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Coca-Cola Night Race Report Satuday, August 26, 2006
Aug 29, 2006 - updated Aug 29th, 2006 11:31pm
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NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
(Aug. 26) — Mark Wertz posted his sixth victory of the season in the Coca-Cola 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. After dominating for most of the run, he survived a pair of late-race restarts to seal the flag-to-flag win.
Danny Edwards, who took over the points lead after last week’s race, set the pace in afternoon qualifying for Saturday’s event, touring the .395-mile oval at 85.647 mph. After a spin of the inversion wheel, he lined up third on the starting grid. Wertz moved up to the pole position, sharing the front row with Greg Edwards. Anthony Warren started fourth, while Nick Smith and Casey Wyatt made up Row 3.
As the race got going, Greg Edwards stayed on Wertz’s flank until they reached Turn 4. At that point, Wertz gained the upper hand and Danny Edwards rushed in to fill the void to his brother’s inside.
The first caution flag waved on lap 3 when Bobby Dean skidded to a halt against the Turn 2 wall. Setting the lineup for the restart, Wertz was out front, followed by Greg Edwards, Danny Edwards, Warren and Smith.
Back under green, Wertz quickly established a two-length lead as Wyatt went to work on Smith for the fifth position. Wyatt took the spot on lap 4. Meanwhile, Greg Edwards had closed to within a car-length of the leader.
The second yellow flag flew on lap 6 as Aaron Adams spun on the frontstretch. One lap later, the third caution flag appeared when Chris Munger smacked the inside wall just past the start/finish line.
As the race resumed, Wertz darted away by three car-lengths over Greg Edwards, while Wyatt zeroed in on Warren in a challenge for fourth place. Wyatt grabbed fourth on lap 8.
At the front, Greg Edwards had narrowed Wertz’s lead to a single car-length with traffic looming ahead. Working smoothly past the slower cars, Wertz was able to extend his advantage. By the halfway point, his lead had swelled to more than half a straightaway as the green-flag run continued.
By lap 57, Wertz had stretched his margin to nearly a full straightaway over Greg Edwards, who had driven away from the brewing battle between Danny Edwards and Wyatt.
Wyatt went after Danny Edwards for the third spot on lap 60, ducking low out of Turn 4. He drew even in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 61 and pulled ahead at the end of the backstretch. Danny Edwards tried to return the favor on lap 62, but couldn’t muster a pass. In the meantime, Warren and Smith had crept back into contention.
The green-flag stint, which began on lap 7, came to an end on lap 69 when Warren and Dude Gibbs tangled in Turn 3 to bring out the fourth caution flag. The incident sidelined both drivers for the night. Gathering for the restart, Wertz, Greg Edwards, Wyatt, Danny Edwards and Smith made up the top five.
Back under way, Wertz fashioned a one-length lead over Greg Edwards, who was being pressured by Wyatt for the runner-up position.
On lap 72, Greg Edwards poked a fender alongside Wertz off Turn 4 and the tussle for the win was on. With Wyatt lurking just behind, the two remained door-to-door for laps 73 and 74. Wertz led both circuits by half a car-length.
Beginning lap 75, Wyatt tried to force the action, diving beneath Greg Edwards at the start/finish line and, momentarily, stacking the leaders three-deep.
Heading into Turn 1, Edwards and Wyatt made contact and Edwards’ car got a bit out-of-shape, allowing Wertz to gain the clear-cut advantage on what should have been the final lap.
Before the circuit was completed, however, the fifth, and final, caution flag was unfurled for Ron Blackburn’s spin in Turn 3. To accommodate a “green-white-checkered” finish, the race was extended one lap past the scheduled 75-lap distance.
Under green for the last time, Wertz fashioned a one-car-length lead and maintained that advantage to the finish, winning by 0.159-second. Greg Edwards was second, followed by Wyatt, Danny Edwards and Smith.
Jeff Shiflett was sixth to the line, while Adams was seventh, the final driver on the lead lap. Shawn Balluzzo, Mitch Sarvis and Jeff Sampson were eighth, ninth and 10th, respectively, all one lap down to the leaders.
In Victory Lane after the race, Wertz, who also won a Coke-sponsored event on June 3, proclaimed himself a big fan of the race sponsor: “I’m gonna go hit Coke up, next year, for some advertising. Every time they’re out here, I win, so I need ‘em on the car so I can win every week.”
Commenting on his evening’s efforts, Wertz continued, “I needed a couple laps on the restart to get the tires back. We just took his race at a different pace than we have in the past. We figured we’d just run the tongue out of her early, make everybody run our pace and burn their cars up. We could pop off 20s and 30s throughout the whole night and she was bad down at the end, too.”
Third-place Wyatt related his view of his late-race joust with Greg Edwards: “I got on the inside of Greg and Greg cut across the nose, going down pit road. I made it three-wide. I don’t know why he was throwing his hands up. That’s racing, if you ask me. Y’know, I’m inside of him. If he wants to cut across the nose, so be it. That was racing. I was trying to make a pass, he cut across the nose and wants to throw his hands up. I’m sorry if I offended him, but it was just hard racing.”
For the counterpoint, we turn to second-place Greg Edwards: “At the very beginning, I felt like I had a better car, then there for most stages of the race, I just got loose on the long runs and he (Wertz) was able to get through traffic real good. I was messing around. Then, there at the end, my car would be tight after restarts. Give me a lap and I could get going. I got underneath of Mark and Casey says I come across his hood, but I was underneath of Mark. We were three-wide, so that’s hard to do. I was just trying to race for Mark and, to tell you the truth, I didn’t even look up and see Casey coming. I just was looking for the win. He (Wyatt) must’ve had one heckuva drive, that’s all I can say. His car really does good on restarts and he’s super-fast, he’s been fast all year. So my hat’s off for him for making a fast car and Casey can drive it.”
Of his own car, Edwards noted, “We got it better. We made some changes today, but we just missed it just a little bit and Mark was right on, so congratulations to him and his guys.”
In the series standings, Greg Edwards has edged ahead of Danny Edwards for the top spot, 774-772. Wertz is third with 770, followed by Wyatt with 730 and Shiflett with 716. At season’s end, though, each driver’s two-worst finishes will be dropped, so, in the “adjusted” standings, Wertz leads by 10 over Greg Edwards, 716-706. Danny Edwards and Wyatt both have 692 and Shiflett has 646.
In the evening’s other feature events:
Dean Shiflett took the lead on lap 23 and showed the way to his fifth victory of the year in the Super 8 Motels/Dunkum’s Machine Shop Grand Stock feature. Scheduled for 40 laps, a late caution flag pushed the event into five laps of “overtime” to give fans a “green-white-checkered” finish.
Shiflett was fastest in time trials, at 77.884 mph, and started fifth after the inversion. Jammie Goode and Brandon Hinson made up Row 1, while Danny Harrell and Ricky Derrick occupied Row 2. Shiflett shared Row 3 with David Gray.
The race got off to a rocky start as Brandon Carteret and David Seed tied up in Turn 4 on the initial circuit, forcing a complete restart. As the field was being realigned, Hinson retired to the pits, allowing Derrick to take his spot on the front row.
When the event finally got rolling, Goode edged ahead of Derrick for the lead. Harrell claimed the third spot, followed by Shiflett and Gray. The second caution flag flew on lap 3.
Back under green, Derrick wasted no time in swiping the top spot from Goode. As he was taking the lead, Shiflett grabbed third place away from Harrell. Shiflett advanced to second on lap 10, allowing Derrick to stretch his lead to four lengths.
The third yellow flag waved on lap 19 and drivers were notified that, at the next yellow flag, caution laps would be scored. As the field circulated, Goode pulled to the infield, giving up fourth place and retiring to a 17th-place finish.
As the race resumed, Shiflett shadowed Derrick until the end of lap 22 when he poked a fender alongside the leader in Turn 4. The two went side-by-side for a lap with Shiflett clearing Derrick’s machine off the fourth corner on lap 23.
Shiflett held a two-length lead when the fourth caution flag appeared on lap 32 for debris in Turn 3. Setting the lineup, Shiflett and Derrick ran 1-2, separated from third-place Harrell by two lapped cars.
The race was restarted on lap 37. Derrick hung with Shiflett until they reached Turn 2. There, Shiflett opened his lead to a car-length-and-a-half.
As the leaders began what would have been the final lap, caution #5 interrupted the proceedings as Gene Smith had problems off Turn 2 and collected Bobby Ferebee in the process.
At the final green flag, on lap 43, Derrick took a quick peek to the inside of Shiflett. Shiflett easily fended off the move and pulled away as he exited the second corner.
At the checkers, Shiflett was the winner by 0.383-second over Derrick. Harrell was third to the line, while Jason Leftwich and George VanGuilder rounded out the top five.
Carl Livingston nabbed his fifth win of the season in a 25-lapper for the Verizon Super Trucks, moving to the head of the field on the 12th circuit.
Livingston was quickest in qualifying for the event, at 73.974 mph, and started sixth after the inversion. Patrick Walker landed on the pole, sharing the front row with Tommy Nixon. Charlie Barclay and Evan VanLeeuwen made up Row 2, while Hugo Belfiore lined up next to Livingston in Row 3.
Walker jumped out front on the start and paced the first three laps before giving way to Belfiore on lap 4. Barclay, Livingston and VanLeeuwen tagged along with Belfiore, dropping Walker from first to fifth in the space of a single lap.
Livingston overtook Barclay for second on lap 8 and set sail after Belfiore. He tracked him down and grabbed the top spot on lap 12. Just one lap later, Livingston had already opened a four-length lead.
Livingston enjoyed a full-straightaway advantage when the first caution flag flew on lap 21. The second yellow flag followed on the ensuing restart. Setting the lineup, Livingston, Belfiore, Barclay, VanLeeuwen and Craig Firman made up the top five.
Under green for a dash to the finish, Livingston managed a slim lead over Belfiore. Working lap 24, though, Belfiore suddenly slowed on the backstretch and headed toward the pits, leaving Livingston with a sizable advantage.
At the end, Livingston was the winner by 1.795 seconds over Barclay. VanLeeuwen was third, followed by Firman and Walker.
During post-race inspections, officials found that the camber settings on the machines of Barclay and Walker fell outside the specifications for the class and they were disqualified. The amended top five included: Livingston, VanLeeuwen, Firman, Nixon and Belfiore.
Starting from the pole, Randy Prillaman wired the field for his seventh win in the 25-lap E-Z Auto Rental UCAR feature.
Glenn Healy Jr. was the fast qualifier, at 69.518 mph, and started second as he and Prillaman simply swapped front-row positions. Robert Rusinyak and Kevin Alves lined up in Row 2, followed by Robbie Davis and Matt Hockaday in Row 3.
On the opening lap, Prillaman and Healy remained side-by-side until the end of the backstretch, where Prillaman forged ahead. Healy settled into second, while Rusinyak held third. Davis and Alves went door-to-door for fourth with Davis grabbing the spot on lap 3.
The first yellow flag waved on lap 7 when Michael Walters got crossed up in Turn 1. Drivers tailing him into the corner checked up causing a brief logjam.
Back under green, Rusinyak didn’t get up to speed and gave way to Davis, Alves and Hockaday. Rusinyak regained fifth from Hockaday on lap 9. Meanwhile, Alves used a lapped car to take third from Davis on lap 11. On lap 12, Davis went after Alves in a bid to retake third. Instead, he lost the fourth spot to Rusinyak.
At the halfway mark, Prillaman held a four-length lead over Healy, while Alves, Rusinyak and Davis completed the top five.
The last six laps of the race were punctuated by three yellow flags, at laps 20, 21 and 23. The running order among the top five was unchanged as the field bunched for the sprint to the checkers.
On the last restart, Rusinyak ducked under Alves in Turn 1 and snagged third place. Healy, meanwhile, took a look to the inside of Prillaman, but couldn’t pull off a pass. Hockaday made his way into the top five on lap 24, scooting past Davis in Turns 1 and 2.
At the finish, Prillaman was the winner by 0.521-second over Healy. Rusinyak was third to the line, followed by Alves, and Hockaday.
Like Super Truckers Barclay and Walker, Healy was also found with excessive camber during the post-race inspections and he was DQ’d. In the revised finishing order, Prillaman was the winner, while Rusinyak, Alves, Hockaday and Davis rounded out the top five.
Late Model regular Jeff Sampson picked up the win in a 20-lapper for the BBFlabradors.com Wolf Trucks, snapping Jill Brinson’s six-race unbeaten streak.
Michael Leech set a new division record in qualifying for the race, circling the track at 75.574 mph. Brinson was second-fastest, followed by Sampson. A “3” was dialed up on the inversion wheel and, given her string of consecutive victories, Brinson was placed in the third spot, as per track rules. Sampson started on the pole with Leech alongside.
A caution flag on the opening lap prompted a complete restart. On the second try, Sampson motored into the lead, tailed by Leech. Michael Farmer moved up to third, while Brinson emerged from the shuffle in fourth. The second yellow flag appeared on lap 3.
Back under green, Sampson fashioned a one-length edge over Leech. Behind them, Brinson regained the third spot from Farmer on lap 4. At lap 5, Sampson was up by two truck-lengths over Leech, who held a six-length advantage over Brinson.
Those margins remained fairly constant until lap 12 when the field was slowed by the third, and final, caution flag.
On the last restart, Sampson bolted to a three-length lead over Leech, then held on as Leech tried to stage a rally in the closing circuits.
At the end, Sampson was the winner by 0.278-second over Leech. Brinson was third, 1.764 seconds back. Farmer was fourth to the stripe and Eric Schaffer overcame a spin on lap 12 to take fifth.
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NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Saturday, August 26, 2006
CROSSROADS FUEL SERVICE/SUNOCO DEALERS
LATE MODELS - 76* laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) Mark Wertz; 76
2. (27) Greg Edwards; 76
3. (29) Casey Wyatt; 76
4. (26) Danny Edwards; 76
5. (2) Nick Smith; 76
6. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 76
7. (6) Aaron Adams; 76
8. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 75
9. (88) Mitch Sarvis; 75
10. (8) Jeff Sampson; 75
11. (08) Douglas Crigger; 75
12. (12) Ross Clements; 74
13. (07) Rick Gdovic; 74
14. (38) Kim Forrester; 71
15. (21) Anthony Warren; 68
16. (11) Kevin Morgan; 68
17. (7) Dude Gibbs; 67
18. (71) Ron Blackburn; 63
19. (03) Bobby Dean; 20
20. (02) Chris Munger; 9
21. (22) J.J. Jensen; 5
22. (1) Greg Burgess; 3
Pole: Wertz -
Top 3 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: D. Edwards -
* Due to a late caution flag,
the race was extended from
75 to 76 laps for a “green-
SUPER 8 MOTELS/DUNKUM'S MACHINE SHOP
GRAND STOCKS - 45* laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (06) Dean Shiflett; 45
2. (8) Ricky Derrick; 45
3. (95) Danny Harrell; 45
4. (92) Jason Leftwich; 45
5. (12) George VanGuilder; 45
6. (44) Matt Slye; 45
7. (88) Brandon Ray; 45
8. (19) Robbie Parker; 45
9. (99) Eric Bell; 45
10. (23) Bobby Ferebee; 44
11. (37) Robert Brandt; 43
12. (2) Brian Waters; 43
13. (5) Robert Ellis; 42
14. (24) Gene Smith; 39
15. (48) Chris Sullivan; 36
16. (43) David Gray; 35
17. (31) Jammie Goode; 18
18. (4) Matthew Waltz; 17
19. (71) J.R. Smith; 10
20. (38) Greg Burgess; 6
21. (96) Harold Stanley; 3
22. (69) Connie Stanley; 2
23. (81) Brandon Hinson; 0
24. (84) Brandon Carteret; 0
25. (7) David Seed; 0
26. (29) Jack Robinson; 0
Pole: Goode -
Top 5 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Shiflett -
* Due to a late caution flag,
the race was extended from
40 to 45 laps for a “green-
VERIZON SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (89) Carl Livingston; 25
2. (01) Evan VanLeeuwen; 25
3. (5) Craig Firman; 25
4. (19) Tommy Nixon; 25
5. (15) Hugo Belfiore; 24
6. (31) Scott Hornbeck; 18
7. (77) Justin Ballo; 9
DQ (60) Charlie Barclay; 25
DQ (46) Patrick Walker; 25
(Barclay and Walker finished
second and fifth, respectively,
but failed to clear the post-race
tech inspection due to excessive
Pole: Walker -
Top 6 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Livingston -
E-Z AUTO RENTAL UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos., (Car #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
2. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 25
3. (84) Kevin Alves; 25
4. (68) Matt Hockaday; 25
5. (10) Robbie Davis; 25
6. (14) Dusty Conner; 25
7. (15) Randy Sample; 25
8. (40) Pat Ritchie; 25
9. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
10. (8) Don Shumate; 25
11. (27) Joe Reynolds; 25
12. (38) Rick Silva; 25
13. (59) Michael Joyner; 25
14. (12) David Seed; 25
15. (98) Scott Hafner; 25
16. (7) Buck Munger; 24
17. (28) Jamie Sample; 22
18. (30) Cassie Harlow; 22
19. (23) Jonathan Mullett; 20
20. (20) Michael Walters; 20
21. (22) Donald Reynolds III; 19
22. (71) Dave Butler; 19
23. (64) Sara Langley; 18
24. (00) Renee Strickland; 13
25. (33) Ben Weldon; 6
26. (3) Matt Bond; 3
DQ (4) Glenn Healy Jr.; 25
(Healy finished second, but
failed to clear the post-race
tech inspection due to
Pole: Prillaman -
Top 2 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Healy -
BBFLABRADORS.COM WOLF TRUCKS - 20 laps
Fin. Pos., (Truck #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (8) Jeff Sampson; 20
2. (5) Michael Leech; 20
3. (22) Jill Brinson; 20
4. (9) Michael Farmer; 20
5. (3) Eric Schaffer; 20
6. (21) David Elswick; 20
7. (7) Brad Perron; 20
8. (19) Rickie Johnson; 0
Pole: Sampson -
Top 3 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Leech -
75.574 mph (NEW DIVISION RECORD).
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