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Langley Speedway preview and fan guide

Langley Speedway

The summer dance has returned to coastal Virginia as Langley Speedway will once again open this weekend with a pair of 75-lap races for the premiere Late Model Stock division with support from its local divisions.

Over the offseason, there have been several newsworthy events that will impact the upcoming season, so if you haven’t been following all the news here are a few key points.

Parts of the turns have been repaved:

Sections of the turns began to pose problems for owner Bill Mullis and staff, which led Mullis to make a decision to repave parts of the turns, this should lead to a two-groove track, and a lot of action.

“We are proposing both corners 26’ wide two plus groves in both corners which is around 450ft each end, there is a safety factor and worry factor for me.” Mullis said prior to the repave.

2018 will be the final full-time season for Mark Wertz:

Mark Wertz, a two-time track champion will be switching his focus to other endeavors after the 2018 Langley Speedway season.

“Just the stress as most tracks going to a twin race format, rule changes every year now that are costly, and the amount of effort to keep up with technology and race weekly, “Wertz told Short Track Scene. “I want to focus in 2019 on putting a little more fun back in racing and trying more races at different tracks”

Defending champion Matt Waltz will not return to Langley:

There will not be a back-to-back champion at Langley this season, this came as a shock to many when Waltz announced it, but after talking to him, it all makes sense.

“The reality of how we operate means I felt like I was working myself to death just to win,” Waltz said. “I just can’t do it forever and it’s an extremely expensive hobby.”

Multiple Out of town drivers expected for opener:

Multiple drivers not native to Langley will be running in the opener, possibly as a tune up for the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown. Among the names coming from out of town will be first-timers Anthony Alfredo for Sellers-Burton Racing and Ryan Vargas, who will be running his first Late Model Stock Car race on the east coast. Justin “Toast” Carroll will be making the trek for opening weekend, along with Sellers Racing duo Colin Garrett and Logan Jones. These are just a few out of town names showing up for the twin 75 lappers.

All twin races in 2018:

Speaking of the twin race format, that is another change for the 2018 season. All nights at Langley will be twin bills, apart from the Denny Hamlin Showdown and Hampton Heat.

Whether it’s the LMSC or the Modifieds competing on LMSC off weekends, each weekend at Langley will feature twin races for the headlining division that night, which means LMSC teams will compete 29 times in 2018, if there are full fields at each race, a driver could possibly ride the twin format to a very high finish in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National standings, if not a national title.

Last season, the highest finishing driver to run most of their races at Langley was Nick Smith, who finished 100th in NWAAS National standings. Track champion Matt Waltz finished 120th after exclusively running at Langley in 2018.

“Its going to be a lot of hard racing and should be a good time,” Says Brenden Queen.

Storylines abound coming into the opener at Langley and watching the summer dance that is the LMSC season play out, someone will commit the slow-motion sin to win a race at some point. If you are a betting man, keep your eye on Greg and Danny Edwards of course, and Brenden Queen can’t be counted out but watch out for Cameron Bowen, he is riding momentum after making the show at the Thanksgiving Classic and showed speed in a recent practice, clocking in with a time of 15.811 seconds, the Langley track record is 15.292 set by Nick Smith in 2013.

The season will kickoff Saturday at 7 p.m. below is the schedule for the opening night:

  1. Cycle City Corp. Bandoleros – 15 laps
  2. Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock Cars – 75 laps
  3. Cycle City Corp. Legend’s – 25 laps
  4. Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks – 25 laps
  5. Pepsi Grand Stocks – 40 laps
  6. Taylor Waste Services Late Model Stock Cars – 75 laps
  7. Bojangles Enduros – 30 laps

Nobles, from Norfolk, VA is a veteran of covering Late Model Stock Cars in Virginia and The Carolinas. Nobles has also covered Super Late Models, Dirt Modifieds, Tour-Type Modifieds, and the K&N Pro Series East.

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  1. Luke

    March 30, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    How much are Tickets for the Grandstand sat night 3/31/2018

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