By Cheryl Cooksey, Motorsports Writer
Enid News and Eagle
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.
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.
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.
Persistence paid off for John Whitley as he claimed the win in the factory stock A
Pacesetter Andy McElfresh put his ride out front on the start. Two early cautions tightened up the field and put Brad Costello on his bumper.
Costello made a daring inside challenge on the restart to take the point. Whitley joined the mix and the trio raced so close a blanket could have been thrown over them.
McElfresh spun to a halt in turn two and brought out another yellow. It was a drag race on the restart with Whitley finding the fast line to victory lane.
McElfresh marched through the field to seize second, trailed by Costello, Scott Hladik and Branded Spady.
Experience paid off for veteran Terry Costello as he put his pure stock in victory lane.
Levi Bashaw posted second with Robie Nunley, J.J. Estill and Leighton Clift following.
Richard Pece ruled mini stocks in the green-all-the-way feature.
Nick Rummell settled for second, followed by Nathan Herndon, Bobby Pece and Dillon Rundall.
Sport modified heat winners were Harrison, Elliott, Bobby McGehee and Bobby D. McGehee.
Kyle Vibbard and McElfresh posted the heat wins in factory stock.
Pure Stock heat winners were Estill and Jason Gerhard.
Hughes captured the heat win in modified with Kruckenberg and Pece picking up the respective wins in street and mini stock.
EnidSpeedway’s next card will be a doubleheader during the Garfield County Fair Sept. 6-7. Racing starts at 8 p.m. Sept. 6 in all regular divisions. The E-Sprints join the show on at 7 p.m. Sept. 7.