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Jeff Oakley Wins Dominion Raceway Season Opener in Wild Overtime Finish

Jeff Oakley works down the backstretch at Dominion Raceway during final practice. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Thornburg, VA – Jeff Oakley is no stranger to victory lane at Dominion Raceway and he proved that once more tonight. Oakley muscled his way around defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion Philip Morris on lap twenty-seven, held off several charges, and several late race cautions to capture the win.

Bruce Anderson was the fastest man in town earlier in the afternoon as the sun was setting over Dominion Raceway with a 15.302-second lap. Jeff Oakley, Michael Hardin, Howie DiSavino, and Philip Morris were the fastest five cars at the completion of qualifying. Anderson would be forced to give up his front row starting position due to Dominion’s invert rule. That starting position was given to none other than Philip Morris.

Morris was able to jump out to the early lead when twenty-three cars roared to life down the front stretch and into turn one. Hometown veteran Michael Hardin looked to have other plans for how he wanted the race to play out and took the lead from Morris eleven laps into the feature. Hardin’s lead was short-lived, as Morris was able to get battle back and regain the lead. The short battle was just enough to allow Oakley to close the gap and be part of the conversation for the race lead.

Oakley was able to take the lead following a restart after a rather lengthy red flag for clean up due to a crash in turn two. Morris decided to take the cone from the lead and restart from the top groove. This allowed Oakley to restart on the bottom, which honestly may have won him the race. The two sailed off into turn one racing a very physical race but it was Oakley who came out of turn two on top.

Oakley then had to turn his attention to restarts, as he had to deal with an unprecedented seven restarts in one of the wildest races we have been to in a while. One of those restarts just happened to be a green, white, checkered in Dominion’s version of overtime that ultimately took out champion contender Tyler Hughes out of the race when he had issues getting started. In victory lane, Oakley ranked this win up there on his list of wins after beating Philip Morris heads up.

Morris was able to hold off an impressive late race charge from former Rev Racing K&N driver Sergio Pena, who actually started to come on really strong as the laps wound down. Davey Callihan running a Bobby Creech prepared car was able to hang onto a fourth-place finish while Doug Barnes bounced back to a fifth place finish after being sent to the rear of the field due to his involvement in the incident that took Bruce Anderson out of contention for a win.

Cole Bruce picked up the official first victory of the 2019 Dominion Season in the scheduled 30-lap feature. Bruce, who was actually involved in the night’s first caution, was able to drive back through the field for the win, with the help of a handful of cautions. Bradley Kilby was the one who actually took the early lead following the first restart of the honestly looked poised for the win, however, with the help of a few cautions Bruce was able to drive back through the field and collect the win. Aaron Donnelly, who was supposed to pull double duty in the Dominion Racer and Late Model, finished second while Mike Ganoe Jr., Andrew Lang, and Reid Murphy completed the top five.

With the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series making their trip back to the commonwealth, next weekend Dominion Raceway will take the weekend off and return to action Saturday, April 20th. For a complete list of who is running make sure you head over to the speedway’s website.

 

Late Model UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #11 Jeff Oakley; 107
  2. #01 Philip Morris; 107
  3. #01 Sergio Pena; 107
  4. #13 Davey Callihan; 107
  5. #88 Doug Barnes; 107
  6. #22 Grayson Cullather; 107
  7. #72 Blake Morris; 107
  8. #4 Randy Roberts; 107
  9. #17 Eric George; 107
  10. #82 Mike Ganoe; 107
  11. #8 Tyler Hughes; 106
  12. #18 Chandler Storm; 105
  13. #1 Michael Munley; 105
  14. #19 Colby Stottlemyer; 97
  15. #4 Timmy Phipps; 93
  16. #9 Alex Brock; 78
  17. #55 Howie DiSavino; 76
  18. #09 Bruce Anderson; 62
  19. #7 Michael Hardin; 48
  20. #00 Chase Burrow; 16
  21. #04 Mike Michalski; 16
  22. #6 Cole Knopp; 16
  23. #75 Logan Jones; 2

 

Dominion Racers UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #31 Cole Bruce; 36
  2. #31 Aaron Donnelly; 36
  3. #12 Mike Ganoe Jr.; 36
  4. #29 Andrew Lang; 26
  5. #21 Reid Murphy; 36
  6. #9 James Johnson; 36
  7. #5 Bradley Kilby; 36
  8. #70 Barry Moore; 36
  9. #91 Robb Almy; 36
  10. #51 Raymond Terczak; 35
  11. #28 Davey Callihan; 9
  12. #07 Richard Storm; 4
  13. #8 Billy Ingle; 1

 

Featured Photo: Andy Newsome/Loose In, Tight Off

Tommy Jackson, Jr. Breaks the String of Bad Luck with INEX National Qualifier Win; Cole Bruce Take Home the Win in Bandos

Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com

Hampton, VA – With the 9th Annual Hampton Heat upon Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway this weekend, it was announced late last week that the INEX Legends and Bandolero features would both be national qualifiers. Thirteen Legends drivers made the trip out in the insane July heat here in Hampton Roads. Interesting enough, only one new driver made the trip this weekend after the qualifier was announced and that was the #51 of Ryan Matthews, a series winner up at Southside Speedway so far in 2017.

Tommy Jackson, Jr. once again looked to be the car to beat during qualification edging out current track points leader Brian May for the pole by seven-hundredth of a second. The 18.229-second lap (78.008 MPH) was good enough for Jackson’s second consecutive pole and eventually proved to be enough to land the Poquoson native in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane for the first time this season. Defending race winner, Spencer Saunders, would start third with Cody Carlton and Jamie Price rounding out the fastest five cars.

When the green flag dropped on the 30-lap feature, Jackson left nothing on the table and took command of the race lead early bringing Saunders along with him leaving May in third. It was almost like Deja Vu as Jackson and Saunders worked in tandem to pull away from the rest of the pack just like a couple weeks ago. Where Saunders hounded the rear nerf bar of Jackson and made a great late race pass coming to the white flag to steal the victory. This time around though, Jackson just looked too strong.

Some good battles would take place throughout the field behind the leaders with David Brandt, Lane McKee, Colby Flowers and Zach Lightfoot as you sprinkled a few cautions throughout the race. A late race caution for the #4 of Chris Hayes – who’s night would end early after a trailing arm bolt broke – and then again quickly there after for McKee and Matthews, would set up a four lap shoot out for the win.

Jackson, however, was not phased by the late restart and he was not going to be denied on this night and drove his #87 to victory lane. Saunders would settle for second place but continue his streak of podium finish while finishing two positions ahead of May – who would eventually lose third to a hard charging Cody Carlton on that late restart – to tighten up the championship points battle heading into the back half of the season.

“Awe man, it feels good in this hot weather,” Jackson said in victory lane after the race. “Yeah, it’s just a lot of hard work, we went through a really bad spell there. We weren’t winning races; mechanical failures that would take us out of it, just gotta thank my crew. Worked some really long nights in the shop to get us here, thank Spencer, we lead all thirty laps and he was right there with us”.

 

Cole Bruce, of Fredricksburg, Virginia, found himself in Dale Lemonds Victory Lane as well this past weekend at Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway after rolling off for his 15-lap feature in fifth place. Bradley Kilby was the fastest in final practice, which set the grid for the eleven-car field but had problems early getting going. This allowed Autumn Weaver to power her way around the outside and take the lead early.

Autumn’s lead would last several laps until Kilby gave her a shot through turn two and allowed Kilby to her under her, the two would make contact and  Weaver wound up spinning through the grass and kicking up water onto the racing surface. The caution flag would be displayed to investigate. Weaver would come down pit road and restart the race towards the rear of the field. This would hand the lead over the Kilby but only for a few moments as he too went for a spin of his own on lap twelve, in turn four, handing the lead over the Bruce.

Cole would have his work cut out for him in the closing laps as Conner Jones mounted an incredible charge but did not have enough laps to make anything happen. “I don’t know what happened over in turn one”, said Bruce. “I thought the axle was bent, I thought the front spindle was bent. I thought we were a junk car after that wreck over there, of course, we worked our way up in qualifying, made some changes. It’s just a great night to get to win”.

 

 

Cycle City Corp Legends OFFICIAL Results;

 

  1. #87 Tommy Jackson Jr; 30
  2. #7 Spencer Saunders; 30
  3. #94 Cody Carlton; 30
  4. #22 Brian May; 30
  5. #7L Zach Lightfoot; 30
  6. #33 Colby Flowers; 30
  7. #08 Jamie Price; 30
  8. #51 Ryan Matthews; 30
  9. #21 Lane McKee; 30
  10. #88 Ryan Center; 30
  11. #31 David Brandt; 30
  12. #17 Devon Courtney; 30
  13. #4 Chris Hayes; 26

 

Cycle City Corp Bando’s OFFICIAL Results;

 

  1. #31 Cole Bruce; 15
  2. #14 Connor Jones; 15
  3. #3 Jacob Putman; 15
  4. #18d Emily Day’ 15
  5. #33 Franklin Caricofe; 15
  6. #18 Autumn Weaver; 15
  7. #8 Jacob Derrick; 15
  8. #6 Jake Waltman; 15
  9. #5 Bradley Kilby; 15
  10. #87 Kenton Case; 15

#48 Wesley Newell; 14

Daniel Silvestri Grabs First Legends Win and Conner Jones Keeps Rolling in Bandos

INEX Legends

Cody Carlton once again showed his speed in the new car he is running setting a 15.462 second lap just edging Daniel Silvestri by .005 seconds for the pole point. Cody pulled a five on the invert and this put Carter Weedon in control of the field coming to the green. Off the start Weedon fell back pretty quickly as Tommy Jackson Jr, Chris Lilly, and Silvestri. The race was full of bumper to bumper racing between the top-3 in most of the race creating some very exciting racing for the fans. Daniel Silvestri passed Lilly, second in national Semi-Pro points, for the lead with five to go. He was able to grab his first legends win in his rookie season after winning the bandolero track championship last year.

INEX Bandoleros

Franklin Caricofe ran a 17.182 around the banked 3/8th mile track to get the bandolero pole point and Conner Jones qualified in second. With the two in a row win rule in effect at Southside Speedway he would be sent to the rear to start the race. Jones, 4th in national bandits points, made quick work of the field jumping up to third in two laps, second place two laps later, and took the lead on lap-8. Cole Bruce who started second fell back to 6th and made a spot up to 5th before the checkers flew.

Legends Results
1. Daniel Silvestri 25
2. Chris Lilly 25
3. Cody Carlton 25
4. Tommy Jackson Jr 25
5. Ryan Matthews 25
6. Carter Weedon 25
7. DJ Elzey 25
8. Carter Wood 25

Bandolero Results
1. Conner Jones 15
2. Franklin Caricofe 15
3. Josh Speas 15
4. Eddie Slagle 15
5. Cole Bruce 15
6. Leonard Harrison IV 15
7. Wesley Newell -1
8. Kenton Case -2

Chris Lilly Dominate Legends Night Cap at Southside – Cole Bruce Victorious in Interesting Bando Finish

#27 Chris Lemons celebrates in victory lane after a very dominating win in the second race of the season at Southside Speedway. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA –Chris Lilly set the fastest time in qualifying earlier in the afternoon with a time of 15.499 seconds – an average of 77.417 mph – and it proved come race time. However, due to that pesky invert that Southside uses, Lilly was forced to start in the third position, handing the top spot over to Daniel Silvestri. The top three cars of Lilly, Carlton, and Silvestri were only separated by two-hundredth of a second. We also need to point out that this past weekend was the first time Silvestri has raced his #97 Legends since moving up from the Bandolero division.

When the green flag was displayed to the field it was very clear it was going to be a three-way battle between the top three cars for the win. Chris Lilly has always shown speed around the .333-mile oval and Carlton has been on a tear in Virginia of top-three finishes since the start of the 2017 season. Silvestri held his own for three laps at the front of the field before Lilly worked his way around and left him to deal with Carlton.

It was a pretty calm race as Chris Lilly opened up a very comfortable lead while Carlton tried to work around Silvestri for the second position. Carlton put on a pretty heavy assault on the rear nerf bar of Silvestri but was not able to make a clean pass and ended up falling back several car lengths. Kevin Yeatts was the only car with a problem when his car slowed way off the pace on lap sixteen. He would limp the car on the apron to finish the race.

Lilly was open up a huge lead while second and third place battled halfway through the race. That was all he needed to secure the win over Silvestri, Carlton, Matthews and opening night winner Strouse. Matthews would be later disqualified.

 

Legends OFFICIAL Results;

1.#27 Chris Lilly; 25
2. #97 Daniel Silvestri; 25
3. #94 Cody Carlton; 25
4. #4 Ernie Stouse; 25
5. #00 DJ Elzey; 25
6. #33 Colby Flowers; 24
7. #79 David Turner; 24
8. #63 Kris Kurz; 23
9. #27 Kevin Yeatts; 19
10. #51 Ryan Matthews; DQ

 

 

Bando’s

Cole Bruce celebrates in victory lane after being sent to the rear of the field and waiting out a rain delay at Southside Speedway on April 22nd, 2017. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Cole Bruce celebrates in victory lane after being sent to the rear of the field and waiting out a rain delay at Southside Speedway on April 22nd, 2017. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Franklin Caricofe was fastest in the afternoon’s practifying session, posting a lap of 17.105 (70.148 mph) seconds. After winning the pole, Caricofe pulled the number four pill – a random pill draw invert is something that Southside Speedway still does – to invert the top four positions for the green flag. Giving the #58 of Eddie Slagle the pole position when Jody Adkins displayed the green flag.

Didn’t take long for things to get interesting here at Midlothian, Virginia short track. Caricofe, trying to drive his way back up to the top spot, made contact with Conner Jones who looped the car around. Jacob Putman got a piece of the action and ended up facing the wrong way out of turn two around this flat .333-mile oval. Kenton Case, with nowhere to go out of two clips Putman sending him hard into the inside wall. Jones is able to drive away, while Putman and Case were not, however, they were both able to exit their machines under there own power.

Conner Jones jumped out to the lead when the race got back underway for a brief moment. Eddie Slagle was the reason for the second caution just two laps after getting back under green. With Cole Bruce hot in his tracks, Slagle’s car looped around off turn four bringing out the second caution, race control did move Cole Bruce to the rear of the field for being involved in the yellow.

What we thought was going to be the final restart of the race Caricofe and Jones have a great battle for the lead. Caricofe, who was strong on opening night, looked to have the lead all to himself but a great crossover move from fourteen car allowed Jones to grab the lead. Caricofe had one more shot to snag the win as the field rolled through turns three and four. With the white flag in the air, Caricofe looked to give a shot to Jones. This caused Jones to spin coming off four and Caricofe to hit the wall. Jones was able to drive away but the #33 of Caricofe needed assistance getting off the track.After a brief rain shower brought the cars down pit road for track officials to dry the track, we had five cars answer the call for the green-white-checkered finish. Took two attempts to complete the feature after a single car spin

After a brief rain shower brought the cars down pit road for track officials to dry the track, we had five cars answer the call for the green-white-checkered finish. Took two attempts to complete the feature after a single car spin occurred, in turn, four on the white flag lap. Cole Bruce, however, was able to endure both restarts to end up in victory lane after an interesting night of racing.

 

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

Woody Howard Wins INEX Legend Feature on Opening Night at Langley Speedway – Cole Bruce Goes Flag to Flag in Bando Race

Woody Howard inherits the lead after a wreck, in turn three, leaves three cars out of the race. Leads flag to flag to capture the win. (Shawn Dulin/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Hampton, VA – Tommy Jackson Jr. picked began the 2017 season much like he ended the 2016 season – fast. Jackson was the fastest car in time trial qualifying for Saturday night’s Pomoco Night at the Race 25-lap INEX Legends feature. Posting a time of 18.096 or 78.581 mph on average he would lead Cody Carlton (R), Woody Howard, Brian May and Dillon Spain and thirteen other drivers to the green flag in one of the largest Legends races in a few years.

It did not take long for things to get crazy, as half the field was loose coming off turn two. Some drivers were saying after the race there was oil or something all over the track. One car at least looped it around, and was able to continue, while other cars took evasive maneuvers to avoid any damage before the race complete a lap. Just as we thought we were clear and were going to stay green the leaders run into big trouble going into three that saw Tommy Jackson, Dillon Spain, Cody Carlton and Sparky West in the wall. Carlton was the only car able to drive away.

The incident would hand the lead over to Woody Howard and Mason Diaz for the restart. Diaz, who runs primarily in the Legends and Pro Late Model division at Southern National in North Carolina, gave the veteran driver just about all he could handle for all twenty-five laps. Given the experience, Howard had not only in the car, but around the track you have to give a ton of credit to Diaz coming to a new track and running like that for the lead. Brian May and Spencer Saunders both moved up due to the wreckage and tried to hang tough but Howard and Diaz were in a league of their own all night. Howard would go on to win the first race of the season being credited with leading every lap.

“As soon as they drop the flag going into turn one and I noticed there was oil all in the bottom grove,” Howard said in victory lane. “Luckily I was able to straddle it and get below it which gave me a good run off the corner. Hate to see it for Tommy and all those guys, I was really looking forward to racing with them, I mean, they’re tough competition so I might not be sitting had they not wrecked out.”

 

Bando

Cole Bruce celebrates his flag to flag win as Langley Speedway re-opens for the 2017 racing season. (Shawn Dulin/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Cole Bruce started his 2017 season of very strong in the tracks very first race since re-opening its doors. Setting the fastest time in the eight-car field with a 21.548 second lap of record or 66.976 mph on average. Bruce wasted no time to take the early lead once the green flag was displayed to the field and he never looked back.

Bruce was challenged once towards the end of the race after Bradley Kilby, who started fifth on the grid was able to drive up to the back bumper of Bruce but could not make a pass happen. The most entertaining part of the race was the side-by-side battle for the fourth position between the #3 of Jacob Putman and the #18 of Autumn Weaver. The two would battle door to door for over half the race with Putman gaining the slight advantage on the low line as it was the shorter distance around the almost 4/10-mile flat track.

 

Cycle City Corp Legends:

1 #14 Woody Howard
2 #24 Mason Diaz
3 #22 Brian May
4 #7 Spencer Saunders
5 #08 Jamie Price
6 #94 Cody Carlton
7 #7 Zach Lightfoot
8 #21 Layne Mckee
9 #33 Colby Flowers
10 #5 Whitt Seay
11 #19 Clayton Parrish
12 #2 Matt Kurz
13 #4 Chris Hayes
14 #31 David Brandt
15 #87 Tommy Jackson Jr
16 #72 Dillion Spain
17 #99 Sparky West
18 #88 Ryan Center

 

Cycle City Corp Bandos:

1 #31 Cole Bruce
2 #5 Bradley Kilby
3 #14 Conner Jones
4 #3 Jacob Putman
5 #18 Autumn Weaver
6 #48 Wesley Newell
7 #8 Jacob Derrick
8 #22 Wyatt Philyaw