Racing was intense throughout the night Saturday at Portsmouth Raceway Park. The evening was dedicated to the annual Weaver’s Gas and Oil “Bomber Shootout” and it was “Meet The Drivers Night” as well.
Winners included Kenny Christy in the Late Models, Ervin Vance in the Modifieds, Evyian Terry in the Limited Lates, and Zach Pendleton in the Bombers.
Kenny Christy was again the class of the field in the Giovanni’s Pizza Late Model Division. The Vanceburg native picked up his third feature win of the season and his second in as many weeks.
Early on in the evening it looked as if Delmas Conley might be the man to beat. The Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer set fast time, started on the pole of the feature, and led the first three laps of the A-Main. However, once Kenny Christy took the lead though in his Swartz by Boggs Chassis, no one was going to catch him.
Conley held on for second. Audie Swartz placed third posting yet another top-five finish and adding to his points lead. Nick Bocook had one of his best runs of the season finishing fourth, and Kevin Wagner rounded out the top five to remain within striking distance of Swartz in the points battle.
Placing sixth through 10th were Jarred Breeding, Robbie Lewis, Kirk Phillips, Daniel Williams, and Charlie Jude.
Presently 25 points separate Swartz and Wagner in the Wesbanco Points Standings.
The R.W. Rental and Supplies Modified Division was action packed. The class showcased great racing throughout the evening, and the feature was extremely intense.
Pole-sitter Todd Robinson led the first 11 laps before Ervin Vance got by on lap 12. Vance would hold on to win his second PRP feature of the season. Robinson finished second.
Throughout the field in the Modified A-Main there was a lot of side-by-side action and jostling for position. Shawn Holliday placed third. Tony DeHart was fourth, and Jody Puckett rounded out the top five. The next five were Jeremy Hayes, Aaron Pendleton, Brett Kennard, Ben Adkins, and Greg Thompson.
Aaron Pendleton was the Markwest Ranger Pipeling Hard Charger, as he advanced nine positions.
There was a lot on the line in the M&M Inflatables Bomber Division, as the Weaver’s Gas and Oil “Bomber Shootout” paid out twice as much to win as a regular Bomber feature at PRP.
With the stakes twice as high, the Bombers seemed to race twice as hard. For the first half of the 12-lap race, Brian Sammons kept his machine out front. For a long while it seemed as if the Olive Hill, KY driver was going to pull of the surprise and pick up his first PRP win of the season, but working lap seven, Stout’s Zack Pendleton got inside position and managed to make the pass for the lead. Once Pendleton got out front, nobody was going to chase down the 20-year-old as he held on for his seventh win of the season.
Sammons would hold on for second. Jason Spillman, Shane Pendleton, and Conard Newman made up the remainder of the top five. The rest of the top 10 consisted of Wayne Hughes, Perry Dearing, Rick Butler, Chris Stevens, and Mike Drake.
Arguably the best race of the evening was the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Late Model A-Main where Evyian Terry got by Mike Meyers on the next to last lap to take the win. For Terry, it was his first Portsmouth Raceway Park victory of 2015.
Former PRP track champ stalked Meyers the entire race before finally getting underneath him on lap 14.
Meyers would hold on for second. Billy Staker, Joe Whitt, and Cameron Logan rounded out the top five. Kenny McCann, Ronnie Whitt, A.J. Hicks, Duane Pick, and Danny McGowan made up the rest of the top 10.
Portsmouth Raceway Park will be back in action this coming Saturday, Sept. 5th for the annual running of the Pepsi 50 River Days Rumble. The Lucas Oil Late Model Series will return to Portsmouth for this event which will pay $10,000 to win. Also on this Saturday’s card will be Modifieds. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7:30.