RACING HAs LOST A TRUE GENTLEMAN WITH THE PASSING OF JUNIE DUNLAVEY

RACING HAs LOST A TRUE GENTLEMAN WITH THE PASSING OF JUNIE DUNLAVEY

Richmond, VA – Junie Donlavey, a former NASCAR car owner who fielded entries in 45 seasons, died Monday night at 90 after battling Alzheimer’s disease. Junie was a friend to many and mentor to a few here at the speedway. “There will never be another car owner like Junie is NASCAR; he was truly one in a million,” commented track owner Bill Sawyer. “Junie was always willing to help with my racing; whenever we needed something he would just tell me to come over and get it,” commented track General Manager Clarke Sawyer. Junie was a Richmond area native whose drivers included the likes of David Pearson, Fred Lorenzen, Joe Weatherly, , Kenny Schrader, Benny Parsons and Dick Trickle. From the first time he fielded a car in a 1950 race at Martinsville Speedway through 1974, Donlavey’s team only ran more than a handful of races once. But from 1975-1988, Donlavey fielded full-season cars for drivers such as Parsons, Ridley, Dick Brooks, Ricky Rudd and Ken Schrader. Three of his drivers won Rookie of the Year — Ridley, Schrader and Bill Dennis. He then returned to a part-time schedule until 2002, when he last fielded a car with Hermie Sadler driving. Funeral arrangements were pending as of Tuesday afternoon....

Night One Results From Commonwealth 100

Story Courtesy Kevin Kovac – WoO PR Hometrack Star: Hubbard Shines During Friday’s Commonwealth 100 Qualifying Program At Virginia Motor Speedway Former VMS Champion Among Heat Winners For $25,000-To-Win World of Outlaws Late Model Series Spectacular JAMAICA, VA – April 15, 2011 – Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del., kicked off the second annual NAPA of King William Commonwealth 100 weekend at Virginia Motor Speedway just like he hoped – with a powerful heat-race victory during Friday night’s qualifying program....

ATTENTION ALL DRIVERS! INFO FOR SATURDAY’S PRACTICE

ATTENTION ALL DRIVERS! INFO FOR SATURDAY’S PRACTICE

Jamaica, VA – The speedway will be hosting a open practice this Saturday April 2nd from 9am till 5pm. On track action will get underway about 11:30am. We would like all competitors to have their AMB / My Laps transponders on their car and charged so that we may test the system and also provide you with lap times for practice sessions. For those that need to rent transponders we will have them available for $25 for the day. 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....

Attention Sportsman Drivers – Rule Change!

Jamaica, VA – There has been a change to the GM 604 Crate motor rules. Please download the new rules package if you plan on running the GM 604 crate motor during the 2011 season. The GM 604 crate rules will now mirror those of the late model and modified utilizing a 750 cm carburetor (see rules for clarification) with the car weighing 3000 lbs with driver. If you have any questions please contact Clarke Sawyer at (804) 758-1867....

Speedway Has Successful Weekend at Motorsports 2011; Commonwealth 100 Tickets On Sale

Jamaica, VA – The speedway’s booth at the Motorsports 2011 show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center was a huge hit with fans and competitors. Thank you to everyone that came by the booth to visit with us and for all the wonderful comments about our speedway. A huge thank you to Austin Hubbard and Bruce Kane who provided cars for the booth and did autographs and also to World of Outlaws Late Model driver Rick Eckert and 2010 Steel Block Bandits Champion Walker Arthur for their participation in the autograph sessions....

Virginia Motor Speedway and Owner Bill Sawyer named World of Outlaws Late Model Promoter of the Year

Jamaica, VA – During the World of Outlaws Late Model banquet held Sunday November 7, 2010 World Racing Group President and COO Tom Deery announced that the 2010 WoO LMS Promoter of the Year award was earned by Virginia Motor Speedway’s Bill Sawyer, whose top-notch facility has hosted a WoO LMS event annually since 2004 and this year stepped up by inaugurating the $25,000-to-win Commonwealth 100....

Adams, Jamerson, Arnold and Toole crowned Champions; Maxey crowned VA Army National Guard Dirt Series Champion

Jamaica, VA – Bill Sawyers Virginia Motor Speedway wrapped up the 2010 season by recognizing the top ten in each of the track’s divisions with special attention reserved for the 2010 champions. Scott Adams of Chester, VA was crowned the Victory Lap Late Model Champion and received a check for $5,000 for his efforts. It was Adams first championship. Adams also received an invitation to the Rocket Chassis Race Wise Chassis School, a $500 certificate from the Joie of Seating, a driver portrait from MPH Productions and his Championship helmet trophy and jacket....

Davenport is “Super” in 31st Annual ASi Racewear USA 100; Defibaugh Takes Inaugural USA 30 for AMRA Modifieds

Jamaica, VA – Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA completed the weekend sweep in the Commonwealth State of Virginia as he captured the $15,000 to win ASI Racewear 31st Annual “USA 100” on Saturday Night at Virginia Motor Speedway. Davenport’s win marked his second Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory in two nights. Friday Night he captured the win at Winchester Speedway. Trailing Davenport to the finish line were current series point’s leader, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN and 4-time series champion, Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL. Completing the top five were Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV and Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA. “To win one Lucas Oil event this weekend was special, but to back it up here tonight with a win against this type of competition is just fantastic,” said the 26-year-old racer. “The car was fast all night, we came out and broke the track record, won our heat and I tried a couple of different lines out there in the feature, the car was just a dream to drive, to beat drivers like Bloomquist, Pearson, Owens and so on is just terrific, they are all great drivers and to race against them it is an honor.” “I have to thank Barry and Lance Wright for giving me the opportunity to drive their equipment, thanks to all my sponsors for making this possible, Nichols Plumbing, Dirtwrap, Baird Transport, Elite Concrete, Mega Plumbing of the Carolinas and all my product sponsors, we are really on a roll right now and we hope to continue to finish the season strong,” said Davenport who earned $25,000 for his two victories....

$2500 to Win AMRA sanctioned USA 30 to Add Excitement to USA 100; Modified Entry Fees Reduced

Jamaica, VA – With the ASi Racewear USA 100 event already one of the best events on the East Coast, what could make the event even more exciting for our race fans? How about the addition of the AMRA Modifieds! For the first time the speedway will host the very exciting and fast AMRA modifieds for the USA 30. The race will pay $2500 to win and $250 to start the A Main. The event boasts a total purse of $15,555, one of the largest on the East Coast. The USA 30 will be an AMRA point race with the points going towards the AMRA national points championship. The entry fee for the USA 30 will be $35 for all drivers now. For this event the AMRA officials will waive the $15 temporary member fee for all non-AMRA members. Format for the USA 100 will be hot laps, group qualifying, heats, B Main(s) and feature. AMB Transponders and Racecievers are required and can be rented at the track. Provisionals: One (1) AMRA National Points and One (1) VMS Budweiser Modified points....

2010 Awards Banquet to be held Saturday October 23rd; Order Your Tickets Now.

Jamaica, VA – The 2010 Awards Banquet and Dance for Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is quickly approaching; this years Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at the beautiful Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA. Fans of Virginia Motor Speedway are once again invited to attend the Awards Banquet. During the evenings award ceremony over $55,000 in cash and contingencies will be handed out to the Speedway’s five Champions and the remainder of the top 10 in each division. The Victory Lap Late Model Champion will receive $5,000 for winning his championship....

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