Action held at Elkins Raceway as weather cooperates

Finally the rain stayed away and we got in an exciting Thunder in the Mountains night of racing at Elkins Raceway.

The car counts continue to improve.

The AMRA Open Wheeled Modifieds were first to take to the track. There were 23 cars on hand and it was excitement from the start. There was close racing all over the track. Shawn Jett defeated Daniel Hill in the feature race. Dave Defibaugh finished third. Jamie McCloud and Kenny Rowback rounded out the top five. Even after skidding into a crash on the front straight and missing several spinning cars we were able to bring the MudBus home in eighth place.

The Super Late Models were up next and 14 cars took the green flag.

“Flyin” Ryan Montgomery took the feature win over Billy Holbert. Veteran Chuck Harper finished third. Bob Gordon and D.J. Miller rounded out the top five.

The Street Stock division had 11 cars take the green in its feature event.

J.P. Tallman grabbed the victory over Anthony Arbogast. Jamie Keene finished third. Jim Bendishaw ran fourth and Todd Simmons rounded out the top five.

The FasTrack Crate Late Models were up next as local star Garrett Paugh grabbed his first win of the year. Kyle Lukon didn’t make it easy for him, finishing in second. Former Modified Champion Brent Trimble was third and Troy Frazier finished fourth. Trey Watson, coming off a win at Tyler County Speedway, finished up fifth.

The latest new division at Elkins Raceway is the HotMod division. There were only four cars present.

This should grow into a great entry level race division. Two-barrel carbs, engine size and cheaper shocks and tires all work together to keep the cost down.

The feature lined up with Roland Fulmer on the pole, followed by Dylan Hankins, Randy Bise and former Mini Mod champ Chandi Currence starting fourth.

I believe this was the running order at the finish also.

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Mark your calendar for July 20-21.

Legends Night will open with the induction of the new winners for the 2018 Wall of Fame, and finish up with the Red Frederick Memorial 52-lap race on July 20, paying $5,200 and a possible chance to double it with $5,200 in lap-leader awards.

Then Saturday night brings the Richard Skidmore Memorial 50-lap race, paying $5,000 dollars to win will take place.

Rain dates will be the following weekend.

This Friday night, there will be bike races for the children. Be sure and bring your bike and your helmet.

Autograph night has been rescheduled for June 22 because the threat of rain last week caused officials to move the program along last week.

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NASCAR action last weekend kicked off with the Camping World Truck series racing at Texas Motor Speedway in the PPG 400. Canadian Stewart Friesen grabbed the first stage win.

Grant Enfinger notched his first stage victory in stage two. Veteran truck racer Johnny Sauter was able to hold off his GMS Racing teammate Friesen for the race win. Youngster Justin Haley finished third. Enfinger finished fourth just ahead of Veteran Matt Crafton.

The Xfinity and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series was racing at the 2-mile Michigan International Speedway.

Rain played havoc with the racing there but they were able to get both races run but with rain delays.

The Xfinity race, The LTi 250, was rain delayed and also rain shortened. When it was finally called official with 35 laps to go, RCR driver Austin Dillon was out front of his teammate Daniel Hemric and grabbed the victory.

Cole Custer finished third. Ryan Reed finished fourth and Paul Menard finished fifth.

Sunday the weather was still a problem and the Cup series race, the FireKeepers Casino 400, was also rain- delayed and shortened.

Stewart Haas Racing Fords finished first, second and third leading a strong run, which saw seven Fords finish in the top 10.

Clint Bowyer held off his hard charging teammates Kevin Harvick to grab the victory. Kurt Busch finished third. The Cup guys were hitting 220MPH entering the turns!

Kyle Busch broke up the ford sweep with his JGR Camry in fourth. Paul Menard had his best finish so far this season in his Wood Bros racing Ford, finishing fifth. Rain brought an end to the race 60 laps from the finish.

The NASCAR Monster Energy Cup series has a weekend off.

They will travel to the wine country of California to the twist and turns of the road course at Sonoma Calif., on June 24.

The Camping World Truck Series will visit the 7/8th-mile Iowa Speedway on Saturday, and the Xfinity cars will be featured there on Sunday.

Iowa Speedway was designed by former champion driver Rusty Wallace, and it really provides some great short-track style racing, but with the higher speeds of a little longer track.

So whether it’s in America’s Corn Belt or right here in our Tygart Valley region, at the end of the straightaway there’s another left turn!

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