Bobby McCarty and Danny Edwards Jr. Share Dale Lemonds Victory Lane on Opening Night at Langley Speedway

Danny Edwards Jr. celebrates his first win of 2020 to cap off the 2020 opening night at Langley Speedway. (Bill Carnes/Given to Fly Photography)

Hampton, VA – After a very long offseason, due to implications caused by the novel coronavirus, it was finally time for racing at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. The 2020 season finally kicked off a full three months after it was scheduled with INEX Bandoleros, Legends, Virginia Sprint Cars, Super Trucks, UCARS, and the feature division of the evening, NASCAR’s Advance Auto Parts Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock Cars. With limited fans in the stands, once the first green flag waved, they were cheering and standing on their feet in excitement for racing to be back.

With the 13th annual Hampton Heat 200 right around the corner, Bobby McCarty pulled into the .395-mile for a little test run to dial in his car. Misfortune would happen during practice as something in his right front broke; twice! With a huge team effort, they were able to get things fixed in time for qualifying where he grabbed the pole with a 15.709 (90.521mph) lap. Danny Edwards Jr, Brenden Queen, Justin T Carroll, and Thomas Scott rounded out the fast five. Defending champion Greg Edwards had a tough qualifying effort that ultimately landed him a seventh-place starting spot. Second place finisher in points last year, and 2019 Hampton Heat winner Connor Hall, started eighth.

The field got double filed and set for the green flag. Once it unfurled, McCarty and Edwards Jr. battled side-by-side till turn three where McCarty cleared him and took sole possession of the race lead. With being stuck on the outside, Danny lost the second position to Brenden Queen. Greg’s tough day continued as he fell all the way back to the eleventh position.

Looking back up to the front of the field McCarty had opened up a six-car lead over Danny by lap 10. Big trouble would happen come to Connor Hall who slowed and brought his machine to pit road where his team went to work under the hood – it would later be determined an oil line lose causing an error in the cockpit. The first caution came out on lap 18 for Bubba Johnston going for a solo spin in turn four. Once the track was cleared the green flag flew once more and McCarty and Queen went door to door for the lead. Danny joined in the battle and took second away from Queen this time.

The second caution came out for Craig Eastep going for a loop on the front stretch. On the ensuing restart, Queen took the cone once again and battled McCarty for the lead until the third caution came out for debris on the front stretch. The cone came out again and it was Danny this time going to the outside of McCarty. McCarty got a great start and took off with the lead, Queen and Danny would battle for the second position. Peyton Sellers also began making his moves through the field as he drove his Danville Toyota No. 26 machine up to fifth challenging fellow South Boston Speedway regular Thomas Scott for fourth.

With 15 laps to go, Danny was slowly reeling in McCarty who at the time had a five-car length lead. Sellers ended up making his way around Scott for fourth and quickly made his way to Queen to battle for third. With five laps to go, McCarty had a mirror full of Danny’s front bumper. Coming to the white flag Danny gave a nudge to McCarty but he kept his line. With the checkered flag flying from Shayne Snider, Bobby McCarty would hold off a very strong run by Danny Edwards to pick up the first twin 50 race victory.

With the NASCAR mandated invert when twin features are run 8 cars were flipped for race number two. This put Williamsburg, Virginia’s Justin S. Carroll – who competed Friday evening at Indianapolis Raceway Park in the ARCA Menard East Series – on the pole with Newport News own Casey Wyatt to his outside. Justin T Carroll, Thomas Scott, and Brenden Queen were the starting five.

The green flag flew quickly followed by the caution flag as race control deemed Wyatt got on the loud pedal a little too soon. With a complete restart on deck the caution came out once again, this time it was for the field getting stacked up going into turn one from what looked like a missed shift from someone on the front row. Defending track champion Greg Edwards got the worst end of the deal smashing the front end of his machine to the point where he was unable to continue; Sellers, McCarty, and Chris Johnson all receiving some damage but able to continue.

Third attempt at the start and it was a good one. Wyatt jumped to the lead with both Justin Carroll’s battling for second. Justin T. Carroll, also known simply as “Toast,” took second with Queen and Danny taking third and fourth respectively from Justin S. Carroll. Sellers made a hard charge at Justin S. Carroll for the fifth position and got it. While Queen and Danny battled for third, it let Wyatt and Toast get a slim lead over the field. Danny finally got the third spot from Queen and set his sights on Toast for second.

Danny got a huge run out of turn four and got to Toast’s door going into turn one for battling for the second position. With 20 laps up in lights the top five was comprised of Casey Wyatt, Danny Edwards Jr., Justin T. Carroll, Brenden Queen, and Peyton Sellers. Two laps later, Danny would take the lead from Wyatt and settle into a good rhythm. Justin T. Carroll’s car seemed to be slipping away from him as Queen and Sellers put on the pressure for third place. Lap 39 and Queen finally got the inside line on Justin T and took the third position away. Next lap Sellers dive-bombed into to turn one to take fourth away from Toast as well. With five remaining the caution would once again fly for a single-car spin in turn two.

Once the green flag was displayed to the field again we would almost immediately go back under the yellow for a spinning Craig Eastep in turn two setting up a green-white-checkered finish. One to go and Queen took the cone to be on the front row with Danny. The final green flag flew as Danny and Queen stayed side by side until the white flag. Queen tucked in line behind Danny down the backstretch into turn three but couldn’t get enough of a run to nudge Danny out of the way. Danny Edwards would go on the pick up the victory in the second twin 50 lap event of the night over Brenden Queen.

 

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks

With a very impressive field of 15 Super Trucks this year, and 7 rookies, it looked to be an exciting race. Jacob Carr put his truck on the pole over Keith Wheeler, Ronald Klein, former Modified driver Louie Pasderetz, and Brian Waltrip for the 25 lap feature. The green flag waved and the field didn’t make it out of turn two before the first caution came out. Paige Cain and Wesley Newell made contact resulting in Newell spinning in the grass. Complete restart and Carr shot to the lead with Wheeler all over his back bumper. Klein was also there all over Wheeler’s rear end looking to make a move for second. Shannon Lester battled Donald Brown for the sixth position as well.

The second caution came out for Wheeler coming to a stop in turn two down in the grass. Wheeler got his truck going again and brought it down pit road for his crew to check out the issues. Wheeler made it back out before the field went green and joined them at the tail of the field. The green flag flew once again with race leader Carr getting a terrible start. this allowed Pasderetz to take the lead. Carr would finally get going to hold onto second over Klein. Waltrip, Brown, and Ryan Huff all battled for the fifth position. Klein got a big run down the front stretch to get to Carrs inside to take second. That battle came to a stop as the caution came out for Kevin Rickman going for a spin down the backstretch.

With Carmasters Automotive Cone being displayed Keith Wheeler took advantage of it and restarted fourth. On the restart, Pasderetz went to the lead as Carr once again did not get a good start allowing Wheeler to dive to the inside of Klein for second into turn one. With 10 laps to go Wheeler was closing in on Pasderetz until he almost looped his truck around coming out of turn four. This allowed Klein to catch back up and challenge for second. Down the backstretch, Klein got into the wall trying to get around Wheeler on the outside as the No. 27 car continued to push him up slowing his momentum. The white flag flew for Pasderetz but, the caution would once again fly for Wheeler going around in turn two. Klein would be sent to the rear as race control deemed he was the cause for the spin. Video evidence released later on Facebook showed Wheeler went around on his own and Klein was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The green flag flew one final time and it was a green-white-checkered finish. Pasderetz did everything right and held on the final three laps to win his first career win at Langley Speedway. Jacob Carr, Brian Waltrip, Donald Brown, and Wesley Newell rounded out the top five.

 

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;
  1. #22 Bobby McCarty; 50
  2. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 50
  3. #26 Peyton Sellers; 50
  4. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  5. #8 Thomas Scott; 50
  6. #57 Justin T Carroll; 50
  7. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  8. #91 Justin S Carroll; 50
  9. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  10. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  11. #19 Bubba Johnston; 50
  12. #71 Rick Gdovic; 50
  13. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  14. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  15. #01 Jeff Shiflett; 50
  16. #68 Adam Hoegerl; 48
  17. #36 Chris Johnson; 42
  18. #77 Connor Hall; 30
Taylor Waste Service Late Model Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;
  1. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 50
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  3. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  4. #26 Peyton Sellers; 50
  5. #57 Justin T Carroll; 50
  6. #19 Bubba Johnston; 50
  7. #8 Thomas Marks; 50
  8. #91 Justin S Carroll; 50
  9. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  11. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  12. #77 Connor Hall; 49
  13. #01 Jeff Shiflett; 49
  14. #68 Adam Hoegerl; 49
  15. #36 Chris Johnson; DQ
  16. #22 Bobby McCarty; 45
  17. #71 Rick Gdovic; 8
  18. #21 Greg Edwards; 0

Harris Truck Shop Super Truck Results

  1. #8 Louie Pasderetz; 25
  2. #88 Jacob Carr; 25
  3. #33 Brian Waltrip; 25
  4. #05 Donald Brown; 25
  5. #48 Wesley Newell; 25
  6. #65 Shannon Lester; 25
  7. #38 Paige Cain; 25
  8. #28 Ronald Klein; 25
  9. #01 Tim Carter; 25
  10. #27 Keith Wheeler; 24
  11. #3 Ryan Huff; 24
  12. #66 Wayne Lyon; 24
  13. #99 Cory Lyon; 23
  14. #10 Kevin Rickman; 0
  15. #50 Joe Harper; 0

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