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June 17
Portsmouth Raceway Park,
Portsmouth, OH
Sanction: Unsanctioned Supers (Charlie Swartz Classic) - $5,000
Information provided by: Track reports (last updated June 18, 4:37 pm)
R.J. Conley collects $5,000 Swartz Classic
Charlie Swartz Classic
  1. R.J. Conley
  2. Adam Stricker
  3. Kirk Phillips
  4. Avery Taylor
  5. Kevin Wagner
  6. Kenny Christy
  7. Rod Conley
  8. Kevin Terry
  9. Josh Bocook
  10. Zach Hill
  11. Audie Swartz
  12. Austin Mullett
  13. Lucas Crooks
  14. Jody Adkins
  15. Brent Cornette
  16. Dustin Linville
  17. Jacob Hawkins
  18. Mike Sark
  19. Corey Lewis
  20. Justin Cooper
  21. Darren Kattine
  22. Russel Throckmorton
  23. Brandon Fouts
presented by
Tyler Carr
R.J. Conley (right) won Portsmouth’s race honoring Hall of Fame driver Charlie Swartz (left).
What won the race: Sizzling R.J. Conley of Wheelersburg, Ohio, took advantage when race-long leader Adam Stricker got held up in lapped traffic on lap 19, allowing Conley to use an inside move to take the lead out of turn two and never look back in Saturday's third annual Charlie Swartz Classic at Portsmouth. Stretching a personal winning streak to four in a row, three at Portsmouth, Conley paced the final 12 circuits to earn $5,000.
Quotable: “Yeah there was a lot of good cars here tonight, track had some character,” Conley said. “Turns one and two had some little ruts in it and man it was really tough on us, but the car is working great. That’s four in-a-row we’ve won and we’re really proud about it. Everyone is working hard, we’ve really got something figured out and if we can just keep it going, we should have a good year. You know, I watched Charlie (Swartz) when I was a kid, I watched (him) every weekend, him and Dad (Delmas Conley) bang it out and it’s an honor for me to win Charlie’s race. Charlie was a friend of mine, Charlie was a good man, we’re just glad we won it.”
Key notes: Pole-starting Stricker, of Batavia, Ohio, led the first 18 laps before being overtaken by Conley and finished 2.406 seconds back. ... Kirk Phillips and Kevin Wagner each advanced three positions, finishing third and fifth. ... Avery Taylor gained five spots and finished fourth. ... The third- and fourth-running cars of Dustin Linville and Jacob Hawkins were eliminated in a lap-19 accident when Mike Sark spun at the exit of turn two and sat broadside to oncoming traffic; Linville and Hawkins had nowhere to go, each making heavy contact with Sark's stalled vehicle, ending their nights. ... The event honors Charlie Swartz, a National Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer and winner of the World 100 among other major events. … Swartz's son Audie finished 11th, while his grandson Lucas Crooks finished 13th in the feature; Crooks, his car donning a throwback scheme honoring Charlie, was the last car on the lead lap in the closing circuits and ran just ahead of R.J. Conley, whose car honors his late father, Delmas. It was noted what a memorable and iconic scene it produced, seeing those two paint schemes running nose-to-tail in the closing laps of Saturday's main event; the race was slowed by two cautions and lasted 16 minutes, with 13 drivers completing all 30 laps. ... Brandon Fouts scratched for the evening after his car sustained a fire in hot laps while Darren Kattine and Russel Throckmorton scratched following their heat races; Justin Cooper also experienced a fire under the hood during warmup laps and he was unable to take the green. ... Portsmouth hosts the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for a $15,000-to-win show Sept. 2.
On the move: Kevin Terry of Catlettsburg, Ky., started 17th and finished eighth.
Winner's sponsors: Conley’s Rocket Chassis is powered by a Draime Racing Engine and carries sponsorship from Conley Trucking, Conley River Terminal, Poske’s Performance Parts, Valvoline Oil, Shain Custom Decals, Impact Race Gear, FOX Shocks, Integra Racing Shocks, Mason Racin’, Bazell Race Fuels, Beyea Headers, Performance Rod & Custom (PRC), UniFirst Uniforms, Sunoco Race Fuels, Allstar Performance, Delph Communications, Accu-Force Shock Dynos, Quarter Master, Out-Pace Racing Products, Design 500, Jones Racing Products, Hoosier Racing Tires, and Wiles Driveshafts.
Points chase: Portsmouth track points after Saturday: 1. R.J. Conley (330); 2. Kirk Phillips (290); 3. Kevin Wagner (275); 4. Josh Bocook (235); 5. Avery Taylor (195).
Current weather: Clear, 72°F
Car count: 23
Fast qualifier: R.J. Conley
Time: 15.475 seconds
Polesitter: Adam Stricker
Dash winner: Adam Stricker
Heat race winners: Dustin Linville, Kevin Wagner
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Stricker, R.J. Conley 
Row 2: Jac. Hawkins, Christy
Row 3: Rod Conley, Phillips
Row 4: Linville, Wagner
Row 5: Taylor, J. Bocook
Row 6: Hill, Cooper
Row 7: A. Swartz, Cornett
Row 8: Mullett, Sark
Row 9: Terry, Crooks
Row 10: Adkins, Kattine
Row 11: Throckmorton, Lewis

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