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Scarbrough rolls to 1st Mod win
Aug 1, 2010 - updated Aug 1st, 2010 12:35pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey
Hampton, VA --
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway
Auto Industry NightRace Report Saturday, July 31, 2010
(July 31) — Joe Scarbrough took the lead on a restart at lap 13 and motored to his first victory of the season in a 50-lapper for the B&C Seafood Modifieds, the featured event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Looking to claw back into title contention, Thomas Stinson grabbed the pole position with a qualifying lap at 85.359 mph. Robbie Babb was second-fastest and shared the front row with Stinson. Scarbrough lined up in third, alongside division leader Shawn Balluzzo. Rusty Wood, second in the standings coming into the race, was fifth on the 13-car grid.
As the event got under way, Babb remained on Stinson’s flank until they reached Turn 4 on the second circuit. Exiting the corner, Stinson gained the clear-cut edge and left the inside lane open. Caught to the high side, Babb watched as Scarbrough, Wood and Balluzzo streamed past, dropping him to fifth in the running order.
In the early going, the top five were able to separate themselves from the rest of the pack, pulling away in nose-to-tail formation. Soon, though, Scott Lawrence and Cameron Patrick, the sixth- and seventh-place runners, began to creep into the picture.
The race’s only caution flag waved on lap 13 when Wood and Balluzzo tangled off Turn 4, collecting Babb in the process. With the third-, fourth- and fifth-place drivers heading for the pit lane, Lawrence, Patrick and Kyle Wood moved up to take their spots.
On the double-file restart, Scarbrough proved to be stout on the outside as he powered ahead of Stinson to take the lead at the end of lap 13. Patrick also gained a position on the restart, snagging third from Lawrence. Seven laps later, Kyle Wood got the better of Lawrence and took over fourth place.
Deeper in the field, Balluzzo and Babb were on the comeback trail, picking their way toward the front. Rusty Wood, though, was off the pace and he headed to the sidelines on lap 23, retiring to a 13th-place finish.
Passing the halfway mark, Scarbrough began to ease away from second-place Stinson, who saw Patrick growing larger in his mirror. Between laps 30 and 40, Scarbrough’s margin grew from three lengths to half a straightaway as Stinson turned his attention to Patrick’s challenge.
On laps 42 and 48, Patrick was able to drive underneath Stinson. On both occasions, however, he was forced back in line as he and Stinson ran up on slower traffic.
At the finish, Scarbrough was the winner by 3.034 seconds — a full straightaway — over Stinson, who successfully defending the runner-up spot from Patrick, the third-place finisher. Balluzzo rebounded from his early-race mishap to take fourth, followed by Kyle Wood.
Babb also recovered from the lap 13 fracas to come home in sixth. Lawrence was seventh, while Chris Hoylman and Matt Slye were eighth and ninth, the final drivers on the lead lap. Bobby Gery was 10th, a lap down to the leaders at the checkers.
Coupled with Rusty Wood’s last-place outing, Balluzzo’s fourth-place run allowed him to retain the division points lead. Stinson is now in second place, eight points back — 336-328. Wood slipped to third, 22 behind Balluzzo.
The Modifieds will be off for the next three weeks. They will return to action on Saturday, Aug. 28, in the first of six races that will close out their 2010 campaign.
In the evening’s other feature events:
Rodney Boyd started on the pole and led all 40 circuits to nab his first win of the year in the Pepsi Grand Stock race.
Boyd’s pole-winning speed was 77.743 mph. Robbie Parker shared the front row with Boyd, while Tommy Sweeney, Paul Lubno and Ricky Derrick started third, fourth and fifth in the 13-car lineup.
As the green flag went in the air, Boyd and Parker dueled to the end of the backstretch. Entering Turn 3, Boyd pulled ahead, while Parker settled into second, followed by Sweeney, Derrick and Lubno. By lap 4, the front three had separated themselves from the fourth-place scuffle between Derrick and Lubno.
Working lap 9, Boyd was up by a little more than a car-length over Parker. Sweeney, meanwhile, was losing contact with the lead duo and was falling into the clutches of Lubno.
On lap 11, Lubno slipped under Sweeney in Turns 3 and 4. He grabbed the third position on the backstretch on lap 12. Five laps later, Sweeney battled back and regained the third spot. As those two tussled, Boyd and Parker widened their margin to nearly half a straightaway and fifth-place Derrick closed in from behind.
On lap 24, Lubno grabbed third from Sweeney for the second time. Derrick and Mark Claar tagged along with Lubno, dropping Sweeney from the top five. The shuffle allowed Boyd and Parker to extend their lead to a straightaway over the rest of the field.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 28 for Billy Newman’s spin off Turn 4. That was quickly followed by a second yellow flag when officials weren’t satisfied with the ensuing restart.
As the field prepared to resume the event, Derrick gave up the fourth spot in line to try his luck on the outside of Boyd. The gamble didn’t pay off, though, as Boyd bolted ahead, leaving Derrick in a door-to-door battle with Parker, who cleared him on lap 29. Lubno also bypassed Derrick, taking third on lap 30.
The third, and final, caution flag flew on lap 31 when Derrick and Claar tangled in Turn 2. Both drivers were relegated to the rear of the field, while Sweeney and Carl Livingston took their places in the top five.
Under green for the last time, Boyd led Parker and Lubno in a three-car breakaway. The trio remained bumper-to-bumper until lap 34 when Lubno drove under Parker on the backstretch. That battle for second lasted a little more than a lap with Lubno gaining the upper hand on lap 35. While Parker and Lubno contested the runner-up spot, Boyd pulled off by four lengths.
Driving away from Parker, Lubno was able to slice into Boyd’s advantage in the closing laps. His charge came up short, though, as Boyd held on to win by 0.363-second — a little more than a car-length. Parker was third, followed by Sweeney and Livingston.
In the standings, Parker broke a deadlock with Derrick, who finished sixth in the race, and now leads by six points, 300-294. Sweeney ranks third, while Livingston and Chris Hott are fourth and fifth.
With the aid of a friendly caution flag, Randy Sample captured his sixth victory in seven starts in the 40-lap Langley Fan Club Super Street feature.
Sample was quickest in afternoon time trials and nabbed the pole, at 74.349 mph. Ritchie German was just 1-thousandth off Sample’s pace and lined up on the outside of Row 1. Kevin Alves and Jamie Sample made up Row 2, while John Pereira completed the top five on the 14-car grid.
On the start, Randy Sample and German dueled side-by-side through Turns 1 and 2 with Sample gaining the advantage on the backstretch. German settled into second, followed by Jamie Sample, Alves and Pereira.
By lap 3, Randy Sample had fashioned a two-length edge as Jamie Sample moved up to challenge German for the runner-up position. That battle soon evaporated, however, and German closed back in on the leader.
For the next several circuits, Sample and German circled the track in nose-to-tail formation. While Sample carefully guarded the inside lane, German hunted for an opening... or for an opportunity to force an opening.
On lap 15, German delivered a healthy rap to Sample’s rear bumper as they sped off Turn 2. The blow launched Sample to a two-length lead and German spent the next four laps making up the ground.
Behind the two leaders, Jamie Sample and Alves had firm control of the third and fourth spots. Deeper in the field, meanwhile, Pereira, Sean Calway and Chris Roberts jousted for fifth.
As the green-flag run extended past lap 30, Sample’s car seemed to be getting looser off the corners. That was particularly evident on lap 32 when he swung wide to bypass a slower car and nearly skated out of control off Turn 4.
Seeing the leader’s slip, German pounced and the two made contact in Turn 1 on lap 33. Sample maintained the lead, but German kept up the pressure and worked a fender alongside.
Just as German was completing the pass for the lead, on lap 34, the race’s only caution flag flew as Ryan Nester and Renno Marchetti IV tangled in Turn 1. Scoring reverted to lap 33 and Sample went back into the top spot.
Gathering for a restart, Calway gave up his sixth position in line to move to the outside of the leader, a strategy that had served him well in the past.
Back under green, Sample and German cleared Calway, leaving him side-by-side with third-place Jamie Sample. Reaching the end of the backstretch, Calway and Jamie Sample locked horns and skidded into the outside wall, causing a brief logjam. Everyone continued on, though, as the yellow flag stayed under wraps.
The scramble allowed Randy Sample to pull away by five lengths. With some breathing room for the first time all night, he continued to add to the margin and won by 1.771 seconds — nearly half a straightaway. German was second to the line, followed by Alves, Roberts and Pereira. Calway ended up 11th, while Jamie Sample was forced to the pits and wound up 13th.
In the standings, Randy Sample extended his lead from six over Calway to 16 over Alves, who moved up to second. Calway slipped to third, 10 behind Alves. Nester and Pereira are tied for fourth, two behind Calway.
Robbie Davis took the lead on lap 10 and stormed to his fourth straight win, and seventh overall, in the 25-lap Larry King Legal Services Super Truck feature.
Davis was the fast qualifier, at 74.657 mph, but had to start on the outside of Row 2 after dialing up a “4” on the inversion wheel. Chase McAdams moved to the pole, next to Troy Turnage. Tommy Nixon and Davis occupied Row 2 and Rick Potter completed the top five.
On the start, McAdams gave way to Turnage on the backstretch. As he pulled ahead, Nixon made a gutsy, three-wide pass of McAdams and Davis to come away with second. Davis grabbed third.
By lap 3, Nixon and Davis had chased down Turnage and the three lined up bumper-to-bumper. Davis made a bid for the runner-up spot on lap 6, but was rebuffed by Nixon. He kept at it, though, and snagged the position on the next circuit.
As second place changed hands, Turnage opened a three-length margin. That cushion was short-lived, however, as Davis closed the gap.
Coming around to complete lap 9, Davis ducked under Turnage off Turn 4. He finished off the pass in Turn 1 on lap 10 to take the lead for the first time. Now atop the leaderboard, Davis immediately faced slower traffic, which he disposed of on lap 12, as Turnage remained just a truck-length back.
The only caution flag was displayed on lap 16 when Buck Munger’s engine expired in impressive fashion off Turn 4.
On the restart, Davis and Turnage made short work of Chris Bechtel, who opted to pull to the outside lane. They were soon joined by Nixon and McAdams. That didn’t last long, though, as Nixon skittered in Turn 2 on lap 17, allowing the front two to get away.
Over the closing laps, Davis flexed his muscle and steadily pulled away from the pack. At the finish, he was the winner by 1.772 seconds over Turnage. Nixon was third, followed by McAdams and Bechtel.
In the title chase, Davis extended his lead over Nixon from 14 to 18 points, 472-454. Brad Adams, who was absent from Saturday’s action, remains third.
Warren Smigo capitalized on a mid-race inversion and scored his first win in an abbreviated 15-lapper for the Standard Welding Pro Sixes.
Matt Mullins qualified on the pole, at 80.407 mph, but gave way to Smigo, his front-row partner, as the race got under way. Mullins dropped in line on Smigo’s bumper, followed by Lindsay Bryant and series newcomer Anthony Perez.
While Mullins and Smigo battled for the first three circuits, Bryant closed in from behind. On lap 4, she made a bold move off Turn 2 and swept past both Mullins and Smigo to move from third to first. Mullins tagged along with the new leader and gained second place, dropping Smigo to third.
A caution flag was thrown on lap 8 for a planned, full-field inversion. Perez, however, chose to remain at the rear. Smigo moved up to the front row, alongside Mullins, for the restart.
Back under way, Smigo leaped out front, quickly opening a three-length advantage over Mullins. Within a couple laps, though, Mullins was up to speed and closing the gap.
As the white flag waved, Mullins had drawn to within a car-length of Smigo’s bumper. That was as close as he would get as Smigo hung on for a 0.360-second victory. Mullins was second, followed by Bryant and Perez.
In the final race of the evening, a 50-lap Enduro, Mike Ganoe moved out front on lap 22 and sailed to his first victory of the season.
James Loving drew the pole for the event, but gave way to Dale Parro on the start. Ganoe, who launched from the fifth spot, roared into second and drew a bead on the leader.
For the first 20 laps or so, it looked like a two-way contest for the win was shaping up between Parro and Ganoe. Working through traffic, just past lap 20, though, Parro gave way as the left-front corner of his car’s hood came loose, partially blocking his vision..
With Parro suddenly struggling, Ganoe flashed past. After just eight laps, he had driven off by a full straightaway over Parro, who gamely clung to second.
The only red flag was thrown on lap 32, bringing the field to a halt.
Back under way, Ganoe resumed his offensive, pulling farther and farther ahead. At the finish, his winning margin was well over a straightaway.
Danny Harrell was second to the line, followed by Jeff Sweeney and Parro. Sweeney and Parro failed to clear the post-race tech inspection, however, and were disqualified. Ricky Stotler was third in the official rundown, while Loving and Alex Ayers were fourth and fifth, in that order.
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Auto Industry Night Race Results Saturday, July 31, 2010
B&C SEAFOOD MODIFIEDS - 50 laps
1. Joe Scarbrough
2. Thomas Stinson
3. Cameron Patrick
4. Shawn Balluzzo
5. Kyle Wood
6. Robbie Babb
7. Scott Lawrence
8. Chris Hoylman
9. Matt Slye
10. Bobby Gery
11. Jimmy Kibler
12. Steve Wagner
13. Rusty Wood
Pole: Stinson - 85.359 mph.
PEPSI GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps
1. Rodney Boyd
2. Paul Lubno
3. Robbie Parker
4. Tommy Sweeney
5. Carl Livingston
6. Ricky Derrick
7. Chris Hott
8. Mark Claar
9. Paul Lubno Jr.
10. Jeff Driskill
11. Nick Odell
12. J.R. Smith
13. Billy Newman
Pole: Boyd - 77.743 mph.
LANGLEY FAN CLUB
SUPER STREETS - 40 laps
1. Randy Sample
2. Ritchie German
3. Kevin Alves
4. Chris Roberts
5. John Pereira
6. Larry Venable
7. Renno Marchetti IV
8. Ryan Nester
9. Jason Aukland
10. Rod Busitzky
11. Sean Calway
12. Jerry Lamontagne
13. Jamie Sample
14. Garrett Willcox
Pole: R. Sample - 74.349 mph.
LARRY KING LEGAL SERVICES
SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
1. Robbie Davis
2. Troy Turnage
3. Tommy Nixon
4. Chase McAdams
5. Chris Bechtel
6. Rick Potter
7. Bill Wallace
8. Lloyd Holbrook
9. Tory Vaughn IV
10. Debbie Biesecker
11. Cory Millard
12. Buck Munger
13. Curtis Hughes
Pole: McAdams - Top 4 inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Davis - 74.657 mph.
PRO SIXES - 15 laps
1. Warren Smigo
2. Matt Mullins
3. Lindsay Bryant
4. Anthony Perez
Pole: Mullins - 80.407 mph.
ENDUROS - 50 laps
1. Mike Ganoe
2. Danny Harrell
3. Ricky Stotler
4. James Loving
5. Alex Ayers
6. Alex Floroff
7. Larry Drommerhausen
8. Rodney Hammond
9. Bernie Conner
10. Justin Donkum
11. Tony Spivey
12. Todd Ruggles
13. Gary Turner
14. Sean Calway
15. Mike Bedner
DQ Jeff Sweeney
DQ Dale Parro
(Sweeney and Parro finished third
and fourth, but failed to clear the
Pole: Loving - via draw.
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