Langley Late Model Recap: Adam Lemke

(Photo: Glen Starek Photography)

LANGLEY, Va. (June 10, 2019) – Recent finishes in the CARS Late Model Stock Car Series have taken on a certain pattern, and that pattern once again cost JRM driver Josh Berry. While it took the Tennessee driver and 2017 CARS LMSC champion out of contention for the victory, it allowed JRM’s Adam Lemke to pull off a fourth-place finish in the 125-lap feature Saturday night at Langley Speedway.

Riggs was chasing McCarty on the final lap when the caution waved again for Brandon Pierce’s spin, which set up a green-white-checkered finish (the same as at Motor Mile the race before). After taking the white flag, Riggs crossed over underneath McCarty at the exit of Turn 2 and rooted him out of the low line to take the lead, but washed up in Turn 3, which resulted in more contact between the two. While the leaders were busy with the bumpers, Deac McCaskill sneaked past both drivers and took the checkered flag for his first victory of the season.

Lemke, who had started 18th in the 26-car field, also was able to take advantage of the last-lap tangle to pass Riggs and wind up fourth at the finish. It was his second top-five finish in three races and gave new sponsor Off-Axis Paint a solid debut on the No. 98 Chevrolet.

Starting deep in the field presented some difficulty for the young California driver, as the recent rains had reduced the grip level on the track. That made the bottom groove the place to be, and once he got down there, Lemke was able to make up positions by going easy on and off the throttle. He was trapped on the outside at one point in the race and was forced to roll the top, which didn’t do much for tire wear but his Chevrolet was handling well and that kept him in the lead serial. On the final restart, following the contact between Riggs and McCarty, Lemke was able to hold station in fourth place for the run to the checkered.

McCaskill and McCarty were trailed to the line by Sammy Smith, Lemke and Riggs in the top five.

Next up for the JR Motorsports team is the CARS LMSC event at Dominion Raceway on June 22, the third straight event for the series in Virginia.

Adam Lemke, driver No. 98 Off-Axis Paint/JR Motorsports Chevrolet team

“I lost the car a little when I had to roll the top but the car felt very good up there and I was able to make moves and not abuse the tires. The car was good all night and if I would have qualified farther up in the field I might have been able to run for the lead. I feel really good about our next race at Dominion and hopefully we can keep this momentum going. I’m really excited to renew our partnership with Off-Axis Paint. Everyone there does amazing work to produce great-looking helmets.”