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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

OFFICIAL Hampton Heat 200 Results:

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

Philip Morris Continues to Flex His Muscle at Langley Speedway; Becomes Eighth Different Hampton Heat 200 Winner

Philip Morris enters turn one during final practice Saturday afternoon during the 2018 Hampton Heat 200. He would go on to become the second driver in the ten-year history to lead flag-to-flag. (Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – After just about a month of waiting due to undesirable weather conditions, Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway was finally able to get the tenth running of the Hampton Heat 200 complete. Philip Morris won the $500 pole award Saturday afternoon just before the sky opened up monsoon style rain forcing officials to push the race back just one more day. The heat, the green race track, and a few tempers were not enough to deny Morris his eighth victory of 2018 at Langley Speedway and his first in the prestigious $10,000 to win race.

It was rather clear from pretty early on that it was going to take something short of a miracle to take this race from Morris. He was certainly kept honest throughout the 200-lap feature by the likes of Peyton Sellers, Bobby McCarty, and CE Falk but none had what it took to dethrone the proclaimed “King” of Late Model Stock Car racing.

The first half of the race mimicked that of race number one in a twin race night. Most drivers were rather calm, cool, and collected. Getting a feel of the racing surface and working to keep tires under their cars. Bobby McCarty was the first challenger for Morris. However, the best he could do was pull within a handful of car lengths of the leader even with the help of a lap sixty-one caution – the only one in the first half of the race.

The second half, well now that’s an entirely different story. Teams were given fifteen minutes to make adjustments, add fuel, and changeup to two tires without the fear of an invert. It was like all of the drivers decided it was time to take the gloves off. Get up on the wheel, or however else you want to word it once the race went back to green because all bets were off. Danny Edwards Jr., who has proven he can race and even beat Morris previously this year, once again put up a great fight on the top groove like we have seen in the past this season. However, it was not enough and Morris eventually took sole possession of the lead back and drove away.

Not to mention the second half of the race witnessed some of the most physical racing we have seen since last years Valley Star Credit Union 300. Multiple cars – some even being heavy favorites to find victory lane – found their cars destroyed before the checkered flag was even displayed. However, even with all of the cautions and about a ten-minute red flag for clean up in turn two after a wild crash involving Casey Wyatt, Mark Wertz, Connor Hall, and Woody Howard, it was still not enough to slow down the Trailer Town USA No. 1 machine of Morris who eventually went on to beat Peyton Sellers by almost a full two seconds.

With Morris and Sellers flip-flopping their finishing position from the opening round of the triple crown at South Boston the two will enter the Martinsville weekend tied for the points lead. Setting up one of the best battles for that title in recent history. Bobby McCarty, Thomas Scott, and Danny Edwards would round out the top five finishers.

 

UNOFFICIAL Hampton Heat 200 Results;

  1. #01 Philip Morris; 200
  2. #26 Peyton Sellers; 200
  3. #22 Bobby McCarty; 200
  4. #8 Thomas Scott; 200
  5. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 200
  6. #12 Austin Thaxton; 200
  7. #4 Timmy Phipps; 200
  8. #02 CE Falk; 200
  9. #03 Brenden Queen; 200
  10. #91 Justin S. Carroll; 200
  11. #12 Nick Smith; 199
  12. #90 Terry Carroll; 199
  13. #22 Grayson Cullather; 198
  14. #2 Brandon Pierce; 198
  15. #83 Matt Bowling; 198
  16. #7 Justin T. Carroll; 197
  17. #25 Craig Eastep; 197
  18. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 190
  19. #36 Chris Johnson; 176
  20. #55 Mark Wertz; 130
  21. #41 Woody Howard; 129
  22. #92 Casey Wyatt; 129
  23. #77 Connor Hall; 128
  24. #24 Colin Garrett; 127
  25. #8 Tyler Hughes; 111
  26. #19 Cameron Bowen; 110
  27. #50 Garrett Bunch; 101
  28. #9 Rodney Boyd; 99
  29. #88 Thomas Marks; 69
  30. #4 Duane Shreeeves; 27
  31. #97 Greg Edwards; 18

10th Annual Hampton Heat 200 POSTPONED Due to Weather

Hampton, VA — News was just released this morning prior to the scheduled practice and media day at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway that the 10th running of the prestigious Hampton Heat 200 will be postponed. With rain moving into the area around 2:00 AM local time, and chances of rain increasing up to 90% throughout the morning and afternoon, Mother Nature has forced the hands of track owners and officials to pull the plug early on the event.

“This decision was not an easy one since it is the first time we have ever delayed the event in its 10 year history,” Chuck Hall said in the news release. “While we would like to try tomorrow, we have to consider the teams and fans traveling from long distances and make the call far enough in advance to prevent them from making an unneeded trip. An updated race day schedule for the Hampton Heat will be released in the coming days. All tickets purchased in advance for the Hampton Heat will be honored at our next race or at the Hampton Heat 200 on August 18th. We look forward to celebrating the 10th running of this event and hosting everyone in four weeks.”

The Weekly Racer’s coverage of this event will still continue as planned with LIVE Race Day coverage on our Twitter feed. Make sure to stay tuned to the tracks Facebook page or ours for updates on the event.

 

 

About Hampton Heat

Started in 2007, the Hampton Heat has become one of late model racing’s most prestigious races featuring the Mid-Atlantic’s best drivers all racing for the $10,000 check that is awarded to the winner. The Hampton Heat is also the second leg in the Virginia Triple Crown with the first leg being at South Boston Speedway and the final leg taking place at Martinsville Speedway.

About Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway is the home for NASCAR racing in Hampton Roads. From its modest opening in 1950 as a dirt track with few amenities to today’s paved showplace, Langley has proven itself to be one of the premier NASCAR Hometracks in the country and is one of the original members of the NASCAR Whelen All American Series. To learn more visit langley-speedway.comor call 757-865-RACE.

Philip Morris Earns Pole for First of Two 75-lap Features on Larry King Law Night

Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com

Hampton, VA – The man is on a mission in 2018 and this weekends mission is to remain undefeated in the Late Model division at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Coming off of a very close second place finish in the opening round of the 2018 Virginia Triple Crown, Morris made the trip back out to Langley this weekend hunting more victories as well as notes for the upcoming Hampton Heat.

With much cooler temperatures in the Hampton Roads area than the last couple of weeks and plenty of cloud cover, Morris was able to lay down a 15.639-second (90.927 MPH) to secure yet another pole award. He will lead Danny Edwards Jr., Greg Edwards, Brenden Queen – who had transponder issues during qualifying for those who might be watching Race Monitor but was scored by hand in the tower – and Garret Bunch to the green flag.

This weekends races will be the final weekend on the books for teams to build their notebooks heading into the prestigious 200-lap, $10,000 to win the race and the second leg to the Triple Crown. Make sure to follow us on our Twitter feed for LIVE lap-by-lap coverage for both NWAAS Late Model features and the INEX Legends feature.

 

Here is tonight’s race line-up:

  • Cycle City Corp. Bando – 15
  • Taylor Waste Service Late Models – 75
  • Harris Truck Shop Super Truck – 25
  • Cycle City Corp. Legends – 25
  • Pepsi Grand Stock – 40
  • Taylor Waste Service Late Models – 75
  • Bojangles Enduros – 30

 

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Qualifying Results:

  1. #01 Philip Morris; 15.639
  2. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 15.681
  3. #97 Greg Edwards; 15.709
  4. #03 Brenden Queen; 15.730
  5. #50 Garret Bunch; 15.731
  6. #57 Justin T. Carroll; 15.755
  7. #22 Grayson Cullather; 15.793
  8. #77 Connor Hall; 15.825
  9. #91 Justin S. Carroll; 15.876
  10. #55 Mark Wertz; 15.926
  11. #75 Logan Jones; 15.980
  12. #90 Terry Carroll; 16.003
  13. #4 Duane Shreeves; 16.024
  14. #88 Thomas Marks; 16.155
  15. #25 Craig Eastep; 16.157

Racing Set to Heat Up at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in Preparation for the 2017 Hampton Heat

Peyton Sellers tuning on the car Friday afternoon at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. (📸 Trisha Westfall/Hunt-Sellers Racing)

Hampton, VA – It was a busy afternoon Friday at the famed .395-mile flat track known as Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Coming off the heels of a spectacular Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 at South Boston Speedway – race number one in a three race series known as the VA Triple Crown – teams have converged to the Hampton Roads racing facility looking to build a notebook for the highly anticipated return of the Hampton Heat 200. With twin Late Model features on the books for this weekend, it will be a perfect shot for teams who don’t run at Langley on a regular basis to get a lay of the land so to speak.

Previous NWAAS National Champs, Phillip Morris, and Peyton Sellers, were just two of the drivers who made the trip out east on Friday to see what set up they can put together. For those who may not have known or don’t remember the July 1st race at South Boston [Philip Morris Wins Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 at South Boston Speedway], Peyton Sellers dominated the first 100-laps of the show before the eight car invert put him back in the pack and left to deal with some very hard racing. Phillip Morris, on the other hand, ended up in an epic battle with Langley’s own, Nick Smith, and ultimately came home the victor. Stacey Puryear, who had an outstanding race last weekend, as also made the trip to Hampton along with Austin Thaxton.

This weekend those same teams will mix it up in the Napa Auto Parts & Whelen Night at the races bringing together some of the best Late Model Stock Car drivers on the east coast. Greg Edwards and Nick Smith are looking to bounce back from their lackluster finishes the last time they ran twins while Matt Waltz will look to extend his newly found points lead over Justin T. Carroll. Mark Wertz & Brenden Queen are both coming off top ten finishes last week at South Boston and are looking for their first wins at Langley Speedway this year.

Multiple National Champs, multiple regional champs, and multiple track champs all in one location this weekend for TWO 66-lap races. Is there any other place you should be tonight?

Late Models are not the only racing that is on tap for this evening. The Pepsi Grand Stocks will be running 33-lap features along with the Cycle City Corps Legends & Bando’s. The evening will be wrapped up with the ever exciting Bojangle’s Enduros. Gates and Practice open at 2:00 PM. Green flag set to drop at 7:00 PM. The Weekly Racer will have LIVE, lap-by-lap coverage over on our Twitter feed – @theweeklyracer starting with the first LMSC race. Check out tonight’s full schedule bellow.

 

 

NAPA Auto Parts & Whelen Engineering Night Race Day Schedule July 8, 2017

11:00 AM                                       PIT GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                         GA GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                         PRACTICE BEGINS

4:15 PM                                         DRIVER’S MEETING

4:30 PM                                         QUALIFYING

5:00-6:30 PM                                 FAN ZONE – Gator Head

6:00 PM                                         MEET AND GREET

6:50 PM                                         INVOCATION BY REV. POTTER /

National Anthem

7:00 PM                                         1ST RACE BEGINS

 

Race Line Up

  • Pepsi Grand Stocks – 33 laps
  • Taylor Waste Services LMSC – 66 laps
  • Cycle City Corp Bandoleros – 15 laps
  • Cycle City Corp Legends – 25 laps
  • Pepsi Grand Stocks – 33 laps
  • Taylor Waste Services LMSC – 66 laps
  • Bojangles Enduros – 30 laps

C.E. Falk Optimistic For Record Fourth Hampton Heat Victory

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C.E. Falk, test day 2014 Hampton Heat. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer)

Mooresville, NC – Charles Edward Falk… better know around the shop as C.E. has proven time and time again he knows how to wheel a stock car around the flat track of Langley Speedway. Shoot, I stand corrected; the man can wheel a car pretty much anywhere you take him. Falk certainly has done a tremendous job making a name for himself in a Late Model Stock Car in the Mid-Atlantic region. Racking up four track championship – three of those were back-to-back-to-back – and winning the prestigious Hampton Heat three out of the seven times!

Falk however has not had the opportunity just yet this year to complete a race at Langley Speedway, they had made the trip up a few weeks back but of course Mother Nature had a different idea. Since then the team has still yet to take laps around the track. That however does not have the driver at all worried, even with new pavement around the corners. “Sounds okay,” Falk said, talking about the new pavement. “It’s good there was at least one race on it last weekend but honestly if Bill Mullis wanted to make half the track a dirt track I would still come up and run for a shot at $10,000.” He did tell me the team would be in town for Thursday nights practice as well as the practice Friday

We also talked about what it means and what it would mean to win for a fourth time. “Felt good [winning last year],” Falk said. “Probably going to have to free the car up a bit this year because of the pavement but we feel we have a really good package. Certainly going to be plenty of time for me to screw it up, it’s going to be tough, we just have to save our stuff.”

A 2015 Hampton Heat win will mark the second time in the events history that Falk wins back to back (’10 & ’11), it will also extend his record as the “winningest” driver of the series. “Winning a fourth would mean a lot to me,” Falk explained. “We have certainly won it a few different ways from starting in the back to dominating the whole race. I certainly know how to win but I also know how to lose.”

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The Weekly Racer & Race22.com Tag Team 8th Annual Hampton Heat 200

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Hampton, VA – It is that time of year again when the best of the best come together on one track, to battle for the prize money and the bragging rights! The 8th Annual Hampton Heat 200 is upon us here in Hampton Roads and let me tell you what; this one is on track to shatter all kinds of records. Rumor around the block is more than 40 cars have registered for the chance to take home $10,000! Names like Lee Pulliam, Tommy Lemons Jr, Greg Edwards, Matt Waltz, C.E Falk, Josh Berry, Phillip Morris ­– I could keep going but I don’t want to ruin the surprise!

In addition, for the second year in a row, yours truly will be partnering with Mark Rogers, Jr & Race22.com to bring you the absolute best coverage possible. We are talking about the type of coverage that will have you glued to your mobile device while you are sitting in your seats at the track! We will have everything covered for you; up to the minute schedule updates, connections with track officials, practice times, birds eye views, pit road reporting, and lap-by-lap coverage of the race! I am telling you folks you are not going to want to miss this race or our coverage. Can’t make it? Make sure to check back later this week to get the link to follow along with us!

A few things have changed this year right off the bat, because of pesky Mother Nature the 2015 Hampton Heat will actually be the first of three races in the VA Triple Crown trilogy. South Boston’s 200-lap race has been rescheduled for August 29th. Second, this year’s race will not be a Langley Speedway points race! Teams will still however be able to earn points to the national points standings. A huge change from last year as the Hampton Heat honestly played a pivotal role in the championship standings.

Who will win the 2015 Hampton Heat 200? Well shoot, your guess is as good as mine! Langley so far this year has seen seven different winners… a few of which do not call Langley their home track. This years event is going to bring big names from some pretty big stables in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Lee Pulliam – who has a victory this year – will be in the running. Josh Berry, driver for JR Motorsports, took home a win in his very first attempt at the track. Greg Edwards, the current points leader, looking to bounce back after rebuilding his primary color. I could honestly go on forever BUT we will save that for a different post later this week with our very carefully and thought out predictions!

Make sure you check back through out the week for more stories and interviews leading up to the 8th annual Hampton Heat 200.

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