Mitchell Breaks Through At Skyline
STEWART, Ohio – Greg Mitchell claimed his first 410 sprint-car victory Friday during the Ohio Valley Sprint Car Ass’n main event at Skyline Speedway.
Aaron Higgins started from the pole but didn’t stay in the lead long, yielding the top spot to two-time champion Jimmy Stinson.
Stinson began to pull away from the rest of the pack as Higgins and Wayne McPeek sparred for second. Following a restart McPeek challenged Stinson, but after scrubbing off some speed McPeek saw Stinson drive off into the sunset.
Meanwhile, Mitchell was strategically picking off cars in a high speed chase to the front. As Stinson approached traffic Mitchell began to close in on the leader at a rapid pace. On lap 12 the caution flew for Jesse McCreary who was in a top five slot after posting his second consecutive heat win.
Stinson pulled away on the restart, but Mitchell’s cushion-riding mount was faster on the high side and blasted by Stinson two laps later.
There Mitchell’s Maxim No. 001 was indeed the class of the field as the former Skyline Late Model champ frantically searched for a smooth, fast line to his first-ever feature win.
Stinson never recovered as Mitchell blasted on to the ever-popular win, where he was joined by a throng of fans in victory lane. Ironically, Mitchell’s car donned a “For Sale” sign that he quickly removed after picking up the win.
“I attribute this win to Don Spiker. He has been with me for 14 years and all the time I’ve been in the sprint car,” said Mitchell. “I’m better on a heavier track and not as good on a dry slick. I was fortunate to get a good start and the car really hooked up. I thank Billy Jarrell for providing a great race track and thank God for the chance to race tonight. I have to thank the God’s for sprinkling down some goodness on me tonight. It’s a great, great night. ”
Josh Davis was the hard charger in the OVSCA feature moving up seven positions from ninth to second. Jimmy Stinson, Kory Crabtree and Wayne McPeek completed the top five.
Other feature winners at Skyline Friday were Josh McGuire (AMRA late models), Tyler Carpenter (AMRA modifieds) and Coleton Perine (mini-wedges).