Hoping to avoid the dreaded low-car count/crowd after a big show, Elkins Raceway partially proved that wrong last Friday as a great crowd filled the hillside for Darren's Pizza Shack Friday Night Thunder.
The Jenkins Ford Super Late Models saw Charlie George taking the first heat while Shaun Poling drove a perfect race and won the second heat. As the green flag was unfurled, George jumped to the point with Poling, Billy Holbert, Butch McGill and Tim Hitt (driving Tim Senic's backup car) following closely. The first stoppage came on lap six when Robbie Scott drove too high in turn three and four. George was still out front with Poling running second, Holbert, T. Hitt and Shane Hitt now the top five. On lap 13, Poling, T.Hitt and Holbert were three wide when Holbert got loose in turn two, S. Hitt had nowhere to go and jumping on the binders looped his machine. On the second restart of lap 13, Holbert got around Poling for second. A final yellow fell on lap 20 when Poling and Scott tangled. When the checker flag fell, George, in the Charlie's Auto 98, notched his second Super Late feature. Holbert, McGill, S. Hitt and Scott filled out the top five.
On the second try to get the Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models underway, Chad Green, Kyle Thomas, Kris Southern, Dusty Swecker and Corey Metheny quickly filled the top five. Thomas applied heavy pressure to Green circuit after circuit. The front pair roared around the 3/8 oval with Green holding a slight advantage. A trio of yellows delayed the battle. With Green running in the middle and Thomas in the lower groove, eyes turned to Metheny who had moved in to third on lap 13. The front duo entered turns one and two side-by-side, as Metheny motored by both on the backchute in the high groove. Metheny, in the A&B Auto Detailing/Jennings Recycling 11C, would drive on for his first career victory. Green, Southern, Thomas and Swecker rounded out the top five.
Charlie George poses after winning the Jenkins Ford Super Late Model feature last week at Elkins Raceway. It was George’s second late feature win the year.
The Teter Collision/D & B Enterprises 77 of Dave Defibaugh out-dragged pole setter Robert Smith to turn one and the lead in the Fast "N Friendly Pharmacy Modified feature. Defibaugh would fend off a late charge from Brent Trimble and a ill rear end in the waning laps to add his third checkerboard of the season. Phil Jeffries, Randy Bohan and Mike Murphy were third through fifth.
Brian Mitchell piloting the Pap's Speed Shop / Liberty Machine M1, would lead flag to flag in the Miller's Used Cars Street Stock finale for his second win in as many weeks,. Ronnie Tincher chased Mitchell but had to settle for second. Scott Bittinger climbed from eighth to third. In his return after a horrific auto accident two years in which his broke his neck, the 2007 track Champion Michael O/Brien finished fourth. Samantha Rogers crossed in fifth.
In the Good Samaritan of Barbour County Mod Lites, Zak Kimbrew took command at the outset. Jeff Fornash began to dog Kimbrew lap after lap. The duo made it clear it was a two car show as they drove away from the field. After a series of swapping the lead with cross over moves, the white flag waved. Side by side they raced down the back straight.
The two raced hard in turn four, with hard contact, resulting in Fornash getting sideways, nearly barrel rolling. Kimbrew was able gather his Jack's Car Wash / Champion Brake & Driveshaft 51Z backup to cross the stripe for his first career win. Trey Watson, Ryan Harris, A J Spagnuolo, and Elliot Newlon would fill out the top five.
In the Darren's Pizza Shack, Mini Wedges sixth verse same as the first. Logan Hitt padded his point lead by putting the Hitt Enterprises/High Point Construction 2 into victory lane for the sixth time. Olivia Ferguson, Braydon Beachler, Skylar Moats, and Caleb Nolan followed second through fifth.
This week at the Elkins Raceway will be Hilltop Recycling Friday Night Thunder, plus Corridor H Tire will sponsor the $500 to win Good Samaritan Mod Lites.