Hampton, VA – Tyler Dippel was fastest in both afternoon practices and that transferred over to qualifying. Dippel’s 15.510-second lap (91.915 MPH) was good enough to win himself the pole and set a new track record. Keeping that momentum going through the night Dippel played the strategy game just right and found himself in victory lane at the end of the night.
It was a night of long runs, tire conservation, and different strategies at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. It did not take long for Dippel to start working his way towards the back of the field as he gave up the lead to Anthony Alfredo on lap four. He and DGR teammate Tyler Ankrum shared the same strategy as they both fell quickly out of the top ten as they worked on saving their tires. Even though the race had a planned break at the halfway point there were no tires given to the teams to take on.
Anthony Alfredo would lead a handful of laps before handing that over to the No. 55 of Marcos Gomes who set a blistering pace in the caution free first half. Behind them, however, witnessed some close nose to tail racing as positions seven through fourteen all worked to maintain their spots on the track and their tires under the car.
Local drivers Connor Hall and Justin Carroll both stood out early on in the 150-lap feature at their home track; both drivers at one point running competitively in the top five. It appeared that just before the halfway point in the race that Carroll had found a little something on the outside line that helped him improve his position throughout the run.
The proverbial cream rose to the top so to speak in the second half only about three cars came down pit road for adjustments. Both Dippell and Ankrum turned up the heat for the second half of the race and tore through the field. Anthony Alfredo was able to take the lead and hold it for most of the second half while Ankrum led the DGR charge through the field. With the help of a couple late race cautions and a few lap cars, Ankrum was able to collapse Alfredo’s lead and take it from him on lap 137. He would miss his mark going back into turn one, wash up the track, and not only lose the lead back to Alfredo but fall to third behind Dipple and ultimately goes for a spin in turn two to bring out the nights final caution.
On the final restart, Alfredo spun his tires just a little bit and it was all Dipple need to take the lead. Behind him, it was a mad dash for second and third. Dillon Bassett trying to hold off Ankrum and Quinlan but it was ultimately not enough and Ankrum secured the third spot using the second groove on the brand new asphalt. With just a couple laps left Ankrum gave Alfredo a little shot through turn three and four but just did not have enough track left to make the pass and would have to settle for third.
The race win was all Dipple needed to close out and sweep the Visit Hampton VA 150 weekend at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway after finishing on top of the board in both practices and winning the pole. In victory lane, he thanked his crew for giving him the car to beat this weekend.
“This thing was on rails the whole weekend,” Dipple said in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane. “I cannot thank these guys enough. They are all All-Stars on this team. Man, this has been so long overdue. This win means so much. It feels so good to be back in victory lane.”
Alfredo, who earned his season-best finish on Saturday in Hampton, VA, felt he had the car to beat but ran into some bad luck with some of the slower cars towards the end of the race that clearly played a factor into his finishing position.
Tyler Ankrum, who entered the weekend’s event third in points behind Todd Gilliland and Harrison Burton – who were both not entered as you can see – should leave Langley Speedway as the points leader as results are made official.
Racing will return to the K&N Pro Series East Tour on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 for the Who’s Your Driver Twin 100’s.
Racing action will return to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway on Saturday, May 5th with twin Late Model features, Grand Stocks, Super Trucks, Legends, Bando’s and Enduros.
Visit Hampton VA 150 UNOFFICIAL Results
- #54 Tyler Dippel; 150
- #40 Anthony Alfredo; 150
- #17 Tyler Ankrum; 150
- #44 Dilon Bassett; 150
- #30 Grant Quinlan; 150
- #18 Colin Garrett; 150
- #31 Connor Hall; 150
- #4 Chase Cabre; 150
- #2 Ryan Vargas; 150
- #6 Ruben Garcia Jr.; 150
- #04 Ronnie Bassett Jr.; 149
- #5 Juan Manuel Gonzalez; 149
- #55 Marcos Gomes; 149
- #32 Salvatore Iovino; 145
- #91 Justin Carroll; 121