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Covert Takes USA 100 Checkers at Virginia Motor Speedway
Aug 19, 2007 - updated Aug 19th, 2007 1:39pm
Web posted by Dave Seay

Jamaica, VA. --

If your going to win your first $10,000 to win race it might as well be in one of the countries oldest events. That’s just what York Haven, PA’s Jason Covert did in Ernie Shelton’s 28th USA 100 presented by Thurston Spring Service, Inc. at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway. Covert started seventh and methodically worked his way to the front finally taking the lead on lap 39 of the 50 lap event from Steve Shaver with an inside move out of turn 2. Covert then had to hold off Mike Balzano on a lap 42 restart on way to the $10,000 payday.

“We have improved each time we have been here this year, and to win my first big race of my career at Virginia Motor Speedway is just awesome, this is one of the top ten tracks in the country,” commented a very excited Covert in victory lane. “I just had to keep working on Shaver, he was really working the cushion, he jumped it just a bit and that’s the opening I needed,” added Covert when asked about his lap 38 pass of Shaver.

Rounding out the top five were Mike Balzano, Booper Bare, Jimmy Bernheisel and Jamie Lathroum. David Williams of Avenue, MD and Steve Shaver of Parkersburg, WV picked up the $1000 to win 25 lap qualifying races.

In other action Tommy Shilflet of Richmond, VA took the lead on lap 13 and then held off Brandon Galloway on the last lap to take home his second Budweiser Modified victory of 2007. In the Victory Lap Late Model 35 lap feature Sommey Lacey of Clements, MD pinned Mechanicsville, VA’s Louis Timberlake behind lapped traffic on lap 34 to take the lead and his first VMS victory. In the Charger 25 lap feature Bob Terry of Stafford, VA took the lead in a side-by-side duel with Wesley Givens of New Kent, VA on lap 5 to take his sixth victory of 2007, tying him for the most victories at VMS.

In the 50 lap ‘A’ Main for the USA 100 David Williams and Steve Shaver led the field to green with Shaver rocketing to the lead out of turn 2 to lead the first circuit with Ricky Elliott, Williams, Chuck Harper and Mike Balzano the balance of the top five.

On lap 2 Harper squeezed around Elliott for second only to have Elliott power back around him to hold the position. On lap 9 Balzano worked inside Williams for fourth. On lap 12 Shaver came up on heavy traffic as they raced three wide in front of the leader. With Shaver stuck behind traffic Elliott cut the gap from 10-car length’s to two. On lap 15 Shaver got a break when caution came out for debris on the backstretch.

On the restart Shaver once again took control and began to pull away as Balzano worked in Harper for third only to give it back in the next corner. On lap 17 the battle for third got three wide as Harper, Balzano and Jason Covert wrestled for the spot. On lap 19 Covert took fourth and then on the next circuit took third from Harper out of turn 2 with Balzano following to fourth.

With Shaver in control all eyes focused on the battle for second as Elliott worked to hold off Covert. Elliott working the high side and Covert working the inside groove. The two raced side by side for the next two laps with Elliott holding off Covert by inches at the line each time. On lap 27 Covert put a slide job on Elliott out of turn 4 to take second. On lap 28 the race for third got three wide as Elliott had Balzano and Booper Bare working to the inside.

By lap 30 Covert had cut the deficit that Shaver had built up to a full straight to a mere six car lengths. On lap 36 Covert caught Shaver in turn 2 and turned up the heat. With Shaver working the high side and the cushion, Covert went down to the bottom to try and gain ground. The two raced side by side with Shaver pulling ahead by inches. What had been so good to him all night also was Shaver’s downfall as he bobbled just enough on the cushion to allow Covert to his inside and take the lead.

On lap 40 Balzano took second from Shaver for second with Covert beginning to pull away. On lap 42 caution for the second and final time closing the field back on covert’s bumper for the restart. On the drop of the green Balzano jumped to Covert’s inside as they raced into turn 1, but Covert powered off the corner to retain his lead.

With five to go Covert had built up a five-car length advantage on Balzano and the rest of the field. On lap 46 the battle went three wide for fifth between Robbie Blair, Shaver and Jamie Lathroum. Lathroum came out of the battle with the position. With one to go Covert worked traffic to perfection taking the checkers by 2.479 seconds over Balzano with Booper Bare, eleventh starting Jimmy Bernheisel and twelfth starting Jamie Lathroum rounding out the top five.

Rounding out the balance of the top ten were Steve Shaver, Robbie Blair, Chuck Harper, Ricky Elliott and Gary Stuhler.

In the Victory Lap Late Model 35 lap feature Brett Royal and Louis Timberlake led the field to green. It took three tries before Timberlake took control of the lead with Royal, Donnie Marshall, Sommey Lacey and Walker Arthur in tow.

On the next circuit the races third caution came out for Royal, collecting Marshall and Derrick Quade in the process. On the restart Lacey jumped inside Timberlake heading into turn 1. The two raced back to the line with Timberlake holding onto the top spot by inches. The two raced side by side with Timberlake up in the cushion and Lacey in the bottom.

On lap 11 lacey finally got a foothold under Timberlake to take the lead out of turn 2. On lap 12 the caution would come out for a spinning David Parker in turn 4. On the restart Arthur jumped to the outside of Timberlake trying to take second only to come up short.

By lap 20 Lacey’s lead was shrinking as Timberlake began to close back up on the leader. On lap 22 Timberlake was back outside Lacey in a side-by-side duel for the lead. On lap 24 Timberlake inched across the line ahead of Lacey to take the lead again and began to pull away. With five to go Timberlake was working heavy traffic allowing Lacey to close in on the lead.

Heading to the white flag Lacey pinned Timberlake behind lapped traffic to take the lead at the line and then go on to take the checkers for his first career win at VMS. Following Lacey to the checkers were Louis Timberlake with his career best finish, Walker Arthur, Tom Cohick and Stevie Long rounding out the top five. Neil McClanan picked up the Thurston Spring Service Dirt Series Rookie of the Race Award with his eighth place finish.

In the Budweiser Modified 25 lap feature Bret Hamilton and Brian Maxey led the field to green with Maxey leading the first circuit by inches over Hamilton. On the next lap the battle for second heated up, as Hamilton had to work to fend off Tommy Shiflet, Brandon Galloway and Brent Bordeaux. On lap 4 Shiflet worked inside Hamilton for second, Hamilton held the position with Shiflet working feverishly to his inside for the spot. On lap 7 as Shiflet finally took second from Hamilton by inches at the start/finish line.

On lap 11 the races first caution came out for a spin by Josh Harris in turn 4. On the restart Page Harrison took fifth from Brandon Galloway. On lap 12 Shiflet got inside Maxey out of turn 4 to take the lead at the line. The two raced side by side for the next circuit until Shiflet finally began to pull away. By lap 20 Shiflet had worked to a five car length advantage over Galloway, Maxey, Hamilton and Harrison.

On lap 21 caution came out for a spin by Noel Austin in turn 4.It took two tries at a restart before the battle for sixth heated up between Mark Schools, Eric Erwin, Brent Bordeaux and Renee Weeks. With laps winding down Galloway began looking outside of Shiflet for the lead. Coming to the white flag Galloway made a bonsai move inside Shilfet out of turn 4 to pull side by side as the two entered turn 1. Galloway couldn’t hold the bottom spinning in turn 1 with Shiflet going on to take his second victory of 2007. Rounding out the top five were Brian Maxey, Bret Hamilton, Page Harrison and Mark Schools. Brian Maxey picked up the Thurston Spring Service Dirt Series Rookie of the Race Award with his second place finish.

In the Charger 25 lap finale Wesley Givens and Chris Tatum led the field to green with Givens leading the first lap followed closely by Bob Terry. On the next circuit Terry jumped to the inside of Givens to battle for the lead. With the leaders side-by-side caution came out for a spinning Ricky Vinson.

On the restart Terry went back to the inside of Givens for the lead. The two raced side by side until Terry took over the top spot on lap 5. Behind the two leaders the battle for third was three wide with Ray Payne, Tatum and James Givens.

Cautions were the only thing to slow Terry as he paced the remaining 20 laps with Givens in tow to pick up his sixth victory of the season to tie him with New Generation Racing Sprint Car driver Craig Folmar for the most wins at VMS. Rounding out the top five were Wesley Givens, Paul Bess, James Givens and Chris Tatum. Ryan Toole picked up the Thurston Spring Service Dirt Series Rookie of the Race Award with his sixth place finish.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway will return to action Friday, August 24th to host Miss Utility Night at the Races featuring the Victory Lap Late Models, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modifieds, New Generation Racing Sprint Cars and Chargers in action.

Competitor gates for Friday, August 24th will open at 4pm with spectator gates opening at 5pm. On track activities will begin at 7:30pm with hot laps. Divisions scheduled to race on Friday, August 24th: Victory Lap Late Models (35 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (30 Laps); Budweiser Modifieds (25 Laps); New Generation Racing Sprint Cars (25 Laps); and VMS Chargers (25 Laps). Sportsman, Modified, Sprint Cars and Charger divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features only. B Mains will be run dependent on car count.

Adult tickets are just $10, Senior and Military $8, Students 13 –17 yrs old $7, Children 7 – 12 yrs old $4 and Children 6 and under free. The Speedway offers a Family Pack for two adults and two children 12 and under for only $20. Also check our website for discount coupons.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway, a ASA Member Track Affiliate, 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 and its 2007 schedule of events, 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 July 20, 2007:

MACS SUPER LATE MODEL SANCTIONED 28TH ANNUAL USA 100 presented by THURSTON SPRING SERVICE (34 Entries)



$1000 to Win 25 Lap Qualifier #1 (Top 12 Transfer) – 1. David Williams, Avenue, Md.; 2. Chuck Harper, Beverly, WVA; 3. Jack Pencil, Bedford, Pa.; 4. Jason Covert, York Haven, Pa.; 5. Rob Blair, Titusville, Pa.; 6. Jimmy Bernheisel, Lebanon, Pa.; 7. Darryl Hills, Great Mills, Md.; 8. Matt Lux, Franklin, Pa.; 9. Gary Stuhler, Greencastle, Pa.; 10. Dan Stone, Thompson, Pa.; 11. Joey Love, LaPlata, Md.; 12. Billy Tucker, Charlotte Hall, Md.; 13. Chuck Clise, Frostburg, Md.; 14. Doug Drown, Wooster, Ohio; 15. Rod Conley, Wheelersburg, Ohio; 16. Jeremy Miller, Gettysburg, Pa.; 17. Louie Littlepage, Mechanicsvillee; DNS: Chuck Bowie, Welcome, Md..



$1000 to Win 25 Lap Qualifier #2 (Top 12 Transfer) – 1. Steve Shaver, Vienna, W. Va.; 2. Ricky Elliott, Seaford, Del.; 3. Mike Balzano, Pakersburg, W. Va.; 4. Alex Ferree, Saxonburg, Pa.; 5. Booper Bare, Rockbridge Baths; 6. Jamie Lathroum, Mechanicsville, Md.; 7. Ronnie Dehaven Jr., Winchester; 8. Donald Lingo Jr., Millsboro, Del.; 9. Jeff Pilkerton, Loveville, Md.; 10. Ryan Hackett, LaPlata, Md.; 11. George Moreland, Waldorf, Md.; 12. Rob Schirmer, Ellendale, Del.; 13. Walker Arthur, Forest; 14. Roland Mann, Chaptico, Md.; 15. Jared Teegarden, Chesterfield; 16. Sean Cosgrove, Catharpin; 17. Austin Hubbard, Seaford, Del..



$10,000 to Win 50 LAP ‘A’ Main - 1. Jason Covert, York Haven, Pa.; 2. Mike Balzano, Pakersburg, W. Va.; 3. Booper Bare, Rockbridge Baths; 4. Jimmy Bernheisel, Lebanon, Pa.; 5. Jamie Lathroum, Mechanicsville, Md.; 6. Steve Shaver, Vienna, W. Va.; 7. Rob Blair, Titusville, Pa.; 8. Chuck Harper, Beverly, WVA; 9. Ricky Elliott, Seaford, Del.; 10. Gary Stuhler, Greencastle, Pa.; 11. Ronnie Dehaven Jr., Winchester; 12. Darryl Hills, Great Mills, Md.; 13. Rod Conley, Wheelersburg, Ohio; 14. Matt Lux, Franklin, Pa.; 15. Doug Drown, Wooster, Ohio; 16. David Williams, Avenue, Md.; 17. Dan Stone, Thompson, Pa.; 18. Donald Lingo Jr., Millsboro, Del.; 19. Rob Schirmer, Ellendale, Del.; 20. Ryan Hackett, LaPlata, Md.; 21. Jack Pencil, Bedford, Pa.; 22. Billy Tucker, Charlotte Hall, Md.; 23. Joey Love, LaPlata, Md.; 24. George Moreland, Waldorf, Md.; 25. Alex Ferree, Saxonburg, Pa.; 26. Jeff Pilkerton, Loveville, Md..



FAST QUALIFIER: Robbie Blair – 17.894 seconds, 100.592mph



VICTORY LAP LATE MODEL 35 LAP FEATURE (26 Entries): 1. Sommey Lacey, Jr., Clements, Md.; 2. Louis Timberlake, Mechanicsville; 3. Walker Arthur, Forest; 4. Tom Cohick, Gloucester; 5. Stevie Long, Mechanicsville, Md.; 6. Austin Hubbard, Seaford, Del.; 7. Eddie Groome, Stuarts Draft; 8. Neil McClanan, Moyock, N.C.; 9. Lou Littlepage Jr., Mechanicsville; 10. Donnie Marshall Jr., Gloucester; 11. Jason Cahall, Cordova, Md.; 12. Chris Stacy, Spotsylvania; 13. Brett Royal, Owings, Md.; 14. Scotty Nelson, Leonardtown, Md.; 15. Tyler Bailey, Chesterfield; 16. Wayne Carroll, Fredericksburg; 17. Stephen Evans, Tyner, N.C.; 18. Carl Nerem, Prince Frederick, Md.; 19. David Parker, Powhatan; 20. Vaughan Haywood, Deltaville; 21. Joe Bounds, Partlow; 22. Anthony Kincaid, Hayes; 23. Ben Bowie, Brandywine, Md.; 24. Tony Buckler, King George; DNS: Brandon Galloway, Gloucester; DQ: Derrick Quade, Mechanicsville, MD.





FAST TIME: Austin Hubbard – 19.304 seconds, 93.245mph.



BUDWEISER MODIFIED 25 LAP FEATURE (23 Entries): 1. Tommy Shiflet, Richmond; 2. Brian Maxey, King George; 3. Bret Hamilton, Powhatan; 4. Page Harrison, Jetersville; 5. Mark Schools, Midlothian; 6. Eric Erwin, Beaver Dam; 7. Lance Grady, Maidens; 8. Brent Bordeaux, Fredericksburg; 9. Renee Weeks, Powhatan; 10. Josh Harris, Gloucester; 11. Chris Moore, Walkerton; 12. Chuck Marks, Bryans Road, Md.; 13. Kelly Samuels, Richmond; 14. Brandon Galloway, Gloucester; 15. Gene Kierson, Powhatan; 16. Brandon Cohick, Gloucester; 17. Richard Marks, Bryans Road, Md.; 18. Dan Arnold, Petersburg; 19. Brian Dobie, Partlow; 20. Art Rundstrom, Farmville; 21. Noel Austin, Petersburg; 22. John Ferguson, Gloucester; DNS: Bill Atkins, Chesterfield.



FAST TIME: Brandon Galloway – 21.226 seconds, 84.802mph.



VMS CHARGER 25 LAP FEATURE (21 Entries): 1. Bob Terry, Stafford; 2. Wesley Givens, New Kent; 3. Paul Bess, Quantico; 4. James Givens, New Kent; 5. Chris Tatum, Hanover; 6. Ryan Toole, Tarawa Terrace, N.C.; 7. Frank Addington, Matoaca; 8. Mark Wright, Mechanicsville; 9. John Kirby, Sandston; 10. Davey Pullen, New Kent; 11. Troy Carter, Amelia; 12. Ray Payne, Fredericksburg; 13. Steven Carter, West Point; 14. Jim Ridings, Gloucester; 15. Bruce Wilson, Quinton; 16. Bryan Ridings, Gloucester; 17. Mitchell Hart, Hanover; 18. Travis Hopkins, Spotsylvania; 19. Rick Adkins, Gloucester; 20. Ricky Vinson, Williamsburg; 21. Mario Quattrociocchi, Port Tobacco, Md..





FAST TIME: Bob Terry – 23.575 seconds, 76.352mph.


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