The largest car count of the season was present at Portsmouth Raceway Park Saturday as 113 race teams filled the pit area. Of the total, 38 of them were Late Models, as drivers rolled into Portsmouth from Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Indiana.
The Hoosier State’s Steve Casebolt from Richmond, Ind. captured the Late Model A-Main. South Point’s Todd Robinson won the Modified feature. Limited Late Model driver Robbie Lewis of Tollesboro, Ky. and Bomber racer Jeremie Bretz of Maysville, Ky. both continued their winning ways.
The track offered multiple racing grooves throughout the night and a couple of wild wrecks both resulted in Late Models getting upside down.
Casebolt started on the point of the Late Model feature but slipped back to second at the drop of the green as outside pole-sitter Michael Paul Howard got the jump at the race’s start. Casebolt took the lead over from Howard on Lap 4 and never looked back. The 2007 ‘Dream’ winner used the high line to record his first PRP win of the season.
Rod Conley of Wheelersburg was the Wesbanco Fast Qualifier tripping the clock with a blistering time of 14.683 seconds around the three-eighths-mile track.
The Rod Conley placed second in the feature. Howard finished third. Mark Frazier used the bottom groove to advance six positions en route to a fourth-place finish. R.J. Conley rounded out the top five.
R.J. Conley’s son, J.T. Conley, was the race’s hard charger. He advanced seven positions to come from 22nd to 15th.
There were a couple of scary accidents in the Late Model division throughout the course of the evening. Ashland, Ky.’s Scott Qualls got upside on the front stretch during the third heat. Oak Hill’s Jay Dunaway rolled onto his top during the B-Main. Both drivers walked away unscathed.
In the Modified A-Main, Todd Robinson was the class of the field. He took over the lead from Dave Jamison on the fourth lap and pulled away. For Robinson, it was his second win of the season. Four-time track champ Doug Adkins was the runner-up. His son Ben Adkins placed third. Jeremie Bretz finished fourth, and Jeremy Rayburn was fifth. Adam Colley earned Markwest Hydrocarbon Hard Charger honors, as he drove from 19th to sixth.
Robbie Lewis continued his success in the Limited Late Model feature. He led every single lap to win for the sixth time in seven starts. Fellow Lewis County, Ky. racer Matt Cook finished second. Jesse Lyons, Jr. placed third. Tommy Twinam and Cameron Logan closed out the top five. Harold Terry advanced more positions than any other Limited Late Model driver, as he came from 20th to 12th.
In the Bombers, Jeremie Bretz remained undefeated. The four-time track champion has won all seven PRP Bomber features in 2012. Bretz took over the top spot from his teammate Shane Pendleton on Lap 6 and fended off Brett Carey to take the checkers.
Pendleton placed third. Conard Newman finished fourth, and Dave Dunn rounded out the front five. Danny Hamilton was the Columbia Music Arena Hard Charger. He moved up four spots to finish sixth.
This coming Saturday PRP will be racing Late Models, Modifieds, Limited Lates, and Bombers, but as an added bonus, Portsmouth Raceway Park fans will be treated to a fifth division - Mod Lites. These scaled-down Modifieds powered by motorcycle engines will be racing for $1,000 to win. Gates open at 4 p.m. Racing begins at 7:30 p.m.