When sponsors offer higher than usual pay outs, every driver in the pits races that much harder.
No amount of money, however, can provide the motivation of trying to do right by a brother.
Doug "The Buzzard" Adkins of West Portsmouth, whose brother Rocky died of cancer Thursday, picked up the Modified A-Main feature win Saturday at Portsmouth Raceway Park. The win netted Adkins $1,100 dollars as part of the Mustain Muffler blowout Modified show.
Adkins, a two-time PRP track champion with 78 career feature wins, has faced all kinds of challenges on the track during his 16-year racing career, but Saturday included the challenge of racing while grieving.
"That's all I was thinking about today," Adkins said. "(Friday) we didn't race and then I wanted to just sit at the house and I couldn't stand it, so tonight (Saturday) I had to come here. There's no place to come that's better than here because that's what my brother would have wanted me to do. It's just an awesome feeling to be able to come here and to win for that."
Adkins has won all three Modified features at PRP this season to lead the points standings, though he did face some challenge from second-place finisher Adam Jordan Saturday. Todd Robinson finished third.
The defending Late Model track champion Jackie Boggs of Grayson, Ky. led from start to finish in the Late Model feature, sometimes opening up huge leads between himself and the field. R.J. Conley did challenge Boggs on restarts but was unable to close the gap in the second half of the race.
A restart on lap five provided one of the most exciting moments of the night when four cars got tangled up coming out of turn four. Josh Bocook, Audie Swartz and David Smith's cars were all incapacitated from the wreck that actually sent Bocook into the retaining fence on a flip. Brett Kennard's car was also damaged in the wreck. All drivers were O.K.
In the Limited Late division, defending champion John Melvin was forced to go pit side as a result of steering problems allowing Adam Colley to hold off Evyian Terry for the win. It was his first win in a Limited Late A-main. Mustain Muffler provided $1,000 to the Limited Late winner.
In the Bombers Jeremie Bretz won his third straight race.
A–Main: Jackie Boggs, R.J. Conley, Kenny Christy, Billy Gullion, Butch Dowdy, Kevin
Wagner, John Melvin, Albert Butcher, Jerry Mustain, Nick Bocook.
Heat I: Jackie Boggs, R.J. Conley, Nick Bocook, David Smith, David Smith, Brett Kennard.
Heat II: Kenny Christy, Audie Swartz, Dennis Little, John Melvin, Josh Bocook.
A–Main: Doug Adkins, Adam Jordan, Todd Robinson, Mike Roediger, Joe Hunley, Chuck
Yeley, Greg Thompson, Miles Cook, Chris Shelton, Davey Warnock.
Heat I: Adam Jordan, Miles Cook, David Kelley, Greg Anderson, Chris Sheldon.
Heat II: Doug Adkins, Mike Roediger, Danny Hamilton,, Gary Turner, Shawn Holliday.
Heat III: Joe Hunley, Todd Robinson, Eddie Harmon, Dan Aldridge, Bo Cox.
B–Main: Greg Thompson, Tony DeHart, Davey Warnock, Jim Szekacs, Chuck Yeley.
Limited Late Model
A–Main: Adam Colley, Evyian Terry, Todd Galloway, Tommy Twinam, Jeff Stevens, Jip
Howard, Mike Mays, Jerry Mustain, Kevin Terry, John Melvin.
Heat I: Adam Colley, Todd Galloway, Jip Howard, Jerry Mustain, Tommy Twinam.
Heat II: John Melvin, Jeff Stevens, Evyian Terry, Chris Stewart, Mike Mays.
A–Main: Jeremie Bretz, Justin Jaynes, Darren Pendleton, William Bapst, Rick Butler, Joe
McClain, Craig Naylor, Paul Baker, Joe McGinnis, Vince Pierce.
Heat I: Jeremie Bretz, Justin Jaynes, Joe McGinnis, William Bapst, Rick Butler.
Heat II: Darren Pendleton, Shane Pendleton, Joe McClain, Paul Baker, Bill Egbert