(Spencer Saunders returned to Langley Speedway victory lane after a couple weeks of disappointment)
HAMPTON, VA : Spencer Saunders would claim the Legends division pole award with a lap recorded at 18.124 seconds. Current championship points leader Ryan Matthews qualified in second, with Colby Flowers, Ryan Center and Chris Hayes the remainder of the top five.
Saunders would grab the lead on the start of the 25 lap feature contest. From the third spot comes Flowers to second, but a few laps later he gave it back to Matthews. Ryan Center rode in fourth as Hayes filled the fifth spot in the race order.
Earlier, during the pass for second, Saunders had built up an eight car length lead, but as the laps clicked away, Matthews had begun to reel in the leader. Halfway in the race and second place Matthews had cut the lead in half.
In the final laps of the feature, the race leader seemed to have hit the go button and began to distance himself once again from Matthews. Spencer Saunders crossed the stripe first by a margin of 0.357 seconds.
“One word, redemption!”, a victorious Saunders in victory lane. “We’ve given the last two races up, finished second and tonight I was not going to be denied. Man, what a car, we’ve had such a great car the last three times we’ve been here. Finally got it done tonight again, feels like forever since we’ve been to victory lane”.
INEX Legends Feature Results :
- Spencer Saunders (#7)
- Ryan Matthews (#51)
- Colby Flowers (#33)
- Ryan Center (#88)
- Chris Hayes (#4)
- David Steele (#27)
- Carter Wood (#17W)
Ryley Music topped the Bandoleros in qualifying with his 21.066 second lap. Music showed the field into turn one to start the 15 lap race. At the stripe after lap one it would be Music, followed by the third place starter Jacob Derrick now in second. Aaliyah Paynter also picked up a spot to third leaving Cody Bryant, Jr. back in fourth.
Just past the halfway point and the races first caution flag waved after Derrick and Paynter got together as they exited turn four.
With five circuits to go, Derrick had quickly regrouped and is able to fall in line with leader. But troubles continued for Paynter as she goes around once again to bring out the final yellow of the event.
A restart to the feature saw race leader Music hold off the advances of Derrick. But then Derrick has to race Bryant for second and that was all the race leader needed to go on to win.
“It was really fun as I sometimes say, you always learn something or you try something new. I just tried racing in the rain and it was really fun. When the rain came down it was really fun,” Music in post race winner’s circle.
INEX Bandolero Feature Results :
- Ryley Music (#47)
- Jacob Derrick (#8)
- Cody Bryant, Jr. (#00)
- Aaliyah Paynter (#14)
Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway press release