|Skyline Speedway review 5-11-07|
By Kyle Jones
On Friday May 11th, I finally made it just up the road to the Skyline
Speedway in Stewart Ohio for a regular racing program. Sunny skies greeted a
packed house and a packed pit area. 26 quality Super Late Models were on
hand and ready to do battle on somewhat of a tricky racing surface. The
track was very slick and seemed to be throwing a curveball to some of the
Late Model heat race winners were the T7 of Todd Smith, 10 Larry Bond and
the 42 of Chris Garnes. The B-Main win was picked up by the 18 of Chris
Todd Smith and Larry Bond brought the 18 car starting feature field to the
green flag with Bond snatching the early race lead. Third place starter
Chris Garnes appeared to have a strong car until mechanical woes caused him
to slow in turn one. On the restart, 12th starting Jeff Wood and 9th
starting Andy Bond crept into the picture by taking the 2nd and 3rd spots.
Wood was slowly catching leader Larry Bond as Bond worked the high side
while Wood stayed on the bottom. Just as Wood made a bid for the lead, the
caution flew over the field. With only one lap remaining, Bond took the
green with a nice restart and Wood had to settle for 2nd. Andy Bond was 3rd
followed by Todd Smith, John Brown, Harold Redman JR, Dan Morrison, Jeremy
Blake, Kenny Johnson and Zach Dohm rounding out the top 10.
Hats off to the B7 of Benny Adkins. Ben could only muster a 5th place finish
in his heat race which would place him 15th on the feature starting grid. By
lap 15, Ben was up to the 6th position but a late race tangle with Andy Bond
sent him to the tail. Ben was charged with the yellow and took the car pit
side. It was an impressive run nonetheless.
I had a great time at Skyline and was happy to meet up with some friends.
Among them were Jeremy, Neil, Ovalhead and Butch & his gang. And that
reminds me, stop by Jeremy's collector card table and check out some really
cool Dirt Late Model Collector Cards. Jeremy does a great job on them.
On Friday May 25th, the Mid Atlantic Championship Series will invade the
Skyline Speedway paying $5,000 to the winner. Along with the strong weekly
contenders, expect a few big dogs to make their way to the 3/8 mile dirt
oval. It should be a great show so make sure to attend.