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Three Cars From Top Ten Times Were Disallowed After Failing Post Qualifying Inspection; Will Start from the Rear of Their Respective Heat Races

Ridgeway, VA – Post qualifying tech has officially wrapped up here at Martinsville Speedway. Once again the “Room of Doom” has shaken things up on the eve of arguably the best race of the year in the Late Model Stock Car community.

Bobby McCarty (22), Todd Gilliland (45), and Matt Bowling (83) were all found to have issues with the rear ends of their machines. NASCAR officials have stated that all three teams will have the opportunity to fix the issues in the morning, roll back through tech and should they fix all the issues, they have the chance to start their respective heat races from the rear. The speedway also clarified that the no. 70 of Dylan Ward and no. 44 Kyle Dudley both completed engine swaps and will start behind the three cars mentioned above.

Fan gates open at 1 p.m. on Saturday with the driver autograph session scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. on the front stretch. Three 25-lap qualifying races, followed by the 25 lap LCQ to set the field will start at 3 p.m. The 200-lap feature race will begin at 8:00 p.m.Motor Racing Network’s live coverage of the race and the free online stream of the race, on FansChoice.tv, will begin at 7:30.

Motor Racing Network’s live coverage of the race and the free online stream of the race, on FansChoice.tv, will begin at 7:30.

Tickets to the ValleyStar Credit Union 300 are $30 for adults and $5 for children 12-and-under. Tickets can be purchased at the Speedway ticket office or online at http://www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

 

Gilliland Wins Visit Hampton 150 K&N East Series on Labor Day Weekend; Leaves with Six Point Lead in Championship Hunt – Chris Roberts Wins Thrilling Super Street Feature

Todd Gilliland works under Dillion Bassett to retake the lead out of turn two Monday, September 4th, 2017. (Shawn Dulin/TheWeeklyRacer.com & Shawn Dulin Photography)


Hampton, VA – Todd Gilliland, fresh off a top fifteen finish in the Camping World Truck Series race just yesterday at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in a Kyle Bush Motorsports ride, grabbed the 21 Means 21 Pole award earlier in the afternoon with a 16.369 (87.091 MPH) second lap of record. Collin Cabre, Dillon Bassett, Ronnie Bassett and Chase Purdy were the fastest five cars once euro qualifying concluded. Harrison Burton, who entered the weekend as the points leader over Gilliland, would roll off in the sixth position

Gilliland would lead the first sixteen circuits as the field got settled behind him. Dillon Bassett, of Winston-Salem, NC, would have other ideas on how the race should go however. Bassett would take the lead from Gilliland in commanding fashion as the field entered turn one. Applying plenty of pressure to the rear bumper of the No. 16 Napa Toyota, Gilliland was forced to chase his machine up the hill a bit allowing Bassett to get around. Seemed like the clean air was all Bassett needed as he immediately opened up over a three second lead on the field. As Gilliland, Cabre, and Burton faded in his mirror many immediately questioned if he was using too much, too soon. That question was answered in grand fashion just a handful of laps past halfway.

Things seemed to stay pretty calm throughout the middle segment of the race as drivers were all saving their tires for that final laps of the feature. Things started to get real interesting around lap 112 when Gilliland ran down Bassett and set him up coming out of turn two. It was a side-by-side drag race down the very short backstretch with Gilliland on the inside. With the position through turn three Gilliland was able to power off turn four to take the lead back for the final time.

Things went down hill for Dillion Bassett from then on as car after car found their way around the No. 44 machine. We even saw three wide racing out of turn four around this tight .395-mile oval as Dominque Van Weringen made herself know in the the ranks of the K&N East series this weekend. A handful of circuits later the evening went from not so good to extremely horrible for Dillion Bassett, who would bring out the nights fourth and final caution in turn three after racing hard to hang onto his position. He would ultimately lose three laps on the field and finish in the thirteenth position after a dominating performance in the midsection of the event.

Gilliland would handle the final restart of the night with no issues clearing the field at the exit of two bringing Chase Purdy along with him down the backstretch after a brief battle with Collin Cabre. Behind the two, however, was a different story. It was time for drivers to get up on the wheel and no one was hungrier than Weringen who fought tooth and nail – and often on the outside – to a third place finish when the dust settled. Ronnie Basset Jr. and Collin Cabre would round out the top five. Harrison Burton would have to settle for a seventh place finish.

“This NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry was hooked up tonight,” Gilliland said in victory lane. “All these guys behind be from Bill McAnally Racing are the best guys here I feel like. They are always encouraging when we are not the fastest. They are always trying to pick us up and get us there. These guys are never scared to try something new to get better than we are.”

The win was Gilliland’s fourth of the season for the East tour and tenth over all in the K&N Series – six wins on the west circuit. The victory comes after, as we mentioned above a solid top fifteen finish the day before in the Camping World Truck Series.

“It was a long night last night,” Gilliland said about the truck race. “This makes its all worth it, I am very lucky to be racing for the teams I do. We are just trying to do our best at every race and sometimes it works out”

Gilliland will leave Langley Speedway with a six-point advantage over Harrison Burton with just two races left in the 2017 season. The East series will roll in New Jersey in just two weeks on September 16th and finish their season at Dover on September 29th. A complete run down of tonight’s race can be found below. 

Super Streets

It was Sammy Gaita who qualified on the pole earlier in the afternoon for the 40-lap Old Skool Video Games Super Street feature. Chris Roberts would start just to his outside with Landon Abbott, Dale Parro and Randy Akers behind them. With the season winding down and only fifteen points separating first to fourth in the standings the outstanding crowd on hand for a Monday afternoon race was in for a treat.

Gaita looked to lead the way early before Chris Roberts turned up the wick and took the lead after just twelve circuits. The two would swap the lead six times throughout the forty lap feature while drivers battled hard behind them for position. 

The race saw just two caution periods, the biggest coming on lap thirty-two when the No. 5 of Parro went around in turn three, damaging a few other cars in the process. Roberts, who took the lead back from Gaita, ironically on lap 24, was able to hold off the field on the final restart to earn his first victory in the Super Streets in 2017. Sammy Gaita, Sean Calway, Randy Akers and Landon Abbott rounded out the top five.Racing will return to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in two weeks, September 16

Racing will return to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in two weeks, September 16th for Twin Late Model features. Modifieds, Grand Stocks, UCAR, Champ Karts and Enduro’s will also be in action.

Super Street Results:

  1. #11 Chris Roberts; 40
  2. #24 Sammy Gaita; 40
  3. #12 Sean Calway; 40
  4. #21 Randy Akers; 40
  5. #70 Landon Abbott; 40
  6. #46 Jason Michaud; 40
  7. #5 Dale Parro; 40
  8. #8 Dale Nichols; 40
  9. #22 Bill Eaker Jr; 40
  10. #20 Gordon Weeks; 40
  11. #54 Josh Perry; 40
  12. #26 Louie Pasderetz; 37
  13. #54s Billy Newman; 3

NASCAR K&N East Pro Series Returns to Hampton

Hampton, VA – Mother Nature has played spoiler multiple weekends this year within the Mid-Atlantic regions this race season. As Hurricane Harvey swept through the Gulf coast earlier in the week the Hampton Roads area experienced some of that moisture produced by that massive storm which ultimately postponed the Visit Hampton 150 at Langley Speedway. With Labor Day upon us, NASCAR officials decided to move the feature from Saturday to Monday afternoon. With just three races left in the 2017 season, Langley Speedway will again play a crucial roll in determining a champion as the last three winners at the historic .395-mile oval has gone on to win the series championship – William Byron in 2015, Ben Rhodes in 2014 and Dylan Kwasniewski in 2013.

Harrison Burton, who enters the Labor Day race with four wins on the season and a four point lead, will look to continue that streak and pick up his fifth win and first at Langley. Burtons four wins come from the series short tracks picking up the hardware at Bristol, South Boston, Memphis and Thompson Speedway. Todd Gilliland, who currently sits atop of the K&N West series and coming off of an eleventh place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in the truck series, will look to pull even with Burton in the wins catagory as well as take the points lead.

Four support divisions will be on hand this afternoon as well for the Visit Hampton 150. The Hampton Roads Kart Club Wing Champ Karts will get the afternoon kicked off with a 20-lap feature where you will see the draft working on a short track. The Pro Six, Super Streets, and UCAR’s will all have feautres.

 

11:00am                           K&N Rookie Driver/Spotter Meeting

11:00am                           Grandstand gates open

11:15am – 12:25pm       Langley Speedway Practice 2 rounds for Super Street,        

                                          Pro-6, U-car and Winged Champ Karts

12:30pm – 1:45pm            K&N Practice

1:50pm                            K&N Driver/Crew Chief Meeting

2:10pm to 2:40pm         Langley Speedway Euro Qualifying for Super Street, Pro-   

                                         6, U-car (3 cars for 5 Laps) Winged Champ Karts (Euro Qualifying)    

2:45pm to 3:45pm           K&N Driver Autograph Session on Track

4:00pm                           K&N Group Qualifying

4:15pm                           Langley Speedway Racing begins

Approx. 6:00pm              K&N Series 150

Race Line Up

  1. Trip Anderson Realtor Winged Champs – 20 Laps
  2. Riverside Paper Pro-Six – 30 Laps
  3. Old Skool Video Games Super Streets – 40 Laps
  4. Carrol’s Automotive U-Cars – 25 Laps
  5. NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – 150 Laps

FAST FACTS:
The Race: 
The Visit Hampton Virginia 150 will be the 12th of 14 races on the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 22 starting positions will be determined from group qualifying and the final four will be determined through provisionals. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (59.4 miles).

The Track: Langley is a .396-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval featuring NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season. The track opened in 1950 and hosted nine Grand National Division (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) races as a dirt track between 1964 and 1970, with NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leading the way with three wins. Current NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin was the track’s Mini Stock champion in 1997.

Race Winners: There have been five different winners in the five previous K&N Pro Series East races at Langley, with William Byron (2015), Ben Rhodes (2014) and Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) all winning en route to series championships in their respective title seasons. Current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie and Sergio Pena also have wins at Langley, with Pena winning the inaugural visit in 2011.

Track Records: The qualifying record was set in 2014 by Scott Heckert at 89.836 mph (15.869 seconds).

VISIT HAMPTON VIRGINIA 150 NOTES:
Sophomore Sensation: Harrison Burton’s sophomore season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East has been, in a word, sensational. The second-generation driver from Huntersville, North Carolina, leads the series in virtually every statistical category and is atop the point standings by four points over fellow NASCAR Next driver Todd Gilliland.

Burton has four wins, 10 top fives and 11 top 10s — all to either lead or tie the category.

Feeling Green: Longtime Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Jeff Green of Owensboro, Kentucky, will be making his second career K&N Pro Series East start this weekend at Langley.

Green, who finished 22nd in the race at Iowa, will be in the No. 13 Reynolds Wrap Toyota for car owner Eric McClure on Saturday.

Green has 16 career wins in the XFINITY Series, where he was the champion in 2000 with six wins and 25 top fives in 32 races that season.

Charging Back: After opening the season with consecutive top-two finishes, including his first career win in the season opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway, Ronnie Bassett Jr. hit a midseason slump that included three straight finishes of 14th or worse.

But the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, driver has come charging back into the picture in the second half of the season. With his sixth-place finish at New York’s Watkins Glen International, Bassett heads into Langley with six straight top-10 finishes, including back-to-back podium finishes at Thompson and New Hampshire. With his latest run, Bassett has closed to within just two points of Chase Purdy for third in the championship standings.

Bassett has never finished in the top 10 in the final standings.

Familiar Face: While several drivers entered in the Visit Hampton Virginia 150 have previous experience at Langley Speedway, perhaps no driver is looking forward to this weekend more than Las Vegas’ Jay Beasley.

Beasley finished fifth at Langley when the series visited in 2015, one of his eight career top fives in the K&N Pro Series East. Sitting seventh in the overall standings with three top fives and six top 10s in 11 starts, the Rev Racing driver is within 26 points shy of the top five in the championship standings.

NASCAR HOME TRACKS: Langley Speedway
Opened in 1950 as a dirt track, today Langley Speedway plays host to NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing on Saturday nights during the season, highlighted by the Division I Late Model Stock class. The track’s Super Street, Pro 6 and U-Car divisions will be among those on Saturday night’s schedule alongside the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.