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Ray Young Has Chance For First Late Model Track Title Martinsville, VA---Ray Young may finally get his first Late Model Stock track championship this season after just missing titles three times. Young won last Friday night at...

Ray Young Has Chance For First Late Model Track Title

Martinsville, VA---Ray Young may finally get his first Late Model Stock track championship this season after just missing titles three times. Young won last Friday night at Ace Speedway and extended his points lead from 16 to 30 points over Richard Landreth, Jr. going into the final points race of the season this Friday night at Ace. Young has finished second in the final track standing three times at New River Valley Speedway and he lost all three championships by a total of just 26 points. Despite a 30 point lead going into this Friday’s race at 8 p.m., Young has a challenge ahead of him. Ace Speedway has the top seven qualifiers draw for starting positions one through seven, but worst yet for Young the winner of the previous race automatically starts eighth unless the driver qualifies out of the top eight. "We kicked off the season down here by winning the pole and led the whole race, because they couldn’t invert the first race. We could have won probably more races this year if they weren’t inverting." Young probably could have won more considering he has six poles this season. But the inversion system has worked well considering nine different drivers have won Late Model races this year at ACE. "On a weekly basis it’s tough not to start where you qualified, but it makes a good show for the fans," said the driver of the Packaging Products Pontiac. Young will be one of more than 100 drivers that will face a similar inversion in the Taco Bell 300 on Sunday, September 26. The Taco Bell 300 has two inversions, one at lap 100 and again at lap 150, of the top drivers and the caution is waved at lap 190 to put the lapped cars in the back of the field for the final 10-lap shootout. The Taco Bell 300 pays $25,000 to win and a $2,500 BB&T Award is given to the leader at lap 100 and 150. Young said he doesn’t mind the inversions. "When you go to Martinsville for a big show, normally your big buck teams and the guys that run good week in week out are up front and they don’t mind an inversion. I don’t mind inversions at Martinsville especially last year we came out on the good end of the stick every time," he said. In the 1998 Taco Bell 300, Young led 84 of the 209 laps including laps 151 to 203 before Dexter Canipe passed Young with six laps to go when Young’s brakes failed. The inversions did go Young’s way as he was sixth at lap 100 and the inversion placed him in first for the restart. Then at lap 150, he was seventh and the top eight cars were inverted leaving Young in second place for the restart. Young finished the race in seventh position after his brake pedal went to the floor going into the first turn on lap 203. For now, Young is hoping to win the Ace championship. "It’s been a fantastic season for us. I just want to get this race over with. I have led points races only to come up short having lost three points titles by a total of just 26 points. That’s hard to sallow," said the Bassett, Va. resident. "I lost two to Jeff Agnew in the past and one to Rick Sigmon last year, but that’s just part of racing. I’m not to good to live with right now. You can ask my wife that. All in all if the good Lord wants me to win it I will. I’ve been putting a lot of faith in him here lately." Young said Ace Speedway would be a great place to win a championship because of the tough competition. "There have been 48 different Late Model drivers competing at Ace this year," Young said. "You have Richard Landreth, R.D. Smith, Robert Turner, Keith Woody, Todd Massey, and Donnie Apple. I mean this is a star-studded field. More than likely all of those people will be in the Taco Bell 300. We are not short on competition here." The Taco Bell 300 weekend opens with a practice day on Thursday, September 23 with registration beginning at 7 a.m. Testing will be from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The grandstand will be open and fans can watch testing free of charge. On Friday, September 24, registration and inspection begin at 7 a.m. and a practice session will be held if time is available. Qualifying is set for Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m. and tickets are just $5. The Taco Bell 300 gets underway at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 26 with four 25-lap qualifying races before the 200-lap feature race. Adult tickets for the Taco Bell 300 are $20 and tickets for children ages 6-12 are only $5. All seats are unreserved and tickets can be purchased by calling the Martinsville Speedway ticket office at (540) 956-3151.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Richard Landreth , Jeff Agnew