Tommy Jackson Steals Victory From Dail in Last Lap Pass – Putman to Victory Lane in Bandos
Midlothian, VA –Matt Dail jumped out to an early five plus car lead over Jimmy James with Yeatts, Elsey and Jackson behind him. An early caution on lap four would slow the field and bunch them up after Elzey & Jackson touch wheels. Elzey goes around – the #02 of Ally Lewis would also spin her machine out.
On the first cone restart Dail and Yeatts restarted on the front row but were halted in turn one after Lewis went for a solo spin. Officials would re-rack and try again
Tommy Jackson, Jr. was able to use the two early restarts to climb up to third by lap five. A pretty intense three way battle for that second spot on the speedway would take shape between turns three and four. Jackson, Jr., set his sights on getting around Jimmy James and does so by lap 8. With clear track ahead of him, Jackson started to work on reeling in last weeks winner, the #07 winner Matt Dail.
Third caution of the race was displayed on lap 18 after Elzey goes for a solo spin out of turn two. He is able to get the car straightened back out and returns to the field. That coming on the heels of Jackson, Jr running down and negating Dails ten car lead.
Restart came with just seven laps to go. Dail and Jackson elect to stay low while Kevin Yeatts tried his luck on the outside to no avail. Dail and Jackson get through the gear box seamlessly.
With five laps to go Jackson turns the wick up big time taking a peak down low at every corner entry but Dail not having any of it. Coming to the white flag Jackson takes yet another peak down into turn one. Matt Dail doing a little mirror driving, slows the car up a little more than usual. Jackson not letting up down the back stretch and this time muscling his way under Dail, the two make a lot of contact out of four, beating and banging coming down the front stretch with Jackson, Jr beating Dail to the line.
Did not take long for things to get hairy in the 15-lap Bando feature. Cole Bruce (#31) makes contact with Lenoard Harrison (#43) early and send him around. That would bring out the first caution of the night and warrant officials up in the booth to send Bruce to the rear of the field – giving the lead to Putman.
On the ensuing restart Bruce wasted no time with his efforts to climb through the field. So much so he takes it three wide off four as they worked lap six.
Putman out to a half straightaway lead at halfway, Silvestri in solid second. Slag, Godby, Bruce battling three wide for a couple laps.
Caution out on lap 13. Cole Bruce & Michael Godby make contact coming out of four before the field completes the lap. Will bunch the field up for two laps. Putman and Silvestri both with good restarts pulled away from the field. Silvestri giving giving everything he had to get around Putman in the closing laps just did not have enough laps to make the pass and had to settle for second.
INEX Legends Results:
P1. #87 Tommy Jackson, Jr.; 25
P2. #07 Matt Dail; 25
P3 #27 Kevin Yeatts; 25
P4 #00 DJ Elzey; 25
P5 #13 James Barchanowicz; 25
P6 #79 David Turner; 25
P7 #02 Ally Lewis; 25