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Shawn Balluzzo Remains Perfect in 2019 Winning Race Number Three

Shawn Balluzzo powers down the backstretch during final practice in preparation for Courtyard by Marriott Night April 20, 2019. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA– Shawn Balluzzo picked up win number three of the 2019 season and continues to show his dominance in the Modified division. After winning the pole earlier in the afternoon with a 16.258-second (87.465 MPH) lap, Balluzzo jumped out to an early and commanding lead while Brad Adams and Matt Carter to settle things for second. Carter’s little stumble on the initial start allowed Adams the opportunity to get to the preferred groove, settle into a rhythm and occupy the second position.

Behind them a brief battle heated up for the remaining position open in the top five between Bubba Johnston – running a car recently purchased by longtime truck series driver Chase McAdams – Danny Harrell, and Matt Morgan. Johnston was able to take the fourth position at the time. The race was only slowed one time after Louie Pasderetz got into the back of the slower machine of Grant Blasingame working through turn four. The yellow came just shortly after TJ Largena – who took the green flag in the twelfth position mind you – made the pass on Jamie Sample to take the sixth position away from him.

Pasderetz was able to get the car pointed in the right direction and NASCAR officials gave the field the option for the cone. To no surprise, Balluzzo elected to keep his position on the bottom of the racetrack. Second place qualifier, Brad Adams, would also decide to take the restart on the low line. Matt Carter and Bubba Johnston were the first to that decided to try the outside. It looked as if Carter was going to make things work, however, Balluzzo was just too strong on getting back to the gas and once again cleared the field out of two.

Johnston, who looked slow on the restart, was almost immediately shuffled back to the sixth spot before getting the tires under the car. He is eventually able to get back around Morgan leaving the door open for Largena. The following lap Johnston made a huge slip out of two and had to chase the car up the track, which allowed Largena to break into the top five. Which by the way, if our calculations are correct, that would earn Mr. TJ Largena the TWR Hard Charger Award!

This go around Balluzzo did not build the same lead he did on the initial start but he was able to stretch things out far enough to where there was nothing Adams could do. Carter would come home third followed by Harrell and Largena.

Chase McAdams, who we mentioned above that just recently bought a Modified, made his 2019 return in the Harris Truck Shop Super Truck division. He was the fastest man in town earlier in the afternoon during qualifying and backed that up during the race as he went wire-to-wire to collect the win. Ronald Klein, Rick Poust, Shannon Lester, and Paige Cain rounded out the top five finishers.

 

Larry King Law Modified OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 50
  2. #3 Brad Adams; 50
  3. #78 Matt Carter; 50
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 50
  5. #4 TJ Largena; 50
  6. #34 Bubba Johnston; 50
  7. #98 Matt Morgan; 50
  8. #47 Rick Gdovic; 50
  9. #16 Eric McPherson; 50
  10. #28 Jamie Sample; 50
  11. #26 Louie Pasderetz; 50
  12. #77 Bobby Gery; 50
  13. #7 Grant Blasingame; 44
  14. #12 Mark Gomez; DNS

Langley Speedway Scheduled to Move Forward With Racing Tonight

Hampton, Va – After a line of strong storms moved through the Mid-Atlantic racing region overnight and forcing cancellation of two big events (Southside Speedway’s 75-lap Late Model feature & VMS $20,000 to win King of the Commonwealth) Larry King Law Langley Speedway is scheduled to go on as planned. Though most Virginian’s and folks from eastern North Carolina woke up to wet soggy grounds, the forecast for later this afternoon appears to be more ideal for some asphalt short track racing. With a mix of clouds and sun during the morning that will give way to cloudy skies later this afternoon, Hampton should see a high of 72 with winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph.

With the cancellation of Virginia Motor Speedway’s King of the Commonwealth, The Weekly Racer will switch its full coverage to Langley Speedway’s Courtyard Marriot Night which will feature a 50-lap Modified feature. 10-time champion Shawn Balluzzo opened the season with back-to-back victories in a wid pair of 40-lap twins. Can Balluzzo continue to dominate the series or will someone like Matt Carter or Jamie Sample be able to knock Balluzzo off the podium? Tune into our Twitter feed to find out later this evening starting at 4:30 PM EDT.

A full race-day schedule can be found below.

 

Courtyard Marriott Night at The Races

11:00 AM                                       PIT GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                          GENERAL ADMISSION GATES OPEN

2:00 PM                                          PRACTICE BEGINS

4:15 PM                                          DRIVER’S MEETING

4:30 PM                                          QUALIFYING

6:50 PM                                          INVOCATION BY REV. POTTER / NATIONAL ANTHEM

7:00 PM                                          1ST RACE BEGINS

Practice Order

  1. Modified – 3 Practices
  2. Grand Stock – 2 Practices
  3. Super Truck – 2 Practices
  4. U-car – 2 Practices
  5. Legend – 2 Practices
  6. Bandolero – 2 Practices
  7. Winged Champ Karts – 2 Practices

Qualifying Order

  1. Winged Champ Kart – (Euro Qualifying 3 Karts 1 lap)
  2. Bandolero – (Euro Qualifying 3 cars 5 laps)
  3. Legend – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  4. U-Car – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  5. Super Truck – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  6. Grand Stock – 2 laps (Green-White-Checkered)
  7. Modified – 10 lap scuff session – 2 Laps (Green-White-Checkered)

Race Line Up

  1. ERA Real Estate Champ Kart – 20
  2. Cycle City Corp Bandolero – 15 laps
  3. Pepsi Grand Stock – 40
  4. Cycle City Corp Legends – 25 laps
  5. Bojangles U-Car – 25 Laps
  6. Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 25 Laps
  7. Larry King Law Modified – 50 Laps

*subject to change

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

Shawn Balluzzo Locks Up Unprecedented Tenth Division Title after Earning Wins Number Nine and Ten

Hampton, VA – To say Shawn Balluzzo has had a roller coaster of a season would possibly be the understatement of the year. Balluzzo started the season off with an impressive eight-race win streak before division rival Robbie Babb returned to the speedway to dethrone him. That was right about the time the Balluzzo’s found out that their youngest daughter was diagnosed with cancer. However, his family and his team kept their heads high and their car in victory lane for their daughter to see.

Balluzzo struggled early in the afternoon during qualifying, posting just the seventh fastest time, after missing almost all of practice but, has we mentioned above, his crew never stopped working on the car and got him tuned up for the first of two thirty lap features. Bubba Johnston, who entered the weekend forty points behind Balluzzo in points, was the man to beat during time trials posting a lap of 16.784-second just three-thousandths of a second better than Jamie Sample. Matt Carter, Bobby Gery, and Danny Harrell rounded out the starting five. It should be noted that Balluzzo would elect to start race number one from the rear.

It only took a handful of laps for Balluzzo to work his way through at least half of the filed. Picking cars off one at a time he found himself in sixth place before the halfway mark of the race. With Jamie Sample, Bubba Johnston, and Danny Harrell all jockeying for the lead, it made things that much easier for the nine-time, and defending champion, to close the gap on the front group of cars. By lap twenty Balluzzo found himself running in the third position just a handful of car lengths behind second. With three laps to go Balluzzo was in second and by the time the white was displayed Balluzzo had pulled even with the race leader. He eventually took the spot out of turn two as well as his ninth win on the season.

Eight cars were yet again inverted for race number two per the NASCAR rulebook. This handed the front row starting duties over to DJ Valente and once again, Jamie Sample. Balluzzo again elected to give up his eighth place starting position to go to the rear. Worked for him in race one, why not try again in race two.

He had his work cut out for him even more in the second feature as Bubba Johnston once again looked to put up one hell of a fight. Not to mention it was filled with no less than five caution flags. The worst, and easily the longest, coming after issues with Rick Gdovic’s ride left oil all over the racing surface from turn three all the way into turn one and the final caution of the night setting up a thrilling green-white-checkered finish.

Balluzzo, however, was up to the challenge and made the best of every move and every cone restart to fight his way back up to the front of the field. He looked like he might have met his match with just thirteen laps to go working on Matt Carter for second. Balluzzo appeared to be the faster car just could not make the pass happen clean. He was able to get some help, however, after the yellow flag was once again displayed for a car that had spun in turn two. This allowed for Balluzzo to take the outside on the restart and battle for the lead with Johnston.

Matt Carter, who elected to stay low and restart third, was not going to be denied a shot at the win, though. He stuck his nose under Balluzzo and hung there for about a lap. Balluzzo continued his assault on the lead using the outside groove and would lead lap number twenty-five. Call it luck or good timing but the yellow flag would once again come out for a wreck on the front stretch setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

On the final restart, Balluzzo would stay low, Bubba Johnston would start to his outside and Matt Carter lined up on his rear bumper. The green flag would fly and it would end up being three wide going into turn one. Johnston would come to the white flag as the leader, however, Balluzzo would get to his rear bumper in two and move him up the hill to take the lead back as well as his tenth win and tenth track championship.

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  3. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  4. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  5. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  6. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  7. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  8. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  9. #10 Wayne McGee; 30
  10. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30
  11. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  12. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29
  13. #63 Derrek Roberts; 16

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 33
  2. #51 Bubba Johnston; 33
  3. #18 DJ Valente; 33
  4. #78 Matt Carter; 33
  5. #95 Danny Harrell; 33
  6. #60 Bobby Gery; 33
  7. #63 Derek Roberts; 33
  8. #10 Wayne McGee; 33
  9. #49 Todd Whitesell; 30
  10. #98 Matt Morgan; 25
  11. #28 Jamie Sample; 11
  12. #47 Rick Gdovic; 11
  13. #5 Andrew Fortin; 1

Balluzzo Continues to Dominate IMCA Modifieds at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – It was yet another weekend of Balluzzo domination in the IMCA style modifieds at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. The nine-time and defending champion needed only one lap to lock down the pole position over Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, Bobby Gery, and Danny Harrell.

When it was time to get down to business it looked as if Matt Carter got the best of Balluzzo coming to the green flag and cleared him and the rest of the field as they powered out of two. The field, however, would only complete one official lap before the yellow was displayed for a car going around in turns one and two. Carter did a wonderful job on the ensuing restart clearing Balluzzo again within a lap and looked to set a pretty decent pace.

While a great battle for position between Matt Morgan and Andrew Fortin for fifth, Balluzzo took the lead from Carter and never looked back. Getting slowed up just a little bit by a couple of lap cars in the closing laps, Shawn Balluzzo collected his fifth win of the 2018 season. Matt Carter, Bobby Gery, Bubba Johnston, Danny Harrell, Andrew Fortin, DJ Valente, and Brad Adams completed the top eight finishers – whom would all invert for the start of race two.

Instead of taking any chances starting in the middle of the pack and taking advantage of NASCAR’s bonus points, Balluzzo elected to start the second 30-lap feature from the tail end of the field.

Brad Adams wasted zero time jumping out to the lead once the green flag was displayed and actually had to chase the car a bit as the rear end tried to step out on him. He was able to keep it going in a semi-straight line and lead the field into one.

It did not take long for Carter and Balluzzo to pick their way through the field. However, it was very clear that the No. 48 of Shawn Balluzzo had the strongest car in the entire field. 18-laps is all it took for the winner of the first feature to retake the lead and go on to win his second feature of the night, sixth of 2018, and remain undefeated as he goes for his tenth series championship. His second win of the evening would come on the heels of two late-race restarts from cautions that saw the cars of Brad Adams, Bubba Johnston, and Matt Carter all get pretty heavy damage.

 

In other racing, Aaron Leach took the victory in the HRKC Wing Champ Kart race with the help of drafting partner Tillman Hueur. Charlie Bryant took home the victory in the first of two UCAR features after a hard hit to the outside wall took Brandon Wood out of contention and rookie Austin Davis dominated the second feature en route to his first career victory. Adam Florian and Travis Wall again showed they are the class of the field in the Riverside Paper Pro Six series. After winning the pole earlier in the afternoon, Wall showed the way for the first half of the race until Florian took over and took the win. Reno Marchetti went flag-to-flag in a rather physical Old Skool Video Games Super Street that witnessed three-wide racing on multiple occasions throughout the entire field.

 

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  3. #60 Bobby Gery; 30
  4. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  5. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  6. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  7. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  8. #3 Brad Adams; 30
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  10. #41 Davey Callahan; 30
  11. #47 Rick Gdovic; 29
  12. #4 T.J. Largena; 29
  13. #87 Daryl Vance; 29
  14. #63 Derek Roberts; 29

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  3. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  4. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  5. #41 Davey Callahan; 30
  6. #18 DJ Valente; 30
  7. #4 T.J. Largena; 30
  8. #60 Boby Gery; 30
  9. #87 Daryl Vance; 30
  10. #63 Derek Roberts; 30
  11. #47 Rick Gdovic; 30
  12. #51 Bubba Johnston; 22
  13. #78 Matt Carter; 22
  14. #3 Brad Adams; 22

Shawn Balluzzo Remains Undefeated in the IMCA style Modified Division at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway; Landon Abbott Picks Wins First Super Street Feature of 2018

Shawn Balluzzo powers down the backstretch at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway on the way to pole position. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

 

Hampton, VA – Shawn Balluzzo, 61 of Hampton, proved once again why he is a nine-time division champion in the modified division. Balluzzo won two of the three practice sessions earlier in the afternoon, qualified on the pole for the first twin, wins race one, elects to start from the rear in race two, drives through the field and wins race two.

The evening got off to a rough start for pole sitter Shawn Balluzzo when his car didn’t fire off as planned when Shayne Snider dropped the green flag. Outside pole sitter Matt Carter took full advantage of the mistake and stole the lead and set an incredible pace that force Balluzzo to keep up. The caution flag waved for the first and only time in race one after Andrew Fortin found himself facing the wrong way and a little rear end damage on lap twenty-one. Everyone was able to return to racing action and it was just what Balluzzo needed.

It was Carter who was slow to get going on the following restart giving Bobby Gary – who took the cone to start outside row one – a chance at the lead. Carter, however, was able to gather his machine back up out of two to hang onto the lead and brought Balluzzo with him and it was only a matter of laps before he took the top spot and the win. Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston, Danny Harrell, Brad Adams, Matt Carter, Bobby Gary, and Jamie Sample were the top eight finishers.

Per the NASCAR rulebook, no less than eight cars were inverted for the second thirty-lap feature handing the top spot over to Jamie Sample. Shawn Balluzzo elected to drop to the rear of the field before the green flag was displayed which made him eligible for the bonus points handed out by NASCAR for their Division II series.

The invert looked to be just what Sample needed to finally put that check mark in the win column. While Carter and Balluzzo worked their way through the field Jamie Sample did all he could to maneuver through the slower lap cars and keep Gary at bay. That was just what Carter needed to see so he could catch up and get in on the action.

However, in like any racer ever, the more the cars in front that battle for positions the easier it is for others to close the gap and that is just what Balluzzo was able to do. Once Balluzzo got to the back bumper of Carter it only took a handful of laps and a very careful run out of two to take the third position and he immediately set his eyes on Gary for second. Balluzzo would again get the help he needed from the flag stand when the caution waved on lap twenty-seven after Brad Adams went for a spin in turn two. Adams was not able to get the car re-fired, as he needed a push all night to get going, and the caution was displayed.

When the cone was displayed to the field on the front stretch, Sample and Gary elected to stay low while Balluzzo went high. The move proved to be the right one as Balluzzo powered to the lead out of turn two but things would be halted when total chaos broke out in turn four and the caution waved again. After scoring was figured out and the track deemed clean officials re-racked them – with Balluzzo again electing to start on the outside. This time Sample got a much better start, hung Balluzzo on the top groove for a lap before surrendering the lead to Balluzzo. He would go on to take his second checkered flag of the night and fourth of the season remaining undefeated in 2018. Jamie Sample, Bubba Johnston, Matt Carter, and Brad Adams rounded out the top five.

 

Landon Abbott went flag-to-flag from the pole position in the Old Skool Video Games Super Street to collect his first win of the season at Langley Speedway. Dale Nichols, Chris Roberts, Randy Akers, and Danny Harrell finish top five.

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  3. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  5. #3 Brad Adams; 30
  6. #98 Matt Morgan; 30
  7. #60 Bobby Gary; 30
  8. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  9. #44 Robbie Babb; 30
  10. #49 Todd Whitesell; 29
  11. #30 Jonathan White; 28
  12. #5 Andrew Fortin; 21
  13. #63 Derek Roberts; 21
  14. #4 Jon Largena; 17

 

Larry King Law Modified Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 30
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 30
  3. #51 Bubba Johnston; 30
  4. #78 Matt Carter; 30
  5. #3 Brad Adams; 30
  6. #95 Danny Harrell; 30
  7. #60 Bobby Gary; 30
  8. #49 Todd Whitesell; 30
  9. #63 Derek Roberts; 30
  10. #44 Robbie Babb; 30
  11. #5 Andrew Fortin; 30
  12. #30 Jonathan White; 17
  13. #98 Matt Morgan; 15
  14. #4 Jon Largena; 14

 

 

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
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