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October 12, 2015 Posted by admin in News

Lemons Becomes Two-Time Martinsville Late Model Winner

TROY, NC :: Tommy Lemons, Jr. came to Martinsville Speedway this past weekend in search for another grandfather clock, the trophy that the track gives to it’s Sunday race winners. He left with another one and etched his name further into the Late Model Stock Car history books.

Lemons qualified ninth for the Valley Star Credit Union 300 on Saturday after practicing among the fastest of the 80 cars that attempted to make the 42-car field. Lemons started the first heat race from the third position and finished fourth to transfer himself into the 200-lap main event. That put him starting in the 12th position for the Valley Star Credit Union 300.

Lemons having experience in this race and being a former winner knew that surviving this race and being in the right place at the right time was the best strategy. Taking that experience he found himself a safe spot to ride and for the first 150-laps he just kept his car in one piece and was riding in the eighth position when the mandatory caution waved at lap 150.

The “blind draw” for the invert at lap 150 turned out to be an eight putting Lemons at the front of the field for the restart. From there Lemons never relinquished the lead and held off a strong challenge at the finish including contact coming out of turn four to win his second Valley Star Credit Union 300.

“We had a good clean race,” said Lemons following the race. “Once we got inverted to the pole for the final 50-laps, I was planning to do everything I could to stay there. We had several different people challenge us for the top spot but we were able to stay in the lead to the finish.”

Lemons’ 2015 season hasn’t been the best. He’s been up and down with momentum and only had two wins to his credit but this win trumps all of that.

“We haven’t had the best season. We’ve had a lot of bad luck at bad times. Getting this win makes it all worth it though. There’s only one race a year at Martinsville and for the next year we’ll be the driver everyone remembers winning it.”

Making the win even more special is the fact that Lemons and his wife Laura are expecting their first baby in about a month.

“To win this race this year with us expecting our first child makes it even more special to win here. This will be a memory we’ll have for a long time.”

Lemons will take some time to celebrate this win as his next event won’t take place until November 1st at Hickory Motor Speedway for the CARS Tour Series finale.

Lemons is supported by Lemons Backhoe, Colonial LP Gas, Hedgecock Racing Enterprises, John West Racing Engines and Robinwood Enterprises. For more information on Tommy Lemons, Jr. or the Lemons Motorsports team, check out their website at www.tommylemonsjr.com.

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October 10, 2015 Posted by admin in News

Lemons Looking for Second Grandfather Clock at Martinsville

TROY, NC :: Tommy Lemons, Jr. is no stranger to Martinsville Speedway. He’s seen the highs and the lows over the years but this year he’s looking to take home another grandfather clock.

Lemons picked up his first career Martinsville Speedway win in the fall of 2013 in the Valley Star Credit Union 300 and after testing two weeks ago for this years event his confidence is high heading into this weekends race.

“I’m always ready to come to Martinsville,” commented Lemons. “This is a place as a racer of any kind of car you’re excited to come to but after you win a race here, it’s even more special and makes you want it even more.”

The format for the Valley Star Credit Union has changed once again but Lemons feels like it’s still going to be the same kind of race.

“This is Martinsville. There’s 75-80 guys coming here with the dream of winning at this race track and only a couple have done it. So they can throw whatever format they want at us and throw a caution whenever they want, invert the field and it’s still going to be the best guys dueling for the honor of winning here.”

This years race is a 200-lap event featuring a 42-car starting field which is set by European (group) qualifying, three heat races and a last chance race. The race won’t be stopped at halfway like in years past and there won’t be a mandatory competition caution with 10-laps to go. Instead there will be a 50-lap shootout to the finish with the field being stopped at lap 150 and a random invert of the leaders.

Lemons victory in 2013 solidified him as one of the top Late Model Stock Car racers of this era but he wants to put his name on that list twice and really make a name for himself.

“This is the kind of place that makes race car drivers. Richard Petty, David Pearson, Dale Earnhardt and many others have won here. Not many Late Model drivers can say they’ve won here and even fewer can say they’ve won it more than once. That’s a list I want to be on.”

Lemons is supported by Lemons Backhoe, Colonial LP Gas, Hedgecock Racing Enterprises, John West Racing Engines. For more information on Tommy Lemons, Jr. or the Lemons Motorsports team, check out their website at www.tommylemonsjr.com.