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Greg Edwards Collects Win Number Ten and Championship Number Six; Finishes 2019 Tenth in the Nation, Fourth in Virginia

Hampton, VA– Greg Edwards, of Poquoson Virginia, came one championship closer to tying Phil Warren’s record of seven Late Model Stock Car track championships at Langley Speedway. He also tied his brother Danny Edwards with six championships a piece – twelve all together for Edwards Motorsports. He did so by simply starting last night’s race, it was an added bonus for the team to do so from the pole position posting a time 15.833 seconds. Conor Hall, who was looking to steal the title from Edwards did not have the car count he needed but would roll off second. Michael Hardin, Danny Edwards, and Mark Wertz rounded out the fastest five.

You would have thought Greg Edwards needed to win the race in order to win the championship because he took off from the field when Shane Snyder displayed the final green flag of the 2019 season. After leaving Hall to deal with the likes of Hardin and his brother Greg had nothing but a clear track in front of him to click off laps. Hall would eventually lose his second-place position to Danny Edwards just prior to the first caution of the evening for a spinning Brenden Queen in turn two.

It was an all Edwards front row for the ensuing restart where both drivers were able to maintain their position on the speedway. The restart would essentially be null and void after contact between the No. 7 of Zach Lightfoot and No. 9 Rodney Boyd made contact in turns three and four. Edwards was challenged a little more on the second restart from three-time race winner Connor Hall. As he has done all year, Edwards was once again able to defend his position and retain the race lead one last time.

All of our attention from that point on was focused on the epic battle between Late Model veteran Mark Wertz and relative newcomer to the division, Thomas Marks. The two spent the last quarter of the 100-lap race battling door-to-door for the fourth position. Marks utilizing the inside line for the offensive while Wertz mastered the outside line and ultimately defended his position. Edwards would power out of turn four one final time to earn his tenth victory of the season by a full second over his brother Danny Edwards. Connor Hall, Mark Wertz, and Thomas Marks would round out the top five finishers.

“That’s the way I wanted to end it,” Edwards said in a confetti-filled victory lane. “We tried something for this last race because we really had nothing to lose; might should have done that earlier in the season. The car was really good. I have to thank James Long and everyone that helps [on this car], Phillip Goodwin, Ashly, and all the people that help. It takes up a lot of time out of our lives to do this. I appreciate everything they give to me. It’s been a dream season. I have to thank Charlie High, he is one hell of an engine builder and I’m proud to be driving one of his motors”

Edwards also did something this year that not too many Division-I drivers competing in NASCAR’s weekly series can do, finishing tenth in national points running a single track all year long. Edwards had exactly 18 starts this season, which is the max NASCAR will take towards your national and state standings. Earning a total of nine wins, and eighteen top fives and top tens Greg Edwards was able to finish tenth in the nation and fourth in the state of Virginia.

“We are really happy with where we finished,” Edwards commented. “You get eighteen starts and we got exactly eighteen. Got a top ten in the nation and fourth in the state while all these other guys are running thirty to forty races a year. I am really happy about that.”

The title brought Greg even with his brother Danny at six championships and both just one shy of the record Phil Warren set in the division at seven.

“We are back to even,” Greg said about his brother’s six titles. “That’s pretty impressive and an elite crew, with Danny and Phil [Warren]. I think we are the only three to be able to do that in Late Model racing so that is a good group of guys to be in with.”

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 100
  2. #26 Danny Edwards; 100
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 100
  4. #55 Mark Wertz; 100
  5. #88 Thomas Marks; 100
  6. #90 Terry Carroll; 100
  7. #9 Rodney Boyd; 100
  8. #7 Michael Hardin; 100
  9. #03 Brenden Queen; 100
  10. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 100
  11. #10 Madyson Mulligan; 100
  12. #25 Michael Sutphin; 56

Woody Howard and Mark Wertz Pick First Win of the Season; Looney’s National Title Hopes Slip Away

Hampton, VA – With National Championship points on the line, Mike Looney and Phillip Morris made the trip back to Langley Speedway in hopes to win the title. Looney came into the weekend with a ten-point lead of MidWest drivers Jacob Goede and Nick Panitzke with Morris sitting fourth. Looney needed to win the first twin race to knock everyone but Goede out of contention. Morris needed to start worse than ninth and win both twin races to win the title. Looney went on to finish 10th and 12th gaining zero points, Goede won both races at Elko Speedway in Minnesota and gained 14 points on Looney to take the points lead and UNOFFICIALLY win the NWAAS National Championship.

Mike Looney snagged the pole with a time of 15.811 and CE Falk did a time of 15.815-seconds to grab second. Woody Howard, Phillip Morris, and Greg Edwards rounded out the fast five out of twenty cars. Morris dropped to the rear of the field for bonus points and a chance to win the National Championship.

Once the green flag dropped, Falk got a perfect start and took the lead out of turn two with Looney going to second and Hall and Howard battling for third. Falk was putting down a blistering pace early on as he had almost a straightaway lead over Looney on lap 5. After starting last, Morris had made his way up to the 12th position only 15 laps in.

With track championship points still on the line as well, Hall and Greg battled for the fourth position. Greg got Hall loose coming out of turn four but Hall was able to regroup and hold onto fourth. Justin Carroll sought on the opportunity and joined in on the battle as well. On lap 25, Falks lead had grown to a full straightaway over Howard. Greg finally was able to get around Hall for fourth on lap 26. Greg’s car took off as he caught Looney on lap 32 to take third away.

As Falk continued to put a blistering pace on the field, he caught lap traffic as they were battling for position. Howard used this to cut the lead back down to a little less than half a straightaway. Hall had caught Looney and used the outside line to take fourth away. Then Justin got to the inside of Looney and Looney got shuffled all the way back to ninth. Once Falk got clear of the lap traffic he was on cruise control once again. Howard in the other hand had trouble getting around the lap traffic allowing Greg to catch him.

The one thing Falk didn’t want to see happen. The first and only caution came out on lap 66 for Rodney Boyd going in the grass and coming to a stop. On the restart, Falk shot to the lead into one and Howard shot the bottom in second. Into turn three and Howard shoved Falk up the track into the marbles and took the lead. Falk would fall to fifth and looked to gain whatever he could in four laps. Greg got the inside of Howard and a side by side battle for the lead began. Howard was almost in the third groove, which Langley doesn’t have, trying to hold the lead. Coming to the white flag Greg and Howard were dope to door. The checkered flag flew and out of turn, four Woody Howard edged Greg Edwards to win his first race of the season. Connor Hall, CE Falk, and Justin Carroll rounded out the top five.

With the invert of eight, Danny Edwards started on the pole with Brenden Queen lining up to his outside in second. The first start was called off by Race Director Shane Laws as he felt the front row went before the starter. The second start would prove to be better and Queen jumped to the lead with Danny, Wertz, Falk, and Greg the top five. Wertz got around Danny for second and set his sights on the lead. Queen would hold the lead up until lap five when Wertz made his way around him.

Falk took third from Danny and went to the bumper of Queen for the second position. Falk got the inside of Queen into turn three but didn’t clear him until the next lap into turn two. Hall and Justin battled for the sixth position resulting in Hall getting it on lap 10. Howard also took seventh from Justin. Lap 17 and Wertz had put a half a straightaway lead over Falk. Danny and Queen had a door to door battle for third for about 10 laps.

Queen, Danny, Greg, Hall, and Howard all battled for the third through seventh positions without giving any room for error. Howard decided to try the outside line again and it was a success. Howard passed Hall and Greg. Howard tried his luck with Danny but couldn’t pull it off. Lap 40 and Wertz was still on cruise control as Falk couldn’t seem to catch him. Howard slipped back to fifth as Greg worked his brother Danny for fourth. Greg got the spot and instantly went to the inside of Queen for third. Hall took his shot at the inside of Danny for fifth and took it.

Queen has the outside line setup perfectly put together again this week as Greg couldn’t get around him on the inside. Hall was getting impatient waiting for a hole to open so he made one. Hall moved Greg out of the way to take fourth and drove right under Queen for third. Hall would power passed Queen and drove away. With just 10 laps to go Wertz was hoping there wouldn’t be a repeat from the first race. That wouldn’t happen as the checkered flag came out and Mark Wertz picked up his first victory of the season. CE Falk, Connor Hall, Greg Edwards, and Brenden Queen rounded out the top five.

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock UNOFFICIAL Race #1 Results;
  1. #41 Woody Howard; 70
  2. #21 Greg Edwards; 70
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  4. #40 CE Falk; 70
  5. #91 Justin Carroll; 70
  6. #55 Mark Wertz; 70
  7. #03 Brenden Queen; 70
  8. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 70
  9. #01 Phillip Morris; 70
  10. #87 Mike Looney; 70
  11. #29 Casey Wyatt; 70
  12. #7 Michael Hardin; 70
  13. #88 Thomas Marks; 70
  14. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 69
  15. #90 Terry Carroll; 69
  16. #10 Madyson Mulligan; 69
  17. #9 Rodney Boyd; 69
  18. #2 Craig Eastep; 37
  19. #81 Travis Byrd; 35
  20. #87 Preston McGhee; 15
Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock UNOFFICIAL Race #1 Results;
  1. #55 Mark Wertz; 70
  2. #40 CE Falk; 70
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  4. #21 Greg Edwards: 70
  5. #03 Brenden Queen; 70
  6. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 70
  7. #41 Woody Howard; 70
  8. #91 Justin Carroll; 70
  9. #88 Thomas Marks; 70
  10. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 70
  11. #90 Terry Carroll; 70
  12. #87 Mike Looney; 70
  13. #01 Phillip Morris; 70
  14. #7 Michael Hardin; 70
  15. #2 Craig Eastep; 69
  16. #9 Rodney Boyd; 69
  17. #10 Madyson Mulligan; 68
  18. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50

Greg Edwards Continues to Dominate Langley Speedway in 100-lap Feature

Hampton, VA – In a stout field of 15 cars, Connor Hall picked up the pole position after putting down a lap time of 15.948 compared to Greg Edwards who qualified second with a 15.950. Danny Edwards Jr, Casey Wyatt, and Brenden Queen rounded out the five fastest drivers.

Once the field got the green flag, Hall jumped to the lead with Greg in tow. Danny, Queen and Wyatt all began a battle for the third position while everyone else went single file. Wyatt went into turn two with a great run and got to the inside of Queen to take the fourth position headed down the backstretch. Meanwhile, a heated battle between Thomas Marks and Michael Hardin started up for the ninth position.

A quarter of the way through the feature Greg Edwards put the bumper to Hall and moved Him up the hill in turn two and a side by side battle for the lead began ensued. Two laps later Greg cleared Hall for the lead down the backstretch. Greg’s brother, Danny Edwards, followed in his tracks and took second away from Hall. A side by side battle heated up between Wyatt and Queen for the fourth position. The two drivers stayed side by side for about five laps until Wertz got a piece of Queen and took the fifth spot from him. Now it was Wertz turn at Wyatt as he went to the inside of him for fourth.

Halfway through the feature it was still Greg and Danny pacing the field while Hall was coasting in third. Wyatt, Wertz and Justin Carroll continued to battle for fourth and fifth. Things started to get Wild as the laps were winding down. Justin, Wyatt and Wertz went three wide into turn one and Wyatt got into the lose stuff and almost went around. Carroll took advantage of the slip and took the fourth spot with Wertz going to fifth. Wyatt fell back to ninth after the slip.

The first caution of the evening came on lap 77 when Casey Wyatt turned Zach Lightfoot in turn two. Lightfoot wasn’t too happy about that and under caution went after Wyatt and spun him in turn three.

On the restart, Greg shot off into turn one. Wertz got stuck on the outside line and got shuffled all the way to the back of the field. Wertz then went to the pits and parked his machine with a broken right front hub. The second caution came on lap 85 once again for Lightfoot, this time it was him getting into Rodney Boyd going into turn one sending him for a spin.The next restart was a wild one, Hall got an amazing start and took it three wide into turn one to take the inside from

Greg. Danny and Queen got shuffled back after the start but held a good position. Coming out of turn four, Hall got shoved out of the groove and got stuck on the outside line falling all the way to tenth. The third and final caution came out on lap 91 for Justin getting into Danny into turn one sending Danny nose first into the wall.

On the final restart, Queen took the cone to see if he had anything for Greg and boy did he. Queen got the slightly better start than Greg and went into turn one with a slight edge for the lead. The two would stay completely side by side until lap 93 where Queen took the lead by hadn’t quiet cleared Greg. Greg would get the lead back on lap 95 and cleared Queen. Checkered flag flew and Greg Edwards picked up his ninth win of the season.

 

Taylor Waste Service Late Model UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 100
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 100
  3. #90 Terry Carroll; 100
  4. #88 Thomas Marks; 100
  5. #77 Connor Hall; 100
  6. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 100
  7. #91 Justin Carroll; 100
  8. #7H Michael Hardin; 100
  9. #29 Casey Wyatt; 100
  10. #9 Rodney Boyd; 100
  11. #89 Craig Eastep; 99
  12. #26 Danny Edwards; 91
  13. #4 Duane Shreeves; 85
  14. #55 Mark Wertz; 81
  15. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 43

Shawn Balluzzo’s Win Streak Comes to an End in Modified Night Cap at the Hands of Brandon Gdovic; Bounty Still in Tact After Balluzzo and Gdovic Split Twins

Hampton, VA– All good things eventually come to an end. For Shawn Balluzzo that would be his undefeated 2019 season. However, the $1,000 bounty is still up for grabs after Balluzzo picked up win number fifteen in the opening 40-lap feature.

Balluzzo admitted in victory lane following his flag-to-flag win in the first race that was the hardest he had to drive holding off Gdovic for 40-laps. What he didn’t know was race number two was going to be even more of a challenge. After electing to go to the rear in victory lane Balluzzo was already facing an up hill battle while Brandon Gdovic had to pass just three cars to assume the lead doing so in just eight laps.

Once out front and in clean air Gdovic set a pace that was unmatched by no one as we watched Balluzzo tear through the field – breaking into the top five by just lap ten. That was about the time Balluzzo’s luck ran out while taking a peak under Jamie Sample for second. The two must have touched which cut down Balluzzo’s right-front tire and sent him lackadaisical into the turn two outside wall drawing the first caution of the second feature. He was able to get to pit road and a new tire put on but starting once more in the rear of the field proved to be an issue. Just a handful of laps later several cars pile up in turn four forcing Balluzzo to get on the binders hard, locking up the tires and getting hit by a couple other cars trying to avoid. He was deemed part of the caution and not eligible for the cone.

Meanwhile, Gdovic was money on each of the following restarts really using the power of a brand new car to his advantage. The only real challenge for Gdovic came on the final restart – which was also the final nail in the coffin for Balluzzo – when the 48 was able to take the cone and start on the outside. After a flat tire, contact with the wall, flat spots, and contact with others, there was nothing left in the tank. Gdovic cleared the field into one and Sample cleared Balluzzo going into three. Gdovic would drive away creating more than a five-second gap over the rest of the field. Balluzzo was able to get around Sample in the closing laps to secure second. Danny Harrell and Eric McPherson rounded out the top five.

“I wish Shawn could have been able to get up there so we could have battled a little more,” Gdovic commented in victory lane. “Not really sure how the bounty deal works but if they give it to us then great. It was really fun to come back home and race. Glad my dad let me help get a little race trim here and get things figured out. The PPM boys built an awesome car. I just have to thank them, my mom and dad, ComServe Wireless and WindStax for all the support throughout the years.”

Gdovic has been absent from Langley Speedway for a few years now dipping his toes in both the K&N Series along with a few races in the NASCAR Xfinity series before his most recent success in the Lamborghini Trofeo series.

“You have to compare this win in a different way,” Gdovic said. “This my Hometrack so it’s special on a different level to come back home after a few years and see familiar faces. Short-track racing on a Saturday night is some of the best racing is at every night.”

Balluzzo earned the right to lead the field to the green to kick of Pete’s Towing night after laying down a 16.356 (86.941 MPH) second lap. Gdovic, who was fastest all day in practice lined up to his right side. Jamie Sample, Danny Harrell, and Rick Gdovic made up the starting five. From the drop of the green flag, it was the Balluzzo and Gdovic show. Balluzzo was able to keep Gdovic at bay even after several solid shots to the rear bumper. Danny Harrell, rookie Grant Blasingame, and Eric McPherson rounded out the top five. Todd Whitesell, Rick Gdovic, and Peyton Ferree completed the top eight finishers to set the invert.

“It was fun I have to say that,” Balluzzo commented about the final ten laps of the first forty-lap feature. “Brandon did a great job. All of these guys are doing a great job they have got their game going on. I am having a harder and harder time every week staying ahead of them.”

Brandon and I have been bantering back and forth,” Balluzzo commented about the social media post coming into the weekend in regards to the bounty out for him. “It’s just all in good fun, I hope he realizes that. It was great out there tonight and I know the fans have got to be loving all this with all that’s been going on and its been getting more interesting.”

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 1 UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #64 Brandon Gdovic; 40
  3. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  4. #7 Grant Blasingame; 40
  5. #16 Eric McPherson; 40
  6. #49 Todd Whitesell; 39
  7. #47 Rick Gdovic; 39
  8. #23 Peyton Ferree; 39
  9. #19 Bubba Johnston; 26
  10. #28 Jamie Sample; 25
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 9
  12. #3 Brad Adams; 9
  13. #18 DJ Valente; 9

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 2 UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #64 Brandon Gdovic; 40
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  3. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  5. #16 Eric McPherson; 40
  6. #3 Brad Adams; 40
  7. #47 Rick Gdovic; 40
  8. #7 Grant Blasingame; 39
  9. #23 Peyton Ferree; 39
  10. #49 Todd Whitesell; 39
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 21

Greg Edwards Doubles Down at Langley Speedway Picks Up Wins Seven and Eight

TWR’s little helper celebrates with Greg Edwards in victory lane Saturday night when he picked up win number seven on the season. (Bill Carnes/Given to Fly Photography)

Hampton, VA– You don’t always have to win the battle but you certainly want to win the war. Greg Edwards is not a better example of that these past couples of weeks at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway picking up his eighth victory – fifth consecutive – of the season Saturday night.

Connor Hall was the fastest man in town earlier in the evening during qualifying. Oddly enough he was the first car to hit the racetrack to lay down his 15.732–second (90.398 MPH) lap. Greg Edwards, the second to last car to go out for qualifying, came up only three-hundredths of a second short of the pole position, however, rightfully earned his spot on the front row. Brenden Queen, Danny Edwards Jr., and Casey Wyatt rounded out the fastest five cars for race one.

When it was time to go green flag racing Hall took advantage of his number one starting position and jumped out to an early lead while third-place starter Brenden Queen was able to also get by Edwards on the inside. Greg being the veteran he is at Langley settled for third and got into a familiar rhythm. Within ten laps he was able to peak his nose under Queen and take the position. With nothing but open track between him and the leader, Edwards set the car on kill mode an immediately tracked down Hall and executed a pass for the lead around lap twenty-eight. From there it was smooth sailing as Edwards would click off laps and pass lap traffic with ease to pick up his seventh – fourth consecutive – win of the season in the caution-free 70-lap feature.

Connor Hall would finish in the runner up position while Brenden Queen found a way to keep his nose just in front of Danny Edwards to steal a podium finish. Casey Wyatt, who was battling at times three-wide with Queen and Danny, would come home fifth.

Per the NASCAR rulebook, a minimum of eight cars was inverted for race number two of the evening. Handing the top spot over to Justin Carroll. To his outside was Rookie of the Year contender Zach Lightfoot. Greg Edwards elected to give up his eighth-place starting position to go to the rear with the hopes of collecting maximum points for the event and collect he did.

As usual race two was a little more hectic and honestly probably more “racey” as guys and gals were on already worn out tires, we really got to see how much people saved from the first race and the faster cars were thrown in the middle of the pack. Justin Carroll would show the way for a handful of laps before Danny Edwards took over while brother Greg Edwards worked his way through the field. With the help of a handful of cautions, some rather close together, Greg Edwards found himself back in the top three just shy of the halfway point of the race.

A couple of almost back-to-back cautions set up some rather intense cone restarts. Edwards trying both the outside and inside to get around Hall. Have to give a lot of Credit to Connor Hall and the No. 77 team because he did everything in his power to keep Edwards behind him to the point that the two rubbed doors going into one battling for the lead. Ultimately, Greg Edwards would prevail after a last-ditch cross over move from Hall was ineffective regulating Hall once again to a second-place finish. Danny Edwards would improve his finishing position by one and swap places with Brenden Queen while Justin Carroll was able to hang on to a fifth-place finish.

“It’s just really hard racing there with Connor,” Edwards said in victory lane. “If the fans don’t like that racing, I don’t know. That was some exciting side-by-side racing.  Connor gave me all he had he never backs down. He’s gonna’ run it for all she’s got and that’s what he should do. Our car was just a tick better tonight and I’m just proud of this team. Thank God for this effort, thank God for Charlie High racing engines, James Long, my fans and family, I really appreciate it.”

The Late Models will take the week off and return to racing on September 7thwith a single 100-lap feature leaving just six races left before a champion is crowned. Racing, however, will return to Langley next weekend August 31stwith twin 40-lap Modified features where the $1,000 bounty for Shawn Balluzzo is still up for grabs. Super Streets, Pro Six, Karts and Enduros all slated to race as well.

 

Taylor Waste Services LMSC UNOFFICIAL Race 1 Results;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 70
  2. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  3. #03 Brenden Queen; 70
  4. #26 Danny Edwards; 70
  5. #29 Casey Wyatt; 70
  6. #90 Terry Carroll; 70
  7. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 70
  8. #91 Justin Carroll; 70
  9. #88 Thomas Marks; 70
  10. #7 Michael Hardin; 69
  11. #89 Craig Eastep; 69
  12. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 69
  13. #36 Chris Johnson; 45
  14. #9 Rodney Boyd; 42

 

Taylor Waste Services LMSC UNOFFICIAL Race 2 Results;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 70
  2. #77 Connor Hall; 70
  3. #26 Danny Edwards; 70
  4. #03 Brenden Queen; 70
  5. #91 Justin Carroll; 70
  6. #90 Terry Carroll; 70
  7. #9 Rodney Boyd; 70
  8. #7 Michael Hardin; 70
  9. #36 Chris Johnson; 70
  10. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 70
  11. #89 Craig Eastep; 58
  12. #88 Thomas Marks; 38
  13. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 38
  14. #29 Casey Wyatt; 34

Shawn Balluzzo Remains Perfect at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – A rare 50-lap race was on hand for the drivers as they looked to end the bounty on Shawn Balluzzo. A field of nine Modifieds started the feature. Rick Gdovic grabbed his first pole of the year with a time of 16.545 with Shawn Balluzzo lining up second with a time of 16.602. Jamie Sample, Bubba Johnston, and Danny Harrell rounded out the fast five.

As the green flag dropped, Gdovic got a good start and rolled into turn one with the lead. Balluzzo would fall in line to second with Sample right behind him. Johnston didn’t get the start he wanted as Harrell got by him for fourth. Harrell wasted little time to try and get past Sample as well for the third position but got loose on the inside of him and lost a lot of momentum. Gdovic and Balluzzo we’re putting on a very fast pace for the race as they had opened up a straightaway lead over Sample in just 10 laps.

With the field spread out a bit, the only battle on track was for the sixth position between Bubba Johnston and Grant Blasingame. As them two battled, Brad Adams, who had his worst qualifying effort of the season, managed to make it a three car battle. Blasingame got around Johnston and took sixth away. Johnston got stuck on the outside and Adams managed to take seventh away as well. Blasingame wasted little time to catch Matt Morgan for the fifth spot and in turns one and two he got the inside line to take away the position. Adams caught up to them and once again made it a three car battle for position. Morgan has a little slip going into turn one and Adams took the opening and took sixth.

Halfway and it was Gdovic, Balluzzo, Sample, Harrell, and Blasingame. Gdovic and Balluzzo began to catch lap traffic on lap 26 and the battle for the lead tightened up. Balluzzo got to the back bumper of Gdovic the first time but Gdovic got a great run out of turn four to pull away just enough to put space between the two. Lap 33 and Balluzzo got a great run down the backstretch and got the inside line going into turn three to take the lead away from Gdovic. With the field so spread out, Balluzzo put fourth place car Harrell a lap down. With ten laps to go, Balluzzo had put a decent lead over Gdovic and had his sights set on his 14th victory of the season.

The one thing Balluzzo didn’t want to see happened. The caution came out on lap 44 for Eric McPherson going for a solo spin in turn two. This would give Gdovic and Sample one more chance to beat Balluzzo. With one to go, Sample took the cone to start on the outside of Balluzzo with Gdovic right behind him. When the restart came, it sure was a messy one. Balluzzo spun his tires, Gdovic spun his as well, and Sample made contact with Balluzzo due to him getting sideways. All cars would make it into turn one with Balluzzo the leader. The second caution came out for Gdovic and Morgan spinning on the backstretch.

No one took the cone so it would be a single file restart. This restart was a lot better for Balluzzo, Sample got just as good of a start. Going into turn one, Sample actually got to the inside of Balluzzo to look for the lead. Balluzzo with the experience, powered his way on the outside down the backstretch to hold the lead into turn three. Sample didn’t hold back as he kept beating and banging on Balluzzos back bumper doing all he could to beat him.

Checkered flag flew and Shawn Balluzzo picked up his 14th win of the season and stayed undefeated. It wasn’t the easiest win as drivers are getting anxious to get that bounty. Jamie Sample, Rick Gdovic, Danny Harrell, and Eric McPherson rounded out the top five.

Larry King Laws Modified Results

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 50
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 50
  3. #64 Rick Gdovic; 50
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 50
  5. #16 Eric McPherson; 49
  6. #7 Grant Blasingame; 49
  7. #98 Matt Morgan; 49
  8. #3 Brad Adams; 47
  9. #19 Bubba Johnston; 46

Greg Edwards Continues the Winning Streak at Langley Speedway as the Season Winds Down

Hampton, VA– When you’re hot you’re hot and that is showing in the Taylor Waste Services Late Model division at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Since the annual Hampton Heat 200 no one has been on point more than current series points leader Greg Edwards, who once again flexed his muscle Saturday night dominating the 100-lap feature.

Even after transmissions issues plagued the Hampton based race team during practice, he and the crew were able to head to the race shop and make the swap prior to qualifying and went out and snaged the pole with 15.829 (89.835 mph) second lap. Connor Hall, who had just come off another impressive $10,000 win at Carteret County Speedway the previous week, Woody Howard, Brenden Queen, and Michael Hardin made up the fastest five drivers.

Once it was time to go racing Connor Hall was not playing games while Edwards may have been in tire save mode early. From the outside lane going into turn one Hall sailed his No. 77 Townebank machine into turn one and took the lead from the veteran driver of Edwards and looked early to be a major contender for the win. Even after an early caution due to contact between Rodney Boyd and Craig Eastep bunched the field back up, Hall did what needed to be done to clear the field on the ensuing restart and looked to check out.

Edwards, however, had a plan of his own and once he got back around of Queen who had elected to take the cone on the one and only restart. Once clear he went into cruise control mode attempting to save the right rear tire. It wasn’t until just before the halfway break the Edwards made his move taking a peak under Hall as the pair worked through and out of turn number two. Edwards would eventually take the position and really open up a good bit of distance between himself and second place. Lapped traffic also had a large effect on Greg’s new lead as it took way longer than normal for Connor to work his way around the slower cars of Terry Carroll and Thomas Marks. With no more cautions it was essentially the final nail in the coffin for Hall and secured the win for Edwards.

Defending track champion Danny Edwards, who had issues during qualifying which set him pretty far back in the field for the feature, rebounded to a solid third place finish. Woody Howard and Brenden Queen rounded out the top five finishers. An honorable mention goes out to Rookie of the Year contender Zach Lightfoot who started and maintained a top ten position all night – he would finish just outside the top five in the sixth position.

“My hats off to Connor [Hall],” Edwards said right after getting out of his car in victory lane. “His car is so fast on the outside I don’t know how he does it. His car just grips up and turns when he wants it. He had a lot of speed early and we were so tight so I made the decision that I needed to ride and take my time. If we could just not spin the rear tires I was hoping eventually he would wear down a little bit, I think that’s what happened.”

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 100
  2. #77 Connor Hall; 100
  3. #26 Danny Edwards; 100
  4. #41 Woody Howard; 100
  5. #03 Brenden Queen; 99
  6. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 99
  7. #91 Justin Carroll; 99
  8. #7 Michael Hardin; 99
  9. #90 Terry Carroll; 99
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 99
  11. #00 Chase Burrow; 98
  12. #4 Duane Shreeves; 98
  13. #9 Rodney Boyd; 98
  14. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 98
  15. #89 Craig Eastep; 5
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