KERANS — Spectators filled the grandstands, as the fall of a waving green flag marked the start of Saturday, July 2 Thunder in the Mountains races at Elkins Raceway, kicking off another month of paint-trading action with a bang.
Things got started with a very competitive field in the Super Lates Division, as Bob Gordon turned in a blazing fast qualifying time of 14.861 seconds to capture the pole. Billy Eash took the win in the first 10-lap heat, before Logan Hitt picked up a win in heat two. However, it was Shane Hitt, who consistently improved his runs all evening long, jumping from a fourth-place qualifying time to a second-place finish in heat two, before capping the night off with a win in the 30-lap featured race.
In Crates Division action, Brent Trimble got his day off to a great start, taking the pole after delivering a qualifying run of 15.706 seconds, just barely edging out AJ Spagnuolo’s lap time of 15.738 for the fastest qualifying time in the field. Trimble leveraged his strong car and starting position into a win in the first 8-lap heat. Spagnuolo took the win in heat two, before Tyler Parrish won the 25-lap feature race, besting Derrick Shaw and Trimble in an action-packed race.
In the early stages of the Modifieds Division races, it looked #97 Mitch Thomas was in for another stealer evening, after taking the pole with the only sub-16.00 second qualifying lap time among the field and then winning the first 6-lap heat. Austin Holcombe held off a surging Nate Young to earn the win in heat two. However, Young built upon his strong showing in heat two, riding the momentum all the way to victory lane in the Modifieds Division featured race.
In the Street Stocks Division, although Kevin Keene missed out on the pole, placing second in the field during qualifying with a lap time of 17.699 seconds, right behind pole-sitter Dustin Atkinson’s time of 17.428; he earned wins in the first and only 6-lap heat before winning the 15-lap featured race to put the figurative “cherry on top” of a dominate day for the #56 car.
Wyatt Marker was the car setting the pace in the early stages of Hot Mods Division action, earning the pole and a win in the first 6-lap heat. Joshua Simpson edged out Daniel Helmick in heat two, before Helmick turned the tables on Simpson in the featured race, as the two went head-to-head down the stretch, this time with Helmick taking the win.