Waltz Cruises At Langley Speedway
HAMPTON, Va. — Matt Waltz grabbed the lead on lap five and sailed to his first win in the Aviation Institute of Maintenance 100 for the ComServe/Verizon Wireless Late Model Stock Cars, the featured event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.
Nick Smith was the pole-sitter, at 89.733 mph, and led the first four laps with Waltz in tow. On lap five, Waltz ducked underneath Smith at the end of the backstretch, nosing ahead by half a car-length at the stripe. He cleared Smith on lap six.
The race was slowed by caution flags on laps nine and 12. On the restarts, Waltz held a firm grip on the lead, while Smith and Greg Edwards traded the runner-up spot.
Edwards gained control of second place on lap 12, but couldn’t keep up with Waltz, who pulled away by half a straightaway. Waltz cemented the win during a foray through lapped traffic which lasted from lap 47 to lap 52. Over that stretch, he was able to double his advantage.
With the caution flag remaining under wraps for the final 89 circuits, Waltz cruised to victory, winning by a straightaway over Edwards.
Smith was third at the finish, followed by Mark Wertz, the final driver to complete the entire distance. Brandon Gdovic was fifth.
Mark Frye led all 40 laps to bag a pair of victories in Twin 20s for the Pepsi Grand Stocks. The wins were his second and third of the young season.
Mark Frye started the opener from the pole, at 81.012 mph, and led all the way, winning by two car-lengths over Ritchie German. Mark Claar, Rodney Boyd and Jamie Sample rounded out the top five.
By virtue of his win in the first race, Frye also started on the pole in the nightcap.
Frye faced his greatest challenge on a restart at lap 12 when Claar briefly edged ahead. Returning to the flagstand, though, Frye surged back to the point and was on his way. At the checkers, Frye won by two lengths over Jamie Sample, followed by Boyd, Michael Waters and Claar.
Chase McAdams claimed the pole, at 74.976 mph, and led all 25 laps to notch his second win in the KeesVacations.com Super Truck race.
Michael Waters shared the front row with McAdams and held down the runner-up spot from start to finish. He was a truck-length back at the end.
Colby Vance nipped Jacob Carr by a bumper for third place, while Trevor Battoia came home in fifth.
Justin Fuller took the lead on lap 14 and sailed to his first win in a caution-free 25-lapper for the Carroll’s Automotive UCARs.
Courtney Shiflett started on the pole, at 73.163 mph, and paced the first 13 circuits before Fuller took command.
At the finish, Fuller won by half a straightaway, while Shiflett held off Richard Ellis for second. Kevin Morgan and Eric Schaffer completed the top five.
Dave Wedding took the lead on the opening lap and rolled to victory in the 30-lap Bojangles’ Enduro race.
Derrick Boggess was second, half a straightaway back, followed by pole starter Richard Quinn, Ronald Klein and Dustin Cisco.