Williams takes checkers in late models; LaRouqe, Wood and Ender also get wins
Jamaica, VA – With the regular season drawing to a close, the battle for points and tempers heated up Saturday on Safety Kleen, NAPA of King William, National Guard Night night at Virginia Motor Speedway. The next to the final night of the 2011 Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series racing season set the table for the championship night on Saturday September 3rd.
In what turned out to be one of the best races of the year and in a race that saw five different leaders it was David Williams of Clement, MD that survived the full contact event by taking the lead on lap 28 and going on to record his second win of 2011.
“The harder they are to win the sweeter they are when you do get in victory lane, that was about has hard a win as we have ever had, the competition here is so tough so being here in victory lane is that much sweeter,” commented Williams in victory lane.
Williams first battled with John Staton of Chesapeake, VA for second with the two trading paint in each corner with Williams taking over that spot on lap 24. Williams then went to work on Tim Shelton of Fredericksburg, VA for the lead. Several times Williams tried to get inside Shelton for the lead only to have the door slammed on him each time.
On lap 27 Williams finally got under Shelton out of turn 2 taking the lead he would not relinquish. Williams would have to fend off Staton several times before Staton had to work to hold off Adams who took over second on lap 31. Adams could not mount a challenge for the lead and Williams would take the win followed by Scott Adams, John Staton, Kenny Moreland and Walker Arthur.
In other action Travis LaRogue of Mooresville, NC picked up his second Budweiser Modified win in a slugfest. In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman Tony Wood of New Kent, VA picked up his first win of the season and in the Collision One Limited Stock Car division Joe Ender of Glen Allen, VA got his first win of the season.
In the Budweiser Modified 25 lap feature Travis LaRoque and Lance Grady led the field to green with Grady leading the opening lap. Caution would fly on lap 2 for a wreck in turn 4.
On the restart Grady once again pulled away to take control of the lead. With Grady out front the battle was for the second spot with John Ferguson, Travis LaRoque, Brian Maxey and Dan Arnold.
Grady would get company in the form of Brian Maxey as the two battled for the top spot. Maxey would try several times to get inside Grady but each time the door was slammed.
On lap 19 the two races into slower traffic with Maxey making it three wide under Grady as they raced into turn 3. The two would touch sending both spinning and to the rear of the field. On the restart the race got real interesting as Ferguson and LaRoque went to beating on each other and exchanging the top spot until on lap 23 where LaRouqe took over the top spot for good holding Dan Arnold off at the line for his second win of the season. Rounding out the top 5 were Dan Arnold, Jimmy Duncan, Neal Hudgins and Chris Arnold.
In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 25 lap feature Wayne Carroll and J.R. Guy led the field to green with Guy taking the lead. Guy would hold the lead until lap 9 when Tony Wood would get inside Guy out of turn 2 with Wood taking the lead at the line. Guy would try to battle back but Wood would hold him off to keep the lead.
Over the final fifteen laps Wood would have Todd Traylor on his bumper but Traylor could not make a serious challenge for the top spot. Wood would go on to collect his first win of 2011 followed by Todd Traylor, J.R. Guy, Wayne Carroll and Bubba Holloway Jr.
In the Collision One Limited Stock 20 lap feature Joe Ender and Brett Adkins led the field to green with Enders leading the first circuit. The battle up front was intense with Enders, James Givens, Wesley Givens and Ryan Toole all in close proximity.
On lap 7 point leader Wesley Givens and Toole got hooked together bringing out the races first caution sending both to the rear. Enders would pace the field with a comfortable cushion over James Givens and David Bowler. On a lap 18 restart Bowler would get inside Givens out of turn 2 to take over second. Givens would get into him going down the backstretch sending both into the turn 3 wall.
On the final restart Ender would jump out a comfortable lead over Ricky Douglas and would cruise to the win followed by Douglas, Ryan Toole, Wesley Givens and Brandon Sandridge.
Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway will take the weekend of August 27th off and return to action Saturday September 3rd and host 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 3rd 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 3rd: 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.
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RACE RESULTS FOR SAFETY KLEEN / NAPA of KING WILLIAM / NATIONAL GUARD NIGHT SATURDAY AUGUST 20, 2011:
VICTORY LAP LATE MODEL 35 LAP FEATURE (18 Entries):
A Main:1. David Williams (Avenue, MD), 2. Scott Adams (Chester, VA), 3. John Staton (Norfolk, VA), 4. Kenny Moreland (Waldorf, MD), 5. Walker Arthur (Forest, VA), 6. Derick Quade (Mechanicsville, MD), 7. Brandon Long (Mechanicsville, MD), 8. Alan Anderson (Norfolk, VA), 9. Andy Gregg (Portsmouth, VA), 10. Tim Shelton (Fredericksburg, VA), 11. Davis Lipscombe (Mechanicsville, VA), 12. Matt Marshall (Stuarts Draft, VA), 13. Matt Morgan (Hughesville, MD), 14. Scott Davis (Virginia Beach, VA), 15. David Puckett (King George, VA), 16. Tommy Wagner Jr. (Hugesville, MD), 17. Billy Tucker (King George, VA), 18. Brad Rigdon (Chesapeake, VA),
FAST TIME: Scott Adams – 18.756 seconds, 95.923mph
TRUCKIN THUNDER SPORTSMAN 25 LAP FEATURE (15 Entries):
A Main:1. Tony Wood (New Kent, VA), 2. Todd Traylor (King William, VA), 3. J.R. Guy (Mechanicsville, MD), 4. Wayne Carroll (Fredericksburg, VA), 5. Bubba Holloway (Qiunton, VA), 6. Junior Carter (Mechanicsville, VA), 7. Davey Pullen (New Kent, VA), 8. John Kirby (Sandston, VA), 9. Rusty Steele (Providence Forge, VA), 10. Stephen Childress (St. Stephens Church, VA), 11. Tommy Upshaw (West Point, VA), 12. Roger Jamerson (Glen Allen, VA), 13. Carl Vaughan (Chesapeake, VA), 14. Roy Skaggs (Highland Springs, VA), 15. Michael Hayes (Ruther Glen, VA),
FAST TIME: Todd Traylor – 21.918 seconds, 82.124mph
BUDWESIER MODIFIED 25 LAP FEATURE (16 Entries):
A Main:1. Travis LaRoque (Mooresville, NC), 2. Dan Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 3. Jimmy Duncan (Fredericksburg, VA), 4. Neal Hudgins (Grimstead, VA), 5. Chris Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 6. Lance Grady (Maidens, VA), 7. Aaron Harris (Richmond, VA), 8. John Ferguson (Gloucester, VA), 9. James Jessee (Spotsylvania, VA), 10. Tony Quade (Leonardtown, MD), 11. Brian Maxey (King George, VA), 12. Brandon Galloway (Gloucester, VA), 13. Page Harrison (Jetersville, VA), 14. Francis Jarrelle III (Powhatan, VA), 15. Curtis Barricks (Chesterfield, VA), 16. Josh Harris (Gloucester, VA),
FAST TIME: Brian Maxey – 21.342 seconds, 84.341mph
COLLISION ONE LIMITED STOCK CAR 20 LAP FEATURE (18 Entries):
A Main:1. Joe Ender (Glen Allen, VA), 2. Ricky Douglas (Unionville, VA), 3. Ryan Toole (Richmond, VA), 4. Wesley Givens (Highland Springs, VA), 5. Brandon Sandridge (New Kent, VA), 6. Marty Coltrain (Richmond, VA), 7. Brandon Coates (Tappahannock, VA), 8. Thomas Rose (Gloucester, VA), 9. Bryan Barkley (Hayes, VA), 10. Brian Maxey (King George, VA), 11. David Bowler (Gloucester, VA), 12. Ryan Hutchens (Toano, VA), 13. Benjamin Lowry (Mechanicsville, VA), 14. Brett Adkins (Gloucester, VA), 15. Mark Guthrie (Port Republic, MD), 16. Chad Champion (Beaverdam, VA), 17. Raymond Harper (Gloucester, VA), 18. James Givens (Highland Springs, VA),
FAST TIME: Wesley Givens – 23.249 seconds, 76.249mph