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Falk holds off Edwards for 4th Late Model win
Jun 7, 2009 - updated Jun 7th, 2009 2:06pm
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway
Cavalier Surf Shop Night Race Report Saturday, June 6, 2009
Points leader C.E. Falk moved to the head of the field on lap 28 and withstood a late challenge to post his fourth victory of the season in the Cavalier Surf Shop 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.
Danny Edwards Jr., second to Falk in the series standings, was quickest in afternoon time trials, lapping the .395-mile oval at 86.470 mph. Falk was second-fastest, only 46-thousandths of a second off Edwards’ pace. Greg Edwards started third, alongside Doug Warren, while Woody Howard completed the top five on the 18-car grid.
As the initial green flag fell, Danny Edwards Jr. won the drag race into Turn 1 to take the lead. Falk quickly dropped in line on the bumper of Edwards’ #26 machine, keeping Greg Edwards from moving up.
Before the first circuit was in the books, trouble broke out at the end of the backstretch as Kyle Waltz got squeezed out of the middle of a three-wide sandwich and smacked the outside wall. Jeff Shiflett and Mitch Sarvis were also involved. While Shiflett and Sarvis pitted, then rejoined the fray, the incident sidelined Waltz. Terry Carroll also parked his entry for the night as officials ordered a complete restart.
Under green for a second time, Danny Edwards Jr. once again bolted ahead of Falk. And, once more, Falk slipped comfortably into second place, ahead of Greg Edwards, Howard and Warren.
The second yellow flag waved on lap 5 when Mark Wertz went around off Turn 2.
As the race resumed, Danny Edwards Jr. and Falk eased away from the pack. By lap 15, the pair had put almost half a straightaway between themselves and third-place Greg Edwards and it became readily apparent that the two front-runners were the class of the field.
After falling nearly three lengths back in the early going, Falk began to narrow the gap, closing to within a car-length of Edwards on lap 24. He followed in the leader’s tire tracks until lap 27 when he launched a bid for the lead.
Exiting Turn 4, Falk dropped to the inside of the track and drew alongside Danny Edwards Jr. on the frontstretch. He completed the pass through Turns 1 and 2 on lap 28. Though he was now out front, Falk couldn’t shake Edwards. Five laps after taking the lead, Falk’s margin remained at a single car-length.
Deeper in the field, Paul DeBolt had picked up the fifth spot from Warren on the lap 5 restart and was tracking fourth-place Howard. DeBolt finally pulled off the pass for fourth on lap 34, opening the door for Warren and dropping Howard from the top five.
The third caution flag flew on lap 39 when debris was spotted in Turn 3. Setting the lineup, Falk was the leader, followed by the Edwards brothers — Danny and Greg, DeBolt and Warren.
Returning to green, Falk eked out a slim edge over Danny Edwards Jr., while DeBolt began to hound Greg Edwards for the third spot. Meanwhile, just outside the top five, Howard gave way to Wesley Falk, Mark Wertz and Dean Shiflett as he continued to slide back through the field.
The fourth yellow flag appeared on lap 47 when Matt Waltz slowed to a crawl on the track apron, eventually rolling to a halt in the middle of Turns 3 and 4.
Back under way, Falk fashioned a two-length lead over Danny Edwards Jr. Four laps later, at the crossed flags, the margin had grown to four lengths.
The last of the race’s five caution flags was displayed on lap 51 for debris on the backstretch.
Returning to green, Falk pulled away by nearly two lengths over Edwards. Behind them, Wesley Falk bypassed Warren to crack the top five on lap 52. Three laps later, he overtook DeBolt for fourth and brought Warren with him. On lap 58, Wertz snagged sixth from DeBolt.
At the front, C.E. Falk enjoyed a three-length lead at the three-quarter mark. Danny Edwards Jr., however, was steadily creeping into contention. At lap 77, he had trimmed the deficit to only two lengths.
Falk’s lead stabilized at 2-3 lengths for several laps, then Edwards turned up the wick again. By lap 89, he was parked on the leader’s rear bumper and searching for an opening.
Falk manufactured a little breathing room on lap 93, grabbing a two-length advantage as the lead duo rocketed off Turn 2. Edwards wasn’t quite finished, though.
Over the last couple circuits, Danny Edwards Jr. tried to rally back up to Falk’s bumper. His charge came up a car-length short, however, as Falk held on to win by 0.226-second — a little more than a car-length. Greg Edwards was third to the stripe, followed by Wesley Falk and Wertz, who nabbed fifth from Warren on lap 84.
Warren was sixth to the line, while Shawn Balluzzo, DeBolt, Dean Shiflett and Jordan Wood completed the top 10, all on the lead lap.
In Victory Lane after the race, Falk recounted his evening’s efforts: “I tell ya’ what, if you’d told me the car was gonna handle like that after lap 50, I’d have told you that you were crazy. But, man, we were way too tight in qualifying. I over-adjusted and it got really free. I’ll thank Danny, first of all. He probably could’ve wrecked me going into Turn 3 ‘cause that was about the worst I got into Turn 3 all night on that last lap. But, he didn’t hit me and that’s the kind of competitor Danny is. The car was hooked up, man. Got us win #4 and I’m really excited. Our crew did a great job all day, despite ominous skies.”
Asked about his seventh-place ranking in the latest NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national Top 500, Falk said, “It’s cool to represent Langley Speedway on the national stage. We’re a couple races behind most of these guys, but I think, with the schedule we’ve got coming up and all the cars we’ve got going, it’s gonna help. We’re gonna do the best we can, but a win sure as hell don’t hurt.”
In the evening’s other feature events:
In the 40-lap Old Point National Bank Grand Stock race, Jammie Goode led all the way and survived a pair of late restarts to bag his third win of the year.
Goode claimed the pole in time trials, qualifying at 78.934 mph. Ricky Derrick joined Goode on the front row, while Robbie Parker, Henry Barnes and Anthony Kincaid lined up third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
On the start, Goode and Derrick battled side-by-side until they reached Turn 4. Off the fourth corner, Goode surged ahead to gain the upper hand. Derrick settled into second, followed by Parker, Kincaid and Jimmy Adkins. On lap 3, Barnes scooted around Adkins for fifth.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 4 when Bobby Ferebee spun in Turn 2. On the ensuing restart, Kincaid spun off Turn 4, setting off a multi-car fracas on the frontstretch.
Back under green, Goode forged a narrow margin over Derrick, then began to ease away. By lap 12, his lead stood at almost three lengths.
Caution #3 waved on lap 19 when Bobby Spivey spun on the back straightaway. He was directed to the rear of the field, along with Kincaid.
As the race resumed, Goode and Derrick mixed it up in Turn 2. Goode maintained the top spot, but Derrick kept up the pressure. Entering Turn 1 on lap 20, Derrick took an extremely low angle of attack in a bid to get underneath the leader. With Derrick skirting the infield grass, Goode motored away by two lengths.
At lap 27, Goode enjoyed a three-length advantage over Derrick, who was half a straightaway ahead of third-place Parker. With the laps winding down, though, Derrick began to chip away at the lead.
As the white flag waved, Goode was up by little more than a single length over Derrick. Before they could return to the checkered flag, however, Parker spun at the start/finish line to bring out Caution #4, setting up a “green-white-checkered” finish.
On the restart, Barnes lost an engine and laid a streak of fluid in Turn 4, prompting another caution flag and another try at a two-lap sprint to the end.
Under green for the last time, Goode was able to hold Derrick at bay, winning by 0.257-second — about a car-length. Billy Fisher was third to the line, grabbing the spot on the final restart. Chris Hott was fourth and Kincaid was fifth.
Tommy Nixon kept his unbeaten streak alive in the 25-lap Med Express Urgent Care Super Truck feature, leading from pole to checkers for his third victory.
On the start, Nixon, who qualified at 75.250 mph, leaped out front, while Charlie Barclay, his front-row colleague, failed to come up to speed immediately and gave way to Robbie Davis. Barclay quickly righted the ship, however, and settled into third.
After a caution flag on lap 2, Nixon opened a slim margin over Davis, while Barclay lurked just behind. On lap 5, Barclay slipped under and past Davis off Turn 2 to gain second. The exchange allowed Nixon to pad his lead to five lengths.
Nixon managed to keep Barclay at arm’s length until lap 16 when they waded into slower traffic. Soon, Barclay was right on Nixon’s tailgate.
Nixon broke into the clear on lap 20 and pulled away by two lengths over Barclay. A slip in Turn 2 on lap 21 was costly, though, as Barclay quickly made up the lost ground. The two made contact in Turns 3 and 4, but Nixon held on.
At the finish, Nixon was the winner by 0.951-second — about three lengths — over Barclay, who exited Turn 4 for the last time sideways with tires smoking. Davis was third, followed by Troy Turnage and Rick Potter.
Following the event, Barclay filed a protest of Nixon’s winning machine. After a close inspection, however, the protest was not upheld, making Nixon’s win official.
With a strong push from his drafting partners, Mike Dayton posted his first win of the year in a 20-lapper for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts.
Dwain Smith started on the pole, at 61.821 mph, and led the first 11 circuits with David Phelps in tow. Meanwhile, Dayton and teammate Bill Dailey dropped back in the early going to pick up 13th-place starter Chris O’Brien.
Once Dayton, Dailey and O’Brien linked up, they moved to the high side of the track and began making their way toward the front. On lap 6, the trio overhauled the third- and fourth-place karts of Chuck Weeks and Dannie Wyatt. At that point, Smith and Phelps were almost half a straightaway ahead.
By lap 11, the Dayton-led threesome had run down the lead duo. In Turn 4, Phelps drifted wide to block their momentum. The move had little effect, however, and left Smith a sitting duck as Dayton snagged the lead on lap 12.
Maintaining a disciplined nose-to-tail draft, Dayton, Dailey and O’Brien opened a six-length lead over Smith and Phelps by lap 15.
At the finish, Dayton was the winner by just 69-thousandths of a second over Dailey. O’Brien, who took a quick look to the high side off the final corner, was third, while Smith and Phelps completed the top five.
A late arrival on the grid dropped Casey Sipe from the outside of Row 1 to shotgun on the field for the start of the 30-lap Standard Welding Pro 6 feature. As it turned out, though, that demotion only delayed the inevitable as Sipe took the lead on lap 21 and sped on to his third win in as many races.
Warren Smigo was the pole-sitter for the event, at 80.235 mph, and led the first 18 circuits, followed closely by Tim Layne. Meanwhile, Sipe worked his way into the third spot on lap 14.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 19 and, on the restart, Layne slipped under Smigo in Turn 1. They went door-to-door for half a lap and Layne came away with the lead through Turns 3 and 4. Sipe moved up to second and Doug Warren took over third, while Smigo dropped to fourth.
Just two laps later, Sipe swung to the outside of Layne in Turn 1 and nosed ahead at the stripe to take the lead. Meanwhile, behind the lead duo, Smigo regained third from Warren and left the door open for Bobby Hall and Lindsay Bryant.
The second, and final, caution flag waved on lap 27 when Hall spun off Turn 4 and collected Bryant.
On the final restart, Sipe and Layne bolted from the pack. Sipe opened a two-length lead, then held on as Layne rallied.
At the checkers, Sipe was the winner by 0.132-second — a single car-length — over Layne. Smigo was third, while Warren and David Phelps were fourth and fifth, in that order.
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway
Cavalier Surf Shop Night Race Results Saturday, June 6, 2009
CROSSROADS FUEL SERVICE
LATE MODEL STOCK CARS - 100 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) C.E. Falk; 100
2. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 100
3. (27) Greg Edwards; 100
4. (41) Wesley Falk; 100
5. (55) Mark Wertz; 100
6. (12) Doug Warren; 100
7. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 100
8. (34) Paul DeBolt; 100
9. (06) Dean Shiflett; 100
10. (02) Jordan Wood; 100
11. (10) Casey Wyatt; 58
12. (21) Woody Howard; 50
13. (88) Mitch Sarvis; 50
14. (4) Matt Waltz; 49
15. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 7
16. (38) Duane Shreeves; 2
17. (90) Terry Carroll; 0
18. (1) Kyle Waltz; 0
Pole: D. Edwards - 86.470 mph.
OLD POINT NATIONAL BANK
GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (36) Jammie Goode; 40
2. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
3. (28) Billy Fisher; 40
4. (01) Chris Hott; 40
5. (4) Anthony Kincaid; 40
6. (77) Carl Livingston; 40
7. (12) Bobby Spivey; 40
8. (19) Robbie Parker; 40
9. (88) Brandon Ray; 39
10. (90) Henry Barnes; 38
11. (99) Dalford Briley; 38
12. (23) Bobby Ferebee; 20
13. (39) Nick Odell; 16
14. (18) Jimmy Adkins; 3
Pole: Goode - 78.934 mph.
MED EXPRESS URGENT CARE
SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
2. (33) Charlie Barclay; 25
3. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
4. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
5. (21) Rick Potter; 25
6. (52) Chris Bechtel; 25
7. (51) Brad Adams; 25
8. (1) Paul Hogge Sr.; 25
9. (18) Cory Millard; 24
10. (22) Chase McAdams; 24
11. (29) Amanda Frye; 24
12. (13) Adam Bridwell; 24
13. (7) Lloyd Holbrook; 24
14. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 14
15. (4) Tory Vaughn IV; 7
Pole: Nixon - 75.250 mph.
RHONNDA CLAIBORNE, REALTOR
HRKC PRO WINGED CHAMP KARTS - 20 laps
Fin. Pos. (Kart #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (4) Mike Dayton; 20
2. (00) Bill Dailey; 20
3. (99) Chris O'Brien; 20
4. (26) Dwain Smith; 20
5. (46) David Phelps; 20
6. (8) Dannie Wyatt; 20
7. (31) Chuck Weeks; 20
8. (55) Ron Foxx; 20
9. (25) Adam Chalkley; 20
10. (05) Tim Benefield; 20
11. (63) Clif Savage; 19
12. (64) John Savage; 18
13. (9) Eddie Mitchell; 2
Pole: Smith - 61.821 mph.
STANDARD WELDING PRO 6 - 30 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (14) Casey Sipe; 30
2. (22) Tim Layne; 30
3. (41) Warren Smigo; 30
4. (15) Doug Warren; 30
5. (54) David Phelps; 30
6. (23) Carter Sipe; 30
7. (81) Lindsay Bryant; 30
8. (6) Bobby Hall; 26
Pole: Smigo - 80.235 mph.
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