Tyler Bare Holds off Justin Williams in Traffic to claim the Pro Late Model Checkers; Polevoy, Atkins and Hutchens also grab wins
Several times Williams pulled up alongside Bare to battle for the lead but each time Bare would hold Williams off. The two diced through lapped traffic staying within inches of each other. On several occasions the two made it three wide with a lapped car bringing the fans to their feet. In the end Bare was able to hold off Williams by .218 seconds at the line.
“I feel like a just ran a two hundred lap race, the track was in great condition for having so much rain yesterday,” commented Bare in Whos’YourDriver.org victory lane. Bare added, ”those last few laps were intense as we worked through lapped traffic and I have to thank Justin (Williams) for driving me clean.”
Rounding out the top five were Justin Williams, Walker Arthur, Mark Parks and Corey Almond.
In other action Brett Atkins of Saluda, VA held off Tim Shelton of Fredericksburg, VA for the Truckin Thunder Sportsman win; Joey Polevoy of Powhatan, VA survived two of his own spins to come from the rear twice to win the Budweiser Modified feature and in the Collision One Limited Stocks Ryan Hutchens of Providence Forge, VA wrestled the led from James Givens on lap 8 to grab the lead and eventual win.
In the Budweiser Modified 30 lap feature Joey Polevoy grabbed the lead from Jeff Solinger on lap 2 and looked to be stretching the lead out until he spun while leading on lap 10 as result of a flat right rear tire. Polevoy would join the rear of the field and would scramble his way back to the front. On lap 22 he spun once again relegating him to the rear of the field for a second time. By lap 28 he was battling with Briand Dobie and Mike Reynolds for second when his car jump a rut and collected the other two drivers. Polevoy kept going as caution came out. On the restart Polevoy worked inside Tim Schulte for the lead taking over the top spot with one lap to go. Polevoy would take the win with Schulte, James Sparks, Francis Jarrelle III and Jeff Solinger rounding out the top five.
In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 30 lap feature it looked like Michael Hayes would lead from start to finish but on lap 26 something broke on his car sending him for a spin and to the infield. That handed the lead to Brett Atkins who had to fend off fast qualifier Tim Shelton who worked his way to the front again after two early spins. Atkins would take the win by seconds. Rounding out the top five were Shelton, Steve Causey, James Snead and Chad Beahr.
The Collision One Limited Stock feature may have been the most entertaining race of the night. It took James Givens just two laps to come from his fourth-place starting position to grab the lead from Corey Bradley with Ryan Hutchens following into second. On lap 8 Givens and Hutchens traded some paint as the two battled door to door for the top spot. Hutchens would emerge with the lead. Givens tried to get back around him but would bring out a curation and send him to pit road for repairs.
Hutchens would have to fend off Cory Bradley and Chad Champion over the final 10 laps of the feature. Hutchens would finally pull away as Champion and Bradley tussled over the runner-up spot. Hutchens would go on to take the win, his third opening night wins in a row. Rounding out the top five were Chad Champion, Cory Bradley, Eddie Dettbarn and Marty Coltrain.
The Speedway will return to racing next Saturday April 8th and host one of the country’s premier events for dirt late models the $20,000 to win Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth presented by Essex Concrete. The event is sanctioned by the Ultimate Super Late Model Series and will also include a $3000 to win FASTRAK Racing National event for Pro (Crate) Late Model competitors. Many of the Mid-Atlantic’s top talent will be on hand going for the big payday. This is one event you will not want to miss.
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Competitor gates for Saturday April 8th will open at 3pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm. On track activities will begin at 6:00pm with hot laps.
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RACE RESULTS FOR RAPPAHANNOCK COMMUNITY COLLEGE NIGHT presented by WRAR/WNNT, SATURDAY April 1, 2017:
Victory Lap Pro Late Models (35 Laps):
1. 30-Tyler Bare; 2. 2-Justin Williams; 3. 7W-Walker Arthur; 4. 47P-Mark Parks; 5. 7A-Corey Almond; 6. 45-David Williams; 7. 2*-Jared Powell; 8. 51-Bobby Thompson; 9. 47-Matt Quade; 10. 40-Brent Bordeaux; 11. 14C-Chuck Bowie; 12. 5J-Darrell Dowell; 13. 82-Roger Robertson Jr; 14. 38-Nicolas Love; 15. 03-Stephen Childress; 16. 71-Davis Lipscombe; 17. 47S-Billy Hubbard; 18. 66X-Matthew Tarbox; 19. 17-Camden Testerman; 20. 12-Ryan Adams; 21. 28-Carl Vaughan
Fast Qualifier: Justin Williams – 18.262 seconds; 98.565 mph
Truckin Thunder Sportsman (30 laps):
1. 16-Brett Adkins; 2. 55-Tim Shelton; 3. 9-Steve Causey; 4. 91-James Snead; 5. 1-Chad Beahr; 6. 43J-Joe Weiss; 7. 25-Tyler Shipp; 8. 12-Rusty Steele; 9. 0-Chase Burrow; 10. 22-Michael Hayes; 11. 01-Tommy Upshaw; 12. 14-Sean Owens; 13. 11-Chase Butler; 14. 21-Brandon Sandridge; 15. 8-Roger Jamerson; 16. 10-Matt Ashworth; 17. 211-Rudy Denke
Fast Qualifier: Tim Shelton – 21.173 sec; 85.014 mph
Budweiser Modifieds (30 laps):
1. 51-Joey Polevoy; 2. 10S-Tim Schulte; 3. 26X-James Sparks; 4. 01-Francis Jarelle III; 5. 7+7-Jeff Solinger; 6. 21C-Davey Conley; 7. 39-Brian Dobie; 8. 16-David Kendall; 9. 112-Mike Reynolds; 10. 44-Stephen Bryant; 11. 68-Adam Hoegerl; 12. 99-Charlie Hubbard
Fast Qualifier: Joey Polevoy – 19.035 sec; 94.563 moh
Collision One Limited Stock Cars (25 laps):
1. 14-Ryan Hutchens; 2. 08-Chad Champion; 3. 41-Cory Bradley; 4. 10-Ernie Dettbarn; 5. 25-Marty Coltrain; 6. 59-Robbie Hutchens; 7. 18-John Hankins Jr; 8. 4-Randy Hutchens; 9. 8-James Givens; 10. 01-Trent Clemans; 11. 32M-Chris Champion; 12. 26-Stepahnie Stallings; 13. 38-Caleb Carter; 14. 50-Sibley Blair; 15. 18N-Josh New
Fast Qualifier: James Givens – 22.696 sec; 79.309 mph