The Long Wait for New King of The Commonwealth Is Nearly Over

Nearly three years has passed since the last time a “King of the Commonwealth” was crowned at Virginia Motor Speedway.  That drought will end on Saturday, May 15 at the Jamaica, Virginia half-mile.

 

The $20,000-to-win ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series event has been on the schedule each of the past two years.  However, circumstances have prevented the event from taking place on both occasions.  Inclement and severe weather led to the race’s cancellation in 2019, while the race was part of a loss of the entire 2020 Virginia Motor Speedway racing schedule due to COVID-19 regulations in 2020.

This year’s ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series King of the Commonwealth at Virginia Motor Speedway will be the first running of the event since 2018.

Thus, you have to go back to 2018 to find the last running of the King of the Commonwealth in the record books.  In that race, Jonathan Davenport held off a last-lap challenge from Scott Bloomquist for the $20,000 win.

 

Meanwhile, the most recent ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series event at Virginia Motor Speedway was the 2019 USA 100.  That one featured an even more exciting finish, as Brandon Overton crossed the finish line just ahead of Rick Eckert by 0.119 seconds in a side-by-side finish for the win.

Highlights: 2019 USA 100 at Virginia Motor Speedway

The last major appearance by touring Late Models at Virginia Motor Speedway was the FASTRAK World Championship in 2019.  That event was also won by Brandon Overton, pocketing $50,000 in the culmination of the 50th Anniversary for Virginia Motor Speedway.

Highlights: 2019 FASTRAK World Championship at Virginia Motor Speedway

This year’s King of the Commonwealth will be part of a big doubleheader weekend for the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series.  On Friday, May 14, the series will make its first-ever trip to Natural Bridge Speedway before making the trip west to Virginia Motor Speedway on Saturday.

 

Stay tuned for more details regarding this year’s King of the Commonwealth at Virginia Motor Speedway.

 

-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans

-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo

The Long Wait for New King of The Commonwealth Is Nearly Over