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Wyatt picks up 5th win in Langley Late Model feature
Aug 6, 2006 - updated Aug 6th, 2006 11:31am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series at Langley Speedway

Race Report Saturday, August 5, 2006

Casey Wyatt took the lead for good on lap 59 and pulled away in the closing circuits to win the 75-lap Crossroads Fuel Service/Sunoco Dealers Late Model portion of Saturday’s NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series program at Langley Speedway. The victory was his fifth of the season, tying him with Mark Wertz for most wins in the division.
Greg Edwards was quickest in qualifying for the event, circling the .395-mile oval at 83.046 mph. After a spin of the inversion wheel, however, he started sixth. Jeff Shiflett moved up to the pole and shared the front row with Dude Gibbs. Wyatt and Danny Edwards were in Row 2, while Wertz and Greg Edwards made up Row 3.
As the race got under way, Shiflett grabbed the lead. Wyatt rushed in to fill the void to the inside of Gibbs, taking over the second spot. Wertz and Greg Edwards also slipped by Gibbs on lap 1. A lap later, Danny Edwards bypassed Gibbs for the fifth spot.
Wyatt tailed Shiflett until lap 3, then took the lead with a strong, outside move. Wertz took Wyatt’s cue and used the high line to nose ahead of Shiflett on lap 5. He cleared Shiflett on the following circuit and set off after Wyatt.
After hunting for an opening for several laps, Wertz launched his first bid for the lead on lap 14, driving under Wyatt in Turn 4. Wyatt held on to lead that circuit, but gave way to Wertz on the backstretch on lap 15. Within five laps, he had driven away by nearly four car-lengths.
Behind the lead duo, Greg Edwards had closed in on Shiflett and was contemplating a bid for third place. Before the battle could develop, however, Edwards’ attention was diverted as his brother, Danny Edwards, moved up to challenge him for fourth. Greg Edwards was able to maintain the spot, but the brief tussle allowed Shiflett to get away.
As lap 40 flashed up on the scoreboard, Wyatt zeroed in on Wertz for the lead. Continuing to find success in the outside lane, he pushed his machine back to the front on lap 42. Wertz, though, returned the favor on lap 50, swinging around Wyatt through Turns 1 and 2 to lead for the second time.
Meanwhile, the battle for fourth between Greg and Danny Edwards raged on. As Wertz was regaining the lead, Danny Edwards took a stab at overtaking Greg Edwards. On lap 55, though, he was forced back in line by a slower car.
The race’s first caution flag appeared on lap 58 when Gibbs’ car spewed fluid in Turn 4. The only other yellow flew on the ensuing restart for a single-car spin off Turn 2. Setting the running order, Wertz, Wyatt and Shiflett held the top three spots. They were separated from fourth-place Greg Edwards by Bobby Dean’s lapped car. Danny Edwards held down fifth place.
Back under green, Wyatt immediately went after Wertz for the lead, driving low as the leaders reached Turn 1. Wertz hung on to lead lap 58, but fell half a length behind at the end of the 59th circuit. Wyatt gained the clear-cut advantage in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 60 and began to ease away.
At the finish, Wyatt’s margin of victory had grown to 2.283 seconds over Wertz. Shiflett was third to the stripe, while Greg Edwards held off Danny Edwards down the stretch to take fourth. Danny Edwards was fifth.
Shawn Balluzzo was sixth, followed by Mitch Sarvis and Jeff Sampson, the final drivers on the lead lap. Dean was ninth and Billy Fisher completed the top 10.
In Victory Lane after the race, Wyatt complimented his fellow competitors and addressed the ongoing Late Model tire issue: “It’s good to run side-by-side with somebody for lap after lap and not get taken out. It says a lot for Mark Wertz and Shiflett and I really appreciate that, especially after last weekend (when an early-race tangle dropped him to the back of the pack). This is awesome. I love these tires. I wish we could run ‘em again and again and again. I think I’ve got a handle for ‘em. It really played into my hand. I kind of ‘guesstimated’ that this was gonna happen and threw a setup on the car that I thought would be good at the end of the race and it didn’t get good ‘til the last 15 laps, so it worked out perfect. The crew, I can’t say enough. We put a lot of work in this week. We had to change a motor out this week. We had dropped a cylinder last weekend.”
For his part, runner-up Wertz could only offer a tip of the cap to the race winner, while focusing on his larger goal: “Casey had a better car than we did tonight. You can’t win ‘em all, but at least we can put on a show. Early on, I figured, I said, well, if he’s going to lead, I need to be with him, at least finish second, so tonight was a good points night for us. Y’know, we’re looking at the big picture right now. You’ve gotta be leading the points here to go to Vegas.”
While he was off his pace from the July 29 event, Shiflett was still pleased with his third-place outing: “The setup was just a little loose on us tonight. We won’t quite as fast as we were last week, but we got another good, solid third and, as long as we’re finishing top three, I can’t complain about that. I know my car’s a lot better on four tires. With us getting just two tires tonight, it made a big difference. My car wasn’t near the car it was last week. I guess this car just likes four tires.”
In the division standings, Wertz now holds an 8-point lead over Danny Edwards, 646-638. Greg Edwards is third with 630, while Shiflett and Wyatt rank fourth and fifth with 590 and 586, respectively.

In the evening’s other feature events:

Points leader Tommy Sweeney set the pace from start to finish and earned his third victory of the season in the 50-lap NTELOS Wireless Super Street race.
Sweeney established a new division qualifying record in time trials, turning a lap at 74.724 mph, and he got to keep the pole position when a “0” popped up on the inversion wheel. Ricky Derrick lined up to Sweeney’s outside, while Dale Parro and Ritchie German occupied Row 2. J.T. Brown and Sean Calway made up Row 3.
On the start, Sweeney and Derrick raced side-by-side until they reached Turn 2. At that point, Sweeney grabbed the upper hand. Derrick settled into second place, followed by German, Parro and Brown.
Sweeney held a one-length edge over Derrick when the second-place runner suddenly dropped off the pace on lap 6 and retired to a 16th-place finish. Derrick’s premature exit left Sweeney with a half-straightaway lead over German.
After a caution flag on lap 13, Parro went after German for the runner-up spot, taking the position on lap 16. By then, Sweeney had stretched his lead to more than half a straightaway. That margin vanished when the second yellow flag appeared on lap 18.
On the restart, Sweeney quickly fashioned a three-length advantage. As the laps clicked off, though, Parro began to close the gap. By lap 28, he was right on Sweeney’s rear bumper and hunting high and low for any opening, even poking a fender alongside the leader on a few occasions.
Parro’s efforts were stymied by a pair of caution flags on lap 38 and another on lap 48. On each restart, Sweeney darted out to a comfortable lead, while it seemed to take Parro a couple laps to get cranked up.
At the finish, Sweeney was the winner by 0.198-second over Parro, who had to settle for his fifth straight runner-up finish. German and Calway were third and fourth, respectively. Jessica Wood rebounded from some early-race misfortune to take fifth, holding off Brown at the stripe.

Don McLaughlin muscled past points leader Cameron Patrick on the final circuit and notched his first win of the year in the 25-lap Cook’s Moving Service INEX Legends feature.
Jeremy Cook led the afternoon qualifying session, at 77.527 mph, and started fifth after the inversion. Jamie Price moved to the pole and was joined on the front row by Ryan Crites. Kerry Gilbert and Patrick made up Row 2, while Cook and Brad Hancock were in Row 3. McLaughlin launched from eighth on the grid.
Getting under way, Price led laps 1-3 before giving way to Gilbert on lap 4. Cook tagged along with Gilbert, then snagged the lead on lap 5. The first caution flag, however, negated Cook’s pass.
Back under green, Cook drove under Gilbert off Turn 2 and grabbed the clear-cut advantage off Turn 4, bringing Patrick with him. Gunning for his third straight win, Patrick wasted no time in pushing his car to the front, slipping by Cook on lap 6.
On lap 7, Cook drifted wide in Turn 4, opening the door for Gilbert and McLaughlin. A lap later, McLaughlin took second place from Gilbert. Cook followed in his tire tracks, dropping Gilbert to fourth. With positions shuffling behind him, Patrick opened a four-length lead.
The second, and final, yellow flag flew on lap 19. Setting the lineup, Patrick was first, followed by McLaughlin, Cook, Gilbert and Steve Causey.
As the race resumed, Patrick pulled away by two lengths over McLaughlin, who had Cook in his mirror. Soon, though, McLaughlin broke away from Cook and began to chase down the leader.
With the white flag waving, Patrick and McLaughlin headed toward Turn 1 in nose-to-tail formation. McLaughlin carried Patrick hard into the corner and Patrick’s car skittered up the track. McLaughlin flashed by on the inside and Cook took advantage, too, moving into second.
Heading down the backstretch for the last time, Cook took a quick peek under McLaughlin, but couldn’t muster a winning pass.
At the checkers, McLaughlin was the winner by 0.085-second over Cook. Patrick was third, followed by Gilbert and Causey.

Jill Brinson overcame a rough start and extended her unbeaten record in the 20-lap BBFlabradors.com Wolf Truck race. She moved out front on lap 5 and rolled to her sixth win in as many races.
For the first time this season, Brinson wasn’t the quickest in time trials. That honor went to Michael Leech, who clocked in at 75.294 mph, setting a new record for the class.
After the post-qualifying inversion, newcomer Robert Stewart lined up on the pole with Michael Farmer alongside. Brad Perron and Eric Schaffer made up Row 2, while Brinson and Leech occupied Row 3.
On the initial circuit, Brinson and Leech tangled in Turn 3 and Leech spun. Both drivers were placed to the rear of the single-file lineup for a complete restart.
Back under green, Stewart jumped out front and led the first three circuits. Brinson, meanwhile, quickly sliced through the field and tagged along with Schaffer when he passed Stewart for the lead on lap 4.
Coming around to complete the fourth lap, Brinson ducked under Schaffer off Turn 4 and took the lead in Turn 1 on lap 5. Within three laps, she had opened a half-straightaway advantage.
Leech’s evening came to an early end on lap 9. He was running second when he slowed off Turn 2. The caution flag waved on lap 10 as he nearly ground to a halt between Turns 3 and 4, just short of the pit entrance.
The last of the race’s three yellow flags appeared on lap 11 when Stewart’s engine erupted in billows of white smoke. Gathering for the restart, only Brinson, Schaffer, Perron and David Elswick remained on the track.
Back under green, Brinson forged a two-length edge over Schaffer. She had one anxious moment, on lap 16, when she and Elswick briefly tangled. They separated themselves, though, and Brinson rolled on to a 1.470-second victory over Schaffer. Perron was third to the stripe.
Elswick retired after completing 16 laps and was credited with fourth place, while Stewart was fifth.

Alan Purser took the checkered flag in the evening’s opening feature, a 20-lapper for the HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts. Teaming up in a draft with Gabe Sailsbury, Purser tracked down Ashley and Bill Mullis and took the lead on lap 17.
At the finish, Purser and Sailsbury were first and second. Ashley Mullis, who led laps 1-16, was third, followed by her dad, Bill Mullis, and David Phelps.
HRKC officials weren’t able to complete their post-race inspections on Saturday night, however, so the final results were not certified. An official rundown was expected on Sunday.
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MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Daughtrey
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NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Race Results
Saturday, August 5, 2006

Fin. Pos., (Car #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (29) Casey Wyatt, 75
2. (40) Mark Wertz, 75
3. (01) Jeff Shiflett, 75
4. (27) Greg Edwards, 75
5. (26) Danny Edwards, 75
6. (48) Shawn Balluzzo, 75
7. (88) Mitch Sarvis, 75
8. (8) Jeff Sampson, 75
9. (03) Bobby Dean, 74
10. (28) Billy Fisher, 74
11. (07) Rick Gdovic, 74
12. (1) Greg Burgess, 71
13. (7) Dude Gibbs, 56
14. (08) Douglas Crigger, 27
15. (12) Ross Clements, 20
Pole: Shiflett -
Top 6 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: G. Edwards -
83.046 mph.

Fin. Pos., (Car #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (11) Tommy Sweeney, 50
2. (15) Dale Parro, 50
3. (10) Ritchie German, 50
4. (12) Sean Calway, 50
5. (86) Jessica Wood, 50
6. (29) J.T. Brown, 50
7. (58) Doug Woodyard, 50
8. (54) Jason Langley, 50
9. (2) Rod Busitzky, 49
10. (38) Jeff LaBeau, 49
11. (39) Garrett Willcox, 48
12. (81) Jeff Shannon, 48
13. (41) Richard Ellis, 46
14. (99) Rob West, 26
15. (14) Larry Venable, 9
16. (0) Ricky Derrick, 5
Pole: Sweeney -
None inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Sweeney -

INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos., (Car #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (21) Don McLaughlin, 25
2. (26) Jeremy Cook, 25
3. (20) Cameron Patrick, 25
4. (88) Kerry Gilbert, 25
5. (9) Steve Causey, 25
6. (33) Rette Causey, 25
7. (17) Brad Hancock, 25
8. (00) Ryan Crites, 25
9. (25) Dale Blankenship, 25
10. (99) Sparky West, 25
11. (39) Toby Davis, 25
12. (11) Chris Lemonds, 25
13. (16) Chris Peterson, 25
14. (54) Matt Mullins, 25
15. (8) Jamie Price, 4
16. (3) Mike Conley, 3
Pole: Price -
Top 5 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Cook -
77.527 mph.

Fin. Pos., (Truck #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (22) Jill Brinson, 20
2. (3) Eric Schaffer, 20
3. (7) Brad Perron, 20
4. (21) David Elswick, 16
5. (09) Robert Stewart, 10
6. (5) Michael Leech, 8
7. (9) Michael Farmer, 3
Pole: Stewart -
Top 6 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Leech -

Fin. Pos., (Kart #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (59) Alan Purser, 20
2. (5) Gabe Sailsbury, 20
3. (44) Ashley Mullis, 20
4. (45) Bill Mullis, 20
5. (46) David Phelps, 20
6. (52) Phillip Clarke, 20
7. (18) Cory Millard, 20
8. (30) Jeffrey Johnson, 20
9. (28) Robert Peach, 20
10. (95) Linwood Harris, 20
11. (77) Steven Shaffer, 19
12. (27) Rick Thomas, 19
13. (3) Thomas Fontaine, 19
14. (17) Greg Shaffer, 19
15. (7) Dwain Smith, 18
16. (29) Ryan Hudgens, 6
17. (33) Mike Conley, 2
Pole: Sailsbury -
Top 3 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: B. Mullis -
60.413 mph.

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