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Two New Winners Crowned in Larry King Law Modifieds; Robbie Babb and Andrew Fortin Split 30-lap Twin Bill

Hampton, VA – Robbie Babb made his return to the Larry King Law Modifieds this weekend and snagged the pole from Shawn Balluzzo – needing just one lap to do so – with a 16.436 (86.517 MPH). Balluzzo would start the first feature on the outside pole after recovering from issues in practice. Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, and Danny Harrell were the fastest five qualifiers.

Robbie Babb got off to a pretty good start when the green flag was displayed for race number one. Matt Carter also wasted little time filling the whole and taking the second position from Balluzzo who fell into third – all three took off from the rest of the pack. The war was on behind them, however, the closest battle was between Andrew Fortin and Bobby Gery which ultimately saw Fortin go for a spin off turn two following slight contact resulting in the races first and only caution.

On the ensuing restart, Shawn Balluzzo elected to use the choose cone to start on the outside of race leader Robbie Babb. Coming off turn four the front two got a great jump over Carter and the rest of the field, Balluzzo was able to duck into second and give chase to the leader. Carter did everything in his power to get back around Balluzzo but motor issues would sideline him twenty-four laps in. Babb would go on to become just the third different winner and his first, of 2018. Balluzzo, Johnston, Gery, and Harrell rounded out the top five finishers.

An eight-car invert was once again on tap for race number two. Once again the eight-car invert seemed to do more harm than the good it was supposed to do. Jamie Sample was tasked to lead the field to the green alongside Andrew Fortin, who actually looked to get the better start when the green was displayed. It didn’t take long for things to get wild, however, as Fortin lead the field into three. DJ Valente, who started the second race from the third position, decided to take it three wide, made contact with Jamie Sample and all hell broke loose from there.

The contact created a chain reaction of crashes ultimately putting Jamie Sample, Danny Harrell, and Matt Morgan – who was eventually able to return to the feature – into the wall. Race one winner Robbie Babb appeared to have the most damage as his car came to a rest in the turn three ditch sans the front clip. Derek Roberts and TJ Largena had to make some pretty evasive moves down to the apron to avoid any contact. Balluzzo had to lock the breaks up himself to avoid the wreck, he too would also spin and make the slightest contact with Matt Morgan. He was able to drive away from the scene of the accident and return to the race.

Once back to green Andrew Fortin picked up right where he left off powering to the front of the pack. He quickly built himself a comfortable and manageable lead that the rest of the pack could not collapse. Balluzzo almost got his shot in the closing laps when Derek Roberts made things a little difficult on the faster car of Fortin but none the less he was able to come out on top. The win for Fortin was not only his first of 2018 but he became just the third different winner in the Larry King Law Modified series in just as many races.

 

In the Pepsi Grand Stock twin features Paul Lubno was able to pick up two more victories en route to his 2018 championship hunt. Robbie Parker, however, did a phenomenal job at keeping him very honest and put on the two best shows of the evening in my humble opinion. Parker started on the pole for the second time this season in race number one, lead most of the race but ultimately finished in second after a ten plus two way battle for the lead. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better for race two – it did!

The field was once again inverted sending the two fastest cars to the back of the pack. With the lower than normal car count, it did not take long for Parker to get back to the top spot and guess who was right there with him? You got it, Paul Lubno. The two would once again pick up their side-by-side battle for the lead, leaning on each other and racing hard. It came down to just a couple of feet at the end but Paul Lubno was once again the victor.

Jacob Carr doubled down in the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks twins picking up his second and third wins of 2018. A season-high twelve trucks were in attendance this past weekend and the racing was rather competitive. Dustin Mullins, who has been on a tear this season, looked to at least pick up another win in race number one but Jacob Carr was just too strong. Race two of the evening was set up to see a first-time winner in Elysia Potter, who took the green flag on the outside pole after the invert. Her night, however, was ended much sooner than anticipated after contact from the No. 27 of Keith Wheeler that sent her spinning out of four and with nowhere to go, Rick Poust made solid front end contact. Carr would take advantage of the misfortune and go on to pick up the second win of the night.

Michael Joyner was victorious once again in the Bojangles Enduro 30-lap feature to cap off the evening.

 

Larry King Law Modified’s Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #44 Robbie Babb; 30
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  3. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  4. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  5. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  6. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  7. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  8. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  10. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30
  11. #63 Derek Roberts; 29
  12. #4 TJ Largena; 29
  13. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29
  14. #78 Matt Carter; 24

 

Larry King Law Modified’s Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  3. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  4. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  5. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  6. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29
  7. #4 TJ Largena;29
  8. #63 Derek Roberts; 29
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 27
  10. #28 Jamie Sample; DNF
  11. #95 Danny Harrell; DNF
  12. #44 Robbie Babb; DNF
  13. #47 Rick Gdovic; DNF

Chris Hopkins Pulls Double Duty and Doubles Down in both Modified’s and Late Models

Midlothian, VA – Chris Hopkins of Chesterfield Virginia also continued to have a standout season when he not only won the Late Model feature to close out the night but he was also the fast car in the nine-car modified field earlier in the afternoon as the sun was setting over the historic speedway. Hopkins’ 14.951-second (80.254 MPH) was the only one to hit under the fifteen-second, Michael Johnson, Kyle Wood, Lauren Edgerton, and Wayne McGee were the fastest five.

Hopkins wasted zero time getting the throttle down to the floor and jumping out to the front of the field setting a pace matched by no one. Hard racing for fifth place as Kyle Wood tried to make his way through the field. He would make some hefty contact with Wayne McGee out of turn two, which would bend his left rear quarter panel pretty bad. McGee was able to gather the car back up but would lose it once he got back to turns one and two bringing out the races first and only caution on lap five.

With no one else involved in the caution and no debris on the racing surface it was a quick caution period. Once back under green Hopkins retook the lead and got back to his leading ways. The restart sparked an amazing battle between long time modified series racer Lauren Edgerton and Kyle Wood. Kyle would ultimately get the position and Lauren would fall to fifth by the end of the feature.

Hopkins would again go on to lead every lap in the 30-lap feature doing some that we cannot recall being done in the modern era – leading every lap in route to victories in two different divisions. Michael Johnson, defending track champion Kyle Wood, Tyler Davis, and Lauren Edgerton rounded out the top five finishers.

 

Modified OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #17 Chris Hopkins; 30
  2. #38 Michael Johnson; 30
  3. #19 Kyle Wood; 30
  4. #00 Tyler Davis; 30
  5. #7 Lauren Edgerton; 30
  6. #9 Thomas Stinson; 30
  7. #42 Rusty Wood; 22
  8. #10 Wayne McGee; 5

Bubba Johnston Snaps Shawn Balluzzo’s win Streak in the Modified Division on St. Leo Night

Shawn Balluzzo wins race number eight in 2018. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA ­– Shawn Balluzzo, who has been undefeated so far this year in the Larry King Law Modified division, earned yet another pole award earlier in the afternoon with a 16.425-second lap (86.575 MPH). Oddly enough, the ten lap scuff session and two-lap qualifying session was the first time Balluzzo’s car had been up to speed all day as he was at home tending to his daughter. Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, Danny Harrell, and Bobby Gery were the fastest five starters. Derek Roberts was the only car not able to make the feature as he experienced engine issues during qualifying.

Just as the sun was starting to set behind the turn three tree line the first of two thirty lap features got underway. Balluzzo and Carter – arguably the two fastest cars this season – immediately got to work battling for the top spot. Balluzzo was able to lead the first five circuits around Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway before Carter would get around him. Behind them things were hot and heavy; Bobby Gery, DJ Valente, and Danny Harrell all scratching and clawing for position. Balluzzo was able to get back around Carter on lap fourteen and built over a half second lead to capture win number eight on the season. Carter, Fortin, Harrell, and Valente.

Per usual, the top eight cars from race number one were inverted to comply with the NASCAR rulebook. This allowed Bobby Gery the ability to lead the field down into turn one yet again for race number two. Bubba Johnston, Jon Largena, DJ Valente, Danny Harrell rounded out the starting five cars for the second race. Matt Carter and Shawn Balluzzo were slated to start in row number four, however, Balluzzo elected to once again start from the rear to gain maximum national points – which may have had a lot to do with the outcome of the second feature as it went caution free.

It did not take long for things to get a little interesting when Mr. Starter, Shane Snider, dropped the green flag. Once again, Gery had trouble getting up to speed, this would stack everyone up behind him. Jon Largena, who started right behind the pole sitter, had to go down to almost the grass in turn one to avoid any contact. Bubba Johnston took advantage of the mishap and jumped out to the lead and never looked back. Balluzzo would get back up to and around Matt Carter early on in the race and the two pretty much worked in tandem passing cars and climbing through the field. However, with just thirty laps and some of the “slower” traffic fighting for their position on the racing surface Balluzzo was not able to collapse the lead that Johnston built and Langley Speedway would finally crown a new winner in its tier two division. Shawn Balluzzo, Matt Carter, Andrew Fortin, and DJ Valente rounded out the top five finishers for the final race of the evening.

Landon Abbott won the pole for the Old Skool Video Games Super Streets over Dale Parro, Randy Akers, Sean Calway, and Jason Michaud. After being slowed by just one caution period between the No. 12 of Calway and No. 46 of Michaud, Abbott would go on to dominate the 40-lap feature and UNOFFICIALLY score his second victory of the season. Dale Parro, Randy Akers, Sean Calway and Bill Eaker are currently holding onto the top five as results were not made official at the time of this release.

However, as of late Monday evening and completion of post race tech, Landon Abbott’s car was found to be outside of the rule book and was disqualified. That would hand the race win and points that go with it to the first car found legal. In most cases this would be your runner-up finisher. Dale Parro would fail to comply with tear down procedures therefore he too was disqualified handing the win over to Randy Akers. Sean Calway, Bill Eaker, Gordon Weeks, and Danny Harrell were your OFFICIAL top five finishers.

In other divisions, Gary Osbourne picked up another victory in the ERA Realtors HRKC Wing Champ Kart division. Michael Waters was able to get around pole sitter Colby Vance early to win the Carrolls Automotive UCAR feature and Adam Florian remained undefeated in the Riverside Paper Pro Six series.

Next up for Langley Speedway will be the 10th annual Hampton Heat 200 where someone will leave $10,000 richer and we will have a better picture of how the Virginia Triple crown series will look going into Martinsville.

Larry King Law Modifieds Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  3. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  5. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  6. #4 Jon Largena; 30
  7. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  8. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  9. #28 Jamie Smaple; 30
  10. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  11. #49 Todd Whitesell; 30
  12. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30

Larry King Law Modifieds Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  3. #78 Matt carter; 30
  4. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  5. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  6. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  7. #4 Jon Largena; 30
  8. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  9. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  10. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  12. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29

Ryan Preece Adds Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway to the Win List in the Whos Your Driver 150

Ryan Preece drives into turn one during final practice Saturday June 23, 2018 at Langley Speedway. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – It was the Ryan Preece show this weekend as the monstrous NASCAR Whelen All-American Modified series rolled into town. After posting the fifth fastest time in practice Preece shot to the top of the speed charts during group qualifying after laying down a 15.046-second (94.749 MPH) lap. Matt Hirschman, Craig Lutz, Chase Dowling, and Justin Bonsignore made up the fastest five starters of the twenty-seven-car field.

When it was go time Matt Hirschman used the outside line – which would later come back to work for multiple drivers throughout the feature – to get around Preece to take the lead and the two of them started checking out from the rest of the field before having to slow up for a couple of cautions back to back. The two would play a little cat and mouse game exchanging the lead a few times both under green as well as on the restarts.

One driver who seemed to benefit from those early cautions was the No. 15 of Chase Dowling, he would take the lead from Preece on lap 50 making him the third different of the night. A scary moment a handful of laps later when two lap cars made contact just in front of the leaders and going for a spin. It was everything Dowling and Preece could do to avoid the wreck themselves. On the ensuing restart, Preece would use the outside to his advantage this time and regain the lead.

It was a handful of laps later the leaders had yet another scare when the lap car of Gary McDonald got into the outside wall, rode it for several feet, then came down across the track in front of Preece to bring out the yellow flag around lap 96 – luckily no contact was made by either driver. This allowed several drivers like Bonsignore, Coby, and Rocco to hit pit road. Race control would decide to go back green and run to lap 103 before throwing the competition caution for the five-minute break.

Preece was the first car to hit pit road for the five-minute break, which would mean he would rejoin the field in the fourth position when it was time to go back racing, Justin Bonsignore led them back to green. Once the cars were back up to speed it was like the gloves had come off in a hockey game and no one was pulling any punches.

At one point the leaders were three wide going into turn three with Ryan Preece forcing the issue. He and Bonsignore would make a little contact and Doug Coby would be the car to receive the worst end of the stick. He would later loop it going into turn one, make contact with the outside wall, lose his left rear tire and retire from the race. Once back green Preece was a man on fire haunting Bonsignore, putting on one hell of a show for the fans.

With twenty laps to go in the feature, Preece made his move under Bonsignore going into turn on and was able to complete the pass out of four. It was lights out from there on and Ryan Preece cruised to his first Langley Speedway victory of his career. Justin Bonsignore, Matt Hirschman, Timmy Solomito, and Eric Goodale rounded out the top five finishers. Preece was excited to finally be in victory lane, to say the least at Langley Speedway.

“[We] came here twice for the Southern Tour, lead a lot of laps but were nothing at the end,” Preece said. “We’ve been doing our homework, we’ve been trying to be good on both the 630 and the 500. It seems like we really found a pretty good balance for both and I’m super excited. It was a hell of a race with Justin [Bonsignore], he did a great job, and he was definitely protecting the bottom. Our car was so good for those first twenty laps. I knew it was going to even out so I knew I had to get by him. We did the long drive last night and not much sleep so this is going to make that ride home a little easier.”

 

WhosYourDriver.org 150 UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #6 Ryan Preece; 150
  2. #51 Justin Bonsignore; 150
  3. #60 Matt Hirschman; 150
  4. #16 Timmy Solomito; 150
  5. #58 Eric Goodale; 150
  6. #15 Chase Dowling; 150
  7. #21 Ronnie Williams; 150
  8. #3 Rowan Pennink; 150
  9. #75 Chris Pasteryak; 150
  10. #14 Blake Barney; 150
  11. #22 Kyle Bonsignore; 150
  12. #5 Kyle Ebersole; 150
  13. #64 Rob Summers
  14. #1 Jeff Rocco; 149
  15. #25 Calvin Carroll; 149
  16. #26 Gary McDonald; 148
  17. #18 Ken Heagy; 146
  18. #36 Dave Sapienza; 146
  19. #82 Spencer Davis; 145
  20. #33 Wade Cole; 135
  21. #01 Melissa Fifield; 127
  22. #54 Tommy Catalano; 118
  23. #2 Doug Coby; 110
  24. #23 Joe DeGracia; 71
  25. #78 Walter Sutcliffe Jr.; 41
  26. #46 Craig Lutz; 28

Balluzzo Continues to Dominate IMCA Modifieds at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – It was yet another weekend of Balluzzo domination in the IMCA style modifieds at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. The nine-time and defending champion needed only one lap to lock down the pole position over Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, Bobby Gery, and Danny Harrell.

When it was time to get down to business it looked as if Matt Carter got the best of Balluzzo coming to the green flag and cleared him and the rest of the field as they powered out of two. The field, however, would only complete one official lap before the yellow was displayed for a car going around in turns one and two. Carter did a wonderful job on the ensuing restart clearing Balluzzo again within a lap and looked to set a pretty decent pace.

While a great battle for position between Matt Morgan and Andrew Fortin for fifth, Balluzzo took the lead from Carter and never looked back. Getting slowed up just a little bit by a couple of lap cars in the closing laps, Shawn Balluzzo collected his fifth win of the 2018 season. Matt Carter, Bobby Gery, Bubba Johnston, Danny Harrell, Andrew Fortin, DJ Valente, and Brad Adams completed the top eight finishers – whom would all invert for the start of race two.

Instead of taking any chances starting in the middle of the pack and taking advantage of NASCAR’s bonus points, Balluzzo elected to start the second 30-lap feature from the tail end of the field.

Brad Adams wasted zero time jumping out to the lead once the green flag was displayed and actually had to chase the car a bit as the rear end tried to step out on him. He was able to keep it going in a semi-straight line and lead the field into one.

It did not take long for Carter and Balluzzo to pick their way through the field. However, it was very clear that the No. 48 of Shawn Balluzzo had the strongest car in the entire field. 18-laps is all it took for the winner of the first feature to retake the lead and go on to win his second feature of the night, sixth of 2018, and remain undefeated as he goes for his tenth series championship. His second win of the evening would come on the heels of two late-race restarts from cautions that saw the cars of Brad Adams, Bubba Johnston, and Matt Carter all get pretty heavy damage.

 

In other racing, Aaron Leach took the victory in the HRKC Wing Champ Kart race with the help of drafting partner Tillman Hueur. Charlie Bryant took home the victory in the first of two UCAR features after a hard hit to the outside wall took Brandon Wood out of contention and rookie Austin Davis dominated the second feature en route to his first career victory. Adam Florian and Travis Wall again showed they are the class of the field in the Riverside Paper Pro Six series. After winning the pole earlier in the afternoon, Wall showed the way for the first half of the race until Florian took over and took the win. Reno Marchetti went flag-to-flag in a rather physical Old Skool Video Games Super Street that witnessed three-wide racing on multiple occasions throughout the entire field.

 

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  3. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  4. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  5. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  6. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  7. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  8. #3 Brad Adams; 30
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  10. #41 Davey Callahan; 30
  11. #47 Rick Gdovic; 29
  12. #4 T.J. Largena; 29
  13. #87 Daryl Vance; 29
  14. #63 Derek Roberts; 29

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  3. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  4. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  5. #41 Davey Callahan; 30
  6. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  7. #4 T.J. Largena; 30
  8. #60 Boby Gery; 30
  9. #87 Daryl Vance; 30
  10. #63 Derek Roberts; 30
  11. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30
  12. #51 Bubba Johnston; 22
  13. #78 Matt Carter; 22
  14. #3 Brad Adams; 22

Shawn Balluzzo Remains Undefeated in the IMCA style Modified Division at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway; Landon Abbott Picks Wins First Super Street Feature of 2018

Shawn Balluzzo powers down the backstretch at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway on the way to pole position. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

 

Hampton, VA – Shawn Balluzzo, 61 of Hampton, proved once again why he is a nine-time division champion in the modified division. Balluzzo won two of the three practice sessions earlier in the afternoon, qualified on the pole for the first twin, wins race one, elects to start from the rear in race two, drives through the field and wins race two.

The evening got off to a rough start for pole sitter Shawn Balluzzo when his car didn’t fire off as planned when Shayne Snider dropped the green flag. Outside pole sitter Matt Carter took full advantage of the mistake and stole the lead and set an incredible pace that force Balluzzo to keep up. The caution flag waved for the first and only time in race one after Andrew Fortin found himself facing the wrong way and a little rear end damage on lap twenty-one. Everyone was able to return to racing action and it was just what Balluzzo needed.

It was Carter who was slow to get going on the following restart giving Bobby Gary – who took the cone to start outside row one – a chance at the lead. Carter, however, was able to gather his machine back up out of two to hang onto the lead and brought Balluzzo with him and it was only a matter of laps before he took the top spot and the win. Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, Danny Harrell, Brad Adams, Matt Carter, Bobby Gary, and Jamie Sample were the top eight finishers.

Per the NASCAR rulebook, no less than eight cars were inverted for the second thirty-lap feature handing the top spot over to Jamie Sample. Shawn Balluzzo elected to drop to the rear of the field before the green flag was displayed which made him eligible for the bonus points handed out by NASCAR for their Division II series.

The invert looked to be just what Sample needed to finally put that check mark in the win column. While Carter and Balluzzo worked their way through the field Jamie Sample did all he could to maneuver through the slower lap cars and keep Gary at bay. That was just what Carter needed to see so he could catch up and get in on the action.

However, in like any racer ever, the more the cars in front that battle for positions the easier it is for others to close the gap and that is just what Balluzzo was able to do. Once Balluzzo got to the back bumper of Carter it only took a handful of laps and a very careful run out of two to take the third position and he immediately set his eyes on Gary for second. Balluzzo would again get the help he needed from the flag stand when the caution waved on lap twenty-seven after Brad Adams went for a spin in turn two. Adams was not able to get the car re-fired, as he needed a push all night to get going, and the caution was displayed.

When the cone was displayed to the field on the front stretch, Sample and Gary elected to stay low while Balluzzo went high. The move proved to be the right one as Balluzzo powered to the lead out of turn two but things would be halted when total chaos broke out in turn four and the caution waved again. After scoring was figured out and the track deemed clean officials re-racked them – with Balluzzo again electing to start on the outside. This time Sample got a much better start, hung Balluzzo on the top groove for a lap before surrendering the lead to Balluzzo. He would go on to take his second checkered flag of the night and fourth of the season remaining undefeated in 2018. Jamie Sample, Bubba Johnston, Matt Carter, and Brad Adams rounded out the top five.

 

Landon Abbott went flag-to-flag from the pole position in the Old Skool Video Games Super Street to collect his first win of the season at Langley Speedway. Dale Nichols, Chris Roberts, Randy Akers, and Danny Harrell finish top five.

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  3. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  5. #3 Brad Adams; 30
  6. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  7. #60 Bobby Gary; 30
  8. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  9. #44 Robbie Babb; 30
  10. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29
  11. #30 Jonathan White; 28
  12. #5 Andrew Fortin; 21
  13. #63 Derek Roberts; 21
  14. #4 Jon Largena; 17

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  3. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  4. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  5. #3 Brad Adams; 30
  6. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  7. #60 Bobby Gary; 30
  8. #49 Todd Whitesell; 30
  9. #63 Derek Roberts; 30
  10. #44 Robbie Babb; 30
  11. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  12. #30 Jonathan White; 17
  13. #98 Matt Morgan; 15
  14. #4 Jon Largena; 14

 

 

Shawn Balluzzo Doubles Down in Modified Season Opener at Langley Speedway

No. 48 Shawn Balluzzo flys into turn three during qualifying on Pepsi Night where he would win the pole and both races. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – Nine-time and defending Modified series champion Shawn Balluzzo made a statement earlier in the afternoon when he laid down the only sub sixteen second lap – 15.851 or 89.710 MPH – and backed that statement up later in the evening with a dominating win in race one as well as a win from dead last in race number two. Chris Johnson – coming off of a win in a Late Model the night before – would line up to his outside while Matt Carter, Brad Adams, and Bobby Gery rounded out the fastest five cars in the fifteen car field.

Balluzzo cleared the field and jumped out to an early lead bringing Matt Carter with him. However, the field would be slowed early for the first and only caution in race number one. Andrew Fortin found himself facing the wrong way out of the groove in turn two – we were not able to see if the young driver had any help going around or not. Once the caution truck was back on pit road and the green flag was back in the air Balluzzo continued to put the whooping on the field – Carter and Gery would give it their all but would have nothing to offer the nine-time champion. Bubba Johnston and Bobby Gery would round out the top five finishers.

Per the NASCAR rulebook, when it comes to sanctioned divisions running twin races, eight cars were inverted for race number two. Chris Johnson was clearly the beneficiary of the invert when Shane Snyder waived the green flag and jumped out to a commanding lead over the field while outside pole sitter, Jon Largena, faded quickly when he was hung out to dry on the top groove. Balluzzo on the other hand elected to come down pit road and give up his eighth place starting position and started from the rear. It should be noted that Balluzzo was not eligible for the bonus points given by NASCAR for starting in the rear because it was not a full field per the support division rules.

Johnson clearly had the car to beat in the relatively calm second race as Balluzzo worked his way up through the field. Things got hairy with two laps to go when Matt Carter got into Johnson, giving it everything he had, in turns one and two and both cars went around to bring out the caution flag. Both drivers were able to pull away from the wreck, Johnson, however, pulled down pit road and nose first into his stall, Matt Carter was able to continue.

This handed the lead over to Bobby Gery who had Balluzzo right behind him. When the cone was displayed, Balluzzo elected to take it and would start on the outside of Gery. As the field sailed into turns one and two, Gery appeared to get in just a little too hot which ultimately pushed him up into Balluzzo. The contact sent Balluzzo up into the marbles but he was able to save it. Gery, however, ended up looping it and Bubba Johnston and Jamie Sample piled in making contact, this now handed the lead over to Balluzzo.

Balluzzo, of course, stayed low on the ensuing restart and had Matt Carter lined up to his outside. When the green was dropped Balluzzo powered into turn one and into sole possession of the lead out of two. He would put roughly three to four car lengths on Carter to pick up his second win of the night.

 

Sammy Gaita earned his first pole of his Grand Stock career and ultimately wound up in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane at the end of the night. After leading the handful of laps, Rodney Boyd would overtake the lead and bring Tim Wilson with him. However, on an ensuing restart later in the race, Wilson and Boyd would make heavy contact sending Wilson somewhat into the air, the contact allowed Gaita to fly on by and that was all he needed to capture his first career Pepsi Grand Stock win.

 

Larry King Law’s Modified Race 1 Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  3. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  4. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  5. #3 Brad Adams; 30
  6. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  7. #4 Jon Largena; 30
  8. #36 Chris Johnson; 30
  9. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  10. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 29
  12. #30 Derek Roberts; 28
  13. #19 Kyle Wood; 19
  14. #29 Adam Medek; 14
  15. #49 Todd Whitesell; 3

 

Larry King Law’s Modified Race 2 Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  3. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  4. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  5. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  6. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  7. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  8. #29 Adam Medek; 30
  9. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  10. #30 Derek Roberts; 30
  11. #36 Chris Johnson; 28
  12. #4 Jon Largena; 28
  13. #3 Brad Adams; 25

Pepsi Grand Stock Results;

  1. #24 Sammy Gaita; 40
  2. #9 Rodney Boyd; 40
  3. #14 Paul Lubno; 40
  4. #2 Michael Waters; 40
  5. #77 Carl Livingston; 40
  6. #51 Grant Blasingame; 39
  7. #17 Tim Wilson; 24
  8. #26 Louis Pasderetz; 19
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