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Greg Edwards Shakes Losing Monkey; Mark Wertz Continues to Ride Momentum to Dale Lemonds Victory Lane

Mark Wertz returns to victory lane in the Taylor Waste Service Late Model’s as a part-time competitor for 2020. (📸 Sara Langley)

Hampton, VA – It was a cool, chilly night, but the action on the track was hot and intense. The Taylor Waste Services Late Models were back in action to headline the evening with twin 50-lap features. 13 Late Models showed up for an action-packed night. With just eight races left on the season, it was time for teams crackdown and focus on the championship. Brenden Queen came into the night with a 9 point lead over Casey Wyatt, and an 11 point lead over Danny Edwards Jr.

Queen put his machine on the pole earlier in the afternoon with a lap of 15.774 (90.148 MPH). Danny Edwards, Greg Edwards, Casey Wyatt, and Mark Wertz rounded out the fast five. The field doubled up and got the green flag for the first of two 50 lappers. Queen jumped to the lead and after just one lap the field went single file. Wertz gave Wyatt a little nudge for the fourth but couldn’t get the momentum to get around him. Lap 16, Greg got to the inside of Danny for second and took it away. By lap 20 Queen had a two-car length lead over the field.

A battle between Rodney Boyd and Craig Eastep began for the tenth position. The two made contact but both held onto it, Eastep would get the tenth spot while Boyd battled back. With 15 laps to go, Bubba Johnston and Thomas Marks began to battle for the eighth spot to see who would start on the pole for the second 50 lap race. Greg had caught up to Queen and got to his inside to battle for the lead. His momentum came to a holt as the caution came out for Johnston and Marks going for a synchronized spin in turn one. Queen would take the outside for the cone, allowing Greg to start to his inside. On the start, Queen didn’t go allowing Greg to take the lead. Danny took over second and Queen fell to third. Wyatt got the short end of the deal and fell from fourth to tenth. Greg Edwards would go on to get his first victory of the season. Both Queen and Wyatt would come to a stop at the start-finish line, exiting their machines, and showing their displeasure to both the starter and the tower expressing that Edwards (who was not the control car) went before the restart line in turn four.

Even after the spin in the first race, Thomas Marks worked his way back to an eighth-place finish to put him on the pole for the second twin. Bubba Johnston, Craig Eastep, Connor Hall, and Mark Wertz were the starting five. The Green flag flew and the first caution came out for Casey Wyatt making contact with Rodney Boyd, sending Boyd hard into turn one wall. We would later find out that Wyatt’s throttle hung going into the corner. Back to green, and Eastep had the issues getting going causing the bottom row to stack up. Johnson jumped to the lead going into turn one. Hall began to battle Marks for second while Queen joined in. Queen ended up pushing Hall past Marks before eventually working his way around as well. With the battle for second going on, Johnston had built a sizable lead on the rest of the field.

The first caution of the second feature would come at the hands of Craig Eastep spinning through the backstretch grass on lap 13. The tride and true saying of cautions breed cautions were true this weekend because no sooner than the race restarted the field was slowed yet again. This time due to Eastep spinning the 9 of Brock between turns one and two. Back to green and the field made it one lap this time before the third caution was displayed. Contact between Johnston, who looked to try and pull up in front of Hall after losing the lead, and Connor Hall going into turn one cause early depatures for both competitors.

Back to green once again, Queen jumped to the lead with Wertz falling in line in second. Another caution would come out on lap 22 for Wyatt’s machine coming to a stop in turn four. Later reports would confirm Wyatt once again had issues with his throttle and decided to shut the car down to avoid further issues and bring the car to the garage. Wertz took the cone again and would restart on Queens outside. Wertz would clear Queen on lap 24 to take the lead. The two battled side by side for nearly the rest of the race with Greg riding in third waiting for his opportunity to make his move. His opportunity wouldn’t come, Mark Wertz went on to pick up his first Late Model win of the season.

 

Farley Financial UCARS

With a very impressive field of 13 cars, everyone was still chasing Michael Waters. Jamie Hite grabbed the pole by .003-seconds over Michael Waters. Rookies Christian Keller, Robert Dezero, and Nicholas Deans rounded out the fast five. Hite jumped to the lead in the start while Keller stuck his nose to second with Waters falling to third. Waters made his way around Keller for second and wasted no time to get to Hite. Hite and Waters made contact coming out of turn four causing Waters to get loose and almost went nose-first into the inside wall. Waters night would be over sooner than he had hoped meaning there would finally be a new winner this season. The second caution came out for Zachary Lindsey, Tyler Borden, and Bill Eaker getting together in turn three, this wreck ended Lindsey’s night. Back under green, on lap 9, Keller took the lead from Hite. A battle for third heated up between Davis, Deans and Dwight Nikles. Lap 15, Keller was still holding off Hite for the lead. On lap 22, Hite finally reclaimed the lead. Jamie Hite would hold on to pick up his first win of the season.

 

 

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Race 1 Results;

 

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  2. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 50
  3. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  4. #55 Mark Wertz; 50
  5. #77 Connor Hall; 50
  6. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  7. #19 Bubba Johnson; 50
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  9. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  10. #9 Rodney Boyd; 50
  11. #9 Alex Brock; 50
  12. #71 Jared Clark; 49
  13. #68 Terri O’Connell; 13

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Race 2 Results;

 

  1. #55 Mark Wertz; 50
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  3. #21 Greg Edwards, 50
  4. #26 Danny Edwards; 50
  5. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  6. #9 Alex Brock; 50
  7. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  8. #71 Jared Clark; 49
  9. #29 Casey Wyatt; 21
  10. #19 Bubba Johnston; 14
  11. #77 Connor Hall; 14
  12. #9 Rodney Boyd; 0

 

Farley Finacial UCAR Results;

  1. #12 Jamie Hite; 25
  2. #6 Christian Keller; 25
  3. #3 Austin Davis; 25
  4. #03 Nicholas Deans; 25
  5. #7 Dwight Nikles; 25
  6. #46 Nicholas Hurt; 24
  7. #00 Robert Dezero; 23
  8. #22 Bill Eaker; 12
  9. #50 Zach Fredrick; 4
  10. #36 Michael Waters; 3
  11. #03 Zachary Lindsey; 3
  12. #20 Mike Parker; 3
  13. #2 Tyler Borden; 3

 

*Featured Photo: Greg Edwards and team celebrate first win of the 2020 season following a controversial late-race restart. Photo: Sara Langley

Peyton Sellers Sets Quick Time at Larry King Law Langley Speedway; Will Lead the Field to Green in the First of Two 50-lap Features

Hampton, VA – It seemed like we were going to have to all buy boats to finally get a race in here in the Hampton Roads area as persistent rain plagued the area. The weather system finally moved out of the area and looks to be holding up well enough to get some racing in. Twenty NASCAR Late Models made their way back to the historic .395-mile oval in Hampton, Virginia for a pair of 50-lap features. Former NASCAR Xfinity driver and South Boston Speedway regular Peyton Sellers earned quick time earlier this afternoon earning the right to lead the field to the green flag later this evening with a 15.878 (89.558 MPH) second lap. Sellers sub-16-second lap was just one of five drivers to dip below the mark and was fast enough to knock 2020 Hampton Heat winner Brenden Queen from the top spot.

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Taylor Waste Service Late Model Stock Car Starting Lineup;
  1. #26 Peyton Sellers
  2. #03 Brenden Queen
  3. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.
  4. #29 Casey Wyatt
  5. #21 Greg Edwards
  6. #91 Justin S. Carroll
  7. #19 Bubba Johnston
  8. #77 Connor Hall
  9. #90 Terry Carroll
  10. #88 Thomas Marks
  11. #55 Mark Wertz
  12. #90 John Goin
  13. #9 Rodney Boyd
  14. #57 Justin T. Carroll
  15. #36 Chris Johnson
  16. #01 Camden Gullie
  17. #25 Craig Eastep
  18. #57 Eddie Johnson
  19. #29 Adam Medik
  20. #68 Adam Hoeger (R)

Connor Hall & Bubba Johnston Share Dale Lemonds Victory Lane Following Hampton Heat

Hampton, VA – I said in last weeks recap that it was the second straight sellout, but I sit here typing corrected, we’ve actually sold out every weekend this year – albeit thanks to COVID-19 sellouts are a bit different this year but hey we will take it! This weekend would mark the fifth straight sellout here at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. As fans started to fill the stands, the looming weather to the south made its way in also. We were under a break for lightning and rain for over an hour, once it stopped officials, race teams, and the like hurried to get track drying underway. Races finally began around 9:30.

The Late Models were on tap for twin 50 lap events with a field of 14 cars. Hampton Heat winner, Brenden Queen, kept that momentum and put his #03 machine on the pole with a lap of 15.750 (90.286 M.P.H), only six one-thousandths of a second faster than Danny Edwards Jr., Casey Wyatt, Bubba Johnston, and Greg Edwards rounded out the fast five. With the rain wiping out the rubber and grip from the track, times were sure to slow down come race time.

The field got doubled up and ready for the green flag. Queen shot to the lead but would lose it to Danny on lap 2. The first caution came out on lap 3 for Johnston going for a spin and making contact with the wall in turn three. Back green flag racing and Danny and Queen stayed side by side until lap 6 where Queen cleared Danny for the lead. After multiple attempts to take the inside from Queen, Danny checked up a little too much which allowed Hall to take over second place. In came Wyatt to battle Danny for third.

Halfway and the top five was Hall, Queen, Wyatt, Danny, and Greg. After a back and forth battle between Danny and Wyatt for third, Danny finally got the position but had some ground to make up if he wanted to catch Queen. With 15 laps to go, Hall had put a decent lead over Queen. Wyatt would fall to fifth while Greg made his way around Danny for third. The checkered flag flew and Connor Hall picked up his first victory of the season after a rough start to the year.

With NASCAR’s rule for inverting the top eight from the first race, it put Bubba Johnston on the pole with Thomas Marks on his outside. Brenden Queen, who finished runner up in the first feature, changed a right front tire after the first race which regulated him to the rear of the field also making him ineligible for the free pass and cone. As the green flag flew, Marks took the lead into turn two. Johnston would take it back on lap 4 and Marks got stuck on the outside and fell through the field. Connor Hall, on the other hand, had the outside line working as he passed Greg Edwards and Danny Edwards for fifth place. Hall also got around Justin Carroll for third wasting no time to get back to the front.

Queen, after starting 14th, worked his way up to seventh in just 10 laps. Hall caught Wyatt for second and that would ensue a side by side battle that lasted what seemed 30 laps. That allowed Johnston to put an even bigger gap between him and the field. Queen worked his way around Danny, Greg, and Justin for fourth and set his sights on Hall and Wyatt. Queen was able to join the battle for second when he took it three-wide into turn three, causing Hall to check up and Wyatt to get clear of them both. Hall tried to pull a little crossover move on Queen to take back the third spot with some contact, but couldn’t make it happen. When the checkered flag flew it was Bubba Johnston cruising to his first Late Model victory of the season.

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Race 1 Results
  1. #77 Connor Hall; 50
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  3. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  4. #26 Danny Edwards; 50
  5. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  6. #91 Justin Carroll; 50
  7. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  8. #19 Bubba Johnston; 50
  9. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  10. #9 Rodney Boyd; 50
  11. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  12. #71 Rick Gdovic; 49
  13. #68 Adam Hoegerl; 48
  14. #36 Chris Johnson; 26

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Race 2 Results
  1. #19 Bubba Johnston; 50
  2. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  3. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  4. #77 Connor Hall; 50
  5. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  6. #26 Danny Edwards; 50
  7. #91 Justin Carroll; 50
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  9. #36 Chris Johnson; 50
  10. #9 Rodney Boyd; 50
  11. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  12. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  13. #71 Rick Gdovic; 49
  14. #68 Adam Hoegerl; 48

Queen Rides Hampton Heat Momentum to First Late Model Pole of 2020

Queen powers through turns three and four during the 2020 Hampton Heat 200 (📸 Sara Langley)

Hampton, VA – Just two weeks following the biggest win of his young Late Model career, Brenden Queen of Chesapeake picked right up where he left off – at the front of the pack. Fourteen NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars returned to the famed .395-mile oval for a pair of 50-lap features. Fourteen cars rolled off pit road looking to claim the pole but none were faster than Queen with a 15.750 (90.286 MPH). Danny Edwards Jr., Casey Wyatt, Bubba Johnston, and Greg Edwards rounded out the fastest five cars.

A quick thunderstorm moved through the area following qualifying which put the speedway into a weather hold. The storm has passed and NASCAR officials have currently focused their attention on track drying efforts. Once that his complete we look forward to an eight race card. We will have you covered with LIVE updates over on our Twitter feed.

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Stock Car Starting Line-Up
  1. #03 Brenden Queen
  2. #26 Danny Edwards
  3. #29 Casey Wyatt
  4. #19 Bubba Johnston
  5. #21 Greg Edwards
  6. #77 Connor Hall
  7. #91 Justin Carroll
  8. #88 Thomas Marks
  9. #9 Rodney Boyd
  10. #90 Terry Carroll
  11. #36 Chris Johnson
  12. #71 Rick Gdovic
  13. #25 Craig Eastep
  14. #68 Adam Hoeger (R)

Mark Wertz Doubles Down in Modified’s After Emotional Return to Racing at Langley Speedway

Mark Wertz celebrates win number one with custom and honorary Shawn Balluzzo checkered flag during his victory lap Saturday night 7.25.20 (Photo: Sara Langley)

Hampton, VA – With a sold-out crowd for the second straight week, the Modifieds were back in action at Larry King Laws Langley Speedway with twin 30 lap features. Last races winner, Matt Carter, set the fastest time of the day in qualifying with a 16.123 (88.197 MPH) to set on the pole. That lap being four-tenths faster than the entire field proving he’d be the man to beat for the night. Mark Wertz, Adam Medek, Chase Burrow, and Chris Johnson rounded out the fast five. With the passing of Shawn Balluzzo two weeks ago, the speedway paid homage to the 11-time champion with the missing man formation during the pace laps. The cars lined up double file with two laps to green but left the first position open for Balluzzo. The scoreboard lit up with 48’s, and flagman Shane Snyder waived a checkered flag with a 48 printed on it.

The field went back normal and got ready for the green flag. The first caution didn’t take long as it came on lap 1 for Jamie Sample having problems. Next restart and Carter shot to the lead down the backstretch with Wertz right in line with him. Medek got stuck on the outside causing him to fall back to the fifth position. The second caution would come out this time for Medek going for a loop in turn one. During this caution period, leader Matt Carter’s machine lost power and came to a stop on track, ultimately ending his hopes of winning the first race. We would later learn transmission issues sidelined the defending race winner. This handed the lead over to Wertz. With 10 laps to go, Wertz had opened the lead up to half a straightaway over Michael Johnson. A late-race charge for Gdovic let him battle Michael for second. The checkered flag flew and Mark Wertz picked you his first Modified win on the season.

With the NASCAR mandated eight-car invert, Eric McPherson inherited the pole with Adam Medek, Chase Burrow, Brad Adams, and Chris Johnson the new starting five. Instead of starting eighth Wertz dropped to the rear of the field. Once the green flag was displayed, Medek jumped to the lead while McPherson fell to third. Burrow would also fall back to sixth after a rough start. The first caution came out for Matt Carter looping it around in turn one. Under caution, this time Chris Johnson had issues and pulled his machine to pit road ending his night.

On the ensuing restart a pileup happened in turn two involving McPherson, Burrow, Carter, Gdovic, and Shawn Adkins. Winner of the first race Wertz, merely missed the incident to continue his hopes of winning again. Gdovic and Adkins were able to continue while everyone else’s night was over. Medek took off with the lead once again on the restart. Michael Johnson slid up the track out of turn two slowing all the momentum Wertz had. Wertz made his way around Michael for second on lap 15 and set his sights on Medek.

With five laps to go, Medek was holding a lead that made it seem like he’d get the win, however, that lead would disappear as the caution lights came on for Adkins spinning in turn one. Wertz took the cone to lineup on Medeks outside for the restart. Wertz made the outside line work and cleared Medek going into turn two for the lead. Mark Wertz would hold on and double down and win the second 30 lap feature of the night for the Modifieds.

“Hey I am semi-retired so I love this one,” Wertz said in victory lane following an emotional moment with the Balluzzo family. “Sorry to see Matt broke but that was good racing. This one is for my buddy. Can’t thank Corvette Parts enough, Dunkin Donuts, Bubba Johnston for letting me run his car, Pro turf. My crew worked hard today, we knew we were kinda behind, [these] wins are getting hard to get so I’ll take one. I actually gotta thank the Hubbard family tonight. That last race I didn’t use up the right rear about halfway through that one. I was really having to eggshell the pedal and I just kept thinking Dixieland, Dixieland, Dixieland! Lift early, roll, and it really paid off!”

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 1 Results;

  1. #19 Mark Wertz; 30
  2. #38 Michael Johnson; 30
  3. #64 Rick Gdovic; 30
  4. #36 Chris Johnson; 30
  5. #3 Brad Adams; 30
  6. #0 Chase Burrow; 30
  7. #29 Adam Medek; 30
  8. #16 Eric McPherson; 30
  9. #50 Grant Blasingame; 30
  10. #44 Shawn Adkins; 30
  11. #49 Todd Whitesell; 30
  12. #78 Matt Carter; 14
  13. #18 DJ Valente; 14
  14. #28 Jamie Sample; 1

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 2 Results;

  1. #19 Mark Wertz; 30
  2. #29 Adam Medek; 30
  3. #38 Michael Johnson; 30
  4. #64 Rick Gdovic; 30
  5. #3 Brad Adams; 30
  6. #50 Grant Blasingame; 30
  7. #49 Todd Whitesell; 30
  8. #44 Shawn Adkins; 30
  9. #36 Chris Johnson; 6
  10. #0 Chase Burrow; 6
  11. #16 Eric McPherson; 6
  12. #78 Matt Carter; 6
  13. #28 Jamie Sample; 2

 

[Featured Photo courtesy of Mark Wertz Racing]

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