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Greg Edwards Shakes Losing Monkey; Mark Wertz Continues to Ride Momentum to Dale Lemonds Victory Lane

Mark Wertz returns to victory lane in the Taylor Waste Service Late Model’s as a part-time competitor for 2020. (📸 Sara Langley)

Hampton, VA – It was a cool, chilly night, but the action on the track was hot and intense. The Taylor Waste Services Late Models were back in action to headline the evening with twin 50-lap features. 13 Late Models showed up for an action-packed night. With just eight races left on the season, it was time for teams crackdown and focus on the championship. Brenden Queen came into the night with a 9 point lead over Casey Wyatt, and an 11 point lead over Danny Edwards Jr.

Queen put his machine on the pole earlier in the afternoon with a lap of 15.774 (90.148 MPH). Danny Edwards, Greg Edwards, Casey Wyatt, and Mark Wertz rounded out the fast five. The field doubled up and got the green flag for the first of two 50 lappers. Queen jumped to the lead and after just one lap the field went single file. Wertz gave Wyatt a little nudge for the fourth but couldn’t get the momentum to get around him. Lap 16, Greg got to the inside of Danny for second and took it away. By lap 20 Queen had a two-car length lead over the field.

A battle between Rodney Boyd and Craig Eastep began for the tenth position. The two made contact but both held onto it, Eastep would get the tenth spot while Boyd battled back. With 15 laps to go, Bubba Johnston and Thomas Marks began to battle for the eighth spot to see who would start on the pole for the second 50 lap race. Greg had caught up to Queen and got to his inside to battle for the lead. His momentum came to a holt as the caution came out for Johnston and Marks going for a synchronized spin in turn one. Queen would take the outside for the cone, allowing Greg to start to his inside. On the start, Queen didn’t go allowing Greg to take the lead. Danny took over second and Queen fell to third. Wyatt got the short end of the deal and fell from fourth to tenth. Greg Edwards would go on to get his first victory of the season. Both Queen and Wyatt would come to a stop at the start-finish line, exiting their machines, and showing their displeasure to both the starter and the tower expressing that Edwards (who was not the control car) went before the restart line in turn four.

Even after the spin in the first race, Thomas Marks worked his way back to an eighth-place finish to put him on the pole for the second twin. Bubba Johnston, Craig Eastep, Connor Hall, and Mark Wertz were the starting five. The Green flag flew and the first caution came out for Casey Wyatt making contact with Rodney Boyd, sending Boyd hard into turn one wall. We would later find out that Wyatt’s throttle hung going into the corner. Back to green, and Eastep had the issues getting going causing the bottom row to stack up. Johnson jumped to the lead going into turn one. Hall began to battle Marks for second while Queen joined in. Queen ended up pushing Hall past Marks before eventually working his way around as well. With the battle for second going on, Johnston had built a sizable lead on the rest of the field.

The first caution of the second feature would come at the hands of Craig Eastep spinning through the backstretch grass on lap 13. The tride and true saying of cautions breed cautions were true this weekend because no sooner than the race restarted the field was slowed yet again. This time due to Eastep spinning the 9 of Brock between turns one and two. Back to green and the field made it one lap this time before the third caution was displayed. Contact between Johnston, who looked to try and pull up in front of Hall after losing the lead, and Connor Hall going into turn one cause early depatures for both competitors.

Back to green once again, Queen jumped to the lead with Wertz falling in line in second. Another caution would come out on lap 22 for Wyatt’s machine coming to a stop in turn four. Later reports would confirm Wyatt once again had issues with his throttle and decided to shut the car down to avoid further issues and bring the car to the garage. Wertz took the cone again and would restart on Queens outside. Wertz would clear Queen on lap 24 to take the lead. The two battled side by side for nearly the rest of the race with Greg riding in third waiting for his opportunity to make his move. His opportunity wouldn’t come, Mark Wertz went on to pick up his first Late Model win of the season.

 

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With a very impressive field of 13 cars, everyone was still chasing Michael Waters. Jamie Hite grabbed the pole by .003-seconds over Michael Waters. Rookies Christian Keller, Robert Dezero, and Nicholas Deans rounded out the fast five. Hite jumped to the lead in the start while Keller stuck his nose to second with Waters falling to third. Waters made his way around Keller for second and wasted no time to get to Hite. Hite and Waters made contact coming out of turn four causing Waters to get loose and almost went nose-first into the inside wall. Waters night would be over sooner than he had hoped meaning there would finally be a new winner this season. The second caution came out for Zachary Lindsey, Tyler Borden, and Bill Eaker getting together in turn three, this wreck ended Lindsey’s night. Back under green, on lap 9, Keller took the lead from Hite. A battle for third heated up between Davis, Deans and Dwight Nikles. Lap 15, Keller was still holding off Hite for the lead. On lap 22, Hite finally reclaimed the lead. Jamie Hite would hold on to pick up his first win of the season.

 

 

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Race 1 Results;

 

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  2. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 50
  3. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  4. #55 Mark Wertz; 50
  5. #77 Connor Hall; 50
  6. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  7. #19 Bubba Johnson; 50
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  9. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  10. #9 Rodney Boyd; 50
  11. #9 Alex Brock; 50
  12. #71 Jared Clark; 49
  13. #68 Terri O’Connell; 13

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Race 2 Results;

 

  1. #55 Mark Wertz; 50
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  3. #21 Greg Edwards, 50
  4. #26 Danny Edwards; 50
  5. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  6. #9 Alex Brock; 50
  7. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  8. #71 Jared Clark; 49
  9. #29 Casey Wyatt; 21
  10. #19 Bubba Johnston; 14
  11. #77 Connor Hall; 14
  12. #9 Rodney Boyd; 0

 

Farley Finacial UCAR Results;

  1. #12 Jamie Hite; 25
  2. #6 Christian Keller; 25
  3. #3 Austin Davis; 25
  4. #03 Nicholas Deans; 25
  5. #7 Dwight Nikles; 25
  6. #46 Nicholas Hurt; 24
  7. #00 Robert Dezero; 23
  8. #22 Bill Eaker; 12
  9. #50 Zach Fredrick; 4
  10. #36 Michael Waters; 3
  11. #03 Zachary Lindsey; 3
  12. #20 Mike Parker; 3
  13. #2 Tyler Borden; 3

 

*Featured Photo: Greg Edwards and team celebrate first win of the 2020 season following a controversial late-race restart. Photo: Sara Langley

Greg Edwards Collects Win Number Ten and Championship Number Six; Finishes 2019 Tenth in the Nation, Fourth in Virginia

Hampton, VA– Greg Edwards, of Poquoson Virginia, came one championship closer to tying Phil Warren’s record of seven Late Model Stock Car track championships at Langley Speedway. He also tied his brother Danny Edwards with six championships a piece – twelve all together for Edwards Motorsports. He did so by simply starting last night’s race, it was an added bonus for the team to do so from the pole position posting a time 15.833 seconds. Conor Hall, who was looking to steal the title from Edwards did not have the car count he needed but would roll off second. Michael Hardin, Danny Edwards, and Mark Wertz rounded out the fastest five.

You would have thought Greg Edwards needed to win the race in order to win the championship because he took off from the field when Shane Snyder displayed the final green flag of the 2019 season. After leaving Hall to deal with the likes of Hardin and his brother Greg had nothing but a clear track in front of him to click off laps. Hall would eventually lose his second-place position to Danny Edwards just prior to the first caution of the evening for a spinning Brenden Queen in turn two.

It was an all Edwards front row for the ensuing restart where both drivers were able to maintain their position on the speedway. The restart would essentially be null and void after contact between the No. 7 of Zach Lightfoot and No. 9 Rodney Boyd made contact in turns three and four. Edwards was challenged a little more on the second restart from three-time race winner Connor Hall. As he has done all year, Edwards was once again able to defend his position and retain the race lead one last time.

All of our attention from that point on was focused on the epic battle between Late Model veteran Mark Wertz and relative newcomer to the division, Thomas Marks. The two spent the last quarter of the 100-lap race battling door-to-door for the fourth position. Marks utilizing the inside line for the offensive while Wertz mastered the outside line and ultimately defended his position. Edwards would power out of turn four one final time to earn his tenth victory of the season by a full second over his brother Danny Edwards. Connor Hall, Mark Wertz, and Thomas Marks would round out the top five finishers.

“That’s the way I wanted to end it,” Edwards said in a confetti-filled victory lane. “We tried something for this last race because we really had nothing to lose; might should have done that earlier in the season. The car was really good. I have to thank James Long and everyone that helps [on this car], Phillip Goodwin, Ashly, and all the people that help. It takes up a lot of time out of our lives to do this. I appreciate everything they give to me. It’s been a dream season. I have to thank Charlie High, he is one hell of an engine builder and I’m proud to be driving one of his motors”

Edwards also did something this year that not too many Division-I drivers competing in NASCAR’s weekly series can do, finishing tenth in national points running a single track all year long. Edwards had exactly 18 starts this season, which is the max NASCAR will take towards your national and state standings. Earning a total of nine wins, and eighteen top fives and top tens Greg Edwards was able to finish tenth in the nation and fourth in the state of Virginia.

“We are really happy with where we finished,” Edwards commented. “You get eighteen starts and we got exactly eighteen. Got a top ten in the nation and fourth in the state while all these other guys are running thirty to forty races a year. I am really happy about that.”

The title brought Greg even with his brother Danny at six championships and both just one shy of the record Phil Warren set in the division at seven.

“We are back to even,” Greg said about his brother’s six titles. “That’s pretty impressive and an elite crew, with Danny and Phil [Warren]. I think we are the only three to be able to do that in Late Model racing so that is a good group of guys to be in with.”

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 100
  2. #26 Danny Edwards; 100
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 100
  4. #55 Mark Wertz; 100
  5. #88 Thomas Marks; 100
  6. #90 Terry Carroll; 100
  7. #9 Rodney Boyd; 100
  8. #7 Michael Hardin; 100
  9. #03 Brenden Queen; 100
  10. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 100
  11. #10 Madyson Mulligan; 100
  12. #25 Michael Sutphin; 56

Greg Edwards Looking for Sixth Late Model Stock Car Championship Tonight

Hampton, VA – The 2019 Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway will come to a close later this evening and six more champions will be unofficially crowned. Poquoson’s own Greg Edwards is looking to clinch his sixth track title tonight – twelfth combined for Edwards Motorsports. Edwards, who has already won three times as many races as the next person, is also looking to earn win number ten to close out his tremendous year. With tonight’s race being a single 100-lap feature he will have to work on a good qualifying run and saving his tires if he wants to be there at the end.

Connor Hall, who has had a breakout season of his own winning the Hampton Heat 200 and the Solid Rock Carries 150 at Carteret County Speedway collecting $10,000 in each race, comes into the weekend sitting second in points, only fifteen behind Edwards. With three wins to his credit, this season alone Hall has proven time and time again he knows how to run upfront. However, he will need some alignment of the stars if you will if he wants to steal the championship away from Edwards, something that is still mathematically possible. With each position on the track counting for one point, Connor Hall essentially needs to win tonights feature, have a full field of cars show up, per the NASCAR rulebook, and Edwards needs to have a DNF. Though the odds are stacked against the No. 77 Townebank/Blue Water Yacht Sales Toyota one thing we can certainly take to the betting table is that Connor and crew will certainly give it everything they have and more.

Defending series champion Danny Edwards (392) currently sits in third place with no mathematical chance to gain on either Hall or his brother. Brenden Queen (384) enters the night fourth in points trailing Danny by only eight points so we could see a change in third should Queen have a stellar night. Thomas Marks (337) who has also had a standout year should lock up fifth-place points by just starting the race.

In support divisions, we already know the Super Streets are going to put on a great show but with only 10 points separating Dale Parro and Gordon Weeks, we most certainly should expect to see a barn burner in that 40-lap feature. Rick Poust by virtue of taking the green flag should clinch the Super Truck championship as should rookie Mike Farley in the UCAR division. Another race we should keep our eye on is the Pro Six 30-lap feature. Jarred Clarke, who is actually winless on the season, enters the weekend with just a five-point lead over seven-time winner Travis Wall who missed the first couple races of the season.

The full race-day schedule can be found below. Gates open at 2:00 PM. Qualifying 4:30 PM. Racing at 7:00 PM.

 

Hampton CVB Championship Night at the Races

EVENT SCHEDULE: October 12, 2019

 

12:00 PM                                        PIT GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                          GENERAL ADMISSION GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                          PRACTICE BEGINS

4:15 PM                                          DRIVER’S MEETING

4:30 PM                                          QUALIFYING

6:50 PM                                          INVOCATION BY REV. POTTER / NATIONAL ANTHEM

7:00 PM                                          1ST RACE BEGINS

Practice Order

  1. Late Model – 3 Practices
  2. Super Street – 2 Practices
  3. Super Truck – 2 Practices
  4. Pro-Six – 2 Practices
  5. U-car – 2 Practices

 

Qualifying Order

  1. U-Car – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  2. Pro-Six – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  3. Super Truck – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  4. Super Street – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  5. Late Model – 3 Laps Scuff (Green-White-Checkered)
  6. Enduro – Practice (3 groups of even cars)

Race Line Up

  1. Bojangles U-Car – 25 Laps
  2. Riverside Paper Pro-Six – 30 Laps
  3. Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 25 Laps
  4. Old Skool Video Games Super Street – 40 laps
  5. Taylor Waste Services Late Model – 100 Laps
  6. Parts Barn Enduro – 30 laps

Greg Edwards Continues to Dominate Langley Speedway in 100-lap Feature

Hampton, VA – In a stout field of 15 cars, Connor Hall picked up the pole position after putting down a lap time of 15.948 compared to Greg Edwards who qualified second with a 15.950. Danny Edwards Jr, Casey Wyatt, and Brenden Queen rounded out the five fastest drivers.

Once the field got the green flag, Hall jumped to the lead with Greg in tow. Danny, Queen and Wyatt all began a battle for the third position while everyone else went single file. Wyatt went into turn two with a great run and got to the inside of Queen to take the fourth position headed down the backstretch. Meanwhile, a heated battle between Thomas Marks and Michael Hardin started up for the ninth position.

A quarter of the way through the feature Greg Edwards put the bumper to Hall and moved Him up the hill in turn two and a side by side battle for the lead began ensued. Two laps later Greg cleared Hall for the lead down the backstretch. Greg’s brother, Danny Edwards, followed in his tracks and took second away from Hall. A side by side battle heated up between Wyatt and Queen for the fourth position. The two drivers stayed side by side for about five laps until Wertz got a piece of Queen and took the fifth spot from him. Now it was Wertz turn at Wyatt as he went to the inside of him for fourth.

Halfway through the feature it was still Greg and Danny pacing the field while Hall was coasting in third. Wyatt, Wertz and Justin Carroll continued to battle for fourth and fifth. Things started to get Wild as the laps were winding down. Justin, Wyatt and Wertz went three wide into turn one and Wyatt got into the lose stuff and almost went around. Carroll took advantage of the slip and took the fourth spot with Wertz going to fifth. Wyatt fell back to ninth after the slip.

The first caution of the evening came on lap 77 when Casey Wyatt turned Zach Lightfoot in turn two. Lightfoot wasn’t too happy about that and under caution went after Wyatt and spun him in turn three.

On the restart, Greg shot off into turn one. Wertz got stuck on the outside line and got shuffled all the way to the back of the field. Wertz then went to the pits and parked his machine with a broken right front hub. The second caution came on lap 85 once again for Lightfoot, this time it was him getting into Rodney Boyd going into turn one sending him for a spin.The next restart was a wild one, Hall got an amazing start and took it three wide into turn one to take the inside from

Greg. Danny and Queen got shuffled back after the start but held a good position. Coming out of turn four, Hall got shoved out of the groove and got stuck on the outside line falling all the way to tenth. The third and final caution came out on lap 91 for Justin getting into Danny into turn one sending Danny nose first into the wall.

On the final restart, Queen took the cone to see if he had anything for Greg and boy did he. Queen got the slightly better start than Greg and went into turn one with a slight edge for the lead. The two would stay completely side by side until lap 93 where Queen took the lead by hadn’t quiet cleared Greg. Greg would get the lead back on lap 95 and cleared Queen. Checkered flag flew and Greg Edwards picked up his ninth win of the season.

 

Taylor Waste Service Late Model UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 100
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 100
  3. #90 Terry Carroll; 100
  4. #88 Thomas Marks; 100
  5. #77 Connor Hall; 100
  6. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 100
  7. #91 Justin Carroll; 100
  8. #7H Michael Hardin; 100
  9. #29 Casey Wyatt; 100
  10. #9 Rodney Boyd; 100
  11. #89 Craig Eastep; 99
  12. #26 Danny Edwards; 91
  13. #4 Duane Shreeves; 85
  14. #55 Mark Wertz; 81
  15. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 43

Greg Edwards Doubles Down at Langley Speedway Picks Up Wins Seven and Eight

TWR’s little helper celebrates with Greg Edwards in victory lane Saturday night when he picked up win number seven on the season. (Bill Carnes/Given to Fly Photography)

Hampton, VA– You don’t always have to win the battle but you certainly want to win the war. Greg Edwards is not a better example of that these past couples of weeks at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway picking up his eighth victory – fifth consecutive – of the season Saturday night.

Connor Hall was the fastest man in town earlier in the evening during qualifying. Oddly enough he was the first car to hit the racetrack to lay down his 15.732–second (90.398 MPH) lap. Greg Edwards, the second to last car to go out for qualifying, came up only three-hundredths of a second short of the pole position, however, rightfully earned his spot on the front row. Brenden Queen, Danny Edwards Jr., and Casey Wyatt rounded out the fastest five cars for race one.

When it was time to go green flag racing Hall took advantage of his number one starting position and jumped out to an early lead while third-place starter Brenden Queen was able to also get by Edwards on the inside. Greg being the veteran he is at Langley settled for third and got into a familiar rhythm. Within ten laps he was able to peak his nose under Queen and take the position. With nothing but open track between him and the leader, Edwards set the car on kill mode an immediately tracked down Hall and executed a pass for the lead around lap twenty-eight. From there it was smooth sailing as Edwards would click off laps and pass lap traffic with ease to pick up his seventh – fourth consecutive – win of the season in the caution-free 70-lap feature.

Connor Hall would finish in the runner up position while Brenden Queen found a way to keep his nose just in front of Danny Edwards to steal a podium finish. Casey Wyatt, who was battling at times three-wide with Queen and Danny, would come home fifth.

Per the NASCAR rulebook, a minimum of eight cars was inverted for race number two of the evening. Handing the top spot over to Justin Carroll. To his outside was Rookie of the Year contender Zach Lightfoot. Greg Edwards elected to give up his eighth-place starting position to go to the rear with the hopes of collecting maximum points for the event and collect he did.

As usual race two was a little more hectic and honestly probably more “racey” as guys and gals were on already worn out tires, we really got to see how much people saved from the first race and the faster cars were thrown in the middle of the pack. Justin Carroll would show the way for a handful of laps before Danny Edwards took over while brother Greg Edwards worked his way through the field. With the help of a handful of cautions, some rather close together, Greg Edwards found himself back in the top three just shy of the halfway point of the race.

A couple of almost back-to-back cautions set up some rather intense cone restarts. Edwards trying both the outside and inside to get around Hall. Have to give a lot of Credit to Connor Hall and the No. 77 team because he did everything in his power to keep Edwards behind him to the point that the two rubbed doors going into one battling for the lead. Ultimately, Greg Edwards would prevail after a last-ditch cross over move from Hall was ineffective regulating Hall once again to a second-place finish. Danny Edwards would improve his finishing position by one and swap places with Brenden Queen while Justin Carroll was able to hang on to a fifth-place finish.

“It’s just really hard racing there with Connor,” Edwards said in victory lane. “If the fans don’t like that racing, I don’t know. That was some exciting side-by-side racing.  Connor gave me all he had he never backs down. He’s gonna’ run it for all she’s got and that’s what he should do. Our car was just a tick better tonight and I’m just proud of this team. Thank God for this effort, thank God for Charlie High racing engines, James Long, my fans and family, I really appreciate it.”

The Late Models will take the week off and return to racing on September 7thwith a single 100-lap feature leaving just six races left before a champion is crowned. Racing, however, will return to Langley next weekend August 31stwith twin 40-lap Modified features where the $1,000 bounty for Shawn Balluzzo is still up for grabs. Super Streets, Pro Six, Karts and Enduros all slated to race as well.

 

Taylor Waste Services LMSC UNOFFICIAL Race 1 Results;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 70
  2. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  3. #03 Brenden Queen; 70
  4. #26 Danny Edwards; 70
  5. #29 Casey Wyatt; 70
  6. #90 Terry Carroll; 70
  7. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 70
  8. #91 Justin Carroll; 70
  9. #88 Thomas Marks; 70
  10. #7 Michael Hardin; 69
  11. #89 Craig Eastep; 69
  12. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 69
  13. #36 Chris Johnson; 45
  14. #9 Rodney Boyd; 42

 

Taylor Waste Services LMSC UNOFFICIAL Race 2 Results;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 70
  2. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  3. #26 Danny Edwards; 70
  4. #03 Brenden Queen; 70
  5. #91 Justin Carroll; 70
  6. #90 Terry Carroll; 70
  7. #9 Rodney Boyd; 70
  8. #7 Michael Hardin; 70
  9. #36 Chris Johnson; 70
  10. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 70
  11. #89 Craig Eastep; 58
  12. #88 Thomas Marks; 38
  13. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 38
  14. #29 Casey Wyatt; 34
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