KERENS - A strong field of cars and a great crowd saw the 2013 season get underway on Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Friday Night Thunder at the Elkins Raceway last Friday..
In heat race action in the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models, Paul Wilmoth Jr. and Butch McGill raged nothing short of a war, but incidental contact resulted in McGill suffering a flat tire giving Wilmoth the win. Young gun Cody Hardesty held off Shane Hitt to notch the second heat. It took three tries to get the feature under way as Hardesty out dragged Wilmoth the first time but not the next two. Wilmoth grabbed the point with Hardesty, Hitt, Shaun Poling and Billy Brown in tow. Billy Holbert started 11th and began his rise to the front taking fourth on lap five, and third on the seventh go round. Meanwhile Wilmoth had built a comfortable lead as laps clicked away. Holbert reeled in Hardesty and applied pressure but the young former Kart Champion held him off. When the checkers fell Wilmoth driving the Adkins Timber Products / Hydrock Inc No. B1 claimed the win. Holbert would slip by Hardesty on the final circuit for second. Bob Gordon and Hitt were fourth and fifth.
The Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models will dream of yellow for many nights to come. It took six tries at green to get a lap counted. More cautions flew through the time expiring race. When the checkerboard finally fell, Kris Southern piloting the WV Fan Zone/No. K2 would survive the carnage to collect the victory. Mike Thorne would chase Southern the entire distance only to settle for second. Corey Metheny, Duane Moreland and Garrett Shepherd would round out the top five.
Phil Jeffries held off everything Brent Trimble could throw at him in the Fast "N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds. The duo really put on a show dueling for the front spot. Jeffries continued to turn Trimble away until four circuits to go when he drifted a little high in turn two. It was just enough room for Trimble to dive underneath and secure the position. Trimble in the H&R Block/Estel Construction No. 1B would drive on for the win. Jeffries would finish second, Dave Defibaugh third, Robert Smith was fourth and Kevin Keene was fifth. Trimble dedicated the win to his wife Missy's Grandmother Dalton, who recently passed away.
The Miller's Used Cars Street Stocks were not going to be out done as they had their war at the front. Jim Byers and Ronnie Tincher had their own battle raging in the finale. Tincher grabbed the lead at the outset but Byers took over on lap one.
Byers would have to hold off Tincher, until a push would drop Tincher in the running order. J P Tallman would finish second. James Nelson, Tincher and Samantha Rogers would cross third through fifth.
In the Good Samaritan of Barbour County Mod Lites, veteran Tracy Fritter scored his heat then drove way from the field en route to the victory. Beau Newlon gave chase but could not get close to Fritter and finished second. Jeff Fornash, Mitch Ward and Matt Ward filled out the top five.
In the Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges, Logan Hitt took up where he left off last year as he put his Hitt Enterprises/ High Point Construction No. 2 in victory lane.
Kaitlyn Frazier, Paige Bragg, Abby Watson and Skylar Moats would complete the top five.
Today is the Good Samaritan of Barbour County Friday Night Thunder with special Mother's Day giveaways. Kids are reminded to sign in at the Mountaineer Insurance Kids club as one lucky boy and one girl will be given bicycles each week.
All the latest information, point standings and more is avalable at www.elkinsraceway.net