Monthly Archives: May 2017

Bradley Kilby Wins INEX Bando Feature from the Pole at Larry King Law Langley Speedway Before the Rain Comes

Kilby rolls through turn three at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway over Memorial Day Weekend. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Bradley Kilby was once again on the pole in the Bando division posting up a lap set at 21.566 seconds as Jacob Putman would occupy the two spot on the grid. Connor Jones, Jacob Derrick and Autumn Weaver showing speed to round out the five best. The green flag waved and the pole sitter Bradley Kilby would go to work on the eight car field. In the early portions of the race, Putman, Jones, and Weaver would be in full chase mode before the three began racing each other just as the halfway point to the race was reached. While spots two, three and four was being decided, Kilby had a substantial lead and one that leads from the green to the checkers as Brandon Kilby picks up his second win in the Cycle City Corps Bandoleros series. Strong runs from Jacob Putman, Connor Jones, and Autumn Weaver respectfully.

Race Results:

  1. #5 Bradley Kilby; 15 (winner)
  2. #3 Jacob Putman; 15
  3. #14 Connor Jones; 15
  4. #18 Autumn Weaver; 15
  5. #48 Wesley Newell; 15
  6. #43 Layton Harrison; 15
  7. #8 Jacob Derrick; 15
  8. #87 Kenton Case: 10

Shawn Balluzzo Grabs the Pole for the Armed Forces Cup

HAMPTON, VA – Fourteen modifieds took time at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway with 8-time track champion Shawn Balluzzo setting fast time with a 16.699 to lead the first race of the 33-lap twins scheduled for tonight. Before the first race the top-5 drivers in points will randomly select a branch of the United States Armed Forces to represent and the winner of the race will win the Armed Forces Cup. The only other driver to break the 16 second bracket was Chris Humblet with a 16.877, both of these fast times happened after cloud cover took away the sun.

Over on twitter we will be bringing lap by lap coverage for the modifieds, trucks, and INEX legends.

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Greg Edwards Cruises and C.E. Falk Battles Late to Split Wins

HAMPTON, VA – Nineteen NWAAS Late Models came out to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway for twin 66 lap races. Jeff Shiflett and C.E. Falk both made their first trips of the season to the 4/10th-mile track and late model rookie Cody Carlton made his debut after grabbing a legends win last weekend.

A handful of drivers showed some quick times during practice through the afternoon, but four-time champion Falk was the only one to dip down into the fifteen-second bracket once qualifying rolled around running a 15.958. Points leader Greg Edwards was less than a tenth off his pace to sit on the outside.

Falk jumped out to the lead early but it didn’t take long for Edwards to get to his bumper and slide by on the inside and Nick Smith followed along. Falk continued falling back as Connor Hall got around him and started applying pressure to Smith getting around him on lap-23. Halfway through it was still Edwards out front then Hall, Smith, Falk, and Matt Waltz. A few laps later Waltz was able to get by Falk after being blocked earlier by a slower car. Without a caution in the first race Waltz could only get up to second place and Greg cruised to another win early on in the season. Further on back his brother Danny finished eighth which put him on the pole for the second race with NASCAR’s new mandatory eight car minimum invert.

Danny led the first five laps until a caution came out for Maddy Ryan spinning out, Terry Carroll had some cosmetic damage from the incident. On the restart, Falk took the outside and made it work after going side by side for a lap before taking the lead. A lap after taking the lead a big wreck happened in turn four with Thomas Marks receiving the most damage and ending his night early. Just three laps later another caution for a wreck involving Greg Edwards, Nick Smith, and Casey Wyatt. Edwards radiator busted open and his night would end and Nick Smith was able to continue with heavy damage on his right side.

A few laps were run at full speed with Falk stretching his lead a little until Carlton went around. On the ensuing restart, Justin T Carroll made it three wide and made contact with Hall putting them both to the rear of the field. After that restart Waltz was able to put some pressure on Falk while Hall quickly moved through the field getting up to sixth place. When the leaders got into lapped traffic Falk was able to get through clean while Waltz was slowed down by Maddy, eventually nudging the rear bumper to hard and making another caution on the track.

Getting towards the end of the race things were getting a bit crazy, with second through fourth going three-wide a couple times all for one position. But this was slowed down by a caution brought out by Casey Wyatt. After having a rough start to the year Mark Wertz worked his way into second after the restart but Falk was able to jump out to a decent lead. But the cautions were not done yet as Dean Shiflett lost control of his car after some contact with the 10 car setting up a late race restart. Wertz took the outside and was able to lead a lap but Falk was able to clear him and get his 50th career win at Langley Speedway.

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C.E. Falk in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane

After the race, there was some confusion by the 10 team and heavy contact was made with the driver of the 03, destroying the body of the left side of his car. Thankfully both drivers were not injured as it was a pretty hard hit.

Late Model Results – Race 1

  1. Greg Edwards
  2. Matt Waltz
  3. Connor Hall
  4. Nick Smith
  5. Justin T Carroll
  6. C.E. Falk
  7. Mark Wertz
  8. Danny Edwards Jr
  9. Justin S Carroll
  10. Terry Carroll
  11. Brenden Queen
  12. Dean Shiflett
  13. Casey Wyatt
  14. Craig Eastep
  15. Cameron Bowen
  16. Jeff Shiflett -1
  17. Maddy Ryan -2
  18. Cody Carlton -14
  19. Thomas Marks -38

 

Late Model Results – Race 2

  1. C.E. Falk
  2. Mark Wertz
  3. Danny Edwards Jr
  4. Connor Hall
  5. Matthew Waltz
  6. Justin T Carroll
  7. Casey Wyatt
  8. Terry Carroll
  9. Brenden Queen
  10. Justin S Carroll
  11. Maddy Ryan
  12. Dean Shiflett
  13. Jeff Shiflett
  14. Nick Smith -11
  15. Cody Carlton -29
  16. Craig Eastep -51
  17. Greg Edwards -56
  18. Cameron Bowen -59
  19. Thomas Marks -59

Dodson Holds off Young Guns for Feature Win

MIDLOTHIAN, VA – The officials at Southside Speedway announced that this year they would run two 75 lap late model races instead of only their normal 40 lap features. With a strong car count so far in the year, the increased laps proved to be exciting in the first long distance race of the year.

Mason Bailey set fast time in practifying with a quick 14.836-second lap with Chris Dodson and Grayson Cullather both running a 14.927, Grayson would get the spot for running the lap first. The pole setter pulled a four on the invert putting Alex Brock on the pole to start the feature.

Brock would lead the first three laps until the caution flew for Sonny Allen and Lane Janosik spinning out while trying to get around the slow car of Chris Savage. Howie Disavino would get some damage to the left side of his car trying to avoid the accident.

Dodson opted to go high on the restart and it paid off for him quickly as he took the lead on the restart. Cullather got bumped by Bugs Hairfield and would slip back to sixth. Once Bugs got by Grayson he quickly chased down Mason Bailey and put himself into third place. At this point, he was running faster laps than Dodson and Brock. By the 27th lap, everyone was stretched out aside from the top-3. About ten laps later Eddie Johnson started knocking on the door of Bailey but the 2016 modified champion is able to fend him off.

The leaders started approaching heavy traffic with twenty-five laps to go and Brock was still keeping up with Dodson. Brock’s best chance would happen through traffic but Dodson would fend him off with a little bit of contact. A little farther back Cullather gets Bailey completely sideways and Bailey was able to save it coming off of turn-2, with Mason slowed down Johnson is able to slide by him.

With ten laps remaining Janosik runs hard into Allen and they start wrecking, Bugs is able to slow down quick enough to avoid ending his night. Unfortunately while under caution Bugs blew a hose off his radiator and had to end his night. The track went under the red flag as the cleanup crew tried to clean up what seemed to be more than just water on the track, possibly some oil too from the hot motor.

Getting the green flag all the cars make it through the slick entrance of turn-1 as the drying agent flew all over. Dodson kept control of the lead but rode high through turn-4 and Cullather tried to apply some pressure. Caution would fly again on lap-68, this time for Johnson getting hard into Brad Davis.

The green flew for the last time and Brock looked to dive hard into the corner but it turned out that he had a tire go down and didn’t have much control of the car. Brad Davis got his front end tore off but the rivets held it strong alongside his car, he was black flagged and did not come down the pits resulting in a penalized finishing position. Dodson ended up cruising to the win by a half second over Mason Bailey.

 

Late Model Results

  1. Chris Dodson
  2. Mason Bailey
  3. Grayson Cullather
  4. J.D. Eversole
  5. Eddie Johnson
  6. Andrew Dean
  7. Sonny Allen
  8. Brad Davis
  9. Lane Janosik -1
  10. Michael Sutphin -2
  11. Alex Brock -4
  12. Bugs Hairfield -10
  13. John Crews III -37
  14. Howie Disavino -49
  15. Raymond Pittman III -67
  16. Chris Savage -71
  17. Daniel Thomas DNS

Southside Speedway 75-Lap Late Model Feature Race TONIGHT!

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MIDLOTHIAN, VA – On Friday, May 19 the Late Model division at Southside Speedway will run 75 laps rather than their normal 40 laps. Running its third race of the season, the track has opened 2017 with the largest Late Model car count in the state. This is a race you won’t want to miss!

The family-owned track in Chesterfield prides itself on being a family-friendly venue entertaining generations of fans and will continue their fifty-eight-year tradition of great local short track racing in Central Virginia. There are six different divisions of cars racing each race night: Late Models, Modifieds, Grand Stocks, UCARS, Legends and Bandoleros.

Front gates open at 6:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 6:00 p.m. and racing gets underway around 7:30 p.m. Catch qualifying and all six divisions for hours of racing action! If you can’t make it trackside, don’t worry, The Weekly Racer will be on hand to provide you with up to the lap updates LIVE on our Twitter Feed (@theweeklyracer). Coverage for the support divisions will be determined upon arrival to the track.

For the latest information, visit our website address at SouthsideSpeedway.net or “Like Us” on the Official Southside Speedway Facebook page, and “Follow Us” on Twitter. Social media is the easiest way to stay in touch for up-to-date information, including weather updates!

About Southside

Southside Speedway is a 1/3 mile, paved oval track located on Genito Road in Midlothian, Virginia. The speedway was established in 1959 by J.M. Wilkinson and is currently run by his daughter, Sue W. Clements, and granddaughter, Jennifer Mullis. The speedway features six divisions including Late Models, Modifieds, Grand Stocks, U-Cars, Legends and Bandoleros. The speedway hosts twelve nights of racing from April through August.

Whelen Modified News & Notes: Brunnhoelzl Back at Langley; Replaces Preece In No. 6 For Race

George Brunnhoelzl III has an average finish of 1.8 in the last five starts at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. (Grant Halverson/NASCAR)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After years of trying, Ryan Preece finally captured his first career NAPA Spring Sizzler win at Stafford Motor Speedway. It was an emotional win for Preece, who called it bigger than his first career tour win.

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Heading to the fourth race of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, Preece will not make it two straight. Preece will vacate the cockpit of his No. 6 TS Haulers Chevrolet for the Langley 150 to get married to his longtime girlfriend. Needing a replacement driver, car owner Ed Partridge tabbed two-time Langley winner and four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified champion George Brunnhoelzl III.

Brunnhoelzl won the last time the Whelen Modifieds visited the track in 2015 and also has two career Coors Light Pole Awards at the .4-mile oval. After a seventh- and a 10th-place finish in his first two starts at Langley, Brunnhoelzl has an average finish of 1.8 over his last five races there.

Pennink holds a scant one-point advantage over Timmy Solomito in the championship points standings as the newly unified Whelen Modified Tour returns south after a pair of Connecticut races. Pennink has finished inside the top three in all of three races, including returning the iconic Ole Blue No. 3 to Victory Lane in Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s Icebreaker last month.

Two-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss is also looking to a return to Langley. Seuss has seven top-five finishes in eight starts there, including a win in 2011.

RACE: Langley 150
PLACE: Langley Speedway, Hampton, Va.
DATE: Saturday, May 13
TIME: 8:30 p.m. (approx.)
TRACK: .4-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval
2016 Winner: N/A
2016 Polesitter: N/A
Event Schedule: Practice, 3:40-4:55 p.m.; Autograph session, 5:45 p.m.; Group qualifying, 7:15 p.m.
Twitter: @LangleySpeedway
Event Hashtag: #Langley150
Track Contact: Chuck Hall, chuck@langley-speedway.com
NASCAR IMC Contact: Jason Christley, (386) 547-2469, jchristley@nascar.com

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

FAST FACTS:
The Race: This marks the fourth race of the 17-race schedule for the 2017 season. It will be the first and only appearance at Langley for this season.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field per the entry blank is 28 cars. The first 22 positions will be determined through the qualifying process, with six provisionals available. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (60 miles).

The Track: Langley is a .396-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval located in Hampton, Virginia. The facility features NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season, headlined by the late model division. Langley has held eight Whelen Southern Modified Tour races in its history, with the latest coming in 2015. The inaugural event took place in August of 2010, a race won by Tim Brown.

Race Winners: There have been six different winners at Langley. Burt Myers and George Brunnhoelzl III both have two career wins each, while four others have one each.

Pole Winners: There have been six different pole winners at Langley. Ryan Preece and George Brunnhoelzl III both have two career poles, while four others have one each.  Ryan Preece holds the NWSMT track qualifying record at 14.675 seconds and 97.145 mph, set on April 12, 2014.

Langley 150 Notes:
Coby Back On Track: Following two finishes outside the top 10 to start the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, Doug Coby got himself back on the right track at Stafford on April 30. Coby finished second after leading 142 of the 200 laps behind the wheel of his No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet. Although Coby has never competed at Langley, his Phil Moran-led team usually reacts well to new tracks. Last season, they won the first tour event at Oswego Speedway since 1989, a place Coby had never even visited.

Quiet Start For Goodale: Although Eric Goodale had a chance at winning the NAPA Spring Sizzler in the late circuits, his start to the season has been rather quiet thus far. Goodale finished 18th in the season-opener at Myrtle Beach because of an accident. He came away with a sixth-place finish at Thompson, then followed that up with a fourth in the Sizzler. Goodale has never competed at Langley.

Tight Points Battle: Heading into Langley, positions three through eight in the championship race are separated by just eight points. Justin Bonsignore comes into the event running third in the standings, only two points up on Eric Goodale and four up on Ryan Preece and Woody Pitkat. Max Zachem sits five behind Bonsignore, while Matt Swanson sits only three behind Zachem. The tight quarters of Langley could open, or close-up that gap.

Davis Teams With Watts: Brunnhoelz won’t be the only driver change. Spencer Davis will sit behind the wheel of the Danny Watts-owned No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet machine after the team and driver Ron Silk parted ways. Davis has competed in 18 career Whelen Southern Modified Tour events and also competed in nine Whelen Modified Tour events. He finished inside the top 10 seven times in his Whelen Southern Modified Tour career and also finished third at Talladega in the ARCA Racing Series last weekend.

New Name: In a pairing that will enhance NASCAR racing in Hampton Roads for years to come, the Larry King Law Firm has become the official entitlement sponsor of Langley Speedway ion April 20. The legendary track adjacent to NASA and Langley Air Force Base will be Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. The multi-year agreement was announced today by speedway owner/president Bill Mullis and long-time Peninsula attorney Larry King.

Home Tracks: Langley NWAAS In Action
As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour headlines Saturday night’s racing, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will also be in action. The Grand Stocks and Super Trucks will be racing on Saturday. Nick Smith won the Taylor Waste Services Late Model 100 on May 6, while Greg Edwards holds a four-point lead over Justin Carroll in the Division I standings.

Tyler Matthews Takes the Checkers in Physical Late Model Feature

Robersonville, NC  ̶̶  Eight NWAAS late models came to the high banked 3/8 mile oval in Southeastern North Carolina for a 50 lap feature. Thomas Burbage set the fast time in qualifying with a 15.088 second lap and defending NC and ECMS champ Tyler Matthews qualified second with a 15.207 second lap.

Burbage would lead until eleven laps in when Matthews passes Burbage up as he seemed to struggle and was falling backwards. Wesley Johnson wound up in second place but couldn’t gain any ground on Matthews. At lap-25 a competition caution was thrown and Burbage would set up behind Matthews for the restart.

Burbage runs Matthews hard into the corner shoving him up high and causing mayhem behind him coming out of two. Louis White ended up rear end first in the turn-3 wall after already wrecking in almost the same spot earlier in the day and Wesley Johnson had a flat tire and stopped on the front straight to not damage the track or car.

After a brief red flag period to get the cars off the track safely the race restarted with Burbage out front, Matthews in second, and Jeff Shifflett trying to get by Tyler. Farther back Johnson was coming through the small field quickly after getting a new tire mounted on his machine. On lap-42 Ryan Haddock spun out and set up a restart that most could have predicted would be crazy.

Matthews falls in behind Burbage and dumps him going into turn-1, payback for earlier in the race. Burbage turns it around and starts going BACKWARDS on the race track in an attempt to wreck Matthews on the front stretch after the caution is out. He gets sent to the end of the longest line and Matthews keeps his position. Burbage made quick work of everyone in front of him and finished second behind Matthews, and then he tried wrecking him again after the race was finished. Matthews took the longest Kuliwicki victory lap I’ve ever personally seen and ended up nose first towards Burbage. In victory lane Burbage was visibly upset but track promoter John Vick was able to calm him down eventually. Wesley Johnson was able to finish third after having his tire go flat and starting at the rear.

Street Stocks

Mike Cooper qualified on the pole with a 16.534 second lap. As the green flag flew Travis Roberson made quick work of Cooper passing him on the outside and jumping out to a second and a half lead. James Horner gets by Scott Lawrence on lap-10 for fourth position and by lap-15 the field was stretched thin. Lawrence came down pit road to end his race on lap-22 and two laps later Horner also has some problems that ended his day. Roberson cruised the rest of the way to take the checkers.

USAC Speed2 Eastern Midgets

Nine USAC midgets came together for a very fast and entertaining 35 lap feature. Brandley Riethmeyer ran a quick 15.067 second lap to grab the pole over two time 2017 winner George Kurtz. Riethmeyer led until lap-19 when Chris Lamb worked his way from starting fourth to take the lead passing Kurtz and Jessica Bean in the process. Lamb would cruise to the win with Kurtz and Bean finishing second and third.
Late Model Results

1. Tyler Matthews
2. Thomas Burbage
3. Wesley Johnson
4. Jeff Shifflett
5. Ryan Haddock
6. Travis Roberson
7. Chris Perry
8. Louis White

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