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Lee Pulliam Tops Speed Charts as Final Late Model Stock Car Practice Concludes

Lee Pulliam sails into turn one during final practice at Larry King Law Langley Speedway ahead of the 2019 Hampton Heat 200. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, Va – It would be incorect, in our opinion, to say Lee Pulliam paced final Late Model Stock Car practice this afternoon at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway but he sure did end practice in that position.

Greg Edwards, current Late Model points leader here at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway and three time race winner this season, paced practice earlier this afternoon with a 16.145-second lap. Edwards was one of the first cars to hit the speedway when practice went green at 12:30, made three laps on scuff tires – according to members of his crew – brought the car down pit road and sat her on jack stands.

Others spent the two hour session making ten or so lap runs to put the final touches on their machines in preporation for the 200-lap feature to come later tonight. Pulliam, who currently sits second in the VA Triple Crown standings, was able to break the sixteen second bracket as practice came to a close clocking in a 15.886-second (89.513 MPH). Complete practice run down of practice times can be found below.

Single car qualifying is set to get underway at 4:30 PM EDT with an on track meet and greet to follow approx. 6:30 PM EDT. The first green flag for the support races is scheduled to drop at 7:00 PM EDT.

UNOFFICIAL Hampton Heat Practice Results

  1. Lee Pulliam 15.886
  2. Nick Smith 16.013
  3. Tyler Hughes 16.024
  4. CE Falk 16.099
  5. Brenden Queen 16.119
  6. Mike Looney 16.136
  7. Greg Edwards 16.145
  8. Connor Hall 16.148
  9. Justin Carroll 16.158
  10. Woody Howard 16.183
  11. Brandon Pierce 16.192
  12. Danny Edwards 16.195
  13. Peyton Sellers 16.206
  14. Layne Riggs 16.210
  15. Trey Crews 16.230
  16. Timothy Peters 16.240
  17. Mark Wertz 16.363
  18. Terry Carroll 15.511
  19. Michael Hardin 16.523
  20. Casey Wyatt 16.647
  21. Craig Eastep 16.663
  22. Thomas Scott 16.752
  23. Maddy Mulligan 16.977

 

Philip Morris Will Lead the Postponed Hampton Heat to Green Later at 2:00 PM

Photo: Paul Scalisi

Hampton, VA – Mother Nature appears to have a “heated” hatred for Late Model Stock Car racing this season as she has reared her ugly head more than a dozen times. The already rescheduled 10th Annual Hampton Heat 200 was once again postponed due to thunderstorms that made their way through the Commonwealth yesterday afternoon. Just has the final car took the checkered flag during single-car qualifying and pulled down pit road all hell broke loose from the atmosphere. Constant showers accompanied by some heavy thunder and lightning forced the hands of track officials to once again postpone the racing action. Lucky for us, this time it was only for about twelve hours.

For the first time in its now ten year history, the Hampton Heat 200 will not be run under the lights but in the heat of the day on a Sunday afternoon. Track owner Bill Mullis and long-time Langley Speedway promoter Chuck Hall was not going to be denied! The race will be scheduled to go on as if it were Saturday night; 200-laps in total, a break at lap 100 where teams can take two tires. $10,000 still on the line as well as precious Virginia Triple Crown points on the line.

Philip Morris, who has been lights out so far this year, will lead the field to green alongside of Peyton Sellers – winner of the opening round of the triple crown at South Boston Speedway back at the end of June. For those who cannot make the trip or those who could not return, we will have full coverage by following the link >> https://bit.ly/2Pi3EUG.

10th Annual Hampton Heat 200 Starting Order;

  1. #01 Philip Morris – 15.584
  2. #26 Peyton Sellers – 15.734
  3. #22 Bobby McCarty – 15.747
  4. #2 Brandon Pierce – 15.760
  5. #83 Matt Bowling – 15.760
  6. #03 Brenden Queen – 15.761
  7. #26 Danny Edwards Jr. – 15.765
  8. #8 Tyler Hughes – 15.769
  9. #36 Chris Johnson – 15.802
  10. #02 C.E. Falk – 15.802
  11. #8 Thomas Scott – 15.812
  12. #55 Mark Wertz – 15.818
  13. #41 Woody Howard – 15.834
  14. #7 Justin T. Carroll – 15.835
  15. #24 Colin Garrett – 15.845
  16. #22 Grayson Cullather – 15.850
  17. #50 Garrett Bunch – 15.852
  18. #97 Greg Edwards – 15.857
  19. #77 Connor Hall – 15.867
  20. #4 Duane Shreeves – 15.907
  21. #12 Austin Thaxton – 15.909
  22. #19 Cameron Bowen – 15.911
  23. #25 Craig Eastep – 15.916
  24. #90 Terry Carroll – 15.930
  25. #92 Casey Wyatt – 15.960
  26. #91Justin S. Carroll – 16.011
  27. #4 Timmy Phipps – 16.068
  28. #12 Nick Smith – 16.073
  29. #88 Thomas Marks – 16.198
  30. #10 Maddy Mulligan – 16.286
  31. #9 Rodney Boyd – 16.336

The 10th Annual Hampton Heat is Finally Upon Us — Who to Watch Tonight

After almost a full extra month of waiting due to Mother Nature, it is time for some of the best Late Model Stock Car drivers to get after it later this evening all battling for the prestigious trophy, points towards the Virginia Triple crown, oh and how did we almost forget… $10,000!

Twenty-five cars made the trip out for the annual Friday test session giving those of us who followed on Race Monitor all day long in our offices an idea of what to expect later this evening. A complete list of practice times can be found a little further down this column. We will say that we fully expect thirty or more cars for the actual event. Make sure you have plans to make it out later this afternoon as it will not be broadcasted on Fanschoice! Gates will open to the public at 12:15 PM, “Happy Hour” for Late Models roll off approx. 12:30 PM. Green flag is expected to to drop at 7:00 PM EDT.

So, this might be your first time out to the speedway this year and you are wondering who to watch out for, right? Well folks we have you covered in that department. If you would like to do a little homework before tonight’s feature — Help give you a leg up on your grandstand pool — take a look back at some of the previous Late Model races we have covered to form your own opinion here >> Late Model Recaps. Don’t wanna do research? That’s cool. Let’s take a look at the top five drivers we feel are going to be a threat, in no particular order of course.

Philip Morris

Obvious, right? We know but we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t put Morris on the who to watch list. Morris certainly has made a name for himself and drawn a lot of attention to the No. 01 Trailer Town USA Chevrolet this year has he makes a solid bid for another national title. Morris has found victory lane at just about every track he’s been to this year. Even though Morris “struggled” in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown earlier this year – a similar 200 lap endurance type race – he had found victory lane seven times this year at Larry King Law Langley Speedway, often times starting in the rear of the field for the second race. Oh and not to mention Morris was fastest at the conclusion of practice Friday afternoon with a 15.816.

Danny Edwards Jr.

Take away the fact Edwards has multiple track championships, more than a decade of experience, and have completed more laps at Langley Speedway to make multiple cross country road trips across this great nation, Danny Edwards Jr. has been firing on all cylinders this year. With two wins under his belt, Edwards enters the weekend as the current points leader of the Taylor Waste Services Late Model — he leave the same way no matter what as the Hampton Heat will not count towards track points — but we think it’s more important to point out that Edwards might be the only track regular to have an answer to the pure speed of Morris. If you remember back to April, Edwards earned the pole in the DHSTS and looked to be a force until a wreck took him out. A win tonight could not come at a more perfect time as it would also be his first Hampton Heat victory but it would come on the two year anniversary of the loss of former crew chief John McMasters.

C.E. Falk

CE Falk? He doesn’t even race at Langley on a regular basis, how is he going to be a factor? Well, it’s very simply put. He’s CE Falk and if you don’t respect his ability any time he pulls into Langley Speedway then that’s your first mistake. The car number will be different on race day — he will be in a 02 car — but will still be a factor towards the front. Falk clocked in with just the eighth fastest time Friday afternoon but there was no way to confirm the age of his tires. Falk was also a major factor in the DHSTS and there is no doubt he will be a key player later tonight.

Connor Hall

Yup, we went there! And it’s about time for this young driver to go there again! As you can see pictures above, Hall has already found victory lane once towards the end of last year at his home track and he has certainly carried that speed over into 2018. Constantly running qualifying and running up front this season and coming off of a pole and win at East Carolina Motor Speedway the week prior, Connor Hall will certainly have the momentum going for him. Our biggest concern with Hall will be his patients. 2018 has been filled with 50-75 lap sprint races. He will have to physically and mentally keep the car under him, fenders straight, and tires up for 200 laps. If he can do all three of those things he will certainly have the speed to be a contender.

Bobby McCarty

Want to talk about who’s on fire this year, well see the driver pictured above. Bobby McCarty enters the 10th Annual Hampton Heat 200 not only as the defending champion but he is also the current points leader for the CARS Tour Late Model Series with one pole and four wins in nine starts. Not to mention McCarty posted the third quickest time in Friday’s test session. Traveling with the CARS Tour this year has given McCarty the chance to learn different track surfaces and really improve his skill. Look for him to hover around the top quarter of the field when it’s time to go green.

Honorable Mentions:

Greg Edwards: He has never won the prestigious event but is always a threat to find victory lane when he straps in at Langley Speedway. With a little luck he may come out on top.

Nick Smith: He didn’t earn the nickname “Quick Nick” for no reason. Smith is always fast around Langley and even though he is running a limited schedule this year, has already collected a win. However, could the limited race schedule this year hurt the inaugural Hampton Heat winner?

Peyton Seller: Crazy, right? How in the world does Peyton Sellers only make an honorable mention? We will just have to chalk it up to gut feeling and look to be proved wrong. Sellers is a contender everywhere he goes and he has without a doubt done his homework and is a previous winner. As the winner of the opening round of the VA Triple Crown at South Boston, will Sellers be aggressive and go for the win or play things safe to set himself up for an easier outing at Martinsville next month? Either way, Sellers could easily dominate this race tonight, only time will tell.

If you can’t be there tonight we will have you covered! Follow along with our live coverage here starting at 1:00 PM EDT >> Annual Hampton Heat 200 presented by Bayport Credit Union. We will also have limited coverage on Twitter all day as well.

UNOFFICIAL Friday Practice Times;

1 Philip Morris (CU) – 15.816

2 Peyton Sellers (CU) – 15.938

3 Bobby McCarty (HE) – 15.957

4 Justin T. Carroll (CU) – 15.970

5 Danny Edwards (HE) – 15.973

6 Matt Bowling (CU) – 15.994

7 Brandon Pierce (HE) – 16.000

8 CE Falk (CU) – 16.038

9 Garrett Bunch (HE) – 16.110

10 Timmy Phipps (CU) – 16.132

11 Woody Howard (CU) – 16.153

12 Nick Smith (CU) – 16.154

13 Justin S. Carroll (CU) – 16.207

14 Tyler Hughes (FC) – 16.214

15 Greg Edwards (HE) – 16.295

16 Grayson Cullather (HE) 00 16.295

17 Cameron Bowen (CU) – 16.344

18 Austin Thaxton (CU) – 16.383

19 Colin Garrett (HE) – 16.387

20 Casey Wyatt (CU) – 16.398

21 Terry Carroll (FC) – 16.497

22 Maddy Ryan Mulligan (CU) – 16.509

23 Duane Shreeves (CU) – 16.515

24 Thomas Marks (CB) – 16.550

25 Brenden Queen (CU) – 16.751

**practice times are unofficial and provided by the app Race Monitor. Letters next to the drivers name represent engine package. CU=Chevy Upgrade, HE=Herrington Enforcer, FC=Ford Crate, CB=Chevy Built**