PRP Press Release

By Chuck Greenslate

Portsmouth Raceway Park opened its 2020 season Saturday hosting The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Car Series along with Modifieds and Limited Lates.

Newport, TN’s Jimmy Owens fended off Blairsville, GA’s Jonathan Davenport to capture the $12,000-to-win Independence 50 presented by Able Air, his fifth victory in the last six Lucas Oil races. Pedro’s Brian Skaggs took the checkers in the Keaton’s Collision Center Modified Feature, and Portsmouth’s Billy Staker prevailed in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Lates.

Saturday’s race marked the first of three visits which the Lucas Series has scheduled at PRP this season. Thirty Late Model drivers were on hand for the event. The 50-lap Feature saw Owens lead every circuit but not without being challenged down the stretch by Davenport. A caution on lap 36 would bunch the field setting up a ferocious 14-lap charge to the finish.

Over most of the final 14 circuits, Davenport would remain within about three car lengths of Owens, but “The Newport Nightmare” proved to be too strong. Finishing behind Owens and Davenport were Batesville, AR’s Billy Moyer Jr; Brandon, FL’s Kyle Bronson; and Watertown, NY’s Tim McCreadie. Rounding out the top 10 were Devin Moran, Tanner English, Shanon Buckingham, Steve Casebolt, and Colten Burdette.

Heat Race winners were Stormy Scott, Jonathan Davenport, Jimmy Owens, and Billy Moyer, Jr. Tanner English won the B-Main, and Josh Richards set quick time. Richards would run in or near the top 5 throughout the fist 15 laps of the feature before getting into the backstretch wall and spinning into turn 3. He would go to the tail and fight his way back to 12th.

Brian Skaggs would claim the win in the Keaton’s Collision Center Modified A-Main holding off Proctorville’s Craig Christian to the finish. Christian would remain in striking distance throughout the entire 20-lap race but never could take the lead. Michael Paul Howard, Dave Jamison, and Jeremy Rayburn completed the top 5 with Adam Colley, Jody Puckett, Anthony Slusher, Brett Kennard, and Emily Jones making up the remainder of the top 10.

Christian, Skaggs, and Jamison prevailed in Saturday’s Modified Heats. Brandon Smith won the B-Main. Jody Puckett was the Dynamic Shock Services Quick Qualifier.

Billy Staker took the win in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Late Model Feature. The reigning track champ was dominant as he led every lap of his heat and every lap of the A-Main. Mike Meyers finished second. Kent Keyser was third. Kevin Terry placed fourth, and Charlie Mullett rounded out the top 5.

PRP will return to action this Friday hosting the 3rd Annual Dean Knittel Memorial. This will mark the first time this event has been held at PRP and it will be big. On the card will be The Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1. They will be racing in Portsmouth as a part of Cosmetic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Hercules Tires. The Sprint Car race winner will pocket $15,554. Also as part of Friday’s program will be Late Models paying $3,654 to the winner. Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. General Admission Gates will open at 4 p.m. Racing will commence at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Dirt Super Late Models 30 Entries

Independence 50 50 Laps | 00:29:22.664

  1. 20-Jimmy Owens[2]; 2. 49-Jonathan Davenport[3]; 3. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[4]; 4. 40B-Kyle Bronson[6]; 5. 39-Tim McCreadie[9]; 6. 9-Devin Moran[11]; 7. 81E-Tanner English[17]; 8. 50-Shanon Buckingham[12]; 9. C9-Steve Casebolt[19]; 10. 44-Colten Burdette[21]; 11. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[22]; 12. 14-Josh Richards[5]; 13. 71-Hudson O’Neal[13]; 14. 1T-Tyler Erb[7]; 15. 25-Shane Clanton[8]; 16. 81-Jason Riggs[16]; 17. 16J-Jason Jameson[20]; 18. 11H-Jared Hawkins[10]; 19. 16-Tyler Bruening[15]; 20. 4G-Kody Evans[14]; 21. 57-Mike Marlar[23]; 22. 2S-Stormy Scott[1]; 23. 71C-RJ Conley[18]; 24. 17T-Shannon Thornsberry[24]

B-Main 1 Tiger Rear Ends 12 Laps | 00:06:18.276

  1. 81E-Tanner English[1]; 2. 71C-RJ Conley[2]; 3. C9-Steve Casebolt[3]; 4. 16J-Jason Jameson[5]; 5. 44-Colten Burdette[6]; 6. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[9]; 7. 81F-Brandon Fouts[4]; 8. 71R-Rod Conley[10]; 9. C7-Kenny Christy[8]; 10. 14M-Reid Millard[14]; 11. 11-Ronnie Whitt[13]; 12. 17T-Shannon Thornsberry[7]; 13. 57-Mike Marlar[11]; 14. (DNS) 21P-Kirk Phillips

Heat 1 Penske Shocks 10 Laps | 00:05:19.749

  1. 2S-Stormy Scott[2]; 2. 14-Josh Richards[1]; 3. 39-Tim McCreadie[3]; 4. 71-Hudson O’Neal[5]; 5. 81E-Tanner English[4]; 6. 16J-Jason Jameson[7]; 7. 1-Earl Pearson Jr[6]; 8. 11-Ronnie Whitt[8]

Heat 2 FK Rods 10 Laps | 00:03:54.690

  1. 49-Jonathan Davenport[1]; 2. 1T-Tyler Erb[3]; 3. 9-Devin Moran[2]; 4. 16-Tyler Bruening[4]; 5. C9-Steve Casebolt[7]; 6. 17T-Shannon Thornsberry[6]; 7. 57-Mike Marlar[5]

Heat 3 Simpson Race Products 10 Laps | 00:03:50.574

  1. 20-Jimmy Owens[1]; 2. 40B-Kyle Bronson[2]; 3. 11H-Jared Hawkins[3]; 4. 4G-Kody Evans[4]; 5. 71C-RJ Conley[5]; 6. 44-Colten Burdette[6]; 7. 71R-Rod Conley[7]; 8. 14M-Reid Millard[8]

Heat 4 Ohlins Shocks 10 Laps | 00:09:00.079

  1. 21-Billy Moyer Jr[1]; 2. 25-Shane Clanton[3]; 3. 50-Shanon Buckingham[2]; 4. 81-Jason Riggs[7]; 5. 81F-Brandon Fouts[4]; 6. C7-Kenny Christy[6]; 7. 21P-Kirk Phillips[5]

Group A Time Trials 2 Laps | 00:00:29.468

  1. 14-Josh Richards, 00:14.586[2]; 2. 49-Jonathan Davenport, 00:14.596[5]; 3. 2S-Stormy Scott, 00:14.634[1]; 4. 9-Devin Moran, 00:14.710[14]; 5. 39-Tim McCreadie, 00:14.719[11]; 6. 1T-Tyler Erb, 00:14.746[10]; 7. 81E-Tanner English, 00:14.821[12]; 8. 16-Tyler Bruening, 00:14.843[3]; 9. 71-Hudson O’Neal, 00:14.845[4]; 10. 57-Mike Marlar, 00:14.874[7]; 11. 1-Earl Pearson Jr, 00:14.899[6]; 12. 17T-Shannon Thornsberry, 00:14.978[15]; 13. 16J-Jason Jameson, 00:15.028[8]; 14. C9-Steve Casebolt, 00:15.083[13]; 15. 11-Ronnie Whitt, 00:15.922[9]

Group B Time Trials 2 Laps | 00:00:30.894

  1. 20-Jimmy Owens, 00:14.617[3]; 2. 21-Billy Moyer Jr, 00:14.716[7]; 3. 40B-Kyle Bronson, 00:14.879[11]; 4. 50-Shanon Buckingham, 00:14.934[9]; 5. 11H-Jared Hawkins, 00:14.963[12]; 6. 25-Shane Clanton, 00:15.003[6]; 7. 4G-Kody Evans, 00:15.025[4]; 8. 81F-Brandon Fouts, 00:15.052[1]; 9. 71C-RJ Conley, 00:15.121[13]; 10. 21P-Kirk Phillips, 00:15.237[5]; 11. 44-Colten Burdette, 00:15.247[14]; 12. C7-Kenny Christy, 00:15.284[15]; 13. 71R-Rod Conley, 00:15.432[8]; 14. 81-Jason Riggs, 00:15.549[2]; 15. 14M-Reid Millard, 00:15.795[10]

Limited Late Models 11 Entries

A Feature 1 20 Laps | 00:07:35.612

  1. 7S-Billy Staker[1]; 2. 10M-Mike Meyers[2]; 3. 702-Kent Keyser[4]; 4. 97C-Kevin Terry[8]; 5. 73-Charlie Mullett[3]; 6. (DNS) 1-Shane Bailey; 7. (DNS) 26-Rick Stringer; 8. (DNS) 58-Evyian Terry; 9. (DNS) 73B-Austin Mullett; 10. (DNS) 53-Scott Wilson; 11. (DNS) A17-Alan Salisbury

Heat 1 8 Laps | 00:16:56.112

  1. 7S-Billy Staker[7]; 2. 10M-Mike Meyers[8]; 3. 73-Charlie Mullett[4]; 4. 702-Kent Keyser[3]; 5. 1-Shane Bailey[10]; 6. 26-Rick Stringer[1]; 7. 58-Evyian Terry[9]; 8. 97C-Kevin Terry[6]; 9. 73B-Austin Mullett[2]; 10. 53-Scott Wilson[5]; 11. A17-Alan Salisbury[11]

Modifieds 30 Entries

A Feature 1 20 Laps | 00:17:33.869

  1. 20S-Brian Skaggs[2]; 2. 1-Craig Christian[1]; 3. 24H-Michael Howard[5]; 4. D4-David Jamison[3]; 5. 12R-Jeremy Rayburn[8]; 6. 11-Adam Colley[11]; 7. J3-Jody Puckett[4]; 8. 2-Anthony Slusher[9]; 9. 5M-Brett Kennard[13]; 10. 13E-Emily Jordan[20]; 11. T2-Tyler Allison[19]; 12. 13-Adam Jordan[14]; 13. D4J-Clint Jamison[6]; 14. 51G-Alan Gulley[12]; 15. 34-Derek Richmond[18]; 16. 7-Ben Adkins[7]; 17. 244-Brandon Smith[16]; 18. 1T-Chat Yates[15]; 19. 35-Tony DeHart[10]; 20. 24Z-Zack Pendleton[17]

B Feature 1 10 Laps | 00:07:08.155

  1. 244-Brandon Smith[1]; 2. 24Z-Zack Pendleton[8]; 3. 34-Derek Richmond[2]; 4. T2-Tyler Allison[5]; 5. 13E-Emily Jordan[7]; 6. 22-Randy Taylor[10]; 7. 17-Jonathan Dodridge[13]; 8. (DNS) 94-David Booker; 9. (DNS) 7J-Casey Jones; 10. (DNS) 2G-Don Good; 11. (DNS) 13J-Luke Jordan; 12. (DNS) 11M-Mitchell Galloway; 13. (DNS) 11S-Tyler Smith; 14. (DNS) 32-Greg Bentley; 15. (DNS) 26-Jason Bilyeu

Heat 1 8 Laps | 00:02:48.853

  1. 1-Craig Christian[2]; 2. J3-Jody Puckett[1]; 3. 7-Ben Adkins[3]; 4. 35-Tony DeHart[4]; 5. 5M-Brett Kennard[5]; 6. 244-Brandon Smith[7]; 7. 7J-Casey Jones[6]; 8. 13E-Emily Jordan[8]; 9. 22-Randy Taylor[10]; 10. 17-Jonathan Dodridge[9]

Heat 2 8 Laps | 00:02:57.502

  1. 20S-Brian Skaggs[2]; 2. 24H-Michael Howard[1]; 3. 12R-Jeremy Rayburn[3]; 4. 11-Adam Colley[4]; 5. 13-Adam Jordan[5]; 6. 34-Derek Richmond[6]; 7. T2-Tyler Allison[7]; 8. 24Z-Zack Pendleton[8]; 9. 11M-Mitchell Galloway[10]; 10. 32-Greg Bentley[9]

Heat 3 8 Laps | 00:14:35.821

  1. D4-David Jamison[1]; 2. D4J-Clint Jamison[3]; 3. 2-Anthony Slusher[4]; 4. 51G-Alan Gulley[6]; 5. 1T-Chat Yates[5]; 6. 94-David Booker[7]; 7. 2G-Don Good[9]; 8. 13J-Luke Jordan[8]; 9. 11S-Tyler Smith[2]; 10. 26-Jason Bilyeu[10]

Qualifying 1 | 00:04:38.082

  1. J3-Jody Puckett, 00:16.776[21]; 2. 24H-Michael Howard, 00:16.974[3]; 3. D4-David Jamison, 00:17.076[1]; 4. 1-Craig Christian, 00:17.100[27]; 5. 20S-Brian Skaggs, 00:17.129[9]; 6. 11S-Tyler Smith, 00:17.179[6]; 7. 7-Ben Adkins, 00:17.219[5]; 8. 12R-Jeremy Rayburn, 00:17.324[15]; 9. D4J-Clint Jamison, 00:17.422[23]; 10. 35-Tony DeHart, 00:17.522[28]; 11. 11-Adam Colley, 00:17.534[19]; 12. 2-Anthony Slusher, 00:17.566[4]; 13. 5M-Brett Kennard, 00:17.669[10]; 14. 13-Adam Jordan, 00:17.781[17]; 15. 1T-Chat Yates, 00:17.862[29]; 16. 7J-Casey Jones, 00:17.979[18]; 17. 34-Derek Richmond, 00:18.009[13]; 18. 51G-Alan Gulley, 00:18.084[14]; 19. 244-Brandon Smith, 00:18.122[8]; 20. T2-Tyler Allison, 00:18.161[12]; 21. 94-David Booker, 00:18.217[24]; 22. 13E-Emily Jordan, 00:18.445[2]; 23. 24Z-Zack Pendleton, 00:18.627[26]; 24. 13J-Luke Jordan, 00:18.657[20]; 25. 17-Jonathan Dodridge, 00:18.785[30]; 26. 32-Greg Bentley, 00:18.944[16]; 27. 2G-Don Good, 00:19.665[11]; 28. 22-Randy Taylor, 00:19.765[7]; 29. 11M-Mitchell Galloway, 00:19.938[25]; 30. 26-Jason Bilyeu[22]