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Lee Pulliam Tops Speed Charts as Final Late Model Stock Car Practice Concludes

Lee Pulliam sails into turn one during final practice at Larry King Law Langley Speedway ahead of the 2019 Hampton Heat 200. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, Va – It would be incorect, in our opinion, to say Lee Pulliam paced final Late Model Stock Car practice this afternoon at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway but he sure did end practice in that position.

Greg Edwards, current Late Model points leader here at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway and three time race winner this season, paced practice earlier this afternoon with a 16.145-second lap. Edwards was one of the first cars to hit the speedway when practice went green at 12:30, made three laps on scuff tires – according to members of his crew – brought the car down pit road and sat her on jack stands.

Others spent the two hour session making ten or so lap runs to put the final touches on their machines in preporation for the 200-lap feature to come later tonight. Pulliam, who currently sits second in the VA Triple Crown standings, was able to break the sixteen second bracket as practice came to a close clocking in a 15.886-second (89.513 MPH). Complete practice run down of practice times can be found below.

Single car qualifying is set to get underway at 4:30 PM EDT with an on track meet and greet to follow approx. 6:30 PM EDT. The first green flag for the support races is scheduled to drop at 7:00 PM EDT.

UNOFFICIAL Hampton Heat Practice Results

  1. Lee Pulliam 15.886
  2. Nick Smith 16.013
  3. Tyler Hughes 16.024
  4. CE Falk 16.099
  5. Brenden Queen 16.119
  6. Mike Looney 16.136
  7. Greg Edwards 16.145
  8. Connor Hall 16.148
  9. Justin Carroll 16.158
  10. Woody Howard 16.183
  11. Brandon Pierce 16.192
  12. Danny Edwards 16.195
  13. Peyton Sellers 16.206
  14. Layne Riggs 16.210
  15. Trey Crews 16.230
  16. Timothy Peters 16.240
  17. Mark Wertz 16.363
  18. Terry Carroll 15.511
  19. Michael Hardin 16.523
  20. Casey Wyatt 16.647
  21. Craig Eastep 16.663
  22. Thomas Scott 16.752
  23. Maddy Mulligan 16.977

 

Racing Returns to Hampton this Weekend at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

Sellers Racing driver Logan Jones at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway open practice. (Shawn Dulin/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – Towards the end of every race season drivers, crew, and some might experience some case of “burn out” when it comes to racing. When you stop and think about it, it is totally understandable. For four weeks a month, six months or more out of the year, guys and girls are thrashing on these race cars in some of the hottest and coldest conditions. We get it; everyone needs a good break to recharge the batteries, right? Then we get to the middle of February, everyone gets charged up from the Daytona 500 and is ready to get back to the racetrack. Well, that time has finally come and we are set to go racing this weekend at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway.

Six divisions and seven races are slated for Pomoco Auto Group Opening night at Langley Speedway and for those planning to make an entire day out it, you can find the race day schedule below. As usual general admission gates will open at 2:00 PM just in time for practice to get underway. Qualifying will follow at 4:30 PM with the green flag slated to drop approx. 7:00 PM EDT. Make sure you get there early to grab your seat for the show; you will not want to miss opening night.

This year is going to be a year like no other at the historic .395-mile oval, located just on the other side of the highway from Langley Air Force Base. With defending Late Model series Matt Waltz announcing he will not be returning to full-time competition in 2018, long time series veteran Mark Wertz announcing this will be his final full-time season behind the wheel, we are set up for a classic battle of the ages between drivers like Greg and Danny Edwards, Brenden Queen, Nick Smith, and Connor Hall – Youth vs. Experience.

“We want win number one-hundred, be a contender every week, and go out a champion,” Wertz told The Weekly Racer this week during an afternoon test session. “We reworked the entire car and upgraded a lot of stuff to try and make a full 110% effort. We will race more big races next year and pick and choose races. That keeps us out of the weekly points grind and stress.”

We asked Mark, who is not only a veteran Late Model racer but a Langley Speedway veteran holding back-to-back track championships along with two regional championships, if this youth movement in racing changed the way he looked at his final full-time season at his home track and what advice he might have for these young racers, can’t say that we were all that surprised with his answer, and that is a good thing.

“I view a car as a number,” Wertz went on to say. “Once the green drops I try to race it hard and as clean as I can with hopes that’s how I’m raced in return. Some numbered cars you might have a little memory of more than others or in other words precede with caution. As for the younger drivers coming along all I can say is

Stay focused on your dreams. Learn the car and how things work – action to reaction – try to understand a change and why you’re making it. Represent yourself as a gentleman, or a lady whichever it may be, represent your sponsors to the fullest if you want them to stay with you. Respect your crew and team and those who make it all happen. Most of all don’t show your tail, try to get out of the car and think about the situation and cool off before you go do something you regret later. Oh and always, always mention your sponsor’s name, contact info and what they are about don’t just say ‘I would like to thank my sponsors.’”

Connor Hall just happens to be one of those “Young Guns” moving up in the sport and really looking to make a name for himself in 2018. After collecting three wins last season under the “adult supervision” – and we might use that word loosely – of Mark Wertz and veteran spotter Dave Oshman ­with one of those wins came at his home track of Langley Speedway beating eventual track champ Matt Waltz and eventual national champ Lee Pulliam, Hall cannot wait to get back to the racetrack.

“Having the win here [Langley Speedway] as well as two other NASCAR tracks [Dominion and Carteret] has helped me build on my book of experience,” Hall told The Weekly Racer. “It has definitely helped me start to realize that I am starting to get to the crest of the learning curve. I ran well all last season and truly believe one or two most definitely slipped away however we are confident going into the 2018 season and I believe that we were a challenger last season for the win in most instances.”

Towards the end of last season Hall and Wertz formed somewhat of an unofficial teammate scenario with Mark stepping into a mentoring role or ‘crew chief’ as described by Hall in various post-race interviews. Seems like things sure did start to fire on all cylinders though towards the end of the year.

“I know I am racing some of Late Model Stock Cars best competition and some of the most experienced,” Hall went on to say when asked about the Youth vs. Veteran side of racing. “However, I do believe I will be the ‘young gun’ to watch this year!”

It is hard to talk about experience, champions, and seasoned veterans without making mention of the Edwards brothers – who actually hold ten Late Model Stock track championships between the two of them dating back as early as 1989. With that much experience on the race track between the two, won’t it is hard to count either of these veterans out of wins or even championships. Competing in his first Late Model Stock race in 1991 – just before some of the current class of drivers were even born – Poquoson, Virginia driver Greg Edwards realizes that he’s not getting any younger while most of his competition is, however, it won’t change how he races.

“It won’t change the way I race at all,” Edwards said when asked about some of these younger kids running late models this year but also went on to say he will help them grow in the sport as much as he can. “Yes, I’m not getting younger so it’s inevitable that younger people and kids are coming in so sure, I’ll help them all I can. I was there at one time so that’s great for the sport you know, I won’t be doing this forever so I want to win as many races as I can while I still can or possibly as many championships. I love the sport and I’ll help out anybody I can.”

Given the recent track record and success Greg has shown over the last couple years the 97.3 The Eagle car has to be on the top of your list of teams battling for the champion, I know he makes The Weekly Racer short list of contenders. We also asked Greg with the changes to the racing surface in the corners if that would affect much this year for him and his team, he seems to think that the track won’t be that much different.

There is only one true fire way to see if Greg is right about the racing surface, or if Connor Hall is the next hottest thing to come out of Langley Speedway and that is to be there this Saturday night when the green flag drops over the 2018 season. You don’t want to be that one person who misses out what could be a fairytale ending to one local driver’s legendary career, we will see you all trackside. Make sure to follow us on our Twitter feed @theweeklyracer to keep up with all the action throughout the night.

 

Pomoco Auto Group Night Schedule

2:00 PM                                          GENERAL ADMISSION GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                          PRACTICE BEGINS

4:15 PM                                          DRIVER’S MEETING

4:30 PM                                          QUALIFYING

6:50 PM                                          INVOCATION BY REV. POTTER / NATIONAL ANTHEM

7:00 PM                                          1ST RACE BEGINS

Race Line-Up

  1. CYCLE CITY CORP. Bandolero’s – 15 laps
  2. TAYLOR WASTE SERVICES Late Model Stock Cars – 75 laps
  3. CYCLE CITY CORP. Legend’s – 25 laps
  4. HARRIS TRUCK SHOP Super Trucks – 25 laps
  5. PEPSI Grand Stocks – 40 laps
  6. TAYLOR WASTE SERVICES Late Model Stock Cars – 75 laps
  1. BOJANGLES Enduros – 30 laps

Landon Abbott Holds on for Super Street Title and Shawn Balluzzo Captures 9th Mod Championship

Hampton, VA – Landon Abbott came in to the final race of the season in the Old Skoll Video Games Super Streets with a one point lead over Randy Akers and 40 laps to decide the champion. In qualifying Akers was able to grab the pole running a 19.049 second lap, beating out Abbott by .075 of second. Sammy Gaita, who still had a shot because of the big car count, was .002 second behind Abbott.

On the start Akers cleared Abbott off of turn-2 and Sean Calway made a big move going from fifth to second. Abbott had a dreadful start falling all the way back to eighth by the time the lap was finished. It took him about ten laps to get back into a good groove and start his way through the field.

At the front of the field Gaita was tired of running third and started letting Calway know he was the faster car of the two. Twenty-one laps in and he gives Calway a lot of bumper and claims the second place spot. Eight laps later the caution comes out for Chris Hott spun around on the back stretch and the spread out field would be brought together now.

With the race restarting Abbott made it three wide into turn-1 and the rest of the field was pretty aggressive too. Just one lap was complete as Gordon Weeks ended up in the grass and the caution flew again, but not before Sammy Gaita took the lead from Akers.

Abbott took the high side on the next restart putting himself in position to win the title. Landon got the position on the restart but not before some bumping from Akers and Bill Eaker, leading to another caution with Eaker sustaining some damage. On the final restart they went three wide for third place and Akers fell way back with just a few laps to go. Sammy Gaita grabs the checkers by almost a second and Landon Abbott grabs the championship by just a couple points.

Sammy Gaita wins in the Super Street Finale
Photo by John Long

Larry King Law Modifieds

Shawn Balluzzo wins his 9th race of the year and 9th modified championship
Photo by John Long

Before the race started Shawn Balluzzo had an insurmountable lead in the points over Bobby Gery, but that didn’t change how Shawn would race at all in the ‘Year of the Buttercup’.

Matt Carter kept up his fast qualifying efforts running a 16.766 second lap to sit on the pole. Balluzzo grabbed second by running a 16.927.

Early on Carter held a big lead over Balluzzo but Shawn closes the gap quickly once they start hitting slower cars nine laps in and this allowed Balluzzo to make his move for the lead. Behind them Andrew Fortin was the fastest car on the track and moved into third place after getting by Danny Harrell.

The race would fly by without incident and it looked like Balluzzo checked out on Carter but in the closing laps he made a valiant effort to try and catch the leader. Slower cars break up his momentum and Balluzzo holds on for his 9th win of the season and his 9th Modified track championship.

Results

Gilliland Wins Visit Hampton 150 K&N East Series on Labor Day Weekend; Leaves with Six Point Lead in Championship Hunt – Chris Roberts Wins Thrilling Super Street Feature

Todd Gilliland works under Dillion Bassett to retake the lead out of turn two Monday, September 4th, 2017. (Shawn Dulin/TheWeeklyRacer.com & Shawn Dulin Photography)


Hampton, VA – Todd Gilliland, fresh off a top fifteen finish in the Camping World Truck Series race just yesterday at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in a Kyle Bush Motorsports ride, grabbed the 21 Means 21 Pole award earlier in the afternoon with a 16.369 (87.091 MPH) second lap of record. Collin Cabre, Dillon Bassett, Ronnie Bassett and Chase Purdy were the fastest five cars once euro qualifying concluded. Harrison Burton, who entered the weekend as the points leader over Gilliland, would roll off in the sixth position

Gilliland would lead the first sixteen circuits as the field got settled behind him. Dillon Bassett, of Winston-Salem, NC, would have other ideas on how the race should go however. Bassett would take the lead from Gilliland in commanding fashion as the field entered turn one. Applying plenty of pressure to the rear bumper of the No. 16 Napa Toyota, Gilliland was forced to chase his machine up the hill a bit allowing Bassett to get around. Seemed like the clean air was all Bassett needed as he immediately opened up over a three second lead on the field. As Gilliland, Cabre, and Burton faded in his mirror many immediately questioned if he was using too much, too soon. That question was answered in grand fashion just a handful of laps past halfway.

Things seemed to stay pretty calm throughout the middle segment of the race as drivers were all saving their tires for that final laps of the feature. Things started to get real interesting around lap 112 when Gilliland ran down Bassett and set him up coming out of turn two. It was a side-by-side drag race down the very short backstretch with Gilliland on the inside. With the position through turn three Gilliland was able to power off turn four to take the lead back for the final time.

Things went down hill for Dillion Bassett from then on as car after car found their way around the No. 44 machine. We even saw three wide racing out of turn four around this tight .395-mile oval as Dominque Van Weringen made herself know in the the ranks of the K&N East series this weekend. A handful of circuits later the evening went from not so good to extremely horrible for Dillion Bassett, who would bring out the nights fourth and final caution in turn three after racing hard to hang onto his position. He would ultimately lose three laps on the field and finish in the thirteenth position after a dominating performance in the midsection of the event.

Gilliland would handle the final restart of the night with no issues clearing the field at the exit of two bringing Chase Purdy along with him down the backstretch after a brief battle with Collin Cabre. Behind the two, however, was a different story. It was time for drivers to get up on the wheel and no one was hungrier than Weringen who fought tooth and nail – and often on the outside – to a third place finish when the dust settled. Ronnie Basset Jr. and Collin Cabre would round out the top five. Harrison Burton would have to settle for a seventh place finish.

“This NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry was hooked up tonight,” Gilliland said in victory lane. “All these guys behind be from Bill McAnally Racing are the best guys here I feel like. They are always encouraging when we are not the fastest. They are always trying to pick us up and get us there. These guys are never scared to try something new to get better than we are.”

The win was Gilliland’s fourth of the season for the East tour and tenth over all in the K&N Series – six wins on the west circuit. The victory comes after, as we mentioned above a solid top fifteen finish the day before in the Camping World Truck Series.

“It was a long night last night,” Gilliland said about the truck race. “This makes its all worth it, I am very lucky to be racing for the teams I do. We are just trying to do our best at every race and sometimes it works out”

Gilliland will leave Langley Speedway with a six-point advantage over Harrison Burton with just two races left in the 2017 season. The East series will roll in New Jersey in just two weeks on September 16th and finish their season at Dover on September 29th. A complete run down of tonight’s race can be found below. 

Super Streets

It was Sammy Gaita who qualified on the pole earlier in the afternoon for the 40-lap Old Skool Video Games Super Street feature. Chris Roberts would start just to his outside with Landon Abbott, Dale Parro and Randy Akers behind them. With the season winding down and only fifteen points separating first to fourth in the standings the outstanding crowd on hand for a Monday afternoon race was in for a treat.

Gaita looked to lead the way early before Chris Roberts turned up the wick and took the lead after just twelve circuits. The two would swap the lead six times throughout the forty lap feature while drivers battled hard behind them for position. 

The race saw just two caution periods, the biggest coming on lap thirty-two when the No. 5 of Parro went around in turn three, damaging a few other cars in the process. Roberts, who took the lead back from Gaita, ironically on lap 24, was able to hold off the field on the final restart to earn his first victory in the Super Streets in 2017. Sammy Gaita, Sean Calway, Randy Akers and Landon Abbott rounded out the top five.Racing will return to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in two weeks, September 16

Racing will return to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in two weeks, September 16th for Twin Late Model features. Modifieds, Grand Stocks, UCAR, Champ Karts and Enduro’s will also be in action.

Super Street Results:

  1. #11 Chris Roberts; 40
  2. #24 Sammy Gaita; 40
  3. #12 Sean Calway; 40
  4. #21 Randy Akers; 40
  5. #70 Landon Abbott; 40
  6. #46 Jason Michaud; 40
  7. #5 Dale Parro; 40
  8. #8 Dale Nichols; 40
  9. #22 Bill Eaker Jr; 40
  10. #20 Gordon Weeks; 40
  11. #54 Josh Perry; 40
  12. #26 Louie Pasderetz; 37
  13. #54s Billy Newman; 3

Rodney Boyd Bounces Back for Twin Wins

Hampton, VA – After a couple tough outings for Rodney Boyd bounced back on Saturday claiming the pole for the first twin race of the night in the Pepsi Grand Stock divison. He ran a 18.177 second lap to beat out Tommy Sweeney’s 18.316 who was looking for his fourth in a row.

Right off the bat Sweeney’s night started rough getting stuck on the high line and fell to fourth within a couple laps. Meanwhile Boyd ran out to a second lead over Mark Frye. With nine laps to go Frye started reeling in Boyd while in turn-3 Tim Wilson spins out, but he was able to get it rolling again with no caution thrown.

With five laps to go Frye caught Boyd and made contact with the leader and was sent to the rear of the field with the call from the tower saying he was driving too agressively, Boyd also went to the rear for being involved. On the restart Paul Lubno went low as the leader and Sweeney went high but it didn’t work out for him. Boyd wasted no time getting back up front and under Lubno for the lead. With Boyd coming to the checkers Shawn Scovel and Wilson spun out down the back stretch.

Race Two

After the invert Kevin Morgan started on the pole with Frye’s substitute driver Brandon Hinson to his outside. Two laps in and they were three wide down the back stretch as the faster cars started coming through the field. A lap later Wilson body slams against Boyd to take over fourth place. Caution would fly with a scary incident involving Sweeney, his driveshaft came apart and at first it looked like it may have come through his floor board. Fortunately it had just hit the floor har enough to dislodge the onboard extinguisher which shot into his arm, leaving the driver sore but no broken bones.

On the restart Lubno kept the lead as Wilson fell to second place and started to come under pressure from Boyd. Boyd got by quickly and started going after Lubno with eleven laps to go in the race. Boyd made the pass on the inside for the lead with Hinson not wasting any time to get by Lubno for second. With under five laps to go Hinson ran out of time to try and take the checkers and Boyd got his second win of the night and his fifth of the season. With the updated points he sit backs nine points from Sweeney who is in the lead.

 

Race 1 Results

  1. Rodney Boyd
  2. Paul Lubno
  3. Tommy Sweeney
  4. Tim Wilson
  5. Shawn Scovel
  6. Jonathan White -1
  7. Mark Frye -2
  8. Kevin Morgan -7

Race 2 Results

  1. Rodney Boyd
  2. Brandon Hinson
  3. Paul Lubno
  4. Kevin Morgan
  5. Shawn Scovel
  6. Jonathan White -5
  7. Tim Wilson -8
  8. Tommy Sweeney -14

 

Victory Lane Photo Credit – King Charles Photography

The 9th Annual Hampton Heat Was Anything but Predictable

Hampton, VA – When Bobby McCarty took the checkered flag on Saturday night everyone was a bit surprised. With some of the greats in the region participating in the race like Philip Morris, Peyton Sellers, CE Falk, and Greg Edwards the young driver flew under the radar.

CE Falk dominated 95% of the race, looking like he was gonna grab his fourth Hampton Heat win. However, with a race full of late cautions, Falk’s machine looked to struggle on restarts. Nick Smith, Brenden “Butterbean” Queen, and Bobby McCarty were there waiting for a slip-up, though. Butterbean was able to get his best finish at Langley Speedway finishing second in the 200-lap race, showing lots of discipline in the first half controlling his tire wear and keeping the car clean. Earlier in the day before the race, Brenden mentioned on our podcast that they switched to the Ford crate engine for the long race thinking it would help with tire wear and he definitely had a lot of cars left as the race wound down climbing from 8th to his finishing position.

Justin T. Carroll also made his return for the trophy race after taking a race weekend off to run in the CARS Tour and picked up a solid 5th place finish. He didn’t fall off that much missing the one race in track points. Looking through the rest of the field Casey Wyatt was able to finish 8th, possibly a turning point for the 92.9 The Wave Chevrolet as they have been a little off this season with keeping up the track changes when Langley sat idle for a year. The father and son team of Justin S. Carroll and Terry Carroll seemed to struggle early on but both made some good adjustments and were able to finish nineth and tenth.

Cody Carlton, who made his Late Model debut earlier this year, finished sevententh in the thirty-one car field in his first Hampton Heat. The rookie, however, was the last car on the lead lap when the checkered flag waved. Grayson Cullather, who is the 2016 Southside Speedway Rookie of the Year – where they run mainly 40 lap races – was able to hold on for 143 laps before parking his machine after spinning out. Macy Causey, who has been running primarily at Dominion Raceway when not running with Rev, came to Langley in her #33 Rev Racing machine. She was having a good run early on but ended up totaling the front end of her car after hard contact with the inside pit wall after racing with Terry Carroll. The other young lady in the field, Maddy Ryan, had to check out just 19 laps in to the race after suffering some broken front end components.

Some of the Langley veterans didn’t have much luck yet again as the race was won by an “out of towner.” Greg Edwards, Danny Edwards Jr, and Matt Waltz all had to park early. Danny and Matt both had front end damage from seperate incidents and decided to save the cars for another day while Greg got caught up in the Langley version of the big one involving six cars.

In the end McCarty was able to make the moves to propel him to the win in his first race at the historic track, and the fifth time in six races that an out of towner has won the prestigious event. To put that in perspective Morris just got his first win a couple weeks ago. His team mate, Timothy Peters, also had a great recovery after losing the entire right side of his car and picking up a seventh place finish.

The Taylor Waste Services Late Models return to regular racing this weekend, July 29th, 2017, for twin 66-lap features, Matt Waltz will start the night with an eight point lead over Greg Edwards as he looks for his first track championship. The Super Streets, Super Trucks, UCAR, HRKC Wing Karts, and Enduro’s will also have features.

Bobby McCarty Steals Thrilling Hampton Heat Victory With His First Visit to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

Bobby McCarty rolls through turn two at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway during final practice of the Hampton Heat 200 July 22, 2017. (Justin Kern/TheWeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway was certainly the place to be if you were in the state of Virginia this past weekend. Thirty of some of the best in the business converged on the .395-mile oval for a chance to win $10,000 and better their position in the VA Triple crown – a three race series between South Boston, Langley Speedway, and Martinsville that also pays $10,000. From qualifying till lap 190 fans in the stands and all over the world on Fanschoice.tv were watching the CE Falk show. That was until Bobby McCarty, of Summerville North Carolina, had another idea on how he thought the race would end.Spending most of the race weekend towards the tail end of the top ten, with the exception of the Friday afternoon test session – which by the way was his first time turning laps at Langley – where he posted the sixth fastest time of the day, McCarty seemed to just be riding and biding his time. Qualifying just outside the top ten (P12) the most recent South Boston Speedway winner would stay there during the first half of the race ensuring the nose and tires stayed under the car.

Spending most of the race weekend towards the tail end of the top ten, with the exception of the Friday afternoon test session – which by the way was his first time turning laps at Langley – where he posted the sixth fastest time of the day, McCarty seemed to just be riding and biding his time. Qualifying just outside the top ten (P12) the most recent South Boston Speedway winner would stay there during the first half of the race ensuring the nose and tires stayed under the car.As the laps ticked down in the somewhat tame first half of the race, McCarty had worked his way up to the tenth position as officials threw the yellow flag for the halfway break. Now, for some who may not be familiar with these types of races, they raced for 100-laps, will typically take a ten to fifteen minutes break, then return to green flag racing for the other half of the race. During the break, teams are allowed to add fuel to their race cars and make normal pit stop adjustments. Whatever McCarty’s crew did during said break was the right thing to do.

As the laps ticked down in the somewhat tame first half of the race, McCarty had worked his way up to the tenth position as officials threw the yellow flag for the halfway break. Now, for some who may not be familiar with these types of races, they raced for 100-laps, will typically take a ten to fifteen minutes break, then return to green flag racing for the other half of the race. During the break, teams are allowed to add fuel to their race cars and make normal pit stop adjustments. Whatever McCarty’s crew did during said break was the right thing to do.Once the green flag was displayed for the second half, it was on. Not just for the field – seeing’s how over 80% of the caution periods came from the second half – but for Bobby McCarty who, for the most part, worked his way up through the field methodically. There were a few scary moments for the eventual winner, especially on a couple restarts when things got dicey working through turns one and two. Things would all change for McCarty in a big way late in the race when Nick Smith was finally able to get

Once the green flag was displayed for the second half, it was on. Not just for the field – seeing’s how over 80% of the caution periods came from the second half – but for Bobby McCarty who, for the most part, worked his way up through the field methodically. There were a few scary moments for the eventual winner, especially on a couple restarts when things got dicey working through turns one and two. Things would all change for McCarty in a big way late in the race when Nick Smith was finally able to get door to door with Falk, who at the time had led all 188 laps of the race. Smith would battle Falk the hardest he had all night to take the lead on lap 190 but the intensity of that exchange may have hurt the performance of Nick’s car and McCarty was able to make the pass down the backstretch and lead lap 190. After that, there were not enough laps left in the race for the hard charging machine of Brenden Queen to close the gap.

McCarty, for the lack of better terms, was floored in victory lane and gave much glory and gratification for everyone on his team that helped him get to where he was.

“They told me to ride there the first half and save my right rear,” McCarty said in victory lane. “Then at lap one-hundred one, they told me to go for it. We got some good breaks and made some good moves which helped us stay up front. When Smith and Falk opened the door we were close enough to capitalize and we just set sail from there.”

Coming fresh off a win the week prior at South Boston Speedway, McCarty seemed to be able to keep that momentum rolling. Once we were in victory lane with McCarty we asked him what was going through his mind after winning one of the biggest races of the year for Langley Speedway but maybe for Late Model racing on in the Mid-Atlantic, on just his first try.

“Is this real?” McCarty laughed in victory lane. “I just can’t believe it. I have to thank all these guys. All the people at Autos By Nelson, Nelson Motor Sports, The Three Amigo’s, Vally Star Credit Union, Liquid Performance, Good Ridges, and everyone who puts effort into this race car. This is for them. They did all the work.”

With the victory in round two of the Triple Crown, by our calculations, McCarty and Smith will enter the Valley Star Credit Union 300 tied with an average finish of 3.5. We also asked the driver of the double duce what the plan was for the rest of the year and heading into Martinsville, which will be the first stock car race under the new permanent LED light system.

Win races!” McCarty said with force. “Win every race I possibly can. We have had an up and down year with some bad luck but we are out here on a mission to win races and that is what we are going to do. “

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #22m Bobby McCarty; 200
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 200
  3. #40 CE Falk; 200
  4. #12 Nick Smith; 200
  5. #57c Justin T. Carroll; 200
  6. #77 Connor Hall; 200
  7. #12p Timothy Peters; 200
  8. #92 Casey Wyatt; 200
  9. #91 Justin Carroll; 200
  10. #12t Austin Thaxton; 200
  11. #26s Peyton Sellers; 200
  12. #17 Stacy Puryear; 200
  13. #07 Dean Ward; 200
  14. #4 Same Hunt; 200
  15. #01 Philip Morris; 200
  16. #94 Cody Carlton; 200
  17. #12s Dean Shiflett; 198
  18. #57j Eddie Johnson; 178
  19. #97 Greg Edwards; 171
  20. #55 Mark Wertz; 171
  21. #19 Cameron Bowen; 169
  22. #26 Danny Edwards, Jr.; 143
  23. #22 Grayson Cullather; 143
  24. #51 Bubba Johnston; 129
  25. #2 Matt Waltz; 101
  26. #33 Macy Causey; 66
  27. #88 Thomas Marks; 45
  28. #51 Paul Green; 34
  29. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 19
  30. #25 Craig Eastep; 15
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