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Falk sweeps USG Twin 75s for 8th and 9th wins
Aug 30, 2009 - updated Aug 30th, 2009 11:53am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

USG Night Race Report Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009

Given a chance to bolster his position in the national standings, C.E. Falk made the most of the opportunity, rolling to a pair of convincing wins in the USG Twin 75s for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the featured events of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.

Race #1: In the opener, Falk started from the pole, at 87.074 mph, and led all 75 circuits to notch his eighth win of the season.
Woody Howard shared the front row with Falk and remained on his flank until they reached Turn 2 for the first time. Heading onto the backstretch, Falk gained the clear-cut edge and began to pull away, while Paul DeBolt moved up to challenge Howard for second.
The first caution flag flew on lap 9 when John Staton spun off Turn 4 and ended up with Wesley Falk’s car resting on his hood. The two cars were separated and, amazingly, were able to continue after visits to the pits.
On the restart, Falk opened a one-length edge over Howard. He extended his lead to two lengths on the following lap and started to ease away from the pack.
Behind the leader, Dean Shiflett was on the move, nosing ahead of Danny Edwards Jr. for sixth on lap 13, then swiping fifth from Greg Edwards on lap 18. Shiflett’s ramble toward the front shifted into reverse on lap 34, though, as Greg Edwards reclaimed the fifth spot.
On lap 38, Mark Wertz ducked under DeBolt in Turns 1 and 2, drew even on the backstretch and pulled ahead off Turn 4 to move into third.
At the halfway mark, Falk was up by nearly a full straightaway over Howard with Wertz, DeBolt and Greg Edwards rounding out the top five.
The second caution flag flew on lap 43 as Greg Burgess Jr. slowed to a crawl along the outside wall in Turns 3 and 4.
Lining up for a restart, Falk and Howard were separated by two lapped machines and Falk took full advantage of the situation, quickly driving away by over half a straightaway.
While Falk was on cruise control, things began to heat up deeper in the field. On lap 52, Greg Edwards was hounding DeBolt for fourth place and sixth-place Danny Edwards Jr. spotted an opening, driving to his brother’s outside. Danny grabbed the spot on lap 53, then went after DeBolt on lap 57, nabbing fourth and bringing Greg along with him.
Falk enjoyed a full-straightaway margin when the last of the race’s three caution flags appeared on lap 72 for Matt Midgett’s spin at the end of the backstretch.
As the field bunched for a sprint to the finish, Falk and Howard were again separated by a lapped machine.
Back under green, Falk darted away by five lengths. It took Howard a lap to clear the slower car and, by then, the leader was long gone.
At the checkers, Falk was the winner by 1.686 seconds — about half a straightaway — over Howard. Wertz, Danny Edwards Jr. and Greg Edwards completed the top five. DeBolt came home in sixth, followed by Casey Wyatt, Shiflett, Shawn Balluzzo and Matt Waltz. Shayne Lockhart, Kyle Waltz, Jeff Shiflett and Henry Jones were 11th through 14th, respectively, all on the lead lap.
In Victory Lane after the race, Falk commented on his dominating run: “This car, it was just awesome, as soon as we took off at the green flag, it was just on a rail. I can’t thank my guys enough. We’ve kinda had a rough month, losing that oil line last race. But, this car is back, it’s running awesome.”
Asked about his prospects for the second race, Falk replied, “I don’t know how much those guys are saving, if they were saving or if they’re not saving, but my car is really good. After, like, five laps, we just started coasting, so we should be pretty good. We’re gonna make one adjustment on it and take it to the house.”

Race #2: In the nightcap, Falk moved out front on lap 7, endured a flurry of caution flags at the midpoint and drove away in the closing laps to post win #9.
DeBolt was the pole-sitter for the start of the second race, at 86.829 mph. Falk lined up on the outside pole, while Howard, Dean Shiflett and Danny Edwards Jr. filled out the top five on the grid.
As the event got going, DeBolt powered ahead of Falk and hauled the field into the first corner. Filling the void left by DeBolt, Howard drove underneath Falk in a bid for second.
The first caution flag came early as Kyle Waltz pancaked the right side of his car against the frontstretch wall at the beginning of lap 2. Falk edged Howard for second place and lined up behind DeBolt for the restart.
Back under green, DeBolt and Falk broke from the pack in nose-to-tail formation. Behind them, Wertz, who started seventh, moved up to challenge Danny Edwards Jr. for fourth, taking the spot on lap 5.
Two laps later, Falk swept past DeBolt in Turns 3 and 4 to take over the lead. Howard followed Falk’s cue and bypassed DeBolt on lap 8. Within a couple circuits, Falk had already opened a three-length gap.
Wertz snagged the third spot from DeBolt on lap 16 and left the door open for Danny Edwards Jr., who took over fourth on lap 18. Wertz and Edwards faced an uphill climb, though, as Falk and Howard were more than half a straightaway ahead.
On lap 23, Wertz drifted wide in Turn 4 and Danny Edwards Jr. poked a fender to his inside. Wertz was solid on the high side, however, and he fended off Edwards’ bid.
Falk and Howard headed into heavy traffic on lap 29. Falk broke into the clear on lap 31, up by half a straightaway. Within a lap, he had doubled that margin as Howard struggled with the slower cars.
The second caution flag appeared on lap 35 and was quickly followed by two more on lap 41 and another on lap 44. Caution #4, just after a restart on lap 41, knocked Danny Edwards Jr. and DeBolt from the top five as they tangled in Turn 2.
Lining up for the restart, at lap 44, Falk, Howard and Wertz maintained the top three positions with Greg Edwards and Dean Shiflett moving up to fourth and fifth.
As the race resumed, Falk eked out a narrow margin over Howard, then began to sail away. At lap 50, he was up by four lengths and the gap was growing.
Behind the leaders, a battle was brewing for the third spot as Wertz had a mirror-full of Greg Edwards. Continuing to run about a lane and a half off the bottom of the track, Wertz was able to fight off Edwards until lap 68 when he finally gave up third place. As Edwards drove away, Shiflett pulled to Wertz’s inside in a bid for fourth.
At the front, it was a runaway for Falk. By the finish, his winning margin had swelled to 4.182 seconds — a full straightaway — over Howard. Greg Edwards was third to the line, while Wertz held off Shiflett for fourth. Danny Edwards Jr. was sixth, followed by Matt Waltz, Wesley Falk and Wyatt. Jason Rudd was 10th at the end, the final driver to complete the entire distance.
Back in Victory Lane for a second time, Falk was eager to share the credit for his success: “This thing was awesome. I’ve gotta thank my mom and dad for letting me do this every week. This is so much fun. And, I’ve gotta thank (crew chief and seven-time track champ) Phil Warren. Phil’s the heart and soul of this team and we wouldn’t have won all these races this year without him. I’m very fortunate to have him on my team. I get all the fun part. These guys (his crew) get to work and sweat all day and all this stuff. But, I get to have fun. I wish they could all drive it ‘cause it’s a dream to drive.”
With the two wins, Falk has afforded himself a little breathing room in the division standings. Up by six points coming into the night, he left with a 22-point advantage over Danny Edwards Jr., 652-630. The Late Models are slated for another pair of 75-lappers next Saturday, Sept. 5.

In the evening’s other feature events:

In a 40-lapper for the Old Point National Bank Grand Stocks, Ricky Derrick started on the pole, at 77.662 mph, and held off a race-long challenge from Mark Claar to nail down his third win of the year.
If Derrick had any ideas of a leisurely cruise to victory, those thoughts were dispelled at the drop of the initial green flag as Claar, the third-place starter, drove to his inside at the flagstand. Derrick maintained the lead, but the battle lines were drawn as Claar latched onto his rear bumper.
While Claar was hammering on Derrick, six-time race winner Jammie Goode was busy working toward the front. Goode started fourth and slipped to sixth on the start before beginning his rally. He moved into third on lap 8 and, by lap 16, had joined the battle for the lead.
With Goode enjoying a front-row seat, Derrick and Claar continued to scuffle. Claar’s best chance to overtake the leader may have come on lap 21 when he motored under Derrick. That bid was cut short, though, when the last of the race’s two caution flags flew.
Back under green, Claar kept pounding away on Derrick, while third-place Goode looked on. On lap 34, Claar got another good run on Derrick and drove under him off Turn 2. Derrick turned away the charge, however, and Claar dropped back in line.
On lap 37, Goode cast aside the spectator role and motored under Claar in Turn 2. The pair went door-to-door until lap 39 when Claar regained command on the backstretch. The tussle worked in Derrick’s favor, though, as he pulled away to his biggest lead of the night, three lengths.
At the finish, Derrick maintained that three-length edge, winning by 0.836-second over Claar. Goode was third, followed by Brandon Hinson and Robbie Parker.

Jeff Shannon assumed the lead on lap 25 and showed the way to his first victory of the season in a raucous 50-lapper for the Atlantic Power Sweeping Super Streets. With Shannon’s win, Ryan Nester’s unbeaten streak ended at nine.
Nester began his quest for his 10th straight win from the pole position, qualifying at 74.001 mph. He grabbed the lead on backstretch on lap 1 and proceeded to pace the first 24 circuits.
Jeramie Wood started third and moved up to second on the opening lap. As Wood followed closely in Nester’s tire tracks, it quickly became apparent that the streak might be in some jeopardy.
After shadowing Nester for the first half of the event, Wood got a run on the leader on lap 25 and poked a fender underneath him at the flagstand. The two tangled into Turn 1 and both cars careened into the outside wall, bringing out the race’s second caution flag.
By far, Nester got the worst of the exchange, backing hard into the wall. He pulled away from the scene, a trail of flaming fuel in his wake. He headed to the pits where he was greeted by a fire truck and a host of fire extinguishers. As he rolled to a stop, the flames flared up, creating a scary sight.
While track workers, fire personnel and others were trying to douse Nester’s car, scuffles began to break out in the pits, along the backstretch (where Wood had stopped with the rest of the field) and in the stands as Nester and Wood supporters squared off.
When order was finally restored, the race resumed with Shannon as the new leader. He jumped out to a two-length advantage over John Pereira and began to ease away.
The third caution flag flew on lap 32 when Wood and John Foster Jr. tangled near the entrance to Turn 1 and Foster spun. Both drivers were sent to the back of the pack. They immediately resumed their tussle on the restart and both ended up in the Turn 1 wall, reigniting tempers.
After that dust-up, the eight remaining drivers got back down to the business of determining the race winner. Shannon, Pereira, Jonathan Mullett, Randy Sample and Dale Parro made up the top five for the restart.
Back under green, Shannon managed a narrow margin over Pereira. He gained a little more breathing room on lap 40 as Mullett moved up to challenge for the runner-up spot. On the following circuit, though, Mullett gave way to Sample. Four laps later, Sample picked off Pereira for second.
While positions changed hands in his mirror, Shannon bolted to a half-straightaway lead and looked to be on his way to an easy win. On this night, though, nothing would be easy as caution #5 waved on lap 48 for a tangled involving Mullett and Sean Calway.
Shannon got a tremendous break on the restart when Pereira went after Sample for second place. With those two battling door-to-door, Shannon set sail and won by 1.491 seconds. Sample nipped Pereira at the line for the runner-up spot. Mullett was fourth and Parro completed the top five. Nester was credited with 12th place and saw his division lead trimmed from 38 to 18 points over Sample, 478-460.

Brad Hancock took the lead for good on lap 37 and motored to his fourth victory of the season in the $5,000 Dale Lemonds/King Hodges Memorial 40 for the Casey Cycle City INEX Legends.
Steve Keesee qualified on the pole, at 77.295 mph, and paced laps 1-6 before giving way to Hancock in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 7. Keesee settled in on Hancock’s bumper and began to hunt for an opening. The lead duo was soon joined by Joe Hendricks Jr., making it a three-way joust for the top spot.
After tailing Hancock for most of the event, Keesee returned to the lead on lap 35, slipping past in the first and second corners. A lap later, the only caution flag appeared when Sparky West spun off Turn 4.
On the restart, Keesee and Hancock pulled away in nose-to-tail formation. On lap 37, Keesee drifted high in Turn 4 and Hancock pounced, retaking the lead and bringing Hendricks along with him.
At the finish, Hancock claimed the victory, and the $2,000 top prize, by 0.170-second — a single car-length — over Hendricks. Keesee was third, followed by Jimmy Heavlow and Spencer Saunders.

Adam Florian moved out front on lap 4 and sped on to his division-leading sixth win in a 25-lapper for the EZ Auto of Newport News UCARs.
Allen Dail qualified on the pole, at 70.894 mph, and showed the way for the first three laps before giving way to Florian. By lap 7, Florian had built up a three-length advantage.
On lap 11, points leader Randy Prillaman scooted by Chris Hildebrand, in traffic, to take over third place. Hildebrand returned the favor, though, with a gutsy three-wide pass on a restart at lap 12.
After the last of the race’s three caution flags, at lap 13, Florian led Dail and Hildebrand in a breakaway at the head of the field. As the laps clicked off, Florian began to widen his margin over Dail, while Hildebrand was falling into Prillaman’s clutches.
On lap 19, Prillaman grabbed third from Hildebrand and quickly set off after Dail, pulling up on his bumper within a lap. On lap 21, Prillaman ducked under Dail on the backstretch, only to be forced back in line as a lapped car loomed ahead.
At the finish, Florian was the winner by 1.428 seconds — nearly half a straightaway — over Dail. Prillaman was third, followed by Hildebrand and Ben Zoellner.

Warren Smigo started on the pole, at 79.044 mph, and led from flag-to-flag to nab his first victory in the 30-lap Standard Welding Pro 6 feature.
Six-time race winner Casey Sipe didn’t post a qualifying lap and started sixth in the seven-car field. By lap 11, though, he had moved up to second place. He trimmed a couple car-lengths from Smigo’s lead, which had been half a straightaway, but then the margin seemed to stabilize.
The first caution flag waved on lap 21 and erased Smigo’s lead. A second yellow flag flew on the ensuing restart.
Back under green for a 10-lap dash to the checkers, Smigo and Sipe pulled away, bumper-to-bumper. Meanwhile, third-place Joe White rode a car-length back.
Over the final circuits, Sipe tried to pressure Smigo into an error, but the leader held firm. The two made contact off the final corner and Smigo was unfazed, winning by 0.213-second — a car-length. Sipe was second, followed by White, David Phelps and Lindsay Bryant.

• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA

USG Night Race Results Sunday, Aug. 29, 2009

* Race #1 *
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (40) C.E. Falk; 75
2. (21) Woody Howard; 75
3. (55) Mark Wertz; 75
4. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
5. (27) Greg Edwards; 75
6. (34) Paul DeBolt; 75
7. (10) Casey Wyatt; 75
8. (06) Dean Shiflett; 75
9. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 75
10. (4) Matt Waltz; 75
11. (11) Shayne Lockhart; 75
12. (1) Kyle Waltz; 75
13. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 75
14. (24) Henry Jones; 75
15. (38) Duane Shreeves; 73
16. (12) Doug Warren; 73
17. (97) Matt Midgett; 73
18. (18) Jason Rudd; 71
19. (41) Wesley Falk; 52
20. (19) Greg Burgess Jr.; 43
21. (17) John Staton; 40
22. (88) Mitch Sarvis; 10
23. (47) Robbie Babb; 1

Pole: C.E. Falk - 87.074 mph.

* Race #2 *
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (40) C.E. Falk; 75
2. (21) Woody Howard; 75
3. (27) Greg Edwards; 75
4. (55) Mark Wertz; 75
5. (06) Dean Shiflett; 75
6. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
7. (4) Matt Waltz; 75
8. (41) Wesley Falk; 75
9. (10) Casey Wyatt; 75
10. (18) Jason Rudd; 75
11. (38) Duane Shreeves; 74
12. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 74
13. (1) Kyle Waltz; 74
14. (24) Henry Jones; 48
15. (17) John Staton; 45
16. (11) Shayne Lockhart; 43
17. (34) Paul DeBolt; 40
18. (88) Mitch Sarvis; 39
19. (97) Matt Midgett; 35
20. (12) Doug Warren; 29
21. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 2
22. (47) Albert Falk; 1

Pole: DeBolt - 86.829 mph.

GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
2. (3) Mark Claar; 40
3. (36) Jammie Goode; 40
4. (81) Brandon Hinson; 40
5. (19) Robbie Parker; 40
6. (4) Anthony Kincaid; 40
7. (99) Dalford Briley; 40
8. (01) Chris Hott; 40
9. (28) Billy Fisher; 40
10. (5) Jonathan White; 34
11. (12) Bobby Spivey; 20
12. (9) Rodney Boyd; 14
13. (77) Carl Livingston; 5

Pole: Derrick - 77.662 mph.

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

1. (81) Jeff Shannon; 50
2. (24) Randy Sample; 50
3. (1) John Pereira; 50
4. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 50
5. (15) Dale Parro; 50
6. (12) Sean Calway; 50
7. (55) Michael Farmer; 50
8. (2) Rod Busitzky; 50
9. (3) Jeramie Wood; 31
10. (01) John Foster Jr.; 31
11. (14) Larry Venable; 30
12. (51) Ryan Nester; 24
13. (21) Ricky Derrick; 5

Pole: Nester - 74.001 mph.

INEX LEGENDS - 40 laps
* Dale Lemonds/King Hodges Memorial 40 *
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (17) Brad Hancock; 40
2. (30) Joe Hendricks Jr.; 40
3. (0) Steve Keesee; 40
4. (48) Jimmy Heavlow; 40
5. (7) Spencer Saunders; 40
6. (44) Dusty Summers; 40
7. (08) Jamie Price; 40
8. (20) Cameron Patrick; 40
9. (09) Sparky West; 40
10. (88) Chris Raiford; 40
11. (10) Danny Baker Jr.; 40
12. (21) Robert Kuczmarski; 40
13. (87) Darrell Vance; 39
14. (16) Chris Peterson; 39
15. (49) Gary Adams; 37
16. (1) Brian Simpson; 6
17. (38) Kim Forrester; 3

Pole: Keesee - 77.295 mph.

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. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
6. (1) Johnny Pereira; 25
7. (2) Michael Waters; 25
8. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
9. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
10. (36) Andrew Condrey; 25
11. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 25
12. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
13. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 25
14. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
15. (11) Curtis Bova; 25
16. (10) John Matthews; 23
17. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 23
18. (00) Trey Gurganus; 23
19. (04) Doug Patrick; 14
20. (29) Rich Cooper; 3
21. (27) Bill Whitehurst; 0

Pole: Dail - 70.894 mph.

PRO SIXES - 30 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.

1. (41) Warren Smigo; 30
2. (14) Casey Sipe; 30
3. (15) Joe White; 30
4. (54) David Phelps; 30
5. (81) Lindsay Bryant; 30
6. (6) Bobby Hall; 30
7. (23) Carter Sipe; 30

Pole: Smigo - 79.004 mph.

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