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3-way Modified title joust resumes this Saturday Thursday, August 14, 2008...
Aug 14, 2008 - updated Aug 14th, 2008 5:16pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey
Hampton, VA --
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway
Shawn Balluzzo, Joe Scarbrough and Rusty Wood resume their chase for the B&C Seafood Modified championship in a 75-lap feature event this Saturday, Aug. 16, as Langley Speedway continues its 2008 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule with DUCTWORX Night at the Races.
In addition to the Modified 75-lapper, Saturday's lineup includes: Bass Pro Shops Super Streets (50 laps); Peninsula Hardwood Mulch INEX Legends (25 laps); Standard Welding Pro 6s (30 laps); and, Wolf Contractors Wolf Trucks (25 laps).
Gates open at 1 p.m. and afternoon practice rounds start at 2. A drivers meeting is slated for 4:15, followed by time trials at 4:30. Nate Sparks and the Pamunkey River Ramblers perform for early-arriving race fans, beginning at 5:30. Pre-race ceremonies commence at 6:55, while the Pro 6 division leads 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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Nine races into the Modified campaign, the battle for the '08 division title could hardly be closer. Two-time defending champ Balluzzo is still in search of his first win, but sits atop the series standings on the strength of seven runner-up finishes. Scarbrough, meanwhile, has climbed into contention with wins in three of the last four events and trails Balluzzo by only two points, 414-412. Wood, a two-time race winner this season, ranks third in the current rundown, just eight points out of the lead.
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Casey Sipe brings a two-race winning streak into Saturday's Pro 6 feature. By track rules, he'll start this weekend's 30-lapper from no better than eighth (or last, depending on the car count).
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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.
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Langley Speedway's "Wacky Wednesdays" schedule continues on Aug. 20. 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.
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Philip Morris of Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., has retained the top spot in the latest NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national top 500. As expected, though, Marty Ward of Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina narrowed the gap considerably last weekend, pulling to within seven points of Morris.
Local drivers in the national rankings include: C.E. Falk (22nd); Greg Edwards (74th); Danny Edwards Jr. (122nd); Jeff Shiflett (189th); Nick Smith (268th); Mark Wertz (323rd); Dean Shiflett (339th); Matt Waltz (416th); and, Shawn Balluzzo (427th).
In the Virginia standings, Morris is well on his way to a second straight state championship, 309 points ahead of Davin Scites. Falk is fourth, while Greg Edwards and Danny Edwards Jr. rank eighth and 11th, respectively, and Jeff Shiflett is 18th.
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Twin 100-lappers for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars top the bill on Saturday, Aug. 23, when Langley Speedway plays host to Retail Alliance Night. The Super 8 Motels/B&B Engines Grand Stocks, Med Express Urgent Care Super Trucks, E-Z Auto of Newport News UCARs and Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts are also slated for feature action.
As part of the pre-race festivities on the 23rd, the Speedway will hold its annual "Track-A-Thon." Led by Langley's chaplain, the Rev. Tom Potter, sponsored participants will take a two-lap stroll around the track to benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp.
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The Rolling Thunder Modified tour will make its second appearance at Langley Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 27. Late Model Stock Cars will be heading west that weekend for their division's "Super Bowl" - the Bailey's 300 at Martinsville Speedway.
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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.
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