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Connor Hall & Bubba Johnston Share Dale Lemonds Victory Lane Following Hampton Heat

Hampton, VA – I said in last weeks recap that it was the second straight sellout, but I sit here typing corrected, we’ve actually sold out every weekend this year – albeit thanks to COVID-19 sellouts are a bit different this year but hey we will take it! This weekend would mark the fifth straight sellout here at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. As fans started to fill the stands, the looming weather to the south made its way in also. We were under a break for lightning and rain for over an hour, once it stopped officials, race teams, and the like hurried to get track drying underway. Races finally began around 9:30.

The Late Models were on tap for twin 50 lap events with a field of 14 cars. Hampton Heat winner, Brenden Queen, kept that momentum and put his #03 machine on the pole with a lap of 15.750 (90.286 M.P.H), only six one-thousandths of a second faster than Danny Edwards Jr., Casey Wyatt, Bubba Johnston, and Greg Edwards rounded out the fast five. With the rain wiping out the rubber and grip from the track, times were sure to slow down come race time.

The field got doubled up and ready for the green flag. Queen shot to the lead but would lose it to Danny on lap 2. The first caution came out on lap 3 for Johnston going for a spin and making contact with the wall in turn three. Back green flag racing and Danny and Queen stayed side by side until lap 6 where Queen cleared Danny for the lead. After multiple attempts to take the inside from Queen, Danny checked up a little too much which allowed Hall to take over second place. In came Wyatt to battle Danny for third.

Halfway and the top five was Hall, Queen, Wyatt, Danny, and Greg. After a back and forth battle between Danny and Wyatt for third, Danny finally got the position but had some ground to make up if he wanted to catch Queen. With 15 laps to go, Hall had put a decent lead over Queen. Wyatt would fall to fifth while Greg made his way around Danny for third. The checkered flag flew and Connor Hall picked up his first victory of the season after a rough start to the year.

With NASCAR’s rule for inverting the top eight from the first race, it put Bubba Johnston on the pole with Thomas Marks on his outside. Brenden Queen, who finished runner up in the first feature, changed a right front tire after the first race which regulated him to the rear of the field also making him ineligible for the free pass and cone. As the green flag flew, Marks took the lead into turn two. Johnston would take it back on lap 4 and Marks got stuck on the outside and fell through the field. Connor Hall, on the other hand, had the outside line working as he passed Greg Edwards and Danny Edwards for fifth place. Hall also got around Justin Carroll for third wasting no time to get back to the front.

Queen, after starting 14th, worked his way up to seventh in just 10 laps. Hall caught Wyatt for second and that would ensue a side by side battle that lasted what seemed 30 laps. That allowed Johnston to put an even bigger gap between him and the field. Queen worked his way around Danny, Greg, and Justin for fourth and set his sights on Hall and Wyatt. Queen was able to join the battle for second when he took it three-wide into turn three, causing Hall to check up and Wyatt to get clear of them both. Hall tried to pull a little crossover move on Queen to take back the third spot with some contact, but couldn’t make it happen. When the checkered flag flew it was Bubba Johnston cruising to his first Late Model victory of the season.

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Race 1 Results
  1. #77 Connor Hall; 50
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  3. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  4. #26 Danny Edwards; 50
  5. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  6. #91 Justin Carroll; 50
  7. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  8. #19 Bubba Johnston; 50
  9. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  10. #9 Rodney Boyd; 50
  11. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  12. #71 Rick Gdovic; 49
  13. #68 Adam Hoegerl; 48
  14. #36 Chris Johnson; 26

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Race 2 Results
  1. #19 Bubba Johnston; 50
  2. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  3. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  4. #77 Connor Hall; 50
  5. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  6. #26 Danny Edwards; 50
  7. #91 Justin Carroll; 50
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  9. #36 Chris Johnson; 50
  10. #9 Rodney Boyd; 50
  11. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  12. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  13. #71 Rick Gdovic; 49
  14. #68 Adam Hoegerl; 48

Bubba Johnston Snaps Shawn Balluzzo’s win Streak in the Modified Division on St. Leo Night

Shawn Balluzzo wins race number eight in 2018. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA ­– Shawn Balluzzo, who has been undefeated so far this year in the Larry King Law Modified division, earned yet another pole award earlier in the afternoon with a 16.425-second lap (86.575 MPH). Oddly enough, the ten lap scuff session and two-lap qualifying session was the first time Balluzzo’s car had been up to speed all day as he was at home tending to his daughter. Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, Danny Harrell, and Bobby Gery were the fastest five starters. Derek Roberts was the only car not able to make the feature as he experienced engine issues during qualifying.

Just as the sun was starting to set behind the turn three tree line the first of two thirty lap features got underway. Balluzzo and Carter – arguably the two fastest cars this season – immediately got to work battling for the top spot. Balluzzo was able to lead the first five circuits around Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway before Carter would get around him. Behind them things were hot and heavy; Bobby Gery, DJ Valente, and Danny Harrell all scratching and clawing for position. Balluzzo was able to get back around Carter on lap fourteen and built over a half second lead to capture win number eight on the season. Carter, Fortin, Harrell, and Valente.

Per usual, the top eight cars from race number one were inverted to comply with the NASCAR rulebook. This allowed Bobby Gery the ability to lead the field down into turn one yet again for race number two. Bubba Johnston, Jon Largena, DJ Valente, Danny Harrell rounded out the starting five cars for the second race. Matt Carter and Shawn Balluzzo were slated to start in row number four, however, Balluzzo elected to once again start from the rear to gain maximum national points – which may have had a lot to do with the outcome of the second feature as it went caution free.

It did not take long for things to get a little interesting when Mr. Starter, Shane Snider, dropped the green flag. Once again, Gery had trouble getting up to speed, this would stack everyone up behind him. Jon Largena, who started right behind the pole sitter, had to go down to almost the grass in turn one to avoid any contact. Bubba Johnston took advantage of the mishap and jumped out to the lead and never looked back. Balluzzo would get back up to and around Matt Carter early on in the race and the two pretty much worked in tandem passing cars and climbing through the field. However, with just thirty laps and some of the “slower” traffic fighting for their position on the racing surface Balluzzo was not able to collapse the lead that Johnston built and Langley Speedway would finally crown a new winner in its tier two division. Shawn Balluzzo, Matt Carter, Andrew Fortin, and DJ Valente rounded out the top five finishers for the final race of the evening.

Landon Abbott won the pole for the Old Skool Video Games Super Streets over Dale Parro, Randy Akers, Sean Calway, and Jason Michaud. After being slowed by just one caution period between the No. 12 of Calway and No. 46 of Michaud, Abbott would go on to dominate the 40-lap feature and UNOFFICIALLY score his second victory of the season. Dale Parro, Randy Akers, Sean Calway and Bill Eaker are currently holding onto the top five as results were not made official at the time of this release.

However, as of late Monday evening and completion of post race tech, Landon Abbott’s car was found to be outside of the rule book and was disqualified. That would hand the race win and points that go with it to the first car found legal. In most cases this would be your runner-up finisher. Dale Parro would fail to comply with tear down procedures therefore he too was disqualified handing the win over to Randy Akers. Sean Calway, Bill Eaker, Gordon Weeks, and Danny Harrell were your OFFICIAL top five finishers.

In other divisions, Gary Osbourne picked up another victory in the ERA Realtors HRKC Wing Champ Kart division. Michael Waters was able to get around pole sitter Colby Vance early to win the Carrolls Automotive UCAR feature and Adam Florian remained undefeated in the Riverside Paper Pro Six series.

Next up for Langley Speedway will be the 10th annual Hampton Heat 200 where someone will leave $10,000 richer and we will have a better picture of how the Virginia Triple crown series will look going into Martinsville.

Larry King Law Modifieds Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  3. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  5. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  6. #4 Jon Largena; 30
  7. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  8. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  9. #28 Jamie Smaple; 30
  10. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  11. #49 Todd Whitesell; 30
  12. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30

Larry King Law Modifieds Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  3. #78 Matt carter; 30
  4. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  5. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  6. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  7. #4 Jon Largena; 30
  8. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  9. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  10. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  12. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29