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Greg Edwards sweeps Late Model twins.
Jul 18, 2010 - updated Jul 18th, 2010 10:04am
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Photo By: Bruce Albin
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway
Coliseum Central Night Race Report Saturday, July 17, 2010
A week after an errant piece of debris ruined a solid run in the Hampton Heat 200, Greg Edwards gained a measure of redemption on Saturday night as he swept both ends of the Coliseum Central Twin 50s for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the featured events of the evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Race #1: In the opener, Edwards grabbed the lead on the start and never looked back, leading the caution-free race from flag to flag for his third win of the season.
Edwards earned the pole position, qualifying at 89.660 mph. He shared the front row with Nick Smith. Points leader C.E. Falk lined up in the third spot, alongside Dean Shiflett, while Danny Edwards Jr. and Woody Howard made up Row 3.
As the green flag waved, Greg Edwards leaped out front, leaving Smith in a side-by-side tussle with Falk, who nosed ahead for second place when the leaders returned to the flagstand to complete lap 1. Danny Edwards Jr. and Shiflett enjoyed prime seats for the action, in fourth and fifth.
The Falk/Smith duel continued until lap 3 when Smith skated wide in Turns 1 and 2. That slip gave the upper hand to Falk and also opened the door for Edwards Jr. and Shiflett, who moved up to third and fourth.
Smith quickly righted the ship and began to clamber back toward the front. He picked off Shiflett to regain fourth place on lap 6, then set his sights on Edwards Jr. In the meantime, Greg Edwards had opened a five-length lead.
With the laps clicking by, Edwards continued to increase his margin. At the halfway mark, he was up by half a straightaway over Falk, who held a three-length advantage over Edwards Jr. and a fast-closing Smith.
On lap 31, Edwards steered into slower traffic for the first time. Deeper in the field, Casey Wyatt launched a bid to swipe the fifth position from Shiflett — a battle that would extend all the way to the finish.
Working past the slower machines, Greg Edwards was actually able to increase his lead as Falk’s attention was suddenly diverted by Smith, who had slipped around Edwards Jr. on lap 27 and was on the hunt for second.
Edwards gave up a few car-lengths of his margin on laps 41 and 42 as Jeff Shiflett put up a fight before going a lap down. Once in the clear, though, Edwards quickly regained the lost ground and was well on his way to the win.
At the finish, Greg Edwards was the winner by 1.009 seconds — about six lengths — over Falk, who topped Smith for second. Danny Edwards Jr. tailed the lead trio to the line, in fourth. Shiflett was fifth, trimming Wyatt by a little more than three-tenths of a second.
Howard was seventh at the end, while Mark Wertz, Wes Falk and Matt Waltz completed the top 10. Terry Carroll was shown in 11th, the final driver on the lead lap at the conclusion.
In Victory Lane after the race, Edwards first addressed his early exit from last week’s big event: “We just had some terrible luck. A piece of debris flew up from behind the radiator and got into the electric fan, which put a hole in the radiator and it slowly leaked out until all the water left the left-side cylinder head and it bent two valves, so we had to park it. But, I think we had a really good car for the second half. Me and C.E. would’ve put on a heckuva show.”
Moving on to the race he had just won, Edwards continued, “I’ve gotta thank James and Mary Lou Long for letting me drive this car. This thing is just awesome. We’ve still be figuring it out, but I think we found something. That was the best the car’s ever been. Y’know, I sure would like to be able to win one more of these things tonight.”
Looking forward to the evening’s second feature, Edwards was asked about changing track conditions and his gameplan: “I think the track was better, to me (than during afternoon practice). I mean, the rain kinda cooled the asphalt down a little bit. Qualifying speeds showed that. I think that’s probably about the second-quickest lap anybody’s made this year. The car was just phenomenal right then. That’s probably the best car I’ve had in a good, long while, so I really hadn’t got to push it too much to see what it’ll do. I’m sure C.E.’s gonna be saving something for me. He’s always tough in the longer run, but I’m gonna give it everything I’ve got.”
Race #2: In the nightcap, Edwards took the lead for good on lap 24 and sailed to his fourth win of the season and second of the evening.
The lineup for the second race was determined by the finishing order of the first, putting Greg Edwards back on the pole. C.E. Falk started on the outside of Row 1, while Smith, Danny Edwards Jr. and Dean Shiflett completed the top five on the 21-car grid.
On the start, Falk remained on Edwards’ flank until they reached Turns 1 and 2. Exiting Turn 2 on lap 1, Edwards gained the advantage, while Falk settled into second, followed by Smith.
On lap 3, Falk took a run at Edwards off the second corner. The two went side-by-side for a couple circuits with Edwards regaining command off Turn 4 on lap 5. Falk wasn’t through, however, ducking back to the inside of the leader off Turn 2 on the following lap.
Before Falk could manufacture a pass for the lead, though, Smith inserted himself into the equation. He rooted Falk aside in Turn 3 on lap 7 and flashed past, taking over the runner-up spot. The shuffle allowed Edwards to extend his lead to three lengths.
The first caution flag waved on lap 19 when Wyatt spun in Turn 2. Setting the field for the double-file restart, Edwards and Smith ran 1-2, followed by Falk, Howard and Dean Shiflett.
Back under green, Smith nosed out front for the first time and paced laps 19 and 20 before Edwards rallied on lap 21. Smith was back ahead at the end of lap 22 and that was key for him as the second caution flag flew on lap 23 for a multi-car pileup in Turn 2. Scoring reverted to lap 22, putting Smith on the inside of the front row for the restart.
As the race resumed, Smith maintained a slight advantage at the end of lap 23, but Edwards surged back ahead on lap 24.
The complexion of the event took a major turn on lap 25 when Smith looped his #12 machine in Turn 4 to bring out the last of the race’s three caution flags. Somehow, Smith managed to keep his spinning car fairly low on the track and the rest of the field did a good job to avoid him. Smith retired to the pits after the accident, finishing 17th.
With Smith on the sidelines, Falk moved back into second place and prepared to renew his tussle with Edwards as the field readied for the restart.
Back under way, Edwards quickly cleared Falk. Meanwhile, behind them, another Falk/Edwards scuffle was taking place as Wes Falk tried to grab third from Danny Edwards Jr. The younger Falk eventually claimed the spot, but found himself half a straightaway in arrears to the lead duo.
At the front, C.E. Falk continued to shadow Greg Edwards until just past the midway point when he began to lose touch. By lap 36, Edwards had widened his margin to six lengths.
On lap 43, Wes Falk tracked down and passed his brother for second, bringing Wertz along with him, to third. Next in line was Carroll, who bypassed C.E. Falk on lap 45. Before the finish, Falk would drop two more spots, to Edwards Jr. and Howard.
While Falk was having his struggles, Greg Edwards was on cruise control. At the checkers, his final margin of victory was a whopping 4.155 seconds — a full straightaway — over Wes Falk. Wertz, Carroll and Danny Edwards Jr. rounded out the top five.
Howard headed the second five, in sixth, followed by C.E. Falk, Matt Waltz and Jeff Shiflett. Kyle Waltz was 11th, ahead of Rick Gdovic and Shawn Balluzzo, the last drivers to complete the entire distance.
Making a return trip to Victory Lane, Edwards was pleased with the outcome, but perhaps a bit puzzled with the way the second race played out: “On cold tires, it was real slick and, strangely enough, usually this track’s an inside-groove track, but I really think the outside groove might’ve been better on those long runs. Y’know, I’ve gotta give it up for Nick Smith. He hadn’t been out here all year, hadn’t really tested that car and had one helluva race like that. I thought it was gonna be fun. I figured we’d probably run side-by-side the rest of the night. Same thing with C.E. The car just wouldn’t take off, but, once I got in clean air, it was great. But, I hope we put on a good show for the fans. That side-by-side racing was really fun.”
Asked about the Twin 50 format versus Twin 75s or some other distance, Edwards said, “I think 50s are a great race ‘cause, in 50 laps, nobody holds anything back. Everybody goes as hard as they can go. 75 laps, you want to hold back in the first half, so you have something for the second. Twin 50s, I think everybody goes all-out all the time and it makes for an exciting race.”
Despite faltering down the stretch in Race #2, Falk was able to pad his lead in the series standings. Up by 26 points coming in, he left with a 30-point advantage. Greg Edwards’ two wins allowed him to jump up to second, ahead of Howard, who dropped to third. Danny Edwards Jr. and Wes Falk remain fourth and fifth, separated by only two points.
In the evening’s other feature events:
Shut out of Victory Lane for the last three races, Shawn Balluzzo was back in winning form in a 50-lapper for the B&C Seafood Modifieds. He led all the way from the pole and posted his third victory of the year.
Balluzzo paced the afternoon qualifying session, at 85.390 mph, just edging Rusty Wood by 14-thousandths of a second. Joe Scarbrough was third-quickest, followed by Robbie Babb and Thomas Stinson.
As the field prepared for the start, Babb pulled out of line and opted to go to the back of the pack. That caused a bit of confusion with the lineup and prompted the first caution flag to reset the grid.
When the race finally got going, Balluzzo and Wood showed that their nearly-equal qualifying results were no fluke as the two went door-to-door for the first lap with Balluzzo eking out a half-length lead. Balluzzo cleared Wood on lap 2.
The second, and final, yellow flag appeared on lap 5 when Scott Lawrence spun on the backstretch. Lining up for the double-file restart, Balluzzo and Wood were out front, followed by Scarbrough and Stinson in Row 2 and Cameron Patrick and Chris Hoylman in Row 3.
Back under green, Balluzzo and Wood jousted all the way over to Turns 3 and 4 before Balluzzo gained the upper hand. Behind them, Scarbrough and Stinson scuffled for third with Stinson taking the spot.
By lap 13, Balluzzo had opened a three-length margin over Wood, who enjoyed a similar advantage over the trio of Stinson, Scarbrough and Patrick.
On lap 16, Scarbrough scooted past Stinson for third. Six laps later, Patrick also bypassed Stinson, who was clearly off his usual breakneck pace. Meanwhile, at the front, Balluzzo was flexing his muscle. By the time the crossed flags were displayed, he had lengthened his lead to nearly half a straightaway.
The leader encountered significant lapped traffic for the first time on lap 33, but it did little to slow him down. He broke into the clear a couple laps later, having added a few more car-lengths to his lead.
By the finish, Balluzzo’s winning margin had swelled to 3.500 seconds — a full straightaway — over Wood, who held off a late charge from Scarbrough to nail down second. Patrick was fourth to the line, followed by Stinson.
In the 25-lap Larry King Legal Services Super Truck race, Robbie Davis led from pole to checkers for his division-leading sixth win of the season.
Davis, who qualified at 73.367 mph, grabbed the lead in Turns 1 and 2 on the opening lap, pulling ahead of his front-row mate, Tommy Nixon. Nixon settled into second, followed by Troy Turnage, Curtis Hughes and Rick Potter.
While Davis began to ease away from the pack, seventh-place starter Brad Adams was rumbling toward the front. He moved into the top five on lap 3 and picked off Hughes for fourth on lap 7.
By the eighth circuit, Davis had forged a half-straightaway lead over Nixon. Traffic loomed ahead, though. On lap 12, Davis was momentarily stymied by a slower truck and Nixon closed the gap to just two lengths. Davis broke into the clear on lap 16, though, and quickly widened his margin to four lengths.
Deeper in the field, Adams had tracked down Turnage and was looking for the third spot. Meanwhile, Potter, Hughes and Chase McAdams were involved in a three-way joust for fifth.
With the white flag in the air, Potter, Hughes and McAdams locked horns in Turn 4. McAdams pulled away and continued on, while Potter tottered toward the start/finish line, leaving Hughes disabled in the corner.
Davis and Nixon threaded through the accident scene and Davis took the checkered flag, 0.364-second ahead of Nixon. Turnage also dodged through the melee and took third. Adams, however, wasn’t as fortunate. In line for a fourth-place finish, he plowed into Hughes and was unable to complete the final lap.
In the official rundown, McAdams was fourth, the last driver on the lead lap, followed by Buck Munger. Adams was shown in sixth, while Potter was seventh and Hughes was 10th.
Adding another chapter to their burgeoning rivalry, Chris Hildebrand muscled past Adam Florian on the final circuit to score his second win in the 25-lap EZ Auto of Newport News UCAR feature. Hildebrand and Florian have finished 1-2 in the last four UCAR events, evenly dividing the victories.
Hildebrand was the fast qualifier, at 72.425 mph, but had to start on the outside of Row 4 after dialing up an “8” on the inversion wheel. Ben Zoellner moved to the pole, flanked by Nelson Moody. Michael Waters and Bill Eaker made up Row 2, followed, in Row 3, by points leader Michael Joyner and Landon Florian. Adam Florian lined up to the inside of Hildebrand in Row 4.
As the race got under way, Zoellner nosed ahead of Moody to lead lap 1 by half a car-length. He gained the clear-cut advantage off Turn 2 on the second circuit. Meanwhile, Adam Florian and Hildebrand were quickly making their way to the front, taking over second and third on lap 3.
On lap 4, Florian went after Zoellner for the lead, coming away with the top spot at the end of the backstretch. Hildebrand tagged along, moving into second, and the stage was set.
After dropping a couple car-lengths back, Hildebrand erased the gap on lap 7, pulling up on Florian’s rear bumper. The two went nose-to-tail until lap 13 when they made contact in Turn 2. The smack had the effect of a bump-draft and propelled Florian to a two-length lead.
Passing the halfway mark, Florian waded into traffic and Hildebrand closed in. Working in and around slower cars, Hildebrand took the lead with a three-wide maneuver on the backstretch on lap 17. Florian rallied on the following circuit, though, and regained the top spot.
On lap 19, Florian and Hildebrand shook free of the slower machines and pulled away in bumper-to-bumper formation.
Hildebrand continued to stalk Florian until the white-flag lap when he forced his way underneath the leader in Turns 1 and 2. As they reached the end of the back straightaway, Hildebrand had the advantage as Florian tried to muster one last surge.
In Turns 3 and 4 for the final time, Florian tried to cross over to the inside lane. His bid came up just short, though, as Hildebrand hung on to win by 0.169-second — a single car-length. Landon Florian was third to the line, followed by Joyner and Moody.
In the evening’s opening event, a 20-lapper for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts, Clif Savage drew the pole and led 18 of 20 circuits on the way to his first win of the year.
While Savage sped into the lead on the start, his front-row colleague, Bill Dailey, dropped back to link up with teammate Mike Dayton. Once Dayton and Dailey got together, they began to work toward the point.
In the early going, Clif Savage was joined by Vaughan Crittenden and John Savage in a three-kart draft. On lap 4, though, Crittenden got shuffled out of line, leaving the two brothers at the head of the procession.
On lap 7, Dayton and Dailey caught up to the Savages and pulled to the outside lane. The four karts would remain two-wide and two-deep all the way to the finish.
Dayton did manage to lead a couple laps along the way — 12 and 19 — but Clif Savage held the inside line and, on both occasions, was able to wrestle the lead back.
At the finish, Clif Savage was the winner by 26-thousandths of a second — half a kart-length — over Dayton. John Savage was third, 90-thousandths back, and Dailey was fourth, just over a tenth of a second behind the winner. Charlie-Ray Lorah and Chris O’Brien also crept into contention in the waning laps with O’Brien passing Lorah for fifth on the final lap. He was 0.176-second behind the winner.
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Coliseum Central Night
Saturday, July 17, 2010
CROSSROADS FUEL SERVICE
LATE MODEL STOCK CARS - Twin 50s
** Race #1 **
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (21) Greg Edwards; 50
2. (40) C.E. Falk; 50
3. (12) Nick Smith; 50
4. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 50
5. (06) Dean Shiflett; 50
6. (29) Casey Wyatt; 50
7. (82) Woody Howard; 50
8. (55) Mark Wertz; 50
9. (41) Wes Falk; 50
10. (2) Matt Waltz; 50
11. (90) Terry Carroll; 50
12. (46) Brandon Gdovic; 49
13. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 49
14. (1) Kyle Waltz; 49
15. (45) Doug Warren; 49
16. (64) Rick Gdovic; 49
17. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 38
18. (21B)Robbie Babb; 3
19. (56) Thomas Stinson; 3
20. (40C)Bruce Kimmel; 0
Pole: G. Edwards - 89.660 mph.
** Race #2 **
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (21) Greg Edwards; 50
2. (41) Wes Falk; 50
3. (55) Mark Wertz; 50
4. (90) Terry Carroll; 50
5. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 50
6. (82) Woody Howard; 50
7. (40) C.E. Falk; 50
8. (2) Matt Waltz; 50
9. (29) Casey Wyatt; 50
10. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 50
11. (1) Kyle Waltz; 50
12. (64) Rick Gdovic; 50
13. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
14. (06) Dean Shiflett; 49
15. (7) Dude Gibbs; 47
16. (46) Brandon Gdovic; 39
17. (12) Nick Smith; 24
18. (45) Doug Warren; 22
19. (56) Thomas Stinson; 6
20. (21B)Robbie Babb; 4
21. (40C)Bruce Kimmel; 0
Pole: G. Edwards - lineup determined
by the finish of Race #1.
B&C SEAFOOD MODIFIEDS - 50 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
2. (69) Rusty Wood; 50
3. (9) Joe Scarbrough; 50
4. (20) Cameron Patrick; 50
5. (4) Thomas Stinson; 50
6. (26) Steve McGuire; 49
7. (42) Chris Hoylman; 49
8. (44) Robbie Babb; 49
9. (33) Matt Slye; 49
10. (65) Jimmy Kibler; 49
11. (83) Scott Lawrence; 48
12. (7) Steve Wagner; 46
13. (12) Bubba Farmer; 15
14. (60) Bobby Gery; 5
Pole: Balluzzo - 85.390 mph.
LARRY KING LEGAL SERVICES
SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Trk #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
2. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
3. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
4. (62) Chase McAdams; 25
5. (20) Buck Munger; 24
6. (12) Brad Adams; 24
7. (21) Rick Potter; 24
8. (7) Lloyd Holbrook; 24
9. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 24
10. (70) Curtis Hughes; 23
11. (29) Amanda Frye; 23
12. (4) Tory Vaughn IV; 23
13. (18) Cory Millard; 14
Pole: Davis - 73.367 mph.
EZ AUTO OF NEWPORT NEWS
UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Chris Hildebrand; 25
2. (1) Adam Florian; 25
3. (14) Landon Florian; 25
4. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
5. (23) Nelson Moody; 25
6. (21) Sammy Gaita; 25
7. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
8. (2) Michael Waters; 25
9. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
10. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
11. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
12. (36) Andrew Condrey; 25
13. (5) Jesse Jones; 25
14. (12) Eric Schaffer; 24
15. (10) John Matthews; 24
16. (73) Jayson Vaught; 24
17. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 24
Pole: Zoellner - Top 8 inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Hildebrand - 72.425 mph.
RHONNDA CLAIBORNE, REALTOR
HRKC PRO WINGED CHAMP KARTS - 20 laps
Fin. Pos. (Krt #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (63) Clif Savage; 20
2. (4) Mike Dayton; 20
3. (64) John Savage; 20
4. (00) Bill Dailey; 20
5. (99) Chris O'Brien; 20
6. (59) Charlie-Ray Lorah; 20
7. (24) Vaughan Crittenden; 19
8. (17) Harold Gay; 19
Pole: C. Savage - via draw.
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