D.O.B: June 4, 1989 (25)
Hometown: Seaford, VA
Hometrack: Langley Speedway
Occupation: Hutchens Chevrolet (Shop Foreman)
Sponsors: Hampton Roads & Southside Harley Davidson, Wormley Creek Marina, Charlies Auto Repair, Fit For a King Catering, Johns Custom Heating and Cooling, Marks Graphics, And Auto Ink of Yorktown.
Describe yourself in three words or less.
Confident and Determined would be 2 words to describe me and my personality.
What is your favorite holiday?
My favorite holiday is July 4th getting all the family and friends together having fun and of course fireworks.
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A few weeks ago I started getting this idea of what it was like to spot for some hot shot race team. Every so often I will find myself watching a race and saying what I think their spotter is or should be telling them. This past weekend while at Richmond the final laps had me really questioning what it was like to be a spotter! The final six or so laps the top four were either side-by-side, nose to tail or so worried about making their cars extremely wide all while going 120+ mph working their way around a three-quarter mile racetrack. I could only imagine what radio traffic was like. Spotters are a special kind a person to a race team. These guys or girls are responsible for watching everything that goes on around you and I feel that in a local racing series these guys don’t get the credit in which I feel they deserve.
With more years on the race track than I’ve had birthday’s, driver of the #55 Dunkin Donuts machine, Mark Wertz takes a few moments out of his busy schedule to sit down with us and chat about everything from the start of his racing career to his favorite TV show. Mark Wertz a Virginia Beach native is a prime example of the definition weekend warrior when it comes to racing. The man has a lot on his plate, a full-time production planner at Huntington Ingals, a full-time father, as well as being in a committed relationship.
Charles Edward (C. E.) Falk, III got his start in ’06 running in the Hooters Pro Cup series (known now as the Cars X-1R Pro Cup) running six races with a best finish of eleventh. That following year Falk decided to race full-time in the Weekly Racing division, more specifically Langley Speedway. After a winless 2008 season Falk stepped his game up and won more than half on Langley’s Late Model feature events.
Falk, a four-time Langley Speedway track champion, has 49 total Late Model stock car wins. One of those win was the prestigious 2010 Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown run at Richmond International Raceway; the race that puts some of the best late model stock driver on the same track in the “same cars” as top cup drivers. Falk also has seen victory lane in some of the largest late model stock car races within the region in his career, taking the checkers twice at the Hampton Heat 200 (Langley Speedway) & Toyota Danville 300 (South Boston).
I was unable to get back in touch with C.E. before the post of his interview so please excuse the lack of information about his move to Charlotte. I do know he has moved to Charlotte to help his uncles Sprint Cup team Hillman Racing as a suspension mechanic. As of right now he will run a part-time schedule at South Boston Speedway. Click the link to see the rest of our interview with C.E.!
One thing my parents always taught me growing up is if you want something bad enough then you bust your ass working for it. Our parents already had one thing in common by picking a great first name for their son’s, and I may be a little biased but hey it is my blog! After talking with Justin I knew right off the bat he must have been raised the same way I was; “If you want something bad enough no sense in sitting around hopping someone will give it to you.” He started helping out at a local snow cone shop to raise any money he could to buy his own race car. By the age of 15 Justin had enough money to purchase his very own UCAR. These are little 4 cylinder, mostly domestic (at Langley Speedway that is) front wheel drive cars that you see every day on the street for those who may not have known. Of course safety equipment is required (glass removal, roll cages, five point harness, helmet and a five point harness, I also believe at Langley a HANS or Hutchens device is required).
Newport News, VA – From Late Model Stock Car to the Legends division, all drivers are welcomed with open arms to the office of The Weekly Racer! This week we feature a driver who impressed me with his S.M.A.R.T Goals. This my friends the one things that stuck with me through college and to see this man applying such knowledge towards his racing career was great to see. For those who may not know, a SMART goal is something thought out, planned, something you can measure and accomplish in a timely manner, of course some people have different definitions for the term. Let me take a moment to introduce you to this weeks driver coming to us from Yorktown, Virginia, Mr. Collin Brown.
Chesapeake, VA — For the second week in a row we have featured a young driver who is working towards their dream of one day racing in the big leagues of motor sports! Brenden Queen aka “Butterbean” is a junior in high school who will be returning to Langley Speedway this year for his sophomore season in the Late Model Stock Car division. Brenden ended up finishing 8th in points, only 123 points back from track champion C. E. Falk. Queen’s 2013 top 10 finish which also helped him earn Rookie of the Year honors. “It felt so great to accomplish our main goal,” Brenden told me about winning Rookie of the Year. ”Running up front was just a plus to everything we could have asked for.”
Though Queen is coming off his rookie season in LMSC, Brenden has been racing since he was seven years old. Going 3 for 3 with back-to-back-to-back championships, and collecting 31 wins running karts on dirt! At such a young age it pretty much seemed like Brenden was supposed to be behind the wheel. Things did not stop there of course, next for Brenden was Arena Racing. For those who may not know what that is, these are for the lack of a longer description go-karts with suspension and a fiberglass body running on a tiny, high banked aluminum track inside an indoor stadium! Read more