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Philip Morris Wins Historic Fifth NASCAR National Title

You’d think Philip Morris would be used to this by now.

After all, the 53-year-old from Ruckersville, Virginia, has carved out a résumé nearly unmatched in NASCAR short-track racing history. And yet, when it was made official Wednesday afternoon with a congratulatory phone call from NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell, a reflective Morris was still awed by the moment.

“It means that much,” Morris said. “It’s as if we were winning our first national championship.”

It isn’t Morris’ first. It’s his fifth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I national championship. And that puts him in rare company, matching NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee, the late Larry Phillips, for the most national weekly series championships in NASCAR history. Morris won his titles in 2006, 2008-09 and 2011 before taking a semi-retirement hiatus. He returned in 2016 and finished sixth in the points last year.

“I just have a much bigger appreciation for what was accomplished,” said Morris after his time away from chasing the national crown. “Plus, I get to be mentioned in the same sentence as Larry Philips. That’s always a good thing.

“I don’t think I deserve it, but I think it’s amazing. That guy is a legend. I’m just glad to be in his company.”

Morris accomplished the feat this year with remarkable dominance and consistency. He rolled off nine wins in his first 12 starts and led the national championship points standings wire-to-wire. He finished with 23 wins, 28 top fives and 31 top 10s in 35 Late Model Stock Car starts at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway and Dominion Raceway, North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway and Southern National Raceway Park, and South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway.

Morris also claimed his sixth Virginia championship.

RELATED: PHILIP MORRIS 2018 RACE-BY-RACE

Morris finished with 670 points, easily outdistancing fellow short-track stalwarts Steve Carlson (623) and Keith Rocco (621).

Carlson, the 2007 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion, had nine wins, 15 top fives and 19 top 10s in 22 starts racing primarily at Wisconsin’s LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway. He also raced at Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway.

RELATED: STEVE CARLSON 2018 RACE-BY-RACEKEITH ROCCO 2018 RACE-BY-RACE

Like Morris, Carlson and Rocco have made their name as one of the best short-track racers in NASCAR history.

Carlson won his sixth Wisconsin championship and holds a four-point lead with one race remaining in his quest for a seventh Late Model title at LaCrosse. In addition, the 61-year-old driver from West Salem, Wisconsin, has five NASCAR championships in the former Midwest Series to go with four from its predecessor, the ARTGO Midwest Seres, and was the 2009 ARCA Midwest Tour champion.

Rocco tallied 10 wins, 17 top fives and 21 top 10s in 27 starts in the SK Modified Division at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway and the Sunoco Modified Division at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

The 33-year-old Wallingford, Connecticut, driver claimed his 10th Connecticut championship. The 2010 national champion holds a 48-point lead heading into Thompson’s 56th annual Sunoco World Series in October as he looks to claim his 16th career NASCAR Division I track title. It would give him sole possession of second place all-time and put him one behind the record set by Nebraska’s Joe Kosiski (17 titles from 1985-2005).

It is also the 11th time in the last 12 seasons that Rocco has finished in the top five in the national standings, and marks the eighth time since 2009 that he’s finished in the top three.

RACING REFERENCE – NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES NATIONAL STANDINGS:

DIVISION I: National Top 500 Points | Division I: U.S. State & Canadian Province Points

NASCAR uses a driver’s best 18 finishes from any sanctioned track within the state to determine the State Champion and the best 18 finishes from any sanctioned track in North America to determine the National Champion.

The crowning of U.S. state and Canadian province champions is a tradition that dates back to the earliest days of NASCAR and carried on until the advent of the weekly series in 1982; It was resumed in 2007. Past champions include Ned Jarrett, Glen Wood, Ralph Earnhardt, Wendell Scott and Richie Evans.

The fact that it was Carlson and Rocco chasing him weighed on Morris’ mind, even has he held a sizable summer lead.

“We worked so hard for every point,” Morris said. “That’s just the veteran side of me, where I’ve been in tight battles where we had a lead before and saw it close up at the end. Maybe we worked harder because of what I learned in the past.”

Morris put together a stretch run from 2006-11 when he won 74 of 159 races (46.5%) and his four titles. But following the final one, he stepped away from full-time competition to focus on his business, Trailer Town USA in Virginia. Over the next four year, he ran just 25 races. He came back and finished 32nd in the nation in 2016 before moving up to sixth last year.

This season, he focused on reclaiming his former glory.

It hasn’t been an easy comeback.

“I didn’t realize the price I’d have to pay, not just on the national level, but just to be competitive at our local track,” Morris said. “It as so much more work to get back to being competitive physically and mentally and the equipment. Keeping up with the tires and track surfaces and engines — it was like I was starting over.

“I’m not going to say I took it for granted. But I didn’t realize how important it was for me to continue.”

Morris didn’t win his hometown track title. That went to Peyton Sellers, who claimed won his fourth track title at South Boston. The 2005 national championship finished fourth in the national standings with three wins, 18 top fives and 18 top 10s in 21 starts at South Boston and Langley. Nick Panitzke, who is chasing Carlson for the title at LaCrosse, finished fifth with five wins, 14 top fives and 18 top 10s in 20 starts at LaCrosse and Madison.

Ronnie Williams finished sixth in the national standings and has already clinched the SK Modified title at Stafford.

A quartet of Modified drivers from North Carlina’s Bowman Gray Stadium rounded out the top 10: Tim Brown, Burt Myers, Jonathan Brown and Jason Myers. While Burt Myers won his ninth track title at the historic Winston-Salem oval, Brown claimed the North Carolina title by five points.

Morris, Carlson and Rocco will be joined by the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series U.S. state and Canadian province champions, track champions and other special award winners on Friday, Dec. 7, as part of NASCAR Awards Charlotte.

Chris Dodson Late Race Pass Earns Himself the Win and his Ninth Late Model Series Championship

Top three drivers and Rookie of the Year celebrate in victory lane at the conclusion of the 2018 season at Southside Speedway. Drivers from left to right: John Goin, Mason Bailey, Howie Disavino, Chris Dodson. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA – Within the last 48-hours everyone here in the Mid-Atlantic area have had their eye on the weather. To be honest with you, Mother Nature has reared her ugly head plenty of time this season.

She tired to put a damper on this evenings championship evening, however, Southside was not going to be denied even after heavy rains rolled through the area ending practice early and ultimately nixing qualifying. During the drivers meeting, the top five in points pulled pills to create the invert and Eddie Johnson lucked out and got the right to lead the field to the green. Rookie of the Year contender John Goin would start to his outside followed by Mason Bailey, Chris Dodson, and Howie Disavino.

Eddie Johnson, the veteran Late Model Stock Car driver that he is, got a great start and led the field down into turn one. Goin, however, did not get going as fast as the rest of everyone else. Mason Bailey and Chris Dodson jumped on the hiccup faster than you could blink your eye, taking the second and third positions respectively. With Eddie Johnson sporting a two-second second lead over Dodson the battle was on for positions three through seven.

While Disavino, Bailey, Martz, Davis, and Hopkins were all fighting bumper-to-bumper and even door-to-door Chris Dodson caught the race leader the hard way – under green. Dodson was able to close the two-second gap from lap eleven down to just a couple of feet with just three laps left in the 2018 season. The pass for the lead actually came in turn four after Dodson looked to use the famous bump and run technique to get by. Johnson had to chase the car up the hill and Dodson down the front stretch looking to return the favor. However, it was not enough, Dodson would go on to take the race win by about two cars lengths. The win, though not needed to win the championship, just helped solidified Dodson’s dominance at the “toughest short track in the south.”

Behind the duo, Chris Hopkins was able to take the third position followed by Brad Davis, and Justin Martz. Though John Goin rounded out the field in the eleventh spot, he was able to earn the Rookie of the Year title.

“Oh man. You deal with time and it eventually runs out you know,” an emotional Chris Dodson in victory lane to accept his trophy. “I know a lot of people don’t like me but I just put everything I ever had. This place has always been very special to me. To have the twelve-year run that we have had when I started we were terrible, Sonny Hutchen told me I would never ever amount to anything if I didn’t stop wrecking. To win nine championships and seventy-two wins its very humbling. I am so blessed to do this, I really am. My guys just work so hard, and Williamsburg Honda, I feel like I am obligated to just race so hard. I know that might step on some people’s toes. But these parents of these of these kids coming up should be really proud.”

Dodson went on to thank more of the people that helped make the season happen. He also made mention that he did not know what 2019 held for him. He did hint that he would come back and make a run for a seventh win in a row from the JM Wilkinson Memorial race that is run on opening night.

Howie Disavino, who has worked his way up from the Arena Racing USA ranks, was able to finish second in the points after a handful of poles wins throughout the season.

“The redraw just wasn’t my friend this year,” Disavino said in victory lane. “We got up there [the front of the field] a couple times but the invert hurt us.” Disavino put up one heck of a fight this year finishing between two drivers that have been behind the wheel twice as long as he has been on this earth. “Congrats to Chris [Dodson] on that ninth championship. Got to thank TORP Chassis for the fast race cars. It was great to race with Chris and Eddie.”

Mason Bailey, who had a very impressive rookie season in 2017, was able to collect at least one win this season and put up solid runs to finish third in the final points standings.

“I wake up blessed to drive these cars every day,” Bailey said. “Shout out to all my guys and all of our business partners.”

 

Late Model Stock Car OFFICIAL Results; 

  1. #0 Chris Dodson; 40
  2. #00 Eddie Johnson; 40
  3. #88 Chris Hopkins; 40
  4. #18 Brad Davis; 40
  5. #22 Justin Martz; 40
  6. #05 Mason Bailey; 40
  7. #55 Howie Disavino; 40
  8. #25 Michael Sutphin; 40
  9. #20 Sonny Allen; 40
  10. #29 Andrew Dean; 40
  11. #90 John Goin; 39

Layne Riggs Scores Victory in Labor Day Classic

Layne Riggs celebrates in victory lane after winning the 4th Annual Solid Rock Carriers Labor Day Classic at Carteret County Speedway. (Andy Marquis/Carteret County Speedway photo)

SWANSBORO, NC – Layne Riggs picked up his second career Carteret County Speedway victory on Sunday night, surviving a late race shootout to score the win in the Solid Rock Carriers Labor Day Classic.

Riggs took the lead on lap 64, getting around Jason York just moments after York had passed Michael Tilley to inherit the top spot.  Riggs then had to hold off a challenge from Mason Diaz.  However, Diaz would be eliminated in a melee on lap 104 that swept up most of the field – including Tilley and York.  From there, Riggs never looked back as he went on to pick up the victory.

“At the beginning of the race, I didn’t even think we had near the best car,” Riggs said.  “I was just holding on for dear life for my position.  After the break, our tires cooled down, got a full heat cycle on them.  Restarted the race and it was like a brand new racecar.  It was on a rail.  I was just riding at the end, making sure I didn’t make any mistakes or do anything stupid to take me out of the race.”

Riggs previously won the Solid Rock Carriers 150, which was run on July 7th, leading wire-to-wire in the event.  This time, the win did not come in as dominant of a performance as it had in July.

“It was a tough race tonight,” Riggs elaborated.  “It was a lot tougher than last time.  There was a lot more competition.  Carteret County stepped their competition up.  You bring money like that to the table and people are going to come.  It’s proven to be true.”

Chris Burns managed to make his way through the carnage of the lap 104 crash and, in the final laps, raced his way from fourth up to second.

“At lap 60, I came over the radio and me and dad were talking about parking it,” Burns stated.  “It was in bad shape for the first 100 laps for some reason.  I don’t know if we have a rear end problem or a shock busted or what.  We sat there for 10-20 minutes and it seemed like it really helped the car.  We didn’t have anything for Layne but, even with it ill-handling, we saved our stuff and I think that helped with our drive off situation.”

Burns felt he got lucky and said he would have been happy being the last car on the lead lap.

One of the cars Burns was able to pass late was Langley Speedway regular Connor Hall.  Hall is a multi-time Carteret County Speedway winner.  He came with expectations of winning but came away with a third place finish.

“We do have a racecar that we can work on making faster and not work on fixing,” Hall remarked.  “It’s pretty cool to say this is my worst finish at Carteret.  I’m definitely bummed but I can’t be too upset with anybody but myself because I didn’t get it behind the wheel today.”

Brandon Clements ended up finishing in fourth while Clay Jones rounded out the top-five.

Tilley dominated the first half of the race but ended up with a ninth place finish to his credit after being taken out in the big one.  The lap 104 big one swept up six cars in total and was the only significant incident in the Limited Late Model portion of the Labor Day Classic.

While Burns came up one position short in the Limited Late Model race, he was able to finish atop the podium in Street Stock competition.

Burns started on the pole but was involved in an incident in the middle stages of the race with a lapped car while trying to hold off Ricky Locklair, Jr.  Burns quickly raced his way back through the field to score the victory.

“Things happen and I hate it for Locklair,” Burns said.  “Jimmy [Horner] and James David [Horner] really had the car handling well.  I appreciate them letting me drive it.”

Chris Connor finished in second while Billy Slater, Dennis Woehrle and John Sharp rounded out the top-five.

Will Bristle dominated much of the 40 lap Legends race, but Mason Diaz got past him in the closing stages of the race.  Diaz looked like he would cruise to victory, but a late race caution set up a three lap shootout.  Coming to the white flag, Bristle was able to get around Diaz to take the lead and the win.

“This win was by far the toughest,” Bristle said.  “I got to thank Mason for driving me as clean as he could.  That was such a blast, being able to race with teammates that close and put on such a good show for the fans.  We’ve put a lot of work in our cars this year and it’s really showing off.”

Diaz was ecstatic after finishing in second.

“That was a blast,” Diaz exclaimed.  “I haven’t had that much fun in a Legend Car in, I couldn’t tell you how long.  Really good teammate.  He raced me clean.  I tried to get to him in that last corner but he was just too far away.”

Rafe Slate finished in third while Eric Courtney and Cody Hall rounded out the top-five in the 23 car field.  The Legends race, which was sponsored by Riverside Dodge, featured the largest field of cars to take the green flag for a feature race in Carteret County Speedway history.

Adam Resnick won in U-CAR over Andrew Jackson, Steve Sullivan, Abby Jolly and Neil Mason while Justin Thompson prevailed over Sean Wales, BJ Thompson, Brad Anderson and JR Taylor in Champ Kart competition.

Carteret County Speedway will race next on Saturday, September 15th when the Mid-Atlantic Street Stock Championship Series and USAC Eastern Midgets headline the racing program.

Labor Day Classic Results

Champ Kart

  1. Justin Thompson
  2. Sean Wales
  3. BJ Thompson
  4. Brad Anderson
  5. JR Taylor
  6. Cory Dimauro
  7. Bill Owens
  8. Lee Ottaway
  9. Scott Benford

Street Stock

  1. Chris Burns
  2. Chris Connor
  3. Billy Slater
  4. Dennis Woehrle
  5. John Sharp
  6. Ricky Locklair, Jr.
  7. Roy Combs

U-CAR

  1. Adam Resnick
  2. Andrew Jackson
  3. Steve Sullivan
  4. Abby Jolly
  5. Neil Mason
  6. Jonathan Payne
  7. Duane Walker

Legends

  1. Will Bristle
  2. Mason Diaz
  3. Rafe Slate
  4. Eric Courtney
  5. Cody Hall
  6. Zack Brown
  7. Emily Day
  8. Chris Hammett
  9. Cale Hall
  10. Matthew Linker
  11. Cameron Murray
  12. Shane Irving
  13. Conner Jones
  14. Rodney Tharp
  15. Walker Yates
  16. Ashton Whitner
  17. Tucker Jones
  18. Brian Sullivan
  19. Aaron Crumpler
  20. Brenton Irving
  21. Ryan Matthew
  22. Josh Spence
  23. Brian McElearney

Mini-Stock

  1. AJ Sanders
  2. Patrick Arch
  3. James Stroud
  4. Lynn Waller
  5. Stephen Sanders
  6. Travisw Miller
  7. Kris Hetu
  8. Zac Reimer
  9. Jesse Jones
  10. Randy Hewett
  11. Justin Owens
  12. Tim Giesen
  13. Andrew Deal
  14. Chad Sykes
  15. John Hladik, Jr.

Limited Late Model

  1. Layne Riggs
  2. Chris Burns
  3. Connor Hall
  4. Brandon Clements
  5. Clay Jones
  6. Jamie York
  7. Chris Phipps
  8. Mason Diaz
  9. Michael Tilley
  10. Jason York
  11. TJ Barron
  12. Eric Winslow
  13. Tim Allensworth
  14. Travis Roberson

For more information about Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at www.carteretspeedway.com, “like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter.

Davis Lipscombe Scores Victory Lap Pro Late Model Victory at Virginia Motor Speedway; Matt Quade Crowned 2018 Champion

Jamaica, VA – After what has been a tough season for Davis Lipscombe of Mechanicsville, VA he was able to end the season on a high note with a dominating win in the Victory Lap Pro Late Model feature on Northern Neck Chevrolet championship Night. Lipscombe and Dustin Ferguson of Appomattox, VA battled side by side for much of the first 11 laps before Lipscombe muscled his way to the lead on lap 12 and then drove away for the field for the win.

“The car has been fast all year long, but the driver has not always been at his best. This win gives us a lot of confidence going into the FASTRAK World Championship weekend,” commented Lipscombe in WhosYourDriver.org victory lane.

Rounding out the top five were Corey Almond, Dustin Ferguson, Matt Quade and Brad Rigdon.

Matt Quade of Mechanicsville, MD was crowned the 2018 Victory Lap Pro Late Model Champion after wheeling his ride to a fourth place finish.

Tyler Shipp of Mechanicsville, VA took the lead on the opening lap of the Truckin Thunder Sportsman feature and went on to score his second win of the season in dominating fashion. With Shipp controlling the top spot Mark Gonzales and Matt Meads battle for the entire 30 lap feature for the runner up spot with Gonzales taking it for the final time on lap 21. Rounding out the top five were Gonzales, Meads, Tim Shelton and Joe Weiss.

Tim Shelton of Fredericksburg, VA was crowned the 2018 Truckin Thunder Sportsman Champion with his fourth place finish.

In the Budweiser Modified feature James Sparks of Hollywood, MD jumped out to the lead on the drop of the green flag and paced the field until lap 8 when he hit the front stretch wall and came to a stop with a flat left rear tire. That handed the lead over to Joey Polevoy who went on to a full straight win with Chase Butler, Lance Grady, J.D. Eversole and Ryan Toole rounding out the top five.

Division point leader Hunter McClendon of Williamsburg, VA had to park his car on lap 3 with a broken rear end and it looked as if his chances of a championship where over but his lead heading into the night was just enough to be crowned the 2018 Budweiser Modified Champion by two points over rookie Chase Butler of Mechanicsville, VA.

James Givens of Henrico, VA has been dominant all year long in the Collision One Limited Stock Car division. In tonight’s feature it took him 15 laps to works his way to the front from his eighth place starting position and take the lead from Chad Champion. Over the final 10 laps Givens had to hold off multiple challenges from Trent Clemans for the lead. Coming to the white the two were side-by-side for the lead. On the final lap Clemans car pushed in turn 2 and that was all Givens needed to record his sixth win of the season and take home the 2018 Collision One Limited Stock Car Championship. Rounding out the top five Clemans, Cory Bradley, Mark Schools and Randy Hutchens.

The Speedway will take next week off and will return to racing Friday and Saturday September 14 & 15 for the FASTRAK World Championship weekend. Friday September 14 the speedway will host a $5000 to win FASTRAK members only event and then on Saturday September 15th for the $20,000 to win FASTRAK World Championship that is open to any crate late model competitor. FASTRAK rules will apply.  For more information visit www.fastracing.com or www.vamotorspeedway.com.

Race fans can go to www.vamotorspeedway.comto view the complete schedule Virginia Motor Speedway’s 2018 season, find detailed event information, get the latest news, and get complete ticket and camping information. In addition, fans can get social with Virginia Motor Speedway by following @vamotorspeedway on Twitter, clicking “Like” at www.facebook.com/VaMotorSpeedway and on www.youtube.com/VaMotorSpeedway.

 

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RACE RESULTS FOR NORTHERN NECK CHEVROLET NIGHT – SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 1, 2018:

 

Victory Lap Pro Late Models (35 Laps): 1. 71-Davis Lipscombe, [4]; 2. 7A-Corey Almond, [5]; 3. 1-Dustin Ferguson, [2]; 4. 47-Matt Quade, [8]; 5. 09-Brad Rigdon, [3]; 6. 66X-Matthew Tarbox, [1]; 7. 14C-Chuck Bowie, [7]; 8. 74-Mike Franklin, [9]; 9. 38-Nicolas Love, [12]; 10. 11-James Miller, [11]; 11. 2*-Jared Powell, [6]; 12. 08-Tyler Detter, [10]; 13. 40-Brent Bordeaux, [15]; 14. 28-Carl Vaughan, [14]; 15. 77-Brian Hankins, [13]

 

Fast Qualifier: Corey Almond – 18.716 seconds

 

Truckin Thunder Sportsman (30 laps): 1. 25-Tyler Shipp, [2]; 2. 51-Mark Gonzales, [6]; 3. 23-Matt Meads, [4]; 4. 55-Tim Shelton, [8]; 5. 0C-Joe Weiss, [3]; 6. 9-Steve Causey, [10]; 7. 98-Troy Doggett, [1]; 8. 0-Chase Burrow, [11]; 9. 92-Kacey Gordon, [13]; 10. 1-Chad Beahr, [14]; 11. 01-Tommy Upshaw, [21]; 12. 22-Michael Hayes, [18]; 13. 56-John Morgan, [20]; 14. 16-Brett Adkins, [5]; 15. 00-Hunter Shelton, [12]; 16. 6-Macy Causey, [17]; 17. 91-James Snead, [16]; 18. 2-Wesley Givens, [9]; 19. 71-John Nickens, [15]; 20. 14-Ryan Hutchens, [19]; 21. 17NC-Joshua Burnham, [7]

 

Fast Qualifier: Mark Gonzales – 22.457 seconds

 

Budweiser Modifieds (30 laps): 1. 51-Joey Polevoy, [4]; 2. 11-Chase Butler, [1]; 3. 48-Lance Grady, [3]; 4. 98-J.D. Eversole, [6]; 5. 21C-Ryan Toole, [16]; 6. 16-David Kendall, [13]; 7. 99-Charlie Hubbard, [11]; 8. 7+7-Jeff Solinger, [12]; 9. 57-Curtis Barricks, [14]; 10. 1ST-Bret Hamilton, [10]; 11. 26X-James Sparks, [2]; 12. 43-Josh Harris, [7]; 13. 01-Francis Jarelle III, [5]; 14. 33-Hunter McClendon, [8]; 15. 10S-Tim Schulte, [9]; 16. 27-Mark Schools, [15]

 

Fast Qualifier: Francis Jarrelle – 20.012 seconds

 

Collision One Limited Stock Cars (25 lap): 1. 8-James Givens, [8]; 2. 01-Trent Clemans, [5]; 3. 41-Cory Bradley, [9]; 4. 12-Mark Schools, [3]; 5. 4-Randy Hutchens, [7]; 6. 08-Chad Champion, [2]; 7. 18-John Hankins Jr, [11]; 8. 23-David Bowler, [14]; 9. 25-Marty Coltrain, [12]; 10. 47-Christian Sherr, [13]; 11. 14D-Paige Vassallo, [15]; 12. 22-Raymond Harper, [1]; 13. 26-Stephanie Johnston, [10]; 14. 88-Jay Seward, [6]; 15. 11-Robbie Kramer Jr, [4]

 

Fast Qualifier: James Givens – 23.912 seconds

 

 

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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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