HAMPTON, Va. — Jimmy Humblet took the lead for good on the 42nd circuit and sped on to his first victory of the season in the Thomas Roofing & Supply 50 for the Larry King Law Modifieds, the featured event of Saturday evening’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program at Langley Speedway.


Humblet nabbed the pole position for the race in late afternoon qualifying, lapping the .395-mile oval at 86.166 mph. Robbie Babb was second-fastest, just 15-thousandths of a second off Humblet’s pace. Chris Humblet, the pole winner’s son, was third, followed by Shawn Balluzzo, who had mechanical problems at the end of his run and was forced to change rear ends before the race. Jon Largena rounded out the top five on the 17-car grid.


As the race got under way, Humblet and Babb went door-to-door through Turns 1 and 2 with Humblet surging into the lead as they motored down the backstretch for the first time. Babb settled into second, while Balluzzo advanced to third.


The first caution flag appeared on lap 2 for a dustup on the frontstretch that sent the back half of the pack scattering. Bobby Gery, the sixth-place starter, was the only driver to duck into the pits, rejoining the tail of the field.


Bunching for a restart, Balluzzo gave up his third spot in line and pulled to the outside of Humblet. He was joined up top by Chris Humblet, Mark Slye, Mike Rudy and Danny Harrell.


Back under green, Humblet cleared Balluzzo in Turns 1 and 2 and left the inside lane open for Babb, who rushed to fill the void. At the end of lap 2, Balluzzo was second by a nose, but he gave way to Babb on lap 3, dropping back into third.


The second yellow flag flew on lap 13 when Chris Humblet fell off the pace and, eventually, ground to a halt in Turn 2.


Lining up for the ensuing restart, fourth-place Slye broke ranks and pulled alongside the leader. Rudy, Harrell, Gery and Donnie Holston also picked the high side.


As the green flag reappeared, Slye failed to come up to speed immediately, stacking up the outside lane and allowing Humblet, Babb and Balluzzo to scoot away.


Two laps later, the last of the race’s three caution flags waved when fifth-place Largena spun off Turn 4 and ended up sideways across the frontstretch. As other drivers approached the scene, they began to pile up, literally. When the smoke cleared, Jack Sharkey, Gery, Tony Steele, Harrell and Holston were in a heap at the flagstand. The red flag was thrown as a lengthy cleanup operation commenced. All five drivers were relegated to the sidelines.


Setting the lineup for what would turn out to be the final restart, Humblet was out front, followed by Babb, Balluzzo, Slye and Rudy. Balluzzo and Rudy were the only takers for the outside lane.


As the race resumed, Humblet and Balluzzo raced side-by-side for nearly a full lap before Humblet pulled ahead, bringing Babb along with him. Balluzzo settled back into third, followed by Rudy.


Babb stayed on Humblet’s rear bumper for the first couple of laps after the restart. On lap 18, though, Humblet suddenly found a burst off Turn 2 and opened a three-length gap. While Humblet pulled away, Balluzzo began sneaking peeks to the outside of Babb. Spurred on by the pressure from Balluzzo, Babb closed back in on Humblet.


On lap 26, Balluzzo changed tactics and tried to draw to the inside of Babb on the frontstretch. Heading into the Turn 1 to begin lap 27, the two came together and a big bobble by Balluzzo cost him half a straightaway’s worth of real estate to the lead duo.


With Balluzzo momentarily out of the picture, Babb set his sights on Humblet and swiped the lead on lap 28, powering ahead through Turns 3 and 4. Within a handful of laps, he had driven away by four lengths. Behind him, Balluzzo had closed in on Humblet and was on the hunt for the runner-up spot.


The complexion of the event took a wild swing on lap 40. Exiting Turn 4, a puff of white smoke belched from Babb’s machine and he began to slow noticeably. Humblet closed in and moved back out front on lap 42. A lap later, Balluzzo slipped past Babb for second.


Entering the final circuits, Humblet enjoyed a three-length advantage over Balluzzo and he maintained that edge all the way to the checkers, winning by 0.605-second. Balluzzo was second, followed by Rudy, who grabbed third on the white-flag lap. Babb nursed his hobbled machine home in fourth and Slye completed the top five.


Largena headed up the second five, in sixth. Battling for seventh, Evan Horne and Darrell Vance locked horns at the stripe. Vance beat Horne to the line, but he was penalized for rough driving on the final lap, giving seventh to Horne. Vance was eighth, the final driver on the lead lap. Andrew Fortin was ninth, a lap down, and Eric McPherson, an early retiree, was credited with 10th.


Rolling into Victory Lane after the race, Humblet reflected on the effort that carried him to the win: “First off, just to say you won at this racetrack is something. Against all these competitors here, a lot of champions here tonight, running against 18, 19 cars. We held our own. We kept running. This crew was nonstoppable. We came here and we changed over the whole car during the last night.”


The Modifieds will be back in action at Langley on Friday, July 3, with Twin 30s, part of the track’s annual Independence Day celebration.


In the evening’s other feature events:


Renno Marchetti IV and Landon Abbott each picked up a win as they split a pair of 25-lappers for the Butterfoss & Barton Orthodontics Super Streets.
The lineup for the first race was determined in time trials and Marchetti turned the pole-winning lap, at 76.063 mph. Abbott was second-quickest, followed by Sammy Gaita, Randy Akers and Bill Eaker.


As the opener began, Marchetti leaped ahead of Abbott at the start/finish line to grab the early lead. Gaita drove to the inside of Abbott, initiating a side-by-side battle that lasted until lap 3. By then, Marchetti had stretched his lead to half a straightaway.


On lap 4, Abbott slipped back around Gaita to regain the second spot. Behind them, Sean Calway bypassed Eaker for fourth. Akers followed a lap later, dropping Eaker from the top five.


At the front, Abbott had driven away from Gaita, but he wasn’t making much progress against Marchetti, who maintained his half-straightaway margin. Meanwhile, Calway and Akers were tussling over the fourth spot. They spent much of the event side-by-side, trading the position three times.


With the laps quickly clicking by, Abbott began to close in on the leader, shaving a couple car-lengths from Marchetti’s edge. He got a bit of help in the last couple of laps in the form of slower traffic, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Marchetti won by 0.891-second. It was his third straight victory.


Gaita tailed Marchetti and Abbott to the stripe, in third, and Akers nipped Calway by half a car-length for fourth.


The starting lineup for the second race mirrored the finishing order of the first, putting Marchetti and Abbott back on the front row.


As the nightcap got going, Marchetti and Abbott raced side-by-side until they reached Turn 4. Heading back to the flagstand, Marchetti motored into the lead.


The only caution flag of the entire twinbill appeared on lap 2 when Eaker spun at the stripe. Setting the lineup, Marchetti and Abbott ran 1-2, followed by Gaita, Akers and Jason Michaud. Gaita chose the outside lane for the restart, joined by Matt Morgan and Rod Busitzky.


Back under green, Marchetti and Abbott again completed nearly a full lap side-by-side before Marchetti pulled out front. Abbott dropped into second.


Behind the front two, Gaita and Akers scuffled for third on lap 3. The two became temporarily stuck together in Turn 2. While Akers fell to fifth, the joust was much more costly to Gaita, who dropped all the way to eighth. Michaud and Morgan emerged in third and fourth, nearly a straightaway behind the two leaders.


Akers began to right the ship on lap 6, reclaiming fourth from Morgan. A lap later, he snagged third from Michaud, leaving the door open for Eaker, Morgan, Chris Hott and Gaita to also slip past Michaud.


At the front, Marchetti was clinging to a two-length lead over Abbott. By lap 10, though, that margin had vanished and Abbott was parked on his rear bumper.
On lap 11, Abbott ducked underneath Marchetti in Turn 4. He swiped the lead in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 12 and immediately set sail. At the crossed flags, he was up by two lengths, while a full straightaway divided the lead duo from Akers.


Working lap 19, Abbott’s lead had grown to nearly three lengths. Marchetti had one last charge in him, though. By lap 23, the margin had shriveled to half a length.
Marchetti would get no closer, however, as Abbott held on to win by 0.385-second. The victory was his second of the ‘15 campaign. Akers, Hott and Eaker completed the top five.


In the 25-lap B&C Seafood Super Truck feature, Tommy Nixon started on the pole, at 74.811 mph, and led all the way for his second win of the year.


Chase McAdams shared the front row with Nixon, but skittered up the track in Turn 2 on the opening lap and dropped to fourth as Jacob Carr, Brad Adams and Trevor Battoia all scooted past. The shuffle didn’t provide any advantage for Nixon, though, as his pursuers quickly closed in.


In the early going, Nixon, Carr, Adams and Battoia circled the track in tight, nose-to-tail formation. Soon, McAdams gathered himself and moved up to join the lead pack.


Passing the halfway mark, the field began to string out just a tiny bit with Nixon stretching his lead to two lengths over Carr. Behind them, McAdams grabbed fourth from Battoia on lap 20, then overtook Adams for third on lap 21. Battoia tagged along and snagged fourth.


At the end of the caution-free run, Nixon was the winner by 0.527-second — about three lengths — over Carr. McAdams was third, while Battoia and Adams completed the top five.


Adam Florian moved out front on lap 9 and rolled to his first victory in the 25-lap Carroll’s Automotive UCAR feature, snapping Jesse Jones IV’s four-race winning streak.


Florian was the fast qualifier, at 73.797 mph. The top two qualifiers were inverted, though, so Florian swapped front-row spots with Jones. Dusty Connor lined up third, followed by Dean Ballew and Kevin Morgan.


As the race got under way, Jones bolted into the lead, while Connor moved up to challenge Florian for second. Florian fought off the bid, though, pulling ahead of Connor in Turns 3 and 4. Soon, Florian was filling Jones’ mirror.


Florian stalked Jones until lap 8 when the leader drifted wide in Turn 4 and opened the inside lane. Florian poked a fender underneath Jones off the corner and took the lead in Turns 1 and 2 on lap 9. Jones tried a crossover move off Turn 2, but came up empty.


By the halfway mark, Florian had fashioned a three-length edge over Jones. More than half a straightaway separated the lead duo from third-place Connor, while another half-straightaway divided Connor from the fourth-place scuffle between Morgan and Ballew.


Over the second half of the event, Florian continued to extend his lead. By the finish, his margin of victory had swelled to 1.999 seconds — half a straightaway — over Jones. Connor was third, while Morgan trimmed Ballew by half a car-length for fourth.


In a 20-lapper for the Rhonnda Claiborne, Realtor HRKC Pro Winged Champ Karts, Vaughan Crittenden assumed the lead on lap 11 and held on for his second win of the season.


Charlie-Ray Lorah started on the pole, at 61.320 mph, and took the lead as the green flag waved. Clif Savage moved up to second, followed by Mattisen Morrill and Crittenden. On lap 4, Crittenden slipped past Morrill off Turn 2 to take over third.


The Lorah/Savage/Crittenden drafting combo quickly proved to be a potent one as they dashed away from the field. Though they didn’t need it, they got an added boost when Tommy Jackson Jr. spun in the middle of the second pack on lap 6. The caution flag remained under wraps and the lead trio found itself up by half a straightaway.


Closing in on the halfway point, brothers Aaron and Matthew Leach made their way into the top five after starting 15th and 17th, respectively.


On lap 9, Lorah slowed for a moment and Savage seized the opportunity, taking the lead and bringing Crittenden along with him, to second.


Two laps later, Savage and Crittenden scuffled in Turn 1 and Savage spun to a halt, bringing out the only yellow flag. Lining up for a restart, Crittenden was the new leader, followed by Lorah, Aaron Leach, Matthew Leach and Cullen Roberts.


Back under green, the top five, along with sixth-place Cody Carlton, distanced themselves from the rest of the pack. Motoring into Turns 3 and 4, the Leachs broke out of line, looking for a high-side pass. The move backfired, however, as they fell to fifth and sixth.


On lap 13, Carlton lost contact with the lead group. Entering the closing laps, Crittenden, Lorah, Roberts, Aaron Leach and Matthew Leach were nose-to-tail at the head of the field.


The front five maintained their disciplined draft all the way to the finish. At the checkers, Crittenden was the winner by 67-thousandths of a second over Lorah. Roberts, Aaron Leach and Matthew Leach completed the top five.


NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
at Langley Speedway – Hampton, VA
Thomas Roofing & Supply Night
Race Results
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (11) Jimmy Humblet; 50
2. (48) Shawn Balluzzo; 50
3. (8) Mike Rudy; 50
4. (44) Robbie Babb; 50
5. (33) Mark Slye; 50
6. (4) Jon Largena; 50
7. (6) Evan Horne; 50
8. (87) Darrell Vance; 50
9. (5) Andrew Fortin; 49
10. (16) Eric McPherson; 21
11. (88) Jack Sharkey; 14
12. (60) Bobby Gery; 14
13. (95) Danny Harrell; 14
14. (51) Tony Steele; 13
15. (1) Donnie Holston; 13
16. (20) Chris Humblet; 11
17. (12) Mark Gomez; 2
Pole: J. Humblet – 86.166 mph.

Race #1:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 25
2. (70) Landon Abbott; 25
3. (24) Sammy Gaita; 25
4. (21) Randy Akers; 25
5. (12) Sean Calway; 25
6. (14) Chris Hott; 25
7. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
8. (50) Matt Morgan; 25
9. (46) Jason Michaud; 25
10. (2) Rod Busitzky; 25
Pole: Marchetti – 76.063 mph.

Race #2:
Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (70) Landon Abbott; 25
2. (01) Renno Marchetti IV; 25
3. (21) Randy Akers; 25
4. (14) Chris Hott; 25
5. (22) Bill Eaker; 25
6. (50) Matt Morgan; 25
7. (12) Sean Calway; 25
8. (46) Jason Michaud; 25
9. (2) Rod Busitzky; 25
10. (24) Sammy Gaita; 17
Pole: Marchetti – via Race #1 finish.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (8) Tommy Nixon; 25
2. (88) Jacob Carr; 25
3. (62) Chase McAdams; 25
4. (26) Trevor Battoia; 25
5. (3) Brad Adams; 25
6. (9) Rick Poust; 25
7. (22) Richard Ellis; 8
Pole: Nixon – 74.811 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (03) Adam Florian; 25
2. (5) Jesse Jones IV; 25
3. (14) Dusty Connor; 25
4. (11) Kevin Morgan; 25
5. (8) Dean Ballew; 25
6. (7) Ashten Mullett; 25
7. (41) Richard Ellis; 25
8. (51) Derek Roberts; 14
Pole: Jones – top 2 qualifiers inverted.
Fast Qualifier: Florian – 73.797 mph.

Fin. Pos. (Car #) Driver; Laps Compl.
1. (24) Vaughan Crittenden; 20
2. (59) Charlie-Ray Lorah; 20
3. (27) Cullen Roberts; 20
4. (45) Aaron Leach; 20
5. (51) Matthew Leach; 20
6. (8) Tommy Jackson Jr.; 20
7. (52) Chris Bechtel; 20
8. (71) Shawn Gervais; 20
9. (63) Clif Savage; 20
10. (26) Robert Pellek; 20
11. (39) Mattisen Morrill; 20
12. (47) Cody Carlton; 20
13. (73) Harry Leach; 20
14. (16) David Millard; 20
15. (01) Jesse Call; 20
16. (10) Danny Millard; 20
17. (28) Gary Osbourne; 18
18. (14) Tillman Heuer; 11
Pole: Lorah – 61.320 mph.

— Langley Speedway Press Release

Humblet Snags First Modified Victory at Langley