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Sellers Scores Second South Boston Speedway Win in Easter Bunny Late Model 100

South Boston, Va – Defending South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Late Model Stock Car Division Champion Peyton Sellers sped past teenage rookie Daniel Silvestri with 53 laps to go and went on to win Saturday night’s NASCAR Easter Bunny Late Model 100 at South Boston Speedway.

Saturday night’s win in the caution-free race was the second of the season for the former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion from Danville, Virginia.

Silvestri, driving a car co-owned by NASCAR racer Jeb Burton of Halifax, Virginia and H. C. Sellers of Danville, Virginia, trailed by 2.498 seconds at the finish. The race was Silvestri’s second outing in a Late Model Stock Car. He had competed in twin 75-lap Late Model Stock Car Division races at South Boston Speedway on March 30.

Mike Looney of Catawba, Virginia finished third, holding off former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Lee Pulliam of Alton, Virginia and defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Philip Morris of Ruckersville, Virginia in a battle for third place over the closing laps.

The race featured two lead changes among Sellers and Silvestri, with Sellers leading twice for a total of 86 laps and Silvestri leading once for 14 laps.

Sellers averaged 91.168 mph in winning the race that took 26 minutes and 19 seconds to complete.

Borst, Moss Split Wins In Limited Sportsman Twinbill

Two new winners emerged in the pair of 25-lap NASCAR Limited Sportsman Division races Saturday night at South Boston Speedway, with Jacob Borst of Elon, North Carolina and Daniel Moss of Danville, Virginia splitting wins in the twinbill.

In the first 25-lap race, Borst took the lead from Jessica Dana of Mooresville, North Carolina on the 10th lap and held off a fast-closing Danny Willis Jr. of South Boston, Virginia to secure the win. Borst’s margin of victory over Willis was .287-second.

Dana finished third with rookie Landon Pembelton and Moss rounding out the top five finishers.

The second race featured an inverted start among the top four finishers of the first race, but Moss started from the pole after a crash that occurred before the first lap was completed took out Pembelton and heavily damaged Willis’s car.

Moss led the entire race, edging Dana by .216-second to claim the win. Borst finished third with Drew Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia and Cole Bruce of Fredericksburg, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Crews Wins Pure Stock Division Race

Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia took the lead from Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia on the second lap and took the win in the night’s 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock Division race.

The win was the second for Crews in as many starts at South Boston Speedway this season.

Pickrel finished second .589-second behind Crews with Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia, Randy Hupp of Halifax, Virginia and Justin Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia rounding out the top five finishers.

Currin Wins Hornets Division Race

Kevin Currin of Chase City, Virginia took the lead from Aaron Cash of South Boston, Va. with four laps to go and held on to win the night’s 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race.

The win was the first of the season for Currin at South Boston Speedway.

Cash finished second with Steven Layne of Nathalie, Virginia, Jared Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia and Josh Dawson of Nathalie, Virginia completing the top five finishers.

Next Race At South Boston Speedway

The stars and cars of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East circuit will return to South Boston Speedway on Saturday night, May 4 when “America’s Hometown Track” hosts the WhosYourDriver.org NASCAR K&N Twin 100’s racing program.

The unique event, one o f the bigger events of the season at South Boston Speedway, will feature the competitors of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in twin 100-lap races. South Boston Speedway’s Budweiser Pure Stock Division racers will compete in a 30-lap race and the Budweiser Hornets Division competitors will compete in a 15-lap race.

Practice will run from 1:30 p.m. until 3:40 p.m. Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and qualifying will start at 5 p.m. A driver autograph session will be held trackside at 6 p.m. The first race of the night will get the green flag at 7 p.m.

Advance adult general admission tickets priced at $10 will be available for purchase until Friday, May 3 at 5 p.m. Adult general admission tickets will be $15 on race day. Youth ages 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For additional information about the WhosYourDriver.org NASCAR K&N Twin 100’s racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway’s website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.

Shawn Balluzzo Remains Perfect in 2019 Winning Race Number Three

Shawn Balluzzo powers down the backstretch during final practice in preparation for Courtyard by Marriott Night April 20, 2019. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA– Shawn Balluzzo picked up win number three of the 2019 season and continues to show his dominance in the Modified division. After winning the pole earlier in the afternoon with a 16.258-second (87.465 MPH) lap, Balluzzo jumped out to an early and commanding lead while Brad Adams and Matt Carter to settle things for second. Carter’s little stumble on the initial start allowed Adams the opportunity to get to the preferred groove, settle into a rhythm and occupy the second position.

Behind them a brief battle heated up for the remaining position open in the top five between Bubba Johnston – running a car recently purchased by longtime truck series driver Chase McAdams – Danny Harrell, and Matt Morgan. Johnston was able to take the fourth position at the time. The race was only slowed one time after Louie Pasderetz got into the back of the slower machine of Grant Blasingame working through turn four. The yellow came just shortly after TJ Largena – who took the green flag in the twelfth position mind you – made the pass on Jamie Sample to take the sixth position away from him.

Pasderetz was able to get the car pointed in the right direction and NASCAR officials gave the field the option for the cone. To no surprise, Balluzzo elected to keep his position on the bottom of the racetrack. Second place qualifier, Brad Adams, would also decide to take the restart on the low line. Matt Carter and Bubba Johnston were the first to that decided to try the outside. It looked as if Carter was going to make things work, however, Balluzzo was just too strong on getting back to the gas and once again cleared the field out of two.

Johnston, who looked slow on the restart, was almost immediately shuffled back to the sixth spot before getting the tires under the car. He is eventually able to get back around Morgan leaving the door open for Largena. The following lap Johnston made a huge slip out of two and had to chase the car up the track, which allowed Largena to break into the top five. Which by the way, if our calculations are correct, that would earn Mr. TJ Largena the TWR Hard Charger Award!

This go around Balluzzo did not build the same lead he did on the initial start but he was able to stretch things out far enough to where there was nothing Adams could do. Carter would come home third followed by Harrell and Largena.

Chase McAdams, who we mentioned above that just recently bought a Modified, made his 2019 return in the Harris Truck Shop Super Truck division. He was the fastest man in town earlier in the afternoon during qualifying and backed that up during the race as he went wire-to-wire to collect the win. Ronald Klein, Rick Poust, Shannon Lester, and Paige Cain rounded out the top five finishers.

 

Larry King Law Modified OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 50
  2. #3 Brad Adams; 50
  3. #78 Matt Carter; 50
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 50
  5. #4 TJ Largena; 50
  6. #34 Bubba Johnston; 50
  7. #98 Matt Morgan; 50
  8. #47 Rick Gdovic; 50
  9. #16 Eric McPherson; 50
  10. #28 Jamie Sample; 50
  11. #26 Louie Pasderetz; 50
  12. #77 Bobby Gery; 50
  13. #7 Grant Blasingame; 44
  14. #12 Mark Gomez; DNS

Peyton Sellers Wins First Visit Hampton VA Grassroots 200 at Langley Speedway

Peyton Sellers celebrates in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane after winning the Visit Hampton VA Grassroots 200

Hampton, VA – When the Denny Hamlin Foundation pulled the plug on the Short Track Showdown this year, Langley Speedway owner Bill Mullis stepped up to the plate and scheduled a 200-lap, $7,500 to win, Thursday night feature to kick off the big NASCAR weekend as the Xfinity and Cup series comes to town. Sixteen NASCAR Late Model Stock cars converged on the historic .400-mile speedway in hopes of being the inaugural winner.

Philip Morris, who has had a rough start to the 2019 season and his hunt for what would be his recording breaking sixth national title, was the fastest man earlier in qualifying. Morris, with a time of 15.645 (92.042 MPH), was able to squeak by Langley Speedway veteran C.E. Falk by just four-hundredths of a second to earn the right to lead the field to the green. JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry rolled off third followed Danny Edwards and Greg Edwards. The 200-lap feature would be run in three segments with controlled cautions at lap 80 and 160.

When the green flag was displayed all sixteen drivers took things easy, fell in line, and started to get into a rhythm. As predicted, Philip Morris took command of the lead and set a blistering pace. Creating more than a two-second gap over Greg Edwards, CE Falk, and Berry. That was until we neared the lap 80 caution when Greg Edwards started to real the leader back in but to no avail. As the caution was displayed Morris was surprisingly the first car to come down pit road for what appeared to be just adjustments handing the lead over the Greg Edwards.

Edwards held the lead for just under ten laps before Josh Berry was able to get into clean air and he too checked out on the field. Falk would take just a handful of laps to work his way into the second position and track down the JRM car. As we came closer and closer to the next controlled caution the lap cars got more and more bothersome for the leaders. To the point that Berry was attempting to get around Eddie Johnson on the bottom groove when Falk made contact with the rear bumper of Berry sending him around in two. The caution would ultimately become the break; it would also send Falk to the rear, which was the start of a wild night for the 02, and hand the lead over the Sellers.

Once out in clear air and in somewhat control of the restart, Peyton Sellers was on fire. Not literally, of course, but the car looked to be on rails! Behind him, another South Boston driver that honestly we picked as a dark horse to win this one after his performance in the 2018 Hampton Heat but his night would be short lived after hard contact with the turn three wall.

Sellers would have to hold off the field two more times after cautions came from contact between Philip Morris and, as we mentioned above, Thomas Scott going into turn three while working lap 161. Morris ended up getting into the back of Scott sending him up the track and into the outside wall. Scott was able to get the fired and drive back to his stall but unable to finish the race. The second restart Sellers had to deal with came in similar fashion a little more than ten laps later when C.E. Falk and Philip Morris got together going into three. Falk no doubt got an amazing run on Morris out of two and down the backstretch going into three where the made contact. Morris was sent up the track and hard into the outside wall. Making it the second time this season his car needed to be carried to pit road with two wreckers.

Sellers had to fight a little harder on the final restart of the evening but cleared the field out of turn four leaving track veterans Greg Edwards and Mark Wertz to battle it out. Berry, who was probably the biggest winner in those two late race cautions, was able to battle his way back up front and around Edwards and Wertz to take the runner up position.

“First off, to God be the glory,” Sellers exclaimed as he exited the car. “Man, it’s amazing, these races are so hard to win, we beat the best in the business tonight. Josh Berry has got his game on right now; those JR Motorsports guys are tough. Phillip came on strong early but had a tough time getting back up there. Man, this is unbelievable, we loaded up the dually yesterday afternoon, just the four of us, came out here and taking the money back to Danville”.

Sellers also went on to thank track owner Bill Mullis for stepping up to the plate and putting on a show for the short track racers and fans. Langley Speedway will be off this weekend as NASCAR invaded Richmond Raceway but will be back in action April 20thwith Modifieds headlining the program.

 

Visit Hampton VA Grassroots 200 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #26 Peyton Sellers; 200
  2. #88 Josh Berry; 200
  3. #21 Greg Edwards; 200
  4. #55 Mark Wertz; 200
  5. #02 CE Falk; 200
  6. #91 Justin S. Carroll; 200
  7. #57 Justin T. Carroll; 200
  8. #90 Terry Carroll; 200
  9. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 200
  10. #57 Eddie Johnson; 198
  11. #71 Rick Gdovic; 197
  12. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 192
  13. #01 Philip Morris; 177
  14. #8 Thomas Scott; 161
  15. #03 Brenden Queen; 160
  16. #88 Thomas Marks; 19

Jeff Oakley Wins Dominion Raceway Season Opener in Wild Overtime Finish

Jeff Oakley works down the backstretch at Dominion Raceway during final practice. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Thornburg, VA – Jeff Oakley is no stranger to victory lane at Dominion Raceway and he proved that once more tonight. Oakley muscled his way around defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion Philip Morris on lap twenty-seven, held off several charges, and several late race cautions to capture the win.

Bruce Anderson was the fastest man in town earlier in the afternoon as the sun was setting over Dominion Raceway with a 15.302-second lap. Jeff Oakley, Michael Hardin, Howie DiSavino, and Philip Morris were the fastest five cars at the completion of qualifying. Anderson would be forced to give up his front row starting position due to Dominion’s invert rule. That starting position was given to none other than Philip Morris.

Morris was able to jump out to the early lead when twenty-three cars roared to life down the front stretch and into turn one. Hometown veteran Michael Hardin looked to have other plans for how he wanted the race to play out and took the lead from Morris eleven laps into the feature. Hardin’s lead was short-lived, as Morris was able to get battle back and regain the lead. The short battle was just enough to allow Oakley to close the gap and be part of the conversation for the race lead.

Oakley was able to take the lead following a restart after a rather lengthy red flag for clean up due to a crash in turn two. Morris decided to take the cone from the lead and restart from the top groove. This allowed Oakley to restart on the bottom, which honestly may have won him the race. The two sailed off into turn one racing a very physical race but it was Oakley who came out of turn two on top.

Oakley then had to turn his attention to restarts, as he had to deal with an unprecedented seven restarts in one of the wildest races we have been to in a while. One of those restarts just happened to be a green, white, checkered in Dominion’s version of overtime that ultimately took out champion contender Tyler Hughes out of the race when he had issues getting started. In victory lane, Oakley ranked this win up there on his list of wins after beating Philip Morris heads up.

Morris was able to hold off an impressive late race charge from former Rev Racing K&N driver Sergio Pena, who actually started to come on really strong as the laps wound down. Davey Callihan running a Bobby Creech prepared car was able to hang onto a fourth-place finish while Doug Barnes bounced back to a fifth place finish after being sent to the rear of the field due to his involvement in the incident that took Bruce Anderson out of contention for a win.

Cole Bruce picked up the official first victory of the 2019 Dominion Season in the scheduled 30-lap feature. Bruce, who was actually involved in the night’s first caution, was able to drive back through the field for the win, with the help of a handful of cautions. Bradley Kilby was the one who actually took the early lead following the first restart of the honestly looked poised for the win, however, with the help of a few cautions Bruce was able to drive back through the field and collect the win. Aaron Donnelly, who was supposed to pull double duty in the Dominion Racer and Late Model, finished second while Mike Ganoe Jr., Andrew Lang, and Reid Murphy completed the top five.

With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series making their trip back to the commonwealth, next weekend Dominion Raceway will take the weekend off and return to action Saturday, April 20th. For a complete list of who is running make sure you head over to the speedway’s website.

 

Late Model UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #11 Jeff Oakley; 107
  2. #01 Philip Morris; 107
  3. #01 Sergio Pena; 107
  4. #13 Davey Callihan; 107
  5. #88 Doug Barnes; 107
  6. #22 Grayson Cullather; 107
  7. #72 Blake Morris; 107
  8. #4 Randy Roberts; 107
  9. #17 Eric George; 107
  10. #82 Mike Ganoe; 107
  11. #8 Tyler Hughes; 106
  12. #18 Chandler Storm; 105
  13. #1 Michael Munley; 105
  14. #19 Colby Stottlemyer; 97
  15. #4 Timmy Phipps; 93
  16. #9 Alex Brock; 78
  17. #55 Howie DiSavino; 76
  18. #09 Bruce Anderson; 62
  19. #7 Michael Hardin; 48
  20. #00 Chase Burrow; 16
  21. #04 Mike Michalski; 16
  22. #6 Cole Knopp; 16
  23. #75 Logan Jones; 2

 

Dominion Racers UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #31 Cole Bruce; 36
  2. #31 Aaron Donnelly; 36
  3. #12 Mike Ganoe Jr.; 36
  4. #29 Andrew Lang; 26
  5. #21 Reid Murphy; 36
  6. #9 James Johnson; 36
  7. #5 Bradley Kilby; 36
  8. #70 Barry Moore; 36
  9. #91 Robb Almy; 36
  10. #51 Raymond Terczak; 35
  11. #28 Davey Callihan; 9
  12. #07 Richard Storm; 4
  13. #8 Billy Ingle; 1

 

Featured Photo: Andy Newsome/Loose In, Tight Off

Lubno, Klein, and Wood Pick Up Support Divisions Wins on Opening Night at Langley Speedway

Brandon Wood celebrates in victory lane at Langley Speedway during Pomoco Opening Night. It was Wood’s first career victory. (Photo: Langley Speedway Press Release)

Hampton, VA – Some form of Late Model Stock Car racing may be the premier racing division at your local short track but we all know it takes more than that to put on a weekly show. Hell, sometimes the support divisions are the ones who put on a better show if we are being honest. Grand Stocks, Super Trucks, and UCAR (Bando’s & Legends also kicked off their season as well, recap coming soon) kicked off their season over the weekend. We saw some familiar faces back in victory lane as well as some new ones. The best part was each division had a great turn out of cars and we hear that a few more are still being built.

Let’s start by taking a look at the Pepsi Grand Stock division. Sammy Gaita, who missed a good portion of 2018 due to an injury, came back strong this season and grabbed his first pole award laying down a 17.705-second lap. Defending champ, Paul Lubno, would take the green from the fourth position. However, Lubno had no plans staying there for too long and it showed once the race went green.

To 40-lap feature saw three different leaders with Gaita being the first. His Frontline Vapes number 24 looked strong early but faded as the run went on. Tim Wilson took advantage of the opportunity and took over the lead, leaving the door open for Lubno to take second. Wilson did all he could to hold back the seasoned veteran but there was just not enough left in the tank (figuratively speaking) as Lubno was able to muscle his way into the top spot a handful of laps later. Once that powder blue number fourteen got the clean air and track, it was lights out.

“I got into the back of the seventeen a little too hard,” Lubno said in victory lane about the pass for the lead. “I rolled out of the throttle to let him get straightened back up then we went back to racing like we should do it.” Lubno went on to thank all of his crew and sponsors for making things happen. This past weekend is more than likely just a preview of things to come for the Pepsi Grand Stocks and Paul Lubno. Is there anyone out there who can stop his reign on the division? Tim Wilson, Sammy Gaita, Michael Waters, and dale Nicholls rounded out the top five finishers.

Jacob Carr, defending Super Truck champion, looked to be the guy to beat as the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks kicked off their season is past weekend. Carr was quickest in qualifying earlier in the afternoon posting a 19.054-second lap. Rick Poust, making his return to the division in a Chase Elliot Mt. Dew inspired paint scheme, gave Carr a decent run for his money on the initial start from the outside but, eventually fell into line to continue his chase. Ronald Klein, last years Enduro champion, made his return to the truck division for the first time since 2017, looked to be the fastest man around as the laps clicked off and with the help of a couple of timely cautions, Klein was a true contender for the race lead.

With just five laps to go, Klein was able to methodically work his way under Carr and take the lead. Carr would get one final shot at Klein as the third and final caution would wave one lap twenty-three, setting up a two-lap shoot out. As the caution truck peeled down pit road, Klein nailed the restart, got the separation he needed, and went on to take the win. Rick Poust, Jacob Carr, Paige Cain, and Keith Wheeler rounded out the top five.

Brandon Wood, who was forced to sit at least half of the 2018 season out after a major crash with a lap car destroyed his car, came back this year faster than ever. After qualifying on the pole it looked like Wood was going to cruise to a caution free victory in a dominating way. However, with about five laps to go, things got really interesting, really fast.

The first (bogus) caution of the night came a car came to a stop on the apron, maybe the grass, then magically got going again. From there, like the old saying goes, “cautions breed cautions.” On the following restart as the field sailed into turn one, Dean Ballew & defending series champion Austin Davis made contact which sent Davis around and Ballew to the rear. Wood had to survive a couple more restarts as Davis ended up in more trouble at the hands of Mike Farley who had trouble getting going. Not sure if he spun the tires, missed a shift, or just got caught sleeping either way, Davis tried to go low to get around, Farley tried to go low to get out the way and the two met in an unfortunate manner.

Luckily for Brandon Wood, the restarts were not an issue and he was able to hang onto the lead and pick up his first career UCAR win. Dean Ballew was able to rebound to a second place finish, Courtney Shiflett, Austin Davis, and Tyler Borden rounded out the top five.

Langley Speedway will be back in action this weekend Saturday, April 6th with twin Modified features, Super Street action, Pro Six, Karts, and Enduro’s. Grand Stands will open a 2:00 PM. Qualifying at 4:30, racing actions scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Chris Burns Takes the Checkers Carteret Late Model Opener

Chris Burns comes to the checkered flag to pick up the victory in the season-opening race at Carteret County Speedway. (Morgan Odum photo)

PELETIER, NC – Chris Burns picked up the biggest win of his career on Saturday afternoon, coming from the back to the front to pick up the victory in an instant classic at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway on Saturday afternoon.

Burns closed in on Stacy Puryear during the mid-stages of the Solid Rock Carriers 100 and, when the two battled for the lead, Puryear went around off Burns’ front bumper – resulting in both drivers going to the rear.  Burns quickly battled back and, with four laps to go, made the pass on Jason York to score the victory.

“I feel like we were just a little better on entry than Stacy,” Burns said in victory lane after the race.  “Definitely not intentional.  He’s a class act racer.  I try not to race that way.  Using the bumper’s okay but I definitely didn’t mean to spin him out.  This is huge for our little team.  Last year, we struggled with this car ever since we put it together.  Man, to get this win is awesome.”

Burns’ car came to life during long green flag runs as he, on two separate occasions, raced his way into contention for the lead – ultimately making the winning pass with four laps to go.  For Burns, it’s the biggest victory of his career as he raced against heavyweights and took home the $5,000 payout.

“It started out shoving the nose in the center,” Burns explained.  “I came over the radio and said, ‘it’s still early, I think we might have a chance.’  After that red flag over there, it was like a different racecar.  I’m tickled.  I couldn’t ask for more.  York and Puryear are no slouches, that’s for sure.  They’re some of the best in the business, been doing it a long time.  Having my little girl with me, that’s a life-changing deal.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Burns’ win came in a wild race which saw multiple incidents.  On a lap 43 restart, contenders Rusty Daniels, Tyler Horne, Brandon Clements, and Joshua Yeoman were all involved in a pileup in turn one.  Later, on lap 65, Clements and Daniels were again involved in an accident which also collected Thad Moffitt and Gerald Benton.

Jason York inherited the lead when Burns and Puryear got together and led for most of the second half until Burns came roaring past.  York settled for a runner-up finish.

“We were real good,”  York said. “We were pleased with the car.  Just a little free in the center.  We’ll fix it, get it back over here and get some wins here.  Congratulations to Chris though.  He did a hell of a job winning the race.”

Stacy Puryear, who felt the mid-race contact from Burns was just a racing incident, was able to rebound for a third-place finish.

“We just had gotten loose up off and, you know, we had a good racecar,” Puryear said. “If it had been a little tighter, [Burns] wouldn’t have known which way we went.  This is the first time we’ve ever been here.  This racecar’s been sitting since Martinsville 2016 and we’re very proud of it.”

Rusty Daniels and Tyler Horne finished fourth and fifth respectively while Thad Moffitt, Lexi Gay, Eric Winslow, Brandon Clements, and Gerald Benton rounded out the top-10.

The win for Chris Burns was his first since April 28, 2018.

Brenton Irving continued his dominance in the INEX Legends division, picking up the win in a thrilling INEX at the 4/10-mile track which will play host to the INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals later this year.

Irving raced his way past Brian Sullivan on lap 16 in the 35 lap feature and then survived challenges from Zack Brown, Brian Sullivan and Emily Day.  On the final turn of the last lap, Brown got loose which resulted in both cars getting together and spinning across the line to a second and third place finish respectively.

Irving, who won the track championship at Carteret in 2016 and 2017, was ecstatic after scoring the victory.

“I’m going to tell you, this win was for all of you fans who come out to watch a good race,” Irving said in victory lane.  “That’s why we came here, baby.  Jesus Christ loves every single one of you guys.  I was just playing [with Emily].  When I see someone in my mirror, we would have stepped it up.”

Brown took his second-place finish in stride after an eventful race – first when his windshield was covered with oil when Kevin Nowak blew an engine directly in front of him, then the finish with Sullivan.

“I was loose, just really loose,” Brown said.  “Hate that I did that right in front of pretty much the field, but you’ve got to dig when you’ve got a green-white-checkered.  The first half of the race was crazy.  I guess Herbie the Love Bug (Kevin Nowak) gave me some love as far as fluid goes all over the car.  Just a reallooseose racecar.  Appreciate all the fans coming out.”

Sullivan once again had one of the fastest cars but was unable to come away with the win.  This time, however, he was able to finish without any mechanical issues and is looking ahead to the next race.

“We didn’t blow up, that’s one way to look at it,” Sullivan remarked.  “Last year, we blew two motors, so we’re just happy to finish a race and not blow the thing up.  I didn’t know if [Day] got back by on the outside or not.  Zack got sideways, I checked up.  I thought he was going to save it.  He almost saved it then, last minute, I think he was trying to get to the line as well and he got back in the gas or something and just came across.  Luckily we didn’t do too much damage.”

Emily Day finished fourth while Jim Smith rounded out the top-five in the 16 car field.

Kris Hetu made a late race pass on Michael Rouse to pick up the victory in the Sportsman’s Wholesale Mini Stock Division.  Rouse dominated for much of the event but a late race caution tightened the field and Hetu was able to make the pass on the outside.

“Before that last caution, I noticed [Rouse] started smoking a little bit off his right side so I don’t know if it was getting on his tires or what but I think I used it to my advantage,” Hetu stated.  “I had to drive the piss out of this thing.  It’s been almost a year since I won.”

Rouse’s engine expired late.  Reigning division champion Stephen Sanders finished second over Travis Provost, Jason Adams and Andrew Deal.

Robert Arch picked up the win in an equally entertaining U-CAR feature.  Arch took the lead early and never looked back while Neil Mason, Steve Sullivan and Andrew Jackson engaged in a fierce battle for second behind him.  Arch went on to win and Mason prevailed in the battle while Sullivan, Joe Lanier and Jackson rounded out the top-five.

“It really came to life there,” Arch remarked.  “The longer we ran, the better it got.  I thought we were going to be okay, then at the end, the exhaust fell off the car and it lost a bunch of power.  I thought the Carteret Curse came back. I’ve tried so many times to win here.  That’s the main reason we’re coming down here.  We were coming to race until we won.  I guess we knocked that checklist off early in the year.”

Mike Cooper scored the victory in the Street Stock feature while Gary Rochelle rebounded from a mid-race incident to finish second.  Sean Wales picked up the win in a wild Champ Kart feature, defending a late race charge from Justin Mitchell which included an attempted pass in the grass from the eventual runner-up.  Justin Hall was victorious in the Mini Cup feature.  In the Jr. Mini Cup feature, Scotty Benford, in his first race, collected the victory over Caleb Braswell.

The 2019 season at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway will resume on Saturday, April 13th with the Spring Thaw.  The Spring Thaw will feature racing for the INEX Legends, Sportsman’s Wholesale Mini-Stocks, Street Stocks, Mini Cups, Champ Karts and the East Coast Flathead Fords.  Green flag will fly at 7pm.

For more information about Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at www.carteretspeedway.com, “like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter.

Carteret County 3/30/19 Results

Limited Late Model

  1. Chris Burns
  2. Jason York
  3. Stacy Puryear
  4. Rusty Daniels
  5. Tyler Horne
  6. Thad Moffitt
  7. Lexi Gay
  8. Eric Winslow
  9. Brandon Clements
  10. Gerald Benton
  11. T.J. Barron
  12. Joshua Yeoman

INEX Legends

  1. Brenton Irving
  2. Zack Brown
  3. Brian Sullivan
  4. Emily Day
  5. Jim Smith
  6. Jordan Lamoth
  7. Matt Haufe
  8. Aaron Crumpler
  9. Chris Hammett
  10. Josh Spence
  11. Tucker Jones
  12. Trevor Thacker
  13. Joel Carlyle
  14. Skyler Dean
  15. Kevin Nowak
  16. Eric Courtney

Sportsman’s Wholesale Mini Stock

  1. Kris Hetu
  2. Stephen Sanders
  3. Travis Provost
  4. Jason Adams
  5. Andrew Deal
  6. Michael Rouse
  7. Dub Fulford
  8. Jeremy Ottaway
  9. Adam Resnick
  10. Jesse Heath
  11. Jimmy Odum

U-CAR

  1. Robert Arch
  2. Neil Mason
  3. Steve Sullivan
  4. Joe Lanier
  5. Andrew Jackson
  6. Brian Mattice
  7. Abby Jolly
  8. Curtis Lanier

Street Stock

  1. Mike Cooper
  2. Gary Rochelle, Jr.
  3. Billy Slater
  4. John Sharp
  5. Ronald Shephard

Champ Kart

  1. Sean Wales
  2. Justin Mitchell
  3. Mike Tyndall
  4. Cory Dimauro

Mini Cup

  1. Justin Hall
  2. Chase Singletary
  3. Charles Pudenz
  4. Scotty Benford (JR)
  5. Caleb Braswell (JR)
  6. Alexis Steffan (JR)

Louis White Scores Emotional Victory in East Carolina Motor Speedway’s Season Opener; Jeremy Bohne Dominates Physical Charger Race

Louis White and crew celebrate their first win of 2019 in victory lane at East Carolina Motor Speedway. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com

Robersonville, North Carolina – Thirty years ago East Carolina Motor Speedway opened its doors for racing in the small North Carolina town as a 3/8-mile oval. Louis White was one of the first competitors to make laps here at the speedway in a Super Late Model. Matter of fact, Louis White ended up winning the track championship that year. Fast forward to 2019 and he hasn’t really slowed down.

After struggling so much in 2018 battling a tight race car as well as sending one through the guard rail in turn one, victory lane was just what the doctor ordered to get the 2019 season started.

After qualifying third earlier in the afternoon it didn’t take long for White to take the second position from Wesley Johnson and set his sites on Burbage, who actually set the pole earlier in single-car qualifying with a 15.098 – just one-thousandth of a second quicker than Johnson. White settled into a rhythm knowing that tire management is probably the single most important thing here on this worn out surface. However, White would catch a huge break when a large puff of smoke erupted from the nine-car forcing NASCAR to throw the yellow and for Burbage to come down pit road.

On the ensuing restart, White lined up on the inside of Jeff Shifflett and wasted zero time getting back to the gas once they entered the restart zone. From there it was lights out. Shifflett made an honest attempt and pulled within about three cars of White but you could see the car get visibly tight which caused him to fade. From there, it was lights out. Louis White would cruise to victory while Kenneth Mercer and Wesley Johnson put on a hell of a show for third.

During White’s victory lap, he drove the car right over to the spot he went through just last year as a reminder that he was still victorious.

“After last year this win ranks right there at the top after all we went through last year,” White said in victory lane. “We destroyed a brand new car. I didn’t know if I was going to race again. I said I was done. Then we had a deal with our business where we lost a contract so between that and losing this brand new car I didn’t know what I was going to do.”

Come back and win. That’s what Louis White does. He has been winning races here for thirty years now and still enjoys doing it even at 60.

“I have been fortunate to have good cars and great guys to help me work on,” Louis went on to say. “You can take a bad driver and put him in a good car and he can do good with it, maybe that’s what it is.”

One thing we know at The Weekly Racer is that when it comes to Louis White and East Carolina Motor Speedway, there isn’t anything bad when it comes to his driving.

“After what happened going through the wall I just wanted to go over there and park it to let it know it didn’t win.”

As we concluded we asked Louis if this win means he will compete here full time this season and go for another championship.

“I don’t know. Whatever the crowd wants to do. We have another race track we want to run at some. I have been coming here so long and like to support Mr. Perry because he has put so much money into this track and I am going to do all I can to support him.”

Louis White walks back from the spot he went through the outside guardrail over a year ago. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Late Model Stock Car UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. Louis White; 50
  2. Jeff Shifflett; 50
  3. Wesley Johnson; 50
  4. Kenneth Mercer; 50
  5. Madyson Mulligan; 49
  6. Thomas Burbage; 15

 

Chargers

At the end of the day, it was Jeremy Bohne who landed in victory lane for the 35-lap Charger feature. Though he was not the fastest car during qualifying – that honor went to former Bando driver Ethan Johnson – he was the one to get out front and avoid the mess that went on behind him.

It took Bohne over half the race to actually catch and pass Johnson for the lead and when that happened it seemed like things went south quick for the young guy as Bohne set sail. On a restart following a caution for fluid from the 14 of Ryan Miller things seemed to go downhill for Johnson who was slow to the restart which forced a three-wide situation between him, Roberson, and Langley and let me tell you something, three wide doesn’t work out of turn two.

Johnson’s car got the worst of it with heavy front-end damage, however, it wasn’t over there. Johnson struggling to get the car back under him looked to make contact with Mike Jones who was plowed into by Bill Price putting fluid all over the speedway. As the cars were going through the mess under caution Melvin Langley and Travis Roberson decided to exchange a few words, using their cars.

Once the track was clean and racing resumed Jeremy Bohne jumped back out to the lead and never looked back. Travis Roberson took over second place with Langley behind him. Ethan Johnson was able to make it back up to fourth with Greg Worley rounding out the top five.

Chargers UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. Jeremy Bohne; 35
  2. Travis Roberson; 35
  3. Melvin Langley; 35
  4. Ethan Johnson; 35
  5. Greg Worley; 35
  6. Mike Jones; 23
  7. Daniel Vuncannon; 23
  8. Bill Price; 23
  9. Ryan Miller; 20
  10. Austin Ferrell; 17

In the Legends division, Cameron Murray took home the hardware. Chris Conner won his first ever Street Stock race of his career and Patrick Arch was victorious in the Mini Stock class.

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