Year-end awards

December 10, 2013


Portsmouth Raceway Park held its 2013 Banquet of Champions this past Saturday at the Portsmouth American Legion on Gallia Street.

This past season’s top runners along with the 2013 sponsors and staff were recognized.

The track champions were presented with leather jackets, wristwatches, trophies, checkered flags, as well as nice paychecks.

Wheelersburg Late Model Driver Rod Conley won his first PRP title. In the Modified Division, Todd Robinson also earned his very first PRP track championship. Robbie Lewis won his third PRP crown and his second straight in the Limited Lates. Like Conley and Robinson, Bomber competitor Conard Newman also captured his first track championship at Portsmouth Raceway Park.

The night was set aside for saying thank you and congratulations. Conard Newman was honored with the 2013 Fred Dillow Award. While 2013 brought Newman his first PRP crown, he has had tremendous success throughout his career at other venues. Newman is a 13-time track champion with 168 career wins and he has won the Bomber portion of the annual Fred Dillow Memorial seven times.

Ironically, while Dillow family members hold the “Fred Dillow” Memorial race every year to keep their father’s memory alive, Conard Newman started The “Bud Newman” Memorial Trophy this past season to honor his father. The “Bud Newman” Memorial Trophy goes to the Bomber Hard Charger every race night.

The 2014 Darren Pendleton Humanitarian Award went to longtime Wheelersburg racer Delmas Conley. The Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer still competes at a high level. He has over 500 career victories, the most recent of which was scored at PRP this past season.

While Conley has enjoyed plenty of his own racing success, he earned the Darren Pendleton Humanitarian Award for his willingness to help others. The patriarch of the Conley racing family and Portsmouth Raceway Park’s very first Late Model track champion has assisted many fellow racers through the years and has often done so unassumingly.

This past season, four Conleys finished in the top nine in PRP’s final points standings – Delmas, his sons Rod and R.J., as well as grandson J.T.

Another driver who was recognized in a much different way at the PRP Banquet was Josh McGuire. The current Late Model racer and former PRP Bomber Track Champ was injured late in the season during a race in Kentucky. Over $930 was raised on his behalf to assist with his recovery efforts.

The 2014 season will see the Lucas Oil Series return to Portsmouth three times including the annual Dirt Track World Championship. PRP’s full schedule for 2014 will soon be released online at www.portsraceway.com.