Late Model Action Set To Return To Langley Speedway
Newport News, VA – September has fell upon us which means the kids have gone back to school, the days are getting shorter and hopefully by now just a tad bit cooler, and probably one of the worst things to happen… race season is starting to wrap up. One thing us race fans do have to look forward to is the post season! Just about every other sport has it, now NASCAR has started to adopt it. With the Chase for the Sprint Cup set we also start looking towards some of the biggest post season races of the year with the grand daddy of them all being Martinsville!
First however most local short tracks have one, maybe two weeks left on their schedule as is the case with Langley Speedway. After a two-week vacation the Late Model Stock cars return to the confines of Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia. Greg Edwards, your current points leader, has all but wrapped up the championship for this season as long as he can pilot the No. 97 to no worse than three top six finishes. I did reach out to the Edwards camp for comments but no response as of yet.
I was able to catch up with Matt Waltz – who’s is riding an extremely hot streak and boasting a total of 12 victories on the season – earlier this afternoon to discuss the final three races on the season and if this two-week time off may have killed any momentum or “mojo” so to speak coming to the end of the season. “I don’t think so,” said Waltz. “It’s been a few weeks since we’ve been to victory lane so I’m ready to get back to the track and get after it again and hopefully win some more before the regular seasons over.”
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the points race at Langley Speedway – which can be a good thing due to the fact that I am pretty sure somewhere in the National Points breakdown it suggest to have a Ph.D in Astrophysics or something like that to understand the format. With one troublesome race earlier in the season and the infamous Hampton Heat 200 Matt Waltz could win the following three races and all Greg Edwards has to muster up is a Top 6 finish to claim the title. Now don’t get me wrong I am not the one to completely rule things out as for anything can happen. However, with that being said we had to ask Matt the extremely easy question, where do the attention focus now? “Winning! Being the champ would be cool but all we can do now is try to win every race.”
Finally, before we let Matt go, we had to ask with just under a month before the big Martinsville race this year – a race you were pretty dominant in last year… I don’t want to be the dark horse in the room but so far this year you have not been able to finish the prior two races in the “VA Triple Crown.” Are you going to head back to Martinsville this year and how are you feeling about it? (Matt Waltz best finish in the “Big” races this year was a second at the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown)
“Yeah we’re definitely going. I don’t know why I can’t catch a break in these big ones it’s just something I have to keep learning about as a driver I guess. I might just need to put myself in better places at certain times and keep gaining experience. That and could use a bit of luck as well lol that’s something we haven’t had much of either. I’ve set on the pole and or led the most laps in a lot of them in the past year I will just have to think hard about what my gameplan will be come Sunday afternoon and stick with it.”
Edwards and Waltz will do battle yet again in twin races this weekend along with six other divisions who are not racing twins, but will still be in action. Langley has the Late Model set for two 64 lap features throughout the evening, on the docket as well is 40 laps for the Pepsi Grandstocks where Tommy Sweeney has pulled within just eight points of current leader Mark Frye. The KeesVacation.com Super Trucks will run for 25 laps, Casey Cycle Corps Legends for 25 (National qualifier race), East Coast Synthetic Bandos will run for 15 laps, Carroll’s Automotive UCARS for 25 as well as the Rhonnda Claiborne Pro Wing Karts for 20!
General Admission gates open at 2:00 PM, Qualifying at 4:30 PM, Racing at 7:00 PM!
Matt Waltz has teamed up with the food bank this weekend, if you bring a canned good or monetary donation you will receive $2 off of your grand stand ticket. Come on out, fill the up that bucket and help fill the stands!