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Motor Mile Speedway Drops NASCAR

2018 Announcement

(November 17, 2017) — Motor Mile Speedway in Radford VA will undergo a major transformation beginning in 2018.  Mirroring the national sharp downward trend in the popularity of NASCAR racing, the track has seen a decline in attendance and fan interest in recent years.  After much discussion and planning, the Speedway will not renew its NASCAR sanction for 2018, ending its circle track chapter and looking ahead to hosting a variety of entertainment and sporting events.

The track is nestled on 170 acres of rolling hills and is a beautiful setting for many types of outdoor activities.  Just what those activities will be, however, remains to be decided.  “We have lots of ideas but there’s no story yet.  We are sitting around the table now and hashing it out,” said co-owner David Hagan.  “We have tried to make the speedway successful, but with a downturn in interest, it’s increasingly difficult to make it work.  We are looking at a variety of events to bring new life and excitement to the property.  We have a unique venue in terms of versatility, and our new operation will reflect that.  The schedule could include everything from concerts, mud runs, festivals, camping, and even new racing events at some point.  You name it and it’s probably come up at our table,” Hagan elaborated.

Hagan and his partner, Larry Shelor, are co-owners of the Shelor Motor Mile auto dealerships in nearby Christiansburg, as well as the Calfee Park/Pulaski Yankees baseball operations in Pulaski.  Seeing the enthusiasm around the baseball program only confirmed in Hagan’s mind the need for a drastic change at Motor Mile Speedway.  “When you see the huge family crowds that baseball is drawing just a few miles away from the Speedway, and how much those fans are enjoying the experience, it really highlights the difference between the two sports,” said Hagan.  He has challenged his management team to come up with ideas that will meet the growing demand for different options in family entertainment.

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Lockrow Competing for Holman Racing at Motor Mile

La Plata, MD – As the start to the 2017 racing season draws closer with each passing day, drivers and teams continue to finalize their plans.  Holman Racing of Abingdon, Virginia and Kyle Lockrow have partnered together to compete at the Motor Mile Speedway in the Super Street Division for an undetermined number of events in the #7 Chevrolet.

“The opportunity to compete for Caleb, his father Darrell, and the entire Holman Racing team at Motor Mile Speedway in the newly formed Super Street division is extremely gratifying.  Everyone welcomed me with open arms when I competed for their Chump Car program at VIR in 2016 and learned a lot in the process, so I look forward to another positive experience in 2017,” said Kyle.

This will be Kyle’s first time competing at Motor Mile Speedway.  He finished 5th in the 2014 “Garden State Classic” Late Model Event held at the Wall Stadium Speedway in Wall Township, New Jersey.

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Eckes Ready for the Next Step with ARCA Debut at Nashville

GREENVILLE, NY — After more than a season full of impressive performances in a Late Model, the time is now for 15-year-old Christian Eckes to make the next step.

The New York native will climb that rung on his racing ladder on Saturday, April 9, when he makes his ARCA Racing Series debut in the Music City 200.

Eckes will make that debut at Tennessee’s Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville behind the wheel of the New York Bus Sales No. 66 Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports.

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2015 CHAMPION PROFILE: Lee Pulliam

Emotional Finish To Third Whelen All-American Title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Lee Pulliam capped his remarkable season with an equally remarkable victory.

The three-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I national champion pulled into Victory Lane last Sunday at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, North Carolina, after an emotional week.

The stars were aligned for a storybook finish in the Thanksgiving All-Star Classic at Southern National on Nov. 29. Just three days earlier — on Thanksgiving Day — his wife, LeAnne, was injured in an accident on her way to work. Pulliam, who had never won the Classic, was not even going to race.

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LFR Driver Development Group Secures Two Top-5 Finishes During CARS Tour Food Country USA 250

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 14, 2015) – The LFR Driver Development Group had a tremendous showing at the most recent Super Late Model CARS Tour event. William Byron and Joey Mucciacciaro secured two Top-5 finishes for the team while Quin Houff rounded out the group with a Top-15 at Motor Mile Speedway this past Saturday.

“All three of our drivers did a great job this weekend. It was a tough race, but they fought as hard as they could to grab every position possible. This weekend not only says a lot about the LFR Driver Development Group’s level of talent, but also how far the program has come,” said Rob Fuller, team owner. “I met with the officiating group and owners of the CARS Tour following the race to discuss the restart procedures that have caused havoc all season long. They were very receptive which was great. Hopefully, they will be proactive and make a change to better their series and let every team and driver know they are wanting to address issues when they arise.”

William Byron had the dominant car of the race, taking the lead just before Lap 50. He maintained control of the race until he received contact from a competitor while trying to keep the lead on a restart with just over 25 laps to go. The contact, which pushed in Byron’s right front fender, prevented him from capturing the win despite a great last lap charge. The current NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points leader came home with a second-place finish instead.

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CARS Tour Event Preview powered by KRC Power Steering: Food Country USA 250 pres. by Heritage Truck Centers –Motor Mile Speedway

7PM July 11, 2015

MOORESVILLE, NC (July 7, 2015): The single visit to the Commonwealth of Virginia, at Motor Mile Speedway, kicks off the second half of the season for the CARS Tour this Saturday night. Deemed as one of the nicest facilities along the East Coast, Motor Mile Speedway presents a different type of racing compared to the more abrasive tracks the tour has competed at thus far in 2015. Motor Mile’s long straightaways and smooth gripping surface can handle the power to the rear wheels that CARS Tour competitors in both division have at their feet at any time. While Late Model Stock drivers are quite familiar with the .416 mile track, Super Late Models have not roared to life in the New River Valley since 2012. Plenty of new faces are planning their tour debuts in both divisions making the Food Country 250 presented by Heritage Truck Centers a race with lots of unanswered questions of what to expect.    

Food Country USA 250 pres. by Heritage Truck Centers NOTES & QUOTES


Track/Location: Motor Mile Speedway-Radford, VA                                   Track Size: .416
Event Name: Food Country USA 250 pres. by Heritage Truck Centers      Laps/Distance: 125/52 miles (each)
Event Schedule: 12:30PM-2:45PM Practice, 4:30PM Qualifying, 6PM Last Chance Races, 7PM Green: LMSC-SLM
Twitter Handle/Event Hashtag: @CARSTour / #FoodCountryUSA250

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Clay Rogers to Become First “Double Duty” Driver in CARS Tour History

Mooresville, NC 7/2/15- Since the inception of the CARS Tour plenty of talk occurred about drivers and teams being able to perform “double duty” competing in both the Late Model Stock and Super Late Model divisions at a single event. The amount of teams that then registered for both divisions for the upcoming 2015 season with plans to perform double duty on a regular basis, made it appear that several were going to follow through with those intentions.

Flash forward to the midpoint of the current season and despite several close calls for a driver to pull off the accomplishment none have done so. Tyler Ankrum, was one of those drivers, having brought his brand new Super Late Model machine to Tri-County at the tour’s last outing just to make the decision to leave it in the trailer and not compete. The tight schedule, long days, and difference in racecars has shown competitors that competing in both events in a single night is no easy feat.

However; veteran racer Clay Rogers will take the challenge head on that many have relinquished with all intentions of becoming the first driver in the short history book of the CARS Tour to officially pull off the “double-duty” feat next Saturday July 11th at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia. The Troutman, North Carolina native has won behind the wheel of both types of machines, with one of those victories being a Snowball Derby win in the seat of a Super Late Model and the other the largest paying Late Model Stock event in 1999 at Concord Speedway where Rogers claimed $65,000 for his win.
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Congratulations to some drivers on their weddings this weekend:
Joey Logano of Middletown, CT and Brittany Baca
Former Monadnock champion Beth Adams and Chris Mctaggart
Lee Pulliam and LeAnne Thornburg

Pulliam Nets Virginia State, Motor Mile Titles

2-Time National Champion Finishes A Close Second This Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — For most NASCAR drivers, a 2014 résumé with 25 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series wins, a track crown at Motor Mile Speedway and Virginia state title would be something to be ecstatic about, but then again, most drivers aren’t Lee Pulliam.

Pulliam, who was the two-time defending NWAAS champion, finished in the top three in the final national standings for the fourth consecutive year. This time, however, Pulliam came up 12 points shy of what could have been a record-setting third straight national title.

“We had a phenomenal year getting 25 wins at four different tracks,” Pulliam said. “We came up just a little short of the national title, but I can’t thank everyone enough for their support.”
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Berry to Make Nationwide Debut at Iowa

Josh Berry of Hendersonville, TN will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Iowa Speedway Saturday night. He will drive the #5 Tackle Grab Chevrolet for JR Motorsports. Berry tested a Nationwide car on July 14 at Motor Mile.

The #5 team has a 6.8 average finish in 13 starts, including three wins, nine top fives and 10 top 10s. Kasey Kahne and Kevin Harvick have scored wins at Richmond, Kentucky and Daytona. Rookie Austin Theriault has made two of his three scheduled starts, with a best finish of fifteenth at Iowa in May.

A Late Model driver for JR Motorsports since 2010, Berry’s became eligible for Nationwide competition after  two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts. Berry drove the Speedco #45 at Greenville Pickens and Richmond for Darin Odle Motorsports.

“I’ve been very fortunate the past few years to have them supporting my career and wanting me to move up.”

“For our first showing, I felt like it went pretty well,” Berry said of his March 22 debut. “We were pretty quick, qualified fifth, and had a solid run going until getting caught up in some trouble at the end.”

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Lemons by Inches at Motor Mile

Declared Winner in Photo Finish to Late Model Feature

RADFORD, Va. — There are photo-finishes. And then there are picture-perfect finishes.

They made history at Motor Mile Speedway Friday night. A white-knuckle scramble for first between Tommy Lemons, Jr. and Peyton Sellers on the final lap of the New River Bank Twin 75’s nightcap produced an unprecedented outcome at the finish line:

Motor Mile Speedway’s first electronically recorded tie.

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Bowling Shines in Special Events

Sellers Team Member Chasing Wins

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model driver Matt Bowling excels in special events.

Last month he won the 200-lap Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. In 2012 he won the prestigious Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., and took the late model track championship at South Boston. In 2013 he had top-10 finishes in the late model portion of the UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway and the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Bowling drives for Sellers Racing of Danville, Va. The company fields cars for four full time drivers. Teammates include Peyton Sellers, the 2005 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion, Michael Maresca and 2009-10 South Boston champ Justin Johnson. Sellers’ brother, H.C., is crew chief.

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Lee Pulliam’s Dream Comes True

NWA-AS National Champion Earns K&N East Ride

Lee Pulliam of Semora, NC will be moving up to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this season, driving the #11 Toyota for Hattori Racing Enterprises. As a rookie in NASCAR’s top development series, Pulliam will have veterans working on his team in team manager Bruce Cook and crew chief Randy Goss. The team will also be fielding a second car for David Garbo, Jr. of Stonington, CT. Brett Moffitt drove the car for the past two seasons. He won twice and finished third in points in 2012. Despite a winless season, Moffitt finished second in points last year.

Pulliam won his second consecutive NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship season. He joined the late Larry Phillips and Philip Morris as the only drivers to win the championship more than once. He also captured track titles at Motor Mile and South Boston.

“I got a phone call from Bruce Cook … he said he had an opportunity and wanted to know if I’d be interested in driving a K&N car for Shigeaki Hattori Racing this year,” Pulliam said. “Of course, I was thrilled about it and I knew they had really good equipment and a nice operation down in Mooresville. And we got an appointment together and come down and talked with one another and his expectations and my expectations were on the same page and I met all of the guys at the shop, all of them are really good guys with a lot of experience. It just looked like the perfect situation to get a chance at it. It’s something I’m really extremely thankful for and extremely excited about.”

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Tennessee Champ Finchum Set for Florida

Kingsport Driver Aims to be National Contender

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Tennessee’s teenage NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state champion is expanding his racing boundaries this year. His 2014 campaign begins in just a few weeks.

Chad Finchum, 19, of Knoxville, Tenn., won his 2013 state title and NASCAR Late Model track championship at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway.

He plans to compete in all seven NASCAR Super Late Model race nights scheduled during the 48th annual World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway Feb. 14-22.

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Pulliam Collects 2nd National Championship

Top Whelen All-American Series Performers Honored

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Lee Pulliam capped off a perfect season Friday evening at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards where he was crowned as the 2013 national champion.

Pulliam, 25, from Semora, N.C., won the title for the second straight season to join NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Larry Phillips, with five, and Philip Morris, with four, as multi-time champions in the series.

He also collected his second Virginia state championship along the way while competing at South Boston Speedway, Radford’’s Motor Mile Speedway.

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Whelen All-American Changes Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

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Champion Profile: Lee Pulliam

Already Gearing Up For ’14 Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Two-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam made a seamless, successful transition to a new team for 2014. He’ll take a break this week to celebrate the accomplishments of his 2013 season.

Pulliam won two out of four major post-season Late Model races he entered in October, November and December. Two of those events introduced his new alliance with Kiker Motorsports for 2014, and they won in their first start.

Pulliam, 25, of Semora, N.C., won his second straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship in September.

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