Monthly Archives: April 2019

Robbie Emory Scores First Career Limited Late Model Victory at Winchester; Logan Roberson’s Win Streak Comes to an End

Winchester, VA-  Milton Delaware’s Robbie Emory scored his first career Winchester feature win in last Saturday nights 30-lap Limited Late Model main. The win for Emory, worth $1250, came steering his familiar Swartz chassis no.9E with a family prepared Emory’s Racing Engines power plant under the hood.

The heads up start found Emory and Scott Palmer on the front row for the initial green flag of the event. Emory would eventually pace all 30-circuits but would have to survive numerous caution periods and a late race surge from eventual runner up Jonathan DeHaven to preserve the breakthrough win. “When we first started racing with the Limited’s we came here quite often and I know we’ve finished second at least 7 or 8 times,” Emory stated in victory lane. “It feels great to finally get our first win here.” Last Saturday’s winner Derick Quade was third, 9th starting James Lichliter took 4th with former champion Wesley Bonebrake rounding out the top-five. Heats went to Emory, Palmer, and Bonebrake.

Dale Hollidge prevailed in the companion 25-lap RUSH Crate Late Model contest breaking Logan Roberson’s 2-race win streak. Hollidge darted from the pole and would lead the distance scoring the win in his Rocket no.0. “We came here to get some seat time for the Battle of the Bay races next week,” Hollidge remarked. “There’s a lot of good cars and drivers in this class and we need to be ready when the tour guys come next week.” Logan Roberson, Billy Beachler, 13th starting Devin Brannon and Levi Crowl would complete the top-five. Heats went to Beachler and Hollidge.

Brad Kling drove to a thrilling win in the 20-lap Mid-Atlantic Modified feature. Kling, who lined up 7th for the start, clawed through the field to overhaul race long leader Hunter McClendon on the 16th lap and would lead the final 4 laps to post the win. “On that last re-start Hunter left us just enough room on the bottom and we were able to get by him.” Said Kling. “This is a great way to start the season and a big thanks to everyone who helps.” Justin Cullum came on late for 2nd, McClendon took 3rd with Ray Kable Jr. and Mike Corbin filling the front five. Heats went to Mike Corbin and Alyssa Rowe.

In support class action, Ethan Ours became the 3rd different winner of 2019 with his victory in the 15-lap Pure Stock feature in his first start of the season, Hunter Diehl drove to his first career track and club win in the 30-lap Xcel 600 Modified main with Jeff Wilkins scoring his first of the season in the nightcap 15-lap U-Car feature.

Limited Late Model Feature Results;
1. Robbie Emory
2. Jonathan DeHaven
3. Derick Quade
4. James Lichliter
5.Wesley Bonebrake
6. David Keith
7. Scott Merryman
8. Rodney Walls
9. Matt Hildabrandt
10. Bruce Kane
11.Sam Bryant
12. Scott Palmer
13. Scott Sweeney
14. Dale Murphy
15. Trae Armel
16. Richard Hawkins
17. Justin Dillman
18. Austin Stover
19. Brad Omps
20. Dallas Richards
21. Josh Williams
22. Eric Groah
23. Keith Koontz
24. Jimmy Richards
25. Josh Lilly

RUSH Crate Late Model Feature;
1. Dale Hollidge
2. Logan Roberson
3. Billy Beachler
4. Devin Brannon
5. Levi Crowl
6. Scott Sweeney Jr.
7. Timmy Booth
8. Megan Mann
9.Tyler Hoy
10. Jonathan Raley
11. Carl Biddle
12. Donnie Tepper
13. Al Shawver Jr.
14. BJ Mongold
15. Steve Lowery
16. Ronnie Martin Jr.
17. Jon Painter
18. Trevor Collins
19. Josh Reid
20. Dustin Arnold

E-Mod feature finish
1. Brad Kling 2. Justin Cullum 3. Hunter McClendon 4. Ray Kable Jr. 5. Mike Corbin 6. Alyssa Rowe 7.Allen Brannon 8. Tommy Whitt 9. Rich Goodman 10. Cody Williams 11. Cody Oliver 12. Jeff McCauley 13.Jacob Whitt 14. George Gutridge 15. Josh Hughes 16. Chase Butler 17. Frank Dibella 18. Keith Reed 19. David Kaiser 20. David Green

Pure Stock feature finish
1. Ethan Ours 2. Craig Parrill 3. Chris Sumption 4.Buddy Wilson 5. Tyler Gray 6. Dylan Rutherford 7. Jeremy Tinsman 8. Matt Randall 9. Jerry Jenkins Jr. 10.Branson Woodward 11. Delmar Grady 12. Bill Ramsey 13. Norman Potter

U Car feature finish
1. Jeff Wilkins 2. Larry Lamb 3. Gene Wilson 4. Billy Smith 5. Kevin Oates 6. Randy Wilkins 7.Tim Steele 8. Russell Fox 9. Tiff Wilson 10. Ricky Shanholtz 11.Dominic King 12. Allen Griffith 13. Evan Foust 14. James Neff 15. Mike Griffith

Xcel 600 feature finish
1. Hunter Diehl 2. Korey Inglin 3. Travis Fichter 4. Sam Sciccitano 5. Brian Blankenbillar 6. Gabby Meixell 7. Grant Schibilia 8 Robert Martin 9. Jess Michel 10. Ty Hoke 11. Keith Inglin 12. Geoffrey Sutton 13. Shawna Schibilia

Peyton Sellers Wins First Visit Hampton VA Grassroots 200 at Langley Speedway

Peyton Sellers celebrates in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane after winning the Visit Hampton VA Grassroots 200

Hampton, VA – When the Denny Hamlin Foundation pulled the plug on the Short Track Showdown this year, Langley Speedway owner Bill Mullis stepped up to the plate and scheduled a 200-lap, $7,500 to win, Thursday night feature to kick off the big NASCAR weekend as the Xfinity and Cup series comes to town. Sixteen NASCAR Late Model Stock cars converged on the historic .400-mile speedway in hopes of being the inaugural winner.

Philip Morris, who has had a rough start to the 2019 season and his hunt for what would be his recording breaking sixth national title, was the fastest man earlier in qualifying. Morris, with a time of 15.645 (92.042 MPH), was able to squeak by Langley Speedway veteran C.E. Falk by just four-hundredths of a second to earn the right to lead the field to the green. JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry rolled off third followed Danny Edwards and Greg Edwards. The 200-lap feature would be run in three segments with controlled cautions at lap 80 and 160.

When the green flag was displayed all sixteen drivers took things easy, fell in line, and started to get into a rhythm. As predicted, Philip Morris took command of the lead and set a blistering pace. Creating more than a two-second gap over Greg Edwards, CE Falk, and Berry. That was until we neared the lap 80 caution when Greg Edwards started to real the leader back in but to no avail. As the caution was displayed Morris was surprisingly the first car to come down pit road for what appeared to be just adjustments handing the lead over the Greg Edwards.

Edwards held the lead for just under ten laps before Josh Berry was able to get into clean air and he too checked out on the field. Falk would take just a handful of laps to work his way into the second position and track down the JRM car. As we came closer and closer to the next controlled caution the lap cars got more and more bothersome for the leaders. To the point that Berry was attempting to get around Eddie Johnson on the bottom groove when Falk made contact with the rear bumper of Berry sending him around in two. The caution would ultimately become the break; it would also send Falk to the rear, which was the start of a wild night for the 02, and hand the lead over the Sellers.

Once out in clear air and in somewhat control of the restart, Peyton Sellers was on fire. Not literally, of course, but the car looked to be on rails! Behind him, another South Boston driver that honestly we picked as a dark horse to win this one after his performance in the 2018 Hampton Heat but his night would be short lived after hard contact with the turn three wall.

Sellers would have to hold off the field two more times after cautions came from contact between Philip Morris and, as we mentioned above, Thomas Scott going into turn three while working lap 161. Morris ended up getting into the back of Scott sending him up the track and into the outside wall. Scott was able to get the fired and drive back to his stall but unable to finish the race. The second restart Sellers had to deal with came in similar fashion a little more than ten laps later when C.E. Falk and Philip Morris got together going into three. Falk no doubt got an amazing run on Morris out of two and down the backstretch going into three where the made contact. Morris was sent up the track and hard into the outside wall. Making it the second time this season his car needed to be carried to pit road with two wreckers.

Sellers had to fight a little harder on the final restart of the evening but cleared the field out of turn four leaving track veterans Greg Edwards and Mark Wertz to battle it out. Berry, who was probably the biggest winner in those two late race cautions, was able to battle his way back up front and around Edwards and Wertz to take the runner up position.

“First off, to God be the glory,” Sellers exclaimed as he exited the car. “Man, it’s amazing, these races are so hard to win, we beat the best in the business tonight. Josh Berry has got his game on right now; those JR Motorsports guys are tough. Phillip came on strong early but had a tough time getting back up there. Man, this is unbelievable, we loaded up the dually yesterday afternoon, just the four of us, came out here and taking the money back to Danville”.

Sellers also went on to thank track owner Bill Mullis for stepping up to the plate and putting on a show for the short track racers and fans. Langley Speedway will be off this weekend as NASCAR invaded Richmond Raceway but will be back in action April 20thwith Modifieds headlining the program.

 

Visit Hampton VA Grassroots 200 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #26 Peyton Sellers; 200
  2. #88 Josh Berry; 200
  3. #21 Greg Edwards; 200
  4. #55 Mark Wertz; 200
  5. #02 CE Falk; 200
  6. #91 Justin S. Carroll; 200
  7. #57 Justin T. Carroll; 200
  8. #90 Terry Carroll; 200
  9. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 200
  10. #57 Eddie Johnson; 198
  11. #71 Rick Gdovic; 197
  12. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 192
  13. #01 Philip Morris; 177
  14. #8 Thomas Scott; 161
  15. #03 Brenden Queen; 160
  16. #88 Thomas Marks; 19

Shawn Balluzzo Returns to Dale Lemonds Victory Lane After Emotional Off-Season

Hampton, VA – By now it is no secret that Shawn Balluzzo, defending and record holding ten-time Modified champion, and family has had a roller coaster offseason dealing with off tracks things. Towards the end of the 2018 race season, it was announced that his youngest daughter Bryce was diagnosed with leukemia – a cancer of the blood. However, if you don’t know a Balluzzo or their family, then you don’t know how much of fighters they are. Bryce with the help of family, friends, and Fanschoice stayed strong even in the hardest times and is pushing through. Much like her father did at the end of last season to secure his tenth division title and come back just as strong in 2019.

After being fastest all day in practice, Shawn Balluzzo was the man to beat in qualifying as well, putting down a lap time of 15.961. Filling out the top five would be Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, Jamie Sample, and Kyle Wood. Fourteen Modifieds would enter the contest this past Saturday for twin 40-lap races tonight.

As the first 40 lap feature got underway, Balluzzo jumped out to an early lead and pulled away from Matt Carter. After several laps of hard racing for the third position, Jamie Sample spun out to bring out the first caution of the race. The restart would come and Balluzzo would pull away from the field once again. Sample would make his way back to the top five until he made contact with Louie Pasderetz, who made his move up from the Grand Stock division and will be competing for Rookie of the Year and spun him around to bring out the caution.

At the halfway point Balluzzo still showed the way over Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, Bobby Gery, and Kyle Wood. Battles throughout the field would start to begin as Danny Harrell, TJ Largena and Rick Gdovick fought for the eighth position. With only three laps to go, Gery did all he could to get past Carter the for third position but couldn’t manage. The checkered flag waved for the driver of the No. 48 machine Shawn Balluzzo followed by Bubba Johnston, Matt Carter, Bobby Gery, and Jamie Sample rounding out your top five.

The second twin 40 of the night, as usual on twin nights, was an exciting one. Due to NASCAR rules, the field had to invert up to the top eight from the first race putting TJ Largena on the pole. Danny Harrell would line up second, Kyle Wood third, Jamie Sample fourth and Bobby Gery starting fifth. After just one lap, the majority of the field didn’t make it out of turn one. Bubba Johnston’s and Matt Carter’s cars were unable to continue the race. On the following restart, Kyle Wood would take over the lead for a good fifteen laps as things began to heat up throughout the field.

The second caution of the race would come after Balluzzo and Gery were battling for position and made contact with each other sending both to the rear of the field. Jamie Sample would take the lead away from Kyle Wood on the restart and start to pull away. Balluzzo would make his charge back through the field and into the top five just a few laps later. With only nine laps left in the race, Bobby Gery hit the backstretch wall hard ultimately bringing out the red flag.

Once back green and with only five laps to go, Balluzzo would battle Sample for the lead and ultimately take it from him. From there Balluzzo would hold on to the win and double down on the night and open 2019 with two wins. Jamie Sample, Matt Morgan, Rick Gdovick and Louie Pasderetz rounded out your top five.

Larry King Law Modified Race Results #1:

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #51 Bubba Johnston; 40
  3. #78 Matt Carter; 40
  4. #60 Bobby Gery; 40
  5. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  6. #19 Kyle Wood; 40
  7. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  8. #4 TJ Largena; 40
  9. #47 Rick Gdovic; 40
  10. #26 Louie Pasderetz; 40
  11. #7 Grant Blasingame; 40
  12. #16 Eric McPherson; 40
  13. #98 Matt Morgan; 26
  14. #3 Brad Adams; 14

Larry King Law Modified Race Results #2:

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  3. #98 Matt Morgan; 40
  4. #47 Rick Gdovic; 40
  5. #26 Louie Pasderetz; 40
  6. #19 Kyle Wood; 40
  7. #4 TJ Largena; 40
  8. #7 Grant Blasingame; 40
  9. #16 Eric McPherson; 39
  10. #60 Bobby Gery; 31
  11. #95 Danny Harrell; 16
  12. #78 Matt Carter; 1
  13. #51 Bubba Johnston; 1

Jeff Oakley Wins Dominion Raceway Season Opener in Wild Overtime Finish

Jeff Oakley works down the backstretch at Dominion Raceway during final practice. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Thornburg, VA – Jeff Oakley is no stranger to victory lane at Dominion Raceway and he proved that once more tonight. Oakley muscled his way around defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion Philip Morris on lap twenty-seven, held off several charges, and several late race cautions to capture the win.

Bruce Anderson was the fastest man in town earlier in the afternoon as the sun was setting over Dominion Raceway with a 15.302-second lap. Jeff Oakley, Michael Hardin, Howie DiSavino, and Philip Morris were the fastest five cars at the completion of qualifying. Anderson would be forced to give up his front row starting position due to Dominion’s invert rule. That starting position was given to none other than Philip Morris.

Morris was able to jump out to the early lead when twenty-three cars roared to life down the front stretch and into turn one. Hometown veteran Michael Hardin looked to have other plans for how he wanted the race to play out and took the lead from Morris eleven laps into the feature. Hardin’s lead was short-lived, as Morris was able to get battle back and regain the lead. The short battle was just enough to allow Oakley to close the gap and be part of the conversation for the race lead.

Oakley was able to take the lead following a restart after a rather lengthy red flag for clean up due to a crash in turn two. Morris decided to take the cone from the lead and restart from the top groove. This allowed Oakley to restart on the bottom, which honestly may have won him the race. The two sailed off into turn one racing a very physical race but it was Oakley who came out of turn two on top.

Oakley then had to turn his attention to restarts, as he had to deal with an unprecedented seven restarts in one of the wildest races we have been to in a while. One of those restarts just happened to be a green, white, checkered in Dominion’s version of overtime that ultimately took out champion contender Tyler Hughes out of the race when he had issues getting started. In victory lane, Oakley ranked this win up there on his list of wins after beating Philip Morris heads up.

Morris was able to hold off an impressive late race charge from former Rev Racing K&N driver Sergio Pena, who actually started to come on really strong as the laps wound down. Davey Callihan running a Bobby Creech prepared car was able to hang onto a fourth-place finish while Doug Barnes bounced back to a fifth place finish after being sent to the rear of the field due to his involvement in the incident that took Bruce Anderson out of contention for a win.

Cole Bruce picked up the official first victory of the 2019 Dominion Season in the scheduled 30-lap feature. Bruce, who was actually involved in the night’s first caution, was able to drive back through the field for the win, with the help of a handful of cautions. Bradley Kilby was the one who actually took the early lead following the first restart of the honestly looked poised for the win, however, with the help of a few cautions Bruce was able to drive back through the field and collect the win. Aaron Donnelly, who was supposed to pull double duty in the Dominion Racer and Late Model, finished second while Mike Ganoe Jr., Andrew Lang, and Reid Murphy completed the top five.

With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series making their trip back to the commonwealth, next weekend Dominion Raceway will take the weekend off and return to action Saturday, April 20th. For a complete list of who is running make sure you head over to the speedway’s website.

 

Late Model UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #11 Jeff Oakley; 107
  2. #01 Philip Morris; 107
  3. #01 Sergio Pena; 107
  4. #13 Davey Callihan; 107
  5. #88 Doug Barnes; 107
  6. #22 Grayson Cullather; 107
  7. #72 Blake Morris; 107
  8. #4 Randy Roberts; 107
  9. #17 Eric George; 107
  10. #82 Mike Ganoe; 107
  11. #8 Tyler Hughes; 106
  12. #18 Chandler Storm; 105
  13. #1 Michael Munley; 105
  14. #19 Colby Stottlemyer; 97
  15. #4 Timmy Phipps; 93
  16. #9 Alex Brock; 78
  17. #55 Howie DiSavino; 76
  18. #09 Bruce Anderson; 62
  19. #7 Michael Hardin; 48
  20. #00 Chase Burrow; 16
  21. #04 Mike Michalski; 16
  22. #6 Cole Knopp; 16
  23. #75 Logan Jones; 2

 

Dominion Racers UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #31 Cole Bruce; 36
  2. #31 Aaron Donnelly; 36
  3. #12 Mike Ganoe Jr.; 36
  4. #29 Andrew Lang; 26
  5. #21 Reid Murphy; 36
  6. #9 James Johnson; 36
  7. #5 Bradley Kilby; 36
  8. #70 Barry Moore; 36
  9. #91 Robb Almy; 36
  10. #51 Raymond Terczak; 35
  11. #28 Davey Callihan; 9
  12. #07 Richard Storm; 4
  13. #8 Billy Ingle; 1

 

Featured Photo: Andy Newsome/Loose In, Tight Off

INEX: Chris Lily & Brian May Earn Season Opening Victories in Legends Throughout Virginia; Philyaw & Music Pick Up Bando Wins

Brian May dives into turn one at Langley Speedway Saturday afternoon during practice. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

The INEX series, which actually kicked off their 2019 campaign several weeks back in Florida, was in action this past weekend for the first time at both Southside Speedway in Midlothian, as well as Langley Speedway located in Hampton.

Chris Lilly, no stranger to O’Riley Auto Parts Victory Lane at Southside Speedway, took the green flag one spot back from his second-place qualifying effort due to the invert rule Southside has used for years now. However, you might be able to argue that those turn of events was not all that bad. Sure, you technically lose a spot on the scoreboard but, it allows you to be on the inside going into one. The start of the race was left to the fourth-place qualifier Connor Jones. Ironically to his outside was Kevin Nowak, the only other car in the field sporting the new three-cylinder, water cooled engine.

Jones did a good job on the start and leading the way for the short time he did have the lead but it did not take Lily long to go on the attack. Less than five laps into the twenty-five lap feature Chris Lily had taken the top spot and never looked back. It did set up a pretty awesome battle for second between Jones and Carter Weedon. Jones, who looked to be exiting the corner just a little better than Weedon, was able to hold his own for several laps until a small slip off turn four was all Weedon need to take the spot.

From there it was smooth sailing for Chris Lily to pick up the checkered flag. Carter Weedon, Connor Jones, Kevin Nowak, and Spencer Saunders completed the top five finishers. Southside Speedway will be back in action tomorrow Friday, April 5 for the same fun and exciting racing.

The following day (Saturday) Brian May got his first win of the season in dominating fashion just about 70 miles south of Southside Speedway. May was the first and only car to hit a sub-eighteen-second lap during qualifying to earn the pole. Langley Speedway does not do an invert following qualifying which proved to be helpful in May’s victory. Ryan Matthews, Devon Courtney, Connor Jones, and Colby Flowers were the fastest five qualifiers Saturday night.

Ryan Matthews and Connor Jones gave it an honest effort to track down May for the lead but were not able to make it happen. Couple a 25-lap caution free feature and a bad fast car you end up with a runaway win. Spencer Saunders made things interesting for the fans as he charged through the field. After missing the mark during qualifying Saunders, a previous Legends track champion was forced to take the green flag from the ninth position. By the end of the event, Saunders was able to make it to fourth citing if he could have gotten a caution he probably could have won the race. Ryan Matthews, Connor Jones, Spencer Saunders, and Devon Courtney rounded out the top five finishers.

In Bando action, Wyatt Philyaw took the lead late on Friday night to capture his first win of the season. At Langley, Ryley Music – grandson of Langley Legend Phil Warren – picked up the first win of his career going wire-to-wire in his 15-lap feature.

The Legends & Bando’s will be back in action next Thursday, yes you read that right, next Thursday night during the inaugural Visit Hampton VA Grassroots 200.

Lubno, Klein, and Wood Pick Up Support Divisions Wins on Opening Night at Langley Speedway

Brandon Wood celebrates in victory lane at Langley Speedway during Pomoco Opening Night. It was Wood’s first career victory. (Photo: Langley Speedway Press Release)

Hampton, VA – Some form of Late Model Stock Car racing may be the premier racing division at your local short track but we all know it takes more than that to put on a weekly show. Hell, sometimes the support divisions are the ones who put on a better show if we are being honest. Grand Stocks, Super Trucks, and UCAR (Bando’s & Legends also kicked off their season as well, recap coming soon) kicked off their season over the weekend. We saw some familiar faces back in victory lane as well as some new ones. The best part was each division had a great turn out of cars and we hear that a few more are still being built.

Let’s start by taking a look at the Pepsi Grand Stock division. Sammy Gaita, who missed a good portion of 2018 due to an injury, came back strong this season and grabbed his first pole award laying down a 17.705-second lap. Defending champ, Paul Lubno, would take the green from the fourth position. However, Lubno had no plans staying there for too long and it showed once the race went green.

To 40-lap feature saw three different leaders with Gaita being the first. His Frontline Vapes number 24 looked strong early but faded as the run went on. Tim Wilson took advantage of the opportunity and took over the lead, leaving the door open for Lubno to take second. Wilson did all he could to hold back the seasoned veteran but there was just not enough left in the tank (figuratively speaking) as Lubno was able to muscle his way into the top spot a handful of laps later. Once that powder blue number fourteen got the clean air and track, it was lights out.

“I got into the back of the seventeen a little too hard,” Lubno said in victory lane about the pass for the lead. “I rolled out of the throttle to let him get straightened back up then we went back to racing like we should do it.” Lubno went on to thank all of his crew and sponsors for making things happen. This past weekend is more than likely just a preview of things to come for the Pepsi Grand Stocks and Paul Lubno. Is there anyone out there who can stop his reign on the division? Tim Wilson, Sammy Gaita, Michael Waters, and dale Nicholls rounded out the top five finishers.

Jacob Carr, defending Super Truck champion, looked to be the guy to beat as the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks kicked off their season is past weekend. Carr was quickest in qualifying earlier in the afternoon posting a 19.054-second lap. Rick Poust, making his return to the division in a Chase Elliot Mt. Dew inspired paint scheme, gave Carr a decent run for his money on the initial start from the outside but, eventually fell into line to continue his chase. Ronald Klein, last years Enduro champion, made his return to the truck division for the first time since 2017, looked to be the fastest man around as the laps clicked off and with the help of a couple of timely cautions, Klein was a true contender for the race lead.

With just five laps to go, Klein was able to methodically work his way under Carr and take the lead. Carr would get one final shot at Klein as the third and final caution would wave one lap twenty-three, setting up a two-lap shoot out. As the caution truck peeled down pit road, Klein nailed the restart, got the separation he needed, and went on to take the win. Rick Poust, Jacob Carr, Paige Cain, and Keith Wheeler rounded out the top five.

Brandon Wood, who was forced to sit at least half of the 2018 season out after a major crash with a lap car destroyed his car, came back this year faster than ever. After qualifying on the pole it looked like Wood was going to cruise to a caution free victory in a dominating way. However, with about five laps to go, things got really interesting, really fast.

The first (bogus) caution of the night came a car came to a stop on the apron, maybe the grass, then magically got going again. From there, like the old saying goes, “cautions breed cautions.” On the following restart as the field sailed into turn one, Dean Ballew & defending series champion Austin Davis made contact which sent Davis around and Ballew to the rear. Wood had to survive a couple more restarts as Davis ended up in more trouble at the hands of Mike Farley who had trouble getting going. Not sure if he spun the tires, missed a shift, or just got caught sleeping either way, Davis tried to go low to get around, Farley tried to go low to get out the way and the two met in an unfortunate manner.

Luckily for Brandon Wood, the restarts were not an issue and he was able to hang onto the lead and pick up his first career UCAR win. Dean Ballew was able to rebound to a second place finish, Courtney Shiflett, Austin Davis, and Tyler Borden rounded out the top five.

Langley Speedway will be back in action this weekend Saturday, April 6th with twin Modified features, Super Street action, Pro Six, Karts, and Enduro’s. Grand Stands will open a 2:00 PM. Qualifying at 4:30, racing actions scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Bailey Moves Kyle Wood for Modified Victory; Dan Rogers Picks Up Where He Left Off

Mason Bailey gets a feel of a new car during the opening round of practice Friday, March 29, 2019. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA– Bailey was one of two drivers, Kyle Wood was the second, pulling double duty on the evening. Both drivers were racing in the Modified division and the Late Model class. Bailey, who was piloting the yellow No. 17 machine we saw end up in victory lane so much last year, once again put it on the pole with a time faster than what he did in the Late Model – 14.550. Kyle Wood, Michael Johnson, Tyler Davis, and Thomas Stinson were the fastest five drivers. Bailey somehow drew another two for the invert handing his pole spot over the Kyle Wood.

Once the race went green Wood took advantage of that top spot and took an early lead. Bailey stayed glued to the rear nerf bar, however, and the two checked out from the rest of the field. As the two clicked off laps we could see the race getting more and more physical. It went from stalking, to a couple of knock-knocks on the rear nerf bar, all the way to one hell of a bump and run, two to be exact. The first one was just a little sloppy and Bailey let Wood collect the car back up so they could go back at it.

Wood did a hell of a job leading the first seventeen circuits and looked to be a real contender for victory lane. However, that second shot Bailey gave him going into one working lap seventeen was just too much. Wood was moved up the racetrack allowing Bailey to take the lead and ultimately the victory. Michael Johnson was able to hold off Thomas Stinson, the two finished third and fourth respectively. Tyler Davis rounded out the top five.

Dan Rogers picked up where he left the Grand Stock division in 2018 – at the top of the leader board and points standings. Rogers was the only driver to break into the fifteen-second bracket during practifying running a 15.824 (75.827 MPH). With the invert rule Southside uses – up to six cars can be inverted for the start of the race, however, the pole sitter earns a bonus point – Rogers took the green flag from the fourth position. This handed the top spot and front row over to Brian Rogers, no relation, and Mike Lowe.

Lowe was able to hang onto the lead for the first seven circuits before surrendering the lead to Chris Sylvester, just as the first of two cautions came out. The second caution coming from Lowe stopping on the backstretch. The lead switched hands one final time on lap seventeen when Rogers was able to get around Sylvester who would ultimately finish second. Rookie of the Year contender Eddie Slagle recovered from an early spin to finish third. Wayne Groome and Jordan Bell rounded out the top five.

 

Modified OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #17 Mason Bailey; 30
  2. #19 Kyle Wood; 30
  3. #38 Michael Johnson; 30
  4. #9 Thomas Stinson; 30
  5. #00 Tyler Davis; 30
  6. #7 Lauren Edgerton; 30
  7. #29 Adam Medek; 30
  8. #43 Warren Lipford; 0

 

Grand Stock Official Results;

  1. #33 Dan Rogers; 30
  2. #5 Chris Sylvester; 30
  3. #58 Eddie Slagle; 30
  4. #08 Wayne Groome; 30
  5. #17 Jordan Bell; 30
  6. #88 Mike Lowe; 29
  7. #44 Brian Rogers; 22