Stinson Masters Skyline Sprint
STEWART, OHIO – It wasn’t quite Halloween, but it was a festive night with nearly 30 kids in costume for the annual Jack-o-Lantern 30s at Billy Jarrell’s Skyline Speedway.
In the 410 sprint division for Ohio Valley Sprint Car Ass’n drivers, Jimmy Stinson lapped all but two cars en route to the $2,000 win in the 30-lap affair.
In the AMRA Tru-Tech Late Models, Chris Garnes claimed the $2,000 feature win, and Doug Henry claimed the $1,000 AMRA MALTA Modified Main.
Ken Meadows brought home the win in the Mod-Lite Division, while Zach Carr won the WRA Mike’s Auto Body Mini-Wedge main.
The first feature event of the night was the Jack-O-Lantern 30 for sprint cars. Aaron Higgins in the John Shewbrooks A79 won the dash and sat on the pole of the A-main. Higgins stormed into an early lead, but Stinson quickly dived into the chase, staging a seven-lap side-by-side battle with Higgins.
Stinson twice tried a slide job in turn two, but Higgins momentum carried him back to the point. Stinson finally blitzed under Higgins in turn three, then mastered one of the most dominant on-track performances the Ohio Valley has seen over the last several seasons.
Going into the frey Dave Dickson, Marietta, OH had both the OVSCA and Skyline points leads, but held the Skyline lead by just four points. Dickson had a great run going early, anchoring third place much of the first half of the event before Kory Crabtree, Josh Davis, and Greg Mitchell leapfrogged ahead in two-lap passing intervals.
With two laps to go, Crabtree jumped the cushion and stormed through the pit exit unscathed, but out of the race. Meanwhile, Stinson in a brand new B & J Welding mount pulled away from the field and had nearly lapped the third place car of Davis when the checkered flag waved.
The win earned crew chief Gary Hall, owner Billy Jarrell and Stinson their third straight Skyline Speedway championship. Unofficially, Dickson claimed the OVSCA championship as both drivers earned congratulatory praises.