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Langley Speedway Gearing up for 9th Annual Hampton Heat 200 on July 22nd

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup has the Daytona 500, Indy Car has the Indy 500, and F1 has Monaco. When you stop and think about it, every racing series or track has their race, that one event that fans and drivers alike have circled on their calendar before the season is over. For Langley Speedway here in Hampton, VA that race is the Hampton Heat 200. A 200-lap, $10,000 to win race around the .395-mile oval that is sure to attract the best in the business.

With the return of the Langley Speedway and the Hampton Heat 200 in 2017, after being forced to take a year off due to the track’s closure, the race also brings back the ever-popular Virginia Triple Crown. A three race series between South Boston Speedway, Langley Speedway, and Martinsville Speedway that pays a bonus to the driver with the highest average finish in the three races. Philip Morris, who won the opening round of the Triple Crown, has been the heavy favorite floating around social media since his dominating win in the second of two races in The Prelude to the Heat.

As you can see from the list below provided by the track, many notable drivers in the Late Model community are expected to make the trip to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Lee Pulliam, the 2016 NWAAS National Champion and defending race winner, however, is not listed as one of those drivers. Sources close to The Weekly Racer tell us that Pulliam just might head south to Myrtle Beach Speedway, where he has been on fire as of late, for twin races. Other names like Deac McCaskill and JRM drivers Josh Berry and Anthony Alfredo shouldn’t be expected this year as they are in a tight points battle in the CARS Tour Championship.

With an all day open practice scheduled for this Friday afternoon, it is expected that more teams will at least make the trip to test. Access their cars and notebook and then make the decision to race. It is also to our understanding the race will count towards NWAAS National and State points but will not count towards the track points, much like they did in 2016.

For a complete race day schedule head over to www.langley-speedway.com, hover your mouse over Fan Info and click the link for 2017 Hampton Heat. The Weekly Racer will post a full schedule later this week.

 

Possible 2017 Hampton Heat Entries;

Updated 07/19/17

  1. #01 Philip Morris
  2. #03 Brenden Queen
  3. #2 Matt Waltz
  4. #2p Brandon Pierce
  5. #4 Sam Hunt
  6.  #8 Paul Green
  7. #10 Maddy Mulligan
  8. #12 Nick Smith
  9. #12p Timothy Peters
  10. #12s Dean Shifflett
  11. #12t Austin Thaxton
  12. #14 Dean Ward
  13. #16 RD Smith
  14. #17 Stacy Puryear
  15. #19 Cameron Bowen
  16. #22 Grayson Cullather
  17. #22m Bobby McCarty
  18. #25 Craig Eastep
  19. #26 Danny Edwards
  20. #26 Peyton Sellers
  21. #33 Macy Causey
  22. #40 C.E. Falk III
  23. #51 Bubba Johnston
  24. #55 Mark Wertz
  25. #57j Eddie Johnson
  26. #57 Justin T. Carroll
  27. #71 Woody Howard
  28. #77 Connor Hall
  29. #83 Matt Bowling
  30. #88 Thomas Marks
  31. #90 Terry Carroll
  32. #91 Justin S. Carroll
  33. #92 Casey Wyatt
  34. #94 Cody Carlton
  35. #97 Greg Edwards

 

East Carolina Motor Speedway Cancels US Cellular Summer Sizzler 225 Due to Forcast

Robersonville, NC – With the potential of rain, strong storms and extreme heat this weekend in North Carolina, ECMS is the second track in the Mid-Atlantic to pull the plug on their Saturday night event the day prior. ECMS officials have decided that in the best interest of the drivers, crews, fans, and staff that they cancel the July 15th event at the 3/8-mile high bank speedway.

East Carolina will be back in action August 5th with twin Late Model features along with Street Stocks, UCAR, Bando, Bombers and Chargers. Head over to http://www.ecspeedway for a complete schedule and ticket options.

Tommy Sweeney and Mark Frye Split Wins in Physical Grand Stock Twins

Hampton, VA – The Pepsi Grand Stocks had twin 33’s on tap for the night at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Mark Frye was the class of the field in qualifying running a 18.165 second time in the single car qualifying.

Frye started the race off strong clearing Rodney Boyd off the start and leaving him to battle for his second position. Boyd fell to third on the second lap after Tommy Sweeney slid be and it was soon a three way battle for second with Paul Lubno also getting in close. On lap-5 Boyd used the nose of his machine to get Sweeney loose and it sent Sweeney all the way back to fifth as Tim Wilson also was able to get by him. With Frye cruising out front with only an error happening on the halfway mark of the race when he got loose out of four.

The first caution of the race came on lap-23 for Jonathan White spinning out into the entrance of pit road, he wound up parking the car for the race while the caution was out. With the cone out Sweeney decided to go high on Frye and Boyd stayed low. On the restart Sweeney was able to run high but eventually fell in line once he was able to clear Boyd to keep second. A little farther back in the field Lubno and Wilson were racing side by side and Lubno took the position and Shawn Scovel also snuck through. With five laps to go Sweeney was chasing down Frye and caught him on the final lap. Going into turn-1 they make contact for the second caution in the race, Frye got a flat tire and had to go down pit road to replace it.

A green, white, checkered finish was set up with Sweeney down low and Lubno takes the outside route. Sweeney drove too hard into the corner and Boyd was able to get by him on the inside and Tommy quickly recovered. They make contact into turn-3 and Boyd gets sideways and almost saves it but is too damaged to continue. With cars all over the place Sweeney is able to catch the checkers for the win before Lubno. After the race the drivers involved in the incident exchanged some words but cooler minds eventually prevailed and Sweeney was able to celebrate in victory lane.

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Credit: King Charles Photography

With it being a twin night the grand stocks get the same invert treatment as everyone else this year under the NASCAR rules. Kevin Morgan would lead the field to the green flag with Boyd to his outside. However, Boyd took a lot of damage in that first race so he elected to fall to the rear. His new position put him right behind Sweeney on the start.

Frye started on the outside and took over the lead on the first lap from Morgan who started falling back through the field. Four laps in and Sweeney was up to second and the leaders were getting ready to lap Boyd. Frye and Sweeney were able to get by Boyd with no incident and Rodney brought it down pit road and parked it as his car was clearly down on speed.

Paul Lubno worked his way into third place by lap-8 and at the same time Sweeney was on the bumper of Frye looking to grab the lead. Three laps later and Lubno caught the top two cars and on the next lap Sweeney tried for the lead but couldn’t complete the move. Lubno ended up giving Tommy a little nudge to take second place from him but it didn’t last long. Sweeney went inside of Lubno but Paul didn’t give up easily giving him a little contact to try and keep him close down the straight, Tommy was able to keep the spot.

Coming to the checkers Mark Frye had over a second on Sweeney for the win. Lubno and Scovel made some decent contact into the final two turns but Lubno held on for a fourth place finish with Wilson finishing ahead of him.

Race 1 Results

  1.  Tommy Sweeney
  2. Paul Lubno
  3. ShawnScovel
  4. Tim Wilson
  5. Mark Frye
  6. Michael Waters
  7. Rodney Boyd -1
  8. Kevin Morgan -4
  9. Jonathan White -12

Race 2 Results

  1. Mark Frye
  2. Tommy Sweeney
  3. Tim Wilson
  4. Paul Lubno
  5. Shawn Scovel
  6. Michael Waters
  7. Kevin Morgan -1
  8. Jonathan White -13
  9. Rodney Boyd -29

Southside Speedway 75-Lap Late Model Feature Race TONIGHT!

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MIDLOTHIAN, VA – On Friday, May 19 the Late Model division at Southside Speedway will run 75 laps rather than their normal 40 laps. Running its third race of the season, the track has opened 2017 with the largest Late Model car count in the state. This is a race you won’t want to miss!

The family-owned track in Chesterfield prides itself on being a family-friendly venue entertaining generations of fans and will continue their fifty-eight-year tradition of great local short track racing in Central Virginia. There are six different divisions of cars racing each race night: Late Models, Modifieds, Grand Stocks, UCARS, Legends and Bandoleros.

Front gates open at 6:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 6:00 p.m. and racing gets underway around 7:30 p.m. Catch qualifying and all six divisions for hours of racing action! If you can’t make it trackside, don’t worry, The Weekly Racer will be on hand to provide you with up to the lap updates LIVE on our Twitter Feed (@theweeklyracer). Coverage for the support divisions will be determined upon arrival to the track.

For the latest information, visit our website address at SouthsideSpeedway.net or “Like Us” on the Official Southside Speedway Facebook page, and “Follow Us” on Twitter. Social media is the easiest way to stay in touch for up-to-date information, including weather updates!

About Southside

Southside Speedway is a 1/3 mile, paved oval track located on Genito Road in Midlothian, Virginia. The speedway was established in 1959 by J.M. Wilkinson and is currently run by his daughter, Sue W. Clements, and granddaughter, Jennifer Mullis. The speedway features six divisions including Late Models, Modifieds, Grand Stocks, U-Cars, Legends and Bandoleros. The speedway hosts twelve nights of racing from April through August.

Whelen Modified News & Notes: Brunnhoelzl Back at Langley; Replaces Preece In No. 6 For Race

George Brunnhoelzl III has an average finish of 1.8 in the last five starts at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. (Grant Halverson/NASCAR)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After years of trying, Ryan Preece finally captured his first career NAPA Spring Sizzler win at Stafford Motor Speedway. It was an emotional win for Preece, who called it bigger than his first career tour win.

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Heading to the fourth race of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia, Preece will not make it two straight. Preece will vacate the cockpit of his No. 6 TS Haulers Chevrolet for the Langley 150 to get married to his longtime girlfriend. Needing a replacement driver, car owner Ed Partridge tabbed two-time Langley winner and four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified champion George Brunnhoelzl III.

Brunnhoelzl won the last time the Whelen Modifieds visited the track in 2015 and also has two career Coors Light Pole Awards at the .4-mile oval. After a seventh- and a 10th-place finish in his first two starts at Langley, Brunnhoelzl has an average finish of 1.8 over his last five races there.

Pennink holds a scant one-point advantage over Timmy Solomito in the championship points standings as the newly unified Whelen Modified Tour returns south after a pair of Connecticut races. Pennink has finished inside the top three in all of three races, including returning the iconic Ole Blue No. 3 to Victory Lane in Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park’s Icebreaker last month.

Two-time Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss is also looking to a return to Langley. Seuss has seven top-five finishes in eight starts there, including a win in 2011.

RACE: Langley 150
PLACE: Langley Speedway, Hampton, Va.
DATE: Saturday, May 13
TIME: 8:30 p.m. (approx.)
TRACK: .4-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval
2016 Winner: N/A
2016 Polesitter: N/A
Event Schedule: Practice, 3:40-4:55 p.m.; Autograph session, 5:45 p.m.; Group qualifying, 7:15 p.m.
Twitter: @LangleySpeedway
Event Hashtag: #Langley150
Track Contact: Chuck Hall, chuck@langley-speedway.com
NASCAR IMC Contact: Jason Christley, (386) 547-2469, jchristley@nascar.com

RACE CENTRAL LIVE: EVENT SCHEDULE & ENTRY LIST

FAST FACTS:
The Race: This marks the fourth race of the 17-race schedule for the 2017 season. It will be the first and only appearance at Langley for this season.

The Procedure: The maximum starting field per the entry blank is 28 cars. The first 22 positions will be determined through the qualifying process, with six provisionals available. The race is scheduled for 150 laps (60 miles).

The Track: Langley is a .396-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval located in Hampton, Virginia. The facility features NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season, headlined by the late model division. Langley has held eight Whelen Southern Modified Tour races in its history, with the latest coming in 2015. The inaugural event took place in August of 2010, a race won by Tim Brown.

Race Winners: There have been six different winners at Langley. Burt Myers and George Brunnhoelzl III both have two career wins each, while four others have one each.

Pole Winners: There have been six different pole winners at Langley. Ryan Preece and George Brunnhoelzl III both have two career poles, while four others have one each.  Ryan Preece holds the NWSMT track qualifying record at 14.675 seconds and 97.145 mph, set on April 12, 2014.

Langley 150 Notes:
Coby Back On Track: Following two finishes outside the top 10 to start the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season, Doug Coby got himself back on the right track at Stafford on April 30. Coby finished second after leading 142 of the 200 laps behind the wheel of his No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet. Although Coby has never competed at Langley, his Phil Moran-led team usually reacts well to new tracks. Last season, they won the first tour event at Oswego Speedway since 1989, a place Coby had never even visited.

Quiet Start For Goodale: Although Eric Goodale had a chance at winning the NAPA Spring Sizzler in the late circuits, his start to the season has been rather quiet thus far. Goodale finished 18th in the season-opener at Myrtle Beach because of an accident. He came away with a sixth-place finish at Thompson, then followed that up with a fourth in the Sizzler. Goodale has never competed at Langley.

Tight Points Battle: Heading into Langley, positions three through eight in the championship race are separated by just eight points. Justin Bonsignore comes into the event running third in the standings, only two points up on Eric Goodale and four up on Ryan Preece and Woody Pitkat. Max Zachem sits five behind Bonsignore, while Matt Swanson sits only three behind Zachem. The tight quarters of Langley could open, or close-up that gap.

Davis Teams With Watts: Brunnhoelz won’t be the only driver change. Spencer Davis will sit behind the wheel of the Danny Watts-owned No. 82 Horton Avenue Materials Chevrolet machine after the team and driver Ron Silk parted ways. Davis has competed in 18 career Whelen Southern Modified Tour events and also competed in nine Whelen Modified Tour events. He finished inside the top 10 seven times in his Whelen Southern Modified Tour career and also finished third at Talladega in the ARCA Racing Series last weekend.

New Name: In a pairing that will enhance NASCAR racing in Hampton Roads for years to come, the Larry King Law Firm has become the official entitlement sponsor of Langley Speedway ion April 20. The legendary track adjacent to NASA and Langley Air Force Base will be Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. The multi-year agreement was announced today by speedway owner/president Bill Mullis and long-time Peninsula attorney Larry King.

Home Tracks: Langley NWAAS In Action
As the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour headlines Saturday night’s racing, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will also be in action. The Grand Stocks and Super Trucks will be racing on Saturday. Nick Smith won the Taylor Waste Services Late Model 100 on May 6, while Greg Edwards holds a four-point lead over Justin Carroll in the Division I standings.

Race Weekend Heating Up in the Mid-Atlantic – LIVE Coverage from Langley and East Carolina

Hopefully, the old saying “April Showers Bring May Flowers” is true so racetracks in the Mid-Atlantic are not plagued with rain showers. Three NWAAS tracks – Dominion Raceway, Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway, and East Carolina – gear up for more weekly action the first weekend of May with Late Model Stock Cars headlining the night.

The Weekly Racer will be providing LIVE updates via our Twitter feed from East Carolina and Langley Speedway this evening. Coverage will begin approx. 4:30 PM EDT with qualifying at Langley Speedway. As usual, we will inform you of the Fast Five Qualifiers in the support divisions with lap-by-lap coverage from the Late Model division.Racing is scheduled to get underway at both tracks at 7:00 PM. Follow our Twitter feed for all of the action tonight along with LIVE video coverage on FansChoice.tv.

Racing is scheduled to get underway at both tracks at 7:00 PM. The Weekly Racer will be your one-stop feed for everything you need to know about both Late Model races, the twin Modified features at Langley, along with other support divisions determined later in the evening.

Make sure you take a look bellow for race day schedules for both Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway & East Carolina Motor Speedway.

 

The CARS Tour will also be in action tonight at Hickory Motor Speedway. You can watch all the action LIVE, along with the Late Model Stock Car lock-in race for Bristol at http://www.carstour.tv on demand.

 

Performance Plus Night Race Day Schedule

  • 10:00 AM PIT GATES OPEN
  • 2:00 PM GENERAL ADMISSION GATES OPEN
  • 2:00 PM PRACTICE BEGINS
  • 4:15 PM DRIVER’S MEETING
  • 4:30 PM QUALIFYING
  • 5-6:30 PM FAN ZONE STAGE – Crazy X
  • 6:50 PM INVOCATION BY REV. POTTER / NATIONAL ANTHEM
  • 7:00 PM 1ST RACE BEGINS

Practice Order

  1. LMSC – 3 Practices
  2. Modifieds – 3 Practices
  3. Super Streets – 2 Practices
  4. Pro Six – 2 Practices
  5. UCAR – 2 Practices
  6. Winged Karts – 2 Practices
  7. Enduros – Practice after the final LMSC practice

Qualifying Order

  1. Winged Karts
  2. UCARs
  3. Pro Six
  4. Modifieds
  5. Super Streets
  6. LMSC

Race Line Up

  1. Trip Anderson Realtor Winged Karts 20 laps
  2. Larry King Law Modifieds 33 laps
  3. Old Skool Video Games Super Streets 40 laps
  4. Riverside Paper Pro Six 30 laps
  5. Taylor Waste Services LMSC 100 laps
  6. Carroll’s Automotive UCARs 25 laps
  7. Larry King Law Modifieds 33 laps
  8. Bojangles Enduros 30 laps

*subject to change

 

McDonald’s I’m Lovin’ It 220 at East Carolina Motor Speedway

Qualifying – 5:15 PM

  1. UCAR
  2. USAC Midgets
  3. Charger
  4. Street Stock
  5. LMSC

Race Order – 7:00 PM

  1. UCAR – 25
  2. USAC Midgets – 35
  3. Bando – 15
  4. Charger – 30
  5. Street Stock – 30
  6. Late Model – 60
  7. Bombers – 20

Mother Nature Claiming Race in the Commonwealth Early – Langley and VMS Cancel

Hampton, VA – With the forecast in the Hampton Roads area not looking good at all later this afternoon and evening, officials and track managements at the newly renamed Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway have decided to cancel tonight’s feature’s early. “Due to the forecast for rain most of today,” speedway officials said on Facebook. “We have decided to cancel racing for tonight. We’ll see everyone back on May 6th!”

With over a 50% chance of rain throughout the early morning and gradually increasing throughout the afternoon and even higher percentages in the evening, it seems to be a smart move to help teams who might be traveling to save some money. Racing will resume at the famous 4/10th-mile speedway the weekend after the Monster Energy Cup Series races at Richmond on May 6th with Late Model’s, Modified’s, Super Street’s, Pro Six’s, Ucar’s, Winged Champ Karts and Enduros.

 

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway has also decided to pull the plug early on the night’s features. “With the rain, we have already had, the cooler temperatures and more rain headed our way we are forced to make this tough decision; everyone hates a rain out”, commented track General Manager Clarke Sawyer. VMS will also take next weekend for the cup race in Richmond and will return to action on May 6th as well with Truckin Thunder Scout Night and will feature the 6th Annual Dirtwood Nationals Pinewood Derby and all Scouts in uniform will get in free.

 

Dominion Raceway in Thornburg has reported dry conditions and has so far continued with their race day schedule. A new weather update from the track will come via their Facebook page at 2:00 PM EDT.

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