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Edwards overcomes Falk brothers for 2nd Late Model victory
May 17, 2009 - updated May 17th, 2009 11:12am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Little GI Joe's Armed Forces Night Race Report

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Danny Edwards Jr. took the lead on the 79th circuit and motored on to his second victory of the season in the Little G.I. Joe’s 100 for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the headlining event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Wesley Falk was the fast qualifier for the race, touring the .395-mile oval at 87.492 mph. He shared the front row with Nick Smith. Points leader C.E. Falk lined up on his brother’s bumper, in third, alongside Woody Howard. Dean Shiflett and Edwards made up Row 3.
As the race got under way, Wesley Falk grabbed the lead, pulling ahead of Smith through Turns 1 and 2. C.E. Falk filled the opening to the inside of Smith and came away with the runner-up spot. After a brief duel with Shiflett, Edwards took over fourth. Howard, meanwhile, skittered wide in Turn 1 on the opening lap and dropped to seventh.
Six laps in, Wesley Falk held a one-length advantage over his brother, who was two lengths ahead of Smith. On lap 13, Edwards slipped by Smith and moved into third place.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 15 when Aaron Adams rolled to a stop in Turn 3 with front-end damage. Setting the lineup, the Falks ran 1-2, followed by Danny Edwards Jr. Smith was fourth, followed by Greg Edwards, Shiflett and Howard.
Back under green, Wesley and C.E. Falk broke away in nose-to tail formation, opening a slim edge over Danny Edwards Jr. Behind them, Greg Edwards went after Smith for fourth. Smith eventually regained command of the position.
As the laps clicked off, Wesley Falk began to ease away from his brother, who had his hands full with a challenge from Edwards. By lap 28, Wesley’s lead had grown to almost three lengths.
The second caution flag flew on lap 34 when Austin Hubbard slowed to a crawl in the outside lane. As the field heeded the yellow flag, he was able to duck into the pits, retiring to a 17th-place finish.
When the race resumed, C.E. Falk took a look to the inside of Wesley Falk on the backstretch, then fell back in line as Wesley pulled away. At lap 36, Wesley’s advantage stood at three lengths.
The runner-up spot changed hands on lap 41 when Danny Edwards Jr. slipped under C.E. Falk in Turn 2 and grabbed the position off Turn 4. The swap allowed Wesley Falk to extend his lead to nearly half a straightaway. Quickly, Edwards drove away from C.E. Falk and began to close on the leader.
The last of the race’s three yellow flags waved on lap 48 when Jordan Wood and Jeff Shiflett tangled at the entrance to Turn 1.
On the restart, Wesley Falk and Danny Edwards Jr. took off, bumper-to-bumper. Soon, though, C.E. Falk moved up to test Edwards, allowing his brother to widen his margin.
For much of the second half of the event, Wesley Falk enjoyed a fairly comfortable lead as Danny Edwards Jr. and C.E. Falk battled in his mirror. As the race headed into its closing stages, though, Edwards powered away from C.E. Falk and turned his full attention to the leader.
By lap 75, Edwards had drawn to within a car-length of Wesley Falk. He took a peek to the leader’s inside off Turn 4 on lap 76, but fell back in line as C.E. Falk closed in to make it a three-way battle.
On lap 79, Edwards executed the “bump-and-run” to perfection, moving Wesley Falk up the track as they entered Turn 3. While Wesley gathered his machine, Edwards roared into the lead, bringing C.E. Falk along with him and kicking Wesley Falk back to third. Two laps later, Wesley overtook C.E. and regained second place.
Edwards found himself in traffic on lap 89. He maneuvered expertly past the slower machines as his lead began to swell. At lap 93, Edwards had opened a half-straightaway margin.
With Edwards slipping into the distance, the Falks tussled between themselves for the second spot. On lap 94, C.E. ducked under Wesley in Turn 1 and nabbed the position when they reached Turn 4.
At the finish, Danny Edwards Jr. was the winner by 1.183 seconds — about half a straightaway — over C.E. Falk. Wesley Falk was third, while Smith and Greg Edwards completed the top five. Howard was sixth, followed by Shawn Balluzzo, John Staton, Terry Carroll and Mark Wertz. Kyle Waltz was 11th, the final driver to complete the entire distance.
In Victory Lane after the race, Edwards alluded to a comment that C.E. Falk had made following his second straight win on April 25: “We loaned the keys out to the house for a couple weeks, to C.E., but we had to take ‘em back tonight. I’ve gotta give a big hand to Wes Falk. He drove one heckuva race. He was loose and he was hanging on to it. I’m proud of him. I’m glad he got him a good run, got him a pole. Anyway, what can you say? We got off for a couple weeks. Seems to be pretty good tonight.”
Trackside announcer Ron Kitchen quizzed Edwards about the effect the cooler temperatures may have on his car, to which Edwards responded, “I don’t know if that’s what is. We got something off there a couple races, so we’ll just have to see. The two-tire deal throws another curve in there that we’re not used to, but it’s the same for everybody at this point. So, we’ve just gotta figure out and try to make it consistent from week to week.”

In the evening’s other feature events:

Ryan Nester took the lead for good on lap 22 and rolled to his third straight win in the 50-lap Atlantic Power Sweeping Super Street race.
Randy Akers set the pace in qualifying, at 74.086 mph. Nester was second-quickest, just 33-thousandths of a second off Akers’ pole-winning time. Jeff Shannon and Randy Sample made up Row 2, while Larry Venable and Doug Woodyard occupied Row 3.
On the start, Akers quickly wrangled the lead from Nester and hauled the field into Turn 1. Nester settled into second, followed by Sample, Shannon and Venable.
Nester grabbed the top spot for the first time on lap 2, slipping by Akers in Turn 2 and bringing Sample along with him. Two laps later, Akers bypassed Sample for second. Shannon tagged along with Akers and swiped third from Sample.
Ten laps into the event, Nester led by a little more than one length over Akers, while nearly half a straightaway separated the lead duo from third-place Shannon.
On lap 11, Shannon and Sample tangled briefly in Turns 1 and 2, stacking the field. Jonathan Mullett used that opportunity to scoot by Venable and Sample and into fourth place.
The only caution flag flew on lap 15 when Jeramie Wood slowed with mechanical problems on the back straightaway. Setting the lineup, Nester, Akers, Shannon, Mullett and Venable made up the top five.
Back under green, Akers immediately went after Nester for the lead, pulling ahead off Turn 4 on lap 15. Meanwhile, behind the leaders, the scramble was on for third place. Mullett grabbed the spot from Shannon on lap 18, only to see Shannon return the favor on the next lap. Venable and Sample came along with Shannon, dropping Mullett from the top five.
On lap 21, Nester took a run at Akers and pulled alongside the leader in Turn 2. Nester nosed ahead at the end of lap 22 and cleared Akers on lap 23. Just past the halfway mark, Shannon overtook Akers for second, opening the door for Venable and Sample as Akers began to slide down the running order. In the meantime, Nester padded his lead to five lengths.
On lap 37, Venable slipped to the inside of Shannon off Turn 4 in a bid for second, eventually taking the spot on lap 39. He quickly set off after Nester, who was navigating through traffic.
Venable had closed to within four lengths when Nester broke free of the slower cars. With no obstacles in his path, Nester was able to maintain a four-length gap all the way to the finish, winning by 0.855-second. Venable was second, holding off Sample by half a car-length at the stripe. Shannon was fourth, tailing Nester, Venable and Sample to the finish. Mullett was fifth in the final rundown.

Steve Keesee moved out front on lap 18 and showed the way to his first victory of the season in a 25-lapper for the Casey City City INEX Legends.
Rette Causey was the pole-sitter for the event, turning in a 77.811-mph qualifying effort. Keesee started on the outside of Row 1. Jamie Price and Joe Hendricks Jr. occupied Row 2, while Cameron Patrick and Jake Morris were in Row 3.
After one try at a start went awry, the race got going and Causey leaped into the lead. Price came away with the runner-up spot, followed by Patrick and Hendricks, while Keesee slipped to fifth. On lap 2, Keesee began to rally, picking off Hendricks for fourth and joining the lead trio.
On lap 12, Keesee bypassed Patrick for third, bringing Morris and Hendricks along with him. A couple laps later, Keesee overhauled Price and nabbed second place.
The second caution flag appeared on lap 18. On the restart, Keesee scooted around Causey on the backstretch and moved atop the leaderboard. Price took over second place and Hendricks was poised to claim third. Before Hendricks could complete the pass, though, the third caution flag flew as Patrick lost an engine off the second corner.
Back under green, Keesee and Price bolted from the pack in nose-to-tail formation. When they reached Turns 3 and 4, however, Price’s machine skated sideways. As Price chased his car up the track, Causey, Hendricks and Morris slipped past.
The last yellow flag appeared on lap 22. Setting the lineup, Keesee was the leader, followed by Causey, Hendricks, Morris and Price.
On the final restart, the top three pulled away from the pack. With Hendricks hounding Causey for second, Keesee was able to build a two-length advantage.
Hendricks ducked to the inside of Causey on lap 23 and took over second place at the end of the frontstretch at the beginning of lap 24. The exchange allowed Keesee to add to his lead.
At the finish, Keesee was the winner by 0.829-second — about six lengths — over Hendricks. Causey was third, followed by Morris. Morris, though, was disqualified when he failed to clear the post-race inspection. Price took Morris’ place in the amended rundown, while Sparky West rounded out the top five.

In the 25-lap EZ Auto of Newport News UCAR feature, Adam Florian took the lead on the final circuit and held on for his first win of the young season. With Florian sporting the U.S. Army colors, the win was especially popular on Armed Forces Night at the track.
Robbie Salas claimed the pole for the event, at 70.585 mph. Florian was second-fastest, followed by Chris Hildebrand, Greg Pass and Allen Dail.
The first attempt at a start ended with a multi-car mess in Turns 3 and 4. Florian had taken the lead at the drop of the initial green flag.
On the second try, Salas was able to hold Florian at bay, pulling ahead off Turn 2. Hildebrand moved into second, while Florian fell to third.
By lap 6, Salas had forged a three-length lead over Hildebrand. As the leader bypassed some slower cars on the following circuit, however, Hildebrand cut the gap to a single length.
Salas and Hildebrand continued nose-to-tail until lap 16 when Hildebrand drove under the leader off Turn 2. Salas shot between two lapped machines on the backstretch, though, maintaining the lead as he forced Hildebrand back into line.
The second yellow flag appeared on lap 18 when Matt Morgan spun out of a pack in Turn 2.
Back under green, Salas, Hildebrand and Florian broke away bumper-to-bumper. There was contact among the lead group in Turn 2, setting off another scramble for the lead. Hildebrand gained the upper hand, but, before the pass became official, the third yellow flag waved. Scoring reverted to the previous lap and Salas went back out front.
On the final restart, Salas, Hildebrand and Florian again ruled the roost, pulling away to settle the win between themselves.
Hildebrand followed in Salas’ tire tracks until lap 21 when he ducked under the leader. He motored into the lead on lap 22 and brought Florian along with him, dropping Salas to third.
On the white-flag lap, Florian muscled alongside Hildebrand in Turn 1 and drew even. He was able to clear Hildebrand as they exited Turn 4 and won by 0.159-second — a single car-length. Hildebrand was second, followed by Salas, who led laps 1-21. Bill Eaker was fourth and Michael Joyner completed the top five.

Casey Sipe took the lead on lap 2 and sped on to his second straight win in the 30-lap Standard Welding Pro 6 feature.
Doug Warren qualified on the pole, at 80.425 mph, and shared the front row with Sipe. David Phelps, Warren Smigo and Lindsay Bryant were third, fourth and fifth on the grid, respectively.
On the start, Warren gained a slight advantage, only to see Sipe make up the lost ground as they rounded Turns 1 and 2 for the first time. Returning to the flagstand, Warren was ahead by half a length.
Sipe grabbed the lead on lap 2, inching ahead of Warren at the stripe. He added another couple feet to the advantage on lap 3, then cleared Warren on lap 4. Within a handful of laps, Sipe had already pulled away by five lengths.
Sipe was up by almost half a straightaway when the only yellow flag was unfurled on lap 17.
Back under green, Sipe eked out a slim edge over Warren, then extended it to three lengths as the field rumbled off Turn 2 and onto the backstretch. By lap 22, Sipe had regained the half-straightaway advantage that he had enjoyed before the caution flag.
At the finish, Sipe was the winner by 1.162 seconds — about five lengths — over Warren. Phelps was third, followed by Smigo. Bryant came out on top of a race-long duel with Bobby Hall to take fifth.
• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA

Little GI Joe's Armed Forces Night Race Results Saturday, May 16, 2009

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 100
2. (40) C.E. Falk; 100
3. (41) Wesley Falk; 100
4. (80) Nick Smith; 100
5. (27) Greg Edwards; 100
6. (21) Woody Howard; 100
7. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 100
8. (17) John Staton; 100
9. (90) Terry Carroll; 100
10. (55) Mark Wertz; 100
11. (1) Kyle Waltz; 100
12. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 99
13. (02) Jordan Wood; 99
14. (88) Mitch Sarvis; 98
15. (10) Casey Wyatt; 60
16. (06) Dean Shiflett; 47
17. (84) Austin Hubbard; 32
18. (4) Matt Waltz; 14
19. (6) Aaron Adams; 14
20. (38) Duane Shreeves; 0
Pole: W. Falk - 87.492 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (51) Ryan Nester; 50
2. (14) Larry Venable; 50
3. (24) Randy Sample; 50
4. (81) Jeff Shannon; 50
5. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 50
6. (58) Doug Woodyard; 50
7. (12) Sean Calway; 50
8. (09) Todd VanGuilder; 50
9. (01) John Foster Jr.; 50
10. (21) Randy Akers; 50
11. (28) Jamie Sample; 50
12. (2) Rod Busitzky; 50
13. (15) Dale Parro; 49
14. (55) Michael Farmer; 49
15. (92) Jack Robinson; 49
16. (03) Jerry LaMontagne; 22
17. (3) Jeramie Wood; 14
Pole: Akers - 74.086 mph.

INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
2. (30) Joe Hendricks Jr.; 25
3. (33) Rette Causey; 25
4. (08) Jamie Price; 25
5. (09) Sparky West; 25
6. (99) Tyler Kivett; 25
7. (22) Brian May; 25
8. (3) Chris Lemonds; 25
9. (16) Chris Peterson; 25
10. (88) Chris Raiford; 25
11. (95) Josh Morris; 25
12. (82) Gary Adams; 24
13. (20) Cameron Patrick; 18
14. (11) Jeremy Cook; 17
DQ (9) Jake Morris
(Finished 4th, but failed to
clear post-race inspection.)
Pole: Causey - 77.811 mph.

UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (80) Adam Florian; 25
2. (71) Chris Hildebrand; 25
3. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
4. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
5. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
6. (2) Michael Waters; 25
7. (3) John Reardon; 25
8. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
9. (01) Randy Prillaman; 25
10. (26) Renno Marchetti IV; 25
11. (75) Greg Pass; 25
12. (89) Allen Dail; 25
13. (1) Johnny Pereira; 25
14. (04) Doug Patrick; 25
15. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 25
16. (6) Paul Hogge Jr.; 25
17. (27) Bill Whitehurst; 24
18. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 24
19. (88) Ron Shumate; 24
20. (10) John Matthews; 24
21. (12) Chris Spangler; 24
22. (15) Dillon Leland; 23
23. (00) Trey Gurganus; 23
24. (98) Matt Morgan; 17
25. (51) Derrick Roberts; 17
26. (36) Andrew Condrey; 0
Pole: Salas - 70.585 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (14) Casey Sipe; 30
2. (15) Doug Warren; 30
3. (54) David Phelps; 30
4. (41) Warren Smigo; 30
5. (81) Lindsay Bryant; 30
6. (6) Bobby Hall; 30
7. (23) Carter Sipe; 30
Pole: Warren - 80.425 mph.

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