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Falk, Slye score doubleheader sweeps
Jul 31, 2011 - updated Jul 31st, 2011 11:02am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton Va. --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Saint Leo University Night
Race Report
Saturday, July 30, 2011

HAMPTON, Va. (July 30) — Points leader C.E. Falk picked up his eighth and ninth wins of the season, sweeping the Saint Leo University Twin 75s for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the featured events of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Danny Edwards Jr. set the pace in afternoon pole qualifying, circling the track at 88.197 mph. Falk was second-quickest, just 19-thousandths of a second off Edwards’ standard. Greg Edwards, three-time national champ Philip Morris and Brandon Gdovic rounded out the top five on the 20-car grid.
Race #1: As the opener got under way, Danny Edwards Jr. led the charge into Turn 1 and took over the lead. Almost immediately, though, he came under fire from his brother, Greg, who ducked underneath him in Turns 3 and 4.
The Edwardses continued to battle for the top spot until they reached Turn 4 on the second circuit. While they were leaning on each other, Falk steered to the bottom of the track, stacking the leaders three-deep. He surged ahead off the corner to grab the point. Greg Edwards moved up to second, bringing Brandon Gdovic along with him.
On lap 7, Gdovic slipped under Greg Edwards in a bid for second. He nosed ahead at the end of the circuit and cleared Edwards in Turn 4 on lap 8. The shuffle allowed Falk to pad his lead to half a straightaway.
The first caution flag flew on lap 18 when Doug Godsey’s engine expired. As the field bunched for a restart, the Edwards brothers gave up the third and fourth spots in line to test their luck on the outside.
Back under green, Falk pulled ahead of Greg Edwards and left the lane open for Gdovic. Only one more green-flag lap was completed before another caution flag appeared for a three-car incident in Turn 3. Dean Shiflett, Wes Falk and Natalie Sather were involved in the wreck, while Mark Wertz also caught a piece of the action.
On the ensuing restart, Greg Edwards took another shot on the outside of the leader and came up empty again. Before finding a spot on the bottom, he also gave way to Gdovic and Morris, who was beginning to find his rhythm on the challenging .395-mile oval.
At the halfway mark, Falk was up by three lengths over Gdovic, while another two lengths separated Gdovic and Morris. Fourth-place Greg Edwards was nearly a straightaway behind the lead trio.
The third caution flag waved on lap 43 for Shiflett’s spin in Turn 3. Arriving on the scene, Falk was nicked by Shiflett’s machine, causing an anxious moment. The lead was unscathed, though, and maintained the top spot.
Returning to green, Falk and Morris, the two national title contenders, faced off door-to-door. Falk retained the lead, while Morris settled into second, just ahead of Gdovic. Danny Edwards Jr., who also restarted on the outside, came away with fourth, followed by Greg Edwards.
On lap 48, Greg Edwards went after his brother for the fourth spot. He nosed ahead at the end of lap 49 and gained the clear-cut edge on lap 50. Meanwhile, Morris was closing in on Falk, on the hunt for the lead.
The complexion of the event took a wild turn on lap 72 when Falk, Morris and Gdovic ran up behind Jeff Shiflett, who was trying to clear himself of Sather’s slowing machine. While Falk easily swung to the high side and bypassed the slower cars, Morris plowed into the back of Shiflett off Turn 4, collecting Gdovic and bringing out the fourth yellow flag.
The incident chased Gdovic to the sidelines for good. After a visit to the pits, Morris rejoined the fray, minus his car’s hood, front fenders and nose. Meanwhile, Greg Edwards took over second place, followed by Danny Edwards Jr., Shayne Lockhart and Chris Hopkins.
One more lap was in the books when the fifth, and final, yellow flag waved for Hopkins’ spin off Turn 4. As the field bunched for a restart, Terry Carroll assumed Hopkins’ place in the top five.
Under green for the last time, Falk quickly established a bit of breathing room between himself and Greg Edwards. By the finish, the gap had grown to 0.796-second — about four car-lengths. Danny Edwards Jr., Lockhart and Carroll were third, fourth and fifth to the line, respectively.
Rick Gdovic headed up the second five, in sixth. Eddie Johnson, Hopkins and Morris were seventh, eighth and ninth, in that order, while Brandon Gdovic was credited with 10th.
In Victory Lane after the race, Falk noted the damage on his #40 machine from the brush with Dean Shiflett: “Yeah, that was a pretty bonehead move, but we’ve got a resilient 40 car. It stayed up front. Had a lot of pressure from the national champ over there, but the 40 car pulled through. Just really proud of my guys. Got plenty of work to do during the break, that’s for dang sure.”
Race #2: The lineup for the second 75-lapper was determined by the finishing order of the first one, putting Falk and Greg Edwards on the front row.
As the nightcap got under way, Falk and Edwards dueled over to Turn 2 with Falk grabbing the upper hand as they motored onto the backstretch for the first time. Behind them, Lockhart moved up to challenge Danny Edwards Jr. for third, swiping the spot on lap 5.
The first caution flag waved on lap 6 when Edwards Jr. slowed on the frontstretch and caused a momentary bottleneck. With cars stacking up, Casey Wyatt got spun out of the pack, collecting Rick Gdovic and Sather.
Two more laps were completed before Caution #2 went in the air for Lockhart’s spin into Turn 3. Lining up for the restart, Falk, Greg Edwards, Danny Edwards Jr., Brandon Gdovic and Johnson made up the top five. Greg Edwards and Johnson picked the outside lane as the field gathered.
Back under way, Falk dispensed with Greg Edwards through Turns 1 and 2. Edwards dropped into second, followed by Johnson. Gdovic slipped past Edwards Jr. for fourth, while Wyatt tagged along and picked up fifth on lap 10. Three laps later, Dean Shiflett bypassed Wyatt.
The third caution flag flew on lap 15 for Rick Gdovic’s spin off Turn 4. For the next restart, Greg Edwards stayed in line on the leader’s bumper, while Johnson returned to the outside, joined by Edwards Jr. and Lockhart.
As the race resumed, Falk leaped ahead of Johnson at the start/finish line, leaving the inside lane open for Greg Edwards, who pulled door-to-door with Johnson. The two battled back and forth until lap 20 when Edwards powered ahead. Next in line was Brandon Gdovic, who nabbed third from Johnson on lap 23.
While positions changed hands in his mirror, Falk opened a half-straightaway lead over Greg Edwards. Another half-straightaway separated Edwards and third-place Gdovic.
Passing the midway point, Falk’s margin continued to grow. Behind him, Johnson nosed by Gdovic for third, soon followed by Wyatt. On lap 50, Wyatt snagged third from Johnson, only to see the veteran return the favor on lap 58.
The lengthy green-flag run came to an end on lap 61 when Rick Gdovic spun on the backstretch. The yellow flag wiped out Falk’s lead, which had swelled to more than a straightaway.
On the restart, Greg Edwards returned to the outside, but couldn’t match the leader, who pulled ahead as they reached the first corner. Johnson took advantage of the open lane and grabbed second on lap 62. Edwards switched lanes and tried to reverse the move on lap 63, but came up empty.
On lap 65, Jeff Shiflett made his way into the top five, bypassing Brandon Gdovic. Meanwhile, at the front, Falk had driven off by nearly half a straightaway.
The race was interrupted by two more caution flags, at laps 71 and 74. The last incident ruined Shiflett’s top-five hopes as he tangled with Sather in Turn 3.
The event ended with a “green-white-checkered” finish. As the green flag waved, Falk fashioned a two-length edge over Johnson and held that advantage to the conclusion, winning by 0.379-second. Greg Edwards tailed the lead duo to the stripe, in third, followed by Wyatt and Hopkins.
Lockhart was sixth, while Jeff Shiflett, Carroll and Brandon Gdovic were seventh through ninth, respectively, the final drivers to complete the entire distance. Rick Gdovic was shown in 10th.
Back in Victory Lane for the ninth time this season (and the sixth time in a row), Falk marveled at his own success: “Nine, baby. That’s awesome. What a rocketship the 40 car was. It’s a little battered and bruised, but she drove sweet that second race. That was awesome.”
Asked if having Johnson on his bumper for the race-ending restarts was a cause for concern, Falk said, “Yeah, y’know, ‘cause Eddie, he’s the man on long races. He’ll come out of nowhere and get ya’.”
With Saturday’s two wins, Falk heads into the month of August with a 20-point lead over Greg Edwards in the series standings, 640-620. The Late Models return to action at Langley on Saturday, Aug. 13.

In the evening’s other featured events:

Like the Late Models, the KeesVacations.com Modifieds also ran twin events — a pair of 25-lappers. Unlike the Late Models, though, the Mods produced a new winner as Mark Slye pulled off the twinbill sweep.
In the first race, Slye started on the pole, at 84.442 mph, but gave way to division leader Shawn Balluzzo at the end of lap 1. He rallied on the second circuit, however, regaining the top spot in Turns 3 and 4.
Nearing the halfway mark, Slye was up by nearly half a straightaway. As slower traffic began to factor into the equation, though, Balluzzo started to narrow the gap. At lap 23, the two were nose-to-tail.
Emerging from traffic, Slye bolted to a four-length advantage. Balluzzo tried to rally on the white-flag circuit, but came up short as Slye held on to win by 0.398-second. Anthony Kincaid was third to the line, followed by Chris Johnson and Robbie Babb.
While the opener ran caution-free, the nightcap got off to a rocky start with two yellow flags before the first lap was in the books.
When the event finally got going, it played out much like the first race. Balluzzo nosed ahead to lead lap 1, only to see Slye rally on lap 2 and take the lead for good.
Once out front, Slye opened a healthy margin over Balluzzo. Passing the midway point, however, Balluzzo started to close the gap. When the last of the race’s three caution flags appeared, at lap 19, Slye’s lead had dwindled to two lengths.
On the final restart, Slye was flanked by Johnson, who gave up the third spot in line to try to advance his position on the outside. Slye quickly cleared Johnson, who immediately found Balluzzo to his inside. Balluzzo eventually grabbed the spot. The tussle, though, allowed Slye to slip away.
At the finish, Slye was the winner by 0.476-second — about three lengths — over Balluzzo. Babb was third, followed by Johnson and Todd VanGuilder.

In the 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock race, Ricky Derrick took the lead for good on the 27th circuit and pulled away for his third victory of the year.
Derrick was fastest in time trials, at 76.079 mph, to claim the pole. Mark Claar, Rodney Boyd, Carl Livingston and Mark Frye completed the top five on the starting grid.
As the race got under way, Derrick motored into the lead, while Boyd pulled underneath Claar in a challenge for second. Claar fought off the bid and took command of the runner-up spot.
The first five laps were interrupted three caution flags. The last incident involved Boyd, who spun in Turn 2 after a shunt with Livingston resulted in a cut left-rear tire.
Back under green, Derrick and Claar resumed their battle for the lead. Claar stalked Derrick until lap 24 when he ducked underneath the leader in Turn 2. Derrick led that lap by a nose, but gave way to Claar on lap 25.
Claar’s stay at the front was short-lived as he drifted wide off Turn 4 on lap 26, opening the door for Derrick, who drove to his inside and retook the lead on lap 27. At that point, more than a straightaway separated the lead duo from third-place Livingston.
With five to go, Claar was still within striking distance, just two lengths back, as slower traffic loomed ahead. Derrick successfully navigated past the lapped machines, though, doubling his lead in the process.
At the finish, Derrick was the winner by 1.117 seconds — about five lengths — over Claar. Jimmy Adkins was third, edging Boyd in a grinding battle to the line. Livingston was fifth.

In the 25-lap Cycle City Corp. INEX Legends feature, which was a national qualifying race, Steve Keesee slipped by Brad Hancock off the final corner to bag his second victory of the season.
Division points leader Hancock earned the pole, at 77.552 mph, edging Keesee by just four-thousandths of a second. Josh Morris, Rette Causey and Ryan Schattuck lined up third, fourth and fifth on the grid.
The race started on a rough note as Causey and Schattuck tangled at the end of the backstretch on lap 1, sending Causey for a ride into the Turn 3 wall.
When the event finally got under way in earnest, Hancock powered into the lead, bringing Morris with him and dropping Keesee to third. By lap 6, the top three had opened a half-straightaway gap over fourth-place Joe Hendricks Jr., who had a mirror-full of Spencer Saunders and Dannie Wyatt.
At the crossed flags, Hancock enjoyed a 10-length margin over the brewing battle between Morris and Keesee. Keesee swiped the runner-up spot from Morris on lap 16, but faced an uphill climb to get to the leader.
Keesee caught a break when the last of the race’s two caution flags flew on lap 21 as Schattuck and Brenden Queen executed a tandem spin at the start/finish line.
On the restart, Hancock forged a two-length advantage over Keesee. By lap 24, though, Keesee had erased that margin and ducked under Hancock as they headed for the white flag.
Hancock and Keesee were side-by-side for three-quarters of the final lap. Exiting Turn 4 for the last time, Hancock skittered wide, though, giving the upper hand to Keesee, who won by 0.259-second. Morris was third, followed by Saunders and Hendricks.

In a 20-lap national qualifier for the CBX Modular Homes INEX Bandoleros, Trevor Hawkins snagged the lead on lap 19 and rolled to his second win of the year.
Darrell Adkins started on the pole, at 65.211 mph, but gave way to Macy Causey as the initial green flag went in the air. Adkins dropped into second, followed by Trevor and Chase Hawkins.
On lap 4, Chase Hawkins grabbed third place from his brother. A lap later, he turned Adkins at the start/finish line and roared into second. Adkins righted his machine and kept going, but at a reduced speed. Officials threw the caution flag for him on lap 7 and also sent Chase Hawkins to the rear of the field.
Back under green, Causey and Trevor Hawkins bolted from the pack. Meanwhile, Chase Hawkins quickly made his way back into third place. At the halfway point, he was half a straightaway behind the lead duo, but rapidly closing ground.
By lap 15, the Hawkins brothers were together again, linking up in a nose-to-tail draft to chase down the leader. They caught Causey on lap 17 and went to her outside through Turns 1 and 2 on lap 18. Passing the flagstand to begin lap 19, Trevor Hawkins surged into the lead, bringing Chase Hawkins with him.
At the finish, Trevor Hawkins was the winner by 0.370-second — about two lengths — over Chase Hawkins. Causey was third, followed by Adkins and Evan Horne.

Longtime Langley competitor Albert Falk started on the pole, at 60.041 mph, and led all 20 laps for his first win in the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Kart feature.
Bill Dailey provided consistent drafting support for Falk throughout the contest and finished second, a quarter-second back. Adam Chalkley was third, followed by Jake Harberts and Josh Ayer.
• • •
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
St. Leo University Night
Race Results
Saturday, July 30, 2011

Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) C.E. Falk; 75
2. (21) Greg Edwards; 75
3. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
4. (95) Shayne Lockhart; 75
5. (90) Terry Carroll; 75
6. (64) Rick Gdovic; 75
7. (57) Eddie Johnson; 75
8. (99) Chris Hopkins; 75
9. (20) Philip Morris; 75
10. (46) Brandon Gdovic; 71
11. (29) Casey Wyatt; 69
12. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 69
13. (94) Natalie Sather; 41
14. (12) Dean Shiflett; 24
15. (41) Wes Falk; 18
16. (55) Mark Wertz; 18
17. (05) Doug Godsey; 17
18. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 5
19. (40b)Doug Warren; 2
20. (21b)Robbie Babb; 2
Pole: D. Edwards - 88.197 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) C.E. Falk; 75
2. (57) Eddie Johnson; 75
3. (21) Greg Edwards; 75
4. (29) Casey Wyatt; 75
5. (99) Chris Hopkins; 75
6. (95) Shayne Lockhart; 75
7. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 75
8. (90) Terry Carroll; 75
9. (46) Brandon Gdovic; 75
10. (64) Rick Gdovic; 60
11. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 58
12. (94) Natalie Sather; 49
13. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 32
14. (12) Dean Shiflett; 22
15. (55) Mark Wertz; 21
16. (21b)Robbie Babb; 3
17. (40b)Mike Rudy; 2
18. (41) Wes Falk; 0
Pole: C.E. Falk - via Race #1 finish.

Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (33) Mark Slye; 25
2. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 25
3. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 25
4. (36) Chris Johnson; 25
5. (44) Robbie Babb; 25
6. (57) Todd VanGuilder; 25
7. (20) Cameron Patrick; 25
8. (8) Mike Rudy; 25
9. (11) Jimmy Humblet; 25
10. (08) Joe Scarbrough; 25
11. (83) Scott Lawrence; 25
12. (87) Darrell Vance; 25
13. (81) Mike Hanbury; 24
14. (0) Wayne Hartley; 24
15. (77) Joed Bruce; 24
16. (17) Lauren Edgerton; 24
17. (32) Brandon Harding; 24
18. (03) Randy Monroe Jr.; 15
19. (6) Buster Horne Jr.; 5
20. (11a)Chris Humblet; 2
Pole: Slye - 84.442 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (33) Mark Slye; 25
2. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 25
3. (44) Robbie Babb; 25
4. (36) Chris Johnson; 25
5. (57) Todd VanGuilder; 25
6. (8) Mike Rudy; 25
7. (08) Joe Scarbrough; 25
8. (20) Cameron Patrick; 25
9. (83) Scott Lawrence; 25
10. (77) Joed Bruce; 25
11. (17) Lauren Edgerton; 25
12. (32) Brandon Harding; 21
13. (81) Mike Hanbury; 18
14. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 7
15. (6) Buster Horne Jr.; 6
16. (11) Jimmy Humblet; 4
17. (11a)Chris Humblet; 2
18. (87) Darrell Vance; 1
19. (03) Randy Monroe Jr.; 0
20. (0) Wayne Hartley; 0
Pole: Slye - via Race #1 finish.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
2. (7) Mark Claar; 40
3. (00) Jimmy Adkins; 40
4. (9) Rodney Boyd; 40
5. (77) Carl Livingston; 40
6. (30) Chris Spangler; 39
7. (29) Mark Frye; 39
8. (40) Andrew Condrey; 39
9. (69) Steven Durbin; 38
10. (54) Billy Newman; 28
11. (5) Bubba Carr; 12
Pole: Derrick - 76.079 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
2. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
3. (95) Josh Morris; 25
4. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
5. (30) Joe Hendricks Jr.; 25
6. (88) Chris Raiford; 25
7. (8) Dannie Wyatt; 25
8. (03) Brenden Queen; 25
9. (00) Corey Hoagland; 24
10. (77) Connor Hall; 24
11. (48) Bobby Gobble; 24
12. (38) Kim Forrester; 24
13. (13) Ryan Schattuck; 20
14. (33) Rette Causey; 0
Pole: Hancock - 77.552 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (4) Trevor Hawkins; 20
2. (41) Chase Hawkins; 20
3. (33) Macy Causey; 20
4. (3) Darrell Adkins; 20
5. (6) Evan Horne; 20
6. (01) Kaleb Jusino; 20
7. (19) Cameron Bowen; 19
Pole: Adkins - 65.621 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Krt #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) Albert Falk; 20
2. (45) Bill Dailey; 20
3. (46) Adam Chalkley; 20
4. (8) Jake Harberts; 20
5. (87) Josh Ayer; 20
6. (60) Sparky West; 20
7. (99) Chris O'Brien; 20
8. (16) David Millard; 20
9. (18) Jordan Wood; 20
10. (9) Tommy Sweeney; 20
11. (63) Clifton Savage; 20
12. (64) John Savage; 20
13. (88) Matthew Leach; 20
14. (71) Shawn Gervais; 20
15. (86) Ryan Hudgins; 20
16. (42) Mark Brooks; 20
17. (10) Daniel Millard; 20
18. (24) Vaughan Crittenden; 20
19. (81) Tommy Jackson; 19
20. (59) Charlie-Ray Lorah; 16
Pole: Falk - 60.041 mph.

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