New winners in Langley dual 75s

Published 6:47 pm Monday, May 24, 2010

Danny Edwards Jr. and Wesley Falk posted their first victories of the season, splitting the A.V.E.S. Twin 75s for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars Saturday at Langley Speedway.

In the opening 75-lapper, Edwards started on the pole and led all the way, holding off C.E. Falk at the checkers to score a narrow win.

Woody Howard shared the front with Edwards for the start of the race and offered a brief challenge to the polesitter before settling into second.

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By lap 22, Edwards had stretched the margin to almost half a straightaway. An even greater gap separated Howard from C.E. Falk. The field was bunched, though, with a caution flag on lap 22. Falk passed Howard one lap after the restart.

The last of the race’s three caution flags flew on lap73. For the final restart, the field launched in single-file formation with Falk nipping at the leader’s heels. In Turns 3 and 4, they made contact and Falk drove alongside, while Edwards chased his car up the banking.

Edwards and Falk were door-to-door for the last two circuits. While Falk held the preferred inside lane, Edwards managed to generate enough momentum from the top side to hold him at bay.

At the finish, Edwards was the winner by just 51-thousandths of a second — about three feet — over Falk.

In the nightcap, Wesley Falk took the lead for good on lap 55 and pulled away in the closing circuits to win.

On the first try at a start, polesitter Jeff Shiflett spun his rear tires off the fourth corner and the field began to stack up. When the smoke cleared, the polesitter and his brother, Dean Shiflett, along with C.E. Falk, had all sustained damage and were heading to the pit lane. Wertz, meanwhile, took a vicious blow and was eliminated. Wesley Falk moved up to the pole as the field gathered for another try.

On a restart on lap 11, Woody Howard edged ahead of Wesley Falk to take over the lead.

With 41 laps on the board, Falk began to chip away at Howard’s lead. By lap 47, he had trimmed his deficit to just two lengths as slower traffic loomed ahead.

On lap 54, Falk ducked underneath Howard in Turn 4 and pulled even. The two dueled for a lap with Falk gaining the upper hand off the fourth corner on lap 55. Within four laps, he had opened a two-length edge.

At the finish, Falk was the winner by 0.586-second — about three lengths — over Howard.

“We just fought hard the whole race. Kinda got put behind the 8-ball, getting stuck behind Woody after that restart and all, so we just kept our heads cool and we kept fighting and fighting and we finally caught him,” Falk said.

In the evening’s other feature events:

In the 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock feature, Mark Claar grabbed the lead on a restart at lap 10 and rolled to his first win of the year.

In a 25-lapper for the Casey Cycle City INEX Legends, Brad Hancock took the lead for good on lap 20 and sailed to his third straight win.

After a flurry of lead changes in the opening circuits, Michael Joyner took command of the 25-lap EZ Auto of Newport News UCAR feature on lap 10 and showed the way to his first victory of the season.

Mike Dayton was the winner of the night’s opening event, a 20-lap contest for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts.