Category Archives: INEX Legends/Bando

Legends Asphalt Nationals to Boast Largest Field in Carteret History

PELETIER, NC– Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway will play host to one of the largest motorsports events in North America next weekend with a record-setting field of cars expected to congregate upon the Crystal Coast.

Already, over 90 competitors have registered to compete in the INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals, a three-day event running from Thursday, October 17th through Saturday, October 19th. The competition includes Carteret County Speedway standouts Jordan Lamothe, Brenton Irving, Shane Irving, Zack Brown, and Emily Day, among several others.

Reigning INEX Pro Legends Asphalt champion Carson Ferguson and national title contender Cody Hall are among those who will compete over the course of the three-day event.  In the Semi-Pro division, national points leader Hunter Wright and title contender Jason Alder are among those entered to compete. Kevin Nowack, who leads the points in the Masters division, and Young Lions national title leader Zack Miracle have also entered the event.

On-track activity will get underway on Thursday with practice, beginning at 10am and running until 6pm.  Qualifying will get underway on Friday at 11:15am, followed by heat races and the Race of Champions.  B-Mains will commence at 1pm on Saturday, followed by the feature races.

Additionally, there will be a special meet-and-greet starting at 1pm on Saturday with Carteret County Speedway drivers who compete in other regular divisions.  Fans can meet the drivers and get autographs, selfies and more.

A three-day ticket for the event is available at the gate for $20. Single-day tickets for Friday are $10 and $15 for Saturday.  Thursday’s on-track activity is free to attend for spectators.

For more information about Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway, visit the track’s official website at http://www.carteretspeedway.com, “like” Carteret County Speedway on Facebook or follow @carteretcoswy on Twitter.

Nick Smith Goes Flag to Flag in Dominating Legends Feature; Ryley Music Returns to Dale Lemons Victory Lane

Hampton, VA – Nick Smith grabbed the pole out of 11 cars for the 25 lap feature. Ryan Matthews, Spencer Saunders, Connor Jones and Ryan Center were the fast five in qualifying.

As the green flag was waved, the field sailed into turn one side by side. Coming out of turn two, Smith would get the edge and take the initial lead. Saunders followed behind him while Matthews fell in line to third. It didn’t take long for Matthews to get second back as he went right around Saunders in turn two on lap two. Jones also wanted to take position away from Saunders as he was on his back bumper as well. Lap eight and Smith had already built up a half a straightaway lead over Matthews. Going into turn one, Jones got a good run to the inside of Saunders and took third away going into turn two.

Carter Wheedon and Ryan Center had a heated battle for the fifth position as they made contact in turn one result long in Center going for a spin. No caution came out as all cars kept forward momentum and continued going. With Five laps to go Nick Smith had clean racetrack in front of him. Matthews did all he could do to catch Smith but couldn’t pull it off. Checkered flag flew and Nick Smith picked up his first Cycle City Corp Legends win of the season. Ryan Mathews, Connor Jones, Spencer Saunders, and Carter Wesson rounded out the top five.

Cycle City Corp Legends Results

1 #88 Nick Smith; 25

2 #51 Ryan Matthews; 25

3 #14 Connor Jones; 25

4 #7 Spencer Saunders; 25

5 #22 Carter Wheedon; 25

6 #33 Colby Flowers; 25

7 #88 Ryan Center; 25

8 #6 Chris Hammett; 25

9 #4 Chris Hayes; 24

10 #27 David Steele; 24

11 #51 Bradley Wilson; 23

 

Cycle City Corp Bandoleros

Cody Bryant captured the pole with a time of 21.171 over a field of seven cars. Ryley Music, Jacob Derrick, Wyatt Philyaw and Logan Clark were the fast five in qualifying. When the green flag flew to start the race, Bryant didn’t get a good start at all allowing Music to take the lead heading into turn one. Bryant would fall to second with Derrick third.

A three car battle began for fourth position between Clark, Philyaw and Paynter. With the intense battle, Paynter and Philyaw made contact coming out of turn four sending Paynter for a spin to bring the first caution out on lap three. As the field regrouped coming to the green, Music got another great start and took charge into turn one. Derrick, however, did not get the start he wanted and Clark went to his inside to take third away. Derrick would fall off the pace and fall to sixth position before getting back up to speed.

Paynter and Philyaw began battling for fourth and continued to make contact with each other. Derrick looked to get in on the battle and made it a three car battle for fourth. With just three laps to go, Bryant looked to make a late race move on Music, but the veteran Music knew better to leave the bottom lane open and didn’t allow Bryant to get past him. Checkered flag flew and Ryley Music picked up his fourth win of the season. Also coming to the checkered flag, the battle for fourth got even more physical coming out of turn four. Paynter and Philyaw made contact again, but this time sending Paynter nose first into the inside wall. Though Paynter’s car was removed from the racing surface on the hook, she was able to pop out of her car quickly and exit under her own accord.

Cycle City Corp Bandoleros Results

1 #47 Ryley Music; 15

2 #00 Cody Bryant; 15

3 #15 Logan Clark; 15

4 #8 Jacob Derrick; 15

5 #14 Aaliyah Paynter; 15

6 #22 Wyatt Philyaw; 15

7 #8 Conner Weddell; 15

Spencer Saunders Finds Victory Lane at Langley Speedway after Strong INEX Finishes in North Carolina

Hampton, VA – After going down to Carteret County Speedway in North Carolina, a track very similar to Langley Speedway, Spencer Saunders found the boost he needed. Finishing second the first time seeing the track, and then finishing second out of 38 cars last week in a $2,500 to win race. Saunders looked to keep that momentum up this weekend at Langley.

Ryan Matthews grabbed the pole for the Cycle City Corp Legends 25 lap feature earlier in the afternoon. Spencer Saunders, Matt Dail, Ryan Center, David Steele, Bradley Wilson, and Chris Hayes rounded out the field. When it came time for the green flag to wave Matthews got a little pedal happy and started the race before flagman Shane Snider could drop the rag. Take two was much better and the field went two-by-two into turns one and two. By turn three, Matthews would take the initial lead with Saunders and Dail taking second and third. Ryan Center and Wilson took fourth and fifth. Multiple laps of Saunders haunting Matthews back bumper would cause them two to pull away from the field a bit.

Saunders continued to give nudge after nudge to Matthews in every spot of the track that he could but Matthews just would not budge. Halfway and it was Matthews, Saunders, Dail, Center and Wilson your top five. Lap 15 up in lights and Saunders would give Matthews the nudge he needed heading into turn one but, Matthews slammed the door on him and held onto the lead. Lap 20 came up on the board and the lap traffic appeared in the leaders windshield. Lap 21 and Saunders took advantage of lap traffic and took the lead from Matthews. Lap traffic wasn’t kind to Matthews as they held him up from getting back to Saunders back bumper. The checkered flag flew and Spencer Saunders picked up his first win of the season. Ryan Matthews, Matt Dail, Ryan Center, and Bradley Wilson were your top five finishers.

After coming up short on the pole position two weeks ago, Jacob Derrick grabbed the pole for the 15 lap Cycle City Corp Bandoleros division. Ryley Music, Logan Clark, Aaliyah Paynter, and Wyatt Philyaw rounded out your field.

The green flag flew and the field went two by two into turns one and two. Jacob Derrick and Ryley Music battled side by side for the lead for 5 laps with Logan Clark, Wyatt Philyaw, and Aaliyah Paynter going single file. Music had a fast car on the outside but with Clark giving a bump to Derrick, it allowed for Derrick to get an edge on Music for the lead.

As Clark looked to make a move on Music for second, the first and only caution of the night would come out as Aaliyah Paynter spun around in turn one. The green flag would fly again and Derrick took off and never looked back. With the white flag in the air, Paynter looked to make a move on the outside of Philyaw for the fourth position. With no one around to challenge for the lead, Jacob Derrick would pick up his second win on the season. Ryley Music second, Logan Clark third, Aaliyah Paynter made the last turn pass to take fourth and Wyatt Philyaw finished fifth.

Cycle City Corp Legends OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #7 Spencer Saunders; 25
  2. #51 Ryan Matthews; 25
  3. #07 Matt Dail; 25
  4. #88 Ryan Center; 25
  5. #51w Bradley Wilson; 24
  6. #4 Chris Hayes; 24
  7. #27 David Steele; 24

 

Cycle City Corp Bando OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #8 Jacob Derrick; 15
  2. #47 Ryley Music; 15
  3. #15 Logan Clark; 15
  4. #14 Aaliyah Paynter;15
  5. #22 Wyatt Philyaw; 15

Spencer Saunders Scored Impressive Second Place Finish in Carteret County Speedway Short Track Shoot Out; Builds Strong Notebook for Fall Nationals

Saunders sails into turn one at Carteret County Speedway during a practice session ahead of the INEX Legends $2,500 to-win Short Track Shoot Out. (📸 Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Carrollton, VA– For the second time in a row Spencer Saunders is leaving Carteret County Speedway with a second-place finish. Two weeks ago the team called it sheer luck and being in the right place at the right time citing they had a top-five car but certainly not one to compete for the win. Fast forward two weeks and Saunders Motorsports would once again leave the Emerald Coast with a second place finish. However, this podium finish was more than just luck, it was in front of a much better field of cars, and created a pretty stout notebook for fall nationals.

Saunders was one of twenty-four INEX Legend cars to make the trip down to the 4/10-mile flat track searching for speed. Luckily for the No. 7 machine, they were able to unload out of the box with a pretty fast piece. This allowed him and his father, the crew chief on the Smoke BBQ, Taylor Waste Services, Crush Con Aggregates machine, to make only minor adjustments throughout the weekend to find the speed they needed to stay up front.

“I didn’t have to put it [the car] back in the box in pieces so that was like a win for us,” Saunders went on to say. “Our goal was to unload Friday and run somewhere in the threes. When we ended up hitting a one on the stopwatch during practice I knew we had something.”

Not only did they make the trip with the hopes of bringing $2,500 big ones back to the Hampton Roads Area, but it was also a way for the team to get a feel for the asphalt nationals at the end of the year. Saunders, who currently sits ninth in the national points for the Pro division, is expected to go into that event come October sitting pretty well in the points standings with more than thirty races on this schedule. After this weekends events, they feel like they might have an even better shot at a win when it really counts.

“This one feels pretty good,” Saunders said following his second-place finish Saturday night. “We had a good night tonight.  Second place is a good run for us.  This means a lot more than a couple weeks ago the first time we ran here. I felt like we had a car to win, we just got to beating and banging there on those restarts. That’s just how it goes. When you are stuck on the outside you are pretty much done.”

Crew Chief, Car Owner, and Father David Saunders follows his driver out of turn four looking to see where he can find just a little more speed as practice was finishing up Friday night. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Saturday Saunders backed that up again by posting the third and second fastest times during final practice. That speed ultimately transferred over to qualifying when he clocked the fifth fastest time of the afternoon. When it was time to go racing Saunders didn’t really have plans to stay that far back and shot up to the second position almost as quick as the green flag was displayed. The 29-year old driver from Carrolton, Virginia was able to keep that track position for most of the night, falling only as far back as the seventh position on a mid-race restart.

“This weekend was really good for us,” Saunders commented. “We did come away as the highest finishing pro driver so that essentially is a win for us and 100 points towards our national total. It really a testament to the work just my dad and I do on the car coming down here with all these big teams. Plus we are leaving here with a really solid notebook for October.”

Saunders, who entered the weekend ninth in Pro national points standings, finished ahead of Caleb Heady so he will make ground up there. The runner-up spot was also the highest finish for all Virginia drivers who made the trip – a region that we cover quite the most based on our location.

Saunders will return to his home track of Langley Speedway – the same speedway he has multiple wins and a track championship – to compete for the win next week, Saturday, May 18th. The Weekly Racer will have LIVE updates on Twitter of that 25-lap feature. To keep up with everything that is Spencer Saunders make sure to follow his racing page ‘Spencer Saunders’ on Facebook as well as on Instagram.

 

Will Bristle Earns Biggest Win of Legends Career in Carteret County Speedway Legends Short Track Shoot Out

Will Bristle powers down the front stretch at Carteret County Speedway Friday afternoon in preparation for Saturday nights $2,500 to win feature. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Swansboro, NC – When you offer up $2,500 to the winner of any race you are going to attract a crowd. When that same race just happens to be at the same venue as your series national finals towards the end of the year you really attract a crowd. That crowd was in the tune of thirty-eight Legend cars converging on the .400-mile speedway of Carteret County Speedway and for one driver he, or she, would walk away with a wad of cash and a decent amount of national points.

Daniel Silvestri was the fastest man on the property during group qualifying as the sun set over turn three and earned the right to lead the field to the green flag. However, as the field sailed off into turns one and two and raced down the backstretch it was the pair of sevens of Zach Miller and Spencer Saunders leading. Miller was able to hang onto that lead until lap eight when Dillon Spain Motorsports driver Will Bristle was able to power around him.

Once Bristle, who showed considerable speed throughout the weekend, got the lead and clean track in front of him, he was lights out. Restart after restart Bristle had to hold off charges from Hampton, Virginia’s Spencer Saunders who was already coming off an impressive second-place finish a couple weeks prior during his Carteret debut. One restart in particular with five laps to go got rather wild when everyone in the top five got jacked up. Bristle went airborne; Saunders went spinning right round through the grass. After officials reviewed the video on hand from Legends Nations, officials deemed it to be a bad start overall and decided to re-rack the field and try it all over again.

That following restart was much better and Bristle yet again powered to the lead. Saunders was able to recover and drive his way back up to the second position after a brief battle with Daniel Silvestri. Zach Miller was also able to get around Silvestri to take the third and final podium finish.

“First off I have to thank Carteret County Speedway, God, Dillon Spain Motorsports for putting this piece together for me,” an excited Bristle said in victory lane. “We worked extremely hard on our stuff to make it this fast and it’s really showing. I gotta thank all of these guys for racing me really clean there, except when they tried to run me over that one restart. It’s a huge win and I think it really prepared us for nationals.”

The win was no doubt one of the biggest in Bristle’s Legends career and set him and his team up with some pretty high hopes going into the Nationals that will be making their debut at the speedway later in October.

“I would say this is the closest race that would compare to what the nationals will be like here in October,” Bristle said. “Really stiff competition. Just a fun race overall. Came from fourth to the front and never looked back.”

The race was slowed eight times for cautions and stopped three due to red flags. There was only one lead change between two drivers. Carteret County Speedway will return to action in two weeks on Sunday, May 26thof the Memorial Day Classic. Check out their website for more details.

 

INEX Legends Short Track Shoot Out UNOFFICIAL Results

  1. #91 Will Bristle; 35
  2. #7 Spencer Saunders; 35
  3. #7M Zach Miller; 35
  4. #97 Daniel Silvestri; 35
  5. #82 Caleb Heady; 35
  6. #8 Sam Butler; 35
  7. #99 Cody Hall; 35
  8. #01 Tyler Lester; 35
  9. #51M Ryan Matthews; 35
  10. #16 Jordan Lamothe; 35
  11. #14J Conner Jones; 35
  12. #24 Bryson Ruff; 35
  13. #29 DJ Canipe; 35
  14. #28 Landon Rapp; 35
  15. #50 Peter Bennett; 35
  16. #88 Zach Brown; 35
  17. #14TJ Tucker Jones; 35
  18. #00 Aaron Crumpler; 35
  19. #51 Jim Smith; 30
  20. #22 Ryan DeMartini; 29
  21. #10 Alex McCollum; 29
  22. #84 Kyle Beattie; 27
  23. #8 Mike Alcaro; 24
  24. #72A Jason Austin; 23
  25. #1S Brian Sullivan; 15
  26. #21 Eric Courtney; 15
  27. #B1 Brenton Irving; 8
  28. #4 Chase Scott; 2
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