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Spotter Michael Fahy gets ready for the start of racing during the opening night of the 2019 Langley Speedway season Saturday, March 30. (Rob Ostermaier/Virginian Pilot/TNS)

Langley Speedway to Partner With Other Weekly Tracks to Improve Racing

Langley Speedway

By MARTY O’BRIEN

With 11 racing divisions, Langley Speedway ranks among the busiest NASCAR weekly tracks in the country. That number made for 110 trophy recipients (the top 10 in each division) at the postseason banquet attended by almost 500 on Saturday at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

To sustain that number of divisions during a time when stock car racing costs are rising, Langley will increase partnerships with other regional tracks. Langley already partners with South Boston and Martinsville for a Late Model “Triple Crown” that awards money to the top driver in those tracks’ premier races.

New partnerships
Langley has announced new partnerships with other tracks that should increase driver participation and interest in three of its support divisions.

Battle of the Commonwealth: Langley Speedway, Dominion Raceway near Fredericksburg and Shenandoah Speedway in Page County will host $2,000-to-win Legends races, as well as twin 25s during the upcoming season. The highest overall points winner in the three races will receive an $1,800 bonus.

Virginia Racers: Langley and Dominion recently signed an agreement to host six Limited Late Model races apiece. The series kicks off on May 2 at Dominion Raceway and moves to Langley Speedway on May 2.

The agreement will, in effect, add a 12th division to the Langley schedule. The cars, which feature smaller tires than current Late Models at the track, will be similar to the hybrid Late Model/Grand Stocks run at Langley from 2002-07.

“I think it’s great,” said Elysia Potter, a former Langley Super Truck and Bandolero driver who will compete in the series. “People who live closer to Langley can race a Limited Late Model at the track or at Dominion, too.

“I really think it’s a great way for new racers to meet each other and have more competition.”

UCAR rules changes: UCAR has been a rare Langley division struggling to reach double-digit car counts on a weekly basis. The track has changed rules to accommodate the UCAR rules at other regional tracks in hopes of attracting those compact-car drivers.

Langley competition director Shayne Laws said to even the playing field among cars with motors of different horsepower, weight will be added to the cars with more horsepower.

Greg Edwards won his sixth track Late Model title in 2019 to tie brother Danny Edwards Jr. for second on the all-time championships list in the division. Prior to the banquet, he reflected on the achievement.

“I feel fortunate to win a sixth,” he said. “We had 10 wins and really didn’t tear up a lot of equipment, so in my mind it was a great season.

“As far as seven championships, it would be cool going out there with Danny and one of us being able to put our name up there with someone like (seven-time champion) Phil Warren. I know already how hard it is to get one of these championships.

“It takes a lot of preparation and luck, so if I get it, I will be very thankful.”

Connor Hall shines in ARCA

After finishing second in the 2019 Late Model standings, Connor Hall could be the biggest roadblock to a seventh title by one of the Edwards brothers. But Hall, a student at Hampden-Sydney College, might find his time occupied with bigger things racing-wise.

Hall, a Hampton native driving the No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing Ford, recently posted the fastest speed (181.046 mph) in the ARCA Menards Series’ open test at Daytona International Speedway. The test was in preparation for the Lucas Oil 200 on Feb. 8 at Daytona.

ARCA is considered a top feeder to NASCAR’s big three series. Hall hopes a strong showing in the ARCA season-opener leads to bigger things.

“It was exciting to have that buzz and to show that, when given the opportunity, I am capable of performing well,” Hall said.

Gdovic also at Daytona

Brandon Gdovic, whose Modified Division win at Langley Speedway this past summer denied champion Shawn Balluzzo a perfect season, competed this weekend at Daytona International Speedway in the International Motorsports Association 24 Hours of Daytona.

Gdovic will run the full IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season of eight sprint and four endurance races. He will also compete again in the full Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Championship schedule after finishing second a year ago, and third in the world, in competition that included drivers from Europe and Asia.

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