Kerens - The 2012 season came to an end Friday night as the annual Forest Festival race was held at Elkins Raceway.
In the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models, Shane Hitt, Butch McGill and Steve Booth won heat races.
McGill grabbed the point ahead of Jared Hawkins, Paul Wilmoth Jr., Charlie George and Steve Wilmoth in the feature. The first yellow came out on lap two for John Parsons, who looped his mount the second turn. Fighting handling problems, Parsons got loose in turn four two laps later.
Butch McGill and Paul Wilmoth, bottom, battle it out in the Super Late Model season finale at Elkins Raceway Friday night.
With McGill, Hawkins, Paul Wilmoth, Steve Wilmoth and George in the top five spots, the next stoppage came on lap six when Booth, Billy Holbert, Jamie McCloud and Joel Krcelich got tangled up in turn four.
Hawkins turned up the heat on McGill and ducked under him on lap 16, but he couldn't make the pass.
The yellow flag waved again on lap 18 when Jess Whitehair pulled into the infield and finally rolled to a stop near the edge of the race track.
McGill was still in command when the race resumed with Hawkins, Paul Wilmoth, Tim Senic and Doug Horton now the top five. Wilmoth began to pressure Hawkins as he took the spot on lap 19.
Wilmoth then closed in on McGill and by lap 25 he pulled up to the quarter panel of McGill. But Wilmoth couldn't get any further and McGill, driving the Jenkins Ford/High Lines Oversize Load Escorting No. 1MC, captured his second straight and fifth Festival win. Paul Wilmoth, Hawkins, Senic and Horton filled out the top five.
Derek Rogers jumped to the lead from his pole position in the Budweiser EDGE crate Late Model feature with Tracie Sampson hot on his tail.
With just four laps to go, Sampson made his move and ducked under Rogers. They raced door-to-door and bumped together on lap 22. Sampson gained the slight advantage and pulled ahead and held on for his first win since 2007. Rogers had to settle for second. Robert Cossell IV, Louie Krushansky and Corey Metheny rounded out the top five.
The top two drivers in the Miller's Used Cars Modifieds raced side-by-side for the first half of the feature.
Phil Jeffries snagged the front spot at the drop of the green with Brent Trimble in hot pursuit. Running door-to-door the duo zipped around the track. Jeffries held the advantage until lap six when Trimble nosed ahead. The duel ended on lap 13 when Jeffries went off the back chute coming to a stop at the pit exit in turn one.
Trimble then pulled away for his fifth checkerboard of the season. Dylan Shafer, Matt Chenoweth, Mike Murphy and Cooter Thorne completed the top five.
In the Valley Supply Street Stocks, Randy Bohan launched to the front and never looked back. Bohan fended off James Nelson early and then a late charge from Jim Byers to notch his third trip to victory lane. Marty Spade, Jim Byers, Shawn Davis, and Nelson crossed second through fifth.
Kaitlyn Frazier won the very exciting Mini Wedges feature as four karts ran nearly four wide. Frazier finished ahead of Logan Hitt, Hayden Jacobs, Abby Watson and Alec Frazier.
Elkins Raceway would like to thank the sponsors that made it possible for racing at Kerens facility this season. Aaron's, All American Auto, American Racer, Budweiser, Bulldog Physical Therapy, Central Supply, Corridor H Tire, Oakey Dalton, Darren's Pizza, Dingus Lumber, the Elkins Inter Mountain, Elza's Cycles & ATVs, Fast & Friendly Pharmacy, Glotfelty Tire, High Point Construction, Hunter's Haven, Jenkins Ford, Louie Krushansky, Leggett Refrigeration, Melvin's Automatic Transmission, Miller's Used Cars, Mountain Valley Bank, Mountaineer Insurance, Performance Motors, Renegade Racing Fuels, Rich Mountain Auto, Mike Ross Inc., Roy's R V Supercenter, Schaeffer Oil, Seneca Satellite, WDTV channel 5 News, WDNE 98.9 FM, Woodford Oil, Valley Steel, Valley Supply, Spec Yokum, (If anyone was missed we apologize)
The Elkins Raceway banquet will be held to honor of our 2012 Champions on November 10 at the Beverly Fire Hall. Tickets are $22.00 and you can order them by calling 304-636-8661.
On behalf of Mack McDougal and the Skidmore family, to all the fans, drivers, car owners, sponsors, media, track workers, and volunteers, thank you for your support in 2012, and we look forward to seeing you in 2013!
Super Lates (20); Butch McGill, Paul Wilmoth Jr., Jared Hawkins, Tim Senic, Doug Horton, Steve wilmoth, Joel Krcelich, Charlie George, John Parsons, Steve Booth, Jess Whitehair, Billy Holbert, Jamie McCloud, Tracy Cooper, Shane Hitt, Skip hare, Shaun Poling, Billy Brown. DNS; Chuck Harper. Heats; Hitt, McGill, Booth.
Crate Late Models (19); Tracie Sampson, Derek Rogers, Robert Cossell IV, Louie Krushansky, Corey Metheny, Duane Moreland, Michael Lake, Eddie Starkey, Nolan Dalton, Kris Southern, Ron Wiles, Joey Jenkins, Mike Thorne, Greg Hicks, Derek Shaw, Matt Lopez, Bob Norman, Brandon McGrady, Bill Shaffer. Heats; Rogers, Sampson, Hicks.
Modifieds (13); Brent Trimble, Dylan Shafer, Matthew Chenoweth, Mike Murphy, Cooter Thorne, Kevin Putnum, Bryson Sanders, Larry Atha, Nick Wilson, Phil Jeffries, Jacob Shafer, Bob Williams. Heats; Jeffries, Putnum.
Street Stocks (20); Randy Bohan, Marty Spade, Jim Byers, Shawn Davis, James Nelson,
Kevin Collins, Ryan Watson, Kenny Rowback, Jason Mullens, Daniel Simpson, Willie Mallow, Kirby Gallahan, J P Tallman, Barry Faris, Dustin Isner, Patrick Zirkle, Rick Knicley, Ronnie Tincher. DNS; Robin Maxson. Heats; Bohan, Nelson