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C.E. Falk Wins Pole for 2017 Hampton Heat at Langley Speedway

CE Falk works through turn two in final practice at Langley Speedway July 22, 2017 for the 9th Annual Hampton Heat.

Hampton, VA – Thirty-one cars hit the slick pavement of Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway for their two timed qualifying laps. Philip Morris went out early in the session and held the provisional pole with a 16.016-second lap. Philip’s time looked to be enough to earn him his first pole start in Hampton Heat history until Falk laid down a 16.007 (88.836 MPH) in his first lap. Morris would be pushed to second with Nick Smith, Timothy Peters, and Matt Waltz rounded out the top five.

In the four support divisions here at Langley this weekend, Bradley Kilby, who has been on a hot streak here at Langley this summer earned the pole in the Cycle City Corps Legends with a lap of record of 22.145. Tommy Sweeney, winner the last time out, grabbed the pole with an 18.501. Tommy Jackson, Jr. snagged the pole in the thirteen-car Legends field. The Cycle City Corp Legends feature will be an INEX National qualifier. Travis Wall earned the pole in the Riverside Paper Pro 6 with a time of 17.747.

 

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Qualifying:

  1. #40 CE Falk
  2. #01m Philip Morris
  3. #12 Nick Smith
  4. #12p Timothy Peters
  5. #2 Matt Waltz
  6. #97 Greg Edwards
  7. #57 Justin T. Carroll
  8. #03 Brenden Queen
  9. #26s Peyton Sellers
  10. #77 Connor Hall
  11. #26 Danny Edwards, Jr.
  12. #22m Bobby McCarty
  13. #55 Mark Wertz
  14. #91 Justin Carroll
  15. #92 Casey Wyatt
  16. #12t Austin Thaxton
  17. #51 Bubba Jonston
  18. #17 Stacy Puryear
  19. #4 Sam Hunt
  20. #57j Eddie Johnson
  21. #19 Cameron Bowen
  22. #90 Terry Carroll
  23. #22 Grayson Cullather
  24. #12s Dean Shiflett
  25. #07 Dean Ward
  26. #94 Cody Carlton
  27. #88 Thomas Marks
  28. #33 Macy Causey
  29. #10 Maddy Mulligan
  30. #25 Craig Eastep
  31. #51g Paul Green

Peyton Sellers Sets Fast Time Early in Friday Afternoon Practice in Preparation for Hampton Heat

Hampton, VA – The Hampton Roads area lived up to the name of the races this afternoon as twenty-five Late Models converged on Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway for the four-hour open test session before the 9th annual Hampton Heat. With temps in the upper 90’s and the heat index near the 110’s, teams worked to get a solid notebook for tomorrow’s 200-lap, $10,000 to pay race.

Peyton Sellers of Danville, Virginia, set the fastest time of the entire practice session earlier in the day that proved to be untouchable as the afternoon continued. Sellers laid his 16.238 (87.527 mph) second lap down in just his third of forty-five circuits around the .395-mile oval. Two other South Boston native drivers made up the fastest three cars as Timothy Peters (16.264) found his fastest lap on his last lap of practice. Current VA Triple Crown winner, and defending race winner when you think about it, Phillip Morris (16.276) found his fastest lap halfway through his practice session.

Nick Smith and Stacy Puryear, who put on an incredible battle in the closing laps of the Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 just weeks prior, rounded out the top five cars. A complete list of UNOFFICIAL times can be found below.

A few names to point out that put down a solid is the #4 of Sam Hunt. His 16.540-second lap was good enough for eleventh on the board and #22 Grayson Cullather (16.781) who wound up nineteenth on the speed chart ahead of some Langley Speedway regulars. Of course, we understand this was just testing, and done in some of the hottest temps of the year, however, it is still worth pointing out these drivers do not race Langley on a regular basis.

Teams will have one last shot tomorrow afternoon to dial in their cars with final practice running from 12:00 PM – the same time the ticket windows and grandstands open – and run till 2:15 PM. Late Model qualifying will set to get under way approx. 4:30 PM with support division racing to begin at 7:00 PM. The Weekly Racer will have you covered for all of the nights racing action from the very first green flag to the last checkered flag over on our Twitter feed (@theweeklyracer).

#HamptonHeat Who to Watch: The Weekly Racer Staff Pick Their Top 5 Winners

The 9th Annual Hampton Heat is now just days away and the entry list is starting to be finalized. On the eve of the open test, Shawn and I wanted to give you our thoughts on who to watch out for on Saturday. Mind you, our picks were done completely separate from each other, interesting how they came out very similar. What are your picks?

 

Greg Edwards

Greg Edwards picked up right where he left off two weeks ago at the season opener. Recording the fastest lap in qualifying to earn the pole in race one. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

There are not many drivers in the Late Model community that has won more races at Langley than Greg Edwards. Edwards kicked off 2017 in an incredible way picking up wins and leading the points. That was until a string of bad luck plagued the team. Edwards, another veteran driver who has yet to collect a prestigious Hampton Heat win, enters this weekend in a rebound after splitting twin races with Philip Morris in “The Prelude to the Heat.” As long as Edwards stays up front and avoids the black cloud that followed him around lately, look for him to be a very strong contender.

 

Philip Morris

Morris is on a hot streak this summer collecting wins at South Boston, Motor Mile, and even Langley Speedway. Morris is also the current VA Triple Crown series leader with his victory at the first of the month in the Harley Davidson 200. Morris continued to find ways into victory lane the following weeks. The multi time NWASS has never won a Hampton Heat in its eight-year history. However, the way he dominated second twin feature, two weeks prior, Morris cannot be counted out.

Peyton Sellers

Though Sellers is not a Langley regular he cannot be left off this list due to the sheer dominance the former NWAAS national champ & Xfinity driver showed during the first leg of the VA Triple Crown. Not to mention Sellers has won this event back in 2013 while piloting the 99 machine. What also sticks out to us here at TWR was his ability to roll out his backup car, that had no laps on it in the prior 48 hours and wheel it to two fourth place finishes. Sellers will be one car that everyone, fans, drivers, and crews will need to keep an eye on.

Matt Waltz

Just a couple of years ago the Newport News native was the man to beat when it came time for this race. 2014 seemed to be the year for Matt Waltz and his team as they entered this weekend with eight wins, fastest in practice the day before, fastest in happy hour practice the day of, and set a blistering pace throughout the race. 2014 was also when Waltz, along with Nick Smith, was penalized for coming down pit road too early at the break. The penalty put Waltz deep in the field where we would ultimately succumb to damage received in a crash. Waltz has been steady this year as we entered the weekend as the points leader and one win. This will certainly be a race he would like to check off his list and should have the car to do it come Saturday night.

CE Falk

Falk is a love em or hate em kind of racer. Especially when it comes to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. In years past, Falk was almost invincible when he pulled in and unloaded. Winning 32 races between 2009 & 2011 where he won the Late Model championship each year, then again in 2013, it is safe to say that Falk knows his way around the speedway. Not to mention of the eight total Hampton Heats, Falk has won 37.5% of the events. With a victory already this season, Falk will surely be a force to be reckoned with this weekend.

Sleeper: Nick Smith

This was a hard one! For multiple reasons. Smith is coming off a dominant 2016 season where he won the track championship at Dominion Raceway with around twelve wins. Currently sitting third in points this year at Langley Speedway with two wins under his belt, however, has run into some bad luck as well. Smith is also coming off a third place finish and is the highest ranked Langley driver in the triple crown series, where with the help of the invert, almost stole the victory. Smith will have to hope the cards fall his way throughout qualifying to avoid having to run deep in the hornet’s nest to keep his nose clean. The inaugural Hampton Heat winner will also have to put behind him the same mistake Matt Waltz made in 2014 if he wishes to call himself a repeat Hampton Heat winner. Nick has the car, the speed, and the talent to get it done. Will he have the luck?

Editor’s Pick: Connor Hall

He’s been killin it at Carteret, a track very similar to Langley when he’s gone down there and hasn’t been doing half bad here at Langley. Led a couple laps and is always running pretty fast when he doesn’t have bad luck. If he can keep his nose clean for the first hundred eighty laps, he might have something for them at the end.

Honorable Mentions:  Mark Wertz, Stacy Puryear, Danny Edwards, Jr., Timothy Peters

I literally spent days racking my thoughts around this one and come to the conclusion that there are probably 10, maybe 12 drivers on our pre-entry list that could win this weekend. Stacy Puryear was almost our sleeper pick due to his performance at South Boston, however, with his limited experience at the .395-mile oval, we feel that might be his only hindrance.

Mark Wertz & Danny Edwards, Jr. are always threats to win any given Late Model race at Langley Speedway and with their vast knowledge how the track changes throughout the day will certainly help both drivers.

Timothy Peters is another driver who is someone you should pay close attention to at any track he pulls into. With Red Horse Racing suspending operations earlier this year, it has allowed for Peters to run the Late Model more. He will certainly be looking to check the Hampton Heat off his list of races won.

 

Shawn’s Picks;

Philip Morris celebrates in victory lane for the first time after dominating race number two at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Philip Morris – The 4-time National Late Model champ finally got his first win at Langley Speedway in his last outing at the track. He made it look so easy that he is a good choice for winning his first Hampton Heat.

Peyton Sellers After loaning the motor from his car he tested and practiced with at Langley, Sellers hopped in his backup and qualified well and finished fourth in both races.

CE FalkCE has won the 200 lap event three times and finished third place in both races on NAPA Night.

Matt WaltzRoutinely challenging for the pole and wins at Langley Speedway, Matt is hungry for that first Hampton Heat win.

Greg Edwards The Hampton Heat win has eluded the 5-time track champion but he has had the car dialed in all season so far.


Dark Horse: Timothy Peters

After having his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team unexpectedly close their doors Peters has returned to the late model series. Look for this driver to be up on the wheel this weekend trying to get his first Hampton Heat win.

Big Money Ahead for CARS Tour in Inaugural “Mid Atlantic Classic” at Orange County Speedway

Photo: CARS Tour Website

The 2017 Puryear Tank Lines/Thrifty Tire Service Centers 300 at Orange County Speedway saw Kyle Busch Motorsports development driver Cole Rouse hold off Matt Craig to claim his first career victory in CARS Super Late Model competition. Local favorite Layne Riggs led wire to wire in the Late Model Stock Car Tour event en route to a popular victory in front of his home crowd.

Riggs’ victory allowed him to slightly extend his points lead over Anthony Alfredo in the LMSC Tour, while Rouse was able to tie Brandon Setzer for the points lead in the SLM Tour. However, when the CARS Tour competitors return to Orange County, there will be more than just points on the line.

The historic, 3/8 mile asphalt oval will play host to the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Classic on July 22, 2017. The 150-lap super late model event will feature several key differences from the previous outing at Orange County for the super late models, including a total purse of $50,875, in which every competitor who makes the 30-car starting grid will earn $1,000. The winner of the Mid-Atlantic Classic will receive $10,000, which is a paycheck that exceeds every previous event in CARS Tour history, including the U.S. Nationals at Bristol that saw race winner Darrell Wallace Jr. earned $7,500.

“We are so excited to be able to bring the best Super Late Model drivers in the country to Orange County Speedway,” said CARS Tour Director of Marketing and Operations Chris Ragle. “Each race at Orange County has gotten bigger than the previous, now with $10,000 to win and $1000 to start we have seen interest beyond our expectations.  It is going to be a great show that you won’t want to miss!”

The Mid-Atlantic Classic will also mark the first time that stage race is used in the CARS Tour. The super late model race will be divided into four segments consisting of 35 laps, 65 laps, another 35 laps and a 15-lap sprint to the finish to end the race. There will be a five-minute break to accompany the end of each stage, and all segment winners will earn a $500 cash bonus, and will start inside the Top 8 for the final stage.

Stage racing has been around in many forms in auto racing over the past several decades, including exhibition NASCAR races such as the All-Star Race and The Clash, as well as the Eldora Dirt Derby in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. However, 2017 is the first year in which stage racing has been utilized throughout the entire NASCAR season, as the Top 10 drivers in each stage receive points, and stage winners in the top three NASCAR series earn a playoff point for their respective Chase. The new format has been well received by drivers and fans in NASCAR, and many CARS Tour competitors believe that stage racing will have many benefits for the series.

“Stage racing is going to be very fan-friendly,” said CARS Super Late Model competitor Bradley McCaskill. “The format is going to give fans something to watch, instead of drivers just riding around and saving tires until the end. It’s kind of cool how the series is giving drivers an incentive to go hard and get track position for later in the race.”

Each segment break will allow teams to change tires and work on their cars. After each break concludes, drivers will line up based on how many tires they changed in the pit box, with drivers who changed no tires starting first, while drivers who changed all four tires will start in the rear of the field. This will only be the second time this season that teams have had the option to make adjustments to their cars during the race, and many of the drivers believe that pit strategy will determine the outcome of the race.

“Everybody is going to want tires, especially as the race gets closer to the end,” said three-time CARS SLM Tour winner Matt Craig. “However, if you can get track position early and get that first stage win, then that will help your starting position. There is a lot to think about, but I think it is going to be a really interesting event, and I think you’ll see some newcomers show up. Pit strategy is really going to help out the guys who normally don’t have a shot to win the race.”

A strong field of super late model teams is expected for the Mid-Atlantic Classic, including CARS SLM Tour points leader Brandon Setzer, Raphael Lessard, Bubba Pollard, Jared Irvan, and local driver Tate Fogleman just to name a few. Although there will not be a $10,000 paycheck or any stage racing for the CARS LMSC Tour, the Mid-Atlantic Classic will serve as another chapter in the close points battle between Layne Riggs, Anthony Alfredo and Josh Berry. Nine points only separate them, but the JR Motorsports teammates of Berry and Alfredo will have to find a way to prevent Riggs from obtaining another win at his home track if they hope to gain an advantage over him.

For more information on the CARS Tour, visit their website at carsracingtour.com. Fresh content and updates can also be found on the series Facebook page (@carstour), Twitter (@carstour), Instagram (@cars_tour), Snapchat (@carstour) and YouTube channel (/carstour). The series Roku app is also available for installation to see live and on-demand events by following the instructions available at www.carstour.tv.

Langley Speedway Gearing up for 9th Annual Hampton Heat 200 on July 22nd

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup has the Daytona 500, Indy Car has the Indy 500, and F1 has Monaco. When you stop and think about it, every racing series or track has their race, that one event that fans and drivers alike have circled on their calendar before the season is over. For Langley Speedway here in Hampton, VA that race is the Hampton Heat 200. A 200-lap, $10,000 to win race around the .395-mile oval that is sure to attract the best in the business.

With the return of the Langley Speedway and the Hampton Heat 200 in 2017, after being forced to take a year off due to the track’s closure, the race also brings back the ever-popular Virginia Triple Crown. A three race series between South Boston Speedway, Langley Speedway, and Martinsville Speedway that pays a bonus to the driver with the highest average finish in the three races. Philip Morris, who won the opening round of the Triple Crown, has been the heavy favorite floating around social media since his dominating win in the second of two races in The Prelude to the Heat.

As you can see from the list below provided by the track, many notable drivers in the Late Model community are expected to make the trip to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Lee Pulliam, the 2016 NWAAS National Champion and defending race winner, however, is not listed as one of those drivers. Sources close to The Weekly Racer tell us that Pulliam just might head south to Myrtle Beach Speedway, where he has been on fire as of late, for twin races. Other names like Deac McCaskill and JRM drivers Josh Berry and Anthony Alfredo shouldn’t be expected this year as they are in a tight points battle in the CARS Tour Championship.

With an all day open practice scheduled for this Friday afternoon, it is expected that more teams will at least make the trip to test. Access their cars and notebook and then make the decision to race. It is also to our understanding the race will count towards NWAAS National and State points but will not count towards the track points, much like they did in 2016.

For a complete race day schedule head over to www.langley-speedway.com, hover your mouse over Fan Info and click the link for 2017 Hampton Heat. The Weekly Racer will post a full schedule later this week.

 

Possible 2017 Hampton Heat Entries;

Updated 07/19/17

  1. #01 Philip Morris
  2. #03 Brenden Queen
  3. #07 Dean Ward
  4. #2 Matt Waltz
  5. #2p Brandon Pierce
  6. #4 Sam Hunt
  7.  #8 Paul Green
  8. #10 Maddy Mulligan
  9. #12 Nick Smith
  10. #12p Timothy Peters
  11. #12s Dean Shifflett
  12. #12t Austin Thaxton
  13. #16 RD Smith
  14. #17 Stacy Puryear
  15. #19 Cameron Bowen
  16. #22 Grayson Cullather
  17. #22m Bobby McCarty
  18. #25 Craig Eastep
  19. #26 Danny Edwards
  20. #26 Peyton Sellers
  21. #33 Macy Causey
  22. #40 C.E. Falk III
  23. #51 Bubba Johnston
  24. #55 Mark Wertz
  25. #57j Eddie Johnson
  26. #57 Justin T. Carroll
  27. #71 Woody Howard
  28. #77 Connor Hall
  29. #83 Matt Bowling
  30. #88 Thomas Marks
  31. #90 Terry Carroll
  32. #91 Justin S. Carroll
  33. #92 Casey Wyatt
  34. #94 Cody Carlton
  35. #97 Greg Edwards

 

Justin Williams Sails to Victory Lane at Virginia Motor Speedway in Pro Late Model Feature

Justin Williams heads into turn one during hot lap qualifying at Virginia Motor Speedway July 15th, 2017. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Jamacia, VA – Camden Testerman lead the field of 14 Late Models to the green flag with Davis Lipscombe, Corey Almond, Jarred Powell and Justin Williams behind him. Took two attempts to get things rolling as race control felt the front row got on the throttle just a little too quick. On the second attempt, Davis Lipscombe was able to power around Testerman on the outside and take the lead early while Testerman started to head in the wrong direction.

Lipscombe held onto the point for the first eleven circuits of the 35-lap feature until Justin Williams was able to capitalize on the first restart of the evening. The caution flag waved due to the stalled machine of Tyler Bare in turn four. Bare was able to limp the car down pit road to the attention of his crew. Bare was able to return to the tail end of the field after his crew changed out the flat right rear tire.

When the race went back green the battle for the lead was on. Justin Williams was all over the rear bumper of Lipscombe and eventually makes the pass utilizing the very bottom of the track. That was all the Concord, VA driver needed as he was able to hold off the field on five additional restarts later in the race. With Williams almost in a whole new area code, it left for some exciting racing behind him.

Tyler Bare was certainly one driver to keep an eye on as he worked his way back up to the field. Bare had made it all the way back to the sixth position by lap fifteen just in time for the cautions to start falling his way. Three quick cautions periods in less than two laps helped the Rockbridge Baths native rocket past Davis Lipscombe and take the second position away with his sights set on the lead, however, there was no one in a country mile who had anything for Justin Williams.

Two cautions on lap 30, one involving Nicolan Love in four and a hard Charging Camden Testerman, would set up two more opportunities for Tyler Bare to make something happen for the lead but just could not make it happen. Testerman had been coming on strong in the closing laps but lost in in turn two. We did not see if he had any help. Jarred Powell, however, did make something happen and got around Lipscombe in the closing laps for the fourth position.

Justin Williams in victory lane said that the track was a little different tonight and he found himself needing to actually slow the car down. He went on to mention how he hated to see the problems that Tyler ran into because he knew this was his style of track and wanted to get up there and race with him.

 

 

In the Collision One Limited Stock opening 25-lap feature Corey Bradley would lead the field to the green flag and looked poised to head to victory lane. However, Ryan Hutchens had other plans for the Hopewell, VA driver. Hutchens, who started deeper in the field had made his way up to second by lap number six, with the help of some early restarts. Hutchens would spend several laps working over the rear bumper of Bradley before finally taking the lead using the top groove. Hutchens immediately opened a large gap that Bradley was not able to compensate for. The victory was Hutchens second in a row and third on the season which means when racing returns July 29th, he will start no better than eighth.

 

Pro Late Model Results:

  1. #2 Justin Williams; 35
  2. #30 Tyler Bare; 35
  3. #2* Jarred Powell; 35
  4. #71 Davis Lipscombe; 35
  5. #40 Brent Bordeaux; 35
  6. #66X Matthew Tarbox; 35
  7. #17t Camden Testerman; 35
  8. #5j Darrell Dow; 34
  9. #38 Nicolas Love; 34
  10. #28 carl Vaughn; 34
  11. #16 Brett Adkins; 34
  12. #7a Corey Almond; 22
  13. #47q Matt Quade; DQ – light
  14. #7w Ray Spigale; DQ – light

 

Limited Stock Results

  1. #14 Ryan Hutchens; 25
  2. #41 Cory Bradley; 25
  3. #10 Ernie Dettbarn; 25
  4. #8 James Givens; 25
  5. #4 Randy Hutchens; 25
  6. #25 Marty Coltrain; 25
  7. #1 Trent Clemans; 25
  8. #38 Caleb Carter; 25
  9. #08 Chad Champion; 9
  10. #14b Brandon Bowler; 1
  11. #26 Stephanie Stallings; 1
  12. #32m Chris Champion; 0
  13. #59 Robbie Hutchens; 0

Virginia Motor Speedway to Return to Racing this Saturday July 15th to Host MetroCast Business Services Night

Photo: Virginia Motor Speedway Website

Jamaica, VA – The Speedway will return to racing on this Saturday, July 15th and host MetroCast Business Services Night and week 8 of the Aaron’s Dirt Series Championship weekly racing action featuring the Victory Lap Pro Late Model, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modified and Collision One Limited Stock Car divisions. The Weekly Racer will be making its second trip out to the half-mile dirt complex with limited Twitter –> @theweeklyracer coverage of the nights feature races

Admission price for adults is only $12, seniors (60+) $10; military (active/retired w/ proper I.D.) $8, students 11 – 17 years old $6 and children 10 and under admitted free. Pit passes will be $20.

Competitor gates for Saturday, July 15th will open at 4 pm with spectator gates opening at 5 pm. On track, activities will begin at 6:30 pm with hot laps.

To enhance the fans racing experience the speedway has installed a short wave FM transmitter and all of the evening’s action can be heard at 95.5 FM. So bring your portable radio headset and enjoy hearing all the action.

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 2017 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.

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