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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

Hall Outlasts Competition in Rain Postponed Solid Rock Carriers 150

PELETIER, NC – It took just shy of five hours to complete the rain-delayed Solid Rock Carriers 150 at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway on Sunday, but after two lengthy delays, Connor Hall hoisted the trophy and the $10,000 check in the attrition-filled race.

Hall, 22, from Hampton, Virginia, took the lead on the opening lap of the race, passing Chris Burns with a power move on the outside, and dominated for much of the race – only surrendering the lead for three laps shortly after the halfway break.  After the race, his second $10,000 victory in the past month and his third career Carteret County Speedway win, Hall was ecstatic about his triumph but also relieved the arduous race, which spanned for 4 hours and 57 minutes in length, had finally reached its conclusion.

“I’m just glad it’s over,” Hall said in victory lane.  “I would like to think the Hampton Heat was the longest race of my life, but I’ve never had one where we had to fix the track and do a rain delay in the same race.  As much as I wanted them to just call it and make it easy on me, I’m glad we stuck it out and I’m glad Carteret County stuck it out.  I’ll give them credit.  They got it done.  They did a good job.”

Hall won the Hampton Heat 200 at Langley Speedway in July – a grueling race which was held amid excessive heat.  Once again, in Sunday’s Solid Rock Carriers 150, Hall was able to hit his marks during the daytime and in primetime.

“I drove far from a perfect race,” Hall stated.  “My guy [Tim] Allensworth, I missed a shift on a restart and we had been sitting from that patch.  I guess I just got kind of out of the rhythm.  Luckily, we weren’t wrecked.  I’ve got to thank Tyler Horne for peddling it.  We did run a good race.  We stuck through it, and it was fun.  The breaks didn’t do anything to my car because Carteret realized we did need to reset air pressures.  I thank them for letting that happen.  The night definitely helped this car.  As soon as the sun went down and saw some colder weather coming, I knew it was going to be game on.”

Allensworth, who went on to finish second, appeared poised to mount a serious challenge to Hall on a lap 104 restart.  Allensworth was able to draw even with Hall’s dominant car and was in the preferred line, but his challenge was cut short when Chris Burns and Stacy Puryear tangled for the second time behind the leaders on the race’s 106th lap.

A couple of laps, and over an hour, prior to the lap 106 incident, Burns had spun off Puryear’s front bumper.  In the following incident, it was Puryear who went around after exchanging some contact with Burns.  After getting his car re-fired, as the field was still under caution, Puryear and Burns tangled, resulting in heavy damage to both cars and both cars being parked for the remainder of the race.

Puryear was unavailable for comment after the race and Burns declined to comment, other than to congratulate Hall on his victory.

The 150-lap Limited Late Model spectacle was marred by weather all weekend.  First, the race was postponed from its original Saturday date.  Then, after the field had completed 26 laps and was under caution when Brandon Head blew a motor, the sky opened, prompting a 107-minute delay.

The second delay, which lasted for over 80 minutes, came on lap 103 when part of the track surface came apart, prompting a sinkhole to form.  Safety crews were able to successfully patch the surface and conclude the race.

Allensworth went on to finish second to Hall – a result he was both disappointed and content with.

“Second’s always the first loser,” Allensworth commented.  “We were hoping to get one more spot but Connor ran a great race.  We got in so much trouble.  I think we passed the most cars here today.  We went to the back twice and came back through.

Brandon Clements finished in third while Tyler Horne and T.J. Barron rounded out the top-five.

Zach Miller picked up his third Legends win at Carteret County in 2019, passing Jason Alder early in the 35-lap race and pulling away.  His Miller Performance Motorsports teammate Caleb Heady finished in the runner-up spot while Alder came home third.  Jordan Lamothe and Jaiden Reyna rounded out the top-five.

Travis Miller picked up his second consecutive Battlefield Tire Pros Mini Stock feature win, this time holding back a challenge from Stephen Sanders.  Chase Singletary won the Mini Cup feature race while Morgan Odum held off younger sister Carmen to win in the Jr. Mini Cup race.

The next race at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway will take place on Saturday, September 1st with the fifth annual Moore’s Old-Tyme Barbeque, Chicken and Seafood Labor Day Classic.  Limited Late Models will be in action along with the Sportsman’s Wholesale Street Stocks, Battlefield Tire Pros Mini Stocks, U-CARs, Legends and Champ Karts.

For more information about Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at www.carteretspeedway.com, “like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter.

Limited Late Model

  1. Connor Hall; 150
  2. Tim Allensworth; 150
  3. Brandon Clements; 150
  4. Tyler Horne; 150
  5. T.J. Barron; 150
  6. Stevie Johns, Jr.; 149
  7. Kenneth Mercer; 148
  8. Daniel Vuncannon; 148
  9. Ethan Johnson; 147
  10. Wesley Hawkins; 147
  11. Gary Young, Jr.; 125
  12. Stacy Puryear; 105
  13. Chris Burns; 105
  14. Boo Boo Dalton; 95
  15. Sarah Cornett-Ching; 76
  16. Brandon Head; 25

Connor Hall Muscles His Way Past Nick Smith for First Hampton Heat 200 Victory of His Career

Connor Hall celebrates in Dale Lemonds victory lane after winning the 2019 Hampton Heat 200, the biggest win of his young Late Model career. (Andy Newsome/Loose In, Tight Off)

Hampton, VA – It’s not always about being the fastest car on the racetrack or even leading the most laps. It is, however, always about where you are on the final lap of the race that counts the most and boy did Connor Hall make it count – 10,000 times as a matter of fact.

Hall, who runs for his family-owned team on a regular at Langley Speedway, has certainly come into his own this season showing he knows how to mix it up with some of the best drivers at Langley Speedway as he currently sits second in the Taylor Waste Services Late Model Points standings with two wins this year. However, now with a Hampton Heat 200 win on his resume, he has certainly shown the region that he knows how to mix it up with the best in the business.

The road to victory was not an easy one for the young Hampton, VA driver has he had to keep his nose clean and work his way towards the front from his tenth place starting position. Luckily for him, the first half of the race was rather tame given what was on the line and how hot the temperatures were throughout the afternoon. As the laps wound down Hall found himself using the cone and outside groove to his advantage – something we have not seen done so well since the Matt Waltz days of racing – and eventually taking the lead from Greg Edwards.

From there, Hall had to be on his toes because former NWAAS National Champion and Hampton Heat winner Lee Pulliam was coming through the field after electing to take his two tires thirty-some laps after the lap 100 break. Hall gave it a valiant effort but eventually would give up the race lead to Pulliam and the fresher tires and what everyone thought was his shot at the win. Things took an interesting turn several laps later when Pulliam went for a spin in turn four with the help of Peyton Sellers to bring out the yellow flag and send both drivers to the rear.

Once again, Connor Hall found himself facing an incredible opportunity late in the race with the help of a barrage of late-race cautions and the Car Masters Automotive Restart Cone, in a position to win arguably the biggest race of his young Late Model career. Hall took the final restart of the evening on the outside of second-place starter Nick Smith – who had been struggling all night with clutch issues – and executed almost a textbook cross over move to take the lead. The following lap Smith answered back going into turn one as the white flag was displayed and the two would touch. The contact shot Smith up the racetrack allowing Hall to take sole possession of the lead and eventually the win.

Smith was able to recover and hang onto the second position while Greg Edwards –who hands down lead the most laps – crossed the line in the third position. Peyton Sellers rebounded from his contact and eventually spin with Lee Pulliam to finish fourth while Brenden Queen rounded out the top five finishers

“I knew it was going to come down to Nick and I having to rough house,” an exhausted Connor Hall said in victory lane under a mix of cheers and boos. “I really didn’t mean to slide up into him in one and two but once it happened I just kinda had to go with it. I have to thank all my sponsors Townebank, Blue Water Yacht Sales, Jared Bay Boat Works, Western Branch Diesel, my new guys Liquid Performance, Charles Barker Toyota, my mom and dad, my sister, and all of my guys. I am pretty speechless.”

 

OFFICIAL Hampton Heat 200 Results:

  1. #77 Connor Hall; 200
  2. #12 Nick Smith; 200
  3. #21 Greg Edwards; 200
  4. #26 Peyton Sellers; 200
  5. #03 Brenden Queen; 200
  6. #5 Lee Pulliam; 200
  7. #41 Woody Howard; 200
  8. #12 Timothy Peters; 200
  9. #90 Terry Carroll; 200
  10. #91 Terry Carroll; 200
  11. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 196
  12. #87 Mike Looney; 193
  13. #89 Craig Estep; 181
  14. #8 Tyler Hughes; 177
  15. #8 Thomas Scott; 177
  16. #99 Layne Riggs; 177
  17. #40 CE Falk; 177
  18. #9 Trey Crews; 168
  19. #55 Mark Wertz; 165
  20. #2 Brandon Pierce; 149
  21. #29 Casey Wyatt; 149
  22. #7 Michael Hardin; 98
  23. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 97

Connor Hall Kicks Off 2019 in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane at Langley Speedway

Conner Hall shakes the car down one final time in final practice at Langley Speedway for opening night March 30, 2019. He would later end up in victory lane. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA– Connor Hall has been one of the most active drivers from the Hampton Roads area over the off-season and it might have shown tonight in the Langley Speedway opener. After making an impressive debut in the ARCA racing series at Daytona, picked up a brand new Hedgecock racecar (we cannot confirm if that was the car he was running tonight), along with a new crewmember – Mark Wertz – and came into Langley Speedway with something to prove.

Hall took the green flag from the fifth position but had no plans on staying there long. Falk had similar thoughts as well as he took the lead from pole sitter Brenden Queen before the field got back around to the flag stand. Once things got settled in it only took a handful of laps for Hall to get around Greg Edwards for second setting his eyes on the race lead. Hall caught his first break of the evening on lap nineteen when the No. 4 of Duane Shreeves went for a spin in turn three creating the nights first cone restart.

Hall elected to stay on the bottom along with race leader C.E. Falk that put him in a great position to hang onto second. The second caution of the evening would follow just about ten laps later after contact between the No. 90 of Terry Carroll and defending track champion Danny Edwards. Edwards went for a spin out of turn four and down the front stretch. He would retire early from the race citing break issues. A third caution would come after Rick Gdovic spun out of turn two, not sure if contact was the result of that.

Things took a turn for the interesting when the fourth caution of the evening came out of turn two when Connor Hall just got into the right rear of Falk sending him for a spin. Race Control did not deem it as aggressive driving and Hall was able to keep his position. Falk was able to get the car fired, down pit road for a good look over, and return to the racing surface. Once Hall was able to choose what lane to restart in, and get the clean air, it was essentially lights out. He did have to defend the lead one final restart with thirty-six laps to go but once he got out front there was no stopping him.

Pole sitter Brenden Queen was able to rally back to a second place finish after falling as far back as eighth on the night. Greg Edwards, C.E. Falk, and Duane Shreeves rounded out the top five.

“It was a really good opening night,” Hall said in Dale Lemonds victory lane. “To be able to just get revenge on last year. I really feel bad about what happened between C.E. and I, but I knew it was going to come down between the two of us, I really hate that we didn’t get to race it out.”

Hall went on to talk about the incident between him and Falk on lap forty-five.

“I don’t know if he was kind of checking up a little bit to make sure Greg and I stayed side by side until he could get a chance to go,”Hall explained. “But I apologize to the whole 02 team. I never like winning one that way but at the same time I am sure he has made an accident in his career too.”

Hall went on to thank his crew, his family, and all the sponsors that helped make him into who he is today.

“I have to thank Towne Bank, Blue Water Yacht Sales, Charles Barker Auto Sales, Western Branch Diesel, and Hedgecock for building bad to the bone cars.”

 

Late Model Stock Car OFFICIAL Restults;

  1. #77 Connor Hall; 100
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 100
  3. #21 Greg Edwards; 100
  4. #02 C.E. Falk; 100
  5. #4 Duane Shreeves; 100
  6. #90 Terry Carroll; 100
  7. #25 Craig Eastep; 100
  8. #9 Rodney Boyd; 99
  9. #71 Rick Gdvovic; 99
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 68
  11. #91 Justin Carroll; 63
  12. #7 Zach Lightfoot (R); 45
  13. #26 Danny Edwards, Jr.; 28

KERN: Racing Heating Up for Several Virginia Drivers Early in 2019

It is hard to believe that it is already that time of year again – Race Season! Seems like just yesterday we were telling you about the final chapter of the 2018 season and crowning champions. Here we are just hours away from what we can call the “official” green flag of the year down at the World Center of Racing – others may simply call it Daytona. In just a few short hours ARCA will drop the green flag on their season and go racing for 200-miles and you won’t have to look but too far to see some local names that TWR is very familiar with.

At this point in the game – yes I know that we are a little late to the game per se but this winter was a little different for us here at TWR – I am sure everyone reading this has seen the news about Hampton Roads natives Connor Hall and Brenden Queen getting “the call” and will be racing this afternoon in easily the biggest race of their career. Both Hall and Queen were down at Daytona a few short weeks ago during the ARCA open test following IMSA’s Rolex 24 Hour race for Vizion Motorsports, along with fellow Late Model driver from North Carolina Paul Williamson, obviously impressing those in the garage. Hall, after presenting a deal to Chad Bryant Racing will be piloting the No. 22 Ford while Queen will be in the No. 36 Toyota for Vizion Motorsports.

For those race fans that may not follow the ARCA Series enough, the race will be televised LIVE later this afternoon on FOX Sports 1 at 4:30 PM EST. Not going to be home to watch? Pull the race up on the FOX Sports App! Hall will also be competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener Sunday night at New Smyrna.

You can see what these drivers had to say about getting the chance of a lifetime in an article published yesterday from our friends at Race22 >> Several Late Model Stock Car Drivers Set to Compete at Daytona

Hall & Queen, however, are not the only Virginia drivers spending some time in the Sunshine State. 2013 & 2017 Langley Speedway INEX Legends Champ Spencer Saunders; 2018 INEX Semi-Pro Road Course National Champ Carter Weedon, just to name a few, will all compete in the 2019 Winter Nationals at Citrus County Speedway.

Five races over the course of a week for drivers from all over to not only prove they are the best but to also get a head start on the INEX national points. Something one driver we mentioned above has kept in the back of his mind for the last couple of weeks.

“We have been doing this quite a while,” Saunders told The Weekly Racer as the final touches were being made to the car before loading her up. “We won the 2011 Virginia State Semi-Pro championship, won a race of champions that same year in Vegas, took the 2013 and 2017 track championships at Langley Speedway, the only thing missing from our resume… a national championship. With the year-end national event being held at Carteret County Speedway in October and if we come out of Florida in good shape, I would say yes, we’re going to make a serious run at a national title”

First Saunders will need to get through the weeklong event where the confidence is running rather high through the Saunders Motorsports camp.

“I think the ultimate goal for our team is to go down there and win a couple of races and represent Langley Speedway and the 757 the best way we can,” Saunders commented. “In all reality, if we go down and ran top five or top three and contended for wins every day that we are on track I would be absolutely thrilled with that. I haven’t seen an entry list but I have heard the Pro division is pretty stacked so we are going to have to be on top of our game all week long. I think we have prepared the best car we can and I think we have good enough equipment to go run with the best.”

Defending Semi-Pro Road Course Champion Carter Weedon is another VA driver making the trip down to Florida for the winter nationals; however, he will be making the trip UP to the Pro division. Weedon is going into the week looking to find himself in the tech shed every race and earn a top five finishing position in the points standings.

“I want to make it into tech every race,” Weedon said. “Our goal is to place in the top five in the points standings at the end of the week. The competition in Pro especially is going to be tough.”

Races are scheduled all this week starting later this afternoon with open practice only. Going off of information given to us by a couple of the race teams, official points races will be held on Monday, Tuesday (doubleheader), Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday is scheduled to be an off day or potential rain day. All races, for that matter, will be streamed LIVE from the fine folks over at LegendsNation.com.

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