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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

Shawn Balluzzo Enters 2018 Looking for Unprecedented Tenth Modified Division Title at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

Shawn Balluzzo wins his 9th race of the year and 9th modified championship
Photo by John Long

Hampton, VA – With Mother Nature playing spoiler last weekend for most of the Mid-Atlantic region, the IMCA style Modified’s that run at Langley Speedway had to put their season opener on hold for a week. However, with warm temperatures and sunshine in the forecast all day race fans in the Hampton Roads area should be set for a wonderful night of racing.

After missing their season opener last week, nine-time series champion Shawn Balluzzo will begin not only his title defense but also his hunt for an unprecedented tenth series title. The IMCA style modifed’s will headline Pepsi Night with twin 30-lap features. Along with the Modified’s race fans will enjoy exciting action from the Winged Champ Karts, INEX Bando, and Legends division, Super Trucks and the Grand Stocks.

Balluzzo’s title hunt will not be easy, however. As this year as he will have the likes of Matt Carter and Bobby Gery – who all showed increasing speed at the conclusion of last season – to deal with as they will all be competing for wins. No official word if Balluzzo’s longtime “nemesis” if you will Robbie Babb will be back competing full time this year as rumor has it he is going to be running the SMRS Tour. Not to mention these division veterans will have to deal with some younger talent this year as both Brad Adams and Matt Morgan look to make a name for themselves in the open-wheeled division.

Racing is set to get underway at 7:00 PM so make sure to pack the car up and head on out to the speedway. If you cant make it follow us all night on Twitter (@theweeklyracer)

 

 

 

Pepsi Night Race Line Up:

  1. ERA Realtor Winged Champ Karts – 20 laps
  2. Cycle City Corp. Bandolero – 15 laps
  3. Larry King Law Modifieds – 30 laps
  4. Cycle City Corp. Legend’s – 25 laps
  5. Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 25 laps
  6. PEPSI Grand Stocks – 40 laps
  7. Larry King Law Modifieds – 30 laps
  1. BOJANGLES Enduros – 30 laps

 

*schedule subject to change*

Caraway Speedway Resumes Action with Second SMRS Stop

After two weekends off from the sounds of race cars, Caraway Speedway will once again roar to life for the third race of the 2018 season this Saturday, April 14th at 7pm.

The Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) will headline a seven division, eight-race card. The Southern Modified Racing Series will run a twin 50-lap format which will be the third and fourth race of the season for the series. To date, two Northern invaders have picked up the wins with Jon McKennedy winning the season opener at Caraway and Matt Hirshman picking up the win at Hickory two weekends ago.

The 602 Tour Modifieds will also run a 35-lap feature for their second race of the 2018 season. Robbie Brewer won the season opener several weeks back over Dean Lowder. The field for this new series is continuing to expand and should produce some great racing this weekend and in future races.

The Limited Late Models will be back in action as well. Mack Little picked up the win in the season opener with Josh Lowder winning the second race of the season. Those two drivers along with Tommy Neal and Jimmy Wallace have been mixing it up for the win in both races to date. Jeremy Clay also isn’t too far behind and could be a threat to win a race soon.

The BGS (Bowman Gray Stadium) Sportsman cars will be in action for the first time this season. These drivers will be looking to get their season started a week ahead of Bowman Gray Stadium opening up. Kevin Neal, John Holleman IV, and Mike Adams are among the expected entrants for this division. Those three alone would make for a great race but we expect a host of other BGS regulars to challenge them for the win.

The Chargers return for their first race since the season opener on March 11th with a 25-lap race. Austin Harris picked up his first career win in that race after getting spun and going to the tail of the field. He’ll have his hands full with several newcomers expected to compete in this event.

AJ Sanders will be looking for his second Caraway win of the season and third overall with the Mini Stocks returning to action for 15-laps. Sanders dominated the season opener but had a windshield full of Johnny Baker. Baker will be looking for his first win of the season this weekend.

The U-Cars will be back in action for 10-laps on Saturday night as Gregory Williams looks to pick up another win. He didn’t get to go to victory lane in the season opener but after Tommy Raino was disqualified, Williams inherited the victory. Several more cars are ready now after a month off and will be ready to challenge Williams for the top spot.

Grandstands open at 5pm with racing slated to start at 7pm. Adults $20, youth 7-14 years old $5 and kids 6 and under get in free. For more information on Caraway Speedway, visit their newly redesigned website at http://www.CarawaySpeedway.com or visit them on Facebook at @caraway.speedway. You can also call the track office at 336.629.5803

Chris Johnson Remains Undefeated at the Thanksgiving Classic in the Modified Division

Chris Johnson works off turn four at Southern National Motorsports Park in preparation for the 40-lap feature at the 2017 Thanksgiving Classic. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – Chris Johnson, the Mechanicsville, Virginia, continued to flex his muscle at Southern National Motorsports Park in the IMCA style asphalt modified’s. Johnson was the quickest of seventeen entries during group qualifying earlier in the afternoon and, if we are being honest, probably of the entire weekend as he continued to show his strength through the 40-lap feature.

Hunter Slayton, who lined up on the outside pole, gave Johnson an honest run for his money as the two jumped out to an early lead over Shawn Balluzzo and Eric Fowlkes but it just was not enough to get around the Southside Speedway regular. The field was slowed four times by the caution flag, Most of which were just simple single car spins. One, however, involved the No. 93 machine of Austin Thaxton who ended up making contact with the outside wall and received the heaviest of damage throughout the night. Luckily everyone was able to drive away from the incident and continue on.

Chris Johnson made easy work of Slayton on every restart but one. The one restart was actually called into question by race control and Slayton was, let’s call it ‘advised’ to give the position back to the control car to avoid the need for NASCAR officials to have to step in. Slayton obliged a few laps later and Chris Johnson went on to win his third Modified feature in the Thanksgiving Classic. Hunter Slayton would finish second while Shawn Balluzzo completed the podium. Southside Speedway’s own Tyler Davis (00) and Kyle Wood (42) made up the rest of the top five.

Brandon Allen (86) went wire to wire over Robert Arch (27), James Stroud (4), Neil Mason (50), and Steve Sullivan (58) in the 30-lap UCAR feature. Thirteen cars took the green flag, only eight finished on the lead lap.

 

Southern Lighting Modified Results;

  1. #36 Chris Johnson; 40
  2. #77 Hunter Slayton; 40
  3. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  4. #00 Tyler Davis; 40
  5. #42 Kyle Wood; 40
  6. #2 Eric Fowkles; 40
  7. #93 Austin Thaxton; 40
  8. #11 Jimmy Humblet; 40
  9. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  10. #20 Chris Humblet; 40
  11. #51 Bubba Johnston; 40
  12. #29 Adam Medek; 40
  13. #43 Warren Lipford; 40
  14. #29 D.J. Huffman; 40
  15. #10 Wayne McGee; 30
  16. #4 Ryan Pritt; 17
  17. #70 Curtis Hughes; 16

Matt Hirschman Scores Second Consecutive Victory in Modified Feature at Myrtle Beach

Matt Hirschman climbs from his modified for the second year in a row in Myrtle Beach Speedway victory lane. (Charlie Alexander/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

The tour type Modified’s were once again on the card for a 125-lap high-speed chess match for week two of the Myrtle Beach 400. This year track management and officials introduced a brand new component to the race – stages!

Yes, much like what you see in the top three tiers of the NASCAR circuits, the 125-lap feature was essentially split into four segments with cautions coming at lap 50, 75, and 100 with the final 25-lap segment being green flag laps only. A $500 bonus for each “segment win” was announced to help encourage the drivers to get up on the wheel as the modified portion of the weekend has been known for major tire conservation due to the abrasive track surface and soft tires the cars run.

Jim Zacharies was the fastest man in town earlier in the afternoon during group qualifying posting a lap of 19.755 to earn the pole position. Bobby Measmer Jr., Timmy Solomito, George Brunnhoelzl III, and Patrick Emerling rounded out the starting five when it came down to the race.

Zacharies and Solomito looked to be the early favorites when the green was displayed jumping out to a massive lead. The two would trade the top spot several times before placing a handful of cars a lap down. Solomito was able to take the lead from Zacharies just before the end of the first segment and pick up an extra $500 bucks. Zachaires would not pit during the caution and stay out on the track to retake the lead and eventually win the second stage, however, issues would prevent the pole sitter from even finishing the race. Both Bobby Measmer and Hirschman turned the wick up as the field went back green in the third segment. So much in fact that Measmer was able to power his way to the top spot, bringing Hirschman with him. Measmer was just in a league of his own as laps clicked off and drove away from the field to collect the lap 100-segment bonus.

Hirschman, the fifth different race leader, would inherit the race lead for the final 25-lap segment after The Weekly Racer learned that Bobby Measmer was penalized for entering pit lane to early at the lap 100 break. The break, if you will, was enough for Hirschman to take control of the race and drive away to victory. The race was slowed just once in the final segment as GB3 has issues in turns three and four. Hirschman, however, able to hold his own and build over a second lead over the field. Give a shout out to Bobby Measamer who was able to drive all the way back to the third position in the closing laps.

“There was a bunch of different strategies that the other guys used and were actually a little surprising and interesting to me something to think about,” Hirschman said in victory lane. “They put up the $500 for the stages so it was something to shoot for. We were close on the last one and ended up second, the seventeen [Measmer] was just really good there and drove away. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to run him back down. It worked out; we lead the laps we wanted to and the most important one, the last one. A couple of guys picked up some money and it would have been nice to add to our win total but we can’t complain, we came here with the goal to win the race. I am really happy to PD Motorsports; two years in a row to win this race its great.”

 

Modified UNOFFICIAL Results 

1 #60 Matt Hirschman 125
2 #4M Jason Myers 125
3 #17M Bobby Measmer Jr. 125
4 #3 Daren Scherer 125
5 #17B Danny Bohn 125
6 #11M Burt Myers 125
7 #7NY Timmy Solomito 125
8 #07 Patrick Emerling 125
9 #00 Jeff Fultz 125
10 #18Y Daniel Yates 125
11 #4TR Jason Tutterow 125
12 #79 George Brunnhoelzl III 124
13 #12N Mike Norman 122
14 #48 Johnny Kay 113
15 #71 Jim Zacharies 99
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