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KERN: Racing Heating Up for Several Virginia Drivers Early in 2019

It is hard to believe that it is already that time of year again – Race Season! Seems like just yesterday we were telling you about the final chapter of the 2018 season and crowning champions. Here we are just hours away from what we can call the “official” green flag of the year down at the World Center of Racing – others may simply call it Daytona. In just a few short hours ARCA will drop the green flag on their season and go racing for 200-miles and you won’t have to look but too far to see some local names that TWR is very familiar with.

At this point in the game – yes I know that we are a little late to the game per se but this winter was a little different for us here at TWR – I am sure everyone reading this has seen the news about Hampton Roads natives Connor Hall and Brenden Queen getting “the call” and will be racing this afternoon in easily the biggest race of their career. Both Hall and Queen were down at Daytona a few short weeks ago during the ARCA open test following IMSA’s Rolex 24 Hour race for Vizion Motorsports, along with fellow Late Model driver from North Carolina Paul Williamson, obviously impressing those in the garage. Hall, after presenting a deal to Chad Bryant Racing will be piloting the No. 22 Ford while Queen will be in the No. 36 Toyota for Vizion Motorsports.

For those race fans that may not follow the ARCA Series enough, the race will be televised LIVE later this afternoon on FOX Sports 1 at 4:30 PM EST. Not going to be home to watch? Pull the race up on the FOX Sports App! Hall will also be competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener Sunday night at New Smyrna.

You can see what these drivers had to say about getting the chance of a lifetime in an article published yesterday from our friends at Race22 >> Several Late Model Stock Car Drivers Set to Compete at Daytona

Hall & Queen, however, are not the only Virginia drivers spending some time in the Sunshine State. 2013 & 2017 Langley Speedway INEX Legends Champ Spencer Saunders; 2018 INEX Semi-Pro Road Course National Champ Carter Weedon, just to name a few, will all compete in the 2019 Winter Nationals at Citrus County Speedway.

Five races over the course of a week for drivers from all over to not only prove they are the best but to also get a head start on the INEX national points. Something one driver we mentioned above has kept in the back of his mind for the last couple of weeks.

“We have been doing this quite a while,” Saunders told The Weekly Racer as the final touches were being made to the car before loading her up. “We won the 2011 Virginia State Semi-Pro championship, won a race of champions that same year in Vegas, took the 2013 and 2017 track championships at Langley Speedway, the only thing missing from our resume… a national championship. With the year-end national event being held at Carteret County Speedway in October and if we come out of Florida in good shape, I would say yes, we’re going to make a serious run at a national title”

First Saunders will need to get through the weeklong event where the confidence is running rather high through the Saunders Motorsports camp.

“I think the ultimate goal for our team is to go down there and win a couple of races and represent Langley Speedway and the 757 the best way we can,” Saunders commented. “In all reality, if we go down and ran top five or top three and contended for wins every day that we are on track I would be absolutely thrilled with that. I haven’t seen an entry list but I have heard the Pro division is pretty stacked so we are going to have to be on top of our game all week long. I think we have prepared the best car we can and I think we have good enough equipment to go run with the best.”

Defending Semi-Pro Road Course Champion Carter Weedon is another VA driver making the trip down to Florida for the winter nationals; however, he will be making the trip UP to the Pro division. Weedon is going into the week looking to find himself in the tech shed every race and earn a top five finishing position in the points standings.

“I want to make it into tech every race,” Weedon said. “Our goal is to place in the top five in the points standings at the end of the week. The competition in Pro especially is going to be tough.”

Races are scheduled all this week starting later this afternoon with open practice only. Going off of information given to us by a couple of the race teams, official points races will be held on Monday, Tuesday (doubleheader), Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday is scheduled to be an off day or potential rain day. All races, for that matter, will be streamed LIVE from the fine folks over at LegendsNation.com.

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.

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

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

Tommy Jackson Jr. Wins Saturday Night Legends Portions of The Classic; Collects Bounty on Dillion Spain

Tommy Jackson Jr. celebrates in Southern National Motorsports Park victory lane Saturday night. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Lucama, NC – The words Dillion Spain, Winner, and Southern National Motorsports Park are something that has been said countless times over the year(s). So much so that track owner/promoter Michael Diaz placed a bounty over him to anyone one able to beat him. Tommy Jackson Jr. did just that in Saturday night’s 30-lap feature.

It was clear from the drop of the green flag Saturday night that Jackson and Spain were the class of the field again. Spain earned yet another pole award during group qualifying earlier in the afternoon while Jackson lined up to his outside. He was able to jump out to an early lead with Jackson in tow. In all honesty, it looked as if it were going to be yet another Spain win at Southern National but Tommy Jackson Jr. had other plans just past the halfway point of the race.

Jackson mounted his charge to the top spot and was able to take the lead from Spain just on the other side of halfway. Spain, however, did not make it easy on the young Virginia driver and took the lead back just before the field was slowed for a caution. The field was let loose one final time with ten laps to go and that was when Jackson capitalized. Passing Spain for the lead, and ultimately the race win, bringing Will Bristle along with him.

“It was great to get a big win like that against a stacked field,” Jackson told The Weekly Racer. “The car was good off the trailer and overall I felt like we had the best car all weekend on the long runs. We weren’t able to capitalize Friday [Dillion Spain Back Behind the Wheel; Dillion Spain Back in Victory Lane] with the race being caution filled but I was confident after that race we had a winning piece for Saturday if we stayed on top of the track conditions and got a decent starting spot for the race.”

The 2017 season has not been kind to Jackson and crew, as bad luck seemed to follow him from track to track. That is not to say that the Poquoson, Virginia driver was unable to find victory lane throughout the season, things just did not come easy. Winning the Saturday night feature and collecting the bounty that was placed on Spain was a perfect way to end the season for Jackson,

“We got close to winning this race last year,” Jackson said. “After finishing a close second we circled this year’s event as our top priority to win this season and in the end, I think the best car came out on top.”

Results of the Legends will remain UNOFFICIAL as The Weekly Racer has learned that parts were confiscated from the second and third place finishing cars during post-race technical inspection. The part, as we are learning, has been banned from Legends racing for a few years now. It was confirmed by one of the INEX officials from Southern National that the parts were taken from Bristle and Spain’s cars and are just waiting for the track to make the final decision on what will happen to the finishing order. We will update you here if/when these results are official.

 

 UNOFFICIAL INEX Legends Results;

  1. #87 Tommy Jackson Jr.; 30
  2. #91 Will Bristle; 30
  3. #7 Dillion Spain; 30
  4. #83 Caleb Day; 30
  5. #5 Alec Webb; 30
  6. #24 Mason Diaz; 30
  7. #81 Lee Jordan; 30
  8. #11 Chris Stancil; 30
  9. #82 Caleb Heady; 30
  10. #88 Zach Brown; 30
  11. #14 Conner Jones; 30
  12. #880 Ryan Center; 30
  13. #18b Emily Day; 30
  14. #63 Josh Kurtz; 29
  15. #10 Justin Mitchell; 18
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