West Virginia's Eddie Carrier wears his winning face after a big $5,000 triumph in
the unsanctioned "Fred Dillow Memorial" last weekend at Portsmouth (Oh.) Raceway
Park. (George Missita)
Carrier Reels in "Fred Dillow Memorial" at
T. J. Layne, track report
PORTSMOUTH, Oh. - Aug. 20. Saturday's annual “Fred Dillow Memorial” saw West Virginia driver Eddie Carrier, Jr.
advance from his seventh place start, then out-duel Tim Dohm to take the $5,000-to-win Late Model feature.
Senior racer races his potent #71 between #21 Paul
Davis and #5 Steve Lucas en route to third place at Portsmouth. (Mark Bias)
Enhanced by the Late Models on hand for the "Fred Dillow Memoirla", the pits
at PRP filled with more than 100 race cars. (Mark Bias)
Dohm and Scott James battled side by side for the lead at the start, with track points leader R. J. Conley
quickly joining the mix. Conley got by James and began to battle Conley side by side for the lead for
several laps until Conley spun his #71c machine off of turn two on lap seven. Conley’s car suffered no
damage, but he would have to go to the tail.
Eddie Carrier, Jr. emerged from seventh place to pass #6 Tim Dohm for the lead in
the "Fred Dillow Memorial". (Mark Bias)
Local veteran Rod Conley races to a fourth place finish at
Portsmouth. (George Missita)
In the meantime, seventh starter Carrier moved into the second position, where he would restart right behind
Dohm. He quickly went to battle with Dohm at the restart as the two battled side by side for the lead. The
battle lasted for several laps, with Carrier making the pass for the lead by the race's halfway mark.
With Carrier leading, James moved back into the second position and battled the leader, working the bottom of
the track. On the final lap, James drove his car hard into turn three, but high side momentum would carry
Carrier off of turn four and to the checkered flag. James finished second, with Delmas Conley, Rod Conley, and
Dohm following. Rounding out the top ten were Ben
Adkins, Josh Bocook, Mark Frazier, Paul Davis, and Steve Lucas.
R.J. Conley races in close quarters at Portsmouth, while Scott James (outside) was
escape the three-wide configuration to grab second at the finish. (George Missita)
Not a hovercraft, just Cameron Logan getting some air after tagging the wall at
Portsmouth Raceway Park. (Mark Bias)