Autograph night a big draw for Elkins Raceway’s Saturday Night Thunder

Consecutive winner Jacob Hawkins PHOTO COURTESY OF ZACH YOST RACING PHOTOGRPHY

ELKINS — Spectators flocked to the Elkin Raceway grandstands for last Saturday’s autograph night last Saturday, June 4 as many fans took advantage of the opportunity to meet and get items signed by their favorite drivers. As the evening wore on, drivers began to turn their attention away from their adoring fans and towards the nights action.  

And with the customary waving of the green flag, an action-packed evening of high-intensity racing commenced. In the super lates division, Jacob Hawkins picked up the win in the featured race after finishing qualifying in third and heat #1 in second. The Hitts dominated qualifying and both of the heats in the super lates division, with Shane Hitt finishing qualifying with the fastest run, while also taking home a win in heat #1, edging out Hawkins. Logan Hitt took heat #2. In the featured race both of the Hitts recorded solid showings, but couldn’t quite match their earlier success, with Shane and Logan finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. 

In the crates division, Brent Trimble nabbed the pole with a stellar qualifying run. Trimble leveraged his excellent starting position into wins in heat #1 and the featured race, while AJ Spagnuolo took a win in heat #2 and Kyle Lukon picked up the win in heat #3. 

While Mitch Thomas qualified first and won the opening heat during last Saturday’s modifieds division action, it was Dave Defibaugh who took home wins in both heat #2 and the featured race. 

In street stock division action, Kevin Keene paced the field all night long. Keene leveraged his strong starting position into wins in heat #1 and then the featured race to complete the sweep of Saturday’s street stock races. 

In the early stages of the hot mods division races, it looked as if Roger Hull had the fastest car in the field as he sat atop the field after qualifying and took home the win in heat #1. However, Daniel Helmick came on strong, winning heat #2 before building upon that momentum by winning the featured race, as Hull’s car faded late, eventually finishing eighth in the night’s featured race. 

Check out the full list of winners from the races on June 4 below: 

Super Lates - Qualifying 

1.5*-Shane Hitt, 15.335; 2.22-Cody Rogers, 15.346; 3.37-Jacob Hawkins, 15.386; 4.2*-Logan Hitt, 15.501; 5.7-Billy Holbert, 15.558; 6.38-Kenney Hamrick, 15.730; 7.31-Bob Gordan, 15.758; 8.21T-Chad Tasker, 16.140; 9.73-Dusty Harper, 16.169 

Heat 1- (10 Laps) 

1. 5*-Shane Hitt [1]; 2. 37-Jacob Hawkins [2]; 3. 7-Billy Holbert [3]; 4. 31-Bob Gordan [4]; 5. 73-Dusty Harper [5]

Heat 2- (10 Laps)

1. 2*-Logan Hitt [2]; 2. 22-Cody Rogers [1]; 3. 21T-Chad Tasker [4]; 4. 38-Kenney Hamrick [3]

A-Main 1- (30 Laps)

1. 37-Jacob Hawkins [3]; 2. 22-Cody Rogers [4]; 3. 7-Billy Holbert [5]; 4. 5*-Shane Hitt [1]; 5. 2*-Logan Hitt [2]; 6. 31-Bob Gordan [7]; 7. 38-Kenney Hamrick [8]; 8. 73-Dusty Harper [9]; 9. 21T-Chad Tasker [6]

Crates- Qualifying

1.32-Brent  Trimble, 15.974; 2.5A-AJ Spagnuolo, 16.080; 3.184-Kyle Lukon, 16.194; 4.44-Lucas McDonald, 16.316; 5.21-Hayden Jacobs, 16.372; 6.29-Ryan Hare, 16.388; 7.44L-Dylan  Lewis, 16.491; 8.03-Garret Paugh, 16.551; 9.H20-Luke Hyre, 16.571; 10.MC16-Michael Moreland, 16.592; 11.1-Sparky  Davisson, 16.596; 12.9C-Chandi Currence, 16.668; 13.27S-Derrick Shaw, 16.726; 14.32C-Eric Cogar, 16.762; 15.14L-Dustin Luzier, 17.165; 16.5L-Phillip “J.R” Likins, 17.220; 17.3-Dickie Tharp, 24.532

Heat 1- (8 Laps) 

1. 32-Brent Trimble [1]; 2. 44-Lucas McDonald [2]; 3. 27S-Derrick Shaw [5]; 4. MC16-Michael Moreland [4]; 5. 44L-Dylan Lewis [3]; 6. 5L-Phillip “J. R” Likins [6]

Heat 2- (8 Laps) 

1. 5A-AJ Spagnuolo [1]; 2. 03-Garret Paugh [3]; 3. 1-Sparky Davisson [4]; 4. 21-Hayden Jacobs [2]

Heat 3- (8 Laps)

1. 184-Kyle Lukon [1]; 2. H20-Luke Hyre [3]; 3. 29-Ryan Hare [2]; 4. 9C-Chandi Currence [4]; 5. 14L-Dustin Luzier [5]

A-Main 1- (25 Laps)

1. 32-Brent  Trimble [1]; 2. 184-Kyle Lukon [3]; 3. 03-Garret Paugh [5]; 4. 44-Lucas McDonald [4]; 5. 5A-AJ Spagnuolo [2]; 6. H20-Luke Hyre [6]; 7. 21-Hayden Jacobs [11]; 8. 27S-Derrick Shaw [7]; 9. 1-Sparky Davisson[8]; 10. 29-Ryan Hare [9]; 11. 44L-Dylan Lewis [13]; 12. 9C-Chandi Currence [12]; 13. 5L-Phillip “J.R” Likins [15]; 14. 14L-Dustin Luzier [14]; 15. MC16-Michael Moreland [10]

Modifieds- Qualifying

1.97-Mitch Thomas, 16.273; 2.77-Dave Defibaugh, 16.319; 3.5M-Jamie McCloud, 16.482; 4.11-Jesse Rupe, 16.704; 5.14R-Josh Rovello, 16.929; 6.21-Tyler Payne, 16.970; 7.83-Rob Smith, 17.034; 8. OK-Kenny Rowback, 17.106; 9.20-Matthew Chenoweth, 17.738 

Heat 1- (6 Laps) 

1. 97-Mitch Thomas [1]; 2. 5M-Jamie McCloud [2]; 3. 83-Rob Smith [4]; 4. 20-Matthew Chenoweth [5]; 5. 14R-Josh Rovello [3]

Heat 2- (6 Laps) 

1. 77-Dave Defibaugh [1]; 2. 11-Jesse Rupe [2]; 3. OK-Kenny Rowback [4]

A-Main 1- (20 Laps)

1. 77-Dave Defibaugh [1]; 2. 5M-Jamie McCloud [2]; 3. 11-Jesse Rupe [7]; 4. 97-Mitch Thomas [8]; 5. OK-Kenny Rowback [4]; 6. 21-Tyler Payne [9]; 7. 20-Matthew Chenoweth [5]; 8. 14R-Josh Rovello [6]; 9. 83-Rob Smith [3]

Street Stocks - Qualifying 

1.56-Kevin Keene, 17.870; 2.00S-Todd Simmons, 18.227; 3.6A-Dustin Atkinson, 18.464; 4.07-Kevin Cooper, 18.899  

Heat 1- (6 Laps) 

1. 56-Kevin Keene [1]; 2. 6A-Dustin Atkinson [3]; 3. 00S-Todd Simmons [ 2]; 4. 07-Kevin Cooper [4]

A-Main 1 - (15 Laps)

1. 56-Kevin Keene [4]; 2. 6A-Dustin Atkinson [1]; 3. 00S-Todd Simmons [2]; 4. 07-Kevin Cooper [3]

Hot Mods - Qualifying

1.21H-Roger Hull, 18.171; 2.11H-Daniel Helmick, 18.350; 3.4-Kenzie Dotson, 18.376; 4.79-Joshua Simpson, 18.634; 5.97-Daniel Simpson, 18.711; 6.11-Trent Speicher, 18.868; 7.9-Michael Simpson, 18.904; 8.11K-Nik Keller, 19.167; 9.93-Jason Phillips, 20.310; 10.08-Junior Wiant, 30.000  

Heat 1- (6 Laps) 

1. 21H-Roger Hull [1]; 2. 4-Kenzie Dotson [2]; 3. 97-Daniel Simpson [3]; 4. 9-Michael Simpson [4]; 5. 93-Jason Phillips [5]

Heat 2- (6 Laps) 

1. 11H-Daniel Helmick [1]; 2. 79-Joshua Simpson [2]; 3. 08-Junior Wiant [5]; 4. 11-Trent Speicher [3]; 5. 11K-Nik Keller [4]

A-Main 1- (15 Laps)

1. 11H-Daniel Helmick [1]; 2. 79-Joshua Simpson [3]; 3. 97-Daniel Simpson [4]; 4. 08-Junior Wiant [5]; 5. 93-Jason Phillips [9]; 6. 11K-Nik Keller [10]; 7. 4-Kenzie Dotson [2]; 8. 21H-Roger Hull [7]; 9. 9-Michael Simpson [6]; 10. 11-Trent Speicher [8] 

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