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Smith overcomes early setback to capture Toyota 100
Apr 13, 2008 - updated Apr 13th, 2008 11:32am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway -

Toyota Night presented by the Hampton Roads Toyota Dealers Assoc.

Race Recap

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Nick Smith rebounded from an early-race mishap, took the lead on lap 69 and rolled to an impressive victory in the Hampton Roads Toyota Dealers 100 for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the featured event of Saturday evening's 2008 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season opener at Langley Speedway.
Defending track champion Danny Edwards Jr. earned the pole, qualifying at 87.734 mph. He shared the front row with Anthony Warren, while Smith and Greg Edwards made up Row 2.
After a three-car incident on the initial lap, the race got under way with Danny Edwards Jr. taking the early lead. Smith and Greg Edwards quickly advanced to second and third, while Warren dropped to fourth before finding a place in line.
On lap 6, Greg Edwards tried to snag the runner-up spot from Smith, diving low in Turn 4. The two made contact and spun, prompting the second yellow flag. Both drivers went to the back of the pack for the restart.
While Smith and Greg Edwards worked their way back toward the front, Danny Edwards Jr. enjoyed a commanding advantage at the head of the field, stretching his lead to as much as a full straightaway.
On lap 50, Smith made his way around Mark Wertz to regain the second spot. He was still half a straightaway in arrears to the leader, but that margin vanished when the fourth yellow flag waved on lap 65.
Back under green, Smith stalked Danny Edwards Jr. until lap 69 when he ducked under the leader into Turn 3, completing the pass off the fourth corner.
Smith's drive to Victory Lane was delayed by five more caution flags -- at laps 74, 92, 93, 98 and 99. On each restart, Danny Edwards Jr. was able to stay with Smith until they reached Turn 2. At that point, Smith flexed his muscle and began to pull away.
At the finish, Smith was the winner by 0.701-second -- about three lengths -- over Danny Edwards Jr. Greg Edwards was third to the line, while Shawn Balluzzo and Warren rounded out the top five.

Chris Johnson overhauled two-time champ Shawn Balluzzo on lap 49 of the 50-lap B&C Seafood Modified feature and sped on to the win. Joe Scarbrough started on the pole, at 84.502 mph, and paced the first 15 laps. Balluzzo, meanwhile, started on the outside of Row 1, but fell to fourth at the beginning of the event. Balluzzo moved back up to second when Bubba Farmer and Rusty Wood, the second- and third-place runners, locked horns on lap 13. Back under green, Balluzzo wasted little time in going after Scarbrough for the lead, moving out front on lap 16 and bringing Johnson along with him. Johnson shadowed Balluzzo until lap 49 when he drove to the leader's inside in Turns 1 and 2. Johnson cleared Balluzzo off the fourth corner, then held on for one more lap, winning by a single car-length. Balluzzo was the runner-up, followed by Scarbrough, Toby Davis and Wood.

Former UCAR standout Randy Sample made his debut in the Bass Pro Shops Super Street division a successful one. He grabbed the lead from pole starter Randy Akers on lap 34 and showed the way to the checkered flag in the 50-lap feature. Akers set the pace for the first 33 circuits, leading by as much as half a straightaway. Passing the halfway mark, though, Sample began to narrow the gap. By lap 32, he was parked on Akers' rear bumper. On lap 34, Sample poked a fender alongside the leader as they roared into Turn 1. He drew alongside on the backstretch and gained the clear-cut edge off Turn 4. By lap 38, Sample had stretched his margin to three lengths. Heading into the final five laps, however, Akers closed in. On lap 47, Akers slipped to the inside of Sample off Turn 4. He pulled ahead at the entrance to Turn 1. Akers' efforts were for naught, though, as the race's second caution flag flew, negating the pass for the lead. On the final restart, Sample jumped out to a two-length lead. Quickly, Akers gobbled up that deficit and began to apply the pressure. Akers took one last run at Sample as the leaders exited Turn 4 with the checkers in sight. Coming off the corner, however, Akers spun and could only watch as Sample motored on to the victory and the rest of the field streamed past. At the finish, Sample was the winner, followed by Jessica Wood, Larry Venable, Garrett Willcox and Jeremy Wood.

Don McLaughlin moved out front on lap 23, then held off Ryan Crites to bag the victory in the Peninsula Hardwood Mulch INEX Legends feature, which was extended from 25 to 26 laps by a late caution flag. Steve Keesee started on the pole, at 78.663 mph, and paced the first 22 circuits. On lap 23, though, Keesee, under pressure from McLaughlin, spun in Turns 1 and 2, prompting the third of the race's four yellow flags. Back under green, McLaughlin faced a stern challenge from Crites. Crites actually nosed ahead as the field came to the white flag. Just as Crites pulled ahead, though, the final caution flag flew for a two-car incident on the frontstretch. Scoring reverted to the previous lap, putting McLaughlin back at the head of the pack for a "green-white-checkered" sprint to the finish. On the last restart, McLaughlin eked out a slim margin over Crites. Heading for the white flag, Crites bobbled a bit off Turn 4, allowing McLaughlin to open a two-length gap. Crites trimmed that distance in half on the last lap, but came up a car-length short at the end. Jeremy Cook tailed McLaughlin and Crites to the line, in third, followed by Jamie Price and Steve Causey.

Pole-sitter Jeff Sampson wired the field to win the 25-lap opener for the Wolf Contractors Wolf Truck class. Randy Bradsher started alongside Sampson on the front and held down the second spot until lap 11. Working the 11th circuit, Michael Randall spun on the backstretch, just ahead of the lead duo. Sampson ducked low to miss Randall's spinning truck. Bradsher opted for the high side and was collected, eliminating him from the event. Bradsher's premature exit handed second place to Mark Claar. Back under green, Sampson bolted to a half-straightaway advantage as Claar moved past slower traffic. Once in the clear, Claar narrowed Sampson's lead to a single car-length, at lap 21. Over the remaining laps, though, Sampson pulled away, eventually winning by five lengths. George VanGuilder was third to the line as Pro division drivers swept the top three spots. Eric Schaffer was fourth to the stripe, the top-finishing Semi-Pro entry, edging Jill Brinson.

Kevin Wagner started on the pole, at 80.158 mph, and led all the way to pick up the win in a 30-lapper for the Standard Welding Pro 6 division. D.J. Watson, who shared the front row with Wagner, faltered in the opening laps, falling to fourth place. He rallied near the finish, though, and came home in the runner-up spot, four lengths behind the race winner. Wesley Harris, Warren Smigo and Casey Sipe rounded out the top five.

Race Results
Saturday, April 12, 2008


1. Nick Smith
2. Danny Edwards Jr.
3. Greg Edwards
4. Shawn Balluzzo
5. Anthony Warren
6. Dean Shiflett
7. Terry Carroll
8. Jeff Shiflett
9. Craig Eastep
10. Ross Clements
11. Matt Waltz
12. Matt Midgett
13. Rick Gdovic
14. Mark Wertz
15. C.E. Falk
16. Doug Warren
17. Mark Claar
18. Mike Rudy
19. Wesley Falk

Pole: D. Edwards - 87.734 mph.

1. Chris Johnson
2. Shawn Balluzzo
3. Joe Scarbrough
4. Toby Davis
5. Rusty Wood
6. Michael Leech
7. Danny Baker
8. Jimmy Kibler
9. Jason Palmore
10. Dwayne VanTassel
11. Bubba Farmer
12. Kerry Gilbert
13. Buster Horne Jr.
14. Rob Wells

Pole: Scarbrough - 84.502 mph.


1. Randy Sample
2. Jessica Wood
3. Larry Venable
4. Garrett Willcox
5. Jeremy Wood
6. Dale Parro
7. Jeff Shannon
8. Jamie Sample
9. Randy Akers
10. Ryan Nester
11. Dennis Nagle
12. Doug Woodyard
13. Harry VanGuilder
14. Gene Grubel
15. Jonathan Mullett
16. Jason Langley
17. Sean Calway

Pole: Akers - 74.341 mph.


1. Don McLaughlin
2. Ryan Crites
3. Jeremy Cook
4. Jamie Price
5. Steve Causey
6. Steve Keesee
7. Joe Hendricks
8. Brian May
9. Lee Johnson
10. Rette Causey
11. Erik Hall
12. Scott Prillaman
13. Brad Hancock
14. Woody Howard
15. Chris Peterson

Pole: Keesee - 78.663 mph.
* Due to a late caution flag, the race was
extended from 25 to 26 laps to provide a
"green-white-checkered" finish.


1. Jeff Sampson (P)
2. Mark Claar (P)
3. George VanGuilder (P)
4. Eric Schaffer (S)
5. Jill Brinson (S)
6. Jeff Hellner (S)
7. Troy Hutcheson (P)
8. Randy Bradsher (P)
9. Michael Randall (P)

Pole: Sampson - 87.320 mph.
(P) Pro Division
(S) Semi-Pro Division


1. Kevin Wagner
2. D.J. Watson
3. Wesley Harris
4. Warren Smigo
5. Casey Sipe
6. Tim Layne
7. Lindsay Bryant
8. Matt Settledge
9. J.B. Sipe

Pole: Wagner - 80.158 mph.

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