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Langley Speedway

Langley Speedway News
Toyota Championship Saturday Race Report Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007
Oct 7, 2007 - updated Oct 7th, 2007 10:49pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Capping off his championship-winning season with a flourish, Danny Edwards led from pole to checkers and posted his ninth victory of the year 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. Saturday’s race marked the completion of the 2007 points season at the venerable .395-mile oval.
Edwards earned the pole position for the event, touring the course at 86.428 mph. His brother, Greg Edwards, was second-fastest and lined up alongside him on Row 1. Nick Smith, Dean Shiflett and Mark Claar were third, fourth and fifth, in that order, on the grid.
On the start, Danny Edwards immediately bolted into the lead, while Greg Edwards tucked in behind him. Smith, Shiflett and Claar also emerged from the opening shuffle in their original starting spots.
In the opening laps, Shiflett was on the move. He scooted past Smith to gain the third position on lap 4 and rapidly closed in on Greg Edwards for second.
Before that battle could develop further, Smith and Claar tangled in Turn 4 and Smith spun to bring out the first caution flag on lap 10. Both drivers were sent to the back of the pack for the restart as Mark Wertz and Casey Wyatt took their place in the top five.
Back under green, Danny Edwards fashioned a three-length edge over Greg Edwards, who had a mirror-full of Shiflett. Continuing his march toward the front, Shiflett snagged the second spot on lap 13 and left the door open for Wertz and Wyatt, who also slipped by, dropping Greg Edwards to fifth.
On lap 21, Wertz poked a fender to the inside of Shiflett off Turn 2, launching a bid for second. Fourth-place Wyatt had thoughts of making it three-wide on lap 22, but fell back in line as the Wertz/Shiflett duel raged on.
Wertz cleared Shiflett’s #06 machine on lap 24, but immediately came under fire from Wyatt, who finally gained the upper hand off Turn 4 on lap 27. With his pursuers battling among themselves, Danny Edwards widened his lead to a full straightaway.
Edwards’ sizable margin vanished on lap 48 when Smith apparently fell victim to tire problems, ending up against the Turn 1 wall. Setting the lineup, Danny Edwards was the leader, followed by Wyatt, Wertz, Greg Edwards and Shiflett.
On the restart, Danny Edwards motored out to a two-length edge, then began to ease away from Wyatt. Meanwhile, Shiflett regained fourth place from Greg Edwards and set out after Wertz.
On lap 64, Shiflett went after Wertz for the third spot, ducking to his inside in Turn 2. The duo were door-to-door for the better part of the final 12 circuits.
At the front, Danny Edwards had things well in hand, holding to a 4-5 car-length advantage over Wyatt. His final margin of victory was 0.728-second over Wyatt, who turned in the best run of his limited ‘07 season.
Wertz was third to the stripe, nipping Shiflett by 34-thousandths of a second – about a foot. Greg Edwards rounded out the top five. Dean’s brother, Jeff Shiflett, was sixth, followed by Shawn Balluzzo, Craig Eastep and Mark Claar, the final drivers on the lead lap. Jeff Sampson was 10th, a lap down.
In Victory Lane after the race, as Danny Edwards basked in the championship glow, he commented on his team’s struggles to adjust to the new American Racer brand tires, which came into use at mid-season — struggles that were finally rewarded with wins in the last two races: “It’s come full circle here. We started out the season strong and had a good season going, then we made that change. But what made the difference was the guys on this team. They never quit. We were having to do a lot of experimenting and trying different setups every week, trying to find something that would work for us. It seemed like some of our competitors, their setups were a little closer for these tires than ours were. So, we made a lot of big changes and finally settled on something that we feel pretty comfortable with right now. It was a good run tonight.”
In the final division standings, pending official verification, Danny Edwards ended up with 1,140 points, 38 more than runner-up Wertz. The title is the fourth one for Edwards in Langley’s Late Model class.

In the evening’s other feature events:

Bobby Spivey took the lead on the 23rd circuit and rolled to his second straight win in the 40-lap season-ender for the Dunkum’s Machine Shop/Super 8 Motels Grand Stocks.
David Gray was the pole-sitter for the event, qualifying at 78.360 mph. Spivey started on the outside of the front row and remained on Gray’s flank until they reached Turn 4 on the first lap. At that point, Gray pulled ahead to gain the early lead.
On the second lap, Brandon Hinson slipped around Spivey to take over the runner-up spot. Spivey was in the process of returning the favor when the race’s only caution flag flew on lap 4. Scoring reverted to lap 3, so Gray, Hinson and Spivey were 1-2-3 for the restart.
Returning to green, Gray opened a two-length edge over Hinson, who had Spivey right on his rear bumper. On lap 6, Spivey ducked under Hinson in Turn 4. They raced side-by-side for a lap with Spivey nosing ahead at the end of lap 7. He cleared Hinson on lap 8 and brought Chris Roberts along with him.
Closing in on the halfway mark, Spivey had gobbled up Gray’s four-length advantage and was beginning to hunt for an chance at the top spot.
Spivey created that chance on lap 23, muscling to the inside of Gray in Turn 2 and grabbing the lead off the corner. Three laps later, Roberts caught Gray in traffic and snagged the second spot.
At the finish, Spivey was the winner by 2.400 seconds — half a straightaway – over Roberts. Gray was third, followed by Hinson and Paul Lubno.
In the championship standings, pending verification, Lubno claimed the ‘07 Grand Stock crown by 48 points, 532-484, over Danny Harrell, who finished seventh on Saturday night.

To have any shot at overtaking Shawn Balluzzo for the B&C Seafood Modified title, Joe Scarbrough needed to turn in a good run in Saturday night’s 50-lapper and hope for some misfortune to befall the points leader.
Scarbrough did all he could do, leading all the way from the pole to capture his fourth victory of the season in dominating fashion. Unfortunately for him, though, Balluzzo also held up his end of the bargain, finishing second to secure his second straight Mod championship.
Balluzzo was actually the fastest qualifier for the race, at 85.099 mph. Since he’d won the previous two events, though, track rules dictated that he start no better than eighth. Hoping to avoid trouble in the early going, Balluzzo opted to drop all the way to the back of the 13-car field.
The strategy nearly backfired on Balluzzo as he narrowly avoided incidents on laps 1 and 10. He did make it through, however, and soon found himself in the third spot.
On lap 14, Balluzzo bypassed Chris Johnson to take over second place. That move was negated, though, when the last of the race’s four caution flags appeared.
Back under green, Scarbrough opened a two-length advantage over Johnson and Balluzzo, then began to pour it on. By the halfway mark, his lead had swelled to almost a full straightaway.
Balluzzo took a run at Johnson for the second position on lap 31, only to find a slower car in his path. Falling back in line, Balluzzo seemed content to just hang onto the third spot. At the front, meanwhile, Scarbrough was on cruise control, up by over a full straightaway.
Nearing the end, attrition finally whittled the field down to a point where Balluzzo was assured of the title. Secure in that knowledge, he mounted another charge at Johnson and, this time, it paid off as he motored into second place on lap 43.
At the finish, Scarbrough was the winner by a whopping 7.095 seconds. Balluzzo, Johnson, Rusty Wood and Buster Horne Jr. completed the top five.
In the final points tally, pending verification, Balluzzo wound up with 476, 18 more than Scarbrough. Wood was third, just edging out Bubba Farmer, who was sidelined in a scary-looking tangle with Henry Jones and Danny Baker on lap 10.

John Hollis scored his first win of the season in the 25-lap finale for the Cook’s Moving Service Super Trucks. He started third and took the lead on lap 18.
Tommy Nixon was the fast qualifier, at 73.686 mph. As the winner of the two previous races, though, he had to start eighth, handing the pole to Super Street standout Tommy Sweeney.
Sweeney paced the first seven circuits. Hollis moved into second on lap 2 and held that position until lap 3 when he drifted wide in Turn 4 and gave way to teammates Robbie Davis and Evan VanLeeuwen.
On lap 8, Davis worked past Sweeney to take the lead, bringing VanLeeuwen and Hollis along with him and kicking Sweeney back to fourth.
Hollis grabbed second from VanLeeuwen on lap 12 and set sail after the leader, tracking him down on lap 16.
After shadowing Davis for a couple circuits, Hollis went after the lead on lap 17, ducking under Davis in Turn 4. He cleared Davis’ truck through Turns 1 and 2 on the following lap.
Deeper in the field, Nixon was steadily creeping into contention. He took third from VanLeeuwen on lap 21. Working the next lap, a slower truck momentarily stymied Davis and Nixon took advantage, slipping past for second. VanLeeuwen tagged along, dropping Davis to fourth.
All the shuffling allowed Hollis to extend his lead to nearly half a straightaway. Without a yellow flag, it proved to be too great a distance for Nixon to make up in the remaining laps.
At the finish, Hollis was the winner by 1.264 seconds over Nixon. VanLeeuwen was third, followed by Davis and Sweeney.
Craig Firman only needed to start the event to wrap up the series title. He did just that, completing four laps, then pulling into the pits. In the final standings, pending verification, he bested VanLeeuwen by 18 points, 500-482.

Dusty Connor assumed the lead on lap 21 and picked up his first win in a 25-lapper for the E-Z Auto Rental UCARs.
Randy Prillaman started on the pole, at 70.253 mph, but gave way to Randy Sample on the opening lap/
While Sample showed the way, Prillaman hung onto the runner-up spot until lap 18 when he skated sideways in the middle of Turn 1 and 2 and was bypassed by Matt Hockaday and Connor. The shuffle allowed Sample to widen his margin to nearly half a straightaway.
The fourth caution flag waved on lap 19, bunching the field.
Two laps after the restart, Hockaday punted Sample aside in Turn 4 and caution #5 was flying. As the field circulated under the yellow, Sample waited on Hockaday to pass, then delivered a hard shot to his rear bumper. Hockaday was sent to the back of the pack, while Sample earned an early exit from the festivities.
With Hockaday at the rear and Sample parked, the lead passed to Connor. Jamie Sample, Randy’s brother and another two-in-a-row winner who had to start eighth, was the new runner-up.
Before another lap could be completed, the sixth, and final, yellow flag appeared for a two-car tangle on the backstretch. Officials ordered a “green-white-checkered” sprint to the finish.
On the final restart, Connor bolted from the pack, opening a lead of almost three lengths. Jamie Sample reeled him in, though.
Heading for the checkers, Sample took a look to the inside of Connor in Turn 4. His car skittered loose, however, giving Connor all the breathing room he would need to make it back to the flagstand.
At the stripe, Connor was the winner by 0.576-second — about two lengths — over Jamie Sample. Chris Hildebrand, Allen Dail and Renno Marchetti IV tailed the lead duo to the line.
Kevin Alves, who clinched the points championship in the Sept. 29 race, sat out Saturday’s event, perhaps saving his car for next Saturday’s Virginia State UCAR Championship. He is the defending winner of that race. His final margin in the standings, pending official verification, was 18 over Jamie Sample, 622-604.

Jeff Sampson set a new division record in qualifying for the 25-lap Wolf Contractors Wolf Truck feature — 83.265 mph. He backed it up by coming from eighth on the grid to score his 10th win of the year and clinch the division title.
While Sampson, the winner of the last two races, retreated to the outside of Row 4, Randy Bradsher moved into the pole slot for the start and proceeded to lead the first 23 circuits.
Sampson, meanwhile, took over second place on lap 8. At the crossed flags, he had caught up to Bradsher and was looking for a high side pass.
With Sampson hounding him, Bradsher spun in Turn 3 on lap 24, bringing out the second yellow flag and turning over the lead to Sampson.
The race was interrupted by one more yellow flag, setting up a “green-white-checkered” faceoff between Sampson and Rob Hughes.
Under green for the last time, Sampson opened a two-length lead, extending it to four lengths by the finish. His official margin of victory was 0.911-second. Hughes was second, followed by Michael Farmer, ‘06 champ Jill Brinson and Eric Schaffer.
In the points rundown, pending verification, Sampson claimed the ‘07 Wolf Truck title by 36 over Bradsher, 684-648.
• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA

Toyota Championship Saturday Race Results Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007

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

1. (26) Danny Edwards; 75
2. (29) Casey Wyatt; 75
3. (40) Mark Wertz; 75
4. (06) Dean Shiflett; 75
5. (27) Greg Edwards; 75
6. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 75
7. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 75
8. (2) Craig Eastep; 75
9. (7) Mark Claar; 75
10. (8) Jeff Sampson; 74
11. (38) Kim Forrester; 73
12. (72) David Butler; 72
13. (21) Nick Smith; 46
14. (18) D.J. Valente; 45
Pole: D. Edwards - 86.428 mph.

GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (1) Bobby Spivey; 40
2. (11) Chris Roberts; 40
3. (43) David Gray; 40
4. (81) Brandon Hinson; 40
5. (14) Paul Lubno; 40
6. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
7. (95) Danny Harrell; 40
8. (4) Matthew Waltz; 40
9. (01) Ron Hester; 40
10. (23) Bobby Ferebee; 40
11. (5) Robert Ellis; 40
12. (84) Brandon Carteret; 39
13. (24) Gene Smith; 39
14. (12) George VanGuilder; 39
15. (27) Bernie Fairchild; 39
16. (75) Jeff Driskill; 39
17. (69) Connie Stanley; 37
18. (03) Brian Myslivy; 37
19. (2) Brian Waters; 33
20. (77) Carl Livingston; 19
21. (33) Hank Karwoski; 18
22. (29) Jack Robinson; 18
23. (19) Robbie Parker; 3
24. (92) Jason Leftwich; 3
Pole: Gray - 78.360 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (30) Joe Scarbrough; 50
2. (57) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
3. (36) Chris Johnson; 50
4. (69) Rusty Wood; 50
5. (6) Buster Horne Jr.; 50
6. (39) Toby Davis; 49
7. (65) Jimmy Kibler; 49
8. (22) Scott Waters; 48
9. (33) Rob Wells; 47
10. (5) Michael Leech; 34
11. (11) Bubba Farmer; 9
12. (02) Henry Jones; 9
13. (0) Danny Baker; 9
Pole: Scarbrough.
Fast Qualifier: Shawn Balluzzo - 85.099 mph.
As winner of the previous two races,
Balluzzo had to start 8th.

SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (96) John Hollis; 25
2. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
3. (01) Evan VanLeeuwen; 25
4. (10) Robbie Davis; 25
5. (18) Tommy Sweeney; 25
6. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
7. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 25
8. (77) John McDonald; 25
9. (7) Lloyd Holbrook; 24
10. (00) Andrew Baker; 23
11. (5) Craig Firman; 4
Pole: Sweeney.
Fast Qualifier: Nixon - 73.686 mph.
As winner of the previous two races,
Nixon had to start 8th.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (14) Dusty Connor; 25
2. (28) Jamie Sample*; 25
3. (69) Chris Hildebrand; 25
4. (89) Allen Dail; 25
5. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 25
6. (23) Jonathan Mullett; 25
7. (29) Matt Bond; 25
8. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
9. (20) Mike Joyner; 25
10. (68) Matt Hockaday; 25
11. (52) Chris Bechtel; 25
12. (11) Jason Aukland; 25
13. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
14. (64) Sara Langley; 25
15. (22) Donald Reynolds III; 25
16. (2) Michael Waters; 24
17. (04) Douglas Patrick; 24
18. (13) Kristen Craner; 20
19. (15) Randy Sample; 19
20. (3) John Reardon; 18
21. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 17
22. (77) Andy Graham; 9
23. (16) Ryan Leland; 9
24. (4) Glenn Healy Jr.; 2
25. (27) Joe Reynolds; 0
Pole: Prillaman - 70.253 mph.
*J. Sample qualified second-fastest.
As the winner of the two previous
races, he had to start 8th.

WOLF TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Jeff Sampson; 25
2. (11) Rob Hughes; 25
3. (9) Michael Farmer; 25
4. (22) Jill Brinson; 24
5. (3) Eric Schaffer; 23
6. (00) Jeff Hellner; 23
7. (33) Randy Bradsher; 23
DQ (17) Matt Carter; 1
(Used unapproved tires.)
Pole: Bradsher.
Fast Qualifier: Sampson - 83.265 mph.
As winner of the previous two races,
Sampson had to start 8th.

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