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Re: [TrackChasers] #1000 Virginia Motor Speedway, Jamaica, VA

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  • klascar
    Congratulations Ed, Great facility for #1000. Smooth journeys. Paul Weisel ... From: Edward J. Esser To: Trackchasers@yahoogroups.com Sent: Wednesday, May
    Message 1 of 3 , May 9, 2007
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      Congratulations Ed,
      Great facility for #1000. Smooth journeys. Paul Weisel
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Edward J. Esser
      To: Trackchasers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, May 09, 2007 2:21 AM
      Subject: [TrackChasers] #1000 Virginia Motor Speedway, Jamaica, VA



      Hi All,
      Thursday had three races scheduled in Virginia around the Richmond area
      where NASCAR would be racing this weekend. The weather was marginal at
      best and I drove through steady rain from Lexington KY to Richmond VA.
      I was lucky to leave Richmond just 20 minutes ahead of Queen Elizabeth
      II who was speaking to the legislature to commemorate the 400th
      anniversary of the settlement by English colonists. Every state trooper
      in the state was ready to block off I-64 for her trip to Williamsburg.
      They were at each exit, median turn around, overhead bridge and the
      rest area ready to spring into action. I went by most of them as I
      headed east of Richmond to Bill Sawyer's Virginia Motor Speedway in
      Jamaica Virginia. The track is only a few years old and is just
      beautiful. There is a huge 20-row aluminum grandstand with suites above
      it to offer unobstructed view of the well lit half-mile dirt oval. The
      paved infield was kept clear and all haulers were pitted outside the
      backstretch. There was still some light drizzle during the driver's
      meeting but somehow it never rained during the show. There was a modern
      scoreboard and good speakers to keep us well informed as tonight's
      special show was for just two good classes - super late models (34) and
      big block modifieds (33). The track was wet probably helped by the
      weather but smooth and wide surrounded by Armco walls on the inside and
      outside. The track design is a long paper clip but the racing was
      excellent. The show started at 7PM with warm-ups followed by 8PM
      qualifying for all cars. Races got underway at 9:15 with two last
      chance late model races for cars outside of the top 10 qualifiers and
      were won by Ricky Elliott and Jeremy Miller. Next up were three heats
      for the modifieds with a 4 car invert and they were won by Brian
      Weaver, Brian Swartzlander and Danny Johnson. After a break for the
      modified draw for top 12 starting spots in their feature it was time
      for the late model feature. The walls were coated with dirt and the
      cushion had been packed down several times for a perfect track. Fast
      timer Tim McCreadie took off from the pole but was quickly challenged
      by Rick Eckert from 5th. There were several yellows (7 in the first
      half of the 40-lap feature) and two more later as all the car noses
      were brown with a thick clay coating. Eckert worked under McCreadie who
      was bouncing off the cushion and led the 25th lap but McCreadie got
      back around one circuit later as the lead pack of 4 cars caught lapped
      traffic. Jeremy Miller started 12th and was in the hunt with Jason
      Covert but McCreadie pulled away on the last restart and won easily
      over Miller. The modifieds sent all 33 cars out for 60 laps and were
      only slowed by 4 yellows on a track that was now dry on the bottom with
      a heavy cushion. Dale Planck led for a while but Danny Johnson had his
      own high line running in the cushion not against it and soon caught the
      leader. With Brett Hearn broke in a lap 10 tangle and Billy Decker
      broke on the 15th lap the chase was taken up by Matt Shepard from 13th
      and Tim Fuller from 9th. The last yellow was for McCreadie who was in
      the top 5 when he bounced into the wall on lap 50. Johnson held on the
      last 10 laps over Shepard and Planck. It was midnight but the good size
      crowd had seen some great racing and I had seen a good one for my
      1000th track!

      #100 5/3/07 Virginia Motor Speedway - Jamaica, VA - 1/2 dirt - DIRT
      Modifieds

      Ed




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    • Will White
      Ed, Good work lapping your manager so quickly! Way to go, now you re only 50 tracks out of the top five. Will
      Message 2 of 3 , May 9, 2007
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        Ed,

        Good work lapping your manager so quickly! Way to go, now you're only 50
        tracks out of the top five.

        Will
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