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