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Mason Bailey Earns Third Victory of 2017 at Southside Speedway in a Thrilling Late Model Finish

Midlothian, VA – The month of July & August are statistically the hottest months of the summer in the Mid-Atlantic. When it’s hot outside there is one thing you can all but guarantee around the world of short track racing and that is a slick race track and short tempers. Throw in an interesting race or two where certain drivers feel they owe something to someone and just sit back and enjoy the show.

Chris Dodson was once again the fastest qualifier in the afternoon’s very hot final practice/qualifying session. Dodson’s lap of record was set in just his fourth circuit around the flat track coming in at 15.059 (79.679 MPH) seconds. Eddie Johnson would post a lap just six-hundredths of a second slower than Dodson. Rookie Mason Bailey and Lane Janosik posted the third and fourth fastest times while Bugs Hairfield rounded out the fastest five. Dodson would pull a number four pill, handing the front row over to the two rookies.

Sixteen Late Models came to life down the front stretch when flagman Jody Adkins unfurled the green flag. Mason Bailey wasted zero time working his way around Janosik as the field rocketed out of turn two and down the backstretch. Fast qualifier, Chris Dodson, had the same idea and got around Janosik using the outside groove. The race saw its first of five cautions early on lap two after Janosik and Eddie Johnson appeared to get hooked together going into the turn. It would cause a six car pile up as Brock, Thomas, Payne, and Hairfield were all caught up in the mess.

Once the race was back under green flag conditions, Dodson picked back up on his assault on the rear bumper of Bailey. The rookie did an amazing job hold off the onslaught that Dodson was putting on. The lead would eventually change hands after the third restart of the evening. Dodson appeared to get back to the throttle just a little bit quicker than Bailey, which allowed him to stay even with the 05 machine. A small slip from Bailey the following lap in two allowed Dodson to grab the lead.

Dodson would lead the way for several laps while some amazing racing between Bugs Hairfield – who was making his way back through the field before ending his night on lap 36 – Howie Disavino, Chris Johnson, and Grayson Cullather. Just as things looked to be in the bag for Chris Dodson, who was lifting at the start finish and holding onto a two-second lead, the yellow flag was displayed for the fourth final time. Michael Sutphin was around down the backstretch.

This set up one of the most exciting finishes of the year when Chris Dodson elected to keep his position at the front of the field. Bug Hairfield decided to try his luck on the outside line while Mason Bailey lined up on the inside behind Dodson. The three would eventually end up three wide all the way down the back and into turn three. Bailey down low, Dodson in the middle and Hairfield up top. The trio almost made it all the way through the corner like that but, Dodson ended up going around in turn four and would bring out the evenings final caution. There was some talk that Chris Johnson would be sent to the rear of the field after contact was made with Dodson’s car while he was sideways. Johnson, after some deliberation between officials in the tower and on the track, was able to keep his position on the track.

For the restart, it was Mason Bailey and Chris Johnson on the first row. When the green flag was displayed Bailey was able to clear Johnson and retake the lead with less than two laps to go. Grayson Cullather, who qualified seventh and stayed pretty quiet in the top five all night, was also able to get around Johnson to take the second position. Though the top three cars were figured out at the white flag there was some hard racing behind them which caused a big pile up back in turn one once again. Sonny Allen, who has been running up towards the front all night made hard contact with the outside wall all but destroying his car. The driver was able to hop out under his own power once the race was complete.

“I think thrilling is the word for both the fans and the drivers,” Bailey said after the race. “We struggled all day with the car in practice. We are usually first or second and we stayed around fourth or fifth all day, that’s just not good for us. After getting taken out last week we had to completely disassemble this car and put it back from scratch. It’s amazing we got it back as close as we did but still has a lot of kinks to work out. It certainly had some speed it but it was hard work on that wheel.”

We asked Mason about the three wide run there into three that ultimately got him the lead and the race win and what was going through his mind

“I know we only had two wins on the season and we really needed to be at three wins,” explained Bailey. “I knew we needed to park it so that’s what we did. Just got a good restart and stayed on him [Dodson]. The three of us and I think they just got together, Chris slid up and Bugs got down and got together, I saw some daylight and went for. I’m not much of a steering wheel holder, I like to call myself a driver, so I just went in there for better or for worse and it just happened to work out. That was all luck there, that’s all that was.”

“I am just glad we came out on top. This team, my car owner Chris Phillips, CR Phillips Electrical, Commonwealth Plumbing, Damn Yankee Hot Sauce, Hernandez Construction, and so much more, they just deserve this.”

 

Austin Dodge was the winner of the 30 lap Grand Stock feature early in the evening. Dodge was the fast qualifier earlier in the afternoon but was forced to start fifth when the green flag was displayed due to the invert. Shannon Smith inherited the lead and did a fine job holding off the field till about lap ten and eventually retiring from the race with mechanical issues. That is how long it took for Dodge to make his way back up through the field. The race witnessed only two cautions and three different leaders. However, one Dodge was able to take the lead around lap nine, even the late race restart could not trip him up, Austin Dodge would take home the hardware.

 

Late Model OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #05 Mason Bailey; 40
  2. #22 Grayson Cullather; 40
  3. #24 Chris Johnson; 40
  4. #18 Brad Davis; 40
  5. #20 Sonny Allen; 40
  6. #55 Howie Disavino; 40
  7. #43 Eddie Johnson; 40
  8. #9 Alex Brock; 40
  9. #25 Michael Sutphin; 40
  10. #0 Chris Dodson; 40
  11. #26 John Crews; 40
  12. #79 Lane Janosik; 40
  13. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 36
  14. #99 Daniel Thomas; 25
  15. #19 Rusty Wood; 15
  16. #42 Mike Payne; 2

 

Grand Stock OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #07 Austin Dodge
  2. #40 Todd Ruggles
  3. #33 Dan Rogers
  4. #41 Cameron Ruggles
  5. #88 Mike Lowe
  6. #39 Tony Hull
  7. #36 Mark Simpson
  8. #21 Shannon Smith

Carlton Wins at Southside as Bad Luck Continues for Tommy Jackson, Jr.; Connor Jones Wins Third Bando Feature in a Row

Cody Carlton picks up third win, second official, at Southside Speedway July 14, 2017. (Photo: Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA – 2017 has clearly not been the year for young Poquoson native, Tommy Jackson, Jr. After wrecking his primary car at Langley Speedway’s opening night and turning around the following week to damage the second car at Southside’s opening night, Jackson and crew have been in constant rebuild mode all year. Grabbing a couple wins at Southern National and Shenandoah Speedway, Jackson looked poised to pick up another win the past two weeks but feel short.

After laying down the second fastest time of the afternoon, only second to Daniel Silvestri, who was coming off his first win in a Legends the race before, Jackson would get a little help from the invert when Daniel pulled the number two pill out of the bag. This handed the point over the Jackson and honestly almost the win. When the green flag was displayed Jackson assumed the lead quickly from Silvestri leaving him to deal with Cody Carlton for second.

Using the higher line to his advantage, Daniel was able to keep the #94 of Carlton at bay for several laps. Trouble struck for the defending race winner just as he was making the pass on Carlton out of four, though. We are pretty sure from our vantage point in the booth that there was no contact between the two before Silvestri got into the outside wall, it more so looked the young driver was trying to use every inch of the track and just got too far out. He would hit the broiler plate hard and slide all the way down the front stretch before coming to a stop in turn one. Daniel appeared to be okay after the contact as he was immediately able to exit the car, visibly upset, but okay none the less.

After a brief red flag to clean up turn one the field was let loose after taking the cone. Ryan Matthews, who has a win under his belt technically this year, was looking to go for a second on the restart but got a little too excited and went before the leaders. He eventually gave it back but, the flagman threw the yellow flag and would try it again.

The second caution of the evening would come on lap 17 of the 25-lap feature when the leader, Tommy Jackson, Jr., came to a screeching halt, in turn, one avoiding contact with the wall. We would later learn a broken shock was the culprit that took him out of the race. With two of the top running cars out of the race, and that is no dig at Carlton’s talent behind the wheel, this would hand the lead over to the Chesapeake, VA native. Taking just one lap to clear the machine of Wayne Grubb, Carlton was able to cruise to his third victory (second official) of the 2017 season at Southside Speedway.

Carlton was extremely excited in victory lane thanking God for the safe race as well as car owner John Weaver for letting him do this with such great cars.

“This car was in the wall last weekend at Langley Speedway,” Carlton said in victory lane. “We called up Mike from CMG Motorsports that night and had the car up in his shop that next day and worked on it this week to get back here. I just can’t thank them enough.”

This is the second time so far this season the #94 machine has had to have some serious front end work done to the machine but it does not keep them away from running up front.

 

Conner Jones was the fastest man in town in the INEX Bandoleros during the afternoons scorching hot qualifying. Posting a quick time of 17.207 seconds on his eighth lap around Southside Speedway averaging 69.732 MPH. Jones, however, would not be able to roll off the grid from the top spot as he was moved to the rear of the field due to Southsides two win rule. Starting shot gun on the six car field Jones had worked his way up to third by the halfway point of the race.Jones caught a huge break when race leader Layton Harrison and Cole Bruce approached the slower machine of Kenton Case. Harrison was slowed up just a little coming off turn two but was able to get around the

Jones caught a huge break when race leader Layton Harrison and Cole Bruce approached the slower machine of Kenton Case. Harrison was slowed up just a little coming off turn two but was able to get around the lapped machine much easier than Bruce, who made a huge move down low under Case’s machine. With the Bando’s being such a momentum driven division, Conner Jones was able to stay high coming out of two and get around Bruce for second. The following lap he Jones was able to pull right to the bumper of Harrison with two laps left and made the pass for the lead and collect his fourth victory in a row at Southside Speedway

 

INEX Legends OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #94 Cody Carlton; 25
  2. #4 Wayne Grubb; 25
  3. #51 Ryan Matthews; 25
  4. #00 DJ Elzey; 25
  5. #22 Carter Weedon; 25
  6. #31 Carter Wood; 25
  7. #87 Tommy Jackson, Jr.; 17
  8. #97 Daniel Silvestri; 12

 

INEX Bando OFFICIAL Results;

  1. #14 Conner Jones; 15
  2. #43 Layton Harrison; 15
  3. #31 Cole Bruce; 15
  4. #58 Eddie Slagle; 15
  5. #33 Franklin Caricofe; 15
  6. #87 Kenton Case; 13

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

Tyler Davis Takes the Checkers in Modifieds for First Win; Kyle Wood Victorious the Week Prior

Midlothian, VA – Mike Rudy barely missed the 14-second bracket running a 15.001 to get the extra pole point with one of the larger fields of Modifieds at Southside Speedway this year. Adam Medek who qualified fifth fastest benefited from a big invert on the field. Unfortunately for him, Tyler Davis took the lead from him on the first lap. There were five cautions through the race but Davis was able to handle every restart and ended up winning by over half a second with Michael Johnson who tried the high side every time the cone was put out. This was Tyler’s first win in a modified and victory lane was full of lots of hugs for the winner from family, friends and other drivers.

 

Kyle Wood’s third place finish comes on the heels a victory the week prior when he took the lead from rookie Matt Morgan on lap five. Wood qualified fourth that evening but would end up taking the green flag in the second position after a two car invert and post-qualifying penalty. Mike Rudy, who has been the fastest car week in and week out but has fallen victim to som very bad luck, looked to have the break he needed. After pulling a number two pill Rudy should have started on the outside pole. However, after being moved to the rear of the field, he would not have enough time to come through the field. In a race slowed only once, Kyle Wood was able to keep the hard charging Mike Rudy at bay and take home the victory. Mike Rudy, Tyler Davis, Michael Johnson and Lauren Edgerton would round out the top five.

Modified Results
1. Tyler Davis 30
2. Michael Johnson 30
3. Kyle Wood 30
4. Mike Rudy 30
5. Matt Morgan 30
6. Lauren Edgerton 30
7. Adam Medek 30
8. Mike Bedner 30
9. Kyle Fowler 30
10. Rip Salomone 30
11. Harvey Thomas 30
12. Chris Hoylman -18

Mason Bailey and Eddie Johnson Share Wins at Southside Speedway

Midlothian, VA – Fourteen late models took to the “Toughest Track in the South” just outside of Richmond. Twins were on the schedule since there have been some canceled races this season and they are out of makeup days. Chris Dodson found some speed and set a 14.953 second lap in practifying to grab the pole point for the night with rookie and points leader Mason Bailey missing the top time by .003 seconds. With the invert of three the second year driver, and former RotY, Grayson Cullather led the field to the green flag.

Bugs Hairfield was be the biggest mover early on moving from fourth to second by the eighth lap, just in time for the first caution of the night for Michael Suthpin spinning out. Under the caution Daniel Thomas’ engine woes continued as he pulled in nose first to end his night. Bailey decided to try the high line on the restart and it paid off for him. The next caution didn’t take long with Bugs clipping the boilerplate and spinning out on lap 14. This time Dodson tried the outside on Bailey but it doesn’t work out as Cullather is able to get by him for second place. On the final lap of the race Grayson drove really deep into the corner to get Mason out of the bottom line but Mason is able to hold on and took the checkers.

We caught up with Mason after the races. “Really thought we had a piece to put on the pole, just missed it, and knew we had a piece in race trim and we went out there and stayed patient.” Talking about his winning strategy, “I think what got us the race is we made the passes on those starts, taking the high line a lot of people are scared or what but they just don’t like that high line and I really like to take advantage of it and I think we did and we are able to get around Dodson and Cullather and that put us into the lead.”

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The invert for the second race was the same as the first which put Dodson in first. Bailey is able to slide into second by Cullather three laps in and Eddie Johnson was the next to put pressure on the 22 car. Bugs again tags the boilerplate but this time down the front stretch and a couple laps later and Lane Janosik spins around with his right rear completely destroyed. On the restart Dodson and Bailey raced side by side until it came out again, and Dodson runs Bailey up into the marbles once its already flown. On the next start Dodson this time makes contact with Bailey and he nails the plate, he tried to resume racing but was blacked flagged with something broken and dragging on the track.

On lap eight the green flag racing resumes with Eddie outside and beats him to the line on lap nine but couldn’t make it stick and fell back in line. Just six laps later and Johnson was able to get his nose to Dodson’s car and clears him out of two. Farther back and Bugs takes fourth from Chris Johnson after starting from the rear. Eddie cruised to the win in the second race and Grayson Cullather got his second top three finish on the night.

After getting through post race tech I caught up with the second race winner. “The first race all four of us were real close and we were just a teeny bit off and I knew I needed a little better grip in the middle of the corner and a little more grip off the corner so I talked to my chassis expert, my son, and we decided on a few little changes to make and we made a few little changes.” He also talked about how the 43 car takes to those changes, “This car here is still a good car and it reacts to a small change and it was just a little bit better. After ten laps I knew we were gonna be pretty good I didn’t know how good, then we got a little further in the race and I was like ya we are in good shape.”

After talking about the win I also asked Eddie about how competitive and big the field has been this year and what he thinks is setting it up, “These rules that they have here have been in place for 5-6 years, the motor rules are so easy. You run anything you want as long as its a cast iron head, cast iron block, and wet sump pan. The only thing you have to check on the motor is the carb. The motor rule has been left alone for 5 or 6 years and look what ya got, you got the best racing here of any track around, as far as weekly racing.” If you haven’t had a chance to check out the racing at Southside this year, they still have five race nights left including a 75-lap special for late models on August 4th.

Race 1 Results
1. Mason Bailey 30
2. Grayson Cullather 30
3. Chris Dodson 30
4. Eddie Johnson 30
5. Chris Johnson 30
6. Alex Brock 30
7. Matt Ashworth 30
8. Lane Janosik 30
9. Howie Disavino 30
10. Sonny Allen 30
11. John Crews III 30
12. Michael Suthpin 30
13. Bugs Hairfield -1
14. Daniel Thomas -22

Race 2 Results
1. Eddie Johnson 30
2. Chris Dodson 30
3. Grayson Cullather 30
4. Sonny Allen 30
5. Bugs Hairfield 30
6. Michael Suthpin 30
7. Howie Disavino 30
8. Alex Brock 30
9. John Crews III 30
10. Daniel Thomas 30
11. Chris Johnson -10
12. Mason Bailey -18
13. Matt Ashworth -22
14. Lane Janosik -23

Eddie Johnson Wins Late Model Feature at Southside Speedway Friday Night

Eddie Johnson enters turn one at Southside Speedway in the iconic Richard Petty No. 43 replica Late Model. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA – With no rain in the immediate forecast racing returned to the southside of Richmond this past Friday night. With more than two weeks off of racing fans and drivers alike were ready to get back at it with some good ole fashion short track racing. With the sun being out and temperatures being pretty high it slowed the field down just enough to where the top six cars were only separated by a couple hundredth of a second. Eddie Johnson laid down the fastest lap time in the final round of practice with a 15.211 to earn the pole point. Daniel Thomas, Bugs Hairfield, Mason Bailey and Alex Brock rounded out the top five starters. Johnson pulled the number three pill handing the point over to Mr. Hairfield.When it was time get going, Bugs was able to clear the number 99 machine of Thomas down the back stretch to lead lap one and pick up right where he had left off the last time the cars were on the track, at the front of the pack. Daniel Thomas seemed to be the odd man out on the outside line as Johnson was able to get around him on the bottom and eventually bringing young Mason Bailey along with him. Thomas would eventually settle into the fourth position with a hungry Alex Brock and Chris Dodson behind him.

When it was time get going, Bugs was able to clear the number 99 machine of Thomas down the backstretch to lead lap one and pick up right where he had left off the last time the cars were on the track, at the front of the pack. Daniel Thomas seemed to be the odd man out on the outside line as Johnson was able to get around him on the bottom and eventually bringing young Mason Bailey along with him. Thomas would eventually settle into the fourth position with a hungry Alex Brock and Chris Dodson behind him.Took Johnson just nine circuits to work his away around Hairfield for the lead with Mason Bailey really closing the gap. The race was slowed for the first of two cautions on the night when we look back from the leaders and see that Alex Brock and Chirs Dodson had made contact and were facing the wrong way just at the stripe. Both drivers were able to pull away and rejoin the race. However, Brock’s luck would not get any better when he was caught up in another pileup – this time involving Matt Ashworth and Disavino – down the back stretch, pinning his car into the outside wall and causing some damage. Bugs

Took Johnson just nine circuits to work his away around Hairfield for the lead with Mason Bailey really closing the gap. The race was slowed for the first of two cautions on the night when we look back from the leaders and see that Alex Brock and Chirs Dodson had made contact and were facing the wrong way just at the stripe. Both drivers were able to pull away and rejoin the race. However, Brock’s luck would not get any better when he was caught up in another pile up – this time involving Matt Ashworth and Disavino – down the back stretch, pinning his car into the outside wall and causing some damage. Bugs Hairfield was one of the many cars to bring his car to the attention of his crew during that caution period and eventually calling it quits for the night.

Once the track was clean and the cone was set it was back to green flag racing. Bailey, electing to try his luck on the outside for that start got the jump of his life; too good of a jump as a matter of fact. Before race control could do anything over the radio Bailey looked to back off the throttle and give the lead back over to Johnson. The two would make contact into one just seconds later causing the leader to get sideways. Somehow Eddie gathered the car back up and retained his position at the front of the pack.

Once things got settled down Johnson just had to manage his three car advantage over second place while drivers went to work behind him. Daniel Thomas, who posted the second-fastest time of the day had quietly spent all night in the top five and was able to lock down a third place finish. Last years Grandstock sensation and Late Model rookie, Lane Janosik, had his hands full in the closing laps running fourth working to keep Chris Dodson at bay. Once the checkers were displayed, Janosik was successful and took fourth place over the Southside legend.

The victory was Johnson’s first trip back to victory lane since winning the season finale in August of 2016. In addition, Johnson won this exact race just one year ago. The victory over Mason Bailey and Chris Dodson will surely help his efforts in the points.

 

 

Michael Chapman took the lead from Jamie Hite, who started the race from the pole position thanks to the invert, on lap nineteen of the 25-lap feature. Chapman was forced to give up his pole starting position when he drew a number four pill post qualifying. Wasting no time when the green flag was displayed, Chapman was able to make his way up to second by lap ten.Just seventeen laps it took Chapman to reel in the bumper of Hite and make his attempt at the lead. The two spent a couple laps battling hard for position and putting on a great show for the fans in the stands. By lap nineteen the lead was Chapman’s and he never looked back. Hite was able to hang onto the second position 25-laps later. Beejay Anderson would finish right where he started the race in third with Dillon Devenney and Frank Silva – the races biggest mover – rounding out the top five.

Just seventeen laps it took Chapman to reel in the bumper of Hite and make his attempt at the lead. The two spent a couple laps battling hard for position and putting on a great show for the fans in the stands. By lap nineteen the lead was Chapman’s and he never looked back. Hite was able to hang onto the second position 25-laps later. Beejay Anderson would finish right where he started the race in third with Dillon Devenney and Frank Silva – the race’s biggest mover – rounding out the top five.

 

Late Model OFFICIAL Results:

  1. #43 Eddie Johnson; 40
  2. #05 Mason Bailey; 40
  3. #99 Daniel Thomas; 40
  4. #79 Lane Janosik; 40
  5. #0 Chris Dodson; 40
  6. #22 Grayson Cullather; 40
  7. #20 Sonny Allen; 40
  8. #42 Mike Payne; 40
  9. #9 Alex Broke; 40
  10. #09 Jason Barnes; 40
  11. #25 Michael Sutphin; 40
  12. #26 John Crews III;40
  13. #89 Matt Ashworth; 39
  14. #04 Bugs Hairfield; 24
  15. #55 Howie Disavino; 24
  16. #52 Timmy Nice; 17

 

UCAR OFFICIAL Results:

  1. #87 Michael Chapman; 25
  2. #12 Jamie Hite; 25
  3. #13 Beejay Anderson; 25
  4. #51 Dillon Devenney; 25
  5. #92 Frank Silva; 25
  6. #04 Korey Lawson; 25
  7. #96 Alex Ayers; 25
  8. #1 Mike Frayser; 25
  9. #58 Hunter Waldrop; 19
  10. 10 #72 Joshua Thomas; 19
  11. #97 Richard Sisco; 19

Ryan Matthews Inherits INEX Legend Win at Southside Speedway – Conner Jones Pass on the Outside Proves to be Enough

Ryan Mathews sails into turn one during a round of practice at Southside Speedway. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Ryan Mathews sails into turn one during a round of practice at Southside Speedway. (Justin Kern/TheWeeklyRacer.com)

Midlothian, VA – Chris Lilly, who entered the weekend third in the INEX Semi-Pro National Points, qualified his machine on the pole of the nine car field with a time of 15.645 (76.694 mph) seconds. Up and coming sensation Cody Carlton was just two-hundredth’s of a second off Lilly’s speed to earn the second starting position. Lilly would eventually draw a two pill after post-qualifying inspection to invert the front row.

After four attempts to get the 25-lap feature underway, Carlton used the bottom to his advantage to get around Lilly to lead the first circuit around the tough Southside Speedway. Cody Carlton and Chris Lilly were clearly the class of the field this past Friday night. How could you tell? Just five laps into the caution filled feature, the front two had a just about a full straightaway lead over the third place car of Ryan Mathews.

Things really started to get interesting as the laps dwindled down and the caution periods picked up. The fifth caution of the night actually worked in favor of Lilly who was able to lead just one lap on the outside, beating Carlton to the line by mere inches. Carlton would rally back to the lead the following lap and again would be slowed by another yellow.

Eventually, race officials started to count yellow flag laps after Carter Wood went for his second spin in two laps in turn two. Interesting enough just four laps later, DJ Elzey and David Turner would tangle in turn four to bring out the last caution of the night and set up a Green, White Checkered finish. Carlton elected to stay on the bottom when the cone was displayed, Chris Lilly, of course, tried his luck to the outside. Carlton again was lights out on the restart and was able to be the first car to the checkered flag. Chris Lilly followed suite just a tenth of a second back, followed by Mathews, Silvestri, and Elzey.

A tired looking Carlton was excited in victory lane thanking car owner John Weaver and all the work they have done on the car after pretty much starting over after an incident at Langley Speedway weeks prior. Carlton and Lilly, however, would not make it out of the tech shed without having their first and second place finishes encumbered – pretty sure that’s a good word to bring down to the short track level. Both drivers were disqualified for failing post-race tech.

 

Conner Jones was the fastest man in town Friday night at Southside Speedway in the six car Bandolero field. Posting a lap of record at 17.164 seconds. An average of 69.907 mph around the very tight and flat speedway. By the luck of the draw, Jones was forced to start from the third position handing the pole position over to Eddie Slagle. Cole Bruce, posting the second fastest time in qualifying, lucked out and got to keep his starting position on the grid.Took just two attempts to

Took just two attempts to kick off the racing action in the Bando’s, took just one lap for Cole Bruce to get his car wound up on the outside to take the lead from Slagle. Took just two laps for pole sitter Conner Jones to get around Slagle and up to the lead. Taking the hard route around Bruce, Jones made the pass for the lead on the outside coming to lap two and never looked back.The 15-lap feature was only slowed once for a

The 15-lap feature was only slowed once for a spin, in turn four from Layton Harrison. Harrison was on the low side attempting a pass for position and looked to just get loose. He did a great job of keeping the car off the wall and other competitors and was able to rejoin the field, gaining two positions before the checkered flag waved.Jones was rock solid on the restart and was able to hold off Cole Bruce and Franklin Caricofe to earn a trip to victory lane.

Jones was rock solid on the restart and was able to hold off Cole Bruce and Franklin Caricofe to earn a trip to victory lane.

 

INEX Legends OFFICIAL Results:

  1. #51 Ryan Mathews; 25
  2. #97 Daniel Silvestri; 25
  3. #00 DJ Elzey; 25
  4. #79 David Turner; 25
  5. #31 Carter Wood; 25
  6. #27 Kevin Yeatts; 23
  7. 7 #22 Carter Weedon; 0
  8. #94 Cody Carlton; 25 – DQ
  9. #27 Chris Lilly; 25 – DQ

 

INEX Bando OFFICIAL Results:

  1. #14 Conner Jones; 15
  2. #31 Cole Bruce; 15
  3. #33 Franklin Caricofe; 15
  4. #43 Layton Harrison; 15
  5. #58 Eddie Slagle; 15
  6. #15 Logan Clark; 15
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