From the Ohio Valley Sprint Car Association
STEWART, OHIO-Another exciting night of racing highlighted the action at Billy Jarrell’s Skyline Speedway where Jimmy Nier picked up his third Skyline win of the year in the OVSCA sprint cars. Another fine field of cars made for some great racing on the 3/8 mile clay oval.
In the 410 sprint car main veteran Charlie Fisher in the B&J Welding and Contracting #22 took the early lead ahead of teammate Jimmy Nier. By lap three Andre Layfield was moving on the high side and working on a pass for the top spot. Layfield made the pass for the lead only to have a caution wave and relegate the young driver back to third.
On the restart, Fisher blitzed into the lead with Nier in tow and now Keith Baxter working hard on Layfield. Baxter moved into third as the pair gave chase of Fisher. By lap 19 Nier ran down Fisher for what proved to be the winning pass. A lap later Baxter moved into the catbird’s seat and closed in on Nier, but the Piketon, Ohio driver surged on to the win.
“I’d like to thank B&J Contracting, J&W Welding, New Beginning’s Ministry, All-Pro Heads and give all Glory to God,” said Nier in victory lane. “Man, that Andre Layfield is going to be good. He came out of nowhere and it was a fun race and a challenge to race with Charlie Fisher. I was just hoping for the white flag as Keith and everyone closed in.”
Dave Dickson and Kory Crabtree were co-hard chargers of the race. Rounding out the top ten were Jim Nier, Keith Baxter, Charlie Fisher, Andre Layfield, Kory Crabtree, Dallas Hewitt, Dave Dickson, Mitch Harble, Greg Mitchell, and Sam Ashworth.
Late Model and Sprint fans paid tribute with a moment of silence for the passing of legendary Audie Swartz, father of Charlie Swartz and grand-father to car builder Audie Swartz, his namesake. The veteran driver and winner of hundreds of sprint car features, including a second in the first Knoxville Nationals made him one of racing’s all-time best. Audie is also the grandfather of Sprint driver Jimmy Stinson.
OVSCA President Billy Jarrell has filled the void left from a race cancellation by adding Tyler County Speedway’s quarter-mile Bullring to the schedule to once again make it a double-header weekend of consecutive $2,000 to win 410 Sprint car races. More information will be released soon on this week’s upcoming July 9 (Skyline) and July 10 (Tyler County) racing. Each race features $200 to start.
Skyline Speedway continues action next Friday night. For further information visit << www.skylinespeedway.net >> or call 304-539-4410 or the track phone at 740-662-4111.
410 Sprint Cars
Fast Time: Wayne McPeek 11.90 (Drew for a 6 Car Inversion)
Heat One: Jim Nier, Keith Baxter, Wayne McPeek, Kory Crabtree, John Webb, Wes McGlumphy, Jordan Harble, Lance Webb
Heat Two: Charlie Fisher, Dallas Hewitt, Mitch Harble, Sam Ashworth, Jamie Myers, Josh Davis, Chris Myers
Heat Three: Greg Mitchell, Andre Layfield, Mark Imler, Dave Dickson, Bryce Dickson, Tim Mosher, Sam Mosher
B-Main: Wes McGlumphy, Chris Myers, Tim Mosher, Jordan Harble, Sam Mosher
Feature: Jim Nier, Keith Baxter, Charlie Fisher, Andre Layfield, Kory Crabtree, Dallas Hewitt, Dave Dickson, Mitch Harble, Greg Mitchell, Sam Ashworth, Bryce Dickson, Wes McGlumphy, Mark Imler, Chris Myers, John Webb, Tim Mosher, Jamie Myers, Wayne McPeek