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Two New Winners Crowned in Larry King Law Modifieds; Robbie Babb and Andrew Fortin Split 30-lap Twin Bill

Hampton, VA – Robbie Babb made his return to the Larry King Law Modifieds this weekend and snagged the pole from Shawn Balluzzo – needing just one lap to do so – with a 16.436 (86.517 MPH). Balluzzo would start the first feature on the outside pole after recovering from issues in practice. Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, and Danny Harrell were the fastest five qualifiers.

Robbie Babb got off to a pretty good start when the green flag was displayed for race number one. Matt Carter also wasted little time filling the whole and taking the second position from Balluzzo who fell into third – all three took off from the rest of the pack. The war was on behind them, however, the closest battle was between Andrew Fortin and Bobby Gery which ultimately saw Fortin go for a spin off turn two following slight contact resulting in the races first and only caution.

On the ensuing restart, Shawn Balluzzo elected to use the choose cone to start on the outside of race leader Robbie Babb. Coming off turn four the front two got a great jump over Carter and the rest of the field, Balluzzo was able to duck into second and give chase to the leader. Carter did everything in his power to get back around Balluzzo but motor issues would sideline him twenty-four laps in. Babb would go on to become just the third different winner and his first, of 2018. Balluzzo, Johnston, Gery, and Harrell rounded out the top five finishers.

An eight-car invert was once again on tap for race number two. Once again the eight-car invert seemed to do more harm than the good it was supposed to do. Jamie Sample was tasked to lead the field to the green alongside Andrew Fortin, who actually looked to get the better start when the green was displayed. It didn’t take long for things to get wild, however, as Fortin lead the field into three. DJ Valente, who started the second race from the third position, decided to take it three wide, made contact with Jamie Sample and all hell broke loose from there.

The contact created a chain reaction of crashes ultimately putting Jamie Sample, Danny Harrell, and Matt Morgan – who was eventually able to return to the feature – into the wall. Race one winner Robbie Babb appeared to have the most damage as his car came to a rest in the turn three ditch sans the front clip. Derek Roberts and TJ Largena had to make some pretty evasive moves down to the apron to avoid any contact. Balluzzo had to lock the breaks up himself to avoid the wreck, he too would also spin and make the slightest contact with Matt Morgan. He was able to drive away from the scene of the accident and return to the race.

Once back to green Andrew Fortin picked up right where he left off powering to the front of the pack. He quickly built himself a comfortable and manageable lead that the rest of the pack could not collapse. Balluzzo almost got his shot in the closing laps when Derek Roberts made things a little difficult on the faster car of Fortin but none the less he was able to come out on top. The win for Fortin was not only his first of 2018 but he became just the third different winner in the Larry King Law Modified series in just as many races.

 

In the Pepsi Grand Stock twin features Paul Lubno was able to pick up two more victories en route to his 2018 championship hunt. Robbie Parker, however, did a phenomenal job at keeping him very honest and put on the two best shows of the evening in my humble opinion. Parker started on the pole for the second time this season in race number one, lead most of the race but ultimately finished in second after a ten plus two way battle for the lead. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better for race two – it did!

The field was once again inverted sending the two fastest cars to the back of the pack. With the lower than normal car count, it did not take long for Parker to get back to the top spot and guess who was right there with him? You got it, Paul Lubno. The two would once again pick up their side-by-side battle for the lead, leaning on each other and racing hard. It came down to just a couple of feet at the end but Paul Lubno was once again the victor.

Jacob Carr doubled down in the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks twins picking up his second and third wins of 2018. A season-high twelve trucks were in attendance this past weekend and the racing was rather competitive. Dustin Mullins, who has been on a tear this season, looked to at least pick up another win in race number one but Jacob Carr was just too strong. Race two of the evening was set up to see a first-time winner in Elysia Potter, who took the green flag on the outside pole after the invert. Her night, however, was ended much sooner than anticipated after contact from the No. 27 of Keith Wheeler that sent her spinning out of four and with nowhere to go, Rick Poust made solid front end contact. Carr would take advantage of the misfortune and go on to pick up the second win of the night.

Michael Joyner was victorious once again in the Bojangles Enduro 30-lap feature to cap off the evening.

 

Larry King Law Modified’s Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #44 Robbie Babb; 30
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  3. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  4. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  5. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  6. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  7. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  8. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  10. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30
  11. #63 Derek Roberts; 29
  12. #4 TJ Largena; 29
  13. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29
  14. #78 Matt Carter; 24

 

Larry King Law Modified’s Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  3. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  4. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  5. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  6. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29
  7. #4 TJ Largena;29
  8. #63 Derek Roberts; 29
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 27
  10. #28 Jamie Sample; DNF
  11. #95 Danny Harrell; DNF
  12. #44 Robbie Babb; DNF
  13. #47 Rick Gdovic; DNF

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