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Pollard, McCarty Muscle Into CARS Tour Victory Lane at Motor Mile

RADFORD, VA – The Heritage Truck Centers 250 was the first time the CARS Tour visited Motor Mile Speedway since 2015, and Saturday night’s action made up for the long hiatus when Bubba Pollard and Bobby McCarty muscled their way to Edelbrock Victory Lane. For Pollard, it was his third tour win this season and the first for McCarty in nearly a year.

Matt Craig claimed the Mahle Pistons Pole Award and led the field to the green flag in the opening race of the night. Second place starter Bubba Pollard nosed ahead of Craig to lead lap one before the Kannapolis, N.C, retook the top spot on lap two and held it for over a third of the race.

Pollard began to show his speed on lap 47 when he bypassed Craig for the top spot, but Craig found a way back around on lap 59. The pair continued to trade blows, moving each other out of the way multiple times before Pollard ultimately took the lead for the final time on lap 78 after a caution for Mike Speeney’s problems in turn three.

Despite Pollard’s late-race dominance, Craig threw everything at the No. 26 Ford when he attempted to outduel Pollard on a lap 114 restart. Having none of it, race control thwarted his work when the restart was called back as a jumped restart and reattempted with Pollard on the inside lane where he motored away after the green flag.

Pollard extended his lead to a .686-second advantage at the checkered flag, beating Craig, Stephen Nasse, Tate Fogleman and Kodie Conner to the line.

“When you drive good stuff, got good people behind you, they make it easy on you,” said Pollard in Edelbrock Victory Lane when asked about how he has pulled off three wins so far this season.

“When you drive me dirty, I’m going to drive you back dirty, and that’s all there is to it,” he continued when prompted about the battle with Matt Craig. “When you run me up the racetrack, I’m going to let you know it. It could have been a lot cleaner than what it was, and it wasn’t. It’s part of racing if he wants to drive like that. You’re looking at a new Bubba Pollard. I’ve kinda been easy on people, kind of just rolled with the flow, but I ain’t taking no [expletive] off nobody no more. If you touch that 26 car, you’re gonna be ready for it.”

Four years ago, Josh Berry picked up his first CARS Tour win at Motor Mile Speedway and picked up where he left off by rocketing to the Hedgecock Racing Pole Position during qualifying. As expected, he shot to the lead early over second place starter Deac McCaskill.

The opening two-thirds of the race was exceptionally clean, with two caution flags on laps 40 and 80 thrown by rule according to the series’ competition caution policy. After lap 80, however, things got crazy when Taylor Gray lost control exiting turn four which started a massive chain reaction melee that collected at least ten cars in one fashion or another. Multiple drivers were eliminated from the race afterward.

Bobby McCarty, who had moved to second during the opening two stints, challenged Josh Berry on the restart but was unable to steal to the top spot despite a quick outside lane at Motor Mile. A slew of late-race accidents including four cautions in the final scheduled 25 laps, gave McCarty multiple opportunities to bypass Berry but none of them yielded any results.

Josh Berry took the white flag after 124 laps and appeared to be en route to his 16th career when Brandon Pierce sent Ryan Repko for a spin in turn two, forcing officials to throw the yellow before the leader had taken the checkered flag, prompting a green-white-checkered restart.

On the initial attempt, Berry bypassed McCarty in turn three, but washed up the track allowing McCarty to drive to his inside in turn one. The two made contact, and Berry went spinning up the track, handing McCarty the race lead and relegating Berry to the tail.

The second attempt at a finish saw McCarty choose the high line for his restart lane, while Justin Carroll started underneath. The pair leaned on each other while others pushed and shoved behind them. They took the white flag in a near dead heat and made the final circuit door-to-door before racing off turn four to the checkered flag where Bobby McCarty edged out Carroll in a photo finish of .029 seconds. Sammy Smith, Brandon Pierce, and Tommy Lemons, Jr., rounded out the top five.

“I really hate that with the 88, I really do, he knows I don’t race that way,” McCarty said after thanking his crew in Edelbrock Victory Lane. “He was trying to pinch me, and I was trying to run him up a little bit, and we hit wheels. It yanked the wheel right out of my hand. I’ve never wrecked nobody for a win, I never have and I never will, that was just a racing incident. Hopefully he and I can talk about it and come to an agreement. But, like I said, a big thank you to everyone at Nelson Motorsports. My wife and son are here, and it’s he first time they’ve come in a long time, so this is a really cool moment for me.

“When that [lap 124] caution came out, I was worried, because they can cause a lot of problems,” he continued when asked about the setup for the finish. “You never know how these restarts are going to play out. Josh didn’t get to the throttle really good coming out of four, and I was able to pull the crossover and we got position on him and that was unfortunate and I really hate that happened. I didn’t know whether to take the inside or the outside on the last restart because I was losing forward drive and that’s where the 88 was killing us. I felt like if someone was on our outside, I wasn’t going to be able to get the throttle down. We took the outside, Justin’s a really hard racer, he races hard but he races clean, and I hope the fans enjoyed that show.”

The next event for the CARS Racing Tour will take place June 8 at Langley Speedway, the Who’s Your Driver 125, a standalone event for the late model stock cars with support from three local divisions at a highly-competitive .395-mile layout on the east coast of Virginia.

For more information on the CARS Tour, visit their website at CARSRacingTour.com, or follow them on Facebook (@CARSTour), Twitter (@CARSTour), Instagram (@cars_tour), and Snapchat (@carstour). The series also has its own YouTube channel, Roku channel (available through its TV website), and a new publicly available Amazon FireTV app released this week.

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THE FINISHES

CARS Super Late Model Tour
Heritage Truck Centers 250
Motor Mile Speedway – May 18, 2019

POS NUM DRIVER LAPS REASON OUT
1. 26P Bubba Pollard 125
2. 54 Matt Craig 125
3. 51 Stephen Nasse 125
4. 8 Tate Fogleman 125
5. 45 Kodie Conner 125
6. 17B Josh Brock 125
7. 49 Jeff Batten 125
8. 24 Colin Garrett 125
9. 14 Jared Fryar 125
10. 6S Brandon Setzer 125
11. 37 Dan Speeney 125
12. 74 Ryan Moore 125
13. 34 Nolan Pope 125
14. 51B Amber Balcaen 125
15. 21 Toni Breidinger 124
16. 6 Matt Wallace 123
17. 16 Molly Helmuth 114 Accident
18. 50 Jett Noland 113 Brakes
19. 17 Mike Speeney 77 Accident
20. 96 Josh Reeves 52 Mechanical
21. 21J Trey Jarrell 46 Mechanical
22. 33 Preston Peltier 45 Mechanical
23. 2 Jared Irvan 40 Brakes
24. 7 Justin Crider 0 DNS
25. 40 Tovia Grynewicz 0 DNS
26. 00 Anthony Cataldi 0 DNS
27. 5 Spencer Wauters 0 Withdrew

CARS Late Model Stock Tour
Heritage Truck Centers 250
Motor Mile Speedway – May 18, 2019

POS NUM DRIVER LAPS REASON OUT
1. 22 Bobby McCarty 127
2. 57 Justin Carroll 127
3. 12 Sammy Smith 127
4. 2 Brandon Pierce 127
5. 27 Tommy Lemons, Jr. 127
6. 16 Chad McCumbee 127
7. 08 Deac McCaskill 12
8. 81 Mini Tyrrell 127
9. 63 Tyler Matthews 127
10. 74 Ronald Hill 127
11. 1 Craig Moore 127
12. 17 Taylor Gray 127
13. 17P Stacy Puryear 127
14. 88 Josh Berry 127
15. 14 Ryan Repko 127
16. 77 Trevor Ward 126
17. 19C Jessica Cann 124
18. 51 Matt Cox 121
19. 98 Adam Lemke 108 Accident
20. 99 Layne Riggs 100 Accident
21. 54 Drew Dollar 81 Accident
22. 23 Terrry Brooks, Jr. 81 Accident
23. 25 Zack St. Onge 81 Accident
24. 22K Derek Kale 81 Accident
25. 4 Jonathan Findley 80 Accident
26. 07 Camden Gullie 80 Accident
27. 19 Cameron Bowen 37 Mechanical
28. 1P Brody Pope 33 Mechanical

Cole Bruce Gets Season Turned Around with Win at Dominion

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Cole Bruce picked up his first win of the year at Dominion Raceway on Saturday, turning around what has been a tumultuous start to his 2019 season.

Bruce, 15, from Fredericksburg, Virginia, started Saturday’s Dominion Racer feature in the third position and quickly raced his way to the front of the field.  Bruce made his pass on the fourth lap of the 35 lap feature and held on to score the victory.

After a disappointing start to the season, the win was just what was needed to get the team back on track.

“It helped boost us up,” Bruce said.  “It gives us more confidence in ourselves for the rest of the season so we’re not scratching our heads trying to figure out what we need to do to make the car faster.  This win means a lot because we’re in a good spot for the rest of the season knowing we have a great car.  It just mainly relieves us to get that first win of the season.”

Bruce’s season started with a practice accident at South Boston Speedway in March.  After another disappointing result at Dominion Raceway, Bruce picked up his first top-five finish of the year at South Boston Speedway on April 20th.

“Our car program is doing well thanks to After Hours Fabrication,” Bruce said.  “Motor program, we’ve got that straightened out.  Overall, I think we have a pretty good shot at the Dominion championship this year.  I feel confident we’ll come back to South Boston and hopefully get a top-three finish, or, even better, a win.”

After scoring his first win of 2019, Bruce is now setting his sights on picking up more victories at Dominion Raceway.  His next race will be on Saturday, May 18th in the 35 lap Dominion Racer feature at the Thornburg, Virginia track.

Cole Bruce is supported in 2019 by Papa John’s, Shepherd’s Heating and Air, Matco Tools, Radley Cadillac in Fredericksburg, Mullins Racing and Dinah Marie Photography.

To learn more about Cole Bruce, visit www.colebruceracing.com, “like” Cole Bruce Racing on Facebook or follow Cole Bruce on Twitter.

Cole Bruce climbs out of his car and celebrates after winning at Dominion Raceway on Saturday. (Dinah Mullins/Dinah Marie Photography photo)

Featured Photo: Dinah Mullins/Dinah Marie Photography photo

Youth 17-And-Under Admitted Free to ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Youth 17-and-under will be admitted free to the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway on October 5.

The change falls in line with the 17-and-under are free policy at the Speedway’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races and is similar to the youth policy found at other NASCAR Home Tracks where many of the fans who attend NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious Late Model Stock Car race spend their Friday and Saturday nights.

“Youth are the future of our sport and we want them to be here without the worry of how much it will cost,” Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “We’ve seen a lot of guests take advantage of youth being free for the Truck Series, and believe that will be the case for the ValleyStar Credit Union 300, as well.”

Adult tickets to the race are $30.

The race regularly sees more than 75 of the country’s best Late Model Stock Car teams fight it out for a share of the $100,000 purse and the iconic grandfather clock trophy.

Additionally, the race will once again serve as the final race in the Virginia Triple Crown, a three-race showdown for the drivers with the best average finishing position in the Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200 at South Boston Speedway, the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway and the ValleyStar Credit Union 300.

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

Layne Riggs Scores Victory in Labor Day Classic

Layne Riggs celebrates in victory lane after winning the 4th Annual Solid Rock Carriers Labor Day Classic at Carteret County Speedway. (Andy Marquis/Carteret County Speedway photo)

SWANSBORO, NC – Layne Riggs picked up his second career Carteret County Speedway victory on Sunday night, surviving a late race shootout to score the win in the Solid Rock Carriers Labor Day Classic.

Riggs took the lead on lap 64, getting around Jason York just moments after York had passed Michael Tilley to inherit the top spot.  Riggs then had to hold off a challenge from Mason Diaz.  However, Diaz would be eliminated in a melee on lap 104 that swept up most of the field – including Tilley and York.  From there, Riggs never looked back as he went on to pick up the victory.

“At the beginning of the race, I didn’t even think we had near the best car,” Riggs said.  “I was just holding on for dear life for my position.  After the break, our tires cooled down, got a full heat cycle on them.  Restarted the race and it was like a brand new racecar.  It was on a rail.  I was just riding at the end, making sure I didn’t make any mistakes or do anything stupid to take me out of the race.”

Riggs previously won the Solid Rock Carriers 150, which was run on July 7th, leading wire-to-wire in the event.  This time, the win did not come in as dominant of a performance as it had in July.

“It was a tough race tonight,” Riggs elaborated.  “It was a lot tougher than last time.  There was a lot more competition.  Carteret County stepped their competition up.  You bring money like that to the table and people are going to come.  It’s proven to be true.”

Chris Burns managed to make his way through the carnage of the lap 104 crash and, in the final laps, raced his way from fourth up to second.

“At lap 60, I came over the radio and me and dad were talking about parking it,” Burns stated.  “It was in bad shape for the first 100 laps for some reason.  I don’t know if we have a rear end problem or a shock busted or what.  We sat there for 10-20 minutes and it seemed like it really helped the car.  We didn’t have anything for Layne but, even with it ill-handling, we saved our stuff and I think that helped with our drive off situation.”

Burns felt he got lucky and said he would have been happy being the last car on the lead lap.

One of the cars Burns was able to pass late was Langley Speedway regular Connor Hall.  Hall is a multi-time Carteret County Speedway winner.  He came with expectations of winning but came away with a third place finish.

“We do have a racecar that we can work on making faster and not work on fixing,” Hall remarked.  “It’s pretty cool to say this is my worst finish at Carteret.  I’m definitely bummed but I can’t be too upset with anybody but myself because I didn’t get it behind the wheel today.”

Brandon Clements ended up finishing in fourth while Clay Jones rounded out the top-five.

Tilley dominated the first half of the race but ended up with a ninth place finish to his credit after being taken out in the big one.  The lap 104 big one swept up six cars in total and was the only significant incident in the Limited Late Model portion of the Labor Day Classic.

While Burns came up one position short in the Limited Late Model race, he was able to finish atop the podium in Street Stock competition.

Burns started on the pole but was involved in an incident in the middle stages of the race with a lapped car while trying to hold off Ricky Locklair, Jr.  Burns quickly raced his way back through the field to score the victory.

“Things happen and I hate it for Locklair,” Burns said.  “Jimmy [Horner] and James David [Horner] really had the car handling well.  I appreciate them letting me drive it.”

Chris Connor finished in second while Billy Slater, Dennis Woehrle and John Sharp rounded out the top-five.

Will Bristle dominated much of the 40 lap Legends race, but Mason Diaz got past him in the closing stages of the race.  Diaz looked like he would cruise to victory, but a late race caution set up a three lap shootout.  Coming to the white flag, Bristle was able to get around Diaz to take the lead and the win.

“This win was by far the toughest,” Bristle said.  “I got to thank Mason for driving me as clean as he could.  That was such a blast, being able to race with teammates that close and put on such a good show for the fans.  We’ve put a lot of work in our cars this year and it’s really showing off.”

Diaz was ecstatic after finishing in second.

“That was a blast,” Diaz exclaimed.  “I haven’t had that much fun in a Legend Car in, I couldn’t tell you how long.  Really good teammate.  He raced me clean.  I tried to get to him in that last corner but he was just too far away.”

Rafe Slate finished in third while Eric Courtney and Cody Hall rounded out the top-five in the 23 car field.  The Legends race, which was sponsored by Riverside Dodge, featured the largest field of cars to take the green flag for a feature race in Carteret County Speedway history.

Adam Resnick won in U-CAR over Andrew Jackson, Steve Sullivan, Abby Jolly and Neil Mason while Justin Thompson prevailed over Sean Wales, BJ Thompson, Brad Anderson and JR Taylor in Champ Kart competition.

Carteret County Speedway will race next on Saturday, September 15th when the Mid-Atlantic Street Stock Championship Series and USAC Eastern Midgets headline the racing program.

Labor Day Classic Results

Champ Kart

  1. Justin Thompson
  2. Sean Wales
  3. BJ Thompson
  4. Brad Anderson
  5. JR Taylor
  6. Cory Dimauro
  7. Bill Owens
  8. Lee Ottaway
  9. Scott Benford

Street Stock

  1. Chris Burns
  2. Chris Connor
  3. Billy Slater
  4. Dennis Woehrle
  5. John Sharp
  6. Ricky Locklair, Jr.
  7. Roy Combs

U-CAR

  1. Adam Resnick
  2. Andrew Jackson
  3. Steve Sullivan
  4. Abby Jolly
  5. Neil Mason
  6. Jonathan Payne
  7. Duane Walker

Legends

  1. Will Bristle
  2. Mason Diaz
  3. Rafe Slate
  4. Eric Courtney
  5. Cody Hall
  6. Zack Brown
  7. Emily Day
  8. Chris Hammett
  9. Cale Hall
  10. Matthew Linker
  11. Cameron Murray
  12. Shane Irving
  13. Conner Jones
  14. Rodney Tharp
  15. Walker Yates
  16. Ashton Whitner
  17. Tucker Jones
  18. Brian Sullivan
  19. Aaron Crumpler
  20. Brenton Irving
  21. Ryan Matthew
  22. Josh Spence
  23. Brian McElearney

Mini-Stock

  1. AJ Sanders
  2. Patrick Arch
  3. James Stroud
  4. Lynn Waller
  5. Stephen Sanders
  6. Travisw Miller
  7. Kris Hetu
  8. Zac Reimer
  9. Jesse Jones
  10. Randy Hewett
  11. Justin Owens
  12. Tim Giesen
  13. Andrew Deal
  14. Chad Sykes
  15. John Hladik, Jr.

Limited Late Model

  1. Layne Riggs
  2. Chris Burns
  3. Connor Hall
  4. Brandon Clements
  5. Clay Jones
  6. Jamie York
  7. Chris Phipps
  8. Mason Diaz
  9. Michael Tilley
  10. Jason York
  11. TJ Barron
  12. Eric Winslow
  13. Tim Allensworth
  14. Travis Roberson

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

Davis Lipscombe Scores Victory Lap Pro Late Model Victory at Virginia Motor Speedway; Matt Quade Crowned 2018 Champion

Jamaica, VA – After what has been a tough season for Davis Lipscombe of Mechanicsville, VA he was able to end the season on a high note with a dominating win in the Victory Lap Pro Late Model feature on Northern Neck Chevrolet championship Night. Lipscombe and Dustin Ferguson of Appomattox, VA battled side by side for much of the first 11 laps before Lipscombe muscled his way to the lead on lap 12 and then drove away for the field for the win.

“The car has been fast all year long, but the driver has not always been at his best. This win gives us a lot of confidence going into the FASTRAK World Championship weekend,” commented Lipscombe in WhosYourDriver.org victory lane.

Rounding out the top five were Corey Almond, Dustin Ferguson, Matt Quade and Brad Rigdon.

Matt Quade of Mechanicsville, MD was crowned the 2018 Victory Lap Pro Late Model Champion after wheeling his ride to a fourth place finish.

Tyler Shipp of Mechanicsville, VA took the lead on the opening lap of the Truckin Thunder Sportsman feature and went on to score his second win of the season in dominating fashion. With Shipp controlling the top spot Mark Gonzales and Matt Meads battle for the entire 30 lap feature for the runner up spot with Gonzales taking it for the final time on lap 21. Rounding out the top five were Gonzales, Meads, Tim Shelton and Joe Weiss.

Tim Shelton of Fredericksburg, VA was crowned the 2018 Truckin Thunder Sportsman Champion with his fourth place finish.

In the Budweiser Modified feature James Sparks of Hollywood, MD jumped out to the lead on the drop of the green flag and paced the field until lap 8 when he hit the front stretch wall and came to a stop with a flat left rear tire. That handed the lead over to Joey Polevoy who went on to a full straight win with Chase Butler, Lance Grady, J.D. Eversole and Ryan Toole rounding out the top five.

Division point leader Hunter McClendon of Williamsburg, VA had to park his car on lap 3 with a broken rear end and it looked as if his chances of a championship where over but his lead heading into the night was just enough to be crowned the 2018 Budweiser Modified Champion by two points over rookie Chase Butler of Mechanicsville, VA.

James Givens of Henrico, VA has been dominant all year long in the Collision One Limited Stock Car division. In tonight’s feature it took him 15 laps to works his way to the front from his eighth place starting position and take the lead from Chad Champion. Over the final 10 laps Givens had to hold off multiple challenges from Trent Clemans for the lead. Coming to the white the two were side-by-side for the lead. On the final lap Clemans car pushed in turn 2 and that was all Givens needed to record his sixth win of the season and take home the 2018 Collision One Limited Stock Car Championship. Rounding out the top five Clemans, Cory Bradley, Mark Schools and Randy Hutchens.

The Speedway will take next week off and will return to racing Friday and Saturday September 14 & 15 for the FASTRAK World Championship weekend. Friday September 14 the speedway will host a $5000 to win FASTRAK members only event and then on Saturday September 15th for the $20,000 to win FASTRAK World Championship that is open to any crate late model competitor. FASTRAK rules will apply.  For more information visit www.fastracing.com or www.vamotorspeedway.com.

Race fans can go to www.vamotorspeedway.comto view the complete schedule Virginia Motor Speedway’s 2018 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and camping information. In addition, fans can get social with Virginia Motor Speedway by following @vamotorspeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: DAVE SEAY (804) 758-1867OR (804) 357-7223

 

RACE RESULTS FOR NORTHERN NECK CHEVROLET NIGHT – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2018:

 

Victory Lap Pro Late Models (35 Laps): 1. 71-Davis Lipscombe, [4]; 2. 7A-Corey Almond, [5]; 3. 1-Dustin Ferguson, [2]; 4. 47-Matt Quade, [8]; 5. 09-Brad Rigdon, [3]; 6. 66X-Matthew Tarbox, [1]; 7. 14C-Chuck Bowie, [7]; 8. 74-Mike Franklin, [9]; 9. 38-Nicolas Love, [12]; 10. 11-James Miller, [11]; 11. 2*-Jared Powell, [6]; 12. 08-Tyler Detter, [10]; 13. 40-Brent Bordeaux, [15]; 14. 28-Carl Vaughan, [14]; 15. 77-Brian Hankins, [13]

 

Fast Qualifier: Corey Almond – 18.716 seconds

 

Truckin Thunder Sportsman (30 laps): 1. 25-Tyler Shipp, [2]; 2. 51-Mark Gonzales, [6]; 3. 23-Matt Meads, [4]; 4. 55-Tim Shelton, [8]; 5. 0C-Joe Weiss, [3]; 6. 9-Steve Causey, [10]; 7. 98-Troy Doggett, [1]; 8. 0-Chase Burrow, [11]; 9. 92-Kacey Gordon, [13]; 10. 1-Chad Beahr, [14]; 11. 01-Tommy Upshaw, [21]; 12. 22-Michael Hayes, [18]; 13. 56-John Morgan, [20]; 14. 16-Brett Adkins, [5]; 15. 00-Hunter Shelton, [12]; 16. 6-Macy Causey, [17]; 17. 91-James Snead, [16]; 18. 2-Wesley Givens, [9]; 19. 71-John Nickens, [15]; 20. 14-Ryan Hutchens, [19]; 21. 17NC-Joshua Burnham, [7]

 

Fast Qualifier: Mark Gonzales – 22.457 seconds

 

Budweiser Modifieds (30 laps): 1. 51-Joey Polevoy, [4]; 2. 11-Chase Butler, [1]; 3. 48-Lance Grady, [3]; 4. 98-J.D. Eversole, [6]; 5. 21C-Ryan Toole, [16]; 6. 16-David Kendall, [13]; 7. 99-Charlie Hubbard, [11]; 8. 7+7-Jeff Solinger, [12]; 9. 57-Curtis Barricks, [14]; 10. 1ST-Bret Hamilton, [10]; 11. 26X-James Sparks, [2]; 12. 43-Josh Harris, [7]; 13. 01-Francis Jarelle III, [5]; 14. 33-Hunter McClendon, [8]; 15. 10S-Tim Schulte, [9]; 16. 27-Mark Schools, [15]

 

Fast Qualifier: Francis Jarrelle – 20.012 seconds

 

Collision One Limited Stock Cars (25 lap): 1. 8-James Givens, [8]; 2. 01-Trent Clemans, [5]; 3. 41-Cory Bradley, [9]; 4. 12-Mark Schools, [3]; 5. 4-Randy Hutchens, [7]; 6. 08-Chad Champion, [2]; 7. 18-John Hankins Jr, [11]; 8. 23-David Bowler, [14]; 9. 25-Marty Coltrain, [12]; 10. 47-Christian Sherr, [13]; 11. 14D-Paige Vassallo, [15]; 12. 22-Raymond Harper, [1]; 13. 26-Stephanie Johnston, [10]; 14. 88-Jay Seward, [6]; 15. 11-Robbie Kramer Jr, [4]

 

Fast Qualifier: James Givens – 23.912 seconds

 

 

DAVE SEAY | Director of Sales, Ma

2018 CARS Late Model Stock Tour Season Opener Could be Most Talented Field in Series History

Mooresville, NC – The first ever CARS Tour race in 2015 at Southern National featured 36 cars with some of the top names in the region competing. Fast forward to the upcoming Do The Dew 150 on March 10th at Tri-County Motor Speedway, and all indications show that the 2018 season opener could outdo that inaugural event.

Headlining the list of early pre-entries are defending CARS Tour champion Josh Berry driving for JR Motorsports, 2016 CARS Tour champion Deac McCaskill, and making his CARS Tour debut, four-time and defending NASCAR All American champion Lee Pulliam. The Semora, NC driver has never raced at the Hudson, NC track but is looking forward to the challenge and competing on the CARS Tour circuit.

“I’m really excited to be making my CARS Tour debut at Tri-County. The last time I raced a CARS race, was 2013 when it was still the Pro Cup cars, that race was $10,000 to win and I ended up in victory lane so it would be nice to pick up where I left off,” noted Pullium. “I’ve never raced at Tri-County but have watched some videos and I’m really looking forward to getting on track there. It seems to be a place that has multiple grooves, which as a racer you really enjoy because it allows you to move around throughout the race to find speed and fix any handling problems you might have in your car. With a limited schedule this year, I’ve got a lot of emphasis on this race and making it our goal to end up in victory lane at a CARS Tour race.”

Plenty of local flare will be in attendance as well led by Touring 12 driver Charlie Watson from nearby Lenoir, NC. Thomas Beane (Hudson), Dexter Canipe Jr. (Claremont), and part-time NASCAR Truck Series competitor Landon Huffman (Claremont) will look to keep the $10,000 winner’s check close to home. All three drivers have never won a CARS Tour race, but out of all the expected in attendance, these three drivers will have the most experience around the Caldwell County 4/10th mile track.

Ronald Hill, Craig Moore, Justin Johnson, Ty Gibbs, and 2017 CARS LMSC Tour points runner-up Layne Riggs, are just a handful of the Touring 12 drivers that will kick off their attempt at putting their name on the Bob Brooks Memorial championship trophy at season’s end. Fresh-faced Touring 12 drivers Brandon Pierce, Grayson Cullather, Cody Haskins, Bradley McCaskill, and Sam Meyer will also be a welcome sight to the series this season. The five drivers have just fifteen combined CARS Tour starts among them when they roll through the tunnel at Tri-County.

In addition to the Late Model Stock race, a 75 lap Limited Late Model race is expected to draw a large field as well. The race will pay $13,100 in prize money with $2,500 going to the winner. Limited teams wanting to compete in the event can enter online in advance via the CARS Tour website http://www.carsracingtour.com. Entry fee for the LLM race is $100 if submitted online by 4pm on March 6th. An additional late fee of $50 will be added to all entries past the pre-entry deadline period.

The event schedule and tickets are on sale now at http://www.carsracingtour.com. Fans planning on attending the event need to bring their Mtn Dew products to the gate the day of the race for $3 off general admission tickets. Additional discounts on general admission tickets, Mtn Dew four packs (4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 tickets: $60), and Pepsi Park It (2 tickets, 1 parking spot: $45) trackside parking spots are also available online only.

 

For additional information on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour visit http://www.carsracingtour.com. Be sure to stay active and social with the tour by liking “CARS Tour” on Facebook, following @CARSTour on Twitter, and scrolling through photos on Instagram cars_tour. Additional series information can be obtained by calling the CARS Tour series office, located in Mooresville, NC, at 704.662.9212.

Truckin Thunder Scout Night and 6thAnnual Dirtwood Nationals Pinewood Derby Saturday May 6th at Virginia Motor Speedway

Photo: Al Goulder

Jamaica, VA – If you have ever been involved in a pinewood derby you know how exciting it is not only for the kids but for the adults. Saturday, May 6th Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway will bring that excitement and fun back to the speedway as it hosts the 6th Annual Dirtwood Nationals Pinewood Derby as part of Truckin Thunder Scout Night.

“We are extremely excited to once again host this event and to help raise money and awareness for ChildHelp. We have to thank Tom and Judy Brooks of Truckin Thunder for the amount of effort they put into this event and for being such a great sponsor,” commented General Manager Clarke Sawyer.

Gates will open at 5 pm with registration with the Dirtwood National Pinewood Derby starting at 5:15 pm.

After the Dirtwood Nationals all Scouts (Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts) if wearing their uniform, will get free admission to enjoy a night of full sized dirt car racing. During the evening’s festivities, the Speedway will also help in raising money and awareness for the charity ChildHelp®.

“I can’t wait for this year’s Dirtwood Nationals event on May 6th. Every year the event seems to get bigger. Pairing a pinewood derby event with a full-scale racing night at Virginia Motor Speedway is a natural.  Participants from the local Scouting Community and Virginia Motor Speedway’s racing family will make for a fun-filled evening that also will raise money for one of my favorite charities, ChildHelp®.  I feel fortunate to have one of the ChildHelp Villages here in Virginia.  Helping them with their work of rehabilitating and caring for severely abused and neglected children is very important to me,” commented Truckin Thunder owner Tom Brooks.

There will be two divisions for the Dirtwood Nationals, Scouts, and fans. A champion will be crowned in each division and then there will be a run-off to see who will be the overall Dirtwood Nationals Pinewood Derby Champion. Standard Scouting pinewood derby rules will govern the races. For anyone wanting to participate but not having a pinewood derby car, a limited quantity will be available for rent for a $10 donation to ChildHelp.

Competitor gates for Saturday, May 6th will open at 4 pm with spectator gates opening at 5 pm. On track, activities will begin at 6:30 pm for hot laps.

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.

Admission price for Adults $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 11 – 17 years old $6 and children 10 and under admitted free. Pit passes will be $20.

All scouts (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Girl Scout) and well as pack leaders will be admitted FREE while in uniform. Class B uniforms are acceptable.

For more information on the 6th Annual Dirtwood Nationals and Scout Night call the track at (804) 758-1867.

 

About Childhelp®:

Founded in 1959 by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp® is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Childhelp’s approach focuses on prevention, intervention, and treatment. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes; child abuse prevention, education, and training; and the National Day of Hope®, part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April. Several of Childhelp’s programs were firsts, and continue to be studied by professionals worldwide as “models that work.” Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson continue to actively lead the organization and provide its vision, serving as Chairman/CEO and President, respectively.

 

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval 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.

 

For more information about Virginia Motor Speedway or the 2017 events visit www.vamotorspeedway.com or call (804) 758-1867. In addition, fans can get social with Virginia Motor Speedway by following @vamotorspeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: DAVE SEAY (804) 758-1867 OR (804) 357-7223

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