ARENA RACING USA
at Richmond (Va.) Coliseum
Dominion Payroll Services/First Responders 200
Friday, January 17, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (Jan. 17) — Starting from the outside pole, Travis Wall of Chesapeake, Va., took the lead on lap 3 and showed the way to his second win of the season in the 50-lap AmeriGas Top Dog race for the Pro Series, the featured event of Friday night’s Dominion Payroll Services/First Responders 200 for Arena Racing USA. Friday’s meet was the opener of a two-night stand for the series at the Richmond Coliseum, which will conclude on Saturday evening.
Longtime competitor Mike Weddell drew the pole for the start, but dropped to the rear of the field on the pace laps, ceding the pole to Camden Testerman. Wall was on Testerman’s outside flank, while Casey Sipe and Tyler Hughes made up the second row. Cody Carlton and Scott Prillaman occupied Row 3.
As the race got under way, Testerman hauled the field into Turn 1 with a slim edge over Wall. He nearly cleared Wall off Turn 4 on lap 2, but Wall charged back to his outside and nosed out front on the third circuit. Hughes tagged along with Wall and took over the second spot, while Testerman slid back to third.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 4 when Sipe spun out of a jumble off Turn 2. The second yellow flag flew on lap 8 when John Alford spun off Turn 2, just ahead of the leaders.
On the double-file restart, Wall made short work of Hughes, who also gave way to Testerman, slipping to third. Jason Manes motored to the inside of Hughes in a bid for the third spot, but couldn’t pull off a pass.
The third caution flag was unfurled on lap 10 when Alford overturned off the fourth corner.
Back under green, Wall bolted ahead of Testerman and brought Hughes along with him. Prillaman scooted past Testerman to pick up the third position. By lap 18, Wall and Hughes, running nose-to-tail, had put half a straightaway between themselves and Prillaman.
The fourth yellow flag flew on lap 25 when Carlton spun out of a pack of cars in Turn 2. To help the event along toward its completion, officials began scoring caution laps.
On the restart, at lap 29, Wall quickly cleared Hughes, who found Prillaman to his inside. The two went door-to-door for a couple laps with Hughes taking the spot on lap 31. Meanwhile, Wall had fashioned a three-length advantage.
The last of the race’s five caution flags appeared on lap 38 as debris littered the frontstretch. Setting the lineup for the dash to the checkers, Wall and Hughes were 1-2, followed by Prillaman, Testerman and Manes.
Under green for the last time, at lap 43, Wall and Hughes battled side-by-side until they reached Turn 2. Heading onto the backstretch, Wall pulled ahead. Hughes settled back into second, followed by Prillaman and Manes. In their wake, a momentary logjam in Turn 2 allowed the top four to distance themselves from the rest of the pack.
Closing in on the finish, Wall held onto the top spot, while Hughes was parked on his rear bumper, waiting for an opening. With Wall showing no signs of slipping, though, Hughes decided to force the action on the white-flag circuit.
Coming to the checkers, Hughes poked a fender underneath Wall in Turns 3 and 4. Wall was able to manufacture enough of a run off the final corner to hold Hughes at bay, though, winning by half a car-length. Hughes was second, while Prillaman, Manes and Wesley Givens rounded out the top five.
John Nickens headed the second five, in sixth. He was the final driver to complete the entire distance. Sipe, Testerman, Weddell and Carlton were shown in the seventh through 10th positions, in that order. Alford was 11th, while Francis Jarrelle III and Dystany Spurlock were 12th and 13th. Tyler Daniels qualified for the race, but was unable to make the start and was credited with 14th.
Tyler Hughes of Cordova, Md., took the lead for good on the second circuit and sailed to his second straight victory in the 50-lap Uptown Color A Main.
Hughes drew the pole for the event, sharing the front row with series points leader Scott Prillaman. The original start went awry when Hughes jumped a bit early, drawing a caution flag and a complete do-over.
On the second attempt, Prillaman got a good run off the top side of the track and nosed ahead of Hughes to lead the first lap. Hughes rallied on lap 2, though, and regained the top spot, clearing Prillaman on lap 3. Cody Carlton emerged in the third spot, followed by Camden Testerman and Travis Wall.
The last of the race’s two yellow flags flew on lap 6 when Testerman looped his machine in Turn 2. As the field bunched for a restart, Carlton opted for the outside lane, joined by Dystany Spurlock and Wesley Givens.
Back under green, Hughes quickly dispensed with Carlton, who immediately found Prillaman to his inside. Using the momentum off the high side, Carlton gained the clear-cut edge over Prillaman on lap 8. By then, however, Hughes had already driven away by almost half a straightaway.
Passing the crossed flags, Hughes enjoyed a full-straightaway advantage over Carlton, who had put some distance between himself and Prillaman, who had his hands full with Wall and Spurlock.
On lap 41, Carlton tangled briefly with a slower machine in Turn 2, allowing Prillaman, Wall and Spurlock to close in on his rear bumper.
At the finish, Hughes was the runaway winner, taking the checkers with a whopping 4.168-second margin of victory. Carlton was second, holding off Prillaman’s last-lap bid to nail down the runner-up position. Prillaman was third, followed by Wall and Spurlock. Jason Manes, Givens and Testerman were sixth through eighth, in that order, and joined the top five in advancing to the evening’s Top Dog feature. Jordan Wallace made an early exit from the race and missed out on a Top Dog starting spot.
Francis Jarrelle III of Chesterfield, Va., moved out front on lap 4 and stormed to his second straight win in the 50-lap Insurance Doctor B Main.
Casey Sipe started on the pole and paced the first three circuits. Just after a restart at lap 3, though, Jarrelle used the outside groove to generate a pass for the lead off Turn 4. Just three laps later, Jarrelle had opened a half-straightaway advantage.
As Jarrelle pulled away, John Nickens moved up to challenge Sipe for the runner-up spot. He was unable to get the better of Sipe, who regained command of the second position on lap 15. The duel, though, allowed Jarrelle to pad his lead to a full straightaway.
The third caution flag appeared on lap 16 when Lin O’Neill ground to a half against the outside wall in Turn 2.
On the restart, Jarrelle opted for the outside lane and quickly cleared Sipe, leaving the high side open for Nickens. Nickens couldn’t complete the pass, however, as Sipe held onto second.
The fourth, and final, caution flag waved on lap 26 as Tyler Daniels encountered problems in Turns 1 and 2.
Under green for the last time, Jarrelle again used the outside lane and bolted from the pack. This time, Nickens found some grip up top and tagged along with the leader, swiping second from Sipe.
By lap 39, Jarrelle had stretched his lead to half a straightaway. A brush with lapped traffic on lap 42, however, allowed Nickens to close to within two lengths.
Over the closing circuits, Jarrelle reasserted command and eased away from Nickens, winning by 0.774-second. Sipe was third, followed by John Alford and Mike Weddell. Testerman was credited with sixth and claimed the final Top Dog transfer spot. Missing out on a Top Dog opportunity were O’Neill, Connor Medeiros and Scott Allen.
The event got off to a rough spot with three caution flags before the first lap was officially in the books. The fourth and fifth caution flags quickly followed on laps 2 and 6 as the eight-car starting field was whittled down to just four.
Back under green Tyrrell and three-time winner Garrett Manes bolted from the pack, looking to settle things between themselves. At the halfway mark, Tyrrell owned a two-length advantage.
Slower traffic, in the form of Jay Seward and Autumn Weaver, came into play on lap 18 and allowed Manes to zero in on the leader’s rear bumper. On lap 21, though, Tyrrell broke into the clear and scampered away, stretching his margin to a full straightaway.
Manes tried to rally in the waning laps, but Tyrrell’s advantage was too much to overcome. At the finish, Tyrrell was the winner by 0.885-second. Manes was second, followed by Weaver and Seward. Early retirees Chase Burrow and Olivia Florian were credited with fifth and sixth, respectively, while Savannah Nickens and Aubrey Hill completed the rundown.
Travis Wall collected his second straight pole award in late afternoon Pro Series qualifying. Wall circled the tenth-mile oval in 7.862 seconds to best Cody Carlton by just 13-thousandths of a second. Rookie Jordan Wallace was third-quickest, followed by Scott Prillaman and Dystany Spurlock.
In Youth Series time trials, Garrett Manes of Powhatan, Va., clocked in at 8.456 seconds to run his unblemished pole-winning streak to five. Olivia Florian was second-fastest, 59-thousandths of a second off Manes’ pace. Chase Burrow, Mini Tyrrell and Autumn Weaver completed the top five.
JANUARY 17 RACE RESULTS from Richmond Coliseum:
PRO SERIES TOP DOG (50 laps): 1. Travis Wall; 2. Tyler Hughes; 3. Scott Prillaman; 4. Jason Manes; 5. Wesley Givens; 6. John Nickens; 7. Casey Sipe; 8. Camden Testerman; 9. Mike Weddell; 10. Cody Carlton; 11. John Alford; 12. Francis Jarrelle III; 13. Dystany Spurlock; 14. Tyler Daniels. Pole: Testerman.
PRO SERIES A MAIN (50 laps): 1. Tyler Hughes; 2. Cody Carlton; 3. Scott Prillaman; 4. Travis Wall; 5. Dystany Spurlock; 6. Jason Manes; 7. Wesley Givens; 8. Camden Testerman; 9. Jordan Wallace. Pole: Hughes.
PRO SERIES B MAIN (50 laps): 1. Francis Jarrelle III; 2. John Nickens; 3. Casey Sipe; 4. John Alford; 5. Mike Weddell; 6. Tyler Daniels; 7. Lin O’Neill; 8. Connor Medeiros; 9. Scott Allen. Pole: Sipe.
YOUTH SERIES (30 laps): 1. Mini Tyrrell; 2. Garrett Manes; 3. Autumn Weaver; 4. Jay Seward; 5. Chase Burrow; 6. Olivia Florian; 7. Savannah Nickens; 8. Aubrey Hill. Pole: Tyrrell.
NEXT EVENT: NIGHT #2 OF THE WEEKEND DOUBLEHEADER. Markel/Armed Forces 200. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Richmond Coliseum. Doors open at 6 PM; racing starts at 7 PM.
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