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Johnson, Derrick post wins; Late Model feature washed out
May 10, 2009 - updated May 10th, 2009 4:48pm
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Moody's All Virginia Environmental Solutions Night Race Report
Saturday, May 9, 2009
C.E. Falk's bid for his third straight victory in the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Car division will have to wait another week as rain brought a premature end to Saturday evening's NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
The rain, accompanied by lightning and stiff winds, hit the Speedway just as the field for the Moody's All Virginia Environmental Solutions 100 was getting ready to take the track for the final race of the night.
Danny Edwards Jr. had claimed the pole in late afternoon qualifying, at 87.762 mph. Paul DeBolt, Greg Edwards, Woody Howard and Aaron Adams completed the top five on the 15-car starting grid. Falk, the series points leader, clocked in sixth-fastest.
In the evening’s feature events that were completed:
Chris Johnson took the lead on lap 16 and motored on to his second victory of the season in the 50-lap B&C Seafood Modified race, holding off division leader Shawn Balluzzo.
Joe Scarbrough set the fast time in qualifying, lapping the .395-mile oval at 84.447 mph. Johnson was second-quickest, followed by Michael Leech, Balluzzo and Kyle Wood.
As the race got under way, Scarbrough edged ahead of Johnson through Turns 1 and 2 to take the lead on the opening circuit. Johnson settled into second, while Leech emerged in third and Balluzzo went side-by-side with Rusty Wood for fourth, eventually nabbing the spot.
Johnson followed closely in Scarbrough’s tire tracks until lap 9 when the leader used a lapped car to gain a three-length advantage off Turn 2. Within a few laps, though, Johnson had made up that lost ground and resumed his challenge for the top spot.
Scarbrough’s night came to an abrupt halt on lap 16 when plumes of white smoke erupted from his machine at the end of the back straightaway. With the caution flag waving, he retreated to the pits and passed the lead to Johnson.
Back under green, Johnson eked out a one-length lead over Leech, who was under assault from Balluzzo. Balluzzo grabbed the runner-up position in Turns 3 and 4 and left the door open for Rusty and Kyle Wood and Jimmy Humblet, dropping Leech from the top five.
The last of the race’s two yellow flags appeared on lap 18 when Cameron Patrick and Buster Horne Jr. tangled at the entrance to Turn 1. Setting the lineup, Johnson was out front, followed by Balluzzo, Rusty Wood, Kyle Wood and Humblet.
As the event resumed, Johnson and Balluzzo bolted in nose-to-tail formation, gaining a three-length separation over Rusty Wood. By the halfway mark, the top three had driven away from the pack by almost a full straightaway.
Over the second half of the race, Balluzzo continued to hound Johnson for the lead, while Rusty Wood steadily crept back into the picture.
On the final lap, Johnson looked to bypass a slower machine off Turn 2. Spotting an opportunity, Balluzzo dropped to the inside of Johnson, creating a three-wide jumble at the front. At the end of the backstretch, the lapped car drifted out toward the wall, giving the lead duo plenty of room to conclude their battle.
Johnson was strong off the last corner and beat Balluzzo to the line by 0.243-second — about a car-length. Rusty Wood and Kyle Wood were third and fourth, while Leech slipped by Humbet on lap 44 and came home fifth.
In the 40-lap Old Point National Bank Grand Stock feature, Ricky Derrick started on the pole and held off a race-long challenge from Jammie Goode to secure his first win of the young campaign.
Derrick was fastest in time trials, at 79.331 mph, and took the pole position. Goode qualified second, only 9-hundredths of a second off Derrick’s pace. Billy Fisher, Robbie Parker and Bobby Spivey completed the top five on the starting grid.
On the start, Derrick and Goode battled into Turn 1 with Derrick gaining the upper hand as the field spilled onto the backstretch for the first time. Goode fell in line, in second, followed by Fisher, Spivey and Parker.
The first yellow flag flew on lap 5 as officials spotted fluid spewing from Parker’s car. He was directed to the pits, where his crew addressed the problem and returned him to the fray.
The second caution flag waved on lap 8 when Bobby Ferebee dumped a large amount of fluid along the front straightaway. As the field came around to receive the yellow flag, Goode spun in Ferebee’s fluid at the start/finish line. Since the incident happened after the caution flag had appeared, though, he was allowed to return to the runner-up spot.
Back under green, Derrick and Goode broke away from the pack, quickly opening a half-straightaway gap between themselves and third-place Fisher.
The last caution flag flew on lap 13 when Rodney Boyd slapped the outside wall off Turn 4, then clipped the end of the inside wall, near Turn 1. Setting the lineup, Derrick and Goode ran 1-2, followed by Fisher, Spivey and Parker, who had made his way back into the top five.
As the race resumed, Derrick quickly fashioned a two-length lead, only to see Goode narrow the gap. Behind them, Spivey went after Fisher for third, taking the position on lap 19 and bringing Parker along with him.
Goode continued to shadow Derrick until lap 30 when he charged to the inside of the leader in Turns 1 and 2. The two locked horns, but maintained control of their machines. Derrick pulled away with a four-length advantage.
On lap 32, Parker grabbed the third spot from Spivey. Fisher tagged along and took over fourth, while Spivey fell back to fifth.
At the finish, Derrick was the winner by 0.497-second — about two lengths — over Goode. Parker was third and Fisher and Spivey completed the top five.
Tommy Nixon led from pole to checkers, dominating the 25-lap Med Express Urgent Care Super Truck feature for his second victory in as many starts.
Nixon bagged the pole with a qualifying lap at 74.818 mph. He was nearly 4-tenths of a second quicker than Rick Potter, who started alongside him on the front row. Robbie Davis, Brad Adams and Paul Hogge Sr. were third, fourth and fifth, respectively, on the grid.
As the race got going, Nixon shot into the lead, hauling the field into Turn 1. Davis tagged along with Nixon, moving from third to second. Adams emerged from the shuffle in third, while Potter slipped to fourth, just ahead of Hogge.
By lap 6, Nixon had already built up a five-length advantage over Davis, who had a mirror-full of Adams. Another half-straightaway separated Adams from fourth-place Potter.
Nearing the halfway mark, Davis drove away from Adams and pulled to within four lengths of the leader. The rally was short-lived, however, as Nixon began to increase his advantage, while Adams closed in on Davis.
On lap 16, Adams slipped past Davis on the backstretch to take over second place. The exchange allowed Nixon to pad his lead to nearly a full straightaway, a margin he would maintain to the finish.
At the checkers, Nixon was the winner by 3.936 seconds over Adams. Davis was third to the stripe, followed by Potter and Hogge.
Ron Foxx started on the pole and, with Dannie Wyatt providing the drafting aid, led all 20 laps for his first win in the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Kart race.
Foxx was fastest in time trials, at 60.426 mph, followed by Jake Harberts, David Phelps, Tim Benefield and Chuck Weeks.
As the event got under way, Foxx edged ahead of Harberts to take the lead. Meanwhile, Wyatt, who started ninth, quickly made his way toward the front, pulling up behind Foxx on lap 2. Adam Chalkley took over third, while Harberts fell back to fourth.
Harberts regained the third spot from Chalkley on lap 5. Chalkley, though, quickly picked up drafting help from Benefield. At the halfway point, Foxx, Wyatt, Harberts, Chalkley and Benefield were nose-to-tail. In fact, the top 14 karts were all within half a straightaway of one another.
The first caution flag flew on lap 15 when Harberts spun in Turn 2, sending the field scattering in all directions. Just when it appeared that Harberts might escape damage, he collected Jeffrey Johnson and Jeremy Grogg, the 12th- and 13th-place runners.
The field went under a lengthy red flag as officials and rescue workers rushed to the accident scene. While Harberts and Grogg walked away from the wreck, Johnson, who had careened head-on into the Turn 2 wall, was loaded into the ambulance and taken to a local hospital for observation.
On the ensuing restart, two drivers — Chuck Weeks and Chris O’Brien — failed to come up to speed and pulled out of line. Weeks made it to the pit lane, but O’Brien wasn’t as fortunate, pounding the steering wheel as he rolled to a halt at the start/finish line, prompting the second yellow flag.
Back under green, Foxx and Wyatt continued to hold sway at the head of the field. With nine more snarling karts on their tail, the lead duo maintained a disciplined draft all the way to the finish.
At the stripe, Foxx was the winner by 0.073-second over Wyatt. Chalkley was third, followed by Benefield. Bill Dailey gained two spots on the final circuit to snag fifth. In a tight finish, the separation from first to 11th place was only 0.638-second.
Mark Claar turned five hot laps and came away with his second uncontested Wolf Truck win.
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway
Moody's All Virginia Environmental Solutions Night Race Results Saturday, May 9, 2009
CROSSROADS FUEL SERVICE LATE MODEL STOCK CARS - 100 laps
Pole: Danny Edwards Jr. - 87.762 mph.
B&C SEAFOOD MODIFIEDS - 50 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (36) Chris Johnson; 50
2. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
3. (69) Rusty Wood; 50
4. (9) Kyle Wood; 50
5. (5) Michael Leech; 50
6. (12) Jimmy Humblet; 50
7. (22) Tim Layne; 49
8. (41) Alan Purser; 49
9. (26) Steve McGuire; 49
10. (7) Steve Wagner; 47
11. (6) Buster Horne Jr.; 17
12. (20) Cameron Patrick; 17
13. (30) Joe Scarbrough; 15
14. (23) Chris Hoylman; 2
Pole: Scarbrough - 84.447 mph.
OLD POINT NATIONAL BANK
GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
2. (36) Jammie Goode; 40
3. (19) Robbie Parker; 40
4. (28) Billy Fisher; 40
5. (12) Bobby Spivey; 40
6. (4) Anthony Kincaid; 40
7. (01) Chris Hott; 39
8. (77) Carl Livingston; 20
9. (90) Henry Barnes; 20
10. (9) Rodney Boyd; 12
11. (23) Bobby Ferebee; 7
12. (7) Jason Aukland; 5
Pole: Derrick - 79.331 mph.
MED EXPRESS URGENT CARE
SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
2. (51) Brad Adams; 25
3. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
4. (21) Rick Potter; 25
5. (1) Paul Hogge Sr.; 25
6. (52) Chris Bechtel; 25
7. (22) Chase McAdams; 25
8. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 24
9. (13) Jeremy Wolfe; 24
Pole: Nixon - 74.818 mph.
RHONNDA CLAIBORNE, REALTOR
HRKC PRO WINGED CHAMP KARTS - 20 laps
(Unofficial pending inspection)
Fin. Pos. (Kart #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (55) Ron Foxx; 20
2. (8) Dannie Wyatt; 20
3. (25) Adam Chalkley; 20
4. (05) Tim Benefield; 20
5. (00) Bill Dailey; 20
6. (97) Timmy Waltrip; 20
7. (4) Mike Dayton; 20
8. (46) David Phelps; 20
9. (99) Chris O'Brien; 20
10. (59) Alan Purser; 20
11. (9) Eddie Mitchell; 20
12. (63) Clif Savage; 20
13. (64) John Savage; 20
14. (31) Chuck Weeks; 20
15. (80) Jake Harberts; 14
16. (14) Jeffrey Johnson; 14
17. (81) Jeremy Grogg; 14
Pole: Foxx - 60.426 mph.
WOLF TRUCKS - 5 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (7) Mark Claar; 5
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