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Falk claims 6th Late Model win in Hampton Heat 200.
Jul 11, 2010 - updated Jul 11th, 2010 10:06am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton Va. --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway Race Report Saturday, July 10, 2010

C.E. Falk took the lead on lap 13 and led the rest of the way to claim his sixth victory of the season in the Hampton Heat 200 for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the headlining event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Paul DeBolt claimed the Advance Auto Parts Pole Award, qualifying at 88.104 mph. He was 11-thousandths of a second quicker than Falk, who shared the front row. Greg Edwards lined up third, to the inside of Stacy Puryear, while Woody Howard rounded out the top five. Less than seventh-tenths of a second separated first from last on the 22-car grid.
As the race got under way, Falk remained on the pole-sitter’s flank until they reached Turn 3, where DeBolt gained the clear-cut advantage. Falk settled into second, followed by Edwards and a side-by-side tussle between Puryear and Howard, which Howard eventually won.
After eking out a two-length lead in the opening circuits, DeBolt saw that gap evaporate as Falk got up on the wheel. By lap 10, Falk was on his bumper and hounding him for the top spot.
Falk launched his bid for the lead on lap 13, muscling underneath DeBolt as they rolled into Turn 1. The two made contact in the middle of the corner and Falk grabbed the lead off Turn 2. Edwards followed on the next lap, taking over second and dropping DeBolt to third.
Deeper in the field, a battle was brewing for the fifth position as Puryear’s mirror was filled by Danny Edwards Jr. and Mark Wertz. Before they could tag-team Puryear, though, Wertz went after Edwards for the sixth spot, making the pass on lap 55.
The shuffle allowed Puryear some breathing room. By lap 78, though, Wertz had tracked him down and resumed the hunt for fifth. The two made contact at the end of the frontstretch on lap 78 with Puryear hanging onto the position. On the next lap, Wertz cut low in Turn 4 in an effort to force his way underneath Puryear, who slammed the door and pulled away, leaving Wertz to deal with Edwards Jr.
Back at the front, Falk and Greg Edwards had driven away from DeBolt, who was struggling to navigate past slower traffic. By lap 86, the gap between the lead duo and third place had grown to a full straightaway.
Meanwhile, Danny Edwards Jr. and Wertz had renewed their fight for sixth. Edwards Jr. grabbed the position on lap 91, only to see Wertz return the favor on lap 98.
After a caution-free first half, the yellow flag finally waved on lap 101 to signal the field to the pits for a 15-minute intermission.
At the halfway mark, Falk was the leader, followed by Greg Edwards, DeBolt, Howard and Puryear. Twelve drivers remained on the lead lap and that number was bumped up to 13 as Terry Carroll received the “Lucky Dog” pass before the start of the second half.
The race resumed on lap 102 and the prospects for another caution-free stint immediately went out the window when eighth-place Dean Shiflett spun off Turn 2, collecting Eddie Johnson and Duane Shreeves. While Shreeves’ machine was too heavily damaged to continue, Shiflett and Johnson were both able to rejoin the field after visits to the pit area.
Returning to green at lap 112, the field made it over to Turn 4 before trouble broke out again. This time, it was sixth-place Wertz looping his car to bring the yellow flag back out. Between the caution for halfway and the two ensuing yellows, caution periods consumed laps 101-117.
Back under green at lap 118, Falk quickly dispensed with Greg Edwards, who found himself in a door-to-door tussle with DeBolt. Edwards came out on top of that duel on lap 119 and closed in on the leader. Meanwhile, Puryear moved past Howard to gain the fourth spot.
By lap 131, Falk had fashioned a three-length edge over Edwards. Together, they had pulled away from third-place DeBolt by nearly half a straightaway. Behind DeBolt, Howard sought to regain fourth place from Puryear. After contact in Turn 4 on lap 132, though, Howard suddenly had his hands full with Casey Wyatt as Danny Edwards Jr. looked to join the fray.
Four laps later, Howard had broken away from Wyatt and Edwards Jr. and tracked down Puryear. He went after the fourth spot in Turn 3, slipping under Puryear and setting off another side-by-side battle. On lap 138, he cleared Puryear. Meanwhile, Edwards Jr. scooted past Wyatt for sixth.
At the head of the field, Falk had extended his margin to five lengths over Greg Edwards. That lead grew even larger on lap 143 when Edwards fell off the pace and made the turn into the pits with radiator woes, his quest to deliver a third straight Hampton Heat 200 win for car owners James and Mary Lou Long denied.
Just as the crowd was digesting that development, Danny Edwards Jr. slowed on the frontstretch and began the agonizing crawl back to the pits, the victim of reported ignition problems.
With Greg Edwards on the sidelines, Falk now enjoyed a full-straightaway advantage over DeBolt. A bout with lapped traffic, around lap 155, cost him a few lengths from that lead, but he emerged in possession of a still-comfortable margin.
Just when it appeared that Falk was primed for a stroll to Victory Lane, the event was interrupted on lap 189 by the fourth, and final, caution flag as Rick Gdovic spun in Turn 3.
As the field gathered for a sprint to the checkers, Falk was out front with DeBolt on his bumper. Howard was third, followed by Puryear and Brandon Gdovic.
The green flag reappeared to begin lap 195 and Falk darted away from DeBolt by two-and-a-half lengths. As he pulled away, the action heated up in his mirror as Brandon Gdovic rooted past Puryear for fourth place on lap 196. On the next lap, Howard slipped under DeBolt on the backstretch in a bid for second.
While his pursuers scrambled among themselves, Falk eased away from the pack. At the finish, he was the winner by 1.917 seconds — about half a straightaway. Howard was second, nipping DeBolt by half a car-length at the flagstand. Gdovic was fourth and Puryear, the South Boston Speedway regular, was fifth.
Wyatt headed up the second five, in sixth, followed by Wes Falk, Wertz, Carroll and Johnson. Stephen Berry was 11th to the line, the final driver to complete all 200 circuits.
After seeing a win in last year’s Hampton Heat 200 slip from his grasp in the waning laps, Falk clearly relished his trip to Victory Lane on Saturday night: “This is definitely the Moby Dick of our racing career. It’s that fish that always gets away. But, this 40 car is a bullet, man, such a bullet! It’s bulletproof!”
Asked about facing a restart with only five laps left, Falk said, “I thought we were just riding along, trying to make it to the end. That caution came out and I said some pretty bad words on the radio. Understandable. But, man, I knew, with the 34 lined up behind me, I was like, ‘I’m gonna have to get into Turn 1 really, really good ‘cause I’m sure he remembered earlier before. But, it took off like a rocketship and I’m just so excited. I’m just happy for my guys. They’ve been working so hard.”
With the win, Falk claimed $10,000 from the $32,000+ purse. He also picked up the $200 Herr’s Potato Chips Halfway Leader Award and a $100 Sunoco Gas Card as the race winner.
In the series standings, Falk, bidding for his second straight title, now holds a 26-point lead over Howard, 564-538. With his 19th-place finish, Greg Edwards slipped from second to third in the standings, 44 behind the leader. Danny Edwards Jr., who ended up 18th, held onto fourth, but is now just two points ahead of Wes Falk.

In the evening’s other feature events:

A week ago, Robbie Parker was handed his first victory when Mark Claar failed to clear the post-race inspection. On Saturday night, though, Parker had no need for a handout as he rolled to his second straight win in the 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock feature.
The field was aligned by points with the top six inverted, putting Tommy Sweeney on the pole with Chris Hott alongside. Claar and Carl Livingston made up Row 2, while Parker and Ricky Derrick occupied Row 3.
The event got off to an inauspicious start as Jeff Driskill had mechanical problems and spun on the backstretch before the first lap was in the books.
On the second try at getting the race under way, Sweeney won the drag race into Turn 1 and took the lead, bringing Claar and Parker along with him. By lap 8, those three drivers had opened a half-straightaway gap over the rest of the field.
On lap 14, Parker went after Claar for the runner-up spot, ducking under the #07 machine at the end of the frontstretch and completing the pass at the entrance to Turn 3. The swap allowed Sweeney to pad his lead to six lengths.
By the halfway mark, Parker had nearly erased Sweeney’s margin, pulling to within two car-lengths. He was able to get even closer when the second yellow flag appeared on lap 21, bunching the field.
On the restart, Claar opted to give up the third spot in line and test his luck on the outside of Sweeney. The gamble didn’t pay off as Sweeney cleared him in Turn 2 and left the inside lane open for Parker and Renno Marchetti IV, who claimed second and third.
Parker launched his bid for the lead on lap 24, driving under Sweeney in Turn 4. The two went side-by-side for more than a lap with Parker nosing ahead at the end of lap 25. He gained the clear-cut edge in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 26 and began to pull away. Just two laps later, Parker’s lead had grown to four lengths. Meanwhile, Marchetti swiped second from Sweeney on lap 29.
The last of the race’s three yellow flags waved on lap 32 when Ricky Derrick, the points leader coming into the race, suffered apparent engine problems in Turns 1 and 2.
Gathering for the restart, Marchetti decided to move to the outside of Parker. He was joined in the upper lane by Claar.
Once again, the outside wasn’t the place to be. Parker quickly cleared Marchetti, who also gave way to Sweeney, Claar and Hott. On lap 34, Claar skittered wide in Turn 4 and surrendered third to Hott. Before he could find a place in line, Claar tumbled all the way back to sixth.
At the head of the field, Parker was in total control and he won by 2.320 seconds — better than half a straightaway — over Sweeney. Hott was third, followed by Marchetti and Livingston.
In the division standings, Derrick’s ninth-place finish allowed Parker to pull even with him for the points lead. Both drivers have accumulated 254 points. Sweeney and Hott are deadlocked for third at 244, followed by Livingston at 242 and Claar at 238.

In the 25-lap Larry King Legal Services Super Truck race, Robbie Davis grabbed the lead on the 22nd circuit, then survived a late restart on the way to his fifth victory of the season.
The starting grid was determined by the points with the top six inverted. Rick Potter and Cory Millard lined up on the front row, followed by Chris Bechtel and Brad Adams. Tommy Nixon and Davis were in Row 3.
On the start, Millard got a boost from Adams and edged ahead of Potter in Turn 2. She led the opening circuit, but gave way to Potter on lap 2. Caught on the high side, Millard could only watch as Adams, Davis and Nixon streamed past.
The lead changed hands again on lap 4 as Adams pushed his truck to the front. He was joined by Davis and Nixon, dropping Potter to fourth.
The event was interrupted by a flurry of three caution flags on laps 6 and 7. The last one spelled the end of the night for Millard, who fell off the pace with smoke trailing from behind her machine.
Back under green, Adams and Davis cleared Troy Turnage, who had opted to restart to the outside. Nixon wasn’t able to dispense with Turnage as quickly and lost four lengths to the leaders before shaking free.
Over the next 10 laps or so, Davis pounded away at Adams’ tailgate, sneaking the occasional peek to the inside. The pressure paid off on lap 21 when Adams skated sideways in Turn 4 and opened the bottom lane. Davis pounced and took the lead in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 22.
The fourth, and final, yellow flag flew on lap 23 when Lloyd Holbrook spun off Turn 4.
Under green for the last time, Davis forged a two-length lead, then began to pull away. By the finish, his winning margin had swelled to 1.178 seconds — about six lengths — over runner-up Adams. Nixon was third, while Potter and Curtis Hughes rounded out the top five.

Joe Hendricks Jr. assumed the lead on lap 4 and showed the way to his second win of the year in a 25-lapper for the Casey Cycle City INEX Legends.
The lineup was set by points with the top six inverted, putting former champ Cameron Patrick on the pole with Spencer Saunders alongside. Jamie Price and defending titlist Steve Keesee made up Row 2, while Hendricks and current points leader Brad Hancock launched from Row 3.
As the green flag dropped, Patrick jumped into the lead. Price moved up to second,followed by Hendricks, Hancock and Keesee. By lap 2, the top five had distanced themselves from the rest of the pack.
On lap 3, Price ducked under Patrick in Turn 4 in a bid for the lead. Behind them, Keesee drove to the inside of Hancock, looking to gain the fourth spot.
The shuffle went awry in Turn 2 on lap 4, though, as Price and Patrick tangled and Patrick spun, collecting Hancock and bringing out the only caution flag. Patrick and Hancock were both relegated to the sidelines, while Price was sent to the rear of the field, turning the lead over to Hendricks.
Back under green, Hendricks and Keesee, the new first- and second-place drivers, bolted from the pack, while Saunders went to work on Chris Raiford for third, nosing ahead as they returned to the line.
Running nose-to-tail, Hendricks and Keesee were nearly half a straightaway in front of Saunders as the field received the crossed flags.
Over the second half of the event, Hendricks stretched his lead to as much as four lengths over Keesee, who tried to rally a couple times down the stretch, but made little headway.
At the checkers, Hendricks was the winner by 0.377-second — about three lengths — over Keesee. Price rebounded from his early-race miscue to take third. Saunders was fourth and Raiford came home in fifth.
In the Legends standings, Hancock, who finished last in the 12-car field, saw his lead dwindle from 26 to just four over Hendricks, 318-314. Keesee is just behind with 310, followed by Price with 294.

In the evening’s opening event, a 20-lap feature for the EZ Auto of Newport News UCARs, Adam Florian took the lead on lap 9 and posted his fourth victory of the year.
As with all the other support divisions, the starting lineup was determined by points with the top six inverted. Randy Prillaman and Matt Morgan made up Row 1, followed by Michael Waters and Florian in Row 2 and Sammy Gaita and points leader Michael Joyner in Row 3.
On the start, Prillaman, a former division champ, shot into the lead, leaving Morgan to tussle with Waters for second. Waters won that faceoff and brought Gaita and Florian along with him.
Florian moved up to third on lap 4, scooting by Gaita off the fourth corner. He continued his march to the front on the next lap, picking off Waters in Turns 3 and 4. Gaita tagged along and regained the third spot.
Meanwhile, Chris Hildebrand, who started 14th, was making steady progress, moving up one position per lap in the early going. He cracked the top five on lap 7 and swiped fourth from Waters on lap 8.
Back at the head of the field, Florian motored underneath Prillaman in Turn 4 on lap 8 in a bid for the lead. He completed the pass off Turn 2 on lap 9 and quickly began to extend the margin, knowing that Hildebrand was on the move behind him.
Hildebrand snagged the third spot from Gaita on lap 11, then picked off Prillaman for second as the crossed flags were displayed. Florian was five lengths ahead.
On lap 15, Florian waded into traffic, up by four lengths over Hildebrand. He emerged a lap later with the lead intact and continued to hold the runner-up at bay until the closing circuits.
With four laps to go, Hildebrand began to make his move, chipping away at Florian’s advantage. The charge came up two lengths short at the checkers, though, as Florian won by 0.381-second. Gaita tailed the lead duo to the stripe, in third, followed by Prillaman and Joyner.
• • •

Hampton Heat 200 Race Results Saturday, July 10, 2010

**Hampton Heat 200**

1. C.E. Falk
2. Woody Howard
3. Paul DeBolt
4. Brandon Gdovic
5. Stacy Puryear
6. Casey Wyatt
7. Wes Falk
8. Mark Wertz
9. Terry Carroll
10. Eddie Johnson
11. Stephen Berry
12. Kyle Waltz
13. Dean Shiflett
14. Jeff Shiflett
15. Rick Gdovic
16. Richard Storm
17. Mitch Sarvis
18. Danny Edwards Jr.
19. Greg Edwards
20. Dude Gibbs
21. Duane Shreeves
22. Shawn Balluzzo
Pole: DeBolt - 88.104 mph.

1. Robbie Parker
2. Tommy Sweeney
3. Chris Hott
4. Renno Marchetti IV
5. Carl Livingston
6. Mark Claar
7. Henry Barnes
8. J.R. Smith
9. Ricky Derrick
10. Billy Fisher
11. Nick O'Dell
12. Jeff Driskill
Pole: Sweeney.

SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps

1. Robbie Davis
2. Brad Adams
3. Tommy Nixon
4. Rick Potter
5. Curtis Hughes
6. Buck Munger
7. Chris Bechtel
8. Troy Turnage
9. Lloyd Holbrook
10. Cory Millard
11. Chris Spangler
12. Dale Bridwell
13. Chase McAdams
Pole: Potter.

INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps

1. Joe Hendricks Jr.
2. Steve Keesee
3. Jamie Price
4. Spencer Saunders
5. Chris Raiford
6. Brian May
7. Kevin Yeatts
8. Kim Forrester
9. Bobby Gobble
10. Gary Adams
11. Cameron Patrick
12. Brad Hancock
Pole: Patrick.

UCARS - 25 laps

1. Adam Florian
2. Chris Hildebrand
3. Sammy Gaita
4. Randy Prillaman
5. Michael Joyner
6. Michael Waters
7. Landon Florian
8. Robbie Salas
9. Bill Eaker
10. Nelson Moody
11. Ben Zoellner
12. Matt Morgan
13. Andrew Condrey
14. Eric Schaffer
15. John Matthews
16. Larry Drommerhausen
17. Jayson Vaught
18. Jesse Jones
Pole: Prillaman.

(Note: Starting lineups for the
Grand Stocks, Super Trucks, INEX
Legends and UCARs were determined
by points with top six inverted.)

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