Langley Speedway News
Greg Edwards lifts team's spirits with Late Model win.
May 8, 2011 - updated May 8th, 2011 1:00pm
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Hampton Va. --
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Saturday, May 7, 2011
HAMPTON, Va. (May 7) — Greg Edwards muscled into the lead on lap 45 and roared to the victory in the first of the scheduled Whelen/Pepsi Twin 50s for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the headlining events of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
The second of the Twin features, along with a 50-lapper for the KeesVacations.com Modifieds, was called off when rain descended on the speedway later in the night.
Edwards’ first win of the young season was an emotional one for him and his JL Motorsports crew, coming just six days after the passing of team co-owner Mary Lou Long.
Two-time track champ C.E. Falk earned the pole for the race, topping a competitive qualifying session with an 88.753-mph effort. Greg Edwards lined up on the outside of Row 1, while Matt Waltz and Danny Edwards Jr. occupied Row 2. Dean Shiflett was fifth on the 20-car grid, which was separated by less than a second.
As the race got under way, Greg Edwards remained on Falk’s outside flank until they reached Turn 2. Heading onto the backstretch for the first time, Falk gained the upper hand, while Edwards neatly slipped into the runner-up spot. Waltz emerged in third, followed by Danny Edwards Jr. and Shiflett, who jockeyed door-to-door.
By lap 5, Falk and Greg Edwards had already opened a five-length gap over Waltz, Shiflett and Danny Edwards Jr. On the following circuit, Shiflett snagged third from Waltz and left the lane open for Edwards Jr., who moved past on lap 7. The shuffle allowed the lead duo to add another length or two to their margin.
The leaders made their initial foray into slower traffic on lap 23 with Falk holding a two-length edge. When they broke into the clear, on lap 28, Falk’s advantage remained unchanged. He did encounter a bit of difficulty on lap 30 as he entered Turn 1 at the same time Doug Godsey was returning to the track after a pit stop. As Falk navigated past Godsey’s machine, Edwards closed up on his rear bumper. Soon, though, Falk began to ease away again.
Meanwhile, behind the leaders, Danny Edwards Jr. swiped the third spot from Shiflett on lap 27 and Waltz tagged along, taking over fourth on lap 28.
Falk and Greg Edwards began their second bout with heavy traffic on lap 35. Falk cleared the slower machines on lap 37 with his two-length still intact. He wasn’t quite as fortunate a few circuits later, however, as Duane Shreeves struggled to avoid falling from the lead lap.
The momentary tussle allowed Greg Edwards to pull to within a car-length on lap 42. And, he continued to narrow the gap on lap 43, parking himself on Falk’s rear bumper.
After stalking the leader for one more circuit, Edwards went after the top spot on lap 45, poking a fender underneath Falk into Turn 3. The two made contact in the corner and Edwards surged ahead off Turn 4. Within a couple laps, Edwards had driven away by four lengths.
Falk tried to rally in the waning circuits, but couldn’t reel in Greg Edwards, who won by 0.486-second — about three lengths. Waltz was third to the stripe, having overtaken Danny Edwards Jr. on lap 46. Edwards Jr. was fourth, followed by Shiflett.
Paul Debolt headed up the second five, in sixth, while Wes Falk, Shayne Lockhart and Mark Wertz were seventh through ninth, in that order. Doug Warren rounded out the top 10, the final driver to complete the entire distance.
In Victory Lane after the event, Greg Edwards commented on the pass for the win: “Man, I feel bad that I got into the side of him. I kinda thought he knew I was under there and it was kinda questionable. Do you stick it in there or do you not? And, man, it’s five laps to go or eight laps to go, whatever, and I held my ground. I’m glad to see he saved it. I know he’s mad at me, but I really love racing with C.E. He’s a great racer, a great competitor.”
With his blow-by-blow account of the closing laps taken care of, Edwards’ thoughts turned to Mrs. Long: “I can thank all the sponsors later, but this night is all about Mary Lou Long. It was really important for us to win tonight. Y’know, James (Long, team owner) put the pressure on. And, the whole Long family, I really support them. They’re just like family to me and my heart’s out for Mary Lou Long.”
In the evening’s other feature events:
In the 40-lap 2011 opener for the Pepsi Grand Stocks, defending champ Ricky Derrick charged from third place into the lead in the final corner and posted the win.
Derrick was quickest in afternoon time trials, at 78.585 mph. He spun a “4” on the inversion wheel and lined up on the outside of Row 2. Mark Claar moved up to the pole, flanked by Rodney Boyd. Robbie Parker shared the second row with Derrick.
After one attempt at a start went awry, the race got going with Claar hauling the field into Turn 1. Parker moved up to second with Derrick on his bumper, while Boyd slid back to fourth. With Carl Livingston joining the fray, the top five began to pull away from the pack.
On lap 8, Derrick slipped under Parker off Turn 4 in a bid for second place. He finished off the pass in Turn 2 on lap 9 and quickly set sail after Claar. In three circuits, Derrick erased a two-length deficit and planted himself on the leader’s rear deck.
Boyd scooted by Parker for the third spot on lap 13 and began to creep up on the lead duo. By lap 19, he was enjoying front-row seat for Claar and Derrick’s nose-to-tail duel.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 21 when Derrick spun across the nose of a lapped machine off Turn 4. The mishap dropped him from second to eighth in the running order as the field prepared for a restart.
Back under green, Claar bolted to a three-length lead over Boyd and Derrick quickly gained three spots to break back into the top five.
On lap 25, Claar got a bit out of shape off Turn 4. Spotting an opening, Boyd jumped to the outside. Claar regained command, though, clearing Boyd on lap 26. In fact, the slip seemed to be a wakeup call for Claar, who extended his lead to four lengths. Behind Claar and Boyd, Derrick was on the march again, taking over third on lap 29.
With Boyd and Derrick bearing down on him, Claar got boxed in by slower cars on lap 36. His pursuers were unable to take advantage, however. And, Derrick’s chances suffered another blow on lap 37 when he made an unplanned excursion through the infield grass on the backstretch and fell from third to fifth.
The final yellow flag waved on lap 38 when J.R. Smith spun in Turn 2. Lining up for a three-lap sprint to the finish, Claar was out front, followed by Boyd, Parker, Livingston and Derrick.
As the race resumed, Claar fashioned a two-length lead over Boyd, while Derrick slipped around Livingston for fourth. A lap later, Derrick overtook Parker for third and the stage was set for the wild finish to come.
With the white flag in the air, Boyd took a run at Claar, driving underneath the leader as they headed into Turn 3 for the last time. After contact in the corner, Claar nearly spun while Boyd skittered up the track, leaving the bottom of the track wide open for Derrick, who shot through the opening and on to the win.
At the line, Derrick won by slightly more than a quarter-second over Boyd, who was able to gather his machine and finish the event. Parker was third, followed by Livingston and Chris Spangler. After leading 39-3/4 laps, Claar tumbled to a sixth-place finish.
Fast qualifier Tommy Nixon overcame an eight-truck inversion in eight circuits, then survived a late restart to record his second victory of the season in the 25-lap Larry King Law Super Truck feature.
Nixon paced the time trial session, at 74.544 mph, but landed on the outside of Row 4 when he dialed up an “8” on the inversion wheel. The shuffle placed Chris Bechtel and Jonathan Mullett on the front row. Rick Potter and Curtis Hughes made up Row 2, while Chase McAdams and Troy Turnage launched from Row 3. Robbie Davis joined Nixon on the fourth row.
On the start, Mullett got the drop on Bechtel and motored out front as the field raced past the flagstand. Bechtel settled into second, followed by Potter, Hughes and Nixon, who quickly gained three positions.
On lap 2, Nixon and Turnage double-teamed Hughes to take over fourth and fifth, respectively. Nixon continued his march on lap 3, picking off Potter for third. On lap 4, he scooted by Bechtel on the backstretch for second. Davis, meanwhile, had moved up to fifth, but was caught behind a side-by-side battle between Potter and Turnage.
Nixon slipped around Mullett for the lead on lap 6. Before that circuit was officially in the books, though, the caution flag waved for Potter’s spin on the frontstretch and the pass for the lead was negated. During the caution period, Davis made an extended visit to the pit lane before rejoining the tail of the field.
On the restart, Nixon opted to line up to Mullett’s outside. Mullett wasn’t about to just hand over the lead, however, and he held Nixon at bay until lap 8 when Nixon nosed ahead, gaining the clear-cut edge on the following circuit.
Deeper in the field, Davis was quickly making his way toward the front. By lap 10, he was up to fourth and, one lap later, he tagged along with Turnage to bypass Mullett and take over third.
With Nixon beginning to drive off into the distance, Davis applied the pressure to second-place Turnage. He had just pulled to the inside of the runner-up when McAdams spun on the frontstretch to bring out the second yellow flag, on lap 20.
For the restart, Davis broke out of line and pulled alongside Nixon, willing to test his luck in the outer groove.
Back under green, Nixon and Davis dueled side-by-side into Turns 1 and 2 with Nixon motoring ahead as they spilled out of the second corner and onto the backstretch.
Clear of Davis’ challenge, Nixon powered away from the pack. By the finish, his winning margin had grown to 0.917-second — about five lengths. Davis was second, followed by Turnage, Mullett and Potter.
In the 25-lap EZ Auto of Newport News UCAR feature, Landon Florian was awarded the victory when the apparent winner, Chris Hildebrand, failed to clear the post-race technical inspection. The win was Florian’s second of the season and ran his personal UCAR winning streak to five.
Florian topped the charts in afternoon qualifying, at 73.523 mph. A spin of the inversion wheel, though, knocked him back to the outside of Row 3, while Mike Chapman assumed the pole position.
As the race got under way, Gaita led the outside line in a charge to the front. Gaita came away with the lead, tailed by Bill Eaker and Florian. On lap 3, Florian snagged second from Eaker, while, farther back, Hildebrand made his way into the top five.
On lap 5, Florian slipped underneath Gaita into Turn 3 and completed the pass for the lead at the start/finish line.
The first caution flag waved on lap 7 for Jon Largena’s spin off Turn 4. As the field gathered for a restart, Hildebrand, now in fourth, gave up that spot and pulled alongside the leader.
Returning to green, Hildebrand’s gamble failed to pay immediate dividends as Florian, Gaita and Eaker scooted ahead of him. He righted the ship, though, and began moving forward on lap 9, taking third from Eaker and closing in on Gaita.
Hildebrand swiped second from Gaita on lap 13. The move was canceled out, though, when Michael Joyner and Rick Powers locked horns in Turn 2 to bring out the second caution flag.
With the field slowing under yellow, Powers decided to exact some violent retribution, plowing into the rear of Joyner’s machine on the frontstretch. The two cars came to rest in Turn 1 and officials rushed to the scene to begin the cleanup process and to separate the combatants.
When the race resumed, Florian pulled away from runner-up Gaita, who had his hands full with Hildebrand. Eventually, Hildebrand grabbed the second spot on lap 16. The position swap allowed Florian to stretch his advantage to nearly half a straightaway.
What looked to be a carefree cruise for Florian was interrupted on lap 24 when Eric Schaffer spun to the infield in Turns 1 and 2, prompting Caution #3 and setting up a “green-white-checkered” finish.
On the restart, Hildebrand latched onto Florian’s rear bumper and tailed him through Turns 1 and 2. Heading down the backstretch, Hildebrand made his move, charging underneath and past Florian to snag the lead.
The white-flag circuit was marred by a multi-car melee in Turn 2. When the leaders returned to the flagstand, they were greeted by the yellow and checkered flags, bringing the race to a conclusion.
In the unofficial finishing order, Hildebrand was the winner, followed by Florian, Gaita, Chapman and Eaker. After inspections were completed, however, the results for Hildebrand, Chapman and Eaker were tossed.
In the amended rundown, Florian became the winner, while Gaita, Landon Abbott, Michael Waters and James Hite rounded out the top five.
In the evening’s first race, a 20-lapper for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts, Daniel Millard led all the way from the pole to take the win.
In the early going, Millard, who claimed the pole by qualifying at 59.833 mph, enjoyed drafting help from Bill Dailey. Nearing the halfway mark, they were joined by Adam Chalkley and the stout threesome began to pull away from the pack.
Millard’s charge to victory almost unraveled on lap 14 when Dailey suddenly fell off the pace, leaving the lead draft in disarray and allowing Charlie-Ray Lorah and Chris O’Brien, the third- and fourth-place runners, to close in.
On the white flag lap, Lorah and O’Brien overwhelmed Chalkley on the backstretch. Millard was the next kart ahead. Before they got to him, though, O’Brien motored underneath Lorah in Turn 3 and took over second place.
That lapse in discipline afforded Millard some much-needed breathing room and he held on at the line to win by 0.148-second. O’Brien was second, while Chalkley battled past a spinning Lorah off the final corner to take third. Lorah was fourth and Ryan Hudgins came home in fifth.
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Saturday, May 7, 2011
CROSSROADS FUEL SERVICE
LATE MODEL STOCK CARS - Twin 50s
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (21) Greg Edwards; 50
2. (40) C.E. Falk; 50
3. (2) Matt Waltz; 50
4. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 50
5. (12) Dean Shiflett; 50
6. (34) Paul Debolt; 50
7. (80) Wes Falk; 50
8. (95) Shayne Lockhart; 50
9. (55) Mark Wertz; 50
10. (45) Doug Warren; 50
11. (64) Rick Gdovic; 49
12. (38) Duane Shreeves; 49
13. (90) Terry Carroll; 49
14. (88) Mitch Sarvis; 49
15. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 40
16. (14) Renno Marchetti IV; 49
17. (33) Lee Reinhardt; 49
18. (1) Kyle Waltz; 45
19. (05) Doug Godsey; 27
20. (29) Casey Wyatt; 26
Pole: C.E. Falk - 88.753 mph.
KEESVACATIONS.COM MODIFIEDS - 50 laps
PEPSI GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
2. (9) Rodney Boyd; 40
3. (19) Robbie Parker; 40
4. (77) Carl Livingston; 40
5. (30) Chris Spangler; 40
6. (7) Mark Claar; 40
7. (29) Mark Frye; 40
8. (71) J.R. Smith; 39
9. (5) Bubba Carr; 38
10. (40) Andrew Condrey; 38
11. (6) Shawn Scovel; 11
12. (2) Brian Waters; 9
Pole: Claar - Top 4 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Derrick - 78.585 mph.
LARRY KING LAW SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Trk #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
2. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
3. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
4. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 25
5. (21) Rick Potter; 25
6. (18) Cory Millard; 25
7. (70) Curtis Hughes; 25
8. (4) Tory Vaughn IV; 25
9. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 25
10. (62) Chase McAdams; 19
11. (52) Chris Bechtel; 11
12. (20) Buck Munger; 8
Pole: Bechtel - Top 8 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Nixon - 74.544 mph.
EZ AUTO OF NEWPORT NEWS UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (14) Landon Florian; 25
2. (21) Sammy Gaita; 25
3. (70) Landon Abbott; 25
4. (2) Michael Waters; 25
5. (12) James Hite; 25
6. (23) Andy Graham; 25
7. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
8. (11) Kevin Morgan; 25
9. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 25
10. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
11. (71) Tim Wilson; 25
12. (90) Justin Carroll; 25
13. (41) Cory Bradley; 25
14. (7) John Reardon; 24
15. (5) Jesse Jones; 24
16. (88) Jon Largena; 24
17. (19) Brandon Johnston; 24
18. (3) Eric Schaffer; 23
19. (56) Rick Powers; 12
20. (20) Michael Joyner; 11
21. (80) Mason Sawyer; 3
DQ (17) Chris Hildebrand; 25
DQ (87) Mike Chapman; 25
DQ (22) Bill Eaker; 25
Pole: Chapman - Top 6 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier - Florian - 73.523 mph.
RHONNDA CLAIBORNE, REALTOR
HRKC PRO WINGED CHAMP KARTS - 20 laps
Fin. Pos. (Krt #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (10) Daniel Millard; 20
2. (99) Chris O'Brien; 20
3. (46) Adam Chalkley; 20
4. (59) Charlie-Ray Lorah; 20
5. (86) Ryan Hudgins; 20
6. (24) Vaughan Crittendon; 20
7. (87) Aaron Leach; 20
8. (88) Matthew Leach; 20
9. (2) Sparky West; 20
10. (22) Bobby Gobble; 20
11. (64) John Savage; 20
12. (45) Bill Dailey; 20
13. (63) Clifton Savage; 20
14. (16) David Millard; 20
15. (9) Tommy Sweeney; 20
16. (71) Shawn Gervais; 20
17. (18) Jordan Wood; 20
18. (40) Albert Falk; 20
19. (17) Harold Gay; 20
20. (42) Mark Brooks; 20
21. (07) Michael Browning; 19
22. (52) Bill Kirwan; 19
Pole: Daniel Millard - 59.833 mph.