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Landon Abbott Holds on for Super Street Title and Shawn Balluzzo Captures 9th Mod Championship

Hampton, VA – Landon Abbott came in to the final race of the season in the Old Skoll Video Games Super Streets with a one point lead over Randy Akers and 40 laps to decide the champion. In qualifying Akers was able to grab the pole running a 19.049 second lap, beating out Abbott by .075 of second. Sammy Gaita, who still had a shot because of the big car count, was .002 second behind Abbott.

On the start Akers cleared Abbott off of turn-2 and Sean Calway made a big move going from fifth to second. Abbott had a dreadful start falling all the way back to eighth by the time the lap was finished. It took him about ten laps to get back into a good groove and start his way through the field.

At the front of the field Gaita was tired of running third and started letting Calway know he was the faster car of the two. Twenty-one laps in and he gives Calway a lot of bumper and claims the second place spot. Eight laps later the caution comes out for Chris Hott spun around on the back stretch and the spread out field would be brought together now.

With the race restarting Abbott made it three wide into turn-1 and the rest of the field was pretty aggressive too. Just one lap was complete as Gordon Weeks ended up in the grass and the caution flew again, but not before Sammy Gaita took the lead from Akers.

Abbott took the high side on the next restart putting himself in position to win the title. Landon got the position on the restart but not before some bumping from Akers and Bill Eaker, leading to another caution with Eaker sustaining some damage. On the final restart they went three wide for third place and Akers fell way back with just a few laps to go. Sammy Gaita grabs the checkers by almost a second and Landon Abbott grabs the championship by just a couple points.

Sammy Gaita wins in the Super Street Finale
Photo by John Long

Larry King Law Modifieds

Shawn Balluzzo wins his 9th race of the year and 9th modified championship
Photo by John Long

Before the race started Shawn Balluzzo had an insurmountable lead in the points over Bobby Gery, but that didn’t change how Shawn would race at all in the ‘Year of the Buttercup’.

Matt Carter kept up his fast qualifying efforts running a 16.766 second lap to sit on the pole. Balluzzo grabbed second by running a 16.927.

Early on Carter held a big lead over Balluzzo but Shawn closes the gap quickly once they start hitting slower cars nine laps in and this allowed Balluzzo to make his move for the lead. Behind them Andrew Fortin was the fastest car on the track and moved into third place after getting by Danny Harrell.

The race would fly by without incident and it looked like Balluzzo checked out on Carter but in the closing laps he made a valiant effort to try and catch the leader. Slower cars break up his momentum and Balluzzo holds on for his 9th win of the season and his 9th Modified track championship.

Results

Shawn Balluzzo and Matt Slye Split Wins in Modifieds While Renno Sweeps Super Streets

Hampton, VA – Shawn Balluzzo earned the poll for the first time this season running a 16.888 second lap around the 4/10th mile Langley Speedway. No other driver’s could get into the same bracket but Bubba Johnston, Matt Carter, and Matt Slye all qualified within six hundredths of each other for second through fourth.

Balluzzo led the field to the green and Bubba was able to run his outside for the first full lap until Shawn cleared him driving into turn-1. Carter struggled a little early on falling back to fifth place as Jamie Sample got by him six laps in. Ten laps in and there was a three way battle for fourth between Sample, Carter, and Bobby Gery. Eventually Sample would spin out into the grass and bring out the caution.

Johnston tried the high side on the restart but Balluzzo pulled away from him before turn-3. A couple cars back Gery was able to pass Carter for fifth place while Slye started reeling in Johnston with ten laps to go. Pushing his car a little too hard possibly, Slye got loose out of turn-4 and hit the drainage area but kept the car rolling forward. With five to go Gery was up to Danny Harrell for fourth place, but a caution the next lap for Slye bumping Johnston too hard and spinning him out. Shawn controlled the restart well and was able to cruise to another win on the season for the defending champ.

Race Two

Finishing 8th in the first race means Bubba has the pole for race two. Like earlier in the season Balluzzo chose to start at the rear to pick up maximum national NASCAR points in the second division. Bubba had Donnie Holston on his outside coming to the green flag but this didn’t last long as he cleared him before heading down the back stretch. Eight laps in a nd Bubba’s car has a hickup and gets loose off of turn-4 and he would cycle back to fourth place giving the lead to Matt Carter with Matt Slye chasing him down. A few laps later and Shawn was already halfway through the field with twenty-three laps remaining. Balluzzo kept up the fast pace and five laps later he was by Gery for third place and just over three seconds back of the leaders. Slye grabbed the lead on the eighteenth lap. With six laps to go Balluzzo was a second and a half back and two laps later he got around Carter for second. His run would stop there as both drivers got into lapped traffic and Slye was able to hold on to the win.

Old Skool Video Games Super Streets

Renno Marchetti IV ran a 18.863 in single car qualifying to beat out the eleven other cars that took time. Right off the start Dale Parro gets shoved high and cars scatter to keep racing on. Six laps in and Marchetti, Sammy Gaita, Randy Akers, and Landon Abbott were clear of the field by almost 8 car lengths. Back in the field Bill Eaker passed Jason Michaud for 8th place and laid some pressure on Sean Calway. Eaker worked his way past him after some good racing but the caution came out for Gordon Weeks getting in the back grass, Dale Nichols car would break a front suspension piece and hit the inside wall down the front straiht while the cars were slowing down and Dale Parro came down pit road and parked it.

On the restart Abbott chose the high line and was able to lead a lap as the drivers ran side by side for two laps before Renno could clear him. A few laps later and they made it three wide for fifth place and Eaker was the winner of that gamble. Randy Akers set up a pass on Abbott in the closing laps to secure a second place finish behind race winner Renno Marchetti IV.

Photo Credit: King Charles Photography

Race Two

Sean Calway led the field to the green flag in the second race in the Old Skool Video Games Super Streets after an eighth place finish in race one. With it being another hot and humid day in Southeastern Virginia a little bit of rain tried to pop up again during the pace laps but the cars and track vehicles were able to keep th surface in prime racing conditions.

Calway had to defend his position several times just on the first lap. Chris Hott and Sammy Gaita spun out on the first start of the night and then Calway jumped the restart line the next attempt. After the good start Abbott tried to pass Calway on the outside but contact was made, with Landon getting the worse of the incident tearing off the right side of his vehicle and damaging the right rear suspension and flattening the tire. Michaud and Parro also were involved as they had nowhere to go when Abbott stopped, Michaud would park it for the night. Calway made a long stop in the pits but was able to rejoin the action.

With all that going on Eaker was put into the lead for the next restart and Akers went to his outside. Marchetti started behind him and took second place over with Akers not able to make a move on the outside. Six laps in and Renno was giving Eaker the bumper to let him know he was there with Akers and Gaita also waiting nearby. On lap-14 Gaita spun out into the grass on the rear stretch, a common practice for the night it seemed like.

Renno chose the high line over Bill and took over the lead quickly and Akers was battling hard with Dale Nichols for third place. Just a lap later Nichols got into Calway pretty hard putting him into the wall and bringing out another caution. Renno had a clean restart and with ten laps to go he was out to about a ten car length lead. Abbott started having some smoke from tire rub and cut down a tire on the back stretch for a late race caution. Renno took care of the last restart and was able to ride to a smooth finish for his second win of the night.

 

Michael Johnson beats out Kyle Wood in the Modifieds and UCARs Split the Twins

Midlothian, VA – The modifieds had a few less show up than the previous race but they still put on a heck of a show. Michael Johnson ran a 15.102 in practifying. He drew a four on the invert putting Lauren Edgerton on the pole, Kyle Wood in second, and Mike Rudy in third.

Kyle Wood wasted no time getting by Lauren and she ended up three wide for second place. By the third lap Johnson was into second and looking at the big lead Wood had already established. Farther on back Rudy and Morgan ran side by side for fourth place and Mike took the position and next up was Edgerton for him. He pulled up to her and made a pass on the outside on lap thirteen. At the halfway mark Johnson was starting to pull right up to Wood’s bumper going into the corner but Wood would pull away on exit. On lap-16 Adam Medek was battling a loose car and it didn’t help when Tyler Davis gave him a bump sending him around.

Coming to the restart Johnson chose the high side on the cone and Wood had possibly the slowest creep to the start I’ve ever seen. On the next lap, Johnson led the race by a nerf bar and would eventually complete the pass. One of the old sayings is that cautions breed cautions, so without fail the yellow flag flew for the second time. Medek was trying to pass Rip Salomone when he went in too hard and spun them both out.

Wood tried the high side this time over Johnson and the whole field ended up running side by side for an entire lap. Wood went to his inside once it was clear and the caution came out for the third time with Salomone and Harvey Thomas spinning out down the back stretch. Wood tried the high side again on the restart running side by side with Johnson as they came to the white flag. On the final lap he fell in behind him to try and get a nerf bar to his rear but Johnson was able to hold on for the win. Behind them, Rudy got sideways from Davis but was able to keep his third place finish.

UCAR Twins

Scott Willingham got the pole point in the UCAR division running a 16.977-second lap in the practifiying session. The always fast Michael Chapman missed out by just two-thousandths of a second of beating out Willingham. Scott pulled a 5 out of the invert bag which put Korey Lawson up front to take the green flag.

Lawson cleared the field after the first lap easily and the shuffling behind him started. Four laps in the caution flew for Willingham getting sideways with Joshua Thomas. Ending the first race for Thomas. For the restart, Chapman decided to try the high line and made a little contact with Lawson but couldn’t get by him. Hite worked his way back into second by the seventh lap and three laps later he was on the leader’s bumper trying to engineer a pass. On the thirteenth lap, Chapman slowed down on the back straight and came down to pit road to park it. Dillon Devenney and Willingham start racing hard with five to go and Scott was able to grab fourth from him. Dillon wasn’t giving up though and gives him a shot down the front straight making Willingham loose but he was able to save it. The next lap they bump again and get hooked to each other and the caution would come out. Beejay Anderson had nowhere to go and made contact while trying to slow down.

Off the restart, the UCAR drivers went three wide for second place but Hite was once again able to keep the position. With two laps to go Hunter Waldrop’s car made contact with the boiler plate and broke the right side of it. This set up a green-white-checkered finish. Lawson had a good restart but Hite was able to make some contact with him to try and steal the win from Lawson. Lawson was able to keep the spot and roll into victory lane leading every lap in the race.

Thomas led the field to the green flag in the second UCAR race of the night. Devenney was trying to get the third place position from Lawson when he got loose and fell back a spot to fourth. By the sixth lap, Thomas had a big lead but Lawson was coming, gaining almost a tenth a lap on the leader. It wouldn’t be enough though and with no help from cautions Thomas was able to cruise to the checkers with Lawson, Devenney, Ayers, and Frayser rounding out the top-5.

Modified Results

  1. Michael Johnson
  2. Kyle Wood
  3. Mike Rudy
  4. Tyler Davis
  5. Matt Morgan
  6. Adam Medek
  7. Rip Salomone
  8. Lauren Edgerton
  9. Harvey Thomas

UCAR Results Race 1

  1. Korey Lawson
  2. Jamie Hite
  3. Mike Frayser
  4. Alex Ayers
  5. Dillon Devenney
  6. Beejay Anderson
  7. Scott Willingham
  8. Hunter Waldrop -3
  9. Michael Chapman -8
  10. Joshua Thomas -15

UCAR Results Race 2

  1. Joshua Thomas
  2. Korey Lawson
  3. Dillon Devenney
  4. Alex Ayers
  5. Mike Frayser
  6. Beejay Anderson
  7. Scott Willingham
  8. Jamie Hite -9

Tyler Davis Takes the Checkers in Modifieds for First Win; Kyle Wood Victorious the Week Prior

Midlothian, VA – Mike Rudy barely missed the 14-second bracket running a 15.001 to get the extra pole point with one of the larger fields of Modifieds at Southside Speedway this year. Adam Medek who qualified fifth fastest benefited from a big invert on the field. Unfortunately for him, Tyler Davis took the lead from him on the first lap. There were five cautions through the race but Davis was able to handle every restart and ended up winning by over half a second with Michael Johnson who tried the high side every time the cone was put out. This was Tyler’s first win in a modified and victory lane was full of lots of hugs for the winner from family, friends and other drivers.

 

Kyle Wood’s third place finish comes on the heels a victory the week prior when he took the lead from rookie Matt Morgan on lap five. Wood qualified fourth that evening but would end up taking the green flag in the second position after a two car invert and post-qualifying penalty. Mike Rudy, who has been the fastest car week in and week out but has fallen victim to som very bad luck, looked to have the break he needed. After pulling a number two pill Rudy should have started on the outside pole. However, after being moved to the rear of the field, he would not have enough time to come through the field. In a race slowed only once, Kyle Wood was able to keep the hard charging Mike Rudy at bay and take home the victory. Mike Rudy, Tyler Davis, Michael Johnson and Lauren Edgerton would round out the top five.

Modified Results
1. Tyler Davis 30
2. Michael Johnson 30
3. Kyle Wood 30
4. Mike Rudy 30
5. Matt Morgan 30
6. Lauren Edgerton 30
7. Adam Medek 30
8. Mike Bedner 30
9. Kyle Fowler 30
10. Rip Salomone 30
11. Harvey Thomas 30
12. Chris Hoylman -18

Modifieds Off to a Slow Start in 2016 South Boston

Modified Winner

#11 Jimmy Humblet accepting the winners trophy at the 2015 Thanksgiving All-Start Classic. Jimmy Humblet also your winner this past weekend at South Boston.

South Boston, VA – Last Saturday was South Boston Speedway’s opening race of the season. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late models had an incredible turn out, fielding 31 cars at qualifying including a handful of drivers from Langley Speedway and even one from Southside Speedway.

The modifieds had a smaller lineup though. Six cars decided to travel out for the opener making the field the smallest of the divisions racing which included limited late models, pure stock, and the hornets.  By the time qualifying came around one driver [Robbie Babb] didn’t even take time and had to start at the rear. Once the race was underway the cars started dropping until the field was down to two cars.  At lap 42 the race was ended prematurely as Jimmy Humblet easily out paced the second place car who had spun out multiple times in practice earlier in the day, you could even hear that Jimmy wasn’t all the way into the throttle.

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