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Hampton Roads Toyota Dealers Night Race Report Saturday, July 25, 2009
Jul 26, 2009 - updated Jul 26th, 2009 9:57am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey
Hampton, VA --
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway
C.E. Falk edged out front on lap 87 and rolled on to his seventh victory of the season in the Hampton Roads Toyota Dealers 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.
Matt Waltz was the surprise pole winner, lapping the .395-mile oval at 86.623 mph in afternoon time trials. Falk lined up second, while Mark Wertz and Stacy Puryear made up Row 2. Doug Warren was fifth on the 16-car grid. Brothers Greg and Danny Edwards, normally contenders for the pole position, were slightly off the pace and shared the fifth row.
As the race got under way, Waltz beat Falk to Turn 1 and took the lead. Wertz quickly filled the opening to the inside of Falk and came away with the runner-up spot. Falk dropped into third, followed by Warren and Puryear.
On lap 6, Wertz went after Waltz for the top spot, ducking under the leader at the end of the backstretch. Waltz held on to lead the sixth circuit. On the next lap, however, Wertz nosed out front, then cleared Waltz off Turn 2 on lap 8.
The first caution flag flew on lap 9.
Back under green, Wertz fashioned a two-length advantage, while Falk drove under Waltz in a bid for second. Keeping his machine cranked up in the high groove, Waltz held Falk at bay until lap 12 when the points leader grabbed a slim advantage. Falk cleared Waltz on lap 13 and set off after Wertz, who had pulled away by almost half a straightaway.
Meanwhile, deeper in the field, the Edwardses were making their way toward the front. Danny Edwards Jr. cracked the top five on lap 16, bypassing Woody Howard. He grabbed fourth when he overtook Warren on lap 20. Greg Edwards followed his brother’s cues and took over fifth on lap 21.
Wertz still held a half-straightaway advantage when the second caution flag fluttered on lap 26. Setting the lineup, Wertz and Falk ran 1-2, followed by Waltz, Danny Edwards Jr. and Greg Edwards.
Back under way, Wertz bolted to a three-length lead, while Danny Edwards Jr. began to hound Waltz for third. Danny claimed the position on lap 31 and, a lap later, Greg Edwards motored into fourth.
At the crossed flags, Wertz enjoyed a half-straightaway lead over Falk, who was a similar distance ahead of Danny Edwards Jr.
The third caution flag appeared on lap 56, bunching the field.
Returning to green, Wertz and Falk broke from the pack in nose-to-tail formation. Reaching the backstretch, Wertz was able to manufacture a little breathing room. Soon, though, Falk had closed the gap and was on the hunt for the lead.
As the race went on, Wertz began to alter his line, moving about half a lane up from the bottom of the track. The change in strategy served him well when Falk poked a nose to his inside on lap 63. The duo went door-to-door until lap 65 when Wertz regained command.
With Wertz finding success in the middle lane, Danny Edwards Jr. began to copy the leader and closed in on Falk for second. Falk also moved up the track, providing a tempting opening for Edwards, who drove under him in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 78.
While Falk and Danny Edwards Jr. tussled, Wertz widened his lead to more than half a straightaway. That advantage vanished, however, when the fourth caution flag waved on lap 80.
On the restart, Falk took a look to the outside of Wertz as they approached Turn 1. When that bid came up empty, he returned to the inside lane and drove under the leader off Turn 4. Once again, Wertz was able to hold Falk at bay, clearing him in Turn 1 on lap 83.
The last of the race’s five yellow flags was displayed on lap 85. Lining up for the restart, Wertz, Falk, Danny Edwards Jr., Greg Edwards and Waltz made up the top five.
Under green for the final time, Wertz and Falk made contact as they passed the flagstand and Wertz was knocked sideways. Falk backed off and let Wertz gather his machine before continuing the attack.
On lap 86, Falk drove underneath Wertz in Turn 1. Wertz held on to lead that lap, but gave way on the following circuit as Falk nosed out front at the start/finish line. As Falk pulled ahead, Wertz tried to cross back to the inside in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 88. He couldn’t find the bite on the inside to execute the move, though, and Falk began to ease away.
Danny Edwards Jr. launched a bid for second on lap 92, driving under Wertz off Turn 4. Their side-by-side battled lasted until lap 95 with Wertz coming out on top. In the meantime, Falk has stretched his margin to five lengths.
Wertz tried to rally in the closing laps, but came up short as Falk won by 0.485-second — about three lengths. Danny Edwards Jr. and Greg Edwards were third and fourth, respectively, while Howard snagged fifth.
Waltz and Warren were sixth and seventh, in that order, in the final rundown, followed by Jeff Shiflett, Kyle Waltz and Dean Shiflett. Terry Carroll was 11th, the final driver on the lead lap.
In Victory Lane after the race, Falk was clearly pumped up by the duel with Wertz and his hard-fought win: “That was the best race I think Langley Speedway’s ever seen. Me and him were beating doors and rubbing on each other and leaning hard and that’s what you’ve gotta do with 15 laps to go. But, Mark Wertz, he’s a helluva race car driver and we’ve gotta go to work on this thing ‘cause Mark sure did. That was a tough one, but it was an awesome race and I hope the fans enjoyed it.”
In the evening’s other feature races:
Ryan Nester started on the pole, at 74.322 mph, and led all 50 laps of the Atlantic Power Sweeping Super Street feature to run his unbeaten streak to eight.
Randy Sample held down the runner-up spot in the early going, but gave way to Jeramie Wood and Jeff Shannon on lap 10, falling to fourth. Six laps later, Shannon swiped second from Wood. The shuffling of positions allowed Nester to stretch his lead to better than half a straightaway.
Sample took third place from Wood on lap 18. He passed Shannon for second on lap 32, only to see the move negated by the second of the race’s two caution flags.
Back under green, Sample blasted past Shannon on the high side and set off after Nester, who had gotten a three-length jump on the restart.
Sample was unable to make much progress against Nester until lap 47 when the leader slowed to navigate past a lapped machine. That delay allowed Sample to pull to within a car-length.
That was as close as Sample would get, though, as Nester eased away over the remaining laps and won by 0.540-second — about two lengths. Wood tailed Nester and Sample to the checkers, in third, followed by John Foster Jr. and Jonathan Mullett. After running near the front for much of the race, Shannon faded to an eight-place finish.
Brad Hancock moved into the lead on lap 15 and showed the way to his third win in a 25-lapper for the Casey Cycle City INEX Legends.
Steve Keesee started on the pole, at 77.316 mph, and paced the first nine laps with Jamie Price in tow. Hancock, who started on the outside of Row 1, slipped to fifth on the opening lap. He quickly recovered, though, and began motoring back toward the front.
On lap 10, Price slipped by Keesee for the lead, bringing Hancock along with him and dropping Keesee to third. At the halfway mark, the top three were bumper-to-bumper.
Hancock grabbed the lead from Price on lap 15, scooting by in Turns 1 and 2. This time, it was Keesee tagging along and gaining the second spot.
At the finish, Hancock held off Keesee to win by 0.119-second — a single car-length. Price was third, while Joe Hendricks Jr. and Spencer Saunders completed the top five.
In the 25-lap EZ Auto of Newport News UCAR race, Chris Hildebrand took the lead on the 23rd circuit and held on for his first victory.
Randy Prillaman was the pole-sitter, at 70.417 mph, and led the first 22 laps. Meanwhile, Hildebrand started third and moved up to second when Adam Florian failed to come up to speed at the beginning of the event.
Hildebrand shadowed Prillaman until lap 13 when he managed to grab the lead in traffic. Before that lap was officially in the books, however, the third of the race’s three caution flags appeared. Scoring reverted to lap 12 and Prillaman was placed back at the head of the field.
Back under green, Prillaman jumped out to a three-length advantage. He couldn’t shake Hildebrand, though, and surrendered the lead, in heavy traffic, on lap 23.
Prillaman tried to rally on the white-flag lap, pulling to the outside of Hildebrand on the backstretch. The bid came up just short, however, as Hildebrand won by 90-thousandths of a second — half a car-length.
Allen Dail was third at the checkers, while Dusty Connor nabbed fourth. Florian, who was hampered by problems on the start and on each of the three restarts, benefited from an extended green-flag run at the end to salvage a fifth-place finish.
David Phelps picked up his first win of the year in a 20-lap contest for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts. He started third and moved out front on lap 17.
Tim Benefield claimed the pole, at 60.907 mph, and led the first 16 circuits, linking up in a tight draft with Phelps. By the fifth lap, they had already pulled away by almost half a straightaway as the rest of the field struggled to get organized.
Ryan Hudgins, Dannie Wyatt and Jake Harberts eventually formed a second draft. They were unable to narrow the gap between themselves and the lead duo, however.
On lap 17, Harberts swiped third place from Wyatt, while, just ahead, Phelps slipped around Benefield for the lead.
Working the white-flag lap, Benefield motored to the outside of Phelps at the end of the backstretch in a bid for the win. At the same time, Harberts went to the high side on Hudgins, trying to take third.
At the line, Phelps was the winner by 86-thousandths of a second — one kart-length. Benefield was second. Hudgins nipped Harberts by mere inches for third. Adam Chalkley completed the top five.
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Saturday, July 22, 2009
CROSSROADS FUEL SERVICE
LATE MODEL STOCK CARS - 100 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) C.E. Falk; 100
2. (55) Mark Wertz; 100
3. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 100
4. (27) Greg Edwards; 100
5. (21) Woody Howard; 100
6. (4) Matt Waltz; 100
7. (12) Doug Warren; 100
8. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 100
9. (1) Kyle Waltz; 100
10. (06) Dean Shiflett; 100
11. (90) Terry Carroll; 100
12. (44) Robbie Babb; 97
13. (17) John Staton; 93
14. (41) Wesley Falk; 79
15. (34) Stacy Puryear; 61
16. (10) Casey Wyatt; 20
Pole: M. Waltz - 86.623 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. (3) Jeramie Wood; 50
4. (01) John Foster Jr.; 50
5. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 50
6. (58) Doug Woodyard; 50
7. (5) Robert Ellis; 50
8. (81) Jeff Shannon; 50
9. (2) Rod Busitzky; 50
10. (15) Dale Parro; 50
11. (55) Michael Farmer; 49
12. (8) Dennis Nagle; 47
13. (14) Larry Venable; 42
14. (09) Harry VanGuilder; 15
15. (12) Sean Calway; 5
Pole: Nester - 74.322 mph.
CASEY CYCLE CITY
INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
2. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
3. (08) Jamie Price; 25
4. (30) Joe Hendricks Jr.; 25
5. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
6. (09) Sparky West; 25
7. (4) Austen Duncan; 25
8. (88) Chris Raiford; 25
9. (16) Chris Peterson; 25
10. (49) Gary Adams; 24
11. (58) Scott Henderson; 23
Pole: Keesee - 77.316 mph.
EZ AUTO OF NEWPORT NEWS
UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (71) Chris Hildebrand; 25
2. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
3. (89) Allen Dail; 25
4. (14) Dusty Connor; 25
5. (80) Adam Florian; 25
6. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 25
7. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 25
8. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
9. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
10. (1) Johnny Pereira; 25
11. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
12. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
13. (36) Andrew Condrey; 25
14. (3) John Reardon; 25
15. (2) Michael Waters; 25
16. (23) Nelson Moody; 25
17. (11) Jeramie Wood; 25
18. (12) Chris Spangler; 25
19. (10) John Matthews; 25
20. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
21. (04) Doug Patrick; 25
22. (00) Trey Gurganus; 24
23. (27) Bill Whitehurst; 24
24. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 24
25. (51) Derek Roberts; 23
Pole: Prillaman - 70.417 mph.
RHONNDA CLAIBORNE, REALTOR
HRKC PRO WINGED CHAMP KARTS - 20 laps
Fin. Pos. (Kart #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (46) David Phelps; 20
2. (05) Tim Benefield; 20
3. (29) Ryan Hudgins; 20
4. (80) Jake Harberts; 20
5. (25) Adam Chalkley; 20
6. (52) Phillip Clarke; 20
7. (4) Mike Dayton; 20
8. (1) Spencer Saunders; 20
9. (55) Ron Foxx; 20
10. (8) Dannie Wyatt; 20
11. (63) Clif Savage; 20
12. (31) Chuck Weeks; 20
13. (00) Bill Dailey; 20
14. (64) John Savage; 20
15. (18) David Millard; 19
Pole: Benefield - 60.907 mph.
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