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Danny Edwards Jr. overcomes adversity to best brother for Late Model
Oct 5, 2008 - updated Oct 5th, 2008 11:25am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton Va. --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Hampton Roads Toyota Dealers Night
Race Report
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008

Greg Edwards took the lead for good on lap 88 and drove on to his third victory of the season in the Hampton Roads Toyota Dealers 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.
Heading into Saturday’s race, Danny Edwards Jr. was the division leader, 26 points ahead of brother Greg. To wrap up the championship in the final points event, he needed a finish of 14th or better.
Danny Edwards Jr. set the pace in afternoon time trials, lapping the .395-mile oval at 88.268 mph. Since he’d won the two previous races, however, track rules dictated that he line up on the outside of Row 4. C.E. Falk assumed the pole, flanked by Anthony Warren. Greg Edwards and Nick Smith made up Row 2, while Paul DeBolt and Dean Shiflett started in Row 3.
When the race got under way, things got very interesting in a big hurry. In Turns 1 and 2 for the first time, John Staton, who started 17th in the 20-car field, looped his machine to bring out the caution flag. As the field was slowing, a multi-car fracas erupted on the backstretch and Danny Edwards Jr. ended up planted, nose-first, against the outside wall.
Backing away from the accident scene, Edwards made his way to the pit lane, where a swarm of crew members descended on his battered car. With the driver joining in, they removed both front fenders, the hood and the nose and replaced the radiator.
Meanwhile, the field went back under the green flag and Falk grabbed the early lead. Greg Edwards moved up to second, while Warren settled into third.
Danny Edwards Jr. and crew caught a break when Dalford Briley rolled to a halt in Turn 2 on lap 2, prompting the second caution flag. Repairs were completed to Edwards’ #26 car and he returned to the speedway, one lap down and in 19th place.
As the race resumed, Falk opened a two-length margin over Greg Edwards. Three more car-lengths separated Edwards from third-place Warren, who had his hands full with Paul DeBolt and Smith.
The third caution flag appeared on lap 14 when Matt Waltz and Albert Falk tangled in Turns 3 and 4 and Falk spun. Setting the lineup, C.E. Falk was the leader, followed by Bruce Livingston’s lapped machine. Greg Edwards was next in line, while Warren, Smith and Shiflett rounded out the top five. Danny Edwards Jr., meanwhile, was up to 17th.
Back under green, Falk darted away by four lengths as Greg Edwards cleared the Livingston car. By lap 28, Falk’s lead had stabilized at about three lengths, while third-place Warren had fallen almost half a straightaway behind the lead duo.
The fourth caution flag waved on lap 29 when Duane Shreeves spun in the middle of Turns 3 and 4.
Back under way, Falk fashioned a two-length margin over Greg Edwards. Deeper in the field, Warren was under attack. He gave up the third spot to Smith on lap 32 and Shiflett tagged along, dropping Warren to fifth place.
The fifth yellow flag flew on lap 39 when Shreeves, Rick Gdovic and Kevin Cunningham tied up at the end of the frontstretch. All three drivers were relegated to the sidelines and Danny Edwards Jr. advanced to 14th, the spot he needed to attain for the championship.
As the race resumed, Falk, Greg Edwards and Smith bolted from the pack in nose-to-tail formation. Behind them, DeBolt and Mark Wertz overtook Warren for fifth and sixth, respectively.
On lap 43, Greg Edwards pushed his machine to the front for the first time, bringing Smith along with him and kicking Falk back to third. Two laps later, Terry Carroll spun at the start/finish line and the sixth caution flag waved. Amazingly, after such a rough start, the remainder of the event would be caution-free.
Back under way, Greg Edwards eked out a one-length margin over Smith, who was being pressured by Falk for the second spot.
On lap 55, Falk slipped under Smith in Turn 2 and regained the runner-up position off Turn 4. By lap 64, he had drawn to within a single car-length of Greg Edwards’ bumper.
On lap 66, Dude Gibbs slowed and made the turn into the pits. That was important because it moved Danny Edwards Jr. up to 13th in the running order.
Back at the front, Falk closed in on Greg Edwards and returned to the top spot on lap 76, nosing ahead at the line. He and Edwards continued their door-to-door battle for another couple laps with Edwards regaining command off Turn 2 on lap 78.
On lap 79, Shiflett bypassed Smith to take over third place. He, then, set sail after the leaders and began to close in.
Falk went back on the offensive on lap 87, ducking under Greg Edwards in Turn 2. He was ahead as they returned to the stripe, but relinquished the position to Edwards on the backstretch on lap 88. Continuing to dig hard in the bottom lane, though, Falk refused to fold, keeping a fender to the inside of the leader. Greg Edwards put an end to the duel on lap 93 as he cleared Falk at the entrance to Turn 1.
As Falk settled back into second, Shiflett popped into the picture, driving underneath Falk in Turn 4 on lap 94. He edged ahead for the runner-up spot on lap 96, but gave way to Falk on the following circuit. Falk cleared Shiflett on lap 98. By then, however, Greg Edwards had opened a healthy margin and was on his way to Victory Lane.
At the finish, Greg Edwards was the winner by 1.063 seconds — about five lengths — over Falk. Shiflett was third, followed by Smith and Wertz. DeBolt, Staton, Warren, Jeff Shiflett and Eddie Johnson completed the top 10, while Waltz was 11th, the final driver on the lead lap.
Danny Edwards Jr. ground out a tough 13th-place finish, two laps back, to claim the 2008 Late Model Stock Car championship. In the final tally, he bested his younger brother, Greg, by just two points, 672-670.
In Victory Lane after the race, Greg Edwards commented on his battle with Falk: “I’ve gotta take my hat off to C.E. He drove one heckuva race. That’s gotta be one of the best races this year. I could get a little better grip up top than he could, but he was a little better than me at the end. I was just loose, so I just kept letting him have the inside and I figured, if I could get a bite off the corner, I might be able to beat him. But, man, he really drove me clean and it was one heckuva race. I had one opportunity to get by him. I think we was better than me most of the time. He slipped and I took advantage of it.”
Joining his brother in Victory Lane, Danny Edwards Jr. noted the appearance of his open-wheel Late Model: “It’s not pretty, but the guys didn’t give up on me. We kept digging and things worked out for us. It’s been a tremendous year for us and it looked like it was gonna be over with right there before we even got a lap on the board. And, man, I can’t thank these guys enough for fighting and digging and getting in there and getting it back well enough to get out there and make us laps. I don’t know where we ended up, maybe 13th or something, and we needed to finish 14th and that’s what we did.”

In the evening’s other feature events:

In the 40-lap Super 8 Motels/B&B Engines Grand Stock race, Jammie Goode moved out front on lap 19 and motored to his eighth victory of the season.
Jimmy Adkins was the fastest qualifier, at 78.825 mph, and bagged the pole position for the start of the event. Goode was second-quickest and shared Row 1 with Adkins. Division leader Paul Lubno and Brandon Hinson made up Row 2, while David Gray rounded out the top five on the grid.
As the race got going, Adkins grabbed the lead. Goode slipped into second place, followed by Lubno, who needed to finish 11th or better to win his second straight championship.
After a pair of early caution flags, the field got down to business. Adkins opened a two-length gap over Goode, who quickly made up the ground and began hunting for the lead.
On lap 18, Goode worked his way to the inside of Adkins in Turn 4, initiating a side-by-side battle. Goode nosed ahead by half a car-length at the end of lap 19 and cleared Adkins at the beginning of lap 22.
On lap 27, Adkins, with Lubno in tow, got caught behind slower traffic, allowing Goode to widen his margin to almost half a straightaway.
That lead would be erased, though, when the third yellow flag flew on lap 31. Only two more laps were on the board when caution #4 appeared on lap 33 and two attempts at a restart produced cautions #5 and #6 as the event crept toward completion.
Under green for the last time, Goode, Adkins and Lubno pulled away from the pack. As they hit the backstretch, Goode forged a two-length edge over Adkins, who had a mirror-full of Lubno.
On lap 34, Lubno scooted around Adkins for the runner-up spot. Adkins returned the favor on the following circuit. The exchange allowed Goode to pad his lead to almost half a straightaway and he cruised on to the checkers.
At the finish, Goode was the winner by 1.081 seconds — about five car-lengths — over Adkins. Lubno was third, while Henry Barnes and Danny Harrell took fourth and fifth, in that order.
In the final standings, Lubno claimed the ‘08 Grand Stock title by 18 points over Goode, 530-512.

In the 50-lap finale for the B&C Seafood Modifieds, Chris Johnson regained the lead on the 16th circuit and sped to his fourth win of the year.
Johnson paced qualifying for the event, nabbing the pole with a lap at 85.252 mph. Points leader Joe Scarbrough was the outside pole-sitter, while Cameron Patrick and Rusty Wood lined up in Row 2.
On the start, Scarbrough generated a big run as the field reached Turn 2 for the first time and took the lead on the backstretch. Johnson settled into second, while Wood slipped by Patrick for third on lap 4.
After following in Scarbrough’s tire tracks for the first 15 laps, Johnson went after the lead on lap 16. He drove under Scarbrough in Turn 1 and gained the clear-cut edge off Turn 4. Within a handful of laps, he had pulled away by five car-lengths over Scarbrough, who saw Wood growing larger in his mirror.
On lap 26, Wood slipped around Scarbrough in Turns 1 and 2 to take over the runner-up spot. Two laps later, the second yellow flag waved, erasing Johnson’s full-straightaway advantage and bunching the field.
Cautions #3 and #4 followed on laps 40 and 42. On each restart, Johnson was able to quickly establish a comfortable working margin over Wood and Scarbrough, then gradually ease away.
At the checkers, Johnson was the winner by 1.966 seconds — about half a straightaway — over Wood. Scarbrough was third, followed by Patrick and Danny Baker.
In the final points tally, Scarbrough, who only needed to finish 13th or better, easily claimed the title with 592 points, 22 better than Johnson and Wood, who both ended the campaign with 570. Johnson took second in the standings with four race wins to three for Wood, the first tiebreaker.

In a 25-lapper for the Med Express Urgent Care Super Trucks, Tommy Nixon started on the pole, at 74.345 mph, and led all the way for his first victory of the season.
Hugo Belfiore was second to Nixon in qualifying and lined up alongside him on the front row. Brad Adams, Rick Potter and Cory Millard were third, fourth and fifth on the grid. Robbie Davis, who was looking to clinch the season championship, qualified fourth-fastest, but had to start eighth, since he’d won the last two races. He needed to finish ninth or better to fend off Nixon in the standings.
As the race began, Nixon jumped out front. Adams tagged along on his bumper and moved up to second. Belfiore slipped to third, while Davis emerged from the opening shuffle in fourth.
On lap 4, Belfiore bypassed Adams for second and brought Davis along with him, to third. The exchange allowed Nixon to open a three-length lead. That advantage soon grew to five lengths as Nixon began to ease away.
At the crossed flags, Belfiore had trimmed Nixon’s lead to just two lengths as the leaders worked traffic. Once in the clear, Nixon quickly rebuilt his five-length margin. Back in traffic on lap 16, though, the gap shrank again.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 20.
Back under green, Nixon, Belfiore, Davis and Adams bolted from the pack. Belfiore stayed on Nixon’s bumper until they reached Turn 4. Exiting the corner, Belfiore drifted wide and Nixon pulled away by a couple truck-lengths.
The second, and final, caution flag waved on lap 22 when Aaron Baker spun into the infield along the backstretch.
On the last restart, Belfiore hounded Nixon for a lap. Coming off Turn 2 on lap 23, Nixon gained two-lengths of separation and was on his way to the win.
At the stripe, Nixon was the winner by 0.897-second — about three lengths — over Belfiore. Davis was third, followed by Adams and Rick Potter.
In the final standings, Davis took the ‘08 championship by 12 points over Nixon, 548-536. Belfiore was third with 518.

Steve Keesee moved out front on the final circuit and picked up his second win of the year in the 25-lap season-ender for the Peninsula Hardwood Mulch INEX Legends.
Casey Wyatt started on the pole, at 77.995 mph, and paced the first two laps before giving way to Rette Causey on lap 3. Points leader Don McLaughlin, who needed to finish 11th or better to claim the title, tagged along with Causey and moved into second.
On lap 4, Wyatt slipped back around McLaughlin to regain the runner-up spot. Caught on the high side, McLaughlin drifted back to seventh place before finding a place in line.
Causey showed the way until lap 13 when Wyatt pushed his machine back to the front. By lap 17, Wyatt had forged a three-length margin over Causey, who was leading a five-car train.
The race’s second caution flag flew on lap 19.
Back under green, Causey took a quick peek to the inside of Wyatt, then fell back in line. On the next lap, though, his bid for the lead was successful as he regained the top spot and brought Brad Hancock, Keesee, Jamie Price and Ryan Crites along with him.
On lap 24, Hancock momentarily slowed and was bypassed by Keesee, Price and Crites as the field prepared to receive the white flag.
On the final lap, Causey showed the way down the backstretch, but shot wide in Turn 3, opening the door for Keesee, who sprinted past and on to the checkered flag. Price was second, 0.137-second back. Causey salvaged a third-place finish, followed by Hancock and Crites.
In the final points tally, McLaughlin’s seventh-place outing was good enough to bring him the 2008 title by 16 points over Hancock, 564-548. Price was third with 544.
• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Hampton Roads Toyota Dealers Night
Race Results
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (84) Greg Edwards; 100
2. (40) C.E. Falk; 100
3. (06) Dean Shiflett; 100
4. (47) Nick Smith; 100
5. (55) Mark Wertz; 100
6. (34) Paul DeBolt; 100
7. (17) John Staton; 100
8. (31) Anthony Warren; 100
9. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 100
10. (57) Eddie Johnson; 100
11. (4) Matt Waltz; 100
12. (51) Albert Falk; 99
13. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 98
14. (96) Bruce Livingston; 95
15. (90) Terry Carroll; 68
16. (7) Dude Gibbs; 65
17. (61) Kevin Cunningham; 38
18. (64) Rick Gdovic; 38
19. (38) Duane Shreeves; 38
20. (5) Dalford Briley; 37
Pole: C.E. Falk.
Fast Qualifier: D. Edwards - 88.268 mph.
Note: Because he'd won the previous two
races, D. Edwards had to start 8th, by
track rules.

GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (36) Jammie Goode; 40
2. (1) Jimmy Adkins; 40
3. (14) Paul Lubno; 40
4. (90) Henry Barnes; 40
5. (95) Danny Harrell; 40
6. (22) Tommy Sweeney; 40
7. (41) Paul Lubno Jr.; 40
8. (12) Bobby Spivey; 40
9. (77) Carl Livingston; 40
10. (28) Billy Fisher; 39
11. (2) Brian Waters; 36
12. (23) Bobby Ferebee; 32
13. (81) Brandon Hinson; 32
14. (5) Robert Ellis; 31
15. (19) Robbie Parker; 30
16. (9) Rodney Boyd; 30
17. (43) David Gray; 24
18. (15) Jonathan White; 10
19. (88) Brandon Ray; 2
Pole: Adkins - 78.825 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (36) Chris Johnson; 50
2. (69) Rusty Wood; 50
3. (93) Joe Scarbrough; 50
4. (20) Cameron Patrick; 50
5. (21) Danny Baker; 50
6. (11) Bubba Farmer; 50
7. (5) Michael Leech; 50
8. (50) Ryan Boggs; 50
9. (9) Buster Horne Jr.; 50
10. (12) Jimmy Humblet; 50
11. (34) Donnie Medlin; 50
12. (16) Ernie Dettbarn; 49
13. (65) Jimmy Kibler; 49
14. (23) Greg Burgess; 49
Pole: Johnson - 85.252 mph.

SUPER TRUCKS - 12 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
2. (15) Hugo Belfiore; 25
3. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
4. (51) Brad Adams; 25
5. (21) Rick Potter; 25
6. (1) Paul Hogge; 25
7. (7) Lloyd Holbrook; 24
8. (18) Cory Millard; 24
9. (20) Buck Munger; 24
10. (52) Chris Bechtel; 24
11. (2) Chase McAdams; 24
12. (00) Aaron Baker; 24
13. (4) Tory Vaughn IV; 17
14. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 0
Pole: Nixon - 74.345 mph.

INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
2. (08) Jamie Price; 25
3. (33) Rette Causey; 25
4. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
5. (00) Ryan Crites; 25
6. (83) Casey Wyatt; 25
7. (21) Don McLaughlin; 25
8. (30) Joe Hendricks; 25
9. (58) Lee Johnson; 25
10. (16) Chris Peterson; 25
11. (14) Larry Wilson; 25
12. (31) Erik Hall; 25
13. (1) Brian May; 1
Pole: Wyatt - 77.995 mph.

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