Shawn Balluzzo Locks Up Unprecedented Tenth Division Title after Earning Wins Number Nine and Ten

Hampton, VA – To say Shawn Balluzzo has had a roller coaster of a season would possibly be the understatement of the year. Balluzzo started the season off with an impressive eight-race win streak before division rival Robbie Babb returned to the speedway to dethrone him. That was right about the time the Balluzzo’s found out that their youngest daughter was diagnosed with cancer. However, his family and his team kept their heads high and their car in victory lane for their daughter to see.

Balluzzo struggled early in the afternoon during qualifying, posting just the seventh fastest time, after missing almost all of practice but, has we mentioned above, his crew never stopped working on the car and got him tuned up for the first of two thirty lap features. Bubba Johnston, who entered the weekend forty points behind Balluzzo in points, was the man to beat during time trials posting a lap of 16.784-second just three-thousandths of a second better than Jamie Sample. Matt Carter, Bobby Gery, and Danny Harrell rounded out the starting five. It should be noted that Balluzzo would elect to start race number one from the rear.

It only took a handful of laps for Balluzzo to work his way through at least half of the filed. Picking cars off one at a time he found himself in sixth place before the halfway mark of the race. With Jamie Sample, Bubba Johnston, and Danny Harrell all jockeying for the lead, it made things that much easier for the nine-time, and defending champion, to close the gap on the front group of cars. By lap twenty Balluzzo found himself running in the third position just a handful of car lengths behind second. With three laps to go Balluzzo was in second and by the time the white was displayed Balluzzo had pulled even with the race leader. He eventually took the spot out of turn two as well as his ninth win on the season.

Eight cars were yet again inverted for race number two per the NASCAR rulebook. This handed the front row starting duties over to DJ Valente and once again, Jamie Sample. Balluzzo again elected to give up his eighth place starting position to go to the rear. Worked for him in race one, why not try again in race two.

He had his work cut out for him even more in the second feature as Bubba Johnston once again looked to put up one hell of a fight. Not to mention it was filled with no less than five caution flags. The worst, and easily the longest, coming after issues with Rick Gdovic’s ride left oil all over the racing surface from turn three all the way into turn one and the final caution of the night setting up a thrilling green-white-checkered finish.

Balluzzo, however, was up to the challenge and made the best of every move and every cone restart to fight his way back up to the front of the field. He looked like he might have met his match with just thirteen laps to go working on Matt Carter for second. Balluzzo appeared to be the faster car just could not make the pass happen clean. He was able to get some help, however, after the yellow flag was once again displayed for a car that had spun in turn two. This allowed for Balluzzo to take the outside on the restart and battle for the lead with Johnston.

Matt Carter, who elected to stay low and restart third, was not going to be denied a shot at the win, though. He stuck his nose under Balluzzo and hung there for about a lap. Balluzzo continued his assault on the lead using the outside groove and would lead lap number twenty-five. Call it luck or good timing but the yellow flag would once again come out for a wreck on the front stretch setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

On the final restart, Balluzzo would stay low, Bubba Johnston would start to his outside and Matt Carter lined up on his rear bumper. The green flag would fly and it would end up being three wide going into turn one. Johnston would come to the white flag as the leader, however, Balluzzo would get to his rear bumper in two and move him up the hill to take the lead back as well as his tenth win and tenth track championship.

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  3. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  4. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  5. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  6. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  7. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  8. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  9. #10 Wayne McGee; 30
  10. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  12. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29
  13. #63 Derrek Roberts; 16

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 33
  2. #51 Bubba Johnston; 33
  3. #18 DJ Valente; 33
  4. #78 Matt Carter; 33
  5. #95 Danny Harrell; 33
  6. #60 Bobby Gery; 33
  7. #63 Derek Roberts; 33
  8. #10 Wayne McGee; 33
  9. #49 Todd Whitesell; 30
  10. #98 Matt Morgan; 25
  11. #28 Jamie Sample; 11
  12. #47 Rick Gdovic; 11
  13. #5 Andrew Fortin; 1

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