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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Justin Williams Sails to Victory Lane at Virginia Motor Speedway in Pro Late Model Feature

Justin Williams heads into turn one during hot lap qualifying at Virginia Motor Speedway July 15th, 2017. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Jamacia, VA – Camden Testerman lead the field of 14 Late Models to the green flag with Davis Lipscombe, Corey Almond, Jarred Powell and Justin Williams behind him. Took two attempts to get things rolling as race control felt the front row got on the throttle just a little too quick. On the second attempt, Davis Lipscombe was able to power around Testerman on the outside and take the lead early while Testerman started to head in the wrong direction.

Lipscombe held onto the point for the first eleven circuits of the 35-lap feature until Justin Williams was able to capitalize on the first restart of the evening. The caution flag waved due to the stalled machine of Tyler Bare in turn four. Bare was able to limp the car down pit road to the attention of his crew. Bare was able to return to the tail end of the field after his crew changed out the flat right rear tire.

When the race went back green the battle for the lead was on. Justin Williams was all over the rear bumper of Lipscombe and eventually makes the pass utilizing the very bottom of the track. That was all the Concord, VA driver needed as he was able to hold off the field on five additional restarts later in the race. With Williams almost in a whole new area code, it left for some exciting racing behind him.

Tyler Bare was certainly one driver to keep an eye on as he worked his way back up to the field. Bare had made it all the way back to the sixth position by lap fifteen just in time for the cautions to start falling his way. Three quick cautions periods in less than two laps helped the Rockbridge Baths native rocket past Davis Lipscombe and take the second position away with his sights set on the lead, however, there was no one in a country mile who had anything for Justin Williams.

Two cautions on lap 30, one involving Nicolan Love in four and a hard Charging Camden Testerman, would set up two more opportunities for Tyler Bare to make something happen for the lead but just could not make it happen. Testerman had been coming on strong in the closing laps but lost in in turn two. We did not see if he had any help. Jarred Powell, however, did make something happen and got around Lipscombe in the closing laps for the fourth position.

Justin Williams in victory lane said that the track was a little different tonight and he found himself needing to actually slow the car down. He went on to mention how he hated to see the problems that Tyler ran into because he knew this was his style of track and wanted to get up there and race with him.

 

 

In the Collision One Limited Stock opening 25-lap feature Corey Bradley would lead the field to the green flag and looked poised to head to victory lane. However, Ryan Hutchens had other plans for the Hopewell, VA driver. Hutchens, who started deeper in the field had made his way up to second by lap number six, with the help of some early restarts. Hutchens would spend several laps working over the rear bumper of Bradley before finally taking the lead using the top groove. Hutchens immediately opened a large gap that Bradley was not able to compensate for. The victory was Hutchens second in a row and third on the season which means when racing returns July 29th, he will start no better than eighth.

 

Pro Late Model Results:

  1. #2 Justin Williams; 35
  2. #30 Tyler Bare; 35
  3. #2* Jarred Powell; 35
  4. #71 Davis Lipscombe; 35
  5. #40 Brent Bordeaux; 35
  6. #66X Matthew Tarbox; 35
  7. #17t Camden Testerman; 35
  8. #5j Darrell Dow; 34
  9. #38 Nicolas Love; 34
  10. #28 carl Vaughn; 34
  11. #16 Brett Adkins; 34
  12. #7a Corey Almond; 22
  13. #47q Matt Quade; DQ – light
  14. #7w Ray Spigale; DQ – light

 

Limited Stock Results

  1. #14 Ryan Hutchens; 25
  2. #41 Cory Bradley; 25
  3. #10 Ernie Dettbarn; 25
  4. #8 James Givens; 25
  5. #4 Randy Hutchens; 25
  6. #25 Marty Coltrain; 25
  7. #1 Trent Clemans; 25
  8. #38 Caleb Carter; 25
  9. #08 Chad Champion; 9
  10. #14b Brandon Bowler; 1
  11. #26 Stephanie Stallings; 1
  12. #32m Chris Champion; 0
  13. #59 Robbie Hutchens; 0

Southern National’s Mason Diaz Scores Top 10 Finish in First Appearance at Five Flags Speedway

diaz1Pensacola, FL – For years now Five Flags Speedway has been the destination for racers from all over the country in the month of December. The Snowball Derby is a race that really needs no introduction at all. Some of the biggest names in short track racing and NASCAR have competed. This year saw an entry from one of the Mid-Atlantic’s very own – Mr. Mason Diaz.

Diaz, just 16 years of age from Manassas, Virginia, has spent most of his racing career in an INEX Legend car running at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, North Carolina while making the transition to stock car racing with the help of Late Model veteran Mike Darne. Coming off of a successful weekend at the 2016 Thanksgiving Classic winning a unique Legends Cup race and finishing third in the main event, Diaz packed his race bag up and headed south to attempt to enter his very first Snowflake 100.

“We knew we were fast enough,” Diaz commented about practice earlier in the week. “Couple practices towards the end we were top ten; it was just a matter of making it into the race.”

With the Snowflake being an impound race Diaz and his crew were not allowed to touch the cars after they went through technical inspection which set them up for the nerve-wracking qualifying session. Going into Saturday the team figured times would be close to 16.8, when cars started clocking in times down in the sixes, Diaz knew he just had to hit his marks and drive his line.

“I knew the car was fast enough it was just a matter of if I could put the lap down,” Diaz said. “The first lap I ran a 16.84 which put us in the race alone and the second lap was a 16.82 so we knew we were good.”

A new track in a new state running with drivers you are not familiar with can be tough. When it came down to race day Diaz just took things one position at a time working his way to the front and staying out of trouble.

“It was pretty much all a new experience for me,” Diaz said. “My thing was just making the race. During the race, I just wanted to keep the car in one piece and finish the race. I don’t think I was ready for a top ten finish myself.”

diaz2Diaz started the race off strong passing cars right from the start. Running the inside lane around Five Flags Speedway along with a few cautions flags throughout the night allowed for Diaz to pick his way through the field one at a time. Spending most of the event running mid pack late race cautions, along with some smooth driving, is what Diaz attests to helping him with the top ten finish.

“I followed behind some of the guys that run down there regularly,” Diaz said about his finish. “Augie Grill, who went on to win the race actually started behind me, so I followed him a lot throughout the race and just learned everything I could.”

Keeping the nose clean and running behind some of the veterans on the race clearly paid off for the young Virginia who gets to take home a top ten finish in one of the biggest Pro Late Model races in the country. Things did not come easy for Diaz who told us there was a rather large learning curve when it came to the lines around Five Flags, it was certainly something he had never experienced before.

“I have never run a track with a swooping front stretch in a big car,” Diaz commented for one. “Also turns one and two can kill you! Three and four are important too but the lines you run there are just so important in the first two turns. Mike Darne Racing gave me a great car this weekend and turn three and four was such a dominant corner for me in my book and is where I made most of my passes.”

Diaz also went on to comment how the racing surface mimicked Myrtle Beach Speedway – a track he has yet to compete on in any form of racing – when it comes to the tire wear. He went on to explain tire management was something similar to Hickory Motor Speedway and how important it was to keep the right rear tire on the car to take you to the end.

After traveling almost a thousand miles, entering a race where you know there is a potential to not make it in on time, in one of the largest stages of his young career we ask Mason, pretty much knowing the answer already, what this finish meant to him and his career moving forward.

“This is a huge confidence booster,” said Diaz. “Most people say it’s harder to make the Snowflake than it is the Derby with these cars being so close and a lot of drivers running both. It’s just huge for me especially with the top nine cars were ones that run there locally and have been running for years.”

The Snowflake 100 puts a cap on Mason Diaz’s 2016 campaign and the top ten finish was like the cherry on top for Mason Diaz Racing. The guys will have a few short months to prepare things for next season, which already looks to be a busy one for the guys.

“We are going to run speed weeks down at New Symrna this February,” Mason told The Weekly Racer. “We are going to run Late Model Stocks for most of the year and go for Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in both North Carolina and Virginia for sure. Maybe see how things go in South Carolina depending on how many rookies run and maybe even for the entire nation, just all depends on how things go. We are also going to shoot for state titles in Virginia and North Carolina as well.”

To follow Mason through his journey in 2017 head over to his Facebook page, Mason Diaz Racing, and give them a like.