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Lubno, Klein, and Wood Pick Up Support Divisions Wins on Opening Night at Langley Speedway

Brandon Wood celebrates in victory lane at Langley Speedway during Pomoco Opening Night. It was Wood’s first career victory. (Photo: Langley Speedway Press Release)

Hampton, VA – Some form of Late Model Stock Car racing may be the premier racing division at your local short track but we all know it takes more than that to put on a weekly show. Hell, sometimes the support divisions are the ones who put on a better show if we are being honest. Grand Stocks, Super Trucks, and UCAR (Bando’s & Legends also kicked off their season as well, recap coming soon) kicked off their season over the weekend. We saw some familiar faces back in victory lane as well as some new ones. The best part was each division had a great turn out of cars and we hear that a few more are still being built.

Let’s start by taking a look at the Pepsi Grand Stock division. Sammy Gaita, who missed a good portion of 2018 due to an injury, came back strong this season and grabbed his first pole award laying down a 17.705-second lap. Defending champ, Paul Lubno, would take the green from the fourth position. However, Lubno had no plans staying there for too long and it showed once the race went green.

To 40-lap feature saw three different leaders with Gaita being the first. His Frontline Vapes number 24 looked strong early but faded as the run went on. Tim Wilson took advantage of the opportunity and took over the lead, leaving the door open for Lubno to take second. Wilson did all he could to hold back the seasoned veteran but there was just not enough left in the tank (figuratively speaking) as Lubno was able to muscle his way into the top spot a handful of laps later. Once that powder blue number fourteen got the clean air and track, it was lights out.

“I got into the back of the seventeen a little too hard,” Lubno said in victory lane about the pass for the lead. “I rolled out of the throttle to let him get straightened back up then we went back to racing like we should do it.” Lubno went on to thank all of his crew and sponsors for making things happen. This past weekend is more than likely just a preview of things to come for the Pepsi Grand Stocks and Paul Lubno. Is there anyone out there who can stop his reign on the division? Tim Wilson, Sammy Gaita, Michael Waters, and dale Nicholls rounded out the top five finishers.

Jacob Carr, defending Super Truck champion, looked to be the guy to beat as the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks kicked off their season is past weekend. Carr was quickest in qualifying earlier in the afternoon posting a 19.054-second lap. Rick Poust, making his return to the division in a Chase Elliot Mt. Dew inspired paint scheme, gave Carr a decent run for his money on the initial start from the outside but, eventually fell into line to continue his chase. Ronald Klein, last years Enduro champion, made his return to the truck division for the first time since 2017, looked to be the fastest man around as the laps clicked off and with the help of a couple of timely cautions, Klein was a true contender for the race lead.

With just five laps to go, Klein was able to methodically work his way under Carr and take the lead. Carr would get one final shot at Klein as the third and final caution would wave one lap twenty-three, setting up a two-lap shoot out. As the caution truck peeled down pit road, Klein nailed the restart, got the separation he needed, and went on to take the win. Rick Poust, Jacob Carr, Paige Cain, and Keith Wheeler rounded out the top five.

Brandon Wood, who was forced to sit at least half of the 2018 season out after a major crash with a lap car destroyed his car, came back this year faster than ever. After qualifying on the pole it looked like Wood was going to cruise to a caution free victory in a dominating way. However, with about five laps to go, things got really interesting, really fast.

The first (bogus) caution of the night came a car came to a stop on the apron, maybe the grass, then magically got going again. From there, like the old saying goes, “cautions breed cautions.” On the following restart as the field sailed into turn one, Dean Ballew & defending series champion Austin Davis made contact which sent Davis around and Ballew to the rear. Wood had to survive a couple more restarts as Davis ended up in more trouble at the hands of Mike Farley who had trouble getting going. Not sure if he spun the tires, missed a shift, or just got caught sleeping either way, Davis tried to go low to get around, Farley tried to go low to get out the way and the two met in an unfortunate manner.

Luckily for Brandon Wood, the restarts were not an issue and he was able to hang onto the lead and pick up his first career UCAR win. Dean Ballew was able to rebound to a second place finish, Courtney Shiflett, Austin Davis, and Tyler Borden rounded out the top five.

Langley Speedway will be back in action this weekend Saturday, April 6th with twin Modified features, Super Street action, Pro Six, Karts, and Enduro’s. Grand Stands will open a 2:00 PM. Qualifying at 4:30, racing actions scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Two New Winners Crowned in Larry King Law Modifieds; Robbie Babb and Andrew Fortin Split 30-lap Twin Bill

Hampton, VA – Robbie Babb made his return to the Larry King Law Modifieds this weekend and snagged the pole from Shawn Balluzzo – needing just one lap to do so – with a 16.436 (86.517 MPH). Balluzzo would start the first feature on the outside pole after recovering from issues in practice. Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, and Danny Harrell were the fastest five qualifiers.

Robbie Babb got off to a pretty good start when the green flag was displayed for race number one. Matt Carter also wasted little time filling the whole and taking the second position from Balluzzo who fell into third – all three took off from the rest of the pack. The war was on behind them, however, the closest battle was between Andrew Fortin and Bobby Gery which ultimately saw Fortin go for a spin off turn two following slight contact resulting in the races first and only caution.

On the ensuing restart, Shawn Balluzzo elected to use the choose cone to start on the outside of race leader Robbie Babb. Coming off turn four the front two got a great jump over Carter and the rest of the field, Balluzzo was able to duck into second and give chase to the leader. Carter did everything in his power to get back around Balluzzo but motor issues would sideline him twenty-four laps in. Babb would go on to become just the third different winner and his first, of 2018. Balluzzo, Johnston, Gery, and Harrell rounded out the top five finishers.

An eight-car invert was once again on tap for race number two. Once again the eight-car invert seemed to do more harm than the good it was supposed to do. Jamie Sample was tasked to lead the field to the green alongside Andrew Fortin, who actually looked to get the better start when the green was displayed. It didn’t take long for things to get wild, however, as Fortin lead the field into three. DJ Valente, who started the second race from the third position, decided to take it three wide, made contact with Jamie Sample and all hell broke loose from there.

The contact created a chain reaction of crashes ultimately putting Jamie Sample, Danny Harrell, and Matt Morgan – who was eventually able to return to the feature – into the wall. Race one winner Robbie Babb appeared to have the most damage as his car came to a rest in the turn three ditch sans the front clip. Derek Roberts and TJ Largena had to make some pretty evasive moves down to the apron to avoid any contact. Balluzzo had to lock the breaks up himself to avoid the wreck, he too would also spin and make the slightest contact with Matt Morgan. He was able to drive away from the scene of the accident and return to the race.

Once back to green Andrew Fortin picked up right where he left off powering to the front of the pack. He quickly built himself a comfortable and manageable lead that the rest of the pack could not collapse. Balluzzo almost got his shot in the closing laps when Derek Roberts made things a little difficult on the faster car of Fortin but none the less he was able to come out on top. The win for Fortin was not only his first of 2018 but he became just the third different winner in the Larry King Law Modified series in just as many races.

 

In the Pepsi Grand Stock twin features Paul Lubno was able to pick up two more victories en route to his 2018 championship hunt. Robbie Parker, however, did a phenomenal job at keeping him very honest and put on the two best shows of the evening in my humble opinion. Parker started on the pole for the second time this season in race number one, lead most of the race but ultimately finished in second after a ten plus two way battle for the lead. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better for race two – it did!

The field was once again inverted sending the two fastest cars to the back of the pack. With the lower than normal car count, it did not take long for Parker to get back to the top spot and guess who was right there with him? You got it, Paul Lubno. The two would once again pick up their side-by-side battle for the lead, leaning on each other and racing hard. It came down to just a couple of feet at the end but Paul Lubno was once again the victor.

Jacob Carr doubled down in the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks twins picking up his second and third wins of 2018. A season-high twelve trucks were in attendance this past weekend and the racing was rather competitive. Dustin Mullins, who has been on a tear this season, looked to at least pick up another win in race number one but Jacob Carr was just too strong. Race two of the evening was set up to see a first-time winner in Elysia Potter, who took the green flag on the outside pole after the invert. Her night, however, was ended much sooner than anticipated after contact from the No. 27 of Keith Wheeler that sent her spinning out of four and with nowhere to go, Rick Poust made solid front end contact. Carr would take advantage of the misfortune and go on to pick up the second win of the night.

Michael Joyner was victorious once again in the Bojangles Enduro 30-lap feature to cap off the evening.

 

Larry King Law Modified’s Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #44 Robbie Babb; 30
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  3. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  4. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  5. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  6. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  7. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  8. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  10. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30
  11. #63 Derek Roberts; 29
  12. #4 TJ Largena; 29
  13. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29
  14. #78 Matt Carter; 24

 

Larry King Law Modified’s Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  2. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  3. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  4. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  5. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  6. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29
  7. #4 TJ Largena;29
  8. #63 Derek Roberts; 29
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 27
  10. #28 Jamie Sample; DNF
  11. #95 Danny Harrell; DNF
  12. #44 Robbie Babb; DNF
  13. #47 Rick Gdovic; DNF

Glenn Worrell Drives to Victory in the Virginia Sprint Car Series at Langley Speedway

Photo: King Charles Photography

Hampton, VA – With most of the Late Model Stock Cars from the area heading to South Boston for the opening race of the Virginia Triple Crown, Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway welcomed back the Virginia Sprint Car Series. An asphalt version of a winged 305 Sprint Car.

Eleven cars made the trip over to the 0.395-mile oval for two eight-lap heat races and a thirty-lap feature. Glenn Worrell took the lead in the first heat race from Bill Rice in the closing laps and went on to win the first heat race. Tony Harris went unchallenged in heat race number two leading wire-to-wire.

Bill Rice ended up on pole by virtue of the Virginia Sprint Car Series rulebook. Glen Worrell would line up second to Price on the start. Joshua Perreault, Tony Harris, Chris Ware and Mike Leraas completed the top six on the grid.

When the green flag was displayed it was Glenn Worrell who jumped out to an early and a pretty commanding lead to say the least. Tony Harris and Mile Leraas would stay within a few car lengths of each other while trying to chase down the leader. Harris got the break he needed just at the halfway point of the race when the caution flag was displayed.

When the field went back racing Worrell got a great restart once again leaving Tony Harris and Mike Leraas to battle for second. As the laps wound down and lap traffic started to play into the mix Harris and Leraas were able to collapse the lead that Worrell built. However, Worrell was able to pick his way through the slower traffic and pick up the victory.

“Wow, God is good, God is great,” Worrell said in Dale Lemonds victory lane. “He knew how bad I needed this one. I was getting tired; my left rear tire was wearing out but that man up there made it done. My mom and dad are here tonight, my wife, this is awesome, couldn’t be any better, this by far is the biggest win of my career”

 

Paul Lubno earned – and when I say earned the win he had to drive back to the lead after a spin and flat tire – his 109th career win at Langley Speedway in the 40-lap Grand Stock feature. Lubno, who was running second at the time battling Tim Wilson for the lead, spun out on the backstretch bringing out the caution. He would have to come down pit road to get a new tire and restart the race from the rear. However, he would drive his way back to the front for the win.

 

Virginia Sprint Car Series OFFICIAL Results

  1. #12 Glenn Worrell; 30
  2. #6 Tony Harris; 30
  3. #77 Mike Leraas; 30
  4. #5k Michael Keeton; 30
  5. #88 Bill Rice; 30
  6. #401 Joshua Perreault; 30
  7. #44 Daren Bolac; 30
  8. #43 Chris Ware; 30
  9. #198 Jack Rice; 28
  10. #54 Matt Mullins; 18
  11. #90 Charlie Ware; 8

Paul Lubno Wins 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock Feature; Dustin Mullins Remain Undefeated in Trucks

Hampton, VA – Tim Wilson snagged the pole earlier in the afternoon with a 17.684-second lap over Sammy Gaita. Paul Lubno, Rodney Boyd, and Louis Pasderetz round out the top five starting positions.

Tim Wilson would lead for a handful of laps as Paul Lubno worked past Gaita on lap two to take the second spot while Boyd fell back to the fifth position. A heated three-way battle for the lead between Wilson, Lubno, and Gaita would go on for a good five to six laps. Lubno eventually moved past Wilson to take the lead on lap fourteen. Gaita also got past Wilson for the second position. A caution would fly on lap sixteen after Boyd got into Pasderetz coming out of turn four, and spinning him around. Another caution coming out of turn two on the restart, this time it’s Pasderetz getting into Grant Blasingame.

Another caution would come out off turn two on the restart, this time it was Pasderetz getting into Grant Blasingame. A third caution would come out on lap seventeen for Pasderetz and Blasingame making more contact. The fourth caution period was on lap twenty after Sammy Gaita and Michael Waters got into each other in turn three resulting in Waters coming to a stop. At the halfway point of the race, it was Lubno, Boyd, Wilson, Pasderetz, and Blasingame left on the track. With just ten laps to go Lubno was working about a half a straightaway lead over Boyd. Wilson would eventually get under Boyd to take the second spot. Paul Lubno would come away with the win over Wilson, Boyd, Pasderetz, and Blasingame rounding out the top five.

 

Dustin Mullins won his third Harris Truck Shop Super Truck race of the season beating Keith Wheeler, Elysia Potter, Wayne Lyon, and Richard Quinn. Outside pole sitter Jacob Carr would only complete three laps before he fell well off the pace and pulled down pit road. Allie Plum, who took the checkered flag under power, was disqualified in post-race tech for an improper wheel.

 

OFFICIAL Pepsi Grand Stock Results;

  1. #14 Paul Lubno; 40
  2. #17 Tim Wilson; 40
  3. #9 Rodney Boyd; 40
  4. #26 Louis Pasderetz; 40
  5. #51 Grant Blasingame; 40
  6. #24 Sammy Gaita; 20
  7. #2 Michael Waters; 19

 

OFFICIAL Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks Results;

  1. #19 Dustin Mullins; 25
  2. #27 Keith Wheeler; 25
  3. #24 Elysia Potter; 25
  4. #66 Wayne Lyon; 21
  5. #31 Richard Quinn; 15
  6. #88 Jacob Carr; 3
  7. #11 Allie Plum; DQ

Tommy Sweeney Grabs Another Win in the Grand Stocks; Travis Wall Gets His First Win in 2017 for Pro Six

Hampton, VA – Tommy Sweeney ran a fast time of 18.501 in the group qualifying session for the Pepsi Grand Stocks at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Starting on his outside was Rodney Boyd off the pace by just over a tenth of a second. Altogether seven cars took time for their 40 lap feature.

Off the start Boyd had troubles quickly falling back through the field leaving second place open for Paul Lubno. Five laps in Lubno was close enough to give Sweeney bump on his rear bumper grabbing first place early on. A couple laps later and Mark Frye put some pressure on Boyd to take over third place and Rodney pitted a couple laps later to have his crew tend to his hurting car.

On lap-16 Boyd came back out on the track right behind Sweeney who he had problems with on the last weekend they raced. He got pretty close to tagging him a couple times before parking it for the rest of the race. While all that was going on Tim Wilson managed to take third place from Frye at the halfway mark.

With eleven laps to go Sweeney made his move past Lubno for the lead while Wilson and Frye also dive in to each other. Frye would slam bodies a little with Lubno pushing him into the fourth spot. With five laps to go Sweeney had a one-second lead over second place and was able to cruise easily in the closing laps to his second win in three races. With three wins on the year now and the points lead things are looking good for the #11 team.

Pro Six Feature

Travis Wall sat on top of group qualifying with a 17.747 just barely edging out Adam Florian who ran a 17.766. Wall led green to checkered for his first win in the Riverside Paper Pro Six division on the season. Bobby Hall made it up to third past JB Sipe before having some troubles with his car and having to park it with 6 laps remaining. With those troubles and only four races remaining Florian will have a big points lead over second place.

 

Grand Stock Results

  1. Tommy Sweeney
  2. Mark Frye
  3. Tim Wilson
  4. Paul Lubno
  5. Kevin Morgan
  6. Jonathan White -1
  7. Rodney Boyd -21

Pro Six Results

  1. Travis Wall
  2. Adam Florian
  3. JB Sipe
  4. Jordan Wood
  5. Tyler McLaughlin -1
  6. Debbie Biesecker -1
  7. Bobby Hall -6