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Daniel Silvestri Goes Two-for-Two in the Legends Division Over the Weekend; Ryley Music Leads Every Lap En Route to Bando Win

Hampton, VA – After capturing the pole, Ryley Music didn’t look to slow down when race time came. Jacob Derrick, Wyatt Philyaw, Logan Clark, Aaliyah Paynter, and Andrey Morrero rounded out the field. The green flag flew and Music took off to the lead early. The only move of the race was on lap two as Philyaw took second from Derrick. Paynter looked to make a move on Clark for fourth but was unable to make it stick. Ryley Music would go on to lead every lap of the race to pick up the win. Wyatt Philyaw, Jacob Derrick, Logan Clark, Aaliyah Paynter, and Andrey Marrero were you’re finishing lineup.

Daniel Silvestri picked up the pole for the Cycle City Corp Legends. Ryan Matthews, Conner Jones, Spencer Saunders, and Devon Courtney rounded out your starting five. Green flag flew and Silvestri also took off to an early lead while two time and defending race winner Ryan Matthews fell back to the fifth position. Matthews battled his way past Courtney and Jones to make his way back to the third position. With 10 laps complete Saunders began to put the pressure on Silvestri for the lead. Lap traffic came into play between the leaders as Saunders found his way to Silvestri’s back bumper once again.

Saunders with multiple attempts at taking the lead just couldn’t manage to get the car to stick. Lap 21 came up in lights and Saunders finally got the opportunity to stick his nose to the inside of Silvestri in turn two and took the lead. Silvestri took no time to recover and the very next lap, he took the lead right back from Saunders and put a gap between the two. The checkered flag flew and Daniel Silvestri picked up his first ever win here at Langley Speedway – it was Silvestri’s second Legend win of the weekend after finding victory lane the night before at Southside Speedway. Spencer Saunders, Ryan Matthews, Conner Jones and Devon Courtney were your top five finishers.

 

 

Cycle City Corps Legends OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #97 Daniel Silvestri; 25
  2. #7 Spencer Saunders; 25
  3. #51 Ryan Matthews; 25
  4. #14 Connor Jones; 25
  5. #17 Devon Courtney; 25
  6. #88 Ryan Center; 25
  7. #31 Carter Wood; 25
  8. #51w Bradley Wilson; 24
  9. #4 Chris Hayes; 24
  10. #27 David Steele; 24

Cycle City Corps Bando OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #47 Ryley Music; 15
  2. #22 Wyatt Philyaw; 15
  3. #8 Jacob Derrick; 15
  4. #15 Logan Clark; 15
  5. #14 Aaliyah Paynter; 15
  6. #73 Andrey Marrero; 15

Southside Speedway Gearing Up for Spectacular Season: Celebrates 60th Anniversary This Friday

That’s right ladies and gentleman, Friday night short track racing returns this weekend at the historic Southside Speedway located in Midlothian, Virginia. Southside first opened its doors to drivers and fans back in April of 1959 by J.M. Wilkinson and is currently being run by his daughter, Sue Clements, and granddaughter, Jennifer Mullis. March 29th will mark 60 years at “The Toughest Short Track in the South” and has the potential to be yet another historic event in the tracks already rich history.

Southside currently hosts six divisions of racing — Late Models, IMCA style asphalt Modifieds, Grand Stocks, UCARS, as well as the INEX Legends and Bandolero division — that will typically run each night. Hosting races just about every other Friday night from March to August it allows for teams to compete throughout the summer but also save a little bit of cash from operating week in and week out. Another unique feature about Southside Speedway is they open their season with a bang, J.M. Wilkinson Opening Night is not just a date, it’s not just the start of the season, it’s an annual event that every driver wants to win. Speaking of winning, no modern day driver has done more of that at Southside than Late Model legend, Chris Dodson.

Dodson closed out 2018 strong winning his seventy-second race and winning an impressive ninth series championship. During victory lane and trophy presentation, a very emotional Dodson was unclear of his 2019 plans and if he would return for a full season. If we may speak honestly here, and our readers know we do, Dodson has nothing to be ashamed of if he were to hang his helmet up. Whether you like the guy or hate the guy he will go down as one of the greats at Southside Speedway. Don’t let your hard down to soon, however, because Dodson did hint that he would make an attempt at winning his seventh J.M. Wilkinson Opening Night in a row.

There will be plenty of other drivers to look out for this season and the first one to come to mind is Eddie Johnson. Driving most of the 2018 season in the No. 43 Richard Petty look-a-like and eventually transitioning into the 00, Johnson has been racing at Southside Speedway longer than I have been on this earth and certainly knows how to get around. We haven’t heard yet if Johnson will be driving for another owner or for himself yet. A few other names to look out for; Mason Bailey, Howie DiSavino, and Chris Hopkins. No doubt Bailey struggled last season to find speed in the car but the kid has raw talent and it won’t take him long to find his way back into victory lane. DiSavino is another young driver to keep an eye on. As the season came to an end he came on strong. Hopefully, that team can keep the momentum up and find their way to victory lane. Chris Hopkins, what’s not to say about Hopkins? Running double duty often in the Modified and Late Model towards the end of the year, Hopkins got on a hot streak and never cooled down, expect to see similar results this year.

In other divisions, Dan Rogers is expected to return to the Grand Stock division and defend his title after dominating 2018 in a historic way. Hopefully, we also see the return of Chris Hopkins in the Modified division after such a killer performance last season. The UCAR series, of course, will be nothing less than spectacular. With so many drivers in and out of cars, the championship battle will be one to watch of course. In the INEX Legends series, we expect to see Daniel Silvestri make his return. We are not 100% certain want landing that ride with Burton-Sellers Racing in the Late Model will do to his Legend career, however, Silvestri is our early pick for the Legend Championship. In the Bando’s Layton Harrison, among others, should make their return. With last year’s championship battle coming down to the wire, we can’t even make a prediction on this series.

Front gates are slated to open for fans at 6:00 PM EDT. Qualifying is scheduled to get underway at the same time. The green flag is expected to drop at 7:45 PM EDT. We will have LIVE coverage, as always; on our Twitter feed starting with qualifying and leading into the feature. Please note that we will not be able to cover every division in detail due to the nature of the event.

 

2019 SEASON SCHEDULE

Friday, March 29
Friday, April 5
Friday, April 19 (75-lap Late Models)
Friday, May 3
Friday, May 10
Friday, May 31
Friday, June 14
Friday, June 28
Friday, July 12 (75-lap Late Models)
Friday, July 26
Friday, August 9
Friday, August 23

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

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