HAMPTON (WAVY) — The Hampton Heat is upon us. The biggest race at Langley has brought the best Late Model drivers in Virginia to Hampton Roads to battle it out for the $10k purse, and to improve their standing in the race for the Virginia Late Model Triple Crown.
The Triple Crown started in 2012, and is awarded to the driver who has the best average finish among three races:
South Boston Speedway- Thunder Road Harley-Davidson 200
Langley Speedway- Hampton Heat 200
Martinsville Speedway- Valley Star Credit Union 300
Of all the winners of the Triple Crown the only repeat winner is Peyton Sellers. Sellers currently leads the running into Langley after taking the win at South Boston this year. With two Triple Crowns to his name, Sellers is looking to add number three to his resume.
Another name to watch at Langley is Late Model legend, Phillip Morris. Morris has been a regular at South Boston Speedway, but like many drivers in the series, likes to give other tracks a run during the season. At Langley, Morris has won seven of the eight races he has competed in, and could take the checkered at Langley this weekend. A win at Langley would be a huge boon for Morris too. After finishing second to Sellers at South Boston, Morris is coming to Langley with a lot of momentum in the race for the Triple Crown, an accolade that has eluded the Late Model legend.
And of course you can’t leave out local talent. C.E. Falk was the first winner of the Triple Crown when it was established in 2012. Coming off a sixth place finish at South Boston in the run for this years Triple Crown, Falk has a good shot at becoming the second repeat winner. He’s a solid driver at his home track, has four track championships, and three Hampton Heat victories. Look to see him have a strong run this year.