The Mod Squad Spectacular presented by Lemley Motorsports was the highlighted event of the evening Saturday at Portsmouth Raceway Park

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PRP Press Release

By Chuck Greenslate

   Nearly 40 Modified drivers were on hand to compete for the $3,000 prize.

   Stanley, NC’s Taylor Cook claimed the Mod Squad.  RJ Conley prevailed in the Late Models.  Billy Staker took the checkers in the Limited Lates, and Derek Richmond grabbed the victory in the Sport Mods.

   Cook is no stranger to winning PRP’s Mod Squad Spectacular.  The race was rained out last year and never rescheduled, but in 2017 it was Cook who took victory.  Cook was fast throughout the night Saturday.  He was the third quickest qualifier and won the third heat.  Cook started third in the 30-lap feature before taking the lead on lap 6.

   Nathon Loney placed second.  Loney passed a bunch of cars throughout the course of the evening.  Besides starting fifth in the feature and finishing as the runner-up, he started eighth in his heat and placed second. 

   Former track champ Ervin Vance charged up from eighth to place third in the Mod Squad.  Current points leader Jeremy Rayburn was fourth.  Pole sitter Adam Stricker led the first five laps but would fade to fifth.  Travis Dickson, Eddie Carrier Jr, Austin Francis, Kyle Strickler, and KC Burdette rounded out the top 10.  Carrier’s six-spot jump made him the biggest mover of the race. 

   Kevin Hall and Craig Christian scored B-Main victories in the R.W. Rental & Supplies Modifieds.  KC Burdette was the fast qualifer in the Dynamic Shock Service Modified Time Trials.  All of the Modified races featured great door-to-door action.

   RJ Conley was once again the man to beat in the Giovanni’s Pizza Late Model Division.  He set quick time, led every lap of his heat, and paced all 25 laps of the feature en route to nabbing his third win of the season. 

   During the first three laps of Conley’s heat, he and PRP points leader Shannon Thornsberry had an incredible battle going side-by-side for the lead with Thornsberry down and low and Conley up high.  Thornsberry would surge ahead down the straight-aways, but Conley would roar back on the high side through the turns.

   While working lap 4, Thornsberry slid to a stop broadside in the middle of turns 3 and 4.  Ron Hinds tried to get by but his right rear clipped Thornsberry’s nose which forced Hinds to roll over.  All drivers would walk away unscathed.  Both Hinds and Thornsberry would start the feature, and Thornsberry would work his way up from near last to finish second.  Placing behind Conley and Thornsberry were Kenny Christy, Audie Swartz, and JT Conley.

   Staker was again dominant in The O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Late Models.  The “Rosemount Rocket” started dead last in his heat but would charge through the field to lead the first lap.  The Portsmouth native would lead every lap of his heat and feature as he grabbed his sixth win of the season.

   Matt Melvin finished as the runner-up.  Jacob Curnutte, Shane Bailey, and Vincent Bender made up the remainder of the top 5.

   In The EMC2 Party Rentals & Inflatables/Jump Zone Sport Mods, Derek Richmond logged his fourth win of the season in amazing fashion.  Running third on a restart with two laps remaining, Richmond managed to get by both Zack Pendleton and Luke Jordan in the closing laps.  Richmond made the race-winning pass on the white-flag lap.

   Jordan would get second and Pendleton third.  Jason Spillman and Cody Gifford would finish out the top 5.

   PRP will be off this coming Saturday but will return with the 25th and final Fred Dillow Memorial Race on August 17th.  The “Flyin’ Fred Finale” as it is being called will pay Late Models $6,083 to win, Modifieds $1,583 to win, Limited Lates $1,283 to win, and Sport Mods $583 to win.

   For more details, log on to www.portsraceway.com.

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Late Models

A Feature 25 laps | 00:11:42.978

1. 71C-RJ Conley, 11:42.978[1]; 2. 17-Shannon Thornsberry, 11:48.018[8]; 3. C7-Kenny Christy, 11:51.212[2]; 4. 1-Audie Swartz, 11:53.128[5]; 5. 71J-J.T. Conley, 11:54.076[4]; 6. 33-Kevin Wagner, 11:57.685[3]; 7. 159-Butch Dowdy Jr, 11:44.819[6]; 8. 1AM-Austyn Mills, 02:06.834[9]; 9. 57-Ron Hinds II, 01:35.006[7]

Heat 1 8 laps | 00:09:35

1. 71C-RJ Conley, 09:35.117[1]; 2. C7-Kenny Christy, 09:37.356[3]; 3. 33-Kevin Wagner, 09:38.683[8]; 4. 71J-J.T. Conley, 09:41.509[7]; 5. 1-Audie Swartz, 09:41.911[4]; 6. 159-Butch Dowdy Jr, 09:44.590[9]; 7. 57-Ron Hinds II, 01:34.925[5]; 8. 17-Shannon Thornsberry, 01:31.273[2]; (DNS) 1AM-Austyn Mills, 01:31.273

Qualifying 1 00:02:22

1. 71C-RJ Conley, 00:15.400[1]; 2. 17-Shannon Thornsberry, 00:15.481[7]; 3. C7-Kenny Christy, 00:15.882[9]; 4. 1-Audie Swartz, 00:15.885[8]; 5. 57-Ron Hinds II, 00:15.954[6]; 6. 1AM-Austyn Mills, 00:15.955[3]; 7. 71J-J.T. Conley, 00:15.956[10]; 8. 33-Kevin Wagner, 00:15.981[5]; 9. 159-Butch Dowdy Jr, 00:16.742[2]

8/03/2019 11:30PM CST

Modifieds

A Feature 1 30 laps | 00:17:41.939

1. 21-Taylor Cook, 17:41.939[3]; 2. 10L-Nathon Loney, 17:43.695[5]; 3. P20-Ervin Vance, 17:44.398[8]; 4. 12R-Jeremy Rayburn, 17:44.557[6]; 5. 68-Adam Stricker, 17:45.331[1]; 6. 24-Travis Dickson, 17:45.940[7]; 7. 13C-Eddie Carrier Jr, 12:35.432[13]; 8. 11-Austin Francis, 17:46.610[14]; 9. 8-Kyle Strickler, 17:47.190[9]; 10. 44-K.C. Burdette, 17:47.530[2]; 11. 149-John Burdette, 17:48.242[4]; 12. 44W-Davey Warnock, 17:48.782[11]; 13. 2020-Craig Christian, 17:49.054[18]; 14. 20J-Justin Jacobs, 17:49.432[19]; 15. 35-Tony DeHart, 17:50.117[10]; 16. 7-Doug Adkins, 17:50.597[16]; 17. 43K-Kevin Hall, 17:50.914[17]; 18. 33R-Aaron Ratliff, 17:51.724[15]; 19. 65-Jesse Wisecarver, 14:50.702[12]; 20. 11S-Tyler Smith, 06:55.014[20]

B Feature 1 8 laps | 00:05:33.913

1. 43K-Kevin Hall, 05:33.913[2]; 2. 20J-Justin Jacobs, 05:34.313[1]; 3. 38-Aaron Branham, 05:35.567[4]; 4. 13-Adam Jordan, 05:36.090[5]; 5. 20S-Brian Skaggs, 05:37.941[3]; 6. B75-Eric Berry, 05:38.132[8]; 7. J3-Jody Puckett, 05:41.104[9]; 8. 244-Brandon Smith, 05:42.043[7]; 9. 33-Kenneth Aldridge, 05:45.139[10]; 10. B32-Brandon Russell, 01:34.220[6]

B Feature 2 8 laps | 00:04:22.613

1. 2020-Craig Christian, 04:22.613[2]; 2. 11S-Tyler Smith, 04:26.217[1]; 3. 11C-Adam Colley, 04:27.973[3]; 4. 75-Brayden Berry, 04:28.191[9]; 5. 24H-Michael Howard, 04:28.334[7]; 6. 26-Jason Bilyeu, 04:29.358[6]; 7. 44R-Peter Ripato, 04:29.933[5]; 8. 1-Corey Lewis, 04:32.449[4]; (DNS) L13-Henry Lawson, 04:32.449

Heat 1 8 laps | 00:04:45.090

1. 68-Adam Stricker, 04:45.090[1]; 2. 10L-Nathon Loney, 04:45.823[8]; 3. 8-Kyle Strickler, 04:46.064[4]; 4. 13C-Eddie Carrier Jr, 04:47.939[3]; 5. 20J-Justin Jacobs, 04:48.319[7]; 6. 20S-Brian Skaggs, 04:48.409[2]; 7. 13-Adam Jordan, 04:49.143[5]; 8. 244-Brandon Smith, 04:50.108[9]; 9. J3-Jody Puckett, 04:50.505[6]

Heat 2 8 laps | 00:05:42.136

1. 44-K.C. Burdette, 05:42.136[1]; 2. 12R-Jeremy Rayburn, 05:42.682[2]; 3. 35-Tony DeHart, 05:44.491[7]; 4. 11-Austin Francis, 05:45.600[4]; 5. 11S-Tyler Smith, 05:46.042[9]; 6. 11C-Adam Colley, 05:46.271[8]; 7. 44R-Peter Ripato, 05:47.001[6]; 8. 24H-Michael Howard, 02:48.969[5]; (DNS) 75-Brayden Berry, 02:48.969

Heat 3 8 laps | 00:05:06.751

1. 21-Taylor Cook, 05:06.751[1]; 2. 24-Travis Dickson, 05:08.122[3]; 3. 44W-Davey Warnock, 05:09.685[2]; 4. 33R-Aaron Ratliff, 05:11.562[4]; 5. 43K-Kevin Hall, 05:12.232[6]; 6. 38-Aaron Branham, 05:12.382[8]; 7. B32-Brandon Russell, 05:12.875[7]; 8. B75-Eric Berry, 05:13.439[5]; 9. 33-Kenneth Aldridge, 05:16.357[9]

Heat 4 8 laps | 00:06:25.488

1. 149-John Burdette, 06:25.488[2]; 2. P20-Ervin Vance, 06:26.433[4]; 3. 65-Jesse Wisecarver, 06:26.679[1]; 4. 7-Doug Adkins, 06:27.128[5]; 5. 2020-Craig Christian, 06:27.456[3]; 6. 1-Corey Lewis, 06:28.258[8]; 7. 26-Jason Bilyeu, 06:29.067[7]; 8. L13-Henry Lawson, 03:40.727[6]

Qualifying 1 00:04:42.320

1. 44-K.C. Burdette, 00:16.912[2]; 2. 65-Jesse Wisecarver, 00:17.135[4]; 3. 12R-Jeremy Rayburn, 00:17.253[10]; 4. 149-John Burdette, 00:17.423[20]; 5. 75-Brayden Berry, 00:17.466[12]; 6. 2020-Craig Christian, 00:17.506[30]; 7. 11-Austin Francis, 00:17.564[24]; 8. P20-Ervin Vance, 00:17.590[26]; 9. 24H-Michael Howard, 00:17.651[14]; 10. 7-Doug Adkins, 00:17.688[6]; 11. 44R-Peter Ripato, 00:17.863[36]; 12. L13-Henry Lawson, 00:17.972[18]; 13. 35-Tony DeHart, 00:18.013[32]; 14. 26-Jason Bilyeu, 00:18.029[16]; 15. 11C-Adam Colley, 00:18.031[28]; 16. 1-Corey Lewis, 00:18.171[8]; 17. 11S-Tyler Smith, 00:18.217[22]; 18. 33-Kenneth Aldridge, 00:18.217[25]; 19. B75-Eric Berry, 00:18.217[5]; 20. 94-David Booker, 00:18.217[34]; 21. 38-Aaron Branham, 00:18.217[13]; 22. 13C-Eddie Carrier Jr, 00:18.217[7]; 23. 21-Taylor Cook, 00:18.217[23]; 24. 24-Travis Dickson, 00:18.217[37]; 25. 43K-Kevin Hall, 00:18.217[27]; 26. 20J-Justin Jacobs, 00:18.217[33]; 27. 13-Adam Jordan, 00:18.217[15]; 28. K19-Will Krup, 00:18.217[29]; 29. 10L-Nathon Loney, 00:18.217[1]; 30. J3-Jody Puckett, 00:18.217[31]; 31. 33R-Aaron Ratliff, 00:18.217[35]; 32. B32-Brandon Russell, 00:18.217[3]; 33. 20S-Brian Skaggs, 00:18.217[17]; 34. 244-Brandon Smith, 00:18.217[9]; 35. 68-Adam Stricker, 00:18.217[11]; 36. 8-Kyle Strickler, 00:18.217[19]; 37. 44W-Davey Warnock, 00:18.217[21]

Limited Late Models

A Feature 1 15 laps | 00:00:39.262

1. 7S-Billy Staker, [1]; 2. 81M-Matt Melvin, [3]; 3. 5C-Jacob Curnutte, [2]; 4. 1-Shane Bailey, [5]; 5. 29B-Vincent Bender, [6]; 6. 702-Kent Keyser, [7]; 7. A17-Alan Salisbury, [9]; 8. 58-Evyian Terry, [8]; 9. 10M-Mike Meyers, [4]; 10. 4B-Greg Thompson, [10]

Heat 1 8 laps | 00:02:48.647

1. 7S-Billy Staker, 02:48.647[6]; 2. 81M-Matt Melvin, 02:51.884[4]; 3. 1-Shane Bailey, 02:53.298[5]; 4. 702-Kent Keyser, 02:56.536[1]; 5. A17-Alan Salisbury, 03:00.022[2]; 6. 4B-Greg Thompson, 01:13.810[3]

Heat 2 8 laps | 00:03:01.171

1. 5C-Jacob Curnutte, 03:01.171[3]; 2. 10M-Mike Meyers, 03:03.518[2]; 3. 29B-Vincent Bender, 03:05.757[1]; 4. 58-Evyian Terry, 03:08.236[5]

Sport Mods

A Feature 1 15 laps | 00:00:00

1. 34-Derek Richmond, [5]; 2. 13J-Luke Jordan, [1]; 3. 24Z-Zack Pendleton, [2]; 4. 44-Jason Spillman, [3]; 5. 88G-Cody Gifford, [6]; 6. 7J-Casey Jones, [7]; 7. 25S-Derek Spencer, [9]; 8. 13E-Emily Jordan, [11]; 9. 8D-Stevie Thornsberry, [13]; 10. 99-Danny Hamilton Jr, [10]; 11. 19-Rodney Jenkins, [20]; 12. 32-Jimmy Adams, [8]; 13. 55-Kasey Black, [4]; 14. 45D-Dylan Litteral, [19]; 15. 51-JR. SPILLMAN, [14]; 16. 14-Joe McClain, [16]; 17. B9-Jeromy Brady, [12]; 18. 24M-Jimmie Spillman, [18]; 19. 45L-Greg Litteral, [17]; 20. 4J-Jimmy Cox, [15]

B Feature 1 00:05:41.658

1. 14-Joe McClain, 05:41.658[2]; 2. 45L-Greg Litteral, 05:42.348[4]; 3. 24M-Jimmie Spillman, 05:43.454[8]; 4. 45D-Dylan Litteral, 05:44.084[1]; 5. 19-Rodney Jenkins, 05:44.504[5]; 6. 30K-Myron Shaffer, 05:45.657[3]; 7. 99X-Dillon Hamilton, 05:46.336[7]; 8. 11-Lyle Collier, 01:37.876[9]; (DNS) 2K-Rick Butler, 01:37.876

Heat 1 8 laps | 00:08:21.635

1. 13J-Luke Jordan, 08:21.635[7]; 2. 55-Kasey Black, 08:23.895[1]; 3. 7J-Casey Jones, 08:24.562[3]; 4. 99-Danny Hamilton Jr, 08:24.975[6]; 5. 8D-Stevie Thornsberry, 08:25.195[8]; 6. 45D-Dylan Litteral, 08:26.492[5]; 7. 45L-Greg Litteral, 08:28.109[2]; 8. 99X-Dillon Hamilton, 08:28.223[4]

Heat 2 8 laps | 00:13:29.159

1. 24Z-Zack Pendleton, 13:29.159[1]; 2. 34-Derek Richmond, 13:29.869[6]; 3. 32-Jimmy Adams, 13:35.562[3]; 4. 13E-Emily Jordan, 13:35.666[8]; 5. 51-JR. SPILLMAN, 13:40.845[2]; 6. 14-Joe McClain, 09:17.685[4]; 7. 19-Rodney Jenkins, 09:19.675[7]; 8. 24M-Jimmie Spillman, 02:32.542[5]

Heat 3 8 laps | 00:03:16.798

1. 44-Jason Spillman, 03:16.798[7]; 2. 88G-Cody Gifford, 03:19.548[2]; 3. 25S-Derek Spencer, 03:21.467[1]; 4. B9-Jeromy Brady, 03:23.391[6]; 5. 4J-Jimmy Cox, 03:32.269[5]; 6. 30K-Myron Shaffer, 03:32.815[4]; 7. 2K-Rick Butler, 03:05.865[3]; (DNS) 11-Lyle Collier, 03:05.865

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