Greg Edwards Back in Victory Lane; Philip Morris Finally Victorious at Langley

Philip Morris celebrates in victory lane for the first time after dominating race number two at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – Matt Waltz, of Newport News, was the fastest car earlier in the afternoon posting a lap of record near the fifteen-second bracket – 16.113 to be exact, faster than the twenty-one other drivers who made the trip out to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Greg Edwards, CE Falk, Nick Smith, and Brenden Queen rounded out the starting five cars in the prelude to the Heat. With the Hampton Heat just around the corner, this weekend’s field was stacked with past NWAAS champions, past VSCU 300 winners, past regional champions, and former truck and Xfinity drivers. One of those drivers was none other than Philip Morris who had to start the race from the rear of the field due to missing qualifying from a blown motor.

When the green flag was displayed just as the sun was setting over the back stretch, pole sitter Matt Waltz looked to jump out the too early lead. Battles for positions immediately took place behind Waltz all throughout the field. We saw hard racing literally from third back through the entire field.

C.E. Falk, who has a multitude of wins at Langley throughout his career, was able to make the pass on Edwards and set his sites on Waltz. By circuit sixteen Falk had caught the rear bumper Waltz and made the pass for the lead as the two were working through some lap traffic. Plenty of racing for position behind them with Queen, Hall, Puryear, Sellers, and Morris working his way up through the field. The nights one and only caution in the Late Model features came on lap number twenty-four when a large piece of debris was found in turn one. It appeared to be the left front fender of Puryear’s car from earlier contact.

It looked like it was going to be Falk’s race to win after the nights only restart. After clearing the field and opening up a decent gap, Edwards started to reel in the past track and regional champion just past the halfway portion of the race. When the two got close that is when things really started to get hot and heavy. Edwards spent several laps sizing up the car in front of him and found his time to pounce. Sticking his nose under Falk’s machine going into turn one the two made contact sending Falk up the track. Greg Edwards took over the race lead and held it to the checkered flag where he got to celebrate in victory lane with family and crew.

“It was very hot there, CE had a really good early run car and he pushed Matt real hard”, explained the race winner. “I just let them do their deal, they started sliding around, it started to slowly come to me. CE must be a little upset, but I was clearly underneath of him down the straightaway and he eased down and I held my line”.

In an oddly calm second feature where Brenden Queen inherited the pole position, after NASCAR’s rule on twin features, and had Philip Morris lined up to his outside. It took two attempts to get the race underway as race control did not seem to like the start of the first. Once things did get going Morris was able to get around Queen for the lead and immediately set a blistering pace.

Queen would end up getting passed by the inside line freight trains that had formed. He was finally able to fall into line several laps into the race in the eighth or ninth position. By this time Philip had already opened up almost a full straightaway lead over the second place machine. The caution free 66-lap feature saw plenty of action with Greg Edwards working his way up through the field from the eighth position.

Edwards was able to get as high as second, almost a full seven seconds off of the lead. While Edwards was working his way up through the field, 2017 Langley Speedway winner and second runner-up last weekend at South Boston Speedway Nick Smith, continued to lose position after position. When we checked with his crew they reported back he has been quite on the radio. Smith would have to settle for a fourteenth place finish.

With no one around within a country mile, Philip Morris was able to cruise to Dale Lemonds Victory Lane with absolutely no pressure from behind. Falk, Sellers – who started the race in his backup who had not seen laps at Langley this week – and Matt Waltz rounded out the top five. The victory and finishing four positions ahead of Waltz in the second race will help close the gap in the 2017 points race.

Morris was behind excited in victory lane after the race. “Yeah, gotta lot of people to thank, namely HC Sellers, Billy Banks for the motor”, said the race winner. “Car was awesome there, it was really good in the first half but Forrest figured out a way to make it better and that’s why you see this car in Victory Lane every week because it’s got more front grip than anybody. All I gotta do is hang on to it if I can but this place has always gotten away from me. Just want to thank Peyton Sellers for being a great sportsman and letting me borrow his engine”.

The Late Models will be off next week as the Modifieds will be the premier division on July 15th. The Late Models will, however, return July 22nd for the highly anticipated return of the Hampton Heat 200. Stay tuned to The Weekly Racer in the weeks leading up to the race so you know everything that’s going.

 

OFFICIAL Results Race 1:

  1. #97 Greg Edwards; 66
  2. #2 Matt Waltz; 66
  3. #40 CE Falk; 66
  4. #26s Peyton Sellers; 66
  5. #12 Nick Smith; 66
  6. #17 Stacy Puryear; 66
  7. #01 Phillip Morris; 66
  8. #03 Brenden Queen; 66
  9. #77 Connor Hall; 66
  10. #90 Terry Carroll; 66
  11. #12t Austin Thaxton; 66
  12. #92 Casey Wyatt; 66
  13. #55 Mark Wertz; 66
  14. #19 Cameron Bowen; 66
  15. #91 Justin Carroll; 66
  16. #51f Chris Flowers; 65
  17. #88 Thomas Marks; 65
  18. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 64
  19. #25 Craig Eastep; 40
  20. #71 Woody Howard; 37

 

OFFICIAL Results Race 2:

  1. #01 Phillip Morris; 66
  2. #97 Greg Edwards; 66
  3. #40 CE Falk; 66
  4. #26s Peyton Sellers; 66
  5. #2 Matt Waltz; 66
  6. #17 Stacy Puryear; 66
  7. #90 Terry Carroll; 66
  8. #77 Connor Hall; 66
  9. #12t Austin Thaxton; 65
  10. #55 Mark Wertz; 65
  11. #71 Woody Howard; 65
  12. #03 Brenden Queen; 65
  13. #19 Cameron Bowen; 65
  14. #12 Nick Smith; 64
  15. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 64
  16. #88 Thomas Marks; 52
  17. #91 Justin Carroll; 50
  18. #25 Craig Eastep; 37
  19. #51f Chris Flowers; 28
  20. #92 Casey Wyatt; 26

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