Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway Returns to NASCAR Racing Saturday March 30th
As the cold heads out of the region, NASCAR racing makes its wonderful return to one of the longest running short tracks in both Virginia and the country. Race fans have already gotten a taste of the action earlier this month when people packed the grandstands for the Day of Destruction to watch cars compete in different styles of racing, crews trying to stuff vehicles with washing machines, guys and gals racing around flag poles, and of course the one million car Enduro — okay so it wasn’t a million cars but it sure did seem like it. Now race fans will get to cheer on their favorite Late Model, Grand Stock, Legends, driver this week as they either start their title defense or start their hunt for one. One thing is for certain, The Weekly Racer will be their to bring you all the action as it unfolds!
For the most part things will look the same for returning race fans. The speedway will host eleven divisions of racing from late March into the September when the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) wraps up. Late Model Stock Cars will also return as the tracks Tier 1 division while the Modifieds should remain Division II. In addition, Grand Stocks should remain Div. III, Super Streets Div. IV, and the always exciting Enduro’s will return as Div. V. UCAR, Super Trucks, and Pro Six will all return to the schedule and race for a local track championship, they will not earn points towards a national title. Legends and Bando’s will also return to an alternating weekend under the INEX sanction.
You can expect to see some of the same familiar faces, cars, and rivalries from previous years. You will most certainly see the Edwards Brothers make their return, however, with vastly different looks. Defending champion Danny Edwards picked up a primary sponsor of Pomoco Nissan and will be the first-ever Nissan GTR Late Model Stock Car. Brother Greg Edwards will revert back to car owner James Long’s No. 21 machine instead of the 97. Brenden Queen had a small shuffle over the offseason where he and longtime car owner Andre Grier formed a partnership where Queen will pilot his car for a handful of races.
Things will certainly be interesting to watch in the Modified division as well. Not just because it’s fun to watch these high horsepower, lightweight machines, work their magic but, the growing story lines that are already developing. Can Shawn Balluzzo continue his dominance over the division like he has over the past decade. Will up and coming drivers enter the division and just blow the doors off the rest of the field. One driver who is certainly looking to put a stop to Balluzzo’s reign came on strong towards the end of the season and that is the No. 78 of Matt Carter. He and his crew have been hard at work over the off season letting everyone know on social media they were ready to go mouse hunting. To be honest, we cannot wait to see how this unfolds!
Late Model’s are not the only division to see a little bit of change has drivers decide to either move up or make lateral moves to other divisions. We are hearing some rumblings that the Modifieds will see a handful of new drivers, saw a few photos of new Super Streets being built, and have heard conversations about a battle for the ages in the Legends division. Only one way to find out if all his talk is true, make sure your butts in the grand stands this Saturday, March, 30th at 2:00 PM EDT when the gates open.
The 2019 season at Langley Speedway is going to be a spectacular one. Us over at The Weekly Racer believe there will be some of the closest points battles in track history especially in the Late Models, Modifieds, Super Streets, and Legends. In addition to the weekly shows, Langley is hosting an impressive six special events this year all kicking off April 11th with the Visit Hampton VA Grass Roots 200. Both the CARS Tour and Monster Truck tour will be making their debuts at the historic .400-mile speedway. Along with the return of the VA Sprint Cars, Southern Ground Pounders, the Commanders Cup, and the highly anticipated 11th Annual Hampton Heat 200.
General Admission gates and rotating practice for all divisions this weekend is schedule for 2:00 PM. Qualifying to follow the drivers meeting at 4:30 and the first green flag of 2019 is scheduled to drop approx. 7:00 PM. The Weekly Racer, as we have been the past two weeks, will have you covered for Pomoco Opening night should you not be able to attend. Or if you are able to attend and you would like more information while at the speedway. Our coverage will begin roughly around 4:30 along with qualifying. On the docket for the evening will be the INEX Bando’s & Legends, the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks, Pepsi Grand Stocks, Bojangles UCAR, and the Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock Cars for 100-laps.
For a full schedule of events visit the track’s website http://www.langley-speedway.com.