Raceway crowns mid-season champions

Submitted photo Steve Wilmoth is shown during last Friday night’s victory in the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models held at Elkins Raceway.

It was a hot night at Elkins Raceway!

There were fireworks in the air and on the track as the mid-season championship races took center stage.

There was a standing room only crowd on the grand stand side and the pits were filled with some of the very best cars and drivers of this region.

One of the area’s best fireworks shows kicked off the evening.

Then the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models took to the track for 40 laps of racing. Elkins’ Skip Hare took the early lead and held on until just a few laps remained. Steve Wilmoth took over the lead and grabbed the victory. Cody Hardesty was able to move around Hare to finish second. Hare finished third after sa strong run in his Ford Powered SLM. D.J. Miller and Logan Hitt rounded out the top five.

The Budweiser FasTrak Crate Late Models were up next. Billy Beachler led flag to flag to win the event over a hard-charging Garrett Paugh. Brent Trimble finished third. Kyle Lukon and Donnie Dotson rounded out the top five.

The Performance Chevrolet AMRA Modifieds ran next. Phil Jefferies was able to pull out to a large lead and won this feature event. Dave Defibaugh finished second and Jamie McCloud was third. Matt Chenoweth and Mike Baldwin rounded out the top five. We raced hard and finished up 12th in the Mud Bus. Seventeen cars started the feature.

The West Virginia Pools Street stocks saw Jason Ammons win his second event over Josh Rovello. J.P. Tallman finished third. Todd Simmons and Brian Youtzy rounded out the top five. Three drivers escaped injury in accidents that did major damage to their cars. Bobby Isner was hit from behind as he was trying to exit the track with a flat tire. Anthony Arbogast was driving the car that struck him. Also I found out that Jamie Keene suffered severe front end damage in an accident and is hoping to be back out this week. Isner’s car was destroyed from the rear wheels back. Thank goodness for great safety equipment in all these accidents.

Last up for the night was the Edge Hot-Mods. Tom Sigler won, with Ron Parish finishing second. Michael Moreland finished third. Josh Sigler and Chandi Currence rounded out the top five.

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All three of NASCAR’S top traveling series visited the Chicagoland Speedway this past weekend.

Friday night the Camping World Truck series ran the Overton’s 225. Noah Gragson captured the pole position. John Hunter Nemechek, however, grabbed the first stage win. Gragson came back and took the second stage victory. Nemechek looked like he would win the event but on the last lap his engine gave up and Brett Moffett was able to win the race. Nemechek held on to second with his ailing race truck. Ben Rhodes finished third. Veteran Johnny Sauter and Noah Gragson rounded out the top five.

On Saturday the Xfinity teams ran the Overton’s 300. Tyler Reddick took the first stage win and Kyle Larson, who had started from the rear, grabbed the second stage win. Larson’s Chevy seemed to just be too strong and he held off Kevin Harvick for the race win. Cole Custer finished third. Daniel Suarez and Daniel Hemric rounded out the top five.

Sunday once again had a threat of rain in the forecast. The Overton’s 400 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series was run without weather becoming an issue. Aric Almirola continues to impress and notched his first stage win in stage one. Stage two brought some excitement as Kevin Harvick snatched the stage win away from his teammate Kurt Busch on the final turn coming to the checkered flag to end stage 2. Busch felt that Harvick was a little overly aggressive as he passed him. Hard racing seemed to be the norm for the day. The laps wound down and Kyle Busch had a sizeable lead. He became tangled up with lapped traffic and Kyle Larson was on the move! Larson attempted to slip past Busch in turn 2 of the final lap and they touched. Larson made the pass but Busch recovered enough to bump Larson and cause him to slide off the track as Kyle Busch motored on to victory.

Larson held on to finish second and seemed OK with the events that happened. Kevin Harvick was driving hard but finished up third. Martin Truex Jr and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top five.

This weekend the trucks have a week off. The Cup teams and the Xfinty teams all descend on Daytona International Speedway for the Fourth Of July celebration.

Elkins Raceway plans to make up the Autograph night once again. So set the DVR for Daytona and come support our local track and the people who work so hard to make it possible to see racing in our own backyard!

Whether it’s the High Banks of Daytona or the red clay of Elkins Raceway, aways remember at the end of the straight is another left turn!

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