Sommey Lacey sweeps Victory Lap Late Model action; Jamerson, Galloway and Adkins also get wins
Jamaica, VA – With a stout field of Victory Lap Late Models on hand for Armed Forces Appreciation Night at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway one car stood out from the onset of the evenings racing activities. Sommey Lacey Jr. of Clement, MD made his first start of the 2010 season in his #23 Belka Corporation Mastersbilt count as he took out the broom and swept the evenings events for the division.
The night started with Lacey setting a new division track record with a lap of 18.340 seconds in hot lap time trials. He then inverted the top four putting Tom Cohick and Matt Morgan on the front row for the start of the 35 lap feature.
At the drop of the green Morgan and Cohick led the field into turn 1 with Morgan taking control on the high side out of turn 2. Morgan began to pull away as second through seventh battled for position. By lap 10 Morgan had a full straight on rookie Tim Shelton and the rest of the field and looked to be invincible.
On lap 21 while working traffic Morgan jumped the cushion allowing Shelton and Lacey to close in on the lead. Two laps later Morgan slowed in turn 4 handing the lead over to Shelton.
Shelton paced the field for the next 8 laps working his way through lapped traffic. Behind him Lacey and Stevie Long began to close the gap on the leader and on lap 31 Lacey took over the top spot. Lacey would lead the final four laps to pick up the win with Shelton holding off Long at the line for second.
“I didn’t think I had enough car to get the win tonight, but I kept telling myself to keep pushing and the lapped traffic help me close the gap. Whenever you get a win here you worked for it,” commented Lacey in victory lane.
Rounding out the top five were Tim Shelton, Stevie Long, Ed Pope and Scott Adams. Tim Shelton picked up the Pitts Lumber Rookie of the Race Award with the second place finish.
In other action Brandon Galloway took the lead on lap 18 of the Budweiser Modified feature and then cruised to the win. In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman Roger Jamerson of Mechanicsville, VA led flag to flag to pick up the victory and in the Collision One Limited Stock Car feature Brett Adkins of Gloucester, VA battled James Givens for eleven laps before taking the lead and going on to the victory.
In the Budweiser Modified 25 lap feature Page Harrison and James Marshall led the field to green with Marshall taking the lead out of turn 2. Behind the leader Brian Maxey, Harrison and Bret Hamilton battle for third.
On lap 10 Brandon Galloway took a peak inside Marshall in turn 1 while Maxey continued to battle for third. On lap 12 Hamilton got inside of Maxey for third and three circuits later made a move on Galloway in turn 2 to briefly take second before Galloway wrestled the spot back in turn 4.
On lap 17 caution came out for a blown motor on Kelly Samuels #75 closing the field back on Marshall’s bumper. On the restart Galloway shot to the high side of turn 1 to rocket around Marshall for the lead. Once out front Galloway never looked back going on to take the victory. Rounding out the top five were Brtian Maxey holding Bret Hamilton off at the line followed by James Marshall and Dan Arnold. Chris Arnold picked up the Pitts Lumber Rookie of the Race with a ninth place finish.
In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 25 lap feature Roger Jamerson of Mechanicsville, VA jumped to the lead on the drop of the green flag. Behind the leader Michael Roop, Tony Wood, Shawn Otey and J.R. Guy battled for second on back.
On lap 20 the battle for fifth heated up as Todd Traylor, Otey and Woods wrestled for the spot. Woods would get by Otey in turn 3 to take fifth. Over the next several laps Woods would muscle his way inside Traylor as the two battle for fourth. Jamerson would cruise to the win as Traylor and Woods battled side by side. The two drivers would get together in turn 4 coming to the checkers with neither driver making it to the line. Following Jamerson to the checkers were Michael Roop, J.R. Guy, Shawn Otey and Davey Pullen. Bubba Holloway would pick up the Pitts Lumber Rookie of the Race with his ninth place finish.
In the Collision One Limited Stock 20 lap feature James Givens and Wayne Carroll led the field to green with Givens taking control to lead lap 1. Once back under green the race got interesting as Givens and Brett Adkins began a side by side duel that lasted for eleven laps when Adkins finally wrestled the top spot away with a strong move out of turn 2.
Once out front Adkins put it on cruise control as they battled for position behind him. With the laps winding down Adkins began working lapped traffic allowing Wesley Givens to close the gap. As the two headed to the white flag Adkins’s advantage had shrunk to a car length. But Adkins had just enough to pick up the victory. Rounding out the top five were Wesley Givens, Ryan Toole, James Givens and Wayne Carroll. Daniel Loth picked up the Pitts Lumber rookie of the Race Award with his tenth place finish.
Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway will take the weekend of June 5th off and return to racing on Saturday June 12th to host WXGM Night at the Races. The night’s activities will include all four divisions of Army National Guard Dirt Series action. Fans will also be able to get a close look of Dale Earnhardt Jr’s #88 National Guard Sprint Cup show car.
It was announced that the speedway will honor those that serve and have served in our military the rest of the season by offering a $5 admission for all weekly events. The $5 admission is good for all active, retired, Guard, Reserve and their dependents when they present a valid military I.D.
Competitor gates for Saturday, June 12th will open at 3pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm with hot laps. Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday: Victory Lap Late Models (35 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (25 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (25 Laps); and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (20 laps). All divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.
Admission price for Adults $10, seniors $8; military $5, students 13 – 17 years old $7, children 7 – 12 years old $4 and children 6 and under admitted free.
To enhance the fans racing experience the speedway has installed a short wave FM transmitter and all of the evening’s action can be heard at 95.5 FM. So bring your portable radio headset and enjoy hearing all the action.
Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway, an ASA Member Track, is a ½ mile dirt oval track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.
To learn more about Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway fans may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track’s web site at www.vamotorspeedway.com.
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RACE RESULTS FOR ARMED FORCES APPRECIATION NIGHT, SATURDAY MAY 29, 2010:
VICTORY LAP LATE MODEL 35 LAP FEATURE (19 Entries):
A Main:1. Sommey Lacey, Jr. (Clements, MD), 2. Tim Shelton (Fredericksburg, VA), 3. Stevie Long (Mechanicsville, MD), 4. Ed Pope (Pasadena, MD), 5. Scott Adams (Chester, VA), 6. Tom Cohick (Gloucester, VA), 7. Matt Marshall (Stuarts Draft, VA), 8. Anthony Kincaid (Hayes, VA), 9. Ben Bowie (Brandywine, MD), 10. Tyler Bailey (Chesterfield, VA), 11. Chris Stacy (Spotsylvania, VA), 12. Billy Adkins (Saluda, VA), 13. Andy Gregg (Portsmouth, VA), 14. Matt Morgan (Hughesville, MD), 15. Rick Adkins (Gloucester, VA), 16. Brandon Long (Mechanicsville, MD), 17. Junior Carter (Mechanicsville, VA), 18. Davis Lipscombe (Mechanicsville, VA), 19. Damon Kotke (Louisburg, NC),
FAST TIME: Sommey Lacey Jr. – 18.340 seconds, 98.146mph. NEW DIVISION TRACK RECORD
TRUCKIN THUNDER SPORTSMAN 25 LAP FEATURE (14 Entries):
A Main:1. Roger Jamerson (Glen Allen, VA), 2. Michael Roop (Stafford, VA), 3. J.R. Guy (Mechanicsville, MD), 4. Shawn Otey (Aylett, VA), 5. Davey Pullen (New Kent, VA), 6. Stephen Childress (St. Stephens Church, VA), 7. John Kirby (Sandston, VA), 8. Michael Hayes (Ruther Glen, VA), 9. Bubba Holloway (Qiunton, VA), 10. Todd Traylor (King William, VA), 11. Tony Wood (New Kent, VA), 12. Rusty Steele (Providence Forge, VA), 13. Tommy Upshaw (West Point, VA), 14. Chad Beahr (Mechanicsville, VA),
FAST TIME: Michael Roop – 21.640 seconds, 83.179mph
BUDWESIER MODIFIED 25 LAP FEATURE (22 Entries):
A Main:1. Brandon Galloway (Gloucester, VA), 2. Brian Maxey (King George, VA), 3. Bret Hamilton (Powhatan, VA), 4. James Marshall (Saint Leonard, MD), 5. Dan Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 6. Brandon Cohick (Gloucester, VA), 7. Josh Harris (Gloucester, VA), 8. Tony Quade (Leonardtown, MD), 9. Chris Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 10. Curtis Barricks (Chesterfield, VA), 11. Dave Savage (Mattaponi, VA), 12. Neal Hudgins (Grimstead, VA), 13. Kevin Fletcher (Saluda, VA), 14. Dustin Bishop (Stony Creek, VA), 15. John Ferguson (Gloucester, VA), 16. David Kendall (Petersburg, VA), 17. Kelly Samuels (Chester, VA), 18. Page Harrison (Jetersville, VA), 19. Charlie Hubbard (Chesapeake, VA), 20. Wayne Taylor (Tappahannock, VA), 21. Kevin Beahr (Mechanicsville, VA), 22. Lance Grady (Maidens, VA),
FAST TIME: Dan Arnold – 20.522 seconds, 87.711mph
LIMITED STOCK CAR 20 LAP FEATURE (17 Entries):
A Main:1. Brett Adkins (Gloucester, VA), 2. Wesley Givens (Highland Springs, VA), 3. Ryan Toole (Richmond, VA), 4. James Givens (Highland Springs, VA), 5. Wayne Carroll (Fredericksburg, VA), 6. Brandon Sandridge (Mechanicsville, VA), 7. Kevin Fletcher (Saluda, VA), 8. Brandon Coates (Tappahannock, VA), 9. Lee Overstreet (Manakin Sabot, VA), 10. Daniel Loth (Richmond, VA), 11. Mike Butler (Richmond, VA), 12. John Hankins Jr. (Jamaica, VA), 13. Stephen Democko (Gloucester, VA), 14. Marty Coltrain (Richmond, VA), 15. Chad Champion (Beaverdam, VA), 16. Bryan Barkley (Hayes, VA), 17. Joe Ender (Glen Allen, VA),
FAST TIME: Brett Adkins – 22.906 seconds, 78.582mph