Stock cars lead Langley lineup

Published 9:54 pm Thursday, August 9, 2012

By Gary Daughtrey
Special to the News-Herald

Twin 50-lap features for the Late Model Stock Cars top the bill Saturday, as Langley Speedway continues its NASCAR Whelen All-American Series campaign.

In addition to the Late Model doubleheader, Saturday’s lineup includes a 25-lap Super Trucks race, a 25-lap UCARs race, a 20-lap Pro Winged Champ Karts race and a 40-lap Enduros race.

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Entering Saturday’s twinbill, Greg Edwards owns a commanding 22-point advantage over Wes Falk in the Late Model championship chase, 290-268. Casey Wyatt is third, 44 out of the lead after a premature exit from the July 28 Hampton Heat 200. Shayne Lockhart is fourth, just one behind Wyatt. Despite being disqualified from two races on May 19, seven-time race winner C.E. Falk has clambered back into fifth, only four points out of third place.

Robbie Davis will be gunning for his seventh victory when the Super Trucks hit the track. Davis leads two-time race winner Troy Turnage by 14 in the current points rundown, 231-217. Last season’s division champ, Tommy Nixon, is third, 20 out of first place. Chris Bechtel and Chase McAdams round out the top five.

In the UCAR class, Bill Eaker has opened an eight-point gap over Jon Largena, 182-174. Sammy Gaita is third in the standings, followed by Tim Wilson and Landon Abbott. Rookie Jason Michaud notched his first victory the last time out, on July 28, and will try to back up that win in Saturday’s 25-lap race.

The HRKC Champ Karts will see their first action in nearly a month and a half when they kick off this Saturday’s program. Charlie-Ray Lorah, winner of three of the six races this season, leads Aaron Leach by 30 points in the rankings, 151-121. Matthew Dail is third, one behind Aaron Leach, followed by Matthew Leach and Sparky West.

Alex Floroff will try to extend his three-race winning streak in the Enduro feature, the final event on Saturday’s card. Floroff is 11 points ahead of Larry Drommerhausen in the current standings, 128-117. Derrick Boggess is third, three behind Drommerhausen, while two-time race winner Richard Quinn is fourth. Robert Larkin completes the top five.

Lee Pulliam, Keith Rocco and C.E. Falk retained the top three spots in this week’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national 500. For better or worse, all three drivers had eventful weeks.

Pulliam swept Twin 100s at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford for his 16th and 17th wins in 25 starts. Rocco, meanwhile, was injured while practicing his Modified at Thompson International Speedway in Connecticut, putting him on the sidelines for the weekend.

Falk, continuing to lay the groundwork for a move up the NASCAR ladder, made his third start of the season in last Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series event at the 2.5-mile Pocono Speedway. Falk fared well on the challenging triangle, coming home in 16th place.

Behind the front three, Northeastern Modified pilot Ted Christopher and Late Model standout Nate Monteith swapped the fourth position again. Christopher moved up, while Monteith was rained out at Kingsport Speedway in Tennessee.

Other drivers of local interest in the top 500 include: Hampton Heat 200 winner Matt Bowling (14th); Greg Edwards (70th); Wes Falk (121st); Mark Wertz (172nd); Casey Wyatt (189th); Shayne Lockhart (211th); Terry Carroll (244th); Danny Edwards Jr. (272nd); Jeff Shiflett (299th); Duane Shreeves (410th); and J.T. Jackson (457th).

In the Virginia state standings, Pulliam and C.E. Falk are 1-2, followed by Bowling, Tommy Lemons Jr. and Josh Berry. Greg Edwards is eighth, while Wes Falk ranks 12th. Wyatt and Wertz are 15th and 16th, respectively, and Lockhart checks in at 18th.