Woody Howard and Mark Wertz Pick First Win of the Season; Looney’s National Title Hopes Slip Away

Hampton, VA – With National Championship points on the line, Mike Looney and Phillip Morris made the trip back to Langley Speedway in hopes to win the title. Looney came into the weekend with a ten-point lead of MidWest drivers Jacob Goede and Nick Panitzke with Morris sitting fourth. Looney needed to win the first twin race to knock everyone but Goede out of contention. Morris needed to start worse than ninth and win both twin races to win the title. Looney went on to finish 10th and 12th gaining zero points, Goede won both races at Elko Speedway in Minnesota and gained 14 points on Looney to take the points lead and UNOFFICIALLY win the NWAAS National Championship.

Mike Looney snagged the pole with a time of 15.811 and CE Falk did a time of 15.815-seconds to grab second. Woody Howard, Phillip Morris, and Greg Edwards rounded out the fast five out of twenty cars. Morris dropped to the rear of the field for bonus points and a chance to win the National Championship.

Once the green flag dropped, Falk got a perfect start and took the lead out of turn two with Looney going to second and Hall and Howard battling for third. Falk was putting down a blistering pace early on as he had almost a straightaway lead over Looney on lap 5. After starting last, Morris had made his way up to the 12th position only 15 laps in.

With track championship points still on the line as well, Hall and Greg battled for the fourth position. Greg got Hall loose coming out of turn four but Hall was able to regroup and hold onto fourth. Justin Carroll sought on the opportunity and joined in on the battle as well. On lap 25, Falks lead had grown to a full straightaway over Howard. Greg finally was able to get around Hall for fourth on lap 26. Greg’s car took off as he caught Looney on lap 32 to take third away.

As Falk continued to put a blistering pace on the field, he caught lap traffic as they were battling for position. Howard used this to cut the lead back down to a little less than half a straightaway. Hall had caught Looney and used the outside line to take fourth away. Then Justin got to the inside of Looney and Looney got shuffled all the way back to ninth. Once Falk got clear of the lap traffic he was on cruise control once again. Howard in the other hand had trouble getting around the lap traffic allowing Greg to catch him.

The one thing Falk didn’t want to see happen. The first and only caution came out on lap 66 for Rodney Boyd going in the grass and coming to a stop. On the restart, Falk shot to the lead into one and Howard shot the bottom in second. Into turn three and Howard shoved Falk up the track into the marbles and took the lead. Falk would fall to fifth and looked to gain whatever he could in four laps. Greg got the inside of Howard and a side by side battle for the lead began. Howard was almost in the third groove, which Langley doesn’t have, trying to hold the lead. Coming to the white flag Greg and Howard were dope to door. The checkered flag flew and out of turn, four Woody Howard edged Greg Edwards to win his first race of the season. Connor Hall, CE Falk, and Justin Carroll rounded out the top five.

With the invert of eight, Danny Edwards started on the pole with Brenden Queen lining up to his outside in second. The first start was called off by Race Director Shane Laws as he felt the front row went before the starter. The second start would prove to be better and Queen jumped to the lead with Danny, Wertz, Falk, and Greg the top five. Wertz got around Danny for second and set his sights on the lead. Queen would hold the lead up until lap five when Wertz made his way around him.

Falk took third from Danny and went to the bumper of Queen for the second position. Falk got the inside of Queen into turn three but didn’t clear him until the next lap into turn two. Hall and Justin battled for the sixth position resulting in Hall getting it on lap 10. Howard also took seventh from Justin. Lap 17 and Wertz had put a half a straightaway lead over Falk. Danny and Queen had a door to door battle for third for about 10 laps.

Queen, Danny, Greg, Hall, and Howard all battled for the third through seventh positions without giving any room for error. Howard decided to try the outside line again and it was a success. Howard passed Hall and Greg. Howard tried his luck with Danny but couldn’t pull it off. Lap 40 and Wertz was still on cruise control as Falk couldn’t seem to catch him. Howard slipped back to fifth as Greg worked his brother Danny for fourth. Greg got the spot and instantly went to the inside of Queen for third. Hall took his shot at the inside of Danny for fifth and took it.

Queen has the outside line setup perfectly put together again this week as Greg couldn’t get around him on the inside. Hall was getting impatient waiting for a hole to open so he made one. Hall moved Greg out of the way to take fourth and drove right under Queen for third. Hall would power passed Queen and drove away. With just 10 laps to go Wertz was hoping there wouldn’t be a repeat from the first race. That wouldn’t happen as the checkered flag came out and Mark Wertz picked up his first victory of the season. CE Falk, Connor Hall, Greg Edwards, and Brenden Queen rounded out the top five.

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock UNOFFICIAL Race #1 Results;
  1. #41 Woody Howard; 70
  2. #21 Greg Edwards; 70
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  4. #40 CE Falk; 70
  5. #91 Justin Carroll; 70
  6. #55 Mark Wertz; 70
  7. #03 Brenden Queen; 70
  8. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 70
  9. #01 Phillip Morris; 70
  10. #87 Mike Looney; 70
  11. #29 Casey Wyatt; 70
  12. #7 Michael Hardin; 70
  13. #88 Thomas Marks; 70
  14. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 69
  15. #90 Terry Carroll; 69
  16. #10 Madyson Mulligan; 69
  17. #9 Rodney Boyd; 69
  18. #2 Craig Eastep; 37
  19. #81 Travis Byrd; 35
  20. #87 Preston McGhee; 15
Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock UNOFFICIAL Race #1 Results;
  1. #55 Mark Wertz; 70
  2. #40 CE Falk; 70
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  4. #21 Greg Edwards: 70
  5. #03 Brenden Queen; 70
  6. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 70
  7. #41 Woody Howard; 70
  8. #91 Justin Carroll; 70
  9. #88 Thomas Marks; 70
  10. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 70
  11. #90 Terry Carroll; 70
  12. #87 Mike Looney; 70
  13. #01 Phillip Morris; 70
  14. #7 Michael Hardin; 70
  15. #2 Craig Eastep; 69
  16. #9 Rodney Boyd; 69
  17. #10 Madyson Mulligan; 68
  18. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50

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