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Falk, DeBolt split Late Model Twins
Sep 6, 2009 - updated Sep 6th, 2009 11:39am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Law Enforcement Night presented by Hampton Roads Toyota Dealers Race Report Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009

C.E. Falk and Paul DeBolt shared the spotlight on Saturday evening, splitting victories in the Law Enforcement Twin 75s for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the featured events of Langley Speedway’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program, which was presented by the Hampton Roads Toyota Dealers.

Race #1: In the first race, Falk started from the pole, at 86.318 mph, and led all the way to notch his 10th win of the season.
Woody Howard shared the front row with Falk and settled into the runner-up spot on the opening lap. Wesley Falk, C.E.’s brother, emerged from the shuffle in third, followed by Danny Edwards Jr. and Greg Edwards, another brother combo.
The first caution flag flew on lap 3 for a multi-car tangle in Turn 2, which collected DeBolt, Dean Shiflett and Doug Warren. All three were able to continue.
Back under green, Falk and Howard bolted from the pack in nose-to-tail formation. After a couple circuits, Falk began to extend his advantage.
Behind the lead duo, Danny Edwards Jr. was parked on Wesley Falk’s bumper, looking for the third position. He ducked under the younger Falk off Turn 4 on lap 8 and completed the pass in Turns 1 and 2 on the next lap.

Mark Wertz, who started seventh, made his way into the top five on lap 12, edging ahead of Greg Edwards. Meanwhile, Danny Edwards Jr. had tracked down second-place Howard.
On lap 21, Danny Edwards Jr. bypassed Howard for the runner-up spot. The exchange allowed C.E. Falk to pad his lead to five lengths.
Deeper in the field, Wertz was on the move again, swiping fourth from Wesley Falk and leaving the door open for Greg Edwards, who gained the fifth position.
As C.E. Falk navigated slower traffic, Danny Edwards Jr. chopped into his margin. By the time the race’s second, and final, yellow flag waved at lap 32, Falk’s lead had been trimmed to just two lengths.

When the race resumed, C.E. Falk led Danny Edwards Jr., Howard, Wertz and Greg Edwards in a five-car breakaway. As the laps clicked off, Falk began to ease away. At lap 45, he was up by five lengths over Danny Edwards Jr., who had a fast-closing Wertz in his mirror.
On lap 46, Greg Edwards scooted past Howard for fourth. A straightaway separated him from third-place Wertz.
Falk motored into traffic on lap 63 and was able to increase his lead as Danny Edwards Jr. and Wertz dueled for second place.
At the finish, Falk was the winner by 1.095 seconds — about six lengths — over Danny Edwards Jr., who slipped away from Wertz in the closing circuits. Greg Edwards tailed the lead trio to the line, in fourth, followed by Howard.
Wesley Falk was sixth at the end, while Casey Wyatt, John Staton, Mitch Sarvis and Matt Waltz completed the top 10, all finishing on the lead lap.
In Victory Lane after the race, Falk, who swept a Late Model doubleheader on Aug. 29, was asked about his prospects of repeating the feat: “I don’t know. I feel like, these twin races, it’s not really a win ‘til you win both of ‘em. We gotta make one adjustment on this car. We were a little too tight, but Danny seemed to be really good. I don’t know how much he was riding. And, Paul (DeBolt), he’s gonna be good for the next one.”

Race #2: In tapping DeBolt as one of the favorites for the second race, Falk turned out to be prophetic. Starting from the pole, at 86.972 mph, DeBolt jumped out front on the first lap and rolled to a convincing win — his first of the year — in a caution-free 75-lapper.
Falk started alongside DeBolt on the front row and remained on his flank until they reached Turn 2 for the first time. Exiting the corner, DeBolt pulled ahead, while Falk dropped into second place. By lap 5, the leader had already opened a four-length margin and the gap was growing.
Behind DeBolt and Falk, Wertz held the third spot, followed by Danny Edwards Jr., who slipped past Howard for fourth on lap 13. After fighting off a bid from Doug Warren, Howard gave up the fifth spot to Dean Shiflett on lap 36.
Back at the front, DeBolt found himself boxed in behind two slower cars as the field was shown the crossed flags. Meanwhile, Wertz had crept up on Falk and began to challenge for the runner-up position. Freeing himself of traffic, DeBolt was able to pull away, while Falk turned his attention to Wertz.
Wertz finally worked his way past Falk on lap 60. Four laps earlier, Shiflett had overtaken Danny Edwards Jr. for fourth.
On lap 63, Shiflett nosed ahead of Falk for third, completing the pass on lap 64. He, then, set sail after second-place Wertz. In the meantime, DeBolt was cruising with a half-straightaway lead.
Shiflett drove underneath Wertz on lap 68, but was forced back in line, a lap later, when he ran up on a slower machine. Shiflett kept digging, though, and finally took the spot on lap 74.
At the finish, DeBolt was the winner by 1.934 seconds — about half a straightaway. Because of Jeff Shiflett’s spin into the infield off Turn 2 on the last lap, things tightened up behind DeBolt as some drivers checked up, anticipating a caution flag. With Shiflett out of harm’s way, though, the yellow flag stayed under wraps.
Dean Shiflett was second to the line, followed by Wertz, Falk and Danny Edwards Jr. Greg Edwards was sixth, while Duane Shreeves, Howard, Wesley Falk and Warren rounded out the top 10. Shawn Balluzzo was 11th, the final driver to complete the entire distance.
In Victory Lane following the event, a tuckered DeBolt talked about his rebound from a 15th-place finish in the first race: “You don’t like racing like that, but, sometimes, other people make your deal for you. When you get turned around and you tear something up, you’ve gotta make the best of it. I tell ya’, Randy Sears, he’s been behind us. We’ve been struggling. It’s been an uphill battle, but I think we’re finally making progress anyway.”
For a few races this season, DeBolt has stepped aside, putting other drivers in the #34 car. He was asked if the added input was helpful to the overall effort: “Well, we started out trying to do something to help somebody that was wanting to go to asphalt and it probably hurt us more than it helped us. We’d get off in a different direction and have to start over. The last three or four weeks, we’ve stuck with what we’ve been doing and it seems to have paid off. We’re not where we need to be, but we ain’t far off now.”
Heading into next Saturday’s off night, in deference to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series activities in Richmond, Falk holds a 26-point edge over Danny Edwards Jr., 746-720, in the division standings.

In the evening’s other feature events:

Shawn Balluzzo moved out front on lap 42 and stormed to his third consecutive win, and fourth overall, in the 50-lap B&C Seafood Modified race.
Joe Scarbrough started on the pole, at 82.824 mph, and set the pace for the first 41 circuits. Balluzzo, meanwhile, snagged the second spot from Chris Johnson on lap 2 and quickly closed in on the leader.
For a good bit of the event, Balluzzo was content to stalk Scarbrough, lingering a car-length or two behind. With 15 laps to go, though, he turned up the wick and began to hound the leader.
On lap 42, Balluzzo slipped underneath Scarbrough off the second corner and gained the clear-cut edge as they exited Turn 4. Just two laps later, Balluzzo had driven away by almost four lengths.
At the finish, Balluzzo was the winner by 0.540-second — about three lengths — over Scarbrough, who held off a bid by Johnson to take second. Ronnie Davis tailed the top three to the line, in fourth. Michael Leech recovered from an early-race spin to take fifth.

As one front-runner after another faltered, Robbie Parker took command of the 40-lap Old Point National Bank Grand Stock race on lap 12 and sailed to his first victory of the season.
Jammie Goode started on the pole, at 78.399 mph, and led the first nine laps. On lap 10, though, he suddenly fell off the pace with a broken axle and gave way to division points leader Ricky Derrick.
Goode ground to a halt on lap 11, bringing out the race’s third caution flag and prompting officials to begin scoring the yellow-flag laps. As the field circled slowly behind the pace truck, Derrick made the hard left turn onto the pit lane and the lead passed to Parker.
After a quick check under the hood, Derrick’s crew sent him back into the fray and he lined up at the tail of the field.
Back under green, Parker bolted to a three-length lead. Just one lap later, the margin had grown to better than half a straightaway as Renno Marchetti IV overtook Brandon Ray for second.
While Parker’s lead continued to grow, Derrick was charging back toward the front. Reportedly down a cylinder, he still managed to swipe the runner-up spot from Marchetti on lap 33.
At the finish, Parker was the winner by a whopping 4.558 seconds — a full straightaway — over Derrick. Marchetti, a UCAR regular, was third in his Langley Grand Stock debut. Dalford Briley and Ray completed the top five.

Robbie Davis took the lead on lap 2 and held on for his third straight win in a 25-lapper for the Med Express Urgent Care Super Trucks.
Tommy Nixon started on the pole, at 74.194 mph, and leaped out front on the opening lap. Davis, who started third, tagged along with Nixon and took over second place.
The first of the race’s three caution flags appeared on lap 2.
On the restart, Davis drove underneath Nixon in Turn 2 and completed the pass for the lead off the fourth corner, quickly opening a two-length lead.
After a pair of caution flags on lap 8, Davis fashioned a three-length margin over Nixon as the lead duo drove off by half a straightaway over third-place Troy Turnage.
By the halfway mark, Nixon had erased the deficit and was camped on Davis’ tailgate. The two remained nose-to-tail until lap 21 when Nixon drifted wide off the fourth turn, affording Davis a little breathing room.
Heading for the white flag, Nixon closed in on Davis for one last shot at the win. He poked a fender to the inside of the leader off the final corner, but couldn’t muster a winning pass as Davis won by 0.182-second — a single truck-length. Turnage was third to the stripe, followed by Rick Potter and Brad Adams.

Dannie Wyatt started eighth, took the lead on lap 17 and sped to his third victory in the evening’s opening feature, a 20-lap contest for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts.
Division leader Ron Foxx started on the pole, at 61.463 mph, but gave way to Dwain Smith on the first lap. Jake Harberts emerged in second, while Foxx slipped to third, followed by Adam Chalkley and Wyatt.
The only caution flag flew on lap 2 when Chalkley spun off Turn 2.
Back under green, Foxx ventured to the outside of Harberts on the backstretch, but didn’t attract any drafting partners, falling back in the field as Tim Benefield moved up to third.
On lap 4, Wyatt grabbed third, bringing Chuck Weeks along with him. Two laps later, he overtook Harberts for second, setting off another wild scramble as drivers looked to form new drafting alliances. When things settled down, Smith was still out front with Wyatt and David Phelps in tow.
Wyatt tailed Smith until lap 17 when he moved out front in Turns 3 and 4. Caught out of the draft, Smith fell back as Wyatt, Phelps and Foxx took charge.
The three leaders maintained a disciplined formation all the way to the checkers as Wyatt won by 0.082-second over Phelps. Foxx was third, followed by Weeks and Ryan Hudgins. After leading most of the event, Smith ended up eighth.

• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA

Law Enforcement Night presented by Hampton Roads Toyota Dealers Race Results Sunday, Sept. 5, 2009

* Race #1 *
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) C.E. Falk; 75
2. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
3. (55) Mark Wertz; 75
4. (27) Greg Edwards; 75
5. (21) Woody Howard; 75
6. (41) Wesley Falk; 75
7. (10) Casey Wyatt; 75
8. (17) John Staton; 75
9. (88) Mitch Sarvis; 75
10. (4) Matt Waltz; 75
11. (12) Doug Warren; 74
12. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 74
13. (1) Kyle Waltz; 74
14. (90) Terry Carroll; 74
15. (34) Paul DeBolt; 53
16. (38) Duane Shreeves; 21
17. (06) Dean Shiflett; 18
18. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 12
19. (47) Chris Johnson; 1
Pole: C.E. Falk - 86.318 mph.

* Race #2 *
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (34) Paul DeBolt; 75
2. (06) Dean Shiflett; 75
3. (55) Mark Wertz; 75
4. (40) C.E. Falk; 75
5. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
6. (27) Greg Edwards; 75
7. (38) Duane Shreeves; 75
8. (21) Woody Howard; 75
9. (41) Wesley Falk; 75
10. (12) Doug Warren; 75
11. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 75
12. (10) Casey Wyatt; 74
13. (88) Mitch Sarvis; 74
14. (90) Terry Carroll; 74
15. (4) Matt Waltz; 74
16. (1) Kyle Waltz; 74
17. (17) John Staton; 73
18. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 72
19. (47) Chris Johnson; 2
Pole: DeBolt - 86.972 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
2. (30) Joe Scarbrough; 50
3. (36) Chris Johnson; 50
4. (14) Ronnie Davis; 50
5. (26) Michael Leech; 50
6. (12) Jimmy Humblet; 50
7. (7) Steve Wagner; 28
8. (51) Kyle Wood; 3
9. (69) Rusty Wood; 0
10. (20) Cameron Patrick; 0
Pole: Scarbrough - 82.824 mph.

GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (19) Robbie Parker; 40
2. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
3. (0) Renno Marchetti IV; 40
4. (99) Dalford Briley; 40
5. (88) Brandon Ray; 40
6. (16) David Seed; 39
7. (36) Jammie Goode; 11
8. (28) Billy Fisher; 9
9. (9) Rodney Boyd; 8
10. (12) Bobby Spivey; 1
11. (01) Chris Hott; 1
Pole: Goode - 78.399 mph.

SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
2. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
3. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
4. (21) Rick Potter; 25
5. (51) Brad Adams; 25
6. (1) Paul Hogge Sr.; 25
7. (18) Cory Millard; 25
8. (7) Lloyd Holbrook; 24
9. (4) Tory Vaughn IV; 23
10. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 7
11. (70) Curtis Hughes; 7
12. (52) Chris Bechtel; 1
Pole: Nixon - 74.194 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Kart #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Dannie Wyatt; 20
2. (46) David Phelps; 20
3. (55) Ron Foxx; 20
4. (31) Chuck Weeks; 20
5. (29) Ryan Hudgins; 20
6. (05) Tim Benefield; 20
7. (80) Jake Harberts; 20
8. (26) Dwain Smith; 20
9. (25) Adam Chalkley; 20
10. (64) John Savage; 20
11. (63) Clif Savage; 20
Pole: Foxx - 61.463 mph.

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