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Johnson posts 4th Mod win; Nester rallies for 5th Super Street victory
Jun 14, 2009 - updated Jun 14th, 2009 1:00pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway

Monster Energy Drink Night Race Report Saturday, June 13, 2009

Chris Johnson jumped out front on the opening circuit and rolled to his fourth victory of the season in the Monster Energy Drink 50 for the B&C Seafood Modifieds, the headlining event of Saturday’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Johnson claimed the pole in afternoon qualifying, lapping the venerable .395-mile oval at 84.008 mph. Michael Leech turned in an identical time, but started on the outside of Row 1, since he ranked behind Johnson in the division standings. Points leader Shawn Balluzzo and Mark Wertz filled Row 2 and Joe Scarbrough completed the top five on the 12-car grid.
As the race got under way, Leech remained on Johnson’s flank until they reached Turn 2. Heading onto the backstretch for the first time, Johnson gained the upper hand. Balluzzo inched up to second place, leaving Leech in a door-to-door battle with Scarbrough.
Scarbrough pulled ahead of Leech on lap 2 and left the lane open for Wertz and Cameron Patrick. After slipping to sixth, Leech finally found a place in line.
On lap 8, Patrick scooted past Wertz to pick up fourth place. Meanwhile, at the head of the field, Johnson had opened a three-length margin over Balluzzo. That gap shrank a few laps later, though, as the leaders began dealing with slower traffic.
The only caution flag waved on lap 18 when Leech spun in Turn 3. Setting the running order, Johnson and Balluzzo held the top two spots, followed by Scarbrough, Patrick and Wertz.
Back under green, Johnson eked out a slim edge over Balluzzo, then extended the lead as they exited Turn 2. Deeper in the field, Jimmy Humblet moved up to challenge Wertz for fifth, taking the position on lap 23
At the crossed flags, Johnson enjoyed a comfortable three-length advantage over Balluzzo, while Scarbrough had fallen half a straightaway behind the lead duo.
Humblet continued his march toward the front on lap 28, picking off Patrick for the fourth spot. Within five laps, he had closed in on Scarbrough and was looking for third.
At the front, Johnson maintained a steady pace, allowing Balluzzo to get no closer than two or three car-lengths.
Humblet finally got the better of Scarbrough on lap 43 and took over third place. He cleared Scarbrough’s #30 machine off Turn 2 on lap 44.
Closing in on the finish, several slower cars loomed ahead of Johnson, presenting an opportunity for Balluzzo. The traffic never became a factor, however, as Johnson cruised to the checkers, 0.843-second ahead of Balluzzo, who collected his fifth runner-up finish in as many points races.
Humblet was third to the line, followed by Scarbrough and Patrick. Wertz came home in sixth, while Leech, Buster Horne Jr., Rusty Wood and Steve McGuire completed the top 10, all on the lead lap.

In the evening’s other feature events:

Ryan Nester rallied from deep in the field to keep his unbeaten streak alive in a 50-lapper for the Atlantic Power Sweeping Super Streets. The victory was Nester’s fifth of the year.
Randy Sample, second to Nester in the standings, notched the pole position, qualifying at 74.478 mph. Ricky Derrick shared the front row with Sample. Sean Calway and Nester occupied Row 2, while Larry Venable launched from the fifth spot.
On the start, Sample and Derrick battled to Turn 2, where Sample pulled ahead and brought Calway along with him. Derrick settled into third, followed by Venable and Jeramie Wood. Caught on the high side, Nester dropped all the way to ninth before finding an opening.
The first yellow flag waved on lap 7 when officials spotted fluid leaking from the back of Calway’s machine. He headed to the attention of his crew, surrendering second place to Derrick as the field bunched for a restart.
As the race resumed, Sample forged a one-length lead over Derrick. Behind them, Nester slipped past Jonathan Mullett to move into sixth place.
The last of the race’s two caution flags appeared on lap 10 when someone clipped the edge of the infield in Turn 3 and splattered muddy debris onto the racing surface.
On the restart, Derrick immediately went after Sample for the top spot, ducking under the leader as they came back to the green flag. He cleared Sample when they reached Turn 1. Nester was also busy on the restart, snagging fifth from Todd VanGuilder.
Continuing his climb toward the point, Nester slipped past Wood for fourth place on lap 15 and overtook Venable for third on lap 27. By lap 35, he had closed in on Sample for second.
Nester grabbed the runner-up spot from Sample on lap 37. He cleared Sample’s machine on lap 38 and went right to work on Derrick.
On lap 39, Nester poked a fender alongside the leader as they navigated Turn 2. The two dueled side-by-side for a couple laps with Nester nosing ahead at the end of the 40th circuit. He gained the clear-cut advantage on lap 41 and left the door open for Sample, who swiped second from Derrick.
At the checkers, Nester was the winner by 0.675-second over Sample. Derrick was third, followed by Mullett and Wood. Venable, John Pereira, Calway, VanGuilder and Dale Parro rounded out the top 10, all finishing on the lead circuit.

Brad Hancock took the lead for good on lap 21 and held on for his first win of the season in a 25-lapper for the Casey Cycle City INEX Legends.
Hancock nabbed the pole in afternoon time trials, circling the track at 78.244 mph. Jamie Price, Steve Keesee, Sparky West and Rette Causey completed the top five on the starting grid.
When the green flag flew, Hancock won the drag race into Turn 1 and grabbed the lead. Keesee and Causey tagged along with Hancock, while Price found himself in a door-to-door battle with West.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 3 as Keesee and Causey tangled at the end of the backstretch and Keesee spun. With the field slowing, Chris Peterson stumbled into the melee and vaulted into the air. After a seemingly endless series of rolls, he finally came to rest in Turn 4. The red flag was immediately displayed as officials and emergency personnel rushed to the scene. After a careful extrication process, Peterson walked away.
As the field gathered for a restart, West and Price now occupied the second and third spots, right behind Hancock, while Darrell Vance and Spencer Saunders lined up fourth and fifth, in that order.
Back under green, Hancock opened a two-length margin over West and Price. Behind them, Keesee slipped past Vance and Saunders to take over fourth place.
At the halfway mark, Hancock enjoyed a three-length edge over the West/Price battle, while Keesee was struggling to overcome a half-straightaway deficit.
The second, and final, caution flag was unfurled on lap 18 when West and Price locked horns at the end of the backstretch. West was able to rejoin the field, while Price headed to the sidelines for the duration.
Thanks to the caution flag, Keesee was given new life and he aimed to take advantage of the opportunity when the race resumed.
After shadowing Hancock for a little more than a lap, Keesee went after the lead on lap 19, ducking underneath Hancock on the backstretch. He led by a nose at the line and cleared Hancock on the following circuit.
Hancock wasn’t about to let a victory slip from his grasp, however, as he battled back to the inside of Keesee in Turn 4 on lap 20. Hancock regained the top spot on lap 21 as he and Keesee entered Turn 3.
At the stripe, Hancock beat Keesee by 0.206-second to become the fourth different winner in as many INEX Legends events. Saunders was third to the line, followed by West and Vance.

In the 25-lap EZ Auto of Newport News UCAR feature, Randy Prillaman took the lead with a slick three-wide pass on lap 18 and motored on to his third win of the year.
Chris Hildebrand was the pole starter, at 71.292 mph, and showed the way for the first 17 circuits. Prillaman, meanwhile, qualified third-fastest and snagged second place from outside pole-sitter Allen Dail on lap 3.
As Prillaman passed Dail, Hildebrand pulled off to a four-length lead. Within five laps, Prillaman had narrowed the margin to a single car-length. As the leaders began to encounter slower traffic, though, Hildebrand’s lead began to grow again.
Prillaman finally found the opening he was looking for on lap 18. Exiting Turn 2, Hildebrand went high to bypass a slower car. Prillaman drove to the inside of the lapper and came away with the top spot. He couldn’t shake Hildebrand, though, as the leaders were still plodding through traffic.
On lap 23, Prillaman broke free of the slower cars and sailed on to the checkers, winning by 0.479-second. Hildebrand was the runner-up, followed by points leader Adam Florian. Dail and Robert Rusinyak were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the caution-free event.

Kevin Lee took the lead on lap 3 and cruised to his first win in a 25-lap contest for the Larry King Legal Services Enduros.
Mike Ganoe topped qualifying, at 70.070 mph, but had to start last when a full-field inversion was ordered. Robbie Groome was the pole-sitter for the start.
As the race got going, Groome jumped ahead of Paul Clemons to take the lead. Lee emerged from the shuffle in third and quickly made his way to the front, passing Groome on the high side on the third circuit.
Ganoe was expected to challenge for the win and he didn’t disappoint in the early going, storming from 10th to second. On lap 5, though, he fell off the pace and eventually made the turn into the pits, retiring to a 10th-place finish.
At the halfway point, Lee was up by four lengths over Tony Spivey, who was being pressured by Jeff Sweeney. Sweeney took over second on lap 19, forcing his way between Spivey and a lapped car at the end of the front straightaway. Just one lap later, Sweeney had drawn to within a car-length of the leader.
Sweeney’s bid for a win was derailed on lap 23 when he spun in the middle of Turns 1 and 2. With Sweeney out of contention, Lee eased to a half-straightaway win. Brian Smith was the runner-up, followed by Spivey, Wayne Groome and Robbie Groome.

• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA

Monster Energy Drink Night Race Results Saturday, June 13, 2009

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (36) Chris Johnson; 50
2. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
3. (12) Jimmy Humblet; 50
4. (30) Joe Scarbrough; 50
5. (20) Cameron Patrick; 50
6. (9) Mark Wertz; 50
7. (5) Michael Leech; 50
8. (6) Buster Horne Jr.; 50
9. (69) Rusty Wood; 50
10. (26) Steve McGuire; 50
11. (65) Jimmy Kibler; 49
12. (7) Steve Wagner; 47
Pole: Johnson - 84.008 mph.
(Note: Johnson and Leech posted identical
times. Johnson claimed the pole, based on
his higher ranking in the standings.)

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (51) Ryan Nester; 50
2. (24) Randy Sample; 50
3. (21) Ricky Derrick; 50
4. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 50
5. (3) Jeramie Wood; 50
6. (14) Larry Venable; 50
7. (1) John Pereira; 50
8. (12) Sean Calway; 50
9. (09) Todd VanGuilder; 50
10. (15) Dale Parro; 50
11. (01) John Foster Jr.; 49
12. (92) Jack Robinson; 49
13. (2) Rod Busitzky; 49
14. (55) Michael Farmer; 49
15. (39) Garrett Willcox; 36
16. (81) Jeff Shannon; 13
Pole: Sample - 74.478 mph.

INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
2. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
3. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
4. (09) Sparky West; 25
5. (87) Darrell Vance; 25
6. (88) Chris Raiford; 25
7. (82) Gary Adams; 24
8. (08) Jamie Price; 17
9. (33) Rette Causey; 10
10. (16) Chris Peterson; 2
11. (1) Joe Hendricks Jr.; 2
Pole: Hancock - 78.244 mph.

UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
2. (71) Chris Hildebrand; 25
3. (80) Adam Florian; 25
4. (89) Allen Dail; 25
5. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 25
6. (14) Dusty Connor; 25
7. (68) Matt Hockaday; 25
8. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 25
9. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
10. (2) Michael Waters; 25
11. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
12. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
13. (1) Johnny Pereira; 25
14. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
15. (57) Ben Zoellner; 24
16. (04) Doug Patrick; 24
17. (11) Jonathan Mullett; 24
18. (3) John Reardon; 24
19. (36) Andrew Condrey; 24
20. (27) Ethan Wenzel; 24
21. (12) Chris Spangler; 24
22. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 24
23. (75) Greg Pass; 24
24. (10) John Matthews; 23
25. (00) Trey Gurganus; 23
26. (51) Derek Roberts; 2
Pole: Hildebrand - 71.292 mph.

ENDUROS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (35) Kevin Lee; 25
2. (06) Brian Smith; 25
3. (46) Tony Spivey; 25
4. (08) Wayne Groome; 25
5. (79) Robbie Groome; 25
6. (11) Jeff Sweeney; 24
7. (29) Paul Clemons; 24
8. (8) Justin Groome; 24
9. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 23
10. (82) Mike Ganoe; 11
Pole: R. Groome - full-field inversion.
Fast Qualifier: Ganoe - 70.070 mph.

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