Conley Holds Off Carpenter At Skyline
STEWART, Ohio – A huge crowd and 102 cars packed the pits to honor the memory of Sarah Bond with the running of the Sarah Bond Big Three Friday night at Skyline Speedway where Corey Conley brought home the $2,000 to win AMRA Kryptonite Late Model main over Chris Carpenter.
In the companion 410 Ohio Valley Sprint Car Association main event veteran Danny Smith claimed the win over early leader Josh Davis, while 23 year-old Dan Ebert, an up and coming star in the Octane AMRA Modifieds, claimed the modified $2,000 pay day.
In the Late Model division the father-son duo of Chris and Freddie Carpenter set the pace for the thirty-lap event. The Carpenters took the lower line on the start, opening the door for second-row starter and the night’s fast-timer Corey Conley to blast to the high side. Conley took the lead and although challenged on numerous occassions the veteran led green-to-checkered.
Highlighting the event was the early-race challenges from Chris Carpenter, who on several occasions edged by Conley in the turns. Chris Garnes was cited for a spin on lap 12 and went to the tail. Meanwhile, a torrid battle had developed between Chris Carpenter, Freddie Carpenter, Jason Montgomery, and Tyler Carpenter.
That foursome and Conley separated themselves from the rest of the pack, until another restart tightened the field for a second time. Conley’s Rocket Chassis again burst into the lead, but slowly put some distance between himself and second place Carpenter.
Garnes charged from the tail to seventh spot before his mount suffered mechanical woes and went pitside. Other on-track battles saw Andy Bond, Ronnie Mayle, Travis Brookover, Ralph Withem, and Steve Bigley slashing and dashing their way toward a top ten, while fighting it out for position.
“I just tried to keep the car settled,” said a jubilant Conley in victory lane. “This track has always had some slick spots and some places where you get great traction. I just tried to keep the car under me and stay straight and fast.”
“I am really proud to win this race for the Bond family. There are a lot of great racers down here in this area and to win is special. Larry and I go back a long way the Bond’s have always earned a lot of respect. To win this Sarah Bond Memorial is really an honor.”
“Corey had a little more forward bite off the turns,” said a somewhat dejected Chris Carpenter. “I gave him all I had, but that forward bite is what we needed and that was probably the difference in us winning and placing second.”