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Rudy, Derrick score doubleheader sweeps
Jun 3, 2012 - updated Jun 3rd, 2012 9:46am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton Va. --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
4CDL.com/Thomas Nelson Community College Night
Race Report
Saturday, June 2, 2012

HAMPTON, Va. (June 2) -- Mike Rudy scored his first two wins of the season, sweeping both ends of the 4CDL.com/Thomas Nelson Community College Twin 25s for the KeesVacations.com Modifieds, the headlining events of Saturday evening's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Rudy's dominance was on display early as he earned the pole position for the first 25-lapper. Qualifying at 85.756 mph, his fast lap was 0.124-second better than the one turned in by Shawn Balluzzo, who was second-quickest. Robbie Babb, Anthony Kincaid and Matt Slye filled positions 3-5 on the 13-car starting grid.
As the opening event got under way, Rudy leaped ahead of Balluzzo and hauled the field into Turn 1. Babb tagged along on his bumper, moving up to second, while Kincaid snagged third from Balluzzo on lap 2. By lap 3, Rudy had already opened a five-length gap over Babb.
The first caution flag flew on lap 8 for debris on the frontstretch, which was the end result of a brief scuffle between Cameron Patrick and Paul Debolt. Patrick, who scuffed the outside wall, was chased to the pits, retiring to a 13th-place finish.
Gathering for a restart, Kincaid gave up his third spot in line and pulled alongside Rudy. He was joined up top by fifth-place Slye, Debolt and Michael Johnson.
Back under green, Kincaid remained to Rudy's outside until they reached the end of the backstretch. Heading into Turn 3, Rudy gained the upper hand and left the lane open for Babb.
In Turn 4, Babb and Kincaid tangled and Kincaid's machine spun sideways. He made a remarkable save, however, and hung onto the runner-up spot. Meanwhile, Rudy had driven off by half a straightaway.
The second yellow flag waved on lap 14 when Johnson spun at the flagstand. For the ensuing restart, fourth-place Balluzzo and fifth-place Todd VanGuilder, along with Debolt and Johnson, opted for the outside lane.
Before another green-flag lap was completed, the caution flag appeared again as Babb looped his machine in Turn 4. Balluzzo, Debolt, Johnson and Babb headed to the high side as the field bunched for the restart.
As the race resumed, Rudy cleared Balluzzo's machine off Turn 2, followed by Kincaid, who pulled ahead of Balluzzo in Turns 3 and 4. Deeper in the field, Casey Wyatt was on the move, swiping fourth from VanGuilder on lap 16.
At the front, Rudy was on cruise control. By the finish, he had extended his winning margin to 1.450 seconds -- nearly half a straightaway. Kincaid was second, followed by Balluzzo, who saw his season-opening three-race winning streak come to a halt. Wyatt and VanGuilder completed the top five.
Babb headed the second five, in sixth, while Debolt, Slye, Johnson and Danny Harrell rounded out the top 10. Curtis Hughes and Scott Lawrence were 11th and 12th at the checkers, also on the lead lap.
In Victory Lane after the race, Rudy pointed out just how good his car was: "I knew we had a great car to get out front and I knew that they would battle back there behind me. And, actually, three-quarters through the race, I was running about three-quarter throttle, trying to save everything for the next race.
The lineup for the second half of the twinbill was determined by the finish of the first race, putting Rudy and Kincaid on the front row.
As the green flag waved, Rudy and Kincaid dueled side-by-side until they reached Turn 4. Exiting the corner, Rudy powered ahead, while Kincaid slipped into second. Balluzzo, Wyatt and Babb emerged in third, fourth and fifth, in that order.
The race's only caution flag was unfurled on lap 5 when Johnson spun in the middle of Turns 1 and 2. Approaching the scene, Hughes veered high and walloped the outside wall, bringing his night to an abrupt end.
Lining up for the restart, Balluzzo broke out of line and moved up to Rudy's outside. He was joined by VanGuilder, Slye and Johnson.
Back under green, Rudy quickly cleared Balluzzo, who tucked in line on his rear bumper. Within a couple laps, Rudy was able to fashion a lead of more than three lengths. Meanwhile, the margin between Balluzzo and third-place began to grow.
By lap 16, Rudy had stretched his advantage to five lengths over Balluzzo. A straightaway behind them, Kincaid and Wyatt tussled for third.
Heading into the closing circuits, Balluzzo began to close in on the leader. By lap 21, he had trimmed his deficit to three lengths. At that point, though, his charge stalled as Rudy motored on to his second win of the night.
At the end, Rudy won by 0.720-second over Balluzzo. Kincaid was third, fighting off Wyatt at the stripe. Babb tailed the top four to the line, in fifth.
Slye was sixth to the stripe, followed by VanGuilder, Johnson and Debolt. Patrick bounced back from his disappointment in the opening race to take 10th, the final driver on the lead lap.
Making a return trip to the winner's circle, Rudy was asked about between-race changes: "A couple of minor changes. We just moved the tires front to back, just to get a little more bite off the rear. But, other than that, that's it."
Asked about the momentum boost that the wins will provide, Rudy continued, "I've just a lot going. I'm trying to win the championship out here with Balluzzo, trying to give him a good battle. I won the Southside Speedway track championship last year and I just want to win this one."
With Saturday's results, the Modified points chase tightened considerably. Down by five at the beginning of the night, Rudy has drawn to within two of Balluzzo's lead, 127-125. Kincaid is third, just seven out of the top spot.

In the evening's other feature events:

Defending division champ Ricky Derrick notched his second and third wins in Twin 20s for the Pepsi Grand Stocks. His victory in the second half of the twinbill, however, came at a heavy price.
Two-time race winner Rodney Boyd was the fast qualifier, at 77.341 mph. He spun a "6" on the inversion wheel, though, bumping him to the outside of Row 3. Derrick assumed the pole position for the start of the first race, flanked by Jamie Sample. Tommy Sweeney and Mark Claar made up Row 2, while Mark Frye lined up to the inside of Boyd.
The opener got off to a rocky start as Sample and Frye tangled in Turn 4 on the opening lap. After visits to the pits, both drivers were able to rejoin the field. Michael Waters, who took the brunt of the damage wasn't as fortunate, though, retiring to a 19th-place finish.
Under way for a second time, Claar, who had moved into the outside pole slot, failed to come up to speed immediately and gave way to Derrick and Sweeney, dropping to third. Boyd tried to swipe the third spot from Claar and the two scuffled in Turn 4 with Claar holding onto the spot.
After opening a two-length lead in the early going, Derrick found Sweeney parked on his rear bumper on lap 7. Claar lingered just behind Sweeney, while Boyd had tracked down the top three and looked to join the battle for the lead.
The second, and final, yellow flag flew on lap 8 when Chris Forbes spun in Turn 4. Lining up for the restart, the top five -- Derrick, Sweeney, Claar, Boyd and Robbie Parker -- remained nose-to-tail, while sixth-place Paul Lubno led a string of challengers to the outside lane.
Returning to green, Derrick quickly cleared Lubno, but found Sweeney to his inside as the field headed into Turns 1 and 2. Derrick quelled that bid and pulled away by a car-length on the backstretch. Lubno slipped into the third position, followed by Claar and Boyd, who were door-to-door for fourth.
On lap 10, Boyd surged ahead of Claar and brought Parker along with him, to fifth. A lap later, Lubno was on the move, snagging the runner-up spot from Sweeney. The swap allowed Derrick to open a five-length advantage.
Boyd and Parker continued their charge on lap 13, scooting around Sweeney to take over third and fourth, respectively. Sweeney wasn't quite ready to give up the fight, though, as he and Parker traded the fourth spot several times in the waning circuits.
At the front, Derrick maintained his five-length edge all the way to the finish, winning by 0.939-second over Lubno. Boyd was third, while Parker outdueled Sweeney to take fourth.
The lineup for the nightcap mirrored the finishing order of the first event, landing Derrick and Lubno on the front row for the start.
The first 11 laps of the race were interrupted by five caution flags. Bunching for what would turn out to be the final restart, Derrick showed the way, trailed by Boyd and Claar, who had used the outside lane on three restarts to advance his position. Sweeney and Parker were fourth and fifth.
Under green for the last time, Derrick fended off a bid from Parker, who was on his outside flank. Parker slid into the second spot and took another run at Derrick in Turn 4, but came up empty. Soon, Parker had Claar to contend with.
On lap 14, Claar nosed ahead of Parker for second, gaining the clear-cut edge on the following circuit. He quickly closed in on Derrick and began hunting for an opening.
On lap 18, Claar drove under Derrick in Turn 2, but was rebuffed. He kept digging, though, and poked a fender to the inside of the leader off Turn 4. He drew even and grabbed the lead for the first time on lap 19, setting the stage for the white-flag lap.
Working the final circuit, Derrick retook the top spot. Exiting Turn 4 for the last time, Claar mounted a final charge and he and Derrick locked horns. Derrick spun sideways, but stayed on the accelerator as Claar pushed him all the way from Turn 4 to the checkered flag. Derrick's official margin of victory was 78-thousandths of a second.
Passing the flagstand, Derrick's machine made a beeline toward the inside wall and he blasted the barrier before coming to rest. With his car in a battered heap, Derrick had to make his way back to Victory Lane on foot as tempers flared in the pits.
Boyd was third, behind Derrick and Claar, in the final rundown, while Lubno recovered from a cut tire on lap 8 to salvage fourth. Sweeney came home in the fifth spot.
With the two wins, Derrick has eked out a two-point lead over Sweeney in the Grand Stock standings, 142-140. And, luckily for him, the division won't be back in action until June 29, giving him almost a month to repair his damaged ride or come up with a suitable alternative.

In the 40-lap Heritage Motor Co. Super Street feature, Renno Marchetti IV started on the pole and led all the way to run his unbeaten streak to three.
Defending champ Ryan Nester was quickest in qualifying, at 75.004 mph. He dialed up a "2" on the inversion wheel and swapped front-row starting spots with Marchetti. Dale Parro and Sean Calway lined up third and fourth, while John Pereira completed the top five on the grid.
On the opening lap, Pereira spun in the middle of Turns 1 and 2, bringing out the first caution flag and prompting a complete restart.
On the second try, Marchetti grabbed a half-length lead over Nester. Parro was third, pushing Marchetti along and keeping Nester trapped on the outside. Marchetti cleared Nester on lap 2 and left the lane open for Parro, who took second.
The second caution flag appeared on lap 4 when Thomas Wilson spun in Turn 3, while battling Rod Busitzky for the fourth position. Lining up for a restart, Nester broke out of line and pulled alongside the leader.
Back under green, Marchetti dispensed with Nester, leaving him to scuffle with Parro. Their duel ended a lap later when Parro stopped in Turn 4 with a cut tire.
On the restart, Marchetti pulled away, while Nester struggled with Busitzky. Nester pulled ahead on lap 6, but the brief distraction had allowed Marchetti to open a four-length lead.
Over the next 10 laps or so, Marchetti and Nester distanced themselves from the pack. At the crossed flags, Marchetti was up by three lengths over Nester, who was a straightaway ahead of third-place Larry Venable.
By lap 27, Nester had erased Marchetti's advantage and he launched a bid for the lead on lap 29. Marchetti used a slower car as a rolling pick, though, forcing Nester to drop back in line.
The last of the race's four caution flags waved on lap 35 for Calway's spin in Turn 4, right in front of the lead duo.
On the final restart, Marchetti pulled away, while Nester tussled with Parro for the runner-up spot.
At the checkers, Marchetti was the winner by 0.851-second -- about four lengths -- over Nester. Parro was third, while Venable and Calway came home in fourth and fifth, in that order.

Nick Smith took the lead for good on lap 16 and rolled to his third straight victory in the 25-lap Cycle City Corp. INEX Legends race.
Brad Hancock started on the pole, at 78.711 mph, but gave way to Smith, who led lap 1 by half a car-length. Hancock rallied on lap 2, however, and edged back in front. He cleared Smith on lap 3 and pulled away, while Smith tumbled to fourth in the running order.
On lap 6, Brenden "Butterbean" Queen moved into second place, bypassing Steve Keesee. A lap later, Smith also scooted past Keesee for third. Meanwhile, Hancock led by three lengths.
On lap 11, Smith slipped by Queen for the runner-up spot and set his sights on the leader. Within a couple laps, he had closed up on Hancock's rear bumper.
The first caution flag waved on lap 14 for debris.
Back under green, Hancock and Smith bolted from the pack, while Spencer Saunders moved up to challenge Queen for third.
On lap 15, Smith went after Hancock for the lead, driving underneath him on the backstretch. He gained the upper hand off Turn 2 on lap 16 and brought Queen along, to second.
The second, and final, caution flag appeared on lap 17 when Saunders spun in Turn 2.
On the last restart, Smith led Queen, Hancock, Woody Howard and Keesee in a breakaway at the front of the field. As they motored off Turn 2, Smith fashioned a two-length lead.
Queen took a run at Smith on lap 18, closing to within a car-length. Smith blunted the charge, though, and began to widen his margin.
At the finish, Smith was the winner by 0.620-second -- about four lengths -- over Queen. Hancock was third, followed by Howard and Keesee.

In a 40-lapper for the Cook's Moving Service Enduros, Alex Floroff moved out front on lap 14 and held on for his first victory of the season.
Rodney Davis drew the pole position, but gave way to Robert Perry as the event got under way. Davis rallied on lap 2 and regained the top spot. On lap 3, though, he was overwhelmed by two-time winner Richard Quinn.
Once in the lead, Quinn, who started 11th, stormed to a full-straightaway lead and appeared to be on the way to his third consecutive victory. Little by little, however, Floroff, who moved into second on lap 11, began to close in.
On lap 14, Quinn dropped off the pace and Floroff pounced, snagging the top spot in Turn 3. Just four laps later, Floroff had already pulled away by almost half a straightaway.
Quinn wasn't quite done yet, though. As Floroff worked past slower cars, Quinn narrowed the gap and made a bid for the lead on lap 33. He came up empty, but the battle for the win was on.
Disaster nearly struck for Floroff on lap 37 when he skittered sideways into Turn 1. As he chased his machine up the track, he opened the inside lane for Quinn, who drew alongside. Floroff regained command of the point off Turn 2 on lap 38.
With the white flag awaiting, Quinn took another run at Floroff in Turn 4 on lap 39. Again, Floroff held him off.
At the checkers, Floroff was the winner by a car-length. Quinn was second, while Larry Drommerhausen, Derrick Boggess and Dave Wedding completed the top five.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
4CDL.com/Thomas Nelson Community College Night
Race Results
Saturday, June 2, 2012

Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Mike Rudy; 25
2. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 25
3. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 25
4. (03) Casey Wyatt; 25
5. (57) Todd VanGuilder; 25
6. (44) Robbie Babb; 25
7. (47) Paul Debolt; 25
8. (33) Matt Slye; 25
9. (38) Michael Johnson; 25
10. (95) Danny Harrell; 25
11. (3) Curtis Hughes; 25
12. (83) Scott Lawrence; 25
13. (20) Cameron Patrick; 7
Pole: Rudy - 85.756 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Mike Rudy; 25
2. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 25
3. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 25
4. (03) Casey Wyatt; 25
5. (44) Robbie Babb; 25
6. (33) Matt Slye; 25
7. (57) Todd VanGuilder; 25
8. (38) Michael Johnson; 25
9. (47) Paul Debolt; 25
10. (20) Cameron Patrick; 25
11. (95) Danny Harrell; 24
12. (83) Scott Lawrence; 19
13. (3) Curtis Hughes; 4
Pole: Rudy - via Race #1 finish.

Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Ricky Derrick; 20
2. (14) Paul Lubno; 20
3. (9) Rodney Boyd; 20
4. (19) Robbie Parker; 20
5. (11) Tommy Sweeney; 20
6. (21) Billy Fisher; 20
7. (28) Jamie Sample; 20
8. (7) Mark Claar; 20
9. (77) Carl Livingston; 20
10. (81) Brandon Hinson; 20
11. (29) Mark Frye; 20
12. (55) Joe Britt; 20
13. (0) Andrew Condrey; 20
14. (6) Shawn Scovel; 20
15. (54) Billy Newman; 20
16. (27) Chris Forbes; 19
17. (71) J.R. Smith; 19
18. (30) Chris Spangler; 4
19. (2) Michael Waters; 0
Pole: Derrick - top 6 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Boyd - 77.341 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Ricky Derrick; 20
2. (7) Mark Claar; 20
3. (9) Rodney Boyd; 20
4. (14) Paul Lubno; 20
5. (11) Tommy Sweeney; 20
6. (19) Robbie Parker; 20
7. (29) Mark Frye; 20
8. (2) Michael Waters; 20
9. (28) Jamie Sample; 20
10. (54) Billy Newman; 20
11. (0) Andrew Condrey; 20
12. (6) Shawn Scovel; 20
13. (71) J.R. Smith; 20
14. (21) Billy Fisher; 19
15. (77) Carl Livingston; 11
16. (27) Chris Forbes; 10
17. (55) Joe Britt; 7
18. (81) Brandon Hinson; 2
Pole: Derrick - via Race #1 finish.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 40
2. (87) Ryan Nester; 40
3. (15) Dale Parro; 40
4. (14) Larry Venable; 40
5. (12) Sean Calway; 40
6. (3) John Pereira; 40
7. (2) Rod Busitzky; 40
8. (05) Thomas Wilson; 40
9. (03) Jerry Lamontagne; 19
Pole: Marchetti - top 2 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Nester - 75.004 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (97) Nick Smith; 25
2. (03) Brenden Queen; 25
3. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
4. (14) Woody Howard; 25
5. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
6. (88) Chris Raiford; 25
7. (77) Connor Hall; 25
8. (08) Jamie Price; 25
9. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
10. (22) Brian May; 25
11. (11) Chris Lemonds; 25
12. (71) Chris Hildebrand; 25
13. (8) Dannie Wyatt; 25
14. (00) Corey Hoagland; 25
15. (05) Michael Gerdes; 13
16. (98) Matt Morgan; 0
Pole: Hancock - 78.711 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Alex Floroff; 40
2. (31) Richard Quinn; 40
3. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 40
4. (18) Derrick Boggess; 40
5. (7) Dave Wedding; 40
6. (2) Robert Larkin; 39
7. (73) Ronald Kline; 39
8. (95) Michael Dayton; 39
9. (12) Rosie Pavlik; 36
10. (3) Steven Durbin; 35
11. (11) Rodney Davis; 34
12. (28) Michael Schlemmer; 28
13. (14) Robert Perry; 28
Pole: Davis - via draw.

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