Walker Arthur takes Victory Lap Late Model Checkers; Traylor, Maxey and Adkins also get wins
Jamaica, VA – It had been almost a year since Walker Arthur of Forest, VA had been in the starting field of a Victory Lap Late Model feature, but the 2008 Victory Lap Late Model and 2010 Steel Block Bandits champion still knows his way to victory lane as he held off a determined David Williams of Avenue, VA to take home the victory.
Arthur led flag to flag but the win did not come without a challenge. Earlier in the night Williams had set a new division track record and pulled a six pill to invert the top six. It only took him eight laps to get to second and have Arthur in his sites.
On lap 9 Arthur jumped the cushion allowing Williams to close as the two exited turn 2. On the next circuit Williams looked to the inside of Arthur out of turn 2 only to have Arthur close the door down the backstretch.
The two then put on a driving clinic driving through lapped traffic with Williams taking a shot at Arthur at every corner. The two went three wide several times as they worked the slower traffic. On lap 25 Williams got into the back of Arthur out of turn 2 only to have Arthur hold on to the spot.
On lap 32 the race third and final caution would fly setting up an eight lap dash for the win. On the restart Arthur was magnificent and pulled away by two car lengths as Williams worked to hold off Scott Adams for second.
Arthur would go on to record his first victory at the speedway in over two years.
“That was awesome, I saw Williams coming up through the field on the scoreboard and I knew I was going to have my hands full, to be able to get back here in victory lane at Virginia Motor Speedway is really special,” commented Arthur in Victory Lane.
Rounding out the top five were David Williams, Scott Adams, Davis Lipscombe and Kenny Moreland.
In the Budweiser Modified 25 lap feature Joey Polevoy and Brian Dobie led the field to green with Polevoy taking control and leading the first lap. Behind him Dan Arnold and Brian Maxey begin their march to the front.
During the races third caution Polevoy came to stop on front stretch with mechanical problems ending his night and handing lead to Maxey. On the restart Maxey pulled away with Page Harrison in tow. On lap 12 Arnold works his way back to third after falling back to seventh.
On lap 21 caution would fly and close the field on Maxey’s bumper. On the restart Arnold tried the outside of Harrison but would get pinched against the backstretch wall allowing Brian Dobie and Tony Quade to get by for position.
Maxey would have to endure one more restart but he had enough to hold off Harrison for his third win of 2011. Rounding out the top five were Page Harrison, Brian Dobie, Dan Arnold and Tony Quade.
In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 25 lap feature Junior Carter and Tony Wood led the field to green with Carter leading the first lap followed closely by Wood and Todd Traylor. On the next lap Wood would spin in turn 4 bringing out the caution sending him to the rear of the field. On the restart Traylor would get inside Carter in turn 3 and take the lead at the line.
Traylor looked to be on cruise control as he held a sizable lead for the majority of the race. Behind him the battle for second was intense as Carter worked to hold off Roger Jamerson, Michael Roop and Wood. On lap 19 Wood would take second from Carter and set out to real in Traylor.
On lap 21 the races final caution would put Wood on Traylor’s bumper for the restart. Traylor would get a good jump on the field but Wood kept the pressure on and as the two headed to the white flag Wood dove under Traylor out of turn 4 only to Traylor hold on to the top spot. Traylor would go on to record his second victory of 2011. Rounding out the top five were Wood, Junior Carter, J.R. Guy and John Kirby.
Results for Truckin Thunder Sportsman are still unofficial, at the time of this release the motors of winner Todd Traylor and Tony Wood were being held for further inspection by track officials.
In the Collision One Limited Stock 20 lap nightcap Thomas Rose and Brandon Sandridge led the field to green with Thomas leading his first lap of 2011. On the next lap Ender would go to the outside of Thomas out of turn 2 to take over the top spot.
On lap the next lap fast qualifier Brett Adkins would spin and be relegated to the rear, a place he wouldn’t stay long. The battles all over the track were tight as Ender worked to keep the top spot. On lap 13 Adkins was back in second and knocking on the door for the lead.
On lap 14 Adkins blasted around the outside of Ender out of turn 2 and down the backstretch to take over the lead. Over the remaining laps Adkins would pull away and cruise to his first win of 2011. Rounding out the top five were Joe Ender, Brandon Coates, Thomas Rose and Brandon Sandridge.
Special thanks to Parrish Auto Body in Fredericksburg, VA for supplying four $50 certificates to Bella Pizza in Tappahannock to one driver in division and four $10 certificates that went to four lucky kids. Tom Cohick (Late Models), J.R. Guy (Sportsman), David Kendall (Modifieds) and Wesley Givens (Limited Stock) were the recipients of the gift certificates.
Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway will take the weekend of July 2nd off and return to action Saturday July 9th and host Steel Block Bandits in the $3000 to win Firecracker 30 as part of the WIX Filters 100 Nights of Racing. Some of the region’s top late model talent will for on hand for the Series return visit to the ½ mile speed plant in Jamaica, VA and will have to contend with a strong local contingent led by defending champion Scott Adams of Chester, VA, defending race winner Matt Marshall of Stuarts Draft, VA, Tim Shelton of Fredericksburg, VA, Davis Lipscombe of Mechanicsville, VA and rookie Kenny Moreland of Mechanicsville, MD.
Making the night even more exciting will be a huge belated 4th of July fireworks extravaganza that is sure to please the whole family.
The night’s activities will also include the Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modifieds and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars in action.
Competitor gates for Saturday, July 9th 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 9th: Steel Block Bandits Late Models (30 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (25 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (25 Laps); and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (20 laps). Steel Block Bandits will run qualifying, heats, B Main(s) and Feature. All track divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.
Admission price for Adults $15, seniors (60+) $12; military $10, students 7 – 17 years old $6 and children 6 and under admitted free. Pit passes for this special event will be $25.
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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RACE RESULTS FOR CHANDLER CHEVROLET, AMERIGAS, WIGO NIGHT, SATURDAY JUNE 25, 2011:
VICTORY LAP LATE MODEL 35 LAP FEATURE (20 Entries):
A Main:1. Walker Arthur (Forest, VA), 2. David Williams (Avenue, MD), 3. Scott Adams (Chester, VA), 4. Davis Lipscombe (Mechanicsville, VA), 5. Kenny Moreland (Waldorf, MD), 6. Matt Marshall (Stuarts Draft, VA), 7. Tim Shelton (Fredericksburg, VA), 8. Derick Quade (Mechanicsville, MD), 9. Tom Cohick (Gloucester, VA), 10. Brandon Long (Mechanicsville, MD), 11. Matt Morgan (Hughesville, MD), 12. Andy Gregg (Portsmouth, VA), 13. Alan Anderson (Norfolk, VA), 14. Scott Davis (Virginia Beach, VA), 15. Brad Rigdon (Chesapeake, VA), 16. Anthony Kincaid (Hayes, VA), DNS: Frank McClenny Jr. (Chesapeake, VA), John Staton (Norfolk, VA), Jake Riethmeier (Virginia Beach, VA), DQ: Ed Pope (Pasadena, MD),
FAST TIME: David Williams – 18.041 seconds, 99.773mph (New Division Track Record)
TRUCKIN THUNDER SPORTSMAN 25 LAP FEATURE (15 Entries): UNOFFICIAL UNTIL FINAL INSPECTION
A Main:1. Todd Traylor (King William, VA), 2. Tony Wood (New Kent, VA), 3. Junior Carter (Mechanicsville, VA), 4. J.R. Guy (Mechanicsville, MD), 5. John Kirby (Sandston, VA), 6. Roger Jamerson (Glen Allen, VA), 7. Michael Roop (Stafford, VA), 8. Stephen Childress (St. Stephens Church, VA), 9. Bubba Holloway (Qiunton, VA), 10. Michael Hayes (Ruther Glen, VA), 11. Carl Vaughan (Chesapeake, VA), 12. Tommy Upshaw (West Point, VA), 13. Roy Skaggs (Highland Springs, VA), 14. Wayne Carroll (Fredericksburg, VA), 15. Davey Pullen (New Kent, VA),
FAST TIME: Stephen Childress – 21.094 seconds, 85.332mph
BUDWESIER MODIFIED 25 LAP FEATURE (19 Entries):
A Main:1. Brian Maxey (King George, VA), 2. Page Harrison (Jetersville, VA), 3. Brian Dobie (Partlow, VA), 4. Dan Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 5. Tony Quade (Leonardtown, MD), 6. Chris Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 7. Charlie Hubbard (Chesapeake, VA), 8. James Jessee (Spotsylvania, VA), 9. David Kendall (Petersburg, VA), 10. John Ferguson (Gloucester, VA), 11. Francis Jarrelle III (Powhatan, VA), 12. Wayne Barricks (Chesterfield, VA), 13. Dave Savage (Mattaponi, VA), 14. Lance Grady (Maidens, VA), 15. Joey Polevoy (Powhatan, VA), 16. Jimmy Duncan (Fredericksburg, VA), 17. Aaron Harris (Richmond, VA), DNS: Josh Harris (Gloucester, VA), Kelly Samuels (Chester, VA),
FAST TIME: Brian Maxey – 19.762 seconds, 91.084mph
COLLISION ONE LIMITED STOCK CAR 20 LAP FEATURE (15 Entries):
A Main:1. Brett Adkins (Gloucester, VA), 2. Joe Ender (Glen Allen, VA), 3. Brandon Coates (Tappahannock, VA), 4. Thomas Rose (Gloucester, VA), 5. Brandon Sandridge (New Kent, VA), 6. Ryan Toole (Richmond, VA), 7. Ricky Douglas (Unionville, VA), 8. Raymond Harper (Gloucester, VA), 9. David Bowler (Gloucester, VA), 10. Ryan Hutchens (Toano, VA), 11. James Givens (Highland Springs, VA), 12. Bryan Barkley (Hayes, VA), 13. Benjamin Lowry (Mechanicsville, VA), 14. Wesley Givens (Highland Springs, VA), 15. Marty Coltrain (Richmond, VA),
FAST TIME: Brett Adkins – 22.833 seconds, 78.833mph