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).