Stevie Long Finally Gets Victory Lap Late Model Victory; Arnold, Jamerson and Adkins also get wins.
Jamaica, VA – During the month of July Stevie Long of Mechanicsville, MD had earned the name Mr. Heartbreak as he dealt with motor problems that took him out of the Championship point chase in the Victory Lap Late Model division at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway. With a victory everything changed.
Tim Shelton and Tom Cohick led the field to green with Cohick leading the first circuit followed closely by Long. Two quick cautions both on lap 2 put Long right on Cohick’s bumper. On the restart Long tried to get inside Cohick but couldn’t make the pass. On the next circuit Long tried once again to get inside Cohick this time in turn 4 but once again Cohick was up to the challenge.
On lap 7 David Williams joined the battle for the lead. Over the next six laps the top three looked for ways around the others. On lap 14 Long got under Cohick once again in turn 2, this time the two touched with Long coming out with the lead. On the next lap Williams would get by Cohick for second and set out to reel in the leader.
On lap 18 Williams began to pressure Long for the lead. As the two raced through lapped traffic Long began to pull away. Over the final twenty laps Long worked traffic to perfection on way to his first victory of 2010.
“After the month of July we had it sure feels great to finally shake the monkey off our back. The track was awesome tonight you couldn’t ask for a better surface to race on,” commented Long in victory lane.
Rounding out the top five were David Williams, Matt Marshall, Scott Adams and Davis Lipscombe.
In other action Dan Arnold of Petersburg, VA took home the victory in the Budweiser Modifieds. In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman Roger Jamerson of Mechanicsville, VA took home the victory and in the Collision One Limited Stock Cars Brett Adkins of Gloucester, VA got the victory.
In the Budweiser Modified 25 lap feature Page Harrison and Tony Quade led the field to green with current point leader charging from his sixth place starting spot to take the lead in turn for and lead the first circuit.
Two quick cautions found Dan Arnold on the bumper of Maxey for the restart. Once back under green Arnold began to apply pressure for the top spot. On lap 8 Arnold dove under Maxey in turn 4 and pulled door to door with Maxey holding on at the line. Over the next two laps Arnold tried high and low and on lap 11 Maxey and Arnold split a slower car with Maxey going high and Arnold low. As they exited turn 2 three wide Arnold emerged as the leader heading into turn 3.
Once out front Arnold began to pull away from the field. On lap 16 John Ferguson took over the third position from Page Harrison and set out for Maxey. With the rest of the field fighting for position Arnold would cruise to his third win in a row and take over the points lead in the process. Rounding out the top five were Brian Maxey, John Ferguson, Page Harrison and Brandon Galloway.
In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 25 lap feature Tommy Upshaw and J.R. Guy led the field to green with Guy taking the top spot and leading the first lap. The next lap the races first caution came out for a big wreck in turn 1 involving Bubba Chandler, Michael Hayes and Carl Vaughan. All three drivers would be ok with Vaughan the only car to return to action.
On the restart Tony Wood began to dog Guy and in turn 4 dove under guy to take the lead at the line by inches. Once out front Wood would begin to pull away from the field. On lap 7 Roger Jamerson would take over the second spot and begin to reel in the leader. On lap 13 Wood and Jamerson split a lapped car in turn 4 coming to the line with Jamerson grabbing the lead by inches at the line. In turn 2 fought back on the outside to regain the lead but it was short lived as Jamerson would drive under Wood on lap 15 when Wood slide up turn 4 giving Jamerson the opening. Once out front Jamerson pulled away to take the win and extend his point lead. Rounding out the top five were Tony Wood, J.R. Guy, Davey Pullen and Michael Roop.
The Collision One Limited Stock Car 20 lap feature saw Ryan Toole and Brett Adkins leading the field to green with Adkins taking command and leading the first circuit. Once out front the only things to slow the leader were cautions and on each restart Adkins would pull away from the field. Toole got one final shot at Adkins on the lap 17 restart and as each time before Adkins was up to the challenge as he cruised to the victory. Following Adkins to the checkers were Ryan Toole, Wesley Givens, James Givens and Brandon Sandridge.
Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway will take the weekend of August 21st off and return to racing on Saturday August 28th to host WXGM Night at the Races. The night’s activities will include the Victory Lap Late Models, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modifieds and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars in Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series action.
Competitor gates for Saturday, August 28th will open at 4pm with spectator gates opening at 6pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm with hot laps. Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday August 28th: 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 track divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.
Adult admission is just $10, Senior $8, Military $5, Students 13 –17 yrs old $7, Children 7 – 12 yrs old $4 and Children 6 and under 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.
MEDIA CONTACT: DAVE SEAY (804) 758-1867 OR (804) 357-7223
RACE RESULTS FOR VIRGINIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD / NAPA OF KING WILLIAM AND TAPPAHANNOCK NIGHT, SATURDAY AUGUST 14, 2010:
VICTORY LAP LATE MODEL 35 LAP FEATURE (17 Entries):
A Main:1. Stevie Long (Mechanicsville, MD), 2. David Williams (Avenue, MD), 3. Matt Marshall (Stuarts Draft, VA), 4. Scott Adams (Chester, VA), 5. Davis Lipscombe (Mechanicsville, VA), 6. Tim Shelton (Fredericksburg, VA), 7. Kenny Moreland (Waldorf, MD), 8. Anthony Kincaid (Hayes, VA), 9. Ben Bowie (Brandywine, MD), 10. Brandon Long (Mechanicsville, MD), 11. Dan Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 12. Tyler Bailey (Chesterfield, VA), 13. Andy Gregg (Portsmouth, VA), 14. Brad Rigdon (Chesapeake, VA), 15. Tom Cohick (Gloucester, VA), 16. Junior Carter (Mechanicsville, VA), DQ: Chris Stacy (Spotsylvania, VA),
FAST TIME: David Williams – 18.417 seconds, 97.736mph.
TRUCKIN THUNDER SPORTSMAN 25 LAP FEATURE (13 Entries):
A Main:1. Roger Jamerson (Glen Allen, VA), 2. Tony Wood (New Kent, VA), 3. J.R. Guy (Mechanicsville, MD), 4. Davey Pullen (New Kent, VA), 5. Michael Roop (Stafford, VA), 6. John Kirby (Sandston, VA), 7. Shawn Otey (Aylett, VA), 8. Bubba Holloway (Qiunton, VA), 9. Carl Vaughan (Chesapeake, VA), 10. Rusty Steele (Providence Forge, VA), 11. Tommy Upshaw (West Point, VA), 12. Michael Hayes (Ruther Glen, VA), 13. Bubba Chandler (Wake, VA),
FAST TIME: Roger Jamerson – 21.320 seconds, 84.428mph.
BUDWESIER MODIFIED 25 LAP FEATURE (18 Entries):
A Main:1. Dan Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 2. Brian Maxey (King George, VA), 3. John Ferguson (Gloucester, VA), 4. Page Harrison (Jetersville, VA), 5. Brandon Galloway (Gloucester, VA), 6. Lance Grady (Maidens, VA), 7. Dustin Bishop (Stony Creek, VA), 8. Chris Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 9. Josh Harris (Gloucester, VA), 10. Charlie Hubbard (Chesapeake, VA), 11. Curtis Barricks (Chesterfield, VA), 12. Robert Staats (Petersburg, VA), 13. Dave Savage (Mattaponi, VA), 14. James Jessee (Spotsylvania, VA), 15. Aaron Harris (Richmond, VA), 16. Neal Hudgins (Grimstead, VA), 17. Tony Quade (Leonardtown, MD), DNS: Joey Polevoy (Powhatan, VA),
FAST TIME: Brian Maxey – 20.021 seconds, 89.906mph.
LIMITED STOCK CAR 20 LAP FEATURE (15 Entries):
A Main:1. Brett Adkins (Gloucester, VA), 2. Ryan Toole (Richmond, VA), 3. Wesley Givens (Highland Springs, VA), 4. James Givens (Highland Springs, VA), 5. Brandon Sandridge (New Kent, VA), 6. Kevin Fletcher (Saluda, VA), 7. Joe Ender (Glen Allen, VA), 8. Lee Overstreet (Manakin Sabot, VA), 9. Chad Champion (Beaverdam, VA), 10. Bryan Barkley (Hayes, VA), 11. John Hankins Jr. (Jamaica, VA), 12. Raymond Harper (Gloucester, VA), 13. Marty Coltrain (Richmond, VA), 14. Daniel Loth (Richmond, VA), 15. Mark Guindon (Gloucester, VA),
FAST TIME: Kevin Fletcher – 22.945 seconds, 78.448mph.