Prillaman scoops up a win

Published 11:13 pm Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Suffolk’s Scott Prillaman celebrates with his trophy and the trophy presenters after his victory in the Pro Series 50-lap “A-Main” Arena Racing USA events Saturday at the Richmond Coliseum. (Bill Carr/MotorSports Photo News Service)

Scott Prillaman of Suffolk moved out front on a restart at lap 23 and sailed to his second straight win in the 50-lap “A Main” race Saturday at the Richmond Coliseum.

Cayton Hornberger drew the pole for the Arena Racing USA start, but he gave way to his front-row mate, Tyler Hughes, as the race got under way. Cody Carlton took over the second spot, while Hornberger dropped to third. Meanwhile, Prillaman and Pete Hunt were door-to-door for fourth.

The first caution flag flew on lap five, when Albert Falk overturned in the second corner. Back under green, Hughes fought off a bid by Carlton to maintain the lead.

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Nearing the halfway mark, Hughes opened a two-length advantage as Carlton scrambled to hold off Prillaman and Robbie Davis.

The last of the race’s two caution flags waved on lap 23, when Hornberger spun on the backstretch, just ahead of the leaders. Hughes slipped past, but Carlton wasn’t as fortunate. He was collected in the incident and relegated to the sidelines.

Bunching for the ensuing restart, Hughes opted for the outside lane, ceding the inside groove to Prillaman. The gamble failed to pay off for the leader, though, as Prillaman grabbed the top spot off

Turn 2.

By lap 30, Prillaman had increased his lead to half a straightaway over Hughes and Davis, who were nose-to-tail for second. That margin continued to swell through the final 20 circuits. At the finish, Prillaman was the winner by 1.325 seconds — nearly a full straightaway — over Hughes.

Davis was third, followed by Jason Styron and Troy Doggett. Francis Jarrelle III, Hornberger and Falk were sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, claiming the final Top Dog transfer spots. Hunt and Carlton were shown in ninth and 10th, in that order, while mechanical problems forced Dylan Loving to the infield during the parade laps.

Davis, of Chesapeake, won his second 50-lap “Top Dog” race on Saturday and is now tied with Hughes for the lead with 95 points. Prillaman follows at 5 points back.