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Babb sweeps Modified Twins
Aug 7, 2011 - updated Aug 7th, 2011 11:22am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton Va. --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Quaker Steak & Lube Night
Race Report
Saturday, August 6, 2011

HAMPTON, Va. (Aug. 6) — Veteran driver Robbie Babb picked up his first two wins of the season, leading all 50 laps of the Quaker Steak & Lube Twin 25s for the KeesVacations.com Modifieds, the featured events of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
With the victories, Babb became the Mod division’s sixth different race winner and the fifth driver to pull off a doubleheader sweep.
Babb led the charge in late afternoon qualifying, which was delayed by a brief bout of inclement weather, clocking in at 84.482 mph. Chris Johnson was second-fastest, only 29-thousandths of a second off Babb’s pace. Shawn Balluzzo, Anthony Kincaid and Cameron Patrick rounded out the top five on the 19-car starting grid for the first half of the twinbill.
Race #1: The opening 25-lapper got off to an inauspicious start with three caution flags flying before the first lap could be recorded.
On the fourth attempt at a successful start, Babb bobbled slightly coming to the green flag and he and Johnson raced wheel-to-wheel into Turn 1. The duel continued until they reached Turn 4. Off the fourth corner, Babb gained the upper hand. Johnson settled into second, followed by Balluzzo, Kincaid and Patrick.
By the sixth circuit, Babb had extended his lead to six car-lengths over Johnson. That margin remained fairly constant to the halfway mark. Another six lengths separated Johnson and Balluzzo, while Kincaid, Patrick and Mark Slye jousted nose-to-tail for fourth.
The last of the race’s four yellow flags waved on lap 15 when Joed Bruce spun in Turn 2. For the ensuing restart, Patrick gave up his fifth spot in line and pulled alongside Babb. He was joined on the outside by Slye, Jimmy Humblet, Mike Rudy and Kyle Wood.
Back under green, Patrick put up a good fight before giving way to Babb at the end of the backstretch. As the leader motored ahead, Patrick slipped into second, in front of Johnson and Balluzzo. Meanwhile, Slye, who swept last Saturday’s Mod doubleheader, grabbed fifth from Kincaid.
On lap 18, Balluzzo went after Johnson for the third spot, ducking low on the backstretch. He completed the pass off Turn 4.
By the finish, Babb had stretched his winning margin to 1.479 seconds — nearly half a straightaway — over Patrick. Balluzzo was third, followed by Johnson and Slye. Kincaid, Humblet, Rudy, Wood and Darrell Vance rounded out the top 10.
In Victory Lane after the race, Babb was asked whether his focus was on points or on collecting his first win and he gave the expected answer: “Oh, the win, by all means. The points are gonna fall where they may.”
Turning his attention to his efforts in the opening race, Babb continued, “It handled pretty good. We’ve had some problems at the beginning part of the year. We think we’ve got ‘em worked out, so, hopefully, we can carry it on out to the end of the year.”
Asked about preparations for the second Twin, Babb was succinctly replied, “I ain’t touchin’ nothin’.”
Race #2: The lineup for the second 25-lapper was determined by the finishing order of the first race, putting Babb and Patrick on Row 1. Balluzzo and Johnson made up Row 2, followed by Slye and Kincaid in Row 3.
As the nightcap got under way, Patrick gained a slight edge into Turn 1. Babb battled back on the inside, though, and led by half a car-length at the end of the first lap, clearing Patrick through Turns 1 and 2 on lap 2. Patrick fell back into second, followed by Johnson, Balluzzo and Kincaid.
By lap 4, Babb had already fashioned a four-length advantage. The margin continued to grow as Johnson hounded Patrick for the runner-up spot, while Balluzzo enjoyed a front-row seat.
Passing the halfway mark, Babb was up by nearly a full straightaway, while Patrick, Johnson and Balluzzo were nose-to-tail. A straightaway separated fourth-place Balluzzo and fifth-place Kincaid, who had Rudy, Slye, Humblet and Vance breathing down his neck.
On lap 18, Rudy and Slye double-teamed Kincaid, moving up to fifth and sixth. Immediately, Slye went after Rudy, coming away with the fifth spot on the backstretch on lap 19.
Back at the front, Babb gave up a few car-lengths of his lead as he carefully navigated past a lapped machine on lap 20. He had plenty of cushion to work with, however, and won by 3.772 seconds — a full straightaway — over Patrick. Johnson was third, while Balluzzo and Slye were fourth and fifth, in that order. Humblet, Rudy, Kincaid, Vance and Wood completed the top 10.
Back in the winner’s circle, Babb commented on the second event: “It worked real good. We made just a couple little changes to fine-tune it a little bit and I think we hit on a little something.”
Asked about the sweep, Babb noted his team’s resilience after some early disappointments: “It’s been a pretty tough battle this year. We had a couple bad races at the start of the year. Y’know, mechanical issues or whatever. I think we’ve got it turned around.”

In the evening’s other featured events:

In the 40-lap Heritage Motor Co. Super Street race, Ritchie German started on the pole and led all the way for his fourth win of the season.
Ryan Nester started on the outside of Row 1 and held down the runner-up spot for the first 23 laps. He couldn’t match German’s pace, though. At the crossed flags, German led by more than half a straightaway.
The first caution flag flew on lap 24. As the field bunched for a restart, fourth-place Sean Calway opted to test his luck on the outside of the leader.
Coming back to the green flag, German and Calway tangled briefly off Turn 4 and caused a momentary logjam. German pulled away, while Calway dropped off the pace with a cut left-front tire. Jamie Sample slipped past Nester for second during the fracas. The second caution flag appeared on lap 25 as Calway pulled to a halt in Turn 3.
As the race resumed, German and Sample bolted from the pack, while Nester slid back to fifth, giving way to Rod Busitzky and John Pereira. Nester righted the ship, however, regaining fourth from Pereira on lap 29 and picking off Busitzky for third on lap 31.
At the front, German was clinging to a slim edge over Sample. Nearing the finish, the leader began to ease away.
As he took the checkers, German was the winner by 0.675-second — about four lengths — over Sample. Nester was third, followed by Pereira and Busitzky.

Robbie Davis and Tommy Nixon divided the wins in a pair of 20-lappers for the Larry King Law Super Trucks.
In the opening event, Davis snagged the lead from pole starter Rick Potter on a restart at lap 5 and rolled on to his second victory of the season.
Division points leader Nixon started sixth, moved into second on lap 9 and remained camped on Davis’ tailgate all the way to the finish.
On the white-flag circuit, Nixon tried to rattle the leader’s cage with a bump in Turn 2. The contact did more to upset Nixon’s machine, however, as Davis pulled away to win by 0.367-second.
Troy Turnage tailed Davis and Nixon to the line, in third, followed by Chase McAdams and Cory Millard.
In the second race, Nixon muscled his way past Davis at the start of lap 18 and drove on to his sixth victory of the year.
By virtue of his win in the opener, Davis was the pole-sitter for the second event. Taking full advantage of the prime starting spot, he jumped out front at the drop of the green flag and proceeded to pace the first 17 circuits.
Nixon fought off an early challenge from Turnage to gain command of the second spot and quickly zeroed in on Davis. Soon, the two were locked nose-to-tail.
Coming around to complete lap 17, Nixon and Davis made contact at the start/finish line. As Davis struggled to regain control of his truck, Nixon dashed ahead and hauled the field into Turn 1.
At the finish, Nixon was the winner by 0.603-second over Davis. McAdams was third to the stripe, while Turnage and Curtis Hughes were fourth and fifth, respectively.

In the 25-lap EZ Auto of Newport News UCAR feature, Chris Hildebrand moved out front on lap 16 and sped on to his second win of the season.
With qualifying canceled due to weather, the field lined up by points with the top eight inverted. Bill Eaker started on the pole, flanked by Michael Waters. Hildebrand launched from the fourth spot, while points leader Landon Florian rolled off eighth.
Eaker took the lead on the start and motored to a huge advantage. Hildebrand made his way into second on lap 4. By then, however, Eaker was already up by more than half a straightaway. Over the next 10 circuits, Hildebrand was able to make little headway against the leader.
Eaker’s margin vanished, though, when a three-car tangle prompted the race’s only caution flag on lap 14. Gathering for a restart, the top three — Eaker, Hildebrand and Florian — remained single-file, while fourth-place Sammy Gaita opted for the outside lane. Back under green, Gaita gained a slight edge, but quickly gave way to the lead trio.
On lap 16, Hildebrand took aim at Eaker, ducking underneath the leader in Turn 2 and nabbing the top spot as they raced down the backstretch. As Hildebrand pulled away, Florian moved up to challenge Eaker. He took the second position, but only after a two-lap duel. While Florian and Eaker tussled, Hildebrand opened a four-length lead.
Over the final circuits, Florian tried to chip into Hildebrand’s lead, but met with only marginal success. At the finish, Hildebrand was the winner by 0.934-second. Florian was second, while Eaker, Ben Zoellner and Waters completed the top five. Gaita, second to Florian in the standings, slipped to a sixth-place result.

Doug Warren led from pole to checkers to post his fifth victory in a 30-lap feature for the Standard Welding Pro Sixes.
The lineup was determined by points, putting Warren and Casey Sipe on the front row. Warren Smigo and Steve Williams made up Row 2, while Anthony Perez and Bobby Hall were in Row 3.
On the start, Warren inched ahead of Sipe to lead lap 1 by half a car-length. He cleared Sipe in Turn 2 on the second circuit. A lap later, Williams slipped past Sipe for the runner-up spot. The exchange allowed Warren to pad his lead. By lap 12, though, Williams had gobbled up that ground.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 14.
For the ensuing restart, Sipe chose the outside lane, but couldn’t overtake Warren for the lead. As Warren pulled away, Williams motored to the inside of Sipe, looking to regain second. That battle lasted for two laps with Williams eventually prevailing. In the meantime, Warren opened a half-straightaway margin.
The race was interrupted by two more caution flags, at laps 25 and 27.
On both restarts, Warren was able to take advantage of the continuing scuffle between Williams and Sipe, who traded the second spot six times during the course of the event.
At the finish, Warren was the winner by 2.019 seconds over Williams, who nipped Sipe on the last lap for the runner-up position. Anthony Perez was fourth to the checkers, while J.B. Sipe was fifth.

Benjamin Roudabush and series leader Wayne Falls split a pair of 20-lap features for the Virginia Mini Cup Racing Association, which was making its first appearance of the season at Langley.
In the first race, Roudabush assumed the lead on lap 8 when Corey Berkstresser spun Falls out of the top spot, just after a restart.
Roudabush led the rest of the way, sealing the win as Falls and Randy Yarbrough tussled for the runner-up spot in the late going.
At the finish, Roudabush was the winner by 0.963-second over Falls. Yarbrough was second, followed by Ryan Adams and Joey Batkin.
In the second race, Falls moved out front on lap 3 and showed the way to the checkers, finishing 0.451-second ahead of Yarbrough. Roudabush was third, while Berkstresser and Doug Watts rounded out the top five.
The nightcap was slowed by two caution flags. The second one, at lap 8, looked particularly nasty as Adams spun off Turn 4 and collected Scott Roach, who flipped on his roof and skidded to the start/finish line. No one was injured.
• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Quaker Steak & Lube Night
Race Results
Saturday, August 6, 2011

KEESVACATIONS.COM MODIFIEDS - Twin 25s
Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (44) Robbie Babb; 25
2. (20) Cameron Patrick; 25
3. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 25
4. (36) Chris Johnson; 25
5. (33) Mark Slye; 25
6. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 25
7. (11) Jimmy Humblet; 25
8. (8) Mike Rudy; 25
9. (19) Kyle Wood; 25
10. (87) Darrell Vance; 25
11. (60) Bobby Gery; 25
12. (77) Joed Bruce; 25
13. (02) Bubba Farmer; 25
14. (12) Robert Conner; 25
15. (6) Buster Horne; 21
16. (03) Randy Monroe Jr.; 18
17. (57) Todd VanGuilder; 3
18. (11a)Chris Humblet; 1
19. (83) Scott Lawrence; 0
Pole: Babb - 84.482 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (44) Robbie Babb; 25
2. (20) Cameron Patrick; 25
3. (36) Chris Johnson; 25
4. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 25
5. (33) Mark Slye; 25
6. (11) Jimmy Humblet; 25
7. (8) Mike Rudy; 25
8. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 25
9. (87) Darrell Vance; 25
10. (19) Kyle Wood; 25
11. (77) Joed Bruce; 25
12. (60) Bobby Gery; 25
13. (03) Randy Monroe Jr.; 25
14. (02) Bubba Farmer; 25
15. (12) Robert Conner; 24
16. (6) Buster Horne; 16
17. (57) Todd VanGuilder; 3
18. (11a)Chris Humblet; 3
Pole: Babb - via Race #1 finish.

HERITAGE MOTOR CO. SUPER STREETS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (10) Ritchie German; 40
2. (28) Jamie Sample; 40
3. (87) Ryan Nester; 40
4. (3) John Pereira; 40
5. (2) Rod Busitzky; 40
6. (05) Thomas Wilson; 40
7. (70) Mike Ganoe; 40
8. (22) Mike Borden; 40
9. (73) Sean Calway; 40
10. (03) Jerry Lamontagne; 5
Pole: German - via points.

LARRY KING LAW SUPER TRUCKS - Twin 20s
Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Trk #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Robbie Davis; 20
2. (8) Tommy Nixon; 20
3. (90) Troy Turnage; 20
4. (62) Chase McAdams; 20
5. (18) Cory Millard; 20
6. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 20
7. (70) Curtis Hughes; 20
8. (52) Chris Bechtel; 20
9. (21) Rick Potter; 20
10. (19) Bill Wallace; 20
11. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 20
12. (4) Tory Vaughn IV; 20
13. (22) Dan McAdams; 20
14. (20) Buck Munger; 14
15. (2) Chris Munger; 9
16. (6) Chris Roberts; 9
Pole: Potter - via points with Top 6 inverted.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Trk #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Tommy Nixon; 20
2. (17) Robbie Davis; 20
3. (62) Chase McAdams; 20
4. (90) Troy Turnage; 20
5. (70) Curtis Hughes; 20
6. (18) Cory Millard; 20
7. (52) Chris Bechtel; 20
8. (19) Bill Wallace; 20
9. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 20
10. (20) Buck Munger; 20
11. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 20
12. (22) Dan McAdams; 19
13. (4) Tory Vaughn IV; 19
14. (21) Rick Potter; 0
Pole: Davis - via Race #1 finish.

EZ AUTO OF NEWPORT NEWS UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Chris Hildebrand; 25
2. (14) Landon Florian; 25
3. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
4. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
5. (2) Michael Waters; 25
6. (21) Sammy Gaita; 25
7. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
8. (5) Jesse Jones; 25
9. (11) Kevin Morgan; 25
10. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
11. (1) Earl Sawyer; 25
12. (88) Jon Largena; 25
13. (41) Cory Bradley; 25
14. (23) Andy Graham; 25
15. (70) Landon Abbott; 25
16. (90) Justin Carroll; 25
17. (10) John Matthews; 24
18. (71) Tim Wilson; 24
19. (06) Chris Flowers; 13
Pole: Eaker - via points with Top 8 inverted.

STANDARD WELDING PRO SIXES - 30 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (51) Doug Warren; 30
2. (7) Steve Williams; 30
3. (23) Casey Sipe; 30
4. (29) Anthony Perez; 30
5. (14) J.B. Sipe; 30
6. (41) Warren Smigo; 30
7. (27) Rob Hughes; 30
8. (6) Bobby Hall; 22
Pole: Warren - via points.

VIRGINIA MINI CUP RACING ASSOCIATION - Twin 20s
Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (6) Benjamin Roudabush; 20
2. (11) Wayne Falls; 20
3. (14) Randy Yarbrough; 20
4. (15) Ryan Adams; 20
5. (95) Joey Batkin; 20
6. (21) Scott Roach; 20
7. (07) Jennifer Chitwood; 20
8. (88) C.J. Hite; 20
9. (51) Jaleel Johnson; 20
10. (19) Corey Berkstresser; 20
11. (5) Joshua Johnson; 20
12. (01) Doug Watts; 19
13. (12) Shaun Schreiber; 19
14. (17) Sierra Cusson; 19
15. (2) Landon Sims; 5
16. (70) Jeff Stump; 2
Pole: Falls - via draw.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (11) Wayne Falls; 20
2. (14) Randy Yarbrough; 20
3. (6) Benjamin Roudabush; 20
4. (19) Corey Berkstresser; 20
5. (01) Doug Watts; 20
6. (88) C.J. Hite; 20
7. (5) Joshua Johnson; 19
8. (51) Jaleel Johnson; 19
9. (12) Shaun Schreiber; 19
10. (07) Jennifer Chitwood; 17
11. (15) Ryan Adams; 9
12. (21) Scott Roach; 6
13. (95) Joey Batkin; 6
Pole: Roach - Top 6 from Race #1 inverted.


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