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Langley Speedway News
Falk claims Late Model title with 11th win
Oct 11, 2009 - updated Oct 11th, 2009 12:13pm
Web posted by Gary Daughtrey
Hampton, VA --
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway
Capping his championship campaign in style, C.E. Falk led from pole to checkers to claim his 11th victory of the season in the Crossroads Fuel Service 100 for the Late Model Stock Car division, the headlining event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Falk bagged the pole position in afternoon qualifying, lapping the .395-mile oval at 86.575 mph. His primary challenger for the championship, Danny Edwards Jr., was second-quickest and lined up on his flank. Doug Warren, Greg Edwards and Matt Waltz filled out the top five on the 17-car grid.
As the race got under way, Falk immediately jumped out front, while Edwards Jr. fell in line behind him. Greg Edwards emerged from the opening shuffle in third, followed by a side-by-side battle for fourth between Warren and Paul DeBolt. Warren got the better of that duel on lap 2.
At the head of the procession, Falk manufactured a two-length advantage in the early going, only to see Edwards Jr. close the gap. By lap 17, though, Falk had regained the two-length lead and was beginning to ease away. Half a straightaway separated the top two from third-place Greg Edwards. Meanwhile, Mark Wertz had moved into fifth and was closing ground on Warren.
By lap 30, Wertz had tracked down Warren and began hunting for an opening. He found it on lap 33, sliding underneath Warren in Turns 1 and 2 and completing the pass for fourth on the backstretch.
The first caution flag waved on lap 38 for debris in Turn 2. Lining up for the restart, Falk and Edwards Jr. were separated from the rest of the field by a pair of lapped machines.
Back under green, Falk and Edwards Jr. took full advantage of the buffer, darting away from the pack, while Wertz took aim at Greg Edwards. Wertz’s bid for third came up empty, however, as one of the lapped cars blocked his path and forced him back in line.
Falk was up by four lengths when the second caution flag flew on lap 45 for Kyle Waltz’s spin in Turn 2. For the ensuing restart, no lapped cars were intermingled with the leaders.
As the event resumed, Falk quickly fashioned a two-length edge over Edwards Jr. Within 10 laps, the gap had grown to five lengths and was getting bigger.
By lap 83, Falk had extended his margin to half a straightaway. Slower cars, all jousting for position, loomed ahead of him, though.
Falk endured an anxious moment on lap 88 when two of those cars, driven by Duane Shreeves and John Staton, tangled in Turn 2 and Shreeves spun. Falk easily ducked the incident, however, as the field slowed for the third caution flag.
Only two more green-flag circuits were recorded before the last of the race’s four yellow flags appeared as Shreeves looped his machine off the fourth corner. Gathering for an 11-lap charge to the finish, Falk, Danny Edwards Jr., Greg Edwards, Wertz and Warren made up the top five.
Under green for the final time, Falk eked out a two-length lead over Edwards Jr. and increased it to three lengths as the front-runners rumbled onto the backstretch. By the finish, the margin had returned to half a straightaway as Falk sailed to the victory — and the championship.
Danny Edwards Jr. was second to the line, followed by Greg Edwards, Wertz and Warren. Jeff Shiflett was sixth, while Matt Waltz, Staton and Shreeves were seventh through ninth, respectively, all on the lead lap. Kyle Waltz was 10th, a lap off the pace.
In Victory Lane after the race, Falk distributed hugs to everyone in sight, then offered a few comments on a perfect ending to a banner year: “This is awesome. This is the way that we wanted to end it. Me and Phil (Warren, crew chief) talked about it. It was, like, ‘Man, we know we want to finish 11th (which would have been good enough to secure the title), but we come here to win every week.’ And this car was just awesome the whole night.”
Passing out plaudits, he continued, “Thank you to all the fans and my family down there in Turn 4 and all the fans up here and Langley Speedway and Crossroads Fuel (division sponsor as well as the evening’s race sponsor) for giving us a place to race. And, all my crew guys. They’ve stuck behind me for three years and, finally, we’ve got something to show for it. This is awesome. Langley Speedway track champion. I can’t believe it.”
In the final points rundown, pending official verification, Falk claimed the title by 22 over Danny Edwards Jr., 886-864. Wertz, Greg Edwards and Dean Shiflett rounded out the top five.
In the evening’s other feature events:
In the 50-lap B&C Seafood Modified feature, Shawn Balluzzo moved into the lead on lap 11 and rolled to his fifth win of the season. In the process, he wrapped up his third Mod title in four years.
Joe Scarbrough, the defending division champ, was fastest in time trials, nabbing the pole position with a lap at 83.387 mph. Michael Leech started on the outside pole, followed by Balluzzo, Kyle Wood and Jimmy Humblet. Chris Johnson, second to Balluzzo in the standings, lined up alongside Humblet.
Until just past the halfway mark, the race was a fairly messy affair as six caution flags interrupted the first 28 circuits.
After the initial start went awry, Scarbrough jumped out front on the second try. Balluzzo, Humblet and seventh-place starter Mike Rudy tagged along with Scarbrough as the outside line was bottled up behind Leech, who dropped from second to fifth.
Following a caution for debris on lap 7, Balluzzo went on the attack. He stalked Scarbrough until lap 10 when he nosed under the leader in Turn 4. The two went side-by-side for a lap with Balluzzo gaining the upper hand off the fourth corner on lap 11.
The third caution appeared on lap 14 when Johnson got caught on the outside of a three-wide joust and ended up against the wall in Turn 3. He was able to continue, falling to the rear of the field.
Back under green, Balluzzo and Scarbrough were joined by Humblet and Rudy in a four-car breakaway at the head of the field. Deeper in the pack, Kyle Wood nosed ahead of Leech to crack the top five on lap 17.
Balluzzo was up by four lengths when caution #4 flew on lap 25. Only two laps later, the Mod version of “The Big One” snared five cars and sidelined Rusty Wood and Leech, ensuring Balluzzo of the championship.
After one more caution flag, at lap 28, things settled down and the race was caution-free the rest of the way.
Over the closing laps, Balluzzo steadily pulled away from second-place Scarbrough. By the finish, his winning margin had swelled to half a straightaway. Johnson rebounded from a pair of mishaps and came home in third, while Rudy and Kyle Wood completed the top five.
In the final standings, Balluzzo easily outpointed Johnson by 32 to take the crown, 582-550. Scarbrough, Humblet and Cameron Patrick were third, fourth and fifth, in that order.
Jammie Goode took the lead for good on lap 3 and showed the way to his eighth victory in the 40-lap Old Point National Bank Grand Stock race. It wasn’t enough to overcome Ricky Derrick’s 22-point lead in the standings, though, as Derrick nailed down the ‘09 championship.
Goode started on the pole, at 78.996 mph, sharing the front row with Derrick. Rodney Boyd, Mark Claar and Paul Lubno completed the top five on the 14-car grid.
As the race got under way, Derrick remained on Goode’s flank. Goode inched ahead to lead lap 1, while Derrick battled back on the second circuit. On lap 3, Goode cleared Derrick off Turn 4. Behind them, Lubno scooted by Claar for third.
When the first caution flag appeared, at lap 13, Goode held a three-length edge over Derrick, while half a straightaway separated Derrick and third-place Lubno.
Back under green, Goode fashioned a two-length advantage over Derrick, who was occupied with a challenge from Lubno. Deeper in the field, Boyd slipped by Claar on lap 16 to take over fourth.
Just past the halfway mark, Lubno motored past Derrick to take over second place. The exchange allowed Goode to pad his lead to better than half a straightaway.
The battle for second continued until lap 32 when Derrick regained the spot from Lubno, bringing Boyd with him and dropping Lubno to fourth. Again, the shuffle of positions worked in Goode’s favor as he extended his margin.
On the final circuit, Carl Livingston spun in Turn 4. Goode came around and received both the yellow and checkered flags. He was up by a whopping 4.834 seconds at the finish. Derrick, Boyd, Lubno and Jimmy Adkins rounded out the top five.
In the final points tally, Derrick claimed the ‘09 title by 20 over Goode, 624-604. Robbie Parker was third, followed by Billy Fisher and rookie contender Chris Hott.
In a caution-free 25-lapper for the Med Express Urgent Care Super Trucks, Robbie Davis rolled to his sixth straight win to close out the season. He didn’t accomplish the ultimate goal of defending his division title, though, as Tommy Nixon took the crown.
Nixon was the pole-sitter for the event, qualifying at 74.024 mph. Davis started third and scooted past outside pole-sitter Rick Potter as the race got under way. Before lap 1 was in the books, Davis had ducked under Nixon and grabbed the lead as the field exited Turn 4 for the first time.
Dropping to second, Nixon remained on Davis’ tailgate until lap 4 when the leader suddenly surged ahead by four lengths. Slowly, Nixon clambered back into contention, though. At the crossed flags, he had trimmed his deficit to a single length.
Over the second half of the event, Davis’ advantage varied from one to three lengths. Nixon couldn’t get close enough to rattle his cage, however.
At the finish, Davis was the winner by one length over Nixon. Brad Adams came from the sixth starting spot to nab third place, followed by Troy Turnage and Potter.
In the final standings, Nixon came out on top by 22 points over Davis, 574-552. Adams was third, while Paul Hogge Sr. and Potter were fourth and fifth, respectively.
Against some long odds, Adam Florian grabbed the lead on the final circuit and posted his ninth victory of the season in the 25-lap EZ Auto of Newport News UCAR feature.
Allen Dail earned the pole for the race, at 71.429 mph, and shared the front row with points contender Chris Hildebrand. Austin Dodge and Robbie Salas lined up on Row 2, while points leader Randy Prillaman launched from the fifth spot.
Just one week after setting a new UCAR qualifying mark, Florian encountered problems in time trials and landed in the 23rd spot on the 24-car starting grid.
As the race got going, Dail motored into the lead. Hildebrand held the runner-up spot until lap 3 when Dodge scooted past. A lap later, the first caution flag waved. Florian lined up in 19th for the restart.
Back under green, Dail quickly forged a three-length advantage over Dodge. Behind the lead duo, Prillaman slipped around Hildebrand for third, bringing Robert Rusinyak and Mike Chapman along with him. On lap 6, Chapman got the better of Rusinyak to snag fourth. Hildebrand tagged along and picked up the fifth spot.
Dail was cruising with a five-length advantage when the second caution flag flew on lap 13. Caution #3 appeared on the ensuing restart. Florian had made his way into seventh.
As the race resumed, Florian swung to the high side and overhauled Renno Marchetti IV and Hildebrand to crack the top five. On lap 14, he teamed up with Chapman to bypass Prillaman, advancing another spot. And, on lap 16, he nosed ahead of Chapman for third.
At the front, Dail and Dodge were engaged in a nose-to-tail duel for the lead. While they slugged it out, Florian and Chapman were closing ground. By lap 23, the top four were bumper-to-bumper.
With the white flag in the air, Dodge made a bid for the lead in Turn 1 and he and Dail locked horns, skidding into the Turn 2 wall. Florian ducked low to miss the incident and was greeted by the yellow and checkered flags when he returned to the start/finish line, notching an unlikely victory.
Chapman tailed Florian to the stripe, followed by Hildebrand. Prillaman was fourth to the finish and wrapped up the ‘09 UCAR title. Johnny Pereira completed the top five.
In the final standings, Prillaman claimed the championship by 14 over Hildebrand, 688-674. Florian was third in the rundown, while Dail and Salas were fourth and fifth, respectively.
For the record, Chapman, Frank Silva (9th), Michael Hall (14th), Rusty Bennett (15th) and Dodge (19th) were all awarded two points for competing in Saturday’s race and, for points purposes, they were bumped to the rear of the field because they used Hoosier tires and not the track-mandated Sumitomo brand. Nevertheless, all five gained valuable seat time in advance of next weekend’s 4th Annual Virginia State UCAR Championship.
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway - Hampton, VA
Crossroads Fuel Service Night
Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009
CROSSROADS FUEL SERVICE
LATE MODEL STOCK CARS - 100 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (40) C.E. Falk; 100
2. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 100
3. (27) Greg Edwards; 100
4. (55) Mark Wertz; 100
5. (15) Doug Warren; 100
6. (01) Jeff Shiflett; 100
7. (4) Matt Waltz; 100
8. (17) John Staton; 100
9. (38) Duane Shreeves; 100
10. (1) Kyle Waltz; 99
11. (64) Rick Gdovic; 98
12. (88) Mitch Sarvis; 97
13. (18) Greg Burgess Jr.; 94
14. (34) Paul DeBolt; 56
15. (21) Dean Shiflett; 48
16. (96) Bruce Livingston; 10
17. (41) Wesley Falkl 1
Pole: C.E. Falk - 86.575 mph.
B&C SEAFOOD MODIFIEDS - 50 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
2. (30) Joe Scarbrough; 50
3. (36) Chris Johnson; 50
4. (8) Mike Rudy; 50
5. (9) Kyle Wood; 50
6. (20) Cameron Patrick; 50
7. (65) Jimmy Kibler; 50
8. (12) Jimmy Humblet; 50
9. (1) Anthony Kincaid; 49
10. (7) Steve Wagner; 46
11. (60) Bobby Gery; 28
12. (77) Joe Bruce; 27
13. (69) Rusty Wood; 26
14. (26) Michael Leech; 26
15. (51) Brent Banks III; 22
Pole: Scarbrough - 83.387 mph.
OLD POINT NATIONAL BANK
GRAND STOCKS - 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (36) Jammie Goode; 40
2. (8) Ricky Derrick; 40
3. (9) Rodney Boyd; 40
4. (14) Paul Lubno; 40
5. (18) Jimmy Adkins; 40
6. (3) Mark Claar; 40
7. (4) Anthony Kincaid; 40
8. (28) Billy Fisher; 40
9. (19) Robbie Parker; 40
10. (90) Henry Barnes; 40
11. (01) Chris Hott; 40
12. (0) Renno Marchetti IV; 39
13. (77) Carl Livingston; 39
14. (39) Nick Odell; 38
Pole: Goode - 78.996 mph.
MED EXPRESS URGENT CARE
SUPER TRUCKS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Truck #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (17) Robbie Davis; 25
2. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
3. (51) Brad Adams; 25
4. (90) Troy Turnage; 25
5. (21) Rick Potter; 25
6. (1) Paul Hogge Sr.; 25
7. (18) Cory Millard; 25
8. (52) Chris Bechtel; 25
9. (4) Tory Vaughn IV; 24
10. (7) Lloyd Holbrook; 13
Pole: Nixon - 74.024 mph.
EZ AUTO OF NEWPORT NEWS
UCARS - 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (80) Adam Florian; 25
2. (59) Mike Chapman*; 25
3. (71) Chris Hildebrand; 25
4. (26) Randy Prillaman; 25
5. (1) Johnny Pereira; 25
6. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 25
7. (20) Michael Joyner; 25
8. (36) Andrew Condrey; 25
9. (91) Frank Silva*; 25
10. (57) Ben Zoellner; 25
11. (25) Robbie Salas; 25
12. (43) Robert Rusinyak; 25
13. (98) Matt Morgan; 25
14. (7) Michael Hall*; 25
15. (92) Rusty Bennett*; 25
16. (12) Eric Schaffer; 25
17. (10) John Matthews; 25
18. (89) Allen Dail; 24
19. (87) Austin Dodge*; 24
20. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 24
21. (22) Bill Eaker; 20
22. (2) Michael Waters; 12
23. (11) Jonathan Mullett; 12
24. (23) Denver Alvis; 3
(* Given two points. Did not
use track-mandated tire for
Pole: Dail - 71.429 mph.
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