RACINE, OHIO - As the summer heats up with the official start of the summer soltice, so has the racing intensity of the American Motor Racing Association, where a tight points race and new membership has ignited a fury among the Midwest’s best drivers. Roy Roush, the Octane Modified point leader, won twice over the weekend, while other winners included defending champion Kenny Johnson, Keith Bills, Bill Pritchard, Rod Sayre, Jesse Wiscarver, and Jeremy Berwanger among others.
Late Model winners included Ricky Williams, Andy Bond, Josh McGuire, Rod Evans, Shane McLaughlin, and John Whitney.
Ohio Valley Speedway Results
LUBECK, WV- Week #9 of racing at the historic Ohio Valley Speedway featured the fourth annual “Faster Pastor” event and the powerful AMRA Kryptonite Late Models. While the Kryptonite Race Cars AMRA Late Models were shorter on entries this week, the action up front during the feature was as exciting as usual. From his front row starting spot, Derek Doll took the lead and held it thru the first 17 laps, while Ron Mayle, Andy Bond, and Freddie Carpenter dueled behind. Doll has had numerous strong runs in 2013. Bond took second from Mayle on lap 13, and finally zoomed past Doll for the lead five laps later, taking his fourth win of the season over Donnie Dotson’s late race charge, Mayle, Carpenter, and Doll. Doll and Mayle won the prelims for the 15 entries.
Rod Sayre claimed the Octane ARMA Modified feature for his first win of the year, but another late-race charge by Tyler Carpenter nearly stole the event away. Sayre led the distance, but Carpenter made up an 8-car-length deficit in the last seven laps before coming up about 3’ short at the line. Kenny Johnson raced alongside Carpenter until the last 5 circuits and settled for third, followed by Andy Bond and Jason Brookover. Tommy Powell, Sayre, and Johnson made off with the heat wins.
Nine local ministers took part in the 4th Annual Faster Pastor event, raising funds for each church represented. For the second straight year, Rev. Dave Ellenwood won the event, followed by Rev. John Wadkins, Rev. Brian Arthur, Rev. Lester Morgan, Rev, Rick Hastings, Rev. George Horner, Rev. Larry Dale, Rev. Joel McMullen, and Rev. Craig Hollar. Thanks to all the 4-cylinder drivers for the use of their race cars, and to Evans Construction and MacAlarney Pools for their donation of trophies and other items to each participant.
This Saturday, June 29, will feature the 7th annual “topless” Modified event with $1200 to win, with regular racing in all other classes; special-event pricing for General Admission will be in effect this weekend.
Skyline Speedway Results
STEWART, OHIO – Kenny Johnson, Mineral Wells, West Virginia remained a perfect 5-for-5 in the Octane AMRA Modifieds, and in the companion Kryptonite AMRA Late Models Josh McGuire has gone 2-for-2 as both veterans picked up feature wins at Billy Jarrell’s Skyline Speedway Friday night. The wins were worth $1,500 to both McGuire and Myers. Johnson brought home $500 for his effort.
Nine exciting heat races–three of which came down to last lap passes– set the stage for the trio of A-mains. Preliminary events had the crowd cheering and on its feet a good deal of the time, especially in hard-fought wins from Jason Montgomery in the Late Models and Kenny Johnson in the Modifieds.
Kenny Johnson just keeps getting the job done, but each time it gets a little tougher. The defending AMRA champion had won four straight at Skyline, but Friday’s bout saw Jeremy Berwanger dog Johnson every inch of the way. Berwanger clung to Johnson as if tied to his bumper with a rope.
Despite Berwanger’s persistence, Johnson again proved to be the class of the field. In the first few circuits, Mike McPherson challenged Johnson until Berwanger rooted his way to the runner-up slot. McPherson maintained a great run, but had to hold off the efforts of Jeremy Blake, Kyle Bond, and Derrick Smith. Blake was on the upswing, but McPherson repelled the challenges, while Bond and Smith fought hard for position.
Behind 4th place Blake were Bond, Derrick Smith, Aaron Pendleton, Mark Dickson, Travis Dickson, and Jason Brooks. The Hard Charger in the Modifieds was Jason Brookover moving up six positions from 17th to 11th.
McGuire, Conley, Montgomery, Garnes. With names like that, everyone expected an old-fashioned John Wayne-styled shootout. The competition shot only blanks as the feature never lived up to expectations. Garnes left early with engine problems and no one else had anything for the winner.
Josh McGuire, Grayson, Kentucky, again was the class of the field, fending off challenges from Fast Freddie Carpenter then waltzing off into the sunset and through lapped traffic for a resounding win. Carpenter anchored second, but after three laps couldn’t keep pace with the eventual winner.
Carpenter and Jason Montgomery engaged in a torrid skirmish, but as Delmas Conley closed the gap on Montgomery, Carpenter separated himself from the pair. With McGuire securely out front, the battle for second again tightened into a three way dual among Carpenter, Montgomery, and Conley.
Finishing 5th through tenth were Ralph Withem, Nick Dohm, KC Burdette, Steve Bigley, Jeremy Blake, and Derek Doll. Withem had a great run toward the front and had nearly caught the earlier mentioned trio. Dohm drove a consistent race as did K-C Burdette.
The Hard Chargers in the Late Models were Ralph Withem and Andy Bond both moving up five positions; Withem from 10th to 5th and Bond from 17th to 12th.
Next weekend June 28-29th, the 5th Annual Greg Schilling Memorial race, the 5th Annual Dan Reno Memorial Race, and the Ohio Valley Speedway Topless Modified Special make up what could be the biggest open wheel Modified weekend in the nation. Skyline will host the first leg of a power-packed Octane AMRA weekend June 28 with a $17,000 purse and $1,699-to-win Greg Schilling Memorial, while two biggies are slated for AMRA turf on Saturday. Sprints and Late Models are also on the racing card at Skyline.
Saturday, June 29 Jackson County Speedway in Jackson, Ohio hosts the Dan Reno Memorial and the same night Ohio Valley hosts its $1,200 to win Topless OCTANE Special. Originally a Street Stock event, The Reno Memorial at Jackson County Speedway will now be run as an Octane Modified Invitational race paying $2,222 to win and $222 to start with a $9,000 purse.
Jackson County, Ohio
JACKSON, OHIO-AMRA Octane Windows Modified Ace Roy Roush who is no stranger to victory lane this year may have to start paying taxes on Victory Lane as he once again Saturday night took up residence in the Jackson County Speedway Winner’s Circle. Not only does that pay him a generous $1000 thanks to our friends at Malta Windows, it guarantees him a starting spot in next week’s $2222 to win Dan Reno Memorial. The Reno race also pays $222 to start so Roush’s victory is worth a minimum $1222.
This week’s win did not come easy as a very strong field followed him across the finish line as Jess Hartman, Mark Dickson, Wade Benjamin and Mark Bailey rounded out the top five.
The AMRA K ryptonite Late Model feature found the racer who has been Mr. Consistency at Jackson County this year. The current point leader finally making his way to victory lane as John Whitney showed why he has earned that spot. Whitney had the field covered with a great run. The field included former winners Aaron Phillis and last week’s winner Steve Prince, but when the checkered flag fell it was a very happy John Whitney in the Winner’s Circle.
Beckley Motor Speedway
BECKLEY, WV - Veteran Driver Ricky Williams was once again the class of the field Friday night at the historic Beckley Motor Speedway as he claimed yet another Kryptonite AMRA Late Model main. In the Octane Modifieds, Keith Bills kept Bill Pritchard from a double-double on the weekend as Bills raced on to victory.
Marshall Wiblin gave Williams an early run for the money, but Williams persevered in zooming to the big win. Rounding out the line-up were Ricky Williams, Marshall Wiblin, Brock Morris, Adam Lilly, Brandon Carter, and Jeff Lilly.
Keith Bills, one of numerous second generation drivers and son of Eslie Bills, claimed the exciting Octane Modified main. Bills and Bill Pritchard pounded the dirt at high speeds with Bills coming out on top at the finish. A strong field of AMRA contenders were present in the modifieds as the feature panned out like this at the finish: Keith Bills, Bill Pritchard, Jr., Michael Moore, Steve Stover, Buddy Brogan, Bryan Thomas, Joe Mollett, Mike Duncan, Terry Parsons, and Jason Cochran.
I-77 Raceway Park
FAIRPLAIN, WV- Veteran Rod Evans closed in on 200 feature wins, one of the milestones this talented driver wanted to hit before his retirement from the AMRA Kryptonite Late Models. In the Modifieds, Jeremy Berwanger shook down his flying #44J and blitzed to victory ahead of a strong AMRA Modified field.
The Kryptonite Late Model feature event was one of the best regular late model shows of the season. The battle was fierce between #R1 Rod Evans and #17 Kenney Newhouse for many laps at the beginning of the feature. Evans was running low, but many laps Newhouse would find a way to get under him and be right beside him.
At least two cars wide and sometimes three, the fast 3/8 mile high banks held the blitzing racers for an action packed finale. On lap 5, #12 Rick Lucas brought out the caution flag. On lap 19 the caution flew for the #18 of Tim Good. Action resumed and Newhouse was once again on Evans heels for a couple more laps. Then out of nowhere #12B Travis Brookover took over the 2nd position, as the hard-charger caught fire after the caution and stormed to the front. The top 5 were #R1 Rod Evans, #12B Travis Brookoever, #17 Kenney Newhouse, #28R Harold Redman Jr., and #115 Nick Dohm.
The feature started out with Berwanger dominating the race over a talented group of open wheel contenders. The race went green flagged until lap 9 when Jeremy Blake brought out a caution flag. As the race resumed it was still all Berwanger with the rest of the field giving chase. Talented Jesse Rupe brought out a cation on lap #11, but when the race resumed it went green until lap 18 when Rupe again encountered problems and had to exit the track. On the next lap, in a rare occurrence, Blake brought out his second caution and was also done for the night.
Although the action slowed temporarily, Berwanger did not. He took home the win for the second time this season. The rest of the top 5 were #156 James Dennis, #3C Vince Conrad, #1Y Aaron Pendelton, and #9R JP Roberts.
No reports were submitted from the other AMRA tracks although results do follow.
Octane Race Products is the new AMRA Modified sponsor, while Kryptonite Race Cars and Tru-Tech Customs is the title sponsor for the Late Models in 2013. Other fine sponsors of the AMRA Modified series are Dave Poske’s Performance Parts, Wrisco Industries, Hoosier Racing Tire/Hoosier Tire Ohio Valley, Carthage Auto Parts, AERO Racing Wheels, Rocket Chassis, Two-Brothers Racing, Lincoln Welders & Lincoln Electric, Hypercoils, Bazell Race Fuels, Alky Racing Alcohol and Sunoco Race Fuels, Impact Racing, RCI, OTR Filters, MSD Ignition, Wilwood Brakes, Kluhsman Racing Components (KRC), Evans Vinyl Signs, Winters Performance Products, Bilstein Shocks, AFCO, PST Drive Shafts, Schoenfeld, Killer Bee Race Bodies, and Bell Racing Helmets. Join the AMRA now!-America’s Open Wheeled Modified’s Most Competitive Series!
Drivers and Fans can seek updates on www.amramodified.com or the AMRA FaceBook page. The AMRA wishes to thank to all of the racers and promoters who have supported and participated in the past and to those continuing to support and participate in the AMRA. For more information about the AMRA, visit amramodified.com or visit their facebook page.
THE SUMMARY: June 21-22 Weekend
Ohio Valley Speedway
AMRA Kryptonite LATE MODELS (15)
Heat 1: Derek Doll, Ed Shuman, Shane Hitt, Donnie Dotson, KC Burdette, Austin Eddy, Richard Lynch, Larry Murphy
Heat 2: Ron Mayle, Andy Bond, Freddie Carpenter, Mike Foggin, Steve Bigley, Chris Carpenter, George Klintworth
Feature: Bond, Dotson, Mayle, F. Carpenter, Doll, Burdette, Ed Shuman, Eddy, Klintworth, Foggin, Murphy, Lynch, Bigley, Carpenter, Hitt
AMRA Octane MODIFIEDS (18)
Heat 1: Tommy Powell, Tyler Evans, Charlie Martin, Kevin Dotson, Terry Martin, Tom Sigler
Heat 2: Rod Sayre, Tyler Carpenter, Robbie Evans, Jason Brookover, Nick Corbitt, Shawn Donohue
Heat 3: Kenny Johnson, Andy Bond, Kyle Bond, Marc Martin, Dusty Boley, Ron Pickens
Feature: Sayre, Carpenter, Johnson, A. Bond, Brookover, Corbitt, R. Evans, Donohue, T. Martin, Boley, Pickens, Dotson, C. Martin, T. Evans, M. Martin, Powell, DNS K. Bond, Sigler
I-77 Raceway Park
Kryptonite Late Models (19)
Fast Time: #R1 Rod Evans 12.979
Dash Winner: #R1 Rod Evans
Heat 1 Winner: #12B Travis Brookover
Heat 2 Winner: #28R Harold Redman Jr.
Feature: #R1 Rod Evans, #12B Travis Brookoever, #17 Kenney Newhouse, #28R Harold Redman Jr., and #115 Nick Dohm.
Octane Modifieds- 12 Cars
Fast Time: #1Y Aaron Pendelton 14.402
Heat 1 Winner: #9R JP Roberts
Heat 2 Winner: #44J Jeremy Berwanger
Feature: #44J Jeremy Berwanger, #156 James Dennis, #3C Vince Conrad, #1Y Aaron Pendelton, #9R JP Roberts.
Beckley Motor Speedway
AMRA Kryptonite LATE MODELS
Feature: Ricky Williams, Marshall Wiblin, Brock Morris, Adam Lilly, Brandon Carter, Jeff Lilly
Heat: Ricky Williams, Brock Morris, Marshall Wiblin, Brandon Carter, Adam Lilly, Jeff Lilly
Feature: Keith Bills, Bill Pritchard, Jr., Michael Moore, Steve Stover, Buddy Brogan, Bryan Thomas, Joe Mollett, Mike Duncan, Terry Parsons, Jason Cochran
Heat 1-Keith Bills, Michael Moore, Bill Pritchard, Jr., Bryan Thomas
Heat 2-Jason Cochran, Mike Duncan, Steve Stover, Buddy Brogan
Thunder Mountain Speedway
Feature: Bill Pritchard, Steve Stover, Dale Lyons, David Godrey, Donald Lambert, Dustin Bishop
The Legendary Hilltop Speedway
Octane Modified Feature Finish: 1) R2 Roy Roush, 2) 17 Robbie Evans, 3) 17t Tyler Evans , 4) 14 Donnie Nething, 5) B1 Bruce Dennis
Modified Heat #1
1) R2 Roy Roush, 2) 17 Robbie Evans, 3) 156 James Dennis. 4) R3 Frank Roush, 5) 794 Marc Martin, 6) R7 Shane Roush
Modified Heat #2
1) 57c Scott Chew,2) 17t Tyler Evans, 3) 19 Tom Sigler, 4) 34 Chad Roush, 5) Tobby Roush
Modified Heat #3
1) 14 Donnie Nething, 2) B1 Bruce Dennis, 3) 10 Robin Ours, 4) 02 Bill Fordyce, 5) 75B Dusty Boley, 6) 16H Justin Hart
SB Late Model Feature Finish
1) 2 Kevin Smith, 2) J52 Jeremy Misel, 3) 14 Parks, 4) 55 TJ Watson, 5) L87 6) 14 Rex Frohnapfel,7) DT1 Darin Roush
Jackson County Speedway, Ohio
Feature: Roush, Hartman, M. Dickson, Benjamin, Bailey, Derrick Smith, Brian Whiteman, Pete Brunton, Travis Dickson and Craig Christian
Kryptonite Late Models
Feature: Whitney, Brian Casey, Aaron Phillis, Todd Brennan, Darin Roush, Jeremy Misel, Steve Prince, Bub Crum, Jay Dunaway and Brandon Thompson
Skyline Speedway Results
KRYPTONITE AMRA Late Models (27)
Fast Time: Josh McGuire 13:01
Heat One: Josh McGuire, KC Burdette, Nick Dohm, Ralph Withem, Travis Brookover, Jason Gillian, Tom Hendrix, Ryan Casto, Tanner Hendrix
Heat Two: Freddie Carpenter, Jeremy Blake, Steve Bigley, Frankie Hall, Tony Roush, Tyler French, John Church, Andy Bond, Chris Garnes (DNS)
Heat Three: Jason Montgomery, Delmas Conley, Derek Doll, Randy Armes, Brian Daniels, Bub Crum, Larry Bond, Austin Eddy
B-Main: Bub Crum, Andy Bond, Tyler French, Larry Bond, John Church, Tanner Hendrix, Ryan Casto, Jason Gillian, Austin Eddy
Feature: Josh McGuire, Freddie Carpenter, Jason Montgomery, Delmas Conley, Ralph Withem, Nick Dohm, KC Burdette, Steve Bigley, Jeremy Blake, Derek Doll, Frankie Hall, Andy Bond, Travis Brookover, Tony Roush, Brian Daniels, Bub Crum, Tyler French, Randy Armes,
OCTANE AMRA MODIFIEDS (25)
Heat One: Kenny Johnson, Jason Brooks, Jeremy Blake, Aaron Pendleton, Nathan Loney, Andy Bond, Shawn Donahue, Brad Willis
Heat Two: Mike McPherson, Jeremy Berwanger, Jerrod Willis, Mark Dickson, Travis Dickson, Jason Brookover, J.P. Roberts, Jesse Rupe
Heat Three: Kyle Bond, John Burdette, Derrick Smith, Robert Garnes, Nick Corbitt, Gary Gould, Tyler Hendrix, Michael Conley (DNS)
B-Main: J.P. Roberts, Jason Brookover, Gary Gould, Andy Bond, Shawn Donahue, Tyler Hendrix, Jesse Rupe, Brad Willis
Feature: Kenny Johnson, Jeremy Berwanger, Mike McPherson, Jeremy Blake, Kyle Bond, Derrick Smith, Aaron Pendleton, Mark Dickson, Travis Dickson, Jason Brooks, Jason Brookover, Nathan Loney, J.P. Roberts, Robert Garnes, Gary Gould, Nick Corbitt, John Burdette, Jerrod Willis
Octane AMRA Modifieds
1. 101 Jesse Wisecarver, 2. 144 Anthony Kinkade, 3. 17 Tanner Wilson, 4. 8C Tyler Carpenter, 5. 1A Doug Henry, 6. 5 Jess Hartman, 7. 94 Wade Benjamin, 8. 37 Brandon Patton, 9. 7L Mark Luning, 10. 999 Scott Shelhorn
KRYPTONITE AMRA Late Models
1. 9 Shane McLoughlin, 2. 50 Ronnie Mayle, 3. 11 Kyle Bates, 4. 60 Dwight Henry, 5. 22 Boz Daugherty, 6. 18 Rick Conley, 7. 48 Willie Bigham, 8. S17 Shannon Evans, 9. 9K Doug Kenworthy, 10. 96 Paul Devoll.
Points at Princeton
1 2 Michael Moore 195; 2 17 Jason Cochran 194; 3 53 Mike Duncan 159; 4 4 Will Ferguson 115; 5 87 Joe Mullett 72;
6 22 Tate Hughes 40; 7 34 Dustin Bishop 39; 8 6 Kerry Breeden 37; 9 33 Joe Meadows 35; 10 6M Freddy Mooney 5