Lake takes feature at Elkins Raceway

Threatening skies this past Friday night caused the crowd and car count to be down a little from last week at Elkins Raceway.

For those who came on out, they were treated to some great racing.

We were able to get the first autograph and picture night completed.

There were 16 Jenkins Ford Super Late Models in the pits. The feature saw 14 cars take the green flag. Michael Lake pulled off the victory over Shane Hitt. Steve Wilmoth was sitting in third ready to take advantage if either driver made a mistake. He finished third. Cody Hardesty finished fourth. D.J. Miller brought the Pennington Racing No. 37 home in fifth.

The Performance Chevrolet AMRA Open Wheeled Modifieds were up next. Twelve cars took the green flag and a quick 25 laps later, Kyle Bond drove away to a straightaway victory. Bond had made the tow from the Parkersburg area to race with us.

Mitch Thomas finished second. This was the 11- year-old’s best finish here so far. I’ve heard that he drove to victory Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Park in Pennsylvania.

Friday night, he finished ahead of defending track champion Jamie McCloud, who finished third. Dave Defibaugh finished fourth.

Mathew Chenoweth rounded out the top five with another very solid run.The Mud Bus finished up 11th.

I really enjoyed meeting the fans who came by and got a photo and or an autograph. Several young fans got to sit in the car and those smiles were priceless.

The Budweiser FastTrac Crate Late Models took to the track with 13 cars on hand. Kyle Lukon got the victory over Trey Watson. Corey Almond finished third and Billy Beachler placed fourth. Brent Trimble rounded out the top five.

The West Virginia Pools Street Stocks took to the track next. There were 12 cars starting the feature event. Josh Rovello earned the win over Natalie Rodgers. James Swenskie finished third. Anthony Arbogast finished fourth and veteran J.P. Tallman rounded out the top five.

The newest division — The Edge Hot Mods — continue to grow. Eight cars were on hand to take the green flag. Rocky Mayle took the win. Travis Thomas finished second. Thomas Sigler was in third place. Dylan Hawkins and Chandi Currence rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth.

This week a full program of Friday Night Thunder racing in all five divisions, along with the youngsters in the Mini Mods, is scheduled.

Mark your calendars for the Red Frederick Memorial, slated for Friday, July 20, with increased purses in all divisions.

This race will pay the Super Late Models $5,200 to win, plus another $5,200 in lap funds makes it possible for a driver to make over $10,000 in one night of racing.

Then on Saturday, July 21, we will line them all up and do it again for the Richard Skidmore Memorial Event and an additional $5,000 is available for the Super Lates. Extra laps, along with extra money, should mean extra action in all the divisions.

Load up all the family friends and neighbors and come on out. Gates open at 6 p.m. with Hot Lap Qualifying around 7:30 p.m. Admission will still be $15 each night on the Grandstand side and Pit Passes will remain $35.

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The weekend after the Fourth of July means the NASCAR stars are at Daytona International Speedway for the Firecracker races.

Friday night the Xfinity cars ran the Firecracker 250. Kyle Larson worked his way around to capture both stage victories. As the final laps wound down, Larson and Elliott Sadler battled for the lead. Justin Hailey used that battle to make a run around them both coming to the checkered flag.

He was flagged the winner and just as he started to do his burn out, NASCAR ruled that his left side tires touched the out-of-bounds line. Therefore, he was penalized back to the 18th spot — the end of the lead lap cars. Kyle Larson grabbed the win. Elliott Sadler finished second once again. Christopher Bell finished third. Ryan Blaney finished fourth and Kaz Grala rounded out the top five in fifth.

On Saturday night the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series took to the high banks for the Coke Zero Sugar 400.

Several large accidents eliminated many of the favorite teams and there was a first-time winner as Erik Jones grabbed the victory.

Martin Truex Jr. finished second, while AJ Allmendinger finished third. Kasey Kayne and Chris Buescher rounded out the top five.

This weekend, starting this evening with the Camping World truck series, all three series will visit the Kentucky Motor Speedway.

The Xfinity cars will do battle Friday evening on the mile-and-a-half Speedway. Then on Saturday evening, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series take to the track.

That’s it for this week. Come see some local stars shine at Elkins Raceway this Friday and record the action at Kentucky, and remember at the end of the straight there’s always Another Left Turn.

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