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Shawn Balluzzo’s Win Streak Comes to an End in Modified Night Cap at the Hands of Brandon Gdovic; Bounty Still in Tact After Balluzzo and Gdovic Split Twins

Hampton, VA– All good things eventually come to an end. For Shawn Balluzzo that would be his undefeated 2019 season. However, the $1,000 bounty is still up for grabs after Balluzzo picked up win number fifteen in the opening 40-lap feature.

Balluzzo admitted in victory lane following his flag-to-flag win in the first race that was the hardest he had to drive holding off Gdovic for 40-laps. What he didn’t know was race number two was going to be even more of a challenge. After electing to go to the rear in victory lane Balluzzo was already facing an up hill battle while Brandon Gdovic had to pass just three cars to assume the lead doing so in just eight laps.

Once out front and in clean air Gdovic set a pace that was unmatched by no one as we watched Balluzzo tear through the field – breaking into the top five by just lap ten. That was about the time Balluzzo’s luck ran out while taking a peak under Jamie Sample for second. The two must have touched which cut down Balluzzo’s right-front tire and sent him lackadaisical into the turn two outside wall drawing the first caution of the second feature. He was able to get to pit road and a new tire put on but starting once more in the rear of the field proved to be an issue. Just a handful of laps later several cars pile up in turn four forcing Balluzzo to get on the binders hard, locking up the tires and getting hit by a couple other cars trying to avoid. He was deemed part of the caution and not eligible for the cone.

Meanwhile, Gdovic was money on each of the following restarts really using the power of a brand new car to his advantage. The only real challenge for Gdovic came on the final restart – which was also the final nail in the coffin for Balluzzo – when the 48 was able to take the cone and start on the outside. After a flat tire, contact with the wall, flat spots, and contact with others, there was nothing left in the tank. Gdovic cleared the field into one and Sample cleared Balluzzo going into three. Gdovic would drive away creating more than a five-second gap over the rest of the field. Balluzzo was able to get around Sample in the closing laps to secure second. Danny Harrell and Eric McPherson rounded out the top five.

“I wish Shawn could have been able to get up there so we could have battled a little more,” Gdovic commented in victory lane. “Not really sure how the bounty deal works but if they give it to us then great. It was really fun to come back home and race. Glad my dad let me help get a little race trim here and get things figured out. The PPM boys built an awesome car. I just have to thank them, my mom and dad, ComServe Wireless and WindStax for all the support throughout the years.”

Gdovic has been absent from Langley Speedway for a few years now dipping his toes in both the K&N Series along with a few races in the NASCAR Xfinity series before his most recent success in the Lamborghini Trofeo series.

“You have to compare this win in a different way,” Gdovic said. “This my Hometrack so it’s special on a different level to come back home after a few years and see familiar faces. Short-track racing on a Saturday night is some of the best racing is at every night.”

Balluzzo earned the right to lead the field to the green to kick of Pete’s Towing night after laying down a 16.356 (86.941 MPH) second lap. Gdovic, who was fastest all day in practice lined up to his right side. Jamie Sample, Danny Harrell, and Rick Gdovic made up the starting five. From the drop of the green flag, it was the Balluzzo and Gdovic show. Balluzzo was able to keep Gdovic at bay even after several solid shots to the rear bumper. Danny Harrell, rookie Grant Blasingame, and Eric McPherson rounded out the top five. Todd Whitesell, Rick Gdovic, and Peyton Ferree completed the top eight finishers to set the invert.

“It was fun I have to say that,” Balluzzo commented about the final ten laps of the first forty-lap feature. “Brandon did a great job. All of these guys are doing a great job they have got their game going on. I am having a harder and harder time every week staying ahead of them.”

Brandon and I have been bantering back and forth,” Balluzzo commented about the social media post coming into the weekend in regards to the bounty out for him. “It’s just all in good fun, I hope he realizes that. It was great out there tonight and I know the fans have got to be loving all this with all that’s been going on and its been getting more interesting.”


Larry King Law Modified Race 1 UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #64 Brandon Gdovic; 40
  3. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  4. #7 Grant Blasingame; 40
  5. #16 Eric McPherson; 40
  6. #49 Todd Whitesell; 39
  7. #47 Rick Gdovic; 39
  8. #23 Peyton Ferree; 39
  9. #19 Bubba Johnston; 26
  10. #28 Jamie Sample; 25
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 9
  12. #3 Brad Adams; 9
  13. #18 DJ Valente; 9


Larry King Law Modified Race 2 UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #64 Brandon Gdovic; 40
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  3. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  5. #16 Eric McPherson; 40
  6. #3 Brad Adams; 40
  7. #47 Rick Gdovic; 40
  8. #7 Grant Blasingame; 39
  9. #23 Peyton Ferree; 39
  10. #49 Todd Whitesell; 39
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 21

Shawn Balluzzo Remains Perfect at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – A rare 50-lap race was on hand for the drivers as they looked to end the bounty on Shawn Balluzzo. A field of nine Modifieds started the feature. Rick Gdovic grabbed his first pole of the year with a time of 16.545 with Shawn Balluzzo lining up second with a time of 16.602. Jamie Sample, Bubba Johnston, and Danny Harrell rounded out the fast five.

As the green flag dropped, Gdovic got a good start and rolled into turn one with the lead. Balluzzo would fall in line to second with Sample right behind him. Johnston didn’t get the start he wanted as Harrell got by him for fourth. Harrell wasted little time to try and get past Sample as well for the third position but got loose on the inside of him and lost a lot of momentum. Gdovic and Balluzzo we’re putting on a very fast pace for the race as they had opened up a straightaway lead over Sample in just 10 laps.

With the field spread out a bit, the only battle on track was for the sixth position between Bubba Johnston and Grant Blasingame. As them two battled, Brad Adams, who had his worst qualifying effort of the season, managed to make it a three car battle. Blasingame got around Johnston and took sixth away. Johnston got stuck on the outside and Adams managed to take seventh away as well. Blasingame wasted little time to catch Matt Morgan for the fifth spot and in turns one and two he got the inside line to take away the position. Adams caught up to them and once again made it a three car battle for position. Morgan has a little slip going into turn one and Adams took the opening and took sixth.

Halfway and it was Gdovic, Balluzzo, Sample, Harrell, and Blasingame. Gdovic and Balluzzo began to catch lap traffic on lap 26 and the battle for the lead tightened up. Balluzzo got to the back bumper of Gdovic the first time but Gdovic got a great run out of turn four to pull away just enough to put space between the two. Lap 33 and Balluzzo got a great run down the backstretch and got the inside line going into turn three to take the lead away from Gdovic. With the field so spread out, Balluzzo put fourth place car Harrell a lap down. With ten laps to go, Balluzzo had put a decent lead over Gdovic and had his sights set on his 14th victory of the season.

The one thing Balluzzo didn’t want to see happened. The caution came out on lap 44 for Eric McPherson going for a solo spin in turn two. This would give Gdovic and Sample one more chance to beat Balluzzo. With one to go, Sample took the cone to start on the outside of Balluzzo with Gdovic right behind him. When the restart came, it sure was a messy one. Balluzzo spun his tires, Gdovic spun his as well, and Sample made contact with Balluzzo due to him getting sideways. All cars would make it into turn one with Balluzzo the leader. The second caution came out for Gdovic and Morgan spinning on the backstretch.

No one took the cone so it would be a single file restart. This restart was a lot better for Balluzzo, Sample got just as good of a start. Going into turn one, Sample actually got to the inside of Balluzzo to look for the lead. Balluzzo with the experience, powered his way on the outside down the backstretch to hold the lead into turn three. Sample didn’t hold back as he kept beating and banging on Balluzzos back bumper doing all he could to beat him.

Checkered flag flew and Shawn Balluzzo picked up his 14th win of the season and stayed undefeated. It wasn’t the easiest win as drivers are getting anxious to get that bounty. Jamie Sample, Rick Gdovic, Danny Harrell, and Eric McPherson rounded out the top five.

Larry King Laws Modified Results

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 50
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 50
  3. #64 Rick Gdovic; 50
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 50
  5. #16 Eric McPherson; 49
  6. #7 Grant Blasingame; 49
  7. #98 Matt Morgan; 49
  8. #3 Brad Adams; 47
  9. #19 Bubba Johnston; 46

Shawn Balluzzo Remains Undefeated in Modifieds at Langley Speedway

Shawn Balluzzo picks up win number twelve and thirteen to remain undefeated at Larry King Law Langley Speedway. (Charlie Alexander/Langley Speedway)

Hampton, VA– The saying has always been, “if you want to be the best you have to beat the best.”  So far no one in the Hampton Roads area has been able to do so in the Larry King Law Modified division at Langley Speedway.

Shawn Balluzzo, the defending and ten time series champion, once again proved why he will go down as, one of, if not the best Modified drivers in Langley history. Balluzzo laid a lap down a solid lap two-tenths faster – 16.617 (85.575 mph) – than the rest of field. Bubba Johnston would line up to Balluzzo’s outside with his 16.842-second lap, Jamie Sample, Rick Gdovic, and Matt Morgan rounded out the fastest five starters.

Once the green flag was displayed from Shane Snyder, Balluzzo, like always, wasted zero time getting the loud pedal down to the floor and clearing the field out of turn two. As hard as it is to believe, Balluzzo got into his normal rhythm and took off to a little more than a three-quarter of a straightaway lead over the rest of the field. The two best battles to watch throughout the entire feature was between Bubba Johnston and Matt Carter for third and Rick Gdovic and Brad Adams for sixth. Carter was able to get around Johnston just past halfway. Adams was never able to get around Gdovic and had to settle for seventh. Jamie Sample, Mat Carter, Bubba Johnston, and TJ Largena rounded out the top five.

As usual race number two provided much more excitement, some not the kind you really ever want to see, after an eight-car invert allowed DJ Valente and Brad Adams the opportunity to start on the pole. Balluzzo, again per usual, elected to come down pit road under pace laps, forfeit his eighth place starting position and take the green from the rear of the field.

Valente took full advantage of having not only the preferred line around Langley Speedway but also the clean track and led the first handful of laps. Even held off the field on an early restart after Rick Gdovic went for a spin out of turn two to bring out the first yellow flag. NASCAR officials would send Balluzzo to the rear of the field after they determined Gdovic went around off the nose of the defending race winner.

On the ensuing restart Brad Adams was the first to utilize the cone and went to the outside of Valente essentially recreating the initial start of the race – Jamie Sample also elected to use the cone and lines up behind the No. 3 of Adams. With the green flag in the air Valente once again got back on the loud pedal looking to clear the field. He was able to do so around the middle of the backstretch and into turn three. The race, however, would be halted once more following a big wreck involving the No. 78 of Matt Carter and No. 98 of Matt Morgan. Carter was able to climb out of his machine under his own power with assistance of Langley’s incredible safety team. He would be transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. The No. 4 of TJ was later sent to the rear of the field for his involvement in the wreck.

Once Carter was transported outside of the track, the racing surface was cleared and lineup set, Valente was once again showed the cone. He once again elected to stay low. Bubba Johnston, however, took the bate this time and elected to restart on the outside front row – oddly enough Balluzzo did not elect to use the cone to better his starting position after being sent to the rear.

The ten time champion did not need the outside lane to make things happen as he worked his way back into the top five by lap ten. The following lap he was able to work his nose under Samples machine taking his position away. The very next lap Balluzzo got around Adams for the third position. Two laps later Balluzzo collapsed the gap on Jonhston and worked his way around him for second. It only took the champ a single lap to catch and pass Valente to take the lead for the first time of the feature. From there it was lights out, Balluzzo would cruise his way back to victory lane for the thirteenth consecutive time.

“A lot of these guys are coming around,”Balluzzo said in victory lane. “A lot of this stuff was avoidable tonight. [The] clutch felt funny but I thought I was imagining stuff and when I tried to do a burn out, I pushed the clutch in then bam, the transmission broke. Thanks to everybody, thanks to the fans that stuck around.”

In other racing action Jake Harberts picked up the win in the opening HRKC Pro Wing Champ Kart feature, Tim Wilson was your winner in the Pepsi Grand Stocks, Colby Vance toped the 30+ car Parts Barn Enduro 30-lap feature, Michael Waters took home the hardware in the 25-lap Bojangles UCAR feature and Rick Poust out dueled Chase McAdams in a thrilling photo finish in the night ending 25-lap Harris Truck Shop Super Truck feature.

Langley Speedway will return to action next weekend with a stacked schedule to include a 100-lap NWAAS Late Model feature. The Modifieds will return to the speedway for an amazing double-header weekend. Super Streets, Pro Six, Legends, and Bando’s are also on the docket.


Larry King Law Modified UNOFFICAL Race 1 Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  3. #78 Matt Carter; 40
  4. #19 Bubba Johnston; 40
  5. #4 TJ Largena; 40
  6. #47 Rick Gdovic; 40
  7. #3 Brad Adams; 40
  8. #18 DJ Valente; 40
  9. #16 Eric McPherson; 40
  10. #98 Matt Morgan; 39
  11. #95 Danny Harrell; 39


Larry King Law Modified UNOFFICAL Race 2 Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #3 Brad Adams; 40
  3. #16 Eric McPherson; 40
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  5. #4 TJ Largena (R); 40
  6. #19 Bubba Johnston; 40
  7. #18 DJ Valente; 40
  8. #47 Rick Gdovic; 40
  9. #28 Jamie Sample; 22
  10. #78 Matt Carter; 8
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 8

Shawn Balluzzo Remains Almost Perfect in 2019 at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA — As the bounty for Shawn Balluzzo continues, Chris Johnson came back to Langley looking for redemption after having mechanical issues the last time the Modifieds raced. He did just that after capturing the pole position with a lap time of 16.392 — ending one of Balluzzo’s streaks this year. Shawn Balluzzo started from the second position with a time of 16.482. Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, and Rick Gdovic rounded out the top five qualifiers.
Side by side the field went into turns one and two as they took the green flag. Chris Johnson would take the early lead coming out of turn two while Balluzzo and Johnston made contact allowing Carter to take the second spot. Jamie Sample took sixth away from DJ Valente and looked to also make a move on Gdovic for fifth. Balluzzo worked his way back to the bumper of Carter by lap four and eventually the took second spot away.
Balluzzo got the the back bumper of Johnson going into turn three and gave him enough of a tap to let him know he was coming. Also, a three car battle between Carter, Johnston, and Gdovic began for the third position. Gdovic didn’t waste no time in getting past Johnston for fourth and went quickly to Carters bumper as well. Sample took advantage of the battling and joined the picture.

Halfway through the first feature Gdovic got the line he wanted and went to the inside of Carter to take the third position away. Carter got way out of the groove in turn two and that aloud Sample and Johnston to get by.

Looking back up front Balluzzo was able to take the lead on lap 26 and never looked back. That was until the first and only caution came out when TJ Largena made contact with Danny Harrell going into turn one. The contact ultimately sent Harrell spinning.
On the restart, Johnson took the cone to start on the outside of Balluzzo to give him one last shot at the win. Balluzzo got a great jump and Johnson fell in line to second. Going into turn three, Johnson gave it one last shot to move Balluzzo but was not able to make it work. Balluzzo would drive away to pick up his tenth straight win of the season. Chris Johnson, Rick Gdovic, Bubba Johnston, and Jamie Sample rounded out the top five.
With the eight car invert, it was Rookie of the Year contender TJ Largena starting from the pole position. Matt Carter would line up to his outside to start the second 40-lap twin feature.

Once Shane Snyder waved the green flag Carter took off into turn one with Sample taking second over Largena. It didn’t take long for Carter’s lead, however, to go to a half a straightaway over Sample. Balluzzo, who elected to drop to the rear of the field for bonus points, made his way up to fifth place in just ten laps.

The first caution of the race came on lap 10 this time for Brad Adams and Danny Harrell getting together in turn two with Adams going for a spin in the grass. On the following restart Carter got a huge jump once again but it didn’t last long as the second caution came out for Bubba Johnston who returned to track only to spin and eventually park his car again.

Restart would come and again Carter got a great start and powered off into turn one. Gdovic, using the outside line, worked his way around Sample for second. Balluzzo was able to get to fourth position and set his sights on Sample. Balluzzo gave Sample a slight tap going into turn one and was enough to get Sample out of the groove and allowing him to go right by for third. 16 laps into the feature Gdovic had a mirror full of Balluzzo trying to hold the ten time champion off. Balluzzo would eventually make the pass on lap 18 and was on a mission to catch Carter, who had put a good distance between him and the field.

Balluzzo caught Carter by lap 24 as well as took the lead from him. Carter wouldn’t let Balluzzo get too far from him as he kept up the best he could. As the checkered flag flew, Balluzzo sailed off to his eleventh straight victory of the season. Matt Carter, Rick Gdovic, Michael Johnson, and Brad Adams rounded out the top five finishers.
Race 1 Results;
  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #29 Chris Johnson; 40
  3. #64 Rick Gdovic; 40
  4. #19 Bubba Johnston; 40
  5. #28Jamie Sample; 40
  6. #19 Kyle Wood; 40
  7. #78 Matt Carter; 40
  8. #4 TJ Largena; 40
  9. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  10. #98 Matt Morgan; 40
  11. #16 Eric McPherson; 39
  12. #18 DJ Valente; 38
  13. #3 Brad Adams; 31
  14. #7 Grant Blasingame; 16
Race 2 Results;
  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 40
  3. #64 Rick Gdovic; 40
  4. #29 Michael Johnson; 40
  5. #3 Brad Adams; 40
  6. #16 Eric McPherson; 40
  7. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  8. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  9. #4 TJ Largena; 40
  10. #98 Matt Morgan; 39
  11. #19 Kyle Wood; 24
  12. #19 Bubba Johnston; 9
  13. #18 DJ Valente; 3

Shawn Balluzzo Doubles Down at Langley Speedway; $1,000 Balluzzo Bounty Still on the Line

Photo: Justin Kern/

Hampton, VA– Shawn Balluzzo was once again big man on campus earlier in the afternoon during qualifying time trials when he laid down a 16.360-second (86.919 MPH) lap. Chris Johnson, who has run both Modifieds and Late Models at Langley Speedway, made the trip to Hampton with one thing on his mind; Bounty Hunting. Running Southside Speedway’s regular Adam Medek’s No. 29, Johnson was more than two-tenths of a second slower than Balluzzo as he earned the ability to start to Shawn’s outside.

Balluzzo did what he does best when Shane Snider let the field go out of turn four as the sun started to set over turn three; lead the race. Balluzzo was able to clear the field on the exit of turn number two in the opening lap and never really looked back from there. Chris Johnson gave it an honest go but would develop a mechanical issue that pushed a lot of smoke from the back of his machine for most of the race. Matt Carter, who has made it his mission this year to end Balluzzo’s win streak was only able to fall into third where he ran for most of the night before Sample was able to get by. Bubba Johnston would complete the top five.

Per the NASCAR rulebook, no less than eight cars were inverted for race number two which handed the pole position over to the No. 64 of Rick Gdovic. However, he and his crew would change a right front tire between races, which regulated him to the rear of the field as well as took away his ability to take the cone and free pass. This handed the pole position over to TJ Largena while Danny Harrell lined up to his right side.

Things got a little interesting on the start of the race going into turn one as everyone tried to settle in. The first and only caution of the evening would come one lap one as Rick Gdovic ended up going around in turn three. This allowed teams the ability to take the cone for the restart. Danny Harrell and Jamie Sample elected to stay low while Chris Johnson and Bubba Johnston went high. Chris Johnson would get the better start on the outside and the lead out of two. He would only hold onto that lead for about fifteen laps, however, as Balluzzo sliced and diced his way through the field.

Once out front, and with some mechanical failures from Johnson, Balluzzo was able to cruise to his ninth victory on the season. Jamie Sample and TJ Largena both had excellent runs during the nightcap finishing second and third respectively. Bubba Johnston and Rick Gdovic rounded out the top five finishers.


OFFICIAL Larry King Law’s Modified Race 1 Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #29 Chris Johnson; 40
  3. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  4. #78 Matt Carter; 40
  5. #19 Bubba Johnston; 40
  6. #4 TJ Largena; 40
  7. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  8. #64 Rick Gdovic; 39
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 39
  10. #7 Grant Blasingame; 25
  11. #18 DJ Valente; 22


OFFICIAL Larry King Law’s Modified Race 2 Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  3. #4 TJ Largena; 40
  4. #19 Bubba Johnston; 40
  5. #64 Rick Gdovic; 40
  6. #7 Grant Blasingame; 39
  7. #98 Matt Morgan; 39
  8. #95 Danny Harrell; 39
  9. #18 DJ Valente; 27
  10. #29 Chris Johnson; 20
  11. #78 Matt Carter; 3
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