Tommy Jackson Jr. Victorious in Thrilling INEX Legend Season Opener at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway

Tommy Jackson Jr. sails into turn three during final practice at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway on opening night, March 31, 2018. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – Tommy Jackson Jr. found himself in victory lane after narrowly edging out last years defending champion Spencer Saunders as the two split a lapped car powering off turn four racing to the checkered flag.

Daniel Silvestri – last years Rookie of the Year winner at Southside Speedway – took the pole position earlier in the afternoon besting Saunders, Price, Jackson, and Beattie with a 17.637-second lap of record. Silvestri backed his pole run up when the green flag was displayed by not only securing the top spot out of turn two but also showing the way for the first half of the feature. Saunders and Jackson did not make it easy on the young driver either.

Once action resumed on the .395-mile hardly banked oval that is Langley Speedway, Saunders was able to power his way around Silvestri and into the lead. Jackson took advantage of the open door for the second spot and immediately started to apply pressure to the rear nerf bar of Saunders for the lead. Given the sheer speed and talent of these two drivers fans got to witness a spectacular battle for the lead. Jackson was able to get by Saunders – who’s car looked to be a little looser than he would have liked – and start showing the way.

In true championship fashion, however, Saunders regrouped and mounted one final charge to take the top spot back in the closing laps. Saunders had one final shot coming out of four to the checkered flag when the pair closed the gap on one of the slower cars. Jackson went low, Saunders went high and it was all but a photo finish at the line with Jackson edging ahead of Saunders by a mere 0.024 seconds.

“I knew we were good,” Jackson said in victory lane following the race. “We were fast in all of the practices, I just misjudged the track and messed up qualifying, I was really glad to catch that caution, it helped cool my tires, that helped a ton. Great job to those guys, they put on a heck of a race in front of me. I was enjoying it just watching it, I was enjoying it, even more, when I was leading it.”

Leyton Harrison was the quickest of the eleven INEX Bando’s to that took time this past weekend. He also proved he was the quickest when it came time to get down to business and the green flag was displayed. Harrison jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. He would go on to lead every lap and take the checkers in the caution free season opener.

 

Cycle City Corp Legends Results

  1. #87 Tommy Jackson Jr; 25
  2. #7 Spencer Saunders; 25
  3. #97 Daniel Sylvestri; 25
  4. #84 Kyle Beattie; 25
  5. #51R Ryan Matthews; 25
  6. #51T Todd McCullum; 25
  7. #22 Ryan DiMartini; 25
  8. #17 Devon Courtney; 25
  9. #08 Jamie Price; 25
  10. #88 Ryan Carter; 25
  11. #14J Connor Jones; 25
  12. #31 Carter Wood; 25
  13. #21 Lane McKee; 24
  14. #4 Chris Hayes; 23
  15. #27 David Steele; 23
  16. #5 Whitt Seay; 10

 

INEX Bando Results

  1. #43 Layton Harrison; 15
  2. #18 Autumn Weaver; 15
  3. #12 Bradan Andrecs; 15
  4. #22 Wyatt Philyaw; 15
  5. #4 Alek Andrecs; 15
  6. #8D Jacob Derek; 15
  7. #47 Ryley Music; 15
  8. #8W Connor Weddell 15
  9. #48 Wesley Newell; 15
  10. #9 Ayden Millette; 14
  11. #87 Kenton Case; 13

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s