Greg Edwards Doubles Down on Whelen Night at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA– Greg Edwards won just about everything but a support division races during Whelen Night at the races. Leading the way in second practice, leading the way in qualifying with 15.799 (90.006 MPH) and eventually leading the way to victory lane both 70-lap features tonight to help pad his points lead over Connor Hall. Danny Edwards, Connor Hall, Peyton Sellers, and Brenden Queen made up the fastest five starters.

Race number one got off to a great start when fifteen Taylor Waste Services Late Models came to life. Danny Edwards, who had to completely rebuild his machine following a hard wreck during the Hampton Heat, got a much better start than his brother and took the lead early. However, 2019 Hampton Heat 200 winner Connor Hall, had plans of his own and stole the lead from Danny Edwards on lap three and looked to set a pace that could not be matched.

That pace was too much even for Hall to maintain as Greg Edwards got back around his brother and eventually tracked down and passed Connor Hall to take the lead with twenty-nine laps on the board. Peyton Sellers, who had been following in the tire tracks of Edwards most of the race also got around Hall to occupy the second position and attempt to take the lead and further his case towards a 2019 NWAAS National championship. His best shot came when Edwards closed in on Cameron Bowen, making his NWAAS return, and Brenden Queen battling hard for the seventh position. Luckily for Edwards, both drivers conceded the track position for the faster cars and Edwards was able to drive away to his fourth win of the season. Peyton Sellers would hang onto second, Connor Hall third, Danny Edwards fourth and rounding out the top five for the first time in his Late Model career – Zach Lightfoot.

Per the NASCAR rulebook, no less than eight cars were inverted for the start of race number two. This handed the pole position over to Chesapeake’s own, Cameron Bowen. Brenden Queen, Thomas Marks, Zach Lightfoot, and Danny Edwards made up the starting five. Greg Edwards elected to start the second 70-lap feature from the rear of the field citing some issues getting through the gearbox and not wanting to tear the car up on the start.

That, however, did not seem to phase the current points leader from working his way through the field. Within the first handful of laps, Edwards had climbed four to five position while Queen took full advantage of the invert and showed the way for the first seventeen laps before giving way to Danny Edwards and Connor Hall. The first and only caution of the entire evening came on lap twenty-six when the No. 19 of Cameron Bowen came to a halt in the middle of the speedway down the backstretch to draw the caution before driving away and down pit road to the attention of his crew. As much as that boils our blood over here at TWR it was the break Greg Edwards needed.

Connor Hall elected to take the cone on the ensuing restart and would use it to his advantages leading several laps from the outside while racing Danny Edwards door-to-door. While all this was going on it allowed for Greg to work his way around Queen and close the gap on the leaders. Once to his brother rear bumper the two worked their way around Hall and almost immediately started to put distance on him and the field before taking over the lead on lap forty-nine. Besides a few close calls with slower cars playing difficult Edwards drove away to his second consecutive and fifth overall win of the year. Danny Edwards, Connor Hall, Brenden Queen, and Thomas Marks made up the top five for race number two.

“I am just so proud of this car,” Edwards said during victory lane. “We had a little bit of clutch issues. Thought we were fighting issues with the throw-out bearing but it was the clutch. I shifted into fourth; the wheel hopped and just wouldn’t go. Once we get going though it’s great. We didn’t want to chance it so we elected to start from the rear. That allowed me to save tires, ease my way through the field there to fifth and was lucky enough to get that caution. I saved enough rear tire and the car was spot on.”

Racing will return to Langley Speedway NEXT weekend, August 10thwith twin Modified’s, Grand Stocks, Super Trucks, UCAR, Karts, and the Enduro.

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Models UNOFFICIAL Race 1 Results;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 70
  2. #26 Peyton Sellers; 70
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  4. #26 Danny Edwards; 70
  5. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 70
  6. #88 Thomas Marks; 70
  7. #03 Brenden Queen; 69
  8. #19 Cameron Bowen; 69
  9. #9 Rodney Boyd; 69
  10. #36 Chris Johnson; 69
  11. #89 Craig Eastep; 69
  12. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 69
  13. #4 Duane Shreeves; 57
  14. #00 Chase Burrow; 57
  15. #26 Jordan Pickrel; 25

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Models UNOFFICIAL Race 2 Results;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 70
  2. #26 Danny Edwards; 70
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  4. #03 Brenden Queen; 70
  5. #88 Thomas Marks; 70
  6. #26 Peyton Sellers; 70
  7. #36 Chris Johnson; 70
  8. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 70
  9. #9 Rodney Boyd; 69
  10. #89 Craig Eastep; 69
  11. #4 Duane Shreeves; 69
  12. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 69
  13. #00 Chase Burrow; 68
  14. #26 Jordan Pickrel; 44
  15. #19 Cameron Bowen; 42

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