Race

Tressen Smith #22 and Brian Young #12 had a good battle in the previous Hobby Stock Main Event.

Mountain Valley Raceway will be offering another special occasion for the fans this Saturday night.

It’s Fan Appreciation Night, which means there will be candy and other goody giveaways as well as a driver meet-and-greet with the fans on the front straightaway during intermission. The popular Hobby Stock division will be back in action again, joined by the Mini Stocks, B Modifieds and the wild and entertaining Enduro division.

Brian Young backed up his big win in the Clyde Cordell Memorial with another win last time out, leaving the rest of the Hobby Stock field playing catchup. Young is now set for a potential third straight victory, but he can expect some stiff competition from front runners like Russ Newman, Josh Smith, Josh Michaels, Isaac Kephart, Mikey Ruth, Carl Roberts and Tressen Smith. The competition is pretty close in this class, and you never know who will win. There have been four different winners so far.

Ricky Berry has been on a hot streak of his own in the Mini Stocks. The four-cylinder powered division features an interesting assortment of cars and trucks. Several drivers have joined the division this year. Berry may be the driver to beat, but he can expect some good competition from hard chargers such as Joey Young, Jack Turner, Larry Richardson, Ian Thulin and Freddy Leeper.

The B Modified battle between Tressen Smith, Patrick Solometo and Joe Short is expected to continue this week. The track has been staging some exhibition Outlaw Kart races this year as well, and young Chayce Smith was a recent winner in that class along with Emma Hudman. It’s possible there could be another exhibition this week.

When all of the other classes are done and the track is sufficiently soaked down, the Enduro division is turned loose on the 3/8-mile dirt. Bryan Gummerus has set a high standard with multiple wins this year. In recent weeks, however, Jeff Drake and Kyle Thurman have picked up the wins. These three are anticipated this week, and others to watch for include Matt Yoder, JD Hudman, William Young and Mike Wine.

It should be another fun night of racing at the Trinity County Fairgrounds-located track. The meet-and-greet on the front straightaway always proves very popular with the kids as they can get into the cars and get autographs and have their pictures taken with their favorite racers. All fans 6 years and up get in for a $5 admission price, and there will be free hot dogs for each entry while supplies last. Children 5 and under are still free.

For further information, go to the Mountain Valley Raceway Facebook page.