Edwards Jr. Makes it three in a Row Ahead of Langley’s Biggest Race of the Year
Hampton, VA – Dodging a third consecutive rainout, Langley Speedway held its final two Late Model Stock Races before the Hampton Heat 200.
The previous scheduled LMSC race night was June 27th was rained out, making this weekend all the more important in regards to preparing for the $10,000 to win race which is less than two weeks away.
Saturday looked just as bad all afternoon, but Langley promoter Chuck Hall told teams, “We are racing tonight.
You all have put a lot of time into preparing your cars, and we are not going to cancel three weeks in a row.”
With a limited amount of time, the drivers, teams, and track officials had to decide how to best get everyone lined up. Some LMSC teams wanted a practice and line up based on points, while others just wanted to qualify. Teams got both.
The Late Model Stocks got one round of practice around 6:30 Saturday night, just before a final band of rain came through. Once the track was dry, the Late Models went back out for single car qualifying around 9:40. Danny Edwards, confident from his first win of 2015, grabbed the pole with a speed of 88.615 mph. Justin T. Carroll, Matt Waltz, Tyler Hughes, and Brenden Queen made up the top five starters for the first 65 lap race.
Coming to lap 2, the 08 of Mike Weddell went for a spin in turn 4. Back under green, Edwards and Waltz began distancing themselves from the field. By lap 40, Edwards’ lead on Waltz was more than half a straightway. Shortly after, on lap 42, Cameron Bowen and Justin S. Carroll got together in turn two, just in front of the leaders. “It was just a racing deal,” Bowen said. “[I] talked with him afterwards and all is good.” Before the restart, Matt Waltz took the cone, looking to take the lead on the top side. Edwards got a good jump, leaving Waltz to battle with Brenden
Queen. Waltz continued to slide back, finishing 6th in race one behind Brenden Queen, Terry Carroll, Casey Wyatt, and Connor Hall. Langley points leader Greg Edwards finished 7th.
Race two was lined up based on the finishing order of race one, leaving Edwards to lead the 20 car field to green. Edwards edged past Queen in the early stages, and Queen began to drop back throughout the race. The only caution would come out on lap 52 for a spin by Natalie Decker. Edwards grabbed the win in race two, making it three in a row for the #26 Danny’s Glass Chevrolet. “Glad to go back-to-back here tonight.” Rounding out the top five was Mark Wertz, Tyler Hughes, Connor Hall, and Collin Cabre.
In regards to the track condition, Edwards said, “I was not worried about the track conditions at all. The officials did a good job getting the track ready to race.”
Brenden Queen finished 2nd and 12th, with his career best finish in race one. “I think we have hit on something. We are real close I believe,” Queen asserted. “[We] are going to have to make sure we have tires left to race at the end especially against the Ford crates,” Queen added. Queen is sponsored by Adkins Motorsports, Bryant Motorsports, Celano Electric, and Clark’s Racing Engines.
After suffering from a flat tire and finishing 17th in race one, Mark Wertz finished 2nd in race two. “To race Danny for the win was pretty special especially coming from 17th,” Wertz said about his charge to the front. Wertz also added, “I feel like we have a pretty good hot rod heading into the [Hampton] Heat!” Wertz is sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts, Taylor Waste Services, and BayPort Credit Union.
Next to Edwards, Connor Hall had the best average finish (4.5) in the two races. “We had a very strong run [Saturday] night, [the] guys have been working their butts off on the off weeks,” Hall said about his team. As for the Hampton Heat, Hall added, “I plan to be a big contender for the win.” The Hampton driver is sponsored by Towne Bank, Western Branch Diesel, and Charles Barker Automotive.
The Late Model Stock Cars return to Langley on July 25th for the Hampton Heat 200. The $10,000 to win race is now the first race of the 2015 Virginia Triple Crown series, as South Boston’s 200 lap race was postponed to the end of August due to rain. Despite not being a points race this year, rumors have it that around 40 cars will be racing. Next weekend, the IMCA modifieds will return to Langley Speedway.
About the Author: Charlie Alexander is the founder of King Charles Photography, a contributing photographer for Langley Speedway, and a contributor to Race Chaser Online and The Weekly Racer.