Crabtree Continues OVSCA Hot Streak
STEWART, Ohio – The Frankland Racing Kids Autograph Night and Poske’s Performance Parts Bicycle Racing night proved to be a huge, huge success at Skyline Speedway Friday night.
In the Ohio Valley Sprint Car Ass’n 410 sprints young gun Kory Crabtree won his fifth feature in four weeks, including a string of two back-to-back feature wins. As an added bonus Kory got to race with his dad Keith Crabtree who came out of retirement to drive Greg Mitchell’s 002 car.
In the Kryptonite AMRA Late Model main K.C. Burdette claimed the win by inches over Ronnie Mayle, while Jeremy Berwanger, the Murray City Bandit, stole the show and the top prize in the AMRA Octane Race Products Modified A-main.
It was great to see all the kids in attendance and 17 youngsters participate in the bicycle racing. Winners earned $20, $10, and $5 respectively in each of the three divisions. Additionally, Frankland Racing Autograph night was a huge success as well as the Dave Poske-Billy Jarrell Bicycle racing challenge, won by Dave Poske of Poske’s Performance Parts. Brian Willard picked Poske to win and as a result the proceeds of a cash drawing went to Alexander High School in the name of Willard, who also won a free Pit Pass to the Sarah Bond Big Three, next weekend August 23.
Fifteen kids won Walmart Gift cards Totalling $300 and two children won bicycles provided by Andre Layfield Racing and John Church Racing. Additionally, every child in attendance received a bag full of school supplies, much of which was provided by the race teams. Special thanks was extended to the drivers, Tom and Pam Lemon, Billy Jarrell, and Skyline Speedway.
In the Late Model A-main Racin’ Jason Montgomery was looking for the clean sweep after a hard-earned heat win over K.C. Burdette. Montgomery led from the onset as the battle touted between he and outside pole-sitter Chris Garnes never materialized. Burdette jumped into second with Ronnie Mayle in tow.
Montgomery was dogged every inch of the way by Burdette. While Burdette never quite overtook Montgomery, he was along side the veteran much of the way. Mayle then nearly passed Burdette with the race developing into a three-way battle.
On the 13th circuit, Montgomery’s suspension gave out and his car limped to a stop, giving Burdette the lead. Burdette survived several early challenges from Mayle, who at one point was overtaken by Garnes. Then Burdette started to stretch out his lead.
Meanwhile, Tyler Carpenter had zoomed from 15th to fifth and at one point it was a Carpenter Clan family reunion for fourth, fifth, and sixth among Chris, Tyler, and Freddie Carpenter. Both Tyler and Freddie faded in the last five laps giving way to hard charging Mike Smith and Andy Bond.
As the race wound down it appeared Burdette would coast to victory, but during the last three laps Mayle reeled Burdette in and nearly pulled off the comeback win, narrowly missing the win by inches at the finish. Behind Burdette’s McDonald Race Engines/Graham Excavating/Burdette Construction Rayburn rounding out the top ten were Mayle, Chris Garnes, Chris Carpenter, Mike Smith, Andy Bond, Tyler Carpenter, Freddie Carpenter, Travis Brookover, and Ralph Withem.