Justin Williams Takes Open Night Checkers; C. Arnold, Adkins and Givens Also Pick up Victories
Jamaica, VA – The 2013 season got underway at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway with some fantastic racing in all divisions. Justin Williams of Shipman, VA took over the top spot on lap 12 with and inside move on David Puckett of King George, VA out of turn 2. Once out front Williams set sail and cruised to his first win in the Victory Lap Late Models.
John Staton and David Puckett led the field to green with Puckett grabbing the lead out of turn 2. Puckett paced the first 11 laps with Tim Shelton, Williams, Staton and Joe Ender battling for second. On lap 6 Troy Williams rocketed to third on a restart after a caution.
On lap 11 Williams got inside Puckett out of turn and took over the top spot. Once out front Williams began to pull away from Shelton and the rest of the field. When the checkers flew Williams had a cushion of almost eight seconds over Troy Williams. Tim Shelton, John Staton and Joe Ender rounded out the top five. Mark Parks picked up the Fastrak Pro Late Model win with a sixth place finish. Stephen Childress picked up the Pitts Lumber Rookie of the Race award.
In other action Chris Arnold of Chester, VA picked up a hard fought victory in the Budweiser Modified division. Brett Adkins of Gloucester, VA passed Hunter Shelton of Fredericksburg, VA on lap 20 to get the lead and the win in the Truckin Thunder Sportsman and in the Collision One Limited Stock Cars Wesley Givens of Mechanicsville, VA passed defending champion Brian Maxey of King George, VA on lap 9 to get the lead and the win.
Matt Quade and Brandon Galloway led the field to green with Galloway taking the lead out of turn 2. On the next circuit Chris Arnold rocketed to the lead with his father Dan Arnold in tow. Arnold paced the field unchallenged until lap 12 when defending champion Jimmy Duncan got inside Arnold in turn 1 to briefly take over the top spot only to have Arnold put a slide job on him in turn 4 to regain the top spot. Once out front Arnold worked traffic masterfully and went on to the win. Jimmy Duncan, Joey Polevoy, Charlie Hubbard and Donnie Smith rounded out the top five. Matt Quade picked up the Pitts Lumber rookie of the Race with a eighth place finish.
Truckin Thunder Sportsman
Tommy Upshaw and Hunter Shelton led the field to green with Shelton leading the first circuit. Behind Shelton Brett Adkins, Upshaw, Junior Carter, James Snead battle for position in the top five. On lap 16 Adkins closed in on the bumper of Shelton. The two began to battle for the top spot and on lap 20 Shelton slid high coming out of four allowing Adkins to get to the inside and take the lead at the line by inches. Once out front Adkins pulled away to pick up the victory. Rounding out the top five were Hunter Shelton, James Snead, Troy Doggett and Thomas Rose rounded out the top five. James Snead was the Pitts Lumber Rookie of the Race.
Collision One Limited Stocks
Chris Maxey and Ryan Hutchens led the field to green with Hutchens leading the first lap after battling three wide with Brian Maxey and Bob Terry on the drop of the green. On lap 3 Maxey took over the top spot when Hutchens went to the pits with a flat tire. On the next circuit the Wesley Givens began his assault on the top spot with the two drivers racing door to door. On a lap 8 restart Givens dove under Maxey in turn 1 to take the lead. On lap 12 the caution would fly for a horrific flip by Bob Terry in turn 3 bringing out a red flag as the crew worked to get Terry free from his car. Terry would emerge from his demolished ride ok to the delight of the fans on hand. Once the race got back under green Givens motored away from the field to take the win. Rounding out the top five were Brandon Sandridge, Travis Hopkins, Brian Bradley and Daniel Alford. Brian Bradley was the Pitts Lumber Rookie of the Race with his fourth place finish.
The speedway will return to racing next Saturday April 20th to host Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series Night. The speedway will feature all the divisions in a special “Twin” race format.
The evenings events will include four divisions of exciting high octane, side by side dirt track racing. See the Victory Lap Late Model / Fastrak Pro Late Models, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions in action.
Competitor gates for Saturday, April 29th 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: Victory Lap Late Models / Fastrak Pro Late Models (Twin 20 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (Twin 15 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (Twin 15 laps) and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars (Twin 12 laps). All divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.
Admission price for Adults $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 13 – 17 years old $6, children 7 to 12 $4 and children 6 and under admitted free. We offer a family pass for $25 (two adults and two children 12 and under). 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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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.
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RACE RESULTS FOR SAFETY-KLEEN / WRAR / WNNT NIGHT AT THE RACES, SATURDAY APRIL 13, 2013:
VICTORY LAP LATE MODEL / FASTRAK PRO LATE MODEL 35 LAP FEATURE (14 Entries):
A Main:1. Justin Williams (Shipman, VA), 2. Troy Williams (South Mills, NC), 3. Tim Shelton (Fredericksburg, VA), 4. John Staton (Chesapeake, VA), 5. Joe Ender (Glen Allen, VA), 6. Mark Parks (Forest, VA), 7. David Puckett (King George, VA), 8. Billy Tucker (King George, VA), 9. Stephen Childress (St. Stephens Church, VA), 10. Robert Emory (Milton, DE), 11. David Padula (Greencastle, PA), 12. Jordan Byers (Amelia, VA), 13. Davis Lipscombe (Mechanicsville, VA), 14. Derick Quade (Mechanicsville, MD),
FAST TIME: Troy Williams – 18.071 seconds
TRUCKIN THUNDER SPORTSMAN 25 LAP FEATURE (13 Entries):
A Main:1. Brett Adkins (Gloucester, VA), 2. Hunter Shelton (Fredericksburg, VA), 3. James Snead (Fredericksburg, VA), 4. Troy Doggett (Ruther Glen, va), 5. Thomas Rose (Gloucester, VA), 6. Carl Vaughan (Chesapeake, VA), 7. Macy Causey (Seaford, VA), 8. Brandon Coates (Tappahannock, VA), 9. Tommy Upshaw (West Point, VA), 10. Timmy Brann (Warsaw, VA), 11. Chad Beahr (Mechanicsville, VA), 12. Junior Carter (Mechanicsville, VA), 13. Kevin Beahr (Mechanicsville, VA), 14. Brad Rigdon (Chesapeake, VA),
FAST TIME: Brett Adkins – 21.015 seconds
BUDWESIER MODIFIED 25 LAP FEATURE (19 Entries):
A Main:1. Chris Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 2. Jimmy Duncan (Fredericksburg, VA), 3. Joey Polevoy (Powhatan, VA), 4. Charlie Hubbard (Chesapeake, VA), 5. Donnie Smith (Fredericksburg, VA), 6. Jeff Solinger (Bumpass, VA), 7. Curtis Barricks (Chesterfield, VA), 8. Matt Quade (Mechanicsville, MD), 9. Brandon Galloway (Gloucester, VA), 10. David Kendall (Petersburg, VA), 11. Frank McClenny Jr. (Chesapeake, VA), 12. Dan Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 13. Francis Jarrelle III (Chesterfield, VA), 14. Neal Hudgins (Grimstead, VA), 15. Tony Quade (Leonardtown, MD), 16. Matt Marshall (Stuarts Draft, VA), 17. Aaron Harris (Richmond, VA), 18. Josh Letson (, VA), 19. Matt Ashworth (Mechanicsville, VA),
FAST TIME: Chris Arnold – 19.385 seconds (New Division Track Record)
LIMITED STOCK CAR 20 LAP FEATURE (17 Entries):
A Main:1. Wesley Givens (Mechanicsville, VA), 2. Brandon Sandridge (Mechanicsville, VA), 3. Travis Hopkins (Spotsylvania, VA), 4. Brian Bradley (Hopewell, VA), 5. Daniel Alford (Colonial Beach, VA), 6. Shawn Otey (Aylett, VA), 7. Brandon Schools (Glen Allen, VA), 8. Lucas Ward (Beaverdam, VA), 9. Brian Maxey (King George, VA), 10. Chris Maxey (King George, VA), 11. Brandon Bowler (Gloucester, VA), 12. Bob Terry (Stafford, VA), 13. Rick Powers (Richmond, VA), 14. David Bowler (Gloucester, VA), 15. Ryan Hutchens (Providence Forge, VA), 16. Bobby Curtis (Richmond, VA), 17. Stephen Democko (Gloucester, VA),
FAST TIME: Bob Terry – 22.756 seconds