Carpenter Completes Skyline Clean Sweep
STEWART, Ohio – An unexpected storm hit nearly everywhere Ohio, but Skyline Speedway avoided the storms and created their own with whirlwind action.
Tyler Carpenter made it a clean sweep in the Kryptonite AMRA Late Models, setting fast time, and winning the heat and features. Jeremy Berwanger stole the show in the Octane AMRA Modifieds with a potent 15th to first place run, while Tracy Fritter won the Mod Lites and Zach Carr won the Mike’s Auto Body Mini-Wedge main.
The Octane Modifieds produced some of the best racing of the night with two last-to-first winners in Roy Roush and Kenny Johnson. Larry Holbrook took the third heat race after a battle with Andy Bond.
Berwanger set the stage for a dramatic night after suffering suspension damage in the heat race and having to transfer by virtue of winning the “B” Main. Berwanger as a result started fifteenth when the green flag flew, which resulted in him earning hard charger honors moving up fourteen positions from 15th to 1st.
After three tries to get the Octane main underway the early battle in the modifieds saw Roy Roush and Kenny Johnson engaged in a battle royal. J.P. Roberts also joined the frey and on several occasions got by Johnson for second. Roush led the first ten circuits, mostly flanked by the high flying Johnson with Roberts in the wake.
By lap seven Berwanger had moved up to seventh place. Johnson took the lead on the 11th circuit and by now Robert “Booger” Garnes had blitzed from 13th to third. Garnes, Roberts, Andy Bond and Berwanger had engaged in a close fight for position.
Roush and Garnes collided in a racing incident that sent Roush toward the outside wall on the back chute. Roush recovered by found himself in fourth. Berwanger, the defending Skyline champ, was on a mission blasting around the outside lane like a Flying Wallenda.
Berwanger bagged Johnson on the 14th round and despite tries from Johnson and Roush that made it close at the end, the “Murray City Bandit” roared on to the win. Nick Corbitt and Kyle Bond also had good runs into the top ten.
Rounding out the top ten were Berwanger, Johnson, Roush, Robert Garnes, Nick Corbitt, J.P. Roberts, Kyle Bond, Casey Fritz, Nick Carr, and Tyler Hendrix.