Waltz wins two at Langley

Published 10:45 pm Friday, May 10, 2013

Matt Waltz celebrates in Victory Lane with his family and crew after his second win in the twin 75-lap events for the Late Model Stock Car class of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway in Hampton on Saturday. In addition to the trophies, Waltz received Whelen Engineering Company’s gold medal for winning both 75-lap races on their sponsorship night. (Bill Carr/MotorSports Photo News Service)

Matt Waltz celebrates in Victory Lane with his family and crew after his second win in the twin 75-lap events for the Late Model Stock Car class of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Langley Speedway in Hampton on Saturday. In addition to the trophies, Waltz received Whelen Engineering Company’s gold medal for winning both 75-lap races on their sponsorship night. (Bill Carr/MotorSports Photo News Service)

By Gary Daughtrey

Special to the News-Herald

Matt Waltz picked up his first two wins of the season, sweeping both ends of the twin 75-lap races in the Late Model Stock Cars class of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway on Saturday.

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Waltz claimed the pole for the first race with a lap at 91.736 mph and after two green-flag start attempts, he took the lead on the third attempt and led the first couple of circuits. But Dean Shiflett showed the way for the next 33 laps.

On lap 35, Waltz reclaimed the lead from Shiflett off Turn 4, initiating a duel for the top spot.

Waltz nosed ahead at the end of lap 37, cleared Shiflett on lap 38 and set sail. Within a handful of circuits, he had opened a half-straightaway lead. Greg Edwards swiped the runner-up position from Shiflett on lap 44, but could make little headway against Waltz.

At the checkers, Waltz was the winner by half a straightaway over Edwards, and C.E. Falk, who started 19th after a dreadful qualifying run, had rebounded for a third-place finish. Shiflett and Duane Shreeves were fourth and fifth, respectively.

By virtue of his win, Waltz started the nightcap from the pole. It was all the advantage he would need, as he wired the field to complete the whitewash of both wins.

Falk was the runner-up, nearly half a straightaway down to the winner. Shiflett was third, while Shreeves and Dude Gibbs took fourth and fifth, in that order.

In the Grand Stocks competition, Tommy Sweeney moved out front on lap 26 and stormed to his first victory.

Robbie Parker was second, three lengths back, followed by Carl Livingston, fast qualifier Brandon Hinson and Ricky Derrick.

In the 25-lap Super Truck feature, Robbie Davis took the lead on lap 3 and strolled to his third straight win.

Chase McAdams grabbed second on a mid-race restart and finished half a straightaway behind the winner. Jacob Carr, Fred McAdams and Bill Wallace completed the top five.

Richard Ellis snagged the lead on lap 24 and held on for his first win in the 25-lap UCAR race.

Kevin Morgan was second, three lengths back, followed by Eric Schaffer and Jon Largena, who led laps 1-14 and 22-23.