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Wertz claims 2nd Late Model victory in Coke 100
Jun 4, 2006 - updated Jun 4th, 2006 12:43pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series at Langley Speedway Coca-Cola Night Race Report
Saturday, June 3, 2006

(June 3) — Mark Wertz took the lead with 43 laps to go and scored his second victory of the season in the Coca-Cola 100 for the Crossroads Fuel Service/Sunoco Dealers Late Models, the headlining event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series program at Langley Speedway.
Afternoon showers washed out qualifying for the race. The field was determined by the division standings, putting Greg Edwards on the pole with his brother, Danny Edwards, alongside. Jeff Shiflett and Wertz made up Row 2, while Shawn Balluzzo and Casey Wyatt occupied Row 3.
As the event got under way, Greg Edwards jumped out front and left Danny Edwards to battle Wertz for the runner-up spot. Wertz took the position on lap 3, clearing Danny Edwards’ machine off Turn 2. Shiflett settled into fourth, followed by Wyatt.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 4 as white smoke streamed from Chris Munger’s car in Turn 1.
Back under green, Greg Edwards opened a two-length advantage. Wertz quickly narrowed the gap, however. Soon, the top five were joined by J.J. Jensen, making a six-car freight train at the head of the field.
The second yellow flag waved on lap 25 when Anthony Warren spun on the backstretch.
As the race resumed, Greg Edwards and Wertz opened a slight lead over Danny Edwards, who was getting a challenge from Shiflett and Wyatt.
On lap 40, Shiflett slipped past Danny Edwards for third. Caught on the high side, Edwards was also bypassed by Wyatt, Jensen and Balluzzo in rapid succession. He steadied the ship on lap 45, regaining sixth place from Balluzzo, just ahead of the third caution flag for Robbie Babb’s spin in Turn 3.
Only three more laps went in the books before caution #4 appeared for Billy Fisher’s spin in Turn 4. Nearing the halfway mark, Greg Edwards, Wertz, Shiflett, Wyatt and Jensen held the top five slots.
Back under way, Wertz latched onto Greg Edwards’ rear bumper and began hunting for an opening. Behind them, Wyatt was hounding Shiflett for the third spot.
On lap 57, Wertz took a quick peek to the inside of the leader on the backstretch, then fell back in line. It was only a preview of what was to come.
Heading into Turn 1 on lap 58, Wertz drove to the outside of Greg Edwards. He drew even in the middle of the corner and shot into the lead on the back straightaway. A lap later, Wyatt snagged the third position from Shiflett. Within two laps, Wertz enjoyed a five-length advantage.
Caution flag #5 was displayed on lap 70 as Shiflett and Jensen, the fourth- and fifth-place runners, got together at the start/finish line, sending Shiflett into the inside wall. Both drivers were able to continue and dropped to the rear of the field.
The sixth caution flag came out on lap 71 when Shiflett looped his car in Turn 2. And, the seventh yellow was unfurled on lap 74 as Shiflett continued to struggle, making an off-track excursion in Turns 1 and 2. Setting the lineup, Wertz, Greg Edwards, Wyatt, Danny Edwards and Balluzzo made up the top five.
Getting back under way, Wertz fashioned a lead of a little more than two lengths. Within a few circuits, he was able to double that margin as Greg Edwards was busy defending the runner-up spot from Wyatt’s advances.
Wertz waded into lapped traffic on the 87th circuit. He easily dispensed with the slower cars, though, and increased his lead to better than half a straightaway over the Greg Edwards/Wyatt tussle.
The eighth yellow flag came out on lap 93 as Warren’s car belched a thick cloud of white smoke along the frontstretch. The final caution flag appeared on the ensuing restart when sixth-place Jeff Sampson spun in Turn 4, collecting Shiflett, Douglas Crigger and Fisher.
On the last restart, Wertz opened a two-length edge over Greg Edwards, who had a mirror-full of Wyatt. Edwards staged a brief rally, narrowing Wertz’s lead a bit. Over the closing laps, though, Wertz eased away from the field and won by 0.843-second — about four car-lengths.
Greg Edwards was second, followed by Wyatt, Danny Edwards and Balluzzo. Bobby Dean was sixth to the line, while Sampson and Dude Gibbs were seventh and eighth, respectively, the final drivers on the lead lap. Shiflett nursed his battered car to a ninth-place finish and Babb was 10th, both two laps down.
In Victory Lane after the race, Wertz was clearly pleased with his night’s work: “Some nights, it’s your night and we had an awesome race car this week. My guys have been busting their butt all week, getting a brake problem fixed and had a vibration we’ve had the last couple of weeks, we got out of the car. This is a team effort. The driver, I’m just the last piece of the puzzle. These guys work hard and, look at ‘em right now, they’re still working their butt off.”
Second-place Greg Edwards marveled at the pace Wertz was able to maintain near the finish: “He was extremely good tonight. My hat’s off to Mark. They really found something. We’ve been just a little bit off the last couple weeks, but his car looked excellent. There about 40 or so, he really wanted to lead, so I let him go around the outside and I really thought he’d burn his tires up, but he really didn’t. He just kept flying and I was struggling to get grip.”
Third-place Wyatt noted his team’s efforts in preparing his car without the benefit of afternoon practice rounds: “We really just kinda guessed on a setup. This is where it pays off, working on the car all through the week. You come to the track prepared and, whether we practice or not, it shows. I’ve really gotta thank the crew ‘cause, without them, we wouldn’t have finished this good, without their work in the shop every week.”

In the evening’s other feature events:

Ricky Derrick moved out front for good on lap 30 and stormed to his third consecutive victory in the 40-lap Super 8 Motels/Dunkum’s Machine Shop Grand Stock feature.
With qualifying rained out, the starting grid was set by the point standings, putting Derrick and Dean Shiflett on the front row. David Gray and Robert Ellis made up Row 2.
As the event got going, Derrick grabbed the lead, pulling ahead of Shiflett off Turn 2 on the initial circuit. Gray settled into third, while Danny Harrell quickly advanced from eighth to fourth, bringing Gene Smith, the 10th-place starter, along with him.
Almost immediately, Gray’s car began to show smoke and he pulled into the pits on lap 5, ceding third place to Harrell. The shuffle allowed Derrick and Shiflett to open a full-straightaway lead over the rest of the field.
On lap 8, Shiflett got out of shape in Turn 4 as his car kicked sideways off the corner. He made the save, but fell nearly half a straightaway behind Derrick.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 12.
Back under way, Derrick and Shiflett bolted away from Harrell, who was dealing with slower traffic. Behind them, Brandon Hinson and Ryan Nester slipped past Smith, moving up to fourth and fifth, respectively. Nester’s stay in the top five was short-lived, though, as he retired with mechanical difficulties on lap 15.
Only a couple of car-lengths separated Derrick and Shiflett when the second, and final, yellow flag waved on lap 25.
As the race resumed, Shiflett shadowed the leader until lap 28 when he grabbed the lead off Turn 4. Derrick rallied on the following circuit, though, ducking under Shiflett in Turn 4 and regaining the lead on the backstretch on lap 30.
One lap later, Shiflett suddenly slowed and headed to the pits, reporting a drop in oil pressure. His premature departure from the festivities left Derrick with a half-straightaway lead over Harrell, the new second-place runner.
Derrick maintained that half-straightaway margin all the way to the checkers, winning by 1.843 seconds over Harrell. Hinson was third, while Smith and Jason Leftwich completed the top five. After challenging for the win, Shiflett ended up 15th in the final rundown.

With Brian Loving and Charlie Barclay, this season’s previous race winners, not in the field, a first-time visitor to Victory Lane was guaranteed in the 25-lap Verizon Super Truck feature. That new winner was Carl Livingston, who led all the way.
With time trials falling victim to the elements, the field was aligned by points, putting Livingston on the pole. Tommy Nixon lined up to his outside. Justin Ballo and Hugo Belfiore occupied Row 2.
As the race got going, Livingston and Nixon went door-to-door until they reached Turn 3. At that point, Livingston pulled ahead. Nixon dropped back to second, followed by Ballo and Belfiore.
The first yellow flag came out on lap 3 as Debbie Biesecker laid down a streak of fluid from the start/finish line to Turn 1 before spinning and brushing the outside wall.
Resuming, Livingston and Nixon remained nose-to-tail until they hit the backstretch. Then, Livingston opened a two-length advantage. Within three laps, that edge had grown to nearly half a straightaway. Meanwhile, Belfiore had snagged third place from Ballo on lap 5
While Livingston was cruising along at the head of the parade, Nixon had fallen into the clutches of Belfiore and Ballo, who scooted past him on lap 10, just ahead of the race’s only other yellow flag.
On the ensuing restart, Nixon charged to the outside of Ballo in a bid to regain third place. Ballo fought off the move, however, and closed in on second-place Belfiore, the ‘05 division champ.
Ballo took the runner-up spot from Belfiore on lap 13. The exchange allowed Livingston to extend his lead to half a straightaway and the margin continued to grow as the laps wound down.
Nearing the finish, Livingston ran up on slower traffic. Giving up a few truck-lengths of his lead, he carefully worked past the lapped machines and sped on to victory, winning by 2.048 seconds over Ballo. Belfiore was third, followed by Nixon and Craig Firman, who moved up from 13th on the starting grid to take fifth.

Jonathan Mullett posted the win in a rough-and-tumble race for the E-Z Auto Rental UCARs as Randy Prillaman’s three-race, season-opening winning streak came to an abrupt halt. Due to a late caution flag, the event was extended two laps past the scheduled 25-lap distance to provide a “green-white-checkered” finish.
As with all the other divisions, UCAR qualifying was rained out and the field was set by points. Prillaman and Robbie Davis shared the front row, while Mullett and Glenn Healy Jr. were in Row 2. The third row was an all-Sample affair with Randy on the inside and Jamie on the outside.
The contest got off to an inauspicious start as, in a virtual replay of the May 13 event, Healy spun in Turn 4 on the opening lap. He careened back across the track, in front of the onrushing field, collecting several cars. The yellow flag waved and a complete restart was ordered. Three drivers — Jamie Sample, Donald Reynolds III and Don Shumate were sidelined by the incident.
As the race finally got under way, Prillaman jumped into the lead. Mullett and Randy Sample moved up to second and third, while Davis dropped to fourth. By lap 4, Prillaman had opened a four-length advantage and looked to be on the way to his fourth straight win.
The second caution flag appeared on lap 5 as Davis spun out of the pack in Turn 4 and collected John Gonsalves. Caution flag #3 came out on lap 7 when two cars spun in Turn 1, forcing others to spin or scatter to the infield to avoid them. The fourth caution flag was displayed on lap 10 when one of the competitors dipped a tire into the rain-soaked infield off Turn 3 and splashed water onto the track.
At that point, with the yellow flags flying fast and furious, officials began scoring the caution laps. Setting the lineup, Prillaman was the leader, followed by Mullett, Randy Sample, Kevin Alves and Pat Ritchie.
On the restart, at lap 18, Randy Sample pulled to the outside of Mullett in a challenge for second place. The two went side-by-side until lap 20 when Mullett regained command of the spot off Turn 2.
Surprisingly, Prillaman wasn’t able to take advantage of the Mullett/Sample battle to pad his lead. Once Mullett secured the second position, he quickly set his sights on the leader.
On lap 23, Mullett ducked under Prillaman in Turn 2 and drove past him down the backstretch. On the very next circuit, Prillaman’s car got loose in Turns 3 and 4. He tried to make the save, but, instead, he shot across the track and into the outside wall, taking fifth-place Matt Hockaday with him.
As the field, which had been whittled from 24 cars down to 12, circulated under the fifth caution flag, 25 laps were displayed on the scoreboard. Officials ceased counting caution laps and gathered the survivors for a two-lap sprint to the finish.
Under green for the final time, Mullett forged a two-length edge over Randy Sample and maintained that gap to the checkers. His official margin of victory was 0.396-second. Alves tailed Mullett and Sample to the line, in third, while Dave Butler and Robert Rusinyak completed the top five. Prillaman ended up 13th in the final finishing order.
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NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Coca-Cola Night
Race Results
Saturday, June 3, 2006

LATE MODELS - 100 laps
Fin. Pos., (Car #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (40) Mark Wertz, 100
2. (27) Greg Edwards, 100
3. (29) Casey Wyatt, 100
4. (26) Danny Edwards, 100
5. (48) Shawn Balluzzo, 100
6. (03) Bobby Dean, 100
7. (8) Jeff Sampson, 100
8. (7) Dude Gibbs, 100
9. (01) Jeff Shiflett, 98
10. (44) Robbie Babb, 98
11. (08) Douglas Crigger, 98
12. (21) Anthony Warren, 92
13. (22) J.J. Jensen, 92
14. (28) Billy Fisher, 71
15. (45) Doug Warren, 6
16. (02) Chris Munger, 3
17. (4) Ross Clements, 3
Pole: G. Edwards - via points
(qualifying rained out).

GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos., (Car #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (8) Ricky Derrick, 40
2. (95) Danny Harrell, 40
3. (81) Brandon Hinson, 40
4. (24) Gene Smith, 40
5. (92) Jason Leftwich, 40
6. (7) David Seed, 40
7. (5) Robert Ellis, 40
8. (44) Matt Slye, 40
9. (4) Matthew Waltz, 38
10. (48) Chris Sullivan, 38
11. (29) Jack Robinson, 37
12. (71) J.R. Smith, 37
13. (12) George VanGuilder, 37
14. (9) Paul Phelps, 37
15. (06) Dean Shiflett, 31
16. (27) Bernie Fairchild, 24
17. (37) David Brandt, 22
18. (87) Ryan Nester, 15
19. (69) Connie Stanley, 14
20. (43) David Gray, 8
21. (96) Harold Stanley, 2
Pole: Derrick - via points
(qualifying rained out).

Fin. Pos., (Truck #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (89) Carl Livingston, 25
2. (55) Justin Ballo, 25
3. (15) Hugo Belfiore, 25
4. (8) Tommy Nixon, 25
5. (5) Craig Firman, 25
6. (01) Evan VanLeeuwen, 25
7. (77) John McDonald, 25
8. (21) Rick Potter, 25
9. (19) Bill Wallace, 24
10. (60) Charles Russell, 24
11. (11) Tommy Fleck, 24
12. (25) John Hollis, 23
13. (16) Thomas Fontaine, 16
14. (46) Patrick Walker, 9
15. (31) Tim Brown, 8
16. (56) Debbie Biesecker, 2
Pole: Livingston - via points
(qualifying rained out).

Fin. Pos., (Car #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (23) Jonathan Mullett, 27
2. (15) Randy Sample, 27
3. (84) Kevin Alves, 27
4. (71) Dave Butler, 27
5. (43) Robert Rusinyak, 27
6. (25) Robbie Salas, 27
7. (10) Robbie Davis, 27
8. (40) Pat Ritchie, 27
9. (20) Michael Walters, 27
10. (4) Glenn Healy Jr., 27
11. (42) John Gonsalves, 25
12. (92) Albert Anderson, 24
13. (26) Randy Prillaman, 24
14. (3) Matt Bond, 24
15. (68) Matt Hockaday, 23
16. (27) Joe Reynolds, 23
17. (7) Buck Munger, 20
18. (33) Ben Weldon, 8
19. (8) Ron Shumate, 6
20. (14) Dusty Conner, 6
21. (09) Layel Burton, 6
22. (28) Jamie Sample, 0
23. (22) Donald Reynolds III, 0
24. (18) Don Shumate, 0
Pole: Prillaman - via points
(qualifying rained out).
* Due to a late caution flag, the
race was extended from 25 to 27
laps to provide a “green-white-
checkered” finish.

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