John Staton Ends Virginia Drought
JAMAICA, Va. – It was a tale of two stories in the Victory Lap Late Model twin features at Virginia Motor Speedway with one driver getting his first win in 10 years and the other continuing his domination of the division.
In the first feature John Staton returned to victory lane after a 10 year absence, holding off Justin Williams for the win. In the second 15 lap feature Williams dominated the event for his fifth win of the season.
In the first 15 lap feature for the Victory Lap Late Models Staton and David Steel led the field to green with Staton taking the lead out of turn two. On the next circuit Walker Arthur began his assault for the lead. On lap eight Arthur used a slide job out of turn four to take over the top spot. Once out front Arthur began to pull away until a caution on lap 12 when Arthur ran over some debris sending him to the infield with a flat right rear tire handing the lead back to Staton.
On the restart Justin Williams powered his way to second and looked inside and outside for a way around Staton. On the final lap Williams tried one last time out of turn four but Staton held on to take the win. Williams, Billy Hubbard, Stephen Childress and Buck Roadcap rounded out the top five.
In the second 15 lap feature for the Victory Lap Late Models Williams made sure it didn’t come down to the last lap as he took over the top spot from Petie Coffey on lap two then dominated the remaining laps to score his fifth win of the season. Staton, Roadcap, Childress and Anthony Kincaid rounded out the top five.
In other action Matt Quade took out the broom and swept both Budweiser Modified features. In the Aaron’s Pro Late Model division Daniel Baggerly scored his second win of the season and Joe Ender picked up his first win in the division. In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman division James Snead picked up his career first victory and Hunter Sheltonscored his fourth win of the season. In the Collision One Limited Stock Car division James Givens went flag to flag to get the win and Shawn Otey otook over the lead on lap three on way to his first win of the season.