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Jeff Oakley Wins Dominion Raceway Season Opener in Wild Overtime Finish

Jeff Oakley works down the backstretch at Dominion Raceway during final practice. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Thornburg, VA – Jeff Oakley is no stranger to victory lane at Dominion Raceway and he proved that once more tonight. Oakley muscled his way around defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion Philip Morris on lap twenty-seven, held off several charges, and several late race cautions to capture the win.

Bruce Anderson was the fastest man in town earlier in the afternoon as the sun was setting over Dominion Raceway with a 15.302-second lap. Jeff Oakley, Michael Hardin, Howie DiSavino, and Philip Morris were the fastest five cars at the completion of qualifying. Anderson would be forced to give up his front row starting position due to Dominion’s invert rule. That starting position was given to none other than Philip Morris.

Morris was able to jump out to the early lead when twenty-three cars roared to life down the front stretch and into turn one. Hometown veteran Michael Hardin looked to have other plans for how he wanted the race to play out and took the lead from Morris eleven laps into the feature. Hardin’s lead was short-lived, as Morris was able to get battle back and regain the lead. The short battle was just enough to allow Oakley to close the gap and be part of the conversation for the race lead.

Oakley was able to take the lead following a restart after a rather lengthy red flag for clean up due to a crash in turn two. Morris decided to take the cone from the lead and restart from the top groove. This allowed Oakley to restart on the bottom, which honestly may have won him the race. The two sailed off into turn one racing a very physical race but it was Oakley who came out of turn two on top.

Oakley then had to turn his attention to restarts, as he had to deal with an unprecedented seven restarts in one of the wildest races we have been to in a while. One of those restarts just happened to be a green, white, checkered in Dominion’s version of overtime that ultimately took out champion contender Tyler Hughes out of the race when he had issues getting started. In victory lane, Oakley ranked this win up there on his list of wins after beating Philip Morris heads up.

Morris was able to hold off an impressive late race charge from former Rev Racing K&N driver Sergio Pena, who actually started to come on really strong as the laps wound down. Davey Callihan running a Bobby Creech prepared car was able to hang onto a fourth-place finish while Doug Barnes bounced back to a fifth place finish after being sent to the rear of the field due to his involvement in the incident that took Bruce Anderson out of contention for a win.

Cole Bruce picked up the official first victory of the 2019 Dominion Season in the scheduled 30-lap feature. Bruce, who was actually involved in the night’s first caution, was able to drive back through the field for the win, with the help of a handful of cautions. Bradley Kilby was the one who actually took the early lead following the first restart of the honestly looked poised for the win, however, with the help of a few cautions Bruce was able to drive back through the field and collect the win. Aaron Donnelly, who was supposed to pull double duty in the Dominion Racer and Late Model, finished second while Mike Ganoe Jr., Andrew Lang, and Reid Murphy completed the top five.

With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series making their trip back to the commonwealth, next weekend Dominion Raceway will take the weekend off and return to action Saturday, April 20th. For a complete list of who is running make sure you head over to the speedway’s website.

 

Late Model UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #11 Jeff Oakley; 107
  2. #01 Philip Morris; 107
  3. #01 Sergio Pena; 107
  4. #13 Davey Callihan; 107
  5. #88 Doug Barnes; 107
  6. #22 Grayson Cullather; 107
  7. #72 Blake Morris; 107
  8. #4 Randy Roberts; 107
  9. #17 Eric George; 107
  10. #82 Mike Ganoe; 107
  11. #8 Tyler Hughes; 106
  12. #18 Chandler Storm; 105
  13. #1 Michael Munley; 105
  14. #19 Colby Stottlemyer; 97
  15. #4 Timmy Phipps; 93
  16. #9 Alex Brock; 78
  17. #55 Howie DiSavino; 76
  18. #09 Bruce Anderson; 62
  19. #7 Michael Hardin; 48
  20. #00 Chase Burrow; 16
  21. #04 Mike Michalski; 16
  22. #6 Cole Knopp; 16
  23. #75 Logan Jones; 2

 

Dominion Racers UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #31 Cole Bruce; 36
  2. #31 Aaron Donnelly; 36
  3. #12 Mike Ganoe Jr.; 36
  4. #29 Andrew Lang; 26
  5. #21 Reid Murphy; 36
  6. #9 James Johnson; 36
  7. #5 Bradley Kilby; 36
  8. #70 Barry Moore; 36
  9. #91 Robb Almy; 36
  10. #51 Raymond Terczak; 35
  11. #28 Davey Callihan; 9
  12. #07 Richard Storm; 4
  13. #8 Billy Ingle; 1

 

Featured Photo: Andy Newsome/Loose In, Tight Off

Lee Pulliam and Philip Morris Split Twin Bill in 2019 South Boston Season Opener

Lee Pulliam power through turn four during practice for the Danville Toyota Twin 100. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer)

South Boston, VA– It was time to knock the dust off the racing boots and clean those helmet visors because it was time to get back to good ole American asphalt short track racing this weekend at one of NASCAR’s most historic short tracks – South Boston Speedway.

As been tradition, South Boston Speedway kicked off the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season with a pair of one hundred lap twins. Seventeen cars from all over Virginia and North Carolina made the trip all hunting for the first wins of the season. It was no surprise to see names like Philip Morris, Lee Pulliam, and Peyton Sellers on the entry list. It was also no surprise to see those names at the top of the leader board. Peyton Sellers being the fastest in first practice while Pulliam paced second.

It was Peyton Sellers who earned not only the honors of leading the field to the green flag for the first race but also broke the track record with his 14.676 (98.119 MPH) lap. Lee Pulliam, Philip Morris, Mike Looney, and Mike Jones were the fastest five cars during euro style qualifying. Race number two would be set per the NASCAR rule book for when twin races are run – no less than an eight-car invert.

As usual race number one was tame. Drivers settled in line early and gave more room than usual. Peyton Sellers got to the gas quick, assumed the lead early, and set the cruise control. The defending track champion looked poised to take the first win of the year and set a precedent that he was here to defend his title. As the laps counted down the field got strung out which prompted NASCAR to throw the yellow flag, bunch up the field, and allow the drivers to take the cone. As the control car, Sellers took the outside which proved to be a sound strategy throughout the race; Pulliam and Morris elected to stay low.

When officials threw the green flag it didn’t take long for things to heat up. Sellers had to go on the defense as Pulliam wanted to take the lead and Philip Morris was there to capitalize should things go south. He looked like he was going to be able to use the high line to do just that but would eventually succumb to Pulliam’s perseverance losing the lead on lap 45.

The second caution of the race came just shortly after when Jason Barnes looped it out of turn two. Unfortunately, Justin Carroll locked up his brakes to try and avoid and ended up sliding right into the tires and water barriers at the entrance to the back pits. NASCAR decided to stop the field on the front stretch to take care of the tires. Pulliam took control once the race went back green and that was all she wrote. Morris made more than an honest attempt to take second from Sellers but was not able to and would have to settle with a third-place finish. Mike Looney and Austin Thaxton would round out the top five.

Pulliam was very happy climbing out of the car in victory lane for the first time in years.

“Well, this is the first new car I have had in nine years, I have been driving an old car,” Pulliam said in victory lane. “Got to thank Mr. Kiker for giving us the opportunity to build this thing, I have been dying to get in a new one for a while. Man, it feels good to have what these guys have and be back in victory lane. This is a special day for me.”

Pulliam was also asked about the quality of drivers and what was more difficult getting around or staying in front of [Philip] Morris and [Peyton] Sellers.

“It was tougher to pass them than stay ahead of them,” Pulliam explained. “We had a really good car right there. Philip [Morris] is always tough, he’s trying to protect the bottom and ride the brake, I had to move him because I knew he was going to be pretty impossible to pass riding that brake pedal. Peyton and I had a good battle there side by side and we were giving all we had. I knew if we could get out front it would be over, had to get that clean air. Feels good for sure. I hadn’t gotten a win at South Boston since 2016, it was my first on this new pavement. Gotta think my fans, my family, my crew I can’t do it without all of these guys.”

Nine cars were inverted for the start of race two handing the front row over to Mike Jones and Mark Wertz. Both drivers ran into issue quick, however. Jones had to come down pit road so his crew could torque all four tires. Because of NASCAR rules, Thomas Scott and the rest of the inside row moved up. Mark Wertz soon ran into issues of his own when something seemed to go south in the power plant. Luckily he was able to make it to pit road without causing any damage – Thomas Scott assumed the lead and tried to put distance between him and the rest of the field.

However, Philip Morris had other ideas for this race and took the lead from Scott by lap fifteen. The first caution of race two came once again at the hands of NASCAR when officials threw a competition yellow at lap thirty-two to bunch the field up once again. Morris did Philip Morris things on the ensuing restart and jumped back out to the lead and never looked back. A great battle for second ensued between Thomas Scott, Peyton Sellers, and Lee Pulliam sometimes even going three wide. That is when things went south for Pulliam who got into the outside wall hard causing enough damage to end his afternoon early.

Morris took care of business once again when the green flag waved for the last time clearing Scott going into one. Took Peyton Sellers two laps to clear Scott himself which was just enough time for Morris to create a gap that was virtually impossible to collapse. That being said the best show of the afternoon in our opinion was the eventual battle for third place between Austin Thaxton and Thomas Scott. Thaxton was able to use the top groove like most others to hold off Scott for three-quarters of the race. However, a slip out of two with a handful of laps left forced him to surrender the position to Scott.

Philip Morris was asked about his dominance last year and what that means looking forward to another NASCAR National Championship this year.

“Last year we didn’t get a win till after April so I feel great about today and this brand new car,” Morris said in victory lane. “The car responded to all the changes after the first break. I don’t even know my car would have been able to keep up with those guys in the first race, they were really fast, hats off to Peyton [Sellers] and those guys for digging hard. “

Knowing he is going to make another run at a National title Morris was asked where he is going to race this year. Pretty simple answer, anywhere the cars are.

“We are going to go where we can,” Morris explained. “South Boston has a few dates, we will be at Langley, Dominion, Motor Mile; anywhere we can get the car count. Thank god we had some cars here today, South Boston has always been good with that.”

South Boston Speedway will be back in action in just two weeks for the NASCAR Whelen Modified 150-lap feature. Tickets can be purchased at the track or online at http://www.southbostonspeedway.com

(Featured photo: Philip Morris celebrates first of many victories to come in 2019. Andy Newsome/Loose in Tight Off)

 

Race 1 Results;

  1. #5 Lee Pulliam; 100
  2. #26 Peyton Sellers; 100
  3. #01 Philip Morris; 100
  4. #87 Mike Looney; 100
  5. #12 Austin Thaxton; 100
  6. #11 Jeff Oakley; 100
  7. #8 Thomas Scott; 100
  8. #55 Mark Wertz; 100
  9. #39 Mike Jones; 100
  10. #91 Justin Carroll; 99
  11. #28 Jason Barnes; 99
  12. #50 Raymond Pittman, III; 98
  13. #22 Eric Winslow; 64
  14. #09 Trey Crews; 49
  15. #90 Terry Carroll; 37
  16. #14 Dusty Ellington; 31
  17. #9 Chris Denny; 24

 

Race 2 Results;

  1. #01 Philip Morris; 100
  2. #26 Peyton Sellers; 100
  3. #8 Thomas Scott; 100
  4. #12 Austin Thaxton; 100
  5. #28 Jason Barnes; 100
  6. #9 Trey Crews; 100
  7. #11 Jeff Oakley; 100
  8. #91 Justin Carroll; 99
  9. #50 Raymond Pittman; 97
  10. #22 Eric Winslow; 57
  11. #5 Lee Pulliam; 38
  12. #55 Mark Wertz; 9
  13. #2 Chris Denny; 1
  14. #87 Mike Looney; DNS

Philip Morris Wins Historic Fifth NASCAR National Title

You’d think Philip Morris would be used to this by now.

After all, the 53-year-old from Ruckersville, Virginia, has carved out a résumé nearly unmatched in NASCAR short-track racing history. And yet, when it was made official Wednesday afternoon with a congratulatory phone call from NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell, a reflective Morris was still awed by the moment.

“It means that much,” Morris said. “It’s as if we were winning our first national championship.”

It isn’t Morris’ first. It’s his fifth NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I national championship. And that puts him in rare company, matching NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee, the late Larry Phillips, for the most national weekly series championships in NASCAR history. Morris won his titles in 2006, 2008-09 and 2011 before taking a semi-retirement hiatus. He returned in 2016 and finished sixth in the points last year.

“I just have a much bigger appreciation for what was accomplished,” said Morris after his time away from chasing the national crown. “Plus, I get to be mentioned in the same sentence as Larry Philips. That’s always a good thing.

“I don’t think I deserve it, but I think it’s amazing. That guy is a legend. I’m just glad to be in his company.”

Morris accomplished the feat this year with remarkable dominance and consistency. He rolled off nine wins in his first 12 starts and led the national championship points standings wire-to-wire. He finished with 23 wins, 28 top fives and 31 top 10s in 35 Late Model Stock Car starts at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway and Dominion Raceway, North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway and Southern National Raceway Park, and South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway.

Morris also claimed his sixth Virginia championship.

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Morris finished with 670 points, easily outdistancing fellow short-track stalwarts Steve Carlson (623) and Keith Rocco (621).

Carlson, the 2007 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series champion, had nine wins, 15 top fives and 19 top 10s in 22 starts racing primarily at Wisconsin’s LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway. He also raced at Wisconsin’s Madison International Speedway.

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Like Morris, Carlson and Rocco have made their name as one of the best short-track racers in NASCAR history.

Carlson won his sixth Wisconsin championship and holds a four-point lead with one race remaining in his quest for a seventh Late Model title at LaCrosse. In addition, the 61-year-old driver from West Salem, Wisconsin, has five NASCAR championships in the former Midwest Series to go with four from its predecessor, the ARTGO Midwest Seres, and was the 2009 ARCA Midwest Tour champion.

Rocco tallied 10 wins, 17 top fives and 21 top 10s in 27 starts in the SK Modified Division at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway and the Sunoco Modified Division at Connecticut’s Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

The 33-year-old Wallingford, Connecticut, driver claimed his 10th Connecticut championship. The 2010 national champion holds a 48-point lead heading into Thompson’s 56th annual Sunoco World Series in October as he looks to claim his 16th career NASCAR Division I track title. It would give him sole possession of second place all-time and put him one behind the record set by Nebraska’s Joe Kosiski (17 titles from 1985-2005).

It is also the 11th time in the last 12 seasons that Rocco has finished in the top five in the national standings, and marks the eighth time since 2009 that he’s finished in the top three.

RACING REFERENCE – NASCAR WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN SERIES NATIONAL STANDINGS:

DIVISION I: National Top 500 Points | Division I: U.S. State & Canadian Province Points

NASCAR uses a driver’s best 18 finishes from any sanctioned track within the state to determine the State Champion and the best 18 finishes from any sanctioned track in North America to determine the National Champion.

The crowning of U.S. state and Canadian province champions is a tradition that dates back to the earliest days of NASCAR and carried on until the advent of the weekly series in 1982; It was resumed in 2007. Past champions include Ned Jarrett, Glen Wood, Ralph Earnhardt, Wendell Scott and Richie Evans.

The fact that it was Carlson and Rocco chasing him weighed on Morris’ mind, even has he held a sizable summer lead.

“We worked so hard for every point,” Morris said. “That’s just the veteran side of me, where I’ve been in tight battles where we had a lead before and saw it close up at the end. Maybe we worked harder because of what I learned in the past.”

Morris put together a stretch run from 2006-11 when he won 74 of 159 races (46.5%) and his four titles. But following the final one, he stepped away from full-time competition to focus on his business, Trailer Town USA in Virginia. Over the next four year, he ran just 25 races. He came back and finished 32nd in the nation in 2016 before moving up to sixth last year.

This season, he focused on reclaiming his former glory.

It hasn’t been an easy comeback.

“I didn’t realize the price I’d have to pay, not just on the national level, but just to be competitive at our local track,” Morris said. “It as so much more work to get back to being competitive physically and mentally and the equipment. Keeping up with the tires and track surfaces and engines — it was like I was starting over.

“I’m not going to say I took it for granted. But I didn’t realize how important it was for me to continue.”

Morris didn’t win his hometown track title. That went to Peyton Sellers, who claimed won his fourth track title at South Boston. The 2005 national championship finished fourth in the national standings with three wins, 18 top fives and 18 top 10s in 21 starts at South Boston and Langley. Nick Panitzke, who is chasing Carlson for the title at LaCrosse, finished fifth with five wins, 14 top fives and 18 top 10s in 20 starts at LaCrosse and Madison.

Ronnie Williams finished sixth in the national standings and has already clinched the SK Modified title at Stafford.

A quartet of Modified drivers from North Carlina’s Bowman Gray Stadium rounded out the top 10: Tim Brown, Burt Myers, Jonathan Brown and Jason Myers. While Burt Myers won his ninth track title at the historic Winston-Salem oval, Brown claimed the North Carolina title by five points.

Morris, Carlson and Rocco will be joined by the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series U.S. state and Canadian province champions, track champions and other special award winners on Friday, Dec. 7, as part of NASCAR Awards Charlotte.

Philip Morris Continues to Flex His Muscle at Langley Speedway; Becomes Eighth Different Hampton Heat 200 Winner

Philip Morris enters turn one during final practice Saturday afternoon during the 2018 Hampton Heat 200. He would go on to become the second driver in the ten-year history to lead flag-to-flag. (Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – After just about a month of waiting due to undesirable weather conditions, Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway was finally able to get the tenth running of the Hampton Heat 200 complete. Philip Morris won the $500 pole award Saturday afternoon just before the sky opened up monsoon style rain forcing officials to push the race back just one more day. The heat, the green race track, and a few tempers were not enough to deny Morris his eighth victory of 2018 at Langley Speedway and his first in the prestigious $10,000 to win race.

It was rather clear from pretty early on that it was going to take something short of a miracle to take this race from Morris. He was certainly kept honest throughout the 200-lap feature by the likes of Peyton Sellers, Bobby McCarty, and CE Falk but none had what it took to dethrone the proclaimed “King” of Late Model Stock Car racing.

The first half of the race mimicked that of race number one in a twin race night. Most drivers were rather calm, cool, and collected. Getting a feel of the racing surface and working to keep tires under their cars. Bobby McCarty was the first challenger for Morris. However, the best he could do was pull within a handful of car lengths of the leader even with the help of a lap sixty-one caution – the only one in the first half of the race.

The second half, well now that’s an entirely different story. Teams were given fifteen minutes to make adjustments, add fuel, and changeup to two tires without the fear of an invert. It was like all of the drivers decided it was time to take the gloves off. Get up on the wheel, or however else you want to word it once the race went back to green because all bets were off. Danny Edwards Jr., who has proven he can race and even beat Morris previously this year, once again put up a great fight on the top groove like we have seen in the past this season. However, it was not enough and Morris eventually took sole possession of the lead back and drove away.

Not to mention the second half of the race witnessed some of the most physical racing we have seen since last years Valley Star Credit Union 300. Multiple cars – some even being heavy favorites to find victory lane – found their cars destroyed before the checkered flag was even displayed. However, even with all of the cautions and about a ten-minute red flag for clean up in turn two after a wild crash involving Casey Wyatt, Mark Wertz, Connor Hall, and Woody Howard, it was still not enough to slow down the Trailer Town USA No. 1 machine of Morris who eventually went on to beat Peyton Sellers by almost a full two seconds.

With Morris and Sellers flip-flopping their finishing position from the opening round of the triple crown at South Boston the two will enter the Martinsville weekend tied for the points lead. Setting up one of the best battles for that title in recent history. Bobby McCarty, Thomas Scott, and Danny Edwards would round out the top five finishers.

 

UNOFFICIAL Hampton Heat 200 Results;

  1. #01 Philip Morris; 200
  2. #26 Peyton Sellers; 200
  3. #22 Bobby McCarty; 200
  4. #8 Thomas Scott; 200
  5. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 200
  6. #12 Austin Thaxton; 200
  7. #4 Timmy Phipps; 200
  8. #02 CE Falk; 200
  9. #03 Brenden Queen; 200
  10. #91 Justin S. Carroll; 200
  11. #12 Nick Smith; 199
  12. #90 Terry Carroll; 199
  13. #22 Grayson Cullather; 198
  14. #2 Brandon Pierce; 198
  15. #83 Matt Bowling; 198
  16. #7 Justin T. Carroll; 197
  17. #25 Craig Eastep; 197
  18. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 190
  19. #36 Chris Johnson; 176
  20. #55 Mark Wertz; 130
  21. #41 Woody Howard; 129
  22. #92 Casey Wyatt; 129
  23. #77 Connor Hall; 128
  24. #24 Colin Garrett; 127
  25. #8 Tyler Hughes; 111
  26. #19 Cameron Bowen; 110
  27. #50 Garrett Bunch; 101
  28. #9 Rodney Boyd; 99
  29. #88 Thomas Marks; 69
  30. #4 Duane Shreeeves; 27
  31. #97 Greg Edwards; 18

Philip Morris Will Lead the Postponed Hampton Heat to Green Later at 2:00 PM

Photo: Paul Scalisi

Hampton, VA – Mother Nature appears to have a “heated” hatred for Late Model Stock Car racing this season as she has reared her ugly head more than a dozen times. The already rescheduled 10th Annual Hampton Heat 200 was once again postponed due to thunderstorms that made their way through the Commonwealth yesterday afternoon. Just has the final car took the checkered flag during single-car qualifying and pulled down pit road all hell broke loose from the atmosphere. Constant showers accompanied by some heavy thunder and lightning forced the hands of track officials to once again postpone the racing action. Lucky for us, this time it was only for about twelve hours.

For the first time in its now ten year history, the Hampton Heat 200 will not be run under the lights but in the heat of the day on a Sunday afternoon. Track owner Bill Mullis and long-time Langley Speedway promoter Chuck Hall was not going to be denied! The race will be scheduled to go on as if it were Saturday night; 200-laps in total, a break at lap 100 where teams can take two tires. $10,000 still on the line as well as precious Virginia Triple Crown points on the line.

Philip Morris, who has been lights out so far this year, will lead the field to green alongside of Peyton Sellers – winner of the opening round of the triple crown at South Boston Speedway back at the end of June. For those who cannot make the trip or those who could not return, we will have full coverage by following the link >> https://bit.ly/2Pi3EUG.

10th Annual Hampton Heat 200 Starting Order;

  1. #01 Philip Morris – 15.584
  2. #26 Peyton Sellers – 15.734
  3. #22 Bobby McCarty – 15.747
  4. #2 Brandon Pierce – 15.760
  5. #83 Matt Bowling – 15.760
  6. #03 Brenden Queen – 15.761
  7. #26 Danny Edwards Jr. – 15.765
  8. #8 Tyler Hughes – 15.769
  9. #36 Chris Johnson – 15.802
  10. #02 C.E. Falk – 15.802
  11. #8 Thomas Scott – 15.812
  12. #55 Mark Wertz – 15.818
  13. #41 Woody Howard – 15.834
  14. #7 Justin T. Carroll – 15.835
  15. #24 Colin Garrett – 15.845
  16. #22 Grayson Cullather – 15.850
  17. #50 Garrett Bunch – 15.852
  18. #97 Greg Edwards – 15.857
  19. #77 Connor Hall – 15.867
  20. #4 Duane Shreeves – 15.907
  21. #12 Austin Thaxton – 15.909
  22. #19 Cameron Bowen – 15.911
  23. #25 Craig Eastep – 15.916
  24. #90 Terry Carroll – 15.930
  25. #92 Casey Wyatt – 15.960
  26. #91Justin S. Carroll – 16.011
  27. #4 Timmy Phipps – 16.068
  28. #12 Nick Smith – 16.073
  29. #88 Thomas Marks – 16.198
  30. #10 Maddy Mulligan – 16.286
  31. #9 Rodney Boyd – 16.336

The 10th Annual Hampton Heat is Finally Upon Us — Who to Watch Tonight

After almost a full extra month of waiting due to Mother Nature, it is time for some of the best Late Model Stock Car drivers to get after it later this evening all battling for the prestigious trophy, points towards the Virginia Triple crown, oh and how did we almost forget… $10,000!

Twenty-five cars made the trip out for the annual Friday test session giving those of us who followed on Race Monitor all day long in our offices an idea of what to expect later this evening. A complete list of practice times can be found a little further down this column. We will say that we fully expect thirty or more cars for the actual event. Make sure you have plans to make it out later this afternoon as it will not be broadcasted on Fanschoice! Gates will open to the public at 12:15 PM, “Happy Hour” for Late Models roll off approx. 12:30 PM. Green flag is expected to to drop at 7:00 PM EDT.

So, this might be your first time out to the speedway this year and you are wondering who to watch out for, right? Well folks we have you covered in that department. If you would like to do a little homework before tonight’s feature — Help give you a leg up on your grandstand pool — take a look back at some of the previous Late Model races we have covered to form your own opinion here >> Late Model Recaps. Don’t wanna do research? That’s cool. Let’s take a look at the top five drivers we feel are going to be a threat, in no particular order of course.

Philip Morris

Obvious, right? We know but we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t put Morris on the who to watch list. Morris certainly has made a name for himself and drawn a lot of attention to the No. 01 Trailer Town USA Chevrolet this year has he makes a solid bid for another national title. Morris has found victory lane at just about every track he’s been to this year. Even though Morris “struggled” in the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown earlier this year – a similar 200 lap endurance type race – he had found victory lane seven times this year at Larry King Law Langley Speedway, often times starting in the rear of the field for the second race. Oh and not to mention Morris was fastest at the conclusion of practice Friday afternoon with a 15.816.

Danny Edwards Jr.

Take away the fact Edwards has multiple track championships, more than a decade of experience, and have completed more laps at Langley Speedway to make multiple cross country road trips across this great nation, Danny Edwards Jr. has been firing on all cylinders this year. With two wins under his belt, Edwards enters the weekend as the current points leader of the Taylor Waste Services Late Model — he leave the same way no matter what as the Hampton Heat will not count towards track points — but we think it’s more important to point out that Edwards might be the only track regular to have an answer to the pure speed of Morris. If you remember back to April, Edwards earned the pole in the DHSTS and looked to be a force until a wreck took him out. A win tonight could not come at a more perfect time as it would also be his first Hampton Heat victory but it would come on the two year anniversary of the loss of former crew chief John McMasters.

C.E. Falk

CE Falk? He doesn’t even race at Langley on a regular basis, how is he going to be a factor? Well, it’s very simply put. He’s CE Falk and if you don’t respect his ability any time he pulls into Langley Speedway then that’s your first mistake. The car number will be different on race day — he will be in a 02 car — but will still be a factor towards the front. Falk clocked in with just the eighth fastest time Friday afternoon but there was no way to confirm the age of his tires. Falk was also a major factor in the DHSTS and there is no doubt he will be a key player later tonight.

Connor Hall

Yup, we went there! And it’s about time for this young driver to go there again! As you can see pictures above, Hall has already found victory lane once towards the end of last year at his home track and he has certainly carried that speed over into 2018. Constantly running qualifying and running up front this season and coming off of a pole and win at East Carolina Motor Speedway the week prior, Connor Hall will certainly have the momentum going for him. Our biggest concern with Hall will be his patients. 2018 has been filled with 50-75 lap sprint races. He will have to physically and mentally keep the car under him, fenders straight, and tires up for 200 laps. If he can do all three of those things he will certainly have the speed to be a contender.

Bobby McCarty

Want to talk about who’s on fire this year, well see the driver pictured above. Bobby McCarty enters the 10th Annual Hampton Heat 200 not only as the defending champion but he is also the current points leader for the CARS Tour Late Model Series with one pole and four wins in nine starts. Not to mention McCarty posted the third quickest time in Friday’s test session. Traveling with the CARS Tour this year has given McCarty the chance to learn different track surfaces and really improve his skill. Look for him to hover around the top quarter of the field when it’s time to go green.

Honorable Mentions:

Greg Edwards: He has never won the prestigious event but is always a threat to find victory lane when he straps in at Langley Speedway. With a little luck he may come out on top.

Nick Smith: He didn’t earn the nickname “Quick Nick” for no reason. Smith is always fast around Langley and even though he is running a limited schedule this year, has already collected a win. However, could the limited race schedule this year hurt the inaugural Hampton Heat winner?

Peyton Seller: Crazy, right? How in the world does Peyton Sellers only make an honorable mention? We will just have to chalk it up to gut feeling and look to be proved wrong. Sellers is a contender everywhere he goes and he has without a doubt done his homework and is a previous winner. As the winner of the opening round of the VA Triple Crown at South Boston, will Sellers be aggressive and go for the win or play things safe to set himself up for an easier outing at Martinsville next month? Either way, Sellers could easily dominate this race tonight, only time will tell.

If you can’t be there tonight we will have you covered! Follow along with our live coverage here starting at 1:00 PM EDT >> Annual Hampton Heat 200 presented by Bayport Credit Union. We will also have limited coverage on Twitter all day as well.

UNOFFICIAL Friday Practice Times;

1 Philip Morris (CU) – 15.816

2 Peyton Sellers (CU) – 15.938

3 Bobby McCarty (HE) – 15.957

4 Justin T. Carroll (CU) – 15.970

5 Danny Edwards (HE) – 15.973

6 Matt Bowling (CU) – 15.994

7 Brandon Pierce (HE) – 16.000

8 CE Falk (CU) – 16.038

9 Garrett Bunch (HE) – 16.110

10 Timmy Phipps (CU) – 16.132

11 Woody Howard (CU) – 16.153

12 Nick Smith (CU) – 16.154

13 Justin S. Carroll (CU) – 16.207

14 Tyler Hughes (FC) – 16.214

15 Greg Edwards (HE) – 16.295

16 Grayson Cullather (HE) 00 16.295

17 Cameron Bowen (CU) – 16.344

18 Austin Thaxton (CU) – 16.383

19 Colin Garrett (HE) – 16.387

20 Casey Wyatt (CU) – 16.398

21 Terry Carroll (FC) – 16.497

22 Maddy Ryan Mulligan (CU) – 16.509

23 Duane Shreeves (CU) – 16.515

24 Thomas Marks (CB) – 16.550

25 Brenden Queen (CU) – 16.751

**practice times are unofficial and provided by the app Race Monitor. Letters next to the drivers name represent engine package. CU=Chevy Upgrade, HE=Herrington Enforcer, FC=Ford Crate, CB=Chevy Built**

Philip Morris Sweeps Twin Features at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway during Thomas Roofing Night

Philip Morris works through turn two at Larry King Law Langley Speedway Saturday, August 4, 2018, en route to two more victories. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Philip Morris works through turn two at Larry King Law Langley Speedway Saturday, August 4, 2018, en route to two more victories. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – It was almost a clean sweep for current NWAAS National point’s leader Philip Morris this weekend at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. That was until Danny Edwards Jr. went out for his qualifying lap. Edwards needed just one lap to get the job done. His 15.679-seconds (90.695 MPH) was just a mere hundredth of a second quicker than Morris who would roll off second. Peyton Sellers, Connor Hall, and Greg Edwards rounded out the fastest five starters.

Race one conformed to the standard operating procedure for twin features – calm, cool, and pretty much collected. The only issue to bring out the yellow flag was an issue with Craig Eastep on lap. He came to a stop a complete stop in turn four on the initial start. He was able to drive away and return to pit road, however, he was unable to return for the rest of the race. Because the field completed at least one lap there was no need for a complete restart. Not that it mattered because once Philip Morris got up to speed it was lights out from there. Morris was so good in fact he lapped everyone from fifth on back. Danny Edwards Jr., Peyton Sellers, Connor Hall, Timmy Phipps, rounded out the top five.

Race number two also certainly fit the standard operating procedure for twin races – crazy, eventful, and wild. Because of the eight-car invert per the NASCAR rule book, Terry Carroll and Duane Shreeves both earned a front row starting spot. Peyton Sellers, however, had to go to the rear of the field due to a tire change between races while Philip Morris elected to go to the rear for maximum NASCAR points as we all expected.

Things got hot and heavy up front as the race saw three rather quick lead changes. Terry Carroll had it for a couple hundred feet, followed by Greg Edwards for about five laps, then Connor Hall took control and really looked to set sail and potentially notch another mark in the win column for the young driver at his home track as he put a good bit of distance on him and the rest of the field as they were trying to work around Shreeves. The entire race would change, however, when the caution flew for the first time on lap thirty-one following Thomas Scott’s spin in turn two. Not only did this allow for the field to bunch back up but, it also allowed for drivers to take the cone.

Philip Morris just happened to be on of them. Restarting the race from the sixth position and immediately gaining two more positions at the exit of two once the field was back underway. Morris would get another huge break a handful of laps later after two separate incidents on the speedway – Sellers spinning in two and Terry Carroll on the front stretch – would bring the yellow flag out once more and erasing the half straightaway lead the Hall had built.

Morris yet again took the cone for the ensuing restart, only this time it lined him up on the outside pole. The two would battle side by side for the lead for just a couple of laps before a third yellow flag would slow the field. Morris was scored the leader on the previous lap so he would take sole possession of the top spot. Danny Edwards Jr. would keep him honest on the following restart but it was not enough this time to hold of the national points leader and Morris drove on to pick up his second full field win of the evening.

 

Dale Parro was fastest earlier in the afternoon in qualifying for the Old Skool Video Games Super Streets series and would ultimately hang on to win one of the more physical 40-lap races of the 2018 season. Race fans not only witnessed several cautions but there were a couple different leaders between Parro, Chris Roberts, and Gordon Weeks, and even an on track temper tantrum to say the least. The race would ultimately come down to a green, white, checkered finish as Dale Parroo held off an incredibly hard-charging Chris Roberts.

Travis Wall finally dethroned Adam Florian in the Pro Six division after capturing the pole earlier in the afternoon. Wall managed about a two to six car length lead throughout the entire 30-lap feature, even after his motor starting sounding a little ill. Colby Vance picked up his first win of 2018 in the 25-lap UCAR feature. Aaron Leach continued his winning ways in the HRKC Winged Champ Kart features and Johnny Shonk picked up his first two wins in the visiting Virginia Mini Cup series twin features.

 

Taylor Waste Service Late Models Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #01 Philip Morris; 75
  2. #26 Danny Edwards Jr.; 75
  3. #26 Peyton Sellers; 75
  4. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  5. #4 Timmy Phipps; 74
  6. #97 Greg Edwards; 74
  7. #4 Duane Shreeves; 74
  8. #90 Terry Carroll; 74
  9. #03 Brenden Queen; 74
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 74
  11. #55 Mark Wertz; 74
  12. #75 Logan Jones; 74
  13. #8 Thomas Scott; 74
  14. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 72
  15. #19 Cameron Bowen; 58
  16. #91 Justin Carroll; 12
  17. #03 Jimmy Atkins; 10
  18. #25 Craig Eastep; 3

 

Taylor Waste Service Late Models Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #01 Philip Morris; 75
  2. #77 Connor Hall; 75
  3. #26 Danny Edwards; 75
  4. #97 Greg Edwards; 75
  5. #25 Craig Eastep; 75
  6. #55 Mark Wertz; 75
  7. #91 Justin Carroll; 75
  8. #88 Thomas Marks; 75
  9. #8 Thomas Marks; 75
  10. #03 Brenden Queen; 75
  11. #75 Logan Jones; 75
  12. #19 Cameron Bowen; 75
  13. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 75
  14. #4 Duane Shreeves; 60
  15. #4 Timmy Phipps; 56
  16. #26 Peyton Sellers; 52
  17. #90 Terry Carroll; 52
  18. #03 Jimmy Atkins; 17
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