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South Boston, VA – After a solid Limited Sportsman debut at South Boston Speedway in 2014 that saw him win three races and finish third in the points, Trey Crews was confident 2015 could be a good year for him.
He just didn’t know exactly how good it would turn out.
Crews captured five races on the way to winning the 2015 South Boston Speedway Limited Sportsman track championship. He will be honored at South Boston Speedway’s annual awards banquet early next year, along with all other division champions.
“I knew we had a lot of support coming into this season. I think a lot of people were behind me to win the championship,” said the 20-year-old Crews. “I felt like we had the equipment and the knowledge to win a lot of races. I felt pretty confident going into the season.
”But this is a tough division at South Boston. There are a lot of good drivers, a lot of good teams. There’s a lot of good competition.”
Crews and veteran Danny Willis dominated the division in 2015, but down the stretch it was all Crews. Willis suffered a blown engine with a handful races to go and Crews went on a hot streak, winning three races in the final few weeks.
“He (Willis) had a 20-point lead with four races to go. I felt like if nothing happened it was his, but he had a motor issue,” said Crews. “Then we had a winning streak and we won it.”
Perhaps the biggest key for Crews’ championship run was his ability to avoid trouble.
Hampton, VA – I will tell you one thing, if you are a race fan and were not at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia this weekend you better have one damn good reason. There were so many divisions running (8 divisions), I felt the need to split up the recaps to help with the reading (Eight Divisions Invade Langley Speedway For Two Part Championship Weekend). Among those divisions were a slightly altered Late Model division who originally was set to close the season out on a 125-lap feature was split into two 75-lap events. Maybe it was done to help spice up the points race, maybe it was to provide the Langley drivers with a little bit additional national points before NASCAR closed up, well actually it was more so to make up the twin race that was cancelled the weekend before hand.
Greg Edwards came into the weekend holding onto a sixteen-point lead. A lead that Matt Waltz had been aggressively hacking away at since running into issues during the annual Hampton Heat 200. Edwards and his crew had already known what needed to be done to wrap up that fourth championship; finishes six place or better in a race where Matt Waltz wins and the championship is ours by one point. When we talked to Edwards last week after the ran out he said, “I’m going for the wins but at the same time just try not to get myself into any bad situations,” and for the win he went. Edwards piloted that 97.3 The Eagle machine onto the pole in qualifying with a time of 16.034, Brenden “Butterbean” Queen would start to his outside with the best qualifying run of his career so far.
Once the field had received the green from flagman Shane Snyder it did not take long for Edwards to clear Queen as well as for Matt Waltz to start working the high line. Things started t get warm quickly for that second through fourth spot on the track, Waltz had worked to the outside of Nick Smith who was all but hood deep into the bumper of Queen. Things would settle down and these guys would start racing and by lap thirteen the leader had already built a ten-car advantage of second place.
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.
Hampton, Va – (8-23-14) As we reach the end of yet another interesting racing season at Langley Speedway, the Late Model Stock Cars took to the track for the fifth and fourth final races of their championship campaign. Greg Edwards entered the evening coming off a second place finish the previous weeks winner Matt Waltz, who by the way has been riding a hot streak since the events of the Hampton Heat. Waltz, who has the most wins on the season, entered the evening twenty-four points out of the lead with plans to make is case that he was not out of the hunt.
Seventeen cars piled into the .395-mile flat oval this past Saturday for NAPA Auto Parts Night At The Races. Two new faces were among the entry list; Precision Performance Motorsports (PPM) driver trainee and rookie Cameron Bowmen not only made his Langley Speedway debut but also his first Late Model start. Spencer Gallagher, driver from the Lee Faulk stables, decided to try his might and one of the trickiest tracks on the east coast. Threat of rain in the area for the entire day created for cloudy and cooler conditions then weekends in the past, which means two things, strung out track officials and faster racecars!
The first order of official business was qualifying time trials. Matt Waltz was the ninth car to take the track looking to grab the pole position but had his thunder stolen by “Quick” Nick Smith, Smith earned the pole in the first race on his fast time of 16.047 (88.615 mph). Waltz clocked a time just two thousandths of a second slower than Smith and would start on the outside of row one for race one. All seventeen drivers would have to fight for sixty-four laps to earn their spot in the second race.