Hampton, VA — One could argue it is anyone’s dream to have their name sealed in the record books, right? To be the first to accomplish something in your sport. To be the person with the most, insert what ever it is, in your league. Well, for a race car driver that “what ever it is” happens to be a track record. A public display to all your other competitors that you were the one able to get around the track the quickest. That dream came true for young Cody Bryant two weekends ago in the Farley Financial UCAR division at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway when he qualified on the pole for the 25-lap feature with a time of 18.771.
Bryant, 16 year old Chesapeake, Virginia native, can hardly drive himself to Western Branch high school every morning or even to the race track itself without parental guidance as he only has his learners permit. However, he strapped himself into his Honda Civic race car and took to the 0.395-mile speedway this past Saturday to knock cousin Colby Vance from the top spot in the record books. In just his second year of UCAR competition Bryant certainly put defending champion Christian Keller, and the rest of the Farley Financial UCAR division for that matter, on high alert for 2022.
“That lap definitely felt faster,” Bryant said Sunday morning. “I honestly didn’t expect that. I’ve always wanted to do that and it was definitely something on my bucket list but i didn’t expect to do it this early in my career and it feels great!”
Even though 2022 got off to a roller coaster of a start with the pole and track record in the UCAR to a DNF due to a mechanical issue in the motor to a podium finish in the Limited debut, Cody is looking to run forty plus races over three divisions ( Limited Late Model, UCAR, and Enduro) this season with the goal of championship in each one!
Bryant also competed this past Saturday in the 30-lap Enduro night cap with a much better result than the week prior. He and father Charlie Bryant were lucky enough to pull pills closest to the front. For those who may not know the Parts Barn Enduro Division does not participate in regular time trial qualifying but rather pull their starting position out of a bucket. Other than the numerous three-wide racing throughout the field it was most certainly the Bryant & Bryant show. Cody would lead most of the feature in route to the victory with dad hot on his heels.
Cody will return yet again this weekend in both the Limited Late Model and Enduro division for Mosquito Joe’s Night. Gates will open at 2:00 PM EDT with qualifying set to roll off at 4:30. Broken will be playing in the Larry’s Hard Lemonade Fan Zone until racing action gets under way right at 7:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased in advanced online at www.langley-speedway.con or at the ticket office the day of the event.