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Four of a kind usually means big money at the local poker tables, but at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it’ll mean the debut of four-wide drag racing in the western United States.

The speedway announced plans today to widen The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to four lanes. Construction is freshly under way, and the first four-wide event will be the NHRA DENSO Nationals April 4-6, 2018.

“Four-wide drag racing has captured the interest of race fans and competitors at Charlotte’s zMAX Dragway,” LVMS president Chris Powell said. “It’s exciting to give everyone on the west coast a chance to see what fans back east have experienced for several years now. Four-wide drag racing was the vision of our chairman, Bruton Smith, and our chief executive officer, Marcus Smith. They are two of the key reasons that NHRA drag racing has become one of the most popular forms of motorsports in the world.”

NHRA officials expressed excitement about bringing four-wide NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series to the west.

“The excitement and sensory overload of four-wide drag racing is one of the most intense displays of motorsports in the country,” said Peter Clifford, NHRA president. “We look forward to presenting the four-wide experience to the dedicated NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series fans in Las Vegas and the surrounding states.”

Drivers John Force and Antron Brown have had success racing four wide, as each of them has posted victories at zMAX Dragway in Charlotte. Force won the first-ever Funny Car four-wide event in 2010, and Brown is a two-time four-wide winner in Top Fuel.

“I’ve got to give credit to Bruton Smith for investing in the sport of NHRA drag racing,” Force said. “His four-lane in Charlotte gave him two races, one with the two-lane in the Countdown and then the four-lane in the spring. It only makes sense that when he designed his Vegas track, from day one he planned on four lanes. That will allow those two races to be even more successful. So, good for you Bruton, and thank you from all of us at John Force Racing.”

Brown is just anxious for the fans to feel the power.

“It will be a lot of fun going to Las Vegas for a four-wide race,” Brown said. “It will give our fans on the West Coast what the East Coast fans have had at Charlotte (since 2010). It will be a real spectacle with four 11,000-horespower cars launching at the same time.

“That will shake Vegas down. It will be a really cool experience.”

Tickets for the first-ever four-wide drag race in Las Vegas will be available at this fall’s NHRA Toyota Nationals, which kicks off Oct. 26.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a wholly owned subsidiary of Speedway Motorsports, a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States. For more information visit www.speedwaymotorsports.com.

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The perks of purchasing Texas Motor Speedway Season Tickets have never been more abundant with the introduction of a referral program and an early pay gift to celebrate Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s final season being added to the 2018 package.
 
The referral program will provide Season Ticket Holders the opportunity to earn statement credits for every individual referred and converted into a fellow Season Ticket Holder as well as earn entry into a random drawing of unique race access and experiences at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
Beginning Monday, Sept. 11, when 2018 Season Tickets go on sale, a current Season Ticket Holder will receive a $50 statement credit toward ticket-related purchases for next year for every new Season Ticket referred and paid in full.
 
Each referral also earns them an entry into a random drawing for a variety of upgrades and experiences at next April's O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race including:
  • Hot garage passes
  • Cold garage passes
  • Reserved spot in the exclusive Pit Stop Park tailgating area
  • Victory Lane Club suite tickets
  • Exclusive passes to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers' meeting
  • Passes to the members-only Champagne Toast in The Speedway Club 
Current and new Season Ticket Holders can also earn free tickets to November's AAA Texas 500 to witness Earnhardt Jr.'s final race at Texas Motor Speedway. Every Season Ticket paid in full by Friday, Oct. 27, will earn the account a free ticket to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 on Sunday, Nov. 5.
 
Season Tickets for 2018 start as low as $199 for adults and $30 for kids 12 and under. Season Tickets feature three exciting race weekends - April 7-8 O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend, June 8-9 Texas Indy 600 INDYCAR/NASCAR weekend and Nov. 2-4 AAA Texas 500 NASCAR tripleheader weekend.
 
Season Tickets offer the best deal, with a savings of up to 35 percent and a variety of privileges for the entire race season at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
Additional perks for Season Ticket Holders include:
  • Complimentary pre-race passes for April and November Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races
  • Flexible, interest-free payment plans
  • Half-price VIP Pit Passes for NASCAR and INDYCAR race weekends
  • Discounts on parking, merchandise, concessions, camping, Pit Stop Park and Speedway Club membership
  • Selecting the specific section and seat to fits your needs and budget 
For more information on 2018 Season Tickets and benefits, call the Texas Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (817) 215-8500 or visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com.
 
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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers and Coca-Cola Racing family members Joey Logano, Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman, along with defending Bojangles’ Southern 500 champion Martin Truex Jr. are all scheduled to make appearances in the Darlington Stripe Zone Fan Hospitality.

All four drivers will conduct 15-minute question and answer sessions in the popular fan hospitality area on Sunday, September 3 prior to the Bojangles’ Southern 500.

For fans that have not yet purchased a Stripe Zone hospitality package, it is the perfect opportunity to see NASCAR stars in person, while enjoying the amenities the all-inclusive Stripe Zone has to offer.

For $140 per package (plus the cost of a grandstand ticket), fans receive admission to the driver introductions/pre-race concert festivities featuring Poison front man Bret Michaels (shirt and shoes required), full meal and snacks, unlimited non-alcohol beverage service until the scheduled race start, four beer coupons to guests 21 years of age and older, a Darlington-branded gift, event program and live entertainment.

“Our Stripe Zone Fan Hospitality is a great all-inclusive experience for a race fan. It’s an affordable way to enjoy a race with many great amenities and several appearances by NASCAR stars,” track President Kerry Tharp said.

In addition to the Stripe Zone, Darlington Raceway continues to offer race fans a hospitality option on Saturday, Sept. 2, prior to the NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200. The T4 Zone hospitality package offers a similar all-inclusive experience with scheduled driver appearances by Cole Custer and Brandon Brown.

Each T4 Zone package consists of limited pre-race pit pass access, full meal and snacks, unlimited non-alcohol beverages until the scheduled race start time, two beer coupons for guests 21 years of age or older, Darlington-branded gift and souvenir program, all for $80 per package (plus the cost of a grandstand ticket).

All hospitality packages and tickets can be purchased by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting www.DarlingtonRaceway.com.

*Times and appearances are subject to change. No autographs please.

Darlington Raceway’s award-winning throwback campaign is now The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR featuring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 will race on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com. Children 12 and under can get in free to Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race.

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Since its first dusty race in the summer of 1957, South Boston Speedway has produced exciting races and equally exciting race car drivers.
 
Drivers who have won on stock car racing’s biggest stages turned their first competitive laps at South Boston. And despite their fame and notoriety, they don’t forget where it all started for them.
 
“It’s my hometown track. Without it I wouldn’t have done what I was able to do in racing,” Ward Burton said a few days before this Saturday’s 60th anniversary party for the historic track during the Italian Delight Family Restaurant presents Frutopia Not Just Frozen Yogurt NASCAR Late Model Twin 60s.
 
Burton still lives in the South Boston area where he grew up, spending his time working with the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation. He and his brother Jeff learned their craft at South Boston Speedway while still in their teens and wound up with careers that reached the pinnacle of NASCAR.
 
“When I was running the street stock and late model at South Boston, it was outstanding racing,” said Burton, who won both the Daytona 500 and the Southern 500 in his 12-year NASCAR Cup career. “Jeff and I were trained by the best late model guys in the country … Maurice Hill, David Blankenship, Wayne Patterson. It was amazing racing.”
 
Hermie Sadler’s NASCAR career, which spanned more than a dozen years in what is now the Xfinity Series, also began at South Boston Speedway, the track he still calls home.
 
“South Boston (Speedway) was a huge part of my life before I started racing,” said Sadler, now a pit reporter and analyst for FS1’s broadcasts of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. “I used to go there as a kid and watch the old Late Model Sportsman Series. I watched my uncle, Bud Elliott and Ray Hendrick and Sonny Hutchens and Sam Ard. I never thought I’d have the opportunity to compete there.”
 
Sadler picked up three wins at South Boston in 1992 and another in 1995 before moving on and up. The South Boston experience paid dividends the rest of his career, though.
 
“The people I got to race around, Barry Beggarly, Maurice Hill, Wayne Patterson, David Blankenship … they did a lot for me on and off the track,” said Sadler. “I couldn’t have asked for a better start to a racing career than I got at South Boston.
 
“South Boston meant so much to my career. Back in my day there were 25 or 30 Late Models every week and about 20 of them could win. It was unbelievable competition. It not only taught me how to race, but how to lose. I’ve got lots of fun memories from those days.”
 
An evening of great racing and great fun will be wrapped into Saturday night’s Italian Delight Family Restaurant presents Frutopia Not Just Frozen Yogurt NASCAR Late Model Twin 60s.
 
The twin Late Model races scheduled for the night have been set at 60 laps each and the Limited Sportsman division race will be 60 laps to highlight the occasion. The concession stands will be in a celebratory mood also, offering the world-famous South Boston Speedway bologna burger, an order of fries and a soft drink for $6.
 
There will be vintage race cars on display, of course dating back to 1957, the year the track opened.
 
And what’s a birthday celebration without cake and balloons? There will be two huge cakes behind the main grandstands with drivers cutting the cake and serving it to fans after qualifying. Also, all children will receive a balloon when they enter the gates.
 
The evening will end with a spectacular fireworks display presented by Italian Delight Family Restaurant and the rest of the evening will be filled with things marking the track’s 60th anniversary.
 
The racing lineup for the Italian Delight Family Restaurant presents Frutopia Not Just Frozen Yogurt NASCAR Late Model Twin 60s. There will also be a 60-lap Limited Division race, a 30-lap Budweiser Pure Stock race, a 15-lap Budweiser Hornets race and a 25-lap race for the Southern Ground Pounders.
 
Tickets are $10 for adults. Children’s tickets, for ages 7 to 12 are $5 and children 6 and under are admitted free. Racing action begins at 7 p.m.
 
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Texas Motor Speedway staff members munched on Dickey's "Out Of This World" BBQ sandwiches and Sun Chips followed by the just desserts of Moon Pies and Krispy Kreme "Total Solar Eclipse" doughnuts Monday as they prepped like the rest of the nation to witness the first total solar eclipse across the continental U.S. in 38 years.
 
 But unlike the rest of the nation, the staff of approximately 80, along with local residents invited for a free public watch party in the infield, had the option of watching the eclipse over North Texas on the world's largest TV known as "Big Hoss" or with the special glasses. Many opted for both.
 
Between 200 and 300 visitors rolled into the Texas Motor Speedway infield to park, unfold the lawn chairs and enjoy the historic day on the Guinness World Record-holding "Big Hoss," which features more than 23,000 square feet of high-definition display area. The speedway filmed the eclipse with a special video camera filter from the grandstand rooftop and aired it live on "Big Hoss" and Facebook Live.
 
Some visitors set up as if it were a race weekend with music blaring, cocktails in hand and hanging out on the viewing deck atop their truck. Others brought their families in tow, with plenty of children in the infield enjoying the special event. One young girl from Denton skipped school today, but it was for a just cause. She worked on two science projects that would allow her to see the solar eclipse without the special glasses, including a Kellogg's Corn Flakes box with aluminum foil. She was successful with both.
 
Speedway staff members also visited the infield and gave some of the children celestial snack packs that consisted of a Moon Pie, Eclipse Gum, Star Crunch, Cosmic Brownie, Milky Way, Starburst, Sun Chips and Satellite Wafers.
 
"What an awesome crowd that came out to view the 2017 eclipse on Big Hoss, the world's largest TV," Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage said. "It was so fun seeing some of the kids' home-made science projects to view the eclipse, to use the special eclipse glasses and to watch it on 'Big Hoss.' The whole event had an interesting, fun vibe to it and everybody seemed to be having a great time. Our entire staff snacked on Moon Pies, Sun Chips, Cosmic Brownies, Milky Way candy bars and Eclipse gum. What an experience!"
 
North Texas only had an opportunity to see a partial solar eclipse - the moon covered 76 percent of the sun's surface in Dallas/Fort Worth - and the maximum viewing came at 1:09 p.m. CT. However, the area will enjoy a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 with Dallas/Fort Worth being in the cherished line of totality. If the date sounds familiar for Texas Motor Speedway race fans, it should. Given the traditional dates historically of the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 NASCAR doubleheader weekend, the total solar eclipse could potentially fall the day after the race.
 
"Texas Motor Speedway may well be THE place to be for the 2024 solar eclipse because the speedway will be in the path of totality and it will be Monday, April 8, which is the day after our NASCAR Cup race's traditional date," Gossage said. "Many of our campers may want to stick around and enjoy the experience. I would imagine now that more people know we had the 2017 eclipse on Big Hoss, the world's largest TV, they will be expecting it seven years from now. That's going to be fun!"
 
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Fans attending the Can-Am 500 on Sunday, Nov. 12 at Phoenix Raceway will be entertained with live music before the start of the race as multiplatinum rock band Sugar Ray will perform a pre-race concert in the DC Solar Power Pavilion at 10:30 a.m. (local).

Sugar Ray hit mainstream success when their breakthrough hit song “Fly” dominated the airwaves in the summer of 1997 and rose to No. 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks and Top 40 Mainstream charts. After their album “Floored” went double-platinum, Sugar Ray followed up with “14:59” that reached triple-platinum status with hit singles “Every Morning,” “Someday” and “Falls Apart.”

Hailing from Orange County, Calif., the group includes vocalist Mark McGrath, lead guitarist Rodney Sheppard, bassist Kristian Attard and drummer Dean Butterworth. The band, who has appeared numerous times on the Tonight Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, Carson Daly and The Today’s Show’s Summer Concert Series, has sold over eight million records worldwide.

The concert, which resulted from a partnership between Phoenix Raceway and Niner Sports & Entertainment, is just one part of race day excitement that is free to all fans with a grandstand ticket for the Can-Am 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. The Can-Am 500 is the semifinal race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. After the race, the field of championship contenders will be trimmed from eight hopefuls to the final four drivers that will race for the championship the next week.

Tickets to all events throughout the Can-Am 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekend at Phoenix Raceway are available online at PhoenixRaceway.com, by phone at 1-866-408-RACE (7223) or in person at the Phoenix Raceway ticket office.

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The dust has now settled on the 2017 racing season at Bowman Gray Stadium – and just as expected, the final night had enough fireworks to get the fans on their feet.

In the Brad’s Golf Cars Modified Series, Tim Brown of Tobaccoville qualified on the pole for Saturday’s Carolina Farm Credit 150. Brandon Ward of Winston-Salem started on the outside front-row but was unable to steal the lead away on the initial start.

Ward tried again during the first double-file restart, but he was caught on the outside row while James Civali of Davidson moved up to second. Civali began immediately applying the pressure to Tim Brown. On lap 27, Civali gave a strong shot to the bumper of Brown, sending him sliding to the outside row and falling back in position. Civali took over the lead.

However, Civali quickly began receiving the same pressure from Brandon Ward. A string of cautions gave Ward four chances to take to the outside and challenge for the lead. On the fourth attempt, Ward battled with Civali side-by-side for a full lap until eventually clearning Civali and stealing away the lead.

Ward then had to defend the top spot from Tim Brown, Bobby Measmer of Concord, James Civali, and Jonathan Brown of Winston-Salem. Through it all, Ward held strong and went on to win. The last time Ward had entered Winner’s Circle was last year’s season-ending Carolina Farm Credit 150.

“I hate it took us all year to win one again. We’ve had good race cars,” said Ward. “A couple mechanical issues put us behind, but these guys have worked super hard to get caught back up. Tonight’s the best car we’ve had.”

While the battle for the checkered was raging on, Burt Myers of Walnut Cove was making his way through the field on a mission for his eighth Modified championship. Myers moved up to third early in the race but was involved in a wreck that dropped him back. Despite the incident, Myers fought forward to finish fourth – more than enough to clear the rest of the field in the points standings.

“I used to sit right there in the stands - and to think about winning eight championships is just unbelievable,” said Myers. “You start out the season, you try to win as many races as you can. You try to do the best you can, be as consistent as you can. And we were just right there. God’s blessed me so much – me and my family.”

In the Texas Steak & Tap House Sportsman Series, John Holleman of Winston-Salem led the first few laps of Saturday’s 40-lapper. He seemed to be on the way to taking his ninth win – and potentially even the Sportsman title.

But Dylan Ward of Winston-Salem bumped him out of the lead. A few laps later, Zack Clifton of Walkertown banged fenders with Holleman – sending his car spinning along with his championship hopes.

Dylan Ward went on to take the checkered. Finishing a smooth second place was Derek Stoltz of Walkertown, who claimed the Sportsman championship.

The points battle in the Q104.1 New Country Street Stock Series was as tight as they come entering Saturday’s race. Jacob Creed of Dobson was tied for the lead with Jeremy Warren of Winston-Salem. Brian Wall of Winston-Salem was just eight points behind.

With hard racing and wrecks left and right, Warren and Wall were taken out of the race early. Their ailing cars weren’t enough to make it back to the front – but Jacob Creed was able to avoid any incident, finishing second and winning his first Street Stock Championship.

In the Law Offices of John Barrow Stadium Stock Series, Chase Hunt of Lexington was one lap away from winning the championship when disaster struck and Hunt began slowing due to a flat tire. He tried to continue the race, needing to preserve his position in order to win the title.

But on the white flag lap, Hunt fell back several positions. Wesley Thompson of Advance went on to win, boosting him past Hunt and A.J. Sanders of Mocksville in the points rankings and giving him the Stadium Stock title for 2017.

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Riki Rachtman, the longtime host of MTV’s hit show Headbangers Ball and current host of the Racing Rocks! Radio Show, will serve as an honorary emcee for Darlington Raceway’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 weekend on Sept. 1-3.

In his role, Rachtman will emcee various events during the Labor Day throwback weekend, including in the fan hospitality and display areas and pre-race ceremonies. He will also introduce Poison frontman Bret Michaels, who will be performing the Bojangles’ Southern 500 pre-race concert.

“I’ve always thought that Darlington Raceway is the coolest race track. I came here as a fan in 1994 and have been here several times since then. It is an iconic place,” Rachtman said. “Darlington is special and to help with their throwback celebration is definitely something I’m looking forward to.”

“If you were ever a fan of hard rock music in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Riki Rachtman and Headbangers Ball was a staple for fans of that genre of music,” track President Kerry Tharp said. “With Riki joining the likes of Bret Michaels, rock n’ roll music fans will be excited for our Bojangles’ Southern 500 race weekend.”

Rachtman got his first break with Headbangers Ball in 1989 when he began hosting the program as a guest host for the popular TV show, which featured music videos of some of the country’s most popular rock n’ roll and heavy metal acts. He would later go on to be the main host of the show from 1990-1995. But it all started in 1989. Previously, he emerged on the music scene in the late 1980’s when he opened the legendary rock n’ roll venue, The Cathouse, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in Los Angeles, Calif. in 2016.

“That was a memorable time for me and the hard rock/heavy metal music industry,” Rachtman said. “Headbangers Ball was a staple for millions of rock fans across the country.”

Racing Rocks! is a two-hour weekly music-intensive program that provides rock fans coast-to-coast with news, exclusive insights, interviews and dedicated coverage from the world of NASCAR, primarily the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The program debuted in 2003 and is syndicated throughout the United States. He was also a contributor on the SPEED Channel.

Rachtman visited Darlington Raceway today, Aug. 20, on his final stop of a 48-state solo charity motorcycle ride, notably called ‘Riki’s Ride.’ South Carolina was the final state on his journey, which took two months, over 13,000 miles and raised over $16,000 for cystic fibrosis.

“It made so much sense to end my epic ride at such an epic track,” Rachtman said. “Riki’s Ride raised thousands of dollars for a great cause. I’m looking forward to heading home to North Carolina today and being back here for the Sept. 1-3 Bojangles’ Southern 500 race weekend very soon.”

Darlington Raceway’s award-winning throwback campaign is now The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR featuring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. The NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 will race on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting DarlingtonRaceway.com. Children 12 and under can get in free to Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race.

You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DarlingtonRaceway and on Twitter at Twitter.com/TooToughToTame. Fans are encouraged to post their Bojangles’ Southern 500 stories and memories using #TraditionContinues, #BojanglesSo500 and #SportClips200.

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Local short track racing returned to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway with an exceptional race card featuring eleven races in nine different race divisions. Thanks in part to the rains canceling racing in recent weeks, it was business as usual at the .397 mile oval on a night of guaranteed nonstop racing action. On the evenings race schedule were the Cycle City Bandeloros and Legends series. Riverside Paper Pro Six’s returned to race duty with the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks and the Carroll’s Automotive UCAR’s. Bojangles Enduro’s would see action once again with Old Skool Video Games Super Streets returning as well. In twin race action, Pepsi Grand Stocks along with the Taylor Waste Services Late Models highlighted the much anticipated evening of racing. Here’s the recap of all the exciting race action.

Cycle City Corps Bandeloros 15 Laps: Wesley Newell picked up his first pole of the 2017 race season with a lap set at 21.632 seconds. Jacob Putman would share the front row starting second just ten thousandths of a second of the lap of Newell’s. Green flag racing began and the pole sitter would show the field into turn one. He was then harassed by Jacob Putman for the lead but Putman had to settle for second as the leader held his line. The race experienced only one caution as Newell would hold off the charge of Putman for his first win in the Bandeloros Division. The race winner had this to say in Victory Lane, “Thank you, yeah, I wanna thank my dad, thanks to Jody and my mom”.

Race Results: Unofficial

  1. #48 Wesley Newell; 15
  2. #3 Jacob Putman; 15
  3. #22 Wyatt Philyaw; 15
  4. #5 Bradley Kilby; 15
  5. #31 Cole Bruce; 15
  6. #18 Autumn Weaver; 15
  7. #14 Connor Jones; 15
  8. #8 Jacob Derrick; 15
  9. #33 Franklin Caricofe; 15
  10. #87 Kenton Case; 15
  11. #9 Ayden Millette; 15

Taylor Waste Services Late Models Twin 66’s: Nick Smith had the fastest lap in Late Model qualifying, posting up a 16.059 second circuit to win the pole. Greg Edwards was only sixteen thousandths off the pole lap and would start shotgun in row one. Connor Hall, Brenden Queen and Matt Waltz were the five best in qualifying. Green flag waved to the pole sitter Nick Smith would need a lap to secure the point from Greg Edwards in an early battle for the lead. Once settled in single file, Matt Waltz, Mark Wertz were early movers to the front just a few laps into the race. The race then experienced two caution periods where Connor Hall’s night ended abruptly in the turn three wall. But back up front, it was leader Nick Smith being chased by Greg Edwards as the halfway had approached. Several laps later into the feature saw the lead change three times as Greg Edwards, Nick Smith traded spots before Matt Waltz after serving a rough driving penalty earlier in the race came through the field to take the lead. From there and in clean air, Matt Waltz would go on to win the first Late Model feature. Waltz from Victory Lane, “The wheel was straight when I was good, definitely want to apologize to Connor, that’s was all me, that was my fault”, admitted the race winner. “Kinda disappointed about the call to put us in the back when that hadn’t happened to anyone else out here but we came back and won it anyways. I just got to thank all these guys and thank everybody for coming out here tonight”. In the nightcap, Casey Wyatt was the pole sitter for the second race feature by virtue of his eighth place finish and by NASCAR’s invert rule. Green flag waved as Wyatt jumped out to an early lead with Danny Edwards Jr in tow. Soon a battle for the lead as Danny Edwards Jr gets to the bottom of Wyatt to take the race lead. But the lead changes for the feature had just begun as Brenden Queen spent time up front as did Matt Waltz. But suddenly the Queen, Waltz battle for the lead took a turn as contact with the leaders sent both cars spinning to bring out the caution. Inheriting the race lead as the halfway was completed was Greg Edwards who would have to survive two race restarts before amounting a sizable race lead over second place runner Nick Smith. In the latter portions of the race saw Matt Waltz worked his way back to second as Cameron Bowen showed muscle running fourth. But back up front it was all Greg Edwards in an eventful Late Model feature. Greg Edwards in Victory Lane, “Yeah, we kinda got knocked back there again at the beginning of the race like we did in the first one, I just didn’t panic”, said the race winner. “We made the right adjustments in between the races, I need to thank this for some people. John McMasters, the date of his death was yesterday, he was on our team. My Uncle Arthur Bristow, my mom’s brother, were celebrating this for him, he passed away this week. It’s a big deal for us, glad to get this car up front in clean air again, it’s just where she likes to be”.

Race Results Feature #1;

  1. #2 Matt Waltz; 66
  2. #97 Greg Edwards; 66
  3. #12 Nick Smith; 66
  4. #03 Brenden Queen; 66
  5. #55 Mark Wertz; 66
  6. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 66
  7. #33 Macy Causey; 66
  8. #92 Casey Wyatt; 66
  9. #78 Maddie Crane; 66
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 66
  11. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 66
  12. #94c Cody Carlton; 53
  13. #19 Cameron Bowen; 41
  14. #77 Connor Hall; 17

Race Results Feature #2

  1. #97 Greg Edwards; 66
  2. #2 Matt Waltz; 66
  3. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 66
  4. #19 Cameron Bowen; 66
  5. #55 Mark Wertz; 66
  6. #03 Brenden Queen; 66
  7. #12 Nick Smith; 66
  8. #33 Macy Causey; 66
  9. #94c Cody Carlton; 66
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 66
  11. #78 Maddie Craine; 65
  12. #92 Casey Wyatt; 51
  13. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 29

Pepsi Grand Stocks Twin 25’s: Rodney Boyd nabbed up his fourth pole in the Grand Stock division sporting an 18.177 second lap. The hot wheel of Tommy Sweeney’s qualifying lap earned him the two spot in row one with Mark Frye, Tim Wilson and Paul Lubno rounding out the top five on the grid. Green flag racing began as Boyd showed the field into turn one and easily secured the point by turn two. From the three spot, Mark Frye would use up Tommy Sweeney for second as Paul Lubno was an early mover as well. Rodney Boyd would enjoy his race lead for much of the feature before Frye would catch the race leader. But with two laps to go, the leader Boyd would spin off the bumper of Frye to bring out the caution, Frye would be forced to start in the rear for rough driving. Back to the green to decide the feature, Boyd would rebound and come back to win the first Grand Stock feature. Boyd in Victory Lane, “Almost again we had one taken away from us just out there riding”, claimed Rodney Boyd. “After the last incident involving Tommy Sweeney, tore our car up, these things aren’t as easy to fix as people think they are. It takes a lot of effort, a lot of hard work to find the piece that’s bent but we found it, still gotta do a little more adjustment”. In the Grand Stock second feature, Kevin Morgan assumed the race pole after the mandatory eight car invert. Green flag would wave as pole sitter Kevin Morgan would lead lap one followed by Tommy Sweeney taking a turn at the lead on lap two of the event. Paul Lubno with Tim Wilson were some of the early movers before race leader Tommy Sweeney slowed to bring out the caution. Back to the green saw Paul Lubno as the race leader who would continue his race lead to the halfway. But then came race one winner Rodney Boyd who started eighth from the mandatory invert to take the race lead as there would only be a few laps left in the feature. Once in clean air, Boyd would go on to win the second Grand Stock feature. Boyd from Victory Lane,” Competition is tough in our division”, explained Boyd. “When you think a guy who qualifies last can’t run up front, it proved tonight. Kevin Morgan held his own on the outside and did a helluva job. I waited my time, picked the times when it was right to make my move, it was good battling with Paul Lubno. Once again thank all my sponsors, Langley Speedway and Bill Mullis”.

Race Results Feature #1:

  1. #9 Rodney Boyd; 25
  2. #14 Paul Lubno; 25
  3. #11 Tommy Sweeney; 25
  4. #17h Brandon Hinson; 25
  5. #6 Shawn Scovel; 25
  6. #18 Johnathan White; 24
  7. #29 Mark Frye; 23
  8. #1 Kevin Morgan; 18

Race Results Feature #2:

  1. #9 Rodney Boyd; 25
  2. #29h Brandon Hinson; 25
  3. #14 Paul Lubno; 25
  4. #1 Kevin Morgan; 25
  5. #6 Shawn Scovel; 25
  6. #18 Johnathan White; 20
  7. #17 Tim Wilson; 17
  8. #11 Tommy Sweeney; 11

Old Skool Video Games Super Streets 40 Laps: Division points leader Landon Abbott picked up his third pole on the season with a posted lap at 19.057 seconds. Jason Michaud was a surprise to the grid starting second as Randy Akers, Bill Eaker Jr and Dale Parro were the five best in qualifying. The green flagged waved as Landon Abbott made quick work of Jason Michaud in the early portions of the feature. Soon after, the race leader was run down by Randy Akers who would soon pass Abbott for the race lead. But right back came Abbott to retake the race lead at the halfway. Much beating and banging was going on in the front before the first caution waved. On the ensuing restart, Landon Abbott continued to lead but laps later would surrender his lead to Bill Eaker Jr as only a handful of laps remained. Once by, Bill Eaker Jr never looked back to pick up his first win of the year. Bill Eaker Jr in Victory Lane, “We’ve been doing a lot better lately”, claimed the race winner. “We found some things wrong with the car and got those fixed, now were running better. Big Dave has been coaching me and getting me driving the car better. I just wanna thank my crew, just want to thank all my sponsors”.

Race Results:

  1. #22 Bill Eaker Jr; 40
  2. #12h Danny Harrell; 40
  3. #70 Landon Abbott; 40
  4. #24 Sammy Gaita; 40
  5. #21 Randy Akers; 40
  6. #0c Andrew Condrey; 40
  7. #46 Jason Michaud; 40
  8. #8 Dale Nichols; 40
  9. #20 Gordon Weeks; 40
  10. #26 Louie Pasderetz; 40
  11. #5p Dale Parro; 38
  12. #54 Josh Perry; 23

Cycle City Legends 25 Laps: Brian May grabbed up the race pole in Legends race action setting a lap at 18.141 seconds. Tommy Jackson Jr was thirty thousandths off the pole speed earning his share of the front row. Cody Carlton along with Spencer Saunders and Daniel Sylvestri was qualifying’s five best. Race action began as Brian May would lead lap one. Spencer Saunders would do away with both Cody Carlton and Tommy Jackson Jr from the fourth position to take second in search for the race leader. Laps later, Saunders would catch race leader Brian May and would soon pass May for the race lead. After a brief race caution, Saunders would win the restart into turn one and from there, go on to win the Legends race feature. Spencer Saunders from Victory Lane, “Man this feels great, after qualifying fourth I wasn’t sure what we had for the race”, said the race winner. “I had a feeling that we would be pretty good, once we took the lead it seemed like we never looked back. I really hated to see that caution with five to go, seems like when you want one, you never get it and when you don’t want one you get one anyways. Just glad we were able to hold them off, just want to thank my dad and mom, all the fans for coming out”.

Race Results: Unofficial

  1. #7 Spencer Saunders; 25
  2. #22 Brian May; 25
  3. #87 Tommy Jackson Jr; 25
  4. #07 Matt Dail; 25
  5. #94 Cody Carlton; 25
  6. #97 Daniel Sylvestri; 25
  7. #51 Ryan Matthews; 25
  8. #17 Devon Courtney; 25
  9. #88 Ryan Center; 25
  10. #7L Zach Lightfoot; 25
  11. #33 Colby Flowers; 25
  12. #4 Chris Hayes; 24
  13. #63 Josh Kirks; 23
  14. #31 Davis Brandt; 4

Riverside Paper Pro Six’s 30 Laps: Adam Florian picked up his fifth pole on the season boasting a 17.525 second lap to earn the race pole. Travis Wall posted a lap worthy to start second on the grid. Race action began with Adam Florian taking an early lead to the race, Travis Wall had issues at the start when apparently, he may have missed a gear. JB Sipe from the six spot would benefit from the matter and would show second in chase of the race leader. Also benefitting from Wall’s miscue was race leader Adam Florian who mounted up a sizable race lead just a few laps completed in the feature. It was from there that JB Sipe would give his best to run down the leader but Adam Florian was dominant and went on to win the Pro Six race feature. Adam Florian from Victory Lane had this to say, “We’ve been working hard, we don’t stop, when we win won weekend, we go back to the house, tear her back down and get her back right”, shared Florian from Victory Lane. My dad, Tommy Spencer and TSM Motorsports, nonstop on this thing all week. My brother does an awesome job on the radio, this sets the pace for the rest of the year, to the front we go”.

Race Results:

  1. #98 Adam Florian; 30
  2. #14 JB Sipe; 30
  3. #23 Casey Sipe; 30
  4. #44 Travis Wall; 30
  5. #21 Tyler McLaughlin; 30
  6. #26 Bobby Hall; 19

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks 25 Laps: Chase McAdams continues to impress in Super Truck qualifying nabbing up his fifth pole on the year. His lap at 19.253 seconds was better than Dustin Mullins but worthy of a share in the front row. Race action began as McAdams would showe the field into turn one. Dustin Mullins who started shotgun to the race leader would go into chase mode followed by Jacob Carr in the early goings of the race. Halfway into the feature saw McAdams build a fourteen car length lead over Mullins who was unable to collapse the race lead as the halfway was complete. As the race entered into the latter stages, McAdams continued his dominating performance who would go flag to flag in a caution free race for the feature win. McAdams from Victory Lane, “Oh yeah, she’s on a rail, just kept getting faster and faster, I was even off the brakes there at the end”, claimed the race winner. “I even got a love tap from my dad on the back straight away, I had to dodge that one”.

Race Results:

  1. #62 Chase McAdams; 25
  2. #19 Dustin Mullins; 25
  3. #88 Jacob Carr; 25
  4. #24 Elysia Potter; 25
  5. #31 Richard Quinn; 25
  6. #3h Ryan Huff; 24
  7. #80 Ronald Klein; 8
  8. #22m Fred McAdams; 6

Carroll’s Automotive UCAR’s 25 Laps: Tommy Gildea was the afternoon’s qualifying pole sitter for his first pole run of the year. His lap at 19.438 seconds bested Eric Schaffer’s efforts but worthy to be on the front row in UCAR division qualifying. Green flag was shown to the grid and race leader Tommy Gildea began work as the race leader. Several laps in, Eric Schaffer began his assault on the race leader as the battle intensified after some beating and banging occurred. But suddenly the race leader Gildea went spinning off the bumper of Schaffer but was able to hold on without wrecking. New race leader was Eric Schaffer but back came Gildea with a bump of his own and retook the race lead. Handful of laps left and soon would come Michael Waters from the three spot who would eventually take the lead and go on to win his ninth win in a row. Waters from Victory lane.” It’s fun, I was back there watching those guys use each other up, I wish they would have given each other room and save their tires better. I’d like to see Thomas out here in Victory Lane, he deserves it, he’s been working hard. Car was tight in qualifying, messed that one up, qualified third, Thomas just keeps getting faster and faster so I’m glad he’s getting near me”.

Race Results:

  1. #36 Michael Waters; 25
  2. #28 Tommy Gildea; 25
  3. #3 Eric Schaffer; 25
  4. #53 Zac Stongle; 25

Bojangles Enduros 30 Laps: Cullen Roberts pulled the one pill to get the pole in a sixteen car field in Enduro race action. Green flag racing took to the track and Cullen Roberts would lead in turn one but would surrender the lead to Richard Quinn by turn two. But suddenly the leader experienced troubles and the lead was taken by Roanald Klein. After a lap as the leader, Kline then was passed by Tyler Baker who was being chased by Alex Floroff who was just a car length away as the halfway was completed. Laps later, Alex Floroff would make his move by taking the race lead and from there, go on to win in Enduro race action. Floroff from Victory Lane, “That was crazy, I pretty much started last just because I got here late”, said the race winner. “But it was a great night I can tell you that I mean, really didn’t think I had a chance. Been battling this car with fuel problems but she stuck through the whole night so I appreciated it. Gotta thank Bojangles for sponsoring this race division and Larry King Law for bringing everything back”.

Race Results:

  1. #17 Alex Floroff; 30
  2. #27 Tyler Baker; 30
  3. #38 Rodney Davis; 30
  4. #80 Ronald Klein; 30
  5. #4 Wendell White; 29
  6. #44v Colby Vance; 29
  7. #26 Robert Pellek; 29
  8. #28 Ray Haynes; 29
  9. #85 Robert Hiby; 29
  10. #3 Austin Davis; 28
  11. #25 Cullen Roberts; 28
  12. #33 Mike Canary; 28
  13. #19 Daniel Balduf; 22
  14. #44a Jason Terill; 21
  15. #47L Nathan Lundin; 21
  16. #2 Jesse Holston; 8
  17. #31 Richard Quinn; 3
  18. #41 Richard Ellis; 2

Langley Speedway PR

Frankie Althouse was able to beat out Mike Sweeney for his third Late Model win of the season and no sooner did he claim the checkered flag than rain swept across the area and ended any further racing for the evening at Mahoning Valley Speedway which included the Modified and Hobby Stock features.

For Althouse it was a redemption from the previous outing when he was crashed out and listed in last place.

“We needed to win tonight to recoup some funds from the last race. It was a costly hit that knocked us out and now we can look forward to the 50-lapper coming up next week,” said Althouse, who scored his 21st Late Model victory.

“The car was pretty decent after we made some changes. We don’t really have anything to loose now with points because Sweeney has a good handle on that so we just need to concentrate on winning each week.”

When the race commenced it was 13-year old Dylan Osborn controlling the lead. The rookie was taking advantage of starting on the pole for the first time after electing to begin from the rear through all of the season. Tonight he felt confident that the time was right to take his earned starting spot and was right on with the decision.

Osborn led the opening circuit over Eric Kocher before Althouse assumed the runner-up spot on lap three. Although his car was tight Osborn still put up a great fight but the bottom lane opened enough for a lead change on lap five.

“He (Osborn) was a little loose but all in all he did a really good job. That had to feel like a win to him tonight finishing third. For a young kid to be able to drive the way he did tonight I give him a lot of credit,” said Althouse.

Once in the front Althouse was able to distance himself from the pack, however, Osborn had all eyes on him as he maintained second with steadiness over seasoned veterans Jeremy Miller and then Sweeney, who got to third after a dozen laps.

It would have been expected that Sweeney would be able to make quick work of the up-and-comer but Osborn made the top 2017 winner work hard to get around him.

With nine laps remaining Sweeney finally made the pass but at that point Althouse was far gone and cruised to win number three by four car lengths.

“We were reeling him (Althouse) in but we just ran out of laps. He was just too far out on me,” said Sweeney.

“Dylan (Osborn) did a respectable job tonight and he can hold his head high. He needs to hold his line a little better but he was definitely quick enough to back the field and his improvement is showing.”

Osborn held on for his career first top five with third at the finish while Broc Brown and Miller notched fourth and fifth respectively.

Cody Geist scored his career first Street Stock win in just four 2017 starts and did so in a thrilling race over Stacey Brown.

Geist, who entered the division fold last month after two back-to-back championship seasons with the Hobby Stocks, had a back and forth tussle with Rick Reichenbach over the first five laps. Afterwards he was able to check out on the pack until the waning laps at which time Brown was coming on strong.

“I could see him show me the nose of his car with two laps to go and I wasn’t about to let a win slip away,” said Geist.

“At that point I just let my back end swing out enough to keep him at bay and that helped us get the victory.”

Brown fell short by a mere thousandth of a second. Point leader Jon Moser, Jillian Long and Mark Deysher rounded out the top five.

Johnny Bennett drove out front for all 20-laps of the Pro 4 feature and claimed his second win of the season over Jake Kibler.

The track will be releasing the make-up dates for the Modified and Hobby Stock races as soon as an applicable date can be determined.

MVS PR

Spencer Gallagher, driver of the No. 23 for GMS Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, participated in a rookie test session at Richmond Raceway this week. Gallagher and his No. 23 team tested the new flange-fit composite body style that is set to debut at Richmond in September.

NASCAR XFINITY Series teams have the option to use this new body style beginning with the Virginia529 College Savings 250 on Friday, September 8. Currently, teams are using a steel body that is welded to the chassis. The new composite body will be bolted onto the chassis, which allows it to be more easily removed or replaced. The major benefit is it significantly reduces costs and labor compared to the steel body. Also, at-track repair times for teams will be reduced thanks to individual body panels.

“The best thing about these new body styles is a leveling effect on the playing field,” said Gallagher. “There are so many little tricks and tweaks that you can do with the steel bodies that simply won’t be possible with these new composite body styles. I think it’s really going to have an impact where it brings the field together and increases competition.”

“NASCAR’s plan with the new body style was to reduce cost and tampering,” said Joey Cohen, Crew Chief for the No. 23 for GMS Racing. “It levels the competition across the board for the entire series. This body allows us the opportunity to repair cars and turn them around in a faster period of time.”

“It will be very competitive racing at Richmond Raceway,” Gallagher said of the new body style. “Richmond is always a great track to come and race at. It’s three grooves wide so I think the new body style is only going to improve competition.”

The new composite body style will debut later this season at Richmond and will be an option for all tracks except superspeedways in 2018. NASCAR hopes to have the body in competition full-time by the 2019 season.

You can see the new flange-fit composite body style when NASCAR returns to Richmond Raceway for two nights of racing “under the lights” on September 8-9. The fall race weekend, presented by Who’s Your Driver, will see history on display as Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes his final, career, two-race appearance as a driver.

The weekend gets started on Friday, September 8, with on-track practice for both series and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Pole Qualifying for both weekend races. The action then dials up as the rising stars of tomorrow compete in the Virginia529 College Savings 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m., the sport’s best take to the track for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race as NASCAR crowns its Regular Season Champion.

Tickets are available now for both races and can be purchased online at richmondraceway.com or by calling the Richmond Ticket Office, toll-free, at 866-455-7223.

Richmond Raceway PR