Sat. June 9
* Portsmouth Raceway Park entertained its largest car count of the season Saturday night, as 93 race teams filled the pits for a wild night of racing that witnessed several hard-fought battles.
* Feature winners Saturday were Rod Conley in the Late Models, Devin Gilpin in the Modifieds, Robbie Lewis in the Limited Lates, and Jeremie Bretz in the Bombers.
* The Late Model Division had 22 entries, and early on in the evening, it appeared as if Wheelersburgís Nick Bocook was going to be the class of the field. *
* Bocook set fast time and came from sixth to the win the Late Model Dash giving him the pole position for the A-Main. *However, Bocook had problems early in the feature and had to pull into the pits after two laps. *
* With his departure, fellow Wheelersburg driver, Rod Conley inherited the point, and his lead would never be seriously threatened. *Conley led the raceís final 23 laps, as he returned to PRPís victory lane for the first time in several years.
* Dillan White, Mark Frazier, Terry Hicks, and Billy Gullion rounded out the top five. *Lee Logan was the raceís hard charger advancing seven positions from 13th to sixth.
* The Modified heat races were excellent. *At one point in the second heat, drivers went five-wide in turn two while jockeying for position. *With the feature came more great racing, but it was mostly from second place on back. *
* Gilpin began the Modified A-Main on the pole and led every single lap. *For the 21-year-old from Columbus, IN, it was his third win of the season at PRP, and his 17th overall. *He is the current UMP National Points leader.
* While he did lead all 20 laps Saturday night, Gilpin was challenged heavily midway through the race when defending Portsmouth Raceway Park track champion Doug Adkins pulled up alongside him. *Nevertheless, Gilpin managed to hold off the competition and Adkins had car problems forcing him to retire on lap 13.
* Finishing just behind Gilpin was Bo Cox. *Placing third was dual threat Jeremie Bretz, who drives both a Modified and Bomber. *Greg Anderson crossed the line in fourth, and Jimmy Adams moved up 10 positions to round out the top five.
* The Limited Late Model division had a lot of nice story lines. *Irontonís Greg Thompson was racing with a heavy heart after the passing of his mother two days earlier, but with her memory swirling in his mind, Thompson managed to come from dead last to win his heat and placed third in the feature. *
* In another sidebar story, former track champion Mike Steele from Catlettsburg, KY returned to the track after a lengthy layoff spanning several years and wound up posting a top-five finish. *
* However, nothing was more dramatic than the conclusion of the Limited Late Model A-Main which was undoubtedly the craziest finish of the season to date. *The driver that actually crossed the finish line first didnít win the race.
* Tollesboro, KYís Robbie Lewis was credited with the victory after he and a fellow-competitor crashed while crossing the stripe. *Even though Lewis slid sideways past the flagstand in second place, he was awarded the win after the driver who was battling him for the lead was charged with rough driving.
* For Lewis, it was his fourth PRP victory of the season in as many races. *Lewis has won every event he has competed in so far this yearÖevery heat and every feature.
* The rest of the top five in the Limited Late Model A-Main were Evyian Terry, Greg Thompson, Cameron Logan, and Mike Steele.
* The Bomber A-Main didnít have quite the thrilling conclusion the Limited Late Model feature had, but the race for the lead turned out to be an incredible battle. *
* Maysville, KYís Jeremie Bretz started on the pole and led every single lap, but Jason Spillman charged from sixth to second and made Bretz work hard to hold on. *
* Spillman tried lap after lap to get underneath Bretz but never could do it. *The two even made slight contact on a couple of occasions over the last three laps, but in the end, Jeremie Bretz remained perfect in PRP Bomber A-Mains so far this season. *The former track champ has won all four of them.
* Behind Bretz and Spillman, Conard Newman, Shane Pendleton, and Craig Naylor made up the remainder of the Bomber featureís top five.
* PRPís next race is scheduled for this Saturday. *It will be Kids Night presented by The Roger W. Davis Funeral Home. *All children 12 and under will be provided with a free general admission. *Gates open at 4 p.m. *Racing begins at 7:30. *For more details, visit www.portsraceway.com.
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