Jeremy Wolff now holds a 31 point lead over Brent Kane going into the final night of racing in the Thunder Car division next Saturday night during the Thunderstruck93 race event.
It was a very dramatic win for #56 Paul Hamilton from Hastings (MN) in the first of two Pepsi Power Stock features. Hamilton followed closely behind #3 Ryan Varner the entire 20 lap race until the final set of corners, Hamilton and Varner had some contact on the last lap and then had a drag race down the front stretch. Hamilton had the better drag car and won by .003 seconds at the finish line, it was the third win of the season for Hamilton. Varner finished second, Taylor Goldman #8 was third, #37 Bryce Blohm fourth and #6 Joey Prusak finished fifth of the 18 cars that finished.
The second feature saw former Champion #88 Nick Oxborough from Savage (MN) win his first trophy of 2016 in the Pepsi Power Stock division. Oxborough had to fight back the many challenges of #54 Tim Hollen for the win by only .355 seconds, #62 Tom Doten the current point leader was third followed by Bryce Blohm and Ryan Varner. Championship contender Brandon Petersen #7 had nothing but back luck, with mechanical problems prerace taking out his primary car and then a wreck in a borrowed car in the second feature causing him to finish dead last.
The point standings are incredibly close coming into the final night of racing in the Pepsi Power Stock division next Saturday during the Thunderstruck93 event. Tom Doten #62 leads Bryce Blohm #37 by only 6 points.
The Great North Legends feature event was once again a very exciting affair. Brady Fox-Rhode #4 took the early lead. Tim Brockhouse, the national INEX point leader in the Masters division, was involved in a wreck on lap three and could not continue. The race was then between Fox-Rhode and #71 Derek Lemke, those two drivers swapped the lead and were side by side and seemingly on the brink of disaster every lap. Finally, with four laps to go Lemke made the pass on the inside coming out of corner four and he held on by .450 seconds for the win. Some of the most intense racing we have seen at Elko Speedway in quite some time, it was the sixth win of the season for Lemke. Fox-Rhode was second, #3 Dirk Henry third, #16 Matt Allen fourth and #7 Jackson Lewis fifth out of the large 21 car field.