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Connor Hall opens Langley Speedway season with a 100 lap win

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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.

  1. #77 Connor Hall
  2. #03 Brenden Queen
  3. #21 Greg Edwards
  4. #02 C.E. Falk
  5. #4 Duane Shreeves
  6. #90 Terry Carroll
  7. #25 Craig Eastep
  8. #9 Rodney Boyd -1
  9. #71 Rick Gdvovic -1
  10. #88 Thomas Marks OUT
  11. #91 Justin Carroll OUT
  12. #7 Zach Lightfoot (R) OUT
  13. #26 Danny Edwards, Jr. OUT

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Matt Weaver is the owner and founder of Short Track Scene. Weaver grew up in the sport, having raced himself before becoming a reporter in college at the University of South Alabama. He is also the associate motorsports editor of Autoweek Magazine and its website, which allows him to cover the highest levels of the sport.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Ronald

    March 31, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Watched that on Fan’s Choice TV. The K&N race at Irwindale on Fan’s Choice? Deliberately poor choice of camera shots the entire stream. Unwatchable.

  2. Matt Weaver

    March 31, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    First and foremost, it’s free. I got my value out of it personally. Second, it’s a work in progress. Did I mention it was FREE?

  3. Ronald

    April 1, 2019 at 11:59 am

    I never expected FansChoice.tv to offer NBCSN programming for free, yet they did. Just not in a way we could enjoy. Recognize the politics involved.
    I do, and I appreciate when I can purchase and watch a live stream of a race. This policy dictated by NASCAR and implemented by FansChoice.tv did not make some track owners happy.

    Free or paid, it doesn’t matter to me. I pay to watch streams of races and I expect to pay. An inferior product is inferior regardless of the price tag.

    Did you really watch Irwindale Saturday night? That was Irwindale’s thumb in the eye of NASCAR Home Tracks and their FansChoice.tv decision earlier in the year.

    This was the first race FansChoice.tv has ever streamed that was unwatchable in their history. It was. And it is not wrong to say it was.

    I apologize for making you angry, but I have a point of view also. Have a nice day, Matt.

  4. Matt Weaver

    April 1, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    I’m not angry. In fact, I appreciate the dialogue. Trust me, I’m not angry.

    I do think you’re not giving them the benefit of the doubt. I had a conversation with NASCAR’s Jeremy Wallace last week about their plans for FansChoice. I can promise you that it’s only going to get better.

    And yes, I watched Irwindale, and yes, the audio issues at the start were annoying. But they fixed it, and I feel confident that they’ll will continue to make it better.

    You’ve probably read enough of my work that you know I wouldn’t say it unless I believed it.

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