Carpenter’s streak continues at Hilltop
Things didn’t start at all too well for Tyler Carpenter Friday Night as he attempted to make it three wins in a row in the AMRA Late Model division at The Legendary Hilltop Speedway.
Carpetner was involved in a spin with Craig Wolford in his heat race that relegated hit to a fifth place starting spot in the 25-lap feature.
Seven laps into the main event, however, Carpenter had found his way back to the front and the Parkersburg native never looked back as he pulled away from the field to claim his third victory of the young season.
Carpenter quickly pulled around fourth place starter Kyle Thomas on the outside to move up a notch in the opening few laps before moving into third place with an outside pass of Corey Conley on the races fourth lap.
The feature was slowed 10 times for cautions and on each restart Carpenter seemed to gain another position as he did on lap six when he moved around Ronnie Mayle into the runner-up spot.
One lap later Carpenter made a strong move around Wolford to grab the lead and the second generation racer continued his dominance on the quarter mile speedway as his number 28 completely dominated the field the rest of the way.
After Wollford spun out midway through the race, Mayle looked poised to grab the runner-up spot but spun out himself on teh final coming out of the final turn to hand Conley the second place finish.
Thomas finished third while Anthony Kinkade came all the way from the tail to finish fourth followed by Kevin Smith in fifth.
In the AMRA modified race, another second generation racer picked up the win as James Dennis grabbed the lead away from pole sitter Tyler Evans on the opening lap and led the rest of the way to score the victory in the 20-lap feature.
Evans stayed within striking distance of Dennis for the entire race and even had one final shot at regaining the lead when the caution flag waved with just two laps to go but Dennis managed to hold him off for the win.
Darrin McDonald had a strong third place finish while Parkersburg’s Kenny Johnson placed fourth followed by Rick Venham Jr in fifth. The speedway will retrun to action next Friday night with regular racing in all classes along with the return of the Ohio Sprint Car Series.