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Wertz snaps winless skid with Whelen 100 victory!
Sep 27, 2009 - updated Sep 27th, 2009 10:13am
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey

Hampton, VA --

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA

Whelen Fire/EMS Night Race Report Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009

Mark Wertz put an end to a two-year winless drought as he rolled to a convincing victory in the Whelen 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.
Looking to gain ground in the division standings, Danny Edwards Jr. earned the pole position for the start, qualifying at 86.104 mph. Wertz was second-quickest, while John Staton, Jeff Shiflett and points leader C.E. Falk completed the top five.
As the race got under way, Edwards motored into the lead, pulling ahead of Wertz as they raced through Turns 1 and 2 for the first time. Wertz slipped into the runner-up spot, right on Edwards’ rear bumper, followed by Staton, Falk and Paul DeBolt.
By lap 4, Edwards and Wertz had put almost half a straightaway between themselves and third-place Staton, who was struggling to hold off Falk. Falk gained the third position on the following circuit and brought DeBolt along with him, dropping Staton back to fifth.
Sneaking occasional peeks to the inside, Wertz remained planted in Edwards’ tire tracks until lap 15. Heading into Turn 3, he poked a fender to Edwards’ inside and quickly completed the pass as they exited Turn 4. After only one lap, Wertz had already pulled off by nearly three car-lengths.
By the 22nd circuit, Wertz’s advantage had grown to five lengths, where it seemed to stabilize. In the meantime, third-place Falk was beginning to narrow the distance between himself and Edwards.
While Wertz cruised comfortably at the head of the pack, the battle for second place heated up as Falk tracked down Edwards just past the halfway mark. On lap 54, Falk drove underneath Edwards in Turn 2 and nosed ahead as they returned to the flagstand. The duel continued until lap 56 when Falk grabbed the clear-cut edge. With Falk and Edwards tussled in his mirror, Wertz extended his lead to almost a full straightaway.
Wertz steered into slower traffic on lap 65, giving Falk an opportunity to close in. He was only able to shave a few car-lengths from the leader’s advantage, though, as Wertz navigated efficiently toward the finish.
At the checkers, Wertz was the winner by 1.213 seconds — about half a straightaway — over Falk. Edwards was third to the line, followed by DeBolt, the only other driver on the lead lap at the end of the caution-free event. Dean Shiflett was fifth, dropping a lap down in the waning circuits. Jeff Shiflett was sixth, while Staton, Matt Waltz, Kyle Waltz and Doug Warren rounded out the top 10.
For Wertz, the win was his first since Sept. 22, 2007, and his first since the track abandoned its own brand of Late Models and returned to NASCAR Late Model Stock Car rules.
In Victory Lane after the race, relief was evident in Wertz’s comments: “Man, I’ll tell ya’ what, this is the longest two years I think I’ve spent in racing forever. This team stuck together. Kern bought us a new race car over the winter and it’s been a long effort, but we finally brought ‘er back. We just kept digging every week. We all made a shock call, right before qualifying, to change the sway bar and, man, all I had to do was graze the brake and she free-rolled right through the middle. I tell ya’, Langley Speedway is one of the toughest racetracks I’ve ever been to.”
Asked about last week’s practice session at Martinsville Speedway and his prospects for the Oct. 4 Bailey’s 300 there, Wertz admitted, “Well, uh, y’know, Martinsville’ll always humble you when you think you’re running good somewhere. We’ve got a little work to do, but we’ve got a decent car to go back with.”
The Late Models will be off on Oct. 3 to allow drivers to compete in that Martinsville event. The series will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 10, for the points season finale. Heading into that race, Falk holds a 20-point lead over Edwards, 836-816, and can wrap up the ‘09 championship by finishing 11th or better.

In the evening’s other feature events:

Joe Scarbrough moved from third to first on the opening circuit and sailed to the win in a 50-lapper for the B&C Seafood Modifieds. The victory was his second at Langley this season, but his first in a contest for the track division. Scarbrough’s other win came in a Rolling Thunder Modified tour event on April 18.
Jimmy Humblet was the pole-sitter for the event, clocking in at 82.911 mph. He pulled ahead of Kyle Wood in Turns 1 and 2 to take the lead on the start. Scarbrough, who lined up behind Humblet on the grid, shot to the inside of Wood, then slipped under Humblet on the backstretch and took the lead as the field exited Turn 4.
By lap 5, Scarbrough had opened a five-length lead over Humblet. After another handful of circuits, though, that margin had shrunk to a little more than three lengths as Humblet closed in. Third-place Wood was half a straightaway back.
On lap 24, Rusty Wood overhauled Kyle Wood to take over second, using the outside lane to make the pass. Three laps later, points leader Shawn Balluzzo scooted by Kyle Wood for fourth and Chris Johnson took fifth on lap 32.
Up by just three lengths at the crossed flags, Scarbrough began to extend his advantage as the race continued caution-free. At lap 40, the lead had grown to half a straightaway. Meanwhile, Rusty Wood and Balluzzo zeroed in on second-place Humblet.
At the finish, Scarbrough was the winner by 1.624 seconds — about half a straightaway — over Humblet, who held on for second. Rusty Wood was third, followed by Balluzzo and Johnson.
Like the Late Models, the Mods will wrap up their ‘09 points campaign on Oct. 10. Balluzzo holds a 28-point edge over Johnson, 532-504. Depending on the number of entries, he may be able to seal the title by simply starting the finale.

In the 40-lap Old Point National Bank Grand Stock feature, Jammie Goode started on the pole, at 78.794 mph, and led all the way for his seventh victory of the season.
Goode jumped out front at the drop of the initial green flag, leading the field into Turn 1. Division leader Ricky Derrick, who started third, tagged along with Goode and dropped outside pole starter Rodney Boyd back to third place.
By lap 8, Goode had forged a five-length advantage over Derrick, who was locked in a tight battle with Boyd. Behind them, Paul Lubno and Mark Claar scuffled for the fourth position.
At the halfway mark, Goode enjoyed a lead of nearly half a straightaway over Derrick, who had managed to put some space between himself and Boyd. Little by little, Derrick began to creep up on Goode. By lap 24, the gap had shrunk to four lengths as the leader dealt with slower traffic.
On lap 30, Lubno scooted past Boyd to take over the third spot. He was a straightaway behind the two leaders.
Nearing the finish, traffic came into play again for Goode as Derrick pulled to within three lengths of his rear bumper.
That was as close as Derrick would get, however, as Goode drove on to a 1.117-second win. Lubno was third to the line, while Claar slipped around Boyd on the white-flag lap for fourth.
The Grand Stocks will join the Late Models and Modifieds in closing out their season on Oct. 10. In the standings, Derrick leads Goode by 22 points, 576-554. A 13th-place outing would be enough to bring him the championship.

Larry Venable assumed the lead on lap 49, then survived a final restart to pick up his first victory of the year in the 50-lap Atlantic Power Sweeping Super Street race.
Randy Akers earned the pole with a qualifying lap at 74.708 mph and led the first 48 circuits, which were punctuated by four caution flags. Venable shared the front row with Akers and held the runner-up spot until lap 37 when John Pereira rumbled past.
The Pereira/Venable exchange allowed Akers to build a six-length lead. By lap 43, though, Pereira was camped on his back bumper and looking for an opening.
On lap 49, Pereira tried to force his way alongside Akers in Turns 1 and 2 and the two locked horns. Exiting the second corner, Akers ended up in the infield grass and the last of the race’s five caution flags flew. Both drivers were sent to the back of the pack and Venable moved out front as the field gathered for a “green-white-checkered” sprint to the finish.
Under green for the last time, Venable eked out a one-length edge over Jeff Shannon and added another half-length to the margin as they hit the backstretch. Shannon tried to rally on the final circuit, but came up just a car-length short as Venable held on to win by 0.153-second.
Jonathan Mullett tailed Venable and Shannon to the line, in third, followed by points leader Randy Sample and Todd VanGuilder.
The Super Streets will crown their ‘09 champ next Saturday, Oct. 3. Sample enters the final points contest with a comfy 36-point lead over Mullett, 554-518.

Brad Hancock started on the pole, at 78.140 mph, and led all 25 laps for his fifth victory of the season in the Casey Cycle City INEX Legends race.
The race’s only caution flag flew on the opening lap when officials weren’t satisfied with the start.
On the second try, the event got under way and Hancock grabbed the lead in Turn 2, motoring ahead of Jamie Price. Spencer Saunders tagged along with Hancock and moved into second, while Rette Causey and Steve Keesee took over third and fourth, respectively. Caught to the outside Price tumbled back to fifth before finding a place in line.
For the first three circuits, Saunders was able to stay with Hancock. By lap 5, though, Hancock had opened a four-length gap over Saunders and was starting to ease away. At the halfway mark, Hancock enjoyed a six-length lead. Meanwhile, half a straightaway separated second-place Saunders from the third-place dogfight involving Causey, Keesee and Price.
Over the second half of the race, Saunders gradually chipped away at Hancock’s lead. He had one last shot at the victory when a lapped machine impeded the leader’s progress as he raced through Turn 4 for the final time.
Hancock held on, though, winning by 0.158-second — a single car-length. Saunders was the runner-up, followed by Causey, Keesee and Price.
Heading into next Saturday’s points season finale, Keesee holds a 30-point lead over Price, 512-482.

A late arrival to the track, Casey Sipe missed qualifying for the 30-lap Standard Welding Pro 6 feature and had to start shotgun on the field. It only delayed the inevitable, though, as he took the lead on lap 19 and stormed to his eighth win of the season.
Kevin Wagner was the pole winner, at 78.106 mph, but gave way to Lindsay Bryant off Turn 2 on the opening lap. Bryant and Wagner pulled away in the early going, while Sipe made his way to the front.
Sipe moved into second place on lap 14, going three-wide to pass Wagner and a lapped car on the backstretch. At the crossed flags, he was just a car-length behind Bryant.
On lap 19, Sipe went after the lead, ducking under Bryant in Turn 2. He nosed ahead at the line and gained the clear-cut edge in Turn 2 on lap 20. Wagner tried to follow Sipe’s cue and he and Bryant began a side-by-side duel as Sipe pulled away.
Bryant eventually regained command of the second spot on lap 23. By then, however, Sipe was well on his way to the victory.
At the stripe, Sipe was the winner by 3.421 seconds over Bryant. Wagner was third, followed by Bobby Hall and Joe White.
The Pro Sixers will wrap up their points season next Saturday. Sipe holds a 76-point lead over Bryant, 496-420, and cannot be overtaken in the finale.

Jake Harberts snagged the lead on the final circuit and captured his second win of the season in a 20-lapper for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts.
Ron Foxx was the pole-sitter for the event, at 61.754 mph, and moved out front in Turn 2 on the opening lap. David Phelps emerged from the shuffle in second, followed by Chuck Weeks, Tim Benefield and Ryan Hudgins.
The only caution flag waved on lap 2 for a two-kart incident in Turn 1.
Back under green, Foxx, Phelps and Weeks pulled away from the pack. Weeks stayed with the leaders until lap 8 when he lost the draft off Turn 2. At lap 9, Foxx and Phelps enjoyed a half-straightaway margin as their pursuers struggled to get a second draft organized.
Just past the halfway point, Harberts and Adam Chalkley linked up nose-to-tail, broke away from the jumbled second pack and began to chase down Foxx and Phelps. By lap 18, they had erased the deficit and the battle for the win had become a four-way joust.
Foxx and Phelps continued to hold sway until the beginning of the final lap. Passing the flagstand, Harberts and Chalkley drove to the outside as a pair of slower karts blocked Foxx and Phelps down low.
When the quartet returned to the start/finish line for the checkers, Harberts was the winner by 74-thousandths of a second — barely a kart-length — over Chalkley. Foxx was third, followed by Phelps and Joe Hendricks Jr.
• • •

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA

Whelen Fire/EMS Night Race Results Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009

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

1. (55) Mark Wertz; 100
2. (40) C.E. Falk; 100
3. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 100
4. (34) Paul DeBolt; 100
5. (06) Dean Shiflett; 99
6. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 99
7. (17) John Staton; 99
8. (4) Matt Waltz; 99
9. (1) Kyle Waltz; 98
10. (15) Doug Warren; 83
11. (27) Greg Edwards; 39
12. (18) Greg Burgess Jr.; 29
Pole: D. Edwards - 86.104 mph.

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

1. (30) Joe Scarbrough; 50
2. (12) Jimmy Humblet; 50
3. (69) Rusty Wood; 50
4. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
5. (36) Chris Johnson; 50
6. (9) Kyle Wood; 50
7. (20) Cameron Patrick; 50
8. (26) Michael Leech; 50
Pole: Humblet - 82.911 mph.

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

1. (36) Jammie Goode; 40
2. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
3. (14) Paul Lubno; 40
4. (3) Mark Claar; 40
5. (9) Rodney Boyd; 40
6. (4) Anthony Kincaid; 40
7. (18) Jimmy Adkins; 40
8. (5) Jonathan White; 40
9. (28) Billy Fisher; 40
10. (01) Chris Hott; 39
11. (19) Robbie Parker; 39
12. (00) Keith Mackta; 39
13. (39) Nick Odell; 37
14. (96) Harold Stanley; 24
Pole: Goode - 78.794 mph.

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

1. (14) Larry Venable; 50
2. (81) Jeff Shannon; 50
3. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 50
4. (24) Randy Sample; 50
5. (09) Todd VanGuilder; 50
6. (12) Sean Calway; 50
7. (21) Randy Akers; 50
8. (01) John Foster Jr.; 50
9. (1) John Pereira; 50
10. (55) Michael Farmer; 49
11. (15) Dale Parro; 49
12. (2) Rod Busitzky; 40
13. (58) Doug Woodyard; 35
Pole: Akers - 74.708 mph.

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

1. (17) Brad Hancock; 25
2. (7) Spencer Saunders; 25
3. (33) Rette Causey; 25
4. (0) Steve Keesee; 25
5. (08) Jamie Price; 25
6. (88) Chris Raiford; 25
7. (16) Chris Peterson; 24
8. (49) Gary Adams; 24
9. (38) Kim Forrester; 24
10. (87) Darrell Vance; 17
11. (1) Brian Simpson; 4
12. (3) Randolph Richardson; 1
Pole: B. Hancock - 78.140 mph.

PRO SIXES - 30 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (14) Casey Sipe; 30
2. (81) Lindsay Bryant; 30
3. (54) Kevin Wagner; 30
4. (6) Bobby Hall; 30
5. (15) Joe White; 30
6. (22) Neil Sipe; 28
Pole: Wagner - 78.106 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Kart #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (80) Jake Harberts; 20
2. (25) Adam Chalkley; 20
3. (55) Ron Foxx; 20
4. (46) David Phelps; 20
5. (8) Joe Hendricks Jr.; 20
6. (29) Ryan Hudgins; 20
7. (1) Spencer Saunders; 20
8. (05) Tim Benefield; 20
9. (14) David Stallings; 20
10. (63) Clif Savage; 20
11. (64) John Savage; 20
12. (31) Chuck Weeks; 20
13. (26) Dwain Smith; 20
14. (59) Leslie Phelps; 19
15. (00) Bill Dailey; 19
16. (32) Rob Kahle; 17
17. (23) Dannie Wyatt; 3
18. (18) David Millard; 1

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