Virginia Motor Speedway News
Cohick Takes Late Model Feature As Hamilton, Arthur, Lipscombe And Owens All Return To Victory Lane
May 14, 2006 - updated May 14th, 2006 9:00am
Web posted by Dave Seay
Saluda, VA --
The “Faster Pastor” Tom Cohick of Gloucester, VA finally put it all together on Mother Appreciation Night at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway to take home his first victory of 2006 in the Victory Lap Late Model 35 lap feature.
Larry Grimstead of Virginia Beach, VA set fast time and inverted the top eight from Hot Lap qualifying. That put Walker Arthur and Roland Mann on the front row. On the drop of the green flag Mann muscled his way to the lead followed closely by Tom Cohick.
Mann led the first six laps before mechanical problems ended his night while leading. That handed the lead over to Cohick with Jamie Lathroum, Vaughan Haywood, Arthur and Ronald Cusic in tow.
A caution on lap 13 closed the field back on the bumper of Cohick. On the restart Jared Powell powered by Arthur for fifth while Lathroum and Haywood battled for second. In turn three Lathroum and Haywood touched giving Cusic an opening for the third spot with Powell following for fourth.
With Cohick and Lathroum checking out on the field the battle was for the third spot as Powell closed on Cusic. By lap 15 Cohick had worked to a five-car length advantage as Lathroum now had the company of both Cucic and Powell. The three battle over the next 10 laps before Lathroum took control of the spot.
On lap 24 Powell went inside Cusic in turn 4 and the two battle for the next four laps until Powell finally took the spot at the line. With five to go the battle was for fifth as Eddie Groome, Scott Adams, Craig Eastep, Donnie Marshall, Neil McClanan and Sommey Lacey were within inches of each other for the position.
Groome held on to the spot with Adams in close pursuit. At the white flag Cohick held a four car length advantage on Lathroum and cruised home to his first victory of 2006.
“We got a new Rocket Chassis car with a Coleman engine coming but its not ready yet. I called Tim Galloway and said lets go to the track and just watch the races a couple of weeks ago and he said lets take the car, we’ve worked real hard on the car and here we are in victory lane,” commented a very excited Cohick in victory lane.
Rounding out the top five were Jamie Lathorum, Jared Powell, Ronald Cusic and Eddie Groome. Neil McClanan picked up the Thurston Spring Service Dirt Series Rookie of the Race Award with his tenth place finish.
In the Budweiser Modified 25 lap feature Brian Dobie of Parlow, VA set a new track record with his lap of 21.103 seconds. He then inverted the top eight in hot lap qualifying putting Bill Adkins and Brad Bowling on the front row.
A couple of early cautions set the field single file with Donnie Medlin gaining control with Bret Hamilton in second. The two played a game of cat and mouse for the first nine laps with Dobie coming to third.
On lap 10 Hamilton took the lead from Medlin as they battled side by side. Medlin retook the lead on lap 11 with Hamilton taking it back on lap 12. All the while Dobie was looking for a way around both drivers. Dobie took over the second spot on 13.
For the next 12 laps Dobie hounded Hamilton and got to his inside several times only to have Hamilton hold on to take the victory. Rounding out the top five were Dobie, Chuck Marks, Donnie Medlin and Page Harrison. Brad Bowling picked up the Thurston Spring Service Dirt Series Rookie of the Race Award with his tenth place finish.
In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 30 lap feature Walker Arthur dominated from start to finish. Arthur set fast time, inverting the top six cars and putting Larry Bradsher and Jack Foulkes on the front row. On the drop of the green Arthur went straight to the front and took the lead on lap 3.
In the mix most of the night were Roger Jamerson, Tim Shelton, Donnie Owens and Davis Lipscombe. Jamerson, Owens and Lipscombe battled for most of the night for second through fourth. Arthur dominated to pick up his third win of the season and second in a row. Rounding out the top five were Roger Jamerson, Donnie Owens, Davis Lipscombe and Larry Bradsher. Gene Snow picked up the Thurston Spring Service Dirt Series Rookie of the Race Award with his seventh place finish.
In the Dixie Chopper All American 15 lap feature Dustin Owens and Vernon Kirby re-ignited their battle for the win and the top spot in points. On the drop of the green flag Owens pushed Kirby to the lead and then took it away in turn 4 as Kirby washed up the track. The two battle for the top spot with Marty Coltrain in tow for the entire 15 laps.
On lap 14 Coltrain got to the inside of Kirby in turn 3 in a race for second as Owens motored on to his second win of the season and second in a row. At the line Kirby nipped Coltrain by two feet for second. Rounding out the top five were Gene Jamerson and Thomas Rose.
In the Al’s Auto Parts Charger 25 lap feature Davis Lipscombe set a new track record with a lap of 23.629 seconds. Libscombe inverted the top six but still had to start eight because of the tracks two win in a row rule.
The race in the top five was furious as John Imler, Bob Terry, James Givens and Paul Bess were all close enough to throw a blanket over them. It took fourteen laps for Lipscombe to work his way to the front and take the lead and when he did he checked out on the field to take home his third win in a row. Rounding out the top five were Bob Terry, John Imler, Paul Bess and Bobby Kibler. Wesley Givens picked up the Thurston Spring Service Dirt Series Rookie of the Race Award for the third time with his seventh place finish.
This coming Saturday May 20th the speedway will host Paul Sawyers Lawn Equipment Night at the races featuring all five of the tracks weekly divisions.
Competitor gates for Saturday, May 20th will open at 3pm with spectator gates opening at 4pm. On track activities will begin at 6:15pm with hot laps. Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday: Victory Lap Late Models (35 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (30 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (25 Laps); Al’s Auto Parts Chargers (25 Laps) and the Dixie Chopper All Americans (15 Laps). Late Model, Sportsman, Modified and Charger divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features only. All Americans will run heats and feature.
Admission price for Adults $10, Seniors and Military $8; Students 13 – 17 years old $7, Children 7 – 12 years old $4 and Children 6 and under admitted free. The speedway offers a $2 discount coupon on the Speedway’s Website, good on any Adult, Senior and Military tickets only. Fans need to have a coupon for each ticket purchased. The speedway also offers a “Family Pack” that includes two adult admissions and two children 12 and under admissions for only $20.
Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway, an ASA Member Track affiliate, 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 2006 schedule of events, fans and competitors may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track online at www.vamotorspeedway.com.
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RESULTS FROM MOTHER APPRECIATION NIGHT MAY 13, 2006:
VICTORY LAP LATE MODEL 35 LAP FEATURE (25 CARS):
1. Tom Cohick, Gloucester, Va.; 2. Jamie Lathroum, Mechanicsville, Md.; 3. Jared Powell, Charlottesville, Va.; 4. Ronald Cusic, California, Md.; 5. Eddie Groome, Stuarts Draft, Va.; 6. Scott Adams, Chester, Va.; 7. Donnie Marshall Jr., Gloucester, Va.; 8. Sommey Lacey, Jr., Clements, Md.; 9. Craig Eastep, Newport News, Va.; 10. Neil McClanan, Moyock, N.C.; 11. Walker Arthur, Forest, Va.; 12. Larry Grimstead, Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.; 13. Anthony Kincaid, Hayes, Va.; 14. Donnie Daniel, West Point, Va.; 15. Vaughan Haywood, Deltaville, Va.; 16. Jason Cahall, Cordova, Md.; 17. Stevie Long, Mechanicsville, Md.; 18. Tyler Bailey, Chesterfield, Va.; 19. David Parker, Powhatan, Va.; 20. Austin Hubbard, Seaford, Del.; 21. Tony Buckler, King George, Va.; 22. Joe Bounds, Partlow, Va.; 23. Roland Mann, Chaptico, Md.; 24. Max Anderson, Friendship, Md.; 25. Tony Wood, New Kent, Va..
HOT LAP QUALIFYING FAST TIME: Larry Grimstead, Jr. – 19.667 seconds, 91.524mph
BUDWEISER MODIFIED 25 LAP FEATURE (15 CARS):
1. Bret Hamilton, Powhatan, Va.; 2. Brian Dobie, Partlow, Va.; 3. Chuck Marks, Bryans Road, Md.; 4. Donnie Medlin, Newport News, Va.; 5. Page Harrison, Jetersville, Va.; 6. Wayne Barricks, Chesterfield, Va.; 7. Lance Grady, Maidens, Va.; 8. Bill Atkins, Chesterfield, Va.; 9. Kelly Samuels, Richmond, Va.; 10. Brad Bowling, Mechanicsville, Va.; 11. Chris Moore, Walkerton, Va.; 12. Francis Jarrelle III, Powhatan, Va.; 13. Bill Roberts, Mechanicsville, Va.; 14. James Snead, Colonial Beach, Va.; 15. Brent Bordeaux, Fredericksburg, Va..
HOT LAP QUALIFYING FAST TIME: Brian Dobie – 21.103 seconds, 85.296mph (New Track Record)
TRUCKIN THUNDER SPORTSMAN 30 LAP FEATURE (19 CARS):
1. Walker Arthur, Forest, Va.; 2. Roger Jamerson, Glen Allen, Va.; 3. Donnie Owens, North, Va.; 4. Davis Lipscombe, Mechancisville, Va.; 5. Larry Bradsher, Saluda, Va.; 6. Jack Foulkes, Fairfax, Va.; 7. Gene Snow Sr., Richmond, Va.; 8. Derek Scott, Chesapeake, Va.; 9. Mark Smith, Virginia Beach, Va.; 10. Michael Green, North, Va.; 11. Doug Johnson, Hayes, Va.; 12. William King, Norfolk, Va.; 13. Tim Shelton, Frederricksburg, Va.; 14. Dave Savage, Mattaponi, Va.; 15. Chris Stacy, Spotsylvania, Va.; 16. David Pfeiffer, Suffolk, Va.; 17. Doug Wallace, Yorktown, Va.; DNS: Daren Bolac, Moyock, N.C., Steve Owens, Barco, N.C..
HOT LAP QUALIFYING FAST TIME: Walker Arthur – 21.887 seconds, 82.241mph
DIXIE CHOPPER ALL AMERICAN 15 LAP FEATURE (26 CARS):
1. Dustin Owens, North, Va.; 2. Vernon Kirby, Glen Allen, Va.; 3. Marty Coltrain, Richmond, Va.; 4. Gene amerson Sr., Richmond, Va.; 5. Thomas Rose, Port Haywood, Va.; 6. David Bowler, Gloucester, Va.; 7. Steven Atkins, Chesterfiled, Va.; 8. Thomas Meadows, Newport News, Va.; 9. Mike Morris, Williamsburg, Va.; 10. Jerry Newman, Saluda, Va.; 11. Stephen Childress, St. Stephens Chursch, Va.; 12. Brian Maines, West Point, Va.; 13. John Rhoades, Hayes, Va.; 14. Ashley Meyers, Ark, Va.; 15. Raymond Harper, Gloucester, Va.; 16. Chris Woods, Richmond, Va.; 17. Jessie Wilson, Quinton, Va.; 18. Jacob Helwig, Dunnsville, Va.; 19. Alan Jordan, Aylett, Va.; 20. Kevin Fletcher, Saluda, Va.; 21. Adam Hale, Dutton, Va.; 22. Herbert Seay, St. Stephens Church, Va.; 23. Brandon Bowler, Gloucester, Va.; DNS: Darrell Shrewsbury, Saluda, Va., Jon Helwig, Dunnsville, Va., Lee Overstreet, Midlothian, Va..
HEAT RACE WINNERS: David Bowler, Vernon Kirby
AL’S AUTO PARTS CHARGER 25 LAP FEATURE (28 CARS):
1. Davis Lipscombe, Mechancisville, Va.; 2. Bob Terry, Stafford, Va.; 3. John Imler, Edgewater, Md.; 4. Paul Bess, Quantico, Va.; 5. Bobby Kibler, Sandston, Va.; 6. Chris Tatum, Hanover, Va.; 7. Wesley Givens, New Kent, Va.; 8. Ernie Dettbarn, Richmond, Va.; 9. Scott Waters, Richmond, Va.; 10. Mark Wright, Mechanicsville, Va.; 11. James Givens, New Kent, Va.; 12. James Hawk, Maidens, Va.; 13. Mario Quattrociocchi, Port Tobacco, Md.; 14. Rick Adkins, Hampton, Va.; 15. Rusty Steele, Williamsburg, Va.; 16. Scott Stewart, Fredericksburg, Va.; 17. Tony Quade, Leonardtown, Md.; 18. Brian Goodman, Doswell, Va.; 19. Bruce Wilson, Quinton, Va.; 20. John Kirby, Sandston, Va.; 21. Steven Carter, West Point, Va.; 22. Jim Ridings, Gloucester, Va.; 23. Brian Maxey, King George, Va.; 24. Charles Scott IV, Mechanicsville, Va.; 25. Davey Pullen, New Kent, Va.; DNS: David McKinnon, Quinton, Va., Lee Oldaker III, Suffolk, Va., Timothy Coeyman, Shacklefords, Va..
HOT LAP QUALIFYING FAST TIME: Davis Lipscombe – 23.629 seconds, 76.178mph (New Track Record)