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Danny Edwards scores 3rd Late Model win, keeps Dodge streak intact
May 27, 2007 - updated May 27th, 2007 9:58am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson Night Race Report Saturday, May 26, 2007

Points leader Danny Edwards started on the pole and led all the way to bag his third victory of the season in the Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson 75 for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Models, the headlining event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Edwards set the pace in afternoon time trials with a lap at 86.505 mph, just edging out Jeff Shiflett by seven-thousandths of a second. Mark Wertz and Paul DeBolt made up Row 2, while Anthony Warren and Mark Claar started in Row 3.
As the event got under way, Edwards leaped ahead of Shiflett to grab the top spot as the field passed beneath the flagstand. Wertz tagged along with Edwards, moving up to second and dropping Shiflett to third. By lap 7, Edwards and Wertz had opened a half-straightaway lead over Shiflett.
Edwards held a four-length edge over Wertz when the first caution flag appeared, on lap 34, for Ross Clements’ spin on the frontstretch. Lining up for the restart, Edwards, Wertz, Shiflett, DeBolt and Warren occupied the top five spots.
Six more laps were completed when the second yellow flag waved as Wertz cut down a right-rear tire and spun in Turn 2. He made his way to the pits where his crew replaced the tire and returned him to the fray.
The third caution flag flew on lap 42 when Dean Shiflett, Jeff’s brother, went around off Turn 4. During the ensuing caution period, Shiflett passed the pace truck and officials were set to hold him for one green-flag lap as a penalty. Instead, though, Shiflett parked his car for the night, retiring to a 13th-place finish.
Back under green, Edwards fashioned a three-length margin over Jeff Shiflett, the new second-place runner. Within a handful of circuits, that lead had swelled to almost half a straightaway as DeBolt and Warren zeroed in on Shiflett.
The runner-up position changed hands on lap 52 as DeBolt forced his way alongside Shiflett in Turns 3 and 4, grabbing the spot off the fourth corner.
The fourth, and final, yellow flag was displayed on lap 56 as Wertz ground to a halt in Turn 1, amidst a shower of sparks. This time, his right-front tire had gone down. After allowing his crew to assess the situation, Wertz called it a night, winding up 12th in the finishing order.
On the last restart, Edwards quickly motored away by four lengths over DeBolt. By lap 61, the margin was up to nearly half a straightaway.
In the waning laps, DeBolt was able to trim a few car-lengths from Edwards’ healthy advantage, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Edwards rolled to a 1.062-second win. DeBolt was the runner-up, followed by Shiflett, Warren and Shawn Balluzzo.
Claar was sixth to the checkers, while Albert Falk, Jeff Sampson and Craig Eastep were seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively, the final drivers to complete the entire distance. Clements rounded out the top 10, one lap down.
In Victory Lane after the race, Edwards commented on what turned out to be a carefree run: “The car was great tonight. The guys on this team just keep on getting better and better. It was just a good night. We had a lot of good luck with us. The car ran flawless. Didn’t have any troubles.”
DeBolt, who was making his first start since opening night, noted the travails that had kept him on the sidelines until Saturday night: “We’ve been struggling with this thing. We can’t seem to make it to a race without tearing it up or something don’t happen. We’re just a little off and I think we’ll be all right. Couple more weeks. It’s hard to come and not be here all year and try to run, but we’re getting there. We’re pretty much the only Ford here and the motor’s a little heavier, so we’ve got a little handicap. But, I could see him anyway.”
Shiflett was brimming with confidence after his third-place outing: “I do believe we had something for ‘em. These cars, we run a locker in the rear-end that’s got springs in it. Well, toward the end of the race, my locker give up and I only had one wheel pulling. To get around here and keep up with them guys witho only one wheel back there trying to spin is kinda on the tough side, so I had my hands full. But, we’re getting closer every week and I hope we’re the first Chevrolet to beat them Dodges and I think we will be, ‘cause I plan on being in the front next week. As a matter of fact, I plan on being on the pole next week, so y’all can look forward to that.”
With Edwards’ victory, Dodges have now scored six feature wins in six Late Model races, leading all 500 laps along the way. And, the $1,000 bounty for the first non-Dodge driver to post a win will remain locked away for at least another week.

In the evening’s other feature events:

After enduring a winless 2006 campaign, David Gray returned to Victory Lane in style, leading all 40 laps to take the checkers in the Super 8 Motels/Dunkum’s Machine Shop Grand Stock feature.
Jason Leftwich was fastest in qualifying for the event, touring Langley’s .395-mile oval at 79.136 mph — a new division record. Gray was second-quickest and lined up alongside Leftwich on the front row. Brandon Hinson, the former record-holder, and Chris Roberts started in Row 2.
As the green flag waved, Gray got the drop on Leftwich and pulled out front in Turns 1 and 2 on the opening circuit. Leftwich dropped into second, followed by Hinson, Roberts and Ricky Derrick.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 2 when Gene Smith spun in Turn 2. Chris Barrow took evasive action and ended up in the infield as the field slowed.
Returning to green, Hinson motored under Leftwich off Turn 2, taking over the runner-up spot and leaving the door open for Roberts, Derrick and Paul Lubno. Within two laps, Leftwich had fallen from second to sixth.
On lap 7, Lubno grabbed fourth place from Derrick. Leftwich tagged along and moved back into the top five.
The last of the race’s two yellow flags flew on lap 11 when Jeff Driskill slowed to a crawl in Turn 4. Setting the lineup, Gray was in the lead, followed by Hinson, Roberts, Lubno and Leftwich.
As the race resumed, Gray managed to eke out a slim margin over Hinson. Meanwhile, Leftwich moved up to challenge Lubno for fourth place. He took the spot on lap 14, only to see Lubno return the favor on the following circuit.
On lap 18, Lubno scooted past Roberts to gain the third position. Leftwich and Derrick followed his cue and bypassed Roberts to take over fourth and fifth, respectively.
Leftwich got around Lubno on lap 26 to grab third. Derrick followed a lap later, dropping Lubno to fifth. At the front, Gray held a two-length edge over Hinson, but traffic loomed ahead.
On lap 32, Gray encountered slower cars and Hinson narrowed the gap to a single car-length. Behind the leaders, meanwhile, Roberts crept back into contention, disposing of both Lubno and Derrick on lap 35 to move into fourth place.
In the closing laps, Gray eased away from Hinson, stretching his final margin of victory to 0.919-second — about four car-lengths. Hinson was second to the line, followed by Leftwich, Roberts and Lubno, who edged Derrick by less than a tenth of a second for fifth.

Craig Firman notched his third straight win in the 25-lap Cook’s Moving Service Super Truck race, overcoming his starting position — eighth.
Firman was fastest in time trials for the event, at 73.269 mph. As a “reward” for having won the two previous races, though, he was deployed on the outside of Row 4 for the start.
Tommy Nixon started on the pole and took the lead as the race got under way. Hugo Belfiore moved up to second, slipping past outside pole-sitter Evan VanLeeuwen. Deeper in the field, Firman was slicing his way forward. By the second lap, he had already cracked the top five.
Firman picked off John Hollis for fourth place on lap 3, then grabbed third from VanLeeuwen on lap 5. A lap later, he overhauled Belfiore for the runner-up spot. Nixon, in the meantime, had driven away to a six-length advantage.
By lap 11, Firman had closed to within a truck-length of Nixon’s rear bumper and was on the hunt for the lead. He took one run at Nixon in Turn 1 on lap 13, but Nixon fended him off and pulled away by three lengths.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 16 when Robbie Davis spun in Turn 2.
On the ensuing restart, Nixon missed a shift off the fourth corner and Firman pounced, pulling even with the leader. They raced side-by-side over to Turn 3 where Firman gained the upper hand.
The race’s only other yellow flag waved on lap 18 when Troy Turnage slowed in Turn 3.
Back under green, Firman opened a two-length advantage over Nixon, quickly stretching it to three. Nearing the finish, though, Nixon began to close in.
Reaching Firman’s bumper, Nixon made one last bid for the win with a hard charge into Turn 1 on the white-flag lap. The move didn’t pay off, however, as Firman held on to win by 0.369-second — a single truck-length. VanLeeuwen tailed the lead duo across the line, in third, followed by Justin Ballo and Davis. After spending the whole race in the top five, Belfiore dropped two spots in the last five laps and ended up sixth.

Jeff Sampson scored his third consecutive win in a 25-lapper for the Wolf Contracting Wolf Trucks. He took the lead on lap 11 and showed the way to the finish.
Sampson set the fast time in qualifying for the event, at 81.715 mph — nearly three-quarters of a second faster than the second-fastest truck. When it came time to line up the field, though, he was placed on the outside of Row 3 (last on the six-truck grid), just another “perk” for having won the two previous races.
Randy Bradsher started on the pole and grabbed the lead on the opening lap. Sampson, however, was wasting no time. By the end of lap 4, he had already taken over the runner-up spot.
By lap 6, Sampson had tracked down Bradsher and tried to launch a bid for the lead. A slower truck blocked his path, though, and Bradsher scooted away by three lengths. Sampson took a run to the high side of Bradsher in Turns 3 and 4 on lap 9, but came up empty again.
Exiting Turn 4 on lap 10, Sampson latched onto Bradsher’s rear bumper and pushed him down the frontstretch, carrying him on a “hot” ride into Turn 1 to begin lap 11. As Bradsher slid up the track, Sampson cut to the left, driving under and past Bradsher for the lead.
Bradsher’s chances at staging a late-race rally were damaged on lap 15 when a slower truck held him up momentarily, allowing Sampson to pull away by more than half a straightaway. Displeased with Sampson’s aggressive pass for the lead, Bradsher refused to throw in the towel, however.
By the finish, Bradsher had closed to within three lengths of Sampson, who won by 0.619-second. The first- and second-place finishers were the only two drivers on the lead lap at the end.
Michael Farmer was third to the line, while Jeffrey Hellner and Clyde Jefferson completed the top five. Matt Carter rounded out the field, in sixth.

With a drafting boost from David Phelps, Danny Wyatt came from 11th on the starting grid to top a 25-kart field, winning the 20-lap Kim Jusino, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Kart feature. It was his first victory of the season.
The first attempt at a start went awry when outside pole-sitter Casey Wyatt, Danny’s brother, failed to come up to speed, rolling to a stop in Turn 2 and prompting a complete restart.
On the second try, Ryan Hudgens, who replaced Casey Wyatt on the front row, grabbed the lead, pulling ahead of pole winner Greg Shaffer at the entrance to Turn 1.
The second, and final, yellow flag fluttered on lap 2 for a seven-kart fracas in Turn 2.
Back under green, Hudgens linked up with Shaffer and Bobby Peach in a strong draft at the head of the procession. Teammates Alan Purser and Gabe Salisbury tried to overtake the top three, but were unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, Danny Wyatt and Phelps had teamed up and were moving toward the front. On lap 13, they swept past Peach, Purser and Salisbury to take over the third and fourth positions.
A lap later, Wyatt and Phelps were closing in on Hudgens and Shaffer. Working in tandem, they dropped low off Turn 4 on lap 14, bypassed Hudgens and Shaffer on the frontstretch and entered Turn 1 on lap 15 with the top two spots.
Once out front, Wyatt and Phelps remained in nose-to-tail formation and drove away from the pack.
Phelps maintained the draft until Turn 4 of the last lap when he stepped out of line and took a look to the inside of Wyatt. The leader slammed the door, though, forcing Phelps to swing to the outside. There just wasn’t enough time to make that move pay off, however, and Wyatt held on to win by 0.123-second — a single kart-length.
Hudgens, who led laps 1-14, ended up third in the final rundown, followed by Shaffer and Purser.
• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA

Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson Night Race Results Saturday, May 26, 2007

LATE MODELS - 75 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (26) Danny Edwards; 75
2. (34) Paul DeBolt; 75
3. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 75
4. (47) Anthony Warren; 75
5. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 75
6. (7) Mark Claar; 75
7. (17) Albert Falk; 75
8. (8) Jeff Sampson; 75
9. (2) Craig Eastep; 75
10. (12) Ross Clements; 74
11. (71) Ron Blackburn; 58
12. (40) Mark Wertz; 55
13. (06) Dean Shiflett; 41
Pole: Edwards - 86.156 mph.

GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (43) David Gray; 40
2. (81) Brandon Hinson; 40
3. (92) Jason Leftwich; 40
4. (11) Chris Roberts; 40
5. (14) Paul Lubno; 40
6. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
7. (95) Danny Harrell; 40
8. (12) George VanGuilder; 40
9. (44) Matt Slye; 40
10. (24) Gene Smith; 39
11. (4) Matthew Waltz; 39
12. (84) Brandon Carteret; 39
13. (33) Hank Karwoski; 39
14. (27) Bernie Fairchild; 39
15. (15) Dale Parro; 38
16. (29) Jack Robinson; 37
17. (31) Robert Brandt; 35
18. (23) Bobby Ferebee; 35
19. (69) Connie Stanley; 14
20. (17) Chris Barrow; 10
21. (75) Jeff Driskill; 9
22. (71) J.R. Smith; 7
23. (1) Bobby Spivey; 4
24. (88) Brandon Ray; 1
Pole: Leftwich - 79.136 mph.

SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (5) Craig Firman; 25
2. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
3. (01) Evan VanLeeuwen; 25
4. (55) Justin Ballo; 25
5. (10) Robbie Davis; 25
6. (15) Hugo Belfiore; 25
7. (96) John Hollis; 25
8. (77) John McDonald; 25
9. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 24
10. (90) Troy Turnage; 16
Pole: Nixon.
Fast Qualifier: Firman - 73.269 mph.
(As the winner of the previous two races,
Firman could start no better than 8th.)

WOLF TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Jeff Sampson; 25
2. (33) Randy Bradsher; 25
3. (9) Michael Farmer; 24
4. (00) Jeffrey Hellner; 20
5. (36) Clyde Jefferson; 20
6. (17) Matt Carter; 15
Pole: Bradsher.
Fast Qualifier: Sampson - 81.715 mph.
(As the winner of the previous two races,
Sampson had to start last.)

Fin. Pos. (Kart #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Danny Wyatt; 20
2. (46) David Phelps; 20
3. (29) Ryan Hudgens; 20
4. (17) Greg Shaffer; 20
5. (59) Alan Purser; 20
6. (95) Gabe Salisbury; 20
7. (18) Cory Millard; 20
8. (52) Phillip Clarke; 20
9. (28) Bobby Peach; 20
10. (1) Spencer Saunders; 20
11. (7) Josh Setledge; 20
12. (27) David Srednicki; 20
13. (00) Bill Dailey; 20
14. (6) Greg Burgess Jr.; 20
15. (23) Greg Burgess; 20
16. (10) Daniel Millard; 19
17. (81) Jeremy Grogg; 19
18. (07) Matt Setledge; 18
19. (21) Jason Houck; 16
20. (97) Timmy Waltrip; 9
21. (10x) Mark Roberts; 4
22. (45) Casey Wyatt; 1
23. (02) David Millard; 1
24. (30) Jeffrey Johnson; 1
25. (14) Kelly Johnson; 1
Pole: Shaffer - 61.004 mph.

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