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Peyton Sellers Wins First Visit Hampton VA Grassroots 200 at Langley Speedway

Peyton Sellers celebrates in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane after winning the Visit Hampton VA Grassroots 200

Hampton, VA – When the Denny Hamlin Foundation pulled the plug on the Short Track Showdown this year, Langley Speedway owner Bill Mullis stepped up to the plate and scheduled a 200-lap, $7,500 to win, Thursday night feature to kick off the big NASCAR weekend as the Xfinity and Cup series comes to town. Sixteen NASCAR Late Model Stock cars converged on the historic .400-mile speedway in hopes of being the inaugural winner.

Philip Morris, who has had a rough start to the 2019 season and his hunt for what would be his recording breaking sixth national title, was the fastest man earlier in qualifying. Morris, with a time of 15.645 (92.042 MPH), was able to squeak by Langley Speedway veteran C.E. Falk by just four-hundredths of a second to earn the right to lead the field to the green. JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry rolled off third followed Danny Edwards and Greg Edwards. The 200-lap feature would be run in three segments with controlled cautions at lap 80 and 160.

When the green flag was displayed all sixteen drivers took things easy, fell in line, and started to get into a rhythm. As predicted, Philip Morris took command of the lead and set a blistering pace. Creating more than a two-second gap over Greg Edwards, CE Falk, and Berry. That was until we neared the lap 80 caution when Greg Edwards started to real the leader back in but to no avail. As the caution was displayed Morris was surprisingly the first car to come down pit road for what appeared to be just adjustments handing the lead over the Greg Edwards.

Edwards held the lead for just under ten laps before Josh Berry was able to get into clean air and he too checked out on the field. Falk would take just a handful of laps to work his way into the second position and track down the JRM car. As we came closer and closer to the next controlled caution the lap cars got more and more bothersome for the leaders. To the point that Berry was attempting to get around Eddie Johnson on the bottom groove when Falk made contact with the rear bumper of Berry sending him around in two. The caution would ultimately become the break; it would also send Falk to the rear, which was the start of a wild night for the 02, and hand the lead over the Sellers.

Once out in clear air and in somewhat control of the restart, Peyton Sellers was on fire. Not literally, of course, but the car looked to be on rails! Behind him, another South Boston driver that honestly we picked as a dark horse to win this one after his performance in the 2018 Hampton Heat but his night would be short lived after hard contact with the turn three wall.

Sellers would have to hold off the field two more times after cautions came from contact between Philip Morris and, as we mentioned above, Thomas Scott going into turn three while working lap 161. Morris ended up getting into the back of Scott sending him up the track and into the outside wall. Scott was able to get the fired and drive back to his stall but unable to finish the race. The second restart Sellers had to deal with came in similar fashion a little more than ten laps later when C.E. Falk and Philip Morris got together going into three. Falk no doubt got an amazing run on Morris out of two and down the backstretch going into three where the made contact. Morris was sent up the track and hard into the outside wall. Making it the second time this season his car needed to be carried to pit road with two wreckers.

Sellers had to fight a little harder on the final restart of the evening but cleared the field out of turn four leaving track veterans Greg Edwards and Mark Wertz to battle it out. Berry, who was probably the biggest winner in those two late race cautions, was able to battle his way back up front and around Edwards and Wertz to take the runner up position.

“First off, to God be the glory,” Sellers exclaimed as he exited the car. “Man, it’s amazing, these races are so hard to win, we beat the best in the business tonight. Josh Berry has got his game on right now; those JR Motorsports guys are tough. Phillip came on strong early but had a tough time getting back up there. Man, this is unbelievable, we loaded up the dually yesterday afternoon, just the four of us, came out here and taking the money back to Danville”.

Sellers also went on to thank track owner Bill Mullis for stepping up to the plate and putting on a show for the short track racers and fans. Langley Speedway will be off this weekend as NASCAR invaded Richmond Raceway but will be back in action April 20thwith Modifieds headlining the program.

 

Visit Hampton VA Grassroots 200 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #26 Peyton Sellers; 200
  2. #88 Josh Berry; 200
  3. #21 Greg Edwards; 200
  4. #55 Mark Wertz; 200
  5. #02 CE Falk; 200
  6. #91 Justin S. Carroll; 200
  7. #57 Justin T. Carroll; 200
  8. #90 Terry Carroll; 200
  9. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 200
  10. #57 Eddie Johnson; 198
  11. #71 Rick Gdovic; 197
  12. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 192
  13. #01 Philip Morris; 177
  14. #8 Thomas Scott; 161
  15. #03 Brenden Queen; 160
  16. #88 Thomas Marks; 19

Shawn Balluzzo Returns to Dale Lemonds Victory Lane After Emotional Off-Season

Hampton, VA – By now it is no secret that Shawn Balluzzo, defending and record holding ten-time Modified champion, and family has had a roller coaster offseason dealing with off tracks things. Towards the end of the 2018 race season, it was announced that his youngest daughter Bryce was diagnosed with leukemia – a cancer of the blood. However, if you don’t know a Balluzzo or their family, then you don’t know how much of fighters they are. Bryce with the help of family, friends, and Fanschoice stayed strong even in the hardest times and is pushing through. Much like her father did at the end of last season to secure his tenth division title and come back just as strong in 2019.

After being fastest all day in practice, Shawn Balluzzo was the man to beat in qualifying as well, putting down a lap time of 15.961. Filling out the top five would be Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, Jamie Sample, and Kyle Wood. Fourteen Modifieds would enter the contest this past Saturday for twin 40-lap races tonight.

As the first 40 lap feature got underway, Balluzzo jumped out to an early lead and pulled away from Matt Carter. After several laps of hard racing for the third position, Jamie Sample spun out to bring out the first caution of the race. The restart would come and Balluzzo would pull away from the field once again. Sample would make his way back to the top five until he made contact with Louie Pasderetz, who made his move up from the Grand Stock division and will be competing for Rookie of the Year and spun him around to bring out the caution.

At the halfway point Balluzzo still showed the way over Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, Bobby Gery, and Kyle Wood. Battles throughout the field would start to begin as Danny Harrell, TJ Largena and Rick Gdovick fought for the eighth position. With only three laps to go, Gery did all he could to get past Carter the for third position but couldn’t manage. The checkered flag waved for the driver of the No. 48 machine Shawn Balluzzo followed by Bubba Johnston, Matt Carter, Bobby Gery, and Jamie Sample rounding out your top five.

The second twin 40 of the night, as usual on twin nights, was an exciting one. Due to NASCAR rules, the field had to invert up to the top eight from the first race putting TJ Largena on the pole. Danny Harrell would line up second, Kyle Wood third, Jamie Sample fourth and Bobby Gery starting fifth. After just one lap, the majority of the field didn’t make it out of turn one. Bubba Johnston’s and Matt Carter’s cars were unable to continue the race. On the following restart, Kyle Wood would take over the lead for a good fifteen laps as things began to heat up throughout the field.

The second caution of the race would come after Balluzzo and Gery were battling for position and made contact with each other sending both to the rear of the field. Jamie Sample would take the lead away from Kyle Wood on the restart and start to pull away. Balluzzo would make his charge back through the field and into the top five just a few laps later. With only nine laps left in the race, Bobby Gery hit the backstretch wall hard ultimately bringing out the red flag.

Once back green and with only five laps to go, Balluzzo would battle Sample for the lead and ultimately take it from him. From there Balluzzo would hold on to the win and double down on the night and open 2019 with two wins. Jamie Sample, Matt Morgan, Rick Gdovick and Louie Pasderetz rounded out your top five.

Larry King Law Modified Race Results #1:

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #51 Bubba Johnston; 40
  3. #78 Matt Carter; 40
  4. #60 Bobby Gery; 40
  5. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  6. #19 Kyle Wood; 40
  7. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  8. #4 TJ Largena; 40
  9. #47 Rick Gdovic; 40
  10. #26 Louie Pasderetz; 40
  11. #7 Grant Blasingame; 40
  12. #16 Eric McPherson; 40
  13. #98 Matt Morgan; 26
  14. #3 Brad Adams; 14

Larry King Law Modified Race Results #2:

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  3. #98 Matt Morgan; 40
  4. #47 Rick Gdovic; 40
  5. #26 Louie Pasderetz; 40
  6. #19 Kyle Wood; 40
  7. #4 TJ Largena; 40
  8. #7 Grant Blasingame; 40
  9. #16 Eric McPherson; 39
  10. #60 Bobby Gery; 31
  11. #95 Danny Harrell; 16
  12. #78 Matt Carter; 1
  13. #51 Bubba Johnston; 1

Connor Hall Kicks Off 2019 in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane at Langley Speedway

Conner Hall shakes the car down one final time in final practice at Langley Speedway for opening night March 30, 2019. He would later end up in victory lane. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA– Connor Hall has been one of the most active drivers from the Hampton Roads area over the off-season and it might have shown tonight in the Langley Speedway opener. After making an impressive debut in the ARCA racing series at Daytona, picked up a brand new Hedgecock racecar (we cannot confirm if that was the car he was running tonight), along with a new crewmember – Mark Wertz – and came into Langley Speedway with something to prove.

Hall took the green flag from the fifth position but had no plans on staying there long. Falk had similar thoughts as well as he took the lead from pole sitter Brenden Queen before the field got back around to the flag stand. Once things got settled in it only took a handful of laps for Hall to get around Greg Edwards for second setting his eyes on the race lead. Hall caught his first break of the evening on lap nineteen when the No. 4 of Duane Shreeves went for a spin in turn three creating the nights first cone restart.

Hall elected to stay on the bottom along with race leader C.E. Falk that put him in a great position to hang onto second. The second caution of the evening would follow just about ten laps later after contact between the No. 90 of Terry Carroll and defending track champion Danny Edwards. Edwards went for a spin out of turn four and down the front stretch. He would retire early from the race citing break issues. A third caution would come after Rick Gdovic spun out of turn two, not sure if contact was the result of that.

Things took a turn for the interesting when the fourth caution of the evening came out of turn two when Connor Hall just got into the right rear of Falk sending him for a spin. Race Control did not deem it as aggressive driving and Hall was able to keep his position. Falk was able to get the car fired, down pit road for a good look over, and return to the racing surface. Once Hall was able to choose what lane to restart in, and get the clean air, it was essentially lights out. He did have to defend the lead one final restart with thirty-six laps to go but once he got out front there was no stopping him.

Pole sitter Brenden Queen was able to rally back to a second place finish after falling as far back as eighth on the night. Greg Edwards, C.E. Falk, and Duane Shreeves rounded out the top five.

“It was a really good opening night,” Hall said in Dale Lemonds victory lane. “To be able to just get revenge on last year. I really feel bad about what happened between C.E. and I, but I knew it was going to come down between the two of us, I really hate that we didn’t get to race it out.”

Hall went on to talk about the incident between him and Falk on lap forty-five.

“I don’t know if he was kind of checking up a little bit to make sure Greg and I stayed side by side until he could get a chance to go,”Hall explained. “But I apologize to the whole 02 team. I never like winning one that way but at the same time I am sure he has made an accident in his career too.”

Hall went on to thank his crew, his family, and all the sponsors that helped make him into who he is today.

“I have to thank Towne Bank, Blue Water Yacht Sales, Charles Barker Auto Sales, Western Branch Diesel, and Hedgecock for building bad to the bone cars.”

 

Late Model Stock Car OFFICIAL Restults;

  1. #77 Connor Hall; 100
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 100
  3. #21 Greg Edwards; 100
  4. #02 C.E. Falk; 100
  5. #4 Duane Shreeves; 100
  6. #90 Terry Carroll; 100
  7. #25 Craig Eastep; 100
  8. #9 Rodney Boyd; 99
  9. #71 Rick Gdvovic; 99
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 68
  11. #91 Justin Carroll; 63
  12. #7 Zach Lightfoot (R); 45
  13. #26 Danny Edwards, Jr.; 28

Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway Returns to NASCAR Racing Saturday March 30th

Danny Edwards Jr. works down the backstretch of Langley Speedway during final a final practice session towards the end of 2018. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

As the cold heads out of the region, NASCAR racing makes its wonderful return to one of the longest running short tracks in both Virginia and the country. Race fans have already gotten a taste of the action earlier this month when people packed the grandstands for the Day of Destruction to watch cars compete in different styles of racing, crews trying to stuff vehicles with washing machines, guys and gals racing around flag poles, and of course the one million car Enduro — okay so it wasn’t a million cars but it sure did seem like it. Now race fans will get to cheer on their favorite Late Model, Grand Stock, Legends, driver this week as they either start their title defense or start their hunt for one. One thing is for certain, The Weekly Racer will be their to bring you all the action as it unfolds!

For the most part things will look the same for returning race fans. The speedway will host eleven divisions of racing from late March into the September when the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) wraps up. Late Model Stock Cars will also return as the tracks Tier 1 division while the Modifieds should remain Division II. In addition, Grand Stocks should remain Div. III, Super Streets Div. IV, and the always exciting Enduro’s will return as Div. V. UCAR, Super Trucks, and Pro Six will all return to the schedule and race for a local track championship, they will not earn points towards a national title. Legends and Bando’s will also return to an alternating weekend under the INEX sanction.

You can expect to see some of the same familiar faces, cars, and rivalries from previous years. You will most certainly see the Edwards Brothers make their return, however, with vastly different looks. Defending champion Danny Edwards picked up a primary sponsor of Pomoco Nissan and will be the first-ever Nissan GTR Late Model Stock Car. Brother Greg Edwards will revert back to car owner James Long’s No. 21 machine instead of the 97. Brenden Queen had a small shuffle over the offseason where he and longtime car owner Andre Grier formed a partnership where Queen will pilot his car for a handful of races.

Things will certainly be interesting to watch in the Modified division as well. Not just because it’s fun to watch these high horsepower, lightweight machines, work their magic but, the growing story lines that are already developing. Can Shawn Balluzzo continue his dominance over the division like he has over the past decade. Will up and coming drivers enter the division and just blow the doors off the rest of the field. One driver who is certainly looking to put a stop to Balluzzo’s reign came on strong towards the end of the season and that is the No. 78 of Matt Carter. He and his crew have been hard at work over the off season letting everyone know on social media they were ready to go mouse hunting. To be honest, we cannot wait to see how this unfolds!

Late Model’s are not the only division to see a little bit of change has drivers decide to either move up or make lateral moves to other divisions. We are hearing some rumblings that the Modifieds will see a handful of new drivers, saw a few photos of new Super Streets being built, and have heard conversations about a battle for the ages in the Legends division. Only one way to find out if all his talk is true, make sure your butts in the grand stands this Saturday, March, 30th at 2:00 PM EDT when the gates open.

The 2019 season at Langley Speedway is going to be a spectacular one. Us over at The Weekly Racer believe there will be some of the closest points battles in track history especially in the Late Models, Modifieds, Super Streets, and Legends. In addition to the weekly shows, Langley is hosting an impressive six special events this year all kicking off April 11th with the Visit Hampton VA Grass Roots 200. Both the CARS Tour and Monster Truck tour will be making their debuts at the historic .400-mile speedway. Along with the return of the VA Sprint Cars, Southern Ground Pounders, the Commanders Cup, and the highly anticipated 11th Annual Hampton Heat 200.

General Admission gates and rotating practice for all divisions this weekend is schedule for 2:00 PM. Qualifying to follow the drivers meeting at 4:30 and the first green flag of 2019 is scheduled to drop approx. 7:00 PM. The Weekly Racer, as we have been the past two weeks, will have you covered for Pomoco Opening night should you not be able to attend. Or if you are able to attend and you would like more information while at the speedway. Our coverage will begin roughly around 4:30 along with qualifying. On the docket for the evening will be the INEX Bando’s & Legends, the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks, Pepsi Grand Stocks, Bojangles UCAR, and the Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock Cars for 100-laps.

For a full schedule of events visit the track’s website http://www.langley-speedway.com.

Edwards Motorsports To Be Crowned Champion at Langley Speedway; Danny Edwards On Pace for Sixth Track Title

Danny Edwards Jr. powers down the backstretch during final practice of the 2018 Hampton Heat 200 before the race was postponed to the following day due to rain. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Late Model Stock Car racing makes its return to Hampton, Virginia’s Larry King Laws Langley Speedway. Wow. That is something very strange to type the first week in October. However, it has been a full month since Late Models have raced at the .395-mile oval – August 25th to be exact – with Greg Edwards finding his way back to victory lane for the first time in 2018 sweeping both 75-lap features. With just two more races on the books and an eleven-point lead, Danny Edwards Jr. will look to put a bookend on a spectacular season.

Danny enters Pomoco Nissan Championship Night with an eleven-point (325) point advantage over brother and teammate Greg Edwards (314). However, as we have seen in the past, anything can happen once the green flag is displayed and these cars come to life later this evening. As we have seen in the past with twin races all it takes is one hiccup in the first race to send your night spiraling down the toilet – for the lack of better terms.

Danny Edwards is all too familiar with this when he lost the championship back in 2015 when a flat tire plagued him late in the final race of the season. Greg was able to take the win and tie the points. Greg would then go on to “steal” the title from his brother thanks to his win and because of that win, the tiebreaker. With each position earning just one point Danny would only need to earn two fifth-place finishes regardless if Greg is able to sweep both races.

The Edwards Brothers will not be the only drivers to keep your eye on this evening. Even though Chesapeake native Mark Wertz enters the evening twenty-two points off the division lead, Wertz is looking to put his full-time driving career to an end with at least one more win at his home track. Two other drivers in the top five, Connor Hall and Brenden Queen, have been strong all season long but have yet to find their way into Dale Lemonds Victory Lane, look for both of these young drivers to fight for the win before the 2018 season comes to an end.

Five more divisions will crown champions later this evening when the checkered flag waves. Layton Harrison will look to hold off Wyatt Philyaw in the Cycle City Corp Bandolero series. Harrison enters tonight’s race with an eight-point lead. Tommy Jackson Jr., who has been on fire as of late, enters the weekend with a twelve point lead over last years champion, Spencer Saunders. Unless cars come out of the woodwork, Jackson all but needs to start the feature to secure the tile. Jacob Carr will look to hang onto his eight-point advantage over Dustin Mullins in the Harris Truck Shop Super trucks series. Paul Lubno, in arguably the most lopsided championship battle, does not even need to show up for tonight’s 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock finale to lock up his series title. Last but certainly not least, Ronald Klein looks to hang onto his more than ten point advantage to win the Bojangle’s Enduro title.

Grandstands and practice are scheduled to get underway at 2:00 PM EDT. Our LIVE Twitter coverage will begin approx. 4:30 PM EDT when qualifying gets underway. A full race day schedule can be found below.

 

Practice Order

Taylor Waste Services Late Models – 3 Practices

Pepsi Grand Stocks – 2 Practices

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 2 Practices

Cycle City Corp. Legend – 2 Practices

Cycle City Corp. Bandolero – 2 Practices

 

Qualifying Order

Cycle City Corp. Legend – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)

Cycle City Corp. Bandolero – Euro Qualifying 3 cars 5 laps

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)

Pepsi Grand Stock – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)

Taylor Waste Services Late Models – 3 laps (scuff-Green-White-Checkered)

Enduro – Practice/Staring line-up will be determined by draw

 

Race Line-Up

Taylor Waste Services Late Models – 75 laps

Cycle City Corp. Bandolero – 15 laps

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 25 laps

Cycle City Corp. Legend – 25 laps

Pepsi Grand Stock – 40 laps

Taylor Waste Services Late Models – 75 laps

BOJANGLES Enduros – 30 laps

Matt Carter Prevails in 100-lap Modified Madness Season Finale at Langley Speedway

Matt Carter celebrates in victory lane with daughter Carly. Photo: Jeff Rohrs/Matt Carter Racing

Hampton, VA – After more than a month off, between NASACAR’s visit to Richmond, the largest Late Model Stock Car race of the year at Martinsville, and good ole Mother Nature, racing returned to Langley Speedway. The IMCA style modified series headlined The Performance Plus & Crossings at Oakbrooke Championship Night. Matt Carter was the big winner over the weekend in the Modified divisions longest and richest race of their season – one hundred laps and $1,000 pay day.

Carter would start the feature in the third position right behind the freshly crowned ten-time champion Shawn Balluzzo. Jimmy Humblet would make his return to the .395-mile oval looking to start the feature from the pole but would have to settle for second once Balluzzo was able to clock in a lap a mere thousandths of a second quicker. Bubba Johnston and Jamie Sample complete the fastest five starters.

It looked to be yet another Shawn Balluzzo domination clinic – who jumped out to a very early lead – once the field was given the green light to come to life. Jimmy Humblet would give an honest chase to Balluzzo for a handful of laps but had nothing for the 2018 champion and would settle into second. Matt Carter and Bubba Johnston would also battle it out for the third position; Carter would come out on top of that deal. Things got interesting for the race leader when he approached the slower car of Andrew Fortin – one driver who over the past two seasons has not played well with Balluzzo on track – to put him a lap down. Fortin would spend multiple laps and use multiple grooves to hold up the leader, one could argue his actions looked almost deliberate. Fortin would eventually move over after a shake of the black flag from “Stickman.” Luckily, or maybe unlucky for Balluzzo the lap sixty-five break came soon after. Fortin would only make it to lap eighty-nine before his night came to an end.

Teams were able to come down pit road, add fuel, and make minor adjustments before heading back out for the final thirty-five laps. That is when things took a turn for the worst for Balluzzo. Two quick yellows set up an interesting turn of events when the race leader found himself spinning after possible contact. Matt Carter would inherit the lead while Balluzzo went to the rear of the field. A series of more yellow flags would benefit for Balluzzo and allow him to come back through the field but would simply run out of laps. Matt Carter would go on to win followed by Balluzzo, Jimmy Humblett, Danny Harrell and Rick Gdovic.

Yeah man, this feels great! I pretty much just let the forty eight and the eleven go, Carter said in Dale Lemonds victory lane. I had a plan to just ride up to about lap eighty and then it was on. This field is really good, this team has worked its butts off this year. We had a lot of ups and down, to be able to put this thing in Victory Lane for this race, it means a lot”

Modified Madness OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #78 Matt Carter; 100
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 100
  3. #11 Jimmy Humblett; 100
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 100
  5. #47 Rick Gdovic; 100
  6. #60 Bobby Gery; 100
  7. #98 Matt Morgan; 100
  8. #51 Bubba Johnston; 100
  9. #12 Kyle Wood; 100
  10. #20 Chris Humblett; 100
  11. #00 Tyler Davis; 100
  12. #26 Louie Pasderetz; 100
  13. #18 DJ Valente; 100
  14. #63 Derek Roberts; 97
  15. #5 Andrew Fortin; 89
  16. #28 Jamie Sample; 2

Shawn Balluzzo Locks Up Unprecedented Tenth Division Title after Earning Wins Number Nine and Ten

Hampton, VA – To say Shawn Balluzzo has had a roller coaster of a season would possibly be the understatement of the year. Balluzzo started the season off with an impressive eight-race win streak before division rival Robbie Babb returned to the speedway to dethrone him. That was right about the time the Balluzzo’s found out that their youngest daughter was diagnosed with cancer. However, his family and his team kept their heads high and their car in victory lane for their daughter to see.

Balluzzo struggled early in the afternoon during qualifying, posting just the seventh fastest time, after missing almost all of practice but, has we mentioned above, his crew never stopped working on the car and got him tuned up for the first of two thirty lap features. Bubba Johnston, who entered the weekend forty points behind Balluzzo in points, was the man to beat during time trials posting a lap of 16.784-second just three-thousandths of a second better than Jamie Sample. Matt Carter, Bobby Gery, and Danny Harrell rounded out the starting five. It should be noted that Balluzzo would elect to start race number one from the rear.

It only took a handful of laps for Balluzzo to work his way through at least half of the filed. Picking cars off one at a time he found himself in sixth place before the halfway mark of the race. With Jamie Sample, Bubba Johnston, and Danny Harrell all jockeying for the lead, it made things that much easier for the nine-time, and defending champion, to close the gap on the front group of cars. By lap twenty Balluzzo found himself running in the third position just a handful of car lengths behind second. With three laps to go Balluzzo was in second and by the time the white was displayed Balluzzo had pulled even with the race leader. He eventually took the spot out of turn two as well as his ninth win on the season.

Eight cars were yet again inverted for race number two per the NASCAR rulebook. This handed the front row starting duties over to DJ Valente and once again, Jamie Sample. Balluzzo again elected to give up his eighth place starting position to go to the rear. Worked for him in race one, why not try again in race two.

He had his work cut out for him even more in the second feature as Bubba Johnston once again looked to put up one hell of a fight. Not to mention it was filled with no less than five caution flags. The worst, and easily the longest, coming after issues with Rick Gdovic’s ride left oil all over the racing surface from turn three all the way into turn one and the final caution of the night setting up a thrilling green-white-checkered finish.

Balluzzo, however, was up to the challenge and made the best of every move and every cone restart to fight his way back up to the front of the field. He looked like he might have met his match with just thirteen laps to go working on Matt Carter for second. Balluzzo appeared to be the faster car just could not make the pass happen clean. He was able to get some help, however, after the yellow flag was once again displayed for a car that had spun in turn two. This allowed for Balluzzo to take the outside on the restart and battle for the lead with Johnston.

Matt Carter, who elected to stay low and restart third, was not going to be denied a shot at the win, though. He stuck his nose under Balluzzo and hung there for about a lap. Balluzzo continued his assault on the lead using the outside groove and would lead lap number twenty-five. Call it luck or good timing but the yellow flag would once again come out for a wreck on the front stretch setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

On the final restart, Balluzzo would stay low, Bubba Johnston would start to his outside and Matt Carter lined up on his rear bumper. The green flag would fly and it would end up being three wide going into turn one. Johnston would come to the white flag as the leader, however, Balluzzo would get to his rear bumper in two and move him up the hill to take the lead back as well as his tenth win and tenth track championship.

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  3. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  4. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  5. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  6. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  7. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  8. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  9. #10 Wayne McGee; 30
  10. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  12. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29
  13. #63 Derrek Roberts; 16

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 33
  2. #51 Bubba Johnston; 33
  3. #18 DJ Valente; 33
  4. #78 Matt Carter; 33
  5. #95 Danny Harrell; 33
  6. #60 Bobby Gery; 33
  7. #63 Derek Roberts; 33
  8. #10 Wayne McGee; 33
  9. #49 Todd Whitesell; 30
  10. #98 Matt Morgan; 25
  11. #28 Jamie Sample; 11
  12. #47 Rick Gdovic; 11
  13. #5 Andrew Fortin; 1
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