ARENA RACING USA
at Richmond (Va.) Coliseum
Markel/Armed Forces 200
Saturday, January 18, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (Jan. 18) — Cody Carlton of Chesapeake, Va., took the lead on the second circuit and blazed to his third win of the season in the 50-lap AmeriGas Top Dog race, the featured event of Saturday evening’s Markel/Armed Forces 200 for Arena Racing USA’s Pro Series at the Richmond Coliseum. The victory was Carlton’s second in Top Dog competition. His 2013-14 resume also shows one A Main win.
Due to accidents and mechanical problems in the A and B Mains, the 14-car Top Dog grid was trimmed to nine starters before the green flag fell. Also, outside pole-sitter Mike Weddell and Jordan Wallace opted to drop to the rear of the lineup as the cars rolled onto the track.
In the reconstituted lineup, Jason Manes and Carlton occupied the front row, while Francis Jarrelle III and Travis Wall made up Row 2. Scott Prillaman and Tyler Hughes were in Row 3.
As the event got going, Manes gained a slim edge over Carlton and nosed ahead to lead lap 1. Chugging along on the high side, though, Carlton rallied on lap 2 and powered out front off the fourth corner. Manes settled into second, followed by Prillaman, Hughes and Jarrelle.
By lap 5, Carlton had opened a two-length margin over Manes, who was three lengths ahead of Prillaman and Hughes’ nose-to-tail duel for third.
On lap 9, Hughes worked to the inside of Prillaman off Turn 2. He inched ahead to claim the third spot on lap 10 and cleared Prillaman on lap 11. Having secured third place, Hughes drove off in pursuit of Manes.
On lap 13, Travis Wall, second to Prillaman in the series standings coming into the event, slowed and pulled to the infield, bringing his night to a premature conclusion.
Meanwhile, back at the head of the field, Carlton’s lead had grown to a full straightaway over Manes, who had Hughes on his rear bumper. Hughes made the pass for second on lap 18, then set his sights on Carlton.
Over the remaining circuits, Hughes was unable to chip away at Carlton’s healthy margin, which stayed at a full straightaway all the way to the finish of the caution-free event.
At the checkers, Carlton was the winner by 1.881 seconds over Hughes. Manes was third, followed by Prillaman, the final driver on the lead lap. Jarrelle was fifth, followed by Casey Sipe. Wall was credited with seventh, while Weddell and Wallace were eighth and ninth.
Tyler Daniels, Dystany Spurlock, Jason Styron, Scott Allen and John Nickens were unable to take the green flag, but they each received one championship point for qualifying for the event.
Scott Prillaman of Suffolk, Va., assumed the lead on lap 32 and paced the field to his fifth win of the season in the 50-lap Uptown Color A Main. The victory was his second in an A Main, to go along with three Top Dog wins.
Rookie Jordan Wallace drew the pole for the start and led the first 12 circuits. Behind him, Cody Carlton, who started fifth, was rapidly making his way toward the front. Carlton snagged the runner-up spot from Prillaman on lap 11 and closed in on Wallace, swiping the lead on lap 13. Prillaman tagged along and took over second, followed by Tyler Hughes and Travis Wall, who advanced to third and fourth.
By lap 20, Carlton had opened a half-straightaway advantage over Prillaman, who enjoyed a similar margin over a fast-closing Hughes. As the race entered its second half, Carlton’s lead continued to grow, while Hughes pulled up on Prillaman’s rear bumper.
The complexion of the event took a big swing on lap 32 when Carlton ran up on Wallace off Turn 2. The two locked horns and Wallace spun, bringing out the only caution flag. Carlton and Wallace were both sent to the rear of the field, passing the top spot to Prillaman. Hughes, Wall, Jason Manes and John Nickens completed the top five.
Back under green, Prillaman raced door-to-door with Wall, who restarted to his outside, until they reached Turn 3. Entering the corner, Prillaman gained the clear-cut edge. With the lead secured, Prillaman pulled away by four lengths, while Wall dropped into a three-way joust with Carlton and Hughes for second.
On lap 39, Carlton and Wall tussled in Turn 2 and opened the door for Hughes, who passed both drivers to take over second. Carlton and Wall remained side-by-side until lap 41 when Carlton gained the third position off Turn 4.
Meanwhile, at the front, Prillaman was cruising, up by better than half a straightaway. In the closing laps, Hughes was able to shave a few car-lengths from Prillaman’s margin, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Prillaman sailed to the checkers. Carlton was third, followed by Wall and Nickens. Jason Styron headed the second five, in sixth, while Manes and Wallace were seventh and eighth and claimed the final Top Dog transfer spots. Camden Testerman was ninth in the final rundown.
Francis Jarrelle III of Chesterfield, Va., took over the top spot on lap 25 and rolled to his third straight victory in the 50-lap Insurance Doctor B Main.
Tyler Daniels started on the pole and led the opening lap before giving way to outside pole-sitter Mike Weddell on lap 2. Daniels slipped into second, followed by Casey Sipe and Dystany Spurlock.
The first caution flag appeared on lap 13 when Connor Medeiros got crossed up in Turn 2 while battling with Lin O’Neill. Medeiros came to a stop against the outside wall as Weddell squeezed by. Daniels and Sipe weren’t so fortunate, however, as they piled into Medeiros, sending him over on his roof. The incident eliminated Medeiros and O’Neill from the race.
After another caution flag when the ensuing restart went awry, the event resumed with Spurlock nosing ahead of Weddell to take the lead. Weddell battled back out front on lap 14 and fashioned a one-length advantage. He couldn’t shake Spurlock, however, and the fan favorite drove under the leader on lap 19. Spurlock led lap 20 before Weddell regained the position on lap 21.
On lap 24, Spurlock took another run at Weddell and slipped a fender underneath him off Turn 4. Heading into Turn 1, the two began jostling and bouncing off each other, looking to gain an edge. Instead, they tied up off Turn 2, collecting Scott Allen, to bring out the last of the race’s three caution flags. The incident sidelined Spurlock and left only four drivers on the track — Jarrelle, the new leader, Sipe, Weddell and Allen.
For the restart, Jarrelle and Sipe picked the outside lane, putting Weddell and Allen on the inside. Back under green, Jarrelle bolted from the pack quickly establishing a half-straightaway lead. Over the second half of the event, that margin continued to grow.
At the finish, Jarrelle was the winner by a straightaway over Sipe and Allen, while Weddell was fourth. Spurlock was credited with fifth to qualify for the Top Dog race, along with sixth-place Daniels. Medeiros, O’Neill and Wesley Givens were seventh through ninth, in that order.
Garrett Manes of Powhatan, Va., regained the lead on lap 5 and stormed to his fourth victory of the season in a 30-lapper for the Youth Series.
Manes drew the pole for the start, but gave way to his front-row colleague, Autumn Weaver, as the initial green flag waved. While Weaver couldn’t clear Manes, she kept a nose out front, which played in her favor when the first caution flag flew on lap 3.
Back under green, Weaver and Manes distanced themselves from the pack, which was stacking up behind third-place Aubrey Hill. On lap 5, Manes ducked underneath Weaver off Turn 2 and surged ahead as the two leaders exited Turn 4. After just a handful of circuits, Manes had opened a full-straightaway advantage.
Meanwhile, behind the two leaders, Hill was struggling to hold off Mini Tyrrell, Chase Burrow and Olivia Florian. That tussle overheated on lap 12 when Hill and Tyrrell locked horns off Turn 4 and careened into the outside wall, collecting Jay Seward, who was trailing the incident. Hill, Tyrrell and Seward were all relegated to the sidelines.
As the race resumed, Manes easily pulled away from the field. By the finish, his winning margin had swelled to half a lap. Florian was second, bypassing Weaver on lap 26. Weaver was third, followed by Burrow. Hill was credited with fifth, while Tyrrell, Seward and Savannah Nickens rounded out the rundown.
Cody Carlton clocked in at 7.892 seconds to bag his first pole of the season in late afternoon Pro Series time trials. Travis Wall was second-fastest, missing out on a weekend pole sweep by just 82-thousandths of a second. Tyler Hughes, Scott Prillaman and Jason Manes completed the top five. Sixteen drivers posted timed laps with 0.673-second separating the fastest and slowest.
By the slimmest of margins, Olivia Florian of Suffolk halted Garrett Manes’ season-opening streak of consecutive pole awards at five. Florian circled the tenth-mile oval in 8.363 seconds to best Manes by 1-thousandth of a second. Mini Tyrrell, Savannah Nickens and Aubrey Hill were third-, fourth- and fifth-quickest, respectively.
JANUARY 18 RACE RESULTS from Richmond Coliseum:
PRO SERIES TOP DOG (50 laps): 1. Cody Carlton; 2. Tyler Hughes; 3. Jason Manes; 4. Scott Prillaman; 5. Francis Jarrelle III; 6. Casey Sipe; 7. Travis Wall; 8. Mike Weddell; 9. Jordan Wallace; 10. Tyler Daniels; 11. Dystany Spurlock; 12. Jason Styron; 13. Scott Allen; 14. John Nickens. Pole: Manes.
PRO SERIES A MAIN (50 laps): 1. Scott Prillaman; 2. Tyler Hughes; 3. Cody Carlton; 4. Travis Wall; 5. John Nickens; 6. Jason Styron; 7. Jason Manes; 8. Jordan Wallace; 9. Camden Testerman. Pole: Wallace.
PRO SERIES B MAIN (50 laps): 1. Francis Jarrelle III; 2. Casey Sipe; 3. Scott Allen; 4. Mike Weddell; 5. Dystany Spurlock; 6. Tyler Daniels; 7. Connor Medeiros; 8. Lin O’Neill; 9. Wesley Givens. Pole: Daniels.
YOUTH SERIES (30 laps): 1. Garrett Manes; 2. Olivia Florian; 3. Autumn Weaver; 4. Chase Burrow; 5. Aubrey Hill; 6. Mini Tyrrell; 7. Jay Seward; 8. Savannah Nickens. Pole: Manes.
NEXT EVENT: Faith & Family Night. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Richmond Coliseum. Doors open at 6 PM; racing starts at 7 PM.
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