Falk sweeps twin 50s

Published 9:43 pm Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bill Carr/MotorSports Photo News ServiceC.E. Falk celebrates in Victory Lane after his second victory in twin 50-lap races Saturday in the late-model stock cars division at Langley Speedway’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series event in Hampton. Joining him were girlfriend Hayleigh Shidler, and (left and right) St. Leo University trophy presenters.

By Gary Daughtrey

C.E. Falk posted his fourth and fifth wins of the season in the Saint Leo University Twin 50s for the EZ Auto in Newport News Late Model Stock Cars, the featured events of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.

In the first race, Falk swiped the lead from his brother, Wes, on lap 43 and rolled on to the win. Greg Edwards started on the pole, at 88.675 mph, and paced the first 27 circuits before falling off the pace when his right-rear wheel worked loose. Edwards’ misfortune passed the lead to Wes Falk, who showed the way until lap 43.

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While C.E. Falk headed the procession, Edwards was on the comeback trail. He quickly returned to the top five, then picked off positions, one by one. At the finish, C.E. Falk was the winner by five lengths over Edwards, who bypassed eventual third-place finisher Wes Falk for second on lap 49.

Shayne Lockhart and Mark Wertz came home in fourth and fifth, respectively.

In the nightcap, Falk regained the lead on a restart at lap 37 and led the rest of the way to complete the sweep. Falk led the first eight laps from the pole before giving way to Edwards on lap 9.

Edwards pulled away by as much as four lengths, then saw Falk growing larger in his mirror. A few bobbles on Falk’s part allowed Edwards to extend his margin.

The lead was erased, however, when J.T. Jackson spun on lap 37 to bring out the second yellow flag. On the ensuing restart, Falk forced his way underneath Edwards at the entrance to Turn 1 and nosed out front. He cleared Edwards on lap 38 and pulled away as Lockhart moved up to challenge for second.

At the finish, Falk was the winner by four lengths over Edwards. Lockhart, Wertz and Casey Wyatt completed the top five.