Sport Columns

Festival 40 will have larger purses

The final race of the 2018 season at Elkins Raceway is two weekends away. Make your plans to be at the track Saturday evening on Sept. 29 for the Festival 40 for the super late models and larger purses in all the other divisions. Gates will open one hour earlier than normal at 5 p.m., with hot ...

Several hunting seasons open this month

September is the opening of some of the popular hunting seasons in West Virginia. The statewide squirrel season opened last Saturday. In Logan, McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming counties, a special black bear gun season came in on Sept. 1 and will close this Sunday. The statewide black bear and ...

Elkins Raceway finale set for Sept. 29

First of all, there will be no racing this weekend at Elkins Raceway. There has been an announcement that the final race of the 2018 season will be Saturday, Sept. 29. The season-ending Festival 40 Race will feature the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models running for $2,000 to win. The Budweiser ...

Special moment at NASCAR race

There’s not been any news as of press time about the prospective race on Sept. 14 or 15 at Elkins Raceway. I also have a amessage in about the official final rundown of the point standings and will find out if they are indeed finalized. Be sure and keep those dates in mind as you plan your ...

Take a youngster out for a day of hunting

The one-day statewide youth squirrel season is today. The nation's youth are simply the future of all sport hunting nationwide. There are several people who are eager to say that sport hunting is a dying sport. From the latest figures that I've observed, for every 100 adult hunters, there are ...

Regular-season finale is Saturday at Raceway

KERENS — Once again Mother Nature played havoc with the racing at Elkins Raceway last Friday night. Hot laps were run and the first heat had taken to the track before the rains came. Officials attempted to wait out the rain but it just came back stronger and the event was washed out. ...

‘Road trip’ a chance to see some old friends

One of the great joys of working in sports for myself is the start of fall practices for area high school and college teams. It begins a journey for the squads, as new faces are greeted by high expectations and everyone is optimistic about a successful season. While traveling around the area ...

Mast surveys are important

Each year in August, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources would like to get at least four mast surveys from every county in the state. I got my mast survey forms from the DNR on July 31, and so far I have not yet been in the woods. This past Sunday I went to the Izaak Walton ...

Busy night of action at Elkins Raceway

KERENS — Fans were treated to a little extra race action Friday evening at Elkins Raceway. The evening started with make-up features for the West Virginia Pools Street Stocks and the Edge Hot Mods. Anthony Arbogast grabbed the victory over Jason Ammons. Teresa Vaughan and Jamie Keene ...

Saturday night offered great racing

Saturday nights alright! The song says for fighting. It was all right for racing at Elkins Raceway this past weekend. With increased purses and laps, the stage was set for some great racing. First up were the Performance Chevrolet AMRA Modifieds. Fifteen cars were in the pits. Kyle Bond ...

Time to get ready for hunting season

In my last column I stated that the hunting season for this area (greater Randolph County) will start on Sept. 8, with the opening of the statewide squirrel season. This is just a measly five weeks away. Chances are, when this day arrives, we could still be in the heat of the summer. The ...

Saturday night card set at Elkins Raceway

There was yet another wonderful “Thunder in the Mountains” race event last Friday evening at Elkins Raceway. Threatening weather in the forecast caused car counts to be down somewhat but the competition was still hot. There’s a lot to cover in this column. I’m going to get right ...

Big weekend slated at Elkins Raceway

After a morning of rain and threatening skies in the afternoon and evening, it turned out to be a great night for racing at Elkins Raceway last Friday. There were several new cars in the pits to get a jump on the competition for this week’s doubleheader action. Speaking of which, ...

Several changes made in hunting seasons

The 2018-2019 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary can now be brought up online, and the hunting regulations booklet should be available in the Elkins Area in about 10 days. This year, there are more changes in the hunting regulations than what I normally see in any one ...

Lake takes feature at Elkins Raceway

Threatening skies this past Friday night caused the crowd and car count to be down a little from last week at Elkins Raceway. For those who came on out, they were treated to some great racing. We were able to get the first autograph and picture night completed. There were 16 Jenkins ...

Raceway crowns mid-season champions

It was a hot night at Elkins Raceway! There were fireworks in the air and on the track as the mid-season championship races took center stage. There was a standing room only crowd on the grand stand side and the pits were filled with some of the very best cars and drivers of this ...

Big night planned at Elkins Raceway

Apparently Mother Nature doesn’t want us to have Autograph Night at Elkins Raceway. Once again heavy storms moved through the area Friday and with more rain in the forecast for the evening track officials decided to postpone it to a later date to be announced. This Friday’s Thunder in ...

Groundhogs can be one destructive pest

Punxsutawney Phil, French Creek Freddy or Willie Woodchuck may look cute on Feb. 2 (National Groundhog Day), but for the remaining 364 or 365 days of the year, this critter is just one destructive pest. Groundhogs, whistle pigs, land beavers, rockchucks, woodchucks or whatever anyone chooses ...

Elkins Raceway attracts good crowd

Finally we had a great weekend of weather for racing! A good crowd was on hand and they were treated to some action-packed racing at Elkins Raceway. The Super Late Models kicked off the night’s feature events. Eleven cars took the green flag and Cody Hardesty won the event. Michael Lake ...

A special memory of my Dad

Editor’s note: The following column relates to many father-son/daughter relationships. It was first published in the June 14, 2014, edition of The Inter-Mountain. Father’s Day in the past for me was a day to spend with my children, sleep in and basically relax the entire day. But I’m ...