KERENS - After two weeks of rain, Mother Nature let Elkins Raceway get the Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models special in the books on Friday night, along with autograph and picture night presented by Buffalo Wild Wings.
The Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models had 23 drivers battling for $2,000 to win with $200 to start. Cody Rogers, Charlie George (driving the 38 owned by Mike Ball) and Joel Prosser scored the prelims. When the green flag fell, George, Jamie McCloud, Rogers, Prosser and Corey Metheny filled the top five. On lap four, George pushed in turn four allowing McCloud to slip by for the lead. After a caution on lap six, Metheny, riding in third, motored his way to second on lap 11. McCloud continued to show the way, but Metheny chased him down and pulled even by lap 16. On the next go round Metheny succored the spot. Metheny was now in command with stoppages on laps 19 and 23.
On the restart of lap 23, Shawn Jett, Rogers and Prosser made contact in turns one and two, resulting in Prosser overturning on his roof. Rogers stopped, but Jett did not. When the 25 lapper was through, Metheny, driving the Small Town Reality/Keplinger Welding 11C, scored his biggest career victory. McCloud, Jett, Kris Southern and Michael Lake completed the top five.
In the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models - after Chuck Harper and Shane Hitt grabbed heat wins - Harper set sail in the feature. By lap 10 Harper had built a full straight away cushion. The only thing that slowed Harper was the yellow on lap 11. It was the J C Distributing/J Rods Vending 00H's first trip to victory circle since July 6, 2012. The "Beverly Gearjammer" also received a 2 1/2-ton floor jack courtesy of Auto Zone of Elkins. Cody Hardesty, Hitt, Tim Senic and Steve Wilmoth followed Harper across the stripe.
Although there was a good battle for the second spot in the Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds between Mike Murphy and Phil Jeffries, the front spot left no doubt. Notching his third checkerboard, Brent Trimble piloting the "In Memory of Grandma"/H&R Block 1B, led from the start. Murphy was able to hold off Jeffries for second. Robert Smith was fourth and Matthew Chenoweth was fifth.
Scott Bittinger took the point of the Miller's Used Cars Street Stock feature and looked poised to claim his fifth checkered flag. The laps clicked off with no challenge to Bittinger, but eyes turned to Brian Mitchell. Mitchell started 14th and began to move his way to the front. By lap seven he was in fourth. Mitchell then climbed to second by lap 12. A yellow on lap 12, bunched the field up, and put Mitchell on Bittinger's deck lid. When the race resumed, exiting turn two, Bittinger's "Gold Digger" lurched. Something in the rear end let go, ending his quest and handing the lead to Mitchell. Mitchell in the Wizard Race Cars/Performance Engineering M1 claimed his third win. Just as he took the checkers, he had mechanical problems under the hood, requiring assistance to get out of the pit entrance. Ryan Watson, John Tallman Jr., Jamie Keene and Anthony Arbogast were second through fifth, respectively.
In the High Lines Oversize Load Escorting Mod Lites, D Jay Miller lead wire to wire en route to his third checkerboard driving the Newlon International 52. Teammate and car owner Beau Newlon finished second. Mitch Ward, Matt Ward and Ryan Harris filled out the top five.
The Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges put on a whale of a show. The top three karts darted in and around slower traffic just like the "big boys/girls" do. When the dust cleared, Paije Bragg notched her sixth win. Kolbe Kimbrew finished second and Abby Watson was third.
This week at the Elkins Raceway, "Friday Night Thunder" is being presented by High Lines Oversize Escorting and A C Electronics.
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Super Late Models (12)
Chuck Harper, Cody Hardesty, Shane Hitt, Tim Senic, Steve Wilmoth, Gary Dalton, Butch McGill, Billy Holbert, Billy Beachler, Shaun Poling, Steve Smith, John Butcher.
Heat 1: Harper, McGill, Hardesty, Smith, Poling, Holbert.
Heat 2: Hitt, Senic, Wilmoth, Dalton, Beachler, Butcher.
Corey Metheny, Jamie McCloud, Shawn Jett, Kris Southern, Michael Lake, Travis Brown, Bobby Rohrer, Troy Frazier, Tyler Stutler, Matt Lopez, Brett Benedum, Bryan Rankin, Derrick Shaw, Aldon Butcher, Tracie Sampson, Cody Rogers, Joel Prosser, Garrett Paugh, Charlie George, Derek Rogers, Greg Hicks, Jerry Brown. DNS; Joey Jenkins.
Heat 1; C. Rogers, McCloud, Rohrer, Jett, D. Rogers, Benedum, Shaw, Stutler.
Heat 2: George, Metheny, Paugh, Southern, Sampson, Rankin, J. Brown. DNS: Jenkins.
Heat 3: Prosser, Hicks, Lake, Lopez, T. Brown, Frazier, Butcher.
Brent Trimble, Mike Murphy, Phill Jeffries, Robert Smith, Matthew Chenoweth, James Nelson, Kenny Rowback, Nick Wilson, Randy Bohan, Larry Atha, Robin Maxson, Josh Revels, Emerson Payne. DNS: Dustin Isner.
Heat 1: Murphy, Smith, Chenoweth, Nelson, Rowback, Atha. DNS; Isner.
Heat 2: Trimble, Jeffries, Bohan, Wilson, Maxson. DNS: Payne, Revels.
Street Stocks (16)
Brian Mitchell, Ryan Watson, John Tallman Jr., Jamie Keene, Anthony Arbogast, Brian Youtzy, Rick Knicley, Scott Bittinger, Ricky Vest, Spec Yokum, Brian Blake, Josh Rovello, Punky Conrad, Chad Judy, Josh Mullenax. DNS: R D Isner.
Heat 1: Blake, Keene, Judy, Youtzy, Vest, Conrad. DNS: Knicley, Mitchell.
Heat 2: Bittinger, Tallman, Arbogast, Yokum, Watson, Rovello. DNS: Mullenax, Isner.
Mod Lites (10)
D Jay Miller, Beau Newlon, Mitch Ward, Matt Ward, Ryan Harris, Logan Hitt, Travis Harper, A J Spagnuolo, Trey Watson. DNS; Ritchie McCauley.
Heat 1: Miller, Harris, Newlon, Spagnuolo, McCauley.
Heat 2: Ma. Ward, Mi. Ward, Watson, Hitt, Harper.