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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

Ep. 12 – Special Edition: Buck Reuss & Mark Rogers Jr Discuss and Preview the 2018 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown

 

In this special episode, we sit down with Buck Reuss (Denny Hamlin Foundation) and Mark Rogers Jr (Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway Media Representative) to discuss and preview the 2018 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown.

 

We learn where the idea for the foundation and the charity race came from. Some insight into who will be coming – both pro drivers and amateur drivers. We discuss who to watch out for and who we think will take the checkered flag.

 

Buck also takes a moment to discuss race procedures, award payouts, and incentives.

DAVENPORT SCORES $20,000 “KING OF THE COMMONWEALTH” ULTIMATE VICTORY AT VIRGINIA

Jonathan Davenport celebrates in WhosYourDriver.org victory lane Saturday, April 14th at Virginia Motor Speedway (Photo courtesy of Ultimate Super Late Models website)

JAMAICA, VA – The Ultimate Super Late Model Series Southeast Region made their return to Virginia Motor Speedway Saturday, April 14th for the annual Aaron’s “King Of The Commonwealth” where the Series saw 56 competitors sign in all trying to capture a $20,000 payday.

The event was also a bonus race for the Ultimate BOB, Ultimate Northeast, and Ultimate Mid-Ohio Valley Regions. Holding off a final lap challenge from Scott Bloomquist; Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville; Georgia went flag to flag Saturday night at Virginia Motor Speedway to take home a $20,000 payday with the Ultimate Super Late Model Series.

Scott Bloomquist, Chris Madden, Tim McCreadie, and Brandon Overton rounded out the top five finishers. Scott Bloomquist set fast time in qualifying with a time of 17.156 seconds to earn the Davis Diesel Service fast qualifier award. Heat race winners included Scott Bloomquist, Jonathan Davenport, Chris Madden, Jason Colvert, Austin Hubbard, and Tyler Millwood. Consolation race winners included Tyler Erb and Tyler Bare.

The Ultimate Super Late Model Series Southeast Region will be back in action again on Saturday, April 21st as the Series will travel to Woodstock, Georgia to Dixie Speedway for a $4,000 to win event and on Sunday, April 22nd the Series will travel to Rome, Georgia to Rome Speedway for a $4,000 to win event.

 

FULL RESULTS – VIRGINIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY 4/14/18 “KING OF THE COMMONWEALTH”

  1. Jonathan Davenport
  2. Scott Bloomquist
  3. Chris Madden
  4. Tim McCreadie
  5. Brandon Overton
  6. Austin Hubbard
  7. Greg Satterlee
  8. Jason Covert
  9. Kyle Hardy
  10. Tyler Millwood
  11. Hudson ONeal
  12. Chris Ferguson
  13. Rick Eckert
  14. Tyler Bare
  15. Mason Zeigler
  16. Bobby Pierce
  17. Jeff Smith
  18. Dennis Franklin
  19. Walker Arthur
  20. Andy Anderson
  21. GR Smith
  22. Tyler Erb
  23. Zack Mitchell
  24. Ross Bailes

 

Davis Diesel Service Fast Qualifier: Scott Bloomquist 17.156

Feature Winner: Jonathan Davenport

Hard Charger: McCreadie & Overton, Both Advanced 11 Spots

Heat 1 Winner: Scott Bloomquist
Heat 2 Winner: Jonathan Davenport
Heat 3 Winner: Chris Madden
Heat 4 Winner: Jason Colvert
Heat 5 Winner: Austin Hubbard
Heat 6 Winner: Tyler Millwood
B-Main 1 Winner: Tyler Erb
B-Main 2 Winner: Tyler Bare
Provisional: Dennis Franklin / Zack Mitchell

 

Heat 1 – Top 3 Transfer To Feature

1) Scott Bloomquist: 2) Rick Eckert; 3) Gregg Satterlee; 4) Amanda Whaley; 5) Tyler Erb; 6) Jared Miley; 7) Justin Williams; 8) Spencer Liggon; 9) Zack Mitchell

 

Heat 2 – Top 3 Transfer To Feature

1) Jonathan Davenport; 2) Chris Ferguson; 3) Ross Bailes; 4) Tyler Bare; 5; Hudson ONeal; 6) Nick Davis; 7) Donald Bradsher; 8) Dale Hollidge; 9) Jeff Mathews; 10) Tyler Emory

 

Heat 3 – Top 3 Transfer To Feature

1) Chris Madden; 2) Bobby Pierce; 3) Tim McCreadie; 4) Ross Robinson; 5) Walker Arthur; 6) Joey Coulter; 7) Kyle Lear; 8) Ivendent Lloyd; 9) Kirk Baker

 

Heat 4 – Top 3 Transfer To Feature

1) Jason Covert; 2) Kyle Hardy; 3) Brandon Overton; 4) Jimmy Latham, 5) Gary Stuhler; 6) Jeep Van Wormer; 7) Kelly Lee; 8) Cla Knight; 9) Reese Masiello

 

Heat 5 – Top 3 Transfer To Feature

1) Austin Hubbard; 2) Jeff Smith; 3) GR Smith; 4) Brent Larson; 5) Dustin Mitchell; 6) Jason Miller; 7) Matthew Nance; 8) Trever Feathers; 9) Kyle Bronson

 

Heat 6 – Top 3 Transfer To Feature

1) Tyler Millwood; 2) Andy Anderson; 3) Mason Zeigler; 4) Matt Cosner; 5) Ryan Montgomery; 6) Rick Elliott; 7) Kenny Moreland; 8) Dennis Franklin; 9) Zack Dohm

 

B-Main 1 – Top 2 Transfer To Feature

1) Tyler Erb; 2) Walker Arthur; 3) Ross Robinson; 4) Brent Larson; 5) Ivendent Lloyd; 6) Jared Miley; 7) Amanda Whaley; 8) Kyle Lear; 9) Kirk Baker; 10) Dustin Mitchell; 11) Trever Feathers; 12) Spencer Liggon; 13) Jason Miller; 14) Joey Coulter

 

B-Main 2 – Top 2 Transfer To Feature

1) Tyler Bare; 2) Hudson ONeal; 3) Matt Cosner; 4) Rick Elliott; 5) Kenny Moreland; 6) Donald Bradsher; 7) Gary Stuhler; 8) Kyle Bronson; 9) Cla Kight; 10) Dale Hollidge; 11) Jeff Mathews; 12) Jimmy Latham; 13) Ryan Montgomery; 14) Jeep Van Wormer; 15) Kelly Lee; 16) Tyler Emory; 17) Nick Davis

 

For more information on the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series visit http://www.ultimatesupers.com or call (864) 871-1442. ULTIMATE Supers are also on Twitter at @ULTIMATESupers Instagram @ULTIMATE_Supers and on Facebook at Ultimate Super Late Model Series.

The ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series would like to recognize their series partners for the 2018 season which include: American Racer, Hoosier Race Tires, VP Race Fuels, PPM Racing Products, Arizona Sport Shirts, DirtonDirt.com, Cruise With the Champions, Big A’s Custom Graphics, AR Bodies, Five Star Race Bodies, Schaeffer’s Racing Oil and Lubricants, RockAuto.com, Simpson, Davis Diesel Service, Rugged Radios, and Thomas Clarke Performance Web Design.

Shawn Balluzzo Doubles Down in Modified Season Opener at Langley Speedway

No. 48 Shawn Balluzzo flys into turn three during qualifying on Pepsi Night where he would win the pole and both races. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – Nine-time and defending Modified series champion Shawn Balluzzo made a statement earlier in the afternoon when he laid down the only sub sixteen second lap – 15.851 or 89.710 MPH – and backed that statement up later in the evening with a dominating win in race one as well as a win from dead last in race number two. Chris Johnson – coming off of a win in a Late Model the night before – would line up to his outside while Matt Carter, Brad Adams, and Bobby Gery rounded out the fastest five cars in the fifteen car field.

Balluzzo cleared the field and jumped out to an early lead bringing Matt Carter with him. However, the field would be slowed early for the first and only caution in race number one. Andrew Fortin found himself facing the wrong way out of the groove in turn two – we were not able to see if the young driver had any help going around or not. Once the caution truck was back on pit road and the green flag was back in the air Balluzzo continued to put the whooping on the field – Carter and Gery would give it their all but would have nothing to offer the nine-time champion. Bubba Johnston and Bobby Gery would round out the top five finishers.

Per the NASCAR rulebook, when it comes to sanctioned divisions running twin races, eight cars were inverted for race number two. Chris Johnson was clearly the beneficiary of the invert when Shane Snyder waived the green flag and jumped out to a commanding lead over the field while outside pole sitter, Jon Largena, faded quickly when he was hung out to dry on the top groove. Balluzzo on the other hand elected to come down pit road and give up his eighth place starting position and started from the rear. It should be noted that Balluzzo was not eligible for the bonus points given by NASCAR for starting in the rear because it was not a full field per the support division rules.

Johnson clearly had the car to beat in the relatively calm second race as Balluzzo worked his way up through the field. Things got hairy with two laps to go when Matt Carter got into Johnson, giving it everything he had, in turns one and two and both cars went around to bring out the caution flag. Both drivers were able to pull away from the wreck, Johnson, however, pulled down pit road and nose first into his stall, Matt Carter was able to continue.

This handed the lead over to Bobby Gery who had Balluzzo right behind him. When the cone was displayed, Balluzzo elected to take it and would start on the outside of Gery. As the field sailed into turns one and two, Gery appeared to get in just a little too hot which ultimately pushed him up into Balluzzo. The contact sent Balluzzo up into the marbles but he was able to save it. Gery, however, ended up looping it and Bubba Johnston and Jamie Sample piled in making contact, this now handed the lead over to Balluzzo.

Balluzzo, of course, stayed low on the ensuing restart and had Matt Carter lined up to his outside. When the green was dropped Balluzzo powered into turn one and into sole possession of the lead out of two. He would put roughly three to four car lengths on Carter to pick up his second win of the night.

 

Sammy Gaita earned his first pole of his Grand Stock career and ultimately wound up in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane at the end of the night. After leading the handful of laps, Rodney Boyd would overtake the lead and bring Tim Wilson with him. However, on an ensuing restart later in the race, Wilson and Boyd would make heavy contact sending Wilson somewhat into the air, the contact allowed Gaita to fly on by and that was all he needed to capture his first career Pepsi Grand Stock win.

 

Larry King Law’s Modified Race 1 Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  3. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  4. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  5. #3 Brad Adams; 30
  6. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  7. #4 Jon Largena; 30
  8. #36 Chris Johnson; 30
  9. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  10. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 29
  12. #30 Derek Roberts; 28
  13. #19 Kyle Wood; 19
  14. #29 Adam Medek; 14
  15. #49 Todd Whitesell; 3

 

Larry King Law’s Modified Race 2 Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  3. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  4. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  5. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  6. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  7. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  8. #29 Adam Medek; 30
  9. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  10. #30 Derek Roberts; 30
  11. #36 Chris Johnson; 28
  12. #4 Jon Largena; 28
  13. #3 Brad Adams; 25

Pepsi Grand Stock Results;

  1. #24 Sammy Gaita; 40
  2. #9 Rodney Boyd; 40
  3. #14 Paul Lubno; 40
  4. #2 Michael Waters; 40
  5. #77 Carl Livingston; 40
  6. #51 Grant Blasingame; 39
  7. #17 Tim Wilson; 24
  8. #26 Louis Pasderetz; 19

Shawn Balluzzo Enters 2018 Looking for Unprecedented Tenth Modified Division Title at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

Shawn Balluzzo wins his 9th race of the year and 9th modified championship
Photo by John Long

Hampton, VA – With Mother Nature playing spoiler last weekend for most of the Mid-Atlantic region, the IMCA style Modified’s that run at Langley Speedway had to put their season opener on hold for a week. However, with warm temperatures and sunshine in the forecast all day race fans in the Hampton Roads area should be set for a wonderful night of racing.

After missing their season opener last week, nine-time series champion Shawn Balluzzo will begin not only his title defense but also his hunt for an unprecedented tenth series title. The IMCA style modifed’s will headline Pepsi Night with twin 30-lap features. Along with the Modified’s race fans will enjoy exciting action from the Winged Champ Karts, INEX Bando, and Legends division, Super Trucks and the Grand Stocks.

Balluzzo’s title hunt will not be easy, however. As this year as he will have the likes of Matt Carter and Bobby Gery – who all showed increasing speed at the conclusion of last season – to deal with as they will all be competing for wins. No official word if Balluzzo’s longtime “nemesis” if you will Robbie Babb will be back competing full time this year as rumor has it he is going to be running the SMRS Tour. Not to mention these division veterans will have to deal with some younger talent this year as both Brad Adams and Matt Morgan look to make a name for themselves in the open-wheeled division.

Racing is set to get underway at 7:00 PM so make sure to pack the car up and head on out to the speedway. If you cant make it follow us all night on Twitter (@theweeklyracer)

 

 

 

Pepsi Night Race Line Up:

  1. ERA Realtor Winged Champ Karts – 20 laps
  2. Cycle City Corp. Bandolero – 15 laps
  3. Larry King Law Modifieds – 30 laps
  4. Cycle City Corp. Legend’s – 25 laps
  5. Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 25 laps
  6. PEPSI Grand Stocks – 40 laps
  7. Larry King Law Modifieds – 30 laps
  1. BOJANGLES Enduros – 30 laps

 

*schedule subject to change*

Caraway Speedway Resumes Action with Second SMRS Stop

After two weekends off from the sounds of race cars, Caraway Speedway will once again roar to life for the third race of the 2018 season this Saturday, April 14th at 7pm.

The Southern Modified Racing Series (SMRS) will headline a seven division, eight-race card. The Southern Modified Racing Series will run a twin 50-lap format which will be the third and fourth race of the season for the series. To date, two Northern invaders have picked up the wins with Jon McKennedy winning the season opener at Caraway and Matt Hirshman picking up the win at Hickory two weekends ago.

The 602 Tour Modifieds will also run a 35-lap feature for their second race of the 2018 season. Robbie Brewer won the season opener several weeks back over Dean Lowder. The field for this new series is continuing to expand and should produce some great racing this weekend and in future races.

The Limited Late Models will be back in action as well. Mack Little picked up the win in the season opener with Josh Lowder winning the second race of the season. Those two drivers along with Tommy Neal and Jimmy Wallace have been mixing it up for the win in both races to date. Jeremy Clay also isn’t too far behind and could be a threat to win a race soon.

The BGS (Bowman Gray Stadium) Sportsman cars will be in action for the first time this season. These drivers will be looking to get their season started a week ahead of Bowman Gray Stadium opening up. Kevin Neal, John Holleman IV, and Mike Adams are among the expected entrants for this division. Those three alone would make for a great race but we expect a host of other BGS regulars to challenge them for the win.

The Chargers return for their first race since the season opener on March 11th with a 25-lap race. Austin Harris picked up his first career win in that race after getting spun and going to the tail of the field. He’ll have his hands full with several newcomers expected to compete in this event.

AJ Sanders will be looking for his second Caraway win of the season and third overall with the Mini Stocks returning to action for 15-laps. Sanders dominated the season opener but had a windshield full of Johnny Baker. Baker will be looking for his first win of the season this weekend.

The U-Cars will be back in action for 10-laps on Saturday night as Gregory Williams looks to pick up another win. He didn’t get to go to victory lane in the season opener but after Tommy Raino was disqualified, Williams inherited the victory. Several more cars are ready now after a month off and will be ready to challenge Williams for the top spot.

Grandstands open at 5pm with racing slated to start at 7pm. Adults $20, youth 7-14 years old $5 and kids 6 and under get in free. For more information on Caraway Speedway, visit their newly redesigned website at http://www.CarawaySpeedway.com or visit them on Facebook at @caraway.speedway. You can also call the track office at 336.629.5803

Chris Johnson Capitalizes on Initial Start to Capture First Late Model Win of 2018 at Southside; Ethan Ayers & Ryan Paul Split UCAR Twin Bill

Chris Johnson climbs out of his Late Model in victory lane after leading every lap on April 13th at Southside Speedway.

Midlothian, VA – Howie Disavino, the 17-year-old Chesterfield native who just celebrated a birthday last week, surprised everyone when we laid down the fastest lap in qualifying earlier in the afternoon with a 14.959-second lap time. Averaging 80.139 MPH Disavino’s lap was just nine-thousandths of a second better than Southside veteran Chris Dodson. He would, however, invert the top four qualifiers handing the top spot over to sophomore driver Mason Bailey.

When Jodie Adkins displayed the green flag to the field Bailey either spun the tires or missed a gear on the start. This allowed Chris Johnson, who started on the outside pole, the opportunity to take the lead going into turn one and that was about all she wrote for the top spot. As things got settled in upfront Bailey found himself going the wrong way while Disavino mounted his charge back to the front. Chris Johnson and Disavino would check out over the field.

The 40-lap feature went caution free with some pretty action-packed racing for the third position on back. Bailey found himself under fire several times throughout the feature as he slid back to the seventh position where he ultimately finished. Veteran racers Bugs Hairfield, Eddie Johnson, and Chris Johnson ran nose to tail for several laps before Dodson got around the No. 43 for fourth.

With ten laps to go, Disavino really turned up the wick and his assault on race leader Chris Johnson. He would get into turn one just a little too hot and go into a four-wheel slide, ultimately killing any chance he would have at the win. Bugs Hairfield, Chris Dodson, and Eddie Johnson rounded out the top five.

 

Ethan Ayers was the second fastest qualifier earlier in the afternoon during qualifying. He would take the green flag in the third position after the four-car invert and found himself in the lead early. Ayers opened up more than an eight-car advantage before the first of two cautions flags flew. Dillon Devenny and Cameron Ruggles would take the cone and restart on the outside. However, Ayers was able to keep the lead and go on to win the race. Dillon Devenney, Joshua Thomas, Trevor Stinson, and Ryan Paul rounded out the top five which just happened to be how many cars were inverted for race two.

Paul, who was making just his second UCAR start due to the twins, used the invert to his advantage to jump out to an early lead. He would have to hold off Ayers just twice on restarts one coming immediately after the green and another on lap four when debris brought out the yellow.

The rear bumper cover of the No. 03 machine of Zachary Lindsey was the reason for the lap four caution and at the same time that is when we noticed the No. 72 of Joshua Thomas with a rear bumper cover falling off as well. Race officials decided that he needed to come down pit road to remove it before it fell off on the racing surface, he would ultimately battle back to an eighth-place finish.

On the ensuing restart, Ryan Paul struggled to get going and Ethan Ayers almost made him pay. The restart also allowed Michael Chapman to jump up to the third position. Paul would ultimately be able to hang onto the top spot over Ethan Ayers, Michael Chapman, Dillon Devenney, and Cameron Ruggles.

 

Late Model Stock OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #24 Chris Johnson; 40
  2. #55 Howie Disavino; 40
  3. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 40
  4. #0 Chris Dodson; 40
  5. #43 Eddie Johnson; 40
  6. #22 Justin Martz; 40
  7. #05 Mason Bailey; 40
  8. #20 Sonny Allen; 40
  9. #18 Brad Davis; 40
  10. #90 John Goin; 40
  11. #89 Matt Ashworth; 40
  12. #99 Daniel Thomas; 31
  13. #19 Kyle Wood; 27
  14. #79 Lane Janosik; 4
  15. #25 Michael Sutphin; DNS

 

UCAR Race 1 Results;

  1. #96 Ethan Ayers; 25
  2. #15 Dillon Devenney; 25
  3. #72 Joshua Thomas; 25
  4. #10 Trevor Stinson; 25
  5. #5 Ryan Paul; 25
  6. #40 Cameron Ruggles; 25
  7. #12 Jamie Hite; 25
  8. #13 Beejay Anderson; 25
  9. #03 Zachary Lindsey; 25
  10. #89 Kyle Bunn; 25
  11. #97 Robert Eroh; 24
  12. #58 Hunter Waldrop; 24
  13. #49 Robbie Roth; 24
  14. #50 Kevin Garreau; 18
  15. #22 James Gelina; 18
  16. #1 Mike Frayser; 2
  17. #28 Tommy Gildea; DNS
  18. #14 Matthew McMillion; DNS

UCAR Race 2 Results;

  1. #5 Ryan Paul; 25
  2. #96 Ethan Ayers; 25
  3. #58 Micahel Chapman; 25
  4. #15 Dillon Devenney; 25
  5. #40 Cameron Ruggles; 25
  6. #10 Trevor Stinson; 25
  7. #13 Beejay Anderson; 25
  8. #72 Joshua Thomas; 25
  9. #97 Robert Eroh; 25
  10. #03 Zachary Lindsey; 25
  11. #50 Kevin Garreau; 25
  12. #14 Aaron McMillon; 25
  13. #1 Mike Frayser; 25
  14. #22 James Gelina; 23
  15. #49 Robbie Roth; 12
  16. #12 Jamie Hite; DNS
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