Greg Edwards and Matt Waltz Grab the Checkers in Twin 66-lap Features

Greg Edwards picked up right where he left off two weeks ago in the season opener. Recording the fastest lap in qualifying to earn the pole in race one. (Justin Kern/

Hampton, VA – After taking a week off at Langley Speedway the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late models returned to action at the 4/10th-mile track for their second and third races of the year. To celebrate the 66th year of operation at the historic track they will run twin 66 lap races throughout the year.

In qualifying Greg Edwards sat on the pole after putting down a 15.950-second lap, Matt Waltz ran a 15.975 to set on the outside of the first row. The top eight cars all qualified within a tenth of a second of each other.

Greg Edwards picked up where his team left off on the opener and had the dominant car the entire first race. Early on he was able to jump out to a big lead and held on to it through to the checkers. Nick Smith tried to catch him but could never ever close the gap. Connor Hall started seventh and was able to spend most of the race up in the third position until Justin T. Carroll out of Hickory, NC got by him in the closing laps of the race. Danny Edwards Jr finished fifth with Terry Carroll pressuring him on the last lap for a good finish.

Going into the second race the fans of Langley got their first experience with the new NASCAR rule, making a mandatory invert for any divisions that are part of the national and state point systems. The NWAAS late models are in Division-1 so they have to do at least an eight car invert. Race Director Shayne Laws said that Langley will only do the eight cars for the twin races, other tracks may use a higher invert though.

Brenden Queen lead the field to the green flag since he finished in 8th for the first race and had Waltz to his outside. The drivers were too eager on the first attempt though and jumped the start. Waltz got around Butterbean on the outside and got out to a quick lead. By lap fifteen, Waltz had a two second lead over the new second place runner Hall and Greg Edwards was up to fifth after starting eighth. Just over halfway through Greg was up to third place and the best racing on the track was happening between Terry Carroll, Maddie Crane, and Macy Causey who were all battling for sixth through eighth with the Rev Racing teammates slipping by him.

Just a few laps later and the caution came out for Macy getting around in turn three and coming to a stop on the track. For the restart, Greg decides to try the high line and it paid off for one position to get him into second. Mark Wertz who struggled in the first race made some good changes and worked his way up to fifth as a late caution set up a sprint to the finish. Wertz went high and cemented a second place finish running the high line as Matt Waltz went on to his win.


Super Streets

Over in the always entertaining Super Street division, Landon Abbott looked like he would make it two wins in a row after sitting on the pole for the forty lap race. Abbott jumped out to a quick lead until lap thirty-two when he started burning fluids, by lap thirty-six he was black flagged as his entire cockpit was filled with thick smoke and the caution came out to check for fluids and to get him safely to pit road. Randy Akers inherited the lead for the restart with Bill Eaker falling in behind him and Sammy Gaita taking the cone for the outside lane. They go three wide into turn-1 with Gaita pulling ahead temporarily. The white flag flies in the air as Akers and Gaita are side by side and Sammy is able to win the race clean on the outside by .016 seconds.

Late Models – Race 1

1.#97 Greg Edwards
2. #12 Nick Smith
3. #57 Justin T. Carroll
4. #77 Connor Hall
5. #26 Danny Edwards Jr
6. #90 Terry Carroll
7. #2 Matt Waltz
8. #03 Brenden Queen
9. #33 Macy Causey
10. #78 Maddie Crane
11. #55 Mark Wertz
12. #19 Cameron Bowen
13. #92 Casey Wyatt
14. #25 Craig Eastep
15. #91 Justin S. Carroll
16. #88 Thomas Marks

Late Models – Race 2

1.#2 Matt Waltz
2. #55 Mark Wertz
3. #77 Connor Hall
4. #97 Greg Edwards
5. #57 Justin T. Carroll
6. #78 Maddie Crane
7. #19 Cameron Bowen
8. #92 Casey Wyatt
9. #91 Justin S. Carroll
10. #33 Macy Causey
11. #90 Terry Carroll
12. #25 Craig Eastep
13. #03 Brenden Queen
14. #12 Nick Smith
15. #26 Danny Edwards Jr

Victory Lane Photo Credit – John Long

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