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Woody Howard grabbed the lead from C.E. Falk on lap 80 and sped to his first victory
Jun 13, 2010 - updated Jun 13th, 2010 10:03am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Sysco Night at the Races Race Report Saturday, June 12, 2010

Woody Howard grabbed the lead from C.E. Falk on lap 80 and sped to his first victory of the season in the Sysco 100 for the Crossroads Fuel
Woody Howard grabbed the lead from C.E. Falk on lap 80 and sped to his first victory
Service Late Model Stock Cars, the headlining event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.

Greg Edwards, the points leader coming into the race, nabbed the pole position with a qualifying run at 88.150 mph. Danny Edwards Jr. was second-fastest, just 16-thousandths of a second off his brother’s pace. Falk lined up third, followed by Brandon Gdovic and Paul DeBolt. Howard launched from the eighth spot on the 18-car grid.

As the race got under way, Danny Edwards Jr. won the drag race into Turn 1 and gained the early lead. Greg Edwards settled into second, followed by Falk and a side-by-side battle between DeBolt and Gdovic, which DeBolt won on lap 2.
After shadowing his brother for the first dozen circuits, Greg Edwards pushed his machine to the front on lap 13. He slipped underneath Danny Edwards Jr. in Turn 2 and completed the pass as they exited Turn 4. Falk tried to tag along with Greg Edwards, but Danny Edwards Jr. slammed the door, hanging onto the second spot.
Behind the leaders, Mark Wertz, who started ninth, popped into the top five for the first time on lap 19, scooting past Gdovic. As Wertz pulled away, he left the lane open for Casey Wyatt and Howard, who moved into sixth and seventh, respectively.
The race was interrupted by the first caution flag when Duane Shreeves and Dude Gibbs tangled off Turn 4 on lap 28.
On the double-file restart, Danny Edwards Jr. remained on Greg Edwards’ flank until they reached Turn 4. Coming off the corner, Greg Edwards pulled ahead and brought Falk along with him, dropping Danny Edwards Jr. back to third.
The second yellow flag flew on lap 30 when Mitch Sarvis and Rick Gdovic locked horns at the end of the backstretch.
Back under green, Falk got the better of Greg Edwards off the second corner and motored into the lead as the field headed onto the backstretch. Reaching Turn 3, Danny Edwards Jr. moved up to second and it became apparent that something was amiss on Greg Edwards’ potent #21 machine. He hit the pit lane on lap 33 and fell three laps behind while his crew made repairs.
At the front, Falk held a slim edge over Danny Edwards Jr. Meanwhile, DeBolt was creeping into contention. By lap 40, he had drawn to within a car-length of Danny Edwards Jr.’s rear bumper. The charge came to an end on lap 42, though, as he suddenly dropped off the pace at the start/finish line and steered to the pits.
With DeBolt on the sidelines, third place passed to Wyatt, who was busy with a challenge from Wertz. Wertz snagged the third spot on lap 48 and set sail after the lead duo. By lap 58, he had tracked down Falk and Edwards Jr.
On lap 61, Wertz poked a fender underneath Edwards Jr. in Turn 4, initiating a bid for second. The two went door-to-door until lap 63 when Wertz gained the advantage off Turn 2. The shuffle allowed Falk to pad his lead to four lengths.
The third caution flag flew on lap 76 when Shawn Balluzzo spun in Turn 2.
On the ensuing restart, Danny Edwards Jr. tried to retake second place from Wertz, but they tangled at the end of the backstretch. Wertz went spinning, while Edwards plowed nose-first into the Turn 3 wall, bringing out Caution #4.
The last of the race’s five yellow flags was unfurled on the next try at a restart when Wes Falk spun on the back straightaway.
Lining up for what would turn out to be the final restart, C.E. Falk and Wyatt occupied the front row. Howard and Brandon Gdovic made up Row 2.
Back under green, Falk quickly cleared Wyatt. Howard filled the void and nabbed second place at the entrance to Turn 3. Wasting no time, he zeroed in on the leader.
Howard began his bid for the top spot on lap 79, driving under Falk in Turn 2. Falk held on to lead that lap, but Howard continued to dig and nosed ahead on lap 80. He cleared Falk on lap 81 and began to ease away. Within five laps, Howard had built a two-length edge.
At the finish, Howard was the winner by 0.472-second — a little more than two car-lengths — over Falk. Wertz rallied from his earlier mishap to take third, gaining that spot on lap 91. Wyatt was fourth and Gdovic completed the top five.
Wes Falk headed up the second five, in sixth, followed by Balluzzo, who was wrapping up his “Rock Star 265” (six races in one night) charity effort. Joe Gaita was eighth, the final driver on the lead lap. Greg Edwards was credited with ninth, three laps down, while Danny Edwards Jr. ended up 10th, five laps back.
After a smoky burnout along the frontstretch, Howard headed to Victory Lane, where he recounted his evening’s work: “We’ve been working hard and C.E.’s been kicking our butt. I’ve probably been searching a little too hard. I finally had to get back to basics and keep it simple. He’s been making us look bad. I appreciate him running me clean. I got into him a little bit, but I knew, if I got there, I needed to go quick. If I had got to second and a caution would’ve came out, I would’ve been a sitting duck (on the double-file restart), so nudged him a little bit and got by him. That’s how we do it.”
Continuing, Howard noted, “There’s so many things you can adjust on these cars. It’s hard to hit on it, y’know? You come back here next week and this might not even work. We messed up in qualifying and changed everything. We actually went back to basics, what we’ve been running with, but we’ve been getting beat with it. So, we went back to it, though, and just tweaked on it a little bit and here we are.”
With both Edwards brothers having problems, the series standings were shuffled a bit at the end of the night. Falk, the defending champ, jumped from second to first, four points ahead of Greg Edwards, 416-412. Howard moved into third, while Danny Edwards Jr. dropped to fourth. Wes Falk held onto the fifth spot.

In the evening’s other feature events:

In a 50-lapper for the B&C Seafood Modifieds, Rusty Wood started on the pole, at 83.874 mph, and led all the way for his first win of the campaign.
Thomas Stinson shared the front row with Wood and stayed to his outside until the field reached Turn 4 for the first time. Exiting the corner, Wood pulled ahead, while Stinson dropped into second. Balluzzo and Buster Horne Jr. emerged in third and fourth, followed by Scott Lawrence.
The first caution flag fluttered on lap 2. Yellow flags would be a central theme over the first half of the event as six of them were displayed before 25 laps were in the books. Through it all, Wood maintained the lead, followed by Stinson, Balluzzo and Horne.
Back under green and looking for the crossed flags, Wood pulled ahead of Stinson in Turn 3 and shot ahead by three lengths as Balluzzo closed in on the runner-up.
One last caution flag waved on lap 31, bringing the race total to seven.
On the double-file restart, Wood quickly dispensed with Stinson, while Balluzzo shook free of Steve McGuire, who had taken fourth from Horne. With Wood disappearing into the distance, attention turned to the brewing battle for second.
Balluzzo took a run at Stinson at the start/finish line on lap 35, but couldn’t pull off the pass and fell back in line. He kept at it, though, eventually working underneath Stinson on lap 48.
At the checkers, Wood was the winner by 1.925 seconds — half a straightaway. Balluzzo was second, clearing Stinson off the final corner. Stinson, McGuire and Horne completed the top five.

Mark Claar moved out front on lap 35 and rolled to his second victory in a 40-lap event for the Pepsi Grand Stocks.
Balluzzo set the fast time in qualifying, at 76.592 mph. As the race began, however, he gave way to Ricky Derrick, who took the early lead. Claar, who started third, grabbed second on lap 1. Balluzzo, meanwhile, got caught to the high side and drifted back to 11th.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 6 when officials spotted a leak from Tommy Sweeney’s #11 car. He reported to the pits, giving up the third spot on the track.
On the restart, Paul Lubno gave up the fifth position in line to test his luck on the outside of Derrick. As the race resumed, Lubno stayed on the leader’s flank until they reached Turn 3. There, in the Langley Speedway version of a bump-draft, Claar shoved Derrick out front. Claar tagged along with Derrick and they were joined by Jammie Goode as Lubno dropped back to fourth.
The second and third yellow flags waved on laps 13 and 14. Gathering for a return to green, Derrick showed the way, followed by Goode, Claar, Lubno and Rodney Boyd.
Back under way, Derrick manufactured a slim margin, while Claar hounded Goode for second place. He picked up the spot on lap 18 and brought Lubno along with him, to third. At halfway, Derrick enjoyed a four-length lead.
Entering the final 10 laps, Claar began to close on Derrick. By lap 34, he had drawn to within half a car-length of the leader’s rear bumper.
On lap 35, Claar went after the top spot, driving under Derrick in Turn 2. He inched ahead at the stripe and the two continued side-by-side until they reached Turn 4 on lap 36. Heading back onto the frontstretch, Claar powered ahead and began to pull away. In only two laps, he had extended his margin to four lengths.
The race was slowed by one more yellow flag, which appeared when Sweeney slapped the Turn 3 wall on lap 38.
Under green for a sprint to the finish, Claar caught a major break when Lubno ducked under Derrick in a bid for second. While they tussled over the runner-up spot, Claar bolted from the pack.
At the finish, Claar was the winner by 1.465 seconds — nearly half a straightaway. Lubno was second, nipping Derrick by about a foot at the flagstand. Goode came home in fourth and Balluzzo rallied from his early-race fade to take fifth.

In the 25-lap Casey Cycle City INEX Legends feature, Joe Hendricks Jr. grabbed the lead from four-time winner Brad Hancock on the 22nd circuit and sped to his first win of the year.
Steve Keesee qualified on the pole, lapping the .395-mile oval at 76.728 mph. Hancock started second, followed by Jamie Price, Cameron Patrick and Hendricks.
As the race got going, Keesee dashed ahead, leading the field into Turn 1. Price moved up to challenge Hancock for second, while Hendricks pulled to the inside of Patrick. Price took the runner-up spot from Hancock, while Hendricks got the better of Patrick to claim fourth.
Keesee, Price and Hancock circled the track in tight formation until lap 8 when Hancock stepped out of line off Turn 4, swiping second from Price at the end of the frontstretch. Hendricks, who had crept into the tussle, tagged along with Hendricks and took over third.
The first caution flag flew on lap 13 when Balluzzo spun off Turn 2.
Back under green, Keesee forged a slim margin over Hancock, only to see the gap disappear as they headed into Turns 1 and 2.
Hancock continued to stalk Keesee until lap 16 when he grabbed the lead off the fourth corner, bringing Hendricks along with him.
Six laps later, Hendricks launched his own bid for the lead, taking a look to the inside of Hancock in Turn 1. The leader fought off that move, but couldn’t hold off Hendricks as they motored onto the backstretch. Exiting Turn 4, Hendricks moved atop the leaderboard.
The second, and final, caution flag waved on lap 23 when Hancock and Price tangled in Turn 2. They both retreated to the rear of the field for the restart.
Under green for the last time, Hendricks and Keesee pulled away from the pack, setting up a two-way duel for the win.
Hendricks held off Keesee over the closing laps and won by 0.106-second — barely a car-length. Spencer Saunders was third to the line, followed by Sparky West and Chris Raiford. West, though, failed to clear the post-race inspection and was disqualified. Raiford moved up to fourth in the official rundown, followed by Patrick.

In a 25-lapper for the Larry King Legal Services Super Trucks, Brad Adams started on the pole and led all the way for his first victory of the season. The win also propelled him into the points lead as Robbie Davis and Tommy Nixon failed to finish the event.
Balluzzo was the fast qualifier, at 73.629 mph, but had to start from the outside of Row 3 after dialing up a “6” on the inversion wheel. Adams assumed the pole with Rick Potter to his outside. Chase McAdams and Nixon made up Row 2, followed by Davis and Balluzzo in Row 3.
It didn’t take long for that lucky spin of the wheel to pay dividends for Adams. In Turns 3 and 4 on the opening lap, McAdams spun. When the smoke cleared, Adams was the only driver in the 14-truck field who hadn’t been involved to one degree or another.
Among the first-lap casualties was Davis, the points leader coming into the race. His truck was too badly battered to continue and he retired to a 12th-place finish.
Despite left-side damage, Nixon was the first one to make it through the accident scene and joined Adams on the front row when the field gathered for a complete restart.
Back under way, Adams gained the upper hand over Nixon as they headed into Turn 3. By lap 8, they had clearly established themselves as the class of the field, pulling off by a straightaway.
Meanwhile, Balluzzo was on the comeback trail. After restarting in 11th, he was all the way up to fourth by lap 7. His night came to premature end, though, as he fell off the pace and retired on lap 10.
Back at the front, Nixon suffered a similar fate on lap 14. As he slowed to a crawl along the back straightaway, the second caution flag waved on lap 15.
With Davis, Balluzzo and Nixon all cooling their heels in the infield, Adams was left as the dominant driver in the field. And, he displayed that dominance on the ensuing restart. In only seven laps, he opened a full-straightaway gap.
Adams’ cruise to the winner’s circle was interrupted on lap 24 when Bill Wallace scuffed the backstretch wall, prompting a spin by Chris Spangler and bringing out the third, and final, yellow flag.
On the last restart, Adams bolted from the pack and sailed to a four-length victory — 0.813-second, to be precise. Potter was second, slipping past Chris Bechtel on the restart. Lloyd Holbrook was third to the line, followed by Bechtel and Wallace, who scuffled all the way to the checkers.

Making his first start of the season, Chris Hildebrand seized command of the 25-lap EZ Auto of Newport News UCAR race on the sixth circuit and led the way to the checkered flag.
Adam Florian claimed the pole, at 70.894 mph, sharing the front row with Balluzzo, his teammate for the evening. Sammy Gaita and Hildebrand made up Row 2, while Michael Joyner started fifth.
As the race got under way, Florian eased into the lead, while Hildebrand drove inside Balluzzo. Gaita briefly considered making it three-wide, but backed off. Hildebrand cleared Balluzzo’s car on lap 2 and he quickly set off after the leader.
Balluzzo ran into some difficulty on lap 4 when Gaita rooted him aside in Turn 2 and grabbed the third spot. Caught on the high side, Balluzzo tumbled to 10th before finding a place in line.
Back at the front, Hildebrand tracked down Florian and slipped past for the lead through Turns 1 and 2 on lap 6. Florian tucked in line on the new leader’s bumper.
As the laps clicked off, with no caution flags, Hildebrand’s advantage over Florian began to grow. By the finish, he had extended his winning margin to 1.724 seconds — nearly half a straightaway. Gaita tailed Hildebrand and Florian to the line, in third. Balluzzo, after his early misadventure, rallied to take fourth, while Joyner completed the top five.

Balluzzo’s “Rock Star 265” odyssey was an effort to raise funds for 10-year-old cancer patient Madison Arnot, who was on hand for the evening with her family. Balluzzo completed 250 of 265 possible laps, scored three top-five finishes and was the fast qualifier for two of the events. Only mechanical problems with his Super Truck prevented him from finishing on the lead lap in all six races.
Trackside after the night’s final event, Balluzzo was already looking forward to repeating the feat: “Once a year, I think we should try and do this. I’ll be in better shape next time. I feel good, though. I’m ready to go again. I want a rematch on the UCARs — I got knocked out of the way! And, the truck broke!”
• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA

Sysco Night at the Races Race Results Saturday, June 12, 2010

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (82) Woody Howard; 100
2. (40) C.E. Falk; 100
3. (55) Mark Wertz; 100
4. (29) Casey Wyatt; 100
5. (46) Brandon Gdovic; 100
6. (41) Wes Falk; 100
7. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 100
8. (84) Joe Gaita; 100
9. (21) Greg Edwards; 97
10. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 95
11. (06) Dean Shiflett; 75
12. (7) Dude Gibbs; 75
13. (34) Paul DeBolt; 42
14. (88) Mitch Sarvis; 32
15. (64) Rick Gdovic; 29
16. (38) Duane Shreeves; 27
17. (21B)Robbie Babb; 3
18. (40A)Doug Warren; 2
Pole: G. Edwards - 88.510 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (69) Rusty Wood; 50
2. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
3. (4) Thomas Stinson; 50
4. (26) Steve McGuire; 50
5. (6) Buster Horne Jr.; 50
6. (83) Scott Lawrence; 50
7. (65) Jimmy Kibler; 50
8. (77) Joed Bruce; 50
9. (18) Greg Burgess Sr.; 50
10. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 45
11. (33) Matt Slye; 14
12. (12) Bubba Farmer; 14
13. (7) Steve Wagner; 14
14. (60) Bobby Gery; 4
Pole: Wood - 83.874 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (07) Mark Claar; 40
2. (14) Paul Lubno; 40
3. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
4. (36) Jammie Goode; 40
5. (55) Shawn Balluzzo; 40
6. (01) Chris Hott; 40
7. (77) Carl Livingston; 40
8. (28) Billy Fisher; 40
9. (19) Robbie Parker; 40
10. (9) Rodney Boyd; 37
11. (11) Tommy Sweeney; 37
12. (69) Connie Stanley; 28
13. (71) J.R. Smith; 13
Pole: Balluzzo - 76.592 mph.

INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (30) Joe Hendricks Jr.; 25
2. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
3. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
4. (88) Chris Raiford; 25
5. (20) Cameron Patrick; 25
6. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
7. (08) Jamie Price; 25
8. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 25
9. (38) Kim Forrester; 25
10. (49) Gary Adams; 25
11. (4) Bobby Gobble; 25
DQ* (99) Sparky West; 25
* Finished 4th, but didn't clear
the post-race inspection.
Pole: Keesee - 76.728 mph.

SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (12) Brad Adams; 25
2. (21) Rick Potter; 25
3. (7) Lloyd Holbrook; 25
4. (52) Chris Bechtel; 25
5. (19) Bill Wallace; 25
6. (18) Cory Millard; 25
7. (30) Chris Spangler; 25
8. (20) Buck Munger; 25
9. (62) Chase McAdams; 19
10. (8) Tommy Nixon; 13
11. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 10
12. (17) Robbie Davis; 0
13. (90) Troy Turnage; 0
14. (29) Amanda Frye; 0
Pole: Adams - top 6 inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Balluzzo - 73.629 mph.

UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Chris Hildebrand; 25
2. (1) Adam Florian; 25
3. (21) Sammy Gaita; 25
4. (14) Shawn Balluzzo; 25
5. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
6. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
7. (2) Michael Waters; 25
8. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
9. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
10. (36) Andrew Condrey; 25
11. (5) Jesse Jones; 25
12. (23) Nelson Moody; 25
13. (12) Eric Schaffer; 24
14. (10) John Matthews; 24
15. (73) Jayson Vaught; 24
16. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 23
Pole: Florian - 70.894 mph.

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