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Doug Barnes Jr Sweeps; UCAR Order Shuffled

Thornburg, VA – Doug Barnes Jr qualified with fast time of 15.725 to set on the pole at Dominion Raceway and drew a three on the invert to put Timmy Phipps on the point to start the first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model race of the night.

Off the start Jeff Oakley fell to third with Barnes moving up into second and within five laps he was putting pressure on Phipps. A handful of laps later and Barnes Jr was able to get by Phipps and Tyler Hughes started working on Oakley for third place and sitting just behind them was Logan Jones and Macy Causey making it a four way battle for the position. Halfway through the first race and Barnes Jr had almost a four second lead while Hughes made it three wide for third and Phipps got cycled back to fifth. Tyler made quick work of Oakley for second but Barnes Jr had a lead of over four seconds with just 15 laps remaining. Barnes Jr cruised to the win for his second in a row in a quick caution free race.

For the second race the field took the mandatory minimum invert of eight cars so Michael Hardin and Cameron Burke start on the front row. Right off the bat Oakley struggled to get going falling back to tenth after starting sixth. Barnes Jr and Hughes wasted no time moving up through the field and fifteen laps in they were up to second and third. Just five laps later Barnes Jr got Burke loose and him and Hughes slid by. Shortly after the yellow flew for Burke going around in turn two and Macy Causey comes within a hair of running into his stopped car but took no damage. Hardin came down pit road after falling through the field and Oakley and Bruce Anderson also came down to try and make some adjustments. On lap-38 Causey was able to take the fifth position from Burke and he pulled into the pits a couple later to end his night. The caution came out for Hardin in an incident involing ony himself.

Off the restart Barnes Jr pulled away from Hughes but he was able to get to the inside of Barnes Jr and some great side by side racing went on for five laps with Tyler grabbing the lead after some heavy contact down the front stretch, which wound up putting debris on the track and the caution coming out. Under the caution Hughes had a tire blow out ending his run for the win. Off the final restart Logan Jones got chance to get by Barnes Jr but Doug kept his hot rod out front to take his second win on the night and third in a row.

On the restart Barnes Jr continued to show his car was the one to beat jumping out by eight lengths but behind Hughes in second the racing was very close. Phipps, Burke, and Causey were in a three way battle for third place. Causey kept the pressure on Burke but he was able to run through the corners a little better to keep his spot.

UCAR Feature
Over in the UCAR division EJ Kenny ran the fastest time in practifying with a 19.574 second lap but pulled a six out of the bag so Cameron Ruggles would inherit the pole position and Ed Johnson to his outside. Aaron Donnelly took the lead on lap five and Kenny followed him by Ruggles and quickly took over first from him. Halfway through their feature and he was out to almost a four second lead but the field would get bunched back up a few laps later for a caution with the wheel of Blaine Schumann separating from his vehicle. The caution didn’t help too much though with Kenny finishing five seconds head of Donnelly. Unfortunately EJ Kenny was disqualified in post race tech and received a two race suspension for “conduct detrimental to auto racing”. Aaron Donnelly took the win for the night with guest Radley Victory Lane reporter Ryan Pritt finishing second.

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Tyler Hughes and Tim Allensworth Split Southern National’s Season Opener

Lucama, NC – A rare Sunday afternoon start at Southern National Motorsports Park led to some good racing and some big wrecks as the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series kicked off their season.

Tyler Hughes set fast time in individual car qualifying picking up a couple tenths of his fastest lap in the practice sessions. Adam Murray in the other 8 car couldn’t get his car to fire after setting the fastest lap in practice earlier in the morning.

The first twin of the day was mostly uneventful with Hughes and Mason Diaz racing each other close most of the race. Diaz got to Tyler’s bumper a couple times but couldn’t get him loose enough to slide him out of the bottom line. Tyler led from green to checkered to grab the first win of his 2017 NWAAS campaign.

In the second race things unraveled for a couple drivers. Seventeen laps in Ronald Rendfrow’s day came to an end after his car lost control and went shooting into the wall in turn-1, heavily damaging the front end of the car and leading to cleanup. Jonathon Findley found himself up front with a really good car but on lap 38 Louis White decided that his car wasn’t good enough as he got under his bumper sending him spinning into the corner. Originally he didn’t have much damage but Tyler Hughes had already committed to the bottom line and collided head on with Findley doing heavy damage to both cars. White was sent to the end of the longest line for the restart as a penalty.

Surviving through the wreckage, just barely, was Tim Allensworth who was moved earlier on in the race. He grabs his first late model win at SNMP and Chris Chapman was able to hold off Diaz for a second place finish.

In the chargers division Brian Obiedzenski led every lap of their 35 lap feature to put him on top of the standings to start the year off and the UCAR race had Ronnie “Buckshot” Jones making a last lap pass to steal the win from P.J. Flowers after it looked like maybe the handling fell off a little toward the end. Over in the INEX series the Bandoleros had a pass coming to the checkered flag as the leaders had to split lapped traffic and Ethan Johnson was able to grab the win from second place. Over in the legends Tommy Jackson Jr. led all 25 laps and won by over three second.

Photos from the Southern National Opener

Final Results – Race 1 – NWAAS Late Models

  1. Tyler Hughes
  2. Mason Diaz
  3. Rusty Daniels
  4. Louis White
  5. Jonathan Findley
  6. Ronald Renfrow
  7. Chris Chapman
  8. Tim Allensworth
  9. Paul Williamson
  10. Paul Wark
  11. Gerald Benton
  12. Adam Resnick
  13. Michael Schwietering
  14. Adam Murray
  15. Brandon Hobbs

Final Results – Race 2 – NWAAS Late Models

  1. Tim Allensworth
  2. Chris Chapman
  3. Mason Diaz
  4. Rusty Daniels
  5. Adam Resnick
  6. Paul Williamson
  7. Louis White
  8. Paul Wark
  9. Jonathan Findley
  10. Tyler Hughes
  11. Ronald Renfrow
  12. Gerald Benton
  13. Michael Schwietering

 

Thomas Burbage Capitalizes On Start – Leads Flag to Flag at East Carolina

Burbage celebrates the victory at East Carolina Motor Speedway (Justin Kern/The Weekly Racer)

Burbage celebrates the victory at East Carolina Motor Speedway (Justin Kern/The Weekly Racer)

Robersonville, NC“This is amazing,” Burbage said after the race. “I cant even put it into words.” Burbage, who qualified on the outside pole earlier in the afternoon after putting down a lap of 15.463 – just two hundredths of a second off of eventual pole winner Tyler Matthews. We should point out that drivers took to a green track for qualifying time trials. A small, fast moving cell came through the area around 4:00 PM just as drivers were about to hit the speedway for second practice. Putting down plenty of water onto the racing surface. Luckily, thanks to the banking and warmer conditions earlier in the after, track drying efforts only took about an hour.

As mentioned above Tyler Matthews would claim the pole with the time of 15.440. Thomas Burbage, Brenden Queen, Louis White, and defending track champion, Jeff Shiflett would complete the starting five.

When asked if the rain had played any role in the setup for the race, knowing the track would be green, Burbage let us know he thought the rain actually helped free his car up. “I think it actually freed my car up,” Burbage told us. “We have been struggling with stagger the past two races and just had to much in the front end and the car got tight. We finally got a set of tires that were much better on stagger. I really think the rain helped us.”

Burbage wasted no time taking the lead from Matthews as flagman Terry Bullock displayed the green flag to the field. Burbage took off from the top groove like he was shot out of a cannon and had the lead by the time the field entered one. “Most of the time I am watching that flagman and the moment I see him raise that hand I’m gone,” Burbage said in victory lane. “Most of the time it works out for me. I was hopping it would work there and it did. I am not sure if Tyler spun the tires there or what but once we got out front that was it.”

Unlike last week, when Burbage started on the outside pole and used the car up to quick, the crew made the right adjustments and with the right tires, the race played in his favor. “We just used up our tires to early last weekend trying to put pressure on Brenden trying to make him make a mistake,“ Burbage said. “It just never happened and we burned up our stuff. On the initial start I pushed the car as hard as it would go, just to get an idea of what I had. After I got a good pace going and a good gap over second I actually backed off and started riding a little bit trying to find that happy medium, and the rest was history!”

We also asked Burbage how he felt after the race with the Late Models making the move to the two-tire rule. Especially after struggling early on with getting the right set-up under the car. “The money is great,” Burbage mentioned. “You’re not spending that $650 compared to the $425. It’s a whole different ball game. It’s a luck of the draw but Mark has been doing a great job and keeping things pretty even with the tires.”

Burbage had to thank his sponsors Oakridge Industry, PPG, Grafix Unlimited for giving him the car to win. Also had to thank his crew who help prepare the car week in and week out along with his family. He also thanked the Perry’s for giving him an affordable place to race. Louis White, Tyler Matthews, Kenneth Mercer, and Brenden Queen would make up your top five finishers.

Full recap and results to follow. Stay tuned for more stories from this past Saturday night at East Carolina Motor Speedway.

NWSMT: George Brunnhoelzl Dominates Return Trip To Langley Speedway

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Hampton, VA – Snapping a long streak of bad luck, Brunnhoelzl returns to Langley Speedway in dominating fashion. Things did not look to promising early for the four-time series champion, as they were plagued with tire issues early on in practice. Having issues with three different tires, one with a gouge in the sidewall, the other two issues through the tread of the tires. So what does the team do? Set the fast time during qualifying with a time of 15.100 (94.172 MPH)! Andy Seuss, Jason Myers, Kyle Ebersole and Gary Putnam rounded out the top five.

After only a few warm up laps race control rolled up its sleeves and opened the floodgates! In other words, displayed the green flag to GB3 and the rest of the field and boy did Brunnhoezlz come here this weekend to do business! He and Seuss were in a league of their own; ten laps in the two had built a good five-car lead over third place, mind you GB3 was sporting a seven-car lead himself.

The race saw its first caution after the solo spin from the #12 of Mike Norman. Was a quick caution and no one got hurt, only reason we bring it up was the restart really. Suess, like most of the night was able to hang on pretty tough on that outside line for a half of lap or so before Brunnhoezlz would take sole possession on the lead. Now, we are not sure if Seuss tagged the wall but we noticed him dragging something from the right rear. Race control monitoring the situation too found it to be the catch can. What ever those boys used to bolt that puppy in the car because she was just hanging on for the ride.

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Robbie Babb Goes Wire To Wire – Largena New Points Leader

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Hampton, VA – Drivers and their teams converged to the grounds of Langley Speedway this weekend with fingers crossed to get some racing in. For the past four weeks tracks all over the Mid-Atlantic have been waging war with Mother Nature who keeps sticking her nose into business she doesn’t belong! She let us get all the way through practice, qualifying, pre-race festivities and even three and a half races before she had to ruin the fun. Bando’s, Legends, got their races in, the mods were able to get their first race in, and the Super Streets (running more than half the distance) got their race in as well.

A crazy mix of events proved to be one interesting night for the Larry King Law Modifieds, and this didn’t even revolve around the new patches of asphalt in the corners. Earlier in the week points leader Shawn Balluzzo had an accident that left him with some bruised ribs and a snapped wrist, needless to say the chances of him racing were slim to none. This left the points to Jon Largena – who would end up packing his car up frantically to head back to the shop to replace a bolt that snapped in the rear end during the first practice.

The crew was able to make the repairs and head back to the track in time for qualifying where Largena was able to post the second fastest time of the fifteen cars who completed time trials. Robbie Babb, who had been fast all afternoon in practice again showed his power, posting the only time in the 15 second range with a 15.921 (90.447 MPH). Jimmy Humblet, Bobby Gery, and Chris Humblet would make up the rest of the starting five. Donnie Holston who hit the wall a ton during practice was not able to get his car repaired, he went home early. Starting shotgun on the field… none other than Shawn Balluzzo! Having help from his crew of course the points leader’s goal was to merely start and park the car.

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Touring Series: Mother Nature Claims Victory At East Carolina

_ECMS editRobersonville, NC – She sure enough did not qualify on the pole but was there in the end to claim the first race of the year at the high bank 3/8 mi track. After a very active off season with track officials making the change to Saturday night racing, adopting a rule book to “merge” two division in hopes to cut cost and increase car counts, and adding three new divisions to the season, those same officials were forced to pull the plug this past weekend due to weather.

Most of the day the forecast was calling for no more than a 40% chance of showers, with a chance of a thunderstorm around the five o’clock hour. We thought we were in the clear after getting all three scheduled divisions qualifying in but ran into trouble during the “opening ceremonies.” A slow drizzle worked its way over the track dropping enough water to leave a shine on the speedway.

Immediately clean-up crews hit the track dragging tires behind them in an attempt to keep heat in the racing surface. An old trick that most local short tracks use due to the lack of jet dryers or now the Air Titan. With the help of half a dozen UCARS and Shawn Balluzzo’s modified we started to see the primary groove start to dry out – by this time it was 8pm.

All of those efforts would however get washed down the drain quite literally as another band of storms moved into the area, bringing larger drops at a heavier rate. By this time we had completely lost the track and officials made the call to cancel the evenings events.

McCaskill did send a statement during qualifying though. Setting a fast time of 15.296 to claim what would have been the pole – mind you he was two tenths faster than the second place car. Shelton McNair, Thomas Burbage, Ronald Brown, and Louis White would make up the rest of your starting five. Jimmy Humblet who was lighting fast all afternoon in practice laid a lap down to the tune of a 15.493, which was fast enough to claim the top spot in a seven-car field. Shawn Balluzzo, Mike Rudy, Chris Humblet, and Scotty Lawrence were those drivers finishing out the modified starting five!

For those fans in attendance the track has announced to hold onto your ticket/wrist band as they will be honored for entry in two weeks on May 2nd. Stay tuned to our Facebook/Twitter page as I will confirm with speedway officials to see if they plan on making any changes to the schedule.

Touring Series: Langley Speedway Opens For 65th Season

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Hampton, VA – The time is here, the time is now! A tried and true tradition in the Hampton Roads area in the spring – Langley Speedway opens its gates for crews, drivers, and fans a like. Tonight will mark the 65th year the tricky flat track has been open for business, and I probably don’t have to tell you this year is going to be big!

Yes this is Langley’s first official race of the 2015 NASCAR Whelen All-American Season but, this will be race number two on our Touring Series schedule (2015 Touring Series Schedule). Just like last year we will have you covered LIVE on our Twitter page. If you have not already, head on over (@theweeklyracer), click the follow button and hey while your there give us a little shout out – let us know where your from, who you root for, if your coming to the track – and we will make sure that YOU get retweeted! So, just like last year we will have your lap-by-lap coverage for both the Late Model Stock & Modified qualifying. We will also post your starting five for the Grandstocks, UCARS, Legends & Bandos.

If you didn’t know what to do with your Saturday night, don’t look any further! Teams have been preparing for months to get back to the track and the time has finally come. Not to mention it is starting to look like a star studded line-up, and not to mention we already have our first plot twist before the green flag was even brought out of its peaceful winter slumber!

Last year Matt Waltz – driver of the Waltz Engineered Sales #2 Chevy – racked up an impressive 12 wins, week in and week out battling with previous track champion Greg Edwards, who he eventually would lose the track championship to due to some miscommunication during the Hampton Heat. I am sure everyone in the stands were looking forward to these two going at it again, well its very sad to say we will not see that #2 car just yet. In dealing with a break issue Waltz Racing has declared the car is not at a competitive level, they will continue to work on her and hope for a quick return to the track Waltz Racing.

Looks like we will have quite the line up of LMSC drivers as it has been confirmed that 2014 Southern National Motorsports Park track champion Tommy Lemmons, Jr will be in attendance. He was here yesterday for some testing and told us he felt pretty decent, being it was the first time seeing the track. He will have more time to fine tune his machine to get ready for the difference in banking. It has also been rumored, and we will have to wait till we get to the track, that Deac McCaskill is also going to race tonight.

We will be going LIVE on Twitter this evening around 4:45 PM EDT. Make sure you tune in and even interact!

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