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Shawn Balluzzo Returns to Dale Lemonds Victory Lane After Emotional Off-Season

Hampton, VA – By now it is no secret that Shawn Balluzzo, defending and record holding ten-time Modified champion, and family has had a roller coaster offseason dealing with off tracks things. Towards the end of the 2018 race season, it was announced that his youngest daughter Bryce was diagnosed with leukemia – a cancer of the blood. However, if you don’t know a Balluzzo or their family, then you don’t know how much of fighters they are. Bryce with the help of family, friends, and Fanschoice stayed strong even in the hardest times and is pushing through. Much like her father did at the end of last season to secure his tenth division title and come back just as strong in 2019.

After being fastest all day in practice, Shawn Balluzzo was the man to beat in qualifying as well, putting down a lap time of 15.961. Filling out the top five would be Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, Jamie Sample, and Kyle Wood. Fourteen Modifieds would enter the contest this past Saturday for twin 40-lap races tonight.

As the first 40 lap feature got underway, Balluzzo jumped out to an early lead and pulled away from Matt Carter. After several laps of hard racing for the third position, Jamie Sample spun out to bring out the first caution of the race. The restart would come and Balluzzo would pull away from the field once again. Sample would make his way back to the top five until he made contact with Louie Pasderetz, who made his move up from the Grand Stock division and will be competing for Rookie of the Year and spun him around to bring out the caution.

At the halfway point Balluzzo still showed the way over Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, Bobby Gery, and Kyle Wood. Battles throughout the field would start to begin as Danny Harrell, TJ Largena and Rick Gdovick fought for the eighth position. With only three laps to go, Gery did all he could to get past Carter the for third position but couldn’t manage. The checkered flag waved for the driver of the No. 48 machine Shawn Balluzzo followed by Bubba Johnston, Matt Carter, Bobby Gery, and Jamie Sample rounding out your top five.

The second twin 40 of the night, as usual on twin nights, was an exciting one. Due to NASCAR rules, the field had to invert up to the top eight from the first race putting TJ Largena on the pole. Danny Harrell would line up second, Kyle Wood third, Jamie Sample fourth and Bobby Gery starting fifth. After just one lap, the majority of the field didn’t make it out of turn one. Bubba Johnston’s and Matt Carter’s cars were unable to continue the race. On the following restart, Kyle Wood would take over the lead for a good fifteen laps as things began to heat up throughout the field.

The second caution of the race would come after Balluzzo and Gery were battling for position and made contact with each other sending both to the rear of the field. Jamie Sample would take the lead away from Kyle Wood on the restart and start to pull away. Balluzzo would make his charge back through the field and into the top five just a few laps later. With only nine laps left in the race, Bobby Gery hit the backstretch wall hard ultimately bringing out the red flag.

Once back green and with only five laps to go, Balluzzo would battle Sample for the lead and ultimately take it from him. From there Balluzzo would hold on to the win and double down on the night and open 2019 with two wins. Jamie Sample, Matt Morgan, Rick Gdovick and Louie Pasderetz rounded out your top five.

Larry King Law Modified Race Results #1:

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #51 Bubba Johnston; 40
  3. #78 Matt Carter; 40
  4. #60 Bobby Gery; 40
  5. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  6. #19 Kyle Wood; 40
  7. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  8. #4 TJ Largena; 40
  9. #47 Rick Gdovic; 40
  10. #26 Louie Pasderetz; 40
  11. #7 Grant Blasingame; 40
  12. #16 Eric McPherson; 40
  13. #98 Matt Morgan; 26
  14. #3 Brad Adams; 14

Larry King Law Modified Race Results #2:

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  3. #98 Matt Morgan; 40
  4. #47 Rick Gdovic; 40
  5. #26 Louie Pasderetz; 40
  6. #19 Kyle Wood; 40
  7. #4 TJ Largena; 40
  8. #7 Grant Blasingame; 40
  9. #16 Eric McPherson; 39
  10. #60 Bobby Gery; 31
  11. #95 Danny Harrell; 16
  12. #78 Matt Carter; 1
  13. #51 Bubba Johnston; 1

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

Shawn Balluzzo Doubles Down in Modified Season Opener at Langley Speedway

No. 48 Shawn Balluzzo flys into turn three during qualifying on Pepsi Night where he would win the pole and both races. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – Nine-time and defending Modified series champion Shawn Balluzzo made a statement earlier in the afternoon when he laid down the only sub sixteen second lap – 15.851 or 89.710 MPH – and backed that statement up later in the evening with a dominating win in race one as well as a win from dead last in race number two. Chris Johnson – coming off of a win in a Late Model the night before – would line up to his outside while Matt Carter, Brad Adams, and Bobby Gery rounded out the fastest five cars in the fifteen car field.

Balluzzo cleared the field and jumped out to an early lead bringing Matt Carter with him. However, the field would be slowed early for the first and only caution in race number one. Andrew Fortin found himself facing the wrong way out of the groove in turn two – we were not able to see if the young driver had any help going around or not. Once the caution truck was back on pit road and the green flag was back in the air Balluzzo continued to put the whooping on the field – Carter and Gery would give it their all but would have nothing to offer the nine-time champion. Bubba Johnston and Bobby Gery would round out the top five finishers.

Per the NASCAR rulebook, when it comes to sanctioned divisions running twin races, eight cars were inverted for race number two. Chris Johnson was clearly the beneficiary of the invert when Shane Snyder waived the green flag and jumped out to a commanding lead over the field while outside pole sitter, Jon Largena, faded quickly when he was hung out to dry on the top groove. Balluzzo on the other hand elected to come down pit road and give up his eighth place starting position and started from the rear. It should be noted that Balluzzo was not eligible for the bonus points given by NASCAR for starting in the rear because it was not a full field per the support division rules.

Johnson clearly had the car to beat in the relatively calm second race as Balluzzo worked his way up through the field. Things got hairy with two laps to go when Matt Carter got into Johnson, giving it everything he had, in turns one and two and both cars went around to bring out the caution flag. Both drivers were able to pull away from the wreck, Johnson, however, pulled down pit road and nose first into his stall, Matt Carter was able to continue.

This handed the lead over to Bobby Gery who had Balluzzo right behind him. When the cone was displayed, Balluzzo elected to take it and would start on the outside of Gery. As the field sailed into turns one and two, Gery appeared to get in just a little too hot which ultimately pushed him up into Balluzzo. The contact sent Balluzzo up into the marbles but he was able to save it. Gery, however, ended up looping it and Bubba Johnston and Jamie Sample piled in making contact, this now handed the lead over to Balluzzo.

Balluzzo, of course, stayed low on the ensuing restart and had Matt Carter lined up to his outside. When the green was dropped Balluzzo powered into turn one and into sole possession of the lead out of two. He would put roughly three to four car lengths on Carter to pick up his second win of the night.

 

Sammy Gaita earned his first pole of his Grand Stock career and ultimately wound up in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane at the end of the night. After leading the handful of laps, Rodney Boyd would overtake the lead and bring Tim Wilson with him. However, on an ensuing restart later in the race, Wilson and Boyd would make heavy contact sending Wilson somewhat into the air, the contact allowed Gaita to fly on by and that was all he needed to capture his first career Pepsi Grand Stock win.

 

Larry King Law’s Modified Race 1 Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  3. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  4. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  5. #3 Brad Adams; 30
  6. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  7. #4 Jon Largena; 30
  8. #36 Chris Johnson; 30
  9. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  10. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 29
  12. #30 Derek Roberts; 28
  13. #19 Kyle Wood; 19
  14. #29 Adam Medek; 14
  15. #49 Todd Whitesell; 3

 

Larry King Law’s Modified Race 2 Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  3. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  4. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  5. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  6. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  7. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  8. #29 Adam Medek; 30
  9. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  10. #30 Derek Roberts; 30
  11. #36 Chris Johnson; 28
  12. #4 Jon Largena; 28
  13. #3 Brad Adams; 25

Pepsi Grand Stock Results;

  1. #24 Sammy Gaita; 40
  2. #9 Rodney Boyd; 40
  3. #14 Paul Lubno; 40
  4. #2 Michael Waters; 40
  5. #77 Carl Livingston; 40
  6. #51 Grant Blasingame; 39
  7. #17 Tim Wilson; 24
  8. #26 Louis Pasderetz; 19

Lorah, Abbott, Hall, & Frye Grab First Wins Of 2015

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Hampton, VA – Mother nature dealt a pretty nice hand this past weekend as our friends from NASCAR dropped by. Even with the Whelen Southern Modified Tour in town that did not take away from the fact we still had some local divisions to kick off their seasons. The Rhonnda Claiborne Champ Karts, Butterfoss & Barton Super Streets and the KeesVacation.com Pro Six were all ready to kick their season off. In addition, the Pepsi Grandstock made their return after a thrilling ending just a week ago that took the top two out coming to the white flag.

Wing Champ Karts

If you like pack racing, high-speed drafting, and hoping you have enough friends come drop of the green flag, then this division is for you! 21 karts took to the speedway to open their Pandora’s box of a season with long time veteran Harry Leach leading the way. Leach was able to grab the pole earlier in the afternoon with their “Euroish” type qualifying. The lone female in the pack of hungry wolves was able to pilot her #39 machine to the outside pole – which I believe was her highest starting position of her Wing Champ Kart career.

Aaron Leach would have been your third place starter on the evening but had to pull his machine down pit road before the green flag was even displayed. Crew-members were seen trying to pull his power plant to life but were not having any luck, he was unable to rejoin the field in time. Was certainly not a night for the Leache’s, just a few laps Harry found himself in trouble off two and had to relinquish the lead to the #49 of Brandon Lorah followed by his brother Charlie, behind them the tandem of Jackson Jr & Roberts running third and fourth with Shawn Gervais running fifth – for now.

It didn’t take long for that to change though, just about the time I looked back to turn four from the score board Gervais had spun up the track – and because it takes a while for the karts to get around the track officials try not to throw a yellow unless it’s a bad wreck. This allowed Ryan Hudgins in the #33 kart to take over the fifth position for a moment before losing that to the #39 of Mattisen Morrill. Looking back up front to the Lorah brothers running first and second with Jackson Jr behind them it came down to the final turn on the final lap when Jackson ducked low to try and make a pass, but with the two hooked up rail to rail it was not enough and Brandon Lorah would hold on to take the win.

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