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Racing

  • Local drivers claim wins at Elk Creek Dragway

    ELK CREEK – Chris Carpenter of Galax, driving a 1973 Chevy Vega, won the Super Pro-Pro-Line Performance class at Elk Creek Dragway in July 23 racing.
    Carpenter posted a speed of 100.99 mph to beat Bill Lewis who drove his dragster to a speed of 129.27 mph.
    Robin Bartlett found victory lane in the Footbrake class in a 1992 Ford Mustang, turning 94.63 mph to edge Henry Cox of Flat Top, W.Va., driving a 1975 Ford Mustang that turned 92.94 mph.

  • Local drivers claim their share of wins at Elk Creek Dragway

    ELK CREEK – Local drivers took their share of wins at Elk Creek Dragway on July 9.
    Linn Joines of Sparta, N.C., beat out Wayne Horton of Hillsville, to win the Super Pro-Pro-Line Performance class. Joines, driving a 2007 Racecraft dragster, turned 127.98 mph to beat Horton, also driving a dragster, with a speed of 130.62 mph.

  • Lambert turns top speed at Elk Creek Dragway

    ELK CREEK – Billy Lambert of Rural Retreat turned the top speed at Elk Creek Dragway June 25 to win the 5.70 Heads Up Street Outlaw class.
    Lambert drove his Chevy Camara to a top speed of 111.70 mph to beat Chad Hancock of Wytheville, who drove his Ford Mustang to a runner-up finish at 108.12 mph.
    Mike Eads of Bristol, Va., won the Super Pro-Pro-Line Performance class in a 2000 Racecraft dragster with a speed of 72.14 mph to beat Jim “Bo” Sells of Troutdale, driving a 1972 Plymouth Duster with at 41.26 mph.

  • Boyer, two other local drivers claim victories at Elk Creek

    ELK CREEK – Local drivers were in the spotlight again at Elk Creek Dragway June 18, winning three of the five classes.
    Gary Boyer of Independence won the Super Pro-Pro-Line Performance class in his 1967 Chevy Camaro, turning 117.40 mph to beat another Grayson County driver, Jim “Bo” Sells of Troutdale, who drove his 1972 Plymouth Duster to a speed of 95.41 mph.

  • Large crowd watches Elk Creek winners

    ELK CREEK -- A large crowd was on hand June 11 for the weekly drag racing at Elk Creek Dragway.
    Fans got their money’s worth when the top two finishers in the Super Pro-Pro-Line, burned up the track to get the win. Wayne Horton of Hillsville came away the winner with a speed of 127.93 mph to slip by Linn Joines of Sparta, N.C., who was just a few ticks off with a speed of 127.88 mph.

  • Littrell finishes 29th in Great Race

    GALAX – Dr. Tom Littell and wife Faye of Galax, who participated in the Great Race last week, finished 29th overall and 9th in their Sportsman division, driving a 1952 Hudson Hornet.
    Fifty-nine vehicles participated in the annual race that began in Tennessee and ended in Vermont, with the oldest vehicle in the race, a 1911 Velie , winning the grand prize.

  • Elk Creek Dragway racers claim awards

    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 Super Pro-Pro-Line Performance, Gary Boyer of Independence took the title driving a Big Block Chevy and 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.

  • Boyer wins pair of classes at Elk Creek Dragway

    By Dick Miles
    Special Writer

    ELK CREEK – The temperature was almost 100 degrees at Elk Creek Dragway July 24 but Gary Boyer of Independence didn’t have any trouble.
    He turned up the heat to win the ProLine Super Pro Eliminator with a final round 5:35 e.t. at 116 mph in his Camaro. Runner-up was Ray Stowers of Rural Retreat in a 1968 Chevelle.

  • Chip Pack Memorial a big night for Mustangs at Elk Creek

    ELK CREEK – The annual Chip Pack Memorial Race was held July 16 at Elk Creek Dragway paying tribute to a former racer who had a lot of friends in the area.
    Racing in the Chip Pack Memorial Mustang Mania race, beginning with the Street Mustang class, Chris Corvin of Hillsville took the win over runner-up James Ball.
    Following in the Footbrake Mustang Mania race, JJ Moore of Princeton, W. Va., drove his Mustang to the win with a 6:36 et. at 99 mph. Robin Bobbitt of Independence was runner-up recording a final round 6:60 e.t. at 95 mph.

  • Hash blisters track in qualifying run

    ELK CREEK – The latest news from Elk Creek Dragway is that the 4-Wheeler, ATV race rained out July 9 will be held July 30.
    The July 10 show began with the Snap On Tools Top Sportsman Quick 8 class.
    Tim Lawrence took the winner’s prize home to Princeton, W.Va., when his Pontiac ran a 5:12 e.t. at 124 mph.
    Dwight Hash of Independence was the low qualifier with a 4:92 e.t. at 129 mph in a Dodge Avenger.