The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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August 25, 2013

Big crowds greet racing's return

ENID, Okla. — Robert Elliott displayed his winning, ways as he dominated at Enid OK Speedway’s grand opening Saturday night aboard his Fine Roofing-sponsored sport modified.

 Elliott, along with 64 other drivers, played to the near-capacity crowd that packed the grandstands at the Garfield County Fairgrounds. The fan turnout exceeded rookie promoter Justin Bingham’s expectations.  Ticket lines were long with change in short supply and concessions sold out merely two hours into the show.

 Track officials assured race fans they will be better prepared for the Garfield County Fair show next month.

 Elliott exploded off the outside pole and boasted a five-car length lead when Logan Macy spun to a stop in turn four and brought out a yellow the third time around.

 Elliott picked up where he left off when the race went green, and sported nearly a straightaway advantage when a late race caution waved.

The third start was a charm for Elliott as he sped away unchallenged to the checkered flag.

Tony Sessions was second, followed by Mark Harrison, Todd Decker and Tim Ford.

Modifieds

Kip Hughes pulled out all the stops as he put his GO fast modified in the winner’s circle.

Darin Busch hustled off the outside pole and led the early going, but the man on the move was Hughes. Hughes battled through the field and sailed to the front in a mere three laps.

With a clear track in front of him, Hughes was unstoppable, and undaunted by a lap 10 caution and took nearly a straightaway lead to the finish line.

Busch, Colby Johnson, Matt Martin and Jim Ciampi rounded out the top five.

Street stocks

Wesley Kruckenberg showed his winning ways as he piloted his street stock to an uncontested win.

Kruckenberg accelerated off the pole, and in spite of a early yellow flag, took a huge lead to the line. The race ended under caution with veteran Bill Beebe claiming second, followed by Brandon Ballard and David Givens.

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