Big Steve Wright




Josh McGuire dominates the Hall of Fame Classic at The Southern Ohio Speedway
  Josh McGuire was on a rail as he set fast time, won the dash after starting shotgun in the field and then led all 30 laps unchallenged to go on to win the $3,000 prize. It was a night for the legends of Southern as they inducted 5 more in to their Hall of Fame. Out of the 5 driver's inducted only 2 of them are still with us today. The first drivers to be inducted was the late "Dangerous" Dan Aldridge who drove a number 76 late model called the "Gray Ghost," accepting his award was his son modified driver Danny Aldridge. Next up was my all-time racing hero Eddie Carrier Sr, who drove a number 24x late model and is currently the crew chief for his son Eddie Carrier Jr who is following the Lucas Oil Series this year so there was nobody there to accept his award. Following big E was former World 100 & Southern 100 winner and promoter of the Willard Speedway in Grayson, Ky Randy Boggs who is the brother to the late "Black Jack" Boggs and uncle to local racer Jackie Boggs, accepting his award was his sister. Then it was time for a local hero in our area the late Fred Dillow, who has a memorial race set for August 17th at the Portsmouth Raceway Park, accepting his award was Susan, Steve and the rest of his family. Then last but certainly not least was Mike Mougey, who drove late models and was track champion in the modified class at Southern in 1990, one of his family members was there all the way from Arizona to accept his award and Mike was with us that night, he got to take his last ride around Southern as the family member brought an urn with Mike's ashes in it and Delmas Conley took him for one last ride around the Speedway with flagman Bob Smith holding his urn in one hand and the checkered flag in the other. And just as Delmas was driving his lap around the track the front stretch light's went black and one caught on fire. Luckily the track had its own electric truck and employee of AEP Randy Ransbottom got the light's back on after only maybe 20 minutes. Then we were set to get the action under way.
  The feature cars were pulling out onto the track and we were ready to go racing. At the drop of the green flag Josh McGuire got the jump on outside starter Delmas Conley and never looked back. The race was stopped by many cautions one of which caused 3rd place starter Paul Davis to pull out as him and a hard charging Rod Conley made contact and Davis ended up pulling in the pits after showing Conley that he was not happy and pulled up beside him with his son in law Kenneth Howell pulling down there as back up but Davis just went in the pits rather than start any trouble. The cautions didn't hurt McGuire any as he went on to win the Hall of Fame Classic collecting the $3,000 payday. Following him across the line was Delmas Conley, Rod Conley, Jason Montgomery, Brent Kennard, Kenneth Howell and Jacob Curnutte.












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