Monthly Archives: June 2018

Ryan Preece Adds Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway to the Win List in the Whos Your Driver 150

Ryan Preece drives into turn one during final practice Saturday June 23, 2018 at Langley Speedway. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – It was the Ryan Preece show this weekend as the monstrous NASCAR Whelen All-American Modified series rolled into town. After posting the fifth fastest time in practice Preece shot to the top of the speed charts during group qualifying after laying down a 15.046-second (94.749 MPH) lap. Matt Hirschman, Craig Lutz, Chase Dowling, and Justin Bonsignore made up the fastest five starters of the twenty-seven-car field.

When it was go time Matt Hirschman used the outside line – which would later come back to work for multiple drivers throughout the feature – to get around Preece to take the lead and the two of them started checking out from the rest of the field before having to slow up for a couple of cautions back to back. The two would play a little cat and mouse game exchanging the lead a few times both under green as well as on the restarts.

One driver who seemed to benefit from those early cautions was the No. 15 of Chase Dowling, he would take the lead from Preece on lap 50 making him the third different of the night. A scary moment a handful of laps later when two lap cars made contact just in front of the leaders and going for a spin. It was everything Dowling and Preece could do to avoid the wreck themselves. On the ensuing restart, Preece would use the outside to his advantage this time and regain the lead.

It was a handful of laps later the leaders had yet another scare when the lap car of Gary McDonald got into the outside wall, rode it for several feet, then came down across the track in front of Preece to bring out the yellow flag around lap 96 – luckily no contact was made by either driver. This allowed several drivers like Bonsignore, Coby, and Rocco to hit pit road. Race control would decide to go back green and run to lap 103 before throwing the competition caution for the five-minute break.

Preece was the first car to hit pit road for the five-minute break, which would mean he would rejoin the field in the fourth position when it was time to go back racing, Justin Bonsignore led them back to green. Once the cars were back up to speed it was like the gloves had come off in a hockey game and no one was pulling any punches.

At one point the leaders were three wide going into turn three with Ryan Preece forcing the issue. He and Bonsignore would make a little contact and Doug Coby would be the car to receive the worst end of the stick. He would later loop it going into turn one, make contact with the outside wall, lose his left rear tire and retire from the race. Once back green Preece was a man on fire haunting Bonsignore, putting on one hell of a show for the fans.

With twenty laps to go in the feature, Preece made his move under Bonsignore going into turn on and was able to complete the pass out of four. It was lights out from there on and Ryan Preece cruised to his first Langley Speedway victory of his career. Justin Bonsignore, Matt Hirschman, Timmy Solomito, and Eric Goodale rounded out the top five finishers. Preece was excited to finally be in victory lane, to say the least at Langley Speedway.

“[We] came here twice for the Southern Tour, lead a lot of laps but were nothing at the end,” Preece said. “We’ve been doing our homework, we’ve been trying to be good on both the 630 and the 500. It seems like we really found a pretty good balance for both and I’m super excited. It was a hell of a race with Justin [Bonsignore], he did a great job, and he was definitely protecting the bottom. Our car was so good for those first twenty laps. I knew it was going to even out so I knew I had to get by him. We did the long drive last night and not much sleep so this is going to make that ride home a little easier.”

 

WhosYourDriver.org 150 UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #6 Ryan Preece; 150
  2. #51 Justin Bonsignore; 150
  3. #60 Matt Hirschman; 150
  4. #16 Timmy Solomito; 150
  5. #58 Eric Goodale; 150
  6. #15 Chase Dowling; 150
  7. #21 Ronnie Williams; 150
  8. #3 Rowan Pennink; 150
  9. #75 Chris Pasteryak; 150
  10. #14 Blake Barney; 150
  11. #22 Kyle Bonsignore; 150
  12. #5 Kyle Ebersole; 150
  13. #64 Rob Summers
  14. #1 Jeff Rocco; 149
  15. #25 Calvin Carroll; 149
  16. #26 Gary McDonald; 148
  17. #18 Ken Heagy; 146
  18. #36 Dave Sapienza; 146
  19. #82 Spencer Davis; 145
  20. #33 Wade Cole; 135
  21. #01 Melissa Fifield; 127
  22. #54 Tommy Catalano; 118
  23. #2 Doug Coby; 110
  24. #23 Joe DeGracia; 71
  25. #78 Walter Sutcliffe Jr.; 41
  26. #46 Craig Lutz; 28

Danny Edwards Returns to Langley Speedway Victory Lane; Justin Carroll Scores Emotional First Career Win in Second Feature

Justin Carroll celebrates in Victory Lane on the heels of his first career Late Model victory. (Photo: Jim Arend)

Hampton, VA – Danny Edwards Jr. was the man to beat earlier in the afternoon at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway when posted the fastest time during qualifying. Matter of fact, it was an all Edwards front row after Danny’s 15.670-second (90.747 MPH) lap was 0.001 seconds faster to steal the top spot from his brother Greg. Tyler Hughes – making his return to Langley Speedway in 2018 – overcame ignition issues on pit road to qualify third. Connor Hall and Brenden Queen rounded out the fastest five starters.

As usual, with twin features, the most exciting portion of the first race was on the initial start as drivers fought for real estate. Danny Edwards Jr., however, wanted nothing to do with any of that and drove away with the lead. Behind him, it was a full-on battle for position with Queen ultimately taking the second position while Nick Smith, Connor Hall, and Mark Wertz all worked to get around Tyler Hughes. Once everyone got settled down and settled into position, it was smooth sailing up front and no one had anything for Danny. The victory was Edwards first of 2018 and also his first since 2015. Connor Hall would cross the stripe in the second position followed by Brenden Queen, Mark Wertz, Justin Carroll, Tyler Hughes, Greg Edwards, and Nick Smith.

“The guys on this race team have been working awfully hard,” Edwards said in victory lane. “Putting a lot of time in the shop trying to figure things out after the big wreck we had at the Hamlin event. That was a good run for us, ironic to win on this Father’s Day weekend, this is the first time I’ve won that my father wasn’t here with me. Been a bit of a dry spell, hopefully, will get some more.”

Per the NASCAR rulebook, when a facility runs twins features, no less than eight cars will be inverted for the second race. As mentioned above, this should have benefited Nick Smith the most. However, a tire change between races would send him to the rear of the field moving the entire inside row up one. This allowed Tyler Hughes to start on the pole and an exciting race number two was ready to go.

Greg Edwards, however, looked to have other plans for the race as he powered his way to the lead down the backstretch using the outside groove. Behind them, it was a different story and a completely different feel to the race as guys were a bit more aggressive this go around. As everyone fought for their piece of the track last weeks winner Mark Wertz was able to catch and drive past Edwards to take the race lead on lap nine and opened up a rather large lead rather quickly.

Next car in the field that was on the move up was Williamsburg native Justin Carroll. With thirty laps completed Carroll was able to run down and passed Greg for the second position and set his sights on the race lead. Thomas Marks had done the same with Tyler Hughes leaving him to deal with the likes of Nick Smith and that is when things got ugly. Smith and Hughes were racing hard for position when the two made contact going through turn three. Both drivers nights were over after their cars received rather extensive damage and neither two happy with each other.

The caution allowed for the field to catch up to Wertz, who was enjoying over a two-second lead at the time and give drivers the ability to take the cone, which Justin Carroll did. When the green was displayed again Wertz did an amazing job taking over the lead while Carroll fell in line and on the hunt. With eleven laps to go Carroll was finally able to make the pass to take the lead. Carroll would go on to lead those final eleven laps en route to his first career Late Model Stock victory.

“This is unreal, man,” Carroll said after the win. “I’ve never won a race before, this is crazy and it’s Father’s Day. I’d like to thank my dad, my crew, this is unreal. I just did the same thing every lap, my crew chief has been preaching to me all year to save my stuff. We’ve been close every week here, close in the K&N car, man this is unreal!”

 Eleven Super Trucks, a season-high, took the green flag for their 25-lap feature. Dustin Mullins continued to show speed in qualifying when he took the pole position and ran off with the lead when the green flag was displayed. Jacob Carr would again get off to a slow start before settling in and running down the leader. With only three laps to go, Carr would get around Mullins and drive to his first victory of the year. Keith Wheeler, Rick Poust, and Ryan Huff completed the top five.

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Models Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #26 Danny Edwards; 75
  2. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  3. #03 Brenden Queen; 75
  4. #55 Mark Wertz; 75
  5. #91 Justin Carroll; 75
  6. #8 Tyler Hughes; 75
  7. #97 Greg Edwards; 75
  8. #12 Nick Smith; 75
  9. #4 Duane Shreeves; 75
  10. #25 Craig Eastep; 75
  11. #75 Logan Jones; 75
  12. #9 Rodney Boyd; 75
  13. #16 Chris Flowers; 74
  14. #20 Shawn Balluzzo; 9
  15. #88 Thomas Marks; DNS

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Models Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #91 Justin Carroll; 75
  2. #55 Mark Wertz; 75
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  4. #88 Thomas Marks; 75
  5. #97 Greg Edwards; 75
  6. #26e Danny Edwards Jr; 75
  7. #75 Logan Jones; 75
  8. #03 Brenden Queen; 75
  9. #4s Duane Shreeves; 74
  10. #9 Rodney Boyd; 70
  11. #8 Tyler Hughes; 36
  12. #12s Nick Smith; 36
  13. #25 Craig Eastep; 36
  14. #16f Chris Flowers; 21
  15. #20 Shawn Balluzzo; 9

Nick Smith & Mark Wertz Split Smithfield Food Twin Bill at Langley Speedway

Nick Smith wins race one on Smithfield Food Night.

Hampton, VA ­­– Conner Hall from Hampton, VA was the man to beat early in the afternoon at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model division. After being forced to take several weeks off due to various rainouts, Hall clocked in 15.645-second lap (90.892 MPH) to earn his first pole award of the year. Nick Smith, Danny Edwards Jr., Brenden Queen, Mark Wertz completed the fastest five cars.Per usual, when you have twin features on the evening the first race is rather calm. Drivers tend to do a lot of riding, plenty of room is given by all, and we all go into the

Per usual, when you have twin features on the evening the first race is rather calm. Drivers tend to do a lot of riding, plenty of room is given by all, and we all go into the eight car invert happy – race one was no different this weekend at Langley Speedway. Hall and Smith would spend the first lap door-to-door battling for the top spot, however, it would be Conner leading the first four of the 75-lap feature. Nick Smith would mount a charge the following lap and take the lead from Conner on lap five a drive away from the rest of the field and crews to victory.

Behind them, however, witnessed some amazing racing between some of the young guns and seasoned veterans of the sport. The biggest shock of the first race came on lap 49 when pole sitter Conner Hall went up in smoke to bring out the races first and only caution. On the ensuing restart, Nick Smith made quick work of the field and powered back into the lead over Danny Edwards Jr., Mark Wertz, Danny Edwards, Justin Carroll, Brenden Queen, Thomas Marks, and Rodney Boyd completed the top eight.

“This race means so much to me,” Smith said after the race in victory lane. “We worked our butts off, I didn’t know if we had a win in us. I thought, the hard work is going to pay off and it did so will see what happens in this second race. What else can I say, great race and glad to be back in Victory Lane.”

Following the NASCAR rule book the top eight cars were inverted for the second feature giving Rodney Boyd the pole, Thomas Marks lined up to his outside. Mark Wertz, who was supposed to roll off sixth, elected to start from the rear. Conner Hall was able to get his back up car to the track and unloaded to also start in the rear. Shawn Balluzzo, who was making his return to Late Model racing after more than a decade, was unable to answer the bell after transmission issues plagued him in the first race.

At the drop of the green flag Chesapeake native, Brenden Queen was quick to the throttle and dove under Boyd into turn one to take the lead. Justin Carroll would follow him into the second position with the Edwards brothers hot on their tails. There was plenty of racing to watch from the front of the field – Queen & Carroll working to hold off Greg Edwards, Mark Wertz rocketing through the field, as well as Cameron Bowen flexing his muscles after overheating issues in race one.

The first of two lead changes took place on lap 28 when Greg Edwards finally got around Queen after battling door-to-door for a handful of laps. Mark Wertz made the pass soon after on Queen, who started to fall backwards after his car tightened up.

It was just past the halfway point of the race when Wertz got around Greg Edwards for the lead and fully mashed the “Check Out Button” and eventually opening up more than a straightaway lead. Behind that, however, saw some very exciting and intense racing between Brenden Queen, Justin Carroll, Cameron Bowan, and Danny Edwards Jr trading more than their fair share of “paint.”

Several cars fell off the pace later in the race. Pole sitter Conner Hall was one of them after deciding to park the backup car after contact with another racer and not wanting to damage the car, Nick Smith also pulled off early with issues. The first and only caution in the second race came with just under five laps to go after a scary moment in turn two. Thomas Marks lost a right front tire right in front of Greg Edwards, Justin Carroll, and Cameron Bowen. Luckily everyone stayed off of each other, Marks stayed off the wall and was able to limp his machine back down pit road.

After the field was bunched back up, drivers either took the cone or didn’t, the race was resumed with two Langley Speedway vets Mark Wertz and Greg Edwards on the front row. Edwards, making one last attempt at the lead, pinched Wertz down to the apron going into the corner but did not have enough to get the double nickel down and Wertz powered back to the lead out of two and the eventual race win. Justin Carroll took full advantage of the restart falling into the second position, however would lose the spot to Greg before the end of the race. Danny Edwards Jr., and Brenden Queen would complete the top five finishers.

The victory marked win number 100 for the Chesapeake native who announced earlier this year that 2018 will be his last year of full-time racing.

“We’ve been testing a lot, lots of shop time, the guys been busting their butts,” Wertz said in victory lane. “We learned a little bit, I knew we had a pretty good car in the first race, we were just one adjustment away. I knew those last three laps were gonna be rough, I was not going to be denied, we were either going to wreck em or win. This is number one hundred for me and I’ve spent thirty years trying to get em.”

 In other divisions, Danny Millard was able to get around Aaron Leach in the closing laps of the Hampton Roads Kart Club Wing Champ Kart race to take the win. Sean Calway was deemed the winner of the very physical Super Street feature after Dale Paro, who was first to take the checkered flag, was disqualified due to a carburetor issue. Adam Florian picked up another victory in the Pro Six series to remain undefeated and Mike Joyner grabbed another win in the Bojangle’s Enduro nightcap.

Racing will return to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway next weekend for a Fathers Day special – twin Late Model features along with Modifieds, Grand Stocks, Super Trucks, Legends, Bando’s, and Enduro’s.

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #12 Nick Smith; 75
  2. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
  3. #55 Mark Wertz; 75
  4. #97 Greg Edwards; 75
  5. #91 Justin Carroll; 75
  6. #03 Brenden Queen; 75
  7. #88 Thomas Marks; 75
  8. #9 Rodney Boyd; 75
  9. #25 Craig Eastep; 75
  10. #16 Chris Flowers; 75
  11. #75 Logan Jones; 75
  12. #77 Conner Hall; 49
  13. #20 Shawn Balluzzo; 44
  14. #4 Duane Shreeves; 37
  15. #19 Cameron Bowen; 14

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #55 Mark Wertz; 75
  2. #97 Greg Edwards; 75
  3. #91 Justin Carroll; 75
  4. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
  5. #03 Brenden Queen; 75
  6. #25 Craig Eastep; 75
  7. #19 Cameron Bowen; 75
  8. #9 Rodney Boyd; 75
  9. #16 Chris Flowers; 74
  10. #75 Logan Jones; 74
  11. #88 Thomas Marks; 70
  12. #12 Nick Smith; 59
  13. #77 Conner Hall; 44
  14. #4 Duane Shreeves; 6