WHEELERSBURG, OH-It was a record breaking night at the Southern Ohio Speedway on Friday, April 27th for the running of the “Southern 50.” The largest crowd, fastest Late Model lap time, and largest Late Model car count were all new-era SOS records set on this night.
In the “Southern 50″ Late Model A-Main, Steve Francis and Jackie Boggs battled side by side for the lead at the start! While racing side by side, Francis spun in the middle of turns one and two. However, all of the field had not come across the start/finish line to complete lap one, so according to SOS rule, on a first lap caution there is a complete restart and all cars are given their spot back. This would put Francis back on the pole for the second attempt to start of the race.
A caution flag fell on the second attempt to start, with the third start being a successful one. Francis would lead the field into turn one with Jackie Boggs in second riding the high side. Going into turns 3 and 4, Boggs drove hard into the turn and got sideways, nearly spinning out. He was able to regroup and settled into fourth to complete the first lap. On the second lap, Boggs went way high off of turn 2 and went off the banking and then pulled into the pit area. This put Eddie Carrier Jr. into the second position.
For the next several laps Francis would lead the field with Carrier about seven car lengths behind in second. The race took a turn on lap 17 when third place runner Jared Hawkins put his #37 machine on the high side. Hawkins found speed up high and immediately began to reel in Carrier for second and run side by side with him for the position! Hawkins made the pass on Carrier and set his sights on Francis. On lap 22, Hawkins caught Francis and made the pass to take the lead on lap 23! The race then took another dramatic turn as Francis slowed with mechanical problems and pulled off the track.
When the race restarted, Hawkins and Carrier had an incredible, side by side battle for the lead with Hawkins running up top and Carrier down low. The two continued that side by side battle for the next 10 laps until Hawkins was eventually able to pull away by three car lengths on lap 33. Two laps later, a caution flag flew, allowing the field to bunch back up with the leaders. On the restart, Hawkins and Carrier continued their side by side battle for the lead with Carrier making the pass to take the lead on lap 37!
With Carrier now in the lead, third place runner Josh McGuire set his sights on Hawkins and would pass him for the second position. McGuire then set his sights on Carrier and made a strong challenge at him, but just wouldn’t have enough to make the pass as Eddie Carrier Jr. came across the line to win the Southern 50! Josh McGuire finished second with Jared Hawkins third, Donnie Moran fourth, and Jacob Hawkins fifth. Steve Francis, Jackie Boggs, Eddie Carrier Jr., and Jared Hawkins won heat races while Tim Dohm won the B-Main.
Hanover, Indiana’s Joey Kramer took the lead at the start of the nights 25 lap Jordan Heating & Cooling UMP Modified A-Main. With Kramer out front, the best battle early on in the race was for second between Jake Keaton and Jeremy Rayburn. The two battled side by side for several laps until contact was made in the middle of turns one and two. Both cars were forced to retire from the race with damage to their cars. When the race resumed, Kramer pulled away up front while Brian Whiteman and Doug Adkins had a great battle for the second position. Nobody would have anything for Kramer though as he led every lap to claim the $1,000 win! Brian Whiteman finished second with Doug Adkins third, Luke Jordan fourth, and Dustin Linville fifth. Jake Keaton, Joey Kramer, and Jason Montgomery won heat races while Danny Ferguson won the B-Main.
In the 15 lap Late Model Non-Qualifiers race, Waverly, Ohio’s Billy Gullion dominated to lead every lap and take the $500 win! Daniel Kattine finished second with Kirk Phillips third, Robbie Ratcliff fourth, and Jeff Arnold fifth.
The Southern Ohio Speedway will be in action next on Friday, May 4th with a Full Racing Program featuring Late Models-$2,000 to win, Jordan Heating & Cooling UMP Modifieds-$600 to win, GCP Engines Sport Mods, and an Enduro. General admission is $12 for ages 17+, $5 for ages 13-16, $2 for ages 7-12, and FREE for ages 6 and under. Pit passes are $25 for ages 13+, $15 for ages 7-12, and FREE for ages 6 and under. Gates open at 4:00 pm with hot laps at 7:30 pm. For more information visit www.southernohiospeedway.com.
Late Models, $6,000 to win
Fast Qualifier-Steve Francis
Heat One-Steve Francis, Jacob Hawkins, Jason Montgomery, Shannon Thornsberry, Tim Dohm, Daniel Kattine, Harold Redman Jr., Robbie Ratcliff
Heat Two-Jackie Boggs, Josh McGuire, Kenny Howell, Scott James, Paul Davis, Delmas Conley, D. J. Wells, Josh Bevins, Jason Perry
Heat Three-Eddie Carrier Jr., Devin Moran, Donnie Moran, R. J. Conley, Billy Gullion, Jeff Arnold, Carl Dillow II, Russ Fronhapel, Josh Brickey
Heat Four-Jared Hawkins, Ricky Williams, Rod Conley, Greggie Oliver, Dustin Linville, Kirk Phillips, Jerry Mustain, Matt Jobe
B-Main-Tim Dohm, Paul Davis, Delmas Conley, Dustin Linville, Billy Gullion, Harold Redman Jr., Kirk Phillips, Jeremy Akers, Matt Jobe, Jerry Mustain, Robbie Ratcliff, Josh Bevins, Jeff Arnold, Jason Perry, Daniel Kattine, D. J. Wells, Carl Dillow II
Non-Qualifiers Race-Billy Gullion, Daniel Kattine, Kirk Phillips, Robbie Ratcliff, Jeff Arnold, Josh Brickey, Jeremy Akers, Matt Jobe, Jason Perry, Josh Bevins, Jerry Mustain
Southern 50-Eddie Carrier Jr., Josh McGuire, Jared Hawkins, Donnie Moran, Jacob Hawkins, R. J. Conley, Greggie Oliver, Devin Moran, Rod Conley, Delmas Conley, Tim Dohm, Kenny Howell, Dustin Linville, Jason Montgomery, Scott James, Steve Francis, Paul Davis, Jackie Boggs, Shannon Thornsberry, Ricky Williams
Lap Leaders-Steve Francis (1-22), Jared Hawkins (23-36), Eddie Carrier Jr. (37-50)
Jordan Heating & Cooling UMP Modifieds, $1,000 to win
Fast Qualifier-Jeremy Rayburn
Heat One-Jake Keaton, Jeremy Rayburn, Brian Whiteman, Eric Hatfield, Greg Anderson, Danny Ferguson, Kenny Aldridge, Brandon Oliver, Brandon Smith, Adam Colley
Heat Two-Joey Kramer, Todd Robinson, Davey Warnock, C. J. Ferguson, Jimmy Adams, Dustin Linville, Shawn Holliday, T. J. Harper, Shon Flanary
Heat Three-Jason Montgomery, Luke Jordan, Rick Hensley, Doug Adkins, Brian Skaggs, Sammy Hobbs, Anthony Slusher, Tom McClain, Keith Tincher
B-Main-Danny Ferguson, Dustin Linville, Sammy Hobbs, Anthony Slusher, Adam Colley, Kenny Aldridge, Brandon Oliver, Tom McClain, Shawn Holliday, Brandon Smith
A-Main-Joey Kramer, Brian Whiteman, Doug Adkins, Luke Jordan, Dustin Linville, Eric Hatfield, Anthony Slusher, Brian Skaggs, Adam Colley, Greg Anderson, C. J. Ferguson, Davey Warnock, Rick Hensley, Todd Robinson, Jeremy Rayburn, Jake Keaton, Jason Montgomery, Jimmy Adams, Sammy Hobbs, Danny Ferguson
Lap Leaders-Joey Kramer (1-25)