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Langley Speedway News
Season opener shortened by showers
Apr 10, 2011 - updated Apr 10th, 2011 8:35am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

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 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Pomoco Auto Group Night (2011 Season Opener)
Race Report
Saturday, April 9, 2011

HAMPTON, Va. (April 9) — Saturday’s 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season opener at Langley Speedway came to a premature end when showers descended upon the track at lap 11 of the Pomoco Auto Group 100 for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the fifth of six scheduled events.
Greg Edwards started the Late Model race from the pole, at 89.614 mph, and had led all the way before raindrops began to pelt the speedway. Nick Smith, Danny Edwards Jr., Casey Wyatt and Matt Waltz were second through fifth, respectively, as the red flag appeared.
Officials and workers made a diligent attempt to keep from “losing” the track. It was to no avail, however, and the remainder of the program was called at about 10:30 p.m.
In addition to the Late Model event, the wet weather also claimed the ‘11 opener for the Heritage Motors Super Streets. Ritchie German was due to be the polesitter for that race, having clocked in at 76.214 mph to better his own division qualifying record.

In the evening’s earlier feature events:

Cameron Patrick started on the pole, at 86.803 mph (a new division record), and wired the field to win the 50-lap KeesVacations.com Modified race in dominating fashion.
Lining up for the initial green flag, Patrick shared the front row with Chris Johnson. Shawn Balluzzo, the defending division champ, was third on the 17-car grid, alongside Scott Lawrence. Joe Scarbrough started from the fifth spot.
As the race got under way, Johnson remained on Patrick’s outside flank until they reached the backstretch for the first time. Motoring toward Turn 3, Patrick powered ahead and left the inside lane open for Balluzzo, who cleared the Johnson machine at the end of lap 2. Scarbrough emerged from the shuffle in fourth, while Lawrence slipped to fifth.
By lap 5, Patrick had already fashioned a half-straightaway advantage over Balluzzo, who was fighting to hold off Johnson. Meanwhile, deeper in the field, Mike Rudy slipped around Lawrence to move into the top five. He held the spot until lap 14 when he gave way to Hunter Slayton.
Working lap 11, Patrick’s margin continued to grow, while Balluzzo had broken away from Johnson and began to give chase. On lap 14, the leader was momentarily stymied by a pair of slower cars, giving the runner-up a chance to close the gap. On the next circuit, Patrick sorted his way past the traffic and started to pull away again.
Balluzzo caught up to the slower machines on lap 16 and was nearly collected when one of them suddenly dropped off the pace right in front of him. He dodged the potential disaster, but fell a straightaway down to the leader. Farther back, Slayton was on the move again, grabbing fourth from Scarbrough on lap 17.
Passing the halfway mark, Patrick enjoyed a full-straightaway margin. That advantage vanished, however, when the race’s only yellow flag waved on lap 27 for Chris Hoylman’s spin in Turn 2.
As the field gathered for a restart, Johnson gave up his spot in the running order to test his luck on the outside of Patrick. He was joined on the top side by Slayton, Anthony Kincaid and Kyle Wood.
Back under green, Patrick cleared Johnson in Turn 2, leaving him to battle with Balluzzo for the second position. Johnson won that tussle and pulled ahead of Balluzzo on the backstretch on lap 28. Slayton retained the fourth spot, followed by Scarbrough.
Just eight laps after the restart, Patrick was up by six lengths over Johnson, who held a similar advantage over third-place Balluzzo. Slayton was comfortably ensconced in fourth, while Scarbrough and Wood dueled for fifth.
Over the closing circuits, Patrick continued to add to his lead. At the finish, he was the winner by 3.275 seconds — a full straightaway — over Johnson. Balluzzo was third, followed by Slayton. Wood picked off Scarbrough on lap 42 and completed the top five. Scarbrough, Darrell Vance and Hoylman were sixth through eighth, in that order, the last drivers to finish the entire distance.

In the 25-lap Cycle City Corp. INEX Legends feature, Spencer Saunders scooted by Brian May in traffic on the 13th circuit and showed the way to the checkered flag.
May was the fast qualifier for the event, circling the .395-mile oval at 77.582 mph, and he jumped out front on the opening lap of the race. Steve Ward moved up to second, while outside pole starter Steve Keesee slipped to third. On lap 2, Jamie Price bypassed both Keesee and Ward to take over second.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 4 for Michael Edwards’ spin in Turn 2. As the field bunched for a restart, Saunders, who started eighth, had advanced a couple spots to sixth.
Before another lap could be recorded, the second yellow flag flew as Price and Keesee, the second- and third-place runners, executed a tandem spin in Turn 3. The incident also snared Joe Hendricks Jr., the ‘10 Legends champ, who was in fifth place.
On the ensuing restart, Saunders immediately went to work on Ward, taking over the second position through Turns 1 and 2. Meanwhile, Brad Hancock, who started deep in the field, moved up to fourth, then took third on lap 5. The shuffling allowed May to grab a five-length lead.
By lap 11, Saunders had closed to within two lengths of May’s rear bumper. Third-place Hancock trailed the lead duo by three lengths.
The complexion of the event took a swing on lap 12 when May ran up on Chris Peterson’s slower machine at the end of the backstretch. As May looked to the outside, Peterson slid up the track in front of him. May remained committed to an outside pass, but the inside lane was wide open for Saunders. Exiting Turn 4, May and Saunders were side-by-side.
In the favored low line, Saunders nabbed the lead on lap 13 and brought Hancock along with him, to second, while May fell to third.
Over the second half of the race, Saunders gradually increased his lead over Hancock. By the finish, his winning margin had grown to 1.141 seconds — about five lengths. Hancock was the runner-up, followed by May, Ward and Keesee, who rallied from his early-race mishap to take fifth. Price tailed Keesee back toward the front and ended up sixth.

Tommy Nixon was the winner of a 25-lapper for the Larry King Law Super Trucks. He took the lead on the ninth circuit, then held on for the victory.
Rick Potter earned the pole position, at 74.334 mph, and shared the front row with Robbie Davis. Nixon lined up third, alongside Troy Turnage, and Jonathan Mullett filled out the top five on the grid.
On the first try at a start, Davis bolted ahead of Potter at the flagstand and carried the lead into Turn 1. Behind them, however, Turnage suddenly had a windshield-full of his own hood, prompting the race’s only caution flag. Turnage made his way to the pits, the hood was secured and he rejoined the rear of the field.
The second attempt went off without a hitch. This time, though, Potter managed to stay even with Davis and grabbed the lead in Turn 3. Davis settled into second, followed by Nixon and Mullett. Chase McAdams, who started fourth after Turnage’s mishap, nearly lost control of his truck in Turn 4 on lap 1. As he struggled to hold on, the rest of the field briefly stacked up behind him, while the front four dashed off by more than half a straightaway.
Working lap 5, Potter and Davis were nose-to-tail with Nixon two lengths back. On the seventh circuit, Davis took a look to the outside of Potter as they entered Turn 1. Not only did that bid not pay off for Davis, but it also opened the bottom lane for Nixon, who pulled alongside.
Nixon scampered ahead of Davis and took over second on lap 8. On the next circuit, he worked a fender underneath Potter in Turn 3 and pulled into the lead off Turn 4. Davis followed Nixon’s cue and swiped second from Potter on lap 10. That exchange allowed Nixon to pad his lead to five lengths.
By the halfway mark, Davis had trimmed Nixon’s advantage to four lengths as traffic loomed ahead. Nixon enjoyed more success in navigating past the slower machines and lengthened his lead to half a straightaway. Once in the clear, though, Davis began to chip away at the margin.
Over the final five circuits, Davis closed at the rate of about a truck-length a lap. Time and laps ran out on him, though, as Nixon won by 0.297-second — a single length. Potter was third to the stripe, followed by Mullett. Turnage rebounded nicely from his race-opening setback and took fifth.

Landon Florian muscled back into the lead on lap 24 and sailed on to the win in the 25-lap EZ Auto of Newport News UCAR feature. Dating back to last season, it was Florian’s fourth straight victory in UCAR competition.
Florian was the fast qualifier for the event, turning in a 73.947-mph effort that bettered his own division record. Chris Hildebrand and Sammy Gaita also beat the old qualifying mark and lined up second and third. Eric Schaffer and Bill Eaker were fourth and fifth in the 22-car lineup.
After the first attempt at a start went awry, the race got under way with Florian grabbing the lead in Turn 1. Hildebrand fought off a challenge from Gaita and settled into second, while Eaker and Schaffer battled for fourth.
The second yellow flag waved on lap 4 for a three-car incident in Turn 2. That set up what would turn out to be the race’s longest green-flag stint, which encompassed laps 4-15.
As the race resumed, Florian steadily began to draw away from Hildebrand. Despite having to contend with slower traffic toward the end of the run, he forged a six-length advantage.
Caution #3 flew on lap 16 and touched off an epidemic of “yellow fever.” Before the conclusion of the event, the yellow flag would make four more appearances, bringing the grand total to seven.
On the final restart, at lap 22, Hildebrand finally got the drop on Florian, ducking underneath the leader at the flagstand and grabbing the lead into Turn 1.
Florian shadowed Hildebrand on laps 22 and 23, then launched a bid to retake the top spot on lap 24. He poked a fender under Hildebrand into Turn 3 and rooted Hildebrand up the race track. The two leaned on each other all the way through the corner with Florian exiting Turn 4 in the lead.as the white flag came into view.
At the finish, Florian was the winner by 0.366-second — about two lengths — over Hildebrand. Gaita was third to the line, followed by Eaker and Schaffer. Gaita and Schaffer failed to clear the post-race tech inspection, however, and were disqualified. In the amended rundown, Florian and Hildebrand remained 1-2, while Eaker, Rick Powers and Michael Joyner rounded out the top five.
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Pomoco Auto Group Night (2011 Season Opener)
Race Results
Saturday, April 9, 2011

CROSSROADS FUEL SERVICE LATE MODEL STOCK CARS - 100 laps
Race rained out.
Pole: G. Edwards - 89.614 mph.

KEESVACATIONS.COM MODIFIEDS - 50 laps
1. Cameron Patrick
2. Chris Johnson
3. Shawn Balluzzo
4. Hunter Slayton
5. Kyle Wood
6. Joe Scarbrough
7. Darrell Vance
8. Chris Hoylman
9. Jimmy Humblet
10. Randy Monroe
11. Joed Bruce
12. Matt Slye
13. Lauren Edgerton
14. Anthony Kincaid
15. Mike Rudy
16. Scott Lawrence
Pole: Patrick - 86.803 mph (NEW DIVISION RECORD).

HERITAGE MOTORS SUPER STREETS - 40 laps
Race rained out.
Pole: German - 76.214 mph (NEW DIVISION RECORD).

CYCLE CITY CORP. INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
1. Spencer Saunders
2. Brad Hancock
3. Brian May
4. Steve Ward
5. Steve Keesee
6. Jamie Price
7. Chris Raiford
8. Scotty Edwards
9. Dannie Wyatt
10. Joe Hendricks Jr.
11. Sparky West
12. Chris Peterson
13. Owen Chapell
14. Nick Leitz
15. Michael Edwards
16. Bobby Gobble
Pole: May - 77.582 mph.

LARRY KING LAW SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
1. Tommy Nixon
2. Robbie Davis
3. Rick Potter
4. Jonathan Mullett
5. Troy Turnage
6. Cory Millard
7. Bill Wallace
8. Chris Bechtel
9. Buck Munger
10. Debbie Biesecker
11. Chris Munger
12. Chase McAdams
13. Tory Vaughn IV
Pole: Potter - 74.334 mph.

EZ AUTO OF NEWPORT NEWS UCARS - 25 laps
1. Landon Florian
2. Chris Hildebrand
3. Bill Eaker
4. Rick Powers
5. Michael Joyner
6. Matt Morgan
7. Tim Wilson
8. Mike Chapman
9. Kevin Morgan
10. Mason Sawyer
11. Michael Waters
12. Cory Bradley
13. Landon Abbott
14. Larry Drommerhausen
15. Justin Carroll
16. John Reardon
17. Chris Flowers
18. Brandon Johnston
19. Jonathan Largena
20. Jesse Jones
DQ Sammy Gaita
DQ Eric Schaffer
Pole: Florian - 73.947 mph (NEW DIVISION RECORD).


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