Now that the Fourth of July has passed the attention now turn to the championship scene and Late Model Stock Car drivers getting ready for the big races at the end of the season. For some they are still looking for a chance at victory lane.
Late Model Stock Car fans can find all the quick little nuggets of info for the 2016 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]
CARS Tour regular RD Smith was at Ace Speedway for the Rodney Cook Memorial 114. He won the race after dominating the second half of the event. In victory lane Smith gave the trophy to Cook’s daughter Kimberlyn.
Ace Speedway – The third annual Rodney Cook Memorial went to RD Smith as he passed Justin Snow midway through the 114 lap race. In the Limited race Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton picked up his 10th win of the 2016 season and second of the weekend as he also won at South Boston on Friday night.
Caraway Speedway – Some schedule changes have twin 75-lap Late Model Stock events on July 9 and the Summer Heat 200 on July 23, which will feature a break at lap 125 for tires and fuel.
Carteret County Speedway – Will be racing on Wednesday of this week.
Coastal Plains – No events scheduled at this time.
East Carolina Motor Speedway – The Robersonville, North Carolina track was off for the Fourth of July and will return to action on July 9.
Franklin County Speedway – Kyle Dudley won the Late Model Stock race at Franklin County on Sunday.
Hickory Motor Speedway – The “Birthplace of NASCAR Stars” return to action this week with Dexter Canipe, Jr. is leading the season long point standings.
Orange County Speedway – While the track sat idle this weekend regular Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton was out collecting wins at South Boston and Ace Speedway. OCS fires back up on July 9.
Southern National – July 9 will be the next racing date at the track, but the Late Model Stocks don’t run again till July 16. Tyler Matthews leads the track points and he is on top in the NASCAR state standings as well despite only one win this season.
Wake County Speedway – Mid-Atlantic Limited Series was in action at Wake County this past weekend. Results were unavailable as of Tuesday morning.
Anderson Speedway – Late Models will return to action on July 15 with twin Late Model features. Track point leader David Roberts went to Myrtle Beach and got his sixth win of the season.
Dillon Motor Speedway – The track will celebrate their Independence bash on July 8 and 9.
Florence Motor Speedway – Jamie Lee and Justin Shorter inked wins this past weekend in South Carolina. Archie Adams Jr. was the point leader according to the track’s website.
Greenville Pickens Speedway – Twin races will greet the Late Model drivers on July 9. Chase Purdy leads Dylan Hall in the point standings.
Myrtle Beach Speedway – More new faces in victory lane make us wonder what is going to happen come November for the 400 weekend? This time it was Tyler English and David Roberts adding their names to the win total this year. They are locked in for the 400 this fall. In all nine different guys have won races with only a pair of repeat winners.
Kingsport Speedway – Kres VanDyke made it a six pack of victories this season at Kingsport Speedway. VanDyke had a sub-par finish in the last race at Kingsport, but will add to his points lead after this win.
Newport Speedway – Lance Gatlin picked up the win on Independence Day Weekend.
Dominion Raceway – The sixth victory of the season for Nick Smith comes on fourth of July weekend at Dominion Raceway. Doug Barnes Jr. finished second for the fifth time this season, including the last three weeks to Smith. Matt Bowling was on hand to finish third and help his national points efforts. Ten races remain for the 2016 season.
Lonesome Pine Raceway – Nate Monteith and Wayne Hale picked up wins in the weekend doubleheader. Hale will maintain the point lead after his finishes. Kres VanDyke finished third in both races.
Motor Mile Speedway – The next race will be July 9. While Lee Pulliam holds a solid lead over Philip Morris for the track title, the Limited Sportsman title has Karl Budzevski leading Scott Lancaster by two markers.
Shenandoah Speedway – The next race for the Late Model Stock Cars at Shenandoah will be on July 23.
South Boston Speedway – This past weekend was about streaks ending and streaking staying alive. Lee Pulliam kept a streak alive by winning the Late Model Stock 200 for the sixth consecutive year. He charged from ninth to win in the final 80 laps.
On the Streak ending side, Joey Throckmorton saw his eight-race win streak fall by the wayside after he had mechanical issues late and faded to third. Ross “Boo Boo” Dalton picked up his first SoBo win in his second start.
Southside Speedway – The track will return to action on Friday, July 8. Steve Zuskin holds a three point lead over Chris Dodson.
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @ElginTraylor