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Speedway presents awards

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Virginia Motor Speedway Champions for 2008 were, from left, Walker Arthur (Late Model); Bob Terry (Limited Stock); Tim Shelton (Sportsman); Matt Marshall (Modified) and Daren Bolac (Sprint Car and Dirt Series Champion). (Photo by Al Goulder)

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway wrapped up its 2008 season with a festive awards gala on Saturday at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

The top 10 in each of the track’s divisions were recognized with special attention reserved for the 2008 champions. Walker Arthur of Forest was honored as the Victory Lap Late Model Champion and received a check for $10,000 for his efforts. Arthur also received a check for $5,000 for winning two of the four Victory Lap Late Model $25,000 Challenge presented by BB&T events, along with an invitation to the Rocket Chassis Race Wise Chassis School and the championship helmet trophy.

Other champions honored included Tim Shelton of Fredericksburg in the Truckin Thunder Sportsman Division; Matt Marshall of Stuarts Draft in the Budweiser Modified Division; Daren Bolac of Moyock, N.C., in the New Generation Racing Sprint Car Division; and Bob Terry of Stafford in the inaugural Limited Stock Car Division.

Daren Bolac was also crowned Thurston Spring Service Dirt Series Champion and received an additional $2,000 for his efforts.

Virginia Motor Speedway’s points fund for the 2008 season, combined with cash and prizes, totaled nearly $65,000. Over $49,000 of that total was paid out in cash. For the year, the speedway paid out a grand total of more than $500,000 in racing purses and points fund awards.

The Thurston Spring Service Dirt Series Rookies of the Year were Ben Bowie of Brandywine, Md., in Victory Lap Late Models; Jimmy Duncan of Fredericksburg in Truckin Thunder Sportsman; Matt Marshall of Stuarts Draft in Budweiser Modifieds; Brent Bordeaux of Fredericksburg in New Generation Racing Sprint Cars; and Wayne Suite of Mechanicsville, Md., in the Limited Stock Cars. Each winner received a plaque and $250.

The Pitts Lumber Most Popular Driver Awards went to Davis Lipscombe of Mechanicsville in the Victory Lap Late Models; Bruce Wilson of New Kent in the Truckin Thunder Sportsman; Brandon Galloway of Gloucester in the Budweiser Modifieds; Mary Anne Williams of Chester in the New Generation Racing Sprint Cars; and Mark Wright of Mechanicsville in the Limited Stock Cars. Each winner received a plaque and $250.

It was announced by track General Manager Clarke Sawyer that the Victory Lap Late Model $25,000 Challenge will return in 2009. The speedway also has tentatively booked several special events for 2009. Returning will be the World of Outlaws Late Models, MACS Late Model Series for the USA 100, and two dates for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. The entire 2009 schedule will be released in a couple of weeks.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½-mile, dirt oval at Jamaica. For more information, call the speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track’s website at http://www.vamotorspeedway.com.

posted 11.19.2008

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