For the first time in four weeks, Elkins Raceway got the program in last weekend at the Kerens track.
Light drizzle fell just as the first racing of the evening, the Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges, were lined up. Starting just short of an hour late, but hats off to Jim Skidmore and the track crew for getting the track prepared for green flag racing.
Jacob Hawkins and Tim Senic grabbed prelim honors in the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models. Hawkins used his inside pole position to shoot to the lead and would not look back. Only two yellows slowed action, but even that couldn't slow Hawkins. Senic chased the St. Henry Night Club/C & R Sanning No. 20H of Hawkins but had to settle for second. Bob Gordon, Billy Holbert and Chuck Harper would complete the top five.
As the Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models were coming to the start, pole setter Duane Moreland pulled off the track with a brake caliper problem. Michael Lake grabbed the point at the drop of the green with Corey Metheny, Chad Green, Greg Hicks and Kyle Thomas in tow. On lap one, Green got loose in turn four ending his evening. While under yellow it was discovered that Lake had broken the J bar and that ended his quest. In turn it handed the front spot to Metheny with Hicks, Thomas, Ron Wiles and Billy Beachler now the top five. On the restart Hicks motored by Metheny and five cautions later would hold off Thomas to put the Corridor H Tire/Triple E Service No. 1H into victory lane for the second time this year. Beachler, Louie Krushansky and Metheny rounded out the top five.
Brent Trimble won the only heat in the Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds and quickly took command in the feature. By the half way mark, The H & R Block, Schaeffer Oil No. 1B had built a full straight away cushion. But cautions on laps 11 and 12 bunched the field back up but no one could challenge Trimble as he added his third checkerboard. In his first outing Shawn Davis finished second, Dave Defibaugh, Phil Jeffries and Robert Smith were third through fifth.
On the third try at green in the Miller's Used Cars Street Stocks, J P Tallman held a slight advantage over Scott Bittinger for the front slot. The duo battled door to door for the first part of the finale, but Tallman would take command and put the Miller's Used Cars/Madhat 'N Designs No. 37 into victory circle for the first time this season. Ronnie Tincher, Willie Mallow, Teresa Vaughn and Samantha Rogers would fill out the top five.
Mitch Ward zipped from his third starting spot in the Good Samaritan of Barbour County Mod Lites to snare the front spot and would hold off Jeff Fornash for his first checkers of the year. The Hitt Enterprises /Ward Welding & Fab No. 862 bested Fornash, Beau Newlon, Ryan Harris, and Matt Ward.
Defending track champion in the Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges, Logan Hitt, added to his winning total and point lead as he crossed in his Hitt Enterprises/High Point Construction No. 2 ahead of Jackson Jacobs, Kaitlyn Frazier, Hayden Jacobs, and Paige Bragg.
This week, the Elkins Raceway is preparing for the Budweiser All Star Memorial weekend. The 3/8 mile oval at Kerens is readying for the biggest weekend in the track's 50-plus year history. The ADRA Dirt Late Model Championship Series will be on hand both night as Friday night features the third annual Jim Hitt Memorial for the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models. The winners share will be $5,000 with $300 to start. Also on the card is the Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models battling for a $1,000 winners check. The Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds will vie for $750. The Miller's Used Cars Street Stocks will lineup for the chance to deposit $500. The Good Samaritan of Barbour County Mod Lites will be fighting to collect a $500 prize courtesy of Newlon's of Elkins. And the Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges will start the evening's activities.
The anti will up on Saturday as the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models will race for $10,000 to win in the 3rd annual Richard Skidmore Memorial with $500 to start. The Budweiser FASTRAKers will square off for $1,500 to win. $1,000 will be up for grabs in the Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds. In addition, the Miller's Used Cars Street Stocks contend for $500. The Good Samaritan Mod Lites will lineup for $750 to win sponsored by Gutterworks/Karen Bialek Insurance. The Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges will also be on the card.
The Jim Hitt Memorial has been previously won by Butch McGill and Jason Covert. The Richard Skidmore winners include Jacob Hawkins and Paul Wilmoh Jr. General admission for Friday is only $10 and Saturday is $15. Bring your blanket or lawn chair, friends and neighbors and become part of history. As the biggest two-day show at the Elkins Raceway is coming this weekend.
There is primitive camping (no hook ups) available. For all the latest information go to www.elkinsraceway.net