Modified Mad House at Langley Speedway
Newport News, VA – NASCAR’S Whelen Southern Modified Tour rolls back through the small city of Hampton, Virginia this weekend for the Bayport Credit Union 150! This will be the second race this season for the touring division, the first race earlier in the spring. Brunnhoelzl was able to get by current points leader Andy Seuss on lap 85, and besides a late race restart where Seuss got the upper hand in turn one, Brunnhoelzl was able to get out and stay out front. Brunnhoelzl comes into this race looking to be the only driver to sweep Langley Speedway. Ryan Preece, who shattered the track record in April with a 14.675 second lap time, will return to Langley Speedway looking to defend his record.
NASCAR has also released some interesting changes to the race format! In the past there was a halfway break where teams were allowed to make adjustments to their cars. This time around there will be no competition caution, however, teams will be allowed to make one tire change under green flag or yellow flag conditions. Twenty-three cars will be guaranteed a spot on the starting grid with their two-lap qualifying time trials, only three provisional spots will be given to create a maximum starting field of twenty-six cars.
In the past five trips to Langley there has been a new pole sitter as well as a new winner each time. JR Bertuccio is looking to continue his hot streak coming into this race as the most recent winner on the circuit by being the highest finishing Southern Mod driver while at Bristol. Andy Seuss is looking to come back strong this weekend after spinning out on the final lap and ended up being scored 27th in the field, but earning 9th place points in the Southern Modified series and dropping 8 points to Brunnhoelzl. Grandstands open at Langley Speedway at 2:00 PM, Qualifying at 4:00 PM and a driver autograph session around 5:45 PM. Racing for the Southern Modified’s are set to get under way around 8:30 PM
Langley Speedway’s Modified division will be back in action after what seemed like an eternity due to scheduling and rain outs. July 19th was the last time these machines have touched the pavement of Langley, besides any weekly practice or private track rentals, we saw Robbie Babb led every lap and pick up two wins on the night during twin thirty lap races. With just two races as of right now remaining on the schedule, current points leader Shawn Balluzzo hold a thirteen point advantage over second place driver Danny Harrell.
Talk around the pits this week is that we are looking at maybe a twenty car field due to tonight being Southside’s final points race of the season, and some of those drivers may want to get some laps in for the mods big money race in September. This will help some of Langley Speedway drivers pad some extra points in the Division II national standing if that is the case, but shouldn’t mean much to Balluzzo for his championship run. Boasting a thirteen point lead the #48 team would need Danny Harrell to win both races and Balluzzo would have to finish 8th or worse in each race to lose the championship. As a matter of fact Balluzzo and the #48 team only need to manage a 7th & 8th place finish if Harrell wins out to tie the great Phil Warren’s record of 7 track championships at Langley Speedway.
Practice for the Southern Mods will run from 1pm to 2pm. General Admission gates will open for fans at 2pm with qualifying to get underway at 4pm. Racing will begin with the first of two Pepsi Grandstock races, followed by the Larry King Law Modifieds. It will then be 150 laps for the Southern Mods. To wrap up the night the KeesVacation.com Super Trucks and the final Grandstock race.