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Saturday night offered great racing

Saturday nights alright! The song says for fighting. It was all right for racing at Elkins Raceway this past weekend. With increased purses and laps, the stage was set for some great racing. First up were the Performance Chevrolet AMRA Modifieds. Fifteen cars were in the pits. Kyle Bond ...

Time to get ready for hunting season

In my last column I stated that the hunting season for this area (greater Randolph County) will start on Sept. 8, with the opening of the statewide squirrel season. This is just a measly five weeks away. Chances are, when this day arrives, we could still be in the heat of the summer. The ...

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 ...

Big weekend slated at Elkins Raceway

After a morning of rain and threatening skies in the afternoon and evening, it turned out to be a great night for racing at Elkins Raceway last Friday. There were several new cars in the pits to get a jump on the competition for this week’s doubleheader action. Speaking of which, ...

Several changes made in hunting seasons

The 2018-2019 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary can now be brought up online, and the hunting regulations booklet should be available in the Elkins Area in about 10 days. This year, there are more changes in the hunting regulations than what I normally see in any one ...

Lake takes feature at Elkins Raceway

Threatening skies this past Friday night caused the crowd and car count to be down a little from last week at Elkins Raceway. For those who came on out, they were treated to some great racing. We were able to get the first autograph and picture night completed. There were 16 Jenkins ...

Raceway crowns mid-season champions

It was a hot night at Elkins Raceway! There were fireworks in the air and on the track as the mid-season championship races took center stage. There was a standing room only crowd on the grand stand side and the pits were filled with some of the very best cars and drivers of this ...

Big night planned at Elkins Raceway

Apparently Mother Nature doesn’t want us to have Autograph Night at Elkins Raceway. Once again heavy storms moved through the area Friday and with more rain in the forecast for the evening track officials decided to postpone it to a later date to be announced. This Friday’s Thunder in ...

Groundhogs can be one destructive pest

Punxsutawney Phil, French Creek Freddy or Willie Woodchuck may look cute on Feb. 2 (National Groundhog Day), but for the remaining 364 or 365 days of the year, this critter is just one destructive pest. Groundhogs, whistle pigs, land beavers, rockchucks, woodchucks or whatever anyone chooses ...

Elkins Raceway attracts good crowd

Finally we had a great weekend of weather for racing! A good crowd was on hand and they were treated to some action-packed racing at Elkins Raceway. The Super Late Models kicked off the night’s feature events. Eleven cars took the green flag and Cody Hardesty won the event. Michael Lake ...

A special memory of my Dad

Editor’s note: The following column relates to many father-son/daughter relationships. It was first published in the June 14, 2014, edition of The Inter-Mountain. Father’s Day in the past for me was a day to spend with my children, sleep in and basically relax the entire day. But I’m ...

Action held at Elkins Raceway as weather cooperates

Finally the rain stayed away and we got in an exciting Thunder in the Mountains night of racing at Elkins Raceway. The car counts continue to improve. The AMRA Open Wheeled Modifieds were first to take to the track. There were 23 cars on hand and it was excitement from the start. There ...

Rain plays havoc with race action

This week’s column will be a little shorter as Mother Nature played havoc with the racing action in the region this past weekend. Rain once again washed out the event at Elkins Raceway after part of the hot lap sessions was completed. There was a cloud burst finally as we ...

Spring gobbler harvest numbers up

On May 18, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) released the total 2018 spring gobbler harvest figures. This year, the harvest was 12,274 gobblers, which is a more than a six-percent increase over the 2017 harvest of 11,534. According to the DNR, the 2018 Spring Gobbler ...

Rain halts big night of racing

This past weekend was one of the biggest weekends of the year for motorsports. Memorial Day means Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 and the Formula 1 cars run the Monaco Grand Prix. Locally, we were scheduled to race Friday night at Elkins Raceway with extra distance and purse for the Street ...

Racing is now back on track

Finally I’m getting back on track with this column and our race car. Elkins Raceway was able to get the makeup features run and get the second full evening of Thunder in the Mountains in the books on May 11. Let’s get right to the action. The AMRA Open Wheeled Modifieds had a makeup ...

DNR puts out info and results

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has released the results of the questionnaires for the 2018-2019 big game season, the 2019-2020 small game hunting and trapping seasons, along with the 2019 fishing regulations. Individuals and various clubs approved of all of the changes the DNR ...

Thunder in the mountains

Friday Night Thunder kicked off under threatening skies at Elkins Raceway. The rain held off long enough to see some great racing in two of our divisions. The Super Late Model car count was down but the action was good as Billy Holbert notched his first victory to kick off the 2018 season. ...

Exciting pack racing

First of all I want to thank everyone who lifted up my family in prayer. I was out of town in North Carolina for my uncle’s funeral and our column has fallen behind in the race coverage. There has been so much happening in the racing world over the last two weeks on both the local and ...

Statewide Sunday hunting to begin

The long prohibition of Sunday hunting is over. On March 29, Gov. Jim Justice signed into law Senate Bill 451. This bill will allow Sunday hunting on public lands in the state. I was talking with West Virginia Division of Natural Resources officials at the Elkins Operations Center this past ...