WHEELERSBURG — The much anticipated 2012 season at the Southern Ohio Speedway got underway last Friday. On the card was a full racing program featuring Late Models, the Jordan Heating & Cooling UMP Modifieds, the GCP Engines Sport Mods, and an Enduro.
The night’s Late Model A-Main took a dramatic turn before the race even started as outside polesitter Rod Conley was forced to scratch due to a blown engine. That made the new front row for the A-Main Eddie Carrier Jr. and Billy Gullion.
Carrier Jr. took the lead at the drop of the green flag with Gullion in second and Delmas Conley in third. As Carrier started to extend his lead up front, a great battle took place for the second position between Gullion and Conley.
The two battled for several laps with Conley making the pass. Up front it was all Eddie Carrier Jr. as he led all 25 laps to take the $2,000 feature win.
Delmas Conley finished second with Gullion third, Kirk Phillips fourth, and Carl Dillow II fifth. Carrier and Rod Conley won heat races.
Lucasville’s Jeremy Rayburn took the lead to start the night’s 20-lap Jordan Heating & Cooling UMP Modified A-Main while Jake Keaton and Adam Colley battled side by side for second. Colley made the pass for the position after a few laps and set his sites on Rayburn.
Colley got within a few car lengths of Rayburn multiple times but wouldn’t have enough to challenge Rayburn side-by-side. Rayburn would lead all 20 laps and come to the checkered flag to claim his first-career SOS feature win.
Colley finished second with Jimmy Adams third, Luke Jordan fourth, and Jake Keaton fifth. Rayburn won the dash race while Jordan and Brian Skaggs won heat races.
It was definitely a Friday the 13th-type night for the GCP Engines Sport Mod division. Ten cars signed in to compete in the class, but six cars failed pre-race inspection and were not allowed to compete.
Of the four cars that were legal, three of them were involved in a first turn crash in the heat race with two cars having to scratch for the night. This resulted in George Caldwell and Eric Dennison being the only two cars to run in the feature event.
Caldwell would take the win with Dennison finishing second. In the always fun Enduro race, Zack Dunn survived the initial 30-minute endurance test and raced his way to the feature win in the 10-lap shootout.
The Southern Ohio Speedway will return to action on Friday with a full racing program featuring Late Models-$2,000 to win, Jordan Heating & Cooling UMP Modifieds-$600 to win, GCP Engines Sport Mods, and Street Stocks-$400 to win. Gates will open at 4:00 pm with hot laps at 7:30 pm.