On a night of racing presented by The Glockner Family of Dealerships, Portsmouth Raceway Park’s second race of the season witnessed everything from utter domination to an horrific crash, as Eddier Carrier, Jr., Tony DeHart, Billy Staker, and Brayden Berry all scored victories in their respective divisions.
For the second week in a row, Carrier nabbed the checkers in the Giovanni’s Pizza Late Model Division. The Salt Rock, WV racer was the class of the field throughout the evening setting quick time in the Impact Race Gear Time Trials, winning his heat, and prevailing in the feature.
Wheelersburg drivers Delmas Conley and Josh Bocook finished second and third respectively. Robbie Lewis and Dennis Little rounded out the top five.
The Late Model A-Main began with a breathtaking wreck that sent Vanceburg, KY’s Kenny Christy head first into the backstretch wall then into a barrel roll. Despite his car rolling over multiple times, the three-time PRP champ was thankfully able to walk away unscathed.
Franklin Furnace hot foot Tony DeHart piloted his machine to victory in the R.W. Rental & Supply Modified Division. The four-time PRP track champ got to victory lane for the first time since 2016 and in doing so had to fend off Tim Tribby, Anthony Slusher, Eddie Harmon, and Brayden Berry. Jessie Rupe, Jason Bilyeu, Kasey Black, Austin Linville, and Adam Jordan rounded out the top 10. Jordan led the first 14 laps before his car began experiencing mechanical problems.
West Portsmouth’s Brayden Berry was the Markwest Ranger Pipline Hard Charger. The 15-year-old climbed from dead last to place fifth.
Pedro’s Brian Skaggs was the quick qualifier in the Dynamic Shock Services Modified Time Trials, but an accident on the first lap of his heat race ended his night.
The “Rosemount Rocket” Billy Staker earned the win in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Late Model Division. Being a technician at The Glockner Family of Dealerships, which was sponsoring the evening, Staker had many of his co-workers looking on. He certainly gave them a show.
Early on in the race, Staker got up on two wheels while entering Turn One and came within inches of flipping over, but thankfully for the 2017 PRP track champ, his car decided to come back to the ground, and Staker decided to charge to the front.
He was in second place at the time of the near incident, and afterwards, he only seemed to get better tracking down and eventually passing Mike Meyers.
Meyers would cross the line as the race’s runner-up. Matt Melvin, Kevin Terry, and Cameron Logan rounded out the top five.
Just as he did less than a week earlier, Breydan Berry took the win in the EMC2 Party Rentals Sport Mod Division. After an evening in which he already busted up through the field to claim a top five in the Modifieds, the West Portsmouth teen added to his terrific evening by leading every single lap of the Sport Mod Feature. Despite several challenges from Piketon’s Jason Spillman, Berry managed to withstand everything the race threw at him displaying composure well beyond his years.
While Berry won for the second straight weekend, Spillman finised as the runner-up for the second consecutive week. Cody Gifford, Luke Jordan, and Brandon Walker made up the remainder of the top five with Alan Gulley, Brennan Bobst, Rick Neace, Mikey Howard, and Emily Jordan rounding out the top 10.
Portsmouth Raceway Park will be back in action this coming Saturday featuring Late Models, Modifieds, Limited Lates, and Sport Mods. The highlighted race will be in the Modified Division where drivers will be competing in the annual “Cletus Classic” which pays $1,231 to the winner. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with racing at 7:30.