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Dodge Dealers Night ('05 Season Finale) Race Report Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005
Oct 3, 2005 - updated Oct 3rd, 2005 12:59am
Web posted by Gary Daughtry

Hampton, VA --

Danny Harrell grabbed the lead on lap 69 and strolled to his first victory in the Dodge Dealers 75 for the Chick-fil-A Late Models, the featured event of Saturday evening’s season-ending NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series program at Langley Speedway.

Casey Wyatt was fastest in the afternoon qualifying session, turning the .395-mile oval at 85.185 mph. He shared the front row with Shawn Balluzzo, while Harrell and Dude Gibbs made up Row 2. Mark Claar lined up fifth. For the year’s last race, a non-points affair, track officials dispensed with inversions in all divisions.
As the race got under way, Wyatt jumped into the lead, pulling ahead of Balluzzo as the field reached Turn 1 for the first time. Spotting an opening, Harrell motored alongside Balluzzo, while Gibbs and Claar settled in line behind them.
Balluzzo, the previous week’s winner, edged ahead of Harrell through Turns 1 and 2 on the second circuit to gain control of the runner-up position. By lap 5, Wyatt had fashioned a four-length advantage over Balluzzo, who had driven away from Harrell by an equal margin.

At lap 10, Wyatt’s lead remained stable at four car-lengths. Harrell, meanwhile, had fallen half a straightaway behind Balluzzo.
On lap 16, Claar went after Gibbs for fourth place, ducking low on the backstretch. He was ahead by a nose at the stripe and cleared Gibbs’ machine in Turn 1 on the 17th circuit.
At the front, Balluzzo was chopping into Wyatt’s lead. On lap 23, the two were bumper-to-bumper. Wyatt opened some breathing room as they bypassed a slower car, but, soon, Balluzzo was filling his mirror again.
Balluzzo launched a bid for the top spot on lap 35, powering alongside Wyatt on the backstretch. Wyatt was ahead at the line, but gave way to Balluzzo off Turn 4 on the next lap.

Within 10 circuits, Balluzzo had put half a straightaway on Wyatt and the margin was growing. In the meantime, Harrell was creeping back into the picture. By lap 55, he was only a car-length behind Wyatt.
On lap 60, Harrell dove under Wyatt off Turn 2. They battled door-to-door until lap 62 when Harrell pulled ahead in Turn 4 to take second. Wyatt regained the spot on lap 64, but couldn’t shake Harrell.
As Harrell and Wyatt were duking it out, Balluzzo was rapidly fading, his right-rear tire going down.
Harrell and Wyatt overtook Balluzzo on the backstretch on lap 69. Harrell went low, Wyatt swung to the high groove and the three entered Turn 3 side-by-side-by-side.

In the middle of the corner, Balluzzo and Wyatt made contact and Wyatt spun as Harrell shot into the lead. Wyatt quickly righted his machine and immediately headed to the pits, retiring for the night.
With Wyatt on the sidelines and Balluzzo limping along, Harrell cruised to the checkers. At the finish, his margin of victory was a whopping 14.470 seconds — almost three-quarters of a lap — over Balluzzo, who nursed his car home in second. Claar was third, the only other driver to complete the entire distance.
Craig Brown, who started shotgun on the 12-car field, was fourth at the finish, followed by Gibbs, in fifth. Both drivers were a lap in arrears to the leader.

Jeff Shiflett, Dan Clatterbuck, Rick Gdovic, Wyatt and Ron Blackburn completed the top 10. Grand Stock champ Dean Shiflett and Chris Munger rounded out the field.
In Victory Lane after the race, Harrell celebrated his first Langley Late Model win, noting that he kept his focus on the track ahead as Balluzzo and Wyatt tangled behind him: “You can’t look back in these things ‘cause if you blink, something happens. I want to thank all of my crew guys. They’ve hung in there, since 2001, with me. They never gave up. I can’t give up.”
Though disappointed, Balluzzo remained upbeat as he discussed his second-place performance: “Right-rear. Got a right-rear flat. About 25 or 30 laps to go, it just started coming backwards and my spotter screamed, ‘Inside! Outside!’ And it’s like, ‘Oh!’ I think me and him (Wyatt) got together. I really felt bad about that. When Danny Harrell went under me and then Casey went to the outside of me, they both hit me on both sides and I was a sandwich in the middle, just trying to hold on and not crash. I gotta congratulate Danny Harrell for winning. It was great.”

Third-place Claar was elated over his showing: “Third place is great, man! The car got a little tight. It started off good and it just got tighter and tighter and tighter. If it would’ve stayed a little loose, I think I could’ve been up there, but we had a good run. I’m happy with third.”

In the evening’s other feature events:

Dean Shiflett capped his championship-winning season with his seventh win of the year in the 40-lap Super 8 Motels Grand Stock race. He moved out front on lap 17.
Rick Hester, driving Ryan Nester’s #87, set the fast time in qualifying, at 76.703 mph, and shared the front row with Randy Akers. Shiflett, Brandon Hinson and David Gray lined up behind Hester and Akers.
Hester grabbed the lead as the initial green flag flew. Akers, Shiflett, Hinson and Ricky Derrick emerged from the opening shuffle in the second through fifth spots, in that order. Derrick, running his third race of the night (he also competed in the Super Street and U-Car features), moved into fourth on lap 3, bypassing Hinson.
After the first caution flag, at lap 8, Akers went after the lead, driving under Hester on the backstretch. He cleared Hester in Turn 1 on lap 9, bringing Shiflett with him. Derrick tried to follow, but he and Hester spun in Turn 2 on lap 10, prompting the second yellow flag.
Back under green, Akers fended off Shiflett until lap 17 when Shiflett ducked under him in Turn 1, gaining the clear-cut edge at the end of the backstretch. Immediately, Shiflett began to drive away, stretching his lead to better than half a straightaway.
In the meantime, Derrick was slicing through the field on his way back toward the front. He moved into second place on lap 32 and got a boost when the third, and final, yellow flag waved on lap 38, bunching the field.
Gathering for the restart, a lapped car separated Shiflett from Derrick and allowed Shiflett to open a five-length margin when the green flag reappeared.

Derrick disposed of the lapped machine and charged after the leader. His rally came up about two car-lengths short at the line, though, as Shiflett held on for the win. Akers tailed Shiflett and Derrick to the finish, in third, followed by Hinson and Hester, who moved back into the top five on the last lap.

Mike Ganoe scored his fifth victory of the season in the 50-lap nTelos Super Street feature, taking the lead on the 36th circuit.
Ricky Derrick started on the pole, at 73.443 mph, with Ritchie German alongside. Dale Parro and Ganoe occupied Row 2, while Kenny Wood rolled off from the fifth spot on the grid.
Derrick took the lead as the event got going. German settled into second, followed by Parro and Ganoe. Ganoe moved into third on lap 3, then picked off German for second on lap 11. By that time, Derrick had forged a half-straightaway advantage.
Working methodically, Ganoe reeled in Derrick as the leader sorted his way through slower traffic. By lap 26, Ganoe had cut the gap to a single car-length.

Running three-wide, and sometimes even four-wide, to pass the lapped machines, Derrick and Ganoe barreled around the track.
Derrick was able to hold Ganoe at bay until lap 35 when Ganoe drove under him off Turn 2. The two went side-by-side until the following circuit as a slower car ahead forced Derrick to give way. Within two laps, Ganoe had pulled off by three lengths.
Derrick got one more shot at Ganoe when the yellow flag appeared on lap 39, bunching the field for a two-lap dash.
Ganoe got a good jump on the final restart, however, then withstood Derrick’s last-lap rally to win by a car-length. German was third to the checkers, followed by Jason Moore and Parro.

Charlie Barclay started on the pole, at 72.007 mph, and led all 25 laps for his fifth win in the Hillco Building Maintenance Mini Truck race. He built a big lead in the early going, survived a mid-race restart, regained that healthy margin, then held on at the end to secure the victory.
Tommy Nixon, who trimmed Barclay’s lead from half a straightaway to just three lengths over the last 10 laps, came home in the runner-up position. John Hollis was third, followed by John McDonald and Thomas Fontaine.

Rette Causey wired the field for his first win in the 25-lap finale for the Cook’s Moving Service INEX Legends. He started on the pole, after qualifying at 77.430 mph, and led all the way.

Steve Causey was second to the line, two car-lengths back. Jamie Price was third, while Steve Hancock and Sparky West completed the top five.

Richard Ellis snagged his fifth victory in the E-Z Auto Rental U-Car feature, taking the lead on lap 5. After three yellow flags in the first six laps, scorers began counting caution laps. Due to a late caution flag, at lap 22, the race was extended from 25 to 30 laps to provide a green-flag finish.

At the checkers, Ellis was the winner by three car-lengths over pole-sitter (69.488 mph) Randy Prillaman, who led the first four laps. Jonathan Mullett was third, followed by Robbie Davis and Ricky Derrick.

Bill Dailey was the winner of a 20-lapper for the Affordable Marine Services Mini Cups, one of three preliminary events in Saturday’s lineup. He leaped out front on lap 1 and led from flag-to-flag, winning by nearly a straightaway.
Jacques Ward slipped by Chase Emerson on lap 19, then held him off at the line to take second. Emerson was third, followed by Amanda Forney and Matt Burchfield.

Ashley Mullis notched the victory in the 20-lap HRKC Winged Pro Champ Kart race. With drafting assistance from her father, Bill Mullis, she took the lead for good on lap 7.
At the finish, Ashley Mullis won by a kart-length over her dad. Alan Purser, who led lap 1, was third, followed by Bill Dailey, who led laps 5 and 6. Ryan Hudgins, who paced laps 2-4, was fifth in the final rundown.

Eric Shaffer topped Brad Perron in a 10-lap demonstration run for the Full Throttle Wolfpack Trucks, full-size pickups with only very limited modifications. (Think of a Super Street truck.)
Perron led the first three laps before giving way to Shaffer on lap 4. He spun on lap 5 and battled an extreme loose condition the rest of the way. He was a straightaway back at the end.
The class is being considered as an addition to Langley’s lineup for the 2006 campaign.
• • •
MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Daughtrey
Home: (757) 657-6741
Track: (757) 865-7223
E-mail: daughtrey@langley-speedway.com

NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
FINAL 2005 Point Standings
Last Race Date: Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005

Chick-fil-A LATE MODELS (22 races)
Driver (Wins) Points
1. Tommy Cherry....... (4) 1026
2. Danny Edwards...... (5) 980
3. Greg Edwards....... (6) 974
4. Shawn Balluzzo..... (1) 932
5. Anthony Warren..... (3) 878
6. Mark Wertz......... (1) 814
7. Doug Warren........ (1) 696
8. Casey Wyatt................ 676
9. Nick Smith................. 664
10. Danny Harrell.............. 658
Other Race Winner:
Bubba Hubbard.......... 1 win

Super 8 Motels GRAND STOCKS (20 races)
Driver (Wins) Points
1. Dean Shiflett...... (6) 906
2. Ryan Nester........ (7) 878
3. Robert Ellis............... 850
4. David Gray......... (2) 800
5. Brandon Hinson..... (2) 644
6. David Seed................. 630
7. Jack Robinson.............. 618
8. Chris Roberts...... (2) 594
9. Gary Barrows............... 584
10. Bernie Fairchild........... 538
Other Race Winner:
Brad Causey............ 1 win

nTelos SUPER STREETS (15 races)
Driver (Wins) Points
1. Steve Dill......... (8) 644
2. Mike Ganoe......... (4) 634
3. Tony Spivey................ 552
4. Kenny Wood................. 518
5. Scott Finch................ 498
6. Ritchie German..... (1) 484
7. Dale Parro................. 454
8. Jessica Wood............... 444
9. Jeff LaBeau................ 410
10. Tommy Sweeney.............. 382
Other Race Winner:
Jason Moore............ 2 wins

Hillco Building Maintenance
MINI TRUCKS (16 races)
Driver (Wins) Points
1. Hugo Belfiore...... (6) 740
2. Charlie Barclay.... (4) 724
3. John Hollis........ (5) 722
4. Bill Mullis........ (1) 572
5. Scott Roser................ 552
6. John McDonald.............. 520
7. Thomas Fontaine............ 518
8. Tommy Nixon................ 494
9. Justin Ballo............... 486
10. Dale Bridwell.............. 476

Cook's Moving Service
INEX LEGENDS (12 races)
Driver (Wins) Points
1. Nick Smith......... (8) 624
2. Jeremy Cook........ (2) 562
3. Kerry Gilbert.............. 528
4. Ryan Crites................ 504
5. Don McLaughlin............. 452
6. Cameron Patrick.... (1) 414
7. Dale Blankenship........... 402
8. Denver Alvis............... 352
9. Ron Barfield............... 342
10. Brian Simpson.............. 332
Other Race Winner:
Cliff Daniels.......... 1 win

E-Z Auto Rental U-CARS (16 races)
Driver (Wins) Points
1. Craig Firman....... (1) 698
2. Glenn Healy Jr..... (6) 626
3. Jonathan Mullett... (2) 608
4. Robbie Davis....... (1) 596
5. Kevin Alves................ 594
6. Michael Farmer............. 582
7. Robert Rusinyak.... (1) 542
8. Kevin Morgan............... 478
9. Randy Prillaman.... (1) 458
10. Richard Ellis...... (4) 416

Certified by:
Pat Speigner, Chief Scorer
Approved by:
Tom Ballos, Chief Track Steward

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