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Edwards brother finish 1-2 in Late Model 75
Sep 17, 2006 - updated Sep 17th, 2006 1:40pm
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Fire/EMS Night Race Report Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006
NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series at Langley Speedway
(Sept. 16) Greg Edwards took the lead on the 44th circuit and rolled to his fourth victory of the 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.
Casey Wyatt set the fast time in qualifying for the event, turning the .395-mile oval at 85.958 mph. After the inversion, he lined up on the inside of Row 3. Jeff Shiflett moved up to the pole, sharing the front row with Danny Edwards. Mark Wert and Greg Edwards made up Row 3.
The race got off to an inauspicious start as trouble broke out near the back of the pack in Turn 1 on the initial lap. Rick Gdovic, Kevin Morgan and Aaron Adams were sidelined by the incident. Ross Clements, Anthony Warren and Kim Forrester all caught a piece of the action, but were able to continue.
On the second try at a successful start, Danny Edwards powered ahead of Shiflett and grabbed the lead as the field roared into Turn 1. Shiflett quickly settled into second place, followed by Greg Edwards, Wertz and Wyatt.
Only two laps were completed when another flurry of yellow flags erupted. The event was interrupted at laps 3, 4 and 7. The lone casualty of cautions 2-4 was Shawn Balluzzo, who exited with mechanical problems after three laps.
Back under green at lap 7, Danny Edwards quickly forged a three-length advantage over Shiflett, who was being pressured by Greg Edwards for the runner-up spot. Behind them, Wyatt hounded Wertz for fourth place, taking the position on lap 14.
Greg Edwards finally pulled the trigger on Shiflett on lap 28, ducking low out of Turn 4 and drawing even on the frontstretch. When they came back around to complete lap 29, Edwards was ahead by a nose. He cleared Shiflett on lap 30 and left the door open for Wyatt, who swiped the third spot, dropping Shiflett to fourth.
Expecting the crossed flags at lap 38, the leaders were greeted instead by the fifth yellow flag for a two-car tangle out of Turn 4. Setting the running order for the restart, Danny and Greg Edwards were first and second, followed by Wyatt and Shiflett. The front four were separated from fifth-place Wertz by a lapped car.
As the race resumed, the lead quartet broke away from the pack. Wertz, meanwhile, suddenly dropped of the pace and headed for the pits, retiring to a 13th-place finish.
At the front, Greg Edwards filled his brother’s mirror, hunting for an opening, while Wyatt enjoyed a front-row seat, five lengths back.
On lap 44, Greg Edwards launched his bid for the lead, driving under Danny Edwards at the end of the backstretch. He completed the pass off Turn 4. Within five circuits, he had opened a three-length gap over Danny Edwards, who was slipping into Wyatt’s clutches.
The last of the race’s six caution flags flew on lap 56 for a single-car spin in Turn 4. As the field was arranged for the restart, Clements’ lapped machine provided a buffer between Greg Edwards and his pursuers.
Back under green, Greg Edwards quickly regained his three-length advantage, while Wyatt pulled alongside Danny Edwards for second. Wyatt cleared Edwards in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 57. At the other end of the track, though, Edwards returned the favor, dipping under Wyatt off Turn 4 and pulling ahead in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 58. Shiflett rushed in to fill the void to Wyatt’s inside and they went door-to-door until lap 61 when Wyatt regained command of the third spot.
With Danny Edwards, Wyatt and Shiflett scrambling amongst themselves, Greg Edwards was able to stretch his lead to better than half a straightaway. Danny Edwards narrowed the gap slightly in the waning circuits, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Greg Edwards strolled to a 1.270-second victory.
Danny Edwards was second to the line, followed by Wyatt and Shiflett. Warren rebounded from his opening-lap mishap to salvage fifth. Bobby Dean, Douglas Crigger, Rodney Boyd and Jeff Sampson were sixth through ninth, respectively, all on the lead lap. Clements rounded out the top 10, two laps down to the leaders.
Due to a passing shower that soaked the Speedway earlier in the evening, and the subsequent track-drying efforts, the Late Model race (the night’s final event) ended at 12:50 a.m.
In his post-race comments, Greg Edwards seemed surprised to be standing in Victory Lane at the end of a long, long day: “I’m about ready to go home and go to bed. Y’know, we really didn’t think we had a whole lot tonight, and today. I mean, we were kinda concerned about the car, but I think this rain kinda fit our car’s setup. At the beginning of the race, I didn’t think we had that much. I thought Danny had the car that was probably gonna win or I figured Casey might come jumping up there like he always does. But, the car just, as it ran, kept getting better and better. The guys on the crew, all I can say is we stuck with the plan and we stuck with it, even though we weren’t sure about it, and it worked out tonight.”
After leading over half of the event, Danny Edwards was somewhat disappointed with his runner-up finish: “We hung on there and brought home a second place. I mean, that’s not as good as we wanted, but we hung in there and saved it and brought it on back. To all the guys that work on this team, I can’t thank’em enough. They work awful hard to try to keep this thing up front. We’ve been struggling a little bit, trying to get to Victory Lane, but we’ll get some more.”
For his part, third-place Wyatt was a bit miffed at Danny Edwards over their battle on laps 56-58: “I just wish we’d had a better run tonight. We lost a cylinder about halfway through the race, so I knew I didn’t have nothing for Greg, but I definitely had something for Danny. But, he almost took me out there. I guess he didn’t like pinching me off and, then, running all in the side of me, trying to take me out. I don’t know.”
In the division standings, Greg Edwards added two points to his edge over Danny Edwards and now leads by four, 824-820. Wertz is third with 796, followed by Wyatt with 776.
It’s important to remember, however, that each Late Model driver’s two-worst finishes will be tossed out before the final points are tabulated. In the “adjusted” standings, with three races to go, Greg Edwards has overtaken Wertz for the lead, 756-744. Danny Edwards is third with 740, just ahead of Wyatt with 738.
In the evening’s other feature events:
In the 50-lap NTELOS Wireless Super Street race, Ritchie German fended off challenges from Ricky Derrick and Dale Parro to bag his fourth win of the year and close to within 10 points of division leader Tommy Sweeney.
German was quickest in the afternoon time trials, at 74.036 mph, and got to keep the pole when a “0” was dialed up on the inversion wheel. Derrick started on the outside of the front row, while Sweeney and Parro made up Row 2.
As the event got under way, German leaped into the lead. Derrick slipped into second, followed by Sweeney, J.T. Brown, who started fifth, and a side-by-side duel between Parro and Jason Langley.
On lap 4, Brown dropped off the pace. The reason soon became apparent as his right-front wheel rolled free in Turn 3, prompting the first yellow flag.
Back under green, German, Derrick and Sweeney pulled off in nose-to-tail formation, while Langley scooted past Parro for fourth. Parro regained the spot from Langley on lap 7 and set off after Sweeney, taking third place on lap 12.
German and Derrick were bumper-to-bumper with Parro closing in when the second yellow flag appeared on lap 18. The third caution flag soon followed on lap 22. Setting the lineup, German, Derrick, Parro, Sweeney and Langley made up the top five.
As the race resumed, German and Derrick continued their battle, while Parro lingered a couple car-lengths behind.
After tailing the lead duo for several circuits, Parro launched a bid for second on lap 33, driving under Derrick off Turn 2. The move didn’t pay off that time, but it did on the following lap as Parro took over second. Derrick rallied to regain second on lap 40, but gave way to Parro again on lap 41.
Working the 44th lap, German, Parro and Derrick momentarily found themselves in a jam in Turn 2. Parro spun out of the pack to bring out caution #4. Much to his chagrin, he was relegated to the rear of the field for the restart.
Back under green, German fashioned a one-length advantage over Derrick, while Sweeney, the new third-place runner, navigated past a slower car.
The fifth, and final, caution flag flew on lap 49 when Garrett Willcox ground to a halt in the infield off the backstretch with flames licking from beneath his hood. Track safety workers were quickly on the scene and handled the situation, while the rest of the field gathered for a two-lap dash to the checkers.
Under way for the last time, German opened a one-length advantage, then withstood Derrick’s last-lap rally to win by 0.183-second. Sweeney was third, followed by Langley and Doug Woodyard. After running near the front for most of the event, Parro ended up 10th.
In the Super Street standings, Sweeney holds a 10-point lead over German, 432-422, with two races left in the ‘06 season.
Hugo Belfiore broke a season-long drought in the 25-lap Verizon Super Truck feature, leading all the way for his first victory of the year. Belfiore was the division champion in ‘05.
Current points leader Carl Livingston was the fast qualifier, at 73.705 mph, and started third after the inversion. Justin Ballo, second in points, lined up on the pole with Belfiore to his outside.
Belfiore took the lead in Turn 1 on the opening circuit. Livingston grabbed second from Ballo on lap 3. By lap 7, Livingston had closed to within a truck-length of the leader.
On the 10th circuit, Craig Firman took third place from Ballo. A lap later, Ballo spun in Turn 2 to bring out the first caution flag. The second caution flag followed on the ensuing restart. Setting the lineup, Belfiore, Livingston, Firman, Bill Wallace and John McDonald made up the top five.
Belfiore’s prospects for victory were greatly enhanced on lap 13 when Livingston, a five-time winner this year, suddenly slowed on the backstretch, then executed a half-spin in Turn 3, prompting the third caution flag. After a visit to the pits, Livingston tried to rejoin the field, but quickly decided against continuing and retired to a seventh-place finish.
On the restart, Firman latched onto Belfiore’s rear bumper, hunting for his first Super Truck win. Within a couple laps, though, Belfiore had eased away by three lengths.
The final caution flag waved on lap 21 as Ballo spun between Turns 1 and 2, while battling Tommy Nixon for fourth place.
Under green for the last time, Belfiore immediately opened a two-length lead. By the finish, that margin had more than doubled as he won by 1.265 seconds over Firman, who scored his best finish of the year. Wallace was third, followed by McDonald and Ballo.
With Ballo having his problems, Livingston’s premature exit from the fesitivites didn’t hurt him too badly in the division standings. With two races to go, Livingston holds a 30-point lead, 524-494. Nixon is third with 482 and Belfiore is fourth with 478.
Randy Prillaman moved one step closer to the ‘06 E-Z Auto Rental UCAR title by leading 24 of the 25 laps for his eighth win in Saturday night’s feature.
Robert Rusinyak set the fast time in qualifying, at 69.761 mph. Prillaman was second-quickest and, when a “2” popped up on the inversion wheel, he and Rusinyak simply swapped front row starting spots.
At the drop of the green flag, Prillaman gained the upper hand as the field headed into Turn 1. Rusinyak remained to the leader’s outside, though, and wound his machine up to full song on the backstretch. As they returned to the flagstand, Rusinyak nosed out front to lead the opening lap.
On lap 2, Prillaman grabbed the decided advantage at the end of the backstretch and Rusinyak fell in line behind him, followed by Kevin Alves and Robbie Davis.
After 11 caution-free laps to open the event, yellow flags waved on laps 12, 13, 14 and 15. As the fourth yellow flag waved, officials began scoring the caution laps.
On the final restart, which came at lap 22, Prillaman eked out a one-length advantage over Rusinyak, then began to ease away. By the finish, his winning margin had grown to 0.951-second — about four lengths.
Alves was third to the line, trimming Davis by just 0.053-second. That was nothing, though, compared with the battle for fifth place. Randy Sample took that spot by only 0.005-second over Jamie Sample
With the win, Prillaman now leads the UCAR standings by 56 points over Alves, 616-560. Davis is third with 558. Drivers in all of Langley’s divisions earn 50 points for a win, 48 for a second, 46 for a third, etc. Two races remain in the UCAR points season.
Cory Millard took the lead for good on lap 2 and showed the way to the checkers in a 20-lapper for the HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts.
Late Model regular Casey Wyatt, wheeling the kart normally piloted by Bill Mullis, was the fast qualifier for the race, at 60.305 mph, and started on the pole.
As the event got under way, Wyatt surrendered the lead to Alan Purser and drifted back through the field, searching for the team karts of Ashley Mullis and David Phelps. Once they found each other, they linked up in a tight draft and began moving back toward the front.
Meanwhile, at the head of the field, Millard, who started fifth, slipped past Purser to take over the top spot. She picked up drafting help from Purser and Gabe Salisbury. That trio ran 1-2-3 from lap 4 to 14.
Behind Millard, Purser and Salisbury, things were getting pretty wild and wooly as two or three drivers seemed determined to break up the Ashley Mullis-led, three-kart draft that was closing on the leaders.
On lap 14, Mullis tangled with Jeffrey Johnson in Turn 2 and ended up in the outside wall, prompting the race’s only yellow flag. During the ensuing caution period, HRKC officials parked Johnson for rough driving.
Back under green, Millard, Purser and Salisbury continued to hold the top three spots. Wyatt and Phelps, now in fourth and fifth, broke out of line and began to advance on the high side. They picked off Salisbury on lap 15 and dropped Purser from the runner-up spot on lap 17.
Wyatt and Phelps could make no headway against Millard, though, as she held on to win by 0.110-second. Wyatt and Phelps were second and third, respectively, followed by Purser and Linwood Harris.
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NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006
CROSSROADS FUEL SERVICE/SUNOCO DEALERS
LATE MODELS - 75 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Completed
1. (27) Greg Edwards; 75
2. (26) Danny Edwards; 75
3. (29) Casey Wyatt; 75
4. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 75
5. (21) Anthony Warren; 75
6. (03) Bobby Dean; 75
7. (08) Douglas Crigger; 75
8. (9) Rodney Boyd; 75
9. (8) Jeff Sampson; 75
10. (12) Ross Clements; 73
11. (38) Kim Forrester; 71
12. (7) Dude Gibbs; 57
13. (40) Mark Wertz; 38
14. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 3
15. (6) Aaron Adams; 0
16. (07) Rick Gdovic; 0
17. (11) Kevin Morgan; 0
Pole: Shiflett -
Top 5 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Wyatt -
SUPER STREETS - 50 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (10) Ritchie German; 50
2. (0) Ricky Derrick; 50
3. (11) Tommy Sweeney; 50
4. (54) Jason Langley; 50
5. (58) Doug Woodyard; 50
6. (12) Sean Calway; 50
7. (86) Jessica Wood; 50
8. (38) Jeff LaBeau; 50
9. (8) John Eagle; 50
10. (15) Dale Parro; 49
11. (81) Jeff Shannon; 48
12. (14) Larry Venable; 48
13. (09) Harry VanGuilder; 48
14. (39) Garrett Willcox; 47
15. (41) Richard Ellis; 45
16. (1) Chris Roberts; 25
17. (77) David Good; 19
18. (26) Mickey Evans; 13
19. (29) J.T. Brown; 3
Pole: German -
Fast Qualifier: German -
VERIZON SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (15) Hugo Belfiore; 25
2. (5) Craig Firman; 25
3. (19) Bill Wallace; 25
4. (77) John McDonald; 25
5. (55) Justin Ballo; 25
6. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
7. (89) Carl Livingston; 12
8. (96) John Hollis; 11
9. (16) Thomas Fontaine; 11
10. (60) Charlie Barclay; 5
Pole: Ballo -
Top 3 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. (10) Robbie Davis; 25
5. (15) Randy Sample; 25
6. (28) Jamie Sample; 25
7. (8) Don Shumate; 25
8. (71) Dave Butler; 25
9. (3) Matt Bond; 25
10. (40) Pat Ritchie; 25
11. (68) Matt Hockaday; 25
12. (38) Rick Silva; 25
13. (7) Buck Munger; 25
14. (20) Michael Walters; 25
15. (59) Michael Joyner; 25
16. (4) Glenn Healy Jr.; 25
17. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
18. (98) Scott Hafner; 25
19. (22) Donald Reynolds III; 25
20. (33) Ben Weldon; 24
21. (14) Dusty Conner; 23
22. (64) Sara Langley; 17
23. (27) Joe Reynolds; 5
24. (1) Jordan Bell; 1
Pole: Prillaman -
Top 2 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Rusinyak -
HRKC PRO WINGED CHAMP KARTS - 20 laps
Fin. Pos., (Kart #), Driver, Laps Compl.
1. (18) Cory Millard; 20
2. (45) Casey Wyatt; 20
3. (46) David Phelps; 20
4. (59) Alan Purser; 20
5. (95) Linwood Harris; 20
6. (52) Phillip Clarke; 20
7. (9) Gabe Salisbury; 20
8. (28) Jimmy Grady; 20
9. (17) Greg Shaffer; 20
10. (99) Rick Thomas; 20
11. (7) Dwain Smith; 19
12. (8) Danny Wyatt; 19
13. (77) Steven Shaffer; 19
14. (08) Greg Burgess Jr.; 19
15. (30) Jeffrey Johnson; 13
16. (44) Ashley Mullis; 13
Pole: C. Wyatt -
Fast Qualifier: C. Wyatt -
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