Waltz Drives To Win No. 5 At Langley
HAMPTON, Va. — Matt Waltz grabbed the lead on a restart at lap 34 and stormed to his fifth victory of the season in the Aviation Institute of Maintenance 125 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.
Greg Edwards started on the pole and paced the first 33 circuits. On the restart following the race’s third caution flag, Waltz chose to give up the third spot in line and pulled to the outside of the leader.
Back under green, Waltz remained on Edwards’ flank through Turns 1 and 2. He nosed ahead along the backstretch and gained the clear-cut edge off turn four. Edwards tried to rally, but spun in turn three on lap 37, bringing out the fourth yellow flag and dropping him to the rear of the field.
The ensuing green-flag run lasted from lap 45 to lap 94. Woody Howard emerged in second place and stayed within a few car-lengths of Waltz. Passing the halfway, mark, though, Waltz began to extend his advantage.
The last of the race’s five yellow flags flew on lap 94. As the event resumed, Waltz slipped away, while Howard and Brenden “Butterbean” scuffled for second. By the time the second-place battle was settled, in Howard’s favor, Waltz had established a healthy lead.
At the finish, Waltz was the winner by nearly half a straighaway over Howard. Queen was third, fighting off Casey Wyatt in the closing circuits. Mark Wertz was fifth.
Randy Akers and John Pereira split the checkered flags in Twin 20s for the Butterfoss & Barton Orthodontics Super Streets. In the opener, Akers started on the pole and led all the way for his third win. Renno Marchetti IV was second, two lengths back, followed by Pereira, Sammy Gaita and Bill Eaker.
In the nightcap, Pereira snagged the lead from Akers on lap 12 and held off Marchetti down the stretch for his first win. Marchetti posted his second runner-up finish of the night, while Gaita, Akers and Sean Calway rounded out the top five.
Polesitter Chris Hildebrand cruised to his third straight win in a caution-free 25-lapper for the Cycle City Corp. INEX Legends.
While Brandon Gdovic and Tommy Jackson Jr. battled it out for second, Hildebrand pulled away to win by better than a straightaway.
Gdovic was second, followed by Jackson, Matt Dail and Brian May.
Justin Fuller assumed the lead on lap 12 and sailed to his fourth win in the 25-lap Carroll’s Automotive UCAR feature. Kevin Morgan led laps one through 11 before pitting under the second caution flag and handing the top spot to Fuller.
Jesse Jones IV finished second, nearly half a straightaway down to the winner, followed by Courtney Shiflett, John Matthews and Eric Schaffer.
Devon Courtney regained the lead on lap 10 and rolled to his second victory in a 15-lapper for the East Coast Synthetics INEX Bandoleros. Trevor Wells was second, four lengths back at the finish. Bradley Wilson, D.J. Elzey and Elysia Potter completed the top five.
Seeking his second straight win, Zach Lightfoot led laps six through nine, but was black-flagged to the pits for an oil leak. He ended up ninth.
Dave Wedding drew the pole for the 30-lap Bojangles’ Enduro race and overwhelmed the field for his second win. At the checkers, Wedding was more than a straightaway ahead of second-place Derrick Boggess.
Scotty Buchanan, Ronald Klein and Robert Perry were third, fourth and fifth, respectively.