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Philip Morris Wins Fifth Langley Speedway Race; Danny Edwards Jr. Snaps Morris Win Streak in Second Feature

Danny Edwards works through turn two earlier in the season at Langley Speedway during afternoon practice. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – With the final weekend before on deck before the prestigious Hampton Heat 200 fifteen Late Model Stock Cars were on hand for twin 75-lap features. Philip Morris, coming off a second-place finish in the opening leg of the Virginia Triple Crown rolled into town and collected yet another pole win earlier in the afternoon laying down a 15.639-second (90.927 MPH) lap. Danny Edwards Jr., Greg Edwards, Brenden Queen, and Garrett Bunch rounded out the fastest five starters.

It was clear from the drop of the green flag that Philip Morris and Danny Edwards Jr. were going to be in a league of their own. Within the first handful of laps, the two had built a full straightaway lead over the fifteen-car field. Greg Edwards, however, did not get the start to the race he would have hoped for as he found himself running second to last just fourteen laps in. As Morris and Danny Edwards pulled away fans in the stands witnessed some great battles as Mark Wertz, who rolled off tenth, worked his way through the field and eventually up to third.

The proverbial wick was turned up between the top two drivers with a little over twenty-five laps to go. Danny Edwards, who had been stalking Philip Morris all race, was finally able to make his move – on the outside nonetheless. The two would battle door-to-door for about ten laps before Edwards could clear the No. 01 and take sole possession of the lead. That lead would not last long, however, has Morris regrouped running behind Danny, retaking the lead on lap 58 and eventually going on to take the race win. Danny Edwards Jr., Mark Wertz, Garrett Bunch, Brenden Queen were the top five. Justin T. Carroll, Justin S. Carroll, and Greg Edwards were sixth through eighth.

A standard eight-car invert was in-store for race number two, handing the front row to Greg Edwards and Justin S. Carroll. It did not take long for things to get wild, per usual, for race number two. Mark Wertz ran into mechanical issues from the start coming by the start-finish line spitting and sputtering. He would eventually come to a stop in turn three and need assistance off the racing surface. Once Wertz was clear and the green flag was displayed Greg Edwards was able to go back to what he does best at Langley Speedway – leading the race.

The race was slowed a few more times as the feature went on as various cars were caught up in wrecks or ran into other issues. One of those drivers happened to be Danny Edwards Jr. Electing to come down pit road during the long caution fearing he had a track bar mount break crews actually found just four pounds of air in the left rear tire. They were able to get the tire changed – which actually made him ineligible for the cone and free pass for the rest of the night – and sent him back on his way. Another driver with issues later on was the No. 01 of Philip Morris. After electing to start in the rear of race two for max bonus points in the NWAAS National Points hunt, Morris found himself in a precarious position in turn two after he spun out working his way through the field. He would eventually come down pit road to the attention of his crew as well as Langley Speedway officials. After giving the car two, three, and four looks over he returned to the racing surface for a handful of laps before parking it citing suspension issues.

With the help of some cautions and cone restarts Danny Edwards was able to work his way back through the field and track down his younger brother and eventually pass him. After that it was lights out, Danny Edwards cruised to his second victory of the season. Greg Edwards, Justin S. Carroll, Connor Hall, and Brenden Queen rounded out the top five finishers.

Dustin Mullins picked up another victory in the 25-lap Harris Truck Shop Super Truck feature while Paul Lubno and Robbie Parker – filling in for Sammy Gaita – put on a heck of a show in the Pepsi Grandstock 40-lap feature. Paul Lubno coming away with the win. Charlie Bryant crossed over divisions from UCAR’s to have some more fun and found himself in victory lane at the conclusion of the 30-lap Bojangles Enduro feature.

 

Taylor Waster Services Late Models Race 1 Official Results;

  1. #01 Philip Morris; 75
  2. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
  3. #55 Mark Wertz; 75
  4. #50 Garrett Bunch; 75
  5. #03 Brenden Queen; 75
  6. #57 Justin T. Carroll; 75
  7. #91 Justin S. Carroll; 75
  8. #97 Greg Edwards; 75
  9. #22 Grayson Cullather; 75
  10. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  11. #75 Logan Jones; 75
  12. #88 Thomas Marks; 75
  13. #90 Terry Carroll; 74
  14. #25 Craig Eastep; 42
  15. #4 Duane Shreeves; 13

 

Taylor Waster Services Late Models Race 2 Official Results;

  1. #26 Danny Edwards; 75
  2. #97 Greg Edwards; 75
  3. #91 Justin S. Carroll; 75
  4. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  5. #03 Brenden Queen; 75
  6. #90 Terry Carroll; 75
  7. #57 Justin T. Carroll; 75
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 75
  9. #75 Logan Jones; 70
  10. #01 Philip Morris; 58
  11. #22 Grayson Cullather; 54
  12. #50 Garrett Bunch; 35
  13. #25 Craig Eastep; 17
  14. #55 Mark Wertz; DNF

Danny Edwards Returns to Langley Speedway Victory Lane; Justin Carroll Scores Emotional First Career Win in Second Feature

Justin Carroll celebrates in Victory Lane on the heels of his first career Late Model victory. (Photo: Jim Arend)

Hampton, VA – Danny Edwards Jr. was the man to beat earlier in the afternoon at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway when posted the fastest time during qualifying. Matter of fact, it was an all Edwards front row after Danny’s 15.670-second (90.747 MPH) lap was 0.001 seconds faster to steal the top spot from his brother Greg. Tyler Hughes – making his return to Langley Speedway in 2018 – overcame ignition issues on pit road to qualify third. Connor Hall and Brenden Queen rounded out the fastest five starters.

As usual, with twin features, the most exciting portion of the first race was on the initial start as drivers fought for real estate. Danny Edwards Jr., however, wanted nothing to do with any of that and drove away with the lead. Behind him, it was a full-on battle for position with Queen ultimately taking the second position while Nick Smith, Connor Hall, and Mark Wertz all worked to get around Tyler Hughes. Once everyone got settled down and settled into position, it was smooth sailing up front and no one had anything for Danny. The victory was Edwards first of 2018 and also his first since 2015. Connor Hall would cross the stripe in the second position followed by Brenden Queen, Mark Wertz, Justin Carroll, Tyler Hughes, Greg Edwards, and Nick Smith.

“The guys on this race team have been working awfully hard,” Edwards said in victory lane. “Putting a lot of time in the shop trying to figure things out after the big wreck we had at the Hamlin event. That was a good run for us, ironic to win on this Father’s Day weekend, this is the first time I’ve won that my father wasn’t here with me. Been a bit of a dry spell, hopefully, will get some more.”

Per the NASCAR rulebook, when a facility runs twins features, no less than eight cars will be inverted for the second race. As mentioned above, this should have benefited Nick Smith the most. However, a tire change between races would send him to the rear of the field moving the entire inside row up one. This allowed Tyler Hughes to start on the pole and an exciting race number two was ready to go.

Greg Edwards, however, looked to have other plans for the race as he powered his way to the lead down the backstretch using the outside groove. Behind them, it was a different story and a completely different feel to the race as guys were a bit more aggressive this go around. As everyone fought for their piece of the track last weeks winner Mark Wertz was able to catch and drive past Edwards to take the race lead on lap nine and opened up a rather large lead rather quickly.

Next car in the field that was on the move up was Williamsburg native Justin Carroll. With thirty laps completed Carroll was able to run down and passed Greg for the second position and set his sights on the race lead. Thomas Marks had done the same with Tyler Hughes leaving him to deal with the likes of Nick Smith and that is when things got ugly. Smith and Hughes were racing hard for position when the two made contact going through turn three. Both drivers nights were over after their cars received rather extensive damage and neither two happy with each other.

The caution allowed for the field to catch up to Wertz, who was enjoying over a two-second lead at the time and give drivers the ability to take the cone, which Justin Carroll did. When the green was displayed again Wertz did an amazing job taking over the lead while Carroll fell in line and on the hunt. With eleven laps to go Carroll was finally able to make the pass to take the lead. Carroll would go on to lead those final eleven laps en route to his first career Late Model Stock victory.

“This is unreal, man,” Carroll said after the win. “I’ve never won a race before, this is crazy and it’s Father’s Day. I’d like to thank my dad, my crew, this is unreal. I just did the same thing every lap, my crew chief has been preaching to me all year to save my stuff. We’ve been close every week here, close in the K&N car, man this is unreal!”

 Eleven Super Trucks, a season-high, took the green flag for their 25-lap feature. Dustin Mullins continued to show speed in qualifying when he took the pole position and ran off with the lead when the green flag was displayed. Jacob Carr would again get off to a slow start before settling in and running down the leader. With only three laps to go, Carr would get around Mullins and drive to his first victory of the year. Keith Wheeler, Rick Poust, and Ryan Huff completed the top five.

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Models Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #26 Danny Edwards; 75
  2. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  3. #03 Brenden Queen; 75
  4. #55 Mark Wertz; 75
  5. #91 Justin Carroll; 75
  6. #8 Tyler Hughes; 75
  7. #97 Greg Edwards; 75
  8. #12 Nick Smith; 75
  9. #4 Duane Shreeves; 75
  10. #25 Craig Eastep; 75
  11. #75 Logan Jones; 75
  12. #9 Rodney Boyd; 75
  13. #16 Chris Flowers; 74
  14. #20 Shawn Balluzzo; 9
  15. #88 Thomas Marks; DNS

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Models Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #91 Justin Carroll; 75
  2. #55 Mark Wertz; 75
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  4. #88 Thomas Marks; 75
  5. #97 Greg Edwards; 75
  6. #26e Danny Edwards Jr; 75
  7. #75 Logan Jones; 75
  8. #03 Brenden Queen; 75
  9. #4s Duane Shreeves; 74
  10. #9 Rodney Boyd; 70
  11. #8 Tyler Hughes; 36
  12. #12s Nick Smith; 36
  13. #25 Craig Eastep; 36
  14. #16f Chris Flowers; 21
  15. #20 Shawn Balluzzo; 9

Danny Edwards Jr. Wins the 2018 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown Pole Award

Hampton, VA – Danny Edwards, Jr. from Poquoson, Virginia and five-time Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway track champion laid down the quickest lap during euro style qualifying earlier in the evening. Edwards’ 15.359-second (92.584) was just four-hundredth’s of a second quicker than the host driver Denny Hamlin. Hamlin’s Monster Energy Cup teammate and defending two-time cup series winner Kyle Busch will start the 200-lap feature from the third position with truck series driver Timothy Peters and Ty Gibbs – grandson to Joe Gibbs – round out the top five.

“We took off where we left off last race,” Edwards told The Weekly Racer. “We thought we had a pretty good car. Made a few changes at the shop but when we got here today we found ourselves fighting it. We worked at it and threw a lot of things at it and to be honest with you we hit on something at the very end of the practice, made a couple big swings and I told the guys this was the best I have had it on the long run.”

Edwards, as mentioned above, is surrounded by some of the best in auto racing and well… he was not only shocked by it but was aware of who he had around him.

“To be honest with you it surprised me,” Edwards went on to say. “I didn’t think that was going to stick seeings how we went out mid-pack and some of those guys going out later. Hopefully, we can control our race a little bit better when the green flag drops. The only thing you can control is what you do.”

Edwards will take the green flag with probably the most experience and the most laps completed at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway, however, he knows when the helmets go on and they strap in it goes out the window.

“I have raced with these guys before with Denny and Kyle in some of the ASA series,” Edwards said. “You take the guys that are here that are the pro drivers and they are professional’s for a reason, they are the best in the business. Do I have more laps at this track? Yea, but they are the absolute best in the world. I am just pleased to be up here and run with them.”

In a normal 200-lap feature there is only one break for tires, fuel, or just adjustments. However, tonight’s race will be run in three segments. Segment one drivers are able to take up to four tires, adjustments but no fuel. We asked Edwards if that changed his strategy throughout the evening.

Not really,” Edwards said honestly. “How the race goes throughout the stints will dictate what we do. We really won’t know until we get some laps on the car and make some adjustments on how the car felt in the first half. It’s going to be about keeping it clean, keeping the fenders on it and the breaks on it.”

Green flag is set to fly for the feature event at 8:30 PM. If you are unable to make it out follow us on Twitter or watch LIVE on Fanschoice.tv

Edwards, Jr. Sweeps Twin Races At Langley – Now New Points Leader

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Edwards, Jr. rolls through turns one and two during final practice. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA ­– It wasn’t a full moon, we had already made it past the blue moon, and it was just crunch time! That is my story and I am sticking to it on the madness that was Langley Speedway this past weekend. Cars, or should I say karts mysteriously taking the lead, massive hits in bando’s, some interesting driving coming to the checkered, and drivers notching career high finishes in the Late Model Stocks – Langley’s premier division.

Things got kicked off with single car qualifying as the sun started to set behind turn three. Danny Edwards earned the right to call himself the pole sitter for race one posting a time of 15.894 (89.468 MPH) – the only one to break into the 15-second lap times. Brother Greg made it an all Edwards front row with Brenden Queen, Connor Hall, and Terry Carroll rounded out the starting five. Mind you the first and fifth place starters got pretty banged up during the Hampton Heat race. I will give major shout outs to both crews and the two cars looked phenomenal!

When it was time for the green flag to fly the two Edwards brothers battled it out door-to-door for a few laps before Greg gave up the outside and fell in line behind Queen – the top five were all tucked in nose to tail. Wyatt and Wertz would set up a pretty good battle for position before the nights first caution due to new comer Tyler Gallup going for a spin. With just seventeen laps on the board and cautions not counting Wertz took that time to head to the attention of his crew for some adjustments.

Once we were back under green flag conditions Edwards, Jr mashed the go fast pedal and checked out. Leaving Greg to deal with both Queen & Carroll – who by the way had been running very strong all night. Edwards would fall back as far as the sixth position twenty laps into the sixty-five-lap feature after Queen, Carroll, Hardin, and Wyatt got by him. It didn’t take much longer for the 90 car to get around Queen to take over the second position.
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Edwards Jr. Makes it three in a Row Ahead of Langley’s Biggest Race of the Year

Photo By: King Charles Photography

Photo By: King Charles Photography

Hampton, VA – Dodging a third consecutive rainout, Langley Speedway held its final two Late Model Stock Races before the Hampton Heat 200.

The previous scheduled LMSC race night was June 27th was rained out, making this weekend all the more important in regards to preparing for the $10,000 to win race which is less than two weeks away.

Saturday looked just as bad all afternoon, but Langley promoter Chuck Hall told teams, “We are racing tonight.

You all have put a lot of time into preparing your cars, and we are not going to cancel three weeks in a row.”

With a limited amount of time, the drivers, teams, and track officials had to decide how to best get everyone lined up. Some LMSC teams wanted a practice and line up based on points, while others just wanted to qualify. Teams got both.

The Late Model Stocks got one round of practice around 6:30 Saturday night, just before a final band of rain came through. Once the track was dry, the Late Models went back out for single car qualifying around 9:40. Danny Edwards, confident from his first win of 2015, grabbed the pole with a speed of 88.615 mph. Justin T. Carroll, Matt Waltz, Tyler Hughes, and Brenden Queen made up the top five starters for the first 65 lap race.

Coming to lap 2, the 08 of Mike Weddell went for a spin in turn 4. Back under green, Edwards and Waltz began distancing themselves from the field. By lap 40, Edwards’ lead on Waltz was more than half a straightway. Shortly after, on lap 42, Cameron Bowen and Justin S. Carroll got together in turn two, just in front of the leaders. “It was just a racing deal,” Bowen said. “[I] talked with him afterwards and all is good.” Before the restart, Matt Waltz took the cone, looking to take the lead on the top side. Edwards got a good jump, leaving Waltz to battle with Brenden

Queen. Waltz continued to slide back, finishing 6th in race one behind Brenden Queen, Terry Carroll, Casey Wyatt, and Connor Hall. Langley points leader Greg Edwards finished 7th.

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