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Shawn Balluzzo and Matt Slye Split Wins in Modifieds While Renno Sweeps Super Streets

Hampton, VA – Shawn Balluzzo earned the poll for the first time this season running a 16.888 second lap around the 4/10th mile Langley Speedway. No other driver’s could get into the same bracket but Bubba Johnston, Matt Carter, and Matt Slye all qualified within six hundredths of each other for second through fourth.

Balluzzo led the field to the green and Bubba was able to run his outside for the first full lap until Shawn cleared him driving into turn-1. Carter struggled a little early on falling back to fifth place as Jamie Sample got by him six laps in. Ten laps in and there was a three way battle for fourth between Sample, Carter, and Bobby Gery. Eventually Sample would spin out into the grass and bring out the caution.

Johnston tried the high side on the restart but Balluzzo pulled away from him before turn-3. A couple cars back Gery was able to pass Carter for fifth place while Slye started reeling in Johnston with ten laps to go. Pushing his car a little too hard possibly, Slye got loose out of turn-4 and hit the drainage area but kept the car rolling forward. With five to go Gery was up to Danny Harrell for fourth place, but a caution the next lap for Slye bumping Johnston too hard and spinning him out. Shawn controlled the restart well and was able to cruise to another win on the season for the defending champ.

Race Two

Finishing 8th in the first race means Bubba has the pole for race two. Like earlier in the season Balluzzo chose to start at the rear to pick up maximum national NASCAR points in the second division. Bubba had Donnie Holston on his outside coming to the green flag but this didn’t last long as he cleared him before heading down the back stretch. Eight laps in a nd Bubba’s car has a hickup and gets loose off of turn-4 and he would cycle back to fourth place giving the lead to Matt Carter with Matt Slye chasing him down. A few laps later and Shawn was already halfway through the field with twenty-three laps remaining. Balluzzo kept up the fast pace and five laps later he was by Gery for third place and just over three seconds back of the leaders. Slye grabbed the lead on the eighteenth lap. With six laps to go Balluzzo was a second and a half back and two laps later he got around Carter for second. His run would stop there as both drivers got into lapped traffic and Slye was able to hold on to the win.

Old Skool Video Games Super Streets

Renno Marchetti IV ran a 18.863 in single car qualifying to beat out the eleven other cars that took time. Right off the start Dale Parro gets shoved high and cars scatter to keep racing on. Six laps in and Marchetti, Sammy Gaita, Randy Akers, and Landon Abbott were clear of the field by almost 8 car lengths. Back in the field Bill Eaker passed Jason Michaud for 8th place and laid some pressure on Sean Calway. Eaker worked his way past him after some good racing but the caution came out for Gordon Weeks getting in the back grass, Dale Nichols car would break a front suspension piece and hit the inside wall down the front straiht while the cars were slowing down and Dale Parro came down pit road and parked it.

On the restart Abbott chose the high line and was able to lead a lap as the drivers ran side by side for two laps before Renno could clear him. A few laps later and they made it three wide for fifth place and Eaker was the winner of that gamble. Randy Akers set up a pass on Abbott in the closing laps to secure a second place finish behind race winner Renno Marchetti IV.

Photo Credit: King Charles Photography

Race Two

Sean Calway led the field to the green flag in the second race in the Old Skool Video Games Super Streets after an eighth place finish in race one. With it being another hot and humid day in Southeastern Virginia a little bit of rain tried to pop up again during the pace laps but the cars and track vehicles were able to keep th surface in prime racing conditions.

Calway had to defend his position several times just on the first lap. Chris Hott and Sammy Gaita spun out on the first start of the night and then Calway jumped the restart line the next attempt. After the good start Abbott tried to pass Calway on the outside but contact was made, with Landon getting the worse of the incident tearing off the right side of his vehicle and damaging the right rear suspension and flattening the tire. Michaud and Parro also were involved as they had nowhere to go when Abbott stopped, Michaud would park it for the night. Calway made a long stop in the pits but was able to rejoin the action.

With all that going on Eaker was put into the lead for the next restart and Akers went to his outside. Marchetti started behind him and took second place over with Akers not able to make a move on the outside. Six laps in and Renno was giving Eaker the bumper to let him know he was there with Akers and Gaita also waiting nearby. On lap-14 Gaita spun out into the grass on the rear stretch, a common practice for the night it seemed like.

Renno chose the high line over Bill and took over the lead quickly and Akers was battling hard with Dale Nichols for third place. Just a lap later Nichols got into Calway pretty hard putting him into the wall and bringing out another caution. Renno had a clean restart and with ten laps to go he was out to about a ten car length lead. Abbott started having some smoke from tire rub and cut down a tire on the back stretch for a late race caution. Renno took care of the last restart and was able to ride to a smooth finish for his second win of the night.

 

Michael Johnson beats out Kyle Wood in the Modifieds and UCARs Split the Twins

Midlothian, VA – The modifieds had a few less show up than the previous race but they still put on a heck of a show. Michael Johnson ran a 15.102 in practifying. He drew a four on the invert putting Lauren Edgerton on the pole, Kyle Wood in second, and Mike Rudy in third.

Kyle Wood wasted no time getting by Lauren and she ended up three wide for second place. By the third lap Johnson was into second and looking at the big lead Wood had already established. Farther on back Rudy and Morgan ran side by side for fourth place and Mike took the position and next up was Edgerton for him. He pulled up to her and made a pass on the outside on lap thirteen. At the halfway mark Johnson was starting to pull right up to Wood’s bumper going into the corner but Wood would pull away on exit. On lap-16 Adam Medek was battling a loose car and it didn’t help when Tyler Davis gave him a bump sending him around.

Coming to the restart Johnson chose the high side on the cone and Wood had possibly the slowest creep to the start I’ve ever seen. On the next lap, Johnson led the race by a nerf bar and would eventually complete the pass. One of the old sayings is that cautions breed cautions, so without fail the yellow flag flew for the second time. Medek was trying to pass Rip Salomone when he went in too hard and spun them both out.

Wood tried the high side this time over Johnson and the whole field ended up running side by side for an entire lap. Wood went to his inside once it was clear and the caution came out for the third time with Salomone and Harvey Thomas spinning out down the back stretch. Wood tried the high side again on the restart running side by side with Johnson as they came to the white flag. On the final lap he fell in behind him to try and get a nerf bar to his rear but Johnson was able to hold on for the win. Behind them, Rudy got sideways from Davis but was able to keep his third place finish.

UCAR Twins

Scott Willingham got the pole point in the UCAR division running a 16.977-second lap in the practifiying session. The always fast Michael Chapman missed out by just two-thousandths of a second of beating out Willingham. Scott pulled a 5 out of the invert bag which put Korey Lawson up front to take the green flag.

Lawson cleared the field after the first lap easily and the shuffling behind him started. Four laps in the caution flew for Willingham getting sideways with Joshua Thomas. Ending the first race for Thomas. For the restart, Chapman decided to try the high line and made a little contact with Lawson but couldn’t get by him. Hite worked his way back into second by the seventh lap and three laps later he was on the leader’s bumper trying to engineer a pass. On the thirteenth lap, Chapman slowed down on the back straight and came down to pit road to park it. Dillon Devenney and Willingham start racing hard with five to go and Scott was able to grab fourth from him. Dillon wasn’t giving up though and gives him a shot down the front straight making Willingham loose but he was able to save it. The next lap they bump again and get hooked to each other and the caution would come out. Beejay Anderson had nowhere to go and made contact while trying to slow down.

Off the restart, the UCAR drivers went three wide for second place but Hite was once again able to keep the position. With two laps to go Hunter Waldrop’s car made contact with the boiler plate and broke the right side of it. This set up a green-white-checkered finish. Lawson had a good restart but Hite was able to make some contact with him to try and steal the win from Lawson. Lawson was able to keep the spot and roll into victory lane leading every lap in the race.

Thomas led the field to the green flag in the second UCAR race of the night. Devenney was trying to get the third place position from Lawson when he got loose and fell back a spot to fourth. By the sixth lap, Thomas had a big lead but Lawson was coming, gaining almost a tenth a lap on the leader. It wouldn’t be enough though and with no help from cautions Thomas was able to cruise to the checkers with Lawson, Devenney, Ayers, and Frayser rounding out the top-5.

Modified Results

  1. Michael Johnson
  2. Kyle Wood
  3. Mike Rudy
  4. Tyler Davis
  5. Matt Morgan
  6. Adam Medek
  7. Rip Salomone
  8. Lauren Edgerton
  9. Harvey Thomas

UCAR Results Race 1

  1. Korey Lawson
  2. Jamie Hite
  3. Mike Frayser
  4. Alex Ayers
  5. Dillon Devenney
  6. Beejay Anderson
  7. Scott Willingham
  8. Hunter Waldrop -3
  9. Michael Chapman -8
  10. Joshua Thomas -15

UCAR Results Race 2

  1. Joshua Thomas
  2. Korey Lawson
  3. Dillon Devenney
  4. Alex Ayers
  5. Mike Frayser
  6. Beejay Anderson
  7. Scott Willingham
  8. Jamie Hite -9

Tyler Davis Takes the Checkers in Modifieds for First Win; Kyle Wood Victorious the Week Prior

Midlothian, VA – Mike Rudy barely missed the 14-second bracket running a 15.001 to get the extra pole point with one of the larger fields of Modifieds at Southside Speedway this year. Adam Medek who qualified fifth fastest benefited from a big invert on the field. Unfortunately for him, Tyler Davis took the lead from him on the first lap. There were five cautions through the race but Davis was able to handle every restart and ended up winning by over half a second with Michael Johnson who tried the high side every time the cone was put out. This was Tyler’s first win in a modified and victory lane was full of lots of hugs for the winner from family, friends and other drivers.

 

Kyle Wood’s third place finish comes on the heels a victory the week prior when he took the lead from rookie Matt Morgan on lap five. Wood qualified fourth that evening but would end up taking the green flag in the second position after a two car invert and post-qualifying penalty. Mike Rudy, who has been the fastest car week in and week out but has fallen victim to som very bad luck, looked to have the break he needed. After pulling a number two pill Rudy should have started on the outside pole. However, after being moved to the rear of the field, he would not have enough time to come through the field. In a race slowed only once, Kyle Wood was able to keep the hard charging Mike Rudy at bay and take home the victory. Mike Rudy, Tyler Davis, Michael Johnson and Lauren Edgerton would round out the top five.

Modified Results
1. Tyler Davis 30
2. Michael Johnson 30
3. Kyle Wood 30
4. Mike Rudy 30
5. Matt Morgan 30
6. Lauren Edgerton 30
7. Adam Medek 30
8. Mike Bedner 30
9. Kyle Fowler 30
10. Rip Salomone 30
11. Harvey Thomas 30
12. Chris Hoylman -18

Matt Carter Snaps Balluzzo’s Three-Race Win Streak to Earn First Modified Win

Photo: Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – With the Late Model Stock cars having their twin features rained out the weekend prior, Langley Speedway once again called up their tier two division to headline Family Pet Center Night at the Races or as we liked to call it Twin Extravaganza. Nine races split over five divisions this past Saturday night at Langley has 10 IMCA style Modifieds took to the speedway. Matt Carter – 36-year old driver from Newport News, VA – was the fastest car in qualifying as the sun was setting over turn three. Posting a lap of record at 16.948 seconds beating Danny Harrell, Shawn Balluzzo, Andrew Fortin and Jamie Sample to the point.

Carter looked poised for the victory in the first feature leading the first nineteen circuits. Balluzzo, who ran most of the first twenty laps in the second position, was able to power under Matt and make the pass the following lap. Balluzzo immediately opened up a two to three car gap on Carter and held that for most of the race. Balluzzo was victorious in race one with Carter only a car length or two at best behind him.

Due to the new rule from NASCAR, when it comes to twin races, a minimum of eight cars are required to be inverted for the second race. Following those rules, Donnie Holston inherited the pole for race number two. However, he was unable to answer the bell citing motor issues. This moved the inside row up allowing Jamie Sample to take the point. It also moved Carter, who was slated to start in the seventh position, up to the fifth place spot on the grid. Balluzzo, who was lined up in the eighth starting position elected to go to the rear of the ten car field in search of the bonus points given by NASCAR to do so.

When the green flag waved Jamie Sample did all he could to keep the lead and did so for eleven laps. That was until Carter was able to work his way up through the field and take the position for himself. He immediately needed to work on building a gap because Balluzzo was on his way. By lap seventeen Balluzzo had made his way to the second position and set his eyes on Matt – little did we know it was going to be a barn burner to the finish.

As the laps dwindled down so did Carters lead over Balluzzo. With just two laps to go, Carter made a huge mistake off turn four and almost lost the car. This was enough for Balluzzo to pull even and the drag race was on. Powering around the 48 down the backstretch, Balluzzo gave it one more shot into three and got right to Carters rear nerf bar, paying careful attention not to make contact, but to look for an opening and boy did the opening come.

Again, Carters car stepped out on him coming off of turn four to the checkered flag. This time it was a little too much for the driver to save and around he went. Luckily for the Newport News native, Carter slid sideways across the stripe first to collect his very first Modified win in thrilling fashion. “That was a pretty wild ride there towards the end,” Carter said in victory lane. “The car got tight in the long run and I started overdriving it, I got a little excited. I’m just glad to bring this thing home to Victory Lane I mean, I cannot thank my crew enough.”

 

 Modified Race 1 Results:

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 33
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 33
  3. #5 Andrew Fortin; 33
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 33
  5. #60 Bobby Gery; 33
  6. #28 Jamie Sample; 33
  7. #16 Eric McPherson; 33
  8. #1 Donnie Holston; 30
  9. #63 Derrick Roberts; 9

 

Modified Race 2 Results:

  1. #78 Matt Carter; 33
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 33
  3. #95 Danny Harrell; 33
  4. #28 Jamie Sample; 33
  5. #60 Bobby Gery; 33
  6. #63 Derrick Roberts;32
  7. #5 Andrew Fortin; 25
  8. #16 Eric McPherson; 24
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 4

Matt Carter Earns Pole in Modified Division at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – After mother nature took the win last weekend for the Twin Late Model features, we are back in action on this hot summer day at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Nine races span over five divisions tonight at Family Pet Center Night at the Races. The IMCA style Modifieds will be the premier division this evening running twin 33-lap features.

Matt Carter – of Newport News, VA – was the fastest car all afternoon in three practice sessions and it carried over into the qualifying. Posting the fastest time of the nine car field at 16.948 for an average speed of 83.904 MPH. Carter will lead Danny Harrell, points leader Shawn Balluzzo, Andrew Fortin and Jamie Sample to the green.

Race number two will, of course, be determined after a minimum of an eight-car invert. Yes, you have read that right, per the NASCAR rule book, there will be almost a complete field invert for the second race. Racing action is set to get underway at 7:00 PM. Find the race lineup bellow. The Weekly Racer will have LIVE lap-by-lap coverage from both Modified features as well as the Legends race.

 

Cycle City Bando: 15-laps
Larry King Law Mods: 33-laps
Riverside Paper Pro Six: 20-laps
Carroll’s Automotive UCAR: 20-laps
Cycle City Corp Legends: 25-laps
Larry King Law Mods: 33-laps
Riverside Paper Pro Six: 20-laps
Carroll’s Automotive UCAR: 20-laps
Bojangles Enduro: 30-laps

Clean Sweep for Balluzzo at Langley Speedway in the Modified Twins

Shawn Balluzzo rolls through turns one and two during afternoon practice at Langley Speedway before sweeping both races. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer)

Hampton, VA – Matt Slye, who made his return to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway a couple weeks ago in the Modified division before the race was rained out – bettered his qualifying efforts by six positions to grab the pole away from Shawn Balluzzo posting a lap time of 16.856 (84.362 MPH) seconds. Balluzzo, who had won the pole for the first race a couple weeks ago would start the race in the second position 0.012 seconds slower. Andrew Fortin, Matt Carter, and Chris Humblet rounded out the starting five of the fourteen car field. Current points leader Robbie Babb had issues with the right front of the car during the scuff session and was not able to put a lap down in time trials.

As usual, things were pretty calm in the first feature, which saw fourteen cars take the green flag. Matt Slye jumped out to the early lead and set a pretty fast pace as the sun just started to set behind the turn three tree line. Behind the leaders witnessed a little bit of bumping and a little bit of passing, however, everyone was able to keep their cars straight and off the wall. Chris Humblet might have been the biggest “loser” in the first race – and we use the term loser very lightly – after losing two positions to Matt Carter and Bubba Johnston just before the halfway point of the race.

As flagman Shayne Snider displayed the cross flags to the field, Balluzzo started to turn the wick up for the lead. Drive off looked to be the deciding factor for Balluzzo, who was driving for the United Sates Air Force in the first ever and to my understanding, annual, Armed Forces Cup for the modified division that was rained out a couple weeks ago. Balluzzo was able to finally peek his nose under Slye down the backstretch and take the lead out of four coming to lap 25.

The race was only slowed by only two caution periods. The first for the 28 of Jamie Sample who went for a spin in turns three and four after light contact battling hard for position. The car seemed to be okay it just took a little help some the wreckers after the nose of the car went over the lip of the drainage ditch. Sample was able to continue and finish the race under his own power. The second came from a spinning Matt Slye off turn four who looked to have a little help as well. Luckily he was able to keep it off the wall and off the other cars.

Per the NASCAR Rule Book, a minimum of eight cars were inverted to ensure the full field of Modifieds – who compete in Division II of the NWAAS points system – received maximum state and national points. This put Donnie Holston and Bobby Gery on the front row of the second 33-lap feature. Balluzzo, who was slated to start in the eighth position, elected to come down pit road to the attention of his crew on the parade laps and start at the rear of the field. A move that would help him earn bonus points through the NASCAR points system as well as potentially save his racecar.

That call proved to work out for him in more ways than one as the top half of the field ended up in the outside retaining wall going into turn one. Once the green flag was displayed the field sailed off into turn one and either Holston over drove the corner himself or he had some help from the 20 of Chris Humblet. After a video was posted from a GoPro camera situated on Holston’s car, saw Bobby Gery try to force his way down going into turn one. Contact was made and carnage ensued.  

Multiple cars were involved and received a fair amount of damage. The front row, of course, received damage, Jimmy Humblet, Danny Harrell also received damage. Bubba Johnston also hit pit road to have his crew look at the car. After the carnage was cleared Race Control deemed the Chris Humblet was actually not involved in the wreck and came out of the pile first and was awarded the race lead on the complete restart.

The second race was not as smooth rolling as the first and saw a couple more cautions as well as a couple different leaders. Once we got the track clear from the 63 of Derek Roberts as well as the #5 of Fortin – who looked to have a mechanical failure later in the race that took him out of the hunt– Matt Carter was in control of the field for several laps until eight-time champion, Shawn Balluzzo was able to get to his bumper just before half way.

A little contact was made between the two as they battled hard for the lead. Balluzzo hungry for another full field win, Carter looking to earn his first trip to Dale Lemonds Victory Lane. Matt Carter did a great job trying to hold Balluzzo down on the corners but it just was not enough for the 48 car who ended up taking the lead on lap 12 and never looked back.

The race was slowed two more times by the yellow flag but it did not seem to phase Balluzzo at all. Both times he is able to hold off a very hard charging Matt Carter on the outside line. The late race restarts helped Matt Slye get back into the mix of things after spinning in race one and finishing deep in the field as well but just ran out of laps and maybe even some tire, he would finish the second race behind Matt Carter – who will also make a huge jump in points after two second place finishes – in the third position.

With the top three in points – Babb, Gery, and J. Humblet – all having lackluster nights, the clean sweep will not only help Balluzzo’s efforts in the track points but it will also help his efforts in the NWAAS State & National points battle. The Modifieds will be back in action June 24th with another twin race night. The Pro Six, UCAR, Legends, Bandos and Enduro’s will all join them as well.

 

Rodney Boyd and Tommy Sweeney split the twin bill in the Pepsi Grandstock features. Boyd took the lead from pole sitter Mark Frye and never looked back in the catuion free 25-lap spring race. Again, per the NASCAR rule book, a minimum of eight cars were inverted for race number two handing the top spot over the long time Langley veteran, Paul Lubno. His lead would be short lived, however, as Sweeney took the top spot and Lubno hit pit road with what appeared to be mechanical issue. Boyd was clearly the faster car on the scoring monitor and was able to get back to the bumper of Sweeney on the white flag lap and even gave him a shot out of two. Boyd was not able to make the pass and Sweeney would return to victory lane for the first time in over a year.

 

Jesse Jones made his return to Langley after taking a small break to focus on buiding a car for the Short Track Nationals at Bristol. Jones set the pole speed in time trials but appeared to be just a little to loose come race time to hold the lead. The race saw a nice battle for the lead on the heels of the features only restart. Michael Waters and Eric Schaffer leaning on each other, putting on a great show for the packed crowd. Schaffer did everything he could to pinch the #36 of Waters on corner exits but it was not enough. Waters would eventually power his way to the lead and the win.

Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway will be back in action next week, June 17th however, with twin Late Model features. The Grand Stocks will return along with the Super Trucks. Also running will be the Pro Six and HRKC Pro Wing Karts.

 

 

 

Larry King Law Modified Race #1 OFFICIAL Results:

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 33
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 33
  3. #51 Bubba Johnston; 33
  4. #5 Andrew Fortin; 33
  5. #95 Danny Harrell; 33
  6. #20 Chris Humblet; 33
  7. #60 Bobby Gery; 33
  8. #1 Donnie Holston; 33
  9. #44 Robbie Babb; 33
  10. #11 Jimmy Humblet; 33
  11. #33 Matt Slye; 33
  12. #28 Jamie Sample; 33
  13. #63 Derek Roberts; 33
  14. #16 Eric McPherson; 10

 

 Larry King Law Modified Race #2 OFFICIAL Results:

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 33
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 33
  3. #33 Matt Slye; 33
  4. #51 Bubba Johnston; 33
  5. #60 Bobby Gery; 33
  6. #28 Jamie Sample; 33
  7. #20 Chris Humblet; 33
  8. #44 Robbie Babb; 33
  9. #63 Derek Roberts; 33
  10. #16 Eric McPherson; 32
  11. #5 Andrew Fortin; 28
  12. #1 Donnie Holston
  13. #95 Danny Harrell
  14. #11 Jimmy Humblet

 

Pepsi Grand Stock Race #1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #9 Rodney Boyd; 25
  2. #29 Mark Frye; 25
  3. #6 Shawn Scovel; 25
  4. #18 Johnathan White; 25
  5. #11 Tommy Sweeney; 25
  6. #2 Michael Waters; 25
  7. #14 Paul Lubno; 25

 

Pepsi Grand Stock Race #2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #11 Tommy Sweeney; 25
  2. #9 Rodney Boyd; 25
  3. #29 Mark Frye; 25
  4. #2 Michael Waters; 25
  5. #6 Shawn Scovel; 25
  6. #18 Johnathan White; 24
  7. #14 Paul Lubno; 5

 

Carroll Automotive UCAR OFFICIAL Results:

  1. #36 Michael Waters; 25 (winner)
  2. #3 Eric Schaffer; 25
  3. #5 Jesse Jones IV; 25
  4. #18 Brandon Wood; 25
  5. #28 Tommy Gildea; 5

Shawn Balluzzo Grabs the Pole for the Armed Forces Cup

HAMPTON, VA – Fourteen modifieds took time at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway with 8-time track champion Shawn Balluzzo setting fast time with a 16.699 to lead the first race of the 33-lap twins scheduled for tonight. Before the first race the top-5 drivers in points will randomly select a branch of the United States Armed Forces to represent and the winner of the race will win the Armed Forces Cup. The only other driver to break the 16 second bracket was Chris Humblet with a 16.877, both of these fast times happened after cloud cover took away the sun.

Over on twitter we will be bringing lap by lap coverage for the modifieds, trucks, and INEX legends.

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