Williams Outduels Hubbard At VMS


JAMAICA, Va. – Justin Williams and Billy Hubbard put on a battle for the ages Saturday night at Virginia Motor Speedway.

The two exchanged the lead four times before Williams would finally take over the top spot for good with a slide job on a lap 30 restart. Williams would then survive one last caution with two laps to go to score his third Victory Lap Pro Late Model win of the season on Pepsi Night.

“All the drivers here are pretty tough, when you can start sixth and come up and get the win and pass someone like Billy (Hubbard); I would say he’s won two in a row but one of them got taken away from him. I had to throw a little slide job on him to get by him,” said Williams.

Troy Williams and Billy Hubbard led the field to green with Hubbard jumping to the lead out of turn two. Once out front Hubbard began to pull away. Behind him Justin Williams would dice his way from his sixth place starting spot to second by lap 12. With Hubbard working traffic, Williams began to close the gap.

By lap 17 Williams had caught Hubbard in traffic and got inside him to take the lead on lap 18. Hubbard would fight back on the outside and regain the lead at the line the next lap. The two were aggressively working lapped traffic, almost getting into a couple slower cars as they negotiated the lapped traffic.

On a lap 30 restart Williams would put a slide job on Hubbard in turn one and take over the top spot. A caution on lap 33 set up a two lap shootout for the win. On the races final restart Hubbard tried to go around William’s on the outside, jumping the cushion allowing Williams to get away and Davis Lipscombe and Russell Erwin to get by for second and third with Hubbard and Corey Almond rounding out the top five.

In other action Chase Butler scored his first Budweiser Modified win, taking the lead on lap 11 and then holding off point leader Hunter McClendon for the victory. In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman feature Steve Casuey returned to victory lane with his run from shotgun on the field, and in the Collision One Limited Stock Car 25 lap feature James Givens won for the third time this season.