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March 17, 2016 Posted by admin in News

Lemons Looks to Stay Hot in Twins at Myrtle Beach

Tommy Lemons, Jr. is undefeated on the 2016 season so far following wins at Myrtle Beach Speedway and Caraway Speedway on the opening two weekends of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car racing.

Now with a week away from the track Lemons readies to head back to Myrtle Beach Speedway for twin 40-lap Late Model Stock Car races in his Lemons Motorsports entry. Lemons took the lead just past halfway in the IceBreaker 200 back in February and led the final laps of the race on the way to his first victory at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

This weekend he’s hoping to continue his win streak with the twin 40-lap races on tap.

“This won’t be anything like the last race we won at Myrtle Beach,” said Lemons. “150-laps is a lot different than running twin 40-lap races. You can’t ride and wait for an opening. In this race we’ll have to be ready to attack and go after the win. I think it will be a lot different but I think we are ready for it.”

Lemons will be looking to keep his hot start going.

“We’ve had a great start this season. It’s what you want every season but we know this doesn’t come without hard work and of course eventually win streaks come to an end. We hope that won’t be this weekend but we’re pretty happy with how things have started and we’re looking forward to running strong all season long.”

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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March 8, 2016 Posted by admin in News

Tommy Lemons Goes Two for Two with Caraway Win

On Sunday afternoon March 6th Tommy Lemons, Jr. and his Lemons Motorsports team headed to Caraway Speedway for the 51st Season Opener looking to go get his second win of the young season.

Lemons put his car in the third starting position for the 150-lap race.  This was no ordinary 150-lap Late Model Stock Car race as this event and all races at Caraway Speedway this season require a two-tire pit stops at some point in the event.  Lemons and his team were prepared for the new twist in the race but unlike many teams didn’t hire a crew of “ringers” to perform pit stops.

Lemons would keep his car in position throughout the first portion of the race running in second position until a lap 65 caution waved and almost the entire field hit pit road for their mandatory two-tire pit stop.  Lemons came in second but came off of pit road in seventh position.  Lemons said it was his fault that they lost the time on pit road and not his crew.

“Me being a rookie, I got in there too far and had to turn out and left too much wheel in the car and that messed us up,” said Lemons following the race.

Once he was back in seventh position, Lemons knew he just had to be patient but wanted to get back to the front of the field as soon as possible.  He was able to bide his time and soon enough he found himself back in second position.  He was looking for the lead and on a late race restart he was able to use the outside line to wrestle the lead away.

Lemons remained in the lead despite some late race challenges and some fender banging ensued.  Lemons was able to come away unscathed though and picked up the win.

“We had a great car,” explained Lemons.  “We knew we just needed to be patient after we had the pit stop but we were able to move back up there pretty quickly.  I knew that even if we lost a few spots that the good cars would come back to the front.”

For Lemons it was a continuation of a great start to the race season as that made for the second win in eight days.  It was also the start he was looking for as he’ll race for the championship at Caraway.

“We’re going for the championship, so there’s no better way to get this season started.  My guys have given me great cars for the last two weeks and I think we’ve found something that is really working.”

Lemons will return to Caraway Speedway looking for his third win in a row on March 26th before getting ready for the first CARS Tour Series race at Southern National Motorsports Park on April 2nd.

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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Lemons Gets Season Started Off With a Win at Myrtle Beach

TROY, NC :: The IceBreaker 200 at Myrtle Beach Speedway officially kicked off the 2016 season for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Cars and Tommy Lemons, Jr. and his Lemons Motorsports team got the season started off in the best way possible.

Lemons had a fast car all weekend as he was consistently among the fastest cars in practice and qualifying but it wasn’t until the race got underway that he asserted himself as the front runner.

“We knew we had a fast car in practice,” said Lemons following his victory. “We were near the top of the charts everytime we went on the track but we knew that conserving tires and being in the lead at the end was the best strategy to win the race.”

Lemons did exactly that when the green flag waved over the race taking the lead in the early laps but relinquishing it until a lap 74 caution and subsequent restart put him in perfect position to capitalize from the outside line.

“We got the outside there on the restart and got ahead of Justin (Johnson) there and I knew it was important to not only stay in the lead but to keep the tires under us as we still had about 50 laps to go. Once he put some pressure on me I knew we had to go and I think we went at the exact right time to not give anyone else a chance.”

For Lemons the win meant two big things; One that he had brought about some redemption from last November’s second place finish in the UNOH Battle at the Beach and two that he got his season started off with a victory giving him momentum as the season begins to roll.

“I wanted to win this one pretty bad after the race last fall,” comment Lemons. “It’s redemption for us to get this one and what a way to start this season started. To get a win to open the season is big for our team.”

Lemons will celebrate the win with his team but he’ll be turning his focus to the season opening race at Caraway Speedway soon as he looks to contend for the championship and starts out the season on Sunday, March 6th.

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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Lemons Looks to Get Season Off to a Fast Start at Myrtle Beach

TROY, NC :: Tommy Lemons, Jr. had a great 2015 season picking up three wins on the season including a victory in the prestigious Martinsville race but in 2016 he’s looking to get off to a quick start with a victory as early as February 27th.

Lemons 2016 season will kick off on Saturday evening in the IceBreaker 200 at Myrtle Beach Speedway and coming off a second place finish in last fall’s UNOH Battle at the Beach he’s excited to get back to the beach.

“We had a great car here last fall,” said Lemons. “Finishing second was disappointing. We had a car to win and we think we’ll have a car to win this weekend. It’d be great to get the season started off with a victory.”

Lemons has a jam packed schedule of races this season but Myrtle Beach is a track he’s never won at but been in contention to win several times.

“We just haven’t been able to close the deal at Myrtle Beach,” continued Lemons. “We’ve been in contention at the end of the races several times but things just haven’t fallen our way. With the gritty surface on the track it races different than almost every other track we go to. It comes down to strategy more than speed and we’ve just not hit the perfect combination yet even though we were really close last year.”

Lemons will compete in this weekend’s IceBreaker 200 and then he’ll head to his unofficial home track at Caraway Speedway next Sunday, March 6th as he begins to chase his first championship at his home track.

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 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.

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August 10, 2015 Posted by admin in News

Lemons Dominates Motor Mile for Second Win of 2015

TROY, NC :: Tommy Lemons, Jr. dominated the first of two twin features at Motor Mile Speedway on Saturday night August 8th, picking up his second win of the season.

Lemons has been poised to get back to victory lane since his early July breakthrough win at Caraway Speedway in the Rusty Harpe Memorial. Circumstances had kept him from winning several races in the last month despite having a car capable of winning but, on Saturday night, he finished the job and got back to victory lane. Lemons led 73 laps en route to the victory in the first of twin races.

“The guys had the car near perfect,” Lemons said following the race. “We’ve had good cars here all season and something has always kept us from being able to get to victory lane but not tonight. This is a good win for us. You always want to win at Motor Mile given the level of competition that competes here week in and week out.”

Lemons capped off the night with a second place finish in the second and final race of the night.

“To get one win and a second place finish tonight is awesome,” Lemons commented. “We would have rather won them both but we needed the runs we got tonight. This team can win any given week and I’m just thankful I’m the one in the drivers seat.”

Lemons will return to Motor Mile Speedway for his next event of the season on August 22nd. He will be looking to get back to victory lane and keep the wins coming.

“We want to get more wins as we finish up the 2015 season,” remarked Lemons. “This team should have had more wins already but little things have kept us from it. Motor Mile is a place where we can get on a roll late and really get some momentum headed into the bigger races at the end of the season.”

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 atwww.tommylemonsjr.com.

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May 21, 2015 Posted by admin in News

Tommy Lemons, Jr. Looks to Change Winless Season at Southern National

In the first two months of the 2015 racing season, victory has eluded Tommy Lemons, Jr. in several ways.  Lemons has found himself leading races only to be swept up in accidents and found himself running in unfamiliar territory in other races.

To date, the best finish Lemons has scored is a second place finish which came in his most recent start at Langley Speedway on May 16th.

“So far, we’ve been a little bit too slow,” Lemons said of his season.  “We had a pretty good car in Kenly and got shuffled back on a restart on the outside.  We lost power steering at Orange County.  We didn’t have forward drive at Hickory.  We’ve got to work on it and get better for the Southern National race on May 30th.  We’ve got a little monkey on our back but hopefully we’ll shake it soon.”

Lemons has been running regularly in the Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) Late Model Stock Tour where he entered as a preseason favorite but, so far, he has only scored one top-five finish, a fifth in the series debut at Southern National on March 28th.  His past success at Southern National gives him reason to be optimistic about the upcoming race on Saturday, May 30th.

“I feel like we should have a good piece at Southern National,” Lemons remarked.  “Should be better than the first race.  I think we’re finally getting this new car figured out to some degree and, once we get it where we need it, we’ll be able to contend.  We used to struggle at Southern National.  We finally kept beating our head and figured some stuff out.”

At Orange County Speedway, Lemons fought a power steering leak and still finished in the sixth position.   The most recent CARS Tour race, which was held at Hickory Motor Speedway, brought frustration to Lemons.  Trying to salvage a top-10 run, he was involved in a late race incident with another driver and ended up having to settle for a 16th place finish.  Despite that, Lemons feels he’s not out of contention in any way.

“We’ve got a long way to go.  We rack up a few wins and keep the car in one piece and we’ll be alright.”

Last Saturday night, Lemons had his best night of the season, scoring a third place finish and a second place finish at Langley Speedway.  He had raced at Langley Speedway on April 4th and qualified on the pole but, while running second and battling for the lead, Lemons slipped in some oil and slammed the wall ending his most legitimate chance at victory thus far this season.  Lemons’ return to Langley, which resulted in two podium finishes, gives him peace of mind as he sets his sights on the Hampton Heat 200 on July 25th.

To date, Lemons has four top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes in the 2015 season.

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.

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March 10, 2015 Posted by admin in News

Lemons to Attempt Championship Run in CARS Tour

Lucama, NC — Tommy Lemons, Jr. has become one of the biggest names in Late Model Stock Car racing.  Now, he hopes to continue his progression with a championship in the brand new Championship Auto Racing Series (CARS) Late Model Stock Tour.

Last season Lemons, 28, from Troy, North Carolina, won the track championship at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina.  That track championship came nearly one year after his big win in Late Model Stock Car racing’s biggest event, the Valley Star Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia.

This season, Lemons will face several new challenges, running at new tracks and in a brand new tour with a new rules package.

“We’re going to try to run that full deal for the CARS Tour and I think that will be really good for us Late Model guys that like to travel,” Lemons said.  “It seems like they’re going to pump the money into it.  It looks like it’s going to turn out really well.  On the off weekends, we’re still going to run some NASCAR stuff at all the racetracks, go places we haven’t been and go places we’ve been to and had success.  Hopefully, keep everything rolling really well.”

The rules package in the CARS Tour will allow for bump stops and coil-binding, something Lemons has never done.  He spent several hours on Monday testing at Southern National Motorsports Park, the track that will host the series debut, with bump stops and a coil-binding setup.

“It’s definitely a different ballgame for us,” Lemons remarked.  “We never ran the UARA when they did bump stops and coil binding.  Our learning curve’s got to go pretty fast.  The first race is in three weeks here at Southern National.  I don’t think we’re too bad.  I think we can be a lot better.  It’s the first time I’ve ever been on bump stops so I feel like we’ve got a pretty good starting point.  I feel like there’s a lot left in it as well.

While the first race being run at the track Lemons won the championship at in 2014 should be somewhat of an advantage, the veteran knows he will also have some tough competition with drivers such as Jamey Caudill and other veterans who have experience running bump stops and coil-binding setups from their experience in the now defunct UARA-STARS tour.

“Jamey will definitely be tough,” Lemons stated.  “He’s proven that here.  He has 101 victories here or something like that.  That speaks for itself.  Plus, he’s got some experience with bump stops and coil-binding and stuff like that from UARA.  We’re going to dig and hopefully we’ll be in victory lane.”

Despite not having that experience, Lemons said he would not be running in the CARS Tour if he didn’t think he could contend for the championship.

Along with the CARS Tour, Lemons will race at South Boston Speedway in the track’s season opener on Saturday and will travel to other venues this season, including Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia where he plans race in the Hampton Heat 200. Lemons’ appearance in the Hampton Heat 200 will have him running all four of the crowned jewel events in Late Model Stock Car racing — which consists of Langley Speedway, the Valley Star Credit Union 300 at Martinsville Speedway, the Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway and the Thanksgiving All-Star Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park.

“We’ve never been to Langley so hopefully we can sneak off up there a time or two before the Hampton Heat and give it a whirl.  I’ve heard a lot of good things about Langley but never been there.  I’d like to get up there before I hang up my driver’s suit but hopefully that is still a few years away.  I just want to go to places we haven’t been. It will help Jumpstart Motorsports and my guys as well. We’re trying to promote Jumpstart Motorsports more and fill a seat or two. Traveling to different tracks gives us that much more experience to put into our Driver Development program.”

Last season, Lemons finished inside the top-10 in the three crowned jewel events he competed in.  Lemons’ tentative 2015 schedule can be seen on his website at www.tommylemonsjr.com.

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

Tommy Lemons, Jr. celebrates his track championship at Southern National Motorsports Park (Photo credit: Alicia Hackett/Frameworks Photography)
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Lemons Seals the Deal at Southern National

Troy, NC – Tommy Lemons, Jr. went into the championship weekend at Southern National Motorsports Park on September 12, 2014 with four wins and 12 podium finishes in the tracks previous 19 events.   The impressive consistency of his season put him in position to walk away with the track championship barring no catastrophic events; but if you thought Lemons would play it safe this weekend to ensure his track title, you may have been the only one.

In Southern National’s last event on August 30th, Lemons openly discussed his displeasure with his third place finish exclaiming “this sucks” in his post-race interview.  With Lemons there is only one goal, “we race to win, that’s it. I don’t look at the points, if we are winning races the points will work out.”  Fortunately with Lemons’ standards set so high even when not winning or in his opinion, has a “bad” night, he is still finishing in the top three.

Championship weekend consisted of three Late Model Stock races:  a 35-Lap Shootout on Friday night followed by Twin-75s on Saturday.  Friday seemed to be shaping up well as Lemons was the fastest in practice but the “Shootout” didn’t follow normal racing procedures.  Instead of lining up by qualifying or practice times, drivers lined up in the position of a random number they drew out of a hat.  Lemons drew seventh and immediately knew he had his work cut out for him.  The short 35 lap race proved to be slightly too short for Lemons to make up the ground from his mid-field starting position as he crossed the finish line seconddeclaring, “we needed a caution or a few more laps, the car was fast, we just ran out of time.”

Heavy rain in the area postponed Saturday’s scheduled races until Sunday.  Lemons qualified third and went on to finish third in the first Twin-75 lap race.  Although he was not happy with his finish, it padded his points total enough to be declared the 2014 Southern National Motorsports Park Late Model Stock Champion!  In the second race Lemons led 50 of 75 laps but lost the lead after a late race caution, going on to finish second.

“It’s good to finally win a Track Championship, we’ve been close a few times and they always seem to slip away. That’s why I stopped looking at points years ago. We’ve had a pretty good season here at Southern National, four wins is ok but I want more!”  When asked how he would celebrate his first career track championship Lemons said in true racer’s fashion, “Hopefully in victory lane in Martinsville! … I have the best crew and support a guy could ask for, were not slowing down yet!  We’ll carry momentum from this to Motor Mile next weekend and then prep for Martinsville.”

Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia will host the final two races of the Dirty Dozen (DD) series on September 20th. Currently second in the DD points series, Lemons will strive to close the gap between himself and points leader Lee Pulliam.  Then it’s on to the infamous Martinsville Speedway on October 5th in Martinsville, Virginia where he will be racing as then defending race winner of the Martinsville DuPont Credit Union 300.

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

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