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Connor Hall & Bubba Johnston Share Dale Lemonds Victory Lane Following Hampton Heat

Hampton, VA – I said in last weeks recap that it was the second straight sellout, but I sit here typing corrected, we’ve actually sold out every weekend this year – albeit thanks to COVID-19 sellouts are a bit different this year but hey we will take it! This weekend would mark the fifth straight sellout here at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. As fans started to fill the stands, the looming weather to the south made its way in also. We were under a break for lightning and rain for over an hour, once it stopped officials, race teams, and the like hurried to get track drying underway. Races finally began around 9:30.

The Late Models were on tap for twin 50 lap events with a field of 14 cars. Hampton Heat winner, Brenden Queen, kept that momentum and put his #03 machine on the pole with a lap of 15.750 (90.286 M.P.H), only six one-thousandths of a second faster than Danny Edwards Jr., Casey Wyatt, Bubba Johnston, and Greg Edwards rounded out the fast five. With the rain wiping out the rubber and grip from the track, times were sure to slow down come race time.

The field got doubled up and ready for the green flag. Queen shot to the lead but would lose it to Danny on lap 2. The first caution came out on lap 3 for Johnston going for a spin and making contact with the wall in turn three. Back green flag racing and Danny and Queen stayed side by side until lap 6 where Queen cleared Danny for the lead. After multiple attempts to take the inside from Queen, Danny checked up a little too much which allowed Hall to take over second place. In came Wyatt to battle Danny for third.

Halfway and the top five was Hall, Queen, Wyatt, Danny, and Greg. After a back and forth battle between Danny and Wyatt for third, Danny finally got the position but had some ground to make up if he wanted to catch Queen. With 15 laps to go, Hall had put a decent lead over Queen. Wyatt would fall to fifth while Greg made his way around Danny for third. The checkered flag flew and Connor Hall picked up his first victory of the season after a rough start to the year.

With NASCAR’s rule for inverting the top eight from the first race, it put Bubba Johnston on the pole with Thomas Marks on his outside. Brenden Queen, who finished runner up in the first feature, changed a right front tire after the first race which regulated him to the rear of the field also making him ineligible for the free pass and cone. As the green flag flew, Marks took the lead into turn two. Johnston would take it back on lap 4 and Marks got stuck on the outside and fell through the field. Connor Hall, on the other hand, had the outside line working as he passed Greg Edwards and Danny Edwards for fifth place. Hall also got around Justin Carroll for third wasting no time to get back to the front.

Queen, after starting 14th, worked his way up to seventh in just 10 laps. Hall caught Wyatt for second and that would ensue a side by side battle that lasted what seemed 30 laps. That allowed Johnston to put an even bigger gap between him and the field. Queen worked his way around Danny, Greg, and Justin for fourth and set his sights on Hall and Wyatt. Queen was able to join the battle for second when he took it three-wide into turn three, causing Hall to check up and Wyatt to get clear of them both. Hall tried to pull a little crossover move on Queen to take back the third spot with some contact, but couldn’t make it happen. When the checkered flag flew it was Bubba Johnston cruising to his first Late Model victory of the season.

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Race 1 Results
  1. #77 Connor Hall; 50
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  3. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  4. #26 Danny Edwards; 50
  5. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  6. #91 Justin Carroll; 50
  7. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  8. #19 Bubba Johnston; 50
  9. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  10. #9 Rodney Boyd; 50
  11. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  12. #71 Rick Gdovic; 49
  13. #68 Adam Hoegerl; 48
  14. #36 Chris Johnson; 26

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model Race 2 Results
  1. #19 Bubba Johnston; 50
  2. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  3. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  4. #77 Connor Hall; 50
  5. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  6. #26 Danny Edwards; 50
  7. #91 Justin Carroll; 50
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  9. #36 Chris Johnson; 50
  10. #9 Rodney Boyd; 50
  11. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  12. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  13. #71 Rick Gdovic; 49
  14. #68 Adam Hoegerl; 48

Queen Rides Hampton Heat Momentum to First Late Model Pole of 2020

Queen powers through turns three and four during the 2020 Hampton Heat 200 (📸 Sara Langley)

Hampton, VA – Just two weeks following the biggest win of his young Late Model career, Brenden Queen of Chesapeake picked right up where he left off – at the front of the pack. Fourteen NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars returned to the famed .395-mile oval for a pair of 50-lap features. Fourteen cars rolled off pit road looking to claim the pole but none were faster than Queen with a 15.750 (90.286 MPH). Danny Edwards Jr., Casey Wyatt, Bubba Johnston, and Greg Edwards rounded out the fastest five cars.

A quick thunderstorm moved through the area following qualifying which put the speedway into a weather hold. The storm has passed and NASCAR officials have currently focused their attention on track drying efforts. Once that his complete we look forward to an eight race card. We will have you covered with LIVE updates over on our Twitter feed.

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Stock Car Starting Line-Up
  1. #03 Brenden Queen
  2. #26 Danny Edwards
  3. #29 Casey Wyatt
  4. #19 Bubba Johnston
  5. #21 Greg Edwards
  6. #77 Connor Hall
  7. #91 Justin Carroll
  8. #88 Thomas Marks
  9. #9 Rodney Boyd
  10. #90 Terry Carroll
  11. #36 Chris Johnson
  12. #71 Rick Gdovic
  13. #25 Craig Eastep
  14. #68 Adam Hoeger (R)

Brenden Queen Powers to Lead Late to Steal First Hampton Heat 200 Victory

An emotional Brenden Queen celebrates in victory lane following the checkered flag in the 2020 Hampton Heat 200 at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Arguably the biggest win of his career. (Mike Conley/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – The much anticipated 12th annual Hampton Heat 200 was finally upon us at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. 26 of the best Late Model drivers on the east coast showed up, all going for that $10,000. With the heat beating most teams in practice, come qualifying though, teams found that extra tick they needed to put down some blistering laps. Corey Heim posted the fastest lap of the day with a 15.605 (91.125 MPH). Defending track champion Greg Edwards, Jared Fryar, Bobby McCarty, and Danny Edwards Jr. rounded out the fast five. Last year’s winner Connor Hall had some work to do to defend his title as he rolled off 13th.

As driver introduction wrapped up, the fans were on their feet waiting for the green flag. Heim shot off into the lead with a mirror full of Fryar. Danny wasted little time to get around Fryar, taking the lead from Heim on lap 5. Greg Edwards, after starting second, fell back drastically to tenth after getting stuck on the outside of a three-wide battle. After a hard-fought battle between Bobby McCarty and Grayson Cullather for fifth, McCarty’s race would come to an early end going into turn three after a flat tire and possible broken sway bar.

After starting 13th, Hall had eventually worked his way all the way up to third place after a restart where he utilized the cone. Chesapeakes own Brenden Queen, who actually fell towards the rear of the field during the meat of the race, had worked his way back into the top ten with 15 laps until halfway. At the halfway break, which this year was a 6 lap controlled caution period, Greg Edwards made a last-minute pit stop for a tire swap that would put him starting at the tail end of the field. Just before the halfway break as well, Peyton Sellers has worked his way from starting 17th, all the way up to 4th.

Heim took advantage of the cone after the halfway break and took the lead from Danny on lap 102 and set the pace for everyone else. A three-car battle with Heim, Edwards Jr., and Hall got underway for the majority of the 50 lap dash to lap 150. All cars would block the one behind them and never lose a position. The second guaranteed controlled caution period came with 150 laps on the board allowing everyone to make their pit stop for the final 50 lap dash. Greg Edwards, Mark Wertz, Rick Gdovic, and Timothy Peters all stayed out for track position.

Peters would jump to the lead with 50 to go while Wertz, Gdovic, and Edwards all stumbled through the field. Heim and Hall would make the pass on Peters for first and second on lap 154. Defending Late Model champion Greg Edwards season woes continued as he had some help in turn three to go for a spin. He ultimately parked his car for the night. With the outside line not working for many people, Hall took the cone every restart and made it stick perfectly. He never quite got the run out of the corners to clear Heim for the lead though.

A caution filled 50 lap final segment caused a chaotic yet exciting ending. With just 8 laps to go, on the restart, Heim didn’t get a good restart allowing Hall to get the jump on the outside and Queen to get to his inside. Going into turn one, all three made contact resulting in Hall going around and Heim hitting him in the left front, ending both driver’s hopes of taking home the victory. Queen would inherit the lead with a green-white-checkered finish on deck. Queen got the perfect start he wanted and went on to pick up his second career Langley Speedway victory and first career Hampton Heat 200 and for the second year in a row keeping the trophy in the Hampton Roads area.

 

Unofficial Hampton Heat 200 Results;

  1. #03 Brenden Queen; 203
  2. #2 Brandon Pierce; 203
  3. #26 Peyton Sellers; 203
  4. #9 Trey Crews; 203
  5. #12 Timothy Peters; 203
  6. #19 Blake Stallings; 203
  7. #22 Grayson Cullather; 203
  8. #14 Jared Fryar; 203
  9. #17 Stacey Puryear; 203
  10. #44 Justin Johnson; 203
  11. #91 Justin Carroll; 203
  12. #8 Thomas Scott; 203
  13. #55 Mark Wertz; 203
  14. #90 Terry Carroll; 203
  15. #29 Casey Wyatt; 203
  16. #9 Alex Brock; 203
  17. #71 Rick Gdovic; 203
  18. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 203
  19. #78 Corey Heim; 195
  20. #77 Connor Hall; 194
  21. #40 CE Falk; 182
  22. #24 Colin Garrett; 181
  23. #21 Greg Edwards; 156
  24. #22 Bobby McCarty; 64
  25. #25 Craig Eastep; 53
  26. #9 Rodney Boyd ; 18

Corey Heim Sets Quick Time in Hampton Heat 200 Qualifying

Cory Heim powers off turn two during qualifying on his way to take the pole. (Andy Newsome/Loose In Tight Off)

Hampton, VA– The starting line-up for the 12thannual Hampton Heat 200 has finally been set and it’s Marietta, Georgia’s very own Cory Heim who will lead the twenty-six car field to the green later this evening. Heim’s 15.605-second lap (91.125 mph) was only .042 seconds faster than former track champion Greg Edwards who will share the front row. Jared Fryar, Bobby McCarty, and Danny Edwards will make up the fastest five cars.

“Feels really good man,” Heim said after qualifying. “We came here with a little bit of an unknown with this new racecar. I think it’s the third race on it now, it ran really good at Myrtle Beach. Got to thank Lee Pulliam Performance and Toyota Racing for a really good piece.

Heim went on to add what it’s going to take from behind the steering wheel to park the car in victory lane

“Strategy is going to play a key for sure with the tire breaks at lap hundred and one fifty,” Heim added. “That an unknown for me because I have never run this race before. It’s going to take a total team effort and me doing my job keeping the car in one piece and upfront.

Interview courtesy of Langley Speedway Instagram

 

Hampton Heat 200 Starting Line Up

  1. #78 Cory Heim
  2. #21 Greg Edwards
  3. #14 Jarred Fryar
  4. #22 Bobby McCarty
  5. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.
  6. #12 Timothy Peters
  7. #24 Colin Garrett
  8. #22C Grayson Cullather
  9. #9B Alex Brock
  10. #19 Blake Stallings
  11. #03 Brenden Queen
  12. #44 Justin Johnson
  13. #77 Connor Hall
  14. #2 Brandon Pierce
  15. #9C Trey Crews
  16. #91 Justin S. Carroll
  17. #26 Peyton Sellers
  18. #40 C.E. Falk
  19. #8 Thomas Scott
  20. #29 Casey Wyatt
  21. #21 Terry Carroll
  22. #17 Stacey Puryear
  23. #9 Rodney Boyd
  24. #25 Craig Eastep
  25. #71 Rick Gdovic
  26. #55 Mark Wertz

Bobby McCarty and Danny Edwards Jr. Share Dale Lemonds Victory Lane on Opening Night at Langley Speedway

Danny Edwards Jr. celebrates his first win of 2020 to cap off the 2020 opening night at Langley Speedway. (Bill Carnes/Given to Fly Photography)

Hampton, VA – After a very long offseason, due to implications caused by the novel coronavirus, it was finally time for racing at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. The 2020 season finally kicked off a full three months after it was scheduled with INEX Bandoleros, Legends, Virginia Sprint Cars, Super Trucks, UCARS, and the feature division of the evening, NASCAR’s Advance Auto Parts Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock Cars. With limited fans in the stands, once the first green flag waved, they were cheering and standing on their feet in excitement for racing to be back.

With the 13th annual Hampton Heat 200 right around the corner, Bobby McCarty pulled into the .395-mile for a little test run to dial in his car. Misfortune would happen during practice as something in his right front broke; twice! With a huge team effort, they were able to get things fixed in time for qualifying where he grabbed the pole with a 15.709 (90.521mph) lap. Danny Edwards Jr, Brenden Queen, Justin T Carroll, and Thomas Scott rounded out the fast five. Defending champion Greg Edwards had a tough qualifying effort that ultimately landed him a seventh-place starting spot. Second place finisher in points last year, and 2019 Hampton Heat winner Connor Hall, started eighth.

The field got double filed and set for the green flag. Once it unfurled, McCarty and Edwards Jr. battled side-by-side till turn three where McCarty cleared him and took sole possession of the race lead. With being stuck on the outside, Danny lost the second position to Brenden Queen. Greg’s tough day continued as he fell all the way back to the eleventh position.

Looking back up to the front of the field McCarty had opened up a six-car lead over Danny by lap 10. Big trouble would happen come to Connor Hall who slowed and brought his machine to pit road where his team went to work under the hood – it would later be determined an oil line lose causing an error in the cockpit. The first caution came out on lap 18 for Bubba Johnston going for a solo spin in turn four. Once the track was cleared the green flag flew once more and McCarty and Queen went door to door for the lead. Danny joined in the battle and took second away from Queen this time.

The second caution came out for Craig Eastep going for a loop on the front stretch. On the ensuing restart, Queen took the cone once again and battled McCarty for the lead until the third caution came out for debris on the front stretch. The cone came out again and it was Danny this time going to the outside of McCarty. McCarty got a great start and took off with the lead, Queen and Danny would battle for the second position. Peyton Sellers also began making his moves through the field as he drove his Danville Toyota No. 26 machine up to fifth challenging fellow South Boston Speedway regular Thomas Scott for fourth.

With 15 laps to go, Danny was slowly reeling in McCarty who at the time had a five-car length lead. Sellers ended up making his way around Scott for fourth and quickly made his way to Queen to battle for third. With five laps to go, McCarty had a mirror full of Danny’s front bumper. Coming to the white flag Danny gave a nudge to McCarty but he kept his line. With the checkered flag flying from Shayne Snider, Bobby McCarty would hold off a very strong run by Danny Edwards to pick up the first twin 50 race victory.

With the NASCAR mandated invert when twin features are run 8 cars were flipped for race number two. This put Williamsburg, Virginia’s Justin S. Carroll – who competed Friday evening at Indianapolis Raceway Park in the ARCA Menard East Series – on the pole with Newport News own Casey Wyatt to his outside. Justin T Carroll, Thomas Scott, and Brenden Queen were the starting five.

The green flag flew quickly followed by the caution flag as race control deemed Wyatt got on the loud pedal a little too soon. With a complete restart on deck the caution came out once again, this time it was for the field getting stacked up going into turn one from what looked like a missed shift from someone on the front row. Defending track champion Greg Edwards got the worst end of the deal smashing the front end of his machine to the point where he was unable to continue; Sellers, McCarty, and Chris Johnson all receiving some damage but able to continue.

Third attempt at the start and it was a good one. Wyatt jumped to the lead with both Justin Carroll’s battling for second. Justin T. Carroll, also known simply as “Toast,” took second with Queen and Danny taking third and fourth respectively from Justin S. Carroll. Sellers made a hard charge at Justin S. Carroll for the fifth position and got it. While Queen and Danny battled for third, it let Wyatt and Toast get a slim lead over the field. Danny finally got the third spot from Queen and set his sights on Toast for second.

Danny got a huge run out of turn four and got to Toast’s door going into turn one for battling for the second position. With 20 laps up in lights the top five was comprised of Casey Wyatt, Danny Edwards Jr., Justin T. Carroll, Brenden Queen, and Peyton Sellers. Two laps later, Danny would take the lead from Wyatt and settle into a good rhythm. Justin T. Carroll’s car seemed to be slipping away from him as Queen and Sellers put on the pressure for third place. Lap 39 and Queen finally got the inside line on Justin T and took the third position away. Next lap Sellers dive-bombed into to turn one to take fourth away from Toast as well. With five remaining the caution would once again fly for a single-car spin in turn two.

Once the green flag was displayed to the field again we would almost immediately go back under the yellow for a spinning Craig Eastep in turn two setting up a green-white-checkered finish. One to go and Queen took the cone to be on the front row with Danny. The final green flag flew as Danny and Queen stayed side by side until the white flag. Queen tucked in line behind Danny down the backstretch into turn three but couldn’t get enough of a run to nudge Danny out of the way. Danny Edwards would go on the pick up the victory in the second twin 50 lap event of the night over Brenden Queen.

 

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks

With a very impressive field of 15 Super Trucks this year, and 7 rookies, it looked to be an exciting race. Jacob Carr put his truck on the pole over Keith Wheeler, Ronald Klein, former Modified driver Louie Pasderetz, and Brian Waltrip for the 25 lap feature. The green flag waved and the field didn’t make it out of turn two before the first caution came out. Paige Cain and Wesley Newell made contact resulting in Newell spinning in the grass. Complete restart and Carr shot to the lead with Wheeler all over his back bumper. Klein was also there all over Wheeler’s rear end looking to make a move for second. Shannon Lester battled Donald Brown for the sixth position as well.

The second caution came out for Wheeler coming to a stop in turn two down in the grass. Wheeler got his truck going again and brought it down pit road for his crew to check out the issues. Wheeler made it back out before the field went green and joined them at the tail of the field. The green flag flew once again with race leader Carr getting a terrible start. this allowed Pasderetz to take the lead. Carr would finally get going to hold onto second over Klein. Waltrip, Brown, and Ryan Huff all battled for the fifth position. Klein got a big run down the front stretch to get to Carrs inside to take second. That battle came to a stop as the caution came out for Kevin Rickman going for a spin down the backstretch.

With Carmasters Automotive Cone being displayed Keith Wheeler took advantage of it and restarted fourth. On the restart, Pasderetz went to the lead as Carr once again did not get a good start allowing Wheeler to dive to the inside of Klein for second into turn one. With 10 laps to go Wheeler was closing in on Pasderetz until he almost looped his truck around coming out of turn four. This allowed Klein to catch back up and challenge for second. Down the backstretch, Klein got into the wall trying to get around Wheeler on the outside as the No. 27 car continued to push him up slowing his momentum. The white flag flew for Pasderetz but, the caution would once again fly for Wheeler going around in turn two. Klein would be sent to the rear as race control deemed he was the cause for the spin. Video evidence released later on Facebook showed Wheeler went around on his own and Klein was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The green flag flew one final time and it was a green-white-checkered finish. Pasderetz did everything right and held on the final three laps to win his first career win at Langley Speedway. Jacob Carr, Brian Waltrip, Donald Brown, and Wesley Newell rounded out the top five.

 

Taylor Waste Service Late Model Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;
  1. #22 Bobby McCarty; 50
  2. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 50
  3. #26 Peyton Sellers; 50
  4. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  5. #8 Thomas Scott; 50
  6. #57 Justin T Carroll; 50
  7. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  8. #91 Justin S Carroll; 50
  9. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  10. #21 Greg Edwards; 50
  11. #19 Bubba Johnston; 50
  12. #71 Rick Gdovic; 50
  13. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  14. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  15. #01 Jeff Shiflett; 50
  16. #68 Adam Hoegerl; 48
  17. #36 Chris Johnson; 42
  18. #77 Connor Hall; 30
Taylor Waste Service Late Model Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;
  1. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 50
  2. #03 Brenden Queen; 50
  3. #29 Casey Wyatt; 50
  4. #26 Peyton Sellers; 50
  5. #57 Justin T Carroll; 50
  6. #19 Bubba Johnston; 50
  7. #8 Thomas Marks; 50
  8. #91 Justin S Carroll; 50
  9. #90 Terry Carroll; 50
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 50
  11. #25 Craig Eastep; 50
  12. #77 Connor Hall; 49
  13. #01 Jeff Shiflett; 49
  14. #68 Adam Hoegerl; 49
  15. #36 Chris Johnson; DQ
  16. #22 Bobby McCarty; 45
  17. #71 Rick Gdovic; 8
  18. #21 Greg Edwards; 0

Harris Truck Shop Super Truck Results

  1. #8 Louie Pasderetz; 25
  2. #88 Jacob Carr; 25
  3. #33 Brian Waltrip; 25
  4. #05 Donald Brown; 25
  5. #48 Wesley Newell; 25
  6. #65 Shannon Lester; 25
  7. #38 Paige Cain; 25
  8. #28 Ronald Klein; 25
  9. #01 Tim Carter; 25
  10. #27 Keith Wheeler; 24
  11. #3 Ryan Huff; 24
  12. #66 Wayne Lyon; 24
  13. #99 Cory Lyon; 23
  14. #10 Kevin Rickman; 0
  15. #50 Joe Harper; 0
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