LAKELAND, FL (May 23, 2017) - Austen Semmelmann shook off a rough start to the VLR Super Late Model Series by parking his #18 mount in Victory Lane Sunday night at the USA International Speedway. The Brookfield, WI driver was able to hold off charges from Howard Weaver and Shane James to earn the victory.
The 40-lap feature event was slowed by five cautions in the first 18 laps which kept the field bunched up. Semmelmann quickly jumped out to a lead following each caution before the race finally went green the last 23 laps of the race. Semmelmann quickly pulled out to a big lead after the final caution whilst leaving Weaver and James to battle behind him for second. The win was not only his first of the season, but his first top five as well in the VLR Super Late Model series.
Read more: Semmelmann storms away to a win at USA in Super Late Models!
BARBERVILLE, FL (May 21, 2017) – Richard Murtaugh Jr. withstood a late surge from Howard Weaver and a pair of restarts with less than ten laps remaining to earn his first ever victory in a Team VLR sanctioned event in the 360 Sprint Cars at Volusia Speedway Park on Sunday night.
The driver from New York started from 4th spot, but used a great initial start to take the lead after five laps of the 40 lap main event over Pole Sitter Nick Gray. Murtaugh Jr. would then spend the rest of the event fighting off challenges from Sydney, Australia driver Brett Wheeler, and Crossville, TN's Howard Weaver to earn a close victory in a race that saw six cautions in the 40 lap event.
Read more: Murtaugh Jr. cashes in at Volusia in the 360 Sprint Cars at VLR!
BARBERVILLE, FL (May 16, 2017) – Grant Ryals proved that his first career win at VLR last Wednesday night was no fluke, as the Florida native dominated race number two on the season at Volusia Speedway Park to go back-to-back to start the season. Ryals led all 45 laps in his Team D1RT sponsored Super Late Model to take the victory at the 1/2-mile oval.
In a race that was marred by seven caution flags, Ryals was able to take command after every restart and keep the number 16 Dirt Late Model ahead of a strong running Travis Marsh.
“It's awesome to come out here at VLR and be able to win the first two races of the season,” said Ryals after the race. "We had a really good car all night and I knew if I could manage the restarts that we could win this thing. Travis was really the only one to get too close to us but for the most part it was pretty smooth sailing.
Read more: Ryals goes 2 for 2 to start the season at VLR by winning at Volusia!