Bubba Johnston Snaps Shawn Balluzzo’s win Streak in the Modified Division on St. Leo Night

Shawn Balluzzo wins race number eight in 2018. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA ­– Shawn Balluzzo, who has been undefeated so far this year in the Larry King Law Modified division, earned yet another pole award earlier in the afternoon with a 16.425-second lap (86.575 MPH). Oddly enough, the ten lap scuff session and two-lap qualifying session was the first time Balluzzo’s car had been up to speed all day as he was at home tending to his daughter. Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, Danny Harrell, and Bobby Gery were the fastest five starters. Derek Roberts was the only car not able to make the feature as he experienced engine issues during qualifying.

Just as the sun was starting to set behind the turn three tree line the first of two thirty lap features got underway. Balluzzo and Carter – arguably the two fastest cars this season – immediately got to work battling for the top spot. Balluzzo was able to lead the first five circuits around Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway before Carter would get around him. Behind them things were hot and heavy; Bobby Gery, DJ Valente, and Danny Harrell all scratching and clawing for position. Balluzzo was able to get back around Carter on lap fourteen and built over a half second lead to capture win number eight on the season. Carter, Fortin, Harrell, and Valente.

Per usual, the top eight cars from race number one were inverted to comply with the NASCAR rulebook. This allowed Bobby Gery the ability to lead the field down into turn one yet again for race number two. Bubba Johnston, Jon Largena, DJ Valente, Danny Harrell rounded out the starting five cars for the second race. Matt Carter and Shawn Balluzzo were slated to start in row number four, however, Balluzzo elected to once again start from the rear to gain maximum national points – which may have had a lot to do with the outcome of the second feature as it went caution free.

It did not take long for things to get a little interesting when Mr. Starter, Shane Snider, dropped the green flag. Once again, Gery had trouble getting up to speed, this would stack everyone up behind him. Jon Largena, who started right behind the pole sitter, had to go down to almost the grass in turn one to avoid any contact. Bubba Johnston took advantage of the mishap and jumped out to the lead and never looked back. Balluzzo would get back up to and around Matt Carter early on in the race and the two pretty much worked in tandem passing cars and climbing through the field. However, with just thirty laps and some of the “slower” traffic fighting for their position on the racing surface Balluzzo was not able to collapse the lead that Johnston built and Langley Speedway would finally crown a new winner in its tier two division. Shawn Balluzzo, Matt Carter, Andrew Fortin, and DJ Valente rounded out the top five finishers for the final race of the evening.

Landon Abbott won the pole for the Old Skool Video Games Super Streets over Dale Parro, Randy Akers, Sean Calway, and Jason Michaud. After being slowed by just one caution period between the No. 12 of Calway and No. 46 of Michaud, Abbott would go on to dominate the 40-lap feature and UNOFFICIALLY score his second victory of the season. Dale Parro, Randy Akers, Sean Calway and Bill Eaker are currently holding onto the top five as results were not made official at the time of this release.

However, as of late Monday evening and completion of post race tech, Landon Abbott’s car was found to be outside of the rule book and was disqualified. That would hand the race win and points that go with it to the first car found legal. In most cases this would be your runner-up finisher. Dale Parro would fail to comply with tear down procedures therefore he too was disqualified handing the win over to Randy Akers. Sean Calway, Bill Eaker, Gordon Weeks, and Danny Harrell were your OFFICIAL top five finishers.

In other divisions, Gary Osbourne picked up another victory in the ERA Realtors HRKC Wing Champ Kart division. Michael Waters was able to get around pole sitter Colby Vance early to win the Carrolls Automotive UCAR feature and Adam Florian remained undefeated in the Riverside Paper Pro Six series.

Next up for Langley Speedway will be the 10th annual Hampton Heat 200 where someone will leave $10,000 richer and we will have a better picture of how the Virginia Triple crown series will look going into Martinsville.

Larry King Law Modifieds Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  3. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  5. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  6. #4 Jon Largena; 30
  7. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  8. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  9. #28 Jamie Smaple; 30
  10. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  11. #49 Todd Whitesell; 30
  12. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30

Larry King Law Modifieds Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  3. #78 Matt carter; 30
  4. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  5. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  6. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  7. #4 Jon Largena; 30
  8. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  9. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  10. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  12. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29

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