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Third Place Finish at INEX Legends Nationals Secures Runner-up Finish for Daniel Silvestri in the Young Lions National Championship

Daniel Silvestri (97) and eventual race winner Jaron Giannini (25) battle for the lead in the 35-lap Young Lions National Feature. (Photo: Rob Street/Rob Street Racing Photography)

On a typical weekday morning Daniel Silvestri, a soon to be 16-year old Sophomore in high school in Fairfax, Virginia, is usually up early and getting ready to head out the door for another fun full day of classes. However, this last weekend his schedule was a little bit different as the young INEX Legends driver as he and his race team made the cross-country trek out to Las Vegas for the INEX Legends Nationals with the hopes of bringing an INEX Young Lions National Title back to Virginia.

Because of his efforts throughout the 2018 season, Silvestri followed up his Rookie of the Year performance and second place finish in the points standings at his home track of Southside Speedway – located in Midlothian, Virginia – by winning the track championship. Silvestri was also crowned the Virginia State Champion in the Young Lions division due to his efforts at both Southside and Langley Speedway.

Silvestri found himself entering the weekend tied with Isaak Love of North Carolina for the national points lead in the Young Lions division. Just three points behind them was Jake Matheson from New Hampshire. Because of the points structure used for US Legends Cars and how close the top three were in points, it would essentially come down to if Silvestri could finish ahead of the other two drivers.

The weekend was split into three days of racing where drivers would have a chance to earn a maximum 300 points. 100 points would be given to the fastest car in qualifying (then a one point difference for each position), 100 points given to the winner of their respective heat race (three points per position), and of course 100 points to the feature winner (three points spread per position).  Silvestri got off to a strong start qualifying third (earning 98 points) and winning his heat race (earning 100 points).

Because of his qualifying efforts and heat race win, he would start the feature from the third position. Silvestri got a great start making a pass for the lead early. He would go on to lead 28 out of the total 35 laps. However, Bullring Legends track champion Jaron Giannini would get by Silvestri with just two laps to go to score the race win. Matheson would also squeak by Silvestri in the closing laps to finish second and win the national title. Silvestri would ultimately finish the feature third in the feature and second in the national standings.

You would think after being so dominate all weekend, earning the points you needed, and having the national title slip through your hands there at the end, you would be furious. Silvestri, however, seemed to take the glass half full approach and chalked it up to an overall good weekend.

“It’s huge for me,” Silvestri explained even after missing the national title by only a few points.“I never expected to hop into a Legend [car] and be able to do so well in my first year. To be able to compete for a National Championship was a really cool experience for me. It gives me some confidence to know that I can compete with some of the best legends guys in the country and that I can drive one of the hardest cars to drive on ovals. There are people who have driven many different types of cars and they say that the legend cars are the hardest car to drive with its short wheelbase and weight to power ratio.”

Of course, the success that Silvestri had over the weekend and throughout the 2018 season was no solo adventure. Daniel was very thankful of his parents, team, and CJ from 860 Motorsports.

“We surrounded ourselves with good people,” Silvestri told The Weekly Racer. “The person we bought our first legend car from told us to talk to Scotty Edwards, past Legends racer at Southside Speedway, who taught me how to drive the Legend. He introduced us to CJ at 860 Motorsports. There are many other people that helped along the way but with that base, it helped me get better quicker. All the awards, wins, and championships were just the result. I couldn’t have gotten as far without those people helping me. It just clicked and we took off and I was able to win a few races my first season and I was a very strong competitor on the national circuit with 4 poles in 5 races at Winter Nationals back in February and was able to lead 28 of the 35 laps at the Asphalt Nationals and coming one position short of the championship.”

With 2018 all but in the rearview mirror, Silvestri and team will turn their attention towards next season where some pretty big changes could take place. Silvestri let The Weekly Racer know that they have some ideas on what and where they will be racing and that they are looking into the idea of possibly running a handful of Late Model Stock Car races throughout the Commonwealth.

You can follow Daniel and his racing journey at http://www.danielsilvestriracing.com or on Facebook by searching Daniel Silvestri Racing as well on Instagram @danielsilvestri97.

Mark Wertz Sweeps Late Model Season Finale at Langley Speedway; Danny Edwards Clinches Sixth Division Title

Mark Wertz powers down the backstretch at during final practice at Langley Speedway’s season finale. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – Mark Wertz put a cap on the 2018 season and possibly even his full-time driving career Saturday night when he swept the final two races during Pomoco Nissan Championship night.

Wertz entered the weekend third in points, twenty-two points behind points leader Danny Edwards Jr. Wertz would earn a fourth-place starting position during qualifying time-trials earlier in the evening. Fourth place, however, was not a position Wertz was too keen on hanging out in for too long. Though Danny Edwards, who captured the pole with an impressive 15.665-second (90.776 MPH) lap jumped out to an early lead and honestly looked to have a stranglehold on the race. Wertz would pick his way through the field lap-by-lap and battle for the lead just past lap forty-five.

As the leaders worked there way through some of the slower traffic Wertz was able to capitalize on the smallest of slips from the race leader and would take the lead on lap forty-nine. As Wertz had done all night he immediately opened up a two-car length lead over Edwards. Wertz would have to hold off a late race restart and a serious challenge from Connor Hall. To the point where both drivers were leaning on each other going into turn one. Wertz would keep the nose pointed straight… straight to victory lane.

Danny Edwards Jr., Justin Carroll, Connor Hall, Terry Carroll rounded out the top five in the first race.

Wertz would find himself starting from the eighth position in race number two thanks to the NASCAR rulebook. The front row was given to Thomas Marks and Brenden Queen. That did not last long once the field was given the green. Marks would fall back and out of the top five rather quick. Queen, however, would lead a handful of laps before surrendering the lead to Terry Carroll – Queen would get hung up on the outside groove and he too would be shuffled way back into the field. He would eventually pull down pit road and retire from the race early.

Mark Wertz took this time to power his way back up through the field and made a very aggressive move to the inside of Terry Carroll entering turn one to take the lead. From there it was truly lights out, Wertz started to gap and lap the field. Behind him Justin Carroll made yet another impressive run up through the field, working his way around his father, Connor Hall, and even Danny Edwards.

Wertz in victory lane was very excited to get the No. 55 back in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane as a possible end to an era approached. Justin Carroll, Danny Edwards, Connor Hall, and Terry Carroll rounded out the top five for race number two.

Danny’s second and third place finishes were more than enough to clinch the 2018 Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock Car track championship. The win was his sixth of his career at the historic .395-mile oval. Despite the lackluster finishes, Greg Edwards was able to hang onto his second place finish in points. Mark Wertz, Connor Hall, and Brenden Queen rounded out the top five in points. Rodney Boyd will earn the Rookie of the Year honors.

 

 Taylor Waste Services UNOFFICIAL Race 1 Results;

  1. #55 Mark Wertz; 75
  2. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
  3. #91 Justin Carroll; 75
  4. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  5. #90 Terry Carroll; 75
  6. #97 Greg Edwards; 75
  7. #03 Brenden Queen; 75
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 74
  9. #25 Craig Eastep; 74
  10. #7 Michael Hardin; 74
  11. #16 Chris Flowers; 74
  12. #9 Rodney Boyd; 74
  13. #4 Duane Shrereves; 40

Taylor Waste Services UNOFFICIAL Race 2 Results;

  1. #55 Mark Wertz; 75
  2. #91 Justin Carroll; 75
  3. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 75
  4. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  5. #90 Terry Carroll; 75
  6. #97 Greg Edwards; 74
  7. #25 Craig Eastep; 74
  8. #7 Michael Hardin; 74
  9. #4 Duane Shreeves; 74
  10. #16 Chris Flowers; 73
  11. #9 Rodney Boyd; 73
  12. #88 Thomas Marks; 47
  13. #03 Brenden Queen; 35

Edwards Motorsports To Be Crowned Champion at Langley Speedway; Danny Edwards On Pace for Sixth Track Title

Danny Edwards Jr. powers down the backstretch during final practice of the 2018 Hampton Heat 200 before the race was postponed to the following day due to rain. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Late Model Stock Car racing makes its return to Hampton, Virginia’s Larry King Laws Langley Speedway. Wow. That is something very strange to type the first week in October. However, it has been a full month since Late Models have raced at the .395-mile oval – August 25th to be exact – with Greg Edwards finding his way back to victory lane for the first time in 2018 sweeping both 75-lap features. With just two more races on the books and an eleven-point lead, Danny Edwards Jr. will look to put a bookend on a spectacular season.

Danny enters Pomoco Nissan Championship Night with an eleven-point (325) point advantage over brother and teammate Greg Edwards (314). However, as we have seen in the past, anything can happen once the green flag is displayed and these cars come to life later this evening. As we have seen in the past with twin races all it takes is one hiccup in the first race to send your night spiraling down the toilet – for the lack of better terms.

Danny Edwards is all too familiar with this when he lost the championship back in 2015 when a flat tire plagued him late in the final race of the season. Greg was able to take the win and tie the points. Greg would then go on to “steal” the title from his brother thanks to his win and because of that win, the tiebreaker. With each position earning just one point Danny would only need to earn two fifth-place finishes regardless if Greg is able to sweep both races.

The Edwards Brothers will not be the only drivers to keep your eye on this evening. Even though Chesapeake native Mark Wertz enters the evening twenty-two points off the division lead, Wertz is looking to put his full-time driving career to an end with at least one more win at his home track. Two other drivers in the top five, Connor Hall and Brenden Queen, have been strong all season long but have yet to find their way into Dale Lemonds Victory Lane, look for both of these young drivers to fight for the win before the 2018 season comes to an end.

Five more divisions will crown champions later this evening when the checkered flag waves. Layton Harrison will look to hold off Wyatt Philyaw in the Cycle City Corp Bandolero series. Harrison enters tonight’s race with an eight-point lead. Tommy Jackson Jr., who has been on fire as of late, enters the weekend with a twelve point lead over last years champion, Spencer Saunders. Unless cars come out of the woodwork, Jackson all but needs to start the feature to secure the tile. Jacob Carr will look to hang onto his eight-point advantage over Dustin Mullins in the Harris Truck Shop Super trucks series. Paul Lubno, in arguably the most lopsided championship battle, does not even need to show up for tonight’s 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock finale to lock up his series title. Last but certainly not least, Ronald Klein looks to hang onto his more than ten point advantage to win the Bojangle’s Enduro title.

Grandstands and practice are scheduled to get underway at 2:00 PM EDT. Our LIVE Twitter coverage will begin approx. 4:30 PM EDT when qualifying gets underway. A full race day schedule can be found below.

 

Practice Order

Taylor Waste Services Late Models – 3 Practices

Pepsi Grand Stocks – 2 Practices

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 2 Practices

Cycle City Corp. Legend – 2 Practices

Cycle City Corp. Bandolero – 2 Practices

 

Qualifying Order

Cycle City Corp. Legend – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)

Cycle City Corp. Bandolero – Euro Qualifying 3 cars 5 laps

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)

Pepsi Grand Stock – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)

Taylor Waste Services Late Models – 3 laps (scuff-Green-White-Checkered)

Enduro – Practice/Staring line-up will be determined by draw

 

Race Line-Up

Taylor Waste Services Late Models – 75 laps

Cycle City Corp. Bandolero – 15 laps

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 25 laps

Cycle City Corp. Legend – 25 laps

Pepsi Grand Stock – 40 laps

Taylor Waste Services Late Models – 75 laps

BOJANGLES Enduros – 30 laps

Matt Carter Prevails in 100-lap Modified Madness Season Finale at Langley Speedway

Matt Carter celebrates in victory lane with daughter Carly. Photo: Jeff Rohrs/Matt Carter Racing

Hampton, VA – After more than a month off, between NASACAR’s visit to Richmond, the largest Late Model Stock Car race of the year at Martinsville, and good ole Mother Nature, racing returned to Langley Speedway. The IMCA style modified series headlined The Performance Plus & Crossings at Oakbrooke Championship Night. Matt Carter was the big winner over the weekend in the Modified divisions longest and richest race of their season – one hundred laps and $1,000 pay day.

Carter would start the feature in the third position right behind the freshly crowned ten-time champion Shawn Balluzzo. Jimmy Humblet would make his return to the .395-mile oval looking to start the feature from the pole but would have to settle for second once Balluzzo was able to clock in a lap a mere thousandths of a second quicker. Bubba Johnston and Jamie Sample complete the fastest five starters.

It looked to be yet another Shawn Balluzzo domination clinic – who jumped out to a very early lead – once the field was given the green light to come to life. Jimmy Humblet would give an honest chase to Balluzzo for a handful of laps but had nothing for the 2018 champion and would settle into second. Matt Carter and Bubba Johnston would also battle it out for the third position; Carter would come out on top of that deal. Things got interesting for the race leader when he approached the slower car of Andrew Fortin – one driver who over the past two seasons has not played well with Balluzzo on track – to put him a lap down. Fortin would spend multiple laps and use multiple grooves to hold up the leader, one could argue his actions looked almost deliberate. Fortin would eventually move over after a shake of the black flag from “Stickman.” Luckily, or maybe unlucky for Balluzzo the lap sixty-five break came soon after. Fortin would only make it to lap eighty-nine before his night came to an end.

Teams were able to come down pit road, add fuel, and make minor adjustments before heading back out for the final thirty-five laps. That is when things took a turn for the worst for Balluzzo. Two quick yellows set up an interesting turn of events when the race leader found himself spinning after possible contact. Matt Carter would inherit the lead while Balluzzo went to the rear of the field. A series of more yellow flags would benefit for Balluzzo and allow him to come back through the field but would simply run out of laps. Matt Carter would go on to win followed by Balluzzo, Jimmy Humblett, Danny Harrell and Rick Gdovic.

Yeah man, this feels great! I pretty much just let the forty eight and the eleven go, Carter said in Dale Lemonds victory lane. I had a plan to just ride up to about lap eighty and then it was on. This field is really good, this team has worked its butts off this year. We had a lot of ups and down, to be able to put this thing in Victory Lane for this race, it means a lot”

Modified Madness OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #78 Matt Carter; 100
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 100
  3. #11 Jimmy Humblett; 100
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 100
  5. #47 Rick Gdovic; 100
  6. #60 Bobby Gery; 100
  7. #98 Matt Morgan; 100
  8. #51 Bubba Johnston; 100
  9. #12 Kyle Wood; 100
  10. #20 Chris Humblett; 100
  11. #00 Tyler Davis; 100
  12. #26 Louie Pasderetz; 100
  13. #18 DJ Valente; 100
  14. #63 Derek Roberts; 97
  15. #5 Andrew Fortin; 89
  16. #28 Jamie Sample; 2

Shawn Balluzzo Locks Up Unprecedented Tenth Division Title after Earning Wins Number Nine and Ten

Hampton, VA – To say Shawn Balluzzo has had a roller coaster of a season would possibly be the understatement of the year. Balluzzo started the season off with an impressive eight-race win streak before division rival Robbie Babb returned to the speedway to dethrone him. That was right about the time the Balluzzo’s found out that their youngest daughter was diagnosed with cancer. However, his family and his team kept their heads high and their car in victory lane for their daughter to see.

Balluzzo struggled early in the afternoon during qualifying, posting just the seventh fastest time, after missing almost all of practice but, has we mentioned above, his crew never stopped working on the car and got him tuned up for the first of two thirty lap features. Bubba Johnston, who entered the weekend forty points behind Balluzzo in points, was the man to beat during time trials posting a lap of 16.784-second just three-thousandths of a second better than Jamie Sample. Matt Carter, Bobby Gery, and Danny Harrell rounded out the starting five. It should be noted that Balluzzo would elect to start race number one from the rear.

It only took a handful of laps for Balluzzo to work his way through at least half of the filed. Picking cars off one at a time he found himself in sixth place before the halfway mark of the race. With Jamie Sample, Bubba Johnston, and Danny Harrell all jockeying for the lead, it made things that much easier for the nine-time, and defending champion, to close the gap on the front group of cars. By lap twenty Balluzzo found himself running in the third position just a handful of car lengths behind second. With three laps to go Balluzzo was in second and by the time the white was displayed Balluzzo had pulled even with the race leader. He eventually took the spot out of turn two as well as his ninth win on the season.

Eight cars were yet again inverted for race number two per the NASCAR rulebook. This handed the front row starting duties over to DJ Valente and once again, Jamie Sample. Balluzzo again elected to give up his eighth place starting position to go to the rear. Worked for him in race one, why not try again in race two.

He had his work cut out for him even more in the second feature as Bubba Johnston once again looked to put up one hell of a fight. Not to mention it was filled with no less than five caution flags. The worst, and easily the longest, coming after issues with Rick Gdovic’s ride left oil all over the racing surface from turn three all the way into turn one and the final caution of the night setting up a thrilling green-white-checkered finish.

Balluzzo, however, was up to the challenge and made the best of every move and every cone restart to fight his way back up to the front of the field. He looked like he might have met his match with just thirteen laps to go working on Matt Carter for second. Balluzzo appeared to be the faster car just could not make the pass happen clean. He was able to get some help, however, after the yellow flag was once again displayed for a car that had spun in turn two. This allowed for Balluzzo to take the outside on the restart and battle for the lead with Johnston.

Matt Carter, who elected to stay low and restart third, was not going to be denied a shot at the win, though. He stuck his nose under Balluzzo and hung there for about a lap. Balluzzo continued his assault on the lead using the outside groove and would lead lap number twenty-five. Call it luck or good timing but the yellow flag would once again come out for a wreck on the front stretch setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

On the final restart, Balluzzo would stay low, Bubba Johnston would start to his outside and Matt Carter lined up on his rear bumper. The green flag would fly and it would end up being three wide going into turn one. Johnston would come to the white flag as the leader, however, Balluzzo would get to his rear bumper in two and move him up the hill to take the lead back as well as his tenth win and tenth track championship.

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  3. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  4. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  5. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  6. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  7. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  8. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  9. #10 Wayne McGee; 30
  10. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  12. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29
  13. #63 Derrek Roberts; 16

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 33
  2. #51 Bubba Johnston; 33
  3. #18 DJ Valente; 33
  4. #78 Matt Carter; 33
  5. #95 Danny Harrell; 33
  6. #60 Bobby Gery; 33
  7. #63 Derek Roberts; 33
  8. #10 Wayne McGee; 33
  9. #49 Todd Whitesell; 30
  10. #98 Matt Morgan; 25
  11. #28 Jamie Sample; 11
  12. #47 Rick Gdovic; 11
  13. #5 Andrew Fortin; 1

Greg Edwards Shakes the Monkey off his Shoulders in 2018 and Returns to Dale Lemonds Victory Lane Twice

Greg Edwards wins for the first and second time of 2018 coming off the heels of a very disappointing Hampton Heat 200. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – It is hard to believe that we are coming to the end of August and we are just now typing the words “Greg Edwards wins at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway” but here we are. After a very disappointing and early end to his Hampton Heat 200, Greg Edwards came back this weekend with something to prove and prove it he did.

Edwards set the quickest time of the day earlier in the afternoon with a 15.640-second (90.921 MPH) to earn the honor of leading the field to the green. His brother and current points leader Danny Edwards Jr. would line up to his outside. Connor Hall, Mark Wertz, and Brenden Queen rounded out the fastest five qualifiers in that session. It should be noted that the top five in Late Model points randomly drew branches of the military to support on their cars for the annual Commanders Cup.

As usual, when running twin features, the Late Model Stock Car division was the second race to roll off and Greg Edwards was wasting zero time jumping out to the lead. Five laps in, he was two cars ahead of Danny. Ten laps in, he was already lapping the last place car of Paul Debolt. Despite some pretty close racing for a couple of positions from fifth back, race number one went caution free with Edwards lapping up to fifth place.

The eight-car invert was again in effect per the NASCAR rulebook and placed Justin Carroll and Thomas Marks on the front row for the second 75-lap feature. Greg Edwards, who was slated to start in the eighth position, elected to go to the rear of the field. Not so much for points, as we did not have a full field per that same rulebook, Edwards later went on to explain he just felt that was the best move for his car and allow him to save tires.

Carroll held that top spot for the first five circuits around Langley Speedway until Connor Hall was able to peak his nose under and take the position. Once Hall was able to get into the cleaner air it almost looked like he was going to be able to cruise to victory. However, both Mark Wertz and Greg Edwards had other plans for the young driver. By lap forty Mark Wertz had collapsed the lead that Connor Hall built and seemed to be bringing Greg Edwards along with him.

Wertz had to refocus his attention by lap forty-seven because he had a mirror full of race number one winner Greg Edwards. It was just two laps later when Edwards made the pass on Connor Hall to regain the lead and start creating distance between himself and the rest of the pack.

All of Greg’s work almost came to an abrupt halt on lap sixty-three when Brenden Queen, who looked to be battling a very loose racecar for ten to fifteen laps prior, brought out the one and only caution flag during either of the Late Model races when he spun in turn two. Keeping off of other cars, the wall, and out of the grass, Queen was able to drive back to pit road to the attention of his crew and later returned to the race.

The restart proved to be nothing but a thing, as they say, for Greg Edwards who powered back to the lead as they entered turn one. Mark Wertz was able to duck in behind the leader rather quickly but was not able to make anything happen coming off the corner and, to use another very cliché term, “that was all she wrote!” Edwards drove away from Mark Wertz and took the checkered flag by a little over a full second over Mark Wertz. Connor Hall, Craig Eastep, and Paul Debolt rounded out the top five. Points leader Danny Edwards would finish sixth after what looked like mechanical or tire issues plagued him on that late race restart.

Paul Lubno picked up his eighth win of the season in the 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock division. Chase McAdams returned to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway and went to victory lane from the pole in the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks. Christian Keller picked up the first win of his carrer in the Bojangles Enduro night cap.

 

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Stock Car Race 1 Results;

  1. #97 Greg Edwards; 75
  2. #26 Danny Edwards; 75
  3. #55 Mark Wertz; 75
  4. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  5. #90 Terry Carroll; 74
  6. #03 Brenden Queen; 74
  7. #88 Thomas Marks; 74
  8. #91 Justin Carroll; 74
  9. #16 Bubba Johnston; 74
  10. #25 Craig Eastep; 73
  11. #9 Rodney Boyd; 73
  12. #71 Paul Debolt; 11

 

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Stock Car Race 2 Results;

  1. #97 Greg Edwards; 75
  2. #55 Mark Wertz; 75
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  4. #25 Craig Eastep; 75
  5. #71 Paul Debolt; 75
  6. #26 Danny Edwards; 75
  7. #16 Bubba Johnston; 75
  8. #03 Brenden Queen; 75
  9. #90 Terry Carroll; 74
  10. #9 Rodney Boyd; 73
  11. #91 Justin Carroll; 58
  12. #88 Thomas Marks; 28

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
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