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Greg Edwards posts 1st Late Model win of '09
Jun 21, 2009 - updated Jun 21st, 2009 10:10am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Quaker Steak & Lube Night Race Report Saturday, June 20, 2009

Greg Edwards led from pole to checkers, fending off a challenge from C.E. Falk in the closing laps, and claimed his first victory of the year in the Quaker Steak & Lube 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.
Edwards set the quick time in qualifying, lapping the .395-mile oval at 86.224 mph. He shared the front row with Falk, the division points leader. Danny Edwards Jr. and Paul DeBolt made up Row 2, while Mark Wertz completed the top five on the 15-car grid.
The race got off to an inauspicious start with Danny Edwards Jr. experiencing mechanical problems as the field headed into Turn 1 for the first time. As Edwards slowed and tried to find an escape route, cars behind stacking up in his wake. Eventually, Terry Carroll spun and collected Woody Howard to bring out the caution flag.
As the field gathered for another try at getting the event under way, Edwards and Howard, the second- and fifth-ranked drivers in the class, were relegated to the sidelines.
When the green flag waved for the second time, Greg Edwards and Falk dueled for the lead with Edwards pulling ahead on the backstretch. Falk settled into second, followed by DeBolt, Wesley Falk and Doug Warren.
By lap 4, Edwards had forged a four-length advantage over Falk, who was locked in a three-way battle for second. Meanwhile, Jeff Shiflett had overtaken Warren to move into the top five.
Things took a weird turn on lap 10 when C.E. Falk’s window net became detached, earning him a black flag. He continued to circle the track, however, and looped his machine into the infield grass off the backstretch on lap 16. At virtually the same time, Wesley Falk sent DeBolt for a whirl in Turn 2, bringing out the second yellow flag.
As the lineup was sorted out, Edwards remained the leader, while Shiflett moved into second. Wertz was third, followed by the Waltz brothers, Matt and Kyle. C.E. Falk rejoined the field for the restart, one lap in arrears.
Back under green, Edwards began to ease away from the pack. By lap 22, his margin had grown to almost half a straightaway over Shiflett. Meanwhile, Falk was charging through the field, intent on regaining the lost lap.
On lap 51, Falk slipped around Edwards to return to the lead lap. He still faced an uphill climb, though, to get back into contention for the win.
Second place changed hands on lap 60 when Shiflett skated high in Turn 4, opening the door for Wertz, who flashed past off the corner.
The third caution flag appeared on lap 63 as Wesley Falk ground to a halt in Turn 4 with water and steam spurting from his overflow. As the younger Falk exited the proceedings, only eight of the 15 starters remained on the track.
As the race resumed, Edwards pulled away from Wertz to lead by three lengths. Deeper in the field, C.E. Falk worked on Kyle Waltz for the fifth spot.
On lap 65, Falk swung to the high side of the track and bypassed Kyle Waltz. Continuing to march forward, he quickly disposed of Matt Waltz, then knocked off both Shiflett and Wertz on lap 67 to move back into second place. Edwards, meanwhile, had driven off by a full straightaway.
Shiflett moved back into second place on lap 69 when Wertz made a sudden turn onto the pit lane, retiring from the event. On the following circuit, Shawn Balluzzo made his way into the top five, slipping by Kyle Waltz.
Caution #4 flew on lap 79 for Carroll’s spin in Turn 1. The mishap allowed C.E. Falk to close up on Edwards’ rear bumper for the restart.
Returning to green, Falk stalked Edwards for a few circuits, then launched a bid for the lead on lap 83, ducking under the front-runner off Turn 2.
Just a lap later, Falk’s night came to an abrupt end as he and Edwards tussled on the backstretch. Falk spun and whacked the outside wall, prompting the last of the race’s five yellow flags.
On the final restart, Edwards quickly established a two-length advantage over Shiflett. Within a couple laps, he had doubled that margin.
At the finish, Edwards was the winner by 1.526 seconds — almost half a straightaway — over Shiflett. Matt Waltz was third, holding off Balluzzo in the closing circuits, and Kyle Waltz was fifth. Despite his premature exit, Falk ended up seventh, benefiting from the high attrition that sidelined nearly two-thirds of the starting field.
In Victory Lane after the race, Greg Edwards commented on his machine and the scrap with Falk: “We were fortunate. We’ve definitely worked and gotten this car a lot better. It still wasn’t quite as good as C.E. was. I let him go the first time when I knew he was a lap down. The second time, I was just loose on the bottom and I went ahead and moved up top. I thought I was gonna be able to hang with him up top, but I guess he got loose on the back straightaway. We kinda got together and he got the worst end of that. These guys have worked so hard on this car. We have struggled and struggled with this car and we’re finally starting to make something of it.”

In the evening’s other feature events:

In a caution-free 40-lapper for the Old Point National Bank Grand Stocks, Jammie Goode moved out front on lap 3 and showed the way to his fourth victory of the season.
Ricky Derrick started on the pole, at 77.701 mph, and took the lead out of Turn 4 on lap 1. On the second circuit, Goode drove underneath Derrick on the backstretch. Derrick led at the line, but Goode kept battling and nosed ahead at the end of lap 3. He cleared Derrick in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 4.
By lap 10, Goode had widened his advantage to three lengths over Derrick, who enjoyed a five-length margin over third-place Robbie Parker. Nearing the halfway point, though, Derrick began to narrow the gap.
By lap 23, Derrick had caught up to Goode and was looking to challenge for the lead. They encountered a slower car on lap 25 and Goode pulled away by two lengths.
On lap 28, Goode headed into traffic and Derrick closed in again. A slip by Derrick off Turn 4 on lap 29 allowed Goode some additional breathing room, however.
Nearing the finish, Goode ran up on Ron Hester and Billy Fisher, who were racing door-to-door for position. As if that weren’t enough of an obstacle, white smoke was beginning to billow from the rear of Fisher’s car. Hester and Fisher sorted themselves out, however, and Goode eased past Fisher, while keeping Derrick at bay.
At the finish, Goode was the winner by 0.312-second — a little more than a car-length — over Derrick. Parker was third, followed by Anthony Kincaid and Mark Claar.

Rick Potter assumed the lead on the 24th circuit and led the final two laps for his first victory of the season in the 25-lap Med Express Urgent Care Super Truck race.
Tommy Nixon, gunning for his fourth straight win, qualified on the pole, at 74.803 mph. Robbie Davis lined up to the outside of Nixon. Potter and Paul Hogge Sr. made up Row 2, while Troy Turnage started fifth.
As the race got under way, Nixon grabbed the lead in Turns 1 and 2. Davis settled into second, but not for long. On the second lap, he slipped under Nixon in Turn 2 and pulled ahead off the fourth corner.
On lap 5, Davis drifted wide off Turn 2, providing an opening for Nixon. The two battled off the corner, then locked horns on the backstretch. Davis smacked the outside wall and overturned, bringing out the first caution flag.
Back under green, Nixon fashioned a two-length edge over Hogge, the new second-place runner. By lap 12, the gap had widened to five lengths. Potter, meanwhile, was in third, another five lengths behind Hogge.
The second caution flag waved on lap 15 as Buck Munger’s engine erupted on the frontstretch. Setting the lineup, Nixon was the leader, followed by Hogge, Potter, Brad Adams and Turnage.
As the race resumed, Adams immediately went after Potter, swiping third place in Turns 1 and 2. A lap later, Adams muscled past Hogge, bringing Potter along with him. All the while, Nixon was driving off into the distance.
Caution #3 flew on lap 22 when Chris Bechtel spun into the Turn 3 wall, while Turnage looped his machine into the infield. The fourth yellow flag appeared on the ensuing restart when Tory Vaughn IV spun in Turns 1 and 2.
Back under way, Adams went on the attack, poking a fender underneath Nixon in a bid for the lead. Nixon led lap 22 by half a length, while Adams nosed ahead at the end of lap 23.
The two were still side-by-side on lap 24 when they tangled on the backstretch, ending up in the outside wall and bringing out the last caution flag. Nixon was able to rejoin the field for the restart, but Adams wasn’t as fortunate, heading to the pits for the night.
In a two-lap sprint to the finish, Potter held off Hogge and won by 0.238-second — about a truck-length. Nixon rallied to salvage third, passing Chase McAdams off the final corner. Vaughn followed McAdams to the stripe, in fifth.

Dusty Connor notched his first win of the year in the 25-lap EZ Auto of Newport News UCAR feature, taking the lead on lap 14.
Adam Florian started on the pole, at 70.459 mph, and set the pace for the first eight laps. Officials detected a fluid leak from his car, however, and he was black-flagged. Florian turned down the pit lane on lap 9, handing the lead to Renno Marchetti IV.
On lap 13, Connor, who started fifth in the 24-car field, slipped underneath Marchetti in Turns 3 and 4. Working in and around lapped traffic, Connor surged ahead one lap later. On lap 16, Marchetti yielded to Chris Hildebrand, who was soon joined by Randy Prillaman.
The race’s second yellow flag was unfurled on lap 19 for debris in Turn 3. The caution was a lifesaver for Hildebrand, who had just been passed by Prillaman. Scoring, however, reverted to the previous lap and Hildebrand was returned to the position.
On the restart, a lapped car separated Connor from Hildebrand and the leader took full advantage of the buffer, bolting to a five-length cushion.
Hildebrand was able to close a bit in the waning circuits, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Connor rolled to a 0.742-second win. Prillaman tailed Connor and Hildebrand to the line, in third, while Marchetti and Allen Dail completed the top five.

Doug Warren added his name to the evening’s list of first-time winners, leading from wire-to-wire to win the 30-lap Standard Welding Pro 6 race.
David Phelps qualified on the pole, at 78.395 mph, but failed to come up to speed on the start. Warren, the outside pole-sitter, leaped into the lead, followed by Carter Sipe. By lap 2, Phelps had righted the ship and moved by Sipe for second.
On the third circuit, three-time winner Casey Sipe bypassed his brother for third and set off after the lead duo, who had opened a half-straightaway margin. By lap 14, Warren, Phelps and Casey Sipe were nose-to-tail.
The first caution flag came out on lap 15 when Phelps spun off Turn 4, handing second place to Casey Sipe. Two laps later, the second, and final, caution flag flew for Carter Sipe’s spin in Turn 2.
Under green for the last time, third-place Warren Smigo was slow in coming up to speed and absorbed a whack from Phelps, a reversal of what happened at the start of the race. Phelps moved up to third, but faced a half-straightaway deficit to Warren and Casey Sipe.
Over the closing laps, Warren concentrated on holding a smooth line, taking care to guard the inside groove and forcing Casey Sipe to look to the outside.
Despite contact in Turn 2 on the final circuit, Sipe was unable to rattle Warren, who held on to win by 0.330-second. Phelps was third to the stripe, followed by Smigo and Lindsay Bryant.
• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA

Quaker Steak & Lube Night Race Results Saturday, June 20, 2009

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (27) Greg Edwards; 100
2. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 100
3. (4) Matt Waltz; 100
4. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 100
5. (1) Kyle Waltz; 100
6. (90) Terry Carroll; 99
7. (40) C.E. Falk; 83
8. (55) Mark Wertz; 69
9. (41) Wesley Falk; 61
10. (06) Dean Shiflett; 53
11. (34) Paul DeBolt; 50
12. (12) Doug Warren; 50
13. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 0
14. (38) Duane Shreeves; 0
15. (21) Woody Howard; 0
Pole: G. Edwards - 86.224 mph.

GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (36) Jammie Goode; 40
2. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
3. (19) Robbie Parker; 40
4. (4) Anthony Kincaid; 40
5. (3) Mark Claar; 40
6. (99) Dalford Briley; 40
7. (0) Ron Hester; 40
8. (28) Billy Fisher; 39
9. (01) Chris Hott; 39
10. (77) Carl Livingston; 39
11. (2) Brian Waters; 39
Pole: Derrick - 77.701 mph.

SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (21) Rick Potter; 25
2. (1) Paul Hogge Sr.; 25
3. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
4. (22) Chase McAdams; 25
5. (4) Tory Vaughn IV; 25
6. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 25
7. (29) Amanda Frye; 24
8. (51) Brad Adams; 23
9. (52) Chris Bechtel; 20
10. (90) Troy Turnage; 20
11. (20) Buck Munger; 14
12. (17) Robbie Davis; 4
13. (18) Cory Millard; 4
Pole: Nixon - 74.803 mph.

UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (14) Dusty Connor; 25
2. (71) Chris Hildebrand; 25
3. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
4. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 25
5. (89) Allen Dail; 25
6. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
7. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
8. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 25
9. (1) Johnny Pereira; 25
10. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
11. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
12. (2) Michael Waters; 25
13. (36) Andrew Condrey; 25
14. (04) Doug Patrick; 25
15. (3) John Reardon; 25
16. (11) Jonathan Mullett; 25
17. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
18. (42) John Gonsalves; 24
19. (10) John Matthews; 24
20. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 24
21. (51) Derek Roberts; 23
22. (80) Adam Florian; 9
23. (27) Ethan Wenzel; 2
24. (00) Trey Gurganus; 2
Pole: Florian - 70.459 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (15) Doug Warren; 30
2. (14) Casey Sipe; 30
3. (54) David Phelps; 30
4. (41) Warren Smigo; 30
5. (81) Lindsay Bryant; 30
6. (23) Carter Sipe; 30
7. (6) Bobby Hall; 30
Pole: Phelps - 78.395 mph.

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