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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)

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

Racing Returns to the Historic Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway for the 70th Year of Racing

Hampton, VA – For the first time in 2020 the sounds of race engines and the smell of spent race fuel returns to the historic and fan-favorite Langley Speedway as Virginia starts to ease into what looks to be a “new normal.”

As the Governor of Virginia transitioned the state into Phase Three of re-opening Vaughn Crittenden and senior officials at the .395-mile speedway was finally to unlock and open the gates. Much later in the year than anticipated and with far fewer fans in the stands than previous opening nights but the silver lining… the speedway is open.

With only 1,000 tickets up for sale, based on the Governor’s orders, tickets went at a rapid pace and will cause local race fans to find other means to follow tonight’s action. We will have all of tonight’s action covered via our Twitter page (@TheWeeklyRacer). For those who would like to watch tonight’s action can subscribe to NBC Track Pass.

Tonight’s qualifying and race order can be found below.

 

2:00PM GRANDSTAND GATES OPEN

2:00PM PRACTICE
1. LATE MODELS (3 ROUNDS)
2. VIRGINIA SPRINT CAR SERIES (2 ROUNDS)
3. SUPER TRUCKS (2 ROUNDS)
4. UCARS (2 ROUNDS)
5. LEGENDS (2 ROUNDS)
6. BANDOLEROS (2 ROUNDS)

4:15PM DRIVER’S MEETING

4:30PM QUALIFYING
1. BANDOLEROS (EURO 3 CARS-5 LAPS)
2. LEGENDS (GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)
3. UCARS (GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)
4. SUPER TRUCKS (GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)
5. LATE MODELS (SCUFF-GREEN-WHITE-CHECKERED)

6:45PM PRE RACE CEREMONIES
INVOCATION REV TOM POTTER
NATIONAL ANTHEM KAYA O’BRIEN-JAMES

7:00PM FEATURE RACES
1. CYCLE CITY CORP BANDOLEROS (15 LAPS)
2. TAYLOR WASTE SERVICES LATE MODELS (50 LAPS)
3. VIRGINIA SPRINT CAR SERIES HEAT 1 (10 LAPS)
4. VIRGINIA SPRINT CAR SERIES HEAT 2 (10 LAPS)
5. CYCLE CITY CORP LEGENDS (25 LAPS)
6. HARRIS TRUCK SHOP SUPER TRUCKS (25 LAPS)
7. FARLEY FINANCIAL UCARS (25 LAPS)
8. VIRGINIA SPRINT CAR SERIES (25 LAPS)
9. TAYLOR WASTE SERVICES LATE MODELS (50 LAPS)

Advance Auto Parts to Sponsor NASCAR Weekly Series in Multiyear Agreement

As NASCAR Weekly Series sanctioned events begin to return at select tracks across North America, NASCAR, and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider, today announced a multiyear official partnership, designating Advance Auto Parts as the series entitlement sponsor. As part of the agreement, Advance also becomes the “Official Auto Parts Retailer of NASCAR.”

“It’s great to have Advance join us in welcoming the return of NASCAR-sanctioned grassroots racing,” said Ben Kennedy, vice president, racing development, NASCAR. “Advance’s commitment to our Weekly Series will develop some of the brightest NASCAR talent across North America. Advance has a long history in racing, and we’re thrilled to see its expanded presence from the grassroots all the way through our national series.”

The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series is one of the oldest series in NASCAR, where champions are crowned at NASCAR-sanctioned Home Tracks. The NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series was paused in mid-March due to COVID-19 and recently returned with sanctioned events at select tracks beginning June 6.

The series is run at nearly 60 NASCAR-sanctioned Home Tracks throughout the United States and Canada. NASCAR Home Tracks are a group of local short tracks sanctioned by NASCAR.

“Drivers and race fans in North America have not been able to attend their local tracks due to COVID-19. We are excited to be partnering with NASCAR and the NASCAR Weekly Series to support tracks, drivers, and fans as they resume live racing this year,” said Jason McDonell, Advance’s chief marketing officer. “We are committed to helping our customers advance in our stores, online and with this multiyear partnership with NASCAR. We are passionate about advancing local communities where we serve, and through this sponsorship, we’ll be able to help grow racing at the grassroots level while supporting the next generation of champions.”

Race fans can catch select NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series races live and on-demand via TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold, the new streaming service from NASCAR and NBC Sports. NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series races are part of the NASCAR Roots package for $2.99/month or $19.99/annually. The full TrackPass package, which includes NASCAR Roots, IMSA, and American Flat Track events is available for $4.99/month or $44.99/year. TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold will be available on desktop web browsers and via the NBC Sports app on iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple TV (Gen 4), Roku, Amazon Fire TV, AndroidTV, Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex and Chromecast devices connected via HDMI.

Racing Returns to Dominion Raceway Without Fans For The Time Being

Due to the Governor’s order on May 28, 2020 to enter phase two of re-opening the state Dominion Raceway located in Thornburg, VA has released information on their opening night and plans for at least the next two weeks. Please take a moment to read the below information from the facility as it has dates, times, and regulations to follow as you return to the speedway. As race fans are not permitted in the stands as of yet we will have race day coverage for you all on our various social platforms.

Friday, June 5th Open Practice from 3-8PM.

RACE DAY SATURDAY JUNE 6TH (No Fans at this time)
The line up for Saturday, June 6th is:
RACE STARTS AT 5PM GATE AT 10AM.

Modifieds 35
Truckin Thunder VA RacerS 35/35
Mini Stocks 25
MN Upholstery Services ,LLC Ucar 25
Absolutely Amish Structures AnyCar 20

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To all competitors the following special procedures will apply for our future races until such time as we can return to normal operations:

– No spectators will be permitted. We are so sorry but it’s the Governor’s orders.
– Teams may bring in the Driver and up to 8 crew members per team. This will be closely monitored.
– Face Masks are encouraged but not mandatory unless inside a building or where you have a medical condition preventing mask use.
– If you need a face mask please ask we have some available
– Social distancing of 6′ minimum is required and 8′ between race teams as parked in the infield.
– DO NOT ATTEND THIS EVENT IF YOU HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19 OR HAVE A TEMPERATURE.
– DR has temperature monitoring devices and reserves the right to check all attendees for elevated temperatures.
– All participants will have to sign the standard race waiver and a COVID-19 release as required by our insurance company at check-in

– Costs to race are as follows:

Race entry costs (“Temporary- COVID-19”) All teams in addition to DR’s standard pit entry fees are required to pay a race entry cost as follows:

-Late Model team $100
-Modified team $75
-Virginia Racer team $75
-Dominion Stock team $50
-UCAR team $25
-INEX Legend team $35
-VMCRA Mini cup team $25
-Mini Stock team $25
-INEX Bandolero team $15
-ANY CAR team $15

Pit entry with NASCAR License per person (Standard) $28 per person
Pit Entry without NASCAR License per person (Standard) $35 per person.

You may purchase a NASCAR license on-site.

NASCAR Sanctioning. NASCAR has not determined if it will sanction racing of its short tracks at this time. This event will run as a NASCAR event should NASCAR sanction it and will still run if not as a “non NASCAR” event. We are simply honoring our standard discount as a NASCAR member and your pit entry will have no benefit or effect if the race is not NASCAR sanctioned. Track points will be rewarded in either case and this race will count as a track points race. This race may not count as a Virginia Racer series race with Langley Speedway until such time as Langley’s schedule is posted and they are open.

All of the other standard racing procedures will apply as before. It is our hope to run a standard event just as we would have pre-COVID-19.

Live Streaming- still working on this. We have ordered the necessary equipment and we have determined if we are to do this we will need to do it in house to make it affordable. We have no experience and so we will make an announcement pre-race, provided the equipment comes in, we hope you will give us a pass on the production quality. We don’t want to produce a bad offering but once the equipment comes in if it comes in this week we will have virtually no time to practice and perfect it. There will be no charge for this race although we may ask to have a small future charge if we can offer something that we believe meets a reasonable production experience for our fans. This will be a temporary measure only for the benefit of those staying home and is not something we will continue once fans are permitted. We are not looking to get into the Pay Per View business we are in the fans in the stands business!!!

We will have extra security to monitor the gate. To meet the Governors order you may not enter the facility unless you are with a team as a driver or crew. We don’t make the rules and we want all of our competitors to be safe and practice good COVID-19 procedures at all times. You will be asked to leave if you do not take these initiatives seriously, our ability to continue racing is directly related to our ability to have your buy-in and support even if you don’t agree fully with the measures we are being asked to take.

Sunday is our rain date and we will run on Sunday, June 7th if we cannot run this event in total on June 6th. We will monitor the weather closely and keep you posted. The race will be considered a completed event once 50% of the laps for this event is run. If your division doesn’t run due to weather and you have paid an entry fee and bought pit passes your race will be rescheduled at the next opportunity and your entry will be valid at that time. We will not conduct a weather make up race once the race has commenced in all cases.

Here is the link to the Governors order for your review these are the conditions and permission we are racing under in the State of Virginia at this time.

http://ovaltrack.dominionraceway.com/…/Virginia-Forward-Pha…

Lastly, we all need some fun!!!! It will be different and we all know that missing our fans will be the hardest part for all of us. Let’s do everyone proud, having a great competitive race, and getting the season started is critically important if we hope to return to the sport we all love and have a 2020 season.

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Friday, June 12 Open Practice from 3-8PM.

RACE DAY SATURDAY JUNE13TH (No Fans at this time)
The line up for Saturday, June 13th is:
RACE STARTS AT 7PM GATE AT 10AM

DR Late Models 60/60
Dominion Stocks 40
INEX Legends 25
INEX Bandoleros 15
Mini Cup VMCRA 25

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