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Race Report for Med Express Night Saturday, May 10, 2008
May 11, 2008 - updated May 11th, 2008 10:32am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, Va --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Starting from the outside of the front row, Rusty Wood grabbed the lead on the opening circuit and showed the way to his first victory of the season in the Med Express 50 for the B&C Seafood Modifieds, the featured event of Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.

Defending division champ Shawn Balluzzo earned the pole position with an 84.845-mph qualifying effort, sharing Row 1 with Wood. Chris Johnson was third-fastest, but, per track rules, he could start no better than eighth as the winner of the year’s first two races. Thomas Stinson and Joe Scarbrough made up Row 2 in the reconstituted lineup, while Danny Baker and Kyle Wood launched from Row 3.
As the race got going, Rusty Wood remained on Balluzzo’s flank until the field reached Turn 2. Rumbling onto the backstretch for the first time, Wood shot out front and brought Scarbrough along with him, dropping Balluzzo to third. Stinson emerged from the shuffle in fourth, followed by Kyle Wood.
By lap 6, Rusty Wood had opened a four-length advantage over Scarbrough, who was under pressure from Balluzzo and Stinson. Wood’s lead vanished on the next lap, though, as the first caution flag waved for Johnson’s spin off Turn 4.
Back under green, Wood again pulled away as Scarbrough, Balluzzo and Stinson resumed their three-way tussle for the runner-up spot.
The second caution flag flew on lap 11 for a five-car pileup in Turn 3. Involved were Toby Davis, Ritchie German, Kerry Gilbert, Michael Leech and Donnie Medlin. Davis, German and Medlin were sidelined by the incident, while Gilbert and Leech were able to continue.
As the race resumed, Scarbrough latched onto Rusty Wood’s bumper in a bid to take over the top spot. Soon, though, Wood began to ease away and Scarbrough fell into Balluzzo’s clutches. On lap 16, Balluzzo ducked under Scarbrough in Turn 2 and snagged the second position as they navigated Turns 3 and 4. The exchange allowed Wood to pad his lead to almost half a straightaway.
Deeper in the field, Johnson was trying to rally. On lap 23, he bypassed both Danny Baker and Kyle Wood to move into the top five. Buster Horne Jr. tagged along with Johnson and grabbed sixth.
At the front, Balluzzo had chopped Wood’s lead down to just a couple car-lengths by lap 31. Behind the lead duo, Stinson swiped third from Scarbrough, but faced a deficit of more than half a straightaway to Wood and Balluzzo.
The third yellow flag appeared on lap 33 when Johnson’s charge toward the front was spoiled by a spin in Turn 3. Setting the lineup, Rusty Wood was the leader, followed by Balluzzo, Stinson, Scarbrough and Horne.
Returning to green, Wood and Balluzzo bolted to a five-length edge over Stinson. Within a handful of laps, Wood had opened a three-length margin on second-place Balluzzo.
As the event neared its conclusion, battles began to shape up back in the pack. On lap 45, Horne scooted around Scarbrough to take fourth. Baker came along with him, dropping Scarbrough from the top five.
Meanwhile, at the head of the field, Balluzzo had drawn to within a car-length of the leader and seemed poised to strike at any moment.
Before Balluzzo had a chance to pull the trigger, however, the fourth yellow flag was displayed as officials detected fluid coming from Cameron Patrick’s #20 machine.
One more lap was completed before caution #5 appeared for Jimmy Kibler’s spin to the infield in Turn 3.
On the ensuing restart, the field stacked up in Turn 4 and Horne and Kyle Wood spun out of the pack, prompting the last of the race’s six yellow flags and setting up a “green-white-checkered” finish.
Under green for the final time, Rusty Wood leaped out to a two-length edge over Balluzzo. The runner-up quickly chopped into the lead and was within a car-length as the white flag flew.
Heading off Turn 2 for the last time, Wood managed to open a little breathing room, pulling out by two lengths over Balluzzo. Balluzzo tried to cut the distance through Turns 3 and 4, but came up a little more than a car-length short at the line as Wood held on for the win.
Stinson tailed Rusty Wood and Balluzzo to the stripe, in third, while Baker and Scarbrough completed the top five. Gilbert was sixth, followed by Horne, Johnson and Kyle Wood. The top nine drivers were on the lead lap. Rob Wells rounded out the top 10, a lap in arrears.

In the evening’s other feature events:

Jammie Goode outdueled defending division champ Paul Lubno down the stretch to post his second win of the young season in a 40-lapper for the Super 8 Motels/B&B Engines Grand Stocks.
Goode was the pole-sitter for the event, at 78.939 mph, and shared the front row with Tommy Sweeney. Jason Leftwich and Robbie Parker lined up third and fourth, followed, in Row 3, by Lubno and Danny Harrell.
While Goode took the early lead, pulling away by five lengths, Lubno was rapidly making his way to the front. He grabbed fourth from Parker on lap 2, picked off Leftwich for third on lap 5 and wrested second from Sweeney on lap 15. Two laps later, the first yellow flag waved, allowing him to close up on Goode’s bumper.
Lubno followed in Goode’s tire tracks until lap 21 when he drove under the leader off Turn 4. He nosed ahead to lead for the first time on lap 22 and cleared Goode in Turn 2 on lap 23. Immediately turning the tables, Goode motored under Lubno in Turn 4. He couldn’t pull off the pass, though, as Lubno regained the clear-cut advantage on lap 24.
The second caution flag flew on lap 28.
Back under green, Goode shadowed Lubno for nearly a lap, then drove under him off Turn 4. Goode eked out a narrow lead at the end of the 29th circuit and cleared Lubno at the entrance to Turn 3 on lap 30.
On lap 32, Lubno went back on the attack, pulling to the inside of Goode off Turn 2 and completing the pass off Turn 4. Returning to Turn 1, though, Goode crossed over to the inside of Lubno. He inched ahead to lead lap 34 and pulled ahead in Turn 1 on lap 36, just ahead of the third, and final, caution flag.
On the last restart, Lubno rode Goode’s bumper until they reached Turn 2. As the leaders spilled onto the backstretch, Goode powered to a two-length advantage.
Over the closing laps, Lubno tried to narrow the gap, but couldn’t overcome Goode, who won by two lengths. Jimmy Adkins was third to the checkers, nipping Sweeney at the line. Leftwich was fifth, just two-tenths of a second behind Adkins and Sweeney.

Daniel Hemric grabbed the lead off the final corner and picked up the win in a special 40-lapper for the Peninsula Hardwood Mulch INEX Legends. Thanks to sponsorship from W.B. Price Construction, Butler Construction, Elizabeth River Lawn & Landscaping and Silva’s Heating & Air, the victory was worth $1,000 to the Kannapolis, N.C., youngster.
Steve Keesee started from the pole, at 78.110 mph, and set the pace for the first 14 circuits. On lap 15, though, an ominous puff of smoke belched from his machine as he hauled the field off into Turn 1.
As Keesee slowed, the yellow flag was out for Joe Hendricks’ problems in Turn 4. Reaching the pit entrance, Keesee made the left-hand turn and exited the event, the victim of a broken rear end.
With Keesee on the sidelines, the lead passed to Jeremy Cook. Longtime Legends standout Clay Hair rode second, followed by Don McLaughlin, Jamie Price and Woody Howard. Hemric, meanwhile, had moved from 15th up to sixth place.
Back under green, Hemric began to pick off the front-runners, one by one. He took fifth from Howard on lap 21, bypassed Price on lap 22 for fourth and snagged third from McLaughlin on lap 24. Within a few laps, he had closed in on the lead duo.
With Hemric growing larger in his mirror, Hair went after Cook on lap 28, driving low in Turn 2. Cook fought off the advance, though. The next time around, Hair skated loose in Turn 1 and Cook pulled away by five lengths as the runner-up gathered his machine.
The last of the race’s four caution flags appeared on lap 31, bunching the field. Cook remained out front, followed by Hair, Hemric, McLaughlin and Price.
As the race resumed, Hair ducked to the inside of Cook into Turn 1, only to be rebuffed as the leaders exited Turn 2. Falling back in line, Hair continued to stalk Cook, while keeping a wary eye on Hemric, who was only a car-length behind.
On lap 37, Hair went after the lead in Turn 2, pulling alongside Cook on the backstretch and completing the pass off Turn 4. Hemric tagged along and picked up the second spot.
On the final lap, Hemric pounced when Hair drifted wide off Turn 4. He drove under Hair off the corner and won the drag race back to the finish line by little more than a tenth of a second. Hair was second, followed by Cook and Howard, who tangled and wrecked as they crossed the stripe. Brad Hancock completed the top five, as less than a second separated first place from fifth.

Robbie Davis was awarded his first victory of the year in the 25-lap Med Express Urgent Care Super Truck feature when the apparent race winner, Charlie Barclay, failed to clear the post-race tech inspection.
Barclay started the event from the pole, at 75.099 mph, and led all the way. At the finish, he was three lengths ahead of Davis, who held down the runner-up spot from beginning to end.
After the race, though, inspectors determined that the driveshaft in Barclay’s #33 truck didn’t conform to the division’s specifications, resulting in his disqualification.
In the amended rundown, Davis was the winner, followed by Tommy Nixon, Debbie Biesecker, Hugo Belfiore and Justin Ballo.

Renno Marchetti IV started on the pole, at 70.472 mph, dodged a bullet just past the halfway mark, then survived a late restart on the way to his first victory in the 25-lap E-Z Auto of Newport News UCAR race.
Marchetti and Allen Dail made up the front row for the start and remained side-by-side until the 30-car field reached Turns 3 and 4 on the opening lap. At that point, Marchetti pulled out front. Glenn Healy Jr., the third-place starter, came along, picking up the second spot. Dusty Connor moved into third, while Dail slipped to fourth.
By lap 5, Marchetti had opened a four-length lead over Healy, who had his hands full with a challenge from Connor. In turn, Connor was feeling from Dail.
On lap 14, Ronnie Devera spun his #74 car in the middle of Turns 3 and 4, right in front of an oncoming Marchetti. Passing through the accident scene, Marchetti caught a glancing blow from Devera, but no harm was done. Healy, however, wasn’t as fortunate, piling into Devera and spelling an early end to the evening for both drivers.
Back under green, Marchetti fashioned a slim edge over Connor, the new second-place runner. Connor held the spot until lap 16 when Dail slipped by. A lap later, Matt Hockaday also scooted around Connor to take over third. The shuffle allowed Marchetti to add a few car-lengths to his advantage.
On lap 20, Dail went wide in Turn 4 and Hockaday capitalized, grabbing the second spot. Marchetti, meanwhile, was cruising with a five-length lead.
The race’s second yellow flag waved on lap 22 when Bill Eaker and Chris Bechtel tangled and spun in Turn 3, just ahead of the leader.
As the race resumed, Marchetti quickly motored to a three-length lead over Hockaday, who had Dail and Connor on his bumper. After only a lap, the third, and final, caution flag flew, giving Marchetti’s pursuers one last shot at overtaking him.
On the final restart, Marchetti manufactured a one-length lead over Hockaday, doubling the edge as the field rolled onto the backstretch. He continued to pull away over the closing laps and won by five lengths.
Hockaday was second to the checkers, followed by Dail, Connor and Randy Prillaman.

Kevin Wagner muscled into the lead in Turn 4 of the last lap and scored his second win in the 30-lap Standard Welding Pro 6 race, the evening’s first event.
Wesley Harris started on the pole, at 80.786 mph, and set the pace for the first 23 laps before giving way to Wagner, who started fourth. D.J. Watson and Casey Sipe also slipped past Harris, dropping him to fourth place. A couple laps later, Harris spun near the start/finish line to bring out the third yellow flag.
On the ensuing restart, Watson and Sipe both got the drop on Wagner, taking over the first and second spots. Another spin by Harris interrupted the proceedings at lap 28.
Back under green, Sipe followed in Watson’s tracks until the last lap. Heading into Turn 1 for the final time, Sipe rooted Watson aside, grabbing the lead and leaving the door open for Wagner. Wagner took advantage of the opportunity and filled the void underneath Watson off Turn 2.
As the lead threesome reached the end of the backstretch, Wagner applied the bumper to Sipe, chasing him up the track. While Sipe fought to maintain control, Wagner dashed past and on to the awaiting checkers.
Sipe managed to hold on for second. Watson was third, followed by J.B. Sipe and Warren Smigo.


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