Saturday night’s Premier Precast Products Limited Late Model Extravaganza at Portsmouth Raceway Park was extravagant for several reasons.
PRP had its largest car count of the season and some of the fiercest racing of the year. Nearly 100 race teams filled PRP’s pit area on a warm summer’s night, but after all the checkered flags had fallen some very familiar faces wound up visiting victory lane.
R.J. Conley fended off Jackie Boggs to win the Late Model A-Main. Doug Adkins finally ended his drought in the Modifieds. Jeremie Bretz kept on winning in the Bombers and Robbie Lewis took the Limited Late Model division’s annual showcase.
The racing in the Limited Lates was action-packed all night. No pole-sitter prevailed in any of the Limited Late Model heats or the feature and there was a lot of passing back in the field.
At the front though, a reoccurring theme emerged and it seemed only fitting that the driver who has won the most Limited Late Model features this season won the division’s highlighted race. Robbie Lewis started third and was in the lead by the end of lap one. He received a strong challenge from Evyian Terry but the two got together on the next-to-last lap and Terry wound up crashing out.
Lewis led all 20 laps en route to the victory and a prize of $1,500 which is three times the amount as what an ordinary Limited Late Model A-Main pays. The Tollesboro, KY racer has now won five of PRP’s six Limited Late Model features in his Wayne Hughes-owned number 44 car.
Saturday night’s victory marked Lewis’ first-career Premier Precast Products Limited Late Model Extravaganza win.
While Lewis had his own battles to fight up front, the racing behind him was wild and intense. Catlettsburg, KY’s Mike Steele came from 15th to finish second. Vanceburg, KY’s Matt Cook remained in the top five the entire race and crossed the line in third.
Cameron Logan placed fourth. Matt Melvin ran second early, spun, went to the tail and battled back to finish fifth.
Todd Galloway was the race’s hard charger. He started dead last in 22nd and passed 15 cars to finish seventh.
In the Late Model Division, not only did Conley win for the second straight week, he led every single lap for the second straight week. The four-time PRP track champ has been dominating the past two races.
Finishing second was the racer who was dominate the first four races – Jackie Boggs of Grayson, KY. Josh McGuire and Nick Bocook went back and forth for third.
McGuire eventually won out. Bocook placed fourth. Mark Frazier climbed six spots to round out the top five.
Adkins had not won prior to Saturday buy had run well all year finishing in the top 10 in every race but one. The West Portsmouth native known as “The Buzzard” finally got back to his winning ways Saturday as he took the lead on lap 14 after Todd Robinson’s car broke and nobody would touch him over the last six laps.
Adam Colley, Phillip Bapst, Greg Anderson and Allen Turner rounded out the top five. Turner moved up 15 spots to be named the race’s Markwest Hydrocarbon Hard Charger.
For the sixth time in as many tries, Bretz was the winner of the Bomber A-Main. Bretz led every lap of his heat and every lap of the feature to turn in one of his more impressive performances of the season. Conard Newman, David Dunn, Brett Carey and Jason Spillman rounded out the top five.
PRP’s next race will be this Sunday when the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series rolls in racing for $10,000 to win.