Defending World Champ Claims Pole for $50,000 Showdown

The journey to $50,000 began with two rounds of heat races Friday night at the FASTRAK World Championship at Virginia Motor Speedway.  After 16 total heat races, defending World Champion Logan Roberson earned the pole for tomorrow’s feature race.

 

Roberson charged from 14th to second in his first heat race, then defended his pole position in the final heat race of the night to earn the most passing points over the course of the event.

 

The accomplishment will allow Roberson to lead the field to green for Saturday’s $50,000-to-win, $2,050-to-start feature, one year after winning the event at the Jamaica, Virginia half-mile.

 

“We’ve been really fortunate to get the help we’ve had and the success we’ve had this year,” said Roberson. “It’s been a tremendous year.  If it wasn’t for my mom, my dad, my family and my sponsors believing in me, none of this would be possible.”

 

Brandon Overton will join Roberson on the front row after a similar evening, if in reverse.  Overton won his opening heat race after starting fourth, then raced his way from 10thto second in the final round of heats.

 

“We were pretty good in the first one, just got loose,” said Overton.  “I’m glad we didn’t have any cautions.  Got it done, put us in pretty good points, we were fifth before the second round.  Started 10thin this one and run second.”

 

Typically seen in a Super Late Model fielded by Joey Coulter’s Rum Runner Racing operation, Overton drove a Pro Late Model fielded by a member of his team.

 

“You can buy it however you want it,” said Overton.  “I just need to the seat out of it because I need to put it back in the 2 car.  This is my tire guy’s, Grant Pearl.  He owns the car, this is his baby.  He’s going to sell it, he doesn’t have time to race it because he’s always working with us.”

 

Another routine Super Late Model driver, Ross Bailes, finished third in points, competing in a passing points format for the first time in his career.

 

“We had a great car that last heat,” said Bailes.  “This is the first time I’ve done this passing points deal.  I knew you just had to get as many as you could.  We had a good car both heats and improved from the first to the second, so I think we’re in good shape.”

 

Kyle Lukon will join Bailes on the second row after winning his second heat.

 

“The first heat race, we started 11thand got up to third after they said someone was light at the scales,” said Lukon.  “We got criss-crossed here because Cody Overton lost a motor earlier tonight.  We hate to see that for anybody.  I was really worried starting on the outside because everyone said the inside was the place to be.  My stuff just didn’t want to go around the bottom in one and two.  I actually got lucky and got to the lead on lap one.”

 

The FASTRAK World Championship continues on Saturday, with B-Mains to complete the feature field. Fans unable to make the trip to Virginia Motor Speedway can watch live on Speed51 via our pay-per-view broadcast by clicking here.

 

FASTRAK World Championship – A-Main Lineup

1) 17R – Logan Roberson, 2) 8B – Brandon Overton, 3) 87 – Ross Bailes, 4) 184 – Kyle Lukon, 5) 151 – Kyle Lear, 6) 2W – Justin Williams, 7) 75 – Brett Hamm, 8) 29 – Christian Hanger, 9) 88 – Trent Ivey, 10) 26 – Jimmy Sharpe, Jr., 11) 32 – Michael Brown, 12) 55 – Benji Hicks, 13) 6 – Clay Harris, 14) 6D – Dillon Brown, 15) 79 – Kyle Hardy, 16) 101 – Forrest Trent

B-Main #1 Lineup

1) T1 – Timbo Mangum, 2) 7 – Jason Fitzpatrick, 3) 21 – Billy Beachler, 4) 2 – Dennis Franklin, 5) 00 – Carson Ferguson, 6) 33X – Tyler Millwood, 7) 00 – Mark Parks, 8) 27 – Tyler Carpenter, 9) 11 – David Smith, 10) 24 – Kenny Moreland, 11) J1 – Joshua Bishop, 12) 99 – Samuel Bryant, 13) 90J – Michael Duritsky, 14) 68 – Andy Ogle, 15) 11C – Trevor Collins, 16) 376 – Andy Picklesimer, 17) 5J – Darrell Dow, 18) 6C – Clay Coghlan, 19) 8 – Chris Chandler, 20) 4 – Matthew Nance

B-Main #2 Lineup

1) 11S – Spencer Huges, 2) 83 – Jensen Ford, 3) 87 – Walker Arthur, 4) 30 – Tyler Bare, 5) 6J – Jacob Brown, 6) 14C – Chuck Bowie, 7) 55H – Shane Hits, 8) 18 – Jessie Lowe, 9) 05 – TJ Brittain, 10) 01 – Matt Glanden, 11) 01W – Jason Welshan, 12) H2O – Luke Here, 13) 25 – Jonathan Raley, 14) 92 – Nick Davis, 15) 215 – Al Shawver, 16) 33 – Jeff Matthews, 17) 9 – Jeremy Pilkerton, 18) 33 – Sid Scarbrough, 19) 19 – Marcus Minga, 20) 6O – Cody Overton

B-Main #3 Lineup

1) 21 – Corey Dunn, 2) 0 Four – David Watts, 3) 51 – Bobby Thompson, 4) 22 – Russell Erwin, 5) 12 – Brandon Umberger, 6) 10S – Joe Martin, 7) 10 – Jacob Hawkins, 8) 99T – Dale Timms, 9) 17B – Chris Blackwell, 10) 59 – Trey Pearson, 11) 32S – Tyler Smith, 12) 8P – Joe Pete, 13) 20 – Trevor Feathers, 14) 80 – Joey Love, 15) 11F – Ryan Frazee, 16) 77 – Will Prichard, 17) 38L – Nick Love, 18) 5* – Vaughan Haywood, 19) 2G – Ron Geehring

B-Main #4 Lineup

1) 47 – Matt Quade, 2) 184X – Alex Ferree, 3) 03 – Garrett Paugh, 4) 0 – Dale Hollidge, 5) 66 – Jake Knowles, 6) – 121 – Pearson Williams, 7) 7R – Cameron Ramsey, 8) 0F – Troy Frazier, 9) 55 – Matt Long, 10) 57T – Kyle Thomas, 11) 27 – Derrick Shaw, 12) 18E – Ethan Wilson, 13) 22 – Nick Schlager, 14) 09 – Brad Rigdon, 15) 01C – Petie Coffey, 16) 2 – Frankie Beard, 17) 4 – Michael Smith , 18) 52 – Bryan Benton, 19) 20 – Nick Hoffman

B-Main #5 Lineup

1) 9 – Ches Chester, 2) 2* – Jared Powell, 3) 6JR – Parker Martin, 4) 74 – Mike Franklin, 5) 5 – David Whitener, 6) 15 – Donnie Dotson, 7) 5W – Mark Whitener, 8) 23 – Austin Holcombe, 9) 23 – Corey Gordon, 10) 48 – Colton Flinner, 11) 71 – Davis Lipscombe, 12) 1K – Andy Anderson, 13) 7A – Corey Almond, 14) F44 – Justin McRee, 15) 57 – Charlie Sandercock, 16) 27H – Justin Hudspeth, 17) 100 – Troy Williams, 18) 38 – Michael Goudie, 19) 01 – Travis Pennington

 

-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans

-Photo credit: Speed51.com photo

Defending World Champ Claims Pole for $50,000 Showdown