Late Model Stock Car fans can find all the quick little nuggets of info for the 2017 season here in the Late Model Stock Car notebook. We have a little from each of the tracks in the region that run Late Model Stock cars. Some information was found on track social media pages and websites. If you think we’re missing anything or have more information, please email us at [email protected]
Could we have asked for a better start to the season? Three races and three different winners. Josh Berry scored the first win at Concord and then struggled at Dominion to post solid finishes. That paved the way for Layne Riggs and Jared Fryar to visit victory lane, and boom we have a points battle. Riggs will be the point leader with all the veterans chasing him heading to his home track of Orange County Speedway (NC).
Southeast Limited Late Model Series
The Pro 100 at Dillon Motor Speedway went to Mack Little while Carson Kvapil took the Challenger win. Jacob Borst won the Junior Elite division race. The series will head to Florence for their next race on April 29.
Ace Speedway – No events scheduled at this time.
Caraway Speedway – RD Smith won the Friday night show at Caraway Speedway. Twin features return on April 28.
Carteret County Speedway – The second season is now underway. Jim Kelley and Tyler Matthews took home wins on opening night. Matthews won at Carteret last year, but for Kelley it’s his first on the new track.
Coastal Plains – No events scheduled at this time.
East Carolina Motor Speedway – Louis White won the first race of the 2017 season a few weeks back. This past week, Thomas Burbage was the feature event winner.
Hickory Motor Speedway – Ryan Millington has four wins at Hickory this year and he decided to give the PASS Super Late Models a try this past weekend. The Late Model track point leader ended up 19th. Late Models are back on April 29.
Orange County Speedway – One race is in the books and Chris Denny was the Late Model winner. He’ll be licking his chops this week as the CARS Tour comes to town. Denny set fast time last fall for the second CARS Tour race at OCS. Smart money would be on Layne Riggs who has been strong and is heading back to his home track. We will find out this weekend if his track experience can lead him to another win.
Southern National – In five races this season there have been five different winners. Most recently Mason Diaz and Michael Fose have visited victory lane at Southern National. Diaz has the early point lead, but there are plenty of races to go. Two more Late Model Stock events will take place this weekend with the Pro Late Model 100.
Wake County Speedway – Alex Flemming kicked off the 2017 season in style at Wake County by visiting victory lane to start the season. The track will be back in action this Friday night.
Anderson Speedway – David Roberts now has three wins this season at Anderson after this past weekend. Taylor Satterfield finished a season-best second in the most recent race. Roberts leads Luke Sorrow by 15 markers. The next race will be on April 28.
Dillon Motor Speedway – The track will be back in action on April 22. Mack Little recently won the Southeast Limited Late Model Pro 100 at the track.
Florence Motor Speedway – Averett Lucas has been red hot this season and he shows no signs of stopping. After sweeping the opening weekend he followed it up with his second sweep of the season and now he’s four-for-four this year alone. Last year he won six times and he’s almost there this year before the month of May.
Greenville-Pickens Speedway – Cody Haskins has three Late Model Stock Car wins in four races as the quest for adding his name to the wall continues. Haskins only leads Will Burns by 12 markers.
Limited Late Models will take center stage this coming weekend. Andrew Cordell and Taylor Sorrow are tied atop the points standings. They will have one feature event this weekend to wrap up Late Model racing at Greenville for the month.
Myrtle Beach Speedway – After a year that saw double digit winners in the Late Model class, 2017 has been anything but that. The car count has been high, the fields have been deep with talent, but Lee Pulliam has won them all. Pulliam is a perfect six-for-six and is seeking the quest of track and state titles in South Carolina, something he has never done. Pulliam has already built up an 80-plus point lead.
A side note, this past weekend Sam Yarbrough was second in both races behind Pulliam. Tommy Lemons Jr. also posted a pair of top five runs.
Kingsport Speedway – Kres VanDyke and Robbie Ferguson picked up wins in the 35-lap twin features on Friday night. Opening night winner Ronnie McCarty was second and fifth in the feature events. VanDyke took the win in a door-to-door battle with Chad Finchum. The two took the white flag with Finchum on the outside and his bid ended in turn two when he went for a spin.
Newport Speedway – The track posted this notice earlier in the week “Due to a situation outside of our control, the season opener for Newport Speedway has been delayed until Saturday, May 6th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our fans and competitors.” So they will try it again in a few weeks with a practice scheduled for April 29.
Dominion Raceway – The first double-feature weekend of the season came this past weekend and Tyler Hughes and Jeff Oakely each picked up wins. At this point Oakley should be leading the points after a win, a second and a ninth-place run. A 75-lap race will be on tap this coming weekend.
Franklin County Speedway – After a few weather mishaps, the 2017 season is finally underway at Franklin County Speedway. Kyle Dudley and Kelly Kingery pocked wins. Behind them Ross Dalton and Dennis Holdren each took second and thirds in the two races.
Langley Speedway – Greg Edwards and Matt Waltz picked up wins in the first twin bill of the 2017 season. For Edwards it’s his second win of the season. Read the Speed51.com recap here – http://speed51.com/edwards-
A good note from the story was that of Justin Carroll. Justin T Carroll came all the way from Caraway Speedway (NC) where he was the spotter for R.D. Smith’s Late Model on Friday night, leading Smith to a victory. Carroll came to Langley and capped his weekend with a pair of top-five finishes in the dual races, finishing third and fifth, respectively.
Lonesome Pine Raceway – Back on April 8, Kres VanDyke won the first race of the season over Wayne Hale. Despite 20 wins in the past four seasons at Lonesome Pine, VanDyke has yet to win a track title. We will see if this could be the year for his first at the Virginia track.
Motor Mile Speedway – Lee Pulliam will seek his fifth consecutive Late Model Stock Car title this season at Motor Mile. If Pulliam can do it he would tie Philip Morris for the most at the Motor Mile track. Scott Lancaster will look to defend his Limited Sportsman title as he has two of the last three season long championships.
Opening Day: April 29 – Twin 75-lap races for the Late Model Stock Cars.
Shenandoah Speedway – Rain stopped the racing action before it could be completed and the Late Model race never got on track. They will run double features for the Late Models on April 29.
South Boston Speedway – After four rounds of racing on the fresh hot top we are still not sure what to think of the 2017 season at South Boston. Last time out Peyton Sellers ended a long three-year drought and sits atop the points. Philip Morris is three back after winning the first two shows of the season and Austin Thaxton is third after a week two win. David Latour and Trey Crews lead the Limited points after they each picked up wins.
Southside Speedway – Fresh off back-to-back championships, Chris Dodson took the season-opening race on April 8 to start the year on top. Mason Bailey, who was the track’s Modified champion a year ago, finished second in the first race. The rookie race will be fun to watch as well as there were six rookies running in the 20-car field. The next race will be on April 22.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
-Photo credit: Kingsport Speedway