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Langley Speedway News
Balluzzo posts sweep in Mod Twins
Apr 15, 2012 - updated Apr 15th, 2012 2:12pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton Va. --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Pepsi Night
Race Report
Saturday, April 14, 2012

HAMPTON, Va. (April 14) � Coming off of a career-defining year in 2011, Shawn Balluzzo showed no signs of resting on his laurels as he kicked off the 2012 KeesVacations.com Modified season with a sweep of the Pepsi Twin 25s, the featured events of Saturday evening�s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Balluzzo got off to a fast start in afternoon time trials, capturing the pole for the first race with a new division record � 87.827 mph. The new standard was eight-thousandths of a second quicker than set the old mark, set last October by Anthony Kincaid.
Kincaid was second-quickest on Saturday and shared the front row with Balluzzo. Mike Rudy lined up third, while Late Model regular Casey Wyatt grabbed the fourth spot and Robbie Babb rounded out the top five on the grid.
As the opener got under way, Balluzzo won the drag race into Turn 1 to take the lead. Immediately, Kincaid found Rudy to his inside and the two scuffled a bit in Turn 2. Kincaid drove away from the contact with the second position, followed by Wyatt and Todd VanGuilder, while Rudy slipped back to fifth.
On lap 4, Rudy nosed underneath VanGuilder on the backstretch and moved into fourth as they roared off Turn 4. Within three laps, he had chased down Wyatt and began hunting for an opening.
Back at the head of the field, Balluzzo had pulled off by half a straightaway over Kincaid, who was sliding into Wyatt�s clutches. Meanwhile, VanGuilder clambered back into contention, closing in on Rudy.
On lap 14, Rudy scooted around Wyatt in Turns 1 and 2 to take over third. At the front, Balluzzo was beginning to see his lead over Kincaid shrink.
The leader had a pair of lapped machines to contend with on lap 21. He worked his way free on the following circuit, followed by Kincaid, half a lap later. At that point, the margin stood at five lengths.
By the finish, Kincaid had narrowed the gap to just two lengths. He ran out of time, though, as Balluzzo hung on to win by 0.291-second. Rudy was third to the stripe, while VanGuilder and Cameron Patrick completed the top five.
After running in the top five for most of the race, Wyatt pulled into the pits three laps shy of the checkers, ending up 10th.
In Victory Lane after the race, Balluzzo was asked about possible setup changes for the night�s second race: �We�re not gonna change much. Actually, to tell you the truth, we haven�t changed anything, except for the wrap, since last year. The guys cleaned it up, polished it off and really didn�t have to do much to the car. The new rules were a little bit different, but didn�t affect us very much.�
The lineup for the nightcap was determined by the finishing order of the first race, putting Balluzzo back on the pole, flanked by Kincaid.
On the start, Balluzzo motored out front as the field reached Turn 1. Following in the leader�s tire tracks, Rudy came away with the second spot, while Kincaid dropped to third. VanGuilder and Patrick emerged in fourth and fifth, respectively.
On lap 4, Patrick went after VanGuilder and snagged fourth place. Wyatt tagged along with him and moved into the top five, while VanGuilder slid to sixth.
At the front, Balluzzo held a three-length edge over Rudy. Six more car-lengths separated Rudy from third-place Kincaid, who had company in the form of Patrick and Wyatt.
Passing the halfway mark, Balluzzo stretched his advantage to five lengths as he began to set sail. Deeper in the pack, Kincaid had manufactured a little breathing room as Patrick and Wyatt jousted for fourth. Behind them, Babb was beginning to creep into the picture.
By the finish, Balluzzo had extended his winning margin to better than half a straightaway over Rudy � 2.576 seconds, to be precise. Kincaid was third, while Patrick held off Wyatt for fourth.
In Victory Lane for the second time, Balluzzo commented on the �target� on his front-running machine: �It�s growing, I�m sure. We�ve got such a great group of guys that we race with every week. No, it�s not really a target, but I know that we�re the guys that they�re trying to beat. Everybody�s working hard.�

In the evening�s other feature events:

Mark Claar survived a mid-race challenge and pulled away in the closing circuits to pick up the victory in the 40-lap season opener for the Pepsi Grand Stocks.
Claar paced the afternoon qualifying session, at 78.716 mph, to claim the pole. Carl Livingston was second-fastest and lined up on the outside of Row 1. Paul Lubno and Tommy Sweeney occupied Row 2 and Mark Frye was fifth on the 17-car grid.
On the start, Claar dashed into the lead, while, behind him, Lubno, Sweeney and Livingston piled into Turn 1 three-wide. Lubno emerged in second place, followed by Frye, Sweeney and Jamie Sample. Hung on the high side, Livingston slipped back to seventh before finding a place in line.
Frye and Sweeney double-teamed Lubno on lap 8. Frye moved into second on the backstretch and left the lane open for Sweeney, who scooted past Lubno off Turn 4. The shuffle allowed Claar to pad his lead to almost half a straightaway.
Little by little, Frye and Sweeney sliced into Claar�s margin. By lap 26, Frye was on the leader�s rear bumper and looked ready to pull the trigger.
Before that challenge could play out, however, the race�s only caution flag flew on lap 27 for Chris Hott�s spin in Turn 1.
As the field bunched for a restart, Lubno gave up his fourth spot in line to try his luck in the outside lane. He was joined up top by Livingston, Sample and Billy Fisher.
Back under green, Claar quickly cleared Lubno, who slid into second place. Livingston grabbed third, followed by Sweeney. A lap later, Sweeney came off the pace and dropped back to seventh. Meanwhile, Claar enjoyed a four-length lead over Lubno and the gap was beginning to grow.
On lap 34, Frye overhauled Livingston to regain third. Immediately, he set off after Lubno, who had fallen farther behind Claar.
At the finish, Claar was the winner by 1.481 seconds � about six lengths � over Lubno. Frye was third, while Sweeney rallied to take fourth. Livingston was fifth to the stripe, followed, in sixth, by three-time division champ Ricky Derrick.

In the 40-lap Heritage Motor Co. Super Street race, Renno Marchetti IV started on the pole and led all the way for the win.
Marchetti bagged the pole position with a qualifying lap at 74.563 mph. Ryan Nester, last season�s
The event got off to an inauspicious start when an anxious Marchetti jumped the original green flag. The yellow flag appeared and the field was brought back under control for another try.
On the second attempt, Marchetti and Nester raced door-to-door until they reached Turn 2. Spilling onto the backstretch for the first time, Marchetti motored ahead. Nester dropped into second, while Pereira, Busitzky and Venable rounded out the top five.
By lap 4, Marchetti had fashioned a three-length lead over Nester. Deeper in the running order, Busitzky, Venable and Dale Parro, who started shotgun on the field, were nose-to-tail in fourth, fifth and sixth.
On lap 7, Parro scooted around Venable to crack the top five. He continued his march on lap 10, bypassing Busitzky for fourth, then swiping third from Pereira on lap 16.
Back at the front, Marchetti, who had led by as much as half a straightaway, saw his advantage begin to dwindle as Nester zeroed in. Before that battle could take shape, though, the second, and final, caution flag waved when Thomas Wilson spun in Turn 2.
Lining up for the restart, Parro headed for the outside lane, joined by Busitzky and Wilson.
As the race resumed, Marchetti cleared Parro off Turn 2, leaving him to tussle with Nester for second. Nester eventually won that contest, but faced a steep challenge as Marchetti had opened a five-length lead.
Closing in on the finish, Nester began to chip away at Marchetti�s lead. With two laps to go, he had drawn to within three lengths of the leader�s bumper.
That was as close as he would get, however, as Marchetti kept his composure over the remaining circuits and won by 0.868-second � about four lengths. Nester was second, followed by Parro, Pereira and Busitzky.

Nick Smith led all the way from the pole to post the win in the 25-lap season opener for the Cycle City Corp. INEX Legends.
Smith nabbed the pole position with a 78.720-mph qualifying effort. Brad Hancock, the 2011 division champ, was second-fastest, while Steve Keesee, Chris Raiford and Woody Howard were third, fourth and fifth, in that order, on the 18-car grid.
As the race got under way, Smith powered ahead of Hancock through Turns 1 and 2 to take the lead. Keesee moved up to second, slipping under and past Hancock, who settled into third. Howard emerged in fourth, followed by Brenden �Butterbean� Queen.
On lap 3, Raiford and Spencer Saunders overtook Queen, dropping him to seventh in the running order. Meanwhile, at the front, Smith was up by five lengths, while Hancock closed in on Keesee, lookingto regain second.
Hancock retook second from Keesee on lap 6. The shuffle allowed Smith to add to his advantage, which now stood at almost half a straightaway.
Smith waded into slower traffic for the first time on lap 12. Hancock was only able to trim a car-length or two from his lead, though, as Smith set his sights on the checkered flag.
At the finish, Smith was the winner by 0.951-second � about six lengths � over Hancock. Keesee was third, while Saunders and Jamie Price rounded out the top five.

In the evening�s first event, a 20-lapper for the Xtreme Mechanical Services INEX Bandoleros, Ryleigh Lemonds started on the pole, at 63.793 mph, and led flag-to-flag to earn a trip to Langley�s Victory Lane, which carries the name of her late grandfather, Dale Lemonds.
Lemonds was solidly in charge throughout the race, leading by as much as half a straightaway. Nearing the conclusion, though, her big advantage was wiped out when the race�s second, and final, yellow flag flew, setting up a �green-white-checkered� sprint.
On the last restart, Lemonds bolted from the pack, Evan Horne ducked under Alex McCollum in a bid for second. The two were door-to-door over the final two circuits.
At the finish, Lemonds was the winner by almost half a straightaway � 2.141 seconds, to be exact. Behind her, McCollum rode the high lane to the runner-up spot, nipping Horne by one-thousandth of a second at the stripe. Cameron Bowen and Bradley Wilson tailed the lead trio to the line, in fourth and fifth, respectively.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Pepsi Night
Race Results
Saturday, April 14, 2012

Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 25
2. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 25
3. (8) Mike Rudy; 25
4. (57) Todd VanGuilder; 25
5. (20) Cameron Patrick; 25
6. (44) Robbie Babb; 25
7. (33) Matt Slye; 25
8. (15) Tanner Rumburg; 24
9. (95) Danny Harrell; 24
10. (03) Casey Wyatt; 22
11. (83) Scott Lawrence; 16
Pole: Balluzzo - 87.827 mph (NEW DIVISION RECORD).

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 25
2. (8) Mike Rudy; 25
3. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 25
4. (20) Cameron Patrick; 25
5. (03) Casey Wyatt; 25
6. (44) Robbie Babb; 25
7. (57) Todd VanGuilder; 25
8. (33) Matt Slye; 25
9. (95) Danny Harrell; 25
10. (83) Scott Lawrence; 25
11. (15) Tanner Rumburg; 24
Pole: Balluzzo - via Race #1 finish.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (7) Mark Claar; 40
2. (14) Paul Lubno; 40
3. (29) Mark Frye; 40
4. (11) Tommy Sweeney; 40
5. (77) Carl Livingston; 40
6. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
7. (28) Jamie Sample; 40
8. (82) Billy Fisher; 40
9. (81) Brandon Hinson; 40
10. (30) Chris Spangler; 40
11. (01) Chris Hott; 40
12. (40) Andrew Condrey; 40
13. (71) J.R. Smith; 40
14. (6) Shawn Scovel; 40
15. (55) Joe Britt; 38
16. (54) Billy Newman; 38
17. (9) Rodney Boyd; 17
Pole: Claar - 78.716 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 40
2. (87) Ryan Nester; 40
3. (15) Dale Parro; 40
4. (3) John Pereira; 40
5. (2) Rod Busitzky; 40
6. (14) Larry Venable; 40
7. (05) Thomas Wilson; 40
8. (12) Sean Calway; 7
Pole: Marchetti - 74.563 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (97) Nick Smith; 25
2. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
3. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
4. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
5. (08) Jamie Price; 25
6. (14) Woody Howard; 25
7. (03) Brenden Queen; 25
8. (77) Connor Hall; 25
9. (99) Sparky West; 25
10. (8) Dannie Wyatt; 25
11. (71) Chris Hildebrand; 24
12. (47) Sean Commo; 24
13. (05) Mike Gerdes; 24
14. (48) Bobby Gobble; 24
15. (98) Matt Morgan; 23
16. (00) Corey Hoagland; 23
17. (88) Chris Raiford; 21
18. (11) Chris Lemonds; 19
Pole: Smith - 78.720 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (11) Ryleigh Lemonds; 20
2. (10) Alex McCollum; 20
3. (6) Evan Horne; 20
4. (19) Cameron Bowen; 20
5. (51) Bradley Wilson; 18
6. (07) Maddy-Ryan Mulligan; 18
7. (55) Lexi Perry; 16
Pole: Lemonds - 63.793 mph.

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