Saturday night card set at Elkins Raceway

There was yet another wonderful “Thunder in the Mountains” race event last Friday evening at Elkins Raceway.

Threatening weather in the forecast caused car counts to be down somewhat but the competition was still hot.

There’s a lot to cover in this column. I’m going to get right to the rundowns.

First up, the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models had a small field and Michael Lake was able to take the win over Elkins’ own D.J. Miller.

Bob Gordon finished third and it should be noted that fourth-place finisher Logan Hitt really put the pressure on Lake in the early laps, running side-by-side lap-after-lap.

He eventually began to slip back but he was strong in the beginning. Shawn Poling rounded out the top five in fifth.

The new Edge Hot Mod class was up next and Michael Moreland continued his winning ways.

Young lady Chandi Currence finished second and Randy Bise was third.

The West Virginia Pools Street Stocks had a nine-car starting field. Jamie Keene was able to take the victory after having to repair a badly damaged car from the Skidmore Memorial weekend. I want to say hat’s off to her whole team and everyone that put in the hours to allow her to not only make it back but win.

Points leader Anthony Arbogast finished second. Josh Rovello took third. J.P. Tallman and Brian Youtzy rounded out the top five.

The Budweiser FasTrack Crate Late Models had an eight-car starting field. Logan Roberson took the victory over Mike Franklin. Billy Beachler took third. Kyle Lukon was fourth. Sparky Davisson rounded out the top five.

The final group of the night was the Performance Chevrolet AMRA Modifieds. There were 11 cars on hand.

Local star Dave Defibaugh was class of the field and took the win over defending champ Jamie McCloud.

Young driver Mitch Thomas finished third. Dustin Isner had a strong run, finishing up fourth. Mathew Chenoweth rounded out the top five.

The Old MudBus came home sixth. This was our best finish of the year.

The points battles are heating up as the season is winding down.

Only four races remain on the schedule.

Billy Holbert leads in the Super Lates, Anthony Arbogast leads in Street Stocks and Dave Defibaugh leads in the Modifieds.

Kyle Lukon leads in the Crate cars and Michael Moreland leads the Hot Mod class.

There will be no racing this evening.

However, join us on Saturday night for extra laps in all classes, $2,000 to win in the Super Lates and a huge fireworks show.

Load up friends, family, and maybe an enemy or two and come early to see the Mini Mods race and not miss an exciting lap of the evening’s action.

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NASCAR had all three traveling series racing this weekend. Friday night action started with the Xfinity series running the U.S. Cellular 250 at the Iowa Motor Speedway.

Cole Custer took the first stage win. Christopher Bell grabbed the second stage win. He also led the way to victory in the final stage and race. Justin Allgaier challenged but came up short, finishing second.

Kyle Benjamin finished third. Ross Chastain and John Hunter Nemecheck rounded out the top five. Action moved from Iowa to the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylavania.

The Camping World Truck series ran on Saturday at the Tricky Triangle which is the Pocono International Raceway.

Todd Gilliland won the first stage. Stuart Friesen won the second stage. But in the end it was Kyle Busch taking the win (yawn).

Erik Jones finished second. Dalton Sargeant came home third. Stuart Friesen and Justin Haley rounded out the top five.

Sunday the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series ran the Gander Mountain 400, also at Pocono. Chase Elliott took the first stage win. Kevin Harvick’s Ford was Freaky Fast, grabbing stage two. Once again Kyle Busch took victory. Mexico bourn Daniel Suarez finished second. Don’t count Hendrick Motorsports out just yet. Alex Bowman had his best run yet, finishing third. Kevin Harvick and Erik Jones finished fourth and fifth, respectively. This was Kyle’s 49th Cup series win and ties him with Tony Stewart on the all-time winners list.

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The racing world is saddened as we mourn the passing of an elder statesman of the stock car racing world.

Tom Higgins, who was the NASCAR reporter with one of the largest newspapers in the Southeast — The Charlotte Observer — passed away Tuesday.

Tom was 80 years old and died from complications related to a second stroke.

He will be missed!

He and I had spoken several times on Facebook and I valued his insight and opinions.

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Remember it’s Saturday night racing this weekend at Elkins Raceway.

The NASCAR truck series has the weekend off. The Xfinity and Monster Energy Cup series will head to the Finger Lakes region of New York to the twists and turns of the historic Watkins Glen International Road Course.

Xfinity runs the Zippo 200 on Saturday afternoon.

The Cup cars run Sunday in the Go Bowling at the Glen race.

That’s all for this week and remember, at the end of the straightaway there’s Another Left Turn.

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