Matt Waltz and Greg Edwards Split a Pair of Races at Langley Speedway

Greg Edwards wins fifth victory of the 2017 season August 19th on Bayport Credit Union/Speed Club Center Night (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

After an involuntary month long vacation, warm weather, and clear skies, Late Model drivers were finally able to get back to racing. Twin sixty-six lap features were two of just the eleven races on the schedule for the Bayport Credit Union and Speed Club Center night. Grand Stocks, Super Streets, Super Trucks, UCAR, Pro Six, Bandolero’s, Legends, and Enduros.

Nick Smith, who entered the weekend sitting third in points, earned the pole earlier in the very busy afternoon posting a time of 16.059 (88.548 mph). Greg Edwards, Connor Hall, Brenden Queen, and current points leader Matt Waltz completed the fastest five of fourteen cars to take time. Fifteen cars showed up for afternoon practice but Terry Carroll was forced to pack up and head home early due to motor issues.

When the green flag was displayed to the field it took Smith about a lap to clear Edwards to take control of the race while Matt Waltz and Mark Wertz made strides towards the front behind them. The race saw its first caution period after Waltz and Hall made contact while racing hard for position in turn three. The contact sent Hall around and into the outside retaining wall effectively ending the young drivers evening. Hall would not be able to answer the call for race two later in the evening. Waltz was eventually sent to the rear for what was called aggressive driving by race director Shayne Laws.

Once back under green the chase was on the for the race lead. Edwards and Smith would exchange the lead before Matt Waltz worked his way back to the front of the pack. Once the two car was able to regain the lead he was able to put some distance on second and third to win the first of two races on the evening. Greg Edwards, Nick Smith, Brenden Queen, and Mark Wertz would round out the top five.

“The wheel was straight when I was good, definitely want to apologize to Connor, that’s was all me, that was my fault,” admitted the race winner. “Kinda disappointed about the call to put us in the back when that hadn’t happened to anyone else out here but we came back and won it anyway. I just got to thank all these guys and thank everybody for coming out here tonight”.

Per the NASCAR rulebook, a minimum of eight cars were inverted for race number two. This placed Casey Wyatt and Macey Causey on the front row. Waltz would not elect to drop to the rear of the field to earn the bonus points that NASCAR offers for its national and state points. Wyatt would jump out to the early race lead for a few laps before Danny Edwards Jr was able to get under and around Wyatt. That was just one of several lead changes throughout the sixty-six lap feature.Brenden Queen would work his way up to the front of the pack and around Edwards to lead several laps while Matt Waltz worked his way from his eighth place starting position. Waltz and Queen would battle hard for the race lead before mild contact between the two drivers in turn four sent both spinning and forced the caution to fly. Waltz was able to return to the race, once again having the restart at the tail end of the field.

Brenden Queen would work his way up to the front of the pack and around Edwards to lead several laps while Matt Waltz worked his way from his eighth place starting position. Waltz and Queen would battle hard for the race lead before mild contact between the two drivers in turn four sent both spinning and forced the caution to fly. Waltz was able to return to the race, once again having the restart at the tail end of the field. Queen on the other hand, needed assistance back to pit road where his crew was hard at work to get the car into gear.Greg Edwards would end up leading the race just past the halfway point of the race and have to survive a couple late race restarts. Those late race restarts helped both Matt Waltz charge from the rear of the field as well as a career best Langley Speedway finish for Chesapeake native, Cameron Bowen. Waltz would be able to navigate his way back towards the front to a second place finish followed by Danny Edwards Jr., Cameron Bowen and Mark Wertz – even after suffering a flat right rear tire.

Greg Edwards would end up leading the race just past the halfway point of the race and have to survive a couple late race restarts. Those late race restarts helped both Matt Waltz charge from the rear of the field as well as a career best Langley Speedway finish for Chesapeake native, Cameron Bowen. Waltz would be able to navigate his way back towards the front to a second place finish followed by Danny Edwards Jr., Cameron Bowen and Mark Wertz – even after suffering a flat right rear tire.

 

Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #2 Matt Waltz; 66
  2. #97 Greg Edwards; 66
  3. #12 Nick Smith; 66
  4. #03 Brenden Queen; 66
  5. #55 Mark Wertz; 66
  6. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 66
  7. #33 Macy Causey; 66
  8. #92 Casey Wyatt; 66
  9. #78 Maddie Crane; 66
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 66
  11. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 66
  12. #94c Cody Carlton; 53
  13. #19 Cameron Bowen; 41
  14. #77 Connor Hall; 17

Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #97 Greg Edwards; 66
  2. #2 Matt Waltz; 66
  3. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 66
  4. #19 Cameron Bowen; 66
  5. #55 Mark Wertz; 66
  6. #03 Brenden Queen; 66
  7. #12 Nick Smith; 66
  8. #33 Macy Causey; 66
  9. #94c Cody Carlton; 66
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 66
  11. #78 Maddie Craine; 65
  12. #92 Casey Wyatt; 51
  13. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 29

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