When Bill Mullis announced that he had purchased Langley Speedway and the track was reopening, the event everybody was looking forward to was the return of the Hampton Heat 200. On Saturday night, the event returned and it lived up to its name on and off the track.

 

With temperatures nearing the triple-digit mark, the Hampton Heat came down to a late-race pass by Bobby McCarty over Nick Smith. CE Falk led the first 188 laps, but two lead changes in the final 12 laps gave the win to McCarty.

 

300x250 PFC Brakes July 2017Falk started on pole and led the entire first half of the race. Once the second half came, a plethora of cautions allowed Smith and McCarty to challenge him.

 

McCarty took advantage of the opportunity and grabbed the lead, holding it for the last ten laps, en route to a shocking victory in the biggest race of the season thus far, with two former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champions also in the field.

 

“These guys give me a bad racecar, that’s exactly how it happened. I definitely wanted to be a little further up at the break but they got to racing really hard, and I wanted to keep the car together.” McCarty said. “When the door opened, we were close enough to capitalize and were able to drive away from those guys.”

 

 

The number of restarts late in the race contributed to Falk finishing third.

 

“We were kind of running the right front off the car, and those guys (Smith and McCarty) were right there. My car needed a few laps to get going after a restart and all those restarts at the end were killing me. I really needed some green flag runs.” Falk told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “Nick (Smith) got a good run, and had a couple of good corners and door slammed me and it’s a shame we couldn’t race for the win but he knocked me up the hill, and knocked himself up the hill and let the other guys through and get past us. At the end of the day its my fault, I probably could have saved a little more.”

 

Brenden Queen came in second, his best run at Langley in his career. “We need to move up one more spot, we came from 13th at halfway to finish second. Phil Warren and my guys have worked nonstop. This is our first top five of the year and it sets us up good heading into Martinsville.”

 

 

Queen came on strong at the end and explained why, saying, “We were just a little too tight and I kept playing with my blowers and my fan. They got to racing and we blew past them. They had been using their stuff up but I had been saving mine.”

 

For a full recap of all the action from Langley, check out our Trackside Now coverage from the Hampton Heat http://speed51.com/trackside-now-hampton-heat-200-at-langley-speedway-va/

 

-By Reese Nobles, Speed51.com Mid-Atlantic Correspondent

-Photo Credit: Speed51.com

 

 

UNOFFICIAL LMSC RESULTS:

1          22        Bobby McCarty

2          03        Brenden Queen

3          40        CE Falk

4          12        Austin Thaxton

5          57        Justin T Carroll

6          77        Greg Edwards

7          12b      Timothy Peters

8          92        Casey Wyatt

9          91        Justin S Carroll

10        90        Terry Carroll

11        12b      Timothy Peters

12        26        Peyton Sellers

13        17        Stacy Puryear

14        07        Dean Ward

15        4          Sam Hunt

16        01        Philip Morris

17        94        Cody Carlton

18        12s      Nick Smith

19        57j       Eddie Johnson

20        97        Danny Edwards

21        55        Mark Wertz

22        19        Cameron Bowen

23        26        Peyton Sellers

24        22c      Grayson Cullather

25        51b      Bubba Johnston

26        2          Matt Waltz

27        33        Macy Causey

28        88        Thomas Marks

29        51        Paul Green

30        10        Maddy Ryan Mulligan

31        25        Craig Eastep

 

Late-Race Clash Leads to Surprise Hampton Heat Winner