Memorial race set for Saturday

Oh my, it seems that Fridays are just rain magnets! This past week it was not only a rainout but flash-flooding that put Elkins Raceway under more than a foot of water in the pits and out to the main road.

This week, the racing is moved to Saturday evening and once again we will try to get in the Red Frederick Memorial event. Great purses and a wonderful fireworks show are planned so if you have arm bands from the other rainouts bring them or just come purchase a ticket/pit pass and hopefully sit back and enjoy an evening of great dirt racing action.

There should be a great car count and the racing has been super-competitive when it hasn’t rained. Come on out early and watch the Mini Mods start off the evening. Grab dinner from the great concession stands and enjoy the show. Gates will open at 6 p.m. with hot laps by 7:30 p.m.

With $5,200 up for the winner plus lap leader bonuses there should be some great Super Late Model teams on hand. FasTrack Crate Late Models will run for $1,552 to win. The AMRA Open Wheeled Modifieds and Street Stocks both will be racing for $1,052 dollars to win. Should be quite an evening!

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This past weekend the NASCAR Xfinity teams visited the Iowa Speedway on Friday for the US Cellular 250. There were no full-time Cup drivers in the starting field.

Asphalt Open Wheeled Modified standout Ryan Preece put together sponsorship to run two races in the super-competitive JGR Toyota. This young driver is so impressive. In his first outing with this team he finished second. This week he captured the pole position and won the first stage of the event. Justin Allgaier broke up his domination and grabbed the second stage.

Preece was not to be denied and won the race over another rookie standout, Kyle Benjamin. Brian Scott finished third. Brennan Poole and Cole Custer rounded out the top five. There are so many talented drivers ready to move up to the Cup series! The future looks bright and these guys race just as hard and put on some great shows when they aren’t upstaged by Cup regulars. I hope someone is paying attention and gets a contract in front of Ryan Preece before he slips away.

The Camping World truck series and the Monster Energy NASCAR series both were visiting the tricky triangle of the Pocono International Speedway. This unique two-and-a-half-mile track features a mile-long front straight and three totally different designed turns. This is probably one of the most challenging tracks for any of these crew chiefs to face.

Kyle Busch was driving his truck team’s Toyota Tundra in the Overton’s 150. He was very strong early and won stages one and two. Rookie driver Justin Haley tangled with Busch after a restart and it left Busch in the wall and out of the event. Kyle’s KBM teammate Christopher Bell was able to grab the win. Ben Rhodes finished second. Ryan Truex finished third. John Hunter Nemechek and veteran Johnny Sauter rounded out the top five.

On Sunday the Cups stars took to the tricky track for the Overton’s 400. Kyle Busch grabbed the pole and the first stage. Clint Bowyer was the spoiler and grabbed his first stage win of the year in the second stage. It had been more than a full year since Kyle Busch had won in the Cup series. He was not to be denied and sealed the deal and won his first-ever event at Pocono. Kevin Harvick finished a distant second. Martin Truex Jr. finished third. Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.

Along with the racing this week at Elkins Raceway the NASCAR Xfinity and Monster Energy Cup series take to the left and right turns of the road course in Watkins Glen, New York.

On Saturday, the Zippo 200 runs for the Xfinity teams and on Sunday the Cup drivers will run the I LOVE NY 355. The Camping World truck series is off until Aug.12, when they take to the high banks of the two-mile Michigan International Speedway.

So whether it’s local dirt track racing or road course racing NASCAR-style, at the end of the straightaway there will be Another Left Turn — or possibly a right.

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