Darrell Hamlin Gets First Win In Caution Free Langley Race


The Callaway Investments Sportsman Street Stock Series visited the Langley Speedway on Tuesday night for a 100 lap feature race.

The night got started with Jarrid Boiros adding his 31st career SARA pole, setting a new track record at Langley with a lap of 16.615 seconds. The top ten cars from Time Trials advanced into the Qualifying Dash which saw an 8-car invert at the front, sending Boiros back in the pack, while Scott Dunlap was inverted to the front. Dunlap was able to hold off the field for the first 10 laps of the Dash before Darrell Hamlin got by with just a couple laps remaining to take the Dash victory.

In the feature event, Dunlap led the field back to the green flag and jumped out into the lead. The lead was short lived though as Dale Owen was able to get by on lap 6, and Hamlin followed him through to take 2nd. The race ended up going caution free, running all 100 laps under green flag conditions, which early on allowed Owen to pull away out front. Owen extended the gap out to over 1.5 seconds in the lead, but as the run continued and the race reached the halfway point, Owen began to fall off while Hamlin reeled him back in. Hamlin was able to close the gap, and made his move to the inside on lap 74 and he never looked back. Hamlin pulled away out front in the closing laps, and came around to take the checkered flag to pick up his first career SARA victory.

Behind Hamlin, Owen hung on to finish 2nd after leading 68 laps of the race. Once the field settled in early on, both Ian Layne and Russell Berry each ran inside the top five all race long, and were able to move up into 3rd and 4th place finishes respectively. Jarrid Boiros made his way up into the top three early on after setting the fast lap in qualifying, but fell off later in the run and slipped to a 5th place finish.

Just outside the top five, Matt Rolfe settled into a 6th place finish which was where he ran for most of the night. Landon Sciacca battled with Rolfe and swapping the position multiple times prior to the halfway point of the race before falling back to finish 7th. After leading the opening laps, Dunlap dropped back during the run and settled into the 8th spot where he finished. Heath Helton and Ken Belanger both battled right around the 10th spot for a majority of the race, and they ended up finishing 9th and 10th respectively to round out the top ten.

Points leader Joe Schaffer had a rare off-night and ended up parking it early, but still maintains a 64 point lead in the standings. By simply starting next week’s season finale, Schaffer will lock up the title during SoBo Championship Week.