Reinhart Food Service & Sky4 TV Night Race Report

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway – Hampton, VA
Reinhart FoodService Night
presented by SKY4 TV
Race Report
Saturday, August 15, 2015

HAMPTON, Va. (Aug. 15) — Danny Edwards Jr. posted his fourth and fifth victories of the season with a sweep of the Reinhart FoodService Twin 65s, presented by SKY4 TV, for the ComServe/Verizon Wireless Late Model Stock Cars, the featured events of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
The lineup for the first half of the twinbill was determined in afternoon time trials and Edwards nabbed the pole position, at 89.468 mph. Greg Edwards was second-fastest, a little over a tenth of a second off his brother’s pace, and lined up on the outside of Row 1. Youngsters Brenden “Butterbean” Queen and Connor Hall made up Row 2, while Terry Carroll rounded out the top five on the 15-car grid.
As the opener got under way, the Edwardses battled door-to-door with Danny eking out a half-length lead at the end of lap 1. They remained side-by-side until they reached Turn 4 on lap 2. Exiting the corner, Danny surged ahead, leaving the door open for Queen, who snagged second place. Greg settled into third, followed by Carroll and Mark Wertz.
While Danny began to extend his advantage, Greg was busy trying to retake the runner-up spot from Queen. He stayed within striking distance until lap 11 when Queen gained some separation off Turn 2.
Deeper in the field, Casey Wyatt moved up to challenge Wertz for fifth. He launched his bid for the spot on lap 14, ducking underneath Wertz in Turn 1. Returning to the flagstand, Wertz maintained a slight edge. On the next circuit, though, Wyatt pulled ahead.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 18 when Tyler Gallup spun in Turn 3. During the ensuing caution period, Wertz headed to the pits for an adjustment, rejoining the tail of the field.
Bunching for a restart, Greg Edwards gave up his third spot in line and pulled to the outside of his brother. He was joined in the high lane by Michael Hardin, Hall and Macy Causey.
Back under green, Danny Edwards Jr. quickly cleared Greg Edwards as Queen rushed to fill the void. Over the next four laps, Greg Edwards remained trapped on the outside and gave way to Queen, Carroll, Hardin and Wyatt, falling to sixth. He started to reverse the trend on lap 24, slipping past Wyatt to regain fifth.
At the front, Edwards Jr. had opened a six-length gap over Queen, who had a mirror-full of Carroll. Second place changed hands on lap 29 when Carroll overtook Queen on the backstretch. Meanwhile, Edwards Jr. continued to pad his lead.
On lap 39, Queen took a look underneath Carroll in Turn 1, hoping to regain the second position. He was rebuffed, though, and ended up in a tussle for third with Hardin, who grabbed the spot on lap 40.
Once past Queen, Hardin quickly zeroed in on Carroll. He snuck a peek down low in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 46, but fell back in line. On the next lap, he worked a fender under Carroll off Turn 4 and took over second in Turn 1 on lap 48.
Although he was chipping away at Edwards Jr.’s lead, Hardin seemed destined to run out of time as the laps were winding down. He got a break, though, when Causey spun in Turn 3 on lap 57 to bring out the second, and final, yellow flag.
Gathering for the last restart, Hardin chose the outside lane, along with Queen and Wertz.
As the race resumed, Edwards Jr. cleared Hardin entering Turn 1. Hardin dropped back into second, followed by Carroll and Queen, who were door-to-door for third. Behind them, Wertz and Greg Edwards jousted for fifth.
At the finish, Danny Edwards Jr. was the winner by 0.972-second — about five car-lengths — over Hardin, who enjoyed his best outing of the season. Carroll was third, while Queen and Greg Edwards completed the top five. Wertz headed up the second five, in sixth, followed by Hall, Justin Carroll, Clayton Parrish and Causey, all on the lead lap.
In Victory Lane after the race, Edwards Jr. noted his crew’s effort to bounce back following a disappointing showing in the Hampton Heat 200: “I can’t thank these guys and girls enough that work on this team. We had an awful lot of work to do after the Hampton Heat. We kinda got in a couple bad situations in the Hampton Heat and didn’t get what we expected. We knew we had a good car. Circumstances just kinda got us there. We rebounded pretty well here, so I can’t be happier. Still got a long way to go. Got another one tonight, so hopefully we can get another one.”
Asked about the late restart with Hardin and Carroll in position to challenge, Edwards Jr. continued, “Yeah, you never know. Like I said, I did see the 90 (Carroll) and the 7 (Hardin) coming in late and they were running pretty strong. The track’s changed a lot, y’know, with the pavements, and it’s gone through a lot of changes just since a couple weeks ago, so we had to come out yesterday and do some testing and try to figure some things out and it definitely worked for us.”
Danny Edwards Jr.’s win in the first race landed him back on the pole for the second portion of the doubleheader. He was flanked on the front row by Hardin, while Carroll, Queen and Greg Edwards were next in the starting order.
As the nightcap got going, Edwards Jr. beat Hardin into Turn 1 and took the early lead. Terry Carroll drove underneath Hardin and nosed into the second spot on lap 2, while Greg Edwards swiped third from Hardin on lap 3.
The first caution flag waved on lap 5 when Carroll spun in Turn 2. As the field slowed, the Edwardses were now first and second, followed by Hardin, Queen and Wertz. Preparing for the restart, Hardin picked the outside lane, joined by Wertz and Justin Carroll.
Back under green, Edwards Jr. cleared Hardin as they reached Turn 1. In the middle of Turns 1 and 2, Hardin switched lanes and tried to duck underneath the leader. His bid came up empty and he ended up tangling with Wertz on the backstretch, sending both cars into the outside wall and bringing out the second caution flag.
During the caution period, Hardin headed to the pits for service. Wertz had other ideas, though, and parked alongside Hardin, denying Hardin’s jackman access to the right side of the #7 machine. Wertz’s fit of pique earned him a boot in the right-front fender before he made his way to his own pit stall, retiring to a 13th-place finish.
For the restart, third-place Queen and eighth-place Causey were the only two drivers to opt for the outside lane.
Returning to green, Edwards Jr. quickly dispensed with Queen, who slipped into the second spot, ahead of Greg Edwards. On lap 9, Edwards regained the runner-up position from Queen.
Deeper in the pack, Wyatt grabbed fifth place from Justin Carroll. Working lap 11, Justin Carroll tried to rally back past Wyatt, rooting him up the track in Turn 1. The two went side-by-side for one circuit before Wyatt secured the position.
The third caution flag flew on lap 13 when Causey and Terry Carroll made contact on the frontstretch. Causey spun in Turn 1, while Carroll came to a stop to avoid any further damage.
The fourth caution flag appeared on lap 15 when Hall spun on the frontstretch after contact with Wyatt.
Caution flag #5 was unfurled on lap 17 when Justin Carroll and Wyatt tangled off Turn 2. Both cars spun, but Wyatt drove out of his predicament, while Carroll came to a stop, prompting the yellow.
Setting the running order, Danny Edwards Jr. and Greg Edwards went 1-2, followed by Queen, Wyatt and Clayton Parrish. Bunching for the restart, Queen and sixth-place Causey went to the top side.
As the race resumed, Edwards Jr. pulled ahead of Queen into Turn 1, while Greg Edwards moved past down the backstretch. Causey improved her position, coming away with the fifth spot.
By lap 24, Greg Edwards had drawn to within a car-length of his older brother’s rear bumper. Half a straightaway separated the lead duo from third-place Queen.
On lap 27, Greg Edwards took a peek to the inside of the leader in Turn 2, then dropped back in line. Four laps later, the two made contact in Turn 4 as Greg delivered a not-so-subtle hint that Danny might be holding him up.
On lap 34, Greg Edwards drove underneath Danny Edwards Jr. into Turn 1 and rocketed into the lead off Turn 2. Danny was far from done, though, as he began pecking at the new leader’s rear bumper. Meanwhile, Queen was stealthily creeping into the picture.
After a handful of circuits, Greg Edwards began to ease away from his brother, opening a four-length advantage. Deeper in the pack, 14-year-old Causey was enjoying her most competitive outing of the season as she challenged Wyatt for fourth, snagging the position on lap 51.
The green-flag stint came to an end on lap 57 when Cameron Bowen and Justin Carroll locked horns in Turn 2 and Carroll spun. For the restart, Edwards Jr. picked the outside lane, accompanied by Wyatt and Hall.
During the caution period, Greg Edwards’ team passed the word along pit road that their driver was having alternator issues and that the restart could get a bit dicey.
Returning to green, the concern proved to be well-founded as Greg Edwards was unable to come fully up to speed. Queen drove to his inside entering Turn 1, making it three-wide. As Greg Edwards began to fade, Danny Edwards Jr. leaped back into the lead. Queen emerged in second, followed by Wyatt and Causey.
On lap 60, Causey picked off Wyatt to move into third. Three laps later, Bowen and Hardin also slipped past Wyatt, dropping him from the top five.
The last of the race’s seven caution flags waved on lap 64 when Tyler Gallup spun in the middle of Turns 3 and 4, setting up a “green-white-checkered” sprint to the finish. For the final restart, Queen, Hardin and Hall went to the outside lane.
Under green for the last time, Edwards Jr. cleared Queen at the entrance to Turn 1. Queen tried to turn underneath the leader in Turn 2, but couldn’t make the move pay off.
Over the last couple of laps, Edwards Jr. kept Queen at arm’s length and held on to win by 0.302-second — a little more than a car-length. Queen was second, followed by Hardin, Causey and Bowen. Hall was sixth to the stripe, while Wyatt and Justin Carroll were seventh and eighth, the final drivers to complete the entire distance. Gallup and Greg Edwards rounded out the top 10, both two laps down.
Back in Victory Lane for a second time, Danny Edwards Jr. understood that he had benefited from a bit of good fortune: “Yeah, I feel bad for him (Greg Edwards). I mean, I think he definitely had us beat there. We made a bad adjustment at the break. Nowhere near as good as it was in the first one. So, I think, in the first one, we had the best car and, in the second, we were lucky. So, that’s kinda the way it works. It was a great night. Woulda liked to have won it outright, but, hey, sometimes you gotta take what you get.”
In the division standings, Danny Edwards Jr. has vaulted past Greg Edwards into first place. Down by three coming into the night, Danny now leads by 10 — 336-326. Queen is third, 15 out of the lead.
The Late Models will return to action on Saturday, Aug. 29, in the Safety Kleen Twin 65s.

In the evening’s other feature events:

In the 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock race, Jamie Sample took the lead with a daring, three-wide pass on the opening circuit and rolled to his second straight win.
Mark Frye was the fast qualifier, at 78.912 mph. An inversion of the top four, however, bumped him to the outside of Row 2. In the reconstituted lineup, Rodney Boyd was the pole-sitter, flanked by Tommy Sweeney. Sample and Frye made up Row 2, while Paul Lubno held the fifth slot.
As the green flag fell, Boyd and Sweeney raced side-by-side into Turn 1. Sample wasn’t satisfied to just let things shake out, though, and he drove to the very bottom of the track and exited Turn 2 with the lead. Frye tagged along with Sample and took over second, while Boyd and Sweeney slipped to third and fourth.
In the early going, Sample opened a three-length advantage over Frye. Soon, though, that margin began to shrink. By lap 11, Frye was within a car-length of the leader’s bumper. Half a straightaway divided the top twosome from third-place Boyd. Meanwhile, Andrew Condrey had scooted around Lubno to take over fifth.
Frye remained within striking distance of the leader until lap 16 when a slower machine forced him to go wide in Turn 1. Sample capitalized on Frye’s situation and extended his edge to five lengths.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 21 when Jonathan White spun in Turn 1. For the restart, fourth-place Sweeney, fifth-place Andrew Condrey and eighth-place Thomas Marks chose the outside lane.
Back under green, Sample quickly cleared Sweeney and set sail, while Frye and Sweeney wrestled for second. Frye took the spot, but not before Sample had fashioned a four-length margin. By lap 27, though, Frye had cut that gap in half.
The only other yellow flag flew on lap 28 when White’s night came to a smoky end in Turn 2. For what would turn out to be the last restart, only Marks ventured to the outside lane.
As the race resumed, Sample easily fended off Marks to retain the top spot. In Turn 2, Marks skated up the track and gave way to Frye, Sweeney, Boyd and Lubno. Two laps later, Boyd swiped the third position from Sweeney.
Over the closing laps, Sample maintained a constant, three-length advantage, while Boyd began to close in on Frye.
At the checkers, Sample was the winner by 0.638-second over Frye. Boyd was third, followed by Sweeney and Lubno.

In a 40-lapper for the Butterfoss & Barton Orthodontics Super Streets, Renno Marchetti IV dodged spinning cars to take the lead off the final corner, scoring his eighth win of the year in unlikely fashion.
Marchetti topped the speed chart in qualifying, clocking in at 75.715 mph. The top four were inverted, however, relegating him to the outside of the second row. Bill Eaker moved to the pole, followed by Sean Calway, Sammy Gaita, Marchetti and Randy Akers.
After the first try at a start went awry, the race got under way with Calway taking the lead as the field roared off Turn 4 for the first time. Eaker settled into second, while Gaita held onto third. Marchetti found himself stuck on the outside and gave way to Akers and Matt Morgan before he could find an opening.
Back to sixth, Marchetti gathered himself and began to rally. He passed Morgan for fifth on lap 6, then went after Akers for fourth on lap 7. Marchetti and Akers tangled on the backstretch and the rear bumper cover, including the rear spoiler, of Marchetti’s machine was yanked loose. Dragging the errant bodywork behind him, Marchetti continued to march forward, passing Eaker for third on lap 16.
The second caution flag waved on lap 27 when Landon Abbott spun in Turn 2. During the caution period, Marchetti headed to the pits for repairs, returning at the tail of the field. Setting the running order, Calway was the leader, followed by Gaita, Akers, Eaker and Jason Michaud. Akers and sixth-place Rod Busitzky chose the outside lane for the restart.
Returning to green, Calway immediately claimed the upper hand, while Akers slid into second. Gaita tried to retake second from Akers on lap 28. Instead, he found himself in a third-place tussle with Eaker. Meanwhile, Marchetti was on the charge, taking over fourth on lap 30 as Gaita began to fade.
The third, and final, caution flag flew on lap 31 when Busitzky and Michaud tangled on the frontstretch. Michaud spun, while Busitzky earned a trip to the back of the pack for rough driving. Marchetti and Gaita filled the outside lane for the ensuing restart.
As the race resumed, Calway pulled ahead of Marchetti as they rumbled into Turn 1. On the next lap, Marchetti looked to the outside of Calway in Turn 1 and they made contact. Akers spotted the opening and ducked underneath both drivers, grabbing the lead off Turn 2. Calway finally freed himself of Marchetti on lap 34 and quickly tracked down Akers, looking to regain the lead.
With just over two laps to go, Calway caught up to Akers, delivering a rap to the leader’s bumper as they navigated Turn 4. A car-length behind them, Marchetti lurked in third.
On the final lap, Calway tried to root his way past Akers in Turn 4, turning Akers sideways. As Calway drove through Akers, Marchetti went low to miss the unfolding melee and passed both drivers to take the lead.
At the stripe, Marchetti was the winner by 0.600-second over Eaker. Calway spun backward to the line, in third. He was penalized for rough driving, though, and placed at the rear of the lead-lap machines, in eighth. Abbott was third in the final rundown, followed by Michaud and Busitzky. Akers ended up seventh.
After the race, Akers fired up his machine and made a beeline for Calway, who was sitting in his car on the start/finish line, facing back toward Turn 4. Akers scrubbed into the driver’s side of Calway’s ride and and stopped window-to-window. Following some grabbing and shoving and angry words, the two were separated.

Chris Hildebrand started on the pole, at 78.425 mph, and wired the field for his fourth win in as many starts in the 25-lap Cycle City Corp. INEX Legends feature, which ran caution-free.
Matt Dail shared the front row with Hildebrand and held down the runner-up spot throughout the race. For most of the contest, he trailed the leader by about five car-lengths. A slight bobble in Turn 4 on lap 18, however, allowed Hildebrand to get away.
At the finish, Hildebrand was the winner by 1.074 seconds — almost half a straightaway. Dail was second, followed by D.J. Valente, Brian May and Brandon Johnston.

In a 15-lapper for the Cycle City Corp. INEX Bandoleros, Zach Lightfoot snagged the lead on the start and motored to his fifth win of the season.
Brad Wilson was the pole-sitter, at 66.241 mph, but gave way to Lightfoot as the initial green flag went in the air. Brad Kilby and Colby Flowers also bypassed Wilson, who slipped to fourth.
As the leaders were completing lap 1, trouble broke out in the back of the pack as Elysia Potter looped her machine, collecting Aiden Bolling. Autumn Weaver and Wesley Newell also spun to avoid Potter and Bolling, who were both sidelined by the incident.
Back under green, Lightfoot led Kilby, Flowers and Wilson in a four-car breakaway at the front. The running order remained the same until lap 11 when Kilby’s car snapped around off Turn 2 and he collected Cole Bruce in a wicked crash. Both drivers walked away, but their night was prematurely done.
On the restart, Lightfoot eked out a slim advantage, while Flowers and Wilson went nose-to-tail for second. After a lap or so, Flowers managed to separate himself from Wilson. By then, however, Lightfoot was up by four lengths.
At the finish, Lightfoot was the winner by 0.503-second — about three lengths — over Flowers. Wilson was third, while Weaver and Jacob Putman completed the top five.

In the evening’s opening event, a 20-lap contest for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts, Charlie-Ray Lorah shuffled past brother Brandon Lorah on the last lap to nab his first win of the season.
Aaron Leach started on the pole, at 62.336 mph, and set the pace for the first nine circuits. On lap 8, though, the lead draft lost cohesion and allowed a second group, led by Cody Carlton, to close in.
On lap 9, Leach found himself several kart-lengths ahead of the field. In Champ Kart racing, where the draft is king, that made him a sitting duck and Carlton snatched the lead away on lap 10, pushed along by the Lorah brothers.
On lap 18, the Brandon and Charlie-Ray Lorah drove to the outside of Carlton in Turn 1 and hung him out to dry, taking over first and second. Ousted from the top spot, Carlton backpedaled and quickly formed a new alliance with Leach and Matt Dail.
On the final lap, Charlie-Ray slipped past Brandon for the lead. The exchange allowed the Carlton-led trio to rapidly close the gap.
At the checkers, Charlie-Ray Lorah was the winner by 84-thousandths of a second over Brandon Lorah. Carlton, Leach and Dail were third, fourth and fifth, respectively, about three-tenths of a second behind.
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway – Hampton, VA
Reinhart FoodService Night
presented by SKY4 TV
Race Results
Saturday, August 15, 2015

COMSERVE/VERIZON WIRELESS
LATE MODEL STOCK CARS – Twin 65s
Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 65
2. (7) Michael Hardin; 65
3. (90) Terry Carroll; 65
4. (03) Brenden Queen; 65
5. (97) Greg Edwards; 65
6. (55) Mark Wertz; 65
7. (77) Connor Hall; 65
8. (91) Justin Carroll; 65
9. (5) Clayton Parrish; 65
10. (33) Macy Causey; 65
11. (19) Cameron Bowen; 62
12. (92) Casey Wyatt; 47
13. (20) Tyler Gallup; 20
14. (97x)Robbie Babb; 5
15. (03x)Landon Abbott; 3
Pole: Edwards Jr. – 89.468 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 65
2. (03) Brenden Queen; 65
3. (7) Michael Hardin; 65
4. (33) Macy Causey; 65
5. (19) Cameron Bowen; 65
6. (77) Connor Hall; 65
7. (92) Casey Wyatt; 65
8. (91) Justin Carroll; 65
9. (20) Tyler Gallup; 63
10. (97) Greg Edwards; 63
11. (5) Clayton Parrish; 35
12. (90) Terry Carroll; 12
13. (55) Mark Wertz; 5
14. (97x)Robbie Babb; 4
15. (03x)Landon Abbott; 3
Pole: Edwards Jr. – via Race #1 finish.

PEPSI GRAND STOCKS – 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (28) Jamie Sample; 40
2. (29) Mark Frye; 40
3. (9) Rodney Boyd; 40
4. (11) Tommy Sweeney; 40
5. (71) Paul Lubno; 40
6. (17) Tim Wilson; 40
7. (88) Thomas Marks; 40
8. (24) Jack Robinson; 39
9. (6) Shawn Scovel; 33
10. (1) Kevin Morgan; 29
11. (5) Jonathan White; 27
12. (36) Andrew Condrey; 26
13. (75) Jeff Driskill; 5
Pole: Boyd – Top 4 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Frye – 78.912 mph.

BUTTERFOSS & BARTON ORTHODONTICS
SUPER STREETS – 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 40
2. (22) Bill Eaker; 40
3. (70) Landon Abbott; 40
4. (46) Jason Michaud; 40
5. (2) Rod Busitzky; 40
6. (50) Jim Bennett; 40
7. (21) Randy Akers; 40
8. (12) Sean Calway; 40
9. (24) Sammy Gaita; 32
10. (50x)Matt Morgan; 11
Pole: Eaker – Top 4 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Marchetti – 75.715 mph.

CYCLE CITY CORP. INEX LEGENDS – 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (71) Chris Hildebrand; 25
2. (07) Matt Dail; 25
3. (18) D.J. Valente; 25
4. (22) Brian May; 25
5. (51) Brandon Johnston; 25
6. (4) Chris Hayes; 20
Pole: Hildebrand – 78.425 mph.

CYCLE CITY CORP. INEX BANDOLEROS – 15 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (7) Zach Lightfoot; 15
2. (33) Colby Flowers; 15
3. (51) Brad Wilson; 15
4. (18) Autumn Weaver; 15
5. (3) Jacob Putman; 15
6. (14) Conner Jones; 15
7. (48) Wesley Newell; 14
8. (5) Brad Kilby; 10
9. (31) Cole Bruce; 10
10. (24) Elysia Potter; 0
11. (87) Aidan Bolling; 0
Pole: Wilson – 66.241 mph.

RHONNDA CLAIBORNE, REALTOR
HRKC PRO WINGED CHAMP KARTS – 20 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (59) Charlie-Ray Lorah; 20
2. (69) Brandon Lorah; 20
3. (94) Cody Carlton; 20
4. (45) Aaron Leach; 20
5. (47) Matt Dail; 20
6. (51) Harry Leach; 20
7. (27) Cullen Roberts; 20
8. (16) David Millard; 20
9. (10) Danny Millard; 20
10. (71) Shawn Gervais; 20
11. (52) Chris Bechtel; 20
12. (14) Tillman Heuer; 20
13. (23) Bradley Gower; 20
14. (95) Jonathan Mullett; 20
15. (01) Jesse Call; 20
16. (39) Mattisen Morrill; 20
17. (28) Gary Osbourne; 20
18. (08) Jim Grady Jr.; 19
19. (63) Clif Savage; 8
DQ (24) Vaughan Crittenden; 20
Pole: A. Leach – 62.336 mph.