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Rogers posts Pro Cup repeat; Greg Edwards notches 1st Late Model win...
May 30, 2010 - updated May 30th, 2010 9:40am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, Va. --

USARacing Pro Cup Series & NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

HAMPTON VIRGINIA 250/BUDWEISER 100 Race Report Saturday, May 29, 2010

Clay Rogers took the lead for good on lap 149 and rolled to his third victory of the season in Saturday evening’s Hampton Virginia 250 for the USARacing Pro Cup Series at Langley Speedway. It was Rogers’ second straight win in the event and delivered a popular “home track” triumph for the Chesapeake, Va.-based Lamb and Robinson Racing team.
Rogers, a three-time series champ, topped the charts in the afternoon qualifying session to nab the pole, at 84.357 mph. He shared the front row with Jeff Agnew, another former series titlist. Benny Gordon, with two Pro Cup crowns to his credit, lined up third, alongside Caleb Holman. A.J. Frank rounded out the top five on the 20-car grid.
As the race got under way, Rogers and Agnew dueled door-to-door with Rogers gaining the upper hand as they passed beneath the flagstand to complete lap 1. Agnew dropped into second, followed by Gordon and Holman, while Frank and Lucas Ransone went side-by-side for fifth.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 4 when Brandon Sweet looped his machine in Turn 4.
On the restart, Rogers quickly forged a slim margin over Agnew, only to see the series veteran close the gap when they reached the first and second corners. Linked nose-to-tail, the lead duo soon separated themselves from third-place Gordon. By lap 20, Gordon had fallen half a straightaway in arrears.
Agnew continued to match the leader, stride for stride, until lap 50 when he took a run at Rogers off Turn 2. A slower car loomed ahead, though, forcing Agnew to fall back in line.
With Rogers and Agnew setting a frantic pace, only nine cars remained on the lead lap when the second caution flag waved on lap 57 for Sweet’s spin in Turn 3. Ransone, in 10th, received the “Lucky Dog” pass and rejoined the lead lap cars for the restart.
Just how “lucky” that pass was for Ransone came into question on lap 74 when Sweet suffered his third spin, this time off Turn 4, and collected Ransone’s #00 ride. The incident ended up chasing both drivers to the sidelines for the duration of the event.
Back under green, Rogers and Agnew easily cleared the lapped machines to their inside. Gordon also slipped free, but not until he had fallen five lengths behind the leaders. Within 20 laps, that margin had swelled to nearly a full straightaway.
At the front, Agnew continued to hound Rogers for the lead. Agnew seemed to enjoy an advantage in Turns 1 and 2, pulling close enough to deliver a neighborly tap to the leader’s rear bumper. Exiting Turn 2 and through Turns 3 and 4, though, Rogers was able to gain a bit of separation.
On lap 104, Rogers and Agnew waded into heavy traffic for the first time and Rogers suddenly sprang ahead by four lengths. By lap 109, the margin had widened to almost half a straightaway. Traffic remained a factor on lap 114 as David Wilson and J.P. Morgan went two-wide in Agnew’s path, allowing Rogers to pad his lead.
Meanwhile, Frank was on the move, pulling to within a car-length of third-place Gordon as the crossed flags were displayed. Frank grabbed the spot from Gordon on lap 126, sliding underneath him in Turns 1 and 2 and completing the pass at the other end of the track.
Agnew was presented with an opportunity to make some ground on lap 132 when Rogers ran up on a side-by-side tussle involving Larry Barrett and John Gibson. Those two quickly sorted themselves out, though, and Barrett dropped into another door-to-door battle with Holman, just ahead of Agnew. Both leaders were in the clear by lap 138 with Rogers maintaining a half-straightaway edge.
The complexion of the event took a temporary turn on lap 141 when Gibson spun in Turn 2 to bring out the fourth caution flag. Frank won the race off the pit lane and took over the top spot on lap 145, followed by Rogers, Logan Ruffin, Matt Lofton and Agnew.
Frank’s stay atop the leaderboard was short-lived, however, as Rogers immediately went on the attack when the green flag reappeared. Slipping under Frank on the backstretch, Rogers nosed ahead at the end of lap 149 and grabbed the clear-cut advantage as they headed into Turn 1 to begin lap 150. A lap later, Ruffin scooted past Frank for second.
Lofton was next in line and he swiped third from Frank on lap 156, muscling Frank’s #56 machine aside in Turn 4. Agnew tagged along, taking over fourth, then raced by Lofton for third on lap 157.
Caution #5 waved on lap 184 when debris was spotted on the backstretch. The yellow flag wiped out Rogers’ healthy advantage, which had swelled to nearly a full straightaway.
As the race resumed, Rogers cleared the lapped cars and extended his lead to three lengths as the field spilled onto the backstretch. Deeper in the field, Gordon moved up to challenge Lofton for fourth. Lofton held the spot, though, and Gordon soon came under assault from Frank, who took over fifth on lap 198.
The sixth, and final, caution flag was unfurled on lap 200 for Morgan’s spin in Turn 2. Gathering for a restart, Rogers showed the way, followed by Ruffin, Agnew, Lofton and Frank.
Back under green, Rogers sailed off into Turn 1, leaving lapped cars in his wake. Ruffin disposed of the slower cars off Turn 2, while Agnew freed himself on the following circuit. In just four laps, Rogers had extended his lead to nearly half a straightaway over Ruffin, who saw Agnew growing larger in his mirror.
Over the remaining circuits, Rogers continued to add to his lead. By the finish, his winning margin stood at 3.183 seconds — a full straightaway — over Ruffin, who fought off Agnew down the stretch. Lofton was fourth to the line, holding off Frank in the waning laps.
Holman headed up the second five, in sixth, while Gordon ended up seventh, the final driver to complete the entire 250-lap distance. Gibson was eighth, followed by Morgan and Wilson.
In Victory Lane after the race, Rogers noted the focus his team had placed on the event: “They put a ton of emphasis into coming up here and winning this race, being their hometown race track. I’ve spent a lot of time up here lately, helping these guys work on these cars, and I’ve really enjoyed being up in this area and got to know it and love going and eating the seafood. But, hey, these guys at USG Sheetrock, Tidewater Interior Products, Building Specialties, Automotive Specialists — great powerplant — BBI shock department — oh, man, forward bite all over the place tonight, so that’s what it takes to get it done here. Man, what an awesome win when you’ve got all your sponsors sitting down here in Turn 4.”
Turning his attention to the next race on the schedule, Rogers continued, “Yeah, we’re looking forward to South Boston. I think we run pretty similar setups at South Boston as we do here. Y’know, South Boston’s got its little quirks, but... just another short track up here in Virginia. I call it the ‘58 Short Track Route’ ‘cause you go get on 58 and go by about 10 of ‘em.”
Commenting on youthful runner-up Ruffin, Rogers said, “What a great race tonight. Logan Ruffin had an awesome finish there for — what is he, 11 or 12 now? — and his guys have been working hard. Oh, he’s 15? I’ll believe that when I see his birth certificate. That team’s worked real hard. They’ve struggled a little bit at the beginning of the season. Good comeback for ‘em tonight.”
In his post-race comments, rookie contender Ruffin commented on his faceoff in the closing laps with Agnew, the wily veteran: “I looked up in the mirror. I saw him coming. I turned both mirrors away, so I couldn’t see him, so I could focus on what I was doing. That’s what we had to do. We’re so close. This is our second second-place finish of the year — we had one at Hickory and one here. So, hopefully, here pretty soon we’ll break into the top.”
For his part, third-place Agnew was pleased with his car’s performance, but lamented his inability to gain critical track position: “Don Kowalsky, y’know, he builds an awesome motor. They throwed it together before Hickory and it ran so good there, we brought it here. We said, ‘Well, let’s try it and see how it does up at Langley.’ Had a good car tonight. I really believe it’s the difference between being third and being first. When we were behind Clay, when I would pull up on him, we’d lose the nose on the car. So, I don’t know, I thought maybe, if we’d been in front of him, maybe we could’ve pulled away from him. The guys done a great job. We’re gaining on it. We’re getting really close and I’m gonna be glad the day we can pass Clay.”
From Langley, the Pro Cuppers move on to South Boston (Va.) Speedway for their next event on June 12. The series makes a return visit to Langley on Saturday, Aug. 14.

In the evening’s other feature event:

Starting from the pole, Greg Edwards led all but one lap and posted his first win of the season in the Budweiser 100 for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series featured division. He is the fifth different winner in six races.
Edwards claimed the pole position with a lap at 88.438 mph. Danny Edwards Jr. was second-quickest, just 48-thousandths of a second off his brother’s pace. John Staton lined up third, alongside C.E. Falk, while Woody Howard was fifth in the 18-car field.
As the green flag waved, the Edwardses roared into Turn 1 side-by-side. Greg Edwards got the upper hand off Turn 2 and Danny Edwards Jr. settled into second. Falk emerged in the third spot, ahead of door-to-door battle between Staton and Dean Shiflett.
Staton and Shiflett remained side-by-side until lap 5 when Staton pulled ahead. The protracted battle, however, allowed the front three to get away by half a straightaway. As the fourth-place duel sorted itself out, Howard went to work, taking fifth from Shiflett on lap 6 and snagging fourth from Staton on lap 8.
The running order at the head of the field remained the same until lap 15 when Shiflett scooted past Staton to regain fifth. Meanwhile, at the front, Greg Edwards had opened a four-length advantage over Danny Edwards Jr., who was two lengths ahead of Falk. Half a straightaway separated the lead trio from fourth-place Howard.
On lap 28, Falk slipped past Danny Edwards Jr. to take over second. He motored to the inside of Edwards’ #26 machine in Turns 1 and 2 and grabbed the spot off the second corner. The exchange allowed Greg Edwards to pad his lead to six lengths.
Nearing the midway mark, Greg Edwards headed into heavy traffic, including a three-way scuffle between Mark Wertz, Wes Falk and Casey Wyatt. With the leader sorting his way through, C.E. Falk closed to within three lengths.
The first caution flag flew on lap 56 when Wyatt spun off the leader’s nose, collecting Falk in the process. The incident handed second place back to Danny Edwards Jr. as the field bunched for a double-file restart.
As the race resumed, the Edwardses dueled door-to-door with Greg Edwards eking out a half-length edge at the flagstand. He cleared his brother off Turn 2 on lap 57.
The second caution flag flew on lap 59 when C.E. Falk and Staton tangled at the entrance to Turn 1, sending Staton sliding into the outside wall. The wreck brought Staton’s night to a premature end and chased Falk to the attention of his crew before he rejoined the field for the restart.
Back under way, Danny Edwards Jr. inched out front into the first corner and maintained a half-length lead until he and Greg Edwards reached Turn 4. Exiting the turn, Greg Edwards nosed ahead, eventually clearing his brother in Turn 4 on the following circuit.
As the leader pulled away, third-place Howard rushed to fill the void to the inside of Danny Edwards Jr. After several laps of door-to-door action, Howard took over second on lap 64.
The third, and final, yellow flag waved on lap 66 when Terry Carroll and Rick Gdovic collided off Turn 4.
On the restart, Howard stayed solidly on Greg Edwards’ outside flank. Returning to the start/finish line, the two were locked in a dead heat with Edwards ahead by inches. At the end of the next circuit, lap 67, Howard nosed out front to break Edwards’ stranglehold on the top spot. Edwards battled back, though, regaining the lead on lap 68.
Greg Edwards and Howard continued side-by-side until lap 71 when Edwards gained the clear-cut advantage. Danny Edwards Jr. tried to follow his brother’s cue, but his advance was stymied as Howard maintained second place.
Deeper in the field, C.E. Falk was on the comeback trail. He returned to the top five on lap 78, slipping past Brandon Gdovic, then muscled Shiflett aside to grab fourth on lap 84. Heading into the final 10 laps, Greg Edwards enjoyed a four-length lead over Howard, who was busy with Danny Edwards Jr. and a fast-closing Falk.
At the finish, Greg Edwards was the winner by 0.767-second — about three lengths — over Howard. Danny Edwards Jr. was third, fighting off Falk down the stretch. Shiflett completed the top five. Brandon Gdovic was sixth to the stripe, followed by Wyatt, Wertz, Dude Gibbs and Wes Falk. The top 10 finishers were all on the lead lap at the end.
Pulling into the winner’s circle after the race, Greg Edwards began his post-race remarks by trying to make amends with Wyatt: “First off, I want to apologize to Casey Wyatt. He was racing hard in front of me and had every right to. I just got in there... I tried high and I tried low and I got into his bumper and turned him around and I really didn’t mean to do that.”
Continuing, Edwards noted the effort that went into preparing his new mount, a black version of the #21: “We’ve rebuilt this car three times before it ever got on the race track. The car probably didn’t have 30 laps on it before tonight and it was a big guess as to how we unloaded it off the trailer. We had both cars out here, practicing ‘em. Man, it was a crapshoot, but I kinda thought this car was gonna race good in the long run and it sure did. It was the best I’ve had in a long time.”
With the win, Greg Edwards added four points to the division lead he holds over Danny Edwards Jr. Heading into scheduled Twin 75s next week, the margin between the two is 10, 282-272. C.E. Falk is third, only four behind Danny Edwards Jr. Howard moved up to fourth and Wes Falk slipped to fifth.
• • •

USARacing Pro Cup Series & NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA

HAMPTON VIRGINIA 250/BUDWEISER 100 Race Results Saturday, May 29, 2010

**USARacing Pro Cup Series**
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (16) Clay Rogers; 250
2. (31) Logan Ruffin; 250
3. (73) Jeff Agnew; 250
4. (07) Matt Lofton; 250
5. (56) A.J. Frank; 250
6. (75) Caleb Holman; 250
7. (66) Benny Gordon; 250
8. (13) John Gibson; 249
9. (23) J.P. Morgan; 248
10. (41) David Wilson; 247
11. (59) Bryan Silas; 246
12. (02) Tyler Young; 245
13. (04) Larry Barrett; 241
14. (14) Ryan Heavner; 200
15. (00) Lucas Ransone; 76
16. (99) Brandon Sweet; 71
17. (3) Andrew Gordon; 2
18. (89) Michael Sosebee; 1
19. (20) C.E. Falk; 1
20. (4) Cassie Gannis; 0
Pole: Rogers - 84.357 mph.

**Crossroads Fuel Service
Late Model Stock Cars**
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (21) Greg Edwards; 100
2. (82) Woody Howard; 100
3. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 100
4. (40) C.E. Falk; 100
5. (06) Dean Shiflett; 100
6. (46) Brandon Gdovic; 100
7. (29) Casey Wyatt; 100
8. (55) Mark Wertz; 100
9. (7) Dude Gibbs; 100
10. (41) Wes Falk; 100
11. (88) Mitch Sarvis; 99
12. (64) Rick Gdovic; 98
13. (45) Doug Warren; 91
14. (90) Terry Carroll; 68
15. (17) John Staton; 58
16. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 36
17. (40D)Shawn Balluzzo; 3
18. (21C)Scott Prillaman; 1
Pole: G. Edwards - 88.438 mph.

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