Elkins Raceway gearing up for season

Elkins Raceway will host Test and Tune Practice Day Friday at the Kerens facility in preparation for the upcoming season.

The first Friday Night Thunder will follow on May 3.

Norman McDougal enters his third year as the track lease holder and Jim Skidmore returns as track manager.

The classes this year include the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models, the Budweiser FASTRAK Crate Motor Late Models, the Fast ‘N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds, the Miller’s Used Cars Street Stock and Darren’s Pizza Mini Wedges. The Good Samaritan of Barbour County Mod Lite’s will be the new class this year.

With arguably the best schedule in many years, the 3/8-mile oval highlights include, the Jenkins Ford Super Late Model’s first event with Hunter’s Haven paying $2,000 to win May 31.

On June 28-29, the Stars and Stripes Weekend Celebration featuring the J C Distributing 25th Annual R H Armstrong Memorial Topless Twin 25’s paying $2,000 to win for the first race and $3,000 for the second. In the second race, the field will be inverted, plus $250 Hard Charger Bounty if the same driver wins both races. Friday’s portion of the show will feature the area’s first big fireworks display of the season.

The Budweiser All-Star Memorial kicks off with the third annual Jim Hitt Memorial on July 19 for a $5,000 paycheck with $300 to start, On the following night, the third annual Richard Skidmore Memorial has a $10,000 check awaiting the winner and $500 to start.

Organizers also are working with World of Outlaws to make their debut at the track with $10,000 up for grabs in the first Elkins Raceway “Moonshiner” on a tentative date of Aug. 23.

The Budweiser FASTRAK Series will have the Schaeffer Oil $2,000 to win plus $500 in tools from Snap On June 7.

Other FASTRAK specials are June 29 and July 19 for $1,000 each, then July 20 paying $1,500 to the winner.

The Fast ‘N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds are spotlighted June 21 and July 20 for $1,000 to win. With a pair of $750 prizes June 29 and July 19.

The Miller’s Used Cars Street Stocks vie for a $500 to win Street Stock Special on May 24. Then on Aug. 9, $500 to win plus $500 tools from Snap On.

Other specials include, $500 to win on June 29 and July 19-20. Finally a $1,000 to win with the “Run What You Brung” Street Stock Special tentatively scheduled for Aug. 23.

The Good Samaritan of Barbour County Mod Lites will battle for $500 on May 17, sponsored by Ryan’s Repair; May 31, sponsored by Eastern Hose; June 14, sponsored by Andy’s Heating; July 19, sponsored by Newlon’s International; Aug. 2, sponsored by Corridor H Tire; and Aug 16, sponsored by Stewart Sanitation. There also will be a couple of $750 paydays on June 29, sponsored by Harris Construction and American Garage Door, and July 20, sponsored by Gutterworks and Karen Bialek Insurance.

Go to www.elkinsraceway.net for the complete schedules, latest news and more. Race day phone is 304-636-3339.