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Danny Edwards wires field for 5th Late Model win in Bud 100
Jun 24, 2007 - updated Jun 24th, 2007 9:17am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Budweiser Night at the Races Race Report Saturday, June 23, 2007

In a dominating performance, points leader Danny Edwards rolled to his fifth win of the season in the Budweiser 100 for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Models, the featured event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Edwards set the pace in afternoon time trials, turning the .395-mile oval at 86.475 mph to nab the pole position. Mark Wertz was second-fastest and shared the front row with Edwards. Dean Shiflett and Anthony Warren lined up in Row 2, while Paul DeBolt and Nick Smith occupied Row 3.
In a departure from the norm, the Late Models, who usually run the final race of the night, led off Saturday’s five-race card. As they rolled off the starting grid, much of the track was still bathed in sunshine.
On the start, Edwards immediately seized the point, pulling ahead of Wertz before the field reached the first turn. Wertz dropped into second place and the lead duo began to drive away from the pack. By lap 7, they were up by nearly half a straightaway over third-place Shiflett.
Wertz stayed within a couple car-length of Edwards’ rear bumper until lap 17. Working to the outside of a slower machine in Turn 2, Wertz’s car skittered up the track. He quickly regained control, but the slip allowed Edwards to pad his lead to four lengths.
Nearing the halfway mark, Wertz had narrowed the gap between himself and the leader. Edwards, though, remained firmly in command. Almost half a lap separated Edwards and Wertz from Shiflett.
The race’s first yellow flag appeared on lap 51 when David Butler slowed along the frontstretch with mechanical problems.
Just one lap after the ensuing restart, the caution flag was waving again as fourth-place DeBolt spun in Turn 4 with some assistance from Smith. DeBolt retired to the pits, while Smith was sent to the back of the pack.
Returning to green, Edwards fashioned a three-length edge over Wertz, who enjoyed a similar margin over Shiflett. Behind them, Shawn Balluzzo moved up to challenge Warren for the fourth position.
Caution #3 came on lap 62 when Chris Munger ventured into the infield off Turn 3 with a flat right-front tire. Setting the lineup, Edwards, Wertz, Shiflett, Warren and Balluzzo made up the top five.
As the race resumed, Edwards pulled away by a couple lengths over Wertz, who was getting some pressure from Shiflett. Meanwhile, Warren and Balluzzo continued their tussle for fourth.
On lap 82, Balluzzo finally worked a fender to the inside of Warren in Turn 4. The two raced side-by-side, making contact in Turn 4 at the end of lap 84. In Turn 2 on the following circuit, Warren motored ahead of Balluzzo.
The fourth yellow flag appeared on lap 89 when Warren suddenly dropped off the pace on the backstretch and ground to a halt in Turn 3. As the field slowed, he made his way to the pits with a flat right-front tire.
The fifth, and final, caution flag came out just after the next restart when Aaron Adams and Smith, running fifth and sixth, tangled in Turn 4, collecting Jeff Sampson in the process.
On the last restart, Edwards gained a three-length advantage over Wertz, then began to extend the margin.
At the finish, Edwards was the winner by 0.964-second — about five lengths. Wertz was the runner-up, followed by Dean Shiflett. Balluzzo was fourth and Jeff Shiflett completed the top five.
Smith, Adams and Sampson were sixth, seventh and eighth, the final drivers to finish all 100 circuits. Ron Blackburn and Ross Clements were ninth and 10th, a lap down to the leaders.
In Victory Lane following the event, Edwards commented on the challenges of racing during the transition from afternoon to early evening: “It was a little bit warm. It was an interesting race, starting there in the daytime and going to when the sun went down a little bit, so the track changed a little bit. It was a little slippery there in the beginning and we had that long run. Everybody got in line and rode pretty good, had a good, clean race for the biggest part. I’m just glad to bring this thing back home here in Victory Lane again. It’s been a couple weeks.”
Quizzed further about track conditions, Edwards expounded, “This track’s always like that. In the daytime, it’s typically very slippery when the sun’s on it. That long run, we were putting a lot of rubber down on the racetrack. The track was getting pretty black there and some chunks were coming up in Turn 1 and 2, so you could tell there was a lot rubber being put down. It made the cars do different things, so you had to pretty much adjust all night and keep your line straight and try not to use the right-rear tire up.”
After qualifying, the cars were impounded and only very minimal adjustments were permitted before the start of the race. Noting how his team handled that situation, Edwards continued, “We qualified our race setup, I guess is what you would call it. We were able to tape the car up and change the air pressure and that was about it. So, otherwise, this is just like we had planned on racing it. We qualified it just like we had planned on racing it. We made a good guess at what type of setup, what type of adjustments we wanted to make for the race. We knew it was gonna be a little slicker out there. We had to make a few adjustments to accommodate that.”
Feeling every one of his 38 years, runner-up Wertz offered congratulations to the first- and third-place finishers and remarked on the track conditions: “I’m not 20 anymore. I get tired of saying, ‘The best car won.’ But, the best car definitely won tonight. The impound threw a little trick in us and, as soon as the sun went down behind the trees, it was just like watching the Cup race — my car got a little free there at the end and it was all I could do to hold off Dean. Hats off, Dean, for a great run. That team’s been working hard this year and they deserve it.”
Third-place Dean Shiflett noted signs of progress in his program: “We’re getting it there. The (car) was definitely a lot better than it has been. I’ve got Casey and Wayne Wyatt to thank for that. They’ve been helping us with it and, hey, we’re running with the Dodges, man. We’re trying to save our tires at the start, so we can run with ‘em at the end and I give her all I had. She just started getting real free on me and, when it’s free, it’s hard to get in the throttle. As bad as you want to get in it, you just can’t do it, but we were happy with the car.”
Looking ahead, Shiflett plans to welcome a teammate in the coming weeks. “Butch (Britt, car owner) purchased another car last week and Casey’s gonna be out here running and one of us is gonna get up there in the front and beat these Dodges is what we’ve gotta do.”
With Edwards’ win, Dodge products have now won all 10 Late Model features, led all 825 laps along the way and set the fast time in qualifying for each race.

In the evening’s other feature events:

Danny Harrell dodged a multi-car melee in the opening laps and sped to his first victory of the year in the 40-lap Dunkum’s Machine Shop/Super 8 Motels Grand Stock race.
Jason Leftwich was the fast qualifier, at 78.655 mph, and led lap 1. Before the second circuit was in the books, however, he spun out of the pack at the entrance to the first turn. Behind him, traffic began to stack up and, when the smoke cleared, seven more front-runners had piled up in Turn 1. Harrell, third on the starting grid, managed to escape the carnage and assumed the lead for the ensuing restart.
The first 14 laps were punctuated by six caution flags as the 24-car field struggled to find its rhythm. After the third delay, officials began scoring the caution laps.
While Harrell maintained the top spot, several of the drivers who were involved in the big wreck were busy making their way back toward the front.
Leftwich, who was relegated to 15th after the early mishap, moved into second place on lap 18 when Bobby Spivey suddenly slowed on the backstretch. The exchange, though, allowed Harrell to pull away by better than half a straightaway.
The final caution flag appeared on lap 22 when Robert Ellis slowed to a crawl.
Back under green, at lap 25, Harrell opened a three-length lead over Leftwich and continued to add to that advantage as the laps wound down.
At the finish, Harrell was the winner by 1.430 seconds — about half a straightaway. Leftwich salvaged a runner-up finish. Paul Lubno and David Gray, who were also caught in the second-lap logjam, rebounded to take third and fourth, in that order. Bobby Ferebee was fifth, his best outing of the season.

Craig Firman maintained his unbeaten streak in a 25-lapper for the Cook’s Moving Service Super Trucks. He started on the pole and led all the way for his fifth straight victory.
Evan VanLeeuwen shared the front row with Firman and held down the runner-up spot for the first 21 circuits. On a restart at lap 22, though, he gave way to Robbie Davis. Behind them, Justin Ballo took aim at fourth-place John Hollis.
When the scramble was complete, Davis ended up in second, followed by Ballo. Firman, meanwhile, was enjoying the scene in his mirror and cruising toward another victory.
At the checkers, Firman was the winner by 0.915-second over Davis. Ballo was third, while VanLeeuwen slipped to fourth in the waning laps. Hollis rounded out the top five.
As a “reward” for his win, Firman will line up no better than eighth on the starting grid when the Super Trucks return to action on July 7.

While Firman kept his Super Truck streak intact, Kevin Alves saw his string of victories come to an end in the 25-lap E-Z Auto Rental UCAR feature as Randy Sample led from flag to flag to collect his first win.
Seeking his sixth straight win this season, Alves had to start the event from the outside of Row 4. Meanwhile, the front row was an all-Sample affair with Randy on the pole and Jamie alongside.
Randy Sample grabbed the lead on the start, while Jamie Sample slipped into second. On lap 4, Dusty Connor intruded on the family get-together, taking second from Jamie Sample.
Deeper in the field, Alves was making slow progress toward the front. He cracked the top five on lap 11 and moved up to fourth three laps later.
The only caution flag flew on lap 17 when Allen Dail spun in Turn 2. Setting the running order, Randy Sample headed the field, followed by Connor, Jamie Sample, Alves and Matt Hockaday.
Back under green, the front three opened a healthy margin over Alves. As Jamie Sample moved in to challenge Connor for second, though, Alves quickly made up the lost ground.
On lap 18, Jamie Sample slipped under Connor in Turn 2. He completed the pass for second on lap 19 and Alves rushed to fill the opening. Alves cleared Connor on lap 21 to take over third place. In the meantime, Randy Sample had driven away by seven car-lengths.
Alves drove under Jamie Sample in a bid for second place on lap 22. He gained the clear-cut advantage on lap 23 and left the door open for Connor and Hockaday to scoot by, dropping Jamie Sample to fifth.
With seven lengths to make up and only a couple laps to do it, Alves could make little headway against Randy Sample.
At the end, Randy Sample was the winner by 1.446 seconds. Alves was second, followed by Connor, Hockaday and Jamie Sample.

In a hard-hitting 25-lapper for the Wolf Contractors Wolf Trucks, Michael Farmer assumed the lead on lap 23 and held on for his first victory, ending Jeff Sampson’s season-opening four-race win streak.
After clocking in at 81.922 mph, Sampson started from the pole position. On the opening lap, though, his front-row colleague, Randy Bradsher, pinched him down to the edge of the infield through Turns 1 and 2. Following a little “agricultural racing,” Sampson pulled to a stop in Turn 2, prompting the first caution flag and a complete restart.
With Sampson deployed to the rear, Clyde Jefferson moved up to the pole and took the lead as the green appeared for the second time.
Jefferson showed the way until lap 10 when he and Bradsher tangled in Turn 1. Sampson caught a piece of the action, as did Farmer. Lining up for the restart, Rob Hughes was the new leader, separated from Sampson by Jeff Hellner’s lapped truck.
Back under green, it only took Sampson one lap to dispose of Hellner and swipe the lead from Hughes. Farmer tagged along with Sampson and moved into second.
Over the next several circuits, Farmer followed closely in Sampson tire tracks, searching high and low for an opening.
On lap 23, Farmer poked a fender under Sampson at the end of the frontstretch. In the middle of Turns 1 and 2, the two made contact and Sampson spun, bringing out the third, and final, caution flag. Farmer was positioned out front for the ensuing restart, while Sampson retreated to the tail of the field.
Under green for the last time, Farmer pulled away while Sampson dealt with Hellner’s lapped truck and second-place Hughes.
At the finish, Farmer was the winner by 0.842-second. Hughes was second, holding off Sampson by less than half a truck-length at the stripe. Hellner was shown in fourth, three laps back. Early retirees Jefferson and Bradsher were credited with fifth and sixth, respectively.
• • •

Budweiser Night at the Races Race Results

Saturday, June 23, 2007

LATE MODELS - 100 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (26) Danny Edwards; 100
2. (40) Mark Wertz; 100
3. (06) Dean Shiflett; 100
4. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 100
5. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 100
6. (11) Nick Smith; 100
7. (6) Aaron Adams; 100
8. (8) Jeff Sampson; 100
9. (71) Ron Blackburn; 99
10. (12) Ross Clements; 99
11. (2) Craig Eastep; 99
12. (21) Anthony Warren; 92
13. (1) Greg Burgess; 88
14. (08) Douglas Crigger; 69
15. (38) Kim Forrester; 63
16. (02) Chris Munger; 52
17. (34) Paul DeBolt; 51
18. (72) David Butler; 42
19. (7) Mark Claar; 30
Pole: Danny Edwards - 86.475 mph.

GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (95) Danny Harrell; 40
2. (92) Jason Leftwich; 40
3. (14) Paul Lubno; 40
4. (43) David Gray; 40
5. (23) Bobby Ferebee; 40
6. (77) Carl Livingston; 40
7. (81) Brandon Hinson; 40
8. (4) Matthew Waltz; 40
9. (2) Brian Waters; 40
10. (33) Hank Karwoski; 40
11. (29) Jack Robinson; 40
12. (69) Connie Stanley; 39
13. (6) Roger Bell; 38
14. (84) Brandon Carteret; 38
15. (5) Robert Ellis; 22
16. (1) Bobby Spivey; 18
17. (75) Jeff Driskill; 6
18. (11) Chris Roberts; 4
19. (8) Ricky Derrick; 4
20. (88) Brandon Ray; 3
21. (37) Rich Nichols; 1
22. (24) Gene Smith; 1
23. (12) George VanGuilder; 1
24. (27) Bernie Fairchild; 0
Pole: Jason Leftwich - 78.655 mph.

SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin.Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (5) Craig Firman; 25
2. (10) Robbie Davis; 25
3. (55) Justin Ballo; 25
4. (01) Evan VanLeeuwen; 25
5. (96) John Hollis; 25
6. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
7. (77) John McDonald; 25
8. (19) Bill Wallace; 25
9. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 24
10. (00) Andrew Baker; 14
11. (15) Hugo Belfiore; 1
Pole: Craig Firman - 73.897 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (15) Randy Sample; 25
2. (84) Kevin Alves; 25
3. (14) Dusty Connor; 25
4. (68) Matt Hockaday; 25
5. (28) Jamie Sample; 25
6. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 25
7. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
8. (69) Chris Hildebrand; 25
9. (29) Matt Bond; 25
10. (7) Buck Munger; 25
11. (22) Donald Reynolds III; 25
12. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 25
13. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
14. (11) Jason Aukland; 25
15. (89) Allen Dail; 25
16. (52) Chris Bechtel; 25
17. (27) Joe Reynolds; 25
18. (77) Andy Graham; 25
19. (64) Sara Langley; 25
20. (71) Theresa Butler; 25
21. (6) Wayne Lyon; 24
22. (16) Ryan Leland; 23
23. (2) Michael Waters; 23
Pole: Randy Sample - 70.420 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (9) Michael Farmer; 25
2. (11) Rob Hughes; 25
3. (8) Jeff Sampson; 25
4. (00) Jeffrey Hellner; 22
5. (36) Clyde Jefferson; 9
6. (33) Randy Bradsher; 9
Pole: Jeff Sampson - 81.922 mph.

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