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Diaz, Burke Sweep Twins at Dominion Raceway

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Diaz, Burke Sweep Twins at Dominion Raceway

By JD Wright

Mason Diaz rolled into town with for the twin 60 lap features at Dominion on Saturday night and became the first to sweep twin races in the Late Model Stock car division since Phillip Morris did it back on August 8, 2019.

Diaz battled the heat like so many others and raced against the biggest names in the Late Model Division to take the twins. Drivers Mike Looney, Peyton Sellers, and Josh Berry joined Diaz from out of town to go up against 20 other competitors in one of the stoutest fields Dominion has ever had. Diaz was fast from the moment he unloaded and backed that up his practice runs by taking the pole with a 15.282, almost three tenths of a second faster than Berry. Due to the invert Diaz started third but took only six laps to put his machine out front and was never truly tested for the remainder of the feature. He was able to survive three cautions, which took out nine cars, to park his car in the Radley Chevrolet Victory Lane. Sellers and Silvestri rounded out the top three.

Instead of starting in the eighth position for the second 60 lap feature, Diaz had to start shotgun on the field due to having to change a blistered tire following the first race. While Diaz expertly picked his way through the field for the first 15 laps, Sellers and Daniel Silvestri raced door to door for over 15 laps of green flag racing. Finally, Sellers got clear of Silvestri for a moment and then he found himself door to door with Berry for about ten more laps. With Sellers and Berry going door to door, neither one willing to concede an inch, Diaz worked his way up to third and found himself several times peaking to the low side to make it three wide, but backed out each time. Eventually, with 21 laps to go, Diaz got by Sellers for the lead and drove away for his second win of the night to complete the sweep. Sellers was runner up again followed by Silvestri for third. “Peyton and Silvestri were going crazy door to door and that was my chance I needed to take to sneak in there. I know Peyton’s tired were hot from racing Silvestri and I used that to my advantage and put him on the high side. I knew with those hot tires he couldn’t up top there and we pulled away,” Diaz said after the race.

In the Dominion Stock division, Gary Burke became the second driver on the night to sweep twin features. Burke qualified third but was put on the pole following the redraw and he drove away thanks to the feature being green from start to finish. The top four in the first feature were Burke, Richard Powers, Bobby Curtis and Barry Beebe.

After the invert from the first feature, Burke started sixth in the field but only took 11 laps to get to the front, where once again, he was unchallenged and took the checkered flag to complete the sweep of the 25 lap twins.

Travis Weber, Beebe and Dan Rogers rounded out the top four. “The car is dialed in. I cannot complain. We had some issues from the last race, and we fixed it. My guys, my car owner, and my sponsor, we couldn’t do it with out them” Burke said. “It was good all day long, as soon as we pulled it out of the trailer it was consistently fast”.

In the UCAR division, Jon Pritt got his first ever official victory over Alex Ayers, Cameron Ruggles and Michael Frayser. Rounding out the night of racing, Pete Sullivan and Thomas Fontain took the wins in the Anycar Class.

Next week Dominion welcomes the CARS Tour as well as features for the Modifieds, Mini Cups, and the USAC Midgets. The Virginia Racer Late Models will be running the second of six races in the Battle of the Commonwealth Series between Dominion and Langley Speedway. Gates open at 5 and the green flag drops at 7pm.

By JD Wright

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