Race 9 & 10
Race 9 & 10
Race 9
Race 10
Race 9 & 10

V8 StockCar's Excellent VIR Adventure

It is always a treat for the V8 StockCar Series racers to return to what many consider the greatest road racing facility in the United States, Virginia International Raceway. The picturesque, 3.27 mile, 18 turn circuit provides thrills and chills that few tracks can match.
Add in the near perfect racing weather, four groundpounding classes of V8 race cars and some great competition and you have one terrific weekend of motorsports for drivers and fans alike.

In Saturday qualifying, Charlotte, Vermont's Dave Machavern once again put his Heritage Motorsports Corvette on the overall and V8 GT-1 class pole with a record setting 1:54.2 clocking over Clint Thomas and Bill Smith in their winged stock cars. The V8 GT2 contingent was led by Maysville, NC's Steve Epley in his beautiful red C6 Z06 Corvette. VIR hot shoe Scott Murphy, the overall pole sitter a year ago in his Corvette, brought out his ex Johnny Benson NASCAR CUP Pontiac Grand Prix and easily took the V8 SPO class pole. ARRC winner Ron Fariss edged out Kurt Roehrig and his brand new V8 GTA ride for the class top spot by just three one-thousand's

At the drop of the green on Saturday Machavern roared off with Thomas and Smith in hot pursuit. Thomas, somewhat unexpectedly was hanging tough with Machavern, the former Grand Am Rolex GTS champion, challenging him at almost every corner. Smith, not far behind, was pushing hard and on lap three went off in turn one eventuallly causing issues that would soon end his day. Machavern kept clicking off consistent fast laps and began to pull away from the determined Thomas. Thomas was later DQ'd for sound handing Leesburg, Virginia's Jim Mcaleese second in his C5 Corvette. In V8 GT2, Steve Epley ran one of his best races ever, cutting fast, precise laps and easily outdistanced the field mostly made up of Corvette's.

In V8 SPO, Thomasville, NC's Scott Murphy was on his "home turf" in one of the fastest road race stock cars anywhere and he was having it all his way. Lee Arnold and Paul Breehne battled hard for second, with Arnold prevailing at the checker.

V8 GTA looked to be a barnburner between Fariss and Roehrig, and it was for a couple laps, however both succumbed to mechanical maladies leaving the door open for Herndon, VA's Rob Moriss to grap his first win in his series debut.

The weekend was also the debut of V8Radio on the RaceTalkRadio.com network. Race reporter Doc Love was enjoying working his first road race and did a great job keeping up with the on track action and later interviewed our winners, sponsors, and other competitors in Victory Lane.

Sunday Morning, Machavern put his Riggins Competition built and prepped 'Vette on the overall pole again. Steve Epley made it two for two for Corvette setting the standard for V8 GT2. Murphy and his 800 plus horsepower Grand Prix grapped the V8 SPO pole with
a 1:58 and change clocking, beating out Rich Koehler and Lee Arnold.

Clint Thomas and Smith were unable to make Sunday's show leaving Machavern to put on a clinic for everyone else, easily winning overall. In V8 SPO, Murphy and Koehler pulled away from Arnold, Soucy and Breehne. On lap 6 Koehler, who had just cut the class' fast lap had an off ending his day, leaving no one to challenge Murphy and he was home free for the win. Lee Arnold grapped second in the class with Phil Soucy third and Paul Breehne fourth.

In V8 GTA Lexington, Kentucky's Randy Walker followed up with his second win of the year after breaking out at PBIR in February.

The V8 Series racers will return to action in July at another track where you have to "man up," the double tough Road Atlanta circuit.

The V8 Series thanks its' marketing partners: SCCA, North Carolina Region, VIR, RaceTalkRadio.com, TrackTek Race Fuels,Hoosier, Goodyear, Mo's Gold,Howe, FiveStar, RaceCar Engineering, DRP, RacingJunk.com, Roehrig-Enders, GrassRoots Motorsports Magazine, Racing Limo's, Dash Racewear, SaferRacer, Randy Lajoie and Hess Racing Products.