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Rudy banks $5K with Mod Madness victory
Oct 15, 2012 - updated Oct 15th, 2012 9:29pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey
Hampton, Va. --
Racing For Hope Foundation Modified Madness presented by Sysco Race Report
Saturday, October 13, 2012
HAMPTON, Va. (Oct. 13) � Mike Rudy took the lead for good on lap 63 and roared to a $5,000 victory in the Second Annual Racing For Hope Foundation Modified Madness 100 presented by Sysco, the featured event of Saturday evening�s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Robbie Babb was the pole-sitter, qualifying at 87.207 mph. He shared the front row with Anthony Kincaid. Shawn Balluzzo, Langley�s 2012 Mod champ and the defending race winner, lined up in third, alongside Rudy. Todd VanGuilder, Balluzzo�s teammate, was fifth on the 21-car grid.
The race got off to a rocky start when Babb failed to come up to speed at the drop of the green flag. Cars streamed past to his inside and outside as the field rumbled toward Turn 1. Reaching the corner, trouble broke out and Shawn Hopkins ended up in the wall as the first caution flag appeared. Reportedly, a broken shifter was the culprit behind Babb�s problems as he dropped to the back of the pack.
As the field formed up for another try at a start, Balluzzo assumed the pole position. He couldn�t hold off Kincaid, though, as the #1 machine moved out front at the end of the backstretch. Rudy tagged along with Kincaid, then bypassed him on lap 2 to take the lead for the first time.
The second yellow flag waved on lap 3 when Matt Slye spun in the middle of Turns 1 and 2. Several others were either collected in the mess or slowed to avoid it. Jimmy Humblet was the only casualty from the incident.
Preparing for the restart, Rudy led the way, followed by Kincaid and Balluzzo. Fourth-place VanGuilder and fifth-place Cale Gale opted for the outside lane.
Back under green, Rudy cleared VanGuilder off Turn 2. VanGuilder settled into second, while Gale nabbed third. On the next circuit, Balluzzo swiped fourth from Kincaid and set off after the lead trio. Within a lap, the front four were nose-to-tail.
Gale, a rookie contender in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, grabbed second from VanGuilder on lap 6 and immediately went after Rudy for the lead, taking over the top spot on lap 7 and bringing Balluzzo along with him. By lap 12, Gale and Balluzzo had opened a half-straightaway gap over third-place Rudy.
On lap 16, Balluzzo made a bid for the lead, ducking underneath Gale in Turn 2 and completing the pass at the end of the backstretch. On the next lap, though, Gale returned the favor and reclaimed the point. As they dueled, Rudy was able to narrow the deficit and join the two leaders.
Balluzzo shadowed Gale until lap 26 when he slipped under the leader in Turn 1. The two raced wheel-to-wheel for a lap with Balluzzo nosing ahead at the flagstand. As he pulled ahead on lap 27, Rudy moved up to second and Hunter Slayton took third, dropping Gale to fourth.
Balluzzo showed the way until lap 32 when Rudy and Slayton overtook him on the frontstretch. Back out front, Rudy quickly opened a five-length advantage. Soon, though, traffic came into play and Slayton closed in. On lap 41, Slayton drove under Rudy in Turn 2 and took the lead into Turn 3. Balluzzo passed Rudy for second on lap 46 and set off after Slayton.
By the halfway mark, Balluzzo had trimmed Slayton�s margin to three lengths. Continuing to close, he powered underneath Slayton off Turn 4 on lap 57 and regained the lead in Turn 2 on lap 58.
With 60 laps on the board, the third caution flag flew to bring the field to the pit lane for a 10-minute break. Balluzzo, Slayton, Rudy, Gale and Darrell Vance made up the top five at the stoppage.
Returning to the track, the field prepared for the restart. Moving to the outside lane were Rudy, VanGuilder, Michael Johnson, Babb, Tanner Rumburg and Kincaid.
As the race resumed, the back end of Rudy�s machine wiggled off Turn 4 and Balluzzo pulled ahead. Rudy kept digging, though, drawing even with the leader on the backstretch and inching out front at the stripe. Balluzzo regained the lead on lap 62, but Rudy switched lanes and battled back to his inside on lap 63, taking the lead off Turn 4. Behind Rudy and Balluzzo, VanGuilder, Slayton and Gale rounded out the top five.
Between laps 64 and 85, Rudy and Balluzzo continued to hold down the top two spots. Little by little, Rudy was able to ease away, ultimately extending his lead to three lengths. Meanwhile, Gale was on the move, taking fourth from Slayton on lap 78, then setting off after VanGuilder.
The fourth caution flag appeared on lap 86 when Danny Harrell spun in Turn 2. The fifth, and final, yellow flag followed on the ensuing restart for a multi-car fracas in Turn 1, which chased Slayton to the sidelines.
Gathering for what would turn out to be the last restart, VanGuilder broke ranks and pulled to the outside of Rudy. He was joined up top by Vance, Kincaid, Harrell, Rumburg, Slye and Johnson.
Back under green, Rudy battled ahead of VanGuilder as they reached the backstretch. VanGuilder did manage to slide in line in second, ahead of Balluzzo, who had his hands full with Gale. On lap 87, Gale bypassed Balluzzo, who was beginning to fade, and took over third.
Over the closing laps, VanGuilder was unable to make up any significant ground on Rudy, who sailed to a half-straightaway victory. The official margin was 1.668 seconds. Gale tailed Rudy and VanGuilder to the line, in third, followed by Balluzzo and Vance.
Rumburg headed the second five, in sixth, while Kyle Wood, Johnson, Harrell and Curtis Hughes completed the top 10. Slye, Kincaid and Babb were 11th, 12th and 13th, respectively, also finishing on th lead lap.
In Victory Lane after the race, Rudy noted that he was able to draw on his experience as he mapped out his strategy: �It all started with saving it the first 60. I�m used to running 100-lap races. We used to run the Modified at Southside every week, a hundred laps, and that helped me out here tonight. When Bubba told me, with 15 to go, �Give it all ya� got,� and I gave it all and he said, �Man, you�re pulling away by a straightaway,� I said �I�m giving it all I got.��
In the evening�s other feature events:
In the 40-lap points season finale for the Heritage Motor Co. Super Streets, Larry Venable stayed well ahead of the championship tussle between Renno Marchetti IV and John Pereira and picked up his first win of the year.
Venable was the pole-sitter, at 74.992 mph, sharing Row 1 with Pereira. Marchetti lined up third, flanked by Ryan Nester, while Dale Parro completed the top five.
Coming to the initial green flag, Parro spun off Turn 4, bringing out the caution flag and prompting a complete restart.
When the race got going, Venable bolted ahead and brought Marchetti along with him, dropping Pereira to third. Marchetti and Pereira entered the event in a dead heat for the title and whoever finished ahead of the other would claim the crown.
While Venable cruised away, stretching his lead to as much as half a straightaway, Marchetti and Pereira circled the track in tight formation, playing the proverbial high-speed chess game.
The race remained under the green flag until lap 33 when Marty Tice slowed to a halt off Turn 2.
On the restart, Venable, Marchetti and Pereira hung onto their respective positions, fending off Nester, Parro and Sean Calway, who had launched from the outside lane.
The third caution flag appeared on lap 35 when Parro spun in Turn 4.
On the next restart, Venable pulled away, while Pereira pushed Marchetti down the frontstretch and into Turn 1. As their scuffle intensified, the door swung open for Calway, who was in the outside lane, and Rod Busitzky, as well as Nester.
Eventually, Pereira muscled past Marchetti. Marchetti, though, took exception to Pereira�s tactics and dumped him at the end of the frontstretch on lap 36, earning them both a trip to the rear of the field.
Back under green, Pereira latched onto Marchetti�s rear bumper and shoved him into Turn 1, sending Marchetti up the track. Marchetti caught his machine before he hit the wall and stopped in Turn 2 to bring out the last of the race�s five yellow flags.
During the caution period, Pereira was black-flagged to the pits. As he sat on pit road, a tussle broke out involving his crew members and an official. Immediately, the decision was made to park Pereira for the night, effectively ending his title hopes.
Back under way, Venable picked up right where he left off, darting away from the pack. At the finish, his winning margin was 1.591 seconds over Parro, who rebounded from his two spins to take second. Nester was third, followed by Calway and Busitzky.
Meanwhile, Marchetti was sixth and claimed the 2012 Super Street title by five points over Pereira, 285-280. In Saturday�s rundown, Pereira was shown in 11th (last) place.
Denver Alvis notched his second straight victory in the 25-lap finale for the SavitaPets.com UCARs, taking the lead on lap 21.
Jason Michaud started on the pole, at 72.551 mph. Bill Eaker, who only needed to start the race to clinch the championship, lined up second, followed by Alvis, Jon Largena and Sammy Gaita.
Michaud grabbed the lead on the start, while Alvis slipped by Eaker for second. Michaud and Alvis were first and second, in that order, for the first 20 laps.
On lap 20, Alvis drove underneath Michaud in Turns 3 and 4, pulled even on the frontstretch and finished off the pass through Turns 1 and 2 on lap 21.
Alvis was able to gain some separation over the closing circuits and won by 0.503-second � about three lengths. Michaud was second, while Eaker wrapped up the 2012 UCAR title with a third-place run. Tim Wilson and Largena were fourth and fifth.
In the final points tally, Eaker won by 28 (281-253) over Largena, who squeaked past Gaita by one point to nab second.
To win the Standard Welding Pro Six championship, Steve Williams needed to finish more than two positions ahead of points leader Landon Florian in Saturday�s 30-lap finale.
Williams did all he could do, leading all the way from the pole for his second win of the season. Unfortunately for Williams, though, Florian did exactly what he had to do, crossing the line on Williams� bumper to claim the championship.
Williams� pole speed was 81.220 mph and he shared the front row with Casey Sipe. Bobby Hall and Nelson Moody made up Row 2, while Florian started fifth, giving Williams a slight edge as the race got under way.
Coming to the green flag, Williams bolted ahead of Sipe, who settled into second. Hall emerged in third place, while Florian picked off Moody to take over fourth.
With Williams in command, the field got strung out pretty quickly in the early going. Approaching the halfway mark, though, slower traffic became a factor and, soon, the front four � Williams, Sipe, Hall and Florian � were nose-to-tail.
On lap 17, Florian nosed ahead of Hall for the third spot. He cleared Hall on lap 18 and set off after the lead duo, four lengths in front of him.
Florian tracked down Sipe on lap 22 and took a peek to the inside in Turns 1 and 2. Sipe fought off that bid. Two laps later, however, Florian was successful, moving into second. Within two laps, he had pulled up on Williams� bumper.
Over the remaining circuits, Florian took a couple of runs at Williams for the lead. With the championship in mind, though, he didn�t press the issue too strenuously.
At the finish, Williams was the winner by 0.257-second � a car-length � over Florian. Casey Sipe was third, followed by Moody and Neil Sipe.
In the final points rundown, Florian won the title by one over Williams, 243-242. It is his second championship in as many seasons, as he was last year�s UCAR titlist.
Due to three caution flags in the early going, which raised fuel mileage concerns, the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Kart feature was trimmed from 20 to 15 laps. And, that was just long enough for Josh Ayer, who took the lead on the white-flag circuit and snagged his first win.
Travis Wall started on the pole, at 61.697 mph, but gave way to Jonathan Mullett on the opening lap. Boosted by a succession of drafting partners, including Tommy Jackson Jr., Aaron Leach and Jeffrey Johnson, Mullett set the pace for the first 14 circuits. On the final lap, though, Ayer worked underneath Mullett and took the lead on the backstretch.
At the checkers, Ayer was the winner by 0.108-second over Johnson. Chris O�Brien was third, followed by Matthew Dail and Mullett, who slid from first to fifth on lap 15.
Points leader Charlie-Ray Lorah was victimized by mechanical problems in qualifying and started 19th on the 21-kart grid. He managed to pull out a ninth-place finish, though, and handily wrapped up the 2012 Champ Kart title.
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Racing For Hope Foundation Modified Madness
presented by Sysco
Saturday, October 13, 2012
MODIFIED MADNESS 100
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Mike Rudy; 100
2. (4) Todd VanGuilder; 100
3. (88) Cale Gale; 100
4. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 100
5. (87) Darrell Vance; 100
6. (15) Tanner Rumburg; 100
7. (19) Kyle Wood; 100
8. (38) Michael Johnson; 100
9. (95) Danny Harrell; 100
10. (3) Curtis Hughes; 100
11. (33) Matt Slye; 100
12. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 100
13. (44) Robbie Babb; 100
14. (83) Scott Lawrence; 99
15. (41) Warren Smigo; 96
16. (49) Todd Whitesell; 89
17. (77) Hunter Slayton; 85
18. (03) Casey Wyatt; 41
19. (11) Jimmy Humblet; 2
20. (84) Shawn Hopkins; 0
21. (5) Tony Fowler; 0
Pole: Babb - 87.207 mph.
HERITAGE MOTOR CO. SUPER STREETS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (14) Larry Venable; 40
2. (15) Dale Parro; 40
3. (87) Ryan Nester; 40
4. (12) Sean Calway; 40
5. (2) Rod Busitzky; 40
6. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 40
7. (05) Thomas Wilson; 40
8. (50) Jim Bennett; 40
9. (95) Marty Tice; 40
10. (70) Landon Abbott; 38
11. (3) John Pereira; 35
Pole: Venable - 74.992 mph.
SAVITAPETS.COM UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (1) Denver Alvis; 25
2. (46) Jason Michaud; 25
3. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
4. (71) Tim Wilson; 25
5. (88) Jon Largena; 25
6. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
7. (5) Jesse Jones; 25
8. (11) Kevin Morgan; 25
9. (21) Sammy Gaita; 25
10. (3) Eric Schaffer; 25
11. (70) Landon Abbott; 25
12. (09) Nick Gundacker; 25
13. (92) Rusty Bennett; 25
14. (04) Steven Brady; 25
15. (37) Nathan Brasz; 25
16. (4) Richard Ellis; 22
17. (38) Rodney Davis17
Pole: Michaud - 72.551 mph.
STANDARD WELDING PRO SIXES - 30 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (7) Steve Williams; 30
2. (98) Landon Florian; 30
3. (23) Casey Sipe; 30
4. (46) Nelson Moody; 30
5. (77) Neil Sipe; 29
6. (6) Bobby Hall; 29
7. (4) Debbie Biesecker; 28
8. (57) Pat Ritchie; 28
9. (27) Cullen Roberts; 0
Pole: Williams - 81.220 mph.
RHONNDA CLAIBORNE, REALTOR
HRKC PRO WINGED CHAMP KARTS - 15 laps
Fin. Pos. (Krt #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (41) Josh Ayer; 15
2. (30) Jeffrey Johnson; 15
3. (99) Chris O'Brien; 15
4. (88) Matthew Dail; 15
5. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 15
6. (80) Jake Harberts; 15
7. (53) Rob Fearing; 15
8. (24) Vaughan Crittenden; 15
9. (59) Charlie-Ray Lorah; 15
10. (71) Shawn Gervais; 15
11. (51) Matthew Leach; 15
12. (44) Travis Wall; 15
13. (87) Aaron Leach; 15
14. (8) Tommy Jackson Jr.; 15
15. (7) Ashten Mullett; 15
16. (42) Mike Bowman; 15
17. (63) Clifton Savage; 15
18. (10) Daniel Millard; 14
19. (3) Kris Robinson; 12
20. (64) John Savage; 11
21. (81) David Stallings; 7
Pole: Wall - 61.697 mph.
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