Jimmy Lang Goes Back-to-Back in ASA Late Models by Elgin Traylor
New Senoia Victory Is The Latest for South Carolina Youngster
2007 was a learning year for Jimmy Lang. The Bluffton, South Carolina driver struggled at times while competing in the ASA Late Model South division. Poor finishes and near misses from last season were just a set up for the 2008 campaign though. In just two ASA LM events, Lang has now found himself in victory lane not once, but twice. The second came in the Georgia Showdown 100 at New Senoia Speedway in Senoia Georgia on Saturday night. But unlike the first win were Lang took the lead late in the event, this one found him running away with the show.
“The car was just awesome,” said Lang. “I have to thank all my boys in the shop, plus my Mom and my Dad. We struggled a lot over the last few years, my Dad believed in me and he kept on supporting me and you can't do it without them.”
During the day prior to the race, Lang was a tick off were they expected to be on the speed charts. Chasing the best setup they found they were right where they needed to be.
“In practice, we were fifth on the chart but just couldn't gain on it, but it turns out we were ok because the track was getting hotter and that made it slower, but we stayed were we needed to be.”
The roll of the dice was the first thing that played into to Lang's favor as local driver Bubba Pollard drew a nine after winning the ARP Bodies / Aluminum Racing Products Fast Qualifier Award. Lang would line up sixth on the start of the race.
The opening laps were led by outside pole sitter Chris Dilbeck. He was making his first
Jimmy Lang in victory lane at New Senoia. (51 Photo)
ASA start and was showing the way in the Georgia Showdown until contact with Travis Cope on lap 11 sent him for a spin.
“That eleventh lap was kind of nasty,” said Dilbeck. “I was just biding my time trying to save my tires and you've got all these kids…I don't know how old Travis Cope is and I really don't care. He just got in over his head and took me out, I don't know what his problem is but he'll get it back next time.”
Cope was sent to the rear for the incident, he would later be sent to the rear a second time for an incident where he was less of a factor then the first.
“To use the right term, he was holding us up,” said Cope. “I had Jimmy (Lang) behind us pressuring and I knew I had to go. We went up high and Lang got into the back of me and it was just a chain reaction."
The shuffle put Lang in the lead and he never really had any issues after that - other then restarts. With Colt James sniffing his back bumper all night the timing to going back green was key and Lang shuffled his start points to seal the victory.
“I hated to see Travis (Cope) go to the rear, but the same I time I was like this is great for us. There were so many restarts I had to do something to throw off other people's rhythm.”
James stayed in check and ended up second, David Odell was third, Justin Larson was fourth and Bubba Pollard was fifth.
“I was just waiting for Jimmy (Lang) to burn his stuff up and he never did,” said James. “This was our first time here and we did really well so we have something to throw in the books for next time.”
With the win Lang has the early points lead after two of eleven events.
“If we keep this up we have a great shot at the championship, I just know what to say two wins this is just awesome,” said Lang.