Memorial race was a great event

A picture-perfect day and evening brought out the fans and cars for the first annual Red Frederick Memorial event at Elkins Raceway on Saturday night.

The Mini-Mods kicked of the night with Chandi Currence winning over Dalton Goode. Luke Hire finished third. Ryan Hare and Blake Runyon rounded out the top five. In the second group, Noah Whited defeated George Casto.

There would be fireworks later in the skies but some of the very best drivers in the region brought out the fireworks on the track.

Everyone came out to see the fast Jenkins Ford super late models battle it out for 52 laps and grab the $5,200 first-prize money along with a share of the lap leader bonus money.

Late model standout Jonathan Davenport, who carries the nickname “Superman,” made the long haul from Georgia pay off and won the event. Russell Erwin finished second. Local racer Shane Hitt came home a strong third. Mason Zeigler and local star Billy Holbert rounded out the top five.

Sixth through tenth were Ryan Montgomery, Bob Gordon, Cody Hardesty, Steve Wilmoth and Travis Stickley. Eighteen cars took the green flag.

The Budweiser FasTrack crate late models started 20 cars and local racer Garrett Paugh took home the $1,552 first-place prize money. Robert Cossell finished second. D.J. Miller brought the Pennington Motorsports number 37 home third. Richard Frazier and Dylan Lewis rounded out the top five.

The Performance Chevrolet AMRA open-wheeled modifieds had 16 cars take the green flag. Brent Trimble took the emotional win. This was his 52nd win and he brought home the $1,052. There were ties to the number 52, which was the number that Red Frederick made famous in his pit crew.

Nolan Dalton finished second. Vic Vandergrift came home third. Phil Jefferies and Kenny Rowback rounded out the top five.

I want to take a moment to apologize to my fans and supporters of the Mud Bus 3:16. Life sometimes gets in the way of our racing and I got caught out of town Saturday dealing with a family need.

The WV Pools Street Stocks had 13 cars take the green. Jason Ammons grabbed the win and the $1,052 first-place prize over J.P. Tallman. Anthony Arbogast finished third. Teresa Vaughan and Chris McDonald rounded out the top five.

It took three tries but the racing was worth the wait and I’m sure Red would have approved!

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NASCAR’s top stars took to the twists and turns of the Watkins Glen road course. On Saturday, the Xfinity teams ran the Zippo 200. The field was loaded with Monster Energy Cup drivers and the top five was made up of them.

Kyle Busch and Joey Logano traded some paint in the first stage, with Kyle pulling away to a 2-second lead. With four laps remaining in stage one, Kyle locked up his brakes and spun from the lead. Brad Keselowski grabbed the first stage win from Logano. Paul Menard grabbed the second stage victory.

It wasn’t easy but Kyle Busch fought his way back to the lead and victory. Joey Logano was second. Brad Keselowski finished third. Justin Allgaier was the highest-finishing Xfinity regular driver. Paul Menard was fifth.

The Monster Energy Cup series took to the track on Sunday for the “I Love NY 355.” Kyle Busch had set the pace in qualifying and appeared to be strong once again. Kyle pulled off the win in stage one. Cup rookie Daniel Suarez grabbed his first stage victory in stage two.

The final stage and the race turned out to be a fuel mileage battle. Martin Truex Jr. did the best job and he grabbed the victory. Matt Kenseth finished second. Rookie Daniel Suarez finished third, another great run for this Mexican driver. Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five.

This weekend it’s Friday Night Thunder at Elkins Raceway once again.

The NASCAR Cup and Truck series take to the wide, sweeping high banks of Michigan International Speedway on Saturday for the Camping World Truck series and Sunday for the Monster Energy Cup series teams.

The NASCAR Xfinity series is road racing once again at the Mid-Ohio Motorsports Park on Saturday.

So set the video to record the NASCAR stuff and come on out to our local track and support the local dirt racing stars. Remember, at the end of the straightaway there’s Another Left Turn.

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