R.J. Conley Goes Back-to-Back with 20th Annual Fred Dillow Memorial Victory!

PORTSMOUTH, OH (August 28, 2014) The Fred Dillow Memorial has become a premier event at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, Ohio. The 20th edition of this historic event, held Saturday, August 16th, was no exception.

A stout field of 132 entries field the pit area, which included 40 Super Late Models, 52 UMP Open Wheel Modifieds, 21 Limited Late Models, and 19 Bombers. All ready to do battle in front of a huge crowd at the 3/8 mile oval.

An action pack night of racing began with Jackie Boggs of Grayson, Kentucky earning the Bozo’s “Just Give Me One Lap” Fast Time Award in the Super Late Model Division. He received $1,077 for his efforts. Devin Gilpin of Columbus, Indiana blazed to the Whitley Gahm & Rayburn, CPA’s Open Wheel Modified Fast Time, worth $100.

Steve Casebolt to the checkered flag first in the $233-to-win, Sgt. Tim Moore Super Late Model Dash, sponsored by Graphic Impressions. He was follow across the finish line by Ben Adkins, R.J. Conley, Jackie Boggs and Brandon Kinzer. Devin Moran failed to make the call after suffering from terminal issues.

Delmas Conley, Duane Chamberlain and Tim Dohm won their respective Impact RaceGear Super Late Model Heat Races. Modified Heat Race victories went to Devin Gilpin, Dan Ebert, Ervin Vance, Jackie Boggs and Greggie Oliver. Mike Meyers and Jamey Adams won Limited Late Model Heat Races, while Brett Carey and Jeremie Bretz won their preliminary events in the Bomber division.

Nick Bocook and Mark Frazier filled the final two transfer spots via Racers in Christ/Carter Resources Super Late Model B-Mains. However, Frazier was forced to scratch from the remainder of the evening, moving Jeremy Berwanger into the main event. Open Wheel Modified B-Main transfers were Shawn Holliday, Adam Jordan, and Jeremy Rayburn.

Steve Casebolt and Ben Adkins led the 20th Annual Fred Dillow Memorial Super Late Model feature to green, with Casebolt jumping out to lead lap one, earning him a $50 bonus from Perry Racing.

R.J Conley and Casebolt went door-to-door over the next ten laps until Conley assumed the point on lap eleven.

As the field saw the halfway signal, it was Conley out front followed by Casebolt, Jackie Boggs, Ben Adkins and Delmas Conley. Thus earning R.J. Conley the Ryan “Pfunk” Potter Halfway Leader Award.

From that point Conley never looked back, sailing to his second consecutive and fifth overall Fred Dillow Memorial victory. Boggs finished second followed by Casebolt, Adkins, and Delmas Conley.

Nick Bocook advanced eight positions to earn the Roger Salyers Hard Charger Award paying $200.

Dan Ebert edged Devin Gilpin by just .013 seconds to win the Open Wheel Modified feature. Gilpin took home the Ryan “Pfunk” Potter Halfway Leader Award, worth $300. The Walker Construction Hard Charger Award, In Memory of Linda Walker, went to Jeremy Rayburn. 

Matt Melvin won in the Limited Late Model feature event, and Joe Whitt won the recipient of the H&H Continuous Guttering Hard Charger Award.

Jeremie Bretz bagged his first feature event win of the season at Portsmouth Raceway Park in the Bomber division, Mike Drake won the Stephens Towing & Repo Hard Charger Award. 

Other award winners included Scott James of Lawrenceburg, Indiana who won the Long Haul Award sponsored by ProStar Designs and Tri-State Industrial Supply.

The Dangerous Dan Aldridge Tough Break Award winners were Devin Moran (Super Late Model), Ervin Vance (UMP Open Wheel Modified), Tommy Twinam (Limited Late Model) and Brian Sammons (Bomber).

Kenny McCann won a Nose/Combo Kit courtesy of AR Bodies in the Limited Late Model division

In total, 66 sponsors added cash bonuses randomly on top of Portsmouth Raceway Park’s regular event purse. Along with Valvoline products and other contingencies.

The Dillow family would like to thank all the sponsors, drivers, fans and the staff of Portsmouth Raceway Park for making the 20th Annual Fred Dillow Memorial a huge success. We are already looking forward to the 21st Annual Fred Dillow Memorial, set for August 15, 2015!