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Third Place Finish at INEX Legends Nationals Secures Runner-up Finish for Daniel Silvestri in the Young Lions National Championship

Daniel Silvestri (97) and eventual race winner Jaron Giannini (25) battle for the lead in the 35-lap Young Lions National Feature. (Photo: Rob Street/Rob Street Racing Photography)

On a typical weekday morning Daniel Silvestri, a soon to be 16-year old Sophomore in high school in Fairfax, Virginia, is usually up early and getting ready to head out the door for another fun full day of classes. However, this last weekend his schedule was a little bit different as the young INEX Legends driver as he and his race team made the cross-country trek out to Las Vegas for the INEX Legends Nationals with the hopes of bringing an INEX Young Lions National Title back to Virginia.

Because of his efforts throughout the 2018 season, Silvestri followed up his Rookie of the Year performance and second place finish in the points standings at his home track of Southside Speedway – located in Midlothian, Virginia – by winning the track championship. Silvestri was also crowned the Virginia State Champion in the Young Lions division due to his efforts at both Southside and Langley Speedway.

Silvestri found himself entering the weekend tied with Isaak Love of North Carolina for the national points lead in the Young Lions division. Just three points behind them was Jake Matheson from New Hampshire. Because of the points structure used for US Legends Cars and how close the top three were in points, it would essentially come down to if Silvestri could finish ahead of the other two drivers.

The weekend was split into three days of racing where drivers would have a chance to earn a maximum 300 points. 100 points would be given to the fastest car in qualifying (then a one point difference for each position), 100 points given to the winner of their respective heat race (three points per position), and of course 100 points to the feature winner (three points spread per position).  Silvestri got off to a strong start qualifying third (earning 98 points) and winning his heat race (earning 100 points).

Because of his qualifying efforts and heat race win, he would start the feature from the third position. Silvestri got a great start making a pass for the lead early. He would go on to lead 28 out of the total 35 laps. However, Bullring Legends track champion Jaron Giannini would get by Silvestri with just two laps to go to score the race win. Matheson would also squeak by Silvestri in the closing laps to finish second and win the national title. Silvestri would ultimately finish the feature third in the feature and second in the national standings.

You would think after being so dominate all weekend, earning the points you needed, and having the national title slip through your hands there at the end, you would be furious. Silvestri, however, seemed to take the glass half full approach and chalked it up to an overall good weekend.

“It’s huge for me,” Silvestri explained even after missing the national title by only a few points.“I never expected to hop into a Legend [car] and be able to do so well in my first year. To be able to compete for a National Championship was a really cool experience for me. It gives me some confidence to know that I can compete with some of the best legends guys in the country and that I can drive one of the hardest cars to drive on ovals. There are people who have driven many different types of cars and they say that the legend cars are the hardest car to drive with its short wheelbase and weight to power ratio.”

Of course, the success that Silvestri had over the weekend and throughout the 2018 season was no solo adventure. Daniel was very thankful of his parents, team, and CJ from 860 Motorsports.

“We surrounded ourselves with good people,” Silvestri told The Weekly Racer. “The person we bought our first legend car from told us to talk to Scotty Edwards, past Legends racer at Southside Speedway, who taught me how to drive the Legend. He introduced us to CJ at 860 Motorsports. There are many other people that helped along the way but with that base, it helped me get better quicker. All the awards, wins, and championships were just the result. I couldn’t have gotten as far without those people helping me. It just clicked and we took off and I was able to win a few races my first season and I was a very strong competitor on the national circuit with 4 poles in 5 races at Winter Nationals back in February and was able to lead 28 of the 35 laps at the Asphalt Nationals and coming one position short of the championship.”

With 2018 all but in the rearview mirror, Silvestri and team will turn their attention towards next season where some pretty big changes could take place. Silvestri let The Weekly Racer know that they have some ideas on what and where they will be racing and that they are looking into the idea of possibly running a handful of Late Model Stock Car races throughout the Commonwealth.

You can follow Daniel and his racing journey at http://www.danielsilvestriracing.com or on Facebook by searching Daniel Silvestri Racing as well on Instagram @danielsilvestri97.

Daniel Silvestri Earns Second Win in Southside Speedway Season Finale; Layton Harrison Back to Back Wins in Bandos

Midlothian, VA – Daniel Silvestri entered the weekend a mere four points (226) behind the leader and fellow rookie Cody Carlton (230). You could say the task was rather simple, go out and win the race and take home the championship. Though Silvestri was able to complete one of those tasks, the latter portion was a bit more difficult. Cody Carlton, former Arena Racing USA champion, was the fastest man in town during the final practice session of the afternoon which earned him the pole position come race time as well as one extra bonus point towards his championship hopes. Silvestri’s time would be good enough for second while Chris Lilly, Kevin Yeatts, and Carter Weedon made up the fastest five drivers. Carlton and Silvestri would swap places on the grid, however, after Carlton drew the number two pill.

The invert seemed to play well for Silvestri who jumped out to the early lead when the green flag was displayed. Carlton would lose the second position rather quickly to Chris Lilly who was able to power around the point’s leader using the bottom groove of the track leaving him to battle with Ryan Matthews. Lilly would eventually catch the back bumper of Silvestri and apply pressure just was not able to make anything happen. Carlton was able to track Lilly back down and make the pass for the second position just past the halfway mark of the race and immediately set his target on the race lead. Running time almost .400-seconds faster than the race leader there was no question that Carlton was going to catch Silvestri, the question could he make the pass on old tires.

Carlton had pulled up to Silvestri’s rear bumper with two laps to go and gave the 2016 Southside Speedway Bando champ a shot to rattle his cage but it was ineffective. Carlton would make one more attempt down in turns one and two but looked to clip a bit of the rumble strips and had to chase the car up the track a bit allowing Silvestri to pull away and collect is second win of the 2017 season. The second place finish from Carlton was enough to not only clinch Rookie of the Year honors but also win the 2017 Legends title for the Chesapeake, Virginia driver.

“He always has a good car and is a good driver,” Carlton said about Silvestri. “Pair that with a track that’s already difficult to pass at and he is a tough competitor and a good kid overall. I was happy to see him get the win, we both left there satisfied. Even after falling back we were able to run him back down, we just ran out of time to get it done clean.”

 The championship was the first of its kind for Carlton, outside of Arena Racing and Karting, and just the tip of the ice burg for this talented driver.

“There is no better feeling,” Carlton told The Weekly Racer after locking up both Rookie of the Year and the track title. “It’s a hard accomplishment to make, and it wouldn’t have been possible without my car owner, John Weaver, and the crew chief, Steve Hancock. Since the first time I strapped into the legend car it has been a rocket ship so I felt like from the beginning it was up to me to get the job done and show my team that we could win races and championships. I was really hoping to double up and win two championships in my first season, unfortunately, some bad luck at Langley prevented that. It’s still an awesome feeling to do what we have done in our first season of legends, I really enjoy driving these cars and look forward to next year.”

 With just one more Legends race left on the season for Carlton down at Langley Speedway, his race season is far from over, however, as he will spend the fall and winter chasing trophies and wins in karting on the dirt tracks throughout the region. He later went on to tell The Weekly Racer he will more than likely run a full Late Model schedule with Legends races in-between.

 

Bandos

Layton Harrison was able to double down and pick up his second win in a row in the INEX Bando’s to kick off Champions night at Southside Speedway this past weekend. After qualifying on the pole with a 16.919-second lap, the only one in the nine-car field to hit a sub seventeen-second lap – Harrison would find himself rolling off the grid in the fourth position for their 15-lap feature. The four-car invert found Franklin Caricofe leading the field into one when the green flag was displayed.

The 15-lap feature witnessed six lead changes among three drivers, oddly enough neither one of the leaders were points champion Conner Jones who had a wicked accident during qualifying – and only one caution. Layton Harrison and Leland Honeyman, who races primarily at Concord Speedway, spent the better portion of the race battle hard for the race lead lap after lap. The final two laps were really something to watch as Harrison did everything he could to get around and Honeyman did everything he could to hold his line and protect. Harrison entered turn three strong on the final lap and was able to make a bit of a crossover move when both cars stepped out of line come out of treacherous turn four. Harrison appeared to get back on the throttle quicker beating Honeyman to the checkered flag.

Despite the issues Conner Jones had during practice he was able to start the race from the rear in a back up car and drive up to the fifth position. The top five was enough for the young man to put a cap on the dominating 2017 season he had at Southside and clinch the championship.

 

INEX Legends OFFICIAL Results

  1. #97 Daniel Silvestri; 25
  2. #94 Cody Carlton; 25
  3. #27 Chris Lilly; 25
  4. #51 Ryan Matthews; 25
  5. #22 Carter Weedon; 25
  6. #00 DJ Elzey; 25
  7. #31 Carter Wood; 25
  8. #27 Kevin Yeatts; 25
  9. #79 David Turner; 24

INEX Bando OFFICIAL Results

  1. #43 Layton Harrison; 15
  2. #4 Leland Honeyman; 15
  3. #33 Franklin Caricofe; 15
  4. #15 Logan Clark; 15
  5. #14 Conner Jones; 15
  6. #58 Eddie Slagle; 15
  7. #22 Wyatt Philyaw; 15
  8. #59 Teddy Cranmer; 15
  9. #87 Kenton Case; 9

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

Tommy Jackson, Jr Dominates at Soutside Speedway – Silvestri Holds off Godby for the Win

IMG_4882Midlothian, VA – Chris Hildebrand, the 2015 Langley Speedway track champion, made his first appearance of 2016 as well as his first attempt at Southside Speedway. Learning the track lap after lap the Newport News native set the second fastest time in qualifying earlier in the afternoon. However inherits the pole position after Tommy Jackson, Jr, your fast qualifier, inverts the top two spots.

Jackson, Jr making the top of the track work would end up leading lap one. Hildy settled right in line in second with Timmy Phipps behind him. Jackson, as if he had a statement to make, opened up a huge lead over the six cars behind him. Leaving Hildy in the dust so to speak to deal with Phipps. I must say for his first time on the track and learning things on the fly, Hildebrand did a fine job running second

Phipps started to turn up the wick on second place as we approached the halfway mark. Looked to make an attempt to get around in turn three as the field worked lap twelve but just could not make it happen and instantly fell back four to five cars. Phipps took a couple laps to cool the tires off and made another run to the rear nerf bard of Hildebrand, this time making the pass.

Was just a little to late for the driver of the orange and white number five as Jackson, Jr had already started to catch the rear of the field with less than five laps to go in the race. In dominating fashion Tommy Jackson, Jr found himself back in victory lane yet again at Southside Speedway.

Carter Weedon, who had been running near fifth or sixth all race, made things interesting as they were coming to stripe. He was able to get by the thirteen of Jimmy James but appeared to make contact after the stripe going into one that sent himself into the wall and the thirteen spinning. Barchanowicz would be checked out by safety crews but found to be okay

 

INEX Legends Results:
P1. #87 Tommy Jackson, Jr
P2. #5 Timmy Phipps
P3. #71 Chris Hildebrand
P4. #22 Carter Weedon
P5. #13 James Barchanowicz
P6. #79 David Turner
P7. #00 DJ Elzey

 

 

Bando

Cole Bruce won the pole with a 17.189 but will start fourth after the invert. Daniel Silvestri, Conner Jones, Michael Godby and Jacob Putman round out the top five starters.

Field gets single file pretty quick and Silvestri opens about a car to car and a half lead over the field. Putman gets around Connor Jones for the third spot but has a long way to go to catch the leaders.

Battle for the lead heats up right at the half way. Conner Jones made a huge push back to the rear bumper of Putman but gets loose coming out of four. His car steps out on him and he has to gather it up. Takes about four to five laps but Jones able to catch Putman and get around.

Silvestri, with minimum pressure from Michael Godby, grabs another victory at Southside Speedway.

 

Bando Results:
P1. #27 Daniel Silvestri
P2. #17 Michael Godby
P3. #14 Conner Jones
P4. #3 Jacob Putman
P5. #58 Eddie Slagle
P6. #33 Franklin Caracole
P7. #43 Leonard Harrison, IV
P8. #48 Wesley Newell
P9. #31 Cole Bruce (Mechanical)

Daniel Silvestri and Tommy Jackson Jr. Win at Southside

Jackson celebrates in victory lane at Southside Speedway this past weekend. (Shawn Dulin/TheWeeklyRacer.com)


Chesterfield, VA
– In the Legends cars Tommy Jackson Jr. continues his domination at Southside Speedway. After winning the two opening races he would have to start from the rear after setting fast time and with an invert rookie Zach Lightfoot would lead the field to green. The young rookie would get a little too eager coming to the green flag and spin out. He would get sent to the end of the field and recovered nicely for a 6th place finish ahead of fellow rookie DJ Elzey. Continuing the eager theme long time legends driver Kevin Yeatts would jump almost the entire field a couple laps into the race after another car spun out. He was supposed to serve a stop and go but a quick caution saved him from going a lap down. Before the halfway point Jackson would take the lead from Matt Dail and cruise pretty easily to another win at the 3/8th mile track. Jackson leads the points early on by seven over Dail.

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Daniel Silvestri qualified second but wasted no time to get out in front of the nine car field in the second Banoldero race of the season to grab the win. Cole Bruce, your pole sitter after qualifying time trials with a time of 17.022, turned over the lead to Silvestri just three laps into the feature. Michael Godby remains first in the track standings by one point. They are off next race weekend at the Toughest Short Track in the South.

 

INEX Legends Results
1. Tommy Jackson, Jr.
2. Matt Dail
3. Chris Lilly
4. Timmy Phipps
5. Kevin Yeatts
6. Zach Lightfoot
7. DJ Elzey
8. David Turner
9. James Barchanowicz

INEX Banolero Results
1. Daniel Silvestri
2. Michael Godby
3. Conner Jones
4. Jacob Putman
5. Leonard Harrison IV
6. Jaiden Reyna
7. Wesley Newell
8. Cole Bruce
9. Eddie Slagle