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AMF Bowling Kids Night Race Report Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009
Aug 16, 2009 - updated Aug 16th, 2009 10:14am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Woody Howard capitalized on the misfortune of points leader C.E. Falk and notched his second victory of the season in the AMF Bowling 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.

Howard set the pace in a very competitive qualifying session, lapping the .395-mile oval at 87.020 mph. Mark Wertz shared the front row with Howard, while Paul DeBolt and Falk made up Row 2. John Staton lined up fifth on the grid. The 18 drivers who made qualifying attempts were separated by just 0.654-second. Robbie Babb and Chris Johnson were added on to complete a 20-car starting field.
As the race got under way, Howard motored into the lead, leaving DeBolt and Wertz in a door-to-door battle for second. Using the outside lane to his advantage, Wertz won that contest on lap 3. The scuffle, though, allowed Howard to build an early five-length margin.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 5 for Kyle Waltz’s spin off Turn 4. As the field bunched for a restart, Howard, Wertz, DeBolt, Falk and Staton made up the top five.
When the race resumed, Howard jumped out to a two-length lead, stretching it to three lengths as the leaders rumbled onto the backstretch. Behind him, Falk drove to the outside of DeBolt in a bid for third place, gaining the clear-cut edge on lap 6.
By lap 10, Howard had fashioned a five-length lead over Wertz, who had a mirror-full of Falk. On lap 13, Falk launched a bid for second, driving under Wertz in Turn 1. Falk and Wertz went wheel-to-wheel for several laps with Falk finally nosing ahead at the end of lap 18 and clearing Wertz on lap 19. In the meantime, Howard’s margin had grown to half a straightaway.
On lap 34, Howard headed into traffic and Falk began to close the gap. By lap 39, he had pulled to within a car-length of the leader.
The second yellow flag flew on lap 45 when fourth-place DeBolt and fifth-place Dean Shiflett tangled and spun in Turn 4. As they retreated to the back of the pack, Wesley Falk and Matt Waltz moved up to take their places in the top five.
Cautions #3 and #4 appeared on lap 47. The first one was for Duane Shreeves’ spin on the backstretch and the second one was for Greg Edwards’ spin in Turn 4, just after the restart.

Back under green, Howard and Falk bolted from the pack in nose-to-tail formation. Howard eked out a slim margin as they raced down the backstretch, only to see Falk narrow the gap in Turns 3 and 4. At the crossed flags, the two leaders were bumper-to-bumper with Falk sneaking peeks to the inside.
On lap 52, Falk changed tactics and drove to the outside of Howard in Turns 1 and 2. He pulled even on lap 54, inched out front at the end of lap 55 and cleared Howard on lap 56. Just two laps later, Falk had already pulled away by nearly three lengths.
Points contender Danny Edwards Jr., who started an uncharacteristic 11th, made his way into the top five on lap 58, slipping past Matt Waltz. Ahead of him, Wesley Falk was working on Wertz for the third spot.
At lap 70, C.E. Falk maintained a two-length lead over Howard with traffic looming ahead. Behind the leaders, Wesley Falk finally got the better of his joust with Wertz, taking over third place on lap 73.
As the leaders waded into slower traffic, C.E. Falk began to widen his margin over Howard. By lap 86, the gap had swelled to half a straightaway. Meanwhile, Danny Edwards Jr. and Matt Waltz had overtaken Wertz, who was starting to tumble back through the field.
C.E. Falk’s bid for his eighth Langley win came unhinged on lap 92 when white smoke began to puff from behind his #40 car. He continued to circle the track, but the smoke only intensified, prompting the fifth, and final, caution flag on lap 94. As the field slowed, Falk ground to a halt in Turn 2, flames licking from beneath his hood.
With C.E. Falk relegated to the sidelines for the duration, Howard regained the lead. Greg Edwards, in the unfamiliar position of being a lap down, separated Howard and second-place Wesley Falk, who was left to carry the family banner. Danny Edwards Jr. lined up on Wesley Falk’s bumper for the restart.
Under green for the last time, Howard quickly opened a five-length lead as Wesley Falk struggled to clear Greg Edwards, while holding Danny Edwards Jr. at bay. He accomplished both of those tasks, but, by then, Howard was long gone.
At the finish, Howard was the winner by 1.638 seconds — about half a straightaway — over Wesley Falk. Danny Edwards Jr. was third, followed by Matt Waltz and Dean Shiflett.
DeBolt was sixth to the line, while Doug Warren and Shawn Balluzzo were seventh and eighth, respectively. Wertz faded to a ninth-place finish, followed by Jeff Shiflett. Kyle Waltz was 11th, the final driver to complete the entire distance.

In Victory Lane after the race, Howard noted his good fortune: “You take ‘em any way you can get ‘em. He (C.E. Falk) definitely had us by a little bit tonight, not a whole lot. I feel like, if I’d have drove a little better on that restart, I might’ve been able to hold him off a little longer. But, I slipped one time and he was on my bumper, making me even more loose, and he got by me. I thought, if I could just get to the bottom like I had been doing, to get up off of (Turn) 2, I could get a little distance on him, but he was just killing me. He was good. He did what he needed to do and drove me clean.”
The win gives Howard some momentum heading into next Saturday’s Hampton Virginia/Honor Flight 250 for the USARacing Pro Cup Series. Howard, a former Pro Cup Rookie of the Year, was fourth in the series’ first visit to Langley in May and was part of a four-wide joust for the win off the last corner.
C.E. Falk ended up 16th in the official rundown and saw his division lead shrink from 32 points to only six over Danny Edwards Jr., 552-546. The source of his troubles on Saturday night turned out to be a faulty oil line.

In the evening’s other feature events:

Shawn Balluzzo regained the lead on lap 15 and rolled to his third victory in a caution-free 50-lapper for the B&C Seafood Modifieds.
Balluzzo was the pole-sitter for the event, at 83.270 mph, but gave way to his front-row colleague, Joe Scarbrough, on the start.
In the early going, Scarbrough was able to pull away by a few car-lengths, while Balluzzo slipped into the clutches of third-place Rusty Wood. Soon, though, Balluzzo drove off from Wood and closed on the leader’s bumper.
After stalking Scarbrough for about 10 circuits, Balluzzo ducked under the leader in Turn 1 on lap 15. He eased ahead as they returned to the flagstand and completed the pass in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 16. Only one lap later, he had already opened a gap of more than three lengths.
With the yellow flag remaining under wraps, Balluzzo just kept adding to his advantage over the remaining circuits.
At the finish, Balluzzo was the winner by a whopping 4.170 seconds — a full straightaway — over Scarbrough. Wood was third to the line, followed by Chris Johnson and Jimmy Humblet.

The 40-lap Old Point National Bank Grand Stock race was also caution-free and Ricky Derrick picked up his second victory of the season, taking the lead on lap 33.
Rodney Boyd earned the pole, at 78.485 mph, and set the pace for the first 32 laps. Derrick qualified on the outside of Row 1, but gave up the position to Jammie Goode on lap 2. Three laps later, though, Goode momentarily dropped off the pace and Derrick regained the spot.
At the halfway mark, Boyd was up by little more than a car-length over Derrick, while Goode had fallen nearly half a straightaway back.
On lap 31, Boyd and Derrick headed into slower traffic and Derrick used the opportunity to poke his fender alongside the leader.
Derrick moved out front on lap 33, choosing the inside route to pass a lapped machine, while Boyd opted for the high lane.
Once at the head of the field, Derrick poured it on, winning by 1.458 seconds — nearly half a straightaway — over Boyd, who enjoyed his best outing of the season. Goode was third, while Mark Claar and Ron Hester rounded out the top five.

Robbie Davis started on the pole, at 74.493 mph, and led all the way for his second straight win in the 25-lap Med Express Urgent Care Super Truck race.
In the early going, Davis forged a three-length advantage over his front-row partner, points leader Tommy Nixon. And, after a caution flag on lap 3, he quickly regained that margin. Soon, though, Nixon erased the gap and began to hound Davis for the lead.
On several occasions, Nixon got close enough to deliver a sharp rap to the leader’s rear bumper. Davis wasn’t rattled, however, maintaining a smooth, consistent line.
At the checkers, Davis was the winner by 0.337-second — a truck-length — over Nixon. Brad Adams was third, more than five seconds behind Nixon. Rick Potter was fourth, nipping Troy Turnage at the stripe.

Steve Keesee moved out front on lap 14 and motored to his third victory in the 25-lap Casey Cycle City INEX Legends feature.
Brad Hancock started on the pole, at 77.548 mph, and led the first 13 laps with Keesee and third-place Jamie Price in tow.
On lap 14, Keesee nosed under Hancock and gained a half-length advantage as they crossed the start/finish line. He completed the pass on lap 15 and left the door open for Price, who moved up second.
The battle for the top spot remained a tight one until lap 22 when Price skated a bit loose through Turns 3 and 4, allowing Keesee to pad his lead to three lengths.
On lap 24, Hancock muscled Price aside in Turn 3 and took over second place as Keesee dashed toward the white flag.
At the end, Keesee was the winner by 1.167 seconds over Joe Hendricks Jr., who bypassed Hancock on the backstretch on the final lap to snag second. Hancock was third, followed by Spencer Saunders and Price.

Allen Dail qualified on the pole, at 71.086 mph, and led from flag-to-flag for his first victory of the season in a 25-lapper for the EZ Auto of Newport News UCARs.
Chris Hildebrand shared the front row with Dail and held down the second spot until lap 9 when he gave way to Adam Florian, who was gunning for his fifth win. During the race’s third caution period, at lap 14, Florian suddenly pulled out of line and headed for the pits, done in by mechanical problems.
The race was interrupted by a total of four yellow flags and, on each restart, Dail was easily able to outdistance his pursuers. Meanwhile, with Florian on the sidelines, points leader Randy Prillaman moved up to challenge Hildebrand for the runner-up spot.
At the finish, Dail was the winner by 0.952-second — about four lengths — over Hildebrand, who fought off Prillaman in the waning circuits for second. Michael Waters tailed the lead trio to the line, in fourth, followed by Johnny Pereira. Florian ended up 23rd.

Ron Foxx bagged his second win of the season in the evening’s opening event, a 20-lap contest for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts.
Mike Dayton drew the pole and led laps 1-10 with David Phelps in tow. Foxx was part of the lead draft until lap 6 when he drifted back a bit, finally picking up a boost from Dannie Wyatt.
Joined by Tim Benefield, Foxx and Wyatt quickly closed in on Dayton and Phelps. They caught the lead duo on lap 11 and Foxx edged into the lead at the flagstand. Foxx, Wyatt and Benefield all cleared Dayton and Phelps on lap 12 and began to pull away.
By lap 17, the three leaders had opened an eight-length advantage over Phelps, who was heading up a new second pack that included Spencer Saunders and Jake Harberts.
Nearing the finish, the Phelps-led second group caught up to Foxx’s trio on lap 19. Foxx, Wyatt and Benefield maintained their disciplined draft, though, blunting Phelps’ charge.
At the checkers, Foxx and Wyatt ran 1-2, bumper-to-bumper. The official margin of victory was 78-thousandths of a second. Phelps was third, followed by Saunders, Harberts and Benefield, who got shuffled back to sixth on the white-flag circuit.

• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA

AMF Bowling Kids Night Race Results Saturday, Aug. 15, 2009

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (21) Woody Howard; 100
2. (47) Wesley Falk; 100
3. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 100
4. (4) Matt Waltz; 100
5. (06) Dean Shiflett; 100
6. (34) Paul DeBolt; 100
7. (12) Doug Warren; 100
8. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 100
9. (55) Mark Wertz; 100
10. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 100
11. (1) Kyle Waltz; 100
12. (84) Greg Edwards; 99
13. (44) Robbie Babb; 98
14. (90) Terry Carroll; 98
15. (18) Jason Rudd; 98
16. (40) C.E. Falk; 93
17. (38) Duane Shreeves; 46
18. (17) John Staton; 41
19. (10) Casey Wyatt; 4
20. (47) Chris Johnson; 4

Pole: Howard - 87.020 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
2. (30) Joe Scarbrough; 50
3. (69) Rusty Wood; 50
4. (36) Chris Johnson; 50
5. (12) Jimmy Humblet; 50
6. (20) Cameron Patrick; 50
7. (19) Kyle Wood; 49
8. (6) Buster Horne Jr.; 49
9. (55) Greg Burgess Sr.; 48
10. (7) Steve Wagner; 48

Pole: Balluzzo - 83.270 mph.

GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
2. (9) Rodney Boyd; 40
3. (36) Jammie Goode; 40
4. (3) Mark Claar; 40
5. (0) Ron Hester; 40
6. (01) Chris Hott; 40
7. (28) Billy Fisher; 39
8. (99) Dalford Briley; 39
9. (77) Carl Livingston; 39
10. (5) Jonathan White; 39
11. (39) Nick Odell; 37
12. (2) Michael Waters; 37
13. (19) Robbie Parker; 22
14. (16) David Seed; 8

Pole: Boyd - 78.485 mph.

SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
2. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
3. (51) Brad Adams; 25
4. (21) Rick Potter; 25
5. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
6. (7) Lloyd Holbrook; 25
7. (1) Paul Hogge Sr.; 24
8. (52) Chris Bechtel; 24
9. (18) Cory Millard; 24
10. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 24
11. (4) Tory Vaughn IV; 23
12. (29) Amanda Frye; 2

Pole: Davis - 74.493 mph.

INEX LEGENDS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
2. (30) Joe Hendricks Jr.; 25
3. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
4. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
5. (08) Jamie Price; 25
6. (09) Sparky West; 25
7. (88) Chris Raiford; 25
8. (87) Darrell Vance; 25
9. (16) Chris Peterson; 25
10. (49) Gary Adams; 24
11. (14) Robert Hopper; 23
12. (1) Brian Simpson; 3

Pole: Hancock - 77.548 mph.

UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (89) Allen Dail; 25
2. (71) Chris Hildebrand; 25
3. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
4. (2) Michael Waters; 25
5. (1) Johnny Pereira; 25
6. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 25
7. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
8. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
9. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
10. (3) John Reardon; 25
11. (11) Scott Finch; 25
12. (36) Andrew Condrey; 25
13. (23) Denver Alvis; 25
14. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
15. (10) John Matthews; 25
16. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
17. (04) Doug Patrick; 25
18. (27) Bill Whitehurst; 25
19. (00) Trey Gurganus; 24
20. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 24
21. (51) Derek Roberts; 23
22. (29) Rich Cooper; 23
23. (80) Adam Florian; 13
24. (91) Frank Silva; 6

Pole: Dail - 71.086 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Kart #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (55) Ron Foxx; 20
2. (8) Dannie Wyatt; 20
3. (46) David Phelps; 20
4. (1) Spencer Saunders; 20
5. (80) Jake Harberts; 20
6. (05) Tim Benefield; 20
7. (4) Mike Dayton; 20
8. (31) Chuck Weeks; 20
9. (26) Dwain Smith; 20
10. (00) Bill Dailey; 20
11. (25) Adam Chalkley; 20
12. (63) Clif Savage; 19
13. (64) John Savage; 18

Pole: Dayton - via draw.

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