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Andrew Fortin Earns First Modified Victory at Langley Speedway; First Round of Champions Crowned as Season Comes to a Close

Fortin celebrates first career win Saturday night in second to final Modified race. (Photo: Langley Speedway August 16, 2017)

Hampton, VA – With just two races left in the season for the IMCA style asphalt Modified’s at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway, Shawn Balluzzo entered the evening with a comfortable forty-one-point advantage over Bobby Gery, who took over second in the points when Matt Carter had motor issues the last time the series had twins. With his motor issues behind him, Carter laid down the fastest lap in qualifying time trials earlier in the afternoon posting a time of 16.795 (84.668 mph) seconds. Balluzzo posted the second quickest time in the session to earn a front row starting position for the 50-lap feature. Andrew Fortin, Bobby Gery, and Chris Flowers.

Matt Carter would show the way into turn one and out of turn two claiming the lead. The Newport News driver would show the way for the first eleven trips around the .395-mile oval. Balluzzo, however, was right in his tire tracks as the two checked out from the rest of the field. The eight-time champion would make his move for the race lead after battling with Carter for a handful of laps. Once the pass was made, Balluzzo immediately opened up over a half second gap over the No. 78 as Carter settled into a rhythm clicking off laps.

Things got interesting as the field reached halfway. In twelve laps Carter was able to track Balluzzo back down as it looked like his car was struggling center off. Right as Carter made the pass to retake the lead, the No. 63 machine of Derek Roberts went around in turn two bringing out the first of three cautions. Because the field did not complete a full lap after Carter made the pass, Balluzzo was moved back to the lead after the race went back to the last completed lap. Oddly enough this happened a second time on lap thirty-three after Carter made another pass on Balluzzo but would fall back to second when McPherson spun in turn one.

Both Matt Carter’s and Balluzzo’s fate would be sealed just ten laps later when contact was made between the two when Carter made his third attempt at the race lead. Race control would move Carter to the rear of the field for what they called aggressive driving, effectively handing the race lead over to Andrew Fortin. Once the race went back green. With the two fastest cars in the rear and only eight laps left, Andrew Fortin was able to mount a four car length advantage lead over rookie of the year contender Jamie Sample. It was just enough for the Smithfield, Virginia driver to earn his first career win. Balluzzo would retire from the race early with issues in the rear end of the car.

 

Paul Lubno picked up his 106th career victory in dominating fashion in the final Pepsi Grand Stock race of the season after taking the lead from Rodney Boyd on lap nine. Lubno set a blistering pace in the eight-car, caution free, 40-lap feature. Tommy Sweeney would play things safe and crossed the line in the fourth position. However, it was just enough for the Hampton, Virginia, driver to clinch the 2017 division championship. Sweeney later mentioned in victory lane that he really had no intentions of coming back and racing this year when the track reopened, however, with the loss of one of their biggest crew members, Kenny Alves, father of Sweeney’s spotter Kevin, Sweeney wanted to come back one last time and win the championship in his honor. With the championship in hand, Sweeney went on to say he is excited to hang his helmet up to get his son, who is excited about racing, into the sport.

Chase McAdams picked up the victory in the Harris Truck Shop Super Truck race. Inching ever so closely to the points lead. The trucks will wrap up their season next weekend, September 23rd. Tommy Gildea of Gloucester, Virginia, was finally able to put the run together he needed to snap Michael Waters ten race win streak. The victory came a day late and a dollar short so to speak as Water clinched the championship. Aaron Leach got the victory under the lights in the HRKC Pro Wing Karts while Brandon Lorah was able to earn the championship.

 

Modified OFFICIAL Results

  1. #5 Andrew Fortin; 50
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 50
  3. #51 Chris Flowers; 50
  4. #1 Donnie Holston; 50
  5. #60 Bobby Gery; 50
  6. #78 Matt Carter; 50
  7. #70 Curtis Hughes; 50
  8. #63 Derek Roberts; 50
  9. #16 Eric McPherson; 50
  10. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 45

11. #95 Danny Harrell; 20

Lauren Edgerton Finds Victory Lane in Modified Season Finale at Southside; Kyle Wood Holds Off Mike Rudy For Series Championship

Midlothian, VA. – A new winner was crowned this past Friday at Southside Speedway in the Modified division after Lauren Edgerton capitalized on the four-car invert to lead flag to flag to end her 2017 campaign on top. Kyle Wood, of Richmond, Virginia, entered the weekend with just a single point lead over Mike Rudy in the standings. He would later help his case for promotion to Track Champion by laying down the fastest time of the day in qualifying with 14.844 seconds lap to not only earn him the pole but one extra bonus point. Rudy would clock in just .008 seconds slower missing a chance to tie the points up by no more than a couple inches. Michael Johnson, Matt Morgan, and Lauren Edgerton would round out the fastest five starters.

Due to Southside’s rulebook, Mike Rudy was forced to start the 30-lap feature from the very back of the field due to winning the previous two features back to back. Kyle, on the other hand, would draw a number four out of the infamous pill draw bag forcing a top-four invert for the race. Once the line-up was adjusted this handed the front row over to Edgerton and Yorktown’s own Matt Morgan – who was racing for Rookie of the Year honors.

When the green flag was displayed to the field Edgerton and Morgan completed a high-speed pace lap door to door with Edgerton. Lauren, however, was able to exit turn four just a little better than Morgan on the bottom and took the lead, from there she never looked back. Morgan would try his luck with the top groove to hold off the field but it just was not enough to keep Michael Johnson at bay, who ultimately took the position in just a few laps. Kyle Wood and Mike Rudy followed suit not long after.

Michael Johnson made every attempt possible to take the lead from Edgerton as he stayed glued to her back bumper, even giving her a couple taps in the closing laps but it was not enough to move the No. 7 car off the bottom of the speedway and she was able to hang onto it for the win. The battle for the third position saw plenty of action the caution free race as Mike Rudy applied heavy pressure to the rear bumper of Wood hoping to force a mistake. At one point towards the end, Rudy sent Wood into turn three about three cars deeper than was used to causing the car to step out on him. Thankfully, Rudy backed out of the throttle and let Kyle gather things back up before going back racing and finishing third and fourth respectively. The podium finish was enough to secure his first Modified championship – something his father Rusty Wood did back in 2002.

 

Grand Stocks

Austin Dodge would take the victory in the Grand Stock feature after starting from the third position. Dodge would actually qualify in the second position just .002 seconds behind Dan Rogers who set quick time with a 16.291-second lap. A top-four invert handed the top spot over to the No. 21 of Shannon Smith who did an admiral job at showing the way for the first eleven circuits. However, as it has been all season, Austin Dodge has just been in a league of his own it seems. Working his way up from the fourth position he was able to take the lead from Smith on lap twelve and hang on to the end. The victory was also enough to secure the track championship as well. Rogers, T. Ruggles, Simpson, and Smith would round out the top five.

 

Modified OFFICIAL Results

  1. #7 Lauren Edgerton; 30
  2. #38 Michael Johnson; 30
  3. #19 Kyle Wood; 30
  4. #8 Mike Rudy; 30
  5. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  6. #00 Tyler Davis; 30
  7. #2 Eric Fowlkes; 30
  8. #5 Tony Fowler; 30

 

Grand Stock OFFICIAL Results

  1. #07 Austin Dodge; 30
  2. #33 Dan Rogers; 30
  3. #40 Todd Ruggles; 30
  4. #36 Mark Simpson; 30
  5. #21 Shannon Smith; 30
  6. #88 Mike Lowe; 30
  7. #69 Ethan Ayers; 30
  8. #89 Cameron Ruggles; 30
  9. #15 Bobby Curtis; 8

Twin Races Equals Twin Wins for Balluzzo and Sweeney

Hampton, VA The IMCA style Larry King Law Modifieds returned to Langley Speedway for another night of twin racing around the historic track. Points leader Shawn Balluzzo missed out on the pole to the driver who’s right behind him. Matt Carter ran a 16.784 to Shawn’s 16.901 to lead the field to the green flag.

Off the start Carter cleared Balluzzo easily and after a couple laps he had a few cars between him and the second place runner. Matt held him off for much of the race but on the twenty-first lap Balluzzo is able to get by him as they went through some lapped traffic. Shawn cruised to the win in the first mod race of the night after that. Farther back Andrew Fortin was able to get into third passing Matt Slye and Bobby Gery after starting last moved up to 8th, he had problems with the car through practices and was not able to qualify.

With that finish he moved to the pole for the second race start and Balluzzo opted to start on the rear for his bonus national points if he can win. Gery, still battling mechanical problems, let the field go so nothing bad would happen. Jamie Sample took the lead on the first lap and then Bubba Johnston took over on the second lap while the field shuffled behind them. Sample led again on the sixth lap and Balluzzo was making his way up to sixth place. The caution would fly as Donnie Holston made contact with Gery causing him to spin out.

On the restart Balluzzo stayed low moving himself into third place and wasted no time getting into second position. On the 18th lap Shawn got by Sample for the lead and Danny Harrell was able to move into second as Sample started falling off a bit. With a big lead Balluzzo grabbed his second win of the night, 7th on the season, and the extra national points.

 

Pepsi Grand Stocks

Tommy Sweeney in Victory Lane – CREDIT: John Long

In the Pepsi Grand Stocks Rodney Boyd ran the fast time of a 18.401 after having a rough last outing. Tommy Sweeney, who has three wins on the season, missed out on the pole by .022. The two drivers have some history from this year but the start of the race went off with no troubles. Five laps in and Sweeney was still almost glued to Boyd’s bumper and a couple laps Sweeney started giving him some bumps, and on lap-8 it was good enough to get Boyd loose and Tommy took the lead. Paul Lubno and Mark Frye weren’t far behind and started putting on a lot of pressure to Boyd. Lubno gave Frye a good door to door slap to Frye and beat him to the line but couldn’t get by him. Frye eventually got around Boyd on the high line to take second place. With two to go Johnathon White shoves Tom Wilson up the track for 5th while Sweeney cruises to his fourth win.

Shawn Scovel finished 8th so he has the gift of the invert pole for the second race. With only nine cars in the field Sweeney tried his luck falling back to ninth for extra points. Two laps in and and Sweeney was up to fifth already while Wilson passed Scovel for the lead. Just six laps into the race and Tommy was into third with Scovel in front of him after Boyd nudged him out of the way for second. Fifteen laps in and Sweeney gets under Boyd for the lead and Frye sneaks by as well. Boyd made a last ditch effort to move Frye coming to the finish but he stays in third while Sweeney sweeps the night and snags his fifth win.

 

Kyle Wood and Mike Rudy Split a Wild Night of Twin Modified Racing at Southside Speedway – Austin Dodge From Worst to First in Grand Stock Race

Kyle Wood (#19w) wins the first 25-lap feature at Southside Speedway August 4, 2017. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA – To help make up some of the lost races due to rainouts, Southside Officials made this weekends IMCA style asphalt modified race into twin 25-lap features. Michael Johnson took the bonus point earlier in the afternoon setting the fastest time in group qualifying with a 14.845-second (80.827 MPH) lap. He would later pull a number five pill, essentially inverting half of the field. This would put rookies Adam Medek and Matt Morgan on the front row while Johnson and Mike Rudy would start fourth and fifth.

Things got interesting, for the lack of better terms, from the drop of the green flag when a shifter rod broke on the racing machine of Matt Morgan semi stacking the field up into one. Luckily Morgan was able to get the car to the topside and allow the field to get around him. He would limp that car back around to the pits where his crew tried to make the fix and get him back out. Ultimately, he was only able to complete four laps.

Medek would lead the first four circuits around Southside Speedway before Kyle Wood could stick a nose under his #29 modified and take the lead off turn two just five laps into the twenty-five lap event. Medek would get hung up to dry on the outside and have to settle for fifth. The race would be slowed by three cautions, one of which saw Lauren Edgerton slowly barrel roll once on the backstretch with the help of Salomone. The two made contact coming down the backstretch after it looked like Medek had to check up and chase his car out of two. Tyler Davis and Warren Lipford also got a piece of the action; Davis was the only one to be able to continue.

Mike Rudy’s bad luck train continued to roll right on down the tracks at full steam when a right front tire started going down with just five laps to go in the race. Luckily for him and his crew, the night’s second caution flew allowing him to come down pit road and change tires. No one appeared to have anything for Kyle Wood in the first race as he went on to win by just under a half second over Michael Johnson. Tyler Davis would bounce back and finish third while Rudy would have to settle for fourth. Adam Medek finished out the field as the last car running in fifth.

The top three finishers would invert for the start of the second and final race of the evening in the Modified’s. This handed the front row over to Tyler Davis and Michael Johnson who didn’t wait long to get a little physical. Turn four of the opening lap the two make contact sending Davis around. Race control would call for a complete restart with the two involved in the yellow to the rear.

That was just what Wood and Rudy wanted to see as it set them up for a front row restart and the opportunity for Rudy to use that top groove to take the lead. Rudy would have his work cut out for him, though, having to hold off the field on three different cone restarts from some pretty physical racing.

Rudy, however, was able to leave Wood, Johnson, and Morgan in his rearview for most of the race to battle for position behind him to finally earn a trip to victory lane. Rookie Matt Morgan was able to power his way through the hornet’s nest into the second position, his best finish of the year. Michael Johnson eventually found his way around the likes of Kyle Wood and Tyler Davis to earn himself a third place finish. Race one winner, Kyle Wood, would have to settle for fourth while Tyler Davis crossed the stripe in the fifth position.

We caught up with Mike Rudy after the races to talk about finally getting in victory lane and plans for the rest of this year and next.

“It feels real good,” Rudy said about finally getting the win. “The crew has really been working hard. We made a motor switch this last week. Came over here and practiced. This motor is actually our out of town, our big track motor, it’s probably got 550 horsepower or better. Too much for this track but I used it to get in front of Kyle there.”

Rudy was very thankful and appreciative of his crew for giving him the car to win and his family for letting him do something he loves.

“I had a great car thanks to my crew chief Jerry and all my crew, my wife, and son,” Rudy said. “They couldn’t be here for that second race because they went home to get ready to go to Dover tomorrow because I also drive for the Rusty Wallace Experience. Every time I win my son is not able to see it so I am really hoping we can get that done. I like coming here and running, it’s a fun little short track.”

 

Austin Dodge had to start the 30-lap feature at the rear of the field after qualifying on the pole due to Southside “Two Win Rule.” Dodge would also pull a five after qualifying, which would invert the fastest five drivers and handing the front row over to Mike Lowe (#88) and Todd Ruggles (#40).The invert would prove to play in Ruggles favor has he took the lead early and appeared to never look back. Teammate, Austin Dodge (#07) seemed to have different plans on how he wanted the race to end, working his way up to the second position by lap twenty-three of the thirty lap feature. Dan Rogers (#33), who has found his way into victory lane a couple times this year, tried to make things difficult on Dodge as he worked his way up through the field but appeared to burn the tires off his machine and bring out the races final caution after spinning in turn four.

The invert would prove to play in Ruggles favor has he took the lead early and appeared to never look back. Teammate, Austin Dodge (#07) seemed to have different plans on how he wanted the race to end, working his way up to the second position by lap twenty-three of the thirty lap feature. Dan Rogers (#33), who has found his way into victory lane a couple times this year, tried to make things difficult on Dodge as he worked his way up through the field but appeared to burn the tires off his machine and bring out the races final caution after spinning in turn four.The restart would set up an epic race between Dodge and Todd Ruggles, which saw the two door-to-door coming to the white flag. A small hiccup from the 40

The restart would set up an epic race between Dodge and Todd Ruggles, which saw the two door-to-door coming to the white flag. A small hiccup from the 40 car out of two would end his hopes of stealing a victory in 2017 with just a handful of races left. Mike Lowe, Bobby Curtis, and Shannon Smith would round of the top five.

 

 

Modified Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #19w Kyle Wood; 25
  2. #38 Michael Johnson; 25
  3. #00 Tyler Davis; 25
  4. #8 Mike Rudy; 25
  5. #29 Adam Medek; 25
  6. #02 Rip Salomone; 21
  7. #7 Lauren Edgerton; 21
  8. #43 Warren Lipford; 21
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 4

 

Modified Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #8 Mike Rudy; 25
  2. #98 Matt Morgan; 25
  3. #38 Michael Johnson; 25
  4. #19w Kyle Wood; 25
  5. #00 Tyler Davis; 25
  6. #29 Adam Medek; 25
  7. #43 Warren Lipford; 1
  8. #02 Rip Salomone; DNS

 

 

Grand Stock OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #07 Austin Dodge; 30
  2. #40 Todd Ruggles; 30
  3. #88 Mike Lowe; 30
  4. #15 Bobby Curtis; 30
  5. #21 Shannon Smith; 30
  6. #33 Dan Rogers; 30
  7. #36 Mark Simpson; 29
  8. #39 Tony Hull; 29
  9. #41 Cameron Ruggles; 23

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

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