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Falk sweeps Late Model Twins; Edwards claims 3rd championship
Sep 16, 2012 - updated Sep 16th, 2012 1:26pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, Va. --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Langley Federal Credit Union Night
Race Results
Saturday, September 15, 2012

EZ AUTO IN NEWPORT NEWS
LATE MODEL STOCK CARS - Twin 50s
Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) C.E. Falk; 50
2. (41) Wes Falk; 50
3. (97) Greg Edwards; 50
4. (55) Mark Wertz; 50
5. (29) Casey Wyatt; 50
6. (05) Doug Godsey; 50
7. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 50
8. (38) Duane Shreeves; 50
9. (95) Shayne Lockhart; 50
10. (10) Woody Howard; 50
11. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 50
12. (90) Terry Carroll; 50
13. (45) Doug Warren; 50
14. (67) J.T. Jackson; 49
15. (99) Chris Hopkins; 49
16. (33) Joe Scarbrough; 49
17. (61) Kevin Cunningham; 49
18. (77) Bruce Livingston; 48
19. (83) Jeremy Grogg; 36
20. (13) Megan Creech; 36
21. (95x)Hudson Hall; 4
22. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 1
Pole: C.E. Falk - 89.434 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) C.E. Falk; 50
2. (55) Mark Wertz; 50
3. (41) Wes Falk; 50
4. (29) Casey Wyatt; 50
5. (97) Greg Edwards; 50
6. (05) Doug Godsey; 50
7. (95) Shayne Lockhart; 50
8. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 50
9. (10) Woody Howard; 49
10. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 49
11. (90) Terry Carroll; 49
12. (38) Duane Shreeves; 49
13. (67) J.T. Jackson; 49
14. (33) Joe Scarbrough; 49
15. (99) Chris Hopkins; 48
16. (45) Doug Warren; 48
17. (77) Bruce Livingston; 30
18. (13) Megan Creech; 23
19. (95x)Hudson Hall; 6
20. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 1
21. (61) Kevin Cunningham; 0
Pole: C.E. Falk - via Race #1 finish.

KEESVACATIONS.COM MODIFIEDS - Twin 30s
Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 30
2. (8) Mike Rudy; 30
3. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 30
4. (44) Robbie Babb; 30
5. (33) Matt Slye; 30
6. (38) Michael Johnson; 30
7. (15) Tanner Rumburg; 30
8. (66) Tanner Aman; 30
9. (03) Joe Scarbrough; 30
10. (49) Cameron Patrick; 30
11. (3) Curtis Hughes; 30
12. (7) Lauren Edgerton; 29
13. (83) Scott Lawrence; 27
14. (95) Danny Harrell; 8
15. (5) Tony Fowler; 5
16. (48x)Todd VanGuilder; 4
Pole: Balluzzo - 85.761 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 30
2. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 30
3. (33) Matt Slye; 30
4. (38) Michael Johnson; 30
5. (66) Tanner Aman; 30
6. (49) Cameron Patrick; 30
7. (8) Mike Rudy; 30
8. (15) Tanner Rumburg; 30
9. (44) Robbie Babb; 30
10. (03) Joe Scarbrough; 30
11. (3) Curtis Hughes; 30
12. (7) Lauren Edgerton; 29
13. (5) Tony Fowler; 28
14. (83) Scott Lawrence; 11
15. (48x)Todd VanGuilder; 5
16. (95) Danny Harrell; 0
Pole: Balluzzo - via Race #1 finish.

PEPSI GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
2. (19) Robbie Parker; 40
3. (14) Paul Lubno; 40
4. (2) Michael Waters; 40
5. (28) Jamie Sample; 40
6. (55) Joe Britt; 40
7. (0) Andrew Condrey; 39
8. (6) Shawn Scovel; 39
9. (54) Billy Newman; 38
10. (01) Chris Hott; 38
11. (29) Mark Frye; 11
12. (9) Rodney Boyd; 9
DQ (11) Tommy Sweeney; 40
Pole: Boyd - Top 4 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Derrick - 78.136 mph.

LARRY KING LAW SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
2. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
3. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
4. (88) Jacob Carr; 25
5. (20) Buck Munger; 25
6. (19) Bill Wallace; 25
7. (18) David Millard; 25
8. (52) Chris Bechtel; 25
9. (99) Evan VanLeeuwen; 22
10. (2) Chris Munger; 20
11. (11) Chris Humblet; 18
12. (42) Jason North; 9
13. (22) Fred McAdams; 7
14. (62) Chase McAdams; 4
Pole: Turnage - 74.575 mph.

SAVITAPETS.COM UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
2. (46) Jason Michaud; 25
3. (21) Sammy Gaita; 25
4. (1) Denver Alvis; 25
5. (71) Tim Wilson; 25
6. (88) Jon Largena; 25
7. (70) Landon Abbott; 25
8. (5) Jesse Jones; 25
9. (32) Ronnie Vance; 25
10. (41) Cory Bradley; 25
11. (3) Eric Schaffer; 25
12. (11) Kevin Morgan; 25
13. (4) Richard Ellis; 25
14. (09) Nick Gundacker; 25
15. (38) Rodney Davis; 24
16. (10) John Matthews; 24
17. (98) Taylor Sarkess; 15
Pole: Eaker - 72.249 mph.

STANDARD WELDING PRO SIXES - 29 laps*
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (23) Casey Sipe; 29
2. (98) Landon Florian; 29
3. (46) Nelson Moody; 29
4. (7) Steve Williams; 29
5. (14) J.B. Sipe; 29
6. (77) Neil Sipe; 29
7. (57) Pat Ritchie; 28
8. (17) David Butler; 28
9. (4) Debbie Biesecker; 1
10. (27) Cullen Roberts; 1
DQ (6) Bobby Hall; 29
Pole: Biesecker - Top 6 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: C. Sipe - 80.892 mph.
*Race halted one lap short of scheduled distance
when checkered flag was inadvertently thrown.


NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Langley Federal Credit Union Night
Race Report
Saturday, September 15, 2012

HAMPTON, Va. (Sept. 15) C.E. Falk picked up his ninth and 10th wins of the season with a sweep of the Langley Federal Credit Union Twin 50s for the EZ Auto in Newport News Late Model Stock Cars, the featured events of Saturday evening's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
While Falk was rolling to victory in the final two events on Langley's Late Model calendar, Greg Edwards turned in solid third- and fifth-place runs to claim the 2012 championship and bring an end to Falk's three-year reign atop the division.
The lineup for the opener was determined in afternoon time trials and C.E. Falk earned the pole, at 89.434 mph. His brother, Wes Falk, was second-quickest, while Mark Wertz, Edwards and Woody Howard rounded out the top five on the 22-car grid.
As the first race got under way, C.E. Falk grabbed the lead off Turn 2. Wertz, making his return from an ankle injury, rushed to fill the void to the inside of Wes Falk. Wertz and the younger Falk went side-by-side until lap 4 when Wes Falk gained the upper hand. By then, C.E. Falk had opened a six-length margin.
On lap 6, Howard slipped underneath Wertz in a bid for third. He finished off the pass on the backstretch on lap 7. Five laps later, Edwards also scooted past Wertz, moving up to fourth. Meanwhile, as positions changed hands in their mirrors, the Falks dashed away from the pack.
Coming to the halfway mark, Edwards overtook Howard for the third spot, opening the door for Wertz, Shayne Lockhart and Casey Wyatt, who also bypassed Howard's #10 machine. Not content with fourth place, Wertz swiped third from Edwards on lap 35.
The only caution flag waved on lap 38 when Jeremy Grogg tangled with Doug Godsey on the frontstretch and popped the outside wall, just past the start/finish line. Megan Creech was collected in the incident and joined Grogg on the sidelines.
Bunching for a restart, C.E. Falk went the unconventional route and picked the outside lane. He was joined up top by Lockhart, Danny Edwards Jr. and Godsey.
Back under green, the Falks raced door-to-door into Turn 1 with C.E. Falk powered ahead off Turn 2. Wes Falk settled into second, followed by Wertz, Lockhart and Greg Edwards.
By lap 44, C.E. Falk had regained a half-straightaway edge over his brother, who had put some distance between himself and a three-way battled for third, involving Edwards, who took the spot on lap 43, Wertz and Wyatt.
At the finish, C.E. Falk was the winner by 2.386 seconds better than half a straightaway over Wes Falk. Edwards was third to the stripe, followed by Wertz and Wyatt.
Godsey headed the second five, in sixth, while Danny Edwards Jr., Duane Shreeves, Lockhart and Howard completed the top 10. Jeff Shiflett, Terry Carroll and Doug Warren were 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively, also on the lead lap.
With Wes Falk and Greg Edwards coming home second and third, Edwards lead in the division standings shrank by one, to 19. To win the title outright, he needed to finish 19th or better in the second race.
In Victory Lane after Race #1, C.E. Falk commented on his efforts on the national scene: Maybe the national championship isn't in our favor this year, but certainly we can be in the top three, which we rightfully deserve. This car was awesome tonight. It was probably one of the better-driving cars I've ever had. It felt like Charlotte out here. The track's cool and everything's fast. Just had a great run. Glad the 41 (Wes Falk) ran second and, ya know, tune up for the next race.
Asked about his decision to move to the outside on the only restart, Falk explained, "Just trying to help the 41. They're trying to win the points race and I knew my car was good enough I could pass on the outside if I had to, so I was making his life a little bit easier. We'll go try to win another one."
The starting lineup for the nightcap was determined by the finishing order of the first race, putting the Falk brothers on the front row again. Edwards and Wertz occupied Row 2, while Wyatt and Godsey launched from the third row.
As the field prepared for the beginning of Race #2, C.E. Falk returned to the outside lane, ceding the inside of the front row to Wes Falk.
When the green flag fell, C.E. Falk bolted ahead and Wertz pulled to Wes Falk's outside. Before the first lap was in the books, though, the only caution flag appeared as Creech, Kevin Cunningham and Bruce Livingston tangled in the middle of Turns 1 and 2. A complete restart was ordered.
On the second attempt, Wes and C.E. Falk remained side-by-side until they reached Turn 4. Coming back to record lap 1, C.E. pulled ahead to take the lead.
Behind the Falks, Wyatt made a bold move in the early going to snag fourth, momentarily making it three-wide with Edwards and Wertz. With much more on the line, Edwards gave way and dropped back to sixth place. He returned to the top five on lap 6 when he slipped past Godsey.
At the head of the field, C.E. Falk had pulled off by nearly half a straightaway over Wes Falk, who had his hands full with Wertz. As the battle for second heated up, C.E. Falk continued to add to his advantage. By the time, Wertz made the move into second, on lap 25, C.E. Falk was up by a full straightaway.
To close the gap between himself and the leader, Wertz was in desperate need of a friendly caution flag. None appeared, though, as C.E. Falk strolled to a 4.877-second victory. Wertz was the runner-up, followed by Wes Falk, Wyatt and Greg Edwards.
Godsey posted his second sixth-place run of the night, while Lockhart and Danny Edwards Jr. came home in seventh and eighth, the final drivers on the lead lap. Howard and Shiflett rounded out the top 10, both a lap in arrears.
Although Greg Edwards surrendered another two points to Wes Falk in the finale, he had more than enough of a cushion going into the event and wrapped up his third career Langley Late Model title. Pending official verification, the final points tally was 382-365 in favor of Edwards. His other championships came in 1998 and 2006.
Back in Victory Lane, Falk reflected on the just-completed Langley campaign: "We had a great year and the 41 car had a win (in the season opener), so it's a good year for EF Motorsports. Ya know, we always want to finish higher in the points, but, with that last race, I think we hit on some really great stuff that'll carry us through Martinsville and come back stronger than ever in 2013."
While Falk celebrated his wins, an emotional Edwards was popping the cork on a bottle of bubbly: "This whole crew worked so hard and I've given up a lot of championships. I know C.E. probably feels bad, cause he was so dominant all year. But, I've had years where I thought I had this thing wrapped up and we had part failures and things happen and I've lost championships. I've lost a lot more than I've won. This thing's a war. It's a battle. You stay in it all season. "This crew just kept behind me. We had a lot of disappointing times. We just kept digging, kept staying in the races, kept doing what we needed to do, running fast."
Noting how his third title bolsters his place in the Langley record books, Edwards continued, You can't take these things lightly. A championship, ya know, you notch something in history and it's pretty awesome to be part of history with Langley Speedway. It's incredible. Right now, you take it, but it's something you can tell your kids about and tell your grandkids about. It goes down in history. It's a great thing and it's an honor to be able to be the 2012 track champion.

In the evening's other feature events:

Shawn Balluzzo moved a couple steps closer to his sixth championship by posting his ninth and 10th wins of the year in Twin 30s for the KeesVacations.com Modifieds. He started both races from the pole and led 59 of 60 laps in the caution-free events.
Balluzzo earned the pole for the first race with a qualifying speed of 85.761 mph. He gave up the lead on lap 1 to outside pole starter Mike Rudy, but rallied to nose ahead on lap 2. He cleared Rudy on lap 3 and began to ease away from the pack.
Anthony Kincaid swiped second from Rudy on lap 6, only to see Rudy return the favor on lap 13. While those two jousted, Balluzzo extended his advantage to half a straightaway.
Once Rudy regained the runner-up spot, he was able to pull away from Kincaid. He couldn't make up much ground on the leader, though, as Balluzzo maintained a firm grip on the top spot.
At the finish, Balluzzo was the winner by 1.026 seconds " about five lengths " over Rudy, his closest challenger in the division standings. Kincaid was third, followed by Robbie Babb and Matt Slye.
In the second race, Balluzzo motored ahead of Rudy off Turn 2 on the opening lap and rolled on to his second win of the evening.
As Balluzzo moved out front, Kincaid followed his cue, snagging second place as the field roared down the backstretch for the first time. Obviously struggling, Rudy dropped another spot on lap 2 when Slye scooted past for third.
Kincaid stayed within striking distance of the leader for the first five circuits. On lap 6, though, Balluzzo extended his margin from two to four car-lengths. The lead grew to as much as six lengths before Kincaid staged a late rally.
At the checkers, Balluzzo was the winner by 0.680-second " about three lengths " over Kincaid. Slye was third, followed by Michael Johnson and Tanner Aman. Cameron Patrick was sixth, while Rudy slid back to a seventh-place result.
Down by seven points at the start of the night, Rudy now faces a 14-point deficit, 377-363, as he seeks to dethrone Balluzzo.

In the 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock feature, fast qualifier Ricky Derrick overcame a four-car inversion in seven circuits and rolled on to his sixth win of the year, edging closer to his fourth straight division crown.
Derrick qualified at 78.136 mph to top the speed chart. He spun a "4" on the inversion wheel, though, dropping him to the outside of Row 2. Rodney Boyd moved to the pole, sharing the front row with Robbie Parker. Mark Frye and Derrick made up Row 2, while Michael Waters started fifth.
As the race got under way, Parker grabbed the early lead. Derrick nosed ahead of Boyd for second at the end of lap 1 and gained the clear-cut advantage on lap 2.
On lap 6, Derrick ducked to the inside of Parker through Turns 3 and 4, drew even on the frontstretch and grabbed the lead at the end of the back straightaway on lap 7.
The only caution flag flew on lap 10 when Boyd and Frye tangled in Turn 4 and Boyd spun, collecting Tommy Sweeney. Boyd was sidelined, while Sweeney rejoined the field after a visit to the pits.
Returning to green, Derrick gradually began to extend his lead. By the halfway mark, his margin had grown to nearly half a straightaway over Parker, who enjoyed a full-straightaway edge over third-place Paul Lubno.
Nearing the finish, Derrick encountered slower traffic. As he carefully sorted through the slower machines, Parker closed to within three lengths.
Derrick broke into the clear on lap 38, though, and drove away from the pack, winning by 0.728-second " about five lengths " over second-place Parker. Lubno was third, fighting off Waters at the end to secure the spot.
Sweeney, only five points behind Derrick in the standings at the start of the night, was fifth to the line. He failed to clear the post-race inspection, however, and was disqualified. Jamie Sample moved up to fifth in the official rundown.
With Sweeney's ouster, Derrick now holds a 28-point lead in the title chase, 287-259, over Lubno, who leapfrogged Sweeney for second.

Troy Turnage started on the pole, at 74.575 mph, and led all 25 laps for his third victory of the season in the Larry King Law Super Truck feature.
Points leader Robbie Davis shared the front row with Turnage, but gave up the second spot to Tommy Nixon on lap 1. Davis regained the runner-up position from Nixon on a restart at lap 5.
While Davis quickly closed in on Turnage, Nixon remained parked on his tailgate, so Davis wasn't able to attack the leader quite as aggressively as he might have liked.
On lap 18, Nixon went extremely low in Turn 4, cutting across the apron. The move upset his truck and he fell half a straightaway behind the lead duo.
With Nixon out of the picture, Davis went after Turnage for the top spot. The leader was up to the challenge, however, and held on to win by 0.214-second a little more than a truck-length. Nixon was third to the line, while Jacob Carr and Buck Munger completed the top five.
In the division standings, Turnage trails Davis by 13 points, 256-243.

In the 25-lap SavitaPets.com UCAR race, Bill Eaker claimed the pole, at 72.249 mph, and wired the field for his third win of the year.
Rookie Jason Michaud brought a two-race winning streak into the event. His prospects for a third win in a row took a hit when he tangled with Kevin Morgan in Turn 1 on lap 3. Michaud rallied, though, battling back into the top five as the race neared its conclusion.
The last of the race's two caution flags waved on lap 23, setting up a three-lap dash to the checkers. Eaker, Denver Alvis, Tim Wilson, Sammy Gaita and Michaud made up the top five as the field prepared for the restart.
Back under green, Eaker dispensed with Gaita, who had given up his spot in line and restarted alongside the leader. Meanwhile, Michaud was on the march, picking off positions, one by one.
At the checkers, Eaker was the winner by 1.293 seconds " nearly half a straightaway " over Michaud, who bypassed Gaita for second on the white-flag lap. Gaita was third, followed by Alvis and Wilson.
With the win, Eaker added two to his advantage over Gaita and leads by 19 points, 233-214.

The evening's feature program began on an odd note as the Standard Welding Pro Six race was halted after 29 of the scheduled 30 laps. The reason? The checkered flag was inadvertently thrown a lap too soon.
Weird finish or not, Casey Sipe collected his fourth win of the season, taking the lead for good on the 24th circuit. Meanwhile, rookie Landon Florian, last year's UCAR champ, overtook Steve Williams for the points lead.
Sipe paced the afternoon qualifying session, at 80.892 mph, but dialed up a "6" on the inversion wheel, dropping him to the outside of Row 3. Debbie Biesecker moved up to the pole with Bobby Hall alongside. Williams and Florian lined up in Row 2, while Nelson Moody and Sipe were in Row 3.
Hall grabbed the lead on the start and showed the way for laps 1 and 2. The first of the race's five caution flags waved on lap 3. On the restart, Sipe pushed his machine to the front for the first time and led until lap 10 when the second yellow flag appeared.
On the ensuing restart, Sipe faltered badly and Florian and Hall scooted past on either side of him. Hall led lap 11, while Florian battled back on lap 12. The third caution flag flew on lap 13 and Florian was positioned out front for the restart.
Florian stayed out front until lap 17 when he and Hall tangled in Turn 2. Florian spun to bring out the fifth, and final, caution flag. As Florian and Hall retreated to the rear of the field, Williams assumed the top spot.
Back under green, Williams opened a three-length lead, while Sipe dealt with second-place Moody. Once Sipe secured second, he quickly closed in on Williams.
On lap 24, Sipe drove under Williams in Turn 2 and finished off the pass for the lead through Turns 3 and 4. In his wake, Florian was charging back toward the front.
At the initial checkered flag, at the end of lap 29, Sipe was the winner by 1.349 seconds over Florian, who had just picked off Williams for second, bringing Moody along with him, to third.
As the field passed the checkers, about half backed off the accelerator, while the others realized they hadn't reached lap 30 yet and kept racing.
In the interest of fairness, officials decided to freeze the scoring as it was at the end of lap 29. After all, the checkered flag does end the race.
In the official rundown, Sipe, Florian, Moody and Williams made up the top four. Hall was fifth, but failed to clear the post-race inspection. His disqualification handed fifth to J.B. Sipe.
In the standings, Florian went from one point behind Williams to one point ahead, 192-191, taking over the lead. Hall suffered the biggest blow, dropping from third, two points out of the lead, to fifth, 26 back.


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