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Patrick sweeps Modified Twin 30s
May 15, 2011 - updated May 15th, 2011 9:26pm
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Race Report
Saturday, May 14, 2011

HAMPTON, Va. (May 14) — Cameron Patrick notched his second and third wins of the season, sweeping the Twin 30s for the KeesVacations.com Modifieds, the featured events of Saturday night’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Race #1: In the opening 30-lapper, Patrick grabbed the lead on the 28th circuit, then drove away from the field.
Chris Johnson paced afternoon qualifying and earned the pole position with a lap at 85.354 mph. Defending division champ Shawn Balluzzo was second-fastest and lined up on the outside pole. Patrick, Todd VanGuilder and Mike Rudy were third, fourth and fifth, respectively, on the 19-car grid.
As the race got under way, Johnson led the charge into Turn 1, coming away on the point. Balluzzo slipped neatly into line on the leader’s bumper, followed by Patrick, Rudy and VanGuilder. Behind the top five, Scott Lawrence and Hunter Slayton battled side-by-side for sixth.
By lap 6, Johnson had fashioned a four-length edge over Balluzzo, who had his hands full with Patrick. Rudy rode in fourth, three lengths behind Patrick, while VanGuilder had fallen nearly half a straightaway back.
On lap 10, Patrick launched a bid for the runner-up spot, ducking underneath Balluzzo. The two dueled for a lap with Patrick taking the position in Turns 3 and 4 on lap 11. The exchange allowed Johnson to pad his lead to half a straightaway. Soon, though, Patrick eased away from Balluzzo and began to narrow the gap.
Heading into the final 10 circuits, slower traffic began to become a factor for Johnson, who saw Patrick’s #20 machine growing larger in his mirror. By lap 25, Patrick had erased the deficit and was looking for an opening.
Patrick took his first run at Johnson on lap 27, driving underneath the leader off Turn 2. As they reached Turn 4, though, a lapped car loomed in Patrick’s path and he was forced back in line.
On the very next circuit, however, Patrick was at it again. He poked a nose under Johnson in Turn 2 and, after a bit of contact, swiped the lead down the backstretch.
Over the final two laps, Patrick pulled away and won by 0.787-second — about four car-lengths. Johnson was second, followed by Balluzzo, Rudy and VanGuilder.
Robbie Babb, Slayton, Joe Scarbrough, Lawrence and Matt Slye made up the second five, while Michael Johnson and Darrell Vance also finished on the lead lap.
In Victory Lane after the race, Patrick described his run to the checkers: “I was hoping to get behind Chris at the start, but Shawn got down in there and it was like, ‘OK, that’s all right,’ let’s get the cars going and we started losing ground on Chris. I started getting worried. I was like, ‘I gotta start pushing to try to get by Shawn or I’ll never catch him.’ I had to go down on the flat to get up underneath him, which, sometimes you’ve gotta do that. I’m thankful the rumble strips are gone, so I was able to use that. But, Chris got a little sideways. I know we got into him just a little bit, maybe twitched him a little bit, but I really had a better car at that point. I was just lucky enough that, when he slipped, I was able to take advantage.”
Race #2: The starting lineup for the nightcap was based on the finishing order of the first race, putting Patrick on the pole. Blessed with that prime starting spot, he overwhelmed the field to complete the doubleheader sweep.
As the race got under way, Patrick and Johnson, the front row occupants, dueled side-by-side until they reached Turn 4. Exiting the corner, Patrick gained the upper hand and left the door open for Balluzzo, who slipped past Johnson for second on lap 2. Rudy tagged along with Balluzzo, dropping Johnson to fourth place.
By lap 4, Patrick had already opened a five-length lead. Balluzzo, meanwhile, had driven away from Rudy, but was unable to make up ground on the leader.
The first yellow flag flew on lap 11 when raindrops began to pelt the speedway. Officials kept the cars circulating during the delay and, soon, the field was ready to resume the contest.
Before another lap was in the books, the caution flag waved for a second time for Joed Bruce’s spin in Turn 2.
Back under green, Patrick quickly cleared Rudy, who had given up his third spot in the running order to restart to the leader’s outside. Balluzzo maintained second, while Rudy settled back into third. Meanwhile, Patrick was in the process of checking out on the field.
On lap 17, Johnson went after Rudy for third, ducking underneath him in Turn 1. Johnson nosed ahead as they returned to the flagstand, then cleared Rudy off Turn 2 on lap 18. At the front, Patrick led by half a straightaway.
In the closing circuits, Patrick had to deal with slower traffic and gave up a couple car-lengths of his cushion over Balluzzo. There was no cause for concern, however, as he breezed to the victory, winning by an impressive 2.067 seconds. Balluzzo was second, followed by Johnson, Rudy and Slayton.
Scarbrough was sixth at the end, while VanGuilder, Michael Johnson, Vance and Babb completed the top 10. Kyle Wood and Robert Conner were 11th and 12th, in that order, also on the lead circuit.
In the winner’s circle after the event, Patrick concurred when his machine was compared to a rocketship: “Oh, my God, is it ever! We didn’t know what it was gonna do after the first 30 laps. We knew it was a good car. We analyzed the tires, decided what to do and we made a good decision. And, yes, it was awesome. It tightened up a little bit, but, with these tires, that car is unbelievable. It’s so easy to drive. And, it proves that a Legends driver does know what they’re doing.”

In the evening’s other feature events:

In a 40-lapper for the Heritage Motor Co. Super Streets, Ritchie German moved out front on lap 2 and cruised to his first checkered flag of the new campaign.
Ryan Nester set the fast time in qualifying, lapping the .395-mile oval at 74.854 mph. After dialing up a “4” on the inversion wheel, he started on the outside of Row 2. Sean Calway assumed the pole, flanked by Jamie Sample. German lined up third, to Nester’s inside.
On the start, Calway led the stampede into Turn 1 with German on his bumper. Exiting Turn 2 for the first time, German dipped underneath Calway in an early challenge for the top spot.
Calway held a slight edge as they returned to the start/finish line, but he couldn’t keep German at bay on lap 2. As German took command, Sample and Nester also streamed past Calway, dropping him to fourth.
German’s cause was bolstered when Nester went after Sample for the second position on lap 7. The two went door-to-door until lap 13 when Nester grabbed the spot. The protracted battle allowed German to widen his margin to a full straightaway.
With German so far ahead and continuing to pour it on, Nester needed a “friendly” caution flag to have a shot at the victory. The yellow flag stayed under wraps, though, and German won by a whopping 5.476 seconds.
Nester was a distant second at the checkers, followed by Tommy Sweeney, a late addition to the field in Kevin Alves’ #84 machine. Sample was fourth and Larry Venable rounded out the top five, holding off John Pereira at the finish.

Brad Hancock took the lead for good on the 23rd circuit and held on for his first victory in the 25-lap Cycle City Corp. INEX Legends feature.
Steve Keesee started on the pole, at 77.888 mph, and led the first six laps with Hancock in tow. On lap 7, Hancock moved out front and brought Spencer Saunders and Brian May with him, kicking Keesee back to fourth. On lap 9, Keesee teamed up with Jamie Price to overtake May, regaining the third spot.
The first caution flag flew on lap 11 for Owen Chappell’s spin on the backstretch.
Back under green, Hancock showed the way with Saunders and Keesee in hot pursuit. On lap 15, Saunders, who was looking for his third straight Langley win, slipped by Hancock for the lead. On the next lap, Keesee motored by Saunders to lead for the second time.
The last of the race’s two caution flags appeared on lap 17 when Saunders spun in the middle of Turns 1 and 2. Setting the running order, Keesee, Hancock, Price, Joe Hendricks Jr. and May made up the top five.
As the race resumed, Keesee and Hancock bolted from the pack in nose-to-tail formation. Almost immediately, Hancock began sneaking peeks to the inside of Keesee, waiting to pounce on any opening.
Hancock pulled the trigger on lap 23, driving underneath Keesee in Turn 2 and taking the lead on the backstretch. While he was unable to shake Keesee over the final two circuits, Hancock did hang on to win by a scant 0.138-second — a single car-length.
Price tailed the lead duo to the line, in third, followed by May and Saunders, who rallied from his lap 17 mishap to salvage fifth.

Tommy Nixon rebounded from a tangle on lap 16 and roared to his third win of the season in the 25-lap Larry King Law Super Truck feature.
Robbie Davis earned the pole, at 74.252 mph, and shared the front row with Nixon. Troy Turnage and Rick Potter made up Row 2, while Jonathan Mullett started fifth.
As the race got under way, Davis cleared Nixon off Turn 2 to take the lead. Turnage pulled to the inside of Nixon, but couldn’t nab the second spot as Nixon motored ahead at the end of the opening circuit.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 4 for debris on the frontstretch.
Returning to green, Nixon tailed Davis for a lap, then swiped the lead in Turns 1 and 2 on the fifth circuit. Nixon’s stay at the front lasted until lap 16 when Davis muscled him aside in Turn 1 and regained the top spot.
Still working lap 16, Turnage tried to grab second from Nixon in Turns 3 and 4. Instead, the two locked horns and Nixon ended up doing a half-spin on the nose of Turnage’s pickup to bring out the second yellow flag. Both drivers were sent to the rear of the field.
On the ensuing restart, Davis quickly jumped out to a three-length lead over Mullett. Entering Turn 4, though, his truck suddenly snapped around, bringing out the third, and final, caution flag and chasing him to the sidelines with mechanical issues.
As the field bunched for a restart, Nixon and Turnage broke out of line, opting to pull to the outside. They were third and fourth in the upper groove.
Back under way, Mullett, the new leader, cleared Chase McAdams off Turn 2. Meanwhile, Nixon emerged in the fourth spot. He picked off Potter for third on lap 18, overtook McAdams for second on lap 19, then turned his attention to Mullett.
On lap 20, Nixon motored under Mullett in Turn 3 and retook the lead off the fourth corner. Behind them, Turnage had moved into third and was closing rapidly on the lead duo.
At the finish, Nixon was the winner by 0.183-second — one truck-length — over Mullett. Turnage was third, followed by McAdams and Potter.

In the 30-lap Standard Welding Pro Six race, Doug Warren overcame a six-car inversion and posted his second victory in as many events this season.
Warren was the fast qualifier, at 80.235 mph, but spun a “6” on the inversion wheel, dropping him to the outside of Row 3. Warren Smigo took over the pole position, followed by Mark Roberts, Steve Williams, Bobby Hall and Anthony Perez.
On the start, Smigo grabbed the early lead, pulling ahead of Roberts as the 11-car field headed into Turn 1. Williams moved up to second, while Roberts, Hall and Warren completed the top five.
The first caution flag flew on lap 2 when Jonathan White ground to a halt in Turn 3.
For the restart, Warren, who had moved past Hall for fourth, broke out of line and pulled alongside Smigo. Initially, the move didn’t pay off as Smigo and Williams both cleared Warren. Falling in line, in third, Warren wasted no time in going after Williams, taking the runner-up spot on lap 3.
The second caution flag flew on lap 4 for Steven Emerson’s spin off Turn 4. This time, instead of restarting to the outside of Smigo, Warren opted to stay in line. Back under green, that decision cost him one spot as J.B. Sipe swiped second place.
On lap 9, Warren regained second place from Sipe and set off after the leader. He tracked down Smigo on lap 11 and made the pass for the top spot through Turns 3 and 4. Within a couple laps, he had pulled away by three lengths.
The race was interrupted by two more yellow flags, at laps 26 and 27, setting up a four-lap dash to the checkers.
On the final restart, Warren motored away by better than two lengths, while Smigo fought off Casey Sipe’s bid for the second position.
At the finish, Warren was the winner by 1.107 seconds — about four lengths — over Smigo. Casey Sipe was third, followed by Perez and J.B. Sipe.
• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Race Results
Saturday, May 14, 2011

Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (20) Cameron Patrick; 30
2. (36) Chris Johnson; 30
3. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 30
4. (8) Mike Rudy; 30
5. (57) Todd VanGuilder; 30
6. (44) Robbie Babb; 30
7. (71) Hunter Slayton; 30
8. (08) Joe Scarbrough; 30
9. (83) Scott Lawrence; 30
10. (33) Matt Slye; 30
11. (38) Michael Johnson; 30
12. (87) Darrell Vance; 30
13. (11) Jimmy Humblet; 29
14. (19) Kyle Wood; 29
15. (77) Joed Bruce; 29
16. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 29
17. (12) Robert Conner; 27
18. (7) Lauren Edgerton; 27
19. (42) Chris Hoylman; 23
Pole: C. Johnson - 85.354 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (20) Cameron Patrick; 30
2. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 30
3. (36) Chris Johnson; 30
4. (8) Mike Rudy; 30
5. (71) Hunter Slayton; 30
6. (08) Joe Scarbrough; 30
7. (57) Todd VanGuilder; 30
8. (38) Michael Johnson; 30
9. (87) Darrell Vance; 30
10. (44) Robbie Babb; 30
11. (19) Kyle Wood; 30
12. (12) Robert Conner; 30
13. (42) Chris Hoylman; 29
14. (77) Joed Bruce; 29
15. (33) Matt Slye; 29
16. (7) Lauren Edgerton; 29
17. (11) Jimmy Humblet; 27
18. (83) Scott Lawrence; 26
19. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 10
Pole: Patrick - based on Race #1 finish.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (10) Ritchie German; 40
2. (87) Ryan Nester; 40
3. (84) Tommy Sweeney; 40
4. (28) Jamie Sample; 40
5. (14) Larry Venable; 40
6. (3) John Pereira; 40
7. (2) Rod Busitzky; 40
8. (05) Thomas Wilson; 39
9. (73) Sean Calway; 10
Pole: Calway - Top 4 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Nester - 74.854 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
2. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
3. (08) Jamie Price; 25
4. (22) Brian May; 25
5. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
6. (30) Joe Hendricks Jr.; 25
7. (88) Chris Raiford; 25
8. (8) Dannie Wyatt; 25
9. (54) Owen Chappell; 25
10. (24) Nick Leitz; 25
Pole: Keesee - 77.888 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Trk #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
2. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 25
3. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
4. (62) Chase McAdams; 25
5. (21) Rick Potter; 25
6. (2) Chris Munger; 25
7. (18) Cory Millard; 25
8. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 25
9. (52) Chris Bechtel; 20
10. (71) Jay Andrews; 19
11. (17) Robbie Davis; 15
12. (70) Curtis Hughes; 15
13. (20) Buck Munger; 15
14. (4) Tory Vaughn IV; 11
Pole: Davis - 74.252 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (51) Doug Warren; 30
2. (41) Warren Smigo; 30
3. (23) Casey Sipe; 30
4. (29) Anthony Perez; 30
5. (14) J.B. Sipe; 30
6. (57) Steven Emerson; 30
7. (6) Bobby Hall; 30
8. (7) Steve Williams; 30
9. (27) Mark Roberts; 30
10. (77) Kevin Adams; 30
11. (2) Jonathan White; 1
Pole: Smigo - Top 6 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Warren - 80.235 mph.

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