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Huffman wins Elk Creek Nostalgia race

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ELK CREEK -- The Labor Day weekend excitement got underway last Saturday with more than 190 racers filling the pits at Elk Creek Dragway, including 30 of the wildest Nostalgia racers on the East Coast. In the final round of eliminations for the Nostalgia class, Ronnie Huffman of Roanoke steered his 1957 Chevy to the win, topping Preston Prater of Goode, behind the wheel of a 1932 Ford. In the Gear Jammer class, James Durnil of Hillsville took the win in a Ford Thunderbird, recording a 7.19 e.t. at 88 mph. Runner-up in the class was Pres Turbyfill of Galax, driving his Chevy Chevelle to a 6.33 e.t. at 102 mph. In the Super Pro Eliminator class, Bobby Hash of Independence was the winner in his Camaro with a 5.31 e.t. at 118 mph. Bill Lewis of Hillsville took the runner-up spot in a Chevy-powered Dragster, running a 4.78 e.t. at 129 mph. The winner of the ProLine Footbrake class was Mike Holston of Rural Retreat, driving a Chevelle. Tony Smith of Wytheville was the runner-up in a Mustang. Ronnie Brannock of Galax was the winner of the D.O.T. class, driving a Chevy Impala. The runner-up was Kevin Flayhart of Zionville, N.C., in a Pontiac Firebird. Dane Shinault doubled up by winning the Heads-Up 7.90 Junior Dragster class and the Junior Dragster Bracket Two class. Jason Halsey was the runner-up in the Heads-Up class, as was Brittany White in Bracket two. Corey Pack of Independence topped David Basham of Cool Ridge, W.Va. to win the Junior Dragster Bracket One class. Racing action continued on Labor Day under heavy cloud cover, but three classes reached completion and all other classes completed two rounds before the rain finally fell. With pop-up storms scattered all over the area, the remainder of the event was called and prize money was split among drivers still in contention.