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Langley Speedway News
19th ANNUAL INEX LEGENDS NATIONALS Championship Day
Oct 10, 2010 - updated Oct 10th, 2010 4:23pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtry
Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
HAMPTON, Va. (Oct. 9) -- Chance Rice assumed the lead on the 48th circuit and held on to win the 50-lap Pro Division A-Main, Saturday evening's featured event, as the 19th Annual INEX Legends Nationals wrapped up at Langley Speedway.
Rice, from Michigan, raced his way into the 30-car starting lineup by winning the 25-lap B-Main earlier in the day. He lined up 21st on the grid.
Daniel Hemric was the pole-sitter for the event. Kyle Beattie shared the front row with Hemric, while Doug Stevens, Steven Ross and Cameron Patrick rounded out the top five.
The race got off to a raucous beginning as 14th-place starter Evan Swilling barrel-rolled into the Turn 1 wall on the opening lap. The event was immediately halted as emergency personnel, officials and track workers rushed to the scene. Swilling was extracted from his battered machine and taken to the hospital for observation.
On the second try at a start, Beattie beat Hemric into Turn 1 to grab the early lead. Hemric settled into second, followed by Ross and Travis Braden, the winner of Friday night's Race of Champions.
The second caution flag appeared on lap 4 when Thomas Hartensveld lost an engine in impressive fashion at the end of the frontstretch.
On the restart, Beattie, Hemric, Ross and Braden bolted in nose-to-tail formation. On lap 5, though, Ross and Braden tangled off Turn 2. Ross dropped from third to fifth, while Braden fell to mid-pack.
After the third yellow flag, at lap 13, Hemric went after Beattie for the lead, nabbing the top spot into Turn 1 at the start of lap 14. Stevens and Andrew Smith tagged along with Hemric, knocking Beattie back to fourth.
The fourth yellow flag flew on lap 18.
Back under green, Braden bypassed Cameron Patrick to return to the top five, then picked off Beattie for fourth, just before the fifth caution flag, which was displayed on lap 26.
Caution #6 made a quick appearance as a multi-car melee snared several machines in Turn 4.
As the race resumed, Hemric fashioned a two-length edge over Stevens, while Braden continued his charge to the front, passing Smith for third and bringing Beattie with him.
The seventh caution flag waved on lap 32 for debris.
On lap 36, Ryan Johnson lost an engine in Turns 3 and 4, dumping oil on the track and triggering another mess as several cars spun in his wake.
Back under green, Stevens took a peek to the inside of Hemric into Turn 1. The leader fended him off, though, leaving Stevens to contend with Braden, who was looking to gain the runner-up position.
Deeper in the field, Smith was on the charge. After restarting in fifth, he knocked off Beattie for fourth on lap 41 and flashed a suddenly-faltering Braden for third on lap 42.
Smith's jaunt toward the front came to an abrupt end on lap 47, however, as he spun at the end of the frontstretch, collecting Taylor Hull and Patrick, who was launched into the air and tumbled into Turn 1, prompting the second lengthy red-flag delay.
With the laps winding down, Stevens moved up to pressure Hemric on the restart. His bid seemed to pay off as the leader slipped wide in Turn 3, opening the inside lane.
At the end of the backstretch, on lap 48, Hemric and Stevens locked horns and slid into the outside wall. Third-place Beattie was also involved in the fracas and earned a trip to the rear of the field, while Rice took over the lead.
On the last restart, Rice forged a one-length edge over Steven Cantrell and maintained that gap to the finish, winning by 85-thousandths of a second. Brian Ouimette was third, gaining one spot during the final two-lap sprint. Paul Kelly and Bayley Currey completed the top five.
Chris Dilbeck was sixth, followed by Beattie and Kyle Resco, the final driver on the lead lap. Tyler Lester was a lap down, in ninth, while Hemric and Stevens were credited with 10th and 11th, respectively.
Amazingly, six of the top 10 A-Main finishers advanced to the race through the B-Main qualifier.
In the 25-lap Pro Division B-Main, Rice took the lead on lap 2 and showed the way to the checkers. As in the featured event, Cantrell was second, followed by Justin Swilling, Hull and Kelly.
The top five finishers all advanced to the A-Main, along with Dilbeck, Currey, Johnson, Lester and Mike Alcaro.
John Sossoman took the lead on lap 10, used a well-timed caution flag to retain the top spot and motored on to victory in the 50-lap Masters Division A-Main.
Brian Weimer started on the pole and set the pace for laps 1-5. On lap 6, though, he skittered sideways in Turn 1 and gave way to Scott Anderson. Weimer gathered his machine, but not before dropping to sixth.
On lap 10, Sossoman powered past Anderson on the backstretch for the top spot. Anderson settled into second, followed by Jeff Haynie, Ira Laughy and Weimer, who had regained the fifth position.
On lap 16, Anderson and Haynie scuffled in Turn 4 and Laughy, who won Friday night's Masters Race of Champions, pounced on the opportunity, driving to the outside of Haynie. Before that scenario could develop, though, the first caution flag waved for a two-car incident in Turn 2.
Back under green, Sossoman fashioned a two-length lead, while Anderson, Haynie, Laughy and Weimer jousted for second. Haynie made the move around Anderson on lap 19 and brought Laughy, Weimer and Kevin Foisy with him, dropping Anderson to sixth.
On lap 24, Laughy slipped past Haynie for second place. Within a lap, he had closed to within a car-length of the leader.
After another caution flag, Laughy went to work on Sossoman in earnest. He finally worked underneath the leader off Turn 4 on lap 28 and gained the clear-cut edge through Turns 1 and 2 on lap 29.
Before the 29th circuit was officially recorded, however, the race's third yellow flag waved for a four-car tangle at the flagstand. Scoring reverted to lap 28 and Sossoman was placed back in the lead.
As the race resumed, Laughy continued to poke and prod at Sossoman, hoping to force an error. Sossoman held firm, though, surviving one last restart and a "green-white-checkered" finish to wrap up the 0.138-second win.
Laughy was second to the line, followed by Weimer. Haynie was fourth, but didn't clear the post-race inspection, resulting in his disqualification. Foisy moved up to fourth in the amended rundown, while Anderson completed the top five.
Scotty Edwards headed up the second five, in sixth, followed by Robert Weymouth, Robert Merino, Tim Brockhouse and Jamie Laine. George Whitney and Bruce Silver were 11th and 12th, in that order, the final drivers to complete the entire distance.
In the 50-lap Semi-Pro Division A-Main, Greg Lang took the lead for good on lap 43 and rolled on to the win.
Lang was the pole-sitter for the event, but surrendered the lead to R.S. Senter on the opening lap. Jake Morris also slipped past Lang before the caution flag waved on lap 2.
On the restart, Senter pulled away by two lengths, only to see Morris gobble up the ground. On lap 3, Morris drove underneath Senter in Turn 2 and grabbed the lead on the backstretch. Lang followed Morris' cue and snagged second on the next circuit.
For the next 29 laps, which were punctuated by three caution flags, Lang shadowed Morris.
Lang finally pulled the trigger on lap 33, ducking to the inside of Morris off Turn 4. He inched ahead to take the lead on lap 35, but Morris neatly reversed the maneuver and returned to the top spot on lap 36. This time, Lang did the turnabout and retook the lead on lap 37, only to hand it right back to Morris on lap 38.
Settling into second, Lang kept pace with Morris until lap 43 when he drove to the inside of the leader at the entrance to Turn 1. Morris tried to fight back from the outside, but gave way by inches as they returned to the stripe. Lang cleared Morris through Turns 1 and 2 on lap 44.
Morris remained on Lang's bumper to the end, but, with slower traffic becoming a factor in the closing laps, he was unable to muster a winning pass.
At the finish, Lang was the winner by 0.128-second. Morris was the runner-up, followed by Austin Leitner, 2010 Langley Legends champ Joe Hendricks Jr. and Senter.
Kevin Nowak was sixth, while Steve Ward and Evan Beaulieu rounded out the lead-lap finishers. Robert Kuczmarski and Bobby Gobble, another Langley regular, were ninth and 10th, a lap off the leaders' pace.
Back in April, following a physical scuffle with Jake Morris in a national qualifying event, 12-year-old Gray Gaulding tickled the Langley crowd with his succinct take on the battle -- "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do."
Gaulding got to trot out that signature line again on Saturday as he muscled past Sean Shalvoy on the white-flag circuit to capture the win in the 50-lap Young Lions A-Main.
Sean Rayhall was the pole-sitter for the race, starting to the inside of Shalvoy on Row 1. Josh Morris and Gaulding made up Row 2.
As the event got under way, Rayhall grabbed the early advantage, pulling ahead of Shalvoy off Turn 2. Caught to the outside, Shalvoy tumbled to fifth place as Morris, Tyler Castle and Gaulding slipped past him.
Quickly righting the ship, Shalvoy tagged along with Gaulding as they passed Castle on lap 3, then he scooted by Gaulding on lap 4 to take over third.
On lap 18, Shalvoy swiped second from Morris and brought Gaulding with him, to third. By lap 23, Rayhall, Shalvoy and Gaulding were nose-to-tail for the lead.
Shalvoy took over the top spot on lap 24, forcing his way under and by Rayhall through Turns 1 and 2. Again, Gaulding followed in his tire tracks and snagged second. Rayhall, meanwhile, began to fall off the pace.
By lap 27, Shalvoy had manufactured a five-length advantage over Gaulding. Caution flags on laps 31 and 35 bunched the field, however.
On lap 36, Gaulding launched his first serious bid for the lead, ducking underneath Shalvoy in Turn 4. He motored out front in Turn 1 on lap 37, but Shalvoy changed lanes off Turn 2 and retook the position at the end of the backstretch.
A car-length separated Shalvoy and Gaulding on lap 49 as they anticipated the white flag. Instead, they were greeted by the last of the race's four yellow flags, setting up a "green-white-checkered" dash.
On the final restart, Shalvoy bolted to a three-length lead. Gaulding closed the gap, though, and the two were glued together at the white flag.
On the last circuit, Gaulding battled underneath Shalvoy in Turn 2, drew even on the backstretch and completed the pass for the win through Turns 3 and 4.
At the finish, Gaulding was the winner by 0.113-second. Shalvoy was the runner-up, followed by Morris, Justin Thomas and Castle. Mason Massey, Ben Rhodes, C.J. Hulseig, Matt Pappa and Bryan Syer-Keske completed the top 10.
Also coming home on the lead lap were David Garbo Jr., Kevin Hutchens, Joey Greening, Tyler Hughes, Austen Duncan, Matthew Bourgoine, Matthew Ostdiek and Carl Vilardo IV.
Just as Gaulding crossed the finish line, he and Shalvoy locked horns and Gaulding spun into the Turn 1 wall. Joined by his entourage, he walked to Victory Lane, while his car was delivered by a tow truck.
In a 20-lapper for the INEX Bandoleros, Payton Ryan snagged the lead from pole starter Dawson Cram on the opening circuit and motored to the win. Cram was second, followed by Macy Causey, Jon Findley and Sprout Royal.
For the second day in a row, Hunter Bledsoe got the better of Jim Fluharty in a 15-lap match race for INEX Thunder Roadsters. Bledsoe took the lead for good on lap 8 and sailed to a half-straightaway victory.
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LEGENDS PRO DIVISION A-MAIN (50 laps): 1. Chance Rice; 2. Steven Cantrell; 3. Brian Ouimette; 4. Paul Kelly; 5. Bayley Currey; 6. Chris Dilbeck; 7. Kyle Beattie; 8. Kyle Resco; 9. Tyler Lester; 10. Daniel Hemric; 11. Doug Stevens; 12. Andrew Smith; 13. Taylor Hull; 14. Cameron Patrick; 15. Rette Causey; 16. Travis Braden; 17. Anthony Flannery; 18. Steve Keesee; 19. David Moyes III; 20. Ryan Johnson; 21. Nick Carey; 22. Brad Hancock; 23. Sam McAulay; 24. Casey Roderick; 25. Mike Alcaro; 26. Steven Ross; 27. Thomas Hartensveld; 28. Evan Swilling; 29. Donald McIntosh; 30. Justin Swilling. Pole: Hemric.
LEGENDS PRO DIVISION B-MAIN (25 laps): 1. Chance Rice; 2. Steven Cantrell; 3. Justin Swilling; 4. Taylor Hull; 5. Paul Kelly; 6. Chris Dilbeck; 7. Kyle Plott; 8. Matt Todd; 9. Adam Welch; 10. Kevin Wood; 11. Levi Rouster; 12. Jordan Webb; 13. Tyler Lester; 14. Todd McCollum; 15. John Hilliker; 16. Sean Glennon; 17. Bayley Currey; 18. Ryan Johnson; 19. Cullen Camasta; 20. Adam Gilbert; 21. Mike Alcaro; 22. Dirk Henry; 23. Brian May; 24. Justin Morton; 25. Josh Gilbert; 26. Scott Hensley. Pole: Hensley.
LEGENDS MASTERS DIVISION A-MAIN (50 laps): 1. John Sossoman; 2. Ira Laughy; 3. Brian Weimer; 4. Kevin Foisy; 5. Scott Anderson; 6. Scotty Edwards; 7. Robert Weymouth; 8. Robert Merino; 9. Tim Brockhouse; 10. Jamie Laine; 11. George Whitney; 12. Bruce Silver; 13. Gene Traxler; 14. Bobby Baltera; 15. Kevin Eichelberger; 16. Ronnie Poley; 17. Darrell Holmes; 18. Bill Plemons; 19. Tony Epps; 20. Kevin Yeatts; 21. Carlos Moore; 22. Tony Miller; 23. Darrell Vance; 24. Larry Friddle; 25. Jan Ingram; 26. Billy Gomez Jr.; DQ Jeff Haynie. Pole: Weimer.
LEGENDS SEMI-PRO DIVISION A-MAIN (50 laps): 1. Greg Lang; 2. Jake Morris; 3. Austin Leitner; 4. Joe Hendricks Jr.; 5. R.S. Senter; 6. Kevin Nowak; 7. Steve Ward; 8. Evan Beaulieu; 9. Robert Kuczmarski; 10. Bobby Gobble; 11. Jake Knight; 12. Dewayne Mash; 13. Andrea Hans; 14. William Plemons III; 15. Stephen Hershey; 16. Spencer Saunders; 17. Brandon Heisler; 18. Justin Henry; 19. Sean Commo; 20. Garrett Smithley; 21. Tony Mangini; 22. Alex Pacheco; 23. Chris Raiford; 24. Hunter Bledsoe; 25. Brandon Kent; 26. Derek Hopkinson; 27. Dannie Wyatt. Pole: Lang.
LEGENDS YOUNG LIONS DIVISION A-MAIN (50 laps): 1. Gray Gaulding; 2. Sean Shalvoy; 3. Josh Morris; 4. Justin Thomas; 5. Tyler Castle; 6. Mason Massey; 7. Ben Rhodes; 8. C.J. Hulseig; 9. Matt Pappa; 10. Bryan Syer-Keske; 11. David Garbo Jr.; 12. Kevin Hutchens; 13. Joey Greening; 14. Tyler Hughes; 15. Austen Duncan; 16. Matthew Bourgoine; 17. Matthew Ostdiek; 18. Carl Vilardo IV; 19. Joe Ryan Osborne; 20. David Schilling; 21. Guy Fire; 22. Ryan Polenz; 23. Ryan Eyer; 24. Sean Rayhall; 25. Kason Plott; 26. Cameron Hayley; 27. Jacob Heavlow; 28. Dexter Hucal. Pole: Rayhall.
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