WHEELERSBURG — It was a great night of racing at the Southern Ohio Speedway Friday as a total of 66 cars and a large crowd was in attendance.
Salt Rock (WV) native Eddie Carrier Jr. led the field to the green flag to start the night’s 25-lap Late Model A-Main. Carrier held off challenges from Rod Conley in the midpoint of the race to lead all 25 laps and take his third feature win of the season.
Conley finished second with R. J. Conley third, Dillon White fourth, and John Melvin fifth. Carrier won the dash race while Jason Perry won the heat race.
Todd Robinson took the lead at the start of the 20-lap Jordan Heating & Cooling UMP Modified A-Main with Dave Jamison in second. Fast qualifier Jeremy Rayburn moved his way up to the third position in the races early going and set his sights on Jamison.
Jamison and Rayburn had a great side-by-side battle for the lead for the entire race, but all of this was about three car lengths behind Robinson as he led every lap to take the $600 win. Jamison finished second with Rayburn third, Kevin Graham fourth, and Luke Jordan fifth.
Robinson won the dash race. Jordan and T. J. Harper won heat races.
Outside pole sitter Wes Harmon made the pass on pole sitter Shawn Aldridge to take the lead on the first lap of the GCP Engines Sport Mod A-Main. With Harmon leading, an incredible race occured for the second position between Eric Dennison and Tim Robinson.
When a caution flag flew at the midway point of the race, that battle for second turned into a three-way battle for the lead between Harmon, Dennison, and Robinson. Dennison made the pass on Harmon to take the lead on lap 10 with Robinson moving into the second position.
Robinson made several strong runs on Dennison, but couldn’t make the pass as Dennison came across the checkers to take his second feature win in as many tries. Robinson finished second with Harmon third, Danny McGowan fourth, and Harvey McGowan fifth.
The yellow No. 44 machine and Mike Christy had a great side-by-side battle for the lead at the start of the Classic Car A-Main. Christy was able to clear the anonymous driver on lap four and went on to lead the remaining laps to take the feature win.
The scariest moment of the night came in the Classic Car division when Barboursville (WV) native Jake Keaton rolled the car three times in hot laps.
Matt Yates and Tim Cutler battled side-by-side for the lead to start the 15-lap Street Stock A-Main. The two remained door-to-door for the first four laps with Cutler clearing Yates on lap five to take the lead.
Cutler led Yates by about three car lengths for most of the race, until Yates made a last lap run. Yates went high in turns 1 and 2 on the final lap and used the momentum to be right on Cutler’s bumper going into turn 3.
Yates took his No. 11x machine way low in the corner, getting even with Cutler, but would spin out coming off of turn four. Cutler would come across the line to take the feature win with Conard Newman in second, Joseph McClain third, Yates fourth, and Keith Anderson fifth.
Yates and Cutler won heat races.