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Hancock routs Legends field for Classic victory
Oct 9, 2011 - updated Oct 9th, 2011 8:22am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton Va. --

INEX Legends Fall Classic & NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway Hampton, VA

Race Report Saturday, October 8, 2011

HAMPTON, Va. (Oct. 8) — With a pair of former champions in his mirror, Brad Hancock turned in a dominating performance to win the 40-lap INEX Legends Fall Classic for the Cycle City Corp. Legends Cars, the headlining event of Saturday evening’s racing program at Langley Speedway.
Hancock set the pace in afternoon time trials, nabbing the pole position with a lap at 79.659 mph. Nick Smith was second-fastest and shared the front row with Hancock. Steve Ward, Cameron Patrick and Woody Howard completed the top five on the 17-car grid.
As the race got under way, Hancock and Smith sped door-to-door into Turns 1 and 2. Exiting the second corner, Hancock gained the upper hand. Ward rushed to fill the opening underneath Smith and the battle for second was on.
After surveying the situation, Howard joined the fray on lap 3. He went three-wide with Smith and Ward down the backstretch and emerged in the third spot, behind Smith, as the trio navigated Turns 3 and 4. Patrick moved up to fourth, while Ward dropped to fifth. The joust for second allowed Hancock to drive off by half a straightaway.
On lap 11, Patrick and Ward double-teamed Howard out of Turn 2. Patrick took over the third position, while Ward slipped into fourth and Howard tumbled to fifth. Behind them, Steve Keesee was beginning to rumble as he swiped sixth place from Spencer Saunders on lap 12.
The race’s only caution flag flew on lap 15 when Ward took a hard run to the inside of Patrick at the entrance to Turn 1. The two made contact and spun. Ward got the worst of the exchange and headed to the sidelines, while Patrick retreated to the rear of the field. Setting the lineup, Hancock was the leader, followed by Smith, Howard, Keesee and Saunders.
As the event resumed, Smith rode Hancock’s bumper until they reached the second corner. Spilling onto the backstretch, Hancock opened a two-length advantage, then began to ease away. By the halfway mark, his lead had grown to six lengths over Smith, Howard and Keesee, who were nose-to-tail.
On lap 27, Saunders, a two-time winner this season, entered the picture, pulling to within a couple car-lengths of Keesee. With the laps clicking by, Smith and Howard edged away from Keesee, leaving him to tussle with Saunders for fourth.
Saunders took a run at Keesee on lap 35, ducking underneath him off Turn 2. Slower traffic stymied his progress, however, forcing him back in line.
At the finish, Hancock was the winner by 2.289 seconds — better than half a straightaway — over Smith. Howard was third to the stripe, followed by Keesee and Saunders. Chris Raiford headed the second five, in sixth, while Patrick, Garrett Smithley, Kim Forrester and Joe Hendricks Jr. completed the top 10, all on the lead lap.
In Victory Lane after the race, Hancock revealed a more relaxed outlook for the non-points event: “This was a chance for us to come out here... we didn’t have to worry about the points. The past couple of races, we’ve been stressing about the points. We’ve got a lead and we’ve made some mistakes and this was a night that we could come out here and kinda just let it all hang out. We were out here all day on Thursday, practicing and getting our car right, so we could do what we just did. I know everybody else worked hard, too, but I really wanted to win this one. This is a big deal.”
Continuing, Hancock took note of the second- and third-place finishers: “Nick and Woody, man, they’re two of the best to ever sit in a Legends Car, period. I mean, they’re the best. And, to beat them like we did and to have a run like that, it’s awesome, it feels good. I know they were trying their hardest, but it was a good race for us.”
Second-place Smith could only offer a tip of the cap to the race winner: “I’m really happy with our finish tonight. Brad just seriously put a whuppin’ on us. But, I feel like I won my own race, too. I mean, second race out this year in the car and to finish second to Brad is a lot and Woody’s been running good. He was pressuring me a little bit.”
Third-place Howard was somewhat stumped by his machine’s inconsistent performance: “Just a little bit off. Something was kinda throwing me for a loop. The car would act one way one lap and, then, it would be good for a little while and, then, I would almost spin out. I don’t know what the deal is. I’ll just have to really go back over the car when we get back to the shop.”
The win, which was worth $2,000, was Hancock’s fourth of the season at Langley and, while it didn’t count in the championship standings, it does provide him with a boost of momentum, heading into the Oct. 22 season finale. He owns a 22-point lead over Keesee and can nail down the title by finishing 11th or better in the last event.
Earlier in the evening, a trio of Young Lions took to the track for a 15-lap race. Brenden Queen grabbed the lead from pole starter Connor Hall on the opening circuit and led all the way to take the win.
Queen’s margin of victory was 1.570 seconds — almost half a straightaway — over Hall. Nick Leitz was third to the checkers.

In the evening’s other featured events:

Closing in on a track title, Tommy Nixon assumed the lead on lap 16 and showed the way to his seventh win of the season in the 25-lap Larry King Law Super Truck feature.
Robbie Davis started on the pole, at 75.040 mph, and set the pace for the first 13 circuits. Nixon, who started third, slipped ahead of outside pole-sitter Chase McAdams on lap 1 to take over second.
On lap 12, Nixon scooted past Davis to grab the top spot. Before that lap was officially in the books, however, the first caution flag waved for fourth-place Troy Turnage, who spun in the middle of Turns 3 and 4. Scoring reverted to lap 11 and Davis was returned to the lead.
As the field gathered for the restart, McAdams gave up the third position to test his luck on the outside of Davis. It turned out to be a good gamble as he remained on the leader’s flank when the race resumed.
On lap 14, McAdams edged ahead of Davis to take the lead for the first time. The two continued to duel until lap 16 when Davis tipped McAdams into a spin in Turn 3, bringing out the second yellow flag and earning both drivers a trip to the back of the pack.
The incident handed the lead to Nixon. Jonathan Mullett moved up to second, followed by Curtis Hughes, Bill Wallace and Turnage. Bunching for the restart, Turnage and seventh-place Chris Bechtel motored to the outside of Nixon.
Back under green, Nixon and Turnage went side-by-side until they reached Turn 3. Heading into the corner, Nixon gained the clear-cut edge. Mullett quickly dispensed with Turnage and zeroed in on Nixon. Deeper in the field, Davis made passes in wholesale fashion and returned to the top five.
The third, and final, caution flag appeared on lap 22 when John Pereira slowed to crawl along the backstretch. Setting the lineup for the race-ending sprint, Nixon led, followed by Mullett, Turnage, Davis and Hughes.
Under green for the last time, Nixon led a four-truck breakaway at the head of the field. Davis, meanwhile, overtook Turnage for third and closed in on the lead duo.
On the white-flag lap, Mullett set his sights on Nixon, rattling the leader’s cage with a sharp rap in Turns 3 and 4. The contact chased Nixon down to the track apron off Turn 4, but he held on to win by 0.427-second — two truck-lengths. Davis was third, followed by Turnage.
McAdams was fifth to the line, but came up light in the post-race inspection. His disqualification moved Hughes up to fifth in the official rundown.
The Super Trucks will conclude their 2011 season next Saturday, Oct. 15. Nixon heads into that race with a 24-point lead over Davis and, with the tiebreaker in hand, he can wrap up the championship by finishing 13th or better.

Landon Florian started on the pole, at 73.242 mph, and wired the field for his eighth victory of the season in a 25-lapper for the EZ Auto of Newport News UCARs.
Chris Hildebrand shared the front row with Florian, but tumbled to fourth place in the opening circuits. He righted the ship, though, retaking third from Sammy Gaita on lap 8, then overhauling Bill Eaker for second on lap 12.
While Hildebrand jousted with Gaita and Eaker, Florian had set sail. At the crossed flags, his advantage stood at over half a straightaway.
Two laps from the end, Florian was ahead by almost a full straightaway. Slower machines loomed ahead of him, though.
With plenty of cushion to spare, Florian eschewed a foray into traffic and cruised to a 3.201-second win. Hildebrand was second to the line, followed by Eaker, Gaita and Michael Waters.
The UCARs will complete their season with Twin 20s on Oct. 22. Up by 56 points, Florian can seal the 2011 championship with a pair of 15th-place runs on the final night.

In the 30-lap Standard Welding Pro Six race, Doug Warren qualified on the pole, at 81.355 mph, and smoked the field, leading all the way for his seventh win of the year.
Bobby Hall was second to the checkers. In fifth, he moved up to third when Anthony Perez and Steve Williams tangled on lap 19, while racing for second, to bring out the only caution flag. He chose to restart to Warren’s outside and, while he was no match for the leader, he did manage to slip in line ahead of Casey Sipe.
At the finish, Warren was the winner by 0.866-second — about four lengths — over Hall. Sipe was third, followed by Williams and Nelson Moody.
The final Pro Six race is slated for next Saturday, Oct. 15. Warren goes into the finale with a six-point lead over Sipe and can claim the division crown by finishing fourth or better.

Macy Causey regained the lead on lap 10 and sailed to her third win of the season in the 15-lap points wind-up for the CBX Modular Homes INEX Bandoleros.
Causey started on the pole, at 64.748 mph, and paced the first seven circuits before giving way to Evan Horne at the halfway mark. Two laps later, though, she flashed back around Horne and brought Darrell Adkins along with her, to second.
Nearing the finish, Adkins closed in on Causey, looking for his first win. A slip in Turn 4 on lap 14 proved costly, however, as it allowed Causey some breathing room.
At the checkers, Causey was the winner by 0.549-second over Adkins. Horne was third and Cameron Bowen completed the rundown, in fourth.
In the final points tally, Causey bagged the championship by 16 over Adkins, 292-276.

Jake Harberts moved out front on lap 5 and motored to his first win of the year in the 20-lap Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Kart race. With the victory, he became the ninth different winner in nine events.
Bill Dailey started on the pole, at 60.221 mph, but surrendered the lead to Albert Falk on the opening circuit. Harberts tagged along with Falk and took over second place.
Falk, Harberts and Dailey maintained a disciplined draft until lap 5 when Harberts broke out of line at the flagstand. He grabbed the lead at the entrance to Turn 1, bringing Dailey, Aaron Leach and Charlie-Ray Lorah with him and kicking Falk back to fifth.
By the halfway mark, Harberts, Dailey and Leach had driven away from the pack by more than a straightaway. That margin continued to grow as the lead trio remained nose-to-tail.
With the checkers in sight, Leach slipped past Dailey to take over second. He was 0.141-second behind Harberts at the stripe. Falk and Lorah were fourth and fifth, respectively, well behind the top three.
Division leader Chris O’Brien was ninth in the final rundown. He maintained the points lead and heads into season-ending Twin 15s on Oct. 22 with a 14-point lead over Daniel Millard. A pair of fourth-place runs on the 22nd would give O’Brien the championship.

Corey Berkstresser was the winner in a 25-lap contest for the Virginia Mini Cup Racing Association. Starting from the outside of Row 1, he grabbed the lead from pole-sitter Jeff Stump on lap 12 and held on for the victory.
Stump was second to the checkers, finishing 0.123-second — about a car-length — behind Berkstresser. Randy Yarbrough was third, while Tyler Roach and Shawn Walker completed the top five.
• • •

INEX Legends Fall Classic &
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Race Results
Saturday, October 8, 2011

Fall Classic - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Brad Hancock; 40
2. (97A)Nick Smith; 40
3. (14) Woody Howard; 40
4. (0) Steve Keesee; 40
5. (7) Spencer Saunders; 40
6. (88) Chris Raiford; 40
7. (20) Cameron Patrick; 40
8. (43) Garrett Smithley; 40
9. (38) Kim Forrester; 40
10. (30) Joe Hendricks Jr.; 40
11. (48) Bobby Gobble; 39
12. (47) Sean Commo; 39
13. (21) Danny Baker; 39
14. (00) Cory Hoagland; 39
15. (24) Nick Leitz; 20
16. (97) Steve Ward; 14
17. (03) Brenden Queen; 3
Pole: Hancock - 79.659 mph.

Young Lions - 15 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (03) Brenden Queen; 15
2. (77) Connor Hall; 15
3. (24) Nick Leitz; 15
Pole: Hall - 77.396 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Trk #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
2. (71) Jonathan Mullett; 25
3. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
4. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
5. (70) Curtis Hughes; 25
6. (19) Bill Wallace; 25
7. (52) Chris Bechtel; 25
8. (20) Buck Munger; 25
9. (18) Cory Millard; 25
10. (57) T.J. Henry; 25
11. (95) John Pereira; 24
DQ (62) Chase McAdams; 25
Pole: Davis - 75.040 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (14) Landon Florian; 25
2. (17) Chris Hildebrand; 25
3. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
4. (21) Sammy Gaita; 25
5. (2) Michael Waters; 25
6. (88) Jon Largena; 25
7. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
8. (80) Earl Sawyer; 25
9. (11) Kevin Morgan; 25
10. (5) Jesse Jones; 25
11. (70) Landon Abbott; 25
12. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
13. (3) Eric Schaffer; 25
14. (41) Cory Bradley; 25
15. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
16. (63) Clifton Savage; 21
Pole: Florian - 73.242 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (51) Doug Warren; 30
2. (6) Bobby Hall; 30
3. (23) Casey Sipe; 30
4. (7) Steve Williams; 30
5. (48) Nelson Moody; 30
6. (27) Rob Hughes; 30
7. (29) Anthony Perez; 30
8. (77) Neil Sipe; 30
9. (14) J.B. Sipe; 29
10. (62) Dusty Connor; 28
Pole: Warren - 81.355 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (33) Macy Causey; 15
2. (3) Darrell Adkins; 15
3. (6) Evan Horne; 15
4. (19) Cameron Bowen; 14
Pole: Causey - 64.748 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Krt #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Jake Harberts; 20
2. (87) Aaron Leach; 20
3. (45) Bill Dailey; 20
4. (40) Albert Falk; 20
5. (59) Charlie-Ray Lorah; 20
6. (16) David Millard; 20
7. (10) Daniel Millard; 20
8. (81) Josh Ayer; 20
9. (99) Chris O'Brien; 20
10. (63) Clifton Savage; 20
11. (64) John Savage; 20
12. (71) Shawn Gervais; 20
13. (60) Sparky West; 20
14. (51) Brandon Lorah; 20
15. (22) Bobby Gobble; 19
16. (6) Katlyn Antes; 19
17. (52) Bill Kirwan; 18
18. (88) Matthew Leach; 3
19. (42) Mark Brooks; 1
20. (1) Ashten Mullett; 0
Pole: Dailey - 60.221 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (19) Corey Berkstresser; 25
2. (70) Jeff Stump; 25
3. (14) Randy Yarbrough; 25
4. (00) Tyler Roach; 25
5. (17) Shawn Walker; 25
6. (07) Jennifer Chitwood; 25
7. (01) Doug Watts; 25
8. (88) C.J. Hite; 25
9. (2) Travis Roach; 25
10. (95) Joey Batkin; 20
11. (11) Wayne Falls; 18
Pole: Stump - 70.679 mph.

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