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Daily Dirt 02/25/2020 07:59:39

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June 16
Richmond Raceway,
Richmond, KY
Sanction: Schaeffer's Fall Nationals (Mike Roland Memorial) - $10,031
Information provided by: Alli Collis (last updated June 17, 9:59 am)
Carpenter captures Mike Roland Memorial
Mike Roland Memorial
  1. Tyler Carpenter
  2. Derek Fisher
  3. Jared Hawkins
  4. John Ownbey
  5. Jason Jameson
  6. David Payne
  7. Todd Coffman
  8. Zack Dohm
  9. Connor Meade
  10. Ray Cook
  11. Jason Barrett
  12. Aaron Ridley
  13. Jeff Watson
  14. Chicky Barton
  15. Caleb Ashby
  16. Elliott Despain
  17. Jonathan Couch
  18. Joey Standridge
  19. Dennis Roberson
  20. C.J. Ruble
  21. Dalton Brown
  22. Daniel Shelton
presented by
Brian McLeod
Tyler Carpenter is all smiles after scoring a $10,031 victory at Richmond.
What won the race: Charging to the front of the field at the drop of the green flag, outside front-row starter Tyler Carpenter of Parkersburg, W.Va., led flag-to-flag, outrunning Derek Fisher for his second consecutive Mike Roland Memorial victory at Richmond Raceway. He earned a $10,031 payday in the Schaeffer's Southern Nationals Bonus Series and Schaeffer's Iron-Man Series event.
On the move: Jared Hawkins of Fairmont, W.Va., started eighth and finished third; Zack Dohm of Cross Lanes, W.Va., rallied from the tail after drawing an early caution to salvage eighth.
Winner's sponsors: Carpenter’s Kryptonite Race Car is sponsored by Octane Race Products, JRi Shocks, Dickson Racing Shocks and OVDRT.com.
Points chase: Entering the weekend, David Payne (738) of Murphy, N.C., leads SNBS points over Aaron Ridley (732) and Chicky Barton (724); Craig Greer leads Iron-Man points.
Car count: 22
Fast qualifier: Todd Coffman
Time: 14.471 seconds
Polesitter: Todd Coffman
Heat race winners: Todd Coffman, John Ownbey, Tyler Carpenter, Zack Dohm
Next series race: July 3, Tazewell Speedway (Tazewell, TN) $5,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Alli Collis
DirtonDirt.com staff writer

RICHMOND, Ky. (June 16) — It didn’t matter which groove Tyler Carpenter chose in Saturday’s 50-lap Mike Roland Memorial at Richmond Raceway. High, middle or low, the Parkersburg, W.Va., driver was able to run every lane, straight to a $10,031 victory in the event co-sanctioned by the Schaeffer’s Southern Nationals Bonus Series and Schaeffer’s Iron-Man Series.

Winning his heat race to start on the outside pole, Carpenter shot to the front of the field at the drop of the green flag, fighting back an early run by fellow front-row starter Todd Coffman of Junction City, Ky. As the race reached the halfway mark, Carpenter cruised over the field, holding more than a half a straightaway advantage over second-running Derek Fisher of Olympia, Ky. Successfully navigating late-race lapped traffic, the West Virginia standout went on to score his second consecutive victory in the event honoring the late track official.

“I just race to have a good time,” Carpenter said in victory lane. “Ain’t no country boy like me going to make a living out of this. It’s been turning out pretty good. The more I’m doing this, the more I’ll be able to venture out some and actually see how good I actually am. These guys ain’t no slouches. But these kinds of tracks kind of suit me.

“As far as the car, Kryptonite Race Cars … it didn’t matter where I needed to go or what I had to do. It would dig no matter where I put it. But when you’re leading, man, I just wanted it over. I’m sweating. I’m just glad I’m here again in victory lane. Kryptonite Race Cars is back on top. We beat a lot of good cars.”

Advancing from the fifth starting spot, Fisher, a winner at Richmond already this season, held off challenges from Jared Hawkins of Fairmont, W.Va., to finish runner-up at the checkered flag. Hawkins ran third, with John Ownbey of Cleveland, Tenn., running fourth. Jason Jameson of Lawrenceburg, Ind., rounded out the top five.

“The car was awesome,” Fisher said. “The crew did a great job. I would have liked to have won another one. But we came up one short. That’s alright. I had fun racing with Jared (Hawkins) there the last few laps.

“The track was really good. We could put it anywhere and it would stick. It looked like Tyler (Carpenter) could too and I’m sure Jared (Hawkins) behind us was doing the same thing. The car was just awesome. I couldn’t ask for anything else. We just had a good time tonight.”

After suffering engine problems in Friday’s co-sanctioned event at Lake Cumberland Speedway in Burnside, Ky., Hawkins and team rebounded at Richmond, with the West Virginia driver improving from the eighth starting spot to finish third. With the pair racing side-by-side, Hawkins attempted to slide ahead of Fisher to take second late-race but his challenge came up short.

“Everybody worked real hard last night,” Hawkins said. “We stayed out until about 5:30 getting everything flushed and got the motor back in this morning. The race was good. Running with Derek (Fisher) was fun. I really thought we had a shot there for a minute when we got into traffic and then looked up and Tyler (Carpenter) was kind of right there … hats off to Tyler. He’s on it right now.”

Notes: Carpenter’s Richmond victory marked his second of the weekend. He was the winner of Friday’s Johnny Wheeler Memorial at Lake Cumberland Speedway in Burnside, Ky. … All three of Carpenter’s Southern Nationals Bonus Series and Iron-Man Series victories have been at Richmond. Along with his back-to-back Mike Roland Memorial victories, he was the winner of the 2016 Paul “Butterball” Wooldridge Memorial. … The race was slowed by a single caution on lap five when fourth-running Zack Dohm slowed in turn two. ... Runner-up finisher Derek Fisher clocked the overall quick time during qualifying but his time was disallowed after he was found to be in violation of the tour’s droop rule. Fisher has posted four weekly victories at Richmond so far this season. … Richmond hosted its richest event under new owners Bill and Stacy Lupinos. … The $31 added to the winner's purse honored Johnny Wheeler, a veteran Richmond driver who died earlier this spring.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Coffman, Carpenter

Row 2: Ownbey, Dohm

Row 3: Fisher, Jameson

Row 4: Payne, Hawkins

Row 5: Meade, Ridley

Row 6: Barrett, Barton

Row 7: Cook, Despain

Row 8: Shelton, Couch

Row 9: Standridge, Watson

Row 10: Brown, Roberson

Row 11: Ruble, Ashby

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