Virginia Motor Speedway News
Long takes Late Model Feature with last lap pass; Maxey, Jamerson and Adkins return to victory lane
Aug 29, 2010 - updated Aug 29th, 2010 12:38pm
Web posted by Dave Seay
Jamaica, VA --
You don’t have to lead them all, you just have to lead the last one to get the victory and that is exactly what Stevie Long of Mechanicsville, MD did during the 35 lap Victory Lap Late Model feature at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway.
Long started seventh and slowing worked his way to the front taking over second from David Williams on lap 28. On lap 31 Adams was working the lapped car of Junior Carter in turn 3 heading into turn 4 Carter broke loose and Adams ran into the back of him sending Carter spinning and bringing out the caution. That put Long on Adams bumper for the races final restart.
Over the final four laps Long tried several times to get inside Adams for the lead but to no avail. Adams looked to on his way to victory when on the final lap Adams jumped the cushion in turn 3 giving Long the opening he needed to make the pass and go on to take the victory.
“I’m not going to say I was settling for second but I thought Adams had us covered for the win, when he made the mistake I was in position to take over the lead and go on to the win,” commented Long in victory lane.
Rounding out the top five were Scott Adams, David Williams, Matt Marshall and Davis Lipscombe.
In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman feature Roger Jamerson of Mechanicsville, VA led flag to flag to pick up the victory and continued to build on his point lead. The win didn’t come easy though as he had to fend off several challenges from Taylor Doggett of Ruther Glen, VA before puling away for the victory. Rounding out the top five were fast qualifier Tony Wood, J.R. Guy and Michael Roop.
In the Budweiser Modified 25 lap feature Charlie Hubbard and page Harrison led the field to green with Harrison leading the first circuit. On lap 3, caution would come out when Dan Arnold and Hubbard got together in turn 2. On lap 4 James Marshall took over the top spot from Harrison. On lap 9 Brian Maxey would assume the top spot with an inside pass on Marshall in turn 2.
The races final caution would come out lap 21 for Neal Hudgins who came to a stop in turn 2 with a flat tire. On the restart Arnold took over second from Brandon Galloway and set his sites on Maxey. Over the final three laps Arnold would get to the inside of Maxey but couldn’t make the pass. At the white flag the Arnold was a car length back and in turn 3 made went to the inside of Maxey for the lead. The two raced door to door with Maxey nipping Arnold at the line for the victory. Rounding out the top five were Brandon Galloway, Josh Harris and Lance Grady.
In the Collision One Limited Stock Car 20 lap feature seventh starting Brett Adkins of Gloucester, VA assumed the lead when leaders James Givens and Joe Ender got together on lap 6 eliminating both from contention with flat tires. Once out front Adkins set his ride on cruise control and went on to take the victory. Rounding out the top five were Kevin Fletcher, Ryan Toole, Brandon Coates and Marty Coltrain.
Before the night’s events got under way Jon Helwig of Dunnsville, VA, a 22 year competitor was surprised by the track and his family. Helwig, diagnosed with cancer in December of 2009, has been battling the disease with the help of his friends and family. Since finding out his cancer Helwig has had two things he has wanted to do and that was to drive his modified one more time and to go deep sea fishing. With the help of family and many of the Budweiser Modified division drivers his old car was put back together so he could start tonight’s race, fulfilling one of his wishes. Helwig will also have his second wish of deep sea fishing granted by track sponsor Victory Lap, LLC who will take him out for the excursion of his life.
Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway will host WIGO Championship Night Saturday September 4th. 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 4th will open at 4pm with spectator gates opening at 6pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm with hot laps. Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday September 4th: 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.
Adult admission is just $10, Senior $8, Military $5, Students 13 –17 yrs old $7, Children 7 – 12 yrs old $4 and Children 6 and under free.
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.
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.
To learn more about Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway fans may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track’s web site at www.vamotorspeedway.com.
MEDIA CONTACT: DAVE SEAY (804) 758-1867 OR (804) 357-7223
RACE RESULTS FOR WXGM NIGHT, SATURDAY AUGUST 28, 2010:
VICTORY LAP LATE MODEL 35 LAP FEATURE (18 Entries):
A Main:1. Stevie Long (Mechanicsville, MD), 2. Scott Adams (Chester, VA), 3. David Williams (Avenue, MD), 4. Matt Marshall (Stuarts Draft, VA), 5. Davis Lipscombe (Mechanicsville, VA), 6. Sommey Lacey, Jr. (Clements, MD), 7. Anthony Kincaid (Hayes, VA), 8. Tom Cohick (Gloucester, VA), 9. David Puckett (King George, VA), 10. Ed Pope (Pasadena, MD), 11. Tim Shelton (Fredericksburg, VA), 12. Junior Carter (Mechanicsville, VA), 13. Brandon Long (Mechanicsville, MD), 14. Ben Bowie (Brandywine, MD), 15. Tyler Bailey (Chesterfield, VA), 16. Andy Gregg (Portsmouth, VA), 17. Billy Adkins (Saluda, VA), 18. Wayne Carroll (Fredericksburg, VA),
FAST TIME: Davis Lipscombe – 18.576 seconds, 96.899mph.
TRUCKIN THUNDER SPORTSMAN 25 LAP FEATURE (13 Entries):
A Main:1. Roger Jamerson (Glen Allen, VA), 2. Taylor Doggett (Ruther Glen, VA), 3. Tony Wood (New Kent, VA), 4. J.R. Guy (Mechanicsville, MD), 5. Michael Roop (Stafford, VA), 6. Davey Pullen (New Kent, VA), 7. John Kirby (Sandston, VA), 8. Bubba Holloway (Qiunton, VA), 9. Shawn Otey (Aylett, VA), 10. Carl Vaughan (Chesapeake, VA), 11. Rusty Steele (Providence Forge, VA), 12. Michael Hayes (Ruther Glen, VA), 13. Tommy Upshaw (West Point, VA),
FAST TIME: Tony Arnold – 21.263 seconds, 84.654mph.
BUDWESIER MODIFIED 25 LAP FEATURE (18 Entries):
A Main:1. Brian Maxey (King George, VA), 2. Dan Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 3. Brandon Galloway (Gloucester, VA), 4. Josh Harris (Gloucester, VA), 5. Lance Grady (Maidens, VA), 6. Dustin Bishop (Stony Creek, VA), 7. Dave Savage (Mattaponi, VA), 8. Curtis Barricks (Chesterfield, VA), 9. David Kendall (Petersburg, VA), 10. Charlie Hubbard (Chesapeake, VA), 11. James Jessee (Spotsylvania, VA), 12. Aaron Harris (Richmond, VA), 13. Neal Hudgins (Grimstead, VA), 14. James Marshall (Saint Leonard, MD), 15. John Ferguson (Gloucester, VA), 16. Page Harrison (Jetersville, VA), 17. Chris Arnold (Petersburg, VA), 18. Robert Staats (Petersburg, VA), 19. Tony Quade (Leonardtown, MD),
FAST TIME: Dan Arnold – 20.608 seconds, 87.345mph.
LIMITED STOCK CAR 20 LAP FEATURE (18 Entries):
A Main:1. Brett Adkins (Gloucester, VA), 2. Kevin Fletcher (Saluda, VA), 3. Ryan Toole (Richmond, VA), 4. Brandon Coates (Tappahannock, VA), 5. Marty Coltrain (Richmond, VA), 6. Wesley Givens (Highland Springs, VA), 7. David Bowler (Gloucester, VA), 8. Bryan Barkley (Hayes, VA), 9. Lee Overstreet (Manakin Sabot, VA), 10. Daniel Loth (Richmond, VA), 11. Joe Ender (Glen Allen, VA), 12. Brandon Sandridge (New Kent, VA), 13. Mark Guindon (Gloucester, VA), 14. James Givens (Highland Springs, VA), 15. John Hankins Jr. (Jamaica, VA), 16. Chad Champion (Beaverdam, VA), 17. Paul Bess (Quantico, VA), 18. Mike Butler (Richmond, VA),
FAST TIME: Kevin Fletcher – 23.219 seconds, 77.219mph.