Hampton, VA – Break out the record books and white out for this weekend as Balluzzo attempts to win his eighth division title at Langley Speedway, surpassing the great Phill Warren’s record of seven! Now I know some people are going to say it’s a little bit different, Warren won seven titles in the LMSC division where as Balluzzo has seven titles in the Modified division. Even though they are classified under a different tier in the eyes of NASCAR, you cannot underplay the fact that winning that many titles in any division is not note worthy!
One man looking to make sure that does not happen this weekend is Robbie Babb. Now before you go and take words out of context that does not mean I am saying Babb is going to come to Langley Speedway like a bulldozer! I am saying with just seven points – how ironic of a number actually – separating himself and points leader Shawn Balluzzo, it is shapping up to be yet another wild night. This is not something that is new to Babb has he put a halt on Balluzzo’s “drive for five” back in 2013.
After what we will just go head and label a “freak weekend,” and every car in the top five in points found them selves on pit road and out of the car before lap 50, Babb and Balluzzo have one more night to settle the score. “We are approaching this race just like any other,” Babb told The Weekly Racer earlier this week. “If situations arise again we will have to see what happens. We have proven that the 48 cannot out run us on the track. So they have to find other ways to win.”
Hampton, VA – Late Model Stock Car racing will return to the flat track of Langley Speedway one final time this season as a champion will be crowned after a 125-lap feature. Five other divisions will fire up their engines in support of the Late Models, four divisions (Super Street, Legends, Bando, Pro Six) will also look to crown champions in their last race of the 2015 season.
Danny Edwards, Jr enters the weekend just ten points ahead of younger brother Greg Edwards as the two battle to add another Langley Speedway title to their name. Both drivers enter the final race of the season with six wins a piece and both having their fair share of ups and downs. Edwards earlier in the week told the Daily Press, “It’s going to take a bad break for Danny not to win and I don’t want him to go out that way. I’d like to go out and win the pole, lead every lap and make him race for the championship, but I don’t wish him any bad luck. Sometimes funny things happen in the last race though.”
With each position worth just one point on the track, Greg Edwards is going to need the help of a solid crowd of Late Models, and some unfortunate turns of events for his older brother. Earlier in the week we crunched some numbers an UNOFFICIAL came up with the sure fire way that Greg Edwards wins the title. Assuming that a tie break is done by most wins, then most second place, then most third place finishes, Greg Edwards is going to need to win tonights race with Edwards, Jr finishing no better than eleventh.
Tonights program ultimately kicks off at 2:00 PM when practice gets underway. The evenings complete schedule can be found bellow. LIVE coverage of the nights action kicks of at 4:30 EDT and can be seen on our Twitter page (@theweeklyracer). We will have your starting five for the Pro 6, Super Streets, Legends, and Modified’s, then switch over to both timed laps for the LMSC. We will have you covered for four races tonight when the green flag drops – Pro Six, Legends, Mods, and Late Models! Make sure you tune in and if you are at the track make sure you Tweet us your seats!
Hampton, VA – This past weekend kicked off the first of two Championship weekends at the historic Langley Speedway. 9 races, 8 divisions, and 3 champions were crowned. The weather is certainly cooling down in southeastern Virginia but the racing sure has not. Originally slated for a 125-lap season finale, track officials and management decided to split the Late Model’s into two 75-lap features and pack them into one action packed night.
The annual Pepsi Grandstock 75 lapper to end the season was upon us this past weekend… well kind of. Typically Langley will close the season out with a 75-lap feature for the Grandstock division, however, due to a long drawn out battle with Mother Nature track officials decided to give these boys one last time to battle. If you ask me, I give them two thumbs up! This division has probably provided some of the best racing to report on from my viewpoint, and some of the best racing to see as a fan. If you were to ask some of the drivers and crews they might say it’s been the most stressful but they are doing what they love.
Rodney Boyd would hang on in one crazy race to grab his first victory of the season. Current points leader Mark Frye was able to qualify his ride on the pole but was not able to hold off the rest of the field and ran for most of the night in the third to fifth position. Which could have been strategy thanks to Frye’s previous six wins on the season he had a rather comfortable points lead going into the weekend where his car was all but destroyed earlier this summer. With just two races left of the season Frye now holds on tightly to an eight-point lead over Sweeney. Sweeney who has really been hot on the track would bring his car home second on the night only gaining one point on Frye who finished one position behind him.
The field saw an astonishing seven cautions on the evening with the “big one” so to speak on lap 67. The infamous Mark Clarr was the catalyst in this melee off turn two collecting the rides of Jamie Sample, Carl Livingston, Thomas Marks – who by the way was having the race of his season and at one point battling Sweeney for the fourth position before cutting a tire down – and Shawn Scovel leaving just eight out of the seventeen cars that took the green flag.
Robersonville, NC – (6/19/14) For once this season Mother Nature seemed like she was going to play nice for the Robersonville area and provided a 0% chance of any weather issues as the speedway entered its first championship weekend under the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series banner. Five divisions were on the card for Friday nights fight under the lights where for the first time drivers were crowned NASCAR champions. Most of the divisions points battles were all but decided even before the green flag waved over each race, all but the always exciting UCAR division.
David Wiggins entered the evening just two point’s (506) behind points leader Duane Walker (508). Due to the tracks points system Wiggins only needed to finish one spot ahead of Walker to take the championship home with him. 25 laps around the high banks of East Carolina Motor Speedway separated one of these two to the honor of a NASCAR champion. What made things just that much better was during their European style qualifying Wiggins set the fastest time earning the pole position with Walker lining up to his outside. When the green flag finally waved over the field, Wiggins must have turned the turbo on and opened the nitrous bottles because he opened a good eight-car lead over Walker.
A scary moment in turn four for Mickey Connor with less than five laps to go, his machine went for a bit of a ruble dry cycle down into the infield. Have to give credit to the tracks officials and safety crews; both arrived on scene just moment after the car landed on all fours. Connor was able to exit the car under his own power, and no injuries were reported. Once clean up was complete and the field returned to green flag condition newcomer, well newcomer to me David Wall, got an incredible restart and took his machine to the front. The hard charging Wall was not able to mount a large enough charge for the lead but was able to take second place. With the dominant win from Wiggins and a third place finish from Walker, David Wiggins brought home the championship with a two-point switch.
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SOUTH BOSTON, VA. — South Boston Speedway has closed the curtain on the 2014 season, and champions have been named in each of the track’s divisions.
Last weekend, former NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Peyton Sellers locked up his second South Boston Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division championship with a whopping 61-point cushion over his closest competitor. Sellers tallied five victories during his 2014 campaign to secure the crown over three-time winner Matt Bowling, who is also a former track champion at America’s Hometown Track.
Austin Thaxton scored one win this season and finished third in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division standings. He was 12 points ahead of two-time winner Josh Oakley. Rounding out the top five in the final NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model Stock Car Division standings was two-time defending NASCAR Whelen All American Series national champion Lee Pulliam, who claimed seven victories at the historic four-tenths mile oval this season.