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Stinson outduels Balluzzo for Tidewater Tech 50 Mod win
May 25, 2008 - updated May 25th, 2008 12:01pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Tidewater Tech Night Race Report Saturday, May 24, 2008

Thomas Stinson grabbed the lead on the 10th circuit, then held off Shawn Balluzzo down the stretch to pick up the victory in the Tidewater Tech 50 for the B&C Seafood Modifieds, the featured event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Balluzzo, the two-time division champ, was quickest in qualifying for the race, lapping the .395-mile oval at 84.890 mph. He shared the front row with Rusty Wood. Stinson and Joe Scarbrough made up Row 2, followed by Chris Johnson and Danny Baker in Row 3.
As the race got under way, Balluzzo won the drag race into Turn 1 to take the top spot. Stinson filled the opening left by Balluzzo and snagged second place from Wood, who dropped to third.
The first caution flag waved on lap 2 when Ritchie German hit the outside wall in Turn 1, leaving a flaming trail of fluid behind him as he came to a halt.
The ensuing restart went awry when Steve McGuire spun in Turn 3, just as the leaders were receiving the green flag, and the field slowed as caution flag #2 fluttered.
Before another lap could be completed, the third caution flag was unfurled. This time, Curt Curtis lost control at the end of the frontstretch and smacked the outside wall in Turn 1, his car bursting into flames. The race was quickly red-flagged as track officials and rescue personnel attended to Curtis and his car.
After extensive cleanup, the race resumed with Balluzzo joined by Stinson, Wood and Scarbrough in a four-car breakaway at the front.
On lap 9, Stinson took a look to the inside of Balluzzo in Turns 2 and 4, finally working his way alongside the leader as they headed toward Turn 1 to begin lap 10. He drew even with Balluzzo through Turns 1 and 2 and pulled ahead on the back straightaway. Within a handful of laps, Stinson had fashioned a three-length edge.
The fourth caution flag appeared on lap 17 when Kerry Gilbert spun at the start/finish line.
Back under green, Stinson leaped out to a two-length advantage. Through the first and second corners, Balluzzo shut down the distance and the duel for the lead resumed.
Behind the lead duo, Scarbrough moved up to challenge Wood for third. He slipped underneath Wood on lap 25, nosed ahead on lap 26 and cleared Wood’s machine on lap 28, bringing Johnson along with him and kicking Wood back to fifth. The shuffle allowed Stinson and Balluzzo to open a half-straightaway lead over the rest of the field.
The fifth yellow flag was displayed on lap 29 for McGuire’s spin in Turn 2. During the caution period, drivers were notified that, at the next yellow flag, caution laps would be scored.
As the race resumed, Stinson quickly opened a slim edge over Balluzzo, who was getting pressure from Scarbrough and Johnson. Within a couple laps, though, Balluzzo had driven away from that brewing battle.
The sixth yellow flag was displayed on lap 33 for Baker’s spin in Turn 2. Jimmy Kibler and McGuire also spun to avoid Baker, while Rob Wells cut through the infield to evade the accident scene.
The green flag reappeared to begin lap 36 and Stinson eked out a one-car-length margin over Balluzzo. Two lengths separated Balluzzo and third-place Scarbrough. Johnson lagged a few more lengths behind Scarbrough, but was soon right on his bumper.
On lap 41, Johnson, a two-time race winner this season, picked off Scarbrough to take over the third spot. With the exchange, Stinson and Balluzzo pulled away by four car-lengths. Johnson had a head of steam, though, and drew to within striking distance of the leaders by lap 44.
Over the closing circuits, Stinson held an iron grip on the top spot as Balluzzo tried to rally. Johnson, meanwhile, was unable to sustain his charge and dropped back.
At the finish, Stinson was the winner by 0.334-second — a little more than a car-length — over Balluzzo. Johnson was third, while Scarbrough and Wood completed the top five.
Buster Horne Jr. was sixth to the checkers, followed by Cameron Patrick, Baker, Michael Leech and Kibler. Donnie Medlin was 11th, the final driver on the lead lap.
In Victory Lane after the race, Stinson offered a tip of the cap to Balluzzo: “I want to thank Shawn Balluzzo. He’s a heckuva racer. I was looking inside and, evidently, his spotter told him and he gave me room. I appreciate it, Shawn. I come up here to race with these guys, not mess ‘em up in points. If he’d have held me off a little bit, I’d have stayed where I was.”
Noting the “For Sale” sign on his #7 car, Stinson explained, “The guy give us this car and said, ‘Here, run it and I’ll take care of the bills.’ He said, ‘Try to get it up front and sell it for me.’ And, we just done it.”

In the evening’s other feature events:

While race fans worldwide are well acquainted with Danica-mania, the hoopla surrounding Indy-car star Danica Patrick, Jessica Wood did her best to introduce a little “mania” of her own at Langley Speedway on Saturday night.
Launching from third on the grid, Wood took the lead on lap 4 and led the rest of the way for her first victory in a 50-lapper for the Bass Pro Shops Super Streets. By her team’s calculations, the win came in her 100th Langley start.
Randy Akers, who was shooting for his third straight win, set in the pace in time trials for the event, qualifying at 75.314 mph. By track rules, though, his back-to-back wins meant that he had to start from the outside of Row 4.
Randy Sample moved into the pole position with Ryan Nester to his outside. Wood and Sean Calway made up Row 2, while Jamie Sample and Doug Woodyard lined up in Row 3.
As the race got under way, Randy Sample powered out front and brought the inside line along with him. Wood took over second place and Jamie Sample drove underneath Nester in a bid for third. Akers, meanwhile, cracked the top five on lap 3.
Randy Sample showed the way for the first three circuits before giving way to Wood on lap 4. By lap 10, she had driven away by six lengths.
On lap 19, Nester and Akers tracked down Randy Sample and bypassed him on the backstretch, moving up to second and third, respectively. With positions changing hands in her mirror, Wood stretched her margin to better than half a straightaway.
Wood’s sizable advantage disappeared on lap 30 when the race’s only caution flag waved. To her benefit, though, a lapped car separated her from second-place Nester for the restart.
Returning to green, Wood bolted to a four-length lead as Nester navigated past the slower machine. Once in the clear, though, Nester slowly began to reel her in.
With 10 laps to go, Wood’s lead stood at two car-lengths. She managed to hang onto that margin until the final circuit when Nester made one last push for the win.
At the line, Nester’s charge came up a car-length short as Wood held on to win by 0.346-second. Akers was third to the line, followed by Calway and Dale Parro.
After leading in the early going and running up front for most of the race, Randy Sample fell by the wayside in the waning laps, retiring to a 15th-place finish.

Charlie Barclay assumed the lead on lap 13 and paced the field to his second victory of the season in the 25-lap Med Express Urgent Care Super Truck feature.
Barclay started from the pole, at 74.937 mph, but gave way to his front-row colleague, Tommy Nixon, as the event got going. Barclay settled in on Nixon’s bumper, followed by Hugo Belfiore, Bill Wallace and Brad Adams.
The first 13 circuits were interrupted by a pair of yellow flags as Nixon and Barclay continued to hold the top two positions.
Back under green, just before the midway mark, Barclay got a run at Nixon off Turn 2. As they reached the end of the backstretch, Nixon tried to slam the door, but ended up spinning to bring the caution flag back out.
While Nixon retreated to the back of the pack, Barclay moved atop the leaderboard, followed by Belfiore, Wallace, Robbie Davis and Debbie Biesecker.
As the race resumed, Barclay jumped out to a three-truck-length advantage and began to drive away from the field. By lap 16, he had stretched his margin to almost half a straightaway.
At the finish, Barclay was the runaway winner by 3.258 seconds over runner-up Belfiore. Wallace held onto the third position, while Davis was fourth. Nixon rebounded from his mishap to salvage fifth place.

Ryan Crites bypassed a faltering Steve Keesee with half a lap to go and nabbed his second victory of the year in the 25-lap Peninsula Hardwood Mulch INEX Legends race.
Qualifying at 78.581 mph, Keesee claimed his third pole in four events. Crites was second-quickest, followed by Rette Causey, Brad Hancock and Don McLaughlin.
Keesee motored into the lead at the start of the event, pulling ahead of Crites as the field rolled off Turn 2 for the first time. McLaughlin, meanwhile, advanced from fifth to fourth place.
On lap 5, McLaughlin swiped the third spot from Causey. The shuffle allowed Keesee and Crites to open a five-length margin. Little by little, though, McLaughlin closed the gap, creeping into contention. On lap 17, however, he slowed, maintaining third, but losing touch with the lead duo.
Crites continued to stalk Keesee until the final circuit when he ducked low and shot past off the second corner. As Crites sped toward the checkers, it quickly became apparent that Keesee had suffered a mechanical failure as he was overhauled by one car after another.
At the stripe, Crites was the winner by 2.887 seconds over McLaughlin. Hancock was third, while Jamie Price and Causey completed the top five. After leading 24-1/2 laps, Keesee limped home in seventh.

In the evening’s opening event, a 25-lapper for the E-Z Auto of Newport News UCARs, Matt Hockaday led all the way from the pole for his first victory of the season.
Hockaday earned the prime starting spot by qualifying at 69.809 mph. Dusty Connor, Allen Dail, Renno Marchetti IV and jason Aukland followed Hockaday on the speed chart.
On the opening lap, Connor remained on Hockaday’s flank until the field reached Turn 4. Heading off the corner and back toward the start/finish line, Hockaday gained the clear-cut edge. Connor maintained the runner-up spot until lap 3 when Dail grabbed the position.
The first half of the event was slowed by four yellow flags. After the third one, officials began scoring caution laps.
Following the initial shuffle, the running order at the head of the field remained fairly constant for much of the race with Hockaday, Dail, Connor and Marchetti holding the top four spots. Under green, they were nearly inseparable, circling the track in nose-to-tail formation.
On lap 20, Connor decided to shake things up a bit, ducking under Dail off Turn 4. The two went side-by-side until they got to Turn 2 on lap 21. At that point, Connor pulled ahead and left the door open for Marchetti, Robert Rusinyak and Chris Hildebrand.
On lap 23, Connor and Marchetti made contact in Turn 2. Rusinyak sensed an opportunity and drove to the outside of both cars on the backstretch. Connor and Marchetti quickly gathered themselves and pulled ahead, leaving Rusinyak to battle with Hildebrand and Dail.
Over the final two circuits, Connor was able to close in on Hockaday for the lead. He never got close enough to attempt a winning pass, though, as Hockaday won by 0.137-second — a single car-length. Marchetti was third, while Rusinyak came out on top of a three-wide tussle to take fourth, nosing ahead of Hildebrand and Dail off the last corner.
• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway -

Hampton, VA

Tidewater Tech Night Race Results Saturday, May 24, 2008


Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (7) Thomas Stinson; 50
2. (57) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
3. (36) Chris Johnson; 50
4. (30) Joe Scarbrough; 50
5. (69) Rusty Wood; 50
6. (9) Buster Horne Jr.; 50
7. (20) Cameron Patrick; 50
8. (1) Danny Baker; 50
9. (5) Michael Leech; 50
10. (65) Jimmy Kibler; 50
11. (84) Donnie Medlin; 50
12. (88) Kerry Gilbert; 49
13. (33) Rob Wells; 47
14. (26) Steve McGuire; 32
15. (68) Curt Curtis; 1
16. (10) Ritchie German; 1

Pole: Shawn Balluzzo - 84.890 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (3) Jessica Wood; 50
2. (51) Ryan Nester; 50
3. (21) Randy Akers; 50
4. (12) Sean Calway; 50
5. (15) Dale Parro; 50
6. (28) Jamie Sample; 50
7. (58) Doug Woodyard; 50
8. (14) Larry Venable; 50
9. (02) Jeramie Wood; 50
10. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 50
11. (39) Garrett Willcox; 50
12. (44) Allen Everett; 48
13. (2) Rod Busitzky; 43
14. (5) Gene Greubel; 43
15. (24) Randy Sample; 41
16. (81) Jeff Shannon; 11

Pole: Randy Sample.
Fast Qualifier: Randy Akers - 75.314 mph.
(As the winner of the two previous races,
Akers had to start from the 8th spot.)


Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (33) Charlie Barclay; 25
2. (15) Hugo Belfiore; 25
3. (19) Bill Wallace; 25
4. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
5. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
6. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 25
7. (2) Chase McAdams; 25
8. (21) Rick Potter; 25
9. (51) Brad Adams; 13
10. (18) Cory Millard; 12
11. (00) Aaron Baker; 6

Pole: Charlie Barclay - 74.937 mph.


INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (00) Ryan Crites; 25
2. (21) Don McLaughlin; 25
3. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
4. (08) Jamie Price; 25
5. (33) Rette Causey; 25
6. (83) Casey Wyatt; 25
7. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
8. (30) Joe Hendricks; 25
9. (99) Sparky West; 25
10. (16) Chris Peterson; 25
11. (58) Lee Johnson; 25
12. (10) Danny Baker; 24
13. (31) Erik Hall; 23
14. (26) Jeremy Cook; 23

Pole: Steve Keesee - 78.581 mph.


Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (68) Matt Hockaday; 25
2. (14) Dusty Connor; 25
3. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 25
4. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 25
5. (69) Chris Hildebrand; 25
6. (89) Allen Dail; 25
7. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
8. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
9. (20) Mike Joyner; 25
10. (24) Lauren Edgerton; 25
11. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
12. (42) John Gonsalves; 25
13. (1) Johnny Pereira; 25
14. (31) Craig LeBlanc; 25
15. (04) Douglas Patrick; 24
16. (00) Trey Taylor; 23
17. (82) Sammy Gaita; 18
18. (29) Matt Bond; 11
19. (77) Andy Graham; 5
20. (11) Jason Aukland; 4
21. (71) Theresa Butler; 4
22. (7) Chris Spangler; 4
23. (3) John Reardon; 4
24. (34) Thomas Nance; 3
25. (12) Paul Hogge; 2
26. (22) Bill Eaker; 2

Pole: Matt Hockaday - 69.809 mph.

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