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Langley Speedway Scheduled to Move Forward With Racing Tonight

Hampton, Va – After a line of strong storms moved through the Mid-Atlantic racing region overnight and forcing cancellation of two big events (Southside Speedway’s 75-lap Late Model feature & VMS $20,000 to win King of the Commonwealth) Larry King Law Langley Speedway is scheduled to go on as planned. Though most Virginian’s and folks from eastern North Carolina woke up to wet soggy grounds, the forecast for later this afternoon appears to be more ideal for some asphalt short track racing. With a mix of clouds and sun during the morning that will give way to cloudy skies later this afternoon, Hampton should see a high of 72 with winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph.

With the cancellation of Virginia Motor Speedway’s King of the Commonwealth, The Weekly Racer will switch its full coverage to Langley Speedway’s Courtyard Marriot Night which will feature a 50-lap Modified feature. 10-time champion Shawn Balluzzo opened the season with back-to-back victories in a wid pair of 40-lap twins. Can Balluzzo continue to dominate the series or will someone like Matt Carter or Jamie Sample be able to knock Balluzzo off the podium? Tune into our Twitter feed to find out later this evening starting at 4:30 PM EDT.

A full race-day schedule can be found below.

 

Courtyard Marriott Night at The Races

11:00 AM                                       PIT GATES OPEN

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

Practice Order

  1. Modified – 3 Practices
  2. Grand Stock – 2 Practices
  3. Super Truck – 2 Practices
  4. U-car – 2 Practices
  5. Legend – 2 Practices
  6. Bandolero – 2 Practices
  7. Winged Champ Karts – 2 Practices

Qualifying Order

  1. Winged Champ Kart – (Euro Qualifying 3 Karts 1 lap)
  2. Bandolero – (Euro Qualifying 3 cars 5 laps)
  3. Legend – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  4. U-Car – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  5. Super Truck – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  6. Grand Stock – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  7. Modified – 10 lap scuff session – 2 Laps (Green-White-Checkered)

Race Line Up

  1. ERA Real Estate Champ Kart – 20
  2. Cycle City Corp Bandolero – 15 laps
  3. Pepsi Grand Stock – 40
  4. Cycle City Corp Legends – 25 laps
  5. Bojangles U-Car – 25 Laps
  6. Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 25 Laps
  7. Larry King Law Modified – 50 Laps

*subject to change

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

Andrew Fortin Earns First Modified Victory at Langley Speedway; First Round of Champions Crowned as Season Comes to a Close

Fortin celebrates first career win Saturday night in second to final Modified race. (Photo: Langley Speedway August 16, 2017)

Hampton, VA – With just two races left in the season for the IMCA style asphalt Modified’s at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway, Shawn Balluzzo entered the evening with a comfortable forty-one-point advantage over Bobby Gery, who took over second in the points when Matt Carter had motor issues the last time the series had twins. With his motor issues behind him, Carter laid down the fastest lap in qualifying time trials earlier in the afternoon posting a time of 16.795 (84.668 mph) seconds. Balluzzo posted the second quickest time in the session to earn a front row starting position for the 50-lap feature. Andrew Fortin, Bobby Gery, and Chris Flowers.

Matt Carter would show the way into turn one and out of turn two claiming the lead. The Newport News driver would show the way for the first eleven trips around the .395-mile oval. Balluzzo, however, was right in his tire tracks as the two checked out from the rest of the field. The eight-time champion would make his move for the race lead after battling with Carter for a handful of laps. Once the pass was made, Balluzzo immediately opened up over a half second gap over the No. 78 as Carter settled into a rhythm clicking off laps.

Things got interesting as the field reached halfway. In twelve laps Carter was able to track Balluzzo back down as it looked like his car was struggling center off. Right as Carter made the pass to retake the lead, the No. 63 machine of Derek Roberts went around in turn two bringing out the first of three cautions. Because the field did not complete a full lap after Carter made the pass, Balluzzo was moved back to the lead after the race went back to the last completed lap. Oddly enough this happened a second time on lap thirty-three after Carter made another pass on Balluzzo but would fall back to second when McPherson spun in turn one.

Both Matt Carter’s and Balluzzo’s fate would be sealed just ten laps later when contact was made between the two when Carter made his third attempt at the race lead. Race control would move Carter to the rear of the field for what they called aggressive driving, effectively handing the race lead over to Andrew Fortin. Once the race went back green. With the two fastest cars in the rear and only eight laps left, Andrew Fortin was able to mount a four car length advantage lead over rookie of the year contender Jamie Sample. It was just enough for the Smithfield, Virginia driver to earn his first career win. Balluzzo would retire from the race early with issues in the rear end of the car.

 

Paul Lubno picked up his 106th career victory in dominating fashion in the final Pepsi Grand Stock race of the season after taking the lead from Rodney Boyd on lap nine. Lubno set a blistering pace in the eight-car, caution free, 40-lap feature. Tommy Sweeney would play things safe and crossed the line in the fourth position. However, it was just enough for the Hampton, Virginia, driver to clinch the 2017 division championship. Sweeney later mentioned in victory lane that he really had no intentions of coming back and racing this year when the track reopened, however, with the loss of one of their biggest crew members, Kenny Alves, father of Sweeney’s spotter Kevin, Sweeney wanted to come back one last time and win the championship in his honor. With the championship in hand, Sweeney went on to say he is excited to hang his helmet up to get his son, who is excited about racing, into the sport.

Chase McAdams picked up the victory in the Harris Truck Shop Super Truck race. Inching ever so closely to the points lead. The trucks will wrap up their season next weekend, September 23rd. Tommy Gildea of Gloucester, Virginia, was finally able to put the run together he needed to snap Michael Waters ten race win streak. The victory came a day late and a dollar short so to speak as Water clinched the championship. Aaron Leach got the victory under the lights in the HRKC Pro Wing Karts while Brandon Lorah was able to earn the championship.

 

Modified OFFICIAL Results

  1. #5 Andrew Fortin; 50
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 50
  3. #51 Chris Flowers; 50
  4. #1 Donnie Holston; 50
  5. #60 Bobby Gery; 50
  6. #78 Matt Carter; 50
  7. #70 Curtis Hughes; 50
  8. #63 Derek Roberts; 50
  9. #16 Eric McPherson; 50
  10. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 45

11. #95 Danny Harrell; 20

Twin Races Equals Twin Wins for Balluzzo and Sweeney

Hampton, VA The IMCA style Larry King Law Modifieds returned to Langley Speedway for another night of twin racing around the historic track. Points leader Shawn Balluzzo missed out on the pole to the driver who’s right behind him. Matt Carter ran a 16.784 to Shawn’s 16.901 to lead the field to the green flag.

Off the start Carter cleared Balluzzo easily and after a couple laps he had a few cars between him and the second place runner. Matt held him off for much of the race but on the twenty-first lap Balluzzo is able to get by him as they went through some lapped traffic. Shawn cruised to the win in the first mod race of the night after that. Farther back Andrew Fortin was able to get into third passing Matt Slye and Bobby Gery after starting last moved up to 8th, he had problems with the car through practices and was not able to qualify.

With that finish he moved to the pole for the second race start and Balluzzo opted to start on the rear for his bonus national points if he can win. Gery, still battling mechanical problems, let the field go so nothing bad would happen. Jamie Sample took the lead on the first lap and then Bubba Johnston took over on the second lap while the field shuffled behind them. Sample led again on the sixth lap and Balluzzo was making his way up to sixth place. The caution would fly as Donnie Holston made contact with Gery causing him to spin out.

On the restart Balluzzo stayed low moving himself into third place and wasted no time getting into second position. On the 18th lap Shawn got by Sample for the lead and Danny Harrell was able to move into second as Sample started falling off a bit. With a big lead Balluzzo grabbed his second win of the night, 7th on the season, and the extra national points.

 

Pepsi Grand Stocks

Tommy Sweeney in Victory Lane – CREDIT: John Long

In the Pepsi Grand Stocks Rodney Boyd ran the fast time of a 18.401 after having a rough last outing. Tommy Sweeney, who has three wins on the season, missed out on the pole by .022. The two drivers have some history from this year but the start of the race went off with no troubles. Five laps in and Sweeney was still almost glued to Boyd’s bumper and a couple laps Sweeney started giving him some bumps, and on lap-8 it was good enough to get Boyd loose and Tommy took the lead. Paul Lubno and Mark Frye weren’t far behind and started putting on a lot of pressure to Boyd. Lubno gave Frye a good door to door slap to Frye and beat him to the line but couldn’t get by him. Frye eventually got around Boyd on the high line to take second place. With two to go Johnathon White shoves Tom Wilson up the track for 5th while Sweeney cruises to his fourth win.

Shawn Scovel finished 8th so he has the gift of the invert pole for the second race. With only nine cars in the field Sweeney tried his luck falling back to ninth for extra points. Two laps in and and Sweeney was up to fifth already while Wilson passed Scovel for the lead. Just six laps into the race and Tommy was into third with Scovel in front of him after Boyd nudged him out of the way for second. Fifteen laps in and Sweeney gets under Boyd for the lead and Frye sneaks by as well. Boyd made a last ditch effort to move Frye coming to the finish but he stays in third while Sweeney sweeps the night and snags his fifth win.

 

Matt Carter Snaps Balluzzo’s Three-Race Win Streak to Earn First Modified Win

Photo: Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – With the Late Model Stock cars having their twin features rained out the weekend prior, Langley Speedway once again called up their tier two division to headline Family Pet Center Night at the Races or as we liked to call it Twin Extravaganza. Nine races split over five divisions this past Saturday night at Langley has 10 IMCA style Modifieds took to the speedway. Matt Carter – 36-year old driver from Newport News, VA – was the fastest car in qualifying as the sun was setting over turn three. Posting a lap of record at 16.948 seconds beating Danny Harrell, Shawn Balluzzo, Andrew Fortin and Jamie Sample to the point.

Carter looked poised for the victory in the first feature leading the first nineteen circuits. Balluzzo, who ran most of the first twenty laps in the second position, was able to power under Matt and make the pass the following lap. Balluzzo immediately opened up a two to three car gap on Carter and held that for most of the race. Balluzzo was victorious in race one with Carter only a car length or two at best behind him.

Due to the new rule from NASCAR, when it comes to twin races, a minimum of eight cars are required to be inverted for the second race. Following those rules, Donnie Holston inherited the pole for race number two. However, he was unable to answer the bell citing motor issues. This moved the inside row up allowing Jamie Sample to take the point. It also moved Carter, who was slated to start in the seventh position, up to the fifth place spot on the grid. Balluzzo, who was lined up in the eighth starting position elected to go to the rear of the ten car field in search of the bonus points given by NASCAR to do so.

When the green flag waved Jamie Sample did all he could to keep the lead and did so for eleven laps. That was until Carter was able to work his way up through the field and take the position for himself. He immediately needed to work on building a gap because Balluzzo was on his way. By lap seventeen Balluzzo had made his way to the second position and set his eyes on Matt – little did we know it was going to be a barn burner to the finish.

As the laps dwindled down so did Carters lead over Balluzzo. With just two laps to go, Carter made a huge mistake off turn four and almost lost the car. This was enough for Balluzzo to pull even and the drag race was on. Powering around the 48 down the backstretch, Balluzzo gave it one more shot into three and got right to Carters rear nerf bar, paying careful attention not to make contact, but to look for an opening and boy did the opening come.

Again, Carters car stepped out on him coming off of turn four to the checkered flag. This time it was a little too much for the driver to save and around he went. Luckily for the Newport News native, Carter slid sideways across the stripe first to collect his very first Modified win in thrilling fashion. “That was a pretty wild ride there towards the end,” Carter said in victory lane. “The car got tight in the long run and I started overdriving it, I got a little excited. I’m just glad to bring this thing home to Victory Lane I mean, I cannot thank my crew enough.”

 

 Modified Race 1 Results:

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 33
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 33
  3. #5 Andrew Fortin; 33
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 33
  5. #60 Bobby Gery; 33
  6. #28 Jamie Sample; 33
  7. #16 Eric McPherson; 33
  8. #1 Donnie Holston; 30
  9. #63 Derrick Roberts; 9

 

Modified Race 2 Results:

  1. #78 Matt Carter; 33
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 33
  3. #95 Danny Harrell; 33
  4. #28 Jamie Sample; 33
  5. #60 Bobby Gery; 33
  6. #63 Derrick Roberts;32
  7. #5 Andrew Fortin; 25
  8. #16 Eric McPherson; 24
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 4

Matt Carter Earns Pole in Modified Division at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – After mother nature took the win last weekend for the Twin Late Model features, we are back in action on this hot summer day at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Nine races span over five divisions tonight at Family Pet Center Night at the Races. The IMCA style Modifieds will be the premier division this evening running twin 33-lap features.

Matt Carter – of Newport News, VA – was the fastest car all afternoon in three practice sessions and it carried over into the qualifying. Posting the fastest time of the nine car field at 16.948 for an average speed of 83.904 MPH. Carter will lead Danny Harrell, points leader Shawn Balluzzo, Andrew Fortin and Jamie Sample to the green.

Race number two will, of course, be determined after a minimum of an eight-car invert. Yes, you have read that right, per the NASCAR rule book, there will be almost a complete field invert for the second race. Racing action is set to get underway at 7:00 PM. Find the race lineup bellow. The Weekly Racer will have LIVE lap-by-lap coverage from both Modified features as well as the Legends race.

 

Cycle City Bando: 15-laps
Larry King Law Mods: 33-laps
Riverside Paper Pro Six: 20-laps
Carroll’s Automotive UCAR: 20-laps
Cycle City Corp Legends: 25-laps
Larry King Law Mods: 33-laps
Riverside Paper Pro Six: 20-laps
Carroll’s Automotive UCAR: 20-laps
Bojangles Enduro: 30-laps

The Weekly Racer’s Top 15 Schemes of 2015

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Well guys and gals, it is about that time of year again. Time to put a cap on 2015, burry it into our time capsule for future generations to look back on. Take a look back ourselves at all the good times that we had. Think to ourselves what the next 365 days are going to be like. Make plans to make this year “our year.” I myself as a person have them same aspirations, The Weekly Racer has those same aspirations as well. We have already posted a few interesting stats from WordPress taking a look back throughout 2015.

Last year, our first full season covering short track racing, we ended the year with a little post highlighting 14 of the best photos from the year that we took (Fourteen of the Best Photos from 2014). Looking to create a little tradition here at The Weekly Racer we are going to kick off our 2015 Year End review with 15 of the best photos – in our opinion of course – that we were able to snap throughout the year. Bellow, in no particular order are the photos we have chosen. We still want to hear from you though. Post a comment bellow the story with who you think had the best looking car from the post. If you think someone should be on the list let us know!

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