(Lubeck, WV) Race number one of the 2021 season started with freezing temperatures but plenty of hot action on the track as the 63rd season took to the green flag at Ohio Valley Speedway. Todd Brennan, Cruz Vandall, Justin Carpenter, Logan Perine and Mack Brookover parked him on victory lane on opening night. It was great to see all the fans coming back and braving the chilly temperatures and they were rewarding with a great night of action. The newly remodeled and expanded Ohio Valley Speedway offered some great side-to-side racing throughout the evening, setting up a season of must-see action every Friday night.
In the Super Late Model main event, disaster will strike the early leaders as Chris Carpenter appears to give up an engine and Ronnie Mayle’s stay in the front was short-lived with a flat tire. This would set up a big battle between Todd Brennan, Tyler Evans, and Harold Redman up front. When the first checkerboard of the season gave up, it was all Todd Brennan scoring victory over Harold Redman, 2020 track champion Tyler Evans, Tyler Stutler and Brandon Francis. Brennan rides the Wheeling Auto Body / Hot 107 Rocket and is from Zanesville, Ohio.
In the UMP Modified division, it was South Charleston, with WV’s Cruz Vandall grabbing the material. A big battle between Vandall who worked on the top shelf and Coleman Evans who worked at the bottom would thrill fans with Vandall taking the win. Following Vandall across the gang were Evans, Kenny Johnson, Mitch Thomas and Booger Garnes.
Cruz Vandall would double as he claimed the Main Event Pike Street Lanes Sportmod after a long racing battle with Jayson Spaur and Miles Cook. After Vandall across the line was Spaur, Cook, Toby Wilson and Steven Dotson.
Justin Carpenter is loving opening night as the # 17 driver would claim his second straight win in the Bill’s Auto Salvage SCDRA 4 Cylinder division. A strong eighteen 4 cylinder peloton would battle the whole track and when the checkered flag fell it was Carpenter leading the contingent on a Sam Dickle and James Hendershot in charge with 2020 track champion Jeff Rankin and Josh Ayers completing the top five.
In the Mineral Wells Tire Center WRA Young Gun division presented by Mike’s Auto Body, Logan Perine took the first win of the season, followed by Bryson Long and Cruz Thomas. A strong field of veteran wedges hit the track for the first time in 2021 with Mack Brookover beating the competition to reclaim the checkerboard ahead of Aiden Powell and Keith Powell.
Be sure to join us next Friday night, April 23, as we host “Vapors in the Valley”! The 410 High Octane Wing Sprints of the OVSCA Sprint Series will begin their 2021 season in the Valley. A sight not to be missed as the Winged Warriors will test the new surface in the first of five appearances. Also on the card there will be $ 700 to win the SCDRA 4 Cylinder WV State Championship Qualifier event as well as races in all other classes. Doors open at 4 p.m., WRA at 6.30 a.m. and the race starts at 7 p.m.
Ohio Valley Speedway, April 16, 2021 Featured Results
Super Late Model Feature: Todd Brennan, Harold Redman, Tyler Evans, Tyler Stutler, Brandon Francis, Doug Parks, Tony Roush, Zach Hill, Pete Crum, George Klintworth, Chris Parks, Ryan Cline, Kyle Bond, RJ Harper, Ronnie Mayle, Chris Carpenter, Ed Shuman
UMP Modified Feature: Cruz Vandall, Coleman Evans, Kenny Johnson, Mitch Thomas, Booger Garnes, Tommy Powell, Leighton Wetzel, Jordan Ritchea, JP Roberts, Kyle Bond, TJ Roush, Pete Brunton, Jerry Herdman, DNS Casey Fritz
Pike Street Lanes Sportmod Feature: Cruz Vandall, Jayson Spaur, Miles Cook, Toby Wilson, Steven Dotson, Timothy Weekley, Brandon Davis, Montana Legg, Brayden Mattson, Larry Higgins, Brandon Lewis, Joe McClain, Ryan Yates, Austin Wilson, Tyler Harper , Pat Garrett, Scott Robinson, Jarrod Willis, DNS: Jesse Metz, Curtis Griffin, Keith Marlow, Sonny Leek, Nic Green, Roger Arix
Bill’s Auto Salvage SCDRA 4 Cylinder Feature: Justin Carpenter, Sam Dickle, James Hendershot, Jeff Rankin, Josh Ayers, Mike Tennet, Kasey Rankin, Jared McElroy, Ted Dille, Paul Midcap, Bryce Bowling, Marshall Boyles, Jarrod Heiss, Dan Moss, Brett Ball, DNS: Jacob McDaniel, James Piggott, Derrick Rose
Mineral Wells Tire Center WRA presented by Mike’s Auto Body Young Gun Feature: Logan Perine, Bryson Long, Cruz Thomas, Joey Miller, Walker Slayton, Ryder Parsons, Bentley Glover, Easton Mayle, Emlee Conrad, Farrah Bailey
Mineral Wells Tire Center WRA presented by Mike’s Auto Body Veteran Feature: Mack Brookover, Aiden Powell, Keith Powell, Isaac McLeish, James Bailey, Stephen Sutler, Tanner Ritchea, Avie Sprouse, Colin Knox
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About OVS: Ohio Valley Speedway is a fast 3/8 mile dirt road located just south of Lübeck, WV on RT. 68 South and Wadesville Road and races every Friday evening from April to September. Opened in 1958, and known to most as the ‘Valley,’ the jewel of Mountain State has hosted some of the biggest names in open-wheel and short-track racing history over the years and transforms its quintessential trombone setup into great nightly racing action. While ushering in a new decade of short track excellence, the ‘Valley’ still retains an aura of yesteryear and charm that accompanies six decades of motorsport history on one of the most important short tracks and the strongest in West Virginia.