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Rudy, Balluzzo split Modified Twins
Jun 30, 2012 - updated Jun 30th, 2012 10:13am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton Va. --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
BNI Night Race Report Friday, June 29, 2012

Mike Rudy and Shawn Balluzzo picked up their fourth wins of the season as they split the BNI Twin 25s for the KeesVacations.com Modifieds, the featured events of Friday evening's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
The lineup for the first 25-lapper was determined by time trials and Rudy claimed the pole, at 85.611 mph. Balluzzo was second-fastest, while Matt Slye, Anthony Kincaid and Casey Wyatt completed the top five on the 11-car grid.
As the opener got under way, Rudy jumped out front to take the early lead and Balluzzo settled into second. Behind them, Wyatt pulled off a three-wide pass on the backstretch, slipping by Slye and Kincaid to take over third.
On lap 4, Kincaid ducked underneath Wyatt in Turn 2 and moved up to third as they exited Turn 4. The shuffle allowed Rudy and Balluzzo to open a half-straightaway advantage over the rest of the field.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 8 when Wyatt spun in Turn 4. Bunching for a restart, the fourth- and fifth-place runners, Slye and Cameron Patrick, headed to the outside lane. They were joined up top by Darrell Vance, Kenny Forbes and Wyatt.
Back under green, Rudy quickly dispensed with Slye. Reaching Turns 1 and 2, Kincaid took a peek to the inside of Balluzzo in a bid for second. Balluzzo held him off, but their brief scuffle allowed Rudy to pull away by five lengths.
The only other yellow flag waved on lap 12 for debris. For the ensuing restart, the outside lane was occupied by Kincaid, Forbes, Robbie Babb and Wyatt.
As the race resumed, Rudy dashed away, leaving Kincaid and Balluzzo to fight over the runner-up position. Balluzzo took the spot and set off after Rudy, who had established a three-length edge.
By lap 17, Balluzzo had cut the deficit to a single car-length. That was as close as he would get, though, as Rudy began to ease away in the closing circuits.
At the checkers, Rudy was the winner by 1.702 seconds almost half a straightaway over Balluzzo, who backed off to save his equipment for the second race. Kincaid was third, while Slye and Patrick completed the top five.
Forbes, who competed in last weekend's NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event, was sixth in his Langley Mod debut. Danny Harrell, Curtis Hughes and Wyatt were seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively, the final drivers on the lead lap. Vance was credited with 10th.
In Victory Lane after the race, Rudy celebrated his fourth win in the last five races, while casting a wary eye toward the evening's second event: "We've got a little bit of work to do. Shawn was there on me. I was trying to keep him there, trying to see if he could burn his tires up a little bit, and I was actually pushing mine a little harder than I wanted to go, but we'll be all right for the second race."
The lineup for the nightcap was determined by the finishing order of the opener, putting Rudy and Balluzzo on the front row. Kincaid and Slye made up Row 2, followed by Patrick and Forbes.
As the initial green flag dropped to start the second event, Rudy bolted out front, while Kincaid slipped to the inside of Balluzzo. Heading down the backstretch, though, Balluzzo gained the upper hand.
Before the first lap was in the books, trouble broke out off Turn 4 as Slye and Patrick tangled. Patrick's machine hopped over Slye's left-front tire and went airborne. When the smoke cleared, Hughes, Harrell, Babb and Vance had also caught a piece of the action.
The incident sidelined Hughes and Babb, while Slye later returned to complete just a handful of laps. The red flag was displayed to allow the cleanup crew to gather the debris from the scene.
On the second attempt at a start, Rudy again grabbed the early lead, while Balluzzo and Kincaid renewed their tussle for second.
The second, and final, caution flag flew on lap 5 as officials summoned Slye's battered machine to the pits. For the ensuing restart, fourth-place Forbes and fifth-place Wyatt opted for the outside lane, joined by Patrick, who was able to continue despite his wild ride.
Returning to green, Rudy and Forbes battled side-by-side until they reached Turn 2. Heading onto the backstretch, Rudy pulled ahead, while Balluzzo moved up to challenge for second. Balluzzo cleared Forbes off Turn 4, then turned his attention to Rudy.
On lap 6, Balluzzo drove underneath Rudy in Turn 4 in a bid for the lead. The two went door-to-door for a lap with Balluzzo grabbing the top spot off Turn 4 on lap 7. Two laps later, Kincaid scooted past Rudy to pick up the second spot.
At the halfway mark, Balluzzo enjoyed a five-length advantage over Kincaid, who had gotten away from Rudy. And, the lead only continued to grow over the caution-free second half of the event.
By the finish, Balluzzo had extended his winning margin to 1.715 seconds better than half a straightaway over Kincaid. Rudy was third, followed by Patrick, who made a remarkable recovery from his first-lap mishap. Forbes was fifth.
Harrell was the only other driver to complete the entire distance, coming home in sixth. Vance was seventh, a lap down, while early retirees Wyatt, Slye and Hughes completed the top 10.
Returning to Victory Lane for the first time in several weeks, Balluzzo reveled in the toasty temperatures, which topped 100 degrees in the afternoon: "I love the heat. We run much better in the heat than we do in cool weather. In the cool weather, we did all right at the beginning of the year, then we fell off some. The guys have worked their butts off. We had a lot of indecision this week, what we were gonna do for the last two weeks and (car owner) Big John (Bradley) decided to bring it back out here. I knew we could get it back together and back in Victory Lane."
In the division standings, Balluzzo shaved one point off Rudy's lead and now trails by five, 226-221. Kincaid is third, 10 out of the lead, with 216.

In the evening's other feature events:

The Pepsi Grand Stocks returned to action for the first time since June 2 and Mark Claar rolled to his second win of the season, leading the 40-lapper wire-to-wire.
Claar claimed the pole for the start of the race, at 77.540 mph, nearly a quarter-second quicker than outside pole-sitter Paul Lubno. Robbie Parker, Joe Britt and Tommy Sweeney were third, fourth and fifth, respectively, on the 15-car grid.
As the event got under way, Claar immediately grabbed the lead, while Parker rushed to fill the opening to the inside of Lubno. Parker came away with the second spot and brought Sweeney along with him, dropping Lubno to fourth.
By lap 4, Claar had already opened a four-length gap between himself and Parker. Deeper in the field, Rodney Boyd, who qualified 11th, was on the move, bypassing Ricky Derrick on lap 8 to crack the top five.
On lap 12, Parker closed to within two lengths of the leader. His attention was diverted by Sweeney, though, and Claar regained his four-length edge. Sweeney got around Parker on lap 13 to take over second as Claar widened his lead to almost half a straightaway.
Boyd moved up another notch on lap 15, overtaking Lubno for fourth. Within a couple laps, he had closed in on Parker and Sweeney, who were still tussling over the runner-up spot.
On lap 18, Parker muscled his way underneath Sweeney off Turn 4. Boyd joined the party, making it three-wide. The three-way joust didn't work when they reached Turn 1, though, and the resulting get-together prompted the first caution flag.
During the caution period, Sweeney headed to the pits for service. He was joined by fifth-place Lubno, who had been forced into the infield to avoid the accident.
Claar and Parker, meanwhile, lined up first and second for the restart. Drivers opting for the outside lane were Mark Frye, Boyd, Billy Newman, Billy Fisher, Britt and Sweeney.
Back under green, Claar and Parker quickly freed themselves. Boyd emerged in third place, followed by Carl Livingston and Derrick.
By lap 25, Claar had stretched his lead to half a straightaway as Boyd hounded Parker for second. Behind them, Frye swiped fifth from Derrick on lap 26. On the next circuit, Frye picked off Livingston for fourth, while Boyd zipped by Parker for second. As positions swapped hands in his mirror, Claar widened his lead to a full straightaway.
The second, and final, caution flag waved on lap 32 when Newman spun at the start/finish line. Bunching for a restart, Claar, Boyd, Frye, Parker and Livingston made up the top five. Those moving to the outside lane were Sweeney, Fisher and Britt.
As the race resumed, Claar pulled away, leaving Boyd and Sweeney door-to-door for second. Boyd won that duel off Turn 2 and Sweeney, caught to the outside, also gave way to Frye and Parker.
Over the closing laps, Claar steadily drove away from his pursuers, winning by 2.590 seconds. Boyd was the runner-up, followed by Frye, Parker and Sweeney, who pulled even with Derrick, the seventh-place finisher, for the division lead.

Nearly sidelined by heat-related symptoms after qualifying in triple-digit temperatures, Bill Eaker gutted it out and took to the track for the 25-lap SavitaPets.com UCAR race. He's glad that he did, too, since he came away with his second win of the year.
Eaker was quickest in time trials, at 71.956 mph. He spun a "4" on the inversion wheel, though, and dropped to the outside of Row 2. Jason Michaud moved up to the pole, flanked by Tim Wilson. Sammy Gaita and Eaker made up Row 2, while Denver Alvis completed the top five.
On the start, Wilson grabbed the lead from Michaud at the end of the backstretch. Michaud settled into second, followed by Gaita and Eaker.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 2 when Michael Joyner spun in Turn 3 with a flat right-rear tire. Lining up for the restart, Gaita gave up his third spot in line to pull alongside Wilson. He was joined up top by Kevin Morgan, Landon Abbott and Rodney Davis, among others.
Back under green, Wilson cleared Gaita, but quickly found Michaud to his inside. Michaud nosed ahead to lead lap 2 and gained the clear-cut edge on lap 3. Eaker tagged along with Michaud and took over second place.
After tailing Michaud for three circuits, Eaker went after the lead on lap 7. He ducked under Michaud at the end of the backstretch and completed the pass off Turn 4. Wilson also slipped past, moving into second.
The second caution flag flew on lap 10 when Michaud spun at the entrance to Turn 1. Richard Ellis also looped his machine, trying to miss Michaud.
On the restart, Eaker dispensed with Abbott, who had launched from the outside lane. Wilson and Gaita also bypassed Abbot, who settled into fourth place.
At the halfway mark, Eaker was up by three lengths over Wilson and Gaita. Nearly half a straightaway separated them from Abbott, who was busy with a challenge from Jon Largena.
Over the caution-free second half of the event, Eaker gradually added to his advantage. By the end, his winning margin had grown to almost half a straightaway over Wilson. Gaita was third to the line, followed by Largena and Abbott.
With the win, Eaker inched ahead of Largena for the division lead, 138-136. Gaita is third, just five points out of the top spot.

In a 30-lapper for the Standard Welding Pro Sixes, Landon Florian moved out front on the second circuit and rolled to his first win in the division.
Florian was fastest in qualifying and spun a "2" on the inversion wheel, meaning that he and Nelson Moody would swap places on the front row. Steve Williams, Bobby Hall and J.B. Sipe were third through fifth in the lineup.
As the race began, Moody grabbed the lead from Florian off Turn 2. Florian dropped into second, followed by Williams, Hall and Sipe.
On lap 2, Florian drove under Moody at the end of the backstretch and finished off the pass as they exited Turn 4. Williams snagged second place on lap 3, while Hall took third on lap 4.
By lap 11, Florian, Williams and Hall had put nearly a full straightaway between themselves and Moody, who was tussling with Sipe for fourth.
The first caution flag was displayed on lap 17 for debris on the frontstretch. Lining up for the restart, Hall, Moody and Casey Sipe chose the top side.
Back under green, Williams failed to come up to speed immediately, creating a logjam on the inside and allowing Hall, Moody and Casey Sipe to take over second, third and fourth.
As they reached Turn 4, however, Hall and Moody got together and Moody spun, collecting Sipe and prompting another yellow flag. The incident chased Moody and Casey Sipe to the sidelines. Gathering for a restart, Florian and Williams were 1-2 with J.B. Sipe and Hall to their outside.
Returning to green, Florian and Sipe emerged in the top two spots, while Williams nosed ahead of Hall for third. Three laps later, Williams muscled his way past Sipe for second. Hall tagged along with Williams and moved into third. The shuffle allowed Florian to pad his lead to half a straightaway.
Caution #3 waved on lap 23 when Debbie Biesecker and Pat Ritchie tangled in Turn 2 and Ritchie spun. He headed to the pits and the field was whittled to six.
On the restart, Hall, in the outside lane, swiped second from Williams, who fell in line ahead of fourth-place J.B. Sipe.
The final caution flag flew on lap 26 when J.B. Sipe spun in Turn 4 and collected Ben Zoellner. As Sipe and Zoellner retreated to the pits, only Florian, Hall, Williams and Biesecker remained on the track.
On the final restart, Florian easily outdistanced his potential challengers as Hall and Williams scuffled for second.
At the checkers, Florian ws the winner by 1.082 seconds about four lengths over Hall. Williams was third, followed by Biesecker. J.B. Sipe was credited with fifth.
In the division standings, Williams saw his lead over Hall shrink from four to three, 146-143. Florian is third, five out of first place.

Matthew Leach notched his first win in a 20-lap contest for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts. He moved out front on lap 3 and showed the way to the finish.
Shawn Gervais and Charlie-Ray Lorah provided Leach with sturdy and disciplined drafting assistance throughout the course of the event as they pulled off by a full straightaway.
Exiting the final corner, Gervais swung to the high side in a bid for the win. Lorah stuck with Leach, though, and slipped ahead of Gervais as they reached the checkers.
Leach's official margin of victory was 79-thousandths of a second over Lorah, the points leader. Gervais was third, followed by Aaron Leach, the winner's brother, and rookie standout Matthew Dail.
* * *

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
BNI Night Race Results
Friday, June 29, 2012

Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Mike Rudy; 25
2. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 25
3. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 25
4. (33) Matt Slye; 25
5. (20) Cameron Patrick; 25
6. (47) Kenny Forbes; 25
7. (95) Danny Harrell; 25
8. (3) Curtis Hughes; 25
9. (03) Casey Wyatt; 25
10. (87) Darrell Vance; 22
11. (44) Robbie Babb; 15
Pole: Rudy - 85.611 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 25
2. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 25
3. (8) Mike Rudy; 25
4. (20) Cameron Patrick; 25
5. (47) Kenny Forbes; 25
6. (95) Danny Harrell; 25
7. (87) Darrell Vance; 24
8. (03) Casey Wyatt; 14
9. (33) Matt Slye; 4
10. (3) Curtis Hughes; 0
11. (44) Robbie Babb; 0
Pole: Rudy - via Race #1 finish.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (7) Mark Claar; 40
2. (9) Rodney Boyd; 40
3. (29) Mark Frye; 40
4. (19) Robbie Parker; 40
5. (11) Tommy Sweeney; 40
6. (21) Billy Fisher; 40
7. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
8. (77) Carl Livingston; 40
9. (0) Andrew Condrey; 40
10. (2) Michael Waters; 40
11. (14) Paul Lubno; 40
12. (55) Joe Britt; 40
13. (6) Shawn Scovel; 40
14. (54) Billy Newman; 38
15. (3) Jack Robinson; 2
Pole: Claar - 77.540 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
2. (71) Tim Wilson; 25
3. (21) Sammy Gaita; 25
4. (88) Jon Largena; 25
5. (70) Landon Abbott; 25
6. (3) Eric Schaffer; 25
7. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
8. (4) Richard Ellis; 25
9. (5) Jesse Jones; 25
10. (1) Denver Alvis; 25
11. (11) Kevin Morgan; 25
12. (12) Ryan Larson; 25
13. (38) Rodney Davis; 25
14. (6) Tyler Paden; 17
15. (09) Shelton Ellis; 15
16. (46) Jason Michaud; 9
Pole: Michaud - Top 4 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Eaker - 71.956 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (98) Landon Florian; 30
2. (6) Bobby Hall; 30
3. (7) Steve Williams; 30
4. (4) Debbie Biesecker; 30
5. (14) J.B. Sipe; 24
6. (22) Ben Zoellner; 24
7. (57) Pat Ritchie; 22
8. (46) Nelson Moody; 18
9. (23) Casey Sipe; 16
Pole: Moody - Top 2 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Florian - 80.553 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Krt #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (51) Matthew Leach; 20
2. (59) Charlie-Ray Lorah; 20
3. (71) Shawn Gervais; 20
4. (87) Aaron Leach; 20
5. (88) Matthew Dail; 20
6. (41) Josh Ayer; 20
7. (99) Chris O'Brien; 20
8. (24) Vaughan Crittenden; 20
9. (6) Clayton Parrish; 20
10. (02) Jordan Wood; 20
11. (60) Sparky West; 20
12. (3) Kris Robinson; 20
13. (46) Bill Dailey; 20
14. (85) Chris Jackson; 20
15. (40) Mike Bowman; 20
16. (53) Rob Fearing; 19
17. (94) Cody Carlton; 12
18. (8) Tommy Jackson Jr.; 6
19. (44) Travis Wall; 6
20. (10) Daniel Millard; 6
Pole: Parrish - via draw.

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