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Matt Waltz Looking for First Late Model Track Championship This Weekend at Langley Speedway; Guaranteed MB400 Starting Position on the Line

Hampton, VA – We started this journey over five months ago when Langley Speedway reopened its gates to drivers and fans alike after a long and empty 2016 season. Drivers from all over the Hampton Roads area and Mid-Atlantic region have converged on the legendary .395-mile flat track for some of the most exciting races of the year. With 11 races on the books and 5 different winners in the Late Model ranks, it comes down to just 8 points and 2 races.

Matt Waltz enters WhosYourDriver.org Night at the races with just an eight-point lead over defending track champion, Greg Edwards. Of course, as any top tier driver will do, Waltz will be looking to park his No. 2 machine in victory lane on two separate occasions this evening, looking for possible redemption for the impressive 12 win season and championship run before the speedway closed. However, Waltz could lock up the championship by staying within just a few position behind Edwards and having a good points night.

Behind them, just one point separates Nick Smith in third from Mark Wertz in fourth. You also have Brenden Queen, who showed plenty of speed in the second twin feature last time out before getting tangled up with Waltz battling for the lead, sitting hungry for a win fifth in points – nineteen behind Wertz.

I would love to say as we near the end of the NASCAR points season and the big Martinsville race next weekend that we should expect to see a tame race but I do not want to lie to you guys. With hungry drivers for both wins and championships, we expect to see drivers up on the wheel and digging.

Not to mention that the track released information earlier this week about a “partnership” if you will with Myrtle Beach Speedway adding value to your finishing positions in both races. In a Facebook post earlier this week it was announced that the highest average finishing driver will be guaranteed a starting spot in the prestigious postseason Myrtle Beach 400 money race later this winter. In the event there is a tie, the tie break will be the highest qualifying driver during time trials.

In addition to the Late Model’s this weekend, the IMCA style asphalt Modifies will be on hand for their second to last points race of the year, a single 50-lap feature where Shawn Balluzzo looks to collect his ninth win of the season. We will also crown champions in the Pepsi Grand Stocks, Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks and Carroll Automotive UCAR’s. Check below for a full schedule of the night’s events.

 

Who’s Your Driver? Championship Night Race Day Schedule September 16, 2017

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

5-6:30 PM                                     FAN ZONE STAGE

6:50 PM                                         INVOCATION BY REV. POTTER / NATIONAL ANTHEM

7:00 PM                                         1ST RACE BEGINS

 

Practice Order

LMSC – 3 Practices
Modifieds – 3 Practice
Grand Stocks – 2 Practices
Super Trucks – 2 Practices
UCARs – 2 Practices
Winged Karts – 2 Practices

 

Qualifying Order

Winged Karts
Super Trucks
UCARs
Grand Stocks
Modifieds
LMSC
Enduros – practice, the starting lineup determine by draw

 

Race Line-Up

Trip Anderson Realtor Winged Karts 20 laps

Taylor Waste Services Late Models 66 laps

Larry King Law Modifieds 50 laps

Pepsi Grand Stocks 40 laps

Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks 25 laps

Carroll’s Automotive UCARs 25 laps

Taylor Waste Services Late Models 66 laps

Bojangles Enduros 30 laps

 

*subject to change

Matt Waltz and Greg Edwards Split a Pair of Races at Langley Speedway

Greg Edwards wins fifth victory of the 2017 season August 19th on Bayport Credit Union/Speed Club Center Night (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

After an involuntary month long vacation, warm weather, and clear skies, Late Model drivers were finally able to get back to racing. Twin sixty-six lap features were two of just the eleven races on the schedule for the Bayport Credit Union and Speed Club Center night. Grand Stocks, Super Streets, Super Trucks, UCAR, Pro Six, Bandolero’s, Legends, and Enduros.

Nick Smith, who entered the weekend sitting third in points, earned the pole earlier in the very busy afternoon posting a time of 16.059 (88.548 mph). Greg Edwards, Connor Hall, Brenden Queen, and current points leader Matt Waltz completed the fastest five of fourteen cars to take time. Fifteen cars showed up for afternoon practice but Terry Carroll was forced to pack up and head home early due to motor issues.

When the green flag was displayed to the field it took Smith about a lap to clear Edwards to take control of the race while Matt Waltz and Mark Wertz made strides towards the front behind them. The race saw its first caution period after Waltz and Hall made contact while racing hard for position in turn three. The contact sent Hall around and into the outside retaining wall effectively ending the young drivers evening. Hall would not be able to answer the call for race two later in the evening. Waltz was eventually sent to the rear for what was called aggressive driving by race director Shayne Laws.

Once back under green the chase was on the for the race lead. Edwards and Smith would exchange the lead before Matt Waltz worked his way back to the front of the pack. Once the two car was able to regain the lead he was able to put some distance on second and third to win the first of two races on the evening. Greg Edwards, Nick Smith, Brenden Queen, and Mark Wertz would round out the top five.

“The wheel was straight when I was good, definitely want to apologize to Connor, that’s was all me, that was my fault,” admitted the race winner. “Kinda disappointed about the call to put us in the back when that hadn’t happened to anyone else out here but we came back and won it anyway. I just got to thank all these guys and thank everybody for coming out here tonight”.

Per the NASCAR rulebook, a minimum of eight cars were inverted for race number two. This placed Casey Wyatt and Macey Causey on the front row. Waltz would not elect to drop to the rear of the field to earn the bonus points that NASCAR offers for its national and state points. Wyatt would jump out to the early race lead for a few laps before Danny Edwards Jr was able to get under and around Wyatt. That was just one of several lead changes throughout the sixty-six lap feature.Brenden Queen would work his way up to the front of the pack and around Edwards to lead several laps while Matt Waltz worked his way from his eighth place starting position. Waltz and Queen would battle hard for the race lead before mild contact between the two drivers in turn four sent both spinning and forced the caution to fly. Waltz was able to return to the race, once again having the restart at the tail end of the field.

Brenden Queen would work his way up to the front of the pack and around Edwards to lead several laps while Matt Waltz worked his way from his eighth place starting position. Waltz and Queen would battle hard for the race lead before mild contact between the two drivers in turn four sent both spinning and forced the caution to fly. Waltz was able to return to the race, once again having the restart at the tail end of the field. Queen on the other hand, needed assistance back to pit road where his crew was hard at work to get the car into gear.Greg Edwards would end up leading the race just past the halfway point of the race and have to survive a couple late race restarts. Those late race restarts helped both Matt Waltz charge from the rear of the field as well as a career best Langley Speedway finish for Chesapeake native, Cameron Bowen. Waltz would be able to navigate his way back towards the front to a second place finish followed by Danny Edwards Jr., Cameron Bowen and Mark Wertz – even after suffering a flat right rear tire.

Greg Edwards would end up leading the race just past the halfway point of the race and have to survive a couple late race restarts. Those late race restarts helped both Matt Waltz charge from the rear of the field as well as a career best Langley Speedway finish for Chesapeake native, Cameron Bowen. Waltz would be able to navigate his way back towards the front to a second place finish followed by Danny Edwards Jr., Cameron Bowen and Mark Wertz – even after suffering a flat right rear tire.

 

Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #2 Matt Waltz; 66
  2. #97 Greg Edwards; 66
  3. #12 Nick Smith; 66
  4. #03 Brenden Queen; 66
  5. #55 Mark Wertz; 66
  6. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 66
  7. #33 Macy Causey; 66
  8. #92 Casey Wyatt; 66
  9. #78 Maddie Crane; 66
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 66
  11. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 66
  12. #94c Cody Carlton; 53
  13. #19 Cameron Bowen; 41
  14. #77 Connor Hall; 17

Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #97 Greg Edwards; 66
  2. #2 Matt Waltz; 66
  3. #26 Danny Edwards Jr; 66
  4. #19 Cameron Bowen; 66
  5. #55 Mark Wertz; 66
  6. #03 Brenden Queen; 66
  7. #12 Nick Smith; 66
  8. #33 Macy Causey; 66
  9. #94c Cody Carlton; 66
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 66
  11. #78 Maddie Craine; 65
  12. #92 Casey Wyatt; 51
  13. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 29

#HamptonHeat Who to Watch: The Weekly Racer Staff Pick Their Top 5 Winners

The 9th Annual Hampton Heat is now just days away and the entry list is starting to be finalized. On the eve of the open test, Shawn and I wanted to give you our thoughts on who to watch out for on Saturday. Mind you, our picks were done completely separate from each other, interesting how they came out very similar. What are your picks?

 

Greg Edwards

Greg Edwards picked up right where he left off two weeks ago at the season opener. Recording the fastest lap in qualifying to earn the pole in race one. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

There are not many drivers in the Late Model community that has won more races at Langley than Greg Edwards. Edwards kicked off 2017 in an incredible way picking up wins and leading the points. That was until a string of bad luck plagued the team. Edwards, another veteran driver who has yet to collect a prestigious Hampton Heat win, enters this weekend in a rebound after splitting twin races with Philip Morris in “The Prelude to the Heat.” As long as Edwards stays up front and avoids the black cloud that followed him around lately, look for him to be a very strong contender.

 

Philip Morris

Morris is on a hot streak this summer collecting wins at South Boston, Motor Mile, and even Langley Speedway. Morris is also the current VA Triple Crown series leader with his victory at the first of the month in the Harley Davidson 200. Morris continued to find ways into victory lane the following weeks. The multi time NWASS has never won a Hampton Heat in its eight-year history. However, the way he dominated second twin feature, two weeks prior, Morris cannot be counted out.

Peyton Sellers

Though Sellers is not a Langley regular he cannot be left off this list due to the sheer dominance the former NWAAS national champ & Xfinity driver showed during the first leg of the VA Triple Crown. Not to mention Sellers has won this event back in 2013 while piloting the 99 machine. What also sticks out to us here at TWR was his ability to roll out his backup car, that had no laps on it in the prior 48 hours and wheel it to two fourth place finishes. Sellers will be one car that everyone, fans, drivers, and crews will need to keep an eye on.

Matt Waltz

Just a couple of years ago the Newport News native was the man to beat when it came time for this race. 2014 seemed to be the year for Matt Waltz and his team as they entered this weekend with eight wins, fastest in practice the day before, fastest in happy hour practice the day of, and set a blistering pace throughout the race. 2014 was also when Waltz, along with Nick Smith, was penalized for coming down pit road too early at the break. The penalty put Waltz deep in the field where we would ultimately succumb to damage received in a crash. Waltz has been steady this year as we entered the weekend as the points leader and one win. This will certainly be a race he would like to check off his list and should have the car to do it come Saturday night.

CE Falk

Falk is a love em or hate em kind of racer. Especially when it comes to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. In years past, Falk was almost invincible when he pulled in and unloaded. Winning 32 races between 2009 & 2011 where he won the Late Model championship each year, then again in 2013, it is safe to say that Falk knows his way around the speedway. Not to mention of the eight total Hampton Heats, Falk has won 37.5% of the events. With a victory already this season, Falk will surely be a force to be reckoned with this weekend.

Sleeper: Nick Smith

This was a hard one! For multiple reasons. Smith is coming off a dominant 2016 season where he won the track championship at Dominion Raceway with around twelve wins. Currently sitting third in points this year at Langley Speedway with two wins under his belt, however, has run into some bad luck as well. Smith is also coming off a third place finish and is the highest ranked Langley driver in the triple crown series, where with the help of the invert, almost stole the victory. Smith will have to hope the cards fall his way throughout qualifying to avoid having to run deep in the hornet’s nest to keep his nose clean. The inaugural Hampton Heat winner will also have to put behind him the same mistake Matt Waltz made in 2014 if he wishes to call himself a repeat Hampton Heat winner. Nick has the car, the speed, and the talent to get it done. Will he have the luck?

Editor’s Pick: Connor Hall

He’s been killin it at Carteret, a track very similar to Langley when he’s gone down there and hasn’t been doing half bad here at Langley. Led a couple laps and is always running pretty fast when he doesn’t have bad luck. If he can keep his nose clean for the first hundred eighty laps, he might have something for them at the end.

Honorable Mentions:  Mark Wertz, Stacy Puryear, Danny Edwards, Jr., Timothy Peters

I literally spent days racking my thoughts around this one and come to the conclusion that there are probably 10, maybe 12 drivers on our pre-entry list that could win this weekend. Stacy Puryear was almost our sleeper pick due to his performance at South Boston, however, with his limited experience at the .395-mile oval, we feel that might be his only hindrance.

Mark Wertz & Danny Edwards, Jr. are always threats to win any given Late Model race at Langley Speedway and with their vast knowledge how the track changes throughout the day will certainly help both drivers.

Timothy Peters is another driver who is someone you should pay close attention to at any track he pulls into. With Red Horse Racing suspending operations earlier this year, it has allowed for Peters to run the Late Model more. He will certainly be looking to check the Hampton Heat off his list of races won.

 

Shawn’s Picks;

Philip Morris celebrates in victory lane for the first time after dominating race number two at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Philip Morris – The 4-time National Late Model champ finally got his first win at Langley Speedway in his last outing at the track. He made it look so easy that he is a good choice for winning his first Hampton Heat.

Peyton Sellers After loaning the motor from his car he tested and practiced with at Langley, Sellers hopped in his backup and qualified well and finished fourth in both races.

CE FalkCE has won the 200 lap event three times and finished third place in both races on NAPA Night.

Matt WaltzRoutinely challenging for the pole and wins at Langley Speedway, Matt is hungry for that first Hampton Heat win.

Greg Edwards The Hampton Heat win has eluded the 5-time track champion but he has had the car dialed in all season so far.


Dark Horse: Timothy Peters

After having his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team unexpectedly close their doors Peters has returned to the late model series. Look for this driver to be up on the wheel this weekend trying to get his first Hampton Heat win.

Matt Waltz Sets Fast Time in Prelude to the Heat

Hampton, VA – Matt Waltz set the fastest time in qualifying with the out of towners at Langley running a 16.113 second lap beating defending track champ Greg Edwards who ran a 16.176 second lap. In his out lap, Danny Edwards Jr broke his left front spindle on the car and his entire right front came off. He will not be able to make the race tonight as of now. Also, Phillip Morris blew his motor a little earlier on in final practice and is in the process of putting a borrowed motor from Peyton Sellers into his ride. Sellers switched to his backup car with the handling being so far off on his primary and managed to run a 16.293-second lap to put him 10th in the twenty car field.

Justin Kern caught up with Waltz in the pits, “It really didn’t feel all that great in qualifying but I mean watching everyone else it looked like everyone else had the same problem, not a lot of grip slipping and sliding all over the place. I gotta thank Waltz Engineering Sales, Davcon INC. as well we got a bunch of them up in the box tonight,  and Mulkey, Forbes, Reid & Barton, PLC for helping us out on the team here, happy to get on the pole for all the people and the crew”

The late models are running twin races along with the grand stocks tonight with the Bandoleros, Legends, and Enduros supporting them tonight,

Race Line Up

  1. Pepsi Grand Stocks 33 laps
  2. Taylor Waste Services LMSC 66 laps
  3. Cycle City Corp Bandoleros 15 laps
  4. Cycle City Corp Legends 25 laps
  5. Pepsi Grand Stocks 33 laps
  6. Taylor Waste Services LMSC 66 laps
  7. Bojangles Enduros 30 laps

Late Model Qualifying Results

  1. Matt Waltz – 16.113
  2. Greg Edwards – 16.176
  3. C.E. Falk III – 16.182
  4. Nick Smith – 16.206
  5. Brenden Queen – 16.233
  6. Stacy Puryear – 16.247
  7. Connor Hall – 16.255
  8. Justin S. Carroll – 16.277
  9. Mark Wertz – 16.282
  10. Peyton Sellers – 16.293
  11. Austin Thaxton – 16.350
  12. Terry Carroll – 16.373
  13. Thomas Marks – 16.432
  14. Woody Howard – 16.451
  15. Casey Wyatt – 16.469
  16. Cameron Bowen – 16.552
  17. Maddy Mulligan – 16.659
  18. Craig Eastep – 16.693
  19. Chris Flowers – 16.747
  20. Danny Edwards Jr – No Time
  21. Phillip Morris – No Time but will start

Racing Set to Heat Up at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in Preparation for the 2017 Hampton Heat

Peyton Sellers tuning on the car Friday afternoon at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. (📸 Trisha Westfall/Hunt-Sellers Racing)

Hampton, VA – It was a busy afternoon Friday at the famed .395-mile flat track known as Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Coming off the heels of a spectacular Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 at South Boston Speedway – race number one in a three race series known as the VA Triple Crown – teams have converged to the Hampton Roads racing facility looking to build a notebook for the highly anticipated return of the Hampton Heat 200. With twin Late Model features on the books for this weekend, it will be a perfect shot for teams who don’t run at Langley on a regular basis to get a lay of the land so to speak.

Previous NWAAS National Champs, Phillip Morris, and Peyton Sellers, were just two of the drivers who made the trip out east on Friday to see what set up they can put together. For those who may not have known or don’t remember the July 1st race at South Boston [Philip Morris Wins Thunder Road Harley Davidson 200 at South Boston Speedway], Peyton Sellers dominated the first 100-laps of the show before the eight car invert put him back in the pack and left to deal with some very hard racing. Phillip Morris, on the other hand, ended up in an epic battle with Langley’s own, Nick Smith, and ultimately came home the victor. Stacey Puryear, who had an outstanding race last weekend, as also made the trip to Hampton along with Austin Thaxton.

This weekend those same teams will mix it up in the Napa Auto Parts & Whelen Night at the races bringing together some of the best Late Model Stock Car drivers on the east coast. Greg Edwards and Nick Smith are looking to bounce back from their lackluster finishes the last time they ran twins while Matt Waltz will look to extend his newly found points lead over Justin T. Carroll. Mark Wertz & Brenden Queen are both coming off top ten finishes last week at South Boston and are looking for their first wins at Langley Speedway this year.

Multiple National Champs, multiple regional champs, and multiple track champs all in one location this weekend for TWO 66-lap races. Is there any other place you should be tonight?

Late Models are not the only racing that is on tap for this evening. The Pepsi Grand Stocks will be running 33-lap features along with the Cycle City Corps Legends & Bando’s. The evening will be wrapped up with the ever exciting Bojangle’s Enduros. Gates and Practice open at 2:00 PM. Green flag set to drop at 7:00 PM. The Weekly Racer will have LIVE, lap-by-lap coverage over on our Twitter feed – @theweeklyracer starting with the first LMSC race. Check out tonight’s full schedule bellow.

 

 

NAPA Auto Parts & Whelen Engineering Night Race Day Schedule July 8, 2017

11:00 AM                                       PIT GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                         GA GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                         PRACTICE BEGINS

4:15 PM                                         DRIVER’S MEETING

4:30 PM                                         QUALIFYING

5:00-6:30 PM                                 FAN ZONE – Gator Head

6:00 PM                                         MEET AND GREET

6:50 PM                                         INVOCATION BY REV. POTTER /

National Anthem

7:00 PM                                         1ST RACE BEGINS

 

Race Line Up

  • Pepsi Grand Stocks – 33 laps
  • Taylor Waste Services LMSC – 66 laps
  • Cycle City Corp Bandoleros – 15 laps
  • Cycle City Corp Legends – 25 laps
  • Pepsi Grand Stocks – 33 laps
  • Taylor Waste Services LMSC – 66 laps
  • Bojangles Enduros – 30 laps
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