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Wood claims 3rd Mod win in Toyota Dealers 50
Sep 14, 2008 - updated Sep 14th, 2008 1:51pm
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Hampton, VA --
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway
Rusty Wood started from the pole position and led all the way to post his third 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.
Wood set the pace in afternoon time trials, lapping the .395-mile oval at 85.155 mph. He shared the front row with Chris Johnson. Points leader Joe Scarbrough was third-quickest and lined up on the inside of Row 2, alongside Michael Leech. Buster Horne Jr. and Bubba Farmer made up the third row.
At the drop of the initial green flag, Johnson got the jump on Wood and carried a half-car-length advantage into Turn 1. Wood battled back through the corner, however, and pulled ahead as the field exited Turn 2. Caught on the outside, Johnson slid all the way back to seventh place before finding a place in line.
By lap 5, Wood had already forged a four-length lead over Scarbrough. Five more car-lengths separated Scarbrough from third-place Horne. Continuing to pour it on, Wood stretched his margin to half a straightaway as lap 10 went on the board.
Johnson began his climb back toward the front on lap 18, sweeping past Leech to take sixth. He disposed of Donnie Medlin on the following circuit to move back into the top five. Fourth-place Cameron Patrick, however, was nearly a full straightaway ahead.
At the halfway mark, Wood was up by four lengths on Scarbrough. Horne held down third place, followed by Patrick and a rapidly-closing Johnson.
On lap 33, Johnson tracked down Patrick and slipped by him at the end of the backstretch to take over fourth. Within 10 laps, he was on Horne’s rear bumper, hounding him for third.
The race’s only caution flag flew on lap 45 when Jimmy Kibler spun at the start/finish line. Setting the running order, Wood was out front, followed by Scarbrough, Horne, Johnson and Patrick.
Back under green, Wood and Scarbrough bolted from the pack. As they reached the back straightaway, Wood eked out an advantage of a little more than a car-length.
Behind the lead duo, Johnson worked on Horne for third. He drove underneath Horne out of Turn 4 on lap 46 and completed the pass one lap later.
Beginning lap 48, Wood had extended his lead to four lengths. That advantage grew even larger when Scarbrough suddenly fell off the pace and began to drop through the field.
At the finish, Wood was the winner by 1.056 seconds — about five lengths — over Johnson. Horne was third, while Patrick and Farmer completed the top five.
Medlin and Leech were sixth and seventh, while Scarbrough nursed his ailing machine home in eighth, the final driver to complete the entire distance. Danny Baker and Kibler were ninth and 10th, respectively, one lap down to the leaders.
In the series standings, Scarbrough saw his lead trimmed from 38 to 24 points, 546-522, over Wood. Johnson is third, only two points behind Wood. Horne and Baker rank fourth and fifth, in that order.
The Modifieds will have next Saturday off, then return to action in a 75-lap Rolling Thunder tour event on Sept. 27. That race won’t count toward the track championship. The final points race is slated for Oct. 4.
In the evening’s other feature events:
A post-qualifying shakeup landed Randy Sample on the pole for the start of the 50-lap Bass Pro Shops Super Street feature and it was all the advantage he would need as he rolled to his third win of the year.
Ritchie German was quickest in time trials with a speed of 74.353 mph. He was one of eight drivers who ran into trouble during post-qualifying inspection, though. All eight were deployed to the back of the 18-car field.
In the reconstituted lineup, Sample became the new pole-sitter, at 74.287 mph. Larry Venable occupied the outside of Row 1, while sister-and-brother duo Jessica and Jeramie Wood made up Row 2. Sean Calway and Garrett Willcox started in Row 3.
The race got off to a rocky start with a multi-car mess in Turn 4 on the opening lap. Among those involved were Jeramie Wood, Jonathan Mullett, Doug Woodyard, Harry VanGuilder and Calway.
On the second attempt at a start, Venable spun in the middle of Turns 1 and 2 and the second yellow flag was unfurled.
As the field gathered for another green flag, Sample still held the pole. Now, though, Willcox was to his outside. Jessica Wood remained third on the grid, flanked by German, who had moved up six positions before the first lap was officially in the books.
The third time proved to be the charm as the event finally got rolling. Sample grabbed the lead into Turn 1 and Jessica Wood tagged along, moving up to second. Ryan Nester emerged from the shuffle in third, followed by Willcox, Jeff Shannon and German.
On lap 3, Nester drove under Jessica Wood in Turns 1 and 2. The two, who came into the race tied for the points lead, dueled side-by-side for over a lap before Nester pulled ahead off Turn 4 on the fourth circuit. Willcox and German quickly closed in and bypassed Wood on lap 5, dropping her to fifth place.
With his pursuers scrambling among themselves in his mirror, Sample was able to widen his lead to over half a straightaway.
On lap 11, German took second place from Nester with a high-side pass in Turns 1 and 2. Immediately, he gained some separation from Nester and began to chip into Sample’s lead.
Sample got his first dose of lapped traffic on lap 24. He cleared the slower machines two laps later, having actually increased his lead from four to five lengths in the process.
Sample’s margin held steady at about four car-lengths until lap 41 when he ran up on another slower car, allowing German to close in again. Traffic came into play, once more, on lap 44 as German pulled to within two lengths.
Clinging to a slim margin, Sample had one more obstacle to deal with — a side-by-side battle between his brother, Jamie Sample, and Dale Parro — as the race neared its conclusion.
On lap 49, Sample managed to find some running room and slipped past Jamie Sample and Parro. German wasn’t quite as fortunate and lost a couple car-lengths as Sample pulled away.
At the checkers, Randy Sample was the winner by 0.782-second — three lengths — over German. Nester was third, while Jessica Wood edged Calway by 23-thousandths of a second for fourth.
In the division standings, Nester has nosed ahead of Jessica Wood by two points for the top spot, 522-520. Randy Sample is third, 18 points behind Nester. The Super Street title will be decided in the final
Robbie Davis picked up the lead on the 26th circuit and drove on to his third victory of the year in a 40-lapper for the Med Express Urgent Care Super Trucks.
Hugo Belfiore earned the pole position, at 74.708 mph, and shared the front row with Davis. Tommy Nixon lined up third, to the inside of Paul Hogge. Rick Potter and Debbie Biesecker made up Row 3. Charlie Barclay was third-fastest, but, since he’d won the previous two races, he had to start eighth.
The yellow flag made an early appearance as Cory Millard spun in Turn 3 on the initial lap.
On the second try, Belfiore grabbed the lead and brought Nixon along with him, dropping Davis to third. Barclay, meanwhile, drew a black flag and reported to the pits for a stop-and-go penalty. During his visit, officials detected a fuel leak and called him in a second time, dropping him a lap down.
The second caution flag flew on lap 8 when Biesecker lost control on the frontstretch and slammed the inside wall.
Back under green, Belfiore, Nixon and Davis broke away from the pack. They were soon joined by Barclay, who was looking to regain his lost lap and get back into contention.
On lap 17, leaders stacked up for a moment at the flagstand and Belfiore and Nixon spun. As a result of the incident, Hogge assumed the lead and Barclay made his way back onto the lead lap.
As the race resumed, Hogge paced one circuit before surrendering the top spot to Potter. Three laps later, he lost three more spots as Nixon, Davis and Barclay flashed past.
On lap 22, Nixon, Davis and Barclay caught up to Potter. Nixon tried a high side pass, leaving the inside lane open for Davis. After a brief tussle in Turn 1, Potter kept the lead, while Davis moved ahead of Nixon for second and Barclay took over third.
On lap 26, Davis wrested the lead from Potter on the backstretch. Barclay and Nixon tagged along, moving up to second and third, respectively.
Looking to complete his comeback from a lap down, Barclay pushed his truck to the point on lap 30. Before the lap was official, however, the last of the race’s four caution flags waved and the pass was nullified, putting Davis back out front.
Over the final circuits, Davis was able to hold Barclay at bay and won by a single truck-length. Nixon, Hogge and Potter tailed Davis and Barclay to the line.
After overcoming steep odds to take second place, Barclay saw his night end on a sour note when officials uncovered unapproved frame alterations on his machine during the post-race inspection. Barclay was disqualified from the event.
In the amended (and official) finishing order, Davis was the winner, followed by Nixon, Hogge, Potter and Lloyd Holbrook.
In the series standings, Davis now holds a 14-point lead over Nixon, 452-438. Belfiore is third with 426. Barclay’s DQ dropped him from second, four points behind Davis at the beginning of the night, to fourth, 54 points out of the lead. Two races remain on the Super Truck calendar — Sept. 20 and Oct. 4.
Casey Wyatt took the lead on lap 15 and held on for his first victory of the season in a 25-lapper for the Peninsula Hardwood Mulch INEX Legends.
Brad Hancock qualified on the pole, at 78.226 mph, and grabbed the lead on the start. Rette Causey, who started third, moved into second on the opening lap, followed by Steve Keesee. Wyatt, who started on the outside pole, dropped to fourth place.
On lap 6, Keesee snagged second place from Causey, bringing Wyatt and Jamie Price along with him. The shuffle allowed Hancock to pad his lead to four lengths. Points leader Don McLaughlin cracked the top five on lap 11, slipping past Causey.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 13 when R.J. Davis lost his right-front wheel at the end of the backstretch. The interruption also negated Price’s pass of Wyatt for third.
Back under green, Hancock quickly gained a two-length edge over Keesee. Soon, though, Keesee had closed that gap and was looking for an opening.
On lap 15, Hancock and Keesee scuffled briefly at the entrance to Turn 1. Wyatt, in third, pounced on the opportunity and passed both cars to take over the lead. Hancock dropped back to second,while Keesee slid to sixth.
The second, and final, yellow flag was displayed on lap 18 when Hancock and Price tangled and spun in Turn 2. Setting the lineup, Wyatt was the leader, followed by Causey, McLaughlin, Keesee and Brian May.
Back under way, Wyatt established a two-length margin, while Causey, McLaughlin and Keesee battled nose-to-tail. Also, Hancock was on the comeback trail, quickly returning to the top five.
At the finish, Wyatt was the winner by 0.216-second — a single car-length — over Causey. Keesee was third, slipping by McLaughlin on lap 22. Hancock tailed McLaughlin to the stripe, in fifth.
In the standings, McLaughlin holds a fairly comfortable 22-point lead over Hancock, 526-504. Price is third with 496. The division will complete its season on Oct. 4.
Piloting a borrowed car, Renno Marchetti IV gained the lead on lap 22 and motored to his second victory of the year in the 25-lap EZ Auto of Newport News UCAR race.
Allen Dail was quickest in qualifying, at 71.111 mph, setting a new division record. In fact, Adam Florian and Sammy Gaita also bettered the previous qualifying mark. Mike Joyner and Dusty Connor rounded out the top five on the starting grid.
Marchetti, meanwhile, experienced engine problems during practice. Veteran driver Randy Prillaman came to his rescue, though, putting the points leader in his #26 machine. Marchetti qualified eighth, while Prillaman started 21st in Marchetti’s backup car.
Dail grabbed the lead in Turns 1 and 2 on the opening lap. Florian tucked in line on Dail’s bumper and shadowed him until lap 5 when he pushed his car out front for the first time. Behind them, Connor overtook Gaita for third and brought Matt Hockaday and Marchetti along with him. On lap 8, Hockaday and Marchetti scooted by Connor, moving into third and fourth.
The first caution flag flew on lap 10.
Back under green, Florian and Dail pulled away by three lengths over Hockaday and Marchetti. Soon, Florian began to ease away. At the halfway mark, he was up by three lengths. Meanwhile, Dail was beginning to slip into Hockaday’s grasp.
On lap 20, Hockaday swiped the runner-up spot from Dail as they worked their way through traffic on the frontstretch.
The second caution flag flew on lap 22.
As the race resumed, Hockaday generated a tremendous run at the leader as they entered Turn 1. The two locked horns off the second corner. Dail, sensing an opening, shot the inside, but ended up in the outside wall on the backstretch, collecting Gaita and Joyner and bringing the caution flag back out.
The incident handed the lead to Marchetti, who headed the parade as the field gathered for a restart. Connor lined up second, followed by Chris Hildebrand.
One more lap was completed before the fourth, and final, caution flag waved.
On the last restart, Connor pulled to the high side of Marchetti as they entered Turn 1. Marchetti fought him off and left the inside lane open for Hildebrand, who grabbed second from Connor on lap 24.
At the checkers, Marchetti was the winner by 0.284-second over Hildebrand. Connor was third, while Robbie Salas and Ben Zoellner completed the top five. Prillaman, the Good Samaritan, brought Marchetti’s #01 car home in sixth.
The UCARs will wrap up their ‘08 points campaign on Sept. 27. Marchetti will carry a 22-point lead over Hockaday, 588-566, into that event.
Putting an exclamation point on his championship season, Casey Sipe led all the way from the pole for his fifth win of the year in the 30-lap Standard Welding Pro 6 feature, the division’s final points event.
Sipe was quickest in time trials, at 79.807 mph, to bag the pole. David Phelps lined up to Sipe’s outside, while Warren Smigo and D.J. Watson occupied Row 2.
Sipe jumped out front at the start of the race. Smigo rushed to fill the void left by Sipe and bypassed Phelps to take over second. Phelps settled into third, followed by Watson and J.B. Sipe.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 7 for Bobby Hall’s spin off Turn 4.
Back under green, Sipe quickly fashioned a four-length advantage over Smigo, who had his hands full with Phelps.
On lap 8, Phelps snagged the runner-up spot from Smigo. His stay in the second position lasted less than a lap, however, as he spun off Turn 4. The spin didn’t bring out a caution flag and Sipe widened his lead to half a straightaway over Smigo, while Phelps fell to seventh place.
On lap 11, J.B. Sipe spun in Turn 2 and smacked the outside wall, ending his night prematurely.
Returning to green, Sipe gained a three-length edge over Smigo and began to ease away. By the halfway mark, he was ahead by almost half a straightaway.
While Sipe was driving off into the distance, Watson closed in on Smigo, looking to pick up the second spot. He took the position on lap 23 when Smigo drifted wide off the fourth corner.
At the finish, Sipe was the winner by nearly a full straightaway over Watson. Smigo was third, followed by Phelps and Justin Brashears.
In the final standings (pending official verification), Casey Sipe claimed the championship by 58 points over J.B. Sipe. Smigo was third, while Wesley Harris and Watson were fourth and fifth, respectively.
The series will return to action at Langley Speedway on Oct. 11 as part of the Virginia State UCAR Championship/Super Street Showdown program.
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway
Ladies Night presented by Hampton Roads Toyota Dealers Assoc. Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008
B&C SEAFOOD MODIFIEDS - 50 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl
1. (69) Rusty Wood; 50
2. (36) Chris Johnson; 50
3. (9) Buster Horne Jr.; 50
4. (20) Cameron Patrick; 50
5. (11) Bubba Farmer; 50
6. (34) Donnie Medlin; 50
7. (5) Michael Leech; 50
8. (93) Joe Scarbrough; 50
9. (21) Danny Baker; 49
10. (65) Jimmy Kibler; 49
Pole: Wood - 85.155 mph.
BASS PRO SHOPS
SUPER STREETS - 50 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (24) Randy Sample; 50
2. (21) Ritchie German; 50
3. (51) Ryan Nester; 50
4. (3) Jessica Wood; 50
5. (12) Sean Calway; 50
6. (58) Doug Woodyard; 50
7. (14) Larry Venable; 50
8. (02) Jeramie Wood; 50
9. (81) Jeff Shannon; 50
10. (39) Garrett Willcox; 50
11. (15) Dale Parro; 49
12. (28) Jamie Sample; 49
13. (2) Rod Busitzky; 49
14. (03) Jerry LaMontagne; 48
15. (09) Harry VanGuilder; 48
16. (18) Dennis Nowak; 33
17. (48) Fred Hauer; 11
18. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 0
Pole: R. Sample - 74.287 mph.
MED EXPRESS URGENT CARE
SUPER TRUCKS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Robbie Davis; 40
2. (8) Tommy Nixon; 40
3. (1) Paul Hogge; 40
4. (21) Rick Potter; 40
5. (7) Lloyd Holbrook; 40
6. (18) Cory Millard; 40
7. (20) Buck Munger; 40
8. (15) Hugo Belfiore; 39
9. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 7
DQ (33) Charlie Barclay; 40
(Finished 2nd, but failed to
clear post-race inspection.)
Pole: Belfiore - 74.708 mph.
PENINSULA HARDWOOD MULCH
INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl
1. (83) Casey Wyatt; 25
2. (33) Rette Causey; 25
3. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
4. (21) Don McLaughlin; 25
5. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
6. (1) Brian May; 25
7. (08) Jamie Price; 25
8. (30) Joe Hendricks; 25
9. (16) Chris Peterson; 25
10. (58) Lee Johnson; 25
11. (31) Erik Hall; 25
12. (40) R.J. Davis; 12
Pole: Hancock - 78.226 mph.
EZ AUTO OF NEWPORT NEWS
UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (26) Renno Marchetti IV; 25
2. (69) Chris Hildebrand; 25
3. (14) Dusty Connor; 25
4. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
5. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
6. (01) Randy Prillaman; 25
7. (1) Johnny Pereira; 25
8. (68) Matt Hockaday; 25
9. (75) Greg Pass; 25
10. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
11. (3) John Reardon; 25
12. (04) Doug Patrick; 25
13. (12) Chris Spangler; 25
14. (35) Jay Sykes; 23
15. (77) Denver Alvis; 22
16. (70) Crystal Brockman; 22
17. (80) Adam Florian; 21
18. (89) Allen Dail; 21
19. (82) Sammy Gaita; 21
20. (20) Mike Joyner; 21
21. (34) Thomas Nance; 17
22. (11) Jason Aukland; 14
Pole: Dail - 71.111 mph
(NEW DIVISION RECORD)
STANDARD WELDING PRO 6 - 30 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (23) Casey Sipe; 30
2. (8) D.J. Watson; 30
3. (41) Warren Smigo; 30
4. (45) David Phelps; 30
5. (17) Justin Brashears; 30
6. (6) Bobby Hall; 30
7. (81) Lindsay Bryant; 30
8. (20) Rob Shumate; 22
9. (14) J.B. Sipe; 10
Pole: C. Sipe - 79.807 mph.
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