Connor Hall set out to make an immediate statement at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway in 2019 and achieved that goal with a 100-lap opening night victory on Saturday.
But the path to victory lane was not without controversy.
The race was perhaps decided on a Lap 45 restart when leader C.E. Falk spun under Hall off the exit of Turn 2. There was ever so light contact between the two but a ‘right rear’ was enough to send the reigning Martinsville 300 winner around.
Hall had only gotten to the outside of Falk for the restart because he selected the outside via the choose cone after Falk. Terry Carroll and Brendan Queen followed Falk to the bottom and Hall was the first to elect the outside.
Falk worked his way back to second but an intense battle between himself, Queen and Greg Edwards allowed Hall to jet away with a victory in the season opener.
“It was a really good opening night,” Hall said in victory lane. “To be able to just get revenge on last year. I really feel bad about what happened between C.E. and I, but I knew it was going to come down between the two of us, I really hate that we didn’t get to race it out.”
As for the incident between himself and Falk:
“I don’t know if he was kind of checking up a little bit to make sure Greg and I stayed side by side until he could get a chance to go,” he said. “But I apologize to the whole 02 team. I never like winning one that way but at the same time I am sure he has made an accident in his career too.”
Queen rallied back to second with Greg Edwards locking Falk out of a podium.
The only other notable incident occurred on Lap 62 when Justin Carroll dropped his exhaust on the track, eliciting a caution, that actually allowed Falk to get back inside the top-10 following his spin.
The complete results can be found below.
- #77 Connor Hall
- #03 Brenden Queen
- #21 Greg Edwards
- #02 C.E. Falk
- #4 Duane Shreeves
- #90 Terry Carroll
- #25 Craig Eastep
- #9 Rodney Boyd -1
- #71 Rick Gdvovic -1
- #88 Thomas Marks OUT
- #91 Justin Carroll OUT
- #7 Zach Lightfoot (R) OUT
- #26 Danny Edwards, Jr. OUT