Saturday night racing at PRP

July 30, 2013

PDT Sports Report

Fans visiting Portsmouth Raceway Park Saturday night witnessed several close finishes and a major crash.

Late Model driver R.J. Conley and Modified racer Todd Robinson continued their winning ways. Robbie Lewis came from deep in the pack to make a last-lap, last-turn pass to win in the Limited Lates and Jeremie Bretz took home the trophy in the Bomber division.

Longtime Limited Late Model competitor Dennis Little had a scare when his throttle seemingly stuck in the middle of turns three and four, rocketing him passenger-side first into the outside wall. The 55-year-old from Wheelersburg appeared to just have the wind knocked out of him.

Ben Adkins set the fast time in Saturday’s Wesbanco Late Model Time Trials. Jackie Boggs won the dash. Delmas Conley and Nick Bocook picked up heat race wins.

Conley moved from fifth to second in the first three laps of the 25-lap feature and would stalk Boggs for the next 18 circuits. Conley actually passed Boggs at one point but a caution reverted the running order back to the previous lap which put Boggs back out in front.

Conley once again found his way back around Boggs with only four laps to go. The Wheelersburg veteran held on to win his fourth-straight race and his second-straight at PRP. Saturday’s win gave Conley a Scioto County sweep of the weekend as he won Friday night at Southern Ohio Speedway. His four-race win streak began a little less than two weeks ago with a victory at The Brushcreek Motorsports Complex.

Boggs held on to finish second driving a different car than he is accustomed to racing. With his 4B stuck in the garage with engine problems, Boggs raced the 10W machine.

Ben Adkins finished third to record his seventh top-5 finish in his seventh PRP start. Jason Montgomery finished fourth after quallifying 21st. Mark Frazier rounded out the top five.

Following the Late Model A-Main, there was an hour and 25-minute rain delay.

Todd Robinson took the checkers in the Modified feature. Robinson led all 20 laps to win for the fourth time this season in Portsmouth. Former track champ Doug Adkins had one of his best PRP performances of the year winning his heat and finishing second in the A-Main. Shawn Holliday, in just his second race of the season after being out of the sport for awhile, placed third. Last weekend’s feature winner Dan Ebert came in fourth and Allen Turner rounded out the top five.

In the first Mod Lite heat race, Jeff Teeters defeated runner-up Toby Boetcher.

Alan Knepper grabbed the win in the Mod Lite A-Main and the $1,000, which came with the victory. Tracy Fitter, Tetters, Lynn Knepper and Toby Boetcher rounded out the top five.

Mike Meyers took over the lead from Robbie Lewis on lap four of the Limited Late Model and appeared destined to win. Meyers’ problem on the final lap, however, was not the cars behind him, it was the slower ones in front of him that he was trying to put a lap down.

Heading into turn three on the white-flag lap, Meyers came up on two slower cars running side by side. Meyers went high, which opened up the door for Lewis to dive low. Lewis made the pass and both of the top two split the lap cars coming off turn four to take the checkered flag.

Jeremie Bretz led every lap of the Bomber feature but the second-place car was never any further than a couple of car lengths behind.

Brett Carey, Conard Newman, Jason Spillman and Rick Butler made up the rest of the top five.

PRP will be back in action this coming Saturday hosting PBM Performance Parts and Erson Cams Night featuring a full program of Giovanni’s Pizza Late Models, R.W. Rental and Supply Modifieds, O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Lates, and M & M Inflatables Bombers. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 7:30.