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Logan Clark and Zachary Miracle Split Bandolero Twins; Chris Lilly Victorious in Legends Division

Midlothian, VA – Twin 15-lap races were on the schedule this past weekend at Southside Speedway for the INEX Bandolero series. Zachary Miracle was the quickest in group qualifying earlier in the afternoon which earned himself a bonus point in the championship standings. Miracle, however, would take the green flag in the fourth position after the invert handing the top spot over to the No. 58 of Eddie Sagle. Logan Clark, Leyton Harrison, Eddie Slagle, and Teddy Cranmer were the fastest five qualifiers.

Slagle took full advantage of the invert and jumped out to the early lead once the green flag was displayed. He would deal with the yellow flag just twice – once for debris on the front stretch from Harrison and the second just three laps later when Harrison went for a spin in turn four – before surrendering the lead to the No. 15 of Logan Clark on lap eight. Once out front Clark would be able to hold off the rest of the field and take the victory. Eddie Slagle, Zachary Miracle, Leyton Harrison, and Teddy Cranmer rounded out the top five finishers.

The top two cars were inverted for race number two after Clark pulled the number two pill while in victory lane putting Slagle on the pole for the second time in one evening. Zachary Miracle had other plans for race number two, however, and looked to take the lead early down the backstretch. Contact was made between the two as Miracle looked to take the lead. Three other cars spun as well in an attempt to avoid Slagle. Miracle would be sent to the rear for the contact but was able to drive back to the front of the field officially taking the lead on lap and driving to victory. Harrison, Slagles, Clark, and Lee rounded out the top five.

Carter Weeden was the fastest in qualifying running a 15.487-second lap, however, we would roll off third following the invert. This would hand the top spot to Daniel Silvestri and leave Chris Lilly on the outside pole. Lilly would jump out to the front of the field early and lead the field to victory in the caution free 25-lap feature. Carter Weedon, Daniel Silvestri, Conner Jones, and Carter Wood completed the top five.

 

Bandolero Race 1 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #15 Logan Clark; 15
  2. #58 Eddie Slagle; 15
  3. #32 Zachary Miracle; 15
  4. #43 Leyton Harrison; 15
  5. #59 Teddy Cranmer; 15
  6. #5 Peyton Lee; 15
  7. #87 Kenton Case; 15
  8. #00 Gage Burrow; 14
  9. #02 Julliana Case; 12

 

Bandolero Race 2 OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #32 Zachary Miracle; 15
  2. #43 Leyton Harrison; 15
  3. #58 Eddie Slagle; 15
  4. #15 Logan Clark; 15
  5. #5 Peyton Lee; 15
  6. #00 Gage Burrow; 14
  7. #87 Kenton Case; 14
  8. #02 Julliana Case; 10

 

Legends OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #27 Chris Lilly; 25
  2. #22 Carter Weedon; 25
  3. #97 Daniel Silvestri; 25
  4. #14 Conner Jones; 25
  5. #31 Carter Wood; 25
  6. #25 Dustin Honeycutt; 25
  7. #77 Colby Sipe; 24
  8. #2 Herman Luck; 23

Tommy Jackson Jr. Wins Sixth INEX Legends Feature: Jacob Derrick Earns First Bandolero Win

Hampton, VA – When you’re hot you’re hot! There is no denying that Poquoson native Tommy Jackson Jr. is just that this year at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway. Earlier in the afternoon as the sun was hiding behind some clouds Jackson’s efforts in qualifying were enough to earn him yet another pole starting position. Daniel Silvestri, Spencer Saunders, Ryan Center, and Devon Courtney rounded out the fastest five qualifiers.

It was all Tommy Jackson Jr., however, once Shane Snider displayed the green flag. A quick battle for second ensued behind him as he drove away with Saunder’s winning the battle. Silvestri, who has been showing great speed as of late, would battle back a few laps later and eventually win the “war” so to speak finishing ahead of Saunders. All eyes would shift just a few positions back as Devon Courtney would apply pressure to Center for position, ultimately taking it. Connor Jones, a young driver who moved up from the Bandolero division just last year, was also able to get around Center before the completion of the event to score a top-five finish.

“It was good,” Jackson said in victory lane speaking about his car. “It was better than practice, we rolled off the trailer pretty good but the weather caught me off guard when it got real cool. We made some good adjustments and we knew that we were on the right track when we qualified but we knew that we could be better and really hit it good for the race. We’re going try to keep up the good work and keep parking this thing in victory lane.”

 

Layton Harrison was the fastest man in town earlier in the afternoon during group qualifying. He was able to win the pole in the twelve-car field with a 21.089-second (67.429 MPH) lap. Ryley Music, Jacob Derrick, Logan Clark, and Autumn Weaver completed the fastest five qualifiers.

Layton Harrison jumped out to an early lead when Shayne Snider displayed the green flag looking for win number four in 2018. Autumn Weaver, who has been showing more and more speed every week, took second place from Ryley Music and the race was on for second through six. Once things settled down Weaver and Music hooked up nerf bars to track the leader down just past the halfway point. However, Music would get into the rear bar of Weaver just a little too hard entering turn one and sent her spinning. As her car was tracking backwards up the speedway Logan Clark ran out of track space and ended up running into her. Both drivers were able to exit their cars under their own power as safety was quickly on the scene. Both cars, however, not so much. Music was sent to the rear of the field for “aggressive driving” and would later pull off the track after a second spin and falling a lap down.

Jacob Derrick – son of former Grand Stock standout Ricky Derrick – pulled up to Harrison’s inside door panel with five laps to go and the battle for the race win was on. Derrick would lead laps eleven and twelve while Harrison was scored the leader on thirteen. It was a drag race between the two for the final lap of the race with plenty of contact between the two through turns three and four. Derrick pushing Harrison up the speedway while Harrison tried to keep him pinched down. However, it was Jacob Derrick at the stripe to collect his first career Bandolero win at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway.

 

Cycle City Corp Legends OFFICIAL Results;

#87 Tommy Jackson Jr; 25

#97 Daniel Silvestri; 25

#7 Spencer Saunders; 25

#17 Devon Courtney; 25

#14c Connor Jones; 25

#88 Ryan Center; 25

#6 Chris Hammett; 25

#8m David Markham; 24

#14t Tucker Jones; 24

#4 Chris Hayes; 23

 

Cycle City Corp Bando OFFICIAL Results;

#8d Jacob Derrick; 15

#43 Layton Harrison; 15

#22 Wyatt Philyaw; 15

#4 Alek Andrecs; 15

#48 Wesley Newell; 15

#12 Bradan Andrecs; 15

#8w Connor Weddell; 15

#9 Ayden Millette; 15

#02 Kenton Case; 15

#47 Ryley Music; 10

#18 Autumn Weaver; 8

#15 Logan Clark; 8

Dillon Spain Takes Checkered Flag in Southside Debut; Leyton Harrison Scores Second INEX Bando Feature of 2018

Photo: Jennifer Allen/Sara Kay Speed Shots

Midlothian, VA – Dillion Spain proved once again why he is one of the best in the business when it comes to INEX Legends racing by winning the pole and eventually the feature in his Southside Speedway debut.

Needing only five laps in the final practice/qualifying session, Spain set the quickest time with a 15.230-second lap of record, which is an average of 78.713 MPH around the 1/3-mile bull-ring that is Southside Speedway. Mason Diaz, Spain’s teammate, also making his Southside debut, clocked in with the second fastest time followed by Daniel Silvestri, Ryan Matthews, and Chris Lilly. The number three pill was pulled post qualifying effectively swapping Spain and Silvestri for the start of the race.

It did not take long for things to get hairy up front when the green flag was displayed. Silvestri, coming off of a pole win at Langley Speedway the week before, looked like he struggled to get up to speed. By the time the field got to the start finish line guys were already rubbing fenders and leaning on each other. The contact ultimately forced Silvestri into Mason Diaz and up into the turn one wall. Ryan Matthews, who started fourth, made contact with Diaz and ended up in the outside wall. The damage was enough to end both of the drivers nights before they even got started.

The 25-lap feature would be slowed eight additional times from various incidents throughout the field, one after the motor expired in the No. 98 machine of defending Legends champion, Cody Carlton. Spain was able to charge up to and hang onto the race lead after multiple restarts to win in his Southside debut followed by Chris Lilly, Daniel Silvestri, Carter Weedon, and Connor Jones rounded out the top five finishers in the thirteen car field.

Leyton Harrison continued his winning ways Friday night at Southside Speedway collecting win number two of the 2018 season. Harrison, who picked up the season opening victory at Langley Speedway the week before, took home the hardware after needing to unload a backup car after a scary wreck in practifying with fellow competitor Wyatt Philyaw.

Philyaw’s number 22 Bando would get loose coming out of turn two. Harrison, who was at full power, came off two and made contact with Philyaw. The contact would cause Harrison’s car to get airborne and slam into the boilerplate wall. Both drivers would be checked and released by the Manchester Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Harrison immediately pulled out the back up car while Philyaw’s crew, along with other Bando teams, went to work making repairs so he could make the feature. The nine car Bandolero feature would run caution free.

INEX Legends Official Results

  1. #7 Dillion Spain; 25
  2. #27 Chris Lilly; 25
  3. #97 Daniel Silvestri; 25
  4. #22 Carter Weeden; 25
  5. #14 Conner Jones; 25
  6. #00 DJ Elzey; 25
  7. #25 Dustin Honeycutt; 25
  8. #31 Carter Wood; 25
  9. #20 Roscoe Clough; 25
  10. #13 James Barchanowicz; 20
  11. #98 Cody Carlton; 10
  12. #24 Mason Diaz; 0
  13. #51 Ryan Matthews; 0

INEX Bando Official Results;

  1. #43 Leyton Harrison; 15
  2. #58 Eddie Slagle; 15
  3. #22 Wyatt Philyaw; 15
  4. #5 Peyton Lee; 15
  5. #15 Logan Clark; 15
  6. #59 Teddy Cranmer; 15
  7. #87 Kenton Case; 14
  8. #00 Gage Burrow; 14
  9. #02 Julliana Case; 10

Southside Speedway Set to Kick 2018 Season Off Tonight; Mason Bailey Poised for First Late Model Championship

Midlothian, VA – Southside Speedway is all set to open the gates to racers and fans in the central Virginia area for their 59th season later this evening. With many other tracks within the commonwealth having the cancel their events on Saturday night, Southside looks like they will be able to get their opening night program in the books.

Gates will open for fans at 6:00 PM with qualifying getting underway around 7:45 PM with the green flag to follow shortly after. As in years past, all six divisions will be running throughout the evening with the Late Model’s running the most laps, a 40-lap feature. The IMCA style Modifieds are scheduled to run for 30-laps as will the Grand Stocks. The UCAR and Legend’s division will feature 25-lap races while the INEX Bando’s will generally kick the evening off with a 15-lap feature.

Last year Eddie Johnson proved that age is just a number by winning the Late Model championship at the 1/3-mile flat track. He is poised to make his return this year to the speedway with other long-time veterans like his son Chris Johnson and even Buggs Hairfield, however, this year those drivers will have their hands full with Mason Bailey who told The Weekly Racer earlier this week he will be competing full time this year at Southside for the championship and we have to say… we have Bailey picked as the odds-on early favorite to hoist that championship trophy at the end of the year.

“So excited for this season,” Bailey said in an interview about his upcoming season. “This time last year I was a little nervous and had no idea what to expect. With last season’s wins and experience, I feel really dialed in as a driver. On top of that, we’ve been able to take this off-season to improve the car and study last season’s information.”

Last year Southside Speedway saw some of the largest and most consistent car counts throughout all of its divisions and there was no shortage of action-packed evenings in the Late Models despite the track being unsanctioned by NASCAR – something that some will argue helps make the competition more equal. Going into 2018 Bailey will be up against some of the best in the business who have been doing longer than he has been around, we asked if that changed anything on race day.

“You got that right. No shortage of action and drama,” Bailey expressed. “It does change things for sure, but I welcome it, I understand where the veterans are coming from in that regard. The veterans out there are going to be much quicker to knock me out of the way than if it were another seasoned driver. However, knowing that ahead of time, it creates opportunities I can use to my advantage to maybe do something I know they wouldn’t expect. And I think you saw some examples of that last year.”

Looking back at last year Bailey started off strong at Southside proving he would be a contender week in and week out. Went out to Martinsville Speedway at the end of the year to compete in the prestigious VallyStar Credit Union 300 and struggled but is looking forward to getting back on track this year with some great returning partners and going after plenty of wins.

“Yessir!” Bailey proclaimed. “Very excited to have Schell Brothers return as the primary sponsor this season. Honored to work with such a prestigious organization and represent them on and off the track. Also can’t forget Commonwealth Plumbing, CR Phillips Electrical, and Hernandez Constructors. We’ve got quite the list of reputable businesses, but there’s always room for more!”

Tickets for tonight’s races and the rest of the season are just $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and military, children six to eleven are just $8 and those young race fans five and under are free. Outside coolers are permitted inside the grandstands given they are under 18” and contain no glass bottles or outside food. For group tickets or VIP suite rentals make to contact the track.

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

Dillion Spain Back Behind the Wheel; Dillion Spain Back in Victory Lane

Dillion Spain celebrates a flag-to-flag victory in the INEX Legends division on night one of the 2017 Thanksgiving Classic at Southern National. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer)

Lucama, NC – Even though Dillion Spain took a small step back over the summer to help focus on setting up other racecars, it did not mean he forgot how to wheel one or where victory lane was at Southern National Motorsports Park.

Spain ultimately beat out teammate Will Bristle during their second round of practice, which also doubled as their qualifying session, to earn yet another front row starting position. Twenty-one cars would put lap times down to line up behind the multi-time SNMP Legends winner. Caleb Day, Alec Webb, and Tommy Jackson Jr. were the fastest five qualifiers.

The 25-lap feature turned into a game of survival as it took the field just over thirty minutes to reach the halfway point of the race as some drivers decided to play bumper cars with each other while others had mechanical issues and burst into flames. The forty-five-minute feature witnessed nine different cautions, none of which phased or bothered the front two of Dillion Spain and Will Bristle.

Caleb Day and Alex Webb, however, found themselves fighting back through the field after a spin for Day and being sent to the rear after race control saw contact between Webb and Diaz on one of the many restart attempts. Caleb was able to fight his way back to a podium finish when the checkered was displayed. Alec Webb had fought his way back into the top five at one point but, ultimately would settle for sixth. Tommy Jackson Jr., of Poquoson, Virginia who was quiet but fast all evening finished fourth.

Emily Day, who completed two of her four scheduled races in Friday night’s portion of the 2017 Thanksgiving Classic, dominated the weekends opening 20-lap INEX Bandolero feature opening up over a two-second lead at one point over the field. She too had to hold the field off on a late race restart but it was very clear, there was no one in the Lucama, North Carolina that was going to deny her of her second career win.

 

Legends UNOFFICIAL Results

  1. #7 Dillon Spain; 25
  2. #91 Will Bristle; 25
  3. #83 Caleb Day; 25
  4. #87 Tommy Jackson, Jr.; 25
  5. #81 Lee Jordan; 25
  6. #5 Alec Webb; 25
  7. #11 Chris Stancil; 25
  8. #82 Caleb Heady; 25
  9. #14 Conner Jones; 25
  10. #63 Josh Kurtz; 25
  11. #55 Chris Floars; 25
  12. #88 Ryan Center; 25
  13. #18 Emily Day; 25
  14. #12 Eric Courtney; 15
  15. #94 Brad Hancock; 9
  16. #4 Jason Austin; 9
  17. #88 Zack Brown; 9
  18. #24 Mason Diaz; 8
  19. #B1 Brenton Irving; 1
  20. #44 Wayne Austin; 0

 

UNOFFICIAL Bando Results;

  1. #18 Emily Day; 20
  2. #18g Matthew Gurganus; 20
  3. #51 Ethan Johnson; 20
  4. #8 Jacob Derrick; 20
  5. #42 Jacob Bradley; 20
  6. #5b Payton Lee; 20
  7. #04a Cameron Murray; 20
  8. #5w Bobby Elder; 20
  9. #02 Jacob O’Neal; 20
  10. #18b Autumn Weaver; 20
  11. #44 Kaleb Bradley; 20
  12. #9r Ayden Millette; 19

Carlton Wins at Southside as Bad Luck Continues for Tommy Jackson, Jr.; Connor Jones Wins Third Bando Feature in a Row

Cody Carlton picks up third win, second official, at Southside Speedway July 14, 2017. (Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

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;

  1. #94 Cody Carlton; 25
  2. #4 Wayne Grubb; 25
  3. #51 Ryan Matthews; 25
  4. #00 DJ Elzey; 25
  5. #22 Carter Weedon; 25
  6. #31 Carter Wood; 25
  7. #87 Tommy Jackson, Jr.; 17
  8. #97 Daniel Silvestri; 12

 

INEX Bando OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #14 Conner Jones; 15
  2. #43 Layton Harrison; 15
  3. #31 Cole Bruce; 15
  4. #58 Eddie Slagle; 15
  5. #33 Franklin Caricofe; 15
  6. #87 Kenton Case; 13
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