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Langley Speedway News
Wood bests Stinson for 2nd Mod victory
Jul 3, 2010 - updated Jul 3rd, 2010 9:21pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

hampton, Va. --

Old Point National Bank Night Race Report Friday, July 2, 2010

(July 2) — Rusty Wood surged ahead on the final restart, then held on down the stretch to bag his second victory of the season in the Old Point National Bank 50 for the B&C Seafood Modifieds, the featured event of Friday evening’s racing program at Langley Speedway.
Thomas Stinson captured the pole for the race, qualifying at 84.307 mph. Points leader Shawn Balluzzo was second-fastest, followed by Joe Scarbrough, Wood and Robbie Babb. Slightly more than a tenth of a second separated the top five on the 12-car grid.
The event got off to an inauspicious start. As the field headed into Turn 1 for the first time, Babb skittered sideways and shot back across the track, collecting Scott Lawrence, Buster Horne Jr. and Anthony Kincaid. While Babb and Lawrence were able to rejoin the field, Horne and Kincaid took the brunt of the incident and saw their evenings come to a premature end.
On the second try at a start, Stinson jumped out front and left Balluzzo and Scarbrough locked in a side-by-side tussle for the runner-up spot. Scarbrough won that duel at the end of lap 1 and brought Wood along with him, dropping Balluzzo to fourth in the running order.
Wood slipped past Scarbrough for second through Turns 1 and 2 on lap 5. Balluzzo tried to follow his cue, but Scarbrough slammed the door. The shuffle allowed Stinson to pad his advantage to nearly half a straightaway.
By lap 13, Wood had shaken free of Scarbrough and was closing ground on Stinson. Behind him, Balluzzo was also on the move, swiping third from Scarbrough on lap 17 and setting off after the lead duo.
On lap 24, Balluzzo ducked under Wood in Turn 1 in a bid for second. He grabbed the position off the fourth corner, then set his sights on Stinson, who was little more than two lengths ahead.
The second caution flag waved on lap 26 as Bobby Gery slowed to a crawl on the apron in Turns 1 and 2. Only one more green-flag circuit was completed before the third caution flag came out for Lawrence’s spin on the backstretch. And, caution #4 appeared when officials weren’t satisfied with the ensuing restart.
Finally back under way, second-place Balluzzo held his ground on the outside on the double-file restart. Eventually, though, Stinson used the inside line to his advantage, pulling ahead of Balluzzo on lap 28 and opening the door for Wood, who snagged second on lap 29. Soon, the top three were circling the track in nose-to-tail formation, while Scarbrough lingered a car-length back.
The fifth yellow flag flew on lap 35 when Lawrence spun in Turn 2. It was quickly followed by the sixth caution flag as Wood jumped the ensuing restart by a rather wide margin.
Back under green, Wood remained on Stinson’s flank and nosed out front to take his first lead on lap 35. Behind them, Scarbrough scooted by Balluzzo for third. Wood maintained a slight advantage at the end of lap 36, but gave way to Stinson on lap 37.
The last of the race’s seven caution flags was displayed on lap 39 as Lawrence completed a hat trick of spinouts and retired to the pits.
Under green for a dash to the finish, Wood cleared Stinson in Turn 2, while Balluzzo wrested the third spot away from Scarbrough.
At the front, Stinson continued to hound Wood until lap 46 when a slight bobble in Turn 2 afforded the leader some breathing room. Stinson wasn’t through, however.
With the white flag in the air, Stinson tried to force his way underneath Wood into Turn 1, only to be rebuffed. He mustered one final charge in Turn 4, but couldn’t pull off a winning pass as Wood held on to win by 0.106-second — less than a car-length.
Balluzzo tailed Wood and Stinson to the line, in third, while Scarbrough and Cameron Patrick completed the top five. Babb was sixth, ahead of Joed Bruce and Matt Slye, the final drivers on the lead lap. Lawrence was credited with ninth and Gery was shown in 10th.
In Victory Lane after the race, Wood offered a succinct recap of his duel with Stinson: “He made the old man work for it tonight, I tell ya’. We were a little bit better on the short runs. After we ran a few laps, the car got loose, but we hung in there and dug it out.”
With the win, Wood has drawn to within two points of the division lead. Balluzzo leads Wood, 242-240, while Stinson is only four points out of the top spot, at 238.

In the evening’s other feature events:

Robbie Parker was awarded his first victory of the year in the 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock race when the apparent winner, Mark Claar, failed to clear the post-race inspection.
Gunning for his fourth straight win and looking to extend his points lead, Claar started on the pole, at 77.620 mph, and showed the way from green to checkers. At the finish, he was 2.1 seconds ahead of Parker.
Claar couldn’t outrun the tech inspectors, though. Reportedly, his right-rear wheel exceeded the 7-inch maximum prescribed in the division rules, resulting in a disqualification.
In the amended finishing order, Parker, who snagged second place from Ricky Derrick on lap 2, was elevated to the win. Carl Livingston was second, followed by Chris Hott, Ron Hester and Henry Barnes.
With Claar’s ouster, and despite being sidelined with mechanical problems, Derrick assumed the division lead, 220-204, over Parker. Derrick ended up eighth in Friday’s race, completing 23 circuits. Claar, meanwhile, has dropped into a third-place tie with Hott, at 198.

In a 25-lapper for the Casey Cycle City INEX Legends, Brad Hancock took the lead for good on lap 24 and rolled to his fifth win of the season.
Steve Keesee won the pole for the event, at 77.182 mph, sharing the front row with Rette Causey. Hancock lined up on the inside of Row 2 with Jamie Price alongside, while Cameron Patrick and Joe Hendricks Jr. made up Row 3.
As the race got under way, Keesee and Causey battled door-to-door with Keesee eking out a narrow margin at the end of lap 1. Keesee cleared Causey on the backstretch on lap 2 and left the door wide open for Hancock, Patrick, Hendricks, Bayley Currey and Price as Causey tumbled to seventh.
On lap 4, Hendricks slipped past Patrick for third. Currey followed Hendricks’ lead on the following circuit and moved into fourth, bringing Price and Causey along with him.
By lap 6, Hendricks had tracked down Keesee and Hancock. They were soon joined by Currey, making the battle for the lead a four-way affair.
On lap 9, Currey scooted around Hendricks for third. Again, Price and Causey tagged along, booting Hendricks from the top five.
The only caution flag flew on lap 11 for Gary Adams’ spin in Turn 2. Setting the lineup, Keesee showed the way, followed by Hancock, Currey, Price and Causey.
Back under green, Hancock wasted no time in going after Keesee for the lead. He ducked under Keesee’s #0 machine off Turn 2, nosed ahead at the line and gained the clear-cut edge on lap 12. Currey, Price and Causey also capitalized on Keesee’s predicament.
Reaching the halfway mark, Hancock held a two-length lead over Currey. Behind them, Causey bypassed Price to take over third.
Currey continued to shadow Hancock until lap 23 when he shot into the lead in Turn 3. Hancock immediately sought to return the favor, slipping underneath Currey on the backstretch on lap 24 and inching ahead at the white flag.
The Hancock/Currey duel lasted until they made their last tour of Turns 3 and 4. With the checkers in sight, Currey bobbled in the fourth corner and Hancock pulled away.
At the finish, Hancock was the winner by 0.249-second — about two lengths. Causey slid past Currey in the homestretch to take second. Currey was third, followed by Keesee and Hendricks.

Danny Harrell rebounded from a mid-race miscue, retook the lead on lap 39 and sailed to his second win of the year in the 50-lap Enduro.
Kevin Lee started on the pole, but gave way to Jeff Sweeney as the event got going. Harrell, who started fifth, quickly moved into second. By lap 7, Sweeney and Harrell had opened a full-straightaway advantage over third-place Lee.
Harrell grabbed the top spot for the first time on lap 8. Working through slower traffic on lap 10, he increased his margin to half a straightaway and continued to pour it on.
The race was interrupted by red flags on laps 19 and 22.
On the restart after the second stoppage, Harrell wasn’t unable to get going immediately and Sweeney regained the top spot. By the time Harrell got himself squared away, he had fallen half a lap behind.
The last red flag came at lap 29.
Returning to green, Harrell grabbed second from Lee, then set off after Sweeney, who was a straightaway ahead. Little by little, though, Harrell chipped away at the gap, slowly closing in.
By lap 39, Harrell had chased down Sweeney. In Turn 2, he slipped under and past Sweeney, taking the lead for good.
At the finish, Harrell was the winner by six lengths over Sweeney. Tony Spivey was third, followed by Lee and Rick Stotler.

In the evening’s opening event, a 20-lapper for the INEX Bandoleros, Trevor Collins led from pole to checkers to pick up the victory.
Jonathan Findley shared the front row with Collins and held down the runner-up spot throughout the contest, never falling more than a couple car-lengths back.
On the final circuit, Findley took a run at the leader off Turn 4. His charge came up half a car-length short, though, as Collins held on to seal the win.
Behind the two front-runners, Jacob Leverstein, Cori French, Jacob Harberts and D.J. Powell took turns swapping the third position. At the finish, that battle was won by Powell. French and Leverstein were fourth and fifth, respectively.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Old Point National Bank Night
Race Results
Friday, July 2, 2010

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (69) Rusty Wood; 50
2. (4) Thomas Stinson; 50
3. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
4. (9) Joe Scarbrough; 50
5. (20) Cameron Patrick; 50
6. (44) Robbie Babb; 50
7. (77) Joed Bruce; 50
8. (33) Matt Slye; 50
9. (83) Scott Lawrence; 38
10. (60) Bobby Gery; 25
11. (6) Buster Horne Jr.; 0
12. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 0
Pole: Stinson - 84.307 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (19) Robbie Parker; 40
2. (77) Carl Livingston; 40
3. (01) Chris Hott; 40
4. (0) Ron Hester; 40
5. (90) Henry Barnes; 40
6. (28) Billy Fisher; 40
7. (11) Tommy Sweeney; 40
8. (8) Ricky Derrick; 23
9. (71) J.R. Smith; 7
DQ (07) Mark Claar; 40
(Finished 1st, but failed to
clear post-race inspection.)
Pole: Claar - 77.620 mph.

INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
2. (33) Rette Causey; 25
3. (47) Bayley Currey; 25
4. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
5. (30) Joe Hendricks Jr.; 25
6. (08) Jamie Price; 25
7. (20) Cameron Patrick; 25
8. (99) Sparky West; 25
9. (14) Woody Howard; 25
10. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
11. (88) Chris Raiford; 25
12. (22) Brian May; 25
13. (97) Steve Ward; 25
14. (92) Kenny Aubrey; 25
15. (38) Kim Forrester; 25
16. (4) Bobby Gobble; 25
17. (49) Gary Adams; 25
Pole: Keesee - 77.182 mph.

ENDUROS - 50 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (95) Danny Harrell; 50
2. (11) Jeff Sweeney; 50
3. (46) Tony Spivey; 50
4. (35) Kevin Lee; 50
5. (92) Rick Stotler; 49
6. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 46
7. (12) Alex Floroff; 45
8. (99) Ryan Farmer; 31
9. (82) Mike Ganoe; 22
10. (73) Sean Calway; 20
11. (3) Nathan Davis; 9
Pole: Lee - via draw
with top 8 inverted.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (77) Trevor Collins; 20
2. (41) Jonathan Findley; 20
3. (35) D.J. Powell; 20
4. (7) Cori French; 20
5. (26) Jacob Leverstein; 20
6. (13) Jacob Harberts; 20
7. (8) Mason Diaz; 19
8. (33) Macy Causey; 6
Pole: Collins - 66.281 mph.

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