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Balluzzo sweeps Modified Twin 30s
Jul 2, 2011 - updated Jul 2nd, 2011 10:24am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton Va. --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Old Point National Bank Night
Race Report
Friday, July 1, 2011

Winless through the season’s first six races, defending KeesVacations.com Modified champion Shawn Balluzzo snapped his drought in a big way on Friday night, sweeping both halves of the Old Point National Bank Twin 30s, the featured events of Langley Speedway’s special Fourth of July Weekend NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program.
Gunning for his third straight win, Mike Rudy set the fast time in qualifying, which set the starting grid for the first race. Rudy’s 85.704-mph lap was nearly two-tenths of a second quicker than that of second-fastest qualifier Chris Johnson. Balluzzo, Joed Bruce and Cameron Patrick lined up third through fifth, in that order, on the 17-car grid.
Race #1: As the opener got under way, Rudy leaped ahead of Johnson and hauled the field into Turn 1. Balluzzo rushed to fill the void to the inside of Johnson and came away with the second spot. Johnson battled door-to-door with Patrick until taking command of the third spot on lap 3.
Five laps into what would turn out to be a caution-free run, Rudy held a two-length advantage over Balluzzo, while Johnson was another four lengths back. Patrick, meanwhile, was beginning to lose touch with the lead pack, falling into the clutches of Jimmy Humblet, Joe Scarbrough and Robbie Babb.
Babb was the fourth-fastest qualifier, but started 12th when officials spotted a ride height infraction during the post-qualifying inspection. He quickly made his way up to seventh, though, and continued the charge on lap 6, picking off Scarbrough for sixth. He cracked the top five on the following circuit, overtaking Humblet.
By lap 9, the lead trio was up by better than half a straightaway over fourth-place Patrick, who had a mirror-full of Babb. On lap 10, Babb advanced one more position, slipping under and past Patrick through Turns 3 and 4.
Nearing the halfway mark, Balluzzo closed in on Rudy and began hunting for an opening. Rudy held a steady line, though, keeping his inside covered. On lap 14, Balluzzo took a look to the high side at the end of the front straightaway, but quickly thought better of it, falling back in line.
Continuing to probe, Balluzzo even tried cutting across the track apron off Turn 4 on lap 18. The manuever upset his car, however, and allowed Rudy to gain a two-length edge. Five laps later, Rudy had added another car-length to his advantage and looked to be pulling away.
On lap 25, the leader ran up on a slower car and was stymied for just a second. The pause allowed Balluzzo to narrow the gap to little more than a car-length. Breaking free of traffic, though, Rudy immediately pulled away again.
At the finish, Rudy took the checkered flag, three lengths ahead of Balluzzo. The celebration was short-lived, however, as officials found that his carburetor’s base plate didn’t conform to the division standards, resulting in his disqualification.
Rudy’s DQ lifted Balluzzo to his first win of the campaign. Johnson was second in the amended rundown, followed by Babb, Patrick and Anthony Kincaid. Scarbrough, Randy Monroe Jr., Bruce and Darrell Vance also came home on the lead lap, while Humblet rounded out the top 10, a lap off the pace.
Race #2: By virtue of his win in the first race, Balluzzo lined up on the pole for the nightcap, sharing the front row with Johnson. Babb, Patrick and Kincaid lined up third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
On the initial start, Balluzzo grabbed the lead through Turns 1 and 2, bringing Babb along with him. Exiting Turn 2, Babb drove to the inside of the leader in a bid to wrest the top spot. Behind them, the rest of the starters jostled for position.
Before lap 1 was in the books, the first caution flag was flying as Monroe slammed into the backstretch wall, sending his car up and over on its roof. He slid to a stop against the outside barrier in Turn 3 and the red flag was displayed as officials, track workers and rescue personnel rushed to the scene.
Shortly, Monroe crawled from beneath his overturned machine, a bit shaken, but uninjured. Bruce and Kincaid were also involved in the accident, but they were able to rejoin the field. After a protracted interval for cleanup, the field gathered for another attempt at getting the race under way.
Under green for a second time, Balluzzo and Johnson dueled until they reached Turn 2. Off the second corner, Balluzzo gained the upper hand and left the inside lane open for Babb, who motored underneath Johnson. Returning to the start/finish line, Johnson held off Babb by a nose for second. On lap 2, though, Babb grabbed the spot.
By lap 6, Balluzzo had fashioned a three-length lead over Babb, while Johnson had fallen almost half a straightaway behind the two leaders. Meanwhile, Rudy, who started near the back of the pack after his DQ in the opener, was looking for a bit of redemption, picking off Patrick on lap 7 to crack the top five. A lap later, he bypassed Scarbrough to take over fourth.
At the front, Babb closed in on Balluzzo. On lap 14, he ducked underneath the leader through Turns 3 and 4 and pushed his car to the point on the backstretch on lap 15. On that same circuit, Rudy overtook Johnson for third. He was a straightaway behind Babb and Balluzzo, however.
Working lap 20, Babb enjoyed a three-length edge over Balluzzo. As he carefully sorted his way past slower traffic, though, Balluzzo began to trim the deficit. On lap 23, Babb’s car skated a bit off Turn 4, allowing Balluzzo to close to within a single car-length.
On lap 26, Balluzzo drove under Babb in Turns 1 and 2 and recaptured the top spot at the end of the backstretch. In just one lap, Balluzzo had bolted to a six-length advantage.
Coming to the checkers, Balluzzo backed off just a tad, safely tailing a couple lapped machines to the stripe. His final margin of victory was 0.837-second — about four lengths — over Babb. Rudy was third, followed by Johnson and Hunter Slayton. Humblet, Scarbrough, Patrick and Vance were sixth through ninth, in that order, also on the lead lap. Kincaid was 10th, a lap down.
Following the race, Balluzzo noted his team’s struggles to return to Victory Lane: “The guys have worked their tails off this year. We’ve never had to work this hard to beat this great group of guys that we race with every week. I knew the only way I was gonna beat Robbie tonight was let him go ahead of me and just use up his stuff and I just kinda rested mine a little bit and, then, came back when we needed to.”
Continuing, Balluzzo remarked on the increasingly competitive Mod division: “It’s funny. Everybody we thought we’d need to look out for is doing OK, but the guys we never even thought of have been spanking us every week.”

In the evening’s other featured events:

In a 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock race that featured seven lead changes, Ricky Derrick completed a worst-to-first run, then held on at the end for his second victory of the season.
Rodney Boyd was the fast qualifier for the event, lapping Langley’s .395-mile oval at 77.502 mph. Carl Livingston was second-fastest, followed by Mark Claar, Derrick and Brandon Hinson. A spin of the inversion wheel, which yielded an “8,” jumbled the starting order, though, putting Chris Spangler on the pole.
It didn’t take long for trouble to break out as the opening lap was punctuated by a multi-car fracas in Turn 4, which began when Hinson experienced mechanical problems. Derrick and Livingston were swept up in the mess and were forced to the back of the pack for a complete restart.
Under green for a second time, Robbie Parker pulled ahead of Spangler to take the lead into Turn 1. Claar emerged in the second spot, followed by Boyd and Paul Lubno.
On lap 4, Claar, in search of his third victory, drove underneath Parker in Turns 3 and 4. He completed the pass for the lead off Turn 2 on lap 5 and brought Boyd and Lubno along with him. Meanwhile, Derrick was on the charge. He bumped off Mark Frye and Spangler on lap 11 to return to the top five, then overtook Parker for fourth on lap 16.
Boyd took the lead for the first time on lap 19. He drove underneath Claar as they entered Turn 1 and nabbed the top spot off the fourth corner. A lap later, the second caution flag appeared for a slowing car on the backstretch.
On the restart, the top five — Boyd, Claar, Lubno, Derrick and Parker — quickly cleared Andrew Condrey, who had chosen to line up to the outside of the leader. On lap 22, Derrick moved another step closer to the front, slipping past Lubno for third place.
Caution #3 waved on lap 23 when Frye spun on the back straightaway. Back under green, Boyd, Claar and Derrick bolted from the pack, while Parker moved up to challenge Lubno for fourth.
Claar went back to the lead on lap 25, executing a bump-and-run on Boyd in Turn 4. Derrick tagged along with Claar, then went after the lead himself on the next lap. Derrick completed the pass on lap 27 and brought Boyd along, dropping Claar from first to third.
Once out front, Derrick set sail. While Boyd and Claar jousted in his mirror, he darted off by nearly half a straightaway. That lead vanished, however, when Condrey and Spangler tangled in the middle of Turns 3 and 4 to bring out the fourth, and final, caution flag on lap 35.
As the field bunched for a restart, Claar gave up his third spot in line and pulled to the outside of Derrick. When the race resumed, Claar powered to a slim lead, only to see Derrick battle back as they returned to the flagstand.
Claar nosed out front on lap 36, taking the lead for the third time. Derrick rallied, though, inching ahead at the end of lap 37. Derrick cleared Claar through Turns 1 and 2 on lap 38 and began to pull away.
At the finish, Derrick was the winner by 0.480-second — about two lengths — over Claar. Boyd was third, followed by Lubno and Frye.

In the 25-lap Cycle City Corp. INEX Legends race, Brad Hancock started on the pole, at 78.455 mph, and led all the way for his third win of the season... tentatively. More on that later.
Hancock and Woody Howard shared the front row for the start of the event and battled side-by-side for nearly the entire opening lap. Exiting Turn 4 for the first time, Hancock grabbed the upper hand. Steve Keesee, who started third, tagged along with Hancock and took over second, while Howard slipped to third. Rette Causey and Joe Hendricks Jr. emerged in fourth and fifth.
On lap 7, Hendricks, the defending division champ, slipped underneath Causey in Turn 4. The two raced down the frontstretch with Hendricks taking the fourth spot in Turn 1 on lap 8. A few circuits later, Brenden “Butterbean” Queen and Jamie Price also scooted by Causey, dropping him from the top five.
The race’s only caution flag flew on lap 12 when second-place Keesee tangled with Corey Hoagland’s lapped machine at the entrance to Turn 1. Keesee was trying to pass to the outside, but, instead, clipped wheels with Hoagland, vaulting him into the air for what turned out to be a harmless pirouette. After a couple visits to the pit lane, Keesee rejoined the tail of the field.
Back under green, Howard, now in second, tried to poke his nose underneath Hancock off Turn 2. The leader fought off that move, however, and Howard fell back in line. The momentary tussle did, however, allow Hendricks to join the lead battle.
As the laps clicked off, Hancock was able to forge a two-length advantage over Howard — comfortable by Legends standards. Coming to the white flag, though, he paused briefly while navigating past Hoagland’s machine and Howard closed up on his rear bumper.
Safely past Hoagland, Hancock zipped away over the final circuit, winning by 0.292-second — about two lengths. Howard was second, followed by Hendricks, Price and Spencer Saunders, who rallied from the 19th starting spot to take fifth.
Following the race, seventh-place finisher Brian May filed a protest of Hancock’s fuel. A sample was taken and will be shipped to INEX for a ruling. In the meantime, the results of Friday’s event have been held up and are considered “unofficial” until Hancock’s fuel sample has been tested by the sanctioning body.

Mike Ganoe took the lead for good on lap 44 and sped to his second straight win in the 50-lap Enduro race.
Richard Quinn drew the pole and led the first circuit before giving way to outside pole starter Ganoe on lap 2. By lap 9, Ganoe had opened a full-straightaway lead over Alex Floroff and Danny Harrell, who were scuffling for second.
After the first red-flag stoppage, at lap 11, Harrell seized control of the runner-up spot and set off in search of the leader. He had little luck, though. By lap 23, Ganoe was ahead by better than a full straightaway.
On lap 29, Ganoe tangled with Dale Barnes in Turn 1 and his rear bumper cover was ripped loose. Ganoe continued to circle the track with the bumper cover dragging behind him. Meanwhile, Harrell was quickly closing in.
The gap between Ganoe and Harrell grew even smaller on lap 34 when the leader got mired in traffic. By lap 36, Harrell was only a car-length behind.
On lap 37, Ganoe and Barnes had another run-in. This time, the contact occurred in Turn 2 and finished the job of removing Ganoe’s bumper cover, which landed in the middle of the track. Pouncing on the opportunity, Harrell bypassed Ganoe to take the lead for the first time. A red flag was thrown to retrieve the bumper cover.
Back under green, Harrell jumped out to a five-length lead over Ganoe. Steadily, though, Ganoe began to reel him in. By lap 43, the leaders were nose-to-tail.
On lap 44, Ganoe retook the top spot through Turns 3 and 4 and started to drive away. Just one lap later, his margin had already grown to five lengths.
At the finish, Ganoe was the winner by better than half a straightaway over Harrell, the only other driver to complete all 50 circuits. Floroff was third, followed by Bill Eaker and Rodney Davis.

In the evening’s opening event, a 20-lapper for the CBX Modular Homes INEX Bandoleros, Trevor Hawkins moved out front on lap 4 and sailed to his first win of the season.
Macy Causey dominated qualifying for the race. Her pole-winning speed of 65.527 mph bested that of the second-quickest qualifier, Kaleb Jusino, by nearly 1.3 seconds.
Evan Horne lined up third, followed by Cameron Bowen. Brayde Miranda was due to start fifth, but went to a backup car and dropped to the rear of the field, behind add-ons Hawkins and Darrell Adkins.
As the race got under way, Causey hauled the pack into Turn 1. Jusino came away in second, while Hawkins moved up to third.
Hawkins slipped by Jusino in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 3 to take over second. A lap later, he was hounding Causey for the lead, swiping the spot off Turn 2. Within five laps, Hawkins’ advantage had grown to five car-lengths and was increasing steadily.
At the end of the caution-free event, Hawkins was the winner by 1.956 seconds — almost half a straightaway — over Causey, who took sole possession of the division points lead. Jusino was third, followed by Adkins and Horne, who was a lap in arrears.
• • •

NEXT WEEK: Saturday, July 9. THE FOURTH ANNUAL HAMPTON HEAT 200 for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars. 200 laps, $10,000 to win. Advance tickets available in the Speedway office or online at langleyspeedway.com

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Old Point National Bank Night
Race Results
Friday, July 1, 2011

Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 30
2. (36) Chris Johnson; 30
3. (44) Robbie Babb; 30
4. (20) Cameron Patrick; 30
5. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 30
6. (08) Joe Scarbrough; 30
7. (03) Randy Monroe Jr.; 30
8. (77) Joed Bruce; 30
9. (87) Darrell Vance; 30
10. (11) Jimmy Humblet; 29
11. (33) Matt Slye; 29
12. (32) Brandon Harding; 28
13. (71) Hunter Slayton; 18
14. (7) Matt Carter; 16
15. (11A)Chris Humblet; 7
16. (57) Todd VanGuilder; 5
DQ* (8) Mike Rudy; 30
* Finished 1st, but failed to clear
post-race technical inspection.
Pole: Rudy - 85.704 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 30
2. (44) Robbie Babb; 30
3. (8) Mike Rudy; 30
4. (36) Chris Johnson; 30
5. (71) Hunter Slayton; 30
6. (11) Jimmy Humblet; 30
7. (08) Joe Scarbrough; 30
8. (20) Cameron Patrick; 30
9. (87) Darrell Vance; 30
10. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 29
11. (77) Joed Bruce; 28
12. (32) Brandon Harding; 28
13. (11A)Chris Humblet; 4
14. (57) Todd VanGuilder; 3
15. (7) Matt Carter; 1
16. (03) Randy Monroe Jr.; 0
Pole: Balluzzo - via finish of Race #1.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
2. (7) Mark Claar; 40
3. (9) Rodney Boyd; 40
4. (67) Paul Lubno; 40
5. (29) Mark Frye; 40
6. (55) Robbie Parker; 40
7. (2) Michael Waters; 40
8. (30) Chris Spangler; 40
9. (1) Gary Burke Jr.; 40
10. (69) Steven Durbin; 40
11. (40) Andrew Condrey; 39
12. (77) Carl Livingston; 29
13. (5) Bubba Carr; 11
14. (54) Billy Newman; 3
15. (81) Brandon Hinson; 0
Pole: Spangler - Top 8 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Boyd - 77.502 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
2. (14) Woody Howard; 25
3. (30) Joe Hendricks Jr.; 25
4. (03) Brenden Queen; 25
5. (08) Jamie Price; 25
6. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
7. (22) Brian May; 25
8. (81) Scotty Edwards; 25
9. (33) Rette Causey; 25
10. (88) Chris Raiford; 25
11. (8) Dannie Wyatt; 25
12. (9) Michael Edwards; 25
13. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
14. (20) Tyler Cypher; 25
15. (48) Bobby Gobble; 25
16. (95) Steve Cypher; 25
17. (38) Kim Forrester; 25
18. (2) Daniel Dishong; 25
19. (00) Corey Hoagland; 24
20. (11) Chris Lemonds; 10
21. (35) Tony Epps; 6
Pole: Hancock - 78.455 mph.
* Results UNOFFICIAL pending
a protest ruling from INEX.

ENDUROS - 50 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (82) Mike Ganoe; 50
2. (95) Danny Harrell; 50
3. (17) Alex Floroff; 49
4. (33) Bill Eaker; 49
5. (38) Rodney Davis; 48
6. (18) Derrick Boggess; 48
7. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 47
8. (12) Dale Barnes; 47
9. (10) David Cade; 45
10. (7) Dave Wedding; 44
11. (72) Mike Ganoe Jr.; 43
12. (31) Richard Quinn; 23
13. (5) Chris Bundy; 7
14. (6) Clark May; 6
Pole: Quinn - via draw.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (4) Trevor Hawkins; 20
2. (33) Macy Causey; 20
3. (01) Kaleb Jusino; 20
4. (3) Darrell Adkins; 20
5. (6) Evan Horne; 19
6. (19) Cameron Bowen; 19
7. (77) Brayde Miranda; 16
Pole: Causey - 65.527 mph.

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