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Langley Speedway News
Falk wires field for 2nd straight Late Model triump
May 9, 2010 - updated May 9th, 2010 10:56am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA. --

Defending division champion C.E. Falk led from pole to checkers and nabbed his second straight victory in the Whelen/Pepsi 100 for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the main event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.

Falk was quickest in afternoon time trials, clocking in at 88.626 mph. Greg Edwards was second-fastest, only 16-thousandths of a second off Falk’s standard. Brandon Gdovic, Dean Shiflett and Wesley Falk were third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Eighteen drivers posted qualifying attempts and the separation from first to last was just over half a second.
As the race got under way, Edwards stayed on the polesitter’s flank until they reached Turn 2. Exiting the corner for the first time, Falk gained the upper hand, while Edwards settled into second. Gdovic emerged from the shuffle in third, followed by a side-by-side battle between Wesley Falk and Shiflett.

The Falk/Shiflett duel lasted until lap 5 when Wesley Falk took the spot, leaving the door open for Mark Wertz. Shiflett continued to ride the high lane, but finally slipped up the track in Turn 2 on lap 7, falling to ninth.
Meanwhile, at the front, C.E. Falk and Greg Edwards had quickly established themselves as the class of the field. By lap 10, they had put almost half a straightaway between themselves and third-place Gdovic, who saw Wesley Falk growing larger in his mirror.
On lap 16, Wesley Falk overtook Gdovic for the third spot. Once again, Wertz tagged along and moved into fourth as Gdovic began to slide back in the field. After dropping to 11th, Gdovic finally hit the pit lane for service on lap 25.
At lap 33, C.E. Falk and Greg Edwards enjoyed a full-straightaway advantage over Wesley Falk and Wertz, who were scuffling for third. Behind them, Woody Howard and Danny Edwards Jr. were closing in.

Nearing the halfway mark, Wesley Falk was able to slip away from Wertz, while working traffic. Wertz, then, fell into Howard’s clutches and surrendered the fourth position on lap 51. Danny Edwards Jr. followed Howard’s cue and swiped fifth from Wertz on the 54th circuit.
While their pursuers tussled among themselves, C.E. Falk and Greg Edwards checked out on the field. And, as the laps clicked off, Falk began to widen his margin over the second-place runner. By lap 57, the gap stood at nearly half a straightaway.

On lap 60, Edwards was able to chop a few lengths from Falk’s advantage as the leader carefully worked past John Staton. Once in the clear, though, Falk was able to regain his half-straightaway edge.
On lap 72, Falk headed into traffic again, this time with his sights set on veteran Joe Gaita. Gaita didn’t go quietly, however, and Greg Edwards closed to within a couple car-lengths. Falk finally dispensed with Gaita on lap 79. Within two laps, his lead was back up to five lengths.

With the laps winding down, Greg Edwards made one last push for the point, pulling to within three lengths on lap 91. That would be as close as he would get, though, as the rally lost steam in the waning circuits.

Deeper in the field, Howard and Danny Edwards Jr. were engaged in a spirited tussle for fourth. Edwards grabbed the spot, amidst a snarl of lapped machines, on lap 92, only to see Howard return the favor four laps later.
Closing in on the finish, C.E. Falk ran up on Duane Shreeves, who was determined to stay on the lead lap. Struggling with Shreeves cost Falk a bit of his lead, but he had more than enough cushion to work with as he won by 0.852-second — about five lengths — over Greg Edwards.
Wesley Falk tailed the lead duo to the stripe, in third, followed by Howard and Danny Edwards Jr. Wertz headed up the second five, in sixth place, while Casey Wyatt, Dude Gibbs, Shreeves and Gaita completed the top 10 in the caution-free event.

In Victory Lane after the race, Falk celebrated his third straight win — two at Langley and one in Denny Hamlin’s star-studded event last weekend at Southside Speedway in Richmond: “This car has been phenomenal these past three races. It’s always sat on the front row, top five, and it’s been winning. It’s been a dream to drive. Lapped traffic was a bear tonight, but it was a good, clean 100 laps.”

Asked about the contributions of his crew chief, seven-time track champ Phil Warren, Falk noted: “Phil’s ‘ying’ and I’m ‘yang,’ man. He’s ‘Mr. Calm, Cool and Collected,’ y’know, ride and take it easy. Me, I’m pedal-to-the-metal. If the car ain’t right, I’m gonna let ‘em know. But, we just balance each other out. It takes a whole team effort to run these Late Models every week here at Langley against this tough competition and I’m just lucky enough to have the best guys.”

In the evening’s other feature events:

Shawn Balluzzo took the lead on the 34th circuit and sailed to victory in the 50-lap season opener for the B&C Seafood Modifieds.

Rusty Wood earned the pole for the race, qualifying at 84.427 mph. Balluzzo started alongside him on the front, while Thomas Stinson, Michael Leech and Kyle Wood lined up third through fifth.
When the green flag dropped, Rusty Wood raced out front, leading the field into Turn 1. Stinson moved up to second, followed by Balluzzo, Kyle Wood and Leech.

Rusty Wood paced the first four circuits before giving way to Stinson on lap 5. Five laps later, Balluzzo also bypassed Wood, taking over second place behind Stinson, who had fashioned a four-length advantage.
Within five laps, Balluzzo had trimmed Stinson’s margin to just half a car-length as the front two rocketed away from the field by nearly half a straightaway.
Nearing the halfway mark, Balluzzo began to sneak peeks to the inside of Stinson, only to be rebuffed. He generated a big run off Turn 2 on lap 29, pulling alongside the leader, only to be forced back in line by a slower car. While the leaders dueled, Rusty Wood stealthily crept back into contention.
The only caution flag waved on lap 33 for a single-car incident in Turn 2. As the field gathered for a double-file restart, Balluzzo was positioned to the outside of Stinson.

Back under green, Stinson quickly cleared Balluzzo, who dropped in line on his rear deck. Balluzzo tailed Stinson around to Turn 4, then crossed over to the inside lane and drove alongside. Stinson held him off at the end of lap 33, but gave way on the following circuit.

Over the remaining laps, Balluzzo was able to keep Stinson at arm’s length, winning by 0.537-second — about three lengths. Rusty Wood followed Balluzzo and Stinson to the line, in third, while Scott Lawrence and Michael Leech rounded out the top five.
Following the event, a technical issue arose during the inspection process, leading officials to hold up the official results, pending further study. A decision on the final finishing order is expected early next week.

Brad Hancock took the lead on the opening circuit and sped to his second win of the season in the 25-lap Casey Cycle City INEX Legends feature.

Hancock paced qualifying for the event, at 77.841 mph, and claimed the pole position. Rette Causey was second-quickest, followed by Joe Hendricks Jr., Jamie Price and Darrell Vance.
As the race got going, Hancock and Causey dueled through Turns 1 and 2 with Hancock gaining the upper hand as the field spilled onto the backstretch for the first time. Hendricks tagged along with the leader and picked up the second spot, while Causey slipped back to third.
The only caution flag flew on lap 2 when Hendricks and Causey tangled at the entrance to Turn 1. As they retreated to the back of the pack, Price moved into the runner-up spot.
Back under green, Hancock and Price bolted from the pack, pulling out to a half-straightaway advantage. Meanwhile, Causey was making short work of the rest of the field. By lap 5, he was already back up to third, though well behind the lead duo.
Approaching the midpoint of the event, Hancock began to distance himself from Price, who was falling into Causey’s clutches. Causey made the move for second on lap 12, scooting past Price on the backstretch. He faced a daunting task, though, as Hancock was up by half a straightaway.
Hancock’s margin varied little until lap 21 when he found himself trapped behind a pair of slower machines, allowing Causey to close to within a car-length. Causey continued to pressure Hancock to the finish.
Exiting the final corner, Hancock went high to bypass a slower car, while Causey chose the inside route. Causey’s bid came up short at the line, though, as Hancock held on to win by 0.205-second — little more than a car-length. Price was third to the stripe, followed by Hendricks and Steve Keesee.

Robbie Davis moved out front with a three-wide pass on lap 9 and motored to his second win of the season in a 25-lap contest for the Larry King Legal Services Super Trucks.
Davis was the fast qualifier for the event, but had to start on the outside of Row 2 after spinning a “4” on the inversion wheel. Rick Potter was the polesitter in the reconstituted lineup, with Tommy Nixon to his outside. Charlie Barclay and Davis made up Row 2, followed, in the fifth spot, by Brad Adams.
On the start, Nixon got a boost from Davis and won the drag race into Turn 1. Davis came away with the second spot, followed by Barclay, Potter and Adams, who swiped fourth from Potter on lap 2.
At lap 8, Nixon and Davis were nose-to-tail at the head of the field, while Barclay enjoyed a front-row seat. Half a straightaway separated the top three from fourth-place Adams.
The first caution flag was displayed on lap 9 for a three-truck tangle in Turn 2. As the field bunched for the restart, Adams gave up the fourth place in line and decided to try his luck on the outside of Nixon.
Back under green, Nixon and Adams raced side-by-side through Turns 1 and 2. Coming off the second corner, Davis shot to the inside of both trucks and powered into the lead on the backstretch, bringing Barclay along with him. Nixon and Adams dropped to third and fourth.
The second, and final, caution flag flew on lap 11 when Adams spun on the backstretch. He came to the pits for a left-front tire and returned to the fray.
On the ensuing restart, Nixon abandoned the third spot in line and pulled up alongside Davis. The gambit resulted in a modest return for Nixon as he gained the runner-up spot, just ahead of Barclay.
Wheeling the race’s dominant machines, Davis, Nixon and Barclay easily motored away from the pack. By the halfway mark, they were over half a straightaway ahead of fourth-place Cory Millard.
Barclay fell from the lead group on lap 19 when he dropped off the pace, eventually retiring to the pits and an 11th-place finish.
Meanwhile, at the front, Davis owned a three-length edge over Nixon, a margin he would maintain to the checkers. At the finish, Davis’ official margin of victory was 0.599-second. Adams was third to the stripe, while Potter and Millard rounded out the top five.

Adam Florian snagged the lead on lap 15 and rolled to his second victory of the season in a 25-lapper for the EZ Auto of Newport News UCAR division. Dating back to the ‘09 campaign, the win was his sixth in a row.
Florian led afternoon qualifying for the event, at 71.884 mph, then spun a “4” on the inversion wheel, meaning he would launch from fourth on the 18-car grid. Allen Dail moved up to the pole position, followed by Randy Prillaman, Sammy Gaita, Florian and Bill Eaker.
On the start, Dail claimed the lead, while Gaita, Eaker, Prillaman and Michael Joyner grabbed the next four spots. Florian, meanwhile, slipped to seventh, then began climbing back toward the point.
On lap 2, Florian teamed up with Matt Morgan and they took over the fourth and fifth spots. Florian grabbed fourth from Morgan on the following circuit, then scooted past Eaker for third on lap 5. By lap 9, he had caught Dail and Gaita.
Florian overhauled Gaita for the runner-up spot on lap 10 and made a run past Dail on lap 12, only to see that pass for the lead negated by the race’s first caution flag.
For the ensuing restart, Florian opted to pull out of line and test his luck on the outside of the leader. Dail held on to lead the first two green-flag laps, then Florian crossed over to his inside and charged out front on lap 15.
In just two laps, Florian had already pulled off by four lengths and was well on way to the victory. By the finish, his winning margin had grown to 1.350 seconds — nearly half a straightaway. Dail was the runner-up, while Gaita nipped Joyner at the line for third. Prillaman completed the top five.

With only two cars on hand, the scheduled 30-lapper for the Standard Welding Pro Sixes was scaled back to a 10-lap match race between Lindsay Bryant and Matt Mullins.
Mullins, starting on the outside, grabbed the lead on the start and led the first five circuits. On lap 6, though, Bryant executed a perfect bump-and-run in Turns 3 and 4 to take over the top spot.
After falling five lengths back, Mullins rallied in the closing laps and ducked underneath Bryant off the final corner. At the line, Bryant was the winner by 92-thousandths of a second — less than half a car-length.

• • •

Whelen/Pepsi Night Race Results Saturday, May 8, 2010

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) C.E. Falk; 100
2. (21) Greg Edwards; 100
3. (41) Wesley Falk; 100
4. (82) Woody Howard; 100
5. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 100
6. (55) Mark Wertz; 100
7. (29) Casey Wyatt; 100
8. (7) Dude Gibbs; 100
9. (38) Duane Shreeves; 99
10. (84) Joe Gaita; 99
11. (17) John Staton; 99
12. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 99
13. (90) Terry Carroll; 99
14. (06) Dean Shiflett; 98
15. (64) Rick Gdovic; 98
16. (88) Mitch Sarvis; 98
17. (45) Doug Warren; 97
18. (44) Robbie Babb; 97
19. (46) Brandon Gdovic; 96
20. (21X)Shawn Balluzzo; 2
Pole: C.E. Falk - 88.626 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
2. (4) Thomas Stinson; 50
3. (69) Rusty Wood; 50
4. (83) Scott Lawrence; 50
5. (5) Michael Leech; 50
6. (19) Kyle Wood; 50
7. (33) Matt Slye; 49
8. (60) Bobby Gery; 48
9. (7) Steve Wagner; 48
Pole: R. Wood - 84.427 mph.

INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
2. (33) Rette Causey; 25
3. (08) Jamie Price; 25
4. (30) Joe Hendricks Jr.; 25
5. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
6. (01) Cameron Patrick; 25
7. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
8. (87) Darrell Vance; 25
9. (11) Chris Lemonds; 24
10. (38) Kim Forrester; 24
11. (49) Gary Adams; 23
12. (4) Bobby Gobble; 23
13. (19) Chris Raiford; 14
14. (1) Robert Hopper; 7
15. (14) Woody Howard; 1
Pole: Hancock - 77.841 mph.

SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
2. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
3. (51) Brad Adams; 25
4. (21) Rick Potter; 25
5. (18) Cory Millard; 25
6. (7) Lloyd Holbrook; 25
7. (29) Amanda Frye; 25
8. (20) Buck Munger; 25
9. (47) Mike Bridwell; 24
10. (70) Curtis Hughes; 24
11. (33) Charlie Barclay; 20
12. (30) Chris Spangler; 12
13. (52) Chris Bechtel; 8
Pole: Potter - Top 4 inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Davis - 74.536 mph.

UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (80) Adam Florian; 25
2. (89) Allen Dail; 25
3. (21) Sammy Gaita; 25
4. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
5. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
6. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
7. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
8. (2) Michael Waters; 25
9. (36) Andrew Condrey; 25
10. (77) Andrew Graham; 25
11. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
12. (5) Jesse Jones; 25
13. (23) Nelson Moody; 25
14. (94) Michael Hall; 25
15. (10) John Matthews; 25
16. (12) Eric Schaffer; 25
17. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 25
18. (00) Trey Gurganus; 10
Pole: Dail - Top four inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Florian - 71.884 mph.

PRO SIXES - 10 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (81) Lindsay Bryant; 10
2. (54) Matt Mullins; 10
Pole: Bryant - 79.031 mph.

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