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ROSSBURG, OH (May 11, 2017) – In his first ever start in the 13 year history of Team VLR, Grant Ryals made a statement by winning in his first attempt in the Super Dirt Late Models. In front of a tremendous crowd and while closing out an action-packed race that was filled with drama, Ryals made a bold slidejob with three laps to go on pole-sitter Virgil Graham to seal the deal by just 0.217 seconds.
Graham set fast time for the even with an extremely impressive lap time of 15.355 around the 1/2 mile oval. The Pennsylvania driver would then go on to lead every lap of the feature until lap 47 of 50 when Ryals finally was able to make a move.
Read more: Ryals wins a thriller at Eldora in VLR's first Super LM race!
The VLR 360 Sprints rolled into Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA for the first ever official VLR 360 sprint car race. Sam Locuson would take the pole with a lap of 18.069. Team VLR drivers Josh Weems, Howard Weaver and Austen Semmelmann rounded out the top four qualifiers. Locuson would unfortunately fall to 6th in a wildly contested heat one. Bergeron would muscle his Ratbag sponsored 360 sprint car to the win followed Brandon Smith, Austen Semmelmann and Derek Line. Eric Hough, after failing to master the science of a qualifying lap, muscled his way to the win in heat 2 followed by Josh Weems, Tommy Champagne and Timothy Gustin.
The A-Main event began rather peacefully with Bergeron pulling out to about a one second lead followed by a determined Hough! Howard Weaver would see his race begin from the pits, as his crew members mistakenly fueled the car with diesel prior to the start of the race causing his car to mysteriously flip over on its top before the green flag even waved. Weaver promptly fired his entire crew and crashed soon afterwards with nobody available to repair his car.
Read more: Bergeron leads green to checkered to win at Williams Grove!!