Rains may have dampened most Fourth of July festivities this past weekend, but Portsmouth Raceway Park was able to get in the full event as the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series rolled into the area.

Friday night’s rains did force the Weaver Gas and Oil Independence Day 50 to be postponed to Sunday and fog set in Saturday, forcing the Modified A-Main to be run on Sunday.

In Saturday’s Late Model feature, Eddie Carrier Jr. took the point on lap 13 and held off a late charge by defending MACS champion Jason Covert to claim the Pepsi 75 and $10,000. It was Carrier’s first MACS win in four years.

Donnie Moran, Doug Horton and Eric Wells rounded out the top five.

Grayson’s Josh McGuire was plagued with flat tires over the weekend and finished 12th in both Saturday and Sunday’s events.

Ashland’s Steve Francis, driving the No. 11 owned by Tim Logan of Catlettsburg, started third but finished 16th after being collected in a five-car accident when Josh Richards and McGuire made contact.

Grayson’s Jackie Boggs finished 19th.

Fifty-six drivers from seven states showed up for the race including four former World 100 winners: Francis, Moran, Grayson’s Randy Boggs and fresh-out-of-retirement Charlie Swartz.

In Sunday’s Independence Day 50, Richards took the lead on Lap 5 and cruised to his first MACS feature win. “Kid Rocket” commanded the rest of the race ahead of R.J. Conley, Michael England, Carrier, Jr., and Rod Conley.

Louisa’s Chris Wilson finished 14th after an 18th-place start.

Covert now holds a 150-point lead over Horton in the MACS points standings.

In Modified action, Doug “The Buzzard” Adkins, a former PRP track champ, won two features in the same day for the first time in his career. He took both rescheduled events on Sunday for a total of $1,400.

Shane Pendleton grabbed his first win of the season, beating Josh Bivens in the Bomber feature.

PRP will host the annual Limited Late Model Extravaganza this Saturday. Late Models, Modifieds, Bombers

and a make-up Limited Late Model A-Main are also on the card.

Francis, Outlaws

head West

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series will head West this week. The “Wild West Tour” begins tonight at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., and features nine $10,000-to-win events over a 13-day period.

The tour consist of two shows in Minnesota, two in North Dakota and one apiece in Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming and the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.

Francis, who sits fourth in the points, is hoping to make up some ground during the tour and defend his 2007 WoO title.

“You don’t want to have the ‘snowball effect’ start happening to you out there,” he said. “If you happened to crash out a car at Deer Creek or one of the early races, we’re too far out west to do much other than try to patch it up so you’ll basically be behind for the rest of the trip.”

Teams are estimated to travel over 2,250 miles in their haulers just between tracks.

Thursday’s race at North Central Speedway in Brainerd, Minn., will be taped and later broadcast on SPEED Aug. 16 at 4 p.m.

Rocky Top Raceway

The Coal Grove, Ohio, track will host the second annual Engines Inc. 50 this Friday night. Late Models will race 50 laps for $5,000 to win. Tomahawk Race Car Modifieds will battle for $650 and Mod Lites will go for $200 to win.

It will also be the first of five final points races this season. Jackie Boggs leads the Late Models by 70 points. Todd Robinson holds a 60-point edge in the Modifieds and Tony Sites holds a five-point lead in the Mod Lite division.

MELINDA ROBINSON can be reached at mrobinson@dailyindependent.

com or (606) 326-2646.

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