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Tommy Jackson, Jr. Breaks the String of Bad Luck with INEX National Qualifier Win; Cole Bruce Take Home the Win in Bandos

Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com

Hampton, VA – With the 9th Annual Hampton Heat upon Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway this weekend, it was announced late last week that the INEX Legends and Bandolero features would both be national qualifiers. Thirteen Legends drivers made the trip out in the insane July heat here in Hampton Roads. Interesting enough, only one new driver made the trip this weekend after the qualifier was announced and that was the #51 of Ryan Matthews, a series winner up at Southside Speedway so far in 2017.

Tommy Jackson, Jr. once again looked to be the car to beat during qualification edging out current track points leader Brian May for the pole by seven-hundredth of a second. The 18.229-second lap (78.008 MPH) was good enough for Jackson’s second consecutive pole and eventually proved to be enough to land the Poquoson native in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane for the first time this season. Defending race winner, Spencer Saunders, would start third with Cody Carlton and Jamie Price rounding out the fastest five cars.

When the green flag dropped on the 30-lap feature, Jackson left nothing on the table and took command of the race lead early bringing Saunders along with him leaving May in third. It was almost like Deja Vu as Jackson and Saunders worked in tandem to pull away from the rest of the pack just like a couple weeks ago. Where Saunders hounded the rear nerf bar of Jackson and made a great late race pass coming to the white flag to steal the victory. This time around though, Jackson just looked too strong.

Some good battles would take place throughout the field behind the leaders with David Brandt, Lane McKee, Colby Flowers and Zach Lightfoot as you sprinkled a few cautions throughout the race. A late race caution for the #4 of Chris Hayes – who’s night would end early after a trailing arm bolt broke – and then again quickly there after for McKee and Matthews, would set up a four lap shoot out for the win.

Jackson, however, was not phased by the late restart and he was not going to be denied on this night and drove his #87 to victory lane. Saunders would settle for second place but continue his streak of podium finish while finishing two positions ahead of May – who would eventually lose third to a hard charging Cody Carlton on that late restart – to tighten up the championship points battle heading into the back half of the season.

“Awe man, it feels good in this hot weather,” Jackson said in victory lane after the race. “Yeah, it’s just a lot of hard work, we went through a really bad spell there. We weren’t winning races; mechanical failures that would take us out of it, just gotta thank my crew. Worked some really long nights in the shop to get us here, thank Spencer, we lead all thirty laps and he was right there with us”.

 

Cole Bruce, of Fredricksburg, Virginia, found himself in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane as well this past weekend at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway after rolling off for his 15-lap feature in fifth place. Bradley Kilby was the fastest in final practice, which set the grid for the eleven-car field but had problems early getting going. This allowed Autumn Weaver to power her way around the outside and take the lead early.

Autumn’s lead would last several laps until Kilby gave her a shot through turn two and allowed Kilby to her under her, the two would make contact and  Weaver wound up spinning through the grass and kicking up water onto the racing surface. The caution flag would be displayed to investigate. Weaver would come down pit road and restart the race towards the rear of the field. This would hand the lead over the Kilby but only for a few moments as he too went for a spin of his own on lap twelve, in turn four, handing the lead over the Bruce.

Cole would have his work cut out for him in the closing laps as Conner Jones mounted an incredible charge but did not have enough laps to make anything happen. “I don’t know what happened over in turn one”, said Bruce. “I thought the axle was bent, I thought the front spindle was bent. I thought we were a junk car after that wreck over there, of course, we worked our way up in qualifying, made some changes. It’s just a great night to get to win”.

 

 

Cycle City Corp Legends OFFICIAL Results;

 

  1. #87 Tommy Jackson Jr; 30
  2. #7 Spencer Saunders; 30
  3. #94 Cody Carlton; 30
  4. #22 Brian May; 30
  5. #7L Zach Lightfoot; 30
  6. #33 Colby Flowers; 30
  7. #08 Jamie Price; 30
  8. #51 Ryan Matthews; 30
  9. #21 Lane McKee; 30
  10. #88 Ryan Center; 30
  11. #31 David Brandt; 30
  12. #17 Devon Courtney; 30
  13. #4 Chris Hayes; 26

 

Cycle City Corp Bando’s OFFICIAL Results;

 

  1. #31 Cole Bruce; 15
  2. #14 Connor Jones; 15
  3. #3 Jacob Putman; 15
  4. #18d Emily Day’ 15
  5. #33 Franklin Caricofe; 15
  6. #18 Autumn Weaver; 15
  7. #8 Jacob Derrick; 15
  8. #6 Jake Waltman; 15
  9. #5 Bradley Kilby; 15
  10. #87 Kenton Case; 15

#48 Wesley Newell; 14

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

C.E. Falk Wins Pole for 2017 Hampton Heat at Langley Speedway

CE Falk works through turn two in final practice at Langley Speedway July 22, 2017 for the 9th Annual Hampton Heat.

Hampton, VA – Thirty-one cars hit the slick pavement of Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway for their two timed qualifying laps. Philip Morris went out early in the session and held the provisional pole with a 16.016-second lap. Philip’s time looked to be enough to earn him his first pole start in Hampton Heat history until Falk laid down a 16.007 (88.836 MPH) in his first lap. Morris would be pushed to second with Nick Smith, Timothy Peters, and Matt Waltz rounded out the top five.

In the four support divisions here at Langley this weekend, Bradley Kilby, who has been on a hot streak here at Langley this summer earned the pole in the Cycle City Corps Legends with a lap of record of 22.145. Tommy Sweeney, winner the last time out, grabbed the pole with an 18.501. Tommy Jackson, Jr. snagged the pole in the thirteen-car Legends field. The Cycle City Corp Legends feature will be an INEX National qualifier. Travis Wall earned the pole in the Riverside Paper Pro 6 with a time of 17.747.

 

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Qualifying:

  1. #40 CE Falk
  2. #01m Philip Morris
  3. #12 Nick Smith
  4. #12p Timothy Peters
  5. #2 Matt Waltz
  6. #97 Greg Edwards
  7. #57 Justin T. Carroll
  8. #03 Brenden Queen
  9. #26s Peyton Sellers
  10. #77 Connor Hall
  11. #26 Danny Edwards, Jr.
  12. #22m Bobby McCarty
  13. #55 Mark Wertz
  14. #91 Justin Carroll
  15. #92 Casey Wyatt
  16. #12t Austin Thaxton
  17. #51 Bubba Jonston
  18. #17 Stacy Puryear
  19. #4 Sam Hunt
  20. #57j Eddie Johnson
  21. #19 Cameron Bowen
  22. #90 Terry Carroll
  23. #22 Grayson Cullather
  24. #12s Dean Shiflett
  25. #07 Dean Ward
  26. #94 Cody Carlton
  27. #88 Thomas Marks
  28. #33 Macy Causey
  29. #10 Maddy Mulligan
  30. #25 Craig Eastep
  31. #51g Paul Green

Peyton Sellers Sets Fast Time Early in Friday Afternoon Practice in Preparation for Hampton Heat

Hampton, VA – The Hampton Roads area lived up to the name of the races this afternoon as twenty-five Late Models converged on Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway for the four-hour open test session before the 9th annual Hampton Heat. With temps in the upper 90’s and the heat index near the 110’s, teams worked to get a solid notebook for tomorrow’s 200-lap, $10,000 to pay race.

Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia, set the fastest time of the entire practice session earlier in the day that proved to be untouchable as the afternoon continued. Sellers laid his 16.238 (87.527 mph) second lap down in just his third of forty-five circuits around the .395-mile oval. Two other South Boston native drivers made up the fastest three cars as Timothy Peters (16.264) found his fastest lap on his last lap of practice. Current VA Triple Crown winner, and defending race winner when you think about it, Phillip Morris (16.276) found his fastest lap halfway through his practice session.

Nick Smith and Stacy Puryear, who put on an incredible battle in the closing laps of the Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 just weeks prior, rounded out the top five cars. A complete list of UNOFFICIAL times can be found below.

A few names to point out that put down a solid is the #4 of Sam Hunt. His 16.540-second lap was good enough for eleventh on the board and #22 Grayson Cullather (16.781) who wound up nineteenth on the speed chart ahead of some Langley Speedway regulars. Of course, we understand this was just testing, and done in some of the hottest temps of the year, however, it is still worth pointing out these drivers do not race Langley on a regular basis.

Teams will have one last shot tomorrow afternoon to dial in their cars with final practice running from 12:00 PM – the same time the ticket windows and grandstands open – and run till 2:15 PM. Late Model qualifying will set to get under way approx. 4:30 PM with support division racing to begin at 7:00 PM. The Weekly Racer will have you covered for all of the nights racing action from the very first green flag to the last checkered flag over on our Twitter feed (@theweeklyracer).

#HamptonHeat Who to Watch: The Weekly Racer Staff Pick Their Top 5 Winners

The 9th Annual Hampton Heat is now just days away and the entry list is starting to be finalized. On the eve of the open test, Shawn and I wanted to give you our thoughts on who to watch out for on Saturday. Mind you, our picks were done completely separate from each other, interesting how they came out very similar. What are your picks?

 

Greg Edwards

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

There are not many drivers in the Late Model community that has won more races at Langley than Greg Edwards. Edwards kicked off 2017 in an incredible way picking up wins and leading the points. That was until a string of bad luck plagued the team. Edwards, another veteran driver who has yet to collect a prestigious Hampton Heat win, enters this weekend in a rebound after splitting twin races with Philip Morris in “The Prelude to the Heat.” As long as Edwards stays up front and avoids the black cloud that followed him around lately, look for him to be a very strong contender.

 

Philip Morris

Morris is on a hot streak this summer collecting wins at South Boston, Motor Mile, and even Langley Speedway. Morris is also the current VA Triple Crown series leader with his victory at the first of the month in the Harley Davidson 200. Morris continued to find ways into victory lane the following weeks. The multi time NWASS has never won a Hampton Heat in its eight-year history. However, the way he dominated second twin feature, two weeks prior, Morris cannot be counted out.

Peyton Sellers

Though Sellers is not a Langley regular he cannot be left off this list due to the sheer dominance the former NWAAS national champ & Xfinity driver showed during the first leg of the VA Triple Crown. Not to mention Sellers has won this event back in 2013 while piloting the 99 machine. What also sticks out to us here at TWR was his ability to roll out his backup car, that had no laps on it in the prior 48 hours and wheel it to two fourth place finishes. Sellers will be one car that everyone, fans, drivers, and crews will need to keep an eye on.

Matt Waltz

Just a couple of years ago the Newport News native was the man to beat when it came time for this race. 2014 seemed to be the year for Matt Waltz and his team as they entered this weekend with eight wins, fastest in practice the day before, fastest in happy hour practice the day of, and set a blistering pace throughout the race. 2014 was also when Waltz, along with Nick Smith, was penalized for coming down pit road too early at the break. The penalty put Waltz deep in the field where we would ultimately succumb to damage received in a crash. Waltz has been steady this year as we entered the weekend as the points leader and one win. This will certainly be a race he would like to check off his list and should have the car to do it come Saturday night.

CE Falk

Falk is a love em or hate em kind of racer. Especially when it comes to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. In years past, Falk was almost invincible when he pulled in and unloaded. Winning 32 races between 2009 & 2011 where he won the Late Model championship each year, then again in 2013, it is safe to say that Falk knows his way around the speedway. Not to mention of the eight total Hampton Heats, Falk has won 37.5% of the events. With a victory already this season, Falk will surely be a force to be reckoned with this weekend.

Sleeper: Nick Smith

This was a hard one! For multiple reasons. Smith is coming off a dominant 2016 season where he won the track championship at Dominion Raceway with around twelve wins. Currently sitting third in points this year at Langley Speedway with two wins under his belt, however, has run into some bad luck as well. Smith is also coming off a third place finish and is the highest ranked Langley driver in the triple crown series, where with the help of the invert, almost stole the victory. Smith will have to hope the cards fall his way throughout qualifying to avoid having to run deep in the hornet’s nest to keep his nose clean. The inaugural Hampton Heat winner will also have to put behind him the same mistake Matt Waltz made in 2014 if he wishes to call himself a repeat Hampton Heat winner. Nick has the car, the speed, and the talent to get it done. Will he have the luck?

Editor’s Pick: Connor Hall

He’s been killin it at Carteret, a track very similar to Langley when he’s gone down there and hasn’t been doing half bad here at Langley. Led a couple laps and is always running pretty fast when he doesn’t have bad luck. If he can keep his nose clean for the first hundred eighty laps, he might have something for them at the end.

Honorable Mentions:  Mark Wertz, Stacy Puryear, Danny Edwards, Jr., Timothy Peters

I literally spent days racking my thoughts around this one and come to the conclusion that there are probably 10, maybe 12 drivers on our pre-entry list that could win this weekend. Stacy Puryear was almost our sleeper pick due to his performance at South Boston, however, with his limited experience at the .395-mile oval, we feel that might be his only hindrance.

Mark Wertz & Danny Edwards, Jr. are always threats to win any given Late Model race at Langley Speedway and with their vast knowledge how the track changes throughout the day will certainly help both drivers.

Timothy Peters is another driver who is someone you should pay close attention to at any track he pulls into. With Red Horse Racing suspending operations earlier this year, it has allowed for Peters to run the Late Model more. He will certainly be looking to check the Hampton Heat off his list of races won.

 

Shawn’s Picks;

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)

Philip Morris – The 4-time National Late Model champ finally got his first win at Langley Speedway in his last outing at the track. He made it look so easy that he is a good choice for winning his first Hampton Heat.

Peyton Sellers After loaning the motor from his car he tested and practiced with at Langley, Sellers hopped in his backup and qualified well and finished fourth in both races.

CE FalkCE has won the 200 lap event three times and finished third place in both races on NAPA Night.

Matt WaltzRoutinely challenging for the pole and wins at Langley Speedway, Matt is hungry for that first Hampton Heat win.

Greg Edwards The Hampton Heat win has eluded the 5-time track champion but he has had the car dialed in all season so far.


Dark Horse: Timothy Peters

After having his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team unexpectedly close their doors Peters has returned to the late model series. Look for this driver to be up on the wheel this weekend trying to get his first Hampton Heat win.

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