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Old 05-10-2013, 09:03 AM   #1
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Crane Cams V8 StockCar Racers Round Four at VIR

It was nearly ten years ago, May 8 2004 to be exact, when the checker fell on the first V8 Series race at legendary Virginia International Raceway.
The first series winner that day was Thomasville, North Carolina's Scott Murphy. Murphy, then as now, excited those in attendance with his "slideways" driving style, hopping curbs and four wheel drifting his Pontiac Grand Prix through the esses, around Oak Tree and then booming down the long back straight at over 170 mph. Murphy went on to more wins in the series in both stock cars and his GT-1 Corvette. Murphy still competes on occasion and we fully expect him to be in his fast ex Michael Waltrip Pennzoil Grand Prix this May when the series returns to VIR. As always, Scott will be a favorite to cross the finish line first.
During the years since Murphy's win, the series has grown from one stock car class to four total. Today GTA and SPO stock cars compete along with the GT-1 and GT-2 sports cars. In 2012 Crane Cams came on board as the title sponsor of the series and they return in 2013.
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:52 AM   #2
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Deja Vu All Over Again, Ten season later, Murphy Does it Aga

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Virginia International Raceway, the beautiful, challenging, and iconic circuit just down the road from historic Danville, Virgina was the perfect setting for the V8 StockCar Series inaugural race back in 2004. From the lush, park like grounds, the historic inn, to the fabled course where road racing legends like Carroll Shelby, Augie Pabst, Don Yenko, Dr. Dick Thompson, Walt Hangsen and others turned the first laps in anger, VIR has been the stuff of legends. Shelby won that first race at VIR in 1957, adding to his already burgeoning legend.

Thomasville, North Carolina's Scott Murphy in his late model Pontiac Grand Prix took home the trophy that day, May 8, 2004 to become the Series' first winner. Murphy, always a tough, determined competitor at any track is especially difficult to beat at his home track of VIR.

Saturday Morning's qualifying round went off at 11:50 am with Dillon Machavern setting the track ablaze in the Heritage Motorsports Ford Falcon, Dillon destroyed dad Dave's four year old Porterfield Ent GT-1 track record with a 1:52.485 clocking. Steve Minghenelli grabbed the Pitboxes.com SPO top spot over Ken Morgan and Scott Murphy with a 1:59.152. Russ Snow in his MD Racing Corvette took out the old track record of Steve Epley in the LG Motorsports GT-2 class with a fine 2.00.162. Ron Fariss was the Howe Racing GTA fast guy, coming home in 2:00.745, also a new record.

The green dropped on Saturday's race late in the afternoon with Dillon Machavern setting the pace in his Riggins Competition built re-creation of a 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint. Dillon, the talented seventeen year old from Charlotte, Vermont has taken up where his four time V8 Series champion dad, Dave left off winning races, and setting track records. There was a heated battle going on in Pitboxes.com SPO with Minghenelli, Murphy, Morgan, Willie Mullins and Robert Stanford all laying down some fast laps. Murphy, got by Minghenelli and Morgan early and was on a mission to recreate his "first ever" V8 Series win from 2004. Once in the clear, Murphy began pulling away from the others at more than a second a lap rate. There was also a shootout going on in Howe Racing GTA with Bob Davis, Randy Walker and John Morgan the protagonists. Davis, on his home track in his late model is especially tough, but Walker and Morgan were not making it easy on him.

Russ Snow lead the LG Motorsports GT-2 contingent, lowering his own new track record in the process with a blistering 1:59.580 in his diabolical looking black C5 Corvette.

At the Checker, Machavern was all alone at front, setting another new series track record in the process. Scott Murphy, running laps in the 1:58 range in his PennZoil Pontiac Grand Prix, pulled away from Minghenelli and Morgan, crossing the line more than fifteen seconds in front of his closest challengers to take the Pitboxes.com SPO win, ten seasons after his win in the inaugural race for the series. Willie Mullins (Ford Fusion) and Robert Stanford (Dodge Challenger) were next in Mullins Racing prepped rides.

Bob Davis took the Howe Racing GTA win over Randy Walker and John Morgan. Walker battled a balky tranny over the last few laps but held on for second a couple seconds back with Morgan right on his tail.

Sunday qualifying found Dillon Machavern out front erasing his V8 Series track record from Saturday with a 1:51.988. Ken Morgan grabbed the top spot in V8 SPO with his 1:59.462 clocking. Scott Murphy was about a second back at 2:00.696, with Robert Stanford and Willie Mullins grabbing the fourth and fifth overall spots. Randy Walker unloaded his back up car (Monte Carlo) for Sunday as the tranny in his Howe Camaro had lost a gear. Walker made good use of his spare putting it on the GTA pole. Russ Snow again grabbed the GT-2 top spot.

Sunday's race was more of the same at the point as Machavern cruised away from the field, cutting consistent laps around 1:52. Ken Morgan was the class of the Pitboxes.com SPO crowd with Murphy being a no show to the grid. Robert Stanford had a fine run in his beautiful Dodge Challenger coming home second in class to Morgan. Randy Walker picked up another Howe Racing GTA class win with Bob Davis coming home second and John Morgan third. John Haynesworth grabbed the GT-2 win with Anne Keller second and Mike Schlickenmyer third.
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