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Smith posts 3rd Late Model victory
Aug 10, 2008 - updated Aug 10th, 2008 1:14pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

SunTrust Bank Night Race Report Saturday, August 9, 2008

Nick Smith powered into the lead on lap 73 and rolled to his third victory of the season in the caution-free SunTrust Bank 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.
Danny Edwards Jr. nabbed the pole position, qualifying at 88.202 mph. Greg Edwards shared the front row with his brother. Smith lined up on the inside of Row 2, next to Paul DeBolt, while Gary Weeks and C.E. Falk launched from Row 3.

On the start, Danny Edwards Jr. got a big jump on Greg Edwards, who quickly moved down the track to block Smith’s advance. Weeks emerged from the opening shuffle in fourth, followed by DeBolt.
On lap 5, Weeks drifted wide in Turn 1 and gave way to DeBolt and Falk, falling to sixth. The shuffle allowed the Edwardses and Smith to open a half-straightaway advantage. Six laps later, Falk slipped under DeBolt on the backstretch and snagged fourth place off Turn 4.
Greg Edwards pushed his Ford to the front on lap 18. He ducked underneath Danny Edwards Jr. off Turn 2 and pulled ahead as they motored down the back straightaway. Danny fell in line on the new leader’s bumper, while Smith closed to within a couple lengths of the front-running duo.
At the halfway mark, Greg Edwards held a one-car-length edge over Danny Edwards Jr. with Smith lurking two lengths back. Nearly half a straightaway separated the lead trio from fourth-place Falk. The battle at the front tightened even more on lap 67 as the leaders dealt with slower traffic.

On lap 71, Smith spotted an opening in Turn 4 and pulled to the inside of Danny Edwards Jr. He nosed ahead on lap 72 and continued his surge at the beginning of lap 73, driving to the inside of Greg Edwards in Turns 1 and 2. He gained the upper hand at the end of the backstretch and moved atop the leaderboard.
Only a couple circuits after taking the lead, Smith had already opened a two-length gap over Greg Edwards. Meanwhile, Falk was closing in on Danny Edwards Jr. as a tussle for third began to brew.
As the race entered its final 15 laps, Greg Edwards started to cut into Smith’s lead. His charge was short-lived, however, as Smith pulled away in the closing circuits.
At the stripe, Smith was the winner by 0.876-second — about five lengths. Greg Edwards was second, while Danny Edwards Jr. held off Falk for third. DeBolt completed the top five, while Mark Wertz was sixth, the final driver on the lead lap. Dean and Jeff Shiflett were seventh and eighth, followed by Eddie Johnson and Dude Gibbs, all a lap in arrears.

After the race, Smith seemed somewhat surprised to find himself standing in Victory Lane: “I really didn’t think I had nothing for ‘em. If it wasn’t for lapped traffic, man, they really helped me out tonight. We were running strong. They started the pace off quick and I honestly didn’t think we had nothing for ‘em. I thought we had a third-place car, but we just got lucky and snuck right on by. I hope y’all liked that move I did. I was holding on tight. It was fun.”

In the evening’s other feature events:

Jammie Goode started on the pole and wired the field to collect his fifth victory of the year in another caution-free event — the 40-lap Super 8 Motels/B&B Engines Grand Stock race.
Goode won the pole with a 78.386-mph qualifying effort. Paul Lubno started on the outside of the front row. Tommy Sweeney and Brandon Hinson made up Row 2, followed by Bobby Spivey and Rodney Boyd in Row 3.
As the event got under way, Lubno remained on Goode’s flank until they reached Turns 3 and 4. Exiting the fourth corner, Goode grabbed the clear-cut edge and left Lubno to tussle with Sweeney for the runner-up spot. Sweeney took that position, while Lubno fell into third. Goode, meanwhile, pulled away by almost half a straightaway.
On lap 6, Lubno went Sweeney, looking to regain second. At the same time, Spivey ducked under Hinson in a challenge for fourth. Both drivers’ bids were successful. Up front, Goode just kept adding to his lead.
By the halfway point, Goode had stretched his margin to a full straightaway over Lubno. He maintained that lead until the closing laps.
Working lap 37, Goode ran up on a heavy pack of slower cars, racing for position. Rather than press the issue, he simply followed them for the final few circuits. It cost him a few car-lengths from his winning margin, but he was still comfortably ahead at the finish — winning by 2.741 seconds over Lubno. Sweeney was third to the line, followed by Spivey and Hinson

Charlie Barclay posted his sixth win of the season in the 25-lap Med Express Urgent Care Super Truck feature. Starting third, he moved out front on lap 16 and stormed to the checkers.
Robbie Davis was the pole-sitter for the event, qualifying at 73.955 mph. Troy Turnage, Barclay, Hugo Belfiore and Tommy Nixon completed the top five on the starting grid.
The race got off to an inauspicious start with a tangle in Turn 2 on the opening lap. Belfiore, Nixon and Rick Potter were involved and retreated to the rear as a full restart was ordered.
On the second try at a start, Davis jumped into the lead, bringing Barclay along with him. The second caution flag appeared when debris was spotted on lap 2, while caution #3 appeared on the ensuing restart.
As the race resumed, Barclay moved up to challenge Davis for the lead. He finally worked his way by on lap 9, only to see the move negated when the last of the race’s four yellow flags waved.
Back under green, Barclay stalked Davis until lap 16. On that circuit, he drove under Davis off the second corner and took the lead on the backstretch. Within four laps, he had opened a four-length margin.
Over the remaining laps, Barclay steadily padded his lead. At the finish, he was the winner by 1.726 seconds — about six lengths — over Davis. Belfiore was third, followed by Potter. Paul Hogge, making his Super Truck debut, nosed ahead of Buck Munger on the last lap to take fifth.

Allen Dail led all the way from the pole to collect his first victory of the season in a 25-lapper for the E-Z Auto of Newport News UCARs.
Dail was quickest in afternoon time trials, at 70.655 mph, to earn the pole. Sammy Gaita was second-fastest, followed by Robbie Salas, Robert Rusinyak and Randy Prillaman.
At the beginning of the event, Dail shot into the lead, while Gaita failed to come up to speed immediately. Salas took over second with Prillaman, Chris Hildebrand and Renno Marchetti IV in tow.
On lap 4, Marchetti nosed ahead of Hildebrand for fourth, bringing Rusinyak and Matt Hockaday along with him. At the front, Dail had pulled away by four lengths over Salas and Prillaman, who were bumper-to-bumper.
By the time the crossed flags appeared, signaling the midway point, Dail’s lead had grown to half a straightaway over Salas, who was still feeling pressure from Prillaman. Their duel continued until lap 19 when Prillaman finally grabbed the spot.
The only caution flag flew on lap 21, wiping out Dail’s sizable lead.
Back under green, Dail eked out a slim edge over Prillaman, then stretched his advantage to three car-lengths as the field headed down the back straightaway.
At the finish, Dail was the winner by 1.178 seconds — five car-lengths — over Prillaman. Salas was third to the stripe, while Hockaday and Hildebrand were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Casey Sipe took the lead on the opening lap and showed the way to his second consecutive win in the 30-lap Standard Welding Pro 6 feature.
Warren Smigo started on the pole, at 81.201 mph, but gave way to Sipe, his front-row colleague, as the field exited Turn 4 to complete the first circuit.
While Sipe pulled out by a couple car-lengths, James Williams moved up to challenge Smigo for second. After repeated efforts, Williams looked to have the upper hand on lap 13, only to have his bid foiled by the first caution flag.
On the ensuing restart, Williams didn’t come up to speed and fourth-place Kevin Wagner ran up the left side of his car and vaulted across his hood. While that was happening, Sipe and Smigo opened a whopping margin.
On lap 17, Wagner, Wesley Harris and J.B. Sipe got jammed up in Turn 2 and Harris spun, prompting the second yellow flag. During the caution period, a medical emergency arose in the pit area and the race was red-flagged.
When the race resumed, Casey Sipe bolted to a four-length lead, while J.B. Sipe slipped past Smigo for second. For a few laps, it looked like J.B. Sipe might be able to chase down the leader.
Over the last couple of circuits, though, Casey Sipe pulled away, winning by five lengths. Smigo tailed the Sipes to the finish, in third. Harris and Wagner rounded out the top five.

Shawn Balluzzo took the lead for good on the 24th circuit and held on to win the 25-lap Wolf Contractors Wolf Truck feature. It was first truck win for the longtime Late Model regular.
Jeff Sampson was the fast qualifier, at 86.208 mph, and shared the front row with Balluzzo. Mark Claar and Troy Hutcheson started in Row 2, while Randy Bradsher and Michael Farmer made up Row 3.
At the drop of the green flag, Sampson grabbed the early lead. Claar filled the void to the inside of Balluzzo and moved into second place as the field exited Turn 4 for the first time.
By lap 5, Sampson had extended his lead to four truck-lengths over Claar. That margin stayed fairly consistent until lap 17 when the leader encountered a bit of difficulty with a slower machine and Claar cut the gap in half.
On lap 18, traffic came into play again. This time, though, it worked to Sampson’s advantage and he pulled away by nearly half a straightaway.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 20. Lining up for the restart, Sampson and Claar were separated from third-place Bradsher by a lapped truck.
Back under green, Claar took a run at Sampson, ducking under the leader in Turns 1 and 2. They made contact off the second corner and both slowed, allowing Bradsher to leap into the picture. The battle, now a three-way affair, continued down the backstretch.
Coming off Turn 4, Claar and Sampson got together and spun, collecting Bradsher and Farmer in the process. Balluzzo dodged through the accident scene and assumed the lead. Claar and Bradsher were forced to the sidelines, while Farmer and Sampson were able to rejoin the field for the restart.
As the race resumed, Balluzzo hauled the battered field into Turn 1. His truck skated up the track, however, and he gave way to Farmer off the second turn. On lap 21, Sampson bypassed Balluzzo and set sail after Farmer.
Sampson made a bid for the lead on lap 23, powering to the outside of Farmer in Turns 1 and 2. Off Turn 2, though, Farmer drifted wide and nearly carried Sampson into the outside wall, forcing him to back off.
On the following circuit, Sampson was back on the attack and, this time, he and Farmer tangled at the end of the backstretch, sending Farmer spinning into the Turn 3 wall and bringing out the third, and final, caution flag.
Gathering for a restart, with two laps to go, Balluzzo found himself back at the front of the field, separated from Sampson by Jill Brinson and Eric Schaffer, the two Semi-Pro entries in the field.
Under green for a sprint to the finish, Sampson’s progress was momentarily impeded by Schaffer, while Balluzzo scooted ahead of Brinson. Clearing Schaffer, though, Sampson quickly closed on the leader.
With the white flag in the air, Brinson slipped ahead of Balluzzo in Turns 1 and 2 as Sampson bore down on them. Exiting Turn 2 for the last time, Balluzzo slid up the track into Sampson’s path. With Brinson occupying the inside lane, Sampson could only follow in Balluzzo’s tire tracks.
At the line, Balluzzo was the winner by 0.205-second — a single truck-length — over Sampson. Farmer was credited with third in the overall rundown. The top three were all Pro Division entries.
Brinson was the top-finishing Semi-Pro driver for the third time this season, 3.211 seconds ahead of Schaffer. They were fourth and fifth overall, respectively.
• • •

SunTrust Bank Night Race Results Saturday, August 9, 2008


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

1. (21) Nick Smith; 100
2. (84) Greg Edwards; 100
3. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 100
4. (40) C.E. Falk; 100
5. (34) Paul DeBolt; 100
6. (55) Mark Wertz; 100
7. (06) Dean Shiflett; 99
8. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 99
9. (57) Eddie Johnson; 99
10. (28) Dude Gibbs; 99
11. (38) Duane Shreeves; 99
12. (20) Gary Weeks; 99
13. (90) Terry Carroll; 99
14. (4) Matt Waltz; 99
15. (51) Albert Falk; 99
16. (9) Mike Rudy; 98
17. (64) Rick Gdovic; 98
18. (96) Bruce Livingston; 96
19. (15) Doug Warren; 73
20. (12) Ross Clements; 45
21. (7) Burton Martin; 20

Pole: D. Edwards - 88.202 mph.

GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (36) Jammie Goode; 40
2. (14) Paul Lubno; 40
3. (22) Tommy Sweeney; 40
4. (12) Bobby Spivey; 40
5. (81) Brandon Hinson; 40
6. (95) Danny Harrell; 40
7. (19) Robbie Parker; 40
8. (9) Rodney Boyd; 40
9. (23) Bobby Ferebee; 39
10. (41) Paul Lubno Jr.; 39
11. (90) Henry Barnes; 38
12. (2) Brian Waters; 38
13. (29) Jack Robinson; 37
14. (77) Carl Livingston; 17

Pole: Goode - 78.386 mph.

SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps

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

1. (33) Charlie Barclay; 25
2. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
3. (15) Hugo Belfiore; 25
4. (21) Rick Potter; 25
5. (1) Paul Hogge; 25
6. (20) Buck Munger; 25
7. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
8. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 25
9. (18) Cory Millard; 21
10. (90) Troy Turnage; 14
11. (7) Lloyd Holbrook; 3
12. (2) Chase McAdams; 1
13. (00) Andrew Baker; 0

Pole: Davis - 73.955 mph.

UCARS - 25 laps

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

1. (89) Allen Dail; 25
2. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
3. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
4. (68) Matt Hockaday; 25
5. (69) Chris Hildebrand; 25
6. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 25
7. (14) Dusty Connor; 25
8. (20) Mike Joyner; 25
9. (11) Jason Aukland; 25
10. (1) Johnny Pereira; 25
11. (3) John Reardon; 25
12. (80) Adam Florian; 25
13. (77) Andy Graham; 25
14. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
15. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
16. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 25
17. (2) Michael Waters; 25
18. (82) Sammy Gaita; 25
19. (29) Matt Bond; 24
20. (04) Doug Patrick; 24
21. (19) Caitlin Antes; 23
22. (75) Greg Pass; 20
23. (02) Mike Borden; 17
24. (42) John Gonsalves; 10

Pole: Dail - 70.655 mph.

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. (45) Kevin Wagner; 30
6. (6) Bobby Hall; 30
7. (20) James Williams; 13

Pole: Smigo - 81.201 mph.

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

1. (12) Shawn Balluzzo (P); 25
2. (8) Jeff Sampson (P); 25
3. (9) Michael Farmer (P); 25
4. (22) Jill Brinson (S); 23
5. (3) Eric Schaffer (S); 23
6. (34) Justin Breshears (P); 23
7. (7) Mark Claar (P); 19
8. (33) Randy Bradsher (P); 19
9. (53) Troy Hutcheson (P); 11

Pole: Sampson - 86.208 mph.
(P) - Pro Division
(S) - Semi-Pro Division

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