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Langley Speedway News
Babb posts 1st Langley win in Poquoson 75.
Oct 3, 2010 - updated Oct 3rd, 2010 10:48pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey
Hampton, VA --
Poquoson Night Race Report Saturday, October 2, 2010
Robbie Babb moved out front on lap 57 and motored on to a very popular victory in the Poquoson 75 for the Rolling Thunder Modified Tour, the featured event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway. It was the first win at the track for Babb, who has competed in various divisions for over 20 years.
Series points leader Joe Scarbrough set the pace in afternoon time trials, lapping the .395-mile oval at 85.947 mph. Trevor Edwards was second-fastest and lined up alongside Scarbrough on Row 1. A.J. Winstead and Babb occupied Row 2, while Chris Hoylman and Jimmy Humblet launched from Row 3.
As the race got under way, Scarbrough led the charge as the inside line bolted ahead. Winstead, seeking his fourth straight series win, emerged in second, followed by Hoylman, Michael Leech and Hunter Slayton. Babb and Humblet slipped to sixth and seventh, respectively, and Edwards dropped all the way to eighth.
In the early going, Scarbrough maintained a slim edge over Winstead. As the laps clicked off, though, he began to ease away. For much of the first green-flag run, which lasted until lap 38, Scarbrough enjoyed a four- or five-length advantage.
Behind the leaders, Babb was on the move. After falling to sixth on the start, he quickly tracked down the top five. He grabbed fifth from Slayton on lap 9, nosed ahead of Leech for fourth on lap 17 and overtook Hoylman for third on lap 22. Within a couple more circuits, he had caught up to Winstead.
The first yellow flag waved on lap 38 when Leech spun in Turn 3. During the caution period, Edwards pulled into the pits, retiring to a 12th-place finish.
Back under green, Scarbrough fashioned a three-length lead, while Winstead and Babb renewed their tussle for second. Just a couple laps later, however, Winstead and Babb settled down and began to trim Scarbrough’s margin.
The second yellow flag flew on lap 42 when Greg Burgess Jr. spun in Turn 1.
When the race resumed, Scarbrough opened a two-length advantage, only to see Winstead gobble up the ground. Babb, meanwhile, rode three lengths behind Winstead, content to enjoy a front-row seat for the time being.
Scarbrough continued to hold Winstead at bay until lap 46 when he bobbled ever so slightly off Turn 2. Winstead spotted the slip and pounced, driving underneath the leader in Turns 3 and 4.
Winstead inched ahead to take his first lead on lap 47, while Scarbrough battled back on lap 49. On lap 50, Winstead moved back atop the leaderboard and he cleared Scarbrough on lap 52. Babb rushed to fill the void to the inside of Scarbrough and the two dueled for a lap before Scarbrough regained command of the runner-up spot.
The complexion of the event took a couple of wild swings on lap 57. First, Winstead, up by three lengths, was victimized by a terminal engine problem off Turn 4 and spun in his own oil, bringing out the third yellow flag and handing the lead back to Scarbrough. Then, as the field circulated under caution, Scarbrough suddenly made the hard left turn into the pits, felled by mechanical gremlins of his own.
As the field bunched for a restart, Babb found himself in the top spot, followed by Hoylman, Anthony Kincaid, Leech and Joed Bruce.
Back under way, Babb leaped out to a three-length lead over Hoylman, who had his hands full with Kincaid. The battle for second played in the leader’s favor as Babb was easily able to maintain his advantage.
Nearing the finish, Hoylman finally broke away from Kincaid. He could make little headway against Babb in the closing laps, though, as the leader sped on to the checkers.
At the finish, Babb’s margin of victory was 0.749-second — about four lengths — over Hoylman. Kincaid was third, followed Slayton and Leech. Bruce came home in sixth, while Chris Brown was seventh, the final driver on the lead lap. Scarbrough and Winstead were credited with eighth and ninth, in that order, and Burgess completed the top 10.
After the race, Babb reflected on the years of effort and toil that finally yielded a trip to Victory Lane: “It’s pretty unbelievable. I’ve been around this racetrack a long time. A lot of work, a lot of money, a lot of dedication on these other guys’ part. I’m kinda speechless right now. We got a late start on the year. We started out the first couple of races running our Late Model and realized we didn’t have the money and the resources to do that with the other guys, so we just had to back up and do something a little different and it’s worked out well. We worked our butt off to get it to this point and I’m glad it’s starting to pay off.”
In his post-race comments, runner-up Hoylman remarked on the advantages of seat time at the track: “I’ve been running some of these regular shows here (for the track’s own B&C Seafood Mods) and nothing beats laps around here. The more you run, the better you get. I’d like to congratulate Robbie on his first win in Modifieds. That’s pretty cool. I don’t know. Other than that one caution, they were all blowing up motors. I kept waiting for Robbie’s to go, but it didn’t go. But, it’s all good. I’ll take it.”
Third-place Kincaid, a veteran dirt-tracker, noted that he felt right at home when the cleanup crew spread copious amounts of “kitty litter” after Winstead’s engine problem: “Thought I was gonna be glad to see the dirt get on the track, ‘cause that’s where we come from, but it didn’t really help us that much. I’d just like to thank my dad. He stuck right by me. We’ve got this thing from a bare chassis to what it is now and, for its first day at the track today and to finish third, I’m just tickled to death with it.”
Following Saturday night’s race, the series will take a few weeks off before the 2010 season finale, slated for Saturday, Oct. 30, at the historic North Wilkesboro Speedway.
In the evening’s other feature events:
In the 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock race, Mark Claar took the lead on lap 5 and rolled to his division-leading fifth victory of the season. Meanwhile, with a runner-up outing, Ricky Derrick moved one step closer to a second straight championship.
Carl Livingston claimed the pole for the event, at 77.519 mph. He shared the front row with Claar, while title contenders Derrick and Robbie Parker lined up in Row 2 and veterans Jammie Goode and Paul Lubno made up Row 3.
On the start, Livingston pulled ahead of Claar, taking the lead as the field roared off Turn 2 for the first time. Derrick pulled to Claar’s inside, but eventually settled into third. Meanwhile, Parker endured a rough start, dropping to seventh before righting the ship.
Claar pushed his machine to the point on lap 5. He ducked underneath Livingston at the end of the backstretch and completed the pass off Turn 4. Caught to the high side, Livingston also gave way to Derrick, Goode and Lubno, falling to fifth.
By lap 11, Claar had fashioned a four-length spread between himself and second-place Derrick. Derrick began to narrow the gap, pulling to within a car-length on lap 16, but Claar turned up the wick and led by almost three lengths at the crossed flags. Behind them, Livingston had swiped fourth from Goode.
Parker made his way back into the top five on lap 22, scooting past Goode. Two laps later, though, Goode returned the favor.
On lap 33, Livingston passed Lubno for third. He initiated the move on the backstretch and completed it off Turn 4.
The first caution flag waved on lap 34 for a single-car incident in Turn 2. As the field readied for a restart, Lubno and Billy Fisher gave up their spots in the running order to test their luck on the outside of the leader.
Back under green, Claar cleared Lubno, who found Derrick to his inside through Turns 1 and 2. Derrick gained the clear-cut edge on the backstretch.
The second, and final, caution flag made a quick appearance on lap 35. This time, Parker and Lubno opted to restart in the outside lane.
As the race resumed, Claar and Derrick pulled away, while a three-wide fracas developed in their wake. Fisher looped his machine in Turn 2, but got going again as the yellow flag remained under wraps.
At the finish, Claar was the winner by 0.822-second — about four lengths — over Derrick. Making wise use of the restart strategy, Parker was third, followed by Lubno and Goode.
In the series standings, Derrick now leads Parker by eight, 526-518, with one race to go. He can seal the ‘10 title by finishing fourth or better on Oct. 16.
Randy Sample started on the pole, at 74.665 mph, and led all 40 laps to notch his ninth victory of the year in the Langley Fan Club Super Street race.
While Sample leaped into the lead at the initial green flag, Ritchie German and Ryan Nester went door-to-door for second. German, on the inside, won that tussle as the duo exited Turn 4. Soon, German had closed to within a car-length of the leader.
As the laps clicked by, Sample began to extend his advantage over German. By the halfway mark, he was up by three lengths. Traffic loomed ahead, but Sample smartly dispatched two slower machines on lap 26, going to the inside of one, then the outside of the other, adding to his lead in the process.
German tried to follow Sample’s cue on lap 27. Instead, he tangled with one of the lapped machines and spun in Turn 2 to bring out the first caution flag, handing second to Nester.
Gathering for a restart, Renno Marchetti IV, Sean Calway, Jamie Sample and Garrett Willcox pulled out of line and advanced to the outside of the leader.
Back under green, Sample and Nester quickly cleared their challengers. Marchetti and Calway did manage to slip in line in third and fourth, though.
The race’s only other caution flag flew on lap 28 when Willcox spun in Turn 3. For the ensuing restart, John Pereira, Chris Roberts and German opted for the outside lane.
As the race resumed, Sample immediately freed himself of the logjam, while Nester broke into the clear on the backstretch. Pereira slipped in line in third, followed by Roberts.
Just a couple laps after the restart, Sample had already driven away by three lengths over Nester, who had a mirror-full of Pereira. On lap 31, though, Pereira skated wide in Turn 2 and surrendered the third spot to Roberts. Meanwhile, Sample was steadily padding his lead.
At the finish, Sample was the winner by half a straightaway over Nester. Roberts was third, followed by Pereira and German, who passed Marchetti to return to the top five on lap 32.
In the standings, with one event to go, Sample holds a comfortable 36-point lead, 564-528, over Nester, who took second from Kevin Alves. A 19th-place finish in the Oct. 16 points wrap-up would be enough to give Sample his second straight Super Street championship.
Starting from the outside of the front row, Robbie Davis snagged the lead on the opening circuit, then held on at the finish for his ninth win in the 25-lap Larry King Law Super Truck feature.
Troy Turnage was the pole-sitter for the event, qualifying at 73.797 mph. He gave way to Davis out of Turn 2 on lap 1, however. By the time the field returned to the flagstand, Davis was already three lengths ahead.
In the early going, the top four — Davis, Turnage, Tommy Nixon and Chris Spangler — began to string out, with four or five truck-lengths separating each driver from the next in line.
Around lap 9, however, Turnage started to rumble, closing in on Davis. By the halfway point, the two were nose-to-tail. Third-place Nixon, meanwhile, had fallen nearly a full straightaway behind.
Turnage hounded Davis until lap 17 when the leader suddenly widened his advantage to three lengths. Turnage gathered himself, though, and began to close in again.
The only caution flag appeared on lap 21 when Tory Vaughn IV slapped the Turn 1 wall after a shunt with Bill Wallace.
On the restart, Davis eked out a one-length margin, while Nixon moved up to challenge Turnage for second. That battle ended when they reached the backstretch, however, as Turnage motored off in pursuit of the leader.
Turnage took one final run at Davis on the white-flag lap. With the checkers awaiting, the two scuffled in Turn 4 and Turnage ducked to the inside. His charge came up just short, though, as Davis won by the length of his hood. Nixon tailed Davis and Turnage to the stripe, in third, followed by Spangler and Chase McAdams.
In the division standings, Davis holds a 36-point edge over Nixon, 612-576. Like Sample in the Super Streets, Davis can clinch the Super Truck title by finishing 19th or better in the Oct. 16 finale.
In the evening’s final event, a 50-lap Enduro contest, Mike Ganoe moved out front on lap 1 and rolled to his second straight victory.
By the end of the race, which ran without the need for a stoppage, Ganoe had stretched his winning margin to better than a full straightaway over second-place Brian Smith.
Jeff Sweeney was third to the line, but failed to clear the post-race inspection. With Sweeney’s ouster from the rundown, Tony Spivey moved up to third, followed by Danny Harrell and Gary Turner.
With one race remaining, Harrell holds a 12-point lead over Ganoe in the standings, 192-180. He can clinch the ‘10 Enduro championship with a sixth-place (or better) finish on Oct. 16.
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