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Skyline Results July 25, 2008
Skyline Speedway Results 7-25-08 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By Scott Wolfe
STEWART, OHIO-Transplanted Badlands Bandit Rick Aukland now of Zanesville, Ohio utilized the skills of a crafty veteran Friday night in winning both ends of a Late Model/AMRA Modified double-header at what was a "super fast" Billy Jarrell-owned Skyline Speedway. Now claiming Chillicothe, Ohio as his home, veteran Danny Smith won his eighth 410 sprint car feature of the year, while Jeremy Blake claimed the Pure Stock main, Tim Christopher triumphed over Tommy Adkins in the Four Cylinders, and Kyle Bond claimed his second consecutive Mini-Wedge feature.
Fast timer and first heat winner Audie Swartz (Minford, OH) paced the field to the green flag alongside former champ Jason Montgomery (Jackson, OH). Swartz found the groove as a bottom biter, while Montgomery blazed the high groove. Eventually, the top groove went away and Swartz put his Swartz Chassis to work on the faster lower groove. At one point, Swartz held a straight-away lead over second place Montgomery, who now was engaged in a scrap for second with Rick Aukland.
Meanwhile, back in the pack visitor C.A. Wentz and local ace Tony Roush were storming up through the field with a mission. Wentz charged from 13th to 4th, while Roush blitzed from 17th to 8th in sharing hard-charger honors with great runs.
Aukland also chose the low groove and anchored his mount to the inside tires. By lap 13, Aukland had cleared Montgomery and had begun to reel in Swartz. On lap sixteen, Aukland caught the leader and the duo battled furiously until lap 20 when Swartz drifted ever-so-slightly, allowing Aukland an opportunity to root him out of the bottom. Aukland won the drag race into turn one and off to his first Skyline victory since his winning IRS run last fall.
Young guns Chris Carpenter and Zach Dohm continued their quest for stardom with consistently fast charges into the top ten. Following third place Montgomery were Wentz, Carpenter, Dohm, Travis Brookover, Tony Roush, Ralph Withem, and Chris Garnes.
There just aren't enough words in the English language to describe Danny Smith's dominance in 2008. 2008 has been a dream season for the once-touring outlaw, who has overcome some dry seasons to harvest this year's record crop. The win was Smith's eighth of the season, and except for some early challenges from Jimmy Stinson, the gutsy veteran stormed to another dominant win, lapping all but the top five cars.
Invader Luke Hall and local ace Greg Mitchell had great runs in to the top five, behind dash winner Hud Horton who had one of his best career Skyline runs. Horton was able to hold off Smith for the dash win after Smith blitzed the Skyline clay with a 10:92 clocking, an average nearing 130 miles per hour.
Brandon Martin and Aaron Higgins, two future stars, were tied up in a lap one melee and could not restart.
Making a return to sprint car racing was Indy 500 veteran Jack Hewitt of Troy, Ohio, who looked good before suffering mechanical woes. Third place Josh Davis fell out of competition when his mount stalled on lap 13. While Smith was dominating the pack with daredevil moves, Stinson and Horton held their ground in second and third. The best battle of the night was a three-way dog fight between Mitchell, Wayne McPeek, and Luke Hall. Then Dave Dickson and Mark Imler climbed into the mix to top off strong performances.
Smith claimed the win with Stinson, Horton, Mitchell, Hall, Dickson, McPeek, Adam Strausser, Mark Imler, and Freddie Staats in tow. Hard charger of the race was Spud Gustin with a 19 to 11th-place run.
In the modified main, Rick Aukland launched his mount from the high side around the two pole sitters Kenny Johnson and J.P. Roberts to lead the first four laps of the AMRA Modified extravaganza. Johnson fought back low to lead lap five, then Aukland retook the point for lap six in classic fashion. In laps seven through seventeen, only a paper-thin margin separated the two front runners as a barnburner of a battle unfolded.
For much of the battle Aukland stayed low, but also got a feel for the middle groove, then blasted back to the top on laps 15 and 16. Johnson did everything he could to fend off the feisty veteran, but the game of cat-and-mouse shuffled down to a bonsai Aukland dive into turn one, where his momentum carried him by Johnson and off to the checkered flag for his second win of the night.
One of the most impressive, hard-charger status performances of the night was Jeremy Berwanger's manifest from 18th to sixth. At one point, the talented ace had reached fifth, but his charge consumed his tires stalling his bid in sixth.
Robbie Evans, Mark Dickson, and Ryan Mayle diced it up with Berwanger in one of the battles for position. Evans even broke away momentarily for a bid at the two leaders, falling just short in third place with Dickson, Mayle, Berwanger, Roberts, Robert Garnes, Dusty Boley, and Chris Carpenter.
The Pure Stock race was a prep for next week's $1,000 to win invitational. Matt Holcomb led the first lap battle, but Jeremy Blake won the war. Blake took the lead in the Pure Stock feature on the second go-round and never looked back, despite every move in the book by Holcomb to retain the lead. Holcomb may have been a bit faster, driving aggressively but cleanly, however, Blake knew where to be in the Skyline shuffle. Blake won his fifth A-main of the year.
Ryan Wilson, Shelly Powell, George Klintworth, Anthony Maynard, and Lance Weppler went tooth-and-claw for position all ending the night with fine runs. Weppler came from 14th to 7th for Hard Charger honors behind the pack listed in the previous order. Mike Lauer, Tony Roush, Jr. and Frankie Roush rounded out the top ten.
It didn't have the fireworks of past races, but Tim Christopher and Tommy Adkins, joined by Frank Shamblin walked away from the rest of the pack in the Four Cylinder main. Despite numerous challenges, Christopher raced off to the close win with Adkins, and Shamblin in tow. Rounding out the top ten were Tuppers Plains native Jeff Rankin, followed by George Klintworth, John Bartlett, Jeff Blanton, Keith Young, Chris Lauer, and Bobby Collins.
After mid-season dominance from Ronnie Pickens, Kyle Bond, the talented second-generation driver and son of Larry Bond won his second straight Mini-Wedge A-main. Pickens followed in second ever-consistent charger Zach Fox in third, followed by Will Holland, and Sydney Staats.
Next Friday, August 1 will be Autograph Night for the kids. Children 10-and-under accompanied by a parent will
be admitted free. Also, the Pure Stock Invite will be on tap for $1,000 to win and coming August 9 will be the rescheduled AMRA Road Warrior Tour modified special.
The Summary: July 25, 2008
410 Sprints (20)
Fast Time-Danny Smith (10.92)
Dash-Hud Horton, Danny Smith, Brandon Martin, Jimmy Stinson
Heat One-Aaron Higgins, Mark Imler, Wayne McPeek, Freddie Statts
Heat Two-Adam Strausser, Josh Davis, Luke Hall, Brian Benson
Feature-Danny Smith, Jimmy Stinson, Hud Horton, Greg Mitchell, Luke Hall, Dave Dickson, Wayne McPeek, Adam Strausser, Mark Imler, Freddie Staats
Late Models (29)
Fast Time-Audie Swartz (12.70)
Heat One-Audie Swartz, D.J. Cline, Jeremy Jarvis, Tony Roush,
Heat Two-Jason Montgomery, Rick Aukland, Freddie Carpenter, Pat Gillian,
Heat Three-Zack Dohm, Larry Bond, Weston Hutchison, C.A. Wentz
Heat Four-Travis Brookover, Chris Carpenter, Ralph Withem, Chad Todd
B-Main One-C.A. Wentz, Steve Bigley, Tony Roush, Nick Corbitt, Jason Brookover, Joey Harper, Justin Powell
B-Main Two-Pat Gillian, Chris Garnes, Dan Morrison, Bub Crum, Chad Todd, Robert Mayle, Scott Wolfe
Feature-Rick Aukland, Audie Swartz, Jason Montgomery, C.A. Wentz, Chris Carpenter, Zack Dohm, Travis Brookover, Tony Roush, Ralph Withem, Chris Garnes
AMRA Modifieds (17)
Heat One-Kenny Johnson, Jason Montgomery, Vince Conrad, Robert Lemaster
Heat Two-J.P. Roberts, Rick Aukland, Rob Evans, Dusty Boley
Feature- Rick Auckland, Kenny Johnson, Rob Evans, Mark Dickson, Ryan Mayle, Jeremy Berwanger,J.P. Roberts, Robert Garnes, Dusty Boley, Chris Carpenter
Pure Stocks (14)
Heat One-Ryan Wilson, Jeremy Misel, Shelly Powell, Anthony Maynard
Heat Two- Matt Holcomb, Jeremy Blake, Lance Weppler, George Klintowrth
Feature-Jeremy Blake, Matt Holcomb, Ryan Wilson, Shelly Powell, George Klintworth, Anthony Maynard, Lance Weppler, Mike Lauer, Tony Roush, Jr., Frankie Roush
Heat One-Greg King, Keith Young, John Bartlett, Tony Plaugher
Heat Two-Tim Christopher, Frank Shamblin, Nick Dohm, Chris Lauer
Heat Three-Tom Adkins, George Klintworth, Jeff Blanton, Jeff Rankin
Feature-Tim Christopher, Tom Adkins, Frank Shamblin, Jeff Rankin, George Klintworth, John Bartlett, Jeff Blanton, Keith Young, Chris Lauer, Bobby Collins
Heat One-Kyle Bond, Ron Pickens, Will Holland, Zack Fox, Sydney Statts
Feature-Kyle Bond, Ron Pickens, Zack Fox, Will Holland, Sydney Statts
For those media members needing full run downs, they follow:
Feature-Danny Smith, Jimmy Stinson, Hud Horton, Greg Mitchell, Luke Hall, Dave Dickson, Wayne McPeek, Adam Strausser, Mark Imler, Freddie Staats, Spud Guston, Brian Benson, Kory Crabtree, Wes McGlumphy, Jimmy Snead, Josh Davis, Benny Hickel, Jack Hewitt, Aaron Higgins, Brandon Martin
Feature-Rick Aukland, Audie Swartz, Jason Montgomery, C.A. Wentz, Chris Carpenter, Zack Dohm, Travis Brookover, Tony Roush, Ralph Withem, Chris Garnes, Dan Morrison, Pat Gillian Weston Hutchison, Steve Bigley, Freddie Carpenter, Jeremy Jarvis, D.J. Cline, Larry Bond
Feature- Rick Auckland, Kenny Johnson, Rob Evans, Mark Dickson, Ryan Mayle, Jeremy Berwanger,J.P. Roberts, Robert Garnes, Dusty Boley, Chris Carpenter, Dana Definbaugh, Vince Conrad, Buddy Brogan, Will Brogan, Robert Lemaster, Rickie Neace, Rick Tracewell, Jeremy Blake, Jason Montgomery
Feature-Jeremy Blake, Matt Holcomb, Ryan Wilson, Shelly Powell, George Klintworth, Anthony Maynard, Lance Weppler, Mike Lauer, Tony Roush, Jr., Frankie Roush, Jeremy Misel, Dustin Adkins, Jeff Fornash, Jarrad Willis
Feature-Tim Christopher, Tom Adkins, Frank Shamblin, Jeff Rankin, George Klintworth, John Bartlett, Jeff Blanton, Keith Young, Chris Lauer, Bobby Collins, Tony Plaugher, Bill Klintworth, Greg King, Barry Kitts, Nick Fitch, Nick Dohm, Steve Brown, Jeff Rankin, Linsay Quick, David Banks
Skyline Speedway Results July 18, 2008
By Scott Wolfe
STEWART, OHIO-Fast cars, fast racing and close finishes highlighted the fantastic racing at Billy Jarrell's Skyline Speedway Friday night, July 18 where Chillicothe, Ohio driver Danny Smith picked up his seventh win of the year in the Outlaw sprint division on the Athens County highbanks Evans, WV driver Chris Garnes returned to victory lane in the late models after a brief dry spell, while Jeremy Blake claimed the AMRA modified win and the Pure Stock win, Tim Christopher claimed the Four Cylinders and Kyle Bond won the Mini-wedges.
"It was a tough one," gasped a happy Danny Smith after claiming the photo finish win over Jimmy Nier. "I thought I had him. It was a night when you start up front and hope you stay there. Jimmy and I had a great race and it's ones like this you like to win. I had to work hard for this one."
Yes, each time it gets a little tougher. But Smith’s J&B Racing Engines/Maxim isn't getting any slower and he manages to maintain his poise. After all he is the man with the target on his back after dominating the competition this year in the sprint division.
By virtue of winning the fast car dash, Smith and outside pole sitter Jimmy Nier paced the field to flagman Todd Gorrell's green flag. Nier rocketed into the lead with a crossover move going into turn one, however, Smith was not to be denied and blasted back to number one by completion of the initial lap.
Smith and Nier traded the lead over the first three circuits in exciting lead-swapping fashion. Finally, by the fourth go-round Smith edged ahead again and Nier tucked in behind, lying in wait. On the eleventh round, Mark Imler looped his mount in turn two. Nier blasted by Smith on the restart, while the body language of Smith's Maxim appeared to say "I beg your pardon" as it retook the lead on the now eroding cushion.
Nier strategized for his last lap pass in the middle portion of the race, but as the waning moments approached Nier blasted up along-side Smith. Nier's mount came alive as the track took rubber in the middle groove, while Smith rode high against the wall. Meanwhile, Aaron Higgins made it a three-way race, nosing under Nier in a sometimes three-wide struggle. Nier got closer with each as Smith bested Nier by just a couple of inches at the checkered. Despite the caution, the race was timed at a fast 13:57.
Rounding out the top ten behind third place Higgins were Naber, Cole Duncan, Brian Benson, Wayne McPeek, Hud Horton, Dave Dickson, and Benny Hinkle. Josh Davis, fast timer experienced mechanical difficulties and last only a couple laps, while Wayne McPeek was hard charger in an 11-to-7 run. Brian Benson and Benny Hickle had great runs into the top ten.
"We finally won one on a slick track," smiled Chris Garnes. "We've struggled some this past month, so right before the Jim Dunn Memorial we went back to C.J. (Rayburn) and went back to the basics. We almost won that race and this is the second time out and we're here in victory lane tonight. It's about time."
Mafia Young Gun and first heat winner Chris Carpenter took the initial lead in the fast, exciting Late Model main which took only 9 minutes and twenty-two seconds to run green-to-checkered. Carpenter led the first five circuits before Garnes climbed into the mix by lap three. After a two lap sprint, Garnes endured to take over the top spot.
A couple laps later Larry Bond followed in suit past Carpenter, then fabricated a run for number one with KC Burdette pilfering his way through the field. Bond challenged Garnes from every angle, but each time the C.J. Rayburn/Pro-Power #42 withheld the challenge. Garnes and Bond reflected the close finish of the sprint car feature, but Garnes had the momentum to win by a car length.
A lot of close racing took place back in the pack, but all eyes were on Bond's bid for the win at the end. Garnes held on for the squeaky tight win. Rounding out the top ten behind Bond were KC Burdette, Chris Carpenter, Ralph Withem, Dan Shrigley, Corey Conley, Freddie Carpenter, Dan Morrison, Steve Wilmoth, and Andy Bond. Corey Conley was the hard charger in a 16-to-7th blitz.
Hard charging Jeremy Blake likes the confines of Skyline Speedway. After all, he has won in three of the six classes running at the track in 2008. Blake’s bid for victory was not easy in the early going as Jeremy Berwanger fought hard for the AMRA Modified bragging rights. Blake took the top spot, then never looked back. Like a thoroughbred, Blake stretched it out in the last couple furlongs for an easy win. Mark Dickson then engaged in a fierce clash with Berwanger and finally controlled the runner up spot at the race's end. Behind second place Dickson at the finish were Berwanger, Kenny Johnson, Ryan Mayle, J.P. Roberts, John Burdette, Jeff Wood, Robin Dustin, Roy Roush, and Jim Ashcraft. Wood was the hard charger in coming from last to eighth.
Hopping from one mount to another, Blake wasted no time in getting the job done for the second time this night. Blake battled early with Jeremy Misel, then once he cleared the feisty 52, Blake was off to a strong gallop for the gold. Behind second place Misel was Anthony Maynard who finished strong, Ryan Wilson, Dusty Adkins, Gary Gould, George Klintworth, Mike Lauer, Greg Straight, Shelly Powell, and Jessie Henderson. The hard charger was Klintworth in picking up seven positions.
Some things never change. The battle between Tommy Adkins and Tim Christopher continued with Tim Christopher claiming the win. The Purple Panther clawed meticulously as he trailed Tommy Adkins early, then with three laps to go blitzed by and held on for the win. Bobby Collins was hard charger in a race from 14th to 8th. Rounding out the top ten were George Klintworth, Bill Klintworth, Jeff Blanton, Donnie Bartlett, Jeff Rankin, Bobby Collins, Frank Shamblin, and Chris Lauer.
Racing continues next Friday, July 25.
The Summary: July 18, 2008
Late Models (30)
Fast Time- 13.92 Chris Garnes
Heat One-Chris Carpenter, Chris Garnes, Pat Gillian, Freddie Carpenter, Brian Eaton, Cory Conley, Jeremy Jarvis, Chad Todd, Jeff Wood
Heat Two-Bub Crum, Larry Bond, KC Burdette, Roy Rousch, Dan Morrison, Kevin Laine, Lee Swain, Travis Brookover, Justin Powell, Steve Bigley
Heat Three-Ralph Witham, Andy Bond, Dan Shrigley, Tracie Fritter, Steve Wilmouth, Tony Roush, Kyle Bates, Tyler Carpenter, Jeff Burdette, P.J. Corbitt
B-Main-Cory Conley, Tony Roush, Tyler Carpenter, Jeremy Jarvis, Kevin Laine, Jason Brookover, Lee Swain, Jeff Burdette, Steve Bigley, Chad Todd,
Kyle Bates, Justin Powell, Nick Corbitt, P.J. Corbitt, Jeff Wood
Feature-Chris Garnes, Larry Bond, KC Burdette, Chris Carpenter, Ralph Witham, Dan Shrigley, Cory Conley, Freddie carpenter, Dan Morrison, Steve Wilmouth, Andy Bond, Pat Gillian, Tyler carpenter, Tracie Fritter, Bub Crum, Brian Eaton, Roy Roush, Tony Roush
Fast Time-12.51 Josh Davis
DASH-Danny Smith, Jim Nier, Aaron Higgins, Josh Davis
Heat One-Cole Duncan, Dave Dickson, Hud Horton, Wayne McPeek, Greg Mitchall, Freddie Statts, Wes McGlumphy
Heat Two-Nick Nabor, Brian Benson, Benny Hinkel, Jimmy Stinson, Rick Fraley, Mark Imler, Lewie Christian
Feature- Danny Smith, Jim Nier, Aaron Higgins, Nick Nabor, Cole Duncan, Brian Benson, Wayne McPeek, Hud Horton, Dave Dickson, Benny Hinkel, Greg Mitchall
Jimmy Stinson, Rick Fraley, Freddie Statts, Lewie Christian, Wes McGlumphy , Mark Imler, Josh Davis
Heat One-Jeremy Blake, Ryan Mayle, Mark Dickson, Jim Ashcraft, Dusty Boley, Roy Roush
Heat Two-Jeremy Berwanger, Kenny Johnson, Robin Dustin, John Burdette, J.P. Roberts, Anthony Kincade, Jeff Wood
Feature-Jeremy Blake, Mark Dickson, Jeremy Berwanger, Kenny Johnson, Ryan Mayle, J.P. Roberts, John Burdette, Jeff Wood, Robin Dustin, Roy Roush, Jim Ashcraft, Anthony Kincade, Dusty Boley, Ted Campbell
Pure Stocks (16)
Heat One-Anthony Maynard, Dusty Adkins, Gary Gould, Mike Lauer, Derek Smith, Brandon Oliver, George Klintworth
Heat Two-Jeromy Misel, Jeremy Blake, Ryan Wilson, Steve Anthony, Shelley Powell, Greg Straight
Feature-Jeremy Blake, Jeromy Misel, Anthony Maynard, Ryan Wilson, Dusty Adkins, Gary Gould, George Klintworth, Mike Lauer, Greg Straight, Shelly Powell, Jessie Henderson, Derek Smith, Brandon Oliver, Steve Anthony, Chad Roush, Jake Swain
Heat One-Tim Christopher, Chris Lauer, John Rankin, Greg King, Greg Nuber, Pat Johnson, Tony Plaugher
Heat Two-Tom Adkins, George Klintworth, Frank Shamblin, Donnie Bartlett, Bobby Collins, Barry Kitts
Heat Three-Jeff Blanton, Bill Klintworth, Jeff Rankin, John Bartlett, John Salyars
Feature-Tim Christopher, Tom Adkins, George Klintworth, Bill Klintworth, Jeff Blanton, Donnie Bartlett, Jeff Rankin, Bobby Collins, Frank Shamblin, Chris Lauer, Barry Kitts, Jeff Rankin, John Bartlett, Josh Salyers, Greg Nuber, Pat Johnson, Greg King, Zack Kisner
Mini Wedges: (4)
Heat 1: Ron Pickens, Kyle Bond, Mariah Miller, Zack Fox
Feature: Kyle Bond, Ron Pickens, Mariah Miller, Zack Fox
July 11, 2008
By Scott Wolfe
STEWART, OHIO-Columbus' Ohio's Cole Duncan had to be perfect, and ultimately he was. The 16-year-old second generation charger held off outlaw Danny Smith and broke the veteran's 6-for-6 win streak Friday night in the 410 sprint car main at Billy Jarrell's Skyline Speedway. Wellsburg, WV driver Corey Conley blasted his Rocket Chassis to a flag-to-flag win in the Late Models, while Jeremy Berwanger claimed the AMRA modified main by a nose over Mark Dickson. Jeremy Blake won the Pure Stocks and Tommy Adkins claimed the Four Cylinders.
"It's the most amazing feeling I could ever describe," said an ecstatic Cole Duncan in victory lane. "I knew I had to get a good jump on the start if I was going to have a chance, then at the end we had that yellow. I certainly didn't need that, but I thought if I got another good start I would be ok. It's great to get that first win." Pretty good composure for a 16-year old.
Duncan got the jump on outside pole sitter Eddie Slone, then started to pull away from the pack, quickly getting into lapped traffic by lap seven. Smith picked up a couple positions, then bagged Slone and Jimmy Stinson for second and began to run down the talented youngster Duncan. Eddie Slone was fast and steady as the veteran hung around in the top three or four for the entire race, as Josh Davis continued a solid season in the top five.
With Smith somewhere breathing fire behind him, Duncan held his own. The second-year driver made some great moves in traffic, picking off two cars on lap 18 to add some insurance to his lead over Smith. One lap later, Smith bagged the pair of backmarkers and was once again closing in on Duncan.
Duncan, the son of former K-C champ and All-Star front-runner Rodney Duncan, maintained a 2-3 car length lead. Then on the 22nd circuit, the field slowed for Rick Fraley who nearly completed a 360, but came to a halt. The All-star cast filed in single file for the restart.
Duncan wasn't going to settle for an "A" on his report-car; he went for the "A+". Everyone knew Smith's only chance was to complete an old-fashioned Eldora slide job on the youngster, but Duncan's J&J/Duncan Racing Engine/ISPC Powder Coatings #22 was able to close the door on the inside groove, leaving Smith to fight for some tack on the bottom coming out of two. Duncan was able to hold off the bounty hunter Smith for the win.
Aaron Higgins was the hard charger of the race, coming from 16th to 7th. Josh Davis continued his successful season with a solid third ahead of Eddie Slone, Keith Baxter, Jimmy Stinson, Aaron Higgins, Brandy Bower, Hud Horton, and Greg Mitchell.
In the late model main Corey Conley, fresh off his schooling at the Racewise/Rocket Chassis school at Mark Richards Racing, claimed a flag-to-flag win over runner up and polesitter Chris Carpenter of the Steel Block Mafia. The exciting race was run without a caution as Conley cruised the Friday night strip with ease well out in front of the pack.
Although Conley had the field covered, his followers weren't as relaxed. Carpenter appeared to have a lock on second but defending champ Larry Bond dueled viciously with Ohio Valley champ Dan Morrison for the duration of the race. Jason Montgomery sat in wait in fourth trying to time a bid-to-challenge the two combatants.
On laps 15-19 Morrison edged by Bond, only to have Bond regain third on the twentieth circuit. Morrison continued the confrontation, then Montgomery claimed a piece of the action. On the final circuit, Montgomery tried to split the duo, bagging Morrison but falling short of edging Bond at the checkered. Conley meanwhile turned down the flaps on his Rocket Chassis for a well-deserved landing in victory lane.
Rounding out the top ten were Carpenter, Bond, Montgomery, Morrison, Tony Roush Sr., Andy Bond, Freddie Carpenter, Ralph Withem, Pat Gillian, and Jeremy Jarvis. Fast timer Freddie Carpenter, the Don of the Steel Block Mafia, was hard charger in coming from 14th to 8th.
In the modified main Chris Stotts was the cream of the crop, until his run came to an end with the curse of a flat tire. The bad luck erased his dominant bid for victory on the 18th lap. Jeremy Berwanger, who had experienced some bad luck early in the season, was the benefactor and narrowly held off Mark Dickson at the finish line for his third Skyline win of the season.
Stotts battled Berwanger for the first three laps, then shook the field as he outdistanced himself from the competition by as much as a straight stretch. A pack of cars battled for third-Dickson, Doug Henry, Jeremy Blake, Roy Roush, Louis Krushansky--while Stotts prevailed out front with Berwanger posting a secure second.
Rick Nease brought out the caution on the start of the 18th circuit during which time Stotts developed a flat tire. Dismayed at the absence of Stotts, Berwanger found himself leading the pack to the restart. Pulling himself high upon on the wheel, Berwanger squeezed every ounce of speed out of his number 44 to hold of Dickson's last lap challenge.
Jeremy Blake and Louis Krushansky shared hard charger honors as each advanced six positions. Rounding out the top ten were third place Henry, Jeremy Blake, Roy Roush, Louie Krushansky, Donnie Nething, Kenny Johnson, and Jim Ashcraft.
Jeremy Blake may be the most versatile driver in the Valley. On any given night he may be racing in three different divisions. But Blake applied his new nickname of "Lightning" to his resume. During the week a reported Lightening strike in the garage gave the charger a scare. Lightning struck again Friday as Blake stymied the competition in the thrilling pure stocker main. Darin Roush and Jeremy Misel paced the field for the start of the race with Roush taking the early lead. Blake quickly jumped aboard in second.
The two front-runners battled hard to the tenth lap when Blake blasted by for good to claim the win. John Powell, Jr. had a good run to finish third ahead of the always consistent George Klintworth. Fifth through tenth was Mike Lauer, Eric Francis, Gary Gould, Randy Bohan, Gary Smith, and Dusty Adkins.
It may have well been Gettysburg as the battle continues between the two Four Cylinder top point men. Tim Christopher and Tommy Adkins are two great drivers, but only one can win. Adkins picked up his second in a row after Christopher held the top spot for the first two circuits. Adkins took over on lap three and rolled to the win over Christopher and hard charger of the race Tony Plaugher who came from tenth to third.
Rounding out the top ten were Mitch Eddy, rookie Frank Shamblin, Jeff Blanton, Barry Kitts, George Klintworth, Chris Lauer, and John Bartlett.
Ronnie Pickens has slammed the door on the early dominance of Kyle Bond. Pickens took the lead and never looked back in claiming the mini-wedge main over Mariah Miller, Kyle Bond, and Zack Fox.
Skyline continues regular racing July 18 with all six exciting divisions.
The Summary: Skyline Speedway July 11, 2008
Fast Time-Danny Smith (13.71)
Dash-Cole Duncan, Eddie Slone, Danny Smith, Jimmy Stinson
Heat One-Keith Baxter, Wayne McPeek, Greg Mitchell, Mark Imler, Randy Fink, Aaron Higgins, Cory Crabtree, Adam Strausser
Heat Two-Josh Davis, Brandy Bower, Hud Horton, Dave Dickson, Benny Hickle, Rick Fraley, Chuck Waddell
Feature-Cole Duncan, Danny Smith, Josh Davis, Eddie Slone, Keith Baxter, Jimmy Stinson, Aaron Higgins, Brandy Bower, Hud Horton, Greg Mitchell
Fast Time- Freddie Carpenter (14.46)
Heat One-Chris Carpenter, Andy Bond, Pat Gillian, Tony Roush SR., Freddie Carpenter, Nick Corbitte, Steve Bigley, Chad Todd, Scott Wolfe
Heat Two-Cory Conley, Jason Montgomery, Ralph Witham, Lee Swain, Dan Shrigley, Bryan Eaton, Justin Powell, KC Burdette
Heat Three-Andy Bond, Dan Morrison, Tracy Fritter, Jeremy Jarvis, Jeff Burdette, Jim Fordyce, Roy Roush, Ed Shuman
B-Main-Brian Eaton, Steve Bigley, KC Burdette, Nick Corbitt, Jimmy Fordyce, Rod Gibson, Chad Todd, Roy Roush, Scott Wolfe, Ed Shuman, Justin Powell
Feature-Cory Conley, Chris Carpenter, Larry Bond, Jason Montgomery, Dan Morrison, Tony Roush Sr., Andy Bond, Freddie Carpenter, Ralph Withem, Pat Gillian
Heat One-Jeremy Berwanger, Roy Roush, Dusty Boley, Jim Ashcraft, Kenny Johnson, Bob Mapes, Pat Gillian
Heat Two-Chris Stotts, Donnie Nathing, Mark Dickson, Doug Henry, Jeremy Blake, Louie Krusansky, Robin Ours
Feature-Jeremy Berwanger, Mark Dickson, Doug Henry, Jeremy Blake, Roy Roush, Louie Krusansky, Donnie Nathing, Kenny Johnson, Jim Ashcraft
Heat One-Daron Roush, Jeremy Blake, Gary GOuld, Mike Lauer, Eric Francis, Brandon Oliver, Dusty Adkins, Jake Swain
Heat Two-Jeromy Misal, John Powell JR., George Klintworth, Anthony Maynard, Randy Bohan, Gary Smith, Tony Roush JR., Lance Weppler
Feature-Jeremy Blake, Daron Roush, John Powell Jr., George Klintworth, Mike Lauer, Eric Francis, Gary Gould, Randy Bohan, Gary Smith, Dusty Adkins
Heat One-Tom Adkins, Frank Schamblin, Greg King, Jeff Rankin, Tony Plaugher, George Klintworth, John Bartlett, Zach Kisner
Heat Two-Tim Christopher, Mitch Eddy, Jeff Blanton, Barry Kitts, Chris Lauer, Pat Johnson, Fred Burton
Feature-Tom Adkins, Tim Christopher, Tony Plaugher, Mitch Eddy, Frank Schamblin, Jeff Blanton, Barry Kitts, George Klintworth, Chris Lauer, John Bartlett
Heat One- Ron Pickens, Kyle Bond, Miriah Miller, Zack Fox
Feature-Ron Pickens, Miriah Miller, Kyle Bond, Zack Fox
For those media members needing complete rundowns, they follow:
Feature-Cole Duncan, Danny Smith, Josh Davis, Eddie Slone, Keith Baxter, Jimmy Stinson, Aaron Higgins, Brandy Bower, Hud Horton, Greg Mitchell, Dave Dickson, Benny Hickle, Randy Fink, Cory Crabtree, Rick Fraley, Chuck Waddell, Adam Strausser, Wayne McPeek, Nick Naber.
Feature-Cory Conley, Chris Carpenter, Larry Bond, Jason Montgomery, Dan Morrison, Tony Roush Sr., Andy Bond, Freddie Carpenter, Ralph Witham, Pat Gillian, Jeremy Jarvis, Dan Shrigley, Tracy Fritter, Lee Swain, KC Burdette, Jeff Burdette, Steve Bigley, Brian Eaton
Feature-Jeremy Berwanger, Mark Dickson, Doug Henry, Jeremy Blake, Roy Roush, Louie Krushansky, Donnie Nething, Kenny Johnson, Jim Ashcraft, Dusty Boley, Pat Gillian, Bob Mapes, Robin Ours, Rick Nease, Chris Stotts
Feature-Jeremy Blake, Daron Roush, John Powell Jr., George Klintworth, Mike Lauer, Eric Francis, Gary Gould, Randy Bohan, Gary Smith, Dusty Adkins, Lance Weppler, Jake Swain, Tony Roush JR., Anthony Maynard, Jeromy Misel, Brandon Oliver
Feature-Tom Adkins, Tim Christopher, Tony Plaugher, Mitch Eddy, Frank Schamblin, Jeff Blanton, Barry Kitts, George Klintworth, Chris Lauer, John Bartlett, Fred Burton, Pat Johnson, Jeff Rankin, Greg King, Zack Kisner, Bill Klintworth
Skyline Speedway Results June 27, 2008
By Scott Wolfe
STEWART, OHIO-Hot weather and hot racing greeted race fans Friday night at Skyline Speedway where Cambridge, Ohio's Doug Dodd claimed the $2,000 to-win, 30-lap late model invitational by just inches over Mike Balzano. Mark Dickson captured the AMRA Modified main in preparation for next week's AMRA Road Warrior Tour feature event on July 4th, Eric Francis claimed the Pure Stocks, Tommy Adkins captured the Four-Cylinders, and Ronnie Pickens dominated the mini-wedges.
Four exciting qualifying heats whittled down the 32-car field and set the stage for the 30-lap A-main line-up. Heats were won by Jason Montgomery, Doug Dodd, Mike Balzano, and Freddie Carpenter. The C & S Racing Photo fast time was collected by Jason Montgomery.
"Less than a foot" was the call as Doug Dodd of Cambridge, Ohio crossed the finish line first just inches ahead of a hard-charging Mike Balzano Friday night at Billy Jarrell's ultra smooth Skyline Speedway. Dodd picked up the $2,000 winner's share of the Skyline Invitational, defeating an all-star cast of big-name drivers that came to town for the special event. As he pulled into victory lane, Dodd pleased the crowd a second time when he did a 360 and NASCAR style burnout.
"That's just the way we like 'em," exclaimed Dodd in victory lane. "It's always nice when you come home first."
Outside pole-sitter Dodd got the jump on fast timer Jason Montgomery, then led flag-to-flag for the dominating win. The first part of the trip was a Sunday drive for Dodd as Montgomery battled Balzano for 15 circuits for second. Showtime Steve Shaver then entered into the mix making it a three car battle. Balzano claimed second on lap 18, then two laps later Shaver bagged Montgomery for third.
Dodd's Sunday drive quickly transformed into a rush-hour blitz as he now felt the presence of Balzano nibbling on his rear nerf. Amid lapped traffic, cars flanked both sides of the dynamic duo. Dodd got a scare with ten laps to go when three cars collected up in a spin toward the tail of the pack. Dodd piled in, but was able to get on the binders in avoiding contact and resumed the lead with Balzano, Shaver, Montgomery and K.C. Burdette in tow.
The last ten laps were a classic ten-lap dash. Balzano inched forward in vintage form as the combatants went two-wide down the backchute. As the race wound down, Balzano inched by Dodd with three laps to go, but Dodd's mount hugged the rubber-clad clay one groove up from the bottom. Fans rose to their feet as the script for a great finish unfolded in Hollywood style.
Momentum carried the race leader just shy of a car-length ahead. With two to go, the close quarters tightened as Balzano nosed by on the far side of the speedway, only to see Dodd repeat his surge of momentum at the start-finish line.
On the white flag lap, Balzano fought a push to keep from clipping Dodd on turn two exit, but the crafty veteran was able to stretch a yard-stick lead into turn three. As if to say "this one is mine", Dodd milked an extra surge out of the yellow #12 to edge the storied Balzano by inches at the checkered.
Rounding out the top ten behind the two leaders were Shaver, Montgomery, K.C. Burdette, Chris Carpenter, Pat Gillian, Chris Garnes, Tracy Fritter, and Larry Bond. Chris Garnes was the hard charger of the race with a 17th to 8th place run.
The AMRA Modifieds continue to amaze the fans in the bullring at Skyline Speedway where Mark Dickson of Gallipolis, Ohio claimed his third win of the year over Southside Flyer Kenny Johnson. Dickson shook the threats of Doug Henry on the start, then had to contend with Johnson for the last 14 laps. Johnson and Henry fought side by side for four laps before Johnson worked the high side to get the edge for second. By the ninth Circuit Johnson was now zoned in on Dickson. Johnson rode the high-side, while Dickson hovered around the low groove. Each lap Johnson reeled in a few inches of line, but couldn't get Dickson to bite. Meanwhile, Henry was back into contention with an inside run on Johnson.
A spin on the 18th circuit, set up a two-lap shootout among the three top guns. Johnson tried Dickson on the outside with Henry battling on the inside, but Dickson won by a nose in yet another exciting run. Rounding out the top ten from fourth were Robbie Evans, Jeremy Blake, Ryan Mayle, Roy Roush, Jim Ashcraft, Dusty Boley, and Brian Whiteman.
It was a long time coming, but former champ Eric Francis returned to the Pure Stock victory lane. Francis scored the popular win over Jeremy Blake, after surviving a race-long battle with Jeremy Misel. Blake squeezed every ounce of muscle from his mount, but Francis remained smooth and fast in posting the win. Matt Holcomb moved up the most spots from 10th to fifth. Rounding out the top ten were third place Misel, George Klintworth, Matt Holcomb, Steve Anthony, Gary Gould, Tim Lauderman, Chad Roush, and Mike Lauer.
Every Four-cylinder main has been a dog fight and the two top dogs were at it again Friday evening as Tom Adkins ended Tim Christopher's win-streak with his fourth Skyline win of the year. Adkins and Christopher fought tooth-and-claw, but Adkins was able to hang on for the flag-to-flag win. Behind second place Christopher was Zach Kisner, Jeff Rankin, Barry Kitts, George Klintworth, Jeff Blanton, Josh Salyers, Chris Lauer, and Mike Spires.
The Burt Builders (Vincent, Ohio) Mini-Wedge feature was won by point’s leader Ronnie Pickens over Kyle Bond, Mariah Miller, and Zach Fox. Pickens took the early lead and ran off from the rest of the field with Bond a half straight-away behind in second.
Racing resumes in all classes Friday, July 4 with 410 Outlaw Sprints, Late Models, AMRA Road Warrior Tour, Pure Stocks, Four Cylinders, and Mini Wedges.
The Summary : June 27, 2008
Late Models (32)
Fast Time-Jason Montgomery 15:15
Heat One-Jason Montgomery, Tracy Fritter, K.C.Burdette, Jason Brookover
Heat Two-Doug Dodd, Pat Gillian, Chris Carpenter, Travis Brookover
Heat Three-Mike Balzano, Steve Shaver, Larry Bond, Andy Bond
Heat Four-Freddie Carpenter, Ralph Withem, Jeff Burdette, Dan Morrison
B-Main: Chris Garnes, Shane McLaughlin, Jeremy Jarvis, Todd Smith, Bob Adams, Jr.,Chadd Todd, Bub Crum, Jim Fordyce, David Hackathorne, Nick Corbitt, Tony Roush, Bill Hughhart, Barry Lowery, Tyler Carpenter
Feature-Doug Dodd, Mike Balzano, Steve Shaver, Jason Montgomery, K.C. Burdette, Chris Carpenter, Pat Gillian, Chris Garnes, Tracy Fritter, Larry Bond
AMRA Modifieds (16)
Heat One-Kenny Johnson, Doug Henry, Dusty Boley, Jeremy Blake
Heat Two-Mark Dickson, Jeremy Berwanger, Robbie Evans, Jerry Voytko
Feature-Mark Dickson, Kenny Johnson, Doug Henry, Robbie Evans, Jeremy Blake, Ryan Mayle, Roy Roush, Jim Ashcraft, Dusty Boley, Brian Whiteman
Pure Stocks (13)
Heat One-Eric Francis, George Klintworth, Jeremy Blake, Dusty Adkins
Heat Two- Jeremy Misel, Steve Anthony, Tim Lauderman, Curt Reck
Feature- Eric Francis, Jeremy Blake, Jeremy Misel, George Klintworth, Matt Holcomb, Steve Anthony, Gary Gould, Tim Lauderman, Chad Roush, Mike Lauer
Four Cylinders (16)
Heat One-Zach Kisner, Butch Shamblin, Barry Kitts, Mike Spires
Heat Two-Tim Christopher, Tom Adkins, Jeff Rankin, Jeff Blanton
Feature-Tommy Adkins, Tim Christopher, Zach Kisner, Jeff Rankin, Barry Kitts, George Klintworth, Jeff Blanton, Josh Salyers, Chris Lauer, Mike Spires
Mini Wedges (4)
Heat One-Ron Pickens, Kyle Bond, Mariah Miller, Zach Fox
Feature-Ron Pickens, Kyle Bond, Mariah Miller, Zach Fox
For those media members needing complete run downs, they follow:
Feature-Doug Dodd, Mike Balzano, Steve Shaver, Jason Montgomery, K.C. Burdette, Chris Carpenter, Pat Gillian, Chris Garnes, Tracy Fritter, Larry Bond, Travis Brookover, Freddie Carpenter, Dan Morrison, Jeff Burdette, Jason Brookover, Andy Bond, Ralph Withem, and Shane McLaughlin.
Feature-Mark Dickson, Kenny Johnson, Doug Henry, Robbie Evans, Jeremy Blake, Ryan Mayle, Roy Roush, Jim Ashcraft, Dusty Boley, Brian Whiteman, Tom Sigler, Vince Conrad, Jeremy Berwanger, Robin Ours, Ryan Stoops, Rick Neace, Donnie Nething, Jerry Voytko
Feature- Eric Francis, Jeremy Blake, Jeremy Misel, George Klintworth, Matt Holcomb, Steve Anthony, Gary Gould, Tim Lauderman, Chad Roush, Mike Lauer, Dale Griffin, Curt Reck, Derek Smith, Brandon Oliver, Dusty Adkins, Michael Quick.
Feature- Tommy Adkins, Tim Christopher, Zach Kisner, Jeff Rankin, Barry Kitts, George Klintworth, Jeff Blanton, Josh Salyers, Chris Lauer, Mike Spires, David Rankin, Steve Brown, Butch Shamblin, Bill Klintworth.
Skyline Speedway Results All-Star Sprint Speedweek
By Scott Wolfe
STEWART, OHIO-The powerful O’Reilly All-Star Circuit of Champions sprint cars invaded Skyline Speedway for the first time in eleven years Wednesday night June 25 for the fourth leg of All-Star, All-Ohio Sprint Speedweek where Hartford, Ohio’s Dale Blaney proved to be the best of the field in bringing home the $5,000 to win paycheck. Murray City, Ohio’s Jeremy Berwanger passed former AMRA champion Doug Henry on the last lap to claim the companion 20-lap Modified main.
Fifty of the nation’s fastest sprint cars from eight states and Australia rang in the return to Billy Jarrell’s Athens County high-banks, setting the stage for a wild night of preliminary heat races, the fast car dash, C and B main events, and the 40-lap marquee event. Despite the threat of rain, a large crowd turned out for the historic event which marked the return of the All-Stars.
California’s Randy Hannigan paced the 24-car field with local Jimmy Nier of Piketon riding alongside in shot-gun. Hannigan powered into the first turn to take the initial lead, however, Nier recovered to lead the second circuit. The duo then engaged in a scorching slugfest over the next five laps. Nier managed to hang on to the lead until lap five when Hannigan inched ahead to lead the next ten circuits.
Dale Blaney, brother of NASCAR regular Dave Blaney, then chased Hannigan through traffic and began to reel in the front-running Golden State Warrior. Blaney and Hannigan diced back-and-forth until Blaney wrested away the top spot on lap 16. Meanwhile, Craig Mintz and Greg Wilson were charging from 12th and 17th into the top ten. Hannigan began to fade but held a solid second to the dominant Blaney as Nier anchored down third until the 19th circuit when Brian Smith won a three-way battle with the renown racing promoter and an oncoming freight train in Craig Mintz.
Danny Smith, who has been a perfect 6-for-6 at Skyline, came from the B-main to make it a four car battle for third. With Blaney well in control of the top-spot compliments of smooth moves in heavy traffic and a hot set-up from car owner George Fisher, the rest of the field fought for position. Mintz won the race for third with Smith in tow and Nier and Smith Nose to tail in a fight for position.
On the 38th circuit Wilson bested both Smith and Nier for a top five, advancing 12 positions on the night. Rounding out the top ten at the finish were Blaney, Hannigan, Mintz, Brian Smith, Greg Wilson, Jimmy Nier, Danny Smith, Tim Shaffer, Brian Ellenberger, and Aussie Troy Little.
“I’d never been here (Skyline) before,” noted winner Blaney, “But I’m sure I’ll be back. We struggled a little bit in qualifying and in the dash, and I was struggling to get the car to do what I wanted. George (Fisher) said ‘just get out there and drive it like you know how’ and that’s what I did.”
“I didn’t want to spin the tires in the first half of the race……just sort of hold my own,” said the former WVU basketball star. “But at the halfway point, I knew I’d have to pick up the pace.”
Lee Jacobs won the C-main and Danny Smith won the B-main to advance to the feature event. Aussie Bruce White flipped on the first lap of the first heat, but was not injured. Then in the C-main Scott Curren took a tumble in turn four, but was uninjured.
Oh what a show the AMRA Modifieds put on before the sprinters took to the track. Defending AMRA top-gun Doug Henry battled the duration of the race with Jeremy Berwanger and Jeremy Blake. Sometimes three-wide Henry led the parade to the start finish line every lap until the fourteenth circuit when Berwanger claimed a temporary reprieve.
Berwanger rooted into the inside groove to lead laps 14 and 15, although the closeness nearly resembled a dead heat at the feet of flagman Todd Gorrell’s perch. Henry rode a wave of momentum off turn four, then weaned his way to the inside groove upon turn one entry to take the lead. Henry led laps 16-19 with Berwanger right along-side.
Berwanger nosed by on lap 18, but Henry retook the top spot and lead through turn three. The last couple of laps were among the night's best. Cars throughout the line-up fought for position, while the front-runners were parading down a three-lane highway. Berwanger was able to inch ahead coming out of four and slid up the track to shut the door on Henry’s chances for a pass. His turn four pass proved to be the winning margin as Henry, Jeremy Blake, Robbie Evans, Mike McPherson, Roy Roush, Kenny Johnson, Mark Dickson, Jeff Wood, and Robert Garnes followed in hot pursuit.
McPherson had one of his better outings of the year for a solid fifth. Former AMRA champ, Kenny Johnson zoomed from 14th to seventh with an admirable rim-riding effort.
Rick Kapple snagged an infield tire and flipped wildly in his heat race, but emerged from his mount only shaken.
Skyline hosts a $2,000 late model special Friday, June 27 and then entertains the AMRA Road Warrior Tour cars on July 4.
Skyline Speedway Results 6/25/08
O’Reilly All-Star Sprints
Fast Time: Paul Weaver
Dash: Ian Loudon, Randy Hannigan, Tim Hunter, Todd Kane, Dale Blaney, Brian Ellenberger
Heat One- Greg Wilson, Troy Little, Byron Reed, Brock Mayes, Jimmy Nier, Mark Keegan
Heat Two-Tim Shaffer, Brian Ellenberger, Phil Gressman, Dale Blaney, Randy Hannigan, Kenny Jacobs
Heat Three-Brandon Martin, Dave Dickson, Tim Hunter, Aaron Middaugh, Ian Loudon, Dan Shetler
Heat Four- Jimmy Stinson, Brian Smith, Todd Kane, Rob Chaney, Cale Conley, Josh Davis
C-Main: Lee Jacobs, Ryan Myers, Keith Baxter, Wayne McPeek, Todd King, Ben Gregg, Chad Goff, Mark Imler, Hud Horton, Cody Kinser
B-Main: Danny Smith, Craig Mintz, Dan Shetler, Kenny Jacobs, Josh Davis, Cole Duncan, Chris Andrews, Aaron Higgins, Lance DeWeese, Lee Jacobs, Lee Stark, Keith Baxter, Luke Hall, Josh Yenser, Ryan Myers, Chad Blonde, Wayne McPeek, Paul Weaver.
Feature: Dale Blaney, Randy Hannigan, Craig Mintz, Brian Smith, Greg Wilson, Jimmy Nier, Danny Smith, Tim Shaffer, Brian Ellenberger, Troy Little, Tim Hunter, Todd Kane, Jimmy Stinson, Byron Reed, Cale Conley, Phil Gressman, Brock Mayes, Brandon Martin, Ian Loudon, Dan Shetler, Rob Chaney, Kenny Jacobs, Dave Dickson, Aaron Middaugh
Heat One- Robbie Evans, Robert Garnes, Mark Dickson, Mike McPherson, Jim Ashcraft, Roy Roush
Heat Two- Doug Henry, Jeremy Berwanger, Jeremy Blake, Jeff Wood, Tom Sigler
Feature- Jeremy Berwanger, Doug Henry, Jeremy Blake, Robbie Evans, Mike McPherson, Roy Roush, Kenny Johnson, Mark Dickson, Jeff Wood, Robert Garnes, Ryan Mayle, Dusty Boley, Darin Glover, Robin Ours, Tom Sigler, Brandon Patton, Dave Pinkerton, Jim Ashcraft, Rick Kapple.
Skyline Speedway Results June 20, 2008
By Scott Wolfe
STEWART, OHIO-With 104 cars in the pits, Skyline Speedway hosted another great night of racing with local ace Tim Christopher of Belpre, Ohio claiming the Four-Cylinder Invitational in a strong field of 28 cars. Danny Smith went six-for-six on Skyline runs in the sprint division, Tracy Fritter claimed his first Skyline Late Model main, Jeremy Berwanger claimed the AMRA Modified main, Brian Shaffer won the Pure Stocks, and Ron Pickens brought home the mini-wedge main.
In the exciting $600 to win Four Cylinder invitational Tim Christopher celebrated a big win over Portland, Ohio's Dennis Adkins. Christopher was the rabbit and Adkins was the greyhound in hot pursuit. Bumper to bumper, the duo put on a great show for the buzzing four-bangers. Through the first eight laps, the two were all alone out in front of the pack; however, by the ninth circuit the tandem ran hard upon a gaggle of lapped traffic.
Adkins was locked to Christopher's back bumper as they weaved through the back-markers, then Christopher made some spine-tingling moves that shook Adkins briefly. Adkins found another route and quickly closed the gap but watched in front of him as Christopher posted the win.
Tommy Adkins blasted up to third place after a race-long battle with Shawn McClain. Adkins won the battle with McClain edging Spike Rizer for fifth. Coming off a short retirement was heat winner Rizer. Newcomers Zach Kisner and Matt Fizer had good runs, while old-standby's George Klintworth and Keith Young, and visiting Mitchell Eddy finished with strong top tens. Rounding out the top ten behind McClain were Spike Rizer, Zach Kisner, George Klintworth, Matt Fizer, Keith Young, and Mitchell Eddy. John Bartlett flipped on the last lap after the checkered flag, but was not seriously injured.
In the 25-lap sprint car main Danny Smith ran down early leader Josh Davis on the sixth lap, then the pair ran nose-tail in a high-speed version of cat-and-mouse. On the twelfth circuit Nick Naber in the B&J Contracting 22 bagged Davis for second, setting up a shootout to the finish as Wes McLumphy spun on the 16th round.
Naber took the lead momentarily, but Smith quickly reclaimed the top spot with another test of nerves on the high side. Smith, one of the original outlaws, is off to one of his best seasons ever. With the win in his Doug Williams Logging entry, Smith proposed buying stock in a piece of Billy Jarrell's Skyline clay. Cody Kinser was the hard charger in coming from 16th to 8th. After a wall-climbing incident in the heat, Adam Strausser had a good run from 19th to 11th in an equally good charge.
Naber brought home a strong second, while Josh Davis continues a banner season, yet is still in search of his first win. Keith Baxter ironed out the wrinkles in Freddie Staats mount and brought home a top five with youngster Aaron Higgins. Behind second place Naber were Davis, Baxter, Higgins, Cole Duncan, Wayne McPeek, Cody Kinser, Greg Mitchell, and Dave Dickson.
The #59 Boss Chassis/Fast Jack Racing Engines/Fritter Logging entry was the "Boss" of the Late Model field. Defending champ Larry Bond and Todd Smith paced the field to the green flag, however, Fritter made a hasty charge into second. Bond led the first five rounds, then engaged in a side-by-side dual with Tracy Fritter. Fritter finally bagged Bond for the lead, then checked out on the rest of the field. Bond immediately found a new dance partner and locked horns with Travis Brookover, while Doug Dodd and Corey Conley went two-wide for ten laps in a run for the top five. Jason Montgomery charged from 12th to sixth, then began to work on Conley and Dodd.
Dodd blasted by the entire quartet for second, while Conley followed in suit as Bond and Brookover shuffled to fifth and sixth. With two laps to go Montgomery charged by Conley for third, but time ran out with Fritter bringing home his first Skyline win.
Fritter said, "We had a great car, a great track to race on and it went green-to-checkered. We had fun-What more can you ask for? I'd like to thank my sponsors and crew for getting us here to victory lane."
Behind second place Dodd was Montgomery, Corey Conley, Travis Brookover, K.C. Burdette, Larry Bond, Pat Gillian, Dan Morrison, and Chris Garnes. Hard charger of the race was Montgomery's 12th to 3rd place run.
In the AMRA Modified main Chris Stotts took the early lead and appeared to be the class of the field. Then after an early tango with Louis Krushansky, Jeremy Berwanger of Murray City took over second and set his sights on Stotts. Berwanger closed rapidly on the early leader Stotts, then took the lead on lap ten. He blitzed the rest of the field convincingly to claim the win. Berwanger bested a good field of AMRA hard-hitters that saw former champ Kenny Johnson exit with a flat tire.
Rounding out the top ten behind winning Berwanger were Chris Stotts, Jeremy Blake, Louis Krushansky, Robbie Evans, Mike McPherson, Ryan Mayle, Jim Ashcraft, Robin Ours, and Dusty Boley. McPherson came from 11th to sixth to earn hard-charger awards.
In the Pure Stock main Brian Shaffer took early command, but old-ironside Jeremy Blake was rattling his hind quarters. Blake worked meticulously on Shaffer for the top spot, but Shaffer would not yield and pulled first into victory lane. Blake sat comfortably in second ahead of Curt Reck, Dusty Adkins, Mike Lauer, George Klintworth, Darin Roush, Joe Misel, Steve Anthony, Chad Roush, and Pat McPeek.
In the Norman's Auto Care trophy-sponsored Mini-Wedges Ron Pickens took advantage of a skirmish between Scott Perine and Kyle Bond. Pickens went on to win over Mariah Miller, Tyler Evans, Kyle Bond, Zach Fox, Martin Gibson, Scott Perine, Coleman Evans, and Sydney Staats.
Skyline hosts the All-Star Sprints in an Ohio Speedweek show Wednesday, June 25. The Southeastern Ohio track then hosts a $2,000 to win late model show on Friday, June 27. AMRA Modifieds, Pure Stocks, Four Cylinders, and Mini-Wedges will be on the racing cards as well. There will be no sprints June 27 in honor of the remaining Speedweek races.
The Summary: June 20, 2008
410 Sprints (19)
Fast Time-Aaron Higgins 11:38
Dash- Nick Naber, Josh Davis, Aaron Higgins, Jimmy Nier
Heat One- Danny Smith, Cole Duncan, Brian Benson, Mark Imler
Heat Two- Keith Baxter, Wayne McPeek, Randy Fink, Dave Dickson
Feature- Danny Smith, Nick Naber, Josh Davis, Keith Baxter, Aaron Higgins, Cole Duncan, Wayne McPeek, Cody Kinser, Greg Mitchell, Dave Dickson
Late Models (28)
Fast Time-Larry Bond 13:47
Heat One- Larry Bond, Travis Brookover, K.C. Burdette, Jeff Burdette
Heat Two- Todd Smith, Andy Bond, Jason Montgomery, Tyler Carpenter
Heat Three- Tracy Fritter, Pat Gillian, Doug Dodd, Chris Carpenter
Heat Four- Dan Morrison, Corey Conley, Freddie Carpenter, Chris Garnes
B-Main One: Jeff Burdette, Chris Carpenter, Chad Todd, Jeremy Jarvis, Rod Gibson, Bub Crum, Justin Powell, Buckwheat Shutts, Richard Frazier
B-Main Two- Chris Garnes, Tony Roush, Tyler Carpenter, Ralph Withem, Jim Fordyce, Denver Gibson, Nick Corbitt, Josh McDaniel
Feature- Tracy Fritter, Doug Dodd, Jason Montgomery, Corey Conley, Travis Brookover, K.C. Burdette, Larry Bond, Pat Gillian, Dan Morrison, Chris Garnes
AMRA Modifieds (15)
Heat One- Chris Stotts, Ryan Mayle, Jeremy Berwanger, Kenny Johnson
Heat Two- Louis Krushansky, Roy Roush, Jeremy Blake, Jim Ashcraft
Feature-Jeremy Berwanger, Chris Stotts, Jeremy Blake, Louis Krushansky, Robbie Evans, Mike McPherson, Ryan Mayle, Jim Ashcraft, Robin Ours, Dusty Boley
Pure Stocks (15)
Heat One- Brian Shaffer, Jeremy Blake, Curt Reck, Darin Roush
Heat Two- Dusty Adkins, Jeremy Misel, George Klintworth, Pat McPeek
Feature-Brian Shaffer, Jeremy Blake, Curt Reck, Dusty Adkins, Mike Lauer, George Klintworth, Darin Roush, Joe Misel, Steve Anthony, Chad Roush
Four Cylinders (26)
Heat One-Tim Christopher, Shawn McClain, Tommy Adkins, John Bartlett
Heat Two-Spike Rizer, Zach Kisner, Matt Fizer, Jeff Blanton
Heat Three-David Rankin, Mike Spires, Donnie Bartlett, Fred Burton
Heat Four- Dennis Adkins, Keith Young, George Klintworth, Chris Lauer
B-Main One: Jeff Rankin, Mitchell Eddy, John Bartlett, Josh Fulks, Tony Plaugher, Josh Salyers, Greg King, Fred Burton
B-Main Two: Jeff Blanton, Chris Lauer, Ken Young, Barry Kitts, Drew Peart, Bill Klintworth, Steve Brown
Feature- Tim Christopher, Dennis Adkins, Tommy Adkins, Shawn McClain, Spike Rizer, Zach Kisner, George Klintworth, Matt Fizer, Keith Young, Mitchell Eddy
Mini Wedges (9)
Heat One-Ron Pickens, Kyle Bond, Tyler Evans, Martin Gibson,Sydney Staats
Heat Two- Scott Perine, Zach Fox, Mariah Miller, Coleman Evans
Feature- Ron Pickens, Mariah Miller, Tyler Evans, Kyle Bond, Zach Fox, Martin Gibson, Scott Perine, Coleman Evans, Sydney Staats
For those media members needing complete run-downs they follow:
Feature- Danny Smith, Nick Naber, Josh Davis, Keith Baxter, Aaron Higgins, Cole Duncan, Wayne McPeek, Cody Kinser, Greg Mitchell, Dave Dickson, Adam Strausser, Kory Crabtree, Brian Benson, Mark Imler, Rick Fraley, Wes McGumphy, Jimmy Nier, Benny Hickel, Randy Fink
Feature- Tracy Fritter, Doug Dodd, Jason Montgomery, Corey Conley, Travis Brookover, K.C. Burdette, Larry Bond, Pat Gillian, Dan Morrison, Chris Garnes, Andy Bond, Chris Carpenter, Freddie Carpenter, Jeff Burdette, Tony Roush, Tyler Carpenter, Chad Todd, Todd Smith.
Feature-Jeremy Berwanger, Chris Stotts, Jeremy Blake, Louis Krushansky, Robbie Evans, Mike McPherson Ryan Mayle, Jim Ashcraft, Robin Ours, Dusty Boley, Rick Kapple, Kenny johnson, Roy Roush
Feature-Brian Shaffer, Jeremy Blake, Curt Reck, Dusty Adkins, Mike Lauer, George Klintworth, Darin Roush, Joe Misel, Steve Anthony, Chad Roush, Pat McPeek, Greg Straight, Jeremy Misel, and Scott Rooks.
Feature- Tim Christopher, Dennis Adkins, Tommy Adkins,Shawn McClain, Spike Rizer, Zach Kisner, George Klintworth, Matt Fizer, Keith Young, Mitchell Eddy, Mike Spires, Jeff Blanton, John Bartlett, Ken Young, David Rankin, Chris Lauer, Donnie Bartlett, Jeff Rankin.
Feature- Ron Pickens, Mariah Miller, Tyler Evans, Kyle Bond, Zach Fox, Martin Gibson, Scott Perine, Coleman Evans, Sydney Staats
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Skyline Speedway results June 13, 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By Scott Wolfe
STEWART, OHIO-As severe thunderstorms passed through the area, nature's Fireworks provided a backdrop aerial display for the fans, while on the track nearly 100 cars put on yet another explosive show at Billy Jarrell's playground at Skyline Speedway. Officially becoming a Chillicothe resident this past week, Danny Smith made it five-for-five in the outlaw prints on the Skyline high-banks, while defending champ Larry Bond claimed the Late Model main and Mike Mason took the Vintage American Race Car (VARC) feature. Marietta's Mark Dickson took the AMRA Modified main, Jeremy Blake claimed the Pure Stocks, Tom Adkins won the Four-cylinders and Ron Pickens claimed the mini-wedges.
At the start of the sprint main Aaron Higgins and Keith Baxter locked wheels and each took a couple simultaneous roll-overs to bring out the red. On the restart Jimmy Nier jumped into the lead, then Danny Smith blasted by both Nier and Naber going into turn three. Naber rode the high side of the three-wide excursion with his momentum launching him back into the lead at the end of the first circuit.
Smith then implemented a slide job on a lap three restart and checked-out on the rest of the field. Smith, one of the original outlaws, brandished all the horsepower of his Doug Williams Trucking mount to fight off his challengers. The newlywed used every granule of the racing surface he could in another flat-footed charge to victory. Naber and Nier battled nose-to-tail for nearly twenty laps in an exciting exchange until Nier exited on the 21st circuit.
Chillicothe driver Josh Davis charged back to the front after doing a 360 on lap four and dropping back as far as tenth. Davis used every inch of the track for a dramatic drive back to third. Tim Hunter and Adam Strausser engaged in a race-long battle with Hunter eventually claiming fourth. Behind Davis were Hunter, Strausser, Greg Mitchell, Kory Crabtree, Benny Hickel, Mark Imler, and Brian Benson.
Mitchell completed a good night after fading to ninth, then coming back for a strong sixth, while also making the fast-car dash. 14-year old rookie Kory Crabtree continued his string of top ten finishes and 35 year-veteran Benny Hickel earned his first top ten run in a sprint car in just his 7th time in a sprinter. Hickel was the hard charger of the race.
Steve Starr led the first few laps of the VARC vintage car feature after a battle with Mike Swain. Mike Mason in a 1970 midget then led the next few laps before John Lawhorn of Sinking Springs, Ohio took the lead in his 1970 USAC Dirt Champ car. On the last lap Mason of Wilmington, Ohio took the lead to post the win. Mason brought home the win ahead of Lawhorn, Mike Swain, and Steve Starr.
“Sometimes, you are a hero. Sometimes you are a zero.”—Doug Wolfgang. Friday veteran Larry Bond was the local hero after being collected in a grinding crash the week before.
In the Late Model main, veteran Bond put it in cruise control after getting the jump on Tracy Fritter and Chris Garnes. Bond established his own zip code on the 3/8 mile oval, half tracking the next closest competitors of Garnes and Fritter. Garnes shook Fritter on lap 12 and began a run on Bond as the defending champ closed in on heavy lapped traffic. Garnes cut the lead in half, but once Bond cleared traffic he was off and running once again.
Meanwhile Freddie Carpenter bagged Fritter for third and Travis Brookover followed in suit. Racing for position was at a premium. Carpenter and Brookover diced through lapped traffic in putting on a show, as Fritter faded to a distant seventh. Pat Gillian had a good run as he and last week's winner Jeff Burdette leap-frogged to fifth and sixth. Chris Carpenter gained another top ten in eighth, Dan Morrison came from 17th to ninth for hard-charger honors and Andy Bond anchored tenth.
Marietta's Mark Dickson was the elitist of the 18-car modified feature. Dickson blasted into the lead as the rest of the pack battled vigorously for the runner up slot. Dusty Boley and Jeremy Blake had first stakes on number two, but the star-studded field led by Kenny Johnson and Doug Henry moved into contention. Johnson moved into second ahead of Blake, while Henry nosed by Boley who was left tussling with Berwanger for fifth and sixth.
Dickson in his GRS chassis stretched his lead with a low-rider image around the infield tires, while Johnson blitzed the high-side in his copyright rim-riding style. Henry tightened up his run on Blake, but Blake held on for a solid third behind Dickson and Johnson.
Rounding out the top ten behind the hard charging Johnson were Blake, Doug Henry, Dusty Boley, Jeremy Berwanger, J.P. Roberts, Roy Roush, Robbie Evans, and Louis Krushansky
Darin Roush and Jeremy Blake battled tooth-and-claw for the top spot in the Pure Stock main. One lap Blake would lead and then Roush and vice-versa. Finally, with two laps to go, the versatile Blake picked up the pace and continued on to the win.
Behind Blake and Roush were George Klintworth, Curt Reck, Matt Holcomb, Dusty Adkins, Gary Gould, Eric Francis, Tony Roush, and Bill Tewksbury.
In the Four-cylinder main Portland, Ohio's Tommy Adkins came from the tail to pass 18 cars and claim the feature win with a last-lap pass over last week's winner Tim Christopher. That came after Adkins was cited for jumping on the initial start, forcing the Racine-area driver into overdrive. Adkins ended Christopher's three-week win streak, as the rivalry between the two competitors continues to heighten.
Behind the combatants Adkins and Christopher were Tony Plaugher, Jeff Rankin, Jeff Blanton, George Klintworth, Ryan McClain, Barry Kitts, Bobby Collins, and Greg King. The Four Cylinders will run for a huge $600 to win show this Friday night, June 20.
Ron Pickens cleaned up on the mini-wedge action after claiming the heat, then taking the Vienna Mini-Wedge sponsored feature. Behind Pickens were Stevie Magyar, Kyle Bond, Zach Fox, Mariah Miller, and Hunter Brookover.
The Summary: June 13, 2008
VARC Vintage Cars
Heat One: John Lawhorn, Mike Mason, Steve Starr, Mike Swain
Feature: Mike Mason, John Lawhorn, Mike Swain, and Steve Starr
410 Outlaw Sprints (17)
Fast Time: Danny Smith 11:62
Dash- Jimmy Nier, Nick Naber, Danny Smith, Greg Mitchell
Heat One- Tim Hunter, Aaron Higgins, Wayne McPeek, Kory Crabtree
Heat Two- Keith Baxter, Josh Davis, Adam Strausser,Dave Dickson
Feature-Danny Smith, Nick Naber, Josh Davis, Tim Hunter, Adam Strausser, Greg Mitchell, Kory Crabtree, Benny Hickel, Mark Imler, Brian Benson
Late Models (24)
Fast Time: Chris Garnes 13:89
Heat One-Tracy Fritter, Chris Garnes, Andy Bond, Chris Carpenter
Heat Two- Greg Oliver, Freddie Carpenter, Travis Brookover, Ralph Withem
Heat Three-Larry Bond, Jeff Burdette, Pat Gillian, Tyler Carpenter
B-Main: Dan Morrison, Bub Crum, Jeremy Jarvis, Tony Roush, Jr., Billy Brown, Justin Powell, Denver Gibson, Ed Shuman, Nick Corbitt
Feature-Larry Bond, Chris Garnes, Freddie Carpenter, Travis Brookover, Pat Gillian, Jeff Burdette, Tracy Fritter, Chris Carpenter, Dan Morrison, Andy Bond
AMRA Modifieds (19)
Heat One-Dusty Boley,Jeremy Berwanger, Kenny Johnson, Louis Krushansky
Heat Two- Mark Dickson, J.P. Roberts, Jeremy Blake, Robin Ours
Feature-Mark Dickson, Kenny Johnson, Jeremy Blake, Doug Henry, Dusty Boley, Jeremy Berwanger, J.P. Roberts, Roy Roush, Robbie Evans, Louis Krushansky
Pure Stocks (14)
Heat One- Jeremy Blake, Curt Reck, Dusty Adkins, Matt Holcomb
Heat Two- Darin Roush, George Klintworth, Mike Lauer, Gary Gould
Feature-Jeremy Blake, Darin Roush, George Klintworth, Curt Reck, Matt Holcomb, Dusty Adkins, Gary Gould, Eric Francis, Tony Roush, Bill Tewksbury
Four Cylinders (19)
Heat One- Tim Christopher, George Klintworth, Jeff Blanton, Bobby Collins
Heat Two- Randy Wise, Barry Kitts, Greg King, Steve Brown
Heat Three- Tom Adkins, Tony Plaugher, Jeff Rankin, Ryan McClain
Feature- Tom Adkins, Tim Christopher, Tony Plaugher, Jeff Rankin, Jeff Blanton, George Klintworth, Ryan McClain, Barry Kitts, Bobby Collins, Greg King
Heat One-Ron Pickens, Stevie Magyar, Kyle Bond, Zach Fox, Mariah Miller, Hunter Brookover
Feature-Ron Pickens, Stevie Magyar, Kyle Bond, Zach Fox, Mariah Miller, Hunter Brookover
For those media members needing complete rundowns, they are below:
410 Outlaw sprints
Feature-Danny Smith, Nick Naber, Josh Davis, Tim Hunter, Adam Strausser, Greg Mitchell, Kory Crabtree, Benny Hickel, Mark Imler, Brian Benson, Cale Conley, Wayne McPeek, Wes McGumphy, Dave Dickson, Jimmy Nier, Aaron Higgins, Keith Baxter
Feature-Larry Bond, Chris Garnes, Freddie Carpenter, Travis Brookover, Pat Gillian, Jeff Burdette, Tracy Fritter, Chris Carpenter, Dan Morrison, Andy Bond, Jason Brookover, Ralph Withem, Chad Todd, Jeremy Jarvis, Tyler Carpenter, Bub Crum, Todd Smith, Greg Oliver.
Feature-Mark Dickson, Kenny Johnson, Jeremy Blake, Doug Henry, Dusty Boley, Jeremy Berwanger, J.P. Roberts, Roy Roush, Robbie Evans, Louis Krushansky, Ryan Mayle, Roy Johnson, Rick Tracewell, Sean Boggess, Robin Ours, C.J. Ferguson, Randy Keaton, Jim Rhodes.
Feature-Jeremy Blake, Darin Roush, George Klintworth, Curt Reck, Matt Holcomb, Dusty Adkins, Gary Gould, Eric Francis, Tony Roush, Bill Tewksbury, Mike Lauer, Jamie Gillian, Brandon Oliver.
Feature- Tom Adkins, Tim Christopher, Tony Plaugher, Jeff Rankin, Jeff Blanton, George Klintworth, Ryan McClain, Barry Kitts, Bobby Collins, Greg King, Josh Salyers, Steve Brown, Keith Young, John Bartlett, Bill Klintworth, Randy Wise, Mike Spires, Fred Burton
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