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A Team Penske Sweep of the Toyota Owners 400 – Joey Logano From Last to First

RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 30: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 30, 2017, in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

Richmond, VA – From last to first, is exactly what Joey Logano did this Sunday at Richmond International Raceway, after starting shotgun on the field after a transmission change after qualifying. The call to replace the transmission came from crew chief Todd Gordon late Saturday afternoon when debris was found in the transmission of the Shell-Pennzoil Ford.

A caution early in the race on lap five was just what Todd Gordon and the #22 team needed as it allowed them to come down pit road for fresh tires. Which ultimately allowed Joey to pick his way through the field much easier.

“I got a text yesterday from Todd while I was up in the booth and was just like aw man,” Logano said about the debris found in the transmission. “This is not the place you want to start in the back for a lot of reasons. For one, you have five or six laps on your tires from qualifying. Two, for being a short track you have to go hard on a short run to try and not go down a lap and hope for a caution and that worked out really well. We got a nice caution five laps in the race and put some sticker tires on it when some still had their qualifiers on.”

From that point on it was one car at a time for Logano as the strategy early this morning was to run about 80% at the start of the race. The plan seemed to work out pretty well because Logano found himself inside the top ten at the completion of both 100-lap segments collecting two additional playoff points.

“We picked them off slowly,” Logano went on to explain. “Took us forever to get into the top five. It seemed like everyone from fourth to tenth had the same speed so it was all about gaining position on restarts and pit stops.”

A few late cautions and great calls from the top of the #22 pit box helped gain very important track position giving every opportunity to Joey to get the win. Logano was able to retake the lead shortly after the final restart of the race getting by Kyle Larson with a little bump out of three.

“Some good calls there at the end got us some track position,” Logano said. “We had a good pit stop at the end that got us some good track position that maintained the track position. A good restart that helped us get the lead back when everyone else stayed out on old tires and we just tried to check out. It wasn’t a save your tires and don’t get too big of a lead, it was a go as hard as you possibly can because I knew how fast Brad was. He was the fastest car and lead a ton of laps today. Glad the race was 400-laps,” Logano said. “If it was any shorter we probably wouldn’t have won. If it was any longer, we probably wouldn’t have won.”

The win was Logano’s first of 2017 and 18th of his career which came in his 300th start. Making him just the fifth driver in history to win in his 300th career start. Putting him in the company of Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne, and Rusty Wallace.

At the drop of the green flag, it appeared that it was going to be the Matt Kenseth show. Kenseth set a blistering pace early in the race, leading a race-high 164 laps, to win the first segment and over half of the second. Kenseth said at the segment break the car still needed some work and he hadn’t run too much in traffic yet – which may have been his Achilles heel this weekend. The pass for the lead came as the leaders approached heavy lap traffic. Keselowski made the move on the high side and never looked back.

Denny Hamlin, who was spectacular all day on pit road, along with Kevin Harvick, made it tough for Keselowski though as the race continued. Leading the second most laps of the day, 110 to be exact, it looked like the two-car was poised to win the race. Restart after restart, Keselowski found his way back to the front of the field. However, the late race cautions seemed to not help with the strategy from the Detroit Genuine Parts Ford pit box – who was as far back as fifth with fifteen laps to go.

“That’s just how things fall with these double-file restarts,” Keselowski explained in the media center following the race. “We got behind some of these guys that I think I lapped at least six times today. I think the fact that it was a day race makes this track change drastically. I know I was hot all day but some of the best races are in the day.”

The Team Penske front row sweep was the second of the weekend as Simon Pagenuad & Will Power finish one-two Saturday out in Phoenix in the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix.

NASCAR will head south to the 2.66-mile monster that is Talladega.

 

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series – Toyota Owners 400 – April 30, 2017

  1. #22 Joey Logano
  2. #2 Brad Keselowski
  3. #11 Denny Hamlin
  4. #17 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
  5. #4 Kevin Harvick
  6. #1 Jamie McMurray
  7. #31 Ryan Newman
  8. #41 Kurt Busch
  9. #43 Aric Almirola
  10. #78 Martin Turex, Jr.
  11. #48 Jimmie Johnson
  12. #19 Daniel Suarez
  13. #6 Trevor Bayne
  14. #42 Kyle Larson
  15. #14 Clint Boyer
  16. #18 Kyle Busch
  17. #37 Chris Buescher
  18. #10 Danica Patrick
  19. #38 David Ragan
  20. #3 Austin Dillon
  21. #34 Landon Cassill
  22. #5 Kasey Kahne
  23. #20 Matt Kenseth
  24. #24 Chase Elliot
  25. #27 Paul Menard
  26. #13 Ty Dillon
  27. #72 Cole Whitt
  28. #32 Matt DiBenedetto
  29. #95 Michael McDowell
  30. #88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
  31. #23 Gray Gaulding
  32. #83 Corey LaJoie
  33. #15 Reed Sorenson
  34. #51 Timmy Hill
  35. #33 Jeffery Earnhardt
  36. #21 Ryan Blaney
  37. #47 AJ Allmendinger
  38. #77 Erik Jones

Kyle Larson Wins Toyota Care 250 in Overtime at Richmond over Justin Allgaier

Richmond, VA – Kyle Larson only leads 10 laps en route to the victory at in the Toyota Care 250.

Richmond, Va – We have preached this on our platform many times and it has been said much more in this sport, the fastest car does not always win the race. That was the case for the 2017 Toyota Care 250 at Richmond International Raceway. Leading the second least laps of the day Kyle Larson found himself in victory lane after a thrilling but somewhat confusing overtime finish.

“I was happy to see them all wreck because I didn’t want to have to race a whole other lap with Justin behind me because he had the dominant car,” Larson said after the victory. “Good solid race for us. Didn’t expect to be the winner and we ran a lot better than I thought we would.”

The Monster Energy Cup Series points leader holding himself to a much higher standard as the Credit One Bank driver finished all three stages of today’s 250-lap race within the top ten and of course winning the most important one. Showing speed early in the race, Larson seemed to be quite content running the bottom groove and running laps off the board.

Larson almost got caught in a sticky situation early on in the race coming off turn two when he had to back off the throttle to avoid being a sheet metal sandwich and ending his day early. Luckily for Larson, he was able to keep his nose clear and give a car to his crew to work on all day.

As the race progressed, pretty mildly if I might add, it appeared that Justin Allgaier was going to just walk away with not only the race win but his second Dash 4 Cash victory especially after a power move around Larson on the outside to start the second stage. Things got strung out pretty quick and it was just focusing on keeping the car and tires under him dealing with one of the slickest tracks in recent years.

Things did tend to get dicey and had race fans on the edge of their seats with two restarts with just twelve laps to go set up some wild racing throughout the field. Ty Dillion was the control car for one of the late restarts but, did not last long as he was black flagged on the ensuing caution for jumping the start.

The race witnessed the Richmond version of the Big One on the following restart as several cars, including William Byron, who entered the race second in points, as well as the outside pole sitter Kyler Benjamin, who was making his Xfinity series debut. Needless to say, it ended a great run for both drivers.

This set up the final restart of the race in overtime with Kyle Larson and Justin Allgaier on the front row. When the green was displayed Allgaier got on the gas a little too hard and spun the tires going down the front stretch, which gave Larson the slight advantage. It was a drag race down the backstretch before Ryan Reid looked to get a little assistance from Cole Custer in wrecking into the inside retaining wall. By the time the Caution was displayed the cars had made it over the overtime line going into three making the race official.

Catching up with Kyle after the race he was pretty honest in admitting that he didn’t have the best car today. It was almost as if the planets aligned perfectly when Ty Dillion was assessed the penalty handing the lead of the race over the Larson. This way he would be able to control the start of the race.

“Justin (Allgaier) got a really good start in the top lane,” Larson commented. “I thought he was going to spin his tires a little worse than he did and make it a littler easier for me through one and two but, he was able to hang on my right side through one. We were able to clear him out of two and I guess that’s when they started crashing behind us. We had to race to the overtime line and as soon as we got the caution in three and four I knew I got the win.”

Admitting that he has never been that good here at Richmond, Larson was happy to get the win and to get it with Credit One Bank on the car. He also stated that he was able to learn a few things and discipline himself for tomorrow’s Toyota Owners 400.

“Richmond is a track I know I struggle at,” Larson explained. “I know I just won I still struggle here a lot. I was still able to learn a lot for tomorrow and disciplined myself to run the bottom, I feel like it helped me for the long run. Overall it was great to get a win at a track that I don’t run well at, it was a confidence booster.”

With Richmond switching back to day racing for the first time in eighteen years the drivers had to be up on the wheel all 250-laps as ambient temps were in the mid 80’s all day which created a very slick racing surface.

“The track was really hot and slick,” Larson commented about the track conditions. “I was roasting all day. Pretty wore out right and super hot. I have been dumping water on me since the end of the race and still really hot. Going to have rehydrated tonight and get ready for tomorrow’s race because it’s going to be even hotter and a lot longer race.”

RICHMOND, VA – APRIL 29: Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet, and his team celebrate in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond International Raceway on April 29, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

 

NASCAR Xfinity OFFICIAL Results – Toyota Care 250 – Richmond, VA April 29, 2017

  1. #42 Kyle Larson
  2. #7 Justin Allgaier
  3. #21 Daniel Hemric
  4. #2 Austin Dillon
  5. #22 Ryan Blaney
  6. #6 Darrell Wallace, Jr.
  7. #1 Elliot Sadler
  8. #5 Michael Annett
  9. #98 Casey Mears
  10. #23 Spencer Gallagher
  11. #11 Blake Koch
  12. #24 Dylan Lupton
  13. #00 Cole Custer
  14. #19 Matt Tift
  15. #51 Jeremy Clements
  16. #28 Dakoda Armstrong
  17. #99 David Starr
  18. #07 Ray Black II
  19. #3 Ty Dillion
  20. #52 Joey Gase
  21. #18 Daniel Suarez
  22. #48 Brennan Poole
  23. #16 Ryan Reed
  24. #01 Harrison Rhodes
  25. #90 Brandon Brown
  26. #39 Ryan Sieg
  27. #46 Quinn Houff
  28. #40 Timmy Hill
  29. #0 Garrett Smithley
  30. #9 William Byron
  31. #8 Matt Mills
  32. #20 Kyle Benjamin
  33. #33 Brandon Jones
  34. #13 Carl Long
  35. #62 Brendan Gaughan
  36. #74 Mike Harmon
  37. #78 BJ McLeod
  38. #4 Ross Chastain
  39. #14 JJ Yeley
  40. #93 Jeff Green

Doug Barnes, Jr. Steals Victory on a Green, White, Checkered Finish Friday Night at Dominion

Thornburg, VA – With the NASCAR boys and girls in the capital of the Commonwealth this weekend, some tracks throughout the state will be quite this weekend. Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, however, decided to just move their program up one night and run on Friday. With a full evening of events for the family planned the highlight of the night, 75-laps in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Tyler Hughes, coming into the weekend with two wins on the season already, qualified on the pole during the late evening’s group qualifying session with a 15.394-second lap, an average of 93.543 mph. Jeff Oakley, Brenden Queen, Logan Jones and Timmy Phipps rounded out the fastest five cars on in the fourteen car field.

When it was time to go racing it looked like Tyler Hughes was going to be the car to beat jumping out to an early lead. This left Jeff Oakley and Brenden Queen, who made his Dominion Raceway debut this weekend, to battle for the second position. Oakley would soon clear Queen and start too real in the leader. Took just nine laps for Oakley to catch and pass Hughes or the lead and immediately start to create a gap between him and the field.

Michael Hardin and Doug Barnes, who both qualified outside of the top five, had already worked there way up into the mix battling for position. Both drivers starting the race much deeper than we have seen them in the past wasted no time in making up the time. The field was slowed for the first time on lap 18 after Logan Jones went for a spin down in turn four. He and Barnes were racing very hard and may have made contact, which caused the spin. Jones was able to drive away from the scene but needed to go down pit road to the attention of his crew with a flat right rear tire.

Once the action got back green the drivers went back to work. One driver, Michael Hardin in particular, looked like he was shot out of a cannon and had the nitrous working because lap-by-lap he tracked down Jeff Oakley and eventually made the pass on lap 62 to take the lead. Meanwhile, behind them, Doug Barnes had really turned the wick up and passed the 03 of Queen – who eventually retired from the race with an oil leak from the power plant of his machine. Barnes also tracked down the machine of Tyler Hughes and put on a great battle for third.The race would be slowed once more for several cars putting off smoke from behind the cars. Officials brought the cars down pit road to the attention of their crews. This set up one of the tightest restarts I have seen in a few years at a Saturday night short track race. Hardin was able to clear the field out of two but Doug Barnes stayed hot in his tracks. The race would be slowed one final time setting up the green, white, checkered when Cameron Burke, battling Oakley for fourth, gets into turn one a little

The race would be slowed once more for several cars putting off smoke from behind the cars. Officials brought the cars down pit road to the attention of their crews. This set up one of the tightest restarts I have seen in a few years at a Saturday night short track race. Hardin was able to clear the field out of two but Doug Barnes stayed hot in his tracks. The race would be slowed one final time setting up the green, white, checkered when Cameron Burke, battling Oakley for fourth, gets into turn one a little too hot and made contact with Oakley spinning both of them out. Burke was able to keep his position, as race control did not see it was intentional while Oakley had to restart at the tail end of the line.

Michael Hardin elected to stay down low for the final restart while Barnes elected to take his chances on the outside line, which proved to be the right call. Being able to keep the car wound up coming off the corners Barnes had the better run by maybe a half car at the stripe as the field came to take the white flag. Michael Hardin gave it one last shot as they two dove into one. It was a drag race down the backstretch with Dough Barnes outside of Michael Hardin. Barnes, hanging it out on the outside came off three in what looked like a four-wheel drift. Somehow kept the car semi-straight and beat Hardin to the line by just a tenth of a second. Hughes, Burke, and Ganoe would round out the top five.

 

LMSC UNOFFICIAL Results;

1.#88 Doug Barnes, Jr.; 83
2. #7 Michael Hardin; 83
3. #8 Tyler Hughes; 83
4. #82B Cameron Burke; 83
5. #83 Mike Ganoe; 83
6. #4 Timmy Phipps; 83
7. #11 Jeff Oakley; 83
8. #07 Richard Storm; 83
9. #19 Cameron Bowen; 80
10. #03 Brenden Queen; 62
11. #77 Logan Jones; 62
12. #55 Robert Bruce; 44
13. #56 Doug Liberman; 24
14. #13 Tyler Daniels; 18

Mike Rudy Wins Modified Thriller at Southside Speedway – Dan Rogers Keeps Win Streak Alive

Mike Rudy and crew celebrate after winning the Modified feature at Southside Speedway on Friday, April 21st, 2017. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA – Mother Nature tried to ruin the start of the weekend with a brief rain shower over Southside Speedway. Track officials and track crews, however, had better ideas. After about an hour-long rain delay we were able to get back to racing at the “The Toughest Short Track in the South” for a night of racing that proved to be beyond entreating for the fans. The IMCA style Modifieds – a TWR favorite – proved that it’s not always quantity over quality.

Eight open wheel cars showed up this past weekend for their scheduled 30-lap feature. Mike Rudy once again was the fastest car on the speedway while Kyle Wood looked to collect his second win in a row. During the final practice session – which if you are not familiar with Southside, the track uses the final practice session as a group qualifying session as well – Mike Rudy posted a fast time of 14.826-seconds which once again earned him the pole. The pill draw would have other ideas forcing the Prince George driver to start fifth on the grid handing the lead over to Michael Johnson.

Took two attempts to get the racing underway in the modified division after Tyler Davis – who was starting on the outside pole – had a bit of a mishap on the initial start and spun in turns one and two. Once things were sorted out and we were green Kyle Wood took things into his own hands and took the lead on the outside. Wood focused on setting a steady pace while a few cars battled for position behind him and Mike Rudy made his way up through the field.

The race was slowed only one more time early in the race when Tyler Davis dropped a heavy dose of water on the track going into turn one. Causing Lauren Edgerton to make a B-line for the outside wall. Rookie modified driver Matt Morgan did a great job as well to keep his car off the wall. Davis, who has not had much luck this season so far looked to be done for the night.

When the race went back green it was a Kyle Wood and Mike Rudy front row. As everyone got into a solid rhythm the top two cars checked on the field. Rip Salomone, who was the third fastest car in qualifying, was right where he started the race in third working his hardest to track down the top two. He was able to do so within the closing five laps on the race when Rudy and Wood started racing hard.

With the laps winding down, Rudy gave a big shot to Wood as they entered turn one with just three laps to go. Kyle Wood’s car went into dirt track mode as Rudy and Salomone backed off the throttle to allow Kyle to gather things back up. By the time the 19 was facing in the right direction again, Rudy had gotten a great run off turn two and made the pass for the lead. Salomone tried to work around Wood for second but he just did not have enough to make it happen and would have to settle for third.Dan Rogers kept the 2017 winning streak alive this past weekend in the Grand Stock division after laying down the second fastest time in qualifying. Austin Dodge was able to beat him out by .011 second to win the pole position. However, Dodge and Rogers would switch spots on the starting grid after the invert was complete.

Dan Rogers kept the 2017 winning streak alive this past weekend in the Grand Stock division after laying down the second fastest time in qualifying. Austin Dodge was able to beat him out by .011 second to win the pole position. However, Dodge and Rogers would switch spots on the starting grid after the invert was complete.

The two would remain nose to tail throughout the entire race, which can be seen on replay over on our Facebook page. Dodge did try to make a pass on Rogers as they approached lap traffic towards the end of the 30-lap feature creating a drag race down the front stretch. Rogers just seemed to get off the corner a little better and grabbed his second win of the season by just .063-seconds at the line.

The Modifieds and Grand Stocks will return to action, along with all of the great divisions, on Friday, May 12th for Scout Night. Head over the tracks Facebook page and website for more details

 

Modified OFFICIAL Results;

1.#8 Mike Rudy; 30
2. #19 Kyle Wood; 30
3. #02 Rip Salomone; 30
4. #38 Michael Johnson; 30
5. #29 Adam Medek; 30
6. #7 Lauren Edgerton; 30
7. #98 Matt Morgan; 19
8. #00 Tyler Davis; 2

 

Grand Stocks OFFICIAL Results;

1.#33 Dan Rogers; 30
2. #07 Austin Dodge; 30
3. #01 Landon Abbott; 30
4. #40 Todd Ruggles; 30
5. #88 Mike Lowe; 30
6. #41 Cameron Ruggles; 29
7. #36 Mark Simpson; 29
8. #49 Shannon Smith; 29
9. #49 Robbie Roth; 27
10. #1 Johnny Luck; 20
11. #55 Justin Brown; 19
12. #15 Bobby Curtis; 3

Mason Bailey Earns First Late Model Victory at Southside Speedway

Mason Bailey and crew celebrates in victory lane with family and crew after collecting his first Late Model victory. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA – Sometimes the fastest car does not always win the race. We see this week in and week out from local short tracks to the top tiers of NASCAR. This was not the case this past Friday night as Southside got in their second race of the 2017 season before most of the rain moved into the region. Mason Bailey, competing in his first full season in a Late Model after winning the Modified championship the year prior, set the fastest time of the night in qualifying. The only driver to post a time in the fourteen second bracket, Bailey qualified on the pole with a 14.955 second lap – an average of 80.233 mph around the all but flat .333-mile oval.

After drawing the number three pill Bailey was forced to give the pole over to Grayson Cullather, another young gun in the Late Model community in Richmond, VA. Eddie Johnson, who was a little more than a tenth slower than Bailey, was able to keep his second outside pole starting position when the race went green. He was followed by Daniel Thomas and Mike Payne – to make up the rest of the starting five.

When it was time to go green flag racing it appeared that the three car invert was going to work out well for Cullather. After taking a full lap to clear Johnson Grayson was able to get into a solid rhythm and focus on hitting his marks and clicking off laps. Cullather was able to put a little bit of distance on the field as Bailey worked his way around Johnson for second. Just as he started to reel in the rear bumper of the 22 we were slowed by the nights one and only caution to bunch up the field. Just as Hairfield and Ashworth pulled their cars down pit road and nose first into their stalls, Disavino went for a spin out of four.

Once the track was clear and the line-up was complete race control displayed the cone to the field on the front stretch. For those who may not be familiar with a “Cone Restart” it is very simple – a cone is placed on the track and those drivers on the lead lap and not involved in the caution are able to pick the high or low line. That being said, a car running six can be the first car to take the cone and will restart in the second position. Grayson Cullather and Eddie Johnson both elected to stay down on the bottom while Mason Bailey and Chris Dodson elected to go to the top.

Once the green flag was displayed from flagman Jody Adkins Cullather and Bailey sailed their machines down into turn one, hard! Bailey was able to get the car to stick and take the top spot as they came out of turn two and would be the new leader on lap twenty. Shortly after both Johnson and Dodson were able to get by Cullalther forcing him back to the fourth position. The restart also seemed to help both Alex Brock and J.D. Eversole who were able to take the fifth and sixth postions on the track respectfully.

Mason Bailey was not concerned with any of that however as he settled into a nice rhythm and started to put some distance on the two cars behind him. What made matters even better for the rookie was when Eddie and Chris started racing hard for the second spot. This really allowed Bailey to build up a good lead and take the checkered flag with no pressure. Eddie Johnson was able to hold off Dodson for second while Grayson Cullather and Alex Brock rounded out the top five – very similar results from opening night.

“We unloaded really quick and were top of the board in the first practice on hold tires,” Bailey said after the race. “The car felt really good. We made just a little bit of changes and picked up some more and we were fastest second round and qualified on the pole by a decent amount.”

When the race started Bailey was able to get to the second position pretty quick and track down the leader and start planning his move. Not that Bailey needed the caution to catch the rear bumper of Cullather it sure made things easier and set up the only restart of the race that allowed Bailey to use that outside to his advantage.

“We were going to go to the inside on that restart but I kind of like the outside,” Bailey explained. “In a situation like that the outside always works out for us and I just sent it in there. Now, I wont say it stuck but it stuck just enough to get a nose on him. From there on were able to open a decent lead and get the win.”

We asked Bailey if he felt the caution helped him get around Cullather for the win or if it was just something that was going to happen. He certainly gave credit to Cullather for driving a good race just cited he thinks he had the better car this weekend.

“We felt pretty good then the rain hit,” Bailey said. “I was scared it was going to just kill the track and we were going to lose any advantage we had. I do think that was the case but track position really helped us. We fell in line behind Grayson there who drove a nice race but I just think we had a little bit better of a car. The caution certainly helped us get back up to him and gave us a chance to get around him rather than having to work for it. Right before that caution came out though I was playing around with my line and think I really found something and was catching him a little bit.”

 

Trevor Stinson found himself in victory lane at the conclusion of the 25-lap UCAR feature that went green right after the track was dry. Joshua Thomas was the fastest car earlier in the afternoon however, posting a lap of 16.937 seconds – or an average of just over 70 mph. He was forced however, to give the pole position up to Ethan Ayers – driving the opening night winning car – who qualified third.

Ayers took that advantage and ran with it as he was the leader as they completed lap one. Stinson and Thomas were not going to let him get away to easy and it was an amazing three way battle for the lead while they drove away from the rest of the field. It wasn’t until lap eighteen of the total twenty-five laps that Stinson was able to make his way around the #87 of Ethan Ayers with the help of some contact. Nothing to bad just enough to get Ayers out of shape. Once Stinson was able to get into clean air that was all he needed to create a big gap to Ayers and Thomas who were battling for that second position down to the closing laps. Thomas was able to gain the advantage and would finish second to Stinson. Alex Ayers and Jamie Hite would round out the top five.

Southside Speedway will be back in action on May 12th. All scouts and scout leaders in FULL UNIFORM will get in FREE! Two parents per scout receive a $2 ticket discount. Front gates open at 6:00 p.m. Qualifying starts at 6:00 p.m. and racing gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

Late Model OFFICIAL Results;

1.#05 Mason Bailey; 40
2. #43 Eddie Johnson; 40
3. #0 Chris Dodson; 40
4. #22 Grayson Cullather; 40
5. #9 Alex Brock; 40
6. #98 J.D. Eversole; 40
7. #99 Daniel Thomas; 40
8. #79 Lane Janosik; 40
9. #42 Mike Payne; 40
10. #55 Howie Disavino; 40
11. #26 John Crews III; 40
12. #67 Cole Walker; 40
13. #25 Michael Sutphin; 39
14. #20 Sonny Allen; 29
15. #89 Matt Ashworth; 19
16. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 18

 

UCAR OFFICIAL Results;

1.#10 Trevor Stinson; 25
2. #72 Joshua Thomas; 25
3. #87 Ethan Ayers; 25
4. #96 Alex Ayers; 25
5. #12 Jamie Hite; 25
6. #13 Beejay Anderson; 25
7. #16 Thomas Stinson; 25
8. #04 Korey Lawson; 25
9. #1 Mike Frayser; 24
10. #3 Zachary Lindsey; 24
11. #58 Hunter Waldrop; 24
12. #51 Dillon Devenney; 9
13. #97 Richard Sisco; DNF

Chris Lilly Dominate Legends Night Cap at Southside – Cole Bruce Victorious in Interesting Bando Finish

#27 Chris Lemons celebrates in victory lane after a very dominating win in the second race of the season at Southside Speedway. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA –Chris Lilly set the fastest time in qualifying earlier in the afternoon with a time of 15.499 seconds – an average of 77.417 mph – and it proved come race time. However, due to that pesky invert that Southside uses, Lilly was forced to start in the third position, handing the top spot over to Daniel Silvestri. The top three cars of Lilly, Carlton, and Silvestri were only separated by two-hundredth of a second. We also need to point out that this past weekend was the first time Silvestri has raced his #97 Legends since moving up from the Bandolero division.

When the green flag was displayed to the field it was very clear it was going to be a three-way battle between the top three cars for the win. Chris Lilly has always shown speed around the .333-mile oval and Carlton has been on a tear in Virginia of top-three finishes since the start of the 2017 season. Silvestri held his own for three laps at the front of the field before Lilly worked his way around and left him to deal with Carlton.

It was a pretty calm race as Chris Lilly opened up a very comfortable lead while Carlton tried to work around Silvestri for the second position. Carlton put on a pretty heavy assault on the rear nerf bar of Silvestri but was not able to make a clean pass and ended up falling back several car lengths. Kevin Yeatts was the only car with a problem when his car slowed way off the pace on lap sixteen. He would limp the car on the apron to finish the race.

Lilly was open up a huge lead while second and third place battled halfway through the race. That was all he needed to secure the win over Silvestri, Carlton, Matthews and opening night winner Strouse. Matthews would be later disqualified.

 

Legends OFFICIAL Results;

1.#27 Chris Lilly; 25
2. #97 Daniel Silvestri; 25
3. #94 Cody Carlton; 25
4. #4 Ernie Stouse; 25
5. #00 DJ Elzey; 25
6. #33 Colby Flowers; 24
7. #79 David Turner; 24
8. #63 Kris Kurz; 23
9. #27 Kevin Yeatts; 19
10. #51 Ryan Matthews; DQ

 

 

Bando’s

Cole Bruce celebrates in victory lane after being sent to the rear of the field and waiting out a rain delay at Southside Speedway on April 22nd, 2017. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Cole Bruce celebrates in victory lane after being sent to the rear of the field and waiting out a rain delay at Southside Speedway on April 22nd, 2017. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Franklin Caricofe was fastest in the afternoon’s practifying session, posting a lap of 17.105 (70.148 mph) seconds. After winning the pole, Caricofe pulled the number four pill – a random pill draw invert is something that Southside Speedway still does – to invert the top four positions for the green flag. Giving the #58 of Eddie Slagle the pole position when Jody Adkins displayed the green flag.

Didn’t take long for things to get interesting here at Midlothian, Virginia short track. Caricofe, trying to drive his way back up to the top spot, made contact with Conner Jones who looped the car around. Jacob Putman got a piece of the action and ended up facing the wrong way out of turn two around this flat .333-mile oval. Kenton Case, with nowhere to go out of two clips Putman sending him hard into the inside wall. Jones is able to drive away, while Putman and Case were not, however, they were both able to exit their machines under there own power.

Conner Jones jumped out to the lead when the race got back underway for a brief moment. Eddie Slagle was the reason for the second caution just two laps after getting back under green. With Cole Bruce hot in his tracks, Slagle’s car looped around off turn four bringing out the second caution, race control did move Cole Bruce to the rear of the field for being involved in the yellow.

What we thought was going to be the final restart of the race Caricofe and Jones have a great battle for the lead. Caricofe, who was strong on opening night, looked to have the lead all to himself but a great crossover move from fourteen car allowed Jones to grab the lead. Caricofe had one more shot to snag the win as the field rolled through turns three and four. With the white flag in the air, Caricofe looked to give a shot to Jones. This caused Jones to spin coming off four and Caricofe to hit the wall. Jones was able to drive away but the #33 of Caricofe needed assistance getting off the track.After a brief rain shower brought the cars down pit road for track officials to dry the track, we had five cars answer the call for the green-white-checkered finish. Took two attempts to complete the feature after a single car spin

After a brief rain shower brought the cars down pit road for track officials to dry the track, we had five cars answer the call for the green-white-checkered finish. Took two attempts to complete the feature after a single car spin occurred, in turn, four on the white flag lap. Cole Bruce, however, was able to endure both restarts to end up in victory lane after an interesting night of racing.

 

1.#31 Cole Bruce
2. #14 Conner Jones
3. #6 Jake Waltman
4. #33 Franklin Caricofe
5. #58 Eddie Slagle
6. #15 Logan Clark
7. #3 Jacob Putman
8. #87 Kenton Case

Mother Nature Claiming Race in the Commonwealth Early – Langley and VMS Cancel

Hampton, VA – With the forecast in the Hampton Roads area not looking good at all later this afternoon and evening, officials and track managements at the newly renamed Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway have decided to cancel tonight’s feature’s early. “Due to the forecast for rain most of today,” speedway officials said on Facebook. “We have decided to cancel racing for tonight. We’ll see everyone back on May 6th!”

With over a 50% chance of rain throughout the early morning and gradually increasing throughout the afternoon and even higher percentages in the evening, it seems to be a smart move to help teams who might be traveling to save some money. Racing will resume at the famous 4/10th-mile speedway the weekend after the Monster Energy Cup Series races at Richmond on May 6th with Late Model’s, Modified’s, Super Street’s, Pro Six’s, Ucar’s, Winged Champ Karts and Enduros.

 

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway has also decided to pull the plug early on the night’s features. “With the rain, we have already had, the cooler temperatures and more rain headed our way we are forced to make this tough decision; everyone hates a rain out”, commented track General Manager Clarke Sawyer. VMS will also take next weekend for the cup race in Richmond and will return to action on May 6th as well with Truckin Thunder Scout Night and will feature the 6th Annual Dirtwood Nationals Pinewood Derby and all Scouts in uniform will get in free.

 

Dominion Raceway in Thornburg has reported dry conditions and has so far continued with their race day schedule. A new weather update from the track will come via their Facebook page at 2:00 PM EDT.

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