DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 27, 2012) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour returns to Langley Speedway for the running of the Newport News Shipbuilding/Bayport Credit Union 150 this Saturday at the historic track located in Hampton, Va.
This will be the third visit to the .395-mile track and one driver especially looking forward to returning in Thomas Stinson. The Virginia native used to compete regularly at Langley before he and car owner Mark Hunter decided to start traveling with the tour on a regular basis.
Stinson survived the carnage at Bristol Motor Speedway and brought his No. 7 Cowardin Jewelers/M&M Painting Chevrolet home in ninth place for his first top 10 at Bristol. He was also the third highest finishing southern division regular which gave him a third-place showing in the standings.
"We had a good run at Bristol and just kept our nose clean and avoided the trouble and brought the car home without a scratch on it," Stinson said. "While I still think our runner-up finish at Caraway last year was our strongest run in a tour modified, I was very happy to finish like we did at Bristol."
After scoring the solid run at Bristol, Stinson said his entire team has a great feeling heading back home to Langley.
"We are ready for Langley," Stinson said. "Langley is a much different track than Bristol because it is flat and we have a lot of experience there so I am expecting up to run well there and be in contention for another top five finish or better yet, our first tour win."
Another driver who might like the change of scenery is Andy Seuss.
Seuss enters the race as the defending winner and if he is able to pilot his No. 11 RAHMOC Racing Engines/Triad Auto Sales Chevrolet back into Victory Lane it would be the first of the season for the driver who has collected a checkered flag at least one time over the past five consecutive seasons.
Seuss was collected in the 13-car accident at Bristol Motor Speedway on Lap 3 and finished 28th overall after returning to the race after extensive repairs were made to his car. It was the fourth time in seven races this season that Seuss has suffered accident damage in a race.
"We just can't get any luck at all this season," Seuss said. "We seem to find someone else's bad luck this year and hopefully we can go to Langley and turn things around and celebrate another win for [Car owner and crew chief] Eddie [Harvey] and the entire team."
RACE: Newport News Shipbuilding/Bayport Credit Union 150
PLACE: Langley Speedway, Hampton, Va.
DATE: Saturday, Sept. 1
TIME: 8 p.m. ET
TRACK LAYOUT: .395-mile asphalt oval
2011 WINNER: Andy Seuss
2011 POLESITTER: Burt Myers
EVENT SCHEDULE: Practice 2-2:25 p.m. and 2:55-3:20 p.m., Qualifying 4:45 p.m., Driver Autograph Session 6:15 p.m.
TRACK CONTACT: Chuck Hall, 757-865-7223, Chuck@Langley-Speedway.com
TRACK TWITTER: @LangleySpeedway
EVENT HASHTAG: #NewportNews150
The Race: The Newport News Shipbuilding/Bayport Credit Union 150 will be the eighth of 11 races on the 2012 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour schedule, and the lone trip to Langley Speedway.
The Procedure: The starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 23 cars will have secured starting positions based on two-lap qualifying. The remaining three spots will be awarded through the provisional process.
The Track: One of NASCAR's longest operating weekly short tracks, the facility first started hosting stock car races in 1960. Current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor Denny Hamlin was a division champion at the track in 1990. The track hosted Sprint Cup Series races until 1960 and this will be the third consecutive year the track has hosted the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
Race Winners: There have been two different drivers to reach Victory Lane at Langley Speedway. Tom Brown won the first tour event at the track in 2010 driving for Virginia car owner Tommy Lythgoe and Andy Seuss brought home the win last season.
Pole Winners: Two different drivers have won the pole at Langley with Burt Myers taking top honors last season and James Civali starting at the point in 2010. Myers set the qualifying record of 15.365 seconds (91.377 mph) on Sept. 3, 2011.
LANGLEY RACE NOTES
Homecoming for Virginia Drivers: Tour veteran Thomas Stinson will lead a group of five Virginia drivers expected to compete this Saturday at Langley. Other Virginia natives to take the green flag are: A.J. Winstead, Joe Scarbrough and Darryl Lacks.
Bohn On Heels of Brunnhoelzl: With the help of his fourth top-five finish in seven races, rookie Danny Bohn moved into second place in the point standings after Bristol and trails leader George Brunnhoelzl III by 52 points (314-262). If Bohn is able to remain in second, he would become the highest finishing rookie in the history of the tour since NASCAR began sanctioning the tour in 2005.
HOME TRACKS: Falk Picks Up Wins, Edwards Leads Points
While C.E. Falk sits in the top five of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Top 500 driver standings, it is veteran Greg Edwards who leads the late model stock point standings at Langley Speedway. Edwards has picked up a pair of wins and leads Wes Falk 336-316 in the Late Model Stock division at the track. Shayne Lockhardt and Casey Wyatt are third and fourth, respectively, with C.E. Falk fifth. C.E. Falk has eight wins at Langley so far this year and won most recently on Aug. 18.
LAST TIME OUT: Bristol Motor Speedway
The most recent NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour race was held at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22 in Bristol, Tenn. Here are some highlights from the UNOH Perfect Storm 150:
•George Brunnhoelzl III finished sixth overall in the action-packed event and by being the highest finish NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour regular, collected his fifth win this season and the second time he has been awarded a win at Bristol among the southern division regulars. The victory was the 16th of Brunnhoelzl's career.
•Three other tour regulars also finished in the top 10 overall with Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Danny Bohn following Brunnhoelzl in seventh place. Thomas Stinson and Michael Speeney finished ninth and 10th, respectively.
•Jonny Kay Kievman collected his first top five finish on the tour after coming home 11th overall and fifth among tour regulars.
NEXT TIME OUT: Thompson
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will head to Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway for the doubleheader with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on Sunday, Sept. 9. The tours will then run a non-points combination exhibition event after the doubleheader sponsored by UNOH.
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