Langley Speedway News
SYSCO Night set for this Saturday
Jun 20, 2008 - updated Jun 20th, 2008 12:02am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey
Hampton, VA --
(June 19) - Langley Speedway marks the official beginning of summer this Saturday, June 21, when the track plays host to SYSCO Night at the Races, the 10th event on its 2008 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series calendar. Langley Speedway marks the official beginning of summer this Saturday, June 21, when the track plays host to SYSCO Night at the Races, the 10th event on its 2008 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series calendar.
Saturday's five-race lineup includes: B&C Seafood Modifieds (50 laps); Bass Pro Shops Super Streets (50 laps); Med Express Urgent Care Super Trucks (25 laps); Wolf Contractors Wolf Trucks (25 laps); and, Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts (20 laps).
Gates open at 1 p.m. and afternoon practice rounds run from 2 'til 4. A drivers meeting is slated for 4:15 with time trials to follow at 4:30. Pre-race festivities get under way at 6:55, while the Champ Karts lead off the evening's feature program shortly after 7.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, 6-12. "Little Race Fans" (under 6) are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Military members in uniform are also admitted free. Military members in civvies (active-duty or retired, with ID) and senior citizens (60+, with ID) receive a $2 discount off the regular adult ticket price. "Family Packs," which include two adult and two children's tickets, are $25 - a savings of $5.
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The Speedway will hold its regular, weekly "test and tune" session this evening. Gates open at 5 p.m. and practice begins at 6. Pit admission is $10. There is no charge to watch from the grandstands.
Practice times, usually available after each session at www.langley-speedway.com, will not be posted tonight as the track's computerized timing and scoring system is undergoing maintenance and upgrades.
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The Speedway's "Wild Wacky Wednesdays" program continues on June 25. The popular mid-week event features street cars in 1-on-1 drag races (for one lap around the track), "Time Attacks" (solo runs against the clock) and burnout contests.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the fun gets under way at 7. Tickets are just $5 for adults and kids (6-12). Children under 6 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes for competitors are $15.
The "Wednesday Warriors" will take an evening off on July 2 as the track prepares for a special July 3 program. Instead, July 2 will be an open "test and tune" night.
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Coleman Pressley of Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina has the retained the top spot in this week's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Top 500. The son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series competitor Robert Pressley has scored seven wins in 14 starts.
Among drivers of local interest, C.E. Falk has moved up from eighth to sixth in the latest points tally, while Greg Edwards inched up from 20th to 19th. Other Langley regulars in the standings include: Danny Edwards Jr. (79th), Jeff Shiflett (136th), Shawn Balluzzo (181st), Dean Shiflett (242nd), Mark Wertz (245th), Nick Smith (281st), Terry Carroll (286th), Matt Waltz (296th), Craig Eastep (383rd), Anthony Warren (389th), K.C. Cunningham (426th) and Mike Rudy (467th).
In the Virginia state standings, defending champ Philip Morris of Motor Mile Speedway in Radford continues to lead the way. Greg Edwards and C.E. Falk rank second and third, respectively, and Danny Edwards Jr. has jumped from eighth to fifth. Jeff Shiflett slipped into the rundown this week, in the 10th spot.
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Congratulations to Ed Wallace, who was named Langley's #1 Dad prior to last Saturday's Father's Day Eve program. Ed is the father of Bill Wallace, driver of the #19 Super Truck.
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The Peninsula Hardwood Mulch INEX Legends will grab a big share of the spotlight on Saturday, June 28, when Langley Speedway hosts Old Point National Bank Night at the Races. The division is slated for a special 40-lap/$2,000-to-win feature.
The Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, E-Z Auto of Newport News UCARs, Standard Welding Pro 6s and Virginia Mini Cup Racing Association round out the June 28 lineup.
The Speedway will hold a Legends-only practice session on Friday, June 27, starting at 5 p.m. Pit admission is $10.
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Langley will get an early start on the Independence Day holiday with Miss Utility Night on Thursday, July 3. That evening's schedule features Super 8 Motels/B&B Engines Grand Stocks (75 laps), B&C Seafood Modifieds, Bass Pro Shops Super Streets, E-Z Auto of Newport News UCARs, Wolf Contractors Wolf Trucks and Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts.
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The Hampton Heat 200 Late Model Stock Car race is slated for Saturday, July 12. The winner of that event will pocket $15,000 from a purse of over $40,000.
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With great sadness, the Langley Speedway family mourns the passing of longtime competitor Hank Karwoski of Hampton, on June 17. Karwoski, 42, wheeled the #33 machine in the track's Grand Stock division.
The Long Island, N.Y., native finished 15th in last season's Grand Stock points rundown. He also competed in this year's opener, on April 19, coming home 13th in the 22-car field.
Karwoski, who was a service manager with AAA CarCare of Hampton, is survived by his wife, Beth, and sons, Bryan, Kyle, Crys and Mitch.
The family will receive friends on Friday, June 20, from 6-7:30 p.m., at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home (2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton). The funeral service will be held at Parklawn-Wood on Saturday, June 21, at 11 a.m. with interment to follow at Parklawn Memorial Park.
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A longtime member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Langley Speedway is a .395-mile, slightly-banked oval. The track is located at 11 Dale Lemonds Dr., off North Armistead Ave., in Hampton, Va.
To learn more about Langley Speedway, fans may call the Speedway office at (757) 865-RACE or consult the track's Web site - www.langley-speedway.com.