Four-Wide Racing At Langley Speedway? The USARacing Pro Cup Series Makes It Happen HAMPTON, Va. (August 18, 2009) -- Four wide, final lap, racing for the checkered flag. Sounds like the final scene in a movie script, doesn't it? In ...
Four-Wide Racing At Langley Speedway?
The USARacing Pro Cup Series Makes It Happen
HAMPTON, Va. (August 18, 2009) -- Four wide, final lap, racing for the checkered flag.
Sounds like the final scene in a movie script, doesn't it? In reality, though, it was the last lap of the May USARacing Pro Cup Series [formerly Hooters Pro Cup] event at Langley Speedway.
The stage was set for that nail bitting conclusion with two laps remaining in the 250-lap race on the slightly banked 0.395-mile oval. That's when Woody Howard's Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Bobby Gill's Ford Fusion and Lucas Ransone's Monte Carlo closed on the bumper of Clay Rogers' Chevrolet Impala, which was leading. They began jockeying for position as they headed into the third turn on the final lap. With the checkered flag in sight, they were four wide as they exited the final turn, but at the finish it was Rogers who edged Ransone by 0.058 second.
Saturday the Pro Cup drivers return to the historic short track for the Hampton Virginia Honor Flight 250 and with the event being the final race in the regular season, the tight, hard racing finish could easily be repeated.
The May 23 victory marked Rogers' first this season. Since then the standings leader has added two more to his racing resume. With three victories, six top-5s and eight top-10s, the Mooresville, N.C., resident possesses a 144-point advantage over Gill. Brandon Ward, the victor in the series Aug. 8 event at South Boston, Va., owns third in the standings, while Drew Herring is fourth. Rookie Ransone rounds out the top five.
No doubt all of the drivers in that final lap charge learned a lesson that could benefit them in their victory quest on their second Langley visit. However, one can't help but wonder if they might not have a psychological advantage over Rogers.
Rogers finished second at South Boston and he admitted in his post-race interview that a penalty he received earlier this season at Lanier [Ga.] Raceway for aggressive driving caused him to be a little more cautious in the South Boston 250. He said his concern about possibly drawing another penalty resulted in him waiting too long to make his move at South Boston and in all probability cost him the victory.
"You don't like to move people to pass them, but sometimes when you're at a short track, that's what it calls for," Rogers said. "It's like playing Russian roulette. If you decide you're going to move somebody, if they lose it, the way they've been using the black flag this year, it makes a really, really hard decision on what is OK and what is not OK. Man, it's a risky situation to be in."
Saturday's Hampton Virginia Honor Flight 250 Pro Cup race is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Advance tickets for the Aug. 22 event are on sale at the Langley Speedway office. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12. Tickets for military personnel and senior citizens are $13. In addition to the Pro Cup race, there will be a 50-lap event for the Atlantic Power Sweeping Super Streets at 5 p.m. The EZ Auto of Newport News UCARs wrap up the evening with a 25-lap race.
For more information, call Langley Speedway at (757) 865-RACE or consult the track's Web site - www.langley-speedway.com.