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Falk, Lockhart split Late Model Twins
May 27, 2012 - updated May 27th, 2012 12:09pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton Va. --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Heritage Motor Co. Military Night
Race Report
Saturday, May 26, 2012

C.E. Falk and Shayne Lockhart split the checkered flags in the Heritage Motor Co. Twin 50s for the EZ Auto in Newport News Late Model Stock Cars, the headlining events of Saturday evening's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
The lineup for the first race was determined by time trials. New points leader Greg Edwards turned the fastest lap, at 88.742 mph, but failed to clear the post-qualifying inspection, bumping him to the rear of the 18-car grid.
With Edwards relegated to the back, Wes Falk assumed the pole position, at 87.930 mph. C.E. Falk lined up to his brother's outside, followed by Danny Edwards Jr., Lockhart and Mark Wertz.
As the opener got under way, C.E. Falk nosed ahead of his younger brother to lead the first lap by half a car-length. He gained the clear-cut edge off Turn 2 on the second circuit.
By lap 4, C.E. Falk had fashioned a two-length advantage over Wes Falk, who saw Lockhart growing larger in his mirror. Meanwhile, Greg Edwards was slowly making his way toward the front. He cracked the top 10 on lap 7.
The leaders encountered slower traffic for the first time on lap 18 and C.E. Falk emerged on lap 20, having extended his margin to four lengths over his brother, who had put some distance between himself and Lockhart.
The first caution flag flew on lap 31 for J.T. Jackson's spin. As the field bunched for the restart, Lockhart opted to give up the third spot in line to test his luck in the outside lane. He was joined on the top side by fifth-place Wertz, Edwards, who was up to sixth, and ninth-place Gary Weeks.
Only one more circuit went in the books before the second yellow flag appeared for debris in Turn 2. For the ensuing restart, Lockhart and Edwards were the only takers of the high side option.
Back under green, C.E. Falk quickly dispensed with Lockhart. Wes Falk tagged along, clearing Lockhart on the backstretch. Reaching Turns 3 and 4, Greg Edwards squeezed between Lockhart and Danny Edwards Jr., making it three-wide for a few anxious moments. Edwards Jr. came away with the third spot, followed by Wertz and Edwards, while Lockhart tumbled to ninth.
On lap 35, Edwards grabbed the fourth position from Wertz. Two laps later, he overtook Edwards Jr. for third and set off after the Falks, who were up by nearly half a straightaway.
By lap 43, Edwards had closed to within a car-length of Wes Falk's rear bumper. Ahead of them, C.E. Falk led by a little more than two lengths.
Edwards made his move for the runner-up spot on lap 48, driving underneath and past Wes Falk through Turns 3 and 4. The swap allowed C.E. Falk to widen his lead to four lengths at the white flag.
Traffic came into play on the final circuit as Edwards continued to close ground. His charge came up just short at the checkers, though, as Falk held on to claim his third victory by 0.346-second -- a little more than a car-length.
Wes Falk was third to the stripe, followed by Danny Edwards Jr. and Casey Wyatt. Wertz headed the second five, in sixth, while Lockhart, Gary Weeks, Duane Shreeves and Kevin Cunningham completed the top 10. Jackson was 11th, the final driver on the lead lap.
In Victory Lane after the first 50-lapper, C.E. Falk foreshadowed his eventual fate in the second event: "I think we've got a pretty terminal issue happening. We were snap-crackle-and-poppin' with five to go. We're gonna have to go to work on it. Glad it made it through the whole 50 laps."
The lineup for the second half of the twinbill was determined by the finishing order of the first race, putting C.E. Falk and Greg Edwards on the front row.
As the second 50-lapper got going, Edwards eased ahead of Falk on the backstretch and cleared him off Turn 4. By lap 11, Edwards had pulled away from Falk by six car-lengths.
With his engine sounding a ragged note each time he passed the grandstand, it quickly became apparent that Falk's powerplant woes from earlier in the evening hadn't been solved. Still, though, he gamely held on to second place.
Meanwhile, as attention turned to Edwards' strong run and Falk's developing problems, Lockhart was beginning to rumble.
Starting seventh, he maintained that position for the first 10 circuits, then picked off Wertz for sixth on lap 11. Four laps later, he bypassed Wyatt to move into the top five and snagged fourth from Danny Edwards Jr. on lap 18. Closing in on Wes Falk, Lockhart grabbed the third position on lap 22 and set off after the lead duo.
C.E. Falk's night came to an unceremonious end when he dropped off the pace on lap 32 and headed for the pits, retiring to a 15th-place finish.
The premature exit capped a disappointing week for Falk. He swept the Twin 50s on May 19, only to be disqualified from both races after post-race inspections. Early in the week, one of the DQs was reversed. Later, though, the original call was reinstated, dealing a severe blow to his hopes for a fourth straight Late Model championship. With Saturday's results, he now finds himself in a 56-point hole.
As Falk retreated to the sidelines, second place passed to Lockhart, who was a full straightaway behind Edwards with 18 laps remaining.
Lockhart was unable to make much headway until lap 40 when Edwards ran up on slower traffic and saw his advantage trimmed in half. Now solidly in contention, Lockhart continued to inch in on Edwards' rear bumper. By lap 47, the gap had shrunk to a single car-length.
Lockhart took his first strong run at Edwards on lap 48 and the two made contact in Turn 2. At the other end of the track, Lockhart charged again and, this time, he pulled underneath Edwards off Turn 4.
Lockhart and Edwards went side-by-side for a lap with Lockhart nosing ahead as they came to the white flag.
On the final lap, Lockhart stretched his lead and went on to win by 0.870-second -- about four lengths. Greg Edwards, who later reported a tire going down in the closing circuits, was second, followed by Wes Falk, Wyatt and Danny Edwards Jr.
Wertz was sixth, while Shiflett and Weeks rounded out the lead-lap cars, in seventh and eighth. Terry Carroll and Shawn Balluzzo were ninth and 10th, both a lap down.
In Victory Lane following the event, Lockhart, a longtime Southside Speedway ace, commented on the run to his first-ever Langley win: "We had a decent car in the first race and we got three-wide going into Turn 3 and got up in the loose stuff and fell back to sixth or seventh (actually ninth) and drove back up there and passed a couple cars, so we had a decent car. Worked on it a little bit (between the two races) and the car worked really good. We were really terrible last week. Went back home and went to work on it. I've just gotta thank all the guys that work on this car, day in and day out. Most of 'em have been with me for a long time. Some of 'em have been here 20 or 25 years. We're the old-car dog here, so it feels good to get back in Victory Lane."
Asked about chasing down and passing Edwards, Lockhart continued, "They were giving me his lap times and our lap times and I said, 'He's just ridin'. He's just ridin'.' But, he just came up here and told me he had a tire going down. We hate to win 'em like that, but we've lost 'em that way, as well. All these competitors here -- C.E., Wesley, Mark Wertz, Casey, Greg, Danny -- all of 'em are good, fine people and we've raced with 'em a long time, so it's good."

In the evening's other feature events:

Robbie Davis started on the pole, at 75.246 mph, and wired the field for his third win of the season in a caution-filled 25-lapper for the Larry King Law Super Trucks.
Troy Turnage shared the front row with Davis and held down the second position for the first 15 circuits. He spun at the start/finish line on lap 16, though, bringing out the third of six yellow flags.
With Turnage relegated to the rear of the field, defending division champ Tommy Nixon moved up to Davis' tailgate. He was no match for the race leader, however, as Davis easily pulled away on each of the ensuing restarts.
Lining up for the final restart, at lap 22, Davis showed the way, followed by Nixon, Evan VanLeeuwen, Brad Adams and Chris Bechtel. Adams, along with Turnage and Jacob Carr, elected to launch from the outside lane.
Under green for the last time, Davis bolted from the pack, while Adams snagged second from Nixon. Nixon slipped back past Adams on lap 23. By then, though, Davis was long gone.
At the finish, Davis was the winner by almost half a straightaway -- 1.370 seconds, to be precise -- over Nixon. Turnage, who had a hand in two additional caution-causing incidents, rallied to salvage third.
Adams was fourth to the line, but didn't make it through the post-race inspection. His disqualification elevated VanLeeuwen to fourth in the official rundown, while Bechtel was fifth.

Steve Williams took the lead on lap 5 and showed the way to his first win of the year in a 30-lapper for the Standard Welding Pro Sixes.
The race got off to a rocky start with two caution flags before the first lap was officially recorded. Anthony Perez brought out the first yellow flag when his car made a beeline for the outside wall in Turn 1. The second appeared when David Butler, J.B. Sipe and Neil Sipe tangled on the backstretch.
The third try at a start proved to be the charm and Casey Sipe, who claimed the pole, at 80.782 mph, grabbed the early lead. Williams grabbed the second spot and fell in line on the leader's bumper.
On lap 4, Williams slipped underneath Casey Sipe in Turn 2. Sipe maintained a slight edge at the end of the lap, but gave way to Williams on lap 5. Bobby Hall tagged along with Williams and took over second place, while Sipe dropped to third.
Deeper in the field, rookie Landon Florian snagged fourth from Nelson Moody and began to close in on the top three. Catching up to the lead trio, he bypassed Sipe for third on lap 14, then swiped second from Hall on lap 17.
Florian's run to the front hit a detour on lap 18 when he looped his machine in Turn 3 to bring out the third caution flag. He took advantage of the outside lane on the ensuing restart, however, and quickly returned to the top five.
The last of the race's four caution flags waved on lap 23 when Pat Ritchie spun in Turn 2. As the field gathered for the restart, Williams, J.B. Sipe, Hall, Casey Sipe and Florian made up the top five.
The Sipes opted for the outside lane as the field prepared for a green flag. The choice didn't pay off, though, as Williams led the inside lane in a breakaway.
On lap 28, second-place Hall drifted wide in Turn 2 and gave way to Florian and the Sipes, tumbling to fifth.
At the finish, Williams was the winner by 0.708-second -- about five lengths -- over Florian. J.B. Sipe was third, followed by Casey Sipe and Hall.

In the evening's first race, a 20-lap contest for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts, Jake Harberts led all the way from the pole and picked up his first win of the season.
Charlie-Ray Lorah, who won the year's first two events, provided Harberts with drafting help throughout the race as the two leaders pulled away by as much as half a straightaway.
Harberts and Lorah maintained their disciplined tandem until the final corner. Coming to the checkers, Lorah swung wide in a bid for the win. He came up 47-thousandths of a second short, though, as Harberts held on by half a kart-length.
Cody Carlton was third to the line, followed by Shawn Gervais. Josh Ayer crossed the stripe in fifth, but didn't clear the post-race inspection. Clifton Savage was fifth in the official rundown.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Heritage Motor Co. Military Night
Race Results
Saturday, May 26, 2012

Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) C.E. Falk; 50
2. (97) Greg Edwards; 50
3. (41) Wes Falk; 50
4. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 50
5. (29) Casey Wyatt; 50
6. (55) Mark Wertz; 50
7. (95) Shayne Lockhart; 50
8. (20) Gary Weeks; 50
9. (38) Duane Shreeves; 50
10. (61) Kevin Cunningham; 50
11. (67) J.T. Jackson; 50
12. (77) Bruce Livingston; 49
13. (83) Jeremy Grogg; 48
14. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 31
15. (6) Shawn Balluzzo; 29
16. (90) Terry Carroll; 29
17. (97a)Robbie Babb; 4
18. (55a)Todd VanGuilder; 4
Pole: W. Falk - 87.930 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (95) Shayne Lockhart; 50
2. (97) Greg Edwards; 50
3. (41) Wes Falk; 50
4. (29) Casey Wyatt; 50
5. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 50
6. (55) Mark Wertz; 50
7. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 50
8. (20) Gary Weeks; 50
9. (90) Terry Carroll; 49
10. (6) Shawn Balluzzo; 49
11. (38) Duane Shreeves; 49
12. (77) Bruce Livingston; 49
13. (61) Kevin Cunningham; 48
14. (83) Jeremy Grogg; 47
15. (40) C.E. Falk; 32
16. (55a)Todd VanGuilder; 3
17. (97a)Robbie Babb; 3
18. (67) J.T. Jackson; 2
Pole: C.E. Falk - via Race #1 finish.

Fin. Pos. (Trk #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
2. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
3. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
4. (99) Evan VanLeeuwen; 25
5. (52) Chris Bechtel; 25
6. (88) Jacob Carr; 25
7. (18) Cory Millard; 25
8. (20) Buck Munger; 25
9. (19) Bill Wallace; 21
10. (26) Fred McAdams; 21
11. (62) Chase McAdams; 10
12. (4) Tory Vaughn IV; 5
DQ (04) Brad Adams; 25
Pole: Davis - 75.246 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (7) Steve Williams; 30
2. (98) Landon Florian; 30
3. (14) J.B. Sipe; 30
4. (23) Casey Sipe; 30
5. (6) Bobby Hall; 30
6. (46) Nelson Moody; 30
7. (77) Neil Sipe; 30
8. (22) Ben Zoellner; 30
9. (4) Debbie Biesecker; 30
10. (57) Pat Ritchie; 30
11. (17) David Butler; 16
12. (29) Anthony Perez; 0
Pole: C. Sipe - 80.782 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Krt #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (80) Jake Harberts; 20
2. (59) Charlie-Ray Lorah; 20
3. (94) Cody Carlton; 20
4. (71) Shawn Gervais; 20
5. (63) Clifton Savage; 20
6. (99) Chris O'Brien; 20
7. (44) Travis Wall; 20
8. (87) Aaron Leach; 20
9. (24) Vaughan Crittenden; 20
10. (42) Mark Brooks; 20
11. (1) Ashten Mullett; 20
12. (88) Matthew Dail; 20
13. (8) Tommy Jackson Jr.; 20
14. (6) Clayton Parrish; 20
15. (60) Sparky West; 20
16. (16) David Millard; 20
17. (51) Matthew Leach; 20
18. (40) Albert Falk; 20
19. (3) Kris Robinson; 20
20. (53) Rob Fearing; 20
21. (02) Jordan Wood; 19
22. (66) John Savage; 19
23. (85) Chris Jackson; 19
24. (64) Bill Kirwan; 19
25. (97) Scott Hughes; 18
DQ (41) Josh Ayer; 20
Pole: Harberts - 59.949 mph.

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