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Danny Edwards Jr. posts 6th LMSC win in Casey Cycle City/Whelen 100
Aug 31, 2008 - updated Aug 31st, 2008 11:18am
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway
Fire/EMS Night presented by Casey Cycle City & Whelen Engineering Race Report Saturday, August 30, 2008
Relegated to a supporting role in “The Nick Smith Show” for the last month, Danny Edwards Jr. roared back into the spotlight with his sixth win of the season in the Casey Cycle City/Whelen 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.
Gunning for his fourth straight win, Smith set the pace in afternoon qualifying, lapping the .395-mile oval at 88.675 mph. Due to his recent success, however, track rules dictated that he could start Saturday’s race from no better than the outside of Row 4.
With Smith being pushed back to eighth, Danny Edwards Jr. assumed the pole position. Paul DeBolt, Greg Edwards, Albert Falk and Duane Shreeves rounded out the top five on the grid.
As the event got under way, Danny Edwards Jr. and DeBolt sped into the first corner door-to-door with Edwards gaining the clear-cut edge as they exited Turn 2. DeBolt settled into second, followed by Greg Edwards and Albert Falk. Behind them, Shreeves battled C.E. Falk for fifth.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 3 when Ross Clements spun in Turn 2.
Back under green, the front three — Danny Edwards Jr., DeBolt and Greg Edwards — broke away from the Falks — fourth-place Albert and fifth-place C.E. Just outside the top five, Mark Wertz and Smith teamed up to bypass Shreeves, moving into sixth and seventh, respectively.
On lap 6, C.E. Falk ducked underneath Albert Falk in a bid for fourth. He completed the pass off the fourth corner and brought Wertz and Smith along with him, dropping Albert Falk to seventh.
At the head of the field, Danny Edwards Jr. had pulled away by almost four car-lengths over DeBolt, who was feeling pressure from Greg Edwards. On lap 15, Greg Edwards went after the runner-up spot and nabbed the position on lap 16. Before that circuit was officially in the books, though, the second caution flag waved and the pass was negated.
On the ensuing restart, Clements’ lapped machine separated Danny Edwards Jr. and DeBolt. Edwards took full advantage of the buffer, quickly opening a three-length lead.
Wertz and Smith were on the move again on lap 19, slipping past C.E. Falk at the end of the frontstretch. On the following lap, Greg Edwards repeated his pass of DeBolt for second. This time, the yellow flag stayed under wraps and the position change counted. With the shuffling going on in his mirror, Danny Edwards Jr. padded his lead to five lengths.
Smith showed some muscle on lap 23 as he went to the high side in Turns 1 and 2 to swipe fourth place from Wertz. He quickly set off after DeBolt as the leaders began to string out around the track.
Nearing the halfway mark, Smith closed in on DeBolt and began pounding on his rear bumper, looking to snag the third spot. DeBolt held firm, though, as Smith only succeeded in rumpling his own hood.
As the field received the crossed flags, Danny Edwards Jr. enjoyed a lead of more than half a straightaway over Greg Edwards. A similar margin separated Greg Edwards from the DeBolt/Smith tussle. The field was bunched, though, when the third caution flag flew on lap 53.
Setting the lineup for the restart, the Edwards brothers maintained the top two positions, followed by DeBolt and Smith. Clements’ lapped machine was next in line, just in front of Wertz.
Returning to green, the Edwardses set sail. Within a handful of laps, they had pulled away from DeBolt by nearly half a straightaway.
After much exertion, Smith finally worked his way around DeBolt on lap 67. Following Smith’s cue, Wertz moved past DeBolt on the following circuit to pick up fourth place. They faced an uphill struggle, though, as the front-running Edwardses were over half a straightaway ahead.
With things pretty well settled among the top five, attention turned to C.E. Falk and Doug Godsey, who were staging an entertaining battle for sixth. Godsey came out on top of that duel, grabbing the spot on lap 89.
At the finish, Danny Edwards Jr. was the winner by 1.945 seconds — better than half a straightaway — over Greg Edwards. Smith was third, while Wertz and DeBolt completed the top five. Godsey was sixth, followed by C.E. Falk, Eddie Johnson, Jeff Shiflett and Albert Falk. The top 10 finishers were all on the lead lap at the checkers.
After the race, Danny Edwards Jr. described his team’s efforts to get him back to Victory Lane: “Looks like we finally got it back. We’ve been struggling here for awhile and we got off base and we just hadn’t been able to keep it up front. We’ve been fast for qualifying and fast for the short runs. We did a lot of work and made a lot of changes. We’ve been doing a lot of experimenting and we finally landed on something here that kinda got us back where we need to be.”
Heading into a scheduled two-week break for the Late Models, Danny Edwards Jr. now holds a 16-point edge over Greg Edwards, 596-580, in the series standings. C.E. Falk is third with 492 points.
In the evening’s other feature events:
With his chief rivals faltering, Joe Scarbrough scored his fifth victory of the year in a 50-lapper for the B&C Seafood Modifieds, taking a big step toward the ‘08 division title.
Scarbrough qualified at 84.402 mph to earn the pole for the race. Rusty Wood lined up alongside Scarbrough on Row 1. Chris Johnson and Thomas Stinson made up Row 2, while Buster Horne Jr. and Shawn Balluzzo occupied Row 3.
On the start, Scarbrough bolted into the lead, leaving an opening to the inside of Wood, which Johnson rushed to fill. Wood held a slight edge over Johnson at the end of lap 1, while Johnson nosed ahead for second place on lap 2.
On lap 3, Wood scrubbed the outside wall on the backstretch and slowed, collecting Stinson and Michael Leech and prompting the first yellow flag. The incident sidelined Wood, who was second in the standings coming into the event. Several other cars sustained damage in the jumble and made visits to the pits before rejoining the field for the restart.
Back under green, Scarbrough and Johnson broke away in nose-to-tail formation, while Balluzzo went to work on Horne for the third position. With fifth-place Cameron Patrick in tow, the lead quintet had soon opened a half-straightaway margin over sixth-place Hunter Slayton.
On lap 12, Horne/Balluzzo battle got a little physical in Turns 1 and 2. They sorted themselves out, but lost about five car-lengths to Scarbrough and Johnson in the process. A couple laps later, Balluzzo drove under Horne and nabbed third place on lap 15.
At the midway point, Scarbrough held a two-length lead over Johnson. Meanwhile, Balluzzo had the top two in his sights and was closing in.
The last of the race’s two caution flags appeared on lap 38 when Jimmy Kibler and Danny Baker tangled in Turn 2.
As the race resumed, Scarbrough, Johnson and Balluzzo bolted from the pack, looking to settle things among themselves. After a few laps, though, the separation between the lead cars began to widen.
Balluzzo’s night came to an abrupt end on lap 45 as he suddenly slowed along the frontstretch and made the turn into the infield, retiring to a 14th-place finish.
At the front, Scarbrough was up by four lengths over Johnson, while over half a straightaway divided Johnson and Horne, who assumed third place when Balluzzo pulled aside.
In the closing circuits, Johnson tried to rally, but came up a car-length short at the stripe as Scarbrough held on to win by 0.229-second. Horne was third to the line, followed by Patrick and Leech, who rebounded from his early mishap to take fifth.
With Wood and Balluzzo both falling by the wayside, Scarbrough now enjoys a 38-point lead in the division standings. Johnson has pulled even with Wood for second, while Balluzzo dropped to fourth.
Larry Venable took the lead with a slick, three-wide pass on lap 44 and rolled to his second win of the season in the 50-lap Bass Pro Shops Super Street feature.
Ryan Nester started on the pole, at 74.411 mph, and showed the way for the first 43 laps. Jeramie Wood took over second place on the opening lap and held that spot until lap 5 when he surrendered the position to Venable. That exchange allowed Nester to open a five-length lead.
The race was slowed by two caution flags, which appeared on laps 18 and 23. Setting the running order as the field prepared for a restart just before the halfway mark, Nester, Venable and Wood were first, second and third, followed by Ritchie German and Sean Calway.
Back under green, Nester pulled away by over two lengths as the pack rumbled off Turn 2. He couldn’t shake Venable, however, as the veteran driver remained within striking distance. Behind them, Wood and German tussled for third with German winning that battle on lap 31.
Working lap 44, Nester and Venable ran up on a slower car as they exited Turn 2. While Nester swung to the outside to make the pass, Venable spotted an opening down low. They split the lapped car on the backstretch and entered Turn 3 side-by-side. Holding the preferred inside line, Venable surged ahead off Turn 4 to take over the lead.
At the finish, Venable had stretched his winning margin to three lengths over Nester. German was third to the line, followed by Randy Sample and Jeramie Wood.
Nester’s second-place outing was good enough to pull him into a tie with Jessica Wood, who finished 11th on Saturday, for the series points lead. Both drivers have accumulated 476 points. Sample is third, 22 back.
While his quest for a fourth straight Late Model win may have come up short, Nick Smith did manage to nab his fourth victory of the season in the 25-lap Peninsula Hardwood Mulch INEX Legends race, leading all the way from the pole.
Smith, who qualified at 77.990 mph, grabbed the lead as the initial green flag waved. Rette Causey and Steve Keesee, who started third and fifth, respectively, tagged along with Smith, dropping outside pole-sitter Brad Hancock back to fourth.
The first yellow flag flew on lap 5 when Steve Causey and Chris Peterson spun just past the start/finish line. During the ensuing caution period, Casey Wyatt came to the attention of his crew with a suspected oil leak. He would return for two more laps before retiring to a 16th-place finish.
As the race resumed, Smith gained a slim edge over Rette Causey, who was followed closely by Keesee and Hancock. On lap 9, Hancock snatched third place away from Keesee, bringing Ryan Crites along with him.
At the crossed flags, Smith was ahead by a little more than a car-length over Rette Causey, who was feeling the heat from Hancock.
The second, and final, caution flag waved on lap 19 when fourth-place Crites spun in Turn 1. He backed up the track and collected fifth-place Keesee, who walloped the outside wall in a fiery crash. The red flag was quickly displayed as track officials and emergency personnel rushed to the scene.
Setting the lineup as the field bunched for a restart, Smith was the leader, followed by Rette Causey, Hancock, Jamie Price and Don McLaughlin.
Back under green, Smith fashioned a one-length margin, while Hancock went after Causey for second, eventually taking the spot on lap 21. Price tagged along with Hancock and snagged third. The shuffle allowed Smith to pull away by four lengths.
Smith maintained that four-length margin all the way to the finish, winning by half a second over Hancock. Causey regained third place from Price on lap 23 and tailed the lead duo to the checkers. Price was fourth and McLaughlin completed the top five.
In the division standings, McLaughlin holds a 20-point advantage over Hancock, 482-462. Price is third, four points behind Hancock.
Jeff Sampson picked up his seventh victory of the year in a 10-lap dash for the Wolf Contractors Wolf Trucks. With just five trucks on the grid, the race distance was trimmed from 25 laps.
In qualifying on the pole, Sampson set a new record for the division — 87.535 mph. He backed up that strong effort by jumping out front on the start and leaving his pursuers in his dust.
By the end of the caution-free event, which took less than three minutes to complete, Sampson had pulled away by more than a full straightaway — 6.028 seconds, to be precise.
Troy Hutcheson was the runner-up, followed by George VanGuilder and Michael Farmer. Each of the top four finishers was a Pro Division entry.
Jill Brinson, the lone Semi-Pro competitor, was fifth in the overall rundown and earned “best-in-class” honors for the fourth time this year.
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Fire/EMS Night presented by Casey Cycle City & Whelen Engineering Race Results Saturday, August 30, 2008
CROSSROADS FUEL SERVICE
LATE MODEL STOCK CARS - 100 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 100
2. (84) Greg Edwards; 100
3. (21) Nick Smith; 100
4. (55) Mark Wertz; 100
5. (34) Paul DeBolt; 100
6. (05) Doug Godsey; 100
7. (40) C.E. Falk; 100
8. (57) Eddie Johnson; 100
9. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 100
10. (51) Albert Falk; 100
11. (12) Ross Clements; 97
12. (06) Dean Shiflett; 96
13. (44) Robbie Babb; 68
14. (38) Duane Shreeves; 30
15. (20) Gary Weeks; 17
16. (4) Matt Waltz; 9
17. (96) Bruce Livingston; 8
Pole: D. Edwards - 88.620 mph.
Fast Qualifier: Smith - 88.675 mph.
(Note: Smith, the winner of the last
three races, had to start from the 8th
spot, by track rules.)
B&C SEAFOOD MODIFIEDS - 50 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (93) Joe Scarbrough; 50
2. (36) Chris Johnson; 50
3. (9) Buster Horne Jr.; 50
4. (20) Cameron Patrick; 50
5. (5) Michael Leech; 50
6. (4) Thomas Stinson; 50
7. (77) Hunter Slayton; 50
8. (39) Toby Davis; 50
9. (34) Donnie Medlin; 50
10. (21) Danny Baker; 50
11. (22) Tim Layne; 49
12. (65) Jimmy Kibler; 49
13. (27) Andy Kemp; 47
14. (57) Shawn Balluzzo; 44
15. (40) Greg Burgess Jr.; 11
16. (69) Rusty Wood; 2
Pole: Scarbrough - 84.402 mph.
BASS PRO SHOPS
SUPER STREETS - 50 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (14) Larry Venable; 50
2. (51) Ryan Nester; 50
3. (21) Ritchie German; 50
4. (24) Randy Sample; 50
5. (02) Jeramie Wood; 50
6. (15) Dale Parro; 50
7. (18) Dennis Nowak; 50
8. (12) Sean Calway; 50
9. (58) Doug Woodyard; 50
10. (39) Garrett Willcox; 50
11. (3) Jessica Wood; 50
12. (03) Jerry LaMontagne; 49
13. (5) Gene Greubel; 47
14. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 22
15. (81) Jeff Shannon; 17
16. (28) Jamie Sample; 17
17. (19) Daniel Balduf; 10
Pole: Nester - 74.411 mph.
PENINSULA HARDWOOD MULCH
INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (1) Nick Smith; 25
2. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
3. (33) Rette Causey; 25
4. (08) Jamie Price; 25
5. (21) Don McLaughlin; 25
6. (00) Ryan Crites; 25
7. (30) Joe Hendricks; 25
8. (58) Lee Johnson; 25
9. (14) Larry Wilson; 25
10. (16) Chris Peterson; 25
11. (40) R.J. Davis; 25
12. (31) Erik Hall; 25
13. (7) Steve Hancock; 20
14. (0) Steve Keesee; 18
15. (2) Daniel Dishong; 18
16. (83) Casey Wyatt; 6
17. (9) Steve Causey; 4
Pole: Smith - 77.990 mph.
WOLF CONTRACTORS WOLF TRUCKS - 10 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Jeff Sampson (P); 10
2. (53) Troy Hutcheson (P); 10
3. (12) George VanGuilder (P); 10
4. (9) Michael Farmer (P); 10
5. (22) Jill Brinson (S); 9
Pole: Sampson - 87.535 mph.
(NEW DIVISION RECORD)
(P) Pro Division
(S) Semi-Pro Division
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