BARBERVILLE, FL (May 21, 2017) – Richard Murtaugh Jr. withstood a late surge from Howard Weaver and a pair of restarts with less than ten laps remaining to earn his first ever victory in a Team VLR sanctioned event in the 360 Sprint Cars at Volusia Speedway Park on Sunday night.
The driver from New York started from 4th spot, but used a great initial start to take the lead after five laps of the 40 lap main event over Pole Sitter Nick Gray. Murtaugh Jr. would then spend the rest of the event fighting off challenges from Sydney, Australia driver Brett Wheeler, and Crossville, TN's Howard Weaver to earn a close victory in a race that saw six cautions in the 40 lap event.
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BARBERVILLE, FL (May 16, 2017) – Grant Ryals proved that his first career win at VLR last Wednesday night was no fluke, as the Florida native dominated race number two on the season at Volusia Speedway Park to go back-to-back to start the season. Ryals led all 45 laps in his Team D1RT sponsored Super Late Model to take the victory at the 1/2-mile oval.
In a race that was marred by seven caution flags, Ryals was able to take command after every restart and keep the number 16 Dirt Late Model ahead of a strong running Travis Marsh.
“It's awesome to come out here at VLR and be able to win the first two races of the season,” said Ryals after the race. "We had a really good car all night and I knew if I could manage the restarts that we could win this thing. Travis was really the only one to get too close to us but for the most part it was pretty smooth sailing.
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LAKELAND, FL (May 15, 2017) — Austen Semmelmann knew that the initial start and any restarts would be crucial on Monday night at the USA Raceway in Lakeland, FL, as the World of Outlaws Team VLR Sprint Car Series visited the 3/4 mile oval. Semmelmann was able to get the jump on the initial start, and subsequently got good launches following the four cautions that occurred in order to pull away to a .0639 victory over Howard Weaver.
The veteran driver started on the pole in the main event and found Weaver hot on his heels when the caution came out on lap two of the 35 lap race involving Eric Tupper. Semmelmann was then able to weather the next three cautions to hold off Howard Weaver, who is typically known for his Dirt Late Model prowess.
“We had a great Buffalo Wild Wings 360 Sprint Car tonight here at USA," commented Semmelmann in Victory Lane. "This is one of my best tracks for sure and I thought we would have a fast car. The track was a little slick which is perfect for my driving style so you had to work the throttle more than usual. I'm just happy to get the first win out of the way in this series and hope to win many more."
Read more: Semmelmann powers to victory in Sprint Cars at USA!