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C.E. Falk's DQ hands twinbill sweep to Greg Edwards
May 20, 2012 - updated May 20th, 2012 10:14am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, Va. --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Military Appreciation Night presented by
the Va. Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the Daily Press
Race Report
Saturday, May 19, 2012

HAMPTON, Va. (May 19) -- C.E. Falk's hopes for a fourth straight track championship were dealt a crippling blow when he failed to clear the post-race inspection following Saturday's Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Twin 50s for the EZ Auto in Newport News Late Model Stock Cars, the featured events on Military Appreciation Night at Langley Speedway.
Falk's disqualification wiped out his two wins from Saturday's twinbill, putting those races in the "W" column of his chief rival, Greg Edwards. It also halted a streak that had seen Falk and his brother, Wes, win the previous 12 Langley Late Model events. And, perhaps most grievous of all, it dropped him from the Top 10 in the Late Model standings.
The lineup for the first of the 50-lappers was determined via time trials and Edwards claimed the pole, at 88.576 mph. Wes Falk was second-fastest, only 58-thousandths of a second off Edwards' pace. C.E. Falk lined up third, while Mark Wertz and Danny Edwards Jr. were fourth and fifth on the 19-car grid.
The first race was a battle for the Chamber of Commerce Commander's Cup. Prior to the event, the top five in points drew coins to see which branch of the service they'd be representing. Shayne Lockhart drew the Army, Wertz drew the Navy and Casey Wyatt drew the Coast Guard, while Edwards and C.E. Falk picked the Air Force and Marine Corps, respectively.
As the opener got under way, Edwards won the drag race into Turn 1 to take the early lead. C.E. Falk tagged along with Edwards and took over the second spot, dropping his brother to third. Wertz emerged in fourth, followed by duel between Danny Edwards Jr. and Nick Smith.
By lap 4, Edwards and C.E. Falk had fashioned a four-length gap over third-place Wes Falk. Safely ahead of the pack, C.E. Falk began pecking at Edwards' rear bumper, hunting for an opening.
On lap 13, Falk slipped a fender underneath Edwards as they exited Turn 4. He drew even on the frontstretch and grabbed the lead at the entrance to Turn 1 on lap 14. Two laps later, Falk was ahead by two lengths, while Wes Falk and Wertz closed in on Edwards.
The race's only caution flag flew on lap 22 when Duane Shreeves and Lockhart tangled and spun in Turn 2.
Bunching for a restart, Wes Falk gave up the third spot in line to try his luck to the outside of his brother. He was joined up top by Matt Bowling, Austin Self, Smith, Shreeves and Terry Carroll.
Back under way, C.E. Falk quickly cleared Wes Falk, who dropped into a side-by-side tussle with Edwards. Edwards won the battle, but the momentary distraction allowed C.E. Falk to pull away by two lengths.
As C.E. Falk and Edwards moved away, Wertz was next to challenge Wes Falk. Their scuffle for third went on for several circuits. Meanwhile, the lead duo widened their margin to nearly a full straightaway.
By lap 36, Edwards had closed to within a car-length of Falk's bumper. A bobble off Turn 4 set him back, however, as Falk edged away.
Lapped traffic came into play for a short while on lap 37. A lap later, the leaders were in the clear and nose-to-tail.
Edwards made a hard charge at Falk on lap 43 and the two made contact in Turn 4. The encounter seemed to upset Edwards' machine more than it did Falk's and the gap between them began to swell.
At the checkers, Falk was three lengths ahead of Edwards. It was for naught, though, as the disqualification would later erase the win. In the official rundown, Edwards was the winner, followed by Wes Falk, Bowling, Self and Wyatt.
Danny Edwards Jr. headed the second five, in sixth. Wertz, Lockhart, Jeff Shiflett and Carroll rounded out the top 10, all on the lead lap.
The finishing order of the first race set the lineup for the nightcap, putting C.E. Falk on the pole, flanked by Edwards.
As the second race got going, Edwards flexed his muscle, pulling ahead of Falk as they motored down the backstretch for the first time. C.E. Falk fell back to second, just ahead of Wes Falk, while Self and Bowling jousted for fourth place.
Working lap 6, Edwards enjoyed a two-length advantage over C.E. Falk. Five more lengths separated the lead duo from Wes Falk, who was half a straightaway ahead of the Self/Bowling battle.
After lingering on Edwards' bumper in the early going, C.E. Falk began to charge on lap 19. Edwards was unfazed, though, and stretched his margin to four lengths on lap 21.
The event's lone caution flag appeared on lap 22 when Bowling looped his machine off Turn 4 and collected Danny Edwards Jr. at the start/finish line. The red flag was displayed as the cleanup crew arrived on the scene. The incident eliminated Edwards Jr., while Bowling rejoined the field after a stay in the pits.
Back under green, C.E. Falk forced his way underneath Edwards in Turn 2. Edwards held on to lead lap 22, but gave way to Falk on the 23rd circuit. Falk cleared Edwards on lap 25.
Edwards remained within striking distance for a few more circuits, then Falk began to ease away. By lap 33, the margin had grown to three lengths.
Falk encountered a bit of difficulty on lap 37 when a lapped machine hindered his progress for a moment, allowing Edwards to cut his deficit to a single length. Breaking free, though, Falk set sail again.
At the checkers, Falk was up by three lengths over Edwards, matching his margin from Race #1. The celebration was short-lived, however, as Edwards would eventually be awarded the victory.
In the official finishing order, Edwards was the winner, while Wes Falk was the runner-up. Wertz was third, followed by Self and Wyatt. Bowling rebounded from his mid-race mishap to take sixth. Carroll and Shiflett were seventh and eighth, in that order, the final drivers to complete the entire distance. J.T. Jackson and Shreeves completed the top 10, both a lap down.
Up by eight points at the beginning of the night, C.E. Falk now finds himself (unofficially) 44 behind Greg Edwards, the new Late Model leader. There's no time to sulk, though, as the Late Models return for another pair of 50-lappers next Saturday evening.

In the evening's other feature events:

Back behind the wheel of his primary #8 car, three-time division champ Ricky Derrick returned to his winning ways in the 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock race.
Derrick was fastest in afternoon time trials, at 77.603 mph, but had to start on the outside of Row 2 after dialing up a "4" on the inversion wheel. Mark Frye assumed the pole position with Rodney Boyd, who swept last weekend's Twin 20s alongside. Paul Lubno and Derrick made up Row 2, while Tommy Sweeney started fifth.
On the start, Boyd powered ahead of Frye on the backstretch to take the lead. Frye settled into second, followed by Lubno, while Sweeney and Derrick battled for fourth. Sweeney grabbed the spot on lap 2 and brought Jamie Sample along with him, to fifth.
Quickly righting the ship, Derrick began charging back to the front. He picked off Sweeney on lap 4 for the fifth spot, then overtook Sample for fourth on lap 8. He faced a steep climb, however, as Boyd, Frye and Lubno were almost half a straightaway ahead.
The first caution flag waved on lap 11 for Billy Newman's spin on the backstretch. Gathering for the restart, Sweeney gave up the fifth spot in line and pulled alongside Boyd.
Back under green, Sweeney shot ahead of Boyd, who, then, spun in Turn 1, triggering a multi-car mess. Boyd and Frye suffered the worst of the damage as both were chased to the sidelines. Lubno and Derrick also caught a piece of the action, but were able to continue.
Preparing for the next restart, there were no takers on the outside lane until Derrick had a chance to choose. He immediately steered his machine up top and pulled alongside Sweeney.
As the race resumed, Sweeney quickly cleared Derrick, who fell in line on his bumper. On lap 12, Derrick ducked underneath Sweeney on the backstretch and grabbed the clear-cut edge off Turn 4.
Deeper in the field, a couple of the early contenders began to have problems. Soon after the restart, Sample's machine started showing smoke and he turned to the pits on lap 16, retiring to an 11th-place finish. Lubno's #14 was also smoking, though he remained in the race.
By lap 25, Derrick had forged a five-length lead over Sweeney, who had his hands full with Brandon Hinson and Carl Livingston.
Derrick's drive to Victory Lane was slowed by three more caution flags, at laps 30 and 36 (twice).
Bunching for the final restart, Derrick showed the way, followed by Sweeney and Lubno, who had used the outside lane on a prior restart to get back to the front.
Under green for the last time, the front three sped into Turn 1 nose-to-tail. Off Turn 4, Lubno slipped underneath Sweeney and nosed into second place at the stripe. As Lubno cleared Sweeney, he left the door open for Hinson, who snagged third place.
With positions swapping hands in his mirror, Derrick cruised to the checkers, winning by three lengths over Lubno. Hinson was third, followed by Sweeney. Andrew Condrey pounded the outside wall as he exited Turn 4 for the last time, but managed to make it to the stripe in fifth, just ahead of Livingston.

Robbie Davis scored his second victory of the season in the 25-lap Larry King Law Super Truck race, taking the lead for good on lap 2.
Davis was quickest in qualifying for the event, at 74.442. He spun a "2" on the inversion wheel and switched front-row starting spots with Troy Turnage.
As the race got under way, Turnage and Davis went door-to-door until they reached the end of the backstretch. Heading into Turn 3, Turnage moved out front, while Davis slipped into second, ahead of Chase McAdams, Tommy Nixon and Bill Wallace.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 2 when Chris Munger spun in Turn 2. Tory Vaughn IV and Cory Millard also looped their machines as the field slowed.
Back under green, Davis tailed Turnage for about half a lap, then ducked to the inside as they rolled into the third turn. Exiting Turn 4, Davis took over the top spot.
At lap 6, Davis enjoyed a two-length advantage over Turnage. Half a straightaway separated the lead duo from Nixon, who had just moved into third.
Nearing the halfway mark, Turnage closed in on Davis' tailgate and the race for the lead was on. On lap 17, Turnage took a peek to the inside of Davis off Turn 4. A lapped truck loomed in his path, though, forcing him back in line.
The second, and final, yellow flag waved on lap 18 when Millard spun in Turn 2, just ahead of the leaders, who made it past without incident.
On the ensuing restart, Turnage failed to come up to speed immediately and drivers scrambled high and low to avoid him. Davis, meanwhile, was ahead of the fray, busy fashioning a half-straightaway lead.
By the finish, Davis had extended his winning margin to nearly a full straightaway over Turnage, who bounced back to take second. Nixon was third to the line, followed by McAdams and Munger.

In the 25-lap SavitaPets.com UCAR feature, Jon Largena assumed the lead with three circuits remaining and cruised to his first career victory.
Sammy Gaita started on the pole, at 72.521 mph, and set the pace for the first 22 laps. Bill Eaker shared the front row with Gaita and held down the second spot. Tim Wilson qualified fourth, moved up to third as the race got going and joined the front two in a breakaway, putting half a straightaway between themselves and fourth-place Largena.
For the three leaders, things began to unravel on lap 23 when Eaker cut down a tire and slammed the outside wall in Turn 4, bringing out the second caution flag.
Coming to the green flag on the ensuing restart, Wilson and Gaita tangled and Gaita spun. The yellow flag quickly reappeared as both drivers retreated to the rear of the field.
Lining up for the next restart, Largena found himself out front, followed by Richard Ellis, Michael Joyner, Jesse Jones IV and Kevin Morgan. Joyner and Morgan chose to launch from the outside lane.
Back under green, Largena cleared Joyner off Turn 2. Ellis and Jones tagged along, dropping Joyner to fourth.
Ellis and Jones traded the runner-up spot a couple times over the closing circuits. Their private battle allowed Largena to pad his lead.
At the checkers, Largena was the winner by five lengths over Ellis. Jones was third, followed by Joyner and Morgan. After controlling most of the event, Gaita ended up 12th in the final rundown, one spot ahead of Wilson. Eaker, meanwhile, was credited with 15th.

In a 20-lapper for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts, Charlie-Ray Lorah took the lead for good on lap 16 and showed the way to his second win of the young season.
Clayton Parrish drew the pole for the start of the event and led the first lap. The beginning of lap 2, though, featured a three-wide scramble and Lorah grabbed the lead into Turn 1, bringing Shawn Gervais and Jake Harberts along with him.
By lap 4, the Lorah/Gervais/Harberts grouping had opened a four-length lead on the rest of the field. Gradually, though, Harberts began to lose touch with the top two, slipping into the clutches of the second pack.
Finding eager drafting partners in Bill Kirwan and Aaron Leach. Harberts led the three-kart charge as they began to reel in the leaders.
On lap 14, Harberts, Leach and Kirwan swung to the outside of Lorah and Gervais in a bid for the lead. Harberts nosed ahead at the end of lap 15, only to see Lorah rally back to the front on lap 16. Aaron Leach and Harberts dropped back to fourth and fifth, respectively, while Matthew Leach rumbled into third, behind Lorah and Gervais.
Matthew Leach bypassed Gervais for second on lap 18. Joined by '11 champ Chris O'Brien, Aaron Leach and Harberts pounced and bumped Gervais from the top five.
Lorah and Matthew Leach maintained a disciplined draft all the way to the finish. Lorah's margin of victory was a mere 88-thousandths of a second. Aaron Leach was third, followed by Harberts and O'Brien, who fought off Vaughan Crittenden at the stripe for fifth.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

Race Results
Saturday, May 19, 2012

Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (97) Greg Edwards; 50
2. (41) Wes Falk; 50
3. (88) Matt Bowling; 50
4. (07) Austin Self; 50
5. (29) Casey Wyatt; 50
6. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 50
7. (55) Mark Wertz; 50
8. (95) Shayne Lockhart; 509
9. (10) Jeff Shiflett; 50
10. (90) Terry Carroll; 50
11. (67) J.T. Jackson; 49
12. (83) Jeremy Grogg; 48
13. (38) Duane Shreeves; 33
14. (18) Nick Smith; 32
15. (33) Kenny Forbes; 19
16. (97x)Robbie Babb; 3
17. (26x)Hudson Hall; 2
18. (48) Doug Warren; 1
DQ (40) C.E. Falk; 50
Pole: G. Edwards - 88.576 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (97) Greg Edwards; 50
2. (41) Wes Falk; 50
3. (55) Mark Wertz; 50
4. (07) Austin Self; 50
5. (29) Casey Wyatt; 50
6. (88) Matt Bowling; 50
7. (90) Terry Carroll; 50
8. (10) Jeff Shiflett; 50
9. (67) J.T. Jackson; 49
10. (38) Duane Shreeves; 49
11. (83) Jeremy Grogg; 49
12. (95) Shayne Lockhart; 33
13. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 20
14. (97x)Robbie Babb; 4
15. (26x)Hudson Hall; 2
16. (48) Doug Warren; 1
DQ (40) C.E. Falk; 50
Pole: C.E. Falk - via Race #1 finish.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
2. (14) Paul Lubno; 40
3. (81) Brandon Hinson; 40
4. (11) Tommy Sweeney; 40
5. (40) Andrew Condrey; 40
6. (77) Carl Livingston; 40
7. (6) Shawn Scovel; 40
8. (30) Chris Spangler; 40
9. (55) Joe Britt; 39
10. (21) Billy Fisher; 34
11. (28) Jamie Sample; 16
12. (9) Rodney Boyd; 10
13. (29) Mark Frye; 10
14. (54) Billy Newman; 10
Pole: Frye - Top 4 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Derrick - 77.603 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Trk #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
2. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
3. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
4. (26) Chase McAdams; 25
5. (2) Chris Munger; 25
6. (19) Bill Wallace; 25
7. (20) Buck Munger; 25
8. (52) Chris Bechtel; 25
9. (88) Jacob Carr; 25
10. (4) Tory Vaughn IV; 25
11. (99) Matt Kurz; 25
12. (18) Cory Millard; 25
13. (57) T.J. Henry; 10
Pole: Turnage - Top 2 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Davis - 74.442 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (88) Jon Largena; 25
2. (4) Richard Ellis; 25
3. (5) Jesse Jones IV; 25
4. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
5. (11) Kevin Morgan; 25
6. (70) Landon Abbott; 25
7. (51) Derek Roberts; 25
8. (46) Jason Michaud; 25
9. (1) Denver Alvis; 25
10. (38) Rodney Davis; 25
11. (6) Tyler Paden; 25
12. (21) Sammy Gaita; 25
13. (71) Tim Wilson; 24
14. (09) Nick Gundacker; 24
15. (22) Bill Eaker; 22
16. (3) Eric Schaffer; 0
Pole: Gaita - 72.521 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (59) Charlie-Ray Lorah; 20
2. (51) Matthew Leach; 20
3. (87) Aaron Leach; 20
4. (80) Jake Harberts; 20
5. (99) Chris O'Brien; 20
6. (24) Vaughan Crittenden; 20
7. (71) Shawn Gervais; 20
8. (60) Sparky West; 20
9. (6) Clayton Parrish; 20
10. (3) Kris Robinson; 20
11. (1) Ashten Mullett; 20
12. (85) Chris Jackson; 20
13. (53) Rob Fearing; 19
14. (8) Tommy Jackson Jr.; 19
15. (64) Bill Kirwan; 19
16. (66) John Savage; 13
17. (88) Matthew Dail; 12
18. (44) Travis Wall; 0
Pole: Parrish - via draw.

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