Great night of action at Elkins Raceway
KERENS — It was a picture perfect evening for dirt track racing on Aug. 25 for Saturday night racing at Elkins Raceway.
There was just a little fall nip in the air. The action was hot and heavy on the track. There was a standing room crowd and a great car count in the pits. First up was the Budweiser FasTrack Crate Late Models. Former AMRA Modified track Champion Brent Trimble held off a determined Kyle Lukon for the first feature of the evening. A.J. Spagnuolo finished third. Sparky Davisson and Derick Shaw rounded out the top five.
Next up, the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models took to the track and Justin Williams made the long haul from Concord, Va., pay off with his first-ever Super Late Model feature win. He had to work hard to grab the win. Shane Hitt finished second. Longtime veteran Chuck Harper finished third. Cody Hardesty and Billy Holbert rounded out the top five.
Next up, the Performance Chevrolet AMRA Modifieds treated fans to 22 of the region’s best race teams and defending champion Jamie McCloud ended the regular season with another win. Nolan Dalton finished second. Youngster Mitch Thomas finished third. Veteran Phil Jefferies finished fourth. Kurt Rodgers finished fifth. We finished our season off with a 13th-place finish in the John 3:16 Mud Bus.
The WV Pools Street Stocks took to the track and Anthony Arbogast took the victory. J.P. Tallman finished second. Josh Rovello finished third. Jason Ammons and Brian Youtzy rounded out the top five.
The Edge Hot Mods finished up the night and I want to apologize to some of the finishers for not knowing your names. There were several new cars visiting from Ohio and I didn’t get to meet everyone.
Roland Bell took the victory followed by a nice Number 85 car. The 304 of Randy Bise was third. Cars number 1 and 13 rounded out the top five. There were a total of 11 of these cars on hand. Street Stock driver Bobby Isner made his first start in a Hot Mod and finished sixth.
NASCAR action was twisting and turning on road courses again. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series had a weekend off as teams prepared to run the Bojangle’s Southern 500 at Darlington S.C., which was held this past Sunday evening at the track that’s “Too Tough to Tame!”
The Xfinity series teams were running the Johnsonville 180 at the 4 mile 14 turn Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Young Matt Tifft was the class of the field for the first stage taking the win. Daniel Hemric took the second stage win. It was Justin Allgaier who took the victory in his JR Motorsports Chevy. Matt Tifft was coming on strong but just ran out of laps to chase down Allgaier. He finished second. Daniel Hemric ran third. Cole Custer and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top five. The side story to this race was former NASCAR Cup series Champion and Hall of Famer came out of retirement to race here. Bill had a solid day finishing 20th. His son Cup star Chase Elliott was his spotter. The Xfinity cars raced this past Saturday evening at Darlington in the Help A Hero 200.
The Camping World Truck series was racing north of the border at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for the Chevrolet Silverado 250. This track has provided some of the wildest finishes and this one was no different. Noah Gragson swept the first two stages. However it was his KBM Toyota teammate Todd Gilliland who had positioned himself to win the race and was leading into the final turn of the race. Noah Gragson had fresher tires and he drove in deep under Gilliland they touched and both drivers spun out. Justin Haley was just far enough behind to not get swept up in the crash and drove past them to grab his second victory of the year. John Hunter Nemechek finished second. Brett Moffitt finished third. Timothy Peters who was making his first start in the GMS racing entry finished fourth. Veteran Matt Crafton finished fifth. Gragson recovered to finish ninth and Gilliland finished 11th. Gilliland was terribly disappointed but handled himself well in post-race interviews. Gragson took responsibility for the accident. Don’t think I would have wanted to be in that KBM meeting last Monday. The Trucks had this past weekend off and will probably need it for tempers to calm down.
There will be no racing at Elkins Raceway until possibly Sept. 14 or 15, weather permitting. Keep check on the track FB page for definite details to be announced. I will try to bring you all the details of the Points Championships from Elkins Raceway later this week along with all the news from the Throwback weekend at Darlington. Remember at the end of the straightaway there’s always Another Left Turn.