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Tyler Matthews Takes the Checkers in Physical Late Model Feature

Robersonville, NC  ̶̶  Eight NWAAS late models came to the high banked 3/8 mile oval in Southeastern North Carolina for a 50 lap feature. Thomas Burbage set the fast time in qualifying with a 15.088 second lap and defending NC and ECMS champ Tyler Matthews qualified second with a 15.207 second lap.

Burbage would lead until eleven laps in when Matthews passes Burbage up as he seemed to struggle and was falling backwards. Wesley Johnson wound up in second place but couldn’t gain any ground on Matthews. At lap-25 a competition caution was thrown and Burbage would set up behind Matthews for the restart.

Burbage runs Matthews hard into the corner shoving him up high and causing mayhem behind him coming out of two. Louis White ended up rear end first in the turn-3 wall after already wrecking in almost the same spot earlier in the day and Wesley Johnson had a flat tire and stopped on the front straight to not damage the track or car.

After a brief red flag period to get the cars off the track safely the race restarted with Burbage out front, Matthews in second, and Jeff Shifflett trying to get by Tyler. Farther back Johnson was coming through the small field quickly after getting a new tire mounted on his machine. On lap-42 Ryan Haddock spun out and set up a restart that most could have predicted would be crazy.

Matthews falls in behind Burbage and dumps him going into turn-1, payback for earlier in the race. Burbage turns it around and starts going BACKWARDS on the race track in an attempt to wreck Matthews on the front stretch after the caution is out. He gets sent to the end of the longest line and Matthews keeps his position. Burbage made quick work of everyone in front of him and finished second behind Matthews, and then he tried wrecking him again after the race was finished. Matthews took the longest Kuliwicki victory lap I’ve ever personally seen and ended up nose first towards Burbage. In victory lane Burbage was visibly upset but track promoter John Vick was able to calm him down eventually. Wesley Johnson was able to finish third after having his tire go flat and starting at the rear.

Street Stocks

Mike Cooper qualified on the pole with a 16.534 second lap. As the green flag flew Travis Roberson made quick work of Cooper passing him on the outside and jumping out to a second and a half lead. James Horner gets by Scott Lawrence on lap-10 for fourth position and by lap-15 the field was stretched thin. Lawrence came down pit road to end his race on lap-22 and two laps later Horner also has some problems that ended his day. Roberson cruised the rest of the way to take the checkers.

USAC Speed2 Eastern Midgets

Nine USAC midgets came together for a very fast and entertaining 35 lap feature. Brandley Riethmeyer ran a quick 15.067 second lap to grab the pole over two time 2017 winner George Kurtz. Riethmeyer led until lap-19 when Chris Lamb worked his way from starting fourth to take the lead passing Kurtz and Jessica Bean in the process. Lamb would cruise to the win with Kurtz and Bean finishing second and third.
Late Model Results

1. Tyler Matthews
2. Thomas Burbage
3. Wesley Johnson
4. Jeff Shifflett
5. Ryan Haddock
6. Travis Roberson
7. Chris Perry
8. Louis White

USAC Midgets Roll Through Robersonville Along With Twin LMSC Features

For the first time in 2016, The Weekly Racer will be pulling double duty to bring you all the racing action from USAC Eastern Midget Championship at East Carolina Motor Speedway – while also bringing you coverage from Virginia Motor Speedway. 

With four of the nine races on the USAC schedule already rained out this season, officials will be doing everything in their power to get the races in tonight. Sam Hatfield,  of Mooresville, is coming into his weekends feature as your defending winner. Passing Jake Nelke on lap 28 of the 35-lap feature at Shenadoah Speedway to take pull a little closer to points leader Andrew Layser.  

“We should be fine tonight,” track promoter John Vick told us earlier this morning. “This should be one of the biggest nights in East Carolina Motor Speedway history.” Nine races over eight divisions are on the docket for tonight’s Battle Down East as things start to really take shape and heat up both in NWAAS Div. I National, state, and local track points. 

With twin 35’s back on the schedule this weekend, Queen, Matthews, White and Burbage will all get after it to stake their claim at the top of the ECMS leader board. With a win and a third place finish in his last outing, Chesapeake, Virginia driver Brenden Queen took over as the points leader. Because of his efforts through out the season, Queen currently sits third in North Carolina Div. I state points & sixth in NWAAS Div. I points. Tyler Matthews, who has had a strong and consistent season so far, just has not been able to put it in victory lane at East Carlonia in 2016. However, Matthews finds himself third in points at East Carolina just 14 points behind Queen and because of his efforts at both ECMS & SNMP, Matthews sits second in North Carolina points (40 behind Bradley McCaskill), and fourteenth in the nation. Thomas Burbage also looks to bounce back from a bad points night a few weeks ago when he was involved in a early wreck of the second twin Late Model Feature. 

Registration opens at 2 p.m. with rotating practice at 3 p.m. The green flag is set to drop at 7 p.m. Visit the tracks website for ticket prices. The Weekly Racer will have you covered  LIVE on our Twitter feed (@theweeklyracer) for LMSC qualifying as well as feature races tonight to include both Late Model races and the 35-lap USAC race.