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Edwards, Falk split A.V.E.S. Twin 75s
May 23, 2010 - updated May 23rd, 2010 8:20am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton Va. --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

All Virginia Environmental Solutions Night Race Report

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Danny Edwards Jr. and Wesley Falk posted their first victories of the season, splitting the A.V.E.S. Twin 75s for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the headlining events of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.

• Race #1:

In the opener, Edwards started on the pole, at 89.243 mph, and led all the way, holding off C.E. Falk at the checkers to score a narrow win.
Woody Howard shared the front with Edwards for the start of the race and offered a brief challenge to the polesitter before settling into second. Mark Wertz emerged from the shuffle in third, followed by C.E. Falk and Greg Edwards.
Falk grabbed the third spot from Wertz on lap 4, only to see the move negated by the first caution flag, which waved for Dude Gibbs’ spin in Turn 4.
On the double-file restart, Edwards quickly cleared Howard, while Falk and Wertz battled side-by-side behind them. Wertz claimed third place on lap 6 and brought Greg Edwards along with him, dropping the defending division champ back to fifth.
Greg Edwards overtook Wertz for third on lap 8. This time, it was Falk who tagged along, moving into fourth on lap 9. Five laps later, Falk got the better of Edwards and grabbed third as they headed into Turn 1.
Meanwhile, at the front, Danny Edwards Jr. was easing away from Howard. By lap 22, he had stretched the margin to almost half a straightaway. An even greater gap separated Howard from Falk. The field was bunched, though, when the second caution flag flew on lap 22.
Back under green, Danny Edwards Jr. sailed off into Turn 1 with the clear-cut advantage, leaving Howard to scuffle with Falk for the runner-up spot. Falk nabbed the position on lap 23, then turned his attention to the leader, who was up by three lengths.
Up to the midway mark, Danny Edwards Jr. maintained a consistent three- to four-length margin over Falk. As the second half of the race began, though, traffic started to become a factor and Falk began to creep into contention.
Behind the lead duo, the battle for third was beginning to heat up between Howard and Greg Edwards. Edwards took the position on lap 54, only to see Howard return the favor on lap 62.
Back at the front, Danny Edwards Jr. had shaken free of the slower machines and widened his lead to five lengths. On lap 64, however, he began dealing with lapped cars again and Falk closed the gap. In the meantime, Howard and Greg Edwards renewed their duel with Edwards retaking third on lap 70.
The last of the race’s three caution flags flew on lap 73 when Jeff Shiflett and Matt Waltz tangled and Shiflett spun at the start/finish line.
For the final restart, the field launched in single-file formation with Falk nipping at the leader’s heels. In Turns 3 and 4, they made contact and Falk drove alongside, while Edwards chased his car up the banking.
Edwards and Falk were door-to-door for the last two circuits. While Falk held the preferred inside lane, Edwards managed to generate enough momentum from the top side to hold him at bay.
At the finish, Danny Edwards Jr. was the winner by just 51-thousandths of a second — about three feet — over Falk. Greg Edwards was third, followed by Howard and Wertz. Wesley Falk headed up the second five, in sixth, while Casey Wyatt, Shiflett, Waltz and Gibbs completed the top 10.
In Victory Lane after the event, Edwards recounted the late-race tussle with Falk: “He’s been tough, so that was to be expected. I knew he was gonna be coming. About lap 52, I started getting a little freer than I wanted and I was trying to ride and save what I could. We didn’t need that restart there at the end, but it was good to win that way. We beat him fair and square, beat him to the line. It was tough. He got in my door a little bit there, tried to shove me up in the wall. Good, clean race, though. I’m just glad to be here. Seems like it’s been forever since we made it to Victory Lane. Hopefully, we’ve got the car coming back our way. We’ve gotta get over here and work on it a little bit and see if we can get it a little bit better for the second race.”

• Race #2:

In the nightcap, Wesley Falk took the lead for good on lap 55 and pulled away in the closing circuits to seal the victory.
The starting lineup for the second event was determined by the finishing order from the first race with an inversion of the top eight. Jeff Shiflett landed on the pole with Wyatt alongside.
On the first try at a start, Shiflett spun his rear tires off the fourth corner and the field began to stack up. He was turned sideways and impacted the outside wall at the start/finish line as the other drivers scattered.
When the smoke cleared, the polesitter and his brother, Dean Shiflett, along with C.E. Falk, had all sustained damage and were heading to the pit lane. Wertz, meanwhile, took a vicious blow and was eliminated. Wesley Falk moved up to the pole as the field gathered for another try.
Under green for a second time, Jeff Shiflett, now at the back of the pack, spun at the start/finish line and the second yellow flag waved.
Finally under way, Wyatt nosed ahead of Wesley Falk to lead lap 1. Falk rallied on the second circuit and pushed his machine out front, then cleared Wyatt on lap 3. Howard took over second, while Wyatt slipped to third.
Greg Edwards slipped by Wyatt for third on lap 5 and Danny Edwards Jr. followed his brother’s cue on lap 6. At the front, Howard had drawn a bead on Wesley Falk and was hunting for the point.
Before the battle for the lead could develop further, though, the last of the race’s three caution flags flew on lap 11 for a four-car pileup in Turn 3. Involved were Rick Gdovic, Matt Waltz, Duane Shreeves and Jeff Shiflett, who completed a caution flag hat trick to bring his night to an early end.
On the double-file restart, Howard edged ahead of Wesley Falk to take over the lead. He cleared Falk’s #41 in Turn 1 on lap 12 and began to slip away. The Edwards brothers were a car-length behind Falk, while nearly half a straightaway separated fourth-place Danny Edwards Jr. and fifth-place Wyatt.
Kyle Waltz made his first appearance in the top five on lap 21, scooting ahead of Wyatt on the back straightaway. Meanwhile, at the front, Howard had opened a four-length gap over Falk, a margin he would maintain past the midway point.
With 41 laps on the board, Falk began to chip away at Howard’s lead. By lap 47, he had trimmed his deficit to just two lengths as slower traffic loomed ahead.
Howard cleared the lapped machines on the 52nd circuit, clinging to a lead of little more than a single car-length over Falk, who had the leader in his sights.
On lap 54, Falk ducked underneath Howard in Turn 4 and pulled even. The two dueled for a lap with Falk gaining the upper hand off the fourth corner on lap 55. Within four laps, he had opened a two-length edge.
With the laps winding down, Howard mustered one last push for the lead, pulling to within a car-length of Falk’s rear bumper. He slipped in Turn 4 on lap 68, though, and Falk darted away, ending the rally.
At the finish, Falk was the winner by 0.586-second — about three lengths — over Howard. Greg Edwards was third, followed by Danny Edwards Jr. and Kyle Waltz. C.E. Falk, minus most of his front-end bodywork, was sixth, while Gibbs, Doug Warren, Dean Shiflett and Matt Waltz rounded out the top 10.
After receiving congratulations from his brother in the winner’s circle, Wesley Falk gave a simple account of his drive to the victory: “We just fought hard the whole race. Kinda got put behind the 8-ball, getting stuck behind Woody after that restart and all, so we just kept our heads cool and we kept fighting and fighting and we finally caught him and made our move and we’re in Victory Lane. I just kept running my line and didn’t look in the rear-view mirror. Anthony told me don’t look back there. I got that. And, we just fought hard and I just stayed out front, ran my line and we got the victory.”
Looking forward to next Saturday night’s Budweiser 100, the support event for the USARacing Pro Cup Series’ Hampton 250, Falk said, “We’ve got a little bit more changes to do, but we should be ready.”

In the evening’s other feature events:

In the 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock feature, Mark Claar grabbed the lead on a restart at lap 10 and rolled to his first win of the year.
Jammie Goode claimed the pole for the event, qualifying at 78.308 mph. Claar started on the outside of Row 1, but got freight-trained as the race began, falling all the way to fifth before finding a place in line.
At the front, Goode enjoyed a two-length lead over Robbie Parker, who was busy with a challenge from Paul Lubno. Lubno took over second on lap 9 and brought Rodney Boyd along with him. A lap later, the first caution flag waved when Tommy Sweeney and Ricky Derrick tangled in Turn 3.
As the field bunched for the ensuing restart, Claar decided to test his luck on the outside of the race leader. He gave up the fifth spot in line and drove alongside Goode.
Back under green, the bid paid off as Claar edged ahead of Goode by half a car-length. He cleared Goode’s machine on lap 11 and eased away, while Lubno stepped up to challenge Goode for second.
Lubno and Goode traded the runner-up spot a couple times with Goode taking the position for good on lap 18. The tussle, though, allowed Claar to pad his lead to over half a straightaway.
The second half of the event was punctuated by caution flags on laps 28, 37 and 39. On a couple occasions, Goode tried to get the jump on Claar with a banzai run to the leader’s inside. The aggressive moves, though, left Goode vulnerable to Lubno, who lurked in third, as Claar clung to the top spot.
On the final restart, Goode took one last shot at working underneath Claar as they roared into the first corner. Claar held him off, however, and opened a two-length edge on the backstretch.
At the finish, Claar was the winner by 0.481-second — about two lengths — over Goode. Lubno was third, followed by Boyd and Parker.

In a 25-lapper for the Casey Cycle City INEX Legends, Brad Hancock took the lead for good on lap 20 and sailed to his third straight win in as many races.
Hancock was the pole winner, at 78.008 mph, and took the lead on the opening lap. Rette Causey moved from third to second, followed by Cameron Patrick and Spencer Saunders. Joe Hendricks Jr., the outside polesitter, tumbled back to fifth.
After the first caution flag, at lap 3, Causey went after Hancock for the lead. He worked underneath the leader on lap 5 and cleared him on lap 6. Patrick tried to follow Causey’s lead, but was rebuffed.
The second and third yellow flags, the last ones of the race, were displayed on laps 12 and 15. Causey maintained the top spot, followed by Hancock and Patrick.
Back under green, the top three bolted from the pack as Hancock continued to hunt for an opening. He found one on lap 20, powering under Causey off Turn 2. Returning to the line, Hancock edged ahead by half a length. The margin remained the same on lap 21.
Exiting Turn 4 on lap 22, Hancock finally gained the upper hand. As he pulled away, he left the inside lane open for Patrick and Hendricks, who moved up to second and third, dropping Causey to fourth.
At the checkers, Hancock was the winner by 0.273-second — about two lengths — over Patrick. Hendricks was third to the stripe, followed by Causey and Jamie Price.

After a flurry of lead changes in the opening circuits, Michael Joyner took command of the 25-lap EZ Auto of Newport News UCAR feature on lap 10 and showed the way to his first victory of the season.
Sammy Gaita was the fast qualifier for the event, at 71.989 mph. An inversion of the top eight, however, bumped him back to the outside of Row 4 and put Andrew Condrey on the pole.
As the race got going, Condrey gave way to Robbie Salas, who was making his first start of the season. Condrey dropped into second, followed by Nelson Moody, Michael Waters and Allen Dail.
On lap 6, Condrey regained the top spot from Salas. His stay at the front was short-lived, though, as Bill Eaker slipped by on the following lap with Joyner in tow.
Joyner tailed Eaker until lap 10 when he grabbed the lead in Turns 3 and 4. Within a handful of laps, Joyner had pulled away by five lengths, while Eaker fought to hold off Gaita and Dail.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 22 when Jayson Vaught spun in Turn 4 after a shunt with Eaker, who maintained the runner-up spot. The only other yellow flag waved when officials weren’t satisfied with the ensuing restart.
Back under green for the sprint to the finish, Joyner quickly forged a two-length edge, while Gaita took a peek to the inside of Eaker. Gaita grabbed the second spot on lap 23, but couldn’t overtake Joyner in the last two circuits.
At the end, Joyner was the winner by 0.580-second — about three lengths — over Gaita. Dail was third, taking the spot from Eaker, the eventual fourth-place finisher, on lap 24. Condrey rounded out the top five.

Mike Dayton was the winner of the night’s opening event, a 20-lap contest for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts.
Casey Wyatt started on the pole, at 62.137 mph, but gave way to Dwain Smith on the first lap. Meanwhile, Bill Dailey, Dayton and Chris O’Brien linked up to form a potent drafting combination and began making their way toward the point. With Dayton and O’Brien supplying the push, Dailey took the lead on lap 3.
After a caution flag on lap 7, the lead trio went back to work and quickly distanced themselves from the pack. By the halfway mark, the Dailey/Dayton/O’Brien combo was up by nearly half a straightaway.
The top three maintained their disciplined draft — and their big lead — until the white-flag lap when Dayton broke out of line in Turn 3, setting off a three-kart scramble to the stripe.
At the finish, Dayton was the winner by less than a kart-length — 66-thousandths of a second, to be exact — over Dailey. O’Brien was third, only 99-thousandths off the leader’s pace. Ashley Mullis was fourth to the line, followed by Spencer Saunders.
After the race, HRKC officials decided to hold up the official results, pending more in-depth inspection of a handful of karts. The final rundown is expected early next week.
• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

All Virginia Environmental Solutions Night Race Results Saturday, May 22, 2010


* Race #1 *
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
2. (40) C.E. Falk; 75
3. (21) Greg Edwards; 75
4. (82) Woody Howard; 75
5. (55) Mark Wertz; 75
6. (41) Wesley Falk; 75
7. (29) Casey Wyatt; 75
8. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 75
9. (2) Matt Waltz; 75
10. (7) Dude Gibbs; 75
11. (64) Rick Gdovic; 74
12. (45) Doug Warren; 74
13. (06) Dean Shiflett; 62
14. (46) Brandon Gdovic; 54
15. (1) Kyle Waltz; 22
16. (38) Duane Shreeves; 3
17. (21B)Robbie Babb; 0
18. (55A)Shawn Balluzzo; 0
19. (40C)Bruce Kimmel; 0
Pole: D. Edwards - 89.243 mph.

* Race #2 *
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (41) Wesley Falk
2. (82) Woody Howard
3. (21) Greg Edwards
4. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.
5. (1) Kyle Waltz
6. (40) C.E. Falk
7. (7) Dude Gibbs
8. (45) Doug Warren
9. (06) Dean Shiflett
10. (2) Matt Waltz
11. (29) Casey Wyatt
12. (38) Duane Shreeves
13. (46) Brandon Gdovic
14. (64) Rick Gdovic
15. (01) Jeff Shiflett
16. (21B)Robbie Babb
17. (55A)Shawn Balluzzo
18. (55) Mark Wertz
19. (40C)Bruce Kimmel
Pole: J. Shiflett - Top 8 finishers
from Race #1 inverted.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (07) Mark Claar; 40
2. (36) Jammie Goode; 40
3. (14) Paul Lubno; 40
4. (9) Rodney Boyd; 40
5. (19) Robbie Parker; 40
6. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
7. (01) Chris Hott; 40
8. (11) Tommy Sweeney; 40
9. (77) Carl Livingston; 40
10. (28) Billy Fisher; 40
11. (55) Mike West; 40
12. (96) Harold Stanley; 40
13. (69) Connie Stanley; 40
14. (18) Jimmy Adkins; 36
15. (90) Henry Barnes; 26
Pole: Goode - 78.308 mph.

INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
2. (20) Cameron Patrick; 25
3. (30) Joe Hendricks Jr.; 25
4. (33) Rette Causey; 25
5. (08) Jamie Price; 25
6. (14) Woody Howard; 25
7. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
8. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
9. (51) Jamie Laine; 25
10. (88) Chris Raiford; 25
11. (87) Darrell Vance; 25
12. (4) Bobby Gobble; 25
13. (38) Kim Forrester; 25
14. (3) Adam Florian; 3
15. (02) Kyle Resco; 2
Pole: Hancock - 78.008 mph.

UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
2. (21) Sammy Gaita; 25
3. (89) Allen Dail; 25
4. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
5. (36) Andrew Condrey; 25
6. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
7. (23) Nelson Moody; 25
8. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
9. (2) Michael Waters; 25
10. (5) Jesse Jones; 25
11. (14) Landon Florian; 25
12. (77) Andrew Graham; 25
13. (10) John Matthews; 25
14. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
15. (00) Trey Gurganus; 25
16. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 25
17. (12) Eric Schaffer; 25
18. (73) Jayson Vaught; 21
19. (26) Randy Prillaman; 20
Pole: Condrey - Top 8 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Gaita - 71.989 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (4) Mike Dayton; 20
2. (00) Bill Dailey; 20
3. (99) Chris O'Brien; 20
4. (44) Ashley Mullis; 20
5. (1) Spencer Saunders; 20
6. (33) Casey Wyatt; 20
7. (39) Chuck Weeks; 20
8. (80) Jake Harberts; 20
9. (17) Harold Gay; 20
10. (24) Vaughan Crittendon; 20
11. (29) Ryan Hudgins; 20
12. (64) John Savage; 20
13. (59) Charlie-Ray Lorah; 20
14. (16) David Millard; 20
15. (26) Dwain Smith; 20
16. (46) David Phelps; 20
17. (63) Clif Savage; 20
Pole: Wyatt - 62.137 mph.

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