Monthly Archives: July 2014

LIVE: Langley Speedway – Courtyard by Marriott

Langley 7.19.14 LIVEHampton – VA :: Good afternoon race fans! A little later than we would want race fans but we are here at Langley Speedway! Make sure you tune into our twitter account –> @theweeklyracer for live updates!

Looks like we have a really good car count this weekend. Your typical twenty some Wing Champ Karts, twelve Pro Six machines, just about ten or so Grand Stocks. Your featured division tonight, the Larry King Law Modifieds! Twin 30 lap features on the books for these guys and they will all chase after the #48 machine of Shawn Balluzzo!

LIVE qualifying updates in just about 15 minutes! Thank you for trusting us with your racing needs!

GREEN FLAG 7:00 PM EDT

• Rhonnda Claiborne Winged Karts 20 laps
• Carroll’s Automotive UCARS 25 laps
• Larry King Law Mods 30 laps
• Pepsi Grand Stocks 40 laps
• KeesVacations.com PRO 6 30 laps
• Larry King Law Mods 30 laps

Langley Speedway: Thomas Roofing Night at the Races

MattWaltzHampton, VA – (July 12, 2014) Just about every book you pick up will have some kind of prelude. A short little introduction to something bigger. This something bigger would be Langley Speedway’s annual Hampton Heat 200. Twenty Late Model Stock cars filled the inside pits of Langley Speedway this past weekend for twin 75 lap features. The last weekend for teams to do their homework, we even saw teams come from out of town to try their might! Of course your local drivers Matt Waltz, Greg Edwards, Casey Wyatt were ready to mix things up with the likes of Peyton Sellers, Matt Bowling, and Garrett Campbell!

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American Red Cross 250 at East Carolina Motor Speedway

IMG_3040Robersonville, NC(July 11, 2014) Finally a Friday not plagued with rain and thunderstorms! Forecast models early on in the week looked pretty gloom as a large cell was working its way through the western part of Virginia & the Carolina’s! Luckily this system got here a little sooner than experts expected and assaulted the Hampton Roads and south-eastern Virginia region. Friday morning conditions look favorable for a trip, so we packed up the car and headed toward the banked tri-oval of East Carolina Motor Speedway.

On deck for the evening, make-up races and events from the past two events that were cancelled due to mother nature! The American Red Cross were on site for those who wished to donate blood, the Mini Stocks still had their 50 lap Mayhem race to run, and last but certainly not least it was Whelen Night, not to mention two pretty close battles for the points lead. Jeff Shiflett held a 12 point lead going into this race over Deac McCaskill, who practically dropped off the face of racing there for a bit. The other tight battle was in the Street Stock division as last weeks featured driver Jesse Council held just a two point lead over the #902 of Kevin Benton!
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Langley Speedway LIVE: Thomas Roofing Night at the Races

Good evening race fans! Just a quick little post for those who follow the website on a regular basis as well as those subscribed to the email blast! We are LIVE at Langley Speedway this evening for the Thomas Roofing Night at the Races, with 245 laps of action packed racing! There are just about 20 Late Model Stock Cars here this evening, as some guys using this evening as a way to get ready for the Hampton Heat 200 in two weeks.

Big names like Peyton Sellers, Matt Bowling, Matt Waltz, Greg Edwards, Garrett Cambell are here. If you are in the area there is still plenty of time to head down to the speedway. Tickets are super cheap, and there is going to be some great racing as Matt Waltz looks to add win number seven on the season. Greg Edwards looks to redeem himself, or if thats what you want to call it from a lack luster past two races.

Make sure you head on over to Twitter, search for @theweeklyracer… or click this nifty little link that we have provided for you! We will be providing you with lap by lap coverage from this evening actions.

Balluzzo Grabs Fifth Win This Season On A Night Full Of Fireworks.

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Hampton, VA – While the Late Models had the weekend off at Langley Speedway, fans packed the stands for what turned out to be a firework filled evening. On tap for the evening, a 50 lap Modified feature where Shawn Balluzzo looked to add yet another feature sticker to his ride! We all knew we were going to see a great fireworks display from the Zambelli Brothers in the air, what we didn’t expect was a wild night on the track!  Balluzzo was yet again the car to beat in all but one practice session turning a lap time of 16.400 in session three. Thirteen cars were set to take the green flag later that evening when two teams, who are constant top five cars, ran into trouble early.

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Pulliam Victorious Again In 200 Laps At South Boston

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South Boston, VA – A colleague of mine said it best this evening, “What better way to celebrate this great nations independence than with some Late Model racing!” That is what was on tap last weekend as we strolled into South Boston Speedway just as first practice got underway. Talk around the social media portals was this race was going to get washed out, no point in going, Arthur looks to ruin this weekend. Though that third comment may in fact come true, he did not mess with our races too much Thursday evening.

I would like to just take a second personally thank my father! He offered up his ride this weekend if no one else was planning to go with us, so with a three-hour road trip into a 70% chance of thunder storms I left it completely up to him if we would make the trip. He calls me up Wednesday night, tells me he’s stuck in Richmond for work, immediately my mind freaks out. He proceeds to tell me he won’t be back till around 10 am, so we wouldn’t be able to leave till 11 or so. Big sigh of relief, I informed him of the forecast then hit the Freddy Mercury pose when his reply was, “Well, least it will be a nice drive in the Honda!”

On our modified schedule we hit the road just a tad bit after 11 AM EDT for the long but easy trip out west. Forecast models were looking a bit better for race day as the percentages went down, but the threat of rain was still there. We hadn’t talked about the “what if” of a rain out, I wanted this race to happen. Not just for my personal gain of finally experiencing this race but the fun and excitement of working to help you all visualize the action!

For a brief moment I thought we were going to run into some problems as the sky’s took a turn for the worst. Huge rain drops started pelting the racing surfaces as thunder and lightning moved into the area. Originally, plans were set for qualifying to get underway around 4:30 but Mother Nature decided to put us in a hold pattern for little over an hour. Luckily for us the system moved out just as quickly as it moved in. Due hot temps throughout the day track officials recovered the racing surface rather quickly and had us set for time trials to start at 5:30 PM,

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