Tommy Jackson, Jr Dominates at Soutside Speedway – Silvestri Holds off Godby for the Win
Midlothian, VA – Chris Hildebrand, the 2015 Langley Speedway track champion, made his first appearance of 2016 as well as his first attempt at Southside Speedway. Learning the track lap after lap the Newport News native set the second fastest time in qualifying earlier in the afternoon. However inherits the pole position after Tommy Jackson, Jr, your fast qualifier, inverts the top two spots.
Jackson, Jr making the top of the track work would end up leading lap one. Hildy settled right in line in second with Timmy Phipps behind him. Jackson, as if he had a statement to make, opened up a huge lead over the six cars behind him. Leaving Hildy in the dust so to speak to deal with Phipps. I must say for his first time on the track and learning things on the fly, Hildebrand did a fine job running second
Phipps started to turn up the wick on second place as we approached the halfway mark. Looked to make an attempt to get around in turn three as the field worked lap twelve but just could not make it happen and instantly fell back four to five cars. Phipps took a couple laps to cool the tires off and made another run to the rear nerf bard of Hildebrand, this time making the pass.
Was just a little to late for the driver of the orange and white number five as Jackson, Jr had already started to catch the rear of the field with less than five laps to go in the race. In dominating fashion Tommy Jackson, Jr found himself back in victory lane yet again at Southside Speedway.
Carter Weedon, who had been running near fifth or sixth all race, made things interesting as they were coming to stripe. He was able to get by the thirteen of Jimmy James but appeared to make contact after the stripe going into one that sent himself into the wall and the thirteen spinning. Barchanowicz would be checked out by safety crews but found to be okay
INEX Legends Results:
P1. #87 Tommy Jackson, Jr
P2. #5 Timmy Phipps
P3. #71 Chris Hildebrand
P4. #22 Carter Weedon
P5. #13 James Barchanowicz
P6. #79 David Turner
P7. #00 DJ Elzey
Cole Bruce won the pole with a 17.189 but will start fourth after the invert. Daniel Silvestri, Conner Jones, Michael Godby and Jacob Putman round out the top five starters.
Field gets single file pretty quick and Silvestri opens about a car to car and a half lead over the field. Putman gets around Connor Jones for the third spot but has a long way to go to catch the leaders.
Battle for the lead heats up right at the half way. Conner Jones made a huge push back to the rear bumper of Putman but gets loose coming out of four. His car steps out on him and he has to gather it up. Takes about four to five laps but Jones able to catch Putman and get around.
Silvestri, with minimum pressure from Michael Godby, grabs another victory at Southside Speedway.
P1. #27 Daniel Silvestri
P2. #17 Michael Godby
P3. #14 Conner Jones
P4. #3 Jacob Putman
P5. #58 Eddie Slagle
P6. #33 Franklin Caracole
P7. #43 Leonard Harrison, IV
P8. #48 Wesley Newell
P9. #31 Cole Bruce (Mechanical)