Wild INEX Legends Feature Goes To Max Smith In a wild INEX Legends National event held at the Old Dominion Speedway Sunday, Max Smith was handed the win as the two leaders collided on the final turn of the final lap to take home the win in...
Wild INEX Legends Feature Goes To Max Smith
In a wild INEX Legends National event held at the Old Dominion Speedway Sunday, Max Smith was handed the win as the two leaders collided on the final turn of the final lap to take home the win in the 50-lap event. The win marked the first time the young driver had visited victory lane at the famed 3/8-mile oval since 2000.
Qualifying was led by Cliff Daniels, who eclipsed the track record set by 2-time Legends champ Kyle Hendershott with a 17.063 lap (previous record was 17.129). The top two drivers, including Craig Goess (17.076) broke the track record on the near perfect evening for racing. Rounding out the top 5 qualifiers were Duncan Molesworth (17.196), Hendershott (17.231), and Willie Randow (17.218). Only the top 25 cars were taken from qualifying, with the remaining 5 spots determined in the last chance race, which was won by J.D.Trenary. Just to get into the top 25, drivers had to beat a lap of 17.640, which was just over a half a second behind the pole speed. One interesting note: Duncan Molesworth, the youngster out of New Jersey, actually had the fastest lap of the night. It was during the event, on lap two, he circled the 3/8-mile oval in 17.044 seconds, which actually beat the pole speed set by Daniels.
The green flew over the 30-car field, and Daniels darted out in front as the remainder of the pack battled to get into single file. Goess trailed Daniels for several laps before taking over the top spot before the halfway point. Several cautions slowed the pace in the second half of the event, keeping the cars bunched together. Smith, who had started seventh, had worked his way up to the third spot, but was never a factor for the lead. But on the white flag lap, Daniels tagged Goess in the middle of turns three and four, getting Goess and Daniels sideways. This opened up the door for Smith to slither through the grass on the inside of the track, and cross the stripe just .103 seconds ahead of Daniels for the win. Finishing third was Willie Randow, followed by C.E.Falk, and Goess.
"Good things happen to bad people," Smith spoke in victory lane. "If I start in the top ten, I will win every race I enter," he added.
Next Saturday night, the Old Dominion Speedway salutes the military with the "Salute To The USO" night. Pre-race entertainment is scheduled, including The Rob Byer Band, and tenor Daniel Rodriguez. Gates open at 12PM, practice begins at 2PM, with qualifying set for a special time of 3:30PM. Pre-race activities begin at 4:30PM. Racing action will begin with the Manassas Dodge Dash For The Cash at 7PM.