Storied Virginia International Raceway, which opened fifty years ago this year hosting the likes of early road racing stars Carroll Shelby, Bob Holbert, Augie Pabst, Don Yenko, Dr. Dick Thompson, Walt Hangsen and others was the latest challenge for the V8 StockCar group. Running with the North Carolina Region SCCA at their double SARRC event, some thirty Stock Cars and GT-1 types took the green on Saturday.
The 3.27 mile circuit, still in its' original configuration, and with its' technical turns, elevation changes, high speed straights and racing history, VIR has become a "must do" for just about every serious club racer or professional alike.
For the first time in its' history the series had six different winners in the 3 classes over the two day event. North Carolina GT-1 stalwart, Scott Murphy showed up with his always "bad fast" C6 Corvette and took the Saturday pole and won the race overall, setting a new track record in the process. Jim King came home second in V8 GT-1 with Claude Saffer taking third. In V8 SPO Rich Koehler topped Lee Arnold, with Willie Mullins taking the final spot on the podium. Talented, Bryan Dobyns took V8 GTA over Bob Davis and Dave Dobyns.
On Sunday, with Murphy electing to return home to North Carolina, Bryan Dobyns took the overall pole, but suffered a mishap on the first lap putting him out of the competition and Lee Arnold in charge, in his V8 SPO Monte Carlo. Arnold did not waste the opportunity and took the overall and V8 SPO win. Claude Saffer got the V8 GT-1 win ahead of Steve Epley and Rich Eastep. Doug Sanders brought the Baucom Motorsports Monte Carlo home second in V8 SPO. Bob Davis took V8 GTA Sunday over Dan Schlickenmeyer and Dave Dobyns.
The V8 StockCar Series thanks the North Carolina Region SCCA and its' workers for the great job hosting some 400 cars for the weekend.
The Series also thanks its' partners Goodyear, Hoosier, Hoerr Racing Products, DRP, Racer Car Engineering, Roehrig Engineering, Kenco Signs, Advanced Grafix for their support.
Next up for the group is the Double SARRC on the Sebring Long Course, hosted by the Central Florida Region SCCA.