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, don’t miss a lap of the action at our raceway this weekend.

On Friday night the Red Frederick Memorial Race will kick things off with increased purses and laps in all divisions.

The main event will be a 52-lap shootout for $5,200 to the winner of the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models. There will also be lap leader money offered for laps that were sponsored by drivers and fans.

I’ve not heard a final count but the goal was to pay out $100 per lap with another $5,200 in total lap winner money.

Then on Saturday night all the teams will do it all again in the Richard Skidmore Memorial event.

This time a $5,000 winner’s purse is offered to the Jenkins Ford Super Late Model class. They will also run a 50-lap feature on this night.

Load up the car, bring all your friends and family and enjoy the best racing action of the season.

This past Friday saw some first time winners in several divisions as the action heats up in the battle for the various divisional points Championships.

Let’s recap the action. The 14 Jenkins Ford Super Lates took to the track first. It seemed to take forever for them to settle down and get the racing underway. Michael Lake once again parked it in Victory Lane. Ohio’s Andy Bond was right behind finishing second. Billy Holbert finished third. Shane Hitt and Ryan Montgomery rounded out the top five. The Performance Chevrolet AMRA Modifieds were up next. This group continues to have the biggest car count with 18 cars in the pits.

Youngster Mitch Thomas is on a roll. Two weeks ago he finished second at Elkins and backed that up with a win the following night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Park in Pennsylvania.

The 11-year-old driver scored his first win at Elkins Friday night and beat some of the best AMRA Modified teams in the region to do so. Jason Brookover from Washington (W.Va.) finished second. Dave Defibaugh finished third. Dustin Isner turned around his bad luck and finished a strong fourth. Mathew Chenoweth continues to knock at the door for a win with consistent top five finishes. The Budweiser FasTrak Crate Late Models were next. There were 12 cars on hand. Kyle Lukon grabbed the victory. Brent Trimble is knocking at the door for a win and finished up second. Kaitlyn Frazier finished third with a great showing. Sparky Davisson finished fourth and Garrett Jones finished fifth.

The West Virginia Pools Street Stocks were up next. Car count was down a little because of crashes in the last few weeks but nine cars took the green in the feature. James Swenski took the victory and I believe it’s his first of the year. He held off Josh Rovello in second. Brian Youtzy finished a very strong third. Former race winners Jason Ammons and Anthony Arbogast rounded out the top five.

The EDGE Hot Mods had five cars on hand and Michael Moreland grabbed the win. Dylan Henkins finished second. Randy Bise finished third. The two young lady drivers, Presley Wilt and Chandi Currence, rounded out the top five. I had to leave the track early last week because of a conflict in my work schedule and I apologize to these great drivers in this new division for not getting to see you run.

I’m still not getting rundowns from the Mini Mod pits and these guys and gals put on great races each week also.

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All three NASCAR traveling series teams visited the Kentucky Motor Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky, this past weekend.

Friday evening the Camping World truck series ran the “Buckle up in Your Truck 225.” Ben Rhodes won the first stage and Noah Gragson captured the second stage win. It was Ben Rhodes who grabbed the race win. He defeated Stewart Friesen who finished second. Veteran Matt Crafton finished third. Brandon Jones and John Hunter Nemechek rounded out the top five.

This coming Wednesday night these truck teams take to the half mile Eldora Speedway for some fender-banging dirt track action in the Dirt Derby at Eldora. This is always one of the best NASCAR races of the year. The Xfinity teams ran the Alsco 300 and the field was loaded with Cup series drivers once again. Erik Jones won the first stage and Ryan Blaney took the second stage win. But it was Kyle Busch (yawn) who took the race win. Ryan Blaney finished second. Erik Jones finished third. Kevin Harvick and Ty Dillon made it a Cup driver sweep of the top five. This weekend these teams will visit the mile long New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Lakes Region 200.

On Saturday night, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series ran the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart.

Martin Truex Jr. just dominated the event sweeping both stages and the race win. Ryan Blaney finished second but was never a real threat to Truex. Brad Keselowski appeared to have a strong car and lead some laps finishing third. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.

This Sunday the Cup cars will also be in New Hampshire for the Foxwood Resort and Casino 301. With the Truck Series at Eldora and the two biggest races of the year at Elkins Raceway, the action will definitely be on the dirt!

Remember at the end of the straightaway there will be another left turn (dirt track style!).

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