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Langley Speedway

Langley Speedway News
Danny Edwards Jr. scores 3rd Late Model win, trims Falk's points lead.
Sep 20, 2009 - updated Sep 20th, 2009 10:05am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

McDonald's Night Race Report Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009

Danny Edwards Jr. moved out front on lap 5 and stormed to his third victory of the season in the McDonald’s 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.

John Staton was the surprise pole winner, qualifying at 86.654 mph. He shared the front row with Edwards. Matt Waltz, Mark Wertz and Greg Edwards rounded out the top five on the 15-car starting grid. Points leader C.E. Falk was sixth-fastest.
As the race got under way, Staton jumped into the lead and hauled the field off into Turn 1. Edwards Jr. slid into the second spot, followed by Wertz, Falk and Waltz.
The yellow flag made an early appearance, flying on lap 2 when Jeff Shiflett, Casey Wyatt and Wesley Falk tangled and spun in Turn 1. The incident sidelined Shiflett and Falk, while Wyatt rejoined the tail of the field for the restart.
Back under green, Staton and Edwards Jr. pulled away in nose-to-tail formation, opening a one-length gap over Wertz and C.E. Falk. Behind them, Greg Edwards scooted by Waltz to move into the top five.
On lap 5, Edwards Jr. ducked under Staton off the second corner and motored into the lead on the backstretch. He also left the door open for Wertz, Falk and Greg Edwards, who also bypassed Staton.
Greg Edwards went after Falk for the third spot on lap 13, driving underneath him in Turn 4. The two went door-to-door until lap 19 when Falk drifted wide off the fourth corner and Edwards pulled ahead. While that battle was going on, Edwards Jr. and Wertz had extended their margin over the rest of the field to better than half a straightaway.
Bouncing back from his early-race mishap, Wyatt made his way into the top five on lap 38, slipping around Staton. Three laps later, the second, and final, yellow flag waved for debris in Turn 2. Setting the lineup, Edwards Jr. was the leader, followed by Wertz, Terry Carroll’s lapped machine, Greg Edwards, Falk and Wyatt.
As the race resumed, Edwards Jr. quickly fashioned a one-length edge over Wertz. In their mirrors, Falk moved up to challenge Greg Edwards for third. His attention was soon diverted, though, as Wyatt closed in.
On lap 50, Wyatt slipped underneath Falk at the entrance to Turn 1 and completed the pass for fourth off Turn 4. Five laps later, Falk tried to return the favor, launching a battle that would continue until lap 63 when Wyatt gained the upper hand.
By lap 65, Edwards Jr. had padded his lead to nearly half a straightaway over Wertz, who enjoyed a similar margin over Greg Edwards. Better than half a straightaway separated Greg Edwards from Wyatt.
On lap 76, Dean Shiflett motored to the inside of Falk in a bid for fifth place. Falk cleared Shiflett on lap 80, but, running a higher line, he left an opening down low.
Heading into the final 10 circuits, Edwards Jr. and Wertz were fairly secure in first and second. Behind them, though, Wyatt had tracked down Greg Edwards and was looking to move up to third.
On lap 95, Wyatt drove under Greg Edwards on the backstretch. He inched ahead at the end of lap 96 and completed the pass on lap 97. Deeper in the field, Falk and Shiflett were still contesting the fifth spot.
At the finish, Edwards Jr. was the winner by 1.768 seconds — about half a straightaway — over Wertz. Wyatt was third to the line, followed by Greg Edwards, while Falk nipped Shiflett by half a car-length for fifth.
Paul DeBolt was seventh in the final rundown, followed by Staton and Matt Waltz, the final driver to complete the entire distance. Kyle Waltz was 10th, a lap off the pace.
Back in Victory Lane for the first time since mid-May, Edwards Jr. noted his team’s efforts throughout the season: “We’ve been working awful hard on it. It’s been a while since we’ve been here and it’s not for lack of effort. I’ll tell ya’ what, the guys on this team have really put up with a lot with me and trying to get this car sorted out. And, it was good tonight. It can be better. Y’know, we might have to be a little bit better for the next time, but it was good enough tonight to get it done.”
Asked whether the cooler temperatures helped pick up his car’s performance, Edwards Jr. replied, “I don’t really know if that’s what it is. We’re running a different setup than we did in the beginning of the season, so we’ve just been trying to search around and find something that the car likes. The tires are a little different than last year and it’s kinda caught us off guard. But, hey, it’s late in the season, we made up a few points tonight, we’re still in it, so we’re gonna keep digging as hard as we can.”
Speaking of the points, Edwards Jr. shaved eight from Falk’s division lead and now trails by 18 — 788-770. Two points events remain on the Late Models’ ‘09 calendar.

In the evening’s other feature events:

In a 75-lapper for the Rolling Thunder Modified tour, Thomas Stinson moved to the front with a pair of high-side passes and rolled to the victory.
Ronnie Davis started on the pole, at 85.452 mph, and set the pace for the first 63 circuits. A.J. Winstead started alongside Davis on Row 1 and held down the runner-up spot until lap 11 when Stinson powered past on the outside.
Between laps 13 and 35, the race was interrupted by five caution flags. The delays seemed to work in Davis’ favor for two reasons. First, he was especially strong on the restarts, jumping ahead by two or three lengths over Stinson. And, second, officials began counting the caution laps at the third yellow flag, effectively shortening the race.
Back under green, at lap 39, though, Stinson latched onto Davis’ rear bumper and began toying with the outside groove that had been successful for him earlier in the event.
After stalking Davis for several circuits, Stinson went to the high side on lap 48, motoring alongside the leader on the backstretch. Before the move could pay off, however, caution #6 flew and slowed the proceedings at lap 49.
When the race resumed, at lap 56, Stinson renewed his interest in the outside groove. He pulled alongside Davis on lap 58. Davis was able to keep a nose out front, though, and cleared Stinson on lap 61 as they ran up on a slower car.
A lap later, though, Stinson was back at it, drawing to the outside of Davis. This time, the effort was rewarded as he gained the clear-cut advantage on lap 64. Within a lap, he had already opened a three-length gap over Davis
The last of the race’s seven caution flags appeared on lap 68. Three laps remained when the field went back under the green flag for the final time, to begin lap 73.
On the last restart, Stinson bolted to a three-length lead, while Jimmy Humblet hounded Davis for second. Humblet grabbed the spot on the next-to-last lap, driving under Davis in Turn 2 and completing the pass along the backstretch.
At the checkers, Stinson was the winner by 0.783-second — four lengths — over Humblet. Davis was third to the line, followed by Michael Leech and Hunter Slayton, who started shotgun in the 18-car lineup.

In the 50-lap Atlantic Power Sweeping Super Street race, Randy Sample took the lead on lap 13 and sped to his first victory of the year. He also took over the division points lead from nine-time race winner Ryan Nester, who was suspended for the remainder of the season after a brouhaha on Aug. 29.
Randy Akers was the pole-sitter for Saturday’s race, clocking in at 74.607 mph. He led the first four laps before officials spotted an obvious leak from his car and put out the black flag. Akers pulled into the pits on lap 5 and parked his machine for the night, turning the lead over to Jonathan Mullett, who had just taken second place from Sample.
By lap 11, Mullett and Sample had been joined by Larry Venable and Jeff Shannon, making it a four-pack at the head of the field.
On lap 13, Sample took a run to the outside of Mullett in Turn 1. He pulled even and grabbed the lead off the fourth corner. Within a couple laps, he had driven away by two lengths and the gap was growing.
Shannon, looking for his second straight win, picked off Venable for third on lap 19 and charged past Mullett on lap 20 to move into second. The shuffle allowed Sample to extend his lead to nearly half a straightaway.
The race was slowed by caution flags on laps 29 and 30. During the second caution period, Shannon suddenly made the hard turn onto the pit lane, spelling a premature end to his run. Shannon’s exit passed the runner-up position back to Mullett.
On the restart, Sample darted away from the field, while Mullett and Venable dueled for second. Sample enjoyed a five-length advantage when the third, and final, caution flag appeared on lap 49, setting up a “green-white-checkered” finish.
Under green for the last time, Sample eked out a one-length margin over Mullett, stretching it to two lengths as they reached the backstretch. He would maintain that edge to the finish, winning by 0.616-second. Mullett was second to the line, followed by Venable, John Foster Jr. and Rod Busitzky, who fought off Sean Calway at the line for fifth.
In the standings, Sample is up by 32 points over Nester, who only dropped to second. Mullett is third, 38 points behind the new leader.

Robbie Davis started on the pole, at 74.462 mph, and led all 25 circuits for his fourth straight win in the Med Express Urgent Care Super Truck race.
Davis took the lead at the drop of the initial green flag, easily clearing outside pole starter Rick Potter and bringing points leader Tommy Nixon, who lined up third, along with him. Brad Adams and Charlie Barclay also bypassed Potter, who slipped to fifth.
Nixon rode Davis’ bumper until lap 4 when he got sandwiched between Davis and Adams in Turn 4 and shot up the track. He regained control, but not before falling back to fourth place.
The first caution flag flew on lap 14 when Adams spun, in traffic, off Turn 2. As Adams retreated to the rear of the field, second place passed to Barclay with Nixon in tow.
Back under green, Davis quickly opened a three-length lead over Barclay. After a short green-flag stint, the race was slowed again as Tory Vaughn IV found trouble in Turn 2 on laps 19 and 21.
As the race resumed, Adams, who had moved back up to fifth, shot past fourth-place Troy Turnage, then turned third-place Nixon around off Turn 4, prompting the last of the race’s four yellow flags. The incident earned Adams a parking spot in the pits and relegated Nixon to the back of the pack.
On the last restart, Davis forged a three-length lead, while Turnage moved up to challenge Barclay for second — a battle which quickly ended in Barclay’s favor.
At the stripe, Davis was the winner by 0.674-second — three lengths — over Barclay. Turnage was third, followed by Paul Hogge Sr., who held off a charging Nixon to take fourth.

Cameron Patrick took the lead for good on lap 20 and held on for his first victory of the season in the 25-lap Casey Cycle City INEX Legends feature.
Patrick started on the pole, at 77.675 mph, and set the pace for the first 18 laps. Rette Causey emerged from the opening shuffle in second and held down the runner-up spot until lap 10 when he gave way to Spencer Saunders and Jamie Price. Steve Keesee, who started on the outside of Row 1, bypassed Causey on lap 11, dropping him to fifth.
On lap 13, Keesee, the division points leader, swiped third place from Price and began to close on Patrick and Saunders, who were separated by only a car-length.
On lap 19, Saunders pushed his machine to the front, slipping by Patrick off Turn 4. A lap later, though, Patrick returned the favor, nosing back ahead at the stripe. He cleared Saunders on lap 21 and left the inside lane open for Keesee, who moved up to second.
At the end of the caution-free race, Patrick was the winner by 0.229-second — less than two lengths — over Keesee. Saunders was third, followed by Price and Causey.

Continuing an outstanding rookie campaign, Adam Florian notched his seventh victory in the 25-lap EZ Auto of Newport News UCAR race. He started on the pole, at 71.364 mph, and took the lead for good on lap 6.
Allen Dail shared the front row with Florian and grabbed the lead as the field streamed out of Turn 2 on the opening lap. Florian immediately fell in line on Dail’s bumper and began hunting for an opportunity to regain the top spot.
Florian found that opening on lap 6 as he ducked under Dail off Turn 2 and motored ahead on the backstretch. Just one lap later, he had already pulled away by almost two lengths.
Florian’s advantage had grown to nearly half a straightaway when the race’s only caution flag flew on lap 15 for John Matthews’ spin at the end of the front straightaway.
Back under green, Florian was joined by Dail and Chris Hildebrand in a three-car breakaway at the head of the field. Hildebrand snagged second place from Dail on lap 18. The exchange allowed Florian to pad his lead to four lengths. By lap 22, the margin had grown to almost half a straightaway. Traffic loomed ahead, however.
Florian waded into traffic on lap 23 and quickly found himself boxed in. Seeing the leader’s predicament, Hildebrand closed the gap, pulling to within a car-length as the white flag flew.
Florian broke free of the logjam on the last lap, though, and won by 0.608-second — three lengths — over Hildebrand. Dail was third to the line, while Robbie Salas and Johnny Pereira completed the top five.
Division leader Randy Prillaman came home seventh in the 23-car field and saw his lead over Hildebrand trimmed from 24 to 14 — 596-582.

Casey Sipe started on the pole, at 80.081 mph, and led wire-to-wire, pulling away in the closing circuits for his seventh victory in a 30-lapper for the Standard Welding Pro 6 division.
D.J. Watson, who started third, moved up to second place on the first lap and held down the runner-up spot throughout the contest. He was only three lengths behind the leader when the race’s only caution flag flew on lap 22.
Back under green for a sprint to the finish, Sipe and Watson bolted from the pack with Sipe gaining two lengths of separation as they raced down the backstretch. By lap 27, that margin had doubled and Sipe was well on his way to the victory.
At the finish, Sipe was the winner by 1.447 seconds — almost half a straightaway — over Watson, who was making his first start of the season. Kevin Wagner was third to the line, followed by Warren Smigo and Lindsay Bryant.
• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA

McDonald's Night Race Results Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009

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

1. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 100
2. (55) Mark Wertz; 100
3. (10) Casey Wyatt; 100
4. (27) Greg Edwards; 100
5. (40) C.E. Falk; 100
6. (06) Dean Shiflett; 100
7. (34) Paul DeBolt; 100
8. (17) John Staton; 100
9. (4) Matt Waltz; 100
10. (1) Kyle Waltz; 99
11. (90) Terry Carroll; 47
12. (38) Duane Shreeves; 39
13. (41) Wesley Falk; 1
14. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 1
15. (15) Doug Warren; 1

Pole: Staton - 86.654 mph.

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

1. (4) Thomas Stinson; 75
2. (2) Jimmy Humblet; 75
3. (14) Ronnie Davis; 75
4. (26) Michael Leech; 75
5. (77) Hunter Slayton; 75
6. (8) Mike Hanbury; 75
7. (10) David Winslow; 75
8. (55) Greg Burgess Sr.; 75
9. (99) A.J. Winstead; 75
10. (1) Ed Ditges; 75
11. (41) Alan Purser; 74
12. (7) Joed Bruce; 73
13. (30) Joe Scarbrough; 61
14. (75) Johnny Petrozelle; 54
15. (37) Chris Hoylman; 27
16. (11) Irving Bell; 26
17. (57) Kyle Wood; 15
18. (69) Rusty Wood; 14

Pole: Davis - 85.452 mph.

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

1. (24) Randy Sample; 50
2. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 50
3. (14) Larry Venable; 50
4. (01) John Foster Jr.; 50
5. (2) Rod Busitzky; 50
6. (12) Sean Calway; 50
7. (15) Dale Parro; 50
8. (09) Harry VanGuilder; 50
9. (58) Doug Woodyard; 50
10. (55) Michael Farmer; 49
11. (81) Jeff Shannon; 29
12. (21) Randy Akers; 5

Pole: Akers - 74.607 mph.

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

1. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
2. (33) Charlie Barclay; 25
3. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
4. (1) Paul Hogge Sr.; 25
5. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
6. (18) Cory Millard; 25
7. (7) Lloyd Holbrook; 25
8. (70) Curtis Hughes; 25
9. (4) Tory Vaughn IV; 24
10. (51) Brad Adams; 20
11. (21) Rick Potter; 20
12. (52) Chris Bechtel; 9
13. (14) Debbie Biesecker; 0

Pole: Davis - 74.462 mph.

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

1. (20) Cameron Patrick; 25
2. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
3. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
4. (08) Jamie Price; 25
5. (33) Rette Causey; 25
6. (88) Chris Raiford; 25
7. (16) Chris Peterson; 25
8. (49) Gary Adams; 24
9. (38) Kim Forrester; 20
10. (3) Randolph Richardson; 1

Pole: Patrick - 77.675 mph.

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

1. (80) Adam Florian; 25
2. (71) Chris Hildebrand; 25
3. (89) Allen Dail; 25
4. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
5. (1) Johnny Pereira; 25
6. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
7. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
8. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 25
9. (2) Michael Waters; 25
10. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
11. (14) Dusty Connor; 25
12. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
13. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 25
14. (36) Andrew Condrey; 25
15. (91) Frank Silva; 25
16. (3) John Reardon; 25
17. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
18. (12) Chris Spangler; 24
19. (10) John Matthews; 24
20. (00) Trey Gurganus; 23
21. (5) Jesse Jones; 23
22. (11) D.B. Wood; 23
23. (92) Rusty Bennett; 15

Pole: Florian - 71.364 mph.

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

1. (14) Casey Sipe; 30
2. (8) D.J. Watson; 30
3. (54) Kevin Wagner; 30
4. (41) Warren Smigo; 30
5. (81) Lindsay Bryant; 30
6. (15) Joe White; 30
7. (23) Carter Sipe; 30
8. (6) Bobby Hall; 30
9. (22) Neil Sipe; 29

Pole: C. Sipe - 80.081 mph.

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