Balluzzo Tops Langley Modifieds


HAMPTON, Va. — Shawn Balluzzo led all the way from the pole for his second win in the Larry King Law Modified feature, which was extended from 50 to 52 laps by a pair of late caution flags, Saturday night at Langley Speedway.

Nearing the finish, wisps of smoke began to puff from beneath the leader’s car. Keeping a close eye on the situation, officials determined that no fluid was leaking onto the track and allowed him to continue.

Yellow flags on laps 50 and 51 pushed the event into overtime as the smoke intensified from Balluzzo’s machine.

At the finish, Balluzzo was the winner by two lengths over Jimmy Humblet, who held down the runner-up spot throughout the contest.

Late Model regular Mark Wertz was third, while Scott Lawrence and Chris Johnson came home in fourth and fifth, in that order.

Mark Frye started on the pole and led all 40 laps for his sixth victory of the season in the Pepsi Grand Stock race. It was far from easy, though.

During the event, Frye fended off strong challenges from Ritchie German, Brandon Hinson and, finally, Michael Waters before securing a one-length win.

Waters was second, followed by Andrew Condrey, Tommy Sweeney and Thomas Marks.

Bobby Hall regained the lead on the white-flag circuit and scored his second win in the 30-lap Pro Six race.

Hall started on the pole and led the first 24 laps.

Just after a restart, at lap 25, Cody Carlton latched onto Hall’s rear bumper and rooted him up the track in turn three, taking the lead off turn four.

As the last lap began, Carlton held a three-length lead. Entering turn one, though, his car shot up the track and into the outside wall.

Hall capitalized on Carlton’s misfortune and flashed past to reclaim the top spot.

At the checkers, Hall was the winner by nearly half a straightaway over Travis Wall. Steve Williams, J.B. Sipe and Ben Zoellner rounded out the top five.

Tommy Jackson Jr. moved out front on lap nine and held on for his first win in a 20-lapper for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts.

Aaron Leach was the runner-up, coming up about a foot short at the checkers.

Josh Ayer was third, followed by Jonathan Mullett and Charlie-Ray Lorah.