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Falk claims 2nd straight Late Model victory in Sprint 100
Apr 26, 2009 - updated Apr 26th, 2009 10:31am
Web posted by Gary Dauthrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Sprint Night Race Report Saturday, April 25, 2009

Solidifying his status as a prime championship contender, C.E. Falk wired the field to capture his second straight victory in the Sprint 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.
Falk was quickest in time trials, clocking in at 87.095 mph. His brother, Wesley, was second-fastest, less than a tenth of a second off the pace. An all-Falk front row was not to be, however, as Wesley Falk, Dean Shiflett (third-fastest) and Matt Waltz (seventh-fastest) all ran afoul of division tire rules and had to give up their starting spots.

On the reconfigured starting grid, C.E. Falk shared the front row with Woody Howard, while Aaron Adams and Greg Edwards made up Row 2 and Danny Edwards Jr. completed the top five. Waltz, Wesley Falk and Shiflett ended up in the ninth, 10th and 11th positions, in that order.
As the race got under way, Howard remained on C.E. Falk’s flank until they reached Turn 4. Exiting the corner, Falk gained the clear-cut edge and left an opening to Howard’s inside. Greg Edwards pounced on the opportunity and took over the runner-up spot on lap 2. Howard settled into third, followed by Adams and Danny Edwards Jr.

By lap 5, Falk had already fashioned a three-length lead over Greg Edwards. Another three lengths separated Edwards from Howard. Behind the lead trio, Adams and Danny Edwards Jr. battled for fourth with Edwards grabbing the spot on lap 9.
At lap 25, Falk’s lead had grown to better than half a straightaway over Greg Edwards. Meanwhile, Danny Edwards Jr. had caught up to Howard and was looking for third place. As they dueled, they were slowly closing in on second-place Greg Edwards.
On lap 45, Danny Edwards Jr. launched a bid for third, ducking under Howard in Turn 3. The two went door-to-door until lap 50 when Howard regained command.
With the third spot secure, Howard turned his attention to Greg Edwards, driving under the runner-up in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 56. After a three-lap tussle, Greg Edwards maintained the position. On the following circuit, Danny Edwards Jr. went after Howard again, only to be rebuffed. While Howard and the Edwardses battled, Adams and Shiflett were sneaking into the picture.
On lap 65, Danny Edwards Jr. drove under Howard in Turn 4. Edwards cleared the Howard machine on lap 67 and immediately pulled away. Adams tried to follow Edwards’ cue, but couldn’t pull off the pass of Howard, who held onto fourth.
Action heated up again on lap 72 as Danny Edwards Jr. went after his brother for second, while Adams worked alongside Howard for fourth. Both drivers completed their passes on lap 73 and Shiflett tagged along with Adams, dropping Howard to fifth.
The race’s only caution flag appeared on lap 77 when fourth-place Adams spun in Turn 2. He tried to continue, but was eventually forced to the sidelines and a 14th-place finish.

Lining up for a restart, Falk, who was nearly half a lap ahead at the time of the caution, was separated from second-place Danny Edwards Jr. by three lapped machines. Greg Edwards was third and Howard was fourth. Wesley Falk was up to fifth, followed by Shiflett.
Back under green, Falk took full advantage of his three-car buffer, pulling away by half a straightaway as Danny Edwards Jr. fought past the slower traffic. Behind them, Wesley Falk and Shiflett tag-teamed Howard, dropping him outside the top five.
On lap 86, Wesley Falk slid to the inside of Greg Edwards, completing the pass on lap 87 and bringing Shiflett along with him. Meanwhile, at the front, Danny Edwards Jr. was struggling to overcome a half-straightaway deficit as C.E. Falk cruised toward the finish.
At the checkers, C.E. Falk was the winner by 1.409 seconds — nearly half a straightaway — over Danny Edwards Jr. Shiflett slipped past Wesley Falk on lap 95 and took third. Wesley Falk was fourth and Greg Edwards rounded out the top five.
Howard was sixth in the rundown, the final driver to complete the entire distance. Shawn Balluzzo and Jeff Shiflett were seventh and eighth, respectively, each one lap down. Terry Carroll and Mark Wertz came home ninth and 10th, in that order, two laps off the pace.
In Victory Lane after the race, C.E. Falk was enthused over his performance: “This car is hooked up, man. From this past week to this week, we didn’t change nothing and it showed up. Danny was coming there at the end, but we were just trying to ride and save our tires for next week.”
While he’s enjoying the early-season success, Falk is also mindful of the tough challenge that lies ahead: “Oh, yeah, I think we’ve got something to work with this year. Danny and Greg, they’re not gonna lay back, and none of these other guys here. This is Langley Speedway. This is their house and we’re trying to kick in the door, but they’re not gonna let it go without a fight. So, we’ll keep working on it and get it better and put on a good show for these fans.”

In the evening’s other feature events:

Michael Leech moved out front on the start and led all the way to the checkers in the 50-lap B&C Seafood Modified feature. The victory was Leech’s first in the Mod division.
Chris Johnson, the winner on Opening Night, was the fast qualifier, at 84.507 mph. Leech qualified on the outside pole, while Shawn Balluzzo, Joe Scarbrough and Buster Horne Jr. completed the top five.
At the drop of the initial green flag, Johnson failed to come up to speed as Leech shot into the lead. Scarbrough emerged in second, followed by Rusty Wood, Balluzzo and Jimmy Humblet. Johnson struggled around the track for a lap, then pulled into the pits and parked his machine for the night.
Meanwhile, on the track, Leech had forged a three-length lead over Scarbrough, who was locked in a tight, three-way tussle with Wood and Balluzzo.
The only yellow flag flew on lap 19 when Wood and Scarbrough tangled in Turn 2 and Wood spun. He retreated to the back of the pack for the ensuing restart.
Back under green, Scarbrough took a quick peek to the inside of Leech, then dropped back in line. A couple laps later, Balluzzo got a run on Scarbrough and took over the second spot. At the halfway mark, Leech led by a little more than a car-length over Balluzzo.
Over the second half of the event, Leech was able to maintain a comfortable working margin. When traffic came into play, Balluzzo closed the gap, but, once free of slower cars, Leech would ease away again.
At the finish, Leech was the winner by 0.848-second — about four lengths — over Balluzzo. Scarbrough was third, almost six seconds back. Wood recovered from his mid-race mishap and came home in fourth, while Cameron Patrick was fifth to the line.

Ryan Nester picked up his second win in as many starts in a 50-lapper for the Atlantic Power Sweeping Super Streets, leading the way from pole to checkers.
Nester nabbed the pole position with a 73.458-mph qualifying effort. Doug Woodyard was second-fastest, followed by Randy Sample, Larry Venable and John Foster.
As the event got going, Nester jumped out front and hauled the field off into Turn 1. Sample tagged along with the leader and gained the second position, while Woodyard dropped into third. Behind the top three, Foster and Venable dueled for fourth. Foster claimed the spot and left the lane open for Jeff Shannon and Jonathan Mullett, who also scooted past Venable.
At lap 5, Nester held a slim margin over Sample. Four lengths behind Sample, Woodyard led Foster and Shannon in a three-car pack.
The only caution flag waved on lap 7 to allow rescue personnel in the infield to respond to a call on the grandstand side.
As the race resumed, Nester quickly fashioned a three-length edge over Sample. Meanwhile, Shannon went after Foster for fourth, taking the spot on lap 9. Within a few circuits, Shannon had pulled away from Foster and was closing in on third-place Woodyard. On lap 17, Shannon ducked under Woodyard in Turn 4. He cleared Woodyard on lap 18 as they raced down the backstretch.
At the crossed flags, Nester’s lead had swelled to half a straightaway over Sample, while another full straightaway separated Sample and Shannon.
Over the second half of the race, Nester maintained that half-straightaway margin and won by 1.803 seconds over Sample. Shannon was third, followed by Woodyard and Foster. Foster, however, failed to clear the post-race inspection and was disqualified. Mullett took Foster’s place in the amended rundown.

Randy Prillaman led all 25 laps to notch his second straight win in the EZ Auto of Newport News UCAR feature.
Prillaman was the pole-sitter for the race, qualifying at 70.056 mph. Robert Rusinyak shared the front row with Prillaman, while Adam Florian, Robbie Salas and Greg Pass lined up third, fourth and fifth, in that order.
On the start, Prillaman pulled ahead of Rusinyak as the field rounded Turns 1 and 2 for the first time. Florian moved up to fill the void to the inside of Rusinyak and came away with the second spot.
Trouble broke out at the beginning of lap 2 as Pass spun in Turn 2 and the field was forced to scatter to avoid him. Gathering for a restart, Prillaman, Florian, Rusinyak, Salas and Allen Dail made up the top five.
Three more laps were completed when the second, and final, caution flag appeared for Johnny Pereira, who had fallen off the pace and was trapped to the high side of the track.
Back under green, Prillaman quickly manufactured a two-length margin over Florian, while Salas slipped past Rusinyak for third place. Deeper in the field, Chris Hildebrand moved up to challenge Dail for fifth, taking the spot on lap 9. Dail would return the favor on lap 13.
At the front, Prillaman enjoyed a five-length lead as the crossed flags were displayed. Meanwhile, Salas was taking a hard look at Florian for the runner-up position.
On lap 16, Prillaman steered into lapped traffic and Florian closed to within two lengths. On the following circuit, though, Prillaman broke into the clear and began to rebuild his advantage.
At the finish, Prillaman was the winner by 2.117 seconds — about half a straightaway — over Florian. Salas was third to the stripe, followed by Rusinyak and Dail.

Mike Ganoe took the lead on the opening lap and rolled to the win in the 20-lap season opener for the fledgling Enduro division. At the checkers, his winning margin was almost half a lap. Wayne Groome was the runner-up, followed by David Jordan and Larry Drommerhausen. Tony Spivey was credited with fifth place.

The Wolf Truck division kicked off its season on Saturday night. Apparently, however, Mark Claar was the only one who got that memo. Claar, the lone entrant, turned five laps and was flagged the winner, getting a 50-point head start on the rest of the class in the ‘09 title chase.

In deference to next weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series activities at Richmond International Raceway, no races will be held at Langley Speedway on Saturday, May 2. The schedule resumes on Saturday, May 9, with Moody's All Virginia Environmental Solutions Night.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA Sprint Night

Race Results Saturday, April 25, 2009

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) C.E. Falk; 100
2. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 100
3. (06) Dean Shiflett; 100
4. (41) Wesley Falk; 100
5. (27) Greg Edwards; 100
6. (21) Woody Howard; 100
7. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 99
8. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 99
9. (90) Terry Carroll; 98
10. (55) Mark Wertz; 98
11. (17) John Staton; 96
12. (84) Austin Hubbard; 96
13. (1) Kyle Waltz; 87
14. (6) Aaron Adams; 76
15. (4) Matt Waltz; 28
Pole: C.E. Falk - 87.095 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (5) Michael Leech; 50
2. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
3. (30) Joe Scarbrough; 50
4. (69) Rusty Wood; 50
5. (20) Cameron Patrick; 50
6. (12) Jimmy Humblet; 50
7. (6) Buster Horne Jr.; 49
8. (33) Rob Wells; 47
9. (7) Steve Wagner; 45
10. (36) Chris Johnson; 1
Pole: Johnson - 84.507 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (51) Ryan Nester; 50
2. (24) Randy Sample; 50
3. (81) Jeff Shannon; 50
4. (58) Doug Woodyard; 50
5. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 50
6. (28) Jamie Sample; 50
7. (12) Sean Calway; 49
8. (3) Jeramie Wood; 49
9. (2) Rod Busitzky; 49
10. (55) Michael Farmer; 49
11. (03) Jerry LaMontagne; 48
12. (14) Larry Venable; 34
13. (92) Jack Robinson; 28
DQ (01) John Foster; 50
(Finished 5th, but failed to
clear post-race inspection.)
Pole: Nester - 73.458 mph.

UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
2. (80) Adam Florian; 25
3. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
4. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 25
5. (89) Allen Dail; 25
6. (71) Chris Hildebrand; 25
7. (68) Doug Hockaday; 25
8. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
9. (75) Greg Pass; 25
10. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
11. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
12. (88) Ron Shumate; 24
13. (2) Michael Waters; 24
14. (82) Justin Groome; 24
15. (3) John Reardon; 24
16. (36) Andrew Condrey; 24
17. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 24
18. (04) Doug Patrick; 21
19. (27) Ethan Wenzel; 20
20. (51) Derek Roberts; 5
21. (1) Johnny Pereira; 4
22. (10) John Matthews; 1
Pole: Prillaman - 70.056 mph.

ENDUROS - 20 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (82) Mike Ganoe; 20
2. (08) Wayne Groome; 20
3. (18) David Jordan; 19
4. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 19
5. (46) Tony Spivey; 0
Pole: Groome - via draw.

WOLF TRUCKS - 5 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (7) Mark Claar; 5
Pole: Claar - 83.032 mph.

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