Tyler Carpenter charged to the win on Night #3 of the ULTIMATE Mid-Ohio Valley/Heart of America Buckeye Dirt Weeks at Hilltop Speedway (OH) Friday night. The Parkersburg, WV driver started seventh, but was shuffled back early in the 40-lap feature at the onset before working his way back through the field.
He took the lead from polesitter J.R. Gentry after a furious battle for the lead around the halfway point. Once in the lead, Carpenter went unchallenged through the remainder of the race over multiple restarts to take his first ULTIMATE win of 2019.
Carpenter’s win came using a borrowed motor after his engine had a part failure a few weeks back. He says he wouldn’t have won without the motor.
“We were just pulling forward, when it started off we fell back a few spots but I knew we had a good car and I just had to stay calm and dig and we picked them off one by one,” Carpenter told Speed51.com. “I’m just glad to be in victory lane here. If it weren’t for Chuck Longbrake lending me a motor, he’s been a hell of a hand all year. It’s not so much just the motor but he’s a heck of a good guy. He lent me a motor, everybody knows I’m hard on motors. For him to allow me to use his motor to come here and race, I wouldn’t be in victory lane if it wasn’t for him.”
He admitted 2019 has been a trying year for him with ULTIMATE. Carpenter struggled with the borrowed engine their first three races with it. To get a win after all their struggles made it rallying all the more sweeter.
“This year I struggled and struggled with this series,” he said. “I’ve been good all year, but the first race with these guys I broke a transmission so I didn’t even get to start the race. My second race with them I broke a timing chain that ended my night, and that’s when Chuck came along and lent me a motor. We struggled to get the car dialed in a little bit on the third night, and now we got things dialed in and on the fourth night we got a feature win, and it’s awesome.”
Corey Conley finished second after a late-race battle with Freddie Carpenter. The West Virginia driver felt good about Friday night’s race and will look to take the momentum to Wayne County Speedway Saturday night.
“The car was really good, the Kryptonite’s are always good here,” Conley said. “We were just a tick too tight and Tyler was a little bit freer running the bottom, and he did a good job and beat us tonight. We’ll go ahead and go to Wayne County tomorrow but I don’t know if we’ll make any of the other shows, they’re pretty far away from me.”
While Tyler Carpenter was celebrating in victory lane, his father Freddie rounded out the podium. He had a similar race to the younger Carpenter, being shuffled back early before rallying for a third place finish.
“It was a good race for the most part, started fourth and battled for third and fourth for almost the whole race. We fell back a few spots early but we got back up there. The track was good, we just overadjusted and got the car too tight.”
Mike Pegher and J.R. Gentry rounded out the top five.
The ULTIMATE Mid OHIO Valley/Heart of America Super Late Model Series is back in action Saturday just down the road at Wayne County Speedway. The race will be live for premium subscribers as part of Summer Thunder TV.
ULTIMATE MoV/HoA Hilltop Speedway Results:
- Tyler Carpenter
- Corey Conley
- Freddie Carpenter
- Mike Pegher
- J.R. Gentry
- Rod Conley
- Bryan Montgomery
- Alex Ferree
- Anthony Kinkade
- Craig Wolford
- Rick Mardis
- T.J. Watson
- Braxton Wilson
- Mitch Caskey
- Darrick Hubbard Jr
- David Hess
- Dave Hornikel
- Mike McGinnis
- Nick Cox
- Vic Hottinger
- George Lee
- Charlie Duncan
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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