Shaver takes checkers in Ultimate Super Late Model Summer Heat 50; LaRoque, Arthur and Adkins also get wins
Jamaica, VA – On one of the hottest days of the year the action on track was even hotter as Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway hosted the first visit by the Ultimate Super Late Models to the ½ mile speedplant in Jamaica, VA for the $10,000 to win Summer Heat 50.
Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV took over the top spot on lap 20 with an outside pass of Jamie Lathroum out of turn 2. Lathroum tried several times to get back past Shaver for the lead but each time Shaver help on to the spot and would go on to take the victory in the inaugural Summer Heat 50 and collected the $10,000 check.
“I know what the staff here at VMS is doing to get such a great track in temperatures like we had today but keep it up,” commented Shaver in victory lane.
“I really have to thank the Rumley’s they give me a great car to drive every time and Ihave to say I really love this facility,” added Shaver.
Following Shaver to the checkers were Jeremy Miller, Jamie Lathroum, Casey Roberts and Jonathan Davenport.
In other action Scott Adams of Chester, VA took home his second win of the season in the Victory Lap Late Models; in the Budweiser Modified 25 lap feature Travis LaRoque of Newburg, MD picked up his first victory; in the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 25 lap feature
Ross Bailes and Casey Roberts led the field to green with Bailes leading the first lap. On lap 2 Jamie Lathroum dove inside Bailes out of turn 4 and would take the lead by inches at the line. On lap five the race would encounter two caution flags, each restart Lathroum would choose the inside and keep the lead once under green.
On lap 6 Davenport got by Shaver for second and looked to be headed to the front but jumped the cushion on lap 10 and lost a bit of momentum. Davenport would gather it back up and reel in Lathroum and on lap 16 got to the outside to take the lead out of two. the lead was short lived as Lathroum battled back in turn 3 with the two making contact and Lathroum coming out with the lead and Shaver following to second.
Caution would come out on lap 19 when Ricky Elliott came to a stop in turn 3. On the restart Lathroum chose to start on the inside with Shaver to his outside. As the two raced into turn one Shaver powered around the outside of Lathroum and the two went door to door with Shaver taking the lead by inches at the line.
Lathroum stayed on the inside of Shaver as the two raced side by side for the next two laps before Shaver would finally secure the top spot. On lap 31 Jeremy Miller began looking inside Lathroum for second. On lap 34 Miller finally took second and worked to reel in the leader.
Shaver would keep a couple of car lengths between himself and Miller and would go on to take the checkers over Miller, Lathroum, Casey Roberts and Davenport.
In the Victory Lap Late Model 35 lap feature Scott Adams of Chester, VA got inverted to the pole of the feature with Derick Quade of Mechanicsville, MD to his outside and leading the field to green. Adams would lead the first lap followed closely by Quade, Davis Lipscmobe, Anthony Kincaid and Walker Arthur.
On lap 3 caution would come out for David Williams who suffered a flat tire and came to rest in turn 3. On the restart Quade would look inside Adams for the lead only to be turned away. The car on the move was Tim Shelton as he had worked his way to fifth from his fourteenth place starting position.
On the restart Adams and Quade went back to battling for the lead, every time Adams was up to the task and would hold on to the top spot. On alp 17 David Williams would his way back into the top five and went to working on Kincaid for fourth.
Williams quickly made his way to third and began a battle with Quade for second. While the Quade worked to keep Williams behind him for second Adams began to pull away and work lapped traffic.
With the battle behind him Adams would go on to get his second win of the season followed by Derick Quade, David Williams, Davis Lipscombe and Anthony Kincaid to the checkers.
In the Budweiser Modified 25 lap feature John Ferguson and Bret Hamilton led the field to green with Hamilton leading the first lap.
With all the action behind him Hamilton pulled away to a full straight lead. For the first fifteen laps the only thing to slow Hamilton were two cautions. On the restart on lap 15 Hamilton pulled away again with Page Harrison, John Ferguson, Brian Maxey and seventeenth starting Travis LaRoque battling for second.
On lap 19 Maxey worked inside Harrison in turn 2 as the two exited the corner they made contact with Maxey taking over second and Harrison falling back to third. On the next lap caution would come out when Maxey went for a spin in turn 1 with help from Harrison.
It would be Hamilton leading the last five laps and crossing under the checkers first for what was to be his first win of the season at VMS. But after crossing the scales Travis LaRoque was declared the winner when Hamilton came up light. Rounding out the top five were Brandon Galloway, Jimmy Duncan and Wayne Barricks.
In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 25 lap feature Junior Carter and Todd Traylor would lead the field to green with Carter leading the first circuit. Walker Arthur quickly made his way to second and began pressuring Carter for the lead. Walker tried high and low trying to find away around Carter for the lead.
On lap 18 Arthur peeked to Carter’s inside as they headed into turn 1 and then he whipped it to the outside and pulled along side Carter in turn 2. Down the backstretch Arthur wrestled the lead away and then never looked back to go on to the victory. Rounding out the top five were Junior Carter, John Kirby, Todd Traylor and Michael Hayes.
In the Collision One Limited Stock Car 20 lap feature nightcap Brandon Sandridge and Thomas Rose led the field to green. Two cautions would come out for wrecks by Joe Ender and then a multi car pileup in turn four before one lap could be completed.
Once under green Sandridge would lead the races first lap followed closely by Wesley Givens and James Givens.
On lap 9 Brett Adkins joined the battle for second and went outside James Givens in turn 2 and inside Wesley Givens in turn 3 to take the spot. On lap 10 the battle for the lead got intense as Sandridge, Adkisn and the two Givens traded paint for the top spot. On lap 12 Adkins, who started sixteenth, took over the top spot, a postion he would not give up as he went on to record his third win in a row. Rounding out the top five were James Givens, Wesley Givens, David Bowler and Ryan Toole.
Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway will take the weekend of July 30th off and return to action Saturday August 6th and host Pepsi, WXGM Night featuring four divisions of Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series action. See the Victory Lap Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modifies and the Collision One Limited Stock divisions. Come experience the raw, pure excitement that is dirt racing!
Competitor gates for Saturday, August 6th will open at 4pm with spectator gates opening at 5pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm with hot laps. Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday August 6th: 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 (60+) $8; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $5, students 13 – 17 years old $7, children 7 to 12 $4 and children 6 and under admitted free. Pit passes for this special event will be $25.
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RACE RESULTS FOR SUMMER HEAT NIGHT, SATURDAY JULY 23, 2011:
ULTIMATE SUPER LATE MODEL SUMMER HEAT 50 (22 Entries):
Heat Race 1 (10 Laps):1. Ross Bailes, 2. Jamie Lathroum, 3. Jeremy Miller, 4. Steven Axtell Jr., 5. Mark Byram, 6. Ricky Weeks, 7. Booper Bare, 8. Matt Murphy
Heat Race 2: 1. Casey Roberts, 2. Ricky Elliott, 3. Chip Brindle, 4. Bo Feathers, 5. Brian Tavernner, 6. Tim Murphy, 7. David, Taylor
Heat Race 3: 1.Steve Shaver, 2.Jonathan Davenport, 3.Mike Gault, 4.Gary Stuhler, 5.Daniel Baggerly, 6.Alan Sagi, 7.Chris Feguson
Summer Heat 50 A Main: 1.Steve Shaver, 2.Jeremy Miller, 3.Jamie Lathroum, 4.Casey Roberts, 5.Jonathan Davenport, 6.Bo Feathers, 7.RickyWeeks, 8.Alan Sagi, 9.Chip Brindle, 10.Steven Axtell Jr., 11.Daniel Baggerly, 12.Ross Bailes, 13.Matt Murphy, 14.David Taylor, 15.Brian Tavernner, 16.Ricky Elliott, 17.Tim Murphy, 18.Mike Gault, 19.Gary Stuhler, 20.Mark Byram, 21.BooperBare, DNS: Chris Ferguson
FAST TIME: Jamie Lathroum – 17.657 seconds
VICTORY LAP LATE MODEL 35 LAP FEATURE (14 Entries):
A Main:1. Scott Adams (Chester, VA), 2. Derick Quade (Mechanicsville, MD), 3. David Williams (Avenue, MD), 4. Davis Lipscombe (Mechanicsville, VA), 5. Anthony Kincaid (Hayes, VA), 6. Matt Marshall (Stuarts Draft, VA), 7. Kenny Moreland (Waldorf, MD), 8. Walker Arthur (Forest, VA), 9. Tim Shelton (Fredericksburg, VA), 10. Brandon Long (Mechanicsville, MD), 11. John Staton (Norfolk, VA), 12. Alan Anderson (Norfolk, VA), 13. Andy Gregg (Portsmouth, VA), 14. Louis Timberlake (Mechanicsville, VA),
FAST TIME: Davis Lipscombe – 19.753 seconds, 91.125mph
TRUCKIN THUNDER SPORTSMAN 25 LAP FEATURE (15 Entries):
A Main:1. Walker Arthur (Forest, VA), 2. Junior Carter (Mechanicsville, VA), 3. John Kirby (Sandston, VA), 4. Todd Traylor (King William, VA), 5. Michael Hayes (Ruther Glen, VA), 6. Davey Pullen (New Kent, VA), 7. Roger Jamerson (Glen Allen, VA), 8. Tony Wood (New Kent, VA), 9. Bubba Holloway (Qiunton, VA), 10. Stephen Childress (St. Stephens Church, VA), 11. J.R. Guy (Mechanicsville, MD), 12. Roy Skaggs (Highland Springs, VA), 13. Carl Vaughan (Chesapeake, VA), 14. Wayne Carroll (Fredericksburg, VA), DNS: Taylor Doggett (Ruther Glen, VA), Tommy Upshaw (West Point, VA),
FAST TIME: Taylor Doggett – 21.333 seconds, 84.376mph
BUDWESIER MODIFIED 25 LAP FEATURE (20 Entries):
A Main:1. Travis LaRoque (Mooresville, NC), 2. Brandon Galloway (Gloucester, VA), 3. Jimmy Duncan (Fredericksburg, VA), 4. Curtis Barricks (Chesterfield, VA), 5. Charlie Hubbard (Chesapeake, VA), 6. Dan Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 7. Neal Hudgins (Grimstead, VA), 8. Josh Harris (Gloucester, VA), 9. Chris Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 10. Brian Maxey (King George, VA), 11. Page Harrison (Jetersville, VA), 12. Aaron Harris (Richmond, VA), 13. James Jessee (Spotsylvania, VA), 14. Francis Jarrelle III (Powhatan, VA), 15. John Ferguson (Gloucester, VA), 16. Brian Dobie (Partlow, VA), 17. Kelly Samuels (Chester, VA), 18. Joey Polevoy (Powhatan, VA), 19. Lance Grady (Maidens, VA), DQ: Bret Hamilton (Powhatan, VA),
FAST TIME: Brian Maxey – 20.338 seconds, 88.504mpgh
COLLISION ONE LIMITED STOCK CAR 20 LAP FEATURE (16 Entries):
A Main:1. Brett Adkins (Gloucester, VA), 2. James Givens (Highland Springs, VA), 3. Wesley Givens (Highland Springs, VA), 4. David Bowler (Gloucester, VA), 5. Ryan Toole (Richmond, VA), 6. Brandon Coates (Tappahannock, VA), 7. Ricky Douglas (Unionville, VA), 8. Chad Champion (Beaverdam, VA), 9. Brandon Sandridge (New Kent, VA), 10. Benjamin Lowry (Mechanicsville, VA), 11. Joe Ender (Glen Allen, VA), 12. Thomas Rose (Gloucester, VA), 13. Ryan Hutchens (Toano, VA), 14. Bryan Barkley (Hayes, VA), 15. Marty Coltrain (Richmond, VA), 16. Raymond Harper (Gloucester, VA),
FAST TIME: Joe Ender – 23.104 seconds, 77.909mph