Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway drivers return to Hampton roads with impressive races at Martinsville
The last jewel in the crown – ValleyStar Credit Union 300 – in late model stock car racing is finally on the books and the drivers at Larry King Law Langley Speedway put their blood, sweat and tears home to win some twenty firsts in front of a national audience.
Defending champion and current Taylor Waste Services late model stock car point leader Brenden Queen led the six-rider team to twelfth place tonight at Martinsville Speedway. The young driver from Chesapeake, Va., Was hoping to use a different strategy from the rest of the field while still having the best car he’s had in previous appearances, but turned out to be a bit short at the end of the day.
“With the tire situation, we unloaded on some [old] tires, but showed good speed which was quite surprising, ”said Queen of her finish tonight. “However, with those old tires we couldn’t really adjust too much to the car and didn’t know which direction to go for qualifying, but we finished eleventh which was our best effort yet and I am satisfied. Not to mention that we had the best car we have ever brought here. It wasn’t the finish we wanted, we tried a different strategy than most, but we just missed the settings a bit and it didn’t work for us, but we were really happy with the caliber of the cars we raced with.
Queen will return to Hampton Roads with a win this weekend, however, and that loads her potential championship car back-to-back into the transporter in one piece.
“Now that Martinsville is in the books, we’re going to turn our full attention to Langley,” Queen said. “We can focus on the end of the last three races in 2021 and get this second championship! “
Connor Hall, who has shared much of the victory lane time with Queen this year, was overall happy with his rookie performance. As with any driver who gets behind the wheel, winning is the ultimate goal, but the Hampton native walked into the weekend with a few small goals and managed to accomplish them all.
“We came here with no grades, nothing, just wanted to try and put on a show and run the 200 laps that we managed to complete,” Hall said excitedly after the race. “We had a hard time there at the start, but we were able to make adjustments to the car throughout and put on tires and went from thirtieth to sixteenth. Overall I think we were good with the car, but we were missing something on the brakes. We will do some research and maybe try again next year.
Former Taylor Waste Services late model stocks champion Matt Waltz came out of semi-retirement this season after getting married and buying his first home to host some of the biggest races – CARS Tour and the three VA Triple Crown events – throughout 2021. A few years out of the sport, to race and load the car in one piece at Martinsville is a victory in itself.
“It was pretty much our only win tonight,” Waltz commented of loading the car onto the trailer in one piece. “The car was just tight. Tight in the middle and loose and we got bumped a bit there at the start of the race and got pushed to the back. The car wasn’t really great, we were able to. work to do in the workshop over the winter to get the car back to what it was, we could go back to some of our old stuff in the notebook. “
Justin Carroll, who ran both Late Model Stocks at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway as well as some ARCA Series events, retired from the event on lap 80 but was overall optimistic for the remainder of the 2021 season.
“I was outside Conner and I think the ground just piled up in front of him,” Carroll commented of the wreckage. “Natural instinct he sort of stranded out there to avoid it – nothing intentional – and when he did he hooked my left front tires into his right side tires and I took some air which threw me into the outside wall. The car is not that great, I think it can be fixed, but that’s kind of what you get starting at the back. have learned a lot and will move on to the next one.
Langley Speedway will be back in action next weekend on October 2 with a full race card and the return of the VA Sprint Car Series, Twin Late Model Stock, Grandstocks, Pro Six, Legends, Bando’s and Enduro’s. Tickets can be purchased online and will be streamed live on NBC Sports Gold TrackPass.
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