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Greg Edwards Collects Win Number Ten and Championship Number Six; Finishes 2019 Tenth in the Nation, Fourth in Virginia

Hampton, VA– Greg Edwards, of Poquoson Virginia, came one championship closer to tying Phil Warren’s record of seven Late Model Stock Car track championships at Langley Speedway. He also tied his brother Danny Edwards with six championships a piece – twelve all together for Edwards Motorsports. He did so by simply starting last night’s race, it was an added bonus for the team to do so from the pole position posting a time 15.833 seconds. Conor Hall, who was looking to steal the title from Edwards did not have the car count he needed but would roll off second. Michael Hardin, Danny Edwards, and Mark Wertz rounded out the fastest five.

You would have thought Greg Edwards needed to win the race in order to win the championship because he took off from the field when Shane Snyder displayed the final green flag of the 2019 season. After leaving Hall to deal with the likes of Hardin and his brother Greg had nothing but a clear track in front of him to click off laps. Hall would eventually lose his second-place position to Danny Edwards just prior to the first caution of the evening for a spinning Brenden Queen in turn two.

It was an all Edwards front row for the ensuing restart where both drivers were able to maintain their position on the speedway. The restart would essentially be null and void after contact between the No. 7 of Zach Lightfoot and No. 9 Rodney Boyd made contact in turns three and four. Edwards was challenged a little more on the second restart from three-time race winner Connor Hall. As he has done all year, Edwards was once again able to defend his position and retain the race lead one last time.

All of our attention from that point on was focused on the epic battle between Late Model veteran Mark Wertz and relative newcomer to the division, Thomas Marks. The two spent the last quarter of the 100-lap race battling door-to-door for the fourth position. Marks utilizing the inside line for the offensive while Wertz mastered the outside line and ultimately defended his position. Edwards would power out of turn four one final time to earn his tenth victory of the season by a full second over his brother Danny Edwards. Connor Hall, Mark Wertz, and Thomas Marks would round out the top five finishers.

“That’s the way I wanted to end it,” Edwards said in a confetti-filled victory lane. “We tried something for this last race because we really had nothing to lose; might should have done that earlier in the season. The car was really good. I have to thank James Long and everyone that helps [on this car], Phillip Goodwin, Ashly, and all the people that help. It takes up a lot of time out of our lives to do this. I appreciate everything they give to me. It’s been a dream season. I have to thank Charlie High, he is one hell of an engine builder and I’m proud to be driving one of his motors”

Edwards also did something this year that not too many Division-I drivers competing in NASCAR’s weekly series can do, finishing tenth in national points running a single track all year long. Edwards had exactly 18 starts this season, which is the max NASCAR will take towards your national and state standings. Earning a total of nine wins, and eighteen top fives and top tens Greg Edwards was able to finish tenth in the nation and fourth in the state of Virginia.

“We are really happy with where we finished,” Edwards commented. “You get eighteen starts and we got exactly eighteen. Got a top ten in the nation and fourth in the state while all these other guys are running thirty to forty races a year. I am really happy about that.”

The title brought Greg even with his brother Danny at six championships and both just one shy of the record Phil Warren set in the division at seven.

“We are back to even,” Greg said about his brother’s six titles. “That’s pretty impressive and an elite crew, with Danny and Phil [Warren]. I think we are the only three to be able to do that in Late Model racing so that is a good group of guys to be in with.”

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 100
  2. #26 Danny Edwards; 100
  3. #77 Connor Hall; 100
  4. #55 Mark Wertz; 100
  5. #88 Thomas Marks; 100
  6. #90 Terry Carroll; 100
  7. #9 Rodney Boyd; 100
  8. #7 Michael Hardin; 100
  9. #03 Brenden Queen; 100
  10. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 100
  11. #10 Madyson Mulligan; 100
  12. #25 Michael Sutphin; 56

Past Champion Brent Robinson Captures First Win of 2019; Earns Bounty in the Budweiser Allstar Late Models

Elizabeth City, NC – While it’s been more than a year since he’s visited victory lane, Smithfield, Virginia’s, Brent Robinson returned to the coveted spot after finishing first in the 30-lap Budweiser Allstar Late Models race on Friday at Dixieland Speedway. He started the feature on the pole position and led every lap en-route to the win on Budweiser night.  His biggest challenger early in the evening was points leader and defending champion, Billy Hubbard.  The eight-time winner in 2019 started the event in third place and quickly followed Robinson to the front.  Hubbard mounted a serious challenge on lap one and began an attempt to pass Robinson in turn three.  His car lost grip and he spun to the inside of the course resulting in the evening’s first caution flag.  He would restart at the rear of the field and spent the night working his way back to the front, ultimately resulting in a fourth-place finish.

With the win, Robinson collected the additional $200 bounty prize for beating Hubbard, who has dominated the 2019 season.  Elizabeth City’s Larry Jackson also gave Robinson a run for his money near the closing laps. The two were in a tight battle for first place; however, Jackson could never set up a pass on Robinson.

Jackson finished in second place, and Ryan Steeley earned a season-best of third place.

To clinch the 2019 series title, Hubbard needs to finish third or better in the season finale.  Jackson could win the points race if he finishes four places or better than Hubbard.

Another competitor that broke a winless drought on Friday was Elizabeth City racer, Joe Weiss.  The 41-year old racer took first place honors at the season-opening event in early May and before this past weekend was yet to back it up with another victory.  The driver of the number zero Chevrolet led the entire 20-lap race from the pole position to claim his second win of the season.  The event was mired with six yellow flags due to spins and cars contacting the course walls. Points contender and defending champion, Mark Gonzales experienced mechanical problems for the second consecutive race.  He would retire to the garage before the event concluded and was credited with a 12thplace finish.

Mark Overman, defending race winner and three-time first-place finisher in 2019, made the most noise in the 20-lap feature by moving from a fourth-place starting position to earning the runner-up spot.  Overman was able to overtake points leader and third-place finisher Troy Brickhouse near the conclusion of the event and began to chase down eventual race winner Weiss. Time and laps ran out before Overman could catch the eventual race winner.

To be crowned champion, Brickhouse needs to finish in 10thplace or better this weekend.  Mathematically Mark Gonzales still has an opportunity to win the championship, although the Elizabeth City racer would almost need a miracle by having to finish 11 places better than Brickhouse in the finale.

Another defending champion found the checkered flag on Friday in the Little Caesars Super Streets. Kevin Bray of Maple, North Carolina, started on the outside pole and quickly found the top spot on the opening lap. He would go on to lead all 20-circuits to cruise to his second win of the season.  Polesitter Dennis Barnes earned second place while Allen Shiflett claimed third in his Chevrolet.

Points leader Justin Pruitt earned fourth place after spending multiple laps unsuccessfully setting up a pass on Shiflett.  To win his first title next weekend, Pruitt needs to finish in 12thplace or better.

Dustin Cisco earned the victory in the special Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours 25-lap race that paid $500 to win.  The Suffolk, Virginia, racer only led two laps.  Friday’s big money race was extended by 10-circuits and attrition proved to be high as multiple cars experienced mechanical issues and dropped out of the race before it ended.

Trevor Battoia and points leader James Hissom, Jr. started the event on the front row.  The two would battle for the top spot initially with Hissom being successful at claiming the position.  Cisco found himself in a fight for third place with Moyock racer Chris Freemon.  Cisco and Freemon traded paint a couple of times on the track and the two eventually made hard contact on the backstretch on lap four, sending Freemon into the wall and ultimately out of the race.  Throughout the remaining laps, intensity ramped up for the top position with Hissom increasingly having a harder time holding off a quick charging Cisco.  On lap 23, two away from the finish, Hissom broke a transaxle in the front end of his car while leading the race, sending the baby shark painted Acura for a spin in turn one.  His night and hopes for winning the big race were doused.  Hissom was credited with an eighth-place finish.

On the two-lap restart, Cisco was able to hold off the field to claim his second win of the season. Trevor Battoia finished in second place while Justin Bohn earned third.  With the second-place finish, Battoia moved from third in points to regain second place over Kolton Stevens.

To win the championship, Hissom needs to finish in 10thplace or better next weekend.

Rickie Waters won for the second straight race in the R&D Super Fours on Friday.  The Virginia Beach native held off past winner Kyle Barnes, who finished in second and points leader Dale Ore, Jr. claimed third place.

Ore needs to finish in fifth place or better next weekend to win the points race for 2019.

Racing resumes for the final time in 2019 on Friday, September 6thand includes a special 40-lap Rapid Ron’s Racing Sportsman event that will pay the winner $1,000.  Additionally, Budweiser Allstar Late Models, Little Caesars Super Streets, Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC Stock Fours and R&D Super Fours will compete and earn double points.  Friday’s races will mark the last race of the season and five champions will be crowned. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and the action kicks off at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets will be available for purchase in person.  For more information, dial 252-771-5151 or visit online at dixielandspeedway.net.

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About Dixieland Speedway:

 

Dixieland Speedway is northeastern North Carolina’s premier action track.  The 3/8-mile dirt oval has hosted exciting Friday night racing since 1983.  Long straightaways and tight turns lead to intense on-track action.  The clay track is 55 feet wide and turns one and two are banked at 12 degrees, while turns three and four are eight-degrees.  Race fans from all over the region have come to witness spectacular side by side racing through the years.  The family-friendly facility offers something for everyone as on-track action keeps fans on the edge of their seats all night long.  Refreshment and souvenir stands are on site.  Tickets for all events are available for purchase in person.  Don’t miss your chance to see why they call Dixieland, the track that started it all. To learn more, visit dixielandspeedway.net or follow Dixieland Speedway on Facebook (Dixieland Speedway), Twitter (@DixielandSpdwy) and Instagram (@dixielandspeedway).  Information by phone, dial 252-771-5151.  Dixieland Speedway is located at 1520 Northside Road in Elizabeth City.

Greg Edwards Continues the Winning Streak at Langley Speedway as the Season Winds Down

Hampton, VA– When you’re hot you’re hot and that is showing in the Taylor Waste Services Late Model division at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Since the annual Hampton Heat 200 no one has been on point more than current series points leader Greg Edwards, who once again flexed his muscle Saturday night dominating the 100-lap feature.

Even after transmissions issues plagued the Hampton based race team during practice, he and the crew were able to head to the race shop and make the swap prior to qualifying and went out and snaged the pole with 15.829 (89.835 mph) second lap. Connor Hall, who had just come off another impressive $10,000 win at Carteret County Speedway the previous week, Woody Howard, Brenden Queen, and Michael Hardin made up the fastest five drivers.

Once it was time to go racing Connor Hall was not playing games while Edwards may have been in tire save mode early. From the outside lane going into turn one Hall sailed his No. 77 Townebank machine into turn one and took the lead from the veteran driver of Edwards and looked early to be a major contender for the win. Even after an early caution due to contact between Rodney Boyd and Craig Eastep bunched the field back up, Hall did what needed to be done to clear the field on the ensuing restart and looked to check out.

Edwards, however, had a plan of his own and once he got back around of Queen who had elected to take the cone on the one and only restart. Once clear he went into cruise control mode attempting to save the right rear tire. It wasn’t until just before the halfway break the Edwards made his move taking a peak under Hall as the pair worked through and out of turn number two. Edwards would eventually take the position and really open up a good bit of distance between himself and second place. Lapped traffic also had a large effect on Greg’s new lead as it took way longer than normal for Connor to work his way around the slower cars of Terry Carroll and Thomas Marks. With no more cautions it was essentially the final nail in the coffin for Hall and secured the win for Edwards.

Defending track champion Danny Edwards, who had issues during qualifying which set him pretty far back in the field for the feature, rebounded to a solid third place finish. Woody Howard and Brenden Queen rounded out the top five finishers. An honorable mention goes out to Rookie of the Year contender Zach Lightfoot who started and maintained a top ten position all night – he would finish just outside the top five in the sixth position.

“My hats off to Connor [Hall],” Edwards said right after getting out of his car in victory lane. “His car is so fast on the outside I don’t know how he does it. His car just grips up and turns when he wants it. He had a lot of speed early and we were so tight so I made the decision that I needed to ride and take my time. If we could just not spin the rear tires I was hoping eventually he would wear down a little bit, I think that’s what happened.”

 

Taylor Waste Services Late Model OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #21 Greg Edwards; 100
  2. #77 Connor Hall; 100
  3. #26 Danny Edwards; 100
  4. #41 Woody Howard; 100
  5. #03 Brenden Queen; 99
  6. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 99
  7. #91 Justin Carroll; 99
  8. #7 Michael Hardin; 99
  9. #90 Terry Carroll; 99
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 99
  11. #00 Chase Burrow; 98
  12. #4 Duane Shreeves; 98
  13. #9 Rodney Boyd; 98
  14. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 98
  15. #89 Craig Eastep; 5