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Phillip Morris Takes Home the Big Check in the W.O. Grubb 150

Thornburg, VA – The story at Dominion Raceway Thursday was all about points. Lee Pulliam made his debut at the track hunting for some late season national points as he holds a one point lead over second place this season, he is trying to get his fourth national championship. The track championship is also very close with Tyler Hughes and Doug Barnes battling hard all season long.

The 2016 national champion qualified on the pole running a 15.247 second lap to beat out Morris by .012. Pulliam would start fifth and Hughes out ran Barnes by 6 spots and started on the outside of row three. But they do things a little different at Dominion Raceway, and Bowling pulled a six out of the redraw bag which put Hughes up front for the green flag.

Hughes enjoyed the lead with no pressure from behind for the opening thirty laps until Morris was able to navigate through the cars between them like it was nothing. As they first started catching lapped traffic Morris kept cutting into the lead but the caution would erase it fully with Colin Garrett spinning out off of turn two.

The green flag flew with an even hundred alps remaining in the race and Hughes cleared Morris, he tried the high line with the cone choice, fairly easily. Fourteen laps into the run and Morris had shaken Sellers off from his rear and was no focused 100% on Hughes. Morris was able to nose in to the inside and they raced door to door for a lap until Hughes pulled back ahead and the caution came out for the second time, this time for 2016 track champion Nick Smith getting a tap to his rear and spinning out. Under this caution Lee’s crew tried to fix his ailing car several times and he eventually got caught two laps down.

The front row stayed the same for this restart with Hughes low and Morris high. They didn’t waste much time as they went three wide along with Sellers for the lead, Morris ended up winning out on the risky move on lap 80. Hughes put up a fight for the next couple of laps, peaking inside of Morris a few times but couldn’t get past the four time national champ. Sellers made some contact with Hughes in his pursuit for second but it got them both out of line and Bowling took over the spot. Not long after that the biggest wreck of the night put a lot of damage on several cars with Jeff Oakley, Michael Hardin, Barnes, and Hughes all taking hits.

Morris liked the high line and chose it again, but as the leader this time. He cleared Bowling on the restart and Sergio Pena worked his way by Bowling for second and Brenden “Butterbean” Queen also worked up to fourth place getting by Sellers. Behind them Barnes and Hughes ended up battling each other for seventh position and with 35 laps to go even made it three wide while passing a slower car, these two left nothing on the track. Nine laps later they are still side by side but the caution came out for Chris Johnson’s car losing a motor. A rough ending for Johnson who had come from 23rd to 6th at this point.

The next green flag run was short lived as Puryear got caught up again and this time it ripped off most of his body work and the red flag had to come out to get everything up.

For the next restart Morris again went high and Pena and Queen chose low. Morris showed how strong his car was on this restart setting his fastest time of the race as second through fifth all ran side by side and completely checked on them. Barnes and Pena traded second position for a few laps while they were side by side but Barnes would eventually fall back to fifth with Hughes and Queen getting by him.

Morris took the checkers with no pressure from behind him to win his second big trophy of the year, with his first being the South Boston leg of the triple crown.

After the race Morris had nothing but praise for the racing at Dominion, “I want to race here all the time, I keep telling the guys. They think its close and I’m only an hour away but every where we go is three hours but I just love this place. I just wanna keep coming here, you can really charge the corners here and it makes for some really great racing.” He also mentioned why the racing is so good, “That guy in the 8 car [Tyler Hughes] we had a good battle out there, he was running pretty good. It’s kind of weird, it’s hard to get away from anybody because you got some drafting going on too so you get a little bit of everything. I’ve run some of the Xfinity series, truck series, and its a little bit of everything so any driver that is looking to go up they want to come here because you can learn a lot more at this race track.” The team plans on using this momentum going forward to finish out the year strong and use the lessons learned this year for a possible run next season at the national title.

We also caught up with a very happy Sergio Pena, “We did a lot better than expected, coming into this race we weren’t sure if we were gonna run it or not it was kinda last minute. We came to practice with a set of tires that had a 100 laps on them so to come home second surpassed all of our expectations. Qualified kind of bad to be honest, qualified 16th and fortunately had Sam on the spotters tower for me kind of guided me through the crazy traffic that was out there. Had a couple lucky breaks with cautions that fell at the right time and I’ll tell you what before we knew it half way through the race we were right up there with Peyton Sellers, Phillip Morris, and Matt Bowling…some of the best names in the country, the best names in the country, and to come home second behind Morris I’ll take that as a win its just unreal. Just want to thank you to Sam Beatie and Joe, these guys work on this car very hard and it wouldn’t be possible without them so I just want to say thank you to those guys.”

 

Unofficial Results

  1. Phillip Morris
  2. Sergio Pena
  3. Tyler Hughes
  4. Brenden Queen
  5. Doug Barnes
  6. Peyton Sellers
  7. Cameron Burke
  8. Timmy Phipps
  9. Stacy Puryear
  10. Colin Garrett
  11. Dustin D Storm
  12. Chandler Sherman
  13. Jeff Oakley -1
  14. Matt Bowling -17
  15. Eddie Johnson -25
  16. Chris Johnson -26
  17. Richard Storm -28
  18. Lee Pulliam -48
  19. Michael Hardin -61
  20. Mike Ganoe -72
  21. Nick Smith -78
  22. Logan Jones -81
  23. Billy B Morris -139

Sergio Pena Third Different Winner at the New Dominion Raceway

Sergio Pena Celebrates in Victory Lane at Dominion Raceway as the third different winner in 2016. (📸: Dominion Raceway)

Sergio Pena Celebrates in Victory Lane at Dominion Raceway as the third different winner in 2016. (📸: Dominion Raceway)

Thornburg, VA – Home of the brand new Dominion Raceway, a multifaceted racing facility hosting Saturday night NASCAR Whelen All-American Series features. If that was not enough, Dominion Raceway will host a slew of road racing events on their two-mile road course, not even to mention the 1/8th mile drag strip. It took us just a little over a month to make the trip up north, after Mother Nature and her rain tantrums put a hold on our plans, to the newly created 4/10th mile banked oval.

Tonight’s McCreary 100 marked just the third race in 2016 for Dominion’s oval program. Two different winners have been crowne, Tyler Hughes & Nick Smith, respectively. It was no surprise to us to see the two at the top of the speed charts after qualifying, however, a pesky six-car invert would take the two fastest cars and place them on third row for the start of the race.

It didn’t take but a couple of hundred feet to see our first of what would be eight yellow flags of the night. Not sure if our leader Trent Barnes spun the tires or just didn’t get the power down to the rear wheels like he wanted to but, it caused a pretty big traffic jam from about middle of the pack on back. The #79 of Berry Dean getting the worst end of the deal, heavy right front damage would put an end to his night.

Once clean up was complete in turn one we got back to some green flag racing where it did not take long for the cream of the crop to rise to the top. Only took a little over ten laps for both Nick Smith and Tyler Hughes to take the lead and start putting some distance on the rest of the field, picking up where they left off the past two races, until what was that from the flag stand? You guessed it, that darn yellow flag! The slower car of Zeb Pixley reached out and tagged the outside wall just past the flag stand, which looked to cut down the right rear tire, sending him for a spin into one. Jeff Oakley, who actually set the car on the pole and was currently running in third, really had nowhere to do and plowed right into the rear of Pixley. Needless to say both drivers were done for the night.

The top five was not the only place you needed to keep an eye on for some good racing. Long time Late Model drivers Eddie & Chris Johnson, who took the green flag about mid pack, were slowly picking positions off one by one, as was Michael Hardin – who spent some quality time testing here at Dominion during the off season. It just seemed right as the racing started to pick up anywhere throughout the field we would get a caution. Attrition & Restarts were the name of the game in the Late Model feature this weekend in our opinion.

Things started to get really interesting on one particular restart with twenty laps to go as Nick Smith, who had been the dominate car all night, was not able to get up to speed. Limping the car back around and down pit road to the attention of his crew he would hand the lead over to Tyler Hughes. We later find out a right rear tire was the culprit in the 12 of Smith. It was no cakewalk for Hughes once taking the lead however, as Michael Hardin started to turn up the wick as the laps ticked down. The racing would have to be halted after the #1 of Trent Barnes got into the machine of Liberman a little to much ultimately sending him around and which brought out yet another yellow flag.

On the ensuing restart Tyler Hughes would elect to use the cone and restart on the outside groove, leaving Hardin to his inside. Though in the past two races Dominion has proved to be a two-groove track, it was Hardin who made the bottom line look just a tad bit better – Hardin was able to power around Hughes and officially take the lead on lap 92. The field would be slowed yet again with about five laps to go after the #64 of Leutz collides rather hard with the inside retaining wall down on the front stretch.

With what would be the final restart of the night Hardin elected to stay down on the bottom, and in shocking fashion, so did Tyler Hughes. That allowed Sergio Pena and Doug Barnes to go topside for a five-lap shoot out for the win.

Hardin got the restart he needed and took the field into one with the lead. Things were looking good for Hardin there down the backstretch but Sergio Pena had other plans out of turn four. Getting around Hardin with just a handful of laps Pena put enough distance between he and the field to all but lock up the victory. Doug Barnes was also able to get by Hardin for the second spot. Tyler Hughes, who had a strong car all race, had a right front tire issue there late, causing him to fall all the way back to the ninth spot. Eddie & Chris Johnson, in the meantime, found themselves there in the top five after working through the short green flag runs and being in the right places at the right time there in the closing laps.

Dominion Raceway will be back in action next weekend, May 14th for the ALCOVA MORTGAGE 185. For more information head over to www.dominionraceway.com or visit them on Facebook.

 

McCreary 100 OFFICIAL Results:

1) #01 Seigio Pena; 100
2) #88 Doug Barnes; 100
3) #7 Michael Hardin; 100
4) #57 Eddie Johnson; 100
5) #5 Chris Johnson; 100
6) #77 Logan Jones; 100
7) #56 Doug Liberman; 100
8) #66 Zach Wells; 100
9) #8 Tyler Hughes; 100
10) #36 Owen Smith; 100
11) #1 Trent Barnes; 100
12) #23 Wes Green; 99
13) #18 Chandler Sherman; 99
14) #12 Nick Smith; 97
15) #64 Bill Leutz; 95
16) #9 Mark Miller; 93
17) #29 Robert Bruce; 68
18) #82B Cameron  Burke; 68
19) #45 Tyler Daniels; 65
20) #82 Mike Ganoe; 53
21) #07 Richard Storm; 53
22) #40 Jay Penny; 47
23) #11 Jeff Oakley; 17
24) #50 Zeb Pixley; 17
25) #17 Eric George; 14
26) #89 Irving Cook; 11
27) #79 Barry Dean; 0
28) #30 Tyler Gallup; 0

Inside The Hauler with Sergio Pena

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For the last couple years right as summer is about to officially get underway we have a few special guest come into town to visit a certain little play ground! That playground is Langley Speedway, and those special guest are the young, up and coming stars in the K&N Pro Series East series. 22 drivers were in town for the Visit Hampton VA 175 trying to knock Ben Rhodes off of his thrown. This year, with help from one of my sponsors, we were able to sit down with the driver of the #4 Rev Racing machine Sergio Pena.

Right off the bat I would like to thank Sergio for taking some time out of his day to chat with us, share some information about him and also learn a few little fun facts that some media outlets may not have time to dive into. Overall I loved the interview, I was a tad bit nervous as this was my first in person interview with someone in a traveling series! Sergio was great though, very open to answer any question! Put some thought into it and just didn’t give cookie cutter answers! He invited us back to his hauler so we could have some quite (hence the name of the interview). Just an overall great guy who truly loves to race!

Hope everyone enjoys our interview and I highly recommend following him on his various social media outlets and you can find links to those bellow!
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