek.

With five laps to go, Medek was holding a lead that made it seem like he’d get the win, however, that lead would disappear as the caution lights came on for Adkins spinning in turn one. Wertz took the cone to lineup on Medeks outside for the restart. Wertz made the outside line work and cleared Medek going into turn two for the lead. Mark Wertz would hold on and double down and win the second 30 lap feature of the night for the Modifieds.

“Hey I am semi-retired so I love this one,” Wertz said in victory lane following an emotional moment with the Balluzzo family. “Sorry to see Matt broke but that was good racing. This one is for my buddy. Can’t thank Corvette Parts enough, Dunkin Donuts, Bubba Johnston for letting me run his car, Pro turf. My crew worked hard today, we knew we were kinda behind, [these] wins are getting hard to get so I’ll take one. I actually gotta thank the Hubbard family tonight. That last race I didn’t use up the right rear about halfway through that one. I was really having to eggshell the pedal and I just kept thinking Dixieland, Dixieland, Dixieland! Lift early, roll, and it really paid off!”


Larry King Law Modified Race 1 Results;

  1. #19 Mark Wertz; 30
  2. #38 Michael Johnson; 30
  3. #64 Rick Gdovic; 30
  4. #36 Chris Johnson; 30
  5. #3 Brad Adams; 30
  6. #0 Chase Burrow; 30
  7. #29 Adam Medek; 30
  8. #16 Eric McPherson; 30
  9. #50 Grant Blasingame; 30
  10. #44 Shawn Adkins; 30
  11. #49 Todd Whitesell; 30
  12. #78 Matt Carter; 14
  13. #18 DJ Valente; 14
  14. #28 Jamie Sample; 1


Larry King Law Modified Race 2 Results;

  1. #19 Mark Wertz; 30
  2. #29 Adam Medek; 30
  3. #38 Michael Johnson; 30
  4. #64 Rick Gdovic; 30
  5. #3 Brad Adams; 30
  6. #50 Grant Blasingame; 30
  7. #49 Todd Whitesell; 30
  8. #44 Shawn Adkins; 30
  9. #36 Chris Johnson; 6
  10. #0 Chase Burrow; 6
  11. #16 Eric McPherson; 6
  12. #78 Matt Carter; 6
  13. #28 Jamie Sample; 2


[Featured Photo courtesy of Mark Wertz Racing]

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returns to Martinsville Speedway in 2020

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (May 28, 2019) – For the first time since 2010, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will return to Martinsville Speedway in 2020 for the MaxPro Window Films 200.

The modifieds, which were a fixture at Martinsville for decades, will race the 200 lap race on Friday Night May 8, 2020, as part of the spring race weekend.

“We get asked a lot about the modifieds a lot – from fans, from drivers, from media,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “Now, we can say, ‘Yes, we will have them back next year.’ These cars are such an important part of Martinsville Speedway history and the time is right to bring them back.”

North Carolina-based Maxpro Window Films, an industry leader in window film technology, has signed on to sponsor the race.

“Maxpro Window Films is excited to be a supporter of and partner with Martinsville Speedway and NASCAR,” Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Elizabeth Dillon said. “Not only are NASCAR fans a natural market for Maxpro’s automotive line of window films, but a lot of our employees and management team have deep roots in the Martinsville and Henry County area and we are proud to be associated with an organization with the history and tradition of Martinsville Speedway, so it’s a good fit for Maxpro.

“The modifieds have always been a fan favorite at Martinsville and Maxpro is thrilled to welcome them back for the Maxpro Window Films 200 and to sponsor their return. It’s always an exciting race and having it under the lights will be special. We look forward to an exciting weekend and we are thrilled to be part of it.”

The modified division first raced at Martinsville in 1960 and raced every year through 2002. Virginian Ray Hendrick, who also is the career leader in overall wins at Martinsville with 20, is the all-time leader in modified wins at Martinsville with 13. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richie Evans is second with 10.

In qualifying for a 1986 modified event, Greg Sacks set the Martinsville Speedway track record for all divisions with a one-lap average of 101.014 miles-per-hour, a record that still stands.

“The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and Martinsville Speedway are a perfect match,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR Managing Director, Touring Series. “When you talk history and legacy – names like Evans, (Jerry) Cook and (Geoff) Bodine are synonymous with Martinsville. The Modified division and Martinsville Speedway are the cornerstones on which the sport was built. We’re excited about adding names like (Doug) Coby, (Justin) Bonsignore, and maybe even (Ryan) Preece – a new generation of Modified racing stars to the half-mile and look forward to being part of an incredible race weekend.”

The Maxpro Window Films 200 will add to an already exciting 2020 season at the historic half-mile speedway. The NASCAR Cup Series race will be under the lights in the spring, and the NASCAR Xfinity Series will return to the Speedway for the first time since 2006 as part of a triple-header weekend in the fall that will be the final race before the Championship Round of the NASCAR Playoffs for all three national touring series.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever felt this much excitement about an upcoming season at Martinsville Speedway,” Campbell said. “From the fans to competitors and media, it’s industry-wide excitement and we are all really looking forward to it.”

Racing returns to Martinsville Speedway this fall with two race weekends.

First is the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, the biggest, richest and most prestigious NASCAR Late Model Stock Car Race in the country on October 5.

The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will return for the NASCAR Playoffs the weekend of October 25-27.

Tickets to both race weekends are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

Domination is the Word of the Night at Virginia Motor Speedway

Jamaica, VA – Chris Arnold had different plans on Saturday morning to go racing in West Virginia but with too much of a chance of rain, and they decided to stick to their home track, Virginia Motor Speedway. The change worked out great for the 99w car after being able to take the lead on the first lap of the race.

When the green flag flew Joey Polevoy took the lead but broke coming around on the next lap putting Arnold into the lead. The second caution of the night flew just a lap later when Jeff Solinger looked to have something break in his rear slammed into Mark Schools taking them both out of the race.

A couple of other cautions wouldn’t slow Arnold down as he cruised to the checkers but behind him, Hunter McClendon had a really good run to finish in second place after passing Chase Butler late in the race.

Over in the Victory Lap Pro Late Models, the drivers started things off with a three wide battle for the lead. Mark Parks tried holding off Davis Lipscombe but had nothing for him after the first lap. Logan Roberson set the fastest time and rolled off 6th for the feature and started his climb to the front early.

Just eight laps in Roberson made it three wide down the front stretch and took over second place but by this time Lipscombe had a significant lead. Logan caught a break though when on lap-11 the caution came out while he was a straight away back from the leader.

Davis got a good jump on the single file restart and Roberson did his best to keep up with him. Logan’s best shots at the lead came with just a few laps left as the two leaders were trying to negotiate through traffic. Lipscombe held off the hard charging Roberson for a flag to flag win.

Budweiser Modifieds Results:

  1. Chris Arnold
  2. Hunter McClendon
  3. Chase Butler
  4. Ryan Tolle
  5. Bret Hamilton
  6. Tim Schulte
  7. Lance Grady
  8. Francis Jarelle III
  9. Stephen Bryant
  10. Charlie Hubbard
  11. Curtis Barricks
  12. Adam Hoegerl
  13. David Kendall
  14. Mark Schools
  15. Jeff Solinger
  16. Joey Polevoy
  17. J.D. Eversole

Victory Lap Pro Late Models Results:

  1. Davis Lipscombe
  2. Logan Roberson
  3. Matt Quade
  4. Corey Almond
  5. Mark Parks
  6. Jared Powell
  7. Chuck Bowie
  8. Camden Testerman
  9. Matthew Tarbox
  10. Nicolas Love
  11. Darrell Dow
  12. Tyler Detter
  13. Carl Vaughan
  14. James Givens
  15. Robert Babb
  16. Brent Bordeaux

Virginia Motor Speedway Set to Open 2018 Season Saturday April 7th; $20,000 to win Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth Set for April 14th

Jamaica, VA – The beginning of April at Virginia Motor Speedway is going to be action-packed, to say the least. To start it off the gates swing open to the track’s 2018 season of Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly racing next Saturday, April 7th with WRAR / WNNT Night at the races. Then the following week the focus will shift to the $20,000 to win Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth, the first of five special events scheduled for the season.

The anticipation for the first race of the season has been escalating over the last several weeks and fans and competitors alike are excited to get the speedway’s 49th season underway.

The 49thAnnual season-opening event will take place on Saturday evening April 7th featuring a full program of Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly racing action that will include the Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock divisions.

Competitor gates for Saturday, April 7th will open at 12pm for inspection and registration for all competitors. Spectator gates opening at 5pm with on-track activities beginning around 4pm with hot laps. There will be a mandatory drivers meeting at 3:45pm.

Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday: Victory Lap Pro Late Models (35 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (30 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (30 laps) and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (25 laps). All divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.

The following week, Saturday, April 14th, the stars and cars of the Ultimate Super Late Model Series invade the ½ mile speed plant in Jamaica, VA for the $20,000 to win Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth. The event will host some of the top regional and national super late model drivers in a must-see event. There will also be a $3000 to win event for the FASTRAK Racing Series Chevrolet Performance Late Models. For info and ticket pricing visit the track’s website at http://www.vamotorspeedway.com.

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Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a 1/2-mile, dirt oval. The track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

To learn more about Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway and its 2018 schedule of events, fans may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track’s website at http://www.vamotorspeedway.com.


Kyle Wood and Mike Rudy Split a Wild Night of Twin Modified Racing at Southside Speedway – Austin Dodge From Worst to First in Grand Stock Race

Kyle Wood (#19w) wins the first 25-lap feature at Southside Speedway August 4, 2017. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA – To help make up some of the lost races due to rainouts, Southside Officials made this weekends IMCA style asphalt modified race into twin 25-lap features. Michael Johnson took the bonus point earlier in the afternoon setting the fastest time in group qualifying with a 14.845-second (80.827 MPH) lap. He would later pull a number five pill, essentially inverting half of the field. This would put rookies Adam Medek and Matt Morgan on the front row while Johnson and Mike Rudy would start fourth and fifth.

Things got interesting, for the lack of better terms, from the drop of the green flag when a shifter rod broke on the racing machine of Matt Morgan semi stacking the field up into one. Luckily Morgan was able to get the car to the topside and allow the field to get around him. He would limp that car back around to the pits where his crew tried to make the fix and get him back out. Ultimately, he was only able to complete four laps.

Medek would lead the first four circuits around Southside Speedway before Kyle Wood could stick a nose under his #29 modified and take the lead off turn two just five laps into the twenty-five lap event. Medek would get hung up to dry on the outside and have to settle for fifth. The race would be slowed by three cautions, one of which saw Lauren Edgerton slowly barrel roll once on the backstretch with the help of Salomone. The two made contact coming down the backstretch after it looked like Medek had to check up and chase his car out of two. Tyler Davis and Warren Lipford also got a piece of the action; Davis was the only one to be able to continue.

Mike Rudy’s bad luck train continued to roll right on down the tracks at full steam when a right front tire started going down with just five laps to go in the race. Luckily for him and his crew, the night’s second caution flew allowing him to come down pit road and change tires. No one appeared to have anything for Kyle Wood in the first race as he went on to win by just under a half second over Michael Johnson. Tyler Davis would bounce back and finish third while Rudy would have to settle for fourth. Adam Medek finished out the field as the last car running in fifth.

The top three finishers would invert for the start of the second and final race of the evening in the Modified’s. This handed the front row over to Tyler Davis and Michael Johnson who didn’t wait long to get a little physical. Turn four of the opening lap the two make contact sending Davis around. Race control would call for a complete restart with the two involved in the yellow to the rear.

That was just what Wood and Rudy wanted to see as it set them up for a front row restart and the opportunity for Rudy to use that top groove to take the lead. Rudy would have his work cut out for him, though, having to hold off the field on three different cone restarts from some pretty physical racing.

Rudy, however, was able to leave Wood, Johnson, and Morgan in his rearview for most of the race to battle for position behind him to finally earn a trip to victory lane. Rookie Matt Morgan was able to power his way through the hornet’s nest into the second position, his best finish of the year. Michael Johnson eventually found his way around the likes of Kyle Wood and Tyler Davis to earn himself a third place finish. Race one winner, Kyle Wood, would have to settle for fourth while Tyler Davis crossed the stripe in the fifth position.

We caught up with Mike Rudy after the races to talk about finally getting in victory lane and plans for the rest of this year and next.

“It feels real good,” Rudy said about finally getting the win. “The crew has really been working hard. We made a motor switch this last week. Came over here and practiced. This motor is actually our out of town, our big track motor, it’s probably got 550 horsepower or better. Too much for this track but I used it to get in front of Kyle there.”

Rudy was very thankful and appreciative of his crew for giving him the car to win and his family for letting him do something he loves.

“I had a great car thanks to my crew chief Jerry and all my crew, my wife, and son,” Rudy said. “They couldn’t be here for that second race because they went home to get ready to go to Dover tomorrow because I also drive for the Rusty Wallace Experience. Every time I win my son is not able to see it so I am really hoping we can get that done. I like coming here and running, it’s a fun little short track.”


Austin Dodge had to start the 30-lap feature at the rear of the field after qualifying on the pole due to Southside “Two Win Rule.” Dodge would also pull a five after qualifying, which would invert the fastest five drivers and handing the front row over to Mike Lowe (#88) and Todd Ruggles (#40).The invert would prove to play in Ruggles favor has he took the lead early and appeared to never look back. Teammate, Austin Dodge (#07) seemed to have different plans on how he wanted the race to end, working his way up to the second position by lap twenty-three of the thirty lap feature. Dan Rogers (#33), who has found his way into victory lane a couple times this year, tried to make things difficult on Dodge as he worked his way up through the field but appeared to burn the tires off his machine and bring out the races final caution after spinning in turn four.

The invert would prove to play in Ruggles favor has he took the lead early and appeared to never look back. Teammate, Austin Dodge (#07) seemed to have different plans on how he wanted the race to end, working his way up to the second position by lap twenty-three of the thirty lap feature. Dan Rogers (#33), who has found his way into victory lane a couple times this year, tried to make things difficult on Dodge as he worked his way up through the field but appeared to burn the tires off his machine and bring out the races final caution after spinning in turn four.The restart would set up an epic race between Dodge and Todd Ruggles, which saw the two door-to-door coming to the white flag. A small hiccup from the 40

The restart would set up an epic race between Dodge and Todd Ruggles, which saw the two door-to-door coming to the white flag. A small hiccup from the 40 car out of two would end his hopes of stealing a victory in 2017 with just a handful of races left. Mike Lowe, Bobby Curtis, and Shannon Smith would round of the top five.



Modified Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #19w Kyle Wood; 25
  2. #38 Michael Johnson; 25
  3. #00 Tyler Davis; 25
  4. #8 Mike Rudy; 25
  5. #29 Adam Medek; 25
  6. #02 Rip Salomone; 21
  7. #7 Lauren Edgerton; 21
  8. #43 Warren Lipford; 21
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 4


Modified Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #8 Mike Rudy; 25
  2. #98 Matt Morgan; 25
  3. #38 Michael Johnson; 25
  4. #19w Kyle Wood; 25
  5. #00 Tyler Davis; 25
  6. #29 Adam Medek; 25
  7. #43 Warren Lipford; 1
  8. #02 Rip Salomone; DNS



Grand Stock OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #07 Austin Dodge; 30
  2. #40 Todd Ruggles; 30
  3. #88 Mike Lowe; 30
  4. #15 Bobby Curtis; 30
  5. #21 Shannon Smith; 30
  6. #33 Dan Rogers; 30
  7. #36 Mark Simpson; 29
  8. #39 Tony Hull; 29
  9. #41 Cameron Ruggles; 23
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