Hampton, VA– After coming off a win and a second place finish the week prior in the return of Motor Mile Speedway to the NASCAR community, Philip Morris rolled into Hampton, Virginia with one thing on his mind – domination. He did just that when it came time to get down to business. Morris laid down a 15.768-second lap to earn the pole position. Brenden Queen, Greg Edwards, Danny Edwards Jr., and Connor Hall rounded out the fast five
Morris wasted absolutely zero time jumping out to the lead when Shayne Snider waved the green flag. Brenden Queen did his best to battle on the outside groove but failed to make anything happen but falling in line in the second position. That was until Connor Hall turned up the wick and got around the Chesapeake native bringing Greg Edwards with him. By the time Hall completed the pass Morris had opened up more than a full second lead and continued to set a blistering pace.
Towards the middle part of the race, Hall was able to close the gap that Morris had worked so hard to build. However, lapped traffic seemed to play into the hands of the five-time national champion. Morris was able to work his way around much easier than Hall and Edwards. In fact, Edwards was able to apply pressure on Hall for the second spot. This also allowed Morris to rebuild his lead. Edwards would eventually give Hall a shot going into turn one as the laps clicked off to eventually take second, Hall would settle into third. Brenden Queen and Thomas Marks rounded out the top five.
Maddy Mulligan had the best run of her Langley Late Model career as her car looked to come in later in the race. After making sure to say out of the way of Morris she was able to get around Rodney Boyd, Rick Gdovic, and rookie Zach Lightfoot. Even though she finished two laps down she would leave the property with a seventh-place finish.
Morris was excited in victory lane after making a statement on the track and made another one in the microphone.
“A win here at Langley Speedway is so special for me because it has been such a hard place,” Morris said in victory lane. “Especially what happened to the car the last time we were here. I have to thank Herb Nation, Travis, Forrest and all the guys at Forrest–Reynolds Racing for getting it back this close. It had a couple little hiccups during the race but all in all, I would say it’s [the car] as good as it’s ever been. My guys and spotter did a great job tonight, I can’t be any more proud of them.”
Morris also gave credit where credit was due saying he had to be on his toes tonight with the level of competition that was behind him. He would also foreshadow that this might be the Morris we see in a few short months at the Hampton Heat.
“It’s just hard not to spin the tires when the seventy-seven [Connor Hall] and Greg Edwards are so good here,” Morris said. “Darrell Poe did a great job on this motor for tonight, it’s nice and fresh, and I think we are about ready for the Hampton Heat.”
In support divisions, Paul Lubno ended up in victory lane after Tim Wilson and Sammy Gaita made contact racing for the lead in the 40-lap Grand Stock feature. Gaita had been leaving more than normal room on the bottom line on corner exit and Wilson saw his opportunity at the win. The contact sent Sammy spinning down the front stretch and made hard contact with the inside retaining wall.
Brandon Wood took the victory in the Bojangles UCAR feature while Chase McAdams found victory lane once more in the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks.
Taylor Waste Service OFFICIAL Results;
- #01 Philip Morris; 100
- #21 Greg Edwards; 100
- #77 Connor Hall; 100
- #03 Brenden Queen; 100
- #88 Thomas Marks; 99
- #25 Craig Eastep; 99
- #10 Maddy Mulligan; 98
- #71 Rick Gdovic; 98
- #7 Zach Lightfoot (R); 98
- #9 Rodney Boyd; 98
- #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 1