Smithfield Night Race Report

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway – Hampton, VA
Smithfield Foods Night
Race Report
Saturday, May 30, 2015

HAMPTON, Va. (May 30) — Shut out of Victory Lane since April 18, Greg Edwards regained his winning form with a sweep of the Smithfield Foods Twin 65s 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 wins were his fourth and fifth of the season.
The starting lineup for the first of the two races was determined in late afternoon time trials and Matt Waltz bagged the pole, at 89.114 mph. Danny Edwards Jr. was second-fastest, just 20-thousandths of a second off Waltz’s standard. Matt Bowling, Brenden “Butterbean” Queen and Greg Edwards rounded out the top five on the 17-car grid, which included 10 drivers currently ranked in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national top 100.
As the opener got under way, Waltz grabbed the upper hand as the field sped through Turns 1 and 2 for the first time. Edwards Jr. settled into second, followed by Bowling, Edwards and Queen.
On lap 2, Bowling went after Edwards Jr. for the runner-up spot, finally nosing ahead at the end of lap 3. The brief tussle allowed Waltz to extend his lead to half a straightaway. Deeper in the field, Tyler Hughes bypassed Queen on lap 4 to crack the top five.
Greg Edwards slipped around his brother on lap 12 to take over the third position. Within five laps, he was filling Bowling’s mirror, on the hunt for second.
The nation’s top-ranked driver, Lee Pulliam, made his way into the top five on lap 23, scooting past Hughes. A lap later, Edwards got the better of Bowling in Turns 1 and 2 and moved into the runner-up position.
The race’s only caution flag fluttered on lap 25 and wiped out Waltz’s half-straightaway advantage. Bunching for a restart, both Edwards brothers headed to the outside lane, joined by Hughes, Mark Wertz and Justin Carroll.
Back under green, Waltz and Edwards dueled until they reached the end of the backstretch. Rolling into Turn 3, Waltz pulled ahead, while Edwards fell in line on his rear bumper.
Behind the two leaders, Bowling and Edwards Jr. went door-to-door for third. Bowling snagged the spot on lap 27. Two laps later, Edwards Jr. slowed with mechanical problems and turned toward the pits for a lengthy visit.
Working lap 30, Waltz had opened a two-length advantage over Edwards. The defending track champ wasn’t about to concede, however. By lap 32, he had erased the gap and was pressuring Waltz for the lead.
Edwards launched his bid for the top spot on lap 33, ducking underneath Waltz in Turn 2. Waltz held a slight edge as they returned to the flagstand. On lap 34, Edwards pushed the nose of his car out front for the first time. Edwards and Waltz continued side-by-side for another circuit with Edwards finally surging ahead off Turn 4 on lap 35.
Once out front, Edwards immediately began to ease away from the pack. At lap 47, his lead stood at four lengths over Waltz. Nearly half a straightaway separated the lead duo from Bowling and Pulliam, who ran third and fourth.
Over the closing circuits, Edwards just kept adding to his lead. By the finish, his margin of victory had grown to 2.313 seconds — better than half a straightaway. Waltz was the runner-up, followed by Bowling, Pulliam and Hughes.
Wertz headed up the second five, in sixth, while Queen, Woody Howard and Carroll were seventh, eighth and ninth, the final drivers on the lead lap. Cameron Bowen was 10th, a lap off the pace.
Rolling into the winner’s circle after the event, Edwards noted his improved performance: “Yeah, it came back. We’re still chasing it a little bit. I guess the summertime conditions have got the track a lot slicker and I’ve had to go back to some older setups I had from a couple years ago. We actually changed the car quite a bit, right before the race there. We changed a spring and some other stuff and it seemed to like it. We need to go a little bit more with it. I think everybody else was even worse than I was, as far as being loose. But, I had just enough drive off the corner to pass those guys. Man, I’m ecstatic after the way the last couple of weeks had gone. We had some bad luck with flat tires and, then, this last race, we just ran horrible. I couldn’t figure it out, so we’ve changed everything on this car that we could think of and, hopefully, we’ve got it.”
With his win in the first race, Edwards landed on the pole for the nightcap. Waltz was slated to start on the outside pole. Between races, though, he was forced to change a balky tire and had to drop to the rear of the lineup. Pulliam took his place on the outside of Row 1.
As the second race got rolling, Edwards won the drag race into Turn 1 and grabbed the lead. Pulliam slipped into second, followed by Bowling, Wertz and Howard, who was at the wheel of J.T. Jackson’s #67 machine.
The lone yellow flag flew on lap 4 when Howard and Hughes tangled in Turn 2, sending the rest of the field scattering to avoid them. The incident chased Hughes to the sidelines, while Howard dropped to the back of the pack.
Gathering for the restart, Pulliam pulled to the outside of Edwards, followed by Queen, Edwards Jr. and Waltz.
As the race resumed, Pulliam remained on Edwards’ flank for a full lap before giving way in Turn 1 on the fifth circuit. While Edwards powered ahead, he left the inside lane open for Bowling, who rushed to fill the space. Bowling and Pulliam went side-by-side until lap 8 when Bowling gained the advantage. In the meantime, Edwards had stretched his lead to almost half a straightaway.
Farther back in the pack, Queen held the fourth spot, but he was under attack from Edwards Jr., who took the position on lap 17. A lap later, Waltz also bypassed Queen to make his way into the top five. With Queen in their rearview mirrors, Edwards Jr. and Waltz began to close in on Pulliam.
On lap 28, Edwards Jr. ducked underneath Pulliam and the race for third was on. Edwards Jr. eased ahead on lap 29 and cleared Pulliam off Turn 4 on lap 30. Within a couple laps, he had moved to within a couple car-lengths of Bowling, who was busy negotiating slower traffic.
At the front, Edwards continued to lengthen his lead. By the end, the gap had swelled to almost a full straightaway — 2.477 seconds, to be exact — over Bowling. Edwards Jr. was third, followed by Pulliam and Waltz.
Michael Hardin was sixth to the line, while Howard rebounded from his early-race dustup to take seventh. Queen and Carroll were eighth and ninth, both on the lead lap at the finish. Wertz was shown in 10th, a lap down.
Returning to Victory Lane after completing the sweep, Edwards shed some light on his resurgence: “The car was really good. I think we’re finding our setup again. We kinda got off there for a little bit, but the car just felt like, right there in that run, it was on the bottom, it was driving off, not wiggling, so I’m tickled to death for these guys. And, I gotta say, this Charlie High racing engine is the strongest engine I’ve ever had in my car. It’s a brand-new, fresh one this week and it is a rocketship, so I’ve gotta thank Charlie for that.”
Noting the end of his recent, four-race winless streak, Edwards continued, “It does feel amazing to me. After we lost the one with the flat tire, I was kinda thinking, ‘Uh-oh, we’re having a little down spell here.’ But the guys rallied and pulled back and I’m really glad for it.”

In the evening’s other feature events:

In the 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock race, Tommy Sweeney moved out front at the halfway mark and rolled to his first win of the season.
Jamie Sample was the fast qualifier, at 78.516 mph. An inversion of the top six, however, bumped him to the outside of Row 3 and handed the pole to Jonathan White. Thomas Marks was the outside pole starter, followed by Mark Frye, Sweeney and Chris Flowers.
As the green flag flew to begin the event, White and Marks led the field into Turn 1. Frye, though, dipped below both of them and exited Turn 2 with the lead. White dropped into second, followed by Marks, Sweeney and Flowers.
On lap 2, Marks and Sweeney slipped past White to take over second and third, respectively. A lap later, Sweeney grabbed second from Marks. Behind them, seventh-place starter Mark Claar scooted by White for fourth. Sample made his way into fifth on lap 5. Meanwhile, Frye had opened a half-straightaway lead. Steadily, though, Sweeney chopped into the advantage.
Catching up to the leader, Sweeney went after the top spot on lap 19, driving underneath Frye in Turn 4. He motored ahead through Turns 1 and 2 on lap 20 and immediately began to pull away. At the crossed flags, he was already up by two lengths.
Over the second half of the caution-free race, Sweeney continued to add to his margin, while Frye was in danger of falling into Sample’s clutches. Farther back, Claar’s machine began to show smoke around lap 30. As the smoke intensified, he finally slowed and called it a night on lap 34.
At the checkers, Sweeney was the winner by 2.874 seconds — more than half a straightaway — over Frye, who held off Sample’s charge to take second. Marks tailed the lead trio to the line, in fourth, while Shawn Scovel posted a fifth-place result.

Landon Florian took the lead on lap 4 and survived a pair of late restarts to post his second win of the year in the 30-lap KeesVacations.com Pro Six feature.
Florian was quickest in time trials, at 82.790 mph. Following an inversion of the top two, he swapped front-row starting spots with Travis Wall. Nelson Moody, Bobby Hall and Cody Carlton completed the top five on the 13-car grid.
On the start, Wall beat Florian into Turn 1 to take the early lead. Florian shadowed Wall for a couple of circuits, then drove underneath the leader off Turn 4 on lap 3. Florian was up by half a car-length at the end of lap 4 and finally cleared Wall on lap 9, bringing Hall along with him, to second.
The first yellow flag appeared on lap 15 for Angela-Marie Steele’s spin off Turn 2. Gathering for a restart, second-place Hall and fifth-place Casey Sipe opted for the outside lane.
Back under green, Florian disposed of Hall and began to pull away. Within 10 laps, he had opened a five-length margin over Hall. Behind them, Wall and Sipe jousted nose-to-tail for the third spot. Sipe eventually made the pass on lap 26, only to see the move negated when Dashe McLaughlin spun in Turn 3 to bring out the second yellow flag.
On the restart, Hall and Wall occupied the outside lane. As Florian scampered ahead, Sipe grabbed the second spot from Hall.
After one green-flag lap, the third, and final, caution flag waved when Steele slapped the Turn 4 wall on lap 27. Bunching for the last restart, Casey and J.B. Sipe went to the high side.
As the green flag reappeared, Florian looked to hold Casey Sipe at bay. Meanwhile, Hall took a quick look to the leader’s inside before falling back in line behind Florian and Sipe. With Florian easing away at the white flag, Hall drove underneath Sipe in a bid for second.
At the finish, Florian was the winner by 0.925-second — about four lengths — over Sipe, who held off Hall at the flagstand. Wall was fourth to the line, while Carlton completed the top five.

Trevor Battoia moved into the lead on lap 16 and posted his first Langley win in a caution-filled 25-lapper for the B&C Seafood Super Trucks.
Jacob Carr qualified at 74.299 mph to claim the pole position. Battoia started to his outside on Row 1, while Tommy Nixon and Richard Ellis made up Row 2. Dan McAdams and newcomer Rick Poust were in Row 3, followed by Chase McAdams.
On the start, Carr took the lead and hauled the field into Turn 1. Nixon moved up to second, while Battoia slipped back to third.
On lap 2, the first caution flag appeared as Poust spun in Turn 2. For the ensuing restart, Ellis gave up the fourth spot in line and pulled alongside Carr. Before another lap could be completed, though, Nixon and Ellis locked horns in Turn 3 and the yellow flag was flying again.
Preparing for another restart, Carr and Battoia were 1-2. Chase McAdams was third, but broke ranks and drove alongside Carr.
Back under way, Carr and McAdams went door-to-door for nearly a full lap. Carr gained the upper hand when McAdams drifted wide in Turn 4. As Carr drove ahead, Battoia rushed to fill the opening to the inside of McAdams. Soon, the top three trucks were circling the track in a tight pack.
Caution #3 waved on lap 10 when McAdams spun in Turn 2. As he retreated to the rear of the field, Nixon moved into the third spot, behind Carr and Battoia. Fourth-place Ellis picked the outside lane for the restart.
As the race resumed, Carr quickly cleared Ellis, who gave way to Battoia on the following circuit. Carr held a one-length lead over Battoia at the halfway mark, but that slim margin soon vanished.
On lap 16, Battoia drove underneath Carr at the end of the backstretch and completed the pass for the lead off Turn 4. Just three later, he had already pulled away by four lengths.
Battoia’s trip to Victory Lane was delayed by two more caution flags, both on lap 23. Lining up for the last restart, he was flanked by Chase McAdams.
Under green for the final time, Battoia cleared McAdams as they entered Turn 1. Nixon moved up to challenge for second and the ensuing shuffle allowed Battoia some much-appreciated breathing room.
At the checkers, Battoia won by 0.768-second — about four lengths — over Nixon. McAdams was third, followed by Ellis and Carr.

In the night’s last race, a 30-lapper for the Bojangles’ Enduros, Dustin Cisco took the lead for good on lap 22 and sailed to his second win in a row.
Jerren Ewell drew the pole for the event, but gave way to outside pole-sitter Richard Quinn on the start. Cisco moved from third to second, while Derrick Boggess went from eighth to third.
On lap 5, Cisco slipped past Quinn at the end of the frontstretch to take his first lead. As Cisco pulled ahead, Boggess had his sights trained on Quinn and he took over the runner-up spot on lap 10. Within a lap, Boggess had tracked down Cisco and was sniffing the lead.
With 21 other drivers in the field, many of whom chose to take their portion of the track right down the middle, there were plenty of challenges for Cisco and Boggess. For the most part, Cisco opted to pass the slower machines to the high side, while Boggess went low.
Boggess edged into the lead on lap 20 and held the top spot until lap 22 when Cisco bypassed him in Turn 2. Just four laps later, Cisco had dashed away by more than half a straightaway and he would maintain that margin to the finish.
At the end, Cisco enjoyed a comfortable advantage as he strolled to the win. Boggess was second, while Quinn was third. Scotty Buchanan was fourth and Tillman Heuer was fifth, the final driver to complete the entire distance.
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NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway – Hampton, VA
Smithfield Foods Night
Race Results
Saturday, May 30, 2015

COMSERVE/VERIZON WIRELESS
LATE MODEL STOCK CARS – Twin 65s
Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (97) Greg Edwards; 65
2. (2) Matt Waltz; 65
3. (83) Matt Bowling; 65
4. (5) Lee Pulliam; 65
5. (8) Tyler Hughes; 65
6. (55) Mark Wertz; 65
7. (03) Brenden Queen; 65
8. (67) Woody Howard; 65
9. (91) Justin Carroll; 65
10. (19) Cameron Bowen; 64
11. (77x)Bruce Livingston; 64
12. (33) Macy Causey; 62
13. (08) Mike Weddell; 42
14. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 37
15. (77) Connor Hall; 27
16. (51) Matt Taylor; 5
17. (7) Michael Hardin; 0
Pole: Waltz – 89.114 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (97) Greg Edwards; 65
2. (83) Matt Bowling; 65
3. (26) Danny Edwards Jr.; 65
4. (5) Lee Pulliam; 65
5. (2) Matt Waltz; 65
6. (7) Michael Hardin; 65
7. (67) Woody Howard; 65
8. (03) Brenden Queen; 65
9. (91) Justin Carroll; 65
10. (55) Mark Wertz; 64
11. (77x)Bruce Livingston; 64
12. (19) Cameron Bowen; 63
13. (33) Macy Causey; 61
14. (08) Mike Weddell; 21
15. (8) Tyler Hughes; 3
16. (51) Matt Taylor; 3
Pole: G. Edwards – via Race #1 finish.

PEPSI GRAND STOCKS – 40 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (11) Tommy Sweeney; 40
2. (29) Mark Frye; 40
3. (28) Jamie Sample; 40
4. (88) Thomas Marks; 40
5. (6) Shawn Scovel; 40
6. (79) Chris Flowers; 40
7. (5) Jonathan White; 39
8. (7) Mark Claar; 34
9. (36) Andrew Condrey; 26
Pole: White – top 6 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Sample – 78.516 mph.

KEESVACATIONS.COM PRO SIXES – 30 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (98) Landon Florian; 30
2. (23) Casey Sipe; 30
3. (26) Bobby Hall; 30
4. (44) Travis Wall; 30
5. (94) Cody Carlton; 30
6. (14) J.B. Sipe; 30
7. (03) Justin Fuller; 30
8. (46) Nelson Moody; 30
9. (57) Ben Zoellner; 30
10. (10) Maddy Mulligan; 30
11. (4) Debbie Biesecker; 26
12. (47) Angela-Marie Steele; 26
13. (21) Dashe McLaughlin; 25
Pole: Wall – top 2 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Florian – 82.790 mph.

B&C SEAFOOD SUPER TRUCKS – 25 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (26) Trevor Battoia; 25
2. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
3. (62) Chase McAdams; 25
4. (41) Richard Ellis; 25
5. (88) Jacob Carr; 25
6. (9) Rick Poust; 25
7. (22) Dan McAdams; 8
Pole: Carr – 74.299 mph.

BOJANGLES’ ENDUROS – 30 laps
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (44) Dustin Cisco; 30
2. (18) Derrick Boggess; 30
3. (31) Richard Quinn; 30
4. (73) Scotty Buchanan; 30
5. (05) Tillman Heuer; 30
6. (80) Ronald Klein; 29
7. (49) Randy Constable; 27
8. (28) Ray Haynes; 27
9. (13) Larry Drommerhausen; 27
10. (27) Tyler Baker; 26
11. (02) Michael Joyner; 26
12. (12) Rodney Davis; 25
13. (98) Justin Fansler; 25
14. (23) Shane Loving; 24
15. (07) Jerren Ewell; 23
16. (19) Daniel Balduf; 22
17. (4) Randy Bradsher; 22
18. (3) Austin Davis; 21
19. (33) Michael Kanary; 19
20. (91) Don Masingo
21. (09) Barry Eure
22. (21) Curtis Harrell
23. (11) Tommy Gildea
Pole: Ewell – via draw.