Celebrating Warriors and Winners

Celebrating Warriors and Winners


One April day, we got a call from Honduras.  A fellow named Aaron was interested in our Holley 4412

for his Pure Stock dirt track racer.  Okaaay, this is a first . . .


Please join us in welcoming Chief Warrant 2 Aaron Tugman from Crestview Florida to the VDL family!

Aaron is currently stationed at Eglin AFB in Pensacola with the 7th Special Forces Group, and was on deployment to Honduras when he called.  He has served 16 years – with a deployment every year to many places around the world, training each local army, finding ways to assist citizens caught in the crossfire, bringing moments of safety to each troubled spot….and dreaming of his race car.


Last week, the Tugman Family stopped by the shop on their way to Christmas with family in Texas.  It was our honor to meet him and to receive the Special Forces crest that a Honduran craftsman had carved for us.   “Free the Oppressed” is their motto, Hoo-ah!

No Greater Love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Thank you, CW2 Tugman, and may the New Year bring Victory to your mission , and your racing.


Here are just a few more of the VDL 2018 Victories….Thanks for the Ride, Guys!

NASCAR Whelen All-American National Champion
     Philip Morris
           2nd – Steve Carlson
           3rd – Keith Rocco
           4th – Peyton Sellers
           5th – Nick Panitzke

NASCAR Whelen All-American State Champions:
           CA Trevor Huddleston
           CO Bruce Yackey
           CT Keith Rocco
           FL Brad May
           ID Bryan Warf
           MA David Darling
           MN Jacob Goede
           NV Jimmy Parker Jr with McGunegill Engine Performance
           NC Tim Brown
           TN Zeke Shell
           VT Kenny Tremont Jr
           VA Philip Morris
           WA Doni Wanat with McGunegill Engine Performance
           WI Steve Carlson

2018 IMCA Stock Car National Champion
          Mike Nichols
          8th National title with VDL

2018 USRA B Modified National Champion
           Chris Jackson
           with Ruble Racing Engines

     ————- and ————

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Justin Bonsignore
Valenti Modified Racing Series Woody Pitkat
     with Performance Engines
Spears SRL Southwest Tour Jeremy Doss
     with Peters Racing Engines
ARCA Midwest Tour Dalton Zehr
     with Tiry’s Racing Engines
Big 8 Late Model Series Jeremy Miller
NorCal Pro 4 Modifieds Marty Lewis
     with Chris Straka Racing (Peters Racing Engines)
Super DIRTcar Sportsman Modified Series Kevin Root
     with Donath MotorWorx
ARCA/CRA Super Series Josh Brock
ARCA/CRA Super Series Rookie of the Year Austin Kunert
     with McGunegill Engine Performance
Jegs/CRA All-Stars Tour Jack Dossey III
ACT Tour Scott Payea
     with RPM Engines
Ontario Outlaw Super Late Model Glenn Watson
TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Casey Johnson
Southern Super Series Casey Roderick
Late Model Truck Series Mark Allison
ROC Asphalt Super Stocks Joe Mancuso
Northwest Super Late Model Series Brittany Zamora
     with McGunegill Engine Performance
PASS North Super Late Model Series DJ Shaw
Pacific Challenge Series Jason Romero
SLM Triple Crown Challenge Austin Nason
Pro Truck Series Jason Quale
USRA Southwest Region Stock CarsJamie Torres
CARS Super Late Model Tour Jared Fryar
Western Speed Association Series Kelly Admiraal
Summer Slam Modified Series Anthony Perego
     with Performance Engines



Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) Pro Late Model – John Bolen
Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) Late Model Sportsman – Jeff Dawkins
Mobile Speedway (AL) Pro Late Model – Chris Davidson
Mobile Speedway (AL) Outlaw Stock – Okie Mason
Mobile Speedway (AL) Sportsman – Mark Barnhill
Sayre Speedway (AL) Late Model – Billy Melvin
Sayre Speedway (AL) Mini Modified – Jody Garner
Madera Speedway (CA) Overall Late Model – Matt Erickson
Madera Speedway (CA) Pro Late Model – Matt Erickson
All American Speedway (CA) Late Model – Jason Romero
Irwindale Speedway (CA) Truck – Ryan Partridge
Irwindale Speedway (CA) Super Stock – Rich DeLong III
Irwindale Speedway (CA) JR Late Model – Kyle Keller
Kern County Race Park (CA) A Mod – Shane DeVolder
Kern County Race Park (CA) Super Stock – Roger Holder
Bakersfield Speedway (CA) Modified – Bradley Pounds
I-25 Speedway (CO) Super Late Model – Brett Yackey
I-25 Speedway (CO) Sportsman – Mike Hurst
Perris Auto Speedway (CA) Street Stock – Luke Dodd
Colorado National Speedway (CO) Late Model Stock – Brett Yackey
Thompson Speedway (CT) Modified – Keith Rocco
Stafford Motor Speedway (CT) SK Lite – Marcello Rufrano
Stafford Motor Speedway CT) Street Stock – George Bessette JR
Thompson Speedway (CT) Late Model – Nick Johnson
     with RPM Engines
Thompson Speedway (CT) Limited Sportsman – Shawn Monahan
Waterford Speedbowl (CT) Late Model – Anthony Flannery
Five Flags Speedway (FL) Super Late Model – Casey Roderick
Five Flags Speedway (FL) Pro Late Model – Casey Roderick
Five Flags Speedway (FL) Outlaw Stock – Kody Brusso
Five Flags Speedway (FL) Pro Truck – Logan Boyett
Five Flags Speedway (FL) Modified – Augie Grill
Southern Raceway (FL) IMCA Modified – Kevin Mitchell
Citrus County Speedway (FL) Super Late Model – Kevin Roggen
4-17 Southern Speedway (FL) Super Late Model – George Gorham
New Smyrna Speedway (FL) Super Late Model – Brad May
New Smyrna Speedway (FL) Modified – Alan Bruns
Showtime Speedway (FL) Super Late Model – Becca Monopoli
Crisp Motorsports Park (GA) Pure Stock – DW Hinson
Meridian Speedway (ID) Modified – Bryan Warf
Rockford Speedway (IL) Sportsmen – Howie Ware
Grundy County Speedway (IL) Late Model – Eddie Hoffman
Grundy County Speedway (IL) Street Stock – John Senerchia
New Paris Speedway (IN) Super Late Model – Jack Landis
Crawford County Speedway (IA) IMCA Stock Car – Mike Nichols
Sherman County Speedway (KS) IMCA Northern Sport Mod – Mitch Boesel
Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) Super Late Model – Gabe Brown
Speedway 95 (ME) Late Model – Kris Matchett
Seekonk Speedway (MA) Pro Stock – David Darling
Silver Bullet Speedway (MI) IMCA Modified – Matt Szecsodi
Norway Speedway (MI) Super Late Model – Dillon Kralovetz
Elko Speedway (MN) Late Model – Jacob Goede
Fairmont Raceway (MN) IMCA Stock Car – Luke Sathoff
Brainerd International Speedway (MN) SE-1 Muscle Car – Gary Tesar
Lake Ozark Speedway (MO) B Mod – Galen Hassler
     with Ruble Racing Engines
Lebanon I-44 Speedway (MO) Big 10 Late Model – Jimmy Fohn
Beatrice Speedway (NE) IMCA Northern Sport Mod – Lance Borgman
Boone County Raceway (NE) IMCA Modified – Trent Roth
Off Road Speedway (NE) IMCA Stock Car – Jason Wilkenson
Stuart Raceway (NE) IMCA Stock Car – Fred DeSive
Dawson County Raceway (NE) IMCA Stock Car – Mike Nichols
Las Vegas Bullring (NV) Super Late Model – Jimmy Parker Jr
     with McGunegill Engine Performance
Las Vegas Bullring (NV) Bomber – Vinny Raucci Jr
Las Vegas Bullring (NV) Modified – Doug Hamm
Las Vegas Bullring (NV) Jr Late Model – Kyle Keller
White Mountain Motorsports Park (NH) Late Model – Quinny Welch
     with RPM Engines
Lee USA Speedway (NH) Super Modified – Dave Helliwell
Monadnock Speedway (NH) Sportsman Modified – Keith Carzello
Monadnock Speedway (NH) Thunder Stock – Richard Vincent
Claremont Speedway (NH) Super Street – Ricky Bly
     with RPM Engines
Aztec Speedway (NM) IMCA Northern Sport Mod – Rex Higgins
Cardinal Speedway (NM) IMCA Stock Car – Michael Sheen
Wall Stadium (NJ) Modified – Jimmy Blewett
Wall Stadium (NJ) Limited Late Model – Shanon Mongeau
Wall Stadium (NJ) Factory Stock – Mike Montano
Land of Legends Raceway (NY) DIRT Sportsman – Dave Marcuccilli
     with Donath MotorWorx
Accord Speedway (NY) Modified – Anthony Perego
     with Performance Engines
Orange County Fair Speedway (NY) BB Modified – Anthony Perego
     with Performance Engines
Orange County Fair Speedway (NY) Street Stock – Jim Maher
Airborne Park Speedway (NY) Sportsman – Shane Pecore
Airborne Park Speedway (NY) Sportsman Modified – Nick Heywood
     with RPM Engines
Brewerton Speedway (NY) DIRT Sportsman – Kevin Root
     with Donath MotorWorx
Chemung Speedrome (NY) Super Stock – Terry Potrzebowski
Lebanon Valley Speedway (NY) Small Block Modified – Kenny Tremont Jr
     with Performance Engines
Lebanon Valley Speedway (NY) ProStock – Rob Yetman
     with Donath MotorWorx
Thunder Mountain Speedway (NY) Crate Sportsman – Jimmy Zacharias
Utica-Rome Speedway (NY) ProStock – Travis Welch
Carteret County Speedway (NC) Late Model – Brandon Clements
Bowman Gray Stadium (NC) Sportsman – Kevin Neal
Bowman Gray Stadium (NC) Street Stock – Spencer Martin
Bowman Gray Stadium (NC ) Stadium Stock – Wesley Thompson
Ace Speedway (NC) Mini Stock – Chuck Wall
Raceway 7 (OH) EconoMod – Eric Reinhold
     with 955 Automotive
35 Raceway Park (OH) Sport Mod – Nick Snell
Sharon Speedway (OH) Stock Car – Chris McGuire
Peterborough Speedway (Ont) Late Model – Dan McHattie
Sunset Speedway (Ont) Late Model – Gord Shepherd
Big Diamond Speedway (PA) Sportsman – Danny Yankowski
Eriez Speedway (PA) Econo Mod – Matt Alexander
Evergreen Raceway (PA) Modified – Nick Baer
Evergreen Raceway (PA) Factory Stock – Joey Helberg
Grandview Speedway (PA) Late Model – Danny Snyder
Jennerstown Speedway (PA) Late Model – Garty Wiltrout
Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) Modified – Brian Defebo
Lernerville Speedway (PA) ProStock – Corey McPherson
Anderson Motor Speedway (SC) Late Model Stock – Luke Sorrow
Florence Motor Speedway (SC) Pro 4 – Matt Briggs
Florence Motor Speedway (SC) Limited Late Model – Archie Adams Sr
Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (TN) Late Model – Michael House
Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (TN) Limited Late Model – Kevin Rollins
Kingsport Speedway (TN) Late Model – Kres Vandyke
281 Speedway (TX) IMCA Stock Car – Dennis Bissonnette
Desert Thunder Raceway (UT) IMCA Northern Sport Mod – Rex Higgins
Devil’s Bowl Speedway (VT) Sportsman Modified – Kenny Tremont Jr
     with RPM Engines
Thunder Road Speedbowl (VT) Tiger – Joel Hodgon
     with RPM Engines
Langley Speedway (VA) Late Model Stock Car – Danny Edwards
     with Keen Motorsports
South Boston Speedway (VA) Late Model Stock – Peyton Sellers
Beaver Dam (WI) IMCA Northern Sport Mod NTR – Dave Schultz
Lacrosse Fairgrounds Speedway (WI) Late Model – Steve Carlson
Madison International Speedway (WI) Super Late Model – Austin Nason
Wisconsin International Raceway (WI) Super Late Model – Casey Johnson



SRL Winter Showdown at Kern County   Kyle Busch

Rattler 250 at Opp            Harrison Burton

Short Track US Nationals LMS at Bristol  Lee Pulliam

Triple Crown Challenge at Madison          Johnny Sauter

Money in the Bank 150 at Berlin                Brian Campbell

Summer Showdown at Evergreen            Preston Peltier

Slinger Nationals at Slinger           Ty Majeski

Valley Star 300 at Martinsville     CE Falk

Winchester 400 at Winchester   Jeff Choquette

Oktoberfest 200 at LaCrosse       Andrew Morrissey

Dick Trickle 99 at LaCrosse            Johnny Sauter

Oktoberfest 48 at LaCrosse         Michael Bilderback

Alabama 200 at Montgomery     Casey Roderick

Senators Cup Fall Classic at Las Vegas      Jeremy Doss

Tiny Lund Memorial at Shelby County     Mike Nichols

Milk Bowl at Thunder Road          Nick Sweet

Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains         Bubba Pollard

Super DIRT Week Sportsman at Oswego            Shane Pecore

Mobile 300 at Mobile     Stephen Nasse

West Coast Short Track Nationals at Orange Show            Austin Herzog

All American Limited Late Models at Nashville    Thomas Pannell

Durglass 75 Limited Late Model at Myrtle Beach           Jamie Weatherford

Mason Dixon MegaMeltdown at Hickory         Derek Ramstrom

Governor’s Cup at New Smyrna           Jeff Choquette

Snowball Derby Sportsman at Five Flags               Shana Ard

Snowball Derby Outlaw Stock at Five Flags           Jeremy Pate

Snowball Derby Modified at Five Flags   Augie Grill

Snowball Derby Truck at Five Flags           Josh Hicks

Snowflake 100 at Five Flags         Chris Purdy        

Snowball Derby Pole at Five Flags             Harrison Burton

Snowball Derby Champion at Five Flags               Noah Gragson

                2nd – Ty Majeski

                3rd – Jeff Choquette

                4th – Connor Okrzesik

                5th – Casey Roderick

                6th – Chandler Smith