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March 24, 2016 Posted by admin in News

Stallard & Diaz to Race for Jumpstart Motorsports in 2016

Jumpstart Motorsports 2016 season got off to a strong start this past weekend at Myrtle Beach Speedway with a second and a sixth place finish in twin races by Craig Stallard.

For Stallard the finish was his career best and as the laps clicked off he was in contention for the victory but had to settle for second place at the end. Jumpstart Motorsports team owner Tommy Lemons, Jr. was excited to see Stallard in the mix for the win.

“I looked up about lap 30 from working on my own car and he was battling for second and right behind the leader as well,” explained Lemons. “He got his best career finish and I really felt like he could have won his first race.”

Lemons and Jumpstart Motorsports will field Stallard in 12 more events this season. Jumpstart Motorsports will also field a car for Mason Diaz in the upcoming CARS Tour season opener at Southern National Motorsports Park. Diaz is an up and coming driver who’s worked his way through the ranks of INEX, first in Bandoleros and then in Legends cars. He will still compete in Legends cars and in Pro Late Models at Southern National Motorsports Park and other tracks as well as selected Late Model Stock Car dates.

Diaz made his debut in Limited Late Model at South Boston Speedway on March 12th finishing second. The following day he tested his CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car for Jumpstart Motorsports at Southern National Motorsports Park. Lemons said that he was fast right off the trailer and thinks he’ll be solid come race day.

“He was fast right from the start,” said Lemons. “Mason (Diaz) is a good kid and he listens and that’s important for what we’re trying to do. I think he’ll be really good come race weekend. He has a lot of laps around Southern National and I think that’ll help him a lot next weekend.”

Jumpstart Motorsports will field cars for both Stallard and Diaz next weekend at Southern National Motorsports Park’s CARS Tour 300 along with team owner Tommy Lemons, Jr. in his Lemons Motorsports entry.

Jumpstart Motorsports has additional seats open for other NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and CARS Tour events throughout the 2016 season if you’re interested in getting behind the wheel of the best race cars available for either series.

For more information on Jumpstart Motorsports visit their website at or contact Tommy Lemons, Jr. at (910) 572-3576.


Stallard caps impressive season with giant check!

Troy, NC – As the 2014 regular season concludes on the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Craig Stallard has a lot to be proud and draw momentum from as he looks towards the post-season “big” race events.  Stallard’s first season with Lemons Motorsports, as driver of the Jumpstart Motorsports Driver Development program, can be described as nothing less than a success.

Stallard started 36 races from March to September 20th, shattering his previous season start total by 20 races.  The extra seat time proved to be priceless for Stallard.  He gained confidence with each race as his car control and car management skills developed.  “This has been, by far, the most fun and competitive season I have ever had” Stallard said, thinking back on his 21 top10 finishes.  Being a top10 car week in and week out allowed Stallard to contend for not only one but two championships.  In a season bursting with first-time accomplishments Stallard finished 4th in the Dirty Dozen Championship and 5th in the Southern National Motorsports Track Championship, besting his previous career high championship bid of 12th.

In the final race at Motor Mile Speedway Stallard secured his spot in the Dirty Dozen Championship by adding two more top10 finishes to his record book.  Finishing 4th placed Stallard in the “money” spots, awarding him a $1,500 check!  “The first of many to come!” team owner and driving coach Tommy Lemons Jr said. “We’ve worked hard this season and Craig’s improvement is undeniable.  We’re going to keep pushing him, no matter how long you’ve been in this sport, there is always more to learn.”

When ask about his future racing plans “I have high expectations for next season!” Stallard said optimistically. “Tommy spent most of this year breaking me from the bad habits I developed over the years.  We are just now to the point that we can work on what I should be doing as opposed to what I should not, and look at the improvement so far!”

Stallard isn’t ready to hang up his driver’s suit for the winter just yet.  With “big” races at Caraway Speedway on October 18th and Southern National Motorsports Park on November 9th on his radar, he hopes to carry momentum from his successful season into victory lane!

July 3, 2014 Posted by admin in News

Stallard makes history of his own at Motor Mile Speedway.

Troy, NC:   Craig Stallard, driver of the No.42 Jumpstart Motorsport Chevrolet, was only two cars back from the leaders as they crossed the line in what will go down as the closet finish in Motor Mile Speedway history.  Crossing the line in the 4th position allows Stallard to mark one down in his own record book; best career finish!

Stallard had high hopes coming into the races at MotorMile, as he had career high finishes in each of the tracks prior events; 8th in the season the opener on April 26th topped by a 7th on May 31st.  Much like both prior events, the infield quickly crowded with the best Late Model drivers on the East Coast; including five of the Top10 drivers in the nation.  After a disappointing qualifying effort, Stallard knew he had a lot of ground to make up and a short time to do so.  He strapped in and prepared for the drop of the green flag, alongside 31 other drivers.

After advancing two positions from where he started, Stallard’s race would come to an untimely end.  Contact with Jamie Sweeney would cause extensive damage to the front end of Stallard’s car and force him to limp his way into the pits on lap 6.

“I thought our night was over, the front-end was a mess. No front bumper, no fenders, busted radiator…” said Stallard, “but these guys at JumpStart Motorsport are second to none.  They did everything in their power to get the car back together and get me back on the track tonight.”

With the crew’s reconstructed front end, Stallard took his place on the starting grid for second and final race of the night; dead last.  Jokingly before the race, Stallard told his crew he was going for the “Hard Charger Award.” If he had hoped to top his career high finish, now was the time to turn that joke into reality.  Stallard took a few laps to feel out the repairs and then began his march towards the front.

By the time the first caution fell on lap 20, he had picked off 10 competitors. A wreck on the restart of lap 21 would collect several cars while Stallard narrowly missed the carnage.  Once the dust settled and debris was cleared, Stallard restarted just inside the top10. A short green flag run allowed him to pick up a few more positions and secure a top-5 spot before the final caution on lap 48.  After a 25 lap pursuit of Dalton Sargeant, Stallard was able to complete the pass for fourth with just one lap to go.

“Man, this is awesome! After these guys worked so hard to put this car back together, I had to give it everything I had out there. They deserved a great finish!” an elated Stallard said after the race. “A lot of teams would have loaded up after the wreck in the first race, but not these JumpStart Motorsports guys and we got a Top5 because of it!”

Stallard drives for JumpStart Motorsports Driver Development supported by Lemons Motorsports, Grafix Unlimited, Hedgecock Racing Enterprises, and Family Drug. For more information on JumpStart Motorsports Driver Development or the Lemons Motorsports team, check out their website at

May 2, 2014 Posted by admin in News

Stallard Battles for Record Finish in Motor Mile Season Opener

TROY, NC :: Craig Stallard clinched his best career finish at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va on Saturday night.  The season opening event for Motor Mile featured two 75-lap Late Model Stock races in which Stallard finished 11th and 8th respectively. The 8th place finish in race two will now stand as Stallard’s best career finish at Motor Mile Speedway; a track that he will quickly tell you, is not his favorite place to race.

Take a look into Stallard’s records at Motor Mile and it is easy to see why he would prefer to race elsewhere. It’s rattled with disappointing finishes due to ill-handling racecars and the misfortune that comes in racing for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  However, with his new team JumpStart Motorsports, things seem to be turning around for Stallard.

A strong 21 car field lined up to take the green flag for the first race, with Stallard starting in the 19th position.  He had advanced to 14th by the time the sole caution of the race fell on lap 32.  The final 43 laps would prove to be a true test of Stallard’s racecar and driving abilities as he would race door to door with competitors Derrick Lancaster and G.R. Waldrop nearly every remaining circuit.  Stallard and Lancaster raced wheel to wheel out of turn four towards the checkered flag on lap 75, with a difference of only .031 seconds separating them at the finish line. Stallard finished 11th but was fired up for race two to follow later in the night.

“A lot of good, hard racing out there. No one would give an inch. Our car was better on the long runs so I think we could have gotten him (Lancaster) if we had a few more laps.”

Stallard would start 11th in the second race, as they line up according to finishing order of race one. The first few laps of race two were wild to say the least.  The caution flagged waived before the completion of lap one.  On the restart, the leaders quickly become three-wide causing the field to stack up behind them bringing out the second caution of the race.  This time Stallard wasn’t able to avoid the mayhem and was forced to visit pit road to assess the damage to the front end of his No. 42 JumpStart Motorsports Chevrolet.

Returning to the field in the 16th position, Stallard had his work cut out for him to even match his 11th place finish in the first race.  Nonetheless, the ‘underdog’ mentality seems to work well for Stallard, as he was in a similar position earlier this season at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, NC when he scored his best career finish of 6th.  Stallard wasted no time, as he picked off five competitors in the next 15 laps. Stallard had advanced to 10th by lap 50 and went on to finish 8th.

“Every week, these guys at JumpStart Motorsports give me a great racecar and we just keep getting better and better.  The car was really strong there at the end despite the front end damage” said Stallard after the race. “We’ve got something to build on now and I won’t dread coming back here so much!”

Stallard drives for JumpStart Motorsports Driver Development supported by Lemons Motorsports, Grafix Unlimited, Hedgecock Racing Enterprises, and Family Drug. For more information on JumpStart Motorsports Driver Development or the Lemons Motorsports team, check out their website at

April 25, 2014 Posted by admin in News

Ryan Preece Scores Top 10 in Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown

SOUTH BOSTON, VA :: Ryan Preece finished in the top-10 in his first ever start in a Late Model Stock Car race driving for Tommy Lemons, Jr. and Jumpstart Motorsports in Thursday night’s Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston Speedway in Virginia. Preece started the race in the 13th position and rebounded from a late race incident to finish in 10th.

Preece qualified in 10th which set him up for a fourth place start in the first heat race of the evening. Preece went on to finish fifth in the heat race which put him in the 13th position on the grid for the start of the 200-lap feature in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Preece worked his way up through the race, cracking the top-five and battling with Peyton Sellers for the third position. At lap 153, contact between the two drivers forced Preece to the pits to address some minor damage.

After the pit stop, Preece drove his way from the back of the field up to the 10th position where he would end up finishing the race.

“It was a good race,” Preece said. “I think everybody thought it would be a wreckfest and there were a lot of green flag runs and good racing. Tommy gave me a great car and we were always driving forward. We were up to third or fourth at one point and an unfortunate mishap happened. I’m just happy to rebound and go back out after the pit stop, come from the back and get to 10th. With a couple of restarts, I think we could’ve capitalized and got some track position. It was a good first experience for sure.”

The experience with Jumpstart Motorsports has Preece excited and wanting to race again in a Late Model for Lemons’ race team.

“I would love to race again if the opportunity presents itself and I wouldn’t want to do it with anybody other than Tommy,” Preece explained. “Tommy has a great bunch of people. They made it easy and were great to work with. I was appreciative to run their car and be involved in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. I think I’d like to run Martinsville so maybe if my schedule works out, maybe I’ll go there for Tommy. I’m just so busy up north with the modified stuff. This is a top notch team with top notch equipment that can win races. I was running with guys that usually win at South Boston and that was good especially for my first time in one of those cars.”

“Everything got off to a slow start,” Lemons said of Preece’s run. “We struggled in practice on Wednesday but finally hit on some stuff in practice on Thursday and ended up having a really good qualifying effort.  We got caught up behind another car in group qualifying so it could’ve been even better.  The car was strong in the race and he drove his butt off to get up to third before making contact with another racer.  The results don’t show it but we had a really good car and Ryan’s is a super wheelman!”

Jumpstart Motorsports will be back in action on Saturday, April 26th at Motor Mile Speedway for twin 75-lap Late Model races with Craig Stallard behind the wheel.

Ryan Preece’s effort inThursday night’s race was supported by Dunleavy Truck and Trailer Repair, East West Marine and Sophie’s Rest of Southhold, NY.  For more information about Jumpstart Motorsports, check out their website

March 29, 2014 Posted by admin in News

NASCAR Modified Champion Ryan Preece Teams Up With Tommy Lemons, Jr. For Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown

BERLIN, CT :: Ryan Preece is teaming up with Tommy Lemons, Jr. and JumpStart Motorsports in the 2014 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at South Boston Speedway.  Preece, who won the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Championship in 2013, says he’s excited to make his first career start in a Late Model Stock Car.

“When I talked to Brandon Earnest from JRi Shocks, I was talking about finding a good car to be in and he reached out to teams,” Preece said.  “Tommy Lemons, Jr. talked to Brandon and he told him to have me call.  That’s how we got the ball rolling.  He’s doing me a huge favor.  I’m really excited to be racing for him and his family and I’m excited to be running in the Denny Hamlin Foundation race.”

Preece, who has run in the Snowball Derby and in the NASCAR Nationwide Series before, feels confident that he can win the race.

“I wouldn’t be racing in this if I didn’t think I could win,” Preece stated.  “Racecars are racecars, they all turn left.  Some just do it better.  The heavier cars, they’re slower on reaction but I think the Hoosier tires will help us wheel the racecar and have some fun and that’s what we’re going to do.”

“I’m really excited,” Lemons said about bringing Preece in.  “He’s a heck of a wheelman and he shows that in the modified tour up north and all the other weekly series races he does up north.  It’s a great opportunity for him and I both.  I think he’ll be great for both parts.”

Lemons, who won last year’s Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway, will sit out the race and concentrate all his effort in to Preece’s effort.

“I want to put 100% effort in the car and Ryan running well,” Lemons stated.  “That will be best for all scenarios.”

The Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown will be held on Thursday, April 24th at South Boston Speedway in Virginia.  Tickets are available for $20 in advance or $25 on raceday.  Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling South Boston Speedway’s ticket hotline at 877.440.1540.  More information on the race can be found on and  More information about Jumpstart Motorsports is avaible online at


Stallard Overcomes Adversity for Best Career Finish

Troy, NC:  To say Craig Stallard overcame a little adversity en route to his best career Late Model Stock car finish in the 2014 season opener at Southern National Motorsports Park would be an understatement.  The 6 hour drive from his home in Jenkins, Kentucky would be enough to turn most people away, but not Stallard.  Through an offseason plagued with family illness and Mother Nature’s wrath, he managed to dig out and head south as often as possible to meet up with his Lemons Motorsports team to practice for the upcoming season.

Once opening weekend finally arrived things seemed to be looking up for Stallard as he turned impressive lap times in pre-race practice.  A strong 26 cars field lined up for the first of two 75 lap races and the green flag waved.  Stallard managed to avoid the carnage of two quick wrecks inside the first 5 laps.  Just as he seemed to be settling in, on lap 39, luck (or lack-there-of) would have its way and render Stallard’s No.42 Lemons Motorsports Chevrolet undrivable; forcing him to pit road before the halfway point of the race.

“The first race was just bad luck” Stallard said. “The second race was all JumpStart Motorsports [Lemons Motorsports Driver Development program]. The crew Lemons has put together is second to none. These guys would not give up and their hard work and dedication paid off.”

With repairs complete on Stallard’s car just minutes before the start of the second race, he would be forced to start shotgun on the field.  With each lap that passed it was clear to see Stallard was a man on a mission.  By lap 28, he had advanced from his 23rd starting position to inside the top 10. A caution come out on lap 30 and Stallard restarted in 6th.  Stallard managed to pick off a few more competitors before the next caution fell two laps later.  This time, he restarted fourth and remained inside the top 5 for what would be the longest green flag run of the day; going on to finish 6th in the race.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Stallard said after climbing out of his car following the second race. “Right now, after all we have been through, 6th place feel like a win!”  Stallard’s previous best finish of 9th came in his last race of 2013; the Thanksgiving All-Star Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park.

Stallard drives for JumpStart Motorsports Driver Development supported by Lemons Motorsports, Grafix Unlimited, Hedgecock Racing Enterprises, and Family Drug. For more information on JumpStart Motorsports Driver Development or the Lemons Motorsports team, check out their website at