Jamaica, VA – Major storms, producing heavy lightning, caused a power outage at the speedway forcing officials of Bill Sawyer’s to cancel racing activities for Saturday, June 23rd.

The speedway will return to racing Saturday June 30th for Truckin Thunder Scout Night presented by the Virginia Army National Guard and week eight of Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series action. The night’s activities will include the 1st Annual Truckin Thunder Dirtwood Nationals Pinewood Derby presented by the Virginia Army National Guard that will precede the action at the big track. There will be three divisions of competition for the pinewood derby – Scouts, Fans and VMS competitors. Gates will open at 3pm for registration and the 1st Annual Dirtwood Nationals will start at 4pm.

After the pinewood derby everyone is invited to stay for a night filled with exciting high octane, side by side dirt track racing and fireworks. All Scouts and Scout Masters in uniform will be admitted free in the grandstands.

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 30th 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.

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). Scouts and Scout Masters in uniform will get free grandstand admission. 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.

Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vamotorspeedway and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/vamotorspeedway.

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


  1. Lauren June 24, 2012, 12:51 am

    Sure wish you’d updated this site sooner. I’m traveling through the area and drove two hours to find out you cancelled. I had checked this site around 3PM and looked like things were a go. I could have went to a different track had I had not driven to yours first. Shot my Saturday night – thanks! You also had a family of four from Delware that changed vacation plans to see your race. Hard to believe and very disappointing especially since there were no race cars there so sommeone must have made a decission much earlier in the day. Unfortunately I’m not going to be in the area to caught any other races.

    • admin June 26, 2012, 5:06 pm


      The website was updated at at 11am on Saturday morning with this press release. It was also RSS fed to our Facebook page at the same time. There are comments on our Facebook page that at time stamped at 11:09am. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you and any of our other fans. We try very hard to keep everyone updated about any possible cancellations by posting on our site, our Facebook page, area message boards and local radio stations. Unfortunately, we experienced a catastrophic power outage from three direct lightning strikes to the facility. We did not have any electricity at the facility to host an event. At the time of this reply we are still without power at the racetrack. We are working very hard to get things back to normal. Again, we apologize to all our fans for any inconvenience our cancellation may have caused.

      Dave Seay


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