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Corey Heim Sets Quick Time in Hampton Heat 200 Qualifying

Cory Heim powers off turn two during qualifying on his way to take the pole. (Andy Newsome/Loose In Tight Off)

Hampton, VA– The starting line-up for the 12thannual Hampton Heat 200 has finally been set and it’s Marietta, Georgia’s very own Cory Heim who will lead the twenty-six car field to the green later this evening. Heim’s 15.605-second lap (91.125 mph) was only .042 seconds faster than former track champion Greg Edwards who will share the front row. Jared Fryar, Bobby McCarty, and Danny Edwards will make up the fastest five cars.

“Feels really good man,” Heim said after qualifying. “We came here with a little bit of an unknown with this new racecar. I think it’s the third race on it now, it ran really good at Myrtle Beach. Got to thank Lee Pulliam Performance and Toyota Racing for a really good piece.

Heim went on to add what it’s going to take from behind the steering wheel to park the car in victory lane

“Strategy is going to play a key for sure with the tire breaks at lap hundred and one fifty,” Heim added. “That an unknown for me because I have never run this race before. It’s going to take a total team effort and me doing my job keeping the car in one piece and upfront.

Interview courtesy of Langley Speedway Instagram

 

Hampton Heat 200 Starting Line Up

  1. #78 Cory Heim
  2. #21 Greg Edwards
  3. #14 Jarred Fryar
  4. #22 Bobby McCarty
  5. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.
  6. #12 Timothy Peters
  7. #24 Colin Garrett
  8. #22C Grayson Cullather
  9. #9B Alex Brock
  10. #19 Blake Stallings
  11. #03 Brenden Queen
  12. #44 Justin Johnson
  13. #77 Connor Hall
  14. #2 Brandon Pierce
  15. #9C Trey Crews
  16. #91 Justin S. Carroll
  17. #26 Peyton Sellers
  18. #40 C.E. Falk
  19. #8 Thomas Scott
  20. #29 Casey Wyatt
  21. #21 Terry Carroll
  22. #17 Stacey Puryear
  23. #9 Rodney Boyd
  24. #25 Craig Eastep
  25. #71 Rick Gdovic
  26. #55 Mark Wertz

2020 Hampton Heat 200 Who to Watch & Race Day Schedule

Hampton, VA – Usually by this time of the year we have covered several dozens of races, crowned a winner in the opening round of the Virginia Triple Crown series, and figured out who the powerhouses in the NASCAR Late Model Stock Car community are. However, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a good portion of the 2020 season had been postponed and teams have yet to really flex their muscle. However, teams from all over the region will stroll into Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway all with the same goal in mind – landing in victory lane.

Twenty plus cars are expected to participate in tonights 200 lap feature, along with three additional support divisions, from the sold-out Langley Speedway. For those fans who were lucky enough to get tickets, and for those who will be tuning in tonight on NBC Gold Track pass, here are a few drivers to keep your eyes on. In no particular order.

 

1. Bobby McCarty

The defending CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car champion is also a former Hampton Heat champion and has been on a hot streak in recent years. Though he has not had much success so far in the 2020 CARS Tour campaign McCarty traveled to Hampton, Virginia two weeks ago and kicked off the 2020 Langley season with a trip to Dale Lemonds victory lane. Finishing the rain-shortened test in the top five last night McCarty and his No. 22 Toyota Camera will be one to watch for all evening.

 

2. Cory Heim

Another regular competitor in on the CARS Tour circuit but on the Super Late Model side of things has proven time and time again he can battle for wins. Heim was another driver who finished yesterday’s test in the top five of the speed charts. Heim as little experience at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway but has proven to the Late Model, and Super Late Model community, that he can travel anywhere and be competitive. Looking for Heim to post a solid qualifying lap and keep the nose of his machine clean, if he can do this for 199 laps I would not count him out as a contender to win.

 

3. Brenden Queen

Queen has always shown he knows how to navigate the long distances races just never had luck go his way. Queen once again, albeit was a shorter race, proved that he can contend for wins if he can get the track position. The young Chesapeake driver who picked up his first Langley Speedway win of his LMSC career last year in a pair of twins almost did just that during the 2020 season opener battling door-to-door with former multi-time track champion Danny Edwards. IF Queen can snag a top ten starting position, remember to run his race and not burn his tires up, and maybe a little bit of luck Queen might just be able to help keep the trophy in the Hampton Roads area.

 

4. Connor Hall

Now, it almost seems like you have to put the driver in the “Who to Watch” category when they top the speed chart, right? I personally say the answer to that is no. Sometimes test sessions are a bit of a mind game. Throw a set of stickers on the car and go blast one quick lap while the other guys and/or gals are running on 150+ lap tires. However, Connor Hall came on strong towards the end of the season last year and enters tonight’s 200-lap feature as the defending champion. This is no normal Saturday night show for the Hampton native so he is going to have to be on top of his game, however, if you don’t keep an eye on the blue No. 77 tonight then you are doing it all wrong. As long as Hall can keep his temper under control and not stick his nose into places they don’t belong too soon there is a good chance he can become the historic races only back-to-back champion.

 

5. C.E. Falk

Ahh, the always difficult fifth spot… Trying to nail down five drivers to pay attention to when there are probably eight to ten who could win this thing. I also feel like this guy’s name always seems to find a way into our stories. The reason being is you can never write Falk off when he unloads at Langley Speedway and if you do so then you have already probably lost the race. Falk is the races only back-to-back and multi-time winner (2010, 2011, 2014) and has since taken a little bit more of a back seat in Late Model racing but once the sun goes down and the lights come on later this evening C.E. Falk will certainly be a contender

 

Dark Horse/Sleeper: Trey Crews

I think it is safe to say that Trey Crews surprised the Late Model community last year when he finished third in the Virginia Triple Crown opener at South Boston Speedway and was having a good run at the Hampton Heat until getting into some trouble. With South Boston Speedway still closed Crews does have at least one start under his belt so far this year and that is from the pole position at a race at Ace where he finished second. It’s obvious that Crew’s took some of that momentum from 2019 and used it in 2020. He will once again have his work cut out for him as some of the best Late Model Stock Car drivers will go to battle this evening. However, with a little bit of luck and a clean nose, Trey Crews could pull off a shocker tonight in Hampton.

 

Saturday – July 18, 2020

11:00AM
Gates open for LMSC only. All teams will mount their qualifying tires. These tires will remain in the tire impound area. Once all qualifying tires are mounted practice tire may be mounted

11:15AM – 2:00PM
Inspection line will be open for:

  • Courtesy inspection – Tread width, Wheel Base and Body Templates (Not Mandatory)
  • During this time each team must send a representative to draw for qualifying and complete all driver information packages

11:30AM – 12:15PM
MANDATORY LMSC driver, crew chief and spotters meeting. Meeting will be in the pavilion VIP area in turn 4

12:00PM
Sign-in and gates open for Pro Six, Super Trucks, and Super Streets.

12:30PM – 2:00PM    
LMSC Open practice. We will start with and maintain 14 cars on the track at a time. There will be a 5-minute break every 30
minutes to clear the gates and allow all other divisions to cross for tires and fuel.

2:00PM
Release LMSC qualifying tires (tires may be purged)

2:10PM – 2:25PM      
Divisional drivers meeting for Pro Six, Super Trucks, and Super Streets. This meeting will be held at the turn 2 track entrance.

2:35PM – 4:15PM
3 rounds of rotating practice for Pro Six, Super Trucks, and Super Streets. Your 3rd round will be 5 min long and will set the feature line-up. Teams can adjust on pit road during this time.

3:30PM
ALL LMSC WORK IS COMPLETE AND CARS MUST BACKED OUT OF THEIR PIT AREA at this time and proceed to the technical inspection building. All cars will qualify race ready. All cars will mount qualifying tires in their respective pit area. Maximum air pressure in the tech line is 20lbs in the left side tires and 30lbs in the right-side tires. Air pressure can be adjusted on the qualifying line. (Air can be let out only)

4:30PM
LMSC qualifying begins (three laps – 1scuff lap then green-white-checkered). All cars will be impounded in your pit stall backed in at a 45-degree angle and remain on the ground. Once the car is in place no team members or work is allowed at this time.

5:30PM – 6:00PM      
Remove transporters from the infield.

6:45PM      
Pre race ceremonies

7:00PM
Racing Begins. Race Order:

  1. Riverside Paper Pro Six (30 Laps)
  2. Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks (25 Laps)
  3. Old Skool Video Games Super Streets (50 Laps)

7:15PM – 7:45PM
LMSC Final Work Session

9:00PM APPROX
12thAnnual Hampton Heat 200

The Hampton Heat is 200 laps event with two six (6) lap controlled cautions at lap 100 and lap 150. All other caution laps will count. This is a six (6) tire feature race. Four (4) tires for qualifying and the same four (4) for the start of the feature. The additional two (2) tires can be used at either of the controlled cautions and may be scuffs or sticker tires). All six (6) tires must have been purchased and recorded by the tire officials at the track July 17th or 18th. Each team will also check in four (4) tires no more than 4/32 for emergency use if you have a flat on the rim emergency.

There will be two (2) six (6) Lap controlled cautions at lap 100 and 150 with a double file restart no cone for these restarts. During these cautions TEAMS will have the opportunity to make any adjustment/changes. The laps in all other cautions will count and the CONE re-starts will be in effect.

Lap 100 and 150 Controlled Caution / Guidelines Once Pit Road Is Open

  • TEAMS will choose to pit or stay on the track
  • TEAMS that stay on the track will determine the new re-start line-up as they are on the track
  • TEAMS that pit will be realigned as they entered pit road behind lead lap cars on the track
  • TEAMS cannot lose laps or positions on pit road while under these cautions
  • If you are the reason for the caution or enter the pits before the pits are open you must line up at the end of the longest line

*Subject To Change*

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.

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