Monthly Archives: June 2014

Shawn Balluzzo Opens Up, Talks About His Journey At The Track

STBHampton, VA – Shawn Balluzzo to some is just that guy they can’t stand who kept winning modified races out at Langley Speedway, to others he is a man who works his tail off for his business, his family, and his crew. To me, the Balluzzos are like a second family, Shawn is the husband to one of the woman who stepped up and into my life when I lost my mother and the father to three beautiful young woman, one whom is like the little sister I never had along with a son who probably was my brother in some other form of life!

Balluzzo, a 57, soon to be 58, native of Niagara Falls, New York got his start in racing back in 1985 in a series called one-on-ones. This would be something similar to Langley Speedway’s Wacky Wednesdays where you take your street car and race it on a track with other peoples street cars. It did not take long for Balluzzo to make his move up the racing totem pole as he was in a Late Model the following year. “Well actually the end of ’85 and it was at Martinsville,” Balluzzo explains. “Back when Martinsville was a spring and a fall race!”

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The Shriners & Max Media Night At The Races – Langley Speedway

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Hampton VA – Langley Speedways top two divisions were both set to run twin features this evening for The Shriners & Max Media. Two divisions with some pretty strong front-runners looking to climb up to points ladder! The ComServe Verizon Wireless Late Models were on the schedule for two 75 lap features where Nick Smith would set the fastest time in qualifying earlier in the afternoon and would lead the field to the green flag for race number one, of course race two’s grid will be determined by the finishing order from race one.

If you have been to any races this year than you know the battle for the top three is going to be intense. I must say this because I feel more credit needs to be given to those drivers who battle for fourth spot back to seventh, you guys put on some of the best racing I have seen in years. Greg Edwards promised to make things interesting early as he had to come down pit road to fix a minor mechanical issue, he would have to start to the rear of the field.

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Shawn Balluzzo Joins The Driver Series!

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Hampton, VA – Six time Langley Speedway modified track champion Shawn Balluzzo has brought a new element to the website! The Modified division! A class that has certainly grown over the last years and can certainly provide just as good of racing as the Late Models can. They have been invited to run twice now at Southern National Motorsports Park for their Thanksgiving All-Start classic. As well as running a few races this year at South Boston Speedway!

A ton of bad luck and some health issues took Balluzzo out of the running for the famous seventh title run (made famous by none other than Phil Warren who has 7 track championship – most by any driver at Langley). Balluzzo has returned this season with a brand new motor, an entirely different car assembled by Bobby Creech and is ready to dominate the field in route to tiring Phil Warrens record. Follow the link, #48 Shawn Balluzzo – Modified to check out the first part of our interview and make sure to check back at the start of the week for part 2!

Jackson, Hall, Frye, Balluzzo All Winners On Big Night At Langley Speedway

GrandStandsHampton, VA (6-21-14) – The K&N cars were not the only thing running at Langley Speedway this past Saturday! Four local divisions were also called to action for their regular points races; Karts – 20 laps, Pro Six – 30, Grandstocks – 40, Modifieds – 50. If you go back and watch the races from that evening over again, which by the way you can always buy the Blu-ray/DVD or stream the replay from TM Racing Videos, you would think another full moon was in effect. Not really sure if the other drivers were excited that a national touring series was in town or just the lack of better officiating in the tower caused for some pretty interesting races.

The Karts were first to kick to the night off where their high-speed tangled attempt to get around Langley, this time the race was able to go the full distance! If you remember last time a national series was in town these guys and gals couldn’t get things to work and due to excessive cautions and a time-table to follow I believe the race was cut five laps short. We did see a new face on top of the speed chart during qualifying, Rookie of the Year contender Tyler Stallings put his number six machine at the top spot with a time around 23 seconds. Angela-Marie Steele, Tommy Jackson Jr, Aaron Leach, and Josh Ayer round out your top five.
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K&N Pro Series East Rolls Through Hampton, Virginia

Nick Drake_EditHamptonVa (June 212014) – Well the one thing no one wants to see on race day is rain and let me tell you what I am starting to feel I have bad sports juju this year when it comes to that stuff. We have had countless softball games cancelled, a few touring races cancelled, a fair share of our local oval drag racing events (Wacky Wednesday’s at Langley Speedway), as well as a few nights at my local short track. I have lived in this region for quite some time now so I know rain is going to be something we are constantly fighting, lucky for us this past Saturday was not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

Waking up at 7am because you have to be at your normal job by 8am on race day is bad enough, but waking up to a steady pace of rain makes things even worse! Every race day is an exciting one for me, it is a time for me to get away from my day job, head to the track and believe it or not relax! Over the weekend we had a special visit from the NASCAR boys to my little hometown of Hampton, Virginia. On deck, the K&N Pro Series East ladies and gentleman!

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2013 LMSC National Runner-up Joins the Ranks of The Driver Series

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Raleigh, North Carolina native Deac McCaskill was the most recent driver to join the star-studded cast of The Driver Series over the weekend. McCaskill who races primarily in North Carolina has been on a tear recently at NASCARS newest sanctioned track East Carolina Motor Speedway. Last years National points runner-up is currently sitting second in points at East Carolina (mainly due to missing a few races here lately), ninth in points at Southern National,  30th & 48th at Motor Mile and South Boston respectively.

When we asked McCaskill during a post race interview about wanting to focus on National points this year he told us that he is just going to focus on running and winning races, if at some point they have a real shot then they will take it from there. As of June 15th McCaskill sits 41 in National standings with 16 starts, 5 wins (remember a few times McCaskill took the hit in the tech shed and his victory taken away).

Make sure you follow the link –> #08 Deac McCaskill to get a chance to learn more of what this driver is all about! I want to take a minute to personally thank Deac for allowing me in and asking these questions and sharing them with our fans! Hopefully everyone enjoyed the interview!

Waltz Capitalizes While Others Struggle, Win No. 5 In The Books

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Photo Courtesy of Erin Goodman Photography

Hampton, VA – Missing the full moon by just one day, Langley may have seen some left over “Full Moon” mojo as some very interesting events unfolded over the weekend. After a week of rain outs, Mother Nature was kind enough to give us one day to get some Late Model action in! This was supposed to be a double-header weekend for us with East Carolina Motor Speedway hosting their Whelen Night but, heavy rain storms in North Carolina forced track officials to pull the plug early. I know it has to be tough to make that decision but hind sight is the time and money the track saved the drivers and fans. We will have to wait another two weeks to see the cars work their way around the tricky tri-oval!
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