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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

Robbie Babb Dominates Renfrow Heating and Air Modified Feature

Robbie Babb dominates 2016 Thanksgiving Classic. Celebrates in victory lane with brother Jimmy Babb. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Robbie Babb dominates 2016 Thanksgiving Classic. Celebrates in victory lane with brother Jimmy Babb. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – Modifieds… small wheelbase, small tires but big motors! A division that I have grown to fall in love with through the three years of covering short track racing. Twelve cars qualified for this years event, a record high since the inception of the race, and quite honestly on of the largest car counts of the entire season. Southside Speedway’s Kyle Wood was actually the fastest earlier in the afternoon during euro style qualifying laying down a lap of 16.023 seconds or 89.871 mph.

Babb however had other plans once it was time to go racing. Kyle Wood led the field into one where drivers were very careful with the throttle working to get through the first lap. With just a little more experience with the rack and weather conditions that Wood, Robbie Babb was able to clear the #19 out of two and that was all Babb needed and immediately worked on opening up a comfortable lead.

Some good racing took place in Babb’s rear view mirror with Jimmy Humblet working his way through the field. Tyler Davis, who also made the trip from Southside Speedway was looking to make moves around the 2016 Dominion Raceway champ Chris Humblet for the fourth position. The race was only slowed by one caution period for debris in what looked to be turn four right after the #5 of Webb pulled off the racing surface.

When it was time to get back to racing Kyle Wood made sure to give Babb a run for his money as the field sailed through turns one and two. Babb however was able to take the lead back down the backstretch. Matt Carter used the restart to his advantage and took the third spot away and immediately pushed for second. As the laps clicked off Carter inched closer and closer to Woods nerf bar and would have possibly been able to take the second position had he had just a few more laps.

“This was a last minute decision that we were even going to come,” Babb said in victory lane. “Been dealing with work and some family stuff but we were able to put everything back together in a week. Dealing with the used tires and only coming here once a year is a bit of a learning curve, we just tried to stress that to some of the other guys. Give it some time and some laps to get the car under your feet.”

Each year the Thanksgiving Classic is going to provide one constant – cold weather. This of course helps horsepower but hurts grip as it takes tires longer to warm up. We asked Babb if running The Classic in the past was that much of help in tonights victory.

“Well I am getting old so this cold weather kind of helps us,” Babb laughed in victory lane. “The motors run real good but on the flip side to that in this cold weather your tires don’t heat up like they should so you deal with some grip problems, other than that it was a good show.”

 

Renfrow Heating & Air – 40 Laps

1) #44 Robbie Babb
2) #19 Kyle Wood
3) #78 Matt Carter
4) #77 Hunter Slayton
5) #11 Jimmy Humblet
6) #60 Bobby Geary
7) #00 Tyler Davis
8) #20 Chris Humblet
9) #15 Andrew Fortin
10) #17 Jamie Walmock
11) #5 JR Webb
12) #12 Tim Maxey

Modified: Top Five In Points Do Not See The Checkered – Sets Up Crazy Season Finale

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Hampton, VA – Crazy is an understatement, and wild would have been an upgrade for this weekends 50-lap Larry King Law Modifieds from Langley Speedway. Three of the top five cars in the points found themselves parked by the order of the race director thanks to their silly actions on the racing surface, the other two cars in the top five found their night over before lap 50 after an accident and a parts failure! I am not kidding and couldn’t really make these things up folks I promise. Your top five cars in the point’s standings – Shawn Balluzzo, Robbie Babb, Jon Largena, Evan Horne, and Bobby Gery – never made it to see lap 40.

Points leader Shawn Balluzzo made a statement during qualifying earlier in the afternoon putting down a 16.403 (86.691 MPH) lap, almost two tenths faster than Jon Largena who lined up to his outside. Robbie Babb, who had clutch issues all afternoon, was able to lay a lap down good enough for the third starting spot. Jimmy Humblet and Matt Carter – making his return to Langley Speedway for the first time this season – rounded out the starting five.

Things looked pretty tame at the drop of the green flag. Both Balluzzo and Babb clear the outside machine of Largena. It would take two laps for Babb to get around Balluzzo for the lead and Babb seamed to check out from there, at one point having almost a full second lead. Twenty-nine laps were in the books before things got, well lets just call it strange. Ultimately Bobby Gery was the reason for the caution as he spun the car around in turn four. After getting his car headed in the right direction he left nothing to be guess on who he was angry with and took off after Horne. The two would exchange blows on the backstretch with their vehicles causing Mr. Walker to park both drivers.

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Three Times A Charm For Robbie Babb As He Sweeps TNCC Night At Langley

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Robbie Babb during his pole lap qualifying. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

HAMPTON, Va. – Robbie Babb rolled to his third and fourth wins of the season with a clean sweep of the 4CDL.com Twin 30s presented by Thomas Nelson Community College for the Larry King Law Modifieds, the featured events of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.

The lineup for the first half of the doubleheader was determined in afternoon time trials and Babb snagged the pole position, clocking in at 87.594 mph. Shawn Balluzzo was second-fastest, more than a quarter-second off Babb’s pace. Jon Largena, Evan Horne and Danny Harrell were third, fourth and fifth, in that order, on the 17-car grid.

As the opener got under way, Babb leaped out front, hauling the field into Turn 1. Balluzzo settled into second, followed by Horne and Largena. Behind them, Harrell went door-to-door with Chris Humblet for fifth. Humblet eventually won that battle, gaining the clear-cut edge on lap 3.

By lap 4, Babb had already stretched his advantage to nearly half a straightaway as the top four pulled away. Deeper in the pack, Humblet held onto fifth, but he had a mirror-full of Harrell, Mike Rudy, Mark Slye and Bobby Gery. Slye dropped out of that tussle on lap 8 when he slowed and headed to the pits. A lap later, Rudy slipped past Harrell to take over sixth.

Babb was up by better than half a straightaway when the caution flag flew, on lap 12, for Jack Sharkey’s spin in Turn 4. It was only the first in a string of seven yellow flags that would punctuate laps 12 through 23. Gathering for a restart, Balluzzo opted for the outside lane. He was joined by Largena, Rudy and Eric McPherson.

Back under green, Balluzzo stayed alongside Babb until they reached Turn 2. Exiting the corner, Babb powered ahead, relegating Balluzzo to second. Horne, Largena and Humblet emerged in the next three spots, followed by Rudy, in sixth.

The second yellow flag appeared on lap 14 when Rudy and Humblet tangled in Turn 1 and Humblet spun. A handful of other drivers stopped, spun or took evasive action to avoid Humblet. The third caution flag waved soon after the ensuing restart when Sharkey smacked the outside wall along the front stretch. Preparing to return to green, Balluzzo again went to the outside, followed by Gery, McPherson, Humblet and Rudy.

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Robbie Babb Goes Wire To Wire – Largena New Points Leader

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Hampton, VA – Drivers and their teams converged to the grounds of Langley Speedway this weekend with fingers crossed to get some racing in. For the past four weeks tracks all over the Mid-Atlantic have been waging war with Mother Nature who keeps sticking her nose into business she doesn’t belong! She let us get all the way through practice, qualifying, pre-race festivities and even three and a half races before she had to ruin the fun. Bando’s, Legends, got their races in, the mods were able to get their first race in, and the Super Streets (running more than half the distance) got their race in as well.

A crazy mix of events proved to be one interesting night for the Larry King Law Modifieds, and this didn’t even revolve around the new patches of asphalt in the corners. Earlier in the week points leader Shawn Balluzzo had an accident that left him with some bruised ribs and a snapped wrist, needless to say the chances of him racing were slim to none. This left the points to Jon Largena – who would end up packing his car up frantically to head back to the shop to replace a bolt that snapped in the rear end during the first practice.

The crew was able to make the repairs and head back to the track in time for qualifying where Largena was able to post the second fastest time of the fifteen cars who completed time trials. Robbie Babb, who had been fast all afternoon in practice again showed his power, posting the only time in the 15 second range with a 15.921 (90.447 MPH). Jimmy Humblet, Bobby Gery, and Chris Humblet would make up the rest of the starting five. Donnie Holston who hit the wall a ton during practice was not able to get his car repaired, he went home early. Starting shotgun on the field… none other than Shawn Balluzzo! Having help from his crew of course the points leader’s goal was to merely start and park the car.

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