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Goode trounces Super Street field; Florian bags 2nd UCAR state title
Oct 24, 2010 - updated Oct 24th, 2010 9:59am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey
Hampton, VA --
Super Street Showdown/Va. State UCAR Championship
Saturday, October 23, 2010
HAMPTON, Va. (Oct. 23) -- Jammie Goode quickly overcame an eight-car inversion and rolled to a dominating win in the 75-lap Super Street Showdown for the Langley Fan Club Super Streets, the headlining event of Saturday evening's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Goode provided a glimpse of just how good his car was in afternoon time trials, circling the .395-mile oval at 76.485 mph, nearly a quarter-second quicker than Bobby Spivey, who was second-fastest.
Before the evening's events kicked off, the fast qualifiers were called to the frontstretch to spin the inversion wheel to see whether four, six or eight cars would be inverted. Goode sent a proxy to spin in his stead and the sub spun an "8," knocking Goode back to the outside of Row 4.
It made little difference.
As the race got going, pole starter Jeff Shannon motored ahead of Renno Marchetti IV off Turn 2 to take the lead on lap 1. Caught to the outside, Marchetti tumbling down the running order as John Pereira, Chris Roberts and Spivey slipped past.
Goode, who emerged from the opening shuffle in seventh, began making his way to the front in earnest on lap 2, picking off Marchetti for the fifth spot. Moving to the high side, he passed Spivey for fourth on lap 4, then swept around both Pereira and Roberts on lap 5 to move into second.
Wasting no time, Goode grabbed the lead from Shannon in Turn 1 as the field began lap 6. Just one lap later, Goode had driven away by five lengths.
On lap 8, Pereira overtook Shannon for second, opening the door for Roberts and Paul Lubno, who had raced into contention after starting 14th.
The first caution flag flew on lap 10 when Shannon briefly tangled with Justin Brown at the flagstand. As Brown tried to correct, he clipped Spivey, sending them both spinning into Turn 1. Spivey got the worst of the exchange and retired to a 13th-place finish.
On the ensuing restart, Lubno gave up the fourth place in line to test his luck to the outside of Goode. The bid paid immediate dividends as the field approached the green flag when Pereira skittered sideways off Turn 4, allowing Lubno to slide in line behind Goode.
The second caution flag waved on lap 18, wiping out Goode's lead, which had already swelled to half a straightaway.
For the next restart, Brown abandoned the seventh spot in the running order and pulled alongside the leader. He was no match for Goode and Lubno, but did manage to grab third.
The race's longest green-flag run encompassed laps 18-70. During that stint, Goode flexed his muscle, pulling away from Lubno by over half a lap and lapping all but the top five cars.
The segment came to an end on lap 71, though, when Lubno tangled with a slower car and spun in Turn 3 to bring out the third yellow flag.
The fourth and final caution flag appeared on the restart and the field regrouped for another attempt at a five-lap dash to the end.
Under green for the last time, Brown moved up to offer a challenge to Goode. Little by little, however, Goode stretched the lead.
At the finish, Goode was the winner by slightly more than a second over Brown. Roberts was third to the line, followed by Marchetti and Lubno.
During the post-race inspection, it was determined that Brown's car didn't meet the division weight requirements for the event and he was disqualified.
In the amended rundown, Goode, Roberts, Marchetti, Lubno and Pereira made up the top five. They were the only drivers on the lead lap. Gary Burke, Rob Hughes, Michael Farmer, Jerry Lamontagne and Michael Waters completed the top 10.
While Brown may have run afoul of the weight restrictions, Goode wasn't taking any chances. Eschewing burnouts, victory laps and other typical celebratory gestures, he headed straight to the winner's circle.
Asked about his low-key approach, Goode said, "We have weight rules, so I'm just making sure that we're conserving as much fuel as we can conserve. We'll push it across, just to make sure."
Quizzed about his "on-a-rail" performance, Goode continued, "I'd like to thank my crew, them working on this car, and I'd like to thank Bobby for getting this car to turn. We added lead and added lead and it handled great. I didn't have no radio communication all night long, so that made it a chore. But, all in all, it was a fun night."
Filling in for his younger brother, Landon, Adam Florian took the lead on the 72nd circuit and roared to victory in the 75-lap Virginia State UCAR Championship feature for the EZ Auto of Newport News UCARs.
The win was Florian's sixth of the season, the fourth in a row for the #14 car and made him the first two-time winner of the state championship race.
Earl Sawyer, driving another car from the Florian stable, topped the qualifying results, at 73.201 mph. After dialing up a "6" on the inversion wheel, though, he started on the outside of Row 3, while Matt Morgan moved to the pole.
As the race got under way, Morgan got a boost from behind from third-place starter Sammy Gaita and grabbed the lead as the field headed into Turn 1 for the first time. Gaita advanced to second, followed by Chris Hildebrand, Mike Chapman and Florian. Outside pole-sitter Bill Eaker was trapped on the outside and dropped to sixth.
On lap 3, Florian slipped past Chapman for fourth and set off after Hildebrand, who was closing on the lead duo.
Gaita launched a bid for the top spot on lap 11, ducking underneath Morgan. He snagged the lead in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 12, bringing Hildebrand along with him.
Two laps later, Hildebrand pushed his machine to the front, bypassing Gaita in Turns 3 and 4. This time, Morgan tagged along and regained the runner-up position.
Within two circuits, Hildebrand had already fashioned a four-length lead over Morgan, who had Gaita and Florian on his heels.
Florian moved past Gaita for third on lap 20 and picked off Morgan for second on lap 23. The shuffle of positions allowed Hildebrand to pad his lead to over half a straightaway.
The first two caution flags waved on laps 41 and 43, erasing Hildebrand's healthy margin and putting Florian on his rear bumper.
Back under green, Hildebrand and Florian bolted from the pack. By lap 54, they had driven away from third-place Gaita by better than half a straightaway.
Caution flags on laps 63, 66 and 68 bunched the field for an eight-lap dash to the finish.
On the final restart, Florian took a peek to the inside of Hildebrand off Turn 2 before dropping back in line. He kept up the pressure, though, and finally worked underneath the leader in Turn 4 on lap 71.
Florian and Hildebrand went door-to-door for a lap with Florian surging ahead in Turns 3 and 4 on lap 72. Gaita tried to follow Florian. Instead, he and Hildebrand scuffled off Turn 4, while Florian pulled away.
At the finish, Florian was the winner by 0.460-second -- about two lengths -- over Hildebrand. Gaita was third, followed by Chapman and Morgan. Eaker was sixth, while Michael Waters, Randy Prillaman, Andrew Graham and Eric Schaffer completed the top 10, all on the lead lap.
Michael Hall, Doug Patrick and Landon Abbott also finished the entire distance and were credited with 11th, 12th and 13th, in that order.
In Victory Lane after the race, Florian commented on the strategy that unfolded as the race progressed: "The whole time, I told my dad, told the whole crew, I said, 'Guys, we just gotta wait right here. We're in good position towards the front.' Hildebrand had a really fast car and I got a little scared there for a minute. But, once all them cautions and stuff came out, I knew that was our time to strike."
Turning his thoughts to Landon, Florian continued, "I gotta thank my brother. He had an unfortunate accident this week (injured in a soccer game). He asked me if I would drive his car for him and I could not turn that down."
Asked about the rigors of running a 75-lap race, triple the division's normal distance, Florian noted, "Fuel was not an issue. Just these tires, as small as they are, after a 25-lap run, they usually start wearing out. That's why I told the guys, 'We have to be patient. We gotta save that right-front.' That's what we did and we came out here and put 'er in Victory Lane."
In the 30-lap Standard Welding Pro Six feature, Doug Warren moved out front on lap 13 and sailed to his second straight victory.
Warren was the fast qualifier, at 80.471 mph, but had to start on the outside of Row 3 after an inversion of the top six. Anthony Perez assumed the pole, flanked by 2010 division champ Matt Mullins.
As the race got under way, Perez grabbed the early advantage. On lap 2, though, he drifted wide in Turn 4 and gave way to Mullins in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 3. T.J. Guthrie, Warren, Skippy Johnson and Casey Sipe also freight-trained past Perez.
Warren scooted around Guthrie for second on lap 6. Soon, he was parked on Mullins' rear bumper.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 13. As the field bunched for the restart, Warren opted to start to the outside of Mullins.
The gamble paid off for Warren when the race resumed. He powered ahead of Mullins as they sped down the backstretch and claimed the lead. By the halfway mark, he had extended his margin to five lengths.
The event was interrupted by a flurry of three yellow flags, which appeared on laps 17 (twice) and 20. Meanwhile, Warren and Mullins maintained the top two spots.
On the final restart, Warren quickly broke into the clear, while Mullins struggled to dispense with Bobby Hall. Mullins finally cleared Hall, but not until Warren had already fashioned a half-straightaway lead.
Warren continued to build his advantage over the last 10 circuits. At the checkers, he was the winners by nearly a full straightaway. Mullins was second, followed by Johnson, Hall and Perez.
Charlie-Ray Lorah passed Bill Dailey on the final circuit and notched his first win in a 20-lapper for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts.
Lorah started on the pole, at 61.106 mph, but gave way to Jake Harberts on the opening lap. On the second circuit, Dailey made his way to the front, bringing Lorah along with him.
With Lorah in tow, Dailey controlled most of the event, leading laps 2-19. Harberts, Mike Dayton and Ryan Hudgins teamed up challenge the leaders, but Dailey and Lorah held a firm grip on the top two spots.
Dailey and Lorah maintained a disciplined nose-to-tail draft until the final lap when Lorah ducked underneath Dailey in Turns 3 and 4.
At the finish, Lorah was the winner by a kart-length over Dailey. Dayton was third, slipping past Harberts on the white-flag lap. Hudgins was fifth to the checkers.
SATURDAY, OCT. 23 RACE RESULTS:
LANGLEY FAN CLUB SUPER STREETS - 75 laps
Super Street Showdown
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (36) Jammie Goode; 75
2. (6) Chris Roberts; 75
3. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 75
4. (41) Paul Lubno; 75
5. (7) John Pereira; 75
6. (3) Gary Burke; 74
7. (5) Rob Hughes; 74
8. (9) Michael Farmer; 73
9. (03) Jerry Lamontagne; 73
10. (02) Michael Waters; 72
11. (0) Bradley Vaught; 72
12. (18) Jeff Shannon; 69
13. (67) Bobby Spivey; 9
14. (39) Bobby Bradley; 2
DQ* (55) Justin Brown; 75
*Finished 2nd, but failed to
clear post-race inspection.
Pole: Shannon - Top 8 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Goode - 76.485 mph.
EZ AUTO OF NEWPORT NEWS UCARS - 75 laps
Virginia State UCAR Championship
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (14) Adam Florian; 75
2. (17) Chris Hildebrand; 75
3. (21) Sammy Gaita; 75
4. (18) Mike Chapman; 75
5. (98) Matt Morgan; 75
6. (22) Bill Eaker; 75
7. (2) Michael Waters; 75
8. (80) Randy Prillaman; 75
9. (23) Andrew Graham; 75
10. (12) Eric Schaffer; 75
11. (94) Michael Hall; 75
12. (04) Doug Patrick; 75
13. (70) Landon Abbott; 75
14. (5) Jesse Jones; 73
15. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 72
16. (1) Earl Sawyer; 69
17. (91) Frank Silva; 65
18. (71) Tim Wilson; 11
19. (78) David Kerns; 0
Pole: Morgan - Top 6 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Sawyer - 73.201 mph.
STANDARD WELDING PRO SIXES - 30 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (51) Doug Warren; 30
2. (54) Matt Mullins; 30
3. (41) Skippy Johnson; 30
4. (6) Bobby Hall; 30
5. (29) Anthony Perez; 30
6. (57) Steve Emerson; 30
7. (44) Kevin Adams; 30
8. (14) Casey Sipe; 26
9. (7) Steve Williams; 19
10. (23) T.J. Guthrie; 16
Pole: Perez - Top 6 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Warren - 80.471 mph.
RHONNDA CLAIBORNE, REALTOR
HRKC PRO WINGED CHAMP KARTS - 20 laps
Fin. Pos. (Krt #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (59) Charlie-Ray Lorah; 20
2. (00) Bill Dailey; 20
3. (4) Mike Dayton; 20
4. (88) Jake Harberts; 20
5. (86) Ryan Hudgins; 20
6. (64) John Savage; 20
7. (63) Clif Savage; 20
8. (8) Tim Benefield; 18
9. (17) Harold Gay; 18
Pole: Lorah - 61.106 mph.
Langley Speedway wraps up its 2010 schedule of events next Saturday, Oct. 30, with the Fifth Annual Night of Destruction, featuring an Enduro race, demolition derbies and a host of wild and wooly novelty races. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the competition starts at 1 p.m.
The track's annual awards gala is slated for Friday, Nov. 19, at the Holiday Inn Hampton Coliseum Conference Center. Tickets are on sale now in the Speedway office.
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