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Donnie Marshall Jr. Gets Career First Late Model Win At Virginia Motor Speedway
Aug 14, 2006 - updated Aug 14th, 2006 3:14pm
Web posted by Dave Seay

Saluda, VA --

It took five years, but Donnie Marshall Jr. of Gloucester, VA finally got his first win in late model action as he piloted his Marshall Motorsports #1M West Sandblasting & Painting, Virginia Country Real Estate, York Awards, Cams Racing Engines powered Rocket to victory in the Victory Lap Late Model 35 lap feature at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, VA.

Tom Cohick and Scott Adams led the field to green with Marshall starting 17th. Cohick would win the battle into turn 1 to lead the first lap. Cohick paced the first 10 laps with Scott Adams and Ronald Cusic glued to his bumper.

Cusic took second from Adams on lap 12 and set out for Cohick. On lap 16 Cusic got inside Cohick in turn 3 taking the lead and then pulling away. A caution, on lap 21, for point leader Jared Powell and Jamie Lathroum getting together in turn 1. On the restart Cohick jumped to the inside of Cusic regaining the lead.

Behind Cohick the battle was for second as Cusic worked to defend his spot from Brian Staton, Ray Love Jr. and the seventeenth starting Marshall.

Caution would come out for the last time on lap 31 when Love tried to swing to the outside of Cusic for second making contact and sending both drivers spinning. On the restart Cohick had Marshall, Staton, Walker Arthur and Stevie Long ready to take the top spot. Staton tried to get to the inside of Marshall in turn 2 for second but couldn’t make the move work. Marshall kept pace with Cohick and in turn 4 muscled his ride to the inside of Cohick, taking the lead at the stripe.

Marshall would then cruise to his first career late model win with Cohick, Staton, Arthur and Sommey Lacey rounding out the top five.

“It’s big when you can beat any of these guys out here, Jamie (Lathroum), Tom (Cohick) all them guys are fast, I didn’t think I would be able to get by Tom but he pushed up in the corner and I just went under him and didn’t want to look back,” commented Marshall when asked how big his first win was to his team.

“You got a field full of talent, I have to thank my crew and sponsors for helping me get here, five years and I finally got me a win,” added the elated Marshall.

Walker Arthur picked up the Thurston Spring Service Rookie of the Race Award with his fourth place finish.

In other action Jamie Lathroum of Mechanicsville, MD set the tone for the night in the Budweiser Modified division when he blistered the division’s track record in hot lap qualifying. It didn’t take long for Bret Hamilton of Powhatan, VA to take the lead as he wrestled it away from Brian Dobie on lap 2. Hamilton never looked back holding off Lathroum to take home his seventh win of the season.

In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 30 lap feature Walker Arthur continued his domination as he started eighth ad then took the lead on lap 4 with a pass on Daren Bolac. Arthur had to hold off the challenge of Roger Jamerson on the last restart with two to go to pick up his ninth victory.

The Al’s Auto Parts Charger 25 lap feature was full of action with three lead changes in the first seven laps. Chris Tatum led the first lap from his front row starting position giving up the lead on lap 5 to John Imler. On lap 6 Brian Maxey took the lead and then on lap seven, Davis Lipscombe of Mechanicsville, VA took the lead for good pulling away and cruising to his eighth win of the season.

In the Dixie Chopper All Americans Dustin Owens of North, VA drove from his eighth place starting position to take the lead from point leader Marty Coltrain on lap 3. Owens then motored his way to his seventh win of the season and third in a row.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway will be the place to be once again Saturday Night, August 19th as it hosts the MACS Super Late Model Series and the 27th Annual USA 100 presented by Thurston Spring Service.

The format will find time trails setting Twin $1000 to win, 25-lap qualifying events. The top 12 drivers from each of those will advance to the final 50-lap segment of the show paying $10,000 to-win.

Competitor gates for Saturday, August 19th 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: MACS Super Late Models (100 Total Laps); Victory Lap Late Models (35 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (30 laps) and Budweiser Modified (25 Laps. MACS Super Late Models will run qualifying, two 25 lap qualifiers and a 50 lap feature. Late Model, Sporstman and Modified divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features only.

Admission price for Adults $22, Seniors and Military $20; Students 13 – 17 years old $15, Children 7 – 12 years old $10 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.

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 in Jamaica, VA, just 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.



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



RESULTS FOR PEPSI FAMILY NIGHT SATURDAY AUGUST 12, 2006:



VICTORY LAP LATE MODEL 35 LAP FEATURE (28 CARS):

1. Donnie Marshall Jr., Gloucester; 2. Tom Cohick, Gloucester; 3. Brian Staton, Chesapeake; 4. Walker Arthur, Forest; 5. Sommey Lacey, Jr., Clements, Md.; 6. Stevie Long, Mechanicsville, Md.; 7. Scott Adams, Chester; 8. Larry Jackson, Elizabeth City, N.C.; 9. Jason Cahall, Cordova, Md.; 10. Scotty Tolbert III, Knotts Island, N.C.; 11. Chris Leis, Elizabeth City, N.C.; 12. Ronald Cusic, California, Md.; 13. Vaughan Haywood, Deltaville; 14. Eddie Groome, Stuarts Draft; 15. David Parker, Powhatan; 16. Chuck Lambert, Windsor; 17. Ray Love, Jr., LaPlata, Md.; 18. Neil McClanan, Moyock, N.C.; 19. Jared Powell, Charlottesville; 20. Brandon Galloway, Gloucester; 21. Larry Grimstead, Jr., Virginia Beach; 22. Jamie Lathroum, Mechanicsville, Md.; 23. Joe Bounds, Partlow; 24. Chuck Beech, Fredericksburg; 25. Donnie Daniel, West Point; 26. Austin Hubbard, Seaford, Del..



FAST TIME HOT LAP QUALIFYING: Brian Staton – 19.574 seconds, 91.959mph.



TRUCKIN THUNDER SPORTSMAN 30 LAP FEATURE (21 CARS):

1. Walker Arthur, Forest; 2. Roger Jamerson, Glen Allen; 3. Okey Synan Jr., Fredericksburg; 4. Daren Bolac, Moyock, N.C.; 5. Davis Lipscombe, Mechancisville; 6. Larry Bradsher, Saluda; 7. Donnie Owens, North; 8. Tim Shelton, Frederricksburg; 9. Doug Johnson, Hayes; 10. Dave Savage, Mattaponi; 11. Chris Stacy, Spotsylvania; 12. Joseph George, Fredericksburg; 13. Tommy Upshaw, West Point; 14. David Pfeiffer, Suffolk; 15. Joe Scarbrough, Charles City; 16. Paul Gardner, Spotsylvania; 17. Jack Foulkes, Fairfax; 18. Michael Green, North; 19. Steve Owens, Barco, N.C.; 20. Mark Smith, Virginia Beach; 21. Gene Snow Sr., Richmond.



FAST TIME HOT LAP QUALIFYING: Walker Arthur – 21.389 seconds, 84.155mph.



BUDWEISER MODIFIED 25 LAP FEATURE (22 CARS):

1. Bret Hamilton, Powhatan; 2. Jamie Lathroum, Mechanicsville, Md.; 3. Chuck Marks, Bryans Road, Md.; 4. Eric Erwin, Beaver Dam; 5. Brian Dobie, Partlow; 6. Donnie Medlin, Newport News; 7. James Snead, Colonial Beach; 8. Gary Conner, Powhatan; 9. Brad Bowling, Mechanicsville; 10. Chris Moore, Walkerton; 11. Jack Foulkes Sr., Fredericksburg; 12. Tim Hamlet, Halifax; 13. Francis Jarrelle III, Powhatan; 14. Page Harrison, Jetersville; 15. Frankie Higgs, Beaverdam; 16. Kelly Samuels, Richmond; 17. Bill Roberts, Mechanicsville; 18. Lance Grady, Maidens; 19. Tim Shelton, Frederricksburg; 20. Brent Bordeaux, Fredericksburg; 21. Wayne Barricks, Chesterfield; 22. Bill Atkins, Chesterfield.



FAST TIME HOT LAP QUALIFYING: Jamie Lathroum – 20.659 seconds, 87.129mph (New Track Record)



AL’S AUTO PARTS CHARGER 25 LAP FEATURE (18 CARS):

1. Davis Lipscombe, Mechancisville; 2. John Imler, Edgewater, Md.; 3. Brian Maxey, King George; 4. Bob Terry, Stafford; 5. Chris Tatum, Hanover; 6. Jim Ridings, Gloucester; 7. Mark Wright, Mechanicsville; 8. John Kirby, Sandston; 9. Davey Pullen, New Kent; 10. Mario Quattrociocchi, Port Tobacco, Md.; 11. Steven Carter, West Point; 12. Wesley Givens, New Kent; 13. Ernie Dettbarn, Richmond; 14. David McKinnon, Quinton; 15. Rusty Steele, Williamsburg; 16. Scott Stewart, Fredericksburg; 17. Bruce Wilson, Quinton; 18. James Givens, New Kent.



FAST TIME HOT LAP QUALIFYING: Davis Lipscombe – 23.450 seconds, 76.759mph.



DIXIE CHOPPER ALL AMERICAN presented by PAUL SAWYERS LAWN EQUIPMENT 15 LAP FEATURE (25 CARS):

1. Dustin Owens, North; 2. Marty Coltrain, Richmond; 3. Gene Jamerson Sr., Richmond; 4. Johnny Brooks Jr., Mechanicsville; 5. William Dunn, Dunnsville; 6. Steven Atkins, Chesterfiled; 7. Herbert Seay, St. Stephens Church; 8. Jerry Newman, Saluda; 9. Jacob Helwig, Dunnsville; 10. Alan Jordan, Aylett; 11. Thomas Rose, Port Haywood; 12. Dave Savage, Mattaponi; 13. Therese Winner, Williamsburg; 14. Ashley Meyers, Ark; 15. Jessie Wilson, Quinton; 16. David Bowler, Gloucester; 17. Brandon Bowler, Gloucester; 18. Gregory Packett, Tappahannock; 19. Bill Hardman, Mechanicsville; 20. John Rhoades, Hayes; 21. Brandon Cohick, Gloucester; 22. Stephen Childress, St. Stephens Chursch; 23. Sabrina Harper, Gloucester; 24. Chris Woods, Richmond; 25. Charles Duke II, Gloucester.



HEAT RACE WINNER: Marty Coltrain, Johnny Brooks, Jr.


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