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Balluzzo bags 8th win in Mod Madness 100 ... With Photo
Oct 16, 2011 - updated Oct 16th, 2011 2:18pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton Va. --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Mid-Atlantic Modified Madness presented by the Racing For Hope Foundation Race Report
Saturday, October 15, 2011

Shawn Balluzzo grabbed the lead for good on lap 92 and motored to his eighth victory of the year in the 100-lap KeesVacations.com Modified portion of Saturday evening’s Mid-Atlantic Modified Madness program, presented by the Racing For Hope Foundation, at Langley Speedway.
For Balluzzo, the $5,000 win served as a fitting exclamation point to an outstanding season in which he claimed his fifth Langley Mod championship in six years and finished atop the national Division II Asphalt standings in NASCAR’s Finalist Program.
Anthony Kincaid was the pole-sitter for the event, leading afternoon time trials with a lap at 87.783 mph. Mike Rudy lined up to Kincaid’s outside, while Balluzzo and Robbie Babb occupied Row 2. Chris Johnson was fifth-fastest on the 26-car starting grid.
As the race got under way, Rudy remained on Kincaid’s flank and nosed ahead off Turn 4 to lead the opening circuit. Kincaid rallied, though, and regained the top spot on lap 2. Rudy settled into second, followed by Balluzzo, Babb and Johnson.
Though he emerged from the initial shuffle in fourth, Babb was in trouble right from the start as wisps of smoke trailed from behind his machine. He was black-flagged to the pits and pulled aside on lap 7, retiring to a 24th-place finish.
Back at the front, Rudy moved back to the point on lap 9, slipping past Kincaid. Behind them, Todd VanGuilder and Late Model regular Mark Wertz double-teamed Johnson and took over the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.
Within three laps, Rudy had pulled away from the pack by almost five lengths. In his mirror, Balluzzo pulled up on Kincaid, looking to swipe second. He made the move in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 17. VanGuilder tried to follow, but, after a two-lap tussle, Kincaid rebuffed his charge.
Balluzzo took the lead for the first time on lap 21. He slipped underneath Rudy as they reached the end of the backstretch and powered ahead off the fourth corner. Meanwhile, Wertz had scooted around VanGuilder for fourth. Soon, Mark Slye also bypassed VanGuilder to crack the top five.
The field jockeyed nose-to-tail for the next 18 laps or so before positions began to change hands again. On lap 40, Slye snagged the fourth spot from Wertz and brought Cameron Patrick along with him, to fifth.
At the head of the field, the leaders began their first foray into heavy traffic on lap 44. On lap 47, Kincaid used the slower machines to his advantage and took second from Rudy as Slye closed in from behind.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 52 for a two-car dustup on the backstretch.
As the field gathered for a restart, Rudy gave up the third place in line to try his luck on the outside of Balluzzo. He was joined on the top side by Patrick, Johnson and VanGuilder.
Back under way, Balluzzo quickly cleared Rudy, who slid into second, ahead of Kincaid. Patrick nabbed the fourth position, slipping in line between Kincaid and Slye.
Only two more green-flag laps were completed before the second yellow flag waved for Jimmy Kibler’s spin on the backstretch. Gathering for the ensuing restart, Rudy, Slye, Chris Johnson, Eddie Johnson (Chris’ father), Kyle Wood and Phil Warren opted for the outside lane.
As the race resumed, Balluzzo eked out a half-length advantage over Rudy. The two continued to duel door-to-door until lap 55 when Balluzzo gained the clear-cut edge off Turn 4.
Rudy didn’t go away, though. He shadowed Balluzzo until lap 59, then ducked underneath the leader off Turn 2 and took the lead on the back straightaway.
A lap later, the third yellow flag flew when Eddie Johnson looped his machine in Turn 4. On the next restart, Chris Johnson pulled to Rudy’s outside, joined by Slye and Patrick.
Back under green, Rudy cleared Johnson through Turns 1 and 2. Johnson rallied on lap 61, however, and pushed his machine to the lead for the first time. As he pulled away, third-place Balluzzo set his sights on Rudy, taking over second on lap 63.
Balluzzo’s pass of Rudy allowed Johnson to build a four-length lead. Balluzzo began to chop away at the margin, however.
The fourth yellow flag appeared on lap 70 when Patrick, who had drifted back to ninth, slapped the backstretch wall. Bunching for the restart, Rudy, Slye, Darrell Vance and Warren headed to the top side.
With the green flag flying, Johnson quickly dispensed with Rudy, who found Balluzzo to his inside. Rudy and Balluzzo scuffled for a lap with Balluzzo taking the runner-up spot in Turn 2 on lap 71. Within three laps, he had closed to within a car-length of the leader.
The last of the race’s five yellow flags was displayed on lap 76 for a planned 10-minute break. As the field headed onto the pit lane, Johnson, Balluzzo, Rudy, Slye and Kincaid made up the top five.
When the signal was given to resumed the event, Rudy’s car failed to refire, spelling a disappointing end to his night. He ended up 20th in the final rundown. Meanwhile, Kincaid, Vance, Warren, Wood and Eddie Johnson headed to the outside lane as the field prepared for the restart.
Returning to green, Johnson scooted ahead of Kincaid, who slid into the second spot, in front of Balluzzo. Vance emerged from the scramble in fourth.
By lap 78, Johnson had opened a four-length lead over Kincaid and was threatening to drive away. Behind them, Slye grabbed fourth place from Vance on lap 80.
Balluzzo began his charge to the front on lap 81, slipping underneath Kincaid through Turns 1 and 2 and swiping the second spot as they headed onto the backstretch. The exchange allowed Johnson to pad his lead to nearly half a straightaway. Balluzzo made short work of that gap, though. By lap 87, the two leaders were nose-to-tail.
On lap 91, Johnson and Balluzzo headed into traffic, setting the stage for Balluzzo’s return to the point.
Working lap 92, Balluzzo went three-wide with Johnson and a lapped machine to draw even on the backstretch. Another slower machine came into play in Turns 3 and 4. Johnson swung to the high side, while Balluzzo hugged the bottom and came away with the lead.
Johnson stayed within striking distance of Balluzzo until lap 98 when he got trapped behind two slower cars, dueling side-by-side. As Johnson struggled with traffic, Balluzzo dashed away.
At the finish, Balluzzo was the winner by 2.372 seconds — nearly half a straightaway — over Chris Johnson. Slye was third to the stripe, followed by Kincaid and Vance.
Bubba Farmer headed up the second five, in sixth, while Wertz and VanGuilder were seventh and eighth. Eddie Johnson and Warren, both former Langley Late Model champions, completed the top 10. Joed Bruce was 11th, the final driver on the lead lap.
In Victory Lane after the race, Balluzzo was asked about his strategy, dropping back to third, when the final 25-lap dash got under way: “I screwed up. I waited a little bit too long at the break and I just was riding. I wasn’t planning on riding, but it just turned out that way. We rode and saved it and I knew the car’s really good in traffic. Once I noticed that the track was coming back to us... I mean, Chris is a great race car driver. All the guys did a fantastic job. This is a great, great class. I love racing with ‘em.”
Continuing, Balluzzo commented on the importance of the event: “Y’know, it’s funny to hear me say I didn’t really care who won. I did care who won. I cared that we won, but I cared that we had this race out here to showcase the Modified class. Twenty-six cars out here. Everybody had a really good night. I hope everybody had fun. Lot of strategy. This is a strategy race. And, I want to thank the Racing For Hope Foundation people. Great, great cause and it’s great that they sponsored the race tonight.”

In the evening’s other featured events:

Mark Claar scored his second straight doubleheader sweep, taking both halves of the Twin 20s for the Pepsi Grand Stocks. The wins were his sixth and seventh of the season and allowed him to draw a little closer to Ricky Derrick in the championship chase.
Mark Frye set the fast time in qualifying for the opener, at 76.517 mph. Due to mechanical issues, however, he was a late arrival to the starting grid and had to start at the rear of the field.
Mechanical difficulties also threatened to ruin Claar’s effort. He was unable to post a qualifying lap and lined up on the outside of Row 7 for the feature.
Derrick led the field to the green flag for the opener and topped the leaderboard for the first 14 circuits. Meanwhile, Claar was quickly clawing his way toward the front. When the last of the race’s two yellow flags waved on lap 8, Claar was up to fourth.
As the field bunched for the restart, Claar broke out of line and pulled alongside Derrick. The two went door-to-door until lap 11 when Derrick grabbed the upper hand off Turn 2.
Falling in line on Derrick’s rear bumper, Claar stalked the leader until lap 15 when he motored underneath Derrick on the backstretch and grabbed the lead off Turn 4.
At the checkers, Claar was the winner by 0.343-second — about two lengths. Derrick was second, followed by Robbie Parker, Carl Livingston and Brandon Hinson.
Starting from the pole, Claar had an easier time of it in the nightcap as he led all the way to complete the sweep.
While Claar was cruising to the victory, Derrick came out on top of a late-race scuffle with Parker to take second place. Parker was third to the line, while Frye and Livingston rounded out the top five.
In the Grand Stock standings, Derrick now leads Claar by 12 points, 528-516. The division will close out its 2011 campaign next Saturday with another pair of 20-lappers. Derrick can wrap up the title with two fourth-place finishes.

In the 40-lap Heritage Motor Co. Super Street feature, Randy Sample was awarded his fifth win of the year when the apparent winner, Dale Parro, failed to clear the post-race inspection.
Parro started on the pole, at 75.230 mph, and led all the way, finishing almost half a straightaway ahead of Sample. His victory celebration was short-lived, however, as inspectors found unapproved rear brake drums on his car and the car of fourth-place finisher Sean Calway. Both drivers were disqualified.
In the amended rundown, Randy Sample was the winner, followed by Renno Marchetti IV, Ryan Nester, Jamie Sample and Kevin Alves.
With points leader Ritchie German away on business, Nester moved atop the Super Street standings with 486 points to German’s 480. Jamie Sample is third at 472.
With German due to be away for next week’s finale as well, the championship will be decided between Nester and Jamie Sample. Nester can clinch the crown by finishing seventh or better.

Troy Turnage moved out front on lap 2 and rolled to his first victory in the 2011 finale for the Larry King Law Super Trucks.
Robbie Davis was the fast qualifier, at 74.575 mph, but had to start from the outside of Row 3 after dialing up a “6” on the inversion wheel. Bill Wallace and Chase McAdams made up the reconfigured front row, followed by Tommy Nixon and Turnage in Row 2 and Jonathan Mullett and Davis in Row 3.
As the race got under way, McAdams grabbed the early lead from Wallace. On lap 2, though, he gave way to Turnage off the fourth corner. Davis picked up the second spot on lap 3.
The only caution flag waved on lap 7. Gathering for a restart, Nixon gave up his fourth spot in line to pull alongside Turnage.
Back under green, Turnage cleared Nixon as they approached Turn 1. Davis rushed to fill the opening to the inside of Nixon and came away with second at the end of the backstretch.
Though Davis and Nixon, the two championship contenders, were nipping at his heels, Turnage held a firm grip on the lead. He was allowed some much-needed breathing room on lap 20 when Nixon maneuvered around Davis for second.
Over the closing laps, Nixon shadowed Turnage, but never found an opening to attempt a winning pass. At the finish, Turnage was the winner by 0.154-second — a single truck-length — over Nixon. Davis was third, followed by McAdams and Mullett.
In the final Super Truck points tally, Nixon claimed the crown by 26 over Davis, 630-604.

In the 30-lap Standard Welding Pro Six feature, Steve Williams completed a successful rookie campaign with his second win of the season.
Doug Warren started on the pole, at 80.371 mph, but gave way to Williams on the opening circuit. On lap 2, Casey Sipe swept past Warren on the high side to take over second.
The last of the race’s two yellow flags appeared on lap 7.
On the restart, Sipe opted to pull alongside Williams and he made the move pay off, pulling into the lead. Settling in on Sipe’s bumper, Williams tracked the leader until lap 12 when he drove under Sipe at the entrance to Turn 1.
Sipe maintained the lead at the end of lap 12, but Williams continued to dig, nosing out front on lap 13, then clearing Sipe off Turn 4 on lap 14.
Over the second half of the event, Williams managed to keep Sipe at arm’s length, winning by 0.468-second — about three lengths. Bobby Hall was third to the line, followed by Warren, who wrapped up the Pro Six title with his fourth-place outing. Anthony Perez was fifth.
In the final Pro Six points, Warren bagged the title by just two over Sipe, 552-550. Williams was third.

Danny Harrell took the lead on lap 14 and showed the way to his second victory of the season in a 50-lap Enduro contest.
Alex Floroff was second to the line, four lengths behind the race winner, followed by Bill Eaker, Rodney Davis and Larry Drommerhausen.
Mike Ganoe entered the evening with the points lead. From the start, though, white smoke trailed from underneath his car. He finally called it a night after 31 laps, retiring to a 12th-place finish.
With only next Saturday’s season-ender to go, Harrell now holds a 16-point edge over Eaker in the standings, 244-228. Floroff is third, at 226, while Ganoe dropped to fourth, at 224. Harrell can seal the Enduro championship with a ninth-place run on Oct. 22.
• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Mid-Atlantic Modified Madness
presented by the Racing For Hope Foundation
Race Results
Saturday, October 15, 2011

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 100
2. (36) Chris Johnson; 100
3. (33) Mark Slye; 100
4. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 100
5. (87) Darrell Vance; 100
6. (12) Bubba Farmer; 100
7. (03) Mark Wertz; 100
8. (57) Todd VanGuilder; 100
9. (86) Eddie Johnson; 100
10. (47) Phil Warren; 100
11. (77) Joed Bruce; 100
12. (19) Kyle Wood; 99
13. (38) Michael Johnson; 99
14. (60) Bobby Gery; 99
15. (11) Jimmy Humblet; 99
16. (83) Scott Lawrence; 98
17. (31) Mike Leech; 97
18. (65) Jimmy Kibler; 96
19. (42) Chris Hoylman; 91
20. (8) Mike Rudy; 75
21. (6) Buster Horne; 75
22. (20) Cameron Patrick; 69
23. (55) Chris Hopkins; 51
24. (44) Robbie Babb; 6
25. (11A)Chris Humblet; 2
26. (13) David Butler; 1
Pole: Kincaid - 87.783 mph.

Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (7) Mark Claar; 20
2. (8) Ricky Derrick; 20
3. (19) Robbie Parker; 20
4. (77) Carl Livingston; 20
5. (81) Brandon Hinson; 20
6. (29) Mark Frye; 20
7. (01) Chris Hott; 20
8. (30) Chris Spangler; 20
9. (0) Brett Adkins; 20
10. (40) Andrew Condrey; 20
11. (71) J.R. Smith; 20
12. (02) Randy Adams; 20
13. (5) Bubba Carr; 19
14. (16) Robbie Salas; 19
15. (54) Billy Newman; 7
Pole: Frye - 76.517 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (7) Mark Claar; 20
2. (8) Ricky Derrick; 20
3. (19) Robbie Parker; 20
4. (29) Mark Frye; 20
5. (77) Carl Livingston; 20
6. (81) Brandon Hinson; 20
7. (40) Andrew Condrey; 20
8. (0) Brett Adkins; 20
9. (01) Chris Hott; 20
10. (71) J.R. Smith; 20
11. (02) Randy Adams; 20
12. (5) Bubba Carr; 20
13. (30) Chris Spangler; 9
14. (54) Billy Newman; 0
Pole: Claar - via Race #1 finish.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (24) Randy Sample; 40
2. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 40
3. (87) Ryan Nester; 40
4. (28) Jamie Sample; 40
5. (84) Kevin Alves; 40
6. (3) John Pereira; 40
7. (2) Rod Busitzky; 40
8. (70) Mike Ganoe; 40
9. (14) Larry Venable; 39
10. (05) Thomas Wilson; 39
11. (39) Garrett Willcox; 38
12. (22) Mike Borden; 38
DQ (15) Dale Parro; 40
DQ (73) Sean Calway; 40
Pole: Parro - 75.230 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Trk #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
2. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
3. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
4. (62) Chase McAdams; 25
5. (71) Jonathan Mullett; 25
6. (20) Buck Munger; 25
7. (19) Bill Wallace; 25
8. (70) Curtis Hughes; 25
9. (52) Chris Bechtel; 25
10. (18) Cory Millard; 25
11. (95) Jay Andrews; 25
12. (2) Chris Munger; 24
13. (57) T.J. Henry; 24
Pole: Wallace - Top 6 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Davis - 74.575 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (7) Steve Williams; 30
2. (23) Casey Sipe; 30
3. (6) Bobby Hall; 30
4. (51) Doug Warren; 30
5. (29) Anthony Perez; 30
6. (41) Warren Smigo; 30
7. (48) Nelson Moody; 30
8. (77) Neil Sipe; 29
9. (62) Dusty Connor; 18
10. (14) J.B. Sipe; 0
Pole: Warren - 80.371 mph.

ENDUROS - 50 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (95) Danny Harrell; 50
2. (17) Alex Floroff; 50
3. (22) Bill Eaker; 50
4. (13) Rodney Davis; 50
5. (11) Larry Drommerhausen; 49
6. (18) Derek Boggess; 49
7. (21) Ryan Larson; 48
8. (00) Mark Hanna; 47
9. (14) Robert Perry; 47
10. (7) Dave Wedding; 46
11. (33) Jason Michaud; 44
12. (82) Mike Ganoe; 31
13. (12) Jimmy Snead; 24
14. (72) Mike Ganoe Jr.; 2
DQ (31) Richard Quinn; 49
Pole: Perry - via draw.

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