Hawkins earns a hard-fought payday in second annual Jim Stout Memorial Race

Jacob Hawkins #37

KERENS — Fans filed into the grandstands at Kerans’ Elkins Raceway last weekend on Saturday July 30, as all eyes were on the Super Late Model division field with a competitive field of 23 drivers vying for bragging rights in the second annual Jim Stout Memorial race, which featured a $5,037 payout awarded the winner. While Cody Rodger won the Super Late Model division dash, it was ultimately, Jacob Hawkins who was the night’s big winner. Hawkins fought to the front of the field during the course of the 50-lap and parked his #37 car in victory lane, collecting the $5,037 grand prize. Runner-up Zach Dohm earned $3,037 and third-place driver Tyler Carpenter took home $2,037 to round out the night’s main event honorees.  

In the Street Stock division, Jason Ammon set the fast time in qualifying with a run clocking in at 17.143 seconds before winning the first heat. Buddy Brogan III won heat two, before Chris Smith emerged from the pack to collect the win in the featured race. In the Hot Mods division, Michael Simpson’s #9 car was dominant, taking the pole in qualifying before picking up wins in both the first heat and the featured race. In the Modified division, Mitch Thomas and his #97 team turned in yet another championship-level performance, taking the pole after qualifying, winning the first heat and then finding his way to victory lane following the 25-lap featured race. Finally in the Crates division, Brent Trimble’s #32 car served him well, as he pushed the issue in qualifying turning in the fastest lap time in the field at 15.307 seconds. Trimble leveraged his qualifying run into a win in the first 10-lap heat before holding off all challengers in the 30-lap featured race. 

The weekend was full of exciting racing, across all five divisions, giving spectators plenty of fireworks on and off the track. Every sponsor, fan, race team and rack employee worked diligently to make all the night’s festivities possible and create the raucous environment that the Elkins Raceway is known for.  

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