Troy Williams (32) works to hold off Justin Williams (2) who would go on to the win (Al Gouder photo)
Jamaica, VA – What looked to be a cold and rainy day turned out to be a great night for racing at Virginia Motor Speedway for WRAR / WNNT Night and the opening night of Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series action. Taking home wins were Justin Williams (Victory Lap Late Models), Walker Arthur (Aaron’s Pro Late Models), Matt Quade (Budweiser Modifieds), Hunter Shelton (Truckin Thunder Sportsman) and Andrew Torbox (Collision One Limited Stock Cars).
In the Victory Lap Late Model 35 lap feature Billy Hubbard and Anthony Kincaid led the field to green with Hubbard taking the top spot on the drop of the green flag. Hubbard would go unchallenged until lap 9 when defending champion Justin Williams would begin to work on Hubbard for the lead. The two raced side by side for the next two laps before Williams took over the top spot. On the next circuit Williams would get into a lapped car and the ensuing spin collected both Hubbard and Walker Arthur sending both to the infield. On the restart Troy Williams would rocket away from the field and looked like his was on his way to the win that is until Justin Williams began his charge back to the front. With the laps winding down Justin Williams would get up on the cushion and reel in the leader. On lap 28 Troy Williams made a slight mistake in turn 2 allowing Justin Williams to get to his inside and take over the top spot. Once out front Justin Williams would go on to take the win followed by Troy Williams, John Staton, Anthony Kincaid and Petie Coffey rounding out the top five.
In the first ever race for the Aaron’s Pro Late Models Neal Hudgins and Paul McGinley led the field to green with the field getting three wide right out the gate. Caution would come out necessitating a complete restart. On the restart McGinley would get a better start and grab the lead out of turn 2. On lap 3 Walker Arthur rocketed to the inside of McGinley to take over the top spot. Arthur would work out to a sizeable lead while Daniel Baggerly worked his way to second. Once in the runner-up spot Baggerly set out to catch Arthur. Baggerly would pull to within a couple of car lengths but that was a close as he could get as Arthur would go on to collect the checkers with Baggerly, McGinley, Davis Lipscombe and Hudgins rounding out the top five.
The Budweiser Modified 25 lap feature may have been the most exciting race of the night as Matt Marshall, Jimmy Duncan and Matt Quade battled door to door for much of the feature. Joey Polevoy and Marshall led the field to green with Marshall jumping out to the lead. For the first 12 laps Duncan shadowed Marshall until he could finally get to his inside on lap 10. On lap 12 he finally took the lead but only by inches over Marshall. Marshall would take the lead back on the next circuit and would race door to door with Duncan over the top spot on lap 18. Not to be outdone Matt Quade made his way past Marshall and set out to catch Duncan. On 22 Quade got inside Duncan as the two exited turn 2. They raced side by side for the next two laps until Duncan bobbled in turn 2 on the final lap allowing Qaude to go on to the win followed by Duncan, Joey Polevoy, Matt Marshall and Rayn Toole rounding out the top five.
In the caution filled Truckin Thunder Sportsman 25 lap feature Hunter Shelton used an inside move on then leader Davey Pullen to take over the lead. The multiple cautions were the only thing that allowed the rest of the field to get close to Shelton and he dominated the event for the win. Rookie Jeremiah Marshall, Brett Adkins, Macy Causey and James Bunn rounded out the top five.
In the Collision One Limited Stock 20 lap feature defending champion Brandon Sandridge used a three wide pass in traffic to take the lead and go on to a sizeable lead. But on the white flag Sandridge would blow a right rear tire going down the backstretch. Sandridge tried to stay out front but as the field came to the checkered flag rookie Andrew Torbox was able to sneak by for his career victory. Brian Bradley, Brandon Sandridge, James Givens with a flat left front and Ben Lowry rounded out the top five.
The speedway will take next Saturday April 26th off due to the NASCAR races at Richmond International Raceway and return to racing on Saturday may 3rd for Truckin Thunder Scout Night presented by the Virginia Army national Guard. The night will feature the 3rd Annual Dirtwood Nationals Pinewood Derby and all Scouts in uniform will get in free. For detail on the Dirtwood Nationals Pinwood Derby visit the track website. The night will also feature the very popular “Twin Race” format or the Victory Lap Late Model, Aaron’s Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions.
Competitor gates for Saturday May 3rd 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: Victory Lap Late Models (Twin 20 Laps); Aaron’s Pro Late Models (Twin 15 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (Twin 15 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (Twin 15 laps) and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (Twin 12 laps). All divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.
Admission price for Adults $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 13 – 17 years old $6, children 7 to 12 $4 and children 6 and under admitted free. We offer a family pass for $25 (two adults and two children 12 and under). Pit passes will be $20.
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 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.
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RACE RESULTS FOR WRAR/WNNT NIGHT, SATURDAY APRIL 19, 2014:
Victory Lap LateModels (35laps):
A Main:1. Justin Williams (Shipman, VA), 2. Troy Williams (South Mills, NC), 3. John Staton (Chesapeake, VA), 4. Anthony Kincaid (Hayes, VA), 5. Petie Coffey (Waynesboro, VA), 6. David Steele (Newport News, VA), 7. Billy Hubbard (Cobbs Creek, VA), 8. Walker Arthur (Forest, VA), 9. Tim Shelton (Fredericksburg, VA), 10. Joe Ender (Glen Allen, VA), 11. Billy Tucker (King George, VA), 12. Stephen Childress (St. Stephens Church, VA),
Fast Qualifier: Troy Williams – 18.139 seconds.
Aaron’s pro Late Models (25 Laps):
A Main:1. Walker Arthur (Forest, VA), 2. Daniel Baggerly (Rural Retreat, VA), 3. Paul McGinley (Denton, MD), 4. Davis Lipscombe (Mechanicsville, VA), 5. Neal Hudgins (Grimstead, VA), 6. Skip Syester (Harrinton, DE), 7. Chad Martin (Gloucester, VA), 8. Bobby Thompson, 9. Michael Gignac, 10. Corey Almond (Appomattox, VA),
Fast Qualifier: Daniel Baggerly – 18.700 seconds (New Track Record)
Truckin Thunder Sportsman (25 laps):
A Main:1. Hunter Shelton (Fredericksburg, VA), 2. Jeremiah Marshall (Stuarts Draft, VA), 3. Brett Adkins (Gloucester, VA), 4. Macy Causey (Seaford, VA), 5. James Bunn (Richmond, VA), 6. James Snead (Fredericksburg, VA), 7. Kevin Beahr (Mechanicsville, VA), 8. Davey Pullen (New Kent, VA), 9. Troy Doggett (Ruther Glen, va), 10. Carl Vaughan (Chesapeake, VA), 11. Timmy Brann (Warsaw, VA), 12. Junior Carter (Mechanicsville, VA), 13. Hunter Ashworth (Mechanicsville, VA),
Fast Qualifier: Hunter Shelton – 21.529 seconds.
Budweiser Modifieds (25 laps):
A Main:1. Matt Quade (Mechanicsville, MD), 2. Jimmy Duncan (Fredericksburg, VA), 3. Joey Polevoy (Powhatan, VA), 4. Matt Marshall (Stuarts Draft, VA), 5. Ryan Toole (Hanover, VA), 6. James Sparks (Hollywood, MD), 7. Josh Harris (Gloucester, VA), 8. Lance Grady (Richmond, VA), 9. Mike Reynolds (Clements, MD), 10. Aaron Harris (Richmond, VA), 11. Charlie Hubbard (Chesapeake, VA), 12. Kelly Samuels (Chesterfield, VA), 13. Travis LaRoque (Mooresville, NC), 14. Robbie Babb (Chesapeake, VA), 15. Mark Schools (Midlothian, VA), 16. Stephen Quade (Mechanicsville, MD), 17. Brian Maxey (King George, VA), 18. Francis Jarrelle III (Chesterfield, VA),
Fast Qualifier: Matt Quade – 19.326 seconds.
Collision One Limited Stock Cars (20 laps):
A Main:1. Andrew Tarbox (King William, VA), 2. Brian Bradley (Hopewell, VA), 3. Brandon Sandridge (Mechanicsville, VA), 4. James Givens (Highland Springs, VA), 5. Benjamin Lowry (Mechanicsville, VA), 6. Ryan Hutchens (Providence Forge, VA), 7. Chris Champion (Bumpass, VA), 8. Daniel Alford (Colonial Beach, VA), 9. Chad Champion (Beaverdam, VA), 10. Christopher Sibley (Hartfield, VA), 11. Matthew Cook (Richmond, VA), 12. Chris Maxey (King George, VA), 13. Lucas Ward (Beaverdam, VA), 14. Stephanie Stallings (Gloucester, VA), 15. Cole Johnston (Gloucester, VA), 16. Travis Hopkins (Spotsylvania, VA), 17. David Bowler (Gloucester, VA),
Fast Qualifier: Brandon Sandridge – 23.728 seconds.