Virginia Motor Speedway News
Parks, Hamilton, Shelton, Addington And Cunningham Pick Up Fall Classic Wins
Sep 25, 2005 - updated Sep 25th, 2005 7:31pm
Web posted by Dave Seay
Saluda, VA --
Mark Parks of Forest, VA regained the lead on lap 37 of the 40 lap Victory Lap Late Model feature when Stevie Long and Jamie Lathroum got together in turn 2 while racing for the lead. Parks then held off fast qualifier Sommey Lacey Jr. to capture his first career late model victory at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway.
Parks took the lead from the outside on the initial green with Long, Tom Eriksen and Tony wood 3 in a 3 wide battle for second. Parks led the first 22 laps before jumping the cushion in turn 2 allowing Roland Mann to get to the inside for the lead.
Once out in front Mann began to pull away but came up limping out of turn 2 on lap 24 with a blown motor. On the restart Parks led Long, Lathroum, Ray Love Jr. and Lacey to the green. Long took a look under Parks but couldn’t pull off the pass. Parks bobbled again on lap 26 allowing Long to dive to his inside out of turn 4 for the lead.
Long began to pull away as Parks worked to hold Lathroum at bay for second. Lathroum finally got his car hooked up on the outside and got a run on Parks on lap 33 out of turn 4 for second. Caution fell on lap 35 for a spin by Chris Cooke allowing the field to pull up to the bumper of Long. On the restart Long and Lathroum bolted away form the rest of the field as they battled for the lead.
On lap 37 Lathroum got into Long as they entered just enough to send him spinning and bring out the caution flag for the final time. With both Long and Lathroum at the rear of the field the lead was handed back to Parks. On the restart Parks and lacey pulled away from Scott Adams, Donnie Daniel and Tony Wood. Lacey made a last lap challenge out of turn 4 but Parks held him off for his first career late model victory at Virginia Motor Speedway.
“My crew worked so hard to get this car back together after last week’s race, I just can’t thank them enough, this feels awesome,” commented a very excited Mark Parks.
Rounding out the top five were eighth starting Sommey Lacey, Scott Adams, sixteenth starting Donnie Daniels and Tony Wood. Donnie Daniels also picked up the Thurston Spring Service Rookie of the Race Award with his fourth place finish.
In other action Bret Hamilton of Powhatan, VA won the three wide race into turn 1 with Brent Bordeaux and Eric Erwin to grab the top spot and then lead flag to flag to take the victory in the Budweiser Modified 30 lap feature. Eric Erwin and Brent Bordeaux waged a race long battle for second with Erwin holding on to the spot. Rounding out the top five were Page Harrison and Craig Ramich. Ramich picked up the Thurston Spring Service Rookie of the Race Award with his fifth place finish. In “Hot Lap” Qualifying Brian Dobie of Partlow, VA set a new track record with a lap of 21.145 seconds.
In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 35 lap feature Tim Shelton of Fredericksburg, VA powered his way to the lead from the outside on the drop of the green flag and dominated the event for a very emotional win. Shleton dedicated the win to his father who passed away this past week. Shelton won by over 6 seconds as Walker Arthur and Roger Jamerson battled side by side to the finish. Rounding out the top five were Arthur, Jamerson, Bobby Bustamante and eighteenth starting Davis Lipscombe. Lipsombe picked up the Thurston Spring Service Rookie of the Race Award with his fifth place finish.
In the Al’s Auto Parts Charger 30 lap feature thirteenth starting Frank Addington of Matoaca, VA inherited the lead when leader Brian Maxey was spun by a lapped car in turn 4 on lap 24. Maxey led the first 24 laps fending off James Givens and mark Cunningham in the process. Givens was sent to the infield while running second for parts hanging off his car and Mark Cunningham pulled to the infield on lap 22 putting Addington in second. Addington chased Maxey until lap 24 when caution came out for the leader. On the restart Addington kept Paul Bess at bay and held him off at the line for the victory. Rounding out the top five were Bess, twelfth starting Mark Wright, James Givens and John Imler. Mark Wright picked up the Thurston Spring Service Rookie of the Race Award with his fourth place finish.
In the Dixie Chopper All American 20 lap feature Mark Cunningham of Glen Allen, VA grabbed the lead on the opening lap and led flag to flag to take the win as Vernon Kirby and Marty Coltrain battle to the line for second. Rounding out the top five were Vernon Kirby, Marty Coltrain, Mitch Smith and Wesley Givens.
Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway has two more events scheduled for the 2005 season. First, the speedway will host it’s first ever Mud Bog and Mud Sling event on Saturday, October 8th and then on November 19th the Speedway will hold its 2005 Awards Banquet and Dance.
The 1st Annual Run-A-Muck Mud Bog and Mud Sling will be Saturday October 8th and feature a brand new 200-foot Mud Bog and Mud Sling pits. Gates and registration open at 9am with Single Eliminations for Stock A, B, C; Modified A, B, C along with X and XX classes starting at 1pm. There is space available for Show Trucks for those that don’t want to get their trucks dirty. There will be cash payouts in all classes. Admission for the 1st Annual Run-A-Muck Mud Bog and Mud Sling are Adults - $10, Children 7 – 12 years old - $5 and Children 6 and under FREE. There will be limited trackside parking for $10 on a first come first serve basis.
The 2005 Awards Banquet and Dance will be held Saturday November 19, 2005 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA. Tickets are $35 per person and include a buffet dinner and dance along with the Awards Ceremony. All competitors and fans are welcomed to attend. To purchase tickets go to the Speedway’s website for order forms. The Speedway has also arranged special rates at Double Tree Hotel and Quality Inn & Suites in Virginia Beach so you can make it a long weekend. Come help us honor those that raced at VMS over the 2005 season.
Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a 1/2-mile, dirt oval. The track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, 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 and its 2005 schedule of events, fans may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track’s web site at www.vamotorspeedway.com.
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RESULTS FROM THE 36TH ANNUAL FALL CLASSIC SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2005:
VICTORY LAP LATE MODEL 40 LAP FEATURE (19 CARS):
1. Mark Parks, 2. Sommey Lacey, Jr., 3. Scott Adams, 4. Donnie Daniel, 5. Tony Wood, 6. Joey Love, 7. Tom Eriksen, 8. Jamie Lathroum, 9. Stevie Long, 10. Eddie Groome, 11. Ricky Johnson, 12. Brad Rigdon, 13. Billy Hubbard, 14. Chris Cooke, 15. Ray Love, Jr., 16. Roland Mann, 17. Austin Hubbard, 18. Scotty Nelson, DNS: Chuck Beech.
FAST TIME: Sommey Lacey – 20.795 seconds, 86.559 MPH.
TRUCKIN THUNDER SPORTSMAN 35 LAP FEATURE (24 CARS):
1. Tim Shelton, 2. Walker Arthur, 3. Roger Jamerson, 4. Bobby Bustamante, 5. Davis Lipscombe, 6. Mike Latham, 7. John James Jr., 8. Bo Deschamps, 9. Sam Tignor, 10 .Gene Jamerson Sr., 11. David Otey, 12. Robert Marshall, 13. Olin Vaughan Jr., 14. Michael Green, 15. Derek Scott, 16. Carl Vaughan, 17. J.R. Overstreet, 18. Tony Wood, 19. Ray Paul, 20. Donnie Owens, 21. Chris Stacy, DNS: Craig Stanard, DQ: William King, Vaughan Haywood.
FAST TIME: Roger Jamerson – 22.906 seconds, 78.582 MPH
BUDWEISER MODIFIED 30 LAP FEATURE (18 CARS):
1. Bret Hamilton, 2. Eric Erwin, 3. Brent Bordeaux, 4. Page Harrison, 5. Craig Ramich, 6. Chris Hudgins, 7. Chuck Marks, 8. Russell Erwin, 9. Wayne Barricks, 10. Bill Atkins, 11. James Snead, 12. Brad Bowling, 13. Lance Grady, 14. Chris Moore, 15. Bill Roberts, 16. Brian Dobie, DNS: Russ Grady, Donnie Medlin.
FAST TIME: Brian Dobie – 21.145 seconds (New Track Record), 85.127 MPH
AL’S AUTO PARTS CHARGER 30 LAP FEATURE (24 CARS):
1. Frank Addington, 2. Paul Bess, 3. Mark Wright, 4. James Givens, 5. John Imler, 6. Chris Tatum, 7. Troy Kassiris, 8. Dave Savage, 9. Roy Pullen, 10. Ashley Meyers, 11. Brian Maxey, 12. Bobby Kibler, 13. Mark Cunningham, 14. Ben Dunkum, 15. Bruce Wilson, 16. Davis Lipscombe, 17. Tony Quade, 18. Lee Oldaker III, 19. John Ballou, 20. Rusty Steele, 21. Mark Guthrie, 22. James Suite, 23. John Kirby, DQ: James Kibler.
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Brian Maxey, Chris Tatum.
DIXIE CHOPPER ALL AMERICAN 20 LAP FEATURE (23 CARS):
1. Mark Cunningham, 2. Vernon Kirby, 3. Marty Coltrain, 4. Mitch Smith, 5. Wesley Givens, 6. Louis Timberlake, 7. Stephen Childress, 8. Donnie Owens, 9. Mike Woodall, 10. Bill Hardman, 11. Therese Winner, 12. Ashley Meyers, 13. Jessie Wilson, 14. Jerry Newman, 15. Mark Childers, 16. Luke Danison, 17. Thomas Rose, 18. Ricky Smith, 19. Jason Rotz, 20. David Bowler, 21. Steven Atkins, 22. Wayne Rablin, 23. Richard Thompson.
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Vernon Kirby, Mark Cunningham.