Over 100 race teams visited Portsmouth this past weekend for the 22nd annual Fred Dillow Memorial at Portsmouth Raceway Park
West Portsmouth, Ohio (August 23, 2016) Over 100 race teams visited Portsmouth this past weekend for the 22nd annual Fred Dillow Memorial at Portsmouth Raceway Park. Young gun Devin Moran captured the Late Model A-Main. One-man show Josh Scott was the man in the Modifieds. Kevin Wagner grabbed his first-ever PRP feature win in the Limited Lates, and Shane Pendleton outdueled his son Zach in the Bombers.
Every class had increased purses, bonuses, and monetary awards for winning heat races as the Dillow Family raised nearly $32,000 for this event. There were also plenty of door prizes which were given to many of the drivers and fans who were in attendance. The Fred Dillow Memorial is one of PRP's crown jewels. This race has become one of the signature events on the schedule unique in the sense that it supplies high payouts for multiple divisions all while keeping admission prices the same. Even though Portsmouth Raceway Park has multiple marquee events for Late Models and Modifieds along with special evenings highlighting the Limited Lates and Bombers, the Dillow race encompasses all classes and honors them all on the same night. This year's Dillow race was initially scheduled for Saturday, but rain forced it to be pushed back a day. An early start Sunday afternoon allowed for a little day racing under the August sun.
Moran was the class of the field in the Late Models. The 21-year-old from Dresden led every lap of every race he competed in, but don't think for a second that it came easy. Moran arguably made the move of the night making it three-wide off of turn 4 to go from third to first and take the lead on lap 1 of The Sgt. Tim Moore Late Model Dash. Moran would go on to win the Dash earning the pole for the feature. He led all 40 laps of the Glockner.com/Keaton's Collision Center feature but had to wheel his car through lapped traffic slicing and dicing his way through slower cars in the field. Tyler Carpenter was the runner-up. Jackie Boggs, who captured $1,077 earlier in the evening for setting quick time in the Bozo Bragdon Memorial "Just Give Me One Lap" Late Model Time Trials, placed third. Dustin Linville and Delmas Conley rounded out the top five. Nick Bocook, Steve Francis, Shannon Thornsberry, Mark Frazier, and Brandon Fouts completed the top 10. The Impact Race Gear Late Model Heat Race winners were Jason Montgomery, Mark Frazier, and Kenny Christy. Derek Fisher pocketed $100 from Dowdy Trucking for the being the first driver to not transfer from the B-Main. Moran won a $50-dollar bonus from Jason Perry Racing for leading the first lap of the A-Main. Moran also picked up $600 for earning The Ryan Pfunk Potter Halfway Leader Award. For winning the feature, Moran earned $5,000 and a provisional starting spot in this September's Hillbilly Hundred scheduled for September 4th at Tyler County Speedway in West Virginia. Francis won the Shain Custom Decals, Motorsports Graphics and Designs Hard Charger Award as he moved up nine spots in the A-Main. Kenny Christy won the Best Appearing Late Model Award.
Modified driver Josh Scott supplied quite a story. He was not in attendance Saturday. He woke up Sunday, saw on social media that the Dillow Memorial was going to be run on Sunday, and decided to make the four-hour haul from Grand Rapids, OH all by himself. His decision to visit Portsmouth proved to be a good one. Scott held off Jackie Boggs to take the win The Dale "Buddha" Lyons Modified Feature. Jody Puckett, David McWilliams, Luke Jordan, Jason Montgomery, Jimmy Lennex, Adam Stricker, Eddie Harmon, and James Rigsby rounded out the top 10. Scott also earned the Ryan Pfunk Potter Halfway Award and the Thomas "TC" Childress, Jr. Fast Time Award. The UMP Modified Heats raced in honor of Pappy Harshbarger were won by Scott, Jason Montgomery, Jody Puckett, Keith Smith and Craig Christian. Adam Colley, Brianna Robinson, and Justin Jacobs won the Robinson's Auto Sales "So Close" Awards for being the first drivers to not transfer from the three Modified B-Mains.
Eddie Harmon won the Walker Construction Hard Charger Award in memory of Linda Walker. Henry Lawson got the Dangerous Dan Aldridge Tough Break Award.
In the Limited Lates, Wheelersburg's Kevin Wagner fended off Portsmouth's Billy Staker to take the checkers. For Wagner, who finished second in last season's Late Model point standings, it was his first PRP feature win. Cameron Logan, Joe Whitt, Matt Melvin, Randy Ross, Evyian Terry, Austin Mullett, Ronnie Whitt, and Dillon Huron made up the rest of the top 10 in the Giovanni's Wholesale Limited Late Model A-Main. Huron was The Bradley's Racing Apparel Hard Charger. Wagner, Staker, and Logan won the Ideal Wheels Limited Late Model Heats.
In the H & H Continuous Bomber Feature, Shane Pendleton outgunned his son Zach to take the win. The rest of the top 10 was made up of Brian Sammons, Rick Butler, Bo McCarty, Mike Drake, Frankie King, Wayne Hughes, Adam Wills, and Mathew McClain. McCarty was the H & H Continuous Guttering Hard Charger. Sammons won the Weeks Wrecker Service Bomber Heat.
PRP will be back in action this coming Saturday for Vallery Chevrolet Fan Appreciation Night. Adult general admission ticket prices will be just five dollars a piece. Late Models, Modifieds, Limited Lates, Bombers, and Sport Mods will be on the card.
MODIFIED FEATURE AT 22ND ANNUAL FRED DILLOW MEMORIAL RACE TO HONOR LATE MODIFIED DRIVER, DALE "BUDDHA" LYONS
West Portsmouth, Ohio (April 25, 2016) This year's modified feature at the Fred Dillow Memorial Race will be named in honor of the late Dale "Buddha" Lyons. Buddha drove the number 80L modified at local dirt tracks throughout the tri-state area. He was a friend to many and was known for his generous heart and for always having a big smile on his face. When he was at the race track he was "happy, happy, happy".
The Dale "Buddha" Lyons 20 lap Modified Feature will pay $1,300 to win (if over 30 modifieds) or $1,100 to win (if under 30 modifieds), based on Portsmouth Raceway Park's regular weekly payout and additional sponsor money that was given to honor the memory of Dale "Buddha" Lyons. Last year there were 54 modifieds on hand for the Fred Dillow Memorial Race. As always, bonus money will also randomly be added throughout the field on top of PRP's regular purse.
Be sure to mark your calendar to attend the 22nd Annual Fred Dillow Memorial Race, Saturday, August 20th, at Portsmouth Raceway Park! For more information go to www.freddillowmemorial.com
HILLBILLY 100 PROVISIONAL TO GO TO WINNER OF 22ND ANNUAL FRED DILLOW MEMORIAL AUGUST 20TH AT PORTSMOUTH RACEWAY PARK
West Portsmouth, Ohio (March 12, 2016) The 22nd Annual Fred Dillow Memorial, which is held at Portsmouth Raceway Park in West Portsmouth, Ohio, will have an added bonus to the super late model winner this year. Not only will the feature winner of this popular event take home $5,000 on August 20th, but for the first time in the history of the Fred Dillow Memorial, the winner will receive a provisional starting spot in the 48th Annual Hillbilly 100. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned crown jewel event will be held at I-77 Speedway Park in Ripley, WV, on September 4th, paying $25,000 to win and $1,000 to start.
"We are very honored and excited to have the Hillbilly 100 provisional as a part of the Fred Dillow Memorial this year. The Hillbilly 100 is the oldest running super late model event and is full of history and tradition and to have it associated with Dad's race is very special to us. We would like to thank DTWC and Hillbilly 100 promoter, Carl Short, for making this possible, as well as the Coleman family and Donna Rayburn from Portsmouth Raceway Park. There are no better or classier people to work with in racing than that group of individuals, in my opinion," said Susan Dillow, speaking on behalf of the Dillow family.
Several bonuses will also be up for grabs the night of the Dillow Memorial. Just to name a few of the bonuses for super late models, Bozo's Just Give Me One Lap will pay $1,077 for super late model fast time; the Sgt. Tim Moore Super Late Model Dash will pay $233 to win; and the Shain Graphics & Decals Super Late Model Hard Charger Award will pay $250. There are also hard charger and cash bonuses in each support class as well. Detailed bonuses in each division will be announced at a later date.
Additional information on the 22nd Annual Fred Dillow Memorial will be announced in upcoming weeks as it becomes available. Follow their Facebook page Fred Dillow Memorial Race or go to www.freddillowmemorial.com to keep up with the latest information.