LASALLE, ILL. (July 8, 2014) - It was a big night in DTR2 tonight, as four league races were on tap for the night. The first two races of the night were at the SDC League with twin features in the BLS Modified Cars at the Dirt Track at Charlotte in their season finale. BLS_18 continued his hot month of July and remained undefeated in DTR2 by sweeping both features to move to 8 of 8 for the month on wins.
The second league race of the night took place at LaSalle Speedway in Illinois in the UMP Hell Late Models where BLS_18 looked to continue his impressive winning streak.
However, the #0 car of VLR_Shock was making his first league appearance of the night and had his sights set on ending the streak 18 had going (which included winning five league races in one night to open the month).
The heat featured a couple of underdogs finishing in the top two, though, with Pennsylvania driver Geisler taking the top spot, followed by New York's BMS_Ray. BLS_18 secured a third place starting spot in the A Main with his finish, and he was followed by JFR_97 and VLR_Shock in the top 5.
When the green flag dropped for the 30 lap A Main, it was Geisler jumping out to lead the field. BLS_18 quickly worked his way into second position, but VLR_Shock utilized soft tires to quickly move past 18 after starting fifth. The question now was if Shock's tires would hold up long enough to get him to the front and a win to end the streak.
By lap five Shock had moved into the top spot and immediately began stretching his lead. At one point the lead was over three seconds, and BLS_18 had worked his way to second. The Wisconsin driver was unable to gain much time before the end of the race and had to settle for his worst finish of the month (2nd), behind a determined VLR_Shock.
"That was awesome!" exclaimed the Tennessee driver following the race. "It feels like nobody has beat Wheel (BLS_18) in a year or two so I really wanted this one and actually got a little practice in to try to beat him. So this was a big win for me and I'm glad I picked the right tires for this one."
BLS_18 was impressed as well with VLR_Shocks 2.2 second win, but was wishing he had ten more laps. "I moved over for him early in the race thinking he was on soft tires and expecting to blow past him at the end of the race, but he held on a lot better than I thought. Ten more laps and it might have got interesting but who knows."
BLS_BW43 worked his way up to third after starting last, and he was followed by pole sitter Geisler, who rounded out the top five. Next week HTL is back in action in the state of Illinois as the tour visits Highland 2k12 for more short track action! Stay tuned for more details for VLR's new 10th anniversary series starting July 27th in a $200 to win race!
KNOXVILLE, IOWA (June 29, 2014)- The UMP Summer Hell Tour was back in action last night at the Knoxville Raceway. The racing was very exciting as VLR_Shock jumped out to an early lead after starting fifth, while trying to build a big lead before his soft tires faded. The Tennessee driver stretched out to a 1.7 second lead over Doit 10, who worked his way by outside pole sitter BLS_18 for second.
However, When the 0 machine of Shock's tires began to fade, they went quickly. After taking over the lead on lap 3, Shock built a big lead early, but by lap 26 he had lost the lead to Doit 10's much harder compound. Shock began dropping positions virtually every lap and by the time the race was over at lap 40 he had faltered to six due to his tires fading.
Up front however, Doit 10 was feeling pressure again from BLS_18 for the lead. The lap car of Jok3r made things interesting with just 7 laps to go. Jok3r drifted up into the high line where the leaders was running and Doit 10 made contact with the rear of the slower car. The contact slowed down 10 just enough for BLS_18 to suck up to his rear bumper, and the race was on.
The two veteran drivers changed the lead several times over the last few laps, and coming to the white flag it was BLS_18 who had the top spot by two car lengths. Doit 10 had a strong final lap and drove his car deep into turn four to make a final charge, but at the line BLS_18 was able to edge Doit 10 by less than a car length in a thrilling finish that had the fans on their feet.
This is the last race for this series, but VLR is making plans to start their 10th Anniversary tour in July and will likely either run the UMP Hell Chassis or the Gen 5 Late Model Chassis, or possibly a new chassis with the strong tire wear that the UMP Hell Cars have. Opinions are welcome, however. VLR was founded on July 30, 2004 and enters their tenth year of league racing in August.
Knoxville Raceway Results
Date: June 29, 2014
Chassis: UMP Hell Late Models
Margin of Victory: 0.11
Fast Lap: VLR_Shock 13.24
Name / Location
1. BLS_18 / Brookfield, Wisconsin
2. Doit 10 / Fort Worth, Texas
3. BLS_BW / Sparta, Michigan
4. BLS_B45 / Coshocton, Ohio
5. BMS / Lyons, New York
6. VLR_Shock / Crossville, Tennessee
7. XCR_TM / Mexico, New York
8. J-Mac / Amsterdam, New York
9. Jok3r /
10. WFO_Ranger / Erie, Pennsylvania
BROWNSTOWN, IN (January 26, 2014)- Wow what a race tonight at VLR! Tonight's 50 lap A Main at Brownstown was certainly exciting one that featured many DTR2 legends fighting with some not-so experienced racers tonight in one of the most exciting races in VLR history.
The Rushville Rocket Doug Payne (DP_22P) of Rushville, NY made his first VLR A Main in only his second attempt and started on the pole of the feature thanks to VLR's reverse average finish format for this season.
The young 16 year-old driver raced out to a lead quickly from the start as the drivers mixed it up in his mirror for second. However, nerves seemed to get the best of the rookie driver on lap six when his four car length lead disappeared heading into turn one on the flat quarter-miler. The slip up quickly dropped Payne to fourth after the three cars of Boomer, Howard Weaver (VLR_0), and Dirk Daniels (Doit 10) rocketed past and began a spirited battle for the top spot.
By lap 10 the running order was Daniels, Boomer, Weaver, Payne, Brian Williams (BLS_BW43), point leader Austen Semmelmann (BLS_18), Thomas Walter (WFO_Ranger), Josh Weems (VLR_JW), and Ryan Guererri (51g) of Geneva, New York.
On lap 25, halfway through the race, the picture up front had changed dramatically, however. In just 15 laps, Cross Plains, IN driver Gage Clark had stormed from 7th to first utilizing the surprisingly fast high groove. Brownstown is just an hour west of the young gun, and the always fast driver was looking for his series leading third win of the season.
Weaver had taken over 2nd at this point, with Boomer hot on his heels. Early leader Dirk Daniels hopped the cushion and fell to ninth. 14 year-old Guererri was certainly turning some heads after starting last and moving from 10th to 4th in fifteen circuits around the short track.
Meanwhile, the race for the lead remained hot for the entire race with Clark, Weaver, and Boomer giving the fans a treat to some of the most exhilarating racing in DTR2. Clark and Weaver ran side-by-side for the last 25 laps with Boomer right on their bumper waiting for a slip up.
On the last lap, Weaver drove in hard in turn three and came out of the corner in a dead heat with Clark. It wasn't meant to be, though, as Clark edged Weaver at the line for his third win of the season! The finish was the second straight side by side finish at VLR. Boomer had a career best third place finish, and was followed by point leader Semmelmann in fourth after he made a last corner pass on Guererri. Guererri brought home a very impressive top 5, however.
Payne, Daniels, Williams, Walter, and Weems rounded out the finishers. Next week VLR heads to the southeast for some red clay racing at the famous Cherokee Speedway in the Groundhog Day 60! Cya there!
Top 10/Starting Pos./Location:
1. (6th) Gage Clark (VLR_Gage) Cross Plains, IN
2. (4th) Howard Weaver (VLR_Shock) Crossville, TN
3. (5th) Boomer West Virginia
4. (8th) Austen Semmelmann (BLS_18) Brookfield, WI
5. (10th) Ryan Guererri (51G) Geneva, NY
6. (1st) Doug Payne (DP_22P) Rushville, NY
7. (3rd) Dirk Daniels (Doit 10) Fort Worth, TX
8. (7th) Brian Williams (BLS_BW43) Sparta, MI
9. (2nd) Thomas Walter (WFO_39) Erie, PA
10. (9th) Josh Weems (VLR_JW) West Point, MS