Carlton Wins at Southside as Bad Luck Continues for Tommy Jackson, Jr.; Connor Jones Wins Third Bando Feature in a Row
Midlothian, VA – 2017 has clearly not been the year for young Poquoson native, Tommy Jackson, Jr. After wrecking his primary car at Langley Speedway’s opening night and turning around the following week to damage the second car at Southside’s opening night, Jackson and crew have been in constant rebuild mode all year. Grabbing a couple wins at Southern National and Shenandoah Speedway, Jackson looked poised to pick up another win the past two weeks but feel short.
After laying down the second fastest time of the afternoon, only second to Daniel Silvestri, who was coming off his first win in a Legends the race before, Jackson would get a little help from the invert when Daniel pulled the number two pill out of the bag. This handed the point over the Jackson and honestly almost the win. When the green flag was displayed Jackson assumed the lead quickly from Silvestri leaving him to deal with Cody Carlton for second.
Using the higher line to his advantage, Daniel was able to keep the #94 of Carlton at bay for several laps. Trouble struck for the defending race winner just as he was making the pass on Carlton out of four, though. We are pretty sure from our vantage point in the booth that there was no contact between the two before Silvestri got into the outside wall, it more so looked the young driver was trying to use every inch of the track and just got too far out. He would hit the broiler plate hard and slide all the way down the front stretch before coming to a stop in turn one. Daniel appeared to be okay after the contact as he was immediately able to exit the car, visibly upset, but okay none the less.
After a brief red flag to clean up turn one the field was let loose after taking the cone. Ryan Matthews, who has a win under his belt technically this year, was looking to go for a second on the restart but got a little too excited and went before the leaders. He eventually gave it back but, the flagman threw the yellow flag and would try it again.
The second caution of the evening would come on lap 17 of the 25-lap feature when the leader, Tommy Jackson, Jr., came to a screeching halt, in turn, one avoiding contact with the wall. We would later learn a broken shock was the culprit that took him out of the race. With two of the top running cars out of the race, and that is no dig at Carlton’s talent behind the wheel, this would hand the lead over to the Chesapeake, VA native. Taking just one lap to clear the machine of Wayne Grubb, Carlton was able to cruise to his third victory (second official) of the 2017 season at Southside Speedway.
Carlton was extremely excited in victory lane thanking God for the safe race as well as car owner John Weaver for letting him do this with such great cars.
“This car was in the wall last weekend at Langley Speedway,” Carlton said in victory lane. “We called up Mike from CMG Motorsports that night and had the car up in his shop that next day and worked on it this week to get back here. I just can’t thank them enough.”
This is the second time so far this season the #94 machine has had to have some serious front end work done to the machine but it does not keep them away from running up front.
Conner Jones was the fastest man in town in the INEX Bandoleros during the afternoons scorching hot qualifying. Posting a quick time of 17.207 seconds on his eighth lap around Southside Speedway averaging 69.732 MPH. Jones, however, would not be able to roll off the grid from the top spot as he was moved to the rear of the field due to Southsides two win rule. Starting shot gun on the six car field Jones had worked his way up to third by the halfway point of the race.Jones caught a huge break when race leader Layton Harrison and Cole Bruce approached the slower machine of Kenton Case. Harrison was slowed up just a little coming off turn two but was able to get around the
Jones caught a huge break when race leader Layton Harrison and Cole Bruce approached the slower machine of Kenton Case. Harrison was slowed up just a little coming off turn two but was able to get around the lapped machine much easier than Bruce, who made a huge move down low under Case’s machine. With the Bando’s being such a momentum driven division, Conner Jones was able to stay high coming out of two and get around Bruce for second. The following lap he Jones was able to pull right to the bumper of Harrison with two laps left and made the pass for the lead and collect his fourth victory in a row at Southside Speedway
INEX Legends OFFICIAL Results;
- #94 Cody Carlton; 25
- #4 Wayne Grubb; 25
- #51 Ryan Matthews; 25
- #00 DJ Elzey; 25
- #22 Carter Weedon; 25
- #31 Carter Wood; 25
- #87 Tommy Jackson, Jr.; 17
- #97 Daniel Silvestri; 12
INEX Bando OFFICIAL Results;
- #14 Conner Jones; 15
- #43 Layton Harrison; 15
- #31 Cole Bruce; 15
- #58 Eddie Slagle; 15
- #33 Franklin Caricofe; 15
- #87 Kenton Case; 13