Edwards drives to 7th win
Published 3:24 pm Monday, September 22, 2008
Danny Edwards Jr. led from pole to checkers to post a convincing victory in the Dodd RV 100 for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the featured event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway. The win was Edwards’ seventh of the season and solidified his hold on the division points lead.
At the crossed flags, Edwards enjoyed a full-straightaway advantage over second-place Anthony Warren, while another half-straightaway separated Warren and C.E. Falk.
As the laps clicked off, Edwards steadily extended his lead. By lap 60, he was ahead by more than a straightaway.
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On lap 62, Falk launched a bid for the runner-up spot, driving to the inside of Warren in Turns 3 and 4. He finished off the move at the opposite end of the track. All the while, though, Edwards was disappearing into the distance.
Edwards’ lead stood at half a lap when the second yellow flag was displayed on lap 68 for debris. Before another lap could be completed, the third caution flag waved as Robbie Babb ground to a halt in Turn 3.
On the restart, Edwards dashed away by half a straightaway as Falk struggled to bypass Jeff Shiflett’s lapped machine. Warren’s evening came to a sudden end on lap 79 as he dropped off the pace along the backstretch and made the turn onto the pit lane.
By the finish, Edwards’ winning margin had grown to 2.052 seconds — almost a full straightaway — over Falk, who held off Nick Smith in the closing laps to take second. Mark Wertz and John Staton rounded out the top five.
The Late Models have next Saturday off to give drivers an opportunity to compete in their division’s “Super Bowl” at Martinsville Speedway on Sept. 28. They’ll return to action at Langley for the season’s final points race on Oct. 4.
With that one race to go, Danny Edwards Jr. holds a 26-point lead over Greg Edwards in the chase for the track title, 646-620. He can wrap up the ‘08 championship with a 14th-place finish.
In the evening’s other feature events:
Jammie Goode overcame a middle-of-the-pack starting spot and scored his seventh victory of the year in a 40-lapper for the Super 8 Motels/B&B Engines Grand Stocks.
Goode set the pace in qualifying for the event. Since he’d won the previous two races, though, he had to start on the outside of Row 4, per track rules.
Division-leader Paul Lubno started on the pole and led until the final few laps. Lubno kept Goode in the runner-up spot from lap 12 through lap 37. The two continued door-to-door until lap 39 when Goode finally cleared Lubno off Turn 4. At the checkers, Goode was the winner by a car-length over Lubno.
Like the Late Models, the Grand Stock division will return to action for its final points race on Oct. 4. Lubno now holds a 22-point lead over Goode in the standings, 484-462.
Robbie Davis took the lead on lap 3, then held off a race-long challenge from Tommy Nixon to bag his fourth victory of the year in the 25-lap Med Express Urgent Care Super Truck feature.
Nixon started from the pole position. Davis shared the front row with Nixon. Working lap 3, Davis drove underneath Nixon on the backstretch and grabbed the point in Turns 3 and 4.
The second, and final, caution flag waved on lap 23 when Rick Potter and Paul Hogge tangled at the flagstand while racing for fifth place.
On the last restart, Davis opened a two-length lead over Nixon. Nixon quickly narrowed Davis’ advantage and began to apply the pressure. Despite Nixon pecking away at his bumper, Davis maintained command of the event. He eased away on the last lap and won by 0.288-second — one truck-length.
The Super Trucks will wrap up their ‘08 points campaign on Oct. 4. Davis holds a 16-point lead over Nixon, 502-486.
Troy Hutcheson led from pole to checkers to post his first win of the season in a 15-lap sprint for the Wolf Contractors Wolf Trucks.
The Wolf Trucks finish up their season next Saturday, Sept. 27. Jeff Sampson enjoys a 46-point lead over Hutcheson in the standings and will seal up the Pro Division championship when he takes the green flag in the finale. Eric Schaffer has clinched the Semi-Pro title.