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Dennis Franklin Wins $15,000 FASTRAK World Championship at Virginia Motor Speedway
Sep 18, 2016 - updated Sep 18th, 2016 5:22am
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Jamaica, VA – Fifty-five of the best Chevrolet Performance Late Models converged on Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway to decide a World Champion in the $15,000 to win Aaron’s FASTRAK World Championship presented by James River Equipment and Commonwealth Motorsports. In what can only be called and epic finish Dennis Franklin of Gaffney, SC held off 24th starting Devin Moran of Dresdin, OH and 19 year-old Ryan Montgomery of Fairmont, WV in a three wide race to the checkers to take home the $15,000 victory and become the first repeat World Champion in the sanctions 14 year history.

“I can’t thank my crew enough for giving me such an awesome race car tonight, to win this race for the second time is unbelievable and to do it in front of such enthusiastic fans is a bonus,” commented Franklin in victory lane.

It took a couple of tries but Friday night’s World Challenge winner Ryan Montgomery and Henry Hornsby III led the 27 car field to green. Hornsby would grab the lead out of turn 4 with Montgomery to his inside. The two teenagers battled side by side for 16 laps before Montgomery finally wrestled the spot away. Behind them Dennis Franklin and Jensen Ford battled for third with Franklin finally taking it on lap 17. On the next lap Franklin joined the race for the lead and went three wide with Montgomery and Hornsby for the top spot. On lap 18 Franklin took over second and went to work on the leader. Montgomery kept Franklin at bay in heavy traffic and finally succumbed to Franklin’s advances giving up the lead on lap 35.

The fastest car on the track at lap 35 was Devin Moran who had worked his way from twenty-fourth to grab 7th. Behind Franklin Montgomery and Tyler wrestled over second and got inside Franklin for a 3-wide battle for the lead on several laps. The races last caution on lap 52 set up an eight lap dash for the cash. Once under green Moran worked his way to third by lap 54, that’s when the excitement began to happen. With the fans on their feet Franklin, Montgomery and Moran battled three wide for the final five laps. Coming to the checkers three wide Franklin held off Moran who got under Montgomery for second and came with a few feet off stealing the win. But Franklin held on to grab the $15,000 victory and become the first repeat winner in the events 14 year history.

Rounding out the top five were Moran, Montgomery, Ross Bailes and Cla Knight.

In other action former NASCAR star David Stremme of Mooresville, NC passed Chris Arnold for the lead on lap 21 and then went on to score the victory in the $3000 to win Southeast Modified Showdown for the Southeast Dirt Modified Series. Derrick Ramey of Mooresville, NC was crowned the series Champion in a tight points battle over Taylor Cook of Stanley, NC.

Chris Arnold and Ryan Ayers led the Modified field to green with Arnold taking over the top spot and David Stremme following to second. Arnold would pace the field for the first 20 circuits before jumping the cushion in turn 2 to allow Stremme to get by for the lead. Once out front Stremme stretched out his lead on the field while Arnold worked to keep Ayers and Taylor Cook at bay for second. Stremme would go on to win by a 3.063 second margin. Rounding out the top five were Arnold, Ayers, Cook and former NASCAR star David Reutiman.

FASTRAK heat race winners were Ryan Montgomery, Henry Hornsby III, Jensen Ford, Dennis Franklin, Corey Gordon and Tyler Bare. B main winners were Jeff Smith and Dillon Brown.

Southeast Dirt Modified Series heat wins went to David Stremme, Chris Arnold, Ryan Ayers and Russell Erwin. Fast time was set by David Stremme with a lap of 19.875 seconds.

The speedway will now switch its focus to its mud bog facility for the October 8, 2016 12th Annual Down & Dirty Run-A-Muck Mud Bog and Mud Sling presented by James River Equipment and Commonwealth Motorsports. Nine divisions of mud maniacs will “Unleash the Fury” on the state of art 200’ mud bog facility.

The event will also include a Monster Truck Free Style Show by Steve Sims in Stone Crusher.

For more information, ticket prices and division rules visit www.thepitatvms.com.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway 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.

Race fans can go to www.vamotorspeedway.com to view the complete schedule Virginia Motor Speedway’s 2016 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and camping information. In addition, fans can get social with Virginia Motor Speedway by following @vamotorspeedway on Twitter, clicking "Like" at www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

MEDIA CONTACT: DAVE SEAY (804) 758-1867 OR (804) 357-7223

RACE RESULTS FOR AARON’S FASTRAK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY JAMES RIVE EQUIPMENT AND COMMONWEALTH MOTORSPORTS, SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 17, 2016:

A-Main  (60 Laps) - 1. 2-Dennis Franklin[4] ; 2. 99M-Devin Moran[24] ; 3. 1; 2M-Ryan Montgomery[4. 79-Ross Bailes[13] ; 5. 42-Cla Knight[10] ; 6. 30-Tyler Bare[6] ; 7. 22-Chris Ferguson[7] ; 8. 99T-Teddy Tate[15] ; 9. 83-Jensen Ford[3] ; 10. 1C-Kenny Collins[14] ; 11. 11-David Smith[25] ; 12. 04-David Watts[11] ; 13. 8-Ron Parker[12] ; 14. 39-Henry Hornsby III[2] ; 15. A1-Tim Dohm[18] ; 16. 222-Chris Steele[26] ; 17. 87-Walker Arthur[17] ; 18. 17-Logan Roberson[22] ; 19. 2W-Justin Williams[8] ; 20. 23M-Jimmy MacNamara[16] ; 21. 71D-Davis Lipscombe[27] ; 22. 23-Corey Gordon[5] ; 23. 44-John Ruggiero[21] ; 24. 00-Jeff Smith[19] ; 25. 6-Dillon Brown[20] ; 26. 88-Trent Ivey[23] ; 27. 75-Matt Long[9]

Overall Fast Time: Kenny Collins – 19,087 seconds, 94.33 mph.

Heat 1, Group A -  (8 Laps – Top 3 Transfer to A Main)

  1. 12M-Ryan Montgomery[1] ; 2. 22-Chris Ferguson[3] ; 3. 79-Ross Bailes[4] ; 4. 88-Trent Ivey[5] ; 5. 0-Troy Frazier[6] ; 6. 55-Benji Hicks[2] ; 7. 21-Billy Beachler[7] ; 8. 33-Brent Hilton[8]

Heat 2, Group B -  (8 Laps – Top 3 Transfer to A Main)

  1. 39-Henry Hornsby III[2] ; 2. 2W-Justin Williams[4] ; 3. 1C-Kenny Collins[1] ; 4. 47P-Mark Parks[5] ; 5. 2X-John Henderson[7] ; 6. 40-Brent Bordeaux[9] ; 7. 33G-Shane Greco[8] ; 8. 99S-Rick Solari[6] ; 9. 5-Robbie Stevens[3]

Heat 3, Group C -  (8 Laps – Top 3 Transfer to A Main)

  1. 83-Jensen Ford[2] ; 2. 75-Matt Long[1] ; 3. 99T-Teddy Tate[5] ; 4. 00-Jeff Smith[3] ; 5. 44-John Ruggiero[4] ; 6. 77-Joel Prosser[6] ; 7. 5J-Darrell Dow[7] ; 8. 1-Terry Cregger[9] ; 9. 27-Ashley Brewster[8]

Heat 4, Group D -  (8 Laps – Top 3 Transfer to A Main)

  1. 2-Dennis Franklin[4] ; 2. 42-Cla Knight[1] ; 3. 23M-Jimmy MacNamara[3] ; 4. 6-Dillon Brown[2] ; 5. 18-TJ Salango[6] ; 6. 03-Stephen Childress[7] ; 7. 222-Chris Steele[5] ; 8. 7-Christian Thomas[8] ; 9. 99M-Devin Moran[9]

Heat 5, Group E -  (8 Laps – Top 3 Transfer to A Main)

  1. 23-Corey Gordon[1] ; 2. 04-David Watts[2] ; 3. 87-Walker Arthur[3] ; 4. 71D-Davis Lipscombe[4] ; 5. 24-Matthew Nance[5] ; 6. 36-Cody Dawson[6] ; 7. 45-David Williams[7] ; 8. 88C-Chris Chandler[9] ; 9. 17T-Camden Testerman[8]

Heat 6, Group F -  (8 Laps – Top 3 Transfer to A Main)

  1. 30-Tyler Bare[1] ; 2. 8-Ron Parker[2] ; 3. A1-Tim Dohm[4] ; 4. 17-Logan Roberson[7] ; 5. 184-Kyle Lukon[5] ; 6. 47-Matt Quade[6] ; 7. K22-Kenny People[3] ; 8. 11-David Smith[8] ; 9. 84-Matt Hill[9]

B-Main 1 -  (10 Laps – Top 3 Transfer to A Main)

  1. 00-Jeff Smith[3] ; 2. 44-John Ruggiero[6] ; 3. 88-Trent Ivey[1] ; 4. 33-Brent Hilton[13] ; 5. 2X-John Henderson[5] ; 6. 0-Troy Frazier[4] ; 7. 40-Brent Bordeaux[8] ; 8. 77-Joel Prosser[9] ; 9. 33G-Shane Greco[11] ; 10. 55-Benji Hicks[7] ; 11. 47P-Mark Parks[2] ; 12. 1-Terry Cregger[15] ; 13. 5J-Darrell Dow[12] ; 14. 21-Billy Beachler[10] ; 15. 5-Robbie Stevens[16] ; 16. 99S-Rick Solari[14] ; 17. 27-Ashley Brewster[17]

B-Main 2 -  (10 Laps – Top 3 Transfer to A Main)

  1. 6-Dillon Brown[1] ; 2. 17-Logan Roberson[3] ; 3. 99M-Devin Moran[16] ; 4. 71D-Davis Lipscombe[2] ; 5. 47-Matt Quade[9] ; 6. 03-Stephen Childress[7] ; 7. 84-Matt Hill[18] ; 8. 36-Cody Dawson[8] ; 9. 184-Kyle Lukon[6] ; 10. 11-David Smith[15] ; 11. 222-Chris Steele[10] ; 12. 88C-Chris Chandler[14] ; 13. 18-TJ Salango[4] ; 14. 24-Matthew Nance[5] ; 15. 45-David Williams[11] ; 16. 17T-Camden Testerman[17] ; 17. K22-Kenny People[12] ; 18. 7-Christian Thomas[13]

SOUTHEAST DIRT MODIFIED SERIES “SOUTHEAST MODIFIED SHOWDOWN RESULTS:

A-Main  (30 Laps) - 1. 35-David Stremme[3] ; 2. 99w-Chris Arnold[2] ; 3. 44A-Ryan Ayers[1] ; 4. 21-Taylor Cook[5] ; 5. 00-David Reutiman[7] ; 6. 40-Rick Hulson[12] ; 7. 7-Derrick Ramey[8] ; 8. 84-Ryan Toole[6] ; 9. 04-Russell Erwin[4] ; 10. 51-Joey Polevoy[9] ; 11. 8H-Austin Holcombe[10] ; 12. 14D-David Taylor[16] ; 13. 14J-Jordan Taylor[15] ; 14. 1st-Bret Hamilton[11] ; 15. 48-Lance Grady[18] ; 16. 312-Greg Brown[17] ; 17. 10s-Tim Schulte[22] ; 18. 44B-Steve Bryant[21] ; 19. 11B-Eric Bentley[14] ; 20. 17B-Timmy Blackwell[13] ; 21. 4X-Will Ferguson[23] ; 22. 26x-James Sparks[20] ; 23. 3-William Mongold[19] ; 24. 68-Adam Hoegerl[24] ; 25. 10-Brian Dobie[25]

Fast Time: David Stremme - 19.875 seconds, 90.570 mph

Heat 1, Group A -  (8 Laps)

  1. 35-David Stremme[1] ; 2. 21-Taylor Cook[2] ; 3. 51-Joey Polevoy[3] ; 4. 17B-Timmy Blackwell[4] ; 5. 312-Greg Brown[5] ; 6. 44B-Steve Bryant[6] ; 7. 10-Brian Dobie[7]

Heat 2, Group A -  (8 Laps)

  1. 99w-Chris Arnold[1] ; 2. 84-Ryan Toole[3] ; 3. 8H-Austin Holcombe[2] ; 4. 11B-Eric Bentley[5] ; 5. 48-Lance Grady[6] ; 6. 10s-Tim Schulte[4]

Heat 3, Group A -  (8 Laps)

  1. 44A-Ryan Ayers[1] ; 2. 00-David Reutiman[3] ; 3. 1st-Bret Hamilton[4] ; 4. 14J-Jordan Taylor[2] ; 5. 3-William Mongold[5] ; 6. 4X-Will Ferguson[6]

Heat 4, Group A -  (8 Laps)

  1. 04-Russell Erwin[3] ; 2. 7-Derrick Ramey[1] ; 3. 40-Rick Hulson[4] ; 4. 14D-David Taylor[2] ; 5. 26x-James Sparks[5] ; 6. 68-Adam Hoegerl[6]


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