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Brenden Queen Powers to Lead Late to Steal First Hampton Heat 200 Victory

An emotional Brenden Queen celebrates in victory lane following the checkered flag in the 2020 Hampton Heat 200 at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Arguably the biggest win of his career. (Mike Conley/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – The much anticipated 12th annual Hampton Heat 200 was finally upon us at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. 26 of the best Late Model drivers on the east coast showed up, all going for that $10,000. With the heat beating most teams in practice, come qualifying though, teams found that extra tick they needed to put down some blistering laps. Corey Heim posted the fastest lap of the day with a 15.605 (91.125 MPH). Defending track champion Greg Edwards, Jared Fryar, Bobby McCarty, and Danny Edwards Jr. rounded out the fast five. Last year’s winner Connor Hall had some work to do to defend his title as he rolled off 13th.

As driver introduction wrapped up, the fans were on their feet waiting for the green flag. Heim shot off into the lead with a mirror full of Fryar. Danny wasted little time to get around Fryar, taking the lead from Heim on lap 5. Greg Edwards, after starting second, fell back drastically to tenth after getting stuck on the outside of a three-wide battle. After a hard-fought battle between Bobby McCarty and Grayson Cullather for fifth, McCarty’s race would come to an early end going into turn three after a flat tire and possible broken sway bar.

After starting 13th, Hall had eventually worked his way all the way up to third place after a restart where he utilized the cone. Chesapeakes own Brenden Queen, who actually fell towards the rear of the field during the meat of the race, had worked his way back into the top ten with 15 laps until halfway. At the halfway break, which this year was a 6 lap controlled caution period, Greg Edwards made a last-minute pit stop for a tire swap that would put him starting at the tail end of the field. Just before the halfway break as well, Peyton Sellers has worked his way from starting 17th, all the way up to 4th.

Heim took advantage of the cone after the halfway break and took the lead from Danny on lap 102 and set the pace for everyone else. A three-car battle with Heim, Edwards Jr., and Hall got underway for the majority of the 50 lap dash to lap 150. All cars would block the one behind them and never lose a position. The second guaranteed controlled caution period came with 150 laps on the board allowing everyone to make their pit stop for the final 50 lap dash. Greg Edwards, Mark Wertz, Rick Gdovic, and Timothy Peters all stayed out for track position.

Peters would jump to the lead with 50 to go while Wertz, Gdovic, and Edwards all stumbled through the field. Heim and Hall would make the pass on Peters for first and second on lap 154. Defending Late Model champion Greg Edwards season woes continued as he had some help in turn three to go for a spin. He ultimately parked his car for the night. With the outside line not working for many people, Hall took the cone every restart and made it stick perfectly. He never quite got the run out of the corners to clear Heim for the lead though.

A caution filled 50 lap final segment caused a chaotic yet exciting ending. With just 8 laps to go, on the restart, Heim didn’t get a good restart allowing Hall to get the jump on the outside and Queen to get to his inside. Going into turn one, all three made contact resulting in Hall going around and Heim hitting him in the left front, ending both driver’s hopes of taking home the victory. Queen would inherit the lead with a green-white-checkered finish on deck. Queen got the perfect start he wanted and went on to pick up his second career Langley Speedway victory and first career Hampton Heat 200 and for the second year in a row keeping the trophy in the Hampton Roads area.

 

Unofficial Hampton Heat 200 Results;

  1. #03 Brenden Queen; 203
  2. #2 Brandon Pierce; 203
  3. #26 Peyton Sellers; 203
  4. #9 Trey Crews; 203
  5. #12 Timothy Peters; 203
  6. #19 Blake Stallings; 203
  7. #22 Grayson Cullather; 203
  8. #14 Jared Fryar; 203
  9. #17 Stacey Puryear; 203
  10. #44 Justin Johnson; 203
  11. #91 Justin Carroll; 203
  12. #8 Thomas Scott; 203
  13. #55 Mark Wertz; 203
  14. #90 Terry Carroll; 203
  15. #29 Casey Wyatt; 203
  16. #9 Alex Brock; 203
  17. #71 Rick Gdovic; 203
  18. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 203
  19. #78 Corey Heim; 195
  20. #77 Connor Hall; 194
  21. #40 CE Falk; 182
  22. #24 Colin Garrett; 181
  23. #21 Greg Edwards; 156
  24. #22 Bobby McCarty; 64
  25. #25 Craig Eastep; 53
  26. #9 Rodney Boyd ; 18

The 9th Annual Hampton Heat Was Anything but Predictable

Hampton, VA – When Bobby McCarty took the checkered flag on Saturday night everyone was a bit surprised. With some of the greats in the region participating in the race like Philip Morris, Peyton Sellers, CE Falk, and Greg Edwards the young driver flew under the radar.

CE Falk dominated 95% of the race, looking like he was gonna grab his fourth Hampton Heat win. However, with a race full of late cautions, Falk’s machine looked to struggle on restarts. Nick Smith, Brenden “Butterbean” Queen, and Bobby McCarty were there waiting for a slip-up, though. Butterbean was able to get his best finish at Langley Speedway finishing second in the 200-lap race, showing lots of discipline in the first half controlling his tire wear and keeping the car clean. Earlier in the day before the race, Brenden mentioned on our podcast that they switched to the Ford crate engine for the long race thinking it would help with tire wear and he definitely had a lot of cars left as the race wound down climbing from 8th to his finishing position.

Justin T. Carroll also made his return for the trophy race after taking a race weekend off to run in the CARS Tour and picked up a solid 5th place finish. He didn’t fall off that much missing the one race in track points. Looking through the rest of the field Casey Wyatt was able to finish 8th, possibly a turning point for the 92.9 The Wave Chevrolet as they have been a little off this season with keeping up the track changes when Langley sat idle for a year. The father and son team of Justin S. Carroll and Terry Carroll seemed to struggle early on but both made some good adjustments and were able to finish nineth and tenth.

Cody Carlton, who made his Late Model debut earlier this year, finished sevententh in the thirty-one car field in his first Hampton Heat. The rookie, however, was the last car on the lead lap when the checkered flag waved. Grayson Cullather, who is the 2016 Southside Speedway Rookie of the Year – where they run mainly 40 lap races – was able to hold on for 143 laps before parking his machine after spinning out. Macy Causey, who has been running primarily at Dominion Raceway when not running with Rev, came to Langley in her #33 Rev Racing machine. She was having a good run early on but ended up totaling the front end of her car after hard contact with the inside pit wall after racing with Terry Carroll. The other young lady in the field, Maddy Ryan, had to check out just 19 laps in to the race after suffering some broken front end components.

Some of the Langley veterans didn’t have much luck yet again as the race was won by an “out of towner.” Greg Edwards, Danny Edwards Jr, and Matt Waltz all had to park early. Danny and Matt both had front end damage from seperate incidents and decided to save the cars for another day while Greg got caught up in the Langley version of the big one involving six cars.

In the end McCarty was able to make the moves to propel him to the win in his first race at the historic track, and the fifth time in six races that an out of towner has won the prestigious event. To put that in perspective Morris just got his first win a couple weeks ago. His team mate, Timothy Peters, also had a great recovery after losing the entire right side of his car and picking up a seventh place finish.

The Taylor Waste Services Late Models return to regular racing this weekend, July 29th, 2017, for twin 66-lap features, Matt Waltz will start the night with an eight point lead over Greg Edwards as he looks for his first track championship. The Super Streets, Super Trucks, UCAR, HRKC Wing Karts, and Enduro’s will also have features.

Bobby McCarty Steals Thrilling Hampton Heat Victory With His First Visit to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

Bobby McCarty rolls through turn two at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway during final practice of the Hampton Heat 200 July 22, 2017. (Justin Kern/TheWeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway was certainly the place to be if you were in the state of Virginia this past weekend. Thirty of some of the best in the business converged on the .395-mile oval for a chance to win $10,000 and better their position in the VA Triple crown – a three race series between South Boston, Langley Speedway, and Martinsville that also pays $10,000. From qualifying till lap 190 fans in the stands and all over the world on Fanschoice.tv were watching the CE Falk show. That was until Bobby McCarty, of Summerville North Carolina, had another idea on how he thought the race would end.Spending most of the race weekend towards the tail end of the top ten, with the exception of the Friday afternoon test session – which by the way was his first time turning laps at Langley – where he posted the sixth fastest time of the day, McCarty seemed to just be riding and biding his time. Qualifying just outside the top ten (P12) the most recent South Boston Speedway winner would stay there during the first half of the race ensuring the nose and tires stayed under the car.

Spending most of the race weekend towards the tail end of the top ten, with the exception of the Friday afternoon test session – which by the way was his first time turning laps at Langley – where he posted the sixth fastest time of the day, McCarty seemed to just be riding and biding his time. Qualifying just outside the top ten (P12) the most recent South Boston Speedway winner would stay there during the first half of the race ensuring the nose and tires stayed under the car.As the laps ticked down in the somewhat tame first half of the race, McCarty had worked his way up to the tenth position as officials threw the yellow flag for the halfway break. Now, for some who may not be familiar with these types of races, they raced for 100-laps, will typically take a ten to fifteen minutes break, then return to green flag racing for the other half of the race. During the break, teams are allowed to add fuel to their race cars and make normal pit stop adjustments. Whatever McCarty’s crew did during said break was the right thing to do.

As the laps ticked down in the somewhat tame first half of the race, McCarty had worked his way up to the tenth position as officials threw the yellow flag for the halfway break. Now, for some who may not be familiar with these types of races, they raced for 100-laps, will typically take a ten to fifteen minutes break, then return to green flag racing for the other half of the race. During the break, teams are allowed to add fuel to their race cars and make normal pit stop adjustments. Whatever McCarty’s crew did during said break was the right thing to do.Once the green flag was displayed for the second half, it was on. Not just for the field – seeing’s how over 80% of the caution periods came from the second half – but for Bobby McCarty who, for the most part, worked his way up through the field methodically. There were a few scary moments for the eventual winner, especially on a couple restarts when things got dicey working through turns one and two. Things would all change for McCarty in a big way late in the race when Nick Smith was finally able to get

Once the green flag was displayed for the second half, it was on. Not just for the field – seeing’s how over 80% of the caution periods came from the second half – but for Bobby McCarty who, for the most part, worked his way up through the field methodically. There were a few scary moments for the eventual winner, especially on a couple restarts when things got dicey working through turns one and two. Things would all change for McCarty in a big way late in the race when Nick Smith was finally able to get door to door with Falk, who at the time had led all 188 laps of the race. Smith would battle Falk the hardest he had all night to take the lead on lap 190 but the intensity of that exchange may have hurt the performance of Nick’s car and McCarty was able to make the pass down the backstretch and lead lap 190. After that, there were not enough laps left in the race for the hard charging machine of Brenden Queen to close the gap.

McCarty, for the lack of better terms, was floored in victory lane and gave much glory and gratification for everyone on his team that helped him get to where he was.

“They told me to ride there the first half and save my right rear,” McCarty said in victory lane. “Then at lap one-hundred one, they told me to go for it. We got some good breaks and made some good moves which helped us stay up front. When Smith and Falk opened the door we were close enough to capitalize and we just set sail from there.”

Coming fresh off a win the week prior at South Boston Speedway, McCarty seemed to be able to keep that momentum rolling. Once we were in victory lane with McCarty we asked him what was going through his mind after winning one of the biggest races of the year for Langley Speedway but maybe for Late Model racing on in the Mid-Atlantic, on just his first try.

“Is this real?” McCarty laughed in victory lane. “I just can’t believe it. I have to thank all these guys. All the people at Autos By Nelson, Nelson Motor Sports, The Three Amigo’s, Vally Star Credit Union, Liquid Performance, Good Ridges, and everyone who puts effort into this race car. This is for them. They did all the work.”

With the victory in round two of the Triple Crown, by our calculations, McCarty and Smith will enter the Valley Star Credit Union 300 tied with an average finish of 3.5. We also asked the driver of the double duce what the plan was for the rest of the year and heading into Martinsville, which will be the first stock car race under the new permanent LED light system.

Win races!” McCarty said with force. “Win every race I possibly can. We have had an up and down year with some bad luck but we are out here on a mission to win races and that is what we are going to do. “

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #22m Bobby McCarty; 200
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 200
  3. #40 CE Falk; 200
  4. #12 Nick Smith; 200
  5. #57c Justin T. Carroll; 200
  6. #77 Connor Hall; 200
  7. #12p Timothy Peters; 200
  8. #92 Casey Wyatt; 200
  9. #91 Justin Carroll; 200
  10. #12t Austin Thaxton; 200
  11. #26s Peyton Sellers; 200
  12. #17 Stacy Puryear; 200
  13. #07 Dean Ward; 200
  14. #4 Same Hunt; 200
  15. #01 Philip Morris; 200
  16. #94 Cody Carlton; 200
  17. #12s Dean Shiflett; 198
  18. #57j Eddie Johnson; 178
  19. #97 Greg Edwards; 171
  20. #55 Mark Wertz; 171
  21. #19 Cameron Bowen; 169
  22. #26 Danny Edwards, Jr.; 143
  23. #22 Grayson Cullather; 143
  24. #51 Bubba Johnston; 129
  25. #2 Matt Waltz; 101
  26. #33 Macy Causey; 66
  27. #88 Thomas Marks; 45
  28. #51 Paul Green; 34
  29. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 19
  30. #25 Craig Eastep; 15

C.E. Falk Wins Pole for 2017 Hampton Heat at Langley Speedway

CE Falk works through turn two in final practice at Langley Speedway July 22, 2017 for the 9th Annual Hampton Heat.

Hampton, VA – Thirty-one cars hit the slick pavement of Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway for their two timed qualifying laps. Philip Morris went out early in the session and held the provisional pole with a 16.016-second lap. Philip’s time looked to be enough to earn him his first pole start in Hampton Heat history until Falk laid down a 16.007 (88.836 MPH) in his first lap. Morris would be pushed to second with Nick Smith, Timothy Peters, and Matt Waltz rounded out the top five.

In the four support divisions here at Langley this weekend, Bradley Kilby, who has been on a hot streak here at Langley this summer earned the pole in the Cycle City Corps Legends with a lap of record of 22.145. Tommy Sweeney, winner the last time out, grabbed the pole with an 18.501. Tommy Jackson, Jr. snagged the pole in the thirteen-car Legends field. The Cycle City Corp Legends feature will be an INEX National qualifier. Travis Wall earned the pole in the Riverside Paper Pro 6 with a time of 17.747.

 

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Qualifying:

  1. #40 CE Falk
  2. #01m Philip Morris
  3. #12 Nick Smith
  4. #12p Timothy Peters
  5. #2 Matt Waltz
  6. #97 Greg Edwards
  7. #57 Justin T. Carroll
  8. #03 Brenden Queen
  9. #26s Peyton Sellers
  10. #77 Connor Hall
  11. #26 Danny Edwards, Jr.
  12. #22m Bobby McCarty
  13. #55 Mark Wertz
  14. #91 Justin Carroll
  15. #92 Casey Wyatt
  16. #12t Austin Thaxton
  17. #51 Bubba Jonston
  18. #17 Stacy Puryear
  19. #4 Sam Hunt
  20. #57j Eddie Johnson
  21. #19 Cameron Bowen
  22. #90 Terry Carroll
  23. #22 Grayson Cullather
  24. #12s Dean Shiflett
  25. #07 Dean Ward
  26. #94 Cody Carlton
  27. #88 Thomas Marks
  28. #33 Macy Causey
  29. #10 Maddy Mulligan
  30. #25 Craig Eastep
  31. #51g Paul Green

#HamptonHeat Who to Watch: The Weekly Racer Staff Pick Their Top 5 Winners

The 9th Annual Hampton Heat is now just days away and the entry list is starting to be finalized. On the eve of the open test, Shawn and I wanted to give you our thoughts on who to watch out for on Saturday. Mind you, our picks were done completely separate from each other, interesting how they came out very similar. What are your picks?

 

Greg Edwards

Greg Edwards picked up right where he left off two weeks ago at the season opener. Recording the fastest lap in qualifying to earn the pole in race one. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

There are not many drivers in the Late Model community that has won more races at Langley than Greg Edwards. Edwards kicked off 2017 in an incredible way picking up wins and leading the points. That was until a string of bad luck plagued the team. Edwards, another veteran driver who has yet to collect a prestigious Hampton Heat win, enters this weekend in a rebound after splitting twin races with Philip Morris in “The Prelude to the Heat.” As long as Edwards stays up front and avoids the black cloud that followed him around lately, look for him to be a very strong contender.

 

Philip Morris

Morris is on a hot streak this summer collecting wins at South Boston, Motor Mile, and even Langley Speedway. Morris is also the current VA Triple Crown series leader with his victory at the first of the month in the Harley Davidson 200. Morris continued to find ways into victory lane the following weeks. The multi time NWASS has never won a Hampton Heat in its eight-year history. However, the way he dominated second twin feature, two weeks prior, Morris cannot be counted out.

Peyton Sellers

Though Sellers is not a Langley regular he cannot be left off this list due to the sheer dominance the former NWAAS national champ & Xfinity driver showed during the first leg of the VA Triple Crown. Not to mention Sellers has won this event back in 2013 while piloting the 99 machine. What also sticks out to us here at TWR was his ability to roll out his backup car, that had no laps on it in the prior 48 hours and wheel it to two fourth place finishes. Sellers will be one car that everyone, fans, drivers, and crews will need to keep an eye on.

Matt Waltz

Just a couple of years ago the Newport News native was the man to beat when it came time for this race. 2014 seemed to be the year for Matt Waltz and his team as they entered this weekend with eight wins, fastest in practice the day before, fastest in happy hour practice the day of, and set a blistering pace throughout the race. 2014 was also when Waltz, along with Nick Smith, was penalized for coming down pit road too early at the break. The penalty put Waltz deep in the field where we would ultimately succumb to damage received in a crash. Waltz has been steady this year as we entered the weekend as the points leader and one win. This will certainly be a race he would like to check off his list and should have the car to do it come Saturday night.

CE Falk

Falk is a love em or hate em kind of racer. Especially when it comes to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. In years past, Falk was almost invincible when he pulled in and unloaded. Winning 32 races between 2009 & 2011 where he won the Late Model championship each year, then again in 2013, it is safe to say that Falk knows his way around the speedway. Not to mention of the eight total Hampton Heats, Falk has won 37.5% of the events. With a victory already this season, Falk will surely be a force to be reckoned with this weekend.

Sleeper: Nick Smith

This was a hard one! For multiple reasons. Smith is coming off a dominant 2016 season where he won the track championship at Dominion Raceway with around twelve wins. Currently sitting third in points this year at Langley Speedway with two wins under his belt, however, has run into some bad luck as well. Smith is also coming off a third place finish and is the highest ranked Langley driver in the triple crown series, where with the help of the invert, almost stole the victory. Smith will have to hope the cards fall his way throughout qualifying to avoid having to run deep in the hornet’s nest to keep his nose clean. The inaugural Hampton Heat winner will also have to put behind him the same mistake Matt Waltz made in 2014 if he wishes to call himself a repeat Hampton Heat winner. Nick has the car, the speed, and the talent to get it done. Will he have the luck?

Editor’s Pick: Connor Hall

He’s been killin it at Carteret, a track very similar to Langley when he’s gone down there and hasn’t been doing half bad here at Langley. Led a couple laps and is always running pretty fast when he doesn’t have bad luck. If he can keep his nose clean for the first hundred eighty laps, he might have something for them at the end.

Honorable Mentions:  Mark Wertz, Stacy Puryear, Danny Edwards, Jr., Timothy Peters

I literally spent days racking my thoughts around this one and come to the conclusion that there are probably 10, maybe 12 drivers on our pre-entry list that could win this weekend. Stacy Puryear was almost our sleeper pick due to his performance at South Boston, however, with his limited experience at the .395-mile oval, we feel that might be his only hindrance.

Mark Wertz & Danny Edwards, Jr. are always threats to win any given Late Model race at Langley Speedway and with their vast knowledge how the track changes throughout the day will certainly help both drivers.

Timothy Peters is another driver who is someone you should pay close attention to at any track he pulls into. With Red Horse Racing suspending operations earlier this year, it has allowed for Peters to run the Late Model more. He will certainly be looking to check the Hampton Heat off his list of races won.

 

Shawn’s Picks;

Philip Morris celebrates in victory lane for the first time after dominating race number two at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Philip Morris – The 4-time National Late Model champ finally got his first win at Langley Speedway in his last outing at the track. He made it look so easy that he is a good choice for winning his first Hampton Heat.

Peyton Sellers After loaning the motor from his car he tested and practiced with at Langley, Sellers hopped in his backup and qualified well and finished fourth in both races.

CE FalkCE has won the 200 lap event three times and finished third place in both races on NAPA Night.

Matt WaltzRoutinely challenging for the pole and wins at Langley Speedway, Matt is hungry for that first Hampton Heat win.

Greg Edwards The Hampton Heat win has eluded the 5-time track champion but he has had the car dialed in all season so far.


Dark Horse: Timothy Peters

After having his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team unexpectedly close their doors Peters has returned to the late model series. Look for this driver to be up on the wheel this weekend trying to get his first Hampton Heat win.

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