Tommy Garner Heating & Air Conditioning Night Race Results | July 13, 2019

Hampton, VA (7-13-19) Looking ahead to the eleventh running of the Hampton Heat 200 may have had much of the enthusiasm but the same could be said about this week’s racing action as well. Previous weekends saw the race intensity through the roof, as a bonus for those in attendance were plenty of beaten and banging amongst many of the competitors. Question going forward is, would this week bring much the same action and who will stand out as six race divisions were on the schedule? Of those six divisions were the Cycle City Corp Bandoleros and Legends. Race action from the Bojangles UCars, Parts Barn Enduros and the Pepsi Grand Stocks. Larry King Law’s Modifieds were back in twin race features and still up for grabs was the thousand dollar bounty to the racer who could keep series points leader Shawn Balluzzo out of Victory Lane. Here’s how the race action from each division played out.

Cycle City Corp Bandoleros 15 Laps: Cody Bryant Jr took the Bando series pole with his 21.171 second lap as Ryley Music earned his place on the front in second. Jacob Derrick, Wyatt Philyaw and Logan Clark were the five quickest in the afternoon qualifying. Green flag would wave high in the air and leading the first circuit would be Ryley Music from the outside row one. Once the field began to settle in line, the only side by side battle on the track soon became the first caution when Aaliyah Paynter went around from contact with Wyatt Philyaw. Both were able to continue when the restart to the feature took place. Music jumped out to another quick lead securing the point with Cody Bryant Jr in tow. Laps later just before the halfway, the top two began to separate from the rest of the field. Final laps, the battle for win was in play as race leader Music with Bryant searching for a way around. Coming to the stripe its Music by a car length (0.235 seconds) who had these comments from Victory Lane. “Cody is a really good driver right now, I had to watch him really hard. I’m glad to be back in Victory Lane, it’s just been a couple of races since I’ve been here. I love it!

Race Results:

  1. #47 Ryley Music; 15
  2. #00 Cody Bryant Jr; 15
  3. #15 Logan Clark; 15
  4. #8 Jacob Derrick; 15
  5. #14 Aaliyah Paynter; 15
  6. #22 Wyatt Philyaw; 15
  7. #8W Connor Weddell; 15

Larry King Law Modifieds Twin 40’s: With the bounty on the line in the Modified division, Shawn Balluzzo was once again back on the series pole posting up a 16.360 second lap. Chris Johnson, who is a Southside Speedway regular wanting in on the bounty would get two spot alongside the pole sitter. Matt Carter, Bubba Johnston and Jamie Sample completed the series best in Modified qualifying. With the green in the air, pole sitter Shawn Balluzzo would show the grid into turn one. Balluzzo would go on to lead lap one with Chris Johnson hot on his tail. Matt Carter, Jamie Sample and Bubba Johnston were the early top five. Laps later, both Balluzzo and Johnson had distance themselves from the rest of the field and even then, Balluzzo would pull away from Johnson. Halfway and continuing to lead in the long green flag run would be Shawn Balluzzo as he finally caught the tail end of the field. Not that he needed it but benefitting from the lap traffic, the leader put even more distance on second place Chris Johnson. Without the help of a race caution, the bounty for this week remains safe with Shawn Balluzzo back in Victory Lane.

In the second Modified race feature, the mandatory eight car invert was applied to the field handing Rick Gdovic the pole in the second feature. Race one winner Shawn Balluzzo would start at the rear in hopes of max National points. With Gdovic having to give up the pole for changing a tire between races, Danny Harrell would get to lead lap one of the second feature. But just as the field begins to sort out, the races first caution for the spin of Rick Gdovic. Back to the green, Chris Johnson became the new leader thanks in part to a rocket like start. On the move in the early laps were Jamie Sample to second with Bubba Johnston third, Shawn Balluzzo on a tear to fourth and Danny Harrell in fifth. Laps later, Balluzzo soon took third and quickly made his way to the bumper of Sample. With ten laps complete, Balluzzo was now shown in second and clearly the fastest car on the track. Five laps later, race leader Chris Johnson wisely just got out of the way as Shawn Balluzzo became the new race leader. Halfway point and Chris Johnson comes to pit road, taking over the second spot would be Jamie Sample. But on this night, no matter who was second, Balluzzo would not be denied, Balluzzo wins by 2.938 seconds. The race winner had this to say, “Yeah, Jamie looks like he’s doing really good, a lot of these guys have been up and down. Matt’s had trouble, Chris had trouble tonight and we were able to take advantage. Want to thank Tommy Garner for coming out here and supporting the track. Want to thank all the fans that are here, supporting everything going on at Langley Speedway. Of course, all my guys working on the car”.

Race Results Race #1:

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #29 Chris Johnson; 40
  3. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  4. #78 Matt Carter; 40
  5. #19J Bubba Johnston; 40
  6. #4 TJ Largena; 40
  7. #95 Danny Harrell; 40
  8. #64 Rick Gdovic; 40
  9. #98 Matt Morgan; 40
  10. #7 Grant Blasingame; 40
  11. #18 DJ Valente; 40

Race Results Race #2:

  1. #48 Shawn Balluzzo; 40
  2. #28 Jamie Sample; 40
  3. #4 TJ Largena; 40
  4. #19J Bubba Johnston; 40
  5. #64 Rick Gdovic; 40
  6. #7 Grant Blasingame; 39
  7. #98 Matt Morgan; 39
  8. #95 Danny Harrell; 39
  9. #18 DJ Valente; 27
  10. #29 Chris Johnson; 20

Pepsi Grand Stocks 40 Laps: Tim Wilson would once again take the Grand Stock pole with an 18.010 second lap around the speedway. Paul Lubno would get the second starting spot as Michael Waters, Kevin Morgan and Dale Nichols were the series best in the afternoon time trials. Green flag would wave at the grid and like a shot from a canon the field went into turn one. Out of turn two its Wilson, the pole sitter with the lead but Paul Lubno wanted some of that lead himself. Outside, inside did Lubno look and even a shot to the rear bumper of leader but to no avail. But then a slip by Wilson and underneath comes new race leader Paul Lubno. With all the excitement, Waters, Morgan and Roberts wisely held off their advances with the view they were having. Several laps in the feature and Lubno continues to show the way when on lap fifteen, Chris Roberts and Kevin Morgan tangle for the races first caution. Back to the green, Lubno gets the great restart to secure the point. With Wilson in tow, Waters continues to search for a way around for second. At the halfway mark, Lubno continues to be strong and putting five car lengths over Tim Wilson. Chris Roberts who was involved in the earlier caution would make his way back to fourth when he passed Dale Nicohls for the spot. But back up front, Lubno’s lead would show a half a straight away in length and as the fastest car on the track. Tim Wilson, who needed a caution to close the gap didn’t get one as Paul Lubno goes on to win the Grand Stock event by 5.466 seconds. Lubno had this to say, “We knew in practice that we had a great car. Last week we struggled quite a bit, we had out tires staggered off and by the grace of god we were able to buy two new tires tonight. It felt good to drive a car that wasn’t trying to get out from underneath of ya every lap”.

Race Results:

  1. #14 Paul Lubno; 40
  2. #17 Tim Wilson; 40
  3. #2 Michael Waters; 40
  4. #71R Chris Roberts; 40
  5. #8 Dale Nichols; 40
  6. #1 Kevin Morgan; 39
  7. #51 Amanda Satterly; 38

 

Parts Barn Enduros 30 Laps: In Enduro action, Vicky Connor would get the division series pole based on a pill draw and invert. Jesse Holston would get the second starting spot when the green flag waved. With the roar of thirty seven entries, the fender rubbing and bumper bending blows ensued. Leading lap one would be Charlie Bryant but soon after in nearly every turn of the track, cars were seen spinning, then wrecking and leading to the first red flag. Once cleared, the racing resumed and just as anticipated, lots of action to try and keep up with. Up to second would be Alex Floroff who is no stranger in the series and in Victory Lane. Michael Joyner was also making moves, weaving in and out of traffic to third. With body parts continuing to scatter the track, the second red flag occurred silencing the field as the sun sets over turn three. Back to the green and the leader Bryant continues to better Floroff through traffic. Richard Ellis would climb to third in his charge but back up front, it’s all Charlie Bryant so far. Latter stages of the event saw Ellis reeling in Floroff in hopes of the spot. Colby Vance would work his way to second when another red flag halted the race with just a few laps remained. On the way would be a three lap shootout with the leaders nearly side by side on the front stretch. After another quickie caution, all but two laps where left to decide the feature. With the green waving one last time, Colby Vance had a shot at the leader but using a lap car as a pick, Charlie Bryant Jr goes on to win by just 0.354 seconds at the stripe. Bryant from Victory Lane, “I love being in Langley Speedways Victory Lane, but I really want to see ten winners in this division. If I got to sit out that what were gonna do, yeah, my car is fresh, it’s a brand new car we just built it. He ran me clean tonight (Colby Vance), Id figure he would give me some bumper but I think my bumper got knocked off”.

Race Results:

  1. #88 Charlie Bryant; 37
  2. #44 Colby Vance; 37
  3. #17 Alex Floroff; 37
  4. #41 Richard Ellis; 37
  5. #48 Chris Kane; 37
  6. #3 Mikey Chinn; 36
  7. #31 Richard Quinn; 36
  8. #47 Nate Lundin; 36
  9. #64 Thomas Fortaine; 36
  10. #99 Zach Kane; 35
  11. #25 Ryan Vinson; 35
  12. #12 Zach Herdlein; 35
  13. #52 Patrick Johnson; 35
  14. #02 Michael Joyner; 34
  15. #18 Ben Wolff; 34
  16. #53 Chris Spangler; 34
  17. #16 Mel Vermillion; 31
  18. #90 Nick Martin; 30
  19. #2 Jesse Holston; 29
  20. #00 Robert Dezero; 28
  21. #24 Tim Vinson; 28
  22. #11 Phil Nelson; 23
  23. #6 Christian Keller; 22
  24. #28 William Robinson; 22
  25. #96 Taylor Kool; 21
  26. #20 Savannah Perry; 21
  27. #51 Charles Roberts; 15
  28. #71 Brad Morningstar; 13
  29. #03 Zach Drake; 6
  30. #7 Dwight Nickles; 3
  31. #66 William Fontaine; 2
  32. #54 Ricky Barbrey; 2
  33. #73 Charles Johnson; 2
  34. #30 Rick Walsh;
  35. #33 Mike Kanary;
  36. #86 Nicholas Hurt;

Cycle City Corp Legends 25 Laps: Nick Smith was back on the Legends series pole with a lap at 17.978 seconds. Ryan Matthews would earn his spot on the front row as Spencer Saunders, Connor Jones and Ryan Center were the fastest in qualifying. Green flag waved and the pole sitter Smith comes around to lead lap one. Saunders from the three spot went to second who laps later surrendered the spot back to Matthews. With the field single file, the leader Nick Smith would lead the field in a torrid pace and building near a half a straight away length lead. Ryan Center was on the move getting by Saunders for third. Halfway in the feature and still much is the same with Nick Smith, the pole sitter making a statement in the lead. Ryan Matthews who otherwise had been the car to beat could not close in as the final laps came down. The night, the race and the hardware would go to Nick Smith by 2.001 seconds. Nick Smith in Victory Lane, “Haven’t been in a Legends car in seven years, my buddy Chris Raiford built this car and did an awesome job. Just took us a little bit longer to get to Victory Lane. Hats off to the guys in the fifty one and all those guys. We found some stuff this week, just glad to get back in the car”.

Race Results;

  1. #88 Nick Smith; 25
  2. #51 Ryan Matthews; 25
  3. #14 Connor Jones; 25
  4. #7 Spencer Saunders; 25
  5. #22 Carter Wheedon; 25
  6. #33 Colby Flowers; 25
  7. #88 Ryan Center; 25
  8. #6 Chris Hammett; 25
  9. #4 Chris Hayes; 24
  10. #27 David Steele; 24
  11. #51w Bradley Wilson; 24

Bojangles UCar 25 Laps: With the green shown to the grid, coming around to lead the first lap would be Mike Farley. But back comes the pole sitter Michael Waters to lead lap two and obviously overcoming an issue at the start of the feature. Austin Davis would pick up a spot from where he started in fifth. But looking back to the front, both Waters and Farley would pull away from the field. At the halfway, Mike Farley continued to chase the race leader Waters who lead by four lengths. Laps later, Farley would begin to close in on the race leader, but just as he did, Michael Waters would then pull back away. On back, Brandon Wood was secure in third, Austin Davis by himself in fourth and Tyler Borden alone in fifth. Closing laps saw Waters continue to lead with Farley in tow. Unable to close in, Michael Waters goes on to win the UCar feature by a margin of 1.305 seconds. Michael Waters in Victory Lane, “I can’t thank Courtney enough for letting me drive the car for my birthday. Like to think Kyle, Christian, Tori, my sister Megan you know it’s all a family effort. Can’t thank everybody enough, were just one big family out here racing”.

Race Results:

  1. #36 Michael Waters; 25
  2. #11 Mike Farley; 25
  3. #18 Brandon Wood; 25
  4. #3 Austin Davis; 25
  5. #2 Tyler Borden; 25
  6. #33 Casey Bristow; 22
  7. #8 Dean Ballew; 6
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