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Carrier Outduels Linville for "Chris Estes/Brad Pena Memorial" Title at Ponderosa

By Michael Despain

JUNCTION CITY, Ky.- April 3. Ponderosa Speedway presented the third annual Chris Estes/Brad Pena Memorial on Saturday evening, and Salt Rock, W.V. native Eddie Carrier, Jr. outdueled Dustin Linville to claim the win in the 40 lap, $3,000 to win event for the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Late Models. 

The start of the event got hairy at the start as front row starters Dustin Linville and Brad Neat collided entering turn three attempting to complete the first lap, with the pair spinning and stacking up six more cars behind them.

All were able to continue, and a complete restart saw Linville take the race lead, withCarrier, Neat, Justin Rattliff, and Jordan Bland giving chase.  Carrier began to pressure Linville for the lead by lap seven, with Rattliff and Neat waging their own battle for third.  After Neat took third on lap 10, disaster struck Rattliff on lap 16 as he looped his mount entering turn three while battling door-to-door with Neat. 

The restart would see Bland get around Neat for the third position, while Carrier resumed his spirited battle with Linville for the lead until he pulled even on lap 26 and made the winning pass one lap later.

Lance Matthees slowed on lap 34 to close the field up once again and the restart was a no-go when Larry Gray, Jr. and Steve Stollings spun.  The final restart saw Carrier pull away from the field, while Bland pressured Linville for second.  Skylar Marlar made his way into the top five past Neat on lap 36 and give chase to older brother Mike Marlar, but no one would catch Carrier as he would visit victory lane in the Carl Grover Motorsports owned Engines, Inc./Grover Motorsports/Cox Wrecker Service/Blue Ridge Machinery sponsored #28 Rocket Chassis.  

Finish - Ponderosa Speedway

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