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Langley Speedway News
USARacing Pro Cup Series returns this Saturday
Aug 19, 2009 - updated Aug 19th, 2009 7:09pm
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Hampton, VA --
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009
The USARacing Pro Cup Series pays its second visit of the season to Langley Speedway this Saturday, Aug. 22, when the Hampton Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Honor Flight Network team up to present the Hampton Virginia/Honor Flight 250.
Front gates open at 11:30 a.m., coinciding with the start of Pro Cup practice. Pro Cup practice winds up at 1:30 p.m. Afternoon practice rounds for the Atlantic Power Sweeping Super Streets and EZ Auto of Newport News UCARs run from 2:30 'til 3:25, followed by a drivers meeting for the local divisions. Time trials for the Super Streets and UCARs get under way at 4, while Pro Cup pole qualifying is slated for 4:30.
The feature program begins at 5 p.m. with a 40-lapper for the Super Streets. An autograph session with the Pro Cup drivers is scheduled for 5:45. Pro Cup pre-race ceremonies start at 6:30. The Hampton Virginia/Honor Flight 250 is slated for a 7 p.m. green flag. A 40-lap UCAR feature rounds out the show.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids (6-12). "Little Race Fans" (under 6) are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Military personnel in uniform are also admitted free of charge. Military personnel in civvies (active-duty or retired, with ID) and senior citizens (60+, with ID) receive a $2 discount off the adult ticket price.
Advance tickets are available in the Speedway office until this Friday. Tickets may also be purchased online by clicking on the appropriate link at www.langley-speedway.com.
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The Speedway will hold its regular, weekly "test and tune" session on Thursday, Aug. 20. Gates open at 5 p.m. and practice begins at 6. Pit admission is $10. There is no charge to watch from the grandstands.
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The Speedway's "Wacky Wednesdays" series continues this evening with the regular lineup of One-on-One Drags (one-lap match races), "Time Attacks" (solo runs against the clock) and a Burnout Competition.
Gates open at 6 p.m. A drivers meeting is scheduled for 7 and the fun gets going at 7:15. Tickets are just $5 and "Little Race Fans" (under 6) are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $15.
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The entry list for Saturday's Hampton Virginia/Honor Flight 250 features 23 drivers from eight states. Topping the group is Clay Rogers of Mooresville, N.C., the winner when the USARacing Pro Cup Series competed at Langley in May. Using that victory as a springboard, Rogers went on to win the next two events - at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway and Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway - and take over the points lead. Heading into this weekend's race, Rogers holds a 144-point advantage over Bobby Gill in the series standings.
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Relegated to a 16th-place finish by a broken oil line in the waning laps of last weekend's race, Late Model points leader C.E. Falk has slipped from sixth to seventh place in the latest NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national Top 500. Also, his division lead at Langley has shrunk from 32 to just six over Danny Edwards Jr., 552-546.
Philip Morris, a regular at Radford, Va.'s Motor Mile Speedway, held onto the top spot in the national standings and, in fact, widened his lead over Connecticut Modified standout Keith Rocco to 28 points.
Other Langley drivers in the Top 500 include: Danny Edwards Jr. (145th); Woody Howard (190th); Greg Edwards (227th); Mark Wertz (231st); Wesley Falk (349th); Jeff Shiflett (369th); Dean Shiflett (443rd); and, Shawn Balluzzo (460th).
In the Virginia state rankings, Morris still maintains a wide margin over Falk, while Frank Deiny Jr. (Motor Mile) has edged ahead of Hampton's Nick Smith (South Boston) for third place. Danny Edwards Jr. is 17th in the state rundown.
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A full evening of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action is slated for Saturday, Aug. 29, when Langley Speedway plays host to USG Night.
Twin 75-lap features are scheduled for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, while the Casey Cycle City INEX Legends look forward to the $2,000-to-win Dale Lemonds/King Hodges Memorial 40. The Old Point National Bank Grand Stocks, Atlantic Power Sweeping Super Streets, EZ Auto of Newport News UCARs, Standard Welding Pro 6s and Wolf Trucks round out the crowded lineup.
As part of the pre-race festivities on the 29th, the track will hold its annual "Track-A-Thon" to benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Led by the Rev. Tom Potter, Langley's chaplain, sponsored participants will take a two-lap stroll around the track.
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A longtime member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Langley Speedway is a .395-mile, slightly-banked oval. The track is located at 11 Dale Lemonds Dr., off North Armistead Ave., in Hampton, Va.
To learn more about Langley Speedway, fans may call the Speedway office at (757) 865-RACE or consult the track's Web site - www.langley-speedway.com.
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