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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.

Chris Dodson Late Race Pass Earns Himself the Win and his Ninth Late Model Series Championship

Top three drivers and Rookie of the Year celebrate in victory lane at the conclusion of the 2018 season at Southside Speedway. Drivers from left to right: John Goin, Mason Bailey, Howie Disavino, Chris Dodson. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA – Within the last 48-hours everyone here in the Mid-Atlantic area have had their eye on the weather. To be honest with you, Mother Nature has reared her ugly head plenty of time this season.

She tired to put a damper on this evenings championship evening, however, Southside was not going to be denied even after heavy rains rolled through the area ending practice early and ultimately nixing qualifying. During the drivers meeting, the top five in points pulled pills to create the invert and Eddie Johnson lucked out and got the right to lead the field to the green. Rookie of the Year contender John Goin would start to his outside followed by Mason Bailey, Chris Dodson, and Howie Disavino.

Eddie Johnson, the veteran Late Model Stock Car driver that he is, got a great start and led the field down into turn one. Goin, however, did not get going as fast as the rest of everyone else. Mason Bailey and Chris Dodson jumped on the hiccup faster than you could blink your eye, taking the second and third positions respectively. With Eddie Johnson sporting a two-second second lead over Dodson the battle was on for positions three through seven.

While Disavino, Bailey, Martz, Davis, and Hopkins were all fighting bumper-to-bumper and even door-to-door Chris Dodson caught the race leader the hard way – under green. Dodson was able to close the two-second gap from lap eleven down to just a couple of feet with just three laps left in the 2018 season. The pass for the lead actually came in turn four after Dodson looked to use the famous bump and run technique to get by. Johnson had to chase the car up the hill and Dodson down the front stretch looking to return the favor. However, it was not enough, Dodson would go on to take the race win by about two cars lengths. The win, though not needed to win the championship, just helped solidified Dodson’s dominance at the “toughest short track in the south.”

Behind the duo, Chris Hopkins was able to take the third position followed by Brad Davis, and Justin Martz. Though John Goin rounded out the field in the eleventh spot, he was able to earn the Rookie of the Year title.

“Oh man. You deal with time and it eventually runs out you know,” an emotional Chris Dodson in victory lane to accept his trophy. “I know a lot of people don’t like me but I just put everything I ever had. This place has always been very special to me. To have the twelve-year run that we have had when I started we were terrible, Sonny Hutchen told me I would never ever amount to anything if I didn’t stop wrecking. To win nine championships and seventy-two wins its very humbling. I am so blessed to do this, I really am. My guys just work so hard, and Williamsburg Honda, I feel like I am obligated to just race so hard. I know that might step on some people’s toes. But these parents of these of these kids coming up should be really proud.”

Dodson went on to thank more of the people that helped make the season happen. He also made mention that he did not know what 2019 held for him. He did hint that he would come back and make a run for a seventh win in a row from the JM Wilkinson Memorial race that is run on opening night.

Howie Disavino, who has worked his way up from the Arena Racing USA ranks, was able to finish second in the points after a handful of poles wins throughout the season.

“The redraw just wasn’t my friend this year,” Disavino said in victory lane. “We got up there [the front of the field] a couple times but the invert hurt us.” Disavino put up one heck of a fight this year finishing between two drivers that have been behind the wheel twice as long as he has been on this earth. “Congrats to Chris [Dodson] on that ninth championship. Got to thank TORP Chassis for the fast race cars. It was great to race with Chris and Eddie.”

Mason Bailey, who had a very impressive rookie season in 2017, was able to collect at least one win this season and put up solid runs to finish third in the final points standings.

“I wake up blessed to drive these cars every day,” Bailey said. “Shout out to all my guys and all of our business partners.”

 

Late Model Stock Car OFFICIAL Results; 

  1. #0 Chris Dodson; 40
  2. #00 Eddie Johnson; 40
  3. #88 Chris Hopkins; 40
  4. #18 Brad Davis; 40
  5. #22 Justin Martz; 40
  6. #05 Mason Bailey; 40
  7. #55 Howie Disavino; 40
  8. #25 Michael Sutphin; 40
  9. #20 Sonny Allen; 40
  10. #29 Andrew Dean; 40
  11. #90 John Goin; 39

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

Chris Hopkins Pulls Double Duty and Doubles Down in both Modified’s and Late Models

Midlothian, VA – Chris Hopkins of Chesterfield Virginia also continued to have a standout season when he not only won the Late Model feature to close out the night but he was also the fast car in the nine-car modified field earlier in the afternoon as the sun was setting over the historic speedway. Hopkins’ 14.951-second (80.254 MPH) was the only one to hit under the fifteen-second, Michael Johnson, Kyle Wood, Lauren Edgerton, and Wayne McGee were the fastest five.

Hopkins wasted zero time getting the throttle down to the floor and jumping out to the front of the field setting a pace matched by no one. Hard racing for fifth place as Kyle Wood tried to make his way through the field. He would make some hefty contact with Wayne McGee out of turn two, which would bend his left rear quarter panel pretty bad. McGee was able to gather the car back up but would lose it once he got back to turns one and two bringing out the races first and only caution on lap five.

With no one else involved in the caution and no debris on the racing surface it was a quick caution period. Once back under green Hopkins retook the lead and got back to his leading ways. The restart sparked an amazing battle between long time modified series racer Lauren Edgerton and Kyle Wood. Kyle would ultimately get the position and Lauren would fall to fifth by the end of the feature.

Hopkins would again go on to lead every lap in the 30-lap feature doing some that we cannot recall being done in the modern era – leading every lap in route to victories in two different divisions. Michael Johnson, defending track champion Kyle Wood, Tyler Davis, and Lauren Edgerton rounded out the top five finishers.

 

Modified OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #17 Chris Hopkins; 30
  2. #38 Michael Johnson; 30
  3. #19 Kyle Wood; 30
  4. #00 Tyler Davis; 30
  5. #7 Lauren Edgerton; 30
  6. #9 Thomas Stinson; 30
  7. #42 Rusty Wood; 22
  8. #10 Wayne McGee; 5

Chris Hopkins Dominates Southside 75-lap Feature from the Pole; Dan Rogers Continues Grand Stock Domination

Chris Hopkins celebrates in victory lane after dominating the 75-lap feature at Southside Speedway on July 20, 2018. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA – It was pure domination Friday night in one of the longest Late Model Stock Car races of the season at Southside Speedway. Hopkins jumped out to the early lead from the start of the race and never looked back. Never having to worry about a caution Hopkins went flag-to-flag for the win.

Southside Speedway and Late Model Stock veteran Bugs Hairfield won the pole and the bonus point that comes with it earlier in the afternoon with a lap of 14.936-seconds (80.335 MPH). Howie Disavino, Chris Dodson, Eddie Johnson, and Chris Hopkins were the fastest five qualifiers. However, per the Southside rulebook, up to six cars could be inverted for the start of the feature. Hairfield was given the honor to reach into the magical bag to pull the pill – he would pull a five.

Hopkins took full advantage of the invert, as anyone would, and speed off into turn one with the lead going virtually unchallenged through the entire feature setting a rather blistering pace. Behind him, however, the wick had certainly been turned up as Hairfield attempted to work his way through the rather stout top five in hopes to get back to the lead. His efforts, though at times were amazing to watch as he battled Eddie Johnson side-by-side for a handful of laps, were only good to get him as high as second before the car went away from him and he started falling back.

Howie Disavino had yet another stand out night at the place coined the toughest short track in the south. Disavino never fell outside of the top five finding himself racing some of the best in the business when it comes to Southside. Chris Dodson – winner of the first 75-lap feature on the season – finished fourth while Bugs Hairfield rounded out the top five finishers.

Another young driver who had a rather impressive night was the No. 22 of Grayson Cullather. After spending most of the 2018 season running in the CARS Response Energy Tour, Cullather found himself back at his home track this weekend on the heels of the 10th annual Hampton Heat 200 being postponed. Cullather would start at the rear of the fourteen-car field and drove back up to sixth when the checkered flag flew.

The results for the Late Model race were still unofficial at the time we left the speedway. We were informed that results would be made official come Tuesday. The Weekly Racer will make sure to let everyone know when that happens.

Dan Rogers picked up win number six in the Grand Stocks in seven tries after starting shot fun on the field. Fans witnessed exciting racing throughout the rest of the field as everyone was not afraid to do a little rubbing and leaning on each other.

The UCAR feature, scheduled for 25-laps, was cut short after a medical emergency in the infield brought the field to the red flag with Trevor Stinson leading. Race control decided it was best to at least postpone the rest of the race to allow safety personnel plenty of time to do their work and transport the team member to a local hospital. We will also keep you updated as to what will happen to that race as they had not yet made it to halfway.

 

Late Model Stock Car UNOFFICIAL Results;

  1. #88 Chris Hopkins; 75
  2. #43 Eddie Johnson; 75
  3. #55 Howie Disavino; 75
  4. #0 Chris Dodson; 75
  5. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 75
  6. #22B Grayson Cullather; 75
  7. #05 Mason Bailey; 75
  8. #22 Justin Martz; 75
  9. #79 Lane Janosik; 75
  10. #25 Michael Sutphin; 75
  11. #24 Chris Johnson; 75
  12. #90 John Goin; 75
  13. #20 Sonny Allen; 74
  14. #18 Brad Davis; 74

Eddie Johnson Becomes Third Different Late Model Winner of 2018 at Southside

Photo: Sarah Kay Speedshots

Midlothian, VA – Kicking the race weekend off was Southside Speedway in Midlothian, Virginia. Otherwise, known as the “Toughest Short Track in the South” had Late Models, Modifieds, Grand Stocks, UCAR, Legends, and Bando’s on the schedule for their first responders night.

Chris Dodson flexed his muscles earlier in the afternoon during the final practice/qualifying for the Late Model division earning the pole position being the only driver to hit a sub fifteen-second lap – 14.991 (79.968 MPH). John Goin, Howie Disavino, Bugs Hairfield, and Sonny Allen rounded out the top five fastest qualifiers in the field of ten. However, at the end of the 40-lap feature, it was veteran Late Model racer Eddie Johnson in victory lane. Dodson would finish almost three-tenths of a second behind the leader followed by Mason Bailey, Michael Sutphin, and Lane Janosik.

Dan Rogers was the quickest of thirteen Grand Stocks who came out to compete during First Responders Night. However, because Rogers had won the two previous races, he was forced to start at the rear of the field due to a long-standing Southside Speedway rule. Rogers would fight is way back up to the front but ended up just one position short by the end of the thirty lap feature. Austin Dodge was the first to the checkered flag and picked up his first victory of the season.

Michael Johnson was able to dethrone Chris Hopkins in the Modified division after setting quick time earlier in qualifying. Hopkins, who recorded the second fastest time, was forced to start at the rear of the field after winning the first two races of the season. Hopkins was able to drive back to the second position when the checkered flag flew. Ethan Ayers took the checkered in the UCAR feature while Cody Carlton picked up the win in the INEX Legends feature. Zachary Miracle opened up the night with a win the INEX Bandolero division.

 

OFFICIAL Late Model Results;

  1. #43 Eddie Johnson; 40
  2. #0 Chris Dodson; 40
  3. #05 Mason Bailey; 40
  4. #25 Michael Sutphin; 40
  5. #79 Lane Janosik; 40
  6. #20 Sonny Allen; 40
  7. #18 Brad Davis; 40
  8. #90 John Goin; 40
  9. #24 Chris Johnson; 40
  10. #89 Matt Ashworth; 26
  11. #99 Daniel Thomas; 18
  12. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 15
  13. #55 Howie Disavino; 4
  14. #22 Justin Martz; DNS

Chris Johnson Capitalizes on Initial Start to Capture First Late Model Win of 2018 at Southside; Ethan Ayers & Ryan Paul Split UCAR Twin Bill

Chris Johnson climbs out of his Late Model in victory lane after leading every lap on April 13th at Southside Speedway.

Midlothian, VA – Howie Disavino, the 17-year-old Chesterfield native who just celebrated a birthday last week, surprised everyone when we laid down the fastest lap in qualifying earlier in the afternoon with a 14.959-second lap time. Averaging 80.139 MPH Disavino’s lap was just nine-thousandths of a second better than Southside veteran Chris Dodson. He would, however, invert the top four qualifiers handing the top spot over to sophomore driver Mason Bailey.

When Jodie Adkins displayed the green flag to the field Bailey either spun the tires or missed a gear on the start. This allowed Chris Johnson, who started on the outside pole, the opportunity to take the lead going into turn one and that was about all she wrote for the top spot. As things got settled in upfront Bailey found himself going the wrong way while Disavino mounted his charge back to the front. Chris Johnson and Disavino would check out over the field.

The 40-lap feature went caution free with some pretty action-packed racing for the third position on back. Bailey found himself under fire several times throughout the feature as he slid back to the seventh position where he ultimately finished. Veteran racers Bugs Hairfield, Eddie Johnson, and Chris Johnson ran nose to tail for several laps before Dodson got around the No. 43 for fourth.

With ten laps to go, Disavino really turned up the wick and his assault on race leader Chris Johnson. He would get into turn one just a little too hot and go into a four-wheel slide, ultimately killing any chance he would have at the win. Bugs Hairfield, Chris Dodson, and Eddie Johnson rounded out the top five.

 

Ethan Ayers was the second fastest qualifier earlier in the afternoon during qualifying. He would take the green flag in the third position after the four-car invert and found himself in the lead early. Ayers opened up more than an eight-car advantage before the first of two cautions flags flew. Dillon Devenny and Cameron Ruggles would take the cone and restart on the outside. However, Ayers was able to keep the lead and go on to win the race. Dillon Devenney, Joshua Thomas, Trevor Stinson, and Ryan Paul rounded out the top five which just happened to be how many cars were inverted for race two.

Paul, who was making just his second UCAR start due to the twins, used the invert to his advantage to jump out to an early lead. He would have to hold off Ayers just twice on restarts one coming immediately after the green and another on lap four when debris brought out the yellow.

The rear bumper cover of the No. 03 machine of Zachary Lindsey was the reason for the lap four caution and at the same time that is when we noticed the No. 72 of Joshua Thomas with a rear bumper cover falling off as well. Race officials decided that he needed to come down pit road to remove it before it fell off on the racing surface, he would ultimately battle back to an eighth-place finish.

On the ensuing restart, Ryan Paul struggled to get going and Ethan Ayers almost made him pay. The restart also allowed Michael Chapman to jump up to the third position. Paul would ultimately be able to hang onto the top spot over Ethan Ayers, Michael Chapman, Dillon Devenney, and Cameron Ruggles.

 

Late Model Stock OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #24 Chris Johnson; 40
  2. #55 Howie Disavino; 40
  3. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 40
  4. #0 Chris Dodson; 40
  5. #43 Eddie Johnson; 40
  6. #22 Justin Martz; 40
  7. #05 Mason Bailey; 40
  8. #20 Sonny Allen; 40
  9. #18 Brad Davis; 40
  10. #90 John Goin; 40
  11. #89 Matt Ashworth; 40
  12. #99 Daniel Thomas; 31
  13. #19 Kyle Wood; 27
  14. #79 Lane Janosik; 4
  15. #25 Michael Sutphin; DNS

 

UCAR Race 1 Results;

  1. #96 Ethan Ayers; 25
  2. #15 Dillon Devenney; 25
  3. #72 Joshua Thomas; 25
  4. #10 Trevor Stinson; 25
  5. #5 Ryan Paul; 25
  6. #40 Cameron Ruggles; 25
  7. #12 Jamie Hite; 25
  8. #13 Beejay Anderson; 25
  9. #03 Zachary Lindsey; 25
  10. #89 Kyle Bunn; 25
  11. #97 Robert Eroh; 24
  12. #58 Hunter Waldrop; 24
  13. #49 Robbie Roth; 24
  14. #50 Kevin Garreau; 18
  15. #22 James Gelina; 18
  16. #1 Mike Frayser; 2
  17. #28 Tommy Gildea; DNS
  18. #14 Matthew McMillion; DNS

UCAR Race 2 Results;

  1. #5 Ryan Paul; 25
  2. #96 Ethan Ayers; 25
  3. #58 Micahel Chapman; 25
  4. #15 Dillon Devenney; 25
  5. #40 Cameron Ruggles; 25
  6. #10 Trevor Stinson; 25
  7. #13 Beejay Anderson; 25
  8. #72 Joshua Thomas; 25
  9. #97 Robert Eroh; 25
  10. #03 Zachary Lindsey; 25
  11. #50 Kevin Garreau; 25
  12. #14 Aaron McMillon; 25
  13. #1 Mike Frayser; 25
  14. #22 James Gelina; 23
  15. #49 Robbie Roth; 12
  16. #12 Jamie Hite; DNS
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