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Virginia Motor Speedway to Host Richest Weekend in Pro Late Model History This Friday and Saturday, September 13-14

Jamaica, VA – Pro Late Model racing’s richest weekend has gotten richer, as Virginia Motor Speedway will host the richest Pro Late Model event in history when they host the $50,000 to win FASTRAK World Championship presented by James River Equipment. The historic weekend will take place this Friday and Saturday, September 13 – 14, 2019 at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, VA.

“What a way to end out 50th anniversary season, with the richest short track race in the State of Virginia’s history,” commented track owner Bill Sawyer. Sawyer continued, “With $50,000 on the line and with this also being filmed for TV, we are going to see some of the country’s top Pro Late Models drivers in attendance. This event will be one race you do not want to miss.”

Track officials are busy preparing the facilities for what is expected to be another record car count. The weekend will put the spotlight squarely on the country’s best Pro Late Model drivers. This mega race will pay the winner a whopping $50,000. With a total payout of over $170,000, it is the richest weekend in all of Pro Late Model history.

The weekend will also include a $6000 to win and $600 to start the Dirt Cup Challenge UMP Modified event. This race will be a UMP National Point event.

It all kicks off Friday, September 13th with registration, tech, practice and two sets of heats for both the FASTRAK Pro Late Model competitors as well as the Dirt Cup Challenge UMP Modified competitors to set the top 16 spots in both features.

The following night Saturday, September 14 the FASTRAK Pro Late Model competitors will have B Main(s), the 75 lap $50,000 feature and up to four (4) non-qualifier races based on car count. The UMP Modified competitors will have B Main(s) and the 50 lap, $6000 to win feature. The event is open to all Pro Late Model competitors. FASTRAK rules will apply. In the event of rain, Sunday, September 15th is currently scheduled as the rain date.

The speedway is currently pre-selling two-day tickets only by calling 804-758-1867 between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm. Two-day adult tickets are $45, senior (60+) $40 and military $35, students (13-17) $15. Save up to $15 on single-day tickets.

Admission prices for Friday only adults $25, senior (60+) / military $20, students (13-17) $20 and children 12 and under free.

Admission for Saturday only is adults $35, senior (60+) $30 and military $25, students (13-17) $15 and children 12 and under free.

Pit passes, regardless of age, are $50 for either a single or two-day pass and will also get you a seat in the grandstands.

The speedway offers free camping (no hook-ups) and plenty of well-lit and free parking.

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

Race fans can go to www.vamotorspeedway.com to view the complete schedule Virginia Motor Speedway’s 2019 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get, tickets and camping information. 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.

Russell Erwin makes Thrilling Last Lap Pass to Score the Pro Late Model Victory at Virginia Motor Speedway; $50,000 to Win FASTRAK World Championship Up Next

Jamaica, VA – Russell Erwin of Beaverdam, VA made a last-lap pass on race leader Walker Arthur of Forest, VA to score his career first Pro Late Model victory on Collision One Championship Night at Virginia Motor Speedway. During the race Erwin fell back to seventh before making his way back to the front. On lap 24 Erwin got by Corey Almond for third and then second on lap 31. Erwin then made the exciting high side pass on the race’s final lap to score the win.

“At first I didn’t know if I wanted to do any Pro (Crate) Late Model racing as we do so much Limited Late and Super Late model racing. But with the $50,000 to win race that you guys are running next week, we thought we would give it a try,” commented Erwin in WhosYourDriver.org victory lane. Erwin continued, “This gives us momentum and a good feeling heading into that race, and I think I am starting to like this crate racing.”

Rounding out the top five were Walker Arthur, Justin Williams, Corey Almond, and David Watts. With his third-place finish Justin Williams of Concord, VA held off Corey Almond of Appomattox, VA by four points for the 2019 Victory Lap Pro Late Model championship.

In other action Brett Adkins of Gloucester, VA would pick up his second Truckin Thunder Sportsman win of the season as Joe Weiss of Elizabeth City, NC held defending champion Tim Shelton of Fredericksburg, VA of to score the Division Championship. Hunter McClendon of Williamsburg, VA capped off his second consecutive Budweiser Modified Championship in style by also taking home the win’ and in the Collision One Limited Stock Car division James Givens of Henrico, VA scored the win and took home his third consecutive and fourth overall championship. In the Sportsman Mechanic’s race Pat Gonzales drove his son’s car to victory.

Walker Arthur and Trevor Collins led the 27 car field to green in the Victory Lap Pro Late Model 35 lap feature with Collins taking the lead out of turn 2. Collins would pace the field until Arthur would get inside the leader in turn 3 to take the lead on lap 6. Justin Williams would grab second from Collins on lap seven and set out to reel in Arthur. On lap 13 the leaders began racing in heavy traffic with Williams closing on Arthur as they weaved their way through traffic. The races first caution would fly on lap 18 with a car slowing on the backstretch.

Things picked up on lap 24 win Eric Erwin got past Corey Almond for third. Once in third Erwin set out to catch Williams in second. On lap 29 Erwin began looking inside Williams for second place. On lap 31 Erwin decided to take the high side in turn 1, taking the position. Erwin would then catch Arthur on lap 33. With the white flag in the air, Erwin swept around Arthur’s outside to take the lead with the race ending in cautions and checkers. Rounding out the top five were Walker Arthur, Justin Williams, Corey Almond, and David Watts.

In the caution filled Budweiser Modiifed 30 lap feature Hunter McClendon grab the lead on lap 15 and drive to the win and his second consecutive Championship in the division. Brandon Galloway and Francis Jarrelle led the field to green with Jarrelle leading the first circuit. Jarelle would pace the field for the next five laps before getting caught up in.

In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 30 lap feature, Brett Adkins took the lead on the drop of the green flag. Adkins would have to fend off fast qualifier Mark Gonzales over the first eleven laps before pulling away from the field to score the win. Rounding out the top 10 were Mark Gonzales, Steve Causey, Tyler Shipp, and Tim Shelton. Joe Weiss would finish sixth and claim the Championship.

The best battle on the track ended up being the one between point leader Joe Weiss and defending Champion Tim Shelton. In qualifying, Shelton closed the point battle to seven and started in front of Weiss on the starting grid. On the first lap Shelton would spin and have to go to the rear of the field. Shelton would work his way back to Weiss’s bumper by lap 17. On lap 19 Shelton got outside Weiss in turn 1 with the two making contact and allowing Shelton to take the spot. It was not enough as Weiss would claim his first Truckin Thunder Sportsman Championship.

The Collision One Limited Stock Car division has been competitive, but if you looked at the results it might look like James Givens dominated the entire season. That was not the case as the division had multiple winners and lots of action upfront each week. On this night Givens would take the lead from Trent Clemans with an outside pass out of turn 2 to take the lead on lap 6. With Clemans and Cory Bradley battling for second, Givens was able to pull away on drive on to the win. Rounding out the top five were Cory Bradley, Trent Clemans, Randy Hutchens, and Carl Hazelwood. James Givens also picked up his third Championship in a row and fourth overall.

The speedway will now get set to host the richest Pro Late Model race in history, with the running of the $50,000 to win FASTRAK World Championship presented by James River Equipment on Friday and Saturday, September 13-14, 2019. The World Championship will not only pay $50,000 to the winner but will pay $2050 to start the 75 lap feature. Joining the FASTRAK Pro Late Model competitors will be the Dirt Cup Challenge UMP Modifieds for a $6000 to win and $600 to start 40 lap feature.

Friday, September 13th will be preliminary night for both divisions and will include practice and two sets of heat races. The top 16 in points will be locked into the $50,000 feature. Saturday, September 14th will see both divisions run B Mains and their respective features. There will also be several non-qualifier races for the FASTRAK Pro Late Model competitors.

The speedway will be parking haulers on Thursday, September 12th. Competitor gates for Friday, September 13th will open at 8 am with registration and inspection for the FASTRAK competitors at 10 am. Spectator gates will open at 5 pm, with hot laps beginning at 5 pm. Competitor gates for Saturday, September 14th will open at 8 am with spectator gates opening at 4 pm. On track activities will begin at 7 pm.

Two-day tickets are currently on sale with adult tickets $45; seniors (60+) $40; military $35; students 13 – 17 years old $20; and children 12 and under free. Pit passes, regardless of age, will be $50 and get you a seat in the grandstands.

Friday only tickets are adults $25; seniors (60+)/military $20; students 13 – 17 years old $10; and children 12 and under free. Friday only pit passes, regardless of age, will be $50.

Saturday only tickets are adult $35; seniors (60+) $30; military $25; students 13 – 17 years old $15; and children 12 and under free. Saturday only pit passes, regardless of age, will be $50.

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

Race fans can go to www.vamotorspeedway.com to view the complete schedule Virginia Motor Speedway’s 2019 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and camping information. Also, 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.




Victory Lap Pro Late Models (35 Laps): 1. 22-Russell Erwin [5]; 2. 87-Walker Arthur [1]; 3. 2W-Justin Williams [4]; 4. 7A-Corey Almond [6]; 5. 04-David Watts [10]; 6. 11C-Trevor Collins [2]; 7. 01-Matt Glanden [13]; 8. 2*-Jared Powell [7]; 9. 100-Troy Williams [11]; 10. 14C-Chuck Bowie [17]; 11. 40-Brent Bordeaux [27]; 12. 09-Brad Rigdon [16]; 13. 80-Ray Love Jr [21]; 14. 5J-Darrell Dow [22]; 15. 28-Carl Vaughan [23]; 16. 5X-Mike Raleigh [25]; 17. 7-Curtis Hughes [24]; 18. 0-Mike Lawhorn [18]; 19. 12R-Rusty Harman [26]; 20. 47-Matt Quade [8]; 21. 71-Davis Lipscombe [3]; 22. 21-Billy Beachler [14]; 23. 51-Bobby Thompson [12]; 24. 38-Nicolas Love [15]; 25. 18E-Ethan Wilson [19]; 26. 5-Vaughan Haywood [20]; 27. 25-Jonathan Raley [9]


Fast Qualifier: Corey Almond – 18.853 seconds


Truckin Thunder Sportsman (30 laps): 1. 16-Brett Adkins [2]; 2. 51-Mark Gonzales [4]; 3. 9-Steve Causey [6]; 4. 25-Tyler Shipp [1]; 5. 55-Tim Shelton [3]; 6. 43J-Joe Weiss [5]; 7. 8-Roger Jamerson [8]; 8. 01-Tommy Upshaw [13]; 9. 1-Chad Beahr [12]; 10. 39-Nicholas Odell [15]; 11. 00-David Lane [16]; 12. 57-Lawrence Davenport Jr [17]; 13. 0-Chase Burrow [11]; 14. 88-Bill Coada [10]; 15. 44-Robert Babb [7]; 16. 22-Michael Hayes [14]; (DNS) 14-Ryan Hutchens


Fast Qualifier: Mark Gonzales – 20.806 seconds


Budweiser Modifieds (30 laps): 1. 33-Hunter McClendon [6]; 2. 40X-Jimmy Jesmer [7]; 3. 11-Chase Butler [4]; 4. 40-Rick Hulson [3]; 5. 43-Josh Harris [10]; 6. 316-Jeremiah Marshall [9]; 7. 57-Kelly Samuels [19]; 8. 99-Charlie Hubbard [11]; 9. 27-Mark Schools [16]; 10. 94-Paul Washington [21]; 11. 21J-Curtis Mason [18]; 12. 14-Samuel Lamborgiri [22]; 13. 7+7-Jeff Solinger [8]; 14. 16-David Kendall [20]; 15. 68-Adam Hoegerl [14]; 16. 11L-Chris Arnold [5]; 17. 21C-Micheal Conley [15]; 18. 01-Francis Jarelle III[2]; 19. 48-Lance Grady [12]; 20. 2-Michael Pappas [13]; 21. 55-Jason Sage [17]; (DQ) 36G-Brandon Galloway [1]


Fast Qualifier: Hunter McClendon – 19.377 seconds


Collision One Limited Stock Cars (25 laps): 1. 8-James Givens [4]; 2. 41-Cory Bradley [1]; 3. 01-Trent Clemans [2]; 4. 4-Randy Hutchens [6]; 5. 59-Carl Hazelwood [13]; 6. 13-Dale Rhodes [15]; 7. 32M-Chris Champion [5]; 8. 14B-Brandon Bowler [3]; 9. 88-Jay Seward [8]; 10. 3-Dylan Pullen [16]; 11. 30-Zac Elliott [14]; 12. 26-Stephanie Johnston [7]; 13. 18-John Hankins Jr [12]; 14. 22-Raymond Harper [9]; 15. 40-Paige Vassallo [11]; 16. 33-Brian Maxey [18]; 17. 91-George O’Neal [17]; 18. 08-Chad Champion [19]; (DQ) 9-Justin Pullen [10]


Fast Qualifier: James Givens – 22.873 seconds

Corey Almond Passes Jarred Powell On Late Race Restart to Claim Season Opening Pro Late Model Victory

Corey Almond celebrates in WhosYourDriver.com victory lane Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Virginia Motor Speedway. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Jamaica, VA– Twenty-eight Pro Late Models converged on the half-mile clay oval known as Virginia Motor Speedway this past Saturday from as far north as Maryland and all over North Carolina to kick off the 2019 weekly racing series. Luckily, as storms rolled through the region Friday evening track crews were able to get the track in a race-able condition with only a few minor electrical issues that were ironed out as the day went on.

Concord, Virginia’s Justin Williams was the fastest man in town for both Hot Laps and Hot Lap Qualifying setting Quick Time by over two tenths of a second (18.536) – for those that may be new to dirt “Hot Laps” would be their practice session and “Hot Lap Qualifying” would be very similar to group qualifying. Williams, however, would have to give that position up after earning his bonus points and roll off the grid for their 35-lap feature in the fourth position thank to the redraw. Corey Almond, Jared Powell, Same Archer, Matt Glanden rounded out the fastest five drivers.

Jared Powell from Charlottesville, Virginia jumped out to the early lead over Archer and Almond using that outside groove to his advantage. An early caution involving multiple cars two laps into the feature set up the first of only five single file restarts. Almond took full advantage of the restart zone and took second place with ease, setting his sights on race leader Jared Powell. The two were almost in a league of their own all night separating themselves from the rest of the field and putting on a heck of a show for the fans in the stands. Lapped traffic seemed to play in the favor of Powell for most of the night stalling multiple runs from Almond.

Almonds big break came on the restart following a lap twenty-nine caution when Nicolas Love (No. 38) and Darrell Dow (No. 5J) made contact with each other right in front of the leaders as all four were working through turn four. On the ensuing restart, Almond mirrored the actions of Powell “To a T” and was able to pull up even to his door down the backstretch. Leaning on each other a bit Corey Almond came sailing out of turn four as the new leader.

After spending more than three-quarters of the race battling for the lead Almond had one more major task to accomplish; keeping Powell at bay on the final restart of the evening after two cars made contact with each other in turns three and four. When the green was displayed Powell jumped back to the gas to force the issue into one that he wanted the lead back. Almond did a phenomenal job of keeping Powell behind him. Once the two created some separation from the pack Almond continued to create that separation from Powell and would eventually take the first checkered flag of the 2019 season, Powell would hang onto second. Matt Glanden, who spent most of the feature in an amazing battle with Davis Lipscombe, who finished fourth, Billy Hubbard rounded out the top five.

Chad Champion and Cory Bradley put on a show in the Collision One Limited Stock Car twenty-five lap feature leading the eighteen-car field to green. Bradley, hailing from Hopewell, VA jumped out to the early lead at the line. James Givens, who rolled off the grid in fourth, muscled his way by Champion for second on the following lap and set his sights on Bradley. By lap four Givens began working the back bumper of Bradley taking the lead by lap five. Bradley would hang out in the tire tracks of Givens over the next dozen laps not allowing him to get too far out of sight. With less than ten laps to go Bradley found his second win and got back around Givens for the lead and never looked back. James Givens, Jay Seward, Raymond Harper, and Ryan Hutchens rounded out the top five.


Victory Lap Pro Late Models OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #7A Corey Almond
  2. #2* Jared Powell
  3. #01 Matt Glanden
  4. #71 Davis Lipscombe
  5. #28B Billy Hubbard
  6. #14C Chuck Bowie
  7. #80 Ray Love Jr
  8. #36 Sam Archer
  9. #2W Justin Williams
  10. #17 John Testerman
  11. #71T Tyler Hoy
  12. #09 Brad Rigdon
  13. #69 Cecil Cash Jr
  14. #2 Austin Bussler
  15. #41 James Snead
  16. #38 Nicolas Love
  17. #28 Carl Vaughan
  18. #77 Brian Hankins
  19. #46 Tyler Emory
  20. #5J Darrell Dow
  21. #55 Jimmy Duncan
  22. #12 Cody Cubbage
  23. #3 Bill Coada
  24. #11C Trevor Collins
  25. #40 Brent Bordeaux
  26. #01C Petie Coffey
  27. #47 Matt Quade
  28. #18 Matt Marshall

Logan Roberson Wins 15th Annual FASTRAK Pro Late Model World Championships

Jamaica, VA – Logan Roberson has won just about everything under the sun the last two years collecting over fifty career wins in a crate late model. Roberson came into the weekend having never won a FASTRAK Touring event. He has been the Mark Martin, so to speak in the Pro Late Models, scoring eight runner-up finishes. However, this weekend, young Logan Roberson was not going to be denied, and should leave this weekend with career win number sixty!

At one point during qualifying, Roberson was looking to set the pole speed and earn the right to start on the pole for the first of four heat races. Though he did not earn that honor he was able to start up front and win his heat race, which earned him the ability to start on the outside pole. Roberson would line up to the outside of fast qualifier and heat race one winner, Jenson Ford.

When it came time to get down and dirty, Roberson looked more than ready to answer the call. So much so he powered around Ford on the outside of turns one and two and down the backstretch before the start of the race was called back. No, there was no issue with the start from the front row it was actually quite the opposite. A handful of cars got to wrecking near the rear of the field, which caused FASTRAK officials to throw the yellow and make a second attempt at a start.

It did not matter how many starts or restarts Roberson had to tackle his car was lighting quick coming up to speed. Though take two was not as good as the first go around Roberson was able to take the top spot back in no time and immediately started to set a pace that was hardly matched by anyone. Granted, if I make an observation, Roberson’s cars looked to be so strong on the restarts and short runs there could have been fifty restarts and I think Roberson would have won all of them.

The sixty-lap, $20,000 to win feature was slowed a total of seven times. Allowing the rest of the field to catch back up and take a shot at the lead, keyword, take a shot. The closest thing we had to a lead change was right around halfway when Roberson and Brown caught some pretty heavy lap traffic. However, Roberson stayed up on the wheel, passed the slower cars where they came and took advantage of some timely cautions to keep a stranglehold on the lead as well as the race win.

Roberson was both excited and at a loss for words when we climbed from his No. 17 machine in victory lane.

“Oh man, I don’t know what to say,” Roberson said in victory lane. “My Dad and I work our butts off in the shop to come here and do this. To get my first win against some of these guys; man I’m crying like a baby but I am just excited for my team, my dad. We got her done tonight.”

Roberson was also asked what was going through his mind later on in the race when Michael Brown really turned up the wick and challenged for the lead. Simply put; he was tired of not driving into victory lane.

“I was tired of second place finishes,” Roberson said. “He [Brown] got beside me with about five or six to go and I was just thinking ‘we are going to have to step up our game a little bit.’ I drove her back up past him and he raced me clean and I can’t thank him [Michael Brown] and Tyler [Bare] enough. We ran side-by-side numerous times and they gave me room, with $20,000 to win, that’s respectful right there.”

Logan then went on to thank all of his family, crew, and sponsors for helping him get him to where he is today.

“I just want to thank all my family, my crew, Robert, Doug, my Dad, and my Mom, they are back home watching with my grandma; she got sick and couldn’t come. This one is for you!”

FASTRAK World Championship Pro Late Model UNOFFICIAL Resutlsl

  1. #17 Logan Roberson
  2. #79 Michael Brown
  3. #30 Tyler Bare
  4. #87B Ross Bailes
  5. #55 Matt Long
  6. #21H Benji Hicks
  7. #69 Justin Williams
  8. #75 Brett Hamm
  9. #01P Travis Pennington
  10. #88 Trent Ivey
  11. #00 Carson Ferguson
  12. #2F Dennis Franklin
  13. #4 Matthew Nance
  14. #7A Corey Almond
  15. #184 Kyle Lukon
  16. #92 Nick Davis
  17. #0F Troy Frazier
  18. #6 Chris Blackwell
  19. #K1 Kerry King
  20. #71 Davis Lipscombe
  21. #21B Billy Beachler
  22. #9C Chess Chester
  23. #87A Walker Arthur
  24. #03 Stephen Childress
  25. #47 Matt Quade
  26. #21 Andrew Durham
  27. #12U Brandon Umberger
  28. #3 Kenny Peeples
  29. #6D Dillon Brown
  30. #83 Jenson Ford

Mason Diaz Dominates Pro Late Model Feature for New Smyrna Victory

Mason Diaz celebrates in victory lane after winning the 100 lap Pro Late Model race at New Smyrna Speedway on Friday night.(Photo by Cassie Fambro/Short Track Scene)

Mason Diaz dominated Friday night’s 100-lap Pro Late Model feature at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida to score the victory, his first of the season.

Diaz set the fastest time in qualifying but had to start fourth after an invert. By lap 14, Diaz had rocketed to the lead and pulled away from the competition. However, Diaz had to survive a series of late-race restarts and a challenge from veteran racer Mike Skinner.

“Fury Racecars and Mike Darne Racing gave me a great racecar today,” Diaz said in victory lane. “They non-stop worked on this thing. We unloaded from the trailer and was fast but they kept working on it, thrashing on it and it showed tonight. One more tomorrow, Super Late Model race, hopefully, we can get the win in that.”

On the race’s final restart with 12 laps remaining, Skinner drew even and the two drivers traded paint, but Diaz fended off the challenge and drove away from the competition.

“I wasn’t sure what he was doing, to be honest with you,” Diaz remarked. “He had to do what he had to do to win the race but it just wasn’t enough to beat us today.”

The victory is Diaz’s first of the 2018 season and his second career Pro Late Model victory. Last season, Diaz scored a Pro Late Model win at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina, the same track he won the NASCAR track championship in a Late Model Stock Car.

Diaz will now set his sights on the Super Late Model race on Saturday night. The race will be broadcast live on FansChoice.TV. NASCAR Home Tracks and Speed51.com will provide updates throughout the night as well.

Diaz’s efforts on Friday were supported by Solid Rock Carriers, The Sign Shop, Fury Race Cars and Mike Darne Racing.

To learn more about Mason Diaz Racing, check out his website at http://www.masondiaz24.com, “like” Mason Diaz Racing on Facebook or follow @masondiazracing on Twitter.

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