Watson, Hitt take career firsts
(Kerens, W.V. 05-08-15) The second week of racing is now in the books at the Elkins Raceway. Car counts and fans grew in numbers. And two Mini Wedge graduates win their first career ‘upper class’ features!
In the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models, Steve Wilmoth and Gary Dalton shared prelim honors. At the drop of the green, S Wilmoth Billy Holbert, Dalton, Tim Senic and Paul Wilmoth filled the top five slots. P. Wilmoth hoping to make it two wins in a row, motored to fourth on lap three. The first stoppage came on lap nine when Robert Smith looped his mount in turn four. Racing continued as Dalton and P. Wilmoth battled for third. The two made hard contact, dropping Dalton two spots, and Wilmoth fell drastically. S. Wilmoth continued to show the way with Holbert applying pressure, but could not make a successful bid. S. Wilmoth driving the NAPA of Clarksburg / Quicktime Suspension #S1 collected his first win of the season. Holbert crossed the stripe in second. Senic was third. Cody Hardesty and Bob Gordon were fourth and fifth.
It almost looked to be a ‘repeat’ in the Budweiser FASTRAK finale. Shawn Jett driving the crate motor #S1 owned by Steve Wilmoth, grabbed the point with Derek Rogers, Daniel Hill, Tyler Stutler and Chad Green in tow. Jett looked poised to put the Wilmoth team car into victory circle, as he turned back every thing Rogers could throw at him. After a lap one yellow, the race stayed green until lap 14. Greg Hicks broke loose coming out of turn four brining out the caution. On the restart, Rogers got under Jett and gained the lead, but another yellow voided the pass. With the green waving again, Rogers pulled door handle to door handle. The duo fought for the spot when Rogers gained the advantage on lap 16. The Amos Paving / Insure America #23 of Rogers collected his first checkerboard since week 4 of 2013. Jett had to settle for second. Hill, (last week’s winner >) Garrett Paugh, and Green completed the top five.
The Performance Motors Modifieds had an interloper in the pits. Veteran of the AMRA wars, Nick Corbitt made the long tow from Waverly. Corbitt blasted to the front at the outset. But Dave Defibaugh snagged the spot on lap one. Defibaugh held Corbitt at bay, while sixth starting (for winning last week) Brent Trimble moved to third by lap six. On the next go round Trimble passed Corbitt and set his sites on Defibaugh. Just as last week, with the laps dwindling, the scene was the same. Defibaugh first, Trimble second. But unlike last week the track ahead of them was clear. The front pair roared into turn four, Trimble drifting to the high side. As the duo exited turn four, Trimble, in the H & R Block Multiservices / Estel Contracting #1B scored his second checkers in a row. Defibaugh again was the bridesmaid. Corbitt crossed in third. Matthew Chenoweth and Thomas Sigler were fourth and fifth.
In the West Virginia Pools Street Stocks Bryan Mitchell made his first outing. He used his outside pole starting position to his advantage. When the green unfurled Mitchell out dragged Ryan Watson to turn one. Mitchell, the defending track Champion, lead the entire distance for the apparent win. But in post race inspection, Mitchell suffered the double whammy. He was too light at the scales and had illegal parts. That would now give Ryan Watson, driving the John S. Watson Trucking / Lost Creek Salvage #93 his first career Street Stock victory. That also moved Chad Judy to second. John Tallman Jr. to third. Fourth would be opening night winner Anthony Arbogast. And Brad Harris rounded out the top five.
In what started as a seemily drama free Miller’s Used Cars Mod Lite feature, was quickly changed on lap six. The former two time Mini Wedge and defending Mod Lite track Champion, Logan Hitt, was running comfortably in fifth place. Then, karma steps in. The top four cars were involved in a wreck in turns one and two. That gave Hitt the front spot. But it still wasn’t a given. Hitt drove a flawless remainder of the feature. He held off a late challenge from Tyler Riggs to claim his first career Mod Lite checkerboard. Riggs crossed the line in second. While Beau Newlon, John Cogar, and Ron Harris filled out the top five.
On a normal night the B C T Construction Mini Wedges can set the tone for the evening’s racing. Thankfully this week, it wasn’t the case. As the A group feature was completing lap one, a number of karts got together on the front chute stopping the race. Last weeks winner Abby Watson was one of the drivers involved. Unfortunately, Abby complained of back and neck pain and was transported to the Hospital for evaluation. Painfully, but thankfully a case of ‘whiplash’ was the culprit. Hopefully Abby will be back quickly. When the racing continued, Paije Bragg (defending track Champion) in the John Watson Trucking / Taylor Construction #8 would grab her first win of the season. Garrett Jones, Haley Mahoney, Khole Howell, and Brett Coberly were the remainder of the top five.
In the ‘B’ group, Abbie Hudler - Pennington driving the Tommy Pennington Racing #37, in only her second outing would win her first career feature. Last week’s winner Blake Runyon was second. Third was Pressley Wilt. Fourth and fifth went to Kelsey Tincher and Madison Taylor.
Paugh grabs career first in Elkins season opener.
(Kerens, W.V. 5-01-15) The Elkins Raceway got it’s season opener presented by Central Supply in the books without much of a hitch. A good crowd braved the cool temperatures and cloudy skies, as a super smooth track welcomed the drivers.
There was a full field in the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models as Jacob Hawkins (driving the Bobby Lake owned #27) , Paul Wilmoth Jr. and Cody Hardesty snared the prelims. Wilmoth grabbed the lead from the outside pole and set sail. Hawkins dogged him circuit after circuit. There was only one stoppage, as it came on lap 12 when Shane Hitt clipped the ute tire in turn two. Wilmoth continued to show the way, as the ‘Gambler’ notched his second win in three outings on the year. The Kryptonite Race Cars / Quicktime Suspension #B1 crossed the stripe ahead of Bob Gordon (who made a late charge, but came up short), Hardesty, Hawkins and Robbie Scott.
In the Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models as the green flag waved Garrett Paugh, Michael Lake, Chad Green, Daniel Hill, and Tyler Stutler filled the top five slots. (It’s a young class when Hill was the elder statesman of the five.) Two early yellows slowed action as Paugh fended off Lake. After clipping the ute tire in turn four on lap seven, Green’s nose piece rolled under as he spun out in turn two. Paugh continued to hold off the charge of Lake, until Lake got a little loose in turn four on lap 10 letting Hill zip by. Hill had nothing for Paugh. The three time Mini Wedge Champion and all time feature winner, claimed his career first FASTRAK feature. Driving the K N P Trucking / Roy’s RV #03 bested Hill, Lake, Stutler and Jamie McCloud.
On the second try at green, the Performance Motors Modifieds counted a lap. Dave Defibaugh jumped to the point with Randy Bohan, Brent Trimble, Thomas Sigler and James Nelson in tow. When Trimble passed Bohan, it began to look like a repeat of the second heat as Trimble could not get around Defibaugh. Lap after lap Trimble was turned away. Until, lap 12. As the front duo sliced through lapped traffic, Trimble was able to use one as a pick and motored by Defibaugh on the outside for then lead. The H & R Block / B B & T Auto Crushers #1B held on for the win. Defibaugh had to settle for second. Bohan was third, Sigler was fourth and Nelson completed the top five.
The West Virginia Pools Street Stocks feature saw Anthony Arbogast snag the lead with Jamie Keene, Scott Bittinger, John Tallman Jr. and Ryan Watson quickly filling the top five positions. Arbogast would drive on for the win. Ryan Watson would get by Keene for second. . After some extra curricular activity by John Tallman Jr. and Scott Bittinger dropping both to the tail, Tallman would climb back to fourth and Brad Harris was fifth.
The B C T Construction Mini Wedges have been broken up into two groups. The beginners / and the experienced. In the A feature, Abby Watson and Paije Bragg swapped the lead multiple times around the track the entire distance. Just as their heat, Watson got the advantage. Hands down the best racing of the night. Garrett Jones, Khole Howell, and Allen Bonner were the rest of the top five.
In the B Feature, Blake Runyon bested Pressley Wilt, Kelsey Tincher, Abbie Hudler - Pennington, and Madison Taylor.
This week will be regular racing in all classes.
Defibaugh takes $1,000 Modified Special
(Kerens, W.V. 8-16-14) With the season quickly coming to a close, Friday Night Thunder at the Elkins Raceway this week was presented by Smith Energy and the Oil Spot. Plsu back to school bicycle races courtesy of Creative Learning Day Care and Mountaineer Insurance.
The Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds took the spotlight with a $1,000 to win special. Both Mike Murphy and Deana Groves had the fastest time of 15.87, but virtue of Murphy setting it first the nod went to him. Shawn Davis, Dave Defibaugh and Vic Vandergrift grabbed the heat wins. At the outset, Defibaugh jumped to the point with Vandergrift, Davis, Groves and Brent Trimble filling in the top five. With yellows flying on laps five, seven and nine, Defibaugh continued to show the way. Murphy made his way in to top five by lap seven and began to battle with Davis for fourth. The yellow rag appeared again on laps 11 and 17. The next stoppage came when Davis and Murphy made contact in turn four. The final two circuits went clean as Defibaugh driving the Bob's Mini Mart / D & B Enterprises #77 padded his point lead by adding his fifth checkerboard. Vandergrift, Groves, Phill Jeffries, and Del Cunningham completed the top five.
Bob Gordon and Steve Wilmoth snared the prelims in the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models. Wilmoth shot to the lead with Billy Holbert, Gordon, Cody Hardesty and Tim Senic filling in second through fifth. While positions swapped behind them Holbert kept pressure on Wilmoth. A stoppage on lap eight was the only thing to slow the 25 lapper. Holbert reeled in Wilmoth and turned up the heat. Wilmoth would counter each move. With just four go rounds to go, Wilmoth chose the high line around a lapped car, pinning Holbert behind it. That gave 'the Renegade' enough breathing room to park the D & B Rentals / Quicktime Suspension #S1 in victory lane for his first win of the year. Holbert finished second. Senic, Hardesty and Gary Dalton were third through fifth. Dalton was named Leggett Refrigeration 'Hard Charger"
On the verge of history making, the Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models saw Garrett Paugh claim his first career heat win and pace the field to green and the start. Paugh took command with Corey Metheny, Joey Jenkins, Jamie McCloud and Derrick Shaw in tow. In the first half of the race, Metheny stayed close but couldn't get make a serious bid for the spot. On lap seven Metheny looked high, but Paugh fended him off. Paugh looked poised to sweep the evening of firsts, but Metheny pulled even at the half way mark. Then on the next circuit, Metheny nosed ahead for the spot. Metheny, driving the Joy Recycling / Team Slick #11C, claimed his second checkerboard. Paugh had to settle for second, Kyle Thomas was third. Fourth and fifth went to Kris Southern and Jamie McCloud.
In the Miller's Used Cars Street Stocks Brain Mitchell held the front spot at the beginning. Scott Bittinger moved to fourth on lap two, then on the restart of lap two motored to second. It became a familiar sight as Mitchell and Bittinger were pacing the field. The yellow waved on lap six, then on the ensuing restart the duo were side by side. Bittinger would gain the advantage and secure the spot. As the checkered fell Bittinger appeared to add his sixth victory. But in post race inspection he was found to have an illegal rear end disqualifying him. Apparently giving the win to Mitchell. But, he was also found to have an illegal rear end giving the win to third finishing Ronnie Tincher. Tincher had won the 2012 Street Stock Championship and moved up to Modifieds. A couple of weeks ago someone stole his Modified from his home. He would eventually find most of it, but to continue racing this season he would have to field a Street Stock. In his first outing, Tincher would inherit the win, but as they say a win is a win. Ryan Watson, Chad Judy, Ricky Vest and Brian Blake would complete the top five.
The High Lines Oversize Load Escorting Mod Lites saw defending track Champion Mitch Ward held off a determined Jeff Fornash until two go rounds left. Fornash slipped by Ward for his third victory of the year. Ward, Beau Newlon, Logan Hitt, and Gabe Philips filled out the top five.
In the Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges, Hayden Jacobs made his first time out a good one as he bested Paije Bragg, Abby Watson, Garrett Jones and Khole Howell.
This week Friday Night Thunder is brought to you by Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Old Timers Night highlights Elkins Raceway
(Kerens, W.V. 8-8-14) For the eleventh night of racing, High Lines Oversize Load Escorting and A C Electronics presented Friday Night Thunder at the Elkins Raceway. Also, the rained out reset of 'Old Timers' night courtesy of Bialek Insurance.
Another good crowd were on the edge of their seats as three wide racing returned to the 3/8 mile! In the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models, Jared Hawkins (unofficially in the 14.8's) and Gary Dalton (unofficially in the 14.9's) grabbed heat wins. Hawkins blasted to the lead with Dalton, Tim Senic, Skip Hare and Cody Hardesty quickly filled the top five. Only one caution waved in the 25 lapper, as Dalton chased Hawkins but could not get in striking distance. J - Hawk driving the J C Distributing / Melvin's Transmission #37 drove away for his first win of the year. Dalton, Senic, Hardesty and Steve Wilmoth completed the top five.
In the Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models, it may of been some of the best racing Elkins Raceway has seen in a long time. For the first time in history, two drivers winning their career first heat races shared the front row of a feature. Matt Lopez and Bryan Rankin lead the field to green. Rankin grabbed the front spot with Lopez, Derek Rogers, Garrett Paugh and Kyle Thomas in tow. Thomas moved into third on lap four. On the next circuit, Rankin, Lopez and Thomas were three wide at the stripe! Thomas gained the advantage and took the spot on lap six. Thomas would then not be seriously challenged for the position enroute to the Dodd's Sporting Goods / Powell and Son Farms #57 third trip to victory lane. Behind Thomas furious battles raged through out the finale. When it was all said and done. Lopez crossed in second. Rogers was third. Shawn Jett came to the party late and finished fourth. Paugh rounded out the top five.
Vic Vandergrift jumped to the point at the start of the Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Modified feature. But Vandergrift drove into turn four too high, letting Brent Trimble slip by. Then a failed attempt to shoot into front of Trimble out of turn two, dropped him in the running order. Dave Defibaugh then would try to pressure Trimble but could not make a bid for the spot. Trimble driving the H & R Block / Estel Construction #1B, added his fourth checkerboard to the wall. Defibaugh crossed in second, Jacob Hawkins was third. Vandergrift climbed back to fourth and Dustin Isner was fifth.
For the fifth time in the Miller's Used Cars Street Stocks, Scott Bittinger collected the checkered flag. Bittinger behind the wheel of the Conners Trucking & Repair / Jack's Recycling #29 "Gold Digger" bested John Tallman Jr., Brian Mitchell, Anthony Arbogast, and Ryan Watson.
In the High Lines Oversize Load Escorting Mod Lites, Zak Kimbrew would drive flag to flag untouched for his first win of the season. It was only the second time out in the new Edge Chassis, Raupach Racing / Jack's Car Wash #99Z. Mitch Ward chased Kimbrew but had to settle for second. Logan Hitt, Ron Parrish, and Trey Watson were third through fifth.
The Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges never seem not to put on a heck of a show. Once again three and nearly four wide as the future drivers of our sport thrilled the crowd to start the evening off. Paije Bragg in the John Watson Trucking / Taylor Truck & Dozer Service #8 added her seventh win as she fended Braydon Beachler, Garrett Jones, Ryan Gum, and Kolbe Kimbrew.
Coming this week, the Fast 'N Friendly Modifieds will fight it out for $1,000 to win! This will be the last big special before the end of the season, so bring your lawn chairs, blankets, kids, friends and neighbors and experience Thunder in the Valley!
With the season quickly coming to a close, the points are getting harder to come by and some classes may come down to the final race to decide. So come on out and root your favorite driver to maybe a season Championship!
Metheny scores biggest career victory
Kerens, W.V. 8-2-14) After two weeks of rain, Mother Nature let Elkins Raceway get the Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models special in the books. Plus, Buffalo Wild Wings presented autograph and picture night.
23 Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models signed to battle 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 (from tenth), 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 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 teh second spot in the Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds between Mike Murphy and Phill Jeffries, The front spot left no doubt. Notching his third checkerboard, Brent Trimble piloting the "In Memory of Grandma" / H & R Block #1B, lead flag to flag. 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 fourteenth 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 (from tenth), John Tallman Jr., Jamie Keene and Anthony Arbogast were second through fifth.
In the High Lines Oversize Load Escorting Mod Lites, D Jay Miller lead wire to wire enroute to his third checkerboard driving the Newlon International #52. Team Mate 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. After the race there was some question on scoring, the rest of the results are pending.
This week at the Elkins Raceway, Friday Night Thunder is being presented by High Lines Oversize Escorting and A C Electronics.
Rain takes Elkins Raceway for fifth time
(Kerens,W.V. 7-26-14) Mother Nature sprung a quick shower over Elkins Raceway just as the Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges should of been lining up in the chute. After an hour delay running the track back in, as the Mini's were reading to go to the chute, a harder shower dumped more water on the 3/8 mile oval, forcing track officials to cancel racing for the fifth time this season.
That will now set up this week's slate. The Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models will battle for $2,000 to win with $200 to start. There will be increased purses in the Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds, Miller's Used Cars Street Stocks, and High Lines Oversize Load Escorting Mod Lites. The Jenkins Ford Super Late Models will be racing for a regular payout with a 2 1/2 ton floor jack as a bonus courtesy of Auto Zone. As always the Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges will start the evening off. Also Buffalo Wild Wings present "Meet your favorite driver" So bring your sharpie's and cameras!
The remaining schedule is lining up like this: August 8; Friday Night Thunder is being presented by High Lines Oversize Load Escorting., and AC Electronics.
August 15; Friday Night Thunder is sponsored by Smith Energy, and the Oil Spot. Plus a $1,000 to win Fast 'N Friendly Modified event.
August 22; will be Friday Night Thunder sponsored by Mountain Lakes Convention & Visitors Bureau.
August 29; will be the season Championship with more information TBA.
Mother Nature takes fourth at Elkins
(Kerens, W.V. 7-19-14) You can't fight Mother Nature. But you sure can call her names. For the fourth time this year the rains came just as gates were to open forcing track officials to cancel racing.
So the Elkins Raceway will set it's sites on this week as Hitt's Garage presents Friday Night Thunder. Plus bicycle races for kids twelve and under (helmets MUST be worn) courtesy of Creative Learning Daycare.
With the season rapidly coming to a close, make plans to see your favorite driver battle for the point Championship!. Bring your lawn chair, or blanket and cheer your favorite driver to the title of track Champion!
Don't forget parents, that each and every week the Mountaineer Insurance Kids for Racing Club gives away one boys and one girls bicycle. But you must sign in to be eligible to win.
The regular racing schedule include the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models. The Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models. The Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds. The Miller's Used Cars Street Stocks. The High Lines Oversize Load Escorting Mod Lites. And the Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges. Gates open at 6:00, the Mini Wedges hit the track at 7:15. Hot laps 7:30. Racing starts at 8:00.
Elkins Raceway would like to thank AC Electronics, All American Auto, Bialek Insurance, Budweiser, Buffalo Wild Wings, Central Supply, Creative Learning Daycare, Darren's Pizza Shack, Elza's Cycle & ATV, Fancy Paws, Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy, Glotfelty Tire, H & M Motors, Harris Construction, High Gear Speed Shop, High Lines Oversize Load Escorting, High Point Construction, Hitt's Garage, Hoosier Tire, Hunter's Haven, the Intermountain, Jenkins Ford, Leggett Refrigeration, Leslie Equipment, Liggett's Supply, Middletown Homes, Miller's Modifications, Miller's Used Cars, Mountain Lakes Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mountain Valley Bank, Mountaineer Insurance, Newlon's International, the Oil Spot, Performance Motors, Rocket Chassis, Smith Energy, Snap On Tools, Sponaugle Trucking, Stewart Sanitation, T K S Construction, Valley Steel, Valley Supply, WDNE, WDTV, West Virginia Oil & Gas, and West Virginia Pools for their support in 2014.
When possible patronize these sponsors, because they are the reason you get to enjoy racing at the Elkins Raceway each Friday night.
Moran takes Skidmore Memorial at Elkins
(Kerens, W.V. 7-13-14) On Saturday, day two of the Legends weekend with the 4th annual Richard Skidmore Memorial. Mike Benedum tripped the clock the fastest with a 14:88 mark. It would also garner him $200 courtesy of the Skidmore family. Delmas Conley and Billy Holbert notched prelim honors as Benedum snared the dash. Just as Friday night, Moran blasted to the front. Now with Benedum, Mason Zeigler, Cody Hardesty, and Gary Dalton in tow. The first caution waved on lap six, as Austin Hubbard drove a little too high into turns three and four and went over the embankment. Unlike Friday night, on Saturday the track was a whole different animal. Again, under the Elite Eight banner, the double file restarts were used, as the leader getting choice of inside or outside. Moran choose outside. Moran was showing the way but kept feeling the heat from Benedum. But Zeigler was on Benedum's trunklid as well. On lap 18 Zeigler motored by Benedum and set his sites on Moran. Hardesty then began to pressure Benedum as the duo battled door to door, with Zeigler turning up the wick on Moran. Hardesty got by Benedum on lap 33, but it wouldn't be a repeat of Friday. The final yellow came out on lap 42, bunching the field up letting Moran again choose outside. Moran driving the Custom Cutters / Donnie Moran Racing #99M took the second $5,000 check of the weekend. Zeigler would follow in second. Hardesty was third, Benedum fourth and Tim Senic fifth. The winners trophy was sponsored by Jimmy Henry Motorsports.
The Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models were again battling for $1,000, as it only took two tries to get under way, and on Saturday they did get their full distance in. Shawn Jett would guide the field from start to finish putting his Aluminum Service Center / Jett racing into victory lane for the second time in as many nights. And for the second straight night, Kyle Thomas crossed in the runnerup spot. Derek Rogers finished third. Fourth and fifth were Kris Southern and Joel Prosser.
On their second try at starting the Fast 'N Friendly Modifieds had Deana Groves in her first visit of the season grabbing the point at the outset. Shawn Davis, Dave Defibaugh, Brent Trimble and Mike Murphy quickly filled in the top five. Defibaugh got back Davis on the restart of lap one and began to reel in Groves. Laps clicked off as Defibaugh closed in on Groves. On the last lap coming to the checkered flag, Defibaugh looked inside Groves but the first lady of Modifieds edged Defibaugh by three feet at the stripe. Davis, Murphy and Trimble were third through fifth.
The Miller's Used Cars finale had Scott Bittinger piloting the Automotive Machine / Gold Digger #29 notching his fourth win. Bittinger lead flag to flag besting Brian Mitchell, John Tallman Jr., Ryan Watson and Anthony Arbogast.
Beau Newlon chased Mitch Ward circuit after circuit in the High Lines Oversize Load Escorting Mod Lites. After a restart of lap nine, Newlon pulled even with Ward. The front duo ran door to door until Newlon gained the advantage on lap 13. Newlon would drive on for his second win. Ward had to settle for second. Logan Hitt, crossed in third, Trey Watson was fourth, and Troy Gum was fifth.
Once again the Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges started the night off with a bang. Racing three and four wide, the young guns put on a whale of a show for the fans. With now less that three leaders swapping the front spot throughout. When it was over, Paije Bragg collected her fifth checkerboard. Garrett Jones, Braydon Beachler, Ryan Gum and Abby Watson completed the top five.
Hardesty wins Jim Hitt Memorial at Elkins
(Kerens, W.V. 7-13-14) Budweiser presented the 4th annual Elkins Raceway Legends Memorial weekend. Friday night. The 4th annual Jim Hitt Memorial for the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models held a $5,000 check for the winner. Devin Moran took the $180 fast qualifier money courtesy of Robbie Scott, in memory of his Dad, Bob. Tim Senic, Mike Benedum, and Mason Zeigler grabbed the heat victories. Moran then scored the dash.
In the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models, as the Jim Hitt Memorial 50 lapper began Moran, Austin Hubbard, Steve Wilmoth, Cody Hardesty and Billy Holbert filled in the top five. Moran set a blistering pace entering the backmarkers by lap nine. A yellow on lap 11 stopped action. Double file restarts were utilized with Elite Eight Series sanctioning the event. Moran chose the inside line. Moran continued to show the way as Hardesty moved his way to second on lap 14. The caution waved on lap 33, Moran again choose the inside slot. With Moran, Hardesty, Hubbard, Senic, and Zeigler the top five the green came back out. Hardesty pressured Moran but could not make a bid. The final stoppage came on lap 38, as Moran once again choose the inside. When the green light came on, Hardesty used his favorite high line to secure the front spot. Moran then chased, but the "Quiet Riot" held him off to claim his biggest career win. The Oakland Maryland driver sports #1 Touchdown City / Pleasant Valley Tarps on his #53. Hubbard, Doug Drown (from eleventh) and Senic completed the top five. Moran also pocketed $100 from legendary Elkins driver Jewell Carson for leading lap 37. The winner's trophy was courtesy of Jimmy Henry Motorsports.
The Budweiser FASTRAKs had extra incentive with $1,000 up for grabs. On the third try at green, Danny Thomas was at the front. Followed by Kyle Thomas, Michael Lake, Corey Metheny and Shawn Jett. After two quick yellows, D. Thomas was still holding the front spot, with K. Thomas right on his tail. On the restart of lap two, third running Jett, dove to the inside exiting turn four a blew pass both Thomas'. Multiple yellows were unfurled as the time limit would expire with a gren, white checkered finish. Jett would claim the $1K, K. Thomas was second, D. Thomas third. Kris Southern and Aldon Butcher were fourth and fifth. It was the Aluminum Service Center's / Jett Racing's second win of the season. Jett also received an impact wrench valued at $400 courtesy of Jason Wolfe of Snap On Tools.
Dave Defibaugh would lead wire to wire in the Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds surviving many caution flags. The Bob's Mini Mart / D & B Enterprises #33 notched his third trip to victory circle. Phill Jeffries, Shawn Davis, Andre Layfield, and Mike Murphy completed the top five.
In the Miller's Used Cars Street Stocks, Scott Bittinger set sail at the outset and was destroying the field. By lap 12 he built a full straight away lead and had a seven lapped cars as a cushion. But, a caution on lap 16 erased the advantage. Brian Mitchell then turned up the heat as pulled even with Bittinger with two circuits to go. On the final lap, Bittinger drove into turn four a little too hot, as then tail of the car began to come around, Mitchell and Anthony Arbogast zipped by. Mitchell, driving the Wizard Race Cars / Performance Engineering #M1, added his second checkerboard. Bittinger dropped to third with John Tallman Jr., and Ryan Watson fourth and fifth. Mitchell also received a 175 piece mechanic tool set courtesy of Auto Zone.
Jeff Fornash would lead flag to flag in the High Lines Oversize Load Escorting Mod Lite feature. It would be the Triple H Enterprises / Richard Webb #99 driver's second first place finish of the season. Beau Newlon, Ron Parrish, Mitch Ward and A J Spagnuolo followed.
The Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges set the tone for the evening as they battled three wide for teh win. As the checker flag fell, Steven Frazier claimed the prize ahead of Paije Bragg, Ryan Gum, Braydon Beachler and Garrett Jones.
New faces found in victory circle.
(Kerens, W.V. 7-5-14) Another great crowd saw new faces in victory circle as Friday Night Thunder was presented by West Virginia Pools at the Elkins Raceway. And lot of happy kids went home with fists full of candy courtesy of Mountain Valley Bank.
In the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models, Gary Dalton and Bob Gordon grabbed the heat wins. As the green flag dropped, Gordon jumped to the lead with Dalton, Billy Holbert, Chuck Harper and Shane Hitt in tow. Cody Hardesty made his way into the top four by lap four. Gordon continued to hit his marks lap after lap. In a caution free 25 lapper, Gordon, driving the Kevin Roy Trucking / B B & T Auto Crushers #31, snared his first win since July 23, 2010. Dalton, Holbert, Hardesty and Tim Senic would finish second through fifth.
On the second try at green, Greg Hicks out ran Jamie McCloud to the point in the Budweiser FASTRAK feature. With Hicks showing the way, sixth starting Shawn Jett began to move forward. On lap three Jett was in third, and motored to second on lap five. Jett could not reel in Hicks as the circuits clicked off. A caution with two go rounds to go, gave Jett the break he needed. But when racing resumed, Jett could not make a bid for the lead. Hicks piloting the Corridor H Tire / Triple E Services #1H got his first win almost a year. His last came July 12, 2013. Jett had to settle for second. Kyle Thomas crossed in third. Matt Lopez and Kris Southern were fourth and fifth.
In the Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds, Dave Defibaugh took the lead at the outset and never relinquished it. Although he was never seriously challenged, Defibaugh had a pack of hungry dogs nipping at his heels. When the checkers fell, Defibaugh in the Bob's Mini Mart / D & B Enterprises #77 claimed his third win. Brent Trimble, Shawn Davis, Phill Jeffries, and Mike Murphy finished close behind.
For the second week in a row, the Miller's Used Cars Street Stocks had yellow fever. Although this week they did get the full distance in. John Tallman Jr. snared the front spot at the outset, but Brian Mitchell took it away on lap one. Mitchell continued to command, but Scott Bittinger climbed from his eighth starting spot and began to apply pressure to Mitchell. But on lap seven, Bittinger came around in turn two reliving the pressure. Anthony Arbogast closed in late but could not make a bid for the lead. It was the Wizard Race Cars / Performance Engineering #M1 first win of the year. Arbogast crossed in second. Ryan Watson, Tallman, and Rick Knicley were third through fifth.
The actual second red flag of the night happened in heat two for the Street Stocks as Kenny Vest launched over another car in turn one flipping and his car destroying it. Vest was taken to the hospital for observation, but is reportedly sore but ok.
In the High Lines Oversize Load Escorting Mod Lites, Beau Newlon would lead wire to wire enroute to his first checkerboard since June 21, 2013. The Newlon International #1 bested Travis Harper, Randy Kerns, Logan Hitt, and Trey Watson.
The first red flag of the night came in heat one of the Mod Lites, As Beau Newlon, Ryan Harris, and Trey Watson were battling three wide down the back chute, they touched. resulting in Harris flipping and barrel rolled multiple times. The chassis and cage done it's job perfectly. Ryan walked away, sore but unhurt.
Paije Bragg fended off Garrett Jones in the Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges in their heat and again in the feature to put her John Watson Trucking / Taylor Truck and Dozer Service #8 in victory lane for the fourth time. Braydon Beachler, Brett Coberly and Ryan Gum completed the top five.
*** Next week, July 11,12, Budweiser presents the 4th annual Elkins Raceway Legends Memorial weekend. On Friday night is the 4th annual Jim Hitt Memorial for the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models battling for $5,000 to win, with $300 to start. Plus it will be Breast Cancer Awareness Night. On Saturday is the 4th annual Richard Skidmore Memorial for the Jenkins Ford Super Lates squaring off for another $5,000, and $300 to start. If a driver can sweep the weekend he will pocket a cool $2,000 bonus! On Friday Robbie Scott is awarding the fast qualifier $180 in memory of his Dad, Bob Scott. On Saturday the Skidmore family will hand the fast qualifier $200 in memory of the patriarch Richard.
Also on both nights, the Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models will battle for $1,000 to win. The Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds vie for $600 to win. The Miller's Used Cars Street Stocks will race for $400 to win. The High Lines Oversize Load Escorting Mod Lites will be racing for $300 to win. All classes will have increased payouts down through. The Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges will start the evening off both nights. In addition: on Saturday, Elkins Raceway's famous Fireworks display!
General admission for Friday and Saturday is $15. But if you bring your wrist band Saturday (July 12) from Friday (July 11) you will receive $5 off!!***
Previous winners of the Jim Hitt Memorial: 2011 Jared Hawkins, 2012 Jason Covert, 2013 Butch McGill.
Previous winners of the Richard Skidmore Memorial: 2011 Jacob Hawkins, 2012 Paul Wilmoth Jr., 2013 Paul Wilmoth Jr.
Firecracker Topless 30 goes to Hamrick
(Kerens, W.V. 6-28-14) Great hillside crowd witnessed fireworks on the track and in the sky Friday night at the Elkins Raceway.
Another impressive crowd, the biggest car count in quite a while and a beautiful evening gave way to Jenkins Ford Firecracker 30 for Topless Jenkins Ford Super Late Models. Chuck Harper and Butch McGill grabbed the prelim honors. At the drop of the green, McGill snared the front spot followed by Harper, Gary Dalton, Dusty Hamrick, and Tim Senic. With McGill showing the way, Harper began to fall in the order. Hamrick and Dalton then raged a war for the second spot. Dalton turned up the wick, but could not get by Hamrick. The laps clicked off quickly as no yellows flew, Hamrick pulled away from Dalton and began to pressure McGill. On lap 22 Hamrick looked to the outside coming out of turn four and motored by McGill. Hamrick driving the Hammer's Market ? Tire & Rubber #X, showed the crate motor could run with the big ones. McGill crossed in second. Dalton was third. Jared Hawkins and Cody Hardesty were fourth and fifth. Hardesty was named Leggett Refrigeration 'Hard Charger'.
The Budweiser FASTRAK Late ran roofless as well for $1,000 to win. After Kyle Thomas and Michael Lake took the heat wins, Thomas shot to the point with Lake, Troy Frazier, Cody Rogers and Tracie Sampson in tow. Cautions on laps five and six, bunched the field back up but, Thomas was still at the front of the line. After a long green stretch, Lake applied heavy pressure to Thomas looking high and low. At each try he was turned back. On lap 14 Lake reached the quarter panel, and then was side by side with Thomas when the yellow came out on lap 16. On the next restart Thomas put a little breathing room between himself and Lake. The Dodd's Sporting Goods / Powell & Son Farm #57 beat Lake to the line. Shawn Jett, Cody Rogers, and Garrett Paugh were third through fifth. Immediately after the race, the Lake team filed a protest of an illegal engine against Thomas. The results are pending.
The Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds were also racing for extra money as $750 was awaiting the winner. The cautions flew on laps three, six, eight, fourteen and sixteen slowing race long leader Dave Defibaugh. Defibaugh would never be seriously challenged for the lead, but with a left rear going down, Brent Trimble, Phill Jeffries and Mike Murphy closed in but could make bids for the lead. Is was the Bob's Mini Mart / D & B Enterprises' second trip to victory lane. Trimble, Jeffries, Murphy crossed in that order. Shawn Davis was fifth.
In the Miller's Used Cars Street Stocks, Anthony Arbogast jumped to the point, but started to come around in turn two. Following close behind, Scott Bittinger got into Arbogast and helped him on around. Bittinger was blacked flagged for his assistance. Then the caution became a plague. It waved eight times, while counting only four laps complete. The time limit expired as the green came out for the final restart, and true to form the yellow / checkered came out as quickly freezing the field. Arbogast in the Miller's Used Cars / C & JJ's Used Cars #8A added his third checkerboard. Ryan Watson, Chad Judy, Jamie Keene, and Teresa Vaughn were second through fifth.
D Jay Miller lead wire to wire in the High Lines Oversize Load Escorting Mod-Lite feature enroute to his second straight victory. Braedon Dillinger chased Miller but had to settle for second. Miller's team car and owner Beau Newlon was third. Lynn Knepper was fourth and Matt Ward was fifth.
Paije Bragg picked up her third darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedge feature as she bested Garrett Jones, Braydon Beachler, Kolbe Kimbrew, and Caleb Nolan.
Next week at the Elkins Raceway is Friday Night Thunder presented by West Virginia Pools. Plus a candy rush courtesy of Mountain Valley Bank.
And don't forget July 11 and 12 the 4th annual Budweiser Elkins Raceway Legends Memorial. Friday night the 4th annual Jim Hitt Memorial boasting a $5,000 to win check and $300 to start for the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models. Then Saturday another $5K is up for grabs in the 4th annual Richard Skidmore Memorial. There is a $2,000 bonus if a driver can sweep the weekend. The Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models, Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds, Miller's Used Cars Street Stocks and the High Lines Oversize Load Escorting Mod Lites will be on the card each night with increased purses both nights! And the Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges will start both evenings racing off!
Rain takes Elkins again, Topless next for Supers and FASTRAK
(Kerens, W.V. 6-22-14) After racing for three straight weeks, Mother Nature halted action at the Elkins Raceway for the second time in as many weeks. Last week, just as gates were to open the rain hit. At least this week she let the gates open before the water was turned on. That forced track officials to cancel the evenings activities.
The rained out Modified and Mod Lites special races along with the Old Timers night will be rescheduled at a later date.
This week at the 3/8 mile clay oval, Jenkins Ford present the Firecracker Topless 30 for the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models with a $2,000 winners check. Although the 'topless' format has been a popular event at tracks around the country, it will actually only be the third such race at Elkins. The first roofless event was held in the Festival race in 2011. West Union's Butch McGill captured that checkered flag. The second topless event was the 2012 R H Armstrong Classic. 'J Hawk' Jared Hawkins scored that win.
Elkins weekly hot shoes lead by two time feature winner Cody Hardesty. Four time track Champion Tim Senic. , perennial favorites; Gary Dalton, Chuck Harper, Butch McGill, Mike Benedum, Billy Holbert, Jared and Jacob Hawkins are expected to race for the $2K first place winnings.
Also on the card are the Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models doing their version of the 'Topless'. This will be the crate motor class' third event as well. Both races were ran in 2012 with Daniel Hill taking the first, and Robert Cossell IV winning the second race.
In the most competitive and most represented class week in and week out, watch two time track Champion Kris Southern, Kyle Thomas, Shawn Jett, Chad Green, Michael Lake, Jamie McCloud, Derek and Cody Rogers among some of the most talented drivers in the tri state area battle for top prize.
Plus a gigantic fireworks display!! With racing in the Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds, Miller's Used Cars Street Stocks, High Lines Oversize Load Escorting Mod Lites and Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges. It will also be double points night.
Gates open at 6:00. The Mini Wedges hit the track at 7:15. Hot laps at 7:30 and racing at 8:00! Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, your friends and neighbors and set back and feel 'Friday Night Thunder' at the Elkins Raceway.
A Big Night Planned at Elkins Raceway
(Kerens, W.V. 6-17-14) Just as the gates were to open, so did the skies with hammering rains, forcing track officials to cancel racing for the second time this season at the Elkins Raceway.
That sets up this week as Friday Night Thunder presented by Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy for the $750 to win Modified special. Plus, Middletown Homes of WV presents Old Timers Night! Also, a $750 to win High Lines Oversize Load Escorting Mod-Lites special. Courtesy of Harris Construction, Newlon International and Stewart Sanitation.
Come feel Friday Night Thunder on the 3/8 mile oval at the Elkins Raceway, as general admission is STILL only $10, and kids 12 and under are free!
Parents, make sure you sign the kids (12 and under) in at the Mountaineer Insurance Kids for Racing Club. As each and every week one boys and one girls bicycle is given away! But you have to register to have a chance to win.
Don't forget to mark your calendars for July 11 and 12, as Budweiser presents the 4th annual Elkins Raceway Legends Memorial weekend. Friday night will be the 4th annual Jim Hitt Memorial with a $5,000 winners check going to some Jenkins Ford Super Late Models driver. Plus increased moneis in all other classes. With a special Breast Cancer Awareness night. Then Saturday the 4th annual Richard Skidmore Memorial with another $5,000 check awaiting a Jenkins Ford Super Late Model driver. Plus a $2,000 bonus if a driver sweeps the weekend! Both nights the Super drivers will garner at least $300 if they start the feature! With extra moneys in all other classes! So make plans to come out to the Legends Memorial weekend!
There is racing in all six classes each Friday night with the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models, Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models, Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds, Miller's Used Cars Street Stocks, High Lines Oversize Load Escorting Mod-Lites and the Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges.
Gates open at 6:00. Mini Wedges hit the track at 7:15. Hot laps at 7:30 and racing by 8:00.
New Faces Earn Wins at Elkins
(Kerens, W.V. 6-7-14) Another great crowd filled the hillside at Elkins Raceway on Friday Night Thunder presented by Hunter's Haven. Plus autograph and picture night courtesy of Creative Learning Daycare.
In the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models, Butch McGill and Dusty Hamrick took prelim honors. On the second try at green McGill jumped to the point with Hamrick, Gary Dalton, Tim Senic and Chuck Harper quickly filling the top five. With the laps clicking off, eyes turned to eighth starting Cody Hardesty. Hardesty moved into the top five by lap eight. The race stayed green until Tracy Cooper's machine went up in a fireball on lap 20. Thankfully Cooper was unhurt. McGill, Hamrick, Senic, Hardesty and Harper were the top five. On the restart, Hardesty moved to the top side and methodically moved to the front. On lap 21 he was in third and the following circuit motored to second. McGill was still showing the way as Hardesty peeked under McGill coming out of turn two, and again entering turn three. Both times McGill blocked the advance. As the duo were exiting turn four with the white flag in the air, there was a hole between McGill and the guard rail. The space was quickly shut, as Hardesty had to let off, giving McGill the first win of the season. It was Jenkins Ford / High Lines Oversize Load Escorting #1MC first visit of the year. Hardesty had to settle for second. Hamrick, Senic, and Harper were the rest of the top five.
In the Budweiser FASTRASK Late Models, Kyle Thomas and Shawn Jett lead the field to green. Thomas gained the advantage and would not lose the spot. On lap 18, Aldon Butcher and Brian Rankin tangled in turn three just in front of the leaders. Thomas dove low and Jett jumped high avoiding the wreckage. Thomas driving the Powell & Son Farm / Dodd's Sporting Goods #57, was able to fend off Jett for his first victory of the season. Michael Lake crossed in third, Corey Metheny was fourth and Kris Southern was fifth.
In his first visit of the season, Shawn Davis started on the pole of the Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Modified finale. Davis would lead flag top flag turning back Dave Defibaugh for the checkerboard. Davis, driving the Automotive Machine / Davis Truck & Backhoe Service bested Mike Murphy who got by Defibaugh on the last lap, Matthew Chenoweth and Dustin Isner.
In a wide and wooley beginning in the Miller's Used Cars Street Stocks had Ricky Vest as the leader at the outset. But Brian Mitchell and Ryan Watson applied heavy pressure dueling three wide for the front spot. Meanwhile a lurking Scott Bittinger saw an opening and blew by for the lead on lap four. Bittinger, piloting the Conners Trucking & Repair / Jack's Recycling "Gold Digger" recorded his third checkered flag of the year. Mitchell, Vest, Watson and John Tallman Jr. completed the top five. A scary moment happened late in the feature as Teresa Vaughn flipped off the back straight, coming to rest on the ute tires, against the fence. Thankfully Teresa was ok.
Ryan Harris grabbed the point at the start of the High Lines Oversize Load Escorting Mod-Lites, but he pushed in turn four opening the door for DJ Miller to slip by. Miller would hold off a late challenge from Braedon Dillinger for the win. DJ Miller was driving the #52 of Beau Newlon. Dillinger, Randy Kerns, Harris, and Gabe Philips were second through fifth.
It was an experiment for the Darren's Pizza Shack Mini Wedges. The Mini Wedges were clocked at slightly over 63 mph. In an attempt to slow the karts down, a restrictor plate was implemented. The result, slower and three wide racing back through the pack. The feature had four different leaders at the line, and multi changes around the 3/8 mile. When the checkered flew, Paige Bragg added her second win. Abby Watson was second, Garrett Jones third, Brett Coberly was fourth and Jordan Gum was fifth. Paige is sponsored by John Watson Trucking and Taylor Truck & Dozer Service.
This week the Fast 'N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds will battle for a $750 first prize.
A Huge Crowd Filled Hillside At Elkins
(Kerens, W.V. 5-31-14) A standing room only hillside gave Elkins Raceway one of the biggest crowds in recent memory. As fireworks filled the skies, there were a few on the track as well.
Saturday Night Shoot-Out & Fireworks Display
This Saturday Night at Elkins Raceway, May 31, 2014 join us for Saturday Night Shoot-Out. 35 Lap $3000 to win Jenkins Ford Super Late Models, 25 Lap $2000 to win Budweiser FASTRAK Late Models. Plus, a HUGE fireworks display!! Racing in all other classes will also be on the card for Saturday Night. "Except Mini-Wedges"
Rain Prevails at Elkins Raceway
Elkins Raceway Opens 2014 Season
Elkins Raceway releases 2014 schedule. 2014 looks to be another big year at the Raceway with several special events scheduled. Please keep checking back on more details for purses and other events. 2014 Schedule
Elkins Raceway track crew has been hard at work since early fall on a new track surface as well as other improvements around the facility. The race surface has been completely redone with new clay and the turns have been re-sloped for better racing. The track manager Jim Skidmore has the track looking top notch and is ready to let the horsepower meet the clay this weekend for test and tune. Friday Night Thunder is drawing near, get your chairs and family ready and loaded, WE ARE GOIN RACIN' !!
Turf Bash Postponed
Turf Bash will be scheduled for August 30th 2014.
Opening Weekend Drawing Near
Practice Set for Friday April 25th, Gates Open 4pm Practice Start 6pm, Grandstand Admission Free
Season Opener May 2nd Racing All Classes Gates Open at 6pm, Hotlaps 7:30pm and Racing Starting at 8pm.
Full Schedule will be released in the next few days we are currently waiting on some final details for a few events. Keep checking back! Looks like another great schedule shaping up yet again at Elkins Raceway for 2014.
Racing Banquet Set For November 16
The Elkins Raceway awards banquet is set for November 16, 2013 at the Beverly Firehall in Beverly, WV. For info and tickets contact Jim Skidmore at (304)636-8661 or Jeff at (304)636-4534. Doors will open at 5:30pm and Dinner will be served at 7:00pm, BYOB. Entertainment provided by WV Cool Tunes.
Mother Nature claims yet another at Elkins
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Elkins Beats Mother Nature
(Kerens, W.V.7-13-13) For the first time in four weeks Elkins Raceway got the program in. It began to look bleak as a 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.
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Defibaugh scores the extra $$$ in Modified
(Kerens, W.V. 6-22-14) It was autograph night for the drivers and fans on Jenkins Ford Friday night thunder. Many of the drivers took the extra time and effort to bring candy, photos, stickers, and more as they handed out the items to the huge crowd that covered the hillside Friday night at the Elkins Raceway.
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Old Timers enjoy evening of remembrance
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Schaeffer Oil Fastrak Crate Late Model $2000 to WIN rescheduled for June 29th RH Armstrong Memorial Night
Mother Nature can’t stop Education night at Elkins
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Thunder in the Mountains Returns
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Elkins Raceway Ready For Friday Night Thunder
Spring is in the air, and that can only mean one thing, the Elkins Raceway is getting ready for the 2013 racing season. It begins April 26th with the annual Test and Tune Practice day set for this Friday evening with the first Friday Night Thunder slated the following week, May 3rd.
The Kerens facility will enter it’s third year under Norman McDougal as Track Lease Holder, Jim Skidmore as Track Manager. The classes this year will be the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models, the Budweiser FASTRAK Crate Motor Late Models, the Fast ‘N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds, the Miller’s Used Cars Street Stock and Darren’s Pizza Mini Wedges. The Good Samaritan of Barbour County Mod Lite’s will be the new class this year.
With arguably the best schedule in many years, the 3/8 mile oval highlights include, the Jenkins Ford Super Late Model's 1st event with Hunter’s Haven paying $2,000 to win May 31st. Then June 28th and 29th is the Stars and Stripes Weekend Celebration featuring the J C Distributing 25th Annual R H Armstrong Memorial Topless Twin 25’s paying $2,000 to win for the first race and $3,000 for the second. The second race, the field will be inverted, plus $250 Hard Charger Bounty if the same driver wins both races. Friday’s portion of the show will feature the areas first big fireworks display of the season. The Budweiser All Star Memorial kicks off with the 3rd annual Jim Hitt Memorial on July 19th for a $5,000 paycheck with $300 to start, Then the next night, July 20th, the 3rd annual Richard Skidmore Memorial has a $10,000 check awaiting the winner and $500 to start. And Finally, We are working hand in hand with World of Outlaws to make their debut at the track with $10,000 up for grabs, in the 1st ever Elkins Raceway “Moonshiner” on August 23. (this date is tentative)
The Budweiser FASTRAK Series will have the Schaeffer Oil $2,000 to win plus $500 in tools from Snap On on June 7th. Also, there is a $2,000 to win show with the World of Outlaws on August 23rd.(this date is tentative) Other FASTRAK specials are June 29th and July 19th for $1,000 each, then July 20th paying $1,500 to the winner.
The Fast ‘N Friendly Pharmacy Modifieds are spotlighted June 21 and July 20 for $1,000 to win. With a pair of $750 prizes June 29 and July 19.
The Miller’s Used Cars Street Stocks vie for a $500 to win Street Stock Special on May 24th. Then on August 9th, $500 to win plus $500 tools from Snap On. Other specials include, $500 to win on June 29th, July 19th and 20th. Finally a $1,000 to win with the “Run What You Brung” Steet Stock Special on August 23 (also tentative)
The new kids on the block, the Good Samaritan of Barbour County Mod Lites battle for $500 May 17th sponsored by Ryan’s Repair, 31st sponsored by Eastern Hose, June 14th sponsored by Andy’s Heating, July 19th sponsored by Newlon’s International, August 2nd sponsored by Corridor H Tire, and 16th sponsored by Stewart Sanitation. With a couple of $750 paydays June 29th sponsored by Harris Construction and American Garage Door and July 20th sponsored by Gutterworks and Karen Bialek Insurance.
With many more specials dotting the schedule, go towww.elkinsraceway.net for the complete schedule, latest news, and more. Race day phone is 304-636-3339 .
Regaurding The David Allen Coe Concert
Elkins Raceway LLC. is in no way affiliated with this event! Mountain State Music was to rent our facilities for this concert. ALL ticket sales were made by them and for them. ALL REFUNDS AND COMPLAINTS NEED TO BE ADRESSED TO MOUNTAIN STATE MUSIC @ 304-641-7898 ATTENTION BRAD WIETEK. Again this was a MSM event. Thanks, Elkins Raceway LLC. Management
Elkins Raceway Banquet
Dont Forget, 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.
Festival 40 September 15th Payout Info
$3000 to win Super Late Models plus increased purse in all classes
Gates Open at 5pm Racing at 7pm
Hawkins wins 3rd Armstrong, Champions crowned at Elkins.
24th Annual R.H. Armstrong/ Black Diamond Qualifier This Friday Night August 24th
This Friday Night August 24th will be the running of the 24th Annual R.H. Armstrong Classic/ Black Diamond Qualifier. The Jenkins Ford Super Late Models will run Topless for 52 laps for $3000 to WIN plus a provisional spot in the Black Diamond at the Tyler County Speedway, Super Late Models will time trial. Budweiser EDGE Crate Late Models will run Topless for 27 laps for $1000 to WIN plus a provisional spot in the Black Diamond Weekend at Tyler County Speedway. TSMA Modifieds will run for 22 laps for $1000 to win, Street Stocks Run What U Brung 22 laps for $1000 to win! ( must have passed tech inspection at least once this season at Elkins Raceway to be eligable to run), PLUS Mini-Wedges! General Admission only $10 and Pits $30, don't miss out on this action packed night! Keep your eyes and ears open for the Fall Festival Race Saturday Sept. 15th.
Rain halts racing again at Elkins!
But hold onto your seats! Friday night August 24 will now be Season Championship night! The Black Diamond Qualifier for the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models and the Budweiser EDGE crate Late Models! AND the 24th annual R H Armstrong Classic Topless 52 for the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models! PLUS the Budweiser EDGE Late will run Topless as well. WITH the $1,000 to win Valley Supply Street Stock Run What You Brung. ( must have passed tech inspection at least once this season at Elkins raceway). The Miller’s Used Cars Modifieds and Mini Wedges will also be on the card.
Covert and Wilmoth take money out of Elkins
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Historical Weekend On-Tap This Weekend
Senic takes first win of the year
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Old Timers Reunion This Friday Night
Old timers reunion will be held this Friday July 27th at the Elkins Raceway. Not all participants could attend on the 10th or 11th of August. Make sure to come out and enjoy a blast from the past! Attendees include Red Freddicks, Steve Helmick, Jack Rosier, Gary Bates, Don Thorne, Buddy Tasker, Bernard Keene, Ernie Foglepole, Bill Weese just to name a few.
Huge Skidmore Memorial Weekend Announced
Elkins Will Be Throwing Dirt This Friday
Just a reminder, Elkins Raceway will be racing this Friday night July 6th......arm bands will be honored from July 29th at face value any race night until we are able too make up the fireworks.....as soon as we get something worked out with the shooters we will post the fireworks make up date.....join us this week for driver autograph night and watch everyone vie for the bonus money to win in all divisions....
Mother Nature Takes Elkins
(Kerens, W.V.6-23-12)During the opening ceremonies, the light
drizzle began. Then it quickly became a little harder and continued
long enough to force officials to cancel racing. On the schedule for
next week is increased payoffs to the winners in each class. $500
bonus for the Jenkins Ford Super Late Models. $400 for the Budweiser
crate Late Models. $200 for the Miller’s Used Cars Modifieds. And $150
for the Valley Supply Street Stocks. Also on the slate are the always
competitive Mini Wedges. PLUS! The annual Giant Fireworks display. The
display at the track has always been the best display in the area, and
this year is to be no different, we have a professional shooter come
in and electronicly shoot them off said a track official, its something to see.
Groves Makes History
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Byers Wins Street Stock Sizzler
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Geoff Bodine Visiting Elkins Raceway
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Mid Afternoon Storms Cancel Racing
Management at Elkins Raceway has been forced to cancel all racing
activity for Friday June 1 after a forecast for violent mid afternoon
thunderstorms…..the Valley Steel Street Stock special planned for this
week will be held next Friday along with an appearance from former
NASCAR star Geoff Bodine. Bodine will be on hand to sign autographs
and will also be racing the WDTVchannel 5 news car owned by Norm
Weaver of Clarksburg. Gates open at 5 pm with hot laps hitting the
track at 7:30 for all the news on Elkins Raceway, visit the speedway
website at www.elkinsraceway.net or phone 304-636-3339 .
Hawkins Takes Double-Down Bonus
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Benedum Takes Elkins Opener
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Elkins Ready For Season Opener
(Kerens, W.V. 4-29-12) Elkins Raceway is ready for their lid lifter
this Friday night. Be one of the first 100 Paying fans through the
Grandstand Gate to recieve 1 Free Hotdog and 1 Free Popcorn.
After putting 184 loads of clay on the 3/8 mile oval, the surface
was super smooth and racey for the practice session
held last Friday. Come on out and enjoy the ground pounding 750
horsepower Jenkins Ford Super late Models, The Budweiser Edge Racing
League crate motor Late Models, the Miller’s Used Cars TSMA open wheel
Modifieds, The Valley Supply Street Stocks and the little league of
racing the MWRA Mini Wedges!
The season gets under way this Friday and some huge events fill the
slate for 2012.Highlighted by the 2nd annual Richard Skidmore
Memorial for the Super Late Models on July 13. Also the Supers are
highlighted with the 2nd annual Jim Hitt Memorial on August 13.
The first ‘biggie’ of the season will be May 18 when the Edge Racing
League crate motor Late Model Adrenalin Tour invades for the Thunder
in the Valley Topless 25! Racing in conjunction with the Tyler County
Speedway, the Edge series will then travel to the Middlebourne
facility the following night. Doubleheaders and bonus money is up for
grabs as the two dirt track legends (Elkins and Tyler County) are
working hand in hand in 2012.
Also the Elkins Kids Club returns with many activities planned for
the youngsters. Including one boys and one girls bicycle to given away
For all the latest information go to www.elkinsraceway.net
Management At Raceway Give Track A Facelift
Management at Elkins Raceway have been hard at work on the new racing surface since fall of 2011. The early spring weather gave track crew some extra time for much needed widening. The entire track has had been widened to bring 4 wide racing, something not seen at the raceway in the past decade. The track has seen 184 loads of the finest clay in the region, averaging 6-8 inches in depth around the entire racing surface. Practice night set for the 27th of April at 6pm and gates opening at 5pm, General Admission Free and Pit Admission $15
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ERL Debuts New Website
The EDGE Entertainment team, Elkins Raceway, & Tyler County Speedway anxiously announce the new online home of the EDGE Racing League. (ERL Crates) Twenty-Twelve looks to be an exciting year for the crates in the Mountain State and the new site will deliver all the info, news, updates & more. Check out the site at www.edgeconnect.co for more information.
Elkins Raceway gearing up for a huge 2012 season
Friday Night Thunder is getting closer, as the roar of the ground pounding horsepower monsters are ready to be unleashed. Catch a pre-season look at some of your favorite drivers machines as the 2012 Car Show is to be held at the Meadowbrook Mall March 8-11.
With the dawning of yet another racing season of consecutive operation at two of the Mountain States premier motorsports facilities, Promoters from both speedway are excited to announce a partnership on several exciting fan and driver promotions for the highly anticipated 2012 motorsports campaign.
Elkins Raceway and Tyler County Speedway Car Show
Elkins Raceway and Tyler County Speedway will come together to christen the new season and invite race fans to the Meadowbrook Mall, in Bridgeport WV, that will be the site of the Elkins Raceway/Tyler County Speedway Stock Car Show. The Show runs Friday, March 8th thru Sunday, March 11th. Meet your favorite local speedway racers and get an up-close look at their new 2012 paint schemes before they hit the track. The show will feature a variety of stock cars including Super Late Models, Sprint Cars, Crate Late Models, Open Wheel Modified's, Street Stocks, Mini-Wedges and more! Speedway officials from both Elkins and Tyler will be on hand to distribute 2012 schedules, rules, flyers and to answer any questions regarding the up coming season. For drivers interested in showcasing their new cars and highlighting their sponsors should make arrangements by RSVP via phone @ 304-771-5661.