While Greg Edwards basks in the glow of a third Late Model Division title, and C.E. Falk enhanced his reputation by finishing third in the national standings, Langley Speedway is far from finished for the 2012 season. The track's other nine divisions have yet to decide their titles, with competition heating up during Saturday's six race card.
The lineup includes a Modified 50, Grand Stock 40, Super Street 40, Legends 25, Winged Champ Karts 20 and Enduro 40. Racing begins at 7 p.m.
Most of the division leaders going into those races enjoy large enough cushions in the standings that they'll have to slip up not to win their titles. After nearly shutting it down during the summer due to a lack of money, Shawn Balluzzo has won six consecutive races and holds a 14-point lead over Mike Rudy in the Modified Division.
Nick Smith has won all five legends races this season, but holds a tenuous 12-point lead over 2011 champ Brad Hancock, who's been in the top five often enough to remain within striking distance. Ricky Derrick has won the past three Grand Stock races, and is up 28 points on Paul Lubno, a multiple division champion at Langley.
Charlie-Ray Lorah is 37 points ahead of Matthew Dail in the Champ Kart title chase, while Alex Floroff has used a three-race win streak to take an 11-point lead over Larry Drommerhausen in the Enduro standings. Even with eight victories, Renno Marchetti IV holds a comparatively slim eight-point lead over John Pereira in the Super Street standings.
Rachael Whitney, a Menchville High junior featured in the Daily Press after winning the 2011 Junior Dragster Division (ages 8-17) title at Richmond Dragway in Sandston, defended her championship last week.
Just as in '11, the championship race came down to the final day. Whitney said she clinched the title by beating the two boys closest to her in the standings in head-to-head matchups.
"I tried not to think about the pressure," Whitney said of those races. "I just focused on what I needed to do in the car.
"It's exciting to win a second time."
The championship qualified her for the Mid-Atlantic Race of Champions on Sept. 29 at Richmond Dragway. She is the defending champion in her division and can earn a trip to the Junior Dragster Nationals in Memphis in October by finishing in the top two.
Competition at Langley Speedway continues through Oct. 13, then, on Oct. 20, the track will conclude its season with the 7th Annual Day of Destruction. The Day of Destruction features a number of competitive events designed to smash up as many cars and appliances as possible.
Demolition derbies, appliance races, reverse races, enduros, import and domestic car demolitions and motorized tugs of war are among events sure to produce sheet-metal carnage. Included also is a burnout competition and a race in which the drivers will race with bags over their heads — presumably to impede their sight rather than as an aesthetic necessity.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun