Harris rockets to Virginia Sprint Series checkers

Multi-time and defending Virginia Sprint Series champion Jerald Harris became the sixth different winner in as many 2023 tour events Saturday at Langley Speedway. (Photo by Jim Haines)

By Jim Haines

HAMPTON, Va. (July 1, 2023) – During the Virginia Sprint Series’ annual visit to Langley Speedway leading into the July 4 holiday, the rocket turned out to be on track with Jerald Harris streaking to sweep the night. 

Harris and Matthew Leach paced the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car field to green with Harris out first and bringing Billy Hubbard along as Leach and Chris Humblet fought for third.

Harris was running hard but trying to save tires as the key to keeping fast on pavement is to keep tire wear to a minimum. A restart at halfway after an accident clean up meant they would all get a crack at Harris but he proved to be up for it ,staying strong out front.

Laps clicked off until Billy Hubbard had to retire after breaking a wheel to slow the field, an incident that gave the now second-running Humblet.

Harris shot off on the restart with Humblet close behind, but nothing would stop Harris from flashing under the checkered flag and becoming the sixth different series winner in as many events this season.

Humblet, Leach, Matt Mullins and Chase Burrow completed the top five.

The Virginia Sprint Series next visits Shenandoah Speedway on Saturday, July 15.

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