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Brown snaps winless skid in "Visit Hampton" 150
Sep 5, 2010 - updated Sep 5th, 2010 10:35am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey
Hampton, VA --
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour
& NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
"Visit Hampton" 150
Saturday, September 4, 2010
After practicing a judicious tire conservation strategy in the early going, Tim Brown seized command on lap 132 and rolled to the victory in the “Visit Hampton” 150 for the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, the featured event of Saturday evening’s racing program at Langley Speedway.
The win was the first for the T&C Motorsports team and brought an end to Brown’s winless streak, which stretched back almost two years.
James Civali claimed his third Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying for the race, lapping the .395-mile oval at 91.523 mph. Jason Myers was second-fastest, at 91.306 mph.
The top eight qualifiers redrew for their starting spots. Jason Myers landed on the pole, with Brown to his outside. Burt Myers lined up third, alongside Andy Seuss. L.W. Miller and John Smith made up Row 3, while Civali and Brandon Hire launched from Row 4.
As the race got under way, Brown bolted ahead of Jason Myers through Turns 1 and 2 to take the early lead. Myers settled into second, followed by Seuss, Miller and Civali, who gained two positions in the opening shuffle.
On lap 2, Civali slipped past Miller for fourth, then picked off both Seuss and Myers on lap 3 to take second. He quickly closed on Brown and swung to the outside of the leader as they came around to complete lap 4. He finished off the pass off Turn 2 on lap 5 and, just like that, he had overcome the redraw.
The first yellow flag waved on lap 7 when Zach Brewer spun just past the flagstand, collecting Frank Fleming.
As the field gathered for a double-file restart at lap 11, Civali opted for the outside lane. He made the choice pay off when the green flag reappeared, beating Brown into Turn 1. Taking note of Civali’s success up high, Miller went to the top side on lap 12 and bypassed Brown for the runner-up spot.
By lap 21, Civali had pulled away by nearly half a straightaway over Miller, who was two car-lengths ahead of Brown and Seuss. Deeper in the field, Hire had also found a home in the outside lane and rumbled past Burt Myers to crack the top five on lap 25.
On lap 30, Seuss swiped third place from Brown and set off after Miller. He grabbed second from Miller on lap 43 and quickly drove away. By lap 55, the lead duo enjoyed a full-straightaway margin over Miller, who was under fire from Hire and Brown.
Hire took over the third spot on lap 58 with another high-side pass in Turns 3 and 4. Two laps later, Brown nosed ahead of Miller for fourth. In the meantime, Civali was trying to check out, extending his lead over Seuss to over half a straightaway.
Civali’s big lead vanished on lap 72, however, as Darrel Krentz spun on the backstretch to bring out the second yellow flag.
Once more, Civali chose the outside lane for the ensuing restart. This time, though, Seuss got the better of him and took the lead on lap 76.
Almost immediately, Civali was granted a do-over as the last of the race’s three caution flags flew on lap 77 for a three-car tangle in Turn 2, involving Hire, Jason Myers and Greg Butcher.
On the restart, at lap 85, Seuss bobbled slightly off Turn 4 and Civali gained a slim advantage, claiming the clear-cut edge off Turn 2 on lap 86 and leaving Seuss to deal with Brown, who was on his way back toward the front.
On lap 87, Brown ducked underneath Seuss, initiating a side-by-side duel that would last until lap 92 when Brown pulled ahead along the backstretch. By lap 97, Brown had put nearly half a straightaway between himself and Seuss.
Civali waded into slower traffic on lap 109. Instead of costing him ground, though, he actually extended his margin over Brown. In turn, Brown widened the gap over third-place Seuss, who was feeling pressure from Brewer and Burt Myers.
As the race entered its closing stages, Brown began to utilize the new asphalt on the track apron as he exited Turns 2 and 4. Civali, meanwhile, was running at least two lanes up off the bottom. By lap 128, Brown had chopped the deficit to just two lengths and was clearly zeroed in on the leader.
On lap 130, Brown drove under Civali in Turn 4. The two went door-to-door until lap 132 when Brown pulled ahead off Turn 2. Civali tried to reverse the move at the other end of the speedway, but was forced back in line as the lead duo ran up on a lapped machine.
Behind Brown and Civali, Brewer and Burt Myers overhauled Seuss on lap 135, taking over the third and fourth places, respectively, and dropping Seuss to fifth. Meanwhile, Brown was steaming toward the win.
At the checkers, Brown was the winner by a whopping 3.329 seconds over Civali. Burt Myers muscled past Brewer on lap 149, then held off his last-lap rally to take third. Seuss was fifth to the stripe, while Jason Myers came home in sixth, the final driver on the lead lap.
Gene Pack, Miller and Fleming were seventh, eighth and ninth, in that order, all one lap down. Hire was shown in 10th, two laps back.
After the race, in a jubilant Victory Lane, Brown responded to a query about his patient approach: “I had a game plan in my mind on how I wanted this race to go. That 79 (Civali) and 47 (Seuss) and 36 (Miller) and all those guys come up through there real early. I could see ‘em leaving two little haze marks off each corner and I was sitting there grinning. I was like, ‘You boys keep at it. Here in about 75 laps to go or something, I think I might have something for you. Y’know, the 79 was really good and I just had to pace myself to not spin the tires or let it slide getting in the corners there. And, with about 20 to go, I seen he was up there in the high stuff, a little sideways and spinning two black marks off of corner 2 and I was like, ‘I think I got enough time to run him down and get by him, too.’ James ran me clean — we’ve had some trouble in the past — and I thank him for that. It’s just a great night.”
In his post-race comments, runner-up Civali, who led 118 circuits, commented on the closing laps: “We weren’t quite tight enough for the long run there. The tires started going away on us and got a little free towards the end. But, the car was real good the whole race. Just right there, the last 20 laps or so, it just started to give up on me and he (Brown) had something left and that’s what won the race.”
For his part, third-place Burt Myers was pumped up by his outing: “It’s a real fun racetrack. I know how much fun it was from in here and, if the fans didn’t see a good show tonight, something’s wrong. These cars can run side-by-side and you can race here.”
Regarding the late tussle with Brewer, Myers continued, “Me and the 11, Zach Brewer, we’re good friends, so, y’know, it’s all just good racing. There’s some nerf bars... I mean, hey, look at these things. That’s why they’ve got a nerf bar hanging on the side and a front bumper hanging on the front. Use ‘em.”
For Brown, the victory was worth $2,300 and boosted him into the top 10 in the series standings. Meanwhile, Civali regained the points lead from Miller with his second-place finish as the top position changed hands for the fourth race in a row. He’ll carry an eight-point lead over Seuss into the next event on Sept. 25 at Tri-County Motor Speedway in Hudson, N.C.
The Versus channel, with lead announcer Jimmy “Mr. Excitement” Spencer, was on hand to record the race. It is schedule to air on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. A replay is slated for Sunday, Sept. 12, at 11 p.m.
In the evening’s other feature events:
Prevented from competing in the NWSMT race when technical issues cropped up during the pre-race inspection, Thomas Stinson salvaged his evening by leading all 50 laps to post his second win of the season in the B&C Seafood Modified feature.
Shawn Balluzzo earned the pole for the event, qualifying at 84.562 mph. Stinson was only 70-thousandths of a second off Balluzzo’s pace and flanked the pole-sitter on the start. Robbie Babb and Rusty Wood made up Row 2, while Cameron Patrick and Kyle Wood occupied Row 3.
When the green flag waved, Stinson bolted ahead of Balluzzo and won the drag race into Turn 1. Balluzzo dropped into second, followed by a side-by-side duel between Babb and Rusty Wood.
The first 21 circuits were rugged as the yellow flag flew five times, at laps 2, 8 (twice), 16 and 21. Among the casualties were Rusty Wood, who spun in Turns 1 and 2 just after a restart at lap 8 while running third, and Steve McGuire, who locked horns with Joe Scarbrough as the caution flag was being unfurled for a stalled car on the backstretch.
Through the tumult, Stinson held a firm grip on the top spot. His cause was aided by Balluzzo and Kyle Wood, who were busy tussling with each other over the runner-up position. During the course of the event, they swapped the spot four times.
The race was slowed one final time on lap 33 when Babb tried to take third place from Kyle Wood and ended up spinning in Turn 3. The incident not only earned Babb a trip to the rear of the field, but it also negated Balluzzo’s pass for second, which had come just seconds before.
Under green for the last time, Stinson quickly cleared the Wood machine and began to drive away. Balluzzo re-entered the picture on lap 34, ducking under Wood. He completed the pass for second in Turn 2 on lap 35.
Just two laps later, Balluzzo was filling Stinson’s mirror as the lead duo darted away by almost half a straightaway.
On lap 39, Balluzzo took a look to the inside of Stinson in Turn 4, but was rebuffed. After dropping back a couple car-lengths, he gathered himself for one last rally as the finish loomed.
At the end, Balluzzo’s effort came up one length short — 0.233-second, to be exact — as Stinson held on for the win. Kyle Wood was third, followed by Cameron Patrick and Scarbrough. Chris Hoylman headed up the second five, in sixth, while Matt Slye, Babb, Mike Hanbury and Bobby Gery completed the top 10. Scott Lawrence was 11th, the last driver on the lead lap.
In Victory Lane after the event, Stinson commented on Balluzzo, his chief rival for the 2010 division championship: “I tell ya’ — Shawn — he just won’t go away, will he? I’m looking for some hocus-pocus (so) I can make him disappear, but it ain’t working. I gotta thank my crew. I told Mark, if he could make it where I could stay on the bottom, it would be good. Well, it stayed on the bottom, but it was good enough. I won’t the best. But, that’s what we’ve gotta do the rest of the season — finish ahead of Shawn and just let luck fall where it falls. I don’t think he’s gonna go away, but neither are we.”
With the win, Stinson trimmed two points from Balluzzo’s division lead and now trails by only four, 430-426. The Mods are slated for Twin 50s on Sept. 18 when Langley returns to action following next weekend’s break for NASCAR activities at Richmond International Raceway.
Cameron Patrick only led about a quarter of a lap in the 25-lap Casey Cycle City INEX Legends race. It was the quarter of a lap from Turn 4 to the checkered flag, though, as he collected his first victory of the season.
Jamie Price claimed the pole in afternoon time trials, at 77.662 mph, and shared the front row with Brad Hancock, who was looking to reverse his recent streak of misfortune. Points leader Joe Hendricks Jr. lined up third, alongside Patrick, while Spencer Saunders rounded out the top five.
Once the race got under way, it didn’t take long for trouble to break out as a six-car melee in Turn 3 brought out the first caution flag and prompted a complete restart. Four drivers were sidelined in the incident — Saunders, Chris Raiford, Keenan Simmons and, yes, Hancock, whose string of bad luck continues.
On the second try at a start, Price motored ahead of Patrick in Turns 1 and 2 to take the early lead. Hendricks moved up to second, while Kyle Resco tagged along and took over third. Patrick dropped to fourth, but soon gave up two more spots to Steve Keesee and Sonny Senter.
Hendricks tailed Price until lap 7 when he pushed his machine to the front on the backstretch. Once again, Resco followed in Hendricks’ tire tracks. He wasn’t content just to tag along, though, as he grabbed the top spot from Hendricks on lap 8.
As Resco began to pull away, Price regained second from Hendricks. They traded the spot again on lap 9, allowing Resco to open a six-length edge. Senter moved up to third, followed by Patrick, while Price dropped to fifth.
On lap 15, Patrick, Price and Keesee triple-teamed Senter, knocking him from the top five. Two laps later, Price slipped by Patrick for third. Meanwhile, Hendricks had closed to within three lengths of Resco.
The second yellow flag waved on lap 21.
As the race resumed, Price ducked past Patrick for third, bringing Keesee along with him. At the front, Hendricks went after Resco for the top spot, picking up the position on lap 22. A lap later, Resco spun on the backstretch to bring out the third, and final, caution flag.
On the restart, Price slipped under Hendricks in Turn 2 and grabbed the lead off Turn 4. Keesee and Patrick came along with him, kicking Hendricks back to fourth.
On lap 24, Keesee nosed underneath Price off Turn 4 and inched into the lead at the white flag. Changing lanes, Price rallied back to the inside of Keesee at the end of the backstretch.
In Turn 4, with the checkers awaiting, Price and Keesee locked horns and Keesee spun up the track. Price continued on toward the finish line, but the inside lane was wide open for Patrick, who was coming with a full head of steam.
At the finish, Patrick was the winner by 3-thousandths of a second over Price. Derek Hopkinson was third to the line, while Brian May and Jacob Heavlow were fourth and fifth, respectively. In line for a good finish, Hendricks was instead collected by Keesee’s spinning car. He was unable to complete the final lap and ended up ninth, one spot behind Keesee.
In the standings, Hendricks saw his lead shrink from 26 points to 12 over Price, 490-478. Keesee is third, with 462, while Patrick vaulted from fifth to fourth, with 442.
In the evening’s opening race, a 20-lapper for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts, Ryan Hudgins started on the pole, at 60.881 mph, and led all the way for his first win of the season.
As the race got under way, Hudgins was joined by Charlie-Ray Lorah, Jake Harberts and Casey Wyatt in a four-kart draft at the head of the field. On lap 2, Lorah got shuffled out of the equation, leaving Hudgins, Harberts and Wyatt.
Meanwhile, points leader Bill Dailey linked up with Mike Dayton and Chris O’Brien and the usually potent drafting combo began to close on the lead trio. Their charge to the outside was blunted, though, as Hudgins, Harberts and Wyatt gained the clear-cut edge on lap 5.
On lap 8, O’Brien briefly lost contact with Dailey and Dayton, allowing the front three to widen their advantage. O’Brien was able to catch back up to his partners, but the second draft still seemed to lack cohesion.
On lap 17, O’Brien lost the draft altogether and began to drift back. Without a third kart to provide some needed oomph, Dailey and Dayton saw their chances of overtaking the leaders fade.
All the way to the checkers, Hudgins, Harberts and Wyatt maintained their disciplined drafting formation and crossed the line 1-2-3. Hudgins’ official margin of victory was 94-thousandths of a second. Dailey and Dayton were fourth and fifth.
• • •
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour & NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway -
"Visit Hampton" Night Race Results Saturday, September 4, 2010
NASCAR WHELEN SOUTHERN MODIFIED TOUR
** Visit Hampton 150 **
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (02) Tim Brown; 150
2. (79) James Civali; 150
3. (1) Burt Myers; 150
4. (11) Zach Brewer; 150
5. (47) Andy Seuss; 150
6. (4) Jason Myers; 150
7. (31) Gene Pack; 149
8. (36) L.W. Miller; 149
9. (40) Frank Fleming; 149
10. (44) Brandon Hire; 148
11. (97) Bryan Dauzat; 148
12. (15) Darrel Krentz; 144
13. (25) John Smith; 136
14. (0) Greg Butcher; 76
15. (14) Shawn Balluzzo; 4
Pole: J. Myers - via redraw
among top 8 qualifiers.
Fast Qualifier: Civali - 91.523 mph.
B&C SEAFOOD MODIFIEDS - 50 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (4) Thomas Stinson; 50
2. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
3. (19) Kyle Wood; 50
4. (20) Cameron Patrick; 50
5. (9) Joe Scarbrough; 50
6. (37) Chris Hoylman; 50
7. (33) Matt Slye; 50
8. (44) Robbie Babb; 50
9. (8) Mike Hanbury; 50
10. (60) Bobby Gery; 50
11. (83) Scott Lawrence; 50
12. (7) Steve Wagner; 48
13. (26) Steve McGuire; 20
14. (0) Wayne Hartley; 15
15. (69) Rusty Wood; 7
16. (77) Hunter Slayton; 7
17. (12) Bubba Farmer; 5
Pole: Balluzzo - 84.562 mph.
CASEY CYCLE CITY INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (20) Cameron Patrick; 25
2. (08) Jamie Price; 25
3. (17A)Derek Hopkinson; 25
4. (22) Brian May; 25
5. (3) Jacob Heavlow; 25
6. (02) Kyle Resco; 25
7. (99) Sparky West; 25
8. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
9. (30) Joe Hendricks Jr.; 24
10. (4) Bobby Gobble; 24
11. (51) Jason Simmons; 24
12. (38) Kim Forrester; 24
13. (10) Sonny Senter; 21
14. (17) Brad Hancock; 0
15. (7) Spencer Saunders; 0
16. (88) Chris Raiford; 0
17. (5) Keenan Simmons; 0
Pole: Price - 77.662 mph.
RHONNDA CLAIBORNE, REALTOR
HRKC PRO WINGED CHAMP KARTS - 20 laps
Fin. Pos. (Krt #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (86) Ryan Hudgins; 20
2. (88) Jake Harberts; 20
3. (87) Casey Wyatt; 20
4. (00) Bill Dailey; 20
5. (4) Mike Dayton; 20
6. (99) Chris O'Brien; 20
7. (59) Charlie-Ray Lorah; 20
8. (24) Vaughn Crittenden; 20
9. (1) Spencer Saunders; 20
10. (89) Shawn Gervais; 20
11. (16) David Millard; 20
12. (10) Daniel Millard; 20
13. (40) Mark Brooks; 19
14. (64) John Savage; 19
15. (44) Ashley Mullis; 19
16. (17) Harold Gay; 19
17. (63) Clif Savage; 18
18. (28) Robert Peach; 18
Pole: Hudgins - 60.881 mph.
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