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USG Night at the Races Race Report Saturday, June 5, 2010
Jun 6, 2010 - updated Jun 6th, 2010 10:55am
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Hampton, VA --

C.E. Falk sweeps USG Twin 75 Late Model races

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

USG Night at the Races Race Report Saturday, June 5, 2010

Absent from Langley Speedway’s Victory Lane for nearly a month, C.E. Falk returned with a flourish on Saturday evening, sweeping the USG Twin 75s for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the featured events of the track’s weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program.
• Race #1: In the first 75-lapper, Falk grabbed the lead from Greg Edwards on the 54th circuit and motored to his third victory of the season.
Edwards was the polesitter for the event, qualifying at 89.254 mph. Falk started on the outside of Row 1, while Danny Edwards Jr. and Wes Falk made up Row 2. Woody Howard lined up fifth on the 17-car grid.
As the race got under way, Greg Edwards won the drag race into Turn 1 and snagged the top spot. Danny Edwards Jr. rushed to fill the opening to the inside of Falk and came away with the second position. Falk settled into third, followed by Howard and a side-by-side battle between Wes Falk and Mark Wertz.
On lap 6, Falk regained second from Danny Edwards Jr. The exchange allowed Greg Edwards to pad his lead to six car-lengths. Meanwhile, deeper in the field, Wertz had claimed fifth from Wes Falk and had chased down Howard. Wertz swiped fourth from Howard on lap 18 and Wes Falk tagged along, taking over fifth on the next circuit.
While C.E. Falk struggled to close ground on the leader, Wes Falk launched a bid for fourth place on lap 24, ducking under Wertz in Turns 1 and 2. Over the next 25 laps, the two would trade the fourth position an amazing 10 times.
Back at the front, Greg Edwards was on cruise control, his lead over C.E. Falk having grown to half a straightaway.
That margin vanished, though, when the Wes Falk/Wertz duel overheated on lap 52 and Falk spun in Turn 2 to bring out the only caution flag.
On the double-file restart, C.E. Falk stayed on Greg Edwards’ flank until they reached Turn 2. Exiting the corner, Edwards gained the upper hand. Falk didn’t fade, however, pecking at the leader’s bumper as the headed into Turn 3.
After shadowing Greg Edwards for a couple circuits, C.E. Falk went after the lead on lap 54. He ducked under Edwards in Turn 2 and completed the pass at the opposite end of the speedway. Within a handful of laps, he had already opened a three-length gap.
As the laps began to wind down, Greg Edwards tried to rally, closing to within a couple lengths of Falk. The leader caught a break, though, in the form of Dean Shiflett’s lapped car. While Falk was able to bypass Shiflett’s #06 machine on the back straightaway, Edwards pulled to the outside of Shiflett in the third and fourth corners. Being able to use the preferred line off the corner allowed Falk to stretch his lead to four lengths.
At the finish, C.E. Falk was the winner by 0.598-second — about three lengths — over Greg Edwards. Danny Edwards Jr. was third, while Howard and Wertz were fourth and fifth, respectively. Wes Falk recovered from his spin to head up the second five, in sixth. Dude Gibbs, Brandon Gdovic, Stephen Berry and Matt Waltz completed the top 10.
In the winner’s circle after the event, Falk was already looking forward to breaking out the broom: “Well, if you want to win both of ‘em, you’ve gotta win the first one. Just glad to be back in Victory Lane. It feels like it’s been a whole month and it literally has been. The car drove awesome. The 21 (Greg Edwards) was real good, too. I can’t take nothing away from him, but this #40 car got the job done. Hopefully, it does it twice tonight.”
• Race #2: In the nightcap, Falk started on the pole and led all 75 caution-free circuits to bag his fourth win and second of the evening.
At the initial green flag, Falk and Greg Edwards raced side-by-side into Turns 1 and 2 with Falk gaining the clear-cut edge off the second corner. As he did in the first race, Danny Edwards Jr. filled the void left by the polesitter and moved up to second. Greg Edwards dropped into third, followed by Wertz and Howard.
The running order at the front remained steady until lap 13 when Howard nosed ahead of Wertz for fourth. He cleared Wertz’s #55 car on the next lap and left the door open for Dude Gibbs, who slipped by on lap 15.
On the 16th circuit, Greg Edwards sought to regain the runner-up position from his brother. He drove under Danny Edwards Jr. on the frontstretch and completed the pass in Turns 1 and 2. The shuffle allowed Falk to open his margin to nearly half a straightaway.
Now in command of second place, Greg Edwards quickly pulled away from Danny Edwards Jr. and set off after Falk. Nearing the midway point, he had trimmed the deficit to just a couple of car-lengths.
Just past halfway, slower traffic became a factor and Greg Edwards pulled up on Falk’s bumper. Before Edwards could make a move, though, the outside lane opened up for Falk and he darted away by two lengths.
Over the remaining laps, Falk continued to build on his advantage and came home with a 1.290-second win, finishing about six lengths ahead of Greg Edwards. Danny Edwards Jr. was a distant third, nearly nine seconds back, followed by Howard and Casey Wyatt. Gibbs was sixth, while Gdovic, Wes Falk, Matt Waltz and Dean Shiflett were seventh through 10th, in that order.
Returning to Victory Lane, Falk took a seat next to his winning mount and recounted the event: “The car drove really good. Thank God it drove good ‘cause I’m tired, man. That was a long 75 laps, especially on those old tires, but the #40 Avalon Fishing Pier machine got ‘er done. Just can’t be more proud of my guys. We’ve had a bad couple of weeks there and it looked like we were kinda losing focus of what we were doing, but this car was right tonight.”
With the pair of victories, Falk has moved past Danny Edwards Jr. and into second place in the series standings. Greg Edwards leads the way with 378, 10 ahead of Falk. Danny Edwards Jr. is third, 14 behind the leader, followed by Woody Howard and Wes Falk.

In the evening’s other feature events:

In the 40-lap Langley Fan Club Super Street race, Randy Sample continued his dominance over the division, leading all the way from the pole for his third win in a row.
Sample set the fast time in afternoon qualifying, lapping the track at 73.982 mph. Randy Akers was second-quickest, followed by Ryan Nester, Larry Venable and Kevin Alves.
As the race got going, Sample grabbed the early advantage, showing the way into Turn 1. Akers dropped into second as the field sorted itself out in the leader’s wake.
Akers was able to stick with Sample in the opening laps. Together, they pulled away from third-place Nester, who was battling with Venable and Alves. By lap 10, though, Sample was starting to edge away, stretching his lead over Akers to three lengths. Half a straightaway separated Akers and Nester.
On lap 12, Alves slipped past Venable through Turns 3 and 4 to pick up the fourth spot. Meanwhile, Sample had widened his margin to half a straightaway nearing the halfway mark.
Just past halfway, Akers skated wide in Turn 2, allowing Sample to pull out to a full straightaway lead, while Nester and Alves closed in from behind.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 24. On the restart, Jamie Sample abandoned the sixth spot in line to test his luck to the outside of his brother. Randy Sample easily cleared him and pulled away, but Akers wasn’t as fortunate as he came under attack from Nester, who grabbed second and brought Alves along with him.
The only other yellow flag flew on lap 27 for a two-car incident on the backstretch. This time, it was Renno Marchetti IV who opted to pull to the leader’s outside for the restart.
Back under green, Sample quickly dispensed with Marchetti and drove away. Nester struggled to clear the Marchetti machine. By the time he broke free, Sample was already up by five lengths.
Over the closing laps, Sample kept pouring it on and won by a full straightaway — 3.979 seconds, to be precise — over Nester. Alves scooted around Marchetti on lap 34 and came home in third. Marchetti was fourth and Sean Calway picked up a fifth-place finish. After running in the lead pack for much of the event, Akers faded near the end and wound up ninth.

Brad Hancock kept his unbeaten streak alive in a 25-lapper for the Casey Cycle City INEX Legends. He started on the pole, at 77.803 mph, and led from flag to flag for his fourth straight win.
Launching from the inside of Row 1, Hancock snagged the lead on the start, pulling ahead of front-row colleague Steve Keesee. Jamie Price, Joe Hendricks Jr. and Spencer Saunders tagged along with Hancock, dropping Keesee to fifth.
The event was interrupted by two caution flag in the opening laps. Fifth-place Saunder was snared in the first incident and retreated to the rear of the field, giving up his spot to Sparky West.
As the race resumed, Hancock led a six-car breakaway at the front. As the field began to string out, Woody Howard slipped past West on lap 5 to gain the fifth position.
By the halfway point, Hancock had opened a five-length lead over Price, who was beginning to feel pressure from Hendricks and Keesee. Before that battle could develop, though, the last of the race’s three caution flags waved on lap 14.
Back under green, Hancock and Price broke from the pack in nose-to-tail formation. As they reached the end of the backstretch, Hancock eked out a one-length advantage, only to see Price narrow the gap.
On lap 18, Hendricks chased down Price and slipped underneath him off Turn 4. He finished off the pass for second in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 19 and brought Keesee along with him, kicking Price back to fourth. As positions changed hands behind him, Hancock widened his lead to three lengths, a margin he would maintain to the checkers.
At the finish, Hancock was the winner by 0.349-second over Hendricks. Keesee was fourth, followed by Price and Howard.

Robbie Davis moved out front for good on lap 21 and held on for his third win of the season in the 25-lap Larry King Legal Services Super Truck feature.
Modified and Late Model regular Shawn Balluzzo, tuning up for next week’s “Rock Star 265” adventure, bagged the pole position, at 73.443 mph. Balluzzo plans to run all six races on the June 12 program (a total of 265 laps) as a fundraiser for Madison “Rock Star” Arnot, a 10-year-old cancer patient.
As the race got under way, Balluzzo gained the early advantage, pulling ahead of Brad Adams to lead the field into Turn 1. Exiting the second corner for the first time, Davis, who started third, drove to the inside of Balluzzo and took over the top spot on the backstretch.
Davis was out front as the field returned to the flagstand, but gave way to Balluzzo as they headed back into Turn 1 on lap 2. In short order, Balluzzo manufactured a three-length lead over Davis. Meanwhile, Adams had fallen nearly half a straightaway behind.
Just past the halfway point, Balluzzo approaches a four-way scuffle for position near the tail of the field. He made it through the battle zone, increasing his lead to half a straightaway in the process.
That lead was erased on lap 20, however, when Bill Wallace spun off Turn 2. The second caution flag appeared on lap 21 for another Wallace spin in the second corner.
When the race resumed, Davis tailed Balluzzo over to Turn 2, then ducked to the inside lane in a bid for the lead. He grabbed the top spot in Turns 3 and 4 and brought Adams along to the second position. As they pulled away, Balluzzo’s machine began to falter.
The third, and final, yellow flag flew on lap 24 as Balluzzo slowed to a crawl along the backstretch. After leading much of the event, he retired to an 11th-place finish.
On the last restart, Adams hounded Davis into Turn 1. Davis found a truck-length’s worth of breathing room on the backstretch, though, and held that margin to the end.
At the finish, Davis was the winner by 0.297-second over Adams. Troy Turnage was third, while Tommy Nixon rallied for fourth. Rick Potter rounded out the top five.

In the evening’s opening event, a 20-lap contest for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts, Spencer Saunders swiped the lead from Bill Dailey with less than half a lap to go and held on for the win.
Chuck Weeks earned the pole, at 61.135 mph, and paced the first three circuits. Behind him, though, Dailey was gathering drafting partners and advancing toward the point.
With a drafting boost from Saunders, Dailey motored out front on lap 4. Working together, Dailey and Saunders opened a half-straightaway margin by the midway mark.
Maintaining a disciplined draft, Dailey and Saunders continued to add to their advantage and it soon became evident that the race would likely be settled between those two.
Saunders remained planted behind Dailey until the white-flag circuit when he broke out of line at the end of the backstretch and pulled alongside the leader.
Exiting Turn 4, with the checkers in sight, Saunders held a slight advantage. Dailey tried to rally from the outside, but his charge came up just short at the stripe as Saunders won by 20-thousandths of a second — less than half a kart-length. Chris O’Brien was third to the line, followed by Aaron Leach and Harold Gay.
• • •

*Race #1*
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) C.E. Falk; 75
2. (21) Greg Edwards; 75
3. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
4. (82) Woody Howard; 75
5. (55) Mark Wertz; 75
6. (41) Wes Falk; 75
7. (7) Dude Gibbs; 75
8. (46) Brandon Gdovic; 75
9. (99) Stephen Berry; 75
10. (2) Matt Waltz; 74
11. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 74
12. (64) Rick Gdovic; 74
13. (06) Dean Shiflett; 67
14. (29) Casey Wyatt; 19
15. (1) Kyle Waltz; 4
16. (40A)Doug Warren; 2
17. (21B)Robbie Babb; 0
Pole: G. Edwards - 89.254 mph.

*Race #2*
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) C.E. Falk; 75
2. (21) Greg Edwards; 75
3. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
4. (82) Woody Howard; 75
5. (29) Casey Wyatt; 75
6. (7) Dude Gibbs; 75
7. (46) Brandon Gdovic; 75
8. (41) Wes Falk; 74
9. (2) Matt Waltz; 74
10. (06) Dean Shiflett; 74
11. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 74
12. (55) Mark Wertz; 74
13. (99) Stephen Berry; 73
14. (64) Rick Gdovic; 73
15. (1) Kyle Waltz; 6
16. (21B)Robbie Babb; 3
17. (40A)Doug Warren; 3
Pole: C.E. Falk - based on finishing
order of Race #1.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (24) Randy Sample; 40
2. (87) Ryan Nester; 40
3. (84) Kevin Alves; 40
4. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 40
5. (12) Sean Calway; 40
6. (14) Larry Venable; 40
7. (28) Jamie Sample; 40
8. (2) Rod Busitzky; 40
9. (21) Randy Akers; 40
10. (1) John Pereira; 40
11. (81) Jeff Shannon; 40
12. (9) Michael Farmer; 40
13. (03) Jerry Lamontagne; 40
14. (11) Jason Aukland; 24
Pole: R. Sample - 73.982 mph.

INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
2. (30) Joe Hendricks Jr.; 25
3. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
4. (08) Jamie Price; 25
5. (14) Woody Howard; 25
6. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
7. (20) Cameron Patrick; 25
8. (99) Sparky West; 25
9. (8) Shawn Balluzzo; 25
10. (02) Kyle Resco; 25
11. (4) Bobby Gobble; 25
12. (38) Kim Forrester; 13
13. (49) Gary Adams; 5
14. (88) Chris Raiford; 1
Pole: Hancock - 77.803 mph.

SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
2. (12) Brad Adams; 25
3. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
4. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
5. (21) Rick Potter; 25
6. (70) Curtis Hughes; 25
7. (7) Lloyd Holbrook; 25
8. (52) Chris Bechtel; 25
9. (20) Buck Munger; 25
10. (18) Cory Millard; 24
11. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 22
12. (19) Bill Wallace; 22
13. (29) Amanda Frye; 1
Pole: Balluzzo - 73.443 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Kart #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (1) Spencer Saunders; 20
2. (00) Bill Dailey; 20
3. (99) Chris O'Brien; 20
4. (4) Aaron Leach; 20
5. (17) Harold Gay; 20
6. (80) Jake Harberts; 20
7. (74) James Grady; 20
8. (6) James Greene; 20
9. (64) John Savage; 20
10. (63) Clif Savage; 20
11. (39) Chuck Weeks; 19
12. (89) Shawn Gervais; 18
13. (24) Vaughan Crittendon; 10
Pole: Weeks - 61.135 mph.

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