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Connor Hall Sweeps Clubtails Night; Brenden Queen Clinches First LAngley Speedway Track Championship

📸Bill Carnes/Given to Fly Photography

Hampton, VA – Championship night for the Taylor Waste Servies Late Models was upon us here at Langley Speedway – Chesapeake’s very own Brenden Queen came into the weekend with a 15 point lead over six-tim champion Danny Edwards Jr. With a field of 13 cars, Queen simply needed to just finish both twin races to notch his name in the Langley record books. Greg Edwards, Casey Wyatt, Connor Hall, and Thomas Marks were all also fighting for a top-five finish in points. Queen got a head start on the championship hunt by putting his Old Skool Video Games/CarCovers.com No. 03 Ford on the pole once more this season with a lap time of 15.661 (90.799 MPH). Connor Hall, Greg Edwards, Danny Edwards, and Casey Wyatt rounded out the fast five.

Trouble struck early for one competitor fighting for a top-five spot in the championship standings. Casey Wyatt, who had been having a standout season, has issues as the field was getting to ready to double up for the initial start. Problems with his right front led to being on the receiving end of a Petes Towing tow truck and nose first in his garage stall as the green flag was unfurled. Back on track, the action heated up quickly as Queen capitalized on the great starting position and lead early. Connor Hall, however, who had been having a string of bad luck had other plans for the night and took the lead on lap 4. A caution would come out on lap 15 for Thomas Marks and Adam Hoegerl making some contact, Hoegerl would end up going around. Problems would strike Marks later in the race when he had some smoke coming from his car and he parked it for the first race – later confirmed transmissions issues for the No. 88 machine. Connor Hall would go on to win the race with ease. Greg Edwards, Brenden Queen, Justin Carroll, and Danny Edwards rounded out the top five.

The eight-car invert for the second race would put Terry Carroll and Craig Eastep on the front row. Eastep jumped out to the early lead from the outside and held the spot for the first five laps. That was until Queen used the outside line to take second from Danny, and eventually the lead from Eastep. The first caution came out on lap 12 for Casey Wyatt going into turn two wall – again issues with the right front suspension causing issues for the Newport News based team. Hall would take the lead on the restart and set the pace for the field. The field went single file until lap 22 when the second caution came out for an entanglement between Justin Carroll and Craig Eastep, causing the No. 25 machine to come to a stop in the turn two grass. The two would get into it again bringing out another caution just a few laps later. This would not stop Hall, however, who would dominate each restart clearing the field and setting a pace that could be matched by no one. Thomas Marks, was able to swap out transmissions between races with the help of crews up and down pit road, was able to drive his machine through the field picking off cars as they came. The checkered flag flew once more for Connor Hall as he swept the night and became the winningest driver of the 2020 season with three victories. Greg Edwards and Brenden Queen once again took podium spots while Thomas Marks and Mark Wertz rounded out the top five. 

Brenden Queen did the unthinkable and won the 2020 Late Model championship without winning a single race. Consistent top five finishes helped him get the points lead he needed all season. This championship would be Queens first at his home track, but his second Late Model championship of his career. When Langley closed for one year, Queen traveled to East Carolina Speedway in Robersonville, NC, where he picked up his first career Late Model win and championship.

We’ll be back at the track in two weeks for the Shawn Balluzzo Memorial race to crown the 2020 Modified champion. Along with Grand Stocks, Pro Six, Ucars, Legends, Bandoleros, Karts, and Enduros.

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Race 1 Results;

  1. #77 Connor Hall; 50
  2. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  3. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  4. #91 Justin Carroll; 50
  5. #26 Danny Edwards; 50
  6. #55 Mark Wertz; 50
  7. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  8. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  9. #68 Adam Hoegerl; 47
  10. #10 Ryan Huff; 36
  11. #88 Thomas Marks; 35
  12. #01 Jeff Shiflett; 35
  13. #29 Casey Wyatt; 0

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Race 2 Results

  1. #77 Connor Hall; 50
  2. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  3. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  4. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  5. #55 Mark Wertz; 50
  6. #91 Justin Carroll; 50
  7. #26 Danny Edwards; 50
  8. #01 Jeff Shiflett; 50
  9. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  10. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  11. #68 Adam Hoegerl; 49
  12. #29 Casey Wyatt; 12
  13. #10 Ryan Huff; 0

Featured Photo: Connor Hall celebrates his second victory of the evening Saturday night in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane (Photo: Bill Carnes/Given to Fly Photography)

Josh Berry Makes Stronger Case for a National Championship Run by Sweeping races at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – With the season winding down, and national points coming down to the wire, Josh Berry and Peyton Sellers made their way to Langley Speedway this past weekend to go head-to-head. Berry coming into the weekend with a 26 point lead – how fitting we might add – over Sellers, looked to keep his momentum up and pull even further away from the National champ. A full field of 17 Late Models – and an almost clean sweep of the weekend – showed up for a pair of 50-lap features.

Brenden Queen, the youngster from Chesapeake, VA, entered the weekend as the points leader over former track champion Danny Edwards and continued his great season by winning his third pole of the season. While Connor Hall looked to turn his bad luck around after qualifying second. Greg Edwards, Josh Berry, and Peyton Sellers rounded out the fast five.

As the green flag dropped, Brenden Queen charged ahead down the backstretch, only for Connor Hall to take the lead on lap 2. Berry and Sellers made their way around Greg for third and fourth. Queen wasn’t letting Hall get too far ahead as he began to battle for the lead again. Berry would also join in on the fray and take second away from Queen. Sellers would also get a piece of the action as Hall and Berry pulled away from the field. Sellers eventually got around Queen for third and went after Berry and Hall. On lap 31, Berry went to Halls inside and took the lead down the backstretch. The first caution of the night came on lap 32 for a spinning Bubba Johnston out of two.

Hall and Queen took the outside for the restart. Berry would get a great start and cleared the field out of turn two. Sellers would go on to take second from Hall and make a move to the inside of Berry to take the lead on lap 35. Sellers would put a small gap between him and Berry until lap 45. Berry got a strong run into turn two and moved Sellers up the track to retake the lead. Hall followed through with Berry and looked to take the lead away from him as well. Sellers would get back around Hall for second. Josh Berry would go on to pick up the victory in the first twin 50 lap feature.

With the eight car invert, Craig Eastep and Casey Wyatt inherited the front row. Wyatt, who entered the weekend third in points, would drop to the rear of the field before the race started. Green flag flew and it looked that Greg Edwards might earn a second win of the 2020 season as he took the lead going into turn one. Hall would go to second and Berry, after having to start eighth, was up to third in just one lap. Meanwhile, Sellers was stuck in eighth. Sellers second race would come to an end as he pulled his machine to pit road with issues.

Berry went to the outside line to pass Hall for second as well as Greg for the lead on lap 12. The first caution would be displayed for a spinning Casey Wyatt in turn four. Berry would restart on the outside by his own choice with Greg to his inside. Berry would clear Greg out of turn to and set the pace for the field. With just four laps to go, the second caution came out for Adam Medek and Bubba Johnston tangling in turn one. Josh Berry would go on to hang on to the lead and sweep the twin 50 lap features.

Taylor Waste Services Late Model’s Race 1;

  1. #88 Josh Berry; 50
  2. #26 Peyton Sellers; 50
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 50
  4. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  5. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  6. #26 Danny Edwards; 50
  7. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  8. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  9. #97 Daniel Silvestri; 50
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  11. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  12. #9 Alex Brock; 50
  13. #19 Bubba Johnston; 50
  14. #8 Tyler Hughes; 50
  15. #29 Adam Medek; 50
  16. #36 Chris Johnson; 45
  17. #91 Justin Carroll; 25

Taylor Waste Services Late Model’s Race 2;

  1. #88 Josh Berry; 50
  2. #77 Connor Hall; 50
  3. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  4. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  5. #26 Danny Edwards; 50
  6. #8 Tyler Hughes; 50
  7. #97 Daniel Silvestri; 50
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  9. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  10. #9 Alex Brock; 50
  11. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  12. #19 Bubba Johnston; 46
  13. #29 Adam Medek; 45
  14. #36 Chris Johnson; 40
  15. #29 Casey Wyatt; 34
  16. #91 Justin Carroll; 12
  17. #26 Peyton Sellers; 10

Racing & TWR Returns to Langley Speedway as the 2020 Season Winds Down

Hampton, VA – Looking back at some recent stats and insights of our page we could not help but notice the lack of content provided this year. To be very blunt – it blows! The current COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on everyone worldwide has certainly not been helpful, however, I told my very small crew that their safety and their family come first and TWR would come second. Then you throw in good ole Mother Nature in late summer and you can see how the deck is stacked against race tracks. Also if we are being honest we have had A LOT of stuff going on away from the racetrack that has taken our attention away from the sport. Well, I am very pleased to say that the skies here in Hampton Roads are clear and the temperatures are what you would expect for October and we are set for a barn burner of a night here at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway.

Seven divisions of racing – with the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Late Model Stock Cars brought to you by Taylor Waste Services – will of course headline and kick off the show with a pair of 50-lap features. With NASCAR National points also coming to a close for 2020 and Langley Speedway being the only racing facility in the south eastern region to be running this weekend we will see the likes of Josh Berry and Peyton Sellers mixing it up for National Points while Brenden Queen, Danny Edwards Jr., and Casey Wyatt pick up their points battle as well. Super Streets and Trucks – who have both provided an impressive car count this year – will be running twin features as well as crowning a champion in their respective divisions. The Virginia Racers (essentially a limited late model), Legends, Bando’s and Enduro’s will all have single events tonight.

Tickets for tonights events can still be purchased via the tracks website. If you are unable to get tickets or make it out in general do not forget all of tonights action will be broadcasted LIVE via NBC TrackPass.

4:15PM DRIVER’S MEETING (OVER PA SYSTEM)

4:30PM QUALIFYING
1. BANDOLEROS (3 CARS-5 LAPS)
2. LEGENDS (GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)
3. SUPER TRUCKS (GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)
4. SUPER STREETS (GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)
5. VIRGINIA RACERS (GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)
6. LATE MODELS (SCUFF-GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)

5:45PM ENDUROS PRACTICE (3 GROUPS-8 LAPS)

6:15PM OPENING RACE
1. CYCLE CITY CORP BANDOLEROS (15 LAPS)

6:45PM PRE RACE CEREMONIES
INVOCATION REV TOM POTTER
NATIONAL ANTHEM

7:00PM FEATURE RACES
2. TAYLOR WASTE SERVICES LATE MODELS (50 LAPS)
3. OLD SKOOL VIDEO GAMES SUPER STREETS (25 LAPS)
4. HARRIS TRUCK SHOP SUPER TRUCKS (20 LAPS)
5. CYCLE CITY CORP LEGENDS (25 LAPS)
6. VIRGINIA RACERS (35 LAPS)
7. OLD SKOOL VIDEO GAMES SUPER STREETS (25 LAPS)
8. HARRIS TRUCK SHOP SUPER TRUCKS (20 LAPS)
9. TAYLOR WASTE SERVICES LATE MODELS (50 LAPS)
10. PARTS BARN ENDUROS (30 LAPS)

*subject to change

Greg Edwards Shakes Losing Monkey; Mark Wertz Continues to Ride Momentum to Dale Lemonds Victory Lane

Mark Wertz returns to victory lane in the Taylor Waste Service Late Model’s as a part-time competitor for 2020. (📸 Sara Langley)

Hampton, VA – It was a cool, chilly night, but the action on the track was hot and intense. The Taylor Waste Services Late Models were back in action to headline the evening with twin 50-lap features. 13 Late Models showed up for an action-packed night. With just eight races left on the season, it was time for teams crackdown and focus on the championship. Brenden Queen came into the night with a 9 point lead over Casey Wyatt, and an 11 point lead over Danny Edwards Jr.

Queen put his machine on the pole earlier in the afternoon with a lap of 15.774 (90.148 MPH). Danny Edwards, Greg Edwards, Casey Wyatt, and Mark Wertz rounded out the fast five. The field doubled up and got the green flag for the first of two 50 lappers. Queen jumped to the lead and after just one lap the field went single file. Wertz gave Wyatt a little nudge for the fourth but couldn’t get the momentum to get around him. Lap 16, Greg got to the inside of Danny for second and took it away. By lap 20 Queen had a two-car length lead over the field.

A battle between Rodney Boyd and Craig Eastep began for the tenth position. The two made contact but both held onto it, Eastep would get the tenth spot while Boyd battled back. With 15 laps to go, Bubba Johnston and Thomas Marks began to battle for the eighth spot to see who would start on the pole for the second 50 lap race. Greg had caught up to Queen and got to his inside to battle for the lead. His momentum came to a holt as the caution came out for Johnston and Marks going for a synchronized spin in turn one. Queen would take the outside for the cone, allowing Greg to start to his inside. On the start, Queen didn’t go allowing Greg to take the lead. Danny took over second and Queen fell to third. Wyatt got the short end of the deal and fell from fourth to tenth. Greg Edwards would go on to get his first victory of the season. Both Queen and Wyatt would come to a stop at the start-finish line, exiting their machines, and showing their displeasure to both the starter and the tower expressing that Edwards (who was not the control car) went before the restart line in turn four.

Even after the spin in the first race, Thomas Marks worked his way back to an eighth-place finish to put him on the pole for the second twin. Bubba Johnston, Craig Eastep, Connor Hall, and Mark Wertz were the starting five. The Green flag flew and the first caution came out for Casey Wyatt making contact with Rodney Boyd, sending Boyd hard into turn one wall. We would later find out that Wyatt’s throttle hung going into the corner. Back to green, and Eastep had the issues getting going causing the bottom row to stack up. Johnson jumped to the lead going into turn one. Hall began to battle Marks for second while Queen joined in. Queen ended up pushing Hall past Marks before eventually working his way around as well. With the battle for second going on, Johnston had built a sizable lead on the rest of the field.

The first caution of the second feature would come at the hands of Craig Eastep spinning through the backstretch grass on lap 13. The tride and true saying of cautions breed cautions were true this weekend because no sooner than the race restarted the field was slowed yet again. This time due to Eastep spinning the 9 of Brock between turns one and two. Back to green and the field made it one lap this time before the third caution was displayed. Contact between Johnston, who looked to try and pull up in front of Hall after losing the lead, and Connor Hall going into turn one cause early depatures for both competitors.

Back to green once again, Queen jumped to the lead with Wertz falling in line in second. Another caution would come out on lap 22 for Wyatt’s machine coming to a stop in turn four. Later reports would confirm Wyatt once again had issues with his throttle and decided to shut the car down to avoid further issues and bring the car to the garage. Wertz took the cone again and would restart on Queens outside. Wertz would clear Queen on lap 24 to take the lead. The two battled side by side for nearly the rest of the race with Greg riding in third waiting for his opportunity to make his move. His opportunity wouldn’t come, Mark Wertz went on to pick up his first Late Model win of the season.

 

Farley Financial UCARS

With a very impressive field of 13 cars, everyone was still chasing Michael Waters. Jamie Hite grabbed the pole by .003-seconds over Michael Waters. Rookies Christian Keller, Robert Dezero, and Nicholas Deans rounded out the fast five. Hite jumped to the lead in the start while Keller stuck his nose to second with Waters falling to third. Waters made his way around Keller for second and wasted no time to get to Hite. Hite and Waters made contact coming out of turn four causing Waters to get loose and almost went nose-first into the inside wall. Waters night would be over sooner than he had hoped meaning there would finally be a new winner this season. The second caution came out for Zachary Lindsey, Tyler Borden, and Bill Eaker getting together in turn three, this wreck ended Lindsey’s night. Back under green, on lap 9, Keller took the lead from Hite. A battle for third heated up between Davis, Deans and Dwight Nikles. Lap 15, Keller was still holding off Hite for the lead. On lap 22, Hite finally reclaimed the lead. Jamie Hite would hold on to pick up his first win of the season.

 

 

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Race 1 Results;

 

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  2. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 50
  3. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  4. #55 Mark Wertz; 50
  5. #77 Connor Hall; 50
  6. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  7. #19 Bubba Johnson; 50
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  9. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  10. #9 Rodney Boyd; 50
  11. #9 Alex Brock; 50
  12. #71 Jared Clark; 49
  13. #68 Terri O’Connell; 13

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Race 2 Results;

 

  1. #55 Mark Wertz; 50
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  3. #21 Greg Edwards, 50
  4. #26 Danny Edwards; 50
  5. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  6. #9 Alex Brock; 50
  7. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  8. #71 Jared Clark; 49
  9. #29 Casey Wyatt; 21
  10. #19 Bubba Johnston; 14
  11. #77 Connor Hall; 14
  12. #9 Rodney Boyd; 0

 

Farley Finacial UCAR Results;

  1. #12 Jamie Hite; 25
  2. #6 Christian Keller; 25
  3. #3 Austin Davis; 25
  4. #03 Nicholas Deans; 25
  5. #7 Dwight Nikles; 25
  6. #46 Nicholas Hurt; 24
  7. #00 Robert Dezero; 23
  8. #22 Bill Eaker; 12
  9. #50 Zach Fredrick; 4
  10. #36 Michael Waters; 3
  11. #03 Zachary Lindsey; 3
  12. #20 Mike Parker; 3
  13. #2 Tyler Borden; 3

 

*Featured Photo: Greg Edwards and team celebrate first win of the 2020 season following a controversial late-race restart. Photo: Sara Langley

Corey Heim’s Langley Speedway Bad Luck Continues as Layne Riggs Muscles to Victory in Late Race Pass

📸 Sara Langley

Hampton, VA – For the second year in a row, and the first time in 2020, the CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour made the trip to the famed .395-mile oval with 24 drivers ready to put on an incredible show for the few fans that were able to get tickets. Also making their first trip to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway was the Dominion Racers, essentially a Limited Late Model running a small series between the two Virginia tracks. 6 cars made the trip this past weekend for their 35-lap feature event.

Corey Heim continued his good year with putting his 78 on the pole only by 4 one-thousandths of a second over Layne Riggs. Timothy Peters, Brandon Pierce, and Grayson Cullather rounded out the fast five. Defending race winner Deac McCaskill, did not show up so that meant we were in for a new winner.

Once the green flag flew, Heim cleared Riggs took the lead down the backstretch. The field quickly went single file. Peters took second away from Pierce but a few laps later, Pierce would take it right back. After starting 17th, Nolan Pope fell all the way to last I’m what seemed to be a race strategy for the long run. 10 laps in and the battles throughout the field began to heat up. Justin Johnson and Mini Tyrell got a little heated for the eighth position, while Bobby McCarty and Jared Fryar battled for sixth.

Riggs made his move for the lead on lap 14, but Heim held him off. Cullather, after running fifth, got stuck on the outside line and got shuffled back to 13th. Fryar and McCarty continued their battle but included Pierce this time to take away fourth and fifth. Trey Crews, making his Cars Tour debut, made his way around Pierce as well for seventh. The first caution of the race came out on lap 40 for a competition caution.

Once the green flag flew, the next caution came out on lap 42 for Cullather hitting turn three wall hard, collecting Justin Carroll as well ending both their nights. On the restart, Heim shot to the lead once again with Riggs falling in line to second. Peters still running third while Crews battled McCarty for fourth. McCarty gave Crews a slight door slam into turn one to clear Crews and take fourth. Teammates Peters and McCarty began a battle for third, resulting in McCarty taking the position.

After starting fourth, Pierce had fallen all the way to 17th with what looked to be handling issues. The first lead change came on lap 62 when Riggs cleated Heim into turn one but Heim did a massive slide job into turn two to take the lead right back. Riggs lost some momentum allowing McCarty to take second away. Lap 72 and McCarty had taken the lead from Heim. Lap 82 came up on the board and the caution came out for the second and final competition caution. On the restart, McCarty and Heim stayed door to door for two laps until Heim reclaimed the lead. Timothy Peters making his lone start in the Cars Tour pulled his number 12 machine to pit road with motor issues that ended his night.

The caution came out on lap 86 for Terry Carroll sliding through the backstretch grass. On the restart, Heim and McCarty went door to door once again until lap 88 when the caution flew again yet again for Crews spinning in turn one with a flat tire. Things began to heat up after the restart as Fryar moved up to third. Blake Stallings, after running midfield the entire race, made his way up to the fourth position. Riggs began to use the outside line to his advantage as he took third from Fryar. Connor Mosack, who had also been running midfield, had worked his way up to seventh. Lap 100 of 125 and things were getting exciting.

Riggs once again used the outside line to get around McCarty for second and had a clear track intro of him to chase down Heim. Lap 115 and Heim began to catch lap traffic. The lap traffic was just enough for Riggs to finally catch Heim with three laps to go. The white flag flew and Riggs was there. Going into turn three, the two made contact as Riggs chose the inside this time to shove Heim up the track and make the pass out of turn four to pick up his first victory of the 2020 season. The win would also end a two-year winless streak and creating the seventh winner in seven races on the tour.

 

Virginia Racers

Zach Lightfoot made his return to the track after dominating at Dominion all year. He put his machine on the pole by 2 one thousandths of a second over Landon Pemberton. Cole Bruce, Doug Warren, Andrew Condrey, and Elysia Potter rounded out the field. Once the green flag flew, Lightfoot didn’t look back. The field didn’t take long to go single file. Bruce took over second from Pemberton early on and went to work on Lightfoot. Lap 15 and Lightfoot had put a second lead on Bruce. Potter would pull her machine hot pit road with motor overheating issues. Zach Lightfoot would go on to lead all 35 laps and win the inaugural Virginia Racers race.

 

Visit Hampton 125 Results
  1. #99 Layne Riggs; 125
  2. #78 Corey Heim; 125
  3. #14 Jared Fryar; 125
  4. #81 Mini Tyrell; 125
  5. #19 Blake Stallings; 125
  6. #22 Bobby McCarty; 125
  7. #1 Nolan Pope; 125
  8. #88 Conor Mosack; 125
  9. #4 Jonathan Findley; 125
  10. #16 Chad McCumbee; 125
  11. #2 Jonathan Shafer; 125
  12. #9 Trey Crews; 125
  13. #51 Matt Cox; 125
  14. #08 Justin Johnson; 125
  15. #17 Stacy Puryear; 125
  16. #74 Ronald Hill; 125
  17. #2 Brandon Pierce; 125
  18. #63 Tyler Matthews; 125
  19. #90 Terry Carroll; 124
  20. #01 Camden Gullie; 124
  21. #19 Jessica Cann; 124
  22. #12 Timothy Peters; 85
  23. #22 Grayson Cullather; 41
  24. #91 Justin Carroll; 41

 

Virginia Racers Results
  1. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 35
  2. #31 Cole Bruce; 35
  3. #0 Landon Pemberton; 35
  4. #51 Doug Warren; 35
  5. #36 Andrew Condrey; 34
  6. #24 Elysia Potter; 8

 

[Featured photo courtesy of carsracingtour.com]

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