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Langley Speedway News
Falk defends Hampton Heat 200 crown
Jul 10, 2011 - updated Jul 10th, 2011 9:53am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton Va. --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Hampton Heat 200
Race Report
Saturday, July 9, 2011

HAMPTON, Va. (July 9) — C.E. Falk showed the way from pole to checkers to claim his fifth win of the season in the fourth annual running of the Hampton Heat 200 for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the featured event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
With the victory, Falk became the first repeat winner in the event’s four-year history. He scored his first Hampton Heat 200 win in last year’s edition.
Falk set the fast time in late afternoon qualifying, lapping the .395-mile oval at 87.675 mph. Casey Wyatt was second-fastest, followed by Wes Falk, the pole-sitter’s younger brother, Dean Shiflett and Paul Debolt, the 2010 pole winner.
On the start, Falk motored ahead of Wyatt, taking the lead as the field reached Turn 1 for the first time. Wyatt settled into second. Greg Edwards, one of the pre-race favorites, cracked the top five on lap 2, slipping past Shiflett. Meanwhile, Brandon Butler, who started sixth, found himself trapped to the outside. He tumbled to 10th before finding a place in line.
In the early going, C.E. Falk established a three-length lead over Wyatt, who enjoyed an similar advantage over Wes Falk, Debolt and Edwards. On lap 22, Wyatt narrowed the gap a bit, only to see Falk stretch the margin again.
The running order at the front remained unchanged until lap 26 when Debolt and Wes Falk tangled at the end of the frontstretch, sending Falk for a spin and moving Debolt up to third. On the ensuing restart, Debolt gave up his spot in line to test his luck to the outside of the leader.
Back under green, at lap 30, Falk quickly cleared Debolt, who swiped second from Wyatt. Wyatt and Greg Edwards went third and fourth, while Doug Godsey battled side-by-side for fifth with Danny Edwards Jr.
The second caution flag appeared on lap 33 when Shiflett spun in Turn 4. Butler, Eddie Johnson and Mark Wertz were among the drivers collected in the incident with Wertz taking the brunt of the damage. As the field bunched for another restart, Greg Edwards pulled alongside Falk to challenge for the lead.
The race resumed on lap 40 and Falk made a quick getaway. Greg Edwards slid in line on his bumper, dropping Debolt to third. Danny Edwards Jr. emerged in fourth, while Wyatt slipped to fifth. After initially falling three lengths behind Falk, Greg Edwards began to chip away at the deficit.
Caution flag #3 waved on lap 52 for Rick Gdovic’s spin in the middle of Turns 1 and 2. Richard Storm also looped his machine in Turn 1 to avoid Gdovic.
As the race resumed, at lap 60, C.E. Falk faced a challenge from Greg Edwards, who had restarted to his outside. The two went door-to-door for three-quarters of a circuit with Falk pulling ahead off the fourth corner. Debolt continued to hold down third, while Johnson, who also chose to restart on the outside, moved up to fourth.
On lap 66, Debolt muscled his way past Greg Edwards in Turns 1 and 2 to reclaim the runner-up spot. The shuffle allowed Falk to extend his lead to half a straightaway. Soon, though, the margin began to shrink as Debolt closed in. By lap 87, he had cut the gap to just two lengths.
Meanwhile, deeper in the field, Danny Edwards Jr. was on the move. He scooted by Godsey for fifth on lap 78, then picked off Johnson for fourth on lap 89.
Debolt saw his promising run come to a premature end when he suddenly fell off the pace on lap 91 and made the turn into the pits. He retired to a 20th-place finish and left Falk with a six-length lead over Greg Edwards, the new second-place runner.
Nearing the halfway mark, and a 15-minute break, Falk waded into lapped traffic on lap 95. With the leader preoccupied, Greg Edwards zeroed in. By lap 100, Falk’s advantage had dwindled to a single car-length.
As the field slowed under the caution flag, which signaled halftime, Falk and Greg Edwards held the top two spots, followed by Danny Edwards Jr., Johnson and Butler. Fifteen of the 22 starters remained on the lead lap, while only three cars had been sidelined for the evening.
When the second 100 laps got under way, it didn’t take long for trouble to break out as Wyatt, who restarted in eighth, spun in Turn 2, collecting several others.
Returning to green, at lap 107, Falk again had company on the front row in the form of Greg Edwards. He dispensed with the challenge in Turn 2, though, and quickly forged a three-length lead. Two more car-lengths separated Greg Edwards from his brother, Danny Jr., who was third. Butler occupied the fourth spot.
On lap 114, Rodney Cook made his first appearance in the top five, slipping past Johnson. Six laps later, he was on Butler’s bumper and looking for fourth. A bobble off Turn 4 on lap 132 proved costly, though, as it opened the door for Johnson, who regained fifth on lap 133. Johnson continued his charge on lap 151, overtaking Butler for fourth.
What would turn out to be the final caution flag flew on lap 158 when Rick Gdovic spun in Turn 2.
The race’s last green-flag segment began on lap 164 and, once more, Falk had to clear Greg Edwards to maintain the lead, doing so off Turn 2. Behind them, Brandon Gdovic and Butler went side-by-side for fifth. Butler eventually nabbed the position on lap 169, bringing Cook with him, to sixth.
The third spot changed hands on lap 172 as Johnson motored underneath Danny Edwards Jr. in Turn 1 and completed the pass off Turn 2. By then, though, Falk and Greg Edwards were long gone, half a straightaway ahead.
As the laps wound down, Falk seemed to strengthen. Despite having to deal with intermittent lapped traffic, he steadily added to his advantage.
At the finish, Falk was the winner by 1.679 seconds — nearly half a straightaway — over Greg Edwards. Johnson was third to the line, followed by Danny Edwards Jr. and Butler.
Dean Shiflett gained several spots in the closing laps to take sixth, while Brandon Gdovic, Godsey, Cook and Shayne Lockhart completed the top 10, all on the lead lap.
In Victory Lane after the event, Falk celebrated the win and also revealed some late-race concerns: “Man, what a great car. It was flawless for about 200 laps. Had a little smoke with 15 to go. I didn’t know what the heck that was. I just said, ‘Run it ‘til it blows. Whatever it takes.’ So, it feels great to be the first repeat winner.”
The victory was worth over $10,000 to Falk, who also claimed contingency awards for the pole winner and the halfway leader.

In the evening’s other featured events:

Randy Sample took the lead just before the halfway point and sailed to his second win of the year in the 50-lap Heritage Motor Co. Super Street race. Sample’s victory snapped Ritchie German’s three-race winning streak.
Sample was the fast qualifier, at 75.040 mph. He dialed up a “4” on the inversion wheel, though, placing him on the outside of Row 2 for the start and moving Ryan Nester up to the pole.
As the race got going, Nester moved out front, while German tagged along, taking over second. Jamie Sample, Randy’s brother, emerged in third, followed by Sean Calway and Randy Sample.
On lap 2, Calway snagged third from Jamie Sample, bringing Rod Busitzky with him. Two laps later, Randy Sample overtook Busitzky for fourth. On lap 10, he swiped third from Calway. Meanwhile, Nester and German had driven off by nearly half a straightaway.
The first caution flag was displayed on lap 15 for fluid on the backstretch. As the field was slowing, German tangled with Nester and suffered damage. He hit the pit lane during the caution period, received service and rejoined the tail of the field. Nester and Randy Sample were 1-2 for the restart.
Back under green, Nester and Randy Sample bolted from the pack, while Jamie Sample took over third. On lap 17, though, Calway regained the spot and began to close on the two leaders.
The lead changed hands on lap 24 as Randy Sample ducked under Nester in Turn 2 and finished off the pass in Turn 4. Calway came along with him and dropped Nester to third. Meanwhile, a second pack of three — Jamie Sample, John Pereira and German — was closing on the lead trio.
On lap 27, German scooted past Pereira to return to the top five. Three laps later, he took fourth from Jamie Sample. Closer to the front, Nester regained second from Calway on lap 35. German was in position to take advantage of the opening and grabbed third. The exchanges allowed Randy Sample to pull away by half a straightaway.
The second, and final, caution flag waved on lap 43 when Nester and German had their second run-in of the night in Turn 2, earning them both a trip to the rear of the field.
On the final restart, Randy Sample fashioned a two-length edge over Calway. Behind them, Pereira and Busitzky tussled for third. Meanwhile, Nester and German were rapidly slicing their way toward the point.
On lap 47, German finally got the better of Nester, taking over fifth in Turns 1 and 2. He gained one more spot when he bypassed Busitzky for fourth on lap 49.
At the checkers, Randy Sample was the winner by 1.491 seconds — about half a straightaway — over Calway. Pereira was third, followed by German and Busitzky. Nester wound up sixth.

Tommy Nixon overcame an early-race mishap and rolled to his fourth win of the season in the 30-lap Larry King Law Super Truck feature.
Robbie Davis started on the pole, at 74.752 mph, and paced the first 20 laps. Meanwhile, Nixon, who started on the outside of Row 1, tangled with Chase McAdams on lap 3, earning them both a trip to the back of the pack as the first caution flag flew.
The setback proved to be little more than a minor annoyance for Nixon. By lap 5, he was back in the top five. He took fourth on lap 7, third on lap 8 and second on lap 10. The rest of the gap between him Davis was erased when the second caution flag appeared on lap 14.
As the race resumed, Davis and Nixon broke away from the pack, pulling six lengths ahead of third-place Jonathan Mullett.
Nixon continued to stalk Davis until lap 20 when the leader slid up the track off Turn 4, opening the door. Nixon drove under Davis at the flagstand and took the lead as they headed into Turn 1 to begin lap 21. In one lap, Nixon opened a three-length margin.
The last of the race’s three yellow flags waved on lap 23 when McAdams and Chris Roberts scuffled in Turn 2, resulting in McAdams’ spin.
On the final restart, Nixon, Davis and Mullett all cleared Troy Turnage, who had given up his fourth spot in line to pull alongside the leader. On the backstretch, though, Turnage did manage to claw back ahead of Mullett for third.
At the front, Nixon was easing away from Davis. By the end, his winning margin had grown to 1.400 seconds — about six lengths. Davis was the runner-up, followed by Turnage, Mullett and Cory Millard. McAdams, despite the late trip to the rear of the field, salvaged sixth.

After having his lengthy winning streak broken in the previous event, Landon Florian was determined to start another one in Saturday’s 25-lapper for the EZ Auto of Newport News UCARs. And, he did just that, overwhelming the field for his fifth victory of the season.
Florian was the pole-sitter, at 72.882 mph, and pulled ahead of outside pole starter Chris Hildebrand on the backstretch on lap 1 to gain the clear-cut edge. It soon became apparent that Hildebrand, who had won the last time out, would be no match for Florian.
By the midway point, Florian’s lead had swelled to half a straightaway and it continued to grow over the second half of the caution-free event.
On lap 21, Hildebrand fell off the pace and surrendered the runner-up spot to Sammy Gaita. He continued to drift back through the running order, eventually finishing 10th.
At the finish, Florian was the winner by a whopping 7.318 seconds — well over a full straightaway — over Gaita. Bill Eaker was third, while Matt Morgan and Earl Sawyer rounded out the top five.

In the 30-lap Standard Welding Pro Six race, Steve Williams grabbed the lead from fellow rookie contender Anthony Perez on lap 21 and sailed to his first win of the season.
The top six qualifiers were inverted, placing Bobby Hall on the pole and dropping Casey Sipe, who clocked in at 79.933 mph, to the outside of Row 3.
Hall paced the first 19 laps, while Sipe, who was looking for his third straight win, moved into second on a restart at lap 11. Sipe shadowed Hall for eight circuits, then went after the top spot on lap 20.
In Turns 1 and 2, Hall and Sipe tangled and Sipe vaulted over Hall’s fender, bringing out the second yellow flag and chasing both drivers to the sidelines for the duration.
With Hall and Sipe out of the event, the lead passed to Perez, who displayed a case of nerves by jumping the ensuing restart. The caution flag reappeared and Perez received a warning from officials.
Back under green, Warren Smigo challenged Perez, but couldn’t overtake the youngster for the lead. On the next circuit, though, Williams pushed his machine to the front. He cleared Perez on lap 22 and quickly fashioned a slim margin.
On the final lap, Williams ran up on J.B. Sipe’s lapped machine in Turns 3 and 4. As he carefully worked around the outside of Sipe, Perez closed in and opted for the lower route, hoping to snag a victory. The move failed to pay off, though, as Perez climbed up the side of Sipe’s #14 car, then careened toward the Turn 4 wall.
At the stripe, Williams was the winner by 3.785 seconds over Kevin Adams. Smigo was third, while Perez limped his battered machine to the checkers, in fourth. Nelson Moody was fifth in his Pro Six debut.
• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Hampton Heat 200
Race Results
Saturday, July 9, 2011

** Hampton Heat 200 **
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) C.E. Falk; 200
2. (21) Greg Edwards; 200
3. (57) Eddie Johnson; 200
4. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 200
5. (20) Brandon Butler; 200
6. (12) Dean Shiflett; 200
7. (46) Brandon Gdovic; 200
8. (05) Doug Godsey; 200
9. (1) Rodney Cook; 200
10. (95) Shayne Lockhart; 200
11. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 199
12. (29) Casey Wyatt; 199
13. (90) Terry Carroll; 199
14. (64) Rick Gdovic; 198
15. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 198
16. (55) Mark Wertz; 196
17. (07) Richard Storm; 192
18. (7) Dude Gibbs; 158
19. (41) Wes Falk; 158
20. (34) Paul Debolt; 90
21. (4) Nick Smith; 72
22. (40B)Renno Marchetti IV; 2
Pole: C.E. Falk - 87.675 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (24) Randy Sample; 50
2. (73) Sean Calway; 50
3. (3) John Pereira; 50
4. (10) Ritchie German; 50
5. (2) Rod Busitzky; 50
6. (87) Ryan Nester; 50
7. (05) Thomas Wilson; 50
8. (22) Mike Borden; 49
9. (28) Jamie Sample; 38
10. (03) Jerry Lamontagne; 14
Pole: Nester - Top 4 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: R. Sample - 75.040 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Trk #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Tommy Nixon; 30
2. (17) Robbie Davis; 30
3. (90) Troy Turnage; 30
4. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 30
5. (18) Cory Millard; 30
6. (62) Chase McAdams; 30
7. (21) Rick Potter; 30
8. (71) Jay Andrews; 30
9. (6) Chris Roberts; 30
10. (52) Chris Bechtel; 30
11. (70) Curtis Hughes; 30
12. (2) Chris Munger; 30
13. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 30
14. (4) Tory Vaughn IV; 30
15. (20) Buck Munger; 13
16. (19) Bill Wallace; 4
Pole: Davis - 74.752 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (14) Landon Florian; 25
2. (21) Sammy Gaita; 25
3. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
4. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
5. (1) Earl Sawyer; 25
6. (06) Chris Flowers; 25
7. (70) Landon Abbott; 25
8. (71) Tim Wilson; 25
9. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
10. (17) Chris Hildebrand; 25
11. (5) Jesse Jones; 25
12. (11) Kevin Morgan; 25
13. (88) Jon Largena; 24
14. (90) Justin Carroll; 24
15. (2) Michael Waters; 21
16. (3) Eric Schaffer; 20
17. (19) Brandon Johnston; 17
18. (25) Robbie Salas; 15
19. (23) Andy Graham; 13
20. (10) John Matthews; 10
Pole: Florian - 72.882 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (7) Steve Williams; 30
2. (77) Kevin Adams; 30
3. (41) Warren Smigo; 30
4. (29) Anthony Perez; 30
5. (48) Nelson Moody; 30
6. (51) Doug Warren; 30
7. (57) Steven Emerson; 30
8. (62) Dusty Connor; 22
9. (14) J.B. Sipe; 21
10. (6) Bobby Hall; 19
11. (23) Casey Sipe; 19
Pole: Hall - Top 6 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: C. Sipe - 79.933 mph.

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