Smithfield Foods Night Race Results | August 17, 2019

Hampton, VA (8-17-19) It was a warm one at the .367 mile famed oval at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. The month of August always thrills as race teams dig deep, grinding out through the humid summer heat. Featured on the evenings race schedule where the Larry King Law Modifieds were the Balluzzo Bounty 1G was still at large for anyone who can keep Shawn Balluzzo, winner of thirteen straight, out of Victory Lane. Also, in this week’s action were the Taylor Waste Services Late Models in a hundred lap event. Cycle City Corp Bandoleros and Legends were back as well with action from the Old Skool Video Games Super Streets. As a treat, the Riverside Paper Pro Six would make up a sick series, two hundred sixty lap evening at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Here’s a recap of all the racing action.

Cycle City Corp Bandoleros 15 Laps: Jacob Derrick put down the fast lap in Bando series qualifying with his 21.097 second lap. Series points leader Ryley Music would get the second starting spot in row one. With the green flag showing, pole sitter Jacob Derrick would lead the grid into turn one. Quickly the field went single file as the pole sitter leads lap one but when lap two came, Ryley Music took the race lead. On the move and charging to the front was Cody Bryant Jr who soon took second from Derrick. Halfway saw a three car break away as Music continued to show the way. Bryant who was running second was seen looking low on the leader and certainly sizing him up. Meanwhile, Derrick in third was still mirroring the line of Bryant as the late laps were completed. Final lap and they were still single file, Bryant would take one last look underneath but could not close, Ryley Music wins by 0,204 seconds. Ryley Music had these words from Victory Lane, “Yeah, that one lap, Jacob just got loose, I took advantage of it and went on by. Its great to be back in Victory Lane, its been like five races, its amazing. Like to thank both my grandparents, my mom, dad, all my sponsors and everybody for helping me out”.

Race Results:

  1. #47 Ryley Music; 15
  2. #00 Cody Bryant Jr; 15
  3. #8 Jacob Derrick; 15
  4. #14 Aaliyah Paynter; 15
  5. #22 Wyatt Philyaw; 15

Cycle City Corp Legends 25 Laps: Spencer Saunders took the pole in Legends series qualifying. His lap of 18.220 seconds bettered Ryan Matthews who earned the two spot who also leads Saunders by nine points in the series standings. Ryan Center, Colby Flowers and Chris Hammett completed the five best in the afternoon time trials. With the green over the speedway, pole sitter Spencer Saunders motored his way and lead lap one. Ryan Matthews was hot on the leaders tail in second and even took a few looks under Saunders just to serve notice that he was there. But then an early caution bunched back up the grid when Chris Hammett was seen going around. Back to the green, Saunders once again with the better start, then its Matthews, Jones, Flowers and Center the top five. Ryan Matthews would pressure the race leader hoping to force a mistake but Saunders line as of now would prevail. Halfway in the feature would see much the same as Matthews patiently picked at the race leader. Then Matthews made his move and briefly took the lead but back comes Saunders with a crossover retaking the lead. Late laps of the event, Matthews would regroup and once again passes Saunders for the lead. But in another crossover move, Saunders retakes the lead once again. Final lap to no surprise, the leaders are side by side, Matthews gets the advantage and survives the charge of Spencer Saunders to win the Legends series event. Margin of victory was 0.150 seconds as Matthews had this to say about the win. “Me and Saunders are like tick for tack every weekend, it’s all gonna come down to driver. I thought I had a bit better car, he looked a little loose. It’s our first race on these new set of tires and I drove it in deep on the last lap so that he couldn’t hit me. He still got to my bumper but it wasn’t enough for him to get me at the line”.

Race Results:

  1. #51 Ryan Matthews; 25
  2. #7 Spencer Saunders; 25
  3. #14 Connor Jones; 25
  4. #33 Colby Flowers; 25
  5. #88 Ryan Center; 25
  6. #11 Ernie Strouse; 25
  7. #6 Chris Hammett; 25
  8. #51W Bradley Wilson; 25
  9. #4 Chris Hayes; 25
  10. #27 David Steele; 25

Riverside Paper Pro Six 30 Laps:  Pro Six series points leader Jared Clarke would claim the pole clipping off a 17.179 second lap. Eric Schaffer took second with his efforts as Travis Wall, Bobby Hall and JB Sipe were the five best in qualifying. As the flagman waved the green flag, the battle for the lead ensued. Pole sitter Jared Clarke would lead lap one but Eric Schaffer and Travis Wall was all over the leader. But then the races first caution would slow the event as Josh Taylor goes around. Back to the green and from the outside came Travis Wall to the lead but Jared Clarke in a side by side battle was not exactly through. The battle came to an idle when the races second caution took to the track. Going green once again and this time, Travis Wall gets a great jump to secure the point coming out of turn two. Eric Schaffer would show second leaving Jared Clarke to third. Then it was Bobby Hall along with Jason Michaud the early top five. Laps later, Wall had built up nice lead leaving Schaffer to soon fall into the clutches of the pole sitter Clarke. Then contact between Clarke and Schaffer brings out the caution with Schaffer going around, getting the worst of the deal just before the halfway. Back to the green, Wall continues to lead, Bobby Hall gets the two spot who was under heavy pressure from third place Clarke. Schaffer who had to go to the rear for his spin was on the move and running down Clarke and Hall. But as the jockeying continued for positions two through four, Travis Wall was driving away and from there would go on to win by 0.967 seconds. Travis Wall from Victory Lane, “It was fun, our car is obviously handling well. We know when we start in the front, we just go on the starts. All the hard work we put into it through the weeks and months, it’s really paying off. Gotta thank everyone who helps with this car, mom, dad, my sister and the fans for coming out”.

Race Results:

  1. #44 Travis Wall; 30
  2. #28 Jared Clarke; 30
  3. #22 Eric Schaffer; 30
  4. #26 Bobby Hall;30
  5. #29 Scott Allen; 30
  6. #21 Dashe McLaughlin; 30
  7. #46 Jason Michaud; 30
  8. #72 Josh Taylor; 30
  9. #14 JB Sipe; 2

Larry King Law Modifieds 50 Laps: How bout Rick Gdovic in his first ever Modified series pole. Gdovic’s lap was clocked in at 16.545 seconds denying Shawn Balluzzo the series pole in second. Jamie Sample, Bubba Johnston and Danny Harrell completed the five quickest in Modified series time trials. With the green waving to start the race, Rick Gdovic proves to be worthy of his qualifying speed by leading lap one of the event. He also would quickly show a five car length lead over second place Shawn Balluzzo. Jamie Sample, Danny Harrell and Matt Morgan made up the top five in the early going. Laps later, Balluzzo began to close in on the race leader Rick Gdovic. With just a two car length lead, either Balluzzo held off or Gdovic finally stepped it up. The Balluzzo Bounty seemed in jeopardy as the halfway came and went, Balluzzo continued his advances but Gdovic would then pull away. Soon the leaders would encounter race traffic and Gdovic’s race line had soon changed. Balluzzo so far could not capitalize but was all over the leader. Brad Adams would make his way into the top five with his run but then a change for the lead. Lap thirty three and Shawn Balluzzo motors by Gdovic for the lead. The race experienced its first caution for the spin of Eric McPherson giving Gdovic one last chance at the Balluzzo Bounty. Green flag and race leader Balluzzo got the better start. Gdovic spins his tires losing several spots as Jamie Sample would take over second. But then on the backstretch the caution waves as Gdovic and Morgan go around. Final restart, its Balluzzo on point but this time Sample is there to challenge for the lead. But then Gdovic joins the battle as the white flag waves. Final lap, Sample could not close, Balluzzo goes on to win by 0.290 seconds. Balluzzo from Victory Lane, “The track is covered in oil, my windshield is covered. I think that’s why everyone is slipping and sliding so much. I never light my tires on the restart and each of those restarts starting my car in fourth gear we would light the tires up. It was a good race tonight and I really appreciate the fans being out here every week. I also appreciate everyone who helps us out”.

Race Results:

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 50
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 50
  3. #64 Rick Gdovic; 50
  4. #95 Danny Harrell; 50
  5. #16 Eric McPherson; 49
  6. #7 Grant Blasingame; 49
  7. #98 Matt Morgan; 49
  8. #3 Brad Adams; 47
  9. #19J Bubba Johnston; 46

Old Skool Video Games Super Streets 40 Laps: Down just three points in the Super Street division, Gordon Weeks nabbed up the pole with a lap at 18.841 seconds. Points leader Dale Parro would start second as Landon Abbott, Nick Sample and Randy Akers finished the out the five best in qualifying. With the green displayed, pole sitter Gordon Weeks was the early race leader. Landon Abbott followed through, picking up a spot to second leaving Dale Parro third, Nick Sample fourth and Randy Akers as the top five. But then the races first caution would reset the field in anticipation of the next green flag. After another caution, racing resumed and on the point from the outside was Landon Abbott. The pole sitter Weeks settles in second as Dale Parro is there and on the bumper in third. With the leaders single file all nose to tail, the racing at the front was intense. But then on the front stretch, Billy Newman’s car expires to bring out the third caution of the race. Nine laps into the feature, the green would soon wave and back out in front is Landon Abbott. With Gordon Weeks in second, Dale Parro, Nick Sample and Randy Akers were the top five. Sample would soon get third from Parro but back up front, the leaders were battling as Weeks would tap on the bumper of Abbott. Halfway in the race, Parro retakes third as second spot Weeks looks underneath of the leader. Great racing nose to tail were the top four when Gordon Weeks gets side by side with the race leader. But then contact between the leaders in turn one as both Abbott and Weeks goes around to bring out the caution. Next restart, Nick Sample becomes the new leader but action for second is heavy when Parro finally settles the spot with Thomas Gildea. Randy Akers made his way to third but for the leaders Sample and Parro, they were left to decide the feature for themselves. Final laps saw Dale Parro do all he could but Jamie Sample would hold off the charge and go on to win by 0.690 seconds. Nick Sample had these words from Victory Lane, “I grew up at this race track since I was two years old. When I grew up, I always thought about being right here in Victory Lane, we won a lot of races in a small kart but none of them means like this. I just happy to be out here with my family, really happy to get this win for my dad. He deserves it more than I do, thank you to all the fans, I wish my mom could be here tonight”.

Race Results:

  1. #25 Nick Sample; 40
  2. #15 Dale Parro; 40
  3. #21 Randy Akers; 40
  4. #20 Gordon Weeks; 40
  5. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  6. #33 Chris Spangler; 40
  7. #28 Thomas Gildea; 40
  8. #12 Sean Calway; 40
  9. #70 Landon Abbott; 40
  10. #14 Tillman Heuer; 40
  11. #54N Billy Newman; 9
  12. #54 Joshua Perry; 2

Taylor Waste Services Late Models 100 Laps: Late Model points leader Greg Edwards picked up the series pole with a lap set at 15.829 seconds. Connor Hall just narrowly missed the pole himself by a mere six thousandths of a second earning his spot on the front row. Woody Howard with a great lap started third, Brenden Queen would start fourth and Dominion Raceway standout Michael Hardin started fifth. Green flag would wave high from the flag stand and the roar of the Late Models was in the air. Coming around from the outside row one starting position, Connor Hall leads lap one. Greg Edwards settles in second as Brenden Queen picks up a spot to third. Then its Woody Howard and Michael Hardin making up the early top five. Speaking of early, the race experienced its first caution when Craig Eastep goes around and making contact with the inside wall. Back to the green, Connor Hall wins the restart as Brenden Queen goes to second. But back would come Greg Edwards as second was still to be decided, Finally, Edwards prevailed leaving Queen in third. Great battle for fourth as Woody Howard and Michael Hardin battled but on the move was Danny Edwards and Justin Carroll who took over fourth and fifth. Meanwhile, Connor Hall checks out showing a twelve car length lead over Greg Edwards. Finally settled in, the racing slowed down in intensity as there was still nearly seventy laps remaining in the already eventful feature. As the leaders were seen reeling in the slower race traffic, Greg Edwards was reeling in the leader Connor Hall. Getting to the bumper, Connor Hall wisely gives room on the inside for Edwards to pass but doesn’t make it easy. But with the preferred line, Greg Edwards goes by to take the lead. On back, Danny Edwards climbs to third as Woody Howard and Justin Carroll are the top five just before the halfway. Now at the halfway, Greg Edwards lead is ten lengths as Connor Hall watches him slowly pull away. Late stages of the race, the leader would encounter heavy race traffic as positions were being decided in front of him. Tip toeing through, Greg Edwards would obviously lose ground but Connor Hall would have to deal with them also. With the race staying green, Greg Edwards had his car hooked up and would go on to win the hundred lap feature by 3.345 seconds. Greg Edwards commented in Victory Lane, “My hats off to Connor, his car is so fast on the outside. I don’t know how he does it, his car just grips up and turn when he wants it. He had a lot of speed early and I was tight so I made a decision that I needed to ride back there and take my time. If we could just not spin the rear tires, I was hoping eventually the seventy seven would wear down a little bit, I think that’s what happened”.

Race Results:

  1. #97 Greg Edwards; 100
  2. #77 Connor Hall; 100
  3. #26 Danny Edwards; 100
  4. #41 Woody Howard; 100
  5. #03 Brenden Queen; 99
  6. #7 Zach Lightfoot; 99
  7. #91 Justin Carroll; 99
  8. #8 7H Michael Hardin; 99
  9. #90 Terry Carroll; 99
  10. #88 Thomas Marks; 99
  11. #00 Chase Burrows; 98
  12. #4 Duane Shreeves; 98
  13. #9 Rodney Boyd; 98
  14. #10 Maddy Mulligan; 98
  15. #89 Craig Eastep; 5
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