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Falk posts 6th and 7th wins in doubleheader sweep
Jul 8, 2012 - updated Jul 8th, 2012 9:47am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton Va. --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Budweiser Night
Race Report
Saturday, July 7, 2012

HAMPTON, Va. (July 7) C.E. Falk led 95 of the 100 total laps to sweep the Budweiser 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 wins were his sixth and seventh of the season at the venerable Hampton speedplant.
The lineup for the first race was set in afternoon time trials and division points leader Greg Edwards claimed the pole, at 87.892 mph. Falk was second-quickest, just 19-thousandths of a second off Edwards pace. Danny Edwards Jr., Wes Falk and Mark Wertz rounded out the top five on the 16-car grid.
As the opening event got under way, Edwards and Falk (Greg and C.E., that is) dueled side-by-side into Turns 1 and 2. Edwards gained the clear-cut edge off the second corner, while Falk settled into second. Behind them, Danny Edwards Jr. nosed ahead of Wes Falk for third.
On lap 2, Edwards Jr. cleared Wes Falk to take command of the third spot. Wertz tagged along with him, moving up to fourth and dropping Wes Falk to fifth. The exchange of positions allowed the lead duo to open a half-straightaway gap over the rest of the pack.
C.E. Falk made his first charge at Greg Edwards on lap 5, ducking to the inside of the leader in Turns 1 and 2. Edwards kept him at bay on that lap, but wasn't as fortunate on lap 6 when Falk drove past on the backstretch and took the lead into Turn 3.
While Falk and Edwards dueled nose-to-tail at the front of the field, Edwards Jr. had his hands full with Wertz, who was on the hunt for third place. After a couple unsuccessful forays, Wertz grabbed the spot on lap 16. Three laps later, Wes Falk also slipped past Edwards Jr. to take over fourth.
At the crossed flags, C.E. Falk was up by two lengths over Greg Edwards. With slower traffic looming in the leader's windshield, though, Edwards began to close ground. Falk and Edwards broke into the clear on lap 28 as Falk kept his lead mostly intact.
Deeper in the running order, Shayne Lockhart had picked off Edwards Jr. for the fifth position on lap 23. Soon, however, he found himself under attack by Casey Wyatt. He gave up the fifth spot on lap 29, then continued to hold down sixth, even as wisps of smoke began to trail from behind his machine. He finally dropped off the pace on lap 43 and made his way to the pits, retiring to a 12th-place finish.
Back at the front, Falk had stretched his lead over Edwards to three lengths. He lost some of that real estate on lap 42 when he tried to put a lap on Terry Carroll, who put up a tussle. Pulling ahead of Carroll, though, Falk quickly regained his three-length margin.
At the finish, C.E. Falk was the winner by 0.844-second about four lengths over Greg Edwards. Meanwhile, Wes Falk was third, swiping the spot from eventual fourth-place finisher Wertz on lap 48. Wyatt rounded out the top five.
Danny Edwards Jr. headed the second five, in sixth, followed by Jeff Shiflett, the final driver to complete the entire distance. Carroll was eighth, while Kevin Cunningham and Bruce Livingston completed the top 10.
In Victory Lane after the caution-free race, Falk was asked about his prospects for the second half of the doubleheader: It was just really hard to just try and conserve. Fifty straight is tough here at Langley. Glad to take it away from the 97 (Edwards) there and little brother came home third and we'll go get us another one. You can't win both of em without winning the first one.
The lineup for the second 50-lapper was determined by the finishing order of the first one, putting C.E. Falk and Greg Edwards on the front row.
As the race got going, Falk and Edwards staged a near-replay of the start of the first event, but with the roles reversed. Exiting Turn 2 for the first time, Falk grabbed the upper hand and Edwards dropped back to second. Wes Falk, Wertz and Danny Edwards Jr. emerged in third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
On lap 2, Wyatt and Shiflett scooted past Edwards Jr., knocking him from fifth to seventh. Meanwhile, Falk and Edwards had bolted from the pack, pulling off by nearly half a straightaway. And, by lap 11, that margin had doubled.
Falk held a three-length lead as the leaders prepared to confront slower traffic for the first time on lap 21. Falk freed himself of the lapped machines on lap 25, adding a car-length to his advantage in the process.
Fourth place changed hands on lap 28 as Wyatt slipped underneath Wertz off Turn 2 and gained the position as they motored off Turn 4. While Wertz mounted a rally, Lockhart closed in, looking to join the fray.
The only caution flag waved on lap 34 when J.T. Jackson looped his machine at the start/finish line. Bunching for a restart, Wes Falk gave up his third spot in line and pulled up on his brother's outside flank. He was joined up top by Wertz and Jackson.
Back under green, C.E. Falk cleared his brother as they reached Turn 1. Greg Edwards slipped ahead of the younger Falk off Turn 2 and set off after the leader.
Wyatt and Wertz were at it again on lap 36 and their brief tangle in Turn 2 allowed Lockhart to move up to the fourth position. Wyatt dropped into a side-by-side battle for fifth with Shiflett, while Wertz fell to seventh.
On lap 38, Shiflett cleared Wyatt with a hip check (to use a hockey term) off Turn 4. Wertz tagged along with Shiflett, then bypassed him on lap 39 for fifth place.
At the front, C.E. Falk had separated himself by four lengths from Edwards, who held a similar margin over third-place Wes Falk. Nearly half a straightaway divided the top three from fourth-place Lockhart.
Falk maintained his four-length advantage over the final 10 circuits and won by 0.856-second to complete the sweep. Greg Edwards was second, followed by Wes Falk, Lockhart and Wertz.
Wyatt came home in sixth, while Duane Shreeves, Shiflett and Cunningham also finished on the lead lap. Jackson was 10th at the end, a lap off the pace.
Rolling back into the winner's circle, Falk summarized the nightcap: It was hot and the action was tough. Greg, you've gotta be perfect to beat him and we had a really great car. It's one of our better cars in 2012, so I've gotta thank the whole crew for that. Little brother come up with another third-place finish, which is really good. I'm glad to be back in Victory Lane at Langley. It's been a month and we've been on the road, doing all these different Truck deals and racing this Late Model all over the country. Glad to be back home.
Continuing, Falk looked ahead to the division's next event, the July 28 Hampton Heat 200: It's a great warmup. We had two races that almost went caution-free, so we've gotta look at the tires and do all of our data and make sure we're on top of it cause the Eagle (a reference to Greg Edwards sponsor, Eagle 97.3 FM) is gonna be screamin for a win. So, we're just gonna keep him at bay and keep putting this Toyota up front.

In the evening's other feature events:

Renno Marchetti IV moved out front on lap 11 and led the rest of the way for his fourth victory of the year in a 40-lap contest for the Heritage Motor Co. Super Streets.
Ryan Nester earned the pole position with a fast lap at 73.901 mph. Marchetti was second-fastest, only 26-thousandths of a second off Nester's standard, and started on the outside of Row 1. Dale Parro, John Pereira and Thomas Wilson completed the top five.
On the opening lap of the event, Nester and Marchetti dueled all the way to Turn 4. Coming back to the flagstand to put lap 1 in the books, Nester gained the clear-cut edge.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 2 for Parro's spin at the flagstand. The ensuing restart produced another yellow flag when Parro and Wilson tangled off Turn 2.
Returning to green, Nester fought off a bid by Marchetti in Turns 1 and 2 to hold onto the top spot. Marchetti kept applying the pressure, though, targeting the first and second corners.
On lap 11, Marchetti finally pulled the trigger, powering underneath Nester as they reached the end of the frontstretch and pulling ahead off Turn 2. Just one lap later, he had already fashioned a three-length advantage.
Passing the halfway mark, Marchetti's lead had grown to almost half a straightaway over Nester. That margin was wiped out, though, as Parro's off-track excursion on lap 27 prompted the third, and final, caution flag.
On the last restart, Marchetti quickly cleared Pereira, who had launched from the outside lane, then held off a charge by Nester, who took a peek to his inside in Turns 1 and 2. Marchetti pulled away, leaving Nester and Pereira side-by-side. Nester won that battle, but lost three car-lengths to the leader in the meantime.
By the finish, Marchetti had extended his winning margin to 1.946 seconds half a straightaway over Nester. Pereira was third, followed by Sean Calway. Parro rebounded from his hat trick of mishaps to take fifth, scrambling past Wilson in the closing laps.

In the 25-lap Larry King Law Super Truck feature, Troy Turnage took the lead on lap 19 and rolled on to his second win of the season, snapping points leader Robbie Davis four-race winning streak.
Davis was the fast qualifier for the event, at 73.782 mph. He spun a "4" on the inversion wheel, though, and was bumped to the outside of Row 2. Evan VanLeeuwen assumed the pole position, flanked by Tommy Nixon. Turnage and Davis made up the second row, while Chris Bechtel rounded out the top five.
Nixon, the defending division champ, grabbed the lead from VanLeeuwen on the opening lap. Davis tagged along, taking over second, as VanLeeuwen fell to third, ahead of Turnage and Chris Munger.
On lap 3, Davis drove under Nixon into Turn 1 and exited Turn 2 with the lead. Two laps later, Davis had pulled away from Nixon by three lengths. Behind them, Turnage had slipped by VanLeeuwen and had his sights set on the lead duo.
On lap 9, Turnage slipped under Nixon in Turn 1 and grabbed second place as they headed onto the backstretch. He immediately set sail after Davis, closing to within a length and a half at the crossed flags.
Parked on Davis tailgate, Turnage began searching for an opening. He tried going low into Turn 1 on laps 15 and 17, but was rebuffed.
Finding no success in Turn 1, Turnage modified his tactics on lap 19, going after Davis at the end of the backstretch. This time, his bid bore fruit as he grabbed the top spot and quickly opened a two-length lead.
Turnage faced only one more obstacle on the way to Victory Lane. As he carefully navigated past a slower machine on lap 24, Davis closed to within a single truck-length.
Leaving the lapped truck in his wake, though, Turnage pulled away and won by 0.789-second about three lengths. Davis was second, followed by Nixon, Chase McAdams and Munger.

A late addition to the starting grid, Adam Florian came from the rear of the field to notch his third victory of the year in a 25-lapper for the SavitaPets.com UCARs.
New points leader Bill Eaker claimed the pole, at 71.691 mph. Tim Wilson, Denver Alvis, Jason Michaud and Sammy Gaita rounded out the top five among the 17 drivers who posted times. Former champ Michael Joyner and Florian were added to the end of the lineup.
The event almost got off to a disastrous start as Alvis spun sideways in the middle of Turns 1 and 2 on the opening lap. While he sawed on the wheel, the rest of the field ducked and dodged past him. Somehow, Alvis managed to make the save without collecting anyone else.
While Alvis was having his adventure, Eaker took the lead, followed by Wilson, Gaita, Michaud and Kevin Morgan. On lap 2, though, Morgan's night came to an abrupt end as mechanical problems chased him to the pits. On that same circuit, Gaita slipped past Wilson for second.
On lap 5, Michaud scooted by Wilson to take over third. He continued his march toward the front on lap 10, swiping second from Gaita. In the meantime, Florian had sliced his way through the field and moved into the top five.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 11 when Ryan Larson spun in the middle of Turns 1 and 2. Gathering for the ensuing restart, fourth-place Wilson broke out of line and pulled to the outside of Eaker. He was joined by Florian, Eric Schaffer, Richard Ellis, Joyner, Rodney Davis and Nick Gundacker.
Back under green, Wilson stayed even with Eaker through Turns 1 and 2, then took the lead on the backstretch. Caught on the outside, Eaker also gave way to Florian and Michaud.
On lap 14, Florian poked a fender underneath Wilson in Turn 1 and motored out front down the backstretch. Michaud tagged along and took over second, while Eaker closed in. By lap 18, Florian had driven off by almost half a straightaway.
The second caution flag appeared on lap 23 when Andrew Condrey came to a halt in Turn 2.
The UCAR version of "The Big One" came on the next restart as Eaker and Ellis jostled side-by-side off Turn 2. Their battle funneled the rest of the field to the inside lane and that was bad news as second-place Michaud spun in front of oncoming traffic at the end of the backstretch. When the dust settled, nearly half the field had been swept up in the melee, including Tyler Paden, who was on his roof in Turn 3.
After a protracted red flag delay, the race resumed and Florian paced the final three circuits to collect the victory. His winning margin was 0.474-second about three lengths over Wilson. Ellis was third, followed by Jesse Jones and Schaffer.

In the evening's final event, a 40-lapper for the Cook's Moving Service Enduros, Alex Floroff drew the pole and led all the way for his third straight victory.
Don Masingo started alongside Floroff on the front row and stayed within striking distance of the leader until lap 20 when he tangled with a lapped machine in Turn 1. The incident dropped him to third place and allowed Floroff to pad his lead to better than a full straightaway.
Masingo recovered, though. He retook second from Derrick Boggess on lap 23, then slowly began to reel in Floroff. By lap 37, he had narrowed the gap to just three car-lengths.
Over the last handful of circuits, Masingo put on a hard charge, trying to overtake the leader. His aggressive strategy, however, may have worked against him as he overdrove several corners, smoking his right-front tire and sliding up the track.
At the finish, Floroff, who held a nice, steady line, was the winner by four car-lengths over Masingo. Boggess was third, followed by Larry Drommerhausen and Bobby Larkin.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Budweiser Night
Race Results
Saturday, July 7, 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. (55) Mark Wertz; 50
5. (29) Casey Wyatt; 50
6. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 50
7. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 50
8. (90) Terry Carroll; 49
9. (61) Kevin Cunningham; 49
10. (77) Bruce Livingston; 49
11. (67) J.T. Jackson; 48
12. (95) Shayne Lockhart; 43
13. (26x)Hudson Hall; 5
14. (97x)Robbie Babb; 4
15. (55x)Clayton Parrish; 4
16. (38) Duane Shreeves; 0
Pole: G. Edwards - 87.892 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) C.E. Falk; 50
2. (97) Greg Edwards; 50
3. (41) Wes Falk; 50
4. (95) Shayne Lockhart; 50
5. (55) Mark Wertz; 50
6. (29) Casey Wyatt; 50
7. (38) Duane Shreeves; 50
8. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 50
9. (61) Kevin Cunningham; 50
10. (67) J.T. Jackson; 49
11. (77) Bruce Livingston; 49
12. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 33
13. (26x)Hudson Hall; 8
14. (97x)Robbie Babb; 7
15. (55x)Clayton Parrish; 6
16. (90) Terry Carroll; 0
Pole: C.E. Falk - via Race #1 finish.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 40
2. (87) Ryan Nester; 40
3. (3) John Pereira; 40
4. (12) Sean Calway; 40
5. (15) Dale Parro; 40
6. (05) Thomas Wilson; 40
7. (2) Rod Busitzky; 40
Pole: Nester - 73.901 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
2. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
3. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
4. (26) Chase McAdams; 25
5. (2) Chris Munger; 25
6. (99) Evan VanLeeuwen; 25
7. (52) Chris Bechtel; 25
8. (20) Buck Munger; 25
9. (42) Jason North; 24
10. (18) Cory Millard; 24
Pole: VanLeeuwen - Top 4 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Davis - 73.782 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (14) Adam Florian; 25
2. (71) Tim Wilson; 25
3. (4) Richard Ellis; 25
4. (5) Jesse Jones; 25
5. (3) Eric Schaffer; 25
6. (70) Landon Abbott; 25
7. (1) Denver Alvis; 25
8. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
9. (09) Nick Gundacker; 25
10. (7) Andrew Condrey; 25
11. (88) Jon Largena; 25
12. (38) Rodney Davis; 25
13. (46) Jason Michaud; 22
14. (21) Sammy Gaita; 22
15. (20) Michael Joyner; 22
16. (12) Ryan Larson; 22
17. (6) Tyler Paden; 22
18. (41) Corey Bradley; 16
19. (11) Kevin Morgan; 2
Pole: Eaker - 71.691 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Alex Floroff; 40
2. (82) Don Masingo; 40
3. (18) Derrick Boggess; 40
4. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 40
5. (2) Bobby Larkin; 40
6. (00) Robert Perry; 39
7. (7) Dave Wedding; 39
8. (12) Ronald Klein; 39
9. (3) Steve Durbin; 19
10. (31) Richard Quinn; 7
Pole: Floroff - via draw.

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