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LIVE. BLOG: Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 Late Model race
Follow today's racing action from Martinsville Speedway

Sunday, October 6, 2013

7:11 -- Tommy Lemons Jr wins the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 feature race but not without some Martinsville craziness and controversy

7:05 -- Into the darkness and they are going to attempt one more green-white-checkered finish

6:59 -- Green-White-checkered finish and a 4 car wreck that claims Pulliam started by McCaskill stirs the stew

6:52 -- Waltz into the wall in Turn 3 by Dillion Bassett and another caution shakes up the final laps

6:60 -- Pulliam has the lead final competition caution inside the final 10 laps, who will win?

6:40 -- Waltz holding strong up front as he has the last 30 laps, Pulliam can't seem to make his move

6:35 -- Matt Waltz and Lee Pulliam in a real battle at 1 and 2, Pulliam looking to pass the last 10 laps just can't do it

6:24 -- Turn 3 has been vicious and again brings out a caution

6:21 -- Matt Waltz leading with Pulliam and Morris in hot pursuit

6:18 -- Green flag once again and 119 laps complete

6:15 -- Timothy Peters a little upset with Adam Long after getting tangled in Turn 3 for another caution and Peters' bid for a triple crown is most likely over

6:09 -- About to start another green flag run and Deac McCaskill holds the lead Lemons was 2nd

6:08 -- Lemons Jr. had a left rear flat tire

6:04 -- B.J. Mackey involved in a spin in Turn 4 and the caution is out again

6:00 -- Going green again for the second half of the feature race, 100 laps to go and the real racing begins now, who will win the $25,000?

5:50 -- On the inverted restart it will be Adam Long out front who started 23rd, McCaskill, Falk III, Waltz, Bassett, Pulliam, Lemons and Peters will be the top 8 to start

5:40 -- We have reached the midway point of the 200-lap feature race and now the top 8 will be inverted on the restart with fresh tires

5:37 -- The #44 car of Dillion Bassett has moved from a starting spot of 14th to 4th, he along with Pulliam and Lemons Jr. trying to overtake Peters

5:30 -- Peters still leads, Pulliam up to 3rd

5:27 -- Caution out again with a stalled car on the frontstretch

5:21 -- Finally a good green flag run and Peters looking good out front but Tommy Lemons Jr right on his bumper

5:12 -- Chad Finchum's car gets towed to the garage

5:11 -- Timothy Peters will come out of yet another caution leading the restart

4:59 -- And again caution slows things down, very small green flag runs at the moment

4:56 -- Green flag is back

4:41 -- Just as Philip Morris takes the lead, a 5-car incident involves Matt Bowling

4:47 -- Caution flag is out for first time

4:45 -- Brandon Brown stalls out after 1 lap, he started 7th

4:41 -- Pace car is out the field of 42 drivers are about to begin the 200-lap quest for $25,000

4:25 -- Chad Finchum has the pole for the feature race and had the top practice time Saturday, defending champ Philip Morris starts 4th, Timothy Peters is in Row 3 with Bruce Anderson and Matt Bowling starts 22nd...Lee Pulliam starts 7th, Deac McCaskill 10th, C.E. Falk 18th

4:16 -- The procession for the 200-lap Virginia is for Racing Lovers feature race are just about over and soon it'll be time for green flag racing, but how long will it take for a caution to come out?

3:59 -- Jarrell out after the wreck and Campbell wins and Blake Stallings in as fifth but Peyton Sellers misses out by one spot finishing 11th

3:49 -- Three straight collisions and cautions spurring from Turn 1 and finishing this last chance race is proving to be a difficult task, 2 laps to go

3:41 -- Big pile up on Turn 2 takes Trey Jarrell with it and another caution comes out with 5 laps to go in the last-chance race

3:28 -- About 15 cars get tangled in a wreck out if Turn 4, Jarrell sitting 10th, pace car stuck in a contested mess

3:18 -- 5 car wreck in Turn 2 on Lap 7 brings out the caution flag, Trey Jarrell jostling for position on the transfer line currently 13th

3:14 -- And it's green flag racing again at Martinsville Speedway

3:05 -- Last-chance race about to begin, the grid is set for the 36 drivers looking to grab 10 open spots in the feature race over a quick 20 laps...Garrett Campbell starts top, Trey Jarrell is inside on Row 4, Peyton Sellers starts 15 and Blake Stallings 18

2:38 -- 4 Heat races in the books and now a final 36-car last-chance race to round out the final 10 spots, should get interesting here for 20 laps

2:36 -- Philip Morris moves up from 10th to win the final heat race edging Lee Pulliam, Ben Rhodes gets clipped out of Turn 2 on final lap and appears out

2:32 -- Austin Thaxton's day looks as if it could be done

2:20 -- And Turn 3 wins again claiming some more victims, Giles Thorton being one of them, Annabeth Barnes also involved

2:13 -- The final heat race is about ready and two-time and defending national champ Lee Pulliam is featured along with Austin Thaxton and Philip Morris

2:05 -- Matt Waltz takes Heat race #3, Jarrell 10th and will have a decent starting position for the last-chance race coming up

1:58 -- Peyton Sellers' car is leaking something in the engine and it was on fire needing attention in the pits and dropping him from the lead in Heat #3, tough break

1:48 -- 9 cautions so far through 2 and almost half of a third heat race

1:46 -- Trey Jarrell gets unfortunately caught on the back end of a wreck coming out if Turn 4 and has some damage but in the track with still 13 laps to go needing to gain 4 spots for the transfer

1:42 -- Brandon Baker's car sustains heavy damage to the front

1:39 -- Another incident down in Turn 3

1:33 -- Heat #3 on the track and about to go green, Peyton Sellers leads the group, Trey Jarrell starts 14

1:28 -- Tommy Lemons Jr edges Timothy Peters, with McCaskill, Falk and Dillon Bassett rounding out top 5, Bowling 6th and will move on to the feature race

1:21 -- Pace car getting a work out so far In the early heat races, Petera and Bowling are 3 4 with 13 laps complete of the 20

1:12 -- 2nd caution in Turn 2 off of the restart lets try this again

1:11 -- Anderson Bowen involved with McGuire in the big Heat #1 race has been transported to Memorial Hospital for further examination and McGuire was treat in the care center and released...caution out in Heat #2 with 8 laps completed

1:04 -- Star studded field in heat race No. 2, with Deac McCaskill, Timothy Peters, C.E. Falk III and Matt Bowling

1:02 -- McGuire lifted off the back of the #27 of Mike Chambers in that accident earlier

1:00 -- Anderson clinches a berth into the feature race with a 2nd place finish in heat No. 1 and the PHCC car is in the field of 42

12:54 -- Violent collision bringing out a red flag as Michael McGuire got airborne into the fence in Turn 3, delay is over racers are being checked out

12:33 -- Just a few laps left as we come out of caution in the first heat race

12:26 -- Caution out for a 2nd time as Brian Pembleton spins in Turn 4, 14 laps complete and Bruce Anderson made a nice inside pass or the top spot on lap 7

12:17 -- Garrett Campbell in the #12 spins in Turn 2 on lap 2 for first caution

12:15 -- And we are green flag for the first time at Martinsville Speedway!

12:12 -- First qualifying heat making practice laps, 20 laps total, top time setter Chad Finchum leads pack, PHCC car driven by Bruce Anderson 2nd to start

12:05 -- Cars are finally gettin lined up for the four heat races, top 8 in each heat transfers to this afternoons 200-lap feature race

 

 
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