Jamaica, VA – Mark Parks of Lynchburg, VA held off a hard charging Booper Bare of Rockbridge Baths, VA to take home the victory in the Aaron’s Pro Late Model division at Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway on Northern Neck Chevrolet / Pepsi / WIGO Night.
“Getting a win here is so tough and to hold off Booper Bare is even tougher; I have to thank my crew from giving me such a great car tonight,” commented- Parks in victory lane.
Parks grabbed the lead on the drop of the green flag with Lipscombe holding onto second. Bare got inside Lipscombe on lap 4 to take over second and then set out to reel in Parks. Parks used the low side while Bare worked the cushion as the two pulled away from the battle for third between Lipscombe and Tyler Bare. On lap 18 Bare changed his line and looked inside Parks in turn 1 but Parks was up to the task and held on to the top spot. Several restarts allowed Bare a chance to get by Parks only to have to settle for second. Parks would go on to collect his second win of the season. Following Parks to the finish were Booper Bare, Davis Lipscombe, Tyler Bare and Ricky Wells.
In other action Justin Williams of Concord, VA came from sixth to take the win in the Victory Lap Late Model feature; in the Budweiser Modified division Brian Maxey of King George, VA held off Joey Polevoy and Matt Quade to score the win; in the Truckin Thunder Sportsman feature Matt Ashworth of Mechanicsville, VA claimed the lead from James Snead of Fredericksburg, VA on lap 14 and went on to collect the win and in the Collision One Limited Stock Cars Shawn Otey of Aylett, VA scored a hard fought victory on his 40th birthday.
It took defending champion and current point leader Justin Williams of Concord, VA seventeen laps to take over the lead from his sixth place starting position; but once out front he set sail on way to his sixth win of the season. Williams set fast time and inverted the top six drivers for the start. By lap 8 he was in third battling David Williams for second. On lap 12 David Williams scrapped the backstretch wall out of turn 2 opening the door for Justin Williams to take over second. On lap 16 got under leader Billy Hubbard out of turn 2 to take over the lead and go on to take his sixth victory of the season. Rounding out the top 5 were Michael Batten, Stephen Childress, Brandon Long and Anthony Kincaid.
In the Budweiser Modified 25 lap feature Brian Maxey of King George, VA withstood a tough battle with Joey Polevoy and Matt Quade to score his second win of the season. Maxey and Hunter McClendon led the field to green with Maxey taking the top spot out of turn 2. Maxey and Qaude battled back and forth for the lead over the first 13 laps and on lap 14 came up on slower traffic. The two touched in turn 4 with Maxey keeping his momentum and leaving Quade to deal with Polevoy. With Polevoy and Quade battling for second Maxey went on to score the win. Rounding out the top 5 were Polevoy, Quade, Brent Bordeaux and Josh Harris.
Matt Ashworth of Mechanicsville, VA took the lead from James Snead of Fredericksburg, VA on lap 13 out of turn 4 after Snead bobbled heading into the corner. Ashworth then went on to score his second win of the season. Ashworth worked his way from his seventh place starting position getting to Snead’s rear bumper by lap 6. Ashworth tried several times to get by for the lead but the bobble on lap 13 was what he needed to grab the tp spot and go onto the win. Rounding out the top 5 were Snead, Chad Beahr, Roger Jamerson and Jeremiah Marshall.
David Bowler and Shawn Otey led the Collision One Limited Stock field to green with Otey taking the top spot out of turn 2 followed by James Givens in second. The two traded paint for several laps swapping the lead back and forth. On lap 12 it looked as if Givens would take the lead out of turn 2 but caution flew sending Otey back to the top spot for the restart. On the restart the two made contact several times allowing Stephen Childress to join the battle for the lead. On the next lap Givens and Childress got together sending them to the rear for the restart. Otey would go on to score the win in his first race of 2015 on his 40th birthday. Rounding out the top 5 were Chad Champion, Ryan Hutchens, Michael Hayes and Marty Coltrain.
The speedway will return to racing Saturday September 5th to host Collision One / Aaron’s Championship Night and final week of the 2015 VMS Dirt Series season featuring the Victory Lap Late Model, Aaron’s Pro Late Model, Budweiser Modified, Truckin Thunder Sportsman and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions in action. Champions in all five divisions will be determined by night’s end.
Competitor gates for Saturday September 5th will open at 4pm with spectator gates opening at 5pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm with hot laps and features are schedule for 8pm.
Admission price for adults $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 11 – 17 years old $6 and children 10 and under admitted free. Pit passes will be $20.
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.
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