Good evening race fans! Just a quick little post for those who follow the website on a regular basis as well as those subscribed to the email blast! We are LIVE at Langley Speedway this evening for the Thomas Roofing Night at the Races, with 245 laps of action packed racing! There are just about 20 Late Model Stock Cars here this evening, as some guys using this evening as a way to get ready for the Hampton Heat 200 in two weeks.
Big names like Peyton Sellers, Matt Bowling, Matt Waltz, Greg Edwards, Garrett Cambell are here. If you are in the area there is still plenty of time to head down to the speedway. Tickets are super cheap, and there is going to be some great racing as Matt Waltz looks to add win number seven on the season. Greg Edwards looks to redeem himself, or if thats what you want to call it from a lack luster past two races.
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Hampton, VA – Shawn Balluzzo to some is just that guy they can’t stand who kept winning modified races out at Langley Speedway, to others he is a man who works his tail off for his business, his family, and his crew. To me, the Balluzzos are like a second family, Shawn is the husband to one of the woman who stepped up and into my life when I lost my mother and the father to three beautiful young woman, one whom is like the little sister I never had along with a son who probably was my brother in some other form of life!
Balluzzo, a 57, soon to be 58, native of Niagara Falls, New York got his start in racing back in 1985 in a series called one-on-ones. This would be something similar to Langley Speedway’s Wacky Wednesdays where you take your street car and race it on a track with other peoples street cars. It did not take long for Balluzzo to make his move up the racing totem pole as he was in a Late Model the following year. “Well actually the end of ’85 and it was at Martinsville,” Balluzzo explains. “Back when Martinsville was a spring and a fall race!”
Madyson Ryan Mulligan, better known as “Maddy” by her friends and now competitors, is a rising Sophomore at Great Bridge High School out in Chesapeake. She is your typical teenage girl, wakes up and goes to school Monday through Friday, completes her homework, manages time with her friends, a member of the cheerleading squad, oh yeah and she drives a race car at Langley Speedway on select weekends! Maddy is one of two ladies who run in the Pro Six division out at Langley, these cars are six cylinder full body race cars running on slick tires.
HAMPTON, Virginia – (May 31, 2014) Greg Edwards took his 97.3 The Eagle machine to the pole for Saturday nights 150 lap feature for the ComServe/Verizon Wireless Late Model Stock Cars, the second longest race of the year! I was a little disappointed with only twelve cars taking the green flag. I would of figured more teams would want to get some practice in for Langley’s Hampton Heat 200 one of the most exciting races on the schedule this season. Edwards did not mind though as he took off with ease to lead from flag to flag and capture win number three on the season, this now pulls him even with Matt Waltz. Nick Smith, Casey Wyatt, Mark Wertz & Matt Waltz were the cars that rounded out the top five. The Late Models will be back in action next week June 7th for twin 64 lap races!
Humblet scored his second victory in 2014 as well as in a row. He too put his purple and black number 11 machine on the pole for the Larry King Law modified division. 14 cars would take the green flag, only the 48 machine of Balluzzo would have anything for Humblet! Caution flags seemed to be the achilles heel for the 6 time champ of Balluzzo who would finish the race in the second spot, Matt Sly, Danny Herrell and Scotty Lawrence would round out your top 5! Modified’s return to the track next week also for twin 30 lap features!
Full recap to follow soon!
With more years on the race track than I’ve had birthday’s, driver of the #55 Dunkin Donuts machine, Mark Wertz takes a few moments out of his busy schedule to sit down with us and chat about everything from the start of his racing career to his favorite TV show. Mark Wertz a Virginia Beach native is a prime example of the definition weekend warrior when it comes to racing. The man has a lot on his plate, a full-time production planner at Huntington Ingals, a full-time father, as well as being in a committed relationship.
Charles Edward (C. E.) Falk, III got his start in ’06 running in the Hooters Pro Cup series (known now as the Cars X-1R Pro Cup) running six races with a best finish of eleventh. That following year Falk decided to race full-time in the Weekly Racing division, more specifically Langley Speedway. After a winless 2008 season Falk stepped his game up and won more than half on Langley’s Late Model feature events.
Falk, a four-time Langley Speedway track champion, has 49 total Late Model stock car wins. One of those win was the prestigious 2010 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown run at Richmond International Raceway; the race that puts some of the best late model stock driver on the same track in the “same cars” as top cup drivers. Falk also has seen victory lane in some of the largest late model stock car races within the region in his career, taking the checkers twice at the Hampton Heat 200 (Langley Speedway) & Toyota Danville 300 (South Boston).
I was unable to get back in touch with C.E. before the post of his interview so please excuse the lack of information about his move to Charlotte. I do know he has moved to Charlotte to help his uncles Sprint Cup team Hillman Racing as a suspension mechanic. As of right now he will run a part-time schedule at South Boston Speedway. Click the link to see the rest of our interview with C.E.!
One thing my parents always taught me growing up is if you want something bad enough then you bust your ass working for it. Our parents already had one thing in common by picking a great first name for their son’s, and I may be a little biased but hey it is my blog! After talking with Justin I knew right off the bat he must have been raised the same way I was; “If you want something bad enough no sense in sitting around hopping someone will give it to you.” He started helping out at a local snow cone shop to raise any money he could to buy his own race car. By the age of 15 Justin had enough money to purchase his very own UCAR. These are little 4 cylinder, mostly domestic (at Langley Speedway that is) front wheel drive cars that you see every day on the street for those who may not have known. Of course safety equipment is required (glass removal, roll cages, five point harness, helmet and a five point harness, I also believe at Langley a HANS or Hutchens device is required).