Championship Night Crowns Eight Champions
Dominion Raceway saw eight division champions crowned on Saturday night, as every division
competed on the last night of racing for the 2019 season.
The Late Model division saw Tyler Hughes start shotgun on the field in order to gain valuable bonus
points to try and overtake Doug Barnes for the championship. Barnes came into the night with a 30-
point lead. Hughes accomplished his goal winning his fourth feature of the year, but with Barnes
finishing right behind Hughes in second, Barnes won the points championship for 2019.
The Modified division saw Chris Humblet drive away not only for his seventh win on the year, but also
the track championship. Humblet came into the evening with a comfortable 34 point margin and with
Chris Johnson finishing well back in the running order, Humblet was able to take the win and the points
Dominion Racers saw Davey Callihan win his sixth straight feature last night, who, much like Hughes in
the late model feature, started shot gun on the field looking for bonus points. Again, he like Hughes
was able to win from the back but Cole Bruce won the championship bringing his car home in third, one
spot behind the second place points car of Bradley Kilby.
The Dominion Stock class, which was the closest contested class coming into the evening, saw Richard
Powers make a last lap pass to overtake Bobby Curtis, who had led the entire feature to take the 40-lap
race. Andrew Condrey finished third, one position in front of Gary Burke, giving Condrey the division
championship for the year.
The UCAR division crowned two champions, the domestic and the import winners. Ryan Pritt, who had
locked up the points battle weeks ago, won his 12 th feature race to put an exclamation point on the year
for him and his team. Kris Kurtz was able to hold off a hard charging Reggie Alcaraz to win the points
battle for the UCAR import class.
The Anycar division, much like the UCAR division was decided weeks before championship night. Pete
Sullivan racked up six wins in twelve starts to take the championship over John Andrews and his two
feature wins. In the final feature of the year for the Anycars, Richard Powers won his second race of the
night winning both the Anycar and the Dominion Stock features.
The mini modified class which wrapped up the night and the season, saw Keith Riley get his first feature
win and Jon Carte, who finished second won the 2019 points battle.
Three First Time Winners at Dominion
Saturday night was highlighted by three races where three first time winners were crowned in victory
lane and Chris Humblet takes a tighter hold on the points lead in the modified division
The Late Model class had races that were for drivers who had not won a feature and were not point
races. The first one was a 75 lap feature which was for anyone who had not won at Dominion this year
and Alex Brock, who was the fastest in qualifying but started fourth after the invert, took the lead with
49 to go and never looked back for his first win on the year. The second feature which was a 25-lap
sprint, was for anyone never having won a Whelen Series feature and that saw John Goin take home his
first ever feature win.
The mini cups had twin features on the night and the first one looked like the winner would be decided
by who was left on the track at the end. After surviving five cautions and a green, white, checkered flag
finish, Justin Herndon took the checkered flag for the first 25 lap feature, followed by Tyler Warriner,
Johnny Shonk and Shane Zupo. The second feature was clean and green the entire 25 lap feature and
saw Herndon take the second feature as well followed by Warriner, Zupo, Tyler Roach and John Hager.
In the modified division, Chris Johnson was able to gain two point on the points leader Chris Humblet by
finishing one spot in front of him in the 35-lap feature. Humblet holds a 32-point lead with only two
races left on the season. Jimmy Humblet took his fourth win of the year followed by Johnson, C.
Humblet and Mike Rudy and Mike Carte.
The dominion Stock division ran 40 laps with Andrew Condrey taking his fourth win of the year and
gained some much-needed points on Gary Burke for the points championship. The two came in tied with
128 points and they have 1 race left to decide the title. The top four in the feature were Condrey, Bobby
Curtis, Burke and Richard Powers.
The UCAR had the Clutches and Purses race last night that saw Amanda Hoak take her first ever
checkered flag. Rounding out the field were Kim Oliver, Jackie Storm, Crystal Coates and Lisa Brady.
This coming Saturday is Championship Night at Dominion where several points battles will be decided.
Every division will be running as well as a pre race Track or treat for the kids, a carnival in the 118 Bar
and grill, and points champions crowned. Gates open at 3 and green flag drops at 5 pm.
Kromer Takes A Win and Points Championship
Temperatures were cool on Saturday night but the action on the track for the Super Cup Stock Car Series was hot with a points championship to be decided and the division ran twin 60 laps features. Kevin Kromer came in to the last two races of the year with the slimmest of four-point margins over Ron Langdon. Both were in the top six fastest during practice and Langdon qualified third fastest with Kromer coming in fifth fastest, with only a tenth of a second separating the two, setting up what would hopefully be a race to the championship.
The first 60 lap feature saw four cautions but all were behind the leaders allowing them to get out front and run for the points. Kromer took the lead on lap 22 and never looked back to take the first feature of the night followed by Bob Schacht, JJ Pack and Langdon. Schacht was making his only appearance this year in the Super Cup Series during the twins at Dominion.
The second feature saw Samantha Rohrbaugh start on the pole with Langdon and Kromer starting fourth and fifth respectively. Within three laps, Schacht was in the lead and would never give it up as he showed his dominance with a fast, well handling machine. Rounding out the top five were Larry Berg, Langdon, Kromer and Jason Kitzmiller. While Schacht celebrated his win in victory lane, Kromer and his team celebrated their Super Cup Series points championship for 2019.
In the Modified division. Chris Humblet won for the sixth time this season gaining two more precious points in the run for a championship. Humblet came into the night holding a 32 point lead over Chris Johnson with four races left. After Saturday night he has a 34-point lead with only three features left on the season. Rounding out the top five were Johnson, Jimmy Humblet, Mike Rudy and Wayne Hartley.
In other racing action, Don Schumann took the feature in the UCAR division on a last lap, turn four pass on Josh Blankenship. Kris Kurtz won for the third time this year in the UCAR import class and extended his points margin over second place driver Reggie Alcaraz with only one race left. The Anycar feature was won by James Scott followed by Rick Powers, Pete Sullivan, Kim Oliver and Amanda Hoak. Jesse Jones took home the win in the Mini Modified/UCAR import race followed by Mike Carte and Keith Riley.
This coming Saturday is Operation Blue Christmas presented by Heart of Gold Gala and the Spotsylvania County sheriff’s Office. Scheduled features are the Late Models, Modifieds, Dominion Stocks, UCARS clutched and purses ladies race and the Mini Cups. There will also be a late model non-winner 25 lap feature as well. Gates open at 3 and the green flag drops at 5 pm.
Humblet and Callihan Win Twin Features
Chris Humblet entered Saturday night with a 22-point lead over Chris Johnson in the points battle in the Modified division and only strengthened his hold on that position after taking both victories in the 35 lap twin races with four races left. C. Humblet started outside of row one for the first feature and wasted little time getting to the head of the line and drove away for his first win of the night in a caution free feature. Top three were C. Humblet, Jimmy Humblet and Chris Johnson.
The second feature saw C. Humblet start shotgun on the field, 11th starting position. After the eight-car invert from the first race, Wayne Hartley started inside row one with Tony Fowler on the outside. Once the green flag waved it didn’t take C. Humblet to make and complete his charge to the front of the pack. By lap five he had gained six spots and was up to fifth. By the time the first caution waved, he was up to second behind Michael Johnson and was in the lead with ten to go and never looked back. “Wasn’t sure what to expect in the first race. Really tight with the top three there with Dad and the 29 but the invert really worked in our favor”. C. Humblet said about the first feature. He then talked about his second feature win on the night. “Last race, small field tonight so I figured I would play it to my advantage and start shotgun and go for maximum points tonight and see if we could get back up front and here we are”. Top three finishers in the second feature were C. Humblet, C. Johnson and M. Johnson.
Dominion Racers also had twin 35 lap features with Davey Callihan taking both of those feature wins. Callihan took the pole in qualifying but with a five-car invert started on the inside of row three, putting the second place in points driver Richard Storm on the pole for feature one. With nineteen laps to go, points leader Cole Bruce and Callihan got together in turn one trying to avoid a lap car causing Bruce to go to the back after his spin in turn two. Bruce was able to battle back to a fourth-place finish with Callihan taking the win followed by Bradley Kilby and Reid Murphy.
Second feature saw Bruce start on the pole after several cars that were in front of him, due to the mandatory eight car invert, go to the back of the field. Kilby, who after the first race became the second place in points driver, started right behind Bruce in third. Callihan wasted no time again coming from mid pack to take the lead by lap 7, but the field was bunched up three times due to cautions. Once it was all said and done, Callihan had his second win of the night with Kilby finishing second, James Johnson third and Storm fourth. Bruce, still the current points leader finished fifth and holds a slim 24-point lead over Kilby and 30-point lead over Storm with two races left on the season. Points are unofficial until Tuesday.
Last set of twin races were for the Legends that ran 25 laps in each feature. Conner Jones started on the pole in feature one with Chris Lilly, Ryan Matthews and Carter Weedon rounding out the top four. Four cautions, including one red flag, kept the field tight and made for great side by side and nose to tail racing that saw Matthews take the first checkered flag of the night for the Legend class. Rounding out the top four were Jones, Weedon and Sparky West.
Second feature saw another eight-car invert which put Matthews, Jones and Weedon in the back to start the race. By lap 14, Jones and Weedon had moved to second and third respectively and it also saw Matthews, the first race winner, exit the race with mechanical issues. Weedon and Jones were racing one two over the last several laps of the event, setting up a great battle for the win. With 3 laps left, Weedon was out front with Jones right in his tire tracks. When the two went into turn one, Jones gave Weedon a little shot to move him up the track and he drove by into the lead. Jones held the lead until the last lap when Weedon returned the favor in turn three, spinning Jones, and driving away for the win. Top four were Weedon, Richard Davidowitz, Lilly and Kevin Nowak.
Next race is this Thursday to kick off Richmond race weekend. Divisions on action are the Late Models, Dominion Racers, Dominion Stocks, UCAR and Any Cars. Soles for souls 118 is also taking place. Adult tickets are $20. You can get a $5 discount on your ticket with a donation of a new pair of shoes or a $10 towards the pair of new shoes. Gates open at 5 and racing begins at 7.
Morris Stable Wins Both Late Model Features
On a night when the late models had twin 60 lap features, the Philip Morris/Reynolds Racing took both checkered flags. Morris as looking to make some points in the National Championship points battle and things looked promising after the first feature where Morris started sixth and drove away for an easy win. The feature went caution free with Alex Brock, Doug Barnes, Tyler Hughes and Sergio Pena rounding out the top five. Brock had his best run of the year finishing second and was very happy with his result. “First feature was really good for us. Started fourth and was able to make our way through the outside and get past Mike Ganoe and Chandler Sherman, followed Philip through, got past Doug Barnes as well and drove second for the rest of the race”.
In the second feature, Morris chose to start last on the field to try and get max points for his national championship run. Mike Looney was running at Motor Mile the same night, and also in the top six in national points, had already come from the back of the pack to win the first feature there. It looked like a great call as Morris went from 15th to first in only 37 laps. All that went for naught when a pile up in turn three with 22 laps to go collected Morris, Brock, Hughes, Trent Barnes and caused minimal damage to D. Barnes. Morris would be done for the night along with Hughes and T. Barnes. However, Travis Byrd, driving one of Morris’s back up cars, was able to stay out of all the action and park the number 81 machine in victory lane in his first race at Dominion. Morris would finish in the tenth position. In the track championship battle, D. Barnes was able to extend his lead over Hughes by finishing in front of him in both features.
In the Dominion Racer class, Bradley Kilby was able to hold off a hard-charging Chris Donnelly to get his first win of the year on his 16th birthday. Cole Bruce, the current points leader was fastest in qualifying and started on the pole for the 35-lap feature. Midway through the feature and after a caution, Bruce was running third behind Aaron Donnelly and got into the back of him bringing out a caution and sending him and Donnelly to the back of the field. That opened the door for Kilby who pulled away and held off C. Donnelly to take the checkered
In other action last night James Scott took the win in the Any Car class over Pete Sullivan and Michael Frayser got his first win in the UCAR domestic division while Reggie Alcaraz finished first for the fourth time this season in the UCAR import division.
Next race is September 14 with gates opening at 5 and green flag racing starting at 7 pm. Scheduled features are twin races for the Modified class, Legends, and Dominion Racer, and the Mini Mods have a single feature night.
Humblet Wins Twice, Donnelly Takes Points Lead
The Modifieds and Trucking Thunder Dominion Racers both had twin races Saturday night. One saw a first-time winner and both classes saw a new points leader at the end of the night.
Chris Johnson was the fastest qualifier for the first feature, but after pulling a six on the redraw, he was inverted to position six on the grid putting Michael Johnson inside row one. Before the first lap could be completed, several cars got together coming out of turn four, sending cars all over the front stretch and Peyton Ferree came to rest on the roof of his number 23 machine. Several intense moments passed as crew and track personnel came to his aid in the car and eventually, he emerged and walked to the ambulance under is own power. The incident also took out the points leader Chris Johnson. Once they got the track cleaned, they had a full field restart. It didn’t take the Humblets long to put their machines out in front in the first and second spots and they would eventually finish that way with Jimmy Humblet taking his first feature win if the year and his son finishing second. Chris Humblet took the points lead over from C. Johnson and when asked about taking over the points lead, C. Humblet said “Right now we are just chasing stickers for wins. Not going to worry about the points till the end of the season”.
In the second feature it was more of the Humblet show. On the second lap Mike Carte and Mike Rudy got together coming out of two and they both moved to the low side of the track. J. Humblet took advantage of the miscue and drove by on the outside of both to complete the pass and drove away. C. Johnson started the second feature in the 29 car and was able to stay in second behind J. Humblet for a good portion of the green flag laps but was eventually passed by C. Humblet who went on to finish second behind his father for the second straight race. Go to the Dominion Facebook page to see an interview with Jimmy Humblet as he talks about running with his son and about winning his first two features this year at Dominion.
The Truckin’ Thunder Dominion Racer class also had an extremely close points battle coming into the evening and they too were running twin 35 lap feature. Cole Bruce had a slim, two-point lead over Aaron Donnelly coming into the night with Davey Callihan a not to distant third. Qualifying saw Callihan take the pole with a time of 16.56, Bruce was second with a 16.59 and Donnelly third with a time of 16.62. The invert of the top five put Reid Murphy on the pole. With plenty of green flag racing thanks to only one caution, Callihan, Bruce and Donnelly were all able to pick their way through traffic and get to the front. On the one yellow flag that did occur, the restart had Donnelly inside row one, Callihan on the outside and Bruce inside row 2. Chris Donnelly got a great run over the last ten laps and was able to get past Bruce with a few laps remaining to finish in the third spot with A. Donnelly taking his third checkered flag of the year as well as the all-important points lead. Callihan finished in the second position.
Morris Sweeps Night at Dominion; Gains Valuable NASCAR National Points
Philip Morris has made several trips to Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, VA this season as he continues his quest for his record-breaking sixth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National points championship and on Saturday night, he made the most of twin features by winning them both.
After qualifying second to local hot shoe Tyler Hughes, the field was inverted for the start of the first 60-lap Late Model Stock Car race with Hughes moved to fifth and Morris fourth. The invert put Mike Ganoe and reigning Dominion Raceway champion Jeff Oakley on the front row for the start.
Barnes put his car out in front of the field fast as Hughes and Morris made it three-wide with Ganoe for second behind him early on. Ganoe bailed out of the middle of the three-wide battle and his night was about to go all wrong as he slipped to fifth ahead of Chandler Sherman.
As Chandler Sherman got to his bumper they made contact causing a huge pile-up as Ganoe spun Sherman was turned sideways as well as cars piled in. Alex Brock also got turned as Cole Bruce, who was making his first career Late Model Stock Car start piled in with nowhere to go. Owen Smith takes evasive action to try and slip by on the outside but Ganoe clipped him as he headed for the wall.
After a long red flag, Barnes would assert himself as the leader but Hughes wasn’t going away as he raced under and by Morris for second and looked for a way around Barnes as the laps clicked off. For many laps the top three run bumper to bumper before Barnes moves away from Hughes a little bit and Morris goes after second giving Hughes some slight contact as he raced under him and took over second.
As the laps ran out on Barnes looked to have the race in hand but Morris wasn’t going away. Barnes began to slip a little late and with five laps to go Morris pounced as Barnes got a little sideways up off of turn four. Morris took the lead and went on to win the race over Doug Barnes, Hughes, Oakley and Trent Barnes.
Morris said he got lucky that a lapped car pushed Barnes up high and gave him a chance to close in during the final laps.
“I got a little lucky,” Morris said in victory lane. “I had a lapped car kinda pushed him to the outside and I got within a foot of his spoiler. Packing that air up against his spoiler and that was kind of tough on him. I never touched him but I bet he would say otherwise. He drove his butt off and deserved to win.”
For race two, Morris would be inverted to eighth for the start but third-place finisher from race one Tyler Hughes thought he might have an engine issue and switched to a backup car forcing him to the rear of the field and moving Morris to a sixth-place start.
Morris’ son was inverted to the outside of the front row for the start and after getting the jump on Brock, the younger Morris made the most of the opportunity. He would lead around 20 laps after they started counting caution laps and had to survive several wild restarts on lap nine after a debris caution.
After several cautions, the elder Morris pulled away bypassing his son for the lead just after lap 20. Hughes continued his climb from starting in the rear and took second from Blake Morris on lap 28. Oakley had been among the leaders earlier in the race but went around in front of Philip Morris but his night of trouble wasn’t over as he got by Trent Barnes and Barnes got into him and turned him around.
This setup a wild moment on the front straightaway as Oakley retaliated on Barnes and destroyed his car riding up and over the side of Barnes’ car. Barnes would get out of his car upset and showed his displeasure for Oakley but the two drivers and two teams allowed cooler heads to prevail with the help of track officials keeping them separated.
A late restart allowed Hughes a chance to try and get by Morris but the veteran driver was able to hold off the younger Hughes as he claimed his second win of the night. Hughes had stayed on Morris’ outside all the way to the finish line but just didn’t have the run on the final lap to get there. Hughes settled for second with Brock rallying from the first race crash to finish third. Ganoe and Doug Barnes completed the top five.
Morris knew he survived another tough contest.
“I’ve got to pinch myself,” Morris said. “That was a tough one. That last green, white, checkered with Tyler Hughes, that was tough. That was a nail biter. I knew he’d cross me over if I gave him the shot, so I had to keep him to my outside. It’s tough here. You’ve got to scratch for every inch you’re going to get.”
In the Dominion Stocks, Richard Powers flexed his muscle leading most of the race and overtaking Gary Burke in the final laps after Burke stole the lead on a late restart. Andrew Condrey, who came into the weekend two points behind Burke in the championship battle, made his way by Burke in the closing laps to finish second gaining on him in the points chase. Burke finished third with Travis Weber and Todd Ruggles the top five.
In other divisions; Sparky West won in Legends, Ryan Pritt picked up the win in U-Cars, Todd Johnston won in Mini Mods and Pete Sullivan won in the Any Car division.
Dominion Raceway will be back in action this Saturday August 17th with twins in the Modifieds and Dominion Racers division plus racing in the Any Cars and Mini Cups. Grandstands open at 5:00pm and the green flag waves at 7:00pm.
First Responder Night Sees Hot Temps and Hotter Points Battles
On a night when the temperature and heat index made it feel like a frying pan in the pits as well as the stands, the racers that came out to Dominion Saturday night put on a great show for First Responder Night that saw one driver become a four time winner and one driver win his first ever race at Dominion.
The MN upholstery UCAR class got things kicked off a little later than the usual start time due to the heat and it looked like the temperature wasn’t going to be the only hot thing at the track. Reggie Alcaraz sat on the pole to start the race after a six car invert. At the drop of the green, Alcaraz missed a shift but was able to drop to the bottom of track causing him to get shuffled back several spots. With only two laps in the books, Cameron Ruggles and Kris Kurtz got together coming out of turn four and effectively ended both of their nights. Tempers rose just like the heat index, but cooler heads prevailed. Once racing resumed, Ryan Pritt looked to put some standing points between he and Ruggles and that is exactly what he did driving away for his fourth checkered flag in the MN Upholstery domestic division. Alcaraz was able to fight back and take his first ever win at Dominion raceway. He dedicated the win to his Mother who passed away recently. “It was pretty tough. It got me once my nephew Ryan gave me the checkered flag and said take your victory lap so I cherish this one the most for my Mom and all the guys that help us and everything. I can’t do it with out them,”.
Dominion stocks had a 40 lap feature, the longest of the night. Travis Weber took the pole in qualifying and thanks to drawing a one for the invert, that’s where he started the race followed by Gary Burke, Andrew Condrey and Barry Beebe. Condrey drove his way to the lead with only two laps complete and was never really challenged for the rest of the feature. Only one caution brought the field back together with 15 laps left, but Condrey was able to get a great restart and go on to win his second feature on the year and make the points battle even that much closer after the evenings race. Coming into the night, four points separated Burke, Todd Ruggles and Condrey. The finishing order was Condrey, Burke and Ruggles.
The Dominion Racer division had a tight battle for points between Cole Bruce and Aaron Donnelly with only 4 points separating them coming into the night with Richard Storm and Davey Callihan on the outside looking in. The race between Bruce and Donelly is even closer after Saturday night, two points separate the two, and Callihan is making a bid to be in the discussion after picking up his second victory in a row, thanks to an incident between Bruce and Donnelly that left the door wide open for Callihan to drive right through. With four laps to go, Bruce got a run on Donnelly going into turn one, got into Donnelly’s quarter panel which caused Donnelly to spin which allowed Callihan to drive through the incident and take over the top spot. Bruce and Donnelly both went to the back of the field for the restart and Donnelly would come back to finish second with Bruce third. Stablemates Richard Storm and Barry Moore rounded out the top five.
Modified ran 35 caution free laps and saw the Humblet’s, Chris and Jimmy, flex their muscle on the field once again to come home one two in their feature. J. Humblet started fourth and C. Humblet started fifth in the field and they systematically picked their way through the field to get to the front. C. Humblet picked up his division leading third win of the year and more importantly was able to decrease Chris Johnson’s points lead by four after the evening making yet another tight points battle just over midway through the season. Top five finishers were C. Humblet, J. Humblet, C. Johnson, Mike Rudy and Michael Johnson.
The Mini Mod class saw the return of Jesse Jones to Dominion for the first time in about a year and he wasted no time putting his machine out front after starting third on the grid thanks to a three car invert. The feature ran caution free and saw Jones go to victory lane followed by Jon Carte, Joe Riley, Keith Riley and Steve Brady
Any car division saw Robb Almy pick up his first win of the year. Pete Sullivan was second, Amanda Simpson third and Kim Oliver fourth.
Dominion is off until August 10th. Currently scheduled features will be twins for the Late Models, Dominion Stocks, UCARS, Any Cars, Mini Mods and Legends. Gates open at 5 and the green flag drops at 7pm.