Labor Day Championship

Donnie Chappell Takes Florida Late Model Win in Labor Day Championship Finale

The Labor Day Championships wrapped up Sunday at Volusia Speedway Park with Florida Late Models, Thunderstocks, Compact 4’s and a 602 Late Model All Stars.

Florida Late Models: The Florida Late Models Visited Volusia Speedway Park on Sunday to take a shot at a $1500 pay day. The 30-car field broke into four heat races filled with stories including a win in the first heat by 13-year-old Jackson Hise. Other Heat winners included Donnie Chappell, Jared Allison, and Joe Kump.

The B-Main would set the rest of the field with four cars transferring to the A. Winner David Clegg led flag to flag and secured his spot while Adam Bennett and Steve Shead rounded out the top three. The final transfer spot was taken by Steven Stratton who edged out Dennis Williams at the line by less than two feet.

The feature race saw Donnie Chappell (above) taking the early lead and Hise running second. In lapped traffic Hise kept pace with Chappell and when a late race caution came out with five laps to go it seemed as if Hise would get one more chance to challenge for the win. When the wreck was cleared Hise’s car wouldn’t crank and he was pushed to the pits. When the race restarted Chappell continued his dominance on the night and took the checkered flag followed by Chuck Comby and Joe Kump who rounded out the top three.

Thunderstocks: The Thunderstock cars came out to take a shot at $750 tonight at Volusia Speedway Park. Twenty Cars were split into two heat races won by Ron Adams and Bubba Christianson.

In the feature Hayden McCormick jumped out to an early lead and never looked back holding off challenges from Joe Belkey after multiple cautions and taking home the win and a nice payday! Joe Belkey was second and Bubba Christianson was third.

Compact 4’s: Tonight’s Compact 4 class at Volusia Speedway Park brought in 13 cars trying to win the $250 prize money. Chuck Frater and David Costello won their heat races and in the Feature it was all Chuck Frater leading flag-to-flag. John Pedaggi finished second and David Costello brought home third.

602 Late Model All Stars: The 602 Late Model All Stars brought the stars of late model racing to Volusia Speedway Park Sunday Night with 23 cars taking the green flag for the 30 lap Feature event! Fast time was set by Shane Riner setting him up for a pole position start. After a four wide salute to the fans outside pole sitter Trey Mills, the 12 year old driver of the number 14 car took the early lead. After multiple cautions and restarts Mikey Kopka took his turn out front leading until around 10 to go when Clay Harris, last nights winner of the VSP 602 Late Models, made the outside pass and had clear sailing to a victory and a $2000 payday. Trey Mills wasn’t about to settle for third and with two laps left he used the cushion to pass Kopka and take the second position. Kopka went on to finish third and pole sitter Shane Riner was fourth.

Clay Harris Tops 602 Late Models at Labor Day Championship Opener

Two-day Labor Day Championships at Volusia Speedway Park kicked off on Saturday with 602 Late Models, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, Street Stocks and 3/4 Modifieds.

VSP 602 Late Models: The VSP 602 Late Models started off the show at VSP Saturday night. Heat race winners included Mikey Kopka, Trey Mills, and Gage Griffin setting the stage for a 27-car feature event.

Gage Griffin lead the early laps of the feature race putting several cars laps down but a mid race caution erased that lead and after two more cautions Griffin started to fade and Clay Harris (above) who started 9th drove it to the front and claimed the Victory and a cool $1,000 payday! Pole Sitter Bud Chancey hung on for second place and Trey Mills placed 3rd.

DIRTcar UMP Modifieds: The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds were back in action Saturday Night gunning for the $1,500 to win prize money. The heat races were packed with action as 35 cars took their shot to get into the A-Main. Clay Harris secured his spot winning the first heat and while Dale Kelley and Rich Pratt took home wins in the second and third heats.

The B-Main was the last chance for 11 racers to get the final four transfer spots into the A-Main. Kenny Mihalik led early but a late race spin sent him to the back ending his chances for a transfer spot. Jamie Carter assumed the lead but Ronnie Chance had the high line working and went on to take the win. Carter finished second, Patrick Vareika was third, and the final transfer spot went to Gregory Skyta.

In the A-Main it was all Seth Geary early. Geary had a comfortable lead most of the night but a late race caution allowed the pack to close the gap and put Garret Stewart back in contention for the win. After another caution with Stewart starting on the second row he was able to get around Geary and pull away from the pack keeping his win streak alive and banking $1,500.

Street Stocks: The Street Stocks visited Volusia Speedway Park for a $750 to win showdown! The heat races had this writer wondering if this was 2020 or the 1980’s as veteran racers David Showers Sr and Tuck Trentham took wins in heat one and two. Bubba Christian and David Showers Jr also won their heats.

With 33 cars there was definitely going to be a B-Main, which was led flag to flag by Sammy Hatcher. Alan Peacock took second and with a last lap pass Cory Hupp took the last transfer spot sending Josh Sanford home.

In the feature event, David Showers Jr. led flag to flag holding off challenges early from Tuck Trentham and a late race challenge from Joe Belkey winning $750 and a $250 bonus for being topless! Belkey went on to finish second and Livingood finished third. Both Belkey and Livingood also banked extra money for being topless!

3/4 Modifieds: The 3/4 Modifieds were the final feature of the night. Paul Shead won the heat race and after being collected in an early wreck was able to hold off Tim Hogan to take the Feature Win and $300!