Jonathan Eilen won for the first time in almost 10 years at his hometown track, the Hampton (MN) native has spent most of his racing career touring the country in the ARCA Midwest tour where he earned a championship in 2012.
Eilen held off two-time defending Elko Speedway Champion Jacob Goede after a late race restart and won by only .071 seconds. "He was there but I wasn't going to give him any room," said Eilen "we have raced quite a bit and he's always a clean racer."
Eilen was one of twenty-three MN Corn Growers Super Late Models to start the two main events at Elko Speedway. "To come out here and find victory lane really says something," remarked Eilen "the competition here is so tough, I don't think there is any other weekly track where guys are so competitive."
Eilen has good memories at Elko Speedway, he won a Thunder Car Championship in 2002 and he also won the inaugural race for the Midwest tour at Elko Speedway in 2007. That race was his most recent win at his home track, until Saturday night, that is.
Matt Goede from New Germany (MN) won the other Super Late Model feature, he took the lead early, briefly lost it to Joey Miller mid-race and then retook the top spot and won a drag race to the finish line. Goede had a winning margin of only .048 seconds over Miller.
Two time defending champion Jacob Goede set fast time in group qualifying with a scorching time of 13.696 seconds (98.569 mph). Jacob finished fourth and second in the two feature races to begin the 2016 season.
Three time Elko Champion Doug Brown from Prior Lake (MN) passed two time Dells Raceway Park Champion Nick Nolden from Madison (WI) just before the final lap to score a win in the Hiway Federal Credit Union Big 8 division.