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Outdoors

  • Jones takes Pro Mini win at Wythe track

    RURAL RETREAT –– Galax driver Dennis Jones led all 20 laps of the Pro Mini feature Saturday at Wythe Raceway as three local drivers posted top-five finishes at the half-mile clay oval.

    Jones held off Travis Harden of Marion to take the win, with Doug Monday, Steele Scott and Billy Cline rounding out the top five.

  • Local driver welcomes son to racing circuit

    By SHAINA STOCKTON
    Staff

    For Randy Harmon of Galax, life has almost always been on a fast track. From motocross to race car driving, he has worked to leave quite a memorable impression on the circuits long after the dust clouds settle.
    To continue what seems to be a growing family tradition, Harmon is now shifting more of his focus on to the next generation. His son, Derek, is now following in his father’s tire tracks, and it has already been said by some that he could someday qualify against the titans of racing — NASCAR.

  • Independence drivers win at Elk Creek

    ELK CREEK – Elk Creek Dragway has been a busy place the last two weekends.

    In May 22 racing, Independence drivers won three of the five classes.

    In Pro-Line Performance Super Pro, Gary Boyer of Independence took the title driving a big block Chevy at a speed of 117.82 mph. Alan Bales of Atkins, Va., was runner-up in a Chevy S-10 pickup truck.

    Jamie Holston of Rural Retreat claimed the Footbrake class with a speed of 83.38 mph driving a small block Chevy. Tom Baker of Princeton, W.Va., was runner-up in a 1979 Chevy Nova.

  • Hash keeps adding to trophy case

     ELK CREEK –– The course of the past month has been an exciting one for Independence driver Bobby Hash.

  • Elk Creek points battles come down to the wire

     ELK CREEK –– A father-daughter combo and several close finishes highlighted the championship points races at Elk Creek Dragway.

    With the Sept. 11 event rained out, the final points standings reverted to the previous weekend’s totals, with three classes decided by nine points or fewer each.

    Bobby Hash of Independence took the Super Pro Eliminator points title by one point over Linn Joines, 1,046-1,045. Gary Boyer (965), Billy Lewis (904) and Tracy Kilby (882) rounded out the top five.

  • DiMaggio takes slingshot dragster win at Elk Creek nostalgia show

     ELK CREEK –– It looked like old times Aug. 28 at Elk Creek Dragway with the bleachers packed and the safety standing area filled up from starting line to finish line.

    The reason for the full house was the Charlie Overfelt Nostalgia Show, with more than three dozen nostalgia cars from New Jersey to Daytona Beach on hand for the big event. In the Slingshot Dragster finals, Mike DiMaggio of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. ran a 5.16 e.t. at 121 mph to top Tommy Jackson of Montvale, N.C., who posted a 5.17 e.t. at 122 mph.

  • Moore wins Gear Jammer class at Elk Creek Dragway

     ELK CREEK –– One of the most beautiful weekends of the summer greeted fans and racers to Elk Creek Dragway this past weekend, and dealing with a few showers didn’t dampen the spirits of either.

    The Footbrake class kicked off action on Friday night with Robert Neal racing his Pontiac to the win with a 6.98 e.t. at 88 mph. Tim Douglas took the runner-up spot, also in a Pontiac, with a 6.98 e.t. at 90 mph.

  • Snead wins 4.99 class at Elk Creek

     ELK CREEK –– It was another exciting weekend of racing at Elk Creek Dragway, with a card that kicked off with the popular ATV race on Friday. Wayne Horton of Hillsville took the win with a final-round 12.93 e.t. at 42 mph. Travis Hash of Independence was in the runner-up spot with a 10.17 e.t. at 51 mph.

  • Elk Creek hosts Junior Dragster Summer Nationals

     ELK CREEK –– The Junior Dragster Summer Nationals, presented by Bales Tool Co., headlined what turned out to be a fantastic weekend of racing at Elk Creek Dragway.

    Jason Halsey of Independence drove his dragster to a final round 7.96 e.t. at 68 mph to win the title over fellow Independence drive Corey Pack, who posted a 9.26 e.t. at 63 mph.