Matt Long won the FASTRAK Racing Series feature last year in last year’s USA 100 at Virginia Motor Speedway. With a strong start to the 2019 season under his belt already, Long hopes to make another trip to victory lane at the Jamaica, Virginia half-mile.
Along with last year’s win, Long has scored six top-five finishes in FASTRAK Racing Series competition at Virginia Motor Speedway. Naturally, Long says it is one of his favorite places to race.
That, along with the speed he has shown – including a win in the FASTRAK Racing Series season opener at Toccoa Raceway (GA) – gives Long plenty of confidence entering Saturday’s race.
“I love going up there,” Long told Speed51. “We won this race last year. We have always finished, barring some mechanical failure, in the top five or so up there. We really haven’t had a bad race this year.
“It’s a beautiful facility,” Long added. “There’s not many facilities that nice in the country. The surface races really well. You can start, you can pass, you can go side-by-side. Sometimes the top is good, sometimes the bottom is good.”
The USA 100 is a major race for the FASTRAK Racing Series. It’s also an important tune-up for the series’ biggest race, the FASTRAK World Championship.
This season, the FASTRAK World Championship takes place at Virginia on September 13-14. The $50,000-to-win event offers a massive payout for Pro Late Model racers, which makes the series’ trips to Virginia vital for racers throughout the year.
“I anticipate you’ll see more of the FASTRAK cars there than you’ve ever had before,” said Long. “If you don’t race there weekly, this is one of two times we’re there before we go back for $50,000 in September.
“I’ve seen the local car counts have been high, 27, 28 cars,” Long added. “I anticipate this will be the biggest one for the crates they’ve ever had, minus the World Championship.”
“If I had to race three races this year, it would be the two at Virginia and the $50,000-to-win at the end of the year. That’s unheard-of money for our division. It’s pretty exciting.”
The FASTRAK Racing Series joins a card headlined by the $20,000-to-win ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series feature. Long notes that often makes the Pro Late Model race that much more exciting after the Super Late Model teams have put in their time on the track.
“You can race all over it, especially when the Super Late Models are there and we race after them,” said Long. “You can race all over it, and that makes it nice. It’s not one lane, you’re not beating the hell out of each other.”
As such, Long notes the key to success at Virginia is being able to adapt to the changing track conditions.
“Most of the guys that have won there, their cars are pretty balanced and able to change with the track,” explained Long. “The track changes a lot, it’s different every time we are there in terms of what tires to run. That makes it pretty fun.”
If you are unable to make the trip to Jamaica, Virginia this Saturday, stay tuned to Speed51 for details on coverage of the event this weekend.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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