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August 11, 2009 Posted by admin in News

Lemons Rides Roller Coaster to 4th Place Finish at Motor Mile

Troy, NC(August 11, 2009) —¬†A roller coaster is characterized by abrupt and extreme changes …¬†Tommy¬†Lemons, Jr. knows a lot about abrupt and extreme changes as his 2009 season has seen a lot of them and Saturday night at Motor Mile was no different.

Lemons¬†started his night off with an outside pole winning qualifying effort in his Bailey’s Cigarettes,¬†Lemons¬†Backhoe Chevrolet Impala and he was hoping to get back to victory lane for the first time since June 13th.¬†Lemons¬†started off the night strong as he quickly discarded of the leader and taking his place at the head of the field, but as the race wore on¬†Lemons¬†lost the lead and then experienced abrupt and extreme changes.

Lemons slipped back to third, but his car had begun to come back to him around the midpoint of the race, but as he made his move beneath the second place car the two made contact.  Lemons then had to check-up to keep from spinning both cars and then the fourth place car caught him in the left rear and turned him a little more sideways.  Lemons was able to save the car, but now found himself back in the eighth position and without the aid of a caution he had try and work his way back to the front.

Lemons¬†obviously had a good car as he went to the outside to pass the seventh place car, then picked off each position one at a time until he found himself back in fourth position.¬†¬†Lemons¬†wouldn’t be able to make any late race moves despite a trio of cautions in the final laps and would settle for a fourth place finish.¬† The finish would be his best effort since another fourth place finish on June 27th and will hopefully give him the momentum he needs to get himself back in victory lane in the final four races of the season at Motor Mile Speedway.

“We had a good car, things just didn’t fall our way,” said¬†Lemons, who was in exceptionally good spirits after the race.¬† “I thought we had something for them there late, but that incident that dropped us back, really cost us a chance to compete for the win.”

Lemons¬†competes in a Marlowe Racing Chassis powered by a Cox Racing Engine and the up-and-coming driver is supported by; Bailey’s Cigarettes,¬†Lemons¬†Backhoe, Summit Construction, Sedberry Construction, Colonial LP Gas and Troy Sporting Goods.

Lemons¬†next race will be this weekend at Motor Mile Speedway where he’ll compete in twin 75-lap races in two of the four final races of the season.¬† In between these races¬†Lemons¬†will compete at Caraway Speedway before taking a few weeks off to prepare for the Bailey’s 300 at Martinsville Speedway, the biggest race for Late Model Stock Cars.

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June 16, 2009 Posted by admin in News

Lemons Wins Second in a Row and Third Overall at Motor Mile

Troy, NC(June 16, 2009)¬†— Sometimes when you haven’t won in a while you begin to question yourself as a driver and then all of sudden everything seems to go right and you find yourself right back in victory lane … such is the case for¬†Tommy¬†Lemons, Jr.

Over the last couple of seasons previous to this one Lemons and his Lemons Motorsports team have found themselves too many times at the end of the race loading up a battered and beaten race car with a sub par finish and asking themselves whether they should even bother to come back next week.  Lemons and his team owner and father, Tommy, Sr. however persevered through blown engines, totaled race cars and crushed hopes.

This season despite going win less for the previous two seasons, they picked themselves up and carried on, something that many racers wouldn’t have bothered with.¬†¬†Lemons¬†started off the season with a trio of finishes outside the top ten in the first three starts of the season and it looked like he may be in store for another long season.

Then, April 18th at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA for the second race of the season brought about his first top five of the season with a fourth place finish.  Lemons had hope once again and was looking to carry that momentum on into the next race which was at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, VA, he recorded an 11th place finish and had high hopes returning to Motor Mile the following week.

Lemons then bested his previous mark of fourth with a third in the first of two twin races on the 4/10 mile track and put himself in position by virtue of an invert to claim his first win starting on the pole of the second race. Lemons then held off a hard charging two-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion for the victory.  For Lemons and team it was exactly what the doctor ordered as he now had confidence in himself again and he used that to repeat as winner a few weeks later.

Lemons came into the race Saturday night, June 13th at Motor Mile confident in himself, his team, his car and despite qualifying sixth he still felt as if he could be in contention for the victory.  The race then began to play out right from the green as Lemons immediately gained two positions and was up to fourth, but he was content to ride.  He passed third and set his sights on second and on lap 80 he muscled his way around a former UARA-STARS Series champion.

The leader was all that was left in front of Lemons, he had passed four of the biggest names in the business, but he still had one of them left in front of him.  Around lap 90 on a restart Lemons took the lead from a champion of five area tracks and powered into the lead and looked as if he had the race under control until a challenger arose from the field.

Lemons and his challenger raced side by side for many of the final laps of the race and even survived a late race caution that bunched the field up with Lemons winning by just over a car length in one the most thrilling Late Model Stock Car races ever held at Motor Mile Speedway.

For Lemons it may have been his hardest earned victory of the three so far this season, but the confidence and the momentum continues to roll for he and his team led by crew chief, Brandon Davis.

“This was a hard fought win,” said¬†Lemons¬†after winning his third race in a row.¬† “Starting sixth I knew we had our work cut out for us tonight with the line-up in front of me being more like an all-star event.¬† I just drove my heart out to get up there to have a chance to win and my crew gave me another great car.”

Lemons¬†competes in a Marlowe Racing Chassis powered by a Cox Racing Engine and the up-and-coming driver is supported by; Bailey’s Cigarettes,¬†Lemons¬†Backhoe, Summit Construction, Sedberry Construction, Colonial LP Gas and Troy Sporting Goods.

Lemons¬†is competing for the championship at Motor Mile Speedway, but also competes in selected events at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, VA and Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC.¬† This week Caraway Speedway has another 200-lap race and¬†Lemons¬†will stay busy over the next few weeks as he’ll be back at Motor Mile on June 27th, Caraway on July 1st, South Boston on July 3rd and back to Motor Mile for Twin 100-lap races on July 11th.

“After our third place finish at Caraway(Speedway) a couple weeks ago and our recent success at Motor Mile we’re really excited to be going back to Caraway.¬† I had a lot of success there a few years ago and I hope we can have some over the next couple of weeks.¬† I’d really like to win at multiple tracks this season.”

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June 10, 2009 Posted by admin in News

Lemons Wins for the Second Time this Season at Motor Mile

Troy, NC(June 10, 2009) — Winning a race anywhere can be a huge accomplishment, but to win a race at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, VA is monumental when you consider the competition you’re racing against.

Tommy¬†Lemons, Jr. has been pounding the pavement at Motor Mile Speedway for the last couple of seasons with little to no success, but in the last month he’s turned up the wick and put himself and his team in victory lane.¬† On May 2nd,¬†Lemons¬†used an invert of the top finishing cars in race one to his advantage in the second twin race of the night to claim his first career win at Motor Mile Speedway.

One month later on June 6th, Lemons was back in the hunt for victory again after having mechanical problems in the last race at Motor Mile and though he dominate the race like he did in May, he was ready to pounce when the opportunity came his way.  Lemons qualified third for the 150-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car race, but found himself in second on lap seven quickly tracking down the leader.

The leader was able to keep Lemons at bay for many laps despite a strong challenge from the 22-year old wheel man.  Lemons continued to work the back bumper of the leader when on lap 71 he finally got along side him and they raced hard for the position for nearly six laps when a caution waved over the stout 25-car field.  Lap 77, Lemons officially took over the lead, but the race was far from over as the young driver would have to fend off some strong challenges.

Lemons found a two-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Points Champion on his back bumper for the final circuits of the race, but he had a three to four car length lead late when a caution prolonged the race.  The 150-lap race was sent into overtime and Lemons had to get up on the wheel in the final green, white, checkered finish, but as the green flag waved Lemons headed into turn one when he found the National Champion peeking underneath him for the position.

It looked as if all¬†Lemons¬†hard work to get the lead was going to be washed away in the final two laps of the race, but¬†Lemons¬†kept himself out front and pulled away to over a car length lead at the checkered flag.¬†Lemons¬†proved to the world that his first win two races ago wasn’t a fluke as he beat the best of the best in a final dash to the finish.

“It felt like the biggest win of my career and it probably is,” said¬†Lemons¬†following his second win in two races at Motor Mile Speedway.¬† “To come up here to this track against the best competition anywhere and win two out of the last three races is incredible.¬† I can’t say enough about this crew and what they’ve done every week to make sure we were up front.”

Lemons, though he’s won two of the last three races has found himself being a little hit or miss as the team has seen a handful of mechanical problems sideline him to 20th place or worse finishes so far this season.¬† So far this season at Motor Mile his finishes have been(from start of the season to now); 21st, 4th, 3rd, 1st, 21st and 1st.

“We’ve been competitive every week, but it’s those weeks when we have problems that keep sticking out and these wins sure go a long way to forgeting those races.¬† This week my crew chief, Brandon Davis had the car dialed in the moment we rolled off the truck and we stayed that way until the checkered flag.”

Lemons¬†competes in a Marlowe Racing Chassis powered by a Cox Racing Engine and the up-and-coming driver is supported by; Bailey’s Cigarettes,¬†Lemons¬†Backhoe, Summit Construction, Sedberry Construction, Colonial LP Gas and Troy Sporting Goods.

Lemons¬†competes for the championship at Motor Mile Speedway, but also competes in selected events at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, VA and Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC.¬† This week the Motor Mile Speedway is in action again with another 150-lap race and¬†Lemons¬†will stay busy over the next few weeks as he’ll be at Caraway on June 20th, back at Motor Mile on June 27th, Caraway on July 1st, South Boston on July 3rd and back to Motor Mile for Twin 100-lap races on July 11th.

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