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Falk regains winning form with doubleheader sweep
Aug 8, 2010 - updated Aug 8th, 2010 10:26am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton Va. --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway

Home Builders Night Race Report Saturday, August 7, 2010
Nudged from the spotlight by Greg Edwards for the past couple of weeks, C.E. Falk roared back to center stage as he swept both ends of the Home Builders 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.

Posting the racing equivalent of a “perfect game,” Falk was the pole-sitter for both races and led each one from flag to flag for his division-leading seventh and eighth victories of the season.

Race #1: The lineup for the first of the two 75-lappers was determined by afternoon time trials and Falk led the way, at 89.869 mph. Kyle Waltz was second-fastest, followed by Paul DeBolt, Matt Waltz and Greg Edwards, who lined up fifth on the 20-car grid.

As the race got under way, Falk motored ahead of Kyle Waltz and hauled the field into Turn 1. DeBolt advanced to second place, while Edwards also tagged along and picked up the third spot, dropping Kyle and Matt Waltz to fourth and fifth, in that order.

On the second circuit, Danny Edwards Jr., who launched from the seventh position, made his way into the top five, bypassing Matt Waltz. Three laps later, he grabbed fourth from Kyle Waltz and brought Matt Waltz along with him, to fifth.
Back at the front, Falk fashioned a three-length advantage over DeBolt, who held a similar margin over Greg Edwards. That changed on lap 21, though, when DeBolt was momentarily stymied by a slower machine. Falk doubled his lead to six lengths, while Edwards closed in from behind.
By lap 29, Edwards was parked on DeBolt’s rear bumper, hunting for the runner-up spot. The duel intensified on lap 33 as DeBolt struggled on the outside of a lapped car, giving Edwards an opportunity to poke a fender to his inside.
Just as it was heating up, the battle for second evaporated on lap 36 when Edwards, who was gunning for his fifth straight win, suddenly fell off the pace and headed for the pits, retiring to an 18th-place finish and dealing a severe blow to his championship aspirations.

As Edwards headed to the sidelines, his brother picked up the family banner and began to close in on DeBolt. Meanwhile, Falk continued to set a blistering pace, extending his lead to half a straightaway at lap 40.

Passing lap 60, Falk’s margin stood at almost a full straightaway over DeBolt, who was managing to hold Danny Edwards Jr. at bay.
The race’s only caution flag flew on lap 65 for Wes Falk’s spin in Turn 2. As the field prepared for a double-file restart, C.E. Falk and DeBolt occupied Row 1, followed by Edwards Jr. and Matt Waltz in Row 2.
Back under green, Falk set sail, clearing DeBolt before the flagstand. Seeing the opening underneath DeBolt, Edwards Jr. rushed to fill the void. DeBolt hung tough on the outside, though, and regained command of the second spot at the end of lap 65.

Behind the lead trio, Woody Howard gained a position when he slipped by Matt Waltz for fourth. Brandon Gdovic followed Howard’s cue and moved up to challenge Waltz for fifth.
On lap 70, Edwards Jr. took another run at DeBolt, initiating a physical joust. After contact in Turns 3 and 4 on lap 71, Edwards Jr. nosed ahead at the stripe. He finally cleared DeBolt in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 73, leaving the door open for Howard.

While his pursuers battled amongst themselves, Falk was cruising toward the checkers. At the finish, he was the winner by 2.261 seconds — more than half a straightaway — over Edwards Jr. Howard was third to the line, followed by DeBolt and Gdovic.

Matt Waltz headed up the second five, in sixth. Mark Wertz was seventh, while Terry Carroll and Wes Falk were eighth and ninth, respectively, the last drivers on the lead lap. Casey Wyatt was 10th, a lap off the pace.
In Victory Lane after the race, Falk commented on his return to winning form and looked ahead to the evening’s second race: “I wish they were all that easy. We’ve had a tough couple weeks. Y’know, the 21 car (Greg Edwards), he’s been on the kill and we’ve just been trying to find this 40 car’s groove back, but I think we’ve found it and the car drove really awesome in that race. We’ve got a lot left for that second Twin, so I’m really excited.You come to these Twins, it’s not good enough just to win one of ‘em. You want to win both of ‘em. Hopefully, we clean out (track owner) Bill Mullis’s checkbook tonight.”
Race #2: The starting field for the nightcap was set by the finishing order of the first race, placing Falk and Edwards Jr. on the front row. Howard and DeBolt made up Row 2, while Gdovic lined up fifth.
On the start, Edwards Jr. remained on Falk’s flank until they reached Turn 4 for the first time. Exiting the corner, Falk gained the clear-cut edge, leaving Edwards Jr. to contend with Howard, who had motored to his inside.
Beginning the second circuit, trouble broke out in the form of multi-car melee in Turn 1 that snared seven cars. Among those who caught a piece of the action were Carroll, Mitch Sarvis, Rick Gdovic, Kyle Waltz, Jeff and Dean Shiflett and Greg Edwards, who had started at the rear in his backup car.
On the restart, Falk quickly cleared Edwards Jr. as the field rolled into Turn 1. Again, Howard slipped to the inside of Edwards Jr., coming away with the second spot. Deeper in the pack, Brandon Gdovic grabbed fourth from DeBolt. Caught to the outside, DeBolt also gave way to Wertz and fell from the top five.
By lap 10, Falk had forged a six-length lead over Howard, who was locked in nose-to-tail formation with Edwards Jr. and Gdovic. Meanwhile, fifth-place Wertz was hustling to catch up to the leaders.
Wertz bypassed Gdovic for fourth on lap 21 and set off after Danny Edwards Jr., who was beginning to lose ground to Howard. Wertz inched ahead for the third spot on lap 34 when Edwards Jr. drifted wide in Turn 4. He cleared Edwards Jr. on lap 36 and brought Gdovic along with him, to fourth. A lap later, Gdovic passed Wertz to snag third.
Passing the halfway mark, Falk’s enjoyed a lead of nearly a full straightaway. Meanwhile, Greg Edwards had rebounded from the second-lap mishap and was beginning to rumble. He picked off his brother on lap 44 to move into the top five.
On lap 59, Falk found his path impeded by a pair of slower machines, racing each other for position. It took him three laps to dispense with them and cost him about half of his margin.
The rest of that margin vanished on lap 62 when third-place Gdovic spun in Turn 2, while racing in close quarters with Howard and Wertz, to bring out the second, and final, caution flag.
Back under green, Falk had to deal with a determined Howard, who remained to his outside for more than a lap. Falk cleared Howard off Turn 2 on lap 63. Behind them, Greg Edwards slipped ahead of Wertz to take over third.
By lap 68, Falk had pulled away from Howard by six lengths. Howard’s attention, though, had turned to Edwards, who had drawn to within two car-lengths of his rear bumper. On lap 72, Edwards ducked underneath Howard on the backstretch in a bid for second. The two went door-to-door with Edwards taking the spot in Turn 4 on lap 73.
While Edwards and Howard battled, Falk eased away from the pack, winning by 1.637 seconds — half a straightaway. Edwards was the runner-up, followed by Howard, Gdovic and Wertz.
Edwards Jr. was sixth to the line, while Wyatt and Matt Waltz rounded out the lead lap finishers. Wes Falk and Carroll were ninth and 10th, a lap down.
Making a second appearance in Victory Lane, Falk was focused on the championship battle, which is quickly nearing its conclusion: “It’s a lot of fun to sweep both of ‘em tonight. It’s good to be back on track and try to win that championship. That’s really important to us. We have to keep on doing our job, make sure the cars don’t fail and go out here and win these things. That’s about the easiest way to win the championship is to win all the races.”
In the series standings, Falk now leads by 44 points (836-792) over Howard, who edged ahead of Greg Edwards for second. Edwards is third, 52 behind Falk, while Danny Edwards Jr. and Wertz are fourth and fifth.

In the evening’s other feature events:

In the 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock race, Rodney Boyd grabbed the top spot from points leader Robbie Parker on lap 25 and sailed to his second straight win.
Tommy Sweeney set the pace in qualifying for the event, lapping the .395-mile oval at 77.535 mph. Parker posted the second-fastest time, followed by Boyd, Ricky Derrick and Mark Claar.
When the green flag waved, Sweeney bolted out front, leading the field into Turn 1. Behind him, Boyd slipped underneath Parker in an early bid for second place. He snagged the spot off the fourth corner, dropping Parker to third.
The race’s only caution flag appeared on lap 4 when Billy Newman spun in Turn 1. As the field prepared for the restart, Jimmy Adkins gave up the sixth spot in line to test his luck on the outside of Sweeney. He was joined on the high side by Paul Lubno, Henry Barnes and Billy Fisher.
Back under green, Sweeney quickly cleared Adkins. Boyd also moved ahead of Adkins off Turn 2, but immediately came under attack from Parker, who muscled into second. Adkins, meanwhile, fell off the pace and headed toward the pit lane.
The Boyd/Parker scuffle allowed Sweeney to open a four-length advantage. That margin began to shrink, however, and, by lap 13, Parker was filling Sweeney’s mirror.
Parker pushed his machine to the front on lap 14, driving under Sweeney off Turn 2 and completing the pass as they sped down the backstretch. Three laps later, Boyd slipped by Sweeney for the runner-up spot.
As the field reached the halfway point, Parker and Boyd were nose-to-tail and approaching traffic. Boyd took one look to the inside of the leader, but was forced back in line as they ran up on a slower car.
Parker and Boyd broke into the clear on lap 24 and Boyd began his charge to the point as they exited Turn 4. At the other end of the frontstretch, to begin lap 25, Boyd poked a fender under Parker, drew even on the back straightaway and finished the pass off Turn 4. In just a lap, he had already pulled away by three lengths.
Once out front, Boyd poured it on, building his lead to nearly half a straightaway. Meanwhile, Sweeney, who had given up third place to Lubno, was in danger of dropping a couple more positions. That scenario unfolded on lap 33 as Claar and Derrick scooted by.
At the finish, Boyd was the winner by 0.991-second. He surrendered a few car-lengths from his margin as he slowed near the flagstand to avoid J.R. Smith, who had spun and was sitting across the track at the start/finish line. Parker took second and added to his lead in the series standings (348-336 over Derrick). Lubno was third, followed by Claar and Derrick.

Randy Sample took the lead on lap 24, then endured a flurry of caution flags on the way to his seventh win of the season in the 40-lap Langley Fan Club Super Street feature.
Kevin Alves was the fast qualifier for the event, at 73.721 mph. Sample lined up to his outside, followed by Larry Venable and Renno Marchetti IV in Row 2. Ryan Nester started fifth.
As the race got under way, Alves leaped into the lead, gaining the clear-cut edge over Sample as the field scrambled into Turn 1. Venable pulled to the inside of Sample in the turn, but Sample fought him off as they battled down the backstretch.
At lap 5, Alves held a two-length advantage over Sample, who enjoyed a similar margin over Venable. As the laps clicked off, though, Sample began to narrow the gap, while Venable lost touch with the lead duo. By lap 15, Alves and Sample had driven off by nearly half a straightaway.
On lap 24, the leaders headed into traffic for the first time and Sample launched a bold bid for the lead with a three-wide pass of Alves and a lapped machine in Turns 3 and 4.
The first caution flag flew on lap 27. That seemed to set off an epidemic of “yellow fever” as others followed on laps 28, 34 and 35. All the while, Sample maintained the lead.
Alves, meanwhile, dropped from second to sixth on lap 34 when he skated loose in Turn 2. He got a chance to redeem himself, however, when the last caution flag waved. Readying for the restart, he pulled out of line and motored alongside Sample.
Though Alves was no match for Sample as the green flag reappeared, he did manage to slide into the second spot in line, gaining three positions.
At the checkers, Sample was the winner by 0.585-second — about three lengths — over Alves. Chris Roberts was third, while Nester and Renno Marchetti IV completed the top five.
In the standings, Sample added two points to his advantage over Alves and now leads by 18, 390-372. Nester moved up to third, followed by John Pereira and Venable.

In a 25-lapper for the Casey Cycle City INEX Legends, Steve Keesee took the lead for good on lap 15 and rolled to his first win of the year.
Brian May was quickest in time trials, at 77.161 mph, to claim the pole. Five-time race winner Brad Hancock started second, followed by Spencer Saunders, points leader Joe Hendricks Jr. and Keesee.
As the event got going, May pulled ahead of Hancock through Turns 1 and 2 to take the lead. At the other end of the track, though, Hancock spun out of the pack and smacked the Turn 4 wall, bringing out the yellow flag and prompting a complete restart.
Stung by his third straight last-place finish, Hancock exited his machine, then lingered for moment to direct his disdain toward Cameron Patrick.
Under green for a second time, May grabbed the lead, while Saunders, Keesee, Jamie Price and Hendricks followed in his wake. On lap 2, Keesee slipped by Saunders for second and brought Price and Hendricks along with him. Soon, Keesee and Price had closed on May’s rear bumper.
Keesee moved out front for the first time on lap 4, scooting past May in Turns 3 and 4. Price tagged along and took over second place.
Two laps later, the last of the race’s two caution flags waved when Sparky West spun off Turn 4. Setting the lineup, Keesee was the leader, followed by Price, May, Hendricks and Saunders.
Returning to green, Keesee was joined by Price and May in a three-car breakaway at the head of the field. Hendricks soon crept into contention and snagged third from May on lap 12. The shuffle allowed Keesee and Price to get away by four lengths.
On lap 14, Price moved to the point, slipping by Keesee on the backstretch. A lap later, though, Keesee returned the favor, regaining the lead at the entrance to Turn 3. Hendricks took Keesee’s cue and came away with second.
On lap 18, Price maneuvered by Hendricks to retake second and he left the door open for May, Patrick and Saunders as Hendricks slipped from the top five.
At the end, Keesee held off Price’s late rally to win by 0.140-second — a single car-length. Patrick was third to the line, while Saunders and Hendricks completed the top five. After running near the front for most of the event, May faded to seventh in the waning laps.
In the standings, Hendricks saw his lead over Keesee shrink from 14 to six, 406-400. Price moved up to third, 16 out of the lead, while slumping Hancock dropped to fourth, 34 behind.

In the first race of the evening, Dean Johnson grabbed the lead from Hunter Koschara on the 19th circuit and scored the win as the Virginia Mini Cups returned to Langley Speedway for a 25-lapper.
Koschara started on the pole, at 68.889 mph, and opened a huge advantage in the early going. By lap 8, he was up by half a straightaway over Johnson, his front-row colleague.
Koschara leisurely cruise was spoiled on lap 14, however, when Joshua Johnson spun in Turn 4, bringing out the only caution flag and bunching the field.
Back under green, Koschara quickly fashioned a three-length lead. He couldn’t shake Dean Johnson, though, as his car began to drift wide off the corners. On lap 19, Johnson got a run on Koschara along the frontstretch and took over the top spot in Turn 1.
After dropping back a couple car-lengths, Koschara tried to rally. His best shot at regaining the lead may have come on lap 22 when he looked to the inside of Johnson in Turn 1. A lapped car blocked his path, however, and he was forced back in line, losing five lengths to Johnson in the process.
Closing in on the finish, Koschara made one last push, drawing to within a car-length of the leader. He pulled the trigger in Turn 3 on the white-flag lap, but came up empty as Johnson held on for a 0.284-second victory. Jeff Stump tailed Johnson and Koschara to the line, in third, followed by Ryan Adams and Corey Berkstresser.
• • •

* Race #1 *
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) C.E. Falk; 75
2. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
3. (82) Woody Howard; 75
4. (34) Paul DeBolt; 75
5. (46) Brandon Gdovic; 75
6. (2) Matt Waltz; 75
7. (55) Mark Wertz; 75
8. (90) Terry Carroll; 75
9. (41) Wes Falk; 75
10. (29) Casey Wyatt; 74
11. (1) Kyle Waltz; 74
12. (88) Mitch Sarvis; 74
13. (06) Dean Shiflett; 74
14. (64) Rick Gdovic; 74
15. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 73
16. (56) Adam Florian; 73
17. (7) Dude Gibbs; 63
18. (21) Greg Edwards; 36
19. (21A)Robbie Babb; 3
20. (40A)Doug Warren; 1
Pole: C.E. Falk - 89.869 mph.

* Race #2 *
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) C.E. Falk
2. (21) Greg Edwards; 75
3. (82) Woody Howard; 75
4. (46) Brandon Gdovic; 75
5. (55) Mark Wertz; 75
6. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
7. (29) Casey Wyatt; 75
8. (2) Matt Waltz; 75
9. (41) Wes Falk; 74
10. (90) Terry Carrol; 74
11. (7) Dude Gibbs; 74
12. (1) Kyle Waltz; 72
13. (56) Adam Florian; 72
14. (34) Paul DeBolt; 61
15. (64) Rick Gdovic; 60
16. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 6
17. (06) Dean Shiflett; 1
18. (88) Mitch Sarvis; 1
19. (40A)Doug Warren; 1
Pole: C.E. Falk - Lineup determined
by finishing order of Race #1.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (9) Rodney Boyd; 40
2. (19) Robbie Parker; 40
3. (14) Paul Lubno; 40
4. (07) Mark Claar; 40
5. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
6. (11) Tommy Sweeney; 40
7. (77) Carl Livingston; 40
8. (01) Chris Hott; 40
9. (28) Billy Fisher; 39
10. (75) Jeff Driskill; 38
11. (71) J.R. Smith; 38
12. (18) Jimmy Adkins; 35
13. (90) Henry Barnes; 22
14. (7) Michael Leech; 10
15. (33) Billy Newman; 3
16. (0) Ron Hester; 1
Pole: Sweeney - 77.535 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (24) Randy Sample; 40
2. (84) Kevin Alves; 40
3. (6) Chris Roberts; 40
4. (87) Ryan Nester; 40
5. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 40
6. (11) Jason Aukland; 40
7. (2) Rod Busitzky; 40
8. (03) Jerry Lamontagne; 40
9. (14) Larry Venable; 40
10. (1) John Pereira; 38
11. (39) Garrett Willcox; 36
12. (28) Jamie Sample; 32
13. (19) Danny Harrell; 24
14. (12) Sean Calway; 17
15. (9) Michael Farmer; 5
Pole: Alves - 73.721 mph.

INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
2. (08) Jamie Price; 25
3. (20) Cameron Patrick; 25
4. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
5. (30) Joe Hendricks Jr.; 25
6. (88) Chris Raiford; 25
7. (22) Brian May; 25
8. (87) Darrell Vance; 25
9. (38) Kim Forrester; 25
10. (4) Bobby Gobble; 23
11. (99) Sparky West; 5
12. (17) Brad Hancock; 0
Pole: May - 77.161 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (09) Dean Johnson; 25
2. (11) Hunter Koschara; 25
3. (70) Jeff Stump; 25
4. (77) Ryan Adams; 25
5. (19) Corey Berkstresser; 25
6. (17) Travis Conner; 25
7. (01) Doug Watts; 25
8. (5) Joshua Johnson; 23
9. (88) C.J. Hite; 23
10. (55) Jay Stover; 23
11. (21) Daniel Waltz; 1
12. (07) Jennifer Chitwood; 0
13. (34) Jaleel Johnson; 0
Pole: Koschara - 68.889 mph.

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