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December 4, 2013 Posted by admin in News

Stallard Finishes Ninth in Debut for Lemons Motorsports

TROY, NC :: Lemons Motorsports development driver Craig Stallard clinched a solid top 10 finish in his debut race.  Stallard finished 9th in the Thanksgiving All-Star Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park on November 30th.

“We couldn’t be more proud of his efforts,” said team owner Tommy Lemons. “A top 10 finish in his first race with us proves that our hard is paying off.”

With 44 of the best Late Model Stock cars on hand and only 32 starting spots available, making the race would be a great accomplishment.  Only the top 10 qualifiers would be locked into the main event; leaving the remaining 34 drivers to battle it out in a series of heat races and a last chance race.  While Stallard laid down an impressive qualifying time it was not enough to take a top 10 spot. He would field the No.42 Lemons Motorsports Chevrolet in the first heat race of the night, logging priceless seat time as he adjusted to his new car and team.  Stallard then found himself in unfamiliar territory.  He would start from the pole position in the last chance race and hold a commanding lead over the field for more than 30 laps.  Stallard would relinquish the lead on a restart after a late race caution.  “No need to push the issue,” Stallard said, “I knew we would advance to the main race and I wanted to save my car for that.”

Staring from the 26th position, Stallard and the crew had their work cut out for them but remained positive throughout the day and began to pick up positions one by one.  Stallard managed to avoid several wrecks and had advanced to the 18th position by the halfway beak.  The second half proved dicier than the first but Stallard was able to battle though several restarts to finish 9th.  “The car was better than finish; if I had qualified better I could have saved more for late in the race.”  “Our goals for this weekend were to get as much seat time as possible, to bring the car home in one piece, and to finish in the top 10.  The No.42 crew accomplished all three and we are looking forward to carrying this momentum into next season.  2014 can’t get here fast enough!” said Stallard following the race.

Stallard is supported by Lemons Motorsports, Hedgecock Racing Enterprises, Family Drug, and Performance Automotive.  For more information on the Lemons Motorsports team, check out their website at www.tommylemonsjr.com.

 

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Tommy Lemons, Jr. Looks Ahead to Thanksgiving Classic After Fifth Place Finish at Myrtle Beach

TROY, NC (November 27, 2013) – Tommy Lemons, Jr. is now looking ahead to the Thanksgiving Classic where he hopes to bookend the 2013 racing season with a victory after scoring a fifth place finish in the Myrtle Beach 400 on Sunday.

Lemons started Sunday’s 200-lap race in the 15th position.  Like most drivers, Lemons spent much of the race saving his tires up to mount a late race charge for the victory.  In the closing laps, Lemons charged towards the front of the field and worked his way up to a top-10 position.

“We just needed time,” Lemons said.  “My timing wasn’t right.  We waited a little bit too long to go there in the second half.  I kind of let my guys down.  We really had a good car.  I’m not going to say we had a winning car but we had a really good car and I just let them down.”

Lemons was able to avoid a series of incidents in the closing laps, one of which on the second Green-White-Checkered attempt of the race which ended the race.

“I couldn’t tell anything (about what happened in front of me) from where I was at,” Lemons remarked.  “I just seen smoke and the spotter started hollering about keep it low so I don’t know what happened.”

Lemons went on to finish fifth.  Now, Lemons looks ahead to Southern National and the final race of the 2013 season and the final special event.  He hopes to finish the season in Victory Lane at a track he’s won at three times this season.

“We didn’t do too badly in special events,” Lemons stated.  “We’ve had a win, a second and a fifth.  We’ve got one more to go.  If we can get a win at Southern National, we’ll cap off a pretty good year.”

Lemons has scored seven wins, 34 top-five finishes and 39 top-10 finishes on the 2013 season to date with only one race remaining.  Practice, qualifying and heat races which will set the field for the Thanksgiving All-Star Classic will be held on Saturday with the 200-lap Late Model Stock Car race in the Thanksgiving All-Star Classic will be held on Sunday, December 1st at 3pm.  RACE22.com will have coverage of the race.

Lemons is supported by Freaker USA, Lemons Backhoe, Hedgecock Racing Enterprises, Kowlasky Racing Engines, and Sellers Racing. 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 18, 2013 Posted by admin in News

Lemons Motorsports Launches Driver Development Program

TROY, NC :: Lemons Motorsports is proud to announce the inception of their Driver Development program which will field a new car and welcome a new driver to the team for the Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park and the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American season.

After a successful 2013 season with Tommy Lemons, Jr. finishing 7th in the National points standings and winning the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway the team decided it was time to capture that momentum and expand their racing enterprise.

Craig Stallard of Jenkins, Kentucky is poised to propel Lemons Motorsports into the competitive ranks of well-established multi-car driver development operations. “We are thrilled to have Craig and his family join Lemons Motorsports. The talented addition will allow us to expand our efforts at tracks throughout the southeast and continue to build upon our team’s success,” said Lemons.

Craig Stallard has been running Late Model Stock cars for more than six years and has collected top ten finishes at multiple tracks including Motor Mile Speedway, Southern National Motorsports Park and Lonesome Pine Raceway.

Stallard will pilot the No.42 Chevrolet Impala with the support of Performance Automotive and Lemons Motorsports.

Lemons is supported by Freaker USA, Lemons Backhoe, Hedgecock Racing Enterprises, Kowlasky Racing Engines, and Sellers Racing. 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 7, 2013 Posted by admin in News

Lemons Overcomes Adversity to Win Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300

TROY, NC (October 7, 2013) – Tommy Lemons, Jr. scored the biggest win of his racing career and the biggest win of the Late Model Stock Car racing season in Sunday’s Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300.  Lemons led laps early and then rebounded from a cut tire, leading the final two laps en route to victory.

“Nothing tops winning this race,” said Lemons.  “There’s nothing that could express how important this win is.  I’ve been coming here since 2003.  Last year was the first time since 2006 that we didn’t make the race.  We had bad luck.  We had a good car last week, didn’t change anything, came back and it was still fast.  We left something off the table for qualifying and still ended up sixth.  I just felt really good about today.  We were fast in the first half, had some bad luck, battled back and we’re the winners.”

Lemons started the day off with a victory in the second heat race after starting second in the heat.  That victory propelled him to a second place starting position for the 200-lap feature event.  Lemons paced himself in the second position in the first half of the race, saving tires and saving his car for a late race dash to the checkered flag.  Lemons restarted the race in seventh after the top eight cars were inverted.  Shortly after the race resumed, Lemons ran over some debris cutting down a tire.  A caution came out which allowed Lemons to stay on the lead lap.   Lemons rebounded from the incident, working his way up inside the top-10 when a competition caution came out with 10 laps to go.

“Right after the halfway break, I guess I ran over some debris and cut a tire and smacked the wall off turn two,” Lemons stated.  “Luckily, a caution came out and saved my butt.  We didn’t lose any laps fixing the flat tire.  It was an awesome race today…   I was running 10th when the competition caution came out with 10 to go (in the race), not to mention when our tire went down.  I don’t know how far we fell back there.  It’s unbelievable I’m standing here as the winner.  I felt good all weekend.  I felt like we had a really strong car.  We won a heat race there and had a pretty good car.  We didn’t make any adjustments, sat there and rode the first half and made sure I stayed clean.  We had a really good car on the long runs.”

Lemons continued to work his way up through the field during a spree of cautions inside 10 laps to go.  When the leaders wrecked during the first attempt at a Green-White-Checkered finish, Lemons inherited the second position.  Lemons rocketed up the outside to the lead on the restart during the second Green-White-Checkered finish and went on to score the victory.

“The leader started, checked up on the restart and I don’t know if he spun his tires or missed a shift but something happened,” Lemons explained.  “At that point, you’ve got to go.  I got a shot from the car behind me on the restart.  Coming off turn two, I had about six car-lengths on the field and I knew that, if I didn’t screw up or a caution didn’t come out, I had a pretty good chance of winning it.”

Lemons’ victory in the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 was his sixth victory of the 2013 racing season.  Along with a $25,000 check, Lemons also had to honor of taking a Ridgeway Grandfather Clock back to his home in Troy, North Carolina.  Lemons kissed the clock after kissing his wife during victory lane celebrations.

Lemons will be back in action on November 23rd in the Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

Lemons is supported by Freaker USA, Lemons Backhoe, Hedgecock Racing Enterprises, Kowlasky Racing Engines, and Sellers Racing. 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 3, 2013 Posted by admin in News

Lemons Greets Martinsville With High Expectations

TROY, NC :: Tommy Lemons, Jr. enters Sunday’s Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 with five wins on the 2013 season.  Now, he will chase his sixth win of the season looking to bring home a grandfather clock and $25,000.

Lemons had a fast car in testing last Wednesday and feels he should be able to make the race and run inside the top-10 in Sunday’s race.

“The car was really good,” Lemons said.  “First thing we have to do is make the race.  I think we should be able to do that.  There’s a lot of good competition but I don’t see why we shouldn’t get a top-10 finish.  We’ve had good cars all season but luck hasn’t been on our side and hopefully that will change this weekend.”

Lemons has victories this season at Caraway Speedway and Southern National Motorsports Park.

“Winning at Caraway helps us,” Lemons explained.  “A lot of NASCAR drivers test at Caraway to prepare for Martinsville so there are some similarities.  The main thing at Martinsville is luck.  We’ve just got to be able to stay out of the inevitable carnage.  If we do that, I don’t see any reason we can’t finish inside the top-10.  Last year, we didn’t make the race so that’s our main focus.”

Lemons will be sporting a new paint scheme and sponsor for the race.  Freaker USA, a beverage insulator manufacturer out of Wilmington, NC has signed on with Lemons Motorsports.  Lemons will be sporting a pink car in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“We’re excited to have a new sponsor come on,” Lemons remarked.  “It’s always good when you have new sponsor come on board.  We’ve got their logo on the hood this weekend and we’re sporting a black and pink car.  At the very least, we should have one of the best looking cars.  Hopefully, the car will look as good at the end of the weekend as it does at the start of the weekend.”

Qualifying for the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 will be on Saturday afternoon which will set the field for heat races.  The green flag on those heat races which set the field for the 200-lap feature will wave on Sunday afternoon at 12pm followed by the 200-lap feature event.  RACE22.com will have Live Coverage.  You can also follow Tommy Lemons, Jr. on Twitter at @Tlemons_Jr27 for updates all weekend.

Lemons is supported by Freaker USA, Lemons Backhoe, Hedgecock Racing Enterprises, Kowlasky Racing Engines, and Sellers Racing. 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 26, 2013 Posted by admin in News

Lemons Scores Victory at Caraway

TROY, NC :: Tommy Lemons, Jr. held off some of the biggest names in Late Model Stock Car racing at Caraway Speedway to score his fifth win of the season on Friday night.  The win came in one of two twin races at Caraway Speedway.

Lemons qualified on the pole with a 17.12 second lap.  The top qualifiers redrew for their starting spot and Lemons drew the first place starting position.  He led every lap of the race until a caution came out with two laps to go.  Despite being the apparent leader, track officials claimed Lemons was in second.

Lemons restarted the race on the outside lane and would reassume the lead on a green-white-checkered finish in the first 40 lap race.  From there, the leaders would trade paint as Lemons held on strong on the outside.  He went on to win the race by a nose.

“Our car was really good all night,” said Lemons.  “We started on the pole and I knew we could win this race.  We led wire-to-wire basically, though the track claims we were beat at the line coming to that green-white-checkered with two to go.  I didn’t see it that way but we were still able to come away with the win.  We got up on that outside line and I knew we would be able to pull it off.  It wasn’t easy though.  There were 20 other really good drivers we had to beat.  I’m just proud of my guys and glad I could bring home a trophy tonight.”

The top eight cars were inverted for the second race.  Lemons drove his way up inside the top five before being taken out by another car with a handful of laps remaining in the race.

“The second race was just frustrating,” said Lemons.  “We worked our way up inside the top five and were mounting a charge and then we got spun from behind and plowed in to by another car.  Unfortunately, that ended our night but the fans got their money’s worth in this race.”

Lemons will be back in action on Saturday, August 24th at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, North Carolina.

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

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July 10, 2013 Posted by admin in News

Tommy Lemons Jr Scores Fourth Win of Season at Southern National

TROY, NC :: Tommy Lemons picked up his fourth win of the season and his third win at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday night during one of two twin 100 lap Late Model races on Saturday night.  He also picked up a second place finish in the second of two races.

Lemons qualified sixth for the first race with a 15.631 second lap.  He started working his way through the field during the race, turning in fast laps all race. Lemons moved to second by lap 58 and inherited the lead on lap 74 when the leader’s car fell off the pace.  Lemons went on to win the first of two races.

“Our car was really good,” said Lemons.  “The car was definitely good in race trim.  We worked our way through the field.  We had a little luck in that first race but I’d rather be lucky than good.  Fortunately, we were lucky and good tonight. “

The top eight cars were inverted for the second race, relegating Lemons to an eighth place start.  He would not stay back there for long.  By lap 11, Lemons was in third place.  Lemons took the second position on lap 16 and then worked his way to the lead on lap 44.  Lemons led until being passed on lap 60.  He would hold on to finish second.

“We had a strong car in the second race but someone was just a little better than us,” said Lemons.  “All in all, it was a good night.  There were full fields in both races so a win and a second place finish, it will be a good points for us in the (NASCAR Whelen All American Series) National points.  Our team worked hard all day and night and I’m glad I was able to bring home a win for them tonight.”

Lemons has four wins, 20 top five finishes and 24 top 10 finishes in the 2013 season.  Prior to this past weekend, Lemons was sitting fourth in the National Standings.  By virtue of his win and his second place finish at Southern National, he should gain points over his main competitors for the National Championship.

Lemons also competed in the Rusty Harpe Memorial at Caraway Speedway on Friday night, July 5th where he finished fourth in a full field.

“It was a great weekend as a whole for us,” Lemons remarked.  “I hope we can have more weekends like this from here on out.  We’ve got Motor Mile coming up and I’d really like to get some wins out there this year.  I’m just hoping we can keep this momentum going.”

Lemons will be back in action at Motor Mile Speedway on Saturday, July 13th.

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

 

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June 28, 2013 Posted by admin in News

Lemons Scores Top Five at Motor Mile

TROY, NC :: Tommy Lemons, Jr. scored a top five and two top ten finishes at Motor Mile Speedway on Saturday night.  Lemons started the first of the two twin races in 11th after laying down a 16.094 second lap in qualifying and worked his way up to finish eighth in the first 125 lap feature and fifth in the second 125 lap feature.

“We felt like we had a really good car in the first race,” said Lemons.  “I don’t know if we had an alternator problem or what exactly was going on.  We just weren’t where we needed to be motor wise and power plant wise.”

In the second twin race, Lemons spent much of the race battling with other cars around the top five, even recording lap times that were faster than one of the cars that finished ahead of him.  He used a little muscle to work his way in to the top five.  On a late race restart, Lemons dropped to ninth and worked his way back up inside the top five again.

“We just missed it a little in the second race,” Lemons explained.  “We were a little on the free side.  We got up to fifth, actually got up to fourth, and got tangled up in a late restart and fell back to ninth.  We came back to fifth.  We’ll have to work on it and come back here in a few weeks.”

Lemons has three wins on the season and 17 top five finishes in 2013.  He will be back in action on Saturday, June 29th at Southern National Motorsports Park in twin 125 lap races.  He has two wins this season at Southern National.

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

 

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June 6, 2013 Posted by admin in News

Lemons Climbs National Standings with Third Place Finish at Motor Mile

TROY, NC :: Tommy Lemons, Jr. finished third on Saturday night at Motor Mile Speedway in one of two twin races.  He finished 16th in the second race after being swept up in an accident.

Lemons, who has scored three wins in 2013, sits third in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Championship Standings.  Lemons has 16 top-10 finishes in 18 starts this season.

Paul Schaefer of NASCAR recently wrote an article about Lemons’ season for NASCARHomeTracks.com.  That article can be viewed at http://hometracks.nascar.com/nwaas_release_060413_Lemons-Jr_Quietly_Making_Gains.

Lemons’ next race will be at South Boston Speedway on Saturday, June 8th.

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May 12, 2013 Posted by admin in News

Tommy Lemons, Jr Wins at Caraway


(Photo credit: jmracingphotos.com/Caraway Speedway)

Sophia, NC – Tommy Lemons, Jr. scored his third win of the season at Caraway Speedway on Friday night.  Lemons started second and led on two occasions on his way to victory with a new car.  Lemons managed to win the race despite losing power steering in his car and struggling with his car in the race.

“We struggled when we unloaded,” said Lemons.  “We tested this car and struggled with it but we were able to get it dialed in.”

Lemons qualified in third and started second when the top four cars were inverted.  Lemons took the lead on the first lap but lost it early in the race.  Lemons continued to ride around in second when he lost power steering.  Despite the loss of power steering, Lemons continued to pursue the lead and would retake the lead around lap 60 and would hold the top spot on his way to his third win of the season.

“It’s awesome to win after all the challenges,” said Lemons.  “Our guys worked hard all day long to get this car in tune.  It was great to come out here to Caraway Speedway and win and I’m hoping we can keep this momentum going as we head in to our next few races.  We’ve been running strong lately and I hope we can keep up the good performances.”

Lemons was scheduled to run at Motor Mile Speedway on April 27th in the season opening race and the fourth race of the Dirty Dozen series.  Lemons finished second at Southern National Motorsports Park on May 4th.  Lemons also competed at Southern National on Saturday, May 11th where he finished second. His next race will be at Motor Mile Speedway on May 18th.

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

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