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Sweeney nabs Super Street win; Florian takes 2nd straight UCAR victory
Oct 12, 2008 - updated Oct 12th, 2008 10:56am
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway
McDonald's Night Race Recap Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008
Tommy Sweeney grabbed the lead on the 66th circuit, survived two late restarts and rolled to the win in the McDonald's 75 for the Bass Pro Shops Super Streets, the featured event of Saturday evening's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Anthony Kincaid was the fast qualifier, at 76.487 mph, and shared the front row with Sweeney, a former Super Street champ and now a Grand Stock division regular. Ricky Derrick, Larry Venable and Todd VanGuilder filled out the top five on the 24-car starting grid.
After one attempt at a start went awry, the race got going with Kincaid edging out front in Turn 3 on the opening lap. Derrick moved up to second, while Sweeney dropped into third place.
The second caution flag appeared on lap 4.
On the restart, Sweeney slipped past Derrick to regain the second position and immediately closed on Kincaid's rear bumper. By lap 20, Kincaid and Sweeney had pulled away from third-place Derrick by a full straightaway.
The third and fourth yellow flags flew at laps 22 and 26, bunching the field. Back under green, Sweeney continued to pressure Kincaid for the lead.
Kincaid was able to open some breathing room on lap 35 when he made a daring pass of three lapped cars along the backstretch. The gamble allowed him to pull ahead by four lengths. Just a lap later, however, Kincaid slipped loose in Turn 4 and, just like that, Sweeney was back on his rear bumper.
Caution #5 appeared on lap 43. Setting the running order, Kincaid was out front, followed by Sweeney. Two lapped cars separated Sweeney and Derrick, while VanGuilder and Venable held down fourth and fifth, respectively.
The sixth caution flag waved on lap 47.
As the race resumed, Kincaid quickly established a two-length margin over Sweeney. On previous restarts, Sweeney had been able to close the gap after a lap or two. This time, though, Kincaid maintained the separation.
That all changed on lap 65, though, as Sweeney pulled to within a car-length of the leader's rear bumper.
On lap 66, Sweeney forced his way to the inside of Kincaid in Turns 1 and 2, launching a bid for the lead. Returning to the stripe, Sweeney was the new leader by a nose. The two continued to battle side-by-side with Sweeney finally gaining the clear-cut edge in Turns 3 and 4 on lap 67.
With Kincaid still lingering just behind him, Sweeney waded into traffic on lap 71. He dispensed with the slower machines on lap 74 and pulled away, while Kincaid was stymied.
Before lap 74 was officially in the books, the seventh caution flag appeared, setting up a two-lap sprint to the finish. As the field gathered, Sweeney enjoyed a two-car buffer between himself and Kincaid. He took full advantage of the situation, darting out to a five-length lead.
A single-car spin in Turn 4 prompted the eighth, and final, caution flag and bunched the field for another try at a "green-white-checkered" finish. This time, only one lapped machine separated the first- and second-place drivers.
Under green for the last time, Sweeney pulled away by 2-1/2 lengths as Kincaid bypassed the lapped car. Driving hard through the corners, though, Kincaid quickly made up the lost ground.
On the final circuit, Sweeney and Kincaid made contact in Turn 2. Sweeney refused to become rattled, however, and held on to win by a single car-length. Derrick was third to the line, followed by Venable and Jeff Shannon.
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Adam Florian took the lead at the beginning of lap 25 and showed the way to his second straight win, picking up the victory in the 75-lap Virginia State UCAR Championship race for the EZ Auto of Newport News UCARs.
Allen Dail started on the pole, at 71.862 mph, and paced the first six circuits before giving way to Chris Hildebrand on lap 7. On lap 10, Florian, who started fifth, teamed up with Renno Marchetti IV to bypass Dail and take over second place.
After caution flags at laps 13, 19 and 24, Florian and Marchetti again joined forces to overhaul Hildebrand at the start/finish line.
The race was a hard-hitting affair as the yellow flag appeared nine times. By the end, over half of the 30-car starting field was parked in the pit area.
Over the last 50 circuits, Florian and Marchetti circled the track in tight formation with Marchetti just waiting for the leader to slip. Florian held a firm grip on the lead, however, and actually gained his largest separation in the closing laps.
At the finish, Florian was the winner by two lengths over Marchetti. Doug Hockaday was third to the line, while Michael Chapman and Robbie Salas completed the top five.
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Dannie Wyatt moved out front on lap 6 and rolled to his sixth victory of the season in the 20-lap King of Champ Karts race for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts.
Tim Benefield started on the pole, at 61.652 mph, and paced the first five circuits. On lap 6, Wyatt teamed up with Brandon Comer and Spencer Saunders to bypass Benefield.
After a caution flag at lap 12, which resulted in Saunders being relegated to the back of the pack, Wyatt, Comer, Jeremy Grogg and Alan Purser pulled away from the field, setting up a four-way battle for the win.
While Grogg and Purser took several looks to the outside of the lead duo, Wyatt and Comer maintained a disciplined draft and held the challengers at bay.
Exiting the final corner, Comer broke out of line in a bid for the victory. He came up a kart-length short at the line, though, as Wyatt held on for the win. Grogg was third to the stripe, followed by Purser and Ron Foxx.
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Justin Brashears took the lead on lap 30 and sped to the win in the 40-lap Standard Welding Pro 6 feature.
Casey Sipe started on the pole, at 81.941 mph, and pulled out front on the opening lap, fighting off an early bid by outside pole-sitter James Williams. Caught on the outside when his race-opening move didn't pay off, Williams drifted back to sixth.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 11 when Williams and David Phelps tangled in Turn 2.
Back under green, Brashears scooted past Warren Smigo to gain the runner-up spot. He quickly closed in on Sipe's bumper and began hunting for the lead.
The second yellow flag waved on lap 25 as D.J. Watson found himself in the infield along the backstretch.
As the race resumed, Brashears followed in Sipe's tire tracks until lap 30 when he drove under the leader as they entered Turn 1. Returning to the stripe, Brashears was ahead by a nose. He cleared Sipe on lap 31 and, within two laps, had already pulled away by five lengths.
While Brashears set sail, Williams grew larger in Sipe's mirror, looking for second place. The two staged a furious battle over the closing circuits.
With his chief pursuers battling between themselves behind them, Brashears rolled to a full-straightaway win. Sipe was second, edging Williams by a nose at the checkers. Smigo was fourth to the line, followed by Phelps.
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George VanGuilder started on the pole, at 81.917 mph, and led all the way to pick up the win in a 35-lapper for the Wolf Contractors Wolf Trucks.
VanGuilder's most anxious moment came at the beginning of the race when he and outside pole starter Chuck Britt banged together as they headed into Turn 1. That shunt produced the first caution flag for debris in Turn 2.
Back under green, VanGuilder held sway as Britt made his way back toward the front. Britt regained the second spot on lap 8 and quickly closed on the leader's bumper.
After mounting a brief challenge for the top spot, Britt dropped back over the second half of the event as VanGuilder pulled away by as much as half a straightaway.
The second, and final, caution flag flew on lap 34 when Britt spun in Turn 2.
On the last restart, VanGuilder opened a four-length lead and sailed on to the win. He was up by three lengths over Britt at the finish. Justin Breshears was third, followed by Michael Farmer.
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LANGLEY SPEEDWAY RACE RESULTS
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008
BASS PRO SHOPS SUPER STREETS - McDonald's 75 Super Street Showdown
1. Tommy Sweeney; 2. Anthony Kincaid; 3. Ricky Derrick; 4. Larry Venable; 5. Jeff Shannon; 6. Dale Parro; 7. Chris Hott; 8. Sean Calway; 9. Mike West; 10. Todd VanGuilder; 11. Justin Brown; 12. Rod Busitzky; 13. Danny Harrell; 14. Jerry LaMontagne; 15. Jack Robinson; 16. Allen Everett; 17. Brian Waters; 18. Remy Milloy; 19. Doug Woodyard; 20. Garrett Willcox; 21. James Loving; 22. Donnie Newman; 23. Daniel Balduf. Pole: Kincaid - 76.487 mph.
EZ AUTO OF NEWPORT NEWS UCARS - 75 laps
Virginia State UCAR Championship
1. Adam Florian; 2. Renno Marchetti IV; 3. Doug Hockaday; 4. Michael Chapman; 5. Robbie Salas; 6. Dusty Connor; 7. Jason Aukland; 8. Daniel Thomas; 9. Johnny Pereira; 10. Brian Rundstrom; 11. Michael Waters; 12. George Dickson; 13. Crystal Brockman; 14. Bill Eaker; 15. Chris Spangler; 16. Chris Hildebrand; 17. Allen Marshall; 18. Derek Roberts; 19. Frank Silva; 20. Robert Arch; 21. John Reardon; 22. Allen Dail; 23. Randy Prillaman; 24. Jason Salmons; 25. Brandon Comer; 26. Michael Harper; 27. Charlie Simons; 28. Lauren Edgerton; 29. Sammy Gaita; 30. Mike Borden. Pole: Dail - 71.862 mph.
RHONNDA CLAIBORNE, REALTOR HRKC PRO WINGED CHAMP KARTS - 20 laps
King of Champ Karts Race
1. Dannie Wyatt; 2. Brandon Comer; 3. Jeremy Grogg; 4. Alan Purser; 5. Ron Foxx; 6. Greg Burgess Jr.; 7. David Phelps; 8. Tim Benefield; 9. Jake Harberts; 10. Clif Savage; 11. Spencer Saunders; 12. Adam Chalkley; 13. Eddie Mitchell; 14. Stan Holmes III; 15. Matt Mullins; 16. Stan Holmes; 17. Ryland Craze; 18. Chuck Weeks; 19. Bill Dailey; 20. Greg Burgess. Pole: Benefield - 61.652 mph.
STANDARD WELDING PRO 6 - 40 laps
1. Justin Brashears; 2. Casey Sipe; 3. James Williams; 4. Warren Smigo; 5. David Phelps; 6. D.J. Watson; 7. Bobby Hall; 8. Lindsay Bryant. Pole: Sipe - 81.941 mph.
WOLF CONTRACTORS WOLF TRUCKS - 35 laps
1. George VanGuilder; 2. Chuck Britt; 3. Justin Brashears; 4. Michael Farmer. Pole: VanGuilder - 81.917 mph.
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