Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, Virginia is celebrating its golden anniversary in style. One week after hosting the All-Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars for their first event of the season, the track is now preparing for the King of the Commonwealth, featuring the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series and FASTRAK Racing Series.
In other words, there’s little rest for people like Dave Seay, Virginia Motor Speedway’s Director of Marketing, PR and Sales.
“For me, as the marketing guy, it’s a little more difficult,” Seay told Speed51. “Because I am doing back-to-back features and it’s crazy.”
Still, Seay found time in his crazy schedule to join Speed51’s “The Morning Bullring” on Monday, discussing the big upcoming weekend of racing at the ½-mile clay oval.
“It’s our 50thanniversary, that’s why we started off with two special events at the start of the year,” Seay explained. “It’s also the 20thseason under the direction and ownership of Bill Sawyer and his nephew Clark Sawyer, who is our general manager. We have worked tirelessly trying to elevate the position of Virginia Motor Speedway among the dirt and asphalt short track ranks. I think we’ve done it. We have one of the finest facilities anywhere, one of the safest facilities anywhere, and I’ll put our racing surface and the races we have here against anybody.”
Seay says the King of the Commonwealth always provides an exciting race, as ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series competitors battle for the $20,000 winner’s payday.
“There hasn’t been a bad King of the Commonwealth yet, as far as the racing has gone,” he stated. “Last year, it looked like Jonathan Davenport was going to run away with everything. It came down to a last-lap dash by Scott Bloomquist from the outside in turn three. He got side-by-side with him but washed up the track a little bit, allowing Jonathan to get the $20,000 win.”
Virginia Motor Speedway presents some unique challenges for competitors, which adds to the excitement of races there.
“We’re a pretty unique track, egg-shaped like Darlington, narrower in one and two, sweeping in three and four,” Seay said. “It can be a daunting task for teams to find a setup that works on both ends. It’s going to be a phenomenal show.”
Adding to the quality of the show will be the expected arrival of several national competitors on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. Both series are idle this weekend, allowing their drivers to compete elsewhere.
“Hopefully, we’ll have a few guys out of the national tours,” Seay said. “Both of them are off this weekend, so hopefully we’ll see those guys running for $20,000-to-win.”
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-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Virginia Motor Speedway / Al Goulder