Bobby McCarty Steals Thrilling Hampton Heat Victory With His First Visit to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

Bobby McCarty rolls through turn two at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway during final practice of the Hampton Heat 200 July 22, 2017. (Justin Kern/TheWeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway was certainly the place to be if you were in the state of Virginia this past weekend. Thirty of some of the best in the business converged on the .395-mile oval for a chance to win $10,000 and better their position in the VA Triple crown – a three race series between South Boston, Langley Speedway, and Martinsville that also pays $10,000. From qualifying till lap 190 fans in the stands and all over the world on Fanschoice.tv were watching the CE Falk show. That was until Bobby McCarty, of Summerville North Carolina, had another idea on how he thought the race would end.Spending most of the race weekend towards the tail end of the top ten, with the exception of the Friday afternoon test session – which by the way was his first time turning laps at Langley – where he posted the sixth fastest time of the day, McCarty seemed to just be riding and biding his time. Qualifying just outside the top ten (P12) the most recent South Boston Speedway winner would stay there during the first half of the race ensuring the nose and tires stayed under the car.

Spending most of the race weekend towards the tail end of the top ten, with the exception of the Friday afternoon test session – which by the way was his first time turning laps at Langley – where he posted the sixth fastest time of the day, McCarty seemed to just be riding and biding his time. Qualifying just outside the top ten (P12) the most recent South Boston Speedway winner would stay there during the first half of the race ensuring the nose and tires stayed under the car.As the laps ticked down in the somewhat tame first half of the race, McCarty had worked his way up to the tenth position as officials threw the yellow flag for the halfway break. Now, for some who may not be familiar with these types of races, they raced for 100-laps, will typically take a ten to fifteen minutes break, then return to green flag racing for the other half of the race. During the break, teams are allowed to add fuel to their race cars and make normal pit stop adjustments. Whatever McCarty’s crew did during said break was the right thing to do.

As the laps ticked down in the somewhat tame first half of the race, McCarty had worked his way up to the tenth position as officials threw the yellow flag for the halfway break. Now, for some who may not be familiar with these types of races, they raced for 100-laps, will typically take a ten to fifteen minutes break, then return to green flag racing for the other half of the race. During the break, teams are allowed to add fuel to their race cars and make normal pit stop adjustments. Whatever McCarty’s crew did during said break was the right thing to do.Once the green flag was displayed for the second half, it was on. Not just for the field – seeing’s how over 80% of the caution periods came from the second half – but for Bobby McCarty who, for the most part, worked his way up through the field methodically. There were a few scary moments for the eventual winner, especially on a couple restarts when things got dicey working through turns one and two. Things would all change for McCarty in a big way late in the race when Nick Smith was finally able to get

Once the green flag was displayed for the second half, it was on. Not just for the field – seeing’s how over 80% of the caution periods came from the second half – but for Bobby McCarty who, for the most part, worked his way up through the field methodically. There were a few scary moments for the eventual winner, especially on a couple restarts when things got dicey working through turns one and two. Things would all change for McCarty in a big way late in the race when Nick Smith was finally able to get door to door with Falk, who at the time had led all 188 laps of the race. Smith would battle Falk the hardest he had all night to take the lead on lap 190 but the intensity of that exchange may have hurt the performance of Nick’s car and McCarty was able to make the pass down the backstretch and lead lap 190. After that, there were not enough laps left in the race for the hard charging machine of Brenden Queen to close the gap.

McCarty, for the lack of better terms, was floored in victory lane and gave much glory and gratification for everyone on his team that helped him get to where he was.

“They told me to ride there the first half and save my right rear,” McCarty said in victory lane. “Then at lap one-hundred one, they told me to go for it. We got some good breaks and made some good moves which helped us stay up front. When Smith and Falk opened the door we were close enough to capitalize and we just set sail from there.”

Coming fresh off a win the week prior at South Boston Speedway, McCarty seemed to be able to keep that momentum rolling. Once we were in victory lane with McCarty we asked him what was going through his mind after winning one of the biggest races of the year for Langley Speedway but maybe for Late Model racing on in the Mid-Atlantic, on just his first try.

“Is this real?” McCarty laughed in victory lane. “I just can’t believe it. I have to thank all these guys. All the people at Autos By Nelson, Nelson Motor Sports, The Three Amigo’s, Vally Star Credit Union, Liquid Performance, Good Ridges, and everyone who puts effort into this race car. This is for them. They did all the work.”

With the victory in round two of the Triple Crown, by our calculations, McCarty and Smith will enter the Valley Star Credit Union 300 tied with an average finish of 3.5. We also asked the driver of the double duce what the plan was for the rest of the year and heading into Martinsville, which will be the first stock car race under the new permanent LED light system.

Win races!” McCarty said with force. “Win every race I possibly can. We have had an up and down year with some bad luck but we are out here on a mission to win races and that is what we are going to do. “

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #22m Bobby McCarty; 200
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 200
  3. #40 CE Falk; 200
  4. #12 Nick Smith; 200
  5. #57c Justin T. Carroll; 200
  6. #77 Connor Hall; 200
  7. #12p Timothy Peters; 200
  8. #92 Casey Wyatt; 200
  9. #91 Justin Carroll; 200
  10. #12t Austin Thaxton; 200
  11. #26s Peyton Sellers; 200
  12. #17 Stacy Puryear; 200
  13. #07 Dean Ward; 200
  14. #4 Same Hunt; 200
  15. #01 Philip Morris; 200
  16. #94 Cody Carlton; 200
  17. #12s Dean Shiflett; 198
  18. #57j Eddie Johnson; 178
  19. #97 Greg Edwards; 171
  20. #55 Mark Wertz; 171
  21. #19 Cameron Bowen; 169
  22. #26 Danny Edwards, Jr.; 143
  23. #22 Grayson Cullather; 143
  24. #51 Bubba Johnston; 129
  25. #2 Matt Waltz; 101
  26. #33 Macy Causey; 66
  27. #88 Thomas Marks; 45
  28. #51 Paul Green; 34
  29. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 19
  30. #25 Craig Eastep; 15

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