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Balluzzo takes Mod win; Claar, Marchetti sweep twinbills
Aug 5, 2012 - updated Aug 5th, 2012 8:03pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton Va. --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
TNCC Motorcycle Safety/FindItHere.com Night
Race Report
Saturday, August 4, 2012

Shawn Balluzzo emerged from a late-race scuffle with Anthony Kincaid and sailed to his fifth victory of the season in the TNCC Motorcycle Safety/FindItHere.com 50 for the KeesVacations.com Modifieds, the featured event of Saturday evening's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
In search of his first win, Kincaid claimed the pole with an 85.267-mph qualifying effort. Points leader Mike Rudy was second-fastest, just 31-thousandths of a second off Kincaid's pace. Robbie Babb, Matt Slye and Jimmy Humblet rounded out the top five on the 15-car grid. Balluzzo lined up alongside Humblet on the outside of Row 3.
Coming to the initial green flag, the rear end of Rudy's machine broke loose off Turn 4, allowing Kincaid and Babb to rocket to the head of the pack. Rudy dropped into third, followed by Humblet and Slye. Cameron Patrick moved up to sixth, followed by Balluzzo, who regained the position on lap 3.
The first caution flag waved on lap 6 when Todd VanGuilder lost an engine and spun into Turn 1. With oil coating the first corner, several other drivers went skittering as they rolled through the mess. Kincaid, a noted dirt track ace, had no such problems. He simply cocked his car sideways and powered through the fluid.
Lining up for the ensuing restart, third-place Rudy opted to give up his spot in line and test his luck on the outside of the leader. He was joined up top by Slye and Scott Lawrence.
As the race resumed, Kincaid eked out a half-length advantage over Rudy. He also had to fight off Babb, who contemplated a three-wide maneuver as the green flag waved. Behind them, Balluzzo made his way into the top five, bypassing Humblet on lap 8.
The second yellow flag appeared on lap 11 when Babb spun in Turn 2 and collected Slye. The incident chased Babb to the sidelines, while Slye rejoined the field after a visit to the pits. Gathering for a restart, Kincaid, Rudy, Balluzzo, Humblet and Darrell Vance made up the top five.
Back under green, Vance, who was restarting alongside Kincaid, failed to come up to speed immediately. Danny Harrell rode his bumper into Turn 1 where the two spun, bringing out the third caution flag. They were both able to continue, dropping to the rear of the field.
On the restart, Kincaid, Rudy, Balluzzo and Humblet motored ahead of Slye, who was deployed to their outside. Soon, Rudy was parked on Kincaid's bumper and looking for an opening, while Balluzzo lurked, three lengths back.
Rudy took a peek to the inside of Kincaid as they roared into Turn 1 on lap 16. Slower traffic blocked his path, though, forcing him back in line. Sensing an opportunity, Balluzzo closed in and joined the lead battle.
Balluzzo swiped the runner-up spot from Rudy on lap 18. He ducked underneath Rudy's #8 machine in Turn 3 and finished off the pass as they exited Turn 4. The shuffle allowed Kincaid to stretch his advantage to two lengths, but Balluzzo rapidly narrowed the gap.
Beginning on lap 21, Balluzzo started hounding Kincaid for the top spot. He made several forays to the high side, while taking an occasional look down low. Kincaid repeatedly thwarted his advances, though, as the duel became increasingly physical.
The battle finally overheated on lap 40 when Balluzzo tried to work his way underneath Kincaid at the end of the backstretch. The two tangled and Kincaid went spinning, slamming the outside wall in Turn 3. As the field circulated under the fourth yellow flag, officials reviewed video of the incident, determined that Kincaid had cut down on Balluzzo and allowed Balluzzo to retain the top spot.
On what would turn out to be the final restart, with 11 to go, Balluzzo and Rudy raced side-by-side into Turn 1. Balluzzo gained the clear-cut edge off Turn 2 and began to ease away. In their wake, Humblet and Slye tussled for third.
Approaching the white flag, Balluzzo enjoyed a four-length margin. Rudy tried to close ground on the final circuit, but made minimal headway as Balluzzo won by 0.441-second a little more than two car-lengths. Humblet was third, followed by Harrell and Slye, who slipped to fifth on lap 44 after a misadventure off the fourth corner.
Vance headed the second five, in sixth, while Lawrence and Tommy Spencer were seventh and eighth, respectively, the final drivers to complete the entire distance. Curtis Hughes and Chris Humblet were credited with ninth and 10th.
In Victory Lane after the race, Balluzzo offered a succinct account of his faceoff with Kincaid: "We had Anthony beat. I tried him on the outside, got run into the front straightaway wall. Tried him on the bottom, got run into the infield. Normally, I don't really care, but sometimes you get tired of being run into."
With the win, Balluzzo trimmed a point from Rudy's advantage in the division standings. Rudy now leads by four, 251-247. Kincaid remains third, 19 out of the lead.

In the evening's other feature events:

Mark Claar picked up his third and fourth wins of the year as he swept a pair of 20-lappers for the Pepsi Grand Stocks.
Robbie Parker was quickest in afternoon time trials, at 77.658 mph. He spun a "2" on the inversion wheel and swapped front-row positions with Rodney Boyd. Claar, Tommy Sweeney and Carl Livingston were third, fourth and fifth in the 20-car lineup for the first race.
As the opener got rolling, Boyd pulled ahead and led the procession into Turn 1. Trapped on the outside, Parker gave way to Claar and Sweeney before sliding into the fourth spot. Livingston maintained fifth as the field sorted itself out.
With Claar in tow, Boyd showed the way for the first 13 circuits, which ran caution-free. As lap 14 began, though, the lead duo headed into slower traffic.
It didn't take long for trouble to break out as Boyd was collected by Billy Newman's spinning car off Turn 2, bringing out the first yellow flag. Claar managed to slip past the accident scene unscathed and assumed the lead. Sweeney moved up to second, followed by Parker, Mark Frye and Livingston.
It's been said that cautions breed cautions and that certainly proved to be true over the next handful of circuits as yellow flags flew on the ensuing restart, followed by others on laps 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19. Among those snared by the mayhem were Frye, Paul Lubno, Ritchie German, Billy Fisher, Ricky Derrick, Sweeney, Boyd, Parker and Shawn Scovel.
Lining up for a "green-white-checkered" dash to the finish, Claar continued to show the way, while Lubno and Derrick had cycled back toward the front. Livingston and Sweeney completed the top five.
Under green for the last time, Claar pulled ahead of Derrick, who had restarted on his outside flank, as they exited Turn 2. Heading for the white flag, Claar owned the clear-cut edge, while Lubno zeroed in on Derrick, hoping to nab the runner-up spot.
On the final circuit, Lubno drove underneath Derrick in Turn 2. While Claar capped his 0.877-second win, Lubno nipped Derrick by half a car-length for second. Behind them, Sweeney grabbed fourth, nosing ahead of Livingston at the line.
The lineup for the second race mirrored the finishing order of the first, putting Claar on the pole with Lubno alongside. Championship front-runners Derrick and Sweeney made up Row 2, while Livingston shared Row 3 with Andrew Condrey.
The nightcap got off to a rough start as Livingston spun in the middle of Turns 1 and 2 and collected German. Those two dropped to the rear of the field, while the field reassembled for another try.
On the second attempt, Claar motored into the lead. Behind him, Derrick slipped underneath Lubno in a bid for second. He came up empty, though, as Lubno gained control of the runner-up spot on lap 2.
Deeper in the field, Parker snagged fourth from Sweeney on lap 5, then swiped third from Derrick on lap 8. Two laps later, Sweeney bypassed Derrick for fourth.
The second yellow flag waved on lap 12. Bunching for the restart, Sweeney gave up the fourth spot and pulled up next to Claar. He was joined on the top side by Condrey, Chris Hott, German and Newman.
Back under green, Claar cleared Sweeney off Turn 4. Lubno rushed to fill the opening, but he couldn't get the better of Sweeney, who claimed the second spot on the backstretch.
The last of the race's three caution flags appeared on lap 13 when Lubno and Parker tangled off Turn 4 and Lubno spun. Claar, Sweeney, Derrick, Condrey and German made up the top five as the field prepared to return to green.
As the race resumed, Claar bolted ahead of the pack. By the end, his winning margin had grown to 1.628 seconds over Sweeney, who gained the points lead.
Livingston was third, followed by Derrick, who spun at the checkers and walloped the inside wall. It was his second encounter with that particular piece of concrete this season. German, pulling quadruple duty by running the Grand Stock and Super Street Twins, nabbed fifth.

Like the Grand Stocks, the Heritage Motor Co. Super Streets competed in a pair of 20-lappers and Renno Marchetti IV took both ends of the doubleheader for his fifth and sixth victories of the season.
Ryan Nester, the 2011 champ, set the fast time in qualifying, at 74.009 mph. He spun a "2" on the inversion wheel and slid over to the outside of the front row, while Marchetti moved to the pole. John Pereira, Jordan Wood and Sean Calway completed the top five in the 10-car lineup for Race #1.
As the initial green flag dropped, Marchetti and Nester battled door-to-door with Marchetti surging ahead on the backstretch. Nester settled into second, followed by Pereira, Wood and Dale Parro, who started sixth. By lap 5, the front five had distanced themselves from Calway and Ritchie German, who were scuffling for sixth.
At the halfway mark, Marchetti held a two-length lead over Nester. Four more lengths separated Nester from Pereira.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 14 when German spun in Turn 2. Gathering for a restart, Parro gave up the fifth spot to pull alongside Marchetti. Calway, Larry Venable and German joined Parro up top.
Back under green, Marchetti cleared Parro as they reached the flagstand. Nester dispensed with Parro on the backstretch and Pereira moved past through Turns 3 and 4. Parro finally claimed the fourth position after a tussle with Wood.
Meanwhile, back at the front, Nester moved up to challenge Marchetti. He drove underneath the leader off Turn 4 on lap 16. A lap later, the two made contact in Turns 3 and 4 with Marchetti holding onto the lead.
On lap 19, German dropped off the pace. The second, and final, yellow flag flew on the next lap as he crept along the backstretch. The caution flag set up a green-white-checkered finish, which meant the event would run one lap past the scheduled 20-lap distance.
Lining up for the last restart, third-place Pereira broke ranks and motored alongside Marchetti. Parro, Venable and German joined him in the outside lane.
Under green for the sprint to the checkers, Marchetti cleared Pereira as they reached Turn 1. Nester filled the opening left by Marchetti, but Pereira enjoyed a slight edge in the high groove.
At the finish, Marchetti was the winner by 0.845-second about four lengths over Pereira, who nipped Nester by three feet at the stripe. Wood, in his Super Street debut, was fourth to the line, while Parro was fifth.
Marchetti and Pereira shared the front row for the start of the second race and they remained double-file for the first two circuits with Marchetti nosing ahead at the line. On lap 3, Marchetti gained the clear-cut advantage and brought Nester along with him, to second.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 5 when Wood found himself in a three-wide joust with Rod Busitzky and Calway and spun in Turn 4.
Two more green-flag circuits were completed before the second yellow flag flew as Parro took an unplanned excursion into the infield off Turn 2.
Back under green, Marchetti motored ahead, joined by Nester. Calway, who had restarted on the outside, slipped into third, followed by Pereira and Busitzky.
Pereira picked off Calway for third on lap 10. A lap later, Busitzky and Parro followed his cue, moving up to fourth and fifth, respectively. On lap 12, Parro overtook Busitzky for fourth. Meanwhile, at the front, Marchetti was cruising along with a four-length lead.
The final caution flag was unfurled on lap 16 when German spun in Turn 4.
On the last restart, Marchetti made short work of Busitzky, who was on his outside flank. Busitzky put up more of a tussle when Nester pulled to his inside and their battle allowed Marchetti to gain some needed breathing room.
At the checkers, Marchetti was the winner by 0.486-second about two lengths over Nester. Pereira was third, followed by Parro and Calway, while Busitzky faded to sixth in the closing laps.

Nick Smith regained the lead on the seventh circuit, then held on down the stretch to run his unbeaten streak to five in the 25-lap Cycle City Corp. INEX Legends feature.
Smith started on the pole, at 77.871 mph, and dueled side-by-side with front-row mate Woody Howard as the initial green flag went in the air. While Smith and Howard tussled, however, third-place starter Brenden "Butterbean" Queen dipped low and bypassed them both to take the early lead.
Queen showed the way until lap 7 when Smith scooted underneath him at the end of the backstretch and grabbed the lead in Turns 3 and 4. By lap 10, Smith had fashioned a margin of slightly more than a car-length, while Spencer Saunders, Steve Keesee, Connor Hall and Howard lined up on Queen's bumper.
On lap 14, Saunders slipped by Queen for second. The shuffle allowed Smith to extend his lead to six lengths and that margin was fairly constant until the closing circuits.
With the laps winding down, Saunders began to mount a charge. By lap 23, he had drawn to within two lengths. Continuing to close, Saunders reached Smith's rear bumper as the white flag waved.
Saunders rally ran out of steam on the final lap, though, as Smith held on to win by 0.141-second a single car-length. Queen was third to the line, while Keesee and Howard completed the top five.

In the evening's opening event, a 15-lapper for the Xtreme Mechanical Service INEX Bandoleros, Cameron Bowen snagged the lead on an early restart and rolled to his first win of the year. He also snapped Ryleigh Lemonds three-race unbeaten streak.
Lemonds started on the pole, at 63.922 mph, and paced the first five laps with Madyson Mulligan and Bowen in tow.
On lap 6, Mulligan spun in Turn 2 to bring out the only caution flag. Bowen also looped his machine to avoid Mulligan.
Back under green, Bowen shot ahead of Lemonds and quickly forged a six-length advantage. Little by little, though, Lemonds began to chip away at the lead. By lap 10, she had closed to within a car-length of the leader's rear bumper.
After stalking Bowen for a handful of circuits, Lemonds launched a bid for the win on the white-flag lap, driving under the leader as they exited Turn 4 for the final time.
At the stripe, Bowen held on to win by 58-thousandths of a second half a car-length. Lemonds was second, while Mulligan was third after a spin on the last lap.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
TNCC Motorcycle Safety/FindItHere.com Night
Race Results
Saturday, August 4, 2012

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
2. (8) Mike Rudy; 50
3. (11) Jimmy Humblet; 50
4. (95) Danny Harrell; 50
5. (33) Matt Slye; 50
6. (87) Darrell Vance; 50
7. (83) Scott Lawrence; 50
8. (47) Tommy Spencer; 50
9. (3) Curtis Hughes; 48
10. (41) Chris Humblet; 48
11. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 39
12. (20) Cameron Patrick; 12
13. (44) Robbie Babb; 10
14. (0) Todd VanGuilder; 5
15. (21) Bobby Spivey; 3
Pole: Kincaid - 85.267 mph.

Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (7) Mark Claar; 20
2. (14) Paul Lubno; 20
3. (8) Ricky Derrick; 20
4. (11) Tommy Sweeney; 20
5. (77) Carl Livingston; 20
6. (0) Andrew Condrey; 20
7. (10) Ritchie German; 20
8. (01) Chris Hott; 20
9. (19) Robbie Parker; 20
10. (54) Billy Newman; 20
11. (2) Michael Waters; 20
12. (55) Joe Britt; 20
13. (27) Chris Forbes; 20
14. (23) Bobby Ferebee; 20
15. (6) Shawn Scovel; 20
16. (29) Mark Frye; 17
17. (9) Rodney Boyd; 16
18. (71) J.R. Smith; 16
19. (21) Billy Fisher; 15
20. (28) Jamie Sample; 13
Pole: Boyd - Top 2 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Parker - 77.658 mph.

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

Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 21
2. (3) John Pereira; 21
3. (87) Ryan Nester; 21
4. (02) Jordan Wood; 21
5. (15) Dale Parro; 21
6. (2) Rod Busitzky; 21
7. (12) Sean Calway; 21
8. (10) Ritchie German; 21
9. (14) Larry Venable; 21
10. (03) Jerry Lamontagne; 1
Pole: Marchetti - Top 2 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Nester - 74.009 mph.
(Because of a late caution flag, the race was
extended from 20 to 21 laps.)

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 20
2. (87) Ryan Nester; 20
3. (3) John Pereira; 20
4. (15) Dale Parro; 20
5. (12) Sean Calway; 20
6. (2) Rod Busitzky; 20
7. (14) Larry Venable; 20
8. (02) Jordan Wood; 20
9. (03) Jerry Lamontagne; 20
10. (10) Ritchie German; 16
Pole: Marchetti - via Race #1 finish.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (97) Nick Smith; 25
2. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
3. (03) Brenden Queen; 25
4. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
5. (14) Woody Howard; 25
6. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
7. (77) Connor Hall; 25
8. (88) Chris Raiford; 25
9. (71) Chris Hildebrand; 25
10. (36) Jake Cole; 25
11. (11) Chris Lemonds; 24
12. (05) Michael Gerdes; 24
13. (47) Sean Commo; 24
14. (98) Matt Morgan; 24
Pole: Smith - 77.871 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (19) Cameron Bowen; 15
2. (11) Ryleigh Lemonds; 15
3. (07) Madyson Mulligan; 14
Pole: Lemonds - 63.922 mph.

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