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 made the tow over from Parkersburg and took the victory. Jamie McCloud took second. Dave Defibaugh finished third. Veteran Phil Jefferies ran fourth. Kenny Rowback finally got some of the troubles behind him and had a good run finishing fifth.
The old MudBus had a rare suspension failure and I watched the final four laps from inside the first turn, but still finished 10th. The garage has been busy this week and we should be back Friday night.
Next up after the huge Fireworks Spectacular, the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models ran their 40-lap feature. Cody Hardesty battled with Shane Hitt and was able to hold on for the victory. Hitt finished second. Michael Lake powered his way into third. Billy Holbert and Bob Gordon rounded out the top five.
The Budweiser FastTrack Crate Late Models took to the track and Logan Roberson made his visit to Elkins pay off with a win. Brent Trimble finished second. Donnie Dotson finished third. Kyle Lukon and Derick Shaw rounded out the top five.
Mother Nature took over the night as a heavy dense fog covered the raceway.
The WV Pools Street Stocks and the EDGE Hot Mods will run double features this Friday night when Thunder in the Mountains move back to Friday evening. There will also be a Candy Rush on the front straight for all the children in the grandstands. Candy will rain down from the flag stand. Gates open at 6 p.m. and racing gets underway around 7:30 p.m. Come on out bring a friend or two and watch some of the very best racers compete each week as the season winds down the points races get tighter at our dirt track.
NASCAR action this past weekend took to the twists and turns of Watkins Glen International Raceway. This Road Course is one of the toughest tracks on the whole NASCAR schedule.
Saturday the Xfinity Series ran the Zippo 200 and rain was in the forecast. It should be noted that in NASCAR road course racing there are rain tires available and the race will go on rain or shine.
Joey Logano took the early lead and the stage one victory. The rains came toward the end of stage two and A.J. Allmendinger drove away in the rain to capture stage two. The sun returned and teams had to switch back to their dry track tires.
Joey was able to fend off a hard-charging Brad Keselowski, who caused himself to spinout. Logano drove to victory over Allmendinger. Justin Allgaier finished third. Ryan Preece finished fourth. Aric Almirola finished fifth.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series ran the Go Bowling at the Glen 400 Sunday. Martin Truex Jr set sail and captured stage one. Chase Elliott took stage two and was having a very strong showing. Both Chase and Martin’s crew chiefs worked fuel strategy and it came down to a battle between those two. Martin put a lot of pressure on Chase but he was able to hold him off.
Chase Elliott has finished second eight times in Cup competition. This was to be his day and he captured his first MENCS victory! Chase Elliott is a new first-time winner.
Truex ran low on gas and sputtered to the finish in second. Kyle Busch had a problem with refueling on the final pit stop and it cost him a shot at the win. He finished third. Daniel Suarez finished fourth and Erik Jones rounded out the top five.
This coming weekend the Xfinity teams run another road course. The Mid-Ohio Sports Car course will be the host track for the Rock and Roll Tequila 170 on Saturday. Interesting news for this race is that Hall Of Fame driver Bill Elliott will drive the GMS racing car and will be working once again with Mike Beam. This should be entertaining and I wouldn’t count Bill out on a road course.
The Camping World Truck series and the Monster Energy Cup series both visit the two-mile Michigan International Raceway.
On Saturday the trucks will run the Corrigan Oil 200, and on Sunday the Cup cars run the Consumers Energy 400.
NASCAR was rocked with the news CEO Brian France was arrested in the Hamptons earlier this week for DUI and possession of oxyContin. He has stepped down and Jim France has taken over as interim CEO.
Remember whether its 200 mph at Michigan or on the dirt at Elkins Raceway, at the end of the straightaway there’s another left turn!