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Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway Returns to NASCAR Racing Saturday March 30th

Danny Edwards Jr. works down the backstretch of Langley Speedway during final a final practice session towards the end of 2018. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

As the cold heads out of the region, NASCAR racing makes its wonderful return to one of the longest running short tracks in both Virginia and the country. Race fans have already gotten a taste of the action earlier this month when people packed the grandstands for the Day of Destruction to watch cars compete in different styles of racing, crews trying to stuff vehicles with washing machines, guys and gals racing around flag poles, and of course the one million car Enduro — okay so it wasn’t a million cars but it sure did seem like it. Now race fans will get to cheer on their favorite Late Model, Grand Stock, Legends, driver this week as they either start their title defense or start their hunt for one. One thing is for certain, The Weekly Racer will be their to bring you all the action as it unfolds!

For the most part things will look the same for returning race fans. The speedway will host eleven divisions of racing from late March into the September when the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) wraps up. Late Model Stock Cars will also return as the tracks Tier 1 division while the Modifieds should remain Division II. In addition, Grand Stocks should remain Div. III, Super Streets Div. IV, and the always exciting Enduro’s will return as Div. V. UCAR, Super Trucks, and Pro Six will all return to the schedule and race for a local track championship, they will not earn points towards a national title. Legends and Bando’s will also return to an alternating weekend under the INEX sanction.

You can expect to see some of the same familiar faces, cars, and rivalries from previous years. You will most certainly see the Edwards Brothers make their return, however, with vastly different looks. Defending champion Danny Edwards picked up a primary sponsor of Pomoco Nissan and will be the first-ever Nissan GTR Late Model Stock Car. Brother Greg Edwards will revert back to car owner James Long’s No. 21 machine instead of the 97. Brenden Queen had a small shuffle over the offseason where he and longtime car owner Andre Grier formed a partnership where Queen will pilot his car for a handful of races.

Things will certainly be interesting to watch in the Modified division as well. Not just because it’s fun to watch these high horsepower, lightweight machines, work their magic but, the growing story lines that are already developing. Can Shawn Balluzzo continue his dominance over the division like he has over the past decade. Will up and coming drivers enter the division and just blow the doors off the rest of the field. One driver who is certainly looking to put a stop to Balluzzo’s reign came on strong towards the end of the season and that is the No. 78 of Matt Carter. He and his crew have been hard at work over the off season letting everyone know on social media they were ready to go mouse hunting. To be honest, we cannot wait to see how this unfolds!

Late Model’s are not the only division to see a little bit of change has drivers decide to either move up or make lateral moves to other divisions. We are hearing some rumblings that the Modifieds will see a handful of new drivers, saw a few photos of new Super Streets being built, and have heard conversations about a battle for the ages in the Legends division. Only one way to find out if all his talk is true, make sure your butts in the grand stands this Saturday, March, 30th at 2:00 PM EDT when the gates open.

The 2019 season at Langley Speedway is going to be a spectacular one. Us over at The Weekly Racer believe there will be some of the closest points battles in track history especially in the Late Models, Modifieds, Super Streets, and Legends. In addition to the weekly shows, Langley is hosting an impressive six special events this year all kicking off April 11th with the Visit Hampton VA Grass Roots 200. Both the CARS Tour and Monster Truck tour will be making their debuts at the historic .400-mile speedway. Along with the return of the VA Sprint Cars, Southern Ground Pounders, the Commanders Cup, and the highly anticipated 11th Annual Hampton Heat 200.

General Admission gates and rotating practice for all divisions this weekend is schedule for 2:00 PM. Qualifying to follow the drivers meeting at 4:30 and the first green flag of 2019 is scheduled to drop approx. 7:00 PM. The Weekly Racer, as we have been the past two weeks, will have you covered for Pomoco Opening night should you not be able to attend. Or if you are able to attend and you would like more information while at the speedway. Our coverage will begin roughly around 4:30 along with qualifying. On the docket for the evening will be the INEX Bando’s & Legends, the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks, Pepsi Grand Stocks, Bojangles UCAR, and the Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock Cars for 100-laps.

For a full schedule of events visit the track’s website http://www.langley-speedway.com.

Mark Wertz Sweeps Late Model Season Finale at Langley Speedway; Danny Edwards Clinches Sixth Division Title

Mark Wertz powers down the backstretch at during final practice at Langley Speedway’s season finale. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – Mark Wertz put a cap on the 2018 season and possibly even his full-time driving career Saturday night when he swept the final two races during Pomoco Nissan Championship night.

Wertz entered the weekend third in points, twenty-two points behind points leader Danny Edwards Jr. Wertz would earn a fourth-place starting position during qualifying time-trials earlier in the evening. Fourth place, however, was not a position Wertz was too keen on hanging out in for too long. Though Danny Edwards, who captured the pole with an impressive 15.665-second (90.776 MPH) lap jumped out to an early lead and honestly looked to have a stranglehold on the race. Wertz would pick his way through the field lap-by-lap and battle for the lead just past lap forty-five.

As the leaders worked there way through some of the slower traffic Wertz was able to capitalize on the smallest of slips from the race leader and would take the lead on lap forty-nine. As Wertz had done all night he immediately opened up a two-car length lead over Edwards. Wertz would have to hold off a late race restart and a serious challenge from Connor Hall. To the point where both drivers were leaning on each other going into turn one. Wertz would keep the nose pointed straight… straight to victory lane.

Danny Edwards Jr., Justin Carroll, Connor Hall, Terry Carroll rounded out the top five in the first race.

Wertz would find himself starting from the eighth position in race number two thanks to the NASCAR rulebook. The front row was given to Thomas Marks and Brenden Queen. That did not last long once the field was given the green. Marks would fall back and out of the top five rather quick. Queen, however, would lead a handful of laps before surrendering the lead to Terry Carroll – Queen would get hung up on the outside groove and he too would be shuffled way back into the field. He would eventually pull down pit road and retire from the race early.

Mark Wertz took this time to power his way back up through the field and made a very aggressive move to the inside of Terry Carroll entering turn one to take the lead. From there it was truly lights out, Wertz started to gap and lap the field. Behind him Justin Carroll made yet another impressive run up through the field, working his way around his father, Connor Hall, and even Danny Edwards.

Wertz in victory lane was very excited to get the No. 55 back in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane as a possible end to an era approached. Justin Carroll, Danny Edwards, Connor Hall, and Terry Carroll rounded out the top five for race number two.

Danny’s second and third place finishes were more than enough to clinch the 2018 Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock Car track championship. The win was his sixth of his career at the historic .395-mile oval. Despite the lackluster finishes, Greg Edwards was able to hang onto his second place finish in points. Mark Wertz, Connor Hall, and Brenden Queen rounded out the top five in points. Rodney Boyd will earn the Rookie of the Year honors.

 

 Taylor Waste Services UNOFFICIAL Race 1 Results;

  1. #55 Mark Wertz; 75
  2. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
  3. #91 Justin Carroll; 75
  4. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  5. #90 Terry Carroll; 75
  6. #97 Greg Edwards; 75
  7. #03 Brenden Queen; 75
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 74
  9. #25 Craig Eastep; 74
  10. #7 Michael Hardin; 74
  11. #16 Chris Flowers; 74
  12. #9 Rodney Boyd; 74
  13. #4 Duane Shrereves; 40

Taylor Waste Services UNOFFICIAL Race 2 Results;

  1. #55 Mark Wertz; 75
  2. #91 Justin Carroll; 75
  3. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 75
  4. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  5. #90 Terry Carroll; 75
  6. #97 Greg Edwards; 74
  7. #25 Craig Eastep; 74
  8. #7 Michael Hardin; 74
  9. #4 Duane Shreeves; 74
  10. #16 Chris Flowers; 73
  11. #9 Rodney Boyd; 73
  12. #88 Thomas Marks; 47
  13. #03 Brenden Queen; 35

Edwards Motorsports To Be Crowned Champion at Langley Speedway; Danny Edwards On Pace for Sixth Track Title

Danny Edwards Jr. powers down the backstretch during final practice of the 2018 Hampton Heat 200 before the race was postponed to the following day due to rain. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Late Model Stock Car racing makes its return to Hampton, Virginia’s Larry King Laws Langley Speedway. Wow. That is something very strange to type the first week in October. However, it has been a full month since Late Models have raced at the .395-mile oval – August 25th to be exact – with Greg Edwards finding his way back to victory lane for the first time in 2018 sweeping both 75-lap features. With just two more races on the books and an eleven-point lead, Danny Edwards Jr. will look to put a bookend on a spectacular season.

Danny enters Pomoco Nissan Championship Night with an eleven-point (325) point advantage over brother and teammate Greg Edwards (314). However, as we have seen in the past, anything can happen once the green flag is displayed and these cars come to life later this evening. As we have seen in the past with twin races all it takes is one hiccup in the first race to send your night spiraling down the toilet – for the lack of better terms.

Danny Edwards is all too familiar with this when he lost the championship back in 2015 when a flat tire plagued him late in the final race of the season. Greg was able to take the win and tie the points. Greg would then go on to “steal” the title from his brother thanks to his win and because of that win, the tiebreaker. With each position earning just one point Danny would only need to earn two fifth-place finishes regardless if Greg is able to sweep both races.

The Edwards Brothers will not be the only drivers to keep your eye on this evening. Even though Chesapeake native Mark Wertz enters the evening twenty-two points off the division lead, Wertz is looking to put his full-time driving career to an end with at least one more win at his home track. Two other drivers in the top five, Connor Hall and Brenden Queen, have been strong all season long but have yet to find their way into Dale Lemonds Victory Lane, look for both of these young drivers to fight for the win before the 2018 season comes to an end.

Five more divisions will crown champions later this evening when the checkered flag waves. Layton Harrison will look to hold off Wyatt Philyaw in the Cycle City Corp Bandolero series. Harrison enters tonight’s race with an eight-point lead. Tommy Jackson Jr., who has been on fire as of late, enters the weekend with a twelve point lead over last years champion, Spencer Saunders. Unless cars come out of the woodwork, Jackson all but needs to start the feature to secure the tile. Jacob Carr will look to hang onto his eight-point advantage over Dustin Mullins in the Harris Truck Shop Super trucks series. Paul Lubno, in arguably the most lopsided championship battle, does not even need to show up for tonight’s 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock finale to lock up his series title. Last but certainly not least, Ronald Klein looks to hang onto his more than ten point advantage to win the Bojangle’s Enduro title.

Grandstands and practice are scheduled to get underway at 2:00 PM EDT. Our LIVE Twitter coverage will begin approx. 4:30 PM EDT when qualifying gets underway. A full race day schedule can be found below.

 

Practice Order

Taylor Waste Services Late Models – 3 Practices

Pepsi Grand Stocks – 2 Practices

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 2 Practices

Cycle City Corp. Legend – 2 Practices

Cycle City Corp. Bandolero – 2 Practices

 

Qualifying Order

Cycle City Corp. Legend – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)

Cycle City Corp. Bandolero – Euro Qualifying 3 cars 5 laps

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)

Pepsi Grand Stock – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)

Taylor Waste Services Late Models – 3 laps (scuff-Green-White-Checkered)

Enduro – Practice/Staring line-up will be determined by draw

 

Race Line-Up

Taylor Waste Services Late Models – 75 laps

Cycle City Corp. Bandolero – 15 laps

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 25 laps

Cycle City Corp. Legend – 25 laps

Pepsi Grand Stock – 40 laps

Taylor Waste Services Late Models – 75 laps

BOJANGLES Enduros – 30 laps

The 10th Annual Hampton Heat is Finally Upon Us — Who to Watch Tonight

After almost a full extra month of waiting due to Mother Nature, it is time for some of the best Late Model Stock Car drivers to get after it later this evening all battling for the prestigious trophy, points towards the Virginia Triple crown, oh and how did we almost forget… $10,000!

Twenty-five cars made the trip out for the annual Friday test session giving those of us who followed on Race Monitor all day long in our offices an idea of what to expect later this evening. A complete list of practice times can be found a little further down this column. We will say that we fully expect thirty or more cars for the actual event. Make sure you have plans to make it out later this afternoon as it will not be broadcasted on Fanschoice! Gates will open to the public at 12:15 PM, “Happy Hour” for Late Models roll off approx. 12:30 PM. Green flag is expected to to drop at 7:00 PM EDT.

So, this might be your first time out to the speedway this year and you are wondering who to watch out for, right? Well folks we have you covered in that department. If you would like to do a little homework before tonight’s feature — Help give you a leg up on your grandstand pool — take a look back at some of the previous Late Model races we have covered to form your own opinion here >> Late Model Recaps. Don’t wanna do research? That’s cool. Let’s take a look at the top five drivers we feel are going to be a threat, in no particular order of course.

Philip Morris

Obvious, right? We know but we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t put Morris on the who to watch list. Morris certainly has made a name for himself and drawn a lot of attention to the No. 01 Trailer Town USA Chevrolet this year has he makes a solid bid for another national title. Morris has found victory lane at just about every track he’s been to this year. Even though Morris “struggled” in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown earlier this year – a similar 200 lap endurance type race – he had found victory lane seven times this year at Larry King Law Langley Speedway, often times starting in the rear of the field for the second race. Oh and not to mention Morris was fastest at the conclusion of practice Friday afternoon with a 15.816.

Danny Edwards Jr.

Take away the fact Edwards has multiple track championships, more than a decade of experience, and have completed more laps at Langley Speedway to make multiple cross country road trips across this great nation, Danny Edwards Jr. has been firing on all cylinders this year. With two wins under his belt, Edwards enters the weekend as the current points leader of the Taylor Waste Services Late Model — he leave the same way no matter what as the Hampton Heat will not count towards track points — but we think it’s more important to point out that Edwards might be the only track regular to have an answer to the pure speed of Morris. If you remember back to April, Edwards earned the pole in the DHSTS and looked to be a force until a wreck took him out. A win tonight could not come at a more perfect time as it would also be his first Hampton Heat victory but it would come on the two year anniversary of the loss of former crew chief John McMasters.

C.E. Falk

CE Falk? He doesn’t even race at Langley on a regular basis, how is he going to be a factor? Well, it’s very simply put. He’s CE Falk and if you don’t respect his ability any time he pulls into Langley Speedway then that’s your first mistake. The car number will be different on race day — he will be in a 02 car — but will still be a factor towards the front. Falk clocked in with just the eighth fastest time Friday afternoon but there was no way to confirm the age of his tires. Falk was also a major factor in the DHSTS and there is no doubt he will be a key player later tonight.

Connor Hall

Yup, we went there! And it’s about time for this young driver to go there again! As you can see pictures above, Hall has already found victory lane once towards the end of last year at his home track and he has certainly carried that speed over into 2018. Constantly running qualifying and running up front this season and coming off of a pole and win at East Carolina Motor Speedway the week prior, Connor Hall will certainly have the momentum going for him. Our biggest concern with Hall will be his patients. 2018 has been filled with 50-75 lap sprint races. He will have to physically and mentally keep the car under him, fenders straight, and tires up for 200 laps. If he can do all three of those things he will certainly have the speed to be a contender.

Bobby McCarty

Want to talk about who’s on fire this year, well see the driver pictured above. Bobby McCarty enters the 10th Annual Hampton Heat 200 not only as the defending champion but he is also the current points leader for the CARS Tour Late Model Series with one pole and four wins in nine starts. Not to mention McCarty posted the third quickest time in Friday’s test session. Traveling with the CARS Tour this year has given McCarty the chance to learn different track surfaces and really improve his skill. Look for him to hover around the top quarter of the field when it’s time to go green.

Honorable Mentions:

Greg Edwards: He has never won the prestigious event but is always a threat to find victory lane when he straps in at Langley Speedway. With a little luck he may come out on top.

Nick Smith: He didn’t earn the nickname “Quick Nick” for no reason. Smith is always fast around Langley and even though he is running a limited schedule this year, has already collected a win. However, could the limited race schedule this year hurt the inaugural Hampton Heat winner?

Peyton Seller: Crazy, right? How in the world does Peyton Sellers only make an honorable mention? We will just have to chalk it up to gut feeling and look to be proved wrong. Sellers is a contender everywhere he goes and he has without a doubt done his homework and is a previous winner. As the winner of the opening round of the VA Triple Crown at South Boston, will Sellers be aggressive and go for the win or play things safe to set himself up for an easier outing at Martinsville next month? Either way, Sellers could easily dominate this race tonight, only time will tell.

If you can’t be there tonight we will have you covered! Follow along with our live coverage here starting at 1:00 PM EDT >> Annual Hampton Heat 200 presented by Bayport Credit Union. We will also have limited coverage on Twitter all day as well.

UNOFFICIAL Friday Practice Times;

1 Philip Morris (CU) – 15.816

2 Peyton Sellers (CU) – 15.938

3 Bobby McCarty (HE) – 15.957

4 Justin T. Carroll (CU) – 15.970

5 Danny Edwards (HE) – 15.973

6 Matt Bowling (CU) – 15.994

7 Brandon Pierce (HE) – 16.000

8 CE Falk (CU) – 16.038

9 Garrett Bunch (HE) – 16.110

10 Timmy Phipps (CU) – 16.132

11 Woody Howard (CU) – 16.153

12 Nick Smith (CU) – 16.154

13 Justin S. Carroll (CU) – 16.207

14 Tyler Hughes (FC) – 16.214

15 Greg Edwards (HE) – 16.295

16 Grayson Cullather (HE) 00 16.295

17 Cameron Bowen (CU) – 16.344

18 Austin Thaxton (CU) – 16.383

19 Colin Garrett (HE) – 16.387

20 Casey Wyatt (CU) – 16.398

21 Terry Carroll (FC) – 16.497

22 Maddy Ryan Mulligan (CU) – 16.509

23 Duane Shreeves (CU) – 16.515

24 Thomas Marks (CB) – 16.550

25 Brenden Queen (CU) – 16.751

**practice times are unofficial and provided by the app Race Monitor. Letters next to the drivers name represent engine package. CU=Chevy Upgrade, HE=Herrington Enforcer, FC=Ford Crate, CB=Chevy Built**

Greg Edwards Cruises and C.E. Falk Battles Late to Split Wins

HAMPTON, VA – Nineteen NWAAS Late Models came out to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway for twin 66 lap races. Jeff Shiflett and C.E. Falk both made their first trips of the season to the 4/10th-mile track and late model rookie Cody Carlton made his debut after grabbing a legends win last weekend.

A handful of drivers showed some quick times during practice through the afternoon, but four-time champion Falk was the only one to dip down into the fifteen-second bracket once qualifying rolled around running a 15.958. Points leader Greg Edwards was less than a tenth off his pace to sit on the outside.

Falk jumped out to the lead early but it didn’t take long for Edwards to get to his bumper and slide by on the inside and Nick Smith followed along. Falk continued falling back as Connor Hall got around him and started applying pressure to Smith getting around him on lap-23. Halfway through it was still Edwards out front then Hall, Smith, Falk, and Matt Waltz. A few laps later Waltz was able to get by Falk after being blocked earlier by a slower car. Without a caution in the first race Waltz could only get up to second place and Greg cruised to another win early on in the season. Further on back his brother Danny finished eighth which put him on the pole for the second race with NASCAR’s new mandatory eight car minimum invert.

Danny led the first five laps until a caution came out for Maddy Ryan spinning out, Terry Carroll had some cosmetic damage from the incident. On the restart, Falk took the outside and made it work after going side by side for a lap before taking the lead. A lap after taking the lead a big wreck happened in turn four with Thomas Marks receiving the most damage and ending his night early. Just three laps later another caution for a wreck involving Greg Edwards, Nick Smith, and Casey Wyatt. Edwards radiator busted open and his night would end and Nick Smith was able to continue with heavy damage on his right side.

A few laps were run at full speed with Falk stretching his lead a little until Carlton went around. On the ensuing restart, Justin T Carroll made it three wide and made contact with Hall putting them both to the rear of the field. After that restart Waltz was able to put some pressure on Falk while Hall quickly moved through the field getting up to sixth place. When the leaders got into lapped traffic Falk was able to get through clean while Waltz was slowed down by Maddy, eventually nudging the rear bumper to hard and making another caution on the track.

Getting towards the end of the race things were getting a bit crazy, with second through fourth going three-wide a couple times all for one position. But this was slowed down by a caution brought out by Casey Wyatt. After having a rough start to the year Mark Wertz worked his way into second after the restart but Falk was able to jump out to a decent lead. But the cautions were not done yet as Dean Shiflett lost control of his car after some contact with the 10 car setting up a late race restart. Wertz took the outside and was able to lead a lap but Falk was able to clear him and get his 50th career win at Langley Speedway.

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C.E. Falk in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane

After the race, there was some confusion by the 10 team and heavy contact was made with the driver of the 03, destroying the body of the left side of his car. Thankfully both drivers were not injured as it was a pretty hard hit.

Late Model Results – Race 1

  1. Greg Edwards
  2. Matt Waltz
  3. Connor Hall
  4. Nick Smith
  5. Justin T Carroll
  6. C.E. Falk
  7. Mark Wertz
  8. Danny Edwards Jr
  9. Justin S Carroll
  10. Terry Carroll
  11. Brenden Queen
  12. Dean Shiflett
  13. Casey Wyatt
  14. Craig Eastep
  15. Cameron Bowen
  16. Jeff Shiflett -1
  17. Maddy Ryan -2
  18. Cody Carlton -14
  19. Thomas Marks -38

 

Late Model Results – Race 2

  1. C.E. Falk
  2. Mark Wertz
  3. Danny Edwards Jr
  4. Connor Hall
  5. Matthew Waltz
  6. Justin T Carroll
  7. Casey Wyatt
  8. Terry Carroll
  9. Brenden Queen
  10. Justin S Carroll
  11. Maddy Ryan
  12. Dean Shiflett
  13. Jeff Shiflett
  14. Nick Smith -11
  15. Cody Carlton -29
  16. Craig Eastep -51
  17. Greg Edwards -56
  18. Cameron Bowen -59
  19. Thomas Marks -59
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