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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.

Mason Bailey Earns Third Victory of 2017 at Southside Speedway in a Thrilling Late Model Finish

Midlothian, VA – The month of July & August are statistically the hottest months of the summer in the Mid-Atlantic. When it’s hot outside there is one thing you can all but guarantee around the world of short track racing and that is a slick race track and short tempers. Throw in an interesting race or two where certain drivers feel they owe something to someone and just sit back and enjoy the show.

Chris Dodson was once again the fastest qualifier in the afternoon’s very hot final practice/qualifying session. Dodson’s lap of record was set in just his fourth circuit around the flat track coming in at 15.059 (79.679 MPH) seconds. Eddie Johnson would post a lap just six-hundredths of a second slower than Dodson. Rookie Mason Bailey and Lane Janosik posted the third and fourth fastest times while Bugs Hairfield rounded out the fastest five. Dodson would pull a number four pill, handing the front row over to the two rookies.

Sixteen Late Models came to life down the front stretch when flagman Jody Adkins unfurled the green flag. Mason Bailey wasted zero time working his way around Janosik as the field rocketed out of turn two and down the backstretch. Fast qualifier, Chris Dodson, had the same idea and got around Janosik using the outside groove. The race saw its first of five cautions early on lap two after Janosik and Eddie Johnson appeared to get hooked together going into the turn. It would cause a six car pile up as Brock, Thomas, Payne, and Hairfield were all caught up in the mess.

Once the race was back under green flag conditions, Dodson picked back up on his assault on the rear bumper of Bailey. The rookie did an amazing job hold off the onslaught that Dodson was putting on. The lead would eventually change hands after the third restart of the evening. Dodson appeared to get back to the throttle just a little bit quicker than Bailey, which allowed him to stay even with the 05 machine. A small slip from Bailey the following lap in two allowed Dodson to grab the lead.

Dodson would lead the way for several laps while some amazing racing between Bugs Hairfield – who was making his way back through the field before ending his night on lap 36 – Howie Disavino, Chris Johnson, and Grayson Cullather. Just as things looked to be in the bag for Chris Dodson, who was lifting at the start finish and holding onto a two-second lead, the yellow flag was displayed for the fourth final time. Michael Sutphin was around down the backstretch.

This set up one of the most exciting finishes of the year when Chris Dodson elected to keep his position at the front of the field. Bug Hairfield decided to try his luck on the outside line while Mason Bailey lined up on the inside behind Dodson. The three would eventually end up three wide all the way down the back and into turn three. Bailey down low, Dodson in the middle and Hairfield up top. The trio almost made it all the way through the corner like that but, Dodson ended up going around in turn four and would bring out the evenings final caution. There was some talk that Chris Johnson would be sent to the rear of the field after contact was made with Dodson’s car while he was sideways. Johnson, after some deliberation between officials in the tower and on the track, was able to keep his position on the track.

For the restart, it was Mason Bailey and Chris Johnson on the first row. When the green flag was displayed Bailey was able to clear Johnson and retake the lead with less than two laps to go. Grayson Cullather, who qualified seventh and stayed pretty quiet in the top five all night, was also able to get around Johnson to take the second position. Though the top three cars were figured out at the white flag there was some hard racing behind them which caused a big pile up back in turn one once again. Sonny Allen, who has been running up towards the front all night made hard contact with the outside wall all but destroying his car. The driver was able to hop out under his own power once the race was complete.

“I think thrilling is the word for both the fans and the drivers,” Bailey said after the race. “We struggled all day with the car in practice. We are usually first or second and we stayed around fourth or fifth all day, that’s just not good for us. After getting taken out last week we had to completely disassemble this car and put it back from scratch. It’s amazing we got it back as close as we did but still has a lot of kinks to work out. It certainly had some speed it but it was hard work on that wheel.”

We asked Mason about the three wide run there into three that ultimately got him the lead and the race win and what was going through his mind

“I know we only had two wins on the season and we really needed to be at three wins,” explained Bailey. “I knew we needed to park it so that’s what we did. Just got a good restart and stayed on him [Dodson]. The three of us and I think they just got together, Chris slid up and Bugs got down and got together, I saw some daylight and went for. I’m not much of a steering wheel holder, I like to call myself a driver, so I just went in there for better or for worse and it just happened to work out. That was all luck there, that’s all that was.”

“I am just glad we came out on top. This team, my car owner Chris Phillips, CR Phillips Electrical, Commonwealth Plumbing, Damn Yankee Hot Sauce, Hernandez Construction, and so much more, they just deserve this.”

 

Austin Dodge was the winner of the 30 lap Grand Stock feature early in the evening. Dodge was the fast qualifier earlier in the afternoon but was forced to start fifth when the green flag was displayed due to the invert. Shannon Smith inherited the lead and did a fine job holding off the field till about lap ten and eventually retiring from the race with mechanical issues. That is how long it took for Dodge to make his way back up through the field. The race witnessed only two cautions and three different leaders. However, one Dodge was able to take the lead around lap nine, even the late race restart could not trip him up, Austin Dodge would take home the hardware.

 

Late Model OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #05 Mason Bailey; 40
  2. #22 Grayson Cullather; 40
  3. #24 Chris Johnson; 40
  4. #18 Brad Davis; 40
  5. #20 Sonny Allen; 40
  6. #55 Howie Disavino; 40
  7. #43 Eddie Johnson; 40
  8. #9 Alex Brock; 40
  9. #25 Michael Sutphin; 40
  10. #0 Chris Dodson; 40
  11. #26 John Crews; 40
  12. #79 Lane Janosik; 40
  13. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 36
  14. #99 Daniel Thomas; 25
  15. #19 Rusty Wood; 15
  16. #42 Mike Payne; 2

 

Grand Stock OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #07 Austin Dodge
  2. #40 Todd Ruggles
  3. #33 Dan Rogers
  4. #41 Cameron Ruggles
  5. #88 Mike Lowe
  6. #39 Tony Hull
  7. #36 Mark Simpson
  8. #21 Shannon Smith

Mason Diaz Prevails in Late Model Thriller Before Severe Weather Washes Out Southern National Race

LUCAMA, NC – Mason Diaz picked up his fifth Southern National victory on Saturday night before severe weather arrived at Southern National Motorsports Park, canceling much of the night’s racing program.

The first of two scheduled Late Model Stock Car races and the Bandolero feature race were both completed.  The Fast Five Pro Late Model race went green but, five laps in, the skies opened up and a torrential downpour, along with lightning, forced the race to be canceled.

Andrew Grady, in his first Southern National start of the season, qualified on the pole for the Late Model Stock Car raced and battled with Chris Chapman side-by-side for the first five laps before taking sole possession of the top spot.  A few laps later, Jonathan Findley roared past to take the lead, and then Findley fell off the pace, surrendering the lead to Rusty Daniels.

Daniels held off a challenge from Mason Diaz and Andrew Grady on a restart and pulled away.  When the caution came out on lap 23 for an incident involving Gerald Benton, Daniels’ lead was erased.  Under the caution, Daniels’ car lost power and he was forced out of the race, handing the lead, and the win, to Mason Diaz.

“There was some early race contact for Chapman, he pushed up the right front nose and made the car tight,” Diaz said after the race.  “After that, the car just wasn’t the same and weren’t the fastest car.  We got some luck with Findley and Daniels breaking out.  That’s what got me the lead and after that, I kind of set sail.”

Parker Frazier dominated in the 15 lap Bandolero feature.  Behind him, a wild race between Josh Speas, Cameron Murray, and Ethan Johnson ended when all three cars spun in turn four.  Johnson would recover, racing his way up to second.  Camryn Rice, who had been involved in an incident on the race’s opening lap, rebounded from her problems to finish in third.

Jonathan Findley qualified on the pole and was leading in the Pro Late Model race, trying to fend off a challenge from Colt James when the caution came out for precipitation.  The rain quickly turned into a downpour, accompanied by lightning and thunder, forcing the track to call the rest of the racing program off.

Tickets and pit passes from Saturday night’s race will be honored at the August 19th race.

Next weekend, the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model Tour will invade Southern National Motorsports Park for the second time in 2017.  Matt Craig won at Southern National Motorsports Park back in March during PASS’ first visit of the season.  The PASS Super Late Model Tour will be accompanied by the Mid-Atlantic Street Stock Championship Series and the USAC Eastern Midgets.

For more information about Southern National Motorsports Park, check out SNMP’s website at www.snmpark.com“like” Southern National Motorsports Park on Facebook or “follow” @SNM_Park on Twitter.

Greg Edwards Back in Victory Lane; Philip Morris Finally Victorious at Langley

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)

Hampton, VA – Matt Waltz, of Newport News, was the fastest car earlier in the afternoon posting a lap of record near the fifteen-second bracket – 16.113 to be exact, faster than the twenty-one other drivers who made the trip out to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Greg Edwards, CE Falk, Nick Smith, and Brenden Queen rounded out the starting five cars in the prelude to the Heat. With the Hampton Heat just around the corner, this weekend’s field was stacked with past NWAAS champions, past VSCU 300 winners, past regional champions, and former truck and Xfinity drivers. One of those drivers was none other than Philip Morris who had to start the race from the rear of the field due to missing qualifying from a blown motor.

When the green flag was displayed just as the sun was setting over the back stretch, pole sitter Matt Waltz looked to jump out the too early lead. Battles for positions immediately took place behind Waltz all throughout the field. We saw hard racing literally from third back through the entire field.

C.E. Falk, who has a multitude of wins at Langley throughout his career, was able to make the pass on Edwards and set his sites on Waltz. By circuit sixteen Falk had caught the rear bumper Waltz and made the pass for the lead as the two were working through some lap traffic. Plenty of racing for position behind them with Queen, Hall, Puryear, Sellers, and Morris working his way up through the field. The nights one and only caution in the Late Model features came on lap number twenty-four when a large piece of debris was found in turn one. It appeared to be the left front fender of Puryear’s car from earlier contact.

It looked like it was going to be Falk’s race to win after the nights only restart. After clearing the field and opening up a decent gap, Edwards started to reel in the past track and regional champion just past the halfway portion of the race. When the two got close that is when things really started to get hot and heavy. Edwards spent several laps sizing up the car in front of him and found his time to pounce. Sticking his nose under Falk’s machine going into turn one the two made contact sending Falk up the track. Greg Edwards took over the race lead and held it to the checkered flag where he got to celebrate in victory lane with family and crew.

“It was very hot there, CE had a really good early run car and he pushed Matt real hard”, explained the race winner. “I just let them do their deal, they started sliding around, it started to slowly come to me. CE must be a little upset, but I was clearly underneath of him down the straightaway and he eased down and I held my line”.

In an oddly calm second feature where Brenden Queen inherited the pole position, after NASCAR’s rule on twin features, and had Philip Morris lined up to his outside. It took two attempts to get the race underway as race control did not seem to like the start of the first. Once things did get going Morris was able to get around Queen for the lead and immediately set a blistering pace.

Queen would end up getting passed by the inside line freight trains that had formed. He was finally able to fall into line several laps into the race in the eighth or ninth position. By this time Philip had already opened up almost a full straightaway lead over the second place machine. The caution free 66-lap feature saw plenty of action with Greg Edwards working his way up through the field from the eighth position.

Edwards was able to get as high as second, almost a full seven seconds off of the lead. While Edwards was working his way up through the field, 2017 Langley Speedway winner and second runner-up last weekend at South Boston Speedway Nick Smith, continued to lose position after position. When we checked with his crew they reported back he has been quite on the radio. Smith would have to settle for a fourteenth place finish.

With no one around within a country mile, Philip Morris was able to cruise to Dale Lemonds Victory Lane with absolutely no pressure from behind. Falk, Sellers – who started the race in his backup who had not seen laps at Langley this week – and Matt Waltz rounded out the top five. The victory and finishing four positions ahead of Waltz in the second race will help close the gap in the 2017 points race.

Morris was behind excited in victory lane after the race. “Yeah, gotta lot of people to thank, namely HC Sellers, Billy Banks for the motor”, said the race winner. “Car was awesome there, it was really good in the first half but Forrest figured out a way to make it better and that’s why you see this car in Victory Lane every week because it’s got more front grip than anybody. All I gotta do is hang on to it if I can but this place has always gotten away from me. Just want to thank Peyton Sellers for being a great sportsman and letting me borrow his engine”.

The Late Models will be off next week as the Modifieds will be the premier division on July 15th. The Late Models will, however, return July 22nd for the highly anticipated return of the Hampton Heat 200. Stay tuned to The Weekly Racer in the weeks leading up to the race so you know everything that’s going.

 

OFFICIAL Results Race 1:

  1. #97 Greg Edwards; 66
  2. #2 Matt Waltz; 66
  3. #40 CE Falk; 66
  4. #26s Peyton Sellers; 66
  5. #12 Nick Smith; 66
  6. #17 Stacy Puryear; 66
  7. #01 Phillip Morris; 66
  8. #03 Brenden Queen; 66
  9. #77 Connor Hall; 66
  10. #90 Terry Carroll; 66
  11. #12t Austin Thaxton; 66
  12. #92 Casey Wyatt; 66
  13. #55 Mark Wertz; 66
  14. #19 Cameron Bowen; 66
  15. #91 Justin Carroll; 66
  16. #51f Chris Flowers; 65
  17. #88 Thomas Marks; 65
  18. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 64
  19. #25 Craig Eastep; 40
  20. #71 Woody Howard; 37

 

OFFICIAL Results Race 2:

  1. #01 Phillip Morris; 66
  2. #97 Greg Edwards; 66
  3. #40 CE Falk; 66
  4. #26s Peyton Sellers; 66
  5. #2 Matt Waltz; 66
  6. #17 Stacy Puryear; 66
  7. #90 Terry Carroll; 66
  8. #77 Connor Hall; 66
  9. #12t Austin Thaxton; 65
  10. #55 Mark Wertz; 65
  11. #71 Woody Howard; 65
  12. #03 Brenden Queen; 65
  13. #19 Cameron Bowen; 65
  14. #12 Nick Smith; 64
  15. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 64
  16. #88 Thomas Marks; 52
  17. #91 Justin Carroll; 50
  18. #25 Craig Eastep; 37
  19. #51f Chris Flowers; 28
  20. #92 Casey Wyatt; 26

Matt Waltz Sets Fast Time in Prelude to the Heat

Hampton, VA – Matt Waltz set the fastest time in qualifying with the out of towners at Langley running a 16.113 second lap beating defending track champ Greg Edwards who ran a 16.176 second lap. In his out lap, Danny Edwards Jr broke his left front spindle on the car and his entire right front came off. He will not be able to make the race tonight as of now. Also, Phillip Morris blew his motor a little earlier on in final practice and is in the process of putting a borrowed motor from Peyton Sellers into his ride. Sellers switched to his backup car with the handling being so far off on his primary and managed to run a 16.293-second lap to put him 10th in the twenty car field.

Justin Kern caught up with Waltz in the pits, “It really didn’t feel all that great in qualifying but I mean watching everyone else it looked like everyone else had the same problem, not a lot of grip slipping and sliding all over the place. I gotta thank Waltz Engineering Sales, Davcon INC. as well we got a bunch of them up in the box tonight,  and Mulkey, Forbes, Reid & Barton, PLC for helping us out on the team here, happy to get on the pole for all the people and the crew”

The late models are running twin races along with the grand stocks tonight with the Bandoleros, Legends, and Enduros supporting them tonight,

Race Line Up

  1. Pepsi Grand Stocks 33 laps
  2. Taylor Waste Services LMSC 66 laps
  3. Cycle City Corp Bandoleros 15 laps
  4. Cycle City Corp Legends 25 laps
  5. Pepsi Grand Stocks 33 laps
  6. Taylor Waste Services LMSC 66 laps
  7. Bojangles Enduros 30 laps

Late Model Qualifying Results

  1. Matt Waltz – 16.113
  2. Greg Edwards – 16.176
  3. C.E. Falk III – 16.182
  4. Nick Smith – 16.206
  5. Brenden Queen – 16.233
  6. Stacy Puryear – 16.247
  7. Connor Hall – 16.255
  8. Justin S. Carroll – 16.277
  9. Mark Wertz – 16.282
  10. Peyton Sellers – 16.293
  11. Austin Thaxton – 16.350
  12. Terry Carroll – 16.373
  13. Thomas Marks – 16.432
  14. Woody Howard – 16.451
  15. Casey Wyatt – 16.469
  16. Cameron Bowen – 16.552
  17. Maddy Mulligan – 16.659
  18. Craig Eastep – 16.693
  19. Chris Flowers – 16.747
  20. Danny Edwards Jr – No Time
  21. Phillip Morris – No Time but will start
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