Legends drivers chase big payday this weekend

Published 11:41 pm Thursday, October 6, 2011

By Gary Daughtrey

Special to the News-Herald

HAMPTON — Small cars will play a big role this Saturday when Langley Speedway plays host to the INEX Legends Classic.

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The featured race is a 40-lap, $2,000-to-win event for a field of the region’s top Pro, Masters and Semi-Pro drivers. A separate 25-lapper, carrying a $1,900 purse, is planned for the Young Lions division.

Saturday’s lineup also includes: Larry King Law Super Trucks (25 laps); EZ Auto of Newport News UCARs (25 laps); Standard Welding Pro Sixes (30 laps); CBX Modular Homes INEX Bandoleros (20 laps); Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts (20 laps) and Virginia Mini Cups (25 laps).

Front gates open and afternoon practice starts at 2 p.m. Time trials get under way at 4:30. The INEX Bandoleros lead off the evening’s feature slate shortly after 7.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, 6-12. Military personnel (active-duty or retired) and seniors (60+) receive a $2 discount off the regular adult ticket price. “Little Race Fans” (under 6) are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Family Packs, which include two adult and two kids tickets, are $25.

Looking for an early favorite in the Classic? Division points leader Brad Hancock is an obvious choice with three wins this season. Steve Keesee has also notched three victories, however, and enters Saturday’s event on a two-race winning streak at Langley. Spencer Saunders, who trails Hancock and Keesee in the standings, won the season’s first two features.

In the Super Truck division, six-time race winner Tommy Nixon holds a 20-point lead over defending champ Robbie Davis, 532-512 with two races to go.

Landon Florian returned to Victory Lane in last week’s UCAR feature, snapping Chris Hildebrand’s two-race winning streak. Three races remain on the UCAR schedule.

Doug Warren regained the Pro Six points lead last Saturday when he snagged his division-leading sixth win. Casey Sipe finished fourth and slipped two points behind Warren, 458-456. The pair will go head-to-head the next two weeks to decide the title.

The INEX Bandoleros will wrap up their first season as a Langley track division with Saturday’s 20-lap contest. In the standings, Macy Causey enjoys a 14-point edge over Darrell Adkins in the chase for the championship.

Chris O’Brien picked up his first win of the season in last weekend’s Champ Kart feature. He also gained some much-needed breathing room in the points rundown. Up by four at the start of the night, he exited last Saturday’s event with a 14-point margin over Tommy Sweeney. Three races remain on the schedule.

The Virginia Mini Cup Racing Association will be making its second Langley appearance on Saturday. Benjamin Roudabush and Wayne Falls split a pair of 20-lappers when the series made its way to the Hampton speedplant on Aug. 6.

Langley Speedway’s Annual Awards Banquet is coming to the Peanut City. This year’s gala is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront. Tickets are $45 each and go on sale at the track this Saturday. For more information, refer to www.langley-speedway.com or contact the Speedway office at 865-RACE.