Langley Speedway News
Danny Edwards Jr. takes Casey 100, becomes first 2-time LMSC winner
May 18, 2008 - updated May 18th, 2008 12:14pm
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Hampton, Va --
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Armed Forces Night presented by Casey Auto Group Race Report Saturday, May 17, 2008
Danny Edwards Jr. took the lead for good on the 68th circuit and rolled to his second consecutive victory in the Casey Auto Group 100 for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the headliner of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Nick Smith topped the speed chart in qualifying for the event, lapping the .395-mile oval at 89.064 mph. He shared the front row with Greg Edwards. Danny Edwards Jr. and C.E. Falk launched from Row 2, while Doug Godsey and Dude Gibbs were in Row 3. A season-high 28 cars made up the starting grid.
After a yellow flag on the opening lap, the race got under way and Smith took the early lead. Greg Edwards settled into second, followed by Danny Edwards Jr., Falk and Godsey. Within just a few laps, Smith had already opened a four-car-length edge.
The second caution flag appeared on lap 5 for Dave Jones’ spin in the middle of Turns 1 and 2.
Back under green, Smith quickly forged a slim edge over Greg Edwards, stretching it to two lengths as the field rumbled onto the backstretch.
On lap 8, Danny Edwards Jr. slipped under and past his brother in Turns 3 and 4 to gain the runner-up spot. Falk tried to tag along, but Greg Edwards held him off, maintaining third. The shuffle allowed Smith to add to his lead. Falk eventually worked around Greg Edwards for the third spot on lap 18.
The third yellow flag flew on lap 29. Setting the lineup, Smith, Danny Edwards Jr., Falk and Greg Edwards ran first through fourth, followed by two lapped machines, then fifth-place Godsey.
Back under green, the top four took off as Godsey tried to free himself of the slower cars. As the field began to stack up, Godsey went to the high side off Turn 2. At about the same time, sixth-place Anthony Warren had the same idea and swung to the outside of Godsey. Exercising good judgment, Warren backed out of the three-deep situation.
The fourth caution flag waved on lap 32 when seventh-place Doug Warren spun in Turn 3.
As the race resumed, Smith pulled away by a little more than a car-length over Danny Edwards Jr. Edwards, though, quickly narrowed the gap and moved out front for the first time on lap 35. Falk came along with Edwards, taking over second.
Falk pushed his car to the top spot for the first time on lap 41. He slipped under Danny Edwards Jr. off Turn 4 on lap 40 and completed the pass when they reached the end of the frontstretch. At the halfway mark, Falk and the Edwardses were in nose-to-tail formation.
The fifth yellow flag appeared just one lap past the midway point. As the field slowed, Smith, who had fallen from the top 10, headed to the pits. Despite his team’s efforts, he would end up retiring to a 22nd-place finish.
Two more laps were completed before caution flag #6 came out for a three-car tangle in Turns 1 and 2.
Returning to green, Danny Edwards Jr. latched onto Falk’s rear bumper and began to pressure him for the lead. After a couple unsuccessful bids, Edwards finally grabbed the top spot on lap 60. Before that lap was in the books, though, the seventh caution flag was displayed. Scoring reverted to the previous circuit and Falk returned to the lead.
Following caution #8, at lap 64, Danny Edwards Jr. went back on the attack. He tailed Falk until lap 68 when the rear of Falk’s car skated loose at the entrance to Turn 1. Spotting the opening, Edwards ducked low, motored ahead off the second corner and began to ease away.
The ninth caution flag appeared on lap 75.
Back under way, Danny Edwards Jr. fashioned a slim margin over Falk, then extended it when Greg Edwards moved up to challenge Falk for the runner-up spot. On lap 79, Greg Edwards grabbed second through Turns 3 and 4, only to see Falk take it right back in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 80. Meanwhile, Danny Edwards Jr. stretched his lead to almost half a straightaway.
The 10th, and final, yellow flag flew on lap 92.
Under green for the last time, Danny Edwards Jr. jumped out to a two-length lead over Falk. He was able to extend the advantage in the closing circuits and won by 0.776-second — about five lengths. Falk was second, followed by Greg Edwards, Godsey and Anthony Warren.
K.C. Cunningham was sixth to the line, while Mark Wertz, Craig Eastep, Jeff Shiflett and Bruce Stachitas Jr. rounded out the top 10. Positions 11-15 went to Gibbs, Jason Rudd, Shawn Balluzzo, Tyler Green and Terry Carroll — all finishing on the lead lap.
Danny Edwards Jr.’s victory marked the third year in a row that the fourth Late Model race has produced the season’s first repeat winner.
In the evening’s other feature events:
Randy Akers started from the pole and led all 50 laps to post his second straight victory in the Bass Pro Shops Super Street race.
Akers set the pace in time trials with a fast lap at 74.701 mph. Jessica Wood lined up alongside Akers on Row 1. Jeramie Wood and Ryan Nester made up Row 2, followed by Jonathan Mullett and Sean Calway in Row 3.
As the race got under way, Akers pulled ahead of Jessica Wood as the 19-car field reached Turn 1 for the first time. Within a few laps, he had opened a four-length lead over Jessica Wood, while Jeramie Wood had fallen half a straightaway behind.
The first caution flag came out on lap 8 when Dennis Nagle spun on the frontstretch. Setting the running order, Akers was the leader, followed by Jessica and Jeramie Wood, Nester and Calway.
Back under green, Nester poked a fender to the inside of Jeramie Wood in a bid for third. He claimed the spot on lap 9 and left the door open for Calway, Mullett and Dale Parro. After slipping to seventh, Wood halted his fall and began to climb back toward the front.
Meanwhile, at the head of the parade, Jessica Wood had closed to within a car-length of Akers. Continuing to narrow the gap, she was right on the leader’s bumper at the crossed flags.
The race’s only other caution flag appeared on lap 31 when officials spotted fluid leaking from Mullett’s fourth-place machine. He was directed to the pits and called it a night, retiring to a 15th-place finish.
Returning to green, Nester went after Jessica Wood for second, clearing her as the field headed onto the backstretch. Wood tried to return the favor on the following circuit, but slipped in Turn 4, allowing Nester to gain the clear-cut edge. With Jessica Wood and Nester tussling in his mirror, Akers pulled away by four lengths.
Once securely ahead of Jessica Wood, Nester began to chip away at Akers’ advantage. With five laps to go, he had closed to within a car-length.
On the final circuit, Nester tried to cut low off Turn 4, but he couldn’t make the move stick as Akers held on to win by 0.188-second — little more than one length. Jessica Wood was third to the line, followed by Jeramie Wood, who rallied to take fourth. Randy Sample came from 10th on the starting grid to nab fifth place.
Mark Claar took the lead on the 10th circuit and sailed to his first victory of the season in a 25-lapper for the Wolf Contractors Wolf Trucks.
Two-time winner Jeff Sampson was the fastest qualifier, at 87.196 mph. By track rules, though, he could start no better than eighth because of those two straight wins, handing the pole to Randy Bradsher. Claar joined Bradsher on the front row.
At the initial green flag, Claar won the drag race into Turn 1 and took the lead. Bradsher rallied on the second circuit, however, pushing his truck to the front in Turns 3 and 4.
Sampson, meanwhile, had gained a couple spots in the first two laps and rode in sixth. He bypassed Dwight Wolf for fifth on lap 3 and picked off George VanGuilder for fourth on lap 7.
Bradsher held the top spot until lap 10 when he dropped off the pace on the backstretch and headed for the pits. Claar flashed past and inherited a huge lead — better than a full straightaway — over the new second-place runner, Troy Hutcheson.
Sampson snagged second from Hutcheson on lap 12. With Claar long gone, however, he needed the help of a well-timed caution flag to catch up. The yellow flag remained under wraps, though, and Claar won by a whopping 8.267 seconds — nearly half a lap.
Hutcheson was third to the line, followed by VanGuilder and Wolf. The top five finishers were all Pro Division entries. In the Semi-Pro class, Jill Brinson bested Eric Schaffer for top honors. They were sixth and seventh, respectively, in the overall rundown.
Defending series champ David Phelps moved out front on lap 8 and led the rest of the way to pick up his first victory of the season in the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Kart feature. Due to five fuel-sapping caution periods, officials called the event at lap 15 — five short of the scheduled distance.
Dannie Wyatt was the fast qualifier, at 61.982 mph. Since he’d won the season’s first two races, though, he lined up eighth on the 29-kart grid. Dwain Smith was the pole-sitter, sharing the front row with Spencer Saunders. Phelps started third.
As the race got under way, Smith moved into the lead with Phelps and Adam Chalkley in tow. Meanwhile, Saunders drifted back in the pack to pick up Wyatt in the draft.
Smith held the top spot until lap 8 when Phelps, Chalkley and Saunders moved to the high side. With the drafting boost, Phelps inched ahead, just prior to the appearance of the race’s fourth caution flag.
On the restart, second-place Smith and third-place Chalkley tried the outside on Phelps. The move didn’t go as planned, though, and they gave way to Wyatt and Saunders.
By lap 14, Phelps, Wyatt and Saunders had put nearly half a straightaway between themselves and Smith and the margin was growing.
On lap 16, the fifth caution flag waved. With the entire field in danger of running out of fuel, officials halted the race at that point.
In the official rundown, Phelps was the winner, followed by Wyatt and Saunders. Smith was fourth, but failed to clear the post-race inspection. His DQ moved Chalkley up to fourth, while Rette Causey was fifth.
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Armed Forces Night
presented by Casey Auto Group
Saturday, May 17, 2008
CROSSROADS FUEL SERVICE
LATE MODEL STOCK CARS - 100 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 100
2. (40) C.E. Falk; 100
3. (27) Greg Edwards; 100
4. (05) Doug Godsey; 100
5. (34) Anthony Warren; 100
6. (61) K.C. Cunningham; 100
7. (55) Mark Wertz; 100
8. (2) Craig Eastep; 100
9. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 100
10. (45) Bruce Stachitas Jr.; 100
11. (54) Dude Gibbs; 100
12. (81) Jason Rudd; 100
13. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 100
14. (20) Tyler Green; 100
15. (90) Terry Carroll; 100
16. (4) Matt Waltz; 99
17. (97) Matt Midgett; 98
18. (96) Bruce Livingston; 95
19. (9) Mike Rudy; 87
20. (06) Dean Shiflett; 77
21. (7) Mark Claar; 72
22. (21) Nick Smith; 53
23. (6) Aaron Adams; 52
24. (15) Doug Warren; 31
25. (41) Wesley Falk; 30
26. (33) Dave Jones; 22
27. (64) Rick Gdovic; 11
28. (12) Ross Clements; 0
Pole: Smith - 89.064 mph.
BASS PRO SHOPS SUPER STREETS - 50 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (21) Randy Akers; 50
2. (51) Ryan Nester; 50
3. (3) Jessica Wood; 50
4. (02) Jeramie Wood; 50
5. (24) Randy Sample; 50
6. (12) Sean Calway; 50
7. (15) Dale Parro; 50
8. (58) Doug Woodyard; 50
9. (09) Todd VanGuilder; 50
10. (2) Rod Busitzky; 50
11. (14) Larry Venable; 49
12. (39) Garrett Willcox; 49
13. (03) Jerry LaMontagne; 47
14. (5) Gene Greubel; 42
15. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 30
16. (81) Jeff Shannon; 24
17. (9) Paul Phelps; 19
18. (28) Jamie Sample; 7
19. (8) Dennis Nagle; 7
Pole: Akers - 74.701 mph.
WOLF CONTRACTORS WOLF TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (7) Mark Claar (P); 25
2. (8) Jeff Sampson (P); 25
3. (53) Troy Hutcheson (P); 25
4. (12) George VanGuilder (P); 25
5. (03) Dwight Wolf (P); 25
6. (22) Jill Brinson (S); 22
7. (3) Eric Schaffer (S); 22
8. (33) Randy Bradsher (P); 10
Pole: Randy Bradsher.
Fast Qualifier: Sampson - 87.196 mph.
(By track rules, Sampson had to start 8th,
since he'd won the previous two races.)
(P) Pro Division
(S) Semi-Pro Division
RHONNDA CLAIBORNE, REALTOR
HRKC PRO WINGED CHAMP KARTS - 15* laps
Fin. Pos. (Kart #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (46) David Phelps; 15
2. (8) Dannie Wyatt; 15
3. (1) Spencer Saunders; 15
4. (25) Adam Chalkley; 15
5. (3) Rette Causey; 15
6. (31) Chuck Weeks; 15
7. (9) Eddie Mitchell; 15
8. (6) Greg Burgess Jr.; 15
9. (23) Greg Burgess; 15
10. (08) Tommy Sweeney; 15
11. (55) Ron Foxx; 15
12. (88) Tommy Nixon; 15
13. (21) Jason Houck; 15
14. (2) Allen Williams; 15
15. (99) Chris O'Brien; 15
16. (81) Jeremy Grogg; 15
17. (27) Rob Cotic; 15
18. (10) Daniel Millard; 15
19. (89) Jeremy Gervais; 15
20. (80) Jake Harberts; 15
21. (11) Kevin Cooper; 15
22. (82) Chris Grogg; 15
23. (52) Phillip Clarke; 7
24. (07) Casey Wyatt; 6
25. (13) Chris Conley; 6
26. (28) Robert Peach; 4
27. (2) Mark Roberts; 2
28. (18) David Millard; 0
DQ (33) Dwain Smith; 15
(Finished 4th; didn't clear
Fast Qualifier: D. Wyatt - 61.982 mph.
(By track rules, Wyatt had to start 8th,
since he'd won the previous two races.)
* After five caution flags, the race was called
at lap 15, five laps shy of the scheduled distance.