HAMPTON, Va. — C.E. Falk posted his ninth and 10th wins in Saturday’s Langley Federal Credit Union Twin 50s for the EZ Auto in Newport News Late Model Stock Cars at Langley Speedway. The Twins, which headlined the evening’s eight-race card, closed out the late models’ 2012 Langley schedule.
Falk started the opener from the pole, at 89.434 mph, and led all the way. He pulled away by as much as a full straightaway, but saw that lead evaporate when the only caution flag waved on lap 38. On the ensuing restart, Falk chose to launch from the outside lane and easily outdistanced his brother, Wes Falk, to maintain the top spot. At the finish, C.E. and Wes Falk were 1-2, while Greg Edwards, Mark Wertz and Casey Wyatt completed the top five.
The Falks shared the front row for the start of the nightcap and, again, C.E. opted for the outside lane. The only caution flag waved for a three-car tangle on the initial lap, prompting a complete restart. As the race got going, the Falks went side-by-side until they reached Turn 4. Exiting the corner, C.E. pulled ahead and set sail. By the finish, C.E. Falk’s margin of victory had grown to a full straightaway over Wertz, who slipped by Wes Falk at the halfway mark. Wes Falk was third, followed by Casey Wyatt and Greg Edwards. Edwards’ third- and fifth-place runs were enough to earn him the 2012 Late Model championship. Pending final verification, he ended up 17 points ahead of Wes Falk, 382-365.
Shawn Balluzzo notched his ninth and 10th victories, sweeping Twin 30s for the KeesVacations.com Modifieds. In the opener, Balluzzo moved out front on the second circuit and sailed to the win. Mike Rudy, Balluzzo’s closest challenger in the title chase, led lap 1 before Balluzzo took command. At the end of the caution-free run, Balluzzo was the winner by five lengths over Rudy. Anthony Kincaid, Robbie Babb and Matt Slye rounded out the top five. In the second event, Balluzzo led from pole to checkers to finish off the sweep. Kincaid was second, closing to within three lengths at the end. Slye, Michael Johnson and Tanner Aman followed Balluzzo and Kincaid to the stripe. After starting on the outside pole, Rudy struggled to a seventh-place result, falling 14 points behind Balluzzo, 377-363.
Fast qualifier Ricky Derrick overcame a four-car inversion to nab his sixth victory in the 40-lap Pepsi Grand Stock race. He took the lead for good on lap 7. Robbie Parker, who led laps 1-6, was the runner-up, five lengths back. Paul Lubno was third, followed by Michael Waters and Jamie Sample.
Troy Turnage led from pole to checkers for his third win in the 25-lap Larry King Law Super Truck feature. Robbie Davis was second, a truck-length back at the end, followed by Tommy Nixon, Jacob Carr and Buck Munger.
Point-leader Bill Eaker led all the way from the pole, surviving a late restart, to post his third win in the 25-lap SavitaPets.com UCAR race. Jason Michaud rebounded from an early accident to take second. Sammy Gaita, Denver Alvis and Tim Wilson tailed Eaker and Michaud to the checkers
Casey Sipe picked up his fourth win in the Standard Welding Pro Six feature, taking the lead for good on lap 24. Due to an inadvertent checkered flag, the race was 29 laps in length, one shy of the scheduled distance. Landon Florian was second and took over the division points lead. Nelson Moody, Steve Williams and J.B. Sipe completed the top five.