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Danny Edwards posts 1st Late Model victory of '06
Jun 18, 2006 - updated Jun 18th, 2006 12:26pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, Va --

Happy Father's Day Danny Edwards Sr.

Photo by Bruce Albin


Race Report Saturday, June 17, 2006

NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series At Langley Speedway

Danny Edwards took the lead on lap 64 and strolled to his first victory of the ‘06 season in the 75-lap Crossroads Fuel Service/Sunoco Dealers Late Model portion of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series program at Langley Speedway.

Greg Edwards, Danny’s brother, set the fast time in qualifying for the race, touring the .395-mile oval at 86.502 mph. The inversion wheel was unkind to him, though, as an “8” popped up, dropping him to the outside of Row 4.

Jeff Sampson started from the pole with Shawn Balluzzo to his outside. Doug Warren and J.J. Jensen made up Row 2, while Anthony Warren and Casey Wyatt occupied Row 3. Mark Wertz shared the fourth row with Greg Edwards.
Danny Edwards, meanwhile, posted the third-quickest qualifying lap. By division rules, though, he had to start 15th. The two tires he had left in impound from the previous event were deemed unsuitable for Saturday’s run, so he started from near the back of the pack on four fresh tires.
During pace laps, prior to the start, Balluzzo opted to fall to the rear, giving up the outside pole and allowing all the cars in the outside line to move up. That put Jensen on Sampson’s flank for the start.

As the race got under way, Sampson jumped out front, pulling ahead of Jensen in Turns 1 and 2 on the opening circuit. Doug Warren also slipped past Jensen, who fell to third. Wyatt emerged from the shuffle in fourth, while Anthony Warren nosed ahead of Greg Edwards for fifth.
On lap 3, Wyatt bypassed Jensen on the backstretch to take over third place. Two laps later, Wertz cracked the top five, scooting around Anthony Warren. He continued his march toward the front on lap 8, picking off Jensen for fourth.
The first yellow flag waved on lap 9 for Bubba Adams’ spin in Turn 2. Setting the lineup, Sampson, Doug Warren, Wyatt, Wertz and Jensen made up the top five. Danny Edwards was up to ninth.
Back under green, Wyatt went to work on Doug Warren for the runner-up position. He grabbed the spot at the end of lap 9 and left the lane open for Wertz, Jensen and Greg Edwards, who dropped Doug Warren back to sixth.

The second yellow flag flew on lap 11 as Adams executed a nearly-identical spin in Turn 2.
As the race resumed, Sampson forged a lead of a little more than two lengths as Wertz moved up to challenge Wyatt for second place.
Greg Edwards gained a position on lap 13, motoring past Jensen for fourth. Soon, he had joined Wyatt and Wertz in a three-way joust for second. Danny Edwards made his first appearance in the top five on lap 25 as he disposed of Jensen.

While his fellow competitors jockeyed for position in his mirror, though, leader Sampson was easing away. When Mitch Sarvis spun in Turn 2 to bring out the third yellow flag, at lap 35, Sampson enjoyed a four-length advantage.
As the field gathered for the restart, Sampson and Wyatt were separated from third-place Wertz by a lapped car. They capitalized on the buffer when the green flag reappeared, darting away as Wertz worked past the slower car.

Deeper in the field, Danny Edwards was on the move. He passed Greg Edwards for fourth place on lap 35, then went after Wertz as the crossed flags marked the race’s midway point. He cleared Wertz in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 39. By lap 42, he was filling Wyatt’s mirror.
On the 44th circuit, Danny Edwards made his way around Wyatt in Turns 1 and 2 to take over second. On the same circuit, Greg Edwards got by Wertz for fourth. Sampson, in the meantime, maintained a two-length lead.

By lap 50, however, Danny Edwards had erased Sampson’s edge and was beginning to hunt for an opening. He took a run at the leader on lap 63, forcing a fender to Sampson’s inside in Turn 4. Sampson fought off the advance that time, but he wouldn’t be as fortunate on the following circuit.
Between Turns 3 and 4 on lap 64, and still under attack from Danny Edwards, Sampson looped his machine to prompt what would turn out to be the final caution flag. After leading the bulk of the event, Sampson dropped to 12th for the ensuing restart.
Under green for the final time, Danny Edwards opened a two-length advantage as Greg Edwards closed in on Wyatt for second. On lap 67, Greg Edwards muscled to the inside of Wyatt in Turn 3 and nosed ahead to take the position at the stripe.

Greg Edwards cleared Wyatt on lap 68 and Wertz tagged along in his wake, driving under Wyatt. Wertz and Wyatt went door-to-door until lap 71 when Wertz gained the upper hand and took over third place.
All the shuffling in the closing laps played in Danny Edwards’ favor as he cruised to the checkered flag, winning by better than half a straightaway. Greg Edwards was second, 2.201 seconds back. Wertz was third, followed by Wyatt and Jensen.
Anthony Warren was sixth in the final rundown, while Jeff Shiflett, Sarvis, Paul DeBolt and Sampson completed the top 10. Bobby Dean, Balluzzo and Douglas Crigger were 11th, 12th and 13th, in that order, the final drivers on the lead lap.

In Victory Lane after the race, Danny Edwards explained the circumstances that put him in the lead: “Jeff (Sampson), I have to give it up to him. He really got his car working pretty good. From my seat, I was under him pretty far and I felt like I had the position. I had no idea we would make contact down there. I was under him more than enough to have the position and I think everybody saw it, but that’s kind of a bad deal right there and I wish that wouldn’t have happened. But, on the other side, we’ve been working hard, too, trying to get our car up to par here. We kinda got lucky tonight, I guess.”

Second-place Greg Edwards lamented that he couldn’t provide his brother with a sterner test: “He was definitely a rocketship tonight. Nobody had anything for him. I wished I could have got up there and raced with him a little bit, but we had a good race amongst ourselves with me, Mark and Casey. Good clean racing and I’m glad to see Danny get a win. If we can keep being consistent, we’re racing for the points. That’s all that matters.”

Third-place Wertz could only offer a tip of the cap to the race winner as he commented on his run: “It was a good run. We backed off, middle of the way, and saved the car. Definitely shows four tires are better than two, but he (Danny Edwards) served his penalty, started at the rear of the field. He had a good car. We just didn’t have enough tonight. We’ll get ‘em next week.”

In the evening’s other feature events:

Dean Shiflett notched his second victory of the year in a caution-filled race for the Super 8 Motels/Dunkum’s Machine Shop Grand Stocks. He moved to the point on lap 5 and held on as a late yellow flag sent the event into “overtime.”
Shiflett set the pace in time trials, clocking in at 78.248 mph. After the inversion, he lined up fifth on the starting grid. Ricky Derrick, by virtue of his three straight wins, was placed in sixth. George VanGuilder and Jammie Goode made up the front row, while Danny Harrell and Ryan Nester held down Row 2.

At the initial green flag, Goode got the drop on VanGuilder and pulled ahead in Turn 3. Harrell settled into third, followed by Shiflett.
After a caution flag on lap 2, Shiflett went to work on Harrell for third place, grabbing the position on the restart. He picked off VanGuilder for second on lap 3, but saw the pass negated by caution #2.

Back under green, Shiflett led a train of cars past VanGuilder, knocking him from second to seventh in one lap. Goode, meanwhile, opened a three-length lead.
Goode’s advantage was extremely short-lived, however. By lap 4, Shiflett was parked on his rear bumper and searching for an opportunity to snag the lead.
Shiflett’s chance came on lap 5 as he dove under Goode in Turn 2 and gained the clear-cut edge at the end of the back straightaway. Goode tried to reverse the moved in Turn 4, but to no avail.
The third caution flag flew on lap 7, followed by another on the ensuing restart.
As the race resumed, Shiflett managed a two-length lead over Goode, then began to ease away. Harrell moved past Goode for second on lap 10 and brought Derrick along with him. Derrick picked up the runner-up spot on lap 12, slipping past Harrell. The exchanges allowed Shiflett to increase his lead to more than half a straightaway.
The fifth caution flag came out on lap 18 and officials began scoring the caution laps. More yellows followed on laps 22, 24 and 37. That last one pushed the event past its scheduled 40-lap distance to accommodate a “green-white-checkered” finish.
On the final restart, at lap 40, Derrick latched onto Shiflett’s rear bumper. He took one last run at the leader off Turn 4 on lap 42 with the checkers in sight. That bid, however, came up a car-length short as Shiflett won by 0.168-second to end Derrick’s winning streak. Harrell was third to the stripe, followed by Goode and Brandon Hinson.

Carl Livingston tallied his second straight victory in the 25-lap Verizon Super Truck race. He grabbed the top spot on the 23rd circuit and drove away over the last two laps.
Livingston was the fastest qualifier for the event, at 73.978 mph, and started third after the inversion. Tommy Nixon was the pole-sitter, while Justin Ballo lined up to his outside.
As the race got under way, Ballo bolted into the lead. Nixon settled back into second, followed by Livingston, Hugo Belfiore and Evan VanLeeuwen.
While Ballo steadily increased his advantage, Livingston worked on Nixon for the runner-up position, finally taking the spot on lap 10. The first caution flag appeared two laps later.
On the restart, Nixon slipped around the outside of Livingston to reclaim second. Livingston regained the runner-up spot from Nixon on lap 16. By then, though, Ballo had opened a half-straightaway gap.

A pair of caution flags at lap 17 bunched the field and put Ballo squarely in Livingston’s sights. First, though, Livingston had to guard against Nixon’s advances on the restart.
Back under green, Nixon tried another outside move on Livingston. This time, however, it didn’t pay off as he lost third place to Belfiore. Nixon grabbed the spot back on lap 20, bringing VanLeeuwen with him. Two laps later, VanLeeuwen and Belfiore double-teamed Nixon and dropped him from third to fifth.

At the front, Livingston had closed to within a truck-length of Ballo. He took a quick peek to the inside in Turn 4 on lap 22, then launched a serious bid for the lead on lap 23. He drove under Ballo in Turns 1 and 2, drew even on the backstretch and pulled out front off the fourth corner.
Once atop the leaderboard, Livingston set sail. By the finish, his winning margin had grown to 1.042 seconds. Ballo was second to the line, followed by VanLeeuwen, who edged Belfiore for third. Nixon tailed the lead quartet to the checkers, in fifth.

Disappointed by a 13th-place outing on June 3, Randy Prillaman returned to his winning ways in Saturday’s 25-lap E-Z Auto Rental UCAR event. He was the fastest qualifier, at 69.315 mph, got to keep the pole when a “0” was dialed up on the inversion wheel and led all the way for his fourth victory in five races.
Robert Rusinyak, who started third, moved into second place on the opening circuit and held down the runner-up spot throughout the race. He never fell more than a couple of car-lengths behind Prillaman and was 0.479-second back at the checkers.
Kevin Alves was third, equaling his best outing of the season, while Robbie Davis and Randy Sample completed the top five.
The event was slowed by five caution flags, including one for a scary-looking accident on lap 12. In that incident, young Layel Burton was booted out of the pack at the end of the frontstretch and he backed hard into the outside wall in Turn 1, shortening the rear of his car by a couple of feet.
Rescue personnel and track workers quickly arrived on the scene as the race was red-flagged. Working cautiously, they removed Burton from his battered machine. He was transported to the hospital for a precautionary once-over, then released. During the stoppage, officials parked Don Shumate for rough driving.

Jill Brinson maintained her unblemished record in the 20-lap BBFlabradors.com Wolf Truck feature, rolling to her fourth win in as many races.
Brinson was quickest in time trials, at 75.242 mph, and started at the rear of the five-truck lineup. Brad Perron and Michael Leech made up the front row, while Michael Farmer and Eric Schaffer were in Row 2.
Leech moved out front on the opening lap, followed by Farmer and Brinson. Brinson picked up the second spot on lap 3 and quickly closed in on Leech.
On lap 6, Brinson drove under Leech in Turn 4. The two made contact off the corner with Brinson squeezing ahead at the line. Two laps later, Leech slowed and headed for the pits, leaving Brinson with a whopping advantage over Farmer, the new second-place runner.
By the finish, Brinson’s margin of victory had swelled to 8.884 seconds — almost half a lap. Farmer was second at the end, followed by Perron and Schaffer. Leech was credited with fifth.
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