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Langley Speedway

Langley Speedway News
Balluzzo bags 3rd Mod win; Boyd sweeps Grand Stock Twins
May 13, 2012 - updated May 13th, 2012 11:09am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton Va. --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Racing For Hope Foundation/CHKD Night
Race Report
Saturday, May 12, 2012

HAMPTON, Va. (May 12) Shawn Balluzzo emerged with the lead following a late-race scuffle with Anthony Kincaid and drove on to his third win of the season in the Racing For Hope Foundation/Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters 50 for the KeesVacations.com Modifieds, the featured event of Saturday evening's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Balluzzo, the defending division champ, set the fast time in qualifying for the race, lapping the .395-mile oval at 86.707 mph. Kincaid was second-quickest, only 11-thousandths of a second off the pole winner's pace. Mike Rudy, Casey Wyatt and Robbie Babb rounded out the top five on the 16-car grid.
As the race got under way, Kincaid got a jackrabbit start and grabbed the lead as the field headed into Turn 1 for the first time. Balluzzo quickly found Wyatt to his outside, but fought him off to claim the second spot on lap 2. Wyatt dropped into third, followed by Rudy and Todd VanGuilder, who started sixth.
The brief Balluzzo/Wyatt faceoff allowed Kincaid to open a two-length advantage. Soon, though, Balluzzo had erased that advantage and began hunting for the lead. He tried entering Turn 3 to the outside of the leader, then cutting low at the exit to Turn 4 in a bid to pull alongside. Kincaid was too strong, however, and stretched his lead to four lengths.
Deeper in the field, VanGuilder and Cameron Patrick teamed up to overtake Babb on lap 16, moving into fifth and sixth, respectively. They continued their charge a few laps later, bypassing Rudy for fourth and fifth.
At the crossed flags, Kincaid enjoyed a five-length edge over Balluzzo. Slower traffic loomed in his path, though, and Balluzzo began to narrow the gap. By lap 30, the lead duo had broken into the clear, but Kincaid's lead had shrunk to a single car-length.
On lap 33, Balluzzo attempted a reprise of his earlier tactic in Turns 3 and 4. An especially low exit off Turn 4, though, upset his machine and forced him back in line.
Finding no fertile ground down low, Balluzzo, then, turned to the top side. He pulled alongside the leader on a few occasions, but was unable to complete the pass as Kincaid grimly clung to the top spot.
After trying the outside for about 10 circuits, Balluzzo changed lanes again on lap 44, driving underneath Kincaid off Turn 4. This time, it looked like the inside line would pay off.
As Balluzzo and Kincaid roared into Turn 1 to begin lap 45, they tangled and Kincaid looped his machine across Balluzzo's nose, bringing out the first yellow flag.
While Kincaid retreated to the rear of the field, officials examined a video replay of the incident. They determined that Kincaid was already in the process of spinning out before the contact with Balluzzo, who was allowed to keep the lead.
Lining up for the restart, Balluzzo led the parade, followed by Wyatt, VanGuilder, Rudy and Michael Johnson. VanGuilder opted for the outside lane, joined by Rudy, Patrick and Kincaid.
Back under green, Balluzzo cleared VanGuilder into Turn 1. Working down the backstretch, mechanical problems suddenly struck Wyatt, who spun and brought the caution flag back out. After running among the top three all race, he retired to a 13th-place finish.
Only one more lap was completed before the last of the race's three caution flags flew for Babb's spin on the backstretch. Gathering for the final restart, Balluzzo, Rudy, VanGuilder, Johnson and Matt Slye made up the top five.
As the race resumed, Balluzzo quickly pulled ahead of VanGuilder, who again chose the outer lane. Rudy tried to come along with Balluzzo, but VanGuilder put up a tussle before Rudy claimed the second spot.
With Balluzzo up by four lengths, the battle for second flared again on lap 48 as VanGuilder ducked underneath Rudy on the backstretch. He completed the pass on lap 49, while Balluzzo steered toward the white flag.
At the finish, Balluzzo was the winner by six lengths over VanGuilder. Rudy was third to the line, followed by Slye and Kincaid, who rallied to salvage fifth place.
Paul Debolt headed the second five, in sixth, while Johnson, Danny Harrell, Babb and Patrick completed the top 10. Scott Lawrence and Curtis Hughes were 11th and 12th, respectively, also on the lead lap at the end.
In Victory Lane after the race, Balluzzo, who was a bit under the weather, wasn't his usual animated self: I feel terrible, let me tell ya. I felt bad when I got in the car and I feel a lot worse now. Usually, the racing doesn't bother me at all. I mean, I think everybody's seen me get out of the car, usually, pretty fresh. But, I feel terrible today. I feel bad (about) what happened with Anthony. He was slowing up so much. I don't know. Anyways, it was a good race. The extra restarts killed me.

In the evening's other feature events:

The Pepsi Grand Stocks ran a pair of 20-lap features and Rodney Boyd stole the show, sweeping both ends of the twinbill for his first two wins of the season.
Time trials set the lineup for the first race and Mark Frye was the fast qualifier, at 78.442 mph. He spun a "2" on the inversion wheel and swapped places on the 18-car grid with Mark Claar. Boyd lined up third, flanked by Paul Lubno. Michael Waters started fifth.
As the opener got going, Claar jumped into the lead. Boyd moved up to second, while Frye slipped back to third. Tommy Sweeney, who started seventh, emerged in the fourth spot, followed by Lubno.
On lap 4, Claar bobbled in Turn 2 and opened the door for Boyd, who charged to his inside. Claar was ahead when they returned to the start/finish line, but he couldn't hold Boyd back on lap 5. Sweeney, who had swiped third from Frye, tagged along with Boyd and moved up to second.
The first caution flag waved on lap 6 when Claar and Frye tangled in the middle of Turns 1 and 2, earning both of them a trip to the back of the pack. Boyd, Sweeney, Lubno, Brandon Hinson and Waters made up the top five for the restart.
Back under green, Boyd quickly cleared Lubno, who had launched from the outside lane. Sweeney also dispensed with Lubno, who dropped into a side-by-side duel with Ricky Derrick for third. Derrick grabbed the spot, only to have Lubno return the favor on lap 9, bringing Hinson with him.
The Lubno/Derrick battle allowed Boyd and Sweeney to get away by half a straightaway. That margin vanished, however, when Waters spun in Turn 3 on lap 17 and collected Chris Hott, prompting the second, and final, yellow flag.
On the last restart, Boyd faced a challenge from Derrick, who gave up the fifth spot to take a shot on the outside of the leader. Derrick remained alongside Boyd until they reached Turn 2. Heading onto the backstretch, Boyd gained the clear-cut edge and opened the door for Sweeney, who took second.
At the finish, Boyd was the winner by three lengths over Sweeney. Lubno was third, followed by Hinson and Derrick. Early combatants Frye and Claar were sixth and seventh, in that order.
The lineup for the second 20-lapper was set by the finishing order of the first, putting Boyd on the pole. It was all the advantage he would need as he wired the field.
While Boyd, Sweeney, Lubno and Hinson moved out front at the start of the nightcap, it didn't take long for trouble to break out back in the pack as Claar and Frye locked horns again on lap 2, collecting Carl Livingston, Joe Britt, Andrew Condrey and Shawn Scovel.
As the race resumed, Boyd bolted ahead of Jamie Sample, who restarted on the outside, and set sail. By the finish, his winning margin had swelled to better than half a straightaway over Sweeney, who posted his second runner-up outing of the night.
Hinson tailed the lead duo to the line, in third, followed by Frye and Billy Fisher. Lubno, who ran near the front throughout the contest, headed to the pits with mechanical issues, two laps shy of the checkers, ending up 11th. Claar, meanwhile, retired his battered machine after only four circuits and was 15th in the final rundown.

In a 40-lapper for the Heritage Motor Co. Super Streets, Renno Marchetti IV took the lead for good on the 24th circuit and sped on to his second win of the young campaign.
Marchetti topped the charts in time trials, at 74.271 mph. He spun a "6" on the inversion wheel, however, bumping him to the outside of Row 3. Rod Busitzky assumed the pole, followed by John Pereira, Sean Calway, Dale Parro and Ryan Nester.
With the orange-clad members of the Armchair Sports Club cheering him on, Busitzky led the first nine laps of the event. Meanwhile, Marchetti quickly made his way into the runner-up spot, taking the position from Pereira on lap 7.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 9 and Marchetti opted for the outside lane on the ensuing restart. Busitzky held him off on the first green-flag lap, but gave up the top spot on lap 10.
The only other yellow flag waved on lap 21. Bunching for the restart, Marchetti, Calway, Busitzky, Nester and Larry Venable made up the top five. Nester and Venable chose the outside lane, along with Pereira, who had spun in Turn 2 to bring out the caution flag.
Back under way, Nester got the drop on Marchetti and motored into the lead. Marchetti gave chase and slipped back around Nester on lap 24, taking the lead for good.
By the finish, Marchetti had extended his winning margin to half a straightaway. Nester was second to the stripe, but failed to clear the post-race inspection. With his disqualification, Calway moved up to second in the official rundown. Pereira was third, followed by Venable and Thomas Wilson.

Nick Smith snagged the lead from Brad Hancock in the closing circuits and scored his second victory in the 25-lap Cycle City Corp. INEX Legends feature.
Hancock started from the pole, at 78.171 mph, and paced the first 17 circuits, leading by as much as six lengths in the early going. On lap 6, though, Smith took over the runner-up spot and began to inch in on Hancock's rear bumper.
Hancock's lead was wiped out when caution flags flew on laps 12 and 13. Preparing for what would turn out to be the final restart, Hancock, Smith, Spencer Saunders, Woody Howard and Steve Keesee made up the top five.
Back under green, Hancock and Smith bolted from the pack in nose-to-tail formation. Smith followed in Hancock's tire tracks until lap 18 when he pulled alongside the leader on the backstretch and nosed ahead at the line. Hancock tried to cross over to Smith's inside on the next lap, but came up empty.
Hancock continued to hound Smith, looking for an opening, and he thought he found one on the white-flag lap as the leaders caught slower traffic on the backstretch in the form of Bobby Gobble.
While Smith swung to the outside of Gobble, Hancock went low, trying to gain an advantage. Smith held him off, though, and went on to win by two lengths. Saunders trailed Smith and Hancock to the line, in third, followed by Howard and Keesee.

Ryleigh Lemonds quickly recovered from a shaky start to bag her second victory in a 20-lap contest for the Xtreme Mechanical Services INEX Bandoleros.
Lemonds started on the pole, at 63.959 mph, but gave way to outside pole starter Evan Horne as the initial green flag went in the air. Lemonds bounced back, though, and overhauled Horne as the field reached the end of the backstretch on lap 1. Once out front, Lemonds dashed away to a half-straightaway advantage.
Lemonds roll to the checkers was interrupted by caution flags on laps 13, 14 and 16 as Madyson Mulligan endured a hat trick of spins in the second corner.
As the race resumed, with five to go, Lemonds eased away from the field. By the end, she had regained nearly all of her half-straightaway advantage.
Cameron Bowen was second to the checkers, followed by Horne. Jacob Leverstein was fourth, but failed to clear the post-race inspection. With his ouster, Mulligan and Lexi Perry advanced to fourth and fifth, respectively, in the finishing order.

Richard Quinn took the lead on lap 18 and survived a late-race brush with a lapped machine on the way to his second convincing win in the 40-lap Cook's Moving Service Enduro event.
Alex Floroff paced the first 17 circuits before giving way to Quinn. With the lead in hand, Quinn set a blistering pace, extending his lead to more than half a lap.
Coming to the white flag, Quinn nearly saw his effort ruined when he absorbed a whack from a lapped car. He held on, though, and continued on to the win.
Floroff was second, followed by Derrick Boggess and Larry Drommerhausen, the final driver to complete the entire distance. Rodney Davis rounded out the top five, a lap off the pace.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Racing For Hope/CHKD Night
Race Results
Saturday, May 12, 2012

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
2. (57) Todd VanGuilder; 50
3. (8) Mike Rudy; 50
4. (33) Matt Slye; 50
5. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 50
6. (47) Paul Debolt; 50
7. (38) Michael Johnson; 50
8. (95) Danny Harrell; 50
9. (44) Robbie Babb; 50
10. (20) Cameron Patrick; 50
11. (83) Scott Lawrence; 50
12. (3) Curtis Hughes; 50
13. (03) Casey Wyatt; 44
14. (84) Shawn Hopkins; 37
15. (78) Matt Carter; 19
16. (21) Bobby Spivey; 1
Pole: Balluzzo - 86.707 mph.

Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (9) Rodney Boyd; 20
2. (11) Tommy Sweeney; 20
3. (14) Paul Lubno; 20
4. (81) Brandon Hinson; 20
5. (8) Ricky Derrick; 20
6. (29) Mark Frye; 20
7. (7) Mark Claar; 20
8. (21) Billy Fisher; 20
9. (28) Jamie Sample; 20
10. (77) Carl Livingston; 20
11. (2) Michael Waters; 20
12. (40) Andrew Condrey; 20
13. (6) Shawn Scovel; 20
14. (71) J.R. Smith; 20
15. (54) Billy Newman; 19
16. (55) Joe Britt; 18
17. (75) Jeff Driskill; 17
18. (01) Chris Hott; 15
Pole: Claar - Top 2 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Frye - 78.442 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (9) Rodney Boyd; 20
2. (11) Tommy Sweeney; 20
3. (81) Brandon Hinson; 20
4. (29) Mark Frye; 20
5. (21) Billy Fisher; 20
6. (8) Ricky Derrick; 20
7. (2) Michael Waters; 20
8. (40) Andrew Condrey; 20
9. (77) Carl Livingston; 20
10. (6) Shawn Scovel; 20
11. (14) Paul Lubno; 18
12. (28) Jamie Sample; 16
13. (75) Jeff Driskill; 12
14. (54) Billy Newman; 7
15. (7) Mark Claar; 4
16. (55) Joe Britt; 1
Pole: Boyd - via Race #1 finish.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 40
2. (12) Sean Calway; 40
3. (3) John Pereira; 40
4. (14) Larry Venable; 40
5. (05) Thomas Wilson; 40
6. (2) Rod Busitzky; 35
7. (03) Jerry Lamontagne; 25
8. (15) Dale Parro; 8
DQ (87) Ryan Nester; 40
Pole: Busitzky - Top 6 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Marchetti - 74.271 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (97) Nick Smith; 25
2. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
3. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
4. (14) Woody Howard; 25
5. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
6. (88) Chris Raiford; 25
7. (03) Brenden Queen; 25
8. (77) Connor Hall; 25
9. (08) Jamie Price; 25
10. (71) Chris Hildebrand; 25
11. (8) Dannie Wyatt; 25
12. (05) Michael Gerdes; 25
13. (11) Chris Lemonds; 25
14. (99) Sparky West; 25
15. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
16. (47) Sean Commo; 25
17. (50) Josh Ayers; 24
18. (48) Bobby Gobble; 24
19. (00) Corey Hoagland; 24
Pole: Hancock - 78.171 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (11) Ryleigh Lemonds; 20
2. (19) Cameron Bowen; 20
3. (6) Evan Horne; 20
4. (07) Madyson Mulligan; 19
5. (55) Lexi Perry; 18
DQ (26) Jacob Leverstein; 19
Pole: Lemonds - 63.959 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (31) Richard Quinn; 40
2. (17) Alex Floroff; 40
3. (18) Derrick Boggess; 40
4. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 40
5. (11) Rodney Davis; 39
6. (14) Robert Perry; 37
7. (12) John Drommerhausen; 37
8. (3) Steve Durbin; 37
9. (21) Ryan Larson; 35
10. (00) Richard Warren; 12
11. (7) Dave Wedding; 11
12. (22) Bobby Larkin; 9
13. (28) Michael Schlemmer; 8
Pole: Larson - via draw.

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