Brandon Fouts celebrates his $5,000 victory at Portsmouth.
What won the race: Brandon Fouts of Kite, Ky., led all 50 laps from the pole at Portsmouth Raceway Park on Saturday, winning the 11th annual Boone Coleman Memorial Gator 50 feature and earning his first career victory with the Valvoline Iron-Man Northern Series, worth $5,000.
Key notes: Fouts also won the Boone Coleman Memorial Gator 50 feature victory in 2017, '18 and '21. The victory also secures Fouts a guaranteed starting position in this October's Dirt Track World Championship event. ... Moving into second place on lap 37, Rod Conley of Wheelersburg, Ohio, finished 0.234 seconds back. ... Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind., took advantage of the lap-30 restart and ran as high as second, before giving way to Rod Conley and finishing third. ... After running in second place for the majority of the race, fellow Wheelersburg-native, R.J. Conley, faded in the closing laps and finished fourth. ... Series point leader Michael Chilton of Salvisa, Ky., retired after seven laps and finished 15th. ... Saturday's feature, the Iron-Man Series' second visit to Portsmouth this year, was slowed by six cautions and lasted 38 minutes, with seven competitors completing 50 laps.
On the move: Audie Swartz of Minford, Ohio, started 16th and finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Fouts drives a Longhorn Chassis powered by a Custom Race Engine and sponsored by Wells Motorsports, Apex Recycling, Tim Short Auto Group, Twins Motorsports, Pride Feed, Jim’s Heavy Equipment Repair, David Lee Adams Construction and Heavy Hauling, C&C Tire, Tahiti Energy, B&C Septic, Go Lithium and Penske Racing Shocks.
Points chase: Before Portsmouth: 1. Michael Chilton (567); 2. Eli Beets (440); 3. Kirk Phillips (373); 4. Austin Lay (365); 5. Camaron Marlar (349).
Current weather: Clear, 73°F
Car count: 23
Fast qualifier: R.J. Conley
Time: 14.507 seconds
Polesitter: Brandon Fouts
Heat race winners: Brandon Fouts, Steve Casebolt, Kenneth Howell
Next series race: August 5, Ponderosa Speedway (Junction City, KY) $5,000