The Shriners & Max Media Night At The Races – Langley Speedway
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.
This allowed for Waltz and Smith to battle for a few laps while Edwards worked his way back to the front. Just as Greg attempted a pass for the lead coming of turn two, the #2 & #97 machine looked to touch wheels again and sent Edwards for a loop, causing him to go to the rear for a second time. Well, thanks to the perseverance and level head of the driver, great work from the crew, and a little help from that orange cone, Edwards was able to again work his way back to the front where he would take the lead away from Waltz and cruise to victory lane for win number five.
Race two got underway late into the evening and looked like it was going to be a repeat from earlier but this time Waltz looked to have a different plan! Could be from saving his equipment in race one and/or the small adjustments made between races. Which ever it was Waltz was able to cut down Edwards pretty large lead, make the pass and create some distance of his own and earned a one way ticket to victory lane for win number six on the year.
Shawn Balluzzo, which happened to be out featured driver of the week (#48 Shawn Balluzzo – Modified) was the fastest all day long during both practice sessions and would put the car on the pole for race number one. Fourteen other cars would join him including what I would call division rival Jimmy Humblett, hard charging Danny Herrell & part-time K&N driver Brandon Gdovic all looking to knock Balluzzo from the podium. However, Balluzzo would have none of that and would win both races in dominating fashion, helping to secure his top spot in the points standings.
Make sure to check back with us for a full recap from all of the divisions and winners at Langley Speedway.