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Danny Edwards scores 2nd Late Model win in Allstate 75
Jul 16, 2006 - updated Jul 16th, 2006 11:05am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey
Hampton, VA --
NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series at Langley Speedway
Allstate Night Race Report Saturday, July 15, 2006
Danny Edwards took the lead for good on lap 45 and rolled to his second victory of the season in the Allstate 75 for the Crossroads Fuel Service/Sunoco Dealers Late Models, the featured event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series program at Langley Speedway.
Edwards was quickest in the afternoon qualifying session, touring the .395-mile oval at 85.349 mph. He got to keep the pole position for the start when a “0” popped up on the inversion wheel. Mark Wertz, riding a two-race winning streak, lined up to Edwards’ outside. Paul DeBolt and Aaron Adams made up Row 2, while Casey Wyatt and Greg Edwards were in Row 3.
As the race got going, Danny Edwards pulled ahead of Wertz off Turn 2 to take the lead. Before the lap could be completed, though, Adams went for a spin off Turn 2 and brought out the first caution flag. The field regrouped for a complete restart.
On the second try at getting the event under way, Wertz stayed on Edwards’ flank until they reached the backstretch on lap 2. Heading down the straightaway, Edwards motored out front as Wertz settled into second. DeBolt emerged from the opening shuffle in third, followed by Wyatt and Greg Edwards.
By the fifth circuit, Danny Edwards had extended his lead to almost three lengths over Wertz. Behind them, Greg Edwards closed in on Wyatt in a challenge for the fourth position.
As the laps clicked off, Danny Edwards’ advantage continued to grow. At lap 15, he enjoyed a five-length margin over Wertz. Three more lengths back, DeBolt, Wyatt and Greg Edwards raced nose-to-tail.
On lap 25, Greg Edwards went after Wyatt for fourth, diving low into Turn 3 and completing the pass off Turn 4. He, then, set sail after third-place DeBolt. By the 33rd circuit, he was parked on DeBolt’s bumper.
At the head of the pack, Wertz was beginning to narrow Danny Edwards’ lead, little by little. When the race’s second, and final, caution flag appeared on lap 35, he had drawn to within two lengths of the leader.
Setting the running order for the restart, Danny Edwards was out front, followed by Wertz, DeBolt, Greg Edwards and Wyatt.
Back under green, Danny Edwards and Wertz bolted from the pack. After shadowing Edwards for a couple laps, Wertz began actively hunting for an opening on lap 37, ducking low in Turns 1 and 2 and off Turn 4.
Danny Edwards fought off Wertz’s bid on lap 37, but he couldn’t hold him back on lap 38 as Wertz poked a fender alongside through Turns 1 and 2. Passing beneath the crossed flags at the end of lap 38, Danny Edwards was up by half a car-length.
Wertz gained the clear-cut edge on lap 39, powering ahead of Danny Edwards off Turn 2. On that same circuit, Greg Edwards slipped by DeBolt to pick up the third spot. Wyatt tagged along with Greg Edwards, moving into fourth on lap 40. The shuffle allowed the lead duo to open a half-straightaway margin on the rest of the field.
After giving way to Wertz, Danny Edwards took a few laps to gather himself, then launched a bid to regain the lead on lap 44, driving under Wertz at the end of the backstretch. Coming back to the line, Wertz maintained a slight edge. On lap 45, though, it was Danny Edwards by nose.
The two continued their side-by-side duel until lap 48 when Danny Edwards pulled ahead in Turns 1 and 2. Within a couple circuits, he had put two car-lengths between himself and Wertz. By lap 56, Danny Edwards’ advantage had grown to four lengths.
Nearing the finish, at lap 68, Danny Edwards ran up on Mitch Sarvis, who was on the tail end of the lead lap. While Edwards patiently worked past Sarvis, Wertz closed to within two car-lengths. Danny Edwards cleared the Sarvis machine on lap 69, leaving Wertz to deal with the 12th-place runner.
At the finish, Danny Edwards was the winner by 1.783 seconds — about half a straightaway — over Wertz. Greg Edwards was third, holding off Wyatt in the waning circuits. DeBolt rounded out the top five.
Jeff Shiflett was sixth to the stripe, followed by Billy Fisher, Shawn Balluzzo, Adams and Bobby Dean. Dude Gibbs came home in 11th, the final driver to complete the entire distance.
In Victory Lane after the event, Danny Edwards commented on his team’s progress: “This was a little better than the last one. Who woulda thought we’d be halfway through the season with only two victories? It was getting a little close. We’ve been a little off. Made some pretty big changes this week and, hopefully, it’ll stay around. I think it was pretty good tonight. Of course, we had good track position. Getting the pole with the zero invert, that helped us a little bit. We lost the lead there for a little while. Mark was a little better on that restart. I was really loose for some reason. I don’t know if I picked up a bunch of stuff on my tires or whatever, but it took it a few laps to get going again. And, it looked like once he got the lead, he was a little bit loose, too. So, we were able to get the lead back and get us another victory. It’s awful sweet for all the guys who work on this team so hard.”
Of his door-to-door duel with Wertz, Edwards noted, “There’s quite a few guys out here we can race with, side-by-side, and Mark’s a professional driver and you know we’re not gonna have any troubles. We can race hard anywhere we go.”
Runner-up Wertz, who saw his winning streak come to a halt, gave a tip of the cap to the winner: “You’re racing in good company here. You’re not gonna win every race at this racetrack. Danny and Greg, and the rest of the guys for that matter, aren’t gonna sit at home during the week and watch somebody else win. I gave all I had. We got beat by the better car tonight and we’ll just have to go after ‘em next week.”
In talking about his effort, third-place Greg Edwards expressed regrets over Adams’ first-lap misfortune: “We had some mishaps in qualifying. Kinda got us behind on the start, but the car was pretty good. We tried a whole new setup. First of all, I’ve gotta say ‘sorry’ to Aaron Adams. I don’t know what happened there at the beginning. I don’t even know if I tapped him, but he went around real quick. The track was real slick when they sent us green. I want to apologize to him and his whole crew ‘cause Aaron’s been doing such a good job this year and I’ve been real proud of him. Hope you guys know I’d never do that on purpose. Looked like Mark and Danny had a good show going up there. Wish I coulda got up there to it, but the car was a little bit loose and we’ll get it better for next time.”
With his victory, Danny Edwards pulled even with Wertz in the series standings. While both drivers have collected 548 points, Wertz still enjoys a slight edge with four race wins to Edwards’ two. Greg Edwards ranks third with 542 points.
In the evening’s other feature events:
In the Super 8 Motels/Dunkum’s Machine Shop Grand Stock race, Dean Shiflett took the lead on lap 3 and showed the way to his third win of the year.
Ricky Derrick, the points leader coming into the night, set the pace in qualifying. During a post-qualifying check of ride height and carburetors, though, he was found to have an unapproved carb. In all, problem areas were identified in 12 of the 24 cars. Derrick ended up starting 12th.
Among those who cleared the inspection, Shiflett was fastest, at 77.476 mph. After a spin of the inversion wheel, he started third. Danny Harrell and David Gray shared the front row, while Jason Leftwich lined up to Shiflett’s outside in Row 2.
On the opening lap, Harrell jumped into the lead, bringing Shiflett along with him. The first caution flag appeared on lap 3.
On the ensuing restart, Shiflett bypassed Harrell on the backstretch to take over the top spot. Before the lap was completed, though, another yellow flag waved, negating the move.
Back under green again, Shiflett motored under Harrell at the entrance to Turn 3 and was up by half a car-length at the line. He cleared Harrell in Turn 1 on lap 4.
Derrick, meanwhile, cracked the top five on lap 7 and picked up the fourth spot on lap 12. Continuing his charge to the front, he moved into third on lap 18 and took over the runner-up spot on lap 24.
The race was slowed by a total of eight yellow flags, including four within the final 10 laps. When the seventh caution flag appeared, at lap 34, officials began scoring the caution laps.
Working what should have been the last lap, Shiflett held a one-length edge over Derrick. Returning to the line on lap 40, though, the leaders were greeted by the eighth caution flag. To provide a “green-white-checkered” finish, the event went into “overtime” and the field gathered for a restart at lap 43.
Shiflett held Derrick at bay over the final two circuits and was ahead by 0.305-second when he took the checkered flag at the end of lap 45. Harrell was third to the stripe, followed by Leftwich and David Seed.
During post-race inspections, however, unapproved camshafts were discovered in the Derrick and Harrell machines, resulting in their disqualification.
In the amended rundown, Shiflett remained in first, while Leftwich moved up to second. Seed was third, followed by George VanGuilder and Robert Ellis.
With Derrick’s DQ, Shiflett moved atop the division standings, 310-296, while Derrick fell to second. For Harrell, the DQ was even more costly as he dropped from third to eighth.
Carl Livingston notched his fourth consecutive win in a 25-lapper for the Verizon Super Trucks. He was the fastest qualifier, at 72.348 mph, kept the pole when a “0” was dialed up on the inversion wheel and led from flag-to-flag.
The first 17 circuits were caution-free and Livingston raced out to a five-length lead over second-place Justin Ballo. That healthy margin vanished, however, when the first yellow flag was displayed on lap 18.
Back under green, Livingston quickly fashioned a slim, one-length advantage over Ballo. Within a couple laps, he had widened the gap to two lengths. The second, and final, caution flag appeared on lap 22, though, again bunching the field for a sprint to the finish.
On the last restart, Ballo rode Livingston’s bumper through Turns 1 and 2, then took a look to the leader’s inside off Turn 4. Livingston repelled the advance and opened a one-length margin.
Ballo rallied, though, and, beginning the final circuit, the lead duo scuffled briefly in Turns 1 and 2. Livingston refused to yield and drove on to the checkers, winning by 0.297-second over Ballo, who collected his fourth straight second-place finish.
Tommy Nixon held down the third spot throughout the event and came home 1.245 seconds behind the winner. Hugo Belfiore was fourth and Evan VanLeeuwen, wheeling Charles Russell’s #60 machine, was fifth.
While the leaders faltered, Kevin Alves surged from third to the lead off the last corner to post his second victory in the 25-lap E-Z Auto Rental UCAR feature.
Alves turned in the top qualifying effort, at 68.942 mph, and started from the pole when the inversion wheel stopped on “0.” He shared Row 1 with Robert Rusinyak. Randy Prillaman and Glenn Healy Jr. made up the second row.
After one failed attempt at a start, the event got going with Rusinyak jumping out front. Alves held down the runner-up spot until lap 11 when Healy slipped by. Prillaman, a five-time winner in ‘06, followed on lap 12 and dropped Alves to fourth.
Healy closed in on Rusinyak and went after the top spot on lap 16, ducking under the leader off Turn 4. Prillaman had thoughts of making it three-wide, but fell back in line as Alves moved up to challenge him for the third spot.
Healy cleared Rusinyak off Turn 4 on lap 18. Rusinyak’s car skittered up the track and left the lane open for Prillaman and Alves, who also scooted past.
On the following circuit, Rusinyak spun in Turn 3 and bumped the outside wall, prompting the last of the race’s two yellow flags. Healy, Prillaman and Alves headed the parade as the field bunched for the restart.
Under green for the final time, Prillaman pressured Healy for the lead, looking to the high side. Healy easily held him off and enjoyed a one-length lead as the white flag appeared.
In Turn 3 on the last lap, Prillaman made contact with Healy, sending Healy’s car sideways. Prillaman backed off and let Healy straighten up before resuming the assault.
Exiting Turn 4, with the checkers in sight, Healy suddenly slowed, trapping Prillaman on his rear bumper. Alves, sensing a golden opportunity, darted to the inside and passed both cars, barely nipping Healy at the stripe to take the win. The official margin of victory was 0.037-second.
Healy, who cited transmission issues as the culprit for his last-lap troubles, was the runner-up, followed by Prillaman, Robbie Davis and Randy Sample. Rusinyak, who led most of the event, ended up 15th as 19 of the 25 starters finished on the lead lap.
Jill Brinson took the lead on lap 3 and overwhelmed the field to maintain her unbeaten record with her fifth win in the 20-lap BBFlabradors.com Wolf Truck race, the evening’s first feature.
For the fifth time in five events, Brinson set the pace in time trials, clocking in at 73.839 mph. After the inversion, she started fourth. Brad Perron and Eric Schaffer started on the front row, while Michael Leech lined up to Brinson’s inside on Row 2.
Schaffer grabbed the lead from Perron on lap 1, bringing Brinson with him. He showed the way for the first two circuits before giving way to Brinson off Turn 2 on lap 3. Just one lap later, Brinson had already opened a five-length lead.
Leech moved into second on lap 6 and seemed to be making up a little ground on Brinson. His night came to a premature end, however, as he spun off Turn 2 on lap 15 and was unable to continue.
With Leech on the sidelines, Brinson sailed to the win, finishing 10.212 seconds ahead of Perron, the only other driver on the lead lap. David Elswick, making his first-ever start, was third, two laps down. Early retirees Leech and Michael Farmer were credited with fourth and fifth, in that order.
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NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Saturday, July 15, 2006
CROSSROADS FUEL SERVICE/SUNOCO DEALERS
LATE MODELS - 75 laps
Fin. Pos., (Car #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (26) Danny Edwards, 75
2. (40) Mark Wertz, 75
3. (27) Greg Edwards, 75
4. (29) Casey Wyatt, 75
5. (34) Paul DeBolt, 75
6. (01) Jeff Shiflett, 75
7. (28) Billy Fisher, 75
8. (48) Shawn Balluzzo, 75
9. (6) Aaron Adams, 75
10. (03) Bobby Dean, 75
11. (7) Dude Gibbs, 75
12. (88) Mitch Sarvis, 74
13. (12) Ross Clements, 58
14. (8) Jeff Sampson, 35
15. (02) Chris Munger, 6
16. (44) Robbie Babb, 1
Pole: D. Edwards -
Fast Qualifier: D. Edwards -
SUPER 8 MOTELS/DUNKUM'S MACHINE SHOP
GRAND STOCKS - 45* laps
Fin. Pos., (Car #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (06) Dean Shiflett, 45
2. (92) Jason Leftwich, 45
3. (7) David Seed, 45
4. (12) George VanGuilder, 45
5. (5) Robert Ellis, 45
6. (81) Brandon Hinson, 45
7. (24) Gene Smith, 45
8. (44) Matt Slye, 44
9. (71) J.R. Smith, 44
10. (99) Eric Bell, 44
11. (84) Brandon Carteret, 43
12. (37) Rich Nichols, 43
13. (69) Connie Stanley, 42
14. (87) Ryan Nester, 34
15. (43) David Gray, 29
16. (19) Robbie Parker, 28
17. (23) Bobby Ferebee, 28
18. (4) Matthew Waltz, 27
19. (48) David Phelps, 27
20. (29) Jack Robinson, 27
21. (33) Hank Karwoski, 20
22. (88) Brandon Ray, 18
DQ (8) Ricky Derrick, 45
DQ (95) Danny Harrell, 45
(Derrick and Harrell finished
second and third, in that order,
but failed to clear post-race
* Due to a late caution flag,
the race was extended from 40
to 45 laps to accommodate a
Pole: Harrell -
Top 3 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Shiflett -
VERIZON SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos., (Truck #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (89) Carl Livingston, 25
2. (55) Justin Ballo, 25
3. (8) Tommy Nixon, 25
4. (15) Hugo Belfiore, 25
5. (60) Evan VanLeeuwen, 25
6. (16) Thomas Fontaine, 25
7. (19) Bill Wallace, 25
8. (77) John McDonald, 25
9. (31) Tim Brown, 4
Pole: Livingston -
Fast Qualifier: Livingston -
E-Z AUTO RENTAL UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos., (Car #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (84) Kevin Alves, 25
2. (4) Glenn Healy Jr., 25
3. (26) Randy Prillaman, 25
4. (10) Robbie Davis, 25
5. (15) Randy Sample, 25
6. (68) Doug Hockaday, 25
7. (22) Donald Reynolds III, 25
8. (8) Ron Shumate, 25
9. (28) Jamie Sample, 25
10. (71) Dave Butler, 25
11. (20) Michael Walters, 25
12. (25) Robbie Salas, 25
13. (40) Pat Ritchie, 25
14. (3) Matt Bond, 25
15. (43) Robert Rusinyak, 25
16. (55) Richard Smith, 25
17. (92) Albert Anderson, 25
18. (27) Joe Reynolds, 25
19. (98) Scott Hafner, 25
20. (7) Buck Munger, 24
21. (18) Don Shumate, 24
22. (64) Sara Langley, 23
23. (23) Jonathan Mullett, 21
24. (33) Ben Weldon, 9
25. (14) Dusty Conner, 0
Pole: Alves -
Fast Qualifier: Alves -
BBFLABRADORS.COM WOLF TRUCKS - 20 laps
Fin. Pos., (Truck #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (22) Jill Brinson, 20
2. (7) Brad Perron, 20
3. (21) David Elswick, 18
4. (5) Michael Leech, 14
5. (9) Michael Farmer, 9
6. (3) Eric Schaffer, 6
Pole: Perron -
Top 4 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Brinson -
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