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Shiflett's DQ gives 5th Late Model win to Falk
Jun 28, 2009 - updated Jun 28th, 2009 11:11am
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway
Larry King Legal Services Night Race Report Saturday, June 27, 2009
Points leader C.E. Falk lodged a successful protest against apparent race winner Dean Shiflett and was awarded his fifth victory of the season in the Larry King Legal Services 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.
Mark Wertz bagged his first pole of the year in qualifying for the race, touring the .395-mile oval at 86.575 mph. He shared the front row with Greg Edwards. Falk lined up on the inside of Row 2, alongside Paul DeBolt, while John Staton was fifth on the 17-car grid.
As the race got under way, Edwards nosed ahead of Wertz to lead the first two circuits. Wertz battled back, though, gaining a slim edge on lap 3 and clearing Edwards’ #27 machine on lap 4. Falk quickly moved up to challenge Edwards and came away with the runner-up position. DeBolt took third place before Edwards could find a place in line, in fourth.
On lap 11, Falk overtook Wertz for the lead, pushing his car to the front for the first time. On the next circuit, Edwards grabbed third place back from DeBolt, who lost fourth to Shiflett on lap 13.
By lap 17, Falk had pulled away from Wertz by four lengths. Another five lengths separated Wertz and Edwards.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 19 when Casey Wyatt spun off Turn 2. Behind him, Bruce Livingston and Duane Shreeves locked horns and spun in Turn 2. Setting the lineup, Falk was the leader, followed by Wertz, Greg Edwards, Shiflett and DeBolt.
Back under green, Falk motored to a two-length lead, while DeBolt muscled his way past Shiflett, who also gave way to Danny Edwards Jr., and Wesley Falk. On lap 24, Danny Edwards Jr. slipped past DeBolt to take over fourth.
At lap 41, Falk’s margin over Wertz had grown to nearly half a straightaway. Deeper in the field, Danny Edwards Jr. had tracked down his brother and was on the hunt for third. He grabbed the spot on lap 44, only to see Greg Edwards return the favor three laps later.
As the crossed flags were displayed, Falk enjoyed a five-length edge over Wertz, who was more than half a straightaway ahead of the Edwardses.
The second yellow flag came out on lap 55 to allow rescue personnel in the infield to respond to a call on the grandstand side. During the caution period, Shiflett, who had fallen to ninth, brought his car to the attention of his pit crew. A slackening tire was replaced and he rejoined the field, in 11th.
Five more laps were completed before Caution #3 was unfurled for Shawn Balluzzo’s spin on the backstretch. Falk maintained the lead, followed by Wertz, Greg and Danny Edwards and DeBolt.
When the race resumed, DeBolt manufactured a mighty run on the outside, shot past Danny Edwards Jr. and drew alongside Greg Edwards. He cleared Greg Edwards on lap 63 and provided a cue for Danny Edwards Jr., who bypassed his brother on the high side on lap 64. Continuing the theme, Danny Edwards Jr. scooted by DeBolt on the outside on lap 65 to move into third.
Shiflett returned to the top five on lap 66, picking off Greg Edwards. Ahead of him, Danny Edwards Jr. was narrowing the gap between himself and second-place Wertz.
Shiflett grabbed fourth from DeBolt on lap 70. Four laps later, Danny Edwards Jr. took second from Wertz. On lap 76, Shiflett overhauled Wertz to move into third.
On lap 80, Shiflett poked a fender underneath Danny Edwards Jr. in a bid for second. He was forced back in line, though, as a lapped car loomed ahead. Free of traffic, he went back on the attack and passed Edwards for second on lap 82. All the shuffling of positions allowed Falk to pad his lead to nearly a full straightaway.
The fourth, and final, caution flag waved on lap 85 when Doug Warren rolled to a stop in Turn 4. As the field bunched for a restart, Falk, Shiflett, Danny Edwards Jr., Wertz and DeBolt made up the top five.
Under green for the last time, Falk was unable to shake Shiflett, who began hounding him for the lead. Shiflett followed in the leader’s tire tracks until lap 93 when he ducked under Falk off Turn 4.
Falk and Shiflett went side-by-side until lap 95 when Shiflett gained the clear-cut advantage off Turn 2. He nearly gave the lead right back when he skated wide in Turn 4, but Falk couldn’t take advantage of the slip.
At the finish, Shiflett beat Falk to the checkers by over half a second to score what would have been the former Grand Stock champ’s first Late Model win.
Shiflett’s victory celebration was short-lived, however, as Falk immediately filed a protest. Shiflett’s tires were the center of attention and inspectors upheld the protest, disqualified Shiflett and declared Falk the winner.
In the amended rundown, Danny Edwards Jr. was second, followed by Wertz, DeBolt and Greg Edwards. Wesley Falk was sixth, while Jeff Shiflett, Wyatt, Balluzzo and Kyle Waltz rounded out the top 10. The top nine finishers were on the lead lap at the end.
In the evening’s other feature events:
Ryan Nester took the lead on the second circuit, then held off Randy Sample’s last-lap charge, and ran his unbeaten streak to six in the 50-lap Atlantic Power Sweeping Super Street feature.
Nester started on the pole, at 74.630 mph, but gave way to Sample, his front-row colleague, as the green flag waved. He rallied on the second lap, though, ducking under Sample at the entrance to Turn 1 and pulling ahead off the second corner.
Nester was clinging to a two-length advantage when the first caution flag flew on lap 15 for debris in Turn 3. Setting the lineup, Nester and Sample ran 1-2, followed by Randy Akers, Sean Calway and Jeramie Wood.
Back under green, Nester quickly regained his two-length edge, while Calway worked on Akers for third. By the halfway mark, Nester’s lead had grown to nearly half a straightaway.
Deeper in the field, Larry Venable, who got shuffled out of line in the early going, picked off Wood to move back into the top five. Meanwhile, Sample was beginning to close in on Nester.
The second caution flag appeared on lap 38 when Dale Parro spun off Turn 2. Lining up for the restart, a lapped machine separated Nester and Sample.
As the race resumed, Sample easily cleared the slower car and only lost one car-length to the leader. He was still within striking distance when Michael Farmer parted company with his right-rear wheel in Turn 3 to bring out the final caution flag at lap 44.
On the ensuing restart, Nester opened a two-length margin over Sample, who quickly narrowed the gap. As they received the white flag, Sample was within half a car-length of the leader’s rear bumper.
Exiting Turn 4 for the last time, Sample made contact with Nester and the leader’s car skittered sideways. In a display of good sportsmanship, Sample backed off and allowed Nester to gather his machine.
At the finish, Nester was the winner by 0.671-second — about two lengths — over Sample. Calway was third, followed by Akers and Jonathan Mullett.
Charlie Barclay took the lead on lap 4 and rolled to his first victory of the season in a 25-lapper for the Med Express Urgent Care Super Trucks.
Barclay started on the pole, at 74.047 mph, but surrendered the lead to Rick Potter as the race got going. Potter, fresh off his first win, showed the way for the first three circuits.
Coming around to complete lap 3, Barclay ducked under Potter off Turn 4 and grabbed the lead as they entered Turn 1 to begin lap 4. Within two laps, Barclay had already driven away by five lengths, while Tommy Nixon moved up to challenge Potter for second.
Nixon, the division leader, grabbed the runner-up spot from Potter on lap 8. The exchange allowed Barclay to pad his lead to almost half a straightaway.
Barclay continued to widen his advantage until lap 22 when Cory Millard spun in Turn 2 to bring out the first caution flag, bunching the field.
On the restart, fourth-place Brad Adams dropped off the pace with a flat right-front tire. The second yellow flag flew as he crept to the attention of his crew.
Under green for the final time, Barclay and Nixon bolted from the pack in nose-to-tail formation. Exiting Turn 2, though, Barclay shot ahead by three lengths and was well on his way to the win.
At the finish, Barclay was the winner by 0.931-second — about four lengths — over Nixon. Potter was third, while Robbie Davis recovered from an off-track excursion on the opening lap to take fourth. Chase McAdams was fifth to the line.
It took one lap of overtime, but Brad Hancock posted his second straight victory in the Casey Cycle City INEX Legends feature. Slated for 25 laps, the event was extended to 26 circuits by a late caution flag.
Hancock was the pole-sitter, qualifying at 77.624 mph. He shared the front row with Steve Keesee. Jamie Price and Rette Causey made up Row 2, while Cameron Patrick lined up fifth.
On the start, Hancock and Keesee battled over to Turn 2, where Hancock gained the upper hand. Caught to the outside, Keesee was bypassed by Price, Patrick, Causey and Sparky West before settling into sixth place. He regained fifth from West on lap 4.
With Price in tow, Hancock paced the field to the halfway mark. At the crossed flags, he was up by a car-length over Price, while four more lengths separated the lead duo from the third-place tussle between Patrick, Causey and Keesee.
On lap 19, Patrick and Causey got together in Turn 2. Patrick slowed momentarily, while Causey shot up the track, opening the door for Keesee, who motored into third. Patrick slipped to fourth and West took over fifth. A lap later, Causey bypassed West to regain fifth.
The first caution flag waved on lap 22 when Spencer Saunders spun in Turn 3. Setting the lineup, Hancock was out front, followed by Price, Keesee, Patrick and Causey.
Back under green, the top five broke away from the pack with Hancock eking out a one-length margin as they reached the end of the backstretch.
On lap 24, with the white flag waiting, Price muscled Hancock aside in Turn 4 and took the lead. As the field streamed off the corner, fourth-place Patrick sent third-place Keesee for a whirl, prompting the second, and final, caution flag and setting up a “green-white-checkered” finish.
On the last restart, Hancock hounded Price all the way to Turn 4, then ducked underneath him. He pulled ahead on lap 26 and held on to win by 0.091-second — about half a car-length — over Causey. Price was third to the line, followed by West and Saunders.
Dannie Wyatt moved out front on lap 13 and showed the way to his second victory of the season in a 20-lap contest for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts.
Dwain Smith was fastest in time trials, at 60.910 mph, and led the first 12 laps, working in tandem with Ron Foxx. Wyatt, meanwhile, moved from fifth to third on the start and quickly linked up in a draft with Tim Benefield.
Wyatt and Benefield got an extra boost when David Phelps joined their draft on lap 12. On the following circuit, Wyatt forced his way under Foxx and, with Benefield and Phelps providing the push, rocketed into the lead. By lap 18, Wyatt, Benefield and Phelps had pulled away by nearly a full straightaway.
On the final lap, the lead trio waded into a four-kart pack of slower machines. Neither Benefield nor Phelps was able to sort through the traffic to have a shot at overtaking Wyatt, who won by 0.176 seconds — about two lengths. Benefield was second, followed by Phelps. Chuck Weeks was fourth and Foxx completed the top five.
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway
Larry King Legal Services Night Race Results Saturday, June 27, 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. (55) Mark Wertz; 100
4. (34) Paul DeBolt; 100
5. (27) Greg Edwards; 100
6. (41) Wesley Falk; 100
7. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 100
8. (10) Casey Wyatt; 100
9. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 100
10. (1) Kyle Waltz; 99
11. (4) Matt Waltz; 99
12. (90) Terry Carroll; 97
13. (12) Doug Warren; 84
14. (17) John Staton; 18
15. (38) Duane Shreeves; 18
16. (96) Bruce Livingston; 17
DQ (06) Dean Shiflett; 100
(Finished 1st, but was successfully
protested by runner-up C.E. Falk,
resulting in his disqualification.)
Pole: Wertz - 86.575 mph.
ATLANTIC POWER SWEEPING
SUPER STREETS - 50 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (51) Ryan Nester; 50
2. (24) Randy Sample; 50
3. (12) Sean Calway; 50
4. (21) Randy Akers; 50
5. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 50
6. (01) John Foster Jr.; 50
7. (15) Dale Parro; 50
8. (3) Jeramie Wood; 50
9. (14) Larry Venable; 50
10. (5) Robert Ellis; 50
11. (81) Jeff Shannon; 50
12. (2) Rod Busitzky; 49
13. (92) Jack Robinson; 49
14. (55) Michael Farmer; 43
Pole: Nester - 74.630 mph.
MED EXPRESS URGENT CARE
SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (33) Charlie Barclay; 25
2. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
3. (21) Rick Potter; 25
4. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
5. (22) Chase McAdams; 25
6. (1) Paul Hogge Sr.; 25
7. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
8. (51) Brad Adams; 25
9. (18) Cory Millard; 25
10. (7) Lloyd Holbrook; 24
11. (13) Jeremy Wolfe; 24
12. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 24
13. (52) Chris Bechtel; 11
14. (19) Bill Wallace; 11
Pole: Barclay - 74.047 mph.
CASEY CYCLE CITY
INEX LEGENDS - 26* laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Brad Hancock; 26
2. (33) Rette Causey; 26
3. (08) Jamie Price; 26
4. (09) Sparky West; 26
5. (7) Spencer Saunders; 26
6. (0) Steve Keesee; 26
7. (88) Chris Raiford; 26
8. (20) Cameron Patrick; 26
9. (58) Scott Henderson; 24
10. (49) Gary Adams; 24
11. (1) Brian Simpson; 3
Pole: Hancock - 77.624 mph.
* Race was extended by one lap
due to a late caution flag.
RHONNDA CLAIBORNE, REALTOR
HRKC PRO WINGED CHAMP KARTS - 20 laps
Fin. Pos. (Kart #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Dannie Wyatt; 20
2. (05) Tim Benefield; 20
3. (46) David Phelps; 20
4. (31) Chuck Weeks; 20
5. (55) Ron Foxx; 20
6. (25) Adam Chalkley; 20
7. (80) Jake Harberts; 20
8. (26) Dwain Smith; 20
9. (00) Bill Dailey; 20
10. (4) Mike Dayton; 20
11. (1) Spencer Saunders; 19
12. (9) Eddie Mitchell; 19
13. (63) Clif Savage; 19
14. (64) John Savage; 19
Pole: Smith - 60.910 mph.
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