Wild night of action at Raceway
KERENS — A wild night of action took place last Friday at Elkins Raceway.
There was a little bit of everything. Side-by-side racing, tempers, streaks, last- lap passes, happiness, tears and first-time winners, along with the autograph and pictures at intermission.
In his first outing, Michael Lake set fast time at 14.328 seconds for the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models. Visiting for only the second time (2017 Red Fredrick Memorial) Keyser driver Travis Stickley jumped to the point at the outset. A scarey moment happened on lap 2 when Nick Tressler slipped off the track in turns one and two and flipped, landing on his roof. Luckily Tressler was alright. With yellow flags on laps seven and 14, Stickley was still in command. At the crossed flags D Jay Miller peeked under Stickley but could not make a move. Stickley would drive on to grab his first-ever checkers at Elkins. Miller was second, Lake would finish third. Billy Holbert and Shaun Poling were fourth and fifth, respectively.
In victory lane Stickley stated, “I love this place … I will be coming back”
Michael Bland grabbed the lead at the drop of the green flag in the Fastrak Late Model feature. Bland continued to show the way as week two winner Logan Roberson worked his way to second after starting seventh. Slowly reeling in Bland, the two were nose-to-tail with two to go. With the white flag waving, Roberson chased Bland down the back chute and drove high into turn three. Roberson stayed on the high side and motored by Bland coming out of turn four for his second win of the year. Billy Beachler (in his first outing) was third, A J Spagnuolo and Garrett Paugh were fourth and fifth, respectively.
On the third try at green Jamie McCloud took control of the UMP Modified feature. McCloud would not be seriously challenged as he collected his first checkerboard of the year. Phill Jeffries, Mike Murphy, Anthony Arbogast and Michael Moreland were second through fifth.
McCloud dedicated the win to his “super hero Dad” Jimmy, who suffered a stroke in April. The elder McCloud joined his son and celebrated in victory circle.
The Holbrooks on the Hill Street Stocks had fans on the edge of their seats. Jamie Keene and Jason Ammons ran cleanly, door to door, for lap after lap. With two laps to go, Todd Simmons slowed on the front chute. He quickly darted into the infield and hurriedly exited his car. A malfunctioning deliberator kept shocking Simmons. After being taken to the hospital for precaution, Simmons was alright. When racing resumed, Keene walked away for her first trip to victory lane. Ammons was second. Josh Rovello, Joshua Hymes and Simmons was the finishing order.
To end the evening, Danny Thomas easily snared the Hot Mod finale over Dylan Henkins, Daniel Helmick and Santino Loretta.
In the Mini Mods, both winning streaks were kept alive as Brad Currence won his fourth consecutive junior feature. Kristopher Wyatt, Declan Carpenter and Kolby Sullivan filled out the order. In the senior class, Noah Whited grabbed his fourth straight, ahead of Brett Howell, Gunnern Binns, Logan Beam and Jakob Barrett.
Coming this Friday, the open-wheeled UMP Modifieds will have their day in the sun.
For the rest of the month, kids will enjoy a candy rush on June 21. And to end the month, the mid-season championship with double points in all classes. Plus the area’s first fireworks display. Don’t forget to mark your calenders July 6 for the third annual Red Fredrick Memorial worth $5,200 to the Jenkins Ford Super Late Model winner. And on July 9, the annual Richard Skidmore Memorial as $5,000 is up for grabs in the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models.
Jenkins Ford Super Late Models (12): Travis Stickley, D Jay Miller, Michael Lake, Billy Holbert, Shaun Poling, Shane Hitt, Cody Hardesty, Bob Gordon, Bob Hymes, Nick Tressler, Logan Hitt. DNS: Ryan Montgomery. Heats: Lake, S. Hitt
Budweiser Fastrak Late Models (21): Logan Roberson , Michael Bland, Billy Beachler, AJ Spagnuolo, Garrett Paugh, Donnie Dotson, Troy Frazier, Sparky Davisson, Craig Daft, John Over, Lucas McDonald, Skip Hare, Derrick Shaw, Luke Hyre, Trey Watson, Tyler Foster, Chad Judy, Chandi Currence, Garrett Jones, Kaitlyn Frazier. DNS: Kyle Lukon. Heat 1: Spagnuolo. Heat 2: Lukon. Heat 3: Bland
UMP Modified (14): Jamie McCloud, Phill Jeffries, Mike Murphy, Anthony Arbogast, Michael Moreland, Tyler Payne, Matthew Chenoweth, Dave Defibaugh, LP Roy, Dustin Isner, Randy Bohan, Kenny Rowback, Presley Wilt. DNS: Brad Harris. Heat 1: Jeffries. Heat 2: McCloud
Hollbrooks on the Hill Street Stocks (6): Jamie Keene, Jamie Ammons, Josh Rovello, Joshua Hymes, Todd Simmons, James Swenskie. Heat: Keene.
Hot Mods (5): Danny Thomas, Dylan Henkins, Daniel Helmick, Santino Loretta. DNS Dusty Harper. Heat: Thomas
Mini Mods Junior (5): Brad Currence (4), Krisopher Wyatt, Declan Carpenter, Kolby Sullivan. DNS: Cole Tasker.
Mini Mods Senior (7): Noah Whited (4), Brett Howell, Gunner Binns, Logan Beam, Jakob Barrett, Blake Runyon, Alexis Cooper