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Here’s where they qualified for the 2018 ValleyStar Credit Union 300 (and their motors)

11 PM UPDATE: Three drivers fail tech.

Qualifying at Martinsville took place in a group format with Stacy Puryear ultimately securing the pole for the Late Model Stock race in Virginia Saturday night.

FRONT ROW

Lemons Jr., who qualified second, said starting on the front row is an advantage this year. He said tire strategy will be important now that it’s left up to the teams.

Puryear said winning the pole is “one of the greatest days” of his racing career. “It’s an awesome feeling to sit on the pole,” Puryear said.

Lemons said for him, it’s been an off year for him. “We put our heads down in the past month,” he said of gearing up for Martinsville. He added that the dew in Martinsville plays a big factor in racing at the paperclip.

Puryear knew he had a fast car, but didn’t expect to win the pole. “I am still amazed and very thankful.”

Puryear and his family wore gold lettered shirts, and spoke out about childhood cancer. “To see all those little kids with cancer, it breaks my heart. We need to spend more time and more effort on trying to find a cure for cancer.” He said to be able to come to a race track, not have an ailment and do what you love is a blessing, and not to take life for granted.

MOTORS:

And… Short Track Scene Twitter followers wanted to know which motors everyone is running, and we got most of them. CU is the Chevy Upgrade crate motor, known as the spec motor, and the HE stands for the Herrington motor. People are curious about which motor drivers are running in terms of competition advantage or disadvantage.

Unofficial results:

  1. Stacy Puryear HE
  2. Tommy Lemons HE
  3. Philip Morris CU
  4. Bobby McCarty HE (UPDATE: REAR CAMBER FAILED TECH. WILL START FROM THE REAR.)
  5. Josh Berry HE
  6. Matt Bowling HE (UPDATE: REAR CAMBER FAILED TECH. WILL START FROM THE REAR.)
  7. Todd Gilliand HE (UPDATE: REAR CAMBER FAILED TECH. WILL START FROM THE REAR.)
  8. Brandon Pierce HE
  9. Mike Durne HE
  10. Lee Pulliam CU (switched to HE before qualifying)
  11. Layne Riggs CU
  12. Ryan Millington CU
  13. Dexter Canipe Jr. HE
  14. CE Falk CU
  15. Jeff Oakley HE
  16. Kyle Benjamin HE
  17. Woody Howard CU
  18. Kres Vandyke HE
  19. Ty Gibbs HE
  20. Mason Diaz HE
  21. Trevor Ward HE
  22. Ryan Repko HE
  23. Timothy Peters HE
  24. Grayson Cullather
  25. Kevin Neal HE
  26. Peyton Sellers CU
  27. Trevor Noles HE
  28. Tyler Hughes HE
  29. Bubba Pollard HE
  30. RD Smith HE
  31. Myatt Snider CU
  32. Thomas Scott CU
  33. Colin Garrett CU
  34. Derrick Lancaster
  35. Bruce Anderson CU
  36. Travis Swain CU
  37. Jeremy Buess HE
  38. Brendan Queen CU
  39. Corey Heim CU
  40. Justin Carroll HE
  41. David Scites CU
  42. Camden Gullie HE
  43. Austin Thaxton CU
  44. Justin Hicks HE
  45. Matt Leichht
  46. Sam Mayer HE
  47. Zack Clifton
  48. Mini Tyrell CU
  49. Cameron Bowen
  50. Mike Looney CU
  51. Jimmy Mullens CU
  52. Kevin Leicht
  53. Nik Williams CU
  54. Anna Beth Crum CU

3 drivers kicked to the back after failing tech at Martinsville

Fambro is a news reporter in Alabama and assists in coverage with Short Track Scene whenever possible.

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