Langley Speedway’s off and running

Published 10:54 pm Monday, April 25, 2011

By Gary Daughtrey
Special to the News-Herald

HAMPTON — Danny Edwards Jr. moved out front on lap 71 and sailed to victory in the Bojangle’s 100, the belated season opener for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars Saturday evening at Langley Speedway.

Two-time champ C.E. Falk claimed the pole in afternoon qualifying, lapping the .395-mile oval at 88.093 mph. Edwards lined up to Falk’s outside.

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As the race got under way, Falk and Edwards Jr. sped side-by-side into Turn 1 with Falk powering into the lead. Casey Wyatt tagged along with Falk and emerged in second place.

Greg Edwards moved into second on lap 12 and took the lead past Falk on lap 20. At the crossed flags, Edwards enjoyed a four-length advantage over Falk.

On a restart from a caution on lap 61, fourth-place Danny Edwards Jr. was the first to break formation, pulling to the outside of his brother.

The Edwardses dueled through Turns 1 and 2 with Greg gaining the upper hand on the backstretch. By lap 69, Danny Edwards Jr. had drawn up on his brother’s rear deck. Danny ducked under Greg on the next lap, in Turn 4, and completed the pass on lap 71.

The last of the race’s five yellow flags waved on lap 96. Danny Edwards Jr. and Falk led the field for a five-lap sprint to the finish.

Under green for the final time, Edwards Jr. eked out a slim lead, then pulled away. At the finish, Edwards Jr. was the winner by 0.890-second — about five lengths. Falk was the runner-up, followed by Greg Edwards, Dean Shiflett and Kyle Waltz.

In the evening’s other feature events:

Randy Sample started on the pole and led all way to win 2011 opener for the Heritage Motor Co. Super Streets. It was no stroll in the park, though, as he barely nipped Ryan Nester at the checkers.

The 25-lap Cycle City Corp. INEX Legends race featured six different leaders and seven lead changes. At the end, though, it produced a repeat winner as Spencer Saunders collected his second victory of the young season.

Robbie Davis overcame an eight-truck inversion in four laps, then held off Tommy Nixon down the stretch to win a 25-lapper for the Larry King Law Super Trucks.

Doug Warren scored the victory in the 30-lap Standard Welding Pro Six race. He took the lead from pole starter Warren Smigo on lap 4 and breezed to the checkers.

In the evening’s opening event, a 15-lapper for the CBX Bandoleros, an INEX-sanctioned class, Brenden “Butterbean” Queen took the lead on lap 11 and rolled to the victory.