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SunTrust Night Race Report Saturday, August 19, 2006
Aug 20, 2006 - updated Aug 20th, 2006 12:07pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey
Hampton, VA --
NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series at Langley Speedway
(Aug. 19) — Greg Edwards started on the pole and led all the way to post his third victory of the season in the SunTrust 100 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 set the pace in afternoon time trials, touring the .395-mile oval at 86.433 mph, and he got to keep the pole position when a “0” was dialed up on the inversion wheel. Mark Wertz was second-fastest and lined up alongside Edwards on Row 1. Anthony Warren and Casey Wyatt qualified on Row 2, while Jeff Shiflett and Danny Edwards filled out Row 3.
As the event got under way, Greg Edwards got a mighty run to the green flag and easily cleared Wertz. Warren tagged along with the leader and moved up to second, leaving Wertz to deal with Shiflett. After four laps of side-by-side racing, Shiflett grabbed the third spot and left an opening for Wyatt, who took fourth.
After an early caution, at lap 7, the race resumed with Greg Edwards fashioning a two-length edge over Warren. Wertz took a quick look to the inside of Wyatt, then fell back in line.
On lap 8, Wyatt motored alongside Shiflett on the backstretch and snagged the third spot off the fourth corner. Greg Edwards, meanwhile, enjoyed a five-length lead over Warren.
Between laps 11 and 14, Wertz tumbled through the field, falling from fifth to 13th. He headed to the pits on lap 16. His crew replaced his right-front tire and returned him to the fray, three laps down to the leaders.
Danny Edwards, fairly quiet in the opening laps, began to make some noise on lap 26, bypassing Mitch Sarvis to crack the top five.
The second caution flag appeared on lap 33 when Brian Carter and Bobby Dean spun in Turn 2. After righting his machine, Dean was making his way back around the track and collected the pace car, which was just leaving its post at the end of the pit lane. Both vehicles (and their drivers) survived the door-to-door collision, although the pace car will certainly be due for a visit to the body shop.
Back under green, Greg Edwards pulled away by four lengths as the next seven drivers — Warren, Wyatt, the lapped car of Wertz, Shiflett, Danny Edwards, Sarvis and Shawn Balluzzo went nose-to-tail.
Nearing the halfway mark, Greg Edwards held a five-length margin over Warren, who saw Wyatt growing larger in his mirror. Behind them, Danny Edwards was pressuring Shiflett for fourth place.
Danny Edwards nosed ahead of Shiflett to claim the fourth spot on lap 53. The next time around, he was up by half a car-length and he cleared Shiflett on lap 55.
By lap 65, Wyatt had tracked down Warren and had begun hunting for an opening as the two navigated past slower cars. On lap 69, Wyatt ducked under Warren in Turns 1 and 2 and gained the runner-up position when they reached the other end of the track. The shuffle allowed Greg Edwards to pad his lead to half a straightaway.
The third yellow flag flew on lap 72 for Ross Clements’ spin in Turn 4. Setting the running order, Greg Edwards was the leader, followed by Wyatt and Warren. Wertz’s lapped car separated the top three from Danny Edwards.
On the restart, Wyatt was able to hang with Greg Edwards for a few moments, then Edwards opened a two-length edge and began to ease away. Meanwhile, Danny Edwards was parked on Warren’s bumper, looking to take over third place.
Cautions #4 and #5 appeared on laps 81 and 82. Greg Burgess and Chris Munger looped their machines in Turn 2 on lap 81, while Burgess spun at the end of the backstretch on lap 82.
Back under green, Greg Edwards and Wyatt forged a three-length gap over third-place Warren, who had a mirror-full of Danny Edwards. Within three circuits, Greg Edwards had pulled away from Wyatt by three lengths.
Danny Edwards slipped around Warren for third place on lap 86. Next to challenge Warren was Shiflett, who grabbed fourth on lap 95.
At the front, Wyatt, who has demonstrated a knack for late-race charges to the point this season, had closed to within one car-length of Greg Edwards. His momentum was broken, however, when the sixth yellow flag flew on lap 98.
On the restart, Wyatt latched onto Greg Edwards’ rear bumper and rode him hard through Turns 1 and 2. Both cars got a bit out of sorts and Danny Edwards took advantage, scooting past Wyatt on the high side. The move was negated, though, as the race’s seventh caution flag appeared and scoring reverted to the last completed lap.
Under green for the final time, Greg Edwards eked out a half-car-length lead over Wyatt. Exiting Turn 4 on lap 100, Wyatt bobbled slightly, allowing Edwards to roll to a 0.500-second victory. Danny Edwards tailed the lead duo to the stripe, in third, followed by Shiflett and Balluzzo.
Sarvis was sixth, while Warren slipped to seventh in the closing laps. Jeff Sampson, Dude Gibbs and Douglas Crigger completed the top 10. Rick Gdovic was 11th, the final driver on the lead lap.
After the race, Greg Edwards commented on his return to Victory Lane, the late duel with Wyatt and his car’s new setup: “It was long. We haven’t had a win in a while (since May 20). I was really looking forward to the race to get over with ‘cause Casey’s been really good on long runs, he’s been good all year. I knew he’d be tough on that ‘green-white-checkered.’ He was getting good restarts on me. But, this is totally new setup on this car. It’s nothing like we’ve ever run. It’s the stuff like a few friends of ours in the Cup series are running. I never thought it would work and, for the first time trying it, it’s pretty good.”
Runner-up Wyatt described his duel with Greg Edwards in the closing laps: “I tried to get him on that restart there. He checked up a little early getting into (Turn) 1 and I got into him a little bit. It was nothing intentional. I knew if I could get him on that restart... really, that’s my last hope when my car’s not doing good. For some reason, I get good restarts with this car. I took a shot at him, but didn’t get it.”
Wyatt, who landed in hot water after some post-race remarks on Aug. 12, was allowed to compete, while he waits to appeal a two-race suspension handed down by NASCAR last Wednesday.
Third-place Danny Edwards noted his struggles to achieve a podium finish: “It was decent. We recovered from a bad qualifying effort and kinda lasted out there to get a third. The guys have worked awful hard to get it to this point, but I’ve gotta congratulate my brother. He worked hard today and found a new combination and it seemed to work for him today.”
Wertz’s 13th-place finish in Saturday’s event dropped him from first to third in the series standings. Danny Edwards is the new leader with 728. Greg Edwards is just behind his brother with 726. Wertz is third with 720. Wyatt and Shiflett rank fourth and fifth with 684 and 676, respectively.
In the evening’s other feature events:
Ritchie German led 49 of the 50 laps and survived a wild scramble in the closing circuits to claim his third win in the NTELOS Wireless Super Street race.
Tommy Sweeney, the division points leader, was fastest in qualifying, at 73.939 mph, and started fourth after the inversion. Jason Langley and German occupied the front row, while Ricky Derrick lined up to the inside of Sweeney. Doug Woodyard and Dale Parro were in Row 3.
On the start, German blasted ahead of Langley to take the lead. Derrick moved up to second, while Sweeney took over third place. The event was slowed by the first caution flag on lap 7.
Sweeney’s evening took a nasty turn on the 10th circuit when he was swept up in a multi-car melee in Turn 3 and had to go to the rear of the field as the second yellow flag waved.
Back under green, German opened a three-length lead over Derrick. Two laps later, Langley and Parro motored past Derrick, who suddenly fell off the pace. Just as Parro was moving by Derrick, however, thick smoke began to billow from his car. He slowed and headed to the pits, retiring to a 15th-place finish.
Derrick regained the runner-up spot from Langley on lap 13 and set off after German, who was up by more than half a straightaway. Derrick chipped away at the margin, though. At the halfway mark, he had drawn to within a car-length of German’s bumper.
Sweeney, meanwhile, was tagging along behind J.T. Brown, making his way back toward the front. He returned to the top five on lap 19.
The third caution flag appeared on lap 31. Setting the lineup, German was out front, followed by Derrick and two lapped cars. Woodyard was third with another lapped machine separating him from Brown and Sweeney.
Only two more laps were completed when the fourth, and final, caution flag flew for two spinning cars at the start/finish line. Officials determined that Brown had a part in the incident and he was deployed at the back of the pack.
As the race resumed, Sweeney dispensed with Woodyard to move into third. He quickly tracked down the lead duo and swiped second place from Derrick on lap 39. By lap 43, German, Sweeney and Derrick were bumper-to-bumper-to-bumper.
After repeated bids for the lead, Sweeney finally forced his way alongside German off Turn 2 on lap 49. Reaching Turn 3, the two were a bit out of shape and Derrick shot to the outside, stacking ‘em three-deep for the lead. Sweeney emerged from the jumble with a slight advantage, but German wasn’t quite through yet.
With Derrick on his bumper, pushing him forward, German powered back ahead of Sweeney on the white-flag lap and won by 0.195-second — barely a car-length. Sweeney was second, while Derrick was third to the line. Woodyard came home fourth, his first top-five outing of the year, and Brown was fifth.
Justin Ballo gave himself a belated 17th birthday present, notching his first win in a 25-lapper for the Verizon Super Trucks.
Ballo led the afternoon qualifying rounds, at 73.549 mph, and lined up fourth after the inversion. Charlie Barclay, making his first start since April, moved up to the pole, sharing the front row with points leader Carl Livingston. Hugo Belfiore started to the inside of Ballo in Row 2.
As the race got going, Barclay took the early lead. Belfiore and Livingston went door-to-door for second, while Evan VanLeeuwen and Ballo came out of the opening shuffle in fourth and fifth, respectively.
Belfiore, the ‘05 division champ, cleared Livingston on lap 4 and, immediately, went after Barclay for the lead, moving out front on lap 5. Livingston tagged along, picking up the second spot.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 7 when VanLeeuwen, locked in a tight battle with Ballo, spun off Turn 2 and collected Craig Firman and Tim Brown. VanLeeuwen and Firman were sidelined by the incident. Lining up for the restart, Belfiore, Livingston, Barclay, Ballo and Bill Wallace made up the top five.
Back under green, Belfiore managed a one-length lead over Livingston, who quickly narrowed the gap. Behind them, Tommy Nixon cracked the top five on lap 11, slipping around Wallace. Nixon was wheeling the potent #33 truck that had already carried Brian Loving and Bill Mullis to Victory Lane this season.
On lap 12, Barclay slowed and surrendered the third spot to Ballo. He made one more lap before calling it a night, retiring to a ninth-place finish.
After hounding Belfiore for several laps, Livingston muscled his way into the lead at the start of lap 18. Reaching Turns 1 and 2, Belfiore returned the favor and sent Livingston spinning, prompting the second yellow flag. Both drivers were sent to the back of the pack as Ballo assumed the lead.
On the restart, Ballo raced out to a three-length lead over Nixon. As the end drew nearer, though, Nixon began to hack away at the advantage. With the white flag in the air, the two leaders were nose-to-tail.
Entering Turn 3 for the final time, Nixon gave Ballo a sharp rap on the bumper. Ballo bobbled, but maintained the lead, pulling away to win by 0.760-second — about two lengths. Livingston was third, 1.471 seconds behind the winner, followed by Belfiore and Wallace.
Cameron Patrick scored his fourth victory of the year in the 25-lap Cook’s Moving Service INEX Legends feature, a race highlighted by eight lead changes. Patrick moved out front for good on lap 24.
Rette Causey was the fast qualifier, at 77.523 mph, and kept the pole when a “0” popped up on the inversion wheel. Patrick started on the outside of the front row, while Ryan Crites and Kerry Gilbert made up Row 2. Don McLaughlin and Brad Hancock shared Row 3.
Causey took the lead as the initial green flag waved. Patrick, meanwhile, got off to a poor start, slipping back to the fourth spot before finding a place in line. The first caution flag flew on lap 4.
Back under green, Crites went after Causey for the lead in Turn 3. Returning to the flagstand, he was up by half a car-length. Crites cleared Causey on lap 5, bringing Patrick along with him. McLaughlin passed Causey for third on lap 6.
Patrick pushed his car to the front on lap 7. The pass was nullified, however, by the second caution flag as scoring reverted to lap 6.
Patrick tailed Crites until lap 9, then grabbed the lead in Turn 1. McLaughlin came along with Patrick, taking over second place.
On the following circuit, McLaughlin darted ahead of Patrick on the backstretch to become the fourth different leader. He held the top spot until lap 15 when Patrick took his second lead.
Crites was running third when he spun on lap 16 to bring out the third yellow flag. During the caution period, the cars of both Patrick and McLaughlin were pulled aside to check for a fluid leak. Officials found one in McLaughlin’s engine and directed him to the attention of his crew. He returned for the restart, but at the back of the pack.
Caution #4 waved just after the restart as Toby Davis spun in Turn 1. Setting the running order, Patrick was first, followed by Jeremy Cook, who started eighth. Causey, Gilbert and Hancock completed the top five.
Cook moved to the head of the parade on lap 18, just before the fifth caution flag flew for Hancock’s spin in Turn 2.
Back under green, Patrick slipped by Cook in Turns 3 and 4 to regain the lead. Two laps later, Cook was back out front, making his move along the backstretch.
On lap 24, Patrick ducked under Cook into Turn 3. The two made contact and Cook skated wide. Incensed, Cook brought his car to a halt at the start/finish line. Meanwhile, Causey tried to snag the lead from Patrick, but ended up crashing in Turn 1. During the caution period, Cook exited his car and directed a pointed finger and shaken fist at Patrick as he rolled past.
The event was slowed by one more caution flag on the ensuing restart when a piece of debris was spotted on the frontstretch. Lining up for the final dash, Patrick, McLaughlin and Gilbert headed the field.
Under green for the last time, Patrick quickly forged a two length lead. By the end, the margin had grown to about three lengths as Patrick won by 0.333-second over McLaughlin. Gilbert, Brian May and Jamie Price completed the top five.
Kevin Alves took the lead for good on lap 9 and rolled to his third win in the 25-lap E-Z Auto Rental UCAR feature.
Randy Prillaman set the fast time in qualifying, at 69.376 mph, and kept the pole after a friendly spin of the inversion wheel. Glenn Healy Jr. lined up to Prillaman’s outside on the front row. Alves and Robbie Davis shared Row 2, while Robert Rusinyak and Robbie Salas were in Row 3.
After the one failed attempt at a start, the event got under way with Prillaman taking the lead. That lasted only one lap, though, as Alves pushed his car to the front on the second circuit. Rusinyak moved into second, while Healy took third and Davis slipped ahead of Prillaman for fourth.
Following a caution flag on lap 4, Healy grabbed second place from Rusinyak, then nosed ahead of Alves to lead lap 6. Alves rallied on lap 7, but gave way to Healy and Rusinyak on the eighth circuit.
Exiting Turn 4 on lap 9, Healy and Rusinyak locked horns and Healy spun to bring out caution #3. The incident returned Alves to the lead. Davis and Prillaman were the new second- and third-place runners.
Returning to action, Alves, Davis and Prillaman broke from the pack in nose-to-tail formation. Behind them, Jamie Sample and Dusty Conner moved into fourth and fifth, respectively, on lap 11 when Matt Hockaday skated wide in Turn 4.
The race’s final caution flag appeared on lap 13 for a car dropping fluid on the track. At that point, officials began scoring caution laps. Setting the lineup, Alves was the leader, followed by Davis, Prillaman, Sample and Conner.
Back under green, at lap 17, the front three bolted from the pack. Heading into the closing circuits, Alves began to pull away as Davis and Prillaman tussled for second.
With the white flag flying, Alves enjoyed a half-straightaway advantage and was on his way to Victory Lane. Behind him, though, the battle for second was heating up.
Heading into Turn 3 for the last time, Davis and Prillaman got together and Davis’ car skittered 90 degrees sideways. Somehow, he managed to make the save, only losing two positions in the process.
At the finish, Alves was the winner by 2.991 seconds over Prillaman. Sample was third, while Davis and Conner were fourth and fifth, in that order.
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NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Saturday, August 19, 2006
CROSSROADS FUEL SERVICE/SUNOCO DEALERS
LATE MODELS - 100 laps
Fin. Pos., (Car #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (27) Greg Edwards, 100
2. (29) Casey Wyatt, 100
3. (26) Danny Edwards, 100
4. (01) Jeff Shiflett, 100
5. (48) Shawn Balluzzo, 100
6. (88) Mitch Sarvis, 100
7. (21) Anthony Warren, 100
8. (8) Jeff Sampson, 100
9. (7) Dude Gibbs, 100
10. (08) Douglas Crigger, 100
11. (07) Rick Gdovic, 100
12. (12) Ross Clements, 99
13. (40) Mark Wertz, 97
14. (1) Greg Burgess, 96
15. (02) Chris Munger, 95
16. (81) Brian Carter, 91
17. (38) Kim Forrester, 59
18. (03) Bobby Dean, 56
Pole: G. Edwards -
Fast Qualifier: G. Edwards -
SUPER STREETS - 50 laps
Fin. Pos., (Car #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (10) Ritchie German, 50
2. (11) Tommy Sweeney, 50
3. (0) Ricky Derrick, 50
4. (58) Doug Woodyard, 50
5. (29) J.T. Brown, 50
6. (2) Rod Busitzky, 50
7. (38) Jeff LaBeau, 50
8. (54) Jason Langley, 49
9. (86) Jessica Wood, 49
10. (09) Harry VanGuilder, 49
11. (99) Robert West, 45
12. (14) Larry Venable, 35
13. (39) Garrett Willcox, 32
14. (8) John Eagle, 26
15. (15) Dale Parro, 12
16. (77) David Good, 11
17. (12) Sean Calway, 9
18. (9) Dennis Nagle, 9
19. (26) Jonathan Thornton, 8
20. (81) Jeff Shannon, 6
21. (41) Richard Ellis, 6
Pole: Langley -
Top 4 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Sweeney -
VERIZON SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos., (Truck #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (55) Justin Ballo, 25
2. (33) Tommy Nixon, 25
3. (89) Carl Livingston, 25
4. (15) Hugo Belfiore, 25
5. (19) Bill Wallace, 25
6. (77) John McDonald, 25
7. (56) Debbie Biesecker, 25
8. (31) Tim Brown, 20
9. (60) Charlie Barclay, 13
10. (01) Evan VanLeeuwen, 6
11. (5) Craig Firman, 6
12. (16) Thomas Fontaine, 1
Pole: Barclay -
Top 4 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Ballo -
COOK'S MOVING SERVICE
INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos., (Car #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (20) Cameron Patrick, 25
2. (21) Don McLaughlin, 25
3. (88) Kerry Gilbert, 25
4. (22) Brian May, 25
5. (8) Jamie Price, 25
6. (00) Ryan Crites, 25
7. (99) Sparky West, 25
8. (26) Jeremy Cook, 25
9. (17) Brad Hancock, 25
10. (39) Toby Davis, 24
11. (54) Matt Mullins, 24
12. (33) Rette Causey, 23
13. (25) Dale Blankenship, 23
14. (1) Ron Barfield, 23
15. (9) Steve Causey, 18
16. (16) Chris Peterson, 3
17. (3) Mike Conley, 2
Pole: R. Causey -
Fast Qualifier: R. Causey -
E-Z AUTO RENTAL UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos., (Car #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (84) Kevin Alves, 25
2. (26) Randy Prillaman, 25
3. (28) Jamie Sample, 25
4. (10) Robbie Davis, 25
5. (14) Dusty Conner, 25
6. (22) Donald Reynolds III, 25
7. (15) Randy Sample, 25
8. (68) Matt Hockaday, 25
9. (23) Jonathan Mullett, 25
10. (4) Glenn Healy Jr., 25
11. (8) Don Shumate, 25
12. (20) Michael Walters, 25
13. (27) Joe Reynolds, 25
14. (43) Robert Rusinyak, 25
15. (3) Matt Bond, 25
16. (55) Richard Smith, 25
17. (25) Robbie Salas, 25
18. (38) Rick Silva, 25
19. (98) Scott Hafner, 25
20. (33) Ben Weldon, 25
21. (64) Sara Langley, 24
22. (7) Buck Munger, 24
23. (19) Daniel Balduf, 23
24. (71) Dave Butler, 21
25. (00) Renee Strickland, 12
26. (40) Pat Ritchie, 0
Pole: Prillaman -
Fast Qualifier: Prillaman -
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