Jamaica, VA – The finish to the Ultimate Super Late Model sanctioned Mid-Atlantic Spring Championship had the crowd on their feet as Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV and Jeremy Miller of Gettysburg, PA put on a show as they battled over the final twenty laps for the win with Shaver taking the lead on last lap to take the win and the $10,000 top prize.

“I have to thank the Sawyer’s for supplying us with a track you can race on, you could go anywhere on the track and pass cars, I just love coming to this place,” commented a very elated Shaver in victory lane.

Jeremy Miller and Chris Madden led the field to green with Miller taking the top spot and the lead out of turn 2. Miller looked to be untouchable as he pulled away from the field and began lapping slower cars by lap 8.

On lap 12 Madden had to hold off Dale McDowell for second as they worked through lapped traffic. In Lap 16 McDowell got inside off Madden out of turn 2, as they raced back into three Steve Shaver made it three wide coming out of turn 4 to take third. On a lap 21 restart Shaver got inside McDowell for second and set out to catch Miller.

By lap 29 Shaver had caught Miller and began pressuring him for the lead. Several times he would get inside Miller but each time Miller would hold on to the spot. On lap 35, with the lead duo working lapped traffic, Shaver got inside Miller coming out of turn 4 and nipped Miller for the lead at the line. Miller would rocket back to the lead in turn 1 with Shaver in close pursuit.

On lap 46 Shaver began testing the outside of Miller and on each successive lap would pull alongside to challenge for the lead. On lap 48 shaver dove it in deep in turn 1 and when the two exited turn 2 Shaver had pulled off the pass for the lead and would go on to score the $10,000 victory.

Rounding out the top five were Jeremy Miller, Dale McDowell, Rick Eckert, and Jamie Lathroum.

Heat race wins went to Chris Madden, Jeremy Miller, Jamie Lathroum and Chris Ferguson. B Main win went to Ricky Elliott.

In other action the speedway had two first time winners as Chris Arnold of Petersburg, VA led flag to flag for his first win in the Budweiser Modified division and junior Carter of Mechanicsville, VA held off Todd Trayor of King William, VA for his first Truckin Thunder Sportsman victory.

In the Budweiser Modified 25 feature Chris Arnold of Petersburg, VA led flag to flag for his career first win at Virginia Motor Speedway. Behind him current point leader brian Dobie and former track champion Brett Hamilton put on a show for the fans racing side by side for second for ten laps. Dobie would take second by inches at the line over Hamilton with Page Harrison and defending track champion Dan Arnold rounding out the top 5. Donnie Smith was the Pitts Lumber Rookie of the Race with his ninth place finish.

In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 25 lap feature Junior Carter and Davey Pullen led the field to green with Carter controlling the top spot. On lap 11 Todd Trayor got past Pullen for second and began to reel in the leader. On lap 18 Traylor began applying pressure for the lead looking inside Carter at every corner. Each time Carter was up to the task and the laps wound down. With the fans on their feet Traylor pushed Carter for all he was worth only to come up short as Carter would take his career first Sportsman win with Traylor glued to his bumper. Rounding out the top five were Stephen Childress, Brett Adkins and Taylor Doggett. Brett Adkins was the Pitts Lumber rookie of the Race with his fourth place finish.

The speedway will take the weekend of May 26th off and return to racing Saturday June 2nd with week five of Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series action. The evenings events will include four divisions of exciting high octane, side by side dirt track racing. See the Victory Lap Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions in action.

Competitor gates for Saturday, June 2nd 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 (35 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (25 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (25 laps) and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (20 laps). All divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.

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.

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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


A Main:1. Steve Shaver (Vienna, WV), 2. Jeremy Miller (Gettysburg, PA), 3. Dale McDowell (Chickamauga, GA), 4. Rick Eckert (York, PA), 5. Jamie Lathroum (Mechanicsville, MD), 6. Stevie Long (Mechanicsville, MD), 7. Chris Ferguson (Mt. Holly, NC), 8. Dennis Franklin (Gaffney, SC), 9. Jason Covert (York Haven, PA), 10. Casey Roberts (Toccoa, GA), 11. Jerry Bard (Shippingsburg, PA), 12. Darryl Hills (Great Mills, MD), 13. Daniel Baggerly (Rural Retreat, VA), 14. Devin Friese (Chambersburg, PA), 15. Casey Barrow (Savannah, GA), 16. Zack Mitchell (Enoree, SC), 17. Kenny Moreland (Waldorf, MD), 18. Dustin Mitchell (Lucama, NC), 19. Chris Madden (Gaffney, SC), 20. Ricky Elliott (Seaford, DE), 21. David Watts (Buchanan, VA), 22. Coleby Frye (Dover, PA), 23. Mike Gault (Gaffney, SC), 24. Benji Cole (Cannon, GA), 25. Greg Satterlee (Rochester Mills, PA), 26. Donald Bradsher (Burlington, NC),

B Main:1. Ricky Elliott (Seaford, DE), 2. Mike Gault (Gaffney, SC), 3. David Watts (Buchanan, VA), 4. Donald Bradsher (Burlington, NC), 5. Jerry Bard (Shippingsburg, PA), 6. Dustin Mitchell (Lucama, NC), 7. Devin Friese (Chambersburg, PA), 8. Casey Barrow (Savannah, GA), 9. Dean Bowen (Whiteville, NC), 10. Greg Satterlee (Rochester Mills, PA), 11. Matt Quade (Mechanicsville, MD), 12. Benji Cole (Cannon, GA), 13. Davis Lipscombe (Mechanicsville, VA), 14. Rick Hulson (Glen Bernie, MD), 15. Tim Shelton (Fredericksburg, VA), 16. Anthony Kincaid (Hayes, VA), 17. Joe Ender (Glen Allen, VA),

Heat Races 1:1. Chris Madden (Gaffney, SC), 2. Rick Eckert (York, PA), 3. Kenny Moreland (Waldorf, MD), 4. Darryl Hills (Great Mills, MD), 5. Ricky Elliott (Seaford, DE), 6. Donald Bradsher (Burlington, NC), 7. Devin Friese (Chambersburg, PA), 8. Davis Lipscombe (Mechanicsville, VA), 9. Tim Shelton (Fredericksburg, VA),

Heat Races 2:1. Jeremy Miller (Gettysburg, PA), 2. Dale McDowell (Chickamauga, GA), 3. Zack Mitchell (Enoree, SC), 4. Daniel Baggerly (Rural Retreat, VA), 5. Mike Gault (Gaffney, SC), 6. David Watts (Buchanan, VA), 7. Casey Barrow (Savannah, GA), 8. Matt Quade (Mechanicsville, MD),

Heat Races 3:1. Jamie Lathroum (Mechanicsville, MD), 2. Steve Shaver (Vienna, WV), 3. Casey Roberts (Toccoa, GA), 4. Jason Covert (York Haven, PA), 5. Dean Bowen (Whiteville, NC), 6. Rick Hulson (Glen Bernie, MD), 7. Benji Cole (Cannon, GA), 8. Joe Ender (Glen Allen, VA),

Heat Races 4:1. Chris Ferguson (Mt. Holly, NC), 2. Dennis Franklin (Gaffney, SC), 3. Stevie Long (Mechanicsville, MD), 4. Coleby Frye (Dover, PA), 5. Greg Satterlee (Rochester Mills, PA), 6. Jerry Bard (Shippingsburg, PA), 7. Dustin Mitchell (Lucama, NC), 8. Anthony Kincaid (Hayes, VA),

Qualifying:1. Rick Eckert (York, PA), 2. Zack Mitchell (Enoree, SC), 3. Steve Shaver (Vienna, WV), 4. Chris Ferguson (Mt. Holly, NC), 5. Chris Madden (Gaffney, SC), 6. Jeremy Miller (Gettysburg, PA), 7. Jamie Lathroum (Mechanicsville, MD), 8. Dennis Franklin (Gaffney, SC), 9. Darryl Hills (Great Mills, MD), 10. Dale McDowell (Chickamauga, GA), 11. Casey Roberts (Toccoa, GA), 12. Stevie Long (Mechanicsville, MD), 13. Kenny Moreland (Waldorf, MD), 14. David Watts (Buchanan, VA), 15. Jason Covert (York Haven, PA), 16. Coleby Frye (Dover, PA), 17. Donald Bradsher (Burlington, NC), 18. Daniel Baggerly (Rural Retreat, VA), 19. Dean Bowen (Whiteville, NC), 20. Greg Satterlee (Rochester Mills, PA), 21. Ricky Elliott (Seaford, DE), 22. Matt Quade (Mechanicsville, MD), 23. Rick Hulson (Glen Bernie, MD), 24. Dustin Mitchell (Lucama, NC), 25. Devin Friese (Chambersburg, PA), 26. Mike Gault (Gaffney, SC), 27. Benji Cole (Cannon, GA), 28. Jerry Bard (Shippingsburg, PA), 29. Tim Shelton (Fredericksburg, VA), 30. Davis Lipscombe (Mechanicsville, VA), 31. Joe Ender (Glen Allen, VA), 32. Casey Barrow (Savannah, GA), 33. Anthony Kincaid (Hayes, VA),

FAST TIME: Rick Eckert – 17.775 seconds

A Main:1. Junior Carter (Mechanicsville, VA), 2. Todd Traylor (King William, VA), 3. Stephen Childress (St. Stephens Church, VA), 4. Brett Adkins (Gloucester, VA), 5. Taylor Doggett (Ruther Glen, VA), 6. Michael Hayes (Ruther Glen, VA), 7. J.R. Guy (Mechanicsville, MD), 8. Wayne Carroll (Fredericksburg, VA), 9. Tommy Upshaw (West Point, VA), 10. Davey Pullen (New Kent, VA), 11. Chad Beahr (Mechanicsville, VA), 12. Rudy Denke (Fredericksburg, VA), 13. Hunter Shelton (Fredericksburg, VA), 14. Eddie Beahr (Mechanicsville, VA), 15. Carl Vaughan (Chesapeake, VA),

FAST TIME: Brett Adkins – 20.816 seconds.

A Main:1. Chris Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 2. Brian Dobie (Partlow, VA), 3. Bret Hamilton (Powhatan, VA), 4. Page Harrison (Jetersville, VA), 5. Dan Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 6. Joey Polevoy (Powhatan, VA), 7. Jimmy Duncan (Fredericksburg, VA), 8. Francis Jarrelle III (Chesterfield, VA), 9. Donnie Smith (Fredericksburg, VA), 10. Charlie Hubbard (Chesapeake, VA), 11. Neal Hudgins (Grimstead, VA), 12. Kelly Samuels (Chesterfield, VA), 13. Ray Ashworth (Mechanicsville, VA), 14. Mike Reynolds (Clements, MD), 15. Brandon Galloway (Gloucester, VA), 16. James Sparks (Hollywood, MD), 17. Aaron Harris (Richmond, VA),

FAST TIME: Dan Arnold – 20.359 seconds


  1. Steve Bowyer May 20, 2012, 5:36 am


    I have been coming to VMS since Booper won the track champ, and this was this best run program I have witnessed at VMS. Other than the problems with the scoreboard the show was flawless. Great racing and well run. They should all be like this. I still have reservations about the two day shows with the low car counts everywhere, but I will see you in September. Wish the MACS was still around. One or two more two SLM races a year would be good.

    Steve Bowyer

  2. admin May 21, 2012, 1:17 pm

    Steve, thank you for your comments and for supporting Virginia Motor Speedways events. The scoreboard issue turned out to be a bad cord that the Ultimate Series scorer was using to connect to our scoreboard. Once we figured it out the scoreboard worked flawlessly. Stuff like that bugs the heck out of use as well!


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