Festival 40 will have larger purses

The final race of the 2018 season at Elkins Raceway is two weekends away. Make your plans to be at the track Saturday evening on Sept. 29 for the Festival 40 for the super late models and larger purses in all the other divisions. Gates will open one hour earlier than normal at 5 p.m., with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. Admission will remain $15 for adults and free for children under 12 with a paying adult. Load up the in-laws, outlaws, family and friends have supper in the concession stands and see the final night’s action. No points are on the line just bragging rights for all winter as the Festival Race winner. Hope to see everyone there!

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NASCAR action was at the mile-and-a-half Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past weekend. It all started with the Camping World Truck series on Friday evening with the World of Westgate 200. Noah Gragson pushed his KBM Toyota to the early lead and stage one win. Grant Enfinger grabbed stage two. Cautions sometimes breed cautions and this led to three attempts at a green, white, checker finish. When the speedy-dry dust settled, Noah Gragson held on to take the race victory over Johnny Sauter. Justin Haley finished third. Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton rounded out the top five.

On Saturday evening, the Xfinity cars took to the high banks in the D C Solar 300. Ross Chastain caused quite a stir after his great run against the top Cup Teams at Darlington in the Chip Ganassi number 42. He was back in the seat for this Chase race. He absolutely dominated the event, sweeping both stages and grabbing his second ever victory. Justin Allgaier finished a close second and challenged him in each corner. Cole Custer continues to impress everyone with his strong runs. Christopher Bell and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top five.

On Sunday afternoon, the South Point Casino 400 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series rolled off. Martin Truex Jr. was the first stage winner. Brad Keselowski took the second stage and the overall race win. This was the 500th victory for his car owner Roger Penske. Keselowski held off a hard-charging Kyle Larson in the overtime race ending. Martin Truex Jr. finished third. Keselowski’s teammate Joey Logano finished fourth. Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five. All three series run next week at the 3/4 mile Richmond International Raceway. Tune in or make the trip across the mountain to see for yourself the spectacular events of the races live. I’m sure there are plenty of choice seats still available. I plan to drive over to Lexington, Virginia, this weekend and see the unveiling of the exact replica of the 1970 Dodge Daytona car number 22 Bobby Allison’s Coke Machine. I’ll try to bring back some photos of this large car show and try to interview Bobby and Donnie Allison, Dave Marcis and Harry Gant. Also the first lady of motor sports Miss Hurst Shifter, Linda Vaughan, will be signing autographs. Until next week remember at the end of the straightaway there’s always another left turn.

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