Lathroum Lands Biggest Payday of Career in USA 100; Erwin Doubles up in Modifieds

Jamaica, VA (Lucas Story by James Essex) – Jamie Lathroum of Mechanicsville, MD a former track champion at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway captured the biggest victory of his racing career on Saturday Night taking home the $20,000 first place in the 33rd Annual USA 100. Lathroum took over the lead on lap 18 and held off Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN for the win in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event. Steve Francis of Ashland, KY led the first 15 laps of the race until Lathroum forged under him coming off of turn four. Francis then jumped the cushion and was forced to stop on the track before contact with the inside guardrail. On the restart Lathroum would pick up the lead of the race, but a big wreck in turn four involving four cars would change the complexion of the top five. Lathroum would maintain the top spot with Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL and John Blankenship of Williamson, WV running in third. Lathroum would build his lead over Pearson and Blankenship as the drivers approached the halfway mark of the race. Blankenship would squeeze by Pearson for second as he began to run down the leader, Lathroum. Blankenship would close the gap in a hurry as he closed to within a car length of Lathroum, who was having difficulty negotiating lapped car. Blankenship would try to pass Lathroum several times, but could never get a good enough run. Lathroum meanwhile stretched his lead out to a comfortable margin over Blankenship, who was now receiving pressure from the duo of Pearson and Bloomquist. Bloomquist would move into the third spot on lap 43 as he tracked down Blankenship and overhauled him on lap 46. Bloomquist then tried to diamond-off the runs in an effort to catch the high-flying Lathroum, but it was to no avail as Lathroum hit his marks lap after lap as he took his car to Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the first time in his career. He becomes the 15th different winner this year in series competition. “This is just awesome,” said Lathroum, who emerged from his MasterSbilt by Huey with tears in his eyes. “This is the biggest win of my career and to outrun Bloomquist, O’Neal and the rest of these guys is just unbelievable, I have to thank my crew, everybody here at Virginia Motor Speedway, my family and the fans,” said the 33-year-old, whose biggest win before tonight was a $10,000 victory in 2009. Lathroum, who captured the late Model track title at VMS back in 2005, said keeping his car away from the bumps and cushion was critical to his success. “I tried to stay away from all of that, there were guys jumping the cushion, it would bite you if you let it, I just tried to be smooth lap after lap and we got it done,” said the driver of the Three Mules Welding, Claar Logging, Superior Tank, The Bowles Boys, Lathroum’s Seafood, Integra, Abell Auto Glass and Eugene Copsey’s Plumbing. His car is powered by an Eatmon Racing Engine. Bloomquist would come home in second followed by Blankenship, Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN, who pitted twice during the race finished fourth and Pearson rounded out the top five. Completing the top ten were: Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA; Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; Jared Landers of Batesville, AR; Dan Stone of Thompson, PA; and Walker Arthur of Forest, VA. In the Modified Madness 25 for the Budweiser Modifieds Chris Parker of Lumber Bridge, NC got the jump on Dan Arnold of Chester, VA for the lead and kept it until his car slowed on a lap 9 restart handing the lead over to Russell Erwin of Beaverdam, VA. On the restart, Arnold would bring out another caution and head pit side with right front end damage. Erwin would continue with the lead while the rest of the field battled for positions. But no one had anything for Erwin as he would go on to make it a clean sweep during the USA 100 weekend, winning for the second time in his #22 Erwin Racing Supply Shaw. Rounding out the top five were Brandon Galloway, Page Harrison, Bret Hamilton and Craig Ramich. With the round track season now done the speedway will focus on getting ready for Saturday October 6th as The Pit at Virginia Motor Speedway hosts the 8th Annual Run-A-Muck Mud Bog, Mud Sling and Truck Show presented by Rappahannock Tractor and the Virginia Army National Guard. Additional sponsorship provided by Davis Off Road, Monster Energy Drinks, ORI of Richmond, Collision One and Truckin Thunder. There will be nine classes of “Mud Maniacs” in action ranging from stock to unlimited with cash payouts in all classes. Not only will fans get to see hordes of trucks splashing through the 200 foot Mud Bog pit but they will also get the opportunity to see some of the region’s best Mud Dragsters covering the 200 foot Mud Sling pit in under three seconds. New for this year’s event will be the addition of a truck show for all those guys and gals that don’t like to get their rides dirty. The truck show will help raise funds for the children of the late Chuck Engel. Engel, a frequent competitor in his truck Mud Life Crisis, passed away un-expectantly on July 7th of this year. The funds raised will go to the trust fund set up for his five children. There will be awards given out in multiple categories that will include best Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge and Import. Registration fee for the truck show will be $10. Truck show participants need to be registered by 11:30am. The event will also include a car crushing monster truck freestyle show by Steve Sims in Stone Crusher and Maxey Broadus in Walking Tall. Dennis Anderson and his new creation King Sling will once again be competing in the Unlimited Bog division; that is if it is still in one piece after he goes off in the Freestyle show he has scheduled! Dennis will also be signing autographs and selling souvenirs. Gates and registration will open at 9am with Single Eliminations for Stock A, B; Modified A, B, C, Unlimited Bog, Pro Modified and X, XX classes beginning at 12 noon. Registration and inspection for Stock, Modified, Pro Modified and Unlimited Bog classes ends at 11:30pm with X and XX Unlimited ending at 1pm. Rules for each class are now available at The Pit website www.thepitatvms.com. Admission for Mud Mayhem 2 is Adults – $12, Children 7 – 17 years old – $10 and Children 6 and under FREE. Competitors should visit www.thepitatvms.com to print off draw sheets and driver information sheets that must be filled out before going through for inspection. Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vamotorspeedway and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/vamotorspeedway for the latest news and results. 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 USA 100, SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14 – 15, 2012: LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL 50 LAP A MAIN FINISH: 1. Jamie Lathroum (Mechanicsville, MD), 2. Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN), 3. John Blankenship (Knoxville, TN), 4. Don ONeal (Martinsville, IN), 5. Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL), 6. Tyler Reddick (Corning, CA), 7. Jimmy Owens (Newport, TN), 8. Jared Landers (Batesville, AR), 9. Dan Stone (Thompson, PA), 10. Walker Arthur (Forest, VA), 11. Austin Hubbard (Laurel, DE), 12. David Watts (Buchanan, VA), 13. Kenny Moreland (Waldorf, MD), 14. Steve Francis (Ashland, KY), 15. Billy Tucker (King George, VA), 16. Jonathan Davenport (Blairsville, NC), 17. Steve Shaver (Vienna, WV), 18. Ricky Elliott (Seaford, DE), 19. Eric Wells (Hazard, KY), 20. Jerry Bard (Shippingsburg, PA), 21. Chris Madden (Gaffney, SC), 22. Dale McDowell (Chickamauga, GA), 23. Jeremy Miller (Gettysburg, PA), 24. Dean Bowen (Whiteville, NC), 25. David Williams (Avenue, MD), LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL 25 LAP QUALIFIER #1 (Top 8 Transfer): 1. Steve Shaver (Vienna, WV), 2. Jared Landers (Batesville, AR), 3. Chris Madden (Gaffney, SC), 4. Dale McDowell (Chickamauga, GA), 5. Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL), 6. Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN), 7. Jimmy Owens (Newport, TN), 8. Kenny Moreland (Waldorf, MD), 9. Dean Bowen (Whiteville, NC), 10. Ricky Elliott (Seaford, DE), 11. Eric Wells (Hazard, KY), 12. Walker Arthur (Forest, VA), 13. Tyler Reddick (Corning, CA), LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL 25 LAP QUALIFIER #2 (Top 8 Transfer): 1. Steve Francis (Ashland, KY), 2. Jamie Lathroum (Mechanicsville, MD), 3. Jonathan Davenport (Blairsville, NC), 4. John Blankenship (Knoxville, TN), 5. Don ONeal (Martinsville, IN), 6. Austin Hubbard (Laurel, DE), 7. Jerry Bard (Shippingsburg, PA), 8. Jeremy Miller (Gettysburg, PA), 9. David Williams (Avenue, MD), 10. Matt Quade (Mechanicsville, MD), 11. David Watts (Buchanan, VA), 12. Dan Stone (Thompson, PA), LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL GROUP QUALIFYING: Red Buck Fast Time Group A: Jimmy Owens / 17.456 seconds Red Buck Fast Time Group B: David Williams / 17.673 seconds BUDWEISER MODIFIED HEAT 1 (Top 5 Transfer): 1. Dan Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 2. Tony Quade (Leonardtown, MD), 3. Page Harrison (Jetersville, VA), 4. Craig Ramich (Fairfax, VA), 5. Stephen Bryant (Swoope, VA), 6. Robert Lipford Jr. (Mosely, VA), 7. Francis Jarrelle III (Chesterfield, VA), 8. Neal Hudgins (Grimstead, VA), 9. Brandon Galloway (Gloucester, VA), 10. Josh Harris (Gloucester, VA), BUDWEISER MODIFIED HEAT 2 (Top 5 Transfer): 1. Chris Parker (Lumberbridge, NC), 2. Brian Dobie (Partlow, VA), 3. Jimmy Duncan (Fredericksburg, VA), 4. Charlie Hubbard (Chesapeake, VA), 5. James Sparks (Hollywood, MD), 6. Donnie Smith (Fredericksburg, VA), 7. Rich Marks IV (Bryans Road, MD), 8. Tim Schulte (Troy, 229), 9. Chris Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 10. Rudy Denke (Fredericksburg, VA), BUDWEISER MODIFIED HEAT 3 (Top 5 Transfer): 1. Russell Erwin (Beaverdam, VA), 2. Joe Cox (Beckley, WV), 3. Greg Brown (Concord, NC), 4. Bret Hamilton (Powhatan, VA), 5. Mike Reynolds (Clements, MD), 6. Aaron Harris (Richmond, VA), 7. Curtis Barricks (Chesterfield, VA), 8. Ryan Toole (Richmond, VA), 9. Jeff Solinger (Bumpass, VA), BUDWEISER MODIFIED B MAIN (Top 9 Transfer): 1. Aaron Harris (Richmond, VA), 2. Rich Marks IV (Bryans Road, MD), 3. Brandon Galloway (Gloucester, VA), 4. Francis Jarrelle III (Chesterfield, VA), 5. Neal Hudgins (Grimstead, VA), 6. Ryan Toole (Richmond, VA), 7. Jeff Solinger (Bumpass, VA), 8. Donnie Smith (Fredericksburg, VA), 9. Tim Schulte (Troy, 229), 10. Curtis Barricks (Chesterfield, VA), 11. Robert Lipford Jr. (Mosely, VA), 12. Chris Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 13. Josh Harris (Gloucester, VA), 14. Rudy Denke (Fredericksburg, VA), BUDWESIER MODIFIED MADNESS 25 LAP FEATURE (29 Entries): 1. Russell Erwin (Beaverdam, VA), 2. Brandon Galloway (Gloucester, VA), 3. Page Harrison (Jetersville, VA), 4. Bret Hamilton (Powhatan, VA), 5. Craig Ramich (Fairfax, VA), 6. Tony Quade (Leonardtown, MD), 7. Joe Cox (Beckley, WV), 8. Francis Jarrelle III (Chesterfield, VA), 9. Ryan Toole (Richmond, VA), 10. Neal Hudgins (Grimstead, VA), 11. Charlie Hubbard (Chesapeake, VA), 12. Donnie Smith (Fredericksburg, VA), 13. Jeff Solinger (Bumpass, VA), 14. Stephen Bryant (Swoope, VA), 15. Brian Dobie (Partlow, VA), 16. James Sparks (Hollywood, MD), 17. Jimmy Duncan (Fredericksburg, VA), 18. Chris Parker (Lumberbridge, NC), 19. Dan Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 20. Greg Brown (Concord, NC), 21. Aaron Harris (Richmond, VA), 22. Mike Reynolds (Clements, MD), 23. Tim Schulte (Troy, 229), 24. Robert Lipford Jr. (Mosely, VA), 25. Curtis Barricks (Chesterfield, VA), 26. Rich Marks IV (Bryans Road, MD), FAST TIME: Dan Arnold – 20.110 seconds...

Shaver and Francis on Front Row for Saturday’s USA 100; Russell Erwin Sweeps night in Modifieds

Jamaica, VA (Lucas Story by James Essex) – Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV and Steve Francis of Ashland, KY will start on the front row of the 33rd Annual USA 100 on Saturday Night at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned event will pay $20,000 to win. Shaver and Francis each captured their 25-lap qualifying heat races on Friday Night. Jared Landers of Batesville, AR and Jamie Lathroum of Mechanicsville, MD will make-up row number two tomorrow evening. Shaver in the K&L Rumley Enterprises, Rocket Chassis Chevrolet took the lead at the start of the first 25-lapper. The caution flew with one lap complete when LOLMDS point’s leader, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN spun in turn number two. Chris Madden of Gaffney, SC challenged Shaver for most of the race until a caution with three laps to go cost Madden a runner-up finish. Landers was able to outgun Madden on the restart as he stayed close to Shaver until the checkers flew. Madden came home third, followed by Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA; Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL; Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN; Owens; and Kenny Moreland of Waldorf, MD were the final drivers to transfer to tomorrow night’s 50-lap main event from qualifying heat number one. Francis in the Valvoline, Barry Wright Race Cars Chevy stormed to the lead at the start of the second 25-lap qualifier. Lathroum stayed within striking distance of Francis early on in the race, but Francis clearly had the best car on the track as he pulled away to more than a straightaway lead in the late stages of the qualifier. Lathroum was able to hold off the trio of Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA; John Blankenship of Williamson, WV; and Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN to earn the fourth starting spot in tomorrow’s USA 100. The final three drivers to make it out of qualifying heat number two were Austin Hubbard of Seaford, DE; Jerry Bard of Shippensburg, PA; and Jeremy Miler of Gettysburg, PA. In preliminary action, Jimmy Owens set the Red Buck Fast Time amongst the 25 entrants, with a lap of 17.456 seconds. David Williams set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 17.673 seconds. Steve Shaver and Steve Francis won their respective Heat Races. and won their respective B-Mains. Tomorrow Night, the USA 100 at Virginia Motor Speedway will continue for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Action on the track will kick off at 6:30PM with Hot Laps, B-Main, and the 50-Lap main event, worth $20,000-to-win. In Budweiser Modified action Russell Erwin took out the broom and swept the Modified Madness 25 during night one of the USA 100 weekend. Erwin had to hold off a couple of challenges but led flag to flag to get the $1500 win. Both Jimmy Duncan and Brian Dobie tried to get inside Erwin for the leader on separate occasions but neither could make the pass. The car on the move at the end of the feature was eleventh starting Bret Hamilton who worked his way to third with four laps to go but could not mount a charge to get any closer. Erwin would cruise to the checkers with Brian Dobie, Bret Hamilton, Jimmy Duncan and Brandon Galloway rounding out the top five. Heat race wins went to Eric Erwin, Jimmy Duncan and Joe Cox. The speedway will once again provided fans with a top-flight show at very favorable ticket prices. Adults two-day tickets are $35.00 while seniors (60+) are $28.00; military (active and retired) are $25; students 7-17 are $15.00 and children Under 6 are FREE. Two-day Pit passes will be $50.00. The competitor gates open at 3:00 p.m. while the spectator gates swing open at 4pm. On track action begins at 6:30 pm with hot laps. 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 for the latest news and results. 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 USA 100, SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14 – 15, 2012: LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL 25 LAP QUALIFIER #1 (Top 8 Transfer): 1. Steve Shaver (Vienna, WV), 2. Jared Landers (Batesville, AR), 3. Chris Madden (Gaffney, SC), 4. Dale McDowell (Chickamauga, GA), 5. Earl Pearson Jr. (Jacksonville, FL), 6. Scott Bloomquist (Mooresburg, TN), 7. Jimmy Owens (Newport, TN), 8. Kenny Moreland (Waldorf, MD), 9. Dean Bowen (Whiteville, NC), 10. Ricky Elliott (Seaford, DE), 11. Eric Wells (Hazard, KY), 12. Walker Arthur (Forest, VA), 13. Tyler Reddick (Corning, CA), LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL 25 LAP QUALIFIER #2 (Top 8 Transfer): 1. Steve Francis (Ashland, KY), 2. Jamie Lathroum (Mechanicsville, MD), 3. Jonathan Davenport (Blairsville, NC), 4. John Blankenship (Knoxville, TN), 5. Don ONeal (Martinsville, IN), 6. Austin Hubbard (Laurel, DE), 7. Jerry Bard (Shippingsburg, PA), 8. Jeremy Miller (Gettysburg, PA), 9. David Williams (Avenue, MD), 10. Matt Quade (Mechanicsville, MD), 11. David Watts (Buchanan, VA), 12. Dan Stone (Thompson, PA), LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL GROUP QUALIFYING: Red Buck Fast Time Group A: Jimmy Owens / 17.456 seconds Red Buck Fast Time Group B: David Williams / 17.673 seconds BUDWEISER MODIFIED HEAT 1: 1. Russell Erwin (Beaverdam, VA), 2. Brian Dobie (Partlow, VA), 3. Charlie Hubbard (Chesapeake, VA), 4. Chris Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 5. Josh Harris (Gloucester, VA), 6. Stephen Bryant (Swoope, VA), 7. Brian Maxey (King George, VA), 8. Chris Parker (Lumberbridge, NC), 9. Mike Reynolds (Clements, MD), 10. Curtis Barricks (Chesterfield, VA), BUDWEISER MODIFIED HEAT 2: 1. Jimmy Duncan (Fredericksburg, VA), 2. Tony Quade (Leonardtown, MD), 3. Page Harrison (Jetersville, VA), 4. Bret Hamilton (Powhatan, VA), 5. Robert Lipford Jr. (Mosely, VA), 6. James Sparks (Hollywood, MD), 7. Rich Marks IV (Bryans Road, MD), 8. Neal Hudgins (Grimstead, VA), 9. Skippy Johnson (Aylett, VA), 10. Gary Long (Newport News, VA), BUDWEISER MODIFIED HEAT 3: 1. Joe Cox (Beckley, WV), 2. Brandon Galloway (Gloucester, VA), 3. Dan Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 4. Francis Jarrelle III (Chesterfield, VA), 5. Ryan Toole (Richmond, VA), 6. Donnie Smith (Fredericksburg, VA), 7. Jeff Solinger (Bumpass, VA), 8. Shon Flanary (Church Hill, TN), 9. Greg Brown (Concord, NC), 10. Aaron Harris (Richmond, VA), BUDWESIER MODIFIED MADNESS 25 LAP FEATURE (29 Entries): 1. Russell Erwin (Beaverdam, VA), 2. Brian Dobie (Partlow, VA), 3. Bret Hamilton (Powhatan, VA), 4. Jimmy Duncan (Fredericksburg, VA), 5. Brandon Galloway (Gloucester, VA), 6. Tony Quade (Leonardtown, MD), 7. Dan Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 8. Joe Cox (Beckley, WV), 9. Page Harrison (Jetersville, VA), 10. Greg Brown (Concord, NC), 11. Chris Parker (Lumberbridge, NC), 12. Rich Marks IV (Bryans Road, MD), 13. Neal Hudgins (Grimstead, VA), 14. Stephen Bryant (Swoope, VA), 15. Skippy Johnson (Aylett, VA), 16. Ryan Toole (Richmond, VA), 17. Curtis Barricks (Chesterfield, VA), 18. Brian Maxey (King George, VA), 19. Donnie Smith (Fredericksburg, VA), 20. Francis Jarrelle III (Chesterfield, VA), 21. Charlie Hubbard (Chesapeake, VA), 22. Jeff Solinger (Bumpass, VA), 23. Josh Harris (Gloucester, VA), 24. James Sparks (Hollywood, MD), 25. Robert Lipford Jr. (Mosely, VA), 26. Chris Arnold (Petersburg, VA), DNS: Mike Reynolds (Clements, MD), Shon Flanary (Church Hill, TN), Gary Long (Newport News, VA), Aaron Harris (Richmond, VA), FAST TIME: Russell Erwin – 20.073 seconds....

VIDEO: USA 100

VIDEO: USA 100

Jamaica, VA – With it being the end of the year and the racing has come to an end we go back and take a look at the 32nd Annual USA 100. Weather wrecked havoc on the weekend but the racing was unbelievable. If you couldn’t make it we hope to see you for the 33rd Annual USA 100 on Sept. 13 -14, 2012. The show is now a two-day $20,000 to win event! The 25 lap qualifiers: The B Mains: The $15,000 to win A Main:...

Scott Bloomquist wins Lucas Oil Late Models Dirt Series USA 100

Jamaica, VA (Courtesy James Essex Lucas Oil Series) – Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN took the lead for good on the 24th lap from Steve Francis of Ashland, KY. He went on to win the rain-shortened Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series-sanctioned USA 100 on Sunday afternoon at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway. Bloomquist and Francis staged a terrific race for the lead in the first 24 laps of the race until Bloomquist began to pull away. Rain then hit the track and the main event was halted with 31 laps complete. Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN was third followed by Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN and Jamie Lathroum of Mechanicsville, MD. Francis grabbed the lead at the start with Bloomquist and Steve Shaver in tow. Francis held the lead for most of the race with Bloomquist edging ahead of him on lap seven. Francis quickly charged back by Bloomquist for the lead. The two continued a side-by-side battle with Francis leading the way until lap 24 when Bloomquist passed him exiting turn four in traffic. Bloomquist swiftly put three lapped cars between himself and Francis. Rain started to fall on lap 31, forcing a red-flag. With more precipitation on the way and being past the half-mark, VMS officials and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series officials decided to call the event with 19 laps remaining out of the scheduled 50. It was Bloomquist’ first ever win at Virginia Motor Speedway as he completed the weekend sweep in Virginia. “It sounds good to win both of these races; we had never won at either of these tracks. We knew we would get one eventually, the car was good all day, it was a little hard to pass in the heat race. The tire set up we chose worked great for getting to the bottom and get something done down there,” said the 47-year-old who captured his 13th series win of the year and the 39th of his career. “Steve (Francis) was running well, he got boxed in some traffic and I was able to get under him. We raced close and clean, we both run Roush-Yates Engines and they were great today. Thanks to the fans for coming out today, it’s a shame the weather didn’t cooperate,” said Bloomquist, who with the win took back over the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points lead from Owens. Bloomquist drives his own Bloomquist Race Cars Ford sponsored by Base Racing Fuels, Hawkeye Trucking, Sweet Mfg, Miller Brothers Construction, Hoosier Tires, Lane Automotive, Allstar Performance, Dixie Chopper and Ohlins. His win in the Sunday’s USA 100 was the third of his career with his previous victories coming in 1993 and 1994 when the event was held at Beckley (WV) Motor Speedway. Francis in his Valvoline, Harbaugh Amusement, MasterSbilt #15 took second in the final results. “We had a real good car today, we went with the smaller motor thinking the track would slick up some and it did. I tried to hold my line there, if we just could have kept the lead for about five more laps we would’ve won, but once Scott got by me, I knew I was in trouble.” Marlar in the Bryson Motorsports Rocket claimed third and was happy with his run. “To finish third to these guys, it is quite an accomplishment. We’ll take third and go to the next race, I was just waiting for the final 20 laps, and I felt like we had a car that could’ve won.” Completing the top ten were John Blankenship of Williamson, WV; Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV; Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN; Jason Covert of York Haven, PA; and Dan Stone of Thompson, PA. In preliminary action, Mike Marlar was the Red Buck Cigars fast qualifier among the 32 entrants. The two-25 lap qualifying heat races went to Steve Francis and Marlar. The B-mains were won by Gary Stuhler and Walker Arthur The 30 Lap feature for the modifieds was rained out and will not be rescheduled. Nick Hoffman of Mooresville, NC set a new track record in qualifying with a lap of 18.988 seconds. Picking up heat race wins were Nick Hoffman, Dave Defibaugh and Dan Arnold. Rich Marks won the B Main. Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway will return to action this coming Saturday September 24th and host the rescheduled Truckin Thunder, Collision One, WIGO Championship Night. It will be the last point race of the season for all four of the track’s Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series divisions. With all the divisional point races tight heading into the final weekend the racing should be intense. Throw in the fact that every competitor is also vying for the coveted Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series championship, which will crown an over all track champion, this will be a must see event. 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. Competitor gates for Saturday, September 24th 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 September 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 (60+) $8; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $5, students 13 – 17 years old $7, children 7 to 12 $4 and children 6 and under admitted free. 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 become a Fan 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 RACE RESULTS FOR 32nd ANNUAL USA 100, SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2011: LUCAS OIL LATE MODEL DIRT SERIES USA 100 (32 Entries): Red Buck Cigars Fast Time: Steve Francis / 17.720 seconds (Group A) Mike Marlar / 17.363 seconds (Group B and Overall) Wiles Driveshafts First Heat (25 Laps- Top 8 Advance): Steve Francis, Steve Shaver, Dale McDowell, Daniel Stone, Ray Cook, Don O’Neal, Kenny Moreland, Eric Wells, Gary Stuhler, Mark PettyJohn, Ryan Hackett, CS Fitzgerald, Steve Casebolt, Davis Lipscomb, Mason Zeigler, Kenny PettyJohn-DNS Wiles Driveshafts Second Heat (25 Laps- Top 8 Advance): Mike Marlar, Scott Bloomquist, Jamie Lathroum, Brad Neat, Jimmy Owens, John Blankenship, Jason Covert, Earl Pearson Jr., Walker Arthur, Keith Jackson, Roland Mann, Garrett Shoulders, Jared Landers, Tyler Reddick, Ricky Elliott, Chad Hollenbeck-DNS JRi Shocks First B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Gary Stuhler, Mark PettyJohn, Steve Casebolt, CS Fitzgerald, Davis Lipscomb, Ryan Hackett, Mason Zeigler-DNS, Kenny PettyJohn-DNS Wrisco Aluminum Second B-Main (12 Laps- Top 3 Advance): Walker Arthur, Tyler Reddick, Jared Landers, Ricky Elliott, Roland Mann, Keith Jackson, Garrett Shoulders, Chad Hollenbeck-DNS Feature Finish – 31 Laps (Finish / Start) 1. (4) Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, TN; 2. (1) Steve Francis, Ashland, KY; 3. (2) Mike Marlar, Winfield, TN; 4. (10) Jimmy Owens, Newport, TN; 5. (6) Jamie Lathroum, Mechanicsville, MD; 6. (12) John Blankenship, Williamson, WV; 7. (3) Steve Shaver, Vienna, WV; 8. (11) Don O’Neal, Martinsville, IN; 9. (14) Jason Covert, York Haven, PA; 10. (7) Daniel Stone, Thompson, PA; 11. (23) Ricky Elliott, Seaford, DE; 12. (22) Jared Landers, Batesville, AR; 13. (17) Gary Stuhler, Greencastle, PA; 14. (15) Eric Wells, Hazard, KY; 15. (21) Steve Casebolt, Richmond, IN; 16. (20) Tyler Reddick, Corning, CA; 17. (5) Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, GA; 18. (13) Kenny Moreland, Waldorf, MD; 19. (8) Brad Neat, Dunnville, KY; 20. (9) Ray Cook, Brasstown, NC; 21. (19) Mark Pettyjohn, Milton, DE; 22. (24) Roland ManN, Chaptico, MD; 23. (16) Earl Pearson, Jr., Jacksonville, FL; 24. (18) Walker Arthur, Forest, VA. Race Statistics Entrants: 32 Lap Leaders: Steve Francis (Laps 1 – 6); Scott Bloomquist (Lap 7); Steve Francis (Laps 8 – 23); Scott Bloomquist (Lap 24 – 31) Caution Flags: Tyler Reddick (Lap 9); Ray Cook (Lap 53); Walker Arthur (Lap 12); RAIN (Lap 31) MOD MADNESS 30 (32 Entries): Heat Races 1:1. Nick Hoffman (Mooresville, NC), 2. Russell Erwin (Marretta, NY), 3. Brian Dobie (Partlow, VA), 4. Deana Groves (Morgantown, WV), 5. Travis LaRoque (Mooresville, NC), 6. Craig Ramich (Fairfax, VA), 7. Skippy Johnson (Aylett, VA), 8. Neal Hudgins (Grimstead, VA), 9. Jimmy Duncan (Fredericksburg, VA), 10. David Parker (Midlothian, VA), 11. Joey Polevoy (Powhatan, VA), Heat Races 2:1. Dave Defibaugh (Mill Creek, WV), 2. Ricky Boahn (Raeford, NC), 3. Carlos Jaramillo (Fayetteville, NC), 4. Tony Quade (Leonardtown, MD), 5. Chris Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 6. Page Harrison (Jetersville, VA), 7. Joe Bounds (Partlow, VA), 8. Rich Marks IV (Bryans Road, MD), 9. Francis Jarrelle III (Powhatan, VA), 10. Brandon Grither (Broadway, VA), 11. Curtis Barricks (Chesterfield, VA), Heat Races 3:1. Dan Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 2. Eric Erwin (Beaver Dam, VA), 3. Bret Hamilton (Powhatan, VA), 4. Brandon Galloway (Gloucester, VA), 5. Lance Grady (Maidens, VA), 6. John Ferguson (Gloucester, VA), 7. Gary Conner (Powhatan, VA), 8. Kerry Breeden (Natural Bridge, VA), 9. Kelly Samuels (Chester, VA), 10. J.R. Guy (Mechanicsville, MD), B Main:1. Rich Marks IV (Bryans Road, MD), 2. Kerry Breeden (Natural Bridge, VA), 3. David Parker (Midlothian, VA), 4. Kelly Samuels (Chester, VA), 5. Francis Jarrelle III (Powhatan, VA), 6. Neal Hudgins (Grimstead, VA), 7. Curtis Barricks (Chesterfield, VA), 8. Jimmy Duncan (Fredericksburg, VA), 9. Brandon Grither (Broadway, VA), 10. J.R. Guy (Mechanicsville, MD), 11. Joey Polevoy (Powhatan, VA), Feature: Rained Out Qualifying:1. Nick Hoffman (Mooresville, NC), 2. Dave Defibaugh (Mill Creek, WV), 3. Eric Erwin (Beaver Dam, VA), 4. Russell Erwin (Marretta, NY), 5. Ricky Boahn (Raeford, NC), 6. Dan Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 7. Brian Dobie (Partlow, VA), 8. Carlos Jaramillo (Fayetteville, NC), 9. Bret Hamilton (Powhatan, VA), 10. Joey Polevoy (Powhatan, VA), 11. Chris Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 12. Brandon Galloway (Gloucester, VA), 13. Deana Groves (Morgantown, WV), 14. Tony Quade (Leonardtown, MD), 15. Lance Grady (Maidens, VA), 16. Jimmy Duncan (Fredericksburg, VA), 17. Page Harrison (Jetersville, VA), 18. Gary Conner (Powhatan, VA), 19. David Parker (Midlothian, VA), 20. Joe Bounds (Partlow, VA), 21. Kerry Breeden (Natural Bridge, VA), 22. Travis LaRoque (Mooresville, NC), 23. Curtis Barricks (Chesterfield, VA), 24. John Ferguson (Gloucester, VA), 25. Craig Ramich (Fairfax, VA), 26. Rich Marks IV (Bryans Road, MD), 27. Kelly Samuels (Chester, VA), 28. Neal Hudgins (Grimstead, VA), 29. Francis Jarrelle III (Powhatan, VA), 30. J.R. Guy (Mechanicsville, MD), 31. Skippy Johnson (Aylett, VA), 32. Brandon Grither (Broadway, VA), FAST TIME: Nick Hoffman – 18.988 seconds, 94.797mph (New Division Track Record)...

Rain forces postponement of 32nd Annual USA 100 till Sunday September 18th at 1pm

Jamaica, VA – Persistent rains have forced the postponement of the 32nd Annual USA 100 till Sunday September 18, 2011. “We are very disappointed that we have to use our advertised rain date, but Mother Nature would not let us get it in today,” commented track General Manager Clarke Sawyer. Competitor gates for Sunday, September 18th will open at 10:30am with spectator gates opening at 1pm. On track activities will begin at 1pm with hot laps. Divisions scheduled to race on Sunday September 18th: Lucus Oil Late Model Dirt Series (50 Laps); Open Modifieds (30 Laps). Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series drivers will run hot laps, qualifying, Qualifying races, B Main(s) and feature. Modified drivers will run hot laps, qualifying, heats, B Main(s) and feature. Admission price for Adults $25, seniors (60+) $20; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $18, students 7 – 17 years old $12 and children 6 and under admitted free. Pit passes will be $30. 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 become a Fan 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...

Speedway to Host Ernie Shelton’s 32nd Annual USA 100™ and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Saturday September 17th

Jamaica, VA – Officials at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway are anxiously awaiting September 17th, that is the day the 32nd Annual USA 100™ returns to the ½ mile speed plant in beautiful Jamaica, VA. The event will once again be sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. “The last three years the twin 25’s have been phenomenal and the final 50 lap segment was just been out of this world. We couldn’t be more pleased with hosting this event, it gets better each year. This race is definitely a fan friendly event. The two 25 lap qualifiers could be features anywhere in the country. The event will once again pay $15,000 to the winner and $1000 to start the “A” Main,” concluded track General Manager Clarke Sawyer. “Adding the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series last year also took the event to another level and produced some of the best racing we have seen here at VMS,” added Sawyer. As in last year’s race the speedway will once again include a B Main for the 32nd Annual USA 100™ that will give the competitors one more chance to make it into the USA 100™ finale. The speedway has also added a 30 lap, $3000 to win open Modified event boasting a total purse of $16,750. This year’s Mod Madness 30 will allow AMRA, UMP, IMCA, TSMA, NDRA rules for this year’s event. The rules package is available on the VMS website. Because of the open rules some of the best modified competitors on the East Coast are expected to be in attendance. “We are extremely excited to bring the open modifieds back as a support division this year; by allowing multiple sanction rules we should see some new faces racing for the big money,” added Sawyer. The purse for Ernie Shelton’s USA 100™ final 50 lap segment: 1. $15,000; 2. $7,500; 3. $4,000; 4. $3,000; 5. $2,500; 6. $2,000; 7. $1,700; 8. $1,400 9. $1,250; 10. $1,200; 11. $1,100; 12. $1,075; 13. $1,050; 14. $1,025; 15. $1,020; 16. $1,015; 17. $1,010; 18.$1,005; 19- 26 $1,000. All drivers who do not transfer to the A Main from the B Main(s) will receive $200.00. The purse for the Mod Madness 30 lap feature will be: 1. $3,000; 2. $1,750; 3. $1,400; 4. $1,200; 5. $1,100; 6. $900; 7. $800; 8. $700 9. $600; 10. $500; 11. $475; 12. $450; 13. $355; 14. $295; 15. $290; 16. $285; 17. $280; 18. $275; 19. $270; 20. $265; 21. $ 260; 22. $255; 23- 26 $250. Ernie Shelton’s USA 100™ format will once again feature a fan friendly format featuring two 25 lap qualifying races, B Main(s) and a 50 lap A Main. Group qualifying will fill the positions for the 25 lap qualifiers. Previous USA 100TM winners include: Jonathan Davenport (10); 2009 – Rainout; Chris Madden (08); Jason Covert (07); Jeremy Miller (06); Steve Lucas (’05, ’99, ‘95); Rod Evans (’04); 2003 — no race; 2002 — no race; 2001 — no race; Chuck Harper (’00); Denny Chamberlain (’98); Mike Balzano (’97 and ‘87); Henry Hornsby Jr. (‘96); Donnie Moran (’94); Scott Bloomquist (’93-‘92); Billy Moyer (’91); Harold Redman Sr. (’90); Rod Evans and Harold Redman Sr. (Twin 50’s) (’89); Timmy Newman (only 88 laps) (’88); 1986 — no race; 1985 — no race; 1984 — no race; Larry Moore (’83 and ‘80); Delmas Conley (’82 and ‘79); Dickie Bartusiak (’81); Larry Cantley (’78); Gene McNeely (’77). The speedway will once again provided fans with a top-flight show for very favorable ticket prices. Adults are $25.00 while seniors (60+) are $20.00; military (active and retired) are $18; students 7-17 are $12.00 and children Under 6 are FREE. Pit passes will be $30.00. The competitor gates open at 3:00 p.m. while the spectator gates swing open at 4:00 p.m. On track action begins at 6:00 pm with hot laps. Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a 1/2-mile, dirt oval located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in beautiful Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from the Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads areas. To learn more about Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway and its 2010 schedule of events, fans and competitors may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track online at www.vamotorspeedway.com. USA 100 TM is a registered trademark / service mark of TYLERCO GROUP USA, LLC MEDIA CONTACT: VMS: DAVE SEAY (804) 758-1867 OR (804) 357-7223...

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....

USA 100 Just Days Away; Statewide Burn Ban in Effect for Race Weekend

Jamaica, VA – With the 31st Annual USA 100 just days away anticipation is running high for what is expected to be one of the best races of the year. Great weather with plentiful sunshine and temperatures in the high 70’s is expected providing for a great afternoon to race. Fans will get the chance to meet the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series competitors when the speedway will host the BB&T autograph session at 4:30pm. Tickets will go on sale at 4pm when the gates open. On track activities will begin at 6pm with Hot Laps. We have plenty of free parking and camping is free but we do not have hook ups. There is a statewide burn ban in effect so we can not allow any camp fires during the weekend. Admission: Adults – $25; Senior (60+) and Military – $20; Students 7 to 17 – $12 and Children 6 and Under – Free. Pit passes $40. 16″ coolers are welcomed, no glass allowed. We have great concessions at family friendly pricing. We do not sell alcohol....

Speedway Anxious to Host Ernie Shelton’s 31ST Annual USA 100™ and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Saturday September 18th

Jamaica, VA – Officials at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway are anxiously awaiting September 18th, that is the day the 31st Annual USA 100™ returns to the ½ mile speed plant in beautiful Jamaica, VA. The event will be sanctioned this year by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. “The last two years the twin 25’s have been phenomenal and the final 50 lap segment was just been out of this world. We couldn’t be more pleased with hosting this event. This race is definitely a fan friendly event. The two 25 lap qualifiers could be features anywhere in the country. This year we have yet again increased the payout and the event will pay $15,000 to the winner and $1000 to start the “A” Main. The payout has produced a lot of interest from both Series drivers as well as the local, regional, and even some of the national stars,” concluded track General Manager Clarke Sawyer. For this year’s edition of the 31st edition of the USA 100™ the speedway has also added a B Main to give the competitors one more chance to make it into the USA 100™ A Main....

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