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Shawn Balluzzo Remains Perfect at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – A rare 50-lap race was on hand for the drivers as they looked to end the bounty on Shawn Balluzzo. A field of nine Modifieds started the feature. Rick Gdovic grabbed his first pole of the year with a time of 16.545 with Shawn Balluzzo lining up second with a time of 16.602. Jamie Sample, Bubba Johnston, and Danny Harrell rounded out the fast five.

As the green flag dropped, Gdovic got a good start and rolled into turn one with the lead. Balluzzo would fall in line to second with Sample right behind him. Johnston didn’t get the start he wanted as Harrell got by him for fourth. Harrell wasted little time to try and get past Sample as well for the third position but got loose on the inside of him and lost a lot of momentum. Gdovic and Balluzzo we’re putting on a very fast pace for the race as they had opened up a straightaway lead over Sample in just 10 laps.

With the field spread out a bit, the only battle on track was for the sixth position between Bubba Johnston and Grant Blasingame. As them two battled, Brad Adams, who had his worst qualifying effort of the season, managed to make it a three car battle. Blasingame got around Johnston and took sixth away. Johnston got stuck on the outside and Adams managed to take seventh away as well. Blasingame wasted little time to catch Matt Morgan for the fifth spot and in turns one and two he got the inside line to take away the position. Adams caught up to them and once again made it a three car battle for position. Morgan has a little slip going into turn one and Adams took the opening and took sixth.

Halfway and it was Gdovic, Balluzzo, Sample, Harrell, and Blasingame. Gdovic and Balluzzo began to catch lap traffic on lap 26 and the battle for the lead tightened up. Balluzzo got to the back bumper of Gdovic the first time but Gdovic got a great run out of turn four to pull away just enough to put space between the two. Lap 33 and Balluzzo got a great run down the backstretch and got the inside line going into turn three to take the lead away from Gdovic. With the field so spread out, Balluzzo put fourth place car Harrell a lap down. With ten laps to go, Balluzzo had put a decent lead over Gdovic and had his sights set on his 14th victory of the season.

The one thing Balluzzo didn’t want to see happened. The caution came out on lap 44 for Eric McPherson going for a solo spin in turn two. This would give Gdovic and Sample one more chance to beat Balluzzo. With one to go, Sample took the cone to start on the outside of Balluzzo with Gdovic right behind him. When the restart came, it sure was a messy one. Balluzzo spun his tires, Gdovic spun his as well, and Sample made contact with Balluzzo due to him getting sideways. All cars would make it into turn one with Balluzzo the leader. The second caution came out for Gdovic and Morgan spinning on the backstretch.

No one took the cone so it would be a single file restart. This restart was a lot better for Balluzzo, Sample got just as good of a start. Going into turn one, Sample actually got to the inside of Balluzzo to look for the lead. Balluzzo with the experience, powered his way on the outside down the backstretch to hold the lead into turn three. Sample didn’t hold back as he kept beating and banging on Balluzzos back bumper doing all he could to beat him.

Checkered flag flew and Shawn Balluzzo picked up his 14th win of the season and stayed undefeated. It wasn’t the easiest win as drivers are getting anxious to get that bounty. Jamie Sample, Rick Gdovic, Danny Harrell, and Eric McPherson rounded out the top five.

Larry King Laws Modified Results

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 50
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 50
  3. #64 Rick Gdovic; 50
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 50
  5. #16 Eric McPherson; 49
  6. #7 Grant Blasingame; 49
  7. #98 Matt Morgan; 49
  8. #3 Brad Adams; 47
  9. #19 Bubba Johnston; 46

Greg Edwards Continues the Winning Streak at Langley Speedway as the Season Winds Down

Hampton, VA– When you’re hot you’re hot and that is showing in the Taylor Waste Services Late Model division at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Since the annual Hampton Heat 200 no one has been on point more than current series points leader Greg Edwards, who once again flexed his muscle Saturday night dominating the 100-lap feature.

Even after transmissions issues plagued the Hampton based race team during practice, he and the crew were able to head to the race shop and make the swap prior to qualifying and went out and snaged the pole with 15.829 (89.835 mph) second lap. Connor Hall, who had just come off another impressive $10,000 win at Carteret County Speedway the previous week, Woody Howard, Brenden Queen, and Michael Hardin made up the fastest five drivers.

Once it was time to go racing Connor Hall was not playing games while Edwards may have been in tire save mode early. From the outside lane going into turn one Hall sailed his No. 77 Townebank machine into turn one and took the lead from the veteran driver of Edwards and looked early to be a major contender for the win. Even after an early caution due to contact between Rodney Boyd and Craig Eastep bunched the field back up, Hall did what needed to be done to clear the field on the ensuing restart and looked to check out.

Edwards, however, had a plan of his own and once he got back around of Queen who had elected to take the cone on the one and only restart. Once clear he went into cruise control mode attempting to save the right rear tire. It wasn’t until just before the halfway break the Edwards made his move taking a peak under Hall as the pair worked through and out of turn number two. Edwards would eventually take the position and really open up a good bit of distance between himself and second place. Lapped traffic also had a large effect on Greg’s new lead as it took way longer than normal for Connor to work his way around the slower cars of Terry Carroll and Thomas Marks. With no more cautions it was essentially the final nail in the coffin for Hall and secured the win for Edwards.

Defending track champion Danny Edwards, who had issues during qualifying which set him pretty far back in the field for the feature, rebounded to a solid third place finish. Woody Howard and Brenden Queen rounded out the top five finishers. An honorable mention goes out to Rookie of the Year contender Zach Lightfoot who started and maintained a top ten position all night – he would finish just outside the top five in the sixth position.

“My hats off to Connor [Hall],” Edwards said right after getting out of his car in victory lane. “His car is so fast on the outside I don’t know how he does it. His car just grips up and turns when he wants it. He had a lot of speed early and we were so tight so I made the decision that I needed to ride and take my time. If we could just not spin the rear tires I was hoping eventually he would wear down a little bit, I think that’s what happened.”

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 100
  2. #77 Connor Hall; 100
  3. #26 Danny Edwards; 100
  4. #41 Woody Howard; 100
  5. #03 Brenden Queen; 99
  6. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 99
  7. #91 Justin Carroll; 99
  8. #7 Michael Hardin; 99
  9. #90 Terry Carroll; 99
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 99
  11. #00 Chase Burrow; 98
  12. #4 Duane Shreeves; 98
  13. #9 Rodney Boyd; 98
  14. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 98
  15. #89 Craig Eastep; 5

Defending Champion Billy Hubbard Collects Eighth Victory of the Season in the Budweiser Allstar Late Models

Billy Hubbard celebrates his eighth win of 2019 at Dixieland Speedway with family and crew August 16th. (Josh Ranger/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Elizabeth City, NC – Billy Hubbard dominated the 40-lap Budweiser Allstar Late Model race on Friday to claim his eighth win in 10 starts this season at Dixieland Speedway. The Cobbs Creek, Virginia native started the marquee event on the outside pole and quickly went to the lead after the initial start in turn one.  He would go on to lead every lap and collected a $1,200 check for his efforts.

Smithfield, Virginia’s Brent Robinson finished second, and John Staton earned third place.

“After two weeks off because of rain it feels good when you can come back and back it up with a win,” said Hubbard in victory lane.  “What a season; what more could we ask for, other than a championship.”

Hubbard continues to lead the points chase over Larry Jackson by 14 points.

Elizabeth City racer Mark Overman started the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman feature on the pole position and would lead the entire 20-lap event to garner his third victory of the season. Points leader Troy Brickhouse entered the race six markers ahead of Mark Gonzales and was able to finish the event in the runner up spot.  Gonzales was working his way towards the head of the field after starting in seventh place until trouble ensued on lap nine.  While running in the fourth spot, he experienced mechanical issues that ultimately sidelined the 27-year old competitor.  He would finish the race in ninth place and now finds himself 20 points behind Brickhouse entering the second to the final race of the season on Friday.

From the front row, Josh Letson and Allen Shiflett traded paint in the opening laps of the Little Caesars Super Street division feature.  Letson, who earned the pole after winning his heat race, would lead the opening lap; however, Shiflett continued to pursue the coveted top spot.  The two made hard contact on the backstretch on the second lap that would stack up the field and collected Kevin Webb, Rod Busitzky and Justin Pruitt.  Letson’s night would end after the contact, giving up any chance he had to win the event. Shiflett would go on to lead the remaining 19-laps to earn his first win of the season.

Points leader Justin Pruitt, who started in the sixth place, would recover from the earlier incident to finish second and defending race winner, Kevin Bray earned third place.

Pruitt continues to maintain the points lead by 50 markers over second place’s Dennis Barnes.

From the outside pole, points leader James Hissom, Jr., continued his dominance and led all 15-laps to claim the Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours victory.  Fourth place starter, Trevor Battoia would bounce back to claim second, and Chris Freemon earned third place.

Hissom leads the season-long championship chase by 48 points over Kolton Stevens.  Stevens is only two points ahead of third place’s Battoia.

After a couple of seasons off, Virginia Beach’s Rickie Waters returned to competition in the R&D Super Fours in convincing fashion.  The past-champion started the race on the pole position and would lead all 20-laps to gain the victory.  Lewis Moulton of Gates claimed a career-best finish of second and Brian Harris earned third. Potential winner, Ron Winterburn’s night ended early after his car would not get up to full speed on a restart after a caution flag on lap eight.  The Hertford racer would give up the second position as he had to enter the pit area.

Dale Ore, Jr. continues to lead the point standings.

Hubbard Motorsports made four young fans happy Friday evening as they giveaway two bicycles and scooters to fans in attendance.

Racing resumes on Friday, August 23rdand includes a special 40-lap Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman event that will pay the winner $1,000.  Additionally, Budweiser Allstar Late Models, Little Caesars Super Streets, and Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours will compete.  Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and the action kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase in person.  For more information, dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net.

 

About Dixieland Speedway:

 

Dixieland Speedway is northeastern North Carolina’s premier action track.  The 3/8-mile dirt oval has hosted exciting Friday night racing since 1983.  Long straightaways and tight turns lead to intense on-track action.  The clay track is 55 feet wide and turns one and two are banked at 12 degrees, while turns three and four are eight-degrees.  Race fans from all over the region have come to witness spectacular side by side racing through the years.  The family-friendly facility offers something for everyone as on-track action keeps fans on the edge of their seats all night long.  Refreshment and souvenir stands are on site.  Tickets for all events are available for purchase in person.  Don’t miss your chance to see why they call Dixieland, the track that started it all. To learn more, visit dixielandspeedway.net or follow Dixieland Speedway on Facebook (Dixieland Speedway), Twitter (@DixielandSpdwy) and Instagram (@dixielandspeedway).  Information by phone, dial 252-771-5151.  Dixieland Speedway is located at 1520 Northside Road in Elizabeth City.

Justin Williams Outduels Billy Hubbard for Pro Late Model Victory on Pepsi Night at Virginia Motor Speedway; Chase Butler Scores Career First in Modifieds; Casey and Givens also Grab Victories

Jamaica, VA – Justin Williams of Concord, VA and Billy Hubbard of Cobbs Creek, VA put on a battle for the ages. The two exchanged the lead four times before Williams would finally take over the top spot for good with a slide job on a lap 30 restart. Williams would then survive one last caution with two laps to go to score his third Victory Lap Pro Late Model win of the season on Pepsi Night.

 

“All the drivers here are pretty tough, when you can start sixth and come up and get the win and pass someone like Billy (Hubbard); I would say he’s won two in a row but one of them got taken away from him. I had to throw a little slide job on him to get by him,” commented Williams in WhosYourDriver.org victory lane.

 

Rounding out the top five were Davis Lipscombe, Russell Erwin in his first race, Billy Hubbard and Corey Almond.

 

In other action Chase Butler of Mechanicsville, VA scored his career first Budweiser Modified win, taking the lead on lap 11 and then holding off point leader Hunter McClendon for the victory. In the Truckin Thunder Sportsman feature Steve Casuey of Smithfield, VA returned to victory lane with his run from shotgun on the field, and in the Collision One Limited Stock Car 25 lap feature James Givens of Henrico, VA won for the third time this season.

 

In the Victory Lap Pro Late Model 35 lap feature Troy Williams and Billy Hubbard led the field to green with Hubbard jumping to the lead out of turn 2. Once out front Hubbard began to pull away. Behind him Justin Williams would dice his way from his sixth place starting spot to second by lap 12. With Hubbard working traffic, Williams began to close the gap. By lap 17 Williams had caught Hubbard in traffic and got inside him to take the lead on lap 18. Hubbard would fight back on the outside and regain the lead at the line the next lap. The two were aggressively working lapped traffic, almost getting into a couple slower cars as they negotiated the lapped traffic. On a lap 30 restart Williams would put a slide job on Hubbard in turn 1 and take over the top spot. A caution on lap 33 set up a two lap shootout for the win. On the races final restart Hubbard tried to go around William’s on the outside, jumping the cushion allowing Williams to get away and Davis Lipscombe and Russell Erwin to get by for second and third with Hubbard and Corey Almond rounding out the top five.

 

In the Budweiser Modified 30 lap feature Chase Butler and Francis Jarelle led the 23 car field to green with Jarelle leading the first circuit. Several positions back Hunter McClendon and Joey Polevoy battled for fourth just as the caution flew for the first time. On a lap 11 Jarrelle decided on a different tactic for the restart, this time waiting till turn 4 to get back in the gas. This time Butler was up for the challenge and jumped to the inside of Jarrelle heading into turn 1 and finally taking the lead out of turn 3. On lap 12 Brandon Galloway got by Jarrelle for second but would lose that position on lap 17 to McClendon. On lap 22 a caution erased all the distance between Butler and McClendon. On the restart Butler would get a good jump and pull away by five car lengths but another caution on lap 24 would once again come back out and close the field on Butler’s bumper. Races the final restart Butler would once again get a great restart and pull away by six car lengths and go on to score his career first victory in the Modified division. Rounding out the top five were Hunter McClendon, Brandon Galloway, Jeff Solinger and Lance Grady.

 

The first three laps of the 30 lap Truckin thunder Sportsman feature might have been the most exciting of the night. Brett Adkins and Chase Burrow led the field to green with Adkins taking the lead out of turn 4. On the next circuit Burrow, chad Beahr, Matt Ashworth and Tyler Shipp tried to make it four-wide out of turn 2 with Shipp ending up in the backstretch wall ending the point leader’s night. On the restart Burrow was all over the back of Adkins while Joe Weiss attempted to make it three wide. Heading into turn 1 Burrow slid under Adkins with the two touching sending Burrow to the lead with Tim Shelton and Weiss working to his inside in turn 2 making it three wide. Contact would send Burrow spinning bringing out the caution. Weiss would inherit the lead when Adkins would have to retire with mechanical issues. The race picked up again on lap 22 when Causey took the lead from Weiss out of turn 4. The two raced side by side for the next four laps before Casuey would take the lead for good and go on to score his first win of 2019. Rounding out the top five were Joe Weiss, Chase Burrow, Tommy Upshaw and Chad Beahr.

 

In the Collision One Limited Stock 25 lap feature Trent Clemans and Chad Champion led the field to green with Clemans leading the first circuit. The top five cars all put on great show for the fans with Clemans holding on to the top spot. James Givens would get to second on lap 7 and began pressuring Clemans for the lead. Clemans looked to have the car to win but Givens got to his bumper on lap 17 giving him a bump to move him up the track to take the lead. Once out front Givens pulled away to go on and score his third win of the season. Rounding out the top five were Trent Clemans, Chad Champion, Chris Champion and John Hankins Jr. 

 

The speedway will take the weekend of August 17thoff and return to racing on Saturday, August 24th to host the $3000 to win Northern Neck Chevrolet Prelude to the World Championship for the FASTRAK Pro Late Model Touring Series. Many of the Mid-Atlantic’s top Pro Late Model drivers will be on hand to not only try to take home the $3000 top prize but also get some valuable track time for the $50,000 to win FASTRAK World Championship set for September 13-14, 2019.

 

Also see the tracks Budweiser Modified, Truckin Thunder Sportsman and Collision One Limited Stocks in Dirt Series Championship weekly racing action.

 

Competitor gates for Saturday, August 24th will open at 3pm with spectator gates opening at 5pm. On track activities will begin at 6:30pm with hot laps. 

 

Adult tickets are just $15; seniors (60+) $12; military $8; students 13 – 17 years old $6; and children 12 and under free. Pit passes, regardless of age, will be $25. All tickets will be sold the day of the event.

 

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway is a ½ mile dirt oval track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

 

Race fans can go to www.vamotorspeedway.com to view the complete schedule Virginia Motor Speedway’s 2019 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.

40-Lap Budweiser Allstar Late Models Race at Dixieland Speedway on Friday

Elizabeth City, NC After two weeks off due to rain, Dixieland Speedway will hold its 10th event of the 2019 racing season onFriday evening and will feature a special Budweiser Allstar Late Models 40-lap race, paying $1,200 to the winner.  Four otherdivisions of competition will be held presented by Dixie 105.7, including the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman, Little Caesars Super Streets, Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours and the R&D Super Fours.

The Late Model race promises to attract heavyhitting regional dirt racers for their chance at the winning prize.  Additionally, points are on the line as the season begins to wind down.  Including Friday festivities, only three races remain in 2019.

The opening nine races have provided its share of drama and excitement.  A couple of drivers have had dominant seasons including James Hissom, Jr., who rung the bell in victory lane to garner his seventh checkered flag at the most previous race in the Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours.  He continues to lead the points chase.  Billy Hubbard has also had a remarkable season.  He collected his seventh win in the Budweiser Allstar Late Models in the last outing and padded his points lead over Larry Jackson by eight heading into this weekend’s events.  Justin Pruitt continues to lead the points race in the Little Caesars Super Streets by 46 over Dennis Barnes and third place racer Josh Letson is within two points of catching Barnes.  Troy Brickhouse has his work cut out for him if he hopes to earn the Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman title.  With two wins this year, he leads Mark Gonzales, who has the season mostvictories of four, by a slim six points.  Finally, Dale Ore, Jr. continues to lead the R&D Super Fours point standings.  

Gates open at 5:00 p.m. on Friday.  Practice kicks off at 6:30 p.m. followed by qualifying and racing begins at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets will be available for purchase in person.  For more information dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net.

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About Dixieland Speedway:

 Dixieland Speedway is northeastern North Carolina’s premier action track.  The 3/8-mile dirt oval has hosted exciting Friday night racing since 1983.  Long straightaways and tight turns lead to intense on-track action.  The clay track is 55 feet wide and turns one and two are banked at 12 degrees, while turns three and four are eight-degrees.  Race fans from all over the region have come to witness spectacular side by side racing through the years.  The family-friendly facility offers something for everyone as on-track action keeps fans on the edge of their seats all night long.  Refreshment and souvenir stands are on site.  Tickets for all events are available for purchase in person.  Don’t miss your chance to see why they call Dixieland, the track that started it all.  To learn more, visit dixielandspeedway.net or follow Dixieland Speedway on Facebook (Dixieland Speedway), Twitter (@DixielandSpdwy) and Instagram (@dixielandspeedway).  Information by phone, dial 252-771-5151.  Dixieland Speedway is located at 1520 Northside Road in Elizabeth City.  

Hall Outlasts Competition in Rain Postponed Solid Rock Carriers 150

PELETIER, NC – It took just shy of five hours to complete the rain-delayed Solid Rock Carriers 150 at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway on Sunday, but after two lengthy delays, Connor Hall hoisted the trophy and the $10,000 check in the attrition-filled race.

Hall, 22, from Hampton, Virginia, took the lead on the opening lap of the race, passing Chris Burns with a power move on the outside, and dominated for much of the race – only surrendering the lead for three laps shortly after the halfway break.  After the race, his second $10,000 victory in the past month and his third career Carteret County Speedway win, Hall was ecstatic about his triumph but also relieved the arduous race, which spanned for 4 hours and 57 minutes in length, had finally reached its conclusion.

“I’m just glad it’s over,” Hall said in victory lane.  “I would like to think the Hampton Heat was the longest race of my life, but I’ve never had one where we had to fix the track and do a rain delay in the same race.  As much as I wanted them to just call it and make it easy on me, I’m glad we stuck it out and I’m glad Carteret County stuck it out.  I’ll give them credit.  They got it done.  They did a good job.”

Hall won the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway in July – a grueling race which was held amid excessive heat.  Once again, in Sunday’s Solid Rock Carriers 150, Hall was able to hit his marks during the daytime and in primetime.

“I drove far from a perfect race,” Hall stated.  “My guy [Tim] Allensworth, I missed a shift on a restart and we had been sitting from that patch.  I guess I just got kind of out of the rhythm.  Luckily, we weren’t wrecked.  I’ve got to thank Tyler Horne for peddling it.  We did run a good race.  We stuck through it, and it was fun.  The breaks didn’t do anything to my car because Carteret realized we did need to reset air pressures.  I thank them for letting that happen.  The night definitely helped this car.  As soon as the sun went down and saw some colder weather coming, I knew it was going to be game on.”

Allensworth, who went on to finish second, appeared poised to mount a serious challenge to Hall on a lap 104 restart.  Allensworth was able to draw even with Hall’s dominant car and was in the preferred line, but his challenge was cut short when Chris Burns and Stacy Puryear tangled for the second time behind the leaders on the race’s 106th lap.

A couple of laps, and over an hour, prior to the lap 106 incident, Burns had spun off Puryear’s front bumper.  In the following incident, it was Puryear who went around after exchanging some contact with Burns.  After getting his car re-fired, as the field was still under caution, Puryear and Burns tangled, resulting in heavy damage to both cars and both cars being parked for the remainder of the race.

Puryear was unavailable for comment after the race and Burns declined to comment, other than to congratulate Hall on his victory.

The 150-lap Limited Late Model spectacle was marred by weather all weekend.  First, the race was postponed from its original Saturday date.  Then, after the field had completed 26 laps and was under caution when Brandon Head blew a motor, the sky opened, prompting a 107-minute delay.

The second delay, which lasted for over 80 minutes, came on lap 103 when part of the track surface came apart, prompting a sinkhole to form.  Safety crews were able to successfully patch the surface and conclude the race.

Allensworth went on to finish second to Hall – a result he was both disappointed and content with.

“Second’s always the first loser,” Allensworth commented.  “We were hoping to get one more spot but Connor ran a great race.  We got in so much trouble.  I think we passed the most cars here today.  We went to the back twice and came back through.

Brandon Clements finished in third while Tyler Horne and T.J. Barron rounded out the top-five.

Zach Miller picked up his third Legends win at Carteret County in 2019, passing Jason Alder early in the 35-lap race and pulling away.  His Miller Performance Motorsports teammate Caleb Heady finished in the runner-up spot while Alder came home third.  Jordan Lamothe and Jaiden Reyna rounded out the top-five.

Travis Miller picked up his second consecutive Battlefield Tire Pros Mini Stock feature win, this time holding back a challenge from Stephen Sanders.  Chase Singletary won the Mini Cup feature race while Morgan Odum held off younger sister Carmen to win in the Jr. Mini Cup race.

The next race at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway will take place on Saturday, September 1st with the fifth annual Moore’s Old-Tyme Barbeque, Chicken and Seafood Labor Day Classic.  Limited Late Models will be in action along with the Sportsman’s Wholesale Street Stocks, Battlefield Tire Pros Mini Stocks, U-CARs, Legends and Champ Karts.

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

Limited Late Model

  1. Connor Hall; 150
  2. Tim Allensworth; 150
  3. Brandon Clements; 150
  4. Tyler Horne; 150
  5. T.J. Barron; 150
  6. Stevie Johns, Jr.; 149
  7. Kenneth Mercer; 148
  8. Daniel Vuncannon; 148
  9. Ethan Johnson; 147
  10. Wesley Hawkins; 147
  11. Gary Young, Jr.; 125
  12. Stacy Puryear; 105
  13. Chris Burns; 105
  14. Boo Boo Dalton; 95
  15. Sarah Cornett-Ching; 76
  16. Brandon Head; 25

Shawn Balluzzo Remains Undefeated in Modifieds at Langley Speedway

Shawn Balluzzo picks up win number twelve and thirteen to remain undefeated at Larry King Law Langley Speedway. (Charlie Alexander/Langley Speedway)

Hampton, VA– The saying has always been, “if you want to be the best you have to beat the best.”  So far no one in the Hampton Roads area has been able to do so in the Larry King Law Modified division at Langley Speedway.

Shawn Balluzzo, the defending and ten time series champion, once again proved why he will go down as, one of, if not the best Modified drivers in Langley history. Balluzzo laid a lap down a solid lap two-tenths faster – 16.617 (85.575 mph) – than the rest of field. Bubba Johnston would line up to Balluzzo’s outside with his 16.842-second lap, Jamie Sample, Rick Gdovic, and Matt Morgan rounded out the fastest five starters.

Once the green flag was displayed from Shane Snyder, Balluzzo, like always, wasted zero time getting the loud pedal down to the floor and clearing the field out of turn two. As hard as it is to believe, Balluzzo got into his normal rhythm and took off to a little more than a three-quarter of a straightaway lead over the rest of the field. The two best battles to watch throughout the entire feature was between Bubba Johnston and Matt Carter for third and Rick Gdovic and Brad Adams for sixth. Carter was able to get around Johnston just past halfway. Adams was never able to get around Gdovic and had to settle for seventh. Jamie Sample, Mat Carter, Bubba Johnston, and TJ Largena rounded out the top five.

As usual race number two provided much more excitement, some not the kind you really ever want to see, after an eight-car invert allowed DJ Valente and Brad Adams the opportunity to start on the pole. Balluzzo, again per usual, elected to come down pit road under pace laps, forfeit his eighth place starting position and take the green from the rear of the field.

Valente took full advantage of having not only the preferred line around Langley Speedway but also the clean track and led the first handful of laps. Even held off the field on an early restart after Rick Gdovic went for a spin out of turn two to bring out the first yellow flag. NASCAR officials would send Balluzzo to the rear of the field after they determined Gdovic went around off the nose of the defending race winner.

On the ensuing restart Brad Adams was the first to utilize the cone and went to the outside of Valente essentially recreating the initial start of the race – Jamie Sample also elected to use the cone and lines up behind the No. 3 of Adams. With the green flag in the air Valente once again got back on the loud pedal looking to clear the field. He was able to do so around the middle of the backstretch and into turn three. The race, however, would be halted once more following a big wreck involving the No. 78 of Matt Carter and No. 98 of Matt Morgan. Carter was able to climb out of his machine under his own power with assistance of Langley’s incredible safety team. He would be transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. The No. 4 of TJ was later sent to the rear of the field for his involvement in the wreck.

Once Carter was transported outside of the track, the racing surface was cleared and lineup set, Valente was once again showed the cone. He once again elected to stay low. Bubba Johnston, however, took the bate this time and elected to restart on the outside front row – oddly enough Balluzzo did not elect to use the cone to better his starting position after being sent to the rear.

The ten time champion did not need the outside lane to make things happen as he worked his way back into the top five by lap ten. The following lap he was able to work his nose under Samples machine taking his position away. The very next lap Balluzzo got around Adams for the third position. Two laps later Balluzzo collapsed the gap on Jonhston and worked his way around him for second. It only took the champ a single lap to catch and pass Valente to take the lead for the first time of the feature. From there it was lights out, Balluzzo would cruise his way back to victory lane for the thirteenth consecutive time.

“A lot of these guys are coming around,”Balluzzo said in victory lane. “A lot of this stuff was avoidable tonight. [The] clutch felt funny but I thought I was imagining stuff and when I tried to do a burn out, I pushed the clutch in then bam, the transmission broke. Thanks to everybody, thanks to the fans that stuck around.”

In other racing action Jake Harberts picked up the win in the opening HRKC Pro Wing Champ Kart feature, Tim Wilson was your winner in the Pepsi Grand Stocks, Colby Vance toped the 30+ car Parts Barn Enduro 30-lap feature, Michael Waters took home the hardware in the 25-lap Bojangles UCAR feature and Rick Poust out dueled Chase McAdams in a thrilling photo finish in the night ending 25-lap Harris Truck Shop Super Truck feature.

Langley Speedway will return to action next weekend with a stacked schedule to include a 100-lap NWAAS Late Model feature. The Modifieds will return to the speedway for an amazing double-header weekend. Super Streets, Pro Six, Legends, and Bando’s are also on the docket.

 

Larry King Law Modified UNOFFICAL Race 1 Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  3. #78 Matt Carter; 40
  4. #19 Bubba Johnston; 40
  5. #4 TJ Largena; 40
  6. #47 Rick Gdovic; 40
  7. #3 Brad Adams; 40
  8. #18 DJ Valente; 40
  9. #16 Eric McPherson; 40
  10. #98 Matt Morgan; 39
  11. #95 Danny Harrell; 39

 

Larry King Law Modified UNOFFICAL Race 2 Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #3 Brad Adams; 40
  3. #16 Eric McPherson; 40
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  5. #4 TJ Largena (R); 40
  6. #19 Bubba Johnston; 40
  7. #18 DJ Valente; 40
  8. #47 Rick Gdovic; 40
  9. #28 Jamie Sample; 22
  10. #78 Matt Carter; 8
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 8
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