Stinson Claims Skyline Barnburner
STEWART, Ohio – Jimmy Stinson barely held off Nathan Skaggs in a photo finish to claim Friday’s Ohio Valley Sprint Car Ass’n event at Skyline Speedway.
Initially, Danny Smith blasted into the lead and seemed to have the race well in hand. Smith battled Stinson early then began to check out by lap six. Although the short fast way was along the bottom, the track developed multiple grooves.
By midway, Stinson began to reel in Smith, while Nathan Skaggs went ‘elbows up’ and ran down Stinson. By lap 16 Stinson had run down Smith amid heavy traffic and mounted a side-by-side challenge.
Three laps later young Skaggs added the third flavor to the spicy tango, taking his No. 2 to the bottom while Stinson rode the high side on either side of Smith.
Skaggs took second on lap 20, with Stinson just inches behind. Skaggs passed Smith on lap 23, then a lap later Stinson followed suit as Smith nearly spun his mount as his car visibly lost traction.
Stinson was officially posted second on the white flag lap as he and Skaggs crossed the line nearly in a dead heat. With fans cheering and on their feet, Skaggs led the escape through turns one and two, and into a dog fight through three and four where the dynamic duo rifled to the finish line for a narrow Stinson victory.
Stinson officially led one lap – the last one – for the win in the Maxim/Charlie Fisher powered B&J Welding and Contracting No. 84.
“The key to this win was my mechanic Gary Hall,” Stinson said post-race. “He made some changes tonight that really hooked up the car and all I had to do was drive it. Also, Thanks to Billy Jarrell for giving me great equipment. That race had to be a great race for the fans. It could have been anyone’s race right down to the wire.”
Roy Roush (AMRA modifieds) and Zack Carr (mini-wedge) won the companion features.