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Florian, Sipe post wins before rain arrives
Aug 9, 2009 - updated Aug 9th, 2009 10:48am
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series atCrossroads Fuel Service Night Race Report Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009
The bulk of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway was called off when a heavy downpour hit the track on lap 8 of the Casey Cycle City INEX Legends feature, the third race on the schedule.
In addition to the INEX Legends event, features for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, Atlantic Power Sweeping Super Streets and Med Express Urgent Care Super Trucks also fell victim to the elements.
In the two races that WERE completed:
Adam Florian took the lead for good on the 14th circuit and pulled away at the end to seal his fourth victory of the season in a 25-lapper for the EZ Auto of Newport News UCARs.
Allen Dail was quickest in afternoon time trials, at 70.834 mph, and occupied the pole position. Florian shared the front row with Dail, while Chris Hildebrand, Bill Eaker and points leader Randy Prillaman completed the top five on the 25-car grid.
As the race got under way, Dail leaped ahead of Florian and hauled the field into Turn 1. Florian immediately dropped in line on the leader’s bumper. Hildebrand emerged in third place, followed by Eaker and Prillaman.
Prillaman took over the fourth spot on lap 2, slipping past Eaker as they entered Turn 1. Meanwhile, at the front, Dail was clinging to a slim margin over Florian, while Hildebrand enjoyed a front-row seat.
Florian made his first bid for the lead on lap 7, but was rebuffed by Dail. Two laps later, though, he was back on the attack and nabbed the top spot at the end of the backstretch. By lap 11, Florian had opened a three-length gap over Dail, who had company in the form of Hildebrand and Prillaman.
The only caution flag appeared on lap 12 as Ethan Wenzel slowed to a crawl along the backstretch. Lining up for the restart, Florian and Dail ran 1-2, separated from third-place Hildebrand by a lapped car. Prillaman and Michael Waters were fourth and fifth, respectively, on the leaderboard.
Back under green, Dail shadowed Florian into Turn 1, then cut to the inside off the second corner and retook the lead at the entrance to Turn 3. At the halfway mark, Dail’s lead stood at only half a car-length as Florian gathered for another charge.
That charge came swiftly, too, as Florian slipped back past Dail in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 14. On that same circuit, Prillaman nabbed third place from Hildebrand and set off after the lead duo.
At lap 20, Florian was up by a single car-length over Dail, while Prillaman had closed to within five lengths of the lead battle. Slower machines loomed ahead.
Florian and Dail waded into traffic on lap 21. Florian had great success in navigating around the slower cars and his lead suddenly swelled to five car-lengths, a margin he would maintain to the finish.
At the checkers, Florian was the winner by 1.245 seconds over Dail. Prillaman came out on top of a wild scramble in the closing laps to hang onto third, followed by Hildebrand and Dusty Connor.
Waters, Robert Rusinyak, Renno Marchetti IV, Ben Zoellner and Robbie Salas were sixth through 10th to the stripe, in that order. Nineteen of the 25 starters were on the lead lap at the end.
In a 30-lapper for the Standard Welding Pro 6 division, Casey Sipe moved out front on the 19th circuit and rolled to his sixth win of the season.
Warren Smigo was the fast qualifier, at 79.424 mph, sharing the front row with Sipe. Carter Sipe lined up third, flanked by Matt Mullins, while Joe White launched from the fifth spot.
On the start, Smigo gained a slight advantage over Sipe, finally clearing him as the field reached Turns 3 and 4 for the first time. Casey Sipe settled into second place, followed by Carter Sipe, Mullins and Bobby Hall.
On lap 4, Hall drifted high in Turn 2 and opened the door for White, who nosed ahead at the start/finish line to take over fifth. Meanwhile, at the front, Smigo held a two-length edge over Casey Sipe.
Little by little, Casey Sipe began to narrow the gap. He closed right up on Smigo’s rear bumper on lap 11 after the leader bobbled a bit in Turns 3 and 4.
At the halfway point, Smigo still held the lead by the slimmest of margins over Casey Sipe. A full straightaway separated the lead twosome from Carter Sipe and White, who were duking it out for third. White would eventually grab the position on lap 16
The first caution flag appeared on lap 18 for Lindsay Bryant’s spin in Turn 4, bunching the field for a restart.
Back under green, White slipped to the inside of Casey Sipe in a bid for the runner-up spot. Sipe fought off the advance and immediately went on the attack, dropping to the inside of Smigo off Turn 4. He drew even along the frontstretch and motored ahead off Turn 2 on lap 19.
Coming around to complete lap 19, Casey Sipe was the new leader. White also scooted past Smigo to pick up second place. As the runner-up spot swapped hands, Casey Sipe pulled away by four lengths.
On lap 23, Smigo retook second place from White. Casey Sipe added two more lengths to his lead and appeared to be on the way to an easy win.
Before Casey Sipe could collect the winner’s trophy, though, he had to endure a pair of late-race restarts as the event was interrupted by yellow flags on laps 25 and 29. Hall prompted both cautions with spins in Turn 2 and at the flagstand, respectively.
On the final restart, Casey Sipe eked out a one-length lead over Smigo and extended the gap to two lengths when they hit the backstretch. He maintained that margin to the checkers and finished 0.358-second ahead of Smigo.
Smigo failed to clear the post-race inspection and was disqualified. In the amended rundown, White moved up to second, followed by Mullins, Carter Sipe and Bryant. Hall was sixth as all the starters finished on the lead lap.
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway
Crossroads Fuel Service Night Race Results Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009
Races for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, Atlantic Power Sweeping Super Streets, Med Express Urgent Care Super Trucks and Casey Cycle City INEX Legends were RAINED OUT.
EZ AUTO OF NEWPORT NEWS
UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (80) Adam Florian; 25
2. (89) Allen Dail; 25
3. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
4. (71) Chris Hildebrand; 25
5. (14) Dusty Connor; 25
6. (2) Michael Waters; 25
7. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 25
8. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 25
9. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
10. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
11. (3) John Reardon; 25
12. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
13. (11) Jonathan Mullett; 25
14. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
15. (36) Andrew Condrey; 25
16. (1) Johnny Pereira; 25
17. (91) Frank Silva; 25
18. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
19. (23) Nelson Moody; 25
20. (12) Chris Spangler; 24
21. (51) Derek Roberts; 24
22. (10) John Matthews; 23
23. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 23
24. (27) Ethan Wenzel; 11
25. (00) Trey Gurganus; 0
Pole: Dail - 70.834 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. (23) Carter Sipe; 30
5. (81) Lindsay Bryant; 30
6. (6) Bobby Hall; 30
DQ (41) Warren Smigo; 30
(Finished 2nd, but failed to clear
post-race tech inspection.)
Pole: Smigo - 79.424 mph.
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