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Lemons Picks up Second Win of 2013 at Southern National

TROY, NC :: Tommy Lemons, Jr. returned to victory lane for the second time of the 2013 season at Southern National Motorsports Park on Friday night. Lemons started second and took the lead on lap 35 and won the first of two 75 lap twin races at Southern National.

“Our car is just awesome,” said Lemons. “We’ve finally got this place figured out so I hope we can keep this up. The crew did an amazing job all day long getting this car dialed in and making it fast so I’m glad we could win this race.”

Lemons qualified second for the race and worked his way to the lead on lap 35. After winning the first race, the top-five were inverted forcing Lemons to start fifth. He would go on to finish third, resulting in podium finishes in both 75 lap races.

“Our car was consistently good all race,” said Lemons. “We got the lead on lap 35 of the first race and went on to win. Like I said after the last race we ran here, we have struggled here at Southern National in the past. I’m glad we’re finally getting our bad luck and bad performances here behind us and winning races.”

Lemons hopes he can ride his momentum in to Motor Mile’s season opener which will be the fourth round of the “Dirty Dozen” series set up by Southern National and Motor Mile Speedway.

“We know how to win at Motor Mile,” explained Lemons. “We’re pretty good in the top grove there so I feel we can run strong if we can get our car up there. Now that we’ve got our woes at Southern National straightened out, I’m confident we can make a charge at this Dirty Dozen crown.”

Lemons has scored two wins in the 2013 season, both at Southern National Motorsports Park along with seven top five finishes in ten starts.

Lemons’ next race will be on Saturday, April 27th at Motor Mile Speedway.

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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April 7, 2013 Posted by admin in News

Tommy Lemons, Jr. Wins at Southern National

TROY, NC :: Tommy Lemons, Jr. scored his first win of the season at Southern National Motorsports Park in the third race of the Dirty Dozen series on Saturday night.  His win came in the second of two twin 100 lap Late Model Stock Car races.  Lemons also scored a fourth place finish in the first of the two races.

“This was an awesome night for our entire team,” said Lemons.  “The entire team worked hard for this.  I knew we would win one of these races and I’m glad we did it at Southern National.  We’ve definitely made a statement that we can compete everywhere.”

Lemons qualified ninth and, in the first 100 lap feature, he worked his way up to fourth.  The top seven finishers from the first race were inverted so Lemons started the second race in fourth, exactly where he finished in the first race.  He continued to pass cars and worked his way to the front of the field.  He took the lead on lap 30 and led the final 70 laps on his way to his first win of the season.

“I owe it all to my crew,” said Lemons.  “My crew chief (Brandon Davis) worked his butt off all day and this team worked really hard all night long.  It just feels awesome to finally win one.  We’ve been close all season.  We’ve had several top five finishes so it feels nice to complete the deal and win one.”

Lemons has struggled at Southern National in the past and said it was a relief to finally win at the high banked track in Lucama, NC.  In 2012, Lemons scored only three top five finishes but could never win at the track.  Saturday night’s win was his first career victory at Southern National Motorsports Park.

“It feels good to get that monkey off our back,” remarked Lemons.  “We’ve struggled at Southern National.  It hasn’t been our best track.  It’s just such a relief to win here.  Hopefully, when we get to Motor Mile, we can start making a charge in this Dirty Dozen deal.  I’m confident about the Dirty Dozen, now that we’ve shown we can compete at Southern National.  I’m sure we can win some races at Motor Mile in that deal so we’ll keep working at that.”

Lemons’ next race will be in South Boston Speedway’s twin-75 lap races on August 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 new website at www.tommylemonsjr.com.

 

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March 25, 2013 Posted by admin in News

Lemons Finishes Third in Myrtle Beach 400

TROY, NC :: Tommy Lemons, Jr. came home with a podium finish in Friday night’s running of the previously postponed 2012 Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina.  Lemons started the race in the third position but dropped back early to save his equipment.  In the second half of the race, he patiently raced his way up to a podium finish in one of Late Model Stock Car racing’s most prestigious races.

“I gave up too much track position in the first half,” said Lemons.  “I know it’s crazy to say that when you get four new tires.  I never could get back where we needed to be to get up there and save a little bit.  I don’t think we went too late or too early, it’s just track position.”

Lemons was running 10th at the halfway point of the 250 lap feature event.  When the second half started, he patiently worked his way in to the top-five.  He stayed up inside the top-ten in the final 75 laps of the race and crossed the line in the fourth position.  The first car to cross the line was stripped of the win which promoted Lemons up to third in the final running order.

“I asked my spotter if he thought we were at Talladega after that first caution,” said Lemons.  “We were running three and four wide.  I don’t know what happened.  A light switch turned on in somebody’s head and it just got crazy.  It was a good finish though and the car’s in one piece.”

Lemons had intended to run in Saturday night’s Spring Challenge at the Beach, a 150 lap Late Model Stock Car race.  However, the race was cancelled due to rain and will not be rescheduled.  The next race Lemons will race in will be at South Boston Speedway on March 30th for a 150 lap Late Model race.

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 new website at www.tommylemonsjr.com.

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March 4, 2013 Posted by admin in News

Lemons Strong in Southern National Opener

TROY, NC :: Tommy Lemons, Jr. finished in the top-five in both 100 lap feature races in the season opener at Southern National Motorsports Park on Saturday.  The strong performance at a track Lemons hasn’t had the best runs at proves he will be a contender in the Dirty Dozen.
Lemons started ninth in the first 100 lap feature.  He took advantage of the cone restarts and a fast car to work his way up to a third place finish.
“It was exciting to run this strong at Southern National,” Lemons said.  “We didn’t have the performances we hoped for here last year.  The third place effort in the first race got us started on the right foot.”
Lemons continued his strong showing in the second race.  After starting sixth, Lemons worked his way up to the third position and stayed there for much of the race.  Lemons wound up finishing fourth in the race.
“I’ll take that,” Lemons said.  “We had a great car all day.  We were consistent through all the weather changes and had a solid consistent effort.  I’m really excited about what we can do in the Dirty Dozen now.  We know we can win at Motor Mile and it looks like we have Southern National figured out.
“I think if we can qualify a little better, we can get a win here soon.  I’m feeling good about our upcoming races as well at South Boston and Myrtle Beach.  I want to win a lot of races, I expect to win races and I think we can win several races this year.”
The next race Lemons will run will be the twin 100 lap races at South Boston Speedway on March 9th.
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 new website at www.tommylemonsjr.com.
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Tommy Lemons, Jr. Begins Chase for Dirty Dozen Crown

TROY, NC :: Tommy Lemons, Jr. will be chasing the Dirty Dozen crown after a successful 2012 season. Lemons is looking for more after scoring four wins in 2012.Along with running the Dirty Dozen races at Southern National Motorsports Park and Motor Mile Speedway, Lemons will also return to run the 2012 Myrtle Beach 400 on March 22, 2013. He will also run races at Myrtle Beach, Caraway, Hickory, South Boston and run in the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 and the 2013 Myrtle Beach 400.

Lemons’ expectations are high for 2013 after a strong 2012 season.

“I really don’t see why we should back up from last season,” said Lemons. “We should be able to do that again. Hopefully we’ll do more than that. It’ll be a great year. As far as running for a championship, I had more fun racing week-by-week for victories last season instead of running for a championship somewhere. Our main goal is to race for victories.”

Lemons scored two victories at Caraway Speedway and two victories at Motor Mile Speedway in 2012. His performances at Motor Mile suggest he will be a contender in the Dirty Dozen.

“I think we’ve got as good a shot as anyone at Dirty Dozen,” said Lemons. “Our results at Southern National last year weren’t as good as we’d like. We had some problems that were out of our control. We were as strong as Lee Pulliam at the end of the season at Motor Mile so I think we have a pretty good shot.”

After the Dirty Dozen opener, Lemons said he would go to Myrtle Beach and run the Myrtle Beach 400. Lemons will aim to take advantage of a fifth place start at Myrtle Beach.

The Dirty Dozen season opener will run on Saturday, March 2nd with open practice for the race on Friday, March 1st.

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 new website at www.tommylemonsjr.com.

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January 4, 2013 Posted by admin in News

Year in Review: Lemons Grabs Four Wins Highlights 2012 Season

Troy, NC(January 3, 2013) – Tommy Lemons, Jr. won races at Caraway Speedway and Motor Mile Speedway en route to a 12th place finish in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series National Point Standings.Lemons won four races on the season, scored 25 top-five finishes and 28 top-ten finishes. The highlight of Lemons’ season came on August 24th at Caraway when he swept twin race victories starting from the second and sixth starting position. That would result in three consecutive victories for Lemons as he had won a race at Motor Mile Speedway one week earlier.

“We had a really good year in 2012,” Lemons said. “We got four wins on the season and a 12th place finish in the National Standings. We had some ups and downs this season but to finish in the top-five 25 times is awesome and it shows what we can do on any given night.”

Lemons scored his first victory of the season on June 23rd at Motor Mile Speedway, one of the toughest tracks in the region to win at.  In that race he qualified on the pole, had a mechanical failure before the green flag, started shotgun on the field and took the win by inches at the finish line over the eventual NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Championship.

Lemons went in to Martinsville Speedway’s Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 hoping to take home a grandfather clock when rear end problems derailed his chances of making it in to the feature event.

“There’s not much you can do about bad luck,” Lemons said about his Martinsville misfortunes. ”We sent the rear end off to be redone before this race and still had problems out of it. My team prepared all they could for this race and I think without the problems we would have had something for those guys.”

Lemons was able to rebound in his next race at Southern National Motorsports Park, collecting a fourth place finish in wild Thanksgiving All-Star Classic. Lemons will return to Southern National on March 2, 2013 where he will make his first start of the new season.

“We’re looking forward to the start of the season and I think we have big things ahead in 2013,” Lemons said. “We’d like to get a lot more wins next year and we’ve got the team to do it.  We’ve got big goals for the new season.”

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 new website at www.tommylemonsjr.com.

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Lemons Looks for Redemption at Myrtle Beach Speedway

Troy, NC(November 13, 2012) – Tommy Lemons, Jr. prepares to head to Myrtle Beach Speedway this week after a heartbreaker at Martinsville, where mechanical problems left him on the outside looking in for the main event.

Lemons enters this weekend’s Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway with four wins on the season. Last year, he finished 23rd in the Myrtle Beach 400 after starting the race on a provisional in 40th.

“Our program wasn’t as strong last year as it is this year,” Lemons said. “We’ve got a good car. Martinsville was a setback but we’re still confident we can record a solid run at Myrtle Beach.”

Despite the setbacks at Martinsville, Lemons’ 2012 season has been a success with wins at Motor Mile Speedway and Caraway Speedway. Lemons has recorded 22 top-five finishes on the season at five different tracks, including a fourth place finish at Myrtle Beach Speedway back in September.

“We had a top-five finish earlier at Myrtle Beach Speedway and that certainly gives us an advantage entering the race,” Lemons said. “Anytime you’ve raced at a track like Myrtle Beach, where some of your competitors haven’t raced there all season, it gives you a leg up on the competition. That certainly plays to our advantage.”

Lemons has been successful this season at Caraway Speedway, Motor Mile Speedway, Southern National Motorsports Park, Myrtle Beach Speedway and South Boston Speedway.

“We’ve raced against most of these guys already this year,” Lemons said. “I think, with that said, we know what to expect from some of these guys and who we need to watch. Myrtle Beach is a different animal though. A lot of drivers you’ve never seen or heard of will show up and can certainly be wild cards one way or another, but you have several days of practice to figure the car and the other drivers out.

“It should be a lot of fun down at ‘The Beach’ this year. It will be a lot more fun if we can come away with the $10,000 check for winning.”

The 20th Annual Myrtle Beach 400 will be run on Sunday, November 18, 2012 with practice sessions beginning on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.

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 new website at www.tommylemonsjr.com.

Event Info …
Series: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (www.hometracks.nascar.com)
Race: Myrtle Beach 400
Track: Myrtle Beach Speedway (www.MyrtleBeachSpeedway.com)
Size: 0.538 mile Asphalt Tri-Oval
Car: #27 Lemons Backhoe Chevrolet Impala
Driver: Tommy Lemons, Jr.
Website: www.TommyLemonsJr.com
Coverage: Live Updates on www.RACE22.com

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October 24, 2012 Posted by admin in News

Rear End Problems Derail Lemons at Martinsville

Troy, NC(October 24, 2012) — Tommy Lemons, Jr.’s confidence going into the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway was on high, but rear end troubles left him on the sidelines.

Lemons weekend started off with the car seeming to be struggling for speed in practice and then a mediocre qualifying effort.  Despite the struggles, Lemons was hoping that the car would be better during his heat race.  However, soon after the green flag in the heat race he radioed in to the crew that he thought something was wrong in the rear end.

From there he dropped back in the field and missed the field for the biggest race of the season.  It was a huge disappointment, but Lemons knows that there’s nothing more the team could have done.

“There’s not much you can do about bad luck,” said Lemons.  “We sent the rear end off to be redone before this race and still had problems out of it.  My team prepared all they could for this race and I think without the problems we would have had something for those guys.”

Lemons will now work to get prepared to make his next start in the Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway on November 18th.

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October 16, 2012 Posted by admin in News

Lemons Looking for Grandfather Clock at Martinsville

Troy, NC(October 15, 2012) – Tommy Lemons, Jr. has picked up four trophies already this season, but he’s hoping to add a grandfather clock to his collection this weekend.

Lemons like all the top Late Model Stock Car competitors will compete in Sunday’s Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway. Last year, Lemons finished 18th in Late Model Stock Car racing’s biggest event. Lemons was seventh fastest during open testing earlier this month, clocking a 20.591 second lap and hopes to translate that into a solid performance.

“We have a really good car for Martinsville,” Lemons said. “Our car was good in testing and we think it’s definitely good enough to contend for the win. We need things to play out in our favor but I’m definitely confident we have the car and the team that’s capable of getting the job done.”

Lemons has four wins on the 2012 season; two wins at Motor Mile Speedway and two wins at Caraway Speedway. Now, the 25 year-old driver seeks to add a Martinsville victory to his resume and a grandfather clock in his home.

“It would be awesome to win at Martinsville,” Lemons said. “It’s the biggest race of the year and we’d really like to make a statement by beating all the best in the business.”

The Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 goes green on Sunday, October 21, 2012. You can follow along at RACE22.com.

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 new website at www.tommylemonsjr.com.

Event Info …
Series: NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (www.hometracks.nascar.com)
Race: Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300
Track: Martinsville Speedway (www.MartinsvilleSpeedway.com)
Size: 1/2 mile Asphalt Oval
Car: #27 Lemons Backhoe Chevrolet Impala
Driver: Tommy Lemons, Jr.
Website: www.TommyLemonsJr.com
Coverage: Live Updates on www.RACE22.com

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August 27, 2012 Posted by admin in News

Lemons Picks Up Two More Victories in Trip Back to Home Track

Troy, NC(August 27, 2012) — A week ago, Tommy Lemons, Jr. was celebrating just his second win of the season, but on Friday night he doubled his win total for the season with back to back victories at Caraway Speedway.

Lemons has been known as one of the drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Late Model Stock Car division that isn’t scared to travel to different tracks and compete against the best that the division has to offer. Friday night, he returned to his home track, a place that he hadn’t won a race at since 2006 and the track that gave him his first career Late Model Stock Car victory, Caraway Speedway.

On this night with some of the top Late Model Stock Car drivers in the region converging on the 4/10 mile speedplant including the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Points leader, Lemons showed up with one goal … victory lane. With twin 50-lap races on tap, Lemons lined up for race one in the second position and within three laps would be challenging for the top spot. On lap four Lemons took the Lemons Backhoe Chevrolet Impala to the top spot and never looked back pulling away to nearly a straightaway victory over the solid field.

“It feels good to get a win here at Caraway,” said Lemons following race one. “We hadn’t really had very good luck here in several years and to get this win after finishing second and third here a lot in the last couple of seasons means a lot to me. I grew up coming to this track and winning at your home track is always special.”

Lemons would have to put away his win very quickly as he would be ready to strap in for race number two on the night very shortly and would have to start sixth due to the tracks rule of the most recent winner being handicapped for the start of his next race. Lemons would get a break on the start as one of the top six finishers would have to start in the rear and the outside line would move up moving him to fourth for the green flag.

By lap three in this race, Lemons again put his Lemons Motorsports entry into the top spot and went unchallenged to the finish by nearly a straightaway again for his second win on the night at Caraway and his third win in six days.

“Man, this feels good,” said Lemons from victory lane after his second win on the night. “I knew that we would have a good car tonight, but I never thought we would pull away from the field like that. There’s a lot of good cars and drivers here at Caraway and it feels good to get two wins against this kind of competition.”

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 new website at www.tommylemonsjr.com.

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