Skaggs takes sprint win at Hilltop

Third generation racers Travis Dickson (16) and Kyle Bond (10) battle for the lead in the 20 lap AMRA Modified feature Friday night at The Legendary Hilltop Speedway. Dickson would go on to capture his first win of the season at the track. Photo courtesy of Zach Yost.

Ohio Valley Sprint Car Association racer Nathan Skaggs appears to have the Legendary Hilltop Speedway figured out.

The sprint car series made it’s fourth appearance of the season Friday night at LHS and Skaggs remained unbeaten as he dominated the field for his fourth feature victory.

Early on it appeared that Skaggs may have finally met his match as Andre Layfield set fast time with a speed of just over 12 seconds around the quarter mile dirt track to grab the pole position for the 25-lap feature.

Layfield grabbed the early lead but a quick caution on the opening lap bunched the field back together.

Skaggs wasted little time taking the top spot from Layfield on the restart and once his number 2 machine got out front, it was more of the same as he led the rest of the way to make it four-for-four.

“This is a fun little track to race on and we have really enjoyed racing here this summer,” said the Circleville native. “I was a little tight at the beginning, but once I got going we were fast.”

Layfield finished second followed by Jamie Myers, Lance Webb and Jason Dolick in third through fifth.

Just like the sprint car race before it, the 25-lap AMRA Late Model feature was more of the same as well as Tyler Carpenter out dueled his father Freddy to win for the second straight week and the fifth time this season.

Tyler started the race on the outside of another Parkersburg racer in veteran Jeff Burdette, who set the fastest time in qualifying, but quickly gunned his number 28 Krytonite into the lead.

Burdette’s evening proved to be short lived as mechanical issues sent him to the pits shortly after the caution flag waved on the second lap of the main event.

Tyler Carpenter quickly jumped out to a comfortable lead over his father on the restart and was never seriously challenged the rest of the way as he claimed the 12th win of the season at “The Top” for the Carpenter family.

“We’ve had our ups and downs but it’s been a pretty good year,” said Tyler, whose win matched his fathers total of five this season at LHS. “It kind of drove like we were on asphalt but I was pretty good again.”

Following Tyler and Fast Freddy across the line were Nick Dohm in third, Ronnie Mayle Jr. in fourth and Ed Shuman in fifth.

The AMRA 20-lap Modified feature proved to be a true showcase of second and third generation racer’s as the top six finishers and seven of the top eight in the feature were carrying on the family name.

In the end it would be a very popular name in Mid-Ohio Valley racing in third generation racer Travis Dickson taming the field to claim his first win of the season at Legendary Hilltop.

Dickson got around Kyle Bond for the lead on the third lap of the feature just before the caution flag waved for a spin involving Josh Tonkin and pulled away from the field the rest of the way to score the win.

Dickson was quite pleased the performance of his Precision Chassis Development car.

“This thing has been good everywhere we have ran this season and I couldn’t be happier with it,” said Dickson, the son of Marietta High School graduate and sixth place finisher Mark Dickson. “One thing that never gets old is winning.”

Bond, the son of AMRA modified racer Larry Bond and the grandson of the late Ronnie Bond placed second while brothers Tyler (18 years old) and Coleman Evans (14) placed third and fourth respectively.

The young Evans racers are the sons of veteran racer Robbie Evans while Tyler Carpenter finished fifth.

Other winners on the evening included Dwight Henry in the AMRA Sport Mods and Tommy Adkins in the 4-cylinder class.