JAMAICA, Va. – It didn’t take long for Justin Williams to get to the front of Saturday’s pro late model feature at Virginia Motor Speedway from his sixth-place starting position, two corners to be exact.
When the green flag waved Williams split the field, getting to the front in a three-wide move that saw Williams grabbing the lead out of turn two.
Chuck Bowie and Jeremy Pilkerton led the field to green, and as they raced into turn one, it went three wide as Williams shot up through the middle of the field. Once out front, Williams began to pull away from the field. By lap 15, it looked at if Pilkerton was gaining on the leader, but Williams just put it in high gear and pulled away again. Williams would go on to score a dominating win, after a frustrating first race, for his fourth win of the season.
“I think the two guys up front were playing games with each other which allowed me to make the move for the lead, once out front, I just tried to make sure the tires stayed under me,” said Williams.
In the Budweiser Modified feature, Lance Grady would grab the lead on the opening circuit but give up the lead to Jeff Solinger on lap two. Chase Butler would grab the lead on lap 10 from Solinger with an outside move out of turn four. With the laps winding down Brandon Galloway, with the help of several cautions, closed up to the bumper of Butler, pressuring him the the lead. But Butler was up for the challenge scoring the win and becoming the first repeat winner in the Budweiser Modified division.
In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman 30 lap feature, Tim Shelton led the first five laps before Davis Lipscombe would take it three-wide inside Shelton and Tyler Shipp to take the lead. Once out front Lipscpmbe would pull away from everyone but his teammate Shipp. Shipp tried to keep pace only to see Lipscombe go on to his six-win of the season. Rounding out the top five were Tyler Shipp, Matt Ashworth, Steve Causey and Matt Meads.
In the Collision One Limited Stock Car feature points leader Brian Maxy returned to his winning ways, grabbing the lead on the drop of the green flag and went on to score his fifth win of the season. Johnny Brooks, Cory Bradley, and Ryamond Harper tried to keep pace to no avail as Maxey would cruise to the victory. Rounding out the top five were Johnny Brooks, James Givens, Cory Bradley and Sean Otey.
Saturday’s action also included make-up features from July 17. In the Victory Lap Pro Late Model make-up feature, Matt Quade got under point leader Williams on lap 16 to take the lead out of turn two and go on to score his first win of the season. Brad Rigdon would lead the first four laps until Williams would make a bold move on the outside to take the lead. Williams would lose the lead to Quade on a lap 16 restart when Quade would get under him out of turn two. Quade would go on to score the win in front of Matt Glanden, Joey Love, Trevor Collins and Curtis Hughes.
In the Budweiser Modified make-up feature Jeff Solinger scored his first victory, leading flag to flag on way to the win. Rounding out the top five were Chase butler, Lane Grady, Brandon Galloway, and Brent Bordeaux.
In the Collision One Limited Stock Car make-up feature someone finally ended up in WhosYourDriver.org victory lane as Johnny Brooks scored his first victory in a caution filled affair. Brooks took the lead from James Givens on lap 13 and then held off Raymond Harper and Brian Maxey for the win. Rounding out the top five were Cory Bradley and Brandon Bowler.