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Derrick fends off Claar to bag 3rd straight Grand Stock title
Oct 23, 2011 - updated Oct 23rd, 2011 8:53pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton Va. --

Waypoint Apartments "Championship Saturday"
Race Report Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pulling out all the stops in his bid to overtake Ricky Derrick for the Pepsi Grand Stock title, Mark Claar roared to his eighth and ninth victories of the year in a pair of 20-lap features as Langley Speedway closed the curtain on its 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points season with Waypoint Apartments “Championship Saturday.”
The wins, Claar’s fifth and sixth in a row, marked his third straight doubleheader sweep. He came up short in the final standings, though, as Derrick posted his fifth and sixth straight runner-up finishes to keep Claar’s points gain to the absolute minimum.
Claar set the pace in afternoon time trials, qualifying at 77.914 mph. After spinning a “4” on the inversion wheel, however, he had to start from the outside of Row 2. Derrick assumed the pole position, flanked by Mark Frye. Robbie Parker lined up to the inside of Claar on Row 2, while Brandon Hinson was fifth on the 17-car grid.
As the first 20-lapper got under way, Derrick won the drag race into Turn 1 and came away with the lead. Parker moved up to second, just ahead of Hinson and Frye, who were door-to-door for third.
The first caution flag waved on lap 2 when Bubba Carr spun in Turn 2. As the field bunched for a restart, Claar gave up his fifth spot in line and pulled the outside of Derrick.
Back under green, Claar remained to Derrick’s outside and nosed ahead as they returned to the flagstand. He gained the clear-cut edge through Turns 1 and 2 on lap 3.
The second yellow flag appeared on lap 4 for J.R. Smith’s spin on the backstretch. The interruption benefited Derrick, who was about to give up second place to Parker. Scoring reverted to lap 3 and Derrick returned to the runner-up position.
On the ensuing restart, Claar quickly dispensed with Carl Livingston, who had launched from the outside lane. Once in the clear, Claar set sail, driving off by nearly half a straightaway.
The leader had one anxious moment on lap 7 when Carr and Smith tangled and spun in Turn 2. The caution flag remained hidden and the pair returned to the track right in front of Claar. He easily navigated past them, though, and continued to build his advantage.
Behind Claar, Derrick and Parker jousted nose-to-tail for second. That battle came up an abrupt end on lap 14 when Parker’s right-front tire let go off Turn 2 and he pounded the backstretch wall, bringing out the last of the race’s three caution flags.
As the race resumed, Claar immediately pulled ahead of Andrew Condrey, who had restarted to his outside. Within a couple laps, Claar had fashioned a four-length lead over Derrick, who was trying to stave off bids from Hinson and Livingston.
At the finish, Claar was the winner by 0.848-second over Derrick. Hinson took third, followed by Livingston and Frye. Brett Adkins, Condrey, Chris Spangler, Gary Burke Jr. and Brian Waters completed the top 10.
The lineup for the second race was determined by the finishing order of the first one, placing the title contenders, Claar and Derrick, on the front row.
As the event got going, Claar led the charge into Turn 1 to take the lead. Hinson, who started third, motored underneath Derrick and inched ahead for second at the flagstand as lap 1 went in the books.
On lap 2, Livingston also scooted past Derrick, who finally settled into the fourth spot in the running order. Meanwhile, Claar had opened a five-length advantage on the field.
Righting the ship, Derrick began to make his way back toward the front on lap 6, regaining third from Livingston. Two laps later, he slipped by Hinson for second.
Deeper in the field, Parker was on the march, looking to atone for his Race #1 mishap. He cracked the top five on lap 3 and swiped fourth from Livingston on lap 8. He was underneath Hinson in a bid for third when the first caution flag flew on lap 9.
Back under green, Claar and Derrick broke free of the pack. Behind them, Parker resumed his assault on Hinson, taking the third spot on lap 10.
The second, and final, caution flag was displayed on lap 14 when Carr and David Seed tangled in Turns 1 and 2.
On the last restart, Claar and Derrick bolted in nose-to-tail formation. Derrick lingered a car-length off Claar’s rear bumper for a lap, then the leader began to ease away.
By the checkers, Claar’s margin of victory had grown to 1.766 seconds — half a straightaway. Derrick was second, followed by Parker, Hinson and Livingston. Waters, Frye, Adkins, Spangler and Condrey were sixth through 10th, in that order.
In the final points tally, pending official verification, Derrick claimed his third straight Grand Stock title by eight over Claar, 624-616.

In the evening’s other feature events:

Randy Sample moved out front on the second circuit and rolled to his sixth victory in the 40-lap finale for the Heritage Motor Co. Super Streets. Meanwhile, Ryan Nester wrapped up the division championship.
Nester was the fast qualifier, at 74.365 mph. Like Claar, though, he dialed up a “4” on the inversion wheel, dropping him to the outside of Row 2. Larry Venable started from the pole, while Jamie Sample, Renno Marchetti IV, Nester and Randy Sample rounded out the reconstituted top five.
On the start, Venable grabbed the lead. Behind him, Marchetti and Jamie Sample battled for the runner-up spot.
The yellow flag made an early appearance when Kevin Alves, the sixth-place starter, spun off Turn 4 on lap 2. It was the break that Randy Sample was looking for as he pounced on the opportunity to restart to the outside of Venable.
Back under green, Randy Sample powered ahead of Venable to take over the lead. Jamie Sample tried to tag along with his brother, but couldn’t pull off the pass. Instead, he ended up losing third place to Marchetti.
Switching lanes, Jamie Sample, Nester’s closest competitor for the division title, regained third from Marchetti on lap 5. He quickly tracked down Venable and moved into second on lap 13.
Meanwhile, Nester was mired in fifth. He finally slipped around Marchetti for fourth on lap 14. He bypassed Venable for third on lap 17, bringing Marchetti along with him, to fourth.
At the head of the field, Randy Sample was cruising along with a full-straightaway margin over his brother. The advantage was wiped out, though, when Sean Calway stopped at the start/finish line on lap 34, prompting the second, and final, caution flag.
On the restart, Randy Sample made short work of Marchetti and John Pereira, who had lined up on his outside flank. As the leader pulled away, he left Marchetti and Jamie Sample in a side-by-side battle. Marchetti eventually came out on top of that faceoff.
At the finish, Randy Sample was the winner by 1.211 seconds over Marchetti. Jamie Sample was third, followed by Nester and Pereira.
In the final Super Street points rundown, pending an official double-check, Nester topped the list by 12 over Jamie Sample, 530-518. Ritchie German, who held a commanding lead before work commitments forced him to miss the final two races, still took third with 480, four more than Pereira.

Former division champ Nick Smith returned to Victory Lane in the 25-lap season-ender for the Cycle City Corp. INEX Legends, leading from pole to checkers for his first win of the year.
Smith was the fast qualifier for the event, at 78.459 mph. Points leader Brad Hancock, title contender Steve Keesee, Chris Raiford and Brenden Queen completed the top five on the grid.
On the initial start, Smith jumped ahead of Hancock and hauled the field into Turn 1. Before the lap was officially recorded, though, trouble broke out in Turn 3 as Queen spun and collected Corey Hoagland, Kim Forrester and Bobby Gobble.
All four drivers who were involved in the accident were chased to the sidelines. That was important because it thinned the field from 13 to nine. Since Hancock needed to finish only 11th or better to clinch the championship, he was assured of the title at that moment.
Under green for a second time, Smith again beat Hancock into Turn 1. Caught to the high side, Hancock gave way to Keesee and Jamie Price before sliding into the fourth spot. He moved back up to third on lap 4, slipping by Price on the backstretch.
As the laps clicked off, the field began to string out around the .395-mile oval. At the front, Smith enjoyed a half-straightaway lead.
Smith’s stroll to the winner’s circle was interrupted, though, when Danny Baker spun in Turn 1 on lap 24, setting up a “green-white-checkered” dash to the finish.
On the final restart, Smith quickly forged a three-length lead over Keesee and Hancock. He maintained that margin to the finish, winning by 0.352-second. Keesee was second, followed by Hancock, Price and Raiford.
In the final standings, pending verification, Hancock claimed the 2011 INEX Legends title by 20 points over Keesee, 458-438.

Landon Florian and Bill Eaker split wins in a pair of 20-lap races for the EZ Auto of Newport News UCARs. Florian’s win in the opener was his ninth of the season and sealed up the division championship, while Eaker’s victory was his first and vaulted him to third in the final standings.
Florian set the fast time in qualifying, at 72.607 mph. In keeping with the trend of the evening, though, he spun a “4” on the inversion wheel and lined up on the outside of the second row. Michael Waters assumed the pole with Chris Hildebrand alongside. Ben Zoellner and Florian made up Row 2 and Eaker launched from the fifth spot.
As the first race got under way, Waters grabbed the early lead. Zoellner moved up to second, followed by Eaker. Hildebrand dropped to fourth and Florian emerged from the opening shuffle in fifth.
On the second lap, Florian ducked to the bottom of the track and slipped past Hildebrand for fourth. Ahead of them, Zoellner had closed in on Waters’ rear bumper and was hunting for an opening.
Zoellner made his move on lap 6, but saw the pass for the lead negated when the first caution flag appeared on that same lap.
As the field gathered for the ensuing restart, Florian, to the surprise of no one, broke out of line and pulled to the outside of Waters.
Back under green, Waters cleared Florian, who quickly found a place in line. As they reached Turn 4, Florian drove underneath Waters and the lead battle was on.
Waters held sway on laps 6 and 7, but he gave way to Florian by a nose at the end of lap 8. Florian gained the clear-cut edge on lap 9 and brought Zoellner along with him, to second.
The remainder of the event was caution-free as Florian kept the rest of the field at arm’s length. At the checkers, he was the winner by 0.933-second over Zoellner. Hildebrand was third, followed by Waters and Eaker.
Though he was due to start the nightcap from the pole, Florian, with the championship already in the bag, gave way to promoter Chuck Hall’s prodding and agreed to start from the rear of the field. Hildebrand, a three-time race winner and second in the points, volunteered to join his rival at the back of the pack.
In the reshuffled lineup, Eaker landed on the pole. It turned out to be all the advantage he would need as he led flag-to-flag.
While Eaker was showing the way, Florian and Hildebrand were busy slicing and dicing through the field. Florian cracked the top five on lap 9 and Hildebrand joined him four laps later.
Continuing to climb toward the front, Florian grabbed fourth on lap 11 and took over third on lap 13. He chased down second-place Zoellner and made the pass for second in Turn 1 on the white-flag lap.
At the finish, Florian simply ran out of laps and came home second to Eaker, 0.350-second back. Zoellner was third, followed by Hildebrand and Waters.
In the final UCAR points tally, Florian took the title by 64 over Hildebrand, 590-526. Eaker, meanwhile, jumped ahead of Sammy Gaita for third.

After nine different winners in nine races this season, Saturday’s Twin 20s for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts finally produced a pair of two-timers as Chris O’Brien and Albert Falk split the victories.
In the opener, O’Brien slipped past pole-sitter Falk at the start/finish line on lap 17 and rolled on to the win. Charlie-Ray Lorah was second to the line, 0.146-second behind, followed by Falk, Jake Harberts and Aaron Leach.
In the second race, Falk turned the tables, taking the lead on lap 6 and showing the way to the checkers. Jordan Wood was the runner-up, 0.106-second behind the winner. Harberts, Tommy Sweeney and O’Brien completed the top five.
Pending verification, O’Brien was declared the 2011 Champ Kart titlist.

In the 50-lap finale for the Enduro division, Mike Ganoe took the lead for good on lap 21 and sailed to his fourth win of the season. It wasn’t enough, however, to overcome his 12th-place hiccup in the previous race as Danny Harrell claimed the title.
At the end of Saturday’s event, Ganoe was the winner by better than half a straightaway over Richard Quinn. Bill Eaker was third, followed by Harrell and Larry Drommerhausen.
In the final points rundown, Harrell was first with 288. Ganoe and Eaker both ended with 274, but Ganoe took the second spot with a 4-0 edge in wins — the first tiebreaker.
• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Waypoint Apartments "Championship Saturday"
Race Results
Saturday, October 22, 2011

Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (7) Mark Claar; 20
2. (8) Ricky Derrick; 20
3. (81) Brandon Hinson; 20
4. (77) Carl Livingston; 20
5. (29) Mark Frye; 20
6. (0) Brett Adkins; 20
7. (40) Andrew Condrey; 20
8. (30) Chris Spangler; 20
9. (1) Gary Burke Jr.; 20
10. (2) Brian Waters; 20
11. (71) J.R. Smith; 20
12. (16) Robbie Salas; 20
13. (5) Bubba Carr; 19
14. (54) Billy Newman; 15
15. (19) Robbie Parker; 13
16. (02) Randy Adams; 12
17. (4) Jack Robinson; 1
Pole: Derrick - Top 4 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Claar - 77.914 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. (81) Brandon Hinson; 20
5. (77) Carl Livingston; 20
6. (2) Michael Waters; 20
7. (29) Mark Frye; 20
8. (0) Brett Adkins; 20
9. (30) Chris Spangler; 20
10. (40) Andrew Condrey; 20
11. (5) Bubba Carr; 20
12. (71) J.R. Smith; 20
13. (16) David Seed; 13
14. (4) Jack Robinson; 2
15. (1) Gary Burke Jr.; 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. (28) Jamie Sample; 40
4. (87) Ryan Nester; 40
5. (3) John Pereira; 40
6. (14) Larry Venable; 40
7. (70) Mike Ganoe; 40
8. (73) Sean Calway; 40
9. (2) Rod Busitzky; 40
10. (84) Kevin Alves; 40
11. (22) Mike Borden; 39
12. (05) Thomas Wilson; 2
Pole: Venable - Top 4 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Nester - 74.365 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (97) Nick Smith; 25
2. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
3. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
4. (08) Jamie Price; 25
5. (88) Chris Raiford; 25
6. (77) Connor Hall; 25
7. (11) Dannie Wyatt; 25
8. (24) Nick Leitz; 25
9. (21) Danny Baker; 22
10. (03) Brenden Queen; 0
11. (48) Bobby Gobble; 0
12. (00) Corey Hoagland; 0
13. (38) Kim Forrester; 0
Pole: Smith - 78.459 mph.

Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (14) Landon Florian; 20
2. (57) Ben Zoellner; 20
3. (17) Chris Hildebrand; 20
4. (2) Michael Waters; 20
5. (22) Bill Eaker; 20
6. (21) Sammy Gaita; 20
7. (88) Jon Largena; 20
8. (3) Eric Schaffer; 20
9. (98) Matt Morgan; 20
10. (80) Randy Prillaman; 20
11. (15) Lane McKee; 20
12. (71) Tim Wilson; 20
13. (41) Cory Bradley; 20
14. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 20
15. (5) Jesse Jones; 20
16. (11) Kevin Morgan; 20
17. (70) Landon Abbott; 20
18. (10) John Matthews; 5
Pole: Waters - Top 4 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Florian - 72.607 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (22) Bill Eaker; 20
2. (14) Landon Florian; 20
3. (57) Ben Zoellner; 20
4. (17) Chris Hildebrand; 20
5. (2) Michael Waters; 20
6. (21) Sammy Gaita; 20
7. (88) Jon Largena; 20
8. (11) Kevin Morgan; 20
9. (98) Matt Morgan; 20
10. (80) Randy Prillaman; 20
11. (3) Eric Schaffer; 20
12. (5) Jesse Jones; 20
13. (70) Landon Abbott; 20
14. (15) Lane McKee; 20
15. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 20
16. (41) Cory Bradley; 6
17. (71) Tim Wilson; 6
Pole: Eaker - via Race #1 finish.

Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Krt #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (99) Chris O'Brien; 20
2. (59) Charlie-Ray Lorah; 20
3. (40) Albert Falk; 20
4. (8) Jake Harberts; 20
5. (87) Aaron Leach; 20
6. (88) Matthew Leach; 20
7. (81) Josh Ayer; 20
8. (60) Sparky West; 20
9. (16) David Millard; 20
10. (18) Jordan Wood; 20
11. (22) Bobby Gobble; 20
12. (9) Tommy Sweeney; 20
13. (51) Brandon Lorah; 20
14. (24) Vaughan Crittenden; 20
15. (17) Harold Gay; 20
16. (10) Daniel Millard; 19
17. (3) Kris Robinson; 19
18. (52) Bill Kirwan; 19
19. (1) Ashten Mullett; 19
20. (6) Clayton Parrish; 12
21. (42) Mark Brooks; 4
Pole: Falk - 59.793 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Krt #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) Albert Falk; 20
2. (18) Jordan Wood; 20
3. (8) Jake Harberts; 20
4. (9) Tommy Sweeney; 20
5. (99) Chris O'Brien; 20
6. (59) Charlie-Ray Lorah; 20
7. (60) Sparky West; 20
8. (16) David Millard; 20
9. (87) Aaron Leach; 20
10. (88) Matthew Leach; 20
11. (81) Josh Ayer; 20
12. (24) Vaughan Crittenden; 20
13. (22) Bobby Gobble; 20
14. (10) Daniel Millard; 20
15. (42) Mark Brooks; 20
16. (52) Bill Kirwan; 20
17. (51) Brandon Lorah; 19
18. (6) Clayton Parrish; 19
19. (1) Ashten Mullett; 15
20. (3) Kris Robinson; 2
Pole: O'Brien - via Race #1 finish.

ENDUROS - 50 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (82) Mike Ganoe; 50
2. (31) Richard Quinn; 50
3. (22) Bill Eaker; 50
4. (95) Danny Harrell; 50
5. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 49
6. (18) Derrick Boggess; 49
7. (11) Rodney Davis; 49
8. (6) Clark May; 49
9. (12) Joe Morgan; 48
10. (14) Robert Perry; 48
11. (72) Mike Ganoe Jr.; 37
12. (17) Alex Floroff; 25
Pole: Davis - via draw.

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