Motor Mile Late Model Recap: Adam Lemke

(Photo: Glen Starek Photography)

RADFORD, Va. (May 20, 2019) – Adam Lemke, coming off a top-five run in the last CARS LMSC event at Ace Speedway, started 12th Saturday at Motor Mile Speedway in Virginia and battled track position for much of the early going, getting trapped on the high groove and dealing with a loose No. 98 Chevrolet. That condition worked itself out and Lemke was moving up the ladder when an accident on the front straightaway happened right in front of him.

Despite avoiding contact with any of the participants, Lemke’s left rear tire went flat and he was forced to pit road for a quick change. The 16-year-old California driver wasted no time getting back into the groove, quickly working his way to the cusp of the top 10.

Lemke made the pass on Stacey Puryear to briefly enter the top 10, but Puryear got into the rear of Lemke’s JRM machine and sent the young driver to the fence, which ended his night in 19th place.

Carroll followed McCarty to the checkered flag, with Sammy Smith, Pierce and Tommy Lemons Jr. rounding out the top five.

Next up for the JR Motorsports team is the CARS LMSC event at Langley (Va.) Speedway on June 8.

Adam Lemke, driver No. 98 JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“It’s really unfortunate how our race ended tonight. I had a great car all weekend long, but it just took me some time to get myself where I needed to be. I think I am getting better at qualifying and we would have been closer to the front but I messed my second lap up which put me in that position. The car was more than good enough to be in the top five but I was always in the middle of something. Since I have been here and I am the California kid in everyone else’s backyard, I came expecting to get a little roughed up and what not but I am going to start racing everyone how they race me and show them that I can run with these guys. Our finishes most definitely do not show how much hard work is put into the car and how good a car the team can put together. The worst part about wrecking is that now we have to get the car put together again instead of making it better.”