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Balluzzo cruises to 1st Mod win .. Race Report Thursday, July 2, 2009
Jul 3, 2009 - updated Jul 3rd, 2009 12:35pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Shawn Balluzzo overcame a hiccup on the start, took the lead just past the halfway mark and rolled to victory in the caution-free Firecracker 50 for the B&C Seafood Modifieds, the featured event of Thursday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway. It was the first win for Balluzzo, who had posted runner-up finishes in the season’s first five races.

Balluzzo was quickest in afternoon time trials, at 85.140 mph, to nab the pole. Four-time race winner Chris Johnson was second-fastest, followed by A.J. Winstead, Joe Scarbrough and Michael Leech.
As the field took the opening green flag, Balluzzo failed to come up to speed immediately. Johnson shot into the lead, leaving Balluzzo to battle side-by-side with Scarbrough for second place. Balluzzo grabbed that spot on lap 2 and set out after Johnson, who had pulled away by almost three lengths.

By lap 5, Balluzzo had narrowed the gap between himself and Johnson to only one car-length. He continued to close and took a peek to the inside of the leader as they sped into Turn 1 on lap 10. Johnson fended off the advance and Balluzzo settled back in line, content to stalk his prey for the time being.

On lap 17, Johnson and Balluzzo ran up on a slower machine. As they carefully sorted their way past, third-place Scarbrough and fourth-place Cameron Patrick moved into contention, joining the lead duo to make a four-pack at the head of the field.
Balluzzo continued to fill Johnson’s mirror until lap 25. As the leaders exited Turn 4, with the crossed flags in sight, Balluzzo poked his nose underneath Johnson. He drew even along the frontstretch and took over the lead in Turns 1 and 2 at the beginning of lap 26. Within two laps, he had already driven away by three lengths.

With Balluzzo easing away, Johnson fell into the clutches of Scarbrough and the tussle for second place was on. Scarbrough took the position on the backstretch on lap 32, while Balluzzo padded his advantage to almost half a straightaway.
By the finish, Balluzzo’s margin of victory had grown to 2.729 seconds — a full straightaway — over Scarbrough, who fended off Johnson’s late rally to seal the runner-up position. Jimmy Humblet tailed the lead trio to the line, in fourth, and Patrick rounded out the top five.
Michael Leech, Greg Burgess Jr. and Steve Wagner were sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. Winstead was the only retiree, pulling aside after 30 circuits to finish ninth.

In the evening’s other feature events:

Jammie Goode moved out front on lap 6 and collected his fifth win of the year in the 40-lap Old Point National Bank Grand Stock feature.
Anthony Kincaid snagged the pole in qualifying for the event, at 78.351 mph. He shared the front row with Goode. Ricky Derrick and Carl Livingston made up Row 2 and Mark Claar lined up fifth.
As the race got under way, Kincaid pulled ahead of Goode in Turns 1 and 2 to take the lead. Derrick rushed to fill the void to the inside of Goode and came away with the second spot as the leaders exited Turn 4 for the first time. Claar and Robbie Parker emerged from the opening shuffle in fourth and fifth, in that order.
On lap 3, Derrick slipped loose in Turn 2 and Goode seized the opportunity, driving underneath him as they headed down the back straightaway. Goode cleared Derrick off Turn 4 on lap 4.
With the second position secured, Goode immediately went after Kincaid for the lead, ducking under the front-runner in Turn 2 on lap 5. Kincaid held on to lead the fifth circuit by half a car-length, but he couldn’t fight off Goode’s charge on lap 6.
Goode gained the clear-cut edge in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 7 and left the door open for Claar and Derrick, who also bypassed Kincaid, dropping him to fourth.

At lap 15, Goode enjoyed a lead of nearly three lengths over Claar, while Derrick and Kincaid had fallen half a straightaway behind. Those margins disappeared on the next lap, though, as Bobby Spivey spun off Turn 2 to bring out the race’s only caution flag.
Back under green, Goode eked out a one-length lead over Claar, extending it to two lengths as they rumbled onto the backstretch. At the halfway mark, Goode was up by three lengths, while another four lengths separated second-place Claar and the third-place duel between Derrick and Kincaid.
Behind the four leaders, Jimmy Adkins, an add-on to the 13-car starting grid, had moved up to challenge Parker for fifth place. He grabbed that position on lap 22.
On lap 27, Kincaid slipped under Derrick in Turns 1 and 2 and pulled ahead off the second corner to take over third. Heading into the last 10 laps, Goode’s lead stood at four lengths over Claar, who was now a straightaway ahead of Kincaid.
In the waning laps, Claar tried to rally, pulling to within a car-length of Goode on lap 37. That was as close as he would get, though, as Goode eased away at the end and won by 0.653-second — about three lengths. Kincaid was third to the line, followed by Derrick and Adkins.
Parker was sixth in the final rundown, while Billy Fisher, Dalford Briley, Chris Hott and Livingston completed the top 10.

Adam Florian started on the pole and paced all 25 circuits to post his second win of the season in the EZ Auto of Newport News UCAR race. It was a nice rebound for Florian, who was forced to the sidelines (and a 22nd-place finish) two weeks ago, while leading, when officials spotted a leak.
Florian clocked in at 70.916 mph to take the top starting spot on the 23-car grid. Chris Hildebrand lined up to Florian’s outside, while Allen Dail and Robbie Salas occupied the second row and Bill Eaker rounded out the top five.
On the start, Florian and Hildebrand dueled door-to-door with Florian nosing ahead to lead lap 1 by half a car-length. He cleared Hildebrand in Turn 1 on lap 2 and left the lane open for Dail, who bypassed Hildebrand on the backstretch to take over second.
On lap 5, Hildebrand bypassed Dail in Turn 2 to regain the runner-up spot. Behind them, Salas and Robert Rusinyak tussled for fourth. Soon, though, points leader Randy Prillaman, who started sixth, entered the picture and quickly disposed of both Salas and Rusinyak.
At the head of the field, Florian enjoyed a four-length advantage over Hildebrand. Dail, meanwhile, had fallen off the leaders’ pace and dropped a half-straightaway back.
On lap 13, Florian was held up briefly by a slower car and Hildebrand closed up on his rear bumper. Florian remained steady, however, and quickly regained a two-length edge. He added another two lengths to his margin on lap 17 when Hildebrand skittered wide in Turn 4.
Prillaman chased down and passed Dail on lap 20 to take over third place. A lap later, the race’s only caution flag flew for a three-car incident in Turn 2. Setting the lineup, Florian was the leader, followed by Hildebrand. A lapped car was next in line, followed by Prillaman, Dail and Rusinyak.
As the race resumed, Florian and Hildebrand took advantage of the buffer provided by the lapped machine and bolted from the pack. Florian managed a one-length lead as they motored down the backstretch.
Over the final circuits, Florian gradually increased his margin over Hildebrand and won by 0.701-second — about three car-lengths. Prillaman was third to the stripe, followed by Dail and Rusinyak, who trimmed Renno Marchetti IV by half a car-length for fifth.

In the 30-lap Standard Welding Pro 6 feature, Casey Sipe took the lead just past the halfway mark and stormed to his fourth victory in five races.
Warren Smigo was the pole-sitter for the event, qualifying at 79.158 mph. Sipe was second-quickest, less than a tenth of a second off Smigo’s pace. Joe White, Bobby Hall and Matt Mullins were third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the starting lineup.
As the race got going, Smigo and Sipe battled side-by-side with Smigo holding a slight edge at the end of the first circuit. He cleared Sipe in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 2. Sipe quickly dropped in line on Smigo’s bumper, followed by White, Mullins and Hall.
At lap 8, Smigo was up by three lengths, but Sipe was beginning to narrow the gap. At the end of the ninth circuit, the margin had shrunk to a single length and, at halfway, the two were nose-to-tail.
On lap 16, Sipe motored under Smigo at the end of the backstretch and powered into the lead through Turns 3 and 4. Just a lap later, Sipe had pulled away by three lengths. Meanwhile, the front two had opened a full-straightaway margin over third-place White.
The only yellow flag appeared on lap 23 for debris in Turn 2. Setting the running order, Sipe was the leader, followed by Smigo, White, Mullins and Lindsay Bryant.

As the event resumed, Smigo made a hard charge to the inside of Sipe into Turn 1. His bid for the lead came up empty, however, and he ended up losing the second spot to White, while Sipe pulled away.
On lap 27, Mullins overtook Smigo for third place. On the next circuit, Smigo slowed and headed to the pits. He was the only retiree and was credited with seventh place.
Meanwhile, Sipe was in command at the head of the field. At the finish, his margin of victory stood at 2.648 seconds over runner-up White. Mullins was third, while Bryant and Hall completed the top five.

Mike Ganoe started last in the 12-car field, took the lead on lap 5 and cruised to his second victory of the season in a 25-lap contest for the Larry King Legal Services Enduros.
Robert West Jr. drew the pole, but gave way to Wayne Groome on the start. Before one lap had been completed, the only red flag appeared for a fracas on the backstretch that left West and Jeff LaBeau in the outside wall.
Back under way, Groome continued to hold the top spot, but Ganoe was on the move, taking over the runner-up position on lap 2.
On lap 5, Ganoe ducked under Groome and swiped the lead as they entered Turn 1. Groome tried to turn back underneath Ganoe in the middle of the corner, but the attempted reversal was unsuccessful as Ganoe pulled away. Within four laps, Ganoe had driven off by a straightaway.
Mindful that the previous two events had ended with him on the sidelines, due to mechanical problems, Ganoe didn’t overextend his machine over the remaining circuits, content to maintain his full-straightaway edge to the checkers. Groome was second to the stripe, followed by Jeff Sweeney, Brian Smith and Richard Stotler.
• • •

Next Event: Saturday, July 11. HAMPTON HEAT 200 for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars. The richest LMSC race of the season.
• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA

Race Results Thursday, July 2, 2009


Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
2. (30) Joe Scarbrough; 50
3. (36) Chris Johnson; 50
4. (12) Jimmy Humblet; 50
5. (20) Cameron Patrick; 50
6. (5) Michael Leech; 49
7. (55) Greg Burgess Jr.; 48
8. (7) Steve Wagner; 46
9. (99) A.J. Winstead; 30

Pole: Balluzzo - 85.140 mph.

GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (36) Jammie Goode; 40
2. (3) Mark Claar; 40
3. (4) Anthony Kincaid; 40
4. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
5. (18) Jimmy Adkins; 40
6. (19) Robbie Parker; 40
7. (28) Billy Fisher; 40
8. (99) Dalford Briley; 40
9. (01) Chris Hott; 40
10. (77) Carl Livingston; 39
11. (39) Nick Odell; 39
12. (2) Brian Waters; 39
13. (12) Bobby Spivey; 28

Pole: Kincaid - 78.351 mph.

UCARS - 25 laps

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (80) Adam Florian; 25
2. (71) Chris Hildebrand; 25
3. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
4. (89) Allen Dail; 25
5. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 25
6. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 25
7. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
8. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
9. (1) Johnny Pereira; 25
10. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
11. (3) John Reardon; 25
12. (36) Andrew Condrey; 25
13. (11) Jeramie Wood; 25
14. (21) Jason Welch; 25
15. (2) Michael Waters; 25
16. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
17. (12) Chris Spangler; 24
18. (51) Derek Roberts; 24
19. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 24
20. (22) Bill Eaker; 24
21. (15) Dillon Leland; 23
22. (00) Trey Gurganus; 20
23. (42) John Gonsalves; 19

Pole: Florian - 70.916 mph.

PRO SIXES - 30 laps

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (14) Casey Sipe; 30
2. (15) Joe White; 30
3. (54) Matt Mullins; 30
4. (81) Lindsay Bryant; 30
5. (6) Bobby Hall; 30
6. (23) Carter Sipe; 30
7. (41) Warren Smigo; 27

Pole: Smigo - 79.158 mph.

ENDUROS - 25 laps

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (82) Mike Ganoe; 25
2. (08) Wayne Groome; 25
3. (11) Jeff Sweeney; 25
4. (06) Brian Smith; 25
5. (92) Richard Stotler; 25
6. (17x)Gary Turner; 25
7. (8) Justin Groome; 24
8. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 23
9. (18) David Jordan; 23
10. (46) Tony Spivey; 22
11. (17) Robert West Jr.; 0
12. (10) Jeff LaBeau; 0

Pole: Robert West Jr.

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