Langley Speedway News
Danny Edwards Jr. takes Late Model opener
Apr 24, 2011 - updated Apr 24th, 2011 9:31am
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Hampton, VA --
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway
Bojangle's Night Race Report Saturday, April 23, 2011 HAMPTON, Va. (April 23) —
Danny Edwards Jr. moved out front on lap 71 and sailed to victory in the Bojangle’s 100, the belated season opener for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars and the featured event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
program at Langley Speedway.
Two-time champ C.E. Falk claimed the pole in afternoon qualifying, lapping the .395-mile oval at 88.093 mph. Edwards lined up to Falk’s outside, while Casey Wyatt and Greg Edwards, Danny’s brother, occupied Row 2. Dean Shiflett rounded out the top five on the 18-car grid.
As the race got under way, Falk and Edwards sped side-by-side into Turn 1 with Falk powering into the lead. Wyatt tagged along with Falk and emerged in second place, followed by Greg Edwards. Danny Edwards Jr. came away from the opening shuffle in fourth.
The running order at the head of the field remained unchanged until lap 12 when Greg Edwards slipped past Wyatt for second. The exchange allowed Falk to extend his lead to five lengths, but Greg Edwards soon began to chip away at that margin.
The first caution flag waved on lap 16 for rookie Lee Reinhardt’s spin in Turn 2. As the field bunched for the restart, Paul Debolt, Wes Falk, Doug Godsey and Mitch Sarvis broke out of line, opting to try their luck on the outside.
Back under green, Falk and Greg Edwards quickly cleared their challengers. Third-place Wyatt also scooted ahead of Debolt, who settled into fourth, a gain of three spots for him.
Greg Edwards tailed Falk until lap 20 when he ducked underneath the leader in Turn 2 and grabbed the lead on the backstretch. Falk tried to return the favor on the next circuit. After three laps of door-to-door jousting, however, Edwards regained the clear-cut edge on lap 24.
Things at the front calmed down a bit until lap 35 when Falk mounted another charge for the lead, coming away with the top spot on lap 36. Edwards didn’t give up the fight, though, and motored back to the point on lap 38. Meanwhile, Danny Edwards Jr. swiped fourth place from Debolt on lap 39 and began to inch closer to the front-runners.
At the crossed flags, Greg Edwards enjoyed a four-length advantage over Falk. The leader was beginning to overtake slower cars, though, and it seemed that Falk would have an opportunity to close. Instead, Edwards added another couple car-lengths to his lead.
Once free of traffic, Falk got back to work and started to slowly reel in the leader. By lap 61, he had narrowed the gap to three lengths. Before that scenario could play out, though, the second yellow flag appeared as Wes Falk looped his machine in Turn 2 and collected rookie contender Renno Marchetti IV.
Gathering for the ensuing restart, fourth-place Danny Edwards Jr. was the first to break formation, pulling to the outside of his brother. Mark Wertz and Godsey joined Edwards Jr. on the high side.
Returning to action, the Edwardses dueled through Turns 1 and 2 with Greg gaining the upper hand on the backstretch. Falk tried to follow the leader’s cue, but Danny Edwards Jr. was stout on the outside and nabbed second place.
By lap 69, Danny Edwards Jr. had drawn up on his brother’s rear deck and was clearly on the hunt for the lead. A little more than two lengths separated the lead duo from third-place Falk, who had a mirror-full of Wyatt.
Danny Edwards Jr. pulled the trigger on lap 70, ducking under Greg Edwards in Turn 4. He finished off the pass on lap 71, taking the lead for the first time. Falk nosed ahead of Greg Edwards for second on lap 72 and cleared him on the following circuit. Meanwhile, the new leader had set sail, opening a five-length margin.
The third caution flag was displayed on lap 75 when Duane Shreeves slowed on the track apron in Turn 2. Greg Edwards, Wertz, Kyle Waltz, Jeff Shiflett and Godsey chose the outside lane for the restart.
Back under green, Danny Edwards Jr. and Falk pulled ahead of Greg Edwards, who dropped back into third place. A lap later, Wyatt went after him for that third spot, setting off a battle that would last for the next seven circuits.
With a pack of eager pursuers nipping at their heels, the Wyatt/Greg Edwards tussle finally overheated on lap 83 when the two tangled in Turns 1 and 2. When the dust settled, seven cars had been swept up in the melee. Wyatt and Godsey suffered the brunt of the damage and both were relegated to the sidelines for the duration of the event.
Others visited the pit lane, then rejoined the tail of the field.
On the restart, Danny Edwards Jr. and Falk bolted from the pack, while Greg Edwards and Kyle Waltz bypassed Jeff Shiflett to take over fourth and fifth, respectively. By lap 90, Danny Edwards Jr. had manufactured a four-length lead. As the laps began to wind down, though, Falk tried to produce one last rally.
The last of the race’s five yellow flags waved on lap 96 when Wertz ground to a halt in the middle of Turns 1 and 2. Setting the running order for a five-lap sprint to the checkers, Danny Edwards Jr. and Falk went 1-2, while Greg Edwards had snagged third from Dean Shiflett on lap 94. Shiflett lined up fourth, followed by Waltz.
Under green for the final time, Falk was no match for Edwards Jr., who eked out a slim lead, then pulled away. At the finish, Edwards Jr. was the winner by 0.890-second — about five lengths. Falk was the runner-up, followed by Greg Edwards, Dean Shiflett and Waltz.
Jeff Oakley headed up the second five, in sixth, while Jeff Shiflett, Sarvis and Debolt were seventh through ninth, in that order, all on the lead lap. Wertz was credited with 10th, five laps down.
In Victory Lane after the race, Danny Edwards Jr. commented on choosing to restart on the outside, a strategy call that put him in position for the win: “I wasn’t too sure about that, but I think, after the first restart, I kinda got beat on that deal when I stayed in line and fell back a little bit and had to fight back a little. I figured, what the heck, on this next one, it looked things had kinda leveled out to where, worst-case scenario, I’d get back there at least where I was. So, we gave it a shot. When the tires cooled off after that long run, it took off and it was good. It looked like it just stayed with us a little better. We weren’t quite as fast as the top three right there in the very beginning. We could pace with ‘em and I was trying to save a little bit, knowing we’d probably get some cautions. Hey, it just worked out.”
In the evening’s other feature events:
Randy Sample started on the pole and led all way to win ‘11 opener for the Heritage Motor Co. Super Streets. It was no stroll in the park, though, as he barely nipped Ryan Nester at the checkers.
Nester set the fast time in qualifying for the event, at 74.791 mph. After dialing up a “4” on the inversion wheel, he started on the outside of Row 2, while Sample moved to the pole, sharing Row 1 with his brother, Jamie. Larry Venable
launched from the third spot, alongside Nester, and Kevin Alves completed the top five.
As the green flag went in the air, the Samples roared off into Turn 1. Randy exited Turn 2 with the lead, followed by Venable, while Jamie slipped back to third, just ahead of Nester and Ritchie German. On lap 2, Nester scooted past Jamie Sample for third.
At the front, Randy Sample was beginning to distance himself from the pack. By lap 8, he had opened a five-length gap over Venable, who was heading up a four-car train.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 9 when Jerry Lamontagne slammed the outside wall in Turn 4. Preparing for a restart, Nester, German and Alves, the third-, fifth- and sixth-place drivers, chose the outside lane.
Back under green, Randy Sample cleared Nester as they passed the start/finish line. Nester slid in line in second, followed by German, dropping Venable from second to fourth. He lost another spot on lap 15 when Jamie Sample used the upper reaches of Turns 3 and 4 to grab fourth.
The race’s only other caution flag waved on lap 28 when Mike Borden slapped the frontstretch wall. On the ensuing restart, Nester remained tucked on Randy Sample’s bumper, while German and Alves headed back up top.
As the race resumed, the leader quickly dispensed with German, who found Nester to his inside. Nester came away with the second spot, while German dropped to third, ahead of Alves.
Entering the final 10 laps, Randy Sample enjoyed a three-length lead, but Nester was gathering for one last charge. Little by little, he crept in on the leader’s rear bumper. At the white flag, the two were nose-to-tail.
Nester went for the win as the leaders reached the end of the backstretch for the last time, driving hard underneath Sample into Turn 3. Though Nester held in the inside groove, Sample managed a strong run off the final turn and won the drag race to the stripe by 56-thousandths of a second
— about the length of his car’s hood. German was third to the line, followed by Alves and Jamie Sample.
The 25-lap Cycle City Corp. INEX Legends race featured six different leaders and seven lead changes. At the end, though, it produced a repeat winner as Spencer Saunders collected his second victory of the young season.
Brian May nabbed his second pole award in afternoon time trials, qualifying at 77.764 mph. He was flanked on Row 1 by Cameron Patrick. Steve Keesee and Kyle Resco made up Row 2 and Rette Causey rounded out the top five. Saunders lined up in 10th on the 20-car grid.
On the start, May and Patrick raced all the way over to Turns 3 and 4 before May gained the edge. Caught to the outside, Patrick also gave way to Keesee before sliding into third. Causey and Resco emerged in fourth and fifth. They didn’t stay there long, though, as both bypassed Patrick on lap 2.
On lap 3, Causey went after Keesee and May, looking to take the lead. Instead, he and May had a brief scuffle in Turn 2 and Keesee shot out of the pack with the top spot. Causey, meanwhile, dropped off the pace, eventually heading to the pits and an early end to his effort.
Resco made his first appearance atop the leaderboard on lap 7, slipping around Keesee in Turns 3 and 4. Patrick tagged along with Resco and grabbed second. Before the pass for the runner-up spot was officially in the books, though, the first caution flag flew as Scotty Edwards rolled to a halt in Turn 2.
Back under green, Keesee wasted no time in regaining the lead, motoring past Resco in Turns 3 and 4. Again, Patrick took over the second spot, but this time, it counted. Resco, meanwhile, also dropped positions to Brad Hancock, Jamie Price and Saunders, tumbling to sixth.
Patrick pushed his machine to the point on lap 10, overtaking Keesee in Turns 1 and 2. Like Resco, Keesee found himself in uncomfortable territory on the outside and gave way to Hancock and Price.
The second, and final, yellow flag was displayed on lap 11 when Owen Chappell spun in Turn 2. Setting the lineup, Patrick was the leader, followed by Hancock, Price, Keesee and Saunders.
On the restart, Patrick and Hancock powered away in nose-to-tail formation, joined by Price and Keesee. Two laps later, Hancock snagged the lead from Patrick, bringing Price and Keesee along with him. On lap 15, Saunders slipped around Patrick for fourth.
Keesee swiped second place from Price on lap 16 and rolled back into the lead on lap 18, bypassing Hancock. Saunders moved up to second, followed by Patrick, Price and May, while Hancock slid to sixth.
On lap 19, Saunders drove underneath Keesee and finished off the pass for the lead in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 20. Once more, the outside spelled doom as Keesee backpedaled to sixth.
Over the closing circuits, Saunders was able to add to his lead. By the checkers, he had pulled away by about four lengths — a little over half a second. Patrick was second, while Price, Hancock and Keesee completed the top five.
Robbie Davis overcame an eight-truck inversion in four laps, then held off Tommy Nixon down the stretch to win a 25-lapper for the Larry King Law Super Trucks.
Davis was the fast qualifier, at 73.633 mph, but had to start from the outside of Row 4 after the inversion wheel stopped at “8.” Bill Wallace advanced to the pole position and shared the front row with Jonathan Mullett. Curtis Hughes, Chris Bechtel
and Troy Turnage filled out spots 3-5, respectively. Along with Davis, Tommy Nixon and Chase McAdams, second- and third-fastest in time trials, were also relegated to midpack starting positions.
As the race got going, Wallace gave way to Mullett, who grabbed the early lead. Wallace slipped to second, followed by Turnage, Nixon, who moved from seventh to fourth, and Hughes. On lap 2, Davis cracked the top five for the first time.
The first of five caution flags waved on lap 3 when officials detected fluid leaking from Turnage’s third-place ride. As he headed to the pits for a look-see, Nixon and Davis moved up to third and fourth. And, Davis opted to try to better his position even more by restarting to the outside of Mullett.
Back under green, Mullett quickly cleared Davis, who settled into second. Behind them, Nixon was on the move, taking over third from Wallace. After tailing Mullett for a lap, Davis grabbed the lead on the fourth circuit, slipping past in Turns 3 and 4.
Cory Millard brought out the second yellow flag with a spin in Turn 2 on lap 6. For the ensuing restart, Nixon joined Davis on Row 1. Davis was a little quick on the trigger, though, and the yellow flag reappeared. During that caution period, Mullett retired to the infield, ceding second to Nixon.
After two more caution flags, at laps 10 and 13, the event finally reached the halfway mark with Davis and Nixon showing the way. Davis never led by much more than a couple truck-lengths, an advantage he enjoyed with two to go.
In the last two laps, Nixon tried to rally, pulling to within one length of Davis’ bumper. He got no closer, however, as Davis won by 0.332-second. Turnage recovered from his early-race pit stop to take third, while Millard rebounded from her spin to come home in fourth. McAdams was fifth.
Doug Warren scored the victory in the 30-lap Standard Welding Pro Six race. He took the lead from pole starter Warren Smigo on lap 4 and breezed to the checkers.
Anthony Perez was quickest in qualifying, circling the track at 78.886 mph, and he started from the outside of Row 2 after an inversion of the top four qualifiers. Smigo and Warren made up the reconstituted front row. Casey Sipe and Perez were in Row 2, while Steve Williams launched from the fifth spot.
On the initial start, Smigo pulled out front, followed by Warren and Sipe. Behind them, Williams and Perez locked horns in a side-by-side scuffle and began to fall well behind the lead trio.
Warren began his bid for the lead on lap 3, slipping under Smigo off Turn 4. He completed the pass through Turns 1 and 2 on lap 4 and left the lane open for Sipe, who nosed ahead of Smigo at the end of the circuit.
Closing in on the halfway mark, Warren held a two-length edge over Sipe, while Smigo lingered in third, three lengths behind the runner-up. Meanwhile, Perez had wrested fourth from Williams, but trailed the leaders by more than a straightaway.
Everyone got a chance to catch up, though, when the first caution flag flew on lap 21 for debris. Lining up for the restart, Sipe gave up the second spot and pulled up next to Warren. The move didn’t pay off as Warren slipped away and Smigo swiped second place.
Caution #2, the last one of the event, appeared on lap 26 when Perez and Steven Emerson tangled in Turns 1 and 2. Setting the running order, Warren remained out front, followed by Smigo, Casey Sipe, Bobby Hall and J.B. Sipe.
Returning to green, Warren jumped out to a three-length lead as Casey Sipe began to hound Smigo for second. With Warren disappearing into the distance, Sipe grabbed the runner-up spot from Smigo on lap 28.
At the checkers, Warren was the winner by 1.697 seconds — almost half a straightaway. Smigo rallied on the white-flag lap and nipped Casey Sipe for second. J.B. Sipe was fourth to the line, followed by Hall.
In the evening’s opening event, a 15-lapper for the CBX Bandoleros, an INEX-sanctioned class, Brenden “Butterbean” Queen took the lead on lap 11 and rolled to the victory.
Macy Causey earned the pole, at 66.589 mph, and set the pace for the first 10 circuits before giving way to Queen, who went on to win by 0.651-second — about five lengths. Darrell Adkins was third, followed by D.J. Powell and Cameron Bowen.
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Saturday, April 23, 2011
CROSSROADS FUEL SERVICE
LATE MODEL STOCK CARS - 100 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 100
2. (40) C.E. Falk; 100
3. (21) Greg Edwards; 100
4. (12) Dean Shiflett; 100
5. (1) Kyle Waltz; 100
6. (15) Jeff Oakley; 100
7. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 100
8. (88) Mitch Sarvis; 100
9. (34) Paul Debolt; 100
10. (55) Mark Wertz; 95
11. (38) Duane Shreeves; 88
12. (29) Casey Wyatt; 82
13. (05) Doug Godsey; 82
14. (41) Wes Falk; 64
15. (14) Renno Marchetti IV; 63
16. (33) Lee Reinhardt; 21
17. (2) Matthew Waltz; 5
18. (21c)Terry Carroll; 3
Pole: C.E. Falk - 88.093 mph.
HERITAGE MOTOR CO.
SUPER STREETS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (24) Randy Sample; 40
2. (87) Ryan Nester; 40
3. (10) Ritchie German; 40
4. (84) Kevin Alves; 40
5. (28) Jamie Sample; 40
6. (14) Larry Venable; 40
7. (73) Sean Calway; 40
8. (05) Thomas Wilson; 40
9. (5) Rob Hughes; 37
10. (2) Rod Busitzky; 37
11. (22) Mike Borden; 37
12. (03) Jerry Lamontagne; 8
Pole: R. Sample - Top 4 inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Nester - 74.791 mph.
CYCLE CITY CORP. INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
2. (20) Cameron Patrick; 25
3. (08) Jamie Price; 25
4. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
5. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
6. (02) Kyle Resco; 25
7. (22) Brian May; 25
8. (30) Joe Hendricks Jr.; 25
9. (1) Randy Monroe Jr.; 25
10. (88) Chris Raiford; 25
11. (9) Michael Edwards; 25
12. (03) Brenden Queen; 25
13. (8) Dannie Wyatt; 25
14. (87) Darrell Vance; 25
15. (54) Owen Chappell; 25
16. (4) Bobby Gobble; 25
17. (99) Sparky West; 19
18. (81) Scotty Edwards; 7
19. (33) Rette Causey; 4
20. (16) Chris Peterson; 0
Pole: May - 77.764 mph.
LARRY KING LAW SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Trk #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
2. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
3. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
4. (18) Cory Millard; 25
5. (62) Chase McAdams; 25
6. (19) Bill Wallace; 25
7. (21) Rick Potter; 25
8. (2) Chris Munger; 25
9. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 25
10. (20) Buck Munger; 21
11. (52) Chris Bechtel; 12
12. (4) Tory Vaughn IV; 12
13. (70) Curtis Hughes; 9
14. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 5
Pole: Wallace - Top 8 inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Davis - 73.633 mph.
STANDARD WELDING PRO SIXES - 30 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (51) Doug Warren; 30
2. (41) Warren Smigo; 30
3. (23) Casey Sipe; 30
4. (14) J.B. Sipe; 30
5. (6) Bobby Hall; 30
6. (7) Steve Williams; 30
7. (29) Anthony Perez; 30
8. (77) Kevin Adams; 30
9. (2) Jonathan White; 30
10. (57) Steven Emerson; 26
Pole: Smigo - Top 4 inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Perez - 78.886 mph.
CBX INEX BANDOLEROS - 15 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (03) Brenden Queen; 15
2. (33) Macy Causey; 15
3. (3) Darrell Adkins; 14
4. (35) D.J. Powell; 14
5. (19) Cameron Bowen; 14
Pole: Causey - 66.589 mph.