INEX: Chris Lily & Brian May Earn Season Opening Victories in Legends Throughout Virginia; Philyaw & Music Pick Up Bando Wins
The INEX series, which actually kicked off their 2019 campaign several weeks back in Florida, was in action this past weekend for the first time at both Southside Speedway in Midlothian, as well as Langley Speedway located in Hampton.
Chris Lilly, no stranger to O’Riley Auto Parts Victory Lane at Southside Speedway, took the green flag one spot back from his second-place qualifying effort due to the invert rule Southside has used for years now. However, you might be able to argue that those turn of events was not all that bad. Sure, you technically lose a spot on the scoreboard but, it allows you to be on the inside going into one. The start of the race was left to the fourth-place qualifier Connor Jones. Ironically to his outside was Kevin Nowak, the only other car in the field sporting the new three-cylinder, water cooled engine.
Jones did a good job on the start and leading the way for the short time he did have the lead but it did not take Lily long to go on the attack. Less than five laps into the twenty-five lap feature Chris Lily had taken the top spot and never looked back. It did set up a pretty awesome battle for second between Jones and Carter Weedon. Jones, who looked to be exiting the corner just a little better than Weedon, was able to hold his own for several laps until a small slip off turn four was all Weedon need to take the spot.
From there it was smooth sailing for Chris Lily to pick up the checkered flag. Carter Weedon, Connor Jones, Kevin Nowak, and Spencer Saunders completed the top five finishers. Southside Speedway will be back in action tomorrow Friday, April 5 for the same fun and exciting racing.
The following day (Saturday) Brian May got his first win of the season in dominating fashion just about 70 miles south of Southside Speedway. May was the first and only car to hit a sub-eighteen-second lap during qualifying to earn the pole. Langley Speedway does not do an invert following qualifying which proved to be helpful in May’s victory. Ryan Matthews, Devon Courtney, Connor Jones, and Colby Flowers were the fastest five qualifiers Saturday night.
Ryan Matthews and Connor Jones gave it an honest effort to track down May for the lead but were not able to make it happen. Couple a 25-lap caution free feature and a bad fast car you end up with a runaway win. Spencer Saunders made things interesting for the fans as he charged through the field. After missing the mark during qualifying Saunders, a previous Legends track champion was forced to take the green flag from the ninth position. By the end of the event, Saunders was able to make it to fourth citing if he could have gotten a caution he probably could have won the race. Ryan Matthews, Connor Jones, Spencer Saunders, and Devon Courtney rounded out the top five finishers.
In Bando action, Wyatt Philyaw took the lead late on Friday night to capture his first win of the season. At Langley, Ryley Music – grandson of Langley Legend Phil Warren – picked up the first win of his career going wire-to-wire in his 15-lap feature.
The Legends & Bando’s will be back in action next Thursday, yes you read that right, next Thursday night during the inaugural Visit Hampton VA Grassroots 200.