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USG Night at the Races Race Report Saturday, May 12, 2007
May 13, 2007 - updated May 13th, 2007 10:45am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA: Danny Edwards overwhelms Late Model field for USG 75 victory

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

(May 12) — With Greg Edwards competing out of town and Mark Wertz sidelined by early-race misfortune, the “Big Three” of Langley Speedway’s Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model division was whittled down to just the “Big One” by lap 9 of the USG 75, the featured event of Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program.
That “one” was Danny Edwards and he did a superb job of carrying the banner, leading all 75 laps to post his second victory of the ‘07 season in dominating fashion.
Edwards got off to a fast start in afternoon time trials, laying down a lap at 87.196 mph to claim the pole position. Wertz was second-fastest and shared the front row with Edwards. Dean Shiflett and Anthony Warren made up Row 2, while two Jeffs — Sampson and Shiflett — occupied Row 3.
As the race began, Edwards roared into the lead, clearing Wertz’s machine well before the field reached Turn 1 for the first time. Wertz settled into second, followed by Dean Shiflett, Sampson and Warren.
By lap 6, Edwards had already opened a half-straightaway advantage over Wertz, who had his hands full with Dean Shiflett.
On the next lap, Shiflett scooted past Wertz to take over second place. Almost immediately, Wertz dropped off the pace, finally grinding to a halt in Turn 3 to bring out the first yellow flag on lap 9. He headed to the pits where his team replaced a right-rear tire and returned him to the track.
On the ensuing restart, trouble broke out in Turn 1. Aaron Adams, in eighth place, got the worst of the exchange and saw his night come to an early end. Wertz also caught a piece of the action and headed back to the attention of his crew.
As the field gathered for the restart, Wertz made his way to the end of the pit lane. At that point, however, he made a hard left turn back toward the infield, his evening finished prematurely.
Back under green, Edwards bolted to a four-car-length lead over Shiflett. Quickly, though, the third caution flag waved as Shawn Balluzzo and Gary Weeks went spinning in Turn 1 on lap 10.
When the race resumed, Edwards again leaped out to a sizable advantage, leaving Shiflett, Sampson and Warren to tussle for the runner-up spot. Within a few circuits, Shiflett had distanced himself from Sampson and Warren. Edwards, though, was up by half a straightaway and the margin was growing.
The fourth caution flag flew on lap 33 when Sampson, who had given way to Warren on lap 24, smacked the outside wall in Turn 2.
Back under way, Edwards, as he had before, opened a four-length lead over Shiflett. Shiflett, in turn, enjoyed a two-length edge over Warren. As the laps clicked off, however, Warren began to narrow the gap.
By lap 53, Edwards was ahead by nearly a full straightaway and approaching lapped traffic.
In an otherwise carefree drive to the winner’s circle, Edwards had one anxious moment on lap 55 when Robbie Babb and Ross Clements spun right in front of him between Turns 1 and 2. The leader easily managed to avoid the incident as the fifth, and final, caution flag was unfurled.
Lining up for what would turn out to be the last restart, Edwards showed the way, followed by Dean Shiflett, Warren, Balluzzo and Jeff Shiflett.
Under green for the final time, Edwards quickly regained the familiar four-length edge over Shiflett, who was under attack from Warren.
With Edwards driving off into the distance, attention turned to the battle for second place.
Warren finally pulled the trigger on lap 74, ducking to the inside of Dean Shiflett in Turns 1 and 2. While Edwards breezed to the checkers, winning by 2.369 seconds, Warren and Shiflett were door-to-door all the way to the stripe.
At the finish, Shiflett nosed out Warren by half a car-length — 74-thousandths of a second, to be precise — to take second. Warren was third, followed by Balluzzo and Jeff Shiflett. Craig Eastep and Weeks were sixth and seventh, the final drivers to complete the entire distance. Scott Roser, Clements and Albert Falk completed the top 10.
In Victory Lane after the race, Edwards commented on his performance: “We had a good car tonight. I think the track was little slippery with the track conditions, with the rain, washing all the rubber off, so it was definitely a good handling night. The car was really handling pretty well and we were able to just have to ease it around. I don’t think the track speed was that fast tonight, but it all worked out with my car tonight. It really worked good. We made quite a few changes over the week from last week. We didn’t run too well and we decided we needed to make some changes and it paid off tonight. Of course, the 40 car (Wertz) got messed up there and, of course, Greg wasn’t here, but, hey, we got another victory and that’s what counts.”
For Dean Shiflett, making the transition from Grand Stock to Late Model, a second-place run was reason for encouragement: “Not quite there, but we’re happy with what we done. The (car) was definitely a lot better than it has been. The main reason this thing run as good as it did this week — Wayne and Casey Wyatt. They helped us with the setup on it and it really made a difference on this thing. I just need a little bit more help and we might be able to run one of them Dodges down.”
After a fifth and a fourth in the two previous races, Warren saw his third-place outing as a sign of progress: “That’s better than the last couple of weeks. We’ve been slowly gaining on it. Dean was pretty good tonight for a little while. Looked like his car started giving up at the end, but I couldn’t do nothing to run up under him on the bottom. Car was just too free. I made an adjustment before the race that I probably shouldn’t have made. I thought the place was gonna get tight ‘cause it washed all the rubber off. It was my stupid mistake. I should’ve left it alone.”
In addition to enjoying his third-place run, Warren was also looking forward to next week when his dad, seven-time track champ Phil Warren, is slated to join the fray: “Yeah, he can run right behind me. I don’t know if dad’s quite used to running a hundred-and-some miles an hour down the straightaway. He’s used to them slow Late Models.”

In the evening’s other feature events:

Paul Lubno came from ninth on the starting grid to pick up a win in the 40-lap Super 8 Motels/Dunkum’s Machine Shop Grand Stock race. He seized command of the event on the 33rd circuit.
Brandon Hinson set the fast time in qualifying, touring Langley’s .395-mile oval at 78.334 mph to nab the pole. Ricky Derrick started alongside Hinson on the front row.
As the race got going, Hinson and Derrick battled side-by-side all the way to Turn 4 where Hinson pulled ahead. Derrick settled into second, followed by David Gray and Chris Roberts. By lap 2, Lubno had moved from ninth into the top five.
Lubno made another big move on lap 6, scooting past both Roberts and Gray in Turn 4 to take over third place.
At the front, Hinson had put some distance between himself and second-place Derrick. When race’s only caution flag flew, at lap 14, he was up by six car-lengths.
Back under green, Hinson managed a slim lead over Derrick, who was getting a mirror-full of Lubno. Working nose-to-tail, Derrick and Lubno began to close in on Hinson as the leader sorted his way past slower traffic.
On lap 26, Lubno went after Derrick for second place, diving low at the end of the backstretch. Racing door-to-door, the two found themselves in three-wide predicaments on a couple occasions as they caught up to slower machines. Lubno finally cleared Derrick on lap 28 to gain the spot.
Within a handful of laps, Lubno had tracked down Hinson and was looking for an opening. He found it on lap 33, shooting to the leader’s inside off Turn 2. He drew even down the backstretch and took the lead off the fourth corner. Just half a lap later, Lubno had already opened a three-length advantage.
As Lubno drove away, Hinson slipped into the clutches of Derrick, who took the runner-up position on lap 37. That exchange allowed Lubno to pad his lead even more.
At the finish, Lubno was the winner by 1.464 seconds over Derrick. Hinson, who led the first 32 laps, was third, followed by Roberts and Gray.

Fresh from his runner-up outing in Grand Stocks, Derrick quickly switched cars for the 50-lap Med Express Urgent Care Super Street feature. And, he one-upped himself by taking a flag-to-flag victory, his first of the season.
Ritchie German started on the pole, at 75.470 mph, but gave way by half a car-length at the end of the opening lap. The first caution flag appeared on lap 2 and, reverting to the last completed lap, Derrick was placed out front for the restart.
Back under green, German pressured Derrick for the lead, while Tommy Sweeney and Steve Dill battled behind them for the third position. As Derrick began to ease away from German, the third-place tussle heated up with Dill grabbing the position on lap 8
The second yellow flag flew on lap 11 when white smoke erupted from Bill Burns’ car along the front straightaway, necessitating a lengthy cleanup. When another caution flag appeared on lap 12, officials began counting the caution laps.
When the race resumed, at lap 21, Derrick managed a one-length edge over German, who was tailed closely by Dill and Sweeney. By lap 25, the margin had grown to three lengths.
Dill, a former division champ, grabbed the second spot from German on lap 26 and immediately set out after Derrick, who was working through traffic.
Over the closing laps, Dill took several runs at Derrick, even getting close enough on a few occasions to deliver a rap to the leader’s rear bumper. He couldn’t muster a winning pass, though, as Derrick held on to win by 0.342-second — about a car-length. German was third to the stripe, while Sweeney and Jason Moore were fourth and fifth, respectively.

In the 25-lap Peninsula Hardwood Mulch INEX Legends race, Jamie Price took the lead on lap 24 and showed the way to his very first victory.
Don McLaughlin was the pole-sitter for the event, qualifying at 78.162 mph. He took the lead on the opening lap and showed the way until the first caution flag, which appeared on lap 3. On the ensuing restart, McLaughlin and second-place Rette Causey tangled in Turns 1 and 2, triggering a melee as drivers scrambled to avoid the fracas. McLaughlin spun, while Causey ended up against the outside wall.

The incident moved Jeremy Cook atop the leaderboard with Ryan Crites in second.
Back under way, Cook and Crites broke away in bumper-to-bumper formation. Meanwhile, McLaughlin was staging a rally from the back of the pack. By lap 10, he had returned to the top five..
The third caution flag appeared on lap 11 when Joe Hendricks spun in Turn 4. Setting the running order, Cook was the leader, followed by Crites, Nick Smith, Steve Causey and McLaughlin.
On the restart, McLaughlin failed to come up to speed and limped back around to the pits, done for the evening. Meanwhile, Smith grabbed second from Crites on lap 12, leaving the door open for Steve Causey.
The fourth, and final, caution flag flew on lap 13 when Crites and Causey spun in Turn 4. As they retreated to the back of the pack, Price moved into third.
Back under green, Price took a peek to the inside of Smith, then dropped back in line. Just a lap later, Smith went after Cook for the lead, gaining the position off Turn 4 and bringing Price along with him. At lap 18, Smith held a one-length advantage over Price and the two had driven away from Cook.

Price launched his bid for the lead — and the win — on lap 24, slipping under Smith in Turn 1. He pulled alongside the leader on the back straightaway and grabbed firm command of the lead off Turn 4 when Smith bobbled.
Smith tried to rally, but lost ground in Turn 2 on the final lap as Price jumped out to a three-length lead, a margin he would hold to the finish. At the stripe, Price was the winner by 0.378-second over Smith. Cook, Steve Causey and Brian May were third, fourth and fifth, in that order.

Kevin Alves remained unbeaten in the 25-lap E-Z Auto Rental UCAR feature, picking up his second victory in as many races. He started on the pole, at 69.901 mph, and took the lead for good on lap 16.
In the opening laps, Alves swapped the lead with his front-row colleague, Matt Hockaday. At the first (and only) caution flag, officials placed Hockaday out front.
Back under green, Hockaday quickly forged a two-length advantage over Alves. Alves gnawed away at the margin, though, and was soon on the leader’s bumper.
While Alves was intent on getting past Hockaday for the lead, Robert Rusinyak was sneaking up on his flank. Rusinyak made a bid for the second spot on lap 13, driving under Alves on the backstretch, only to be forced back in line by a slower car looming ahead.
On lap 16, Alves poked a fender to the inside of Hockaday on the frontstretch and took the lead out of Turn 2. Two laps later, he had pulled away by two lengths and he held that edge to the finish, winning by 0.381-second. Rusinyak was third, followed by Randy Prillaman and Dusty Connor.

Brad Davis moved out front for the first, and only, time in Turn 3 on the final circuit and won a 20-lapper for the A/C Mechanical Services/Steadfast Security & Investigations MACKA Champ Karts.
Gabe Salisbury drew the pole for the start, but gave way to Alan Purser on the opening lap. On lap 2, Chris Johnson, with drafting help from Davis, bypassed Purser to take over the top spot.
Johnson and Davis were soon joined by Darek McCauley in a three-kart breakaway at the head of the field. They maintained a tight, disciplined drafting line until the final lap.
Heading into the third corner for the last time, the leaders ran up on slower karts. Johnson swung to the high side, while Davis dipped low and emerged with the lead. Johnson tried to rally off the final corner, but couldn’t overhaul Davis as the leaders charged toward the checkers.
At the finish, Davis was the winner by 0.070-second — just less than a kart-length. Johnson was second, followed by McCauley, Purser and Stanley Holmes.
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA

USG Night at the Races Race Results Saturday, May 12, 2007

LATE MODELS - 75 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (26) Danny Edwards; 75
2. (06) Dean Shiflett; 75
3. (21) Anthony Warren; 75
4. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 75
5. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 75
6. (2) Craig Eastep; 75
7. (20) Gary Weeks; 75
8. (00) Scott Roser; 74
9. (12) Ross Clements; 68
10. (17) Albert Falk; 66
11. (44) Robbie Babb; 52
12. (8) Jeff Sampson; 32
13. (40) Mark Wertz; 8
14. (6) Aaron Adams; 8
Pole: Danny Edwards - 87.196 mph.

GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (14) Paul Lubno; 40
2. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
3. (81) Brandon Hinson; 40
4. (11) Chris Roberts; 40
5. (43) David Gray; 40
6. (95) Danny Harrell; 40
7. (17) Chris Barrow; 40
8. (24) Gene Smith; 40
9. (88) Brandon Ray; 40
10. (31) Robert Brandt; 39
11. (75) Jeff Driskill; 39
12. (3) Allen Shiflett; 39
13. (27) Bernie Fairchild; 39
14. (84) Brandon Carteret; 39
15. (23) Bobby Ferebee; 39
16. (29) Jack Robinson; 37
17. (5) Robert Ellis; 35
18. (12) George VanGuilder; 35
19. (69) Harold Stanley; 34
20. (44) Matt Slye; 17
21. (1) Bobby Spivey; 12
22. (4) Matthew Waltz; 12
23. (71) J.R. Smith; 6
Pole: Brandon Hinson - 78.334 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (0) Ricky Derrick; 50
2. (3) Steve Dill; 50
3. (10) Ritchie German; 50
4. (11) Tommy Sweeney; 50
5. (5) Jason Moore; 50
6. (15) Dale Parro; 50
7. (21) Randy Akers; 50
8. (86) Jessica Wood; 50
9. (81) Jeff Shannon; 50
10. (54) Jason Langley; 49
11. (12) Sean Calway; 49
12. (58) Doug Woodyard; 49
13. (2) Rod Busitzky; 49
14. (14) Larry Venable; 48
15. (7) Mike West; 48
16. (91) Paul Phelps; 47
17. (26) Mickey Evans; 44
18. (03) Jerry LaMontagne; 33
19. (09) Harry VanGuilder; 16
20. (41) Richard Ellis; 9
21. (20) Bill Burns; 9
22. (01) Eric Schaffer; 1
Pole: Ritchie German - 75.470 mph.

INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Jamie Price; 25
2. (12) Nick Smith; 25
3. (27) Jeremy Cook; 25
4. (9) Steve Causey; 25
5. (22) Brian May; 25
6. (25) Dale Blankenship; 25
7. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
8. (30) Joe Hendricks; 25
9. (11) Chris Lemonds; 25
10. (16) Chris Peterson; 25
11. (18) R.J. Davis; 25
12. (00) Ryan Crites; 25
13. (36) Kenny Tellez; 13
14. (21) Don McLaughlin; 11
15. (50) Travis Miller; 4
16. (33) Rette Causey; 2
17. (20) Cameron Patrick; 2
Pole: Don McLaughlin - 78.162 mph.

UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (84) Kevin Alves; 25
2. (68) Matt Hockaday; 25
3. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 25
4. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
5. (14) Dusty Connor; 25
6. (15) Randy Sample; 25
7. (69) Chris Hildebrand; 25
8. (22) Donald Reynolds III; 25
9. (29) Matt Bond; 25
10. (8) Don Shumate; 24
11. (27) Joe Reynolds; 24
12. (66) Lauren Edgerton; 24
13. (89) Allen Dail; 24
14. (77) Andy Graham; 24
15. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 24
16. (11) Jason Aukland; 24
17. (71) Theresa Butler; 24
18. (64) Sara Langley; 23
19. (2) Michael Waters; 23
20. (28) Jamie Sample; 9
21. (25) Robbie Salas; 7
Pole: Kevin Alves - 69.901 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Kart #) Driver
1. (18) Brad Davis; 20
2. (36) Chris Johnson; 20
3. (6) Darek McCauley; 20
4. (59) Alan Purser; 20
5. (38) Stanley Holmes; 20
6. (30) Jeffrey Johnson; 20
7. (14) Kelly Johnson; 20
8. (00) Bill Dailey; 20
9. (96) Alex Vasquez; 20
10. (01) Stan Holmes; 20
11. (8) Cory Millard; 20
12. (33) Dwain Smith; 20
13. (95) Gabe Salisbury; 20
14. (16) Greg Burgess Jr.; 19
15. (55) Ryland Craze; 19
16. (27) David Srednicki; 19
17. (64) Ben Hammock; 19
18. (5) Greg Burgess Sr.; 19
19. (07) Matt Settlage; 19
20. (7) Josh Settlage; 19
21. (28) Robert Peach; 18
22. (69) Warren Smigo; 3
Pole: Gabe Salisbury - via draw.

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