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Record crowd sees 9 different winners in 10 races

A record-breaking crowd at Virginia Motor Speedway was treated to some outstanding racing on Saturday night with nine different winners in 10 features during Truckin Thunder Scout Night presented by the Virginia Army National Guard.

Visiting victory lane were Justin Williams and Jared Powell (Victory Lap Late Models), Mark Parks and Tyler Bare (Aaron’s Pro Late Models), Matt Quade and Mike Reynolds (Budweiser Modifieds), and Brian Bradley and Brandon Sandridge (Collision One Limited Stocks). Hunter Shelton won both Truckin Thunder Sportsman features.

Both Victory Lap Late Model Twins were exciting. In the first 15-lapper Jared Powell and Billy Hubbard led the field to green with Hubbard taking the lead out of turn 2. On lap seven Troy Williams took over the lead with Justin Williams in tow. With T. Williams on the bottom and J. Williams up on the cushion, the two battled nearly door to door for the next two laps before J. Williams rocketed to the lead. J. Williams held off a final challenge from T. Williams with two laps left to score the win.

In the second feature for the Victory Lap Late Models, Powell and John Staton led the field to green, and this time Powell took the top spot and pulled to a three-car advantage on the field. It took eighth-starting Justin Williams to use the cushion again to make his way to second. Once in the runner-up spot he began putting pressure on Powell for the lead.

With two laps to go, J. Williams pulled to the outside of Powell in turn 1 only to have the door shut. J. Williams would not give up and rode the cushion in turns 3 and 4 to pull even as the two came to the white flag. The two raced side by side all the way back to the checkers with Powell holding on at the line by .048 of a second.

In the Aaron’s Pro Late Models Neal Hudgins and David Puckett led the field to green with it going four wide into turn 2. When the smoke cleared it was Hudgins with the lead. His run at the front was short lived as third generation driver Tyler Bare took the lead on lap 2. Bare looked to be in control with Daniel Baggerly, Mark Parks, Bobby Thompson all within striking distance. Coming out of turn 4 Bare’s ride pushed up the track allowing Parks to get by and go on for the win with Thompson on his bumper for second.

In the second feature for the Aaron’s Pro Late Models, Bare and Baggerly led the field to green with Bare taking the lead out of turn 2. Bare led flag to flag but would have to hold off a late charge by Baggerly to take his first career win at Virginia Motor Speedway.

In qualifying Baggerly set a new division track record with a lap of 18.488 seconds breaking his week-old mark.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 05.07.2014

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