Langley Speedway: Back In The Saddle Again On Twitter – @theweeklyracer
Hampton, VA – We’re back!!! After an eventful three weeks with rain, and couch crippling illnesses, car accidents and a few other things to say the least – I swear this summer my family just needs to go into a bubble – we have found our way back to the race track along with the IMCA style mods, Grandstocks, Super Streets & Legends! The last time these machines hit the pavement was a little more than a month ago, June 6th to be exact, where Jimmy Humblet found himself in the box (victory lane that is) after making the pass for the lead with just eight circuits to go.
Current points leader Shawn Balluzzo will not be behind the wheel tonight after a work accident left him with a broken wrist and some bruised ribs. “I was going to still attempt to get in the race car this weekend,” Balluzzo said. “But it does not appear that will happen at least according to the doctors for a couple of months.” Besides the pain in the wrist and the ribs Balluzzo did let everyone know on Facebook earlier this week that for the most part he is okay and things will go on somewhat normal for the sign business. Never want to hear a driver get injured but luckily all things will heal, get better soon Shawn, all of your racing family is supporting you.
This unfortunate event will certainly shake things up in the points standings as #4 John Largena sit just 11 points out of first place, a solid finish and good car counts could just hand him over the points lead tonight. He will have two shots to climb closer to the top as they go center stage in the second race and second to last race of the evening.
Though the Mods are the higher division according to NASCAR these guys are not the only main event of the night. Every year Langley Speedway extends the race for on of the most interesting divisions to watch hands down. The annual 65-lap Pepsi Grandstock feature rolls off tonight – a battle that will not only take patients from a driver, but perseverance from a crew chief. For those who have never seen this race you may think, “well jeez it’s just an extra 25 laps…” An extra 25 laps given to the guys who give it 120% every lap. You think these cars were slipping and sliding around lap 30, you’re in for a treat tonight.
Mark Frye & Tommy Sweeney enter the night in one of the tightest points battles of the year at Langley Speedway. Both drivers have proven they can win, both drivers have had their fair share of mix ups on the 4/10 flat speedway. The Pepsi Grandstocks are set to roll off fifth tonight. For a full schedule of this evenings racing action, take a peak bellow.
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11:00 PIT GATES OPEN
2:00 GENERAL ADMISSION GATES OPEN
2:00 PRACTICE BEGINS
4:15 DRIVER’S MEETING
6:55: Invocation by Rev. Potter National Anthem
7:00 First Green Flag
THIS EVENINGS FEATURE LINEUP:
– Cycle City Corp Bandos 15 Laps
– Larry King Mods 30 laps
– Cycle City Corp Legends 25 laps
– Butterfoss and Barton Orthodontics Super Streets 40 laps
– Pepsi Grand Stocks 65 laps
– Larry King Mods 30 laps
– Bojangles Enduros 30 laps