Falk rolls to Langley Late Model title

Published 9:34 pm Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Landon Florian, of Driver, won his seventh E-Z Auto of Newport News UCAR event of the season at Langley Speedway Saturday night. Florian leads the UCAR division point standings. His No. 14 car is sponsored by Sawyer’s Automotive in Suffolk. | Photo courtesy of Bill Carr/MotorSports Photo News Service

By Gary Daughtrey
Special to the News-Herald

HAMPTON — C.E. Falk started on the pole and led all the way to post his 12th win of the season, and ninth in a row, in the Waypoint Apartments 50 for the Crossroads Fuel Service Late Model Stock Cars, the featured race of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.

Entering the event, which closed out the 2011 Late Model schedule, Falk enjoyed a commanding 38-point lead over Greg Edwards in the standings and needed just a 20th-place finish to clinch his third straight track championship.

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All the calculations became a moot point, however, when Edwards, the only driver with any chance of overtaking Falk, opted not to compete, saving his equipment for next weekend’s Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 300 at Martinsville Speedway.

In Victory Lane, Falk said, “man, at the start of this year, I couldn’t tell you what was gonna happen. We had to start with a whole new team, but I’m really glad for the guys that came and supported me and this race team.”

In the evening’s other featured events:

Anthony Kincaid regained the lead on a restart at lap 49 and held on for his second win of the season in the Rolls-Royce Naval Marine 50, the final points race for the KeesVacations.com Modifieds.

Shawn Balluzzo, who came into the night with an insurmountable lead in the standings, led most of the way before finishing second.

Following the race, Balluzzo looked back on his third straight Mod title, and fifth in the last six years.

“The guys did a great job. Everybody did a great job. We have the best group of racers, I think, at Langley Speedway. The Modified class is amazing. It’s growing every year. Big John, that owns the car, John Bradley, he has worked his tail off all year to get this thing back where it should be,” Balluzzo said.

Mark Claar led all 40 laps and picked up his fourth and fifth victories of the season, sweeping the Retail Alliance Twin 20s for the Pepsi Grand Stocks.

In the 40-lap Heritage Motor Co. Super Street feature, Ritchie German started on the pole and led all the way for his sixth victory of the season.

In a caution-strewn 25-lapper for the Larry King Law Super Trucks, Robbie Davis started on the pole and led flag-to-flag for his third win of the campaign.

Absent from Victory Lane since July 23, Landon Florian got back on the winning track in the 25-lap EZ Auto of Newport News UCAR race. He led from pole to checkers for his seventh win of the season.

In the 30-lap Standard Welding Pro Six race, Doug Warren started on the pole and rolled to his sixth win of the season. He also edged back ahead of Casey Sipe in the battle for the division title.

In a 20-lapper for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts, points leader Chris O’Brien took the lead in Turn 3 on the final circuit and sped to his first win of the season, becoming the series’ eighth different winner in eight events.