PRP hosts Crider’s Lawn Care Night


WEST PORTSMOUTH — Saturday night was Crider’s Lawn Care Night at Portsmouth Raceway Park.

Brandon Fouts, Brian Skaggs, Ben Adkins, Reed Bishop and Brandon Carver all picked up wins in their respective divisions.

For Fouts, Saturday marked the first A-Main victory of the season for the two-time defending Giovanni’s Pizza Wholesale Late Model track champ from Kite, Ky.

Skaggs had another evening of dominance in The Gampp’s Power Equipment Modifieds.

The Pedro-based driver set fast time, led every lap of his heat, and paced the field the entire feature.

Adkins was again the class of the field in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Lates, as the West Portsmouth native won for the second time in three tries.

Bishop scored his first-ever PRP Feature win in The BluePrint Event Tent & Inflatables Rentals Sport Mods, and Carver made history by winning the very first Crown Vic Feature in PRP’s 33-year history.

Early on in the Late Model A-Main, it appeared as if Wheelersburg’s Justin Cooper was poised to win his first PRP Feature.

He led the first four laps before Fouts got by.

Once Fouts moved to the front, he never looked back.

Cooper placed second with Dave Hornikel, Kenny Christy, Audie Swartz, Shane Bailey, Joe Brewer, Charlie Jude, Jackie Burdette and Austin Mullett rounding out the top-10.

Skaggs was the driver to beat in the Modifieds.

Driving the Jody Puckett-owned Stealth House Car, which Ervin Vance won in earlier in the season, Skaggs was virtually untouchable; however, the racing behind him was outstanding.

Throughout the field for the entire race, there was two and three-wide action.

Jeremy Rayburn placed second, Brandon Hutchinson finished third, Vance charged from 11th to fourth, and Brian Sammons Jr. rounded out the top five.

Adam Colley was sixth, Garet McCloud advanced seven positions to finish seventh, and Craig Christian, Anthony Slusher and Greg Bentley completed the top-10.

Adkins was again in control of the Limited Late Model Division.

In just three races competing in the class, he has a second-place finish and two wins.

He led every lap of the A-Main on Saturday night.

Jesse Lyons Jr., Evyian Terry, Kevin Terry and Jimmy Adams rounded out the top five.

Bidwell’s Bishop took the checkers in The Sport Mods, holding off Scott LeMaster to the finish.

Luke Jordan, Jeromy Brady, Jason Spillman, Adam Jordan, Stevie D. Thornsberry, Rob Lemaster, David Dunn and John Brady Jr. made up the rest of the top-10.

Adam Jordan advanced 10 positions, while Dunn moved up nine spots.

The Crown Vics made their PRP debut.

Their portion of Crider’s Lawn Care Night was presented by Roots Child Care Center, E&E Towing, and Call’s Auto Sales.

The racing was entertaining to say the least, as West Portsmouth’s Kyle Call and Brandon Carver started on the front row.

Call, the pole sitter, spun down into the infield off of turn 2 on the first lap — and went a lap down as the field came around.

He merged back onto the track and fought to get his lap back.

Call passed Carver to get back onto the lead lap and when doing so, they got together and Carver spun to bring out the yellow.

That sent him to the tail, and handed the lead over to 19-year-old Josh Kleinke from Otway.

Carver and Call would restart in the back, and both would begin a rapid ascent.

Carver would charge to the front of the field in a hurry, and in just one lap would once again be in the lead — holding to the finish.

Call appeared to be in the process of marching to the front as well; however, he was sidelined due to mechanical issues.

Finishing behind Carver were Jeff Cable, Kleinke, Chris Richmond and Mike Ratliff.

PRP will race its season finale this coming Saturday night — as On The Esplanade Laser Center & Medical Spa will present “Meet The Drivers” Night.

On the schedule will be Late Models, Modifieds, Limited Lates and Sport Mods.

Gates will open at 4 p.m. with racing at approximately 7:30 p.m.

None of the track championships are clinched, but R.J. Conley is sitting pretty in the Late Models — as he has an 85-point lead.

Ervin Vance has a 95-point edge over Anthony Slusher in the Modifieds. ‘

Things are a little tighter in the Limited Lates, where Evyian Terry has a 50-point advantage over his twin brother Kevin.

The tightest points battle is in the Sport Mods — where Jeromy Brady is up 25 points over Stevie D. Thornsberry.

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