Jamaica, VA – The inaugural visit by the ULTIMATE Super Late Model to Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway was hot in more ways than one. With temperatures at 105 degrees teams poured in for the series first visit to the ½ mile clay oval in Jamaica, VA. The outside temperatures could only be matched by the action on the track as the 50 lap feature would go down as one of the best events of 2011.
With the new season comes the return visit by the series, this year on a new date this Saturday, May 19th. With the event a little over two weeks away teams are already looking forward to the $10,000 to win Mid-Atlantic Spring Championship presented by FK Rod Ends.
“We are really looking forward to having the Ultimate Super Late Model series back as they put on one of the best races of the year in really adverse conditions, this year we hope the cooler temperatures will make for an even better event,” commented track General Manager Clarke Sawyer.
ULTIMATE teams have been buzzing about their return to Virginia Motor Speedway since last year’s event. Defending race winner Steve Shaver will be looking to repeat when May 19th rolls around and looking to stop him will be defending ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series Champion Chris Ferguson, current ULTIMATE point leader Chris Madden, Casey Roberts, Dennis Franklin and the rest of the ULTIMATE faithful. Also expect regional stand-outs Ricky Elliott, Jamie Lathroum, Jason Covert,
The driver’s from the South will have their hands full with a tough contingent of Mid-Atlantic hot-shoes. This is sure to turn into an epic North versus South event.
Virginia Motor Speedway is pulling out all the stops once again to draw every Late Model in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast by offering tow money to any driver not making the 26 car field with any driver not making the A Main receiving $200. Virginia Motor Speedway and ULTIMATE series officials expect the pits to be overflowing with Super Late Models as teams flock to Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway for this special event.
Fans will also see the track’s Truckin Thunder Sportsman and Budweiser Modified divisions in Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series action.
Competitor gates for Saturday May 19th will open at 4pm with spectator gates opening at 5pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30 pm with hot laps.
Divisions scheduled to race on Saturday May 19th: ULTIMATE Super Late Models (50 Laps); Truckin Thunder Sportsman (25 Laps); and Budweiser Modifieds (25 Laps). ULTIMATE Super Late Models will run qualifying, heats, B Main(s) and Feature. All track divisions will run Hot Lap Time Trials and Features.
Adult tickets are just $18; seniors (60+) $15; military $12; students 13 – 17 years old $8; children 7 – 12 years old $4; and children 6 and under free. Pit passes will be $25. All tickets will be sold day of event.
16” coolers are welcomed but no glass is allowed. There is plenty of free lit parking and camping (no hookups) is allowed at no charge on a first come first served basis.
To enhance the fans racing experience the speedway has installed a short wave FM transmitter and all of the evening’s action can be heard at 95.5 FM. So bring your portable radio headset and enjoy hearing all the action.
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Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway, an ASA affiliate track, is a ½ mile dirt oval track and located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.
To learn more about Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway and its 2012 schedule of events, fans may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track’s web site at www.vamotorspeedway.com.
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