Langley is ready for ‘Championship Saturday’

Published 10:20 pm Thursday, October 20, 2011

By Gary Daughtrey
Special to the News-Herald

HAMPTON — For six drivers, the long and arduous journey to a division title will come to a fruitful conclusion when Langley Speedway closes out its 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series schedule with Waypoint Apartments “Championship Saturday.”

This weekend’s nine-race feature lineup includes: Pepsi Grand Stocks (Twin 20s); Heritage Motor Co. Super Streets (40 laps); Cycle City Corp. INEX Legends (25 laps); EZ Auto of Newport News UCARs (Twin 20s); Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts (Twin 15s); and, Enduros (50 laps).

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Front gates open and practice gets under way at 2 p.m. Time trials are set for 4:30. The first Champ Kart event leads off the evening’s feature program shortly after 7.

The U.S. Marine Corps 4th Supply Battalion will be accepting donations for the annual Toys For Tots campaign on Saturday. Fans and competitors are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to help brighten the holidays for needy children.

In the Grand Stock division, Ricky Derrick brings a 12-point lead over Mark Claar into Saturday’s Twin 20s.

The “Twin” format seems to favor Claar, who has swept the last two doubleheaders en route to a four-race winning streak. Derrick has four straight runner-up finishes.

Ryan Nester holds a six-point lead over Ritchie German in the current Super Street rundown. Work commitments, however, will keep German away from the season-ender. Nester can win the division by finishing seventh or better on Saturday.

Brad Hancock enjoys a comfortable 22-point advantage over Steve Keesee in the INEX Legends standings.

In the UCAR title chase, Landon Florian holds a commanding 56-point lead over Chris Hildebrand.

Could the Champ Karts go an entire season without a repeat winner? Chris O’Brien is the current points leader, 14 ahead of Daniel Millard.

After a season-long battle with Mike Ganoe, Danny Harrell gained some breathing room in the Enduro standings last Saturday when mechanical problems forced Ganoe to the sidelines. Heading into Saturday’s division finale, Harrell holds a 16-point lead over Bill Eaker.

Langley’s Sixth Annual Day of Destruction is slated for Saturday, Oct. 29. The afternoon’s spine-tingling lineup includes: a 50-lap Enduro race, two Demolition Derbies (one for domestic cars and one for imports), an Appliance race, a Reverse race, a Bag race, a Flag Pole race, a Train race, a Tug of War competition and a Burnout contest. The fun gets under way at 1 p.m.

Event information, including an entry form, is available at the track’s website,