Eckert Aims For Better Results In Second Annual Commonwealth 100 On April 15-16 At Virginia Motor Speedway

Eckert Aims For Better Results In Second Annual Commonwealth 100 On April 15-16 At Virginia Motor Speedway

Story courtesy Kevin Kovac, World of Outlaws Late Model PR Director Pennsy Star Can’t Forget Frustrating Performance In Last Year’s Inaugural $25,000-To-Win Event JAMAICA, VA – April 11, 2011 – Rick Eckert can’t forget his subpar performance in last year’s inaugural Commonwealth 100 at Virginia Motor Speedway. And that’s why he can’t wait to return to Bill Sawyer’s pristine half-mile oval on April 15-16 for the second edition of the $25,000-to-win World of Outlaws Late Model Series spectacular. Eckert, 45, of York, Pa., has enjoyed plenty of special-show success at VMS over the past decade, but he was a surprising non-factor in the track’s biggest event ever one year ago. He finished the 2010 Commonwealth 100 two laps down in 22nd place – and man, does that still gnaw at him. “I remember I had a good car the first night,” Eckert said of last year’s Commonwealth 100 weekend. “I qualified late (in time trials) but still turned a lap (sixth-quick among 56 entrants) good enough to sit on the pole of a heat, and then I heat-raced pretty good too (he won the sixth prelim). I had changed some stuff on my car and it seemed to work....

Virginia Motor Speedway’s Bill Sawyer Offers Fans Great Admission Deal For ‘Commonwealth 100’ On April 15-16

Virginia Motor Speedway’s Bill Sawyer Offers Fans Great Admission Deal For ‘Commonwealth 100’ On April 15-16

Story courtesy Kevin Kovac – World of Outlaws Late Model Series PR Director. 2010 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Promoter of the Year Has Showplace Track Ready For Second Annual $25,000-To-Win Event JAMAICA, VA – April 3, 2011 – There’s a host of reasons for Virginia Motor Speedway owner Bill Sawyer’s selection as the 2010 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Promoter of the Year, but three undoubtedly stand out. No. 1: Sawyer’s racetrack, a showplace half-mile oval that he’s built into one of the top short-track facilities in the country. No. 2: Sawyer’s creation of the Commonwealth 100, a $25,000-to-win WoO LMS spectacular that launched in 2010 and returns to the national tour’s schedule this year for a second annual edition on April 15-16. No. 3: Sawyer’s dedication to the fans, for whom he not only provides a speedway with virtually unmatched amenities but also attractive ticket deals like the one he’s offering up for the high-profile Commonwealth 100 weekend....

Virginia Motor Speedway 2011 season Just Around the Corner; Commonwealth 100 advance ticket deadline approaching

Jamaica, VA – It won’t be long before the roar of engines can once again be heard on Saturday’s at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway as competitors will get the chance to dial in their rides for the 2011 season as the speedway will hold a “Test & Tune” open practice for all divisions Saturday, April 2nd. Gates will open at 9am for competitors with on track action to begin at 11:30am. Fans are invited to come out and watch open practice to see all the new cars and paint schemes. There will be no charge for grandstand admission for open practice. Anyone wanting to visit the pits will be required to buy a pit pass. Pit passes will be $20 per person. All cars must be inspected before they will be allowed to practice. Registrations are currently being accepted with all numbers being given out on a first come first served basis. Competitors can obtain a 2011 registration form by going to the tracks website or by calling the speedway Monday through Friday 10am through 3pm at (804) 758-1867....

Virginia Motor Speedway Releases 2011 Schedule

Jamaica, VA – The tentative 2011 schedule for Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway has been released and includes 12 weeks of Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series action and will open with the World of Outlaws sanctioned $25,000 to win Commonwealth 100 April 15 – 16, 2010 and end with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned $15,000 to win 32nd Annual USA 100. To see the entire 2011 schedule in its entirety click on schedule under the Events tab....

WXGM Night This Saturday August 28th; Point Battles Tight

Jamaica, VA – Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway will host WXGM Night at the Races this Saturday August 28th. The night’s activities will include the Victory Lap Late Models, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modifieds and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars in Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series action. With only two point races left in the chase for the Championships the action is sure to be intense....

Virginia Army National Guard / NAPA of King William and Tappahannock Night this Saturday August 14th

Jamaica, VA – Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway will host National Guard, NAPA of King William and Tappahannock Night at the Races this Saturday, August 14th. Come out and help us honor those that serve in the Virginia Army National Guard. The night’s activities will include the Victory Lap Late Models, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modifieds and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars in action. Competitor gates for Saturday, August 14th will open at 4pm with spectator gates opening at 6pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm with hot laps. Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday August 14th: 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 track divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features. Adult admission is just $10, Senior $8, Military $5, Students 13 –17 yrs old $7, Children 7 – 12 yrs old $4 and Children 6 and under free....

Speedway to Host Kids in Uniform Night Saturday August 7th; Championship Point Battles Tight

Jamaica, VA – After taking a week off Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway will return to racing on Saturday August 7th to host Truckin Thunder, Collision One, WNNT, WRAR Kids in Uniform Night presented by Amerigas. All kids in a baseball, softball, soccer, Boy Scout or Girl Scout uniform will be admitted free. It will be a night of exciting racing so bring the whole team or group. The night’s activities will include the Victory Lap Late Models, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modifieds and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars in action....

Budweiser / WIGO Night this Saturday July 24th; Championship battles tight

Jamaica, VA – Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway will host Budweiser / WIGO Night at the Races this Saturday July 24th. All four Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series divisions will be in action featuring the Victory Lap Late Models, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified, Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions. Competitor gates for Saturday, July 24th will open at 3pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm with hot laps. Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday July 24th: 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 $8; military $5, students 13 – 17 years old $7, children 7 to 12 years old $4 and children 6 and under admitted free. The military discount is for any active, retired, Guard or reserve personnel with proper military I.D....

Steel Block Bandits Ride Into Town This Saturday July 17th for $2000 to win Firecracker 30; Points Tight in all Divisions

Jamaica, VA – The buzz about this weekend’s Steel Block Bandits sanctioned $2000 to win Revere Gas Firecracker 30 presented by Aaron’s continues to get louder with talk of a possible fifty late models on hand for the series inaugural visit. Some of the region’s top late model talent will be on hand for the Steel Block Bandits first ever visit to the 1/2 mile speed plant in Jamaica, VA. The series regulars, which will include the speedway’s 2008 Victory Lap Late Model Champion and current Bandits point leader Walker Arthur of Forest, VA, will have a tough road ahead of them as they will have to contend with a strong local contingent of VMS locals led by Stevie Long of Mechanicsville, MD, rookie Tim Shelton of Fredericksburg, VA, Scott Adams of Chester, VA, Davis Lipscombe of Mechanicsville, VA, Tom Cohick of Gloucester, VA and Ben Bowie of Brandywine, MD. Also expected to be on hand are 2007 Victory Lap Late Model Champion Jared Powell, along with former VMS regulars Sommey Lacey and David Williams. All three have visited victory lane....

Rain Forces Postponement of Steel Block Bandits Sanctioned Firecracker 30 Till Next Saturday July 17th

Jamaica, VA – All indications were that the first ever visit by the Steel Block Bandits to the ½ mile speed plant in Jamaica, VA was going to be a home run. Over the last two weeks officials from the Bandits and Virginia Motor Speedway were hearing from a multitude of competitors that had everyone expecting 40 plus cars for the series first event at the facility. It will have to wait another week as Mother Nature had other ideas with rains soaking the grounds and with more severe storms looming officials at VMS were forced to postpone the $2000 to win Revere Gas Firecracker 30 presented by Aaron’s to next Saturday July 17th. “This event was picking up a lot of steam with both competitors and fans, we were very excited about possibilities of the first ever visit to our facility by the Steel Block Bandits, but with the rain and the forecast for more severe storms on the way we are forced to reschedule the event for next Saturday July 17th and we hope that we will still see a record car count for the Steel Block Bandits first event next weekend,” commented track General Manager Clarke Sawyer....

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