- K&N PRO
- WHELEN MODIFIED
- WHELEN ALL-AMERICAN
- YOUR HOME TRACK
HAMPTON, Va. -- Lauren Edgerton is looking foward to representing the Commonwealth of Virginia Saturday night, as the newly unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour runs the City of Hampton 150 at Langley Speedway.
Edgerton, 27, from Chesterfield, Virginia is a veteran of Modified racing in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has raced in the local Modified divisions at Langley Speedway, South Boston Speedway and a handful of other tracks, and has scored wins at South Boston Speedway and Southside Speedway in Richmond.
The tour's southern stop at Langley will give her the opportunity to step up to the touring series at one of her home tracks.
“It’s pretty cool to get to go out there in front of the people that I used to race with and still race with and hopefully I do okay,” Edgerton said. “I guess it’s a little more pressure being in front of hometown people, instead of going up north and nobody knows who I am.
"It will be pretty cool, the autograph session, with all the local people.”
The Tour Modifieds are still new to Edgerton.
Last year, she competed in NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races at East Carolina Motor Speedway in Robersonville, North Carolina, and South Boston, finishing 11th and 14th, respectively. This weekend, she will make her first start in the unified NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and does so with some confidence after working hard on her car during the offseason.
“At least this time, I was able to get the car ready ahead of time and get out there and practice a little with new tires,” Edgerton said. “Last year, I didn’t even get to practice before race day barely at all.
"I completely rebuilt it so hope everything checks out okay. Hope that I can get more used to the car and hopefully, I’ve changed the setup so hopefully it’ll run a little better.”
Edgerton's goals are to just finish with the car in one piece and gain experience as she continues to figure out the Whelen Modified Tour cars.
“My goal this weekend is just to stay out of trouble and get more used to the car,” Edgerton stated. “This will be the most cars that I’ve been on the track. The tour is a different level pretty much.
"If I can stay out of trouble, I might be able to gain a few spots.”
While she has several starts at Langley, the mostly flat .396-mile oval has proven to be a learning experience for Edgerton.
“I’ve run quite a few races there but never really got the handling that good on the car,” Edgerton said. “At Southside and Langley, the two flatter tracks, I’ve struggled for years with my other car with handling so I’m just now getting it together at Southside.
"I know how you’re supposed to run the track, just never had a car that really had the best setup in it. We'd get it to where I know we have a great chance, then the car would be completely different and I’d have to start from scratch again.”
Last year, Edgerton was finally able to break through at Southside.
Now, Edgerton is feeling a different type of pressure as she races in front of a hometown crowd in her first Langley Speedway appearance since the track reopened earlier this season.
The City of Hampton 150 will be run on Saturday night at approximately 8:30 p.m. The on-track autograph session will be at 5:45 p.m., followed by group qualifying at 7:15 p.m.