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Dale McDowell Tops Rhino Ag DTWC Preliminaries

October 17th, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, OH – In preliminary action on Friday night at Portsmouth Raceway Park – competitors in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series raced in two rounds of Heat Races.

In heat one of round one, Jackie Boggs came from the fourth starting spot to take the win. In heat race number two of round one Rod Conley, like Boggs came from the fourth starting spot to get the victory. In heat three of round one it was Pittsburgher 100 winner, Josh Richards taking the lead on the first lap and leading the entire race for the win. Scott Bloomquist blasted from his sixth starting spot to win heat four. In heat five of round one Kentucky upstart Brandon Fouts led all the way for the win. Dale McDowell took the lead at the start of sixth heat and never looked back as he dominated the race for the win. Another former DTWC winner, Rick Eckert ran away with heat number seven in round one. In the eighth and final heat of round one, Nick Hoffman came from the fourth starting spot to take the lead early on as he coasted to the win.

In round two, the intensity picked up as all heat eight races were contested until the final laps. In heat one Doug Drown raced to the win. Billy Gullion won the second heat. Dale McDowell came from last to win heat three. In heat four it was Tyler Carpenter picking up the win. LOLMDS regular Tim McCreadie took the lead at the start of heat five and went on to claim the win. Gregg Satterlee took the win in the sixth heat. Earl Pearson Jr. backed up his first round performance by winning heat number seven. In the final heat of the night, Chub Frank held on for the victory.

In preliminary action, Jackie Boggs, Rod Conley, Josh Richards, Scott Bloomquist, Brandon Fouts, Dale McDowell, Rick Eckert, and Nick Hoffman won their respective first round heat races. Doug Drown, Steve Francis, Dale McDowell, Tyler Carpenter, Tim McCreadie, Gregg Satterlee, Earl Pearson Jr., and Chubb Frank won their respective second round heat races.

Rhino Ag Added to 36th Annual Dirt Track World Championship!

September 22nd, 2016

WAYCROSS, GA – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Hall of Fame event promoter, Carl Short, are pleased to welcome Rhino Agricultural Equipment (Rhino Ag) to the 36th Annual Dirt Track World Championship. The 36th Annual Rhino Ag Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by Optima Batteries will take place on October 13th-15th at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, OH. The crown jewel event will serve as the season finale for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series – featuring a 100-lap, $100,000 to win main event on Saturday, October
15th.

Rhino is a leader in the agricultural equipment industry with emphasis on tractor mounted rotary cutters and flail grass mowers, front end tractor loaders, backhoes, and hay mowers; rear blades, post hole diggers, finishing mowers, rotary tillers, boom cutters, and landscape rakes. Rhino equipment is used in agricultural, commercial, or industrial mowing applications, landscape preparation, pasture aeration, roadside maintenance, and many other farm and ranch applications. Three-point, pull-type, and semi-mount units are available. For more information, visit: www.servis-rhino.com.

With a 40-year history of technological innovation and engineering, Optima products offer unstoppable power for extreme enthusiasts and others who require “The Ultimate Power Source.” In the past decade, Optima has revolutionized the industry with the introduction of its unique Spiralcell Technology as well as developing the first digital battery charger and maintainer. Additional information can be obtained by visiting: www.optimabatteries.com.

This blockbuster weekend will get underway on Thursday night, October 13th with preliminary events for the Modified division. Action on Friday night, October 14th includes the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series with Hot Laps and two rounds of qualifying Heat Races, with the passing points total from both rounds determining Saturday night’s B-Main and Feature line-ups. On Saturday night, a driver autograph session will take place in the vendor midway area. Afterwards, consolation events for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be held, followed by the $4,000-to-win Modified main event and the Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifier Race. The top-26 drivers that did not transfer into the Dirt Track World Championship (via preliminary events) will be eligible to start the $3,000-to-win, $200-to-start, non-qualifiers race – held prior to the main event. The winner of the 30-lap, Jim Dunn Memorial has the choice of keeping their $3,000 winnings, or forfeiting their earnings to start last in the main event. The 100-lap, $100,000-to-win, Rhino Ag Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by Optima Batteries main event will cap off the weekend action.

Advance tickets are on sale now through October 4th. Advance Three-Day General Admission tickets (by October 4th) are just $50 for Adults (Ages 18 & Up); $30 for Students (Ages 12-17); $15 for Children (Ages 7-11). Advance Three-Day All Access Pit Passes are $60. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit: www.thedtwc.com or call (740) 858-6661.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Marketing Partners Include: Allstar Performance, Andy Durham Racing Engines, AR Bodies, ASi Racewear, Bad Boy Mowers, Barry Wright Race Cars, Black Diamond Chassis, Sweet-Bloomquist Race Cars, BRODIX, Clements Race Engines, COMP Cams, C&R Racing Inc., CV Products, DirtonDirt.com, Dunn-Benson Ford,
E3 Spark Plugs, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, Fast Shafts, Fast Orange, FK Rod Ends, GEICO, General Tire, Georgia Boot, Heath Lawson Photography, Hoosier Tire, Hot Rod Processing, Hot Rod Tracker, JRi Shocks, Keyser MFG, K&N Engineering, Lucas Oil Products, Lucas Oil Racing TV, Longhorn Chassis, MAVTV Motorsports Network, Midwest
Sheet Metal, Miller Welders, Öhlins Shocks, Optima Batteries, Outerwears, Performance Bodies, PFC Brakes, Pierce Race Cars, Pro Power Racing Engines, Protect The Harvest, QA1, Rocket Chassis, Simpson Race Products, Sunoco Race Fuels, Super Clean, WELD Racing, Wrisco Aluminum, 5150 Race Trailers

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series
Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nation’s premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 2016, the LOLMDS will sanction 53 events in 19 states. The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. LOLMDS events will be broadcast on four TV Networks including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and the MAVTV Motorsports Network. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at: www.LucasDirt.com.

About Lucas Oil Racing TV
The Future of Motorsports is HERE! Get Lucas Oil Racing TV and experience racing excitement like you’ve never seen! Lucas Oil Racing TV is the online app for all your favorite devices and Smart TVs. No matter where you are or when you want to watch, you can stream the best and most exciting motor racing on the planet! Lucas Oil Racing TV has all your favorite motorsports – from grass roots to international competition, as well as exclusive LIVE EVENTS and behind the scenes interviews and footage that you won’t see anywhere else! But that’s just the beginning! Lucas Oil Racing TV brings you some of motorsports greatest broadcasters and build specialists… from Dave Despain to the mechanics of Two Guys Garage, as well as all the latest news, reviews, and interviews from every genre of racing. Lucas Oil Racing TV is the Exclusive, Unlimited, 24/7 All-Access Motorsports App and it’s available NOW! For more information or to sign up, go to: www.LucasOilRacing.TV.

About MAVTV Motorsports Network
Owned and operated by Lucas Oil Products, MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive motorsports, that includes prestigious events such as the Chili Bowl, The AMA Pro Motocross series, the Lucas Oil Challenge Cup and NHRA Drag Racing. But MAVTV goes far beyond the national mainstream events and also covers multitudes of grassroots series’ from across the globe: Drag boats, sprint boats, drag racing, pro pulling, rally racing, drifting, dirt racing, ice racing and everything in between. MAVTV also knows you don’t have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that is truly second to none. If it has a motor, it’s on MAVTV…MAVTV is THE motorsports network. To learn more about MAVTV go to: www.MAVTV.com.

About Lucas Oil Products
Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy.

Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA.

In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television. Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV. More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at: www.LucasOil.com.

Bloomquist Makes History, Wins DTWC at Portsmouth Raceway Park

October 20th, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, OH – Scott Bloomquist made history on Saturday Night at Portsmouth Raceway Park, as he became the first driver to win the OPTIMA Batteries Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by NAPA Auto Parts in back-to-back years.

Bloomquist took the lead at the start of the final crown-jewel event of the season and led all 100 laps for the event-record $100,000 first place prize money. Jared Landers finished in second, followed by Don O’Neal, R.J. Conley, and Josh Richards. “It has been such a great weekend for us. The car was flawless all weekend. We won two heats last night and to come back tonight to lead all the way makes this just a special win! Thanks to Carl Short for giving us all the chance to race for this kind of money! The crowd looked enormous all weekend. Mark Martin and Lance Landers are here; they flew in just for this event. I want to say a big thanks to them for all of their support this year.”

“The track was really good all weekend; with all the cars they had it was really racy. The last 50 laps became bottom dominant, so we just had to keep our line. I probably needed a caution there to clear out lapped traffic, but it didn’t happen. I just had to follow them until I was able to get a run underneath of them.” The Dirt Track World Championship has been held every year since 1981 and no driver had won in back-to-back years until Bloomquist managed the feat this year. Bloomquist won his first DTWC back in 2005.

Bloomquist started on the pole after earning the most passing points in Friday night’s heat race action and jumped to the lead at the start of the race with Greg Johnson, O’Neal, and Landers in hot pursuit. O’Neal moved to second on lap two and held the spot until Landers stormed by him on lap four. Landers then ran in second for the remainder of the race. Landers
closed on Bloomquist in traffic late in the race, but he was never able to get alongside of him.

Bloomquist clinched second place in the final championship point standings to Jonathan Davenport with his victory. Bloomquist’s sponsors include Reece Monument Company, Mark Martin Automotive, Crop Production Services, Dyna-Gro, Hawkeye Trucking, Base Fuels, Sorbera Chiropractic, Petroff Towing, Lucas Oil, Horton Coal, Sweet Mfg., Penske Shocks, Andy Durham Racing Engines, and Randy Sweet. Landers continued his strong finish to the season by narrowly missing out on winning his second straight crown jewel event. “I wish we could start the season over. We have been running so well here at the end the season. We won Knoxville and then to run second tonight, it gives us a lot of momentum heading into next year.” Completing the top ten were Steve Francis, Darrell Lanigan, Dustin Linville, Dennis Erb Jr., and Eddie Carrier Jr.

In preliminary action, Eddie Carrier Jr., Josh Richards, Alex Ferree, Chris Brown, Scott Bloomquist, RJ Conley, Greg Johnson, and Billy Gullion won their respective first round heat races. Jimmy Owens, Darrel Lanigan, Jared Landers, Dustin Linville, Rick Eckert, Greg Johnson, Don O’Neal, and Scott Bloomquist won their respective second round heat races. Earl Pearson Jr., Darrel Lanigan, and Jackie Boggs won their respective B-Mains. Chris Ferguson won the Non-Qualifiers Race.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt, www.twitter.com/lucasdirt, and www.instagram.com/lucasdirt.

Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship!

October 7th, 2015

WAYCROSS, GA – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is set to cap off the 2015 season with one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. The 35th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by NAPA Auto Parts will take place, October 16th-17th at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, OH.

This year’s crown jewel event will pay a record-breaking, $100,000-to-win. The nation’s elite dirt late model teams are expected to battle a strong contingent of local and regional standouts at the 3/8-mile oval. Scott Bloomquist will return as the defending race winner, after he powered to his second career Dirt Track World Championship victory, in 2014. In the previous 34 Dirt Track World Championship events, 24 different drivers have gone to victory lane. Six drivers have won the prestigious event more than once, including: Freddie Smith (5), Jack Boggs (3), Billy Moyer (2), Ronnie Johnson (2), Shannon Babb (2), and Scott Bloomquist (2).

This blockbuster weekend will get underway on Thursday night, October 15th with preliminary events for the Modified division. Action on Friday night, October 16th includes the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series with Hot Laps and two rounds of qualifying Heat Races, with the passing points total from both rounds determining Saturday night’s B-Main and Feature line-ups.

On Saturday night, a driver autograph session will take place in the vendor midway area at 5:30pm. Afterwards, consolation events for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be held, followed by the $4,000-to-win Modified main event and the Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifier Race. The top-26 drivers that did not transfer into the Dirt Track World Championship (via preliminary events) will be eligible to start the $3,000-to-win, $200-to-start, non-qualifiers race – held prior to the main event. The winner of the 30-lap, Jim Dunn Memorial has the choice of keeping their $3,000 winnings, or forfeiting their earnings to start last in the main event. The 100-lap, $100,000-to-win, Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by NAPA Auto Parts main event will cap off the weekend action.

The renowned Lucas Oil Productions Studios will be on hand to capture all of the action with multiple camera angles, driver interviews, on-board cameras, and various technical segments. The event will air on MAVTV Motorsports Network and NBC Sports Network at a later date, in 2015. For more information, visit: www.thedtwc.com; www.portsraceway.com; or call (740) 585-6661.

Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, Georgia will lead two-time champion, Scott Bloomquist into the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season finale. Three-time champion, Jimmy Owens is third, followed by four-time champion, Earl Pearson Jr. Defending champion, Don O’Neal completes the top five in series standings. Sixth through eleventh are: Brandon Sheppard, Dennis Erb Jr., Steve Francis, Jared Landers, Eddie Carrier Jr., and Chris Brown.
Track Information:
Portsmouth Raceway Park
Phone Number: 740-354-3278
Tracks Promoter: Donna Rayburn
Location: 25648 State Route 73, West Portsmouth, OH 45663
Website: www.portsraceway.com

Bloomquist Dominates River Days Rumble at Portsmouth

September 8th, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, OH – Scott Bloomquist dominated all 50 laps to win the Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble at Portsmouth Raceway Park on Saturday Night. The win marks his fourth straight Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory. Jimmy Owens and 17th place-starter Jonathan Davenport completed the podium finish. Don O’Neal was fourth, followed by his Clint Bowyer teammate, Steve Francis. “The car was just superb all night long. We are back in the points chase and I hope we don’t get any more rainouts so we can settle it on the race track! If the track is anything like this for the Dirt Track World Championship next month, then the fans will be in for quite a show.”

“I don’t really know what they’ve done differently with the race track, but it was different from when we were here in July. We could all run anywhere on it. Our car handled so well tonight. We replaced the rack last night and we just tried to stay out front for the whole race. I didn’t abuse the tires too much. It was just a perfect night, and it’s hard to do that anymore with the type of competition there is in this series.”

“I want to thank Mark Martin, Lance Landers, Mike Reece, Randy Sweet, everybody at Crop Production Services, Dyna-Gro, Lucas Oil, Base Fuels, Hoosier Tires, Penske Shocks, Sorbera Chiropractic, and Horton Coal,” remarked the victor. Bloomquist took the lead at the start of the 50 lap event. He was never seriously challenged, even after several caution flags. The win was the 60th for Bloomquist in LOLMDS competition, which ranks him first all-time in wins.

Owens survived a spectacular battle for second among several drivers throughout the race. “We were all mixing it up. The fans had to enjoy that race for second. None of us had anything for Scott [Bloomquist]. Congrats to him and his team on the win. I want to thank Bryan Rowland for giving me this opportunity. Everybody on the Widow Wax team is working hard and we keep getting close to taking this car to victory lane.”

Davenport had to run his first B-main of the season and started 17th. He salvaged what could have been a disastrous night in points. “To come out of here finishing third with the way the night started, we will take it. The car was really good, but to start 17th against these guys is really tough. We learned a lot tonight, so when we come back here next month we will have some good notes. I want to thank Kevin and Lee Roy Rumley. We will just come back tomorrow and give it a good run.” Completing the top ten were Eddie Carrier Jr., Earl Pearson Jr., Steve Casebolt, Jackie Boggs, and Brandon Sheppard.

In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 31 entrants, with a lap of 14.267 seconds. Jared Landers set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 14.393 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal, Eddie Carrier Jr., and Devin Moran won their respective heat races. Jonathan Davenport won the B-Main.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt, www.twitter.com/lucasdirt, and www.instagram.com/lucasdirt

Jason Hughes Claims LOLMDS Rookie of the Year Title

October 24th, 2014

Westville, Oklahoma- The final event of the 2014 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) campaign was contested over the weekend with the 34th Annual Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, Ohio), where Jason put a wrap on the 2014 LOLMDS Rookie of the Year title in his Rowland Motorsports #12 Bloomquist/Pro Power Racing Engine Super late Model.

Jason went into battle against a loaded field of eighty-nine competitors, and via time trials he locked into the sixth starting spot on the grid for his heat race. Unfortunately, a multi-car melee in the heat race caused damage to his #12 entry that left him unable to continue. As a result he would have to start deep in a b-main on Saturday night.

Rain on Saturday would however force the program to be pushed to Sunday afternoon. In the b-main Hughes would mount a great charge to the front of the pack but finished just outside a transfer spot. This forced him to utilize a series provisional to lock into the 30th starting spot for the 100 lap, $50,000-to-win finale. Jason advanced to an eighteenth place finish in the final rundown.

With the LOLMDS campaign now complete, Jason Hughes claimed the Dunn-Benson Ford Rookie of the Year title and finished tenth in the overall series’ standings. Full results from the event as well as the final series standings are available at www.LucasDirt.com .

“I want to thank Rowland Motorsports and all of my sponsors for helping me achieve my goal of claiming the rookie title this year,” said Hughes. “It was definitely a tough challenge, but I had a lot of great help along the way, and I can’t thank everyone enough for making this possible.”

While Hughes’ year in the Super Late Model ranks may be complete he still has a full schedule in front of him in his #12 West Siloam Pawn/Hughes Race Car/Mullins Racing Engine Open Wheel Modified. This weekend, October 23rd-25th he will go into battle at one of his favorite tracks, Salina Highbanks Speedway (Salina, Oklahoma) in the 2nd Annual Sooner Showdown. Thursday pays $1,500-to-win, while Friday is $2,000-to-win and Saturday is $2,500. If a driver can sweep the weekend he or she will receive a $4,000 bonus. More information on the event is available at www.SalinaHighbanksSpeedway.com .

Jason Hughes would like to thank his sponsors including Road Runner Trucking, Road Runner Crane, AFCO Brakes, West Siloam Pawn, Gressel Racing, Hughes Racing Chassis, Road Runner Trucking, LLC, Mullins Race Engines, JRI Shocks, Hanson Tire Service, Braka Operating, Sunoco Race Fuels, Mert’s Truck Center, SAEF Custom Finishing, Wheeler Metals Rainbow Graphics, Hooker Harness, Quarter Master, Beyea Custom Headers, Ultra-Shield Race Products, MB Machine & Tool, T&D Machine Products, Callies, Quick Car Racing Products, Dan Olson Racing Products, FSR Radiators & Racing Products, Tiger Rear Ends, Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil, Sweet Mfg, Real Racing Wheels, Rod End Supply, and MSRMafia.com Marketing Services.

For more information on Jason Hughes, please visit www.JasonHughes12.com http://www.jasonhughes12.com/.

Scott Bloomquist Victorious in Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship

October 20th, 2014

PORTSMOUTH, OH – Scott Bloomquist led the final 39 laps to win his second career Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship -Presented by NAPA Auto Parts. Bloomquist entered his 27th DTWC event winning the race back in 2005 for the first time. Bloomquist earned $50,000 for the victory in his Ole Smoky Moonshine, Hawkeye Trucking, Durham Racing Engines, Sweet-Bloomquist entry. The event concluded the 2014 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season, after being moved back to Sunday at Portsmouth Raceway Park due to rain on Saturday.

Eddie Carrier Jr. finished second, followed by Jimmy Owens, Don O’Neal, and Jason Feger. Don O’Neal with his fourth place finish clinched the 2014 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Championship. O’Neal finished 65 points ahead of Owens in the final tally to capture his first series title after three runner-up finishes.

“The race track turned out a whole lot better than most people were thinking it was going to be. They came out and re-worked it for a good hour. It was really racy for all 100 laps, and worth all of that effort by the track crews. We have been on a roll over the last month. I hate to see the season coming to end because we are running so well,” said Bloomquist, who started fourth. Bloomquist was the fourth different leader of the race after a torrid battle for the lead with Jimmy Owens. He cleared Owens for the final time on lap 61, and maintained his blistering pace, right to the end.

“Everything is working well with the car. If we had not had some back luck while leading a lot of these Lucas Oil races, we would have been right there battling with Don and Jimmy tonight for the championship. I want to thank Ole Smoky Moonshine for coming on board this season; hopefully they will be back next year. I want to than Bob and Barb Miller with Hawkeye Trucking; they have been with me a long time. Thanks to everybody at Penske Shocks, Base Fuels, and Lucas Oil Products. A big thanks to the fans for coming out this weekend. We enjoy running in front of these large crowds, and it’s great to win another one of these crown jewel events. They are so tough to win anymore”, stated Bloomquist.

Carrier charged to the second spot on lap 95, but he could not close the gap on the front-running Bloomquist towards the end. “I don’t think even a caution would have given us a chance to beat him [Bloomquist], but it would have been interesting to say the least. I would have liked to have had a shot at Scott. He has just been unbeatable lately. We started the year off pretty good, but had some challenges along the way. It has been a great season though, especially with winning the North/South 100. We are learning week-to-week with these Rocket cars and we feel we can come back next year and compete for a championship,” said the driver of the Optima Batteries, Carl Grover Motorsports -Ford.

Jimmy Owens finished third to cap off the 2014 season on the tour.”Congratulations to Don O’Neal! Those guys had a really good season. This is the same car we flipped at Knoxville a few weeks ago. The crew worked their tails off this week to get it ready,” commented Owens in Lucas Oil Victory lane. “We were going for the win, and however the points fell that’s the way it was meant to be. We have a good season with this Club 29 car, we learned a lot, took a lot of notes, and we look forward to coming back next year to get the title back.”

Completing the top ten were Billy Moyer, Dennis Erb, Jr., Dale McDowell, Steve Francis, and Tim McCreadie.

In preliminary action, RJ Conley set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 89 entrants, with a lap of 14.706 seconds. Jason Feger set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.015 seconds. Jonathan Davenport, Billy Moyer, Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens and Eddie Carrier Jr. won their respective heat races. Earl Pearson Jr., Brandon Overton, and Dustin Linville won their respective B-Mains. Scott James won the Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers Race.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/lucasdirt.

Carrier and Moyer on Front Row of Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship

October 23rd, 2014

PORTSMOUTH, OH – Eddie Carrier Jr. and Billy Moyer will start from the front row of Saturday Night’s 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship-presented by NAPA Auto Parts at Portsmouth Raceway Park. The six heat race winners re-drew for the first three rows of the $50,000-to-win Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned event.

Jonathan Davenport captured the first heat race on Friday Night. After a torrid battle with R.J. Conley, Jimmy Mars and Earl Pearson Jr.; Davenport bolted to the lead and the eventual win. Gregg Satterlee came from the sixth starting spot to finish second. Miller Welders Fast Qualifier, R.J. Conley grabbed the final transfer spot finishing third.

Former DTWC winner, Billy Moyer, out-dueled pole-sitter Jackie Boggs early in the second heat race and stormed away from the field to win the second heat race. Boggs and Mason Zeigler got together down the back straightaway, forcing Boggs out of a transfer spot. Zeigler finished second, with 10th starting Rod Conley, charging to third to claim the final transfer position.

Scott Bloomquist, the hottest driver in Dirt Late Model Racing, blistered the field in heat number three in leading all 20 laps. Teammates Josh Richards and defending DTWC winner, Brandon Sheppard finished second and third to transfer into Saturday’s main event.

Current Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series point leader, Don O’Neal roared from his seventh starting spot to claim heat number four. O’Neal used the outside line to sweep by the field to take over the lead. Jason Feger held off Frank Heckenast Jr. for the second finishing positioning to transfer to the DTWC. Heckenast finished third for the final transfer position.

Jimmy Owens, who started on the outside front row led all the way in heat five to take the win. John Blankenship tried to challenge Owens after several restarts, but settled for the runner-up spot. Doug Drown nabbed the third and final spot to put another home state driver in the show.

The sixth and final heat race of the night went to 2014 Sunoco North-South 100 winner, Eddie Carrier Jr. Carrier held off a late-race charge from Steve Casebolt to take the victory. Seventy-two year-old veteran Delmas Conley joined his two sons in the DTWC line-up as he grabbed the third and final transfer spot.

In preliminary action, RJ Conley set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group A) amongst the 89 entrants, with a lap of 14.706 seconds. Jason Feger set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.015 seconds. Jonathan Davenport, Billy Moyer, Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens and Eddie Carrier Jr. won their respective heat races.

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Documentary Show Mega Speed to Film Episode at Portsmouth Raceway Park This Weekend

October 22nd, 2014

WAYCROSS, GA – This weekend’s Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by NAPA Auto Parts will be the site of a special documentary episode – to be filmed to air on TV in the near future. The Documentary show “Mega Speed” is a high adrenaline one-hour magazine show focusing on fast vehicles and the people that race them. The TV crew from Mega Speed will be following the top three Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series drivers, Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens and Scott Bloomquist. The Mega Speed crew will focus on the behind the scenes action of these three drivers and profiling the different personalities of each driver and their preparation for the DTWC at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, OH this weekend.

The popularity of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series continues to increase to main stream media and gains TV coverage on CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, MAVTV American Real Network and now the Discovery Channel, bringing the premier national touring series for dirt late models to fans all over the world. This documentary about the top three drivers will bring additional exposure to the series and drivers to an even larger audience as Mega Speed covers the drivers of the LOLMDS and the Dirt Track World Championship this weekend.

Mega Speed is produced by Exploration Production Inc. in Toronto Canada for Discovery Canada and broadcasters worldwide. To view a promo video about the TV Show Mega Speed visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20A8AhKB8ug&feature=youtu.be.

“We are thrilled to have the crew from the TV show Mega Speed attend our event this weekend and put together a documentary about our drivers and their machines they drive. The series and drivers will all benefit from the additional coverage they will receive this weekend from the Mega Speed crew. We look forward to working with everyone at Mega Speed and watching this episode once it airs”, stated Ritchie Lewis, Director, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Activities for the 34th Annual Optima Batteries Dirt Track World Championship – Presented by NAPA Auto Parts will get underway on Thursday, October 16th with Modified Qualifying, Heat Races and Consolation races. On Friday, October 17th the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will take to the track for Hot-Laps, Miller Welders Time Trials and Heat Races. Also on Friday night there will be a Non-Qualifiers race for the Modifieds. Then on Saturday, October 18th the schedule will include the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series B-Mains, the Modified Feature event, the $3,000 to Win Jim Dunn Memorial Non-Qualifiers Race-Presented by DirtonDirt.com and the
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To purchase tickets for this weekends event visit www.dirttrackworldchampionship.net/tickets.htm or call 740-858-6661. To learn more about the event go to www.dirttrackworldchampionship.net or visit the track website at www.portsraceway.com. If you have any questions, contact the DTWC office at (740) 858-6661 or you can email Carl Short at carlshort2007@gmail.com or call at (865) 945-3423 or (865) 712-9303.

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About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nations’ premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. In 2014 the LOLMDS will sanctions 47 events in 19 states. The series is owned by the parent company Lucas Oil Products Inc. and receives national exposure through a TV package filmed, produced and edited by Lucas Oil Production Studios. LOLMDS events will be broadcasted on four TV Networks in 2014 including CBS, NBC Sports, CBS Sports Network and MAVTV American Real Network.For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series visit the official website at www.Lucasdirt.com.

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MAVTV was founded in 2002 by four former Showtime Networks executives and was originally geared towards a male dominated audience. In 2011, Lucas Oil Products, an automotive lubricant manufacturer with a history in television production, purchased MAVTV. Lucas Oil was eager to employ the same growth strategies to transform MAVTV into a premier cable network that it employed to grow the lubricants business. MAVTV aims to become a broader scoped network, geared towards the modern American family. Lucas Oil is investing in programming, an updated on-air look, and increased production quality, all to add more value to the viewer experience. MAVTV is an acronym that stands for Movies, Action and Variety. MAVTV brings you plenty of never-before-seen high definition exclusives, including Comedy, Movies, Action Sports, Adventure and More, all in fantastic HD detail. MAVTV is no ordinary television network. It’s a 24/7, high-definition entertainment extravaganza, featuring everything from blockbuster films, high octane motorsports, MMA fighting, gaming, gut busting comedy, original reality shows and scripted dramas. Learn more about MAVTV American Real go to www.mavtv.com.

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Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes, problem-solving additives, and car-care products. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil has established itself as a worldwide leader in the lubrication industry. Motorsports has always been part of the Lucas Oil culture and the cornerstone of the company’s marketing strategy. Such passion for motorsports has inspired Lucas Oil to sponsor many race teams, events and series at all levels, including, NHRA, IRL, ASCS, NASCAR, IHRA and many more. Lucas Oil has also taken ownership and operational control of a number of high profile racing properties, such as: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series, Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series, Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO. and the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway in Blythe, CA. In 2007 Lucas Oil founded its own production house, Lucas Oil Production Studios, dedicated to producing high action motorsports television. Currently Lucas Oil Production Studios produces over 300 hours of original programming for networks such as CBS, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and MAVTV. More information about Lucas Oil Products, Inc. visit the company website at www.lucasoil.com.

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Jackie Boggs Blasts to Lucas Oil Victory on Saturday Night at Portsmouth Raceway Park

September 1st, 2014

PORTSMOUTH, OH- Jackie Boggs blasted from third to first on a late restart and went on to win the Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble on Saturday Night at Portsmouth Raceway Park. Scott Bloomquist was in control of the race before a caution with 40 laps complete, setting up a thrilling finish in the Lucas Oil LateModel Dirt Series-sanctioned event.

Bloomquist had the dominant car from the start of the event, then over the last ten laps he developed fuel-pressure issues. He gave up the lead to Boggs on lap 43. Boggs brought the huge crowd to its feet with his high-side pass of Bloomquist as he pulled away for his third career LOLMDS victory. Steve Francis finished second for the third consecutive time in LOLMDS competition. Jared Landers finished third, followed by Eddie Carrier Jr., and Bloomquist, who faded to fifth at the finish.

“This car was just a frame on Monday morning, we worked all-week on this new Swartz car and I will tell you, this thing is fast,” said the winner, afterwards. “I think the paint just dried on the car today,” Boggs excitedly said. “We had gone so long without a caution. I was just content to hang on for third. But then the caution came out with ten to go and I thought well maybe we had another chance at Bloomquist.”

“I am not sure what happened to him [Bloomquist], but Steve [Francis] and I stayed right with him. His car was either not running right or it had a tire going down, not sure, but we went to the top and drove around him. It’s great win for our team, and I see from the crowd reaction, they liked it too. I can’t wait until the Dirt Track World Championship Race here in October. We had a real good car here last year and nearly won it… I think this car is better. I want to thank Audie Swartz, Kenny Hemman Racing Engines, McCoy Brothers Logging, Samuel Coal, Brown Medical, Matney’s Truck and Trailer, The Weld Shop and BPM Performance.”

Francis, who continues his late-season surge, backed up his runner-up finishes at Lawrenceburg and Attica at one of his favorite venues tonight. “We had another solid finish tonight for the Clint Bowyer Racing Team. If I could have gotten by Scott sooner, I might have had a chance at Jackie, but he was gone by the time I cleared Scott. I have to thank Georgia Boot, Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil, Barry Wright Race Cars, and all of my crew. We are going to get back to victory lane here soon.”

Landers rallied to a third-place finish in the last few laps. “We had a good car all night. I really liked that cushion up top. We keep digging here and we are going to get a win. I have to thank Crop Production Services, Bad Boy Mowers, Mark Martin Automotive, and Big Dog Motorsports.”

Completing the top ten were John Blankenship, Don O’Neal, Jimmy Owens, Brian Birkhofer, and Earl Pearson Jr.

In preliminary action, Jackie Boggs set the overall Miller Welders Fast Time (Group B) amongst the 34 entrants, with a lap of 14.394 seconds. Earl Pearson Jr. set the fastest time in Group A with a time of 14.427 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Steve Francis, Jackie Boggs, and Jimmy Owens won their respective heat races. Chris Combs and Don O’Neal won their respective B-Mains.

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Brandon Sheppard Shocks the Field and Wins the Dirt Track World Championship

October 21st, 2013

PORTSMOUTH, OH – Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, IL captured the biggest race of his young career winning the 33rd Annual RED BUCK Dirt Track World Championship at Portsmouth Raceway Park on Saturday Night. Sheppard at age 20 became the youngest driver in the history of the DTWC to win the crown jewel event. Sheppard earned $50,000 as he became the 24th different driver to win the DTWC and captured his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory.

Sheppard piloting the #1 Mark Richards Racing, Rocket House Car charged through the field from his seventh starting position using the very top groove to pass Scott Bloomquist for the lead on lap 43. Sheppard would motor away from the field after each restart through the middle stages of the race fending off challenges from several seasoned veterans en route to his victory in front of a capacity crowd. Steve Francis of Ashland, KY advanced from his 15th starting position to finish second at the checkers and clinching second place in the final LOLMDS Championship Points Standings. Jackie Boggs of Grayson, KY took home third followed by 14th starting Jason Feger of Bloomington, IL. Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN rounded out the top five. With his fifth place finish Owens was crowned the 2013 Lucas Oil late Model Dirt Series National Champion for the third year in a row.

Sheppard, who was subbing for Josh Richards in the Rocket Chassis House car this weekend, was stunned with his accomplishment in victory lane. “It hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Sheppard in victory lane. “To come here in this car and win this race is just unbelievable, we had a great weekend, we set fast time last night, and almost won our heat race, but to come from seventh tonight and win was just unbelievable. And to beat the caliber of drivers in this field and the history of this event is just awesome. We’ve really had such a good year with our own Rocket car as well and I have to thank my dad and grandpa for all of their help this season. I also want to thank all the sponsors on the number one car, Valvoline, Seubert Calf Ranches, Ernie D’s, Ace Metal Works, Sunoco Race Fuel and Roush-Yates Engines’, stated Sheppard.

Francis driving the #15 Clint Bowyer Racing, Georgia Boot entry grabbed the second spot on lap 79 from Boggs. But over the final 21 laps of the race Francis could not catch Sheppard. “Congrats to those guys on the win, Brandon and Mark they did a great job all weekend. I thought maybe I had enough to chase him down at the end, but we finished the year strong and got second in the Lucas Oil points. We had a good battle all season with Jimmy (Owens) and congrats to him and his team on their championship. We’ll be back next year with Clint Bowyer Racing and Georgia Boot to try and win this championship again”, stated Francis.

Jackie Boggs, whose hall of fame father was the late Jack Boggs, won the DTWC three times in his career. Jackie was in the hunt for his first DTWC win over the last half of the race, but came up just short in finishing a solid third place. “The nose of our car was digging in the track at times and I couldn’t get off the corners like I wanted to. But we had a real good set-up for the feature and was hoping all the laps I’ve ran here would pay off with a win. To run third with these guys is still great”, stated Boggs, driver of the #4B with sponsorship from Quick Response Environmental and Industrial Services and Swartz Race Cars.

Completing the top ten were Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN; Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR; Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL; Eric Wells of Hazard, KY, and Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV.

In preliminary action, Brandon Sheppard set the overall time (Group A) amongst the ­79 entrants, with a lap of 14.575 seconds. Jackie Boggs set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 14.755 seconds. Earl Pearson, Jr., Steve Shaver, Eric Wells, Jackie Boggs, Scott Bloomquist and Billy Moyer won their respective heat races.

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Moyer the Man in Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble at Portsmouth

September 2nd, 2013

PORTSMOUTH, OH – It has been several years since Hall-of-Famer Billy Moyer last visited Portsmouth Raceway Park. After Saturday night, he can put his name in the hat as a contender for the Dirt Track World Championship at PRP in October. He led all the way as he captured the Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Moyer collected $15,000 for his win tonight.

Moyer’s second LOLMDS win of the season came before a packed house despite threating weather all night. Jimmy Owens; the current LOLMDS point’s leader; finished second, followed by 12th starting Dennis Erb Jr., 18thstarting Scott Bloomquist and Jason Feger.

“You have to give a big thanks to the track and Lucas Oil crew for getting this race in! They had some heavy rain this morning. The track was great all night and it had three grooves. To beat the rain, you have to take your hats off to everyone involved! We have not run here for several years, and I would say it was probably back in the GVS days that I was here. I certainly hope to be back here in October, going for that $50,000!”

The 55-year-old Moyer received pressure from Owens for several laps in the first half of the race. Despite a string of caution flags, Moyer was able to hold an advantage over Owens for the last half of the race. “To beat that 20 car says a
lot! He has been on a roll lately! I want to thank all of my sponsors including Henderson Motorsports, Banner Valley Hauling, L&D Trucking, Midwest Sheet Metal, and Clements Racing Engines.” Moyer’s win was the 773rd of his illustrious career and came in his own Moyer Victory Circle ride.

Owens; in the Mike Reece, Reece Monument Company, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford; lengthened his points lead over Francis with his second place finish. “Well everybody knows Billy Moyer is one of the all-time greats, even with the caution flags that kept us bunched up, I had nothing for him! Congratulations to him and his crew, they deserved the win!”

Erb made a late-race rally to pass Bloomquist late in the race to nail down the third spot; his best ever finish at PRP. “Our car was really good at the end, we started passing cars in the last 15 or so laps! I just wish the race would have
been 75 laps, we might have had something for Billy and Jimmy! This is the best finish we have ever had here, and we look forward to coming back here in October for the DTWC,” said the driver of the JL Scrap Metals, Bloomquist Race Cars Chevrolet.

Completing the top ten were Steve Francis, Doug Drown, Rod Conley, Steve Shaver and Billy Moyer Jr. In preliminary action, Jackie Boggs set the overall RED BUCK Fast time (Group A) amongst the 37 entrants, with a lap of 14.801 seconds. Mike Marlar set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.007 seconds. Doug Drown, Josh McGuire, Billy Moyer, and Jimmy Owens won their respective heat races. Zack Dohm and Scott Bloomquist won their respective B-Mains.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will continue its Labor Day Weekend triple-header on Sunday, September 1st, with the Hillbilly Hundred at I-77 Raceway Park in Ripley, WV. The Hillbilly Hundred is also part of the ASi Crown Jewel Cup presented by DirtonDirt.com. For more information, please log on to www.racei77.com.

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Moyer the Man in Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble at Portsmouth

September 1st, 2013

PORTSMOUTH, OH – It has been several years since Hall-of-Famer Billy Moyer last visited Portsmouth Raceway Park. After Saturday night, he can put his name in the hat as a contender for the Dirt Track World Championship at PRP in October. He led all the way as he captured the Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Moyer collected $15,000 for his win tonight.

Moyer’s second LOLMDS win of the season came before a packed house despite threating weather all night. Jimmy Owens; the current LOLMDS point’s leader; finished second, followed by 12th starting Dennis Erb Jr., 18thstarting Scott Bloomquist and Jason Feger.

“You have to give a big thanks to the track and Lucas Oil crew for getting this race in! They had some heavy rain this morning. The track was great all night and it had three grooves. To beat the rain, you have to take your hats off to everyone involved! We have not run here for several years, and I would say it was probably back in the GVS days that I was here. I certainly hope to be back here in October, going for that $50,000!”

The 55-year-old Moyer received pressure from Owens for several laps in the first half of the race. Despite a string of caution flags, Moyer was able to hold an advantage over Owens for the last half of the race. “To beat that 20 car says a
lot! He has been on a roll lately! I want to thank all of my sponsors including Henderson Motorsports, Banner Valley Hauling, L&D Trucking, Midwest Sheet Metal, and Clements Racing Engines.” Moyer’s win was the 773rd of his illustrious career and came in his own Moyer Victory Circle ride.

Owens; in the Mike Reece, Reece Monument Company, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford; lengthened his points lead over Francis with his second place finish. “Well everybody knows Billy Moyer is one of the all-time greats, even with the caution flags that kept us bunched up, I had nothing for him! Congratulations to him and his crew, they deserved the win!”

Erb made a late-race rally to pass Bloomquist late in the race to nail down the third spot; his best ever finish at PRP. “Our car was really good at the end, we started passing cars in the last 15 or so laps! I just wish the race would have
been 75 laps, we might have had something for Billy and Jimmy! This is the best finish we have ever had here, and we look forward to coming back here in October for the DTWC,” said the driver of the JL Scrap Metals, Bloomquist Race Cars Chevrolet.

Completing the top ten were Steve Francis, Doug Drown, Rod Conley, Steve Shaver and Billy Moyer Jr.

In preliminary action, Jackie Boggs set the overall RED BUCK Fast time (Group A) amongst the 37 entrants, with a lap of 14.801 seconds. Mike Marlar set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.007 seconds. Doug Drown, Josh McGuire, Billy Moyer, and Jimmy Owens won their respective heat races. Zack Dohm and Scott Bloomquist won their respective B-Mains.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will continue its Labor Day Weekend triple-header on Sunday, September 1st, with the Hillbilly Hundred at I-77 Raceway Park in Ripley, WV. The Hillbilly Hundred is also part of the ASi Crown Jewel Cup presented by DirtonDirt.com. For more information, please log on to www.racei77.com.

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Jimmy Owens Completes Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Season in Winning Style

October 21st, 2012

PORTSMOUTH, OH – Jimmy Owens put an exclamation point on the final race of the season for the series by winning the $50,000 to win 32nd Red Buck Dirt Track World Championship presented by Borrowed Blue on Saturday Night at Portsmouth
(OH) Raceway Park. Owens came into the crown jewel event already having clinched the 2012 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series title.

Owens took the lead on lap two from defending DTWC winner, Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN and led the rest of the way to become the 23rd different driver to capture one of the sport’s most prestigious events. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN came home second, followed by O’Neal, Josh Richards of Shinnston, WV, and local driver Ben Adkins of West Portsmouth, OH.

“I don’t know what to say, putting my name on that trophy with all the great drivers that have won this race, means a lot to me and my crew. I have to thank my car owner, Mike Reece, we got together in 2007 and it’s been a tremendous relationship since,” said the 40-year-old. “I have to thank my crew we went with the right tire choice, the Cornett Engine ran strong and our goal was to win this race one day and we got it done.”

O’Neal, who was looking to become the first back-to-back winner of the race, charged to the lead at the start. O’Neal’s stay at the top was short-lived as Owens, got by O’Neal him on lap 2. O’Neal continued in the second position behind Owens until lap 13 when Bloomquist wrestled the position away from him.

Owens’ seventh Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory of the year came aboard the Reece Monument Company, Gantte Appraisals, Red Line Oil, Midwest Sheet Metal, Sunoco Race Fuels, C&C Trucking, Hoosier Tires, Keyser, and Ohlins sponsored Bloomquist Race Cars Ford.

Owens led the field through heavy traffic on several occasions, but timely cautions allowed a clear track in front of him on the restarts. Bloomquist tried to track down Owens in the final laps, but could never get closer than two car lengths.

“Jimmy ran a good race, congrats to him. Don has had a great year as well, it just tells you the strength of this series,” said Bloomquist a 2-time series champion. “We went with a harder left rear tire than anybody, but we just couldn’t get up to challenge Jimmy.”

O’Neal caught Owens and Bloomquist in the late stages of the race, but settled for third. “Jimmy did a great job, I thought maybe I could get by Scott, but neither one of them slipped out of the groove, our car was just too loose, but we finished the season strong.”

Completing the ten were Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL; 24th starting, Steve Francis of Ashland, KY; R.J. Conley of Wheelersburg, OH; Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt Rock, WV; and Mike Marlar of Winfield, TN. In preliminary action, Scott Bloomquist set the RedBuck Fast Time amongst the 94 entrants, with a lap of 14.735 seconds. Jimmy Owens set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.342 seconds. Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal, Dale McDowell, Jimmy Owens, RJ Conley, and Chub Frank won their respective Heat Races. Mike Marlar, Jackie Boggs, and Delmas Conley won their respective B-Mains.

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Boggs Brilliant in Pepsi River Days Rumble Win at Portsmouth

September 3rd, 2012

PORTSMOUTH, OH – Jackie Boggs of Grayson, KY led all the way as he went on to win the Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble on Saturday Night at Portsmouth Raceway Park. For Boggs, it was his second career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win as he beat Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN and 17th starting John Blankenship of Williamson, WV to the finish line. He scored $10,000 for the victory.

Boggs was virtually unchallenged the entire distance as he thrilled his home-track fans with the victory in the annual event. The win was Boggs’ sixth this year at PRP, where he is a two-time track champion.

“Not bad for a car that has parts about ten years old on it,” said the second-generation driver, “we should have won last night, but didn’t, but I would have much rather won this one,” said Boggs who was leading Friday Night’s $7,000 to win event until he lost a wheel.

“The car was fast and to beat Scott (Bloomquist), I don’t know what to say, he and my dad (the late Jack Boggs) wouldn’t tell each other the truth on race set-ups, but I have shared info with him and I beat him tonight. It feels great,” said the 43-year-old racer whose lone career LOLMDS came in 2005 at Charlotte, NC.

“Oh I remember that win at Charlotte, that was special for me, but to win here tonight in front of my fans and to beat the guys that we beat tonight, it’s just a compliment for my team, and what happened here a few years ago with the bad wreck, and now to come back and win this race, it’s special.”

“I have to thank all my sponsors, of course Swartz Race Cars, Trick Shot, Miller Brothers Construction, The Weld Shop, McDonald’s, and CMW Racing.” Boggs’ winning car is powered by a Jay Dickens Racing Engine. Boggs was challenged early on by Doug Drown and then Jonathan Davenport. Davenport moved into third after starting eighth on lap five and was able to stay close to Boggs on restarts, but Boggs managed to get away each time.

Davenport and 14th starting, Steve Francis of Ashland, KY battled side-by-side for several laps until Francis slowed and headed to the pit area on lap 34. Bloomquist then picked up the challenge for second, finally overhauling Davenport on lap 36.

The final caution of the race came out for defending PRP champion Chris Wilson from Louisa, KY, who showed smoke and slowed with 41 laps complete. The last restart saw Boggs pull away from Bloomquist at the end as he went on to become the 13th different winner in LOLMDS competition in 2012.

Davenport held on for fourth, just ahead of points’ leader, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN in the final rundown.

Completing the top ten were Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL, who came back from a flat tire to finish sixth; Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt Rock, WV was seventh; followed by Drown; Jason Montgomery of Jackson, OH; and Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA. In preliminary action Doug Drown set the Red Buck Cigars Fast Time amongst the 34 entrants, with a lap of 15.083 seconds. Jackie Boggs set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.087 seconds. Jackie Boggs, Steve Casebolt, Doug Drown, and Jared Landers won their respective Heat Races. John Blankenship and Rod Conley won their respective B-Mains.

Tomorrow Night, September 2nd, the series will make its first appearance at I-77 Raceway Park in Ripley, WV for Carl Short’s 44th Annual “Hillbilly Hundred”. The event will feature Red Buck Cigars Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the $25,000-to-win main event. For more information, log onto www.racei77.com.

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Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Has Huge Labor Day

August 29th, 2012

WAYCROSS, GA – With a huge Labor Day weekend of racing quickly approaching the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is preparing for stops at Portsmouth (OH) Raceway Park on Saturday night, September 1st for the $10,000 to win Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble. Then, on Sunday night, September 2nd, the series will sanction the nation’s oldest dirt late model event the 44th Annual Hillbilly 100 at a new venue this year, I-77 Raceway Park in Ripley, WV. The crown-jewel event will pay $25,000 to win.

The visit to PRP on Saturday Night will mark the series’ eighth visit to the Donna Rayburn-promoted facility, located along the Ohio River. There will be a complete show with Red Buck Cigar Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains and the 50-lap $10,000 to win/$800 to start feature event. Drivers looking to dial in their cars for the big show on Saturday can get some track time on Friday night, August 31st, as PRP will run a non-sanctioned $5,000 to win event for Late Models. For more information you can call (740) 354-3278 or visit the track’s website atwww.portsraceway.com

Sunday will be the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series’ inaugural visit to I-77 Speedway, located approximately 40 miles south of Parkersburg, WV at the Fairplain exit. What may be one of racings most talked about events, the 44th Annual Hillbilly 100 will be held this year at the “new” totally remodeled I-77. Kenney Newhouse and associates have worked hard on the facility upgrades, making I-77, one of, if not the nicest dirt racing facility in the hillbilly state of West Virginia. The Hillbilly 100 will be the biggest event in the history of the track with a first place prize of $25,000 to the winner of the 100-lap main event. Hillbilly 100 promoter, Carl Short is bringing back the traditional event to the state of West Virginia after a year’s absence. For more information you can call (304) 373-1110 or check out the track’s website at www.racei77.com.

“We’re excited about this weekend’s events and look forward to seeing all the great fans in Southern Ohio and West Virginia. Both events should provide the fans with some great racing and an enjoyable weekend to camp out and tailgate at both venues. We’re honored to be a part of the tradition and history that surrounds the Hillbilly 100 and bring the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series back to the state of West Virginia”, stated Ritchie Lewis, Series Director.

Reigning Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Champion and current points leader, Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN will lead the group of series regulars into PRP and I-77 this weekend. Owens is coming off his fourth series win of the year, after this past Saturday night at Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway. Joining Owens will be the 2012 Sunoco Race Fuels North/South 100 winner, Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN, 2-time series champion and Hall of Fame driver, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN, 2012 COMP Cams Topless 100 winner, Steve Francis of Ashland, KY and 2-time LOLMDS winner this year, John Blankenship of Williamson, WV.

Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL, the 4-time LOLMDS champ will be on hand, along with leading Quarter Master Rookie of the Year candidate, Jonathan Davenport of Blairsville, GA; 16-yar-old phenom, Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA; last year’s series rookie of the year, Jared Landers of Batesville, AR and up and coming driver, Eric Wells of Hazard, KY.

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Mother Nature Takes Independence 50 at Portsmouth

July 4th, 2012

PORTSMOUTH, OH – Due to heavy rainfall that began shortly after Time Trials, officials of Portsmouth Raceway Park and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series made the decision to cancel the Grover Motorsports and Engines “Independence 50″. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will return to Portsmouth Raceway Park during Labor Day Weekend for the $10,000 to win “River Days Rumble 50″ on Saturday, September 1st.

“It is really unfortunate that the heavy rains came in this evening, especially after the region saw such devastation earlier this weekend,” stated Portsmouth Raceway Park promoter, Donna Rayburn, “we have amazing fans that came out to support us and the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and we look forward to seeing all of them return for the River Days Rumble in September.” For more information on the River Days Rumble at Portsmouth Raceway Park, visit www.portsraceway.com.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be back in action on Tuesday, July 3rd, at Muskingum County Speedway in Zanesville, OH for the “Budweiser 50″. The event will feature Red Buck Cigar Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 50-Lap $10,000 “Budweiser 50″ main event.

For more information on the “Budweiser 50″ at Muskingum County Speedway, check out www.themuskingumcountyspeedway.com.

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43rd Annual Hillbilly 100 Cancelled Due to Rain

September 7th, 2011

PORTSMOUTH, OH- Officials of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and Portsmouth Raceway Park along with Hillbilly 100 promoter Carl Short have announced that the 2011 edition of the Hillbilly Hundred has been cancelled. The 43rd Annual event was originally scheduled to be run on Sunday, September 4th but persistent afternoon rain showers forced the event to be postponed until Monday. Overnight rains along with a continued unfavorable forecast for more rain throughout the day on Monday has unfortunately forced officials to cancel the event for this year. A suitable make-up date could not be found to run the event.

“We hate this for the fans, drivers and everyone who came out to support the Hillbilly 100 this weekend,” said Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Director, Ritchie Lewis. “Looking at our remaining schedule for 2011 and trying to work things out with Donna
Rayburn and Carl Short we all agreed that there is not a weekend available that will work for all parties involved, so we have cancelled the race until 2012.” For those that had bought advance tickets for the Hillbilly 100 you may send those in a self-addressed stamped envelope for a refund to: Portsmouth Raceway Park ATTN: Donna Rayburn at P.O. Box 1453, Portsmouth, OH 45662.

For drivers who had paid their entry fee for the event they may use that as a rollover to another upcoming Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event. For those wishing to have their entry fee refunded you can email LOLMDS Administrative Assistant Ashley Schwallie at ashley@lucasdirt.com [mailto:ashley@lucasdirt.com].

The next Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series events will be held on Friday and Saturday September 16th and 17th. On Friday Night the series will race at Winchester Speedway in Winchester, VA and Saturday at Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, VA.

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Bloomquist over Owens in Portsmouth Raceway Park Duel

September 5th, 2011

PORTSMOUTH, OH – Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN withstood all of Jimmy Owens’ challenges to win the Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble on Saturday Night at Portsmouth Raceway Park. Owens started 22nd and finished just behind Bloomquist at the stripe. He was followed by 14th place starter, Jared Landers of Batesville, AR; Brad Neat of Dunnville, KY; and Eddie Carrier Jr. of Salt Rock, WV.

Scott James grabbed the lead at the start of the $10,000 to win race. He was in control for most of race, holding a good-sized lead through traffic. A heated race for second place was going on between last year’s winner, Dale McDowell and Bloomquist who eventually seized the spot.

Bloomquist then caught James as the two ran side-by-side for a dozen laps with Bloomquist leadingfor the first time on lap 39. A lap later it was James at the stripe. Then a caution came out for a flat tire on Ray Cook’s car. On the restart, Bloomquist
gained the point in turn two as James’ left rear tire went flat forcing the final caution of the race.

This set up a nine-lap shootout between Bloomquist and Owens. On the restart Bloomquist led Owens, but Owens closed right on Bloomquist’ rear with five laps to go. Bloomquist changed his line on the track to prevent Owens from stealing the win away from him. He went on for his 11th series win of 2011. The win for Bloomquist cut Owens’ points lead to 110.

“The track was great all night, we started in the fourth row and it only took a couple of laps to get to the front,” said Bloomquist, who earned career win number 514 with the triumph. “You could run anywhere on this track. We had a real good
race there with Scott [James], we ran side-by-side without touching, I don’t know if he thought I got into him or what, it was accidental if I even did. Then he had the flat and went out. Holding off Jimmy there at the end was tough because he was
coming on strong from where he started.”

Bloomquist in his Bloomquist Race Cars Ford is sponsored by Roush-Yates, Base Racing Fuels, Ohlins, Miller Brothers Construction and Sweet Manufacturing.

Owens came into the event with a 130-point lead over Bloomquist and was excited with his finish. “I just started too far back, the car was great at the end, but Scott was just a little bit better,” said the driver of the Mike Reece-owned, Reece Monument Company, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford.

Completing the top ten were Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA; Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN; Steve Francis of Ashland, KY; Frank Heckenast Jr. of Frankfort, IL; and John Blankenship of Williamson, WV.

In preliminary action, Rod Conley was the Red Buck Cigars Fast Qualifier among the 51 entrants on hand. The heat race winners were Doug Drown, Don O’Neal, Scott James, and Dale McDowell. The B-mains went to Chris Brown and Ben Adkins.

Tomorrow night, September 4th, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be back in action at Portsmouth Raceway Park for the 43rd Annual Hillbilly Hundred paying $25,000 to win. For more information log onto www.portsraceway.com [http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=ppal59bab&et=1107456213692&s=461&e=00167FqChQHBhXgynoI-Su4ZIzQbyEIZVbYjz4IpNjSPk3dDvpGebCSD0WBug8n-DR40V-JAnvBTXd_YB7YfbYjLdybRfjI40JUyptmCqyNdduEhi3szt_EUw==].

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Portsmouth Raceway Park Hosts Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series with Huge Labor Day Weekend of Racing

September 1st, 2011

WAYCROSS, GA – The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be in action this Labor Day Weekend with two spectacular shows on Saturday and Sunday at Portsmouth (OH) Raceway Park.

On Saturday Night, September 3rd the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series takes to the track with a complete show of Red Buck Cigar Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains and the Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble paying $10,000 to win. The event will be taped by
the Lucas Oil Production Studios and shown on SPEED Channel on October 2nd at 1 PM Eastern. Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA is the defending race winner.

On Sunday Night, September 4th the 43rd Annual “Hillbilly Hundred” comes to PRP for the first time with a $140,000 purse and a $25,000 payday for the winner of America’s oldest dirt late model event. There will be a complete show for the LOLMDS
with Red Buck Cigar Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains and the 100-lap Hillbilly Hundred feature event. The race which was first held in 1967 has a long list of winners and history as the event will be again sanctioned by the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt
Series for the seventh time. Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN is the defending winner of this crown jewel event.

A special bonus has been added by officials for this weekend’s events. A $5,000 cash bonus will be awarded if one driver wins both feature events. That driver would earn a total of $40,000 in winnings by winning both feature events on Saturday and
Sunday. Saturday Night’s Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble will pay $700 to start and Sunday Night’s Hillbilly Hundred will pay $1,000 to start.

Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN continues to lead the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Championship Points Standings by 130-points over Scott Bloomquist. Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN coming off back-to-back series wins this past weekend in Indiana and Kentucky is third in points followed by Steve Francis of Ashland, KY and Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL.

Jared Landers of Batesville, AR is sixth in the championship points and he leads the Quarter Master “Rookie of the Year” points over 15-year-old Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA who was the pole-sitter in last year’s River Days Rumble event.

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Bloomquist Back in Lucas Oil Victory Lane before Record Crowd at Portsmouth

July 4th, 2011

PORTSMOUTH, OH – Scott Bloomquist returned to Lucas Oil Victory lane tonight, at the Independence 50. Shaking off a month of frustrating finishes on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour, 2-time series champion, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN dominated all 50-laps at Portsmouth Raceway Park in front of the largest crowd of spectators recorded at the famed speed plant. Bloomquist sped away from series points’ leader, Jimmy Owens in a four-lap dash to the finish after a late race caution. Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL finished third followed by Tim Dohm of Cross Lanes, WV and John Blankenship of Williamson, WV.

“It sure feels good to get back to victory lane! W have torn up more stuff in the last month than I think I have in the last five years,” said the 47-year-old Hall of Famer, whose victory was his sixth of the season on the series tour, but his first since late April.

“I saw Jimmy’s number on the scoreboard running in second before that last restart, I knew I had a better car than him tonight, he’s been pretty strong here lately, but our car was solid here tonight. We’ve always liked coming here to Portsmouth
to race, and to win in front of this giant crowd is very satisfying.” Said Bloomquist who still trails Owens in the championship point’s standings.

Bloomquist grabbed the lead from the drop of the green and built a sizable lead up until the first caution of the race on lap ten. On the restart Bloomquist led Pearson and Owens as Pearson stayed close to Bloomquist for a couple of circuits until Bloomquist pulled away.

Bloomquist was in control of the race until a caution with four laps to go allowed Owens and Pearson to take a shot at beating Bloomquist. Owens had regained the second spot from Pearson a lap before the caution flag. In the end, Bloomquist bolted away from Owens to pick up the $10,000 victory.

Bloomqsuit was behind the wheel of his Base Racing Fuels, Ohlins Shocks, Miller Brothers Construction, Roush-Yates, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford. It was his 32nd Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win, which is first all-time.

Owens took second in the Mike Reece,Reece Monument Company, Bloomquist Ford, followed by Pearson in the Bobby Labonte, Lucas Oil, Longhorn Dodge.

A great battle for fourth had Tim Dohm taking the spot in his Dohm Cycle Sales, Rocket Chevrolet, who just edged out John Blankenship in the Coal: Amerca’s Energy, Rocket Chevrolet.

Completing the top ten were Bub McCool of Vicksburg, MS; Steve Shaver of Vienna, WV; Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN; Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA; and PBM Erson Cams Hard Charger, Brad Neat of Dunnville, KY.

In preliminary action Scott Bloomquist was the Red Buck Cigars Fast Qualifier among the 49 entrants. Heat race winners were Bloomquist, Jason Montgomery, Steve Shaver, and Jimmy Owens. The B-mains went to Mike Marlar and Doug Drown.

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PEPSI EMPLOYEE NIGHT’ AT PRP

November 30th, -0001

Grayson’s Jackie Boggs, Oak Hill’s Rick Hensley, Coal Grove’s John Melvin, and Greenup’s Joe McGinnis all took the checkers in their respective features, but most of those races weren’t decided until the very end.

R.J. Conley of Wheelersburg was cruising to an easy win in the late model feature. He led by about 150 yards when he took the white flag. By the time he reached the first turn his night was over as, huge chunks of his tire went flying through the air. Jackie Boggs, who was running second at the time, had a large piece of rubber hit his car.

The tire problem ruined an exciting run by Conley. Starting 15th following tire problems in his heat, Conley stormed to the front. He passed Boggs on lap 10 to grab the lead.When the action resumed it was a two-lap shootout between Boggs and Josh Bocook, the previous week’s winner. On the last lap, Bocook had a very slight lead as cars spilled out on to the back stretch. Running the high line, Boggs had much more momentum than Bocook and grabbed the lead for
good before turn three.

The limited late model feature was almost a repeat. Evyian Terry grabbed the lead on the drop of the green. He also had a huge lead over John Melvin, but on lap 12, Terry suffered mechanical problems and was forced to the pits. With Terry out of the way, Melvin went on to the win. Melvin has won all the limited late model features at PRP, except one. While there were no late-lap surprises in the modified feature, there was a surprise winner. Doug Adkins has owned the modifieds as Melvin has the limited lates.

Adkins and Rick Hensley made up the second row behind Tony DeHart and Greg Anderson at the start of the race. Early the four battled for the lead, but soon Hensley was in the front and pulling away.Adkins needed a caution flag to catch up. It never fell as the race went caution free.

Adkins finished a distant second. Hensley was driving a borrowed car, which is normally driven by his wife, Brandy. After winning the first two bomber features of the season, Joe McGinnis had mechanical and wreck problems. Nothing unexpected happened Saturday and McGinnis out dueled defending class champion Shane Pendleton to captured his third victory of the season.

JULY 12TH LIMITED LATE MODEL EXTRAVAGANZA

July 18th, 2008

In the late model division, Josh Bocook of Wheelersburg shot by a front row of Delmas Conley and his son, Rod, to grab the lead. Bocook never looked back until lap 20. By that time, Jackie Boggs had worked his way from 10th on the starting grid to second. A caution on Lap 20 put Boggs on Bocook’s back bumper. However, Bocook held off the challenge for his first PRP feature win. Boggs was second and the hardcharger of the race. Kenny Christy took third with Jason Montgomery fourth and Rod Conley fifth. Doug Adkins of West Portsmouth won his third modified feature at PRP in seven days. Tony DeHart challenged early and stayed about three-car lengths behind most of the race until sidelined with mechanical problems with five laps to go. Rick Hensley moved into second place, but had no better luck getting around Adkins, than DeHart. Todd Robinson was third, Adam Jordan fourth and Craig Christian, a season best, fifth at PRP. John Melvin of Coal Grove won both limited late model features. He ran at the front nearly the entire night. Michael Ratliff was second and Todd Galloway third in the make up race. In the extravaganza, Jeff Stevens ran second with Galloway again third. The most exciting race of
the night was the inversion race. After being sent to the back late in the extravaganza, Evyian Terry stayed there and started second in the inversion race. The cars started single-file with Melvin on the tail. He made some daring moves as he carved his way through the pack. On lap three, Melvin twice sliced his way between two cars to move toward the front, between the start of turn three and the flagstand. He was in third place when a caution flew on lap 4. He moved into second place, but two laps was not enough time to get around Terry.

The bomber feature was shaping up to be a four-car brawl among Shane Pendleton, Joe McGinnis, Billy Gullion and Darren Pendleton. An accident early in the race took McGinnis and Darren Pendleton out of the race. Pendleton’s car was t-boned in the passenger’s side and he was taken to the hospital. Gullion managed to get up beside Shane Pendleton, but the defending bomber champion held him off to claim his second PRP win of the campaign. Josh Bivens was third.

INDEPENDENCE DAY WEEKEND WITH MACS * JULY 5TH & 6TH

July 12th, 2008

Weather was a factor for much of the weekend but the track, drivers, and perhaps most impressively the fans all persevered. Friday’s action was washed out and ran Sunday, but Saturday’s program went as scheduled. However, a 6:15 p.m. rain shower during the drivers’ meeting delayed the start, and fog forced an early ending. Luckily, all 75 laps of the Late Model A-Main were completed.

The night of the “Pepsi” 75 Saturday was filled with great racing especially in the Late Model Heats. One of the closest races of the entire weekend had Eddie Carrier, Jr. nipping Coleby Frye at the stripe with a final lap pass off of turn four. Young guns Josh McGuire and Josh Richards battled it out hard in another heat. Richards got by McGuire at one point in the race, but McGuire managed to return the favor in the closing laps.

The track was extremely racey all night, but nobody had anything for Carrier in the feature, as he was the class of the field in his Carl Grover Motorsports Ford. Carrier cruised to a $10,000-dollar pay day. MACS point leader and defending series champ Jason Covert finished a respectable second. Donnie Moran, Doug Horton, and Eric Wells made up the rest of the front five.

In total 56 late model drivers competed Saturday night. Seven different states were represented in the field including competitors from Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, and a ton from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Saturday night’s lineup also included four former World 100 winners: Steve Francis, Donnie Moran, Randy Boggs, and fresh-out-of-retirement Charlie Swartz.
Due to thick fog which began blanketing the track during the Late Model feature, the Modified A-Main had to be run the following day, and the Limited Late Model feature was re-scheduled for this coming weekend.

Sunday evening brought the “Weaver’s Gas & Oil” Independence Day 50, and along with it were two exciting Modified features, a dandy Bomber A-Main, and a whole lot of hard racing in the heats. In the Late Model Division, “Kid Rocket” ruled. Local favorite R.J. Conley finished second and appeared to gain ground during long stretches of green flag racing, however Richards was too strong on the restarts and too smooth with clear track in front of him. Periodic cautions prevented lap traffic from ever becoming a factor. Michael England and “Hot” Rod Conley rounded out the top four. In all, 43 Late Model racers signed in to compete in Sunday’s show.

As for the Modified Division, Doug “The Buzzard” Adkins has recorded multiple wins and accolades throughout his career, but the former PRP track champ had never won two features in the same day until Sunday. He took both the make-up race from Saturday and Sunday’s event to earn a total of $1,400 for his two-race work night. Both Mod features were competitive, but the battle between Adkins and Joe Hunley in the second A-Main was extremely entertaining.

The Bomber feature saw former PRP track champ Shane Pendleton capture his first victory of the season, as he out dueled Josh Bivens to the finish. For complete results of this weekend’s action, visit www.portsracewaypark.com. To read more about the Late Model portion of the program, check out www.macsracing.com.

PRP will open its gates this Saturday July 12th for the annual Limited Late Model Extravaganza sponsored by Premiere Pre-Cast Products. Along with the Limiteds will be Late Models, Modifieds, Bombers, and a make-up Limited Late Model A-Main that was fogged out Saturday night.

GAHM’S CAR & TRUCK KIDS NIGHT AT PRP

June 26th, 2008

PRP began its evening with numerous games and activities for the 12-and-under crowd which started at 4 p.m. and ran up until race time. Prizes were given away throughout the night including bicycles, t-shirts, Frisbees, Play-Dough, and more. Some of the largest treats for both the young and young at heart seemed to be the interest that many of PRP’s racers took in the event.

Following RJ Conley’s feature win in the Late Model Division, he came to the base of the flag stand and gave autographs to all children who wanted them, and there were a bunch! Conley provided signature after signature for at least 20 minutes and did so on his very own personalized postcard that his wife kindly supplied to all of the kids.

Modified A-Main winner Doug Adkins invited all the fence-hugging children to come down into victory lane and have their photograph taken with him during his post-race ceremonies. Earlier in the afternoon while the children’s games were taking place, Adkins came down to the general admission gate and passed out candy to the little ones.

Following the final event of the night, the Bomber A-Main, all children were invited onto the track for PRP’s nightly “Impact Signs and Apparel” Victory Lane Party. There they had their photo taken with winner Billy Gullion and were treated with candy and a Late Model coloring page. The 19-year-old Gullion, who was celebrating his first-ever PRP feature win, took nearly half an hour to provide autographs to all the young race fans.

In addition to all of children-oriented fun, PRP fans were treated to a great night of racing. Nearly 80 race teams were on hand, and there were several exciting finishes. Some of the most competitive action occurred in the Bomber heats, as it typically does. Some of the most dramatic action occurred when the entire top three of the second Modified Heat race were disqualified because they all forgot to cross the scales following the race. (By the way, that entire trio raced their way into the feature through the B-Main, and all wound up finishing in the top eight of the A-Main.)

While Conley had everyone covered in his Conley Motorsports #71C, Hazard, KY’s Eric Wells had a strong showing, as he finished second. Grayson, KY’s Jackie Boggs earned the “Pendleton Truck Sales” Hardcharger Award, as he moved from seventh to third. Fellow Grayson driver Josh McGuire placed fourth, and Ironton’s Joe Ramey enjoyed one of his best nights ever at PRP finishing in fifth. Defending track champ Audie Swartz posted the “Automania” Fast Time and drove his Ford to a sixth-place finish.

In the Modified Division, Adkins was once again on a tear, but the West Portsmouth native had to work for it. Rick Hensley put forth a good effort to finish second. Greg Anderson came in third. Todd Robinson advanced 14 positions to finish fourth and take the “Up Front Motorsports” Hardcharger Award. Adam Jordan rounded out the front five.

Coal Grove’s John Melvin was again the man to beat in the Limited Late Model Class, but Evyian Terry wasn’t too far behind. Jeff Stevens, Gary Childers, and Michael “The Ratchet” Ratliff rounded out the top three. Ratliff earned the “CP’s Racing Parts & Supplies” Hardcharger Award.

In the Bomber Division, Billy Gullion and Greenup, KY’s Joe McGinnis went wheel to wheel for the first couple of laps before McGinnis spun to hand the lead over to Gullion for good. The Waverly teenager fended off Shane and Darren Pendleton to claim his first PRP feature. Vincent Pierce and Jason Rayburn rounded out the top five.

Portsmouth Raceway Park will take next weekend off before returning to action on Friday, July 4^th for the first of two big nights of racing over the holiday weekend. On the Fourth, PRP will welcome the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series which will be on hand for the Weaver’s Gas & Oil Late Model Shootout paying $5,000 to win. Also racing that night will be Mods and Bombers. On Saturday, July 5^th the MACS return for the Pepsi 75 paying $10,000 to the winner. Along with the Late Models will be Mods and Limited Lates.

INDEPENDENT RACING SERIES to PRP

June 18th, 2008

PRP treated its fans to a full night of racing on Father’s Day Weekend for a mere $15 for general admission tickets and just $25 for pit passes, and no one seemed to leave disappointed.

Ona, WV’s Eddie Carrier, Jr. was the class of the 29-car Late Model field in his Carl Grover Motorsports Ford Fusion. Carrier led nearly every lap of the A-Main and was never seriously challenged after he got out front.

The racing from second on back was fierce. I.R.S. points leader Robbie Blair finished in the runner-up spot. The “Million Dollar Man” Donnie Moran came in third.

Fourth-place finisher Mike Marlar put on quite the show and was entertaining in every race he competed in throughout the night. After starting towards the back in heat, he fought his way up to second before a bobble in the middle of turns three and four cost several positions and bumped him out of a transfer spot. He rebounded to win the 12-lap B-Main, and battled his way up through the field in the feature from his 17^th starting position to post a solid top-five. In advancing 13 positions during the feature, Marlar earned the Pendleton Truck Sales Hardcharger Award and the $100 prize which came along with it.

Mike Knight rounded out the top five finishers. Like Marlar, Knight also had to work his way up through the field. He began the race in 11^th .

As for some other performances of note, Josh McGuire passed numerous cars throughout the night. A caution on lap 5 sent both he and Kenny Christy to the back. McGuire managed to battle his way up to fifth before a flat tire sent him to the back again.

Tim Dohm posted the quickest lap of the night during “Automania Time Trials”, as the track was extremely fast. Dohm ran second for awhile in the feature, but mechanical issues forced him into an early retirement.

Doug Adkins captured the checkered flag in the Modified A-Main. John Melvin took top honors in the Limited Late Model feature, and Joe McGinnis fended off Billy Gullion and Shane Pendleton in a hard-fought Bomber A-Main.

For complete results of Saturday’s racing action at PRP, visit www.portsraceway.com.

Next week, Portsmouth Raceway will allow all kids 12 and under in free
for Gahm’s Car & Truck Kids Night. All four divisions will be on hand.

Gates open at 4 p.m. and there will be a multitude of games and
activities for the children from 4 p.m. up until race time. Children can
look forward to a coloring contest, duck pond, egg race, beanbag toss,
plate balancing, football toss, free-throw shooting contest, sack race,
hula hoping, and more. There will also be inflatables on hand for the
kids to play on.

Everyone is welcome!

VETERANS RECOGNITION NIGHT AT PRP

June 6th, 2008

A good crowd was on hand to watch a hard-fought Late Model feature and
some surprise endings in the Modified, Limited Late Model, and Bomber
Divisions.

Portsmouth Raceway was blessed with one of its most diverse crowds
Saturday, as ages varied from two-week old Braden Adkins to a pair of
vets who fought in World War II, including PRP staff member Vaughn Hinze
who hit Normandy Beach the day after D-Day.

Grayson, KY’s Jackie Boggs officially led all 25 laps of the Late Model
A-Main but received a serious challenge from Wallingford, KY’s Arnie
Fields in the early stages of the event. Fields, who held off Boggs to
win the WPAY Dash earlier in the evening, actually managed to dive under
Boggs in turns one and two and lead the field down the backstretch on
lap two, but Boggs returned the favor in turn three to reestablish a
lead he would never relinquish.

Boggs eventually managed to put some distance in between he and the rest
of the field, but the racing from second on back was fierce. Early on,
defending track champ Audie Swartz and Arnie Fields swapped some paint
while battling for second. Eventually both fell from the top three.
During the first portion of the event, the bottom line was the groove of
choice, but South Shore, KY’s Butch Dowdy was one of the first to make
the high road work. Dowdy climbed to second before being overtaken by
Wheelersburg’s Josh Bocook in the closing laps.

As for the other classes, the surprise was that typically dominant
drivers Doug Adkins in the Modified Division and John Melvin in the
Limited Late Model Division recorded DNF’s instead of usual feature wins.
Adkins found himself leading the Modified A-Main early but car problems
forced him to the pits handing the lead over to eventual winner South
Point, OH’s Todd Robinson.

Melvin had several near misses with the outside wall off of turn two
before finally tagging it around the halfway point of the Limited Late
Model A-Main. A few laps later he pulled off.

Boyd County, KY native Evyian Terry posted the win in the Limited Late
Model class. He looked dominant leading every single lap. In a post-race
interview with PRP, Terry told that some of his crew members actually
had to go to a FedEX warehouse to get some extremely important engine
parts he needed in order to have his No. 58 machine race ready. The
crew’s parts-run trip to FedEX and hard work in the garage Saturday
afternoon paid off on Saturday night.

The Bomber feature didn’t lack drama either. Greenup, KY’s Joe McGinnis
picked up his first-ever feature win as he fended off reigning track
champ Shane Pendleton to take the checkers. McGinnis was received in
victory lane by at least 20 children who stuck around for PRP’s nightly
Impact Graphics & Apparel Victory Lane Party which takes place at the
conclusion of the evening’s final A-Main. In winner’s circle all
participating children were treated to candy and the chance to have
their photo taken with the Bomber feature winner. Many even sought Joe’s
autograph, which he gladly provided.

The next two weeks will be big for PRP’s Late Models. While most
journeymen might travel to El Dora this coming Saturday, June 7th for
“The Dream”, B&C Flooring of Waverly wants to utilize this coming
weekend to specifically patronize PRP’s regulars. As a result, B&C
Flooring on US 23 in Waverly, OH will add $1,000 to this coming
Saturday’s Late Model purse. The Fast Qualifier will pocket $500 of
that. The remaining $500 will go to the feature winner making this
weekend’s race a total of $2,500 to win.

Along with the Late Models this Saturday will be Modifieds, Limited
Lates, and Bombers. Don’t forget, the Independent Racing Series Late Models will visit PRP in two weeks on June 14th. For complete results of last night’s action at PRP visit the track’s official website at www.portsraceway.com.

Covert Cruises To MACS $10,000 Victory At Portsmouth Raceway Park

September 6th, 2007

Zanesville, Ohio’s Bart Hartman and reigning ‘Dream 100’ winner Steve Casebolt led the stout 24 car field to the green, with eventual winner, covert in seventh on the grid. As the green waved, Casebolt used the outside lane grabbing the lead. Steve quickly stretched a sizable margin between himself and the rest of the field. The action was incredible and the pace torrid throughout the opening stanza’s. Billy Drake, while running fourth, jumped the cushion on lap 13 and came to rest on the 17th circuit to bring out the first caution.

On the ensuing restart, Covert made a brazen move to the outside in turns one and two to catapult into the second behind Casebolt. Covert’s pass relegated Hartman to third as Josh McGuire and young upstart Jarod Hawkins fought it out for fourth.

Casebolt had his Reliable Painting Rocket on a rail as he stretched his lead out to almost a half of a straightaway when disaster struck for the Richmond , IN , driver. Casebolt’s mount came up lame on lap 21 as he coasted to a halt with a sour fuel pump forcing him to retire from the event. Steve’s misfortune provided Covert his opportunity at the point. As Covert inherited the lead he was being pursued by Hartman, 2006 Portsmouth Raceway Park champion Jackie Boggs, Saturday night’s winner Doug Drown and Hawkins rounding out the top five.

As racing resumed, Jason led the charge into the first corner with Hartman all over his rear bumper. Boggs stayed glued right with the leaders as the third and final caution flew for R.J. Conley on lap 32.

Once racing continued, the lead trio of Covert, Bart, and Jackie were nose to tail for the next 18 laps until Boggs showed Hartman his nose. Jackie and Bart raced side-by-side for several circuits before Boggs had enough momentum to get around Hartman. Once Boggs cleared Hartman he set his sights on the race leader. Boggs had no problem quickly reeling in the leader as he quickly closed the gap. Lap after lap Boggs squeezed the leader trying to look for the soft spot in Covert’s race strategy. Jackie just couldn’t find the room to get by the defending MACS champion. On lap 57 Boggs and Covert made slight contact in turn four but Jason masterfully held off the attempted pass as Jackie graciously let off the throttle to keep from sending them both into a spin.

With Jackie’s momentum loss, Bart was able to get a run to challenge once again for second. Boggs was having nothing to do with this attempt by Hartman as Bart just couldn’t find the grip good enough t make the move stick.

Covert skillfully made his way through lapped traffic and convincingly went on to record his third MACS win of ‘07. Boggs rode home second over Hartman, Doug Drown, and Audie Swartz charging from the 18th to finish fifth. Paul Harris led the next flight of five drivers finishing sixth after his 11th place start followed by Mike Balzano, Donnie Moran from his 15th, Eric Wells, from 14th, and Hawkins.

Portsmouth Raceway Park

September 5th, 2007

A jubilant Drown stood in the roof of his car and celebrated in Victory Lane. The win was his first at PRP and his first at a MAC-sanctioned race. Drown won his heat and then the dash to grab the pole position for the feature. He grabbed the lead on the opening lap and did not let go. Rod Conley of Wheelersburg, third in the MAC driver’s championship standings, moved into the runner-up spot on lap 14 and spent the rest of the race chasing Drown.

With 10 laps to go Conley moved within a length or two the leader. However,
both cars needed to be at the bottom of the track. Drown stayed pinned at
the bottom. Conley tried to go around on the high side, but each time he
lost ground. Not only was Drown’s win his best MAC finish, according to series officials Conley and third place Kenny Christy also turned in their best MAC finishes. Conley made up some points on current point leader Jason Covert, but Covert charged from, deep in the pack to keep the night from bering a disaster.
Covert finished seventh after starting 21st. Jim Bernheisel, second in points, had a horrible night. He did not complete the first lap and finished 24th.

Rick Hensley dove under Doug Adkins in the first turn to take the lead in
the modified feature. Adkins had more momentum coming out of turn two, but Hensley slid up just inches in front of Adkins. Hensley was so close, Adkins bumped him and was unable to make a cross-over move to regain the lead.
They both hung on after the bump and ran 1-2 the rest of the race. The race was the first at PRP for Adkins since a devastating accident two weeks earlier destroyed his primary car and sent him to the hospital for a brief visit.
The accident left Adkins 10 points behind Rick Walker as Adkins seeks a
second straight driver’s title. Adkins’ second place finish put him back in first, five points ahead of Walker who was fifth Saturday.

As often happens, the bomber feature turned out to be a battle between the
Pendleton Cousins. Over the first two laps, the Pendletons and Duane Pick swapped the lead back and forth. Pick led after one lap. On the back stretch, Shane Pendleton tried to go under Pick, while Darren Pendleton went by both on the high side. Shane Pendleton briefly inched in front, but the second lap ended with Darren Pendleton in front.

A couple of laps later, Pick had to retire from the race, leaving it to the
Pendletons to duke it out for the win. Darren went on to post his fifth win to match Shane’s total on the season.

Doug Drown Wins First Career MACS Event At Portsmouth Raceway Park

September 3rd, 2007

Local hero, Kenny Christy sat on the outside of pole-sitter Drown as they brought the stacked 24-car field to green. Drown quickly shot into the lead while Ryan Markham fiercely battled with Christy for second. Markham was riding the high side around the super fast 3/8 mile oval but lost the handle in the middle of turns three and four to bring out the first caution.

The ‘Delaware’ style restart saw Doug continue to lead followed by an intense
battle for second between Christy, Barry Bragdon, and five time PRP feature winner Audie Swartz. Kenny was able to hold off the third and fourth place cars as Rod Conley cracked the top five from his tenth place start. R.J. Conley had scrapped his way up to third until his left front spindle broke sending him pit-side during the lap 13 caution for Bragdon.

After two quick cautions for Chris Wilson on lap 15, and Jason Montgomery, whose mount came up lame on lap 18, Drown was able to regain his tempo as he resumed his pursuit of victory. Rod, also looking for his first MACS win, had finessed his way under Christy for second and set his sights on Drown. On lap 21 the final caution flew for Wilson who had spun. This turn of events closed the ranks with Drown tenaciously holding on to the point over the equally eager Rod. Drown again fired the field with 2002 MACS champion Jack Pencil making a daring move on the outside of turn two to catapult from seventh to fifth after starting fifteenth. While that action was occurring defending MACS champion, Jason Covert blasted into the top ten from his 21st place start.

Drown, who had masterfully led every lap to this point, caught lapped traffic on lap 32 as Conley inched his way closer to the leader. Conley matched every move Drown made as the laps rapidly wound down. With just five laps remaining Conley made a thrilling kamikaze move to the outside of Drown going into turn three. Unfortunately for Conley he could not get his Rocket Chassis to stick and lost about five car lengths to the leader. Undaunted by Conley, Drown held his line and blistered the final four laps to take his largest monetary victory of his career. Conley convincingly held on to second keeping Christy, Swartz, and Pencil all at bay. Tim Hitt led the next tier of five finishers knocking down sixth over Covert, MACS ROY contender Matt Lux, ‘05 MACS Champion Mike Balzano and Ben Adkins, from his 17th start, rounded out the top ten.

Portsmouth Raceway Park Highlights

August 27th, 2007

In the late model feature, driver¹s tried to go through turn two four-wide.
Mark Frazier was the big loser. His car flipped over before coming to rest
on its wheels. Joe Whitt went into the infield and into the light standard in the middle. A couple of other cars were involved. Everyone escaped with nothing, but bumps and bruises. At the start of a late model heat, Jason Compton slid up the track as the cars came on to the front stretch. He bumped into Jeff Stevens before going on up the track in front of Tony Journey and crashing The late model feature was a war between Audie Swartz and Eddie Carrier Jr. with Shannon Thornsberry jumping into the frey for several laps.
The trio ran three wide for several laps with Swartz high, Carrier in the
middle and Thornsberry at the bottom. Carrier inched in front of Swartz on lap eight, but Swartz was back at the point the next circuit. As the cars got into lap traffic, Thornsberry squeezed past Carrier for second on lap 18, again by inches, but Carrier took the position back on lap 19. As the cars were attempting to lap Delmas Conley, Carrier finally took the lead for good with three laps to go and held off Swartz for the win. R.J. Conley finished fourth after starting 19th. For the first half of the modified feature, Adam Jordan, Tony DeHart and Greg Thompson battled for the lead.

When DeHart faded, Rick Walker picked up the chase. Walker moved into second
on lap 10 and then went around Jordan on the top side going down the back
stretch on lap 11. Walker stayed in front, but a pair of late cautions over the final two laps gave Jordan and Jeff Meadows a shot at the win. The win was the first of the season for Walked and propelled him past Adkins in the points standing.

The action was hot early in the limited late model feature. Riding very high on the track, John Melvin was able to maintain his momentum and kept the lead. Swartz finally got around Melvin on lap three and went on to the win. Each bomber race was a war, starting with the two heats. The first race was a four-car shootout with Don Good winning. In the second heat, the action was two-wide and three-deep for most of the race until Shane Pendleton finally won.
Starting on the front row, Pendleton appeared to be headed for an easy win.
That would have been true, if his cousin, Darren Pendleton, had not been in
the race. Starting 10th, Darren Pendleton needed only four laps to get up to second. For six laps, Darren stalked Shane. Finally, he edge in front by half a
length at the line on lap 10. He finally was able o pull in front on the back stretch and went on to the win.

Portsmouth Recap!

August 15th, 2007

In memory of Bozo Bragdon, the brother of late model drive Barry Bragdon, Audie Swartz won Bozo¹s ³Just give me one fast lap.² For his fast qualifying
lap, Swartz received $1,535. Late model point leader Kenny Christy came from the tail of the B-main to win and earn a spot in the feature. Starting 19th, Christy finished ninth to maintain his point lead as he tries to win another late model driver¹s title.

The fact Swartz won the feature was not surprising. How easy he won was
surprising. Starting from the outside pole, he went to the lead and no one could stay close. Pole sitter Eddie Carrie finished second with R.J. Conley making a late pass for third.

Winner of seven modified features, Doug Adkins had mechanical problem in his
heat. He had to go to a back up car and started on the tail of the B-main.
Like Christy, Adkins won the B-main. In the deature, Adkins moved from 16th to sixth in five laps. He improved only three more positions over the final 15 laps, but that was enough to keep his points lead secure. Rick Walker led the first 13 laps. On lap 14, Randy Anderson got around Walker. As they went into turn three and four, Walker bumped Anderson. After a spin, Anderson was put back at the point and Walker at the tail. On the restart, Anderson was followed by his nephew, Greg Anderson, who won his first PRP feature a week earlier. Adkins was third. While Greg Anderson and Adkins kept the heat on Randy Anderson, he held on for his first PRP win of the season. In the most exciting race of the week, Evyian Terry stormed by John Melvin coming to the inish line to nip Melvin by about two feet in the limited late model feature.

Melvin started at the rear of his heat and finished second. Starting the feature in the second row, Melvin took the lead on lap five after he and leader Jason Artis got together and Artis spun out. Terry hung close and challenged Melvin a couple of times. His chances of winning appeared to evaporate when he bobbled coming around the final two turns while chasing Melvin. However, Melvin also ran into trouble. When he went up the track as they came out of the turn, Terry powered by for the win. The Pendleton cousins, Shane and Darren, continued to dominate the bombers. They ran 1-2 in their heat and they ran the first eight laps of the feature with Shane first and Darren second. On lap nine, Darren went for the pass. They made contact and Darren spun. Shane went on for the win and in the process took the points lead from Darren. Vincen Pierce was second with Danny Hamilton third.

Francis Takes First Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Win of the Year at Portsmouth

July 7th, 2007

Teamed with car owner Tim Logan to take home the $10,000 first place prize in the series first ever visit to the 3/8th mile speed plant. Francis led all 75 laps to take his fourth career Lucas Oil Series win over Billy Drake of Bloomington, IL, Jackie Boggs of Grayson, KY, Clint Smith of Senoia, GA and Rod Conley of Wheelersburg, OH rounded out the top five finishers.

After the redraw for six heat race winners Drake and Francis would start on the front row of the main event. When the race went green the drivers would get one lap scored before eighth place starter Jimmy Mars slowed in turn four with a flat tire. Mars would head pit side to replace the tire and rejoined the field on the tail.

On the restart Francis would grab the point followed by Drake, Boggs, Smith and Conley. Francis would pull out to a two car length lead over Drake, but Drake would hang tough with Francis as he and Boggs would put the heat on Francis as the cars completed eight laps.

With the top three in a tightly contested battle for the race lead the second caution of the race would fly on lap ten for Donnie Moran who slowed in turn four with a flat tire. Moran had been running in the tenth position. This time on the restart Francis would scurry away from Drake opening up a four length lead over the Illini pilot, but a lap 14 caution for Brian Shirley would once again bunch the field back up for a restart.

The top five would remain the same as Francis would start to pick up the tail end of the field by lap 26. This would allow both Drake and Boggs to keep a close eye on Francis as they would close to within a car length of him. By the 30th circuit the top three were in a close knit group with Drake taking a peek on Francis coming off of turn number two pulling even with Francis.

Just as it looked like there may be the first lead change of the race the fourth caution would come out for Jimmy Owens just as 30 laps went in the record books. With still 45 laps remaining in the race Francis would led a double file restart to the line and head into turn number one still holding the lead.

The top five would remain Francis, Drake, Boggs, Smith and Conley. There was some good racing among the other participants in the top ten as Scott James, Steve Casebolt and Earl Pearson, Jr. were duking it out as the top three in the points standings were all running together.

Just as the top three were about to lap a few cars Brian Birkhofer would pull his car to the top side of turn number three and came to a stop bringing out caution number five. With that break Francis would again have a clear race track in front of him and no lapped cars to contend with.

With 25 laps to go Francis was still showing the way with Drake trying on a few
occasions to take a look on the inside of Francis, but Francis would always shut the door in a clean manner on Drake never allowing him to get past.

With the laps winding down Francis would maintain his steady pace with Drake and Boggs still right there to jump to the lead if Francis would slide up out of the groove. With 71 laps complete sixth place running Josh McGuire slowed suddenly in turn two coming to a stop ending what would have been his best ever Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series finish.

As the final restart of the race fired off of turn number four all Francis had to do in the final four laps was hit his marks and the race would be his to win. Francis did just that as Drake was unable to mount a last lap ditch effort to pass as he would finish two car lengths behind Francis at the checkers. Boggs would finish a close third followed by Smith and Conley who ran their own competitive race for the fourth and fifth spots.

Francis who came into the race with three career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victories scored his first series win of the year and his first outside of the state of Florida. All of Francis’ previous series wins were at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL. In victory lane Francis was elated to win the event in front of his fans and family. “I’ve got to give credit to Tim and Lee Logan and Judy for their help, this car has a Russell Baker Engine in it, Rocket Chassis, Valvoline, Port City /Integra Shocks, Hoosier Tires we can’t do it without them. We’ve haven’t got to run his car this year as much as we would have liked to, we won at Kentucky Lake back in March with this car.” “It’s nice to win in front of the home town crowd, my Uncle Jim is in from Florida, my aunts and uncles were here and some of my other family and friends, it’s nice to race close to home for a change and we’re excited to get this Lucas Oil Series win,” said Francis afterwards.

The Tim Logan Racing #11 Rocket Chassis Monte Carlo with a Russell Bake Racing Engine under the hood is sponsored by Morehead Auto Truck Parts Sales/Valvoline/Rick’s Body Shop, Hoosier Racing Tires and J&M Grafix.
Second place finisher Billy Drake equaled his best series finish of the season in the Steve Drake/Creative Kitchens and Bats/C.J. Rayburn GTO. Third place finisher Jackie Boggs was behind the wheel of the Miller Brothers Coal/Pro Power Engines/Swartz Chassis GTO with Clint Smith’s fourth place finish coming in his Cliburn Tank Lines/RaceTek Race Engines/GRT GTO with Rod Conley fifth at the finish in the Conley Trucking/Draime Engines/Rocket Monte Carlo.

Completing the top ten were Brandon Kinzer, Scott James, Steve Casebolt, Chris Madden and Earl Pearson, Jr.

In preliminary results Steve Shaver was the LifeLong Locks Fast Qualifier Award winner among the 66 entries with a fast lap of 15.112 seconds. The Hawk Brake and Quarter master sponsored heat race winners were Earl Pearson, Jr., Billy Drake, Jackie Boggs, Rod Conley, Clint Smith and Steve Francis. The Mason Racin’ Rebel Shock Dyno and Penske Shocks sponsored B-Mains were won by Brian Birkhofer and Scott James.

The Edelbrock Hard Charger of the Race was Scott James, who started 20th and finished seventh. The K&N Clean Pass of the Race was awarded to Chris Madden as he finished ninth after starting 22nd. The Allstar Performance Performer of the Race was Billy Drake, who finished second. It matched his best finish of the year.

Portsmouth Raceway Park

June 28th, 2007

The Wheelersburg driver powered underneath Boggs at the top of the back stretch and was in command the rest of the way. Josh Bocook got around Boggs on lap 18 and briefly tried to mount a charge at Conley. However, he ran into trouble three laps later. Barry Bragdon, the winner a week earlier, moved up to second, but Conley cruised to the victory.

Doug Adkins returned to Victory Lane in the modified division, but he needed
some opportune caution flags to get there. Besides making up distance when the cautions fell, Adams was able to pick off cars on the restarts. Adkins, who started in row three, was running third when the yellow flew on lap 11.

Action resumed on the back stretch and by the time the cars reached the
flagstand, Adkins had gotten around Todd Robinson to claim second. A caution on lap 16 gave Adkins a shot at Walker, who had led since the drop of the green. Although it took a lap, Adkins was in front by less than a foot. He made the lead stick as he moved in front of Walker coming out of turn two.
John Melvin won his heat race and that was bad news for the rest of the limited late model drivers. Starting the feature on the front row, Melvin rolled to still another victory.

That left it up to the other drivers to battle it out for second place. Todd
Galloway took the position with Evyian Terry grabbing third. Defending bomber champion, Shane Pendleton also led flag-to-flag. Darren Pendleton made a quick charge to go from row four to second place by lap six, but he had nothing for his cousin. Wayne Hughes held off Jeremie Bretz for third place.

Portsmouth Raceway Park

June 21st, 2007

On the restart, Barry Bragdon bolted to the lead with Boggs in tow. Just as the previous week, the first 18 laps were run under green. Rod Conley moved into second on lap nine. R.J. Conley edged into third, but almost immediately had mechanical problems and went to the pits on lap 19. Bragdon was still in good shape with a lapped car between him and Rod Conley for the restart. However, Bragdon broke before the lap was complete. That moved Rod Conley to the point and Boggs to second. Three laps later, Boggs got a good run coming off turn four and rocketed by Conley, squeezing between Conley and the wall.
Once in front, Boggs was in control to the win. The modified feature appeared to be over before it started. Doug Adkins, who had one every modified feature since the opening night, was on the front row. As expected, Adkins immediately took the lead, but unlike the past races, he was not able to pull away.

Rick Walker stayed on Adkins bumper. Walker pulled even with Adkins on the
back stretch on lap seven. but Adkins led by inches as the lap ended. At lap
eight, Adkins was in front by a car length. Adkins went almost to the wall coming out of two with Walker racing by to grab the lead, but Josh Weinmann and Greg Anderson got tangled up and brought out the caution before Walker could finish the lap. That put Adkins back in front.

When action resumed, it was a three-car battle for the lead. Harmon took the
lead by inches over Walker with Adkins third by a couple of feet on lap
nine. On the back stretch, Walker was again in front, but Harmon was ahead again by inches at the stripe. Walker charged back to the point on lap 15. By that time, Rick Hensley had joined the fray. The next lap. it was a five-car chase with Randy Anderson joining the party. Adkins floated high as they completed lap 16 and was hit by Hensley. Whether Adkins was already having tire trouble or the tire was damaged from the contact, Adkins had a flat and left the race. The contact also slowed Hensley.

Harmon made the final pass for the lead on lap 18 and the four-time modified
track champion withstood a charge by Walker on the final lap to grab the
win.

John Melvin started on the front row of the limited late model feature and
the race was over when the green flew. Melvin never trailed as he cruised to the victory with Jeff Stevens taking second and Audie Swartz third.

The three top bomber cars started in the front three positions in the feature and they battled to the finish. While Shane Pendleton, the defending bomber track champion, led from green to checkered, Darren Pendleton and Jeremie Bretz battled the entire distance for second. Bretz finally made he pass late to claim second.

Portsmouth Raceway Park

June 14th, 2007

Christy saw a big lead over runner-up Barry Bragdon of Wheelersburg disappear. There was still a lapped car between Christy and Bragdon on the restart, but Bragdon got around the the lapped car before another caution flew a lap later.
Christy held on to the lead for another lap after the second restart, but on
the next circuit, Bragdon grabbed the lead and went on to his first PRP win
of the season. Hicks followed Christy with Mark Frazier fourth and Kevin Wagner fifth. It was a war at the front of the pack over the first half of the modified.

A-main.
Josh Weinmann, Rick Walker and Todd Robinson battled for the lead. Robinson
finally went to the point on lap 10 and maintained the advantage. Walker and Weinmann went back-and-forth for second with Weinmann, a Columbus driver, edging out Walker of Portsmouth. Doug Adkins finished fourth and was the harder charger. Winner of three PRP features this season, Adkins spun on the final lap of his heat and started the featured in 12th. Johb Melvin started the limited late model feature on the front row and that was bad news for the rest of the field. Seeking his sixth driving title, Melvin grabbed the lead and was unchallenged. Audie Swartz finished second. Todd Galloway took third, Evyian Terry was fourth and Jason Artis fifth. Jeremie Bretz and the Pendleton Cousins, Darren and Shane, started at the front in the bomber feature and they were still at the front when a caution flew with a lap left.

Bretz was in the lead with Shane Pendleton pushing him when the green flew for the restart. Bretz was able to open up a small gap as he and Pendleton hit the front stretch to start the final lap and went on to the victory. Darren Pendleton was a close third with Brett Carey fourth and Wayne Hughes fifth.

Portsmouth Raceway Park

June 6th, 2007

Barry Brangdon challenged Swartz over the first half of the race, but was
unable to get up beside the veteran Minford driver. R.J. Conley took up the chase on lap 14. He closed in with about five circuits left, but as the laps wound down, Swartz began extending his margin.

Swartz was followed by three drivers from Wheelersburg, Conley, Bragdon and
Nick Bocook. Delmas Conley, also of Wheelersburg, started in last place moved up 13 spots to finish seventh and take the Hard Charger Award. After finishing second in the opening night of racing at PRP, Doug Adkins is undefeated in the modifieds. The defending track champion from West Portsmouth made it three wins in a row.

Andy French led early before Adkins finally made the pass. Unlike the earlier wins, Adkins was unable to pull away once in the lead. French stayed within a couple of car-lengths or less. Former track champion Tim Tribby ran third. He was followed by Randy Anderson and Josh Weinmann of Columbus. John Melvin has won more A-mains at PRP than any other driver. The Coal Grove driver added another limited late model victory Saturday.

Starting on the pole, Melvin got the jump on Evyian Terry and never looked
back. Terry stayed in Melvin’s tire tracks most of the race, but could not
get by the 5-time track champion. Todd Galloway was third with Phil Cox running fourth. As is often the case, the bombers put on the most competitive race of the night.

Defending bomber champion Shane Pendleton and 2004 and 2005 champion Jeremie
Bretz battled from green to checkered. Pendleton led the first four laps. On a restrart, following lap four, Bretz got a run coming out of the turn two and passed Pendleton for the lead as they hit the backstretch.

Bretz led the rest of the way with Pendleton trying to get back to the
point. On lap 10, Pendleton nosed under Bretz in turn one and two and got the front of his car up to Bretz’s rear tire. However, Bretz was able to withstand the charge when they hit the backstretch. Pendleton made one last charge, trying to dive under Bretz as they came to the finish line. Bretz was able to hold Pendleton off for the win. The race featured a spectacular accident, which ended with Duane Pick’s car on its top in turn two. Pick walked away from the accident and on to the pits.

Portsmouth Raceway Park

May 28th, 2007

Boggs, the defending PRP late model champion, was in total command, except for cautions, which bunched up the field, as he cruised to his second PRP win in as many races this season. After each restart, Boggs of Grayson, Ky., pulled out to a lead of about 50 yards and maintained the margin. In the closing four laps, Boggs had problems putting John Mason down a lap. Runner-up Rod Conley of Wheelersburg closed to within three or four car lengths, but Boggs still was not in serious trouble. While there was only the one pass at the point, there was plenty of shuffling going on behind Boggs. Defending MAC champion Jason Covert of York Haven, Pa., improved 12 positions to finish third and claim the hard charger award. Two other drivers, Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., and Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., improved 10 or more positions, R.J. Conley improved five spots to claim fourth. Pencil held on to take fifth.

Defending modified champion Doug Adkins also made the only pass at the front
and went on to claim the A-main victory. Rick Walker led most of the way. However, a caution flag after lap 15 proved to be his undoing. On the restart, Adkins went under Walker in turn three, but Adkins sid up the track in turn four and Walker did a cross-over move. Adkins led by inches at the line.
Disaster struck for Walker. He went hard into turn one and spun out. Greg Anderson, who was running third, was also caught up in Walker’s spin. Todd Robinson moved into second place with Josh Weinmann claiming third. Ray Bradford was the hard charger.

After finishing second on opening night, Audie Swartz moved to the top in
the limited late models. The Minford driver led all 15 laps with Jasn Artis and Tommy Joseph following him. Due to problems in their heat races, John Melvin and Jeff Stevens started deep in the pack and were unable to catch the front runners. Melvin was the hard charger, finishing fourth.

Boggs Wins First PRP Title

September 22nd, 2006

Doug Adkins had an overwhelming lead in the modified division. His lead was so great, he could have missed the last two races and still have won the title. He won 11 of 17 point races before Saturday. The title was Adkins first at PRP.

Jackie Boggs won his first PRP late model title by winning a wild late model feature. Only eight of the 20 cars starting the race finished. Boggs of Grayson, Ky., went into the race with a 15-point lead over defending champion Aaron Bapst.

Josh McGuire led the first 10 laps before Boggs moved to the point. McGuire had to drop out a couple of laps later. Bapst got around Boggs on lap 20 and pulled away. Three laps later, the rear came out of his car and Bapst retired for the evening along with his chance of taking the driver¹s title.

Boggs was back in front, but facesd a challenge from Kenny Christy. On the restart, Christy got under Boggs, but Boggs withstood the challenge. Christy made another charge on the final lap. Christy and Boggs made contact and both spun coming out of turn two.

Christy was charged with rough driving and Boggs placed back at the point. Boggs won for the seventh time in 14 points races. Paul Harris, who started last, ended up finishing second with R.J. Conley third.

John Melvin needed only start the limited late model feature to wrap up his fifth title, a track record. Melvin led every lap. Melvin won for the eighth time in 16 races. Audie Swartz, a five-time winner, was second.

Shane Pendleton led his cousin, Darren Pendleton by 10 points, as they started the bomber feature from the front row. Robbie Lewis was only 40 points behind Shane Pend-leton, but had to go to a borrow car for the final race.

Darren Pendleton grabbed the lead at the green flag with Shane Pendleton right behind him. They stayed in that order until they were in turn four on lap 11. Shane Pendleton made contact as he tried to get under Darren Pendleton. Both cars bobbled, giving Lewis a chance for the title if they wrecked.

The Pendleton¹ regained control of their cars with Darren Pendleton still leading as they started the final circuit. As they went into turn three for the last time, Shane Pendleton made another charge. This time Shane Pendleton was able to get under Darren Pendleton as they came out of four and just beat him to the checkered flag for his third victory of the season. Lewis finished fifth.

Andy French was the only feature winner not to claim a title. The win was the third of the season for French, who trails only Adkins, who has 11 wins.

French¹s most serious competition was erased on a wild lap four. Through a series of accidents and mechanical failures, the six cars in positions two through seven after lap three either went to the pits or were sent to the back of the field.

Adkins and Shawn Holliday started the fourth lap fireworks. Adkins, running third, tried to slip under Holliday coming out of turn four. Instead, they made contact and leaned on each other all the way down the front stretch. After a couple of restarts, Tim Tribby, Eddie Harmon, Adam Colley and Rick Hensley were also eliminated from contention.

The season will end Saturday, Sept. 30, with a special night of racing for late models and modifieds.

Miller Rumbles to PRP Victory

September 6th, 2006

Miller of Littlestown, Pa., started fifth in the MAC sanctioned race. He passed pole sitter Billy Moyer of Batesville, Ark., to take second on the fifth circuit and then took the lead from Mike Balzano of Parkersburg, W.Va. Balzano took the lead at the start of the race from the outside pole.

The battle turned out to be for second place. Jim Bernheisel finished behind Miller, but he passed before reaching the starting line on the last restart. According to MAC rules, he lost two positions.

R.J. Conley of Wheelersburg, Ohio, who started 14th, was officially credited with second while Balzano was third.

Doug Adkins started on the pole and that was bad news for the other modified drivers.

The West Portsmouth led flag-to-flag as he won his 10th points feature of the season. He also won a Road warrior feature, which was not a points race. Rick Hensley, a distant second in the driver¹s championship, was second in the race.

The top three bomber drivers duked it out again in the feature. Robbie Lewis won his fifth PRP feature. Shane Pendleton ran in lewis¹ tire tracks for most of the race. On lap 11, Pendleton got under Lewis and had the front of his car up to the door on Lewis¹ car.

However, Lewis got a strong run coming out of turn two to hold off the challenge. Lewis cut five points off Pendleton¹s lead in the chase for the driver¹s title, but still trails by 40. Darren Pendleton ran third. He is second in points, 10 behind his cousin, Shane Pendleton.

SUNDAY – SEPT 3

Billy Drake used traffic at the back of the pack to get around Mike Balzano and went on to win the MAC-sanctioned Pepsi 75 and the $10,000 first prize Sunday, Sept. 3 at Portsmouth Raceway Park.

Mike Balzano took the lead from Josh McGuire on lap 19 and stayed in front until catching up with the rear of the pack on lap 50.

With about eight cars directly in front of the leaders, some running two abreast, Balzano began looking for racing room.

Drake edged in front on lap 52, but Balzano returned to the point on the next circuit.

On lap 56 Jack Pencil became the first driver to go down a lap. Nine other drivers would be lapped before the end of the 75-lap race.

Drake finally got around Balzano going down the back stretch on lap 63. Drake went on to edge Balzano with Shannon Thornsberry claiming third. Drake started slowly from the pole, He fell back to fifth place before, starting his move to the front with about one-third of the race in the book.

Bart Hartman started beside Drake. He seemed to have the pack covered until Greg Lucas ran into trouble. Lucas spun down the track, just clipping Hartman, who was trying to lap him. The result was a flat tire for Hartman, He changed the tire and fell to the rear. He dropped out a few laps later.

Josh McGuire of Ashland, Ky., took the lead on lap 12. McGuire began suffering mechanical problems, which forced him out of the race on lap 37.

Balzano passed McGuire on lap 19 and maintained the lead, except for one circle, until lap 63.

Doug Adkins won still another modified feature, but this one was not the typical runaway. Tony DeHart led the first 10 laps before Rick Hensley went to the point.

As they came around turns three and four on lap 13, Hensley, DeHart and Adkins were stacked up three-wide. Running near the wall, Adkins slingshoted off the turn and passed both DeHart and Hensley before reaching the flagstand.

In recent weeks once Adkins was in the lead, the race was over. That was not the case Sunday, Hensley fought back to regain the lead on lap 14.

Adkins finally took the lead for good, going down the back stretch on the 16th circuit.

Adam Jordan and DeHart got around Hensley over the final laps to finish second and third, respectively.

The limited late model feature was all John Melvin. He led all 15 laps to hold off Jeff Stevens. Melvin, seeking to be the first five-time driving champion at PRP increased his lead over Stevens, the two-time class champion, to 100.

Miller Notches Fourth MACS Victory in Rumble on the River 50

September 4th, 2006

“There was a lot of good competition here, whenever you see Billy Moyer roll in; you know it’s awesome racing with him. Usually when I go to his races I’m never good enough to race with him .” commented Miller in Victory Lane , “We’ve been running a different style Rocket (green car) and it’s really been awesome but we won with this one so we brought this one back and I’m glad we made the right choice. “I got to thank the Buckler’s, my car owners, cause if it wasn’t for them none of us would be here. This has all been a dream come true and the Rocket Chassis and the Jules motor have been an awesome combination this year.” concluded Miller.

Billy Moyer and defending Series Champion, Mike Balzano, paced the 24-car field to green with eventual winner Miller in fifth on the grid.

Balzano won the drag race to turn one with Moyer slotting into second over Bart Hartman, Miller and Doug Drown. Balzano set an astonishing pace but no one was letting the leader out of their sight. Moyer dogged Balzano for the lead until lap five when Miller, after gaining third one circuit earlier, moved into second relegating Moyer to third.

The first of six cautions flew on lap 7, which was the only thing to slow Balzano’s torrid pace. Balzano chose the outside with Miller flanked to his inside for the double file restart. The race into turn one was a dead heat and continued that way the entire way around the super smooth and wide racing surface until Miller narrowly nipped Balzano at the stripe to lead lap 8.

Another caution flew at the conclusion of lap 8 and stacked the field again for the final double file restart. Miller, like Balzano before him, chose the outside rail with Balzano this time hugging the inside. The leaders brought the field down for a picture perfect start. Miller was hurling around the outside while Balzano was nipping at his heels from the inside.

Miller maintained the point by the narrowest of margins over Balzano, current MACS point leader Jason Covert, from seventh; Moyer and Hartman. Lap 10 saw Covert squeeze past Balzano for second. Several times the top three came out of the corners three wide for the lead with Miller hanging on tenaciously over Covert, Balzano, Hartman and Moyer.

Back to back cautions on laps 20 and 21 kept the field stacked tightly on Miller. One of those cautions was for fourth place runner, Hartman as he coasted to a stop on the back chute. Miler was looking for some relief from the relentless onslaught of Covert, Balzano, Moyer, and Jim Bernheisel, from 12th. Miller through the slow downs never lost his rhythm as he continued to lead over Covert, Bernheisel, Balzano and Doug Dodd.

Miller bolted into lapped traffic for the second time on lap 31 trying to shake Covert’s assault for the lead. Covert was having nothing of the tactic as he matched Miller’ every move. With 15 laps remaining Miller was in command over Covert, Bernheisel, Balzano, and R.J. Conley, from 14th.

On lap 37 Covert’s fantastic run came to an abrupt halt as he crossed the start finish line and hooked a hard right into the infield. The final restart of the night saw Miller over Balzano, Bernheisel, Conley, and Drown.

Miller fired the field for the final time at the cone with his quartet of pursuers hot after him. Miller entered lapped traffic with two to go but he was able to hold off all challenges for the win over Conley, Balzano, Bernheisel, and Rod Conley, from thirteenth. The rest of the top ten included Drown, Eddie Carrier, Jr., from 11th; Shannon Thornsberry, Kenny Christy, from 19th; and Jackie Boggs, from sixteenth.

Event Recap:

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Track Record: 14.252 Josh McGuire

Car # – Driver Name

21M – Billy Moyer 14.440

75 – Bart Hartman 14.587

24M – Jeremy Miller 14.595

B7 – Ben Adkins 14.615

12D – Doug Drown 14.635

41M – Josh McGuire 14.665

E1 – Mike Balzano 14.682

71 – Delmas Conley 14.737

12 – Devin Friese 14.743

43A – Jason Covert 14.755

71C – R.J. Conley 14.775

19 – Steve Casebolt 14.817

72M – John Mason 14.855

28 – Eddie Carrier Jr. 14.945

43B – Aaron Bapst 14.961

21MJ – Jason Montgomery 14.967

14P – Jack Pencil 14.989

17T – Shannon Thornsberry 15.037

119 – Jim Bernheisel 15.043

71R – Rod Conley 15.048

53 – Tony Ruby 15.072

4B – Jackie Boggs 15.087

11M – Marty Huntley 15.132

10H – Paul Harris 15.134

77B – Barry Bragdon 15.155

9F – Mark Frazier 15.172

17 – Nick Dickson 15.182

51 – Craig Leist 15.220

2 – Joe Ramey 15.229

17S – D. Jay Miller 15.271

17* – Greg Oliver 15.305

C7 – Kenny Christy 15.323

158 – Butch Dowdy 15.364

18 – John Britsky 15.450

1*K – Bobby Kitchen 15.455

8T – Josh Tidwell 15.470

1N – Nick Bocook 15.493

K-9 – Kenny Mustain 15.502

2J – Mike Johnson 15.517

64T – Terry Hicks 15.564

W1 – Joe Whitt 15.749

JB1 – Josh Bocook 15.755

1A – Audie Swartz 15.815

17BW – Bill Williams 15.921

23 – Arnie Fields 15.953

51B – Randy Boggs 16.135

31 – Denny Chamberlain 16.230

T7 – Todd Smith 16.775

“Rumble on the River 50”

Fin. STR Car # Driver Name Payoff

1. 5. 24M Jeremy Miller $5,000.00

2. 14. 71C R.J. Conley $2,500.00

3. 2. E1 Mike Balzano $1,500.00

4. 12. 119 Jim Bernheisel $1,250.00

5. 13. 71R Rod Conley $1,150.00

6. 3 12D Doug Drown $1,100.00

7. 11. 28 Eddie Carrier, Jr. $1,050.00

8. 10. 17T Shannon Thornsberry $1,000.00

9. 19. C7 Kenny Kristy $900.00

10. 16. 4B Jackie Boggs $800.00

11. 9. 19 Steve Casebolt $700.00

12. 18. 12 Devin Friese $600.00

13. 22. 17 Nick Dickson $575.00

14. 20. 1A Audie Swartz $550.00

15. 17. 10H Paul Harris $525.00

16. 7. 43A Jason Covert $520.00

17. 21. 18 John Britsky $515.00

18. 1. 21M Billy Moyer $510.00

19. 8. 41M Josh McGuire $505.00

20. 24. 43B Aaron Bapst $500.00

21. 4. 75 Bart Hartman $500.00

22. 23. 31 Denny Chamberlain $500.00

23. 15. 72M John Mason $500.00

24. 6. B7 Ben Adkins $500.00

“Rumble on the River 50” 1. Jeremy Miller, Littlestown , PA ; 2. R.J. Conley, Wheelersburg , OH ; 3. Mike Balzano, Parkersburg , WV ; 4. Jim Bernheisel, Lebanon , PA ; 5. Rod Conley, Wheelersburg , OH ; 6. Doug Drown, Wooster , OH ; 7. Eddie Carrier Jr., Salt Rock, WV; 8. Shannon Thornsberry, Martin , KY ; 9. Kenny Christy, Vanceburg , Ky. ; 10. Jackie Boggs, Grayson , KY ; 11. Steve Casebolt, Richmond , IN ; 12. Devin Friese, St. Thomas , PA ; 13. Nick Dickson, Lewistown , Pa. ; 14. Audie Swartz, Minford , OH ; 15. Paul Harris, Prestonsburg , KY ; 16. Jason Covert, York Haven, Pa. ; 17. John Britsky, Indiana, PA; 18. Billy Moyer, Batesville , AR ; 19. Josh McGuire, Ashland , Ky. ; 20. Aaron Bapst, Jackson , Ohio ; 21. Bart Hartman, Zanesville , OH ; 22. Denny Chamberlain, Lost Creek, WV; 23. John Mason, Millersburg , OH ; 24. Ben Adkins, W. Portsmouth , Ohio .

Car Count: 48

Time of the Event: 35:01

Caution Laps: 7, 8, 10, 20, 21, 37

Lead Changes: 2

Lap Leaders: 1-7 Balzano; 8-50 Miller

Red Flags: None

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Bazell Oil presents the Sunoco Race Fuels 1st B Main: 1. Jackie Boggs, Grayson, KY; 2. Devin Friese, St. Thomas, PA; 3. Audie Swartz, Minford, OH; 4. Nick Bocook, Wheelersburg, Ohio; 5. Josh Tidwell, Batavia, Ohio; 6. Mike Johnson, Imperial, PA; 7. Terry Hicks, Grayson, Ky.; 8. Joe Whitt, Minford, Ohio; 9. Marty Huntley, West Union, OH; 10. Mark Frazier, Chillicothe , OH ; 11. Bobby Kitchen, Grove City , Ohio ; 12. Josh Bocook, Wheelersburg , Ohio ; 13. Jason Montgomery, Jackson , OH ; 14. Aaron Bapst, Jackson , Ohio ; 15. Craig Leist, Waverly, OH; 16. Bill Williams, Sardinia , Ohio ; 17. Kenny Mustain, Portsmouth , Ohio .

Goddard Performance presents the Warrior Chassis 2nd B Main: 1. Paul Harris, Prestonsburg, KY; 2. Kenny Christy, Vanceburg, Ky.; 3. John Britsky, Indiana, PA; 4. Greg Oliver, Jackson, Ohio; 5. Arnie Fields, Willingford, Ky.; 6. Joe Ramey, Ironton, Ohio; 7. Jack Pencil, Bedford, PA; 8. Todd Smith, Polmery, OH; 9. Butch Dowdy, South Shore, Ky.; 10. Randy Boggs, Grayson , KY ; 11. Delmas Conley, Wheelersburg , OH ; 12. D. Jay Miller, Elkins, W. Va. ; 13. Tony Ruby, Raceland , Ky. ; 14. Denny Chamberlain, Lost Creek, WV; 15. Nick Dickson, Lewistown , Pa. ; 16. Barry Bragdon, Wheelersburg , OH .

W &W Racing Supplies – Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic presents the Hoosier Tire Heat #1: 1. Billy Moyer, Batesville , AR ; 2. Josh McGuire, Ashland , Ky. ; 3. R.J. Conley, Wheelersburg , OH ; 4. Jason Montgomery, Jackson , OH ; 5. Greg Oliver, Jackson , Ohio ; 6. Mark Frazier, Chillicothe , OH ; 7. Randy Boggs, Grayson , KY ; 8. Josh Tidwell, Batavia , Ohio ; 9. Tony Ruby, Raceland , Ky. ; 10. Joe Whitt, Minford , Ohio .

Dave Poske Performance Parts presents the Rocket Chassis Heat #2: 1. Steve Casebolt, Richmond , IN ; 2. Bart Hartman, Zanesville , OH ; 3. Mike Balzano, Parkersburg , WV ; 4. Kenny Christy, Vanceburg , Ky. ; 5. Jackie Boggs, Grayson , KY ; 6. Nick Dickson, Lewistown , Pa. ; 7. Nick Bocook, Wheelersburg , Ohio ; 8. Denny Chamberlain, Lost Creek, WV; 9. Josh Bocook, Wheelersburg , Ohio ; 10. Jack Pencil, Bedford , PA.

Lias Tire Racing Division presents the American Racer Heat #3: 1. Shannon Thornsberry, Martin , KY ; 2. Jeremy Miller, Littlestown , PA ; 3. John Mason, Millersburg , OH ; 4. Marty Huntley, West Union , OH ; 5. Butch Dowdy, South Shore , Ky. ; 6. Audie Swartz, Minford , OH ; 7. Delmas Conley, Wheelersburg , OH ; 8. Craig Leist, Waverly, OH; 9. Todd Smith, Polmery , OH ; 10. Kenny Mustain, Portsmouth , Ohio .

GRT Chassis presents the ATL Fuel Cells Heat #4: 1. Eddie Carrier Jr., Salt Rock, WV; 2. Jim Bernheisel, Lebanon , PA ; 3. Ben Adkins, W. Portsmouth , Ohio ; 4. John Britsky, Indiana, PA; 5. Devin Friese, St. Thomas , PA ; 6. Paul Harris, Prestonsburg , KY ; 7. Mike Johnson, Imperial, PA; 8. Joe Ramey, Ironton , Ohio ; 9. Bill Williams, Sardinia , Ohio .

Mason Racin’ presents the BERT Transmission Heat #5: 1. Jason Covert, York Haven, Pa. ; 2. Rod Conley, Wheelersburg , OH ; 3. Doug Drown, Wooster , OH ; 4. Aaron Bapst, Jackson , Ohio ; 5. Arnie Fields, Willingford , Ky. ; 6. Bobby Kitchen, Grove City , Ohio ; 7. D. Jay Miller, Elkins, W. Va. ; 8. Terry Hicks, Grayson , Ky. ; 9. Barry Bragdon, Wheelersburg , OH .

2006 Championship Points

Car # Driver Name

1. 43A Jason Covert York Haven, PA 2985

2. E1 Mike Balzano Parkersburg , WV 2970

3. 119 Jim Bernheisel Lebanon , PA 2965

4. 24M Jeremy Miller Littlestown, PA 2685

5. 14P Jack Pencil Bedford , PA 2589

6. 12 Devin Friese St. Thomas, PA 2525

7. 17 Nick Dickson ® Lewistown, PA 2447

8. 31 Denny Chamberlain Lost Creek, WV 2097

9. 71R Rod Conley Wheelersburg , OH 1980

10. 30 Steve Shaver Parkersburg , WV 1890

11. W11 Robbie Blair Titusville , PA 1775

12. 17E Lance Elson ® Wellsburg , WV 1591

13. 19J Davey Johnson Latrobe , PA 1465

14. 90 Gary Stuhler Greencastle, PA 1429

15. 04 Bob Close Eldred, PA 1140

16. M7 Brad Malcuit ® Strausburg , OH 1083

17. 11J Keith Jackson Odenton, MD 1002

18. 1DJ D.J. Miller® Wooster , OH 986

19. 4F Alex Ferree Saxonburg, PA 933

20. 12D Doug Drown Wooster , OH 895

21. 3 David Scott Garland , PA 890

22. 00H Chuck Harper Beverly, WV 873

23. 71C R.J. Conley Wheelersburg , OH 850

24. 40 Dutch Davies Warren , PA 789

25. 75 Bart Hartman Zanesville , OH 745

® WRISCO Aluminum MACS ROY

MACS FACTS:

· 48 drivers from seven states including: Arkansas , Kentucky , Indiana , Ohio , Pennsylvania , and West Virginia .

· Also in the field were 3 of the current or past MACS Champions: Balzano (05); Pencil (02); and Chamberlain (97-98).

· Miller drivers the Charles Buckler Motorsports Rocket GTO, powered by a 415 Jules SB2 Chevrolet mounted with Ohlins Shocks and shod with Hoosier tires. His supporters include: Complete Flooring, TORCO Racing Fuels, and Jules Engines.

· The feature field contained 10 previous MACS A Main winners.

· The Series has had 59 different winners thus far in 177 events.

· 12 out of the top 25 in points were present.

· Career win leader board: 1.) Todd Andrews – 17; 2.) Chub Frank -15; 3.) Gary Stuhler -13; 4) Jackie Boggs and Robbie Blair -10; 6.) Lynn Geisler and Jeremy Miller -8, 7.) Davey Johnson -7; 8.) Mike Balzano – 6; 9.) Bob Close and Bart Hartman – 5

· 2006 Winner’s thus far: Jeremy Miller (4), Mike Balzano, Robbie Blair; Scott Bloomquist, Jason Covert, Scott Haus, Chad Hina and Gary Stuhler

· The average car count per event is 46

· 248 different drivers have competed in the first eleven MACS events this season

® WRISCO Aluminum MACS ROY Contenders

17 Nick Dickson ® 2447

17E Lance Elson ® 1591

79M Brad Malcuit ® 1083

1DJ D.J. Miller ® 985

AFCO “Shock the Clock” Time Trail Points presented Sue Stevenson Photography

Billy Moyer – 25

Bart Hartman – 20

Jeremy Miller – 18

Ben Adkins – 16

Doug Drown – 14

Doug Dodd – 12

Josh McGuire – 10

Mike Balzano – 8

Delmas Conley – 6

Jason Covert – 4

Malcuit Race Engines “Dash King” Competition presented Wild Side Custom Racing Trailers

Billy Moyer – 25

Mike Balzano – 20

Doug Drown – 18

Bart Hartman – 16

Jeremy Miller – 14

Ben Adkins – 12

Jason Covert – 10

Josh McGuire – 8

ASI Racewear Event Hard Charger Points

R.J. Conley – 12 Kenny Christy – 10 Nick Dickson – 9 Jim Bernheisel – 8

Rod Conley – 8 Jackie Boggs – 6 Devin Friese – 6 Audie Swartz – 6

Jeremy Miller – 4 Eddie Carrier, Jr. – 4 John Britsky – 4 Aaron Bapst – 4

Shannon Thornsberry – 2 Paul Harris – 2 Denny Chamberlain – 1

Thanks for your continued support and cooperation.

Boggs Back on Top After Bapst Gets Bopped

August 31st, 2006

While Boggs jumped to the lead from the outside pole and cruised to his sixth PRP feature win, Bapst started 10th.

The defending driver champion worked his way through the traffic. While Boggs was headed to the victory, Bapst was in position to maintain at least a 45-point lead for the driver¹s title.

That change in a flash. As he was preparing to lap Brett Foster on lap 23, Foster hit the wall on the front stretch and bounced into the side of Bapst¹s car.

In addition to sheet metal damage, Bapst had a tire go flat, which forced him out of the race in 15th position.

Boggs now leads Bapst by 15 points.

Doug Adkins continued his total dominance of the modified division. He won his ninth feature in 15 races. His point lead is so large, he could miss two races and still lead.

Tony DeHart and Andy French challenged Adkins before suffering mechanical problems.

Shawn Holliday finished second with Tim Tribby third.

For the first 13 1/2 laps, Audie Swartz looked unbeatable in the Pickett Concrete Limited Late Model Extravaganza, but over the final 1 1/2 circuits, Evyian Terry put together a late charge. Terry got up to Swartz¹s rear fender briefly, but Swartz was too strong and went on to his fifth victory.

John Melvin, placed fourth, and increased his points lead over defending class champion Jeff Stevens to 95.

The bombers put on the best race of the night. There were three lead changes over the first four laps with Darren Pendleton and Robbie Lewis swapping the lead back and forth.

When they came to the line on lap four, Jeremy Bretz had entered the fight. They came out of the fourth turn three wide. When they reached the flagstand, Pendleton was first, Bretz second and Lewis third with about six feet separating Pendleton and Lewis.

However, they ran out of space. Bretz, who was on the outside, hit the wall and nearly flipped. With Bretz out of the race, Pendleton and Lewis battled it out with Lewis getting up beside Pendleton on several occasions.

Lewis and Shane Pendleton enter action Saturday tied for the point lead with Darren Pendleton 10 points behind.

With two laps to go, Lewis appeared to bump the rear of Darren Pendleton¹s car as they were coming into turn four. Lewis spun right in front of Shane Pendleton. Pendleton nearly stopped, but managed to keep going while missing Lewis.

Darren Pendleton held off his cousin for his first win of the season. Shane Pendleton now leads the drivers¹ points by five over Darren Pendleton.

Lewis took a major hit. Although he passed a few cars in the closing laps, he finished 11th and now trails Shane Pendleton by 45.

Carrier Wins Dillow Memorial, Bapst Takes Point Lead

August 23rd, 2006

Eddie Carrier Jr. won for the second straight week at PRP and in the process
became a two-time winner of the Dillow Memorial. He previously won in 2003.
Carrier took the lead from the front row and never looked back.

After losing the bomber point lead last week, Robbie Lewis rebounded this
week to pull into a tie with Shane Pendleton. Lewis won the feature, while
Pendleton was fourth.

Darren Pendleton is third, 10 points behind the leaders.

Two-time defending champ Jeremie Bretz was second. Bretz has five victories
this season, one more than Lewis, but had to miss two races and is fourth in
points.

Doug Adkins continued his total dominance of the modified division. He held
off an early challenge by Tony DeHart before pulling away to an easy win.
The victory was the eighth in 14 features.

His points lead over runner-up Rick Hensley is more than 250 points.
In the most exciting race of the night, John Melvin bolted to the lead on a
restart with one lap to go.

Melvin and Audie Swartz got together coming out of turn two for the final
time. While both drivers maintained control of their vehicles, Swartz had to
drop back, which allowed Melvin to go on to his sixth win of the campaign.

Swartz had a big lead and the victory in hand until the caution flag flew on
lap 15. That set up a one-lap shootout.

On the restart, Melvin was able to get under Swartz. They went by the green
flag also dead even. The cars made contact in turn one and more significant
contact as they were existing turn two.

Melvin, a four-time division champion, increased his lead over defending
champion Jeff Stevens to 85 points. Stevens finished fifth.

The Dillow Family made Saturday one of the biggest nights of the season at
PRP. The family raised over $5,000, which was divided up among the four
divisions.

Adkins Runs to Seventh AMRA Road Warrior Mod Win at PRP

August 19th, 2006

Todd Robinson led the first 16 laps and had a comfortable lead when the
caution flag flew.

The restart put Adkins on Robinson¹s back bumper. When the green flag flew,
so did Adkins. He moved around Robinson to grab the lead.

Robinson stayed close. On lap 25, he made a charge as he and Adkins came
through turns three and four. The cars made contact coming around the turn.
Robinson backed out rather than spinning Adkins out.

Adkins was able to open up the lead over the final five circuits.

There was a new winner in the late model feature. Eddie Carrier Jr. grabbed
the pole by winning the dash. He got the jump on R.J. Conley at the start of
the race and led the rest of the way to claim win with Conley second.

After the race, Carrier said he would be at PRP this Saturday for the 12th
Annual Fred Dillow Memorial.

For several weeks, Audie Swartz had engine problems with his car smoking in
nearly every race. For the second straight week, Swartz¹s car wasn¹t smoking
and none of the other late model drivers could keep up with him.

Swartz won his second straight feature and his fourth of the season.

Behind Swartz, the leaders in the battle for the driving title were duking
it out.

Two-time defending class champion Jeff Stevens finished second. John Melvin,
a four-time class champion was third.

While Stevens cut five points off Melvin¹s lead for the 2006 title, Melvin
still has a 65-point advantage.

The two winningest bomber drivers battled it out for the lead over the first
10 1/2 laps before Jeremie Bretz grabbed the lead and went on to his fifth
victory of the season.

Robbie Lewis, a three-time winner, chased Bretz for the first nine laps.
They were even as they went under the flagstand on lap nine.

Lewis edged in front in turn one before clearing Bretz on the back stretch.

With a small lead, Lewis ran into trouble on lap 11. He went extremely high
in turn two. Bretz retook the lead and Lewis began falling back through the
field. He ultimately finished eighth.

Luke Dixon took over the runner-up spot. Shane Pendleton finished third and
Darren Pendleton grabbed fourth.

His third place finish allowed Shane Pendleton to take the driver¹s point
lead from Lewis. Trailing by 10 starting the night, Shane Pendleton now has
a 15-point lead.

Darren Pendleton drew into a tie with Lewis for second in points.

Bapst Takes Advantage of Restart to Chalk Up Win

August 10th, 2006

Bapst found a groove in the top half track and blew past Conley on the back
stretch following a restart on lap nine. Bapst stayed high and after taking
the lead, controlled the final 16 laps. The win also drew Bapst within 35 of
points leader Jackie Boggs as Bapst tries to claim his PRP third driver’s
title.

Paul Harris, who ran third, also moved within striking distance of Boggs. He
is 80 points down.

Doug Adkins won his sixth modified feature of the season, the most feature
wins by any driver at PRP this season, regardless of class.

By winning for the sixth time in 12 features, Adkins boosted his lead for
his first modified driver’s title to over 200 points.

Todd Robinson took the lead and held off Andy French in the early going as
French tried to win for the second straight week.

French, however, was forced out by mechanical woes.

Adkins picked up the chase. Adkins followed Bapst’s map to victory. He went
almost to the wall coming out of turn four and catapulted by Robinson on lap
nine.

Once in front, no one had anything for the West Portsmouth driver.
Eddie Harmon tried to challenge, but was forced out by mechanical troubles
before catching up with Adkins.

Audie Swartz charged by Jeff Stevens on lap three in the limited late model
feature and then went by John Melvin, down low, a lap later to take the lead
with four laps left.

Swartz pulled away to a comfortable lead and went on to his third victory of
the season. Melvin was comfortable ahead of third place Stevens.

Melvin added five points to lead over Stevens in the driver’s chase. The
margin is 70 points.

The Weaver Gas & Oil Bomber Shootout lived up to its name.

With four laps left, Shane Pendleton, Robby Lewis and Jeremie Bretz went
under the flagstand three-wide.

Bretz was third at the time, but as the cars went onto the back stretch,
Bretz, the two-time defending bomber champion, eased ahead. He was able to
hold off Lewis and Pendleton over the final 3 1/2 laps to claim his fourth
win of the season.

Lewis took second and Pendleton third. That allowed, Lewis to increase his
points lead over Pendleton to 10. Darren Pendleton finished fourth and is
third in points, 20 behind Lewis.

Harris Powers to LM Win at PRP

July 31st, 2006

Harris started fifth and methodically moved up. On lap 15, he passed Aaron Bapst for the lead, while Jackie Boggs, a five-time PRP feature winner this season and current point leader, passed Josh McGuire for fourth.

Harris had a nice lead until the caution flag flew with five laps to go. On the restart, Harris pulled away and went on to the win with Bapst, the defending class champion, hanging on to second with Boggs taking third and Nick Bocook moving into fourth place.

Andy French led every lap in picking up his second PRP modified feature win of the season. The South Shore, Ky., driver was under pressure almost the entire way. For most of the race, Eddie Harmon of Ironton, Ohio, was right behind him. With two laps left, Doug Adkins of West Portsmouth, Ohio, a five-time PRP winner this season and the current points leader, moved around Harmon, but did not have enough time to catch French.

French was coming out of the fourth turn looking for the checkered flag, but instead he saw the red flag. Greg Thompson and Greg Anderson collided on the back stretch with Thompson¹s car barrel-rolling down the back stretch in front of half the pack. That set up a one-lap shootout with Adkins right on French¹s bumper. French was strong enough to hold off Adkins¹ last-lap charge.

Evyian Terry of Boyd County grabbed his first PRP limited late model feature, but it was a costly one. Terry¹s engine gave way just after he crossed the finish line. Terry led the entire way. Audie Swartz challenged early in the race before being forced out of the race.

Defending series champion, Jeff Stevens actually passed Swartz on lap seven before Swartz retired. Todd Galloway finished third.

Points leader John Melvin overcame a starting at the back of the pack, jumping a restart and being sent to the back and spinning out and going to the tail a second time finished fourth.

Darren Pendleton won his first bomber feature of the season and threw the driver¹s championship into a war with just 10 points separating first from third.

Pendleton and Brett Carey battled for the lead throughout most of the 12-lap feature.

While Pendleton led most of the way, he and Brett Carey leaned on each other in turns one and two with Carey coming out on top. Moments later, Pendleton moved back in front.

Wayne Hughes grabbed second and defending champion Jeremie Bretz came from the back to claim third. Shane Pendleton settled for fourth Points leader, Robbie Lewis finished eighth.

Unofficially, Lewis still leads the points chase by five points over Shane Pendleton and 10 over Darren Pendleton.

Conley Bests Boggs in LM Feature

July 18th, 2006

A prior late model champion at PRP, Conley started from the pole and led he entire way. He opened up a comfortable early lead, but quickly caught the back of the pack. With drivers fighting for position and running two abreast, Conley had to take his time to get through. While Boggs closed the gap, he was unable to get up with Conley.

After the race, Conley had a member of his crew driver the car back to the pits and he went inside the fence to be with the fans on Kid’s Night. He signed autographs and, before it was over, gave away his cap and the trophy for winning the race.

In the modified feature, Doug Adkins and Rick Hensley battled from start to finish. They ran side-by-side until the first caution.

Adkins was ahead at the caution.

Hensley took the lead a lap later and maintained a slight advantage until Adkins pulled up beside him. Hensley led by inches after 16 laps. Adkins was back in front by half a car length after 17 laps and went on to his fifth win in 10 races.

The limited late model feature began with the top two drivers, John Melvin and Jeff Stevens, on the front row. They had combined to win six of the first eight features in the class.

A battle between Melvin and Stevens never materialized. Stevens ran into trouble going on to the back stretch on the opening circuit. The nose of the car was damage and Stevens was never a factor in the race.

Melvin led flag-to-flag for his fifth win of the season with Audie Swartz claiming the runners-up position.

The top five bomber drivers started in the top five positions on the grid for the final race of the night.

Jeremie Bretz broke Shane Pendleton’s two race winning streak with Pendleton taking second. The victory was the third of the season for Bretz, who tied Robbie Lewis for the most wins in the division. Lewis maintained his point lead over Pendleton, but saw it drop to 25.

‘Full Moon’ Type Night Haunts Racers at Big Country

July 12th, 2006

Although passed twice on lap 16, Shannon Thornsberry of Martin, Ky., led every lap until the last one. Thornsberry seemed to have the late model feature under control until he got crossed up in turn four on the final lap. The mistake allowed Paul Harris of Prestonsburg to get by in the final 200 yards to take the victory.

Thornsberry was actually passed twice on lap 16, but still came away with the lead.

On a restart after lap 15, Josh McGuire flew by Thornsberry on the outside. However, there was another caution before the lap was completed and Thornsberry was returned to the point.

The second restart was a replay of the first. McGuire again stormed to the front, but he ran into handling problems in turns one and two and dropped back to third.

Defending track champion Aaron Bapst started on the pole and was challenging for the lead until he ran into early trouble and dropped from second to the back half of the pack.

Current modified point leader, Doug Adkins was well on his to another win when he also experienced mechanic trouble on lap 11.

He lost the lead to Eddie Harmon and three laps later Adkins went to the pits when he lost a spring, Harmon¹s lead was brief. He nearly spun and went into the infield on lap 13 and Andy French of South Shore, Ky. grabbed the lead with Tyler Boggs moving into second.

Boggs was closing on French late in the race, but was unable to catch up. There were no surprises in the limited late models as the cars went green to checkered without a caution and the drivers stayed in line.

John Melvin, a four-time division champion, took the lead from the outside pole and stayed at the front for his fourth win of the season.

Melvin increased his points leader over defending class champion Jeff Stevens to 40. Evyian Terry chased Melvin all night, but had to settle for second. Jason Artis was third.

Five of the top six drivers started at the front of the bomber feature and they battled to the finish. Shane Pendleton won his second straight feature.

Jeremie Bretz, a two-time winner this season, got up beside Pendlton late in the race, but Pendleton was able to weather the challenge. Bretz finished second. Darren Pendleton was third and Brett Carey was fourth. Points leader, Robbie Lewis, battled back to finish fifth after being sent to the rear for hitting the cone on a restart.

Patience Pays Off for Bloomquist

July 5th, 2006

Bloomquist started 11th and slowly started picking off cars. He passed R.J. Conley on lap 50 to take over second. He needed 11 more circuits to catch up with and pass Davey Johnson for the lead.

Once at the front Bloomquist pulled away for the win the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series sanctioned race.

At various stages of the race, Johnson showed a lot of muscle. He took the lead at the drop of the green and quickly bolted out to a sizeable lead. When he caught the back of the field, Johnson ran into major problems putting John Whitney a lap down. He needed over four laps.

Johnson tried to power his way under Whitney as they came out of turn four on lap 27. They bumped, but Whitney maintained the edge. Whitney moved up the track as the cars went into turn three on the next circuit. However, Conley had erased Johnson¹s lead and was able to pass both the leader and Whitney.

The Conley lead was brief. Following a caution on lap 35, Conley decided to start on the inside with Johnson on the outside. When the green fell, Johnson went back to the point and stayed there until lap 61.

Robbie Blair had the only car that might have challenged for the win, if he had a better starting position. Blair won a B Main to get into the feature. He battled his way up to seventh.

Doug Adkins won his third modified feature. In a replay of the night before, Adkins took the feature win with David McWilliams second.

Adkins continues to pull away as he seeks his first driving title at PRP.

Jeff Stevens took another step toward a third straight Limited Late Model title. He led four-time champion John Melvin to the checkered flag.

Miller Dominates Nifty 50 at PRP

July 2nd, 2006

A caution on lap 13, brought Miller back to the field. When action resume, Miller could not get away from Shaver.

Running higher on the track than Miller, Shaver grabbed the lead on lap 15. Miller and Shaver swapped the lead seven more times before another caution on lap 29 with Miller in front.

When the action went back to green, Miller was once again in command. He was unchallenged over the closing 22 circuits.

Jim Bernheisel, who started 15th, moved around Shaver and brought Rod Conley with him.

While settling for second Bernheisel also picked up the hardcharge award for improving 13 positions.

Doug Adkins strengthened his advantage in the modified points chase by winning his second straight A-Main.

Andy French led the first 11 laps with David Mc-Williams a close second. They came to the stripe three-wide to close out lap 12. There was less than five feet between Adkins and third place French with McWilliams sandwiched in between as they went passed the flagstand.

Once at the point, Adkins opened up the lead. A caution after lap 18 set up a two-lap shootout. McWill-iams mounted a charge, but it was not enough to get by Adkins.

Shane Pendleton picked up its first feature win of the season at PRP in the bomber A-main.

Pendleton led wire-to-wire, but it was not easy. Robbie Lewis and Darren Pendleton were in hot pursuit in the early going.

They bumped on lap five, and two-time defending class champion Jeremie Bretz moved into second place and took up the chase.

Twice, Bretz was able to get a fender under Pendleton coming out of turn two. Both times, Pendleton¹s car had the muscle going down the backstretch to withstand the challenges.

Lewis, current points leader, was third with Shane Pendleton fourth.

Boggs Runs Away from LM Field, Wins 5th

June 26th, 2006

Only six races into the season, Boggs already has a lead of more than 100 points over runner-up Barry Bragdon.

Paul Harris moved around Aaron Bapst on lap 12 to claim second place. Mark Frazier of Chillicothe, Ohio, got into the A-Main by winning the B-Main. After starting 19th, Frazier fought his way through the field to claim fourth.

Modified point leader Doug Adkins tacked on to his lead by winning his second feature. He took the lead from Adam Jordan on lap five. Although Jordan stayed close, Adkins maintained the lead. Rick Hensley moved up to third and Eddie Harmon finished fourth.

Two-time defending limited late model driver Jeff Fields won his first feature of the season. John Melvin, winner of three of the first five features, spun on the first lap and went to the tail.

When action resumed, Melvin passed eight cars in next two laps to get back into contention. Evyian Terry mounted a charge, but Stevens was able to hold him off.

The opening six laps of the bomber feature was a war at the front among Jeremie Bretz, Shane Pendleton, Darren Pendleton and Robbie Lewis with Brett Carey running fifth and looking for a chance to move up.

The front four swapped positions and traded paint on every circuit. On lap two, Bretz and the Pendleton Cousins ran nearly half a lap, three abreast. For nearly the entire six laps, there were at least two cars running side-by-side.

Darren Pendleton and Lewis bumped and went up the track on lap five and fell back in the pack.

On lap seven, Carey was third and running low coming out of turn two. Darren Pendleton forced his way under Carey and Lewis somehow got even lower. There was contact with Pendleton coming out the worst and was forced out of the race.

When action resumed, Bretz was in the lead. Lewis, a three-time winner this season, finally moved into second, but he was unable to over take Bretz, who won his second feature.

The MAC late models will be at PRP this weekend. There will be a 50-lap feature with $5,000 to win on Saturday and a 75-lap, $10,000 to win A-main on Sunday. The modifieds will run both nights. The bombers will be running Saturday and the limited late models on Sunday.

Boggs Runs Away From the Field for Feature Win

June 20th, 2006

Taylor Adds a Womans Touch to PRP’s Winners Circle

June 2nd, 2006

Taylor has been driving for several years, but until recently most of her nights ended in the B-Main. However, she served notice she was going to be a factor when she won her heat race Saturday.

While Taylor took the lead on lap two and led the rest of the way in the 20-lapper, it was anything but easy, especially over the final 10 laps. Under green in the first half of the race, Taylor was pulling away from the pack. She was on top by over 100 yards and had just lapped her first car when the caution flag flew.

Over the final 10 laps, there were six more cautions, which put Doug Adkins on her back bumper. On each restart, Adkins tried to charge around Taylor on the outside. As Adkins went high, third place Anthony Slusher dove under Adkins.

Taylor held off each restart and came home with a comfortable lead.

In the late model feature, it was Jackie Boggs again. The Grayson driver got a great start and went from the second row to to the point on the first lap.

Once in the lead, no one could catch him as he won for the second straight week. Josh McGuire of Ashland, the opening week winner, was able to move up to second, but he was unable to run down Boggs. R.J. Conley was third. Paul Harris came from the rear to finish fourth. Barry Bragdon went to the rear later than Harris and moved up to sixth.

John Melvin, the all-time winningest driver at PRP, added another victory in the limited late models. Evyian Terry chased Melvin, but could not catch up to him.

The first 3 1/2 laps of the bomber feature couldn’t have been closer. Jeremie Bretz, first week winner, and Robbie Lewis, second week winner, started on the first row and ran side-by-side until they started down the back stretch for the fourth time.

A car heading for the pits, floated up in front of Lewis, forcing him to drop in behind Bretz to avoid an accident. However, the caution fell for an accident back in the pack before Bretz and Lewis could get around the turn and finish the lap.

As a result, the lineup reverted to the position at the end of lap three. That had Lewis in front. While Bretz stayed close, he could not get around. Darren Pendleton finished third with his cousin Shane Pendleton taking fourth.

McGuire Starts Season with First LM Win

May 18th, 2006

A two-time bomber driving champion at PRP, McGuire jumped to the lead from the pole. By the middle of the 25-lap feature, he had a straight away lead over runner-up Boggs.

As McGuire caught up with the back of the field, Boggs made up a little distance, but he never got close enough to put any pressure on McGuire. Drown followed Boggs across the finish line. R.J. Conley ran fourth with Barry Bragdon fifth.

Eddie Harmon of Ironton, Ohio, opened his bid to return to the top of the modified ranks. Andy French led the first half of the race. Harmon, however, was closing when French slipped up the track coming out of turn four on lap 13.

Harmon dove under French and ran away from the pack. French’s problem in turn four was an omen of things to come. His tire was going down and he was finally forced out of the race on the final lap.

Rick Hensley and Tony DeHart tried to mount late charges, but Harmon was just too strong.

The limited late model feature was a three-car race, including Audie Swartz, John Melvin, the winningest driver in the division, and Jeff Stevens, the defending division champion.

Melvin had a shot to get around Swartz for the lead midway through the 15-lap feature, but a caution flag flew as Melvin was pulling up beside Swartz.

When action resumed, Swartz stayed on the point with Melvin second and Stevens third.

Jeremie Bretz started the 2006 season as he ended the last two seasons, dominating the bomber division. He took the lead early and was never really threatened the rest of the way.

Darren Pendleton was Bretz’s closest pursuer with Shane Pendleton taking third.

NASCAR Veteran Schrader Shows How It’s Done on Dirt

August 23rd, 2005

Schrader and Wallace turned in the quick times in their divisions during qualifying. Wallace, however, ran into trouble during the modified dash. Doug Adkins spun out and then slid down the track just catching the right rear of Wallace’s Stacker 2 modified. The accident not only put Wallace out of the dash, but also ended his evening.

Unable to race, Wallace announced several of the later races, including the late model feature.

Jackie Boggs led early before being sidelined with mechanical problems. Eddie Carrier Jr. took the point and led two laps. During those laps, Schrader and PRP points leader Aaron Bapst made contact and an early exit from the race.

Following the restart, Schrader needed two laps to get to the lead. He went around Carrier on the high side to lead after 13 laps. Schrader led the final laps for the win.

With his early exit, Bapst finished 21st in the 22 car field. However, Kenny Christy, runner-up in the points chase, could not take advantage because his was the first car out of the event. Ben Adkins, third in points, also left early and failed to overtake Bapst.

Todd Robinson won his first PRP feature of the season, He took the lead when eddie Harmon was forced to retire from the race. Once in front, there was no catching Robinson. Doug Adkins was second and Tony DeHart took third, but they only made a few points up on leader Adam Jordan.

Late in his heat race, it appeared Jordan would at least have to go through the B-main to make the feature, but everything fell his way and he won the race. That gave him a good starting spot for the feature and he took advance to claim fourth.

NASCAR Night
A-Main: Kenny Schrader, Eddie Carrier Jr., Chuckie May, Greg Oliver, Chris Combs, Rod Conley, Josh Bocook, Josh McGuire, Jason Montgomery, Jason Tolliver, Paul Davis.
Dash: Eddie Carrier Jr., Ben Adkins, Aaron Bapst, Jackie Boggs, Kenny Schrader, Jason Montgomery.
Heat I:Greg Oliver, Rod Conley, Chris Wilson, Josh Bocook.
Heat II: Delmas Conley, Kenny Christy, Paul Davis, Jason Tolliver.
Heat III: Chuckie May, Chris Combs, R.J. Conley, Audie Swartz.
B-Main I: Kevin Wagner, Josh McGuire.
B-Main II: Mark Frazier, Craig Leist.

Modified
B: Todd Robinson, Doug Adkins, Tony DeHart, Adam Jordan, Rick Hensley, Mike Long, David McWilliams, Tim Wilson, Joey Back, Greg Anderson.
Dash: Eddie Harmon, Todd Robinson, Tim Brown, Tom Moore, Kenny Wallace, Doug Adkins.
Heat I: Randy Boggs, David McWilliams.
Heat II: Tony DeHart, Mike Long.
Heat III: Rick Hensley, Greg Thompson.
Heat IV: Tim Wilson, Weasel Rhoads.
Heat V: Adam Jordan, Scott Skinner.
B-Main I: Randy Anderson, Adam Colley.
B-Main II: Andy French, Jon Henry.
B Main III: David Fitzpatrick, Greg Anderson.

Boggs Blows Away Field to Win Dillow Memorial

August 24th, 2005

Jason Montgomery turned in his best effort of the season. He got around Paul Davis on a restart at lap 19 to grab second. R.J. Conley started 19th after winning the B-main. He carved through the traffic to claim sixth and win the hard charger award. The three drivers, Aaron Bapst, Kenny Christy and Ben Adkins, are contenting for the late model driving title. The two that lose will point as the races Thursday and Saturday as when the title slipped away.

All three drivers had two horrible nights, finishing at the back or near the back. When the weekend was over, Bapst was still on top with Christy 35 points back. Adkins remained a distance third.

The modified feature had the fans on their feet. After stalking Adam Jordan for seven laps, Doug Adkins inched ahead as they hit the end of the back stretch for the final time. Adkins and Jordan roared out of turn four with Adkins beating Jordan to the checkered flag by about three feet for his sixth modified feature win in 12 tries.

Although he did not win the race, Jordan did extend his lead in the chase for his first driver’s championship over second place Tony DeHart to over 100 points.

The limited late model feature had a familiar ring. Jeff Stevens, the defending class champion, won his third straight feature. The most recent victory allowed Stevens to draw even with Evyian Terry in the battle for the 2005 title. Terry entered the night with a 15-point lead.

With five points awarded for each position, Terry’s fourth place finished erased his lead. Audie Swartz followed Stevens with Joe Whitt third.

Defending bomber champion and current points leader Jeremie Bretz’s car suffered mechanical problem and he was forced to borrow his dad’s car and start at the rear of the bomber feature. He turned what could have been a disaster into a seventh place finish and still has a lead of over 100 points.

Brett Carey, runner-up in points, won his second feature of the season. Don Good, who only returned to racing at PRP, was second.

Late Model
A-Main: Jackie Boggs, Jason Montgomery, Paul Davis, Audie Swartz, Rod Evans, R.J. Conley, Mark Frazier, Josh McGuire, Greg Oliver, Brian Eaton
Dash: Edie Carrier Jr., Jackie Boggs, Aaron Bapst, Paul Harris, Audie Swartz, Mark Frazier.
Heat I: Jason Montgomery, Ben Adkins, Greg Oliver, Josh Bocook,
Heat II: Josh McGuire, Rod Evans, Kevin Wagner, Craig Leist.
Heat III: Kenny Christy, Dennis Little, Jason Tolliver, Chris Conley.
B-Main: R.J. Conley, Bill Bocook, Delmas Conley, Brian Eaton.

Modified
A-Main: Doug Adkins, Adam Jordan, Todd Robinson, Mike Roediger, Andy French, Rick Hensley, David Kelley, Randy Anderson, Eddie Harmon, Brandy Taylor.
Heat I: Andy French, Rick Hensley, Todd Robinson, Tim Wilson, Mike Samson.
Heat II: Mike Roediger, Greg Anderson, Randy Anderson, Bud Frazier, Tony DeHart.
Heat III: Adam Jordan, Doug Adkins, Brandy Taylor, David Kelley, Danny Teegarden.
B-Main: Eddie Harmon, John Brady Jr., Scott Linville, Chris Tackett, Josh Weigmann.

Limited Late Model
A-Main: Jeff Stevens, Audie Swartz, Joe Whitt Evyian Terry, Jason Artis, Tony Journey, John Melvin, Todd Galloway, Vincent Bender, jamie Roush, Allen Wooten.
Heat I: John Melvin, Jeff Stevens, Charlie Swartz, Evyian Terry, Allen Wooten.
Heat II: Joe Whitt, Todd Galloway, Jason Artis, Jamie Roush, Steve Dillow.

Bomber
A-Main: Brett Carey, Don Good, Henry Ervin, Danny Hamilton, George Meade, Benji Dean, Jeremie Bretz, Shane Pendleton, Rick Brown, Ken Aldridge.
Heat I: Brett Carey, Darren Pendleton,Danny Hamilton, Jackie Bretz, Benji Dean.
Heat II: Wayne Hughes, George Meade, Henry Ervin, Don Good, Shane Pendleton.

NASCAR Veterans Coming to PRP

August 10th, 2005

“I want to spend my time racing,” Schrader said. “It’s not only my job, but it’s also my hobby. I love the time that I get to spend behind the wheel, and as long as I can, I’m going to race whenever I get the chance.”

Schrader will bring his own late model, and Wallace will be present with his modified. Both racers will battle it out with PRP regulars on the 3/8-mile, dirt oval, and the night of racing should truly be entertaining.

Upon their arrival and throughout their stay, the Missouri-born NASCAR drivers will receive the warmest hospitality Portsmouth has to offer, but when the green flag drops, they will be treated no differently than the other competitors on the track. They are not coming to PRP to merely run exhibition parade laps. Both Schrader and Wallace will be on hand to race!

Gates will open at 4 p.m., and the racing will begin around 7:30. Late models and modifieds will be the only two divisions run.

General admission tickets for ages 16-and-up are $20 dollars, Pits are $30, ages 7-through-15 are $10 dollars, and children under six years of age get in free.

It’s kind of ironic how Schrader and Wallace are returning to a track such as PRP after having made their living on the big asphalt tracks present on the NASCAR schedule. After all, both drivers began their careers at tracks similar to PRP, especially Schrader, who actually co-owns I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., which is one of the 3/8-mile dirt tracks where he grew up racing.

For the past 19 years, Schrader has focused on racing full-time in NASCAR’s Cup Division. During that span, he has won four times, posted 23 poles, competed in nearly 600 races, and collected more than $20 million dollars in earnings. Throughout his Cup career, Schrader has driven for such car owners and teams as Elmo Langley, Junie Dunlavey, Rick Hendrick, Andy Petree, and MB2 Motorsports. Schrader presently drives the No. 49 Schwan’s Dodge for BAM Motorsports.

Prior to his NASCAR career, Schrader enjoyed great success on dirt tracks. He won the USAC Silver Crown championship in 1982, and he followed that up by taking top honors in the USAC Sprint Car division in 1983.

Regardless of whether Schrader is behind the wheel of a sprint, late model, or Nextel Cup stock car, one thing is for certain, he loves to race. That’s no exaggeration. At one point in his career, he was running in excess of 100 races a year. In recent years, Schrader has cut that number back to about 80 races a season.

Like Schrader, Wallace has also driven numerous types of racecars in a variety of sanctioned series.

Wallace was the 1982 Street Stock State Champion in Illinois. Wallace has also competed in the Nextel Cup Series and ASA where he was Rookie of the Year in 1986. He presently drives the Stacker 2 machine for ppc Racing in the NASCAR Busch Series.

While Wallace, the younger brother of 1989 Cup champ Rusty Wallace, has established himself as a great driver, it’s arguably his quick wit, humor, and happy-go-lucky personality which have earned him a special place in the hearts of race fans.

Both Wallace and Schrader can be seen regularly on the Speed Channel voicing their opinions and hamming it up. On Thursday, August 18th, it will be a pleasure to have them racing wheel to wheel with the Portsmouth area’s homegrown crop of drivers at PRP.

Boggs Benefits From Role-Reversal

August 1st, 2005

Conley passed Boggs on lap 17 and had things under control until he and Brett Foster, who Conley was trying to lap, got together on lap 22. Less than a full lap later, Boggs grabbed the lead coming out of turn two and went on to the victory. Conley settled for second.

Rod Conley, who went to the tail after a spin on lap four, rebounded to finish third. Points leader Aaron Bapst led the first seven laps and was looking to lengthen his lead after Kenny Christy, the runner-up in the points, was involved in a lap 12 accident and set to the rear.

Bapst was still running second when his car broke on lap 14.

What at first appeared to be a disastrous night for Christy ended on a high note with an eighth place finish. While Bapst still leads the points chase, Christy is within 20 points of the leader.

Adam Jordan’s bid for a first modified driving title got a huge boost. He and Doug Adkins, who trailed Jordan by 30 points, put on a classic battle for the lead in the accident-marred race.

Adkins led until lap 15 when Jordan edged in front, but two laps later, Adkins was back on the point. However, a flat with two laps to go sent Adkins to the pits and Jordan’s points lead soaring. Jordan went on to win the race.

Eddie Harmon was running second until his car died on a restart at lap eight. After a push, Harmon restarted, but in last place behind 19 cars. He passed three cars on lap 11 to improve to ninth. Four laps later, the Ironton, Ohio, driver was seventh. He passed Tony DeHart on lap 16, Greg Anderson on 17, Chris Adkins on 18, with Adkins also dropping out and Randy Anderson on 19 to move into second place. He was closing on Jordan, but was unable to catch him.

The race started with a spectacular accident when Rick Hensley rolled his car going into turn one. He was uninjured. Jeff Stevens’ bid for a second straight limited late model title also got a boost.

Points lead Evyian Terry had finished in the top five in all 10 features, but that string ended as a mechanical failure put him out of the race early. Stevens made the most of his opportunity by passing Charlie Swartz for the lead on lap seven and leading the rest of the way for his second straight feature win.

Swartz, who took the lead from John Melvin on lap six, held on to second. Terry still held on to the points lead, but a 65-point edge entering the night is down to 15.

Defending bomber champion Jeremie Bretz started on the pole. That was the prescription for the Maysville, Ky., driver’s seven victory in 10 bomber features this season.

Brett Carey started on the outside pole and was able to stay with Bretz, even pulling along side once midway through the race, but he could not get around. Roger Kepler became the second driver to be upside down. He rolled his car in turn four. Like Hensley, Kepler was only shaken up a bit.

Bretz is the runaway leader in the points race with a 145-point advantage over Carey.

Photo credit: MarksPhoto.com

R.J. Conley Steers Through Traffic to Win

July 25th, 2005

Two laps later, Rod Conley found his way around Boggs to take second. Boggs was able to hold on to third place with Ben Adkins taking fourth. Doug Adkins won his second straight modified feature and his fifth of the season. Adkins went around points leader Adam Jordan as they headed down the back stretch on lap five and was unchallenged the rest of the way. Jordan stayed in second place and saw his points’ lead drop to 30 over Adkins.

Defending points champion Eddie Harmon started 14th and worked his way up to third, but his car made contact with another car in turn four and lost the handling on his car. Harmon had to drop out a lap later and finished deep in the pack.

Defending limited late model champion Jeff Stevens won his first A-Main of the season. John Melvin led early with Charlie Swartz in hot pursuit. On lap seven, Swartz made a move to pass Melvin on the back stretch. As Swartz went high, Stevens, who was running third, powered under both to lead as the cars went into turn three. Stevens made the pass stick and led to the finish.

Current points leader, Evyian Terry moved around Swartz on lap 12 and continued on to another second place finish. He lost only five points of his lead and still has a 65-point advantage over Stevens.

Jeremie Bretz made an early exist from the Bomber feature last week. He went to the point on lap two Saturday and went on to his sixth win of the season. However, Bretz was not able to pull away from the field as he had done in his other wins. Brett Carey, who won last week and is second in points, stayed close, but could not get around Bretz. With the win, the Maysville, Ky., driver has a dominant 140-point lead as he seeks to repeat as the bomber points champion.

The best race of the night was actually a bomber heat race. The first four laps were a six-car battle as the drivers ran two- and three-wide and swapped positions. On the fourth lap, they went into turn three four-wide. Bretz ran the rim and came to the flagstand with a slight lead over David Dunn and George Meade. The cars were still battling when a caution flag fell and the cars were put in single file for the final two laps.

Late Model
A-Main: R.J. Conley, Rod Conley, Jackie Boggs, Ben Adkins, Aaron Bapst, Audie Swartz, Nick Bocook, Marty Huntley, Josh McGuire.
Dash: Jackie Boggs, R.J. Conley, Rod Conley, Audie Swartz, Ben Adkins, Josh McGuire.
Heat I: Ron Hinds, Nick Bocook, Paul Davis, Brett Foster.
Heat II: Aaron Bapst, Tony Ruby, Butch Dowdy, Josh Bocook.
Heat III: Kenny Christy, Bill Bocook, Randy Boggs, Kevin Wagner.
B-Main: Marty Huntley, Ralph Withem.

Modified
A-Main: Doug Adkins, Adam Jordan, Randy Anderson, Adam Colley, Rick Hensley, Tony DeHart, Weasel Rhoads, Greg Anderson, Duane Pick, Brandy Taylor.
Heat I: Randy Anderson, Scott Skinner, Rick Hensley, David Kelley, Tony DeHart.
Heat II: Doug Adkins, Todd Robinson, Brandy Taylor, Eddie Harmon, Derick Walker.
Heat III: Adam Jordan, Weasel Rhoads, Adam Colley, Larry Lute, Chuck Yeley.
B-Main: Tim Wilson, Greg Anderson, Keith Anderson, Duane Pick, Scott Linville.

Limited Late Model
A-Main: Jeff Stevens, Evyian Terry, Tony Journey, Charlie Swartz, Todd Galloway, Joe Whitt, Jamie Roush, Myron Shaffer, Paul Wise, John Melvin.
Heat I: Charlie Swartz, John Melvin, Tony Journey, Jeff Stevens, Todd Galloway.
Heat II: Evyian Terry, Jason Artis, Allen Wooten, Joe Whitt, Tommy Joseph.

Bomber
A-Main: Jeremie Bretz, Brett Carey, Benji Dean, Shane Pendleton, Wayne Hughes, George Meade, Darren Pendleton, Jimmy Cox, Danny Hamilton, Hackie Bretz.
Heat I: Jeremie Bretz, David Dunn, George Meade, Don Good, Jimmy Cox.
Heat II: Brett Carey, Shane Pendleton, Darren Pendleton, Benji Dean, Charles Applegate.

Photo credit: Marks Photo

Bapst Dominates On Way to Third Season A-Main Win

July 18th, 2005

Doug Adkins and Ron Hinds swapped the position back-and-forth until Adkins took the position for good on lap 22. Hinds ran into trouble on the last lap and fell back in the pack. Paul Harris grabbed third.

After running third in the early stages of the modified feature, Doug Adkins moved round David McWilliams on Lap six and Edie Harmon on the next lap to take the lead. Once in front, Adkins motored away to his fourth victory of the season.

McWilliam grabbed second when he passed Harmon on lap 13. Modified points leader Adam Jordan ran into trouble and was forced to the pits early. He finished 14th. It appeared most of his 40-point lead over runner-up Tony DeHart would disappear. However, DeHart spun on the final lap and finished only one position ahead of Jordan. Adkins drew even with DeHart.

Tony Journey turned in another dominating performance in the limited late models. Evyian Terry, current points leader, led very early, but by lap three Journey was in front and no one could catch him. Journey won for the fifth time this year.

Terry held on to second, while his closest challengers for the driving title,Jeff Stevens and John Melvin, were third and fourth, respectively. Brett Carey passed Henry Ervin going down the back stretch on lap two and held the lead the rest of the way for hid first PRP victory of the season.

Don Good, who only recently returned to racing, grabbed second. Darren Pendleton ran third.

Points leader Jeremie Bretz, winner of five of seven previous bomber feature, had problems in his heat race and started 16th in the feature. He worked his way though the traffic and was running fifth when he slapped the wall. After a couple of more circuits, he had to retire from the race.

Even with the early exit, Bretz holds a commanding lead as he seeks his second straight driving title.

Carey broke out of a tie with Pendleton and Wayne Hughes to take over second in the points race with Pendleton five points behind him. Hughes was sixth in the race and is another 15 points behind Pendleton.

NASCAR Stars to Visit Portsmouth Raceway Park

July 19th, 2005

“I want to spend my time racing,” Schrader said. “It’s not only my job, but it’s also my hobby. I love the time that I get to spend behind the wheel, and as long as I can, I’m going to race whenever I get the chance.”

Schrader will bring his own late model, and Wallace will be present with his modified. Both racers will battle it out with PRP regulars on the 3/8-mile, dirt oval, and the night of racing should truly be entertaining.

Upon their arrival and throughout their stay, the Missouri-born NASCAR drivers will receive the warmest hospitality Portsmouth has to offer, but when the green flag drops, they will be treated no differently than the other competitors on the track. They are not coming to PRP to merely run exhibition parade laps. Both Schrader and Wallace will be on hand to race!

Gates will open at 4 p.m., and the racing will begin around 7:30. Late models and modifieds will be the only two divisions ran.

Advanced ticket sales for the event can be purchased at Boone Coleman Construction in West Portsmouth, Dixie Thunder in the Huntington Mall, or at any one of the Barbour Auto Parts locations throughout the area.

General admission tickets for ages 16-and-up are $20 dollars, ages 7-through-15 are $10 dollars, and children under six years of age get in free.

It’s kind of ironic how Schrader and Wallace are returning to a track such as PRP after having made their living on the big asphalt tracks present on the NASCAR schedule. After all, both drivers began their careers at tracks similar to PRP, especially Schrader, who actually co-owns I-55 Raceway in Pevely, Mo., which is one of the 3/8-mile dirt tracks where he grew up racing.

For the past 19 years, Schrader has focused on racing full-time in NASCAR’s Cup Division. During that span, he has won four times, posted 23 poles, competed in nearly 600 races, and collected more than $20 million dollars in earnings. Throughout his Cup career, Schrader has driven for such car owners and teams as Elmo Langley, Junie Dunlavey, Rick Hendrick, Andy Petree, and MB2 Motorsports. Schrader presently drives the No. 49 Schwan’s Dodge for BAM Motorsports.

Prior to his NASCAR career, Schrader enjoyed great success on dirt tracks. He won the USAC Silver Crown championship in 1982, and he followed that up by taking top honors in the USAC Sprint Car division in 1983.

Regardless of whether Schrader is behind the wheel of a sprint, late model, or Nextel Cup stock car, one thing is for certain, he loves to race. That’s no exaggeration. At one point in his career, he was running in excess of 100 races a year. In recent years, Schrader has cut that number back to about 80 races a season.

Like Schrader, Wallace has also driven numerous types of racecars in a variety of sanctioned series.

Wallace was the 1982 Street Stock State Champion in Illinois. Wallace has also competed in the Nextel Cup Series and ASA where he was Rookie of the Year in 1986. He presently drives the Stacker 2 machine for ppc Racing in the NASCAR Busch Series.

While Wallace, the younger brother of 1989 Cup champ Rusty Wallace, has established himself as a great driver, it’s arguably his quick wit, humor, and happy-go-lucky personality which have earned him a special place in the hearts of race fans.

Both Wallace and Schrader can be seen regularly on the Speed Channel voicing their opinions and hamming it up. On Wednesday, July 20th, it will be a pleasure to have them racing wheel to wheel with the Portsmouth area’s homegrown crop of drivers at PRP.

Bragdon Pulls Away for First Points Win this Season at PRP

July 12th, 2005

Points leader Aaron Bapst was fourth and added substantially to his lead over three of the next four drivers. The only person not seeing their deficit increase greatly was fifth placed Kenny Christy. He moved by Bill Bocook into second in points, 25 behind Bapst.

After missing both races the past weekend after a hard crash in a heat race, defending modified champion Eddie Harmon charged to a win Saturday. Leading in points before last weekend, Harmon dropped to sixth, 165 points behind Adam Jordan. Harmon was victimized early in the race when he passed Rick Hensley, but the caution fell before the lap was completed and Hensley restarted on the point.

Harmon finally took the lead on lap 18, but Hensley went back in front going down the back stretch. However, the caution fell before they reach the flagstand. This time Harmon went back to the front. He held off Hensley for his second win of the season.

Todd Robinson and current point lead Adam Jordan started near the back of the pack after coming through the B-Main and finished third and fourth, respectively Tony DeHart finished fifth and took over second in the points, 40 behind Jordan.

In the limited late model feature, it was not a good thing to be in front of John Melvin. Tony Jordan led until he lost a wheel on lap seven, handing the lead to Melvin. Jeff Stevens moved around Melvin on lap 10, but his car shut down on lap 12. Handing the lead back to Melvin.

The Coal Grove, Ohio, driver went on to his fourth win of the season with points leader Evyian Terry finishing second. The finish allowed Terry to extended his advantage over Stevens and Journey, who entered the day in second and third, respectively.

Jeremie Bretz took the lead on lap five and ran away for his fifth bomber victory in seven races. The defending division champion, Bretz is running away with the points this season. He can miss a race and still have the lead. Brett Carey finished second and improved his fifth place standing in the points race. Don Good, who only returned to racing last week, took third.

Late Model

A Main: Barry Bragdon, Greg Oliver, Audie Swartz, Aaron Bapst. Kenny Christy, Randy Boggs, Josh McGuire, Josh Bocook, Jason Tolliver, D.J. Miller.
Dash: Steve Lucas, Barry Bragdon, Greg Oliver, Josh McGuire, Randy Boggs, Kenny Christy.
Heat I: Bill Bocook, Ron Hinds, D.J. Miller, Josh Bocook, Doug Adkins.
Heat II: Audie Swartz, Paul Harris, Jason Tolliver, Marty Hundley.
B Main: Butch Dowdy, Rod Evans, Paul Davis, Chris Conley, Ralph Witham.

Modified
A-Main: Eddie Harmon, Ricky Hensley, Todd Robinson, Adam Jordan, Tony DeHart, Tim Brown, Randy Anderson, Keith Anderson, Tim Wilson, Greg Anderson.
Heat I: Tim Brown, Rick Hensley, Greg Thompson, Jason Perry, Keith Anderson.
Heat II: Randy Anderson, Jeff Houser, Rick French, Dave Kegley, John Brady.
Heat III: Eddie Harmon, Greg Anderson, Tony DeHart, Adam Colley, Andy French.
B-Main: Doug Adkins, Todd Robinson, Tim Wilson, Adam Jordan, Brandy Taylor.

Limited Late Model
A-Main: John Melvin, Evyian Terry, Joe Whitt, Alan Wooten, Jason Artis, Todd Galloway, Vincent Bender, Myron Shaffer, Eric King, Jeff Stevens.
Heat I: Jeff Stevens, Tony Journey, Evyian Terry, Jason Artis, Vincent Bender.
Heat II: John Melvin, Alan Wooten, Joe Whitt, Todd Galloway, Tommy Joseph.

Bomber
A Main: Jeremie Bretz, Brett Carey, Don Good, Benji Dean, George Meade, Josh Brickey, Jackie Bretz, Tim Hensley.
Heat I: Jeremie Bretz, Don Good, Darren Pendleton, Rick Brown, Luke Dixon.
Heat II: Wayne Hughes, Brett Carey, Benji Dean, Mike Akers, Josh Brickey.

Boggs Comes Up Short, Bernheisel Blows Past for Win

July 4th, 2005

Boggs took the lead from R.J. Conley on lap 34 and held it until the finish of the 75-lap MAC sanctioned event Sunday, July 3. Bernheisel and Balzano were unlikely leaders. Both had to qualify through the B-mains just to get into the field of 24. Both moved up quickly.

Balzano moved into second on lap 35. Bernheisel took third seven laps later. There was little movement in the top 10 the rest of the race. Balzano suffered some damage to the front of his car and Bernheisel got around on lap 57. The cars ran in order until the final few yards.

Doug Adkins did come up with the two-day sweep in the modified feature. The West Portsmouth, Ohio, driver totally dominated the field to pick up his third PRP feature of the season.

After failing to finish Saturday, John Melvin of Coal Grove, Ohio, grabbed the lead at the start and led the rest of the way to capture the limited late model feature. Jeff Fields was second, followed by Evyian Terry and Joe Whitt. Whitt returned to racing Saturday and Sunday about a month after he suffered a mild heart attack while going home from the track in early June.

Late Models
Rumble by the River: Jim Bernheisel, Mike Balzano, Jackie Boggs, R.J. Conley, Eddie Carrier Jr., Chris Conley, Greg Oliver, Booper Bare, Alex Ferree, Robbie Blair, Mike Johnson, Paul Davis.
Dash: R.J. Conley, Mike Johnson, Jackie Boggs, Chris Conley, Randle Chupp, Booper Bare, Eddie Carrier Jr., Greg Oliver.
Heat I: Greg Oliver, Audie Swartz, Mike Johnson.
Heat II: Jackie Boggs, R.J. Conley, Kenny Christy.
Heat III: Randle Chupp, Chris Conley, Rod Conley.
Heat IV: Eddie Carrier Jr., Ben Adkins, Ralph Withen.
Heat V: Robbie Blair, Booper Bare, Matt Hubbard.
B Main I : Mike Balzano, Paul Davis, Bill Bocook.
B Main II: Jim Bernheisel, Delmas Conley, Jason Montgomery.

Modified
A-Main: Doug Adkins, Rick Hensley, Adam Jordan, Tim Brown, Carter Jones, Tony DeHart, Anthony Slusher, Todd Robinson, Ray Bradford, Greg Anderson.
Heat I: Mike Roediger, Greg Thompson, Clyde Potter, Fireball Pinkerton.
Heat II: Tim Brown, Anthony Slusher, Randy Anderson, Greg Anderson.
Heat III: Blake Chinn, Carter Jones, Tony DeHart, Brandy Taylor.
Heat IV: Rick Hensley, Doug Adkins, Andy French, Glenn Potter.
B-Main: Adam Jordan, Arnie Fields, Bud Frazier, Ray Bradford.

Limited Late Model
A-Main: John Melvin, Jeff Stevens, Evyian Terry, Joe Whitt, Ben Adkins, Jason Artis, Eric King, Paul Wise, Jamie Roush.
Heat I: Jeff Stevens, Evyian Terry, Jamie Roush, Keith Adkins, Paul Wise.
Heat II: John Melvin, Todd Galloway, Tony Journey, Joe Whitt, Ben Adkins.

Boggs Tops Rumble on the River Field

July 3rd, 2005

Starting on the outside pole, Boggs twice bolted to the lead on the first lap. He had to pull off the move twice because just like NASCAR, PRP had the big one. At least eight cars were involved in a crash on the back stretch on lap one.

While Boggs ran away from the back, the battle was for second place. For almost 20 laps, Steve Lucas and Mike Balzano swapped second place back and forth.

R. J. Conley also got into the fray for about 10 of those laps. Lucas, who started 17th apparently used up his tires. A tire went down and he spun on lap 37. Lucas was able to change the tire and start at the back of the pack. He worked his way back up to ninth. Balzano, the MAC points leader, held on for second with Conley third.

Conley’s brother, Rod, was fifth and his dad, Delmas took seventh. All of the Conleys are from Wheelersburg, Ohio. Two other Wheelersburg drivers were in the top eight, Barry Bragdon at sixth and Bill Bocook at eighth.

The big news in the modified division came in a heat race. Eddie Harmon, four-time class champion and points leader going into the night, spun in his heat and was t-boned by another car. Harmon was unable to return to action and dropped to at least fourth in the points chase.

In the feature, it was all Doug Adkins. The West Portsmouth driver was challenged by Andy French of Greenup, Ky. French was within a half-car length of the lead on lap 17, but Adkins weathered the challenge and went on to his second win of the season.

Adam Jordan finished fifth and moved to the top of the points with Tony DeHart 20 points back.

Tony Journey and John Melvin started on the front row in the limited late models. Melvin led after one lap, but Journey took the point for good on lap two. Defending class champion Jeff Stevens ran second. Current points lead Evyian Terry survived an early spin and came from the rear to finish fifth and only lose 15 points off his lead over Stevens. The margin was 30 after Saturday’s race.

Darren Pendleton survived a crash-filled bomber feature for his second victory of the season. Only seven of the 22 cars starting the 12-lap race finished. Defending points champion Jeremie Bretz had to borrow his father’s car. He came from the middle of the pack and extended his lead to over 130 points.

Late Models

Rumbler by the River: Jackie Boggs, Mike Balzano, R.J. Conley, Robbie Blair, Rod Conley, Barry Bragdon, Delmas Conley, Bill Bocook, Steve Lucas, Kenny Christy, Josh McGuire, Paul Harris.
Dash: Mike Balzano, Jackie Boggs, Josh McGuire, Rod Conley. Robbie Blair, Jim Bernheiesel, Chris Conley, Greggie Oliver.
Heat I: R.J. Conley, Mike Balzano, Josh McGuire.
Heat II: Robert Fletcher, Bill Bocook, Rod Conley.
Heat III: Jackie Boggs, Alex Ferree, Chris Conley.
Heat IV: Aaron Bapst, Greggie Oliver, Jim Bernheiesel,
Heat V” Robbie Blair, Eddie Carrier, Jr., Paul Harris.
B Main I: Ben Adkins, Kenny Christy, Devin Friese.
B Main II: Steve Lucas, Delmas Conley, Denny Chamberlain.

Modified
A Main: Doug Adkins, Andy French, Randy Anderson, Mike Roediger, Tony DeHart, Rick Hensley, Adam Jordan, Brandy Taylor, Duane Pick.
Heat I: Andy French, Mike Roediger, Tony DeHart, Todd Robinson, Brandy Taylor.
Heat II: Duane Pick, David Kelley, Tim Rayburn, Randy Anderson, Greg Thompson.
Heat III: Doug Adkins, Jeremy Rayburn, Adam Colley, John Brady Jr., Clyde Potter.
B-Main: Randy Anderson, Rick Hensley, Adam Jordan, Scott Skinner, Tim Wilson.

Limited Late Model
A-Man: Tony Journey, Jeff Stevens, Jason Artis, Todd Galloway, Evyian Terry, Joe Whitt, Tommy Joseph, Keith Adkins, Butch Nolen, Allen Wooten.
Heat I: Tony Journey, John Melvin, Jason Artis, Paul Wise, Todd Galloway.
Heat II: Evyian Terry, Jeff Stevens, Steve Dillow, Allen Wooten, Vincent Bender.

Bomber
A-Main: Darren Pendleton, Jeremie Bretz, Don Good, Luke Dixon, Rick Brown, Roger Kepler, Josh Brickey, Brett Carey, Mike Akers, Wayne Hughes.
Heat I: Danny Hamilton, Brett Carey, Lute Dixon, George Meade.
Heat II: Mike Akers, Darren Pendleton, Benji Dean, Jeremie Bretz.

Bapst Tops Late Models, DeHart Wins in Modified

June 21st, 2005

The win vaulted Bapst to the top of the points race with two other former champions in second and third places. Bill Bocook stayed in second, while Kenny Christy dropped from first to third.

A former modified champion, Tony DeHart, won his first feature of the season. The first half of the race was a battle. Mike Roediger led early. On a restart after lap five, four-time driver champion Eddie Harmon and DeHart made contact as they came to the flagstand. The bump put Harmon out of the race.

DeHart grabbed the lead on lap six, but on the next circuit Doug Adkins took the point. On lap eight, Adkins was clinging to a lead of just inches. On the next lap, four cars were battling for the lead coming out of turn four.

DeHart was first to the line with Bo Cox, still another former champion, grabbing second. Adkins fell back to third with Danny Teegarden took fourth. Adkins made just one, more lap before going to the pits with mechanical problems.

DeHart had his way the rest of the race. Teegarden took second with Roediger third and Cox fourth.

John Melvin, the track’s winningest driver, proved his slump, which started last year, is over. The Coal Grove, Ohio, driver led flag-to-flag, to win for the second straight week. Tony Journey challenged briefly, but was unable to keep up the pressure. Jeff Stevens moved up third with Todd Galloway fourth and points leader Evyian Terry taking fifth.

Conard Newman had the early lead in the bomber feature and appeared to have the field covered. However, bad luck continued to dog Newman who had to make an early exit.

Wayne Hughes took the lead, but Jeremie Bretz went high on turn two to get around Hughes on lap seven and rolled to his fourth victory of the season. Hughes held on to take second, while Darren Pendleton made a pass on the final lap to grab third.

Every Race Goes Down to the Wire at PRP

June 14th, 2005

The result was a flat tire that sent Oliver to the pits. Bapst inherited the lead and extended the advantage until Hinds made a run. Bapst led by inches as they crossed the line for the 22nd time. Bapst was able to hold on to the lead. On lap 24, Hinds made an unscheduled trip through the infield. He lost only one position, but Bapst had a comfortable lead for the final circuit. Kenny Christy finished second.

The big movers were Bill Bocook, who started in row nine and finished fourth and Butch Dowdy, who came from the last row to claim sixth. Christy took over the points lead with Bill Bocook grabbing second.

Defending modified champion Eddie Harmon made a daring pass with a lap to go to win the modified feature. Doug Adkins was in position to win the race until a caution fell with two laps to go. Running the high grove, Harmon tried to pass Adkins at the restart and going down the back stretch. Each time, Adkins floated up to block Harmon.

It appeared there would be a repeat as the cars came to the line to take the white flag. However, Harmon found just enough room to squeeze between Adkins and the wall and went on to the win. Harmon also passed Adam Jordan for the point lead. Jordan went out early in the race.

The limited late model feature was decided by a matter of inches. Once again the early leader had problems. Charlie Swartz had a nice lead before having to go to the pits. That left Joe Whitt, Evyian Terry and John Melvin to battle it out for the win.

Melvin took the lead from Whitt on lap eight and held the point until the final lap. Whitt made a big charge and actually came on to the front stretch with a very slight lead. However, Melvin was running at the top of the track and had more momentum as they headed to the finish line and edged Whitt by about a foot.

Terry finished third, but took over sole possession of the points lead. He was tied with Jeff Stevens entering Saturday’s action, but Stevens was involved in an early accident and forced out of the race.

The bombers again put on a show. While Jeremie Bretz led the final five laps. Conard Newman led the first seven laps with Bretz in hot pursuit. Bretz was beside Newman on lap five, but got caught behind lapped traffic and had to drop in line behind Newman.

Bretz finally inched ahead on lap eight. Brett Carey moved into second on the next lap. On lap 10, Bretz, Carey and Newman were running inches apart. Bretz finally held on top nip Carey.

Experience Pays Off for Boggs

June 6th, 2005

By lap 19, Bragdon was on Boggs’ back bumper looking to go for the lead. The wily Boggs protected the high line as they were coming out of turn four and to the line to complete lap 21. With no other choice, Bragdon went to the bottom. They went by the flagstand inches apart. However, Bragdon could not get around Boggs before they ran up on traffic.

Boggs continued around on the outside, using the traffic as a pick. Bragdon had to slow down and move up behind Boggs. From there, the Grayson, Ky., driver had the race under control. Quick qualifier Aaron Bapst was third. Delmas Conley came from row six to grab fourth.

Doug Adkins led every lap to take the modified feature, but the win was not easy. Defending driver champion Eddie Harmon kept the pressure on early in the race and was challenging for the lead before spinning. Greg Thompson briefly took up the chase before Tony DeHart, a former modified champion, moved into the runners-up spot. Adkins was followed to the finish by DeHart, Andy French and Adam Jordan.

The current points leader, Jordan struggled to get into the A-main with a third place finish in the B-main. He started the feature in 18th. He was able to increase his points lead over Harmon to 30. Harmon finished seventh after going to the rear of the 20-car field after his spin.

Tony Journey continued to be the most dominant driver at PRP. He won his third feature in four races this season. Defending class champion Jeff Stevens ran second and moved into a tie with Evyian Terry, who finished fourth, for the points lead.

The outstanding race of the night again went to the bombers. The lead was a car-length or less for most of the race. Starting at lap three, Darren Pendleton, Benji Dean, Brett Carey and Jeremie Bretz ran in a pack with Pendleton leading all but one lap.

Still, he had at least one car beside him on every circuit and often had one car under him and one on his outside. That left, Bretz on his back bumper unable to find an opening. Dean inched ahead on lap four, but Pendleton was back in front on lap five. The next lap, Pendleton was hanging on to the lead by inches over Dean. With Dean challenging down low, Carey made a run up high on lap eight to get within about a foot of the lead.

On lap 11, Pendleton spun with Dean and fifth place runner Henry Ervin also caught up in the accident. Carey however was charged with rough driving and causing the wreck.

The other drivers got their positions back. It also gave Bretz some racing room. He passed Dean. With the smoke rolling from Pendleton’s car, Bretz made a last lap charge, but Pendleton held on for the win.

Features Completed Nine Months After Heat Races

May 29th, 2005

Defending series champion R.J. Conley passed Barry Bragdon on lap six and the Wheelersburg, Ohio, drivers ran 1-2 the rest of the way in the late model feature.

Ben Adkins worked through traffic to claim third. After running at the top the entire race, Eddie Harmon of Ironton, Ohio, dove under Doug Adkins, who had drifted up to close down the outside, to take the lead as they came on the front stretch on lap 15 and led the rest of the way to take the modified feature. Randy Anderson ran third.

Tony Journey again totally dominated the limited late models. He took the lead at the drop of the green and was unchallenged. Charlie Swartz nipped Jeff Stevens for second.

The bomber feature was easily the most hotly contested race of the season. Four drivers, Jeremie Bretz, Conard Newman, Henry Ervin and Danny Hamilton, ran in a pack at the head of the field until Newman had to pull off with two laps left.

They swapped positions back-and-forth, especially in the first half of the race. At one stage, there were three different leaders in four laps. Ervin finally took the point for good midway through the race and held off the challengers to claim the win. Ervin had things well in hand on the last lap, but a caution fell just before the finish.

That set up a one-lap shoot-out, which Ervin won. The caution was a break for Bretz who made a trip through the infield and was passed by Hamilton on that lap. Since the lap did not count, Bretz got his position back and held on to second.

Hartman Wins Easily From the Pole

May 30th, 2005

Fast qualifier Aaron Bapst ran a distant second with new points leader Barry Bragdon third. David McWilliams made the long trip from Verona, Ky., just south of Cincinnati, a profitable one. He took the lead on restart after lap two. Leader Rob Stambaugh had a horrible restart. By the time, the cars reached the flagstand, McWilliams led Bud Frazier, Randy Anderson and Eddie Harmon around the slower car as Stambaugh dropped to fifth.

Anderson moved around the 70-year-old Frazier, who won his heat race, for second place.
The real competition for the rest of the race was for second. Two or three guys made a run at Anderson, but he was able to hold on to the position.

Aaron Jordan made a late pass to take third from defending driver champion Harmon. In addition to Frazier’s heat win, Jeremy Rayburn, who graduated earlier in the day from high school, provided another highlight by winning a B-Main. His father, Tim, was second.

Evyian Terry also used a good restart to propel himself to the limited late model championship. Terry muscled his way under Jason Artis to start lap three and then withstood the challenge of John Melvin, PRP’s all-time leading limited late model winner, to record his first PRP feature win.

Todd Galloway got around Melvin in the closing laps to take second. Defending series champion Jeff Stevens battled his way through traffic to claim fourth after going to the back of the pack after having some type of mechanical woes and stopping on the track.

Although last on the race card, the bombers have been the most competitive and most exciting division. Sunday was no exception. After surviving a spinning car, which took the sheet medal off the right side of his car, defending champion Jeremie Bretz and runner-up Conard Newman went to war.

They battled for the last nine laps. They twice went through turns one and two leaning on one another. They made contact at least two other times. Although there was a lot of contact, there were no real hard shots. As a result, both were able to keep their cars straight.

In the end, Bretz held on to the lead and nipped Newman for the win. Gary Blevins ran most of the race a few car lengths behind Bretz and Newman, ready to pounce if they got into trouble.

Lucas Goes High for the Win

May 24th, 2005

While everyone else stayed at the bottom, Lucas went to the top early. Following a restart after lap four, Lucas was on the charge to the front. He survived contact with Barry Bragdon as they went by the flagstand on lap six.

Bragdon did not, spinning out and going to the tail. Lucas passed Ben Adkins for the lead on lap eight and led the rest of the way. Defending points champion R.J. Conley did not make it through the first turn at the drop of the green before his evening came to a close. Smoke began pouring from his machine and he dropped into the infield in turn two.

After a year off, Bill Bocook moved back behind the wheel and turned in a solid third place finish. Adam Jordan led flag-to-flag in winning the modified A-Main, but the win did not come easily. Both defending driver champion Eddie Harmon and Andy French pressured Jordan, especially in the first half of the race. However, the South Webster driver did not make a mistake and was able to turn back each challenge.

French followed Jordan to the finish line with Harmon third. Tony Journey of West Portsmouth withstood a late challenger by defending driver champion Jeff Stevens of Catlettsburg, Ky., to capture the limited late model feature. After starting back in the pack, Stevens moved into second place on lap nine and began closing the gap to Journey.

They came to the line to finish lap 13 side-by-side. Holding the inside, Journey was able to turn back the challenge. The bomber A Main was a two-man battle between defending champion Jeremie Bretz and Conard Newman. Newman followed in Bretz’s tire tracks for most of the race before mounting a challenge in the final two laps. Newman had a run coming out of turn two on the 11th circuit, but Bretz moved up to slam the door.

It appeared Bretz would have a relatively easy time from there. That all changed when he ran up on the lapped car of David Meadows Jr. coming off the back stretch for the final time. With Meadows running low, Bretz jumped to the outside, but as the cars were coming on to the front stretch, Meadows floated up and Newman dove to the bottom.

Newman was closing rapidly, but Bretz held on to win by half a length. The highlight of the race was an eighth place finish by Darren Pendleton. He put his car on its top in a heat race, but put everything back in place to start on the tail of the 21-car feature.

Races are planned for both Saturday and Sunday. A late season rain out from last August will be completed on Saturday with a regular holiday for Sunday.