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Two New Winners Crowned in Larry King Law Modifieds; Robbie Babb and Andrew Fortin Split 30-lap Twin Bill

Hampton, VA – Robbie Babb made his return to the Larry King Law Modifieds this weekend and snagged the pole from Shawn Balluzzo – needing just one lap to do so – with a 16.436 (86.517 MPH). Balluzzo would start the first feature on the outside pole after recovering from issues in practice. Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, and Danny Harrell were the fastest five qualifiers.

Robbie Babb got off to a pretty good start when the green flag was displayed for race number one. Matt Carter also wasted little time filling the whole and taking the second position from Balluzzo who fell into third – all three took off from the rest of the pack. The war was on behind them, however, the closest battle was between Andrew Fortin and Bobby Gery which ultimately saw Fortin go for a spin off turn two following slight contact resulting in the races first and only caution.

On the ensuing restart, Shawn Balluzzo elected to use the choose cone to start on the outside of race leader Robbie Babb. Coming off turn four the front two got a great jump over Carter and the rest of the field, Balluzzo was able to duck into second and give chase to the leader. Carter did everything in his power to get back around Balluzzo but motor issues would sideline him twenty-four laps in. Babb would go on to become just the third different winner and his first, of 2018. Balluzzo, Johnston, Gery, and Harrell rounded out the top five finishers.

An eight-car invert was once again on tap for race number two. Once again the eight-car invert seemed to do more harm than the good it was supposed to do. Jamie Sample was tasked to lead the field to the green alongside Andrew Fortin, who actually looked to get the better start when the green was displayed. It didn’t take long for things to get wild, however, as Fortin lead the field into three. DJ Valente, who started the second race from the third position, decided to take it three wide, made contact with Jamie Sample and all hell broke loose from there.

The contact created a chain reaction of crashes ultimately putting Jamie Sample, Danny Harrell, and Matt Morgan – who was eventually able to return to the feature – into the wall. Race one winner Robbie Babb appeared to have the most damage as his car came to a rest in the turn three ditch sans the front clip. Derek Roberts and TJ Largena had to make some pretty evasive moves down to the apron to avoid any contact. Balluzzo had to lock the breaks up himself to avoid the wreck, he too would also spin and make the slightest contact with Matt Morgan. He was able to drive away from the scene of the accident and return to the race.

Once back to green Andrew Fortin picked up right where he left off powering to the front of the pack. He quickly built himself a comfortable and manageable lead that the rest of the pack could not collapse. Balluzzo almost got his shot in the closing laps when Derek Roberts made things a little difficult on the faster car of Fortin but none the less he was able to come out on top. The win for Fortin was not only his first of 2018 but he became just the third different winner in the Larry King Law Modified series in just as many races.

 

In the Pepsi Grand Stock twin features Paul Lubno was able to pick up two more victories en route to his 2018 championship hunt. Robbie Parker, however, did a phenomenal job at keeping him very honest and put on the two best shows of the evening in my humble opinion. Parker started on the pole for the second time this season in race number one, lead most of the race but ultimately finished in second after a ten plus two way battle for the lead. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better for race two – it did!

The field was once again inverted sending the two fastest cars to the back of the pack. With the lower than normal car count, it did not take long for Parker to get back to the top spot and guess who was right there with him? You got it, Paul Lubno. The two would once again pick up their side-by-side battle for the lead, leaning on each other and racing hard. It came down to just a couple of feet at the end but Paul Lubno was once again the victor.

Jacob Carr doubled down in the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks twins picking up his second and third wins of 2018. A season-high twelve trucks were in attendance this past weekend and the racing was rather competitive. Dustin Mullins, who has been on a tear this season, looked to at least pick up another win in race number one but Jacob Carr was just too strong. Race two of the evening was set up to see a first-time winner in Elysia Potter, who took the green flag on the outside pole after the invert. Her night, however, was ended much sooner than anticipated after contact from the No. 27 of Keith Wheeler that sent her spinning out of four and with nowhere to go, Rick Poust made solid front end contact. Carr would take advantage of the misfortune and go on to pick up the second win of the night.

Michael Joyner was victorious once again in the Bojangles Enduro 30-lap feature to cap off the evening.

 

Larry King Law Modified’s Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #44 Robbie Babb; 30
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  3. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  4. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  5. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  6. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  7. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  8. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  10. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30
  11. #63 Derek Roberts; 29
  12. #4 TJ Largena; 29
  13. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29
  14. #78 Matt Carter; 24

 

Larry King Law Modified’s Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  3. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  4. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  5. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  6. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29
  7. #4 TJ Largena;29
  8. #63 Derek Roberts; 29
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 27
  10. #28 Jamie Sample; DNF
  11. #95 Danny Harrell; DNF
  12. #44 Robbie Babb; DNF
  13. #47 Rick Gdovic; DNF

Bubba Johnston Snaps Shawn Balluzzo’s win Streak in the Modified Division on St. Leo Night

Shawn Balluzzo wins race number eight in 2018. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA ­– Shawn Balluzzo, who has been undefeated so far this year in the Larry King Law Modified division, earned yet another pole award earlier in the afternoon with a 16.425-second lap (86.575 MPH). Oddly enough, the ten lap scuff session and two-lap qualifying session was the first time Balluzzo’s car had been up to speed all day as he was at home tending to his daughter. Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, Danny Harrell, and Bobby Gery were the fastest five starters. Derek Roberts was the only car not able to make the feature as he experienced engine issues during qualifying.

Just as the sun was starting to set behind the turn three tree line the first of two thirty lap features got underway. Balluzzo and Carter – arguably the two fastest cars this season – immediately got to work battling for the top spot. Balluzzo was able to lead the first five circuits around Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway before Carter would get around him. Behind them things were hot and heavy; Bobby Gery, DJ Valente, and Danny Harrell all scratching and clawing for position. Balluzzo was able to get back around Carter on lap fourteen and built over a half second lead to capture win number eight on the season. Carter, Fortin, Harrell, and Valente.

Per usual, the top eight cars from race number one were inverted to comply with the NASCAR rulebook. This allowed Bobby Gery the ability to lead the field down into turn one yet again for race number two. Bubba Johnston, Jon Largena, DJ Valente, Danny Harrell rounded out the starting five cars for the second race. Matt Carter and Shawn Balluzzo were slated to start in row number four, however, Balluzzo elected to once again start from the rear to gain maximum national points – which may have had a lot to do with the outcome of the second feature as it went caution free.

It did not take long for things to get a little interesting when Mr. Starter, Shane Snider, dropped the green flag. Once again, Gery had trouble getting up to speed, this would stack everyone up behind him. Jon Largena, who started right behind the pole sitter, had to go down to almost the grass in turn one to avoid any contact. Bubba Johnston took advantage of the mishap and jumped out to the lead and never looked back. Balluzzo would get back up to and around Matt Carter early on in the race and the two pretty much worked in tandem passing cars and climbing through the field. However, with just thirty laps and some of the “slower” traffic fighting for their position on the racing surface Balluzzo was not able to collapse the lead that Johnston built and Langley Speedway would finally crown a new winner in its tier two division. Shawn Balluzzo, Matt Carter, Andrew Fortin, and DJ Valente rounded out the top five finishers for the final race of the evening.

Landon Abbott won the pole for the Old Skool Video Games Super Streets over Dale Parro, Randy Akers, Sean Calway, and Jason Michaud. After being slowed by just one caution period between the No. 12 of Calway and No. 46 of Michaud, Abbott would go on to dominate the 40-lap feature and UNOFFICIALLY score his second victory of the season. Dale Parro, Randy Akers, Sean Calway and Bill Eaker are currently holding onto the top five as results were not made official at the time of this release.

However, as of late Monday evening and completion of post race tech, Landon Abbott’s car was found to be outside of the rule book and was disqualified. That would hand the race win and points that go with it to the first car found legal. In most cases this would be your runner-up finisher. Dale Parro would fail to comply with tear down procedures therefore he too was disqualified handing the win over to Randy Akers. Sean Calway, Bill Eaker, Gordon Weeks, and Danny Harrell were your OFFICIAL top five finishers.

In other divisions, Gary Osbourne picked up another victory in the ERA Realtors HRKC Wing Champ Kart division. Michael Waters was able to get around pole sitter Colby Vance early to win the Carrolls Automotive UCAR feature and Adam Florian remained undefeated in the Riverside Paper Pro Six series.

Next up for Langley Speedway will be the 10th annual Hampton Heat 200 where someone will leave $10,000 richer and we will have a better picture of how the Virginia Triple crown series will look going into Martinsville.

Larry King Law Modifieds Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  3. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  5. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  6. #4 Jon Largena; 30
  7. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  8. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  9. #28 Jamie Smaple; 30
  10. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  11. #49 Todd Whitesell; 30
  12. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30

Larry King Law Modifieds Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  3. #78 Matt carter; 30
  4. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  5. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  6. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  7. #4 Jon Largena; 30
  8. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  9. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  10. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  12. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29

Balluzzo Continues to Dominate IMCA Modifieds at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – It was yet another weekend of Balluzzo domination in the IMCA style modifieds at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. The nine-time and defending champion needed only one lap to lock down the pole position over Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, Bobby Gery, and Danny Harrell.

When it was time to get down to business it looked as if Matt Carter got the best of Balluzzo coming to the green flag and cleared him and the rest of the field as they powered out of two. The field, however, would only complete one official lap before the yellow was displayed for a car going around in turns one and two. Carter did a wonderful job on the ensuing restart clearing Balluzzo again within a lap and looked to set a pretty decent pace.

While a great battle for position between Matt Morgan and Andrew Fortin for fifth, Balluzzo took the lead from Carter and never looked back. Getting slowed up just a little bit by a couple of lap cars in the closing laps, Shawn Balluzzo collected his fifth win of the 2018 season. Matt Carter, Bobby Gery, Bubba Johnston, Danny Harrell, Andrew Fortin, DJ Valente, and Brad Adams completed the top eight finishers – whom would all invert for the start of race two.

Instead of taking any chances starting in the middle of the pack and taking advantage of NASCAR’s bonus points, Balluzzo elected to start the second 30-lap feature from the tail end of the field.

Brad Adams wasted zero time jumping out to the lead once the green flag was displayed and actually had to chase the car a bit as the rear end tried to step out on him. He was able to keep it going in a semi-straight line and lead the field into one.

It did not take long for Carter and Balluzzo to pick their way through the field. However, it was very clear that the No. 48 of Shawn Balluzzo had the strongest car in the entire field. 18-laps is all it took for the winner of the first feature to retake the lead and go on to win his second feature of the night, sixth of 2018, and remain undefeated as he goes for his tenth series championship. His second win of the evening would come on the heels of two late-race restarts from cautions that saw the cars of Brad Adams, Bubba Johnston, and Matt Carter all get pretty heavy damage.

 

In other racing, Aaron Leach took the victory in the HRKC Wing Champ Kart race with the help of drafting partner Tillman Hueur. Charlie Bryant took home the victory in the first of two UCAR features after a hard hit to the outside wall took Brandon Wood out of contention and rookie Austin Davis dominated the second feature en route to his first career victory. Adam Florian and Travis Wall again showed they are the class of the field in the Riverside Paper Pro Six series. After winning the pole earlier in the afternoon, Wall showed the way for the first half of the race until Florian took over and took the win. Reno Marchetti went flag-to-flag in a rather physical Old Skool Video Games Super Street that witnessed three-wide racing on multiple occasions throughout the entire field.

 

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  3. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  4. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  5. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  6. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  7. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  8. #3 Brad Adams; 30
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  10. #41 Davey Callahan; 30
  11. #47 Rick Gdovic; 29
  12. #4 T.J. Largena; 29
  13. #87 Daryl Vance; 29
  14. #63 Derek Roberts; 29

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  3. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  4. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  5. #41 Davey Callahan; 30
  6. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  7. #4 T.J. Largena; 30
  8. #60 Boby Gery; 30
  9. #87 Daryl Vance; 30
  10. #63 Derek Roberts; 30
  11. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30
  12. #51 Bubba Johnston; 22
  13. #78 Matt Carter; 22
  14. #3 Brad Adams; 22

Shawn Balluzzo Remains Undefeated in the IMCA style Modified Division at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway; Landon Abbott Picks Wins First Super Street Feature of 2018

Shawn Balluzzo powers down the backstretch at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway on the way to pole position. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

 

Hampton, VA – Shawn Balluzzo, 61 of Hampton, proved once again why he is a nine-time division champion in the modified division. Balluzzo won two of the three practice sessions earlier in the afternoon, qualified on the pole for the first twin, wins race one, elects to start from the rear in race two, drives through the field and wins race two.

The evening got off to a rough start for pole sitter Shawn Balluzzo when his car didn’t fire off as planned when Shayne Snider dropped the green flag. Outside pole sitter Matt Carter took full advantage of the mistake and stole the lead and set an incredible pace that force Balluzzo to keep up. The caution flag waved for the first and only time in race one after Andrew Fortin found himself facing the wrong way and a little rear end damage on lap twenty-one. Everyone was able to return to racing action and it was just what Balluzzo needed.

It was Carter who was slow to get going on the following restart giving Bobby Gary – who took the cone to start outside row one – a chance at the lead. Carter, however, was able to gather his machine back up out of two to hang onto the lead and brought Balluzzo with him and it was only a matter of laps before he took the top spot and the win. Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, Danny Harrell, Brad Adams, Matt Carter, Bobby Gary, and Jamie Sample were the top eight finishers.

Per the NASCAR rulebook, no less than eight cars were inverted for the second thirty-lap feature handing the top spot over to Jamie Sample. Shawn Balluzzo elected to drop to the rear of the field before the green flag was displayed which made him eligible for the bonus points handed out by NASCAR for their Division II series.

The invert looked to be just what Sample needed to finally put that check mark in the win column. While Carter and Balluzzo worked their way through the field Jamie Sample did all he could to maneuver through the slower lap cars and keep Gary at bay. That was just what Carter needed to see so he could catch up and get in on the action.

However, in like any racer ever, the more the cars in front that battle for positions the easier it is for others to close the gap and that is just what Balluzzo was able to do. Once Balluzzo got to the back bumper of Carter it only took a handful of laps and a very careful run out of two to take the third position and he immediately set his eyes on Gary for second. Balluzzo would again get the help he needed from the flag stand when the caution waved on lap twenty-seven after Brad Adams went for a spin in turn two. Adams was not able to get the car re-fired, as he needed a push all night to get going, and the caution was displayed.

When the cone was displayed to the field on the front stretch, Sample and Gary elected to stay low while Balluzzo went high. The move proved to be the right one as Balluzzo powered to the lead out of turn two but things would be halted when total chaos broke out in turn four and the caution waved again. After scoring was figured out and the track deemed clean officials re-racked them – with Balluzzo again electing to start on the outside. This time Sample got a much better start, hung Balluzzo on the top groove for a lap before surrendering the lead to Balluzzo. He would go on to take his second checkered flag of the night and fourth of the season remaining undefeated in 2018. Jamie Sample, Bubba Johnston, Matt Carter, and Brad Adams rounded out the top five.

 

Landon Abbott went flag-to-flag from the pole position in the Old Skool Video Games Super Street to collect his first win of the season at Langley Speedway. Dale Nichols, Chris Roberts, Randy Akers, and Danny Harrell finish top five.

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  3. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  5. #3 Brad Adams; 30
  6. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  7. #60 Bobby Gary; 30
  8. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  9. #44 Robbie Babb; 30
  10. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29
  11. #30 Jonathan White; 28
  12. #5 Andrew Fortin; 21
  13. #63 Derek Roberts; 21
  14. #4 Jon Largena; 17

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  3. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  4. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  5. #3 Brad Adams; 30
  6. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  7. #60 Bobby Gary; 30
  8. #49 Todd Whitesell; 30
  9. #63 Derek Roberts; 30
  10. #44 Robbie Babb; 30
  11. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  12. #30 Jonathan White; 17
  13. #98 Matt Morgan; 15
  14. #4 Jon Largena; 14

 

 

Shawn Balluzzo Enters 2018 Looking for Unprecedented Tenth Modified Division Title at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

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

Hampton, VA – With Mother Nature playing spoiler last weekend for most of the Mid-Atlantic region, the IMCA style Modified’s that run at Langley Speedway had to put their season opener on hold for a week. However, with warm temperatures and sunshine in the forecast all day race fans in the Hampton Roads area should be set for a wonderful night of racing.

After missing their season opener last week, nine-time series champion Shawn Balluzzo will begin not only his title defense but also his hunt for an unprecedented tenth series title. The IMCA style modifed’s will headline Pepsi Night with twin 30-lap features. Along with the Modified’s race fans will enjoy exciting action from the Winged Champ Karts, INEX Bando, and Legends division, Super Trucks and the Grand Stocks.

Balluzzo’s title hunt will not be easy, however. As this year as he will have the likes of Matt Carter and Bobby Gery – who all showed increasing speed at the conclusion of last season – to deal with as they will all be competing for wins. No official word if Balluzzo’s longtime “nemesis” if you will Robbie Babb will be back competing full time this year as rumor has it he is going to be running the SMRS Tour. Not to mention these division veterans will have to deal with some younger talent this year as both Brad Adams and Matt Morgan look to make a name for themselves in the open-wheeled division.

Racing is set to get underway at 7:00 PM so make sure to pack the car up and head on out to the speedway. If you cant make it follow us all night on Twitter (@theweeklyracer)

 

 

 

Pepsi Night Race Line Up:

  1. ERA Realtor Winged Champ Karts – 20 laps
  2. Cycle City Corp. Bandolero – 15 laps
  3. Larry King Law Modifieds – 30 laps
  4. Cycle City Corp. Legend’s – 25 laps
  5. Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 25 laps
  6. PEPSI Grand Stocks – 40 laps
  7. Larry King Law Modifieds – 30 laps
  1. BOJANGLES Enduros – 30 laps

 

*schedule subject to change*

Southside Speedway Set to Kick 2018 Season Off Tonight; Mason Bailey Poised for First Late Model Championship

Midlothian, VA – Southside Speedway is all set to open the gates to racers and fans in the central Virginia area for their 59th season later this evening. With many other tracks within the commonwealth having the cancel their events on Saturday night, Southside looks like they will be able to get their opening night program in the books.

Gates will open for fans at 6:00 PM with qualifying getting underway around 7:45 PM with the green flag to follow shortly after. As in years past, all six divisions will be running throughout the evening with the Late Model’s running the most laps, a 40-lap feature. The IMCA style Modifieds are scheduled to run for 30-laps as will the Grand Stocks. The UCAR and Legend’s division will feature 25-lap races while the INEX Bando’s will generally kick the evening off with a 15-lap feature.

Last year Eddie Johnson proved that age is just a number by winning the Late Model championship at the 1/3-mile flat track. He is poised to make his return this year to the speedway with other long-time veterans like his son Chris Johnson and even Buggs Hairfield, however, this year those drivers will have their hands full with Mason Bailey who told The Weekly Racer earlier this week he will be competing full time this year at Southside for the championship and we have to say… we have Bailey picked as the odds-on early favorite to hoist that championship trophy at the end of the year.

“So excited for this season,” Bailey said in an interview about his upcoming season. “This time last year I was a little nervous and had no idea what to expect. With last season’s wins and experience, I feel really dialed in as a driver. On top of that, we’ve been able to take this off-season to improve the car and study last season’s information.”

Last year Southside Speedway saw some of the largest and most consistent car counts throughout all of its divisions and there was no shortage of action-packed evenings in the Late Models despite the track being unsanctioned by NASCAR – something that some will argue helps make the competition more equal. Going into 2018 Bailey will be up against some of the best in the business who have been doing longer than he has been around, we asked if that changed anything on race day.

“You got that right. No shortage of action and drama,” Bailey expressed. “It does change things for sure, but I welcome it, I understand where the veterans are coming from in that regard. The veterans out there are going to be much quicker to knock me out of the way than if it were another seasoned driver. However, knowing that ahead of time, it creates opportunities I can use to my advantage to maybe do something I know they wouldn’t expect. And I think you saw some examples of that last year.”

Looking back at last year Bailey started off strong at Southside proving he would be a contender week in and week out. Went out to Martinsville Speedway at the end of the year to compete in the prestigious VallyStar Credit Union 300 and struggled but is looking forward to getting back on track this year with some great returning partners and going after plenty of wins.

“Yessir!” Bailey proclaimed. “Very excited to have Schell Brothers return as the primary sponsor this season. Honored to work with such a prestigious organization and represent them on and off the track. Also can’t forget Commonwealth Plumbing, CR Phillips Electrical, and Hernandez Constructors. We’ve got quite the list of reputable businesses, but there’s always room for more!”

Tickets for tonight’s races and the rest of the season are just $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and military, children six to eleven are just $8 and those young race fans five and under are free. Outside coolers are permitted inside the grandstands given they are under 18” and contain no glass bottles or outside food. For group tickets or VIP suite rentals make to contact the track.

Chris Johnson Remains Undefeated at the Thanksgiving Classic in the Modified Division

Chris Johnson works off turn four at Southern National Motorsports Park in preparation for the 40-lap feature at the 2017 Thanksgiving Classic. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – Chris Johnson, the Mechanicsville, Virginia, continued to flex his muscle at Southern National Motorsports Park in the IMCA style asphalt modified’s. Johnson was the quickest of seventeen entries during group qualifying earlier in the afternoon and, if we are being honest, probably of the entire weekend as he continued to show his strength through the 40-lap feature.

Hunter Slayton, who lined up on the outside pole, gave Johnson an honest run for his money as the two jumped out to an early lead over Shawn Balluzzo and Eric Fowlkes but it just was not enough to get around the Southside Speedway regular. The field was slowed four times by the caution flag, Most of which were just simple single car spins. One, however, involved the No. 93 machine of Austin Thaxton who ended up making contact with the outside wall and received the heaviest of damage throughout the night. Luckily everyone was able to drive away from the incident and continue on.

Chris Johnson made easy work of Slayton on every restart but one. The one restart was actually called into question by race control and Slayton was, let’s call it ‘advised’ to give the position back to the control car to avoid the need for NASCAR officials to have to step in. Slayton obliged a few laps later and Chris Johnson went on to win his third Modified feature in the Thanksgiving Classic. Hunter Slayton would finish second while Shawn Balluzzo completed the podium. Southside Speedway’s own Tyler Davis (00) and Kyle Wood (42) made up the rest of the top five.

Brandon Allen (86) went wire to wire over Robert Arch (27), James Stroud (4), Neil Mason (50), and Steve Sullivan (58) in the 30-lap UCAR feature. Thirteen cars took the green flag, only eight finished on the lead lap.

 

Southern Lighting Modified Results;

  1. #36 Chris Johnson; 40
  2. #77 Hunter Slayton; 40
  3. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  4. #00 Tyler Davis; 40
  5. #42 Kyle Wood; 40
  6. #2 Eric Fowkles; 40
  7. #93 Austin Thaxton; 40
  8. #11 Jimmy Humblet; 40
  9. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  10. #20 Chris Humblet; 40
  11. #51 Bubba Johnston; 40
  12. #29 Adam Medek; 40
  13. #43 Warren Lipford; 40
  14. #29 D.J. Huffman; 40
  15. #10 Wayne McGee; 30
  16. #4 Ryan Pritt; 17
  17. #70 Curtis Hughes; 16
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