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Scarbrough scores 4th Mod win; Nester nabs 1st Super Street victory
Aug 3, 2008 - updated Aug 3rd, 2008 10:43am
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway -
Hampton Roads Toyota Dealers/ AMF Bowling Kids Night Race Report
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Joe Scarbrough started on the pole and led all the way to post his fourth victory of the season in the Hampton Roads Toyota Dealers 50 for the B&C Seafood Modifieds, the featured event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Scarbrough nabbed the pole with a qualifying lap at 84.673 mph. Chris Johnson was second-quickest, just 17-thousandths of a second behind, and started on the outside of Row 1. Michael Leech and Shawn Balluzzo made up Row 2, while Rusty Wood and Buster Horne Jr. occupied Row 3.
As the race got under way, Scarbrough leaped into the lead. Leech tagged along on the leader’s bumper, taking over second, and Wood moved into third, followed by Johnson and Danny Baker. Balluzzo, meanwhile, skittered out of line as the pack reached Turn 1 for the first time and dropped back in the field.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 3 for debris. It was followed by another on the ensuing restart as Donnie Medlin spun on the frontstretch. One more lap was in the books when Leech and Wood tangled and spun at the end of the backstretch to bring out caution #3. Finally, the fourth caution flag waved on lap 6 for Rob Wells’ spin in Turn 2.
Gathering for a restart, Scarbrough was the leader, followed by Johnson, Baker, Horne and Davis. As unlikely as it seemed, after such a rough beginning, the rest of the race ran caution-free.
Back under green, Scarbrough gained a one-length advantage over Johnson, while Davis moved up to challenge Horne for fourth. He grabbed the spot on lap 7 and opened the door for Balluzzo and Medlin.
On lap 12, Davis was on the move again, bypassing Baker for third. Balluzzo followed on lap 16. With positions changing hands behind them, Scarbrough and Johnson pulled out to a full-straightaway lead at lap 20.
As the event reached its halfway point, Scarbrough enjoyed a three-length lead over Johnson. Coming to the crossed flags, Balluzzo overtook Davis for third. He was more than a straightaway behind the lead duo, however.
Over the second half of the race, Scarbrough’s margin varied from one to three lengths as he and Johnson navigated in and around slower traffic. Deeper in the field, Baker moved past Davis on lap 39 to regain fourth place.
With the laps winding down, Johnson took a run at Scarbrough on lap 48 and the two made contact in Turn 3. Scarbrough brushed off the challenge and drove away, while Johnson scrambled to right his machine off the fourth corner, losing valuable ground in the process.
At the finish, Scarbrough was the winner by 2.420 seconds — better than half a straightaway — over Johnson. Balluzzo was third, more than nine seconds behind the winner. Baker and Davis rounded out the top five.
Wood came home sixth, followed by Leech and Medlin, the final drivers to complete the entire distance. Jimmy Kibler and Greg Burgess were ninth and 10th, respectively, in the finishing order, both two laps back.
In Victory Lane after the race, Scarbrough commented on the rocky start and his duel with Johnson: “Yeah, I don’t know. I guess everybody was a little antsy, trying to get going. But, as it turned out, it looked like we had a long green there, about 30 or 40 laps, towards the end. Chris Johnson, he’s aggressive, but he didn’t turn me around. He tried. I can’t say I wouldn’t have done the same thing in his shoes. It was a good race. He didn’t let me blink. One slip-up and it was all his. Fortunately, no slip-ups.”
In the evening’s other feature events:
In the AMF Bowling 50 for the Bass Pro Shops Super Streets, Ryan Nester took the lead on lap 15 and held on for his first victory of the year.
Randy Akers started on the pole, at 74.748 mph, sharing the front row with Randy Sample. Nester and Jamie Sample started from Row 2, followed by Jessica Wood and Doug Woodyard in Row 3.
On the start, Akers won the drag race into Turn 1 to grab the top spot. Nester moved up to second, while Randy Sample fell in line in third place. By lap 10, Akers had opened a four-length advantage.
The first caution flag flew on lap 14, wiping out Akers’ lead and bunching the field for a restart.
Returning to green, Nester shadowed Akers for a lap, then ducked under the leader on the backstretch on lap 15. Nester nosed ahead at the stripe and cleared Akers through Turns 1 and 2 on lap 16.
At the halfway mark, Nester and Akers were nose-to-tail, up by almost half a straightaway over Jonathan Mullett, who had taken over third place on lap 18. Meanwhile, Dale Parro, who started 12th, made his way into the top five.
The second yellow flag waved on lap 33. Setting the lineup, Nester, Akers and Mullett ran 1-2-3, followed by Jamie Sample and Parro.
As the race resumed, Mullett immediately went after Akers for second, picking up the spot in Turn 4. Jamie Sample and Parro moved in and slipped past Akers on lap 35. Right away, though, Sample dropped off the pace. The shuffling allowed Nester to open a four-length lead.
On lap 41, Parro overhauled Mullett for the runner-up position. Once free of Mullett, Parro began to chase down the leader. Within only four laps, he had drawn to within a single car-length.
Before Parro could muster a bid for the lead, the race was slowed by the third caution flag.
Back under green, Mullett worked past Parro to regain second. Randy Sample was lined up on Mullett’s bumper and was about to take third when caution #4 appeared.
Back under way, Nester and Mullett bolted in nose-to-tail formation, while Sample zeroed in on Parro for third. Their battle was cut short when debris was spotted on the frontstretch on lap 48, bringing out the fifth yellow flag.
On the restart, fifth-place Akers slipped past both Sample and Parro on the backstretch. When the jumble of cars got back to Turn 2 on lap 49, however, Akers spun and collected Sean Calway.
As the sixth, and final, yellow flag fluttered, Akers backed away from the accident scene and pinned the blame for his spin on Jeramie Wood, driving his car into Wood’s driver’s-side door. The action earned Akers a disqualification.
Under green for the last time, Nester quickly fashioned a one-length edge over Mullett, stretching it to two lengths on the back straightaway. He held that margin to the finish, winning by 0.471-second. Mullett tailed Nester to the stripe, in second, followed by Parro, Wood and Randy Sample.
Ryan Crites took the lead on lap 8 and sailed to his fourth win of the year in a 25-lapper for the Peninsula Hardwood Mulch INEX Legends.
Brad Hancock started on the pole, at 78.291 mph, and grabbed the lead as the initial green flag dropped. Jamie Price, who qualified third, moved up to second, followed by Crites, Don McLaughlin and Casey Wyatt.
The race was slowed by two caution flags in the opening laps as fifth-place qualifier Steve Keesee struggled to get going.
Back under green, at lap 5, Crites snagged the runner-up spot from Price and brought McLaughlin and Wyatt along with him. Within a couple laps, Crites had closed in on Hancock and was looking for the lead.
On lap 8, Crites drove underneath Hancock in Turn 2. He drew even down the back straightaway and gained the clear-cut advantage off Turn 4.
At the halfway mark, Crites’ lead stood at just a car-length over Hancock, while nearly half a straightaway separated the front two from third-place McLaughlin.
As the race went on, Crites steadily increased his advantage. By the finish, his winning margin had grown to eight lengths over Hancock. McLaughlin was third to the line, followed by Wyatt and Joe Hendricks.
Robert Rusinyak picked up his second win of the season, leading the E-Z Auto of Newport News UCAR feature from pole to checkers.
Rusinyak set the fast time in qualifying, at 70.764 mph, and shared the front row with Allen Dail. Johnny Pereira and Randy Prillaman made up Row 2, while Renno Marchetti IV clocked in fifth-quickest.
On the start, Rusinyak motored into the lead and left the door open for Pereira, who slipped ahead of Dail for second. On lap 2, Marchetti bypassed both Dail and Pereira to take over the runner-up spot. Dail emerged from the shuffle in third, while Pereira dropped to fourth.
On lap 3, Marchetti and Dail made contact in Turns 3 and 4. As they gathered their machines, Pereira capitalized, moving up to third.
The first caution flag flew on lap 6. Setting the lineup, Rusinyak, Marchetti, Pereira, Greg Pass and Dail made up the top five.
Back under green, Pereira went after Marchetti for second, nabbing the spot on lap 8. Pass tagged along with Pereira and took over third place. The shuffling continued on lap 9 as Matt Hockaday made his way toward the front. Hockaday entered the event on a two-race winning streak, so, by track rules, he had to start eighth.
The second caution flag appeared on lap 10.
As the race resumed, Rusinyak eked out a slim edge over Pereira, while Marchetti, Hockaday and Pass battled for third. Hockaday took the position on lap 13. Dail moved up to join him and they began to close on second-place Pereira.
Hockaday slipped past Pereira for second on lap 18, while Dail followed a lap later. The swap allowed Rusinyak to pull away by nearly half a straightaway, but Hockaday began to close the gap.
The race’s third yellow flag appeared on what would have been the final lap as Prillaman and his right-front tire parted company off Turn 4, setting up a “green-white-checkered” finish.
Returning to green, Rusinyak quickly manufactured a two-length lead over Hockaday. After just one more lap, though, the fourth caution flag waved. Another two-lap sprint was ordered, sending the event past its scheduled 25-lap distance.
On the final restart, Rusinyak pulled away as Dail took a run at Hockaday for the second position. Dail’s bid afforded Rusinyak all the breathing room he would need as he drove on to a two-length win. Hockaday was second, followed by Dail, Pereira and Marchetti in what turned out to be a 27-lap contest.
Dannie Wyatt took the lead on the final circuit and scored his sixth victory of the year in a caution-free 20-lapper for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts.
Dwain Smith started on the pole, at 61.961 mph, but gave way to Ryan Hudgins on the opening lap. Ron Foxx came out of the opening shuffle in second, followed by Chuck Weeks, Smith and Allen Williams.
Hudgins showed the way until lap 10 when he and Foxx drifted wide off Turn 4, allowing Adam Chalkley to flash past. Dannie Wyatt, David Phelps and Casey Wyatt joined Chalkley, moving into second, third and fourth, respectively.
Just past the halfway mark, Chalkley and Phelps linked up and put some ground between themselves and Dannie Wyatt. Wyatt, though, was soon joined by frequent drafting partner Spencer Saunders and they began to close on the lead duo.
Wyatt slipped into the second position on lap 16. Nearing the finish, the front four — Chalkley, Wyatt, Phelps and Spencer — were nose-to-tail.
On the final lap, Wyatt broke out of line off Turn 2 and, with Phelps and Saunders in tow, easily overwhelmed Chalkley on the backstretch.
At the finish, Dannie Wyatt was the winner by one kart-length over Phelps, who held off Saunders by inches for second. Chalkley was fourth to the line, while Casey Wyatt completed the top five.
Thanks to bonus money posted by CBX Modular Homes, the win was worth $250 for Wyatt. Phelps picked up $150 for his second-place run, while Saunders collected $100 for third.
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway
Hampton Roads Toyota Dealers/ AMF Bowling Kids Night Race Results Saturday, August 2, 2008
B&C SEAFOOD MODIFIEDS - 50 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (93) Joe Scarbrough; 50
2. (36) Chris Johnson; 50
3. (57) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
4. (21) Danny Baker; 50
5. (14) Ronnie Davis; 50
6. (69) Rusty Wood; 50
7. (5) Michael Leech; 50
8. (34) Donnie Medlin; 50
9. (65) Jimmy Kibler; 48
10. (23) Greg Burgess; 48
11. (27) Andy Kemp; 47
12. (9) Buster Horne Jr.; 19
13. (33) Rob Wells; 5
14. (20) Cameron Patrick; 3
Pole: Scarbrough - 84.673 mph.
BASS PRO SHOPS
SUPER STREETS - 50 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (51) Ryan Nester; 50
2. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 50
3. (15) Dale Parro; 50
4. (02) Jeramie Wood; 50
5. (24) Randy Sample; 50
6. (3) Jessica Wood; 50
7. (81) Jeff Shannon; 50
8. (2) Rod Busitzky; 50
9. (58) Doug Woodyard; 50
10. (09) Harry VanGuilder; 50
11. (03) Jerry LaMontagne; 50
12. (12) Sean Calway; 48
13. (5) Gene Greubel; 47
14. (14) Larry Venable; 42
15. (28) Jamie Sample; 40
16. (39) Garrett Willcox; 40
17. (44) Allen Everett; 31
DQ (21) Randy Akers; 48
Pole: Akers - 74.748 mph.
PENINSULA HARDWOOD MULCH
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. (83) Casey Wyatt; 25
5. (30) Joe Hendricks; 25
6. (08) Jamie Price; 25
7. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
8. (58) Lee Johnson; 25
9. (16) Chris Peterson; 24
10. (9) Steve Causey; 19
11. (31) Erik Hall; 0
Pole: Hancock - 78.291 mph.
E-Z AUTO OF NEWPORT NEWS
UCARS - 27* laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 27
2. (68) Matt Hockaday; 27
3. (89) Allen Dail; 27
4. (1) Johnny Pereira; 27
5. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 27
6. (25) Robbie Salas; 27
7. (14) Dusty Connor; 27
8. (69) Chris Hildebrand; 27
9. (75) Greg Pass; 27
10. (57) Ben Zoellner; 27
11. (11) Jason Aukland; 27
12. (2) Michael Waters; 27
13. (3) John Reardon; 27
14. (20) Mike Joyner; 27
15. (77) Andy Graham; 27
16. (4) Glenn Healy Jr.; 27
17. (42) John Gonsalves; 27
18. (19) Caitlin Antes; 26
19. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
20. (26) Randy Prillaman; 24
21. (80) Adam Florian; 24
22. (82) Sammy Gaita; 5
Pole: Rusinyak - 70.764 mph.
* Due to a late caution flag, the
race was extended beyond the
scheduled 25-lap distance to
provide a green-flag finish.
RHONNDA CLAIBORNE, REALTOR
HRKC PRO WINGED CHAMP KARTS - 20 laps
Fin. Pos. (Kart #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Dannie Wyatt; 20
2. (46) David Phelps; 20
3. (1) Spencer Saunders; 20
4. (25) Adam Chalkley; 20
5. (07) Casey Wyatt; 20
6. (81) Jeremy Grogg; 20
7. (99) Chris O'Brien; 20
8. (4) Mike Dayton; 20
9. (52) Phillip Clarke; 20
10. (9) Eddie Mitchell; 20
11. (55) Ron Foxx; 20
12. (31) Chuck Weeks; 20
13. (33) Dwain Smith; 20
14. (27) Rob Cotic; 20
15. (29) Ryan Hudgins; 19
16. (17) Clif Savage; 19
17. (80) Jake Harberts; 19
18. (2) Allen Williams; 16
19. (00) Bill Dailey; 16
20. (23) Greg Burgess; 9
21. (12) Lee Banks; 2
Pole: Smith - 61.961 mph.
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