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The Final Chapter: When One Door Closes, Many More Open

Every great chapter must come to an end at some point, right? Gohan finally defeated Cell to put an end to the long lasting Cell Games. Harry, and friends, destroyed all of the Horcrux’s ultimately leading to Voldemort’s defeat, again? Dwight and Angela finally get married, Michael comes back for one last visit, and Pam & Jim finally move to Austin. Ross and Rachel confess their love and continue their relationship, Monica and Chandler adopt twins, and they all head to Central Park for one last cup of coffee. Honestly the list could go on and on with memorable cinematic or book related endings but that’s not why you clicked the article — at least that’s not why I think you are here.

When I started The Weekly Racer seven years ago I was just coming out of college spending the last three years of my life immersed in the “business” side of sports. I absolutely loved going to class and wanted to be involved with sports for the rest of my life. I found that I had a passion for the PR side of things. I enjoyed the planning aspect of things, the marketing and finance side was okay, but I really enjoyed writing. I enjoyed the weekly press release assignment I had in one class, I enjoyed telling a story. I was also in the need of a 400-hour internship to complete my degree so I went to my favorite place here in my hometown – Langley Speedway. Pitched my idea. Then failed to secure the position. I found out either I did a bad job of selling myself or just wasn’t qualified to do the job. Looking back at it now I was asking for a internship to start in January and go to May at a local short track, that time frame probably just didn’t work out for them, nothing to be angry about now. Maybe it was a true life lesson that when one door closes another opens — something to keep in mind for later.

I ended up landing an internship as an assistant Athletic Director with one of the most amazing and down right coolest bosses ever at my high school alma mater. I got to do a lot of work planning the final Peninsula District baseball tournament but I digress. That small “failure” of not landing the internship at the place and sport I really wanted no doubt had me down. I thought to myself; I just spent the last six years of my life studying all this, all the late nights staying up after work putting proposals together and reading all these expensive books just to be turned down for a FREE job. What does that mean for me when I go looking for jobs that actually pay. Then I remembered something my mother and father thought me growing up being a small business owning family. If you want it, work for it, make it yours… so I did and over the summer of 2013 The Weekly Racer (TWR) was born. My own personal internship if you will.

Over these last seven years I have learned so much about the sport of auto racing and grown not only as a person but as a professional. Starting out sitting in freezing cold grandstand in November with a Coleman heater and tapping on the screen of my iPhone, to securing a small corner in the wooden turn one spotter stand at Langley, to talking with past, present, and certainly future NASCAR & World of Outlaws champions. I have been asked to take photos for NASCAR teams, produced radio style shows, created year end banquet videos, and brought onto PA systems to talk about racing. It has certainly been a ride that I will cherish forever. This was something that I, with the help of many, many others along the way, built from the ground up. The Weekly Racer was something that people all over the Mid Atlantic region went to for pre, live, and post race information on their favorite series or driver. A place to stay up to date with their racing family, a true community.

That is why it truly does sadden me to announce that as 2020 comes to an end so will TWR. I want to take a minute to thank those who helped make TWR what it is today. To my wife who helped me edit stories, take photos/videos, tag-team the largest Late Model race in the country, and drive the countless hours back home in the dark while I typed up stories. To Mark Rogers Jr. who though we worked at “competing” outlets, always took the time to answer questions and provide advice. My dad, who also helped play the roll of driver, toting me around on long trips so I can type up stories in the passenger seat and even bank rolled the operation in the early years. To Hudson Hall, who has put me in contact with more NASCAR drivers, crew, and other professionals than I would have ever imagined. Saying goodbye to something you have worked so hard to create is never easy but, leaving it on “good terms” to do “bigger” things might make it a little easier, right?

Now to that “… other doors open” part of that statement I made above. Even though I am closing the doors so to speak here at The Weekly Racer I will be doing so to write, quite literally, the next chapter of my racing career. Not only will I be returning to Langley Speedway as a member of the NBC Gold Track Pass Production Team I am extremely happy to announce I will also be taking on the roll Media Relations Director at the speedway! I will be working to provide original content for our racing community which will be featured on the tracks brand new website – more on that coming soon.

I am beyond excited for the 2021 race season! With so much going on this past year I cannot wait to get back behind the camera and provide everyone with a high quality product. I cannot wait to get back behind the computer doing something I love, putting out quality stories highlighting the speedways rich history within the community, it’s drivers, teams, and staff.

To everyone who has supported me throughout the years, used my photos on their social platforms, their hero cards, their merchandise, thank you! To everyone who took the time to stop on pit road or from working on their car to talk to me about how good or even how bad of a day you were having, thank you. Even to everyone who messaged, called or emailed pointing out my mistakes along the way, thank you for having the courage to do so, so I could become a better writer. To the 200K+ people who took the time to visit our website and various social platforms — Thank You! This may be the ending to one novel but the start of something else!

To Be Continued…

Racing & TWR Returns to Langley Speedway as the 2020 Season Winds Down

Hampton, VA – Looking back at some recent stats and insights of our page we could not help but notice the lack of content provided this year. To be very blunt – it blows! The current COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on everyone worldwide has certainly not been helpful, however, I told my very small crew that their safety and their family come first and TWR would come second. Then you throw in good ole Mother Nature in late summer and you can see how the deck is stacked against race tracks. Also if we are being honest we have had A LOT of stuff going on away from the racetrack that has taken our attention away from the sport. Well, I am very pleased to say that the skies here in Hampton Roads are clear and the temperatures are what you would expect for October and we are set for a barn burner of a night here at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway.

Seven divisions of racing – with the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Late Model Stock Cars brought to you by Taylor Waste Services – will of course headline and kick off the show with a pair of 50-lap features. With NASCAR National points also coming to a close for 2020 and Langley Speedway being the only racing facility in the south eastern region to be running this weekend we will see the likes of Josh Berry and Peyton Sellers mixing it up for National Points while Brenden Queen, Danny Edwards Jr., and Casey Wyatt pick up their points battle as well. Super Streets and Trucks – who have both provided an impressive car count this year – will be running twin features as well as crowning a champion in their respective divisions. The Virginia Racers (essentially a limited late model), Legends, Bando’s and Enduro’s will all have single events tonight.

Tickets for tonights events can still be purchased via the tracks website. If you are unable to get tickets or make it out in general do not forget all of tonights action will be broadcasted LIVE via NBC TrackPass.

4:15PM DRIVER’S MEETING (OVER PA SYSTEM)

4:30PM QUALIFYING
1. BANDOLEROS (3 CARS-5 LAPS)
2. LEGENDS (GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)
3. SUPER TRUCKS (GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)
4. SUPER STREETS (GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)
5. VIRGINIA RACERS (GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)
6. LATE MODELS (SCUFF-GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)

5:45PM ENDUROS PRACTICE (3 GROUPS-8 LAPS)

6:15PM OPENING RACE
1. CYCLE CITY CORP BANDOLEROS (15 LAPS)

6:45PM PRE RACE CEREMONIES
INVOCATION REV TOM POTTER
NATIONAL ANTHEM

7:00PM FEATURE RACES
2. TAYLOR WASTE SERVICES LATE MODELS (50 LAPS)
3. OLD SKOOL VIDEO GAMES SUPER STREETS (25 LAPS)
4. HARRIS TRUCK SHOP SUPER TRUCKS (20 LAPS)
5. CYCLE CITY CORP LEGENDS (25 LAPS)
6. VIRGINIA RACERS (35 LAPS)
7. OLD SKOOL VIDEO GAMES SUPER STREETS (25 LAPS)
8. HARRIS TRUCK SHOP SUPER TRUCKS (20 LAPS)
9. TAYLOR WASTE SERVICES LATE MODELS (50 LAPS)
10. PARTS BARN ENDUROS (30 LAPS)

*subject to change

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.

Make sure to follow our LIVE Twitter stream to stay up to date with all of the action tonight.

 

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
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