Rain held off for race day

The weather held off Friday night and we finally got another race in at Elkins Raceway.

The threatening skies kept the crowd and car count down. Those who took the chance saw some great racing.

The Mini-Mods saw Chandi Currence grab another older group win over Dalton Goode. Ryan Hare had a strong third place run. Luke Hyre and Haley Mahoney rounded out the top five. George Casto III and Noah Whited battled it out for the younger group win.

WV Pools Street stocks had double features because of the fogged-out feature from weeks ago and Jason Ammons picked up that win. The regular weekly feature was won by J.P. Tallman over Jason Ammons. Anthony Arbogast finished third. Jim Bendishaw and Josh Rovello rounded out the top five.

The Jenkins Ford Super Late Models had a repeat winner as Shane Hitt won over Tim Senic. Steve Wilmoth finished third. Ryan Montgomery and Billy Holbert rounded out the top five in the 10-car field.

The super-competitive Budweiser FasTrack Crate Late Models put on another great race. Garrett Paugh grabbed his second win over Robert Cossell. These two literally battled inches apart for the whole 25 laps. Kyle Lukon finished third. D.J. Miller and Billy Beachler rounded out the top five.

The Performance Chevrolet AMRA open wheeled Modifieds had a new winner. Veteran K.C. Burdette made his first visit pay off, winning the feature over Dave Defibaugh. Jamie McCloud was able to repair his car and had a great third-place run. Mitch Thomas and Randy Bohan rounded out the top five.

There are only two races left to decide the season championships, and Friday night is to be autograph night along with double points up for grabs. I plan to have the John 3:16 Mud Bus back after missing two weeks. Maybe we can get these last races in without fighting rain drops. Hope to see each of you there! Come on down on the track and grab autographs from your favorite drivers.

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NASCAR action had all three top divisions in action last weekend.

On Saturday the Xfinity teams and drivers battled it out over the twists and turns of the Mid-Ohio Motorsports Park road course. Stage one was stolen by a late-race pass by Blake Koch, and Sam Hornish Jr grabbed the second stage win. Sam was also able to grab the race victory over Daniel Hemric. Matt Tift finished third. James Davison and Andy Lally rounded out the top five.

There was plenty of traded paint and “rubbin’ is racin'” going on and it made for an exciting road race. There was a second race, making it a doubleheader Saturday. This event was the LT1 Printing 200 for the Camping World Truck series at the two-mile Michigan International Speedway. Kyle Busch set sail and won the first two stages on this high-banked super-fast D shaped track. However, as the final laps wound down a late-race caution set up a battle to the finish and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace took his Chevy truck to the lead and the win over the KBM Toyotas of Christopher Bell and Kyle Busch himself.

This was quite a run for this small team with only five full-time workers. Ryan Truex and Austin Cindric rounded out the top five. Those final laps were some great racing with several lead changes.

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On Sunday, the Monster Energy Cup series took to the high banks at Michigan for the Pure Michigan 400. Brad Keselowski set the early pace and won stage one. Martin Truex flexed the muscles on his Toyota and grabbed stage two.

There was another late-race caution and it set up a run to the finish. Kyle Larson had an amazing restart and grabbed the lead and the victory over Martin Truex Jr and his Furniture Row Racing teammate Erik Jones. Ryan Newman had a great restart and grabbed fourth place. Trevor Bayne in his Roush Racing Ford also raced his way into a strong top-five finish.

This weekend its “Bristol Baby” for all three traveling series. Trucks take on the tough half-mile on Wednesday night. Then the Xfinty cars and Cup teams do battle in the last real “Colosseum of Racing.”

So come on out Friday, see some great dirt track action and then record all the action from Bristol. Remember, at the end of the straightaway there’s always Another Left Turn

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