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Greg Edwards posts 3rd Late Model win, leads another 1-2-3 Dodge sweep
Jun 17, 2007 - updated Jun 17th, 2007 8:31am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Med Express Urgent Care/Kids Night Race Report Saturday, June 16, 2007

With Greg Edwards leading the way, Langley Speedway’s “Dodge Boys” scored their sixth 1-2-3 sweep of the season in the Med Express Urgent Care 75 for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Models, the featured event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program. The win was Edwards’ third of the year.
Points leader Danny Edwards set the pace in afternoon time trials for the event, touring the .395-mile oval at 86.491 mph. Greg Edwards was second-fastest, just five-hundredths of a second behind his brother. Chevy-driving Jeff Sampson clocked in third-quickest and shared the second row with Mark Wertz’s Dodge. The Chevys of Shawn Balluzzo and Jeff Shiflett made up Row 3.
As the race got under way, Danny Edwards hauled the field off into Turn 1. Greg Edwards remained on his flank and gained the clear-cut edge off Turn 4 to lead the first lap. Danny Edwards settled into second, while Wertz moved up to third place. Sampson and Shiflett emerged from the opening shuffle in fourth and fifth.
After running in tight formation in the early circuits, the lead trio began to stretch out a bit at lap 16. Greg Edwards held a three-length lead over Danny Edwards, who, in turn, was up by three lengths over Wertz.
Behind the leaders, Balluzzo moved up to challenge Shiflett for the fifth position. He grabbed the spot on lap 23, swinging past Shiflett through Turns 3 and 4.
Working the 28th circuit, two lengths separated the Edwardses, who were easing away from Wertz. Fourth-place Sampson, meanwhile, was more than half a straightaway behind.
That margin disappeared on lap 30 as the first caution flag waved for Craig Eastep’s spin on the backstretch.
Back under green, Greg Edwards quickly regained his two-length advantage as Wertz hounded Danny Edwards for the runner-up spot. Balluzzo dispensed with Sampson to take over fourth place on lap 32 and zeroed in on Wertz.
After tailing Wertz for several circuits, Balluzzo launched a bid for the third position on lap 38. He drove under Wertz at the end of the backstretch and cleared him off the fourth corner. The exchange allowed Greg and Danny Edwards to pad their lead over the rest of the field to nearly half a straightaway.
By lap 50, Greg Edwards’ lead had grown to nearly six car-lengths over his brother. Wertz, meanwhile, was battling to regain third place from Balluzzo.
On lap 52, Wertz motored to the outside of Balluzzo in Turns 3 and 4. Getting a good run off the corner, he completed the pass at the end of the frontstretch on lap 53. Behind them, Dean Shiflett scooted past Sampson to crack the top five.
As Greg Edwards navigated past slower traffic, Danny Edwards began to narrow the gap. By lap 57, the deficit was down to just three lengths.
Before the lead battle had a chance to develop, however, the second caution flag waved as Sampson and Aaron Adams tangled and spun in Turn 2.
The third, and final, yellow flag was displayed on lap 58 as Sampson and Adams continued to have their difficulties on the ensuing restart.
Under green for the last time, Greg Edwards quickly fashioned a two-length advantage, only to see Danny Edwards close the gap just as quickly.
Nearing the finish, Danny Edwards gathered himself for one last run, closing in on Greg Edwards’ rear bumper and delivering a rap or two.
Greg Edwards refused to yield the top spot, though, and won by 0.238-second — about a car-length. Wertz was third, nipping Balluzzo at the stripe to complete the Dodge sweep. Dean Shiflett was fifth, his second top-five outing of the season.
Jeff Shiflett was sixth at the end, followed by Mark Claar, Adams and Sampson, the final drivers to complete the entire distance. Ron Blackburn was credited with 10th place, two laps down.
In Victory Lane after the race, Greg Edwards commented on the battle to hold off his brother: “That was a great race with Danny there. I think he may have had a little something for me at the end, but it’s great racing with him and Mark and Shawn and everybody out here. I took advantage of that original start. I didn’t think I’d be able to do that and the car got up top and hooked up up there. I kept on driving. I knew Jeff was gonna be right there, filling up the hole, so I went on by him. I thought it might’ve been a mistake to lead too early, but I just went ahead and kept it out there and ran as hard as I could all night. I think I burnt the right-rear up early. Like I said, I never gave this thing a break and I don’t know if Danny went back there and rode a little bit, but I just ran the heck out of it all night long and it stayed there good enough. He got to me and some lapped traffic got him right up on me, getting the wind off my rear spoiler. I just tried to keep it smooth and not slip up.”
Second-place Danny Edwards could only tip his cap to his brother: “He was definitely better than we were tonight. We just didn’t have it. We gave it all we had. On the start, I spun the tires and he got a good jump on me and was able to drive off down there and hold me down to clear me. That wouldn’t have really mattered. I think he was a little bit better tonight. We’ll go to work on it and see if we can get it a little bit better for next week. It’s been up and down. Some weeks, it’s really good and, some weeks, it’s off a little bit, but we’re consistently here on the frontstretch (finishing in the top three), so that’s where we want to be.”
Third-place Wertz remarked on his tussle with Balluzzo, which lasted for over half the event: “Shawn’s got a good car. He run good all day in practice today. We had a good little run there going on. I think, when I put the heat on Danny, I cooked the right-front and used up my car a little bit, but we bided our time and had a good little battle going with Balluzzo and ended up third. We’ll just have to get our notes together and see what we can do next week.”
With Greg Edwards’ victory, Dodge products have now won all nine Late Model features this season, leading all 725 laps along the way.

In the evening’s other feature events:

A misstep by the fast qualifier elevated Shawn Balluzzo to the pole position for the 50-lap B&C Seafood Modified race and Balluzzo took it from there, leading all the way to post his first win of the year.
Before Modified time trials, the field is allowed several warmup or “scuff” laps and crews are not permitted to make adjustments between scuff laps and the start of qualifying. Joe Scarbrough, who was the fast qualifier at 85.053 mph, ran afoul of that rule and was bumped back to eighth on the starting grid.
Scarbrough’s demotion moved Balluzzo up to the inside of the front row and he jumped out front as the initial green flag was displayed, leaving his front-row colleague, Rusty Wood, to battle with Buddy Emory, who grabbed the second spot.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 3 for a three-car fracas in Turn 2.
Back under green, Balluzzo opened a healthy margin, while Wood moved up to challenge Emory for second. By lap 16, Balluzzo’s lead had swelled to almost half a straightaway and Emory had driven away from Wood.
Just past the halfway mark, Wood gave way to Bubba Farmer, dropping back to fourth. Meanwhile, at the front, Emory had begun to close in on Balluzzo.
The second caution flag flew on lap 30.
On the ensuing restart, Emory powered to the outside of Balluzzo in Turns 1 and 2. The two went door-to-door until lap 31 when Balluzzo regained command off Turn 4.
While the race was slowed by three more caution flags, at laps 33 and 46 (twice), giving Emory three more chances to get the drop on the leader, he was never able to generate another strong bid for the top spot.
Heading for the checkers, Emory took one last look to the high side of Balluzzo in Turns 3 and 4. Balluzzo held him off, though, and won by 0.189-second — a car-length. Farmer was third, a little more than a half-second behind Emory. Buster Horne and Scarbrough completed the top five.

Tommy Sweeney took the lead on lap 12 and strolled to his third win in a 50-lapper for the Med Express Urgent Care Super Streets.
Ritchie German was the pole-sitter the event, qualifying at 75.079 mph. He pulled ahead of Sweeney on the start and showed the way for the first 11 circuits.
On lap 12, Sweeney ducked under German off Turn 2, nosed ahead at the start/finish line and cleared German’s machine through Turns 1 and 2 on lap 13. Within a couple laps, he had opened a three-length margin.
The race’s only caution flag appeared on lap 23. Setting the running order, Sweeney was out front, followed by German, Jimmy Adkins, Steve Dill and Randy Akers.
On the restart, a lapped car separated Sweeney and German and the leader took full advantage of the buffer, zipping out to a five-length edge.
Dill slipped by Adkins for third on lap 25 and overhauled German for second 10 laps later. By that time, though, Sweeney had driven away by over half a straightaway.
To have a chance at the win, Dill needed a friendly caution flag. The yellow banner stayed under wraps, however, and Sweeney won by a whopping 4.133 seconds. Dill was the runner-up and German was third.
Adkins was fourth to the stripe, but failed to make it through the post-race inspection due to a camber infraction. Jessica Wood was fourth in the amended rundown, followed by Akers.

Jeremy Cook led the 25-lap Peninsula Hardwood Mulch INEX Legends race from pole to checkers, becoming the fourth different winner in as many events this season.
The race’s only caution flag came when officials were dissatisfied with the initial start.
On the second try at getting the race under way, Cook bolted into the lead, bringing third-place starter Brian May along with him and dropping outside pole-sitter Rette Causey to third.
May held onto the runner-up spot until lap 4 when points leader Jamie Price slipped by. Caught on the outside, May eventually tumbled to eighth in the running order.
Cook and Price, joined by Rette Causey, circled the track in tight, bumper-to-bumper formation until lap 15 when Causey stepped out of line and shot past Price for second place at the entrance to Turn 3.
Causey pulled to within one car-length of Cook’s rear bumper on lap 18, but he would get no closer as Cook eased away over the closing laps to win by 0.692-second — about five lengths.
Price tailed Cook and Causey to the line, in third. Ryan Crites was fourth and Steve Causey completed the top five.

Kevin Alves maintained his unbeaten record in the 25-lap E-Z Auto Rental UCAR feature, leading all the way from the pole for his fifth consecutive win. Dating back to last season, the victory was his sixth in a row.
Randy Prillaman, the ‘06 division champ, moved into the runner-up spot on lap 10, but was almost half a straightaway behind Alves by then. That margin was erased, however, when the first caution flag waved on lap 19.
Back under green, Prillaman looked high and low for an opening. Finding none, he settled in on Alves’ bumper. Meanwhile, Matt Hockaday, Dusty Connor and Jamie Sample were engaged a spirited battle for the third spot, allowing the lead duo to pull away.
Coming off Turn 4 on lap 25, Alves was greeted, not by the checkered flag, but by the second caution flag, setting up a two-lap sprint to the finish.
On the final restart, Prillaman drove hard to the outside of Alves into Turn 1, drawing alongside the leader on the backstretch. He couldn’t make the outside groove work off Turn 4, though, as Alves reasserted himself and pulled ahead.
Prillaman tried to rally on the last lap, but his charge came up just short as Alves won by 0.191-second. Hockaday was third at the end, following Alves and Prillaman to the stripe. Connor and Sample were fourth and fifth, respectively.
• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA

Med Express Urgent Care/Kids Night Race Results Saturday, June 16, 2007

LATE MODELS - 75 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (27) Greg Edwards; 75
2. (26) Danny Edwards; 75
3. (40) Mark Wertz; 75
4. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 75
5. (06) Dean Shiflett; 75
6. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 75
7. (7) Mark Claar; 75
8. (6) Aaron Adams; 75
9. (8) Jeff Sampson; 75
10. (71) Ron Blackburn; 73
11. (08) Douglas Crigger; 73
12. (12) Ross Clements; 70
13. (38) Kim Forrester; 62
14. (67) Bobby Spivey; 55
15. (2) Craig Eastep; 39
Pole: Danny Edwards - 86.491 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (57) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
2. (44) Buddy Emory; 50
3. (11) Bubba Farmer; 50
4. (6) Buster Horne; 50
5. (30) Joe Scarbrough; 50
6. (79) Kyle Wood; 50
7. (42) Chris Hoylman; 50
8. (84) Donnie Medlin; 50
9. (36) Chris Johnson; 50
10. (69) Rusty Wood; 50
11. (5) Michael Leech; 49
12. (65) Jimmy Kibler; 49
13. (39) Toby Davis; 48
14. (19) Dwayne VanTassel; 45
15. (88) Kerry Gilbert; 2
16. (33) Rob Wells; 2
Pole: Shawn Balluzzo.
Fast Qualifier: Joe Scarbrough - 85.053 mph.
(Violated qualifying procedures and had to
start eighth.)

Fin.Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (11) Tommy Sweeney; 50
2. (3) Steve Dill; 50
3. (10) Ritchie German; 50
4. (86) Jessica Wood; 50
5. (21) Randy Akers; 50
6. (5) Jason Moore; 50
7. (2) Rod Busitzky; 50
8. (81) Jeff Shannon; 50
9. (54) Jason Langley; 49
10. (22) Brad Skelding; 49
11. (7) Mike West; 49
12. (58) Doug Woodyard; 48
13. (14) Larry Venable; 48
14. (09) Harry VanGuilder; 46
15. (41) Richard Ellis; 40
16. (26) Mickey Evans; 33
17. (12) Sean Calway; 27
18. (91) Paul Phelps; 7
DQ (0) Jimmy Adkins; 50
(Finished 4th, but failed to clear
post-race inspection.)
Pole: Ritchie German - 75.079 mph.

INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (27) Jeremy Cook; 25
2. (33) Rette Causey; 25
3. (8) Jamie Price; 25
4. (00) Ryan Crites; 25
5. (9) Steve Causey; 25
6. (22) Brian May; 25
7. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
8. (30) Joe Hendricks; 25
9. (16) Chris Peterson; 25
10. (36) Kenny Tellez; 25
11. (58) Scott Henderson; 23
12. (12) Nick Smith; 13
13. (21) Don McLaughlin; 9
Pole: Jeremy Cook - 77.995 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (84) Kevin Alves; 25
2. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
3. (68) Matt Hockaday; 25
4. (14) Dusty Connor; 25
5. (28) Jamie Sample; 25
6. (29) Matt Bond; 25
7. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
8. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 25
9. (69) Chris Hildebrand; 25
10. (27) Joe Reynolds; 25
11. (22) Donald Reynolds III; 25
12. (11) Jason Aukland; 25
13. (8) Don Shumate; 25
14. (15) Randy Sample; 25
15. (77) Andy Graham; 25
16. (40) Craig LeBlanc; 24
17. (6) Wayne Lyon; 24
18. (89) Allen Dail; 24
19. (64) Sara Langley; 24
20. (52) Chris Bechtel; 24
21. (71) Theresa Butler; 24
22. (2) Michael Waters; 24
23. (9) Layel Burton; 17
Pole: Kevin Alves - 70.004 mph.

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