Busy night of action at Elkins Raceway
KERENS – Fans were treated to a little extra race action Friday evening at Elkins Raceway.
The evening started with make-up features for the West Virginia Pools Street Stocks and the Edge Hot Mods. Anthony Arbogast grabbed the victory over Jason Ammons. Teresa Vaughan and Jamie Keene made it two ladies in the top five. Ryan Gum finished fifth. The Hot Mods took to the track next. Thomas Sigler took the win over Dylan Hankins. Michael Moreland finished third. Roland Bell and Randy Bise rounded out the top five.
After the rounds of Hot Lap Qualifying for everyone, the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models took to the track. Cody Hardesty took the win. Michael Lake finished second. Billy Holbert brought the Ace Metal Works car home third. Shane Hitt and Travis Brown rounded out the top five. There was a really brief rain delay during the Supers but the track crew stayed on top of things and racing quickly resumed. This time of year fog can be a real issue so the track was in hurry up mode and as one feature ended another was taking the track. There were no flag stand victory interviews.
The Budweiser FasTrack Crate Late Models were up next. Kyle Lukon grabbed the win. Troy Frazier the self-proclaimed “Mad Mexican” finished second. Brent Trimble took third. Billy Beachler and Logan Roberson rounded out the top five.
The Performance Chevrolet AMRA Modifieds took to the track and Daniel Hill was the class of the field. Tyler Payne and Matt Chenoweth started on the front row and both led briefly. Jamie McCloud was able to make his way to second. Hill grabbed the win, followed by McCloud and Chenoweth. Matthew Chenoweth seems to get just a little stronger each week. A win could be just around the corner for this competitive team. Mitch Thomas had a rough evening but was able to salvage a fourth-place finish. Dave Defibaugh rounded out the top five. I want to give a shout out to Chandi Currence. This young lady made the move up from Hot Mods and she is doing very well notching a top 10 finish in ninth. I had some handling issues and was able to bring the 316 MudBus home in 12th. The competition in this class is amazing!
The West Virginia Pools Street Stocks ran their second feature of the evening next. Josh Rovello grabbed the win. Jason Ammons notched his second second-place finish of the evening. Anthony Arbogast was third. Jamie Keene and Brian Youtzy rounded out the top five.
The Edge Hot Mods finished up the evening with their second feature of the evening. Dylan Hankins won. Roland Bell finished second. Thomas Sigler finished third. Michael Moreland and Logan Gregory rounded out the top five. This coming Friday night will once again be picture/autograph night (weather permitting), plus a full evening of Thunder in the Mountains dirt track racing action. Come on out and bring a friend or two for some great family friendly entertainment.
NASCAR action moved to the ultra-fast 2-mile long Michigan International Raceway for both the Camping World Truck series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series. The trucks were up first Saturday afternoon with the Corrigan Oil 200. Stuart Friesen took the first stage win. Grant Enfinger took the second stage win. Neither of these guys could repeat in the last stage. Johnny Sauter held the lead with a few laps to go and appeared headed to victory. Brett Moffitt had caught Sauter and he pulled one of his last lap passes and snatched the victory away from him. Sauter was so disappointed in himself but still finished second. John Hunter Nemechek finished third. Noah Gragson and Todd Gilliland rounded out the top five.
The Xfinity series also ran Saturday afternoon at Mid-Ohio Motorsports Park. This is a long road course and the race was for only 170 miles. I mentioned last week that Bill Elliott would be coming out of retirement to race this race. Actually he will race in two weeks at Road America in Wisconsin, which is another road course. When the “Rock and Roll Tequila 170” got underway, Justin Allgaier was on the gas and took the first stage win. Austin Cindric proved he could run well on the road courses and took the second stage. Allgaier was not to be denied. Even with a spinout he was able to take new tires and run down Cindric with three laps to go. They traded the lead back and forth in the final laps and Justin Allgaier grabbed the victory. Austin Cindric held on to second. Daniel Hemric finished third. Matt Tifft and Ryan Truex rounded out the top five.
Sunday afternoon the action was back at Michigan for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series and the “Consumer Energy 400.” The story of the day was Kevin Harvick, period. He swept both stage victories and dominated leading 108 of the 200 laps on his way to the race win. Austin Dillon had a very good run going until three laps were remaining. He developed a bad vibration and slowed his pace. He was in second place but fell back. Brad Keselowski finished second. Kyle Busch finished third. Dillon held on and finished fourth. Ryan Blaney finished fifth. The highlight of the day was when youngster Keelan Harvick came out to meet his dad at the start-finish line.
Kevin had him go to the flag stand and get the checkered flag and then put him in the right side window and let him ride to victory lane. The smile on this 6-year-old’s face was priceless. This coming week the NASCAR action moves to the last Coliseum. The high- banked half mile that is BRISTOL BABY!! The trucks run the UNOH 200 Thursday night. The Xfinity cars run the Food City 300 Friday night. The Monster Energy Cup drivers run the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Saturday night.
Set your recorders for Bristol and come on out to Elkins Raceway for local racing action and remember at the end of the straightaway there is always Another Left Turn.