Philip Morris Continues to Flex His Muscle at Langley Speedway; Becomes Eighth Different Hampton Heat 200 Winner

Philip Morris enters turn one during final practice Saturday afternoon during the 2018 Hampton Heat 200. He would go on to become the second driver in the ten-year history to lead flag-to-flag. (Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – After just about a month of waiting due to undesirable weather conditions, Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway was finally able to get the tenth running of the Hampton Heat 200 complete. Philip Morris won the $500 pole award Saturday afternoon just before the sky opened up monsoon style rain forcing officials to push the race back just one more day. The heat, the green race track, and a few tempers were not enough to deny Morris his eighth victory of 2018 at Langley Speedway and his first in the prestigious $10,000 to win race.

It was rather clear from pretty early on that it was going to take something short of a miracle to take this race from Morris. He was certainly kept honest throughout the 200-lap feature by the likes of Peyton Sellers, Bobby McCarty, and CE Falk but none had what it took to dethrone the proclaimed “King” of Late Model Stock Car racing.

The first half of the race mimicked that of race number one in a twin race night. Most drivers were rather calm, cool, and collected. Getting a feel of the racing surface and working to keep tires under their cars. Bobby McCarty was the first challenger for Morris. However, the best he could do was pull within a handful of car lengths of the leader even with the help of a lap sixty-one caution – the only one in the first half of the race.

The second half, well now that’s an entirely different story. Teams were given fifteen minutes to make adjustments, add fuel, and changeup to two tires without the fear of an invert. It was like all of the drivers decided it was time to take the gloves off. Get up on the wheel, or however else you want to word it once the race went back to green because all bets were off. Danny Edwards Jr., who has proven he can race and even beat Morris previously this year, once again put up a great fight on the top groove like we have seen in the past this season. However, it was not enough and Morris eventually took sole possession of the lead back and drove away.

Not to mention the second half of the race witnessed some of the most physical racing we have seen since last years Valley Star Credit Union 300. Multiple cars – some even being heavy favorites to find victory lane – found their cars destroyed before the checkered flag was even displayed. However, even with all of the cautions and about a ten-minute red flag for clean up in turn two after a wild crash involving Casey Wyatt, Mark Wertz, Connor Hall, and Woody Howard, it was still not enough to slow down the Trailer Town USA No. 1 machine of Morris who eventually went on to beat Peyton Sellers by almost a full two seconds.

With Morris and Sellers flip-flopping their finishing position from the opening round of the triple crown at South Boston the two will enter the Martinsville weekend tied for the points lead. Setting up one of the best battles for that title in recent history. Bobby McCarty, Thomas Scott, and Danny Edwards would round out the top five finishers.

 

UNOFFICIAL Hampton Heat 200 Results;

  1. #01 Philip Morris; 200
  2. #26 Peyton Sellers; 200
  3. #22 Bobby McCarty; 200
  4. #8 Thomas Scott; 200
  5. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 200
  6. #12 Austin Thaxton; 200
  7. #4 Timmy Phipps; 200
  8. #02 CE Falk; 200
  9. #03 Brenden Queen; 200
  10. #91 Justin S. Carroll; 200
  11. #12 Nick Smith; 199
  12. #90 Terry Carroll; 199
  13. #22 Grayson Cullather; 198
  14. #2 Brandon Pierce; 198
  15. #83 Matt Bowling; 198
  16. #7 Justin T. Carroll; 197
  17. #25 Craig Eastep; 197
  18. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 190
  19. #36 Chris Johnson; 176
  20. #55 Mark Wertz; 130
  21. #41 Woody Howard; 129
  22. #92 Casey Wyatt; 129
  23. #77 Connor Hall; 128
  24. #24 Colin Garrett; 127
  25. #8 Tyler Hughes; 111
  26. #19 Cameron Bowen; 110
  27. #50 Garrett Bunch; 101
  28. #9 Rodney Boyd; 99
  29. #88 Thomas Marks; 69
  30. #4 Duane Shreeeves; 27
  31. #97 Greg Edwards; 18

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