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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

Dillon Spain Wins in Front of Big Field at Langley Speedway

Hampton, VA – The Cycle City Corp Legends continued their good car count on Saturday night with seventeen cars showing up. Tommy Jackson Jr, Sparky West, and Dillon Spain all made their first trip back to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway after taking heavy damage on opening night.

Legends rookie Cody Carlton stayed hot laying down an 18.127-second lap for the pole with points leader Brian May missing the top spot by just .005. On lap seven a big pile up happened involving multiple cars, ending the night for a few drivers. Carlton kept the lead until after the second caution of the race involving him and Spencer Saunders which ended Carlton’s night.

Off the restart, Spain took the lead for ten laps until Saunders took it back on lap 18. After taking the green flag both drivers raced hard for the win, exchanging the lead several times almost like they were on a dirt track. Coming to the checkers Spain went deep into turn three making contact and send Saunders around and grabbing the win. Saunders would end up in 6th place.


In the Cycle City Corp Bandoleros, Jacob Putman picked up his second win of the year at Langley after a clean race up front with Autumn Weaver. Both drivers are also heading down to Charlotte Motor Speedway to take on the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout on their 1/5th-mile track. Further back in the field there was some beating and banging out on the track leading to some frustrated drivers after the race but cooler heads eventually prevailed.


Tyler Baker earned his second victory in a row as well as the season this past weekend in the Bojangle Enurdos. Bakers also took the points lead from defending Langley & East Carolina champion, Richard Quinn, by just three points. Austin Davis was the lucky one start on the pole position as the Eduro drivers immediatly pull pills for starting order. Did not take long for Baker to work his way up to the front and that is where he would stay for most of the 30-lap feature.

Richard Ellis, who alos competes in the Truck division, stayed hot on Bakers trails for most of the night beore his night ended suddenly – mechanical problems plauged the #41 Honda who needed a push off the track just before one of the races restarts. Once the feature got back under way, sans Ellis, Rodney Davis was on the charge for hte race lead. He would pull within about two car lengths before running out of laps. Hiby, Masingo, A. Davis would round out the top five finishers.


Legends Results OFFICIAL Results

  1. Dillon Spain
  2. Brian May
  3. Tommy Jackson Jr
  4. Zach Lightfoot
  5. Devon Courtney
  6. Spencer Saunders
  7. Jaime Price
  8. Ryan Center -1
  9. David Brandt -1
  10. Chris Hayes -1
  11. Sparky West -4
  12. Lane McKee -15
  13. Cody Carlton -18
  14. Colby Flowers -18
  15. Brandon Johnson -18
  16. Clayton Parrish -18
  17. Whitt Seay -18

Bandolero OFFICIAL Results

  1. Jacob Putnam
  2. Autumn Weaver
  3. Cole Bruce
  4. Bradley Kilby
  5. Connor Jones
  6. Jacob Derrick
  7. Wesley Newell
  8. Wyatt Philyaw


Bojangle Enduro Results

  1. #27 Tyler Baker; 30
  2. #38 Rodney Davis; 30
  3. #85 Robert Hiby; 30
  4. #22 Don Masingo; 30
  5. #3 Austin Davis; 30
  6. #80 Ronald Klein; 30
  7. #31 Richard Quinn; 29
  8. #30 Louie Pasderetz; 28
  9. #33 Mike Kanary; 26
  10. #03d Nicolas Dean; 26
  11. #2 Jesse Holston; 24
  12. #28 Ray Hayes; 20
  13. #41 Richard Ellis; 17
  14. #44a Jason Terrill; 16
  15. #26 Robert Pellek; 15
  16. #99 Robbie Parker; 13
  17. #19 Daniel Balduf; 1

Ernie Strouse Grabs INEX Legend Victory in Tight Finish at Southside Speedway

Ernie Strouse celebrates in victory lane after capping off a strong win at Southside Speedway’s season opener. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA – It was one of the closer Legends races we have witnessed in the short time we have been attending races at Southside Speedway that saw a rookie start the race on the pole and first-time winner. Chris Lilly, sporting an exciting pink/purple paint scheme set the fast time in the division’s final practice with a 15.378 (78.026 mph) second lap – just .077 seconds faster than Tommy Jackson, Jr. However, due to the invert, Cody Carlton started the race from the fourth qualifying position.

Strouse, who started to Carlton’s outside was able to power to the lead on the top side and lead the first lap of the 25-lap feature. Ten cars took the green flag for the last race of the season opener after nine cars took time in qualifying. The #51 of Ryan Matthews broke a drive train before qualifying even started and was not able to record a lap.

In a relatively calm race, it was a four car freight train at the front with Strouse leading Chris Lilly, Cody Carlton, and Jackson, Jr. You could throw a blanket over the four that’s just how close they were running. That was until bad luck once again found Tommy Jackson, Jr for the second weekend in a row. It almost looked like Chris Lilly checked up out of four hard which caused Carlton to do the same and it was just too late for Jackson to react and ended up making contact with Carlton’s left rear. Jackson would need assistance from the roll back to remove his car from the track and end his night.

When the track went back green Strouse was able to power back to the lead and hold off Lilly and Carlton for the win. Chris Lilly, who actually posted the fastest lap in the race would finish just behind the #4 in second. Cody Carlton in just his second Legend race would finish third. Kevin Yeatts and Brandon Johnston rounded out the top five.



Franklin Caricofe victorious for the second weekend in a row racing at Virginia tracks. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

10 Bandolero drivers made the trip to Southside Speedway Friday night for the 58th season opener at the 1/3-mile short track. Conner Jones was the fastest qualifier earlier in the afternoon during “practifying” – Southside’s version of group qualifying – with a 17.023 second (70.486 mph). Jones drew the number five pill during post-qualifying tech inspection inverting the entire top five cars on the grid.

Cole Bruce, who won last week’s season opener at Langley Speedway, inherited the lead from the invert. Franklin Caricofe, the only driver in the top five to start where he qualified would take the lead from Bruce on lap one and immediately open up a large lead. The field was only slowed once when two cars went around in turn two. Eddie Slagle went around after a little contact, from our vantage point we could not see who the contact was with but, Harrison looked to spin out as well, possibly to avoid contact. Both Slagle and Harrison able to drive away.

Caricofe jumped back out to the lead when the green flag was displayed and never looked back. Jacob Putman held down the second position most of the race while the battle was on for third. Conner Jones, who started on the pole after the redraw was able to reel in and pass Bruce as the laps counted down. A bit of a scare for the leaders coming to the white flag, Caricofe and Putman split the two slower cars, effectively ending Putman’s run to the top spot and winning for the second weekend in a row.


Legends Official Results:

1.#4 Ernie Strouse; 25
2. #27P Chris Lilly; 25
3. #94 Cody Carlton; 25
4. #27 Kevin Yeatts; 25
5. #76 Brandon Johnston; 25
6. #51 Ryan Matthews; 25
7. #79 David Tuner; 25
8. #44 Barry Kramer; 25
9. #00 DJ Elzey; 25
10. #87 Tommy Jackson, Jr.; 12


Bando Official Results:

1.#33 Franklin Caricofe
2. #3 Jacob Putman
3. #14 Conner Jones
4. #31 Cole Bruce
5. #6 Jake Waltman
6. #58 Eddie Slagle
7. #43 Layton Harris
8. #48 Wesley Newell
9. #15 Logan Clark
10. #87 Kenton Case