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Matt Bowling Sits on the Pole in Stacked Field for W.O. Grubb 150

Thornburg, VA – 2016 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion Matt Bowling set fastest time in the late model qualifying session with a 15.247 second lap to beat out Phillip Morris who has two wins at the track so far this year. National points leader Lee Pulliam qualified fifth behind Nick Smith and Eddie Johnson.

The late models will be running 150 laps with no break or competition caution tonight.

We will also be covering the Dominion Stocks tonight for their 35-lap race right before the late models. Bobby Curtis is on the pole in that division after running an 18.014 in their session. The points leader, Richard Powers, qualified fifth.


Late Model Qualifying Results

  1. Matt Bowling – 15.247
  2. Phillip Morris – 15.259
  3. Nick Smith – 15.387
  4. Eddie Johnson – 15.477
  5. Lee Pulliam – 15.421
  6. Tyler Hughes – 15.368
  7. Michael Hardin – 15.421
  8. Jeff Oakley – 15.434
  9. Peyton Sellers – 15.460
  10. Billy Morris – 15.463
  11. Brenden Queen – 15.471
  12. Doug Barnes – 15.495
  13. Colin Garrett – 15.551
  14. Stacy Puryear – 15.567
  15. Logan Jones – 15.590
  16. Sergio Pena – 15.636
  17. Cameron Burke – 15.636
  18. Timmy Phipps – 15.657
  19. Dustin D Storm – 15.665
  20. Richard Storm – 15.731
  21. Mike Ganoe – 15.807
  22. Chandler Sherman – 15.923
  23. Chris Johnson – 15.928

Doug Barnes Jr Sweeps; UCAR Order Shuffled

Thornburg, VA – Doug Barnes Jr qualified with fast time of 15.725 to set on the pole at Dominion Raceway and drew a three on the invert to put Timmy Phipps on the point to start the first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model race of the night.

Off the start Jeff Oakley fell to third with Barnes moving up into second and within five laps he was putting pressure on Phipps. A handful of laps later and Barnes Jr was able to get by Phipps and Tyler Hughes started working on Oakley for third place and sitting just behind them was Logan Jones and Macy Causey making it a four way battle for the position. Halfway through the first race and Barnes Jr had almost a four second lead while Hughes made it three wide for third and Phipps got cycled back to fifth. Tyler made quick work of Oakley for second but Barnes Jr had a lead of over four seconds with just 15 laps remaining. Barnes Jr cruised to the win for his second in a row in a quick caution free race.

For the second race the field took the mandatory minimum invert of eight cars so Michael Hardin and Cameron Burke start on the front row. Right off the bat Oakley struggled to get going falling back to tenth after starting sixth. Barnes Jr and Hughes wasted no time moving up through the field and fifteen laps in they were up to second and third. Just five laps later Barnes Jr got Burke loose and him and Hughes slid by. Shortly after the yellow flew for Burke going around in turn two and Macy Causey comes within a hair of running into his stopped car but took no damage. Hardin came down pit road after falling through the field and Oakley and Bruce Anderson also came down to try and make some adjustments. On lap-38 Causey was able to take the fifth position from Burke and he pulled into the pits a couple later to end his night. The caution came out for Hardin in an incident involing ony himself.

Off the restart Barnes Jr pulled away from Hughes but he was able to get to the inside of Barnes Jr and some great side by side racing went on for five laps with Tyler grabbing the lead after some heavy contact down the front stretch, which wound up putting debris on the track and the caution coming out. Under the caution Hughes had a tire blow out ending his run for the win. Off the final restart Logan Jones got chance to get by Barnes Jr but Doug kept his hot rod out front to take his second win on the night and third in a row.

On the restart Barnes Jr continued to show his car was the one to beat jumping out by eight lengths but behind Hughes in second the racing was very close. Phipps, Burke, and Causey were in a three way battle for third place. Causey kept the pressure on Burke but he was able to run through the corners a little better to keep his spot.

UCAR Feature
Over in the UCAR division EJ Kenny ran the fastest time in practifying with a 19.574 second lap but pulled a six out of the bag so Cameron Ruggles would inherit the pole position and Ed Johnson to his outside. Aaron Donnelly took the lead on lap five and Kenny followed him by Ruggles and quickly took over first from him. Halfway through their feature and he was out to almost a four second lead but the field would get bunched back up a few laps later for a caution with the wheel of Blaine Schumann separating from his vehicle. The caution didn’t help too much though with Kenny finishing five seconds head of Donnelly. Unfortunately EJ Kenny was disqualified in post race tech and received a two race suspension for “conduct detrimental to auto racing”. Aaron Donnelly took the win for the night with guest Radley Victory Lane reporter Ryan Pritt finishing second.


Tyler Hughes Wins Opening Night at Dominion in a Wild Finish for Second Year in a Row

Tyler Hughes leads the most laps and escapes a wild finish to win the Dominion Raceway NWAAS season opener for the second year in a row. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Thornburg, VA – Dominion Raceway, for the second year in a row, opened its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in a thrilling fashion that witnessed some of the closest racing in the track’s history. Sixteen Late Model Stock Cars were in attendance for the season opening 75-lap feature. Some returning veterans, as well as some new faces to the high-banked 4/10-mile, put on one heck of a show for the fans here in the northern part of Virginia.

Michael Hardin was fastest early in the afternoon as the sun was setting over turn three during the tracks modified group qualifying. We say modified group qualifying because cars were sent on the track in pairs to put down their fastest time that would set the field for the invert. Hardin recorded a lap of 15.319 or an average of 94.001 mph. Jeff Oakley, who has seen his fair share of the spotlight as of yet, qualified to his outside just eight-thousandths of a second behind Hardin. Tyler Hughes, Doug Barnes, Jr., and Nick Leitz would round out the starting five positions.

Due to the invert that Dominion Raceway uses, Hardin was forced to invert the field with a random pill draw. The magic number was four, handing the lead and the front row to Doug Barnes, Jr. and Tyler Hughes. The green flag was displayed to the field and Hughes immediately went to work on the outside line powering around Barnes to lead the first of many laps. Barnes, Oakley and even Hardin were not about to let Hughes get too far away and fell in line clicking off laps.

The top four drivers would spend the next handful of laps peaking inside and outside of each other. Forcing each other into or off the corners in a different manner than they wanted, just trying to get a feel of who might be better where. Tyler Hughes did a fantastic job holding off the charging three cars. Another great battle to pay attention to on the speedway was that of Nick Leitz, the young man from Chesapeake, Virginia who was doing a fantastic job at keeping Logan Jones at bay and out of the top five. Macy Causey, who kind of struggled in qualifying, also started to come back up through the front of the field.

The field was slowed for the first time on lap 40 when Tyler Daniels, piloting the #13 machine from Bobby Creech’s shop, went for a spin off turn two. Reports to the tower, as Daniels ended up stopped behind the massive screen in the infield that he was working on trying to pass the 83 of Burke and lost it. We did not see it from the start so cannot confirm that. Daniels did a great job keeping it off the wall and other cars both times he spun – he would spin off turn four just twelve laps later all by himself.

The lead would finally change hands on the first restart when Doug Barnes elected to take the cone and used the high side to his advantage just like Hughes did on the initial start. Barnes would be in control for a little over ten laps and even a restart that ended in mayhem down in turn one collecting Owen Smith, Nick Leitz, Logan Jones. Reports coming into the tower stated the 82 of Burke was at fault for jumping the start and essentially causing the pileup – he would be sent to the rear for his infraction.

Things started to get pretty physical as the laps dwindled down. Barnes continuing to use the high line on the restart lost the lead back to Hughes on lap 54 after plenty of contact was exchanged between the two – nothing out of the ordinary for some Saturday night short track racing if you ask us. Oakley was also able to work his way around Barnes and immediately set his sights on the #8 of Hughes.Things started to really heat up with five laps to go after Oakley tracked down Hughes and tried to make the pass. Oakley, taking shots down low on Hughes, sometimes even making contact with the leaders, nothing but good hard racing though. This, of course, allowed for Barnes to catch back up. It even allowed Macy Causey, who had driven up to fourth from her tenth place starting position.

Things started to really heat up with five laps to go after Oakley tracked down Hughes and tried to make the pass. Oakley, taking shots down low on Hughes, sometimes even making contact with the leaders, nothing but good hard racing though. This, of course, allowed for Barnes to catch back up. It even allowed Macy Causey, who had driven up to fourth from her tenth place starting position.

All hell broke loose when the top three entered turn three on the white flag lap three wide that would eventually cause a pretty large pileup and hard contact with Causey. Hughes, who was leading the race made it through unharmed after Oakley was sent for a ride after contact from Barnes. Oakley had made it to the left rear tire of Hughes when Barnes dove, to what looked like right at or bellow the white line in three. The contact sent both Oakley and Barnes around. Causey running fourth went into a slow spin to try to avoid contact and got hit hard by in incoming Michael Hardin.

She let officials know quickly that she was okay by dropping her window net but the car would need assistance back to her pit. Hardin, who also received quite a bit of damage from the contact was able to drive away and into the tech shed after coming across the line fourth. Barnes would be scored seventh, Oakley ninth, and Causey in tenth, the first car one lap down. Crazy enough the car that brought out two of the three cautions would finish second on the evening. Timmy Phipps would finish third while Logan Jones rounded out the top five.

“This feels pretty great that we finally get to celebrate one,” Hughes said after the race and referring to last year’s victory when the speedway had issues with the lights. “It felt good to be back but man that was some hard racing. I had to give Oakley the bottom because I knew he was going to get to my bumper.”

Hughes actually took the lead using the high line at the start of the race and knew he had that going for him as the laps ticked off.

“I knew I was good up top,” Hughes said. “I knew we could go up there and defend it and it paid off for us. I just kept focused on running the high side and beating Oakley off the corner. He was getting just awesome runs off the corner and I was pretty hard on the chip running the outside like that. At the last minute there my spotter called three wide and I scooted up the track just a little bit so he wouldn’t hit me. I am really glad he slid by us and didn’t tap me. I just dirt tracked it a little bit through the marbles and get to the start-finish line.”

Dominion Raceway will be back in action next weekend, April 15th for twin 50 lap Late Model features along with the Modifieds, UCAR, Legends and Mini Mods.


UNOFFICIAL Late Model Results

1.#8 Tyler Hughes; 75
2. #13 Tyler Daniels; 75
3. #4 Timmy Phipps; 75
4. #7 Michael Hardin; 75
5. #77 Logan Jones; 75
6. #82B Cameron Burke; 75
7. #88 Doug Barnes, Jr.; 75
8. #99 Dickie Boswell
9. #11 Jeff Oakley; 75
10. #33 Macy Causey; 74
11. #07 Richard Storm; 74
12. #14 Nick Leitz; 52
13. #36 Owne Smith; 52
14. #29 Robert Bruce; 47
15. #82 Mike Ganoe; 20
16. #55 Jimmy Duncan; 16

Tyler Hughes Wins Back-to-Back at SNMP – Declared Winner Monday Afternoon

Lucama, NC – For Tyler Hughes racing in North Carolina does not seem to want to come easy for the Maryland native. Two weeks now in a row now the driver and his crew have faced some type of adversity. Now of course you will have that in this sport but an electrical issue that could have taken you out of the features all together one week and a post race technical inspection the following is not something a team wants to see happen week in and week out that is for sure.

After splitting a set of races the prior week with Louis White, Hughes found himself yet again on the road traveling to Southern National Motorsports Park. Leaving most of the electrical problems back home this weekend, Hughes entered the twenty plus car field feeling pretty good about the car, the crew, and himself. “The car was decent,” Hughes spoke about the car during practice. “We worked hard on it all day just fine tuning. We didn’t want to get to far away from what we had the week before. We still had a small miss but it was only little pops, nothing major that we were going to worry about.”

Apparently the fine-tuning was just what the car needed because he would go on to set the pole in euro style qualifying with a time of 15.790 (91.197 mph). Michael Fose, Tyler Matthews, Ricky Jones, III, and Clay Jones would round out the starting five.

“By fine tuning I knew we had a decent piece,” Hughes told The Weekly Racer this afternoon after an announcement was made about the official results. “But I didn’t know how good of a car we actually had until we started racing in that first race.” Good enough to lead wire to wire and pick up his second win in that many visits to SNMP in 2016. After, lets call it an unlucky start this season at Dominion Raceway, the back to back wins is something much needed for the team as a reminder they still have what it takes to win.

David Polenz, Louis White, Tal Davidson and Ricky Jones rounded out the top five. Brenden Queen, Clay Jones, and Michael Fose completed the top eight – the importance of that can be found bellow.

An eight-car invert was set for race number two later on in the evening as the sun went down and the track cooled off. A note to make, sixth place finisher Brenden Queen, had to give his third place starting position up after a fire broke out under the hood of the car as he was leaving the scales forced the team to the back up car and to the back of the field for the start of race two.

With twin races running in the sun and then under the moon we asked Tyler if the crew went to work during the break to change things on the car to make it any better. I think he was pleasantly surprised when swapping some tires around was all that was needed.

“We inspected tires and moved them around to where we felt it would benefit us the most for race two,” Huges commented about the adjustments. “It didn’t take us to long to get back up to the front and into the lead either.”

Hughes would go on to win the second feature of the evening and grab what he thought was going to be his third victory at the high-banked oval. Chris Chapman – who at one point was the division points leader – would finish second followed by Louis White, Clay Jones and Brenden Queen.

I am just so proud of this whole team for how hard we have worked and how much effort has gone into making the cars fast.” Hughes said about his team. “For only our second season of working together I cant think of anything better than to win four races in nine starts.”

The wins certainly did not come easy this weekend for Hughes as he learned at the completion of the night that one of the fellow competitors in the field had protested his motor. The team was ordered to submit their heads for further inspection. The team removed them from the car and a representative from G2 Racing along with the protesting team meat with officials in the tech shed. After the initial inspection passed the party that filed the protest requested further measurements to be taken which the track did not have the tools to complete. The heads were then taken to the NASCAR R&D center, which they had no issue with and officially handing the win over the Hughes.

“We let the head tech official keep the heads and take them to the R&D center,” Hughes told use over the phone Monday evening. “They went through every single test they could run and check on the heads and we got the phone call telling us we were 100% legal. Protest can become heated between teams sometimes but this was all 100% professional. From my team, to the track officials, to the protesting team, we all worked together and in the end, got rumors cleared up.”

Hughes went on to explain he is happy to show people what they do is by the book and that is what his team is about. They want to be known as a humble, fair, and fast competitor and Hughes hopes that message was delivered this past weekend.

Official results have not been made available just yet from the track however I plan on updating this story at a later date if I can get my hands on a copy. Southern Nationals next even will be July 9th for the Pro Late Model 100-lap feature. Chargers will run twin 35’s along with a 25-lap INEX Legend race and a 20-lap Bando feature. For more information on the track look them up on Facebook or check them out on the web – www.snmpark.com.

Tyler Hughes With Emotional Win at Southern National Motorsports Park

IMG_8640Lucama, NC – You couldn’t have asked for much better weather coming into this weekend in southeastern North Carolina not only for Fathers Day but also for the Schools Out 200 here at Southern National Motorsports Park. Interesting enough, the top two in points here at The Park were not in attendance, of course as we know Bradley McCaskill still recovering from his injuries. Hearing reports that Chapman was at Caraway with NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chief, Matt McCall.

Tyler Matthews set the quick time earlier in the afternoon during European style qualifying with a time of 15.875 (90.709 MPH), Matthews’ first career pole at Southern National. Brenden Queen, Mason Diaz, Tyler Huges, and David Polenz would make up the rest of the starting five.

Took Hughes just ten laps to get his machine around Matthews and take the top spot. It was no looking back from there for Hughes; he was out hunting for trophies. Pretty solid racing would take place behind him as Louis White made a pretty solid charge towards the front while Brenden Queen – who entered the night seventh in the national points, found himself going the wrong through the field.

There was nothing anyone had for Mr. Hughes however who found himself in victory lane and the subject of a seven-car invert. We caught up with Tyler in victory lane.

“We were chasing an electrical issue,” Hughes said in victory lane. “It just kept backfiring. We got the car set up pretty well this morning in practice and only had to make minor tweaks this afternoon. We found some spark plugs who’s electrodes were bent down so it wasn’t going off the right fire. We replaced all the spark plugs and it pulled through during the race when we needed it to.”

Tyler Hughes, out of Maryland, making the trip down to Southern National this fathers day weekend we know it had to of been great to get a win for your father, specially after he has been dealing with colon cancer. We had to ask him how it felt to do that for his father.

“Yea that was just awesome specially with it being fathers day,” Hughes said. “I am just really glad I can get the win for him today especially with his logo on the hood and he is all smiles and that’s all that matters to me. Just hope we can go on and get another win in the second race.”

Tyler told us the car felt just a little free coming off the corners so the team thinks they might tighten the car up a little bit but other than that the car felt pretty good for race number two.


Late Mode Stock Results:

P1 #8 Tyler Hughes; 40
P2 #63 Tyler Matthews; 40
P3 #24 Mason Diaz; 40
P4 #77 Connor Hall; 40
P5 #53 Michael Fose; 40
P6 #7 Louis White; 40
P7 #44 T.J. Barron; 40
P8 #38 Ricky Jones, III; 40
P9 #03 Brenden Queen; 40
P10 #33 David Polenz; 40
P11 #25 Kate Dallenbach; 40
P12 #4 Jonathan Findley; 40
P13 #18 Ronald Renfrow; 40
P14 #15 Omar Jurado; 39
P15 #29 Paul Williamson; 27
P16 #07 Adam Murray; 24
P17 #77 Malik Koonce; 21
P18 #24 Melvin Langley;
P19 #5 Anthony Alfredo; 1