Virginia Motor Speedway News
Jeremy Miller Picks up First World of Outlaws Victory in Rumble on the River 4 at Virginia Motor Speedway
Apr 12, 2008 - updated Apr 12th, 2008 11:33am
Web posted by Dave Seay
Jamaica, VA. --
Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway has always been good to Jeremy Miller of Gettysburg, PA, with multiple $10,000 to win victories at the ½ mile speed plant in Jamaica, VA will ever compare to getting his first World of Outlaws victory in the Rumble on the River 4.
Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR came into the evening’s event as the hottest driver on the circuit, capturing three wins in a row. Early on in the 50 lap affair it looked as if Moyer was going to cruise to a fourth win. Miller had other ideas. The races first caution came out for a spinning Chub Frank as he raced Miller and defending Champion Steve Francis for second.
On the lap 14 restart Miller stayed right with Moyer and began to move around to find the way around the leader. Several tries were turned back by Moyer as Francis lay in waiting.
At the halfway point Moyer held a slim car length advantage over Miller. Behind the leaders the action was fierce as Shane Clanton, Clint Smith and Josh Richards battled for fourth through sixth.
On lap 33 Miller made his move to the inside of Moyer coming out of turn 2 and finished the pass at the line taking over the top spot. Moyer was determined to get the lead back and wrestled the lead back on lap 35. Miller just as determined worked back to the inside with Francis joining in on the battle for the lead.
Once out front Miller began to pull away from the battle between Moyer and Francis for second. Francis finally got inside Moyer on lap 42 to take second. On lap 44 Miller began working heavy traffic, allowing Francis and Moyer to close in. On lap 45 the races final caution came out for Moyer, who shredded a left rear tire relegating him to pit road for repairs.
On the races final restart Miller got a great restart pulling two car lengths as the field headed back into turn 1 for the final five laps. With the fans on there feet and cheering him on Miller cruised to his first World of Outlaws Late Model feature win.
“What a feeling, this track has been so good to me in the past but to get our first Outlaws victory here at Virginia Motor Speedway makes this extra special. What a track, you could run anywhere on it, I have to tip my hat to the staff for providing such a great track,” commented a very excited Miller in victory lane.
Rounding out the top five were Steve Francis, Josh Richards, Clint Smith and Shane Clanton.
In other action Matt Marshall of Stuarts Draft, VA led flag to flag, holding off Bret Hamilton of Powhatan, VA on a caution and checkers finish picking up his second win in as many races. Marshall dominated the first 23 laps of the event only to have caution fall with two to go setting up a two lap dash for the victory. On the restart Marshall held Hamilton at bay, but Hamilton kept the pressure on and was working inside Marshall for the lead win the caution fell for the last time necessitating a yellow and checkers finish.
Rounding out the top five were Bret Hamilton, Page Harrison, Wayne Taylor and Josh Harris. Matt Marshall also picked up the Thurston Spring Service Rookie of the Race Award with his victory.
In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 25 lap finale Kenny Moreland jumped out to the lead with Tim Shelton and Roger Jamerson following to second and third. With Moreland in control Shelton worked to hold off Jamerson as the two raced for second. On lap 3 Jamerson spun to bring out the caution, sending him to the rear of the field.
Another quick caution reset the field again with Moreland leading Shelton back to the green, this time Shelton dove to the inside of the young driver, wrestling the top spot away out of turn 2. Once out front Shelton remained in control, picking up the victory by almost two second over the rest of the field.
Rounding out the top five were Roger Jamerson, Kenny Moreland, Stephen Childress and J.R. Guy. Stephen Childress picked up the Thurston Spring Service Rookie of the Race Award with his fourth place finish. Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway returns to action Saturday April 19th and will host Round 1 of the Victory Lap Late Model $25,000 Challenge presented by BB&T. The four race series will once again offer a bonus program for multiple wins. The Victory Lap Late Model $25,000 Challenge will pay a $5,000 bonus to anyone winning two of the four events; it goes to $15,000 if a driver can win three of four events; and finally, if a driver sweeps all four events that driver would pick up a cool $25,000 bonus. Track rules for the Victory Lap Late Model Division will apply.
Also racing will be Truckin Thunder Sportsman, New Generation Racing Sprint Car and Limited Stock divisions. Come experience the raw, pure excitement that is dirt racing!
Competitor gates for Saturday, April 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 April 19th: Victory Lap Late Models (40 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (25 Laps); New Generation Racing Sprint Cars (25 Laps); and the VMS Limited Stocks (20 Laps). All divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.
Adult admission is 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, an 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 2008 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 RUMBLE ON THE RIVER 4, APRIL 11, 2008:
WORLD OF OUTLAWS LATE MODELS 50 LAP FEATURE (CARS):
Heat 01 -- 1. Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.; 2. Chub Frank, Bear Lake, Pa.; 3. Brian Shirley, Chatham, Ill.; 4. Billy Decker, Unadilla, N.Y.; 5. Vic Coffey, Leceister, N.Y.; 6. Darryl Hills, Great Mills, Md.; 7. David Williams, Avenue, Md.; 8. Sean Beardsley, Central Square, N.Y.; 9. Tom Cohick, Gloucester; 10. Shannon Babb, Mowequa, Ill..
Heat 02 -- 1. Shane Clanton, Locus Grove, Pa.; 2. Rick Eckert, York, Pa.; 3. Jason Covert, York Haven, Pa.; 4. Tim Fuller, Watertwon, N.Y.; 5. Richard Jarvis Jr., Ocean City, Md.; 6. Jamie Lathroum, Mechanicsville, Md.; 7. Joe Isabell, Pennellville, N.Y.; 8. Jared Powell, Charlottesville; 9. Jim Stine, Middleburg, Pa.; 10. Ross Robinson, Georgetown, Del..
Heat 03 -- 1. Steve Francis, Ashland, Ky.; 2. Clint Smith, Senoia, Ga.; 3. Darrell Lanigan, Union, Ky.; 4. Austin Hubbard, Laurel, Del.; 5. John Blankenship, Knoxville, Tenn.; 6. Danny Johnson, Phelps, N.Y.; 7. Dean Guy, Clements, Md.; 8. Bert Culpepper III, Chesapeake.
Heat 04 -- 1. Josh Richards, Shinnston, W. Va.; 2. Jeremy Miller, Gettysburg, Pa.; 3. Ricky Elliott, Seaford, Del.; 4. D.J. Meyers, Greencastle, Pa.; 5. Keith Jackson, Odenton, Md.; 6. Kenny Pettyjohn, Millsboro, Del.; 7. Jared Teegarden, Chesterfield; 8. Roland Mann, Chaptico, Md.; 9. Norman Short Jr., Georgetown, Del..
B-Main 01 -- 1. Vic Coffey, Leceister, N.Y.; 2. Jamie Lathroum, Mechanicsville, Md.; 3. Joe Isabell, Pennellville, N.Y.; 4. David Williams, Avenue, Md.; 5. Darryl Hills, Great Mills, Md.; 6. Jared Powell, Charlottesville; 7. Jim Stine, Middleburg, Pa.; 8. Tom Cohick, Gloucester; 9. Sean Beardsley, Central Square, N.Y.; 10. Ross Robinson, Georgetown, Del.; 11. Richard Jarvis Jr., Ocean City, Md.; 12. Shannon Babb, Mowequa, Ill..
B-Main 02 -- 1. John Blankenship, Knoxville, Tenn.; 2. Keith Jackson, Odenton, Md.; 3. Danny Johnson, Phelps, N.Y.; 4. Roland Mann, Chaptico, Md.; 5. Brent Robinson, Seaford; 6. Kenny Pettyjohn, Millsboro, Del.; 7. Clint Smith, Senoia, Ga.; 8. Jared Teegarden, Chesterfield; 9. Norman Short Jr., Georgetown, Del.; 10. Bert Culpepper III, Chesapeake.
A-Main -- 1. Jeremy Miller, Gettysburg, Pa.; 2. Steve Francis, Ashland, Ky.; 3. Josh Richards, Shinnston, W. Va.; 4. Clint Smith, Senoia, Ga.; 5. Shane Clanton, Locus Grove, Pa.; 6. Rick Eckert, York, Pa.; 7. Vic Coffey, Leceister, N.Y.; 8. Chub Frank, Bear Lake, Pa.; 9. Tim Fuller, Watertwon, N.Y.; 10. Ricky Elliott, Seaford, Del.; 11. Shannon Babb, Mowequa, Ill.; 12. Darrell Lanigan, Union, Ky.; 13. Jason Covert, York Haven, Pa.; 14. Jamie Lathroum, Mechanicsville, Md.; 15. Billy Decker, Unadilla, N.Y.; 16. Keith Jackson, Odenton, Md.; 17. Billy Moyer, Batesville, Ark.; 18. John Blankenship, Knoxville, Tenn.; 19. Joe Isabell, Pennellville, N.Y.; 20. Austin Hubbard, Laurel, Del.; 21. Kenny Pettyjohn, Millsboro, Del.; 22. D.J. Meyers, Greencastle, Pa.; 23. Danny Johnson, Phelps, N.Y.; 24. Brian Shirley, Chatham, Ill..
FAST TIME: Billy Moyer, 17.338 seconds, 103.818mph.
BUDWEISER MODIFIED 35 LAP FEATURE (24 CARS):
A-Main -- 1. Matt Marshall, Stuarts Draft; 2. Bret Hamilton, Powhatan; 3. Page Harrison, Jetersville; 4. Wayne Taylor, Tappahannock; 5. Josh Harris, Gloucester; 6. Curtis Barricks, Chesterfield; 7. Eric Erwin, Beaver Dam; 8. Kelly Samuels, Richmond; 9. Lance Grady, Maidens; 10. Brian Maxey, King George; 11. Joey Polevoy, Powhatan; 12. Jack Foulkes, Fairfax Station; 13. Chris Moore, Walkerton; 14. Mark Schools, Midlothian; 15. John Ferguson, Gloucester; 16. David Reid, Mechanicsville; 17. Gary Conner, Powhatan; 18. James Marshall, Saint Leonard, Md.; 19. Dan Arnold, Petersburg; 20. Steven Atkins, Chesterfiled; 21. Bill Roberts, Mechanicsville; 22. Brandon Galloway, Gloucester; 23. Roy Skaggs, Highland Springs; 24. Dustin Bishop, Stony Creek.
FAST TIME: Bret Hamilton – 20.979 seconds, 85.800mph.
TRUCKIN THUNDER SPORTSMAN 25 LAP FEATURE (20 CARS):
A-Main -- 1. Tim Shelton, Frederricksburg; 2. Roger Jamerson, Glen Allen; 3. Kenny Moreland, Waldorf, Md.; 4. Stephen Childress, St. Stephens Chursch; 5. J.R. Guy, Mechanicsville, Md.; 6. Doug Johnson, Hayes; 7. Tommy Upshaw, West Point; 8. Scott Stewart, Fredericksburg; 9. Todd Traylor, King William; 10. Michael Roop, Stafford; 11. Michael Hayes, Ruther Glen; 12. Bruce Wilson, Quinton; 13. Chris Stacy, Spotsylvania; 14. Gene Snow Sr., Richmond; 15. Mark Smith, Virginia Beach; 16. Taylor Doggett, Ruther Glen; 17. John Rhoades, Hayes; 18. Jimmy Duncan, Fredericksburg; 19. Chris Rose, Partlow; DQ: Okey Synan Jr., Fredericksburg.
FAST TIME: Tim Shelton – 21.428 seconds, 84.002mph.