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Danny Edwards Jr. wins 3rd straight LMSC race; Scarbrough snags Mod checkers ... Race Results
Jun 1, 2008 - updated Jun 1st, 2008 12:03pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, Va --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Larry King, Professional Legal Services Night Race Report Saturday, May 31, 2008

Danny Edwards Jr. moved out front on lap 28 and rolled to his third victory in a row in the Larry King, Professional Legal Services 100 for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the featured event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Nick Smith earned the pole position for the race, qualifying at 88.869 mph. Edwards was second-fastest. Since he’d won the previous two events, though, he had to line up on the outside of Row 4. Taking his place on the front row was his brother, Greg Edwards. K.C. Cunningham and Gary Weeks shared Row 2, followed by Doug Warren and Dean Shiflett in Row 3. C.E. Falk started to the inside of Danny Edwards Jr. in Row 4.
As the race got under way, Greg Edwards remained on Smith’s flank and trailed by only half a car-length at the end of the first circuit. Smith gained the clear-cut edge through Turns 1 and 2 on lap 2 and Greg Edwards settled into second. Cunningham, Weeks and Shiflett ran third through fifth, in that order.
Danny Edwards Jr. emerged from the race-opening shuffle in sixth place. He scooted past Shiflett on lap 5 to take over fifth. By then, however, it looked like the event was shaping up to be a runaway for Smith, who was already up by almost half a straightaway.
The first caution flag flew on lap 10 for Duane Shreeves’ spin in Turn 4.
Back under green, Smith quickly established a two-length advantage over Greg Edwards and began to drive away. Deeper in the field, Danny Edwards Jr. teamed up with Falk to bypass Weeks on lap 13. The two continued their march on lap 19 as Edwards picked off Cunningham for third and Falk grabbed fourth a lap later.
By lap 22, Danny Edwards Jr. had tracked down his brother. He gained the runner-up spot on lap 24 and left the door open for Falk, who took over third on lap 25. Smith, meanwhile, had extended his lead to a full straightaway.
The second yellow flag appeared on lap 27 for Mike Rudy’s spin in Turn 4. The third caution flag followed just one lap later as Shreeves and Jason Rudd tangled at the start/finish line. Trying to avoid the incident, Rick Gdovic got the worst of the exchange as he smacked the inside wall.
During the third caution period, Smith suddenly made the turn onto the pit lane, suffering from reported throttle linkage problems. After service, his crew returned him to the fray, but at the back of the pack. Danny Edwards Jr. was the new leader as the field bunched for a restart.
As the race resumed, Danny Edwards Jr. fashioned a two-length margin over Falk, then began to ease away. By lap 45, he had opened a five-length cushion. Rallying from the rear, Smith moved back into the top 10 on lap 39 and was looking for more.
The fourth yellow flag waved on lap 46 and spelled an end to Smith’s efforts as he and Terry Carroll tangled and spun in Turn 1. He wound up 17th in the final rundown.
On the ensuing restart, Danny Edwards Jr. and Falk broke away in nose-to-tail formation. When they reached the backstretch, Edwards was able to manufacture a little breathing room, only to have Falk quickly narrow the gap. As the race moved past its halfway mark, though, Edwards’ lead began to grow.
The second half of the event was punctuated by three more caution flags — at laps 54, 75 and 88. On each restart, the story was much the same. Falk would stay on Edwards’ bumper until they reached Turn 2, Edwards would pull away off the corner, Falk would try to close, but, as the run progressed, Edwards would extend the margin.
Behind the lead duo, Cunningham was gamely clinging to the third spot. He finally surrendered the spot just after the last restart, then dropped off the pace, parking his car after 93 laps. His 13th-place result was no indication of the strong run he enjoyed for most of the event.
At the finish, Danny Edwards Jr. was the winner by five lengths over C.E. Falk. Wesley Falk, C.E.’s brother, started 16th and steadily worked his way into contention throughout the race, coming away with a third-place finish. Shawn Balluzzo was fourth to the line, while Greg Edwards rounded out the top five.
Jeff Shiflett, Carroll, Weeks, Matt Waltz and Rudy finished in positions 6-10, while Shreeves was 11th, the final driver to complete the entire distance.
In Victory Lane after the race, Danny Edwards Jr. commented on his restart duels with C.E. Falk: “Yeah, he was hanging tough there on those restarts. I knew my car was a little bit loose right off the restart and, as long as he got up to my bumper, it was kinda giving me some trouble, making me a little looser. But, I think he must’ve been a little loose or something. I’m not sure exactly what he was fighting, but, in a couple laps, I could get away from him a little bit and we could settle down and get back in our groove. The car was awesome, I tell ya’ what. That’s three in a row for us. That’s what we came for. Hopefully, we can keep doing it.”
Continuing, Edwards noted Smith’s strength in the early going: “We might have got lucky here. I don’t know. Apparently, Nick Smith had some problems. He had an awesome race car. I don’t know if we could’ve done anything with him or not, but we’re here (in Victory Lane) and we’re gonna enjoy it.”

In the evening’s other feature events:

Joe Scarbrough survived two trips to the back of the pack, moved out front when the leaders wrecked with three laps to go and earned an unlikely victory in the 75-lap feature for the Rolling Thunder Modified tour.
Billy Morris was fastest in afternoon time trials, lapping the .395-mile oval at 85.293 mph. After qualifying, though, series officials shuffled the starting order at the head of the field and Marlin Gunter landed on the pole. A.J. Winstead started on the outside of the front row, while Ronnie Davis and Morris made up Row 2. Shawn Balluzzo and Scarbrough started in Row 3.
As the race got under way, Winstead beat Gunter to Turn 1 to take the lead on the opening lap. Morris moved up to second on lap 4, powering past to the outside of Gunter on the backstretch.
The first caution flag flew as lap 4 was coming to a close. As the field flashed past the start/finish line, Balluzzo and Scarbrough made contact, sending Scarbrough into Gunter, who backed hard into the Turn 1 pit gate. While Gunter retired to the pits, Scarbrough and Balluzzo were directed to the rear of the field.
Back under green, Winstead grabbed a one-length lead over Morris, who quickly closed the gap and began to hound Winstead for the top spot.
On lap 12, Winstead forced his way past Rob Wells’ slower car in Turn 3 and Wells spun, collecting Morris and third-place Davis in the process. Winstead’s car sustained significant cosmetic damage on the right side, but he maintained the lead as the yellow flag fluttered.
Back under way, Winstead forged a three-length lead over new second-place runner Doug Paasch. Within four laps, that margin had swelled to almost half a straightaway as Cameron Patrick and Hunter Slayton nipped at Paasch’s heels. Meanwhile, Scarbrough was on the comeback trail, moving into fourth on lap 20.
On lap 23, Patrick and Scarbrough bypassed Paasch to take over second and third. Caught to the outside, Paasch got freight-trained all the way back to seventh before finding a spot in line. With positions changing hands in his mirror, Winstead enjoyed a half-straightaway lead.
On lap 42, Patrick slipped at the entrance to Turn 1 and Scarbrough pounced, grabbing the second spot. His stay in the runner-up position was short-lived, however, as he was clipped by a lapped car in Turn 4 on lap 43, prompting the third yellow flag and resulting in another retreat to the end of the restart line.
As the race resumed, Winstead pulled away from Patrick by a couple car-lengths and held that comfortable advantage until lap 59. With the leader dealing with traffic, Patrick closed in.
Parked on Winstead’s bumper, Patrick followed in his tire tracks until lap 73 when he shot to the inside off the second corner. Patrick drew even down the backstretch and the lead duo headed into Turns 3 and 4 side by side.
Exiting Turn 4, Patrick and Winstead locked horns and Patrick’s car vaulted over the nose of Winstead’s machine, bringing out the fourth, and final, caution flag. The rough ride sidelined Patrick for the night and he finished ninth. Winstead lined up sixth for the restart, last among the lead-lap cars.
The incident dumped the top spot into the lap of Scarbrough, who had scrambled back into third on lap 63, but trailed the two leaders by a straightaway at the time of the caution. Slayton lined up in second for the last restart, followed by Balluzzo, Aubrey Thurston and Paasch.
Under green for the final time, Scarbrough bolted to a five-length lead, a margin he would maintain to the finish. Behind him, Balluzzo and Thurston ganged up on Slayton, dropping him to fourth.
At the checkers, Scarbrough was the winner by 1.188 seconds over Balluzzo. Thurston was third, followed by Paasch, who slipped by Slayton on the last lap.

In the 40-lap Super 8 Motels/B&B Engines Grand Stock race, Paul Lubno started on the pole and led all the way for his first victory of the season — and, by his count, the 103rd of his Langley career.
Jammie Goode paced the qualifying session, clocking in at 78.434 mph. Since he’d won the previous two races, though, he had to start eighth. Lubno moved up to the pole, followed by Brandon Hinson, Jimmy Adkins, David Gray and Tommy Sweeney.
Already handicapped with the eighth starting spot, Goode made things even more interesting when he rolled off the grid minus the required head-and-neck restraint. He came back to the pits to correct that situation and rejoined the field for the pace laps — now at the back of the lineup.
On the start, Hinson challenged Lubno until they reached Turn 4. Coming back around to complete lap 1, Lubno cleared Hinson to gain the clear-cut advantage.
With Sweeney in his mirror, Hinson held the runner-up spot through lap 24. On that circuit, Sweeney used a lapped car to his benefit and swiped the position. While they battled, Lubno pulled away by over half a straightaway.
Goode, meanwhile, was making steady progress toward the front. He cracked the top five on lap 16 and grabbed fourth on lap 23.
The only caution flag waved on lap 25. Lining up for the restart, a lapped machine separated Lubno and Sweeney, while two more lappers were between third-place Hinson and fourth-place Goode.
Back under green, the top four cars easily cleared the slower machines, dispensing with the traffic before they got to Turn 2. On the backstretch, Lubno opened a three-length gap.
On lap 27, Goode nosed ahead of Hinson for third, clearing him on lap 28. Lubno still led by three lengths, while Goode was four more lengths behind Sweeney.
Things tightened up on lap 35 when the leaders caught up to lapped traffic. Lubno broke into the clear on lap 37, leaving Sweeney and Goode to tussle over the second spot.
On lap 38, Goode poked a fender underneath Sweeney off Turn 4 and snagged the runner-up position as they reached the other end of the frontstretch.
Goode quickly set sail after Lubno, but he simply didn’t have enough laps left to get the job done as Lubno held on to win by a little more than a car-length. Sweeney was third, followed by Hinson and Gray.

Ryan Crites started on the pole, at 77.828 mph, and sailed to his third victory of the season (and second in a row) in the 25-lap Peninsula Hardwood Mulch INEX Legends race, which ran caution-free.
Brad Hancock shared the front row with Crites and held down the runner-up spot from start to finish. At the end, he was 2.545 seconds — over half a straightaway — behind the race winner. Don McLaughlin, Steve Keesee and Jeremy Cook completed the top five.

Jeff Sampson scored his third win in a 25-lapper for the Wolf Contractors Wolf Trucks. He started on the pole, at 84.906 mph, and led all the way.
Nearing the finish, Sampson was cruising along with a half-straightaway advantage over second-place Mark Claar. On the final circuit, though, lapped traffic came into play for the leader. Rather than bulldoze past, Sampson followed as Claar closed in.
At the stripe, Sampson won by two lengths over Claar. Troy Hutcheson was third, followed by George VanGuilder and David Gray. The top five finishers were all Pro Division entries. In the Semi-Pro ranks, Eric Schaffer outdueled Jill Brinson for his third victory.

Casey Sipe bagged his first victory in a 30-lap race for the Standard Welding Pro 6 class. Starting fifth, he took the lead on lap 8 and never looked back.
J.B. Sipe, who started on the pole, at 80.731 mph, and led laps 1-7, finished second. He was more than a full straightaway behind the race winner at the end of the caution-free run.
Warren Smigo, Wesley Harris and Matt Settlage were third, fourth and fifth, respectively, all finishing on the lead lap.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA

Larry King, Professional Legal Services Night Race Results Saturday, May 31, 2008

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

1. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 100
2. (40) C.E. Falk; 100
3. (41) Wesley Falk; 100
4. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 100
5. (27) Greg Edwards; 100
6. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 100
7. (90) Terry Carroll; 100
8. (20) Gary Weeks; 100
9. (4) Matt Waltz; 100
10. (9) Mike Rudy; 100
11. (38) Duane Shreeves; 100
12. (96) Bruce Livingston; 97
13. (61) K.C. Cunningham; 93
14. (15) Doug Warren; 74
15. (12) Ross Clements; 70
16. (55) Mark Wertz; 62
17. (21) Nick Smith; 45
18. (81) Jason Rudd; 30
19. (64) Rick Gdovic; 27
20. (06) Dean Shiflett; 26
21. (34) Anthony Warren; 6
Pole: Smith - 88.869 mph.

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

1. (30) Joe Scarbrough; 75
2. (02) Shawn Balluzzo; 75
3. (21) Aubrey Thurston; 75
4. (2) Doug Paasch; 75
5. (77) Hunter Slayton; 75
6. (99) A.J. Winstead; 75
7. (06) Gary Wheaton Jr.; 73
8. (27) Andy Kemp; 73
9. (20) Cameron Patrick; 72
10. (33) Rob Wells; 71
11. (2x) Larry Penny; 69
12. (9) Tony Ingram; 69
13. (7) Tony Ingram II; 65
14. (55) Billy Morris; 11
15. (14) Ronnie Davis; 11
16. (43) Warren Lipford Jr.; 11
17. (66) Marlin Gunter; 3
Pole: Gunter - invert among Top 6.
Fast Qualifier: Morris - 85.293 mph.

GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl
1. (14) Paul Lubno; 40
2. (36) Jammie Goode; 40
3. (22) Tommy Sweeney; 40
4. (81) Brandon Hinson; 40
5. (43) David Gray; 40
6. (92) Jason Leftwich; 40
7. (95) Danny Harrell; 40
8. (1) Jimmy Adkins; 40
9. (90) Henry Barnes; 40
10. (19) Robbie Parker; 40
11. (28) Billy Fisher; 40
12. (41) Paul Lubno Jr.; 40
13. (84) Brandon Carteret; 40
14. (9) Rodney Boyd; 40
15. (29) Jack Robinson; 37
16. (96) Harold Stanley; 37
17. (69) Connie Stanley; 36
18. (77) Carl Livingston; 29
19. (23) Bobby Ferebee; 24
20. (12) Dalford Briley; 20
21. (20) Kyle Waltz; 14
22. (27) Bernie Fairchild; 0
Pole: Lubno.
Fast Qualifier: Goode - 78.434 mph.
(Since he'd won the previous two races,
Goode had to start 8th.)

INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (00) Ryan Crites; 25
2. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
3. (21) Don McLaughlin; 25
4. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
5. (26) Jeremy Cook; 25
6. (30) Joe Hendricks; 25
7. (08) Jamie Price; 25
8. (83) Casey Wyatt; 25
9. (9) Steve Causey; 25
10. (33) Rette Causey; 25
11. (58) Lee Johnson; 25
12. (16) Chris Peterson; 25
13. (10) Danny Baker; 25
Pole: Crites - 77.828 mph.

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

1. (8) Jeff Sampson (P); 25
2. (7) Mark Claar (P); 25
3. (53) Troy Hutcheson (P); 25
4. (12) George VanGuilder (P); 25
5. (03) David Gray (P); 25
6. (88) Dwight Wolfe (P); 24
7. (34) Justin Breshears (P); 23
8. (3) Eric Schaffer (S); 23
9. (22) Jill Brinson (S); 23
Pole: Sampson - 84.906 mph.
(P) Pro Division
(S) Semi-Pro Division

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

1. (23) Casey Sipe; 30
2. (14) J.B. Sipe; 30
3. (41) Warren Smigo; 30
4. (48) Wesley Harris; 30
5. (7) Matt Settlage; 30
6. (81) Lindsay Bryant; 28
Pole: J.B. Sipe - 80.731 mph.

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