Nick Smith Wins Thrilling Late Model Feature at Langley Speedway
Hampton, VA – Seventeen Late Model Stock Cars made the trip to Langley Speedway this weekend for the Performance Plus night with 100-laps on deck. Greg Edwards, who already has two wins on the season, was the fastest in qualifying earlier in the chilly afternoon. Posting a lap of 15.974 (89.02 mph) seconds, just .003 seconds faster than Matt Waltz who would start to his outside. Danny Edwards, Jr., Connor Hall and Justin T. Carroll would round out the top five starters.
Greg Edwards jumped out to an early lead when the green flag was displayed to the field with Matt Waltz in tow. The front two cars wasted no time in putting distance between them and the rest of the field. Behind them, however, there was racing on just about every inch of the speedway. Timothy Peters, who was in town shaking the car down ahead of the Hampton Heat, was mixing it up with the Langley Speedway regulars. One car that was impressive early was the #77 of Connor Hall who backed up his fourth place start until a late race altercation took him out of the race.
The first of nine lead changes came on lap twenty-four when Matt Waltz got around Edwards. Once the two-car was clear, Waltz immediately opened a five car gap on himself and Edwards. Meanwhile, behind the leader, some incredible racing was taking place from the tenth position on back with drivers like Casey Wyatt, Dean Shiflett, Terry Carroll and even Timothy Peters who fell off the pace early.
The first of five cautions came on lap 40 after Cameron Bowen went for a little spin in turn two. Bowen did not appear to have any help from what we could see and did a good job of keeping it off of anything. The caution would set up the first restart of the evening and boy was it a good one. Matt Waltz and Connor hall elected to stay down low for the green and ended up just about three wide in one. Waltz would spend the next few laps trying to fend off the hard charging Connor Hall. However, Connor would muscle his way around Waltz to take the lead on lap 43 and lead the next nineteen circuits before being challenged by Nick Smith.
Multiple battles for positions took place behind the leaders with Matt Waltz trying to hang on for dear life. It looked like the heat cycle from that caution period was not good for the tires on his machine. He would have a roller coaster of a night and eventually finish ninth even after a spin under yellow and leading the race with less than twenty laps to go.The field would be slowed four separate times within the last twenty laps of the race. Two of those cautions found the 97 of Greg Edwards involved in them. The first came on lap 81 right after the second restart of the evening. Peters,
The field would be slowed four separate times within the last twenty laps of the race. Two of those cautions found the 97 of Greg Edwards involved in them. The first came on lap 81 right after the second restart of the evening. Peters, Queen, and Edwards sailed it off into turn one all but three wide. Peters car looked like it pushed up into Queen a little bit which sent Queen into Edwards and ultimately sent him around. Luckily for Edwards, he was able to keep it off the wall and off the other competitors. The fourth and fifth caution of the night came on laps 89 and 91 respectfully setting up one epic finish.
Nick Smith and Matt Waltz would start side by side on the final restart. Matt got a great start and looked to clear Smith for the race win. However, Nick would catch the rear bumper of Matt and gave him a shot in turn three. Waltz got out of the racing groove and was freight trained towards the back of the top ten. Not sure if Waltz had an issue with a tire after the contact or was just stuck in the top groove.
Peters, who at one point was as far back as 10th on the field, was now running second with a mirror full of Terry Carroll, Brenden Queen, and Greg Edwards. Terry Carroll almost had massive problems coming off turn four coming to the white flag. His car was all but sideways with Justin T. Carroll under him. Luckily for the Williamsburg driver, he was able to save the car and only lose positions on the racetrack.
Nick Smith would hang onto the lead to win his first race of the 2017 season at Langley Speedway. Timothy Peters, Justin T. Carroll, Greg Edwards, and Terry Carroll would round out the top five.
Eric Schaffer was the fastest of the six cars that showed up to earn himself the pole in his birthday. Michael Waters, running the #36 Saturn, started to Schaffer’s outside. Five of the six cars took the green flag for their 25-lap feature, Brandon Wood was unable to answer the bell when his car had a dead battery.
Schaffer took off early to lead several laps before Waters reeled him and took the lead. Once Waters got around the three of Schaffer that was all she wrote for the rest of the caution free race. Michael Perkins, Tillman Heuer, Tommy Gildea rounded out the rest of the field.
Langley Speedway will be back in action next weekend May 13th as the NASCAR Whelen Modified tour roll into town. Grand Stocks, Super Trucks, Legends and Bando’s will also be in action that night.
Taylor Waste Services OFFICIAL Late Model Results;
- #12 Nick Smith; 100
- #12p Timothy Peters; 100
- #57 Justin T Carroll; 100
- #97 Greg Edwards; 100
- #90 Terry Carroll; 100
- #03 Brenden Queen; 100
- #19 Cameron Bowen; 100
- #12s Dean Shiflett; 100
- #2 Matt Waltz; 100
- 10 #91 Justin S Carroll; 100
- 11 #55 Mark Wertz; 100
- #10 Maddy Ryan; 100
- #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 99
- #25 Craig Eastep; 99
- #88 Thomas Marks; 91
- #77 Connor Hall; 83
- #92 Casey Wyatt; 68
Carroll’s Automotive UCAR Results;
- #36 Michael Waters; 25
- #3 Eric Schaffer; 25
- #57 Mike Perkins; 25
- #14 Tillman Heuer; 25
- #28 Tommy Gildea; 25