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Danny Edwards posts 6th Late Model win, leads another 1-2-3 Dodge sweep
Jul 1, 2007 - updated Jul 1st, 2007 10:37am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Miss Utility Night Race Report Saturday, June 30, 2007

Points leader Danny Edwards showed the way from start to finish and posted his sixth victory of the season in the Miss Utility 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, lapping the .395-mile oval at 86.834 mph. Mark Wertz was second-fastest and lined up alongside Edwards on the front row. Paul DeBolt and Jeff Sampson made up Row 2, while Dean Shiflett and Greg Edwards started from Row 3.
As the race got going, Wertz stayed on Danny Edwards’ flank until they reached Turn 2. Heading onto the backstretch for the first time, Edwards powered ahead to grab the lead. Wertz settled back into second, followed by DeBolt, Greg Edwards and Sampson.
On lap 16, Greg Edwards edged past DeBolt to take over the third position. By that time, however, the lead duo had driven away by better than half a straightaway.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 39 when Aaron Adams and Dave Butler tangled in Turn 1 and Butler spun. During the ensuing caution period, Mark Claar retired to the pits as thick white smoke belched from his machine.
Caution flag #2 waved soon after the restart as Kim Forrester looped his car in Turn 2. On the next attempt, it was Bobby Spivey going around, also in Turn 2.
Setting the running order, the Dodges of Danny Edwards, Wertz and Greg Edwards made up the top three. They were separated from fourth-place DeBolt by Ross Clements’ lapped car.
Back under green, Danny Edwards and Wertz headed off into Turn 1 in nose-to-tail formation. Exiting the second corner, Edwards was able to open a two-length gap. Deeper in the field, Dean Shiflett cracked the top five on lap 42, slipping past Sampson. Anthony Warren followed Shiflett’s cue and took sixth from Sampson on the following circuit.
Nearing lap 50, Danny Edwards began to ease away from Wertz, who saw Greg Edwards growing larger in his mirror.
Before a tussle for second place could take shape, though, the field was slowed by the third yellow flag, which flew when fifth-place Shiflett tangled with the lapped car of Forrester in Turn 2.
As the race resumed, Danny Edwards managed a two-length advantage, while his brother went back to work on Wertz.
On lap 55, Greg Edwards ducked low off Turn 4 and poked a fender to the inside of Wertz. He pulled even through Turns 1 and 2 on lap 56. His bid for second was interrupted, however, as the fifth, and final, caution flag was displayed for Spivey’s second mishap in the second turn.
Returning to green, Danny Edwards fashioned a comfortable margin over Wertz, who still had his hands full with Greg Edwards. Behind the leaders, Shawn Balluzzo, who gave up the 10th starting spot to visit the pits during the pace laps, was hounding Warren for fifth place.
Greg Edwards launched another challenge for the runner-up spot on lap 62, driving under Wertz off Turn 2. He nosed ahead at the end of lap 63 and cleared Wertz’s car on the backstretch on lap 64. At the same time, Balluzzo bypassed Warren to take over fifth place.
With his pursuers trading positions behind him. Danny Edwards widened his lead to four car-lengths, a margin he would maintain to the finish.
At the checkers, Danny Edwards was the winner by 0.912-second over Greg Edwards. Wertz was third, completing the seventh 1-2-3 Dodge sweep of the season. DeBolt, in a Ford, held off Chevy-driving Balluzzo down the stretch to claim fourth.
Adams was sixth to the line, while Warren, Sampson, Dean Shiflett and Jeff Shiflett completed the top 10. Mitch Sarvis was 11th, the final driver on the lead lap at the end.
In Victory Lane following the event, Danny Edwards saluted his team for providing him with the winning ride: “Awesome car. I tell ya’, the guys that work on this team do a tremendous job, keeping it running all night and making sure nothing falls off or anything happens to it. We’re having a great season. This is a good win right here ‘cause we had a good field tonight. Little brother was here and you know you’ve done good if you can beat him ‘cause he’s gotta be one of the best drivers out here that I know of.”
The start of Saturday night’s race was delayed by several minutes as rescue personnel were dispatched from the infield to tend to a situation in the grandstand area. Asked how he dealt with the delay, Edwards responded, “It’s kind of like any kind of delay, like a rain delay or anything like that. You get psyched up to get the race started and then you’ve gotta stop and just kinda go through your routine again to get it going. But, there was no problem. Everything worked out great for us tonight.”
Greg Edwards, who is splitting his time between Langley and South Boston this season, commented on his runner-up outing: “Danny’s tough, man, and we kinda messed up our qualifying there and had our hands full getting through the field. One time, I thought we had a car that might be able to beat him, but my car went away right at the end. I was real sideways getting in the corner and it was tight in the center, but we came out with a second-place finish and got all the fenders on it, so that’s good.”
Asked about switching back and forth between a Langley Late Model and a SoBo Late Model Stock Car, Edwards noted, “It’s an enjoyment to me. It’s a challenge. There’s a lot of competition at South Boston, but these cars are really just a challenge to drive. We’ve got a lot of horsepower and a little bit of tire and you can’t just flat-foot these things off the corner. They’ll spin all the way down the straightaway. But, it’s a fun car to drive and we have a good time. You have to finesse these cars a lot than you do on a banked track. You can kinda just slam ‘em in the corner and step on the gas there. These things, you’ve gotta drive like you’ve got an egg underneath your gas pedal and be real smooth to try not to spin out.”
For his part, Wertz was philisophical (and a bit poetic) with regard to his third-place finish: “That’s how it goes at the OK Corral. This is Dodge City and, I’ll tell ya’ what, if you ain’t got your gun loaded right, you ain’t on at night. Them two up there, they’re strong. We actually had a good race car. We had a totally different setup. Danny, he’s found something that’s working great for him and he’s able to just maintain his car each week. We’re searching, trying some different things, totally different stuff on the car tonight and it lasted a little longer, but just started getting a little free on me, getting in the corner, late in the race and we finished third.”
With Edwards’ victory, Dodges have now won 11 of 11 Late Model features this season and have led 900 of 900 laps along the way.

In the evening’s other feature events:

Nick Smith took the lead for good on the final circuit and collected his first win of the year in the 25-lap Peninsula Hardwood Mulch INEX Legends race.
Ryan Crites started on the pole, at 78.274 mph, and led the first lap before giving way to Smith, who started third, on lap 2. The first caution flag came out on lap 4, followed by two more on ensuing restarts.
Back under way, Don McLaughlin took aim at Smith and snagged the top spot on lap 5, bringing Crites and Rette Causey along with him and dropping Smith to fourth.
The fourth caution flag appeared on lap 12 and officials began scoring the caution laps. Setting the lineup, McLaughlin was the leader, followed by Crites, Causey, Smith and USAR Hooters Pro Cup standout Woody Howard, making a guest appearance at his old stomping grounds.
As the race resumed, at lap 18, Crites shadowed McLaughlin for a couple laps, then worked past for the lead in Turn 2 on lap 20. The move was negated, however, by the fifth, and final, yellow flag and McLaughlin was returned to the lead.
Under green for the last time, Crites wasted no time in pushing his car back to the front, bypassing McLaughlin along the backstretch just after the restart. Smith and Causey tagged along with Crites as McLaughlin tumbled from first to fourth.
On the white-flag lap, Smith zeroed in on Crites and made the winning pass off Turn 2. At the checkers, Smith was the winner by 0.427-second — about three lengths. McLaughlin was second, trimming Crites by 8-thousandths of a second at the stripe. Howard was fourth and Causey was fifth.

Randy and Jamie Sample may not be quite to the level of the Edwards brothers quite yet, but they certainly took a step in that direction in the 25-lap E-Z Auto Rental UCAR feature as Randy scored his second straight flag-to-flag win and Jamie came home second, his best outing of the season.
After qualifying at 70.226 mph, Randy Sample started the race from the pole position, sharing the front row with points leader Kevin Alves. Jamie Sample, meanwhile, was fifth on the grid.
As the race began, Randy Sample immediately leaped ahead of Alves as the field headed toward Turn 1. Randy Prillaman filled the gap to the inside of Alves and claimed the runner-up spot at the end of lap 1, bringing Jamie Sample along with him.
Coming around to complete lap 2, Jamie Sample ducked under Prillaman off Turn 4 and moved into the runner-up spot on lap 3. At lap 7, Randy Sample held a three-length lead over Jamie Sample, who enjoyed a four-length margin over Prillaman.
Nearing the halfway mark, the leaders ran up on slower traffic. Randy Sample had greater success in navigating around the lapped machines and increased his lead to almost half a straightaway. That edge disappeared on lap 16, though, when the race’s only caution flag flew.
On the restart, a lapped car separated the Samples and Randy took full advantage of the buffer, motoring out to a three-length lead. By the finish, his winning margin had grown to 1.734 seconds over Jamie Sample.
Matt Hockaday was third to the line, holding off Alves in the closing circuits. Dusty Connor rounded out the top five. After contending for the lead in the early going, Prillaman slipped back to a sixth-place finish.

Casey Wyatt took the lead on the final circuit of the 20-lap Kim Jusino, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Kart race and held on to become the series’ first repeat winner in ‘07.
Cory Millard was the fast qualifier, at 60.803 mph, and took the lead on the opening lap. The only caution flag appeared on lap 2.
When the race resumed, Millard’s drafting partner, Dwain Smith, fell off the pace and headed toward the pits, leaving her a sitting duck for Ryan Hudgins and David Phelps, who flashed by on the backstretch.
With Phelps in tow, Hudgins set the pace from lap 2 ‘til lap 19. Meanwhile, Casey Wyatt had hooked up with his brother, Danny, and the two began to climb toward the front.
On lap 17, the Wyatts caught up to Millard, who was working in tandem with Jeffrey Johnson. As the Wyatts motored past, Johnson abandoned Millard and cast his lot with the brothers.
Nearing the finish, what had been as much as a 10-length lead for Hudgins and Phelps had disappeared entirely. As an eight-kart cluster made up the lead pack at the white flag. Coming to the checkers, Casey Wyatt and Hudgins emerged off Turn 4 in a side-by-side tussle for the win.
At the stripe, Casey Wyatt was the winner by 47-thousandths of a second — half a kart-length. Hudgins was second, followed by Johnson, Phelps and Danny Wyatt. The top five finshers were separated by only 0.141-second. Bobby Peach and David Srednicki, who crept into contention at the end, were sixth and seventh, while Millard came home eighth.

Jeff Sampson notched his fifth victory of the year in a 25-lapper for the Wolf Contractors Wolf Trucks. He started on the pole, at 81.710 mph, and led all the way.
Randy Bradsher moved into second place on lap 2 and chased Sampson to the checkers, finishing 1.051 seconds back. Michael Farmer, the previous week’s race winner, was third to the line, followed by Rob Hughes and Jeff Hellner.
Clyde Jefferson was the only retiree from the event. He parked his pickup after he was collected in Hughes and Hellner’s tangle in Turn 1 on lap 12. He was credited with a sixth-place finish.
• • •

Miss Utility Night Race Results Saturday, June 30, 2007

LATE MODELS - 75 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (26) Danny Edwards; 75
2. (27) Greg Edwards; 75
3. (40) Mark Wertz; 75
4. (34) Paul DeBolt; 75
5. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 75
6. (6) Aaron Adams; 75
7. (21) Anthony Warren; 75
8. (8) Jeff Sampson; 75
9. (06) Dean Shiflett; 75
10. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 75
11. (88) Mitch Sarvis; 75
12. (12) Ross Clements; 74
13. (71) Ron Blackburn; 74
14. (67) Bobby Spivey; 65
15. (2) Craig Eastep; 61
16. (08) Douglas Crigger; 60
17. (15) Nick Smith; 56
18. (72) David Butler; 53
19. (38) Kim Forrester; 52
20. (7) Mark Claar; 38
21. (44) Robbie Babb; 35

Pole: Danny Edwards - 86.834 mph.

INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (12) Nick Smith; 25
2. (21) Don McLaughlin; 25
3. (00) Ryan Crites; 25
4. (14) Woody Howard; 25
5. (33) Rette Causey; 25
6. (27) Jeremy Cook; 25
7. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
8. (8) Jamie Price; 25
9. (30) Joe Hendricks; 25
10. (36) Kenny Tellez; 25
11. (16) Chris Peterson; 25
12. (18) R.J. Davis; 24
13. (20) Cameron Patrick; 22
14. (17) Brad Hancock; 11
15. (22) Brian May; 3
16. (9) Steve Causey; 3
17. (25) Dale Blankenship; 3

Pole: Ryan Crites - 78.274 mph.

Fin.Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (15) Randy Sample; 25
2. (28) Jamie Sample; 25
3. (68) Matt Hockaday; 25
4. (84) Kevin Alves; 25
5. (14) Dusty Connor; 25
6. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
7. (69) Chris Hildebrand; 25
8. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 25
9. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
10. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 25
11. (29) Matt Bond; 25
12. (22) Donald Reynolds III; 25
13. (52) Chris Bechtel; 25
14. (27) Joe Reynolds; 25
15. (40) Craig LeBlanc; 24
16. (71) Theresa Butler; 24
17. (64) Sara Langley; 24
18. (77) Andy Graham; 24
19. (16) Ryan Leland; 24
20. (66) Lauren Edgerton; 23
21. (11) Jonathan Mullett; 22
22. (6) Wayne Lyon; 17
23. (89) Allen Dail; 8

Pole: Randy Sample - 70.226 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Kart #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (1) Casey Wyatt; 20
2. (29) Ryan Hudgins; 20
3. (30) Jeffrey Johnson; 20
4. (46) David Phelps; 20
5. (8) Danny Wyatt; 20
6. (28) Bobby Peach; 20
7. (27) David Srednicki; 20
8. (18) Cory Millard; 20
9. (6) Greg Burgess Jr.; 20
10. (23) Greg Burgess; 20
11. (52) Phillip Clarke; 20
12. (25) Adam Chalkley; 20
13. (43) Josh Harris; 20
14. (17) Greg Shaffer; 20
15. (02) David Millard; 20
16. (21) Jason Houck; 20
17. (81) Jeremy Grogg; 19
18. (10) Daniel Millard; 18
19. (33) Dwain Smith; 2
20. (5) Craig Brown; 1

Pole: Cory Millard - 60.803 mph.

WOLF TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (8) Jeff Sampson; 25
2. (33) Randy Bradsher; 25
3. (9) Michael Farmer; 25
4. (11) Rob Hughes; 25
5. (00) Jeff Hellner; 23
6. (26) Clyde Jefferson; 11

Pole: Jeff Sampson - 81.710 mph.

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