HAMPTON—Racing fans are preparing for the biggest event of the season at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway—the 13th Annual Hampton Heat, America’s Hottest Race. The event will be held on Saturday, July 24 at Langley Speedway—which is now known as one of the premier short-track racing venues in the United States.
The event officially begins at 6pm, starting with local races at 6:15. Those races include the Cycle City Corp Legends (25 laps), Old Skool Video Games Super Streets (50 laps), and the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks (25 laps). The green flag for the main event, which is 200 laps, drops at 8:45pm.
“Hampton Heat is the biggest NASCAR event in Hampton Roads, and to my knowledge, it’s the biggest motorsports event in Hampton Roads,” said Vaughan Crittenden, promoter and general manager of Langley Speedway. “We’ll have a $10,000 purse, and drivers from all over the Mid-Atlantic will be coming to race here. A lot of future NASCAR stars race in this event.”
Some featured drivers include Timothy Peters and Peyton Sellers. Local favorites will also be competing in the Late Model Stock Car (LMSC) event, which is the highest class of stock cars that can race at a local level. Some of the hometown heroes that will be competing on the 0.397-mile paved oval track include Danny Edwards, Greg Edwards, Connor Hall, Brenden Queen, and Mark Wertz. They’ll be following in the footsteps of some of stock car racing’s biggest legends, including Richard Petty, Jimmie Johnson, Chase Elliott, and former track champion Denny Hamlin.
The Speedway, which is located at 11 Dale Lemonds Drive in Hampton, across Commander Shepard Boulevard from NASA Langley Research Center, will also be featuring some other major events this year, including the Shawn Balluzzo Memorial 100 on August 21, and the Fall Day of Destruction demolition derby on October 23. This is in addition to other events held throughout the racing season. A full schedule of events is available on the Langley Speedway website.
Tickets for all events will be available at the door, but Crittenden advises that it is faster and easier to get tickets in advance by purchasing them on www.langley-speedway.com. “Virtual ticketholders don’t need to wait in line,” he said. “When they get to the track, they can go right in the gate.”