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Greg Edwards, C.E. Falk split Late Model Twin 75s
Jun 27, 2010 - updated Jun 27th, 2010 9:05am
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Cook's Moving Service Night Race Report Saturday, June 26, 2010
Greg Edwards and C.E. Falk each got a taste of the spotlight as the two drivers split the wins in the Cook’s Moving Service Twin 75s for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the featured events of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
• Race #1: In the opening event, Edwards snagged the lead from pole starter Woody Howard on the first lap and led the rest of the way to nail down his second victory of the season.
While Edwards was motoring ahead on lap 1, the news wasn’t as promising for his brother, Danny Edwards Jr., who started sixth in the 18-car lineup.
As the field headed toward Turn 1 for the first time, Edwards Jr. steered his machine to the top side of the track, well off the pace. Edwards Jr. made his way back around to the pit lane, retiring to a 15th-place finish.
Back at the front, Greg Edwards had pulled out to a four-length advantage over Howard, who was followed closely by Falk and Mark Wertz. On lap 7, Falk slipped under Howard in Turns 3 and 4 and completed the pass for second off Turn 2 on the next circuit. The shuffle of positions allowed Edwards to add another length to his lead.
Once clear of Howard, Falk began to chase down the leader. Edwards blunted that charge, though, and the gap widened again.
With Edwards, Falk and Howard having settled into the top three spots, attention turned to a brewing fourth-place tussle between Wertz and Wes Falk. Wes Falk grabbed the position on lap 35, but handed it back on lap 50 when he suddenly slowed and turned toward the pits.
As the laps began to wind down, Edwards maintained a six-length lead over C.E. Falk. Traffic loomed ahead, however, in the form of Joe Gaita and a side-by-side duel involving Casey Wyatt and Brandon Gdovic.
For a while, it appeared that the slower cars might not come into play. On lap 72, though, Edwards caught up to the pack and waded in.
Though Edwards was dealing with traffic, Falk was unable to take advantage, shaving only a couple car-lengths from the leader’s healthy margin.
At the finish, Edwards was the winner by 0.822-second — about four lengths — over Falk. Howard was third, followed by Wertz and Paul DeBolt. Wyatt and Gdovic were sixth and seventh, respectively, the final drivers on the lead lap at the end of the caution-free race.
In Victory Lane after the race, Edwards was asked if he had any mechanical concerns on such a toasty evening, especially after seeing several entrants fall by the wayside: “No. I mean, I was a little concerned about C.E. I didn’t want to overdo it and drive the car too hard and kill us in the second race. I was riding up there the best I could and I looked up in the mirror and they said C.E. was closing on me, so I tried to pick it up and the car’s a little loose. But, we’re gonna make some adjustments to it here at halfway, just to tighten it up a little bit. Man, this car is just a rocketship. I don’t know what to tell ya’. I gotta thank James and Mary Lou Long so much for giving me the opportunity to drive this car. It’s just a pleasure. And, I’ve gotta thank my guys. They work so hard on this car.”
• Race #2: In the nightcap, C.E. Falk nosed ahead of Greg Edwards on lap 3 and sailed to his fifth win of the season.
By virtue of his win in the first race, Greg Edwards started the second 75-lapper from the pole with Falk on his flank. The two went door-to-door on the opening lap with Edwards eking out a slim margin as they returned to the flagstand.
Edwards cleared Falk in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 2, only to see Falk cross over to the inside lane when they reached the other end of the speedway. Holding the preferred groove, Falk took the lead as lap 3 commenced, leaving Edwards to battle Howard for second.
The only yellow flag flew on lap 5 when Wyatt spun in Turn 4. The caution negated Howard’s pass of Edwards for second and also saved Edwards a few more spots as he had been rooted out of line just ahead of Wyatt’s incident.
On the double-file restart, Falk quickly cleared Edwards, who resumed his duel with Howard. Howard gained the clear-cut advantage on lap 6. By then, however, Falk had dashed away by five lengths.
Deeper in the field, Danny Edwards Jr., at the wheel of his brother’s hastily re-numbered backup car, was on the move. After starting 13th, he cracked the top five for the first time on lap 21, bypassing DeBolt. He slipped past Gdovic for fourth on lap 25, then took aim at third-place Greg Edwards.
On lap 39, Danny Edwards Jr. treated his brother to the odd sensation of being passed by his own backup car as he snagged the third spot. Quickly pulling away from Greg Edwards, Danny Edwards Jr. set sail after runner-up Howard and caught him on lap 48.
Edwards Jr. tailed Howard for a handful of circuits, then went after the second spot on lap 53, making the pass off the fourth corner as they navigated past Gaita’s lapped machine.
While Edwards Jr. was putting on a show in his mirror, Falk was cruising at the head of the field, up by a full straightaway.
Over the remaining circuits, Edwards Jr. was able to narrow Falk’s lead just a bit. Without the assistance of a friendly caution flag, though, he had no chance to run down the potent #40 machine.
At the finish, Falk was the winner by 2.554 seconds — nearly a straightaway — over Danny Edwards Jr. Howard picked up his second third-place finish of the night, while Greg Edwards and Gdovic rounded out the top five. Doug Warren was sixth, followed by Wes Falk, Dean Shiflett and DeBolt, who also completed the entire distance.
Pulling into the winner’s circle after the event, Falk offered a recap of his evening: “This car was really, really good. It was good in the first race, too. We just didn’t quite have the track position, but the 21’s (Greg Edwards) been real good, too. Man, the car just drove awesome those first 50 laps. I just knew we had to get out front quick if we were gonna beat the 26 (Danny Edwards Jr.) on fresh tires. But, man, the number 40 car got ‘er done tonight.”
Danny Edwards Jr. also stopped by Victory Lane to talk about the highs and lows of his night: “On the start (of Race #1), when I hit high gear there, it broke the rear end. Something in the rear end broke, so I’ve gotta thank James and Mary Lou Long for letting me drive Greg’s backup, the red 21. If it wasn’t for that, we’d have been sitting on the sideline. We had a little unfair advantage there (in Race #2) coming through the field because we didn’t have any laps on our tires from the first race, so that allowed us to get to where we got to. But, we still didn’t have nothing for the 40, even with that, so they definitely hooked up tonight. It was just a little bit of a comeback. We needed to gain something and have some kind of finish tonight, point-wise. It looks like we’re pretty much out of it at this point. Anyway, it was fun.”
Concluding his remarks, Edwards Jr. laughingly quashed the idea that he might join his brother on the Long Motorsports team: “No, I don’t think so. It just kinda worked out for us tonight that James let us take that second car. We don’t have our backup car ready. He was kind enough to let me run it, so I want to thank him for that.”
In the series standings, Falk now holds an eight-point lead over Greg Edwards, 514-506. Howard is third with 490. Danny Edwards Jr. held onto fourth, but has dropped 48 behind the leader.
In the evening’s other feature events:
Randy Sample overcame a lackluster qualifying effort to post his fourth win of the year in the 40-lap Langley Speedway Fan Club Super Street feature.
Randy Akers was the fast qualifier, but had to start on the outside of Row 3 after dialing up a “6” on the inversion wheel. Kevin Alves, last week’s winner, assumed the pole. Meanwhile, Sample lined up in the 12th slot on the 16-car grid.
As the race got under way, Alves edged ahead of outside pole starter Jamie Sample to take the early lead. Before he could find a place in line, Sample also gave way to John Pereira, Larry Venable and Randy Akers.
By lap 6, Alves had already fashioned a half-straightaway lead as Venable hounded Pereira for the second spot. Farther back, Ryan Nester nosed past Jamie Sample for fifth on lap 8, then swiped fourth from Akers on lap 14.
As for the eventual winner, Randy Sample climbed from 13th to eighth in the first nine laps and made his first appearance in the top five on lap 20.
The first caution flag waved on lap 22 for Michael Farmer’s spin off Turn 4. Bunching for the restart, Nester gave up the fourth spot in the running order to test his luck on the outside of Alves.
Back under green, Alves quickly cleared Nester, who slipped in front of Pereira, in second. Only one more green-flag lap was completed before the second caution flag appeared for another Farmer spin in Turn 4.
On the ensuing restart, it was Randy Sample who surrendered his spot in line to try and advance his position.
As the race resumed, Alves cleared Sample and left the inside lane open for Nester, who rushed underneath Sample. Sample stayed wound up on high side, though. He fended off Nester, then pulled to the outside of Alves on lap 24, nosing ahead at the line.
Sliding to second, Alves became a fixture on Sample’s rear bumper, never falling more than a car-length back. The two were still nose-to-tail when the third, and final, caution flag was displayed on lap 36 as Farmer completed the hat trick with a spin on the backstretch.
Under green for the last time, Sample and Alves bolted from the pack, while Akers tried, unsuccessfully, to snatch fourth from Pereira.
In the closing circuits, Sample pulled away, extending his winning margin to 0.902-second — about four lengths. Alves was second, followed by Nester, Pereira and Akers.
With the win, Sample has moved into a second-place tie with Akers in the series standings, only two points behind division leader Sean Calway, who came home in sixth.
In the 25-lap Larry King Legal Services Super Truck race, Robbie Davis grabbed the lead on lap 15 and rolled on to his fourth win of the season.
Tommy Nixon and Davis were the top two qualifiers, but ended up sharing Row 4 when Nixon spun an “8” on the inversion wheel.
Chris Bechtel was the chief beneficiary of Nixon’s spin. He started on the pole and set the pace for the first eight laps with Chase McAdams in tow.
On lap 9, McAdams slipped by Bechtel for the top spot. A lap later, Brad Adams, Nixon and Davis followed, dropping Bechtel to fifth in the running order.
The first caution flag waved on lap 12 as Troy Turnage slowed to a stop in Turn 4.
Readying for the restart, Adams, the points leader coming into the event, decided to pull alongside McAdams, giving up the second position. He was joined on the outside by Davis.
Back under green, McAdams and Adams dueled side-by-side until they reached Turn 4. Exiting the corner, McAdams maintained the upper hand. Nixon advanced to second, followed by Davis, while Adams slipped to fourth. On the next lap, Davis scooted by Nixon for second and brought Adams along with him, to third.
By lap 14, Davis was parked on McAdams’ tailgate and looking for the lead. He got it on the next lap, powering into the top spot at the end of the backstretch.
The second yellow flag flew on lap 19 as Adams suffered mechanical problems and dumped fluid on the track, spelling an early end to his night.
On the restart, Nixon pulled to the outside of Davis. While he couldn’t take over the lead, he did moved up from third to second as things shook out.
The last caution flag was unfurled on lap 23 when Troy Turnage tangled with Rick Potter at the end of the front straightaway.
Under green for the final time, Davis and Nixon pulled away to settle the win between themselves. At the checkers, Davis was the winner by 0.300-second — a single truck-length. McAdams was third, followed by Curtis Hughes and Bechtel.
With his early exit from the festivities, Adams tumbled from first to third in the series standings. He is now 12 behind Davis, the new leader, and four behind Nixon.
Adam Florian came out on top of a grinding last-lap duel with Chris Hildebrand to score his third win of the year in a 25-lapper for the EZ Auto of Newport News UCARs.
Florian was the fast qualifier, but spun a “6” on the inversion wheel, knocking him back to the outside of Row 3 and elevating points leader Michael Joyner to the pole.
On the start, Joyner motored ahead of Michael Waters to take the early lead. His stay atop the leaderboard was short-lived, however, as Sammy Gaita pushed his machine to the front on the second circuit.
In the meantime, Florian was steadily making his way toward the front and Hildebrand was on the charge, gaining 10 spots in the first nine laps to crack the top five.
On lap 10, Florian overtook Waters for third, followed a lap later by Hildebrand. After two more green-flag circuits, they double-teamed Joyner to grab second and third. At the halfway mark, Gaita enjoyed a six-length advantage, but Florian and Hildebrand were growing larger in his mirror.
The only caution flag waved on lap 17 when Eric Schaffer looped his machine in Turn 4. As the field bunched for the restart, Florian abandoned the second spot to move to the outside of Gaita.
Back under green, Florian won the drag race into Turn 1 and took the lead for the first time. Hildebrand moved up to second, dropping Gaita to third.
On lap 21, Hildebrand drove underneath Florian in Turn 4, making the bid pay off as they raced through Turns 1 and 2 on lap 22. Falling in line, Florian shadowed Hildebrand until lap 24, then forced his way alongside off Turn 4 with the white flag in sight.
Florian and Hildebrand went door-to-door for the final circuit with Florian surging ahead off the fourth corner. At the stripe, he was the winner by 0.117-second — less than a car-length. Hildebrand was second, followed by Gaita, Joyner and Waters.
Casey Sipe posted his third win of the year in the evening’s opening event, a 30-lap contest for the Standard Welding Pro Sixes. Aided by an inversion of the top six qualifiers, he started on the outside of Row 1 and never looked back, leading flag-to-flag.
While Sipe was cruising along on his way to Victory Lane, attention turned to the tussle for second between points leader Matt Mullins and fast qualifier T.J. Guthrie. The two were locked bumper-to-bumper for virtually the entire race, while fourth-place Warren Smigo enjoyed a ringside seat.
At the finish, Sipe was the winner by half a straightaway — 1.912 seconds, to be exact. Mullins, who carefully guarded the inside line throughout the event, was the runner-up, holding off Guthrie. Smigo was fourth and Lindsay Bryant rounded out the top five.
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Cook's Moving Service Night
Saturday, June 26, 2010
CROSSROADS FUEL SERVICE
LATE MODEL STOCK CARS - Twin 75s
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (21) Greg Edwards; 75
2. (40) C.E. Falk; 75
3. (82) Woody Howard; 75
4. (55) Mark Wertz; 75
5. (34) Paul DeBolt; 75
6. (29) Casey Wyatt; 75
7. (46) Brandon Gdovic; 75
8. (84) Joe Gaita; 74
9. (45) Doug Warren; 74
10. (7) Dude Gibbs; 52
11. (64) Rick Gdovic; 51
12. (41) Wes Falk; 49
13. (38) Duane Shreeves; 48
14. (06) Dean Shiflett; 31
15. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 0
16. (40C)Bruce Kimmel; 0
17. (21B)Robbie Babb; 0
18. (56) Kevin Cunningham; 0
Pole: Howard - 88.560 mph.
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) C.E. Falk; 75
2. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
3. (82) Woody Howard; 75
4. (21) Greg Edwards; 75
5. (46) Brandon Gdovic; 75
6. (45) Doug Warren; 75
7. (41) Wes Falk; 75
8. (06) Dean Shiflett; 75
9. (34) Paul DeBolt; 75
10. (55) Mark Wertz; 74
11. (64) Rick Gdovic; 74
12. (29) Casey Wyatt; 74
13. (84) Joe Gaita; 74
14. (7) Dude Gibbs; 65
15. (56) Kevin Cunningham; 3
Pole: G. Edwards - based on finish
of Race #1.
LANGLEY SPEEDWAY FAN CLUB
SUPER STREETS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (24) Randy Sample; 40
2. (84) Kevin Alves; 40
3. (87) Ryan Nester; 40
4. (1) John Pereira; 40
5. (21) Randy Akers; 40
6. (12) Sean Calway; 40
7. (14) Larry Venable; 40
8. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 40
9. (6) Chris Roberts; 40
10. (28) Jamie Sample; 40
11. (11) Jason Aukland; 40
12. (2) Rod Busitzky; 40
13. (39) Garrett Willcox; 40
14. (9) Michael Farmer; 40
15. (03) Jerry Lamontagne; 40
16. (8) Dennis Nagle; 40
Pole: Alves - Top 6 inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Akers - 74.240 mph.
LARRY KING LEGAL SERVICES
SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
2. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
3. (62) Chase McAdams; 25
4. (70) Curtis Hughes; 25
5. (52) Chris Bechtel; 25
6. (20) Buck Munger; 25
7. (30) Chris Spangler; 25
8. (18) Cory Millard; 25
9. (21) Rick Potter; 25
10. (7) Lloyd Holbrook; 25
11. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
12. (12) Brad Adams; 18
13. (29) Amanda Frye; 12
14. (47) Mike Bridwell; 7
Pole: Bechtel - Top 8 inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Nixon - 73.032 mph.
EZ AUTO OF NEWPORT NEWS UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (1) Adam Florian; 25
2. (17) Chris Hildebrand; 25
3. (21) Sammy Gaita; 25
4. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
5. (2) Michael Waters; 25
6. (14) Landon Florian; 25
7. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
8. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
9. (23) Nelson Moody; 25
10. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
11. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
12. (36) Andrew Condrey; 25
13. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 25
14. (73) Jayson Vaught; 25
15. (10) John Matthews; 25
16. (12) Eric Schaffer; 24
Pole: Joyner - Top 6 inverted.
Fast Qualifier - A. Florian - 71.594 mph.
STANDARD WELDING PRO SIXES - 30 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (14) Casey Sipe; 30
2. (54) Matt Mullins; 30
3. (23) T.J. Guthrie; 30
4. (41) Warren Smigo; 30
5. (81) Lindsay Bryant; 30
6. (6) Bobby Hall; 30
7. (44) Ron McQuillen; 14
Pole: Hall - Top 6 inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Guthrie - 79.749 mph.
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