Robbie Babb and happy family members and crew celebrate in Victory Lane after his sweep of both ends of the twin 30-lap events in NASCAR’S Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway on Saturday. In his No. 44, Babb set a new modified qualifying record at 90.799 mph and led both 30-lap features.
Robbie Babb and happy family members and crew celebrate in Victory Lane after his sweep of both ends of the twin 30-lap events in NASCAR’S Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway on Saturday. In his No. 44, Babb set a new modified qualifying record at 90.799 mph and led both 30-lap features. (Bill Carr/MotorSports Photo News Service)

Babb wins twin races at Langley

Published 10:10pm Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Robbie Babb set a new division record in time trials, 90.799 mph, then led all 60 laps to sweep the twin 30-lap headline events for the modified class during Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.

In the first event, Babb grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag and wired the field. Jimmy Humblet advanced from third to second on the start and held down the runner-up position throughout the event.

Heading into the final 10 laps, Humblet closed to within a car-length of Babb as the leader sorted his way past slower traffic. On lap 21, though, the traffic worked against Humblet as Babb broke free and began to pull away. At the finish, Babb’s winning margin had grown to six lengths.

Humblet was second, followed by Matt Slye, Shawn Balluzzo and Danny Harrell.

By virtue of his win in the opener, Babb started the nightcap from the pole. That was all the advantage he needed as he stormed to his second win of the evening.

Balluzzo moved into second place on a restart at lap 16, but couldn’t overtake Babb, who pulled away by as much as half a straightaway. With two laps to go, traffic came into play, and Balluzzo closed to within a couple car-lengths of the leader’s bumper. Balluzzo would get no closer, however, as Babb motored on to the win.

Humblet was third, followed by Slye and Harrell.

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