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Danny Edwards posts 7th Late Model win on 7/7/07
Jul 8, 2007 - updated Jul 8th, 2007 11:08am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Toyota Night at the Races Race Report Saturday, July 7, 2007

Starting from the outside of Row 4 proved to be only a minor obstacle for Danny Edwards as the veteran racer motored to his seventh victory of the season, and third in a row, in the Hampton Roads Toyota Dealers 75 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 time trials, touring the .395-mile oval at 86.660 mph. By track rules, though, since he’d won the previous two races, he had to line up in the eighth starting spot.
With Edwards dropping back, the pole position passed to his brother, Greg Edwards, who shared the front row with Mark Wertz. New teammates Dean Shiflett and Casey Wyatt made up Row 2, while Jeff Shiflett and Shawn Balluzzo launched from Row 3.
As the race got under way, Wertz remained on Greg Edwards’ flank until they reached Turn 2. Heading onto the backstretch for the first time, Greg Edwards pulled ahead, while Wertz settled in on his bumper. Dean Shiflett grabbed third, while his brother, Jeff, went door-to-door with Wyatt.
Jeff Shiflett cleared Wyatt on lap 2 and left the lane open for Shawn Balluzzo and Danny Edwards to move past. Eventually, Wyatt, making his first Late Model start of the season, tumbled to 10th place before finding a place in line.
On lap 5, Danny Edwards was on the move again, pulling off a high-side pass of Balluzzo through Turns 1 and 2 to pick up the fifth position. Continuing his charge, he bypassed Jeff Shiflett for fourth on lap 15.
At the front, Greg Edwards had fashioned a half-straightaway advantage over Wertz, who was starting to feel some heat from Dean Shiflett. On lap 22, Shiflett slipped by Wertz in Turns 3 and 4, bringing Danny Edwards along with him and dropping Wertz to fourth.
The first caution flag flew on lap 33 when Aaron Adams, Mitch Sarvis, Mark Claar and Jeff Shiflett piled up in Turn 2. The incident sidelined Adams and Sarvis, while Claar and Shiflett were able to continue.
Caution #2 appeared on the ensuing restart as Kim Forrester spun off the second corner.
Back under green, Dean Shiflett was the meat in an Edwards sandwich as the top three headed off into Turn 1 in nose-to-tail formation. On lap 35, Danny Edwards scooted past Shiflett to take over the runner-up spot.
The third caution flag came out on lap 36 as Forrester continued his testy relationship with Turn 2. The fourth yellow flag waved soon after the restart when fifth-place Balluzzo, under pressure from Wyatt, spun in Turn 1. Setting the lineup, Greg and Danny Edwards ran 1-2, followed by Dean Shiflett, Wertz and Wyatt.
As the race resumed, the Edwardses bolted to a three-length edge over Dean Shiflett, whose attention was occupied by a challenge from Wertz.
Coming around to complete lap 39, Danny Edwards initiated a bid for the lead, sliding his front bumper to the inside of Greg Edwards at the start/finish line. Entering Turn 1 on lap 40, Greg Edwards gave his brother plenty of racing room at the bottom of the track and Danny Edwards zipped into the lead.
On lap 43, Wertz skated wide in Turn 2 and lost several car-lengths to Dean Shiflett. He quickly gathered his machine, though, and, soon, he and Shiflett were bumper-to-bumper and gaining on the lead duo.
Wertz moved into third place on lap 51. He ducked under Dean Shiflett in Turn 2, nosed ahead at the stripe and cleared Shiflett’s #06 car off Turn 2 on lap 52. A lap later, the last of the race’s five caution flags waved as Forrester completed the hat trick with his third spin in Turn 2.
Under green for the final time, Danny Edwards pulled away by two car-lengths as Greg Edwards and Wertz dueled for second. Wertz swiped the position on lap 55, only to see Greg Edwards return the favor on lap 57. The shuffle allowed Danny Edwards to increase his edge to four lengths.
Over the remaining circuits, Greg Edwards was able to cut that deficit. At one point, on lap 69, he was within a car-length of the leader as they worked around slower traffic. He never got close enough to set up a winning pass.
At the finish, Danny Edwards was the winner by 0.484-second — about two lengths — over Greg Edwards. Wertz was third, completing the eighth 1-2-3 Dodge sweep of the season. Dean Shiflett was fourth, while Jeff Shiflett rebounded from his mid-race mishap to take fifth.
Wyatt was sixth to the stripe, followed by Balluzzo, Claar and Jeff Sampson. Ron Blackburn was 10th, the final driver to complete the entire distance.
In Victory Lane after the race, Danny Edwards commented on his evening’s work, noting the date: “It was a little tougher. Looks like a lot of these guys are getting a lot faster out here, so... Next week brings a whole new thing with the new tire, so I was glad to get this seventh win on 7/7 of ‘07 right here. I’ve gotta give to these guys that work on this team every week. I tell ya’ what, they give me a great car.”
(Note: Due to availability issues with the current Goodyear tires, the Late Models will be switching over to American Racer tires, formerly known as McCreary.)
Asked about the effects of the VHT treatment that was applied to the track this week, Edwards continued, “I’m still not sure what it did, to be honest with you. It was OK. Everything was fine on my end. It allowed me to move up a little bit, if I needed to, getting in the corner. That was the only thing that I noticed. Might’ve had a little bit more grip, but it was great. This is awesome.”
Runner-up Greg Edwards remarked on the duel with his brother: “I think our cars are about the same. At the end, I might even have been a little bit better. But, everybody was real free out here on this VHT and, soon as he got to my rear bumper, I was really sliding out of control. I let him by, then I did the same thing to him. I got right on his bumper and I thought we had it all planned out, then we got into a run of cautions there. He was able to run by, then Mark was able to jump underneath my bumper and get me loose and I had to fight with him and it let Danny get away. We were catching him at the end, but I just didn’t have the time to get to him. If I could’ve got to his bumper with three or four to go, I think it would’ve gotten really interesting.”
Third-place Wertz opened his post-race remarks with a good-natured dig at Wyatt: “Hey, look. My car’s kinda dull. Oh, yeah, that’s right. It didn’t get waxed tonight.” It was a reference to Wyatt’s promise, from a week ago, that he would “wax” the front-running Dodges.
After the laughter subsided, Wertz talked about his ongoing pursuit of the Edwards brothers: “Eventually, we’re gonna get back up there in Victory Lane. We’re getting faster each week. It’s just that they’re tearing up the fuel, too.”
Commenting on the VHT treatment, Wertz said, “The cars are evenly balanced right now, I think, if the cars are neutral, it doesn’t matter where you go, where you race or what track you’re on, the cars are gonna run good.”
Finishing up, Wertz expressed no trepidation about the impending tire switch: “Those McCrearys, the American Racer tires, are pretty good tires. I’ve got a good friend, Jeff Fultz, who runs Pro Shocks, and I’ve been talking to him and Ted Christopher. They run these tires all over the United States and they’re, probably, next to Goodyear, one of the best tires you can put on a race car.”
With Danny Edwards’ victory, Dodges have now won all 12 Late Model features this season and led all 975 laps. Prior to the race, it was announced that the bounty for the first non-Dodge Late Model winner has grown from $1,000 to $1,300.

In the evening’s other feature events:

Ricky Derrick started on the pole, at 78.438 mph, and led all the way for his second win in the 40-lap Dunkum’s Machine Shop/Super 8 Motels Grand Stock feature, becoming the division’s first repeat winner of the season.
David Gray started alongside Derrick on Row 1 and stayed with a few car-lengths of the leader’s bumper until lap 11 when they began to encounter slower traffic. Derrick had more success in navigating past the lapped machines, breaking into the clear on lap 16 with a half-straightaway advantage.
The field was bunched on lap 22 when the only caution flag appeared. Getting set for the restart, one lapped car separated Derrick and Gray.
Back under green, Derrick took full advantage of the buffer, pulling away by five lengths as Gray worked free of traffic. By the finish, Derrick’s winning margin had grown to better than half a straightaway — 2.566 seconds, to be precise.
Gray was second to the line, holding off a hard-charging Danny Harrell at the stripe. Brandon Hinson was fourth, while Jason Leftwich came out on top of a battle with Paul Lubno to nab fifth.

In the 50-lap Med Express Urgent Care Super Street race, Steve Dill pushed his car to the front on lap 21 and sailed to his second win of the year.
Points leader Tommy Sweeney was the fast qualifier, at 74.591 mph. Like Danny Edwards, though, he came into the event on a two-race winning streak and had to start eighth. Ritchie German started from the pole, flanked by Dill.
German and Dill remained side-by-side as the race got going with German taking the lead by a nose at the end of lap 1. He cleared Dill on lap 2, while third-place Dale Parro moved up to join the tussle. In the meantime, Sweeney took over the fourth spot on lap 7 and began to close in on the lead trio.
On lap 21, Dill launched a bid for the lead, ducking to the inside of German as the leader put a lap on Jeff Shannon. The daring move paid off as Dill took the top spot and brought Parro with him. Two laps later, German regained second place from Parro.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 26 when Parro and Sweeney tangled at the end of the backstretch and smacked the outside wall. Both drivers were able to continue.
More yellow flags flew on laps 27, 36 and 40. At that point, officials began scoring the caution laps. As the field gathered for a green flag, at lap 46, Dill, German, Jessica Wood, Jason Moore and Sweeney made up the top five.
On the final restart, Dill opened a two-car-length lead over German. By the finish, the gap had grown to four lengths as Dill won by 1.177 seconds. Sweeney bypassed Moore and Wood in the closing laps and came home in third. Wood was fourth, matching her best outing of the season.
Dennis Nowak was fifth to the line, but was disqualified when he failed to present his car for the post-race inspection. Moore moved up to fifth in the amended finishing order.

Tommy Nixon led from pole to checkers for his first win in a 25-lapper for the Cook’s Moving Service Super Trucks, putting an end to Craig Firman’s season-opening, five-race unbeaten streak.
Firman was quickest in time trials, at 74.302 mph, but, because of his consecutive wins, he had to start eighth. It marked Firman’s second time on the outside of Row 4. He overcame the poor starting spot to win on May 26.
As the green flag waved, outside pole starter John Hollis grabbed a slight advantage. Motoring through the first and second turns for the first time, however, Nixon powered ahead from the inside groove.
Hollis held the runner-up spot until the halfway point when he gave way to Robbie Davis. Firman, meanwhile, slipped by Evan VanLeeuwen to take over fourth. At the crossed flags, Nixon was up by four lengths.
Nixon managed to keep Davis at an arm’s length until lap 19 when he ran up on a slower truck and was momentarily stymied, allowing Davis to close to within a single truck-length.
On the following circuit, though, Davis bobbled in Turn 2. Nixon pulled away from Davis by three lengths, while third-place Hollis closed in from behind.
At the finish, Nixon was the winner by 0.750-second over Davis, who was followed to the line by Hollis. Beset by handling issues, Firman could make little headway against the top three trucks, ending up in fourth. VanLeeuwen completed the top five in the caution-free event.

Jeff Sampson scored his sixth win in a 25-lap contest for the Wolf Contractors Wolf Trucks. He started on the pole, at 82.258 mph, and led all the way.
Randy Bradsher held down the second spot throughout the race. After falling behind by nearly a full straightaway in the early going, he got some help from a “friendly” caution flag on lap 11, which allowed him to close up on the leader’s rear bumper.
Back under green, Sampson set sail again, building his advantage to half a straightaway. Nearing the finish, though, Bradsher began to narrow the gap.
At the checkers, Sampson was the winner by 0.578-second as Bradsher charge came up a couple truck-lengths short. Despite two spins, Michael Farmer posted a third-place finish, while Jeff Hellner rounded out the field.
• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Toyota Night at the Races
Race Results
Saturday, July 7, 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. (06) Dean Shiflett; 75
5. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 75
6. (29) Casey Wyatt; 75
7. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 75
8. (7) Mark Claar; 75
9. (8) Jeff Sampson; 75
10. (71) Ron Blackburn; 75
11. (08) Douglas Crigger; 74
12. (38) Kim Forrester; 73
13. (12) Ross Clements; 73
14. (2) Craig Eastep; 60
15. (20) Gary Weeks; 51
16. (88) Mitch Sarvis; 32
17. (6) Aaron Adams; 32
18. (67) Bobby Spivey; 21
Pole: G. Edwards.
Fast Qualifier: D. Edwards - 86.660 mph.
(As winner of the previous two races,
Danny Edwards had to start eighth.)

GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
2. (43) David Gray; 40
3. (95) Danny Harrell; 40
4. (81) Brandon Hinson; 40
5. (92) Jason Leftwich; 40
6. (14) Paul Lubno; 40
7. (12) Todd VanGuilder; 40
8. (4) Matthew Waltz; 40
9. (23) Bobby Ferebee; 40
10. (27) Bernie Fairchild; 39
11. (6) Roger Bell; 39
12. (44) Matt Slye; 39
13. (84) Brandon Carteret; 39
14. (71) J.R. Smith; 38
15. (75) Jeff Driskill; 38
16. (33) Hank Karwoski; 38
17. (29) Jack Robinson; 38
18. (77) Carl Livingston; 24
19. (11) Chris Roberts; 21
20. (69) Connie Stanley; 16
21. (24) Gene Smith; 15
22. (5) Robert Ellis; 14
Pole: Derrick - 78.438 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (3) Steve Dill; 50
2. (10) Ritchie German; 50
3. (11) Tommy Sweeney; 50
4. (86) Jessica Wood; 50
5. (5) Jason Moore; 50
6. (15) Dale Parro; 50
7. (21) Randy Akers; 50
8. (54) Jason Langley; 50
9. (58) Doug Woodyard; 50
10. (7) Mike West; 50
11. (81) Jeff Shannon; 49
12. (12) Sean Calway; 49
13. (14) Larry Venable; 49
14. (16) Chris Flowers; 49
15. (91) Paul Phelps; 48
16. (09) Harry VanGuilder; 47
17. (2) Rod Busitzky; 40
18. (03) Jerry LaMontagne; 35
19. (26) Mickey Evans; 25
20. (41) Richard Ellis; 22
21. (05) Will Purhamus; 21
22. (39) Garrett Wilcox; 21
23. (8) Dennis Nagle; 9
DQ (18) Dennis Nowak; 50
(Finished 5th, but was DQ'd when he failed
to report to post-race inspection.)
Pole: German.
Fast Qualifier: Sweeney - 74.591 mph.
(As winner of the previous two races,
Sweeney had to start eighth.)

SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
2. (10) Robbie Davis; 25
3. (96) John Hollis; 25
4. (5) Craig Firman; 25
5. (01) Evan VanLeeuwen; 25
6. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
7. (19) Bill Wallace; 25
8. (55) Justin Ballo; 25
9. (77) John McDonald; 25
10. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 24
Pole: Nixon.
Fast Qualifier: Firman - 74.302 mph.
(As winner of the previous two races,
Firman had to start eighth.)

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. (00) Jeff Hellner; 20
Pole: Sampson - 82.258 mph.

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