rallies to win at Portsmouth Raceway Park on 8/3/13
Portsmouth, Oh- I've been going to Portsmouth Raceway for many
years as it is only fifteen minutes from my house. I've have seen some of
the best shows I've ever seen at this track and I was really excited when
track promoter Donna Rayburn invited me to come and report at their track.
This track was originally built for the track's owner Boone Coleman's son
Tim Coleman to race and get seat time for the Mini-Sprint class, little did
he know that it would later become one of the most popular dirt tracks in
the Midwest. The track originally opened up in 1990 but their first full
season of racing was in 1991. The first big two day show was scheduled for
the 4th of July weekend in 1992, but the night before they had a lot of
heavy equipment on site for last minute preparations and in a fog filled
night vandals went in and leveled all the buildings and bleachers. After
that they say it took a lot of prayer, strength and courage to rebuild but
with all the devoted family and friends pitching in they got the track ready
to race two weeks later.
In the fall of 1999 they decided to enlarge the track to a 3/8 mile and a
lot of work was done in 2000 to build what we know today.
In 2012 Carl Short made the decision to bring his famous "Crown Jewel"
event the Dirt Track World Championship or also know as the DTWC to the
Portsmouth Raceway Park. The famous DTWC is still being ran at Portsmouth
after being moved many times after the famed Pennsboro Speedway shut its
Well enough about the track and its history and now for Saturday night's
racing action. It was a regular night on tap with late models, modifieds,
street stocks and bombers on the card for the night.
In late model action Mike Wilson and Mark Frasier brought the field to the
green flag. When the green flag flew it was Mike Wilson jumping out to an
early lead, and looked to be the class of the field until some late caution
flags tightened the field up and Rod Conley started putting pressure on
Wilson until finally getting around with around 5 laps to go to go on to win
the feature event and build an even larger points lead at the Raceway.
In modified action Todd Robinson and Doug Adkins brought the field to the
green flag with Robinson jumping out to an big lead early only to see his
night go up in flames, literally, as huge fireballs came flying out of his
car the red flag flew and Robinson pulled his car into the infield and track
safety crews were on the scene fast and got the fire put out. That incident
put West Portsmouth's Doug Adkins on the point with West Virginia's John
Burdette in tow. Adkins stayed out front but Burdette gave him all he could
handle as he pulled up beside Adkins on numerous occasions but had to settle
for a 2nd place finish in his first race at the track in many years. Behind
them was the father and son duo of Adam and Luke Jordan who are battling it
out for the points lead at the track.
I would like to thank Donna Rayburn and the Coleman family for letting me
come down there for my first time reporting there. I had a lot of fun, seen
some really good racing and ate some really good food. If you ever go to
Portsmouth Raceway Park you have to try their corn dogs they are the best
I've ever had.