HAMPTON, VA :: Mother Nature tried to play spoiler twice Langley Speedway on Saturday night and in to Sunday morning. The largest race on Langley Speedway’s schedule saw 37 Late Model Stock Cars head to Hampton, Virginia. Things began around  4:35 with qualifying time trials where local driver Matt Waltz grabbed yet another pole clocking in at 16.071. Deac McCaskill took his machine and grabbed the outside pole with a time of 16.113 for his first official race at the speedway. Brayton Haws, Greg Edwards, and Woody Howard would round out the top five starters.

As the race got the green flag at 11:21 PM, Matt Waltz immediately went to work, clearing McCaskill on the entry of one. Waltz and McCaskill, two very good drivers, checked out early creating about an eight car lead over third place Haws. Both Greg Edwards and Smith would go to war for the fifth spot while some Langley Speedway regulars and out of town drivers waged war deep within the field. Positions six through seventeen were all nose to tail for quite a few laps while leaders started working through some lap traffic.

The race saw it’s first of ten yellow flags on lap 27 for a flat tire of Tyler Ankrum due to a previous incident where the track bar broke causing the flat tire. Nick Smith as well as C.E. Falk had no intentions of riding around as they rocketed towards the front row. Well the good ole saying of cautions breed cautions were true in this event as cars started bouncing off each other left and right. The field stayed relatively clean for the remaining laps before the halfway break, a few solo spins here and there but no real damage.

The caution flag waved at about lap 103 to indicate the half-way point as well as the final nail in the coffin for both Waltz and Smith as both drivers pulled into pit road the following lap. Race control spoke on this during the drivers meeting, letting drivers know this is not the procedure. Waltz and Smith would have to restart session two at the tail end of the lead lap cars.

A fifteen minute intermission given to the drivers to make minor adjustments on their machines before Greg Edwards was given the top spot. As the green flag waved for the second segment it looked to be just what Edwards needed to bring home his first Hampton Heat victory. However, with the experience of C.E Falk, III and just about half a dozen cautions Falk had other plans. Holding off several hard charges from Bassett and both Edwards brothers, C.E Falk, III would win his third Hampton Heat race of his career.

Unofficial Results

1. #40 CE Falk
2. #26 Danny Edwards, Jr.
3. #97 Greg Edwards
4. #99 Peyton Sellers
5. #83 Matt Bowling
6. #46 Brandon Gdovic
7. #44 Dillon Bassett
8. #08 Deac McCaskill
9. #03 Brenden Queen
10. #55 Mark Wertz
11. #34 Woody Howard
12. #02 Austin Thaxton
13. #91 Justin Carroll
14. #45 Dalton Sargeant
15. #36 Chris Johnson
16. #31 Kaz Grala
17. #68 Brandon Brown
18. #20 Gray Gaulding
19. #92 Casey Wyatt
20. #01 Jeff Shiflett
21. #6 Devon Amos
22. #41 Brayton Haws
23. #29 Robert Bruce
24. #57 Eddie Johnson
25. #21 Mackena Bell
26. #2 Matt Waltz
27. #7 Michael Hardin
28. #2a Paige Decker
29. #00 Brandon Butler
30. #11 Nick Smith
31. #38 Duane Shreeves
32. #4 Nick Leitz
33. #90 Terry Carroll
34. #10 Josh Oakley
35. #7 Dude Gibbs
36. #58 Tyler Ankrum
37. #77 Connor Hall

2 COMMENTS

  1. “At about Lap 103?” There was a yellow through lap 97 – then they restarted, after lap 100, the filed slowed behind the Pace Truck to signal the end of the 1st session. The front two drivers were waved into Pit Row by an Official, while the Pace Truck and the rest of the field proceeded around the track another lap – the two lead cars, then rejoined the group – for the next lap, then everyone pitted – “At About Lap 103.” If the 200 Lap Feature, is broken into two 100 Lap sets – what were the officials thinking? Since the top two cars for the first 100 ended up being collected in the field attempting to cycle through 25+ cars on the short track – they were the ones who got the short end – poor race running IMO.

  2. I like Langley speedway but the track crew and officials are awful. Way too many cautions laps when there was absolutely nothing wrong with the track. For example they has a caution on a lap in the 70’s and didn’t restart the race until almost the half way break. Restarted the race for 3 laps and then through the yellow for the half way break and ran 6 more caution laps before bringing the field to pit road. 30 to 40% of the race was run under caution. Everyone in the stands was mystified at the number of caution laps run. Even drivers after the race had no clue why they stayed under yellow for so long every caution.

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